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KPU fashion students break down gender barriers

Three fashion design students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University are breaking down barriers through their gender neutral fashion lines.

Sondra McGaw, Erin Chisholm and Joel Jhocson are all in their final months at KPU’s four-year fashion design and technology program. All three wanted to create unique fashion lines that made people feel comfortable with who they are – regardless of gender.

“The idea of gender is so contextually relevant and it’s ever-changing and therefore sort of arbitrary,” said Chisholm who designed the line Pierrot under the brand th.on.

“I think that fashion is a means of self-expression. It’s the first thing that people see about you and I think that to be completely comfortable in yourself you need to have that sort of self-expression. So to be able to wear the clothes you want to wear and that fit your body is really important.”

Chisholm’s line has a historical influence and celebrates ambiguity. One of Chisholm’s pieces features a high neckline that comes under the nose, covering the wearer’s mouth.

“It plays into the idea that for the longest time, people who were not heteronormative or lived outside of what society expected them to be were silenced,” Chisholm said. “So I’m taking back that idea…even though their mouth is covered, they are fully expressing themselves and who they want to be.”

McGaw’s streetwear fashion line, X:Y, aims to be gender-inclusive by juxtaposing traditional femininity and masculinity. As a result, McGaw’s gender-neutral line isn’t like typical unisex clothing which is often monochromatic. Instead, X:Y uses pink, frills and other traditionally feminine details and combines them with traditionally masculine silhouettes.

“In Vancouver there’s a huge lack of self-expressive clothing designed for individuals who don’t really fit into traditional gender categories,” McGaw said.

“Gender non-binary individuals or people who don’t necessarily conform to female or male gender exclusively, they have really limited clothing options.”

Jhocson’s line also plays with gender-neutrality through the fashion line, KNEW. While KNEW focuses on a fit for men, Jhocson said anyone can wear the clothing.“Society has always created a separation between women and men. Men are always expected to be strong and independent while women should be pretty and sensitive,” Jhocson said.

“I want whoever looks at my collection to be proud of who they are no matter race, gender or gender identity.”

All three of these lines can be seen at KPU’s year-end fashion show on April 19 and 20, but these three designers hope their lines have a longer lasting impact beyond the two day show. For McGaw, fashion – particularly when it embraces all identities – can have a significant effect.

“It goes beyond supporting someone’s sexual or gender orientation. It’s supporting another person’s right to just be who they are, supporting that person’s right to self-expression free from discrimination and free from prejudice,” McGaw said. “It’s human rights that it comes down to.”Read more at: |

publié le mardi 03 avril à 09:49, aucun commentaire.

There will be a heavy police presence at the Royal Wedding

THE ROYAL wedding will be one of the biggest events of the 21st century, when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

The event will be watched by millions around the world, and as such, security in Windsor will be tight, to deal with the expected 100,000 crowd.

Police have announced a number of security measures that will be in place in the town on the day of the wedding.

These include automatic number place recognition technology, closed circuit television, and hostile vehicle mitigation barriers, along with numerous measures that cannot be seen by the public.

If you're planning to visit Windsor on the day of the Royal Wedding, it is likely that you'll see British Transport Police officers on your train, as officers will be patrolling stations and carriages.

In Windsor itself, roads police will stop and check cars as they enter, and there will also be screening and a search regime in the town.

Police state that this is for the safety of the public, and that visitors shouldn't be alarmed by any of the extra security put into place.

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable David Hardcastle, strategic commander for the wedding, said: "We are proud to police the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

"The Force has a long history of policing Royal events from the annual Windsor Garter Ceremony to state visits and more recently Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.

"The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Markle is no exception.

"We are working with our partners, local businesses and the community to deliver a safe, secure and happy event for everyone."Read more at: |

publié le vendredi 30 mars à 07:38, aucun commentaire.

Let’s indulge in Slow and Soulful Beauty

As we all know beauty is become a big business in this Gen it derives iconic brands and seduces women and men into the world of grooming. Beauty is all about cleaning toning and moisturising.

This is why the concept of slow beauty is taking the top root.

