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3M Post-it Notes inspire fashion


3M Cos. maybe better known for tape and sandpaper but that didn't stop it from taking a big leap into the world of London's fashionista elites.

Inspired by the colors and shapes of Post-it Products, Fyodor Golan Autumn/Winter 2017 at LFW (Photo ...

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In honor of London Fashion Week, the Maplewood-based conglomerate has lent its world-famous Post-it Note know how to a design project that is summoning the iconic colors and shapes of 3M's notes into designer clothing.

For this project, 3M's design team partnered with the cutting-edge Fyodor Golan collection. The label derived inspiration from the look and design of Post-it Notes throughout the garments, officials said.

"The designers’ drive and expressive approach established recognizable brand image. Playful undertones with experimental cuts focused on bold colors and digital-like textures" that invoked the idea of 3M's paper Post-it Notes.

In a statement, 3M Chief Design Officer Eric Quint said, “We believe in the power of creative ideation and translating concepts in imaginative new ways and are excited to bring the Post-it Note, a mainstay in homes and offices around the world, to life on the runway.”

Following the London Fashion Show, the garments are traveling to Paris for display in showrooms for buyers.

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Here's What You Need to Know About Charitable Wedding Favors


At a loss for what to choose to give out as wedding favors to your guests? If you're absolutely over Jordan almonds and can't rationalize paying for 200 personalized toothpick holders, why not consider handing over that cash to a worthy cause? Nowadays some couples are skipping wedding favors and instead donating that money to a charity that is near and dear to their hearts.

"Donations in lieu of wedding favors is a growing trend that speaks to a general desire to make a difference in the world by giving back to the community," Lena Koropey, etiquette expert and founder of Gramercy Protocol, says. "It is a meaningful way to thank your guests for their presence, and to share the spirit of kindness and helping others with them."

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If this sounds like something you'd like to do, read ahead for five key things to keep in mind when going this route.

Don't Mention It on Your Invites

Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, suggests skipping mentioning the charitable donation on your invitations or save the dates. Instead, you can include a mention in the program or wedding website, Meier says. "You might wish to say something along the lines of 'On our special day, we've chosen in lieu of wedding favors to donate to a charity that is near and dear to both our hearts, the XX Foundation,'" she says.

Koropey says she has also seen couples opt for small favors like a small edible treat with a ribbon and card indicating the name of the charity.

Protect Your Guests' Identity

If you want to make a donation instead of buying favors, that is totally A-OK, but don't take any liberties with providing your guests' information to the organization, says Kathleen Cover, certified etiquette consultant. "For identity protection and to prevent organizations from possibly contacting your family members and friends for future donations, it is best not to release individual names or contact information without obtaining prior approval," Cover says. "Donations may be issued to the charity organization by the bride and groom in honor of their wedding guests without releasing the names of guests." Bottom line: Don't hand out any guest info!

Prepare to Explain Your Choice

Even though you're doing something kind for someone else, some very traditional guests may not be on board with your choice, according to etiquette specialist Rebecca Black, known as The Polite One. "Wedding favors are, somewhat, like a gift to guests," she says. "In the past, most etiquette professionals would advise—and some may still—that it is impolite to give that gift to another. However, with so many in need, it is becoming more acceptable with most everyone to give, rather than receive a small token, which most favors are." She adds, "Some guests may have an issue with this decision. However, if the couple openly discusses their decision with guests, there should be minimal repercussion." Bottom line: Some old-school folks may not opt to go this route, but no sane person will complain about you doing something nice for others.

Steer Clear of Controversy

It doesn't matter what side of the (political) aisle you're on—keep politics out of the day you're walking down the aisle. Cynthia Grosso, owner and founder of the Charleston School of Protocol, recommends avoiding donating to any controversial or political organization. "The cause [you donate to] isn't necessarily going to be everyone's cause, but it should be one that the bride and groom believe in," she says. Grosso added, "I would be careful with political [or other controversial organizations]. It's not the time, and I would steer clear of anything that could be divisive." More neutral choices like organizations that support the arts or help animals or children are good options, experts say.

Remember That Favors Are Totally Optional

If wedding favors are stressing you out, though, keep in mind that you can always skip them. "Party favors, just like gifts, are optional always," Grosso says. "You don't have to give party favors at all." (Phew, one less thing on your to-do list!)

At the end of the day, you should do whatever feels right to you and your other half, including introducing your guests to a cause that matters to you. "It is always nice to share and introduce others to a charity that is close to the bride and groom's hearts," Cover says. "…In today's world there is such an awareness to reach out and help others. Your guests will appreciate and remember that you chose to honor them on your special day by helping others."

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The prom-dress fashion on “The Bachelor”

The January premiere of the newest season of The Bachelor—the twenty-first for the ABC ratings hit—got off to a more awkward start than usual.

When the 30 women contestants arrived to greet the smiling young bachelor, Nick Viall, the mostly floor-skimming evening dresses they wore showed an alarming preponderance of red. Mostly it was a bright rose red, but there were also a few in a deeper cherry or crimson. While hardly a cause for panic in most situations, on The Bachelor it stirred anxiety and became a talking point on the episode.

But the similarity among the contestants’ dresses wasn’t really so surprising. Particularly during the big rose ceremonies, the elimination events in which the show’s lead hands out roses to the women he will keep another round, the gowns the women wear—and they are pretty much always gowns—might vary in their color and details, but they are all figuratively cut from the same cloth.

Body-hugging, usually one solid color, and conventional in design, they suggest an adult version of prom, and help play out a limited, conservative view of femininity that casts women as part sex object, part princess in The Bachelor’s addictive and regressive fantasy-reality welter.

At this point, 21 seasons in, The Bachelor style is pretty much codified, even though the contestants mostly dress themselves. Producers only approve dresses on the first night, according to a former cast member who spoke with Fashionista, or occasionally tell women if something looks bad on camera. (Solid colors are a safe bet, which is why they’re so common.)

The women are costuming themselves for a quite specific role on the romance-themed television show, says Linda Grindstaff, a professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis and an expert on gender roles in media and popular culture. “They’re all being informed by a similar cultural sensibility of what it means to perform a sexy yet respectable young woman,” she says. And that role, Grindstaff points out, is “a particularly narrow vision of femininity.”

It is remarkable how uniform the women can look in a scenario where cast members, who vary at least slightly in age, race or ethnicity, and background, will otherwise resort to all sorts of displays to stand out. The cast members are always thin, usually with long hair done in a similar style, and plenty of makeup.

The show has also drawn criticism for being overwhelmingly white, though it just announced it’s first black lead on The Bachelorette, in which a woman selects from a group of male suiters. Fashion gimmicks, including a shark suit recently (in the back row of the image at the top of this post), do pop up, but you’re more likely to see a woman in trousers on a Hollywood red carpet.

“I think people have watched the show before,” says Emma Gray, executive women’s editor at The Huffington Post and host of a podcast about The Bachelor and its spin-offs. “So you tend to have people evening dresses uk similarly, in a similar vibe to what they’ve seen before.”

Caila Quinn, who made it to the top three on season 20, told Fashionista that she shopped with clear intentions for her stint on the show. “I looked for things that showed skin on some part of the body, whether it’s the legs or the cleavage,” she explained. “It’s a flirty moment, and it’s just that kind of show.”

Gray calls the style “prom-dress chic,” and adds that “there’s an element of traditional fairytale and fantasy, but it’s also a little bit reality-TV gaudy.” Cast members spend a large portion of their time in bikinis. (The men’s equivalent plays out on The Bachelorette, where the men are often in similar-looking suits or in swim trunks and a tank top or no shirt.)

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