Fashion just can’t live in the present, can it? You see this when bikinis hit the shelves in February, and when the stores start stocking chunky knits in 90-degree weather. And now runway fashion, which is always shown a season ahead, is more on your radar than ever thanks to Twitter and the blogosphere, which makes it available instantly (whereas before, you might actually see fall collections for the first time in fall magazine issues). Of course, we’re not complaining because we gobble up images of the shows minutes after they’re posted. We do have to say this, however: it is a bit frustrating to watch presentations of spring collections during fall fashion week. By now, we’ve nearly forgotten about the autumn/winter merchandise we saw on the runway months ago, and now have new obsessions. Problem is, short-short weather is months off. Regardless, we definitely find ourselves taking style inspiration from fashion week, even if it’s the wrong season. Do you do this, too? Keep reading »
It turns out women have always submitted their feet to extreme fashion. This is a picture of a woman in Damascas, Syria, in 1873. Notice anything weird about her outfit? Oh, yeah — she’s wearing sky-high platform shoes. Those platforms, known as “chopines,” were designed to protect women’s shoes and dresses from being sullied on the city streets. But they also served as a social signifier — the taller your chopines, the better your social standing. Some were more than 20 inches high. That really is a killer platform. [TYWKIWDBI blog] Keep reading »
Ameriie seems to be banking on her new platinum hair and the new spelling of her name (she’s added an extra “i”) to sell her new album. But let’s just say two out of three of her new ventures are fails. And since I haven’t yet heard the album, you know exactly what I’m talking about. [The YBF] Keep reading »
With fall just around the corner, it’s time to put away our open-toed slingbacks and flip-flops in favor of shoes that shelter our dogs from the cold. These towering Botkin pumps are the perfect shoe to take you from the office to happy hour — the round toe is demure and ladylike, while the detailing on the heel gives the shoe an unexpected tough edge. Plus, this rusty shade of burgundy is special but still neutral enough to match with anything in your closet. We’ll take them in a size 8, thanks!
If you love following New York Fashion Week, but you’re more interested in seeing what the women on the streets and sidewalks outside the shows are wearing than what the models are wearing on the catwalks, make sure to follow Jak & Jil fashion photographer blogger Tommy Ton’s street chic shots on Style.com. New photos are added daily, all featuring the ladies in their chicest shoes, best-assembled accessories, and, this season, loads and loads of denim. Actually, we think we prefer these girls to the supers. [Style.com] Keep reading »
We’ve often purchased shampoos claiming to be “nutrient-rich” and promising healthier hair, only to find that the results are unimpressive and the products act just like normal shampoos. Some suggest that labels advertising nutrient benefits are gobbling your dollars because, in fact, it’s very difficult for the hair shaft to absorb them, and thus benefit from them. How Life Works explains that putting cleansing products with active ingredients on your hair is akin to putting fertilizer on the leaves of a plant instead of the root. When you lather up, “the shampoo molecules [shampoos] contain are too large to penetrate the cells of hair and more importantly the tiny hair follicles where our hair actually grows. They sit atop the follicle until we wash them away.” Interesting. Do you go for the ultra-basic in shampoos? Or are you a loyal fan of certain brands with bells and whistles? [How Life Works] Keep reading »