Moms of the World, Despair!!! Coldwater Creek Is Going Out of Business

You guys. If ever there were a time to stock up on boxy boucle one-button cardigans and a shoe that's kind of a clog but kind of a sneaker with an appliqued daisy on the toe-box, THAT TIME IS NOW. Because Coldwater Creek, the indefatigable catalog staple of moms everywhere, is officially going out of business. » 4/11/14 5:45pm 4/11/14 5:45pm

Free People Is Ditching Models and Replacing Them With Real People

Free People is resorting to something innovative in the way it markets $96 tank tops that look like sun-stained handkerchiefs: scrapping models entirely. For a two-week span starting tomorrow, all of the images used to sell certain clothing items will be user-submitted photos of shoppers modeling the items they… » 2/21/14 6:30pm 2/21/14 6:30pm

Get to Know Your Carhartt Boyfriend

The Fall 2012 Carhartt catalog — shot on location in Alaska — is filled with men. "Real" men. These are not models, posing in slim-cut suits, like you might see in J. Crew. They're men. Working outdoors. Doing things we think of as manly. » 12/07/12 5:30pm 12/07/12 5:30pm

Black Model Little More Than a Prop in Scottish Catalog

One of the many privileges that Peggy McIntosh identifies in her famous essay on "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" is that, as she writes, "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented." This statement resounded when I saw the images… » 2/07/12 5:45pm 2/07/12 5:45pm

The Latest Catalog Technology Makes It Possible To Gawk At Models In…

Moosejaw, an outdoor gear retailer, has a very special feature in this year's catalog: Customers can check out each model in his or her underwear. Using an augmented reality app — available for iPhones, iPads, and Android — a person can wave their gadget over a model in the catalog and see her in the exact same pose,… » 11/17/11 3:15pm 11/17/11 3:15pm

J.Crew's Openly Gay Designer Threatens America's Moral Fiber

The rabid culture warriors over at J. Crew are at it again. Now they're taking the staggering step of not ignoring the existence of their gay employees. Next they'll be letting the gays into fashion—or male modeling. » 5/02/11 1:12pm 5/02/11 1:12pm

Show Off Your Christmas Cookie Bloat With 3 Hideous Swimsuits From…

After the stuffed Thanksgiving turkey, caloric Christmas cookies and guzzles of champagne on New Year's Eve, what you really want to do is shop for a swimsuit, right? The Victoria's Secret swimsuit catalog has arrived just in time! » 1/07/11 7:15pm 1/07/11 7:15pm

Free People Inflicts Rich Hippie Aesthetic On Children

Free People is the land of layers and layers of overpriced, fauxhemian handmade knits and a general sloppy homeless-ish chic. In the Holiday 2010 catalog, this mismatch patchwork way of putting clothes together was passed on to the innocent kiddies. » 11/15/10 4:15pm 11/15/10 4:15pm

LL Bean Signature: A (Kind Of) Youthful Spin On Woodsy & Preppy

LL Bean has long been known for doing classic New England prep. But in a market alongside "classic American" brands like Banana Republic, J. Crew and American Eagle, Bean can seem old and staid. Hence the "signature" collection! » 10/28/10 6:48pm 10/28/10 6:48pm

Bedding Porn For Sleepyheads

When it's chilly outside, all some of us want to do is snuggle up in a pillowy, warm bed. This week in our mailbox, three different catalogs enticed us with sheets and pillows and the stuff dreams are made of! » 10/21/10 3:36pm 10/21/10 3:36pm

12 Depressing Ensembles From Urban Outfitters' Apocalyptic Wasteland

The September Urban Outfitters catalog sheds light on Seasonal Affective Disorder, dysthymia and the apocalypse. If you've seen that movie The Road, you already know what's hot for fall! » 9/20/10 3:30pm 9/20/10 3:30pm