If you are anything like me, you would never leave the house without sunglasses. And if you do by mistake, you would turn around to go get them because you would rather be late than be sunnie-less. (I now have a few emergency pairs in my car just in case.)
Sunglasses are the ultimate outfit-maker. They instantly add a cool factor and tend to tie a look together. The trends are constantly changing, and now more than ever, they are becoming bolder and more playful in style. From bedazzled cat-eye frames to bold, structural shapes, it seems like the current styles are touching upon every decade, and the options can be overwhelming.
So how do you keep up? Simple: Don’t spend too much on a trend you’re experimenting with. Unless they are your signature shades, there is no need to blow hundreds of dollars on something you may lose, scratch, or get sick of. That’s why I put together this list of eight current stylish pairs, all for under $50. The best part is they all look really expensive. Compare and contrast the high- and low-end versions of these buys and decide which ones are worth your splurge.
On Saturday night, sibling duo Aly AJ took the stage at the Alameda County Fair in California for an outdoor show. But, based on footage circulating on social media, before they could finish their performance, they had to call out the event security for escorting two women off the property for, according to accounts, being publicly affectionate with each other.
In a video posted by a Twitter user named Kayla Marie, two women can be seen surrounded by several officers. It’s hard to hear because of all of the background noise, but the women seem to be upset as they gather their belongings and ultimately walk away, escorted by the officers. Some members of the crowd booed as they were being escorted away.
The next day, a Twitter user named AyG said that she’s one of the women in the video. She shared a series of tweets offering more details about what happened and pleaded for Aly AJ to respond.
According to her, a security guard approached her and her girlfriend while they were dancing and told them they needed to “stop touching each other” while calling them “disgusting” and noting that children were present. She says the couple tried to get the performers’ attention before more officers showed up and asked them to leave. “We asked why and they gave us several different answers after also calling us ‘idiots’ numerous times, they also said that you both wanted us to leave,” she wrote. “We were kicked out of your concert and the fair for being gay.”
According to another video, captured and posted by a user named Kaleb, Aly AJ did get wind of what was going on. He got a clip of Aly on stage—presumably after the incident—saying, “Security, please do not do that. This is a Pride event, and we should be able to be whoever we, do whatever we want.” After cheers from the crowd, she said, “That’s why we have to stick up for one another.” Kaleb commented that her remarks were in response to two girls who had been kicked out for “kissing” but later clarified that they were just dancing.
Fans on Twitter are still pressing the group for a more formal response. We’ve reached out to representatives for Aly Aj and the Alameda County Fairgrounds for comment. At the time of publication, we have yet to receive a response.
Today, The Times is offering a broader look at that heritage, publishing an expanded list of artists who were thought by UMG officials to have lost master recordings in the fire. The list adds 700-plus names to the more than 100 artists cited in “The Day the Music Burned.”
The names were gleaned from UMG’s own lists, assembled during the company’s “Project Phoenix” recovery effort, a global search for replacement copies and duplicates of destroyed masters. One of the artists on those lists is Bryan Adams, who said that he first learned about the fire when he read the Times Magazine piece. During his interactions with UMG staff in 2013, Adams said, “There was no mention that there had been a fire in the archive.”
