fashion

Muslims Wearing Things

Article: Muslims Wearing Things

Former NPR news analyst and now Fox News commentator Juan Williams found himself in hot water after he stated that he feared seeing “people who are in Muslim garb.” In response Muslims Wearing Things is a single serve humorous Tumblr blog focused on “pictures of Muslims wearing all sorts of things in an attempt to…

Bed Intruder costume

Article: Bed Intruder costume

A few weeks ago we fondly wrote about the Know Your Meme podcast, and specifically highlighted their coverage of the loveable Antoine Dodson of “Bed Intruder” fame. Well, now he’s got what he (at least) is calling the # 1 Halloween get-up of 2010: The official Bed Intruder Costume! And good for him — why…

Kobi Levi's high heels

Article: Kobi Levi's high heels

Israeli designer Kobi Levi uses the high heel shoe as a blank canvas to transform everyday or random objects into (barely wearable) footwear. Above is his trompe l’oeil heel mimicking the (annoying) experience of stepping in chewing gum. [Via]

Plastic saran wrap wigs

Article: Plastic saran wrap wigs

Designer Kate Cusack executes a trompe l’oeil with these Marie Antoinette-esque wigs made from plastic saran wrap. [Via]

Emergency Bras at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Article: Emergency Bras at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

The 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, which honors achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think,” was held Harvard University last Thursday. On hand to help honor the 2010 prize laureates was Dr. Elana Bodnar, last year’s winner of the Ig Nobel Public Health Prize for her Emergency Bra, a…

Most amazing cowboy boots ever

Article: Most amazing cowboy boots ever

Fall has definitely arrived in New York City, which means that many women (and a couple guys I know) are dusting off their much maligned Ugg boots. As an alternative piece of footwear, I’m really hoping this cowboy boots-slash-sneaker hybrid catches on this season.

Take Ivy finally available!

Article: Take Ivy finally available!

Until quite recently, very few people knew about “Take Ivy,” a discontinued fashion book of photos published in 1965 with a cult following. I had actually blogged about it a couple years ago when a friend mentioned it. I explained then, “In the late 1960s Japanese photographer Hayashida visited our Ivy League universities and documented…

Spears vs. Takashi Murakami

Article: Spears vs. Takashi Murakami

This year we’ve already seen one pop princess (Christina Aguilera) reemerge from hiding only to be written off as a Gaga-wannabe past her prime. This was a shame as Xtina’s album had brilliant highs and it just seems she was a victim of Gaga’s power over the press.

Now we ready ourselves for Britney Spears’ comeback. And while Spears has always been more likable than Aguilera, and was never one for put-on art/fashion reference, the news about, and accompanying images for, her cover shoot for Japan’s POP Magazine seem a bit desperate, no?

David Chang in Vogue

Article: David Chang in Vogue

The blogosphere of foodies and fashionistas merge in the upcoming September issue of Vogue, which includes the above spread featuring David Chang, the genius, foul-mouthed lord of the Momofuku restaurant empire who was once quoted saying, “I don’t want shithead bankers and the friends of dickhead traders.” I can see that Vogue is making a…

Peek into Mad Men's closet

Article: Peek into Mad Men's closet

My roommates finally got me hooked on Mad Men and like everyone else I’ve become quickly obsessed with the clothing, especially those suits (God, those lapels: Drool!). This video of Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant giving a tour of the closets of Don and Co. is a treat for any fan of the show.…

Can green fashion save our oceans?

Article: Can green fashion save our oceans?

From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the Gulf oil spill, you don’t have to look far for evidence of how heavily we pollute our oceans. The effects of this pollution are both environmental and economic: harming ocean life diminishes our capacity to make use of the many resources on which we rely provided by the planet’s ample blue spaces. Just take a look at some of the numbers from NOAA, National Geographic, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute:

Designer Jeremy Scott goes wild in his latest sneaker design

Article: Designer Jeremy Scott goes wild in his latest sneaker design

Jeremy Scott attracts a lot of attention among the fashion and design blogosphere for his sneaker collaborations with Adidas (which I’ve obsessively blogged about in the past), especially his winged pair from a couple years ago. His latest effort is beary wild (also comes in a brown version as well). If you can get your…

Yet another reason we're glad we were '80s children

Article: Yet another reason we're glad we were '80s children

Remember back when Madonna was first huge, in the ’80s, and girls who wanted to be just like her wore black rubber bracelets up to their elbows and multiple crucifixes, even if they were Jewish? It seems almost quaint now that girls are wearing imported, illegal contact lenses that may damage their eyesight, just to look like Lady Gaga. (She wears them in her “Bad Romance” video.) The lenses cover not just the irises, but also part of the whites of the eyes, giving girls a wide-eyed, innocent, anime look — the eyes look impossibly large. Yeah, we all looked like idiots in our ’80s Madonna get-ups, but at least there wasn’t a chance we’d go blind from it. Geez.

