It’s been a minute since we’ve had a red carpet worth obsessing over. That’s why so many eyes are on the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, taking place in Las Vegas. Yes, Taylor Swift will be performing her new single, “ME!” for the first time. Yes, Kelly Clarkson is set to host. Yes, artists like Cardi B, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga are up for awards. But really, we’re just excited for some good old red carpet fashion. And your favorites—including Clarkson, Ciara, and Sabrina Carpenter—delivered. It wasn’t just music stars serving some serious looks on the red carpet: Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein, Chrissy Metz, and even all three J Sisters were in attendance, and their outfits can’t be missed.
Ahead, catch up on all the best fashion moments from the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.
They’re adorable, obviously—and Princess Charlotte is turning lewks in them. In one photo, she’s wearing a floral blue dress with navy shoes and in two of them she has on a grey cardigan and plaid skirt. This is 100 percent what Blair Waldorf wore as a child, and I’m living for Middleton’s fashion inspiration.
“Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte,” Kensington Palace posted to Instagram on Wednesday night, May 1. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share three new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fourth birthday. The photographs were taken in April by The Duchess at Kensington Palace and at their home in Norfolk.”
Check out the cute pics for yourself, below.
Her hair bow game is seriously on point.
As are her flower-catching skills.
We stan the new queen of sitting on fences in open fields.
Princess Charlotte‘s photos come just a few days after Kensington Palace shared new photos of her younger brother, Prince Louis, in honor of his first 1st birthday. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow,” a statement from KP’s Instagram reads. “The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk.”
He, too, was dressed to the nines. I’m living for this color scheme especially:
It’s only a matter of time before Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince George welcome their new cousin, Baby Sussex. Meghan Markle is reportedly due in early May, and her mother, Doria Ragland, has already flown in for the birth. Unfortunately, we may not see cute photos like this of Baby Sussex for a while: Markle and Prince Harry are opting to celebrate their newborn privately before sharing images with the world.
After a brief hiatus, Selena Gomez is slowly coming back into the public eye. And one of her first big projects is close to her heart, in more ways than one.
Gomez revealed she designed a swimsuit for her friend and former assistant’s new swim line, Krahs Swim. Theresa Mingus is readying herself for the launch of her brand, and enlisted Gomez to create a swimsuit. And the result was a three-piece capsule collection that she made specifically to cover her surgery scar from her 2017 kidney transplant.
In a video promoting the brand, Gomez interviews Mingus about the launch of Krahs Swim. Mingus says the line is inspired by her love of sharks and includes a lot of motifs to that effect, like trims shaped like shark bites. Gomez then reveals she was able to design her own suits, for a limited-edition capsule called “Selena x Krahs Swim”. The styles include a one piece, a deep-cut bikini top, and a high-waist bottom with a belt, which she explains she prefers to wear after her surgery.
“I did have a really good time designing,” Gomez said. “It was fun. The design I did, one of them, it was the high-waisted one with the belt. I’ve had a kidney transplant and I like bathing suits that kind of cover where that’s been and make me feel comfortable.”
You can watch the full interview below.
Krahs Swim is officially open for business on May 2. Ahead of the launch, Gomez paid tribute to Mingus on Instagram, sharing how excited she was for people to get to know her friend as a businesswoman.
“She has shown me how to be a strong and fearless woman. She is beautiful, kind and smart. I saw how capable she was of achieving her dreams. I wanted nothing more than to see her pursue them and soar,” she wrote in the caption.
Over the past few weeks, Gomez has made a few public appearances. She walked her first red carpet of 2019 in a Dior dress, and attended the Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Empowerment in Entertainment event.
I’ve always been mystified by the appeal of Kylie Jenner. For better or worse, with a single tweet she has the power to take down billion-dollar companies, sell out clothing lines, and spark global conversations about how to cook ramen. But inarguably, the biggest influence she’s had is on the ways we talk about and perceive beauty. And beside maybe her lips, none have spurred more cultural conversations than her hair.
