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I Want Candy   TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THIS SEASON’S SWEET TREATS     Handmade clay earrings in lickable lollipop stripes.NIGHT TIME HOLIDAY DECK CHAIR STRIPE EARRING, $60, BANDO.COM   Try cruelty-free cotton candy hair with semi-permanent dye.BLEACH LONDON SUPER COOL COLOUR IN ODD FUCHSIA AND VIOLET SKIES, $8.60 EACH, LOOKFANTASTIC.COM   Striped socks give that licorice look.VALERIE SHEER CREW SOCKS, $30, HANSELFROMBASEL.COM   Go retro with candy corn colors.ORANGE OMBRÉ RIVIERA STRIPE CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER, $435, US.CHINTIANDPARKER.COM   Watermelon lip balm for that classic Jolly Rancher flavor.WATERMELON JELLY PH LIP BALM, $16, WINKYLUX.COM   Subvert the cute candy look and...
During the nineteenth century, blue was considered a versatile color, as suitable for elegant evening gowns and demure day dresses as it was for fashionable bonnets, slippers, and parasols. In shades ranging from the palest cerulean blue to the deepest navy, it adorned women of every age and every station, harmonizing with a wide range of hair colors and complexions. In today’s article, we look at some of the loveliest examples of the color blue in Victorian fashion. *Please note: Deep blues were generally achieved with aniline...
From our Spetember/October issue, you too, can serve opalescent optics with these color-changing goodies      1. SILVER & WHITE DISCO LONG SLEEVE CROP TOP, $48,  2. CLEAR OPAL HOLOGRAPHIC CROP TOP  AND CIRCLE SKIRT SETAND CIRCLE SKIRT SET, $110 3. Fluid Fan Fantasy, $29.99 4. SLAYR ATLANTIS BOOTS, $100 5. STAINLESS STEEL ROLLING TRAY WITH STASH JAR, LIGHTER, AND PRE-ROLL CONES, $49.99 6. KADINA RAINBOW SILVERWARE SET, $78.97 for 20-piece stainless steel set 7. IMPALA QUAD SKATE—HOLOGRAPHICIMPALA QUAD SKATE—HOLOGRAPHIC, $99.95     By Callie WattsPhotographed by Gisel Florez   This piece originally appeared in the September/October 2019 print edition of BUST...
  At the Sunday showing of his Spring 2020 collection at New York Fashion Week, designer Prabal Gurung used his designs to pose the complex and increasingly relevant question: Who gets to be an American? Gurung told the Associated Press that “America to me is the sum of all things.” Gurung brought that sentiment to life by mixing classic Americana imagery—cowboy boots, denim, and tie-dye—with a more modern sense of America. The show featured diverse casting that included POC and plus-size models, further emphasizing Gurung’s twists on...
As a Tsalagi-citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, I know firsthand that Indigenous people have always been inventive fashionistas. The long, printed Cherokee tear dress, for example, is believed to have originated during the Trail of Tears era. The fabric was torn and sewn together, since most Cherokee women didn’t have scissors due to the theft of most personal items by the U.S. government. Colonialism left Indigenous style in a wake of shame, but that never stopped clothing companies from culturally appropriating it—with decorative...
  In our Fashion Nation series, we talk to people about their sense of style. Ashley Jayne MeyersMakeup Artist, DJ, Vintage Shop Owner   Brooklyn, NY Tell me about this outfit. The hat was made for me by a designer who goes by the name Mad Hatter. The blouse and the skirt are both vintage [from the] ’70s, and the funny thing is, I found them on separate occasions. The choker I made—I make a lot of my own jewelry. The boots are vintage as well. They’re my favorite Victorian boots because...
  Kali Uchis   WE’VE BEEN HOT for Colombian-American songstress Kali Uchis since we first heard her 2012 mixtape Drunken Babble, which she released after graduating high school. Since then, she’s worked with heavy hitters like Snoop Dogg and Tyler, the Creator, standing out in the R&B/pop sea thanks to her silky smooth voice and Latin-influenced beats. And though her music has ears perking up, it’s the 24-year-old’s over-the-top femme, retro-meets-street style that has heads turning—think ’60s and ’70s prints, pumped-up bouffants, and headscarves, combined with tons of...
  From our July/August issue, here are Stephanie J.'s poppin', pistachio-colored picks, from soaps to eye shadow palettes to sandals . Tobacco and Texan cedarwood star in this scent from perfumer Natasha Ghosn. “COWBOY” FRAGRANCE, $150, MONDO-MONDO.COM Cute cotton kerchiefs to keep off the sun. LA VITA COTTON ‘KERCHIEF SET, $45 FOR 4, ODEME.CO Vintage Venetian and handcrafted beads in shades good enough to eat. POLYMER CLAY NECKLACE, $37.70, TEKHNEHANDMADE.ETSY.COM Get tight knit in a summery shrug. WILFRED THAIS CARDIGAN IN NEON IVY, $138, ARITZIA.COM   Hand woven in Spain, these wrap-around sandals are a sweet summer...
Personal (Care) Is Political   “I WAS DEFINITELY a NARS bitch,” Erin Gibson says. “I just love their pigments.” But that was before the writer (Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death) and comedian (she co-hosts the Throwing Shade podcast) thought about who was making money off her love of makeup. Spoiler alert—it was straight, white men. “I started looking at [the executives of] Estée Lauder, Revlon, L’Oréal, Covergirl,” she says. “There are no women at the top of these...
A. L. Mencken first popularized the word "flapper" in a 1915 essay for The Smart Set. His take: “She is opposed to the double standard of morality… She seldom blushes; it is impossible to shock her… It is a delight to see her sink her pearly teeth into a chocolate, macaroon, even a potato.” When Mencken wrote his piece, American women still did not have the right to vote—but that would soon change. Suffragists were changing the conversation and challenging social mores, as seen in this brutally frank...