Ever since Barack Obama began campaigning for the presidency, designers of a wide range of products have latched on to his marketability. And, at last, good old American pride seems to have gotten high fashion cred. Photographer Bruce Weber shot two models wearing Obama shirts with designer skirts and head pieces for Italian Vogue, and Elle‘s Kate Lanphear showed her presidential approval on Inauguration Day by sporting an “Obama Mama” tee. But Obama-fever isn’t relegated to T-shirts. A model who looks a little bit like our president closed Lanvin’s Fall 2009 show in Sunday. Hooray for the U.S.A.!
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I have to say, these are some of the most extreme high-heels I’ve ever seen. Created by Karo’s Shoes, these skyscrapers have nine-inch heels that are more stilts than stilettos. Coupled with the leather ankle strap and the wood heel, I’d venture this is the perfect pair for hardcore shoe fetishists. Another similar model has an 8-1/2 inch invisible heel. An eight-incher is more like an extreme pump. And these are just, well, weird. The entire collection reminds me of the Christian Louboutin/David Lynch collaboration of a couple years back. The question is — do you think you could walk in a pair? [Trend de la Creme] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama is getting a lot of attention for her keen fashion sense, but it seems that she passed along her style gene to daughters Malia and Sasha. In November, the first lady’s team approached J.Crew about submitting sketches for inaugural events, and the label submitted 20 sketches based on details they received about the first family. “Malia, she likes pleats and pared-down things and is not a huge fan of sparkles, but little Sasha loves bright colors and sparkly things,” said Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. It seems that at age 10, Malia’s fashion tastes tend to be on the sophisticated end of the scale, while Sasha, 7, prefers to dress more playfully. So far, Malia and Sasha have worn two outfits each designed for them by J.Crew, and Michelle Obama has worn one; There were 15 outfits, comprised of about six pieces each, created for the Obama women. Come fall, similar clothes will be introduced into the crewcuts by J.Crew line, but they won’t be exactly the same. “They’ll be versions of them but not the exact coat, in that color, with those buttons,” Lyons said. “Malia and Sasha will not go to school next year and see the girl next to them wearing the same coat.” Heaven forbid anyone else have the same coats as the first daughters! [WSJ] Keep reading »
Pretty soon spring will begin to bloom in retail stores across the country, even though it is still rather frigid outside. This season you can get more bang for your buck by creating a streamlined, more cohesive style rather than buying a ton of stuff that doesn’t really go together. We explain the biggest trends this spring after the jump. Tell us in the comments which one appeals to you most.
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The name Jason Wu is hot on everyone’s lips right now, as it should be. The 26-year-old designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown and, let’s not forget, the shift dress she wore for a Barbara Walters interview in November. After the jump, a brief introduction to the cherubic-faced designer, whose dress for the new First Lady will become part of the Smithsonian’s collection of inaugural dresses. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama looked stunning at last night’s inaugural balls in a white one-shoulder full-length gown by 26-year-old Tapei-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu. But her choices might not only be based on what looks good on her. In fact, if you read into yesterday’s outfits, Barack and Michelle are very much on the same page when it comes to fashion and politics.
1. Just as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign aimed to invigorate young people and emphasized that their votes counted, Michelle is giving the same sense of purpose to young designers. No longer does a designer need to be an household name to have their designs worn to big-time events, though it helps if they’ve been in the running for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund endowment like many of the designers she’s worn (Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Thakoon). Keep reading »
At last! We finally know what Michelle Obama, our new First Lady, chose to wear on Inauguration Day. Starting the day in a sparkly “lemongrass” colored shift dress and matching coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, Mrs. Obama received mixed reviews from fashion critics. Find out what the fashionistas had to say after the jump. Keep reading »
Every so often, I like to visit this website that sells some of the most extreme shoes that you have ever laid eyes on, some of which are stripper shoes, because pole dancers like their stilettos crazy. In addition to the fact that several are eight inches high and upwards, some glow in the dark, there’s ones with built-in tip jars, and a few include rubber duckies. And you thought those gold spiked Louboutins were hardcore. But it wasn’t until my most recent visit that I found the men’s section. Therein I discovered the mind-boggling pair you see here. The model is “Pimp.” Fake cheetah fur! A see-through, 3-1/2-inch, liquid-infused heel! That contains swimming plastic gold fish! I don’t think life gets any better than this. Except for maybe the elf shoes. If you showed up for a blind date, and the guy was wearing these shoes, what would you do? Keep reading »
Michelle Obama is wearing a gold-infused yellow dress and coat set by Isabel Toledo for the Inauguration Day events, but what about Inauguration Night? Of course, we’re dying to know what designer she’s chosen, but we’re even more curious about the color of it after today’s surprising pale lemon (with green shoes). Keep reading »
Lucy Rowlands is a 24-year-old, UK-based jewelry designer who makes wearable artworks. Her Oral Examination Device is a ring with a mirror attachment that comes with a set of instructions and enables its wearer to expose the interior of her oral cavity to others. “Be prepared for any adverse reaction from onlookers, as the revelation of such an intimate area may promote feelings of shock, disgust, arousal or otherwise.” Her Lollipop Gag combines a real lollipop and a pair of oversized, lacquered red lips; when you’re done sucking the lollipop, you can wear the lips. And her Good for You/Bad for You syringe pins are more Alice in Wonderland than heroin chic. Find out more about Lucy and her work at her blog: The Magpie and the Marble.
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