Hey there, sailor…it’s Fleet Week in NYC! It’s that time of year when even girls who swear they don’t dig dudes in uniform realize they are hard-pressed to resist the all American charm of nautical men.
If you are so inclined to do your patriotic duty and show one of these boys around town, we do not suggest wearing nautical-themed clothes. A night out on the town with a sailor while wearing a nautical outfit is a bit too much camp, even for us. This year we are thinking that a blast from the past of the best pin-up girl looks from the ’50s are the best bet for setting sea-faring hearts aflutter. Keep reading »
According to old school fashion rules, now that Memorial Day is upon us, we can dust off our bright whites without committing a fashion faux pas.
But the sort of thinking that declares a strict divide between summer and winter clothes is just too fussy for us—try these five of our favorite trends from the winter even as summer waxes on. Besides, we’ve never been sticklers for fashion rules anyway. Keep reading »
Nothing says ‘I Love My President’ like a tin of pomade. At least, that’s what the folks at Murray’s must have been thinking when they debuted the ‘Murray’s for Obama’ specialty tin, which is filled with their legendary hair pomade and conditioner. The orange-red can is stamped with a drawing of President and first Lady Obama rocking some pretty classic ‘fros. We totally love Murray’s—that s**t works, but we wonder if they took too much liberty with the Obamas likeness.
Well, whether it’s perceived as cool or too caricature-like, it is for a good cause. The collectors item sells online for up to $4 or $7 bucks a pop, depending on size and a portion of the proceeds goes to support charities. In the eighty-plus years the company has been around this is the first time they have created a custom product for a sitting president. So maybe it is a stylin’ honor. [Murrays]
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Complaints about under representation of African-American models in the fashion world isn’t just limited to the United States: Sao Paulo Fashion Week has been involved in a squabble regarding race after an investigation found that last year’s event showcased only eight black models among a total of 344. (FYI—Brazil has more people of African descent than anywhere outside of Africa, with almost half of the population either black or of mixed race.)
An agreement has been reached just in time for Brazil Fashion Week —which starts next month—mandating that fashion companies use 10 percent of models of African or indigenous descent. It’s a serious measure for designers, especially smaller companies, who would have to ante up as much as $120,000 if found not in compliance. [BBC] Keep reading »
Summer has (almost) arrived! You know what that means? It’s time to put down the Dostoyevsky and put that dogeared copy of “Siddhartha” back on the shelf — those books are for the damp, frigid winter — and pick up some trashy, sexy, and deeply enjoyable beach reading. Our first recommendation for your summer of pleasurable page turning? “Bought” by Anna David. The novel is a followup to “Party Girl,” and continues to follow the oh-so-exciting life of L.A. magazine writer, Emma Swanson. This time around, she’s writing a story about a high-class call girl and discovers some tricks of the trade in the process. But it’s not all fun and games, as Emma must contend with a moral quandry of her own. Hooked yet? [$14.99, Amazon]
We’re giving away five copies of “Bought” by Anna David, but you have to work if you want it in your beach bag. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, May 22 through Thursday, May 28—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
American Apparel’s Coming Soon section shows products that will be sold by the retailer in the near future. Along with an oversized hair bow, a shiny vinyl weekend bag, and a nylon spandex micro-mesh long sleeve button-up, the store is planning to offer “sheer luxe cut-out pantyhose.” The name is misleading. It’s not like these tights have a fancy cut-out pattern in them. No, there isn’t anything covering the wearer’s ass. I guess American Apparel knows what its clientele wants? [American Apparel via Refinery29] Keep reading »
We’re shedding our winter clothes (and showing some skin) now that the temperature is heating up. But since we live in an area that is chilly for more than half of the year, we have to relearn how to dress and groom for warm weather every year. Here are the rules to avoid fashion faux pas, embarrassment, and offending others after the jump. Keep reading »
A saucy catwalk stunt by Bollywood-hearthbrob Akshay Kumar landed him and his wife in the slammer. During Lakme Fashion Week, Kumar, who is brand ambassador for Levi’s “Unbuttoned” collection, attempted to do just that when he paused on the catwalk and asked his wife to unbutton his jeans. It would have been cute, if it wasn’t illegal. According to section 294 of the Indian Penal code this sexy-time stunt violated India’s obscenity laws and is punishable to up to two years in prison.
After the stunt, someone filed a complaint and Kumar’s wife was arrested while Akshay followed by turning himself in to cops. The stunt-loving star apologized to the public and his wife was let out on bail. Sigh, how quickly feeling frisky can lead to being frisked! [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »
Skinny jeans are dangerous! For some wearers of especially tight jeans, nerve compression can occur in the thighs, producing a tingling or numbing sensation. This happened to Parmeeta Ghoman, a 28-year-old San Francisco woman who reported a bizarre tingling sensation in her legs after wearing a pair of the too-tight pants. When she stood up, she couldn’t feel her legs at all and felt like she was floating. The condition, which can be brought on by pressure, say, from super-tight material wrapping around your thighs, is called meralgia paresthetica, or “tingling thigh syndrome.” Wearing high-heels apparently increases the risk of this phenomenon because of how they change your body position.
But don’t get your panties in a bundle just yet—the situation is reversible and not serious. All one has to do is (duh) take off the jeans, ditch the heels, and wear looser pants. This should either come as a relief or fashion death sentence, in which case feel free to sport the skinnies at your own risk. [MSNBC] Keep reading »
Looking for something to go with your bacon bra? Behold: bedazzled beef jerky underwear. This hand-crafted pair can be yours for the bargain price of just $139. Therapy for the jerky-induced wedgie not included. [Etsy] Keep reading »