Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Apr 17, 2008

The New Yorker drops knowledge about "The Hills"

Yeah, I've watched "The Hills" voluntarily. A girl sometimes needs some mindless entertainment. But I'll never forgive Lauren Conrad, she of the "sub-Old Navy" clothing line, for blowing off a summer in Paris so that she could spend time with her boyfriend. What? WHO DOES THAT?

Anyway. I love when high-brow publications offer up commentary about vapid pop-culture institutions. In this case, The New Yorker takes on "The Hills," and the author still can't figure out why this show is so hot.
I don’t know for sure what the appeal is, even though I have worked for nine years in the building identified in the show as Teen Vogue Headquarters and some wisdom should have rubbed off on me by now. But I’m still trying to figure out why teen-agers want their bra straps to show and how it came to pass that crooked hair parts are considered chic and not a pathetic sign that you didn’t have proper mothering. So I have plenty to think about as it is. The L.A. of this show has no edge or darkness to it, and perhaps it’s easy, and pleasant, for young girls to imagine being Lauren & Co. when they grow up. (Or at least to have their teeth, which are truly spectacular.) The show’s soundtrack is all pop songs, often as many as a dozen per episode, and they tend to be programmatically upbeat or emo, underlining the three overriding and broadly painted feelings of the characters: I’m so glad; I’m so sad; and I’m so confused. These characters are now in their twenties, but they still smell like Teen Spirit.

(Photo credit: Illustration by Quickhoney, courtesy of The New Yorker.)

Dec 28, 2007

Hello Kitty. For the Menz.

The good folks at Sanrio have announced that they're launching a Hello Kitty line of clothing and accessories tailored to an often-neglected segment of their demographic: Men.

Yeah. Good luck with that one. It's bad enough that, in Thailand, wearing Hello Kitty armbands is considered a form of punshment.

Aug 7, 2007

Badge of Shame

This ranks right up there with the Metallica-as-torture tactic in terms of sheer silliness:
(AP) BANGKOK, Thailand Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty," the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday.

Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late - among other misdemeanors - will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won't wear the armband in public.
I was more of a My Melody fan growing up, so the idea me having to wear this around say, the office, might be enough of a deterrent for me. I dunno, man. Hello Kitty used to be really cool, but some time in the late 90s, she was e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, and continues to be everywhere to this day.

Even on the armbands of litter-happy police officers in Thailand.

Props to Bellamomo for the link.

Jun 26, 2007

Free At Last

So what's the first thing Paris Hilton did after getting out of jail?

Bitch went and got herself a weave.

I thought three weeks in prison made her eschew the ways of vapidity and move toward a life full of meaning and purpose?

Silly me!


Jun 9, 2007


I always hated the color pink. And now, I hate it even more:
THE WAGS have been doing it for years – but now every woman’s dream is about to come true with the launch of an airline for shopping trips to Paris, Milan and New York.

Called FlyPink in homage to all things girly, the airline which promises to put the glamour back into air travel, has a totally frivolous fuchsia-pink livery.

It makes its inaugural flight to Paris next month from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

Passengers will sip pink champagne in a pink-themed cabin aboard the 100-seat Fokker aircraft. They will even be treated to a free manicure at the airport before they fly.

The boutique airline is aimed at Coleen McLoughlin and Vic­toria Beckham wannabes aged 21 to 35.

Heh heh. The aircraft's name is Fokker.

Mar 27, 2007

Louis Vuitton's version of cheap chic

Fashion kills me sometimes.

You guys have seen these bags before, right?

Apparently, Marc Jacobs also found inspiration for Louis Vuitton's spring-summer '07 ready-to-wear collection from these popular shopping bags commonly found on the streets of Chinatown. Or the dollar store. Or your local laundromat, whatever. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE these bags. But, come on now:

Granted, the tote above is hand-woven leather. But chile, please. If I'm going to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on an LV purse (I'm more of a Gucci fan anyway, but I digress), I want it to look like it costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. OQUAY?

Plus, I'd much rather keep it real and buy these bags from the dollar store, thanks.

(Props to I am Fashion for the link.)

