If you live in Jersey and want to get a Brazilian wax in preparation for bikini weather (or a big date), you might soon have to travel to another state to get your hair down there removed. If a proposal is passed by the New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, genital waxing would become explicitly illegal there. Currently, statutes allow for waxing of the face, neck, arms, legs, and abdomen, and officials say that genital waxing has therefore always been illegal but wasn’t spelled out. If full bikini waxes get banned, we suspect the mob will set up a black market for women who insist on going bare. Too bad Tony Soprano isn’t around anymore, because he would take care of the situation — we can’t imagine him standing for Carmela or Gloria going around ungroomed. [Philly.com] Keep reading »
Tyra Banks may be trying to groom the next supermodel on “America’s Next Top Model,” but over in Tokyo, they’re building their catwalkers from motors, batteries, and software. On March 23, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will unveil HRP-4C, a sleek Cybernetic fashion model that is battery-powered and programmed to mimic the facial expressions, gait, and poses of real supermodels. This robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall — quite a bit shorter than the average runway model, but her 95-pound weight will have every starving supermodel jealous. Although her shape represents the average Japanese woman, her eyes, face, and hair are based on anime comics. Like most runway walkers, this robot is programmed only for entertainment, not housework. At a cost of $2 million, this model might never come to market, but experts expect a multi-billion dollar robot industry in the future. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Michelle Obama hasn’t even been First Lady for a full two months, and she’s already getting recognized for making an impact on American fashion. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced that Obama will be presented with the Board of Directors’ Special Tribute when the year’s fashion awards are given in June. Along with this acknowledgement, the nominees for the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, given to an emerging American designer two Obama favorites: Thakoon Panichgul and Jason Wu. So, if a young designer wants commendation (and a sweet cash prize to help their business), clearly they should keep the First Lady in mind. And if Obama attends the CFDA gala, what will she wear — maybe a Thakoon-Wu mashup? Keep reading »
Hey. You. Yeah, you. The guy at the other end of the bar. The tall, dark, handsome fellow. Holding your sunglasses. Sporting that black jacket. The white shirt. The day-old stubble. AND THE LATEX STOCKINGS WITH MATCHING THONG AND GARTERS. I was trolling the internet when I encountered this fellow. He’s really … something, isn’t he? I don’t even know what to say about him. Or what I would say to him if I met him in a bar. “I like your … pumps?” As Tim Gunn would say: “That’s a lotta look.” And, indeed, it is. Between the meggings, the male polish, and the bros, I know I’m starting to feel a little confused about 21st century gender roles. Well, at least if my stilettos disappear, I’ll know who nicked them. [Simon O.] Keep reading »
The French have an uncanny ability to take anything and make it chic — just think about how cute they look toting loaves of bread under their armpits! On Hollywood, Mon Amour, Nouvelle Vague producer Marc Colin takes songs from ’80s movies — “Take my Breath Away” from “Top Gun,” “Don’t you Forget About Me” from “The Breakfast Club,” etc. — and has various singers record them in a way that sounds sexy but simple. After listening to Yael Naim’s rendition of “Flashdance What A Feeling,” you will never again associate that song with oversized, off-the-shoulder sweatshirts or Jennifer Beals’ fancy footwork. [$13.98, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Nearly 40, Claudia Schiffer is lookin’ good on the cover of the April issue of Vogue and we have to admit, it’s nice to see a friendly face- not to mention an adult one. In an age where models seem to be getting younger and younger, Schiffer is part of a trend of talented women breaking through the ageist industry and proving they’re as sexy and valued as ever! As Schiffer tells Vogue, i“All of my friends are my age and we are all aging at the same time. We talk about it and moan, but it doesn’t bother me.” And we highly doubt any man could complain about this knock out! Seriously, the confidence of these sexy models, who are not teenagers anymore, are beating the odds of a highly critical, looks based business. Thanks to the women in this slideshow, true beauty is something we all can achieve at every age.
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No item of clothing says spring has arrived more than a trench coat. It is the rainy season after all. But a trench in a bright color like this creamy yellow means you’ll still look weather appropriate when it’s sunny. To change up the look, you can add a grosgrain ribbon belt or some brooches. [starts at $49.99, Gap.com] Keep reading »
There’s something weird going on in the fashion world right now, and as much as we like to experiment with clothes and accessories, we can’t agree with it. Strange bootie-like shoes are popping up all over the place, but they’re not boots in the traditional sense because they’re a part of or can be added to summery shoes.
I was perusing one of my favorite online shops, Creatures of Comfort, when I came upon these espadrille booties by Zucca. While I am looking for a new pair of espadrilles, you won’t see these on my feet. Don’t designers remember how hot it gets in the spring and summer? My legs would overheat if they were ensconced in thick canvas.
Similarly, we spotted something called “Bootilegs” on Trend de la Creme. These spat-like calf coverings can be added to any shoe or sandal, so they can be worn in any season! Please, for the sake of your beautiful calves, Just Say No to summer booties. Keep reading »
Ask any man where he wants to go for his birthday and 98% of the time* he will answer “steak house.” Ask him today, and hopefully he’d have the good sense to utter, “Steak and a blow job please,” as today, March 14, is the unofficial reverse Valentine’s Day known as “Steak & Blow Job Day.” I won’t tell you how to do the latter (that’s Dr. V’s territory), but I can handle the former. Face it, if you’re hitting up a spot a few steps up from the Red Lobster, chances are the meal will cost you a few Benjamins. As with most DIY projects, this steak dinner will save you enough greenbacks to fund a new birthday dinner outfit without compromising what it is he desires – a juicy seared steak. (*unconfirmed but highly probable statistic) Keep reading »