Andreja Pejic searches for herself online when she needs an ‘ego boost’

Andreja Pejic finds it useful to Google her name whenever she needs an “ego boost”.Born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Australia, the androgynous model broke new ground in the fashion industry by walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s menswear and wom…

Andreja Pejic finds it useful to Google her name whenever she needs an “ego boost”.

Born in the former Yugoslavia and raised in Australia, the androgynous model broke new ground in the fashion industry by walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s menswear and womenswear shows in 2011.

She completed her transition to womanhood in late 2013 and has now shared how she conducts online searches of herself whenever she needs a reminder of her trailblazing achievements.

“I Google myself for an unapologetic ego boost that keeps the demons at bay, or at least subdued underneath my fury Miu Miu kitten heels. I see the GQ cover, my American Vogue feature, the Marc Jacobs runway show, David Bowie’s last music video, bless his soul,” she wrote in an article for Vogue Australia, referring to some of her most high-profile gigs. “I Google myself almost every day, not because I’m self-obsessed. Well, probably somewhat because of that. But I do it mainly because I can’t believe I’ve actually made it this far.”

Over her career, Pejic has walked runways for the likes of Prabal Gurung, DKNY and John Galliano, and also became the first openly transgender model to land a major beauty campaign in 2015 when she was tapped as the face of Make Up For Ever.

In light of her success, the blonde star explained that she no longer feels the need to “convince the world” of the authenticity of her femininity.

“In fact, I don’t even know what femininity means any more, or gender or sex. In the end, it all seems so intertwined, nuanced and fluid, like all things in nature, yet we try to make it so mechanical, categorical and divided,” the 26-year-old added. “To demand that people find their assigned narrow corridors of culture, or ethnicity, or gender, expecting people to forevermore stay in that lane, is to limit our human potential. It’s oppressive.”

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Karlie Kloss: ‘Social media has democratised fashion’

Karlie Kloss believes social media has made fashion a more inclusive industry.The former Victoria’s Secret Angel is a Fashion Week regular, and has walked the runway for top brands such as Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera. However, Karlie noted that th…

Karlie Kloss believes social media has made fashion a more inclusive industry.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel is a Fashion Week regular, and has walked the runway for top brands such as Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera. However, Karlie noted that the event is now very different to how it was when her career first started to take off.

“Social media has democratised fashion in a lot of ways,” she explained to online publication Digiday. “When I started modelling, fashion week was a very exclusive experience: cameras were not allowed backstage at shows, and the consumer wouldn’t see the collections until the next season when they were available for purchase. Now models sharing on their social media backstage is an integral part of fashion week, (as well as) spotlighting the work of the designers.”

Karlie, as well as other supermodels including Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, regularly reach out to fans via their Instagram accounts, and the 25-year-old went on to share the benefits connected to such social media engagement.

“Models are using Instagram and other platforms to transform our standards of what beauty is, advocate for diversity and celebrate women of all backgrounds. It’s been really interesting to see social media’s impact over the last several years,” she smiled.

The former Vogue cover girl is particularly interested in technology, having launched Kode with Klossy in 2016, a coding camp for young women. And though she is one of the most sought after models in the world, she makes sure her business never takes a back seat.

“Kode With Klossy is a huge priority for me, largely because of the group of amazing, brilliant young women that have come out of our program,” she insisted. “They motivate me every day, and are the reason we continue to grow and evolve.”

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Tomas Maier unconvinced by social media and fashion ‘influencers’

Tomas Maier isn’t convinced social media has the power to boost sales of luxury items.The German designer has been the creative director of Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta since 2001, and also runs his own eponymous label. While many brands are i…

Tomas Maier isn’t convinced social media has the power to boost sales of luxury items.

The German designer has been the creative director of Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta since 2001, and also runs his own eponymous label.

While many brands are investing in promoting products through platforms such as Instagram, Maier has now explained that he won’t be buying into the trend.

“As yet, we have yet to figure out what that means, because is influencing… is that making people buy? Is it really?” the 60-year-old questioned in an interview with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine. “Nobody can come up with a statistic. I mean, there are people who did it in a big way and they are off it, because it didn’t go nowhere.”

