At the risk of sounding like a GCSE maths problem, this summerSummer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. you’ve got one dress and five weddings and you want to look seriously lit at every single one. The answer lies in these cute #AsSeenOnMe accessory ideas, which will give your outfits major mileage all season. Trust.

Magpie vibes
If you’re a sucker for all things shiny, an embellished clutch is the quickest (and most on-trend) way to add some pizzazz to your look. Plus, they’re a total attention seeker, so great for adding to a second-wear outfit.

Alright, petal
Flowers are basically a wedding obligation in summer, and these little hair sliders are an easy way to update your hair. Add to a plait (see left) or use them to decorate an updo.

Velvet dreams
If heels just aren’t your jam and you’re looking for some chic and v SS16 footwear for the big day, these embroidered velvet slippers are your saving grace. They’re also perfect for a long day on your feet and won’t keep you off the dancefloor.

Ear candy
Bring some extra wow to your updo with a pair of statement earrings. These floral ones will make any dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). feel a bit more luxe – and they’ll look fab with your off-the-shoulder tops after the big day.


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Comic Con: It’s All About The Girls – Topshop

Move over male superheroes, this year’s Comic Con movie releases are all about the girls, as three of Hollywood’s coolest actresses prepare to dominate our screens as Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Captain Marvel. Comic Con – in case you didn’t know – is a huge convention based in San Diego, celebrating comics, superheroes and science fiction. It draws in thousands of fans thanks to the amazing actor and director panels, exhibitions and guaranteed movie spoilers. Here’s the three women set to own the superhero world…

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
It’s been on the rumour mill for some time now that Brie Larson (check out her last epic release Room) will play Carol Veranda AKA Captain Marvel in the first ever female solo film for Marvel’s studio. This was confirmed at this weekend’s Comic Con, when Keven Feige (Marvel studio’s president)brought Brie on stage to take a selfie with the rest of the Marvel crew, introducing her as their newest member. We know 2019 isn’t exactly round the corner, but it can’t come soon enough…

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
After what feels like years of waiting, super-villain movieA film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film or photoplay, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed rapidly in succession. The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. Suicide Squad is almost here. We’re booking our tickets based mostly on the fact we can’t wait to see Margot Robbie play the slightly unhinged Harley Quinn – her costume in the trailer alone inspired a whole lot of Halloween costumes last year. Watch the trailer above to see her in action.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot – famous for her role as Gisele Yashar in The Fast and Furious series is stepping up to be the ultimate super-heroine, Wonder Woman. The highly-anticipated trailer premiered at Comic Con and sees the island warrior princess horseback riding, sword fighting and dealing with WW1 armies (all with her crown firmly intact) in what is going to be one seriously action-packed thriller.


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What We Loved at New York’s Panorama Festival – Topshop

The folks behind Panorama Festival picked a scorcher of a weekend for its debut but no amount of heat could stop the three-day party. Here’s our pick of what kept the good vibes up…

FKA Twigs
FKA is know for her boundary-pushing and downright sexy shows that are less gig and more performance art. For her Friday afternoon spot at the Pavilion stage she made no exceptions with a set that saw her locking eyes intensely with the audience and performing slick choreography with a talent troop of beautiful looking dancers. Oh, and she did it all wearing a baby lace bralet and a cape-like denimDenim[1] is a sturdy cotton warp-faced[2] twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck (a linen canvas). waistcoat.

The Lab
Since SXSW brought on its interactive arm tech at musical festivals has been a growing theme. For Panorama’s debut they’ve made the tech side nearly as important as the artists with an enormous white tent dedicated to digital artists and innovative tech companies. The line to get in was nearly always over 3- minutes but worth it to play around in the light-up bouncy castle and experience HP and NASA’s projection mapping that let you lie beneath a man-made solar system as it morphed before you.

The Parlor tent was the place to be for serious dancing and it filled to capacity for Kaytranada’s Saturday night session. The DJ played new tracks from his new album 99.9% and amped up the performance by projecting trippy video art that featured ’80s Janet Jackson clips mixed with cartoon pizzas and graphic typography, all the while

The food
Okay, we know the festival should be about the music but trust New York to have a festival that is similarly as serious about its food options. Brooklyn institution Roberta’s pizza popped-up for the weekend alongside Manhattan favourite Bareburger and waffle and ice cream courtesy of EggLoo. Naturally, watermelon and coconut flavoured ice pops were on offer from La NewYorkina to cool us in the 35 degrees heat.


