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J.Crew Introduces “Jack” Style Consultant For Guys

When it comes to objective advice, sometimes friends can’t be trusted. This is especially true when the pals are dudes, and the topic is fashion. Now, style-challenged men can find direction with “Jack Knows Best,” J. Crew‘s new style consulting service. Guys can now ask Jack — a trusty wingman type — shopping questions such as “Where can I wear a linen suit?” (A: Anywhere warm, but don’t iron it.) or “What should I wear to a wedding?” (A: Follow the groom’s lead.)

The list of questions is quite informative, and admittedly, we didn’t know the answers to many of them. Not that we don’t know jack about men’s fashion, but when it comes to tuxes and ties, we ladies could stand to learn a thing or two as well. [J. Crew] Keep reading »

Behind-The-Scenes Video: Models Looking Really Gross

If you can’t tell already, the theme emerging here in The Frisky style section today is models suffering for their “art.” And lest you think photo shoots are all pampering facials and kicky jumps in the air, check out this extremely gruesome, The Cure soundtrack-appropriate, behind-the-scenes V magazine cover shoot, if you dare. Mwah-ha-ha… [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »

Is Eye Cream A Big Old Waste Of Money?

Say it ain’t so, but a major UK consumer organization claims that spending money on fancy eye creams is like investing in horses and buggies, or erm, something like that. The group Which? tested 12 anti-wrinkle products on volunteers between 35 and 65 years old, and “found none of them came close to eliminating or reducing the appearance of lines.” Not. Even. One. As a result, they concluded that a $5 eye cream is not too different from a $50-plus one. [Belfast Telegraph]

Really? Do you agree? Keep reading »

What Do You Think Of Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Clothing Line?

Gwyneth Paltrow worshipers rejoice! (Are you out there? Hello? Bueller? Bueller?) The first pics of the multi-tasking celebrity’s new clothing line — a collaboration with brand Zoe Tees for British boutique Matches — have finally surfaced. (The wares are available in London, and supposedly online; however, the Matches website is down, probably because of today’s traffic surge.) The resulting pieces seem typically Gwyneth, with muted colors and that sort of non-aesthetic that beautiful, thin people can pull off—you know, girls who look gorgeous in burlap bags. Overall, the collection channels chic comfort, perfect for days spent cleansing away your toxins. For your dinner parties with “William Joel,” add some pizazz with a studded racer-back top.

What do you think? Refined basics? Or over-hyped and GOOP-y? [Grazia]
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Quick Pic: Sienna Miller And Anna Wintour Let Bygones Be Bygones

Despite the fact that there are entire scenes in “The September Issue” which involve Anna and her cronies criticizing Sienna for being “toothy” (among other flaws) and plotting ways to Photoshop her image for the cover, last night at the premiere they buddied up for a pap shot on the red carpet. Note: Sienna is not flashing her famous grin. [8/19/09, NYC] Keep reading »

What Is A Junk Monster?

No, that’s not the slang term for a hoarder, although it would totally fit. Junk monsters are the strange suits London-based photographer Danny Treacy crafts from items he finds in “lonely places,” like the woods, parking lots, and landfills. Once the junk monster suit is completed to Treacy’s satisfaction, he wears it in his life-size self-portraits for his ongoing series Them. The suits and series are described on his website as “nightmares of the catwalk, prowling around the outskirts of style’s dumb extravagance.” Although these found items morph into one collective piece, each garment has a story to tell on its own — “It seems that something that happened to its former owner emanates from each piece of fabric,” wrote photography blogger Isabelle on Cyana Trend Land.

Some, including myself until I took a second look, may argue that this isn’t art. But I’d advise them to look a little closer. Don’t you want to know the stories behind each piece of fabric? It’s a good thing Treacy doesn’t tell us what he knows because then our imaginations would be stunted. Plus, we can also try to figure out what his message is. I think the above junk monster is trying to warn us against the dangers of global warming. It’s saying no amount of protective clothing will ward off the inevitable body bag.

After the jump, two other junk monster photos. Keep reading »

Quote Of The Day: Nina Garcia Thinks Trends Are “Ugh”

“I know some [trends] are available at very inexpensive prices, but you fill your closet with all this stuff that, in three months, you won’t want anymore. You’ll end up spending more money than you save. If you invest in something a little more expensive with longevity, you’ll use it more. How many girls do you see walking down the street in those faux-leather leggings? That trend is just like, ugh!”

— Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at “Marie Claire,” author of the new book The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart, and judge on everyone’s favorite fashion reality show, “Project Runway,” which finally begins its sixth season tonight (!) on its new home, Lifetime. [via Time Out NY] Keep reading »

Hollister: Hell On Earth

Before I left for my trip to Costa Rica — more on that next week — I stopped by the newly opened Hollister store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in order to buy an extra bikini. I had been to Hollister in other cities before, but my subconscious must have blocked the bad memories, because I truly was unprepared for the mental breakdown that shopping in that store causes.

Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The New York Times’ describes it as “a beachy and laid-back SoCal lifestyle brand.” It is also hell. Keep reading »

Listen To A Birdsong With The Music-Cage

Wires, wires, everywhere. As gadgets become more important around our homes, it sometimes feels as if we’re tangled in a web of wires with no means of escape. The Music-Cage, however, is a gadget that can solve at least one of our wire problems. It’s a wireless speaker that plays music from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or a computer. The Music-Cage can hang from the ceiling when attached to a socket for lighting fixtures, it can be plugged directly into a wall, or it can just hang out on a floor stand. Finally, a speaker that’s interesting to look at and as beautiful as the music it plays. [Nendo via Impact Lab] Keep reading »

The History Of The Muff

One of the reasons people are obsessed with hair is because it’s something you can instantly change and it always grows back (barring unfortunate baldness issues). When it comes to the vagine, we’ve been less than enthusiastic about following trends and changing it up, yet remain hopelessly obsessed. This poster by shopA is called “Evolution of the Muff.” Think you can guess what’s in store for the nether regions today? See the whole poster after the jump! [$25, shopA, SupermarketHq.com] Keep reading »

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