The Dollar May Be Low, But Heels Are High, And Getting Higher

Yesterday's Independent featured a story by Harriet Walker about skyscraper heels. Prompted, of course, by Victoria Beckham making an appearance in spindly 5 inch stilettos. Writes Walker: "Just when you thought heels couldn't get any higher, guess what: they have." This season, Prada, Louboutin and Dior all have… » 7/23/08 12:00pm 7/23/08 12:00pm

There Are Five Types Of "Extreme Shoppers," And They're All Horrifying

Today's Women's Wear Daily bemoans the five types of dysfunctional "extreme shoppers." These women live where conspicuous consumption and pathology meet. You know them, surely — or, at least, you've seen them: They demand attention. They cry in the dressing room. They cry outside of the dressing room. They cry outside… » 4/29/08 2:30pm 4/29/08 2:30pm

Fundamentalist Fashion: Not So Different Than High Design

The question that keeps coming up again and again with regards to the Eldorado, Texas branch of the FLDS isn't "Where are all the men?" or even "Where's Sarah?" but rather, "Have you noticed what the women are wearing?" The media has even dubbed the phenomenon, somewhat crassly, "polygamist fashion", and the stories… » 4/22/08 5:00pm 4/22/08 5:00pm

Is Nina Garcia's PR Company Using Interns To Promote Her Cause?

Though neither Elle nor publisher Hachette Filipacchi nor Nina Garcia will confirm Garcia's having been "let go" from the magazine last week, WWD reports that Garcia hired Rubenstein PR to speak for her. And! A little birdie tells us that Rubenstein has handed off some of the Garcia damage control work to its interns,… » 4/18/08 2:00pm 4/18/08 2:00pm

Aliza Shvarts: The Halloween How-To For Harvard Students

Aliza Shvarts '08 is more than just an alleged abortion-inducer; according to our commenters, she is also a style icon of sorts. In fact, we predict that come Halloween, students all over Cambridge and other rival Ivies will be dressing up as the suddenly-notorious art student from that other East Coast institution of… » 4/18/08 1:30pm 4/18/08 1:30pm

Feminist Thinks Women Should Boycott Marc Jacobs

The "Fashion & Style" section of Today's New York Times features a story about the Juergen Teller photographs Marc Jacobs uses for advertising purposes. The ads are unlike ordinary fashion ads because the photographs are raw, overexposed and kind of mysterious. Cathy Horyn writes, "Buying something from Marc Jacobs is… » 4/10/08 3:00pm 4/10/08 3:00pm

Star Power Is Not (Yet) Enough To Make Liz Claiborne Stylish

Does anyone buy Liz Claiborne? In December 2006, following years of financial troubles, the company brought on William McComb, a swaggering CEO who knew nothing about the fashion industry but soon realized that a little makeover out of the pages of Management 101 were not going to be enough to revive the struggling… » 4/04/08 4:00pm 4/04/08 4:00pm

Women Who Love Fashion Are Not Inherently Idiotic

"Quick," writes Jessa Crispin on TheSmartSet.com. "How do you tell if a woman in a movie is supposed to be intelligent? First off, she'd probably be brunette, but past that. Glasses, yes. Little to no makeup. Her hair is probably in a ponytail. Clothes she probably bought at the Gap in a size too big. You know she's… » 3/25/08 1:00pm 3/25/08 1:00pm

What Do You Think People Will Be Wearing In 70 Years?


Back in the 1930s, some fashion designers were asked about what they thought people would be wearing in the year 2000. And, uh, weirdly — they really hit the nail on the head about most everything from platform shoes to sheer dresses. If only our clothes responded to our body temperature, though. Sigh. Video of… » 3/20/08 4:40pm 3/20/08 4:40pm