How Keeping Up With the Kardashians Changed… Everything

Mark A. Carlson

The Kardashians were not the first family to have their own reality show.

But no one before or since has managed to make the most of one quite as they have—and not only in the form of a dozen spin-offs that have aired at one point or another on E! since Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007.

Rather, their name has become more, even, than a billion-dollar brand. It’s a pop culture touchstone, a word that conjures up all at once luxury and extravagance, style and sex appeal, followers and fashion, family and fierce loyalty. Their name has become synonymous with fame, and mention of the Kardashians is never far off when the conversation turns to what being a celebrity is all about in this day and age.

But while their flagship show has been chugging along on E! now for almost 13 years, following Kim,

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So These Are the Shoes We’ll All Be Wearing in 6 Months’ Time

Mark A. Carlson

We may just be settling into spring, but we fashion folk can’t help but look ahead to some of the biggest trends that are set to dominate come fall. While the F/W 2020 runways provided us with a plethora of chic styles to try come September (fringe, leather, capes to name but a few exciting styles), today, we’re focusing our attention on shoes as we share some of the coolest footwear trends that ruled on the runways and are guaranteed to be all over our feeds in six months’ time.

When it comes to fall 2020’s shoe trends, there’s unquestionably a little something to suit every sartorial taste—from chain details to add a cool and modern edge to your look to statement bows for a romantic touch to chunky lug soles for those enamored with the ’90s. So go on and take a peek ahead at fall/winter 2020’s biggest

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve and Lap Band Houston

Mark A. Carlson

People who are obese and in search of a safe way to lose weight will be happy to find out about the stomach lap band and the gastric sleeves, which are popular weight loss options for individuals whose bodies don’t react to normal diets and exercises. Lap Band Houston has become a frequent option for people suffering from severe obesity although it is a non-permanent weight loss treatment, while Gastric Sleeve Texas is believed to provide the same efficient weight loss results although it is a permanent procedure. However, advocates of the gastric sleeve claim that this procedure is better since it requires less follow up medical visits, being more convenient for the patients who can get back to their normal lives within a short period of time. The process of Lap Band Houston is very simple and it does not involve any cutting or stapling of the stomach. The … Read More

Inside Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz’s Suddenly Serious Romance

Mark A. Carlson

Well, that’s one way to celebrate a milestone birthday. 

Technically Brooklyn Beckham turned the big 2-1 back in March, but months later, after the dust had settled from his up-til-dawn bash and every last one of the Spice Girls reunion pics had been posted, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham‘s eldest received the gift of a lifetime, girlfriend of less than a year, Nicola Peltz, agreeing to be his bride. 

“Two weeks ago I asked my soulmate to marry me and she said yes xx,” he wrote on Instagram July 11, posting an engagement snap captured by 9-year-old sister Harper Beckham. “I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day.”

Which could be some day awfully soon. Because the reportedly five-carat emerald cut diamond had scarcely settled on the 25-year-old actress’ left hand before the Daily

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Everything you need to pack for your next trip abroad as travel restrictions lift

Mark A. Carlson
Get prepared ahead of 6 July, when international travel to Europe will be allowed, with our holiday packing guide: iStock/The Independent

If you had grand plans for a sunny holiday this year that you’d given up on, a trip abroad may become a possibility sooner than you think.

From 6 July, British holidaymakers will once again be able to travel overseas in line with the easing of international travel restrictions across Europe, to nations where the risk of contracting coronavirus is regarded as low.

As part of a new traffic light system that will be imposed by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, if a country on the continent has low and declining rates of infection, it will receive an amber or green status. This will allow travellers to visit and return without needing to self-isolate for 14 days – a concept which has been named the “air bridges” scheme.

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Five takeaways from the Fuji Super GT curtain-raiser

Mark A. Carlson

The new GR Supra will be very hard to beat

On Sunday, the all-new GR Supra became the fourth new Toyota GT500 model in a row to win on its SUPER GT debut, following the Lexus SC430 (2006), the RC F (2014) and the LC500 (2017). And it did so in dominant style, locking out the top five positions and leaving rival marques Honda and Nissan, also with new cars for the 2020 rules, to lick their wounds.

After topping pre-testing and then practice on Saturday evening, Honda went into qualifying as the favourite for pole with its new front-engined NSX-GT, but it was tyre choice on an unexpectedly warm day at Fuji Speedway that made all the difference in the end. Even the temperature rising between Q1 and Q2 made a difference; Nirei Fukuzumi shattered Ronnie Quintarelli’s lap record in Q1 at the wheel of the #8 ARTA Honda,

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Designer Daniel w Fletcher On The Future Of Fashion And The Perfection Of Celine Dion

Mark A. Carlson
Photo credit: Daniel w Fletcher

From Esquire

The coronavirus has come for Fashion Week, but Fashion Week is unbowed. With the 2020 edition of LFWM going all-digital, the event’s key designers talk us through how they’ve adapted to showing clothes in a world where showing clothes is (almost) impossible.

What’s been the biggest challenge with producing a lockdown fashion ‘show’?

