Multi-talented journalist, brand founder and author David Yi is a beauty industry powerhouse. With over a decade of experience under his belt in the New York media space (where he’s written for publications like WWD and Mashable), Yi launched his own inclusive beauty site, Very Good Light, in 2016. His latest ventures include a new genderless skincare brand called Good Light and an upcoming book called Pretty Boys (to be released June 22).

Kicking off our series of brand founder interviews for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we caught up with Yi to chat all things beauty, including why he’s launched not one but two inclusive beauty brands, and how consumers can appreciate Korean beauty without fetishizing cultural practices and rituals.

How did you make the transition from journalism to product development?

“I’ve been a journalist for over a decade, mostly in the fashion and beauty space, … Read the rest

On the morning of Saturday, May 1, Suzanne Rogers posted an Instagram Story posing with former U.S. President Donald Trump at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Given that Rogers has positioned herself as the fairy godmother of Canadian fashion, members of that community reacted immediately with condemnations, citing Trump’s lack of support for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people. In 2016, a $1 million donation from The Suzanne and Edward Rogers Foundation established the Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute at Ryerson University to support emerging designers. Last November, the Foundation provided another gift of $1 million to the SRFI. But Rogers’ post seems to have trumped, so to speak, her previous financial goodwill.

Here is what we know so far:

A since-deleted Instagram Story from Rogers’ evening at Mar-a-Lago. Photography via Instagram.com/suzannerogerstoronto.

Suzanne Rogers, her husband Edward and two sons dined at Mar-a-Lago on Friday and posed for a photo … Read the rest

Sunnier days are ahead, folks. And in addition to new leak-proof swimwear styles from Knix, you can look forward to scooping up sneakers from eBay more confidently thanks to its upcoming Authenticity Program launch. Read on for all the fashion news you need-to-know…

Knix just introduced its broadest swimwear collection to-date — and it includes leak-proof features

Photography courtesy of Knix

Coming in hot with 18 different styles, the 2021 swimwear assortment from Knix includes an array of important details including fade-, chlorine- and salt water-resistance and UPF 50+ protection. Several looks also boast leak-proof technology — a win for those who want to hit the water without hesitation. Sizes range from small to XXXL+ and come in printed and solid pieces, proving that variety is indeed the spice of life.

Obakki launches an organic cotton Essentials collection that has a sweet charitable component

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Photography courtesy of Obakki

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Another year, another pandemic Mother’s Day. But that doesn’t mean we can’t spoil the special moms (and mother figures) in our lives with treasures that will let them take some time for themselves or feel a little pampered. From the coziest Canadian-made robe and a new violet-hued iPhone for the purple-lovers out there to a belt bag with matching dog-walking leash for your favourite dog mom, there’s something for everyone. Not sure what’s on your best friend’s wish list? A subscription to an audio book and podcast service like Audible.ca will land straight in her inbox and give her thousands of books and episodes to choose from (just add headphones for the ultimate kid-free experience.) Here are 12 Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can have shipped straight to that lucky recipient.

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Canadian actor and activist Elliot Page is opening about his life since coming out as transgender.

Page is set to give his first on-camera interview with Oprah Winfrey on the series The Oprah Conversation, which will be available to stream on AppleTV+ on April 30, and the streaming service has dropped a moving sneak peek ahead of time.

In the sit down, Oprah asks the Oscar-nominated actor, who currently stars in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, what has brought him the most joy since sharing the news publicly.

“Goodness, what has brought me the most joy?” Page responds, taking a moment to think.

“It’s getting out of the shower and the towel’s around your waist and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and you’re like, ‘There I am.’ And I’m not having the moment where I’m panicked. I’m not having all of these little moments that used to … Read the rest

The pomp and circumstance around prom — and the importance of finding the perfect ensemble to wear to it — goes back decades. But prom trends have come and gone since young men wore powder blue tuxedos with matching cummerbunds in the 1970s, and it wasn’t until the aughts that lavishly beaded and bedazzled gowns became the standard for high school grads — largely thanks to young stars upping their game on the red carpet and millennial TV dramas beginning to adorn teen stars in luxury brands for their senior dances. (Take Marissa Cooper from The O.C., who showed up to prom dressed in Chanel!) It’s as if the night has become an extension of the star-studded red carpets and best dressed lists we ogle at each year. After all, these grand-scale Hollywood events are where designers and celebrities flex their influence — and are a quintessential stop on … Read the rest

“I never thought I would write a book,” says Christian Allaire endearingly. Allaire, whose recognition has grown since joining the U.S. Vogue team as a writer in 2019 — where he lends a particular expertise in highlighting Indigenous fashion creatives — admits he’s not used to being on the other side of the interview. But he’ll have to get used to it, especially after today’s release of The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used To Reclaim Cultures, his approachable, heartfelt and informative exploration of style.

The name of Allaire’s book comes from a very personal place, and he hopes it will resonate with fashion fans who, like himself, grew up not seeing themselves — or seeing caricaturized versions of their community — represented in the style world. Allaire grew up in Nippissing, Ont. on a First Nations reserve, and initially came to understand the dynamics … Read the rest

Though the winners throughout the 2021 Oscars spoke to a sea change in terms of the scope of talent being nurtured in Hollywood and beyond, when it came to the “most watched runway” in the world, the momentum of progress seemed to stop in its tracks.

Many fashion insiders and fans alike were hoping to see names like Christopher John Rogers (a current semi-finalist for the LVMH Prize and 2019’s winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund), Sergio Hudson (who outfitted Michelle Obama for January’s U.S. presidential inauguration festivities) and Claude Kameni (whose designs were worn by Viola Davis for the most recent Golden Globes) get checked when “What are you wearing?” was asked on the red carpet. But the labels that largely appeared were disappointingly the industry heavy-hitters — predominantly led by white designers — that we’re used to. Valentino (worn by both Zendaya and Carey Mulligan), Chanel, Armani Privé … Read the rest

Daniel Kaluuya’s 2021 Oscars moment may have came during the first hour of the Academy Awards ceremony, but it quickly became an early contender for best speech of the night.

The British actor was clearly moved on stage while accepting the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Fred Hampton in biographical drama Judas and the Black Messiah. His speech started emotionally, as Kaluuya thanked God, his family and his friends. “For my mom, thank you so much for pouring into me, you gave me everything. You gave me your factory settings. So I can stand at my fullest height,” he said, as the camera panned to his mom and sister, who was crying. “Love to my sister, my niece, my friends and family, everyone I love.”

Kaluuya moved on, eventually paying tribute to the real-life Hampton. “What a man, how blessed we are we lived … Read the rest

Lancôme has partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation

 

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On April 19, Lancôme announced that it has partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which aims to help women achieve economic stability through skills training, mentorship and self-employment programs that help women develop viable ideas for small businesses, write business plans and build a strong network. Throughout the partnership, two percent of proceeds from Lancôme’s best selling products on lancôme.ca — La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum, Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum and Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation — will be donated to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. “All women deserve every opportunity to achieve their potential, and we’re thrilled to partner with Lancôme toward that goal,” said Paulette Senior, president and CEO at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, in a statement released by the brand. “We look forward … Read the rest