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

Goldman Sachs Is Confused, Turned Off By Urban Outfitters' Denim Tutu

A hilarious Goldman Sachs analysis of the outlook for hip youth clothing (and sometimes bedbug :( ) purveyor Urban Outfitters revealed some concerning negative indicators for potential investors in the store's parent company. Namely: denim tutus. Denim tutus! Have you ever heard as a thing as crazy as a denim tutu? » 12/18/13 4:00pm 12/18/13 4:00pm

What's Wrong With Urban Outfitters?

News of Urban Outfitters C.E.O. Glen Senk's abrupt resignation — he is reportedly heading to jeweler David Yurman, where he will be unlikely to be called upon to publicly explain a Navajo Flask to anyone — has sent the company's stock price into a tail spin. It's not clear whether Senk was pushed out, but Urban… » 1/12/12 12:35pm 1/12/12 12:35pm

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

Free People: For March, The Ugliest Shoes & Clothes To Match

The back cover of the March Free People catalog featured The Ugliest Shoes Ever Conceived. Viewing those shoes was such a traumatizing experience, we delayed actually looking inside the pages, should worse monstrosities lurk there. Guess what? They do! » 3/25/10 4:00pm 3/25/10 4:00pm

February At Free People: Faux Flower Child Fashion Costs A Pretty Penny

In December, Free People issued a catalog full of Woodstock-y, Summer Of Love-ish, hippie-dippie threads being sold for preposterous prices. Not much has changed! Ahead: Flower child dresses, bamboo bloomers and overalls so expensive you'll have to sell your VW. » 2/18/10 4:00pm 2/18/10 4:00pm

Free People: Let's Pretend It's The Summer Of '69

California dreamin'… on such a winter's day! Let's play Summer Of Love! Let's dress like Janis and listen to Jimi! Let's pretend the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s never happened! Let's pretend $78 is a fair price for frayed shorts! » 12/08/09 5:00pm 12/08/09 5:00pm

Free People Wishes You Hippie Holidays

If you're a trust fund kid who longs to look worldly, poor and thoughtful, you're in luck. The November Free People catalog knows that nothing says "Christmas" like overpriced crochet and a headband. » 11/12/09 3:20pm 11/12/09 3:20pm

Free People: Winning Us Over With Cute, Cuddly Critters

Free People has given us many different styles: Hideous, overpriced thrift store; Iron Curtain; crafty, crocheted crap and Darjeeling Limited chic. And we hated them all! But photographing models with dogs and cats from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society? Smart! » 8/13/09 4:00pm 8/13/09 4:00pm

At Free People, Spring Has Sprung, And It's Hideous

It's 31° in NYC, but it's a beachy, balmy 80-something on the pages of February's Free People catalog. Almost like a mini-vacation! One where the clothes are so foul, you'll have intestinal issues. » 2/20/09 4:00pm 2/20/09 4:00pm

Shipwrecked!

The November issue of Vogue » 10/24/08 2:30pm 10/24/08 2:30pm features a "Field Of Dreams" photo shoot starring Natalia Vodianova, her husband and kids. In the opening spread, the family is standing in a boat which is moored on dry land. For those of you keeping count, this is the time since August we've seen a double-page spread of models posing in a…

This Week Things Got Ugly Up In Here

  • Less than a month until the election, folks, and it's getting really ugly.
  • John McCain sounding like a total loon during the debates, calling Obama "That One": ugly.
  • Illogical republican strategists yelling at Newsweek for putting a (gasp!) un-retouched photo of Sarah Palin on the cover: ugly!
  • Nikki Blonsky kicking
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Free People: More Overpriced Thrift Store Crap Masquerading As Vintage …

God, I hate the new Free People catalog. I hate the faux-cigarette burns or whatever those are on the cover. I hate that there are illustrations » 10/09/08 4:40pm 10/09/08 4:40pm of clothes inside. I hate that the weathered, worn, clothes that you'd find on the floor at the Salvation Army often cost over $100. I hate some other stuff, too: Seethe with …

Using A Woman Of Color As The "Background" In A Photo Shoot: It's Not Okay

A couple of days ago, a post titled "Background Color" appeared on Racialicious. The jumping-off point is a photograph, by Alex Hoerner, from Nylon magazine (at left), in which Beth Ditto from The Gossip is playing cards with the housekeeper in a motel. And yeah, the housekeeper is a woman of color. The post's author,… » 7/31/08 4:40pm 7/31/08 4:40pm