Style Trends 2019: 5 must-have accessories to upgrade your summer fashion

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Upgrade your summer wardrobe with some stylish accessories. (Unsplash)

Summer fashion is never complete with some good mix of bright and bold accessories. Accessories can make or break a look so picking the right ones is essential to stand out. As the summer trends have voluminous tops, denim wear, lots of white and colours, layered accessories, headbands, retro bags, tasselled jewellery among others this year, upgrade your wardrobe with some stunning pieces that can totally enhance your summer street style.

If you are ready for some fresh inspiration, go for bright scarves, big sunglasses, quirky totes and cool hats and caps to battle the heat wave in style. You can wear these with whites, head-to-toe denim, linen wear, summer jackets and go for bright sneakers, strappy sandals, muted espadrilles to complete the summer look.

Here are 5 summer pieces that can perfect your summer street style and how.

1. Big sunglasses are one of this top trends this summer season. Go for tinted once to add a dash of colour to you look. You can experiment with interesting frames and shapes. 

2. Headbands are the perfect accessory to enhance you street style look. These muti-purpose accessories can be styled with bracelets and cuffs along with being one of the classic hair accessories of all times. 

3. Bright totes are trending this season. If you love art, pick one of these to add a dash of brightness to your look. 

4. Go for the hats and caps to add funk to your summer style. Pick you favourite colours and pair them with denim wear, cottons and linens. 

5. One of the most staple and gorgeous accessories, the scarves are an ideal pick this summer. You can accessorise them in so many ways and add the perfect splash of colours to your look. 


Prominent fashion council honors Barbie

Prominent fashion council honors Barbie

The Council of Fashion Designers of America honors Barbie for her influence on fashion. (Source: Mattel, Inc.)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – After 60 plus years of gracing the toy industry with her evolving looks, Barbie continues to make power moves.

The Mattel fashion doll will join Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards and Michelle Obama in being honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, according to AP news.

The idea for honoring Barbie with the Board of Director’s Tribute award came from her inspirations and influences on style in America and across the world, the council says. This also goes along with the doll’s 60th anniversary, which she acknowledged in an Instagram post on Monday (May 6).

“From shimmery silks and satins to tailored tulle, Barbie has always made a statement that shines. Here’s a look back at some of her favorite gowns from the past six decades.”

On Thursday (May 16) the council’s President and CEO, Steven Kolb said Barbie “has had such wide influence on American fashion and culture.”

Kolb, also congratulated the doll on her award with an Instagram post.

Barbie will be honored at their 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards on June 3rd in New York.

The CFDA is a not-for-profit trade association that consists of hundreds of America’s most prominent womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.


‘Next In Fashion’ Reality Competition Will Bow On Netflix, Offering Designers $250K And Showcase

Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer/model Alexa Chung will host Netflix’s “Next In Fashion,” a competition that pits designers in a battle to become the next big thing. No date has been set for the launch, but season one will have ten episodes.

“Next in Fashion” begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. Judges, including stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram fashion guru Eva Chen are among judges who will evaluate their creations. More guest judges will be announced.

The winner will receive a $250,000 prize and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is executive produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-executive producer Adam Cooper.


Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashion

Image result for Zalando’s Director of Engineering on AI and the future of fashionLast week’s TNW Conference featured an amazing lineup of speakers, all sharing their unique knowledge and insights into the future of tech. A prominent theme this year was machine learning and artificial intelligence — namely, how industries can harness its power.

Stacia Carr, Director of Engineering at Zalando, gave an inspiring keynote about how she integrates this tech into her work.

As the fashion industry moves more and more online, customers want to know if the clothes they’re ordering will fit. Together with her team, Carr uses machine learning to make intelligent predictions on variations in size across the industry. We asked her more about her background, how she got to where she is today, and what the future holds:

You graduated from Berklee College of Music and went on to work in the music industry for a while. How did the transition towards engineering happen and what inspired the change?

For me the intellectual part of the transition was really natural — music is math — from math to computer science – and really overall, thinking in abstract concepts for system design is very similar to composition. Studying computer science felt really familiar and exciting to me. 

The inspiration for the shift was also very natural. I was at Berklee in the early ’90s just as affordable digital recording technologies were hitting the market. It was so obvious to me that with a dial-up modem and the possibility of making high quality recordings at home, suddenly we’re living in a world where one didn’t need to impress a record label in New York or LA to invest in a musician’s work.

The musician could take their future into their own hands. I wanted to make this happen so I started working in online music distribution startups where I could combine newly acquired programming skills with my music background. 

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You left San Francisco, the epicenter of tech entrepreneurship and innovation, for Berlin. What was the potential you saw in Europe and in Zalando in particular?

I loved working and living in San Francisco, particularly during the late ’90s and early 2000s. This was an incredible time of change, possibility, and people with very diverse backgrounds coming together to explore the potential of the internet with a lot of genuine curiosity and heartfelt desire to shape the future.   

What I experienced over the subsequent 15 years was an increased focus on creating wealth and development of products that seemed to benefit smaller numbers of people. I saw moving to Europe as a way to disrupt my personal and professional life trajectory.

