Talk about Grade-A ass, Oxford students posed nude for a charity calendar benefiting TravelAid, an organization that works to eradicate third-world hunger. The $15 calendar features coeds on the grounds of the venerable institution, studying in the library, rowing, and playing the cello—sans clothing.
Though some alumni were peeved by the bawdiness of the project, administrators consented to the series of photo shoots of their best and brightest students in the buff because it was for charity. And the students themselves had loads of fun shooting it. “Given the opportunity I’d gladly get my kit off again in the university to raise money for a worthy cause — it’s liberating,” said one birthday-suit lovin’ babe. You have to admit, this has to be a change from their everyday scholarly days. We say, if you got it, flaunt it… especially for a worthwhile cause. [Daily Mail]
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I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why someone decided to design these shoes. From what I gather, they were created in Russia for the manliest of men. I bet any man caught wearing these would have a hard time getting his manness off (if you know what I mean). [Imelda via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Most of us gave up our prima ballerina dreams right around plié. We’re starting to think we should have stuck with things, because apparently the payoff can include dancing your heart out in Chanel’s couture atélier. The lucky ballerina who got to do it was Elena Glurdjidze, a member of the English National Ballet, who wore a Karl Lagerfeld-designed tutu for the dance of “Dying Swan,” which will be performed in London’s Sadler Wells Theatre this month. With over 100 hours of work, the exquisite skirt was comprised of 2,500 feathers. In this video, Lagerfeld films Glurdijdze in the costume, dancing around the Chanel logo in his Paris studio.
Amid rumors that Karl is leaving Chanel, this film seems to only reinforce his connection with the label; Coco Chanel was a dance lover and designed costumes for a number of ballets. If Chanel made some affordable ballet flats, we’d be all up in those now, ready to show the Kaiser our fancy footwork.
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In a beauty world where you can change the color of your hair, the size of your breasts, and even the length of your nose, why should those with earlobes that chafe their shoulders have to suffer? Well they don’t anymore with my latest beauty find: The Neck Stretcher. Keep reading »
Victorinox, purveyors of Swiss Army knives and all manners of utilitarian items, is no longer content with being confined to outdoorsy devices. They’ve moved into the scent market with the recent release of Swiss Unlimited, an eau de toilette that smells like “Swiss essence with notes of wooded silver fir, alpine herbs, and absinthe.” So rejoice, you can now smell like nature and illegal, hallucinogenic alcohol any time you want! And because the handy-dandy bottle—which looks more like a flask than a perfume container—comes with a carabiner, you’ll never be without the option of freshening up, even when stranded in the woods being mauled by a grizzly bear. [WWD] Keep reading »
The HanaHana Nose Stretcher is not for the beauty faint of heart. I always thought that Brazilian bikini waxes and Botox were marks of the beauty brave, but there needs to be a whole new category for those who try the HanaHana Nose Stretcher. This Japanese nose stretcher (does anyone else think this sounds like a form of torture?) is basically a super-strong pink clothespin. This contraption works by clamping it over your nostrils for a few minutes every day, and apparently the extreme pressure exerted over the cartilage stretches your nose out—a look coveted by girls who think their nose it too flat or “button-like.” I have no current plans to do a beauty test drive on this product, but for $7 you can try it and let me know how it turns out.
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Days of the week underwear is a wonderful fashion concept—if you’re going to have one of something you love, why not have seven? Enter the Ring a Day, which are stainless steel sheets (almost stencil-like) that come with seven with pre-cut rings of different shapes to pop out and wear for a week. Once removed from its packaging, the ring makes a minimalist statement, as it sits flat in the shapes of diamonds and gems. Once you’re done, continue the fun by hanging the leftover sheets/stencils on your wall. Or, a small hole at the top allows you to string them on a necklace, which, we have to say, is kinda weird. (What we think is cuter would be to make a charm necklace out of the cutouts.) The best part: unlike those days of the week underwear, there are no specific dates for each ring. So you’ll never get in trouble again for wearing your Mondays on a Wednesday. [$140, Supermarkethq.com] Keep reading »
As someone who has at least a surface interest in interior design, I feel pretty strongly that a person’s possessions and home decor ought to say something about him or her. I, for example, have a ton of Asian crap around my apartment, like silkscreens, fans, woodwork and other knick-knacks, not because I’m Asian, but because I was born in Japan and lived the first 13 years of my life in Asia. My fiance, whom I live with, has framed concert posters of Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn, a nod to his favorite music. And I guess people who are really into safe sex and, um, sleeping would love this silkscreened condom pillow. It comes with a little slot to keep your real condoms, and even a giant fabric condom that I guess you could use as a sort of laundry bag. Any other ideas? A condom ghost? Pillow set is $80 at Etsy. [via Tools of Attraction] Keep reading »
“To me, to pick the right blouse with the right sensibility feels in some ways like art. I’m an artist, but I’m painting with clothes.”
That’s totally the sort of obtuse thing Karl Lagerfeld would say, but it’s actually a quote from Eric Daman, the costume designer for “Gossip Girl.” Good, because we’d expect nothing less than putting Michaelangelo-esque precision into dressing Chuck Bass!
The New York Times‘s Television section [interviewed costume designers from hit shows like “Gossip Girl” and “Mad Men” and shook them down for some secrets. Our favorites after the jump… Keep reading »
Ruh-roh, looks like someone is giving Kanye a run for his money with these uber-loud specs. The man behind the frames is StevieBoi. Do you know who StevieBoi is? We didn’t either until just now, but apparently he’s kind of a big deal. He’s hoping these low-visibility sunglasses become all the rage in clubwear. Take your pick—look like a poser in black-and-silver checks (“Checkerboard Shine”), or look like a bigger douche in shiny gold with a zipper across the top of the rims (“Gold Zipems”). It’s probably a good thing the glasses have only 80 percent visibility because you won’t be able to see how bad you look, or worse, the bad looks people give you. [StevieBoi.comTrend de la Creme] Keep reading »