Michelle Obama in a Chanel inspired coat from White House, Black MarketWith the fashion industry and our wallets suffering during this recession, it's tempting to pass up designer items for more affordable, identical knockoffs. Unfortunately, this type of spending will only further hurt the industry, with copyright lawsuits and the big brands we love to buy--or at least admire from afar--losing money.
There is a difference between a direct copy and an inspired item. Instead of buying a cheaply made, unlined fake Gucci bag where the "Gs" face the wrong way, why not find a bag in a similar hobo shape with the same green and red stripe design?
Topshop cardiganMichelle Obama spoke to students at the Energy Department yesterday wearing a black and white jacket (pictured above), which is very clearly in the vein of Chanel. I've always loved this classic look, with the trim and four pockets, and just last week purchased this cardigan with a nautical twist from Topshop. Sure, it may not be Chanel, but paired with black slacks and some faux pearls you can emulate the iconic
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Nov 6, 2009 10:01 PM EST
Michelle Obama in a Chanel inspired coat from White House, Black MarketWith the fashion industry and our wallets suffering during this recession, it's tempting to pass up designer items for more affordable, identical knockoffs. Unfortunately, this type of spending will only further hurt the industry, with copyright lawsuits and the big brands we love to buy--or at least admire from afar--losing money.Read More »from Why designer-inspired looks are better than direct knockoffs
Kelly Osbourne in October and Osbourne in 2002, Getty ImagesWith every actress and musician trying to enter the fashion and beauty arenas, it comes as no surprise that Kelly Osbourne wanted a piece of the action. She may not be a real "expert," but growing up in the spotlight as the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne while battling weight issues and the evil fashion police, Kelly wanted to share some style tips.
Her new book, "Fierce," reveals dressing and grooming tips alongside some of the stars biggest fashion flubs. "Maybe sharing some of my most embarrassing moments will help you avoid one or two of your own," says Osbourne on her website. A few of her style rules:
- Invest in Spanx. The right underwear can make an outfit. It can smooth your shape or hold you in all the right places. Big knickers are not embarrassing - they're a bloody life saver!
- I don't think you have to spend a lot of money on a bag. But pick one that shows off your personality. It's with you come rain or shine.
- Don't squeeze your body into a size smaller because
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 4, 2009 10:48 PM EST
The Decollette bra promises to keeping your cleavage smoothMany women worry about their boobs sagging with age, and I've had several friends claim to sleep with a bra on, despite the discomfort, because they thought it would help help their breasts stay perky down the road. While it's never been proven that an overnight underwire yields more youthful ta-tas, the folks at Decollette have created this, um, boulder holder thingy to keep your boobs in place while you sleep and allegedly keep your cleavage from wrinkling. It can be yours for about $75. Is this really a big concern? Cleavage wrinkles? Personally, I can't wait to take my bra off at the end of the day, and the last thing I want to do is switch into a bizarro night time version. What do you think of the Decollette bra?Read More »from Do you worry about what happens to your boobs while you sleep?
Remember this ridiculous video for Kush Support? Who buys this stuff?!
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Nov 4, 2009 9:06 PM EST
DVF dress on RenttheRunway.comYou've probably heard about online handbag rental Bag Borrow or Steal. The site caused a frenzy several years ago with the new concept of paying to borrow a designer handbag and returning it a month later for a small fee. While the service could be great--and cost effective--for a trendy fashionista who always desires to have the new "It" bag on her arm, we always wondered if it would feel a little weird having no bag of your own. Well, in this recession renting luxury items has proven successful, and more of these sites are launching every day.Read More »from Faking your wardrobe: Online handbag, jewelry and clothing rentals on the rise
From Bags to Riches touts designer bag rentals from big names like Coach, Dior, Chanel and Marc Jacobs for $34.95 an up. Seeking a Rolex or David Yurman jewels? Bling Yourself offers watches, rings, necklaces, sunglasses and other expensive baubles by the week. If your family is wedding bound, head to iRent2u for affordable rentals on children's formal wear.
