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This Streetwear Brand Helps Queer And Trans People In Prison

Arianna Gil, an anti-capitalist anarchist, is liberating incarcerated queer people of color… by designing t-shirts.

In October of 2016, she and her feminist collective Brujas launched a streetwear line that rages against the prison-industrial system.

The black and white collection is emblazoned with slogans such as “Correction: Fire to the Prisons” and “Prisons are obsolete – Give em hell – Negotiations from the door of a cell.”

Designs include a line drawing of a prison on fire and a stenciled “1971,” in reference to the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising.

Brujas, which is a “staunchly anti-capitalist counter-cultural group,” made a strange choice by fighting capitalism with more capitalism.

If they are fighting for the freedom of incarcerated black and brown bodies, why not protest? write letters to politicians? organize strikes? Why create clothing that arguably capitalizes on incarceration?

Gil has the answer. She describes herself as a scammer and a hustler – a Robin Hood of sorts. She says,

There is no ethical consumption under capitalism, so Brujas might as well use its relative amount of power to subversive ends.”

All profits from the collection go directly to queer and transgender people of color incarcerated in New York state. Brujas, operating under the organization Freedom2Live, sends money for inmates’ commissaries, financially assists inmates’ family members, and gives people money when they’re released. These are all things that many nonprofit organizations hesitate to do because of strict regulations and oversight. Brujas returns autonomy to the incarcerated.

So who are the Brujas? Isabelle Natasia, a “co-conspirator,” says, “Mad Brujas are queer and nonbinary. That’s the untold story. We’re all freaks and we’re really pro-deviance.” Officially, they define themselves as “radical cohort made up of community organizers, skaters, musicians, healers, and hustlers.” They run headfirst into political issues and they fight hard for justice.

What’s next for the collective? They plan to keep working on and expanding the collection while keeping an eye out for copycats. Major corporations have stolen the Brujas’ designs in the past without giving credit or donating to affiliated nonprofits. Gil says, “With 1971, I’m waiting to see all the knockoffs.”

Their Kickstarter raised over $22,000. Learn more here.

Why Do Lesbians Love Key Rings?

In the 2015 film Sisters, Kate McKinnon saves the day by whipping out a staple of the lesbian lifestyle: a collection of carabiners.

For some reason, lesbians love carabiners, the square-ish metal keyrings that loop their belt loops. Carabiners have become just as much a stereotype as flannel shirts, pixie haircuts and short fingernails.

But why?

Historically, lesbians have always been more likely to hold jobs.

In the early 1900s, while heterosexual women had husbands they could rely on to work and be the breadwinner, lesbians never had that option. They were forced to work in order to support themselves, and having a key ring was often a practical necessity for blue-collar jobs.

Butch lesbians were often forced to work blue-collar jobs.

Until very recently, women who dared to work outside the home were caged into “feminine” jobs such as being a secretary. Butch lesbians, needless to say, did not fit those roles.

Masculine-presenting lesbians, therefore, got jobs where they could get them – jobs that did not require them to adhere to traditional gender roles. These jobs were often as mailwomen, mechanics and janitors, which all require easy access to a wide variety of keys.

Key rings became a secret code to determine sexuality.

Soon, women who wore carabiners noticed that other women wore carabiners and that those women were usually queer. A secret code evolved. Lesbians wore their carabiners on the right side if they were bottoms and on the left side if they were tops.

Alison Bechdel brought the key ring to a new generation.

In her bestselling memoir/sold-out Broadway musical Fun Home, cartoonist Alison Bechdel describes the joy of finding another carabiner-clad woman. The song “Ring of Keys” hit home for many lesbians who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, and helped introduce contemporary “baby gays” to the age-old carabiner tradition.

Straight women stay away from carabiners.

Straight women have co-opted many aspects of lesbian culture, from worshipping Ruby Rose to getting undercuts to even wearing flannel. But the carabiner tradition has been around for decades, and straight women have yet to get on board with clipping a square metal key ring to their belts. It’s hard to make that stylish. So for now, our carabiners are safe.

Learn more at the Slate’s carabiner exposé.


Cara Delevingne STUNS In New Campaign Yves Saint Laurent

Cara Delevingne – who last year revealed she was quitting the industry – is the face of a stunning new campaign for Yves Saint Laurent.

In the black and white pictures taken in New York earlier this month, Cara works her magic in front of the camera like only she can.

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The pictures are a real reminder of what the blonde is capable of – and it’s clear that she’s been able to pick up right where she left off.


Levi’s Partners With Harvey Milk Foundation For Gender-Neutral Collection


Levi’s have launched a new collection of items dedicated to LGBT history ahead of 2016 Pride, in memory of gay rights hero Harvey Milk – who was assassinated in 1978.

The ‘Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation Pride 2016 Collection’ includes gender tank tops and shirts which will include a timeline of important LGBT dates, stonewashed shorts with rainbow embroidered watch, and a jacket bearing Milk’s legendary words ‘Hope will never be silent’.

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This year’s Levi’s Pride collection will be the first time it will be distributed worldwide.

Our company is not afraid to take a stand on the important issues of our time.  From supporting policies ensuring equality for the LGBTQ community, to the Levi Strauss Foundation’s support of LGBTQ advocacy organisations around the world, to employee participation in the annual SF Pride Parade – celebrating LGBTQ rights is a part of our DNA,” according the Levi Strauss website.

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Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk, the president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, said:

It is a simple message, marked by dignity and respect, that we embrace all without exception, and keep alive Uncle Harvey’s promise of equality for all people, everywhere.”

