These Fashion Influencers Say ‘Don’t Buy Anything’

Off Brand is a thrice-monthly column that delves into trends in women’s fashion and beauty.

AFTER BEING laid off twice in a row, Aileen Luib decided to take matters into her own hands by starting a blog called “The Baller on a Budget.” Ms. Luib, 28, had long felt the pressure to “keep up with the Kardashians,” as she put it, growing up in the Southern California suburbs as a second-generation Filipino immigrant. She explained: “I felt like I constantly had to uphold certain appearances,” that she had to conceal she had less money than those around her. “It was this constant, vicious battle of trying to keep up and not really share the honest side of my financial story.” Now, she’s sharing the nitty-gritty of her finances—including an itemized breakdown of her blogging income—to her tens of thousands of followers, alongside fashion and beauty content.

Certain elite fashion bloggers

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Yara Zaya Creates Fashion and Beauty YouTube Channel

Ukrainian beauty Yara Zaya has launched her own YouTube channel. The 90 Day Fiancé star shares insight into her beauty and fashion interests.

Yara Zaya has been busy bickering with fiancé Jovi Dufren on season 8 of 90 Day Fiancé, but the Ukrainian beauty has been exploring other interests apart from the show in real life. The makeup artist revealed the launch of her YouTube channel to fans so that she can share her fashion and beauty insight with her burgeoning list of followers.

Yara and Jovi met while the Louisiana native was traveling. Their whirlwind romance sadly resulted in a tragic miscarriage. However, the Ukrainian makeup artist still joined Jovi in Louisiana on her K-1 fiancé visa. Yara is not a big fan of New Orleans or the couple’s living situation. She is shown on the TLC show to have expensive taste and isn’t shy about expressing her

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the photographs that made her a fashion star

Stella Tennant, photographed wearing Dior couture, by Arthur Elgort for American Vogue. 2001  - Vogue / Getty
Stella Tennant, photographed wearing Dior couture, by Arthur Elgort for American Vogue. 2001 – Vogue / Getty

It is incredibly difficult to select a ‘favourite’ photograph of the late Stella Tennant. A chameleon of a supermodel, she might, on one catwalk, embody ultimate Versace glitz, or on another, morph into a Sonia Rykiel rebel. One of the best fashion photographs of all time – not just of Tennant – has to be the 1995 Arthur Elgort snap of her diving headfirst into a swimming pool, fully clothed in a tweed suit and Wellington boots. It took one take.

At just 50, the Scottish model tragically took her own life after struggling with mental health, her family has told The Telegraph. Tennant died just days after her birthday, on 22nd December 2020. 

Her loss is a tremendous blow to the fashion community – as the many tributes paid by designers, journalists,

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French fashion designer Pierre Cardin dead at 98

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin possessed a wildly inventive artistic sensibility tempered by a stiff dose of business sense. He had no problem acknowledging that he earned more from a pair of stockings than from a haute-couture gown with a six-figure price tag.

Cardin, who died Tuesday at age 98, was the ultimate entrepreneurial designer. He understood the importance his exclusive haute couture shows played in stoking consumer desire and became an early pioneer of licensing. His name emblazoned hundreds of products, from accessories to home goods.

“The numbers don’t lie,” Cardin said in a 1970 French television interview. “I earn more from the sale of a necktie than from the sale of a million-franc dress. It’s counterintuitive, but the accounts prove it. In the end, it’s all about the numbers.”

The French Academy of Fine Arts announced Cardin’s death in a tweet. He had been among its illustrious members

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