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Exclusive: Sandra Mansour’s New Bridal Collection Is a Celebration of Hopes, Dreams, and the Beautiful Uncertainty of Life

Exclusive: Sandra Mansour’s New Bridal Collection Is a Celebration of Hopes, Dreams, and the Beautiful Uncertainty of Life

Photo: Aly Saab
For couturier Sandra Mansour, the past few years have been anything but easy. As was the case for creatives all over the globe, the onset of coronavirus brought with it a avalanche of challenges, and just as the world began navigating its way through a new era shadowed by a pandemic, Lebanon saw one of the worst disasters in its history—the Beirut blasts of August 4, 2020, which saw some of the city’s most-loved creative hubs suffer heartbreaking levels of damage. The statistics were astounding: Close to 200 dead, 6,000 casualties, and 300,000 people left homeless, and in Mansour’s case, the tragedy resulted in a maison engulfed in flames, years of hard work reduced to rubble. “I will always cherish my boutique’s location, with its marble mixed terrazzo floor and traditional characteristics,” the much-loved designer had shared with Vogue Arabia at the time. “The tragic events of August 4 will forever echo in my heart, but I will always keep on building and believing in the power of my dreams. That is the only way forth – to overcome and create light.”
Photo: Aly Saab
True to her words, Sandra Mansour has risen from the ashes like a phoenix, presenting the world this season with an unapologetically bold bridal collection that sings of victory. Named ‘Ad Astra Per Aspera’, the brand new line of ready-to-wear wedding ensembles celebrates the uncertainty of existence via intricate hand-and-thread embroidery, unexpected elements like pops of red and blazing gold suns, and artful drapes. “After the pandemic I wanted to create a collection filled with hope and dreams,” the designer shares with us during a special chat, describing how she leaned on “the delicacy of Lyon lace and lightness of tulle to pave the way for a lifetime of bliss amid a universe of doubt.” The result? A line of wedding ensembles that seem to have it all, from buttery soft gowns that stand the test of time, to sheer wedding numbers doused in glistening pastel 3D blooms, sharp ivory blazers, and when you least expect it, romantic scarlet pieces that demand to be admired.
Photo: André Wolff
With As Astra Per Aspera, Mansour paves the way to a brighter, lighter, gleeful future, rebuilt on a foundation stronger than before. Below, find out everything about the bridal collection that’s bound to make it to your dream wedding list.

Ad Astra Per Aspera — this is the inspiration behind your newest creations. How did you stumble upon this phrase, and what makes it so important to you? How does it translate in your bridal collection?
The inspiration behind this collection was from the Book of Miracles. The ready-to-wear bridal collection takes after its title, which denotes that our aspirations take us to the stars, to radiate a spectrum of subtlety and craftsmanship that spells out a new chapter in the story initiated by its Renaissance-inspired predecessor.
This is your first bridal collection after two difficult years. How has your journey through it been?
The past two years have been a challenge globally but a great learning curve. Deciding not to design a bridal collection during these times was a personal choice because bridal is unique. Bridal portrays peace, unity, love and hope, and for me now was the perfect time to bring it back.
Photo: André Wolff
Each collection you put forth tells a personal story. What’s the story behind this bridal collection?
This collection is dear to my heart mainly because the fabric and hand embroidery used were part of the unharmed inventory that were in the atelier on the day of the August 4 explosion. Giving them a new life was extremely emotional and a sign of resilience to me.
Second chances, miracles, and the idea of bliss are some of the themes that stand out in the pieces of Ad Astra Per Aspera. How did you reach these themes? What part of your personal life inspired you to create a collection that explores such deep points?
The Book of Miracles is the main inspiration for this collection and has allowed me to look at art in a different way. Living in the world we live in, with all of its changes, having an escape to dream is essential. While designing this collection I fully immersed myself in a different paradigm.
Photo: Tara Sakhi
This bridal collection spans from classic white wedding gowns to unexpected looks featuring gold suns and red tones. What’s your take on wearing unconventional hues on one’s wedding day?
Bridal for me is an expression of feeling, and ones feelings aren’t limited by colors. A bride wants to feel unique on her day and beauty isn’t conventional. I aspire to make any women feel special on her day.
How would you describe the Sandra Mansour bride?
The Sandra Mansour bride is an empowered woman, a woman who isn’t afraid to express herself, yet a women who is soft and sophisticated. There is no single description… She is a woman that looks at our collection and feels connected.
Photo: André Wolff
Your journey grew from a love for painting to now designing, and it seems like every creation tells a story. Is your designing process the same as when you create art? Do you share your visions and thoughts in the same way through both? What’s different?
Yes, creating a collection is like art. I don’t set boundaries to my designs. I like to explore the fabric, colors and patterns to create something that moves me. The difference is that both art and clothes are interlinked, yet designing a collection requires a further step, which is reconnecting to reality in order to make the dress wearable.
Art—and therefore fashion—has a knack for reaching out and leaving a lasting impression on everyone it touches. What’s the message you’d like to send with your designs?
My message would be for every women to feel that what she wears expresses and represents her. To know that there are no boundaries and no norms and that clothes are not simply pieces to wear, but art to connect with.
Lastly, what’s next for Sandra Mansour?
Many plans are in store for the brand, how they will manifest will show in time.
Photo: Aly Saab
Photo: André Wolff
Photo: André Wolff
Photo: Aly Saab
Photo: Aly Saab
Photo: Aly Saab
Photo: Aly Saab
Photo: André Wolff

