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Build circuits into your clothing and accessories with wearables from Adafruit! This category has all the materials, boards, and sensors to help you create the wearable electronics of your dreams.

In addition to our FLORA and GEMMA sewable microcontrollers, Adafruit’s wearables category includes conductive textiles, battery packs, sensors and LEDs, and all-in-one packs perfect for beginners and as gifts.
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Karlie Kloss’s New Hair Color Makes Her Look Like a Mermaid Goddess

 
It looks like Karlie Kloss is the newest celebrity to rock the rainbow hair color trend . . . but not for too long. The 23-year-old model shared a photo of her turquoise-accented strands on Instagram captioned, “mermaid vibes on set.” While that means that she’ll probably go back to being a blonde after her shoot (those blue pieces look like clip-ins!), we’re currently obsessing over how good she looks with the quirky color. She’s giving off aquatic-goddess vibes!

11 Trends You Should Start Rocking Now — Before Everyone Catches On

While the Spring ’16 runways from New York to London and Milan to Paris all brought something distinct, we’re breaking it all down to find the big common denominators and the 11 things you’ll be wearing in a few short weeks. From sexy bare shoulders and lingerie-inspired dressing to an inventive twist on the classic white shirt, this set of styles delivers big on statement factor, even if you’re just looking for a way to amp up your office look. We’ve got you covered — read on for the biggest trends from all the major runways.

Get to Know the Next Wave of Women-Run Fashion Brands Read more: http://stylecaster.com/fashion-brands-run-by-women/#ixzz42Mhi8oz1

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Of all the industries to still be a boys’ club at the top, women’s fashion would seem to be an unlikely candidate. But if you take a closer look at the upper echelons of big-name retailers, high-fashion houses, and buzzy new brands, you might be surprised by the ratios.

This year, only two of the ten CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists were women (both are on this list), while Business of Fashion found, from a survey of 50 major fashion brands, that women led just 14 percent of them and made up only 25 percent of board members of publicly traded fashion and luxury companies.

Those disappointing numbers aside, there are still legions of impressive, inspiring women running their own shows in fashion, whether as top designers such as Donatella Versace and Miuccia Prada, business-side leaders such as Isabelle Guichot at Balenciaga and Karen Katz at Neiman Marcus, or independent entrepreneurs like the women you’ll meet below. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting some of our favorite female-run fashion brands—and nudging you to show your support, too.

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Chromat

People throw around the phrase “the future of fashion” a lot, but Chromat founder Becca McCharin is the real deal. A pioneer in the fashion-tech sphere, the designer puts her architecture background to use creating smart, structural lingerie, activewear, and swimwear, and consistently scores points for being ahead of the curve in terms of inclusivity, casting people of all shapes, genders, races, abilities, and ages. She also has an ongoing partnership with Intel, last season creating a sports bra prototype that adjusted in response to the wearer’s body temperature and sweat, and this season venturing into responsive hand accessories that controlled the glow of electroluminescent garment. And this is just five years in—just think of what she’ll be able to do when tech catches up with her imagination.

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M.i.h Jeans

In some ways, Chloe Lonsdale was destined for denim. The daughter of blue-jean entrepreneurs—her parents founded ’70s chain Jean Machine—she relaunched her godfather’s Made in Heaven label in 2006 under the updated name M.i.h. and has since turned it into a global brand. As chief creative officer, London-based Lonsdale has cultivated a reputation for superb fits and an updated, vintage-inspired aesthetic. Plus, with the company growing its wholesale business in more than 43 countries around the world, it recently brought on Beverly Hill as chief executive officer, meaning you get twice the girl power for the price of one.

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Brother Vellies

It’s not easy to hit upon something truly original in fashion—trying to reinvent the shoe is kind of like trying to reinvent the wheel—but when Aurora James debuted her first collection of footwear in 2014, something felt fresh about the designs. Inspired by traditional African shoe styles like “vellies” (desert boots), babouches (Moroccan slippers), and rubber-soled tyre sandals, the label has its roots in a backpacking trip James took across the continent in 2011. And while the designs have gotten more high fashion over the past few seasons—Spring 2016 features $1,500 hand-beaded sandals, and counts Kanye West as a fan—James’s commitment to sustainability and to promoting the African artisans she works with remains as strong as ever.

