Skin woes: I am intimately familiar with them. I enjoyed the first two decades of my life with a face as smooth, pale, and unblemished as an egg shell. I fielded endless compliments about the condition and clarity of my perfect skin, as well as many an elderly person croaking in my general direction that I “SHOULD NEVER GO OUT IN THE SUN.” And when old people tell you things, you listen. Then, about a year ago, everything changed. (I would appreciate if somebody could please hold my hand while I talk about this.) While in the past I hadn’t weathered much more than a whitehead or two every so often, I started developing swollen, excruciatingly painful cystic acnes (not a scientific term) that would never come out from underneath my skin. They would just linger there, taunting me, until I hauled ass to the dermatologist and got them injected with cortisone for the small price of an insurance copay.
The story does not end here. I guess my previously perfect skin had just had it with me, or the fact that all I ever seemed to be doing was eating Chinese food and chain-smoking (ugh, I know, I was sick of me too), because it hasn’t been the same since, even despite my having made some significant Lifestyle Changes. I definitely don’t get as many terrible cysts as I used to, praise god, but my face is full of texture and other stuff that I don’t like. Because my number one priority is always, without fail, presenting what I like to refer to as “a united front,” I got really, really good at concealer instead of sitting around looking in the mirror and crying about it. Just kidding, I sat in front of the mirror and cried about it first, then I got really good at concealer. Keep reading »
Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries said he only wants his clothes worn by “the cool and popular kids,” not the “not-so-cool kids,” which is why sizes only go up to women’s size 10. Men’s sizes, by the way, go up to XL and XXL because it’s only women who can be too fat for Abercrombie’s clothes. Fuck that noise! Here’s Jes from the blog The Militant Baker posing with a traditionally “hot” male model in a variety of Abercrombie & Fitch poses. In an open letter on her web site she writes,
“I didn’t take these pictures to show that the male model found me attractive, or that the photographer found me photogenic, or to prove that you’re an ostentatious dick. Rather, I was inspired by the opportunity to show that I am secure in my skin and to flaunt this by using the controversial platform that you created. I challenge the separation of attractive and fat, and I assert that they are compatible regardless of what you believe. Not only do I know that I’m sexy, but I also have the confidence to pose nude in ways you don’t dare. You are more than welcome to prove me wrong by posing shirtless with a hot fat chick.”
Who says fat girls aren’t the cool kids? [The Militant Baker via BuzzFeed]
This busted, ’90s-inspired, rhinestone-covered, I-could-probably-get something-comparable-for-$9.99-at-Capezio’s body suit by Michael Kors is priced at $5,450. That is all. [Yoox]
I know doing a Well Played post about Heidi Klum on the beach is painfully predictable, like, “Oh really? Heidi Klum looked great at the beach? YOU DON’T SAY.” But this picture caught my eye because beach outfits and swimsuit cover-ups are always, always brightly colored floral prints, and then here’s Heidi chilling on the beach with her bodyguard boyfriend in this black and white striped Beetlejuice-y dress. It’s an unexpected choice, and it looks awesome. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
As I move through the world, I often feel like Larry David on the inside. But this dress, designed by voice actress/creative builder/seamstress Erin Pearce, allows you to wear your propensity for faux pas on the outside in the form of a well-tailored frock. Pretty, pretty, pretty pretty good. I’m calling it: the dress of summer.
If your inner self is shorter and a tad more self-loathing, you may want to consider Erin Pearce’s George Costanza “The Can’t Stand Ya”dress. And if a you’re not into dresses, Erin also makes vagina ashtrays and dried bugs (real ones!) dressed as characters from “Star Trek,” “Doctor Who” and “Jurassic Park.” She has something for everyone. Also, I feel like Erin and I should be friends. [Tumblr]
Jennifer Lawrence is at the Cannes film festival to promote the latest “Hunger Games” movie, “The Hunger Games: Murder Party, USA.” Actually it’s called “Catching Fire,” which is an equally obtuse name, but whatever. Here are three outfits JLaw’s worn thus far on her current trip to Cannes. She — or her stylist, whichever — seems to be favoring black and white (again) and pointy pumps. I like all three outfits, for different reasons — the white gown has a surprise pop of color on the bow; the black and white gown is classy and grown up; and I really love the flirtiness of the black bodice top (though those pants, gross).
But what do you think?
I’m baaaaack! Aften being out for three days last week with a debilitating case of strep throat, I have returned to the office, no longer a contagious petri dish of germs. Here’s how I and my Frisky gals dressed ourselves for this warm May day…
Sure, some people won some awards and such at last night’s Billboard Music Awards and that’s great. But we want to talk about two things: the awesome face Taylor Swift made at Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, and what everyone wore. Like, it’s kind of shocking how absolutely normal and elegant Nicki Minaj looks, right? She’s positively demure here, in a flattering red gown. What’s happened to the Nicki we once knew? The one who once wore this to an award’s show? Ah well, we’ll always have Ke$ha. After the jump, more of the good, bad and totally what-the-hell-were-they-thinking. Keep reading »
In the weeks since the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory — and subsequent deaths of more than a thousand factory workers — we’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a conscientious consumer. As Americans, we’re privy to more and cheaper goods than ever before — and as globalization spreads and the means of production move further and further away, we’re less and less connected to what we buy.
It’s pretty clear that something’s got to give.
Enter Elizabeth Cline. In her new book, Overdressed (
not out until the end of August already out, with the hardcover to be released in August), she delves into the rise of cheap, fast fashion, and — by traveling to China and Bangladesh — documents first-hand how our desire for more and newer clothing is impacting the environment, the culture and workers’ lives.
As style editors and fashion lovers, both Winona and I have grappled with wanting to give you, our readers, affordable, accessible options, while also honoring our desire to support fair worker practices and ethical businesses. In the coming weeks and months, we hope to bring you a lot more coverage on conscious, sustainable fashion, alongside some of our affordable shopping guides. There is no such thing as a “perfect” consumer, but we believe in giving you as much information as possible so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
After the jump, I talk to Elizabeth Cline about how we can be better educated and more conscious clothing consumers.
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The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival began last week. Cannes is one of the biggest film festivals in the world, important not just because it manages to attract so many famous faces to one place, but because it’s where so many important film distribution and ownership deals go down. But who cares about that? The main thing is the glorious huge red carpet where celebs pose at premieres in some pretty intense outfits. All this week, we’ll be updating this gallery, to share some of the worst red carpet moments. Check out this gallery to see some of the most egregious fashion faux pas.