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Christopher Kane

Inspired by his SS17 collection, the new version of the clog style shoe are tiger print and embellished with an ostrich feather, floral Jibbitz adornments and Christopher Kane’s signature ‘K’.

Available in four trend-led colourways – you can choose between honey, avocado, ochre and black.Setting you back £64.99, this style are over £100 cheaper than the originals from his SS17 collection.

 

‘They are brilliant for summer, as they are so comfortable and cooling. That they look great is an added bonus. I’ve always been a fan of the iconic Crocs Clog. I like that they are perceived by some to be quite ‘ugly’ and not at all feminine or designed to flatter. They are designed for function, and that’s what attracted me to them,’ Kane commented.

If Kane has managed to convince you of their style kudos you can pick them up at Office, Topshop, Selfridges and more.

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The clothes are just irrelevant’

A candid interview in which British Vogue’s former fashion director said she was fired from the title has been mysteriously removed from the internet.

Ever since the announcement that long-standing editor Alexandra Shulman was to be replaced by stylist Edward Enninful, it became clear that a new era was dawning at the glossy title. Especially as two other departures swiftly followed: managing editor of 24 years Frances Bentley left on the same day, and fashion director Lucinda Chambers announced that she was to step down four months later.

But now, in an extremely open interview with Vestoj, Chambers has said that she was fired – a decision which she said took bosses just “three minutes” to carry out.

In an article published on the “critical thinking” fashion website, Chambers, 57, said she had been fired six weeks ago by Enninful.

“A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue,” she says. “It took them three minutes to do it. I didn’t leave. I was fired.”

British Vogue has since responded, saying: “It’s usual for an incoming editor to make some changes to the team,” the publication told The Independent.

“Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management.”

The interview was promptly taken down as soon as it began to gain traction on social media – a move the site says was due to the “sensitive nature” of the article.

But, Vestoj has since re-published it in its entirety with the hopes that it will spark a discussion which might, in the words of Chambers, “lead to a more empowering and useful fashion media.”

Entitled, “Will I Get a Ticket?”, Chambers went on to slam some of the magazine’s decisions – particularly when it came to advertising.

“The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap,” she admits.

“He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

Then, she shed light on the employment of a fashion editor who, according to Chambers, was employed despite being a “terrible stylist”.

“In fashion you can go far if you look fantastic and confident — no one wants to be the one to say ‘but they’re crap’.”

But, perhaps the most revealing extract of the entire interview came when Chambers exposed the reality of the publication she had worked for, for 36 years.

Here, she admitted that she hadn’t “read Vogue in years”, slating the clothes as “irrelevant” and “ridiculously expensive”.

“There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden.

“Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.

“I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see.”

Beauty bag

Whether you’re gearing up for a spot of sweaty yoga or a calorie-blasting cardio class, high intensity exercise does a great job at making you feel amazing. But, your hair and skin can often look less than gorgeous post-workout, leaving you in need of some serious freshening up.

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When it comes to your gym beauty bag, you’re pushed for both space and time, but having the right products can make all the difference. The solution? Simplify your pre- and post-exercise beauty regime with essentials that promise to work just as hard as you do, and in half the time.

Skyn Iceland, Glacial Cleansing Cloths, £13, Cult Beauty

It’s important to cleanse your skin before and after a workout in order to prevent clogged pores and breakouts, but busting out your full cleansing routine at the gym just isn’t going to happen.

Instead, invest in some ultra-delicate cleansing cloths that will help to detoxify your skin on-the-go. We love Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths that are infused with soothing Icelandic glacial waters, coconut oil, oat and amino acid-based surfactants to eliminate dirt and make-up residue.

Eyeko, Sport Waterproof Mascara, £10, Space NK

If you prefer to workout with a slick of mascara, you’ll want to avoid panda eyes by investing in a waterproof formula. Luckily, Eyeko have upgraded their award-winning mascara with a fibre-enriched waterproof formula that creates plumped-up, dramatic lashes that promise to see you through your workout and beyond.

