This body lotion is supposed to help you fall asleep — and people are obsessed

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If you’re reading this during or following yet another sleepless night, you’re not alone. The good news is, help could be right around the corner (more specifically, sitting on the shelf at your local Lush store).

“It all started in 2016, when the Sleepy Body Lotion made its big debut as a part of Lush’s always hotly anticipated Christmas collection,” said a rep from the brand. “Fans loved the lotion so much that the we realized we had no other choice but to bring Sleepy back as a part of our permanent collection — and needless to say, Lushies were ecstatic.”

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We did a little digging and it looks like many have swarmed to the brand’s Facebook page to praise the product:

“This is seriously amazing for anxiety and insomnia. Im am elated that it is going to be in regular stock. My tub from Christmas has been skimpily used just to ration it. *Happy dance* :)” – Amber Nichols

“I have chronic psoriasis on the palms of my hands that is painful..I have used SLEEPY sparingly.. every night.. since the Holidays…and it works extraordinarily well on them overnight to make them calm down.. the saturation into the skin is excellent, comforting & it smells nice to boot ;)Very VERY glad to hear it’s being continued.. <3” – Terry Nor

Other have taken to Reddit to show their support:

“I’ve reached out on twitter to lush U.K. And NA, to make them aware that as someone with an incurable and not so common chronic illnesses which result in chronic pain and insomnia because of the pain, sleepy lotion is the one product that can actually help me through the worst of my nights.” – hmarie92

“For someone who has a plethora of lotions to choose from, Sleepy knocked my socks off. What a warm, delicious, well rounded scent! Almost reminds me of oatmeal cookies once on my skin. I typically prefer runnier lotions, and this is THICK, but not greasy.” – amanducktan

So, what’s their secret? The recipe is chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, including lavender, almond oil and oatmeal, all known to help soothe the skin (and, as fans would suggest, soul).

Scroll down for more lavender-infused products that could (finally!) help you catch some shut-eye.

 

Do the colours you wear at work matter?

Different coloured ties

Does the colour of the clothes you wear at work matter? Could wearing a red tie or dress be the key to getting promoted?

Pennsylvania bank boss John Spier was fed up with looking like a “stuffy banker”.

So after decades of wearing loose-fitting pinstripe suits and anonymous ties, he decided he wanted a fashion makeover.

Taking a leap of faith, Mr Spier enlisted the help of a corporate stylist Toi Sweeney.

Overnight his old wardrobe was binned, to be replaced with “warmer ties and a more fitted suit”, says Mr Spier.

“She was able to preserve the professional look I wanted without making me seem like a stuffy banker.”

Mr Spier says he went from an executive who rarely thought about what he was going to wear, to someone who likes wearing colourful ties.

More importantly, he says the makeover has put a spring in his step, and made him more confident.

The saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” perhaps resonates most in the workplace, where bosses must exude authority but also friendliness, and the rest of us want to look professional, but stand out.

Ms Sweeney believes “we are all products and your personal brand steps through the door before you do”.

She may have a point. According to research from Princeton University, when we see a new face, our brains decide whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second.

Ms Sweeney says that the colours you wear also have a big impact on how others quickly perceive you. For example, she says red is a powerful colour that implies confidence and leadership qualities.

Whereas, blue apparently connotes a warmer approach, since “it’s the colour of trust and being a peacemaker”.

And black can suggest authority and sophistication, but Ms Sweeney advises that it should be mixed up with a splash of colour. She recommends a bright handkerchief in a suit pocket for men, or a colourful handbag for women, so as the person can stand out from the crowd.

Meanwhile, the colour brown should also not be discounted since it often suggests that the wear is reliable. “Ever wonder why United Parcel Service workers only wear brown?” says Ms Sweeney.

Kara Kuryllowicz, a 57-year-old corporate writer based in Toronto, hired a stylist last year to help modernise her look.

“I thought everything I owned was fine, but she came to my place and went through my closet and threw out 80% of my clothes,” she remembers.

Ms Kuryllowicz says she had “a long-time love affair with black and white, but now I’m wearing more colours”.

