One of the biggest trends heading into this fall is the midi skirt. (Get it? Not maxi, not mini, but mid-length–took me a while to figure that one out.) These calf-length skirts feel delightfully retro–especially the swingy, pleated versions–and it’s always a bonus when a trend is work-appropriate. The problem? They can be tough to wear, especially for those of us who are vertically challenged. I’m 5’3 with short legs and on the rare occasion I find a midi skirt that actually hits at mid-calf (rather than dragging on the floor), it’s not particularly flattering. “Stumpy” is really the best way to put it. So what about you? Are you embracing the midi skirt or leaving it on the rack? [Shown: Pleated Midi Skirt, $190, ASOS]
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I feel uncomfortable just looking at this picture. Discovering that someone you know owns a pair of baby doll slippers should be an automatic friendship/dating dealbreaker as they are most likely a serial killer. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
Coco Chanel didn’t lay the foundation for her eponymous fashion empire by coloring within the lines and following the rules. So it’s not surprising that the deceased designer’s closet still holds a few skeletons–along with vintage little black Chanel dresses. In her book Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, which will be released in the fall, biographer Lisa Chaney opens the door on Coco’s secrets. Chaney claims to have proof that Coco embraced bisexuality and drug use, and had an affair with Salvador Dali while he was married. By 2011 standards, these allegations aren’t particularly shocking, but another one might have a few fashion folks changing their opinions of the designer. Chaney also claims to have accessed documents from the Swiss Federal Archives that prove Coco’s German paramour, Hans Günther von Dincklage, spied for the Nazis during World War II. It’s unclear whether Coco knew he was a spy, but let’s not forget that she did live in neutral Switzerland for some time … perhaps to avoid any proceedings against her? This isn’t the first biography of Coco, and it probably won’t be the last, but Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life might be the most controversial and revealing.
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You’ve oohed and ahh-ed over the fashion closet at Zoe HQ, but what exactly does Rachel Zoe‘s personal closet look like? The stylist and budding fashion designer let ABC News’ Juju Chang into her room-sized closet, which houses the clothes she wears. Of course there were designer threads and It-bags, but Zoe’s wall of signature sky-high heels captivated Chang the most. Zoe reveals that she wore her dangerously high stilettos and platforms while carrying son Skyler Morrison, but says the shoes must come off before she holds him now. We would most definitely love to live in Zoe’s closet, not only because it holds her clothing collection, but also because there’s so much space. Yeah, we’re jealous! Keep reading »
My makeup organization system has always been some variation of “toss it all in a drawer and hope for the best,” which works out okay until I’m late for work and realize my only tube of mascara is buried somewhere beneath an impenetrable layer of apple-flavored lip glosses I haven’t used since seventh grade. Crafty blogger Laura came up with this awesome solution to makeup mayhem: a magnet board. Not only does it look cool, it allows you quick access to your favorite cosmetics and beauty tools. Check out the step-by-step instructions for making your own here. Keep reading »