Chances are, you’ve been spending quite some time lately cleaning out your closets and transitioning your wardrobe from warm winter layers to the lighter and brighter styles of spring and summer. Similarly, your skincare routine has to change right along with you to accommodate hotter weather and its specific concerns. In addition to applying a good SPF on your face and any exposed skin when you head outdoors, it’s important to focus on skincare products that hydrate and protect you from the elements without irritation. Plus, beauty brands like For the Biome are making it easy to stick with natural products and ingredients that help your skin help itself.
“Our products respect and nourish your skin’s innate wisdom with 100% active formulas that are free of disruptive ingredients, allowing your skin and its microbiome to do what they’ve evolved to do—protect, hydrate, and adapt,” the brand shared on its website.
This summer, a trio of nature-inspired products from For the Biome are intended to keep your skin in tip top shape. The cleanser/mask duo Empower 2-in-1 Powder ($90) was designed for dry and dehydrated skin types, and helps instantly firm up skin by pumping in extra moisture through potent aloe vera ingredients. Another skin-protecting product is the Shield Face Serum ($120), which both moisturizes skin and helps protect it from environmental stress and blue light radiation.
Finally, the brand’s Restore Essence Spray ($90) is a mattifying mist which blends Probiotic 6-Plex + Manuka honey ferment and Zymomonas mobilis + Swiss black bee honey ferment. These ingredients are selected to help even out skin tone appearance and provide pollution protection. All three of these products are available as a discounted bundle called the Sentient Starter Kit, which retails for $270.
All skincare products from For the Biome are now available to shop on the brand’s website.
In the wake of COVID-19, countless industries across the world have needed to completely reinvent their business plans overnight to stay relevant and functional. The fashion industry is no different, with many major labels across the world pivoting to the factory production of face masks and hand sanitizer instead of their usual evening gowns and denim. In one groundbreaking move that will outlast the pandemic in a major way is Gucci‘s plan to indefinitely go seasonless with its future collection showcases, and instead present designs twice annually.
Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele announced these plans in a social media statement, posting a graphic that expresses his belief that we’re collectively working with an increasingly more outdated model.
“I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence,” Michele shared in the text post. “I would like to leave behind paraphernalia of leitmotifs that colonized our prior world: cruise, pre-fall, spring-summer, fall-winter. I think these are stale and underfed words. Labels of an impersonal discourse that lost its meaning.”
Gucci seasonless announcement
Gucci’s seasonless idea is like a concept many brands have been toying with for several years now: as social media, editorial, and e-commerce alike have compelled creators to release new products quicker, labels big and small have pushed in ways that just aren’t sustainable in the long term. Sustainability has remained a pressing weak point in fashion, whether it’s in regards to environmentally-sound fabrics and production methods, consumer shopping budgets, fair labor and wages for garment makers, shrinking retail space, and some combination of all of the above.
Industry leaders like Gucci are likely to set the tone. It’s likely that more major fashion houses and smaller labels will either follow this trend or come to similar conclusions for their own future within the industry. In fact, the Saint LaurentAltuzzara, Dries Van Noten, and more brands have already gone digital and/or announced plans to skip out on pre-2021 season presentations.
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More designers’ responses to the COVID-19 era. All images via Gucci
As you shelter in place and practice social distancing, you may find yourself looking for more creative ways to stay in touch with the world around you. While Zoom calls and virtual yoga sessions are fun outlets to gather with your friends digitally amidst COVID-19 concerns, writing letters and mailing cute cards can be an even more personal way to show those you’re physically distant from just how close to your heart they really are. That’s where Rosie’s Wonders comes in! Rosalie Schulick, the Vermont-based artist behind Rosie’s Wonders, creates whimsical and charming greeting cards from her hand-drawn designs. Featuring recycled paper and spirit-lifting artwork, these stationery items encourage us to let our sentiments flow through our handwriting to reach others in a way that texts and Facebook posts can’t. After all, there’s nothing like a surprise letter from a friend in a mailbox otherwise filled with junk mailers and bills!
Like all small business owners right now, Rosie’s Wonders is adapting quickly to the changing times and keeping people connected when they need it most. The creator has assembled a variety of occasion and “thinking of you” cards for her website and Etsy shop, including curated “Pandemic Packs” that speak to the unique challenges we’re all going through together. The Richard Magazine team caught up with Rosie over email to hear about how her art has evolved over the years, and how her work continues to put a smile on people’s faces. Be sure to check out our exclusive Q&A below.
