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Kate Middleton wore the perfect floral summer dress by Faithfull the Brand

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Kate Middleton always manages to nail relaxed summer dressing, and her floral midi dress wardrobe could give influencers a run for their money. But while she tends to stick to designer labels or a few choice high street names (we’re looking at you, & Other Stories), she doesn’t often champion sustainable fashion brands.

However, it looks as though the Duchess of Cambridge has found a new label to love, and it’s a fashion favourite. Earlier this week, Kate visited a children’s hospice as she joined families to plant a new patio garden in Norwich – and she wore a gorgeous dress by Faithfull the Brand for the occasion.

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The brand is known for its ethical and sustainable credentials, and is an Instagram favourite loved by the likes of Lucy Williams. The exact floral, puff sleeve dress worn by the Duchess costs £180, and is sadly sold out right now (surprise!) – although we predict a restock, so keep an eye out.

Marie-Louise floral-print crepe midi dress

Faithfull The Brand
net-a-porter.com.uk

£180.00

While it’s unusual to see Kate championing a sustainable brand, the Duchess certainly isn’t one to shop fast fashion trends – she’s often seen re-wearing her favourite looks, and some of her favourite buys have been around since before her wedding to Prince William back in 2011. So it comes as no surprise that she styled the floral frock with her favourite summer shoes; the Russell & Bromley ‘Coco-nut’ wedges (she’s also a fan of Castañer).

Russell & Bromley

COCO-NUT

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£135.00

We’re calling it; this might be one of our favourite Kate Middleton looks of the year.

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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.

    We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

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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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    UFC inks apparel deal with Venum that will begin in 2021

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    The UFC’s oft-criticized apparel deal with Reebok is coming to a close next year.

    Venum will take over as the UFC’s apparel partner beginning in April 2021, the promotion announced Friday. The UFC’s apparel deal with Reebok runs through March 2021, but the company will stay on as the UFC’s official footwear brand through the end of next year, according to a release.

    Unlike Reebok, Venum is a company that has focused mainly on combat sports and martial arts since it was founded in France in 2006. Before the relationship between the UFC and Reebok, many fighters had Venum as a sponsor.

    “Everything in life is about timing, and this Venum deal couldn’t come at a more perfect time,” UFC president Dana White told reporters Friday after UFC 251 weigh-ins in Abu Dhabi. “This weird place we’re in right now, in the entire world, with sports and business and everything going on, these guys were the right people at the right time. It’s so weird how this stuff works out. You see some of the monsters, without saying names, who are trying to pull back deals with sports leagues, this is what Venum does. This is the business Venum is in. I just think the timing on this thing couldn’t have been any better, they’re a great company, they’ve invested in this, and I love it.”

    Sources told ESPN that the Venum contract is shorter and not as lucrative as the previous one with Reebok. The majority of the money from the deal will go to the fighters, sources said. Per the release, fighters will see an “across the board” increase in pay compared to the Reebok deal, beginning in April 2021.

    The UFC signed a six-year, $70 million deal with Reebok in 2014. The money in the contract was not all cash — it included the value of the products Reebok provided.

    The UFC partnering with Reebok six years ago was a significant change in aesthetics and finances for fighters, who previously were able to wear their own gear with their own sponsors in the Octagon. Under Reebok, fighters had a uniform, were not allowed their own in-cage sponsors and were paid through a tiered system (based on tenure) by the UFC via money from the Reebok contract.

    Reebok represented a major name brand affiliated with the UFC, which at the time was striving for mainstream acceptance. But it was a rocky relationship. The initial rollout featured extremely generic looking fight gear, rife with the misspellings of athletes’ names. Fighters and managers were critical of the amount of money athletes stood to lose without sponsor patches on fight gear. On top of that, there was concern that every fighter wearing the same uniform would strip the sport, which has its fair share of over-the-top characters, of its individuality.

    The dynamic between the UFC and Reebok did improve over time. The UFC desired a cleaner look and presentation on television and pay-per-view and in that aspect Reebok was viewed as a success. The guaranteed, consistent money that came from Reebok became more welcome to some fighters — especially the ones not at the top of the card — compared to having to scratch and claw for sponsors every fight.

    “Listen, I know there was a lot of negativity surrounding the uniform thing, but it’s been nothing but positive,” White said Friday. “These guys have all made money, they’ll continue to make money. It’s a good thing for everybody.”

    Venum will provide MMA and performance apparel designed specifically for UFC fighters, which will include “second-skin-feel” fight shorts with “thermo-bonded” and “extra-flat” elastic waistbands and a side slit, for which Venum is known.

    “Joining UFC as their official outfitting and apparel partner means a great deal to the Venum team,” Franck Dupuis, Venum’s Founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Venum is a brand that has grown alongside the sport of MMA as it has exploded in popularity around the world. We are both proud and grateful, as this agreement signifies the success of our journey over the past fifteen years. At Venum, we are ecstatic to write the next chapter in our history.”

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