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The Ellen Show

Lena Dunham Wears Lonely on The Ellen Show Girls star Lena Dunham has graced the screens of The Ellen DeGeneres Show wearing a new-season outfit from Lonely label. The 30-year-old actor and writer, a high-profile voice on feminism and politics, wore the matching merino knitted Lost Knit top and pants in the colour soot, from the Kiwi brand’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. Lena sent a picture of herself wearing the matching duo direct to the brand, before she went on the show. She has been a long-time supporter of Lonely, posting pictures of herself in its lingerie in the past and also featuring alongside her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke in the brand’s photographic series, Lonely Girls Project. Lonely designer and owner Helene Morris told Viva this morning, "We love...

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The Complicated Popularity of Corsets

“Take a deep breath.” Such is the instruction given to Judy Garland’s character in the classic 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, just as her sister Rose begins lacing her, painfully, into a corset. As Rose determinedly cinches, Garland gasps, groans, pants, and clutches at her midsection. “It does wonders for your figure,” Rose proudly states. “I feel like the ossified woman in the sideshow,” Garland retorts. “I feel elegant … but I can’t breathe!” Such is the dilemma of the traditional corset, arguably the most fraught article of clothing of the past few centuries. The garments, which originated as the first body shapers during the Renaissance period and again in the Victorian era, are widely regarded as symbolic of the pressure — literally — to conform to an u...

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From lightning bolts to Stan Smiths

From lightning bolts to Stan Smiths: this week’s fashion trends Going up Giorgio’s Armani’s members’ club now every Thursday in Milan. Oh to be this cool at 82. Lightning bolts Very 2017. Leave them as comments under your favourite Insta posts, or wear tiny Astley Clarke sparklers in your ears. Gingham and ruffles Find it in Preen’s Studio for Debenhams line. Good timing. Since their AW17 collection, we’re in love with their subversive femininity all over again. Berets Fairly impractical and not terribly warm, but early spring is your window to wear one (see Janelle Monáe’s red one). The Buddy Holly Maestro Watch The price is eye-watering, but the second hand with Holly’s signature specs makes it worth saving for. Bella Hadid and Kenda...

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A few bits of advice for every woman

A few bits of advice for every woman who's already panicking about ditching their tights If the mere prospect of having to ditch your tights in favour of bare legs is making you tense, you're certainly not alone. This moment has a habit of creeping up on us. One minute we're all instinctively pulling on our tights without a moments thought about it, and then the weather app on your iPhone shows three consecutive days of sun and you realise the day you must abandon your 40 deniers might be here. Here are some tips to help alleviate the stress. Reconsider culottes The trouser-shorts hybrid divides opinion, but if ever there was a moment to reconsider - it's now. They're ideal for this faux-British-summer we're currently witnessing; perfect for an afternoon in a pub gar...

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Dubai fashion project offers Palestinian designs

Dubai fashion project offers Palestinian designs and helps women in West Bank For many in the Arab world, the word “taita", Arabic for grandmother, is synonymous with love, comfort and wisdom. For Noora Husseini, it was also the inspiration behind a social enterprise that offers customers modern clothing enlivened by the long and rich tradition of Palestinian embroidery. The 30-year-old Palestinian resident of Dubai came up with the idea for her clothing line, Taita Leila, while working as a full-time chemical engineer in Sharjah. She would travel back and forth to Palestine until she eventually quit her job to dedicate her time to the project, in which about 30 women in Palestine earn an income by embroidering clothing Ms Husseini has designed. The items are then sold online...

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Dyson launches a £299 hairdryer

Dyson launches a £299 hairdryer but will it change your life? The first ever hair dryer was invented in 1890, by a Frenchman (of course it was) called Alexander F Godefrey – essentially a sort of bonnet attached to the chimney pipe of a gas stove. In 1920 the first hand held electric versions appeared – producing a meek 100 watts of heat. Seated hair dryers hit salons in the Fifties. Since then the at home hand held versions got a bit less clunky, and more powerful, but in terms of refinement have basically stayed the same for decades. All those fancy ionic promises and nifty looking casing? Nonsense, apparently. Enter James Dyson. June sees the launch of his £299 answer to frizz and frazzled ends. The company has spent £50 million over four years on development and inv...

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Matches Fashion Launches Collaboration with Altuzarra

What inspired the decision to team up with Altuzarra on this project? It started with the gingham shirt dress from Altuzarra’s SS15 collection, which we couldn’t keep in stock. We wanted to offer a second chance to all of our customers who missed out on this dress the first time around, so we sat down with Joseph [Altuzarra] and came up with the idea of creating a shirt dress capsule collection of his greatest hits. Drawing inspiration from Altuzarra’s extensive archives, we have recreated the shirt dress in a variety of silhouettes and fabrics—striped silks and chiffon—that are perfect to wear now. What do your customers like best from his collection? Altuzarra offers a modern feminine aesthetic that has universal appeal. The shirt dress in its many guises has become a ...

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