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 »
Skinny jeans are dangerous! For some wearers of especially tight jeans, nerve compression can occur in the thighs, producing a tingling or numbing sensation. This happened to Parmeeta Ghoman, a 28-year-old San Francisco woman who reported a bizarre tingling sensation in her legs after wearing a pair of the too-tight pants. When she stood up, she couldn’t feel her legs at all and felt like she was floating. The condition, which can be brought on by pressure, say, from super-tight material wrapping around your thighs, is called meralgia paresthetica, or “tingling thigh syndrome.” Wearing high-heels apparently increases the risk of this phenomenon because of how they change your body position.
But don’t get your panties in a bundle just yet—the situation is reversible and not serious. All one has to do is (duh) take off the jeans, ditch the heels, and wear looser pants. This should either come as a relief or fashion death sentence, in which case feel free to sport the skinnies at your own risk. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
Mickey Mouse’s ears are iconic, but they’re getting a makeover this year. To celebrate Disneyland Resort Paris’ year-long “Mickey’s Magical Party,” Disney created the My Mickey Ears project, and they’re getting famous folks and fashion designers to redesign Mickey’s iconic ears for an auction to benefit the Great Ormand Street Hospital Children’s Charity in London. Luella Bartley’s are our favorites, but we’re trying to figure out what outfit calls for Mickey ears. Some of the other ears, like Estelle’s and Pearl Lowe’s, are kind of fug, proving these women should stick to what they know best, which is not arts and crafts. [My Fashion Life] Keep reading »
The Frisky staff was talking about what ’80s fashion trends we wish would make comebacks, since most styles from back in the day have returned. Jean jackets covered in sequins and pins, catsuits, and lamé all came up in the conversation. I said acid wash denim, and everyone jumped all over me. For most people, acid wash jeans seem like a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea. What do I think is a horrible idea? Wearing acid wash jeans with an American Apparel T-shirt and tough-girl boots. Instead, I’m looking for a pair to wear with preppy striped shirts and button-downs. Sadly, not many companies are making them. Am I the only one who thinks they’d be a good idea? [Bleach Acid Skinny Jeans, $80, Topshop] Keep reading »
These ads caught my eye — which I suppose is exactly what their creators at Brazilian ad agency Publicis had in mind when they created them. The image is arresting, isn’t it? In this provocative ad series, the women appear to be holding their own lopped off heads. The tagline is an odd fit, though. “Keep a high self-esteem even after taking off your high heels.” Not sure I get that. I mean, I get the line by itself, but how does that work when the image would suggest the tagline should read: “Keep a high self-esteem — even after losing your head”? Another version reads: “Let’s face it: what’s the point having 40 pairs of shoes in your closet and 5 books on your shelf?” Which would seem to suggest if that’s what you’ve got, you’re an idiot? A third says: “Beauty attracts men. Intelligence keeps them.” Well, now I’m just confused. Maybe it would make more sense if I was holding my head in my hands. [Ads of the World] Keep reading »
Topshop’s New York City opening was a popular event, but it wasn’t as popular as the long queue of impatient fashionistas would suggest. Topshop hired nightclub bouncer-esque security to limit the number of people who could enter the store at any given time, making the line grow longer and longer. In fact, sometimes it appeared that no one was in the shop, but people were still kept waiting in line. According to “Page Six,” it was all a publicity stunt. A few of us went to Topshop last Friday, nine days after the store opened on April 2, and we had to wait in line to enter the store. They were only admitting people in groups, and when we entered the shop we saw that it was crowded, not by people but by too many clothing racks filled with overrated, overpriced crap, not includinng Amelia’s sweet blue high-heels. [NY Post via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama could only continue as everyone’s favorite woman for so long. An itty bitty backlash against the First Lady has begun, and it stems from her fashion choices. Last week, in a WWD article, designer Oscar de la Renta lashed out against Michelle’s clothing choices:
American fashion right now is struggling. I think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don’t think that is the right message at this particular point….I don’t object to the fact that Mrs. Obama is wearing J. Crew to whatever because the diversity of America is what makes this country great. But there are a lot of great designers out there. I think it’s wrong to go in one direction only.
And he’s not the only one who wishes Michelle would stop favoring young designers… Keep reading »
I love ‘em. Would I rock ‘em? I’m not so sure. UK retailer Iron Fist offers these Zombie Stomper Platform Peep-Toes for £44.99 or around $90. The day-glo green and hot pink whomper-stompers come with a 4-1/2-inch heel plus a 1-inch platform, so they’re not for the shy, dainty, or wobbly. Over the peep-toe, there’s a zombie’s row of exposed teeth and the side of the shoe features a crazed zombie eyeball — all of which is countered by the neat black bow near the heel, if you like to look flirty while you eat human flesh. Or, as the website puts it, “Perfect for stompin’ on zombies … and men’s hearts.” These blue babylon heels are pretty freak, too. So, would you rock ‘em? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
Rock stars always look so cool, in part because most of them don’t seem like they’ve been manufactured by a team of skilled stylists, hairdressers, and makeup artists the way actors and actresses do. There’s an effortlessness about rockers’ clothes, even when all they’re wearing are old jeans and a grungy T-shirt (and even if they’ve spent hours getting ready and hundreds on the perfectly distressed vintage leather jacket). Worn Free can make you look like Debbie Harry, John Lennon, or Joan Jett, at least in the T-shirt department, because they’ve resurrected shirts worn by these musicians and more. Too bad wearing one won’t improve your guitar playing. [$39.95 and up, WornFree.com]
We’re giving away five Worn Free T-shirts, but you have to work if you want to look like a rock god. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, March 27 through Thursday, April 2 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Andrea Vasa, a 30-year-old hot football — in other words soccer — player for Milan’s Brera team, is living in Dirk Bikkembergs, a high-end Italian store, parading around half-naked, lifting weights, and lolling about for anyone who happens to look in the windows. “Among the shelves and clothes hangers exposing the items that are for sale, Andrea’s personal clothes can be found, as well as the pictures and books he chose to take with him to his new home.” He’s got his own housekeeper and can invite over whomever he likes, but what if he wants to leave? “Before going out, Andrea will take a shower in a relax room papered with pages from Gazzetta dello Sport, compose his outfit for the following occasion, preen himself in one of the silver trophies, step into his Porsche and drive it out through a massive window that doubles as a garage door.” Fascinating! Too bad, Towleroad notes, the shower is the only part of the live-in scene that’s shielded from public view. Keep reading »