While we sometimes hear rumors about what happens on casting couches — it’s even being touted as a story line in the upcoming CW show “The Beautiful Life” — it’s not often we actually learn of someone taking advantage of women trying to make it in tough industries.
Today, fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, who was convicted of 14 counts, including forcible rape, will be sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court for casting couch-related crimes. Keep reading »
We told you all about how much positive response Glamour magazine has received from readers for the image of a nude plus-size model featured in the September issue. Lizzie Miller has since appeared on “Today” and copies of the magazine are selling out. Catherine wondered whether the overwhelmingly positive response would result in magazines, and the fashion industry, finally recognizing that beauty comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and that they would start featuring more models like Miller on a regular basis. The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman wrote on his blog, “When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say ‘no’ to my request to shoot them…. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and ‘average’ women in general.”
If a recent blog post from “style expert and bon vivant” Adrien Field is any indication, we still have a long way to go. Keep reading »
I really hate shaving my legs. Then again, does anyone actually enjoy this activity? No matter what, I end up with a few nicks and bleeds. As for Nair? No way I would put up with the smell. And waxing? Forget it. Ouchy. So these doo-dads piqued my interest while I was in the drugstore the other day. (And weirdly, I realized that Smooth Away has been doing a ton of advertising in my neighborhood with posters at bus stops. Guess I was swayed.) But really, who isn’t interested in whether these things really work or not? The verdict, after the jump!
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You may know Spike Jonze as the director of “Being John Malkovich,” the ex-husband of director Sofia Coppola, or the current paramour of actress Michelle Williams. But on the eve of the release of his latest movie project, a live-action adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, he’s getting into the fashion business in a collaboration with Opening Ceremony. The mini-line’s theme ties in to the movie’s monster-y subjects and includes faux furs designed by Humberto Leon and claw jewelry designed by Pamela Love. After the jump, the metal horned look you can rock this fall. (Check out our “Where the Wild Things Are” inspiration board here.) [W] Keep reading »
We guess good things come to those who don’t wait. A year ago, Brooklynite Amanda Assad was working as a publicist for New York-based shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo (check out his ultra high, dangerously sexy heels if you haven’t already). She started making jewelry in her spare time, and voilà! Now her oversize multiple charm necklaces (like this amazing rosary-inspired piece available at Otteny) are showing up in major fashion editorials, such as this one in Purple magazine. So I think we’ve all learned a very valuable lesson here today. Don’t slack! What’s your big idea? Keep reading »
Architect Zaha Hadid is known for designing notable buildings and structures around the world, but lately she’s had an interest in fashion. Hadid created the container for Chanel Mobile Art, which traveled to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York and involved contemporary artists’ takes on the luxury brand’s classic quilted bag. Now, she’s designing accessories of her own in a partnership with Brazilian shoe company Melissa. The shoe company already produces crazy plastic shoes, and with Hadid’s help, they get even more futuristic. These aren’t cheap rubber Crocs, either, at $300 a pair. We won’t be at all surprised if we see these on Uhura‘s feet in the next Star Trek movie. [Epaulet via Style.com] Keep reading »
The French have every right to be proud of their national cuisine, and have no problems boasting of its glory. So much so that the country’s post office has just come out with a chocolate-themed stamp collection to celebrate the key ingredient (are you dreaming of rich, flaky chocolate croissants yet?). Designed to look like a fancy bar of chocolate, the limited-edition stamps are also scented! Sending love letters can be even sweeter now.
So what would happen if the USPS decided to make a scratch n’ sniff stamp collection honoring American cuisine? Hot Pocket-flavored mail? [SecretsOfParis.com] Keep reading »
“Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford would always talk about how they’re ’70s kids. And now, I’m thinking about how I’m really a ’90s kid. My ideas come from things that I didn’t notice were trends at the time, like seeing my sister wear Via Spiga and watching ‘Saved by the Bell.’”
– Designer Alexander Wang [W Editors' Blog] Keep reading »
Fall is rolling around and we’ve begun to seriously consider revamping our wardrobes. We will, of course, need a few new items and have to do the requisite closet cleaning. And while it’s all too easy (and fun to get carried away) to splurge on fun items while ignoring what we really need, when it comes down to it, we’ve spent a lot of money on the nice version of clothes we definitely should have bought the bargain basement version of. To help you avoid making the same mistake, here’s a rundown of the splurge-worthy versus the things you should buy on a budget. Keep reading »
For those who live in cities, cramped quarters necessitate some creative maneuvering in the kitchen. Especially if you don’t have one. Over at gadget blog Gizmodo, one writer has taken it upon himself to test out, um, alternative means for cooking. The first experiment involved making a chicken dinner in a coffeepot (just the thought is hard to stomach), by poaching a chicken breast. To accompany, couscous, also prepared in heated water. The results are a bit surprising: “The coffee maker did a perfectly fine job of it. The chicken was moist and the texture was about right, and it is an incredibly easy way to make a meal. I could see this recipe being useful if you’re stuck in a hotel room somewhere—and just happen to have a raw chicken breast on you.” Yeah, and then having bird-flavored java in the morning. Mmmm.
For his next trick, the MacGyver Chef attempted to dishwasher-cook a fish fillet by steaming a piece of salmon wrapped in tinfoil (on the regular wash, not the pots and pans cycle). In two trials, one version came out overcooked with the other was far undercooked.
Interesting ideas…but we gather you’ll probably be sticking to your ramen noodles. [Gizmodo.com] Keep reading »