Oh, fanny packs. Ever since your brief popularity in the late '80s/early '90s, you have forced yourself on the fashion world when we least expect it. Initially worn by young kids hanging at the mall or ladies going for a mid-day jog, fanny packs were quickly relegated to fashion-repellant tourists and old men who wear socks with sandals. At least until "Sex and the City" came along. Costumer Patricia Field loves pushing the sartorial envelope, and she dressed Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw in a Gucci fanny pack on several occasions in 2000. Were fanny packs cool again? Must we all go buy a mini purse that clips on above the waist? The answer, of course, was and remains "no." Despite the fact that designers unleash their scandalous, ironic, so-bad-it's-good-but-really-not accessory on the runways season after season, we will not give in to fanny packs. Not even the new Chanel version presented at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on Tuesday. You can keep on disguisingRead More »from Designers Force Fanny Packs Upon Us, yet Again
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion Week – Wed, Jan 22, 2014 3:27 PM EST
Step aside, Nike. Iconic fashion designers have just discovered the power of the sneaker, and rubber soles may never look the same again.
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On Monday at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, Dior debuted several pairs of upscale sneakers that resembled aqua socks — footwear typically reserved for kids playing at the beach. Athletic brands like Nike have recently created similar foot-skimming shoe styles using high-tech fabrics like mesh and neoprene, but Dior's shoes were embellished with beads.
They may not be the most practical athletic footwear, but that all depends on the occasion. Dior designer Raf Simons actually paired the rubberized footwear with modern, laser-cut gowns.
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The very next day, Chanel took perhaps an even riskier move. Designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld outfitted every single model in a pair of chunky running shoes. According
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jan 21, 2014 6:07 PM ESTAre we all doomed by shapewear? Photo by Miramax FilmsMany women – celebrities included – swear by shapewear like Spanx to look slimmer under their clothing. Kim Kardashian called them her "best friend," Katy Perry has flashed them proudly on stage, Claire Danes referred to herself as "a brand SPANX-ing new mom" while accepting a SAG Award in 2013, Rebecca Romijn said she wears "Spanx underneath almost everything," and Adele admitted that she had "three or four pairs of Spanx on" at the 2012 Grammy Awards (and loved it). But are the benefits of shapewear worth what they might be doing to our insides with all that serious squeezing? Experts are answering that question with a resounding "no," according to a recent Huffington Post article. It's not just Spanx, of course. Fashion often forces females to forfeit comfort for whittled waists, a pushed-up bosom, sky-high stilettos, and trendy oversized handbags. And the bad news is that many of your wardrobe staples aren't just uncomfortable, but also potentially hazardous for your health. Read Read More »from Why Shapewear, Skinny Jeans, and Stilettos Will Be Our Demise
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion Week – Tue, Jan 21, 2014 1:02 PM EST
Even Kanye second guesses his design ability. Photo via Twitter @jackmrhughes On Saturday night, Kanye West presented his second collection for A.P.C. for a select group of editors at Paris Fashion Week. (You may recall his first shot, which included a $120 "Hip-Hop T-Shirt.") Among the six looks were hooded military coats paired with balaclavas, parachute pants, Timberland-style boots, and a giant blanket worn as a cape. Pictures emerged amidst tragic reviews on Twitter, some saying it was "terrible" while one guy felt it was "inspired by a blend of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's Shredder meets Osama bin Ladin." To sum up: It was scary.