What is slow beauty?

Slow beauty is nothing but it involves ones self love and mindfulness. When one cares for themselves it is more beautiful, special and gratifying than buying a high and contouring kit.

We dab on some lipstick and rush through the day without realising what we are missing out on the nuanced textures of life. Slow beauty rituals can make us feel and look great inside out. It’s a part of the growing slow living lifestyle, which means living deeply and meaningfully.

In the context of beauty, a lot of it is DIY which basically means returning to our roots to yore and folkore when women bonded with each other over a session of haldi Chandan. It is possible even now.

Make at home

Slow beauty life involves making beauty at home. It’s the process of creation combined with self healing.

Rose sugar milk bath

Slowly pick rose petals from fresh roses. Gently mix the petals in a cup of creamy non fat milk and crumble some brown sugar crystals into it. Rub this aromatic blend into the body in round circular motions for 10 minutes. Do not rush, then soak in a bath with sea salt and rose essential oils.

Relax. Let the water calm your body and mind. You’ll emerge fresh clean and beautiful. Do it once in 15 days or when you find time.

Donor blood to be stored for 42 days beyond that blood turns into BAD BLOOD

Did you know that human blood from donors can be stored for use up to 42 days, and it is a main stay therapy in transfusion medicine. However, recent studies looking back at patient records have shown that transfusions with older stored blood is associated with adverse effects.

In a collaborative study using a mouse model, research reports in PLOS medicine of having found mechanistic links between older stores red blood cell transfusions and subsequent bacterial pneumonia. The key player is free heme, a breakdown product from degraded red blood cells.

A heme is part of the oxygen binding haemoglobin pigment that gives blood cells their red colour and carries oxygen through the body from the lungs. While in the red blood cell, heme is relatively safe; but once outside the confines of the red cells, free heme is toxic and can cause tissue injury.Read more at: |

publié le lundi 26 mars à 08:35, aucun commentaire.

Beauty on the beat

Jelly lipstick, chocolate-coloured eyeshadow palette and cookie-shaped compact powders inspired by delectable desserts and the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel – These were among the unique items in Sweet Recipe colour cosmetic collection rolled out in 2013 by South Korean makeup brand Etude House.

With products looking and smelling good and irresistible ice cream, chocolate and fruits as flavours and scents, the collection came with adorable print advertisements and campaigns to entice beauty buffs and fans.

Apart from unique products, coming up with creating marketing strategies is a never-ending battle among big and savvy global beauty brands such as Etude House.

Despite efforts that ranged from serious, heart-breaking advertising messages to funny and comical or even extreme videos shared over the social media platform, nothing beats the challenge of the real deal - offering customers a personal touch or hands-on experience with the products.

For two homegrown beauty brands, Zawara Cosmetics and Pinkboxcereal, it’s all about reaching out and winning consumers through innovation.

These popular brands have stepped up their game in the local scene by taking a unique approach and providing customers with a makeup and beauty experience that is extra special compared to a typical, beauty counters at department stores.


Cosmetics and skincare brand Zawara was founded in March 2015 by siblings Nur Fadilla and Kamarul Ariff Abd Karim.

Zawara has since garnered steady customers and fans (315,000 followers on Instagram) searching for affordable Korean-formulated makeup and skincare products that suit our weather and lifestyle.

The brand is synonymous with products which are halal and wudhu’ (ablution)-friendly and packaged in chic designs.

“’Zawara’ means guest and in our business, customers are our special guests. We need innovative ways to reach out to customers and treat them with memorable beauty experiences with our products,” says Nur Fadilla, 33, whose business started due to her passion for makeup and dressing up.

Besides its flagship store in Section 7, Shah Alam, Selangor, the brand mainly retails its products via e-commerce platform as well as stockists and agents nationwide. In line with its efforts to boost sales especially among its stockists and agents, the brand launched Cosmetic Machine, a mobile truck that tours the country.


Splashed in pink, blue and black, the eye-catching truck (launched in January) is installed with a well-decorated beauty counter and a vanity mirror, with various makeup and beauty products neatly stocked up.

