Category Archives: Fashion

Come into force around February next year

According to the Wall Street Journal, men’s loafers are making a comeback. “Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store, called Goodman’s, is making a big push with loafers this year,” writes the Journal‘s Ray A. Smith. “A factor behind the loafer proliferation is the move to more smart-casual dress codes at work…. And the big fashion influence is the runaway success of Gucci’s fur-lined loafers, launched last year.” Fur-lined? I think I’ll pass, lest I be accused of being a fancy boy.

As you can imagine, there were lots of opportunities for ridicule. (I did once have pennies in my penny loafers. Once.) “They are … an easy style to mock,” Smith says. “Their long association with blue bloods and the Ivy League provides good fodder for social media ribbing of men who wear loafers, especially those who, like TV anchorman Matt Lauer, do so without socks.” Again, guilty as charged.

But in my memory, there was a specific moment when loafers began to go out of fashion. It was during a speech given by President George H. W. Bush at the Republican National Convention in 1992:

Sharp lawyers are running wild. Doctors are afraid to practice medicine and some moms and pops won’t even coach Little League anymore. We must sue each other less and care for each other more. I am fighting to reform our legal system to put an end to crazy lawsuits. And if that means climbing into the ring with the trial lawyers, well, let me just say, round one starts tonight. After all—after all, my opponent’s campaign is being backed by practically every trial lawyer who ever wore a tasseled loafer.

Boom. President Bush dropped the mic and walked off the stage. Or at least that’s how I remember it. (I was in college so my memory is a bit foggy.) In any event, the quip got a lot of play at the time. “Bush Making ‘The Tasseled Loafer’ a Symbol of Nation’s Woes” was the headline from the Associated Press. The London Evening Standard asked, “Is Loafer Man a threat to life as we know it? George Bush has identified a new enemy in society: men who wear tasseled loafers. Could he possibly be right?” Even a year later, Neil A. Lewis wrote a column in the New York Timesentitled “The Politicization of Tasseled Loafers.” In short, loafers went through a Sideways Merlot moment.

White collection is the perfect way to show

China and South Korea are putting a long-running dispute behind them more than a year after Seoul’s decision to install a US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system. The unexpected decision comes just days before US President Donald Trump begins his trip to Asia, where the North Korean nuclear crisis will be the focus.

As recently as last year, Seoul and Beijing had close political and economic relations. But Chinese opposition to South Korea’s installation of THAAD — which officials viewed as another American effort to contain China — soured the relationship. Korean tourism, cosmetics and entertainment were subsequently hit by Chinese backlash.

Both China and South Korea issued a joint statement on Tuesday agreeing to reset relations, which helped propel South Korean stocks to a record high. But while this reconciliation might also seem like good news for brands exporting “Brand Korea” to China, the reality is that despite a seemingly deteriorating relationship, trade between the two countries has been steadily growing over the past year — which means the mended relationship may only accelerate further growth.

South Korea’s exports to China for January to July in 2017 reached $76.2 billion, an 11.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016, according to the Korea International Trade Association, noting that export growth was predominantly driven by consumer goods and cosmetics, along with automobiles. South Korea’s total export sales for January to July in 2017 hit $328 billion, accounting for 3.6 percent of the world total of $9.142 trillion.

Tourism was also on the up last year. “The number of tourist arrivals from China decreased in 2015, but recovered to an 11 percent increase in 2016 to reach 6.6 million visitors. Overall retail expenditure by Chinese tourists in South Korea also increased by 10 percent in 2016,” said Euromonitor’s global luxury manager Fflur Roberts in a report. “This shows that South Korea maintains its strong attraction for wealthy Chinese tourists.”

Blue mask to de-stress your face

Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!

Well, now that Madewell sells beauty products, consider my checking account done for. Obvs they carry the brand French Girl, but I’m currently all about this clarity mask by Herbivore Botanicals. It’s been a stressful week and it’s showing on my face, wahh!

Everlane now has cashmere sweatshirts, and they are the epitome of cool and comfortable. Plus, they make me feel like the poet I wanted to be when I went to poetry grad school.

Now you can never lose your charger!

While my skin care routine is fairly involved, my makeup sitch is much more relaxed. I don’t like to wear too much product other than under eye concealer, mascara and lipstick. But the one “extra” product I rely on is a highlighter. I’m loving the rose quartz luminizer from Kora Organics. It’s hydrating, and it gives me that perfect glow that looks natural and effortless. Hey, if Miranda Kerr loves it, then it’s gotta be good.

I’d pair this striped top with a pair of dark wash jeans for the perfect off-duty outfit.

Here’s where you can buy it

Sometimes, the key to getting dressed in the morning is to ask yourself how you want to feel. Whether it’s powerful, loving, or even just plain confident, clothing can help you tune in to yourself. One of our favorite ways to dress like the queen of hearts we are is to wear pink, and plenty of it. And when it’s done in velvet? All the better. For inspiration, we have Kristen Bell’s pink velvet Rebecca Taylor top, which is the staple we need in our closets ASAP.

Kristen wore an all-over pink look that’s a rose quartz daydream.

