Our hearts and minds are in the midst of a fierce battle: to love or loathe this YouTube video. It’s an instructional video on how to do “The Barbie,” a new dance created by the same genius (seriously) who created the moves in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video, JaQuel Knight. The dance features lots of stopping, posing, swirling, snapping, and is set to — what else? “Barbie Girl,” the hit ’90′s pop song (which originally enraged Mattel). Now they’ve made nice and reworked it with lyrics like, “You can be a star, no matter who you are,” to make it more inspirational and stuff. So why the dance party? To celebrate the new Fashionista Barbie! Besides sporting a major wardrobe, the new doll, $20, sports some serious dance moves, too. She has flexible joints and can bend, twist and turn into one hundred different poses. Literally. The vid launched this morning on “Today,” and commercials for Fashionista Barbie featuring the song and dance will begin airing in mid-October to coincide with the sale date. Are you buying it? [Media Decoder] Keep reading »
Check out this cute behind-the-scenes video of Lily Allen shooting “The London Issue” for Elle UK. Maybe she’s learned some modeling moves from her new bestie Kate Moss, because as mag photog Rankin notes, she kills it. Choice quotes include: “I love a wig on a celebrity”; “Lily is London”; “My weight fluctuates so much; the most important thing is being comfortable”; and “I thought she was gonna be cool, but she’s like, uber-cool.” [Pipeline] Keep reading »
Most of American Apparel‘s shenanigans seem oh-so-cleverly crafted just to elicit laughs from the fashion blogosphere or to make imaginary people look like buffoons (because who buys metallic crop tops anyhow?). The latest, however, a “Bag-O-Scraps” is either a genius move in terms of resourcefulness or a test to see just how far AA fans will go to pledge their monetary support to the brand. According to the product description, the collection of fabrics is fit for many an arts and crafts project: “Make clever jewelry, accessories, a card for your grandma or a colorful hanging sculpture for your apartment. Each bag comes with a zine (printed on scrap paper, of course) with five fun and easy scrap projects, complete with how-to instructions.” Keep reading »
Do you guys remember when Guess jeans cost, like, $40 and your mom was all, “Sorry kid, I’m not made of money, forget about it,” and stuff? Around the same time, jeans of the hole-y on purpose, paint splattered and bleached variety started popping up? Newspapers like The Daily Mail, Houston Chronicle and the Washington Times have all recently confirmed what fashion insiders knew already: the new old jean is back (or something like that).
We’re fine with the ’80s being all totally awesome again, but the fact that all this distressed denim is way more expensive than ever makes us feel barfy. It’s absurd! Keep reading »
This American Apparel baby sling looks like it’s either making this kid miserable or just very confused. Either way, he’ll grow up to be painfully hip. Poor thing. [American Apparel] Keep reading »
One of my favorite fashion photographers is Solve Sundsbo. The London-based photog hails from Norway, and his images are eye-popping, brilliant, and arresting. Now, Sundsbo is collaborating with Paris-based fashion house Surface to Air to create a series of wearables that bear his images. Their line includes limited-edition dresses, tops, and bags, all priced around $200. Check out the slightly NSFW shot of one of the bags after the jump. [fashionologie] Keep reading »
We’ve been chatting away about Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg’s mega project, Fashion’s Night Out, all month long, but today the video has arrived. Watch Anna (being all smiley/giggly/cutesy!), Diane, Sarah Jessica Parker, P. Diddy, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more, explain why they want you to shop so dang badly. Enjoy! [Stylelist] Keep reading »
Uniqlo has been trying hard to keep up with the Topshops and H&Ms of the world lately by announcing new initiatives and designer collaborations. Yet, the Japanese retailer seems to be lacking in direction—last week’s debut of its Jil Sander collection didn’t quite live up to fab collab standards. Now Uniqlo has just announced that they’ve teamed up with Walt Disney to release a line of Disney-themed products next month.
Is this move to satisfy Japanese American fandom? Uniqlo trying to be ironic? Or, the more likely scenario…an attempt to produce something cute. Or, as they say in Japan, kawaii. [WWD] Keep reading »
Um, no this is not Rihanna, but these are the insane studded pair of stunners she’s all about in the new “Run This Town” video by Jay-Z and featuring Kanye West. They are A-Morir by designer Kerin Rose and, yes, you can actually see through them. For $350 bucks, you’d better be able to. Sheesh. [High Snobiety] Keep reading »
When it comes to fashion power breakfasts, Los Angeles has the Beverly Hills Hotel. Paris has the Four Seasons. And New York’s got Café Cluny. Nestled on a tree-lined street downtown in the West Village, if you’re there at 9:30 in the morning—yes, we get going a bit later than most—you’re bound to see half the magazine editors and publicists in the city picking at egg-white-and-herb omelets. (Note to the self-concious: steer clear.) Now that the scene feels so much like the (business class) flight from Milan to Paris, some are starting to trek back over to that old stomping ground and celebrity-favorite, Pastis. And so the cycle continues. Keep reading »