A Brief History of New York’s Fashion Week
Jun22

A Brief History of New York’s Fashion Week

By Samuel Phineas Upham New York has been a center for the fashion world since the early 1900s, when European fashions first came to America. At the time, it was quite popular for fashion magazines to print the latest fashions out of Europe, which is how Harper’s Bazaar got its start. Before that, Vogue was founded in 1892 on similar principles. The first fashion week wasn’t really a “Fashion Week”, per say. Eleanor Lambert, who was acting press director of the New York Dress Institute announced that all fashion shows would be put into a single week she dubbed “Press Week”. That was in 1942. By 1992, Press Week had become a full blown gala that nearly takes over New York City. Runway shows were held in private lofts and apartments, as fashion grew an underground culture. These shows, while seemingly simplified into one block of time, were surprisingly difficult for fashion editors to attend. During at least one show, the roof of the venue threatened to cave in. In 1993, everything changed when Fern Mallis of the Council of Fashion Designers of America decided that all shows should be held under one roof. This was really the first time New York’s Fashion week showed a side that would be recognizable to us today. All events were scheduled within a series of tents, an idea that took off and proved popular. The event was dubbed “7th on Sixth”, and was eventually sold to IMG. Today, IMG produces the signature shows while the CFDA oversees the larger list of all events in the area. About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or...

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5 Tips on how to colour your hair at home
May15

5 Tips on how to colour your hair at home

Instead of spending countless hours at the salon and spending on frequent colour changes, colouring your hair at home can be an easy way to transform your look. Follow the tips below to ensure you get the right shade and colour your hair safely. Your skin tone – To ensure you don’t buy the wrong colour choose one within two shades of your natural colour. To understand which colour would work best, consider the type of jewellery you wear. If you wear more gold, opt for warm colours such as golden blondes and reds. If you prefer more silver, you should opt for colour close to ash. Type of colour – If you want full coverage, choose a liquid or cream based colour. For a beginner choose a mousse or a foam based colour. Buy two of your shade – If your colouring your hair for the first time, buy a few boxes of colour in your shade. This will prevent you from running out mid colour. At home supplies – Apart from the equipment that comes with your colouring kit, you will need a few more at home supplies. For example you will need vaseline to protect your hair line from absorbing the colour. To protect your hands, keep a pair of good quality gloves and a dark towel that you don’t mind staining. Check how long your colour should be on your hair and place a timer on your phone. Condition to lock in moisture – To prevent damage due to colouring, invest in a good quality hair mask and apply it weekly. After colouring your hair for the first time, use the hair colour provided in your colour...

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3 Hair ‘Disasters’ That Were Resolved By Experts

There are a number of hair disasters that pros have been asked to fix in a hurry. As you read on, you will find the solutions you found. Apart from this, you will also find out how you can prevent these disasters in the first place. Here are three hair ‘incidents’ that were resolved by experts: 1: Hair streaked by color One expert was called in to carry out a touch-up of a client’s hair. She noticed a green line running through her locks and that she had gotten from swimming the previous day. Clearly, this was from chlorinated water and that was absorbed by the scrunchie that she used to dye her hair. After using dish soap and clarifying shampoo, the expert used diluted nail polish remover to get rid of the stubborn stain. 2: Smelly Hair One client had this bad practice of not washing her hair regularly. What makes matters worse is that she is a Pilates instructor who sweats regularly too. So for this, they washed her hair thrice. The first time was at the roots with Dawn dish detergent so that the body oils could be dissolved. Without the detergent, her hair would smell when blow-dried. It’s not a good idea to go without shampooing your hair for more than 48 hours apart. 3: Low Brows One client whose brows were getting sparser decided to tattoo that area. But the artist tattooed her brow too low. For this, they decided to grow hair on the bottom of the brows to camouflage the mistake made by the artist. Since then, she also softens the brow color with a lighter brow pencil as well as translucent hair powder too. If anything, avoid brow tattooing as the color turns bluish black and doesn’t look good on most skin tones...

