Iconic New York City boutique, Henri Bendel is embracing the future. Instead of the standard slim mannequins draped in high end gear, the Fifth Avenue store has hired live models for their display windows. These girls are not posing for your viewing pleasure, instead, they are Facebooking. (And you thought it was tough working at Hollister…) How to participate and win a Bendel’s shopping spree, after the jump… Keep reading »
Hip NYC boutique-turned-empire of sorts Opening Ceremony
opens in Japan next week, complete with an indie star-studded — Jena Malone, Jason Schwartzman, etc. — video series meant to promote the whole enchilada. We’re sure the Japanese are rather excited about the coming of Opening Ceremony’s particular brand of fashion-y hipster cool clothes. But WTF is with this odd Chloe Sevigny
video (above)? Is this a cultural divide thing? Or is it really just all-around too strange to comprehend? [Refinery 29
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Please file this under totally gratuitous, irrational, over the top, luxury: super pricey figurines by Lanvin. The Paris-based luxury label has partnered with Franz Porcelain to create a line of limited edition dolls that range in price from $210 to $375. What makes them so special? Nothing really, except that the collection of six handcrafted pieces are all dolled up (pun intended) in the latest looks from the House of Lanvin. So to put it in perspective, the fact that a dress from Lanvin might cost several thousand dollars but a doll wearing the same from Lanvin only costs a couple of hundred makes this a steal, right? OK, maybe not. In case you do agree though, please note that these are limited edition. Only 800 per style will be put into production and will be available at Lanvin boutiques worldwide. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
When it comes to objective advice, sometimes friends can’t be trusted. This is especially true when the pals are dudes, and the topic is fashion. Now, style-challenged men can find direction with “Jack Knows Best,” J. Crew‘s new style consulting service. Guys can now ask Jack — a trusty wingman type — shopping questions such as “Where can I wear a linen suit?” (A: Anywhere warm, but don’t iron it.) or “What should I wear to a wedding?” (A: Follow the groom’s lead.)
The list of questions is quite informative, and admittedly, we didn’t know the answers to many of them. Not that we don’t know jack about men’s fashion, but when it comes to tuxes and ties, we ladies could stand to learn a thing or two as well. [J. Crew] Keep reading »
If you can’t tell already, the theme emerging here in The Frisky style section today is models suffering for their “art.” And lest you think photo shoots are all pampering facials and kicky jumps in the air, check out this extremely gruesome, The Cure soundtrack-appropriate, behind-the-scenes V magazine cover shoot, if you dare. Mwah-ha-ha… [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Gwyneth Paltrow worshipers rejoice! (Are you out there? Hello? Bueller? Bueller?) The first pics of the multi-tasking celebrity’s new clothing line — a collaboration with brand Zoe Tees for British boutique Matches — have finally surfaced. (The wares are available in London, and supposedly online; however, the Matches website is down, probably because of today’s traffic surge.) The resulting pieces seem typically Gwyneth, with muted colors and that sort of non-aesthetic that beautiful, thin people can pull off—you know, girls who look gorgeous in burlap bags. Overall, the collection channels chic comfort, perfect for days spent cleansing away your toxins. For your dinner parties with “William Joel,” add some pizazz with a studded racer-back top.
What do you think? Refined basics? Or over-hyped and GOOP-y? [Grazia]
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Despite the fact that there are entire scenes in “The September Issue” which involve Anna and her cronies criticizing Sienna for being “toothy” (among other flaws) and plotting ways to Photoshop her image for the cover, last night at the premiere they buddied up for a pap shot on the red carpet. Note: Sienna is not flashing her famous grin. [8/19/09, NYC] Keep reading »
No, that’s not the slang term for a hoarder, although it would totally fit. Junk monsters are the strange suits London-based photographer Danny Treacy crafts from items he finds in “lonely places,” like the woods, parking lots, and landfills. Once the junk monster suit is completed to Treacy’s satisfaction, he wears it in his life-size self-portraits for his ongoing series Them. The suits and series are described on his website as “nightmares of the catwalk, prowling around the outskirts of style’s dumb extravagance.” Although these found items morph into one collective piece, each garment has a story to tell on its own — “It seems that something that happened to its former owner emanates from each piece of fabric,” wrote photography blogger Isabelle on Cyana Trend Land.
Some, including myself until I took a second look, may argue that this isn’t art. But I’d advise them to look a little closer. Don’t you want to know the stories behind each piece of fabric? It’s a good thing Treacy doesn’t tell us what he knows because then our imaginations would be stunted. Plus, we can also try to figure out what his message is. I think the above junk monster is trying to warn us against the dangers of global warming. It’s saying no amount of protective clothing will ward off the inevitable body bag.
After the jump, two other junk monster photos. Keep reading »
“I know some [trends] are available at very inexpensive prices, but you fill your closet with all this stuff that, in three months, you won’t want anymore. You’ll end up spending more money than you save. If you invest in something a little more expensive with longevity, you’ll use it more. How many girls do you see walking down the street in those faux-leather leggings? That trend is just like, ugh!”
— Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at “Marie Claire,” author of the new book The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart, and judge on everyone’s favorite fashion reality show, “Project Runway,” which finally begins its sixth season tonight (!) on its new home, Lifetime. [via Time Out NY] Keep reading »
Before I left for my trip to Costa Rica — more on that next week — I stopped by the newly opened Hollister store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in order to buy an extra bikini. I had been to Hollister in other cities before, but my subconscious must have blocked the bad memories, because I truly was unprepared for the mental breakdown that shopping in that store causes.
Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The New York Times’ describes it as “a beachy and laid-back SoCal lifestyle brand.” It is also hell. Keep reading »