A portion of the proceeds from the collection will go towards the Harvey Milk Foundation, the not-for-profit global organisation set up in memory of the activist-turned-politician.

The new line is expected to launch later this year just in time for Pride month.

Snapbacks & Sun Glasses: Lagerfeld Coaxes Cara Delevingne Out ‘Model’ Retirement For Chanel’s SS16 Eyewear Campaign

It would appear Cara Delevingne has been coaxed out of modeling retirement by Karl Lagerfeld, to become the face of Chanel’s SS16 eyewear campaign.

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Sporting sunglasses and glasses, along with tweed and backwards caps from Lagerfeld’s airlines-themed collection, Delevingne channels her Tomboy chic style.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Karl Lagerfeld said of Cara

She’s a character. She’s the Charlie Chaplin of the fashion world. She is kind of genius, like a character out of a silent movie. I would see her better in a silent movie than a talkie because she over-accents the movement. Girls admire her like they used to Kate Moss. They all want to be as free as her.”


Delevingne has closed numerous of his shows as the prestigious ‘couture bride’, fronted a number of his campaigns for both Chanel and Fendi  – where he is creative director – and now she has ‘retired’ from the catwalk, she is a key feature of all his front rows.

At the Chanel Haute Couture show in February, Karl even permitted her to bring her dog Leo to the front row.

The model turned actress has said recently that modeling has never been her main passion.

What bothers me, I guess, is when I get these messages from girls on Twitter, and they’re like, ‘God, you’re my idol, I really admire you.’ It’s like, ‘Admire me for what? What have I done?’ It’s not that being in a Burberry campaign, or walking in a Chanel show is nothing. It’s just… I know I can do more”

‘Be Yourself At Prom’ Campaign Aims To Give Teens A Chance To Express Their Gender However They Want

Designers Sharpe Suiting and NiK Kacy are encouraging high school students to share their views on why gender expression is important – as well as their ideas for a dream prom outfit – in a short video clip.


One winner will be chosen to receive a complete prom outfit, designed to their specifications.

The competition, known as the ‘Love Fellowship’, is named after Louisiana teen Claudetteia Love, who in 2015 fought for her right to wear a tuxedo to prom.


Initally, she was barred from attending in ‘masculine’ attire, and planned to boycott the prom until her school changed their minds following a media backlash.

The Love Prom website explains;

The Love Fellowship celebrates the inclusion of all gender expressions. Historically prom, an important right of passage for high school teens, has upheld rigid gendered expectations.

In support of all the teens challenging gender norms, the Love Fellowship annually chooses one teen to receive a complete prom outfit tailor made to match their gender identity.’


Speaking to the Huffington Post, Wu said:

Hand delivering that custom Sharpe burgundy tux and matching shoes provided by NiK Kacy to Love’s house and seeing her face when she tried her prom outfit on for the first time was one of the highlights of my career so far, and it reminded me, yet again, of why I founded Sharpe in the first place.’

High school is a time in a person’s life when they start exploring who they are going to be and how they are going to express themselves.

How are they seen in the world? Will the world accept them for who they are?… Forcing youth to conform to rigid male-female gender expressions that don’t accurately reflect their identities nullifies this celebration.”



We should be striving to nurture individuality and creativity, and understand that each expression of self is valid.’

A winner will be chosen after February 15th.

Jaden Smith Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear Campaign

Will and Jada’s 17-year-old heir has just been announced as the newest face of the fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2016 campaign.


In an Instagram post by the brand’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière, a shoot (snapped by photographer Bruce Weber) features Jaden Smith in pieces from Louis Vuitton’s women’s collection, debuted at Paris Fashion Week.

Smith’s barrier-breaking clothing styles have been buzzed about since he was first seen rocking a dress back in April.

He has since worn a dress to prom, as well as a Batman costume to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding. In an interview with GQ, Smith discussed the motivations behind his fashion choices, marking them as a form of expression.

“I’m just expressing how I feel inside, which is really no particular way because everyday it changes how I feel about the world and myself, but I like wearing super drapey things so I can feel as though I’m a super hero, but don’t have to necessarily wear super hero costumes everyday,”

Peep the photos from Jaden’s upcoming Louis Vuitton campaign below:




New ‘& Other Stories’ Lingerie Campaign Rejects Idealized Beauty Norms

Hurrah for & Other Stories for once again representing real-world diversity.

Early this year the Swedish retailer gave us their same-sex couple V-day 2015 ad campaign.

They then produced an all-trans AW15 campaign featuring Hari Nef and Valentiin de Hingh.

And now they’ve just launched For Women, By Women, portraying natural beauty and models’ one-of-a-kind features. Which means the models aren’t all hairless and scar-free.

Shot by female photographer Hedvig Jenning in the brand’s historic Stockholm Atelier, the images showcase the new seasonal lingerie collection worn by three “real” women.

The brand has abandoned any retouching, focusing on the unique beauty of the ordinary body’s individual features such as birthmarks, scars, tattoos and body hair, aiming to “portray a more diverse view on the traditional notion of beauty.”

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But there’s nothing ordinary about these models. & Other Stories chose to cast cellist and model Kelsey Lu McJunkins, blogger and yoga enthusiast Helin Honung and copywriter Ida Jagerfelt for the new campaign, and all three radiate confidence in the beautifully empowering images.


The result? All the more beautiful showcasing of designs that empowers rather than objectifies, and veers the women’s lingerie market towards its actual customer: FYI not the male gaze.

