Beyonce releases festive fashion range


Beyonce has released a festive fashion range, which includes sweaters, t-shirts and onesies, as well as a childrens range, phone accessories and gift wrap.


The 36-year-old singer has launched a new holiday collection ahead of Christmas, and the line includes a variety of slogan t-shirts and hoodies as well as accessories, all of which are available to buy on her website Beyonce.com.


The ‘Halo’ hitmaker’s range features a forest green jumper with the words “Sis The Season”, “Beyonce Holiday Sweater” or “Have a Thicc Holiday” emblazoned on the front, as well as a red sweater, t-shirt and infant onesie with white printed detail and the words “Shinin” or “[smiley face emoji] Thru All 4 Seasons” on them.


The capsule also has garments with photographs of the artist – who has daughter Blue, five, and five-month-old twins Sir and Rumi with her husband Jay Z – printed on the front, including one of Beyonce wearing a black v-plunge top, and a glitter headpiece, while pouting and holding her two fingers up.


But that is not all, as Beyonce has also added a variety of accessories to her collection, including two phone cases; one with “Shinin” emblazoned on the back and the other with “Slay Bells” in a chequered fabric on the back, as well as other pieces.


The ‘Crazy In Love’ artist has also included festive wrapping paper in the range, as well as ornaments, such as baubles with her face, as well as one with her nickname “Yonce”, printed on them.


And the variety of merchandise ranges from $12 to $85.


But this is not the first time Beyonce has created a line for the holiday season, as last year she released a range of sweatshirts with the phrase “I Sleigh All Day” on the holidays.Read more at:cocktail dresses | marieaustralia.com

Gadget-free grooming is fast

Gadget-free grooming is fast becoming a thing of the past as our beauty cabinets fill up with more and more gizmos. In fact, according to the 2016 Kline report, the beauty device market in Europe is up 18 per cent – the biggest growth worldwide.

It make perfect sense: in the age of electric cars and virtual reality, it’s only natural that the beauty industry should innovate.

Our busy schedules and the demand for at-home treatments has seen a boom in high-tech devices: from micro-current facial cleansers to silicone toothbrushes.

For starters, our hair has never been so well looked after with the launch of Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer to GHD’s platinum styler, which both work to regulate temperature, prevent heat damage and protect shine. It makes styling your hair with heat far less destructive.

In fact, GHD’s platinum straighteners are proven to reduce hair breakage by 50 per cent and increase shine by 20 per cent. A far cry from the blistering-hot, snagging flat irons of yesteryear.

While you might have written off beauty gadgets as fads, the trend for sonic skincare, which began in 2001 with the launch of Clarisonic’s cleansing system, isn’t going away anytime soon.

The brand has continued to grow, delivering newer versions like the Smart Profile – a tool which works on both face and body – while Foreo’s Luna 2 promises more effective cleansing with 8,000 sonic pulsations per minute.

Of course, not all skincare gadgets require the same amount of electrical buzz.

Take the Jade Facial Roller for instance: hailed by beauty gurus, it works to stimulate lymph drainage while massaging skin and underlying muscles to boost circulation, eliminate puffiness and give your skin an enviable glow.

While not cheap, investing in smarter grooming tools can make your life easier and help you get results akin to those you’d expect from a professional clinic.Read more at:white cocktail dresses | red cocktail dress

Sky is the limit for Melville High design genius Corazon Garcia-Kytola

Ancient Finnish legend tells of a fox who ran so quickly across the snow that his tail caused sparks to fly into the night sky, lighting it ablaze with brilliant, technicolour shades that are today known as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights.

That is the story passed down from generation to generation in Finland and an important cultural tale that will take one local student all the way to the top following the exploding success of her Year 12 HSC Textile and Design major work.

Melville High HSC student Corazon Garcia-Kytola has literally embedded the Aurora creation story and her Finland heritage into her textile artwork – a dress which took six months of blood, sweat and tears to finish. Speaking to the Argus, Corazon tells of how the major work is so much more than just a dress.

