Shapewear: we used to call them granny panties. And maybe you still do (granny-chic is in now, anyhow), but tummy-tucking undies are no longer for the geriatric set. We’ve seen the signs coming for a while—first with the Spanx explosion (or implosion, if you will), and then with the underwear-as-outerwear trend that began coming down the runways. Now, reports WWD, the shapewear market is experiencing a huge rebirth, citing a growth in retail sales of over 10 percent in the last year. The real reason behind the fad? Celebrity fans (duh), but more specifically, Rihanna with her metallic corset costume, Beyoncé‘s gold bodysuits from her latest tour, and Lady Gaga‘s … well, Lady Gaga’s everything.
So, what about you? Have you been eschewing your lacy thongs for full-coverage knickers? [WWD] Keep reading »
Beyonce and Jay-Z are known for keeping their personal lives private, so sometimes we have to look at photos to try to figure out what’s really happening. Recently, a rep for Bey dispelled rumors she was pregnant with her first child, but we think this was a ruse. Here are our three signs Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby. [NYC, 4/4/10]
- Beyonce enjoys showing off her hourglass figure. Yet she decided to wear a looser than usual dress that was belted way below the smallest section of her body.
- Look how she’s hiding her belly with that little purse. When has Mrs. Carter not wanted to show off an outfit before?
- Flat. Shoes. Beyonce loves a heel that’s at least four-inches high and seems to only wear flats on the beach. Now all of a sudden she’s rocking flat shoes for a night out on the town with her man.
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Gossip site MediaTakeOut.com is reporting the unconfirmed news that Beyonce and her mogul husband Jay-Z are expecting their first baby. They write:
It’s been a long time waiting … but now it’s finally happened. MediaTakeOut.com just learned from a ROCK SOLID source that legendary singer Beyonce and her hip hop mogul husband Jay Z are expecting their first child together. According to our source Beyonce is doing fine and resting (for now), but she’s expected to continue working throughout her pregnancy. And we’re also told that Jay Z is EXTREMELY happy to be having his first child with Bey.
The couple has been married two years and has openly talked about wanting children “one day.” Could that day be soon? Time will tell! [MediaTakeOut.com via The Huffington Post] Keep reading »
A fan of Lady Gaga‘s, named Yamino, created this artwork of her and Beyonce in a rather compromising pose. But really, this fan only imagined exactly what the “Telephone” video implied. [TwitPic] Keep reading »
“Do you think 50 years ago in America they would have been considered icons of beauty?” Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridell asked this question at a recent conference, pointing to photos of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lucy Liu. While a seminar exploring surgical techniques deep in the heart of Texas hardly sounds like a font of female empowerment, one fascinating and pertinent finding emerged: Thanks to the international embrace of multicultural beauty icons, our standards of what is considered the aesthetic ideal is evolving dramatically.
This isn’t a completely new concept. A 2006 paper by evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry “projected that by the year 3000, human beings will interbreed to become a single race of coffee-colored beings with a genetic upper class of tall, slim folks with even features.” Like Beyonce, with some extra inches added to her petite frame. Keep reading »
Rarely lauded for their subtlety, Lady Gaga and Beyonce went even more balls out than usual with the product placement in their recently released “Telephone” music video. First up, there’s the fact that the song itself (much like its predecessor, “Videophone”) is just waiting to be licensed for commercial use by a cell phone company. But lest they should be accused of selling out to cell phones entirely, entertainment’s strangest lady duo produced an out-of-control video to accompany the
jingle song, too. All we can say is we hope major money went Gaga and B’s way, because their almost 10-minute video was like an extended commercial for everything from dating sites to Polaroid to Verizon to Miracle Whip. Check out the most blatant placements, after the jump. [BlackBook] Keep reading »
OK, admit it. You’ve been watching and re-watching Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s new “Telephone” video all morning. I won’t judge. In fact, I’ll admit that I’ve seen it more than a few times already — those cigarette sunglasses! That chain outfit! The black and white look! Swoon. But now, take a pause from refreshing the YouTube link as you stream the music video on repeat to check out the fashion credits for each awe-inspiring look. Of course, there’s a fair amount of Haus of Gaga designs, including the aforementioned sunglasses, her studded lingerie, and the leopard outfit, but fellow designers get their moment in the Gaga spotlight as well. Keep reading »