By now, you can imagine how I personally feel about Forever 21. (It’s the pits.) However, I’m dutybound to inform you of the company’s latest collaboration with Sanrio’s very own Ms. Hello Kitty. The very low-priced collection — every piece is below $30 bucks — will appear in Forevs stores in November, and will surely be snatched up by preteens — and women reliving their preteen years — everywhere. [Racked]
For the past week or so, there’s been comments going back in forth in our “What Are We Wearing Today” posts about the shady nature of Forever 21. Not only has Forever 21 been cited for its poor ethics in terms of stealing independent designers’ work, but it’s also been called out for its conservative values as a corporation. Yesterday, Kate addressed her personal perspective on how she feels about wearing Forever 21. As she noted, she wasn’t aware of the company’s reputation, and now that she is, she says, “I’m less inclined to give them my business in the future. But you will still see lots of F21 items in this column because, even though I’ll shop there less from now on, I’m not about to get rid of the things that are already in my closet.”
The ethics of fashion are a murky business. And Forever 21 is hardly the only company that’s guilty. Now that we’ve opened the Pandora’s Box… Keep reading »
Forever 21 just can’t keep its sticky fingers off of other people’s designs. Moriah Carlson and Alice Wu, the ladies behind the sustainable fashion company Feral Childe, claim that the mega clothing corporation up and stole not a shirt or dress design, but a fabric print with hidden teepees and crowns drawn into it. (You can see Feral Childe’s version in coral up top, and Forever 21′s copy in white below it). Keep reading »
It’s often the biggest companies that have the tightest reign on their public perception — and inexpensive clothing company Forever 21 is no exception. Despite their public image of being young and fun (and, oh, totally Christian), the company is really, really up in arms over WTForever21, a funny blog that chronicles the hits and misses that come out of what blogger Rachel Kane calls the “shame factory.” Forever 21 sent Kane a cease and desist letter in April, claiming that she was violating copyright and trademark laws, even though Kane clearly states on the homepage, “Just FYI, The term ‘Forever 21′ is a trademark of Forever 21, Inc. This site is not affiliated with Forever 21, Inc.” Keep reading »
Way to perpetuate the myth that girls suck at math, Forever 21.
The retailer pulled a dopey magnet that says “I’m too pretty to do math” after complaints. Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, who runs a media literacy non-profit for kids, posted on her Facebook page that a friend of hers complained to Forever 21 about the sexist magnets and the store actually pulled the item from Forever21.com. According to her Facebook wall, the company wrote:
“We apologize if the magnet offended you in any way. We have received numerous emails regarding this item and it has been forwarded to upper management for review. However, please note that the item has since been taken off our website for purchase.”
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The white leopard-print leggings? The furry pink vest? The sequined belt? Yup, every WTF item in my closet is from Forever 21. But the store’s so inexpensive, can you say no to a lime green bra and panties set covered in spikes?! (OK, I made that last one up. But they probably sell it.) The older I get, the more difficult it gets to justify shopping at a store that I’m sure outfitted many a Lady Gaga costume this past Halloween. That’s why I’m somewhat obsessed with the blog WTForever 21, which mercilessly mocks the store’s weirder offerings. Keep reading »
This week, in response to a reader request to have the Man Panel review “something that normal people would actually wear,” I decided to get their thoughts on this fringed shawl cardigan from Forever 21. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the current blanket sweater trend, because it’s the next best thing to cutting two arm holes into your down comforter and wearing it to work (something I’ve considered on more than a few chilly mornings). But let’s see what the men had to say …
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We’re sure you recognize the face of Mickey Mouse’s famous girlfriend Minnie, but something else is different about her. Has Minnie gone fashionable? Why, yes, as Forever 21 and Disney have teamed up for a special holiday collection featuring the stylish Minnie Muse. Minnie has traded in her chunky pumps and polka dots for strappy YSL-esque platform sandals, a chic red peacoat, and two It-bags. But, of course, her signature, oversized bow is still present. We’ve fallen hard for the Minnie Muse Note Pad, but the rest of the collection shouldn’t be missed either, especially at Forever 21 prices.
We are loving the major fall trend of fur booties. Whether real or faux, designers of all levels have added fuzzy boots to their fall lineup. We’ve been obsessing over the Christian Louboutin “Toundra” fur bootie for some time now, so when we discovered Forever 21’s faux fur pair, we could barely contain our excitement. What makes this version so great is the color and texture of the faux fur as well as the details it has taken from its higher priced partner: strap and buckle details, the chunky platform pointy toe, and a great shaped sexy heel. A fantastic take on a high-end look. So, tell us — would you wear this trend or do you think it’s one to be left to the Eskimos? [1. Christian Louboutin “Toundra” fur bootie, $2,095, Bergdorf Goodman; 2. Faux fur bootie, $32.80, Forever 21] Keep reading »
Who’s with us when we say that nude tights are just kinda … boring? And yet we definitely have days where we want a natural leg look, but a) don’t want to be freezing without pantyhose and b) don’t want to look like an ice skater or senior citizen. The solution? These quaint Forever 21 sheer tights that add a sexy garter-like printed detail above the knee, and are definitely not boring.