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how fashion needs to change post-covid

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The pandemic has forced the fashion industry to take stock and reflect on systems that are outdated, unethical or morally wrong. The traditional catwalk show has been questioned – no longer does it feel relevant or environmentally sound to fly thousands of editors round the world to the various fashion capitals. Racial tensions have prompted the industry to face up to uncomfortable, dark truths about how it treats people of colour. Shoppers have have had cause to reconsider their spending habits and whether or not we really wear all that hangs in our wardrobe.

Gabriela Hearst, whose sustainably-made timeless collections have made her a hit among critics and consumers alike, says it’s fashion’s duty – now more than ever – to drive positive change and to abandon existing systems that no longer serve us.

“In the short-term, the pandemic has caused us to pivot quickly into new ways of approaching and communicating with clients, because you can’t do it in person as much as we used to,” she told us. “I think we’re becoming more interested in products that are better for the greater good. In today’s world, if you are an individual or a company that is in a position to help you must do so because that’s a duty. The awareness of becoming more sustainable and becoming a company who focuses on social impact for the greater good is important for everyone who is in business.”

If you are an individual or a company that is in a position to help you must do so

The industry, she says, is in a unique and powerful position in terms of influence – it can entice consumers into sustainability and mindful shopping just by creating covetable items made using the right processes and materials. It faces a captive audience in which to impart crucial messages.

“Fashion is an incredible vehicle for positive change because we are very good at telling stories and creating beauty and imagery that attracts people,” she says. “We are a crossover between creative and business, so there is always that reach… we can bring in people if we can make them desire a certain product.”

Hearst is not someone who talks the talk without walking the walk. Sustainability is at the core of her brand, and it’s an ethos that is integral to creating her elegant, timeless clothes and accessories that accrue waiting lists. In September 2019, she staged the first carbon-neutral fashion show during New York Fashion Week, minimising carbon footprint through working with EcoAct and making a sizeable equivalent donation to the Hifadhi-Livelihoods Project in Kenya. Around 25 per cent of her collections are made from dead stock and she works with 600 women across Uruguay who hand make her designs.

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Gabriela Hearst autumn/winter 2020

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In November 2019, she worked with Save The Children and donated 100 per cent of her brand’s net proceeds to the charity’s relief efforts in war-torn Yemen from 2 to 9 December – a time when most brands are cashing in on Christmas sales. Her latest initiative sees her working with the foundation again, this time partnering with Net-a-Porter to donate 20 per cent of proceeds from her new bag collection to Save The Children’s global relief efforts in the fight against covid-19. The project will span a two-week period, starting on 29 June.

“I’ve seen Save The Children’s work in person and in the field, as well as the global reach that they have,” she says, “They are always the first on the ground in the case of a crisis. With the pandemic hitting everyone worldwide, Save the Children has focused on giving relief to children that need so much. We do not think about the repercussions that children face by missing school. Hundreds of millions of children are out of school and families have lost income, so they are really suffering. As always, the most vulnerable suffer the most during crisis, and Save the Children is trying to bring relief. It’s very important for us to support them.”

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The Baez bag is the latest addition to the Gabriela Hearst family fold, joining the sell-out Nina, as well as the Diana and Demi. First seen on the label’s spring/summer 2020 catwalk, the style gently unfolds and can be worn folded or styled as a small tote.

“The Baez is not only a beautiful object, but incredibly practical as you can put a lot of things inside,” says Hearst. “It looks aesthetically very sharp, in the way that the closure works, and I like that you can choose between two silhouettes. I always like bags that can do more than one thing.”

The designer has spent lockdown in New York with her husband and three young children, and like, the rest of us, has experienced highs and lows. “It’s been a challenging time,” she says of the past few months. “I tried to keep a strategy to maintain day-by-day and also to keep myself positive. I’ve also tried to make sure that I’m practising self-care because I am a mother and a businesswoman. It’s been a difficult period for everyone, but I’ve tried to be grateful for everything that I have and with that gratefulness I hope that I advance forward in order to support my team and my family.”

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A French artist creates 3D murals that appear to jump out of the wall

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  • Goerges Rousse, who goes by SCAF on Instagram, is known for his realistic graffiti art.
  • The French artist has been painting walls since 2002, and he has recently focused on 3D artwork.
  • Rousse posts his work on Instagram, where he often dresses up and plays with perspective to create an image that looks like it’s jumping out of the wall. 
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Walking through France’s winding streets, you might stumble upon a lifelike crocodile, a terrifying dinosaur, or a friendly elephant.

There’s a chance those realistic paintings were created by Goerges Rousse, a 37-year-old graffiti artist. Rousse is known for using perspective, and he creates 3D artwork that feels like it’s jumping out of the wall.

The self-taught artist has been painting walls for nearly 18 years under the name SCAF. Over the years, he’s gained an Instagram following of nearly 130,000 people.

Thousands of people are mesmerized by his work, and Rousse shared with Insider in an email that he’s “evolved a lot since I started.”

Here are some of his most impressive pieces. 


