Courtesy of DoveAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the average woman in the United States is 63.8" tall (just over 5'3") and weighs 164.7 pounds. Sure, the average does not mean the most commonly found measurements, but one thing is clear: these statistics are not represented enough in fashion. Runway models are typically over 5'10" and wear around a size 4. Are these models "real women"? Of course they are. But when the majority of the women the fashion industry presents are so far off from the average many would argue this is not a "realistic" portrayal of the American woman.
Surely there are many ladies out there who are tall and thin. There are women who are tall and heavy. There are women who are short and thin. There are women who are short and heavy. There are women who are "average." There are women who are unhealthily thin. There are women who are unhealthily overweight. As women who are unique individuals inside and out, we all are different and come in different
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
Courtesy of DoveAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the average woman in the United States is 63.8" tall (just over 5'3") and weighs 164.7 pounds. Sure, the average does not mean the most commonly found measurements, but one thing is clear: these statistics are not represented enough in fashion. Runway models are typically over 5'10" and wear around a size 4. Are these models "real women"? Of course they are. But when the majority of the women the fashion industry presents are so far off from the average many would argue this is not a "realistic" portrayal of the American woman.Read More »from What do we mean by â€œreal womenâ€?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Nov 9, 2010 11:55 PM EST
The plastic surgery backlash has begun with industry insiders bashing Heidi Montag's extreme makeover, and stars like Lisa Rinna getting operations to reverse revious ones, Teri Hatcher posing with no makeup to prove she hasn't had Botox, and Drew Barrymore swearing off cosmetic procedures altogether. But for every famous lady who denounces plastic surgery you have scores of them secretly still going in for a little nip tuck. But Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" aren't ashamed to admit they've had work done, and they told US Weekly about each of their procedures. Here's the rundown from left to right:Read More »from â€œReal Housewives of Beverly Hillsâ€ cop to loads of plastic surgery
Taylor Armstrong: "Just start from the top, right? You should've seen what I looked like before--oh my God! I mean, scary! So yeah...filler [lips], Botox. And I had my boobs done."
Camille Grammer: "Oh God, what have I done? Let's see, obviously I've had a breast augmentation and...Botox absolutely--just a crock full of Botox."'
Lisa VanderPump: "I plead the fifth...Okay, I
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Nov 9, 2010 8:09 PM EST
The new Urban Outfitters logoThis week, retailer Urban Outfitters unveiled a new orange logo, scheduled to roll out right before the busy holiday shopping season. And while we've had a hard time remembering what its old logo looked like (which doesn't bode well for its design, right?), this new golden-arching iteration is more than a bit odd, and even pretty terrible. We also wonder if this dramatic change is a calculated publicity move a la the recent Gap Logo-gate, since it's yielding tons of internet chatter and trending on Twitter.Read More »from Generic new Urban Outfitters logo: another Gap-style publicity move?
Past Urban Outfitters logos. We understand-Urban Outfitters is a trendy store that likes to change with the times. Styles come and go from season to season and UO needs to appear modern and on-trend. To that end, its retail locations remodel three to four times a year with different "floor sets" that change the whole look of the store, and the company often shifts its logo designs at these times. As for the logos themselves, they're all over the place, with a wild variety of fonts, characters, colors, and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 10:16 PM EST
Lingerie Dement underthings use magnets for quick and easy removal.You know those steamy sexy scenes in movies where the guy rips the woman's lingerie off? Sure, it looks hot, but we can't help but think, NO! Don't ruin the nice undies! Because let's face it, that steamy affair lingerie often comes with a higher price tag. And deserves to be worn more than once! Parisian company, Lingerie Dement, has solved this dilemma by creating magnetic closure bras, underwear and bustiers for occasions when you want those pretty underthings yanked off in a hurry without the damage.Read More »from 10 scenarios where magnetic lingerie is a bad idea
We're not sure magnetic lingerie is necessary, though it is kind of a cool concept (and a plus for guys who are still completely inept when it comes to bra removal). But with magnetic undergarments come a whole slew of other problematic and potentially awkward scenarios. Yes. Think about all the items that may stick to your bra magnets. Or items your magnetic panties may stick to.
Here's a quick list of items you'd need to avoid at all costs should you choose to wear Lingerie Dement
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Nov 8, 2010 7:29 PM EST
The J5 CollectionMichael Jackson's image is an iconic one, and if there's one thing we know it's that his family loves cashing in on it. So a week after Michael's televised funeral in July 2009, his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy Jackson, along with the estate of the late Michael Jackson, starting working on a clothing line. The J5 Collection is set to launch in stores like Kitson and Urban Outfitters and websites like online at RevolveClothing.com and 80spurple.com by February.Read More »from Jackson family continues to cash in on Michael with new clothing line
For those who aren't into red, a white version of the jackets will also be produced. The J5 Collection consists of 24 Jackson 5 concert-style tees, which will run between $45-$55, and exact replicas of the "Thriller" and "Beat It" leather jackets for around $900.
Designer Rafi Weisman, who made MJ's original jackets, was consulted to create the replicas. While admittedly, there is a part of us that always wanted to own those leather jackets, we feel the price tag is too steep to make it a reality.
The new clothing line isn't the only way to get your hands on a piece of Michael Jackson's
The holidays are right around the corner, and with the latest designer offerings you'd never know we've been in a recession. A designer dress for your cat? Check. Versace sports car? Got it. A five-figure Brooks Brothers Christmas tree? You bet. Check out the of the most frivolous designer gifts on the market.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Nov 4, 2010 8:02 PM EDT
ThinkstockWith weather related cotton-crop shortages in countries like Pakistan, China, and India, and record high cotton prices (up almost 80% since July), clothing companies that use the fabric are desperately trying to cut corners and lower costs. This means they're using more synthetic fabric blends and cheaper materials, but worst of all, they're raising their prices.Read More »from Cotton shortage means higher prices andâ€”yuckâ€”more polyester on the horizon
As reported by the New York Times, Levi's has already bumped up their price tags due to the cotton shortage, and may raise them additionally next year. Hanesbrands, who makes Champion, Hanes and Playtex, plans to raise their prices by February and going forward should conditions remain the same. Bon-Ton department stores are raising the prices of their in-house label items by at least a dollar this spring and more down the line. They also will be swapping out 100% cotton items to acrylic blends. "Prices have to come up, said Wesley R. Card, president and chief executive of the Jones Group, who runs Anne Klein and Nine West,
You'd think, with hundreds of gorgeous new pieces to choose from, famous people (and those who style them) would be able to track down and put on an original design. Instead, each season, it seems like a few standout designer dresses make the rounds, showing up in repeat on magazine covers, red carpets, and awards-show stages alike. Take Balmain's new gold and sequin gown, which surfaced on not one or two but SIX recent magazine covers. Whether it's the result of a sexy cut, an impeccable fit, or the public relations team of a design house working overtime, some dresses are worn and worn and worn until they're essentially overdone. We've rounded up the year's worst "copycat" culprits.
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supermodel Natalia Vodianova dares to show off her unshaven legs. / Getty Images via StylelistWe've noticed a trend in fashion and pop culture blogs calling out ladies who haven't shaved. Whether they've made a personal choice to not shave like Mo'Nique or they simply forgot to shave, like Hilary Swank recently did before making a red carpet appearance, these website are quick to catch and call out the celebrity for their tragic grooming faux pas. And we say, really?! Is this really a big deal?Read More »from Why does it matter if a celeb doesnâ€™t shave?
Today we spotted yet another post on Stylelist which pointed out that supermodel Natalia Vodianova (gasp!) revealed her hairy legs at Monday night's Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year event. They shun her for being a "repeat offender" since she also had hairy legs in ad campaign for Forum Jeans. Because apparently forgoing your razor is a serious offense. Question: which is more important, the fact that Vodianova didn't shave her legs or that she won the title of Harper's Bazaar "Inspiration of the Year" for raising money to build playgrounds for children? The blog goes on to suggest
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fall Beauty – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 9:12 PM EDT
We love a good high-low designer diffusion line, and we've been eagerly awaiting the upcoming Lanvin collection for H&M. Well, today we got a sneak peak at the garments, and designer Alber Elbaz has really outdone himself. While yes, the collection is a bit pricey (shoes are $99 while dresses range from $149 to $249), many of the items mimic the exact designs and fabrics of real Lanvin pieces which are waaay out of our budgets. For those looking for a cheaper quick fix, the sunglasses, jewelry, belts, and gloves (all under $50) are stylish and fun. The line launches November 23, so mark your calendars, peruse the looks, and get ready to fight for your favorites because these items are perfect for holiday party season.Read More »from The best looks from the upcoming Lanvin for H&M collection