You’ll Soon Be Able To Dress Your Instagram Avatar in Prada, Balenciaga and Thom Browne Thanks to This Major Metaverse Launch

You’ll Soon Be Able To Dress Your Instagram Avatar in Prada, Balenciaga and Thom Browne Thanks to This Major Metaverse Launch

Photo: Courtesy of Glamourmagazine.co.uk
With the rise of the metaverse showing no sign of slowing down, it’s no surprise that the fashion world — which is always looking for the next big thing to drive creativity — is one of the industries at the forefront of innovation. After all, if we’re all going to be exploring a virtual new world then we’re going to need some pretty major new looks, right?
It doesn’t get much more major than fashion powerhouses Prada, Balenciaga and Thom Browne, who have all just been revealed as the three brands set to launch purchasable clothing for our Meta Avatars to be used across Instagram, Facebook and Messenger.
That’s right, your real self may still be yet to move such items from your wishlist to your basket, but that cute little virtual you is about to be decked out in designer looks from head-to-toe.
Introducing the concept to the masses, Eva Chen, Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, joined Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg on an Instagram Live over the weekend to unveil a series of potential high-fashion looks for the tech mogul’s own avatar and find out his verdict.

“There is a certain irony and humor which I appreciate in you asking me for my views on fashion,” said the founder. “But I am grateful and proud that these iconic brands are joining us to kick off fashion in the metaverse.”

Of course, those with their finger on the pulse may have seen this coming. Mere moments after ‘Facebook’ rebranded and changed its name to ‘Meta’ last October, the official brand account Tweeted Balenciaga, asking: “Hey @Balenciaga, what’s the dress code in the metaverse?”.
“When Meta tweeted, we were instantly into it. Web3 and Meta are bringing unprecedented opportunities for Balenciaga, our audience and our products, opening up new territories for luxury” said Cédric Charbit, CEO at Balenciaga, of the news.
“We want to create a marketplace so creators, over time, can design clothing and sell it,” said Zuckerberg. “A lot of the dream is to make it accessible to anyone. If you want to design fashion today, you need the physical materials and equipment, but in the future, anyone with a computer and an imagination will be able to come up with ideas for this.”
“It does take a certain confidence to wear shoulders-to-toes Prada,” Zuckerberg admitted, “I think in the metaverse I may just have that confidence.”
Balenciaga, Prada and Thom Browne are among the first brands to sign on to sell digital fashion in the new Meta-created avatar store where, according to Vogue Business items will range from $2.99 to $8.99 to start.
Meta’s avatar shop is expected to launch soon and will include everything from free-to-use creator-designed items to purchasable looks from global fashion brands.
Originally published in Glamourmagazine.co.uk
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How Louis Vuitton, Dior And Fendi Are Selling On Their Leftover Fabrics

