Prada's comic book girls prove women are dressing for themselves

Woman power has been something of a recurrent theme in fashion of late, from Dior's "We Should All Be Feminist" tees to the strong shoulders and Working Girl/Reagan-era OTT glamour references (shoulder pads and all) we've seen emerge on the catwalk in recent collections.

There's been an eschewing of minimalism, the dominant trend for so long, in brace of something a little, well, extra.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Milan – spiritual home of fashion maximalists – during fashion week.

As The Cut's Stella Bugbee noted of the effect that being in Milan during this ultimate gathering of the world's finest peacocks/magpies can have on one's psyche/shopping habits, "It's a place where you frequently see civilians wearing head-to-toe Gucci looks at 9am on a weekday. Even during a non-fashion week, Milan is a city that would bring out the fashion obsessive in people who like clothes — add the high of seeing so many extravagant shows, and we're like kids in a candy shop ready to put our mouths directly under the Jelly Belly dispenser and just let it rip."

And as Prada – a house that always explores what it means to be a woman – proved with its Milan Fashion Week collaboration witheight all-female comic book artists (including Brigid Elva, Jöelle Jones, Stellar Leuna and Giuliana Maldini) there's something particularly powerful about not just supporting other women but finding ways, as per the show's notes, for women to be shown in their own "uniquely empowering way".

The artists work with everything from manga to sci-fi and also took inspiration from comic book writer Tarpé Mills who created the first female action-hero, Miss Fury.

It resulted in a collection that was heavily layered – both physically and metaphorically – with pieces that included mannish business shirts and 50s-esque full skirts, excellent printed overcoats, clashing prints and textures and spiky brogues. Pieces for a woman who is assured in herself, despite being complicated and interesting: women who aren't afraid to experiment (and wear cartoon prints) tend to be.

Yet at Max Mara a different kind power could be found. Max Mara proved that a statement can be made quietly too, in good tailoring and sticking to the classics: a belted trench or nipped-in blazer are armour for modern women and won't let you down.

At Fendi, model on the rise Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford's daughter) was queen bee in a sculptural striped skirt suit, making something old-fashioned entirely modern, and brimming with possibility.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/melbourne-formal-dress-shops | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dress-shops-adelaide


Pringle of Scotland

According to Fran Stringer, knitwear gets a bad rap. The Pringle of Scotland creative director takes issue with the conventional wisdom that knits are only suitable for cold weather, and with this collection, she attempted to set the record straight. The accent here was on gossamer knits, ones woven from nylon, viscose, and cellulose yarn for results so fine the fabrics often didn’t read as knit at all. The first few looks—sheer cable-knit ensembles—made Stringer’s point very directly.

There’s another impression Stringer seems to be trying to correct. Pringle is still probably best known for its golfer’s argyle and prim cashmere twinsets, and that sort of old-school aristo aesthetic is, of course, one way of being Scottish. But Stringer wants the “of Scotland” in the brand name to mean something else: She wants to remind everyone that Scotland is a wild place, onetime stomping ground of William Wallace and his Braveheart rebels and home to some of the most gorgeous, desolate landscapes on the planet. The Harley Weir images of the Shetland Isles coastline that were printed onto a few pieces here—the most immediately striking ones in the show—put that sublimity front and center. But the idea was reiterated via subtler gestures, as well—the robust hand-knitting, the selvedge fringe on many of the garments, the dangling bits of multicolored thread on others. (The latter was a particularly appealing idea; Stringer could have done more with it.)

But Stringer was trying to have it both ways; clearly, she’s not running from the Pringle archive, merely looking for ways to reinvent the signatures. In this collection, her tack was to de-neaten the classic cardi, setting the shape off in various ways to create an air of dishevelment. Frankly, it was hard to resist the urge to straighten the sweaters up and set them at their proper angle. Which raises the question: Do people want a wild Pringle? The strongest looks in this show were the most rugged ones. But they were also the ones least identifiably Pringle, at least as the codes of the brand have historically been understood. The designer either needs to give her vision for a new, wild Pringle more specificity in order to stamp out an identity update or lean harder on the heritage and discover an interest in clothes that are crisp, cheerful, and polite. For all her self-evident talent and her welcome playfulness with knit, Stringer seems to be in a bit of a muddle as is.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dress-brisbane-online | http://www.marieaustralia.com/melbourne-formal-dress-shops


No one can pull off a white dress like Malaika Arora

When it comes to western dressing, Malaika Arora has always been the one to give us fashion goals. The beauty is someone who fashion enthusiasts have looked up to and with each passing year, she is only getting better. Recently, we spotted Arora giving us two spectacular looks in white and it left us drooling. While one leaned towards the formal side, the other was extremely casual.

To beat the heat during a salon visit, Arora kept it minimal and breezy in a white off-shoulder high-low hem dress from one of her favourite designers, Deme by Gabriella. With centre-parted hair, she rounded out her look with a pair of metallic sneakers in silver and oversized aviators. This look somehow reminded us of the Kardashian sisters and their style quotients.