Richard Magazine: How did you first get into creating cards, and how did you find it to be an extension of your artwork? Rosie: I started drawing as a small child and was always creating hand-drawn notes with fanciful illustrations and encouraging ditties for family and friends. At age eight I was diagnosed with cancer and continuing to create during those challenging times became more of a necessity to me. It offered a refuge that helped guide me through the experiences I was faced with. My daily drawings and notes became more like hymns to keep going: it will all work out in the end, you are doing great, you’ve got the power!
Throughout my schooling and after college I explored many artforms (weaving, jewelry, pottery, poetry, theatre) but eventually turned completely to putting my energy into offering cards, aspiring to bring joy, inspiration, and connection to the world. Now those early hymns are my Rosie’s Wonders sayings and images to help others along on their journey. Follow your heart, Take one step at a time, May these rough waves bring you higher. Richard Magazine: What is your process like to create your products? Rosie: Ideas come in moments and are often inspired by nature or humorous experiences and observations in life with both animal and human friends. My sketch book is usually with me so I can catch those moments. I use watercolor pencils and India ink pens and always look for eco-friendly options. Both my cards and envelopes are 100% recycled stock and protected with biodegradable sleeves. All cards are printed at a local Vermont printer. Richard Magazine: Can you tell us a bit about the range of designs you’re introducing specifically during the pandemic? Rosie: Many of my current designs hold meaningful sentiments for these challenging days. Life may hand us rough times, though there is always a light hidden within our circumstances that can lift our spirits and lead us through. I offer three Pandemic Connection Packs that can be found on my website. I chose a variety of designs. Some offer humor, others encouragement and well wishes. I also post newly inspired designs from my sketch book on my Instagram account, @rosieswonders.
Richard Magazine: Why do you think it’s particularly therapeutic to turn to handwritten letters during these times? Rosie: When writing a letter, you are making a choice to focus on giving yourself to the recipient. Your time, your thoughts, your concentration. The ancient art of handwriting has been used for centuries to connect loved ones near and far. It is scientifically proven to produce the same positive compounds as receiving a hug.
Writing a card can brighten one’s day and rekindle the feeling of connectedness especially at a time of further isolation. Handwriting calls for a slower pace to visualize and contemplate the person you are writing to. That person will feel the commitment you made when they receive their card. I hope that the insight and inspiration I feel when designing my cards transmits to the recipient as well.
Richard Magazine: How do you hope these cards can be a source of comfort for both the sender and recipient during these times? Rosie: One of my losses in the pandemic is not being able to participate in my local Farmer’s Market. I deeply miss the intimacy of seeing people with the cards and how it affects them, feeling their excitement over giving a card to a special person in their lives. Or framing the art as a gift to themselves and a daily reminder of its encouragement.
It’s my hope that this connection will continue and even grow and help people feel less alone in this very isolating time.
Richard Magazine: What are some of your most popular designs? Rosie: Some of my most popular designs are: Huge Hugs, Missing You, Rain May Bring a Rainbow, Thinking of You, So Sorry for Your Loss, Live for the Moment, Make a Wish it’s Your Birthday and Dare to Dream. Though it’s a tricky question, because many of my designs call to different hearts in different situations.
As Starbucks begins to reopen its doors to customers, the popular brand intends to give shoppers plenty of tasty drinks, sweet treats, and healthy grab-and-go meals to consider. The newly-announced Starbucks Summer 2020 menu consists of some brand new craveworthy creations and the return of a fan-favorite blended beverage.
We’re most excited about the Starbucks Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink, a new addition to the Iced Coconutmilk Drinks family that launched this spring. According to the brand, this pretty pink refresher “combines flavors of guava, passionfruit, pineapple and ginger, hand-shaken with coconutmilk and ice for a smooth and creamy beverage to uplift your day.”
It’s certainly a photogenic blend too, earning it an easy spot on your Instagram story. The non-dairy option is also expected to join the permanent menu after the sun sets on summer, so you can look forward to capturing those sunny memories beyond the next few months.
