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The Best Drag Translated Into Convertible Fashion Looks

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Acid Betty at RuPaul's Dragcon 2017

One of the most exciting parts about planning a new adventure is, well, the planning portion of it.

According to a published 2010 study in Applied Research in Quality of Life, vacationers are happiest just before their vacation- especially the part that includes planning what outfits you’re going to slay the scene in. But how do the most fashionable among us combine being both the brave explorer and fulfilling the need to stay on point? Look no further than drag, hunty – it’s possible to put together outfits that will transform you from daring, daytime diva to nasty, nightlife naughty girl (or boy, or any other non-gender-conforming-general-badass). Read on to discover the best how-to-transform-your-lewk tips.

Club Kid

Let’s get the hardest one out of the way first (that’s what she said). The history of Club Kids began underground in the eighties and nineties, time periods during which drag and queer outcasts felt like they could finally be free to be themselves – and free to take all kinds of drugs. Michael Alig and James St. James were the New York City leaders of the Club Kid scene, as documented in the cult classic Party Monster and the book Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland. The culture celebrated all things weird, outlandish, fabulous, bizarre – even downright disgusting. Some of the styles went mainstream, while some stayed firmly in the club scene.

Translating avant garde into regular ol’ garde can be tricky – especially when traveling. But it is doable. Keep your Club Kid wear to just one or two pieces that won’t get in the way of rock climbing at Jebel Rum or exploring Havasu Falls, like this body chain from Nasty Gal (body chain can also come in handy should your climbing rope break, and you need to Indiana Jones-it onto another rock, or signal to a passing helicopter that you’re about to plunge to your death.)

Another idea is to simply wear Club Kid-inspired makeup. Make sure you apply a lightweight, yet heavy-duty primer and base – tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation is a kickass base with a matte finish that contains SPF 15. This foundation can hold up through nearly anything, so do it up big when painting your face.

Goth

We all have a little goth in us, whether it’s the high school version of us that only shopped at Hot Topic, or the current, disenfranchised 30-year-old version of us with an all-black wardrobe and a glass-half-empty outlook (so, not much has changed). Unleash your inner goth queen while on vacay with that versatile, all-black wardrobe! Believe it or not, REI has some fab options, from Bill Adler belt to this La Selva rain jacket.The beauty of these pieces lies in their simplicity and ability to be just one part of your goth drag-inspired dark, twisted fantasy. Make sure to give yourself a smoky eye and some studded kicks for added badassery.

Pageant

Sometimes divas have to glam it up, whether we’re traveling alone or with our squirrel-friends. Pageant girls are the queens of all things fabulous, girly, big and beautiful – think the Kardashians, on beauty queen steroids. Just look at all these beautiful girls on Pinterest, living it up in places like London and possibly Italy in casualwear that may look basic, but that’s where you come in with your own fabulous, pageant girl take.

This look is all about big glam – and the bigger, the better. Try tassel and poof earrings, and big statement necklaces. Accessories are always a great option to glam up your travel look – trust, we’ve worn tassel earrings with trainers.

Androgyny

This style of drag is known as being “anti-queen,” as it doesn’t necessarily celebrate the femininity drag often strives to achieve – instead, it combines both masculine and feminine qualities, so that they somewhat cancel each other out, leading to an amorphous fashion statement. Queens that love this drag like to merge gender boundaries to create sexually ambiguous looks.

Possibly the simplest translation of drag look inspiration to travel in, the androgynous look is super versatile for nearly any climate or vacay from the ski slopes to the beach. Keep in mind that you can make even feminine-looking pieces androgynous by pairing them with more masculine looks. Be creative! Gender is a social construct, and who says you can’t wear a crocheted beach cover-up, even if you identify as a male, or shop in the “men’s” department if you’re super feminine? You do you. Live your best life, and whatever style of drag you choose to go on whatever adventure you want to go on – do it up big, because you are what? Sickening.

Originally posted 2017-09-11 21:47:06.

Anna Jones is a freelance writer, editor, and producer living in Atlanta, GA by way of Los Angeles. She owns a copywriting agency called Girl.Copy, and an independent film studio called Tiny Park Productions. She has been a professional writer for over 10 years, and four of those years were spent working for famous fashion bloggers and/or corporate fashion giants as a copywriter, like Hautelook and Nordstrom. She loves coffee, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking herself on solo sushi-and-beer dates.