How Louis Vuitton, Dior And Fendi Are Selling On Their Leftover Fabrics

Not so long ago, deadstock – a term used to describe surplus materials – was considered something of a dirty word in fashion. “The first time we used deadstock and talked about it was in 2017,” Gabriela Hearst, who has set a goal of eliminating the use of virgin materials at her eponymous brand by the end of 2022, previously told Vogue. “It was like using a bad word: ‘You don’t say that word in the luxury vocabulary.’”
Thankfully, that’s all changed in recent years, with an increasing number of designers now using upcycled fabrics as sustainability concerns within the industry continue to grow. But the logistical challenges around sourcing and utilising deadstock still remain – which is where deadstock resale platform Nona Source, funded by Louis Vuitton-owner LVMH, comes in.
“When we saw these mountains of fabrics, which were so beautiful, it was natural to start this project,” co-founder Romain Brabo, a former materials buyer for Givenchy and Kenzo, tells Vogue. “There is real demand [for deadstock], and I think Covid has accelerated everything.”
Letting rolls and rolls of the highest-quality jacquards, chiffons and silks go to waste would be a crying shame at any rate – but particularly when you consider that the production of materials makes up the biggest part of fashion’s environmental footprint. “We are an accelerator for brands to think out of the box and to be able to create with waste,” Brabo continues. “It’s important because this is one of the first steps into a circular economy,” adds co-founder Anne Prieur du Perray.
So far, major LVMH brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Celine and Fendi are among those selling on their deadstock materials via Nona Source, with the platform aiming to have all the company’s fashion houses participating by the end of the year. “We have maisons [selling to us] but also buying from us, so we have internal circularity,” Prieur du Perray explains.
While LVMH-funded, the resale platform is open for everyone to buy from, with younger designers being a particular focus. “There are designers looking for quality materials but who can’t afford them because they’re very expensive, or the quantities they need to order are very high – so we [created an] offering that could match their needs,” Brabo says.
Among those is Richard Malone, who has long put sustainability at the heart of his brand’s ethos. “Nona Source has afforded us the opportunity to develop new ways of working – continuing to grow horizontally without it being so resource-intensive,” the designer explains. “[The platform] addresses some of the main problems that young designers face, including minimum order quantity requirements.”
“Working with Nona Source [is] beneficial for a small business and brand like my own, especially with their sustainable approach,” Bianca Saunders, another designer who uses Nona Source, adds. “Fabrics can be sourced online easily, with a quick turnaround time.”
Although Nona Source is primarily a digital platform, the company has launched showrooms in Paris and now in London, at The Mills Fabrica in King’s Cross, in order for designers to view the deadstock materials in person. “Our clients wanted to touch and feel before buying,” Brabo explains. “[Opening in London] is a really important step for us; we have so many designers here.”
While using deadstock is an imperfect solution going forward (much more needs to be done to tackle overproduction to begin with), making it as easy as possible for designers to utilize the leftover fabrics that currently exist can only be a good thing. “For now, we haven’t explored everything that we can do with deadstock,” Prieur du Perray concludes. “So it’s a journey – and we are only just beginning.”
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

