Getty ImagesHere on Shine we can't help but post about all the fashion that makes us sad. The latest entry to the wardrobe hall of shame is the Hood Thong, an item so ridiculous and inappropriate we couldn't even post a picture here, so you'll have to click over to the retailer, hoodthong.com, to see it.
While Snuggies sort of serve a function, we can't seem to find a purpose for the Hood Thong, other than serving up one wicked wedgie. The company refers to it as "one of the most progressive, functional, temperature-controlled pieces of fashion around," but we think it's yet another gimmicky item created for the sole purpose of going viral on the internet. On that note, Lady Gaga has probably ordered five.
Can you come up with one practical reason why you'd need to wear the Hood Thong? Are you tired of gimmicky items, or do you laugh and forward them along to everyone you know?
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Dec 9, 2009 9:27 PM EST
Getty ImagesHere on Shine we can't help but post about all the fashion that makes us sad. The latest entry to the wardrobe hall of shame is the Hood Thong, an item so ridiculous and inappropriate we couldn't even post a picture here, so you'll have to click over to the retailer, hoodthong.com, to see it.Read More »from Introducing the Hood Thong... because what woman doesnâ€™t need one?
Cynthia Steffe Spring 2010If you've ever noticed a sudden change-up or similarity in the color palettes of Liz Claiborne items, Apple's iPods, KitchenAid products and Nikes, there is good reason for it. They've all hired the folks at Pantone to research colors, and track and forecast trends in hopes of better marketing their products. Every year Pantone announces the "It" color, and provides hundreds of garment and decor companies with color palettes to work with on their products. 2009's color was Mimosa. We did notice a lot of yellows and oranges hit the runways and store shelves this year, but it's a shade that doesn't work well on everyone. Pantone says 2010 will be marked by loads of Turquoise, which designers agree is a flattering hue on the rise.Read More »from 2010: the year of turquoise
"Turquoise is universally appealing. It puts everyone in the same state of mind-on vacation," says Jane Schoenborn, design director at Lilly Pulitzer. Designer Tommy Hilfiger agrees. "The women in my life wear it on vacation and it looks great with a suntan at
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Dec 8, 2009 11:07 PM EST
Getty ImagesYesterday Lady Gaga met Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England. Gaga is known for her over-the-top, controversial fashions, and though she claims she was asked to tone down her act, she showed up to greet the queen in a floor-length red latex dress, red patent boots, and red Swarovski crystal eye makeup detailing.Read More »from Lady Gaga meets the Queen, allegedly tones it down
"I wanted to do the suicide scene but was told it wouldn't be appropriate," says Gaga. We know the statement-making getups are her thing, but are they appropriate when meeting the Queen? And what about her performance of "Speechless" from a swing while seated at a piano suspended 10 feet in the air? We're sure the Queen was "Speechless" after that performance! [Mirror]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Dec 7, 2009 8:54 PM EST
Getty ImagesHow often have you wished you were born with a different hair type? The truth is, many women with curly hair would kill to wake up with easy, wash-and-go straight hair. Likewise, those with pin-straight locks gaze at curly-haired ladies with extreme envy, wishing their limp hair would take to a curling iron. Well, this all may soon change, as scientists have located the curly hair gene and believe they will be able to alter it, perhaps with a pill.Read More »from Curly hair gene discovered: Would you change your hair type?
The Telegraph is reporting key findings by Professor Nick Martin and his colleague, Dr. Sarah Medland of the QIMR Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, whose research may lead to genetic hair treatments. Initially they set out to find the genes responsible for curly hair in Europeans. Apparently 45% have straight hair, 40% have wavy hair, and 15% have curly hair. But if that curly haired gene is present, Europeans have a 90% chance of inheriting it. Though the actual gene has been known about for some time, new findings have led these
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Sat, Dec 5, 2009 12:40 AM EST
Who else remembers Caboodles?This week the Shine team got together, and at one point during dinner the topic came to nostalgic fashion items. Many of us had--and still have LeSportsac bags. They're light weight, practical, and with constantly revolving prints, they'll never go out of style. As a softie for '80s trends, I admitted that I still keep my makeup in this old Caboodle from my childhood. It's a sturdy little guy, and it keeps me organized!Read More »from What fashion and beauty items have you held on to over the years?
Other oldies still in my closet: band tees from the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, and Nirvana, Converse sneakers and Vans slip-ons (my feet have been the same size since sixth grade), and Swatch watches (with new batteries they all still work). Beauty-wise, I know better than to keep my products past their expiration date, but Johnson's products, Chapstick, and Maybelline Great Lash mascara are always stocked in my bathroom. Sometimes I'll even buy Mr. Bubble--the scent just brings me back!
