There is no denying the power and the influence of Vogue. When Vogue talks style, people listen. The following piece appeared in the controversial Kim and Kanye, April 2014 issue.
THE GREAT COVER-UP
You can hide from the sun – or you can play. Laura Regensdorf on how to stay stylishly safe in the sun this season.
After a brush with basal-cell carcinoma last fall, Hugh Jackman Instagrammed a photo of his bandaged nose (27,900 likes), followed by a shout-out to his dermatologist and his wife, Deb, who insisted he “get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!” Who needs public-service announcements – or thank-you notes – when you have social media?
More than two million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and that rate is climbing. (Dermatologist Lisa Airan, M.D., says it’s “not necessarily a rise in incidence; it’s more a rise in detection. Sometimes people don’t realize the old sun exposure is leading to new skin cancer.”) Sunscreen – applied liberally and frequently – is our best defense, but Manhattan dermatologist Dennis Gross, M.D., warns it’s “not a coat of armor.” So, this season, we suggest expanding your arsenal beyond SPF, to include, say, a caftan-and-wide-brim-hat ensemble (see The Row’s spring runway); a chic face-shielding visor (Marni); or any one of J.Crew’s or Pret-a-Surf’s graphic surf-to-street rash guards. We even found a long-sleeved swimsuit.
HERE’S TO A HEALTHY GLOW While fair skin has had a major fashion moment (and will continue to, if Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain have anything to do with it), there’s no denying the pull of an outdoorsy golden glow come summer. Clarins’ new self-tanning concentrate lets you customize your color: Simply add a few drops to your daily moisturizer or sunscreen. Brand new out of London, James Read’s CoQ10-powered sleep mask is a night cream/self tanner in one (he promises it won’t ruin your pillowcase). Kanebo’s Sensai sunless tanners rely on sugar-like erythrulose instead of DHA to impart a subtle, post-vacation warmth that lasts mere days, no commitment required.
Or simply consider a few well-placed highlights, like a chicly burnished cheek. Sisley’s bronzing powder contains micronized particles for a featherweight finish.
ADD A SLEEVE Surf-girl rash guards have become a de facto summer fashion statement from Malibu to Montauk. Not only do they provide an extra (waterproof) buffer against the sun, but the very best among them are made from UPF fabric – the textile equivalent to SPF. Mott 50 and J.Crew offer a winsomely sportif mix of stripes, florals, and solids (no matter if you prefer page-turning to paddle-boarding). Lisa Moore, designer of Dallas-based start-up Cover, was inspired to create a long-sleeved UPF 50+ maillot after her 23-year-old sister was diagnosed with a melanoma on her arm. Even those who seek refuge under an umbrella might want to stock up: According to a recent paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 50 percent of UVA exposure occurs in the shade. (Cover long-sleeve maillot, followed by Mott 50 Charlize Swim T’shirt).
To see more, pick up the April 2014 issue of Vogue, on newsstands now.