Chains are clearly the “it” accoutrement for your lower appendages. We already told you about chain leggings, but these pumps, from Chain Shoes duo Tove Jansson and Per Emanuelsson, up the ante. Their design recently won the 2009 Shoemania design competition; they’re rather unwearable, but what pair of 7-inch platforms really is? After the jump, Chain Shoes’ rusty chain loafers for dudes. They look heavy but a little more foot-friendly. [via Trendhunter] Keep reading »
As glamorous as modeling may seem, it’s also chock-full of sexual harassment and other shady business. We open a magazine and see the picture to the left, but in order for that picture to happen some 16-year-old girl was balancing on an elevated chair and the other model was trying not to get hit in the face with the legs of said chair.
In an attempt to stop the upskirt grabbing, dangerous photo shoots, and general tomfoolery that models are often subjected to, the British Fashion Council and the Association of Modeling Agencies are putting together a model code of conduct with the aid of models Victoria Keon-Cohen and Dunja Knezevic. Considering that they were inspired to act after one male model’s scalp bled when his hair was over-bleached and a bevy of jumping beauties sprained their ankles wearing high heels on a trampoline (um yeah, not even kidding), we wish them luck! [The Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »
The other day, I was in a store, and there was a Halloween shirt … in August? Sigh. But I love these Richard Sorger for ASOS Silk Georgette Skeleton dresses in yellow and black. They’re spooky and sexy at the same time — although, they will set you back about $250. The chillaxin’ skeleton is embellished for some extra pop, and the silk is so sheer that if you don’t wear something underneath it someone else may be able to see your skeleton. Frisky fashion editor Erin Flaherty says: “It begs to be worn with jeggings.’” These are skeletons you won’t be ashamed to let out of your closet. [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
Think arts and crafts projects are all about camp activities and innocent fun? French artist Marianne Batlle causes us to think again. While her handmade beaded broaches are super crafty, they also channel the world of haute couture with portraits of cute Coco Chanels with signature pearls, cartoonish Karl Lagerfelds, and a flamboyant John Galliano.
Things get weirder with Batlle’s other objets d’art, which involve some equally crafty, um, crocheted penises. While she makes some tamer Christmas-themed sculptures (a fuzzy red penis with a green bow), on Batlle’s website there’s a whole animated fashion show of penis dolls conceived in different themes like Chanel, “Bora Bora” (blue with an exotic purple flower), and “How to Marry a Millionaire,” which is a gold and silver phallus. Who would buy these, you ask? No clue. But if you’re dying for a look, check after the jump for a picture of one of the concept pieces. [CoolHunting.com]
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We saw this one coming a mile – or at least a catwalk – away. Since his stint on Project Runway, Christian Siriano has consistently stormed the fashion world with project after project. After debuting his own collection, maternity clothes, and Payless shoes, now Siriano is coming out with a book. As one might expect it is called “Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self.” Keep reading »
Mary-Kate Olsen was spotted leaving the gym this weekend, looking not quite her normal hobo-chic self. This just goes to show that rocking the “just rolled out of bed” look can actually take some work. We’re sure Mary-Kate was just caught on an off-day, although we have to say that this unflattering get-up is particularly out of character for the normally well-styled Olsen twin.
Letting yourself go can actually be great every now and then—not giving a crap if you wear makeup to the grocery store, or being OK with spending an entire weekend without showering. Do you ever let yourself go from time to time? If so, why? Fatigue? Relationship troubles? Vacation? How long does it last? As for us, we admit to occasionally indulging in a week of bad style and poor eating to jump-start a renewed regime. [FashionIndie.com] Keep reading »
Jean Charles De Castlebajac (try saying that five times fast) is launching a diffusion line this fall at London Fashion Week. (Not too surprising given the habit of big designers looking to make money a little more quickly and easily.) What is surprising, however, is the fact that he’s not casting the show from the same crop of 200 or so lovely, skinny ladies who crawl the catwalks for pretty much every show around. Instead, he’s holding an open model search for “real” girls and boys 16 to 25.
So if you’ve always harbored a semi-secret desire to be a model, send a picture to email@example.com before September 7th and keep those fingers crossed. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
It’s no longer enough to wear a pair of shoes, a shirt, or a skirt. No, fashion has gotten so much more complicated. Now there are articles with names like shooties (pictured) and jeggings, because combination clothes are so hot right now. What began with the skort back in the ’60s has become a full-on pandemic this year. When will we let a pair of pants be a pair of pants? Not anytime soon. After the jump, five combination clothing items we see on the horizon. Keep reading »
If you’re in New York, stop what you’re doing, run over to Opening Ceremony and grab a copy of the first issue of I Love You magazine. (If you’re in Paris, skip over to Colette. Immédiatement!) Produced by a pack of wickedly talented stylists who met a few years back in Berlin and don’t take their fashion too seriously, the subversive, and yes, seriously high fashion, debut issue focuses on sex, European-style. What that means: loads of nudity, as in Maison Martin Margiela accessories modeled in the buff; witty takes on the runway’s best looks; the coolest kids you should know about but don’t; and designer lollipop porn. (You’ll have to pick up the mag to understand the genius of that last one.) In short, it’s everything that Katie Grand and Condé Nast want their Love mag to be, on a tenth of the budget. [I love you] Keep reading »
Now that Beth Ditto is designing a plus-size line and schilling for Chanel, has fashion found a new obsession? New York hipster designers ThreeAsFour are collaborating with one very special lady for their spring 2010 collection: Yoko Ono. While details on the September 17th presentation are still vague, editors and stylists are already atwitter with the news that Ono, who created exclusive prints for the line, might perform tracks from her much-anticipated upcoming album, “Between My Head and the Sky,” at the show. Either way, between ThreeAsFour’s predilection for experimental installations (during their fall show, models tended bonsai trees) and Ono’s “interesting” taste (she spent the earlier part of this year judging an interactive haiku competition and staging an exhibition of John Lennon’s final bloodied clothing), this could end up being THE event of New York Fashion Week. (Or one of them anyway.) Stay tuned… Keep reading »