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Bella Hadid's skin 'trips out' after Fashion Week

Le 26 juillet 2017, 04:20 dans Humeurs 0

The 20-year-old model has revealed starring in catwalk shows back to back takes its toll on her face and hair, and to combat the negative effects of having her hair constantly washed and styles, as well as her face being plied with cosmetic products, she avoids wearing any make-up for the following weeks and will try hair and face masks.

She told ElleUK: "I'm pretty much at the end of fashion week now. My skin is tripping out and I think my hair got washed four times yesterday, so usually I like to do a lot of masks. I like to not wear make-up also.

"So, lots of hair and skin masks and just giving my body what it needs."

The catwalk icon has planned to drink "a lot of water" and undergo a detox next month to help her "get [her] body back" to a state she likes it to be in.

She added: "I have a few weeks off in August so I'm going to drink a lot of water, do a lot of detoxing and try and get my body back to the way I like it to be."

The fashion muse - who is the brand ambassador for Dior beauty - has revealed she never used to like wearing red lipstick or any beauty products, although that swiftly changed when she turned 14 and embraced her "punk side".

She explained: "I wasn't really into red lips or anything like that but I grew up in Malibu where we didn't wear a lot of make-up. I always loved make-up and colour and seeing amazing eye-shadow looks on the runway though.

"In our Dior campaign, I'm wearing this beautiful blue shadow ... But growing up, I was the opposite. I loved black eyeliner; I would really pack it on. My 14-year-old punk side was really proud of me."

However, Bella thinks people can be selective about wearing make-up, as it can boost female's confidence but it isn't essential for everyone to adorn a face full of beauty products if they don't want to.

She said: "I think that what's so beautiful about make-up is that, if you love it and you feel beautiful wearing it, you can wear as much as you like. But if you feel you don't need to or if you don't like to, that's also fine too.

"It's something that can empower you if you want it to but if not then so be it. So the message towards young girls is to just be who you want to be. Make-up is a powerful thing and nowadays it gives so many girls so much confidence. It's sometimes an intense subject but you can learn so much now and if you love it, you can learn exactly how do to it - but it should never be stressful. It's a fun thing."Read more at:formal dresses canberra | plus size formal dresses

Fashion Extravaganza on display in Arkadelphia

Le 24 juillet 2017, 04:23 dans Humeurs 0

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The Arkadelphia Arts Center is filled with theater costumes, vintage clothing and accessories on display in a new exhibit, Fashion Extravaganza.

“The variety of items on exhibit is eclectic and delightful,” said Farrell Ford, executive director of the Clark County Arts and Humanities Council, which promotes the local arts and artists through activities at the Arkadelphia Arts Center. “We hope visitors will enjoy the diversity and charm of this show.”

William Henshaw, resident costume designer and professor of theater arts at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, serves as curator of the exhibit. He has made many of the theater costumes that are on display; others are from his private collection.

Other contributors to the exhibit include the theater arts department at Ouachita Baptist University and Christina Johnson, OBU visiting assistant professor of theater arts; the Clark County Historical Association; and private individuals such as Mary Ellen Taylor, Evelyn Good, Mary Jo Mann, Wanda Huneycutt and Laverne Todd.

“This is what I strive for … commonality, cooperation and collaboration of everybody,” Ford said, smiling. “An important goal of the Clark County Arts and Humanities Council is to encourage communication, cooperation and collaboration throughout the art community and to show the diversity of our local artists.

“This exhibit has demonstrated the success of this effort as we present the outstanding works of the theater arts departments of Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University and promote the artists behind these beautiful art pieces,” Ford said.

Henshaw, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in drama from San Diego State University, is beginning his 18th year at Henderson State University. His specialty areas are costume construction and design, stage makeup, play analysis and women/gender and race in American theater.

In designing clothing for the plays that are presented at Henderson State, Henshaw said he reads the script “three or four times” and does an analysis for each character that he will be dressing.

