Fashion

Grimes Threw Away Her Whole Album: Links You Need To See

It’s Friday, September 14, and that means one thing: Fashion Week is over. Of course, Fashion Week happens every few months in New York City, so that really means nothing. But, there certainly is a lot of fashion-related stuff happening on the internet right now.

First and foremost: electronic musician and sometimes-fashion muse Grimes has… Read More

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Nicki Minaj Graces the Cover of Autumn/Winter ‘Dazed and Confused’

Nicki’s having a moment. With her collaboration with Beyoncé, three performances at this year’s VMA‘s, never-ending theorization about… Read More

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David Lynch Sets His Sights on Nail Polish in New Ad

Louboutin has released its David Lynch-directed nail polish commercial, because nothing screams “Mani-pedis, betches!” quite like Eraserhead. As was often the… Read More

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The Starlet Lifestyle Brand Disease: Blake Lively’s Preserve Is No GOOP

Pray consider it, dear reader: did you ever go through an Anthropologie stage? Do you even know what that entails? From someone who’s been there, it is this: walking through the exquisitely laid-out store, you imagine that this is your shabby-chic New York loft, your smelling-of-lavender nightgown and silk robe, your perfect striped shirt, and your perfect, elaborately-embroidered-in-an-exotic-melange-of-colors dress, tailored for your body type. Because the thing about Anthropologie — and any other store worth its brand (The Apple Store, Whole Foods) — is that it’s a promise: by shopping here, you will be fitter, happier, more productive. You’ll be a generally better version of you, because you, failure, should aspire to this level of brilliance. … Read More

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The Catch-22 of Women’s Magazines

Are women’s magazines trivialized or trivializing? It’s a debate as old as third-wave feminism, and not one that another round of think-pieces is going to solve. But this week gives us an unusually illustrative example of how much that question oversimplifies those publications and their role in women’s self-image. Politico’s Sarah Kendzior fired the skirmish’s opening salvo at the beginning of the month by diagnosing “The Princess Effect,” in which glossies’ profiles of highly accomplished women “reduce female political leaders to their supposed fashion and lifestyle choices.” Now Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former White House deputy chief of staff and one of the objects of Kendzior’s critique, and New York‘s Kat Stoeffel have each published rebuttals arguing that the problem lies not with focusing on “fashion and lifestyle choices,” but in believing those choices “reduce” women at all. … Read More

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Rihanna’s ‘Bazaar’ Arabia Cover Is the Swarovski Dress’s Equal, Not Its Opposite

World-renowned soccer authority Twitter troll Rihanna’s latest glossy cover is out. It’s not for Vogue, which is currently busy calling out the scourge of lady-centric Facebook groups, or even fellow usual suspects Elle or Vanity Fair. Posted to social media last night, the Ruven Afanador shots are for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, the Middle Eastern offshoot of a magazine that’s recently taken some flak for continuing to employ Terry Richardson. Given that the cover advertises “Rihanna of Arabia” as a guide to “The New Modesty: Cover Up in Style,” it’s not too surprising that the most revealing outfit in the shoot is the thigh-length Dolce & Gabbana dress Rih’s wearing on the cover. … Read More

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Melissa McCarthy Is Just Like Every Other Plus-Size Woman: Searching for Cute Clothes

When you Google Melissa McCarthy, the top automated search suggestion is “Melissa McCarthy weight.” Sure, McCarthy stars on a popular TV show in which her plus-size status is central to the concept (Mike & Molly), but the fascination with her weight is voyeuristic at best, fat-shaming at worst.

This is nothing new, of course. The public is cruel when it comes to celebrity standards of beauty. But this week came another reminder that the problem extends beyond viewers. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most unanimous sweethearts in recent years — magazine editors, please try out a different tagline than “favorite funny gal” — McCarthy struggles to find designers to dress her on the red carpet. … Read More

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The Mod Suit: How a Uniform Defined a Subculture

The British and the Italians have always done suits better than anybody else, and each of the countries has a style all its own. To understand the differences between the two, you might start by picturing some stately looking British gentleman stepping out of a Savile Row tailor in a suit that makes him looks good because the lines are cut with such classic precision. In contrast, an Italian suit might conjure up a mental image of a sleek-looking gentleman who jumps on his scooter after sipping an espresso with a lemon twist. He’s the definition of modern, and he does it so effortlessly. … Read More

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