The End Starts Here For Rodney Smith

We heart Rodney Smith. If you don’t recognize the name, don’t worry, you’ll certainly recognize his pictures. One of our faves is this pic shot for New York mag of a couple smooching on top of a sea of taxis beneath a bridge. Now that you’re up to speed, go check out his freshly launched blog because it’s, um, amazing. Plus, he breaks down the stories behind all of his iconic pictures. He’s also taking pre-orders for his new book, The End, which will hit bookstores this fall for the whopping price of $650. (Hey, it will totally go up in value!) And according to his book site, “despite the vehement objections of Mr. S,” they’re offering an early bird special of $600, which includes a gift card and personally signed poster along with the book one month before its release. [Editor: Because that's so much more reasonable!] After the jump, more classic photos… Keep reading »

Ciara’s Ex-Hairstylist Spills The Goods

While Ciara is sporting her cute short ‘do all over town, her hairstylist is simmering. Shirlena Allen, who says she’s been styling Ciara’s hair for over a year, says pictures of Ciara’s edgy “new” haircut posted on Twitter were totally misleading. According to Allen, the photos were taken over a year ago by Atlanta-based photographer, Derek Blanks. To prove her point, she draws attention to the fact that the photos posted by Ciara and the haircut the pop star is wearing now are “two different styles.” Instead of being happy about the exposure though, Allen is angry because the pop star allegedly has yet to pay her for it! Now, she’s trying to get paid the new-fashioned way: by yapping to blogs about it! She told a gossip site, “I asked for the wig back a year ago, and she says she can’t find it … She has no identity. Still trying to find a look.” We know Ciara’s hairstyle kind of resembles Rihanna’s, but isn’t that a bit harsh? [Bossip] Keep reading »

10 Canvas Shoes That Aren’t Sneakers

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Canvas shoes usually stay in the realm of basic sneakers, not chic pumps or funky lace-ups. But lately, we’ve seen the durable cotton fabric escape its destiny in the athletic shoe department as it gets used in more interesting ways (which also pleases those of us who prefer to avoid wearing leather when possible). As these 10 pairs prove, canvas can be so much more than sporty.

Sudanese Journalist Beaten For Wearing Pants

Earlier this month, Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, a Sudanese journalist, went out to dinner with a group of 12 women. Police filed into the restaurant and arrested the women for wearing “indecent apparel.” In other words: pants. Ten of the women were called to the police station and given 10 lashes two days later. Lubna was summoned to the station earlier today—she left her home expecting to receive 40 lashes and $100 fine. Sheesh. For wearing trousers?

The fact that Lubna is a journalist is most likely not a coincidence. Tactics such as these are used often by Sudan’s oppressive regime to terrorize those that question the government. Another female journalist, Amal Habbani, who wrote an article about the whole “indecent” apparel fiasco, was charged with defamation of the police. Now she may be fined several thousand dollars. Will governments like this ever wake up? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

New York Fashion Week May Change In A Major Way

CFDA President and fashion world matriarch Diane von Furstenberg think that the fashion industry is “in crisis.” From showing clothes months before the season they’re in stores to overly commercialized shows, and a growing sense of boredom coupled with a shrinking number of designers showing in the tents at Bryant Park, something has got to change. [The Cut]

They’ve got a few ideas, and naturally, so do we … Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Diablo Cody On Walking The Red Carpet

“Any time I do a red carpet, I feel vaguely confrontational. I feel like, ‘All right, now somebody’s going to come on the red carpet who doesn’t have a stylist, who did her own hair and makeup, who’s wearing a $25 dress from H&M. I have cellulite. I have big hips and big thighs. And you have to look at me.’ I feel like people have to pay attention to somebody who would typically be invisible.”

Diablo Cody, who wrote “Juno” and the upcoming horror flickJennifer’s Body,” in Bust. Keep reading »

Heidi Klum Has A Case Of “Pregnancy Brain”

Heidi Klum rocked leopard print yesterday on “Late Night,” where she talked about how she’s got “pregnancy brain” (her third baby with husband Seal is due in October) and kinda forgets what’s going on sometimes. Hopefully, she’ll soon forget the part of the show when Conan O’Brien tried to sing a German lullaby for her. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: George Clooney’s New Ride

George Clooney took his new arm candy — Italian model/actress Elisabetta Canalis — for a spin on his hog. Like a motorcycle ride, when it comes to George Clooney, you gotta hold on tight, honey. [7/29/09] Keep reading »

Ed Hardy: When Is Enough, Enough?

Please forgive us if this is your umpteenth time reading about the Ed Hardy “empire,” but a collection this vast and fugly begs for all the attention it can get. Those of us who think Ed Hardy Vintage Tattoo Wear is simply relegated to tees and trucker hats are in for a rude awakening. Since debuting in 2004, the company, owned by Christian Audigier, has expanded from apparel to home furnishings, candles, hookahs, vodka, and even a smart car. Here’s how things have truly gotten out of hand. Keep reading »

Jillian Harris Penning A Book About Wieners

Further proof that the book publishing industry will give everyone a book deal but people who actually deserve it … Jillian Harris, the most recent “Bachelorette,” will be writing a dating book based on hot dog toppings. You see, Jillian has this little theory that you can tell a lot about a guy based on what he puts on his hot dog. “It’s just sort of a girls guide to how to dissect a guy and how to simply ask what his hot dog topping is and then you decide whether he’s a keeper or not,” Harris told E! Online. “It’ll be short stories about different guys I’ve dated and what you can expect with a sauerkraut guy or a ketchup guy…just something fun.” Yes. Fun. So. Fun. I’m going to go stab my self with a Oscar Meyer now, thanks. [E! Online] Keep reading »

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