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Whether looking for bargains or perhaps to diversify your wardrobe, there's one very under-appreciated place to look: the boys' department. (Truth be told, we've already ravaged the mens' department, and little girls' clothing is too dainty and often too tiny, so this was the only remaining uncharted territory.) With looser fits that typically range up to XXL, the garments for young men often feature nearly identical designs and fabrics for a much lower price than their adult counterparts. Think J.Crew and Ralph Lauren are way out of your budget? Perhaps you just haven't looking in the right section. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion Week – Thu, Jan 16, 2014 6:41 PM EST
The Alexander Wang sweatshirt (left) and Pixie Market knockoff (right)Designer sweatshirts seemed like an absurd concept when they emerged in 2012, but, like many popular street styles (sneakers, baseball hats, backpacks), they've since become "it" garments, with popular styles selling out in mere days. According to Stylecaster, fashion house Kenzo's hyped Tiger sweatshirt was out of stock in two days at retailer Opening Ceremony. All the originals are long gone, but you may be able to find a Tiger sweatshirt in a less popular color (amidst dozens of fakes) on eBay for a marked-up $400. Hoping to cash in on the craze, cool brands of varying price points – from J.Crew to Givenchy – have released countless sweatshirts featuring graphic designs, some even decorated with jewels. And they're all selling out.
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Urban Outfitters (left) and Forever 21 (right) have also copied the Alexander Wang designThis spring's new must-have sweatshirt comes from New York City's hottest downtown designer, Alexander Wang. His white sweatshirt with sheer panels and Parental Advisory ExplicitRead More »from Here's Why Alexander Wang's $1,000 Sweatshirt Will Totally Sell Out
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Jan 16, 2014 2:59 PM EST
Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o won a Golden Globe award, landed on every publication's best dressed list, and was cast in the new spring Miu Miu campaign. But the actress is not your typical Hollywood style star. Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong'o has been focused on her craft, studying drama at Yale and writing/directing/producing the documentary "In My Genes" about the treatment of Kenya's albino population in 2009. Yeah, she's smart, she also speaks five languages (English, Luo, Spanish, Swahili, and Italian.) Her family may be used to the spotlight (her father is a prominent politician in Kenya while her tech genius cousin was named one of the Top 20 Youngest Power Women by Forbes), but this year marks Lupita's entry to the world of glitz and glamour. If the Globes proved anything, this red carpet prodigy has a few tricks up her cape. So come meet your next Oscar style icon--whether she wins or loses at the Academy Awards, she wins. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine SeniorRead More »from Oscar Prediction: Lupita Nyong'o Will Win the Red Carpet
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion Week – Wed, Jan 15, 2014 3:56 PM EST
Stylish classic films, famous artists, and the beauty of nature are often cited as inspiration for designer collections, but some truly strange pop culture references took the spotlight at men's fall fashion week in Milan. From '60s rockers to superheroes, the looks sent down the runway this week were unusual yet unmistakable. Sorry, guys, if these garments are any indication you're going to have a weird time getting dressed next season. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Jan 14, 2014 5:32 PM EST
January 15 is national hat day, a great excuse to wear stylish head gear. Right now you're thinking, "But I don't look good in hats!" Sure you'll throw on a baseball hat to run errands or a floppy beanie to stay warm, but real hats? No way, too intimidating. And didn't hipsters ruin the fedora? Well, we may no longer be a society that pairs statement hats with every outfit, but chic wide-brimmed styles, newsboys, furry hats, and lots of pom-poms have been spotted on the runways and in stores, so that may start changing. The good news: With a few simple tips and inspiration from classic style icons you can become a hat-wearing pro in no time. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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London-based label Peter Pilotto is the latest designer to get the Target treatment, with a diffusion line hitting select Target stores, Target.com and Net-a-Porter.com on February 9. Pilotto and his partner Christopher de Vos launched their line in 2007 and have become known worldwide for their sculptural silhouettes, futuristic florals, bold colors, and mix-and-match prints. Kerry Washington, Miranda Kerr, Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, and Amanda Seyfried have all worn Peter Pilotto designs, and after inspecting the new 70-piece Target collection there's no question it will be a hit. Items range from $14.99 to $79.99 for apparel and swimwear and $16.99 to $39.99 for accessories, so the price is right, too. Check out our five favorite looks and start saving up-you may want them all. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Peter Pilotto for Target: Editor's Picks