Knee Skimming shorts are this summer’s top trend on the runway. The trendy shorts are knee length and tailored slim without a turn up and most of them are pressed with a crease or silk is added on as a trim. Shorts of this length are flattering to anyone. They are one of the most wearable and versatile trends of the season. Whether you opt for a design or a more tailored look, make sure they just skim your knee to be on-trend. When it comes to color, go for navy, which is a fail-safe option that always looks good. Celebrity, Pharrell Williams was also seen sporting this trend at the Oscars in March. Knee-skimming shorts take a lot of guts and style to wear. Designers like Prada and Gucci brought back short-shorts in a range of colors and prints. Coach, Kenzo, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten also had their models rock these shorts on the runway. Paris and Milan’s fashion weeks both featured male models sporting above-the-knee shorts. The perception of above-the-knee shorts “as being only for young boys,” has taken several decades to change and now the trend is in for all age groups.

-Kareshma Singh

When you think about the sneaker’s original purpose, it’s fascinating to imagine how such a utilitarian shoe became a status symbol worthy of highly anticipated launches, high-end catwalks and enormous price tags. The Brooklyn Museum’s buzzed-about 2015 exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, let visitors take a peek at the sneaker’s journey from the nineteenth century until now. About 150 pairs showcased the vast range of fields and fascinations that have influenced this shoe, from music to fashion to technology and back again.

The sneaker as we know it apparently emerged in the 1800’s when competitive walking and running gained popularity. Made of leather and shaped like a dress shoe, it wasn’t quite at the level of the scientifically enhanced sports shoes we have now, but it worked at the time. In the 21st century, of course, the sneaker can be so many different things. Accordingly, top designers like Prada have their place in the exhibition, as do pieces from famous sneaker collectors.

The sneaker has gone through countless incarnations–remember when Pumas and Converse were everywhere? Perhaps it is the athletic origin of these shoes that in fact inspires designers to get creative. Making a pretty heel is one thing; making hundreds of thousands of people crave a sports shoe, however, is a challenge.

The innovation hasn’t slowed down, either. The Vixole Matrix, a groundbreaking new brand, will be a customizable e-sneaker featuring sensors and LED components. We may not be living in a Jetsons-esque world quite yet, but given that we went from nineteenth-century competitive walking shoes to e-sneakers that can be synced to iPhone apps, we’re on the right track. Though The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a collaboration between the Bata Shoe Museum and the American Arts Federation, is no longer in Brooklyn, the exhibition continues to tour America and has released a companion book tracking the colorful visual history of sneakers.

Naakai Addy

We covet her style even if we can’t stand up straight on a surfboard or live near the coast. There’s something undeniably cool about the California surfer girl – her effortless waves, highlighted only by the sun, her freckled skin, and deep natural tan, her ruffled, untamed brows, held in place by the saltwater. There’s nothing wrong with admiring the likes of her – in fact, there’s something incredibly right about it. Here’s a 5-step beauty beat for channeling your inner surfer girl (if only on the outside).

1.     Start fresh out of the shower with St. Tropez Self Tanning Facial Oil (sephora.com) – I replaced my moisturizer with this gradually tanning facial oil months ago and haven’t looked back since – Its lighter than a moisturizer and doesn’t clog pores. Follow up immediately with Mac’s Mineralize Diamond (maccosmetics.com) spray all over the face. Use this once to prep and prime the face and once to set makeup afterwards – it helps for extreme dew and a bit of healthy shimmer in all the right places.

2.     Smooth out the skin by dotting Dr. Jart’s BB Radiance Beauty Balm (sephora.com) on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, then distributing evenly with a stippling brush. It’s a BB cream, not a foundation, so any freckles will show through.

3.     The highlight is never chunky or glittery – for fair skinned girls like me it’s the Estee Lauder Lip and Cheek Summer Glow Stick in Sunburst (esteelauder.com). This goes all over – cheekbones, middle of the nose, cupids bow, below the brow arch, on the eyelid. Use warm fingers for the most effective blend, and watch this one blend like a dream.

4.     Brush your eyebrows with a spooley. The surfer girl doesn’t pencil in her eyebrows – so opt for a clear brow gel (target.com) and brush upwards until bushy at their fullest. The end result should be clean and natural but untamed. Then spray your spooley with a bit of hairspray and brush to keep hairs in place.

5.     Skip gloss on the lips but keep them conditioned with the god dream that is Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer (nordstrom.com). While meant to prime your lips for lipstick or gloss, it leaves a conditioning shield and plumps the lips just a bit, which is all I ever wanted from a lip product – so skip the color and leave them natural. This look is less about trying and more about an effortless suppleness and a glow from within. Now one more spritz of Mac’s Mineralize Diamond spray to keep everything in place and you’re golden.

Kalina Krabel