Whether it’s with her wig, color, or cut transformations, her hair changes surely haven’t come without controversy. But what’s always been personally captivating to me is her motivations behind her hair evolution. So for Glamour‘s inaugural video series “Celebrity Deep Dive,” I did just that—went deep—into her history to learn more about her impact.
Truth be told, I went into this thinking it would be pretty surface level. I’d get into some reporting, gather the facts, create a thorough timeline, speak with an expert, Antoinette Hill, to learn about the history and culture of wigs, and try out a Kylie-inspired wig for myself (she gets hers, apparently, from Wildform, a business that uses ethically sourced hair). But throughout this journey I realized some things—after all, Kylie is the queen of “like, realizing things,” so it’s no surprise I would too, right?
I grew up going to a very white, southern school where no one looked like me or had my curly Middle Eastern hair. I began straightening it at a young age to fit in better, and I’ve never colored it in my life. Everything I’d done up until this point with my hair was to blend in, so seeing myself in a bright blue wig was honestly shocking. At first I felt like I had to keep explaining myself to people who looked at me: “It’s for a work project.” “I’m testing something out for a video.”
But somewhere along the week I realized, why did I have to justify how I looked? I didn’t need to explain why my hair was blue. It was blue because I wanted it to be blue. Which led to an epiphany: if I can rock fantasy blue, mermaid-esque hair out in public, then I definitely can and should wear my natural curls. Kylie once said in a blog post on her site that changing up her hair helps give her confidence. I never thought I’d actually gain the same sense of confidence (ky-fidence?) as her, but that’s exactly what happened.
With a few weeks to go before her wedding last fall, Joan Zhang, a 24-year-old business analyst in New York City, wasn’t completely satisfied with the dress she had bought—even though she’d spent over a thousand dollars on it. She worried it would be too bulky for her reception.”Even after alterations, there would be no way for me to dance without falling flat on my face the entire time,” she says.
Zhang went back to traditional bridal boutiques looking for a gown to wear specifically to her reception, but left empty-handed. Nothing matched her desired look for a decent price. Her search eventually led her to Poshmark, where she had previously purchased for work bags and dresses, gently-used. There, she found a pre-owned Watters Nova wedding dress for $70. (Original retail price: $240.) A few clicks, some alterations later—it was ready for the party.
Zhang is one of many brides who have turned to the secondhand market to find something to wear for their wedding day—whether it’s for the ceremony, the reception, or both. Resale is a small slice of the $80 million global bridal industry—The Knot‘s Real Weddings study, which surveyed 14,000 couples married last year, says that only 4 percent of brides wear a used gown—but it’s one that’s growing steadily. Google searches for “used wedding dresses for sale” have increased by 100 percent over the past five years and those for “sell wedding dress near me” are up 1,350 percent. In its annual weddings report, Lyst revealed that views of pre-owned wedding dresses went up by 93 percent in 2018 on its site.
Nowadays, shoppers can find used wedding dresses at online-only bridal consignment stores like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and StillWhite.com or larger marketplaces like TheRealReal, Tradesy, Poshmark, and eBay. The selection on these sites vary—you can find more affordable secondhand styles from David’s Bridal and BHLDN to previously-used designer options by Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier.
It’s a part of the bridal fashion industry that’s still growing, but it shows a lot of promise. StillWhite, one of the premiere retailers for wedding dress resale, says it has generated over $27 million in dress sales since it launched in 2010.
The “supply” part of this equation is obvious: If a bride isn’t handing it down or finding a way to repurpose it for another special occasion, it’s highly likely that her wedding dress will be confined to the back of her closet.
It gets trickier when you think about the “demand”. The process of buying a wedding dress, as popular lore has it, is as much of a rite of passage as it is a task on a to-do list. Brides have no shortage of options to consider before turning to resale: There are nationwide chains, boutique salons, and vintage stores, as well as a growing number of direct-to-consumer labels to suss through. Still, the stitch-perfect gown can get expensive. (According to the Knot’s Real Weddings reportfound, the average bride in the U.S. spends approximately $1,631 on her dress.) Buying something secondhand presents a much more affordable alternative, since most styles are sold between 50 and 90 percent off the original price.
