'Unfortunately, Ready To Wear' Reminds Us Of Global Warming's Growing Threat

'Unfortunately, Ready To Wear' Reminds Us Of Global Warming's Growing Threat

Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them.

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This past week, 21-year-old creative influencer, model, actor and designer Luka Sabbat released a collection of clothes and gear titled, "Unfortunately, Ready to Wear," created in collaboration with Milk studios and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The line consisted of five pieces, meant to protect their wearers from the future effects of global warming. The line is prepared for infectious diseases, heat waves, air pollution, extreme storms and environmental refugees.

The exhibit opened February 9th at Milk Studios in Chelsea New York. Sabbat designed headphones designed to alert users of incoming weather, a long jacket to protect from environmental extremes and diseases, complete with a netted face mask, a bandana to block out dirty air and a backpack with solar panels that doubled as a sleeping bag. Next to each "fashion" essential were signs describing their importance. Videos showing interviews with Sabbat, clips of the creation process and shots of our world's environment were projected onto two walls. Also around the gallery were photos shot by photographer Noah Dillon. The photos showed models wearing Sabbat's designs in destroyed areas of Malibu, California, where huge wildfires recently wreaked havoc.

The NRDC is a non-profit charity based in the United States that works tirelessly to protect and preserve the environment. Due to their partnership with Sabbat, they set up a table at Milk for the opening of the gallery in order to promote environmentally conscious thinking and to convince event goers to sign a pledge to better and preserve their environment. Displayed on the table were pins and stickers depicting the five threats of global warming that Sabbat focused on within his collection.

At one point in the night, those who attended the opening gathered around Sabbat to listen to the young influencer discuss his project. Sabbat told his listeners that he had made the gallery intentionally hot through the use of fans blowing hot air, in order to underline the event with a taste of the pressing, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous reality of our planet's shifting climate. He reminded those around him that they have a choice in their day to day life to avoid the earth's increasingly unpredictable climate, and that those living in third world countries would feel and suffer from the effects long before those residing in a first world country like the United States. In reply to those complaining about the stuffy room, Sabbat said, "It's conceptual."

Although those attending the event did not seem too preoccupied with the environment, and rather more interested in the open bar and taking photos, collections like Sabbat's have the power to educate a larger audience about important issues like global warming. Luka Sabbat, although an already successful artist and creative, used his platform to spread awareness, and in his speech he urged others to utilize their own platform, no matter how small, to speak out on issues important to them. Although this new generation is often criticized by its predecessors for an obsession with smartphones, social media and superficiality, empowered, young individuals like Luka Sabbat continue to prove them wrong.

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Your Guide To Dressing For The Most Confusing Temperatures

I’ve finally figured out the right wardrobes for 40-to-65 degree-weather…I think.
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I’ve been living up north for nearly three years now, and I absolutely love it, but one of the main struggles I’ve had is that I just have absolutely no idea what to wear half the time I am going outside. Sure, it’s easy when it’s in the 30s and below, or in the 70s and up, but I’m talking about those in-between temperatures that have regularly confused me to no end. After countless guessing and checking (and taking photos of my outfits that I caption with the temperature and my thoughts on how comfortable I am), I might have finally figured out exactly what to wear in weather ranging from 40 to 65 degrees. In a nutshell, here are my conclusions:

1. 40 to 45 degrees and sunny


For this weather, I wear some kind of coat that isn’t your heavy-duty winter one. Underneath, I sport a lightweight long-sleeve top, and leggings or jeans, but steer clear of ultra-ripped ones.

2. 40 to 45 degrees and cloudy

It’s time to bring out the look that is one step away from your winter garb. Grab your second-warmest coat and pair it with a thick long-sleeve top or lightweight sweater, or wear a super thin sweater underneath your warmest jacket. Leggings are definitely the move, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for you to have a beanie on standby.

3. 46 to 52 degrees and sunny

To stay cozy in this brisk temperature, slip on a normal-to-thick sweater and a warm jacket that you’ll want to zip up. If there’s no wind, you might be able to get away with ripped jeans, but of course there’s always leggings, too.

4. 46 to 52 degrees and cloudy

Wear the jacket that comes just before you’d pull out any kind of coat from your closet. I would air on the side of caution by styling it with a thick sweater, but if you don’t get cold easily, you could probably just wear that jacket with a lightweight top and maybe a vest. I wouldn’t say this weather is ripped-jeans-friendly, yet, but hey, it’s your call.

5. 53 to 59 degrees and sunny

This is where you can have the most fun! You can wear a sweater and a vest, a warm long-sleeve and a poncho, any kind of top and a somewhat-warm jacket – it’s all about trading off the weights of your layers to create a snug balance. Opt for any kind of bottoms that will cover your legs, whether it be pants, ripped or non-ripped jeans, a skirt and tights, etc., and you will be good to go.

6. 53 to 59 degrees and cloudy

To me, this is pretty similar to the 53 to 59 degrees on a sunny day. Basically, stick to its sunny-weather counterpart’s directions, but tip the balance of your layers to a slightly warmer side.

7. 60 to 65 and sunny

No matter what you wear in this weather, it’s hard to go wrong – you’re pretty much guaranteed to be at least somewhat comfortable. Rock a t-shirt, long-sleeve or a flannel, but have an extra layer handy just in case. As for bottoms, anything is fair game.

8. 60 to 65 degrees and cloudy

I’d say same as everything in the suggestions above, except you’re definitely going to want to have that extra layer – doesn’t have to be thick, just something to keep you comfortable without the sun’s warmth.

Oh and pro tip: if it’s windy, increase the warmth of your layers everywhere.

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I Bought My First 'Big Girl' Purse And, Damn, I Feel Like A Badass

If you see me around with my Kate Spade purse feeling like a badass, mind ya business.

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To say that I am a big believer in the phrase, "treat yo self" is a complete understatement and anyone who knows me knows just how serious I encourage it to everyone.

Over spring break, I decided to take some of my advice and made two big investments.

The first one was my Canon DSLR. But we all knew that one was coming because I had been saving up my paychecks for months since last year and was ready to invest in something that would ultimately help me perfect a skill I had been wanting to learn for a while.

The other investment was a Kate Spade purse that even caught me off guard because I didn't exactly expect myself to want a purse. But you know that feeling of not knowing you needed something until you saw it? Well, that was me and from the moment I saw it, I knew there was no going back. So, I went into the store and dropped the money on the purse and just didn't look back at the impulsive decision I had just made, which was actually going against my New Year's resolution of being smarter with my money.

But you know what, treat yo self.

And if you expected me to feel bad about my purse, surprise! I don't feel bad one bit.

When I tell you I feel good about my purse and about myself with my purse, I am being so freaking honest. Now, I can't even picture myself without my purse. It might sound stupid, but it actually makes every outfit look better and makes me feel like a bad bitch.

Like the Carrie Bradshaw, the "Sex and the City" fashion queen, once said, "Balls are to men what purses are to women. It's just a little bag, but we feel naked in public without it."

So, if you see me around with my Kate Spade purse feeling like a badass, mind ya business.

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