To answer the request of two of her lesbian friends about to become joined in a civil union and not knowing what to wear, Helen Bender (pictured on the left) has had the idea to launch a wedding clothing line for women who love women.
PRESTIGE: "Knights In Shining Armor," is bringing a first-ever evening of butch and masculine of center fashion to Los Angeles.
Eleven designers from California and New York will present their creations on the runway with 30 models at the House of Gods on Sept. 28.
Ben Bridge Jeweler, one of the biggest independently owned jewelry chains in the country, is now marketing to the LGBT community by stocking a jewelry collection whose very reason for being is to celebrate same-sex marriages.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and Mary Going needed something to wear.
"It started with my wedding, but extended into every aspect of my life," says Going, the 46-year-old founder of Saint Harridan, a retailer specializing in classic men's-styled suits reconstructed to fit women and trans men. "Professional settings, my kids' holiday concerts, funerals - every event that required dressing up in something more than khakis and a t-shirt was painful."
Solving that problem turned out to be bigger than just getting to a store. Going describes her average trip to the men's department as nothing less than humiliating. "Once the sales rep figures out I'm not shopping for my husband, the customer service tanks. And there's no point in enduring that, because in the end, nothing ever fits."
The 2012 beauty campaign of Harvey Nichols, entitled "Love Thyself", which is not supposed to show a lesbian kiss although it is difficult to think otherwise, was launched to show to advantage the new hall a beauty shop in Liverpool.
But after a few days, people began to file complaints against the campaign to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).