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Shapewear: we used to call them granny panties. And maybe you still do (granny-chic is in now, anyhow), but tummy-tucking undies are no longer for the geriatric set. We’ve seen the signs coming for a while—first with the Spanx explosion (or implosion, if you will), and then with the underwear-as-outerwear trend that began coming down the runways. Now, reports WWD, the shapewear market is experiencing a huge rebirth, citing a growth in retail sales of over 10 percent in the last year. The real reason behind the fad? Celebrity fans (duh), but more specifically, Rihanna with her metallic corset costume, Beyoncé‘s gold bodysuits from her latest tour, and Lady Gaga‘s … well, Lady Gaga’s everything.
There’s not much to say about the Fenton/Fallon for J.Crew jewelry collaboration. It’s just awesome. The drapey, multi-tier look that so many try and fail to do well has been accomplished, the chains are bright but not over-shiny, and we want literally every single piece from the collection. Sadly, it’s not cheap, so we’ve found a favorite in this side drape necklace, which may very well be worth the investment. Check out the whole collection here.
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.