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 »
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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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 »
Sometimes these artsy-fartsy designer collaborations are deceptive: High prices aside, your instincts tell you that the appreciation for the product is more about the concept; and if it’s not something artistic, then it’s something ridiculous meant to rile up excitement.
Then, there are these special edition products that walk a fine line between highbrow design and sheer uselessness. They almost seem to be mock-testing your taste. Like, for example, Colette‘s collaboration with the conspicuously edgy Another Magazine: a scented candle in the aroma of “freshly printed paper” which Colette describes as “much more than just ‘another’ product!”
Is this the kind of design item or conversation piece you’d like to have in your home? Or complete rubbish? [Colette] Keep reading »
Let us add this to the list of things we never want to see our boyfriends wearing: baggy, Annie Hall-style khaki pants. Here’s a reminder that some menswear looks are better suited (heh) for the ladies. Guys, if you want to go ahead and rock out with your Dockers out, be our guest. We’ll even be happy to see you in an untucked button-up and vest. But please, for the love of Diane Keaton, don’t wear these. Because chances are if you do, we’ll just be stealing them from your closet. [Oki-Ni.com] Keep reading »
Now here’s an economical answer to the now-ubiquitous I-want-two-dresses-for-my-wedding trend: zip-off dresses! (Like those rip-off cargo shorts, but chicer.) The Morgan Boszilkov Natural Bridal Collection designs detachable tiers that allow eco-savvy brides (bonus: the dresses are made of hemp and silk) two lengths for the price of one. If you’re looking for one of those “celebration dresses” for your reception, you got it—just detach the longer tier. If you can’t stand to buy something you’ll only wear once—they’ve got you covered. Just detach the second tier and wear it with, say, a very rock-and-roll leather motorcycle jacket for a night out. Check out what the dress, above, looks like after the big detach, after the jump! Keep reading »
Photographer Tommy Ton snapped this photo of stylist and Dazed fashion editor Katie Shillingford, who’s in Paris for Fashion Week. She certainly took Drew Barrymore’s light-roots-dark-ends style to a whole ‘nother level with this ombre dye job. Perhaps this is going to be the next big thing in hair, kind of the opposite of frosted tips, which were huge for guys in the ’90s. [Jak & Jil] Keep reading »
For some, thongs are a natural staple, either for their sexiness or utilitarian panty-line reduction value. The rest of us can’t stand butt floss, but make our cracks endure it when need be. The latter may want to check out this solution: seamless boyshorts by Fashion First Aid. With heat-sealed seams and some sort of vague-but-impressive-sounding “laser technology,” the panties give your bum full coverage but won’t produce VPLs. They come in black for everyday wear, as well as nude for the more complicated garments. Interestingly, Fashion First Aid also makes a thong variety of these invisible underpants. For the overly protective perhaps? [$16.50, My-Wardrobe.com] Keep reading »
Matin Maulawizada is no stranger to leading a double life. Many know him as a top fashion and celebrity makeup artist (at least, editors and clients like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Claire Danes do). Some know him as Neutrogena’s in-house science expert on cosmetics. After all, he does have a Master’s in Molecular Biology. But Kubul-born Matin also has another occupation: He is the founder of Afghan Hands, a hybrid education organization/business dedicated to empowering Afghan widows whose husbands were killed by the Taliban and have no employment prospects or ways to support themselves and their children. The business model is simple: Matin brings the women together and provides a safe place where they can gather to hand-embroider scarves, shawls, throws and more, then sells their wares in the U.S. and abroad, and the profits go back to fund the womens’ education. You can purchase one of their gorgeous cashmere, wool, cotton and silk blend pieces here, but if you can’t afford it, you can also support them by voting for them in the BBC’s World Challenge competition. Right now, they’re in the running to receive the prestigious award, grant and widespread media attention geared towards informing people of the cause. It takes five minutes to vote. Do it here. Do it now! (Please.) [Afghan Hands and BBC World Challenge] Keep reading »
Recently, The Cut interviewed Natasha Lyonne about her fashionable closet, her “crisis” (as she call the drug-addicted and warrant-out-for-her-arrest period of her life) recovery-process and the need to be skinny to be fashionable. Besides Natasha’s viewpoint that fashion exists for skinny people (I’m choosing to ignore this ridiculous, ridiculous statement and chalk it up to long-term drugs-induced idiocy, fashionable ladies exist in sizes well about size 2) the interviewer mentioned something that stuck with me—”It seems most people move to all-black later in life.” Huh. Well, for me… Keep reading »