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A sister's love for her disabled brother inspired her to create clothing for people like him.

Fashion student Robyn Griffiths, 21, designed the range for her graduate collection – and so impressed industry experts that she was chosen to show it at the Graduate Fashion Week in London.

And her male model will be the brother who inspired her, 18-year-old Christopher.

Robyn, of Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh earlier this month.

Christopher has Osgood-Schlatter disease, a painful condition that affects the upper part of the shinbone and causes pain and swelling just below the knee.

It normally clears up itself after a few months but in rare cases, like Christopher’s, an operation is required to remove unhealed areas of flakes of bone or fix them to the shinbone.

Robyn said: “He doesn’t have any kneecaps, which causes the joints to slip and break quite a lot. When he got to about 12 or 13, his bones grew too quickly and weren’t strong enough. If he fell over, he’d break his legs.

“He broke both his legs a lot. But he had to wait until he was 18 and had stopped growing so he could have an operation.”

The surgery involved breaking some of his bones again and replacing them with pins and plates to stop his legs twisting.

Christopher wasn’t able to stand for eight weeks afterwards. But he can now walk with a slight limp and his condition is improving.

In the early days after his operation, Robyn was his main carer.

She said: “Christopher and I have always been really close. Every time he would break his legs, it was always me who looked after him.

“But when he got a bit older, it got to the stage when he broke his legs and I had to dress him and it became more embarrassing for him. He wanted to be more independent.”

That realisation inspired Robyn to create a range, appropriately named Christopher-Robyn, which would enable disabled people to dress themselves.

She said: “The garments – three menswear and three womenswear – incorporate practical functions such as double zips extending the length of the garments and the use of poppers. These features allow people with disabilities to dress themselves independently but they are also concealed so that the garments appear perfectly ‘ordinary’.

“The trousers open right up, so you can put them on without having to bend your legs.”

Christopher faces another operation in a year’s time but he is getting better and stronger and needs to spend less time in his wheelchair.

And Robyn hopes once she’s graduated there will be a chance to develop the range further.

She believes that by using a 3D printer the items could be custom-made to individual requirements.

She added: “There needs to be high street high fashion for the disabled. There should be a section in every shop for clothes like this in the same way as there are plus-size clothes or pregnancy sections.

“I’d perhaps work with disability support groups to see how this approach to clothing could help people with a range of disabilities to feel more confident and independent in their self-presentation.”Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses


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The lies Nairobi women live and tell


It’s an open secret that men lie. In fact, sages have it that a man who can’t lie, can’t marry. But as it turns out, women, too, lie just as much.

Women began small, with little harmless fibs such as “Let me use your loo to powder my nose,” when in actual sense they go there to unleash scud missiles and atomic bombs! Or to take selfies! “I will call you,” they promise. Only to flash! Or send “Please call me, thank you”.

They always say, “I’m not ready for a boyfriend now,” when they are not ‘feeling’ you. “My phone battery is about to die” is a common lie for nags and annoying men who incessantly text and call them. They have been at it for a while, so much so that lying is now part of their lifestyles, especially for the Nairobi type.

One of the biggest pet peeves of taking a Nairobian woman to a restaurant is not that she may order food that she may not eat, but they can be annoyingly picky when it comes to choosing a restaurant for a meeting or date, especially when it’s at your expense. They always favour the trendy fast food joints, particularly if it is a foreign brand, where they only eat the salad and toy with the rest of the overpriced food.

Frankly, Nairobian men endure a lot. There is no annoying type of woman like a jobless one with unreasonable demands.

You approach a woman drinking Fanta Orange in a night club or at a restaurant and as soon as you offer to buy her a drink, she switches to a cocktail that is 20 times the price of her soft drink. What’s more, a typical Nairobian woman has blacklisted restaurants on the lower side of Moi Avenue.

Unreasonable demands

“Gosh! I don’t do downtown. The hygiene and safety manenos...,” she will complain, as if her house, particularly the kitchen, is any better! This brand of women will consider restaurants run by this community famed for hawking colognes and shoes as “noisy and smelly (they always say their perfumes smell funny)” and will always pick the priciest, big brands any time you offer a gift. Talk of choosy beggars!

She will scoff at your one bed-room house and lifestyle on the Thika Superhighway or Mombasa Road and push you to move into a palatial house in Nairobi West or Nairobi’s Westlands area, yet she lives in a bedsitter in dingy Eastlands.

Ever wondered why most Nairobi women always want to be invited over to men’s houses, yet they never reciprocate by hosting men in their digs? We asked a few Nairobi women why they lie and the lies they have told over the years.