“The concept of Cosmetic Machine is simple – It’s like bringing a shopping mall to your doorstep. Customers can try products that they see on our website and online platforms on site or where the truck makes its rounds.

“As a business that mainly retails online, this gives us an edge compared to others as we offer a way to sample the products at their convenience. It’s also a more personal way to get in touch with customers and promote new products too,” adds Nur Fadilla.

“At our recent promotion in Sungai Petani, Kedah, the truck was stationed in the compound of a rented premise. Guests could either try our products or get a quick fix and tips from our makeup expert inside the truck or watch makeup tutorials and products demonstrations in a home-based party setting.

“Sometimes during such an event, we also train our stockists and agents located in the area,” she says.

The initiative also helps the brand to gain instant and valuable feedback from both existing and potential customers as well as their stockists and agents.

“We’re thinking of placing our Cosmetic Machine at Kuala Lumpur city centre soon. We want to offer special beauty treats or makeup touch-ups for office workers during lunch break,” she adds.


If you are a beauty buff who adores local brands, you may have heard of Pinkboxcereal and its popular Beauty Emergency Kit (a customised box of skincare and makeup goodies curated according to your skincare needs). Or, you are probably already a Doll, as how its founder Shafiqah Shafie calls the brand’s fans.

Last year, the brand opened Pinkboxcereal Café for customers to get dolled up and try local and international makeup and skincare brands in a homely and relaxed atmosphere.

Previously at Empire Damansara, Petaling Jaya, the café recently moved to Pelangi Square in Petaling Jaya due to increasing demand.

“Most of us have had the experience being bugged by salespersons at pharmacies or beauty counters trying to influence us to buy products that we don’t want.

“That’s how the idea to set up this café came about. I wanted a space where customers could have privacy and the time to try many new products in a fun and relaxing café atmosphere,” says Shafiqah, a beauty guru and professional makeup artist with 41,600 followers on Instagram). She has been running the business with her husband Mohd Ilya Fahmi Azmi since 2015.

A former stewardess and copywriter, Shafiqah has been passionate about skincare and makeup since she was 12.

She took a professional makeup course at SUB College at Berjaya Times Square and graduated with an international certificate.

“I love sharing tips and my experience on skincare and makeup with my friends and colleagues. When I was a stewardess, I shared my knowledge and skills with my colleagues when we were off-duty. My hotel room was a fun, makeover party space” says Shafiqah.

From giving makeup classes at home and makeup jobs for events, she turned to YouTube to share her beauty secrets.

Endless enquiries from viewers on the products that she reviewed or tested and shared on the platform led her to open her Instagram online shop, Pinkboxcereal – a wordplay created by her husband and derived from her collection of pink boxes. A website was set up in 2016, followed by the café in 2017.


With the concept of “skincare, makeup and all things pretty”, Pinkboxcereal Café is an all-pink place where customers can test skincare and makeup while enjoying a cuppa.

About 70 percent of the products are produced by homegrown labels, while the rest are international brands picked by Shafiqah during her travels. Pinkboxcereal’s in-house brand, Pinkboxcereal Beauty, is also available.

“At our café, which I like to call Dollhouse, we stock up quality brands and what’s trending in the beauty scene, which I’ve tried out myself.

“For a small fee, customers can enjoy a cuppa and try anything they want without any interference from salespersons. They can even get their makeup done here – using the available products – before going to an event. We have had bachelorette parties as well as mothers enjoying bonding sessions with their daughters here,” she says.

“Hygiene and cleanliness are the company’s top priorities at the café, with makeup tools consistently sterilised.Read more at: |

publié le mercredi 21 mars à 03:19, aucun commentaire.

Hubert de Givenchy's interior style

Described by many as a truly sophisticated gentleman, Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, founder of Givenchy, lived in surroundings that befitted him.

A member of the aristocracy as well as a highly creative mind, Givenchy translated his innate sophistication into aesthetically stunning design.

In contemporary times, we simply know Givenchy as a label worn on the red carpet by Rihanna and Beyonce, but the designer's legacy lies in his elegance and how he shaped the meaning of what is 'chic' forever.