Dry shampoo is an absolute must-have for any gym bunny and our favourite comes from the award-winning team at COLAB. The brand’s new Paradise fragrance gives hair an instant wow-factor even after a serious workout and leaves your locks with a totally tropical, coconut scent.

Spray the quick-fix formula into roots to absorb oil after brushing and you’ll feel effortlessly refreshed in an instant.

​A facial spritz is the perfect way to refresh and re-energise after a sweaty gym class as it’s great for hydrating skin and minimising stiffness. Our favourite is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir which acts like a vitamin shot to the skin giving it an instant burst of radiance.

It also smells amazing thanks to a concoction of extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint that also help to minimise your pores.

The last thing you want to do after a sweaty session is load your face with products so if you’re after a bit of coverage on those rosy cheeks opt for a CC cream, BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

For a formula that hydrates as well as covers, we suggest investing in By Terry’s Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream. Available in four shades, it adapts to your skin tone, blurs imperfections and also includes vitamin E to protect your skin from ageing environmental factors.

The childhood favourite is anything but juvenile

With summer comes the usual seasonal hairstyles – think tousled beach waves, slick ponytails and breezy braids. But this time round these looks are set to be finished off with perhaps the most stellar of hair accessories: the oversized bow.

If the last time you wore a bow in your hair it cast a flashback to butterfly clips and Velcro shoes, then it’s time to rethink how you dress up your tresses because this look is no longer reserved just for the toddler set.

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Why lace-up shoes are summer’s most sultry trend

Believe it or not this trend isn’t really anything new. Back in 2013 Celine’s Autumn/Winter 2013 ads saw model Daria Werbowy sport an insouciantly tied bow in her dishevelled bun that complimented the oversized feel of the collection.

It was playful, sharp and anything but juvenile.

Fast forward four years and the elaborate use of bows has re-enterted the fashion landscape with Dolce & Gabbana, once again, proving that they do hair accessories better than anyone else.

For Spring/Summer 2017, the fashion house sat a stack of social media stars and millennial influencers front row – Lionel Ritchie’s daughter, Sofia and Jude Law’s son, Rafferty among them. But not even they could outshine the jaw-dropping headpieces that graced the runway.

Gucci’s headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin (Rex Features)

Here, hairstylist Guido Palau showcased various types of large hair accessories placed right on top of model’s heads for an old Italy feel.

The most elegant of which was a polka dot silk hairband, twisted up and around a chignon to form an exaggerated bow.

Mini Gingham Headband, £6, topshop.com

Similarly, Gucci’s model’s sported a range of hairstyles but all were dramatically embellished.

A far cry from the demure black ribbon seen elsewhere, the Gucci headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin.

Hairband with a Bow, £6.99, hm.com

So, how do you wear a hair bow the grown up way?

The trick here is to consider how you’re styling your locks because while a sleek high bun might verge on ballerina, pairing a bow with bed-head hair perfectly straddles sweet and sultry.

While classic fabric

While classic fabric staples like cotton, linen and silk will no doubt be on the agenda this summer there is another, somewhat unlikely, textile trending both on and off the runway – tulle.

Traditionally reserved for wedding veils and tutus, the tulle takeover is in full swing. But forget frills and flounce because for 2017, the ballerina staple has had a high fashion makeover.

Across the board, designers interpreted the fabric in two very different ways – romantic and rebellious – pairing the delicate material with everything from oriental florals to sportswear and slogan t-shirts.

Now, to discuss tulle without first acknowledging the so-called Molly Goddard effect would be ludicrous. After all, the young London-based designer has championed the fabric ever since her first show back in Spring/Summer 2014.

Goddard always rises to the occasion and having built a brand on frou-frou party dresses, her latest offering did not disappoint.