Turns out, women, too, lie through their teeth. They lie about their lives. They lie about their lifestyle. They lie about fashion. They lie about the men they date and the stability of their relationships. Abigail Mkangi* used to date a well-to-do man. Since she dressed and looked the part, every time the man asked her where she lived, she would lie that she lived in the better part of town. And every time the man offered to drop her at her “place” she would play along.

“I would lie to him that I live in a fancy estate,” she says, “and he would drop me, I bade him bye, and as soon as he is off, I hop onto a boda boda and go to my real home,” she says.

When Anne Mwikali was a student at Kenyatta University, she played the same trick on a yuppy she was dating. The man with his Subaru would insist on visiting her in her apartment in Kahawa Wendani.

Fake homes

“I would tell him that I lived in Kahawa Sukari with my mother if he insisted that he comes with me to my apartment, then he would drop me by the gate, and as soon as he left, I would board a boda boda back to Wendani,” says Anne.

“I would wake up at noon to fry githeri as we recollect about the previous night’s events with my roommates,” she says.

It is something her girlfriends often do. Even those who stay in Githurai, will have some ‘designer’ clothes and ‘designer’ perfume and can frequent high-end establishments where they hope to attract yuppies or sponsors, not hapless college boys. It is not uncommon to see a woman perched on high stool at the counters of the bars of five-star hotels, sipping choice wine, but they know who their clientele is. Middle-aged white men have it better.

Jane Kerubo*, 35, who works for a global ICT firm, says she shops mostly in Nairobi’s Toi Market and Gikomba, and all the designer apparel she owns is second-hand. But, hear her: “I wear it as original and when I meet my friends and they ask about it, I will insist I bought them in one of my visits out of the country,” she says, adding that most women do that, so no need to feel guilty. Kerubo says women live the biggest lies.

“Women lie about their age, income, they exaggerate when with their peers, they play it down when with men,” she says. And this is for obvious reasons. They want to be seen to be doing well by their peers, and not so well by men who can be their potential sponsors.

Uber to the rescue

The latest pretence game in Nairobi is women refusing to use matatus, after a night-out. Even during the day, men are finding it hard to invite a woman over, especially if they are not the driving types. Uber taxi has now become part of their lingo. “Si you get me uber woiye, you want me to use matatus surely? I don’t do mats,” you will hear them whine.

“I have had to forego so many dates because a girl insisted on being picked by Uber, even during the day. You are in town and she stays in Ngong’ area and she wants Uber at peak hour, man that is expensive,” says Sydney Otieno, 35, a university lecturer, who is quick to clarify that he doesn’t mind such demands during the night.

“She should be humble enough to board a matatu because what did they use to ride before Uber?” he asks, wondering why some women are allergic to spending their own money.

But Anne Mwikali defends women, saying that it’s all about setting standards to earn maximum respect from men. “If you are dressed in revealing clothes, to impress the man, it can be hard boarding a matatu and walking around town, you want a taxi to drop you where he is. Men should stop complaining and upgrade,” she says.

If you frequent any of the dirty and smoky restaurants that sell food to the Nairobi working class, you are bound to see women, too, indulging in the food, since they are buying for themselves. But when a man offers to buy, their taste climbs the ladder faster than a monkey being chased up a tree!

Solomon Mweu, a civil servant, has such female colleagues. They carry food from home, often make do with a fruit punch for lunch (saying it is healthy, but we all know it’s the economy, stupid). But anytime he and his male colleagues have tried to take them out, the women’s tastes change almost instantly.

“Some actually earn more than us. But they will insist on drinking wine or expensive beer, if we take them out. But we know on their own, they always settle for the most affordable,” he notes.

He has noticed the same trend with most women. “It is just impossible to find a woman who is real, unless an older woman, or a woman who earns good money to overcome such fakeness,” he says. Kelvin Obiero, who works at a high-end salon, has also noticed that women who come to the boutique often struggle with payment. “Some of my clients are by referrals and when they come and I quote the price for the manicure and the pedicure, they are always shocked.

There are those who bargain like crazy, you wonder why they can’t go to salons they can afford,” he says.

It is very expensive to look good: wear fashionable clothes, don the right hairstyle, carry the right bag and all.

Now, some women who earn more than men can afford that. More have sponsors or rich parents. But those who cannot afford try to look the part.

Obiero has noticed something in his 10 years in the beauty industry: “Men foot the bills for about half of my clients. Some women can call up to four men to foot the same bill. They do it shamelessly,” he says. He admits that he often eavesdrops and snoops on their phones calls.