The new lingerie collection is available on stories.com

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Gossip’s Beth Ditto Collabrates With Jean Paul Gaultier To Launch Plus-Size Clothing Label

One of our greatest fashion-music muses – frontwoman Beth Ditto – has created a special collaboration with the French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier to celebrate the announcement of her own clothing line.

Ditto’s designs haven’t yet been revealed, but the announcement was made with the launch of a T-shirt dress featuring a print of Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic conical corset on the front and back, with a working lace-up back.

Of the collaboration, Ditto says,

Jean Paul is the most generous, positive person, he truly loves women of all sizes and ages and knows how to make everyone feel gorgeous. I love that this shirt is funny and chic at the same time, like all the best people!”


The pair has been inseparable since Ditto walked the Gaultier runway in a custom gown, which was featured in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum.

Jean Paul is the most generous, positive person. He truly loves women of all sizes and ages and knows how to make everyone feel gorgeous. I love that this shirt is funny and chic at the same time, like all the best people!”

A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation, for which Ditto serves as advisory board member.

Gaultier added in a joint statement

Big girls are beautiful and Beth is super beautiful. Long live the beauty with shapes, boobs and bottoms. This is a new concept, a loose fit corset. And Beth fits it perfectly”.

As for what to expect from Ditto’s full collection, the singer says it will feature “current styling with a vintage flair”, as well as “vibrant prints and well-tailored pieces, with silks, rayons and embroidery that are frequently missing from plus-size lines”.

Ditto adds:

This line is by us, for us, period. It’s my lifelong dream to get to design real clothes for big people, clothes that are comfortable and cool!”

Ditto’s full plus-size collection will be available in February.

The Beth Ditto ♥ Jean Paul Gaultier shirt, $165, available exclusively at BethDitto.com

Queer Fashion | The Shoeholic

Queer Fashion | Shoeholic – Updating your shoe closet this season? Before you head out to the mall on a shopping spree, check out our favourite footwear trends.

From trainers to heels, we’ve got you covered.

Skater Shoes

There were a lot of 90s inspired footwear this season, and the biggest indication of the 90s shoe invasion is the comeback of the skate shoe. Not straying far from its original silhouette, these sporty slip-ons, which are high on street cred, have gained high fashion cred as well. Givenchy, Lanvin, and Miu Miu, each have their own decked out version of this footwear trend. No need to shell out big bucks to be on trend. High street footwear brands like Steve Madden, Topshop, and Aldo have their own take on this trend. Typically playing on texture these comfy slip-ons comes in various prints and textiles like leopard print, snakeskin, pony hair, and floral print.

The Buck

Before you buy any other shoe, get yourself some Buck. It looks timeless. Its versatility is endless – whether plain toe or wing tip. Yes, this season is all about the suede Buck, because when it comes to shoes to wear with a smart-casual outfit they play the perfect part. So, if you’re going on a date, or you just want to look better than a t-shirt and jeans reach for the Buck.


Often thought as ‘staple dyke’ footwear, bloggers and editors from all over started jumping on the bandwagon of yet another 90s trend – Birkenstocks. Can we say hallelujah? Our feet could use some TLC from the cushioned soles and ergonomic design of these sandals. One rule remains, do not wear these with white socks.

Pointed Toe Flats

This season is all about flats. Pointed toe flats should be your staple this summer. You can update from the normal slip on style by choosing a pair with ankle strap detail or with a laser cut leather material. The hottest trend within this trend is the pointed D’orsay flat, feminine and flattering; this is definitely the must-have shoe of the summer.

Ellen DeGeneres & Gap New Clothing Line for Girls Challenges Gender Stereotypes

Ellen DeGeneres has launched a new collection for Gap Kids that is for every girl no matter…

… whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans, build forts or paint rainbows, or everything in between.”



Featuring more gender-neutral colours, the line features uplifting slogans like “Be your own hero.”

We focus so much on our differences and that is creating a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think that if we focus on what we all have in common which is ‘we all just want to be happy’ that would be a lot better.”

The children’s clothing line is a direct descendant of ED by Ellen, a collection of women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home products.

Gap says $250,000 from the sales of GapKids x ED will be donated to Girls Inc., a not-for-profit focused on giving girls confidence.


The Gaze & Other Stories: Broadening The View On Gender In Fashion

H&M sister brand & Other Stories this week launched a transgender inclusive advertising campaign.

The video includes models Valentijn de Hugh and Hari Nef taking part in a photo shoot for their new capsule collection.

All those involved with the shoot are also transgender: photographer Amos Mac (editor of trans magazine Original Plumbing), stylist Love Bailey and make-up artists Nina Poon.

De Hugh says

I think it’s so weird that when we are born the first thing that we are, even before we have a name, or an identity, we are either male or female, before you even know anything about the person who was just born.

Being born male or being born female decides so much about who you are allowed to be in life. And I just don’t want to live under those constraints. I want to break free from those.”

Hari Nef added

Fashion has played a huge role in my process of constructing my identity. Fashion can apply to a wider audience of people and maybe it will lose its reputation as the scary, esoteric club where if you’re not skinny, white, thin, cis-gender, able-bodied and rich, you can’t participate.”

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In a press statement about the campaign, & Other Stories’ creative director Sara Hildén Bengtson said:

The fashion world is embracing transgender models and we think that’s great. But we couldn’t help to ask ourselves how the traditional fashion gaze can change if we keep the same normative crew behind the camera. So we invited five amazing creatives, all transgender, to make our latest story.”

The advert has been praised by the Human Rights Campaign, who applauded the fact that H&M have become a transgender-inclusive workplace.