Maier has an Instagram account of his own but doesn’t follow anybody because he’s “not interested.” He instead believes that seeing and feeling the products, in reality, is the only way to convince buyers to purchase expensive pieces.

“I mean, how can you buy a dress like you saw last night online? You want to try it on… at least take it home and try it on,” he claimed.

The fashion star has dressed plenty of A-list celebrities including Claire Foy and Greta Gerwig, while U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is also a fan of his creations, opting to wear a Bottega Veneta double-breasted wool coat last Halloween (17). And while many designers, including Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, have distanced themselves from Melania thanks to the controversial policies of her husband, President Donald Trump, Maier will not be following suit.

“I mean, she’s allowed to wear what she likes,” he insisted. “I find the whole statement in distaste, designers taking up a position of ‘I wouldn’t dress her.’ It’s not a political statement…If somebody likes a coat, they like a coat.”

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Marc Jacobs: ‘The term unisex is outdated’

Marc Jacobs no longer uses the term “unisex” as he considers it to be outdated.The fashion designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume a…

Marc Jacobs no longer uses the term “unisex” as he considers it to be outdated.

The fashion designer unveiled his first collection under his namesake brand back in 1986 and has since gone on to branch out into a number of categories, including perfume and cosmetics.

When it comes to creating for the modern consumer, Jacobs has now shared that he wants to blur conventional gender labels with his products.

“It’s funny, because earlier today, somebody said the word ‘unisex’ and I think that’s such an outdated word,” he told Elle.com. “I don’t think make-up is for men or for women. I look online and I see all these male make-up artists who wear make-up. I’ve never been somebody who cares whether it’s a women’s coat or a men’s coat. I buy women’s clothes. I buy what I like, I wear what I like.”

To prove his commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Jacobs has expanded his Marc Jacobs Beauty line to include 29 colours of foundation. The Shameless make-up range was created in reaction to fans wanting more options, with the fashion star tapping British model Adwoa Aboah as the face of the campaign.

“I don’t know that we cater to everyone, but I do remember having a meeting with the beauty team and I think there was a moment where, through social media, there was a reaction that certain women felt we didn’t have enough of a range,” the 54-year-old said. “I remember saying to them that this is something we should look at that I feel is very, very important.”

Jacobs always puts a personal touch on his garments and cosmetics and chose to name the foundation collection Shameless, as he has the word tattooed onto his chest. The inking reminds him to aspire to a life without shame, and he is hopeful his products inspire others to do the same.

“I want to be happy with my choices and be comfortable with who I am and what I do and how I do it,” he added.

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Marc Jacobs brings back ’80s drama for fall 18 collection

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a dramatic collection full of ’80s style references for fall/winter 2018.The designer presented his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night (14Feb18), with celebrities such as C…

Marc Jacobs has unveiled a dramatic collection full of ’80s style references for fall/winter 2018.

The designer presented his latest line at the Park Avenue Armory as part of New York Fashion Week on Wednesday night (14Feb18), with celebrities such as Cardi B, Lil’ Kim, Sofia Coppola and Bebe Rexha all perched on the front row.

Taking inspiration from the bold silhouettes designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro unveiled three decades ago, the show opened with model Ariel Nicholson Murtagh sporting a large crimson coat with oversize shoulders and matching scarf that was topped off with a sharp black hat.

Jacobs had a parade of similar coats follow, in violet, emerald green and mustard yellow, all of which were matched with leather trousers and black gloves.

There was also an eye-catching teal satin shirt with large bow detailing at the collar paired with dark yellow wide-leg trousers and brogues, as well as large knit sweaters, tops with balloon sleeves, a polka dot shirt tucked into high-waisted leggings, and jumpers with diagonal racing stripes.

Many looks evoked Grace Jones’ iconic style, with one model sporting a black high neck PVC trench coat which was accessorised with a faux fur stole, black hat and blue leather purse.

