Lizzo, known for wearing only the brightest and most uplifting summer fashion we’ve seen yet, has just announced “big girl summer” in her Ashanti Swimwear Ama bikini, which was given to her by brother and sister design duo Dexter and Yasmeen Opare. Dexter and Yasmeen are behind the UK-based African label that infuses Kente and Ankara prints onto designs to reflect Ghanaian culture and tell a story. Lizzo’s choice in the Apremo-Canon pattern is associated with the Ghanaian fight for freedom from foreign domination.

“During the national lockdown last year, I sent Lizzo a message via DM, and she was kind enough to connect me to her team. I personally sent over some swimsuits, and we have stayed in contact since,” Yasmeen explained to POPSUGAR, continuing, “One thing I love about Lizzo is that her energy is infectious. Though our conversation was brief, Lizzo was so kind and open-hearted during … Read the rest

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

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

For the past four years (and counting!), we’ve been completely obsessed with the stylish millennial women of The Bold Type. In case you’re unfamiliar, the comedy-drama inspired by former Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief Joanna Coles is every bit inspiring as it is realistic. Every week, like clockwork, we’ve tuned in to watch Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) deal with the trials and tribulations of being a twenty-something in New York City, and working at the fictional Scarlet magazine.

Along the way, we’ve watched the co-workers-turned-BFFs experience growing pains personally, professionally, and yes, sartorially. Let’s take a look back, shall we? Jane is the Type A neurotic writer whose wit and romantic worldview is reflected in her choice of attire. Kat, on the other hand, is the whip-smart free spirit who works hard to get what she wants, even if she doesn’t know it at the … Read the rest

If you thought the Balenciaga Platform Crocs of 2017 were um, unexpected, brace yourself for the brands’ latest collaboration. The luxury fashion house recently debuted its spring 2022 collection featuring Balenciaga Crocs 2.0. This time, the popular clogs are in the form of heeled mules and chunky rain boots. And while the internet is unsurprisingly in an uproar over the collection, I have to admit, I’m intrigued. After all, those sky-high platform clogs sold out in pre-orders.

I haven’t worn Crocs since the fifth grade (and even then, I wore them, like, to the pool), so I have yet to jump on the resurgence, but the mules have certainly caught my attention. Sure, they’re ugly, but so were dad sneakers and Birkenstocks, until society deemed them cool again. Personally, I’m envisioning the green stiletto as a statement shoe for summer, paired with ripped jeans and a simple graphic tee. I … Read the rest

Ah, Crocs. You know them well and probably made fun of your dad for wearing them at one point in time – that is, until those vented foam-resin clogs became trendy. Just like a TikTok video reposted to Instagram, this is not new information at all. Whispers of Crocs becoming either ironically or unironically cool have been swirling in the fashion community for years – designers like Christopher Kane and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia were in on it as early as 2016 and 2017, respectively, when they each collaborated with the brand to create iterations of their own. But like the person seeing the aforementioned TikTok for the first time on Instagram, I was admittedly late to the game.

Like many of us, I was extremely online throughout the pandemic, and the lack of new Succession episodes had me tapping through Nicholas Braun’s IG Stories almost daily. The missives from Cousin … Read the rest

As ephemeral as trends can be, they’re typically easy to trace, especially in an era of excessive documentation. It’s the items that have been around forever that have far less transparent origin stories. Clogs – the practical wooden footwear that’s been in and out of fashion’s collective consciousness for as long as we can remember – are one such item.

No one can pinpoint an exact date of inception, likely because clogs, originally crafted from a single block of wood, have existed in many forms, gone by many names, and been found in many countries: Belgian sabot in Belgium; Traesko in Denmark; Sabot in France; Holzschuh in Germany; Klumpes in Lithuania; Klomp in the Netherlands; Tamancoo in Portugal; Asturian madreñas or Cantabrian albarcas in Spain; Träskor in Sweden; Zoggeli in Switzerland; Paduka in India; Bakiak in Indonesia; Geta or Okobo in Japan; Namakskin in Korea; Terompah in Malaysia; Bakya in … Read the rest

All LBGTQ+ couples are different, so when it comes to engagement rings and exchanging vows, there are no set rules about the bling that comes with the declaration of love. Some couples gift each other rings upon proposal, while others hand-pick their stones and bands together, ordering them from the same company or boutique, so there’s less of a surprise but lots of room for personalization. A lot of people have partners that don’t like to wear jewelry at all, and that’s cool, too. Just like with all of the other little bridal details, the options are endless.

I’ll never forget when my sister sent me a text message: “How can I figure out Megan’s ring size?” she asked me, after having already ordered her girlfriend a promise ring that ended up barely even fitting over the knuckle of her pinky. At least it wasn’t a diamond! Luckily, they have … Read the rest

When it comes to jewelry, the more sparkle, the better – and that includes adorning teeth. Tooth gems are having a resurgence on TikTok, and many of us know the flashy look is nothing new. In fact, the technique of modifying teeth with jewels dates back to the Mayans and has continued in Hispanic cultures. In the ’80s and ’90s, it was made especially popular within the Black community, thanks in large part to rappers and hip-hop artists wearing gold caps and grills (aka decorative tooth coverings). Now, a whole new generation of stars – including Hailey Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Adwoa Aboah – is discovering the trend.

A disclaimer: Although it’s sometimes called a tooth or dental piercing, nothing is actually pierced when you get a tooth gem. It simply requires attaching a crystal or gem to the tooth’s surface with an adhesive, meaning it’s an easy (and virtually … Read the rest

We’re bracing ourselves for a historic summer of socializing, and nothing says “look at me” quite like a going-out top. First came corset sweaters, then chic knitwear, and now, bandana tops have entered the chat. In case you’re looking to further spruce up your shirt drawer, they are the top choice (no pun intended) as far as post-pandemic party-going outfits are concerned – even if they’re not technically tops.

If it seems like the current state of fashion is one Y2K trend resurgence after another, that’s because it kinda is. From being a wardrobe hero of stars like Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera in the early aughts to becoming a summer 2021 staple for celebs such as Bella Hadid, bandana tops make just as much sense now as they did then. During a time when skin-baring styles are all the rage, trading in your basic tops for bandanas feels like an … Read the rest