The Frisky staff was talking about what ’80s fashion trends we wish would make comebacks, since most styles from back in the day have returned. Jean jackets covered in sequins and pins, catsuits, and lamé all came up in the conversation. I said acid wash denim, and everyone jumped all over me. For most people, acid wash jeans seem like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. What do I think is a horrible idea? Wearing acid wash jeans with an American Apparel T-shirt and tough-girl boots. Instead, I’m looking for a pair to wear with preppy striped shirts and button-downs. Sadly, not many companies are making them. Am I the only one who thinks they’d be a good idea? [Bleach Acid Skinny Jeans, $80, Topshop] Keep reading »
These ads caught my eye — which I suppose is exactly what their creators at Brazilian ad agency Publicis had in mind when they created them. The image is arresting, isn’t it? In this provocative ad series, the women appear to be holding their own lopped off heads. The tagline is an odd fit, though. “Keep a high self-esteem even after taking off your high heels.” Not sure I get that. I mean, I get the line by itself, but how does that work when the image would suggest the tagline should read: “Keep a high self-esteem — even after losing your head”? Another version reads: “Let’s face it: what’s the point having 40 pairs of shoes in your closet and 5 books on your shelf?” Which would seem to suggest if that’s what you’ve got, you’re an idiot? A third says: “Beauty attracts men. Intelligence keeps them.” Well, now I’m just confused. Maybe it would make more sense if I was holding my head in my hands. [Ads of the World] Keep reading »
Topshop’s New York City opening was a popular event, but it wasn’t as popular as the long queue of impatient fashionistas would suggest. Topshop hired nightclub bouncer-esque security to limit the number of people who could enter the store at any given time, making the line grow longer and longer. In fact, sometimes it appeared that no one was in the shop, but people were still kept waiting in line. According to “Page Six,” it was all a publicity stunt. A few of us went to Topshop last Friday, nine days after the store opened on April 2, and we had to wait in line to enter the store. They were only admitting people in groups, and when we entered the shop we saw that it was crowded, not by people but by too many clothing racks filled with overrated, overpriced crap, not includinng Amelia’s sweet blue high-heels. [NY Post via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama could only continue as everyone’s favorite woman for so long. An itty bitty backlash against the First Lady has begun, and it stems from her fashion choices. Last week, in a WWD article, designer Oscar de la Renta lashed out against Michelle’s clothing choices:
American fashion right now is struggling. I think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don’t think that is the right message at this particular point….I don’t object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it’s wrong to go in one direction only.
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I love ‘em. Would I rock ‘em? I’m not so sure. UK retailer Iron Fist offers these Zombie Stomper Platform Peep-Toes for £44.99 or around $90. The day-glo green and hot pink whomper-stompers come with a 4-1/2-inch heel plus a 1-inch platform, so they’re not for the shy, dainty, or wobbly. Over the peep-toe, there’s a zombie’s row of exposed teeth and the side of the shoe features a crazed zombie eyeball — all of which is countered by the neat black bow near the heel, if you like to look flirty while you eat human flesh. Or, as the website puts it, “Perfect for stompin’ on zombies … and men’s hearts.” These blue babylon heels are pretty freak, too. So, would you rock ‘em? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
Rock stars always look so cool, in part because most of them don’t seem like they’ve been manufactured by a team of skilled stylists, hairdressers, and makeup artists the way actors and actresses do. There’s an effortlessness about rockers’ clothes, even when all they’re wearing are old jeans and a grungy T-shirt (and even if they’ve spent hours getting ready and hundreds on the perfectly distressed vintage leather jacket). Worn Free can make you look like Debbie Harry, John Lennon, or Joan Jett, at least in the T-shirt department, because they’ve resurrected shirts worn by these musicians and more. Too bad wearing one won’t improve your guitar playing. [$39.95 and up, WornFree.com]
We’re giving away five Worn Free T-shirts, but you have to work if you want to look like a rock god. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 27 through Thursday, April 2 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Andrea Vasa, a 30-year-old hot football — in other words soccer — player for Milan’s Brera team, is living in Dirk Bikkembergs, a high-end Italian store, parading around half-naked, lifting weights, and lolling about for anyone who happens to look in the windows. “Among the shelves and clothes hangers exposing the items that are for sale, Andrea’s personal clothes can be found, as well as the pictures and books he chose to take with him to his new home.” He’s got his own housekeeper and can invite over whomever he likes, but what if he wants to leave? “Before going out, Andrea will take a shower in a relax room papered with pages from Gazzetta dello Sport, compose his outfit for the following occasion, preen himself in one of the silver trophies, step into his Porsche and drive it out through a massive window that doubles as a garage door.” Fascinating! Too bad, Towleroad notes, the shower is the only part of the live-in scene that’s shielded from public view. Keep reading »
Fashion designers and houses love to have their labels plastered on billboards, T-shirts, and handbags. But who knew something as simple as a wrapper could get the fashion world’s attention. United Colors of Benetton joins Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouël, and Marc Jacobs in the lengthening line of fashion brands that have released condoms. The Benetton condoms are made in Japan by Okamoto Industries, which also manufactures Beyond Seven condoms and automotive interior material. The condoms, which sell for $15.50 for 12, only come in pink and green — not quite all of the united colors, but the wrappers are kind of cute and not sexually explicit. I’m still not sure what batteries have to do with condoms, but maybe the message is that sex with a condom is everlasting and energizing. This designer condom trend may create a niche group of collectors … Keep reading »
Psst. Hey. Hey, you. Yeah, you. Amanda. Amanda Bynes. I wanted to tell you know something. Your butt? You know, your banana roll, as they call it? Falling out the back for your shorts? That’s not workin’. I mean, it’s your butt. The bottom of your butt. And we’re all looking at it. Sure, sure. You were just jumping out of your car “for a minute” to grab some magazines at that newsstand. Really, though, that’s still a major TMI fashion faux pas you got there. And we have to imagine you noticed that fleet of paps following you, and you’re well aware that they’re standing there waiting for your behind to fall out of those crack-splitters so they can get a shot. So, why? Why parade your rear for all to see? Do you want to be the next Britney? Because we know where she ended up after all those flashes. Bald and institutionalized. What about you, ladies? Would you rock these booty shorts in public? Keep reading »
Nearly 40, Claudia Schiffer is lookin’ good on the cover of the April issue of Vogue and we have to admit, it’s nice to see a friendly face- not to mention an adult one. In an age where models seem to be getting younger and younger, Schiffer is part of a trend of talented women breaking through the ageist industry and proving they’re as sexy and valued as ever! As Schiffer tells Vogue, i“All of my friends are my age and we are all aging at the same time. We talk about it and moan, but it doesn’t bother me.” And we highly doubt any man could complain about this knock out! Seriously, the confidence of these sexy models, who are not teenagers anymore, are beating the odds of a highly critical, looks based business. Thanks to the women in this slideshow, true beauty is something we all can achieve at every age.
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