Designer Shopping Bags As Totes: The Ultimate In Label Whoring?

After a few weeks of lusting over it, I’ve finally decided to acknowledge that this Valentino bag will not be mine. Even though my computer would look so cute in there and I’m a relatively nice person. Grr. But even during my points of deepest obsession, a Valentino shopping bag never seemed like a reasonable substitute. I get the idea behind carrying designer shopping bags: looking like you can shop at stores that would really eat an entire month’s paycheck in one go. But I don’t get the allure.

The New York Times just wrote about this designer shopping bag “trend” sweeping Japan and focused mostly on the adorable aspects. Like a teenage girl who says carrying a bag from a popular designer store reminds her of the fun times she has shopping. On the other hand, could it also be the ultimate form of label whoring, more intense in its desperation level than carrying fakes? Keep reading »

Do Men And Women Go To Strip Clubs For Different Reasons?

Do men and women go to strip clubs for different reasons? Tanya Gold, a Guardian scribe who went to London’s Spearmint Rhino strip club and a Chippendales show, thinks so. She said the difference in the audiences was stark. At the Chippendales show, groups of women screamed delightedly at the strippers, clapping like they were at a friggin’ Jonas Brothers concert, but the mood at the Spearmint Rhino was not in the least bit joyous and, in fact, was full of sad men sitting alone. Keep reading »

The Noxzema Girl & Dr. McSteamy Make A Sex Tape

Remember when Rebecca Gayheart was best known for being the Noxzema girl? Well now she’s showing even more skin. Gawker has posted an edited version (but still NSFW) of a 12-minute-long sex tape featuring the actress (who you might remember as Dylan McKay’s wife, “Antonia Marchette,” who got shot to death on “90210″) having a threesome with her husband, Eric Dane and “beauty-queen-turned-Hollywood-madam” Kari Ann Peniche. In the clip, the threesome lies around in the buff, takes a bath, and appears pretty inebriated. Gayheart comments at one point that she needs to lie down because she’s so high. That can’t be good for her skin!

Anyhoo, Gayheart hasn’t had much of a career in the last few years, but Dane is well-known for his role on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He’s certainly living up to his nickname — “McSteamy” indeed. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Beyonce Rocks (?) Curly Bangs

We noticed our good friend Courtney Dunlop over at the Stylelist blog posted this rather disturbing pic of Beyonce out on the town wearing one of the most questionable hairdos of all time, the curly bang. (Although maybe she just needs to read our post about how not to look a hot mess?) It seems like even a star of her caliber is having trubs pulling this look off, leading us to pose the question: Can curangs ever look good? [Stylelist] Keep reading »

Crave: Incase Uniform Experiment Laptop Sleeve

It’s hard to find a laptop case that isn’t overly girly or completely utilitarian. Looks like Incase has come up with a creative solution. Collaborating with Japanese street wear website, Honeyee, the company created this sleeve made of a faux leather material that’s printed with a cool safety-pin design. On the inside there’s fake fur to keep your lappy safe from nicks and scratches. If you want one, better hop to it because it’s a very limited edition. [$83.95, GoIncase.com via NOTCOT.com] Keep reading »

Angry Ex-Wife Sets Fire To Husband’s Wedding

Talk about revenge gone seriously wrong. A woman in Kuwait was incredibly mad about how her ex-husband treated her. So when she found out he was getting remarried, she decided to set the female-only tent at the wedding on fire by dousing rags in kerosene and lighting them up. (In Kuwait, the men and women are separated into different tents during nuptials.) We’re not exactly sure what she thought would happen, but the tent instantly went up in flames. About 43 women and children were killed, and another 52 were injured. The bride was OK, but her mother and sister died. Some people were even trampled as everyone rushed to get away from the flames. [Guardian UK] — So, so incredibly sad. Keep reading »

“Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” Celebrates Vampire Bromance

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Agent Provocateur Steps Up Its Style Buzz

Lingerie line Agent Provocateur has always been a cult favorite, but they’re now beginning to monopolize the sexy lingerie market thanks to lots of excellent news today:

  • The label is launching a new jewelry line. (They currently offer some slightly unwearable rope and tassel bedroom accessories and a few necklaces.) The designs to launch in September will be much stronger with leather cuffs adorned with silver plates and Swarovski crystals. [InStyle.co.uk]
  • Also for fall, Agent Provocateur brings back its classics collection filled with the standard colors—pink, black, white, red—and featuring lacy corsets, nipple tassels, and demi-cup bras. [ViewOnFashion.com]
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Bert And Ernie Talk Fashion

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In this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the magazine pays tribute to “Sesame Street,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, by asking Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, and the gang about their fashion preferences and signature looks. Click through to read their quotes and see how you can dress like your favorite Sesame Street Muppet. [Harper's Bazaar]

Fall Fashion T.V Bonanaza: Nina Garcia & Jazmin Whitley

Project Runway and the Fashion Show (if they ever even make it back on TV) should prep for some ferosh competition. Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, is adding another television show to her magazine editing and t.v show judging duties: acting. Garcia will be a guest star on Ashton Kutcher’s new series, “The Beautiful Life,” and has already filmed her scenes for one episode. Depending on how well Garcia is received by the audience, there’s a solid chance that her role could extend to more episodes. The show, which debuts September 16th also stars Mischa Barton and Elle McPherson. Hot on Garcia’s heels is Jazmin Whitley! Never heard of her? Starting tomorrow, you will. Keep reading »

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