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The kids with the odd names and golden genes need no introduction. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’ve most definitely read about them in magazines, seen them in a dozen ads or even given one of them a double-tap on Instagram. They’re best known as social media stars and models – but that’s about to change. Now Starlie (22), Daisy Clementine (20), Pyper America (19) and Lucky Blue Smith (18) are focusing on making music together as The Atomics.

“Our dad is a musician and he’s taught us everything we know. We got instruments for Christmas when we were kids and have been playing in a band ever since,” they tell H&M Magazine as they’re getting ready to hit the lanes at their favorite bowling alley.

After quite some time on the modeling trail (i.e. traveling non-stop), the quartet are now trying to stay put home in Los Angeles, blocking out days in their calendars to have writing, practicing and recording sessions together.

LUCKY: “We’re going to do a record!”
DAISY: “No, first we’ll be releasing a couple of singles and then a record. But we’re really coming in hot this fall. It’s been a long time coming and we’re super excited to share our new songs.”

60s surf music with rhythm guitars and harmonies is the main source of inspiration for The Atomics. They describe their sound as high-energy with a positive feel. Since Daisy, Pyper and Lucky have spent a lot of time away, Starlie – who’s the oldest and the band’s lead vocalist – is in charge of writing new music together with their dad.

“He played his acoustic guitar and sang us to sleep every night when we were little. If we beg him, he’ll still do that sometimes,” they say, laughing.

Putting a successful family band together in 2016 is not an easy task – if it ever was. The success formula includes timing and demand, talent, mentoring, image and fan connection. The Atomics have all of the above, but perhaps more than anything, they have a connection to their fans. At which Lucky is a champion. His devoted fans, called Lucky Charms, follow his every step on social media, send him presents and meet up with him when he tells them where he’s at.

Lucky Blue Smith reveals his top model secrets

PYPER: “No, we think it’s cool. And it’s never annoying. You can’t get annoyed at people for liking you – it’s just nice.”

LUCKY: “No, nothing really crazy. Or there was one time at the airport in Shanghai… I had just landed for the first time in China and a girl showed up in a wedding dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment)., with a bouquet of flowers and a tiara. She thought it was her wedding that day and that she was getting married to me.”

“I didn’t say anything and kind of just got in the car…”

“Once a girl gave me chicken feet. That was weird. Usually I get a lot of candy and stuffed animals.”

When the siblings aren’t modeling, making music or receiving chicken feet from fans, they hang out with their friends and family at home, at the beach, at the movies or at the bowling alley.

“No, they haven’t changed because of that. The thing that’s changing our relationships is that we’re getting older. Because we’re growing up.”
See Starlie and Daisy model this summer’s cutest swimwearSwimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving and surfing, or sun-orientated activities, such as sun bathing. Different types may be worn by men, women, and children. Swimwear is described by a number of names, some of which are used only in particular locations, including swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, bathing costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossie (short for “costume”), or swimming trunks for men, besides others.

The Smith family hails from a small town in Utah and are Mormon – something that’s often a topic in interviews. This one is no exception.

DAISY: “Sometimes, but that’s just how it is, I guess. I think it’s pretty easy for people to figure out – after talking to us for five minutes – what is true and what is not true. When people ask us, we answer and set the record straight.”

“It just helps me stay grounded. People are generally trying to find something that makes them happy and that has a purpose. We’ve found that in our religion. What’s different is that we don’t drink alcohol, smoke or drink coffee. To me it’s just so normal. It’s just guidelines and having addictions is proven not to be good for you – so we just don’t do it.”

From today onwards, The Atomics will update their style diaries every third week here on H&M Magazine. We ask them questions on where they are, what they’re up to, how the music is going – and what outfits from H&M Divided they’ve chosen and how they’ve styled them. Read the first entry below – and stay tuned for more.


