Twitarded.comThough we'll never fully understand the cult obsession with "Twilight" (we liked the "Harry Potter" books better), onwards it goes, yielding loads of merchandise and memorabilia. From the innocent posters and t-shirts, to the more fan-crazed fragrances, pendants, and sweatpants that say "Bite Me" on the bum, the market is flooded with "Twilight" items, and quite frankly, we're growing tired of it. But some people are too obsessed to be satisfied with a mouse pad that declares, "I can't live in a world Twitarded.comwhere you don't exist," and so they are off making custom panties with Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen's face on them.
Seriously. A "Twilight" fan site aimed at an 18+ audience unveiled these custom panties, just in time for Halloween. A really nice extra touch--Cullen's mouth is sewn into the crotch of the undies. Ugh. Though they're not available for purchase (at least not yet), this is so inappropriate and wrong! It's one thing for youngsters to have a poster of the fictional vampire
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 29, 2009 7:54 PM EDT
Twitarded.comThough we'll never fully understand the cult obsession with "Twilight" (we liked the "Harry Potter" books better), onwards it goes, yielding loads of merchandise and memorabilia. From the innocent posters and t-shirts, to the more fan-crazed fragrances, pendants, and sweatpants that say "Bite Me" on the bum, the market is flooded with "Twilight" items, and quite frankly, we're growing tired of it. But some people are too obsessed to be satisfied with a mouse pad that declares, "I can't live in a world Twitarded.comwhere you don't exist," and so they are off making custom panties with Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen's face on them.Read More »from When â€œTwilightâ€ merchandise goes too far: Robert Pattinson panties
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 28, 2009 10:21 PM EDT
Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesThis week my favorite supermodel of all time, Cindy Crawford, has been ranting about how she had to quit the business because she felt she was losing it and couldn't keep up with pretty younger models. This is obviously B.S., just like when she complained that she had cellulite. But then Crawford started to make sense when comparing the models of today to those of her time, and how she really couldn't make it in modeling nowadays.Read More »from Cindy Crawford on why models of the â€˜80s and â€˜90s were better
"I would not have become a supermodel in 2009. I look too healthy," says Crawford. "A body like mine with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms" is not the standard anymore, or what the industry is looking for. "That's why I like being in my 40s so much--being at peace with yourself, knowing about your strengths beyond being pretty."
As a teenager, my friends and I were always critical and dissatisfied with how we looked no matter what. Now in my 20s, everyone says you don't really come into your own as a woman until your 30s. Now that 40s are the
My mom carrying me at a parade in NYC, around 1985Last night I stumbled on a really awesome new blog called "My Mom, The Style Icon." The creator began her site by posting up stylish pictures of her own mother in her 20s and 30s, and attributed her mother as the main source of her fashion inspiration. The blogger then went on to include other photos of chic ladies she found on the internet, complete with background stories of the women and the photos. She also accepts submissions, so if you had a stylish mom, send them to email@example.com.Read More »from How much has your mother influenced your style?
While my own personal style is heavily rooted in '80s trends, I don't think I ever realized until today how much my mother's wardrobe has influenced me. Sure, I was an '80s baby, but aside from Jem, the cartoon rock star, Denise Huxtable of "The Cosby Show," and Mallory, the aspiring fashion designer on "Family Ties," my mother was the lady in my life I most looked up to, and her clothing definitely played a big part of it. As a kindergartener, I even drew a picture of my mom in her
Getty ImagesFor some women, going grey is a natural and beautiful part of the aging process. For others, the disappearance of hair pigment means spending lots of dough on hair dye or more frequent trips to the salon. If you fall into the second category, prepare to have your mind blown. Cosmetics company L'Oreal has been conducting extensive research on a treatment that will potentially restore your natural hair color, and prevent greys from ever showing up.Read More »from A grey hair cure may be available in 10 years
"When hair goes gray, there is a progressive disappearance of the melanocytes from the hair," explains Patricia Pineau, L'Oreal Research Communications. "While there are still melanocytes in the hair, there is still hope that it could be re-pigmented."
L'Oreal spends nearly $1 billion annually on research--about twice as much as its competitors--and after 100 years of hard work, they believe they've come up with a probable solution to eliminate greying. The process would target the hair inside and out with oral supplements and a topical hair
Getty Images/Flynet/SplashWhen I spotted "Gossip Girl" actress Taylor Momsen wearing tights with garters at New York Fashion Week, I thought she was just making a statement. But over the past few weeks, more and more celebrities have been seen wearing underthings as outerwear. Paris Hilton, Katy Perry, Lily Allen, and Rihanna have joined Momsen in donning garters out on the town.Read More »from Garters are back, but are they appropriate?
