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Vogue Paris November Issue Features “Ethnic” Spread

We’ll leave this one to you the jury. Following the Lara Stone blackface fiasco that Vogue Paris brought about in its last issue, the magazine sure didn’t decide to stick to traditional fashion spreads to quell the critics in its November issue. Above, images from a tribal-themed shoot directed by Carine Roitfeld, featuring Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana as captured by photographer David Sims. A loose translation of the intro: “In an echo of ethnic accents, raw touches, and notes of exoticism, skin gets dressed up in distinctive tags inspired by the graffiti characters of the artist Keith Haring.”

What do you think? More pics after the jump. [FashionGoneRogue.com] Keep reading »

New Shoes Are Better Than A No-Good Man

There’s a superstition in Caribbean culture that says you should never buy your boyfriend or girlfriend shoes because he/she will use them to walk right out of your life. The one time I accepted shoes from a boyfriend (he wasn’t Caribbean), I hadn’t asked for them, and I broke up with him about a month later — all of this is more than a coincidence in my mind. So, shoe shopping has always been one of the ways I get over a breakup, because it’s easier to walk away from Mr. Wrong when I’m wearing super hot heels. And when I really think about it, quality shoes are more supportive and uplifting than a no-good man any day. Keep reading »

A MacGyver Ring That Could Put Out An Eye

The TAD Gear Titanium Rescue Ring was designed with one thing in mind — helping out its wearer if, in the case of an evacuation, a window or windshield needs to be broken. The wearable weapon consists of two parts: a ring and a spike. If the occasion arises, one inserts the spike into the ring’s hole, and, presto, one has a spiked knuckle that could theoretically, at least, break a girl out of a dangerous situation. But, looking at the ring, it appears that it could double as a self-defense device. Heading down a dark street late at night without your Mace? Perhaps this warrior ring would come in handy should anyone try to put a hand on you. [NOTCOT] Keep reading »

The Halloween Inspiration Board: It Girls

What’s that you say? You didn’t sit front row at a ton of fashion shows in September? How embarrassing for you. Disguise the shame for one evening by dressing as an “It Girl.” We can show you what to wear, but you’ll have to figure out how to do that bored expression on your own. Keep reading »

Would You Wear These High-Heeled Clogs?

Depending on when you were born, you may remember when clogs, those wooden-soled shoes originally worn by fair-skinned milkmaids in Holland, were resurrected as favorable footwear for the fashion-forward in the ’70s and then again in the early ’90s. For those of you who may have missed the earlier waves (or just miss the earlier waves), you’re in luck (?). Clogs are cycling back into fashion, as seen on the catwalk at Chanel and Louis Vuitton, not to mention the feet of everyone’s favorite fashionista, Sarah Jessica Parker. This time around, the clogs are high-heeled, making the already-difficult-to-walk-in shoes a virtual death trap on the streets. Usually, when function is sacrificed for style, the pay-off is a hot look. Do you think that’s the case with these clogs? [via Daily Mail]
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The Fashion Peacekeepers: Katie Holmes’ See-Through Style

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?

This week, fashion police across the interwebs ragged on the see-through t-shirt with black bra underneath one-two punch Katie Holmes wore to the 16th Women In Hollywood Tribute in Beverly Hills. We’re not always the biggest fans of Mrs. Cruise’s attempts at haute couture, but you can’t say the sheer trend isn’t major right now, and if ever there was a classy way to wear it, this is most definitely the way to go. Besides, she is pulling off the decent exposure look far more than British “It Girl” Charley Uchea did recently. We’re still reeling from that one. Keep reading »

The Stila Makeup Player Sorta Rocks

Stila cosmetics has married beauty and technology with the Makeup Player, a high-tech makeup case that also doubles as an MP3 docking station. For less than $70, you not only get the player and a Stila beautytube DVD but also a few of Stila’s tried and true cosmetics — the One Step Foundation, an eyeshadow trio and brush, a Lip Stain, and a Convertible Color for lips and cheeks so you can rock out to music while applying your makeup. And if you want to upgrade your application skills, you can also download instructional videos from beautytube. The Makeup Player will be available Nov. 1. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? [Stila]

For other ways to add more technology to your beauty routine check out these 12 high-tech beauty tools, too. Keep reading »

Your Grandpa Is A Total Supermodel

Fashion houses are getting creative with their models. First we saw kitties modeling United Bamboo dresses and skirts, then a U.K. dog model (with a contract to boot!) … now, the newest “it” models: goofy grandfather types. For their fall/winter 2009 lookbook, UNUSED dressed up the sweetest older man to sell their clothes. That’s him, above. Personally, I love the guy—there are only so many 28-inch-waisted, high-cheekboned male models one can take. Check out more, after the jump! Keep reading »

Dare To Fight PMS Cramps With A Natural Remedy?

The first time I got my period, my mother (after crying and then running to tell my father even though I had just asked her not to) got into bed with me and brought a rich, dark chocolate mousse with her. She explained to me that women eat chocolate during their periods because it makes them feel calm and happy. This I found to be true, but when Aunt Flo started visiting with more intensity, mom didn’t coddle, and instead handed me a huge dose of Advil. “Are you crazy?” I shouted. “This will kill me!” “No,” she said, “What’s on the bottle is a safe dose, but they use far more in hospitals when people are in pain. You’re in lots of pain.” And so for years I’ve been shoving Ibuprofen down my throat (usually eight or so a day during ladytime). Keep reading »

Review: Sea Of Shoes For Urban Outfitters Holiday Collection

The second round of Jane Aldridge (the teenage Texan behind the blog Sea of Shoes) for Urban Outfitters footwear is out and we’re still, sadly, underwhelmed. The holiday collection is a step up from her last collaboration effort which, if you recall, was painfully unoriginal. This time around, at least, we’d actually be vaguely interested in wearing two of the three pairs and the general level of copycatting has fallen down a few notches. Let’s take a closer look, after the jump! Keep reading »

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