Hollister: Hell On Earth

Before I left for my trip to Costa Rica — more on that next week — I stopped by the newly opened Hollister store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in order to buy an extra bikini. I had been to Hollister in other cities before, but my subconscious must have blocked the bad memories, because I truly was unprepared for the mental breakdown that shopping in that store causes.

Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The New York Times’ describes it as “a beachy and laid-back SoCal lifestyle brand.” It is also hell. Keep reading »

A “Dirty Dancing” Remake? We Have Suggestions So It Won’t Suck.

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It’s the year of the dance movie remakes. First, “Footloose,” and now Lionsgate has announced the epic comeback of “Dirty Dancing.” The original not only turned Patrick Swayze into a star, but pulled in more than $200 million back in 1987 and was the first movie ever to sell a million video copies. Julia Dahl (“Uptown Girls”) will be writing the remake script, but there’s no news on who’ll be cast as Johnny or Baby, or whether they’ll bring back original choreographer Kenny Ortega (who directed the “High School Musical” series). [The Guardian]

“Dirty Dancing” was my fave when I was a tween, but after the disaster that was “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” I hope they don’t screw this up! I’ve got some suggestions on how to not murder the classic movie memories. Keep reading »

Listen To A Birdsong With The Music-Cage

Wires, wires, everywhere. As gadgets become more important around our homes, it sometimes feels as if we’re tangled in a web of wires with no means of escape. The Music-Cage, however, is a gadget that can solve at least one of our wire problems. It’s a wireless speaker that plays music from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or a computer. The Music-Cage can hang from the ceiling when attached to a socket for lighting fixtures, it can be plugged directly into a wall, or it can just hang out on a floor stand. Finally, a speaker that’s interesting to look at and as beautiful as the music it plays. [Nendo via Impact Lab] Keep reading »

The History Of The Muff

One of the reasons people are obsessed with hair is because it’s something you can instantly change and it always grows back (barring unfortunate baldness issues). When it comes to the vagine, we’ve been less than enthusiastic about following trends and changing it up, yet remain hopelessly obsessed. This poster by shopA is called “Evolution of the Muff.” Think you can guess what’s in store for the nether regions today? See the whole poster after the jump! [$25, shopA, SupermarketHq.com] Keep reading »

Sneak Preview: Hearting Topshop’s New Neurotica Line

Quite simply put, cool London girls think Neurotica is absolutely rad. Actually, the blog Not Just A Label sums the line up perfectly:

“The clothes are essentially feminine yet strong and assertive and most importantly highly wearable. The name of the label is indicative of the mood and aesthetic of the line and the fact that [designer] Victoria is a self confessed neurotic… designed with the kind of girl in mind who is a bit dark and weird but unashamedly cute.”

Sound like anyone you know? Thought you might be interested. So, of course, all-up-on-it Topshop buyers were snapping up the pieces last year, which led to this new capsule collection, to debut in the UK on the 21st and here in the States on September 6th. Seeing as how American girls love super soft jersey, cool illustrations and v. hot right now embellishments just as much as our British counterparts do, we’re gonna try to get in line early. Check out more tough-sweet looks after the jump! Keep reading »

Quickies!: Eric Dane And The History Of The Celebrity Sex Tape

  • This week, Eric Dane joined a long list of celebs caught in sex tapes. Here’s an intellectual history of the celebrity sex tape. [The Daily Beast]
  • Mark Indelicato of “Ugly Betty” impressed Carolina Herrera so much with his design sketches that she offered him an internship on the spot. [NYDailyNews.com] — If only getting an internship were that easy for average people.
  • Paris Hilton was found not guilty after she testified during a lawsuit that alleged she failed to promote a straight-to-DVD film, National Lampoon’s “Pledge This.” [The Cut] — Her claims at not knowing what a producer does were sufficient for U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno.

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Working At Disney World Is Dangerous

For those of you who’ve been laboring under the misconception (ha!) that working at Disney World is fun and carefree, think again. Since the park opened for the season in July, three employees have died and another was groped while dressed as Minnie Mouse. The most recent incident happened on Monday when Anislav Varbanov, 30, sustained a fatal neck fracture after doing a tumbling roll during a rehearsal for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Docs Have Just Gotten Fuglier

Apparently, it was possible. File these under “Not something your should ever buy or wear” (unless you’re an angsty teenager on October 31st). I guess the “Skelly” combat boot is what happens when you leave the folks over at Doc Martens alone in a room with a pair of boots and a jar of glow-in-the-dark paint. I have no more words, really. [Trendhunter] Keep reading »

Sneak Peek: Hussein Chalayan For Puma

When athletic brand Puma recently took on high fashion designer Hussein Chalayan as creative director, it was clear that Puma’s future collections would up its taste level—Chalayan is known for being overtly edgy through dressing eccentric characters like Bjork as well as incorporating crazy hijinks into his designs like remote-controlled layers and LED lights. Here’s a first look at “Urban Mobility,” the first collaboration between Chalayan and Puma, due out next spring, and wow, is it ever high-fashion. Looks like you can count on track jackets with graphic details and creative construction as well as pared down sneakers. While this preview of the campaign makes the line look about as far from athletic wear as possible, we’d expect that in real life, the pieces do show off their functionality more. Question is: Would you want to go running in stuff like this? [HighSnobiety.com]
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Jeans Too Tight? Having A Muffin Top Moment?

Have them expanded. (Like I was going to recommend some newfangled diet or exercise mumbo-jumbo!) A company called Denim Therapy has just launched a service where you send them the jeans that no longer fit and they, well, make ‘em work for your body. Wondering how they give you more room? Check it out… Keep reading »

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