When temperatures drop, ladies typically take to wearing tights, but why the thigh high variety this year? Denise Fraser, a lingerie buyer for Figleaves.com says stockings and garters are up 35% from last year. "Women are desiring a more feminine, sexy look and in the recession, they are buying something sexy to improve their mood." We believe that, but why garters in particular? "We are attributing it to the return of Forties and Fifties trends, which we have been seeing on the catwalk...There are such beautiful fabrics and styles available that it is impossible for women not to feel glamorous and sexy." With '90s style back in, and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 26, 2009 11:00 PM EDT
Splash NewsFor years there have been slutty costume variations we've never quite understood. Halloween somehow morphed from dressing up like scary creatures, animals, celebrities, and movie characters to store bought costumes of slutty cops, slutty cats, slutty bunnies, slutty nurses, slutty witches and slutty devils. StyleCaster even posted a blog on Shine of five Halloween costumes that should never be sexified. A sexy clown? A sexy baby?! It's gotten out of control.Read More »from Slutty Halloween costumes: How young is too young?
Sure enough, youngsters are now mimicking adults and our overly sexy Halloween costumes. Noah Cyrus, the nine-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus, attended the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation's 16th Annual Dream Halloween party this weekend dressed like, well, we're not sure. She has no cape or witches hat--just a short tight dress, black patent dominatrix heels and red lipstick. Noah Cyrus may be rich and famous, but the girl is only nine. She can't drive herself to whatever costume shop sells children's hooker shoes. We wonder
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 26, 2009 8:23 PM EDT
StylesightingsMove over jeggings--there's a new tight, stretchy pant in town. Meggings are here! Man leggings! Just when you thought the leggings trend couldn't get bigger, they've now been spotted on the male population. Stylesightings noticed guys rocking them as under-layers in New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo earlier this fall, which come as no huge surprise since they were spotted on international runways in the Givenchy and John Galliano runway shows. While it hasn't become a massive trend yet here in the States, we've seen skinny jeans tighter than our own on dudes, and fear meggings may be the next scary but inevitable fashion step.Read More »from Introducing â€œmeggingsâ€: Leggings for dudes slowly taking over the world
In Japan, guys have already strayed from basic black meggings to patterns and colors even Lindsay Lohan might shy away from. A website called InventorSpot reports that Japan is sadly riddled with man spandex, and has posted this video to illustrate. The only bright spot: 62% of women polled about jeggings said they weren't feeling them. Male readers of Shine
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 23, 2009 9:36 PM EDT
Stella McCartney for GapStella McCartney has designed for Chloe, H&M, Adidas, opened four shops of her own, and even launched her own fragrance and organic skin care lines. Now with three young children of her own, she's decided to scale down her designs--physically, that is. Her latest venture is a fall collection for Gap Kids and Baby Gap and hits stores on November 2. Garments will fit newborns to preteens, and range in price from $14 for wool tights to $128 for a military jacket.Read More »from Would you spend more on your kidâ€™s clothing than your own?
While this collection is admittedly adorable, we're not sure who will be shelling out big bucks on items for four-year-olds who will soon outgrown them. $14 for stockings? We don't like spending that much on tights for ourselves! And while the Sgt. Pepper's inspired coat is very cool (and a nice homage to McCartney's ex-Beatle father), we can't imagine toddlers gravitating towards such a stylized, mature garment in the way an adult would. Boys sketching sneakers that come with a set of pens, seem like a great idea, though we
There's no doubt about it, TV and movie themed merchandise are usually pretty lame. For years HBO has maintained an online store where they've been making money off items like "True Blood" drinks and shot glasses. Up till now, the "Sex and the City" shop has been filled with martini glasses with the fictional characters names on them ($14.99 each), and memorabilia with cheesy fashion-related quotes we don't even remember Carrie Bradshaw saying i.e. the "I'm not afraid of heights. Have you seen my shoes?" tote bag ($19.99) and the "Fashion is my cardio" mug ($12.99). They're also inexplicably selling copies of "He's Just Not That Into You," along with the movie soundtrack, and keychains with the word "Love" in script. Ugh.Read More »from "Sex and the Cityâ€ merchandise we actually like
But today we found out about these awesome ballet flats! How cute are they?! Sure they only say "Sex and the City" on the inside of the shoe, but they more appropriately honor the show (Hello! Fashion!) than a stupid mug. The shoes will be available in mid-November
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Oct 22, 2009 10:42 PM EDT
Last night celebrity designer Ashley Olsen, designer Isaac Mizrahi, and Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan spoke at the 92nd Street Y about "The Future of Fashion." Glamour editor-in-chief played moderator. Her lead question: "What do you think of celebrities as designers?"Read More »from Isaac Mizrahi and Ashley Olsen weigh in: Are celeb designers legit?
It seems like every famous person has their name attached to something these days with varying degrees of involvement on eachRaquel Olivo project. Just today it was announced that Nicole Richie will launch a full women's collection in February 2010 priced from $35 to $598 (she already has a maternity line and an accessories line). The line will be called Winter Kate--her daughter's middle names--and will feature mostly tops, vests, and jackets in bright vintage-inspired silk, crepe and chiffon, mirroring her own wardrobe.
"Fashion should be accessible," says Richie. As for her customer, "she is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match. The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but