“I’ve hand-embroidered paw-prints, snowflakes, the fox and other significant symbols into the material of the dress to reflect the story my granparents told me when I was a girl. When you lift up the dress there is another layer which I have attached LED lights to to represent the beautiful colours and the brilliance of the Aurora,” she said.

Corazon’s artwork has been selected to feature in the 2017 TexStyle Exhibition – an annual exhibition of outstanding Major Textiles Projects by HSC students.

The exhibition will be held at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill Racecourse from Thursday 8 March to Sunday 11 March 2018.

She has also been asked to apply for submission into the Powerhouse Museum. “Everyone in my house is glad it’s over, I think Dad was excited to get back to work,” she laughed.

As for the future, the sky is the limit. Corazon has already visited universities in Melbourne and keen to check out institutions in Sydney.

She plans to spend the next 12 months on a gap year to build up her savings. “I’d love to get into international studies but I think I’m going to do a bachelor of arts and get a taste for what the unis can offer me. But first I need to work for the money,” she said.Read more at:white formal dresses | plus size formal dresses australia

Alexa Chung talks about her own experiences with sexual harassment

Alexa Chung talks about her own experiences with sexual harassment 

(Photo:formal dresses online australia)Considering the wave of allegations, stories and charges which have been laid out against some of Hollywood and fashion’s biggest names, it comes as no surprise yet another story has emerged, this time from Alexa Chung.

In a conversation with Chelsea Handler published on Refinery29, Chung discusses everything from being single to dressing for her her age, but perhaps the most poignant point she makes is about women — particularly models — in fashion and the abuse of power that occurs.

Admitting her time as a model wasn’t exactly free from “sticky situations”, as Chung puts it, the now fashion designer shares her thoughts on the recent accusations against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly.

“I started out as a model when I was a teenager. I was put in some pretty sticky situations at a very young age, and it’s prevalent still in the fashion industry. I think there need to be some kind of rules put in place. For example, maybe toting your portfolio around as a teenager to some weird dude’s apartment and showing them your book in their living room is maybe a strange setup,” Chung said.

When asked if she had gotten into a situation where she was scared for her safety, Chung shared the following story.

“Yeah, there were a couple of situations when I was much younger. The details have gotten murky as I’ve gotten older. But something happened that was weird enough for me to remember it, even now. I remember my sister leaving me at a photoshoot. I was always chaperoned; my parents made sure of that. She left to get coffee or whatever, and some photographer guy had shot me last. Everyone else had gone home. I guess it should’ve been an indicator to me, but I was so young. And he started undressing me. He was like, ‘Okay come into my bedroom. I’m the stylist now.’ And it wasn’t until halfway through my clothes being off that I was like, ‘Oh God. Okay no, this is not okay.’ I was very, very innocent.”

Revealing she has never felt “sexually threatened”, Chung went on to refute those who say her “strong personality” as the reason she’s never been sexually assaulted: “That’s such an unfair thing to say to women. It’s not because I have a strong personality. It’s just because I’ve been lucky. People with strong personalities get sexually harassed all the time. That has no place in our conversation.”

Chung’s story comes just days after fellow British model Edie Campbell wrote an open letter, addressing the power imbalance which hangs over the fashion industry, and calling out those who allow it to continue.Read more at:cocktail dresses australia

‘I’ve sat in a changing room in my underwear for ages’

It’s then we need help and advice from people we trust.

“I’ve sat in a changing room in my underwear for ages waiting for my friends to get back to me,” says Sophia Matveeva, founder of fashion advice app, Style Counsel.

“I wanted their advice on the outfit I was thinking of buying. And my friends on WhatsApp were always asking me what they should wear, but we’d often be in different time zones and the answers would come too late.”

Fashion dilemmas like this gave her the idea for an app to help women crowdsource advice from stylists and sister fashionistas in a safe, troll-free environment.

“Young women have always cared about what others think about their look, but social media has amplified this”, says Ms Matveeva.