“Now I’m [also] wearing more jewellery with colour, and I feel really comfortable wearing it.”

Her new colourful look makes her feel more “professional and confident” and has helped her to win more work, she says.

While the cynical might question whether wearing a certain colour to work can really make a difference, a number of studies have actually shown that it can affect how we feel.

In a report published earlier this year in the European Journal of Social Psychology, participants who wore red reported feeling more physically attractive and sexually receptive than those who wore blue.

Also, in a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects who donned white coats that they thought belonged to doctors did better on tests than those who wore casual clothes, or those who thought the coats belonged to artists.

“What you’re wearing affects your mood and builds your confidence. It’s worth it to always dress a little better than those around you,” says Toi Sweeney.

Someone who knows about dressing better, is Kim Winser, a former chief executive of the UK fashion brands Aquascutum and Pringle of Scotland.

She now runs Winser London, a luxury women’s fashion label which also advises clients on what to wear in the office and for overseas meetings.

Ms Winser says that using colour is important, but doesn’t override the overall need to look as smart and presentable as possible.

“Since executives are travelling more now than ever, they want to ensure they can make a great first impression in front of clients and colleagues when they don’t have their full wardrobe with them,” says Ms Winser.

She also stresses the importance of polishing your shoes, especially before a job interview.

“I know many interviewers who say they first look at someone’s shoes, if they’re scruffy or clean,” she says.

Though once your shoes are in good shape, she cautions there shouldn’t be a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to what to wear.

Instead your fashion voice will be determined by your position and company. A start-up in California will have a different dress code than a law firm in Paris, for example.

“Remember, you are signing up to champion your company’s cause as well as your own,” she says.

NIKE AIR MAX 90 ULTRA 2.0

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On September 9, the University of Oregon football team will take the field in a new head-to-toe system designed by three brave kids, student athletes and Nike designers as part of the Doernbecher Freestyle Program.

A special Nike Air Max 90 Ultra 2.0 will be available starting September 4 in men’s, women’s and young athlete’s sizing on Nike+ SNKRS, nike.com and at select retailers. The shoe incorporates design elements from the uniform, including inspiring graphics, modern use of color fade, camo patterns and motivating slogans personal to the kids. All proceeds from the sales will benefit a pediatric cancer fund at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Joy of unisex: the rise of gender-neutral clothing

Clothing by Gender Free World.

Is John Lewis at the frontline of modern gender politics? It has never seemed so before, but judging by the reaction to the department store’s announcement last week that its own-brand children’s clothes will no longer be divided by gender, some people clearly see the retailer as radical. There will now be no separate sections in the stores, nor such binary labels on the clothes themselves; instead, the labels will read “girls and boys” or “boys and girls”.

The conversation over whether clothing should be more gender-neutral does not just apply to childrenswear – over the past decade there has also been a marked rise in gender-neutral clothing for adults. Some high-end designers such as JW Anderson, Rick Owens and Rad Hourani have championed gender-neutral clothing, while a raft of smaller companies run by young designers, such as Rich Mnisi, are pushing the idea that men’s and women’s clothes should be obsolete categories. This approach has also filtered down to the high street – H&M and Zarahave both created non-gendered ranges.

The British designer Katharine Hamnett has a long history of exploring non-gender-specific clothing, and her newly reissued collection features unisex shirts, sweatshirts and silk all-in-one suits. She says that, in the past, when women stepped on to more traditionally male sartorial territory – wearing military-inspired clothing, for instance – this “was about appropriating male power”. Now, she says, a move towards equality means women “may be feeling more comfortable with themselves”; in other words, they may have the freedom to wear what they like. (It is still far less common for men to seek out traditionally female clothing.)

