Commodity Fetish: This Is Not Really What a Feminist Looks Like

There’s a special drawer in my closet dedicated to lost causes, the clothes I will never wear again but that I can’t find it in me to donate or throw away. They are all, invariably, the slogan shirt—cotton shirts that scream “Fuck H8,” “This is what a feminist looks like,” folded right next to shirts from Hot Topic that say in disparaging gray on gray, “I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet.” Words, words, words. Their sentiments are the same to me in hindsight, really. There were a few years of my life where I wore my politics quite literally on my sleeve.

It’s interesting to dig them [...]


Don't Even Try to Make "Man Slippers" Happen

"Given the recent stateside popularity of the espadrille…the evening slip-on has big potential for a life outside the opera house." —GIRL. NO.


Math Is Hard: Is Jessica Simpson a Billionaire? (No!)

A quick note on how math and business works, regarding this: "Singer Jessica Simpson is on the fast track to becoming a fashion billionaire—her various clothing and beauty ventures have racked up a huge $750 million in sales in the last year alone." Uh? "It’s hard to believe that Jessica Simpson is in fact a fashion powerhouse, sitting at the helm of a nearly $1 billion empire." It is! Although to be fair to the reporters of WWD, it is fascinating that of all the celebrities who tried to cash in on fragrances and sunglasses, she's the success. But yet one of the things about businesses is [...]


Time To Burn Everything You Own That Is Red

Good news for people who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy! According to the fashion department of New York magazine, "the color of the season is a deep, red wine: somewhere between bordeaux and burgundy," so you were going to have to replace everything anyway.


Was the Met's McQueen Show Just Camp with Cruddy Techno?

We cannot call McQueen an artist and simultaneously show his art in such a silly way. His talents were in tailoring, draping, volume, etc—and "Savage Beauty" obfuscates those talents by placing his beautiful clothes in a relentlessly cheesy, cartoonish sideshow, part mausoleum, part Hot Topic. The "Savage Beauty" exhibit with all its smoke and burnished mirrors, its gothic display cubbies, its spinning mannequins, supposedly menacing heartbeat sounds and–worst of all–pumping techno music do nothing but distract from why we are celebrating McQueen in the first place. Essentially, "Savage Beauty" is not about McQueen’s designs but an act of pinning to him this romantic narrative, a Kurt Cobain story [...]


What To Wear To Clyde Frazier's Restaurant

"Independent shoe company Herstar announced a partnership last week with the NBA to make and sell team-themed high heels. The sporty pumps with a 4-inch heel and team logo emblazoned on the toe sell for $99. The crystal-encrusted 6-inch platform heel is $275. But you can’t really put a price on team loyalty." —If the NBA is even a little bit cool, it will make a commercial with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, et al. playing on the hardwood in their respective teams' crystal-encrusted 6-inch platform heels. You know Larry Johnson would have done it.


A Little History Of Red Shoes

This past April, Christian Louboutin filed a lawsuit against couture competitor Yves Saint Laurent, claiming that the legendary fashion house had committed trademark infringement when it manufactured and sold shoes with a ruby-red sole. On Monday, the NY Post reported that YSL’s representatives had argued in court documents that the red sole cannot be considered proprietary to Louboutin: "Red outsoles are a commonly used ornamental design feature in footwear, dating as far back as the red shoes worn by King Louis XIV in the 1600s and the ruby red shoes that carried Dorothy home in The Wizard of Oz.”

Historically speaking, this is true! Red shoes—if not always [...]