Just call her Tyra Zoe-Paltrow. Ms. Banks has jumped on the celeb style publication bandwagon with the launch of an online magazine called Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out. The website will cover all things style, including fashion and beauty, but will also focus on health and love. Both with her modeling and talk show, Tyra has been long gunning to change beauty standards, once telling The New York Times that she “wakes up every day to expand the idea of beauty.” Ahem.
So far, on Tyra’s site, a mock magazine cover shows the model alongside some cheeky cover lines like “Kiss My Fit (And Still Fat) Ass” or “Yo Shortie! Models 5’7 And Under.” Kinda funny. What might be slightly more innovative about Tyra’s site is its interactivity with users through audio posts alongside content: “It’s not just a magazine … it talks back to you … this is going to allow for a community of women. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s going to allow for a connection to me like you’ve never had before,” Banks said on “The Today Show.”
Then again, she’ll probably face competition between the other celeb sites created to attract users looking for style information, versus visitors who come solely as Tyra fans. Anyone up for a little “America’s Next Top Online Celebrity Style Editor”? [TyraBanks.com, WWD] Keep reading »
While flipping through the September/October issue of Manhattan magazine, we noticed a fashion spread with a model wearing what looks like the nonsensical Siwy see-through jeans. Upon closer inspection, however, we discovered they are, in fact, Jean Paul Gaultier fishnet panel tights, and they retail at Bergdorf Goodman for a mere $135. Can you imagine spending that much on hosiery? They’d better be run-proof and last a lifetime. Keep reading »
Just when we thought the pre-owned, pre-roughed-up trend had run its distressing (ha) course, we happened upon “pre-dirtied” sneakers from shoe gurus Golden Goose. Essentially, their new line of sneaks are white and come with existing scuffs and grime—just as if you (lightly) wore them kicking around town for a few weeks. Now, I get why no one would want a pair of glaringly white shoes, but c’mon, isn’t this taking the “broken-in” trend a bit too far? (Apparently, most people don’t agree with me — the shoes are sold the eff out.) Not sure how much they cost but Golden Goose shoes are super expensive, so … crazy, right? [Inventorspot] Keep reading »
We’ve talked a whole lot about do-it-yourself projects here at The Frisky—DIY haircuts, DIY Botox, DIY sex toys—and mostly we’ve come to the general conclusion that anything that goes in or is slathered on your body should never be a DIY. (Unless you’re using natural crap, like berries or honey or whatever.) News from the Daily Mail, though, has over 2,000 women on a Harrods waiting list for an at-home facelift kit (it just went on sale). Say what?! Keep reading »
You might want to start saving those stray hairs that end up in your hairbrush or shower drain, because they might be worth something. If fact, your mane could potentially power the electricity for your home. The discovery comes from a Nepalese student, who has invented a few way to make solar panels—using human hair instead of silicon as a conductor. As hair is an adequate conductor of electricity, it would significantly lower the price of solar panel production, and make construction of the devices accessible to everyone (well, except for bald people). So far, the experiment has succeeded in re-charging cell phones and batteries.
Would you be able to wrap your mind around using a blow-dryer or curling iron that was powered by exactly the thing its used for? Crazy! [InventorSpot.com]
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Perhaps you recall Mary-Kate Olsen stomping all over town in a pair of extra large Balenciaga platform booties that, despite their hefty price tag, sold out everywhere. That was back in 2006, but flash forward to 2009 and Sam Edelman, shoemaker to Victoria’s Secret catalogues and the Home Shopping Network, is the one enjoying all the glory (and smash sales) now. In ’07, Edelman crafted the best knockoff out there, but since it sold out so quickly, it’s been reissued for a whopping $345 (it was originally $170) and has been dubbed the Zoe boot. Movin’ on up! And ya know what? Not only are fashion bloggers hailing it as the shoe of the season (wait, again?), but it’s already sold out on Zappos! I spotted the shoe with my own two eyes in Soho in NYC this weekend, but I’m not sure if I’m sold on it, even though I’ll def cop to sort of wanting a pair. (Mostly for the height factor, truth be told.) But all of this fawning over the shoe seems a little crazy at this point, right? If you’re interested, they’re taking pre-sale orders (!?) for the shoe here. Is this Frankenstein-looking number really covetable or is this just another case of much ado about nothing? Keep reading »
So apparently Kristin Davis — yes, Charlotte from “Sex and the City” — has a fashion line. And even though she seems pretty busy shooting “SATC 2″ here in NYC, evidently she is planning to show The Kristin Davis Collection, rife as it is with polyester, bright enamel bracelets and imitation patent leather, during New York Fashion Week. Aside from the fact that Charlotte wasn’t even a particularly stylish character on “SATC,” there is also that fact that Kristin herself basically brings to mind a blank fashion slate. Seriously, maybe it’s just further proof that this whole actor-turned-designer thing needs to end. Have you even seen this line? [Style List] Keep reading »
Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey discussed beauty rituals and standards around the world on her talk show. I had no idea Iran was the “nose job capital of the world,” but I was really shocked that Mauritanian women don’t want to be thin. Plump is sexy for women there, but men are expected to be thin. Thick ankles, chubby arms, and a big butt are considered the most beautiful parts of a woman in this West African nation. Men even like stretch marks! Thin women are thought of as being sickly. But don’t move to Mauritania just yet because this beauty ideal has its own flaws. Keep reading »
New York Fashion Week officially begins this Thursday. Right now designers are probably scurrying around, creating last-minute dresses, hiring models to walk the runway, and making final hair, makeup, and music selections for their shows. Sure, they’ve been working for months on their collections, but a lot is done right down to the moment the last model struts onto the runway.
We love seeing what goes into making the clothes we see in magazines and on red carpets. In the four-part series “The Day Before,” which premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel, French director Loïc Prigent (the man behind the “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” documentary) takes us behind the scenes for the last 36 hours before the fall 2009 fashion shows of Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After watching these clips of Karl Lagerfeld and his Fendi team going delightfully nuts (above) and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough making last-minute adjustments backstage (after the jump), you’re gonna want to clear your nights from tomorrow until Saturday, when the last part of the series airs. [Sundance Channel] Keep reading »
The lady blogs are all a-cluck over a piece in the latest issue of Marie Claire in which writer Lea Goldman practically begs her fellow gym-goers to “put your clothes on already!” — in the locker room that is. Goldman writes that she’s tired of women using the gym locker room to perform various tasks that would otherwise be done in the confines of one’s home — clipping toenails, brushing teeth, plucking eyebrows, and even “blow-drying their girly bits” — while she is simply trying to “get in, get out.” The thing is, Goldman knows her discomfort is her problem, but she still wants everyone else to bend to her whims. Keep reading »