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Puff sleeve shirts are a great way to add interest and detail to your upper half while minimizing your lower half–the right sleeve can balance your body and add proper proportion. They’re not for everyone, but when they work, puff sleeves can add a romantic, sweet vibe to what you’re wearing. After the jump, 10 puff sleeve shirt options.
I saw images of these custom-made Hermes Vans yesterday and was practically dying. I don’t really wear flats, like, ever, but I might make an exception for these gorgeously patterned skate shoes, which were custom created by Vans for stylist Robert Verdi. The bright patterns and colors practically scream “I know how to have a laid back good time, dude.” Sadly, these slip-ons aren’t going to be massed produced–they were simply made after Verdi brought in some of his vintage Hermes scarves and had the Vans team re-create them in shoe form. But they are inspiring me to grab a paint brush and a pair of canvas tennis shoes and see what happens. Check out a couple other Verdi-special shoes after the jump! [Huh Magazine] Keep reading »
Now that I have but a wee pixie cut, I’m going to have to live vicariously through your long luscious locks. That’s why I’ve spent ages pouring over these great–and utterly affordable–hair accessories to find fun and playful items to dress up your tresses. These 30 hair-sessories under $20 come in all shapes, sizes, colors and forms–and are a wonderful way to change up your look (and locks) for not a lot of money. Check ‘em out after the jump!
Recognize that pretty/awkward face? It’s Ann Ward, winner of Tyra Banks’ Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model.” Here she is in her as-promised May 2011 Vogue Italia shoot, looking all deer in headlights. For the full spread, click here. Do you think Ann deserved to win? Would Tyra be proud? [Fashin] Keep reading »
Meet the new faces of “plus-sized” modeling. This week Ford Modeling Agency unveiled Ford+ Models, its new division of plus-sized models meant to turn the industry on its head. According to the agency, Ford+ models range in size from 8 to 18, and are an attempt to widen the playing field of what it means to be beautiful. After all, when models like Lara Stone (who is a size 4) are considered “too fat” to be real models, it’s clear that the modeling industry’s notions of beauty have grown very, very narrow. Said Gary Dakin, who’s running Ford’s plus division: “There are better clients, jobs, photographers, rates, etc.,” for plus-sized models. “The girls have evolved too … they are challenged now more than ever to be better and they challenge the industry right back.”
Except for one small thing: do any of these women look plus-sized to you? Keep reading »
See this incredible lady — and her incredible necklace — above? That’s fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel. And soon, you’ll be able to own a tiny piece of her sartorial splendor when she launches her very own line of costume jewelry for the Home Shopping Network. Her HSN line will be called Rara Avis by Iris Apfel and will range in price from $20 to $180. Iris says the collection is inspired by both modern and vintage pieces and will be made from Lucite, metals, and beads. “I have amassed an enormous collection of bags, belts, bangles and beads without which I would be lost.,” she explained. “One can change the entire look of an outfit by substituting one accessory for another. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving — hopefully — a kind of throwaway chic.” We can’t wait. [Racked] Keep reading »
It’s not easy being green, especially when you want to be fashionable as well. But Kathleen, of the blog Ashtray/Rabbit, manages to make vegan and ethical fashion look positively radiant. Says Kathleen, “My blog is a mix of photos I style and model in against prose and poetry I write. Everything — unless otherwise noted — I wear is vegan and cruelty-free; I set out to produce a blog that displays how vegan fashion can be in vogue, considering the current negative connotations it holds.” Check out some of Kathleen’s favorite things, after the jump! Keep reading »
Designer Derek Lam has created a capsule collection for eBay, consisting of five adorable dresses voted on by eBay shoppers, at reasonable price points (reasonable for Derek Lam, anyway) that you can snap up if you wish! Sadly, the black maxi-dress (far left) is already sold out, but you can still snag one of the other four dresses on offer. But don’t be sad if you can’t afford these gorgeous garments: Lam is working on a wider diffusion line, based somewhat off of this capsule collection. We’re not sure, yet, where it’ll be sold, but we’ll be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, feel free to check out and snag one of these great Lam dresses.