Here, she cited New York’s underground club scene as her typically saccharine girls headed for an all-night rave. There were neon tulle dresses worn with t-shirts featuring photography by Nick Waplington, giant fluro-green crinoline skirts and sheer netted gowns cut asymmetrically at both the neck and the hem.

Dior turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its head (Getty Images for Dior)

But, we all knew Goddard would deliver. What was interesting here was to see how other brands took on tulle.

For her debut at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri – the first woman ever to be in charge as creative director – reflected on what it means to be feminine in today’s world. And as such, turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its

The designer paired floor-sweeping black tulle skirts with faded slogan tees, one of them reading, “We should all be feminists,” while other models appeared wearing their fluffy skirts with masculine padded jackets, skeletal corseting and leather.

Similarly, Marques’ Almeida and Saint Laurent ditched the material’s delicacy proving that tulle need not be confined to typically girlish pieces. For Spring/Summer 2017, Marques’ Almeida presented long tulle sleeves emerging from t-shirts, blooming waistcoats and even a shimmering denim two-piece.

Saint Laurent injected its racy offering with a spin on 1980s revival that saw swathes of tulle draping from the rear of tuxedo dresses and tucked into high waisted leather skirts.

So, how can you wear tulle IRL without looking like a wannabe ballerina? Well, the trick here is to completely ditch all associations with it being a symbol of idealised

Instead, take your cue from the runway and pair your black midi length tulle skirt with a graphic tee, a pair of flat mules or even some classic white tennis shoes.

That being said, saccharine hues aren’t completely off the cards – just make sure to toughen them up by perhaps slipping a bralette underneath a sheer number or wear with another totally unexpected colour.

Bag Trending Now

From Beyoncé and Amal Clooney to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Amanda Seyfried, 2017 has been the year of the celebrity pregnancy, and it has had an interesting knock-on effect when it comes to fashion.

According to global fashion search platform, Lyst, global searches for ‘diaper bag’ are up 74% compared to this time last year.

It seems a growing number of new mums are taking their cue from the celebrities and investing in designer diaper bags.

Lyst reported a 40% increase in designer diaper carriers styles across their 12,000 partner retailers, and the average diaper bag now sells for a whopping £405.
While all the big names – including Burberry, Versace and Moschino – cater to this market, there is one brand that is leading the way. It is, of course, Gucci. Gucci’s diaper bag was the most viewed bag on Lyst last week (w/c 3rd July).

Hardly suprising considering the bag looks nothing like a traditional diaper bag. Complete with the GG printed pattern and a chic leather trim, the French Fashion house haven’t forgotten about the sensible details- it comes with bottle pockets and a fold-out changing mat. Available in two sizes, you can choose beween a number of colourways and pattern options.

Style points and practicality don’t come cheap though, Gucci’s diaper bags start at approximately £1290. At least with a bag this fashion forward, you would be able to use it long after the nappy changing days are finished…

Fashion kids

A cursory glance at the fashion statement of celebrity kids tells you that street fashion is here to stay even among this age group, says Sweta Kumari.

One look at photographs of Harper Beckham, Suri Cruise or Dannielynn Birkhead who modelled for Guess and you know that street fashion is not a passing fad. Children, as much as youth, breathe it.

Street style for kids is big business today. Funky, quirky and jazzed up with glamour accessories team up with the carefully casual look for girls and boys.

Street style has always been there. It is only since the mid-1950s that its importance has been recognised, appreciated and emulated. Street fashion is considered to have emerged not from studios, but from the grassroots. It is generally linked with youth culture, and is often seen in major urban centres even though smaller towns have their own smaller hubs.

Theories about origin of street fashion

The Trickle Up Theory involves innovation or a picky style that begins on the streets, worn by lower income groups. It is picked up by designers and projected to upper class spheres which purchase the designs.

