New York Fashion Week and Nazis? Strange but true. These groups have unexpected historical ties. Fashion shows were held in Paris until 1943 when the war-ravaged, Nazi-occupied capitale de la mode was ill-equipped to present, to say the least. American fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert brought designers across the ocean to New York City in an event originally dubbed “Press Week.” It helped cement the city as a fashion destination. (Lambert was involved until the end, attending her last shows a month before her October 2003 death.)
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wants the men in our lives to know that when it comes to concerns of the sartorial nature, they are not alone. They’re launching Jack Knows Best
, a style service for men where guys are encouraged to seek personal style advice by asking Jack (their in-house men’s stylist) for wardrobe guidance on pressing questions such as “What should I wear to a wedding?” and “Can I wear white jeans after Labor Day?” (See our answer here
.) What with all the style advice the ladies of the world have access to we think it’s a pretty cool idea. Keep reading »
Apparently, Lady Gaga has evolved beyond her penchant for pantslessness. It is no longer enough! Henceforth, all public appearances will be made both pantsless and topless, as evidenced by her completely see-through getup at Marc Jacobs’ after-party last night. Blogger Amy Odell saw Gaga’s nipples with her own two eyes. [The Cut] Keep reading »
It being Fashion Week and all, it’s a bit inevitable that we’re thinking about size. As much fun as it is to watch beautiful designs come down the runway, there’s always the underlying thought, Wonder if that would fit me?
And so, we’re getting hung up on how designer sizes are never consistent! You know the dilemma: You pick up a garment to take to the dressing room and find with horror that some designer “expert” has decided to tell you, “Dear Shopper, you are actually a size 1,000 XXXXL.” Why do so many designers size down their clothing? (Seems like a bad marketing tactic.) But then again, there’s always the secret joy of finding labels that make you think you’ve just magically lost 30 pounds.
After the jump, our experiences behind the dressing room door. Share your own experiences in the comments! Keep reading »
There’s truly nothing more obnoxious than wearing new shoes for a week only to find that a few days of running around has taken them from pretty to tired-looking. Fortunately, this particular form of trauma is easily avoidable. After the jump, tips on how to keep your new shoes looking spankin’ fresh a whole lot longer. Keep reading »
Let’s be honest: Not everyone can pull off the elusive jumpsuit without looking like a major fashion victim. Claire did it with ease with this linen number from Marks and Spencer and animal print sandals. She was spending the afternoon looking modern, fittingly, outside the Tate Modern Museum. Her bleach blond cropped hair and scarlet lips and nails put the icing on the cake of what is most certainly an already stylish look. Keep reading »
Photographer Ian Cole captures these speakeasy boys for Topshop‘s Topman Fall 2009 campaign and collection. [Design Scene] Keep reading »
OK, well not exactly. But a bevy of Housewives did show up to the Jill Stuart runway show today, along with Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland (who touched up Kim’s makeup), Rachel Bilson and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons. Sheree Whitfield sat directly across from Caroline and Dina Manzo, so it was a Jersey/Atlanta face-off in the front row. Keep reading »
There’s no doubt that Fashion’s Night Out was a huge social success (just ask our hangovers the next morning). But with all the hype, celebs, and cool parties, it’s been easy to forget the event’s intent—Anna Wintour‘s mission to help save the ailing industry through a night of fashion and spending.
So, did FNO do its job? Conclusive revenue reports from stores and the designers themselves have yet to be revealed, although WWD reports:
ShopperTrak reported Fashion’s Night Out spurred a 3.4 percent nationwide traffic increase in apparel and accessories stores, with nearly a 50 percent rise in Manhattan… “Our traffic data proves Fashion’s Night Out was a very successful event for those retailers in the apparel and accessories segment,’” said Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak.
Yet, throughout the evening, we can’t say we saw anyone buying—the hectic and crowded atmosphere definitely didn’t communicate a purchasing vibe. Keep reading »
If you’ve ever heard someone’s snicker followed by a mumbled “… yeah like rabbits” and rolled your eyes, well, roll your eyes no more. At first glance this Bunny Sutra Watch looks like another snazzy Swatch watch to add to your collection. Upon investigation, you’ll find that these cute and cuddly bunnies aren’t so innocent – they’re engaging in some rather interesting positions. Trust us: You will definitely know what time it is from now on. The only snag is that after its massive sellout on the Swatch site you may have to do a bit of surfing to find a good deal. Here’s one to get you started. [$190, SwatchAndBeyond.com] Keep reading »