Transgender glam girl and queer advocate Madison Werner has modeled for Coach, Grindr, Candy Magazine, and Marc Jacobs, but she’s not focusing her life’s work on fashion and ad campaigns, and that becomes clear as soon as you land on her page. Take one scroll through her Instagram, and you’ll notice the educational infographics she posts, which are very much in style and color coordination with the rest of her feed. Those aren’t just there for show.

“Trans women do not owe anyone femininity . . . when folks tell me I should wear heels, it’s an opportunity to listen to myself and learn to say no.”

Madison is dedicated to teaching her followers about the LGBTQ+ community by sharing her own story and showing young folks just how much confidence they should feel free to have, no matter who they are. She began her transition in 2015 and … Read the rest

The pandemic hasn’t slowed Christian Siriano down. The 35-year-old designer was one of the first to convert his NYC studio into a place for creating masks, where he invited his small team of sewers in to support those on the front lines. He also managed to host two fashion shows – one socially distanced in his own backyard – customize red carpet gowns for virtual award season, work with ThredUp on a universal logo for thrifting, and launch his first bridal collection since 2017.

“There are a lot of emotions going on when it comes to Pride this year, and I think everybody’s just ready to celebrate the community and our culture.”

Now his focus is on Pride Month as he joins Burst in dreaming up a rainbow face mask that comes with a floss kit, for those who still want to feel smart and safe while navigating a reopening … Read the rest

There are many reasons to watch Cruella, the live-action film starring Emma Stone as the titular character and adapted from Dodie Smith’s novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians franchise. Mainly the glitzy and fabulous costumes.

Set in 1970s London during the punk rock era, the story centers on the backstory of Estella, an orphan and aspiring fashion designer who, with the help of her grifter buddies, Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace (Paul Walter Hauser), lands a job at the posh department store Liberty London and eventually gets hired by Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). Sartorial hijinks ensue, including a guerrilla fashion show and a haute couture dress made entirely of moths, in her journey to becoming the full-fledged, dalmatian-wielding villain Cruella de Vil.

POPSUGAR spoke to Cruella costume designer Jenny Beavan, an Oscar and Tony Award winner whose previous credits include A Room With A Read the rest

Brandon Blackwood started his luxury handbag brand out of Brooklyn, NY in 2015. The designer, who’s of Jamaican and Chinese descent, set out to to create a line that is inclusive, functional, affordable, luxurious, sustainable, and bursting with personality. Are there any more boxes you think he needs to check off? Speaking of bags with undeniable character, Brandon explains to me how all of his purses are named after really close friends, family, or townships in Jamaica. “Every bag named after a friend makes sense for that friend. That’s how I keep them close to me. Every bag has a story and speaks to who I am and who I represent,” he says.

Though he’s often compared to Telfar Clemens, who has also created an accessible product line that is for everyone, Brandon can tell you exactly what defines his bag on the market: “On the base level, it’s always … Read the rest

Ever since I was a preteen, I’ve cared deeply about my personal style. Chalk it up to living in a small beach town, but clothing has always been my platform for self-expression and individuality, like it is for so many others. During my confusing and uncertain adolescent years, I naturally gravitated toward pieces I saw in magazines: lacy tank tops, fun headbands, and heels that made me feel decidedly grown-up. But it wasn’t until a few years later that my feminine fashion choices would become a mask for the aspect of my life I so desperately wanted to hide: my physical disability.

As a timid young girl growing up with cerebral palsy, I subconsciously internalized which of my peers were “fashionable” from a very early age – and none of them seemed to have anything in common with me. Sure, we all shopped in the girls’ department at the local … Read the rest

It’s a sartorial move that hardly anyone saw coming, but 2000s-era wedges are back yet again. And for anyone who’s low-key struggling with the shift back to going-out shoes (let’s be real, aren’t we all?), the nostalgic and comfortable heel just may be the answer to our collective footwear anxiety. With an elevated height and even weight distribution, it’s the transitional shoe we didn’t know we needed as we get ready to re-enter the world.

“Wedge heels are both dressy and casual,” Rei Yoon Hongmi, creative director of Korean brand Reike Nen, tells POPSUGAR. “The sharp silhouette conveys a sense of womanliness, yet comfort. The current moment in fashion aims to be somewhere between the two.” What’s old is new again – just look at the most recent runways for proof: Schiaparelli’s fall/winter 2021 collection featured a stunning boot with a gold wedge heel and trompe l’oeil effects, while Givenchy … Read the rest

In a funny generational twist, millennial-favorite brand turned problematic fave Abercrombie & Fitch is trending on TikTok via influencers, curve models (we see you, Remi Bader!), and everyday shoppers. The hashtag #abercrombie currently has 61.7 million views (and counting). As a millennial myself (and a self-proclaimed shopaholic, no less), I was intrigued, to say the least.

I’ll be honest, the last time I had even thought about ye olde A&F was in high school, when I could barely afford anything the store had to offer. That, coupled with the fact that I never felt like I was the right shape or size for its clothing, meant Abercrombie was hardly a go-to for my wardrobe. Heck, I barely set foot in the place. But my mind is changing.

As it turns out, I wasn’t wrong for having mixed feelings about Abercrombie. The brand found itself in hot water a few years … Read the rest

#UGGPRIDE returns with its fifth annual “Proud Prom,” which is an inclusive, virtual event and campaign that reimagines the age-old tradition thrown with local LGBTQ+ and allied youth from Santa Barbara and the coastal communities of California. The Pacific Pride Foundation helps the brand celebrate self-identity and love through partnerships with friends of the shoe label including musician Lil Nas X, writer and model Hari Nef, UGG Feel You ambassadors Maya Samaha and Jordun Love, and PPF members Mads Hamilton, Sky Limon, Roz Borah, and the Brown family, who all show off the colorful 2021 Pride For All collection in portraits shot by Danielle Levitt.

“We did more than create images and films, we created memories and shared a collective respect and love. Because visibility is key for those who are often underrepresented, this UGG campaign became more significant. We went big, we went bold, and we didn’t apologize,” Levitt … Read the rest

For its sixth annual Pride collection, Converse has rolled out special edition sneakers – and a pair of slides! – with very important graphics. The five kicks featured in the campaign have iterations of jagged mountains that transition into colorful, free flowing summits, in order to convey that everyone’s journey to self-love can be struggling at times but is beautiful and unique on its own.

These five new styles are worn by young creatives who are members of the global All Star community and helped to dream up the capsule and campaign you see ahead. Converse By You offers nine additional customizable, gender neutral sneakers that round out the 2021 Pride collection (plus two little kids high-tops). There are also three celebratory graphic tees that range in size from XXXS to XXXL and retail from $20-$30.

To date, Converse has donated more than $1.3 million in support of local and … Read the rest

When you think of Phillip Lim, you may immediately picture his fashion brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and the iconic pieces associated with it – the Pashli satchel certainly comes to mind, a street style staple for years. Lim has the accolades to show for his success, having won CFDA awards for womenswear in 2007, menswear in 2012, and accessories in 2013. The Thailand-born American designer of Chinese descent has recently joined industry leaders such as Prabal Gurung, Chriselle Lim, and Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee to raise awareness around Asian hate crimes and have open conversations on Instagram Live to educate their followers.

“The fashion industry in America does a lot of subtle ‘othering’ into categories like the Asian designers and the Black designers. We’re all just designers, period.”

“I’m not an activist by any means. I’m an Asian American who is now activated,” Lim said when I talked … Read the rest