Why settle for either color or texture when you can have both?! We love that Kristen wore this velvet top, complete with puffy shoulders and a keyhole cutout, with pink leather Rebecca Taylor trousers and a coral Staud velvet bag. More is more, and that’s totally chic; just take it from Kristen!

Kristen posted the outfit to her Instagram, with a caption explaining how she’s finished up the press tour for A Bad Moms Christmas.

We love this look because it’s one a good or bad mom could wear, and aren’t we each a little of both anyway? With her short blonde hair in loose waves, pink lips, and glowy skin, this is an easy look that can carry itself. Even if you pair with some matching lipstick, you’re still sure to be as dazzling as a rose.

A unicorn neck pillow for magical sleep

Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!

Consider my love for Clinique eternal. When I was a freshman in college, Clinique was my introduction to Fancy Skincare. After dealing with years of finicky, zitty skin, my mom finally took me to Macy’s, where a woman in a white lab coat created a custom-made skincare routine for me, giving me blue and yellow and pink bottles, and a bonus mascara for spending over a hundred bucks. While I’m definitely not brand-monogamous, I still have a reserved place in my heart for Clinique, which is why I picked up a bottle of this exfoliating cleanser. My skin has been dry and lackluster lately, so I figured some daily (gentle) scrubbing would do it some good — and it has! Just after one day of use, my face looks and feels brighter.

Sézane is like the French Madewell, and I could easily spend my entire savings account here. Everything is so, pardon the cliche, French girl chic. Especially this sweater, which makes your grandma’s floral couch seem high fashion. If you like it, you better add it to your cart fast — Sézane sells out quickly.

Inspired by your fave TV shows

Halloween is practically here, and it’s the best time of year for TV fanatics who get to dress up like their favorite characters. From Stranger Things‘s Eleven, to Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls, it’s easy to add a few items of clothing and accessories to your cart and create the perfect costume. You may want to rush shipping though — Halloween is less than a week away!

Central Perk mug, Amazon, $16.99

Long sleeve crop top, ASOS, $19

PrettyLittleThing plaid skirt, ASOS, $35

Retro over-knee socks, H&M, $5.99

Oxford platform shoes, Forever 21, $32.90

Apron, Amazon, $17.90

Luke’s Diner mug, Etsy, $14

Tartan skirt, Romwe, $8.99

Plain cotton shirt, H&M, $24.99

V-neck vest, Amazon, price varies

Knee-high black socks, ASOS, $6.50

Cotton bomber jacket, H&M, $39.99

Jacquard-patterned dress, H&M, $17.99

HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!

Shhh Silk and the Beverly Hills Hotel teamed up to create a line of fabulous silk pajamas and sleep accessories in the hotel’s iconic palm print, and I’m personally VERY excited about this collab. I’m a huge fan of Shhh Silk (I wear their sleep masks to bed every single night; can’t sleep without ‘em) and I love anything palm print. I was lucky enough to go to the launch event last night at the Beverly Hills Hotel and try this silk sleep set firsthand. Clearly these pajamas are the height of glamour, but what you might not realize is that even though they are silk, they’re machine washable! Low maintenance for the high maintenance girl, like myself. I wore this set to bed last night, along with the matching sleep mask, and I felt like I was going to sleep in a Wes Anderson movie. I’m not joking when I say I had, hands down, the best beauty sleep I’ve had all month.

They were designed by podiatrists

Isn’t it the worst when you find a cute pair of shoes, but you can only wear them for five minutes at a time because they’re sooo uncomfortable? Well, allow us to introduce you to Vionic, our new favorite shoe obsession. Vionic shoes have a secret: They’re designed by podiatrists. And yes, they’re actually super cute and super comfortable.

Vionic uses orthaheel technology to help promote better alignment. Every pair offers balance, stability, and support. Because let’s face it — we’ve probably all had a pair of super comfy kicks that weren’t that cute. (Looking at you, Crocs.) But now that we can get the magical combo of fashion andcomfort in one shoe, we can look good and keep our feet healthy. Plus, with Vionic, heels don’t have to be the worst. In fact, there are tons of styles — including boots, booties, heels, flats, wedges, sneakers, and sandals — to choose from.

As for her go-to styles for fall, Dr. Sutera said she loves the Blakely bootie, the Josie kitten heel, and the Relax slippers to wear around the house. Still on the fence? Vionic offers a 30-day guarantee wear test, just to prove that their shoes are indeed both cute and comfy. We’re sold!

“The feet are the foundation of our body and when your feet are in alignment, this helps your ankles, knees, hips, and back to also be in better alignment,” said Dr. Sutera. So, what can we expect when we buy a pair of Vionic shoes? “People can expect to feel their feet go into a better alignment immediately!”


Getting sidetracked on their search for the Vogue shot

While it’s still unclear if Hadid actually happened to wander onto the set of a Vogue photoshoot while being a tourist in Paris or if the supermodel-to-be was hired to be there looking like an unsuspecting tourist (she says she got “caught” in the pic), the photo is still a perfect example of how she was fated to become the powerhouse model that she is today.