H&M earned a 70 [out of 100] on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, HRC’s survey and report benchmarking corporate policies, practices and benefits related to LGBT inclusion. H&M’s transgender specific workplace initiatives include non-discrimination protection based on gender identity and the company offers transgender inclusive healthcare coverage.”


New Study Confirms Ellen DeGeneres As Top Role Model for Millennial Women

According to a new study by Meredith Corp, marketers wanting to reach out to millennial women in their upcoming campaigns need to think about tie-ins with J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie and Ellen DeGeneres.

These women headed the list of celebrities who either best represent the values of millennial females or who are thought of as role models.

Topping that list was 57-year-old DeGeneres which is surprising considering her age against the target audience. However, it also indicated that when it comes to role models, millennial women are looking outside their own age group.

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The media company that targets women in categories like beauty, food and home, says by 2020 according to U.S. Census projections, millennial women will number 80.4 million, and according to New Strategic Press, will have a spending power of $2.5 trillion annually. They also cite a Realtor.com figure that predicts millennial woman by that year will account for two-thirds of all first-time homebuyers.

The survey offers up various data in the areas of beauty, food and home, and also presents some insights into the thought process of millennial women.

For example, 27% think weight acceptance is the most pressing issue facing women today; 25% believe it’s wage equality; 19% believe it’s domestic violence; and 10% believe it’s quality healthcare.

And 83% of millennial women say they are ready for a female president.


When it comes to media, the survey says millennial women turn to different media for different reasons. They say print provides “tech disconnect” and “me time,” while digital satisfies their need for information and TV offers entertainment and escape.

Most millennial women rely on laptops (81%) and their smartphones (80%) for Internet access, more than any other generation, and are much less likely to use tablets or desktops. And social media is a mainstay in their lives.

Some 90% access Facebook at least once a week, 77% access YouTube, 57% access Instagram, 56% use Pinterest, 47% use Twitter and 28% use Snapchat.

In the area of beauty, 73% of millennial women say looking “beautiful/sexy” is important to them. That compares to 57% of Boomer women who say that.

A majority of millennial women (62%) consider themselves “foodies” and 79% like to experiment when cooking. While 70% say they will stick to food brands they trust, 78% will try new products if recommended by friends. Big purchase motivators also include coupons (64%) and price (63%). Millennials also turn to digital to get information on different foods.

One piece of data seems contradictory. Boomer women are more concerned with eating healthy (76% vs. 63% of millennial women), yet millennial women are more likely to look for natural/organic ingredients.

In the area of home, 75% of millennial women like to decorate and do home improvement projects; 69% like to experiment to change the look of their home; and 52% change their home décor seasonally.

Pinterest was listed as millennial women’s most influential source of impacting a home product purchase, followed by recommendations from friends and family.


Ellen DeGeneres: My clothing Line Gives Girls the Voice I Never Had

Like most of us queer women born in a certain era, Ellen DeGeneres as a child was forced to wear dresses, pinks and a lot of “girly” things her mother made for her wear – sigh.

Talking to Mashable, Ellen said

When I was growing up I didn’t have a lot of choices, as most kids don’t. It really starts when you’re young. It starts when you’re able to express yourself…”

Enter GapKids x ED and the #heyworld campaign, which launches this week. A clothing line that Ellen hopes will allow children to express their authentic identities and empower girls to embrace what makes them different.

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In the past, Ellen says she tired to appease her parents by wearing traditional girls’ clothes out in public — from school to church — and afterward immediately changing into comfortable outfits, similar to her sartorial tastes today.

It’s really important to dress in a way that is you, and these clothes that we have designed together are very unique and very powerful and very different.”

Besides DeGeneres, other influencers such as Hilary Duff, Victoria Justice and Nikki Reed, have joined the crusade and will be hash-tagging “heyworld” on social media, for young people either seeking advice or encouragement.


Ellen added

I’m a comedian, I’m funny some of the time, but I’m not funny all of the time. I’m definitely sad sometimes. I have my days when I’m down, and my days when the world is overwhelming and sad things happen. You should look for ways to feel better about yourself and not get down on yourself because you’re having a bad day.”

She wants people to use the hashtag campaign for this purpose, and to talk through tough times.

I want to see what people are writing, what they choose to express, and what they choose to say. I want to see if socially they are going to send us message [about] who they are, what sets them apart, what makes them unique.”


Tricia Nichols, global lead of consumer engagement and partnerships for Gap, added

Ellen represents an American icon with a commitment to individuality. ED by Ellen is all about “being allowed to be the individual you are.”

Along with DeGeneres, Gap plans to highlight responses and inspiring stories that come from the movement — on her show, Instagram and Twitter.

Hopefully young girls are going to get empowered by this, which is my goal,”

Ellen DeGeneres Inspires Young Girls Fashion with New GapKids Range

Chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and her lifestyle brand ED has teamed with Gap to produce GapKids x ED

The 57-year-old chat show host revealed she loves working with them because of their principles and standards.


Gap has always encouraged people to be themselves, and I love that they have the same values that I have: to be true to who you are and to wear cute pants.

I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things, and that’ll encourage even more people to do incredible things, and eventually the world will be a more incredibler place.”

Pieces from the collection – which are modelled by a pro-Skateboarder, a young entrepreneur, a professional drummer, and a 9-year-old engineer of prosthetic hands – will feature lightning bolts to depict power and speech bubbles to represent words of encouragement.


Also read: Ellen DeGeneres Discusses Designing Clothes In A Post-Gender World

Although the collection focuses on clothing for girls, there will also be a small assortment of apparel for boys and adults.