I wanted to live in Europe since I was a teenager, but I had no idea what it would be like to work here. So the move was a way to push myself way out of my comfort zone and at the same time realize an important dream. 

Working at Zalando represented an opportunity to take my experience, share it with others, and support the development of the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Zalando’s ambition felt very familiar to me and from my perspective the fashion industry is about where the music industry was when I first started working in the mid ’90s — ripe for disruption, innovation, and democratization through the possibility of digital automation. 

In interviews, you’re vocal about the need for more diversity in tech. Is there anything you wish you had known at the start of your journey as a woman in engineering?

My time at Berklee left me well prepared for working in a male dominated industry; while I was there, the male to female ratio was 9 to 1. If I could have spoken to my younger self both in music and in tech I would love to say, “don’t be fooled, they sound like they know what they’re talking about, but they have just as many questions as you do.”

Is leadership something that came naturally to you? What are the biggest challenges of being a leader of an engineering team?

Yes, I was the kid roping the neighborhood kids into building a lemonade stand or writing a local newspaper together. I love bringing people together to work as a team — the human connection and the possibility of creating something big together is exciting and personally fulfilling.    

When you lead engineers, technical folks, or just really smart people, you have an inherent responsibility to create a container for them to thrive that is also deeply connected to value creation for customers and business. It’s really easy for individuals to get caught up in their own growth ambition and lose sight of the customer or business objective. It’s your job to gently and thoughtfully reset that focus. 

Stacia Carr on stage at TNW Conference 2019 in Amsterdam

People don’t usually think about fashion as a tech-driven industry. What are the most exciting innovations we should be looking out for?

A lot of 3D is coming our way in the fashion world. As more and more fashion purchases move online, we as an industry need to turn to 3D technologies to be able to provide the customer with the right fit, ensuring a more sustainable experience for everyone.

Customers should be looking out for 3D fitting rooms, even more personalized recommendations, and inspiration in the form of outfits and collections to suit all occasions. Online shopping experiences are becoming increasingly personalized, making use of vast amounts of data and technologies such as machine learning to show that they know the customer better than anyone else.

At your role in Zalando, you’re innovating sizing with machine learning. What other areas of the fashion industry could benefit from this technology? Where do you see AI in fashion heading to in the future?

AI in fashion is, on the one hand, about creating a personalized experience for customers. Machine learning helps us to analyze the very personal nature of fashion and teach an algorithm what makes a good outfit, for example, allowing us to scale inspiration for the benefit of all our customers.

On the other hand, AI also offers sustainability. Using machine learning, we’ll be able to produce on demand, design in 3D, and reduce the type of wastage which has become commonplace with mass-produced clothing. It’s a very exciting time to be working in fashion!


Fashion has shockingly few female CEOs

Something is off in the fashion business. Say a woman and a man who graduate school with comparable educations, grade point averages, and internships enter the fashion industry at the same time. As they start moving up the ranks, everything is fine for a while. But eventually, the woman is much more likely to get stuck in middle management while the man continues to rise.

As a consequence, while there are plenty of women in middle management roles in fashion, just 12.5% of clothing companies in the Fortune 1000 today have female CEOs, according to “Unraveling the fabric ceiling,” a report by the global accounting and consulting firm PwC. That’s less than companies in the aerospace and defense industries, which are about 20% female-led, and financial services, where 18% of companies have women as their chief executives.

The discrepancy exists despite the obvious fact that women are the main audience and biggest spenders on fashion. Even by modest estimates, “women make some 80% of all fashion-related purchasing decisions—representing as much as $15 trillion—not just for themselves but for a much wider circle of family and friends, especially spouses and children,” PwC notes. Even so, among 61 womenswear companies in the Fortune 1000, 75% had mostly male corporate teams.

What gives? That’s the question PwC set out to answer.

The problems

The report documents a number of structural barriers preventing women from getting into the top jobs, even though government and industry data show that nearly 80% of students at fashion schools are women. And data shows that there’s good reason to put them in charge. PwC notes that “among apparel companies in the Fortune 1000 (including apparel retailers), female-led companies are almost twice as profitable as companies with male CEOs.”

Yet according to PwC’s analysis, while companies are spending billions on diversity training and promoting the need for diversity, CEOs are too often failing to make concrete commitments on diversity, and companies aren’t establishing metrics by which they can measure success. Statements of commitment to equality are nice, but they’re no substitute for results. Company pipelines also aren’t working: the report found that just 25% of female CEOs got there by rising up through the company, compared to 54% of male CEOs. In the clothing industry, men have typically gotten into executive training programs in higher numbers than women, PwC pointed out.

Women can suffer from institutional blind spots and unconscious bias within companies as well. Men may not recognize (paywall) that women are underrepresented in top positions, for instance, and companies on the whole can overlook the need for internal change. The way women themselves are socialized contributes, too. Women often won’t apply for a job unless they meet 100% of the requirements, where men will apply if they meet 60%, creating a so-called confidence gap. Plus, women pay the price when they have children—their pay and their rate of advancement suffer for the duration of their careers.

