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Success on lose weight tips

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, hundreds of American models have joined a social media campaign targeting the industry’s ‘unhealthy attitudes’ towards their body shape.

Working with the Model Alliance and the National Eating Disorders Association, models are signing an open letter to the American fashion industry, encouraging them to “prioritise health and celebrate diversity” on the runway.

The campaign, which is being shared across social media platforms, refers to a recent study from the International Journal of Eating Disorders, which surveyed young American models and revealed their widespread adoption of unhealthy eating practices in order to be more successful professionally.

Of the 85 models involved in the survey, 81 per cent were underweight, and 65 per cent said that they had been told to lose weight by their agents. Over 70 per cent had dieted, and more than half had skipped meals or fasted.

The open letter highlights that eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness, and can cause “irreversible damage” to sufferers.

Using the hashtag #dearNYFW, models are now sharing stories of the pressure they claim to have been put under by agencies to continually slim down, even when they are already underweight.

On Instagram, Brooklyn-based model Hartje Andreson wrote that at her most successful point in her career (“when I had my weight down to nearly 100 lbs [and] my hip circumference finally measured 34 inches”) she started breaking ribs when she exercised.

She was so underweight that her bone density had been affected. Others speak of impossible diets and the detrimental impact their work had on their mental health.

The Best Beauty Looks

The Grammys are unquestionably the biggest night in music, but little did we know that the red carpet at the 2017 awards show would serve as an IRL demo of how to wear one of the biggest beauty trends of the year: matching your makeup to your outfit.

From Katy Perry’s head-to-toe rose gold moment, to Jennifer Lopez’s full-on lilac look, matchy-matchy makeup is having a real moment. Of course, we have to mention Faith Hill’s lipstick that perfectly matched her red dress.

Going against the grain (as usual), Rihanna revamped the trend by matching her orange crop top with her orange-tinted waves. Why coordinate your makeup and your outfit when you can opt for a bright and sunny shirt/hair combo?

And then there were the risk-takers, Solange and Kat Graham, who killed it in graphic liner and glitter lips, respectively.

from her body-con red carpet dresses to her sexy tousled locks, the Modern Family star brings the heat wherever she goes.

Yesterday, Vergara celebrated Thursday (#TBT) by posting an epic throwback photo of herself when she was younger, and just starting out in Hollywood. The comp card shot features the actress striking a pose in a white bikini and significant bling. Smoky eyes, a nude lip and dark, wavy hair completed her smouldering look. But here’s why we LOVE Vergara—she poked fun at herself, referring to a certain mega-famous family, known for their sexy look. “#tbt to when I looked like a Vergashian” she captioned the Instagram photo. Clearly, Sofia’s younger self was Keeping Up With The Kardashians! Barely-there swimwear, long, dark hair and sexy makeup? Check, check, and check. We’re sure the KarJenners—Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie—would approve of Vergara’s twinning style.

Clothes for Roc Nation Brunch

Jay Z’s annual brunch had quite the turnout on the eve of the Grammys, as the Roc Nation family celebrated music’s big weekend at a Beverly Hills mansion while sipping on champagne and D’USSE cognac cocktails.

Singer Justine Skye was a showstopper in her MSGM ensemble which complimented her purple locks. “Obviously, I’m a unicorn, so I always want to stand out. Today, I just wanted to look like a little princess Barbie girl,” the singer explained.

The DJ kept turning hits like Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” while Jay Z and Sean “Diddy” Combs enjoyed cigars in their very own VIP section. Combs just had surgery but that didn’t keep him from attending… he brought his cane as his accessory and managed to make it look quite dashing. “Paul Smith is one of my real go-tos. For me, it was really about shaping my body, because I just got out of surgery, so I gained like 15 pounds, Combs said, “so I wanted to put on a piece that I felt like was going to still have me looking sexy.”

Jaden Smith, meanwhile, said he’d made his ensemble by hand. How long did it take him? “Not long,” the teen actor and rapper said.

We did you a solid and got you access to the digital front row of Altuzarra’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection—you’re welcome. Straight from New York Fashion Week, you can watch the Altuzarra show live (and given last season’s collection of Technicolor gingham and cherry-printed-everything—aka, what Carrie Bradshaw would wear to a picnic date in the park—how could you not tune in?).

