Between Mary-Kate‘s bag-lady hippie style, Ashley’s newfound sophistication, and those fun-in-a-traumatic-way memories of the Tanner twins, it’s kind of hard to think of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as legitimate, serious designers. Perhaps that’s why we’ve more or less ignored The Row since its launch a few seasons ago. But, all of a sudden, every big fashion person and their mother, from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn to Barney’s New York director Julie Gilhart, can’t sing The Row’s praises loudly enough. So we’re finally listening. And kicking ourselves for being dismissive for so long.
We browsed The Row’s early fall offerings on Barney’s site and, though pricey, we now understand why everyone’s saying their sales will jump 30 percent this season. Check out a few of their classic-cool best pieces after the jump. Could they actually be celeb designers that we’d want to encourage? Keep reading »
Oy gevalt! How psyched are we that Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, and Debra Messing are helping Grover out in a 12-part series called “Shalom Sesame,” a Jewish version of “Sesame Street.” The show will teach bubbelehs about Jewish culture, complete with a visit to Israel to check out important landmarks. The show has been done before in 1986 and 1990, with stars like Joan Rivers, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary Tyler Moore. The premiere of the new version will be circa Hanukkah 2010. I’ll totally be breaking out the Manischewitz, matzo, and macaroons for that one! Now let’s see if I can convert, marry a nice Jewish boy, and produce some half-Jewish babies in time for the launch! [E! Online] Keep reading »
Tea Baggers (heh) may be rallying against Obama‘s tax proposals, but perhaps they don’t know that Mr. President is a Tea Bagger (haha) himself. Thanks to a German design company called Donkey Products, you can now dunk political figures affixed to sachets to flavor your afternoon cup. The line comes in three collections: DemocraTea, depicting world leaders, StripTea with naughty strippers, or RoyalTea with Tony Blair and the Queen herself. RoyalTea, we’d imagine, would contain an English brew, but we’re curious as to what the others would be. Guesses for Vladimir Putin’s flavor? [Gizmodo.com] Keep reading »
Remember how people always used to ink up their Converse? That’s what these cute tights from Scottish designer Hillary Laing remind us of. Simpler times. Get your legs in them for about $30 here. [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
If you’re a regular in these parts you already know that our staffers are Gilt Groupe addicts, and Gilt Fuse, its newborn sister site, is just as yummy, not to mention a wee bit easier on our wallets. The good folks over there sent us this preview of one of the goodies that’ll be on sale during the Plenty by Tracy Reese bonanza tomorrow (it starts at noon, and you beyotches best get out the way, because we are all logging in at 11:59 and counting the seconds!). They also casually mentioned that one of you fine ladies may be interested in winning all four of these gorgeous Ettika bracelets ($55-$75 each!), which you can stack on and would go smashingly with this Plenty by Tracy Reese T-back dress which will be $94 tomorrow (normally it’s $265).
We’re giving one winner all four bracelets, but you have to work if you want to win. The best commenter this weekend—from today, Thursday Aug 27 through Monday, Aug 31—will be awarded with a set. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Not that he’s doing anything right, but a few hours after Chris Brown was sentenced for assaulting Rihanna, he celebrated by heading to a Los Angeles club where he jumped up on a booth and did an impromptu performance of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” One club goer said, “He not only sang, but danced his ass off. He didn’t seem to care at all that everyone was watching him. He was in a totally good mood, just hanging out with his buddies.” [Contact Music]
Well, of course he was in a good mood—he got out of this mess with no jail time, just 1,400 hours of community service and domestic violence classes. We think it was kinda tacky to make a scene after getting off easy for committing a heinous crime, but plenty of stars have found other ways to act inappropriately after escaping the clutches of the law. Keep reading »
A friend of mine, Daniel, said, recently, a group of men and women in his neighborhood bar for a parade approached him “looking for some kind of fight.” A woman in the group, he said, “started some shit with me” and “at one point said, ‘What would you do if I threw this drink on you?’” Daniel said he ignored the woman’s threat and directed his attention to the men in the group; after verbal exchanges, the whole group “slinked away” out of the bar. He said the confrontation made him think about what he would have done if the woman had thrown her drink at him. He wrote to me in an email:
“But I really did consider—would I hit her? And I decided, yeah, I might have. And she would’ve deserved it. Totally unprovoked physical aggression can rightly be met in kind. I probably would’ve slapped her, or I might grabbed her by the shoulders and thrown her aside. Either way, she would’ve deserved some kind of physical reaction.”
Michael, an ex-colleague of mine, has been on the receiving end of physical violence from an ex-girlfriend.
“The only time it’s ok to get any kind of physical with a girl, in my mind is when she’s under the influence of something and hitting/kicking violently (at you or someone else),” he wrote. “Only then do I see it appropriate to physically restrain her…but this is the same rule I use for guys too, so it has little to do with the sex of the individuals involved.”
We are forever looking for ways to make working out less painfully boring, but we must begrudgingly admit that V magazine and Jessica Stam beat us to the punch with their new workout spread. Somehow, we neglected to realize that evening gowns, stilettos, neon wrist bands and sky high ponytails were the way to jazz up our gym routines. And while one might think that leather leggings wouldn’t allow for all that much breathing, Stam looks perfectly content in the photoshoot, so we’re inclined to believe that Rachel Zoe, the shoot’s stylist, found a solution. [Modelinia] Keep reading »
If you are 21 or older and want to be immortalized as a creepily sexual robot sponsored by Svedka Vodka, well, your day has come! This swanky booze company has launched a site that lets users upload photos of their faces and go to town designing bodies with outfits to match. The garb is super sexy and the accessories are pretty kinky. I guess Svedka thinks most girls fantasize about becoming burlesque dancers or slutty nurses? Or slutty fairies, with horns, a yellow face and green skin? I think we’ll stick with our “Mad Men” avatars. [AreYouBotOrNot.com] Keep reading »