What Is Quiet Luxury And Why Is The Trend Louder Than Ever?

There’s a new fashion idiom permeating our Instagram feeds and dominating the autumn/winter ‘23 runways, and it goes by the name of 'quiet luxury'. Unlike 'Barbie pink' and 'balletcore' (both of which found homes in brands like Valentino and Miu Miu), quiet luxury may be more than meets the eye, acting as a reflection of our financial climate and laying the foundation for the return of beloved designer Phoebe Philo. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s set the record straight on what qu

What We Learned from the New Anna Wintour Biography

There's no denying that Anna Wintour is a fabled fashion icon. Although she has landed on the world stage through her many roles—she is editor-in-chief of Vogue, global chief content officer of Condé Nast, co-chair of the Met Gala, and the unspoken leader of the fashion universe—there’s surprisingly little known about her. Well, aside from her iconic bob and Chanel sunglasses. Beyond the occasional whisper or tabloid spread, her rise from London girl to mercurial editor-in-chief has gone mostly

What to Wear in Paris in 2022: 6 Best Paris Outfit Ideas

Figuring out what to wear when traveling to a foreign city is always tricky. On one hand you want to appeal to an area’s style codes, but on the other hand you don't want to look like a tourist that's trying too hard. (Paging all the berets in Emily in Paris.) Surpassing New York and London as one of the world’s fashion capitals, Paris boasts a reputation for effortless style and easy elegance. That’s what makes it so tricky to nail down—hence, the term je ne sais quoi. Luckily, the Instagram ac

5 Nautical Outfit Ideas 2022: How to Wear the Nautical Trend

In case you missed it, nautical fashion was all over the Spring/Summer 2022 runways. Refreshing as it is, it's not entirely new: sailor collars and Breton stripes first gained notoriety in the 19th-century war effort, during which there was a growing demand for naval officers. For its contemporary resurgence, designers revisited these then-practical design codes, using them as fashionable flounces for the modern dresser. Think navy wool double-breasted jackets made for combating cold oceanic win

London Fashion Week Fall 2022 Review: Simone Rocha & Richard Quinn

Drama was in the air at London Fashion Week. The Fall/Winter 2022 shows all dabbled in fantasy and theatricality, exploring Victorian-core (Harris Reed), delving into the mythological (Simone Rocha), and scratching our itch for live performance (Erdem). All of this was to the benefit of the clothes, which reflected the post-pandemic craving for pageantry and staginess in our everyday lives. Keep reading to see our UK-based editor’s London Fashion Week retrospective. In keeping with the theme of

The History of the Chanel Ballet Flats, Brought to You by Carla Rockmore

Believe it or not, the Chanel ballet flat actually wasn’t invented by Coco Chanel. Unlike the beloved 2.55 bag and the label’s selection of tweed jackets, the flat was actually one of Karl Lagerfeld's inventions. After appearing in a 1984 campaign starring model Inés de la Fressage and lensed by Helmut Newton, Chanel ballet flats were quickly adopted by the style set for their causal ease and couture-like detailing. While Lagerfeld is credited with the ballet flats' creation, his inspiration ca

Meet Aurora James, The Designer Behind Brother Vellies

“With each new season, we ask ourselves how we can lessen the impact our practices have on the wider world,” says James. It’s this constant commitment to cause that means James has not only achieved her goal, but has surpassed it. The creation of Brother Vellies designs is sustaining artisan jobs worldwide, with vegetable leather tanned bags and recycled boots hailing from places like Italy, Mexico, and even from the designer’s home town of New York City. However, while the term sustainability

Why Is Rome The City Of The Affair? –

When it comes to romance, Paris takes the cake. With its cobblestone streets, bright lights, lock-filled bridges, and red-wine rendezvous, the City of Love and Light leaves us enamored with the chance of having an age-old romance. But Paris is full of pretense and perfection. It is clean-cut and elegant, and much like haute couture, there is no room for mistakes. Whereas Rome is a bit rougher around the edges, less refined. Rome is Paris’ older sister who has seen the rise and fall of empires. I

Locke and Key star Connor Jessup talks season two and being authentic

Taken from the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Rollacoaster. Order your copy now. It’s a tale as old as time: a family move into a long-abandoned house with the hope of starting anew – until the threat of murder, mystery and mayhem arise. Locke & Key, the latest original series from streaming giant Netflix, takes this tired trope and opens the door, pardon the pun, into a new world where the finding of keys acts as a cloak for a much more profound story of a family moving on from trauma. “I became r

Judaism: unpacked and far from home

Moving away from home comes with the expected adjustments, new places, new routines, new people, but how do all these sudden changes affect the one constant in your life: your faith. “My faith is really important to me; I can remember in high school they asked us if we would say that we were ‘Jewish Americans’ or if we were ‘American Jews’ and I choose the latter. My reasoning behind that is that I’d rather my core identity be labelled as Jewish and the modifier be that I’m American,” says Aliy

Kids told they will be “cast into a lake of fire” by homophobe at drag queen story time

The protester interrupted an event that was being held as part of Ottawa’s Pride. During a story-telling event hosted by the Canadian drag queen Adrianna Exposée in Bells Corner, Ottawa on 17 August, a protester stormed into the event telling attendants “everyone here is going to be cast into a lake of fire” and accusing parents of being “child abusers”. “Everyone here needs to repent, turn from your wicked ways, and accept Jesus Christ and be saved. That’s the only way you’re going to be save

Songs of Praise to feature the show's first ever same-sex marriage

The Sunday show is breaking away from the archaic production script and appealing to a more modern audience. Songs of Praise first hit the British public’s screens in 1961, but during its 58-year run, not once has the show featured the marriage of a same-sex couple. However, this week’s Sunday afternoon show, aptly named God’s Own Country, will include the marriage of Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowall at the Rutherglen United Reformed Church in Glasgow. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotla

Antonio Banderas reveals a drag queen saved his life

In conversation with The Independent, the Spanish actor detailed the memorable event as well as his latest film project. It sounds almost cinematic: the 70s, Antonio Banderas, and a drag queen. But nothing about this tale is fictional and Banderas has the scare to prove it. During an interview promoting his new Spanish-language film Pain and Glory, the actor – who is known for his appearances in films such as: The Legend of Zorro, Frida and Shrek 2 – revealed: “The front wheel of my motorbike

Janelle Monáe brings bisexual anthem Make Me Feel to the Grammys

Janelle Monáe performed her bisexual anthem Make Me Feel at the Grammys. Though Janelle herself identifies as pansexual, her song Make Me Feel was the epitome of inclusivity during #20gayteen, and her performance at last night’s Grammys was no different. Under the cast of pink lighting, the singer commanded the crowd with her inimitable stage presence, making reference to other tracks like Pynk and Django Jane, stating: “Let the vagina have a monologue.” Backing dancers sported the eye-catchi

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