ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Want to dress like Kate Hudson and be environmentally conscious, too? You’re in luck.
The actress has just launched a ready-to-wear, eco-friendly clothing line called Happy x Nature (pr: Happy by Nature). All of the pieces were inspired her own bohemian aesthetic, with lots of denim, flowy dresses and soft tees and tanks.
Hudson, who also founded the athletic wear line Fabletics, says she collaborated with a designer and they did a deep dive into her entire fashion history, paparazzi pics and all.
“The brand DNA was really about my closet,” she says. “It has to feel authentic to me because it’s my line. And it was actually kind of odd for me because [the designer] brought in all these phases of my entire fashion life that I’d never seen…I was like, ‘This is crazy!’”
Not only did her personal style come in handy for inspo, so did her acting background.
“You go so deep on a character that we did the same thing with the clothes,” she says. “…The way we started was, she’s a California girl, she’s road tripping through the desert and everything for us is gonna be inspired by nature, which is why we called it Happy x Nature.”
The line, which is affordably priced from $48 to $148, is available on happyxnature.com and in select New York & Company stores.
Beauty Icon Bobbi Brown on Her New Wellness Line, Evolution_18
When the biggest name in makeup is going beyond makeup, it’s worth taking notice. Makeup artist and living legend Bobbi Brown has recently launched a line of supplements designed to address a wide range of beauty concerns, and – get this – you can get them at Walmart! Walmart’s own beauty guru, cosmetics buyer Melanie Deschaine, got the full story.
Melanie Deschaine: Bobbi, we’re so excited about launching Evolution_18 in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com. Everyone knows you as a makeup artist, so it was probably surprising to many customers and fans when you rolled out a health and wellness line last year. Can you explain how protein powder and probiotics make sense for someone known for bronzer and blush?
Bobbi Brown: For me, health and wellness are not something new as a beauty expert. I have always believed that the better you take care of yourself on the inside, the better you’ll look on the outside. This philosophy was just as important to me when I was a makeup artist as it is now. Glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair all begin with what you put in your body.
MD: I love the focus on inner beauty and self-care. It’s something my husband and I are really trying to instill in our 13-year-old daughter, and I think it’s something we can all practice. Tell me, why is now the right time to come out with a wellness line?
BB: After the release of my last book, Beauty From the Inside Out, which focused not just on makeup tips and skincare, but also featured beauty food recipes and fitness advice, I realized there was an audience out there that was hungry for more. I went and got my degree as a health coach from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and set out to create simple and effective products that support both inner and outer beauty.
MD: Love it! What about the name “Evolution_18”? Where did that come from?
BB: It’s a combination of the name of my lifestyle company Beauty Evolution, and the address of my photo studio, 18 Label Street. I saw these products as an evolution of the wellness and beauty categories and the name just stuck.
MD: Your beauty line has been carried by the most chic stores in the world – your first makeup line debuted at Bergdorf Goodman. Why was it important for your wellness line to be available at Walmart?
BB: Health and wellness shouldn’t be exclusive, they are things that should be available to everyone. And I can’t imagine a better partner than Walmart to help make my products accessible to everyone. Not only is this new collection affordable, but the supplements really work — and they taste great!
MD: Absolutely! We often say that the beauty aisle might be the only bit of “me time” a customer gets in her shopping trip, so we owe it to her to make that a great experience. What’s the biggest mistake people are making when it comes to their health?
BB: I see the biggest mistake people make when it comes to their health is approaching it as a one-size-fits-all thing. Just because something is working for a friend or family member, doesn’t mean it will work for you. You have to listen to your body to figure out the right combination of food, exercise, water and supplements you need to look and feel your best.
MD: That’s a great lesson, and it’s true for beauty, too. Beauty is about being your authentic self, not shape shifting into what you think you should be. So my personal favorite item from Evolution_18 are the gummies. They taste great and are quick and easy to take. What’s your favorite item from the line?
BB: That is a hard one! I think it would be the Beauty Superfood Powder. It has a blend of over 30 fruits and vegetables, a blend of healthy fats to nourish skin, prebiotic fiber for your gut and collagen peptides for your hair, skin and nails. It is a powerful beauty cocktail and is perfect for adding to your favorite smoothie.
Bobbi Brown’s new health and wellness line Evolution_18 is available in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com.
Step inside the science lab of the pioneering physicist Hedwig Kohn with a Google Doodle that celebrates her birthday, 132 years later.
Hamburg-based artist Carolin Löbbert pays tribute to the life and accomplishments of the scientist through sketches that gradually become more detailed and colorful, reflecting the progression of Kohn’s exceptional career.
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Born in Breslau, which is now Wrocław, Poland on April 5, 1887, Kohn became one of only three women certified to teach physics at a German university before World War II. As a Jewish woman, Kohn was barred from her teaching position in 1933 when Germany’s Nazi regime started to remove Jews from government positions. But she did not give up. She continued her work by taking up research contracts in industrial physics.
