Update: The Met Gala is officially returning this year! On Monday, Vogue announced the Costume Institute’s plans for not one but two major exhibitions, along with a “slightly smaller celebration” pending government guidelines later this year on Sept. 13, timed to the closing of New York Fashion Week. The magazine also confirmed the event will return to its regular scheduling in 2022 and continue to host the party on the first Monday in May next year.

While a theme has not yet been announced for the 2021 Met Gala, the details surrounding the two-part exhibition may offer some clues. The first part of the exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open on Sept. 18, while the second, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will show starting May 5, 2022.

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While April showers may currently be in full swing, May flowers are just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about all of the fun beauty buys that come with warmer weather, like sunny new scents, bright, summery makeup and ultra-refreshing skincare picks. Below are some of our favourite April 2021 beauty launches that you need to have on your radar. Happy shopping!

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom Lipstick, $52, chanel.com

Chanel’s latest lipstick collection, Rouge Coco Bloom, has just launched after an impressive three years in development and over 140 different iterations and tests conducted at the brand’s research labs in both Japan and Paris. The collection features 20 shades and new two-phase technology: the first phase deposits the colour, while the second produces an ultra-shiny plumping effect.

Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

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belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream, $56,
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Shop the look: Alice + Olivia Dunn Vegan Leather Blazer ($440); Agolde Crisscross Jeans ($188)

Okay, Shopbop—we see you. Yep, the mega-retailer just kicked off one of its big sale events of the season: The Style Event. Now through April 16, you can save up to 25% off with code STYLE. Specifically, you can get 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $800+. 

While there are pages and pages of fresh merch to go through, we thought we’d sort through some of it for you here with an edit of wardrobe staples you may want to consider buying during the sale. We’re talking about versatile items like A+ jeans, chic shoe picks, quality basics, and more. 

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Asian American fashion designer and activist Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore, grew up in Nepal, and lived in India before starting his New York-based namesake brand 12 years ago “to show marginalized people that they are seen, and that they matter.” He is one of the influencers, editors, and designers using his platform to address the anti-Asian hate crimes in America, among others such as Phillip Lim, Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow, and Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee.

“I was advised to limit the diversity of my runways because clients wouldn’t be as receptive to non White models.”

While he’s speaking up now, most recently penning an op-ed for CNN about the discrimination he’s faced in the fashion industry, urging the rest of his peers to stand for change and inclusivity of all minorities, it’s not the first time Gurung has stressed the … Read the rest

Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris partner to highlight emerging global designers

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Photography courtesy of Nordstrom SPACE x Dover Street Market Paris.

This week marked the launch of Nordstrom SPACE and Dover Street Market Paris’s exclusive partnership. With a goal of discovering nascent creatives and independent labels all over the world, Nordstrom SPACE will house all seven indie brands under Dover Street Market Paris — Vaquera, Rassvet, Weinsanto, ERL, Liberal Youth Ministry, HFD and Youths in Balaclava — in an exclusive retail experience. Youths in Balaclava, a Singapore-based creative collective, serves as a platform to rebel against political inequality through unisex streetwear, while Rassvet, meaning sunrise in Russian, aims to mirror a new dawn in Russian youth culture. These special pop-ups will last for six weeks starting April 5, and can be shopped online at nordstrom.ca and in-store at Nordstrom Vancouver, New York … Read the rest

Regardless of your hair type—coily, thick and wavy, fine and short—mastering the art of the perfect air-dry is, in fact, an art. Sure, blow-dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can throw plenty of arm-breaking curveballs your way, but mastering the au naturel, step-out-of-the-shower-and-go aesthetic is an intimidating beast in and of itself. With so many potential variables like climate, products, application timing, and hair texture, things can go awry quickly, and there definitely isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription.

Air-drying your hair with celeb-level finesse can be a total crapshoot, but we’re here to change that. Enter a course in Expert Air-Drying 101, courtesy of one of the best hairstylists in the industry, Cynthia Alvarez. 

Working with clients with a wide variety of lengths and textures (her regulars include Shakira, Maye Musk, and Dascha Polanco), Alvarez knows a thing or two about styling every kind of strand situation—with or without tools. To stock … Read the rest

The amount of time I’ve spent online shopping in lockdown might indicate that I am someone with money to spare, which I can absolutely assure you I am not. Yet I have somehow managed to amass a melange of items – a paltry substitute for all of the people I did not see and all of the places I did not go over the course of the past year. Fortunately, I have an emergency budget for exactly these type of purchases – you know, the ones made during a global pandemic – and have considered them to be a part of my 2020 healing process. With the hours I’ve logged on retail sites, in addition to the targeted Instagram posts I’ve traversed, I’ve come to find many new brands to help nurse my quarantine habit and inspire my “When We Are Back Outside” aesthetic. One of the main sources of … Read the rest

Goop Beauty’s latest launch, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion, is Apple Martin-approved

 

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On the hunt for a new moisturizer to take you from spring to summer without being too heavy or sticky, but that’s still nourishing enough for all of the weather changes that lie ahead? Look no further than the latest launch from Goop, GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion (say that 10 times fast), a lightweight moisturizer formulated with spirulina enzyme, kakadu plum and vitamin C. Clinical testing on the latest launch from Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand shows promising immediate and long-term results, like improved texture, smoothness, and hydration. Want to learn more about the launch? You can check out how Gwyneth’s daughter, Apple, uses the product in her morning routine. “It gives me a little…I don’t know — it feels like silk going on your skin,” she says.

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The 2000s are back, baby. As you may recall, it was an era defined by low-rise pants, fuzzy pink everything, and AOL instant messenger. (Do you remember your first screen name or are you normal?) Some of the most iconic and still-talked-about fashion moments of all time happened during this period and we’re still feeling the reverb to this day. Another area of excellence from the 2000s that still informs our lives? The hairstyles.

From chunky highlights to braided antennas and, of course, spiky buns galore, the go-to hairstyles from this time were truly something special. And the queens of the cool girls like Hilary Duff, Raven-Symoné, the Olsen twins, and Jennifer Lopez (yes, she’s been killing it for decades!) were serving up daily inspiration for executing all the crimps, curls, and colors.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, keep scrolling for 11 2000s hairstyles we would low-key wear today, along with … Read the rest