Chloe Crowe, brand manager for Bethnals, a London-based unisex denim brand, says that when they have run pop-up shops, men and women in couples have come in and bought jeans that they can share. The company was launched in 2014 by Melissa Clement, a former senior denim buyer for Topshop, who borrowed her partner’s clothes a lot and wondered why men’s and women’s categories had to be different. The core styles of her brand – skinny, straight and relaxed – are cut the same for men and women. “It’s just clever pattern cutting,” says Crowe. “With denim, it can vary so much depending on your body shape. One woman is not going to [fit in] the same pair of jeans as another woman. I think it makes things a lot more simplistic, and it’s about the style and design rather than your sex.”

The growth of the brand follows more awareness and discussion around gender fluidity and what it means to reject the male/female binary. A study for the Fawcett Society last year found that 68% of young people believe gender is non-binary. “When Bethnals lauched, there wasn’t a lot [about gender],” says Crowe. “More brands have released gender-neutral clothing. It has filtered its way to the mass market. There seems to be a huge demand for it.”

“You don’t look at food and say it’s going to be eaten by a man or a woman, so why should it be any different for clothes?” says Tanmay Saxena, founder and designer ofLaneFortyfive. The clothing Saxena designs is mostly bespoke tailoring, including shirts and waistcoats; about 60% of his customers are women. The clothes are the same styles for men and women, in the same fabrics, and while the shirts and smocks are cut the same, only the fit for trousers is slightly different.

He has been working on the label for about three years, but formally launched it last year. “I couldn’t find clothes that suited my own style. The basic idea was I would make something that I can wear but at the same time, it has to be irrespective of gender. That idea was always in my head.”

The shirt company GFW Clothing – GFW stands for Gender Free World – has three fits, designed to fit different bodies rather than the broad terms “men” or “women”. Lisa Honan co-founded the brand online less than two years ago and opened a shop in Hove earlier this year.

Initially, she says, it was borne out of frustration at not being able to find shirts she liked. “I’d look in the men’s aisle and see great patterns and short-sleeved shirts, and then you’d go to the women’s aisle and they were blousy, they’ve got puffs or are lacy.” The men’s shirts, she says, didn’t fit her “because I’ve got a woman’s body. It got me thinking why is [there] a man’s aisle and a woman’s aisle, and why do you have to make that choice? You’re not able to make many purchases without being forced to define your own gender.”

Will we ever get to the point where we don’t have men’s and women’s sections in shops? “I would love that,” says Honan. “It’s about expressing your style and being able to choose what you want without having to be told that, because of your sexual characteristics, you have to shop in a certain way.”

Nadine Aysoy wins Editors’ Choice award at IJL

Nadine Aysoy

Jewellery designer Nadine Aysoy has been named the winner of the Editors’ Choice award at this year’s International Jewellery London (IJL).

The panel of industry magazine and digital editors chose the brand’s Mille et Une Feuilles 18k rose gold ring, set with one 14mm South Sea Pearl and 164 round-cut diamonds, as being the single most eye-catching design at Olympia this year.

Judges praised the piece for its leaf design that curves across multiple fingers; created a style that is equal parts elegant and extravagant.

One industry editor commented: “I love Nadine’s aesthetic and the consideration she puts into the market she’s targeting; hers are pieces for grown-ups and designs that last forever – transcending fashion. Her pieces have drama, intrigue and beautiful craftsmanship.”

IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, said: “Many of our media judges agreed that Nadine Aysoy’s Mille et Une Feuilles collection is one to watch. Her signature Mille et Une Feuilles rose gold ring is a real scene-stealer, proving that timeless style, impeccable craftsmanship and a contemporary spirit can exist in one piece. Congratulations to Nadine Aysoy on her Editors’ Choice win.”

During the inaugural day of IJL 2017 (3 September), a panel of six editors were tasked with discovering the exhibiting designer with the most attention-grabbing collections.

Other brands that have secured coveted Editors’ Choice Awards during the show include Farrah Al-Dujaili, designer of emerging brand Oddical, who was named ‘Designer to Watch’ for 2017.

IJL event director, Sam Willoughby, added: “At IJL, we are proud to have forged strong relationships with specialist trade magazines, journalists, bloggers and social media influencers. By giving these editors the chance to share their views, Editors’ Choice truly lives up to its name.”