Manufacturing was one of the biggest challenges this season. When lockdown set in all of the factories started to close, but this collection was made possible by the amazing seamstresses I’ve worked with directly, sending them fabrics and patterns so they could work from home. This collection is a testament to their skill and dedication.

What’s been the biggest opportunity?

I saw this as an opportunity to be more conscious of how much I was putting out into the world, not making looks that would go no further than the

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We’re Letting Go of These 5 Outdated Summer Fashion Trends and Adopting These

Mark A. Carlson

You probably feel like spring only just began, but actually, summer is nearly here, which means there is a whole new set of trends to consider. And along with new waves of fashionable pieces, there are bound to be a few outdated summer trends worth letting go of. To provide you with some helpful insights, we’re sharing the trends we’re putting to bed and what we’re adding to our summer closets as we prep for summer 2020. While some of these outdated trends might not surprise you, you’ll be pleased to see that there’s one trend in particular multiple editors will be opting for as soon as summer hits. If you’re ready to start building your summer wardrobe, scroll down to see what we’ll be wearing, and feel free to add them to your cart along the way.

Letting Go: Gladiator Sandals

Swapping For: Two-Strap Sandals

“I think gladiator

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Dirt Digs In: Mia Trudeau

Mark A. Carlson

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Mia Trudeau of Hilton & Hyland has spent nearly two decades representing some of Los Angeles’ most distinctive properties, including Liongate, a sumptuous estate designed and built in the late 1930s by Paul Williams. Born and raised in Lincoln, Neb., Trudeau learned the ropes of real estate from her family, who have been immersed in the trade for decades. After leaving a career in the fashion industry, she settled in Los Angeles, and created the promotions and events company, Aim Productions. Last year she and her fiancé, Janik Roskovani, founded Plank & Stone, a retail shop conceived as a place for designers, architects, re-modelers, and developers to work together surrounded by a carefully curated selection of building materials.

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20 Black-Owned Businesses to Support Every Day

Mark A. Carlson

The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have rightfully created a call to action for change within our nation. With protests against institutionalized racism and police brutality taking place across the country, being a bystander to the injustice is no longer an option — as fellow Americans, now is the time to band together as allies and demand change for the sake of the Black community.

We may be a product recommendation site, but we refuse to sit back and be silent. We’re asking you to spark change in any way that you can: signing petitions, protesting while practicing social distancing if possible, donating to helpful organizations, and using your wallet to promote equality and support the Black community. While these are small steps, we’re willing to do anything we can to show up for our Black community, and we’re asking you

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The Amazon Summer Sale Is Like Prime Day for Fashion and Clothing: Top Deals So Far

Mark A. Carlson

Clear your schedule for the Amazon Summer Sale, also called The Big Style Sale, which focuses on discount summer fashions. Amazon’s Big Style Sale, Amazon’s biggest sale in fashion to date, kicks off Monday, June 22.

Not only does the sale include Amazon brands, but it also features luxury brand markdowns within Shopbop, which Amazon acquired in 2006. That means shoppers will see deep discounts on brands like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, Tumi, and many more.

According to CNBC, the online retail giant intends to jumpstart sales to sellers and retailers whose sales were drastically affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as the postponement of the annual Amazon Prime Day, which is usually held in July. The Amazon Fashion Summer Sale also serves as an opportunity for shoppers who have been hit financially in recent months

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You Would Never Guess These Summer Pieces Are All Under $100

Mark A. Carlson

As the weather outside starts to heat up, it seems like there’s a common goal among fashion girls everywhere: finding the perfect summer fit. And after doing some research, it looks like there’s one place influencers are flocking to shop: Stitch Fix. More specifically, the exclusive collection that just launched with fashion influencer and body-positivity advocate, Katie Sturino.

This collaboration is special for a number of reasons, but especially because it’s the first time that non-clients can shop directly on Stitch Fix. The collection is size-inclusive (which is something Stitch Fix always prides itself on offering its clients) and inspired by Sturino’s love of primary colors and bright prints.

So, because I’m forever looking for outfit inspo, I turned to three very fashionable ladies—Vanessa Romo, Aysha Sow, and Alex LaRosa—to show me how they’re styling the chic under-$100 pieces from the collection. Spoiler alert: They

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Nigeria’s Yoruba women announce their arrival in style

Mark A. Carlson
Three models pose in A Ti De

Nigerian photographer Oye Diran reimagines the fashion of the Yoruba people in a stunning series of images.

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Short presentational grey line

When an aunt sent Oye Diran an old family photo, he was mesmerised by the high sense of fashion and style exhibited by the Yoruba women of West Africa in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

The photo was of his mother and her sister adorned in iro and buba, the colourful two-piece outfit of wrapped skirt and top popular with Yoruba women in Nigeria.

Diran, a Yoruba himself and Nigerian photographer based in New York, noticed how the style of the iro and buba had evolved over time, but that the outfit still maintained its elegance.

Inspired, he ploughed through the internet looking for more vintage images of the outfit but was disappointed with what he saw.

