Banks are foreclosing on houses. Jobs are being outsourced. Popular retail stores are shutting down. Magazines like Domino are folding. Despite the economy being pretty much in the crapper, romance is on the rise. Popular online dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony are seeing a spike in the number of people signing up looking for love; Match.com saw its biggest membership growth in seven years in November, and eHarmony.com registrations increased 20 percent in 2008. Yes, it seems people are dumping their change jars into Coinstar machines and flocking to online dating sites. But why would you pay for a gamble on love when the gas and electric people are sending you death threats? It boils down to one simple word… Keep reading »
Even after the mantyhose, skirts for men, bras for bros, girdles for guys, and Spanx just for dad, it’s still totally crazy and absurd to think about a man wearing a lacy garter around his thigh. My assumption was that men who wear garter belts must be cross-dressers or into the whole fetish thing. Right? But maybe I’m being narrow-minded over here. After all, John Galliano had male models rocking garter belts during his Fall 2009 runway show (above), and a company called Comfilon sells them along with thigh high stockings (see pic after the jump). Keep reading »
America is obsessed with the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama. It’s not enough that they have inspired the children’s fashion world with trendy J. Crew clothes, or that Ty has created dolls with their names (and likeness). Now, you will start to see more Sasha and Malia look-a-likes on the fashion runway and print ads. Advertisers and talent scouts are scrambling to search for children that resemble the first daughters. Marlene Wallach, president of modeling agency Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the Obama girls are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.” However, two girls have found luck looking like Sasha and Malia and getting paid to do so. Wallach booked Ariel Binns (Sasha) and Kylah Williams (Malia) in the Sept 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar which featured a look-a-like Obama family — remember, Tyra Banks played Michelle Obama. Ariel told her mother she wants to go to D.C. to meet Sasha. I wonder if Secret Service would be able to tell them apart. I don’t see a resemblance but you be the judge. Keep reading »
Perfumes that waft the scent of rose petals and jasmine, your time is up. What we would normally consider to be a not-so-sexy scent is now being bottled up, sold, and just might be the new aphrodisiac. Say goodbye to the conventional perfumes like Chanel No. 5 and Ralph Lauren’s Romance. New to the market are more unique perfumes with a totally bizarre top-notes. Photographer Nick Knight is working on a scent called Violence, which is supposed to smell like sweat. Gag! Keep reading »
Recently, Kanye West has been talked about more for his daring fashion choices than for his music. I mean 808s and Heartbreak was okay, but you know what Kanye did this week that was so totally over the top? He rocked …dare i say it…a mullet. During his performance for the Youth Inaugural Ball, Kanye shocked everyone with his regular hair cut, but with this thing hanging in the back. Almost like Uncle Jesse’s hair in “Full House.” But you can’t tell Kanye he didn’t look good. After the jump, more awful celebrity hair styles.
Not even three full days into being The First Lady, Fashion Week organizers are already planning to invite Michelle Obama to the festivities in February in New York City. Mrs. Obama has been making headlines for her fashion trends for some time so this invite comes as no surprise. She’s been so influential for her fashion sense and style. J.Crew’s Website saw a 64 percent traffic spike the day after she wore the label on “The Tonight Show.” She put designer Jason Wu in the spotlight for her inaugural gown, and she continues to make other designers become household names like Thakoon Panichgul and Mario Pinto. Mrs. Obama’s invite couldn’t have come at a better time considering many designers have pulled out of Fashion Week and the industry really needs a boost right now. IMG senior vice president said, “We have several other great initiatives like that that I certainly think are perfect for her and her daughters.” No word on which shows are extending invites. [NY Mag ] Keep reading »