Forget about hipster finger mustache tats and even Bagel Heads in Japan, there’s a new bod mod trend invented by some cell mates that’s got even MSNBC’s attention. Twenty-seven-year-old David Boltjes was the guinea pig, er, first dude to be brave enough to let his prison mate stab him in the eye with an unconventional, untested, tattoo method. Dang, and here we thought those Bagel Heads injecting gobs of saline into their foreheads in the back of some random club was sketchy!
Pioneer Mr. Boltjes is serving a mere four years for fraud, but he didn’t weasel his way out of a world of pain, which he describes as similar to an ice pick jab to your peepers. Sheesh, that’d give most people the creeps! And this tough guy is just a white collar criminal. Well, now the whites of his eyes are permanently colored red. This is just the beginning of this new bod mod trend, so click on for more, including a close-up pic … if you dare.
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“I keep wanting to try the menswear-inspired trend, but every time I try things on I feel like a manly cater-waiter. I really need help rocking that look in a sexier, more feminine way. Thanks!”– Laura
It’s pretty easy to cross the line from menswear-inspired to just plain dressing in drag, and once you cross said line, you quickly go from sexy to dowdy and just a tad confused-looking. But we’ve been hugely in love with menswear-inspired womenswear for a while now, so get ready for a whole lot of tricks and ideas. Keep reading »
Turquoise has already been named the color of 2010, but what about your beauty options for the new year? Mintel Beauty Innovation has just named the four beauty trends you may be trying shortly. Read on to see their predictions. Keep reading »
Forget your fancy artisanal beers. The latest thing is indie distilleries, and they certainly pack a harder punch. Local absinthe breweries have caught the eyes of liquor connoisseurs ever since the U.S. became more lax and allowed the legal production of absinthe a few years ago. (And all this time, we were thinking we’d have to plan that trip to Prague if we ever wanted to taste the real “green fairy.”) While the idea of buying homemade booze may seem quaint, a description of one absinthe maker in the New York Times sounds more sketch: “She ordered a copper-pot still from Portugal that arrived with ‘decorative garden ornament’ written on the shipping label. Pierre Duplais’s bible of 19th-century distillation techniques became her best friend. She headed to her basement to concoct. Soon, the police were on constant patrol. ‘They probably thought I was running a meth lab,’ she said.” Keep reading »
Teeth bling may have previously been for rappers or people with outdated, shoddy dental work, but it looks like they’re actually becoming … dare we say it … kinda cool? A few months ago, we found an Australian jewelry designer who used teeth like semi-precious stones, and now there’s Le Knockout, a company geared toward the younger crowd. Creating gold molds out of children’s baby teeth, you can also get the pendants engraved or encrusted with jewels. Wait ’til Damien Hirst gets a load of this—we bet he’s already designing some million-dollar diamond tooth sculpture.
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Off the top off our heads, heh, people who wear berets: Beatniks, Parisians, Carrie Bradshaw trying to look like a dumb Parisian, models in the Spiegel catalogue, women in the ’80s.
That doesn’t paint the most appealing of pictures. While the beret has been around in fashion circles for ages, you probably haven’t had one in your closet in years. Then again, did you ever? These hats are pretty intimidating. Wearing one definitely makes a statement, and not everyone can pull it off without looking like they just walked out of a costume shop.Yet it looks like they’re making a comeback, as we’ve noticed the winter accessories popping up in new shipments at some trendy stores like Topshop, and even the more high-concept Oak in NYC. This season, Eugenia Kim‘s take on the beret has a Scottish vibe with a plaid print and showy pom-pom. Maybe these are novelty items on the shelves, but the fact that American Apparel is now selling a unisex (of course) beret as well is a sign that the masses are biting. You know what happens when hipsters start wearing something “original.” (Hint: It becomes the most common style out there.)
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Rihanna, we love you, but this is way too many trends in one outfit. You’ve covered the lacy look, lingerie as outerwear, harem pants, and of course, your signature spike embellishments. Too much fashion! Let’s exercise some sartorial restraint next time. Keep reading »
What are “Tron leggings,” you ask? According to Trend de la Creme, it’s a new style in body-skimming pants that (perhaps inadvertently) mimic the look in futuristic movies (à la “Tron Legacy,” which is the sci-fi flick coming out in 2010 based on the ’80s classic). Usually black, they feature studded patterns against a dark background that make your pants look like maybe there’s a computer or star ship tracking device in them. Available at large chains like French Connection, Bebe, and Topshop, apparently they’re making the rounds with the young folk. Keep reading »
Ever look at old black and white photographs of your grandparents and think, Man, she was so glam; Gramps was so handsome. (Well, hopefully your grandparents were/are attractive people. We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.) But there’s something especially captivating about the men in those pictures that makes you realize that guys just don’t look like that anymore. It’s difficult to you put your finger on what it is exactly. The hair, yes; the clothes, yes. But it’s also something about how everything works together to give the faces an all-together different aesthetic that you don’t see so often. Swoon.
At the very least, reports the New York Times, old-fashioned fashions are making a comeback with men. Did you do a double take with the photo above? Because surprisingly, those models are decked out Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, and Dolce & Gabbanna. According to the Times, a “new Victorian” aesthetic is experiencing a revival, which we should have seen coming with all those mustachioed hipsters with their lofts decked out with taxidermy. Now men’s designers are incorporating what would have seemed like costumey details of tweed, Civil War-like coats, vests, and bowties, into their designs to bring back the old into the mainstream.
Sadly, we haven’t seen any guys who have gone all out with the nouveau Victorian look. But the man who did could be irresistibly sexy. Don’t believe us? Check out the Times’s spread featuring the dandy styles—trust us, it’s like period porn. [New York Times] Keep reading »
This is what you get when you let Lindsay Lohan run wild at the Ungaro design studios—the critics denounce her flashy clothes, and then she ends up influencing trends anyway. Well, maybe it’s not all due to her, but a few months after Lohan’s sequined blazers went down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, we’re now seeing them all over the new crop of winter merchandise that’s just hitting stores. Labels like Paul & Joe, Tibi, and Sonia Rykiel have gotten in on the trend, and a lot of the styles are astonishingly expensive (take this gold Antik Batik jacket pictured on bottom, which costs $460 at Net-A-Porter). You can, however, find some more moderately priced blazers at Topshop in the $150 range (top, left).
Yet, that’s still quite a fair amount to drop on a piece that has a lot of potential to go out of style within a year. What do you think of sequin blazers? Awesome holiday party dress alternatives? Or blinding horrors? Keep reading »