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.

“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” … Read the rest

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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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

ERL, designed by Eli Russel Linnetz.
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

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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If Kim Possible were a real-life person, would she have to wear clothes exclusively from Banana Republic Club Banana? After behind-the-scenes photos from the live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot set surfaced on April 7, fans of the original Cartoon Network show proved that, when it comes to the translation of cartoon outfits to IRL costumes, sometimes it’s OK to deviate from the original design. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup traditionally dress in monochromatic matching A-line dresses with black belts, white socks, and sleek black Mary Janes. The live-action reboot costumes are nothing short of accurate, but fans had a Mojo Jojo-level problem with the simplicity of the designs.

“If this is what the Powerpuff Girls look like, god knows what the Professor and Mojo Jojo will be like.”

Like the square, uncomplicated structure of the animated outfits, the IRL costumes leave a lot of detail to be desired. After all, if the … Read the rest

Earlier this week, an unedited photo of Khloé Kardashian appeared on social media and, as things tend to do on the internet, it spread. Soon after, people began posting about how her legal team was messaging many of them to take it down in a futile effort to have the image scrubbed from the internet.

But in the same way things spread rapidly online, they also never really go away. What followed was the perfect example of the Streisand Effect, which is what happens when efforts to hide something only end up publicizing it more. It was coined in 2005 by Techdirt’s Mike Masnick, and alluded to Barbra Streisand who, in 2003, sued a photographer for violation of privacy for taking an aerial shot of her California mansion as part of a public collection of coastline photographs. Prior to her filing the lawsuit, that photo had only been downloaded … Read the rest

Twenty-one-year-old gender-fluid Lewis Freese has been recognized by Sports Illustrated Swim as the first-ever male finalist in the annual Swim Search for 2021, which is led by an open casting call. This is his second year applying to the contest, and he’s still a full-time student designing a major in business marketing, gender women sexuality studies, and retail merchandising. Lewis hails from Minnesota and takes his spot as one of the 15 finalists who could go on to be included in the issue among others from the LGBTQ+ community like trans woman of color Leyna Bloom and trans model Valentina Sampaio, both of whom made history on their own.

“Swimwear is one of the most binary forms of clothing, and I believe Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has redefined the true meaning of what a swimsuit embodies.”

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After a tumultuous 2020 during which the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) Gala was first postponed and then eventually cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual festivities recognizing Canada’s brightest fashion stars are going virtual this year.

CAFA announced on April 8 that its seventh annual Awards Gala will take place virtually on May 19, 2021.

The beauty of a virtual event? No limit to the guest list! “In place of the traditional in-person CAFA Gala, the 2021 edition can be experienced virtually by all,” reads a press release. “A first for CAFA, the digital format democratizes the Gala while acknowledging and honouring Canadian fashion’s great creatives.”

Amanda Brugel attends the 2019 CAFA Awards Gala. Photography by George Pimentel.

The host for the 2021 virtual CAFA Awards Gala was also revealed, with Canadian actress Amanda Brugel, known for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, Kim’s ConvenienceRead the rest