Men beware: That special new lady who makes you feel like everything you do is amazing will eventually become the woman who changes everything about the way you dress because it sucks. How long is "eventually"? Six months. This would probably be more disturbing if men weren't secretly just as happy not to be making decisions about these things.
"Obviously people kind of hate on Williamsburg a lot for, for being like kind of super-trendy and maybe looking a little bit like Urban Outfitters-y at times but I think that you do find a lot of people who kind of just have stuff going on like, or they really take a little bit of time to look fun. Like I think it's cool that nobody takes it too seriously. I mean, I think just saw a girl pass with like a raccoon hat." —What transit line do you take your fashion cues from?
Photo by Goosefriend.
What are you going as for Halloween? As that's the question so many people are asking right now, I thought it'd be fun to revisit the costumes of Halloweens past. So I asked a group of writers at various fashion-slanted blogs and magazines to share their first—or favorite—Halloween costumes. Here's what we got (some with bonus pictures!!!).
Leah Chernikoff, executive editor of Fashionista
My favorite Halloween costume was actually pretty recent. My sister lives in New Orleans where they do everything big so a few years ago we went all out to be the creepy twins from The Shining. We wore blood-stained matching Land's End school uniforms and [...]
George looked exactly how I expected someone who went to Yale in the 50s to look. He wore a tie every day. Round tortoiseshell glasses perched on his aquiline nose. His voice fell somewhere on the spectrum between Franklin Roosevelt and George Plimpton. George, like many of the men in his family before him, was a Yalie; a fact he brought up on an almost hourly basis. He also often mentioned his partner, Douglas, who had passed away a decade before. One specific story revolved around George's embarrassment when Douglas, a Dartmouth student, visited him at school for the first time. Assuming George was alluding to the difficulties of introducing [...]
Remember that time a style show premiered on a TV channel and it featured Jane Pratt, Winona Ryder, Kurt Andersen and three little oddball magazines called Fame, Details and Spy? Of course you don't, you were probably in third grade. THE YEAR: 1989. THE CHANNEL: MTV. And here is a detailed account of all that magic, from "House of Style: Episode One." Oh and after that, there are many, many more. Like, twelve seasons more. (Don't miss episode 5, which had Cindy Crawford and Tracey Ullman in bathrobes gabbing. In The Plaza.)
According to Google Maps, you have to walk 232.9 feet (17 seconds) to get from the Lacoste Boutique on Prince Street to the Fred Perry store on Wooster Street in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood. Yet despite the fact that they're practically neighbors, the stores feel like two different worlds. At Fred Perry, your salesperson is a short girl with a Scottish accent, a labret piercing, and a Chelsea Girl haircut. “Shot by Both Sides,” the biggest hit by Howard Devoto’s post-Buzzcocks band, Magazine, is blasting over the speakers, and the wares are arranged neatly, leaving sizeable gaps between each item in a way that leaves valuable floor space wide open. The [...]
Did you see this photo series of women making Birkin bags at the Hermès atelier? No reason, just kind of fascinating and porn-ey and like, artisanal sweatshop, in the Olden Times manner. (Happy May Day eve!)
Attention, gentlemen, this is exactly the image you present to the world when you wear shorts.
"When trendsetters speculated what would be the defining men's fashion movement to sweep New York this winter, few opted for the male legging. But 'Megging', as the male legging is known, is now all the rage in sartorial circles."
The lies of fashion were many and various today. And they were all aimed at the lesser, more worried sex.
1. PLEATS ARE BACK said the Murdoch St. Journal.
2. Perma-tied bow-ties are ALL THE RAGE, says the Gay Lady (that is the styles section of the New York Times).
Pleats are not back—the evidence was even sketchy in the "trend" piece, as they lumped in Prada with the four makers of pleated pants, with Prada's unpleated but darted pants. (There is a particular Prada pant infesting the stores right now that has 100% vertical pockets and is shaped pretty much like a jodhpur. It [...]
What makes all these "cat food" companies believe I, Choupette Lagerfeld, would lower my standards for their commercial benefit?
— Choupette Lagerfeld (@ChoupettesDiary) July 31, 2012
Despite being one of the most recognisable faces in the world, Karl Lagerfeld believes that his beloved cat, Choupette, is now more famous than him. The German-born designer is renowned for his attachment to the pampered pet, who often travels around with him on his private jet. The Chanel creative director goes to great lengths to ensure that Choupette—which means "sweetie" in French—is sufficiently attended to at all times while he's working: she has three maids, and pays a visit to [...]
"The number of men suffering from painful testicular problems is on the rise – thanks to the current fashion for tight jeans, experts have claimed."
"Full disclosure: something about really cut girls really clunks up the screen, and the same goes for really cut boys. Most of the budget for Prometheus went for weight-training; even a gazelle like Charlize Theron looks like she was up on a treadmill all day between takes wearing a do-rag while like, field recordings of Sean Penn yelling played on her iPod." —Some short stray thoughts on Prometheus, scifi and "cool."
"Judith Thurman, in her article on the upcoming Schiaparelli and Prada exhibition, writes that 'Prada joined the Communist Party, and—or but—according to different reports, she wore Saint Laurent to distribute leaflets.' This implies a contradiction between wearing Yves Saint Laurent and sympathizing with leftist politics, when the opposite is true." —One Tracy Jenkins goes all in on the letters page of the New Yorker today.
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.
"He has very definite tastes. He likes a waistline, and he likes her to show her figure off. He’s always staring her up and down and smiling. They're like two kids who just met. They're really adorable." —Ann Romney's favorite designer tells New York what gets Mitt hot, and whether Ann wears magic underwear beneath her strapless gowns.
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is an animal lover with an entreprenurial spirit who founded a vegan fashion line. Vaute Couture is finding success—recently opening its first brick-and-mortar store in Williamsburg—but the founder quit her Ford Modeling contract and her MBA program, worked 80-hour weeks, and had to reinvent the female dress coat in order to get to this point. Over iced coffees, Hilgart talked about talked about unusual fashion, unusual work, and business as usual.
How did you end up with a vegan fashion line. Are you a fashion person or an animal person first?
Since I was eight, I've been raising money and awareness for animals. I would [...]
Up until this season, the stylish women of "Mad Men" rarely deviated from their set looks. Joan wore her tight, bold dresses; Betty Draper (pre weight-gain) honed her Grace Kelly image; and Jane Siegel was all about flash. (Even Peggy, the most awkward dresser of the group, stuck to mostly menswear-influenced outfits around the office.) It took the new Mrs. Draper and her fabulous wardrobe to give the show what it needed to chronicle the changing fashions of the 60s: a clotheshorse.
And a trendy one at that. We never know what Megan Draper will decide to wear next—now a rhinestone mod mini-dress, next a floor-length gown and [...]