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Take a walk through the incredible legacy of Dior

HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Diana, Princess of Wales, and actors Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor and Jennifer Lawrence all play a role in a new tome Women In Dior: Portraits Of Elegance written by French fashion author and journalist Laurence Benaim, who delved into Dior’s archives for anecdotes, sketches and insider secrets.
What, for you, was the most exciting part of putting together this book?
What is absolutely wonderful is the research; this accumulation of material, of real stories, moments lived, unique documents, almost 70 years after the house was founded. In an era when fashion is self-decomposing into shorter and shorter moments, the time for research—which is a time of silence, exchanges, encounters and real discoveries—equates to an ultimate and genuine luxury.
What was the most surprising insight into Dior’s history that you had?
Certain characters, even if they belong to history, remain ultra contemporary, such as Carmen Colle (a friend of the label); while through their strength of character others, such as Mitzah Bricard (a longtime Dior muse), established their roles in a very radical way, outside the strictures of fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. and convention. What I love about Dior is the variety of women this house has been able to attract, from princesses to silver-screen goddesses… thanks to the vision of one man who sought to bring back to fashion the idea of real put-together presence, the taste for the “finished,” the “perfect,” and in the process rewriting the definition of femininity.
In many ways, Dior represents French fashion. Yet it’s global…
Without the house of Dior, Paris would never have reclaimed its title as the capital of fashion. Dior has its own music, there’s a spirit woven into the very structure of the clothes themselves, which are first and foremost ultra-structured compositions, and for which a phrase by Christian Dior continues to act as a motto: “Fashion exists to make love feel fresh again.”


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Retail giant Central Group is buying Zalora’s businesses in Thailand and Vietnam

Zalora, the fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.-focused e-commerce site backed by Rocket Internet, is selling its businesses in Thailand and Vietnam to retailer Central Group, according to multiple sources close to the deal.

We reported the planned sale earlier this month and have since confirmed that Bangkok-headquartered Central Group is the buyer. The deal is said to be agreed on in principle and currently subject to paperwork and red tape.

A Zalora spokesperson declined to comment. Central Group did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Central Group may not be a name well-known outside of Southeast Asia, but it is one of the region’s largest retail players with a huge footprint in Thailand and forays into Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries. The group’s assets, which include multiple shopping malls and national department store chains, are worth close to $10 billion and it employs some 70,000 people across its operations.

The group has been tipped to enter the online commerce space for some time, and our sources say that it has struck a deal to buy the country businesses from Zalora for around $10 million each. Online is estimated to account for around 3 percent of all commerce in Southeast Asia and, while that figure has grown in recent years and stands to increase as the Internet becomes more widely accessible throughout the region, it remains a nascent segment that few offline retailers have stepped into.

The low level of online commerce has been a challenge for Rocket Internet’s e-commerce startups, which started out with overly ambitious targets, missed their projections for profitability, and have required significant capital to continue. Lazada received a $500 million investment from Alibaba this month after running out of cash, while Zalora remains unprofitable. Rocket Internet’s latest financial results show Zalora’s revenue rose 78 percent to €208 million ($234 million) in 2015, but its net loss increased 36 percent to €93.5 million ($105 million).

One comparison to Central Group’s move comes by way of Indonesia’s Lippo Group, a conglomerate with $15 billion in assets across a range of sectors that include retail. The group created MatahariMall, an online version of its department storeA retail store where merchandise is sold, usually a product, usually on a retail basis, and where wares are often kept., with its first move into online commerce last year. There are also parallels in China, where Alibaba has invested in physical retailers InTime and Sunning to explore the potential of combining offline and online commerce.

While Lippo Group pledged to invest hundreds of millions in its e-commerce venture, it is unclear what sum Central Group has set aside. What’s more certain is that the Thailand-based group is getting a running start with the acquisition of assets from four-year-old Zalora. Zalora doesn’t publish business figures per country, but it claims 10 million downloads of its mobile apps and 1.4 million transactions per year across 10 countries in Asia-Pacific.

Sources close to Zalora suggest that the company is selling the businesses in an effort to streamline its costs and move toward becoming profitable. Last week we reported that two of the companies managing directors have left the firm over apparent fallings out with Global Fashion Group, the $3.5 billion-valued entity that manages Rocket Internet’s five emerging market fashion brands. Tension apparently circles around GFG’s prioritization of investment in more developed markets, like the Middle East, over parts of Southeast Asia which it deems to be less capable of returning value.

