Sex Doesn’t Sell Anymore: Sexy Ads Give Way to Corporate Activism

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The number of sexy ads is decreasing as brands embrace social responsibility in advertisements. Fashion brand Eckhaus Latta unveiled an X-rated campaign in March for their spring/summer 2017 collection. The campaign was shot by the Korean-German photographer Heji Shin and featured couples of different races and sexual orientations in the midst of erotic acts such as oral sex. The images are pixelated to hide the most intimate details, but there’s nothing left to the imagination. While the Eckhaus Latta campaign pushes the boundaries of acceptability, suggestive or sexual imagery in advertisements are not a brand-new concept. The level of eroticism in sexy ads has fluctuated over the years, coinciding with changes in the Western perception of gender, sex and pornography. But does sex still sell in 2017? In 1911 the soap company Woodbury launched an outrageous ad for its time. It showed a tableau were a man lightly embraces a        …read more

Madeline Stuart Rocks Down Syndrome Awareness, Launches Fashion Line

Madeline Stuart continues to storm the runway with a smile, inspiring diversity and Down syndrome awareness in the fashion world. When Australia-based model Madeline Stuart walks down the runway at New York Fashion Week, she doesn’t don a serious expression with a tailored walk. Instead, she celebrates. As she makes her way back up the runway, she holds out a hand for high fives. As a model and designer, Madeline Stuart promotes Down syndrome awareness by doing something she loves. How the Journey Started In 2015, Madeline Stuart recognized that Down syndrome predisposed her to a slower metabolism, which caused her to gain weight. She turned this fact on its head with her famous May 12 Facebook post, which announced her choice to live a healthy lifestyle and documented her physical transformation over an 18-month period. Her mother created social media profiles on multiple platforms and posted her before-and-after pictures,        …read more

Wardrobe Goals: 5 Gorgeous Vegan Leather Textiles

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Vegan leather textile designers are ready to drape you in sustainable, beautiful pieces from head to toe. Since the dawn of humanity, animals have been used for food, clothing and even shelter (you saw The Revenant, right?). Times are changing, as more and more people — not just vegans — are shying away from purchasing animal-derived products, especially leather. Manufacturers and the fashion industry have taken notice. Vegan leather textiles are being produced and innumerable products made that will keep your closet filled with animal-free essentials. And if looking great weren’t enough, these products are also eco-friendly, made from all-natural or recycled materials, sustainable and in some cases helping impoverished communities create a new viable industry. When you’re in need of leather that never mooed, turn to these five options to get your vegan leather fix. 1. Piñatex: It All Starts with a Pineapple Pineapple is a fruit that evokes memories        …read more

How to Clean Shoes: 7 Tips from Sneakerheads

Sneaker addicts, here’s how to clean shoes and keep them looking new. Sneaker culture originated in the ’80s when Michael Jordan signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Nike and a hip-hop group named Run DMC dropped a song called “My Adidas.” These two moments undoubtedly linked fashion and hip-hop culture in a galvanizing way that changed music and the power of social engineering forever. Fast-forward to today, and sneaker culture has evolved into its own entity, transcending even hip-hop. It’s more than standing in long lines for the latest releases, flipping shoes for money or trying to stay up with the latest trends. Shoes are now shown in art galleries and museums while numerous books have been written on the cultural impact and political power of kicks. Wearing a clean pair of shoes is a crucial part of sneaker culture and something every sneakerhead takes great pride in. Whether you’re        …read more

Sustainable Fashion Is Serious Business

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More and more clothing brands are making sustainable fashion, and we’re seriously happy about it. The textile industry is responsible for a huge amount of waste. Whether they’re end of the line, unwanted or simply forgotten, fabrics are thrown to the wayside with very little thought, left to gather dust or rot. Failing to pull in the same kind of headlines as plastic or other synthetics do, textiles are rarely considered part of the environmental game. And when it comes to upcycling fabrics for better use, many companies are blasé. Around the world, however, things are slowly starting to change. The sustainable fashion industry is gradually gaining traction, growing at an ever-increasing rate each year. Taking old fabrics and giving them new life, sustainable fashion paves the way for the future. Just what makes a brand sustainable, though? That is the million-dollar question, and by understanding it a little more deeply, we can        …read more