Whats the hit and hot on fashion

We already know what’s going to be this spring’s hottest hair trend thanks to Kylie Jenner. The beauty mogul and reality star showed up at Alexander Wang’s Spring 2017 show at New York Fashion Week to support big sis Kendall, rocking a new ‘do that will soon be the go to trend for curly to wavy haired ladies the world over. Her normally long raven colored locks were shorn into a wavy shag complete with bangs. She styled her hair to look wet, adding an editorial touch to the trendy look.

And although it isn’t yet clear whether this new hair look is one of Jenner’s many wigs or her own hair, we can definitely say that it’s working. The reveal came conveniently right after Kendall debuted her new short bob—never to be outdone, Kylie one-upped her with her own crop.

The 19-year-old wore an outfit by Wang that included a black crop top with sheer panels as well as black, sheer-paneled leggings with sheer panels near the ankles and a multi colored plaid jacket. The social media maven posted pictures of her hair and outfit to Instagram as per usual, including a silly pic with a cartoon mouth over her own plumped up lips.

New fashion label

During her six years at Downing Street, Samantha Cameron inspired professional women across the country with her elegant, eclectic and modern approach to workwear. Now, she’s taking the next step in influencing the wardrobes of the nation by launching her own fashion line.

Cefinn (the first and last letters are the same as the Cameron surname while the middle letters represent the initials of her four children- Elwen, Florence, Ivan and Nancy) goes on sale today on its own website, Cefinn.com, as well as via Net-a-porter.com and Selfridges. The 35 piece collection is designed to be “urban uniform for busy women who love fashion,” according to Samantha Cameron, who first revealed news of the collection in British Vogue.

What do the clothes look like?

As you’d expect from a woman who had to dress for everything from the school run to a state dinner with the Obamas during her time in Number 10, Cefinn is a collection of easy-to-mix separates and dresses you can throw on and run out the door in.

There’s also a hefty dose of versatile workwear, such as the sleeveless wool top and matching midi skirt Cameron was photographed in for the Vogue feature. With its red trim, tie-waist and kicked hem, the look was sleek enough for the office but also ripe for dressing up come the evening.

Clothing brand guides

Cleveland text artist Katy Kosman has made a splash in recent years with her RTA Red Line mural, merchandising deals with Urban Outfitters and Valley Cruise Press and a popular zine, “Dear Vodka.” While she’s already dabbled in clothing, her next project is rolling out an apparel brand with Sahm Hanson of Beachwood boutique Brigade called Guided.

“Everyone has her book and loves her Instagram,” says Hanson, who has collaborated with Kosman on a book launch and pop-up shop at Brigade in the past. “We wanted a way to make her work really accessible and out there all the time. It’s a really fun way to own it. It’s also very relevant in the fashion world. You’re seeing a lot of graphic art coming out in high design.”

The line will roll out with hoodies and T-shirts bearing Kosman’s art with a launch party at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at 3204 Studios, 3204 Lorain Ave. The evening will also feature music by DJ Dan Polito. Guided clothing will continue to be based out of the gallery and host pop-ups and shopping by appointment, along with being sold at Bridage.

The first run of apparel launches with 10 pieces featuring art from Kosman’s “Dear Vodka,” which are all printed by Lakewood’s 717 Ink Screen Printing. They feature Kosman’s signature tongue-in-cheek imagery, like a ladder that says “Just here to let you down.”

“We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate it first anniversary,” says Kosman. “I had a lot of requests for stuff from there, so we figured it would be a good idea to bring our brand out with things people recognize.”

The first lookbook features photos by Casey Rearick and takes place at the Plum Kitchen and Cafe.

Fashion for Fidos fundraiser tips

Fashion is going to the dogs this Friday night at The Style Loop as they host their 2nd Annual Fashion for Fido’s fundraiser.

The upscale resale shop in Rocky River will roll out the red carpet for shopping, prizes, food, drinks and of course a couple of adorable canines who are seeking their forever homes.

Last year’s event raised more than $1,100 for Fido’s Companion Rescue, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue headquartered in Avon.

“We hope to raise more than $2,000 this year,” said Style Loop co-owner Heather Fay. “We’ve gotten amazing and generous donations that will be used as raffle prizes.”

