10 Other Stupid Non-Fashion Trends Inspired by Normcore

According to The Cut, the newest fashion trend sweeping the crazy streets of New York City is a surprising one. Dubbed “normcore,” it’s not the trend of young women dressing like Cheers-era George Wendt (much to our dismay), but rather young people “embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for ‘difference’ or ‘authenticity,'” by which the writer Fiona Duncan means: standing out by not standing out. You know, like wearing non-New Yorker clothes such as khakis and sweatpants and turtlenecks and sneakers. Sure, this is just one more bit of proof that New Yorkers and fashion people live in a bubble, believing that every choice we make is interesting and fashion-forward, but what if it inspired some other non-interesting non-fashion trends? We came up with a few we’d like to see. Or not. … Read More

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‘Elegance in the Age of Crisis': Stylish Clothing From the 1930s

It was the worst of times, it was the best dressed of times. It was the decade of the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler’s Germany. So when you take a walk through The Museum at FIT’s Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s exhibition, it might come as a surprise that one of the darkest eras in our history was also one of the most stylish. Click through to see a few highlights from the show, which is on view through April 19, in our gallery. … Read More

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Glamorous Illustrations for ‘The Allure of Chanel’

You could look at the deluxe edition of Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel as the proper culmination of the writer’s work, since this was his final book and the subject was fellow French Nazi collaborator Coco Chanel. Or, you could look past that and appreciate one of the best French authors of his time writing intimately about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. If you can do that, then you’ll surely appreciate this latest edition, which features gorgeous illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld — some of which you can take a look at below. … Read More

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‘The Way We Wore’ Takes a Smart and Stylish Look at the Evolution of African-American Fashion

The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollum (Glitterati Incorporated)explores the diverse, undeniably cool individual styles of African Americans throughout the 20th century, focusing more on everyday people than celebrities or big-time trendsetters. Featuring photos that seem like proto-Saratorialist street shots, the result is a book that will surely be among the best-looking of 2014. Click through to preview a selection of images from McCollum’s book. … Read More

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American Apparel Can’t Have Its Body Positivity Cake and Eat It, Too

A funny thing happened at the Houston Street American Apparel early Thursday morning. Exactly a month ahead of Valentine’s Day, America’s favorite source of overpriced, domestically produced basics launched a decidedly on-brand holiday promotion: swapping out its typical mannequins for female figures with nipples and pubic hair, both clearly visible underneath sheer lingerie. After Gothamist reported on the display, which happens to be located just a few blocks from the Flavorwire offices, a sales associate told the Huffington Post that the mannequins were intended to demonstrate “the rawness and realness of sexuality.” And when a national retailer chooses to represent women’s bodies in a way that’s closer to real life than ads that perpetuate the widespread stigma against women’s body hair, that’s a good thing, right? … Read More

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Stunning Lookbook Introduces the World to Flawless Nigerian Menswear

The members of the Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), also known as the sapeurs, have received a fair amount of press over the last few years for an exquisite sense of style that borrows liberally from well-dressed men of eras past. The small personal flourishes — colorful pocket squares, crocodile shoes, and extra-wide brimmed hats — make it hard to not notice their neat suits. There has recently been a renewed interest in the sapeurs, thanks in part to the fashion world’s rediscovery of styles from the early part of the 20th century and a newfound fascination with dandyism. The stories tend to concentrate more on the place the sapeurs come from, the Congo, treating the men who the Wall Street Journal called the “unlikeliest fashionistas” like an exotic aberration. … Read More

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Golden Globes Inspire New Memes

If you’re already feeling Golden Globe recap fatigue, take a break from all the heady analyses, and instead praise your… Read More

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘ELLE’ Cover Controversy: Why Fashion Magazines Will Never Change

This month’s ELLE has four different covers, and one of them is the black-and-white photograph of Mindy Kaling you see above. If you asked me, without context, if the photograph was attractive, I’d say yes. In fact I quite like it, as a photograph of Kaling. … Read More

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