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Fashion Mag Editors Could Be The Next Top Designers

Everyone knows there’s a bit of a reciprocal trade-off in the fashion world: Designers create clothes to please the magazines, and the magazines feature styles that in turn dictate the trajectory of trends. We might know this implicitly (or, OK, from “The Devil Wears Prada”), but it’s not addressed too often.

Now, Grazia, everybody’s favorite European fashion mag, is bridging the gap between reader/designer/consumer by launching their own clothing collection. Really? Explain the editors: “We spend a lot of time thinking about clothes at Grazia. Even while we’re still attending the catwalk shows, we’re walking around with a wish-list of fashion hits in our heads – the definitive pieces that we’d love to wear for the coming season…So we got to thinking – how would it be if we actually created those pieces?” After the jump, more details and pics from the collection. Keep reading »

Warning: Buying Into This Trend Costs More Than You Think

I’ve been seeing these sexy black leggings with the leather patches around for a while. I’ve been really been wanting a pair, so last week I caved in and bought one from COS (above, left). They were a bit pricey for me at around $120, but I could have spent a lot more—I’ve seen versions of them for over $400. Yet, I went home, slapped them on and felt great when I took them out for a spin that evening. I wore them again the next day, congratulating myself on making such a useful wardrobe addition. Then, when I was cleaning my room the day after and was about to chuck them in the laundry pile, I halted.

Wait … you can’t just put leather in water, can you? Would I dry-clean these? Huh? Keep reading »

WTF Is Going On In The “SATC 2″ Costume Department?

We get it. The reason to take a hit show like “Sex and The City” and make not one, but two feature films based on it are: a.) to continue the storyline for fans, and b.) to create a gloriously entertaining fashion parade on the big screen. (At least, that seems to be the motivation, besides making money and stuff, natch.) But the more clothes we see from the set, the more afraid we are. Keep reading »

Not Cool: Rihanna Tries To Make Old Man Specs Happen

Stop right there, RiRi. We’re willing to overlook the skunk hair and forgive the sheer-paneled dresses because your style is otherwise oh-so-fierce, but this we cannot allow. If these were sunglasses we could see the chicness, but the clear lenses are bringing back memories of Grandpa circa 1983, and NOT in the awesome way. Keep reading »

Booty Pop Panties Make Your Badonkadonk Blow Up In Size!

Growing up during a time when “Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-A-Lot was an anthem could give a gal with a pancake butt a bit of a complex. But have no fear my flapjack-assed sisters! Booty Pop Panties, which are padded just so, will make your tush pop with the lusciousness you’ve only dreamed about! Check out the commercial above. Who wants to put this product to the test? Keep reading »

Awesome Boyfriend Gift: Custom-Made Dress Shirts

Over-sized dress shirts on boys are cute maybe until the end of third grade. After that point, the whole “I’m wearing my big brother’s hand-me-downs” look becomes significantly less adorable. And yet it so often persists years or even decades after the third-grade mark. Clearly, something must be done.

Cue ShirtsMyWay.com, savior to scruffy men and girlfriends in search of birthday presents. The site allows you to customize men’s dress shirts from the fabric all the way to the cuff and yoke (that’s the bit at the back near the shoulders) details for about $75-100. Want black with thin white pinstripes and pale pink inner collar? No problem. Is your boyfriend always trying to stuff his broad shoulders into a too-snug top? Shut it down here and now. You’re welcome. Keep reading »

Crave: Miranda July Pillowcases

Pillow talk is one of those magical occurrences that only happens so often; it’s fleeting, just like dreams. If anyone knows anything about the subject, it’s Miranda July, the director and performance artist whose beautiful indie film, “Me And You And Everyone We Know” seemed, if just for a moment, to make everyone consider the artistic awkwardness of love.

If you’re a fan, check out July’s recent work, which you can bring into your own home. A set of two pillowcases, one has a poignant image with the words, “Here you will dream of endless kissing.” The other, which reads, “Here you will dream of people you admire exposing your fraudulence,” sounds more like a nightmare, but knowing July, there’s probably meant to be ambiguity in words just as there is in dreams. Or vice versa. [$65, ThirdDrawerDown.com] Keep reading »

100 Ways Fashion Changed The World

There are few things that I love more than history and fashion, but I don’t have the vintage shopping budget of Rachel Zoe or the means to visit every fashion history exhibit worldwide. Fortunately, the London Design Museum is bringing the fashion history to me and everyone else. Fifty Dresses that Changed The World and Fifty Shoes that Changed The World, due out Nov. 1, present a guided tour of how iconic shoes and dresses have impacted our society and fashion design. The little black dress didn’t become a must-have garment for just any reason. And cork platform shoes might not have been invented if it weren’t for Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. Don’t think of these two books as simple encyclopedias because they’re much more sacred than that. With all the fashion history they explore, these books deserve their own spot on your fashion altar right next to the fashion bible — Vogue magazine. [Pipeline] Keep reading »

Calling All Barbie Look-Alikes!

Do you look like Barbie? Have you been graced with her odd proportions and doll-like looks? Or maybe you have a lingering obsession from childhood that has yet to go away?

Well, Dubai Fashion Week wants you. While the blond bombshell took over New York Fashion Week in February, she’s making her way across the globe, and the next stop is the UAE. 7Days, a newspaper from the United Arab Emirates, is even holding a contest, calling for any real-life Barbie dolls. Simply email them with a description of your Barbie-ness and the winning entry will not only receive tickets to the Barbie fashion show but a feature in the newspaper. Maybe the woman who went through 100 plastic surgeries to look like Barbie should enter.
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Hair Model Citizen: Dita Gives Good Head

Nobody works glamorous, 1940s pinup-girl style like the one and only Dita Von Teese. She gets an honorable citation today for denouncing the modern trend of sloppy ‘dos by sticking with a classic formula that looks good on her every time. Here’s how you can recreate the look: Treat slightly damp, towel-dried hair to a dose of Redken Crystal Curls Defining Shine Gel. Divide hair into multiple sections (about two inches each), and roll into large curlers, securing with bobby pins. Either go to sleep (if you’re doing this overnight) or use a blowdryer to completely dry your hair. Remove curlers, part to one side, and touch up with hairspray for hold and to smooth flyaways. Hey, we didn’t say looking this good was easy. [Madrid, 10/5/09] Keep reading »

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