It looks like some of the most criticized trends of fall—jeggings and harem pants—are sticking around this spring for another go. Browsing through new merchandise on some of our favorite retailers, we noticed that these styles were widely available, and, in some cases, more prevalent than before. As for harem pants, we assume that Alexander Wang‘s football collection had something to do with the drop-crotch staying in style, and becoming transposed into sweatpants. Over at Shopbop, you’ll find many of these offerings, which appear to be marketed less as a harem cut, and more as an athletic-chic style. Oak‘s merchandise, however, glorifies the baggy pant as a high-fashion item. Perhaps the most surprising is the availability of jeggings—denim leggings—at Saks. We counted over 20 pairs, and from some surprising makers. While there were styles from trend-happy labels we’d expect like C&C, Juicy Couture, and Joe’s Jeans, we also came across offerings from some more sophisticated brands like Rag & Bone and Alice and Olivia. We have to admit, when these stretchy pants haven’t gone acid-wash crazy, and just have a nice dark color and simple lines … they’re not half bad. Dare we say that we might actually consider getting in on the jeggings trend if the wares were more classy?
What do you think of the return of these trends this spring? Keep reading »
At first glance, we thought Sophia Bush was just rocking some major bracelet bling at a Golden Globes party, but when we looked closer (and were subsequently blinded), we realized she’s in fact carrying a jeweled clutch. Not since the days of Big and Carrie have the designs of Judith Leiber been so unfashionably fashionable. But if we’ve learned anything from SJP, it’s that you (or mainly just her) can resuscitate a trend in an instant if it’s styled the right way. So, are these shiny cases about to make a comeback?
What do you think about jeweled clutches? Snobby and stuffy or evening bag-tastic? [FabSugar] Keep reading »
Louis Vuitton’s now-famous bunny ears retail for about $335, which, given that you have to tie them yourself, is a bit steep for us. To remedy the situation, Topshop has just knocked them off at a lower price ($36!) and with a more convenient headband attachment. Yes, this remains a particularly ridiculous accessory, but they’re at least good for a costume…or a day when you’re feeling mischievous and know that work is going to be particularly boring. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
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.
What do you think? A look you could bite into? [DailyCandy] Keep reading »
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.)
So, would you wear a beret? Keep reading »
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 »