Look, it’s Madonna showing Taylor Momsen, 16, how to work it, work it. Madge was directing and photographing Miss Momsen for a commercial featuring the former’s Material Girl line collaboration with daughter Lourdes Ciccone, 13. Is it wrong to be worried for the children? [NYC, 7/28/10] Keep reading »
While lawmakers hoped that imposing a tanning tax would help people cut down on the skin-harming treatment, they should possibly be focusing their efforts on making stricter enforcements on older tanning laws. Since 2009, it’s been illegal for anyone under 14 to use tanning salons, and anyone under 18 must have parental consent. An undercover op by The New York Post shows that in the New York City region, this regulation is rarely followed. A Post reporter sent a 14-year-old to five tanning salons, four of which did not ask for her age or a parental consent form. (To set your minds at ease: the teen didn’t actually go through with the tanning at each stop.) There’s more bad news. Tanning salon employees are required to warn clients about the dangers of indoor baking and inform them about the serious melanoma and cancer risks associated with tanning beds. According to the Post: “None of the 13 parlors visited provided the state’s official tanning-hazards information sheet or the ‘statement of acknowledgment form,’ on which the customer indicates knowing the dangers.” What’s to be done? Should tanning salons be checked up on regularly and fined when not in compliance? [New York Post] Keep reading »
While we’re not exactly superstitious, it doesn’t hurt to employ a few extra sources of good luck, right? Though we’re not ready to start carrying around a rabbit foot, we’d totally consider a pretty but powerful charm in the form of jewelry. Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Horseshoe Bangle toes the line between over the top and chic without going overboard on the kitschiness. Keep it simple by wearing just the horseshoe or load up on bangles and hope for the best in luck and love.
High fashion is usually a skinny woman’s game (which is not so surprising when you consider the 15-year-old girls stomping designer looks down the runways). But Saks Fifth Avenue is taking a bold step to be inclusive to all women by beginning to sell plus sizes. The flagship department store in New York City will soon offer high-end clothes by Chanel, Fendi, Yves St. Laurent and other designers up to at least size 14; depending on the designer, some clothes will be available up to size 20. Huh. I didn’t even know companies like Chanel made bigger sizes. Did Saks make this decision out of the goodness of its heart? Or was it a financial decision? I would imagine in a bad economy, when $7,000 skirts aren’t flying off hangers, Saks decided to broaden their clientele. But, hey, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if the company brings this new size-conscious model to stores around the country at a future date. [Racked] Keep reading »
Honestly, I’m all for some controversy in advertising. In a dog-eat-dog market, sometimes the most effective way to win a market share is by creating the most provocative campaign. But it’s got to do its job. You can’t just be shocking for the sake of being shocking, or else you end up failing in your mission to move product and waste your marketing dollars. When it comes to this ad for Beymen Blender, a pop-up store in Istanbul, Turkey, one could say it’s misogynist, offensive, or a series of other criticisms, yet what if you take it to the bottom line: Does seeing this chopped-up, butchered woman hanging from meat hooks make you want to go buy clothes? I can’t parse it if I try. She’s naked so … I should cover myself up? Or someone will chop me up? The tag line reads: “The concept store with a butcher shop.” Is that literal? Like, it’s literally a clothing store that has a butcher shop, too? But if so, why the massacred lady? I am flummoxed. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
Anything can become weird if you think about it too much. Like how if you say your name over and over again, it begins to sound like nothing but weird sounds? That’s kind of what happened to me yesterday when I zoned out during my manicure. As I watched the polish going on my nails, I got to thinking, How did we ever think to cover up our nails? Who did it first? Why? What did people use? When did the shiny lacquers we have now become commonplace? Style nerds, rejoice: I’ve compiled a brief history of nail polish for you to digest.
- Class Act: Nail polish is thought to have originated in China as early as 3000 BC when the Chinese used to paint their nails (with a mixture of egg whites, beeswax, and arabic gum) according to the colors of the ruling dynasty. Apparently, wearing nail polish was a marker of class: only the upper class sported it. If you were lower class and tried wearing nail polish? Death penalty. (At least, some sources say.)
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