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Dior unveils ‘protective’ clothing for a time of crisis

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Dior’s show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday struck a somber tone, with designer Maria Grazia Chiuri telling AFP her focus on combining “beauty and protection” was apt for a time of war.

The collection was put together long before the Russian military began bombarding Ukraine last week.

Dior´s models sported a range of protective gear from shoulder pads to airbag corsets to tops that looked distinctly like bulletproof vests thus it was hard not to think about Ukraine.

According to Chiuri, Dior’s artistic director for women, Even before the Ukraine conflict, the world was already at war.

“Covid was another form of war. We have all experienced some very difficult months,” she said.

“There is a lot of reflection, in these difficult times, about how to combine beauty, aesthetics, and protection.”

The 58-year-old Italian designer said her latest creations were aimed at finding technical solutions that can be more functional for women´s bodies.

“Clothes are themselves a form of protection… they reassure us. That aspect is very present in what I do — emotional protection as well as protection in its proper sense,” she said.

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The autumn-winter shows were supposed to mark Paris Fashion Week’s return to near-normal, with almost all labels back to holding public events as pandemic restrictions ease across Europe.

But the war in Ukraine has cast a pall, with organizers issuing a statement on Monday urging attendees to experience the shows “with solemnity, and in reflection of these dark hours”.

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Kim Kardashian and Ciara Grace Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Covers

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The 2022 edition of Sports illustrated Swimsuit is out.

Sports Illustrated made the announcement earlier today that Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Maye Musk and Yumi Nu are your SI Swimsuit 2022 cover models.

”The time has finally come. Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Maye Musk and Yumi Nu are your SI Swimsuit 2022 cover models.

The four groundbreaking women were photographed separately in locations worldwide, from Dominican Republic to Barbados to Belize and Montenegro, with models as diverse in their stories as the locations they were photographed.

“The journey we’ve been on—to break out of the mould the world put us in—may sound familiar,” says SI Swimsuit editor in chief MJ Day.

“It’s certainly familiar to the women we’ve chosen to be our cover models: Maye, Ciara, Yumi, Kim.”

In a letter to her younger self, written for the magazine, the 41-year-old star Kim Kardashian addressed the topic of criticism: “For years you’ll be putting yourself out there . . . But you’re going to become a more private person and you’re going to come to realize that the way to get your story out there the actual narrative, the truth isn’t by engaging but by doing.”

The pop culture icon is moving past disapproval to focus on her family and goal to help people. “It’s easy to say to just ignore the criticism, but another thing you’ll learn is that at some point it will click in your head that it’s not about you anymore,” she added. “It’s about family. It’s about helping other people.”

The Skims founder posed on a rock in a dreamy location, wearing a tan bikini from her own brand. Comprised of a plunging triangle bra top and a cheeky thong, the two-piece set was accessorized with matching sheer opera gloves for added flair.

Ciara donned a one-piece with a sweetheart neckline by LaQuan Smith in a multicolored leopard print, complete with a dark black cowboy hat and wavy tresses in a honey shade.

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“We all deserve the chance to evolve,” said MJ Day, editor in chief of SI Swimsuit in a press release. “So in this issue, we encourage readers to see these models as we see them: multifaceted, multitalented—and sexy while they’re at it. The world may label them one way, but we want to focus our lens on all the ways they see themselves and how they own who they are.”

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Balenciaga selling destroyed sneakers for $1,850

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Luxury fashion house Balenciaga has unveiled a new campaign promoting a series of roughed-up sneakers with an eye-watering price tag, and the internet has thoughts.

The images, shot by photographer Leopold Duchemin for the brand, of severely tattered, distressed shoes have gone viral following Monday’s launch of the couture brand’s new Paris sneaker, with outrage at the appearance of the high tops swirling online.

According to a release, the still-life portraits of the extremely dirty shoes are simply meant to suggest that the new Paris sneakers “are meant to be worn for a lifetime.”

There are, however, 100 “extra destroyed” sneakers available for sale in black or white (those you can see, below), and they’re not nearly as tattered and extreme as the fake campaign styles.

But the photos of the destroyed sneakers circulating on social media don’t exactly tell the whole story. While they have courted the most controversy, the images are actually of exaggerated, limited-edition versions of the sneakers that Balenciaga is selling.

According to the fashion house, only 100 pairs of “extra destroyed” sneakers will be available to buy for $1,850.

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Meanwhile, the non-limited edition, and less roughed-up versions, are being sold on the Balenciaga website for $495 and $625, depending on the specific style.

There are almost 100 ‘dirty and destroyed’ pairs that are up for grabs in both black and white hues. And while they aren’t tattered to a point where they can’t be worn, we’d be surprised to see anyone pay the asking price.

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How to get pink lips naturally at home

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Darker lips mainly come about due to excess melanin. But some are caused by medical reasons like anemia and chemotherapy due to cancer. And lifestyle factors such as smoking, caffeine, what we apply on lips like lipstick, and not hydrating well. The darkening of lips is known as lip hyperpigmentation.

Having dark lips can make someone have low self-esteem and confidence as people always judge. Hence reasons for people looking for ways to lighten their lips.

Here are the top 10 natural ways to have lightened lips at home.

Lemon and sugar

This mixture works best before bedtime. Cut a lemon wedge and dip it in sugar. Rub your lips with the sugared lemon. The next morning, rinse your lips with lukewarm water.

Beetroot

 Blend your beetroot or grind it to get an even desired paste.

 You can apply the beet paste to your lips twice a week. Please leave it rest on your lips for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off. 

Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly once your lips are clean and dry.

Lime

Lime is another citrus fruit that may have anti-melanin production properties. Take a teaspoon of fresh lime juice mixed with honey and glycerin. 

Gently apply the mixture to your lips before bedtime and wash off your lips the next morning.

Cucumber juice

 To get effective results, you should blend the cucumber. Let the juice cool in the refrigerator. Once the juice is cool, you can apply it to your lips and let it cool off for 30 minutes. Apply it for as long as you want until you get the desired results.

Coconut oil

Take a small amount of coconut oil and apply it gently over your lips. You can use the oil multiple times during the day and before you go to sleep at night.

Olive oil

 You can apply a few drops of olive oil to your lips before going to bed. Apply constantly to get desired results.

Turmeric

Turmeric may act as a melanin inhibitor. You have to mix Tumeric with milk to make a paste. Apply the paste to your lips and leave it to settle for 5 minutes; wash it off with cool water. Dry your lips and apply a moisturizer. Turmeric lightens the color and removes dead skin.

Aloe vera

 Aloe vera contains a compound that inhibits melanin production. You can cut a fresh thin layer of aloe vera and apply it to your lips once a day. When it’s dry, you can wash it off with warm water.

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Lemon contains citrus, which may act as a melanin inhibitor. You can opt to use a lemon by cutting the lemon and rubbing the juicy part over your lips before every night going to sleep. Rinse your lips with cool water once you wake up in the morning. To get the best results, repeat at least 30 days.

Sugar and butter

 Blend sugar with butter. Massage this blend onto your lips for three to four minutes three times a week. If you like, you can substitute olive oil for butter.

Conclusion


The need to have light and dark lips is always a decision one has made. The natural home remedies like lemon sugar and beetroots are the best for lip lightening. If the remedies are not working, you can talk to a physician or go for cosmetic surgery.

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