After a few weeks of lusting over it, I’ve finally decided to acknowledge that this Valentino bag will not be mine. Even though my computer would look so cute in there and I’m a relatively nice person. Grr. But even during my points of deepest obsession, a Valentino shopping bag never seemed like a reasonable substitute. I get the idea behind carrying designer shopping bags: looking like you can shop at stores that would really eat an entire month’s paycheck in one go. But I don’t get the allure.
The New York Times just wrote about this designer shopping bag “trend” sweeping Japan and focused mostly on the adorable aspects. Like a teenage girl who says carrying a bag from a popular designer store reminds her of the fun times she has shopping. On the other hand, could it also be the ultimate form of label whoring, more intense in its desperation level than carrying fakes? Keep reading »
If the New York Times says “it’s hip to be round,” it must be true. According to the paper of record, it is officially cool for dudes to “rock a potbelly.” I’ve always been a secret fan of a well-rounded pot, and I’ve seen several of these burgeoning guts this summer with my own eyes, jiggling in all of their glory around the hip streets of Brooklyn, New York. I mean, who am I to judge? I’m rocking my own little “hot pot.” The day potbellies become trendy for the ladies is the day that pigs fly. But, seriously, why are our dudes getting porky? The hilarious theories after the jump. Keep reading »
We, much like the rest of the even vaguely fashion-y world, are rather obsessed with thigh high boots for fall. (And speaking from experience — I got my first pair of thigh highs two years ago — I can tell you they’re as bitchin’ in real life as they are on the runway.) The thing is, all that gloriousness can be a little challenging to reign in. And when it’s not correctly executed, you will look like a hooker. (Think Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”) Because we love you and want to help you avoid being propositioned by dirty old men in bars, check out our tips for styling thigh high boots. Keep reading »
The “fashion comeback” has been on our brains lately, what with the Charles Jourdan revival, the resurfacing of the peasant blouse, sheer tops and the onslaught of ’80s-inspired styles that came to a head with Marc Jacobs‘ Fall ’09 collection (pictured), and that’s just to mention a few. However, Guardian writer Paul Cocozza says we might have everything all wrong. “Fashion doesn’t really do comebacks,” he writes. “It just never properly says goodbye.” Ooohhh, deep!
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When I walked into Intermix the other day, I was happy to see some fall merch already on the shelves. (Best/most exciting shopping season!) Nestled in among the racks, however, were peasant tops. Lots of them, just like this girly Elizabeth & James blouse. Looks like this trend has officially resurfaced. You’ll also find lots of flowy tops right now on Shopbop.com by labels like Patterson J. Kincaid, Joie, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Rebecca Taylor. While several of those designers have put out California-style looks in the past, it would seem that they’re really returning to draped shapes, flower patterns, and a boho aesthetic that reaches less for hippie than it does Euro-chic.
So what do you think? Wish peasant tops would return to the trend graveyard? Or think they should be a wardrobe staple? Keep reading »
When the harem pant trend came along this spring, many were reluctant to jump on the baggy-bottomed train. And with good reason—why go all gypsy-ass when you know people are going to stare at you, or think you’re smuggling produce or drugs in your crotch region?
True, true, the garment is one tricky trend. But, there are some wonderful things about them, too. Consider the following, and you may find yourself having a big old pants party before you know it. Keep reading »
Once we discovered Fashematics, the blog that shows where fashion comes from through equations, we began to see the logic behind it everywhere in our style research, as in, “Huh, funny, that dress kind of looks like an apple and Jerry Seinfeld at the same time!”
Today’s find: Givenchy rainboots + Anzevino & Florence tie leggings = Lacoste/Zaha Hadid for Colette spiral boots? [HighSnobette, 80spurple.com, Colette.fr] Keep reading »
This summer staple is enjoying newfound attention from designers who have created fun new accessories inspired by shades. Our favorite so far are from A’N'D, which sells Wrist Shade Bracelets, bangles cut from sunglass lenses. Their Grey Neckshade Necklace (above), also features nearly a dozen charms which look like broken shades. (Log on to Creature Comforts to find these pieces on sale right now.) While you’re at it, log on to Odd and Even NYC, which sells amazing vintage-inspired shades by designer Samantha Smikle. Her Double Chain Faced Shades, $20, are connected to a gold chain link, which means you can wear them as a necklace or in the traditional style of over your eyes to protect your peepers from the sun. So old school!
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Getting the so-hot-right-now menswear trend right without literally looking like a cross-dresser can be hard. Too often we try to master slouchy and just end up baggy, (a la Katie Holmes bf jeans misfire). Here’s how to rock it and still look like a chick. A really hot chick. Keep reading »
In what must surely be the slowest of news days, the Daily Mail brings us an article today shedding light on the “disturbing” trend of girls kissing girls. Perhaps you’ve heard of this before? According to the article, same-sex kisses among teen girls has practically become a rite of passage ever since that shared kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Awards. “More than anything, the kiss gave the veneer of acceptance to what would previously have been considered unacceptably risque public behavior, and made a particular type of lipstick lesbianism almost fashionable.” Funny, I went to college years before that infamous kiss and girl-on-girl smoochin’ was “an almost fashionable rite of passage” back then. Keep reading »