Winnie Harlow walked the runway in an oversize brown tweed suit with a gold flourish at the neckline, while Taylor Hill strutted her stuff in a blue and purple tartan skirt, blue satin shirt, and dark purple leather jacket.

Nearly all of the models donned the same black hat for the show, but Jacobs had hairstylist Guido Palau and colourist Josh Wood give nine of the women bold geometric haircuts with a strip of colour.

Closing the show with a bang, Jacobs offered up several items of eveningwear, including a black and green satin dress with bubble skirt and a strapless gown featuring blue floral print and dramatic black velvet detailing.

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Marc Jacobs’ new foundation named after his chest tattoo

Marc Jacobs’ “Shameless” tattoo has inspired his new foundation range.The latest addition to the Marc Jacobs Beauty range hits stores on Friday (09Feb18), and is made up of 29 shades which have an inbuilt SPF25 and are super hydrating.Talking to …

Marc Jacobs’ “Shameless” tattoo has inspired his new foundation range.

The latest addition to the Marc Jacobs Beauty range hits stores on Friday (09Feb18), and is made up of 29 shades which have an inbuilt SPF25 and are super hydrating.

Talking to WWD about the new foundation, Jacobs explained why his body ink, located just above his left nipple, was such ideal source material.

“It’s only an aspiration but for me, it’s about showing your true colours, it’s being who you are, unapologetic and proud,” he mused.

“One of the most important characteristics, in terms of a contemporary, youthful look, is not that heavy sort of make-up, but something that’s fresh and breathes and allows radiance and the texture of the skin to come through. I want women and men to feel so good about their skin that they shamelessly show it off — in person, online, wherever one wishes.”

The cosmetics gurus at Marc Jacobs Beauty worked to create a medium coverage formula, as online feedback found that wearers wanted their foundation to look “like skin”.

Shameless was two years in the making, and Jacobs decided to tap 29 separate models to show off the wide-ranging shades, including Teddy Quinlivan, Alek Wek and Sohyun Jung.

Shameless is replacing Jacobs’ first foundation offering Genius Gel, which launched with 16 shades. The brand also has the Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation, which is available in 22 shades.

“It wasn’t a strategic decision to up the shades as much as it was a commitment to every woman being a customer of our brand and (knowing) every woman that can possibly be cast in a show could be perfectly matched,”explained Tara Loftis, senior director of global brand marketing for Marc Jacobs Beauty. “We tested so many different formulas and we actually started with 42 shades. We found that 29 shades was the right number, actually.”

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John Targon joins Marc Jacobs – report

Baja East co-founder and creative director John Targon has reportedly joined the Marc Jacobs team.Editors at Business of Fashion report that the designer is going to the “creative director of contemporary” at Jacobs’ lower-priced category, starting fro…

Baja East co-founder and creative director John Targon has reportedly joined the Marc Jacobs team.

Editors at Business of Fashion report that the designer is going to the “creative director of contemporary” at Jacobs’ lower-priced category, starting from 2 February (18), with parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) confirming his appointment but not Targon’s role within the business.

“We are happy to welcome John to our design team,” a spokesperson said.

Targon, who earned his fashion stripes at Celine, has not yet commented on his new role, but sources told Business of Fashion he’ll be bringing in his own team, which has supposedly led to lay-offs at Marc Jacobs.

He started ‘it label’ Baja East with Scott Studenberg in 2013, and it wasn’t long before stars like Lady Gaga, Hailee Steinfeld, and Demi Lovato were wearing their garments.

The design duo also recently featured as guest stars on the latest series of America’s Next Top Model.

Talking about how he likes to design for women of all ages, Targon previously told StyleCaster:

“Our base of customers is quite broad – we have everyone from working mothers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s to kids who are in college or just getting jobs who love fashion who are saving up to buy one of our sweatshirts or dresses. There is someone who wants a gator coat from us. There is someone who wants a floor-length cashmere parka – Gaga ordered four of them from us custom.”