The list that appears at the end of this article provides a fuller sense of the historical scope of the 2008 disaster. The recording artists whose names The Times is publishing for the first time today represent an extraordinary cross-section of genres and periods: classic pop balladeers (Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Pat Boone), jazz greats (Sidney Bechet, Betty Carter, Roland Kirk), show business legends (Groucho Marx, Mae West, Bob Hope), gospel groups (the Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the Soul Stirrers), country icons (the Carter Family, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell), illustrious songwriters (Hoagy Carmichael, Doc Pomus, Lamont Dozier), doo-wop and rhythm blues favorites (Johnny Ace, the Moonglows, the Del-Vikings), ’50s and ’60s chart toppers (Ricky Nelson, Petula Clark, Brenda Lee), bluesmen (Slim Harpo, Elmore James, Otis Rush), world-music stars (Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Milton Nascimento), classic rockers (The Who, Joe Cocker, Three Dog Night), folkies and folk-rockers (Sandy Denny, Crosby Nash, Buffy Sainte-Marie), singer-songwriters (Phil Ochs, Terry Callier, Joan Armatrading), ’70s best-sellers (Peter Frampton, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Gibb), soul and disco-era stalwarts (the Dramatics, the Pointer Sisters, George Benson), AM rock-radio staples (Styx, Boston, 38 Special), divas and divos (Cher, Tom Jones), British punks and new wavers (The Damned, Joe Jackson, Squeeze), MTV fixtures (Wang Chung, Patti Smyth, Extreme), hip-hop/RB hitmakers (Bell Biv Devoe, Jodeci, Blackstreet), ’90s rock acts (Primus, Temple of the Dog, the Wallflowers), rappers (Heavy D. the Boyz, Busta Rhymes, Common), comedians (Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock), even the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose album “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” a recording of a keynote address given at an A.M.E. church convention, was released in 1968 on Excello, a blues label whose masters were stored in the backlot vault.
The UMG documents from which these names are drawn were organized according to a hierarchy, an effort to establish “priority assets”: those recordings that were to be a primary focus of the search for replacement copies. On one list, artists were assigned letter-grade rankings, with higher marks given to those deemed most important. Artists graded “A” include historic figures (Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell) and best-selling acts of the 1980s, ’90s, and ’00s (Belinda Carlisle, Meat Loaf, Weezer, Limp Bizkit, Gwen Stefani, Blink 182).
As our regular readers are already well aware, we’ve been long-time admirers of Amal Clooney’s style. We’ve waxed poetic about her penchant for putting together chic off-duty and date-night ensembles. We’ve swooned over her stunning red carpet looks and her striking wedding guest attire. We’ve even dedicated an entire 200-word story to the human rights lawyer’s best pant outfits (because they really are that good).
So it should come as no surprise that we’re turning to the 21st-century fashion icon for intel on which summer trends to buy into. From the “grandma” look fashion girls are prioritizing to the only print that matters this summer, these are the trends Amal Clooney has given her stamp of approval. And the best part? You can acquire them all on a fast-fashion budget. Keep scrolling to shop three Amal Clooney–backed trends for $150 or less.
Listen, heels are great and all, but sometimes our foot arches just need to kick back and relax. That’s why the rise in sneaker popularity is a glorious, warmly welcomed occurrence. Not only are there tons of different silhouettes, colorways, and miscellaneous bells and whistles that come with choosing a pair of kicks, they also happen to style well with everything from a T-shirt and jeans all the way to a floral midi dress. In other words, they’re crazy versatile, and this summer you should be stocking up on outfit ideas that involve your favorite pair of sneakers.
On that note and in the spirit of effortlessness, we rounded up 10 no-frills looks that still feel delightfully polished and stylish. Many of these only involve a couple of pieces, so you can put them together in 30 seconds or less. Scroll down to discover a new batch of outfits to wear this season and shop our sneaker picks to keep your feet feeling supported and oh so fresh.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: There is no item of clothing that’s off-limits for any age group or body type as long as it feels right. Anyone can wear anything they please, but if you’re looking for some classic yet on-trend pieces that truly transcend generations, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve spotted four stylish pieces, in particular, on women of every age so far this summer, and I couldn’t resist sharing the photos I’ve been screenshotting for weeks.
When it comes to one very chic print, for instance, 53-year-old Instagram star Grece Ghanem is on the same sartorial page as Oslo-based student Nnenna Echem. Both women show off stylish ways to wear the trend, and they’re bound to convince you to give it a whirl as well. (Side note: Remember when we interviewed Ghanem about her favorite trends over the past five decades? Yeah, that was a good one.) Scroll down to see how women of all ages wear four ageless trends and shop the looks for yourself.
Here at Who What Wear UK, we’re all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That’s why we’ve created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might’ve forgotten about, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you’d like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!
I’m nothing but nerdy when it comes to the art of a good dress. From the fall of a hemline and the cut of a sleeve to the tailoring of the bust and the fullness of a skirt, there are so many components that have to be finely tuned and tweaked to create an item that will fly off the shelves. If you’ve ever watched a dressmaker in action, you will know the mathematical precision that goes into the creative process. Whoever said fashion was frivolous?