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Beaufille

Founded in 2013 by Toronto-based sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon, Beaufille has fast become a label to watch among those in the know. Last year, the pair picked up the Swarovski Award for emerging accessories designer at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards, and with their elevated, minimal clothing designs and complementary sleek jewelry, they’ve also caught the eye of some of our favorite boutiques.

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Fleur du Mal

Jennifer Zuccarini has been around the block in the lingerie industry, cofounding luxury brand Kiki de Montparnasse and working as design director at Victoria’s Secret before founding her own line, Fleur du Mal, in 2012. The breadth of experience comes through in the detailing and range of her designs, which include dusty pink satin bodysuits, reimagined bullet bras, and, as of last season, a line of femme-fatale-worthy swimwear. She also inked a collaboration deal with Playboy, yielding a cheeky selection of bunny-ear playsuits, silk smoking robes, and tulle tail pins.

 

Introducing Rihanna, fashion mogul

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Every so often a piece of news comes along that’s so important, it rivals the 41st anniversary of Leonardo DiCaprio’s birth.

Enter: today, and reports that Rihanna (our patron saint of power, confidence, and hustling) has started her own styling, hair, and makeup agency with managing partner Benoit Demouy. The L.A.-based agency is called Fr8me, and will style artists for commercials, editorials, campaigns, and red carpet appearances.

This, of course, is amazing. First, because Rihanna styles herself better than we could ever dream to, and second, because she understands the industry in a profound sense of the word. She’s been styled. She’d been photographed. She’s starred in campaigns and been featured in editorials. She knows what photographers want, and she knows what they don’t, and she’s probably met a fair share of professional beauty and style artists whose work will benefit more than a few campaigns.

“Hair, makeup, and styling play an important role in creativity,” she told The Hollywood Rerporter. “I am very involved with that part of my process, so this agency was an organic thing for me to do.”

And this agency is a roster that isn’t messing around. According toHarper’s, the staff includes Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, wardrobe stylist Jason Bolden, and hair stylists Marcia Hamilton andPatricia Morales. It’s also embracing the warm arms of social media, with Demouy revealing that they’ll “take a makeup artist with 500,000 followers over someone else.” Thus proving even more that they understand the evolution of the makeup, beauty, and fashion industries, as well as how a strong social media presence tends to exist for a reason.

Rihanna 2020, please and thank you.

The minimalist guide to packing light

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Packing light is an art form. How many times have you gone on a trip and realized you didn’t wear half the items you brought with you? It’s totally normal, and we feel you. To get the most out of your suitcase and wardrobe, we put together a guide on how to pack lightly like a pro. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Figure out what you really need

Be smart. You probably don’t need a pair of jeans for each day that you’re away. Instead of hauling, say, five pairs of denim, downsize that number to two and alternate between them. Be practical, reasonable and honest with yourself. Also keep in mind that the more things you bring along, the more chance you might lose it. (No need to bring two designer bags.)

Take a moment to plan your outfits

Putting the time and effort into planning your outfits beforehand is the key to packing light. Choose tops that can be worn with casual denim and sneakers, or coupled with leather pants or a structured skirt and some sleek lace-up flats. Shirt dresses that can do double duty as layering pieces are awesome, and we love the idea of wearing dresses over pants. Ensure the majority of the clothing that you bring can be worn multiple times, which, in turn, will make more room for a statement piece or two.

Utilize your packing space

My love for pouches and makeup bags knows no bounds (yes, I just professed my love for makeup bags). Consider these your BFF when packing a carry-on. Packing cubes are awesome for saving space, however, they can be a little pricey. Save money by using spare makeup bags or pouches, which can double as makeshift packing cubes (we love life hacks). Instead of folding, roll your pieces up tightly in order to avoid wrinkles, and pack them away into the pouch.

