This week, a friend of mine from college interviewed me for Gap’s blog about my style and how I would transition a work outfit into something I’d wear to a holiday party. With Gap’s permission, I’m reprinting the interview and the before and after photos here. Enjoy! — Amelia
Party season is in full gear! Are you ready? If not, you’re in luck. To help you (and us!) we asked for a little style advice from Amelia McDonell-Parry, editor of The Frisky—a girly yet gritty blogesque site that dishes out witty commentary on everything from provocative politics to saucy celebs. Read on for some of Amelia’s tips on how to pump up the volume straight from the office. Workaholics shouldn’t have to miss the party (work hard play hard, right girls?). Keep reading »
You know that line in Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” where he goes, “I like big butts and I cannot lie”? Well, I have a big butt and I cannot lie. I’ve always had a big butt. Ever since I can remember. To be clear, it’s not like I have trouble getting through doorways, but there is some serious junk in my trunk. It has been referred to as a “bubble butt.” There was a time in my life when I lived in California when I was described as having an “LA face and an Oakland booty” (er, if you don’t understand, it’s a California thing). And I’ve certainly had my share of butt-related catcalls, random shoutings out of car windows, and general ongoing butt commentary. It’s kind of like my butt is a spectacle. Keep reading »
Malia Obama, seen here exiting the musical “Memphis” on Broadway with sister Sasha, seems to have rejected the stodgy way of dressing in D.C. for a kick-ass wardrobe. Peep her Gap Denim Biker Jacket and studded motorcycle boots. And her plaid tunic completes the look. [NYC, 3/21/10] Keep reading »
Did April Fool’s Day come early or something? While it would have been nice to get that out of the way, this Gap store turned upside down is a prank of its own doing. As part of some quirky marketing for its new loyalty program called Sprize, a Vancouver branch was completely flipped around. (Those crazy Canadians!) The joke had bags with logos printed wrong-side up, window displays hanging from the ceilings, and even cars overturned outside. Now we get it … Sprize! We hung jeans on the ceiling! (Or something?) Check out some more pics after the jump. [PSFK] Keep reading »
So, turns out adults have been chasing after Stella McCartney‘s new Gap Kids collection. Maybe it was Grazia magazine who put the idea into people’s heads that they could wear the line after its staffers put a video online of them trying on looks from the collection (and yes, the skinny ladies did fit into some of the styles that weren’t even the largest ones). Watch it here after the jump…
In any case, it would seem that the most popular item in the range—a Michael Jackson/military-inspired coat—has definitely been finding its way into the closets of grown-ups. Racked reports that in New York City, only one large size remains (although it’s surely gone by now). Is shopping the kids’ section: A) A clever and cheaper way to find some fun pieces, B) Upsetting because the only people who can wear it have to be super petite, or C) Sad because apparently the only really awesome designer collaborations out there are for the prepubescent set? [Racked.com] Keep reading »
Usually, I go to The Gap for staple pieces. But Patrick Robinson is revitalizing the brand with must-have items, like the newest Pierre Hardy boots. Those are majorly swoon-worthy. Now, he’s introducing a brand-new perfume to the store called Close.
Created with perfume house Givaudan, the new fragrance is a mix of salty and citrus, which already has me intrigued, but Patrick explains it by saying, “The salty part – that’s human nature, that’s how you get people close to you. The citrus part makes them stay.” The bottle design is sleek and elegant, allowing the scent to speak for itself instead of being overpowered by aesthetics. Plus, it’s a huge steal at $35, and a fragrance that’s perfect for day-to-day wear. Could this be my newest fragrance for during the day? What’s your go-to perfume? [Grazia] Keep reading »
Gap Body’s new T-shirts are probably the best I’ve ever encountered in my life. I’ve gone fancy, forking over as much as $110 for a simple tee in the hopes that it would hug my body and make me feel complete. Things always went well at first, with the v-neck laying just so. Then everything began to degenerate. Watching so many seemingly solid relationships fall apart was upsetting. So when I bought two Gap Body T-shirts for $12.50 each, I thought of it as a band-aid maneuver: cover the problem with cheap fixes until The Real Thing comes along. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with my rebound T.
With us, there are no games. It doesn’t fit perfectly in the morning and stretch obnoxiously during the day. It doesn’t fray at the seams when I’m just trying to look good. We’re happy together and we wish you the same joy. Keep reading »
For years now, it seems the Gap has struggled to keep up with competitors like H&M and Topshop, which have painted themselves as class-to-the-masses retailers. Yet despite several image-changing attempts such as its collaboration with Colette last year, this year’s launch of an affordable luxury denim line, and a disappointing Pierre Hardy shoe collection, the brand still hasn’t managed to generate the same buzz.
The latest moves by the Gap, however, may just push the label to experience the revival it’s looking for. For starters, they’ve done a collaboration with the cutting-edge Parisian concept boutique, Merci. But the bigger news is that they’re going to host next year’s Met Ball. It was Grazia‘s exclusive interview with creative director Patrick Robinson that piqued our interest (and excitement) in the Gap’s participation. Robinson seems to be bringing a historical perspective to the event (to be co-hosted with Anna Wintour, of course, and Oprah): “We are excited by the theme ‘American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,’ as this feels like a really natural fit — hopefully in our 40 years we have done just this by delivering versatile American style.”
We’ll be interested to see how this all manifests, and are hoping that we can count on Robinson’s scoop on the fall collection, which sounds like it could provide some potential wardrobe staples. He says, “Look out for our new take on the classic Gap grey sweatshirt – which I predict will be the essential easy luxe piece for 2010.” [Grazia]
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We love shopping for “lounge clothes” — you know, the duds you throw on the second you walk in your pad after a long day at work. Lounge clothes are different than pajamas because, in theory, you could go outside in them and not look like you just busted out of a mental institution. These Gap leggings technically can be paired under dresses or long tunics, but because of the purple stripes (which are likely to clash with, um, a lot), we think they’re a little more appropriate for lounging comfortably (they’re mega cozy) on your couch while watching a “Real Housewives” marathon. But if you happen to trot outside to grab a beverage, no one will glance twice. [$11.99, Gap] Keep reading »
The hilarious part of this is that a quick glance at this new Gap ad will only send interested customers running to the rival they ripped off. (In fairness, they did add a dash of Calvin Klein, circa the Brooke Shields days.) Back to the drawing board! [AdWeek via Scanner] Keep reading »