Haircare Brand Gisou Is Celebrating Bees Day With a One-of-a-Kind Pop-Up

Haircare Brand Gisou Is Celebrating Bees Day With a One-of-a-Kind Pop-Up

Negin Mirsalehi, founder of Gisou. Photo: Courtesy Gisou
Bees are essential to a healthy environment—and the economy—and the good news is, more and more people around the globe are now getting gaining awareness on the importance of bee preservation. Cue Bees Day, which falls on May 20, and has been recognized around the globe by communities.Among the many to celebrate the important event is beauty brand Gisou. Born out of a passion for honey bees and haircare, Gisou was founded by Negin Mirsalehi, who also happens to be an active beekeeper, so it comes as no surprise that Bees Day is a special one for her. This year, Mirsalehi has put together a special pop-up in Amsterdam—and an online Bee Learning course that will be taught by none other than Negar Mirsalehi, Negin’s sister and Gisou’s very first beekeper-in-chief. What’s more, customers will also now get a chance to shop for limited edition Gisou originals, and become certified beekeepers in a whopping 30 minutes flat.
Photo: Courtesy Gisou
All set to take place between May 20 and May 22, Gisou’s Bee Season celebration will stretch on through Bee Season, and will come to a close on August 20, 2022, which marks National Honey Bee Day. For now, the Amsterdam pop-up will give visitors a peek into life in the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, with honey tasting sessions, deep dives into the Honey Museum. If you’re not in Amsterdam right now, you can also be part of the experience by heading to Gisou’s official website.
Negin Mirsalehi, founder of Gisou. Photo: Courtesy Gisou
Following in the footsteps of six generations in her family, Negin Mirsalehi, founder of Gisou, has a rich history with beekeeping, spending a large part of her childhood learning how to maintain a healthy colony of bees with her father in Iran. To learn more about the importance of bees, click here.

Sheikh Hamdan Celebrates His Twins’ First Birthday by Sharing the Very First Photo of Their Faces

Sheikh Hamdan Celebrates His Twins’ First Birthday by Sharing the Very First Photo of Their Faces

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Since the birth of his twins, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed has proved to be a doting father, often taking to Instagram to post precious moments of his time with his son and daughter. Now, on their first birthday, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai has shared a heartwarming picture taken on the day of their birth, which also shows their faces for the first time.
The photo sees a smiling Sheikh Hamdan holding his newborns, one in each arm, and dressed in all white. “Feels like just yesterday this picture was taken. It’s been one year today,” wrote the royal. “Happy birthday Rashid & Shaikha, and to all the children of the world.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, with his grandchildren. Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
Previous photos shared by Sheikh Hamdan show him spending his time outdoors and sharing his love for animals, especially horses, with his children. While one post sees the children hanging out with their father and looking at giraffes, another saw them gently reaching out to horses. “Training and education should start early on,” the Crown Prince had captioned a photo taken with their Godolphin steed. “Rashid and Shaikha came to see Adayar & wish him the best!”

Below, take a look at more photos of Sheikh Hamdan with his children.
Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
Photo: Instagram.com/faz3
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Imaan Hammam Joins Adut Akech, Naomi Campbell, and More in the Fendi X Versace Campaign

Imaan Hammam Joins Adut Akech, Naomi Campbell, and More in the Fendi X Versace Campaign

Photo: Courtesy Fendi and Versace
First announced back in September 2021, fashion houses Fendi and Versace’s collaborative line, aka #Fendace, dropped today in Dubai, Los Angeles, Kuwait, Paris and Tokyo, and as expected, has received a wave of appreciation from fashion enthusiasts. Featuring the iconic Naomi Campbell, Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam, South Sudanese-Australian beauty Adut Akech, American model of South Sudanese heritage Anok Yai, Ethiopia’s Amar Akway, Lina Zhang from China, and Anja Rubik from Poland, the campaign was shot by none other than Steven Meisel, and seamlessly embodies the fun, playful vibe of the line.
Photo: Courtesy Fendi and Versace
Marrying Fendi’s love for logomania with Versace’s globally-loved baroque patterns, the Fendace collection pops with a vibrant palette and lots of sparkle. “It’s a swap rather than a collaboration and, most of all, it is done out of friendship,” Kim Jones shared. “It is the beauty of togetherness after time apart and a celebration of women who have inspired me so much.”

And it looks like Donatella Versace couldn’t agree more. “The campaign captures the same sense of friendship and energy we had when we were designing the collection. Kim is a visionary designer and innovator. To me, Fendace will always mean love,” the designer said.
Photo: Courtesy Fendi and Versace

Among the most exciting creations to be found in the new Fendace collection are the reinvented versions of two classics. Versace’s signature La Medusa bag will be available in two alternate print finishes, with the La Medusa plaque sharing space with Fendi FF trims, and the Trigreca sneakers can be seen doused in Versace’s gold baroque work and Fendi’s trademark print.