As for beauty products…

If you’re travelling with a carry-on, a full-size can of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray just isn’t going to cut it. Let’s be real here (also, who needs that much product anyway?). Travel-sized products are your friends here, people. Now is the time to make use of those Sephora/department store samples you’ve been hoarding, whether it be sachets of shampoo and conditioner or those tiny vials of perfume. We also love single-use products for their convenience. If you’d rather take along you own products, Muji has an extensive array of travel-sized containers and jars, as well as portable hairbrushes and mini eyelash curlers. If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a longer period of time, you can always stock up on full-size toiletries once you arrive at your destination. There’s no need to travel to and from with a boatload of products.

Bring multi-purpose products

Multi-purpose products are another major key here. A small jar of coconut oil can be used as an all-purpose moisturizer, a post-bedtime lip balm and a hair mask. A potted lip and cheek tint (hey, RMS) can take the place of both a blush and lipstick (a tube of lipstick can also double as a cream blush). Use a Nars Multiple stick for highlighting or providing a wash of colour over your lids. See where I’m going with this? Those little plastic bags the airport provides can really contain all your liquids—and makeup.

Layer up

Wear your heaviest, bulkiest pieces on your way to your destination. You’d be surprised how much space a leather Perfecto takes up. Don’t forget that scarves can serve as blankets on the plane, so bring your biggest pashmina and vary how you wear it: folded into a triangle, draped around your shoulders, or simply wrapped French-girl style.

NADIA ABOULHOSN, THE MODEL BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN STRAIGHT AND PLUS SIZES

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We here at PAPERMAG.com are devoting the final week of our January Health & Wellness month to interviews with awesome plus-sized models who are challenging body norms, one misconception and major campaign at a time. Check back every day this week for more insights on the industry, new burgeoning body-positive movements to check out and more to kickstart your year the right way.

Fashion blogger and model Nadia Aboulhosn may be your favorite plus-size model that’s not actually, well plus-size. When she started blogging in 2010, readers and brands assumed she was plus-size because they were unaccustomed to seeing anyone her size represented in fashion, even though she wore a size 8 at the time. Six years later there still isn’t really a place in fashion for women around that size i.e. brands won’t hire Aboulhosn to model the straight sizes she fits, so she’s hired to model tailored plus-size garments. Despite the confusion, she doesn’t mind being considered plus-size; it puts her in good company with other curvier bloggers and models who have shifted fashion and given many women a voice.

How did you start modeling? Were you scouted? Did you go to an open call?

I was never scouted. I’ve never even been signed to a modeling agency. Back in 2010 I started taking regular blog pictures and I uploaded them to my blog site, and Tumblr and Twitter and all that. Back then there was no Instagram, it’s so crazy! Seventeen Magazine hit me up and said they’d love to shoot me for their curvy section and asked if I lived in New York. [So] I lied, said “yeah” and bought a $400 ticket to fly out there to shoot with them.

Were there any particular people/experiences that prompted you to model?

I always pay homage to GabiFresh. When I first started blogging I didn’t even really know her, but she hit me up and said I should apply for the American Apparel model search. She said she thought I could win. I thought “No way,” but I applied and I got it and I flew to LA and shot with them. [Then] I flew back to Florida and there was something, [I don’t know]. I couldn’t stay there, there wasn’t enough for me…so I moved to NY.

As a teenager, I used to obsess over sneakers and Jordans and always get the best ones, but I didn’t care much about clothes because I was tomboy. So I guess that’s when the fashion obsession started. Out of nowhere I wanted a change for myself. I didn’t like the way my life was going and I was hanging around the wrong people, I needed a different kind of escape — so I got into fashion and in a way it saved my life because it gave me something to do.

 

What has been the modeling job you’ve been most proud of? Why?

I’m most proud of my collections [for places like Addition Elle and Boohoo] because that was my main goal in the beginning and there’s no better feeling than seeing somebody wear your stuff and feel good in it.

It seems like plus-size models have finally been getting more attention lately. Have you noticed a real shift in opportunities or is it only more media attention without more jobs?