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The 7 Best Scrunchies

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Thanks to the rise of the normcore and ’90s trends, scrunchies are having a moment again — and it doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. Hair experts, for their part, couldn’t be more thrilled: After all, traditional hair elastics are known to be majorly damaging to our hair. If you’re eager to get in on the trend, or if you’re simply looking to expand your existing scrunchie collection, take your pick from any of scrunchies featured ahead. But keep in mind that the best scrunchies are made of super soft materials that won’t snag your hair (like silk), and they won’t contain too-tight elastics that can contribute to breakage.

Some other ways to help prevent hair breakage? Try to take breaks from wearing your hair up, and when you do pull your hair back, opt for loose styles rather than tight, high ponytails and buns. (If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these ways to wear scrunchies that feel modern and fresh). Also, try to switch up the location of your ponytail as often as possible. This will help prevent one area of your hair from becoming overly damaged.

And of course, if you are going to wear your hair back, opt for a scrunchie whenever possible. With picks as cute as the ones featured on this list, you won’t be tempted to go back to rubber elastics anytime soon.

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The Best Cheap Scrunchies

When it comes to cheap, foolproof scrunchies that won’t damage your hair, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than these classic Goody Ouchless jersey scrunchies. Sold in a pack of eight for just $5, these scrunchies were designed so as not to cause pain or snagging when putting hair up or taking it down. Choose from all black or assorted colors.

If you’re all about quantity over quality, these are the scrunchies for you. Sold in a pack of 65 (!!!) for just $9 — that’s about 14 cents per scrunchie — these scrunchies come in assorted colors and designs, ranging from solid colors and florals to animal prints and polka dots. In each pack, you’ll get 30 velvet scrunchies, 20 satin scrunchies, and 15 chiffon scrunchies. Keep in mind that these scrunchies are on the smaller side, so they probably won’t be the best choice for anyone with thick, long, or curly hair.

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The Best Silk Scrunchie

Silk scrunchies are probably the gentlest way you can tie up your hair — so it’s worth investing in a quality one. This one is made of 100% pure silk charmeuse with invisible stitching and a shiny luster, so it looks just as high quality as it feels. Choose from over 20 colors, ranging from pretty pastels to minimalist neutrals.

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The Best Matte Scrunchies

In each box of Frenchie Scrunchies, you’ll get six scrunchies in three colors — black, navy, and gray — in two sizes (small and large), all made of gentle chiffon. Plus, because they come packaged in a sturdy magnetic box, they also make an excellent gift.

Who knew Copenhagen-based fashion brand GANNI made such chic scrunchies? (If you’re shopping for your stylish friend who has everything, consider this the perfect utilitarian gift.) Made of 100% cotton poplin with a chunky, oversized look, they’re sold in five cool prints (including the red and white stripes, pictured).

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The Best Scrunchies For Wet Hair

These genius scrunchies from Kitsch are made of soft, absorbent microfiber, so they’re perfect for when your hair is still wet or damp. Microfiber is also incredibly gentle — it’s even said to help prevent breakage and frizz — so this is another great choice for anyone looking to cut back on damage to their hair. If you don’t love the palm leaf print, the scrunchies also come in plain white.

More than just a scrunchie, these adorable hair ties from LOVESHACKFANCY are a full-on accessory. Style them with a simple white tee and jeans, and you’ve got yourself a total (albeit effortless) look. They’re sold in two whimsical floral prints with oversized bow accents, both made of gentle gauze.

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Lisa Falkner poses in beautiful bedroom wearing the prettiest summer dress

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Lisa Faulkner was so excited by her new summer dress, she put it on as soon as it was delivered – and it’s not hard to see why.

The TV star won rave reviews from her social media followers after she posed in what appeared to be her bedroom, wearing a pretty, oversized cotton print midi tunic from London boutique Through The Trees.

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Sharing a photo on Instagram, Lisa wrote: “Off to work in my gorgeous @throughthetrees_boutique dress! I ordered last week and it arrived just now and I HAD to wear it straight away!!!”

Needless to say, her fans filled the comment section with compliments about Lisa and the dress. One wrote: “Oh it’s VERY lovely.” A second added: “Gorgeous Lisa. I love that frock!” And a third penned: “Looks cute and comfy, kaftan vibes.”

The summer-ready dress comes in one size, to fit 10 – 16, and has a price tag of £45. But when fans enquired about how to purchase the frock, they were left disappointed to discover it has sold out.

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Fans adored Lisa Faulkner’s gorgeous summer dress

MORE: Inside John Torode and Lisa Faulkner’s enviable home

Thankfully, according to the East Dulwich store’s owner, there will be a “new delivery soon” but you can reserve a dress now by contacting them on their Instagram page.

Since Lisa put her photo up, the brand has been inundated with queries about purchasing the dress, so if you want to get your hands on one, we suggest you act fast!

According to the brand’s Facebook page, Through The Trees is “an exclusive and independent women’s clothing boutique, for the cool and the fashion-conscious”.

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