Revisit the Rich History of Your Favorite Hermès Bags at a Brand New Exhibition in Qatar

Revisit the Rich History of Your Favorite Hermès Bags at a Brand New Exhibition in Qatar

This month, the National Museum of Qatar is inviting visitors for a very special exhibit. From May 28-June 11, French fashion house Hermès will be hosting a showcase titled Once Upon a Bag at the iconic space.
Preceded by three successful exhibits by the brand—Harnessing the Roots, which focused on harnesses; Rouges Hermès, which celebrated the brand’s deep connection with shades of red; and In Motion, which spotlighted objects that bring about a desire for outdoor elements—Once Upon a Bag is the fourth chapter of the Hermès Heritage cycle, and will share the rich history behind the fashion house through its bags.

Put together by Bruno Gaudichon, curator of La Piscine museum of art and industry in Roubaix, and scenographer Laurence Fontaine, Once Upon a Bag will help visitors trace the parallels between about 50 models and objects from Hermès’ Conservatoire of Creations and the Émile Hermès collection. The display will begin with a history of the Haut à courroies bag, a creation with equestrian roots which first came to be back in the 20th century. The exhibit will also help fashion connoisseurs understand the special stories behind its many different types of bags, ranging from clutches to ladies’ bags (like the iconic Kelly, along with  Constance, and Simone Hermès), and men’s bags (such as the Sac à dépêches, and Cityback basketball backpack), to travel bags and the sports bag. Visitors will also get to take a closer look at the brand’s intricately detailed clasps in a special room dedicated just to this facet of bag making, and can check out more eclectic creations, such as the ‘Bags of Mischief’ collection from the 1980s, which was designed by the chairman of Hermès from 1978 to 2006, Jean-Louis Dumas.
Inside the Hermès showcase. Photo: Kyung Sub Shin
The aim of Once Upon a Bag is to offer a deep dive into the label’s archives, and to highlight how bags at Hermès have transformed with the times and evolving societies. It was close to 1923 when Hermès came up with the Sac pour l’auto, its very first model to feature a functional zip, and since then, the French design house has put in great efforts to make its carry-ons more innovative, and even lighter. The trend hasn’t ceased today. Enthusiasts of the brand will agree that few manage to reinvent their pieces quite like Hermès does.

The Hermès Once Upon a Bag exhibit will take place from May 28-June 11 at the National Museum of Qatar, and is open to the public free of charge. 

Egyptian Soprano Farrah El-Dibany on Singing France’s National Anthem at Emmanuel Macron’s Re-Election

Egyptian Soprano Farrah El-Dibany on Singing France’s National Anthem at Emmanuel Macron’s Re-Election

El-Dibany on stage with the Macrons. Photo: Courtesy of Farrah El-Dibany
Egyptian mezzo-soprano Farrah El-Dibany was invited to perform the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’ at the celebration of the re-election of French president, Emmanuel Macron. The performance took place at the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower on April 24 in Paris. “I was contacted by the production team behind Macron’s campaign on Saturday afternoon, asking if I could sing in the event that he won,” El-Dibany shared with Vogue Arabia. “I was in Geneva then, so I took the train Sunday morning, and as soon as I arrived, I went to the Champ de Mars to do the repetitions and to decide whether to perform with an orchestra or acapella. Monsieur and madame Macron took the decision that they preferred I sing La Marseillaise acapella.”
For the occasion, El-Dibany was dressed in a strapless metallic red gown from Gemy Maalouf’s Fall/Winter 2022-23 collection. Explaining how she came upon the selection of the dress, the singer said that she had previously seen the red number, and after the invitation, enquired whether it was available. “I immediately contacted Giorgia Viola for my look, who dressed me in Gemy Maalouf. She is a Lebanese designer whose clothes I wear whenever I can. Red was the perfect color, as the Macrons wore blue, and I was in red, and of course, it is one of the three colors of France’s flag. The dress was also validated by the Elysée.”
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El-Dibany added that she was immensely moved by the invitation to perform. “What touched me the most is that I’m originally Egyptian, and not French, and for me to have the honor to be invited to sing the La Marseillaise to all of France was very moving,” she said. “President Macron thanked me warmly, but I thanked him in return, as it was such an honor for me.”
In 2005, El-Dibany entered the Arts Center of the Library of Alexandria and five years later moved to Berlin to venture into the realm of music. There, she attended the Hanns-Eislet Academy of Music and moved forward to obtain a master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree in architecture at Berlin’s Technische Universität. Hailing from Alexandria, Egypt, she became the first Arab and Egyptian opera singer to join the Academy of the National Opera in Paris in September of 2016. She has also received the prestigious Prix Lyrique de l’Arop award in 2019, marking her as the best opera singer at the hands of the Paris Opera.
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Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Skincare Product–And Naomi Campbell Is Already a Fan

