Sometimes it feels like that whole “best things in life are free” thing is a crock when all you really want are a pair of YSL cage heels or a mansion in the south of France. Okay, so maybe that’s asking for a lot, but at least fashion retailer Topshop gets your point. This summer, the U.S. newbie is offering up lots of free stuff. Beginning June 20th, New Yorkers can rent out free bikes through the Topshop Bike Rental Program, which we’re sure so many Manhattanites are psyched on not only because bike style is completely in these days, but also because NYC has been hard at work creating real bike lanes (go green!). On June 26th, the store will also host a screening at the Brooklyn Yard of “The Blow Up“, a sixties classic about a mod photographer living in London. The event (with an after party!) will be exclusive as entry can be gained only by finding secret tokens hidden in the Topshop store between June 20-25. Put the pedal to the metal! [StyleCaster, Topshop] Keep reading »
It’s certainly not enough that Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai are all over The Gap — now they’ll be available to Vena Cava aficionados everywhere with their very own blog, VivaVenaCava.blogspot.com. (And speaking of that Gap capsule collection, want some straight from the designers styling tips? They go all goth here.) According to Fashion Week Daily, Maylock and Buhai plan to post pretty much whatever they would have normally emailed around to their friends—anything from fashion to travel to textiles. Yippee! [Viva Vena Cava] Keep reading »
We were excited (and a bit jealous) about 17-year-old fashion blogger Jane Aldridge’s Urban Outfitters shoe collaboration. Now the pictures are out and we’re just bored. So bored. Keep reading »
There seems to be a prevailing notion that shorts–even dressy ones–can just be thrown on and everything will be alright. I mean, they’re shorts, they’re easy, right? Wrong, bitches. Dressy shorts, when handled incorrectly, will leave you looking effed up. Lest you, lovely readers, should leave the house in black silk shorts, a tee and Chucks, we’ll show you how to get it right. Keep reading »
Cobwebs come into fashion but once a year (Halloween), and are then resigned to lonely corners for the remainder. Not the case with Dollybird, whose designs feature preserved cobwebs in glass pendants that rest on necklace chains. Hand set in sterling, the one of a kind necklaces can be ordered in varying sizes, from one-inch to three-inch circles. There’s also a ring to rock Goth-style, allowing you to celebrate Halloween all year round. [$175 and up, Dollybird Design] Keep reading »
Raphael Young’s uncle, Alexandre Narcy, spent the entirety of his working life designing shoes for Yves Saint Laurent. To this day, Narcy’s influences can be seen in many of the classic YSL shapes. His nephew, however, didn’t quite get the shoe design gene, as you can see from the monstrosity of an ankle boot above. We’re all for going without heels every now and again, but these are just trying too hard to be clever, don’t you think?
Pointed, quilted, metallic and weird as hell, Young’s heelless creations are a classic case of Too Much Going On and could definitely do with some paring down. Or maybe they’re just beyond saving…what do you think? [Fashionologie]
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Rain ponchos are in for Spring 2010. [Dsquared2 Fashion Show, Milan, 6/23/09] Keep reading »
Thurston Moore isn’t the type you’d expect to stir up controversy on a late-night television show, least of all on “Jimmy Fallon.” Apparently, the Sonic Youth member’s Monday night appearance was punctuated with some drama once people figured out what was on his shirt. It was Questlove who tweeted, “thurston moore is wearing the riskiest tshirt ive ever seen on broadcast tv…gangsta move son,” that prompted further inspection. The Village Voice found that the culprit was a pornographic image lifted from the cover of an album by Mokinox called I’m Your Chair, which shows a cartoon of two naked men, one sitting atop the other guy’s butt. It sounds a bit strange at first, but not when you learn that the connection comes from Thurston’s friend, Chris Habib, who is behind the project and also has a design outlet.
And here we thought any Sonic Youth fashion issues would have to be taken up with Kim Gordon. [Village Voice] Keep reading »
Personally, I am a huge fan of headbands. I love them in all colors and all sizes, especially the large, unnecessarily flamboyant ones. After being inspired by so many brave fashion risk-takers in movies like Sex & the City I was beginning to wonder if that woman really does exist in real life. Meet Robyn English… Keep reading »
Is your blog so incredibly raw that its master deserves to be rewarded with $1000 worth of G-Star products? Is your blog so raw that it deserves to be mentioned in a magazine? If so, enter it in Dazed and Confused‘s Raw Blog Awards contest. The deadline is July 31st, after which the top 15 blogs in each category (music, fashion, arts & culture and photography) will be selected.
From there, it’s a cage match to the death. (By “cage match to the death” we mean “online poll starting August 1st.”) By September 1, the top blog in each of the four genres will be determined and the winners walk away with G-Star products and a mention in the October issue of Dazed and Confused. Not too shabby, eh? Keep reading »