Every industry has their own way of talking. In the food world, a “four top” is simply a table for four people, while in corporate America, the phrase “let’s take this offline,” really just means let’s have a side conversation about this later. Fashion is exactly the same way. Though certain words and sayings come and go, like the use of “fierce” for example, the fashion singular is one that everyone loves to use. Example: “A good pant is key to your wardrobe,” or “That boot is ideal for an evening out.” Fashion writer Hadley Freeman describes it perfectly.
“American fashion stylists … all talk like Californian teenagers … they started using the fashion singular on notes given out at fashion shows … fashion journalists noticed this and perceived it as a form of Botox for the voice as it freezes one into a permanently teenage state … it started appearing in fashion magazines … lo, the fashion singular.”
Now add the use of the fashion singular to your lexicon and annoy grammar teachers all over. [Guardian] Keep reading »
Warm weather is imminent, we swear, and with it comes one of our favorite pastimes: backyard barbecues. If you’re playing host (or want to be a helpful guest), don’t make everyone search the area — or run inside — for a bottle opener each time they need a new drink. Instead, when you put on your party clothes, accessorize your outfit with this steel pendant necklace that does double-duty as a bottle opener. Not only will it help you keep the masses happy, but it’s cute to boot. [$62, CXXVI] Keep reading »
Those “Jesus is My Homeboy” T-shirts had their moment. Now taking the spotlight in hip/ironic religious wear (who knew such a market existed?) is a company called Styleislam, which produces tees, hoodies, and jackets meant to spread positive promotion of Islam. Conceived as a way to peacefully combat anti-Muslim sentiments, the company’s statement explains that the designs and slogans—like “Muslim by Nature,” “I Love My Prophet,” and “Mini Muslim”—are “not only funky, they also have content. We communicate Islam in a language young people can understand, without sacrificing our values in the process.” While many of Styleislam’s fashions tend to show a lighthearted and cheeky side, others push more serious agendas. One women’s shirt reads in a powerful font, “Hijab: My Right, My Choice, My Life.” Keep reading »
I’m a recent convert to the fake glasses trend; however, I’m careful about the circumstances in which I wear them. I won’t, for example, wear them on a date, because I’ve pictured the humiliation and implications of being unmasked—I imagine a guy would be slightly weirded out and would start questioning what else about me is fake or deceptive. But, it never occurred to me to imagine the situation in reverse. A dude wearing fashion glasses to a date? Nuh uh.
According to the New York Daily News, however, guys are into fakes as well … Keep reading »
There are certain things you just know are true. Like: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, tights are not pants, and Johnny Weir is as gay as the night is black. Up until now, we never questioned the horrendous connotations that come when you put the words “sneaker” and “pump” together, which can only conjure images of Spice Girls videos and trips to Payless circa 1996. Never again, we said. And so we adopted the firm belief that sneaker pumps are just plain bad. And not even bad in an ironic way. Yet, if we never questioned our conventional wisdom, would the Earth still be flat?
So now we reflect and reconsider with the discovery of these mesh wedge trainers from the Adidas SLVR line. The netted body and wedge shape somehow give these shoes an edgy, wearable quality that we could totally imagine on the runways of many a high-fashion designer. Crap, now we gotta go find something else to believe is wrong. [Adidas/SLVR Store] Keep reading »
We’ve been a little bummed that we’re not obsessive enough to stay up all night in order to score pieces from Target’s recent designer collaborations, but J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons puts things in perspective. In an interview with Style.com, Jenna shared how she feels about designers doing “affordable” lines for mass retailers:
“What I appreciate about it is someone like Rodarte or Proenza Schouler maybe gets more mindshare from people who might not have known who they are. But I think it’s a little flash-in-the-pan, and the quality, a lot of times, is really not great. That, to me, is for the young little fashion girl who’s obsessed with Proenza and Rodarte and who can’t afford it. For someone who just wants to look good on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a strategy for how to dress.”
She makes a good point. Instead of racing to pick up pieces when Target, H&M, and other retailers join forces with high-end designers, we should focus on building a wardrobe without regard for whose name is on the tag. From now on, when the dress we’d been hoping to score sells out before we can snag one, we’ll just tell ourselves we aren’t looking for “flash in the pan” clothes. We want to develop our own style by purchasing quality items we love, rather than trying to pick up something that’s hot today but might not make it through one laundry cycle. [Style.com] Keep reading »