Returning for a limited time this season will be last-year’s standout star blended beverage, the S’mores Frappuccino. This tasty sweet treat “layers marshmallow-infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, a creamy blend of vanilla, coffee, milk and ice, even more marshmallow whipped cream and is finished off with a graham cracker crumble.” Sounds like summer nights spent out toasting marshmallows by the campfire!
Another sugary sweet addition to the Starbucks Summer 2020 menu is the Unicorn Cake Pop, a fun confetti vanilla cake treat covered with themed icing.
And if you’re looking for a healthier lunch item, Starbucks is also introducing a complete meal box to its permanent menu. “The new Grilled Chicken & Hummus Protein Box includes a tender and juicy sous vide grilled chicken breast paired with roasted red pepper hummus and naan bread, baby carrots and snap peas,” the brand announced. We’re definitely looking forward to trying this protein-packed creation!
The Starbucks Summer 2020 menu will launch as soon as possible in open stores across the United States and Canada.
The Spring 2021 Julietta Collection from Morilee byMadeline Gardner Bridal is all about commemorating a beautiful wedding day with gowns fit for a celebration! Classic and elegant silhouettes in this range are brought to the next level with sparkling beading, traditional lacework, and customized fits.
“Our Julietta Collection is the ultimate blend of glamour and elegance for our full figured brides looking for the perfect fit,” the brand shared in a press release. “With our focus on helping you to accentuate the curves you love, Morilee uses a variety of amazing styles, textures, and trends to create a plus size wedding gown that will make you feel like an ever blushing bride.”
“Imagine walking down the aisle in one of our flounced organza skirts with a sleek corset bodice that hugs in all the right places,” the brand invited. “Madeline Gardner has brought her extraordinary taste and brilliant designs to meet the expectations of the curvy bride – this season you can find sparkling embroidered lace, lightly layered tulle as well as chic illusion lace.”
There’s a memorable wedding day moment in every one of the new 2021 styles.
Click through the gallery below to view photos from the Spring 2021 Julietta Collection bridal range lookbook from Morilee by Madeline Gardner.
The 2020 Met Gala was originally scheduled to take place on May 4, and had been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. But on May 19, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that its annual Costume Institute exhibition has been officially cancelled for the year.
The 2020 Met Gala was intended to be titled “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” a style tie-in with the museum’s 150th-anniversary exhibit of the same name, intended to debut this October. This year’s event had been set to be sponsored by the fashion house Louis Vuitton, and hosted by co-chairs Nicolas Ghesquière,Lin-Manuel Miranda,Emma Stone,Meryl Streep, andAnna Wintour.
“The Met has endured much in its 150 years and today continues as a beacon of hope for the future,” said museum president Daniel H. Weiss in a statement, via Vogue. “This museum is also a profound reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to offer comfort, inspiration, and community. As we endure these challenging and uncertain times, we are encouraged by looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all to enjoy the Met’s collection and exhibitions.”
While this is certainly a disappointing update for fashion crowds and fans who enjoy watching the star-studded red carpet spectacle, it is certainly an understandable decision to hold off on organizing this large gathering in the midst of a pandemic.
But while the party is called off, it seems that the beautiful “About Time: Fashion and Duration” exhibit is still to go on as planned, in whatever way it can. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has also announced its intention to soft-open its doors to visitors beginning around August, or when it is determined safe.
This bridal market season may have had to go digital unexpectedly, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of great wedding day style in the works! Case and point: the newly-unveiled Madeline Gardner Signature Spring 2021 bridal collection, which features gorgeous gowns and superb detailing perfect for any romantic bride’s big day.
“This collection speaks the language of love! Featuring chic and modern silhouettes accented by delicate laces and soft nets, combining both classic and forward-thinking elements of bridal,” Creative Director Madeline Gardner shared in a press statement, describing the latest range as “a collection where my designs seamlessly combine style with the ease and comfort of an amazing fit. From fresh takes on A-line and ball gown silhouettes to fierce contoured mermaids, elaborate details like dimensional beading, floral and geometric laces, and intricate embroidery create rich, expressive textures: a collection of gowns made for the true romantic!”
The striking embellishments and sophisticated detailing certainly steal the show in this lovely range, and we’re sure you’ll be impressed by the sparkles, silhouettes, and statement-making designs.
Click through the gallery below to view photos from the Madeline Gardner Signature Spring 2021 bridal collection lookbook.
