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Are Plus-Sized Woman Finally Acceptable Fashion Icons?

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is not known for loving larger women. In fact, she even got Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy to see a trainer and go on a diet for a story in the magazine’s April 2008 issue. But it seems as though Wintour is changing her tune. The British, Grammy-nominated singer Adele was recently photographed by Annie Liebovitz for an issue of Vogue, and Wintour took such a liking to her that the editor offered to style her for the Grammy Awards. Hmm… This sounds a lot like the time when Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley took Jennifer Hudson under his Balenciaga-designed wing, after she was nominated for an Oscar for “Dreamgirls.” Could it be possible that Vogue has, at last, realized that amazing women come in double-digit sizes? We certainly hope so, because most of us look a whole lot more like Adele in clothes than we do Kate Moss. Now, if Wintour can aid Adele in landing a deal as the face of some fashion house, then we’ll really know that change has come. Keep reading »

Crave: Important Artifacts… By Leanne Shapton

How do you remember a relationship after it has ended? By letters sent? Photos from vacations? Recipes from desserts eaten together? In Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry (Sarah Crichton Books), author Leanne Shapton recounts the relationship, from beginning to end, between fictional characters Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, through an auction catalog of items amassed during their time together. It’s compelling, yet heartbreaking, to see how they fall apart, as shown through notes, emails, gifts, books, photos, and clothes that are up for (fictional) sale at the Strachan & Quinn auction house. [$10.80, Amazon.com] Keep reading »

Designer Collaborations Are Only A Good Thing When Done Right

JCPenney’s collaboration with designer Charlotte Ronson, I Heart Ronson, just came out, but I’m not going to buy anything from it. In fact, I’m getting a little sick of designers collaborating with big retailers.

When Target first began doing its Go International designer collaborations back in 2006 with Luella Bartley, I was beyond psyched. At the time, I was an assistant at a magazine and wasn’t making anywhere near enough to pay for some of the styles on its page. With Go International, I could at last afford clothes by the new designers everyone was talking about. And because the lines were nicely done and even the people who could afford the pricier stuff wanted pieces from them, there was no shame in buying a dress from Target. Keep reading »

In Case Of Emergency, Inflate Skirt

Ever since the crash-landing on the Hudson a couple of weeks ago that prompted a re-examination of the old “women and children” first tradition, I’ve been totally freaked out over the possibility of finding myself in some horrific accident in which feminism might totally screw with my chance of beating the little old men in my company to safety. I mean, sure, I want equal rights and everything, but not at the expense of, you know, my life. Can’t we just have both? Well, thanks to designer Yael Mer, maybe we can. His new Evacuation Skirt may be the answer to our prayers. Perfectly cute and stylish when it’s deflated, it can quickly inflate into a kayak “with the right amount of volume to carry a grown up woman.” Who needs to be first when she’s a boat? [via White Space] Keep reading »

Engagement Rings For Hard Times

Valentine’s Day is the second-biggest time of year for wedding proposals, but the average amount spent on an engagement ring is expected to drop 9.8 percent this year, down to $2,900. Well, hard times don’t have to mean forgoing a ring altogether. Whether you want a real (but tiny) diamond, or something that looks like a diamond, you have options, even if you or your love are just scraping by. Remember, it’s not about the ring, well, unless you’re a Diamond Digger. Keep reading »

I Wanna Dress Like: “The Breakfast Club”

Well I don’t want to dress like all the characters from this classic from 1985, just Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) and Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy). They both have such distinct looks, yet their style can be reinterpreted for today. Keep reading »

Crave: Rae Dunn Custom Napkin Rings

Every once in a while we stumble upon an item that isn’t necessary, but it brings something to the table. Napkin rings aren’t essential the way food is, but it’s hard to resist this brilliant design by Etsy artist Rae Dunn. Handcrafted and imprinted into clay, these chunky rings can be customized with either her foodie words or your own. Dinner’s at 7pm – don’t be late. [$112 for 8, Etsy] Keep reading »

“Lars And The Real Girl”-Inspired Jackets

Blowup dolls will keep you warm — especially when they’re turned into fresh track jackets. Dutch designer (and über hottie) Sander Reijgers has had his way with a whole lot of blowup dolls and then repurposed them into stylish, if unusual, threads. The Mama Anders line is made for both women and men, and the clever craftsman from the Netherlands isn’t shy about using the nether regions of these dolls for decorative small pockets. He also uses the fishnet stockings for pattern and the dolls’ noggins make nifty “eyes in the back of your head” hoodies. These are really the only blowup dolls we’d be cool with our significant other slipping into. [World of Wonder] Keep reading »

Pay Tribute To Michelle Obama’s Style Without Wearing A Cheap Knockoff

The Michelle Obama-focused style blog Mrs. O is getting into the Obama-inspired fashion business. Don’t worry, the site hasn’t become completely tasteless and started selling knockoffs of her outfits. Instead, they’re copying her in a cheeky way, by putting her style on an American Apparel shirt. The Mrs. O T-shirt is a trompe l’oeil interpretation of Obama’s final presidential debate outfit, a Maria Pinto dress worn with three Erickson Beamon flora brooches pinned to a single strand of peals. The limited edition shirt will be available for $30 starting today, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Operation USO Care Package, an initiative the real Mrs. O supported in her 2008 holiday greeting. Keep reading »

Lucky Makes Shopping Even Easier

Even though its sister magazine Domino folded last week, Lucky will continue to bring readers their shopping fix, and now they’ll even do the legwork for you. Today the magazine launched a free iPhone application, Lucky at Your Service Digital Concierge, that helps you find clothes featured in the magazine at a store near you. Right now, the application features the more than 70 shoes listed in its March shoe guide and lets users shop by type, brand, color, and size. After you’ve found something you want, just click the “Find It Near You” button and it will either use GPS or a ZIP code to determine a where your shoe of choice is available. You can even call and have them put on hold. Just one way Lucky is trying to do their part to help the economy bounce back! (We just hope that giving away the service for free doesn’t put the magazine out of business.) Keep reading »

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