“If only men understood how they are played, they would never offer to pay for the woman’s hair to be made,” he says.

Obiero notes that it is never an exaggeration to say that women have men for all occasions and seasons. The lies that Nairobi women live.Read more at:evening gowns | long prom dresses


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The Carousel of Fashion


There is no doubt that Africa’s fashion industry is on an uphill climb. With the vibrant hues and striking prints, even, the global scene can’t just get enough of it.

The Republic of Congo held the 4th edition of the international fashion festival titled “The Carousel of Fashion” which brought together renowned fashion designers and stylists from different parts of the continent.

Fashion lovers across the region were treated to a night of runway shows in which the designers showcased their works. Under the theme” Fashion industrialization, jobs and opportunities”, the event was a platform for designers and budding designers not only to showcase their designs, but also learn on how to earn a profitable living out of their passion.

The event organiser believes that the function was a wake up call to the Congolese population to also shift their focus to fashion in order to diversify the country’s economy.

“I realized that Congo is an oil-producing country, so I gave myself the objective to change the vision here, to make people also talk about arts and fashion and not only talk about oil as it has always been,” said Pascaline Kabre, the organiser of the event.

One by one the models hit the runway each displaying a unique creation from each designer.

And because of the continent’s outstanding nature when it comes to fashion, it also attracted foreign designers from France, Italy and Lebanon.

Originally from Cameroon, the collection of French designer Martial Tapolo was an ode to feminism.

Italian fashion designer Francesca displayed her wide variety of bags that can be used on different occasions.

Enzo Ittzaki is yet another foreign designer from Lebanon who affirmed that he’s African by heart.

“I consider myself more like an African fashion designer. It’s been years that I have been in Africa. I draw all my inspiration from Africa, from what surrounds me and from the generosity of the African family,” said Enzo Itzaky, a fashion designer from Lebanon

Following the event, local fashion designers have acknowledged the rising competition amongst themselves and see the need to up their game in the competitive industry.

Upcoming designers who attended the function were thrilled with the amount of knowledge they got from the fashion visionaries.

“What I’m expecting is just that the big fashion designers support us the upcoming ones in what we do so that we too can be successful,” said Mams, a budding fashion designer from the Republic of Congo.

Over the years, the African fashion industry has shown growth potential and the world seems to be fascinated by it. World celebrities like Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Lupita Nyong’o have been seen on different occasions rocking outfits made in Africa and by Africans.Read more at:prom dress shops | formal dresses


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Michael Kors Hits Chicago


“We’re rule-breakers,” Michael Kors recalled during a conversation with legendary Chicago retailer Joan Weinstein, of Ultimo, about fashion in the Windy City, during a personal appearance at his collection boutique here.

The idea of thinking outside of the box, something Weinstein was famous for as a globally influential retailer with her Oak Street store, was an overarching theme last Thursday, when the designer and former “Project Runway” judge closed shop for a seated lunch and fashion presentation at his collection boutique on 900 North Michigan Avenue in the city’s Gold Coast.

It’s also something the designer has learned from traveling and meeting his clients in person. The Chicago visit was part of a renewed focus Kors has placed on hosting more intimate gatherings. Since February of last year, Kors has hosted nine PAs in his collection stores; preceding Chicago, they included Madison Avenue, Palm Beach and Bal Harbour. Next stops include Manhasset and Southampton in August, London in September and Tokyo in the fall.

“In every city, women are looking for evening clothes that are not the tried-and-true. They’re looking for things they feel glamorous in, but maybe a little bit left of center,” said Kors, dressed in his signature all black. “Whether it’s putting on a pair of pants at night or a jumpsuit, separates, a suit, something else.”

The event brought together about 30 of his best clients — turned out in head-to-toe collection, of course; they included Meredith Bluhm Wolf, Helen Zell, Margot Greig, Lyn Goldstein, Carol Thomas, Doris Christopher and Dusty Stemer, mother of shoe designer Brian Atwood.

Throughout the event, Kors chatted with clients and cracked jokes while moderating the presentation, rattling off fashion tip after fashion tip — from “try a belt,” to “DHL all your accessories, how could you not?” to “wear white shoes all year.”

The presentation showed 33 looks on models from his pre-fall and fall runway collections.

From skirts and dresses to new takes on the camel coat to glamorous furs, the audience clapped in approval, while Kors, showing the mastery of a salesman provided countless ways on how to make each look work for day, evening, vacation, even New Year’s Eve — while dropping the celebrity names who have recently worn the designs.

