Quotable: Kanye West Blames Outburst On Fashion Stress

Like a scared child, Kanye West fled the United States after his booze-induced outburst during the MTV Video Music Awards. Finally, a whopping four months later, he’s blaming his outburst on his love for the fashion industry.

“This is my first time back in America for the past three, four months. I love the game so much and I’m so passionate about it, that I can’t take (the stress). I’m so anxious, I’m getting anxiety, begging one of these fashion houses to hire me. I said, ‘If you acquire me, I could be a quiet me. Call it verbal dieting.’”

—Kanye West on why fashion is the culprit [Contact Music] Keep reading »

A Little Matchy-Matchy Can Be Chic

And a tied belt camouflages Amy Adams‘ pregnant belly perfectly. [NYC, 1/6/10] Keep reading »

Check This Out: Lizzie Fortunato For Urban Outfitters

A sweet story can make already-cute jewelry just that much more special. Behold Urban Outfitters’ latest accessories collab with sister-design team Lizzie Forunato. The line, called Hope Marian, is named after the girls’ grandmothers. The result lends a metaphoric quality to messily interlaced bracelets that combine bright cloth strands with vintage-inspired clasps, or gunmetal chains and rhinestones. Complete the look with the Jewels Bar necklace, which features layered metal plaques attached to braided cloth.

The duo’s work for Urban also manages to combine two other things—great design and affordable prices, with nothing over $30. Hallelujah. [Urban Outfitters via Nylon] Keep reading »

3-D TV Sets Are Coming To An Electronic Store Near You

In case you haven’t heard, the recession is over and in celebration, everyone is throwing out their brand-new LCD plasma TVs to make room for the new $2,000 3-D sets! JK. But that’s seemingly where technology companies think we’re headed. Manufacturers and cable programmers are already working to develop the TV sets and new channels to flood the 3-D market, partially in thanks to the box-office success of “Avatar.” Starting in June, ESPN promises to broadcast World Cup and NBA games in 3-D and Discovery, IMAX, and Sony are joining forces to create a channel with natural history, movies, sports, music and other programming. They’re trying to make it so you don’t have to wear special glasses to watch, but that’s looking unlikely—so it’s predicted that two pairs of “techie goggles” will be included with the set and additional pairs will cost up to $100. [NY Times]

The question is, are Americans willing to throw down that hunk of change for a whole new TV just after plasma TVs became the norm? And that took ten years to catch on! Keep reading »

Hair Model Citizen: Jessica Simpson Just Stepped Out Of The Salon

Well, look whose hair is all shiny and new! Jessica Simpson, caught by the paparazzi outside of her BFF and main hair guy Ken Paves’ salon yesterday looking hot, blond and sneaking a satisfied little smirk. All we ever read about Jessica are 84989203123-word paragraphs about how she’s too fat/curvy/skinny/clingy, and we can’t take the negativity anymore. She’s our Hair Model Citizen of the day—because is there a better hair moment than that first, confident stride out of the hair salon? If you’re wanting that just-from-the-salon mood boost, call your stylist. But if you’re just interested in the actual Cinderella hair style she’s rocking, here’s what you do: blow-dry, create a deep side part, sweep to the side, and coat ends with a dab of styling cream. Now, get out your trusty medium-barrel curling iron to create individual curls, then use your fingers to gently separate them so they look piece-y. [Beverly Hills, 1/5/10] Keep reading »

Quick Tip Of The Day: How To Write A Thank-You Note In 3 Minutes

Writing a thank-you note can be a daunting task, but you only have to remember the rule of three. You have three days to send the card without seeming rude or forgetful. It should only take three minutes to write your message of three lines. Greet the recipient by name, obvi. You should thank them for the exact item you received, but if they gave you cash, don’t state the amount. Simply write: “Thank you for your generosity.” And if the gift is intangible, say, they let you stay at their country home, then write: “Thank you for your hospitality.” The second line should explain how you plan to use the gift. The third line is your opportunity to express your appreciation for seeing or hearing from the giver and that you hope your paths will cross again soon or they’re in your thoughts. Simple, right? Then wrap it up and sign your name. Keep reading »

Marc Jacobs Is Registered At JCPenney?

Yesterday, the fashion world went into a tizzy when blogs reported that Marc Jacobs and his fiancé, Lorenzo Martone, got hitched in St. Barts during the holiday weekend. With a guest list that included BFF Rachel Zoe and a party hosted by Larry Gagosian, complete with a cake topped by a mini version of the couple, it would be the perfect secret wedding. But as soon as the rumors began, they were dashed by a representative for Marc. In the short span of time that congratulations hit Twitter and Facebook, one trickster decided to have a bit of fun with the news and set up a fake registry for the designer at the extremely fashionable store of JCPenney. In case you’re interested in buying a gift for the happy (as of yet unmarried) couple, you can pick from a variety of specially picked items, including an Oreck® Tower Air Purifier, Portable Massage Table, and a Lexington Swivel Mirror for the bathroom. Just remember that Cintra Wilson made it well-known that J.C.Penney is anything but the ideal shopping location for a true fashion insider. Eye-roll. [WWD] Keep reading »

Fashion Fortune: “Yo, What If We Made A Belt Outta Legos?”


Meet Dee and Ricky Jackson, twin brothers from Staten Island who have struck gold in one of those ways that makes you either go “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “You’ve got to be kidding.” The duo creates Lego accessories in the form of belts, brooches, and necktie-shaped pins that have caught the attention of celebs (Rihanna and Kanye, to name a few), and designers. In the video above, Dee and Ricky tell the tale of their success, which is less interesting for what it is, than how it’s told; it basically reads like a fashion mockumentary. To begin, the brothers explain that their inspiration was kind of random: “One day, we were like yo, what if we did a Lego belt.” The belt then made its way on to the models at a Marc Jacobs fashion show, and apparently, “Everybody hated Marc’s show that year. People were saying the only thing that was hot on the runway was the Legos.”

Seems like a pretty easy and fun job, right? The Jacksons think so. Tells Dee to the New York Daily News: “It is easier than dealing drugs. We are flipping bricks – Lego bricks.” [NYDailyNews.com]

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Emily’s Style Diary: Wednesday

What I’m Wearing Today:

  • Gap navy blazer
  • American Apparel gray v-neck t-shirt
  • Old Navy teal skirt
  • American Apparel mustard tights
  • Gap plaid flats
  • red scarf (I think from Urban Outfitters)
  • bike pin

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Good Genes Run In The Watson Family

Emma Watson‘s latest Burberry campaign also includes her rather dashing 17-year-old brother, Alex. We can’t get over the facial similarities! Bewitching, no? [WWD] Keep reading »

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