On another occasion, the fashion influencer showed off her extremely toned body in a white textured bodycon from Anand Bhushan. Celebrity stylist Maneka Harisinghani picked up this dress to highlight Arora’s curves in a perfect way while celebrity make-up artist Mallika Bhatt used the bronze eye shadow and a bright red lip shade to accentuate her features. We also like the way celebrity hairstylist Alpa Khimani styled her hair all slick and sexy.Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com/backless-formal-dresses | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dress-shops-adelaide


5 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil of the most popular essential oils and is used in many beauty products. Produced from Melaleuca tree found in Australia, tea tree oil has been researched extensively. It has healing benefits and has been in use for thousands of years to treat several skin conditions. Two of the main active compounds present in it are eucalyptol, which has antiseptic properties, and terpenoids, which has antimicrobial properties. It is used in products to treat pimples and acne. The oil is also known for its ability to get rid of scalp infections and ingrown hair. You need a very small quantity of the oil. It can be used directly on the skin or with carrier oils like coconut oil or olive oil. Here are some more reasons to include tea tree oil in your beauty regimen.

1. Soothes razor burns

Razor cuts and burns are common, but it can be quite painful. You can soothe the burning sensation by applying tea tree oil on the affected area. All you have to do is take few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and dab it on your skin after shaving. It will not only relieve the razor burns but will also get rid of the ingrown hair. You can also make a diluted solution by adding a few drops of the oil in water. Apply this diluted solution on the affected area.

2. Treats acne

It is one of the best home remedies to treat acne and pimples. It is effective in reducing acne without any side effects. The antimicrobial properties of the oil cut down the growth of bacteria that cause acne. It also lowers the production of sebum by your skin. Add two to three drops of tea tree oil in one teaspoon of yogurt. Add in one teaspoon of honey and mix it well. Now, apply a thin layer of this mixture on your face and other affected area. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with plain water.

3. Relieves psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition in which the skin becomes inflamed, scaly and red. It is caused due to building up of dead skin cells. These red skin patches are usually itchy and painful. Tea tree oil can be used to treat this condition. It controls the production of skin cells and relieves redness and itching.

4. Reduces body odor

Body odor is an embarrassing condition and you can get rid of it by using tea tree oil. Using bathing products containing tea tree oil will reduce the growth of odor causing bacteria. You can use tea tree soap for bathing or wash your cloths using tea tree oil soap to get rid of the sweat odor.

5. Can be used as makeup remover

Tea tree can also be used as a natural makeup remover. You will have to mix it with a carrier oil. Add 10 drops of tea tree oil in a quarter cup of olive oil. Mix well and store it in a jar. Dab a few drops of this oil mixture on a cotton ball and use it to remove your makeup.

Tea tree oil also fights dandruff and promotes hair growth. You can also use it as a mosquito repellant.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/short-formal-dresses-australia | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dress-shops-adelaide


Fenty x Puma

Rihanna’s Instagram handle is called badgalriri for a reason. The pop star has an insatiable appetite for danger and her risk-taking swagger permeates everything she does, not least her sense of style. Tonight she gave fashion-conscious adrenaline junkies a night to remember, opening her Fenty X Puma show at the ‪Park Avenue Armory with a trio of dare-devil moto-cross stuntmen who turned dazzling 360-degree tricks over the mountains of pink sand on the runway below. After what has been a relatively subdued round of weekend shows, this was the electrifying moment that New York Fashion Week desperately needed, one that instantly had editors, celebrities, and ‪Rihanna fans in the crowd perched at the edge of their seats.

The collection itself was partly X Games inspired, with a number of classic surf references thrown in for good measure. In addition to biker shorts and scuba onesies, there were modern iterations of cheeky 1980s swim trends, including the French cut bathing suit, which has arguably been a hot button topic on beaches all over the land this summer. Long before the likes of Kendall and Bella were posting racy bikini selfies to Instagram, ‪Rihanna had that daring skin-baring look down pat, and her bright neon maillots and body-con beach cover-ups came with all the coolest trimmings, including industrial zippers, adjustable toggles, peekaboo lacing, and mesh overlay. The pop star has never been afraid of unleashing her inner tomboy either, and the oversized moto cross-inspired nylon track pants and anoraks were a nice way to push the athleisure trend out of its current spandex comfort zone.

Fenty X Puma has kept one step ahead, so to speak, thanks in part to shoe designs that think outside the box—‪Rihanna is the first woman to have won Footwear News’s coveted Shoe of the Year award, after all. Her accessories game was more experimental than ever this season: stiletto thong sandals were finished with chunky surf-style ankle straps, mules came floating on thick Perspex heels, her best-selling creepers were updated with chunky stomper boots, and the new logo fanny packs are likely to be a hit, too. Sneaker culture has gained considerable ground in the realm of high fashion, and it’s clear that ‪Rihanna understands the thrill of the chase for new and unexpected footwear across the board.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/long-formal-dresses-online | http://www.marieaustralia.com/formal-dresses-2017-online