“I then come up with a variety of sketches and meet with the director,” he said. “We talk about the designs … go back and forth.”

Once the designs are approved, Henshaw selects the fabric for the costumes, finds a pattern — or often, makes the pattern — and sews the costume. The actors typically wear the costumes for two weeks; then the costumes are put into storage for possible use later.

“I am very happy to exhibit these costumes,” Henshaw said. “I have shared some of them in an exhibit at Henderson, and I had some in a small exhibit down here at the arts center. But this is by far the largest collection I have exhibited.”

In his position at Henderson, Henshaw has been involved with the costume and makeup designs of more than 60 main-stage productions as either designer or faculty mentor for the students. He has also designed costumes for the HSU Dance Co. spring concerts, the HSU Opera Workshop and other special performances.

Fashion Extravaganza will be on display at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, 625 Main St., through Sept. 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There is no admission charge.Read more at:formal dresses

Jewellery’s Naughty Little Secret: Treated Gemstones

Le 21 juillet 2017, 04:39 dans Humeurs 0

“Here in the US, if it’s pretty, it sells,” says Gary Roskin, executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association. Processes like heating gemstones to enhance their colour are so common that “no-one is really concerned,” he adds, but other treatments like filling fractures with lead glass to hide the poor quality of stones are also commonplace and “need to be disclosed all the way to the consumers.”

According to the Gemological Institute of America which examines more than two million diamonds, coloured stones and pearls each year for grading and analysis, these treatments range from bleaching to surface coating to dyeing to irradiation (where gems are exposed to an artificial source of radiation to change their colour). Laser drilling is also used to remove dark spots on stones, while lattice diffusion, where an element such as beryllium is penetrated into rubies and sapphires to enhance the colour is common.

And yet disclosure isn’t always the norm. In a competitive market worth $310 billion according to Euromonitor, the potential negative sales impact of disclosing treatments is often seen as a commercial liability. It’s a stance that may surprise consumers increasingly interested in transparency and ethics.

The Gemological Association of Great Britain estimates that 98 percent of rubies are treated; heated, glass-filled or otherwise subjected to diffusion and flux techniques. Blue topaz is almost entirely treated, sapphires are 95 percent treated in some way by either glass filling, diffusion or heat treatment, while citrines are often heat-treated, according to gemology and diamond tutor Julia Griffith. Aquamarines are heat-treated, emeralds are often filled with oil or resins to hide fractures and turquoise is resin-coated. (Enhanced coloured diamonds are “not common,” however, Griffith says, and any treatment of diamonds is usually clearly described at point of sale).

“I would be surprised how many [stones] are treated” if I hadn’t studied it, says Griffith. “It’s accepted in the trade that all rubies are treated but it’s not told to the consumer,” she continues. While many gems require treatment to produce the colours consumers have come to expect, “people should be able to ask questions from their jeweller” and get honest answers, she adds.

The treatment of gemstones has been going on for centuries but the increasingly technologically-savvy treatments — and the difficulty in detecting these — makes things ever more complicated and often retailers hide behind these technicalities to avoid disclosing treatments to consumers, Griffith says. That or they simply don’t know. “It’s not always made very obvious to the customer because it could be quite a turn off. It’s a resistance to disclose or not knowing themselves and part of that is because it can be so complicated and yet so common.”

To be sure, the supply chain for gemstones can be long and complex: miners often sell to “rough holders” who then sell to manufacturers who cut and polish. Gems are then sold onto wholesalers before they reach retail jewellers. Treatments can occur at any point in the process, making disclosure to the end consumer even harder, industry sources say.

Rubies that are not treated “are rare, and depending on the four C’s (same as diamonds), can reach record-breaking prices,” according to Gabriella Harvey, director of procurement and product services at Gemfields, one of the world’s largest coloured gemstone miners, which specialises in ethical sourcing. Heating, which improves colour, clarity and durability, allows for a broader customer base to enjoy coloured gemstone jewellery, she adds.

