Autumn is my favorite season because, let’s face it, you have more clothing options in the next few months than you do the rest of the year. You can wear more than one layer without perspiring your weight in sweat but you don’t have to bundle up to protect against frostbite. You can wear some of your spring and summer clothes. You can wear some of your winter clothes. And you can start wearing corduroy, aka denim’s more sensitive first cousin and velvet’s more casual brother. Here are 10 items made from corde du roi, or “rope of the king,” as it was known back in the day. Keep reading »
Yesterday was Tom Ford’s birthday, you know the American fashion designer that successfully revamped Gucci? To celebrate, we put together a few iconic Gucci looks, but since we can’t afford the real thing, these picks are just as chic and a lot less expensive. Remember when Madonna wore the first outfit to the MTV Video Music Awards in 1995? Or Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1996 VMAs? And since Ford is no longer with Gucci we recreated a look from his last collection, Fall 2004. Keep reading »
Project Runway‘s Nina Garcia has this new book out called The One Hundred. In it, she shares all of the items she thinks fashionable women should own. Well, we got to thinking about some of the items in our lives that are indispensable even though they’re a little more random than LBDs, pearl necklaces, or jean jackets. Here are five things that have made a difference in our style lives — share yours in the comments.
Textured Tights These are not an “investment piece,” per se. They cost less than $10 and will only last a couple wears, but your legs will look awfully fancy in them. [Photo: WeLoveColors.com] Keep reading »
When you think of the brand Reef, flip flops and surfer gear probably come to mind — at least that’s what we thought until we happened upon this dress, which looks grown-up and flirty (hello, V-neck) at the same time. And since it’s on sale for about $56, we might just have to buy it in both colors. [$55.76, DogFunk.com] Keep reading »
Last night, Project Runway judge, current Elle editor-at-large, and soon-to-be Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia had a “discussion and book signing” at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York. The audience was a mixed bag: at least 15 men, a few tween PR fans, a couple fashion risk-takers (the girl to my right had on a very Carrie Bradshaw pink tulle flower headband), and a number of middle-aged ladies who wore their un-highlighted hair pulled back in ponytails. Nina was wearing a black dress designed by none other than friend and fellow PR judge Michael Kors.
Now, Nina seems to have been a writing machine over last couple years, because her first book, The Little Black Book of Style came out just over a year ago, in September. Her new one, The One Hundred, includes illustrations by Ruben Toledo, though, so there’s not that much text, at least from what I could tell when I sneaked peeks at my fellow audience members’ copies. Keep reading »
The butt bra has been making the rounds all over the Internet lately because it absurdly promises to “enhance the lift, shape and volume of the derriere.” This contraption not only looks extremely uncomfortable to wear, but it also looks as if it would create the reverse of VPL. Instead of panty lines, you’d get VPBM — visibly pronounced butt mounds (I just made that up, but you get the drift), which would look like a totally different entity from the rest of your body. Still this ridiculous product is hardly the first of it’s kind. Throughout the ages, women have been subjected to many a contraption that was either supposed to protect the body or show it off, so we put together an interesting slideshow of some modern day body enhancers. As a bonus, we included one contraption for men. Keep reading »