“Your image can reach far more people than ever before – it’s like being a celebrity, and this has made us a lot more worried.”

Style Counsel users wanting advice on an outfit can post a photo and receive “yes” or “no” answers from other users, or more detailed advice from vetted fashion stylists and bloggers “within minutes”, she says.

So far around 7,000 people have downloaded the app, and more than 90 stylists are on hand to dispense advice. Photos are being uploaded from North America and Australia, as well as the UK, she says.

Fashion advice is a growing business, with dozens of apps, such as AskAnna, Mallzee and StyleDotMe, springing up, primarily targeting young women.

Image-focused social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest have been a key place for fashion enthusiasts to share ideas and opinions for some years.

And all this data about people’s like and dislikes is gold dust for retailers.

“The most expensive piece of research retailers pay for is to find out why something didn’t sell. Our platform tells them why – that’s valuable feedback,” says Ms Matveeva.

This endless appetite for customer data undoubtedly prompted retail giant Amazon to launch its Echo Look camera.

A “style check” function then compares photos and gives its algorithmically-derived opinion of which outfit is better, based on fit, colour, style and current fashion trends. Amazon says its own panel of fashion experts has helped develop this function.

But will this rather impersonal form of advice really appeal to social, sharing-obsessed twentysomethings?

“Women, more than men, are social creatures – AI will never stop us talking to each other,” says Ms Matveeva.

“We need human-first technology. Girls will always want the approval of the cool girl at school, and on Instagram there are millions of cool girls.”

Most young people like to search for and buy clothes online via their mobiles these days – no queues, less stress.

But getting the right fit is difficult and leads to hundreds of billions of dollars worth of items being returned each year, at great cost to retailers.

“Every brand has its own sizing parameters – there are no international standards,” explains Isabelle Ohnemus, chief executive of EyeFitU, a fashion website that finds clothes to fit your figure. “This is why returns are so high.

“We can set up your size profile in a few seconds with 80% accuracy just knowing your gender, height, weight and age,” she says.

EyeFitU has about 60 retailers on its site – “mostly big international brands”, says Ms Ohnemus – and using all the data it has collected, translates these differing national and brand sizings to suit your actual shape.Read more at:princess formal dresses | one shoulder formal dresses

Black and white results in a few red faces at Derby Day

That awkward moment when you spot someone else wearing the same dress as you...

(Photo:backless formal dresses)The key to taking a fashion risk is knowing when to take one, and when to take a second look.

Monelle Mondello took one of the greatest risks at Melbourne’s Derby Day by entering Fashions on the Field for the first time, in an outfit she sourced entirely online.

Her long, striped skirt, by an Italian designer, sleeveless top and angular hat may not have had traditional racewear all over it but it won the debutante prizes worth more than $5000 in the daily competition.

“I didn’t know what to expect … it was all very last minute; my skirt only arrived in the post on Friday,” Mondello said.

Making decisions at the last minute was the fashion prescription for Derby Day, the chilliest in 40 years.

Neighbours star Olympia Valance, wearing Melbourne designer Jason Grech​, chose comfort and style over shivering at Flemington on Saturday.

“I always wear pants and thank god I wore pants because it’s freezing out there,” she said.

Valance said she learnt her lesson after freezing through the Caulfield Cup carnival, and also changed her shoes for Derby at the last minute.

“I changed to some Nine West shoes I had in my wardrobe that I know are going to be all right all day.”

Robyn Lawley​, one of the world’s best known curvy models, said she was sipping cocktails to numb the pain caused by her shoes. The Kennedy ambassador said she’s a huge fan of taking fashion risks.

“I once wore a hat that was [had a rude word on it] and it didn’t really work in my favour,” she said. “There’s a time and a place for everything. I was in New York and I was wearing it all the time around Williamsburg and Brooklyn.”

One of the fashion highlights of the day was actress Melissa George’s couture gown by Schapiarelli​, which she teamed with a Gregory Ladner​ wide-brimmed hat in the ultimate high-low move at the track.

