Long Skirts My Ass: Rodarte Wins CFDA Award

Nary a day goes by lately without another store closing, one more report of plummeting sales figures and a bright glint of hope that Crocs may finally go under due to massive losses. Some economists and fashion analysts are even saying that these tough times have resulted in Depression-era style having a resurgence (not always a bad thing), like muted color palettes and longer skirts. But while the tanking economy is forcing some of us into Ramen dinners, ankle length sack skirts and boring colors, others are telling all economic indicators to screw themselves and sticking with bright, hot little dresses. And they’re doing better than most. Keep reading »

Sex And Drugs At Cirque Du Soleil

Yes, I buy American Apparel clothing from time to time. No, I am not a fan of their ad campaigns—I refer to them as “hipster porn.” When I heard about their sleazebag CEO, Dov Charney, and his alleged sexual indiscretions with employees, I was even less motivated to spend $50 on assless tights. But I am a longtime fan of Cirque du Soleil and their amazing combo of acrobatics, dance, and performance. So I was kind of shocked when I heard about the new unauthorized, tell-all biography, called Guy Laliberté: The Fabulous Story of the Creator of the Cirque du Soleil about Cirque’s impresario. Apparently, he adds a whole new meaning to the term “circus freak.”‘ Could this clown be the next Dov Charney? [Independent] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Viva Jon Gosselin?

Jon’s got the blues, whether or not the kind that comes with rhythm. While visiting with his accountants, he looked so lonely, baby, he could die, or afford to check into the Heartbreak Hotel. But with those sideburns, a pompadour, and that snarl, he’s definitely trying to rock the rockabilly style of The King. [Reading, PA, 6/16/09]

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Album Drop: the Latest From The Jonas Bros, Jill Hennessy, Laura Izibor & Sarah Jarosz

It’s new release Tuesday, so it’s time to take the latest tunes for a spin. This week’s big release is from the Jonas Brothers—and sorry, but it’s pretty blah since all the boys do is whine about “Lines, Vines and Trying Times.” Luckily, there are some great new albums coming at ya from a few musicians and bands you may or may not have heard of—including Laura Izibor, Street Sweeper Social Club, Jill Hennessy, Sarah Jarosz, and Among The Oak And Ash. Keep reading »

OCD On VH1

We’re all a little bit crazy. I know I am. After battling a bout of depression in my teens, going through therapy in my 20s, and ultimately becoming a happy, more well-adjusted person, I decided to get my masters in psychology. Why? Because people are endlessly fascinating and complex. So I get a little too excited watching shows like “Intervention,” “Obsessed,” and “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” Sometimes my friends make fun of me, pointing out that I am the one who is “addicted” or “obsessed” with these shows. Laugh all you want, but I don’t watch because I get off on other people’s problems. I just think it’s important to have empathy for what other people are going through. I watch to be a better person, darn it. And that’s why I am so psyched that VH1 has created a new reality series that follows people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Keep reading »

Love Vandal: Trees Have Hearts, Too

Okay, so this isn’t really graffiti per se, but how often do you see a little heart in a tree? Reader Katelyn sent us this photo in Philadelphia.

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

Wisconsin-ites Want To Burn A Book About A Gay Teen

Author Francesca Lia Block, we hope you’ve got Judy Blume on speed dial! Some wackos in Wisconsin are calling for one of your books to be censored in a good ol’ fashioned book-burning. Block‘s young adult novel, Baby Be-Bop, is the story of how a teenage boy comes out of the closet to his grandmother. And it upset a group called the “West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries,” who tried to remove it from the public library, along with a bunch of other books with gay and lesbian themes. The group says they were trying to “protect children from accessing [the books] without their parents’ knowledge and supervision.” Of course! Because teens don’t ever go to the adult stacks. Ever. Keep reading »

British Vogue Editor Puts In Her Two Cents On The Size Zero Debate

Yet another person is weighing in (sorry, I couldn’t resist) on the so-called “size zero debate,” and those of you who are tired of looking at girls who can count their vertebrae in magazines will love this. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman sent an angry letter yesterday to a bunch of leading designers and fashion houses telling them that the clothes they were sending her magazine were just too freakin’ small. Only anorexic gals can fit into these teeny tiny garments, she says. And she went on to confess that her team often has to retouch photos just to make the girls look slightly less skeletal. [Metro UK] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Ed Westwick Makes Like A Male Model

Good-bye, sex toys, hello Ed Westwick! [GQ via Perez Hilton] Keep reading »

Charity Buzz Lets You Buy Time With Celebs, For A Good Cause

Sometimes celebrities are really generous and help save orphans and build houses for poor people and stuff. And many of them are volunteering their time for this website CharityBuzz.com, which auctions off time with celebrities for donations to the celebrity’s charity of choice. We like this idea, because you can hang out with your favorite star without incurring a restraining order! On the website right now: a Daytona/NASCAR weekend with Patrick Dempsey (current bid: $7,250); a visit to the set of “Five Killers” to meet Ashton Kutcher (current bid: $850); and lunch and a tarot card reading with Cyndi Lauper (current bid $6,444). [CharityBuzz]

Sure, it would be an awesome opportunity to put your seduction of McDreamy plan into motion, but we’ve got ten better ideas that we hope Charity Buzz will take to heart. Here’s what we’d like to bid on: Keep reading »

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