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Easy Outfit Idea: Leather Pants

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It’s no secret we’re hugely fanatical about stripes — it’s kind of a signature in our collection! — so we’re always seeking out new ways to style our go-to pieces from tees to sweaters and dresses. One of the striped pieces we lean on most is a ribbed tee, and in the new September collection, we’ve debuted a versatile mock-neck silhouette that’s perfect for tucking, layering, and wearing on repeat in cool weather. For a superfresh spin that feels decidedly Fall, our executive style director Dana Avidan Cohn took our new go-to striped top in a graphic and edgy direction via a huge trend this season: leather.

By teaming her black-and-white stripes with two-tone leather trousers, the otherwise simple top feels unexpected and bold. If you prefer something a little less graphic, a pair of solid black leather trousers creates a similarly fresh effect. As for the finish, a studded black bag and sleek white ankle boots lend a polished rock ‘n’ roll vibe — plus both are ultraversatile with myriad staples in your Fall wardrobe.

Ahead, check out Dana’s effortlessly polished (and edgy!) Fall outfit, and shop the key pieces to re-create it on your own. Be sure to check back as we continue to bring you more easy Fall outfit formulas from the newest dress trends to outfits centered around boots and polished trends you can wear to work.



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H&M is in the news again, this time for featuring a young black girl wearing a sweatshirt. No, her sweatshirt didn’t advertise that she was the “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle,” like an unfortunate incident the fast fashion brand apologized for in January of last year:

This time around, the internet has focused its outrage on a young girl sporting a benign looking floral printed sweatshirt. The issue? Her hairstyle–or lack thereof. Her crown appears to be unkempt, without even the courtesy of a brush smoothing out her kinky ponytail.

While many weighed in, hairstylist Vernon Francois, who coiffes the coils of A-listers like Lupita Nyong’o for red carpet events, had the most pronounced point of view that pretty much summed up everyone’s angst.

Source: Twitter

He wrote, “This beautiful young girl’s #kinky hair appears to have had very little to no attention yet all of her counterparts have clearly sat in front of someone who was more than capable of styling other hair textures. My heart breaks imagining yet another girl from my community sitting in front of a mirror being ignored by the team around her, left to her own devices because someone didn’t know how to handle her texture. It’s breathtaking to me that not one person looked at this shot and had the same reaction that the internet seems to be feeling since the campaign broke.  THAT IS AN ISSUE.  We must do better.  Our girls, our young women deserve better. “

Source: Allure

I can definitely see Vernon’s point of view and I do agree that one should be groomed when doing a photo shoot for a major fashion brand. But, it seems the shoot called for “Messy Hair” for all girls. Should the girl with kinky hair be exempt when it comes to the ‘unkempt’ look?

Source: H&M

People of African descent in America frequently adhere to the ‘politics of respectability,‘ which is a term coined by Professor Evelyn Higginbotham which refers to minorities , “distanc[ing] [themselves] from the stereotypical and disrespected aspects of their communities and adhering to hegemonic standards of what it means to be respectable.” At a time when we were thought to be 3/5ths of a human, select members of our community (mainly upperclass) overcompensated in order to prove their full humanity. That meant always being pristinely put together–clothes always super clean, hair styled, and always wearing the best. A hair left in its natural state or out of place meant we were subhuman; so many made pains to reflect the exact opposite.

This behavior is still pronounced in our community. Even to this day, black women in particular know (and feel) that they have to be 10 times better than their fairer skinned counterparts in order to get ‘respect.’ Not only do they feel that way, but they also know their community will ridicule them if they are not ON POINT. I can’t even think of how many times Fashion Bomb Daily readers have looked at what, at the surface, seems like a fine photo, only to point out someone’s ashy ankle, or some other minute detail. We hold ourselves and everyone in our community to a sometimes ridiculously high standard.

Source: H&M

In the case of this young girl, and in the context of the photo shoot: why can’t she be free to be who she is, even in her ‘imperfection’? What is so truly wrong if her hair is uncombed? They are all children, styled in similar ways. Are we going to continue to pass on this false narrative that one has to do and be ten times more ‘put together’ in order to be accepted and respected–and on an equal playing field with her peers?

Source: H&M

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Daniel Craig Gets Into the James Bond Mood with This Watch

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Welcome to Watches of the Week, where we’ll track the rarest, wildest, and most covetable watches spotted on celebrities.

Set all your clocks to double-oh seven, start saying your family name before your given one, and press random buttons on all your quotidian possessions to see if it’ll conjure an Aston Martin out of thin air. Because it’s about to get real Bond-y in here—James Bond-y. The next installment of the franchise starring everyone’s favorite debonair spy isn’t set to debut until next spring, but the Bond Media Complex is already shifting into action. Last week, Daniel Craig attended a press event for No Time to Die and wore a watch up to Bond’s standards: an Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph. Bond has worn Omega ever since 1995, when Pierce Brosnan’s 007 wore a Seamaster in GoldenEye, and it looks like Craig will continue the tradition next year. Also this week: Ellen Degeneres! Jon Hamm wears a watch with an interesting complication. And Odell Beckham Jr is out on $2 million watches and in on $100 ones.

