Are Ariel Winter’s Revealing Outfits a Cry for Help?

Actress Ariel Winter of the hit television show Modern Family would like everyone to stop talking about her breasts—and the rest of her body, too. It seems like a simple enough request, and one that she shouldn’t have to make. As is often the case, however, there’s more to the story than that. Recently, Ms. … Continued

Celebrities

Nordstrom Guilty of Blue-Collar Class Appropriation

If you’re a blue collar worker, or just part of the manual labor force getting your hands dirty every day, Nordstrom department store wants to market your look – specifically, they want the rest of the world to buy blue jeans that look like they spent the day at a construction site. Rich urban yuppies … Continued

Culture

Drake, Rihanna, and the Curse of the Celebrity Couple Tattoo

Hollywood’s on-again-off-again “it” couple, Rihanna and Drake, have apparently gotten matching tattoos. New celebrity couples sealing the deal with a tattoo is hardly new; rather, it seems like the expected romantic course of action is as follows: (1) Be seen in public and stir up a media frenzy, followed by (2), get some sort of … Continued

Celebrities

Why Social Justice Warriors Can’t Leave Women’s Magazines Alone

“Thousands of marketing specialists are paid ungodly amounts of money to brainwash you, sell you an illusion and destroy your self esteem. These magazines should be illegal. They’re fundamentally anti-woman and anti-you and you’ve given them the power with your wallet.” That’s the conclusion of Oskar T. Brand, a social commentator who recently created a … Continued

Culture

Fifty Lashes for the Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator

Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate was mesmerizing, not because of the candidates’ positions or demeanor, but because of the extraordinary balancing act performed by the moderator. For ninety minutes, the nation watched, entranced, as Elaine Quijano managed to remain upright despite the weight of false eyelashes that, had the laws of gravity held, should have caused her … Continued

Culture

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

Is the Future of Fashion a Dress that can Tweet?

In a recently-opened exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, designers of so-called technological style showcased the future of fashion, including “clothes that respond to the environment, dresses you can tweet, and garments that come off a 3-D printer ready to wear.”  Such innovations in #techstyle are “poised to have a profound impact on the … Continued

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