The Observer does not expect any particular heightened sensitivity from those who make their living looking beautiful or portraying those who do. Read More
It would nice to believe that the fashion industry is becoming a little bit less racist, if only because the standards for being progressive are so absurdly low. If you are a designer, all you need to do is not put white models in blackface, perhaps have a few models of color in your shows, and… not post a picture of yourself grimacing while eating fried chicken on Instagram that wishes people a happy black history month. Read More
Fashion designer Phillip Lim finally revealed the entirety of his cheap-chic 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection on Monday evening, with a special preview for style editors and auteurs. The presentation, staged in the mass retailer’s Garment District studio, offered a close-up look at the 100-plus pieces that will hit a majority of Target stores nationwide on September 15. Read More
New Yorkers may be known for seeking out what’s new and what’s next, but there’s a small, vocal group that prefers to slow down and look back. Two Sundays ago, Bowties and Crumpets, an event put on by Big Apple Tweed, transformed the Park Slope restaurant Flatbush Farm into a scene straight out of another era. Guests tapped their feet and danced as Dandy Wellington and His Band played standards and lesser-known tunes from the 1920s and ’30s. Tea and crumpets were served. Judges selected the Most Tweed Spirited Lass and Lad, Best Accessory, Most Distinguished Chap, Most Ravishing Lass, Most Breathtaking Accessory, Uniquely New York and even Tweed Baby. Donations from the event (a $20 door charge, raffle tickets) went to help school children in the tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma. Read More
Look, we are sure Disney has its heart in the right place (specifically, deep in the cryogenically frozen vault underneath Space Mountain, one storage unit over from Walt’s head), but out of all the movies to start marketing an adult clothing line for, the upcoming Artie Hammer/Johnny Depp feature The Lone Ranger should have been very low on the pile.
Because no matter where you fall on Depp’s Tonto as a racist, Native American minstrel show spectrum, we can all agree that adding fuel to the outraged fire by developing a line of “Native American print” scarves as Theodora & Callum have done. We’re not judging whether these scarves constitute as “racist”–that’s for Jezebel to decide–but with such tricky source material, you’d think brands wouldn’t openly be trying to court more potentially hostile publicity. Read More
As a young woman, one of the most memorable coming-of-age moments is being taken to get your first bra: equal parts mortifying and thrilling, it’s one of those prepubescent rites that most adults wouldn’t care to repeat.
And yet a colleague and I recently found ourselves re-enacting a scene from Judy Blume in the bathroom stalls of The Observer offices, trying to assess our respective digits under Jockey’s new numbers-only sizing system. The Volumetric Fit Bra sizing kit contains a measuring tape and 10 plastic cup molds labeled numerically. You try each one until you find a fit, like a soft-core Cinderella. “Do you think this plastic cup makes my boobs look bigger?” I joked. Read More
For the casual passerby on Canal Street, the storefronts appear relatively pristine. An amalgam of innocent merchandise lines the aisles, with logo-bearing bags seemingly a thing of the past—as if vendors have actually taken to heart New York’s heightened scrutiny on counterfeit goods. But it only takes one raise of the eyebrows, and perhaps the Read More
Karl-Johan Persson, the “young, handsome CEO” of H&M, recently gave an interview to Metro (probably because of their ability to report objectively), during which he finally addressed the longstanding industry problem of anorexia. While admitting that H&M had previously employed models that were “too thin,” Mr. Persson that trumpeted his company’s use of “curvier” models…like Beyonce.
Also, they still plan to use “just thin” models…as long as they weren’t purposefully underweight. So…nothing changes!
The full quote, below: Read More
Coming straight from your most repressed memories of that time you got your foot caught in a bicycle spoke when you were eight, NoLita’s hottest new store is Skingraft. That’s right…Skingraft. Oh, you haven’t heard of Skingraft? (And now that you have, wish that you hadn’t?) Well, let us tell you about it.
The opening of Skingraft will fill the hole in Manhattan’s retail market left after the recession closed such other cutting edge concept stores as meTa stasiZed, the Wart-eria and last year’s Po(ly)p Pop-Up. Read More