“Treatments are widely accepted, not only with rubies but with all other gemstones. The crucial thing is disclosure,” says Harvey. “We lead the industry with our approach to transparency and treatments is an area where this is crucial for consumer confidence.”

While suppliers and cutters may be increasingly transparent about it, jewellery retailers, particularly fashion jewellers, are lagging behind. “For many years, retail jewellers didn’t think about it. The miners would send to suppliers, suppliers would enhance them and because the retailer didn’t have the education to question what was coming from the suppliers, or the supplier felt it was traditional that these gems would need an enhancement of some kind,” the practice continued, according to Roskin from the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA). “It never had an importance that it has today,” he adds. Today the ICA — with 750 members; mostly miners, cutters and gemstone suppliers — has a code of practice which includes mandatory disclosure of treatments.

“We are trying to teach the retailers what’s out there and what’s available and how to detect it and when it’s not detected what labs can be used,” Roskin says. “We tell the retailers they should be much more actively searching out the supplier that is going to tell them what’s happened to the stone that comes from out of the ground.”

Mandatory disclosure of the treatment of diamonds is required for certified members of the UK-based Responsible Jewellery Council. Coloured stones are soon to be included in the product disclosure, according to Anne Marie Fleury, director of standards and impacts. The body has just over 1,000 members, including luxury jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chopard, Boucheron and Bulgari. But that’s a drop in the ocean of the total industry and many lower-priced fashion jewellers are nowhere to be seen.

The World Jewellery Confederation, or CIBJO, publishes Blue Book guides with globally accepted standards for the industry including requirements to disclose treatments of gemstones at point of sale and in written material. But it’s a voluntary code and not enforced.

In the US, Federal Trade Commission rules state it is unfair or deceptive to fail to disclose that a gemstone has been treated if the treatment is not permanent, the treatment creates special care requirements for the stone or the treatment has a significant effect on the stone’s value.

On the lower-ground floor of high-end department store Selfridges in central London, the Astley Clarke concession offers a blue diamond wrist piece for £9,950 (about $13,000) sat below a glass counter on a taupe suede box. The “Firework” cuff has several thousand small blue stones set in yellow gold. The brand’s website lists the gem as “blue diamonds,” but as a sales assistant brightly admits, the gems are treated. She also points out the £695 mini coloured diamond halo hoop earrings with yellow, red, white, green, black and blue diamonds that are also treated and a popular choice amongst shoppers.

“Our blue diamonds are irradiated, this is a safe and stable treatment, we do not treat them ourselves but we only buy certified stones that are tested to ensure they follow the strict regulations,” says Emilie Robichaud, senior product development manager at Astley Clarke. “Our sapphires are heat-treated and some of our agates are dyed. These are widely used and accepted methods of treatment. All our sales staff are trained and do explain to customers who enquire. Our experience on the whole is that for pavé and beads, customers are not overly concerned. We strive to be open and honest about the gemstones we use and any treatments that have been applied to them.”

Kiki McDonough, the British jeweller known for her coloured gemstones, has a “Candy” collection which includes a “green amethyst” and diamond drop earrings for £2,300 (about $3,000). Green amethyst is formed by heating or irradiating amethyst or yellow quartz. A spokesperson declined to comment.

At London’s Selfridges department store on a busy afternoon, shopper Bell Hendricks peruses the fashion jewellery counters with her aunt. “I didn’t think it was that common,” says the 26-year-old of the prevalence of treated gemstones. “Mostly you pay for what you get, but businesses need to tell people what they are buying,” she adds.

Certainly the lower prices paid for treated gemstones typically reflect their value. “You’re not necessarily getting ripped off, the problem is in the understanding. I can see that it’s a challenge for jewellers if you give too much information people go, ‘Oh hold on, I don’t want that, I want a natural one,’” Ms Griffith says. “I don’t have a problem with treatments as long as they tell people and it’s sold at what they are worth.”Read more at:sexy formal dresses | vintage formal dresses

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