“Alexa Chung is on the cover of British Vogue wearing this,” said Kors, about a striped black-and-white top paired with a rose paillette trumpet skirt with microscopic sequins. “Wear it with flats, it’s casual. Take the same skirt and do it with a high black pump, do it with an off-the-shoulder top, wear it to a cocktail party. Take a pair of white jeans with you, one little cardigan, two pairs of shoes, go anywhere.”

When a sparkly “not a jumpsuit” two-piece jumpsuit came out, the designer recalled meeting Diana Ross recently. “I said to her, ‘Do I have some clothes for you,’” he said.

Another look appeared to be a dress, but to the audience’s surprise, was not.

“The other thing we’re focused on is things that feel like a dress, but they’re not. She’s actually wearing a stretch jersey T-shirt with a skirt,” Kors said. “How great, you get a cocktail dress like that, but then you wear that T-shirt back to skinny black jeans or the skirt back to a white poplin shirt. If you can pull apart a dress, it’s kind of nice to have the option.”

For some guests, Kors is like an old friend who they’ve known — and worn — since the Eighties when his line was sold at Ultimo. “I love that it’s classic and it just works for me,” said Lyn Goldstein, who brought her daughter-in-law, Ella. “I was introduced to Michael Kors at Ultimo. Greg [Zgonena, now sales manager at the Chicago collection store] worked at Ultimo and I don’t have the inclination to shop, so Greg, for 20-plus years, has gotten my things together. And it works almost for every occasion.”

Ella Goldstein praised the line’s timelessness and versatility. “Beautiful clothes that are beautifully made,” Goldstein said. “They’re classic and not outrageous. The cut is flattering for an average woman who’s not a model. Looking around, you see all types of women here and they’re all looking incredible.”

Wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Jennifer Oppenheimer said she was impressed with the collection. “There were a lot of chic pieces that were not just for black-tie events — such as the cool purse with the metal and fringe,” she said. “They were funky, high fashion and very different. I love that.”

“Exquisite” was how Dusty Stemer described the presentation and meeting Kors. “Beside being charming, he gave us all the fashion tips, i.e., wear white shoes all year long,” she said. “He really simplified daytime and evening dressing.”

Following the event, Kors said not only does he love doing PAs, he finds the knowledge gained from them invaluable as a designer.

“My job is to know what people want before they know what they want themselves,” Kors said. “I travel a lot for work and for pleasure. I’m always curious to see in a restaurant what are people wearing, what’s their idea of black tie, what do they wear to the office. When you walk down the street, how do they look? And I think a lot of fashion people live in their own fashion ozone, and they don’t kind of get out there. Whether it’s social media, quite honestly, I can’t do PAs in every city in the world, so social media is kind of like a global trunk show because we do get the feedback and there is that conversation.”

Seeing the clothes in action is the real treat.

“Everyone talks about experiential. Now the greatest experience is to see the clothes live, moving and to hear my thinking,” Kors said. “Why did we do it, what were we thinking, how could you wear it differently? How does runway turn into reality?”

One luxury his clients have is freedom.

“So many people think Hollywood leads the way for evening,” he said. “Hollywood has more rules than our clients. Our customers are more open-minded than Hollywood. At a certain point, women are like, why not think out of the box? I saw it today. I could see from their reactions and from what people were pulling and looking at.”

Best-selling pieces included a black cashmere/cotton zipper pullover, a black studded cashmere pullover, a chain fringe black calf shoulder bag and a double crepe skirt with tiered fringe. The pre-fall and fall items ranged in retail from $495 for the Holland zipper flats to $22,000 for the leopard intarsia mink and fox-fur coat.Read more at:cocktail dresses | marieprom


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Paris Highlight for Looms of Assam


2017 seems to be a lucky year for Assam handloom. After an amazing show of designer Sanjukta Dutta in Lakme Fashion Week where Bollywood actor and show stopper Preity Zinta draped herself with a beautiful black “Mekhla Chador”, Assamese handloom has again managed to grab eye-balls when noted designer Kunal Kaushik showcased his unique collection of Assam silk, under his label ‘Looms of Assam’ at the prestigious Tiffany’s Fashion Week in Paris. The Parisian crowd was so enthralled that Kunal was awarded with the Best Designer prize.

