Maria Sharapova was on hand to unveil a prototype of a dress that lights up when the wearer’s cell phone or smartphone rings. The dress was designed by British fashion student Georgie Davies for a school project and partnership with Sony Ericsson aimed at incorporating new technology into fashion. Davies said the dress was designed to connect to the wearer’s phone via Bluetooth technology. “When you’re in a pub or a bar, you can never, ever hear your phone,” Davies told Reuters. The good thing is this dress is actually wearable and not at all overly Sci-Fi-looking. The dress is knee-length, white, short-sleeved, and is embellished along one side with translucent white scales (think square paillettes) that move and light up. See more photos here. I’d wear it. Would you? Keep reading »
Everyone has been talking about Minx Nails lately. The nail art was featured in a recent issue of Vogue and on “Today” this morning, but I have to say these “news” outlets are a little behind. The Frisky gave you the dish on Minx back in October, and even interviewed manicurist, Lisa Logan, who was responsible for Beyonce and Solange’s Obama nails that were popular during the presidential campaign.
Last week, I had the pleasure of getting my nails dipped in gold. OK, not really, but I got close. I had Minx Nails applied in gold on eight fingers and gold cheetah on two fingers. It was kind of weird to have a “dry manicure.” I had trouble remembering that my nails weren’t wet, even though I just had them done. I kept the Minx Nails on for a few days and found myself admiring them quite often. However, I don’t think they’ll replace my normal manicure — they’re more for special occasions. The pedicures, however, I could get behind. A Minx pedicure supposedly lasts three times as long as the manicure. Keep reading »
Beth Ditto: lead singer of The Gossip, naked Love cover girl and Karl Lagerfeld bestie is coming out with a new fashion line. And not just any old line, but a plus-sized line! Evens, a British plus size store, disagreed with our own Lily and British GQ and let Ditto inject her pop-punk aesthetic into the line, due out July 9. It’s heavy on the sequins, sparkle and 80′s feel—much like Ditto’s personal style. Check it out the full collection here—and FYI, kids: Evans ships to the little ole U.S.A. Keep reading »
Pioneer of the “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” trend, Anya Hindmarch has a new tote bag design specifically for carrying your dry cleaning. We know this because it has the words “dry cleaning” next to a print of antique machinery. At $98, that’s way more expensive than the free hangers that usually come with your garments. Yet, using the bag has the benefit of being “green” (or something). What do you think? Cute idea? Or a waste? Leave your answers in the comments below. [$98, Net-a-porter.com] Keep reading »
Do you ever leave the house in an outfit that looks fine, but by the time you get to work you’ve convinced yourself that you’re the worst dresser ever? You want to run home and change, even though you have 5 minutes to get to your desk. Or you’ve spilled coffee all over yourself as you run for the elevator? Or maybe you’ve been invited last minute to after-work cocktails, only to realize your jeans aren’t swanky enough? We’ve put together the emergency outfit for you to keep in your bottom desk drawer at work for these moments. You won’t be confident unless you feel your best, so skip the bad outfit days. Keep reading »
The U.K.’s Daily Mail just published photos of her two-bedroom boho, Moroccan, open-floor designed flat in Paddington, London. Apparently, even Sienna is being hit by the mortgage crisis, as she just slashed the price by £200,000. (No small hit, I don’t care which currency you figure it in. Not that I feel at all bad for her. She can’t sell one of her many million plus pound homes? Poor thing.) The bizarro highlight of the place is her mirrored, red-walled, Moroccan themed basement. Personally, it’s a little too S&M, naughty-closet feeling for me, especially with no water in the “sunken pool”——but who am I to judge, I live in 400 square feet of non-pool, barely a shower existence! [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
Smith College is unlike any other American university. An all-women’s school, it’s an historically posh place for educating the elite (like alums Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Julia Child), yet at the same time, it’s a breeding ground for liberal lesbians so intense they’ll risk everything for a cause. You can’t really know what to expect there, which is what four dorm mates find when they start first year. The group, which includes a slightly-smelly radical, a lapsed Catholic, an engaged southern belle, and a prepster, become unlikely friends who navigate this special world where feminism is omnipresent, but comes in different forms from rules for girl-on-girl shower times to protesting sex trafficking. The first half of the book takes place at Smith, where much of the entertainment comes from learning about everyday oddities like acronyms for girls who go gay (SLUGs: Smith Lesbian Until Graduation). The second half turns more serious when the four women graduate and find themselves struggling to maintain their friendships and define themselves as feminist women in the real world.
Commencement may be billed as a great summer read, but it has far more depth than your average women’s lit. While fiction, Sullivan’s bright and witty prose weaves itself around real places—the ivy-covered paths of the liberal arts world and the imposing concrete streets of Manhattan—that feel familiar and relevant to real women. [$24.95, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Those of you who don’t live in downtown New York may not be familiar with the new Calvin Klein Jeans billboard gracing a corner in Soho. Let me explain: the thing is enormous, taking up the entire side of a building, and its four scantily-clad participants look just about ready to have a tired, drunken threesome. (Well, three of them might, anyway. The fourth dude is just so over it and needs a nap on the ground.) In short, it is incredibly hot in a sweaty, semi-trashy way. And sometimes, that’s all you need. Keep reading »
Designer collaborations these days are a dime a dozen, but here’s one you might actually purchase: luxe shoe label Jimmy Choo will be coming out with a collection for H&M in November. In the lineup are women’s shoes, bags, and also clothing (interesting! Hopefully it won’t be a literal interpretation that includes bedazzled leopard jackets or something). Choo will also create a line of men’s shoes, accessories, and bags (murses!). We’ll be interested to see how this project turns out; H&M’s past collaborations have relied more on celebrity (Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue), and less on luxury, and the results haven’t always lived up. If Jimmy Choo manages to produce a lust-worthy line, it might mean that you’ll be able to actually afford a pair of pumps that are hot, but don’t look like knockoffs. [LA Times] Keep reading »