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.
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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 »
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 »