In 1940, when it was clear she could no longer safely stay in Germany, she fled to the United States, where was able to pursue her dream of teaching at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina and Wellesley College in Massachusetts. In her basement lab, she mentored Ph.D. students in their research and developed her work in flame spectroscopy, a project she had started in 1912, a year before she received her doctorate.
After retiring from teaching in 1952, Kohn took on a research associate position at Duke University in North Carolina. Kohn’s work was published in 20 journals and a textbook that was used to introduce students to radiometry (the science of measuring electromagnetic radiation, including light) well into the 1960s.
She died in 1964 at the age of 77. Her work continues to be cited and her legacy as a resilient pioneer, who found opportunities at a time when they were scarce, will surely be remembered.
Correction, April 5
The original version of this story misstated whether Kohn’s work continues to be used. It is still cited today. The original version of this story also misstated the type of work Kohn did. She worked in flame spectroscopy, not flame spectronomy.
LONDON — Mary Quant was one of the best-known designers of the Swinging Sixties, a creative and commercial trailblazer who put London fashion on the world map. Synonymous with some of the defining styles of the era such as the miniskirt and hot pants, she helped spark a quantum shift in fashion, pushing the boundaries of acceptable streetwear and challenging the dominance of male French couturiers.
Yet today, the 89-year-old plays second fiddle to many of those better known industry greats.
Now a new exhibition on her life and work, opening April 6 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, aims to rectify that situation. The first international retrospective of her work in almost half a century (the last one was in 1973 at Kensington Palace in London), it focuses on her heyday from 1955 to 1975, with more than 120 garments on display over two floors, along with accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs belonging to Ms. Quant, most of which have never been seen before.
“Mary Quant grew up at a time when women were meant to dress like their mothers and went straight out of [school] uniform into pearls and twin sets, particularly in Britain,” Jenny Lister, the exhibition co-curator, said. “With her higher-than-high hemlines, colorful tights and masculine tailored trousers, she helped wipe out British postwar drabness and create a bold new attitude to dressing.
Ms. Quant with the hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, another ‘60s celebrity. The designer’s sculpted bob was an important part of her public image.
“More than that, as one of the earliest and most eminent female fashion designers, Mary was also a powerful role model for working women,” she added.
Emerging at the time of feminism’s second-wave (after suffrage), Ms. Quant famously said she “didn’t have time to wait for women’s lib.” The exhibition — ranging from the boxy clothes she created for Bazaar, which opened in 1955 as the first boutique on King’s Road (later, the epicenter of ’60s fashion) to some of the thousands of her products that were licensed, mass manufactured and sold around the world — suggests she had an approach to the business of fashion and branding that was far ahead of her time.
Her practical stretchy jersey dresses, pinafores with Peter Pan collars, PVC raincoats and flat shoes are showcased against a backdrop of vibrant Pop Art illustrations. So, too, are the tools she used to propel herself to fame, including her distinctive daisy logo, adventurous approaches to advertising and her personal style (symbolized by short skirts and a Vidal Sassoon-sculpted bob).
A satin mini and shorts combination by Ms. Quant.
“The celebrity designer is an accepted part of the modern fashion system today, but Mary was rare in the ’60s as a brand ambassador for her own clothes and brand,” Ms. Lister said. “She didn’t just sell quirky British cool, she actually was quirky British cool, and the ultimate Chelsea girl.”
The Quant lifestyle empire later encompassed numerous international licenses, including stationery, paint, kitchenware and cosmetics. And, although the exhibition stops in 1975, Ms. Quant did not, going on to author books about her makeup ideas, introduce a limited edition of the Quant Mini car, and open a chain of Mary Quant Colour shops in Japan.
In 2000, she resigned from the company that bore her name, selling it to her Japanese license holders in a deal cloaked in secrecy. She has kept a relatively low profile since then.
Ms. Quant “helped wipe out British postwar drabness,” Jenny Lister, an exhibition co-curator, said.
What the exhibition underscores is just how much she influenced today’s fashion — some exhibits look as if they came right off the fall runways — and also the impact she had on women’s lives. Indeed, a montage of video and images featuring some of the hundreds of women who responded to the museum’s call out last year under the hashtag #wewantquant, displayed in the show’s upper pavilion, leaves visitors with a renewed sense of the power of Ms. Quant’s name and legacy. Conceived as a way to track down some of the designer’s pieces now in private closets, it became a trove of memories as women described how they bought her clothes to wear to job interviews, birthday parties, work presentations and weddings; how they wore miniskirts to drive mo-peds through their mill hometowns or to present their university theses.
Ms. Quant did not attend previews of the show, but Ms. Lister said she supported the concept.