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Choosing Right Jacket for Your Body Type

A jacket can be the perfect addition to any women’s wardrobe. Finding the perfect jacket can add a touch of elegance and truly complete a look. However, it can be tricky when you are shopping for jackets for women. It’s important to not only find a jacket or blazer that looks great but also one that works for your body shape. Every woman’s body is unique and it’s important to understand how to dress for your body’s unique characteristics. Some blazers for women will look stylish on one person but look less chic on a different woman simply because of their body type. Here’s a look at some of the most common body types and the types of designer jackets for women that will be most flattering for these figures: Hourglass: Designer jackets for women are a perfect way for women who are busty and have slim waists to show off their figure. You’ll want to look for jackets that are straight fitted or belted to show off your waist. Avoid bulky jackets and blazers, however, as these will make you appear boxy. Apple: If you have an “inverted triangle” body type, you want a jacket that will break up your wide shoulders and narrow your figure. One way to do this is to select a jacket that is plain but with plenty of details and volume near the hem. Make sure that your jacket is as long as your mid-thigh. Petite: If you are slim and short, you’ll want to avoid jackets and blazers that are bulky. Your petite frame will simply be swallowed up by these styles. Instead, look for straight and short jackets that are no lower than mid-thigh level. You’ll also want to stay away from double-breasted blazers that add volume to your small frame and can overwhelm your shape. Rectangle: If you have a “boy body,” you can still find stylish jackets and coats to show off your feminine beauty. You can accentuate your curves by selecting jackets with flared hemlines or nipped waists. You can also try wearing belted jackets to highlight your other features. Again, you’ll want to get away from bulky looks like double-breasted blazers. Pear: Women with wide hips look great in fitted flare or A-line jackets that add a waist and balance out their body. They can also wear jackets that add curves to their bust to create a more hourglass look. This can be done by wearing jackets with large, rounded collars with lots of details. ——————————————————————————————————— Jacket Society is an online retailer of high-end women’s jackets and blazers created by Los Angeles-based Nora Minassian. Customers can find...

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5 Easy outfits every stylish woman has on hand
Apr04

5 Easy outfits every stylish woman has on hand

Even the most stylish women, will have a few staples that she can always fall back on. Although pieces on trend are fun, classic pieces are those that can always be worn for any occasion. Here are 5 easy outfits every stylish women has on hand. A weekend look for cold weather – Stylish women are not accustomed to throwing on sweatpants and heading out the door. Instead they would have a stylish outfit that is casual yet chic. Opt for a pair of white denim pants, a t-shirt top and a navy fitted jacket. This outfit can be refreshed by changing your top or shoes. A weekend outfit for warmer months – Sundresses are a great way to stay cool and feminine. Pair your dress with a nice pair of open toe sandals. Another addition for those who prefer pants, is a breezy cotton top with denim shorts. A Work-Appropriate Summer Outfit – Since wearing a sundress to work doesn’t look professional, opt for breezy fabrics in summer colours. Pair this with a light jacket and work appropriate shoes. A Classic Top and Black Pants – Stylish women always have a good base wardrobe and a pair of well-cut black pants a must on that list. A well-cut pair of pants can be paired with a chic white blouse or dressed down with a plain singlet top. A Dressed-Up Top and Jeans – Stylish women wouldn’t wear jeans and a t-shirt, instead they would pair their jeans with a top with detail. This takes the outfit from casual to a dinner...

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The danger of sun damage to your skin while driving
Mar12

The danger of sun damage to your skin while driving

Most people don’t realize that the front windshield of your vehicle offers greater protection from the UV-A sunrays than your side windshields.  Driving has been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer due to sun exposure through the windows, which do not filter UVA rays. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded more cases involved the left arm and left side of the face, according to the CBC in Canada. What should you do? Wear sunscreen daily and apply to your face and arms generously on a daily basis. But just stick with SPF 15 and broad spectrum sunscreens. Remember SPF rating protects only against UVB rays and doesn’t even cover the aging UVA rays. Also the higher the SPF, the more toxic chemicals there are in the sunscreen typically, and if you are applying it all over your body, it increases the likelihood of absorption into the body.  Specifically 56% of beach and sport sunscreens contain the chemical oxybenzone. The primary function of oxybenzone is to absorb ultraviolet light, but some research shows oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin.  Retinyl palminate has also been found to have negative health consequences. oxybenzone – can behave like estrogen in the body retinyl palminate – may speed the development of skin tumors when exposed to sun Broad Spectrum and what does it mean? Broad spectrum means the product protects against both UVB rays that cause sunburns and also UVA radiation that causes premature skin damage and aging. Most dermatologists agree that broad spectrum sunscreens are the best. Don’t’ forget, lotions are better than spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection. Secondly spray sunscreens can be inhaled by children and the chemicals in sunscreen were never tested for effects on lungs of humans. In conclusion, make sure to apply sunscreen each day but keep in mind the harmful pitfalls that exist in sunscreen and their perception too. ———————————————————————————————————————- Adore Organic Innovation discovered the restorative power of plant stem cells. Harvested from organic sources, Adore Cosmetics helps the skin restore itself using the epigenetic properties of plants. To learn more, follow Adore Cosmetics on...

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