Ellen said in a statement:

I think it’s important to teach boys at a young age to respect girls and their ideas. It’s like Aretha Franklin spelled, R-E-S-P-E-C-D. By the way, we have some really amazing boys clothes in the collection. We believe in equal opportunity cuteness.”

The collection will be available on gap.com and in GapKids stores worldwide in August.

Ellen DeGeneres New Luxury Lifestyle Brand ‘ED’ is Finally Launched (Video)

It’s hard to imagine, and frankly pretty unfair, that someone could be as hilarious and stylish as Ellen DeGeneres. But the comedian and everyone’s favourite talk show host just proved her fashion prowess with the launch of her new lifestyle brand, ED.

First announced last month, Ellen explained that she was inspired by fans who were copying her “very distinct way of dressing”, but struggling to find the clothing they wanted to buy.

The website offers a range of clothes and homeware goods chosen by the chat show host.

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Also read: Ellen DeGeneres Discusses Designing Clothes In A Post-Gender World

She described the line, which features bomber jackets, blazers and shorts, as not being “extremely feminine, it’s not masculine, it’s just comfortable”.

The name of the line comes from Portia de Rossi’s nickname for Ellen, and if that’s not enough to make you fall in love with it, the collection’s even better than we imagined.

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Ellen DeGeneres Discusses Designing Clothes In A Post-Gender World

Her new lifestyle brand, ED, features all things Ellen, including a clothing collection — slouchy sweaters, soft T-shirts, sleek bomber jackets, casual blazers — made for the rest of us.

In a recent interview with refinery29, DeGeneres discussed her reasons for designing her new gender fluid brand.

I was having a hard time finding clothes that I felt comfortable in. I think dressing every day is a way of expressing yourself. You can almost see someone’s personality with what they wear. I don’t wear a lot of bright colours, because even though I’m in the public eye and on television, I’m not an extrovert. I’m a very quiet, shy person if you know me. I dress in more earth tones and more neutral colours because, it’s weird, but I don’t like to stand out. I also like to be really comfortable. And, I’ve never found women’s clothes that I felt completely comfortable in, the way they were cut. I didn’t want to wear men’s clothes, and if I did like something… I would always have to alter it to fit me.


On how the brand started, Degeneres added

We started making my own clothes on the show and noticing that a lot of people who were coming to the show were trying to dress like me, but those clothes weren’t out there. I mean, I have a very distinct way of dressing, and clearly other people are responding to it, so that was the impetus to launch the brand. So, there’s a line that’s out there that’s not extremely feminine, it’s not masculine, it’s just comfortable.”

Degeneres, says like most of us, she struggled to find clothes that truly expressed herself

We find our own way instead of just going along with what society presents us. It’s the same with clothing. I was just wearing what I could find that was comfortable for me. I mean, if you look back at some of my styles — unfortunately, they’re all documented because I’ve been on television since the ’80s — there’s some bad style there. I think maybe Sinbad was an influence for me? That’s a joke. Also, for a time, I was closeted, so I was also highly aware of, How can I be myself and be comfortable and yet not give away the fact that I’m gay? Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, rag & bone — I loved a lot of clothes, but they weren’t exactly me. It took time for me to recognise what exactly made me comfortable.”

I don’t like extreme, feminine things. And, I don’t like masculine things, and yet I’m more drawn to men’s sweaters or the way Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt dresses. So, I think it’s blending both of those things to be sort of non-gender-specific, just cool and classic. ’Cause I don’t think blue is for boys and pink is for girls. I don’t think that exists anymore. We’re living in a world where, you know, Bruce Jenner is a woman. We’re learning so much about gender and sexuality and fluidity, and I think that should blend and bleed into the fashion world.”

You can read the full article at refinery29

First Look at Ellen DeGeneres’ New Clothing Range

As we all, know America’s favourite funny lady Ellen DeGeneres is adding ‘designer’ to her résumé, with the launch lifestyle brand ED (pronounced “Ed,” a nod to wife Portia de Rossi’s nickname for her).



And now we’re starting to get a peak at the new collection, which serves up cool tailored clothing and eclectic housewares inspired by DeGeneres’ own closets and homes.

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I want my line to be the answer to ‘I have nothing to wear. Guests on my show always ask me where they can get my clothes. Now I’m excited to tell them, ‘I’m wearing me!'”

A teaser site, only informational and with imagery, goes live May 18 at Edbyellen.com with sales opening in mid-June.

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The specific date is to be determined, as the full site remains under construction. Conversations are under way with a major retail partner and a deal should be in place in time for the fall selling season. In addition, a major event is being planned for New York Fashion Week, with the details still under discussion.

The whole brand is beyond what I expected. It’s my brand, but I can kind of brag about it, [because] it’s other people that made this happen and executed it.”

Reflecting DeGeneres’ personal style, the fashion focuses on classic tailoring and sharp attention to detail. Casual and chic — DeGeneres’ guiding mantra. Inherent therein: the comfort quotient.

It just doesn’t exist [elsewhere],” DeGeneres contended. “That’s what’s special about it. What makes a shirt different, any sweater different — it’s just all in the detail. Everything about it is casual and yet it’s chic.

This is nothing new to say, but I don’t think you should sacrifice style for comfort. That’s mainly the way I dress. I care about how I look and I care about aesthetic tremendously; I like nice things.”

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For Ellen each item must not only look good but make sense.

