Most women we know get their sports bras from Target or Marshalls or even Macy’s (if they’re feeling spendy). Function, not fashion is first when it comes to keeping the girls strapped in while running, biking, or doing headstands in yoga.
British designer Mark Fast disagrees, apparently. Known for sending curvy girls down the runway in form-fitting looks with peekaboo cut-outs usually reserved for the rail thin (which we applaud, of course), he naturally created a knitted bra top meant to be worn out! Yes, OUT! We understand that lingerie as outerwear trend, but we don’t see this as anything other than a fancy sports bra or a maybe a sweater if you’re Pamela Anderson.
Unfortunately, it’s not available stateside, but for 230 pounds sterling (roughly $475), so we’re guessing you won’t be hunting this down anyway.
Check out this accordion skirt from Martin Lamothe, a three-year old unisex line out of Spain. Touches of the avant-garde, as evidenced by this can’t-miss skirt, combined with wearable shapes make Martin Lamoth a line to watch (or to play, ha). It’s too bad the skirt’s accordion folds aren’t closed at the bottom so they could double as beer koozies.
When we spoke with Jules Kim of Bijules earlier this year, she chatted about Beyonce wearing her goods, her Le Bij line for Urban Outfitters and the now-ubiquitous bar ring. She failed to mention, however, that her next step would be to create an avant-garde line with nipple pasties, contact lenses, a jeweled cigarette holder and more, all dipped in gold–maybe because she knew we would keel over in a horror-rapture hybrid faint.
Directed by Steamclam and, of course, starring Kim herself.
Brooklyn-born and sustainably designed, Bodkin designs for the evolved, creative girl–the girl interested in looking good while doing good, simply by choosing to buy clothes made from “handloomed weaves from collectives in India, regenerated and recycled wool, fine organic cottons, and decades-old salvaged textiles.”
According to the Bodkin site:
Bodkin creates urban essentials with modern silhouettes and wry details that lend its simple shapes a subtle specialness. Bodkin favors a relaxed, understated, day-to-night sense of chic that reflects the personality of creative Brooklyn.
We second (and third) that. The clothes are hip without trying too hard, comfortable without being schlumpy and, most importantly, responsible due to Bodkin’s commitment to reusing and repurposing. The cute details aren’t bad, either.
Here are some of our favorite pieces from the current collection:
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Move over taupe: eggshell blue is taking over the nail beds of fashion’s cutting edge peeps. And Chanel, as usual, is leading the game. They just had us salivating over the Les Khakis de Chanel collection of military-inspired taupes last month, and now they’re hitting us over the head with Riva, a delicate eggshell blue from the Chanel Cruise collection. Stop it, Karl–we can’t take it anymore! Just kidding. Yes, we can!
First seen in Saint-Tropez at Chanel’s Resort show back in May, the color is perfect for jetting off on vacay and setting off a tan. Retailing for $39, it drops December 1st at Chanel boutiques and beauty counters and on Chanel.com. Get there fast, though, because if past limited edition nail lacquer releases are any indication, you’re in for a throwdown with some well-dressed competitors.
Note: If $39 (or 25 euros, if you’re feeling fancy) is too much to stomach spending on nail polish, check out Color Club’s $6 version on Amazon. You’re welcome.
Partners & Spade doesn’t want you to use any old scratchy sheets for your ghost costume this weekend, noooo. They’re selling a 600 thread count ghost costume for $200. (Insert incredulous response here.)
Phillip Lim’s line, 3.1 Phillip Lim, retains all of the sophistication one expects from the designer whose clothes have garnered both critical praise and commercial success. His stud-embellished ruffled leather jacket is hardcore rock ‘n roll meets frilly femininity–making for a perfectly balanced jacket suitable for both day and night, with jeans or a cocktail dress (or pantless, à la Lady Gaga).
UK based luxury lingerie label Bordelle is known for bringing together unabashed fetishism and high-end couture design. Makes sense, since its pieces have featured in editorials spanning mags from Vogue to FHM. The S/S 2011 line maintains Bordelle’s distinctive signature: its body-con lines and bandage silhouette made of ribbons, fabrics and trims.
Even though the silhouettes hearken back to the era of Bettie Paige, modern S&M immediately comes to mind (well, to my mind, anyway). At any rate, these sexy skivvies can be worn as outerwear for a naughty night out or just for a naughty night in, just as nature intended.
We all know that carrying or wearing Chanel is an exercise in art (or arousal, depending on your sensibilities). Now, you can check out the story between the lines at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai where they’ll be presenting an exhibition of Chanel’s literary and artistic inspirations.
400 items will occupy both floors of the museum’s glass structure, including clothing, artworks, manuscripts and films. Curated by Jean-Louis Froment, a French art director and critic, it tells the story of Gabrielle Chanel’s rapport with artists including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky — and continues through to the Karl Lagerfeld era.
“Culture Chanel” is set to run January 15–March 14, 2011.
Face it: everyone’s sick of grape “eyeballs” and spaghetti “veins” at your annual Halloween party. This year, it’s time for something different!
Kamibashi, a North Carolina company that sells fair trade Thai handicrafts, make string dolls that are too cute to be scary! Pick from almost 20 Halloween-themed dolls, including Punkin’, The Grim Reaper, SkullBoy, Witchy Woman and The Ghost. Bonus? Each doll comes with its own special qualities and a portion of sales go to charity. Now that’s spooktacular! (I tried to restrain myself from typing that, I really did.)