Viewing The Burqa Through The Lens Of Fashion Week

The debate over burqas in France continues, and this time, it’s within the context of Paris Fashion Week. It’s been a few months since President Nicolas Sarkozy has made it clear that “burqas are not welcome,” and that he may move to ban them from the country. Yet when the couture shows began opening this year, contradictions came to light when some designers, like Adam Jones, showcased haute couture abayas and burqas. The idea of the burqa being a fashion item hasn’t been considered in the debate, which takes a more political stance. But apparently, there is a demand for such items, and France is one of the prime exporter of such designer headgear. Another couturier, Stephane Rolland said, “If someone tells me, ‘design an abaya,’ why not, I’m proud of that. It’s just a garment.” Just a garment might be a light way of putting things, but it does put the product in perspective as a commodity, exemplified by the existing boutiques that sell large quantities of high-fashion head scarves. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: This Is How We Like To See Drew Barrymore!

Drew Barrymore abandoned her Edie Beale dressing while on the set of “Going the Distance.” Thankfully, the costume designer put his/her foot down and didn’t let any Edie Beale infiltrate this set. [NYC, 7/13/09] Keep reading »

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Cash-Strapped Olympian Opens A Brothel

Logan Campbell, a cash-strapped Olympic hopeful, recently opened a gentlemen’s club in New Zealand so he could raise money and continue the intensive training that he needs to make it to the 2012 London Games. Campbell reportedly needs to raise about $190,000 over the next two years to prepare to compete at the Olympic level in taekwondo. Keep reading »

Why Be A Rebound?

This weekend, Jon Gosselin took his new girlfriend, 22-year-old Hailey Glassman, on a romantic trip to Europe. (FYI, Glassman is a different twentysomething woman than the one Gosselin cheated on his wife with.) Given the high-profile nature of Gosselin’s marriage, impending divorce, and, um, life, it’s hard to understand why anyone would be happy to be this guy’s, well, rebound. Is it just sex? Is Glassman hoping to get wined and dined with some of Gosselin’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ dollars? Or, gasp, does she think it could be love?

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What’s The Most Backhanded Compliment You’ve Ever Received?

Meredith Viera’s list of crazy on-air antics must be at least as long and sordid as Kathie Lee Gifford’s, if not longer. (I’ll never forget the time she dissed a famous perfume expert and told him she didn’t “get” why anyone would buy a fine fragrance anyway, adding that she exclusively wears Jean (she pronounced it as “Gene”) Nate.) Anyhoo, this latest shenanigan is a low, even for her: During an interview in which consumer expert Janice Lieberman described deals people can get from police auction sites, Viera joked, “I can see all the NBC bean counters, all of my wardrobe is going to be from PropertyRoom.com, starting with [pointing to Lieberman] that ugly yellow dress.” ZING! After the audience gasped in horror, she “saved” the excruciating moment by screaming, “No, it looks cute on you. It looks cute on her!” Keep reading »

An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, British Kids Are Told

Jeebus. Why does everybody get so freaked out when adults dare to talk about teenagers masturbating, considering horny 13-year-old guys probably jerk off more than anyone in the world? Alas, there’s drama in Sheffield, England, because medical professionals are circulating a pamphlet to teens which suggests that self-pleasure might be more satisfying than, oh, having sex before they’re ready or getting knocked up. The pamphlet is called “Pleasure” and it says:

“An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away….Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes’ physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?”

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“Suck Up The Pain” Is Midwife Denis Walsh’s Mantra

If you’re preggers and thinking of having an epidural, think again, says male midwife Dr. Denis Walsh. He claims the pain induced by labor is purposeful, necessary, and will prepare a mother “for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.” Huh, dude?
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“True Blood” Recap In Eight Memorable Moments

Last’s night episode of “True Blood” was incredible, over-the-top, and possibly the best of the season, even without any Sookie/Bill sexy time. My eight favorite moments, after the jump. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Karl Lagerfeld’s Food For Thought

Is that a banana in a pocket, or is St. Tropez just happy to see Karl Lagerfeld? [Bryanboy.com] Keep reading »

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