“What I found were updated

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The Black-owned fashion brand lighting up country music

Mark A. Carlson
Neon Cowboys: The Black-owned fashion brand lighting up country music

Asia Hall got the idea for Neon Cowboys at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California one year. Each time she’d attended the festival prior to that moment, Hall had reveled in watching the Coachella and country music kids come together around something they loved, welcoming each other with open arms. Hall wanted to make something for them that was unique; something that would stand out and signal the beginning of a more inclusive country music culture.

So, she got some neon wire and some cowboy hats, and made 13 prototypes for what would eventually become the wildly popular light-up cowboy hats that have taken the internet by storm. She and some friends wore the prototypes to Stagecoach the following year and got an enormous amount of attention; that’s when Hall knew she was onto something. “Because I’m also a

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Best offers on clothing from Nike, Asos, H&M and more

Mark A. Carlson

The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses have been closed since lockdown began on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, a move which will include clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

As an army of shops prepare to open their doors to the public for the first time in months, many

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SHEIN apologises and removes a swastika style necklace from its website following backlash online

Mark A. Carlson

Fashion brand SHEIN has apologised and removed a swastika style necklace from its website after receiving criticism about the product via social media.

Earlier this week customers headed to Twitter and Instagram to point out the discovery of a listing for a “metal pendant necklace” in the shape of a swastika.

“I am so disgusted by @sheinofficial’s sheer ignorance and blatant disrespect towards other cultures and religions,” activist and YouTuber Nabelor Noor wrote on Instagram.

Read more: I purchased Amazon’s viral £26 dress and it did not disappoint

Meanwhile, fashion influencer Marissa Casey Grossman, known as Fashion Ambitionist, also headed to social media to share her frustration and disappointment about the necklace.

Sharing a screenshot of the product, while it was still on sale, she called out the company’s decision to sell the necklace in the accompanying caption.

“HOLY F**K. I have zero words,” she wrote. “I will NEVER

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The On-the-Rise Musician Who Champions Self-Love and Fresh Style

Mark A. Carlson

Not that you wouldn’t already be impressed by the styling and quality of images below, but for some context, we asked on-the-rise musician Maad if she would be interested in producing a quick at-home photoshoot to accompany her interview. She excitedly agreed, and the rest is history. What we expected was an assortment of creatively posed looks taken on an iPhone, maybe a friend’s camera, but what we got was a four-look, high-quality, full-blown photoshoot that was all executed at Maad’s home with the help of just one close friend. Now that you’ve been filled in on how impressed we are with the photos below, it’s time for me to brag even further about this artist.

In her short time being a solo artist, singer and songwriter Maad has released 2 EPs: Lé Funk in 2017 and Technicolor in 2018. The genre of her music is difficult to put in

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5 Pretty Dress Trends Fashion People Are Wearing Indoors

Mark A. Carlson

Now that it’s starting to truly feel like summer in most parts of the country, it’s getting to be too hot for all the heavy loungewear we stocked up on several months ago and beyond that, many of us are tiring of wearing the same sweatpants over and over (myself included). One solution to summer dressing while staying comfortable at home? The house dress. These easy throw-on dresses have always trended this time of year, but this year, they’ve become even more appealing—and that only means one thing: Time to usher in a new round of trends.

Once again, fashion people have proven to be a huge source of inspiration here, as they’re the first to test out these new dress trends and show the rest of us how to style them. From the loose and languid maxi dresses to cotton ribbed-knit styles and pretty smocking, this summer’s crop

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Happy 25th birthday to Cher’s perfect hair in ‘Clueless’

Mark A. Carlson
Happy 25th birthday to Cher’s perfect hair in ‘Clueless’

25 years on, Clueless is remembered and revered for all sorts of things: the bold fashion, the sly wit, the uncanny way that Paul Rudd has refused to age even a little bit since 1995.

But the very first time you see it, the very first thing you notice about its heroine is her hair. And even now, it remains one of the film’s most defining features.

It’s with us from the opening shot of Clueless — the only thing you can really make out as Cher zips down a Beverly Hills street in her Jeep, before you can get a good look at her face or her clothes. A glorious curtain of it marks our proper introduction to her a few seconds later, as she flips it back over her face in a close-up.

Image: Giphy

Straight and thick

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Fashion Week Preview: Christopher Raeburn

Mark A. Carlson

The coronavirus has come for Fashion Week, but Fashion Week is unbowed. With the 2020 edition of LFWM going all-digital, the event’s key designers talk us through how they’ve adapted to showing clothes in a world where showing clothes is (almost) impossible.


What’s been the biggest challenge with producing a lockdown fashion ‘show’?

Whilst the last months have had their challenges operationally, we’ve used our obligation as creatives to look for better systems and ways of doing things. It’s been a unique situation to test, experiment and react – taking those learnings to work towards a better future. ⁠Not only have we dug deeper into our material archives, we’ve actually truly brought Craft, Creativity and Community to the fore.

What non-fashion skills have you picked up during lockdown?

Lockdown has pushed us to optimise and adopt new digital tools and processes, accelerating our move to a more efficient way of

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