Zalora raised over $200 million from investors prior to becoming a GFG business unit in November 2014. Now its money comes from GFG, which raises capital centrally for all of Rocket Internet’s fashion sites.


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Metropolis: Forever 21 Style Insider

FOREVER 21 recently launched a styling serviceCustomer service, provision of assistance to customers or clients., the first of its kind from any high street brand in the Philippines. Held at the Forever 21 store located at The Northwing of SM City Cebu, the event was hosted by model and TV host Mia Ali and featured the styling prowess of Cebuano social media influencers namely Kym Maitland-Smith, Lance de Ocampo, Jean Yu, Toni Pino-Oca and stylists Blaq Mafia.
Kym Maitland-Smith and the styling team Blaq Mafia each styled a 10-piece capsule collection that is currently on display at the store. Bloggers Lance de Ocampo and duo Jean Yu and Toni Pino-Oca brought in a friend whom they styled. Exciting gifts were also up for grabs courtesy of Mastercard plus a P21,000 shopping spree and Forever 21 gift cards worth P5,000 each to best-dressed guests! Bagging the prizes were Sophia Sanchez, Ching Sadaya and Bee Urgello—congratulations!
Forever 21’s Style Insider is an all-inclusive personal styling and shopping service offered for free with no purchase requirements at ALL Forever 21 stores in the country including SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City.
The service aims to make shopping an easier and more intuitive experience, with a unique touch from Forever 21’s in-house stylists.
So this is how it works. The Style insider begins with a personalized consultation and the stylist then creates a Style Prescription outlining the customer’s body type and flattering fits and cuts for their shape. The Forever 21 stylist then proceeds to curate the pieces from Forever 21’s expansive collections to suit the prescription.
This means, no more hunting for the right size, searching for the right color or being unsure if the latest trend is appropriate! Leave it to Forever 21’s stylist to do the hard work for you as a customer to enjoy a fuss-free and fun shoppingShopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one. experience! Get styled at Forever 21.


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Maria Grazia Chiuri Now at Dior: How It Happened. What It Means.

“I had it in mind that a woman designer might be interesting for a while now.”

So said Sidney Toledano, chief executive of Christian Dior, just before he officially got his wish. On Friday, the company announced that, as had been previously reported in The Times, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the co-creative director of Valentino, was being named artistic director of Dior.

She will be the first woman to lead the creative side in the label’s 69-year history, and the role will be her first solo appointment after more than two decades of working with Pierpaolo Piccioli, who has been named creative director at Valentino. For the first time, Mr. Toledano was talking about the appointment: how it happened, why and what it means.

“When you listen to a woman talk about a woman, whether it is her body or her lifestyle — her work, the way she travels, what she needs — it is not conceptual,” Mr. Toledano said. “It is practical. Maria Grazia is very practical: very straightforward, very clear, and she has no fear. She has a family and a real life. She does things.”

Ms. Chiuri, who is 52 and will be the seventh designer to take on Dior, is going to have a lot to do when she begins this month.

She follows Raf Simons, who left in October. (In the interim, collections have been designed by the studio teams.) And besides the two couture collections, two ready-to-wear collections, one cruise, one pre-collection, shoes, bags, costume jewelry and eyewear, she is going to be involved in image, ad campaigns and store design. (Men’s wear is designed by Kris Van Assche and fine jewelryJewellery or jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used. by Victoire de Castellane.)

This gives Ms. Chiuri more oversight than Mr. Simons, who was reportedly frustrated at not being able to unify his runway vision with its later expression. It reflects, Mr. Toledano said, the fact that Ms. Chiuri will be devoting herself to Dior (Mr. Simons and the designer who came before, John Galliano, maintained namesake lines while at the maison), and the fact that … well, she asked for it. A long time ago, as it turns out.

Mr. Toledano met Ms. Chiuri approximately 20 years ago, he said, when he was looking for a bag designer to help Mr. Galliano. At the time, she and Mr. Piccioli had just left Fendi, where they had started working together, and joined Valentino as accessory designers.

“She said to me: ‘I’m not going to come for just bags. I want the global job,’” Mr. Toledano said, though he would not say when the talks were revived. “Well, now she has it all.”

