Since 2014, Aerie, an American Eagle offshoot, has committed to not retouching their models and embracing body positivity and inclusiveness.
For their spring 2019 campaign, Aerie introduced the new #AerieREAL Role Models; Eight inspirational body-positive women, including actresses Busy Philipps, Samira Wiley, and Jameela Jamil, Paralympic medalist Brenna Huckaby, YouTuber Molly Burke, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Iskra Lawrence, and poet and author Cleo Wade. Meet the women here.
Read below about more body positive brands that have committed to not retouching their campaigns.
ASOS models can be seen with stretch marks, tattoos, bruises and more. They quietly stopped retouching models in 2017 and have since stated on their website that they “do not artificially adjust photographs of models to change their appearance. When we retouch images, we do so to ensure the product in the image looks more like the real product, which usually involves aligning the colour more closely.”
ModCloth was the first retailer to sign the “Heroes Pledge For Advertisers,” in 2014 promising not to “change the shape, size, proportion, color and/or remove/enhance the physical features” of models in advertisements post-production. I can personally attest to this. I modeled for ModCloth during this time! I love that they hire “normal” women for their campaigns!
The forecast for spring and summer 2019 trends all have one thing in common: prints! Last year, fashion week proved that the louder, bigger, and bolder a print is, the more we will be seeing it for the upcoming season. Print mixing typically has had a reputation for only being for those who enjoy taking risks with fashion, but no matter your style, there is a way to mix prints without straying too far from your personal comfort level. I’ve gathered some inspiration below to inspire you to embrace print mixing, from modern minimalist to bold risk taker.
Combine Checkered Patterns
Pair With a Statement Blouse
Stick to the Classics
Invert The Color Scheme
Mix Your Stripes
Utilize a Statement Piece
Mix Your Accessories
Find a Patchwork Piece
You don’t have to be a country music star or on your way to a costume party to embrace one of this season’s hottest trends: Cowboy Boots. This trend first popped up on our radar during F/W 18 fashion week, where influencers and designers alike made western footwear look a whole lot more mainstream! On the streets of NYC, trendsetters swapped out their sneakers and heels for these Americana-styled boots and designers like Isabel Marant and Coach made it clear that the Wild West was definitely having a moment (and it still is!).
If you’ve been weary of trying out the trend for yourself, don’t fret, I was too! I actually snagged my first pair of already worn in, classic, black cowboy boots on a recent shopping trip at Crossroads and I am definitely on the bandwagon with this trend! There is something fun and a little bit nostalgic about throwing on a pair of good ol’ cowboy boots with a flirty floral dress or a classic pair of vintage denim! Not fully convinced you need a pair just yet? Go ahead and check out how these fashionistas styled their boots for some major inspiration!
Contrast with Pants
Boots and a Print Dress
Find Your Statement Boot
Modernize Your Pair of Boots
Happy Friday! The following are my favorite style & pop culture images, articles, and moments to wrap up the week. Enjoy!
Street Style Inspo
Emily slays in her beige layers. Did you see our post about how to style beige without being bland?
New Favorite Style Icon
Best Dressed at The SAG Awards
As award season continues, the red carpet looks just get better and better! See all the best dressed here.
When Memes Become Fashion
Fashion house, Viktor & Rolf, took popular memes and printed them on Haute Couture dresses. Talk about making a fashion statement! Yes, I make dad jokes now. See the entire show below!
Vogue Runway’s #10YearChallenge
Vogue put together a #10YearChallenge of runway looks and it just proves that trends really are cyclical. See the side by side images here.
The Hollywood Issue
The 25th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood issue celebrates their milestone anniversary by creating a movie as its cover! Read about the celebrated celebrity talent and see the cover video here.
New Influencer AD Guidelines
If you follow any UK Influencers or Bloggers on Instagram, you may have seen that their advertising guidelines have been updated. Long story short: a photo containing an item from a brand the blogger has worked for, whether they paid for it, got paid for it, or it was gifted, has to be labeled AD. Read more about the guidelines here. Personally, I appreciate the transparency and wouldn’t mind if these guidelines were adopted by influencers worldwide.
Victoria Beckham Launches Reebok Collaboration
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Reunite
My favorite moment this week comes from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper reuniting during Lady Gaga’s Vegas residency and performing their award-winning duet from ‘A Star Is Born’, “Shallow,” live for the first time ever. I’m not crying, you’re crying!
In the past year, we have seen vibrant colors take center stage: neons, coral, bold blues and pinks, so it’s a bit surprising that beige and brown has been such a focus of spring 2019 runway shows and trend reports. So how and why is this safe color tone competing with other playful and daring colors and trends? Beige can be used to complement stronger colors, bold fabrics, and textures. And because of all the saturated colors that have surrounded us in the last year, beige can now be used to stand out or make a statement in itself.
Take a look at some ways to style beige without feeling bland.