A typical example of this is the T-shirt. From a modest start, the Tee has turned into an emblem of global fashion. It has become not just a fashion and cultural icon, but a message board where people can express their feelings in the form of slogans, symbols and logos. Messages focus on the wider audience of popular culture, or are directed at subcultures, politics, economics, social issues and more.

 

The boyband staple

The latest in a long line of 90s comebacks – think belly-baring crop tops, chokers and Calvin Klein undies – hair highlights for men are in the midst of a revival.

Once considered a boyband staple, ‘frosted tips’, more commonly known as ‘guylights,’ were the look du jour for some of the most eligible men of the moment – we’re looking at you, Justin Timberlake – but recently, they’ve been cropping up all over the place.

And, what’s even more surprising is that we don’t particularly hate it

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Similar to highlights, this style is achieved by bleaching just the ends of hair strands, leaving the impression that one’s hair has been ‘frosted.’

Most recently, the look has been adopted by the likes of Chris Evans on the cover of L’Uomo Vogue, John Mayer, Niall Horan and YouTube sensation Alfie Deyes.

But just because it looks good on them doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll suit you.

Instead of looking directly to 90s heartthrobs for inspiration, stylists believe that the highlight resurgence is a reaction to more severe hair trends that have dominated for the past few years such as grey, platinum and structured barbershop locks.“For a while, everything was bold and demanded attention,” Tyson Kennedy, co-owner of Cutler Salon in NYC told GQ.

“We had slicked-back undercuts with shiny pomades and tight fades, lots of really strong looks.”

As a result, this new trend allows guys to emphasise their strands without going too OTT.

Still not convinced? Well you’re not alone because ‘frosted tips’ appear to have completely divided the internet.

While some say that they would definitely give it a go, others beg for them to be left where the belong.

“Saw a young boy with frosted tips today and y’all for about .2 seconds I thought about getting frosted tips,” one person tweeted.

While another added, “Why are frosted tips coming back, keep that s*** in 2001.”

How the latest technology can help you get salon

Given that we’re more clued up about our beauty regimes than ever before, it’s no wonder the smart technology once only available in the salon has finally evolved for clever, at-home use. From gel nails to laser hair removal, armed with the knowledge – and now the tools – to achieve professional results for a fraction of the cost and in a lot less time, more and more of us our tackling a range of treatments from the comfort of our own home.

A new survey conducted by Braun Beauty has found that 66 per cent of us are forgoing salons for the DIY approach as appointments are too expensive – with half saying the price takes away our enjoyment of a salon trip. In fact, 97 per cent of women revealed they could save up to £1,200 a year by doing their beauty maintenance themselves. And with 69 per cent of those polled seeing salon treatments as a luxury, spurred on by the possible savings, it’s no surprise so many are taking back control of their beauty regimes.

Of the DIY beauty treatments out there, hair removal was reveal as the most popular with nearly three quarters of those questioned (71 per cent) choosing to do this at home and 26 per cent saying it saves them the most money against salon prices. But how do you get the same results at home?

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad (£179.99) combines advanced epilation hair removal with massage and exfoliation heads to offer five outstanding treatments from one device. As well as removing hairs as small as a grain of sand, the exfoliation brush options ensure skin has an ultra-smooth and soft finish. An added deep body massage pad stimulates blood circulation and massages deeper than a standard body brush, visibly improving the skin’s appearance.

Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad, £179.99, Bra

Given that we’re more clued up about our beauty regimes than ever before, it’s no wonder the smart technology once only available in the salon has finally evolved for clever, at-home use. From gel nails to laser hair removal, armed with the knowledge – and now the tools – to achieve professional results for a fraction of the cost and in a lot less time, more and more of us our tackling a range of treatments from the comfort of our own home.

A new survey conducted by Braun Beauty has found that 66 per cent of us are forgoing salons for the DIY approach as appointments are too expensive – with half saying the price takes away our enjoyment of a salon trip. In fact, 97 per cent of women revealed they could save up to £1,200 a year by doing their beauty maintenance themselves. And with 69 per cent of those polled seeing salon treatments as a luxury, spurred on by the possible savings, it’s no surprise so many are taking back control of their beauty regimes.

