It was easy for us to criticize those Brits for selling padded bikinis for little girls. I mean, we Americans are so much more puritanical, right? Wrong! Yesterday, as I was shopping in Target, I came across these heart-printed and striped, brightly colored padded bras in the girls section. The bras were from Target’s Xhilaration line, but some were also from Maidenform’s Self Expressions line made specifically for girls. Some of the bras, which were available in sizes 30 and 32, even had convertible clear straps and came in nude as well as black. Now, the bras didn’t have go-up-a-full-cup-size padding like bras made for women, but they did have underwire and molded cups that suggest to me they’re meant to push up the little bit these girls have. Well, this is one way to bash young girls over the head with the idea that they’re sexual beings. Keep reading »
Soooo, just how addicted to Facebook are you? How do you feel about a dress that would render you literally attached at the hip? Designer Jennifer Darmour has created Ping, an outfit/gadget hybrid that allows you to update your status through gestures — putting the hood up sends one message, tying the straps sends another. While this seems odd — yet tame — enough, things get really creepy when the fabric itself generates a “light tapping sensation through the shoulder piece” when one of your buds updates or sends you a message. Er, nifty idea, but we think we’re gonna have to pass. [Tom’s Guide] Keep reading »
Futuristic style never turns out how we picture it to be. (Damn! We were really hoping for a Jetsons-style dress with built-in jet packs some day.) Part of the problem is that fashion advances with little innovations that tend to fit in seamlessly with the rest of what’s around it. Today, the New York Times alerts us to a pretty neat direction the industry is moving in—using computer graphics and digital technology to produce those edgy prints you’re seeing on the runways. The benefit of using digitally rendered patterns? For starters, you can go crazy with special effects to create optical illusions (trippy). But also it gives designers a greater color range and faster production method.
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Despite our qualms with the wardrobe on this season’s “Gossip Girl,” we still know that the show is a huge fashion influence and viewers continue to take inspiration from it. (OK, fine, we admit that we too have put together a few Jenny-esque outfits recently.) For those who don’t want to do the work of finding similar styles, there’s Miss Selfridge’s (the youth-targeted division of the U.K.’s Selfridges department store) new “Gossip Girl” collection. Check after the jump for more images. Keep reading »
GQ put together what a list of the top 25 vintage shops in the country, and we were sad to see that two of our absolute favorite spots for retro duds were nowhere to be found. Why no Ebay and Etsy, boys? They may have no physical location, but they’ve got more great finds than all the shops on GQ‘s list combined. That said, shopping for vintage in real life is hard: trying to find quality without touching the goods can be really daunting. Take the jump for a few tips to separate the good from the tired. Keep reading »