Nike’s Problematic Relationship with the Hijab

Major sportswear manufacturer, Nike, recently revealed an athletic headscarf for Muslim women. The product is termed the “Pro hijab” and is made of lightweight cloth with tiny holes that help the athletes’ skin breathe while keeping the skin covered. In producing such a product, Nike is the first large-scale sportswear company to venture into the … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Why Tim Gunn is Right About The Fashion Industry

At the opening of New York Fashion Week earlier this month, Tim Gunn went on a rant about how designers ignore women over a size 12. “Despite the huge financial potential of this market,” Gunn declared, “many designers don’t want to address it. It’s not in their vocabulary.” As if on cue, Lane Bryant has … Continued

Culture, Fashion

The Latest Elite Fashion Trend? “Trashion”

“One day, he was swimming in the ocean off Ibiza and a plastic bag brushed his arm. At first he thought it was a jellyfish; then he realized it was trash. He began thinking about the Earth, ‘and it all kind of clicked.’” Apparently this was the inspirational moment behind Heron Preston’s new fashion of … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Style Matters—RIP Margaret Heldt, Creator of the Beehive

Before there was the Beyhive, there was the original Beehive—a vertiginous hairstyle created in the 1960s by Margaret Vinci Heldt, who died this week at the age of ninety eight. Born in Chicago, Heldt originally designed the cone-shaped tall hairstyle to fit under a fez; it first appeared on the cover of a Modern Beauty … Continued

Celebrities, Fashion

Fashion Elitism and the Zoolander-ization of Lands’ End

It may rank low on the level of cultural outrages, but the takeover of Lands’ End by a fashionista junta is noteworthy nonetheless. A great American brand, and all the stolidity it has built up across the decades, is being reimagined along sleek European lines. We’re told, “frumpy duds are out, strappy heels are in” … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Calvin Klein’s Upskirt Photo Goes Too Far

Despite the fact that American culture is obsessed with using sex to sell anything and everything, some things—and some images—are still off-limits. At least, that’s what Calvin Klein is discovering after the company released its most recent hypersexual ad campaign. The Calvin Klein spring ad campaign features a series of sexy shots that, for many … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Fashion World Hypocrisy in Havana

Last week marked the first time a major fashion house sent their models down a catwalk in Cuba. Chanel hosted a runway show in Havana, drawing celebrities from Gisele Bündchen to Tilda Swinton. Oh, and dictator Fidel Castro’s grandson. Because, as many of the celebrities who attended the event failed to note, Cuba is still … Continued