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Amazon is selling a pro-anorexia hoodie during Mental Illness Awareness Week

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, folks, a time for sharing stories, knowledge, and coming together to talk about the importance of respecting mental illness.

Apparently, Amazon UK did not get the memo because they are selling hoodies making a mockery of anorexia, which is a serious mental health issue. The hoodie, in hot pink font, says “Anorexia: like Bulimia except with self-control.”

 

This is, of course, is disgusting and troubling, not only because it trivializes anorexia and bulimia, both of which are serious and life-ending illnesses, but because this isn’t the first time that people have disregarded eating disorders. Most of our culture treats eating disorders like a hollow punch line. In recent years, celebrities like Meghan Trainor said that she “wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder,” the late Carrie Fisher called herself a “failed anorexic,” and who could forget the infamous Kate Moss quote “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”?

People are understandably upset about this hoodie, calling for Amazon to ban the sale of the hoodie which is sold by a 3rd party for $25.88. People, many of whom have suffered for years or have lost loved ones to the illness, have spoken out about their disgust for this shirt.

However, other people have commented saying that this shirt is “no big deal” and people need to stop being so “politically correct” and some even find it “funny.”

So why is this shirt a big deal?

Because anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness and causes 12 times more deaths than any other illness among girls ages 15-24, to whom this hoodie is targeted. According to the National Eating Disorder Association 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from eating disorders at some point in their lives and 1 in 5 people with an eating disorder will die prematurely as a result.  

This isn’t a question of political correctness, or not being able to take a “joke.” These are human lives, humans who are dying over an illness that is constantly not treated or undertreated because of the horrible stigma. Because of horrible stereotypes that end lives. I personally never felt stronger, or felt that I had self-control because of my eating disorder. I don’t feel pride in my anorexia, but I will not be ashamed of my struggles and I will always speak out against toxic things such as this. Shirts like these, thoughts like these, are part of the problem. Speaking out is part of the solution.

So maybe I’m being too sensitive, but I think things are too loud to stay silent.

Originally posted 2017-10-07 18:16:23.

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The Best Street Wear Looks From NYFW

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It’s both the most wonderful time of the year and the saddest time of the year, folks: New York Fashion Week is over. Smile because it happened, don’t cry because it’s over – or something like that. Usually taking place between September 7 – September 15, NYFW is one of the biggest – if not the absolute largest- fashion event on the planet. Celebrities, models, fashion designers, ateliers, socialites, reporters, TV anchors, bloggers, reality stars, and paparazzi fly in from all over the world to cover the event to see who is wearing what, and who is snubbing who. But now, as we head rush headlong into October, fashion week is officially over and done, and we definitely have the post-glitz-and-glam blues.

But never fear – we at TravelPride get it. We know you need your daily dose of extra, and we’ve provided it for you in the form of delicious New York streetwear photos to inspire your Casual Friday outfit, your I-just-threw-this-old-thing-on-to-run-errands-in outfit, or your I-only-use-the-HER-app date night outfit. Read on to discover how you can turn NYC streetwear into oh-so-youwear:

Fur coats

Christine Centenera at NYFW 2017

Fur coats were, of course, all the rage once again this year, as demonstrated by Christine Centenera above. The Fashion Editor of Vogue Australia is donning a black-and-white coat, perfect for the fall season, with skinny jeans, a casual gray tee, and black heeled boots with metallic accents on the toes – the perfect casual-yet-glam ensemble, whether you’re heading into a fashion show or to the grocery store.

Bold 90s-inspired looks

A person on the streets of NYC

The nineties are back, baby, and it looks like they’re here to stay, with fashionistas not shying away from bold, bright jackets, baggy pants, and colored hair. This nuwave grunge look is very now, as chic guys and gals mix prints, crop tops, and chokers – but in a happier, more colorful way.

All About Accessories

Fashionistas show off accessories during NYFW

You know the quote supposedly made by Coco Chanel that states, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror, and take one thing off”? Well, in 2017, it looks like Coco may have been wrong. NYC streetwear favors the accessories-bold – we’re seeing plenty of hats, visible hair pieces, big bags, and technology. Everything is extra right now, and we can’t get enough.

