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.
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“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 »
Apparently, it was possible. File these under “Not something your should ever buy or wear” (unless you’re an angsty teenager on October 31st). I guess the “Skelly” combat boot is what happens when you leave the folks over at Doc Martens alone in a room with a pair of boots and a jar of glow-in-the-dark paint. I have no more words, really. [Trendhunter] Keep reading »
When athletic brand Puma recently took on high fashion designer Hussein Chalayan as creative director, it was clear that Puma’s future collections would up its taste level—Chalayan is known for being overtly edgy through dressing eccentric characters like Bjork as well as incorporating crazy hijinks into his designs like remote-controlled layers and LED lights. Here’s a first look at “Urban Mobility,” the first collaboration between Chalayan and Puma, due out next spring, and wow, is it ever high-fashion. Looks like you can count on track jackets with graphic details and creative construction as well as pared down sneakers. While this preview of the campaign makes the line look about as far from athletic wear as possible, we’d expect that in real life, the pieces do show off their functionality more. Question is: Would you want to go running in stuff like this? [HighSnobiety.com]
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Have them expanded. (Like I was going to recommend some newfangled diet or exercise mumbo-jumbo!) A company called Denim Therapy has just launched a service where you send them the jeans that no longer fit and they, well, make ‘em work for your body. Wondering how they give you more room? Check it out… Keep reading »
While this sweet dress looks like it’s made of hundreds of paper hearts, it’s actually vegan leather (and um, kind of gives us a heart attack at $2,180). [Not Just A Label via Trendhunter] Keep reading »
Amber Rose showed off her impressive rump in a G-string bikini while vacationing with Kanye West in Miami Beach. She pretty much had a piece of orange floss up her butt, which makes me wonder what the front is like. She has quite the cajones to strut around like that, especially when Kanye is fully clothed, but she was a stripper.
Although I don’t have a stripper past, I did find it liberating to wear a thong string bikini while on vacay in the Bahamas. I’d been working at a sex store and fell in love with a white, ruffled bikini that had pink piping along the edges, but the bottom was a thong. I decided to buy it anyway. Keep reading »
You know what the ass of your jeans is missing? Eyes. Eyes that wink. Retiree and grandfather of seven, William A. Jones, thinks so anyway. That’s why he’s invented Winkers, “the pants (or jeans) whose rear winks as the wearer walks.” Says the redonkulous press release we received today:
Mr. Jones says that the idea came to him when he admired a woman walking towards him and, as men do, checked her out as she passed him. He could have sworn that her elegantly jeans-clad behind sort of winked at him. He then thought that people-watching would be more interesting if their pants were adorned with eyes at the precise fold created by the motion of walking. Mr. Jones experimented with his daughter’s jeans and was quite pleased with the result: when he applied his technique of accurate placement, the pants
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Finally, some animal print pants to wear so you’ll fit in during all-night “Real Housewives Of New Jersey” viewing sessions. Sure, leopard print might be more New Jersey-erffic, but we can definitely get on board with this overture by Forever 21 at Fabulosity, too. It takes a fashionista of hearty stock to pull off zebra print skinny jeans, but we have faith that you can do it. [$36, Forever 21] Keep reading »