Costume Or High Fashion?

London Fashion Week, more than New York, Milan, or Paris, is a place where crazy fashion gets showcased and appreciated. Yesterday’s shows were no exception. While it didn’t have the star power present at Burberry, Katie Eary’s menswear collection was pretty special. Keep reading to find out why. Keep reading »

Are You Prepared For A $7100 Cab Ride?

I’m all about loving New York City. After moving here at age 18 for college and never leaving, I’m still discovering new gems in my city and reasons to be even more obsessed. But when it comes to city attractions like the Empire State Building and taxi cabs, I like to keep them just where they are.

So with the news that Bottega Veneta has created a limited-edition handbag in the spirit of the monstrous yellow and black cars, I’m still recovering from the price tag. For only $7100 one of the 50 specially made handbags, called the NYCabat, can be yours. Thank you, but I think for that price I’ll be looking for a bag that’s less of a tourist trap and more of an iconic piece. Like a bag modeled after the Met or Cloisters, instead of a taxi which reminds me of drivers coming to screeching halts and denying my credit card because the machine “doesn’t work.”

How do you feel about spending $7100 on a Bottega Veneta bag modeled after taxi cabs, which, allow me to mention, are already too pricey as it is. [The Moment]
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Dear Wendy: Anniversary Let-Down And Dropping The L Bomb

My boyfriend Curtis and I have been going out for six months now. Just last Tuesday we celebrated our six month anniversary. So I asked a friend what I should get him. This is my first real relationship ever lasting 6 months. She said get him a card, so I found one that pretty much described how I feel about him. But he didn’t get me a card or anything. We went out to dinner at a pizza restaurant, and when we were leaving he asked “Do you have tip money”? Am I going crazy? Cause this sounds wrong to me. So we get in the car to leave and he’s like “What’s wrong”? He doesn’t know!!! Could he be this dense, seriously? I said, “I took the time to find a card on how I feel about you, and you don’t get me anything.” You know what his reply was to that?! He said: “I said ‘Happy Anniversary’! He just “didn’t realize,” he says. I was so angry. I need to know If I was over-reacting or not. I just felt I needed a card at least. Please tell me what you think. – Cardless

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13 Ways To Go Shiny With Patent

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High shine for day is in this fall, whether it be via patent, metallics or sequins. While we fully acknowledge that patent leather and its cousin polyurethane can seem a little costumey when done in heavy doses, thankfully, there are a number of patent shoes and accessories in colors other than black, red, and white, which comes off a little cheap at times. Also, keep in mind it’s best to stick to one or two pieces of patent at a time, so you don’t look like Catwoman or sweat yourself to death. Keep clicking for ways to add some patent shine into your wardrobe.

Quick Pic: “What Was I Thinking?”

Dear, sweet Rihanna, ever since you emerged from the perfect MTV pop star box and started taking some major fashion and beauty risks, we have supported you every step of the way. But these orangey streaks are one (mis)step we simply cannot take with you. Dude, Halloween’s not until the end of next month. [NYC, 9/22/09] Keep reading »

Tabloid Cheat Sheet: Oprah Winfrey’s A Liar? Jennifer Aniston Is Preggers?

It’s the middle of the week, your boss totally hates you (he/she’s such a jerk!), you forgot to Tivo “90210” last night, and the coffee machine is broken again. Your life totally sucks. Fear not! You will forget all the drama of your stress-infused life once you get a load of this week’s tabloid stories. After the jump, we’ve compiled all the questionable headlines from this week’s crop of ‘bloids, so you can impress your water cooler friends and distract yourself from the follies of hump day. Keep reading »

When Is It Cool (Enough) To Start Wearing Tights?

We have to take issue with September because, yes, it makes us all giddy for fall fashion, but it’s often still too hot to wear most of it. Sweaters, fine—you can layer and take them on and off. But it’s not like you can so easily slip your pantyhose off when you’re walking down the street. (Or maybe you do. We don’t know.) Do you have this problem around this time of year? Where it feels really out of place to wear tights because even though it might be kind of chilly today, it seems weird that you were just sweating your ass off in a sundress in yesterday’s 80-degree weather? For us, September can often still feel like summer. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Lady Gaga Gives Up Shirts Too

Lady Gaga is known for not wearing pants, but she seems to have given up on wearing shirts or tops too. Seriously, how does she take the time to put on a studded leather helmet, but doesn’t think a shirt is necessary? Her costumes-worn-as-everyday-clothing shtick is getting a little old. Maybe it’s time for a new gimmick to extend her 15 minutes? [NYC, 9/21/09] Keep reading »

17 Hot Songs Straight From London Fashion Week

Music is crucial during a fashion show (or after-party)—it gets the crowd buzzing, the models seriously strutting their stuff and generally sets the mood for a collection. Oh, and it’s pretty hard to miss—especially if it sucks. Thankfully, Elle UK has listed a bunch of songs designers are using in their runway shows and after-parties—great music, mind you—perhaps a few new tunes to add to the old iPod? After the jump, the bitchin’ hot songs on replay this London Fashion Week, who sings them and where they were heard. Keep reading »

A Brazilian For Your Head? Sort Of.

You may have heard about the horrors of Brazilian hair straightening treatments (and, of course, the wax de Brazil is no fun either)—how some keratin formulas can cause hair damage. Or if you style a ponytail in the first few days post-salon, it can leave long-lasting bumps in your mane. One beauty writer for the U.K.’s Telegraph has found what sounds like the dream hair treatment for curly girls or daily flat-ironers: the Express Brazilian, a special keratin-rich treatment that she describes as a “long-lasting blow-dry.” While the regular Brazilian normally lasts for months, the Express is only good for about a week or however long it takes you to get through six to eight washes. Keep reading »

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