I’m not going to wear a dress because I just don’t feel comfortable in dresses, but if I were to wear a dress it would be that dress. Probably Kim Kardashian is not going to buy my clothes. She might — and then just shorten them….I don’t think anyone [on the team] dis- agreed with me when I said the dress was too short and it wasn’t an objectification issue. It was more practical — when you sit down. I have a lot of actresses on the show. They come out and sit down and say, ‘oh, I didn’t sit down backstage. I didn’t see how short this was going to be.’ The stylists dress them right before they come out. They come down and sit down and they can’t cross their legs. I think it’s important to be able to wear a dress and be comfortable and sit down and not worry about how you sit.”

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Maternity Wear Company Caters to LGBTQ Bodies

If you do a quick Google search of ‘maternity wear’, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of similar images. Almost all of the suggestions of clothes to fit a pregnant body will be some sort of dress, be it professional and sleek or maxi and ready for the summer. Many of the maternity clothes are also typically ‘feminine’ colours or have floral prints on them too. And while this may suit some, for many pregnant people, this is exclusionary.

This is an issue that very often leaves pregnant LGBTQ people in a dilemma. For example, pregnant trans men may struggle to find clothes that suit their bodies due to the fact that it’s uncommon that maternity lines will make clothes for pregnant men. Non-binary or genderqueer bodies also aren’t catered to and neither are lesbians who prefer more masculine clothes.

This is a problem that Butchbaby & Co. would like to solve, and later this year the company will release a line of “alternity wear for pregnant masculine, transgender, and queer individuals” that includes sweaters, jeans, hoodies and boxer briefs.

The company’s vision statement explains that:

The vision of Butchbaby & Co. is to create a world where pregnant individuals’ identities don’t have to change just because one’s body does. Alternity wear is the alternative to the hyperfeminine, heteronormative, eurocentric maternity wear that only exists today.”

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What is also positive is that Butchbaby is part of a growing, inclusive trend. As profiled by ABC News, there are also companies like Bluestockings Boutique which offers a range of queer-owned and designer underwear brands and there is also the Los Angeles-based company Sharpe Suiting which makes bespoke suits without making assumptions about the wearer’s gender or identity.

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We may still be a long way away from clothing retailers doing away with ‘male’ and ‘female’ sections in their stores, but hopefully this trend continues.


Erika Linder: “I Don’t Want to be Labeled”

Former soccer player and self-described tomboy from Sweden, Erika Linder is famed for showcasing her androgyny in campaigns for Tom Ford, a Vogue Italia spread, and even a Katy Perry music video.


In fact, her first-ever photo shoot, she posed — convincingly — as a young Leonardo DiCaprio circa his Nineties film “The Basketball Diaries.” It was a gig that marked the start of a versatile career path.

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Speaking with wwd.com the model recalled that period of time

Yeah. And back then, it wasn’t really happening as much. No one was really out there doing that. This guy hit me up who runs Candy magazine — Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber had shot for it — they shoot boys like girls and vice versa. This guy said, “I want to shoot you as young Leonardo DiCaprio from ‘The Basketball Diaries.’” The agency was like, “No, no, no.” They were weirded out about it. And I said, “But I would do that even if I wasn’t a model!” So I ended up doing it anyway. It was my first photo shoot.”

Back then she was 21, now she is 24-year-old and Los Angeles-based model, who lives with her girlfriend and their dog Butters.


I’m not out there saying, ‘I’m a guy,’ I don’t want to be labeled. At the end of the day, I’m a girl. I don’t want to have a sex change. I don’t want to only model the men’s stuff. I’m just good at doing both.”

In addition to modeling, Linder, who at times bears a subtle resemblance to model Daria Werbowy and at others the late River Phoenix, also acts, plays music and recently launched a namesake unisex apparel line.

I had wanted to launch a unisex line for like a year. My friend in L.A. was like, “I’ll run the business and you will be the face of it.” We came up with a few things like hoodies, beanies, snapbacks, baseball shirts — very plain stuff. I’m having fun with it. Things are still in production, but people have been ordering it from Australia, Hong Kong and Sweden.”

But she is not limited to just fashion, Linder has her eyes set on other things.

I wanna do movies, I wanna do music when I’m not shy about it….I love outdoor stuff. I want to go to Yellowstone. But for me, at the end of this whole crazy thing, I just want to get a house in Sweden somewhere in the countryside with my dogs. That’s it.

What Should Lesbians Say When Mistaken For Men?

You know the scene. You’re walking around with your girl friend and some dude starts saying “Young man! Excuse me!” Then you look up at him (kind of in shock) and he goes “Oops, young lady, sorry!”

What to do? I’m not often mistaken as a boy, but I know how it can leave you feeling. Some people can be insulted some feel indifferent or even a little proud… It really depends on the person, just like anything else.

Kristen Stewart Flaunts the Androgynous Look for Chanel Eyewear Campaign

The now androgynous beauty, Kristen Stewart, has spent plenty of time in front of the camera as the female lead, but for her latest campaign for Chanel, she stepped behind the lens.


The 24-year-old Twilight Saga star has been signed up to model Chanel’s sunglasses and opticals range for spring/summer 2015, but for the shoot Stewart had a bit of a role reversal, facing off against Karl Lagerfeld with a camera.

In a statement, the French fashion house said the black and white images show the actress becoming ‘a charming photo-reporter, her gaze framed by the new optical eyewear and sunglasses’.

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What we see, is that she can work a variety of frame shapes, from aviator to square frames.

On Chanel’s website, you’ll find more photos, and you can watch Kristen work all of the styles in a behind-the-scenes video.