She has it at a complicated time. The luxury sector is predicted to grow at only 2 percent this year, according to a study from Bain & Company and Altagamma, the Italian trade association. Though Dior reported more than 5 billion euros ($5.53 billion) in sales last year and has 195 stores worldwide, three-fifths of its revenue came from perfumes and cosmetics. Christian Dior Couture, which includes all the clothing lines, contributed 1.8 billion euros to sales in 2015.

And though Ms. Chiuri has experience working with couture and ready-to-wear ateliers, as well as overseeing some of the most successful bags and shoesA shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function. of recent seasons, she has never led a house by herself.

Her creative relationship with Mr. Piccioli was seen as almost symbiotic — when they took their bow at their last Valentino show on Wednesday, they walked in lock step, though she wore white and he black — and it is unclear how each will function on their own. (The front rows were rife with speculation during the couture shows last week.)

Not surprisingly, Mr. Toledano said he wasn’t concerned. Indeed, he said that though he thought Ms. Chiuri and Mr. Piccioli were “excellent together,” he had not considered bringing both designers to Dior as a team.

“She has a big ambition for the job, but it is not a power play,” he said.

The day of the announcement, Ms. Chiuri was in Rome (Thursday night she and Mr. Piccioli attended the Fendi haute couture show) to say goodbye to her former colleagues at Valentino and get ready for her new life. Mr. Toledano said that he was not sure if Ms. Chiuri would uproot her family — she lives in Rome with her husband, who owns a shirt-tailoring businessA business, also known as an enterprise or a firm, is an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers., and two children — or commute, but that she was going to be “very present in Paris.”

Her first Dior collection will be unveiled at the end of September during the women’s ready-to-wear season — one that will include an unprecedented number of new faces atop old houses. Aside from Ms. Chiuri, Bouchra Jarrar will be making her debut at Lanvin, and Anthony Vaccarello at Yves Saint Laurent.

Shortly thereafter, Dior will have its 70th anniversary. “We’re going to celebrate,” Mr. Toledano said. Whether he was talking about the event or the designer was unclear, but the answer is probably both.


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Vintage feels and granny-chicChic, meaning “stylish” or “smart”, is an element of fashion. are happening in a big way next season, and there’s abso no reason why you can’t get involved immediately. Cue this exceptionally gorge, semi-sheer blouse, complete with pussy-bow necktie. Here’s three ways to intro it into your life/wardrobe…

Styling by Natalie Fadugba

With a pleated skirt
Show ’em your sophisticated side and tuck this floral blouse into a midi skirt for a major Gucci AW16 tribute. A flower appliqué bag and pointed ankle-strap shoes are the ultimate catwalk finish.

Just add your fave jeans
Eccentric is the order of the day, so team your blouse with blue step-hem jeansJeans are trousers typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of pants, called “blue jeans,” which were invented by Jacob Davis in 1871[1] and patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture. and floral printed biker jacket. Then pile on the textures in the form of some velvet ankle-tie sandals and chain bag.

Throw on a shift
Turn the retro vibes all the way up by layering your blouse with a suede-look pinafore dress. Then bring it right up to date with some flatform bow sandals and silver rucksack.


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Summer iCal = endless ‘I dos’? SS16’s ultra-glam, sheer witchy dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). is here for you. See how Gucci brought the catwalk-cool, Olivia Palermo made it your new obsession, and how you can claim best-dressed guest, stat.

Seen at
Gucci took to the SS16 catwalk in black floor-length dresses with tons of sheer gothic sass. Polka-dot piping and dramatic corsage belts upped the pretty factor, while shoulder-grazing, asymmetric ear-bling and punky, mid-calf lace-ups sealed the witchy deal.

Seen on
Olivia Palermo did gothic for day in an all-black Elie Saab dress at Paris Couture FashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. Week. Cinching her waist with a knotted leather belt, OP played up the witchy vibe with some pointed flats and a pair of jewel-covered cat-eye sunnies. Dreamy.

Try it on
Steal all the stares in this chic-as midi dress from Foxiedox, complete with a gorge polka-dot ruffle hem and cut-out detailing. Finish the look with barely there lace-up heels and a beaded mini bag. Here comes the… sassiest RSVP around.

Foxiedox Elodie Pleated Lace Cutwork Midi Dress, £105


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