For the most part, men have three color choices when it comes to suits: black, gray, and navy blue. They’ve been able to expand their shirt and tie options from the traditional white, blue, white and blue striped, and white and blue checked over the years, and perhaps the increase in popularity of golf and other country club sports made it more common for men to wear pale pink and purple shirts and ties. Pink has become a much more acceptable color for guys than it was just a few years ago, and it might soon be as acceptable as it was in the early 1900s.
Suits in practically fluorescent shades of pink came down the runways at the Fall 2009 Dolce & Gabbana show, the Spring 2009 Givenchy and Calvin Klein shows. And Refinery 29 spotted men wearing the neon shade on men outside fashion shows, too. Most guys I know probably won’t be suiting up in hot pink for work, but celebs like Kanye West and Pete Wentz would definitely throw one on for a premiere or a party. And I have a feeling we’re going to start seeing men wear this color a whole lot more often, even if only on their socks. Keep reading »
These soft, woven bangles remind us of the barrel stitch gimp bracelets we’d attempt to make in summer camp. We’d try to make one fit our wrist but would always run out of materials and get stuck with a stubby key chain. These leather bracelets are just as colorful, and they’re a major step up from plastic lanyard. [$93, CatherineRapetti.com] Keep reading »
“The Secret Life of Bees” is one of those movies that will make you cry, laugh and appreciate your friends. Set during the Civil Rights Era, the story focuses on Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) whose journey to learn about her dead mother takes her to the home of the Boatwright sisters in South Carolina. Lily forms a maternal bond with each of the sisters as they expose her to comfort, grace and spirituality–luxuries she has never been afforded at home. Queen Latifah as August Boatwright is as warm and compassionate as Matron Mama Morton was money-hungry in “Chicago.” The other actors, including Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo and Tristan Wilds, were also perfectly cast. You will connect to each of the characters and the issues at hand. The DVD release date is February 3, but it’s available for pre-order now. [$19.99, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Even after the mantyhose, skirts for men, bras for bros, girdles for guys, and Spanx just for dad, it’s still totally crazy and absurd to think about a man wearing a lacy garter around his thigh. My assumption was that men who wear garter belts must be cross-dressers or into the whole fetish thing. Right? But maybe I’m being narrow-minded over here. After all, John Galliano had male models rocking garter belts during his Fall 2009 runway show (above), and a company called Comfilon sells them along with thigh high stockings (see pic after the jump). Keep reading »
At today’s Christian Lacroix Haute Couture show in Paris, models wore polka dots, lots of tulle, and braided buns. In an interesting twist, their hair coordinated with their outfits. Now, my older sister painted her nails every single night for a year so they would coordinate with the next day’s outfit, and that was a lot of work. The hair coordinating would be at least 10 times more difficult, unless you wore the same color every day, of course. Keep reading »
Even though markets around the world aren’t at their best right now, the Paris haute couture shows will go on! Today was the start of the super high-end fashion event began today, and Karl Lagerfeld’s monochrome designs for Chanel Haute Couture came down the runway. The models wore paper flower hats — there must be a way to DIY this look, right? Take another look after the jump…
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Ever since Barack Obama began campaigning for the presidency, designers of a wide range of products have latched on to his marketability. And, at last, good old American pride seems to have gotten high fashion cred. Photographer Bruce Weber shot two models wearing Obama shirts with designer skirts and head pieces for Italian Vogue, and Elle‘s Kate Lanphear showed her presidential approval on Inauguration Day by sporting an “Obama Mama” tee. But Obama-fever isn’t relegated to T-shirts. A model who looks a little bit like our president closed Lanvin’s Fall 2009 show in Sunday. Hooray for the U.S.A.!
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Veronica Valter, of Million Dollar Looks, wrote an awesome story called “7 Tips For Women With A Big Bust.” While her advice, from getting bras that fit to swimsuits with cup support, was all good, it was a little too modest for girl like me with big ta-ta’s who likes her bragging rights. If I wanted to lessen the impact of my golden globes, I would have gotten a breast reduction like our babelicious Wendy. Her new sweater kittens are sweet and really prove that any titty committee is sexy. Well, I’ve got some tips of my own, and I think they work on melons, both big and small. But they do require one special size — a gigantic amount of confidence. Especially if you’re stacked, there is just no hiding them. So why try to conceal what was made to be revealed? With that ethos, here is my advice for making your tits the center of attention!
1. Make-Up: This tip is the gospel truth I learned from the Queen of Cleave herself, Dolly Parton. We all pay so much attention to evening the skin on our face, but what about our boobs?! After all, all eyes are on them — even if you’re surrounded by a band, Kenny Rogers, back up singers, and giant sparkly set pieces. So, use powder or bronzer and, in some cases, even blush, to make your cleavage pop and match the tan on your face. Now, think twice about using something extreme like foundation; it’s only for those times when you have a blemish to hide and, even then, use sparingly. No one wants to peel off your bra and see a painted tan line…or worse yet, eat that bad make-up job! Keep reading »
If your 2009 isn’t quite getting off to the start you’d been hoping, you get another chance today with the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, money is given in red envelopes to unmarried young people, bringing both the giver and the recipient good fortune — that’s why this Double Fast Luck Emotibomb from Lush is in the shape of a coin. Put it on the floor of your shower and a spicy-orange scent emits from it, along with (we hope) good luck for the new year. [$3.95, LushUSA.com] Keep reading »
I have to say, these are some of the most extreme high-heels I’ve ever seen. Created by Karo’s Shoes, these skyscrapers have nine-inch heels that are more stilts than stilettos. Coupled with the leather ankle strap and the wood heel, I’d venture this is the perfect pair for hardcore shoe fetishists. Another similar model has an 8-1/2 inch invisible heel. An eight-incher is more like an extreme pump. And these are just, well, weird. The entire collection reminds me of the Christian Louboutin/David Lynch collaboration of a couple years back. The question is — do you think you could walk in a pair? [Trend de la Creme] Keep reading »