“This is a big achievement not only for me but also for the whole state as this is the first time Assam silk has got a global exposure. Weaving of Assam silk was started in 17th century when Ahoms came in Assam. Silk weaving is going on for generations and now it has become an integral part of Assamese culture. However, despite being an important part of the culture all these years we have failed to give it a global exposure, as a result it is confined in a domestic market,” says Kunal.

‘Pat’ as a fabric has a potential to capture larger market, “In Tiffany’s Fashion Week, people came to know about this handmade fabric.”

Kunal’s collections completely mesmerized the models and audience of Tiffany’s fashion week, “In Paris, people generally use white, black or grey. Thus when they saw the vibrant colours and beautiful fabrics they were completely stunned. According to them, these are divine collections,” shares Kunal.

Upcoming projects

On May 23, Kunal will showcase his collection at the red carpet show of Cannes Film Festival. In Cannes Film Festival he will present 12 garments. Besides, he will again present ‘Looms of Assam’ in Paris and Monaco. In Paris, Kunal is set to promote Sualkuchi, the silk weaving hub of the Assam.

“Even after being an integral part of the state, the condition of Sualkuchi is deteriorating day by day. In the last few years, I have witnessed that due to lack of opportunities, new generation is losing interest in weaving. Also, a large number of veteran weavers have switched their occupation and started working as daily wage labourers,” explains Kunal.

He further warns that if the same situation continues then the day is not far when the weaving tradition of Assam will vanish. With the promotion of Assam silk in an international platform, the demand and production of the same will automatically get increased. “For large production a large number of man-power is required, which will create empowerment opportunities for a large number of youths.”

Kunal believes through proper utilisation of Silk and Handloom, Assam can easily tap the international market and can become one of the richest state of India. However, according to him there is no support from state government.Read more at:prom dress shops | prom dresses liverpool


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Bottega Veneta release butterfly collection


It’s a fashion first inside the world of virtual reality, with an announcement from Museo Salvatore Ferragamo revealing their partnership with Google this week.

The fashion powerhouse and tech giant will collaborate on the project named We Wear Culture, involving over 180 world-renowned cultural institutions from New York to London, Tokyo and Paris.

Using state-of-the-art technology, the project will allow internet users the chance to step inside the world of virtual reality to explore everything from the ancient Silk Road, through to the fashions of Versailles.

Best yet, many iconic Hollywood pieces will be brought to life through 360° videos, street view and ultra-high resolution “gigapixel” images. Think Marilyn Monroe’s Salvatore Ferragamo high heels and Chanel’s timeless Little Black Dress.

In collaboration news, Converse and JW Anderson are gearing up to debut their first collaboration, meaning it’s definitely time to upgrade your high tops.

To celebrate their long-term relationship, the partnership hopes to celebrate street style combined with accessible luxury, representing a juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity.

Jonathan Anderson said: “From my very first pair, Converse have represented such a radical movement in style and culture. The contrasts and similarities between the world of Converse and the world of JW Anderson creates a space of culture tension that’s a dream to play within as a designer.”

From street style to New York chic, the Australian Fashion Chamber held a New York launch party to celebrate Malcolm Carfrae’s Australian Fashion Foundation.

The event was of course packed full of Australia’s most fashion forward including Simone and Nicky Zimmermann, Vogue’s fashion director Christine Centenera, Camilla Freeman Topper, Marc Freeman and designer Dion Lee.

Just in case you were on the hunt for the next It bag, Bottega Veneta announced this week the launch of their Butterfly Capsule collection arriving exclusively to the Westfield Sydney boutique for two weeks only until July 4.

Originally introduced to the label in the late 70s, the butterfly has emerged as a subtle signature of the fashion house. Two limited edition styles will be available for made to order purchase – the Cabat Butterfly Ayers Elaphe and the Knot Butterfly Ayers Elaphe.Read more at:uk prom dresses | prom dress shops in london


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Hanford West student named ambassador



On a trip to Los Angeles to play in a softball tournament, Hanford 15-year-old Mikayla Contreras found out that her favorite dress brand had just opened its first store.

Before heading home, she decided to stop by the store to look at dresses for her high school formal.

That trip to the store led to more than a dress; it was the first step to modeling for the brand.

Contreras, who just finished her sophomore year at Hanford West High School, was just named Jovani Fashion’s High School Ambassador after entering the competition on a whim.

She’ll help promote the brand through social media and have her photo on the outside of the store. She’ll also go on an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta to model in fashion shows for two weeks, which could lead to other chances to model.

When Contreras was at the store that specializes in dresses for events such as proms, wedding and evening wear, a person from the store’s staff asked her who she modeled for. She told them that she wasn’t a model but was informed of a contest the brand was having to find a high school ambassador in the greater Los Angeles area.

