The launch tile for Instagram's latest update.
Instagram introduces a new posting option that will transform the way you curate your feed.
Instagram just announced its latest update, and it’s a big one. You’ll soon be able to share multiple photos and videos in a single post. A post can now act as a mini-album that documents anything from a party to a vacation, with users scrolling through to see it unfold.
How is this different from Instagram Stories, you ask? Unlike Stories, which disappear after 24 hours, these posts will remain on your feed.
Some might see this as the answer to repetitive posts (no more uploading the umpteenth party pic with the caption “Sorry, last one”) as well as a way to curate posts around a theme (just imagine a step-by-step makeup tutorial from Kylie Jenner in one post.)
A profile with Instagram's latest feature (note the new icon on the first post)
A new icon will appear which will allow you to select up to 10 photos and videos for a single post. You can filter and edit photos in a batch, or individually, as well as change the order of photos. Captions, location likes and comments apply to all the photos and videos in a post, but you’ll be able to tag friends individually. You won’t be able to remove individual photos or videos from within the post once it’s live.
Instagram's new multiple selection option
The update rolls out today for iPhone and Android and will go global within a few weeks.
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The designer told us about her unexpected new collab, her design process and what’s next for her brand.
Hayley Elsaesser’s designs scream "fun." Walk into her Queen West boutique on a cold winter day and you’ll instantly be transported to a much brighter, happier place. It’s not surprising that her cool, colourful aesthetic draws superstars like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry to her clothing. So when Taco Bell reached out to the designer to create a one-of-a-kind Taco coat, saying yes was a no-brainer.
Miley Cyrus in a custom look by Hayley Elsaesser. (Getty Images)
“I’m always working with the purpose to produce a collection,” says Elsaesser. “So it was really fun for me to work on something that would be purely creative, something that I could just have fun with.”
The designer told us a little more about the unisex taco printed coat (which will be available for one lucky winner in a social media giveaway), and offered a sneak peek of what she’s working on right now.
“There are a lot of people who are very passionate about Taco Bell. If you’re a super-fan taco lover, it’s the perfect coat for you. It’s a winter jacket, the fabric itself is meant to be waterproof. If you’re eating a taco and you spill, it’s waterproof. It has an open-ended zipper, it has insulated pockets, so you can keep your tacos and your drinks warm, or just keep your phone and your keys in it. So it was meant to be a dual-purpose coat—for a taco super-fan, and as an everyday streetwear coat.”
“This was a fun breath of fresh air to work on. I love doing collaborations because it’s an extra challenge for me—to take something that I’ve never worked on and put my own spin on it. I can design prints in my sleep, so this was something outside of my everyday norm.”
“First I start thinking about an idea that I want to work on, something that I’m intrigued by at that particular time. For example, for the last collection I had the concept of My Little Pony, so that was about looking back and nostalgia. I have one set idea that I start building around, and then from there I develop a bunch of prints, and it’s like a puzzle for me, figuring out how to put it all together. Prints can be kind of crazy, so you have to be able to make them cohesive.”
“I’ve just done a presentation in New York, which is something I’ve never done before, and it’s really fun to create an atmosphere. It’s something that I wasn’t really able to do at Toronto Fashion Week in the past. I do love the runway, because I feel like it’s more exciting, it’s revealing one look at a time, so it’s a spectacle. And then for a presentation it's a little different—everything’s out there and you can have a closer look.”
“Designing takes a lot out of me. It’s just working non-stop and it’s really emotionally intense. I put a lot of myself and my feelings into my prints. So after I do a collection, I just need to take a little bit of a breather. There’s still work to be done—I’m doing a tradeshow next week. I’m just taking a break from the designing part so I can be refreshed when I start my new collection.”
“Footwear is a dream of mine. I love shoes in a huge way, but I haven’t had that opportunity yet. I’m currently working with a makeup brand, which is really, really exciting for me. I like to keep busy and keep on challenging myself creatively, and I love exploring all the different fields of what I’m interested in.”
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Perhaps predictably, February is the busiest month of the year for some wax bars. "It's like Christmas!" says Amy Finnegan Burns, director of operations for WAXON Waxbars. "People are going away on vacation, doing something for Family Day or celebrating Valentine's Day. With those three things combined, we are always fully booked after the sixth of February."
The most popular service for WAXON, which has six locations across Ontario and one in Nova Scotia, is still the Brazilian wax. "Everything bare" has consistently been the most requested service over the last 5 years, and makes up 70% of the brand's business. "The one thing that people do switch up depending on their mood or personal preference is leaving a landing strip," says Finnegan Burns. "We are seeing a slight growth in landing strips for women."
What has changed about the Brazilian wax are the people getting them. "What we’ve seen is a spread in demographic," she says. It's not just 25 year-olds requesting the service – clients are anywhere from 17 to 70 years of age. The most dramatic growth they've seen is in the 55+ age group, which increased by 10% for the company in the last year.
(A brief public service announcement: You need to wait 24 hours before engaging in sexual activity after having a wax. "That friction isn’t ideal for sensitivity and ingrown hairs," says Finnegan Burns. Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so that means you want to aim to wax – if that's your preference, we're by no means saying waxing or shaving is a must – Saturday, Sunday or Monday.)
The second most popular service for female clients? Arm waxing, which has seen a "massive increase" in the last two years, particularly in the summer months. "Nostrils is up there as well," says Finnegan Burns, who promises this is not as painful as it sounds. Hard wax is applied to a popsicle stick and spread on the outer and inner corner of the nostrils, then left to harden before being pulled out. "It is a quick 3 minutes," she says. "Among women and men it is becoming an incredibly popular add-on service. Five years ago, I don’t think [that demand] really existed."
From left: Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Lacoste Image by: Imaxtree
The basic knit is reinvented and a new trend is born.
When was the last time you thought purposefully of a cardigan? The button-up knit with preppy roots emerged as a hero piece on the runways of New York and the message continued in London. Like denim and the white button-down before it, the cardigan was taken apart and reinvented by the likes of Christopher Kane, who presented holographic, slightly oversized versions. In New York, Alexander Wang sent model Stella Lucia down his party-ready runway in a loose, borrowed-from-dad knit that read as anything but precious. Lacoste, Ulla Johnson and Dion Lee took a fuzzier approach, while Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham represented the more sophisticated end of the spectrum.
The takeaway? Whether undone, artsy or preppy, the cardigan is infinitely versatile and, for the first time in many seasons, covetable.
Christopher Kane Image by: Imaxtree
Tory Burch Image by: Imaxtree
Victoria Beckham Image by: Imaxtree