The awesome fashion blog Kingdom of Style always has something I’ve never seen before, and the latest is a series of fashions inspired by Sylvia Plath’s 1963 semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. The line was designed by Jaggy Nettle, a Scotland-based design house. The cashmere sweater seen here and worn by Kingdom of Style blogger Queen Michelle was modeled after the 1966 Faber & Faber cover of The Bell Jar, the spiraling circles of which seem to allude to Plath’s descent into madness chronicled in the book. In any case, we like our literary allusions wearable. [Kingdom of Style] Keep reading »
I live in Paris. And I wear pants. Which apparently means I’m in big trouble. I got a crazy talking to the other day from a man sitting next to me in a cafe when he told me what I was doing was illegal. I panicked for a second, hoping that my heroin stash hadn’t fallen out of my bag or that the security tag from my stolen shirt wasn’t showing. No, all good there, so what was the deal? “You’re wearing pants,” the creepster said. “You know it’s against the law for women to wear pants in Paris, right?” Keep reading »
Adult women either love wearing barrettes or feel too mature for them. But these Tiny Twig Hair Pins are sure to unite both sides of the barrette debate. The unusual twig design will enchant any woman who still has one foot planted in princess fairyland. And the gilded bronze will delight the lady who prefers a bobby pin to an attention-grabbing bow. You won’t have to worry about these hair pins weighing down your hair because they’re made from durable plastic, molded from real twigs, and given a bronze surface treatment.
MarKhed designed this very adorable girl-on-a-swing necklace. She grabs the chain that hangs around your neck, and when you move, she does her thing. It’s the perfect look for the swing dancer fashionista who likes retro things. [$70, Etsy] Keep reading »
If you live in Brooklyn, ride a bike, wear skinny jeans, or listen to bands with the words “wolf” or “deer” in their names, you’ve probably been called a hipster at one point or another. And each time this has happened, you’ve probably denied it or been offended. Looks like you may now rest in peace with your collection of Duran Duran band tees because according to pop culture analysts, the era of the hipster is over. Or at least nearing its end. That’s what’s implied with the new text from the n+1 foundation called What Was The Hipster: A Sociological Investigation (was being the operative word). In a New York magazine article adapted from the essay, the author points out that yes, hipsters are still alive and well but that “we have reached the end of an epoch in the life of the type. Its evolution lasted from 1999 to 2009, though it has shifted appearance dramatically over the decade. It survived this year; it may persist. Indications are everywhere, however, that we have come to a moment of stocktaking.” … Keep reading »
Tracy Clark-Flory, a senior writer at Salon, wrote of anxieties running high as subjects squeezed into uncomfortable shoes and deceptive shapewear at a photo shoot for More magazine’s November 2010 feature on young feminism, which both Clark-Flory and I participated in. Her conclusion? “There isn’t much that’s feminist about a feminist photo shoot.”
The problem with fashion spreads, of course, is that they’re subject to economic considerations which contradict feminism. The publications behind these spreads work with advertisers and designers that sell garments which are unattainable in size and price range to the average woman. (My photo shoot attire, for example, cost around $1,445.) Given their limitations, it’s not surprising that they end up perpetuating a very narrow definition of beauty that doesn’t exactly embrace individuality or diversity. But while I agree with Tracy that photo shoots are rarely, if ever, feminist affairs, I think ours was far more positive than most that make the pages of glossies. And perhaps there are a few lessons that editors and women can learn from it. Keep reading »