Pat McGrath Is Launching Her First Skincare Product–And Naomi Campbell Is Already a Fan

Vogue Arabia, November 2018. Photo: Chris Colls
For all the follows and likes Pat McGrath generates around her makeup artistry every season (Julia Fox’s internet-breaking black eyeliner didn’t just happen), it’s the skin quality she has pioneered over the course of her storied career that is perhaps her biggest calling card. Hydrated, but not oily; smooth, but realistic, with a makeup-priming moisture quality that is “lightweight yet nourishing,” McGrath explains. Much like she developed a seven-step lipstick technique to achieve the ultimate in petal-soft pigment, McGrath has been cocktailing her own skin-care formula for her entire career, layering simple creams spiked with rose water to create a quick-penetrating emulsion. And just as that signature makeup technique became Pat McGrath Labs’ best-selling MatteTrance Lipstick, her patented skin prep has finally been bottled.
Called Divine Skin Rose 001 and formulated by a Korean lab, the milky liquid that will launch on Patmcgrath.com closely resembles a blendable essence, formulated with 97% naturally derived ingredients; shake it up, and a ceramide-boosted oil phase combines with an antioxidant-spiked rose water phase to create McGrath’s replenished, rebalanced glow. “The truth is I’ve been working on skin care as long as I have been working in makeup,” admits McGrath, who has tweaked her formula not in focus groups but on supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, who stars in the campaign for the rose-tinted glass bottle that will arrive at select Sephoras later this year. “I wouldn’t use anything else,” says Campbell—which is high praise considering Campbell is serious about her skin care, specifically her hydration. “You never want your skin to look dried out. It’s not attractive. It’s unbecoming,” she says. Here, Campbell reveals how she’s been using the uniquely textured Essence, and why after all these years in the business, good sleep might be the real secret to good skin.
Photo: Siena Saba
As someone who has been on countless sets with Pat and at countless shows with Pat, what is her point of difference when it comes to skin finish?
When you work with Pat, before you she puts makeup on you, she really massages your skin—she loves glowy, dewy skin. So your makeup goes on smoother, everything just rolls. That’s her secret: that the skin still looks like skin and you see you and that’s important, I feel. That’s what I love about her; she never makes me matte. When you’re too matte you lose the whole person. Your makeup becomes like a mask. Pat’s makeup never looks like that.
As a #McGrathMuse and, perhaps even more importantly, a Pat McGrath confidant, were you at all a part of tweaking early incarnations of her first skin-care product?
She’s been trying this out on me for a while now so I’ve had a bit of a head start in using it in my skin regime. We were actually using it last year when we were doing the Divine Rose makeup launch, but I couldn’t talk about it then, so I’m so excited that I can say all of this now. The cat’s outta the bag! In the beginning, she would ask me things like, “How does it feel? How long did it stay on?” It goes on the skin, but it also goes in the skin. It just makes everything glowy and plump, which is important for me because I’m on set all the time, and I’m in front of lights, and I’m on planes, and my skin dries out and it gets really dehydrated no matter how much water I drink. Drink water, drink water. I never drink enough. My test is really traveling, though—how often do I need to reapply something on the plane so my skin feels hydrated. I usually sleep straight through flights and with this, I’d wake up and still have the shine.
It is not an exaggeration to say that your skin is, in fact, divine. Drop the routine!
It’s about clean for me. I cleanse in the morning and I cleanse at night. You’ve got to get the makeup off! And I need products that help make my skin look good without makeup, because I don’t wear makeup when I’m not working. I just put little bits where I want to cover blemishes so my skin can breathe. My next step is usually a serum, and sometimes I use the Essence first, before my serum, and sometimes I mix it with my serum and put it on together. You can top it off with a cream if you’d like, but in the summertime, you don’t need to. The Essence is enough.
I watched an amazing clip on your YouTube channel about some of your pre-runway body prep including an incredible lymphatic drainage massage. Are there any treatments that you regularly engage in for your face in tandem with good skin care?
I try to do my facials—you need to if you’re traveling, or you’re in the sun a lot. I don’t wear a lot of sunblock on my skin because I break out from sunblock. So I like people to extract because you have to clean out your pores sometimes! And I do microneedling every once in a while, too.
These days, so much of good skin care comes down to good self-care. How do you prioritize yourself with such a busy work schedule—and a newborn at home!—not just physically but mentally, spiritually, etc.?
The water thing is huge for me, and I’m always, like, how can I make water fun? Growing up I wasn’t really raised on soda so we always had cordials that we mixed with water, and that’s what I still drink. And I try to eat the right food and take the right vitamins—vitamin D, vitamin C, B, zinc, fish oils. Good skin is so much about what you eat, too. And sleep! I try to get as much sleep as possible even though I have a young one now. When I was younger I really didn’t need that much sleep, but now I like my sleep. It kickstarts things and helps me be enthusiastic about the day ahead.
Originally published in Vogue.com
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Farfetch Is Entering the Beauty Market With 100+ Luxury and Indie Brands

