Fashion IndieDear Chris Brown,
All week long we have seen photos of you attending fashion week in Milan and Paris, trying so desperately to look clean cut and stylish. When we saw this particular photo of you (at right), we audibly groaned. Besides the fact that you're inexplicably dressed like a dandy dweeb, your feeble attempts at reinventing yourself are just not working for us. We hate to have to spell this out for you, but when we saw that photo of your ex-girlfriend Rihanna bruised and battered from what you did to her, our opinions of you changed. You may want us to see you as a fashion icon, or a great musical talent (your new album was released in December and we didn't even notice), but now we just think of you as a girlfriend abuser. Maybe one day that will change, but it's going to take a lot more than a non-threatening outfit.
Chris, we swear, we are trying to work with you on this. We still occasionally get your song, "Forever," stuck in our heads. You finally manned up and made a
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Fri, Jan 22, 2010 7:39 PM EST
Fashion IndieDear Chris Brown,Read More »from Dear Chris Brown, your attempts at reinventing your image aren't working
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Jan 21, 2010 10:13 PM EST
Do you spend 10 minutes searching through your purse to find your keys every day? Does one of your shoulders chronically hurt more than the other from lugging around a heavy handbag? The popularity of larger and larger bags may be to blame, and Debenhams buyer Sue Tebbitts says the trend is dying. Two years ago the average weight was around 7.3 lbs, but recently women have downsized their load by 57 percent. Why? Well, aside from maybe a stern talking-to from the chiropractor, apparently all-in-one devices like iPhones and Blackberrys have eliminated the need to carry multiple devices like mp3 players, daily planners, address books and cameras. But let's be real--women are stuffing much more than that in their purses. "No matter what advances in technology come our way, a woman's handbag will always have that 'Mary Poppins' reputation because women pack a bag ready for anything," admits Tebbits.
As someone who loathes carrying anything more than my bare essentials (Blackberry,Read More »from Good news: women are now carrying less junk in their handbags
Gather and nestOK, this is pretty awesome. Someone actually made this giant edible wedding dress cake. Let's hope the bride wasn't planning on moving much and has a huge guest list to eat through that thing! Check out the crazy checkered layer cake below. Who needs a pricey Vera Wang when you have frosting! [Gather and Nest]
Gather and nest
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Jan 20, 2010 11:15 PM EST
Getty ImagesWomen spend endless amounts of time thinking about clothes, accessories, and style. We put on and change outfits sometimes multiple times, placing great value on our appearances. How many times have you agonized over the perfect outfit for an interview/first date/first day at a new job more than the actual event itself? Now, when it comes to men and their clothes, we believe they fall into three distinctive categories. The first are guys who don't care at all, or are totally clueless. Their garments are usually really basic, and if they are trendy it's a complete coincidence. Some t-shirts may be really dated, and they go for comfort and function alone. The second group would be guys who put a bit more effort into their appearance, know what works on them and what doesn't, have a clear idea of what they like and don't like, and have had a female in their life who gave them some perspective at one point or another. They look great, but don't always stand out. The third group of men makeRead More »from Do we care if guys dress well? Johnny Depp voted most stylish man
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 19, 2010 10:30 PM EST
Getty ImagesDuring award season everyone becomes a critic, and particularly harsh ones at that. Today I've read loads of vicious comments like, "her arms are too flabby," "she's too old to be wearing that," and "she should kill herself." Wow, really? REALLY?! Have you never seen a photo of yourself and winced at a bad fashion choice or an angle that exaggerates a double chin? Yes, judging the outfits of those who attend prestigious events is nothing new--and can even be fun--but I'm resolving to go easier on those courageous enough to walk the red carpet. Karma, man, it comes around!Read More »from NY Times Twitter account mistakenly makes fun of cancer-stricken actor
While watching the Golden Globe awards this weekend, I made frequent visits to Twitter to see what people thought of the presentation. Anthony C. Hall won Best Actor in a Television Drama for HBO's "Dexter" (yay!) and approached the stage wearing a black knit cap. Instantly, a new Tweet popped up from the New York Times magazine account, The Moment. This is what it said:
"Is Michael C. Hall playing Bob Marley in an
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jan 19, 2010 7:53 PM EST