Contreras decided to enter for fun, entering a headshot, body shot and a short essay on why she’d be a good pick.

She found out later that she came across as as the girl next door while other entrants included beauty pageant winners.

“I told them I don’t live in L.A. and that I’m just a normal girl,” Contreras said. “I play sports. I just did it to see what would happen.”

Contreras, who plays volleyball, soccer and softball at Hanford West, later received an email that she was one of the finalists.

Finalists started to share info about the brand by word of mouth and social media with them showing off some of their dresses. There was also a fashion show where she had to practice walking a runway.

Not having done it before, she practiced through repetition like she would for any of the sports she plays.

“I was worried I’d trip,” Contreras said. “It was something out of my comfort zone.”

On her Instagram, Contreras got involved with different parts of the community by going to city council, police and administrators at school.

On a trip down to try on dresses and to take photos for her page, Contreras was surprised to find out that she had won. she was given a bouquet of flowers and a sash.

Tiphanie Mkniff, who is the manager of Jovani’s Los Angeles store, said Contreras stood out for her work on social media and was the best choice.

“We chose her because she put so much effort into the contest,” Mkniff said. “She was by far the most dedicated and had a fantastic attitude.”

Mkniff said the ambassador program aims to help the winner increase confidence and work on such skills as public speaking while bringing awareness to the company.

Contreras’ mom, Jodi Lopez, said she hopes it helps Contreras come out of her shell and become less soft-spoken.

“I hope it helps her with her confidence,” Lopez said. “Kids aren’t nice sometimes. I think it’s something she can be happy about. If I didn’t think it was a good thing, I probably wouldn’t have let her do it. When we met the owners of the company, you could feel the love of that family.”

Contreras was also offered a job at the store for the summer and will go to Los Angeles for the rest of the summer after her return from Atlanta.

Because her travel softball team plays mostly on the weekends in Los Angeles, she’ll be able to go from one to the other. She will stay with Mkniff while she works at the store.

Contreras is looking forward to heading to Atlanta, where if she does well, she might find more modeling opportunities, perhaps even in places such as New York.

“I’ve only flown to Oregon before,” Contreras said. “To go across the country by myself will be a good experience.”

Contreras doesn’t know how long she’ll be able to model, but wants to see how far she can take it.

She said she still hopes to land a softball scholarship and plans to keep playing.

“That’s what I love, so I’ll always make time for it,” Contreras said. “(The modeling) is something you can’t do in Hanford.”Read more at:cocktail dresses | cheap prom dresses


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High Point native


TNT is giving a big push to its new series “Claws,” which made its debut at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The series, a dark comedy-drama, follows the staff of a central Florida nail salon that serves as a money-laundering front for criminal activity. Niecy Nash stars as Desna, the owner of the salon. Her most trusted co-worker and best friend is Jennifer, played by Jenn Lyon, a High Point native and graduate of High Point Central and UNC School of the Arts.

“I’m a preacher’s daughter from North Carolina, went to North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem,” Lyon said. “Mostly a stage actress, just started doing films and television a couple of years ago. Got some great gigs, and so excited to be doing it.”

She describes her character in “Claws” as “rough around the edges, a former party girl, but now she’s a mom of two.”

Lyon got her first taste of acting during her father’s time as pastor of First United Methodist Church in High Point.

“I was always doing church plays and stuff,” she said. “And I was greedy for more than one life. Like, I wanted to be a lawyer and a fashion designer and a doctor, but I thought if I was an actress, I could just be all those things without having to go to all the schools.”

UNCSA was actually her third try at college. “I took a little circuitous route, where I went to one college (Catawba College), got kicked out, then went to community college (Central Piedmont Community College), and then I got my act together and went to School of the Arts.”

She enjoyed her time in Winston-Salem. “Shout out to School of the Arts,” she said, “they taught me everything I know.”

After college, she moved to New York, performing in theater and with a sketch-comedy troupe before appearing in the web-comedy series “Good Morning, Internet!” That led to television roles, first in guest spots and later in recurring and larger roles, most prominently in “Justified,” where she played barmaid Lindsey Salazar, and “Saint George,” where she played the ex-wife of series lead George Lopez.

She now lives in Brooklyn and says that she misses “so many things” about living in the South, starting with “the pear trees blooming in the spring.”

