Jewelry artist Stevie Koerner sells her “A World of Love” pendants on Etsy (left). They’re adorable little charms in the shapes of states with hearts cut out of them. Urban Outfitters liked the pendants so much that they decided to copy the charms, almost exactly (right), and call them “I Heart Destination Necklaces.” And they did all of this without approaching Koerner about her designs.
It’d be great if big stores like Urban worked with small designers to help get their wares out to a bigger audience — and often they do. I have several friends who create private label goods for the hip clothing company (private label is when an indie designer sells designs under another label’s name). But just as often, Urban — and other mega stores — have been caught straight up ripping off independent designers. Last summer, the company was called out for ripping off Brooklyn designer Lilian Crowe, who made necklaces featuring rib cages, spines and skulls (they’re neat-looking, really!). Keep reading »
Nevermind that the spelling of her name is absolutely BEWILDERING, Oakland rapper Kreayshawn’s jam “Gucci Gucci” is one of the catchiest songs about fashion ever. The chorus, “Gucci, Gucci, Gucci, Louie, Louie, Fendi, Fendi, Prada/Those basic bitches wear that s**t so I don’t even bother,” is an ode to getting out of the labelwhore mindset. And to prove her allegiance to the idea, she and her nameless video sidekick (because a best friend IS the best accessory) rock the best style: doorknocker earrings, over-sized glasses, and babydoll shirts that, really, only 19-year-old rappers with 19-year-old abs can pull off. Listen to Kreayshawn’s track and check out our screen shots of their looks after the jump. Keep reading »
So, a few weeks ago, when the Greatest Wedding of All Time happened and all those classy British people got to wear crazy things on their heads, I got a little bit obsessed with fascinators. You know, like the weird toilet seat cover Princess Beatrice wore, and then auctioned off. I had a dream, and in that dream, I was directed to make a fascinator myself. Out of fake nails and hair weave. Thirty dollars worth of supplies later (it takes a lot of money to look this cheap, as Dolly Parton says), voila! My hair creation has come to life. And this is why I don’t DIY. Keep reading »
It is officially too warm to drink hot coffee in the mornings. Iced coffee season is upon us! It’s a very fun time of year for caffeine addicts, but ceramic mugs are no longer sufficient. The Eco Cold Drink Cup is a green way to keep your iced coffee nice and chilly in the heat. As an added bonus, the insulated wall keeps the outside of the cup from getting “sweaty.” There is nothing worse than a drippy cup during your morning commute.
Okay, okay, I’ll admit, my fascination with Coco, the booty-tastic wife of rapper and “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice-T is partly (mostly) about her butt, and the things she can do with it. So when I discovered that Miss Coco launched her own clothing line, appropriately called Licious, well, I had to see what kind of butt-enhancing fashions she’d created — and she didn’t disappoint. Coco’s site is rife with the kind of skin tight clothes we’ve come to expect — and love — from her. Do you suppose she wears those zipper-front pleather pants to the Walmart with Ice? I hope so. [Licious] Keep reading »
Carolyn Owlett pulled her hair back into a ponytail, threw on a frumpy skirt, and walked around London asking if she could have everything for free, from a bus ride to a piece of cake. Most people looked at her like she was crazy. Then she curled her hair into shiny ringlets, put on makeup, a tight dress, and high heels, and did the same thing. Most people looked at her … and then gave her whatever she wanted. The results of her one-woman experiment are depressing, but also fascinating to watch. Would you agree with her findings? Have you witnessed the ways society rewards conventionally beautiful women or experienced them firsthand? [Bright Hands Pictures via Vimeo]
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