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?
Demi Moore has been called out for looking “too busy” here at the 2009 Freedom Awards in L.A. earlier this week. We say being swaddled in a gorgeous oyster-colored Lanvin gown we only wish we could think about affording, a so-modern chunky necklace, easy whatevs hair and having your super-hot, young husband on your arm is just the kind of busy we wanna get all up on. So there. Keep reading »
No, these are not Halloween costumes. They’re actually pieces from the upcoming and greatly anticipated Rodarte line for Target.
Yes, images are finally leaking of the new line, which editors have already previewed, but were banned from sharing with their readers.
Along with the sequined skull dress (far right), the ultra “it” designers have developed 55 other pieces, ranging from a lacy t-shirt, to a leopard jacket and dress, amazing stockings, and even more lace. We’re looking at a price range of $9.99-$79.99 for the collection, including knee-highs, dresses, and jackets. Mark your calendars people. December 20th is R-day, and you best believe every fashionista (professional, amateur or otherwise) is gonna be clamoring to scoop each and every piece up. [Racked]
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Yesterday, many of you expressed shock and outrage at Hallmark’s tragic sexification (is that a word? probably not) of one of Gen Y’s most beloved children’s characters, the once-indefatigable Rainbow Brite. And R.B. wasn’t the first to get the Bratz treatment — lots of other mini-icons have been put through the ringer to please a generation of kidlins who’ve grown up surrounded by the living Barbie dolls who are blatant plastic surgery devotees. But for all their sickening contributions to the “princess syndrome,” Disney finally did right by one of their most famous characters, from a more feminist perspective anyway. While Tinker Bell, created in 1953, always had that total Marilyn Monroe-bod working for her, we worried that she must’ve gotten awfully cold flying around Neverland without any pants on. (So ahead of her time though, right Lady Gaga?) She’s recently been redesigned for a starring role in a DVD, “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” to be released later this month. Not only is sister now doin’ it for herself (she’s dropped that hapless Peter Pan like a bad habit), she’s dressed for success in boots, a capelet (so chic) layered over long sleeves, hat and leggings. Let’s just hope the latter aren’t made by Lindsay Lohan. [ONTD] Keep reading »
This made us think of the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer decides his wallet is too bulky and ditches it, preferring to carry a wad of cash in his back pocket. “I keep the big bills on the outside,” he tells Jerry. Jerry: “That’s a five.”
Not that we want to totally pare down, but it would be nice for once to have a money carrier that actually fits in a pocket. Our choice: the Dapper Pocket Wallet, which has a pleasantly boyish vibe with Italian leather, wool felt, and a herringbone strap. Unfortunately, being able to fit your wallet into your pocket doesn’t solve the problem of where the other 63 things you carry in your purse should go. [$75, The Curiosity Shoppe] Keep reading »
We don’t usually think of Banana Republic as a Cheapskate kind of place since it’s Gap‘s grown-up, more expensive sibling, but every now and then the retailer has a major sale. And this time, we’re taking notice because several of the items are weather-appropriate now, and those that aren’t only need to be layered. Check out our faves after the jump, and remember to act soon because the availability is dwindling as I write this. Keep reading »
Fashion designer Rick Owens has a new bag out for fall! But, uh, it looks like this …. You likey? It’s called the Fur Toad bag. (FYI: It sold out, here, in a day. Oh, and it’s $925.) Discuss! Keep reading »
When it comes to highbrow fashion, even we get a bit lost when it comes to reading the obtuse critiques of fashion journalists or hearing the vague, but supposedly deep, inspirations from designers. Today, the Guardian proudly calls out the incoherent information fashion designers spit out to “explain” their collections. And quite rightly, seeing as what the Alexander Wangs and Karl Lagerfelds of the world have to say doesn’t quite match up with what you see on the runway. So we decided to take a closer look at what a handful of top designers had to say about their collections, and we’ve helpfully translated. [Guardian.co.uk] Keep reading »
Artist Mark McCloud has an unusual claim to fame: He owns the largest and most well-documented collection of printed or embossed LSD blotter papers in the world, aka the “Institute of Illegal Images.” Now, he wants you to “open your mind” and stuff, too. At Blotter Barn (classy name!) you can purchase large-scale, photographic digital prints of your favorite blotters signed by the man himself. There are modest 17″x22″ prints for $120, or 35″x35″ ones available for a mere $1,000. Man, these days that stuff sure costs more then it did in high school! (Kidding kids, don’t do drugs!) Seriously, though, the paper these cuties are printed on is 100 percent acid-free. [Blotter Barn] Keep reading »
If you’ve ever wanted to be truly feared, we’ve got the costume for you. We’re not talking “scary” in the way that zombies or pre-Twilight vampires are. That’s child’s play. We’re talking grown women (and men) crying in closets in your wake. For that kind of terror, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is your only option. Keep reading »
“Fashion trends speak volumes about the human condition and wordlessly point us towards the zeitgeist,” writes South Africa Times columnist Jacquie Myburgh. Huh? They do?
Ms. Myburgh, like many a fashion journalist, didn’t originally seek a career in the style world, acknowledging the frivolous-sounding nature of such work. She explains: “Telling your parents you want to go into fashion is right down there with acting and air hostessing on their list of favorites.” But, over the years, she’s come to understand its importance in society, when, especially in an economic downturn, our instincts are to shun conspicuous spending and get back to less “superficial” activities.
However, maybe we should start taking the fashion industry more seriously. Keep reading »