Mar 9, 2007

"Look Ma, no tan lines!"

I'm all for supporting religious freedom and stuff, but seriously, can a beach-lovin' Muslim sista please just get her suntan on?

Alas, no. But now, at least, she does have some options. Here's one: It's called a "burqini," and it has the potential to become all the rage among the beach-going, ultra-conservative Muslim set:

The Burkini is made from ultraviolet- and water-protected polyester. Unlike the bikini, it covers the whole body except for the feet, hands and face, allowing Muslim women to swim in public.
You gotta admit though, it does take a bit of pressure off of the whole working-out-for-summer thing. They may be on to something here.

All I'm saying is, does it come in a batik pattern? Because that would be super cute.

Oh yeah, and P.S.? These things sell for up to $160.

P.P.S.: Technically, shouldn't her face be covered, too?

P.P.P.S.: Want one? Order here.

Jan 15, 2007

Put away that damn cell phone at the pump.

So it's really true what they say about using your cell phone at the pump.

Don't be like this guy:
The 59-year-old resident of The Travelers Hotel on Georgia Street in Vallejo suffered second- and third-degree burns on half his body Saturday night when his cell phone caught fire and ignited his clothing and the plastic chair he was sitting in, the Vallejo Fire Department reported. A sprinkler confined the fire to the immediate area and firefighters found Luis Picaso on the floor of the bathroom.
To add insult to injury, the NBC anchor (where I first heard of this story) basically outed that man's bad fashion sense, saying that the man's polyester/nylon fabric in his clothing contributed to the spread of the fire.

Bad enough the man's phone caught on fire, but you had to call him out for not wearing natural fibers, too? Damn, you ain't right!

Dec 30, 2006

I've been tagged!

Fellow BARBARian colleague MrGumby2U tagged me with the following meme, and I am more than happy to oblige.

So it goes:

· Find the nearest book
· Name the book
· The author
· Turn to page 123
· Go to the fifth sentence on the page
· Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.
· Tag three more folks.

It just so happens that I have a new copy of Vice magazine’s book “Do’s & Don’ts: 10 years of Vice magazine’s street fashion critiques” by Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes and Shane Smith.

Yes, I am tragically hip. And Brion, the friend who gave this book to me, is even hipper than I. Fear us.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Vice, it’s a Montreal-based publication. And it’s free. I first saw it many years ago at some snobby shoe shop in SoHo but never gave it much thought until Brion brought it up a few months ago. Each issue has a theme that they explore, such as bizarre cults, poverty, immersionism, bullshit, and obsessions, just to name a few. And they have this recurring feature, called “Do’s & Don’ts” in which they take photographs of people off the street and provide commentary on the subject’s stylishness, dorkyness, hotness, or some combination of the above. And from there, the laughs ensue.

So now they’ve compiled these into a book, which is the book I’ve chosen for today’s meme-fest.

However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to say I’m taking a bit of artistic license with this one, because:

a) The book isn’t exactly arranged in paragraph form,
b) I didn’t really like the fifth sentence,
c) The photo attached to the caption I did choose is funnier, and
d) Work with me here, people.

Without further adieu, the “fifth sentence” (from page 124):
The only thing that dresses worse than a teenager is a middle-aged rich guy. He’s got the trophy wife and the Radiohead CD, but most importantly he’s got his trademark “hope I die ‘fore I get old” leather pants.
Now, this caption, in and of itself, is only mildly amusing, I will admit. But when you look at the accompanying picture:

You, the ever astute reader, may notice a slight resemblance (okay, maybe if you squint and shake your head a little) to our beloved John Aravosis of AMERICAblog...

... whom we love and visit daily (the blog, not John Aravosis), and whom we are sure has way better fashion sense than the gentleman in this picture, Jah bless him.

Anyhoo. There it is.

So, whom to tag next? I hereby anoint:
· Jonsey of Jones of the Nile
· Laurie at Defiance
· Kenneth at All Bleeding Stops Eventually

(Photo of John Aravosis courtesy of Bart Nagel Photography. Photo of man and trophy wife courtesy of Vice.)