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Fashion Test Drive: Assets Fantastic Firmer Mid-Thigh Short

The other day I had on a sexy sweater-dress from Madewell. Well, it would have been really sexy if static hadn’t made it cling to my lace tights. By the time lunch rolled around, I was in dire need of a slip. But, you see, a slip isn’t something that’s easily found in this day and age, unless you hit up a department store. So, I wandered into Ann Taylor Loft, vaguely remembering their new line of shapewear and hoping that they had something like a slip. What I found was the Fantastic Firmer Mid-Thigh Short from the Assets line by Sarah Blakely.

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Lady Gaga’s Architectural Digest

It ain’t no thang to spot Lady Gaga wearing crazy headgear or anything, but the one she wore at the 30th Anniversary Gala of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) was notable for being designed by none other than uber-architect Frank Gehry. Now that’s an interesting fashion collaboration. [L.A., 11/14/09] Keep reading »

Hair Model Citizen: Sophia Loren Knows What Works

Film and beauty icon Sophia Loren won’t go changin’: She’s currently promoting a new film, “Nine,” and stepped out looking fabulous today. We were most struck that despite the fact that she has not changed her hairstyle in a few decades, it’s still totally working out for her. Huh. To get the look, you’ll need to find a hairdresser who still knows what a “curl and set” means. (Good luck with that one.) Basically, it’s the practice of rolling up your entire head of hair in curlers and either sitting under a huge industrial-sized hairdryer or just sleeping in them (ouch!). We suspect it involves a lot of hairspray, too. Sounds like a job for L’Oreal Elnett! [NYC, 11/16/09] Keep reading »

You Can’t Get Raped If You Dress Up Like A Coca-Cola Machine!

Rape sucks. So does getting mugged. But by disguising yourself as a life-sized Coca-Cola machine whenever you’re out late at night and feel threatened, you can hide from the bad guys! Seriously? Seriously. According to Bust magazine, Japanese designer Aya Tsukioka has invented an ankle-length skirt constructed from fabric that can be pulled upside down and assembled into a somewhat realistic-looking Coke machine (albeit one with feet poking out from the bottom). What inspired Tsukioka to make her safety skirt? She says a trick used by ninja assassins who would cloak themselves in black blankets in the dark.

Hopefully, while studying the ways of ninja assassins, Tsukioka picked up some self-defense moves that could actually save her because methinks this “Project-Runway”-challenge-gone-wrong won’t work. Here’s hoping she’s using the skirt as street theater to make a statement about the lengths women will go to in order to protect themselves. [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »

Romantic Or Bizarre: Boyfriend Waits In Line For 12 Hours For H&M Jimmy Choos

And you thought you were testing the limits of devotion when you asked your guy to pick up some tampons for you. Here’s the story of a man who waited in line for 12 hours with his Jimmy Choo-obsessed girlfriend so she could be the first to score a pair just in from the hotly anticipated H&M collection: ” … while her fiance Will, 28, filled a flask with tea, donned his thermals, packed a rucksack with blankets and dug out a golf umbrella and a couple of camping chairs, Kate focused on the things that really mattered – the stuff bearing the legend ‘Jimmy Choo for H&M’,” writes the Daily Mail. Apparently, when this London branch of the chain opened its doors, Will wasn’t the only boyfriend doing some shopping. “Rob, a 26-year-old graduate student from Texas, had queued since 11pm for his girlfriend Brie’s Christmas present and maybe a couple of bags for eBay.” Keep reading »

Brangelina Become Jewelry Designers

Though they’re currently known for their huge brood and inhumanely good looks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have yet again decided to change up everyone’s perceptions. Please meet Mr. and Mrs. Jolie-Pitt, jewelry designers. Yup, we’ve got another celebrity designer in the world, but this time it sort of makes sense. They’ve decided to create a capsule collection called The Protector for Asprey, all based on a snake. Angie’s known for her devotion to kids who are in less fortunate situations, so all net proceeds are going to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which Angelina co-founded. “These are the children who most need a safe place to learn, a place to heal, a place to learn reconciliation, a place to build a better future and a place — to just be children,” said Angelina. “Yet the education for these children is often forgotten. Tens of millions of children and adolescents in conflict are not in school.”
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Amelia’s Style Diary: Monday

What I’m Wearing Today:

  • Mint Jodi Arnold Dress
  • Red Bird Cardigan/Vest
  • Club Monaco Boyfriend Blazer
  • Gap Tights
  • J. Crew High Heels
  • Botkier Bag
  • Fake Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Today is my 30th birthday! Whee! After my breakup I went through a long period of buying A LOT of dresses. For some reason, they gave me a little comfort, in a totally shallow way. Mint by Jodi Arnold is the dress designer I love the most, as I know they fit me like a glove and I adore her prints. Seriously, the amount of Mint in my closet is almost criminal. They should pay me, because I am practically a walking billboard. Anyhoo, I am having a little birthday dinner with the BF and friends tonight, so I’ll probably change into something fancier. Maybe I’ll take a pic of that outfit too, for the end of the week roundup… Keep reading »

Costco, A Fashionista’s Dream Shopping Destination?

Costco used to be the ultimate shopping mecca for people who like to stock up on toilet paper, meat, and socks in bulk. But pretty soon the ladies-who-lunch crowd could become the giant retailer’s best customers, now that the cat is out of the Chanel bag. You see, the Costco store in East Harlem, which opened last week, is selling Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tod’s, Burberry, and Salvatore Ferragamo purses for a discount (well, a discount compared to their regular prices, not to most people’s expendable income). Burberry’s mini satchel costs $1,019.99. A medium shopper tote by Tod’s is $549.99. The Ferragamo “Marissa” handbag goes for $629.99. And the Chanel bag costs $1,999. I think it would be strange to purchase one of these high-fashion wares while everyone around you is pushing a shopping cart and sampling microwaveable foods. Am I the only one that finds Costco selling designer handbags weird? [StyleCaster] Keep reading »

The Frisky’s Chic On The Street: Rocks Off In Sydney

It’s always thrilling to see someone who is not dressed exactly like everyone else. Lorna set up shop at cool local shopping destination The Rocks Market, and sells her own line, Lolo Garnier there. She’s wearing her designs from head to toe. I’m loving the way the leggings make her look like a fashion plate by day, and perhaps superhero by night. Yay or nay? Keep reading »

Bamboo Fabrics Not As Eco-Friendly As You Think

Along with hemp and soy, bamboo has become a popular fabric source with the eco-friendly crowd. Perhaps seeing a brand that tells you an article of clothing is made from bamboo influences your purchase—you’re being environmentally conscious, right? Not quite, says The Wall Street Journal, which recently took a closer look at the bamboo fashion industry that has long been marketed with words like “sustainable” and “green.” Turns out, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken a stance against bamboo fibers, stating in a notice that they “are made using toxic chemicals in a process that releases pollutants into the air.”

While well-minded designers may look to bamboo because it has a fast regrowth rate, the processes necessary to create fabric aren’t “green” at all: “The bamboo used in textiles has to be heavily manipulated to go from stem to store. To create fabric, it’s chopped up and dissolved in toxic solvents—the same process that recycles wood scraps into viscose or rayon. Indeed, bamboo fabric technically is rayon.”

Wow. So, how many bamboo pieces in your closet are way less appealing now that they’re less wholesome and, as WSJ says, essentially made of rayon? [WSJ]

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