“When women are in positions of power, and they’re featured in a women’s magazine like Vogue … they tend to be incredibly unfairly criticized. It’s an incredibly old-fashioned approach. Just because you’re in a position of power, and you look good and you enjoy fashion — does that mean you’re an idiot, or that it’s not seemly to be in a woman’s magazine? If a man is in GQ, they don’t get the same kind of criticism.”
– Vogue HBIC Anna Wintour on how women are unfairly judged for enjoying fashion. I wasn’t really aware that women were terribly criticized for being into fashion. Do you feel that women are judged harshly for loving clothes? Perhaps what Anna’s actually alluding to is the way that women’s fashion magazines aren’t taken seriously — because of their emphasis on materialism and consumerism? [Wall Street Journal]
Quick! Do you live in Bakersfield, California? Do you spend an inordinate amount of money on shopping each month? That’s no surprise — you’re just doing your part to keep up with your friends and neighbors, because Bakersfield happens to be one of the most shopping addicted cities in the country. According to a new study from Bundle, Bakersfield residents spend an average of $201.50 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But that’s nothing compared to what Washington D.C. spends. D.C.’s residents are top shoppers on the list, spending an average of $263 a month on fashion. Geez, you guys! Surprisingly, fashion capitals New York City and Los Angeles didn’t even crack the top ten 10. Click onward to find out who did. And tell us: about how much do you spend on clothes per month? Answer in our poll, after the jump! [Bundle]
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Ariana Page Russell has a skin condition called dermotographia, a condition where her mega-sensitive skin swells up at even the lightest contact. Rather than wallow in her condition, Russell opted to turn her condition — and her skin — into art. Russell draws complex patterns, poems and designs into her skin, creating a creepy/cool meta-statement on how women’s bodies are appropriated as objects. Check out more of Russell’s body of work (okay, pun intended) after the jump. [Empty Kingdom] Keep reading »
Dear Jared Leto,
J-Rod, let’s talk. I’ve followed your career and your cheekbones and your 1000-yard stare ever since you were a flannel-wearing, illiterate teenage wastrel on “My So Called Life.” Your turn as Jordan Catalano — (“Y Kant Jordan Read?,” never forget) — the frustratingly vacant love interest of Angela Chase (remember how darling Claire Danes was before Latisse?) broke a million teenage girl hearts. Which is why I find it especially egregious that you’ve grown up to be the Jared Leto that you are today. The douche-y, guyliner-wearing Jared Leto that fronts MTV2 mainstay band 30 Seconds to Mars and insists on dressing like an utter and complete tool.
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This past weekend, the fashion world mourned the loss of one of its icons, Loulou de la Falaise, the inimitable model and muse to designer Yves St. Laurent and an irrepressible figure in the couture community. We’ve collected images of de la Falaise to show you what St. Laurent and so many others saw in her life and style.
When you think of somebody who is sexy and cool and the picture of health, wellness and aspirational cool, you think of Iggy Pop, don’t you? Wait, you don’t? You don’t think of a dessicated ’70s punk rocker? You don’t think, “I would really like to smell that guy’s smell, and perhaps smell like him”? That shocking, because that’s what perfume maker/designer man Paco Rabanne thinks. That’s why Rabanne made Mr. Pop the wizened, craggy face of his newest fragrance, Black XS L’Excès. I hope it smells as good as he looks. [Fashionista]
Duran Duran are kind of one of the original pin-up boy bands, so it makes sense that for their newest video, “Girl Panic,” they’d team up with a bunch of actual pin-ups. DD frontman Simon Le Bon and the gang called up a few of their leggy supermodel friends — including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and and Le Bon’s wife Yasmin — to star in the clip, which will officially premiere this month. I love how keyboardist Nick Rhodes explains how Le Bon came up with the video idea, as if having a bunch of beautiful models in tiny outfits strut around and pretend to be the band is somehow high concept. Whatever, we’ll definitely be watching. [Styleite.com]
Folks are entitled to their own opinions when it comes to what they find erotic and appealing. But we’ve got to vociferously disagree with Michelin-starred chef Roland Trettl, who thinks that octopi–yes, oct0pi–are sexy. Trettl’s been dressing models in octopus halters and seaweed skirts as a part of an upcoming exhibition on food and fashion at Berlin’s Communications Museum. Trettl thinks octopus tentacles are “erotic and sexy” but I think they’re cold and slimy, and probably rather unpleasant to wear.
Are there any foods you think are particularly sexy or come-hither? [Vice Style]
Remember Bonkers? Clearly Canadian? Planter’s Cheez Puffs? As much as you might love them, you can’t get them anymore. The food gods have declared these products, and the eight others on this list snack food non grata. Try as you might, you won’t be able to find these tasty (and, okay, not so tasty) treats anywhere. We’ve compiled some of our most-loved, but we want to hear what snack foods you miss the most. Tell us your gone-but-not-forgotten favorites in the comments.