As Markets Fall, Heels Get Lower

While models stumble and tumble while strutting the runway in Fall 2009 shows like Hervé Léger, a few smart designers and fashion insiders are forgetting all about gorgeous-yet-painful high, higher, and highest heels and opting for more sensible shoes. Have they finally grasped that on the whole, people have less money to spend and need to make practical purchases (low wedges can be worn to work and on weekend trips to the grocery)? Keep reading »

Wooing Trend: Mix CDs

An easy way to spot a dating trend? When the same thing happens to two women at The Frisky (we’re a small staff). The trend I’ve thus spotted? Men giving women mix CDs on or around the first date. How retro right? The truth is, giving someone you’ve just met a mix CD is a bold move. Chances are, you don’t know what the recipient’s taste in music is like and therefore have no clue if 10 emotastic indie rock songs will go over with a girl who likes hardcore hip-hop. Additionally, music sends a message; when you choose 10+ songs especially for someone, you’re asking for some “He’s Just That Into You”-style overanalyzation. Nevermind the fact that giving someone music is sort of intimate, often too intimate for even the first month of a new relationship, let alone the first date. But that didn’t stop two guys we just met. Keep reading »

Jay McCarroll’s Eleven Minutes

Jay McCarroll, the fashion designer who won the first season of “Project Runway,” is the focus of a new documentary that arrives just in time for New York Fashion Week: “Eleven Minutes.” Why 11 minutes? That’s how long his first fashion show will last. The cameras follow McCarroll behind the scenes as he works to live up to the expectations that reality TV bestowed upon him and at the same time expose the insanity that is the fashion industry, of which McCarroll says: “It is the dumbest industry.” Dumb or not, the doc, the cast of which includes the delightful Kelly Cutrone, is a mostly hilarious, sometimes moving look at what it takes to make it — without compromising yourself. The bigger question, of course, is whether McCarroll or any of his reality TV show peers will be able to turn their 15 minutes of fame as reality stars into stars in the real world. Keep reading »

How To Break Up With Your Boyfriend In 44 Easy Steps

 

There’s a short video making its way around the internet called “How To Break Up With Your Girlfriend In 64 Easy Steps” that satirizes the typical highs and lows of an average relationship so well and surprisingly succinctly, I’ve watched it no fewer than, like, 18 times in the last week. It’s not perfect, though, mainly because it’s completely from the guy’s point of view and because, well, 64 steps is a lot. Being the more efficient sex, we ladies can break up with our guys much more quickly. So after the jump: How To Break Up With Your Boyfriend In 44 Easy Steps.
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Star Couplings: Rihanna Still Loves Chris Brown

  • Although Chris Brown allegedly abused his girlfriend Rihanna, apparently she’s still in love with him and is worried about how he’s doing. Is this the beginning of a reconciliation? Please God, no. [Star]
  • Terrence Howard is no stranger to physical violence. He admitted he hit his estranged wife back in 2001. Maybe that’s why he was so quick to come to Chris Brown’s defense. [DListed]
  • Justin Timberlake and his girlfriend Jessica Biel are ditching their LA lifestyle and moving to NYC. The Big Apple is going to love these two lovebirds. [Perez Hilton]
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    10 Awesome Black Fashion Designers

    You hardly ever see black fashion designers showing during New York, London, Milan or Paris fashion week. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Some have actually broken down racial barriers, letting their designs speak for themselves. Check out 10 awesome and influential black fashion designers, after the jump… Keep reading »

    Fashion Week Mad Libs: Marc By Marc Jacobs

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    10 Shockingly Weird Animal Sex Habits!

    Sure, having a guy f**k you like an animal sounds hot and sexy, but, if taken literally, it could be dangerous, disgusting, and painful. We may be mammals too, but at least we don’t do it like they do on the Discovery Channel! After the jump, 10 shockingly weird animal sex habits that are bound to make you feel happy to be human.
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    Beauty Is Still Important During Singapore Recession

    Singaporeans sure do enjoy their beauty products, even during a recession. According to a survey, seven in 10 people there will continue to indulge their beauty addiction by purchasing products and services, despite the threat of job losses and a severe economic recession. Half of those polled said they spent at least $33 each month on beauty products, and a third said they’d curb their spending on other lifestyle choices, but not beauty. “I don’t think any of us has ever really appreciated how important looking good is to Singaporeans,” said BeautyAsia 2009′s organizer. “For the majority, it is a ‘must-have’ rather than a luxury.” This poll gives weight to the “lipstick factor,” a theory that suggests consumers purchase small luxuries while otherwise tightening their belts in an economic downturn. Like the Singaporeans, I don’t plan to stop spending on beauty products or services, but I’m jealous that they only spend an average of $33 per month on products. I tend to shell out $53 just on getting my nails and toes done each month. What do you think about the “lipstick factor”? Do you plan to spend less, more, or the same on beauty products and services during the recession? [Reuters] Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Meltworthy Britney Spears, Chris Brown Does Damage Control, & Facebook Users Are Pissed

  • Britney Spears was memorialized. In wax that is. Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax statue of Spears and looks eerily just like her. Can you tell the difference? [Hollywood Gossip]
  • Michael Jackson’s brother, Marlon, is planning to open a slavery themed amusement park in Africa. The resort includes golf courses, casinos, and a memorial for Africa’s former slave trade. So after touring the slave memorial, you can squeeze in a round of golf! I’m sure the ancestors would be so happy with their tribute. [Guardian]
  • Facebook users are in uproar after learning the social networking site has ownership rights to all the site’s content. So even if you close your Facebook account, the site can still do whatever they want with your content — including status updates! — without your permission. No point in deleting those naked pics now! [Switched]
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