Every month a gazillion magazines boldly discover the top three items we must have for this season. I mean must in the sense that the articles foretold our fashion doom if we did immediately drop the glossy pages and run to the mall. I will give the magazines their due, most of them have toned down on the necessity of buying a new closet every year and the average price of featured items are not as absurdly high as they used to be. So, when all the magazines this winter told me there were only three must have trends for this summer, my glee poured from every fiber of my fashion being…until I realized what these trends were: harem pants, jumpsuits and sheer. Maybe it’s just me, but I have not seen one everyday woman wearing harem pants down the street. These trends died a premature death, with is just fine with me because I thought they were butt-ugly anyway, but why did these three die when so many other fugly trends are allowed to live on? Here are my diagnoses on why the three major must have’s died. Keep reading »
Do you ever leave the house in an outfit that looks fine, but by the time you get to work you’ve convinced yourself that you’re the worst dresser ever? You want to run home and change, even though you have 5 minutes to get to your desk. Or you’ve spilled coffee all over yourself as you run for the elevator? Or maybe you’ve been invited last minute to after-work cocktails, only to realize your jeans aren’t swanky enough? We’ve put together the emergency outfit for you to keep in your bottom desk drawer at work for these moments. You won’t be confident unless you feel your best, so skip the bad outfit days. Keep reading »
Angelina Jolie and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are making a joint appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 tomorrow night. The two women are apparently in cahoots on some undoubtedly serious subject. In an age where celebrities waltz into the UN more often than they walk the red carpet, and politicians twitter more than Ashton Kutcher, it’s hardly surprising to see the blurring of the lines between entertainment and politics. Still, Angelina and Hillary? It’s kind of an unlikely match. Something big must be happening (Hillary’s website says something about human rights?), so here are my four best guesses as to what they are really collaborating on. Keep reading »
Is this what 15 looks like these days? The other day, I came across this post on Fashion Copious, one of my favorite fashion blogs. It was titled: “The Lips! & The Sphere Of Her Stomach.” Its subject is Lindsay Wixson, a bee-stung-lipped, baby-faced, up-and-coming model who could be the Next Big Thing. She’s 5’10″ (or 5’11″, depending on the site). She has blond hair and blue-green eyes. And she’s 15. I was kind of, well, astonished. To call her precocious would be a bit of an understatement. She looks both very young and very mature at the same time. Which made me wonder: Is this what 15 looks like in 2009? Anyway, is it just me, or do you, too, think 15 is looking very grownup, indeed? [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Daniel Rodan, a leather fashion designer to celebrities like Tina Turner and David Hasselhoff, has turned Germany’s painful Cold War past into fashion. He recently unveiled a collection of Berlin Wall art-themed clothing to mark the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Cold War barrier. Rodan features graffiti art from the East Side Gallery, a 4,265-foot expanse of the Wall that was decorated in 1990 by 118 artists from 21 countries, on leather dresses and men’s garments. One mini-dress, according to Reuters, features an East German automobile smashing through the concrete Berlin Wall. The leather collection will be worn by well-known musicians and athletes at events prior to the anniversary celebrations on Nov. 9, and after that, the clothes will be auctioned for charity. “Bringing together these three things: the political event, fashion design, and the art of the East Side Gallery, and then making sure the clothes fit on the celebrities — it was a real challenge,” Rodan said at a news conference. Even though it was challenging, Rodan’s collection is evidence that beauty can come from something painful. Berlin cabaret artist Chin Meyer spoke about the collection: “It’s great that we can now have fun with things which previously were simply a catastrophe.” [Reuters] Keep reading »
Most of us gave up our prima ballerina dreams right around plié. We’re starting to think we should have stuck with things, because apparently the payoff can include dancing your heart out in Chanel’s couture atélier. The lucky ballerina who got to do it was Elena Glurdjidze, a member of the English National Ballet, who wore a Karl Lagerfeld-designed tutu for the dance of “Dying Swan,” which will be performed in London’s Sadler Wells Theatre this month. With over 100 hours of work, the exquisite skirt was comprised of 2,500 feathers. In this video, Lagerfeld films Glurdijdze in the costume, dancing around the Chanel logo in his Paris studio.
Amid rumors that Karl is leaving Chanel, this film seems to only reinforce his connection with the label; Coco Chanel was a dance lover and designed costumes for a number of ballets. If Chanel made some affordable ballet flats, we’d be all up in those now, ready to show the Kaiser our fancy footwork.
Watch the video at Chanel.com. Keep reading »
When my parents moved me from NYC to a small Massachusetts town in third grade, I instantly became the weird kid, owed largely to these floral-printed Docs. They were loud and flashy, especially because I wore them with a poodle skirt and ruffled blouse. This scared the living daylights out of Sleepytown, USA. (I also listened to Madonna. The horror!) If only being “unique” was that simple these days by just wearing a pair of crazy boots.
Still, you can now try your best at being a style standout by getting your hands on a pair through Urban Outfitters. The iconic Doc Martens 8-eye boot comes in two patterns: choose from a white background with pink and blue flowers, or black with purple and peach buds. Don’t think you can fade into the crowd with these babies. They’re made for stomping out the competition. [$128, Dr. Martens, Urban Outfitters]
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At the risk of seeming totally un-hipster (which, would make me more hipster? Like, whatever…), I don’t ride a bike. I would like to, but I am terrified. And riding around in the dark? Forget it. This new invention by Leah Buechley, however, gives me hope and calms my fears. A sweatshirt outfitted with flashing LED lights on the back (connected to sensors at the edges of the sleeves) allow you to select a left or right turn signal. Pressing both at the same time creates an overall glow to show your presence to drivers.
While not available for purchase yet, DesignBoom tells you how to make one yourself (which seems remarkably uncomplicated). Plus, we’re pretty sure that you bicycle-minded folks are already pretty handy with repairs and such. [Design Boom] Keep reading »
Behold the SMUT Maze t-shirt, brought to you by U.K designer, Sascha Quiambao. Based on a Pac-Man-esque design, the shirt shows a maze, at the center of which is a naked woman with spread legs (get it? Eat your way in…). Is the goal here to infuse the overly-done ’80s trend with a bit of cheekiness by adding sex? Or maybe this is a metaphor for the complexities of the female sexual psyche (highly doubtful). If a man hit on me in this shirt, I’d want to rip it off of him, and not in a good way.
What do you think? Funny or douchey? Leave your answer in the comments below! [Design Spotter] Keep reading »
Sporting ice—as in “bling”—is one thing. Sporting real ice is another.
If you’re into the latter, check out Katharina Ludwig’s work, which incorporates jewelry and ice. A recent graduate of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Ludwig’s creations are meant to be evanescent; the ice rings, necklaces, and earrings melt slowly. Yet, in their original form (if only for a few minutes, especially in the summer heat), they appear like beautiful rocks attached to gold fixtures and chains. While at first this would seem like a poor investment, the jewelry comes with molds so you can re-freeze the designs again and again. The real question is: Are you up for a wet t-shirt contest? Or would you rather just keep cool? [KathyLudwig.com] Keep reading »