Falling models! They’re just like us! Now, the phenomenon has reached new heights with the latest fashion wackiness from Steven Klein as Karlie Kloss takes a spill in perpetuity on the January 2010 cover of Vogue Italy. [Fashion Gone Rogue] Keep reading »
Can you drink your way to perfect skin? And when we say “drink,” we’re unfortunately not referring to beer and wine. Rather, we’re talking about beauty beverages, a trend which only slightly took off in the United States thanks to Borba and Glowelle, but is apparently a full-blown obsession in some Asian countries. The New York Times reports that more and more, drinks (and food) are still being marketed as beauty products: “Global food and drink product launches with a ‘beauty enhancing’ claim increased by a staggering 306 percent from 2005 to 2008.” To wit, you can now find a whole range of “skin-enhancing” food including Nescafe instant coffee infused with collagen (in Japan they put it in yogurt, apparently) and waters with Resveratrol.
So does this stuff actually work? Dermatologists say that you’re better off eating vitamin-rich meals. We guess it just depends on what seems more appetizing to you? A hot cuppa facial? Or a fruit cup? [NY Times] Keep reading »
Where does unsold fashion merchandise go to die? In an ideal world, it would go to charity. For H&M and Wal-Mart, it apparently gets slashed so it’s unwearable, and then chucked in the garbage. One New Yorker made this sad discovery when she happened upon tons of black trash bags filled with H&M clothing ruined with intentional cuts and holes. Some of the items even included winter jackets that retailed for as much as $129, and the store location was down the street from a charity coat collection post. It looks as if Wal-Mart is also guilty of this wasteful procedure even though a company rep told the New York Times that clothes are “normally” donated.
How can this be?
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We’ve been seeing a lot of naked chicks lately. No, we aren’t “switching teams,” we’ve just been buying our usual high fashion magazines. Cover after cover features a naked super model or plus sized pop star and we’ve got to ask: Is bare the new black? It could very well be a new appreciation for the genuine female form following Dove’s real beauty campaigne, multiple anorexia memoires (think Hungry, by Crystal Renn and Skinny, by Ibi Kaslik), and airbrushing scandals (cough, Demi Moore’s W cover, cough). Then again, as Tracy Clark-Flory asks in a Salon.com article, “Do “real” women really need to take off their clothes to show other “real” women what “real” women look like?” The fact remains that our magazine racks have never held so many pictures of fleshy poses and un-shopped photos. This Beth Ditto cover is one example of the unconventional editorials.
There’s a certain amount of brouhaha amongst some evangelical Republicans over a minor presidential appointment in the Commerce Department. Amanda Simpson will perform a job for the public benefit that I can’t define. I’m pretty sure most of the American public doesn’t know what the Senior Technical Adviser for the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security does. But, because she’s transgender, it’s prompted an associate dean at the extremely conservative Liberty University to propel himself into the media’s light to proclaim that, “This isn’t like appointing an African-American in order to try to provide diversity and right some kind of discriminatory wrong. This is about political correctness.”
Absurdly stupid. Because, of course, it should be no issue at all, because people are people, and work ought to go to the person whose experience best merits it. And stupidity compounded because I’m unsure how obstinately self-blinded someone must be to believe that transgendered people don’t face deep prejudice. The prejudice is dumb, as it is at all times, but especially so when directed at a scattered group with no agenda other than to fit in and be left alone. But I guess there’s always a learning curve. I had one.
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Last night at the People’s Choice Awards Jessica Alba unveiled a new hair look—a super-blunt, shoulder-length cut. What do you think? (I actually didn’t even recognize her at first!) For those of you in the “I love” category, here’s what you ask your stylist for (bring in a photo of Jess, too): No layers—well, no choppy or short layers. You do, technically, want very long (think: a half-inch to an inch shorter than your actual hair), non-chunky layers. This will get rid of some of the weight of your hair and add movement at the ends. I love the length Jessica chose, as it highlights the bluntness and is still long enough not to feel to bob-ish. To get her style: Jessica’s hair is pretty wavy to begin with so a lot of what you are seeing is natural wave. For the rest of us, blow-dry hair paying special attention to the roots—give them a thorough blast of air with your head flipped over to create volume at the roots. Then, to create wave, use a medium or a slightly larger barreled curling iron, wrap sections of hair around it leaving the bottom two inches free. Using a teeny tiny amount of styling creme, rake your fingers to gently separate the curl. Keep reading »
Ooooh … looks like somebody’s in trou-ble! Although, to be honest, it seems like PETA was asking for it when they decided to go ahead about put celeb faces on their latest ad with no one’s consent. The poster, which features the slogan “Fur-Free and Fabulous!,” photoshops together a handful of stylish stars who have spoken out against fur in the past—Oprah, Carrie Underwood, Tyra Banks, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
It’s unclear how the other ladies in the ad feel about this, but the White House is very upset about the surprise endorsement. PETA’s rationalization? “The fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn’t wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA’s eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous.”
A good cause? Perhaps. But we’re not too sure we’d want our faces associated with an ad whose copy sounds like a ladymag coverline, either. Besides, some of us around here like harem pants, but the last thing we want is to inadvertently end up their spokesmodel. [NBC Chicago] Keep reading »