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Melissa McCarthy Is Tired of the ‘Plus-Size’ Label

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Melissa McCarthy joins the growing chorus of people who think it’s time we do away with the term “plus-size.” The actress and designer chatted with Refinery 29 about her forthcoming Melissa McCarthy Seven7 line and opened up about the limitations of a term that describes the bulk of the American population. 

“Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” McCarthy said. “I also find it very bad business. It doesn’t make a lot of sense numbers-wise. It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say, ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.’ It’s like, what? You would be nuts. Yet, people do it with clothing lines all the time, and no one seems to have a problem with it. I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. I just think if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing.”

McCarthy also thinks that the way clothing for larger women is segregated in brick-and-mortar locations is alienating. It’s something she wishes to avoid with her own brand and there are several retailers who are just as eager to correct this issue. “I have a couple of very big retailers that I think are going to help me chip away at that in a very meaningful way, and I’m really excited about it. I’m not ready to announce them yet, but they agreed to just put me on the floor. I said, ‘Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.’ And they said, ‘Okay.’”

McCarthy’s collection is due to launch this month.

[vai Refinery 29

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Jessica Alba to Launch Honest Beauty Next Month

Jessica Alba can’t be stopped. Her eco-friendly venture The Honest Company was just valued at $1.7 billion and she’s looking absolutely flawless on the September issue of Allure. Now, the actress-cum-businesswoman is adding to her growing brand with a skincare and cosmetics range called Honest Beauty.


We can’t wait to show you what @JessicaAlba has up her sleeve! #HonestBeauty

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The range is coming quite soon – it’s due out September 9 and will live in its own space on a website separate from The Honest Company. The collection includes a 66-product makeup range and 17 options for skincare. You’ll find all the usual suspects. On the cosmetics side, WWD mentions lip pencils, concealer, blushes, eye shadow and more. Skincare will offer SPF-infused moisturizers (made with a different formula than the company’s faulty sunscreen), cleansers and eye cream. Of course, Honest clings to its core principles with this range, offering products made from natural ingredients.

[ See: 34 Reasons Jessica Alba Wins at Street Style ]

Honest will celebrate the launch of its new leg with a pop-up shop located at The Grove in Los Angeles. It will stand for 6 months and will open September 25, complete with virtual makeup try-on stations. Honest Beauty cosmetics run from $15 to $30 and the skincare options will set you back between $8 and $40.

Honest Beauty already has its own Instagram page with 49,500 followers. The account is full of preview images of products and pictures of Jessica Alba looking very beautiful testing everything out (oh yes, we peeped the expertly-placed highlighter in the pictures). We can’t wait to see what goodness Alba & Co have in store for this latest endeavor. 

[via WWD]

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Joe’s Jeans Introduces Pants That Will Charge Your Phone

Joes Jeans #hello

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The pockets on women’s jeans usually aren’t even deep enough to hold the smallest of iPhones, yet the folks at Joe’s Jeans expect us to charge our phones with their jeans. That’s right – the denim brand has released a range of jeans called the #Hello line and each style has a secret compartment that fits a battery. Near the compartment is a special pocket for your iPhone, You hook your phone to the battery, slip it into the special charging pocket and voilà! You’ll never spontaneously run out of battery life again – so you’ll have to figure out another excuse for ignoring all those texts. 

The catch? The battery is not included when you buy the denim. The jeans will set you back $189 and you will have to shell out another $49 for the battery. Hey, no one ever said convenience would come cheap. 

Head over to Joe’s Jeans to get yourself a pair.

[via ELLE]

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We’re Giving Away a Gorgeous Sterling Silver and Diamond Maps by A.JAFFE Necklace!

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Nothing better than a good old fashioned opportunity to get free swag! TheFashionSpot and A.JAFFE have teamed up for a giveaway in which you, dear reader, have the chance to win a customized sterling silver with diamond Maps by A.JAFFE necklace. Perfect for remembering a special memory, event or place, each necklace can be engraved with a map of any location in the world — with a diamond marking the exact spot.

The necklace is valued at $220 and you can choose to engrave a message on the back. To get your hands on this gorgeous piece, head over to our Facebook page. You can enter from now until August 31. On September 1, we will announce the winner on Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? 


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Allure’s Layout Ruins a Perfectly Good Jessica Alba Cover (Forum Buzz)

Jessica Alba might not be making movies, but her wildly successful Honest Company is more than enough to get us to sit up and pay attention. Honest just reached a $1.7 billion valuation and Alba is on top of the world, making her a perfect candidate for the cover of Allure‘s September issue. Carter Smith captured the newly-minted mogul’s windblown hair, smoky eyes and enviable brows for the glossy. For the most part, our forum members are loving it. What they’re not so keen on is the formatting of the cover.

Image: Allure

Image: Allure

“The text looks like a 10-year-old added it to the photo using the Paint tool on their computer,” KINGofVERSAILLES commented. “The photo itself is good. Jessica Alba has probably never been anything less than stunning in a photo, and I like her hair.” 

[J.]Oliver wholeheartedly agreed. “Horrible text aside, this is probably my favorite September cover so far. This woman rarely takes a bad photo.” Some people were a little confused as to why the actress was being featured at all. “Did I wake up in 2004 today?” GlamourousBoy quipped. 

Perhaps he’s never heard of the Honest Company?

Handbag Queen was more than pleased to see the Ms. Alba nab such an honor. “Love Jessica! Now that she’s also a successful businesswoman, I’m curious as to why she couldn’t be on the cover of US Vogue…” 

Because Beyoncé, duh. What do you think of Jessica’s cover for Allure? Sound off by joining the discussion in our forum.

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Oxfam to Live Report at London Fashion Week with a Pre-Loved Twist

It’s always exciting to hear about how brands are planning to embrace London Fashion Week and since social media has come along and revolutionised the reporting of the event, brands are constantly having to up their games when it comes to producing the most attention-grabbing new ideas. The Spring 2016 shows are only a matter of weeks away and the U.K. charity Oxfam has surprisingly announced that it is planning to get in on the fashionable action with some live reporting.


Applications to be a part of the Show & Digital Schedules at #LFW SS16 are now open. Find out more & apply online at

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On the second day of LFW, 19 September, the live reporting will coincide with a special in-store event at Oxfam’s Dalston Kingsland store. Stylist Emma Slade Edmondson will be on hand to recreate the catwalk looks as soon as they happen and, of course, she’ll only be using secondhand clothing from the store. It’s a great way to prove that pre-loved clothing can still be fashionable. The event is a great idea since when the excitement of LFW kicks, it’s hard to resist hitting the shops, but at least if you’re opting for secondhand clothing, you’re being a bit more mindful about your apparel.

If you want to discover the latest LFW trends as they happen with a pre-loved twist, simply follow #FashionSalvage, where you can even pick up some upcycling tips from a number of designers and specialists that will also be taking part in Oxfam’s event.

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