But the man literally invented 'the little black dress', a symbol of modern femininity, when he designed the infamous costume of a black column dress and pearls for Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, in the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Last week the French fashion designer passed away at the age of 91 leaving the international fashion house bearing his name and a career of 50 years in the business behind him. Let's take a look at where this figure of style called home.

The owner of several fantastic homes, Givenchy's primary residence was an historic restored country house in France's Loire valley, Chateau Le Jonchet wrote The Art of The Room.

A renaissance castle, the sprawling home was in ruins in the 1950s until it was restored by architect Fernand Pouillon. The couturier purchased the property in the early 1970s and lived there until his death, alongside his companion, Philippe Venet.

Outside at Le Jonchet, the classical facade of the chateau features deer sculptures in the style of mounted heads, a reference to the designer's namesake, Saint Hubert, the patron of hunters.

The grounds hold an artificial lake, a private chapel, a moat filled with water from the Loire, an indoor pool, a dog cemetery, a greenhouse, and a rose garden designed by American style legend Bunny Mellon.

Inside, the cavernous halls are lined with a mix of modern Impressionist art and elite antiques. The emblem of the stag is repeated throughout, from large sculptures to small adornments.

In Givenchy's personal studio, a bas-relief of a dove by Alberto Giacometti hangs above the fireplace.

Comparatively airy and bright, the linen slip-cover sofas and clean lines reflect the interpretation of country style preferred by big spenders (like Kim Kardashian).

The designer also had a Parisian home in the precinct of Saint-Germain, which was originally a hotel built for a marquise in 1731.

A place where Givenchy let his aristocratic flair show, this home was bedecked in grand, classical style.

When he renovated the townhouse in 1978, Givenchy turned to another interior designer Charles Sevigny to make it happen wrote Architectural Digest.

The order for the refit was opulence in the extreme - rooms with walls covered in bronze-tinted mirroring and chocolate carpet, fitted with Knoll ottomans, Poul Kjærholm's angular PK22 chairs, and Louis XV bergère armchairs paired with a mod-style horn and veneer table.

The Paris apartment featured several 'salons' or enormous reception rooms, another of which was cream, pale yellow and gold, and another, dark emerald green populated with plenty of golden gilt.

Lavish and refined, Givenchy's aesthetic hails from another age but will always be in style.Read more at: |

publié le lundi 19 mars à 07:07, aucun commentaire.

A Runway In Bloom

Coined as Portland's first "urban fashion show," BLOOM RUNWAY sought to bring together creative entrepreneurs of all multicultural backgrounds to celebrate diversity within the fashion community through beauty, style and live music.

Although the first event produced by the Bloom Beauty Collective, led by celebrity hair and makeup artist, Abibat Durosimi, she managed to completely pack the top floor banquet room of the World Trade Center on March 10th.

Traditionally, most fashion shows start with womenswear. But this isn't a traditional runway. Self Made Menswear kicked things off with good looking men in well tailored suits.Co-hosts Tra’Renee, Emmy Award winning TV personality and local radio DJ, and Art Williams, co-owner of The Influential Grooming Lounge and host of the Barbershop Segment on Rip City, brought us down a lineup including Designs by Thor, along with online boutiques 4Twenty4 and Wavy Boy Clothing, and one brick and mortar, Adorn.Each designer/brand showed between six-twelve looks and included a range of models from sizes XS-3X. Not only were the models themselves from many ethnic backgrounds, but many of them rocked natural hair styles, such as bantu knots, braids and curly fros. #YASAge diversity was also present on the runway, with Wavy Boy Clothing incorporating an eleven-year old boy, and Adorn's fabulous model with grey-hair.

The few logistical hiccups did not affect the caliber of the production. From the impressive location, to the cohesiveness of each collection on the runway, to the massive turn out, BLOOM RUNWAY certainly made a name for itself, and I, like many others who crave more diversity in the Portland fashion scene, are excited to see more.Read more at: |

publié le samedi 17 mars à 07:35, aucun commentaire.

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