‘GenderFlux’ Fashion Label Caters to a Diverse Genderfluid and Non-Binary Audience

When you go into most clothing stores these days, their clothes will be separated into ‘male’ and ‘female’ sections based on how feminine or masculine the designs are. Not only is this a pointless move on the retailer’s part (clothes are just clothes and should not be inherently gendered) but it’s also discriminatory to those who don’t identify as male or female (or identify as both) and are just out to buy some new threads – without misgendering themselves in the process.

Furthermore, because of the way that clothes are gendered in stores it means that genderfluid or non-binary folks often fail to find clothes that fit them, as they are designed to fit cisgendered bodies. Even when clothes do cater to non-cis people, those sizes tend to be on the small size.

This dilemma is exactly why Elliott Alexzander’s style blog – House of Alexzander – has been such a huge success. Alexzander explains:

“This came from my personal struggles. I had a hard time finding clothes that fit my body and still allowed me to express who I am. When I started my fashion blog, I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one.”


And following on from the blog’s success, Alexzander has ventured into the world of fashion retail, having launched the GenderFlux fashion label. The idea behind behind GenderFlux, Alexzander says, is that:

“We want to create fashion that is marketed in a way that doesn’t make the customer feel bad about their body or their gender expression. And to create a space where non-binary people can shop for clothes without feeling uncomfortable.”

One way that Alexzander is keeping to that is by using models of colour, as well as models with varying body types to promote the clothes on the GenderFlux site (GenderFlux.com). As it stands, GenderFlux’s products include a bracelet and several t-shirts emblazoned with the gender variant logo and the phrases ‘GenderVariant’, ‘Non-Binary’ and ‘GenderQueer’.

The obvious issue with these clothes is that although they are inclusive, there aren’t really any options for genderfluid or non-binary folks who have not yet told people about their gender identity and so wearing a piece of GenderFlux clothing could out themselves. Alexzander says that there are plans for a full GenderFlux clothing line which will be designed to fit all sorts of body types, so perhaps this issue will be addressed then.

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Out Fashion Designer Phoebe Dahl is Educating Women the Help of New Clothing Line

Some of you may recognise Phoebe Dahl because of her high-profile relationship with model and soon to be megastar of Orange Is The New Black, Ruby Rose.

However, you are set to see her in a very different light – for her fashion and clothing line which is helping young girls receive an education.

She uses durable and simple organic fabrics to create elegant, comfortable and functional linen dresses, tops and bottoms for women.

However, for Dahl clothes are much more than a reflection of individual style.

The Los Angeles based designer’s fashion label, Faircloth & Supply, is an ethical women’s linen line working towards increasing the economic empowerment of women worldwide.

Dahl – the daughter of screenwriter Lucy Dahl and granddaughter of celebrated author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal – has spent most of her adult years in the world of fashion.

She attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, studied at the London College of Fashion, and worked with Amsterdam designer Jupe By Jackie.

However, on a recent business trip to Japan, she was exposed to textile mills producing stunning linen, and on the streets there she saw girls wearing the fabric in beautiful, oversize silhouettes.

A subsequent trip to India, where she was struck by its grave poverty, left her with the resolve to meld her interest in design with a philanthropic cause.

After setting up a small studio in Silver Lake, she researched women’s rights charities and designed the first pieces for Faircloth & Supply.

One of the reasons why I started my company is because I love fashion, but I didn’t want to be a part of the cutthroat industry [in New York]. I needed to create a company where I can do what I love, which is sewing, designing, and also being able to travel and do charity work. So I just kind of dreamed it up… and this is it.”

Every purchase from the collection provides a girl in Nepal with a school uniform through the GO Campaign, which works directly with the Nepalese non-profit organization General Welfare Pratisthan.

In addition to granting her enrolment in school, a uniform makes a Nepalese girl less likely to be the target of sex traffickers and other exploitation.

We’ve put 1,000 girls through school who wouldn’t have otherwise gone. We’re hoping to triple [that number] this year, fingers crossed. I get caught up when I’m over here in my busy life, and then I go back over there and I realize why I’m doing this and why I have to work so hard.”

Last spring, after only three months of dating, Dahl became engaged to Ruby Rose. Their schedules mean that the pair is on the road a lot, but they plan to wed in late 2016, once things calm down.

For now, they live in Silver Lake with a flock of rescued animals and try to use the attention they receive for good.

“We try to be good role models. Especially for the gay community and young gay women. People message us with stories, and we always make a point to respond and be there.”

A clothing collaboration with Rose is in the making, but no details have been given yet.

Evan Rachel Wood Stars in New Video For Queer Fashion Brand Wildfang

Evan Rachel Wood is the new face Portland-based clothing brand Wildfang – fronting their latest campaign, in this fantastic video.


In the short film, the Emmy-nominated actress is also joined by Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon, singer Beth Ditto and NBA star Robin Lopez, which is titled with the clever hashtag #EvanRachelWould.

Directed by James Westby and the video begs the question: ‘What would happen if you stopped saying no and started saying yes?’

“It’s a super funny piece that encourages you to find adventure in the ordinary, push yourself to take on the unknown, and have the ladyballs to say ‘yes’ to the opportunities life presents us – big or small.”

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In addition to the short clip, Wildfang’s team created a special “Evan Rachel Would” t-shirt with all proceeds going to the Friends Of Children charity.


“This charity helps the most vulnerable kids in our communities. It’s the perfect opportunity to shine some light on a yes-worthy cause. It’s my new favourite tee.”

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Wood has been teasing the release of the campaign video for weeks using the hashtag #EvanRachelWould.


So if #EvanRachelWould. Would you?

Selfridges Launches New Era of Genderless Fashion with ‘He, She, Me’

The iconic store Selfridges, on London’s Oxford Street, announced earlier this year that it will be moving toward gender-neutral clothing ranges, and encouraging its shoppers to transcend traditional notions of male and female dress to find their perfect fit – ideal for an queer wardrobe.

