According to research from Mintel, beauty products will take a new turn in 2010, one that focuses on concretely improving well-being: “Mood beauty” — products that come with psychological benefits by interacting with the body’s neurotransmitters — will be one of the key trends for 2010 among other industry innovations.” So what does that mean, exactly? You might start seeing your cream as advertised with new added “mood enhancers” that claim to improve your state of mind. Of course Origins has been marketing similar products for a long time, and we know of one kitschy company already doing this, Smiley, which became known for its “anti-depressant perfume.” The latter company’s website appears to be down, however, so maybe they went out of business. According to the Independent, you’ll also begin to see products marketed with a larger medical image through “DIY pharmaceutical kits.”
So does this mean we can stop paying for therapy soon? Something tells us it will take more than a night cream to make us really happy. But anything’s worth a try. [Independent.co.uk] Keep reading »
It isn’t a good day on the internet without a bit of “Jersey Shore” news, right? Snooki is campaigning for her own dating show, and Jenni “JWoww” decided that she’s primed to become a fashion designer based on her personal style (which she calls “Sexy Sophisticated”). Uh, OK. But while LiLo’s taking her leggings line and expanding into clothes, JWoww is focusing on one item — her now infamous yellow shirt, if you can even call it that. That stretch of fabric she loves to wear out “battling” on the dance floor can now be yours for the unreasonable price of $39.99. Designed in six different colors, the party top is said to be custom made to your body type, because, “You don’t want to be that person at the club that see’s [sic] someone else wearing the same thing.” How long until the entire Jersey Shore is inundated with JWoww style copycats? [Jenni Farley] Keep reading »
As the hours of 2009 slip away, end-of-year lists are clogging up the internet, and everyone’s become nostalgic about the end of another decade. The year has seen some crazy trends, especially the obsession with leggings in all forms. Though we’ve poked fun at mashing two words together to create a new term for crazy clothes, it seems the good people at the Oxford English Dictionary aren’t joking around. Where once the term jeggings was a quick and easy slang term for skin tight jeans, it’s now totally official. With the new year, comes a new dictionary, and along with “Tweetup,” “unfriend,” and “zombie banking,” going forward, “jeggings” will be considered an official dictionary word. What out-there words will 2010 bring? [Guardian] Keep reading »
Sometimes we feel like Us Weekly‘s “The Fashion Police” and other similar style critics can be a tad harsh. Also, they tend to have these really boring, conservative styles and we have to wonder what their real fashion credentials are. (Case in point: US Weekly‘s “Top Cops” include random comedian Stefanie Novik and Chet Cannon of “The Real World, Brooklyn.” When did they ever go to design school!?) The Fashion Peacekeepers are here to say, hey, can’t everyone’s styles just get along?
While we personally would likely shy away from this complicated, chest-baring, mullet-skirted concoction when making our own red carpet appearances, we will give Leighton Meester‘s recent party outfit this much: That getup is a great improvement on this one, so you know, she’s got that going for her. Keep reading »
Fashion dispatch from the land of the oddball, bizarre and why’d-they-do-that: The “gizmo” skirt designed by L.A.-based Brian Lichtenberg. “Gizmo” as in the lead character (if you could call him that) from the classic 1984 movie “Gremlins.” The skirt is gray tweed with “ear-pockets” and Swarovski crystal eyes—just don’t break the three rules (Remember? No water, no food after midnight, and no bright light!), and it’ll stay cuddly and furry. Price tag time: This dose of bizarre will run you $2,100 to be exact. That’s some pricey ’80s fashion nostalgia. [Inventor Spot] Keep reading »
Sometimes you read the results of certain lady studies and wonder where the hell they found these women. While we get how it’s cool to fit into your old skinny jeans — if only because it’s like finding a new pair of pants in your own closet — we wouldn’t really say it’s better than making sweet, sweet love. But according to some Special K cereal-commissioned poll, more than a quarter of 2,200 women said fitting into an old pair of jeans again would feel better than sex.
“Asked how managing to put them back on would feel, 29.1 percent said ‘better than sex’, 28.9 percent thought it would beat a promotion and one in ten said it would beat a marriage proposal.”
Seriously? Keep reading »
Amazing music comes out of Sweden (The Sound of Arrows and Robyn to name two faves), and now we’ll be able to listen to tunes from the country through stylish Scandinavian headphones. Urbanears aren’t your basic earbuds. They’re made from colored steel and finished with a smooth, matte rubber coating, and each pair comes with a microphone and a remote so you can use them with your phone. But we think the biggest selling point might be the 14 available colors. [$40+, Karmaloop] Keep reading »
In a rare longer interview, Karl Lagerfeld
opens up to CNN about some of the things you’ve always wondered about him, but maybe never had the guts to ask (well, if you happen to be a lucky fashion reporter). In this clip, Lagerfeld is preparing for a fashion show in China to celebrate the first Chanel store opening there. Some highlights: When people come up to him and say “I’m your biggest fan,” he responds, “Oh yeah, do you know where the store is?” If Coco could see what he’s done with the label what would she say? “She’d hate it!” And what’s up with the sunglasses? “I like to be hidden.” Wow, guess that one was an obvious answer. The reporter keeps on her toes, but we can’t help but watch these two on screen and think that Karl’s just plain disgusted with his interviewer’s boho embroidered so-not-fashion shirt. [CNN
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I’ve taken the liberty of making this ad for an oh-so-scandalous time piece slightly more SFW. I wouldn’t want the “Time To F**k” watch to get you in any trouble. Also, is it just me, or does the classy and debonaire look of this ad suggest the “Time To F**k” watch is from the same makers as the “Erotica Telephone”? Maybe it’s just the amber hue… Keep reading »
Every good movie deserves a proper nail polish collaboration, right? OPI fell down the rabbit hole and found inspiration in Tim Burton’s delicious-looking new film “Alice in Wonderland.” The product of their fantastical dreams turned into four different shades: Absolutely Alice, Mad as a Hatter, Off With Her Red! and Thanks So Muchness. These looks are certainly not for anyone afraid of color or glitter, since each is just as extravagant and eye-catching as the next. From the deep red for the Red Queen to the glittery black for the Mad Hatter, each pairs with its character to crazy perfection, which makes sense, as those on-screen personalities really do need outlandish colors to compete. The polishes, available at salons nationwide in January, will retail for $8.50 each or $20 for the set. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »