Huffington PostFeeling insecure about how you look wearing shorts during this hot summer day? No? Well maybe the Gap can make you feel bad about it. The retailer is featuring new ads in their store windows which read: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all look good in shorts."
Gap, we have some major issues with this ad. Number one: who asked you?! Sure, maybe some people look better in shorts than others, but as a store that sells shorts, why would you tell your shoppers that they look bad in them? Ever heard of "the customer is always right?" Secondly, you're hardly an authority on what looks good when you're promoting JEGGINGS on another corresponding window sign. Does everyone look good in those? And finally, don't try so hard to be edgy. This sign comes off as insulting, not cool.
If we could remake the ads to endorse their fall pants and jeans we'd change it to: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all be Lady Gaga." Now that's a slogan we think many people would stand behind.
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
Huffington PostFeeling insecure about how you look wearing shorts during this hot summer day? No? Well maybe the Gap can make you feel bad about it. The retailer is featuring new ads in their store windows which read: "PUT SOME PANTS ON! Because we can't all look good in shorts."Read More »from Gap tells shoppers to put some pants on
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 9:07 PM EDT
ChanelWhen it comes to designer merchandise, there are definitely different tiers, and the ubiquitous Louis Vuitton is actually considered lower end when it comes to accessories. (We know.) While you can purchase one of the iconic LV monogram bags for several hundred dollars, Chanel is a totally different story. Their most popular quilted bag costs a whopping $2,600.
If you live in an affluent city like New York, you see Chanel bags on the arms of many, many women--some ladies insist the classic chain-link straps and quilted patterns are the epitome of chic. But $2,600 is not enough for the greedy folks at Chanel. They fear their items have become mainstream, and wish to be more unattainable and exclusive. So they've upped their prices around 20 to 30 percent. These are a few of the price hikes found in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Chanel boutiques:
- Medium classic bag: formerly $2,600, now $3,400
- Jumbo classic bag: formerly $2,995, now $3,795
- Jumbo reissue bag: formerly
Celeb scent overload! New fragrances from Shakira, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Katy PerryBy Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 7:54 PM EDT
Radiance by Britney Spears via TwitterWith Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds paving the way (and maybe Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth if you're an '80s baby like me), celebrity fragrances have proven to be successful money makers over the years, though they have never been more popular. Mary J. Blige sold over 50,000 bottles of her new perfume, My Life, on HSN this past Saturday, with one dollar of each sale going to her charity. Last week Britney Spears Tweeted a photo of the ad for her upcoming ninth fragrance called Radiance. In September Beyonce will be launching her sophomore scent, Heat Ultimate Elixir, and Shakira's perfume, S by Shakira, which just launched in Madrid, will be making its way to the States. Katy Perry will be launching her fragrance debut, Purr, in November.Read More »from Celeb scent overload! New fragrances from Shakira, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Katy Perry
We think these celebrity scents getting out of control. These days it's harder to find a celebrity who doesn't have a fragrance than ones who do. Last time we checked Jennifer Lopez had 18 perfumes to call her own. Others scent shillers who come
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Jul 23, 2010 9:38 PM EDT
Getty ImagesIt has long been rumored that Tom Cruise, who sits comfortably at 5'7" wears lifts in his shoes to stack up to his tall costars, but we've never really noticed them in action until now.
Yesterday Cruise walked the red carpet at the premiere of "Knight and Day" in London with Cameron Diaz. The former model is 5'9" and wore what appear to be four-inch stilettos, so how is it that little Tom Cruise is eye to eye with Diaz? Stilts in his pants? Assistance from David Blaine? Whatever it is, we'd really like to know. A couple inches never hurt anyone.
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- Getty ImagesDuring this time of recession and "fast fashion" from stores like H&M and Forever21, many women in America are starting to evaluate their overstuffed closets. Trinny Woodall, the original co-host of "What Not to Wear," and "Making Over America," told Oprah.com that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. In reaction to this excess and extreme consumerism, websites have been popping up that challenge women (and men if they're interested) to follow "shopping diets." All you really need, it seems, are six key pieces to form the basis of a reliable wardrobe.
[Read about: How to look great without breaking the bank]
The New York Times has profiled sites like SixItemsOrLess.com, an experiment where each participant may only wear the same six garments over the course of one month. TheGreatAmericanApparelDiet.com encourages pledges to not buy any new clothing for one year. Both sites have attracted over 100 enthusiastic men and women willing to participate. Humble beginnings, Read More »from How to dress with just six pieces
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Jul 21, 2010 10:08 PM EDT
Fame Pictures via OMGPoor Britney. She's overcome nearly every bad situation from her past except those awful hair extensions. We've seen the tracks of her weave in the past, but nothing as awful as this before.Read More »from Move over, Danielle Staub. Britney Spears has some real hair problems!
Danielle Staub of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" pressed charges when teenager Ashley Holmes ripped out a clump of her hair extensions, but Staub ought to take a look at this photo to know what true horror is.
Britney, God bless her, seems to have really gotten her life back on track with a popular tour last year and regaining custody of her kids. But why can't she take some of her hard-earned millions and get herself some hair?! We're starting to understand her frustration in shaving it all off in the first place. [OMG]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jul 20, 2010 10:56 PM EDT
Elle UKThe odds are slim, but occasionally celebrities are spotted wearing identical or similar designer gowns to an event. The responsibility of such a fashion faux pas usually falls on the designer who is lending out the garments and the stylist to determine in advance if other leading ladies will be wearing the same dress. But what about magazine covers? The July issue of W, and the August issues of Elle UK, and British Vogue all feature the same appliquéd Miu Miu dress on the cover. And while the dress, a $3,000-$5,000 creation designed by Miuccia Prada, was part of a critically adored collection, that's one huge coincidence.Read More »from Triple threat: The same Miu Miu dress lands on three magazine covers
[Photo blunder: Sandra Bullock's identical magazine covers]
The dresses in question, while similar, are not 100% identical. W shows Eva Mendes and British Vogue displays Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen both wearing the same yellow dress (though the latter's appears orange on the cover), while Lily Allen models a similar lilac lace version for Elle UK. But with the
Getty ImagesAccording to a survey in the upcoming September issue of ShopSmart by Consumer Reports, women spend an average of $34 on their denim. They interviewed over 1,000 women ages 18 and up about their jean habits. Younger ladies aged 18 to 34 cough up a little extra dough, spending around $60 a pair. Only one in 10 women said they've spent over $100 on jeans. And while 85% of women wear jeans at least once a week, more than half of them said they wished they could wear them every day.
"As much as women are hooked on these weekend faves turned fashion staple, over half of the women polled (56%) said they have trouble finding jeans that fit and flatter, with 8 percent seeking professional help to find a pair," says ShopSmart editor-in-chief Lisa Lee Freeman.
Some more fun facts about jeans from this survey:
- Women own seven pairs (25% own ten or more)
- Four pairs are in regular rotation
- 50% hold on to their skinny jeans hoping they'll fit again, while 31% refuse to go up a size to
My grandmother had an antique store, and my mother passed down the itch for discovering a hidden treasure amongst what looks like a bunch of crap at a flea market or yard sale. Lately I've been watching lots of "Antiques Roadshow," as well as newer shows like "Pawn Stars," and "American Pickers" on the History Channel. And while I'm starting to learn about which items have value, sometimes an unsuspecting item will sneak by you.Read More »from Yard sale score: $5 necklace has $10,000 value
A 20-year-old woman in Ohio purchased this LeBron James necklace for $5 at a yard sale (he's not so popular in Ohio right now). The jersey-shaped pendant is admittedly kind of tacky, so we're not surprised that the seller and the buyer assumed it was a piece of costume jewelry. Well, she had the pendant appraised, and it turns out it's made of 14k white gold and over 2 carats of real diamonds, making this item worth nearly $10,000! What a score! She's reportedly selling the item on eBay.
Have you ever found anything really awesome at a flea market or yard