In the ’80s and early ’90s, Laura Ashley goods were de rigueur for girls’ bedrooms, while her fashions were the standard for garden parties. Over the years, the label has morphed into un cool momwear, and the U.K.’s Independent recently reminded buyers that Laura’s legacy is on the decline: Her Wales mansion needs some major care, and her children are at a crossroads with what to do with the place before it goes “Grey Gardens” style. Since this made us sad, we thought we’d check out (for the first time in 10 years) what Laura Ashley has to offer. Turns out, some of her womenswear is actually quite cute! Has the label undergone a redesign lately? There are still those floral dresses, but in the mix are some skirts with interesting shapes and accessories with some punch. Here, our favorite looks.
- This chevron-print kaftan is retro in a good way. [$86.98, Laura Ashley]
- Show off your curves in this tight, sexy dress. [$88.95, Laura Ashley]
- The perfect summer handbag. [$58.46, Laura Ashley]
- Turn up the prep with this tennis-inspired skirt. [$65.24, Laura Ashley]
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Kate sure is feeling frisky on her vacation without her husband. Although, any reality show star is used to slime buckets, so we’re glad Kate had her hand sanitizer ready. [Bald Head Island, North Carolina, 5/31/09] Keep reading »
While we’d like to raise a glass to any happy couple, this week, The Frisky is celebrating weddings. Sometimes the protocol can get a little cloudy, and you don’t want to rain on someone’s special day so we’re going to cut through the cake and give it to you straight. First things first: arm candy. Can you bring a date if they’re not explicitly on the invite?
With this kind of party, the hosts don’t always feel the more, the merrier. Weddings are expensive, and, a lot of times, brides and grooms don’t want to pay for a plus-one you’re going to dump before they come back from their honeymoon. Or they want to keep their affair to a close-knit group of BFFs and family. Or they already invited the exact capacity of the hall where the reception is being held. No matter what the lame excuse, frequently, they’ll send us unmarried ladies and invitation for one. Boo, fo’ sho’. But before you just give up an go stag, here’s what you can do about it! Keep reading »
Sasha is a 34A. Kayla’s a 32C. Kristi’s a 32D.
Sasha, Kayla and Kristi are ages 13, 14 and 16, respectively. And they’re all vying for the title Miss Teen Queen U.K.
Miss Teen Queen U.K. is a “Hot Or Not”-style online beauty pageant which some are criticizing for it’s Lolita-esque practices. The teen girls’ bra sizes are posted up on the pageant site along with their shoe and dress sizes, plus some pictures that often look straight out of a Maxim photo shoot. For example, 14-year-old Rebecca lies on her back, wearing a short black dress and dark nail polish, high heeled legs up against the wall, gazing into the camera. We feel icky just looking at her. Keep reading »
Kate Bosworth showed up at the airport yesterday for a flight to London, and she looked better than we do, even on a good outfit day. A fancy skirt and a gray T-shirt is one of our favorite combos, but it was Kate’s denim vest that really caught our eye. We’d long thought this hard-to-pull-off piece belonged only in the closets of people still stuck in the ’80s or — if it’s really tight and worn with nothing underneath — loose women. Kate’s denim vest is neither dated nor trashy, and it adds a little toughness to an otherwise tender outfit. Keep reading »
Can you find it in that sick, twisted little heart of yours to burn this set of three Russian matryoshka nesting dolls? Thought so. Just don’t tell your bubbe. [$25, Plasticland.com] Keep reading »
First came the sordid affairs, then the looming divorce, and now a possible lawsuit? The Pennsylvania Department of Labor is looking into claims that the Jon and Kate Gosselin are violating child labor laws by having their lil’ army of kids work 40 weeks out of the year.
While we don’t exactly know if being themselves in front of camera crews constitutes as “work,” people are pretty up in arms about the situation. After the jump, the onslaught begins. Keep reading »
Receiving an invitation to a wedding that specifies a “black tie” dress code can be rather intimidating because your standby LBD won’t cut it for this type of event. Although, “black tie” requires women to wear formal gowns, don’t let the name fool you — you don’t have to show up in head-to-toe black. If you decide to wear a color or a print, just make sure it won’t clash or match the bridesmaids’ dresses or steal attention away from the bride. Black tie attire doesn’t have to be mega-expensive, either. All of our gown choices cost less than $200.
The Aussie model, who’s dating Orlando Bloom, goes buck naked for the Green Issue of Rolling Stone. Keep reading »