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How To Do The Falling Model Dance

Even professional runway walkers have off-days. Yes, sometimes models wobble, and sometimes they fall down. Inspired by the this season’s models who hit the skids on the catwalk — thanks to all those crazy high heels — we’ve created a new dance: The Falling Model. There are three basic moves. Pick which one works for you, then try it out on the dance floor. You’ll impress all your fashionista friends!

The Oh-Hell-No: Pinwheel both arms, sending the right arm up and the left arm down as you dip towards the ground. Freeze. Smile like you know what you’re doing. Push out your chest as if you’re on the verge of a nip-slip. On tiptoe, spread your legs slightly, but do not flash your panties. Stand up. Do it again. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Hobbled Models At Alexander McQueen

One of the many insanely sky-high shoes — supposedly, the heel is 10 inches — at Alexander McQueen‘s aqua-themed runway show. [10/6/09, Paris] Keep reading »

Can Temporary Tattoos Be Elegant?

In fashion, it’s all about the details — from the choice of buttons to the hemline — and designer Karl Lagerfeld is a master of the little things. While much of the talk about the Chanel spring 2010 show has been about the barnyard setting and Lily Allen‘s live performance, we noticed an interesting-yet-subtle element: Some of the models sported Chanel bracelet and garter temporary tattoos. Layered on their wrists and upper thighs, the fake tattoos resembled chic chains, rather than tacky tribal bands. Wanna try out a similar look for a few bucks? Pick up a few temporary inks from a 25-cent vending machine at the grocery store. Keep reading for closeups and online purveyors that sell similar faux ink. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Rihanna Brought Her Gun To Chanel

Rihanna showed off one of her most recent tattoos while attending the farm-themed Chanel spring 2010 fashion show. She had two guns inked on both of her sides shortly after Chris Brown assaulted her. [Paris, 10/6/09] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Unhand Me, You Cad

At Hussein Chalayan, a model showed off two emerging trends: a bag on your head and a dress grabbing your boob. [10/4/10, Paris] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Yeah, Uh, No.

Unlike this model at Bernhard Willhelm’s Spring/Summer 2010 show, I will not be wearing a plant on my head this fall, next spring, or any season. You? [10/2/09, Paris] Keep reading »

Lindsay Lohan: Fashion & Social Media Expert

Lindsay Lohan seems to consider herself somewhat of a social media expert and has now found a new use for Twitter. She’s been sending out Fashion Week invitations to the Ungaro show in under 140 characters.

To catch you up a bit on the Lindsay craziness, here’s a recap: despite the woes and complaints of the fashion industry, Emanuel Ungaro went ahead and hired Lindsay Lohan as an artistic advisor for the brand. She showed her diva attitude during Fashion Week in New York, moving around seating cards, and even made her new bosses angry when she missed a press call with the Wall Street Journal and decided to not pose for pictures at Fashion’s Night Out. We hate to say we told you so Ungaro, but well, we told you so. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: You’d Be Unhappy Too If You Had That Thing On Your Head

What’s worse: the hat thing or the head thing? This model at Lie Sang Bong’s runway show doesn’t appear to care for either. [10/1/09, Paris] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: What A Chick

A model crowned with bird feathers navigates the catwalk at Gareth Pugh‘s Spring/Summer 2010 show in Paris. [9/30/09, Paris] Keep reading »

Viewing The Burqa Through The Lens Of Fashion Week

The debate over burqas in France continues, and this time, it’s within the context of Paris Fashion Week. It’s been a few months since President Nicolas Sarkozy has made it clear that “burqas are not welcome,” and that he may move to ban them from the country. Yet when the couture shows began opening this year, contradictions came to light when some designers, like Adam Jones, showcased haute couture abayas and burqas. The idea of the burqa being a fashion item hasn’t been considered in the debate, which takes a more political stance. But apparently, there is a demand for such items, and France is one of the prime exporter of such designer headgear. Another couturier, Stephane Rolland said, “If someone tells me, ‘design an abaya,’ why not, I’m proud of that. It’s just a garment.” Just a garment might be a light way of putting things, but it does put the product in perspective as a commodity, exemplified by the existing boutiques that sell large quantities of high-fashion head scarves. Keep reading »

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