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Courtesy of Omega

Daniel Craig’s Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph

The Omega Speedmaster is the only watch NASA-approved to accompany astronauts to the moon, so it makes sense that it can handle Bond’s save-the-world get-the-girl lifestyle. Craig’s is a throwback to early Speedmasters—it’s a 60-year anniversary edition of the model that was released in 1957. The watch also comes with the thick, colorful “Broad Arrow” hand beloved by collectors.

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Roger Federer’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex Daytona is still at the top of every watch collector’s wishlist. And no watch has risen more in value this year than the black-and-white reference 116500, according to Paul Altieri, the CEO of Rolex dealer Bob’s Watches. This is a different model, with a white gold case and a blue-and-red dial, but the point stands: the Rolex Daytona is the watch desired by collectors and worn by dudes like Roger Federer.

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John Mayer’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Go looking for this Royal Oak with a tourbillon and white dial in Audemars Piguet’s catalog and you’ll return as empty-handed as Wile E. Coyote hunting down the Roadrunner. That’s because the piece Mayer is wearing on the San Diego stop of his tour is a custom-made piece only available to FOA (friends of Audemars). No surprise: John Mayer is an FOA supreme. Watch collecting is amazing like that—a market built on exclusivity, where the richest of the rich spend ungodly amounts to buy limited one-of-some-tiny-number…only to be shown up by a famous dude with a one-of-one.

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Jon Hamm’s Bell & Ross 123 Jumping Hour

Look closely at Hamm’s watch and you’ll notice something strange about it: the numbers circling around the dial aren’t the typical one-through-12 hour markers. Instead, they indicate the minutes and the hour is shown through an aperture that “jumps” whenever the hand passes the 60-minute mark. The jumping hour was designed as just another way to depict the time and hit peak popularity around the ‘20s. Bell & Ross is known for its square-shaped watches and vintage-inspired pieces. This watch, with its old-school mechanism, certainly fits the latter category.

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Ellen Degeneres’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut

To everyone sleeping on Ellen DeGeneres as a watch collector: please stop sleeping on Ellen DeGeneres as a watch collector. I don’t know how many watches a season of Game of Games buys, but it apparently is a lot. And what taste! Everyone is always talking about oldies-but-goodies, but what about the newbie-and-goodie seen here on America’s sweetheart? The watch is a Patek Philippe Nautilus that debuted at Baselworld earlier this year. A very sporty watch to wear while interviewing, I assume, the latest person to go viral on TikTok.

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Odell Beckham’s Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire

Ignoring the controversy around this watch for a moment, I want to talk about what OBJ said of his infamous watch after the game : “I am off of it. I don’t really have any comment about it,” he said. “I think Daniel Wellington might be a better watch than these, a little classier, not as flashy as this one. I’m just blessed.” So after wearing a $190,000 watch during the first game of the NFL season, OBJ is now doing something even more controversial. Daniel Wellington has about as much in common with Richard Mille as a glass of water has with a seven-course tasting menu at Noma. Richard Mille: expensive, highly technical, comes in weird-ass shapes. Daniel Wellington: affordable, powered by mass-made Japanese quartz movements, comes in normal-ass shapes. In news that will shock no one, a day after the press conference, OBJ announced a partnership with Daniel Wellington.

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Logan Paul’s Richard Mille RM 11-03 “Felipe Massa”

For better or worse, this is a defining image of this decade: Semi-disgraced YouTube phenom Logan Paul, snapped during the press conference for his “celebrity” boxing match, wearing famous-people-favorite watch brand Richard Mille. The brand’s watches are built to handle athletic competition—from tennis matches to football games—but it’s doubtful Mille envisioned his watches worn by a YouTuber boxing another YouTuber. I’m sorry to leave you with this nightmarish image, but we’ve reached the end, friends.

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff on Finding Inspiration and Fall Trends

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Photograph courtesy of Winners

We caught up with Pati whilst she was on a whirlwind trip to Toronto this month

When we meet Pati Dubroff at Toronto’s Le Germain hotel, we realize just how lucky we are to snag a moment of her time on her trip to the Canadian city. In town for a total of 24 hours, Pati jetted in for her work with Winners, and sat with us to chat about the top trends for fall, the importance of good lighting, her top products and whether or not she’d launch her own line. Here are the highlights from our conversation:

On working with her clients to achieve a certain beauty look

“For something like the Venice Film Festival with Laura [Dern], the stylist sent me a picture of the dress and I was very much in a conversation via text message with her and with Laura to talk about what I was thinking. I’ll send images so everyone is on board. Because talking about things cannot really relate the message as well as an image can. It’s totally collaborative and then I need to also be prepared to change in the moment because you might think it’s going to work in your head but once it’s on [you see that it doesn’t]. There is no one way. I try to see images of the dress and try to understand what the event is. I’ll ask a bunch of questions like ‘Who is the crowd?’ ‘What’s the environment?’ Because you don’t want someone to have some really strong edgy makeup and they’re sitting with a bunch of older refined people. You have to be appropriate in all ways.”