Summer 2020 isn’t a total bust just yet! Just when we were thinking, “wow, we could really use a good fashion collaboration to look forward to!” Target is coming in clutch. The retailer has officially announced its next highly-anticipated affordable designer partnership, the Target Designer Dress Collection, which will be a three-part dress range from Lisa Marie Hernandez, LoveShackFancy, and Cushnie. That’s right: you will be able to shop creations from three different luxe design brands this summer! Whether you’ll be wearing your new dresses out on the patio or dreaming of the beach scenes and city escapes you will be able to sport your styles next, this collaboration features something stylish for everyone.
Dresses by Cushnie for Target
“For more than a year, the Target team has been working closely with these three distinct and incredibly talented designers to bring our guests this special and affordable limited-edition collection,” said Jill Sando, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of Style and Owned Brands. “When we started working with these three designers, our collective hope with The Designer Dress Collection was, and still is, to evoke a sense of joy and confidence that comes with finding the perfect dress—especially as we hope for brighter days ahead.”
Dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target
The new Target Designer Dress collection will launch online on June 6, 2020 and hit select stores the week after, on June 15.
Dress by LoveShackFancy for Target Most dresses in the collection range in price from around $40 to $60. The size range for each style is XXS-3X.
The preview the complete Target Designer Dress collection designs from Lisa Marie Hernandez, LoveShackFancy, and Cushnie, be sure to click through the lookbook gallery below!
Pretty Little Liars and Katy Keene actress Lucy Hale can officially add Almay Brand Ambassador to her impressive resume. The 30-year-old star has been named the new celebrity face of the affordable drugstore brand’s range of hypoallergenic cosmetics.
“So thrilled to share with you guys that I’ve joined the @Almay family as their newest brand ambassador!” the star shared on her Instagram by way of announcement. “I can’t wait for you guys to fall in love with the brand the way I have.”
As part of her campaign, it looks like Lucy is set to focus on the brand’s simple and clean ingredients, which make for a good everyday makeup routine.
“In the past, I’ve had lots of problems with my skin, so I’m always looking for products that won’t irritate it. I love Almay because it’s fragrance-free and hypoallergenic,” Lucy told People magazine. “But just because it’s clean, it doesn’t mean that it’s not fun. They still have really amazing makeup and eye shadows and lipsticks.”
In joining the Almay family, Lucy now lists herself among a star-studded list of gorgeous celebs who’ve done campaigns before, including Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Carrie Underwood, and more.
Stay tuned to see more from the Lucy Hale x Almay partnership.
Singer Liam Payne has officially unveiled his second round of men’s clothing designs through his ongoing collaboration with Hugo Boss. First debuted in summer 2019, the stylish menswear range combines casual-cool athletic-inspired pieces with some dressier options for a well-rounded wardrobe profile. The latest HUGO x Liam Payne designs for pre-fall 2020 feature a series of printed t-shirts, joggers, hoodies, and underwear – all with a personal twist.
“The new collection celebrates Liam’s fast-track journey from teen pop sensation to established solo artist,” HUGO announced on its website. “Introducing bold designs in red, white and blue, inspired by Liam’s sporty aesthetic and featuring new chevron motifs.”
Of course, fans will easily recognize that aforementioned chevron print from Liam’s most-recognizable and prominent tattoo. The theme was transitioned into the fashions in the original HUGO x Liam Payne collection as well. This time around, there are even more personal details woven into the garments’ graphics: like the sporty “HUGO.93.LP” label, which references 1993 as both Liam’s birth year and the company’s establishment date.
While Liam is presenting the pieces he personally loves to wear most through this collaboration, he has also learned more about the fashion industry through his time working as Brand Ambassador.
“For the second collection, I had an idea of how the Hugo creative process works and more of an understanding towards materials, colors and the reality of making a collection,” the 26-year-old singer told 10 Magazine. “We could also see what worked in the first collection which all helped to make me feel more comfortable this time around.”
To celebrate the pre-fall launch, Liam will also be performing a digital concert on Sunday, May 17 at 9 AM EST alongside special guest Rita Ora. The event will be simultaneously be streamed live over on the Hugo Boss YouTube and Instagram channels.
The collection is now available to shop via the Hugo website and at Bloomingdale’s.
Click through the gallery below to view more styles from the latest HUGO x Liam Payne collection.
To see more from the second collection, make sure to press play on the HUGO x Liam Payne campaign video below.