Myah Genung, a 30-year-old in Los Angeles, chose a used wedding gown for that reason in 2016. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford a full-price wedding dress, as my husband and I were paying for our entire wedding on our own and we didn’t want to take on any debt in the process. I wanted a dress that I absolutely loved but also wanted to put more money toward things that would impact our guests’ experience like music, decor and food,” she says. A friend’s recommendation led her to PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, where she found the “exact” dress she had originally eyed in stores—a gown by Oleg Cassini.
“Norms are definitely changing, and weddings are being documented across social channels more than ever before,” says Sasha Skoda, head of Women’s at TheRealReal. “With this rise, there seems to be less of an attachment to physical objects to remind people of these memories. Why not earn money back on your initial investment to put towards a future vacation or your next handbag purchase?”
Meghan Markle baby watch has officially taken over my life. It seems like every hour some new tidbit of information comes out that hints at when the Duchess of Sussex is—or isn’t—giving birth. When her mother, Doria Ragland, flew into London on April 21, everyone thought that meant Baby Sussex was en route. But this conflicted with reports Markle’s due date is in late April-slash-early May. The Internet finally decided on an early May birth when Baby Sussex hadn’t arrived and news broke Prince Charles is traveling to Germany on May 7. He and Markle are apparently close, so there’s no way he’d miss his grandchild’s birth. Right?
Well, now we have even more evidence Meghan Markle is giving birth in early May. It was just announced on Wednesday, May 1 that Prince Harry will be traveling to the Netherlands on May 8 and 9, which means it’s likely Baby Sussex will arrive some time before then.
This news comes courtesy of royals expert Omid Scobie, who tweeted, “JUST IN: Prince Harry will visit The Netherlands on May 8 and 9 (unless Baby Sussex arrives that late!). While there he will undertake an engagement in Amsterdam (details TBA) and then travel to The Hague to launch the one year countdown to @WeAreInvictus Games The Hague 2020.”
He continued, “It’s worth noting that this @InvictusGamesNL trip has been in the works since last year. And if Harry has to go away for one night just after the birth, Meghan has mom Doria by her side (and other visitors soon-to-be en route!).”
Of course, there’s a theory floating around that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already welcomed their first child. The Sussexes are keeping this birth relatively private, after all: On April 11, Buckingham Palace announced Markle and Prince Harry will be privately celebrating the newest addition to their family before sharing her or him with the world.
Two of the biggest trends in fashion right now couldn’t be more disparate. On the one hand, you have powerful congresswoman coopting the suit look from the boys, wearing all white pantsuits to events like the State of the Union as a symbolic testament to the suffrage movement, and on the other, you have powerful everyday women wearing as many pearl hairpins along their hairline as humanly possible. And although the prevalence of girlish hair accessories isn’t nearly as symbolic as something like a white pantsuit, there’s something about it that feels equally as perverse. Why leave all the fun extra-feminine hair poufs and headbands for little girls? Strong women can wear bows! And say what you will about Blair Waldorf, but she was a badass bitch who didn’t let a headband downplay her tough exterior.
It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly hair accessories started trending, but they’ve been having a renaissance for about the past year or so. It started innocently with some scrunchies from Mansur Gavriel and quickly escalated with a $400 crystal Gucci hair clip that took over Instagram. It wasn’t long until everyone started realizing they didn’t need to spend hundreds to adorn their ponytails. Barrettes, scrunchies, and headbands were after all an essential part of every middle-schooler’s wardrobe. But if you didn’t happen to hold on to all your old butterfly clips, don’t despair, there are hundreds of options online now, from beaded Free People bobby pins to a more luxurious Sophie Buhai oversized bow. Shop all the best hair accessory ideas for summer below.
Chrissy Teigen just got one step closer to multi-media domination: Hulu announced that they are partnering with the model/mom/cookbook author/master of Twitter to create food-centric shows for the streaming platform. Did we squeal with delight at this news? Perhaps. But really, isn’t it about time she got her own cooking show?