Crème de la Crème fashion and skating event with Johnny Weir rescheduled

Article: Crème de la Crème fashion and skating event with Johnny Weir rescheduled

Sorry, kittens. The “Crème de la Crème 2010” fashion event, originally set to begin this Saturday, June 26, and to feature world-renowned figure skaters Johnny Weir and Alyssa Czisny in the first runway fashion show on ice, is being rescheduled. The event, hosted by upscale bridal boutique “Le Salon” of Royal Oak, will be held…

Bio-accessories

Article: Bio-accessories

Australian duo Ben Landau and Brittany Veitch created a series of “bio-accessories” or wearable jewelry and adornments injects a bit of nature into an urban experience and lifestyle. The artists explain: Each piece of Bio-accessories incorporates a living organism to accompany the wearer throughout their day, creating a symbiotic relationship. The human tends to the…

Frederique Daubal, "Hide and Seek"

Article: Frederique Daubal, "Hide and Seek"

Graphic designer and artist Frederique Daubal tackles the overlap between fashion, politics and religion in her series “Hide and Seek.” Frederique cut out pages from fashion magazines, sliced them into fringe and made them into masks resembling Muslim niqābs. It’s a statement on identity, transformation and what it means to be French today. [Via]

Tim Gunn critiques superhero costumes

Article: Tim Gunn critiques superhero costumes

Fashion guru Tim Gunn sits down with comic book historian Alan Kistler as they review and critique classic superheroes’ various costumes. I appreciate that Tim Gunn gives this topic his trademark sincerity and serious attention. Gunn sounds genuinely fascinated by the history and context of these crime-fighting and world-saving characters, instead of dismissing them as…

Fashion Week – A board mood

Article: Fashion Week – A board mood

Fashion Week has come and gone from NYC never again returning to the tents of Bryant Park. And while most New Yorkers have had their share of fashion for a bit I’d be remiss not to post here this slide show Vogue ran before the hoopla began. It highlights designer mood boards and inspiration walls. I find it fascinating to have a peek into the the creative process. And I also have had fun taking the mood board image and comparing it to the actual collections that were shown. The image above is from Jason Wu. He wrote “My fall 2010 collection is inspired by Irving Penn, by both his work and personal style. I applied the grainy textures of his photo negatives to intricately woven and printed fabrics and paired them with a slouchy menswear silhouette he often favored.”

Porcelain clothing

Article: Porcelain clothing

Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng recycles shards and pieces of porcelain from various Chinese dynasties and uses them like an armor to create contemporary clothing including gowns and a jacket, shirt, and tie. The effect is quite shattering.

Red Carpet Green Dress: green designers' shot at Oscar-level exposure

Article: Red Carpet Green Dress: green designers' shot at Oscar-level exposure

Suzy Amis Cameron for Red Carpet Green Dress from Red Carpet Green Dress on Vimeo. If you’re an aspiring green fashion designer, and didn’t get picked for Franca Sozzani’s workshop in Biella, Italy, fear not: Suzy Amis Cameron — model, activist, and wife of some guy named James — is offering you a shot at…

Model versus "plus sized" model

Article: Model versus "plus sized" model

This item might be more appropriate for the Full Frontal Fashion blog, but the blogosphere collectively struggles with body image issues which is sparked by things like this: Terry Richardson photographed models Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn, a leading lady among plus size models, wearing the same clothes for V Magazine’s ‘Plus Size’ January 2010…

From the Nothing's-Sacred Department: Shocker gloves

Article: From the Nothing's-Sacred Department: Shocker gloves

There’s the enjoi knit version (above), which POW claims is an infringement on their style copyright for the finger colors of pink and brown (they have a freaking copyright on that?). But then there’s the Shocker Glove Company too, which a guy from POW told us uses a different “shocker” reference (i.e. not sexual), but…

Snoopy's fashionable 60th Birthday

Article: Snoopy's fashionable 60th Birthday

WWD reported that in anticipation of Charles Schulz’s beloved Snoopy’s 60th birthday next year, Japan’s Fashion Week kicked off recently with top fashion brands such as “Hermes, Chloe, Chanel, and Balenciaga” commissioned to create outfits for Charlie Brown’s pet beagle-slash-World War 1 flying ace. View more photos here.

The "Vulva Love Lovely" Etsy store

Article: The "Vulva Love Lovely" Etsy store

If the news we reported recently about Betty Dodson’s Genital Art Gallery being forced offline really got you down, here’s something to brighten your day: There’s an Etsy retailer called Vulva Love Lovely dedicated exclusively to women’s genital and reproductive artsy craftsy thingies. We’re fans of the more lighthearted, graphical stuff: the little cartoon uterus…

Take a bow, or not

Article: Take a bow, or not

As Fashion Week winds down here in the Big Apple and the dust settles many a gay are left talking about what’s happening in fashion. Yes, we gays discuss fashion. I know, shocking.

The press is picking up on a new trend that even I, one of the biggest gays in this oh-so gay town, could not possibly pull off. Bows. Yes, those bows. The ones on Minnie Mouse’s head and your Prom date’s satin pink dress. Those bows.