It takes a lot for us to be excited by clothes designed by celebs (we blame you, Jessica Simpson), but we could really get behind, not to mention inside, any one of these tees designed to raise money for HIV/AIDS prevention projects. H&M and Designers Against AIDS asked a bunch of celebs we love, like Dita Von Tees, Yoko Ono and Estelle, to create T-shirts for the second annual Fashion Against AIDS Collection. Twenty-five percent of the profits on each tee sold will go to charities that help curb the spread of HIV.
And, of course, you’ll spread the safe sex message by wearing one. Cyndi Lauper’s tee reads, “Girls Just Want To Have Safe Sex,” and Estelle’s says “Life Is Too Short — Have Safe Sex.” Even Yoko Ono chimed with an “Imagine Peace” tee, which doesn’t have anything to do with safe sex, really, but what the hell, she’s Yoko Ono. The tees go on sale in 1,000 stores at H&Ms in 30 countries and at DesignersAgainstAIDSShop.com on May 28. [Designers Against AIDS] Keep reading »
If the June issue of Playboy looks a little more “Boogie Nights”-retro than babes-bare-all, it’s because famed fashion photog Terry Richardson shot the cover that features actress America Olivo. (No, we haven’t heard of her either.) In any case, while this might seem like a raunchy side job for someone whose work has appeared in French Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Richardson’s favorite subject is nudes. His iconic soft-core photo style (think American Apparel ads) has garnered him huge fans. He’s photographed everyone from Barack Obama to Kate Moss.
He also has his fair share of detractors who have labeled him amateurish and misogynistic. Whether you like his style or not, his work is provocative. In fact, if you fancy your own Playboy-like photos, Terry is casting nude models via his website. Good luck! Keep reading »
Forget everything you think you know about vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts because Erin McKenna has changed all that. McKenna’s BabyCakes bakery became a much sought-after destination in New York City for its delicious desserts, but now you can turn your kitchen into its own hot spot as you recreate the delectables in BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery. She has recipes for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Bread, and her New York award-winning Chocolate Cupcakes. Since the recipes are vegan, gluten-free, and mostly sugar-free, everyone will enjoy these treats. [$14.40, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of the BabyCakes cookbook, but you have to work if you want to make delicious desserts. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, May 8 through Thursday, May 14 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
We’re all about high-tech fashion and accessories, but sometimes things are all gadget-y without actually being useful. They’re cool, but what do they do? This solar panel necklace designed by Mae Yokoyama is one example. Wear it for two hours in the sun and embedded LEDs will shine for four hours. Very cool if you’re at a Disney World light show, but not actually beneficial. What would rock our world is if you could wear the necklace during the day to collect energy in a discreet way, and then plug your phone into it at night to recharge. [Dvice] Keep reading »
No one is more surprised than my family that I write for a beauty and style blog because I was the dirtiest little tomboy in my youth. Dresses? Prissy. Makeup? Prissy. Nail polish? So prissy.
But, try as I might, I couldn’t escape everything grooming-related. I remember how, after a bath, I’d sit on the stool in our old kitchen while Mom would brush detangler through my locks and then blow dry it. I used to complain that the heat from that devil machine was hurting—burning!—my ears and scalp, and Mom would tell me, “It hurts to be beautiful.” I’d say, “But Mooooom, I don’t want to be beautiful!” But I was going to be beautiful, dammit.
So, while my mom’s twisted style advice was that looking attractive might be liable to cause me pain and discomfort— she’s right about stilettos— read on to hear crazy tricks other mommies have taught us over the years. Remember: It doesn’t have to hurt to be beautiful. Keep reading »
Eating off of Andy Warhol’s face may not be the most appetizing idea, but we’re wild for these pop-tastic small plates bearing the visage of the eccentric Factory founder and his clever quips, like, “Art is what you can get away with.” For so cheap, we were amazed they aren’t throwaway paper plates! [$1.50 each, CB2] Keep reading »
Before you assume you can’t wear white denim, consider these tricks. I’m not a size zero or two — far from it — and blanco jeans don’t look tragic on me.
- Buy a half size or a full size bigger. When they’re white, tight jeans flatter no one. Avoid the sausage leg look—no one is looking at your size tag. I’m a fan of the J.Crew cropped matchstick jeans with platform heels. [$85, J.Crew]
- You can go cheap—but try them on first. The cheaper the jean, the thinner the jean. With regular wash, thin is fine—but with white denim you can see everything. No one needs to see cellulite through your jeans. I have an old Gap pair that are super thick and cost me less than $60, and I love Lucky bootlegs. [$99, Lucky Brand]
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The recession has had some pretty obvious effects on the fashion industry. Designers dropped out of fashion week, labels have closed, and mega sales are a regular occurrence as stores try to stay afloat. One unforeseen consequence of the economy is that blond models are getting most of the work in editorial shoots and ad campaigns.
Instead of sticking with the recent trend to use quirkier-looking girls, blond-haired, blue-eyed models are getting booked left and right. When there’s money at stake in a tough economy, no one wants to be blamed for making risky decisions that fail. According to Storm Models managing director Sarah Doukas, who discovered Kate Moss, “Ultimately, blonds are a safer bet for clients who want to hedge their bets. Plus when we’re constantly surrounded by bad news, that blond stereotype is zingy and upbeat.” Her agency and Premier Model Management have seen increases in the number of requests for blond models.
This reasoning may be why girls like Lily Donaldson and Toni Garn are getting so many jobs, and why Claudia Schiffer is back in business with Ferragamo and YSL ads. Even Gap’s spring campaign featured only blonds and a few minorities. Flip through the pages of Vogue or Elle and see how many pages feature flaxen-haired models. Then cry a little for all the brunettes who aren’t getting booked. [The Times]
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If you’re the type who drools over a pair of pumps, Massimo Gammacurta’s work should appeal to you. The New York-based fashion photographer is famous for concocting stylish still life pictures, and his latest series depicts lollipops in the shape of luxury brand logos. Is the subtext that the fashion world is sugar-coated? Or that a passion for style can’t be satiated by clothes alone? Either way, it would be pretty cool to go around sucking a purple Chanel logo (what does Chanel taste like anyhow — plum?) or a cherry YSL. [Gammacurta.com] Keep reading »
We’ve heard of face facials. But cleavage facials? Is there really that much you can do to pretty up what your mama gave you?
A UK writer scoped out the cleavage facial in which a spa professional massaged “bust uplifting serums” onto her breasts, followed by a rose oil hydrating mask. Alas, she wrote, the cleavage facial didn’t make her bust appear perkier, but she wasn’t complaining, saying it felt like “75 minutes of pure indulgence.”
We’re not convinced the cleavage facial is legit. Still, it couldn’t hurt to practice, especially with a male aesthetician … [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »