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Gucci Put a Uterus on a Dress, and People Have Mixed Feelings About It

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The fashion industry has no problem making political and social statements, and that’s especially been the case over the past few years. Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” tee still pops up on celebrities, and last September, Christian Siriano even put a “Voting for Cynthia” (as in Nixon, who ran for Governor of New York) shirt on his runway — just two examples of a much larger trend. Gucci is the latest fashion house to add to the mix. Its Resort 2020 collection includes pieces such as a blazer that states “My Body My Choice” and a dress with a uterus on it.

When Gucci shared images of these items to Instagram, adding that they were also a nod to the ’70s, reactions were mixed. Despite what people feel when it comes to the recent abortion laws and bans — and, according to the comments, folks are still divided on that — there are questions about turning the cause into a commodity. How much will these items cost? Will Gucci be donating the proceeds to charities? It’s nice to see major brands making this kind of statement, which will surely make headlines (like this one) and get a conversation going, but at the same time, it makes us wonder why they are doing it.

Thankfully, Gucci cleared some of that up in the caption, saying that creative director Alessandro Michele has a “vision of freedom, equality and self-expression” and even founded a global campaign, Chime For Change, in 2013, which “represents and advocates for gender equality.” The organization will be donating to various “global partners for sexual and family health rights” in 2019, including the Global Fund for Women, the Ms. Foundation, and Women Deliver.

As of now, there’s no word on how much these items will cost or what percentage of the proceeds will be donated.

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From carnations to cat tatts: this week’s fashion trends

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 Going up 

Counting lovers The late Gloria Vanderbilt’s antidote to sleepless nights. Beats sheep.

Reality TV ASMR From Keeping Up With The Kardashians to Drag Race, the biggest bust-ups on telly sound better dubbed with soothing whispers.

Carnations Granny blooms no more, Virgil just put them on his Off/White catwalk – get yours for a snip at Aldi.

The name Joan Collins, yes, but also Alexa Chung’s pre-collection and excellent retail site, Joan The Store.

Wholesome selfies Frank Ocean’s Instagram speciality, according to Man Repeller. See @blonded for details.

Fancy bucket hats The rave classic is suddenly smart. Exclusive at Harrods, Stephen Jones’ £560 Dior hats are complete with logo and net veil. (See also: leopard print, & Other Stories, £27.)Going down

Peanut butter cups Yes they’re great, but have you tried Pret’s Almond Butter Bites? Doisy & Dam’s Nut Butter Cups? Well, then.S

Floaty frills Shirred fabrics are taking over this summer’s dresses and we are here for it.

Cat tatts Faux tattoo sleeves for feline folk are a thing, but are we keen? Purrrhaps not.

Sourdough It’s all about a baguette RN. The summer holiday amnesty on fluffy white bread is a time-honoured tradition. Even tastier: the sequin Fendi baguette bag, reissued this month for its 20th anniversary.

Chamomile Lavender is the calming shrub du jour thanks to Jacquemus’s latest show in Provence. Bees love it, moths hate it. We’re sold.

Your suitcase Luggage is having a moment. See luxury brand Rimowa or Patagonia for an eco take.


Counting lovers The late Gloria Vanderbilt’s antidote to sleepless nights. Beats sheep.

Reality TV ASMR From Keeping Up With The Kardashians to Drag Race, the biggest bust-ups on telly sound better dubbed with soothing whispers.

Carnations Granny blooms no more, Virgil just put them on his Off/White catwalk – get yours for a snip at Aldi.

The name Joan Collins, yes, but also Alexa Chung’s pre-collection and excellent retail site, Joan The Store.

Wholesome selfies Frank Ocean’s Instagram speciality, according to Man Repeller. See @blonded for details.

Fancy bucket hats The rave classic is suddenly smart. Exclusive at Harrods, Stephen Jones’ £560 Dior hats are complete with logo and net veil. (See also: leopard print, & Other Stories

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Floaty frills Shirred fabrics are taking over this summer’s dresses and we are here for it.

Cat tatts Faux tattoo sleeves for feline folk are a thing, but are we keen? Purrrhaps not.

Sourdough It’s all about a baguette RN. The summer holiday amnesty on fluffy white bread is a time-honoured tradition. Even tastier: the sequin Fendi baguette bag, reissued this month for its 20th anniversary.

Chamomile Lavender is the calming shrub du jour thanks to Jacquemus’s latest show in Provence. Bees love it, moths hate it. We’re sold.

Your suitcase Luggage is having a moment. See luxury brand Rimowa or Patagonia for an eco take.

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From Rapunzel-length hair to the demise of double denim: this week’s fashion trends

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All-the-way foundation Pat McGrath takes it right up to the lashline.

Chester-le-Street Riri was spotted there watching the West Indies v Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup.

Mia Wallace We’ll be channelling the Pulp Fiction character thanks to the White Shirt Project in honour of the late Karl Lagerfeld.

Rapunzel Beyoncé, Kiki, Meghan, Adesuwa – all going the distance with their hair this summer.

Gaming Gucci released an arcade game, then Louis Vuitton launched a retro video game. Sega Megadrives ftw.

Technoraks The latest waterproof from Regatta has battery-powered heating.

Going down

Mars bars Thanks to her Youtube channel, we now know Naomi Campbell’schocolate bar of choice is a Twix. If it’s good enough for her…

Double denim The way to match your clothes is by opting for double tie-dyeà la Gigi Hadid.

Hubris One in eight men think they could win a point off Serena Williams. Shotgun the frow if this is ever put to the test.

The Fendi Baguette bag Chloe’s padlocked Paddington is claiming the nostalgic top spot. Style with skinny jeans and ballet flats (also making a return) for maximum authenticity.

Flower crowns See Florence Pugh’s dress in Midsommar: the botanical look should be head-to-toe. But let’s do without the creepy rituals.

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The Poofy Dress Trend That’s All Over Instagram Was Actually Inspired by Princess Diana

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When Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, her wedding dress was perfectly on-trend. It included many signature details that were popular during that decade — and, apparently, in 2019. Lately, we’ve noticed that dresses similar to Diana’s (albeit, more casual, everyday versions) having been popping up in stores, and there is one brand in particular that’s been leading the charge: Batsheva.

“To be honest, I didn’t particularly care for Princess Diana’s style back then,” founder and designer Batsheva Hay admits when chatting about the royal’s gown via email. “But, her look is so timeless and resonates with me so much more now than it did when I was younger. I love the pictures of her in bike shorts and Harvard sweatshirts. I love the pictures of her in Laura Ashley. There was always something so naive and old, frumpy lady about her at the same time — the big collars, pearl buttons, and baseball caps. It is too perfect.”

In fact, the designer is quick to admit that the royal is a big source of inspiration for the pieces she creates.
“My inspiration is heavily influenced by Princess Diana, Laura Ashley, Upper West Side and Welsh women,” she reveals, before adding how she switches things up to keep the clothing fresh. “There is a general brand DNA that stays the same — because that is essentially my personal style and that does not change from season to season — but I try to show different sides of my style each season.”
Hay is definitely excited that ‘80s styles are making a comeback, but others may find it all to be a bit intimidating. For those folks, the designer has some words of wisdom.
“As with Diana’s style, the ’80s look better now than they did then,” she says. “The experimentation with volume — between shoulder pads, puff sleeves, and ruffles — was such fun, and fun is what getting dressed should be about!”
We definitely agree, which is why we’re ready to add some Batsheva to our closet, ASAP.

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