After a devastating breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Jackie plunged into a deep despair. “I was in a fog – a fog that wouldn’t lift,” said the 29-year old marketing manager. There were times Jackie said she didn’t know if she was alive or dead, awake or asleep, coming or going. The acute pain pervaded every moment, every molecule.
That is until one day in August, when Jackie – like millions of rapt Americans – watched incredulously as Gabrielle Giffords climbed those Capitol Hill steps and telegraphed to the world without saying a single world what the congressional representative really represents: indomitable resolve. Keep reading »
We were ecstatic to learn that Miss Leather and Lace herself, Stevie Nicks, would be coming out with a new record. The new album is due out sometime next spring and is expected to include collaborations with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Mick Fleetwood, among others. And, she says, we should watch out for a new Fleetwood Mac record too: “Eventually, there will be another Fleetwood Mac record and another tour,” Nicks told The New York Daily News. “But this record is my moment. All next year, it’s going to be this. This is now my turn.” It’s her groove.
News of Stevie’s new record got us thinking about what other old artists and trends we’d like to see revived. After the jump, other comebacks we hope happen soon. Tell us: Who or what do you hope makes a triumphant return? Keep reading »
The thing about fashion comebacks is that they’re always fleeting and transitory—after all, causing change is as easy as taking off your clothes. This is a good thing, for if we were forced to wear the same scrunchie and acid wash jeans for weeks at a time, we’d ensure the demise of civilized society as we know it. This is why hair comebacks are all the more frightening: commitment. At least for a few months, until you can re-grow your hair.
It would seem that now folks are lining up to bring back The Fade, a hip-hop-influenced hairstyle, often embellished with personal, shaved designs and once popularized by the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Salt-N-Pepa. According to The New York Times, “the so-called retro kids are going back to the styles of the ’80s, this time adding more intricate patterns than were ever seen then, more startling neon colors and patterns …” Some consider the style to be closer to art than anything else, and the barber who executes it has to have a creative hand. Says one stylist, “I draw some of the designs on paper but when I’m doing the actual hair, it’s just a flow.”
What do you think about this ’80s trend revival? Is shaving a pattern onto your head a unique way to express yourself? Or a fashion statement that’s screaming for help? [NY Times] Keep reading »
Maybe it’s just my generation, but I don’t ever remember a time when Tommy Hilfiger was considered cool. I was aware that in the not-too distant past, TH designs were pretty classy, but by the time I was style-aware, the brand had already become cheapened into patriotic logo fashions. Basically, no one was going around bragging about their hot Hilfiger handbag. As the designer says himself, “The large logos and the big red, white and blue theme became ubiquitous … It got to the point where the urban kids didn’t want to wear it and the preppy kids didn’t want to wear it.” In fact, I even remember a scene from the MTV reality series “Rich Girls” in which 16-year-old Ali Hilfiger is recruited by her dad to come in and review his collection. It was both no surprise and heartbreaking as she went through every piece, not really liking anything, and suggesting massive changes as a team of pissed-off designers and her obviously disappointed dad looked on. Not that Ali has turned out to be some huge style icon, but Tommy probably could have benefited from an overhaul along the lines of her suggestions back then. Keep reading »
Is fashion slowly regressing? Right now, it’s all about the ’90s floral patterns and Kelly Kapowski-esque Keds. We’ve even spotted a few skorts here and there. Now one of the latest products to hit American Apparel stores are frilly lace socks. Remember these? We wore these in the third grade, usually to birthday parties with some black patent leather flats. To be fair, the look is already kind of on track with the whole socks-and-heels trend. So wait and watch for it—frilly socks and shiny flats. (And baby barrettes perhaps?)
What do you think of these socks? Too kid-like? Or crazy cute? [American Apparel] Keep reading »
2009 was a big year for celebrity comebacks, with Mickey Rourke, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, and Courteney Cox steppin’ back into the proverbial spotlight. But something tells me that 2010 is going to be even better. One comeback that has me extremely giddy: Mayim Bialik, aka “Blossom,” aka the girl who inspired me to wear hats and sew my very own tie skirt. Mayim disappeared off the pop culture radar screen for a while, and headed to UCLA to get a Ph.D. in neuroscience and start a family—she now has two children. Last year, she miraculously reappeared on an episode of “What Not To Wear.” And now, she’s making a run for a full-fledged comeback, with guest-starring spots on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Til Death.” Mayim said, “I am trying to see if the industry would like to see me as an adult actress and not as a teenager … When I do personal appearances at colleges, I have to sort of backtrack and say, ‘In case you didn’t know, I was on after ‘The Fresh Prince’ for five years.’” [NY Post]
Oh, but that is just the beginning. Really. Here other soon-to-be comebacks that we’re very excited about. Keep reading »
Back in fourth grade, for whatever reason, I frequently would daydream in class about being a grownup with two kids—their father would be my crush of the year, Justin Coffee. In this fantasy, I’d sit them down by the CD player and reveal to them the amazing music I had listened to when I was a kid, the way my parents had done for me with the Beatles and Bob Marley. The albums I was planning to blow their minds with? MC Hammer‘s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Vanilla Ice‘s To The Extreme. So I was pretty pumped last February when Rolling Stone announced that the two musical gods of 1990 would be reuniting for a one-time show, complete with 24 backup dancers and a choir. The show was in Utah and I prayed it would become a tour. In June, it looked like it might when the duo announced an Idaho date. Only, it was canceled. It was rescheduled—but this week, it was canceled for a second time. No! Both artists’ managers say the issue was that the promoter did not honor the contract, and that they are still very open to doing shows together. Will someone please, please, please book them for New York soon? I’ll be front row. [Asylum] Keep reading »
Remember Hard Candy? It was the nail polish brand of the late ’90s, successfully marketing funky nail colors like green, silver and frosty blue. The must-have brand was a middle and high school status marker—if you wore Hard Candy (or better yet, had a collection of bottles) you told the world that you cared enough to spend way more than $1 on the Wet ‘N Wild variety, and that you loved being a trendsetter. Then somewhere along the way, Alicia Silverstone stopped wearing the shimmery sky-blue polish, and the company slowly morphed into Urban Decay, only to let Hard Candy fall to the wayside and become available only in hard-to-find ways, like on eBay.com. Well, she’s back!
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Pump genius Charles Jourdan was a leader in the shoe biz — reaching cult status in the ’60s and ’70s — until the company slowly suffered from bankruptcy and fell off the map (despite attempts by the Hilton family to revive the label). Now, thanks to Alexandra Neel, best known for her design work with Celine and Balenciaga, Jourdan will make a comeback through a seriously hotly anticipated new collection set to come out in the fall.
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I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen “Clueless.” I always adored Cher Horowitz’s valley girl awesomeness. And don’t even get me started on her computerized revolving closet. Obviously, I was elated to hear that Alicia Silverstone is back, at least on Broadway. The ’90s It girl is leaving her pink boa and Beverly Hills behind and hitting the stage in New York City, to play an editor’s girlfriend in the play “Time Stands Still.” I am so hoping that this is the beginning of her comeback. Let me count the reasons why. [The Huffington Post] Keep reading »