It’s 1950, economy is booming, music is jiving, petticoats are puffing and one pinnacle movement is about to make a mark on history... the civil rights movement. Difficult to believe flashing back to THAT era that there used to be discrimination of the severest form. Separate buses? Check. Separate schools? Double check. Separate bathrooms? Checkmate. And why?... all because of something as trivial as the shade of your skin.
Whether you’re café au lait, cocoa, golden or porcelain; ivory, peach or espresso toned, in the fashion and arts world, everyone is welcome. And what’s more is that fashion brands are taking more of an initiative into the designing of their collections and colour selections for optimum inclusivity. Kim Kardashian’s latest lingerie and comfort wear line SKIMS for example is totally focused on skin tones and the nude look. Crayola even have a set of skin tone markers now to meet the demands of pro-equality consumers. And now we have the likes of shoe brand giant Gia collaborating with Pernille Taisbaek for an array of multi pigmented shoes to match ever tone under the sun.
Once upon a time, "nude" for products denoted a very specific pinkish shade of pale taupe. but now, if you're looking for nude shoes, clothes, lingerie or hosiery, you'd be in luck no matter what your pigmentation. Granted, the industry still has a long way to go in providing varied flesh tones as standard, but there is a slew of exciting brands—both new and old—that have stepped up to start filling this huge gap in the retail market, and we'd like to share them with you...
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Gia x Pernille Taisbaek
This collection is a testimony to optimum comfort, giving women both style and simplicity in its finest form. Danish stylist and street-style star Pernille Teisbaek is beloved for her enviable sense of Scandi-cool style – a notion that’s effortlessly translated into her capsule footwear collection, designed in collaboration with Gia Couture. Handmade in Italy, the luxury three-piece edit is devoid of fussy details and instead favours neutral hues and minimalist shapes for shoes and sandals that are both versatile and timelessly chic.
P.s... Did you know? Apparently buying shoes triggers an area in the brain called the prefrontal cortex, also known as the collecting spot. Your Gia Couture obsession will mean you will be collecting all the Perni styles, not just one or two!
Searching for the best shapewear and underwear over the years, Kim became frustrated with the lack of options available and couldn’t find anything that offered the right support, coverage or shade. This led her to cut up and dye pieces at home, sewing them together to get the solutions and results she wanted. SKIMS is Kim’s answer to shapewear that actually works. Designed to smooth, enhance, lift and tone - each piece has a solution for every body.
LVIR makes a ﬂexible style that naturally melts into the attitudes and emotions of the person who wear our clothing. LVIR does not only show one personal philosophy of a special designer. We work as a team with many fashion experts in various areas such as patterning, dyeing, and processing our designs. We make refined women’s clothing combining our efforts and working with all fashion professionals. A complex and glamorous style is not what we focus on rather we use simple colors to represent a comfortable and stereoscopic style. LVIR is a modern and natural brand that can be enjoyed by all generations.
Focusing on exceptional fabrics, impeccable details, and precise tailoring, the house combines a timeless perspective with subtle attitudes which form an irreverent classic signature. The Row’s collections also explore the strength of simplistic shapes that speak to discretion and are based on uncompromising quality.