Fay says they have gift baskets and gift cards from local businesses including Tomorrows Salon, Brown Aveda Institute, Pure Enchantment (makers of hand poured soaps and skincare products), Robert Patrick Salon, Bomba Tacos & Rum, Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar and Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

The cost to enter is $10, which includes a ticket to the door prize raffle, a $100 Style Loop gift card. All proceeds and a portion of the evening’s clothing sales will go to the rescue.

Event hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be pizza from Mellow Mushroom, beer from Sibling Revelry Brewing of Westlake, wine and sweets.

Bessie is a sweet and lovable adult American Bulldog and American Staffordshire terrier mix. She came to the rescue a bit of a portly princess, but with love and exercise, she’s slimmed down significantly. She is people, cat and other dog friendly. Champer is a 6-month-old Shetland Sheepdog and Beagle mix who had a broken leg when he was rescued. He’s better now and is just looking for love…and some training.

Style Loop co-owners Fay and Emily Reitenbach, who was a Fashion Flash subject last year (See her story here), opened the Style Loop more than a year ago. The store has high-quality upscale clothing that is sold on a consignment basis. They have everything from handbags, jeans, shoes and boots, sweaters, outerwear, evening wear and much more. There’s jewelry, accessories and athleisure from brands like Lululemon. There’s Gucci and Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Free People.

Cult items fashion editors

With the Bond Street arrival next Friday of Dior’s much salivated-over slingback kitten heels and feminist T‑shirts, it’s fair to say that, fashion-wise, we’re currently in the equivalent of Oscar season. This is the time of year when the big (and not so big) brands drip-feed their fondest hopes for the coming months on to Instagram and the shop floor – and the fashion set, en route for New York fashion week, pursue them with deadly earnest intent.

Not all key items are equal. Some are profoundly unflattering, ludicrously expensive, or destined to be obsolete in three months. Others (the ones here) are worth camping out for – although no one should own all of them. That would be greedy and look ridiculous.

However, we should take a cue from the fashion editrix: a few judiciously chosen It Pieces ensure you can carry on wearing pretty much what you wear all year round, secure in the knowledge…

The challenge for Baptista has been to find new ways to mine the life and times of founder Rene Lacoste, the champion tennis player of the 1920s and 1930s. And so the aircraft industry, in which Lacoste dabbled once his sporting days were over, became the starting point for a collection which ultimately offered fresh options in the unending quest for a wardrobe which works across all the opposing situations we all find ourselves dressing for- and the relaxed approach to dress codes which means that you can conceivably wear sportswear at the office or tailoring in your down time.

Know the power of dressing

Ian Griffiths is the engineer at the heart of one of the world’s most successful fashion labels. He’s also largely unknown, even inside the industry. Yet for someone apparently so happy to fly under the radar, he is remarkably jovial when confronted by a journalist and several tape recorders.

Maybe the fact that in his early twenties, he was more or less offered the Max Mara job in perpetuity has something to do with it. Not for him the watchful, fast-twitch responses that tend to be the hallmark of creative directors who have only a one or two year contract. “I’ve got the shortest CV in the business – Royal College of Art, Max Mara, The End” he says, his Derbyshire accent skeetering between a cultivated purr and a gurgle.

We’re in Shanghai on the morning of his big show there. The fact that flying here was my best chance of meeting him – despite him working just outside Milan and spending…

Let it be said that the 80’s were a questionable era for fashion. Yet that hasn’t stopped it from influencing the catwalks of late, and where fashion goes, beauty is never far behind. With that in mind, here are the best beauty breakthroughs from the 80’s that are just as relevant today…

Swimsuit that look so great for you

Model Christie Brinkley is returning to the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at age 63 and this time she’s appearing with her two daughters.

Brinkley will appear with 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel, her daughter with singer Billy Joel, and 18-year-old Sailor Brinkley Cook, in the issue coming out this month.

In an Instagram post , Brinkley thanks Sports Illustrated “for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date.”

Brinkley told People magazine she had thought her days of posing in a bathing suit were over when she turned 30. But she said getting to pose with her daughters convinced her to do it again.

Yes! I am excited to announce that I am back in @si_swimsuit ..I figured with my gorgeous daughters @alexarayjoel and @sailorbrinkleycook by my side whose going to be looking at me! Oh and My kids think I walk on water, so let’s not mention the apple box concealed just under the surface. For a preview check out @people.com ..and thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!