Of the DIY beauty treatments out there, hair removal was reveal as the most popular with nearly three quarters of those questioned (71 per cent) choosing to do this at home and 26 per cent saying it saves them the most money against salon prices. But how do you get the same results at home?

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad (£179.99) combines advanced epilation hair removal with massage and exfoliation heads to offer five outstanding treatments from one device. As well as removing hairs as small as a grain of sand, the exfoliation brush options ensure skin has an ultra-smooth and soft finish. An added deep body massage pad stimulates blood circulation and massages deeper than a standard body brush, visibly improving the skin’s appearance.

Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad, £179.99, Braun

There’s also the Braun FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad (£89.99) – which combines facial epilation, cleansing and revitalising systems. With six treatment options available, it offers effective cleansing, a deep and sensitive exfoliating brushes, precision epilation and a beauty sponge head that can be used to apply make-up or skincare products. There’s also a new SkinVitaliser pad with micro-vibrating silicone tips to help boost blood circulation as it gently massages and peels.

FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad, £89.99, Braun

Both the Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa with New Body CelluMassager pad and Braun FaceSpa with New SkinVitaliser pad are available at amazon.co.uk

here’s also the Braun FaceSpa with SkinVitaliser pad (£89.99) – which combines facial epilation, cleansing and revitalising systems. With six treatment options available, it offers effective cleansing, a deep and sensitive exfoliating brushes, precision epilation and a beauty sponge head that can be used to apply make-up or skincare products. There’s also a new SkinVitaliser pad with micro-vibrating silicone tips to help boost blood circulation as it gently massages and peels.

The clothes are just irrelevant

A candid interview in which British Vogue’s former fashion director said she was fired from the title has been mysteriously removed from the internet.

Ever since the announcement that long-standing editor Alexandra Shulman was to be replaced by stylist Edward Enninful, it became clear that a new era was dawning at the glossy title. Especially as two other departures swiftly followed: managing editor of 24 years Frances Bentley left on the same day, and fashion director Lucinda Chambers announced that she was to step down four months later.

But now, in an extremely open interview with Vestoj, Chambers has said that she was fired – a decision which she said took bosses just “three minutes” to carry out.

In an article published on the “critical thinking” fashion website, Chambers, 57, said she had been fired six weeks ago by Enninful.

“A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue,” she says. “It took them three minutes to do it. I didn’t leave. I was fired.”

British Vogue has since responded, saying: “It’s usual for an incoming editor to make some changes to the team,” the publication told The Independent.

“Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management.”

The interview was promptly taken down as soon as it began to gain traction on social media – a move the site says was due to the “sensitive nature” of the article.

But, Vestoj has since re-published it in its entirety with the hopes that it will spark a discussion which might, in the words of Chambers, “lead to a more empowering and useful fashion media.”

Entitled, “Will I Get a Ticket?”, Chambers went on to slam some of the magazine’s decisions – particularly when it came to advertising.

In our first of three instalments of “Stories of Style”, Vogue’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers shared her favourite styling tips in a masterclass hosted by @johnlewisretail – from the key pieces to own to customisation, discover them all via the link in bio #promo

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“The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap,” she admits.

“He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

Then, she shed light on the employment of a fashion editor who, according to Chambers, was employed despite being a “terrible stylist”.

 

“In fashion you can go far if you look fantastic and confident — no one wants to be the one to say ‘but they’re crap’.”

But, perhaps the most revealing extract of the entire interview came when Chambers exposed the reality of the publication she had worked for, for 36 years.

Here, she admitted that she hadn’t “read Vogue in years”, slating the clothes as “irrelevant” and “ridiculously expensive”.

“There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered. Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden.

“Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive.

“I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see.”