Sometime around the beginning of everything ever, humanity started drafting its long-running list of dangerous, idiotic things done in the name of youth and beauty. In ancient Greece, where blond hair was valued above all, women lightened their tresses with arsenic … which later became a popular ingredient for face powder. Venetian cerise, a skin-whitening cosmetic considered the best of its time, contained white lead that would eventually cause sores, organ damage, and death. Similarly, the first kohl was made of dark lead, which Egyptians proceeded to put in and around their eyeballs. Because that’s a good place to put lead. And let’s not even start with Elizabeth Bathory, the freakin’ Blood Countess, who bathed in and drank the blood of hundreds of virgins to keep herself looking youthful. To Liz’s credit, she lived pretty long for her time period. Maybe she was onto something? Keep reading »
Well now. Is this Sarah Jessica Parker, or Jocelyn Wildenstein in her better days? Neither? Ooookay, moving right along then. [Huffington Post]
Spanning just five days, London Fashion Week is the shortest of the ready-to-wear fashion weeks. It’s also in many ways the most entertaining: the attendees, the street style, and most of all, the clothes on the runway are consistently lighter-hearted than New York and Milan’s more austere ambiance. Just take legendary designer Tom Ford, for example, who unveiled his first ever London catwalk show with a collection more vividly multi-ethnic than the pure streamlined elegance he’s known for. London Fashion Week has come and gone, so we’ve pulled five of our favorite shows from the five days — let’s take a look at Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry Prorsum, Roksanda Ilincic, and one veeeeery un-Tom Ford Tom Ford collection … Keep reading »
Chloë freakin’ Sevigny in some clothes she found in your grandpa’s attic, everyone! Listen, this is not a look I would choose for my own, but you gotta love Chloë for wearing consistently bizarre, ill-fitting garments and still managing to remain one of the foremost “It girls” of the past two decades. Nobody is ever really like, “Chloë Sevigny looks so weird.” They’re just like, “Oh, that’s Chloë Sevigny.” I truly aspire to reach that point one day, where I’ve been so consistently weird for so long that people don’t even think I’m weird anymore. Wish me luck!
If one strategically overlooks the critical donut hair situation as I have chosen to do, Emma Stone looks lovely. Fresh, glowing skin, flattering LBD, simple black pumps, a rad fluoro pink lip that says “Spring is coming!” 10 times better than any groundhog ever could — all very nice. However. Is there anything more distracting than a pair of sheer, billowy wings to ruin an otherwise perfectly good look? Those sleeves are seriously large, and they take this simple Gucci dress with its retro silhouette and drive it straight into “queen of the bat cave” territory. I wish I liked it more than I do. What do you think?
Rodarte’s runway shows are known for being innovative with beauty — after all, they brought us those gorgeous gold scattered star hair clips, and last fall’s Australian Outback-inspired makeup had every fashion girl clamoring for “dirty” skin and nails for the first (and likely the last) time. This year’s standout look is decidedly more refined, but no less stunning: hairstylist Odile Gilbert crafted soft, romantic interwoven braids and offset them with headbands made from barbed wire. Obsessed. Where can we buy? Just kidding, we’re headed to the hardware store after work for this easy, super-stylish DIY.