Topshop is known for selling clothes that hit all the current trends, but the retailer will take a trip to the past at its flagship store in London this summer by selling vintage clothes and fabrics. Designed by young up-and-comers, the first reworked vintage collection is Sport Nouveau and includes ’70s sports shirts that have been transformed into tennis skirts and old dresses that have been made into jumpsuits. Yum!
The British retailer isn’t the first company to sell old clothes alongside new ones. Urban Outfitters has carried out a similar strategy with its Urban Renewal line since the ’80s, selling both vintage pieces and styles that have been created using vintage fabrics or by reworking items. Where to get the goods, after the jump… Keep reading »
Last night on “So You Think You Can Dance,” Katie Holmes — yes, Mrs. Tom Cruise — performed a dance routine as an homage to Judy Garland and also to promote The Dizzy Feet Foundation, which provides art scholarships to children and teens. The charity is cool, the performance was meh. She looked fabulous and I think she does have a real presence on stage, but her dancing is only OK and her lip-syncing was, uh, off at times. Check it out above. Keep reading »
The University of Illinois College of Nursing just got $3 million from the federal government to set the record straight about gayelles and alcoholism. “Myths and stereotypes of lesbians as alcoholics and heavy drinkers are largely based on studies conducted in the 1970s that recruited most of their samples from gay bars,” Prof. Tonda Hughes said. Apparently, lesbians have been getting a bad rap for being big boozers. Huh, that’s funny, last time we checked our old MySpace account, it seemed like the reverse: drunkenness leads to lesbianism … well, at least in photo ops. But Hughes thinks the real drinking problem has nothing to do with being gay, but is encouraged by the usual social factors that also affect heterosexuals like sexual abuse and discrimination. So, especially now, with the rash of wasted faux-lesbo co-eds mugging for cameras, this study is hopefully going to scientifically call bulls**t on the lush label for the whole lesbian community. Keep reading »
Are they just giving away reality shows these days? Long-forgotten musicians, football players no one really cares about, an E! network host?! These people are not worthy of the average citizen’s 15 minutes, let alone a production company’s money. Seriously, TV executives are looking to the end of the F-list to find subjects for their latest shows. To prepare yourself for the absurdity that is currently, or will soon be, airing on a TV near you, here is a list of what executives have already green lit or will soon give the a-OK: Keep reading »
In a desperate attempt to make World of Warcraft more socially acceptable, the advertisers for this geeky game started using celebs like William Shatner, Mr. T, Ozzy Osbourne, and Vern Troyer to promote it. The weird part is that this strategy has sort of worked. Keep reading »
Target is turning many books from flops into best-sellers. Each month, a panel of employees gets together and chooses some books, often from little-known authors, to be a Target “Bookmarked Club Pick.” The books that are chosen are published in special Target editions, and the prices are slashed. The books are put on the ends of bookshelves so shoppers will notice them more. Turns out, Target is quite the trendsetter. People have begun snatching up their picks, some of which are books that, previously, no one gave a damn about. Check out some of their picks, after the jump. Keep reading »
I’m so glad that President Obama decided to comment on this story, because it got me all riled up. Earlier this week, super-professor Henry Louis Gates lost his keys, and had to break into his own house. A neighbor phoned the police, saying that “two black males” were on the mansion’s porch, trying to get in. When the police arrived to check out the report, Gates was already inside. He showed his ID to prove that it was, in fact, his house. Things got heated from there. The officer kept asking questions, to which Gates responded, “Why? Because I’m a black man in America?” He was arrested for disorderly conduct. Luckily, the charges have been dropped. Yesterday, Obama defended his friend, saying that the officers acted “stupidly.” He even cracks a joke, wondering what would happen if he was caught trying to break into the back door of the White House. Keep reading »