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Remembering Patricia Bosworth, Actress and Best-Selling Author

Patricia Bosworth, the author and actor, passed out of this life to what future we do not know due to pneumonia complicated by coronavirus on April 2nd. She was 86. In addition to being the author of acclaimed biographies of Diane Arbus and Montgomery Clift, as well as two best-selling memoirs, including 2017’s The Men […]

Emma Roberts Wants You to Pick Up a Good Book

Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook served as the inaugural pick, its exploration of America’s two-pronged culture, as seen through Didion’s eyes, beginning things on a high note. First introduced to the author’s work while filming in New York, Roberts...

The Best Workout Clothes for Women for at Home Exercise Routines

Thanks to social media and live streaming services, you can bring your favorite instructors and boutique fitness studios into your own home. And you can certainly get creative when it comes to exercising at home, but the excitement for using chickpea cans in place of...

Lena Dunham’s Verified Strangers, Chapter 12: The Persistence of Dan

Since Hugo had noticed Ally’s drink order, she had changed it to protect her mental space- so far unsuccessfully. She was now enjoying a 1/4-coffee-and-3/4-coconut-milk concoction with a pinch of sea salt. (Ally liked things just salty enough for it to be weird. Her...

The 3 Things Keeping Designer Aurora James Sane at Home

Every week, Vogue will be spotlighting tastemakers across industries to hear how they’ve been approaching self-care during the coronavirus pandemic. We asked Aurora James, founder of sustainable shoe company Brother Vellies and winner of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion...

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This DIY Lip Scrub Recipe Is Kourtney Kardashian-Approved

This DIY Lip Scrub Recipe Is Kourtney Kardashian-Approved

As we’re searching for moments of accessible self-care while spending more time at home, it’s never been a better time to look in the kitchen for some DIY beauty products. Last week, we walked through a hair mask recipe, and now it's time to turn our attention to the...

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Experimental Beauty Has Become My Quarantine Self-Care

It’s 3 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I’m covered in blue eyeshadow. Tiny glitter flecks sparkle in wings that extend from the corners of my eyes and into my hairline. Were I headed out to dinner or a party, this RuPaul’s Drag Race-worthy look would be considered a lot, but my schedule is clear for […]

Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford Just Had the Ultimate Supermodel Livestream

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a fly on the wall during a supermodel get together, wonder no more! Today Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford joined forces for a special live-streamed conversation about fame, fashion, and all those iconic ’90s...

6 Items To Shop Sustainably, Inspired by Christy Turlington’s Iconic Slip Dress

Photographed by Steven Klein, Vogue, October 2002As a long-time champion of environmental causes, Tonne Goodman – legendary stylist, former Vogue fashion director, current Vogue Sustainability editor – has always been my north star on what to buy, where to buy it,...

Is Anxiety-Induced Shopping a Thing?

Since COVID-19 started, I wake up at 4 a.m. like clockwork every day. The dreams are getting weirder. Yesterday, I had a bizarre nightmare where I was working in outer space and telecommunicating to a coworker on another planet. Suddenly, I lost connection and was...

How Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 Show Is Helping This Editor Stay Positive

Uncertainty is a feeling I’ve grown too familiar with during this strange time of coronavirus. If I’ve learned anything from these past few weeks it is to expect the unexpected. I’ve also made use of the opportunity for reflection.Quarantine gives us more time to...

Fashion Facts

Eyebrows on fleek

Nowadays, any self-respecting fashionista will never leave her house without just the right makeup done. And when we talk about the right makeup, we mean flawless eyebrows. While bushy eyebrows are a trend today, fashionistas during the Renaissance period used to shave them off. Take Mona Lisa for example.

No models, dolls only

Since the 1500s, fashion designers show off their clothing line by creating a mini version to put on little dolls. There were no real, human models until 1853.

Skirts are an ancient fashion

Although still widely used today, skirts are the second oldest garment in history, predated only by the loincloth. Plus, skirts were not intended only for women. In fact, during 1600 to 1700s, both men and women wore them. You can even wear a bodyshaper under your skirt to look fit. Check out the Reviewscon Guide for amazing shape wear for women.

Denim fact

For over 7,000 years, cotton fabric was used for clothing. For one bale of cotton, 215 pairs of jeans can be made. The word “jeans” came from the cotton pants worn by the “Genes,” a local term used to describe sailors from Genoa. Meanwhile, the word “denim” most likely originated from a French material called serge de Nimes, meaning serge from the French seaside town of Nimes.

The first sneakers

During the late 1800s, people wore shoes with rubber soles called plimsolls, but they were crude. The US Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber shoes with canvas tops during 1892 and called it Keds. The shoes were named sneakers because the soles were so smooth that they allow the wearer to sneak around silently. By 1917, the sneakers began to be mass-produced.

The Marquis Converse also produced its first sneaker on the same year and called it Converse All-Stars, a shoe made just for basketball. It was endorsed by basketball superstar named Chuck Taylor, and the shoes became known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars.

Buttons on jacket sleeves

It’s unlikely that a war dictator would contribute something to fashion. But during the Napoleonic wars, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered that his army’s uniforms must have brass buttons on the jacket sleeves to prevent his soldiers from wiping either their nose or mouth clean with their uniforms. Bonaparte must have cared so much about good hygiene. Nowadays, buttons on sleeves are retained as a design.

Lotus shoes

For a thousand years, the Chinese culture regarded small feet as beautiful and was necessary for women in order to get married and to have a better life. It was a common practice for them to bind women’s feet as early as five years old to keep their feet small. They used lotus shoes, which are small, triangular embroidered footwear used to show women’s pointy feet.

Since it affected their ability to walk, having lotus feet was a status symbol and is only practiced by the wealthy because they don’t need to work in the fields. Nowadays, it is utterly rejected in China, having the last lotus shoe manufacturer close it business in 1999.

 

Wearing black

During the 19th century, if you wear black and you weren’t mourning for the death of someone, you will be considered dangerously eccentric. The women of the Victorian era were expected to dress in black mourning clothes for two years after their husbands’ deaths, and that started the tradition of wearing black at funerals in the West.

British hat

The most remarkable item in British fashion is the hat, which they usually wear on formal occasions. It may be odd to see weddings and garden parties in the UK having guests with no hats. Ever wondered why? This fashion tradition started when Queen Elizabeth I mandated a law in 1571 that required anyone over the age of 7 to wear hats on Sundays and holidays. The queen must have loved hats so much that anyone who refused to follow her law would be fined.