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Six of the best kiss-proof lipsticks

A long-wearing, smudge-proof lipstick that survives all night is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to lipstick.Unless you’re deliberately planning to recreate the smudged lip look that permeated the Autumn/Winter 17 catwalks, with Valentine’s …

A long-wearing, smudge-proof lipstick that survives all night is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to lipstick.

Unless you’re deliberately planning to recreate the smudged lip look that permeated the Autumn/Winter 17 catwalks, with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, a long-lasting lip bullet will be your best friend if you have plans to pucker up.

While some long-wear formulas can leave lips feeling dry and flaky, these picks will guarantee a kissable pout for hours. It is however, best to prep your lips before a potential encounter with a good base like Blistex Lip Serum, which works instantly to hydrate lips and create softness. It immediately absorbs into lips and creates a smoothing primer to grip whatever shade you put on top. And for a super soft pout, try Skyn ICELAND Plumping Lip Gels, a 10-minute plumping gel patch designed to improve the look, fullness and overall health of lips.

Read on for the best lippies for puckering up.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance in Elson

The fashion world’s most in demand make-up artist has created her own make-up line, including this richly-pigmented deep red with blue undertones. It goes on opaque for a mesmerizingly modern matte finish.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in How Rouge

A lip crayon is perfect for a relaxed day time date, helping you to achieve full, kissable lips in one swipe. Jacobs’ 16 hour built in wear means you can go in fearlessly for plenty of smudge-proof smooching.

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in 10 Carmin Statement

This liquid lipstick offers a lightweight finish with a bold colour pay-off, making you easily forget you’re even wearing lipstick. Despite that, it has remarkable staying power and won’t disappear like those glasses of wine.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lipstick in Temptation

The ever reliable Laura Mercier’s Velour lipstick will stay in place through dinner and beyond (wink) so you can enjoy the food you love without worrying about losing your vibrant lip colour.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Just What I Needed

NARS’ liquid lipstick dries to a smooth matte finish that won’t move or crack on your lips. Intense colour coverage is combined with ultra-flexible long-wear that applies like an ink on lips for a night out with no worries of smudging.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

If you’re particularly conscious about lipstick transfer with a bold red, or perky pink, a pout-enhancing nude shade, like MAC’s Velvet Teddy will give you peace of mind, and it will stay in place all night.

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Rock red eye make-up like Emily Ratajkowski

When it comes to making a style statement, it’s hard to go past a red dress or bold red lip.But more and more celebrities are rejecting classic red lipstick in favour of trying bright colours on their eyes, with Emily Ratajkowski stepping out at the re…

When it comes to making a style statement, it’s hard to go past a red dress or bold red lip.

But more and more celebrities are rejecting classic red lipstick in favour of trying bright colours on their eyes, with Emily Ratajkowski stepping out at the recent Golden Globes InStyle party with scarlet eyeshadow on her lids.

To create the fun look, make-up artist Hung Vanngo first prepped her skin with Marc Jacobs’ Genius Gel Foundation in Golden Deep and dusted on a layer of Perfection Powder in Golden Fawn for a matte finish.

He then amped up the star’s eyes by lining her eyes with Marc Jacobs’ Matte Highliner Gel Pencil in Finewine, a deep burgundy-based red, and gently washed her lids with some of the berry-pink pigment from the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust.

Keen to try out the red eye trend for yourself? Here are some great products to check out.

Eyeliner

Highlight or add drama to classic eye make-up by adding a few dashes of Zoeva’s Graphic Eyes Pencil in Opulence, a pearly cranberry red. This extra smooth eyeliner is not only waterproof, but ultra-pigmented to deliver some serious colour. Or seek out NYC Professional Makeup’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust, a metallic red hue. The pencil glides onto the lid effortlessly and allows for foolproof application.

Eyeshadow

The idea of red eyeshadow may be daunting for some. But just a little touch of dark red pigment can really lift a simple smoky eye. MAC’s Eyeshadow in Cranberry is a versatile product, with the red-plum hue featuring a flattering hint of pink shimmer. While Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in Vintage Vamp includes a quad of purple-red tones, such as a ruddy plum and deep burgundy, which work especially well with pearl and gold make-up shades.

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