Sometimes the phrase “fashion statement” can lose its weight and get lost in translation, as it more often refers to the superficial—the act of wearing something to spur attention or cause shock. We tend to forget that fashion does indeed make statements, and not just about the person who wears it, but about ideologies and the world around us.
The exhibit “Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor” at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York aims to remind us not only to view fashion as art, but also through an a cultural lens. According to the gallery description, the show’s artists “use clothing to explore a variety of issues ranging from feminine concern, racial stereotyping, and immigration to globalization, current events, and the violence of war. Many of the works explore a number of these subjects concurrently, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life.” Phew, all that in a dress? Apparently so. Keep reading »
Along with harem pants, bubble shorts (also known as balloon, puff, and in some extreme cases, bloomer shorts) emerged as a major spring/summer trend. Circus pants, you say? Anne of Green Gables calling? Enough of that, and hear out our defense:
- As a summer item, bubble shorts are going on sale to make room for the fall merch, so you’ll find some good deals on designer versions (check out some picks after the jump).
- They are a bit of a statement item, but easily lend a sort of Chloe Sevigny-esque sensibility to an outfit (if you’re into that).
- A pair will make your legs look thinner. Believe us, we’ve witnessed the magic firsthand. However, these shorts might not be for the butt-conscious.
- Best of all, they’ll take you into fall. For a chic Parisian look, pair them with plum tights and a nice, suede booties. With a set of thick enough tights, they could even take you through winter.
Click through to see some choices, then you tell us if you’re feeling bubble shorts (errmmm, borts?)! Keep reading »
By now you may have heard that over the weekend, Naomi Sims, the first black model to grace the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968, muse to many, and a successful designer of wigs and cosmetics for black women, died in Newark at the age of 61. While everyone knows the name of say, Christie Brinkley, Sims may not have been as famous, but she was certainly far more influential when it comes changing the fashion model status quo. Keep reading »
We love, love, love today’s Refinery 29 roundup of erotic fashion magazines. And while we heartily agree with their statement regarding the fact that modern-day fashion advertising and editorials are sexier than ever — “With the lines between fashion, eroticism, and porn becoming less and less clear, it seems perfectly on point for a sexy slew of stylized skin mags to arouse new curiosity” — we feel compelled to point out that one of our favorite magazines of all time, Viva, was totally all up on this back in the ’70s, and if you like this kind of stuff, you should get to know it. [Refinery 29 (NSFW)]
Oh, and did we mention that Anna Wintour worked at Viva? More scoop, after the jump… Keep reading »
At last, the masses can finally get a glimpse into the gilded ivory tower that is Vogue via “The September Issue.” The documentary, which was put together by Harvard graduate R.J. Cutler, follows the editrix-in-chief Anna Wintour and her staff in the making of the legendary September 2007 issue. At five pounds and nearly one thousand pages, the issue was the largest one to date. We get a chance to follow Wintour as she is whisked from private staff meetings to crowded runway shows during Fashion Week. The movie debuts exclusively in New York City later this month, and nationally on September 11th. [Racked] Keep reading »
This morning, I awoke to find the first installment of The Zoe Report in my inbox. What a way to start the day! Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe won us over with her reality show, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” but can another email newsletter succeed? Or will she become another Gwyneth Paltrow and The Zoe Report mere GOOP? After the jump, we dissect TZR’s inaugural email. Keep reading »
Here’s my problem with luxury denim these days: I’m tired of the same old brands, but I’m also not likely to go and drop half a paycheck on couture Alexander McQueen jeans, nor buy into the latest celeb line either. Finally, here’s a pair I can truly covet—Paul & Joe’s new collaboration with Citizens of Humanity creates the perfect chic boyfriend jean. Why? For starters, the heart-winning French favorite, Paul & Joe, is now bringing you something you can wear everyday (as opposed to the specialty purchase you’d probably make). And thanks to the comfy cut and fading details brought by U.S. cult classic and a brand you already trust, Citizens of Humanity, the look is stylish-casual. The styles come out in London next week (check Paul & Joe website for details), and we can guess that like most luxe denim designs, they’ll cost the average whopper. Yet, to perfectly blend Euro style with West Coast fashion? We’re so there. And they say the French and the Americans don’t get along… [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
We love laying on the deck of a sailing boat on a hot summer day, but what we love even more is all the gold, nautical-themed accessories that are inspired by it. Go ahead and tie yourself up in (golden) knots. Keep reading »
Good thing we didn’t expect much. Pop star Miley Cyrus teamed up with Max Azria — designed for BCBG, Herve Leger, and Max Azria — to design a line for Walmart and the results are epically mall worthy. Shrunken vests? Check! Tie dye tanks? Obvi! Hipster plaid? Got it! Basically, the line is completely inoffensive but totally snoozeworthy. If I were on a long drive and happened to pass by a Walmart and wanted to stop to pick up some cheese doodles and a sixer of Diet Coke, I would totally peruse the racks and maybe buy one of these tank tops to wear on the beach. But that’s about it. [Walmart] Keep reading »
Do these studded leggings say “high fashion rocker”? Or do they make you want to punch somebody out? [$175, Stylestalker, Pixiemarket.com] Keep reading »