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From the Regency era to the end of the 1860s, there was no fashion accessory as versatile and ubiquitous as the shawl. Available in all weights of fabrics, including silk, lace, muslin, and cashmere wool, and priced for all budgets, shawls graced the shoulders of women in every strata of society. They were no less well-represented in art and literature of the day. Shawls were referenced in the novels of such literary luminaries as Elizabeth Gaskell and William Makepeace Thackeray. They were also featured in...
If the eyes are windows to the soul, lashes are your soul curtains. Choose them wisely. Model's top lashes: If you love ’em thick and long, the Miss Fury faux mink delivers. Miss Fury, $10, rougeandrogue.com Model's bottom lashes: Balance the look with a shorter, wispier Kink set. Kink, $10, rougeandrogue.com Plus: Up the drama with these massive, inch-plus-long lashes. Showgirl SG-1, $7.80, kryolan.com Super thick with rhinestone accents, these babies will serve lewks in the club. Jewelry Lash in Black with Jewels, $9.50, kryolan.com Give Kim K. vibes with a...
  The 19th century cap was a modest necessity. Worn by "spinsters" and "matrons" both young and old, it neatly covered a lady’s hair while she was at home and abroad. At face value, such a basic article of clothing seems to have changed little throughout the century. However, a closer look at the fashionable caps of women of the 1800s reveals that styles did in fact subtly evolve. Through lace, ribbons, and trimmings, ladies of the age continually reinvented the cap, transforming it from what...
The gray days are here! You know, that time of year when a gray sky means it’s daytime. When the air is so cold and dry, walking outside feels like a slap in the face. As temperatures drop, my sartorial choices are based solely on warmth. Any degree below 50 means I need to be the most comfortable I’ve ever been in my life. All I can think about it outsmarting the weather. From November to March, my style can be described as hibernation dressing. I...
  I’ve been obsessed with reducing my trash output lately, but one area in my life feels particularly effed: beauty. So many products, so much plastic, so much waste. Which is why I’m raising my re-usable glass to Aether Beauty. This new makeup brand launched with just one product, but it’s basically perfect. The Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette ($58, aetherbeautyco.com) features 12 eye shadows—matte, shimmer, duo-chrome, and metallic—in varying hues of pink, beige, and purple-y gray. Not only are the ingredients (which include coconut oil,...
Imagine, if you will, a world where you can obtain a radiant complexion simply by telling the GOP to fuck right the hell off. This is the world that Adeline Koh is working to create. A former academic, Koh founded Sabbatical Beauty to make high-quality Korean-inspired skincare more accessible. While their formulations have gained cult status for efficacy, the brand’s Facebook group serves as a haven for beauty lovers who support women, people of color, and the resistance as a whole. After a post-inauguration “diatribe” in the group...
During the 1860s, ladies often wore their hair rolled back at the sides and at the nape of their neck. These rolls were usually created using false hair or “rats.” A rat was a homemade hairpiece made from the hair collected from a lady’s brush each evening. It was used to pad out the rolls and to help them keep their shape. Since it was made from a lady’s own hair, it provided the best match in color and texture. Some rolled hairstyles of the 1860s...

If you’re looking for something equally sensual and punk rock for the bedroom, iconic Canadian performance artist and electropunk musician Peaches has got you covered—in all-natural massage oil, that is.  RUB by Peaches is vegan and cruelty- and silicon-free, and full of nutrients, vitamin E, and grapeseed oil. Other ingredients include black pepper (to increase circulation of skin) and neroli (to stimulate libido), creating a blend of scents and sensations for maximum relaxation, luxury, and sexy times. “I was using massage oils to make my muscles feel...
In each issue's Fashion Nation, we talk to a sartorial trailblazer about their personal style.  Amy Mills (@rococo_witch)Musician, photographer, designer, luthierBrooklyn, NY  What can you tell me about this outfit?  The vibe I’m going for is Rococo witch. The dress and the hat were both made by my friend Kelsey for her label, I Do Declare. The shoes are from Long Tall Sally, which is a store for taller women with larger feet. The belt is from VooDoooDolly, who makes beautiful jewelry and accessories. The harp guitar was...
A lorgnette is, quite simply, a pair of spectacles mounted on a handle. The precursor to modern opera glasses, lorgnettes were a common sight during the 19th century at the theater as well as the opera. And since the name lorgnette derives from the French word lorgner—meaning “to ogle” or “to eye furtively”—one can only imagine the many uses to which a curious socialite in the balcony might have put them. Whether employed to sneakily spy on a rival across the way, stealthily investigate a...