College, man. You can study just about anything. I know I did. When I was in grad school I wrote papers on 1) black and white cop buddy movies, 2) riot grrl and 3) drag queens on film. Like, really. So there’s that. And now, over at Rutgers University in New Jersey, you can take an entire class on Beyoncé. The class will focus on the continuum between Beyoncé Knowles in regards to black feminism, studying Bey’s lyrics alongside/against historical black female figures like Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth. So…. “Single Ladies” vs. The Color Purple? “Run the World (Girls)” vs. Ain’t I A Woman? “She certainly pushes boundaries,” said Professor Kevin Allread of the class. ”While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.” Keep reading »
Take a look at this wedding save-the-date card. It’s so awesome — can you see why? Take another look. Still can’t see what makes it so incredible? It’s kind of hard to see, but …
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I’m not saying Rihanna’s got bad style, but she’s certainly had her fair share of total, uh, fashion mistakes. So it’s interesting that she’s decided to enter the realm of reality fashion television with a new British design competition show. Then again, the new, as-yet-unnamed show is focused on creating outlandish and extreme outfits for pop stars and celebrities. And considering how much Rihanna likes touching her crotch, and wearing practically nothing (or skimpy outfits seemingly made of fake nails and Chicklets), she probably knows a thing or two about designing wild clothes.
Sadly, Rihanna won’t be hosting the show, but she is set to play a heavy role in casting and producing, and will make several appearances throughout the season. Brit singer Nicola Roberts of the band Girls Aloud is set to host. And the contest winner? Well, they get to design an outfit for Ms. Rihanna herself to wear during a Hyde Park concert in London next summer. [NYMag.com]
Today is not the best day. But it’s going to get better. That’s what I tell myself, and this clearly traumatized, but very cute, wet kitten. [Buzzfeed]
Our culture tends to make women disappear as we age, so it’s exciting to see that the blog Advanced Style has been turned into a documentary and book. To celebrate, some of the sassy old broads featured on the site appeared on “The Today Show” to show off their ageless style tips. First up: Joyce, a gorgeous octogenarian who notes that “a woman can’t always look younger, but she can always look elegant.” So true. Then there’s former dancer Jackie, whose posture puts me to shame. And Ilana, who’s 91 and makes her own faux eyelashes from clippings of her hair. As she’s leaving the stage in a hail of compliments, she tells the hosts, “I’m glad that you enjoy my freedom” (I’m so adopting that phrase). Finally, 100-year-old Ruth Cohen models, with her grandson Ari, who started the blog. But listen “Today Show” ladies, don’t take too long, Ruth’s got a pilates class to get to. [MSNBC]
Brooklyn, she is a squirrely strange beast. A land of artisinal cheeses and small-batch decorative axes. She is also a land where men occasionally deign to tuck their long hair into buns. This is newsworthy, so says The New York Times, which has devoted more than a thousand words to exploring the not-actually-a-trend tremd. It seems a writer for the paper visited a Brooklyn bar and saw two bartenders there who preferred wearing their long locks in a bun, rather than a hair net.
But really, how do you make this exotic hair bun — on a clunky, squarish man’s head, no less? Keep reading »
Last night, Tiffany’s held a party hosted by photographers Scott Schuman and Garance Dore. The party was DJed by Beyonce’s little sister Solange. So far, sounds like every other semi-famous people party, right? Well, except that the PR company that put on the event — some company called Epic Group — was apparently a mite bit concerned that the soiree would be too packed. So, the day of the party, they sent out the following missive…
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The new season of TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” is about to start, and while we’ve already been tipped off that this round will feature a woman who is addicted to eating cat food, we can’t imagine what other weird people with odd habits the show’s dug up. Remember Amelia’s boyfriend, hair drain guy? Or the woman whose frighteningly long nails made it nearly impossible for her to wipe her own butt?
To make your own viewing of “My Strange Addiction” more enjoyable, we’ve created this handy bingo card, with 16 possible addiction topics we think the show might feature. How to play: Print this card out. Every time we manage to hit the weird mark on the head, cross an addiction off the card. If we (or you) get the addictions in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, you win! (What, we’re not sure, because you’ve just watched, like, 10 episodes of “My Strange Addiction,” which sounds really depressing.)
Enjoy! (New episodes air February 12).
Ladies, ladies, back up, there’s enough crazy gimp man meat for everyone. There’s furry gimp, jolly green gimp, abstract art gimp — and everybody’s favorite – plaid destiny. If you want special time with him, there’s a six- to eight-week wait. Sorry, I don’t make the rules, I just enforce. (Actually, these are models from Walter Van Beirendonck’s Fall 2012 menswear collection.) [Getty Images]
Oh hi, I didn’t see you there. I was busy salivating over the Fall 2012 menswear collection from my favorite wackadoodle designer Thom Browne. Mr. Browne — he of the lobster claw arms from Spring 2012 — is famous for his transgressive take on fashion and the body. Browne plays with proportion and male archetypes and reworks them into incredible pin-headed plays on masculinity. And for that, his works should be noted. After the jump, check out 13 of our favorite looks from his latest menswear collection.