On finding inspiration

“I try not to look at Instagram too much. I mean, it sounds kind of corny but I am a nature girl. I look at these flowers and I think it would be so pretty to put that pop of orange next to that colour. I look at things like that. Or when I am travelling or I am on vacation, I’ll take pictures of nature things, like rocks. I was in Italy and there was this incredible orange moss that was growing on a rock. It was bright orange and it had a gray, green kind of rock base with the pops of orange moss. I don’t even know if it was moss, I don’t know what would you call it. And I took a bunch of pictures of that and that was the colour story for one of Margot’s looks in the Once Upon a Time In Hollywood press stuff. I look at art, too, but I feel nature is more accessible.”

On Margot Robbie’s yellow eye 

“I did a yellow eye on Margot two years ago and I still feel like we are seeing yellow and I know that when I did that, people were a little surprised, you know? ‘Cause it was not really [a done thing].  I am happy that Margot was bold enough to experiment and where that leads for the average woman is [to show her] you can experiment. It’s as easy as you put it on and you take it off and with experimentation it doesn’t have to be expensive either.”

On not retouching images

“There is nothing wrong with seeing beautiful skin. It doesn’t need to look like a mask and I think that the FaceTuning and all of that is just doing such a disservice to the person who is doing it to themselves because then their expectation of what they should look like is so unrealistic. I know, for me, if I take a picture of myself and I smooth it out, of course I like the way I look. I look like I looked 10 years ago but that’s not how I really look like. So why would I try to fool myself, fool others, who am I fooling? All I am doing is setting myself up to be disappointed when I look in the mirror. When it comes to photographing myself or photographing someone else, instead of relying on FaceTuning to get it right, I’m going to find good lighting. You know? Find a good place with beautiful light and that makes all the difference.”

On overrated beauty products 

“Contour palettes, or unicorn glow. But there is a place for that. A contour palette, I often use as an eyeshadow palette but if I use it to put stripes on my face it wouldn’t fit my aesthetic. To give the eye shape, it’s perfect. A unicorn palette if you use it all over you can look a little alien, but used delicately with little dots and spots of highlights is really beautiful. So I think that anything can be overrated if it’s not used well. And anything can be underrated if it’s not used well.”

On developing her own line

“I had something at one point. It had my name on it and that was great. And then there was a point where I was developing something that was a more luxury brand with my name on it and that one didn’t come to fruition because I realized just how hard it was and how expensive it was and I want to sleep at night. And my friends that are brand owners tell me very often, don’t do it. I have heard that so many times. It’s just so much harder than you could even imagine. When I was developing this higher end brand, I was pretty naive thinking this will be pretty easy. And then as I got into it I was like, oh no, no, no! This is a full time job and I love doing makeup, so I don’t want to give up doing makeup. But that all said, if the right opportunity presented with the right team – because I can’t walk in thinking I can do this myself, I need a team – if that team appeared and you know we created something, that would be interesting. But I want to know that I can sleep at night and that I can still do makeup.”

On her go-to products

“Rollers, stones, sheets masks – because I spend more time prepping someone’s skin than actual makeup sometimes. A great moisturizer and a great primer, a great eyelash curler is important, and then after that it’s all fun. It’s all the prep stuff. If those things aren’t there, then the makeup will go on and the skin won’t look as radiant. I want the skin to look radiant. Oh and a great lip balm! So important. I mix it up. I like a Weleda Skin Food. That one is great.”

On the question she gets asked the most

“How do I get the right eyebrow, or how do I fill in my eyebrows with the right colour? That one comes in a lot because I feel that people don’t understand if they are supposed to pick their hair colour or their eyebrow colour or something in between. Knowing that seems to be a big one. Another one is blush placement. Where is the right place? And I feel that if someone puts the blush in the wrong place it can really do something to the shape of the face that maybe isn’t that flattering. So really making sure that they are not getting too close to the centre of the face, and not too close to the eye.”

On fall trends

“I think fall is fun. In the summer you want less because you just don’t want your skin to have the weight on it, but now you feel that you can put more on and it’s going to stay put and it’s appropriate. I am loving autumnal colours. I just came off a summer of  orange but I am not bored of it yet. As long as it’s with other things, like greens. For me, it’s all about the rich incredible palettes in autumn.”



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