Other celebs to make the best-dressed list included Lavazza guest and Mimco ambassador Montana Cox, in a dress with billowing white sleeves and a simple gold crown, a look favoured by The Block’s Elyse Knowles, whose Paolo Sebastian dress had a series of sheer netted panels.

Fashion blogger and TV personality Tash Sefton, wearing a polkadot shirt and a headpiece made from baby’s breath, said taking a risk requires confidence and a bit of knowledge.

“There were some girls who maybe took a risk but didn’t look in the mirror before they left,” she said.

Fashion faux pas were relatively light, although in a significant clanger, face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins and racing commentator Francesca Cumani​ were sporting the same dress

Edgy modestwear breaks convention

“Femininity is cliched in Muslimah wear,” says Malaysian designer Jovian Mandagie. “Where I come in – that is the future.”

That is why the 31-year-old sent a collection of streetwear-inspired modest fashion looks down the Singapore Fashion Week runway last Saturday at National Gallery Singapore, featuring blue cotton and denim, caps, trousers, oversized silhouettes, pleated embellishments and tiny red glass beads.

“Islamic fashion has always been known to be conservative, feminine, romantic and luxurious. But there’s never been an approach that goes in the direction of streetwear,” he says about the eight-piece collection, titled Against Barricades.

“Nowadays, streetwear is the trend. It’s what people are wearing, whether they’re youngsters or the middle-aged.”

It is a departure from his usual style of “pretty dresses” made of silk, he says, towards “something that is a bit more androgynous and also, I would say, daring”.

“Normally, I would be doing evening dresses and ball gowns. It turns out that I do have a flair for streetwear.”

The new collection, which was put together in just three days, is intended to give audiences a taste of a dedicated streetwear brand that he will be launching some time next year. “There will be a new label designed by Jovian Mandagie, called Against Barricades. This is more or less an introduction to it,” he says.

As women are donning hijabs at a younger age, it is clear to him that modestwear will become edgier, “sportier and trendier”. Young designers like himself have revolutionised modestwear, making it “very current and accepted even by those who are not Muslim”, he says, explaining that Muslimah fashion is modestwear with the addition of a hijab.

Innovation is not new to him. “I have always been the trendsetter in Malaysia when it comes to modestwear,” says the fashion graduate of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia.

The Jovian Mandagie label was established in Kuala Lumpur 10 years ago. Five years ago, he branched out from couture and launched Jovian Ready-To-Wear because he saw a gap in the modest fashion market.

“We were the first proper brand to launch a ready-to-wear line and it became big right after that,” he says. A total of 25,000 pieces were produced for his first ready-to-wear collection. Today, that number has grown to 150,000 pieces. He has eight stores in Malaysia and Brunei.

Early next year, he will be opening his first Singapore store in Haji Lane. Local fans were consulted about the location of the store and there has been “amazing feedback”. Currently, about 30 per cent of his customers are Singaporeans, who buy his clothes online. Prices in the ready-to-wear line range between $80 and $200.

“Singapore will be a stepping stone for us to go international,” he says, revealing that there are also plans to enter the British and European markets in two years.

The designer, who was also a host on TLC’s wedding fashion reality television show Say Yes To The Dress Asia last year, is clearly business-minded. Under the Jovian Mandagie brand, he runs an Indonesian restaurant called Bakso Monster in Kuala Lumpur, as well as services offering events planning and wedding decor.

“I have become more of a businessman than a designer,” he says, laughing heartily. He calls himself “practical, aggressive and impatient”.

In the near future, he says, he may expand into children’s products. That is because his wife Nina Sabrina Ismail Sabri, 30, who owns a kindergarten and hair salon, is expecting their first child, a baby girl.

Meanwhile, he has his hands full – there are already orders for the collection that debuted on the SGFW runway. More than 10 pieces have been snapped up. “For a collection that has not been launched, that’s good,” he says.Read more at:formal dresses sydney | short formal dresses