Farfetch Is Entering the Beauty Market With 100+ Luxury and Indie Brands

Photo: Courtesy Farfetch
Attention all beauty shoppers, we have some news for you. Starting today you’ll have a new online store to snag all your favorite beauty wants and needs from — introducing: Farfetch Beauty.
In case you are unfamiliar, Farfetch is a British-Portuguese online retail platform that sells luxury fashion items from boutiques and brands around the world. Today, the company is entering the world of cosmetics with the launch of Farfetch Beauty. The platform launched with over 100 partners featuring powerhouse luxury brands, indie brands, and everything in between. To give you insight, some of the brands included are Olaplex, Charlotte Tilbury, La Mer, and so many more. The launch of these brands coincides with the wider Farfetch group’s existing beauty offerings of Browns, Off-White, and Violet Grey.
With this launch being so important to the company, Chief Brand Officer of Farfetch, Holli Rogers stated that beauty is such an important way for people to be able to express themselves and their individuality – it’s transformative. “We took this as an opportunity to shake up the online beauty retail experience by bridging fashion and beauty to appeal to our existing audience of fashion lovers,” she says. Adding, “We knew we had to offer beauty in an ‘only on Farfetch’ way – combining our know-how in bringing together a diverse community of expert voices that resonate with the modern beauty customer and their needs.”
But wait, there’s more. Farfetch also announced its first-ever Beauty Global Collective. Think of this as a social network to communicate and engage with beauty experts and founders. The collective will be led by a Curator-in-Chief who will be announced next month and joined by Farfetch Global Advisor Cassandra Grey, makeup artist Erin Parsons, board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, and more.
You’ll even be able to shop experts’ favorite products through their personal Edit pages. Take cosmetic chemist Michelle Wong, for example, who has Boy Smells Candles and a bunch of Charlotte Tilbury picks on her page.
Once you join the network (for free, of course) and begin to share beauty tips and advice, you’ll earn points to your account, helping you level up from Fan to Expert to, eventually, Pro. With these points, you can secure exclusive discounts and early access to sales.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Farfetch.com to join the community and start adding to your cart to rack up those points. If the stars align, we’ll be seeing a lot of Farfetch beauty sales in the near future.
Originally published in Allure.com

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