I think the media attention has opened the door for a lot of people, but there’s still room for more. A reason why I’m considered a “model” is because I have an hourglass shape — I have no boobs , but I have a curvy body. I think it’s so important that women like my friend Tess [Holliday] are models too because I don’t think people understand the impact that has. Our bodies and sizes are different; if my body type is considered normal I think it’s cool that Tess it out here, too.

I would have ads with three different models with three different body types standing together so that becomes what’s normal, models who wear an XS, a 8, and a 20. That would create more opportunities for everyone.

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How do you feel about terms like “curvy” and “plus size”? Especially seeing as how there are both advocates for the term and people who want to ban it?

Some people feel excluded, some feel empowered by it. I’m not ashamed to be labeled plus-size at all. That’s not the issue. I’m frustrated that I’m boxed into a category and now when I want to go work with someone like a high-end designer…they don’t want to work with me. I want them to work with me for the bigger picture to normalize what beauty is now. So if you have a blond-haired, blue-eyed white girl who is a size 0, that’s what the beauty standard is. [But] it’s changing slowly with people like me and other fashion bloggers and models, but I want it to be normal for girls who look like me to be in Victoria’s Secret or Calvin Klein or whatever. With that label I’m getting boxed in and so are so many other people. I just don’t feel it’s necessary. What’s so different? I’ve pushed for brands to come out with full-range lines with me and they won’t do it, they only put me with plus-size lines.

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What else is in store for you?

I have Addition Elle coming out in the fall, it’s amazing. I can’t wait because you don’t see other plus-size brands coming out with what’s about to come out. They let me push the envelope because they know I’m a little half-naked all the time. I also have a necklace coming out in March that I designed with a UK brand.

I’m going launch my own collection eventually and do a full-range line because I want all women to wear the clothes. I do plus-size modeling because…that’s the only category I can go into, but [also because] I want people to have things that aren’t accessible to them. Things need to change, people don’t understand there’s a bigger picture than me.

21 Pictures to Inspire Your Darkest Lipstick Fantasies

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If you’ve always wanted to go dark, at least in terms of lip color, then this Fashion Month is for you. Across all four cities, labels such as Marc Jacobs, Dior, Marni, and Vivienne Westwood took a darker lip turn. Some lips were plum, others a black-tinged red; at Rihanna’s Fenty, they were pitch black. But across the board, the colors were deep and so saturated in color that they made showgoers do a double take.

Makeup artists have been so intent on getting the richest, darkest lips possible that they even used eyeliner to get the look, as seen at Dior (by Peter Philips), Fenty (by Pat McGrath), and Westwood, where Val Garland for M.A.C Cosmetics used the gel eyeliner M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack. Speaking backstage at the show, Garland agreed that there have been quite a lot of dark lip looks this season. She called the trend “shout-to-be-heard makeup!” adding, “you want to be seen” — a contrast to the minimal makeup looks of seasons past.

Click through the slideshow to see some of the best lip colors for being seen, heard, and remembered.

Who Is the Best-Dressed at Paris Fashion Week?

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Who Is the Best-Dressed at Paris Fashion Week?

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The weather in Paris has been unpredictable: snow, hail, rain, and random bouts of sunshine can happen in the span of hours. Which means that the street-style bunch have been dressing equally as unpredictably. Anya Ziourova looked ready to tackle the cold by embracing the puffer trend, worn off the shoulders à la Vetements and Balenciaga. On the other end of the spectrum, Yasmin Sewell seemed to be eagerly anticipating summer with her bright-green brocade jacket and pineapple tie. And no matter what, sunglasses were the accessory of choice — the better to hide the exhaustion of a nonstop month.

But the Golden Peacock Award today goes to Yoyo Cao, who is always a Cut favorite. Who else would be able to pull off an Alexander Wangstudded turtleneck under a pair of Hermès leather overalls? An honorable mention goes to Gilda Ambrosio in those Miu Miu punk ballerina flats that will surely be an even bigger street-style hit come this fall. Check back tomorrow for the next day’s winners, and don’t forget to follow @thecut on Snapchat for live reports from the scene.