Fashion can be killer. Literally. Or at least the folks at luxury fashion retailer, Barneys, like to think so. The store’s most recent window displays feature “dead” mannequins in Helmut Lang and A.L.C., bloodied from their shootout (most likely a skirmish with the Fashion Police, we’d imagine). Where did this inspiration come from? Perhaps Barneys thought they’d ride on the vampire-chic wave, brought to you by Twilight and “True Blood” fans? [Racked]
But fashion advertising, in general, has always been known to ricochet between the ultimate in glamorous aspirational imagery and the other extreme, full of down-in-the-gutter sadism and beat-down grit — think “heroin chic.” [We're sure the NY Times would blame the recession for current upswing in the latter direction. -- Editor] After the jump, a look at some other recent fashion ads that pack a punch, quite literally. Keep reading »
We heart Lauren Conrad’s sidebraid. From high fashion to the street, its caught on almost as fast as Jennifer Aniston’s Friends bob.
From the Tracy Reese runway braid, the Hill’s LC braid and finally the street hair braid, here’s how to do it:
1. Part hair slightly more than halfway
2. Start a regular braid but grab more hair each time you cross over another strand
3. When you get to halfway through, pin the hair with two bobby pins
Try this if you want some pictures er, illustrations to guide you.
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Lady mags got you down? If so, you’ve got something in common with notorious Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones. Ms. Jones, who recently caused a stir with her confessional forays into “anorexia journalism,” has recently moved on from eating disorders and is now focusing on a semi-related topic: fashion magazines, publications where she once thrived as a staffer, which she now calls “patronizing, fake and pointless.” So it seems I have something in common with Jones, too. I grew up loving fashion magazines and spent most of my career working for them. And it’s been awhile now since I’ve become relatively dissatisfied with their sketchy intentions. I guess you could call it a love/hate relationship. Keep reading »
Will you find yourself in Hong Kong soon-ish? Stop by the Art Statements Gallery for a look-see of French street artist Zev’s wild new exhibition, “Liquidated Logos.” Zev, known for his shadow drawings in the streets of Paris, is “flipping the script” on world-renowned brands such as Coca-Cola and Chanel, and with this show is broadening his scope to include fashion icon Louis Vuitton. Using his trademark technique of “liquidation,” he reinterprets Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton pattern, Chanel’s famous double “C” logo and the arches of Mickey D’s, among others. (To drum up some press for the opening, Zev took to the streets of labels-obsessed Hong Kong, painting a “liquidated” Chanel logo atop the flagship Giorgio Armani store to “reflect the war of brands.” He was arrested and Armani, as you may have guessed, was not all that pleased, mostly because the limestone store facade soaked up the black paint, making it pretty impossible to remove the errant logo.) For more photos of the exhibition, check out Arrested Motion. [Cool Hunting] Keep reading »
Model Lara Stone, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel pretty boy Baptiste Giacobini may join millions of Weekend Warriors across the land with their new motorcycle gang. [Paris, 7/17/09] Keep reading »
Voilà the iBum by designer Tomomi Sayuda. A chair with a photocopier in its seat, the piece of furniture automatically revs up when someone sits in it, ejecting a copy of their derriere from the bottom. A must for immature 12-year-old boys, butt fetishists, and anyone who’s ever been bored at the office. [Geekologie.com] Keep reading »
Erin and I are going nuts loving all the mega sales online this week (see “How To Buy Clothes Online“). Right now, I’m feeling these new peep-toe Miu Miu patent pumps on Net-A-Porter and ohmygod I want those shoes so badly that just thinking about them sort of makes me cry. But they’re $700 and I’m a writer who’s fairly keen on not being homeless and it’s just so not happening. Even my “but I could totally wear them now and in the fall” justification isn’t doing it.
But this tragic tale has a happy ending: peep toes and patent leather were also a big look for summer, so I just found an even more awesome pair of Balenciaga patent peep-toe pumps on sale for 70% off. They were still something of a splurge at $270, but I actually can wear them now and in the fall. They’re comparable to the Miu Mius, and putting them on gives me heart palpitations. They were the Holy Grail of sale purchases: deeply discounted, seasonally appropriate, and totally acceptable all through fall as well. This multi-seasonal usage is the key not only to regular buying, but also for Final Sale purchasing, the time of year when we can buy really nice things at prices that regular people can kind of afford.
Here’s how to tackle the sales and get a hell of a lot of mileage out of your finds… Keep reading »
The economy might still be in the crapper, but that hasn’t stopped luxury retailers from trying to lure shoppers through less traditional means. Recently, Christie’s launched an app to let users browse million-dollar works of art for sale. And now the latest to join the mobile shopping world is Net-a-porter.com, the site full of drool-worthy designer items, some of which cost more than our yearly salaries. Called Net-App, it allows iPhone users to view new additions and make purchases. While that aspect of the application is pretty straightforward, there’s also a neat tool included called ClosetFlow, which allows you to zoom in on images, and flip your phone to see the item from different angles. But is this a good or a bad thing?
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What’s missing from this picture? The few, the proud, the members of our fleet of the ready, willing and able, you get it… We need ladies like you to step up to the plate and do us a huge favor: Test out new beauty products and give us your no holds barred opinions. Think you can handle it? (We know, we know, it’s a stretch.) If you think you’re qualified, tell us why in 150 words or less and send your name and snail-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll choose a few testers and if you’re chosen we’ll send you the product and ask you to try it for a week or so, then report back. (And don’t worry, if you’re not picked immediately, we’ll try to get to you soon, obvs.) Thank you for your service. At ease. Keep reading »