The plan for the partnership, which also includes chef David Chang of Momofuku fame, is to produce a variety of shows. But first up is one that’s tentatively titled, Family Style that “will revolve around the ways in which people express their love for friends and family by cooking and eating together,” according to a press release. At the launch event in New York City, Teigen said the show will be like if she and Chang “moved their families in together under one roof to cook.” Um, that sounds amazing—and delicious.
Along with Family Style, Teigen and Chang are also working on producing a show tentatively titled, Eater’s Guide to the World, which will leverage Eater’s “extensive knowledge of the most interesting and delicious restaurants on the planet.”
Given that we already have a taste of what a Chrissy Teigen cooking show might look like thanks to her Instagram Stories, we’re very excited to see what she and Chang come up with. If one thing is certain, it will be hilarious and completely authentic to Teigen. That’s just how she rolls—and it’s always entertaining. Plus, we always love an opportunity to see more of her family—including her mom, husband John Legend, and their adorable children, Luna and Miles.
The only thing that would make this better is if Hulu can figure out a way to deliver what Teigen makes directly to our homes. Catch me reading her cookbooks from now until when these shows debut on Hulu.
The first Wonder Woman film shattered records (and glass ceilings) left and right when it premiered in June 2017. The Patty Jenkins-helmed epic had the biggest opening weekend ever for a female-directed film, raking in an impressive $223 million—and the numbers only rose from there.
Which is why the fact they’re making a sequel—titled Wonder Woman 1984—shouldn’t surprise you. Full disclosure: Details are still sparse, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited (or fashioning a new, bedazzled lasso for the occasion).
Jenkins celebrated Gadot’s birthday on April 30 by sharing a photo from Wonder Woman 1984 on Twitter, providing our first real look at the film. “Happy Birthday to my most spectacular, incredible, amazing, beautiful, loving, powerful, hilarious and awe inspiring friend and partner,” she wrote. “I love you more than words can say. Happy Birthday @GalGadot #WW1984.”
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Wonder Woman is coming to the United States. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”
2. It will take place in the 1980s, and Diana will fight the Soviet Union in the Cold War. According to TheWrap.. The title of the sequel gives us the exact year: Wonder Woman 1984.
3. Chris Pine is somehow in the film. His character, Trevor, sacrificed himself in the first film. However, he comes back.
4. Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s nemesis. Bless up.
5. It looks like Wonder Woman will be keeping her iconic costume. It’s truly timeless.
6. The release date is June 5, 2020. Sorry, but we still have a while to wait. That being said, I’ve already started a countdown.
Check back here for more updates on the Wonder Woman sequel as they come in.
Fashion still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversifying its talent pool. In February 2015, only 2.7 percent of the designers on the New York Fashion Week calendar were Black, according to the New York Times; by February 2018, that statistic was still under 10 percent, per The Cut. And there have been regular reminders why this is critical: designer products resembling blackface or nooses have sparked calls for boycotts, and increased demands that companies take steps to diversify and educate their employees and provide new opportunities for people of color. Amidst the headlines and outcry, Black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business.
There are women like Lizzy Okpo, who founded the womenswear brand William Okpo with her sister, Darlene; Aurora James of the mega-popular accessories label Brother Vellies, which has been spotted on Tessa Thompson and Beyoncé; and the up-and-coming Shanel Campbell of Shanel, a recent Parsons graduate who has already dressed Tracee Ellis Ross, Ciara, and Solange. For them, being “conscious” isn’t an afterthought—it’s what drives them as artists.
That doesn’t mean the work is easy. I recently founded my own business, The Folklore, an online retail concept store that exclusively stocks brands from Africa and the African diaspora. Already, I’ve had to defend the earning potential of African designers to prospective non-African venture capitalists and investors, who were convinced that they wouldn’t sell well among non-African audiences. (Most of the pieces on my site have sold out.) I’ve argued against long standing stereotypes that paint Africa’s business climate broadly as corrupt. I’ve invested my own money to launch the company, trusting that my vision will translate.
Seeing people like Okpo, James, and Campbell succeed by remaining steadfast in their beliefs and working to make this industry better gives me hope, yes, but it’s more than that: It gives me a road map. Here, Okpo, James, and Campbell detail how they integrate their social political beliefs into their fashion—and why other designers should do the same.