Babes in Boots

Showing off a bright purse and killer boots during NYFW

Fall is everyone’s favorite season for a reason, and that reason is that it’s finally sweater/scarf/boot weather. Boots in particular were popping up all over the streets of NYC during Fashion Week, lending to a generally more comfortable vibe. Pain may be beauty, but it doesn’t have to be all of the time, and we love that high-end designers and fashionistas alike seem to be embracing the comfort trend without sacrificing chicness.

Hopefully, this small sampling gives you plenty of ideas heading into fall to [pumpkin] spice up your wardrobe. Until then, there’s always next year, when NYFW is sure to bring even more cool, It-Boy-or-Girl styles to the streets.

Originally posted 2017-09-26 12:35:32.

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The Best, Most Thrilling Moments from NYFW 2017

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Fashion Week in New York City is an always-fun, never-dull event. You can expect surprises from designers, whether it be clothing-related, or not inviting a fashionable celebrity to their afterparty (cue ensuing chaos). There are often collaborations no one knows about until they’re unveiling at Fashion Week, and shows that display a certain level of arrogance – it is all truly astounding in its scope and reach.

We’ve compiled our list of the most chaotic, outrageous, interesting, and hilarious events to transpire at New York Fashion Week 2017:

Leslie Jones losing her mind at Christian Siriano’s show

Christian Siriano partying with celebrities.

Most of us know the name Christian Siriano. He is the openly gay designer who won Project Runway in 2008, and has since gone on to have his own line and collaborations with multinational stores like Payless. His roster of celebrity clients include Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and, of course, Leslie Jones.

Siriano has been making the news lately for dressing not only women who don’t fit into your typical size 2 dress in Hollywood, but also women of color. Jones is his go-to gal, and she was sitting front row at his NYFW show, and losing her damn mind over the clothes. She was here for the fashion, she was living it, it was giving her LIFE. Leslie Jones was all of us. Coco Rocha, one of Christian’s models during the show, even advocated for Leslie being her “personal hype woman.” We’re with you, Coco – can Leslie be our personal hype woman for everything in life, too?

Tom Ford inspires himself

Tom Ford in France.

Tom Ford’s NYFW show was nothing short of magnificent. Using the go-to color, “Millennial Pink” (sorry not sorry, we are fans of this hue), bold shoulders, quadruple denim, and panty-flashing (we guess the early aughts are back?), Ford didn’t shy away from fun, daring choices in his aptly named Fucking Fabulous show. And his pieces were reportedly inspired by none other than the designer himself. How extra can you be to name your own show ‘Fucking Fabulous’ and say that you were inspired by yourself? Tom Ford extra, that’s how extra.

Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma Collaboration

Rihanna at an event.

On September 8, 2017, Rihanna debuted her Fenty makeup collection, and beauty mavens also lost their damn minds. With 40 shades to choose from, the collection has been receiving raves and very few rants, if any, since it dropped, and has been labeled as “one of the most inclusive lines to date.”

Rihanna has also been a collaborator with Puma since 2016 when she launched a Fenty sneaker line with the company, so it makes sense that there would be a Fenty x Puma collaboration at NYFW this year.

The ready-to-wear collection for Spring 2018 featured scuba-inspired gear, bathing suits, and biker shorts, but the moment everyone is talking about is the show’s opening, which featured motocross stuntmen performing 360-degree tricks over the mountains of pink sand on the runway. The dangerous stunts – as well as the clothing – earned stellar reviews from critics and fans alike. It doesn’t look like Rihanna is abdicating the fashion or beauty throne anytime soon.

Kim Kardashian gets locked out of Alexander Wang’s show

Kim Kardashian at an event.

Alexander Wang is one of the currently reigning Kings of Pissing Everyone in the Fashion World Off and is no stranger to controversy. According to Page Six, Wang angered celebrity guests and fans when he showed up an hour and a half late to his own show, making even the likes of Kim Kardashian West wait outside on the street in her towering heels. This slight apparently didn’t stop little sister Kendall from showing up to Wang’s afterparty on a party bus with fellow model Bella Hadid, but still – has he no manners? Wang also apparently seemed out of it during a post-show interview in a trailer that “smelled like vomit.”

We hope all is well in Wang’s world; despite the seemingly erratic nature of his shows, he is an incredibly talented young designer, and one we hope to see at NYFW for years to come, whether he’s inspiring himself a la Tom Ford, or simply having a blast like Leslie Jones and Coco Rocha. Here’s hoping next year’s antics are just as fun and fabulous as 2017’s!

Originally posted 2017-09-25 19:22:38.

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