And now? She’s done it again. But this time in a…well, this look is a bit hard to describe. It has a 1600s Salem witchy vibe. But in a good way. Because Zendaya’s top would feel right at home in Hocus Pocus, alongside human Thackery Binx. Or maybe the blouse is giving us Seinfeld puffy shirt feels? Either way, this ensemble features a ton of texture, which is perfect for fall.

It’s one of those looks you see and say, “you know what, that’s only something [insert celeb name] can pull off.”

While attending the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez Louis Vuitton exhibit event in New York, Zendaya went all out for the night.

With the texture adding major interest to the look, Zendaya kept everything else pretty minimal. Her smoked-out eyes are barely visible under her long bangs, adding a fun, mysterious vibe.

Whether you want a little totem to clutch during the scary parts or some new duds to share your love of all things strange to the world, we’ve got you covered. If we’re going to fan out, we might as well go hard, you know? Envelope yourself in the world of Stranger Things and it’ll feel like you’re right there with those cute little kiddos — who aren’t so little anymore!

Play catch up in fashion speed race

To pick up speed, companies like Gap Inc, American Eagle Outfitters and Macy’s Inc are placing smaller orders in more factories, and waiting until the last minute to say what colors and cuts the fabric should take. They are also slashing the time clothes spend in warehouses, industry experts said.

“The millenials, with their constant fickleness in product selection, speed, newness and freshness are very important and so there is a heightened need for traditional American brands to increase speed,” said Matt Katz, a partner at the Boston Consulting Group, which advises retailers.

Over the past few years, clothiers have shrunk their typical concept-to-store times down to about six to nine months, from a previously glacial 12 months.

That seems like a big improvement until you know what some competitors are capable of.

“The emergence of H&M and Zara and the ability of these companies to follow fashion trends and produce products in six weeks or less has added to the pressure,” Katz said.

Robert Hanson, American Eagle’s new chief executive, is looking for ways to cut down on delivery times and respond faster to styles and trends. Macy’s is trying to speed its decisions on what clothes to put on its shelves for young women.

How much further fashion retailers can go, or should go, in the quest for speed is a question that involves everything from margins to corporate culture and a reliance on cheap but distant Asian manufacturers.

“Traditional brands have a lot of layers of decision making,” said Jennifer Pritchard, a former executive with clothes retailer Chico’s and now with the Alvarez & Marsal business consultancy in Atlanta.

Companies like Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing Co, H&M owner Hennes & Mauritz AB, Forever21, and Zara owner Inditex, are popularly called “fast-fashion” retailers because of the speed with which they change their collections.

While still a small presence in America, H&M and Zara have doubled their footprint to 1 percent of the fragmented marketplace, according to Euromonitor International.

The gains have come at the expense of brands like Gap and American Eagle, which have also struggled with tight margins and consumer resistance to high prices. Both Zara and H&M have overtaken Gap as the biggest clothes retailers in the world.

Such tactics can create completely new “looks” for clothes in weeks.

Even Asian sources of clothes can be part of the fast fashion trend if a clothing line becomes a top seller.

“In Zara’s case, they operate chartered cargo flights once a week… from Bangladesh,” said Munir Mashooqullah, founder and president of Synergies Worldwide which acts as a middle man between retailers and manufacturers and counts Zara as a client.

Retailers have several plans for fighting back.

American Eagle is planning to cut down on the piles of t-shirts, dresses and jeans that stores have stocked up in the past. Hanson, the CEO, says he would rather have fewer items in stores, but sell everything.

In a conference call last month, Hanson said the company was “buying fashion to sell out”, echoing many of his peers.

Macy’s said it was planning to speed up decision making on buying and stocking clothes it offers to shoppers between the ages of 13 and 30, an effort clearly aimed at winning young shoppers back from fast fashion chains.

“We today are quicker to respond to trends in brands such as INC and Bar III so that our merchandise is current and fresh for the customer” said Macy’s spokesman Jim Sluzewski. Both these brands sell edgy and more fashion-oriented dresses and accessories to young women.

Retail experts say companies like Ralph Lauren Corp, Ann Inc, PVH Corp’s Tommy Hilfiger, VF Corp and Limited Brands have made progress as they build relationships with their manufacturers and experiment with newer ways of getting products to their stores.

Collection inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel

There’s something straight-up relaxing about a chic hotel. The cozy bed and the high thread count linen can give you the best sleep of your life. But the price tag attached to such posh hotels? Not always within our budget. Fortunately, that super relaxed, Calgon-take-me-away feeling just got a lot easier and more accessible. 

Luckily, the just-released Pink Palace Palm Collection has luxe written all over it. Shhh Silk has been the go-to sleep brand for celebs who love their pillow cases, and The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a Hollywood landmark for over 100 years. So yeah, the two of them collbaorating to create a limited-edition line is the literal definition of luxury relaxation. 

There’s no way you can wear anything from the collection — which includes pillow cases, pajamas, and eye masks — without having your own personal glam moment.

But it’s not just the pretty print. The material (which is machine washable, no less) is what will really have you rushing home to slip into your pajamas or snuggle up against your pillow case.

elcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!