The winners of the first phase of Editors’ Choice in the three exclusive categories – Technical Trailblazer, Creative Originality and Commercial Mastermind – were The Rock Hound, Isabella Liu and Franco Florenzi respectively.

The death of the Netflix-and-chill look: why smart is in style this autumn

 

Black leather at the Calvin Klein show, New York fashion week, AW17.

The fashionable position to take on fashion, these days, is that trends are dead and that individual style and self-expression are what matters. The old certainties – skirts are hereby decreed knee length for six months, only camel coats are to be worn for the foreseeable – belong to a different era. To a bygone world in which political insiders gave ballpark-accurate election predictions and the Oscar statuette didn’t get handed to the wrong film in front of a global TV audience. Now the world is sick of experts, and that goes for fashion too.

Except in September. Because right now, the world needs fashion. The September issues of magazines, heavy as hymn books and immortalised by a glossy documentary, are testament to the power fashion has at this moment. Women who rely on their own style to steer their wardrobes the rest of the year are, at this point in the calendar as at no other, keen to be told which coat to buy and when to start wearing black tights. The system in which one consistent look could preside over a whole autumn and winter has been blown apart by an insatiable appetite for newness that demands we hit wardrobe-refresh every three weeks. September’s back-to-school moment, when you pack away the sundresses and straw baskets and revamp your look, is the one fixed red-letter-day that remains.

Of course this is all about emotion, really, not clothes. Summer is fading, holidays are over, and after the second-gear lull of August in the office, the whip is being cracked. The best medicine for end-of-summer melancholy is to ring the changes with a new look that breaks us out of the doldrums. The shine of a new pair of boots, the springy plush of a bright new sweater, the swagger of a crisply tailored jacket. All of this is about putting an upbeat spin on the autumnal business of getting stuck into the gruelling next few months.

And in our age of optics, September’s new look matters more than ever. Clothes are the channel on which much of modern life is broadcast. From the politics of the tie (Trump’s long red one versus the no-tie axis that runs from Barack Obama to Sadiq Khan) to the visual semantics of pop (Taylor Swift’s comeback video is punctuated with outfits that are just as deliberately controversial as the lyrics), we are all tuned in to the business of decoding what we wear.

Fashion isn’t just about a look, it’s about a message. Right now, that message is about clothes that are more high-energy, more outward-facing, than last year’s cosy, Netflix-and-chill fashion. In 2016, it was de rigueur to wear a tracksuit on the fashion front row, and pyjamas to a cocktail party. If you want a quick snapshot of the season’s new mood and how it has updated fashion, take a look at the Versace catwalk. All the recognisable hallmarks of Insta-friendly fashion are there, but the aesthetic is more serious-minded than playful, more ambitious than laid back. Gigi Hadid’s abs are on display, but under a cropped double-breasted jacket rather than a sporty bra-top. Kendall Jenner has crazy yellow sunglasses on, but this time with a pencil skirt and a clutch bag.

The new look is not exactly power dressing. Let’s call it empower dressing, instead. Elements of it – berets at Christian Dior, black leather at Calvin Klein, exaggerated shoulders at Balenciaga, bright red absolutely everywhere – signal a mood of direct action that is unusual in women’s fashion. But while power dressing stands for individualistic, single-minded ambition; empower dressing is high-energy without the self-obsession blinkers. At Versace, tailored suits came emblazoned with sisterhood slogans: Unity, Loyalty, Power, Love.

This is not a season of po-faced get-ahead tailoring. Far from it. The most-viewed catwalk show on vogue.com for the season is Gucci. The label’s aesthetic of technicolour, graffiti-scrawled, butterfly-decorated eclecticism is scarcely office appropriate. Prada, once the spiritual home of the A-line knee-length skirt and the useful bag, is all embroidered rainbow-hued knitwear and cheekily fluttering feathers. The latest Chanel tweed suits come accessorised with boots or headbands in escapist, space-age silver. These are not work clothes, but neither are they designed for staying home with a takeaway. Last year’s athleisure fashion borrowed visuals from the yoga studio and the running track – fine jersey, sleek leggings – but 2017 has downed a protein shake and brought a high-intensity attitude to what we wear, instead.