With this in mind, it only seemed right that I take this science and apply it to my bi-monthly shopping story. Specifically, to the subject of the summer dress. I’ve previously explored the best styles on the high street, but this time, I wanted to go one step further and break the dress down into its three essential types: minis, midis and maxis.
Every season, there tends to be a hem-length that’s favoured by the fashion crowd. For example, last year was all about the midi, while back in the mid-noughties, maxis were all the rage. However, in 2019, the high street has gone in all guns blazing and delivered on almost every style imaginable. This is good for us, as each style of dress fulfils a unique role in our wardrobes—be it a thigh-grazing smock to chuck over a bikini or smart, work-ready midi. Each of us will have our go-to dress of choice that is guaranteed to make us feel our best. After all, when it comes to dresses, it’s never a one-size-fits-all thing.
While having options is great, I can’t deny that the high street’s generous offering can feel a little overwhelming (even for a fashion editor). So I’ve done the hard work for you and tried on all the dresses at Topshop, Other Stories, HM and Zara to bring you the definite Who What Wear UK dress index (aka the minis, midis and maxis you need to see this season). Scroll down to see what I found, and then shop my edit.
The internet has a growing obsession with the byzantine path to good skin. Masques, serums, face creams, exfoliants. These routines can be seen as attempts to regain control over our bodies; to control the way our stressors reveal themselves. Yes, we’ve accepted living in a world crowded with fake news, blue screens, and smog — but we’ll be damned if we let it show.
But no matter how much we spend, our skin will always tell the story of our lives. Pierre-Louis Ferrer, a photographer based in France, has made unearthing our permanent marks a focus of his work. His ultraviolet photography reveals the sun damage and early skin aging forever etched on us. The sepia-hued portraits are strange and enchanting. Ferrer’s subjects look at the camera with no shame or self-awareness, even while dotted with numerous brown sun marks. That’s because, due to the particular process of ultraviolet photography, Ferrer’s subjects can only see their sun marks after their photo has been taken and processed in Photoshop. If only we were this unabashed about the other highs and lows of our skin (wrinkles, under-eye circles, acne, etc). Products of, well, living.
“It’s like my subjects are seeing themselves in a mirror for the first time, after a year of not seeing themselves,” Ferrer tells i-D. “They are fascinated by the photos.”
Here, Ferrer talks to i-D about the technicalities of shooting UV photography and capturing his friends’ and family’s sun damage.
When did you first start experimenting with ultraviolet photography?
I started experimenting with infrared photography seven years ago. Then, two years ago, I discovered playing with UV photography. It’s a very interesting form of photography. It allows me to create portraits about the lives of other people — ur skin is a witness of our experiences. UV photography can reveal experiences like sun exposure, smoking cigarettes, pollution. How all of these things impact our body.
How did you find your subjects and ask them to take part in the series?
A lot of them are just friends. UV photography is interesting because — whatever kind of human subject is photographed — you can not think of the photo before you see them under the UV light. Because you are photographing invisible parts of the body. What I find fascinating with this technique is how I can reveal new ways for the subjects to see themselves.
What’s also really interesting is how similar we all look under this light. You can’t see race in the same way we see it in everyday life. What are your thoughts on that?
UV photography does not create false information. It reveals new information. So people are pleased because they know that what they see is real. Pictures are really important today, because of social media, and seeing yourself without makeup, without anything to hide behind, for me is important to realize our body is not just what you see but also what is deeper inside.
Are there any other great photographers you look up to?
The first one is Richard Mosse, for his infrared photography during the Congo War. He also took photos of refugee camps. The other one is Don McCullin, an English photographer. I really admire his devotion to his work and his ability to witness conflicts and make our minds aware of what happens.
What are some of your favorite photographers from this series?
My portrait of my mother Estelle. The diptych’s focus is on the nose because she was really ashamed of her nose during our youth. So for this project I really wanted to do diptychs where one part was a portrait and one part was a detail of the body. So when I saw my mom, I really wanted to focus on her nose.