The London-based store has done away with separate men’s and women’s fashion departments in favour of a gender-neutral shopping experience, featuring three floors of unisex fashion, accessories, and beauty products.


To go alongside this collection, the store a created a new gender-neutral promotional video. The video, which features the exclusive song ‘He She Me’ by Devonté Hynes and Neneh Cherry, shows the Agender campaign in all its glory.


A Selfridges spokesperson told the Daily Mail.

“For us, Agender is not about harnessing a ‘trend’ but rather tapping into a mind-set and acknowledging and responding a cultural shift that is happening now. We will explore the relationship between gender and retail physically, digitally and in all of our stores. The project will act as a test bed for experimentation around ideas of gender —both to allow our shoppers to approach the experience without preconceptions and for us as retailers to move the way we shop fashion forward.”

The unisex collection will be at Selfridges’ Manchester and Birmingham stores, as well as on its website. The designers whose gender-neutral fashions will be featured at Selfridge’s will include Belgian avant garde designer Ann Demeulemeester, English designer Gareth Pugh, and designer Nicola Formichetti – who is said to be Lady Gaga’s favourites designer.

Creative director Linda Hewson says they are “responding to a cultural shift that is happening right now” and will “allow our shoppers to approach the experience without preconceptions”.

In a world that is already blurring gender lines by featuring cosmetics modelled by drag queens (RuPaul for MAC) and sending transgender models down the runway, the Agender project could be described not as “fashion forward” but rather, of the moment.

“We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes. A space where clothing is no longer imbued with directive gender values, enabling fashion to exist as a purer expression of ‘self.”

Linda Hewson, Selfridges’ Creative director

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& Other Stories Debuts Valentine’s Day Campaign Starring Lesbian Couple

The fashion company & Other Stories has a new Valentine’s day campaign, which features models and real-life couple, Eden Clark and Lizzie Tovell.

The photo shoot highlights the tender moments in their relationship via a series of romantic and subtle self-portraits, and presents positive representation of queer love in mainstream outlets.

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This is not the first time the company has used a same-sex couple in the advertising. The British retailer featured real life lesbian fashion couple Jenny Shimizu and Michelle Harper in a lookbook last spring.

Lesbians Are Less Concerned About What Their Partners Wear Than Straight Women

According to a survey by British retailer Littlewoods, lesbians are less concerned about what their partners wear than straight women.

The survey showed 16% of women look to change their new girlfriend’s wardrobe – compared with almost 20% of women with a new boyfriend.

Around 28% straight women with a husband or long-term boyfriend confessed to making changes to his look.

However, only 16% of lesbians and bisexual women with a wife or long-term girlfriend made changes, and from this 25 to 34-year-olds were the biggest fashion gurus in a relationship and most likely to choose what their wife or girlfriend wore.

For those who do change their own style to please their partner, two thirds said they do it because they want their lover to find them as attractive as possible.

So the big questions are – would you change your style for your partner, new or old? Or would you expect them to make changes if you weren’t happy?


Selfridges Department Store Goes Gender Neutral

Iconic high-end retail store Selfridges based in the UK, has announced it is set to stock its shelves with unisex clothing.

The high-end store, which is known for revolutionizing fashion is ditching its separate men and women’s departments and will instead have three floors of unisex clothing. It is described as a “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay … found in between” that will “take … customers on a journey where they can choose to shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes”.


The unisex collection will be at Selfridges’ Manchester and Birmingham stores, as well as on its website. The designers whose gender-neutral fashions will be featured at Selfridge’s will include Belgian avant garde designer Ann Demeulemeester, English designer Gareth Pugh, and designer Nicola Formichetti – who is said to be Lady Gaga’s favorites designer.

Creative director Linda Hewson says they are “responding to a cultural shift that is happening right now” and will “allow our shoppers to approach the experience without preconceptions”.

In a world that is already blurring gender lines by featuring cosmetics modeled by drag queens (RuPaul for MAC) and sending transgender models down the runway, the Agender project could be described not as “fashion forward” but rather, of the moment.

“We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes. A space where clothing is no longer imbued with directive gender values, enabling fashion to exist as a purer expression of ‘self.”

Linda Hewson, Selfridges’ Creative director

Lea DeLaria | Best Dressed Butch And Winner At The SAG Awards

At this Sunday’s SAG Awards, the OITNB team took home the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, but what was so great about this award is the fact the team emphasize the importance of diversity on-screen.

DeLaria is a s diverse as they get on the hollywood scene, but that is why we love her. Especially the way she represents our community.

Always stunning in suit, with her beautiful girlfriend by her side, DeLaria does not shy her queerness from the camera.


She is open and frank about who she is, and projects this with such confidence that we can’t help but smile.


In a past interview with the UK paper the Independent, she said about her style

“There is a ceiling that allows you to be a certain kind of gay. I’m not a lapdog cut person and I won’t tow the party line. People don’t want you to rock the boat. Even the modern queer movement have a problem with that. When you look like me, you want to act in a certain way.

There are two types of lesbians or dykes – the type that go to the Emmys wearing a tuxedo but don’t wear the bow tie, and those that do – the unapologetically butch.”

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“Being butch is still a dirty little secret, but it’s how some of us are. We can’t forget where we came from. We need to put a positive face on it and it all comes from this international homophobia, that are only certain things are good; that you can’t be that type of lesbian.

It’s important for me to communicate that there’s nothing bad about being gay.”

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