Quickies! Madonna’s Stage Collapses, Leaves One Dead

  • A portion of Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” stage collapsed during a performance the singer gave today in France. Seven people were injured and at least one is dead. [People] — Guess it wasn’t such a “sweet” performance, after all. Sorry, that wasn’t funny.
  • Ivanka Trump and long-time boyfriend Jared Kushner got engaged yesterday after Trump converted to Judaism for him. [Pop Eater] — That’s one sexy Jewish power couple!
  • Mischa Barton is reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. [Just Jared] — Yikes.

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Martin Margiela Calls These Sunglasses

We get it, Martin Margiela. You like to think outside of the box, you’re a non-conformist (as evidenced by your recent cray-cray couture creation). But must you insist on being so out there that your new sunglasses have practically no form at all? From the Fall/Winter 09 collection, these men’s shades are more like a windshield for your face. For the price of nearly half a grand, you could probably just as easily bend some plexiglass over your face. [Colette.fr] Keep reading »

Is The End Of Crocs Near?

Fashionistas, prepare to rejoice. It may soon be to time to celebrate the death of your loathed Crocs. It seems that after selling more than 100 million pairs since 2002, the company is facing mega losses and is on the verge of going broke. In the last fiscal year, the company lost $185.1 million, cut 2,000 jobs, and has gained a debt it still hasn’t paid off. Five months ago, the company replaced the CEO with a man who specializes in brand renewal, but thus far there has been no spike in sales. Although the company plans on targeting specialized fields like caterers and medical professionals, if they don’t pay their debt off by September, they are dunzo. It’s the simple case of too much supply and no demand. [MSNBC]
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Guess Which Designer Made This Awesome Denim Jacket?

This brand-spanking new military inspired denim jacket was custom made and photographed for the Guess Fall 2009 ad campaign, which you can see in stores and magazines now. What elevates this piece beyond your standard denim fare is all the amazing metal detail, including chains and antique buttons stamped with 1981, the year Guess was created. The picture of the jacket has been such a hit that Guess is making more to be sold in stores later this year, and will retail for $179 and be sold in stores nationwide. Since Beyonce loves her Balmain military jackets so much, we wonder if she’ll rip this more accessible design off for her Déreon juniors line? Keep reading »

“Condom Worshippers” Rejoice!

Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, “There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy.” It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study in 2007 on abstinence-only ed, it was (shockingly!) revealed that “students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not.” The study also found that these students were just as likely to use contraception when they did have sex as those who did not participate. Keep reading »

Is Going Eyebrowless The New Trend? Please Say It Ain’t So

We’ve all had those eyebrow accidents where something goes wrong with the wax, or you go pluck-crazy and are left with a teensy row of hairs above your eyes. What if those “accidents” started happening on purpose? In an article that reads more like an April Fool’s joke than serious journalism, The New York Times reports that the latest beauty trend is razed eyebrows. Yes, as in no brows. See, Kim Kardashian even did it. Keep reading »

Prom For 7-Year-Olds In England?

Those silly Brits love blaming things on Americans. And right now they’re wagging fingers about a particularly American tradition: prom. As a result of the “High School Musical” franchise, prom is sweeping across Britain. And it’s making its way to kids as young as seven. These elementary school kids are buying gowns and renting tuxes, and they’re showing up for the big fiesta in stretch limos, completely outdoing American school dances, which usually don’t start until middle school. Keep reading »

MAC Hearts Artists

MAC (which stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics) has always done an amazing job of sticking to their artistic roots and at its heart, it’s a company that truly values the creative. That’s why the style department here was stoked to go check out their latest project: MAC commissioned three mega artists–photographer Marilyn Minter, illustrator Maira Kalman, and painter Richard Phillips–to interpret their fall color collections, and the results are kind of amazing. While we’re already huge Minter fans, we especially fell in love with Kalman’s apartment, which was filled with white walls, light wood grain floors, and Dada-esque suitcases and shoes lined on the windowsills as decorations. (There was also plenty of man candy in the form of tight shirt-clad models serving mini-sushi and pomegranate drinks, but we assume they were just there for the event and not always present.) Also, we saw Isaac Mizrahi! Pics from the event after the jump… Keep reading »

PETA Demands A Dairy-Free Butter Sculpture Of Michael Jackson

I have a confession to make. I love PETA. I disagree with some of their campaigns and their incessant harassment of the Olsen twins, but they hardly ever fail to amuse with their marketing campaigns. Kentucky Fried Cruelty? The Unhappy Meal? Ha! PETA’s latest campaign is pretty chuckle-tastic, too. They’ve requested that the Iowa State Fair, which has announced that they’re commissioning a butter sculpture of Michael Jackson, use non-dairy spread instead of actual butter for the tribute. Last week, the fair’s marketing director made an online ballot for people to vote to butter or not to butter…and at one point there was a surge towards the latter. PETA recommends using Earth Balance “natural buttery spread,” instead. Cue me spending 20 minutes trying to figure out if Earth Balance is owned by PETA—no luck. Now to go eat a stick of butter and play dress-up with the “Trollsen Twins.” [AP] Keep reading »

Do We Want To Show Off Our Fat Or Suck It In?

The NY Times just can’t decide today—on the one hand, they are singing the virtues of embracing the chunk, on the other, they’re all over a new men’s “shapewear” line (aka girdles for men — MIRDLES!) that’s selling like hotcakes at Saks Fifth Avenue. Pick one and get behind it, Times editors! Are we fat and loving it or do we need another newfangled contraption to suck in our gut? Or… maybe it’s not that easy? Keep reading »

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