PwC based its analysis on interviews with current and former CEOs, insights from experts on diversity and inclusion, and a variety of data. It’s not the first to notice how few women are making it to the C-suite in fashion. Last year, a study conducted by Glamour magazine in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and McKinsey & Company consulting group similarly found that women in fashion are hitting a wall mid-career.

The solutions

There are steps companies can take to solve these problems. First off, leadership needs to live up to its name. “There’s no substitute for the tide-changing influence of a committed CEO,” PwC writes. A board that’s balanced between genders can also help make balance within the company a priority.

And it’s critical that companies measure progress. Vague goals aren’t going to be as effective as setting clear diversity targets at every level of the company, and then supporting programs to make sure those targets are met. The report recommends giving “teeth to targets” by holding people accountable for hitting trackable goals (it doesn’t offer any suggested penalties; companies will have to decide what’s appropriate on their own).

Bias training for staff is also useful to ensure staff are spotting it where it appears, and companies should review how they handle hiring and promotions, as well as investigate any anomalies they see. If women are leaving the company more often than men, or not getting promotions at similar rates, the company should be asking why. Tools such as surveys and interviews with employees, including exit interviews, can help.

For employees who have families, companies can work out “nonlinear” career paths so those who need to juggle their duties at home and in the office aren’t being penalized for it. They should also offer flexible work arrangements and family-friendly policies—for men as well as women. When men use their family leave and take advantage of work-from-home policies to care for kids, it helps counter the stigma against women doing the same.

Individuals have their own part to play. Men can take the time to understand their own biases and blindspots, and be willing to mentor junior female colleagues. Women can raise each other up, and make it a point to ask for the things they need.

These actions aren’t just for companies to consider when they get around to it. They’re necessary now. They can help attract and retain talent, making businesses more profitable and innovative.

They’re also the right thing to do. Companies today are expected to stand for a set of values. Those values start from within.


Does Queen Elizabeth Give Kate Middleton Fashion Advice?

Back when Kate Middleton and Prince William were just dating, people were commenting on her exceptional sense of style. Now that she is the Duchess of Cambridge and will one day be the queen consort, people are paying even more attention to her clothing options.

While members of the royal family are expected to act a certain way (this includes dressing appropriately) does Kate Middleton have more pressure put upon her than Meghan Markle does to dress a certain way?

We know Queen Elizabeth II has already been preparing Kate for her future role as queen. But does that mean she is also giving Kate advice about what she wears out in public? Here is what we know about what Queen Elizabeth II thinks about Kate Middleton’s attire

Being the future queen means that Kate’s fashion sense is under more scrutiny

Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge | Victoria Jones/PA Wire

There is no denying the fact that since Kate has become the Duchess of Cambridge, her taste in fashion has gotten much more formal. In fact, it is rumored that William actually started to fall for Kate when he saw her modeling lingerie in a 2002 fashion show.

Back when Prince William had first started dating Kate, she was frequently spotted out in town wearing outfits that were much too casual for any royal to ever be seen in. Before she married her Prince Charming, her wardrobe included a denim mini skirt with a leather jacket and knee-high leather boots and a white-laced tank top with low-rise jeans that showed her belly.

Obviously, those outfits are no longer allowed on any occasion. Now that she is a full-fledged royal, she has traded her stylish leather boots for equally stylish high heels and her short tank tops have been traded in for neutral-colored petite coats with a matching hat.

Meghan gets a little more freedom with her outfit choice

Just because Kate is required to dress a little more conservatively nowadays doesn’t mean she still doesn’t have a great sense of style. For over a decade now, the Duchess of Cambridge has been revolutionizing the fashion industry. Her posh style and trendy designer dresses have inspired many women around the world to dress more like her.

Meghan Markle is also known to be quite the trendsetter as well. Kate is known for having a certain level of elegance to her style, however, Meghan opts for more unique and bold looks (like the time she wore a nice suit with a pair of shorts). Since Meghan has become a duchess, the former Suits star has upgraded her wardrobe to include more traditional royal attire. When she is making an appearance with the royal family, she is usually wearing a nice dress, a long coat, and some sort of elegant hat.

Meghan is expected to still present herself a certain way now that she is a royal. However, being that there is not a high probability she will ever be queen (Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne), she doesn’t have the same amount of pressure on her to look a certain way as Kate does.

Does Queen Elizabeth give Kate Middleton fashion advice?

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According to AOL, now that Kate is in line to be the queen, it is imperative that she looks the part. In order to ensure that Kate is always dressing as a future queen should, “The queen is regularly, allegedly, giving notes if she doesn’t like a certain hem or a certain outfit on Kate, or certain colour tights.”

Being that her grandmother-in-law is able to criticize every aspect of her attire, including the color of her tights, it may come as little surprise that the Duchess has hired a personal stylist to help her pick out her outfits and make sure that she is always looking the part when in public.

Although the queen does have a say in what Kate wears out in public, the Duchess of Cambridge has always been able to carry herself with an exceptional amount of dignity and respect. So, no matter what she chooses to wear, she will always look like a perfect royal in the eyes of millions of people around the world.