Australian jeans company Jeanswest has started installing cameras or “butt cams” in their dressing rooms, so women can figure out for themselves if their behinds look big in the jeans they’re considering buying. Personally, I’ve never seen anything wrong with having a big butt, but this technology could come in handy. Most women would have to be contortionists to accurately see their backsides from all angles while in the fitting room (because, let’s face it, those three-sided mirrors don’t cut it). Jeanswest, however, has placed the cameras in the communal area of their dressing rooms, and they broadcast a live view on a screen. Don’t worry; they claim the camera doesn’t record any images. Jeanswest says it is the first to use this technology in Australia, and we certainly haven’t seen it in the U.S., save for the kind of similar Diesel 360 mirror. So if you know of any retailers offering this luxury let us know in the comments — we’re on a never-ending search for the perfect jeans. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Between Mary-Kate‘s bag-lady hippie style, Ashley’s newfound sophistication, and those fun-in-a-traumatic-way memories of the Tanner twins, it’s kind of hard to think of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as legitimate, serious designers. Perhaps that’s why we’ve more or less ignored The Row since its launch a few seasons ago. But, all of a sudden, every big fashion person and their mother, from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn to Barney’s New York director Julie Gilhart, can’t sing The Row’s praises loudly enough. So we’re finally listening. And kicking ourselves for being dismissive for so long.
We browsed The Row’s early fall offerings on Barney’s site and, though pricey, we now understand why everyone’s saying their sales will jump 30 percent this season. Check out a few of their classic-cool best pieces after the jump. Could they actually be celeb designers that we’d want to encourage? Keep reading »
Remember how people always used to ink up their Converse? That’s what these cute tights from Scottish designer Hillary Laing remind us of. Simpler times. Get your legs in them for about $30 here. [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
If you’re a regular in these parts you already know that our staffers are Gilt Groupe addicts, and Gilt Fuse, its newborn sister site, is just as yummy, not to mention a wee bit easier on our wallets. The good folks over there sent us this preview of one of the goodies that’ll be on sale during the Plenty by Tracy Reese bonanza tomorrow (it starts at noon, and you beyotches best get out the way, because we are all logging in at 11:59 and counting the seconds!). They also casually mentioned that one of you fine ladies may be interested in winning all four of these gorgeous Ettika bracelets ($55-$75 each!), which you can stack on and would go smashingly with this Plenty by Tracy Reese T-back dress which will be $94 tomorrow (normally it’s $265).
We’re giving one winner all four bracelets, but you have to work if you want to win. The best commenter this weekend—from today, Thursday Aug 27 through Monday, Aug 31—will be awarded with a set. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We are forever looking for ways to make working out less painfully boring, but we must begrudgingly admit that V magazine and Jessica Stam beat us to the punch with their new workout spread. Somehow, we neglected to realize that evening gowns, stilettos, neon wrist bands and sky high ponytails were the way to jazz up our gym routines. And while one might think that leather leggings wouldn’t allow for all that much breathing, Stam looks perfectly content in the photoshoot, so we’re inclined to believe that Rachel Zoe, the shoot’s stylist, found a solution. [Modelinia] Keep reading »
Remember how people always used to ink up their Converse? That’s what these cute tights from Scottish designer Hillary Laing remind us of. Simpler times. Simpler times. Get your legs on them for about $30 here. [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
Since we won’t get to see Jason Schwartzman in his upcoming film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (due to it being animated and all), we’re very pleased the actor is featured in the look book for Band of Outsiders‘ fall 2009 collection. (The label’s designer, Scott Sternberg, has also used our girl crushes, including Michelle Williams and Marisa Tomei, to show off his women’s collection, Boy by Band of Outsiders.) The distinctive, dreamy look of the Polaroid images make us want to Poladroid all our photos from this summer so our lives will look equally cool. The only thing that would make this better is if Jason were holding our hand, rather than this mannequin’s. Check out two more photos from the look book after the jump. [Band of Outsiders] Keep reading »
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 »