Steve Granitz and Dominique Charriau/Wire ImageAs usual, the actual Golden Globe awards have taken a backseat to the red carpet gowns. Some dresses were pretty, some were confusing, and some were kind of sad. And of course everyone has an opinion. The folks at US Weekly love rehashing the Jen vs. Angelina feud, and are claiming that Aniston stole Jolie's look. Angie wore her beige slit Versace gown several months before Jen wore her Valentino to the Globes, so apparently she owns the style, and no one else can show off their leg. If you must know, we're not huge fans of either look, but this rivalry needs to be put to rest!Read More »from Golden Globe extras: award show dresses were â€œstolen,â€ re-worn, donated, hid hairy legs
What does seem silly is that Demi Moore skipped out on the event all together. "Feeling sick and having a bad hair day!" the actress wrote on Twitter. Well, if we were sick, we definitely wouldn't want hundreds of cameras snapping our picture on the red carpet, but we can only dream about attending the fancy award show! It seems like a shame to miss the opportunity. (Her husband Ashton still attended the show,
Mario Testino/VogueJessica Biel's career trajectory was not unlike many young beautiful actresses of recent years. After years of playing a goody-goody on "7th Heaven," Biel posed nearly naked for the cover of Gear magazine, which ended her TV contract and completely embarrassed her. Roles in films like "The Rules of Attraction" and "I Now Pronounce You, Chuck and Larry," Biel has cemented her role as a bombshell. Though she has yet to prove herself as a really strong actress, a high profile relationship with Justin Timberlake and being a red carpet stunner have cemented her a place in Hollywood. But after reading her interview with Vogue, we realized Jessica Biel is nothing like the abundantly lucky hottie she portrays in movies or appears to be from a distance. Here's why the actress is refreshingly unlike every A-list diva out there:Read More »from The secret life of Jessica Biel
She's really normal
She drives a Subaru, likes spending time with her dogs, grows her own vegetables, shares property with her parents, and never loses her cool. "I
LifetimeFor the most part, people were let down by the last season of the fashion reality show "Project Runway." When Lifetime took over the program, they made a few changes--namely moving the show out to LA to get some celebrity judges on the panel--that just did not work. New York City is America's fashion capital, and with the top designers showing their collections in Manhattan's Bryant Park it only made sense for them to film the entire season there. In Season 7 they are back to the east coast, which means consistent judging from our old friends, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and supermodel host Heidi Klum who announced she had yet another bun in the oven. Ahh, everything just feels right again.Read More »from "Project Runway" returns!
This week celebrity/designer Nicole Richie served as guest judge for the first challenge: creating a look that defines who they are as designers. As their fabulous mentor Tim Gunn pointed out, this season features the most diverse group of contestants they've ever had. There's a physical
The end of an era is upon us. Or is it? The February issue of Cosmo declares, "The Thong is Dead!" and that the curve-accentuating boy shorts are the new "it" panties. But we need to investigate before we'll concur.Read More »from Is the thong dead?
First, some thong history. While we recall thongs and g-strings gracing the pages of '90s Victoria's Secret catalogs, R&B artist Sisqo put the wedgie-inducing underthings on the map with "The Thong Song" in 2000. They really took off as the lowrise jean trend pressed onward (ew, peek-a-boo thong straps were so not cute), and in 2004 when the Wall Street Journal touted Hanky Panky lace thongs (pictured left) for being "as soft as butter," slews of imitations flooded the marketplace. If memory serves, boy shorts have increased in popularity for the past decade, even throughout the rise of the thong.
Sure, for many women thongs look and feel sexy and serve a functional purpose--no visible panty lines! But most of us who have worn a thong know that bikinis, briefs and boy are
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 14, 2010 8:06 PM EST
Miley Cyrus wears a $165 spidey tee; Bauer GriffinWe can picture Miley Cyrus singing along to No Doubt while sipping on her fancy coffee drink in this shredded t-shirt: "Sorry I'm not home right now / I'm walking into spider webs / So leave a message and I'll call you back."Read More »from Fashion slaves get tangled up in spider web fashion
We know Cyrus is young and trendy and really loves the contrived rock star look, but this shirt is just ridiculous. It's ugly, it probably gets caught on everything, and, you know, it's not very functional seeing as it's missing the entire back. What's worse is that we figured out who made the garment and it sells for $165. Do you pay extra for every rip and tear?
Sadly, these shredded cob web tops are slowly inching their way around the market, and all with hefty price tags. We found a similar men's webbed shirt for $110. Maison Martin Margiela spider web waistcoatThe Maison Martin Margiela spider web waistcoat pictured below may look like a kid's first attempt at knitting, but it retails for $351. Now that really makes our skin crawl!