How the Digital Red Carpet Is Changing Celebrity Fashion

The endless stream of parties, premieres, and awards shows that constitute the red carpet is at once a source of lighthearted entertainment and a billion-dollar business. For years, the step-and-repeats at these high-profile events were the best places to gauge a celebrity’s style or track a brand’s popularity amongst A-listers, but the system is now evolving. This year’s global reset has prompted a shift in the way people can gather, how they dress, and what they view as important. In Hollywood, the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have had a significant impact on how films are made and the way they are promoted. That has meant traditions like the Emmys and MTV Video Music Awards going virtual, press tours occurring on the internet, and the temporary cancelation of institutions like the Cannes and Telluride Film Festivals.

Naturally, these changes have impacted the cottage industry that surrounds red carpet

Read More

“It’s Important to All of Us That Our Conversations Reflect What is Going on,” How the Digital Red Carpet is Changing Celebrity Fashion

The endless stream of parties, premieres, and awards shows that constitute the red carpet is at once a source of lighthearted entertainment and a billion-dollar business. For years, the step-and-repeats at these high profile events were the best places to gauge a celebrity’s style or track a brand’s popularity amongst A-listers, but the system is now evolving. This year’s global reset has prompted a shift in the way people can gather, how they dress, and what they view as important. In Hollywood, the changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have had a significant impact on how films are made and the way they are promoted. That has meant traditions like the Emmys and MTV Video Music Awards going virtual, press tours occurring on the internet, and the temporary cancelation of institutions like the Cannes and Telluride Film Festivals.

Naturally, these changes have impacted the cottage industry that surrounds red

Read More

Tariq Zaidi photographed a world-famous Congolese style tradition that’s changing with the times

Between 2017 and 2019, I traveled to Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to meet whole families of sapeurs, including female “sapeuses” and mini “sapes” in training.



a man wearing sunglasses and a hat: Nkodia Aurelie, 48-year-old businesswoman and sapeuse for 36 years, in Brazzaville, 2019, captured by Tariq Zaidi


© Tariq Zaidi
Nkodia Aurelie, 48-year-old businesswoman and sapeuse for 36 years, in Brazzaville, 2019, captured by Tariq Zaidi

My aim was to highlight the important role “La Sape” plays in their defiance of circumstance, through the stark contrast of the elegance of their dress against the harsh backdrop of their surroundings. The Congo is one of the poorest regions of the world and so, at first glance, followers of the “Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes” (the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) — La Sape — are an extraordinary sight.

Congolese people are known for taking pride in their appearance, yet La Sape takes the art of looking

Read More

The Black Scientists, Doctors, and Entrepreneurs Changing The Beauty Industry

In a moment marked by frank cultural conversations about race, identity, and representation, cosmetic companies have responded by revamping their approaches to address audiences that the industry has for too long ignored and underserved. In 2017, Lancôme expanded its Teint Idole Ultra Range to 40 shades, famously followed by Fenty Beauty—and that number has now become a benchmark. But creating makeup in a greater diversity of skin tones is just the tip of the iceberg in an industry-wide transformation that’s been more than a decade in the making.

The real story lies in part with Balanda Atis, a Black cosmetic chemist and head of L’Oréal USA’s Multicultural Beauty Lab. In 2007, Atis knew that the foundation category for women of color was lacking, so she and her team set out on an international tour of 57 countries to collect data on the tonal composition of skin of color. “We used

Read More

Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

Read More

Belgian model shares images showing relationship changing from perfect to ‘violent attacks’

A Belgian model has posted images of the idyllic beginning of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend alongside shocking photos of her badly-bruised face at the end of the 18-month relationship. 

Anthonia Rochus, 21, from Lier in Belgium posted the images on Twitter with the message: ‘Where it all started V where it all ended.’

The Flemish model, who was with her partner – who she doesn’t name in her post – for 18 months, shared a happy early image of them together alongside several of her sporting heavy bruising on her face. 

Belgian model Anthonia Rochus, 21, said her new relationship went from a fairytale to a nightmare over the course of 18 months as her ex-boyfriend revealed a controlling, jealous and violent side

On Friday, the model shared a series of photos of herself with a heavily bruised face on Twitter. She says the injuries are the result of attacks by her ex-boyfriend and explained that she was sharing the images - and pursuing police action - because she does 'not want to read that a woman has died and find out that he was the culprit'

On Friday, the model shared a series of photos of herself with a heavily bruised face on Twitter. She says the injuries are the result of

Read More

Gucci and The Real Real’s Game Changing Collaboration Is Look at the Future of Fashion

On Monday, luxury consignment website The Real Real announced an exciting collaboration called the Gucci x TRR Shop. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a curated and authenticated shop full of previously-loved Gucci goods.

Seems simple, sure, but in the world of luxury bags and accessories, it’s actually pretty groundbreaking. Not only is Gucci encouraging customers to consign its used items through this program, but the brand is also incentivizing people to purchase secondhand as well. According to a press release, for every item bought or sold, they will plant one tree through the One Tree Planted program.

For a long time, many of the big fashion houses claimed that the consignment industry was cheapening their brand by taking away the exclusivity factor. Many also argued that it was difficult to control the quality of what’s being sold through third-party sites. In fact, Chanel sued The Real Real for “selling

Read More

Meet Circumference, the Sustainable Beauty Brand Changing the Game With Its New Waste-Not Initiative

For New York City-based skin-care brand Circumference, sustainability has always been top of mind. Just over two years ago, the line, which is helmed by husband-and-wife Chris and Jina Kim, debuted with a quartet of complexion heroes, all of which are powered by indigenous ingredients and arrive in recyclable glass bottles. Today, the couple is taking their environmentally-conscious vision even further with the launch of their sixth product: a nourishing cream that is made using leftovers of the winemaking process.

“Now that [Circumference] has been some time in the making, we really wanted to push innovation and progress to add another sustainability layer,” Jina says of the impetus for their new waste-not sourcing initiative, which was inspired, in part, by the book Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future, and, specifically, a chapter titled “Playing with the perception of waste as a future quarry—a starting point rather than

Read More

5 athletes changing the game, despite COVID-19

This year was set to be a groundbreaking one for women’s sports: the U.S. women’s national soccer team won a lawsuit for gender discrimination, the Women’s National Basketball Association and its players came to a bargaining agreement to increase salaries and provide new maternity benefits, the Women’s Tennis Association awarded record-breaking prize money and the National Women’s Hockey League increased its number of games, as well as new sponsors and owners.

But then the coronavirus pandemic abbreviated, postponed or cancelled their seasons. Female athletes, however, were able to use the time to reflect on the opportunities given to them, in addition to using their platforms to affect change. Whether they’re raising awareness or breaking barriers by being the first or best in their sport, these women are changing the game.

Laurie Hernandez

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez in 2017.Harry How / Getty Images file

American artistic gymnast Laurie Hernandez competed

Read More