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Poll: Can Women Wear Bow Ties?

For Christmas this year, one of my dream gifts was a plaid bow tie. Our Simcha was thoughtful enough to surprise me with one, and I have since spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to wear it without looking like a waitress at a Scottish restaurant. Do you think women can wear bow ties and look good doing so? Vote, then leave me some styling suggestion in the comments! [Weardrobe] Keep reading »

Hello, SM Kitty

This new ad for MAC Cosmetics is a surreal, kinky take on Alice in Wonderland, featuring a trip through a (ahem) pink tunnel that takes Alice into a faraway land, where she gets molested by a roving gang of shirtless, male, SM-styled Hello Kitties. Well, then! Apparently, the four-minute, outre mini-movie is a tie-in to the new Hello Kitty-MAC collaboration. This time around, though, Hello Kitty goes black, and the product line includes Hello Kitty “kitten-eyes,” crosshatched fake eyelashes, Hello Kitty On the Prowl platinum nail polish, and a Hello Kitty plush doll in black pleather. Clearly, all things Alice in Wonderland are looking to be the new new thing. Tim Burton is at work on a live action/stop motion new movie version of Lewis Carroll’s novel, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway. Who knows if Burton’s redux will be quite so fetishistic as this. Keep reading »

Jay McCarroll’s Eleven Minutes

Jay McCarroll, the fashion designer who won the first season of “Project Runway,” is the focus of a new documentary that arrives just in time for New York Fashion Week: “Eleven Minutes.” Why 11 minutes? That’s how long his first fashion show will last. The cameras follow McCarroll behind the scenes as he works to live up to the expectations that reality TV bestowed upon him and at the same time expose the insanity that is the fashion industry, of which McCarroll says: “It is the dumbest industry.” Dumb or not, the doc, the cast of which includes the delightful Kelly Cutrone, is a mostly hilarious, sometimes moving look at what it takes to make it — without compromising yourself. The bigger question, of course, is whether McCarroll or any of his reality TV show peers will be able to turn their 15 minutes of fame as reality stars into stars in the real world. Keep reading »

Crave: Bumble Bee Necklace

In this long winter when we can’t bear to buy boots—though we need them—but also can’t quite justify a strapless sundress, this whimsical bauble satiates our shopping crave. The brass bumble bee and indigo agate chain by Jami Rodriguez can cheekily peek through our layers of scarves and sweaters and later can be a centerpiece with airy dresses in summer months. Either way, we’re sure to make a buzz. [$98, MaxandChloe.com] Keep reading »

Planned Parenthood Is The New Target When It Comes To Designer Collaborations

Up-and-coming designers doing collaborations with Target is becoming too predictable a path to success. Instead, an alternate way to gain name recognition and visibility is to design a line of condoms. Yes, that’s right, designer condoms. Marc Jacobs designed a rubber wrapper on his own, and then last September, Planned Parenthood released a Yigal Azrouël-designed condom wrapper for its Proper Attire line. The Planned Parenthood/designer collaboration is continuing this season with Alexander Wang‘s simple black and white package ($5.99 for 3), which just happen to match his Fall 2009 collection that came down the runway on Feb. 14. Come September, what hot designer will Planned Parenthood get to do a Proper Attire condom wrapper? We’re betting on Phillip Lim. [via Refinery29] Keep reading »

Crave: Raining Cats ‘N Dogs Umbrella

We usually have to force ourselves to go outside when it’s raining and the sky is a dreary gray. But this umbrella might actually have us longing for bad weather. On the outside, it looks like an average umbrella. On the inside, it has a playful print of raining cats and dogs. Plus, the bright blue overhead will ensure that we won’t get as depressed as the weather. [$36, FredFlare.com] Keep reading »

Seven Ways To Say I Love You Silk Boyshorts

Normally I’m skeptical of any messages across your bum (juicy?), but Mary Green’s Seven Ways to Say “I Love You” Silk Boyshorts ($173 for the set at figleaves.com) are just too adorable to ignore. (It doesn’t hurt that the silkiness of the fabric offsets the boyishness of the boyshorts!) Each day of the week you can tell someone those three little words in Spanish, English, German, Hebrew, Italian, Chinese and French. Damn, I wish I’d had these panties when I studied abroad in Prague, because I might’ve had more to say to the French dude…and the Italian dude…and…ah, nevermind. Keep reading »

Blame It On Madonna

For the March issue of W, Madonna gets all cougar-esque and heads to Rio de Janeiro for some hot and heavy time with boy toy Jesus Luz. Purportedly, Madonna and Jesus (with those names, they’re surely a match made in heaven — or, well, celebrity hell) were or are dating or canoodling or humping or whatever it is famous people do these days. Jesus is a model, and the two are seen cavorting in this bazillion-page layout in the Hotel Gloria in Brazil, where Steven Klein shot their pictures. At the time of the shoot, a Brazilian website opined: “Everyone knows they are ficando — which is a Portuguese expression that means they are kissing and doing other things but without any obligation of being faithful or getting into a relationship afterwards.” So much for A-Rod! Take that, Guy. Madonna is on the prowl. Mothers, lock up your manchildren. After the jump, what went on behind the scenes. Keep reading »

UGGs Will Make You Say Ugh

Thought UGGs were comfy? Turns out a pair of UGGs can be as bad for your feet as a pair of torturous stilettos. And they don’t even elongate your legs or look cute! Dr. Ed Chairman, a Philadelphia podiatrist, said the popular boots lack foot or ankle supports, which turns UGG-wearers into pain-havers. If treated early, the pain can be resolved with an orthotic, but if the UGG-lover waits too long to seek treatment, surgery could be required. Wouldn’t it be easier to ditch ‘em altogether? [KYW Newsradio 1060] Keep reading »

Designer Collaborations Are Only A Good Thing When Done Right

JCPenney’s collaboration with designer Charlotte Ronson, I Heart Ronson, just came out, but I’m not going to buy anything from it. In fact, I’m getting a little sick of designers collaborating with big retailers.

When Target first began doing its Go International designer collaborations back in 2006 with Luella Bartley, I was beyond psyched. At the time, I was an assistant at a magazine and wasn’t making anywhere near enough to pay for some of the styles on its page. With Go International, I could at last afford clothes by the new designers everyone was talking about. And because the lines were nicely done and even the people who could afford the pricier stuff wanted pieces from them, there was no shame in buying a dress from Target. Keep reading »

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