It’s been a busy week in fashion with Dior breaking major fashion news, model Maria Borges making Victoria’s Secret runway history, and ASOS announcing the launch of their affordable bridal collection.
Over the weekend Victoria’s Secret held another show-stopping showcase full of glitz and glam. But one model, Maria Borges, made runway history with her natural afro. Dior may be treading the way for other exclusive fashion houses and announced early Sunday that they will be dipping into the online market. And lastly, ASOS, the online superstore announced early last Thursday that they will be launching a bridal department, making sure wedding fashions more obtainable for everyone.
Here are 3 top stories in fashion this week:
Victoria’s Secret Runway Show
The Victoria’s Secret runway is not exactly a place for diversity. When we think of the lingerie brand we usually picture blond bombshells such as Gisele Bundchen and Gigi Hadid strutting their stuff down the runway.
So imagine our surprise when Maria Borges, an African American model, decided to model with no extended locks and showcase her natural hair. She wore a bight blue lingerie set complete with yellow wings to give some electricity to the look. However, her different and stunning locks are what really caught our attention.
The 23 year old model made VS history by taking a stand to promote natural beauty. “I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” Maria said in an interview with Essence Magazine. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said yes, I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”
In the past two shows for Victoria’s Secret, Maria wore long hair extensions. But this isn’t the first time Maria has stood up to the fashion elite in order to represent more diversity in an industry lacking of acceptance. The Angolan model first cut her locks short for Givenchy‘s Fall 2015 show and kept her hair natural for other shows such as Zimmermann and Ralph Lauren.
Dior Joins the Online Market
With fast fashion competitors such as H&M and Zara, top fashion brands have been struggling to keep up with their competitors. While a Forever 21 blouse can never compare to one by Dior, the price difference might just make you go for the knock-off version. Earlier this week Dior announced that it’ll be breaking one of its fashion rules and will start providing worldwide through E-commerce. This is especially great news for us Colorado residents, seeing that no Dior shops are in sight near the metro area.
But if you’re ready to order dresses and tops from the latest collection you’ll still have to wait. Dior is slowly testing the waters with a holiday shoe pop-up shop being sold via Bergdorf Goodman. “The whole purpose and goal of this was to really leverage our partnership with Bergdorf and push the client base that they have that we don’t have. It’s a really a win-win for everyone,” Pamela Baxter told Woman’s Wear Daily in a press conference.
Well we will take what we can get and hope that Bergdorf’s will soon feature Dior bags and garments online to fill our fashion needs. You can shop the collection by clicking here.
Speaking of fashion, another hot retailer is making things that much easier to shop with the click of a button, but this time it’s catering to brides and bridesmaids. ASOS, the British-based fashion and beauty online shop will be introducing a wedding section to its already massive website. The brand has confirmed that looks will be ready to shop by April 2016 with a wide range of looks to choose from.
But you don’t have to wait a year to see what they have in store, as a sneak peak was presented early on the 12th. From what we can see, the collection comprises of many looks. A range of silhouettes, including short, skater, strapless Grecian, and more traditional high-neck, long-sleeved styles will all be offered to shoppers.
Accessories and shoes will also be sold on the website, taking more stress off the shoulders of brides everywhere. But that’s not even the best part. Gowns will start at $500 with accessories coming in under $700.