I’ve always been fascinated by natural processes in beauty, cooking, and, of course, fashion. During a virtual preview with Sheena Sood, designer of Abacaxi, we got into a conversation about the use of natural dye for clothing. Sood shared that she uses spices and fruit to dye fabrics and that turmeric is one of her favorites as it has naturally rich color and healing properties. I was fascinated, as my only experience dipping fabrics has been with store-bought dyes. I asked if she would be willing to share her process, and she graciously agreed!
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About Turmeric Dyeing and Ayurveda
Not only does turmeric yield a bright, saturated yellow color as a dye, it also has healing, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, the turmeric-dyed cloth is actually used for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities. Our skin is an organ, and what … Read the rest
Queen Elizabeth II is a seasoned pro when it comes to royal protocol — she was launched into the spotlight after being crowned Queen of England at just age 27, after all. Known for her reserved demeanour, the Queen’s small gestures and wardrobe choices are commonly analyzed for their potential subtle messages. Simply put, no detail of the reigning monarch’s carefully curated presentation is overlooked. For this reason, royal and political watchers had their eyes peeled during Queen Elizabeth’s June 13 meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who flew to Windsor Castle after having attended the G7 summit over the weekend.
During their meeting, Queen Elizabeth wore a pastel pink floral-printed dress paired with a bright pink hat. She added classic white gloves and sported a three-strand pearl necklace. In true Queen Elizabeth fashion, a bedazzled brooch completed the ensemble. She picked the “Jardine … Read the rest
Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one Who What Wear team member or friend of the brand will share the top 30 finds on their current wish list.
Whenever I’m in Mango, Zara, or H&M, I just feel like I am home (both in the store and online). Each one is relatively similar, and I know my favorite sections—where I’ll find more going-out pieces, where they place their newest items, where the more discounted pieces are hiding, and so on. This, if you ask me, makes me an expert when it comes to the power three. After checking my closet and realizing that I’ve acquired quite the summer collection solely from the retailers this season, I decided it was time to do a haul of all the glorious summer pieces they’re unveiling on their sites daily. So if under-$200, extremely chic, on-trend things are what you’re after, please … Read the rest
Emilio Pucci x Supreme did a menswear drop
Streetwear aficionados with a love of colour and print should be doing a happy dance right now with the release of the collab between Supreme and Emilio Pucci. The assortment includes a water-resistant nylon jacket and pants, a silk smoking jacket, shirts, hoodies and accessories including sunglasses; some looks are already sold out, naturally. Each boast an archival Pucci print: Tulipani, first seen in 1965, and Fantasia from 1970. And much like the Italian house’s vintage items, all are sure to become instant collector’s pieces.
M.I.A.’s eyewear collaboration with Parley for the Oceans is here
Heralded as “the first luxury collection to use 100 percent of net proceeds to protect islands and oceans,” the design union between musician and activist Maya Arulpragasam — a.k.a. M.I.A. — and ocean protection network Parley is now … Read the rest
For the coming months (and years, even), trend forecasters are buzzing about one major, unexpected color trend: lavender. In case you hadn’t heard, the hue totally dominated fall/winter 2021 runways, which was enough to send beauty obsessives right to the nearest Sephora to snag a few new plummy palettes for their rotation.
After studying the tidal wave of purple makeup moments on IG, we’ve had something of a discovery at Who What Wear. Purple eye shadow looks great on everyone. No, really. Whether your eyes are chocolate brown, powder blue, or somewhere in between, the statement shade will add an optimistic boost to your usual glam.
Not sold yet? Not to worry. We’ve pulled together 19 examples to get you on the hook, all executed to perfection by beauty gurus and celebrity makeup artists like Mary Phillips, Nikki Wolff, and Hung Vanngo. Whether you default to mood-boosting pastels or … Read the rest
Evio’s new lip serum supports domestic violence safe houses
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Female-founded Canadian beauty brand Evio’s latest Hemp & Peppermint Lip Serum does more than nourish lips. Alongside the launch, brand founder Brandi Leifso has initiated a letter campaign calling for Canadian domestic violence police unit funds to be reallocated towards underfunded support organizations. “Like many others, it wasn’t the police that helped me when I was experiencing an abusive relationship. It was the safe houses and domestic violence support organizations who took my fear seriously, provided me with a safety plan and helped me heal,” said Leifso in a statement. “The government needs to reallocate funds to organizations who are doing meaningful work on the ground and saving lives.” Those who order the Lip Serum — available in both a clear and tinted shade — … Read the rest
Color me a little bit freaked out, but there seems to be a new swimsuit trend popping up everywhere, which I’m not sure how to categorize except as “loincloth-esque.” Ruched or smocked, this body-baring swimsuit bottom style seems to be the bikini of summer for a certain subset of trendsetters. While I know it’s a very specific look (one I’m still trying to decide if I can actually pull off), there’s something weirdly intriguing about it.
Chalk it up to the ultra-high vintage-style rise or the fact that these suits redefine the idea of barely there tan lines, but I’m toying with the idea of trying one out. After careful consideration, I think the key is pairing your suit of choice with basics: denim cutoffs, a T-shirt, and basic sandals because in this suit, there’s no need for any other statement clothes.
Since I know it’s a bit of an … Read the rest
The third season of Master of None opens with Lena Waithe’s Air Jordan 1s prominently displayed, and her footwear remains front and center for the duration of the narrative. Apart from her vast sneaker collection, the Emmy Award-winning actress, who plays the lesbian author Denise in the hit Netflix series, sports Gucci slides and the much-ballyhooed Yeezy Foam Runners – dubbed Yeezy “Crocs” due to their uncanny resemblance to the ubiquitous rubber clog – throughout the five episodes.
Denise and her partner, Alicia (Naomi Ackie) are the stars of the show this go-around, which takes place in a bucolic country home in upstate New York. Though miles away from city life, each character has her own distinct, carefully curated style: Denise channels classic hip-hop, while Alicia is more eclectic and experimental.
Here, Master of None costume designer Kate Forbes discusses collaborating with Lena Waithe, sourcing LGBTQ+ designers, and the Yeezys. … Read the rest
In recent years, visual artist Briony Douglas has not only gained a great amount of attention for her quirky and thought-provoking works but also grown her reputation as a serious sneaker collector. It’s an interest that started in her youth but truly jumped off through her involvement in a 2018 photo shoot that heralded a collaboration between Nike’s Jordan Brand and Vogue.
Since then, she has gone on to collect everything from Rick Owens’s infamous “Dunks” — so called due to their resemblance to a patented style by Nike (for which Owens received a cease-and-desist order, thereby making them a highly desired item for a sneakerhead) — to L.A.-based creative Melody Ehsani’s Wmns Air Jordan 1 Mid “Fearless” style.