The brand new site we're most excited about: Rent the Runway, a fashion haven where
AcneJust last week we read that the price of designer denim was dropping. Granted many big name jeans still sell for $200, and some people can rationalize that price for a basic wardrobe staple they wear several times a week. I myself have fallen victim to fashion stupidity and shelled out $200+ on Sass & Bide jeans. They're grey stretch denim, and are my favorite pair I've ever owned... and maybe after wearing them for four years non-stop, I might have finally gotten my money's worth. Though I'm not the type of person who has 40 pairs of jeans. I have about six and wear them to death, so I don't mind spending a little more. That said, the most recent pair I bought cost $70. It is a recession after all!Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: $2000 jeans
So imagine how annoyed I was to see this new pair of jeans by Acne, adorned with some type of modern body armor, selling for $2000. Those ridiculous things had better protect you--they cost more than several months rent!
While I recognize that sometimes designers will make a product as
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Nov 3, 2009 8:16 PM EST
Getty ImagesClearly the vampire craze isn't going away anytime soon, and "Twilight" marketing has reached epic proportions, but here's a beauty treatment only a real life vampire might appreciate. It's called Stimulated Self Serum therapy, but has earned the name "Dracula therapy" since the Botox-like treatment involves facial injections using your own blood. Ew! A London-based French doctor named Daniel Sister recently introduced the treatment, and the Daily Mail was so intrigued they sent reporter Leah Hardy to try it out.Read More »from The new Botox: â€œDracula therapyâ€ injects your own blood into your face
Here's how it works: First the doctor draws four vials of your blood, and separates it into red blood cells, the clear serum and the platelets. Then vitamins and amino acids are added and the serum is injected into your face. Supposedly the injections can heal scars and renew skin through DNA repair. You're probably wondering this creepy idea came from. Apparently, for years dentists have done a similar treatment using a patient's serum to regenerate their receding gums. "I
RadarThere are those young women who are carded all the time, with people saying they look young for their age. Then there are girls like Angelina Jolie. The picture at the left was unearthed this week, taken during a photo shoot she did when she was 16 years old. Doesn't she look more like a college grad than a high school sophomore?Read More »from Do you look your age?
Now that Jolie is a grown woman, she's gorgeous and often picked as one of the most beautiful on the red carpet. But did you know she's only 34? No disrespect whatsoever, but we would have thought the mom of six was older.
What goes into determining someone's age? When a woman has few wrinkles, clear skin, healthy hair, and dresses youthfully typically she can look younger than her years. Likewise, sun damage, bad dental hygiene, distressed hair, and dressing old or overly conservatively can often make a woman look older. Age can also be determined somewhat from your career or if you have a family.
Getty ImagesHow good are you at guessing someone's age? Do people ever
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Nov 2, 2009 8:57 PM EST
Getty ImagesWalking through the first floor of a department store can be a sensory overload. Aside from insane foot traffic, fragrances often smell so strong, you race to the escalator, quickly saying "no thank you" to every sales associate offering a spritz of perfume. Sometimes you can't escape it! Though we've heard rumors about fragrances being blasted through air vents in stores, we never really believed it was true until now.Read More »from Sneaky scents: Fragrances really are pumped into stores to make you buy them
A company called Prolitec specializes in "ambient scenting," which uses hidden devices to disperse a fragrance throughout the store. Many retailers, such as Bebe, use these five-inch cubes to mist the scent around displays so you smell the perfume without even realizing it.
"I think we're at a point with scent where music was 10 or 15 years ago," says Roger Bensinger, executive vice president of marketing at Prolitec. "Now you wouldn't think of going into a store without hearing music." That's true, but sometimes scents are more overwhelming and offensive than
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Oct 30, 2009 8:14 PM EDT
Usually we dress up as celebrities for Halloween, so it's always fun to see what the stars themselves wear for this spooky holiday. Here are this year's best celebrities in costumes. Be sure to check back as we'll be adding more as they come in!
For most of us, we would be nothing without our jeans. They're our go-to wardrobe staple. Nowadays there's a style for every occasion: playing with your kids, going on hot a date, or even heading to a meeting, but prior to 1934 that was not the case. In fact, the only way women could wear jeans back then was by borrowing them from their husbands or boyfriends. Lame! Jeans were originally created by Levi Strauss & Co. for working men in 1873, and it took decades for them to fully cross over to the fairer sex. Now women's denim leads the trends every season, and surely we could not live without them.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the creation of Lady Levi's, we're taking a stroll down memory lane to check out some of the awesome achievements in denim and to see how they compare to the popular styles we wear today.Read More »from Happy 75th birthday, women's jeans!