What items have you held on to over the years? Are there some garments or
John Travolta dances his shirt off in With women's outfits becoming more and more revealing (i.e. no pants, exposed bras) these days, it's almost no surprise that men want in on the action. This means plunging necklines and exposed man cleavage, or heavage, on proud display. The Wall Street Journal notes that designers like Duckie Brown, Michael Bastian, and Yigal Azrouël incorporated scoop necks and deep V-necks into their collections, and that many celebs--and not just European ones--are taking the plunge.Read More »from The rise of man cleavage
New York designer Michael Bastian said he took his cue from "Latin guys" opening a few extra buttons on their shirts. "We wanted to go back to a more natural body, a more '70s body with the models, getting away from the super skinny," says Bastian. Former model and "True Blood" star Mehcad Brooks has been showing off his pecs on-screen and off. "If you can pull off three buttons undone, then do it," he says. But who can pull this off? Is it the same handsome, A-list crew that can pull off a ponytail? Jude Law, "Gossip
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Nov 30, 2009 7:34 PM EST
L'OréalWith endless celebrity photoshop scandals and images of models being severely altered to meet beauty standards, it seems no one can actually live up to the outrageous ideals set for women these days. Up until now, we'd always been slightly suspicious of seemingly perfect shampoo commercial hair. Sure, the women advertising hair care products probably had their hair trimmed and styled by professionals beforehand, but we assumed they were showing off their real hair. This was not the case in a recent UK television ad for L'Oréal Elvive Full Restore 5 hair care line.Read More »from L'OrÃ©al scrutinized for Cheryl Cole's hair extensions in advertisements
Singer and "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole promotes the products, claiming they makes her hair "feel stronger, full of life, replenished with a healthy shine." The problem? The Times of London is reporting that the that's not her real hair in the ad; she's wearing very pricey extensions. And now her hairdresser is even stirring some debate over whether the extensions were actually synthetic, rather than made from human hair as
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Holiday – Mon, Nov 30, 2009 3:12 AM EST
Many of us look forward to Oprah's annual "Favorite Things" episode that airs every year around Thanksgiving. Well, as you may have noticed, the episode hasn't aired this year, and it looks like no such episode was produced. "We have no plans this season for a 'Favorite Things,'" a Harpo employee told the Huffington Post. After seven consecutive years of promoting and giving away items to her studio audience, there's no word on why Oprah skipped the whole shebang this year.Read More »from What are Oprahâ€™s "Favorite Things" of 2009? Weâ€™ll never know.
Besides learning about what things really float Oprah's boat, we've always loved watching the audience members completely freak out as they learn they will be the recipients of each and every items Oprah presents on her show. Over the years she's given her "Favorite Things" to audiences full of teachers and hurricane Katrina volunteers. The endorsements for the brands Oprah presents unquestionably helps their sales, so they happily donate several hundred units of their item for her to give away. The result: a
Getty ImagesA good mascara should do three things: lengthen, thicken, and not smudge and smear in if you cry. Well, at least if you're softies like us here at Shine.Read More »from Does your mascara pass the cry test?
Studio Beauty Mix at Fred Segal put three new mascara wands to the test, as actress Alexi applied them one by one and sat down to watch a tearjerker. Which brand best survives the cry test? Watch each video and see how DuWop Lash Venom, Smashbox Bionic Mascara, and Stila Lash Visor stay in place despite the tears.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 24, 2009 8:08 PM EST
Beyoncé emerges from her shopping spree without any packages. We're sure she has We're pretty sure Beyoncé Knowles is one of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry and completely recession proof, so if the lady wants to shop, more power to her. She gives to charity and gives back to the economy… plus Ms. Sasha Fierce has an image to uphold! Last weekend, Beyoncé hit up Harvey Nichols in London and spent $33,161 within hours. Um, is this her holiday shopping? Or is this just a random trip to a department store? Since we're not even sure how to spend that much without buying a car, here's how her purchases broke down:
- Christopher Kane's Versus for Versace clutch - $1,368
- Christopher Kane's Versus for Versace crystal gladiator sandals - $2,777
- Rodarte biker jacket - $3,772
- Moschino safety-pin matador jacket - $4,717
- Alexander Wang studded Coco bag - $1,360
- Alexander Wang leather capelet - $945
- Alexander Wang leather hooded biker jacket - $2,048
- 13R vintage biker jacket - $2,181
- Jade Jagger Jezebel tee -