New York Fashion Week with Katie Gallagher and studioSPACE

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Escape into Fashion Week with Katie Gallagher’s ‘Hallow’ collection and an immersive design experience by studioSPACE. The night of February 9 was the run of Katie Gallagher’s 16th line, Hallow, an event in collaboration with a burgeoning local design company called studioSPACE. As a writer for Crixeo based in New York City, I took the journey to Projective Space to cover my first-ever fashion show for my first-ever New York Fashion Week. What I knew about the work of Rhode Island School of Design graduate Katie Gallagher was that it uses textural and color contrasts, tends toward strong shapes and incorporates a good amount of sheer fabric. studioSPACE, on the other hand, was new to me. The design team promised a supremely different space, art installations to parallel Katie’s work and projections to accompany the fashion show. A supremely different space it was. The studio tucked into a small nook of Chinatown,        …read more

Design Museum in London to Announce Best Design of the Year

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From David Bowie’s album cover to a DIY robot surgeon, the Design Museum is exhibiting the best designs of the past year from the world’s greatest minds. Now through February 19, the Design Museum in London is exhibiting 70 top products and concepts of the past year from brilliant designers around the world. A panel of respected designers and artists selected designs from well-known companies — such as Adidas, LEGO and NASA — as well as college students and even a group of insightful eight-year-olds. Each product or concept is in the running for best design of the year because it “promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.” At the end of this month, the museum will announce the top six Beazley Designs of the Year and one overall winner. The panel has a difficult task ahead, choosing from a long list of extraordinary designs. Here we’ve selected some of our favorites, one from each category: architecture, digital,        …read more

The Undeniable Sexiness of the Catsuit

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And the women who make it fierce. Everyone loves a catsuit, the form-fitting costume that hugs each and every curve without forgiveness. The catsuit has made its mark throughout film history, in various stylings and designs, and the women who slither their way into it are strong, sexy and always commanding of attention. The catsuit has been sewn on or zipped around numerous unforgettable female bodies, and if you had to choose a costume that exemplifies fetishizing the female form, the catsuit wins. It’s also one of the most empowering garments a female character can wear. You’ll be hard pressed to find a year in modern-day cinema that doesn’t include a catsuit sighting, and for 2017 the initial honor goes to Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld: Blood Wars. Behind every female character in a catsuit is the costume designer who created it specifically for her. Here’s a look at        …read more

The Female Buzz Cut: A Lazy but Effective Storytelling Device

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A comprehensive look at the female buzz cut in pop culture. There is arguably no hairstyle in pop culture that has quite as much meaning as the female buzz cut. A buzz cut on a female character always broadcasts subtext about the heroine and her story, and furthermore it’s almost always the same subtext. That’s not something you can say about any other style or beauty choice in pop culture, whether it’s bangs or a tattoo. Although the female buzz cut is slowly gaining popularity in real life (particularly on the runway and on Instagram) it’s still rarely seen in movies and TV shows. Most people can probably count on one hand the number of movies they’ve seen with a woman sporting a buzz cut. That said, they’re still much more prevalent in recent years than they used to be. Going back several decades, it’s difficult to find a movie featuring        …read more

Ursula Goff’s Extraordinary Hair Art

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Meet a fascinating colorist with an art school background, a psychology degree, an eye for hair art and a talent for putting them all together. Gone are the days when someone with blue hair would make you do a double take. Pink, purple, orange, green and every color in between have now become common hair colors for women — and men. Hair coloring has always been a way to express individuality, though it has now moved to an entirely new level. Art. Hair art. Photo courtesy of Ursula Goff. Creating a lot of buzz in the field of hair art is Ursula Goff, a fascinating colorist with an art school background, a degree in psychology, an eye for color and a talent for putting them all together. She not only creates breathtaking waterfalls of different shades of hair color; she also re-creates the works of masters. Capturing Vermeer’s color and        …read more