Combine history, design, and romance, and of course you get a winner: Originally fashioned as a hair restraint for samurai warriors, Mizuhiki grew into a Japanese cord-tying art form used as decorative symbolism. Playing with table design, Japanese company Oey combines Mizuhiki with chopsticks, binding them together with brightly colored twine. In the end, this symbolizes the act of enjoying a meal with a loved one and the wish of “being together forever.” (Aww!) Put these on the list for cute anniversary presents and wedding favors.
Rachel Zoe: Love her or hate her (and most people hate her), you can’t deny that she’s a force of fashion nature. She styles some of the most famous women in the world, has her own product line on QVC, her own TV show, and countless endorsement deals. The media generally has a skinny bone to pick with Rachel and her countless affectations and affections. (A New York Times reviewer called her “a pox on humanity.”) Yet I can’t help but be completely charmed.
Yes, she says dumb things. Yes, she talks in a stilted, lilting Valley Girl-all-grown-up accent. And yes, she’s so thin it almost hurts to look at her. But! She’s an independent successful woman who possesses one characteristic that we should all be trying to achieve: passion. Keep reading »
This is the least bangin’ strap-on we’ve ever seen. Apparently, there are people out there who want bangs so badly, they’ll don a headband with artificial hair attached to it. We understand the desire to switch up your hairstyle without having to wait months for it to grow out, but faking a fringe like this is guaranteed to look, well, fake. [Crushable via The Cut] Keep reading »
We’ve heard about “dressing for boys” vs. “dressing for girls,” but “man repelling” is an altogether new concept for us (although once you hear the definition you may identify). Leandra Medine runs a fashion blog dedicated to the art, and defines it as the act of “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” Keep reading »
Here’s what we call smart marketing—H&M
has announced that it’s getting back into the designer collaboration game … but they won’t say with whom! Yesterday, the company posted two videos to YouTube, each a 20-second interview which avoided revealing the designer’s face. Guesses based on gender, accent, and personal style for these first two so far: Thomas Maier, and possibly Carolina Herrera
. (H&M will reveal the answers on September 9.)
There are two new videos up now. The first gives us what should be telling hints—manicured nails and Geisha-like hair style. Except now we’re not sure this designer is Asian because of the misleading accent (we at first thought Vivienne Tam), and after listening a few times, we’re not even sure it’s a woman! Check after the jump for another mystery clip! Guesses? [YouTube] Keep reading »
Iconic photographer Cindy Sherman made a name for herself by doing self-portraits in fabulous disguises. In the September issue of Pop magazine, Sherman had the opportunity to use the Chanel archives as her costume supply, from which she sampled classic vintage looks made by Coco herself, as well as Karl Lagerfeld‘s contemporary designs. While Sherman has been known to channel stereotyped glamour, she also goes for the grotesque, yet her photos for Pop are a hilarious balance of the two. While she dresses up in high-fashion, her poses communicate disgust. Keep reading »