In the past, Target has hired big-name fashion designers like Erin Fetherston, Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, and Proenza Schouler for its famous Go collabs. But yesterday, when the superstore announced their newest Go International designer, more than a few people were left going, “Who?” Fair enough, Tucker by Gaby Basora, isn’t exactly a household name, but when the collection hits stores during the summer, you’ll fall for her precious florals and rompers. Created because she saw a lack in her own wardrobe, Gaby found inspiration in National Geographic magazines, novels and travel mementos, designed one piece for herself, but quickly turned that single item into a line of adorable dresses, coats and lingerie. And if you can’t wait until the summer to add her (cheaper) designs to your wardrobe, never fear. Retailers like Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, and Bloomingdale’s all carry her creations. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Please, Forever 21, at least try to make it look like you’re not totally ripping off the street artist Banksy with this $22 cotton hoodie. Admittedly, he probably doesn’t care that he’s being ripped off by a mall chain store: Banksy is so “arty” that he doesn’t sell doodads with his designs on them; instead he posts JPEGs of all his artwork online for his admirers to take for free.
But still. It’s the principle of the thing, Forever 21: think up your own designs! [Forever 21, Banksy] Keep reading »
Turns out, a little (or a lot of) shopping could actually be good for you. Well, for your body, not your closet, that is. A new study from the folks at The Skinny Cow (yes, the low-fat flying saucer makers!) says the average woman burns off approximately 48,000 calories a year shopping—shopping for clothes, food, etc. And, FYI, your credit card needn’t get a workout at the same time, either—buying doesn’t up your calories burned. Here’s the thing: women make up to 132 shopping trips each year, which equals an annual total of 159 hours and 56 minutes walking at a decently fast pace. And if shoppers burn about five calories a minute, that’s 47,700 calories in a year. The fact that shopping burns calories isn’t all that new to me (it’s a lot of walking, after all), but the sheer amount of calories burned is completely astounding! Maybe I should window-shop more often—er, if I could battle all that pretty dress and shoe temptation. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
OK, so forgive me for missing this crazy-ass “Good Morning America” report last week, but after coming across it today, I could stand silent no more and simply had to share: Turns out, new clothes are so freakin’ filthy and disgusting that even I am grossed out by them, and that’s saying a lot. Not sure about you folks, but, personally, I never wash new clothes before wearing them. Maybe I would — and something always told me I probably should — but I live in NYC so I don’t have a washer and dryer and it’s an expensive time suck to do laundry. (That said, I do get around to it. Eventually.) Anyway, sneaky “GMA” investigators bought a bunch of new shirts and crap, and then had a microbiologist test the fabric for contamination.
Ladies and gentlemen, the results will shock you.
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Behold Victoria’s Secret‘s latest invention—the “topless bikini” as modeled by Lindsay Ellingson. How very European of them. The suit actually has a removable bandeau option, but the idea is to go without. Which would mean that essentially this is just a pair of panties with some fancy strings. On the Victoria’s Secret website, you can check out a video promo for the suit, the tagline for which is: “Half the bikini, twice as sexy.” Which, depending on who you are, might read as “Half the material, twice as shameful/cold/naked/slutty/expensive.”
So we have to ask … Victoria’s Secret’s swimsuit designers must be men, right? What do you think of the topless bikini? [Elle.com] Keep reading »
If you’re anything like us, nothing, even the frigid temperature, can keep you from wearing your cute dresses. But lately our shins have been feeling a little frostbitten. That’s why we’re adding these fleece tights by Plush Foot to our underwear necessities. No longer will warm legs also mean itchy legs because, unlike wool tights, these are soft yet toasty. They’re also the most opaque tights we’ve ever come across. Fleece has finally found its place in the fashion world. [$35, Singer22.com] Keep reading »
D’oh! We sure were fooled—apparently that dude who got specs inked on his face was part of a viral marketing plan from Ray-Ban, which has pulled off shenanigans like this in the past. Although … it’s still unclear whether glasses boy got a real tattoo. [Looks real to me. -- Editor] What would be weirder: getting that tat because you wanted it or getting it because someone paid you to? [Adverblog] Keep reading »
Most American motorcyclists pride themselves on looking grungy, but we’re sure there’s a market for helmut couture somewhere (we’re thinking Paris and Milan): Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with Jérôme Coste to create this limited-edition, tweed number which is also outfitted with an iPod pocket. The price? A cool as a cucumber $1,737. [Luxury Launches] Keep reading »
I’m going to be a bridesmaid for the first time this summer and don’t have a clue what this entails. I know I’ll be wearing a dress of someone else’s choosing and standing at the front of a church for a long time, but what do I have to do for the bride from now until the wedding day? Who knows? So, when I heard there was a book that would tell me all of the expectations associated with the position, I said, “Send it over!” After reading The Knot Bridesmaid Handbook: Help the Bride Shine Without Losing Your Mind, I feel like I have a lot of work ahead of me; from what I read, being a bridesmaid is practically a full-time job and I didn’t even know I was supposed to do half of the responsibilities mentioned in the book! Keep reading for five things every bridesmaid should know that I didn’t. Keep reading »