If you don’t get at least a couple really lame gifts for every great holiday gift you receive, then consider us jealous. We’ve all got that aunt who thinks the sweater with the kittens on it is OK because it’s cashmere (true story), and though we try to imply the error of that reasoning with awkward smiles and half hugs, the message never really gets across. Before you know it, it’s been a year, the same aunt is giving you a kitten scarf to match “that sweater you loved so much last year!” (Also, we’re not sure why bad gifts consistently arrive in the form of clothes, but they always do!) Oh well, as the old adage goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, commiserate with others who’ve received similarly crappy gifts! (Or something like that.) Tales of terrifying gifts from years gone by after the jump. Keep reading »
Model Liya Kebede photo spread for Italian Elle‘s January 2010 issue makes me want to break out my blades. [Clutch] Keep reading »
You may have heard of the golden ratio of beauty at this point. Scientists love to talk about it (I assume because it’s considered a “sexy” study and therefore it gets them more press). After all, the closer we come to quantifying that elusive asset called beauty, the easier it may be to manipulate ourselves in order to achieve it. And yes, that is sick and twisted, but it’s not my fault humans are the way they are.
Anyhoo, researchers at University of California, San Diego claim they have big news to share: They say they’ve “discovered the ideal alignment of female facial features, a pair of measurements that explain why one woman is perceived as attractive and the other, well, isn’t,” which seems weird since many a scientist before has boasted the same thing. But interestingly, these folks have some ideas on how to fake the kind of symmetry that will make the masses bow down and want to bone you. Keep reading »
Lest you think this Batman utility belt for grown-ass men is a joke, think again. The fact that this faux-leather ensemble costs a cool $279 and isn’t out until summer ’10 — yet they are already taking pre-orders — signifies that its makers are very, very serious indeed. [CNet] Keep reading »
I was really excited when I learned Essence.com had launched a makeover tool, “Makeover Magic,” because I thought it would give me some options for styling my locks. Boy, was I wrong! Not only does the tool not have hairstyles for dreadlocks, but it doesn’t feature any natural hairstyles. Most of the looks are ones black celebrities have rocked in the past or are currently sporting, but I recognize some from the pages of Essence. While I’m disappointed that Essence.com chose to ignore a large segment of its demographic with this new tool, I can’t say I’m surprised. The magazine very rarely features photos of natural hairstyles, especially locks, and if it does, the styles all look the same. This is probably a reflection of what’s popular in mainstream black culture, but it isn’t an excuse. Essence.com could have combed through its photo archive and used natural styles that were featured in the magazine, like it did for the “Party Coifs” section of the tool, which contains photos of models, rather than celebs.
I did try out the “Makeover Magic” tool. As you can see, I went in a completely different direction with my hair, but I have decided to stick with my locks. [Essence.com] Keep reading »
The staff of Dazed Digital got a sneak peek at some of the goods from Louis Vuitton‘s men’s collection. The spring 2010 line apparently includes these very shiny dress shoes covered in silver sequins. As far as sequins in men’s fashion go, they’ve thankfully stayed put in the closets of Chippendale’s dancers. Is this Louis Vuitton’s attempt to make them manly?
In the realm of weird new shoe trends for guys, many of you were actually not that bothered by men’s shoes with a bit of heel. So, what about this flamboyant footwear? We have to say we could totally see Kanye rocking a pair …
So what’s the word, twinkle toes? [Dazed Digital] Keep reading »
Sometimes, when it’s really cold outside, our jewelry drops so much in temperature that wearing it gives us the chills. Since we don’t need another reason to shiver, we’ll be accessorizing with the crochet-covered chains from A.S.I.S. (Angela Spencer’s Irresistible Stuff) for the next few months. With cotton yarn covering most of the chunky chain, it’s jewelry that’s all bundled up for winter. [$86, Edge Of Urge] Keep reading »
V announced last week that its January issue would include plus-size models, and the first photos from it are on Models.com as part of an exclusive preview of what the magazine is calling its “size issue.” In the fashion story “One Size Fits All” shot by photographer Terry Richardson, models Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn show off the exact same clothes in similar poses, with only their body sizes being different: Jablonski is a size 2-4 and Renn is a 12. Keep reading »
Looking for free booze? Just head to your local luxury retailer, where they might just be offering shoppers—whether they’re your average Joes or loaded P. Diddies—a glass of bubbly when you walk in the door. According to the New York Times, many stores are experiencing attitude readjustments in an attempt to lure in holiday shoppers. So in snobby boutiques where sales clerks may have never given you a second look, you may now find that a shopgirl is ready to compliment, fetch, and wait on you. At Bergdorf Goodman, for example, “almost every person who has stepped through the gilded revolving doors … has been given a hero’s welcome, with an honor guard of doting sales associates.” Keep reading »