For proof that this is a season of clothes for putting down the remote, getting out of your comfort zone and into the big wide world, consider the transparent raincoat. Both Raf Simons at Calvin Klein and Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu made this a key piece. Consider, also, what has happened to footwear. Those fur-lined loafers, which were essentially unfit for venturing outdoors, have ceded alpha-shoe status to Saint Laurent’s bedazzled silver boots, which are most definitely fashion for going out. Not out to work, but out-out. Trends may well be dead. But every time September rolls around, fashion is alive and kicking, in brand new boots.

Timex Group appoints Duncan Harris as sales and marketing director

Duncan Harris

Timex Group UK has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Duncan Harris as its sales & marketing director.

He will be reporting directly to Gavin Crilly-McKean SVP international. .

Duncan has over 20 years experience within the UK industry. His previous role was as general manager at Bulova UK.

Mr Harris will be responsible for Timex Group UK Sales and Marketing roll out strategies and
customer development as the multi brand portfolio continues to grow across the UK.

Gavin Crilly-McKean said: “I’m extremely pleased to have Duncan join the senior management team.

“He is a widely respected key individual within the UK watch industry and his expertise across strategic planning and brand development are a great fit for the continued growth of our UK operation across Timex, Versus, Versace, Ferragamo and autica brands with our partners.”

Harris added: “Timex Group UK undeniably has made impressive gains in distribution and brand development over recent years and I am truly excited to be leading such a great team and drive growth.”

How Amazon is using catwalk trends to try to conquer high-street fashion

 

The online retailer already shifts a lot of clothes. But can its first properly fashion-aware brand, Find, win the approval of style insiders?

What features on your order history at Amazon? Cat food? The final volume of the Neapolitan novels? The Game of Thrones box set? Expect to add trend-led clothes to your basket from today – Find, an own-brand fashion line from the online retailer, has been launched.

This is the latest attempt by the site to dominate fashion the way it does books. Amazon is extremely successful in the business of selling clothes and is likely to become the biggest apparel seller in the US this year. It has a fashion section on the main site, it bought online shoe retailer Zappos in 2010 and own the Shopbop site, but, so far, a foothold in fashion proper has alluded it. Before Find, Amazon’s take on fashion felt too much of a broad church, with products in grids presented the same way that the deals of the day are: useful, but faceless. There’s no mood and no glamour – and fashion demands both of these things.

Find, then, is surprisingly fashionable for a company that, in a Google search, flags up “low prices in electronics, books, sports equipment and more” to tempt you in. Images from the ad campaign show clothes that tick the autumn/winter trend boxes – trench coats, blazers, the slogan tee, the obligatory red dress – but are pitched at a digital native with an eye on her Instagram followers. Prices reflect that. They are a bit cheaper than Topshop, a little more expensive than Boohoo – there are shirts for £30, sock boots for £52, jeans around the £35 mark.

The archly everyday location – a 60s suburban housing estate, complete with a garage door backdrop and zebra crossing – chimes with the mood for the “real” in high fashion. The images owe a lot to the Zurich Locals photography projectproduced by the Vetements brand. But it never gets too arty. Like an advert from Ikea, these images show a cool lifestyle – the Kondo-d kitchen, the shelfie-ready books, the kooky poses – but the products themselves are largely uncomplicated. Not everyone will want a pair of stirruped leggings or hot-pink sock boots. But pretty floral frocks and pinstripe blouses are the stealth pieces that could sell by the bucket-load.

Amazon is taking a risk of sorts with Find. The obvious route to attract the everywoman who shops on Amazon might have been grown-up clothes of the kind found in Marks & Spencer, say, or John Lewis: sensible purchases that form a sort of sartorial add-on item on the main site. Instead, this is closer to River Island or Miss Selfridge and speaks of the influence of a fashion insider team rather than that of an algorithm. But, if a company with European revenues of £19.5bn in 2016 and a teeny tax bill of £15m can’t take a risk chasing the fashion dollar, who can?