She also misses “hush puppies, Sun Drop, Cheerwine, all those good Southern things,” she said. “And I miss that slower pace as well.”Read more at:prom dress shops | cheap prom dresses


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The salt-and-pepper pound


When I first started blogging as That’s Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week there’s another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic – it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still can’t help wondering: where have all the fiftysomething models gone?

Although the fashion industry has finally woken up to the power of the Silver Spend , advertisers appear to have resorted to a kind of “diversity checklist”. Model with grey hair: tick. That’s age sorted then. But the view of the older woman we’re being shown is signified by someone in her 60s, 70s, or beyond. It’s lazy; it creates an age gap and we still end up with extremes. Young and sexy or old and fetishised – take your pick.

“When it comes to advertising to older people, age myopia really kicks in,” says Kevin Lavery, a marketing and advertising specialist for the 50+ cohort and vice-chairman of the Mature Marketing Association (MMA). “Either that or the creative director reaches straight for the blue-rinsed grannies from central casting.” We’ve moved on from invisibility to stereotype, and this lack of diversity makes age feel like just another fashion fad.

“It does feel tokenistic,” confirms Rebecca Valentine, the founder of Grey Model Agency. “When my fiftysomething models go for castings, we often get reports back that they look too young.” We’re missing out on mid-lifers, which is a shame given that Valentine’s roster includes attention-grabbing women such as: Sara Stockbridge, 51, the former Vivienne Westwood model and i-D magazine cover star; Amanda Cazalet, 52, who famously kissed Madonna in the Justify My Love video and was Jean Paul Gaultier’s muse in the 1980s; and grey-haired, 51-year-old Beverly Clark, who is regularly told that she looks too young to represent her own age group.

“Part of the problem is that people who create the ads don’t look like the people who buy the products,” adds Lavery. “The average age of an ad agency account executive or creative is 28. It’s the same in marketing departments and, believe me, a 28-year-old can’t think like a 50-year-old. Unconscious age bias is a proved academic fact.”

Social media has enabled us to look beyond appearance and demographics to lifestyle, personality and psychographics. Like-minded people interact online via style blogs and Instagram, and information relating to their interests and attitudes is essential for marketing departments to consider. “Brands are scared,” continues Valentine, “because they’ve never had to pitch to people who were revolutionary and rebellious in the 1960s and 70s before.” Whether you’ve grown up with rock and roll, or still have that punk attitude, you’re never going to accept lazy stereotypes.

What’s needed is more variety, more diversity. Women over-50 come in lots of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities and we want to see images of women who reflect that and look like us. As the online comments I regularly receive on That’s Not My Age demonstrate: “I’m a slightly chubby woman in her very late 50s with short (periodically dyed) dark hair,” says actor Maureen Casey, “I don’t relate to whippet thin women in their 70s with long grey hair any more than I relate to skinny teenage models with long flowing hair. Unfortunately, I feel that the industry is simply creating a new character in its lexicon of acceptable women (the old, long haired thin one).”

“In three years’ time, the 50-plus market will make up more than half the adult population in this country – over 20 million,”says Lavery, “they’re bending the rules, defining the ’new old’ and they hold an estimated 80% of the country’s wealth.” As the last few years have shown, when there’s money involved, things will change. We have seen the resurgence of 1990s supermodels – 43-year-old Amber Valetta on the cover of British Vogue’s May issue, a wonderful array of lates 30s and 40-somethings walked on the catwalk for Dries Van Noten’s 100th show – as well as older models Jan de Villeneuve, 72, and Benedetta Barzini, 73, on the catwalk for Simone Rocha autumn/winter 2017 and Lauren Hutton for Bottega Veneta. Harper’s Bazaar’s latest diversity issue (July 2017) has a beautiful, inspirational fashion shoot featuring ‘women of all sizes, nationalities and ages’. Don’t get me wrong, this is the kind of fashion story I want to see – but there’s a two-year-old, a group of 20-something models and 38-year-old Jade Parfitt and then it jumps to de Villeneuve and Frances Dunscombe, 84 – so there’s that age gap again.

L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara ad (for the American market) earlier this year, featuring Diane Keaton, Debbie Harry, Julianne Moore and models Hari Nef and Soo Joo Park, covered age, ethnicity and gender in a cool way. A more diverse idea of beauty has to feel authentic and relatable – as the trans-model Hari Nef commented in an interview with Business of Fashion: “Just bringing people in and including them is not inclusive in a sustainable way.”

