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Should Airbrushing Come With Warning Labels?

Even though she’s a mom, Victoria Beckham‘s taut and toned body in the new Armani ad released today is utterly devoid of wrinkles and jiggly bits. Gisele’s pregnant belly was flattened in the London Fog ads. Beth Ditto got fattened up on the cover of Love. Kim Kardashian appeared slimmed and lightened in Complex. Jeez Louise, the Photoshop-wielding warlocks should win big fat trophies for all their Great Moments In Airbrushing humdingers this year.

Or maybe airbrushed ads should get warning labels, says one British politician. Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat in the U.K., said that airbrushing should be banned on advertising intended for viewing by children younger than 16 and all other airbrushed images should carry labels that say what’s been altered.

It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. But unfortunately, it will never happen. Keep reading »

Anthropologie’s August Catalog Features Real(er) People

Anthropologie’s August catalog is out, and instead of the whimsical models they usually include, the company photographed “real people” wearing their clothes. Everyone and their mother is into street style photography these days, with Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman even snapping the latest ad campaign for DKNY Jeans. It is nice to see different body types wearing the clothes that are for sale, but are they real people or simply models who have more realistic proportions? We took to Google and searched a few of the names listed in the catalog to find out. Keep reading »

Barbie Foosball Table Is Girly, Creepy, And Awesome

Fancy French department store Colette is selling this pink and lucite-handled foosball table, with armless Barbie dolls as players, for a whopping 10,000 euros. The Barbies’ feet have been replaced with foosball-appropriate stumps because the National Foosball League found that their permanently arched feet may look delicate and graceful but do not possess much kicking power. Just kidding. [via Refinery 29] Keep reading »

How To Keep Your Makeup Fresh In the Heat

It is so god-awful hot these days that the short trip from home to the office generally leaves us sweat-drenched (no, not “dewy”). We used to delude ourselves into thinking that we’d make it to the office with a full face of makeup intact. As it turns out, that assumption was full on crazy. So in the interest of being realistic and not finding mascara drip mingling with our lipstick slippage, we’ve put together a fool-proof summer face plan. Here’s how to get it done… Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Anna Wintour Before The Bob

Anna Wintour took the reins of New York Magazine‘s fashion department in the summer of 1981 after working at illustrious titles like Savvy and Harper’s Bazaar. Her staff portrait is above, and how cool is it that she arrived at her New York office with her own desk? Keep reading »

Chesty La Rue? Jessica Simpson To The Rescue!

The empire that is Jessica Simpson keeps expanding. (Sigh.) From her humble music roots, she’s moved on to hair extensions, shoes, bikinis and now plus-sized bras. Simpson latest launch is designed exclusively for girls with fuller busts (good news for those of you who complained about this dilemma!). The bras will be part of a larger line (heh) of lingerie that Simpson plans to debut in stores this fall and will include matching underwear, regular-sized bras and sleepwear. The entire range will be available in various prints and fabrics from seersucker to Moroccan-inspired patterns. Interested or over it already? [The Thread] Keep reading »

How To Wear: Thigh High Boots (Without Looking Like A Hooker)

We, much like the rest of the even vaguely fashion-y world, are rather obsessed with thigh high boots for fall. (And speaking from experience — I got my first pair of thigh highs two years ago — I can tell you they’re as bitchin’ in real life as they are on the runway.) The thing is, all that gloriousness can be a little challenging to reign in. And when it’s not correctly executed, you will look like a hooker. (Think Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”) Because we love you and want to help you avoid being propositioned by dirty old men in bars, check out our tips for styling thigh high boots. Keep reading »

YouTube Love: GlowPinkStah Makeup Tutorials

Meet YouTube star GlowPinkStah (whose real name is Gloria). The success of genuine video makeup lessons like those made by Michelle Phan has spawned a whole category of spoofs, but Gloria’s video makeup tutorials beat them all. And by “makeup tutorials” we mean she puts crazy-ass stuff all over her face, and manages to be hilarious and educational at the same time. In the video above, she guides us through the Japanese “Ganguro” look, starting with a dark foundation. “You want to make sure it gets all over your face so you don’t look stupid,” she says. Then comes huge white panda eyes and white lipstick. “I understand why they use the white … it gives you a sense of purity, like I feel like I’ve never had a penis stuck up my va-jay before.”

Where has this genius been all our lives? After the jump check out some other looks by GlowPinkStah including instructions for how to do “whore” and “emo goth” looks. Be sure to check out Gloria’s channel to get the lowdown (possibly the craziest video she has there) on the “chola” look. Seriously, don’t miss that one. [GlowPinkStah on YouTube]
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The Tale of Cadbury And The Most Expensive Golden Chocolate Bar

And lo, when Wispa Gold, son of Cadbury, known for his chocolatey goodness, went out of production, the people, angered and saddened, gathered themselves upon Mt. Facebook.

“Let not this day be the last of Wispa!” cried the Facebookite clan who called themselves Bring Back Cadbury’s Wispa Gold. “Bring him back to us for we have no more candy to worship!”

And so Cadbury complied, and dispatched Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley to the land of Selfridges in London to deliver a gift: a golden idol, a Wispa bar covered in gold and sheathed in a golden wrapper. It was to be the most expensive bar of chocolate ever sold, worth over $1,600. “Go thee to Selfridges in the next week to witness its display and bow before its chocolatey altar,” said the Lord. “But, he that purchases the Wispa Gold bar must share his riches with the UK Lowe Syndrome Trust.”

And so the people went, and they were happy. [Telegraph.co.uk] Keep reading »

On Display: “Dress Codes” Exhibit At Katonah Museum

Sometimes the phrase “fashion statement” can lose its weight and get lost in translation, as it more often refers to the superficial—the act of wearing something to spur attention or cause shock. We tend to forget that fashion does indeed make statements, and not just about the person who wears it, but about ideologies and the world around us.

The exhibit “Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor” at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York aims to remind us not only to view fashion as art, but also through an a cultural lens. According to the gallery description, the show’s artists “use clothing to explore a variety of issues ranging from feminine concern, racial stereotyping, and immigration to globalization, current events, and the violence of war. Many of the works explore a number of these subjects concurrently, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life.” Phew, all that in a dress? Apparently so. Keep reading »

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