This takes commitment from fashion brands and advertisers, as well as continued pressure from consumers, outside agencies and influencers. “It could take six months it could take two years,” suggests Valentine. “We do need to see more diversity, more wrinkles, more curves, more black models. But so far, so quiet.”Read more at:uk prom dresses | evening dresses uk


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Rihanna dominates fashion scene


On Monday night, late in the program for the 69th annual benefit and student fashion show at Parsons School of Design, a group of graduating seniors stood onstage and extolled the talents of one of the evening’s honorees. She was “inspiring.” Her style was “amazing.” Her brand was “amazing.” (There were a lot of “amazings.”)

Who was this fashion paragon, role model for all of the young would-be designers in the room thanks to her creativity, philanthropy and talent? Not, as it happened, a fellow graduate who had fought her way to the top of the industry through perseverance, sweat and imagination. Not a retailer who had promoted and facilitated the growth of multiple businesses over the years.


Yes, the Barbadian musical artist/entrepreneur — who has, it seems, officially made the transition from fashion plate to fashion force a mere three years after being crowned a “fashion icon” by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Or so her positioning on the same platform that has also honored alumni like Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Jason Wu would suggest. But is her trajectory from a good celebrity to dress to a serious creative a new paradigm or a paradox? What exactly is the lesson — it was enshrined in a quasi-academic setting, after all — of Rihanna?

Someday there may be a course in the way she has pretty much rewritten every rule book about the relationship between celebrities and design and what it takes to have a successful career in fashion. But for now, let’s work with the crib notes.

It began in 2008, when she performed at a benefit for Raising Malawi sponsored by Gucci and held at the United Nations, to the delight and discovery of the style set in attendance. Six years later, she received her CFDA award and set off a thousand flashbulbs when she stood onstage in a sheer rhinestone-spotted Adam Selman gown and white fur boa.

In short order she signed a deal with Puma to become its creative director and design her own line (Fenty x Puma), took that line to the runways of New York Fashion Week and then to Paris, where she showed in the same site as Valentino, became contributing creative director of Stance Socks, received the Footwear News Award for shoe of the year, the first woman to do so, and dipped in and out of collaborations with Dior, on sunglasses, Manolo Blahnik, on shoes, and Chopard, on high-end jewelry.

Most recently, she announced her Fenty Beauty makeup line May 31, which could be available in Sephora as early as fall.

She did this all while maintaining her position as an ambassador for Dior and wearing clothes from a broad assortment of names — from Vetements to recent Parsons grads — with whom she has no contractual relationship.

“She has a quite unique ability to do it all at the same time,” said Burak Cakmak, the dean of fashion at Parsons. And he is referring not just to her own creativity but also to her ability to get the global brands with whom she works to agree to her very flexible terms. This has never really happened before.

A brief history review: Up to this point, there have been effectively three kinds of strategies for celebrity would-be designers. First, the “license your name and make a profit from your fame” approach, one that has had varying levels of success: Jennifer Lopez’s Sweetface line failed, and Jessica Simpson’s namesake empire was a wild success.

Second, the “humble yourself before the industry and disappear into the atelier to pay your dues” tack. This has been the favored mode if you want to be seen as a serious fashion person, as exemplified by Victoria Beckham, the Olsen sisters and at least at the moment, a somewhat chastened Kanye West.

And third, the newest iteration: the pop-up rock collection gambit, as adopted by Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and the Weeknd, and essentially an expanded, upstyled version of what used to be called “tour merch.”

Rihanna, however, fits into none of the above. She is both serious about, and promiscuous in, her style. While she says she is heavily involved with her brand, she also freelances widely across the fashion world, often for competing names.

Sure, she has the buffer of her social media fan base, a potential consumer bonanza to dangle in front of any brand, a weapon to wield and ensure her freedom. But that’s only part of the explanation. There are a few different theories as to the rest.

One has to do with the reputation she built as a risk taker who does not hew to a singular path but zigs and zags as she desires: musically, sartorially and professionally. In this hypothesis, her career in fashion simply reflects her career in music and thus has its own authentic internal logic, authenticity being a big deal these days. Especially when you consider her evident delight in dressing up.

And it is also possible that she is simply the most visible beneficiary of a battle that was fought first by Beckham et al., who took the initial heat for, we all assumed, daring to think that because they wore clothes well, they could make clothes well.

But what sort of message does that send to the rest of the fashion world? To consumers, for example, about where the value in their garments lie? To the kids sitting in the audience looking at Rihanna after going to school to learn exactly the sort of thing she never did?

“Anything is possible!” said Fern Mallis, a fashion consultant. “It’s a whole new ballgame in this industry, and she shows that.”Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | formal dresses uk


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