A new Abercrombie & Fitch campaign features a guy-on-guy kissAbercrombie & Fitch has become known for their shirtless male models, but a new series of videos shot by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber has taken things to the next level. One clip called "Other Sports Require One Ball. Wrestling Requires Two," shows several guys wrestling, yes, but also showering together in minimal wet clothing, and groping each other while in compromising or highly suggestive positions. The steamy clip is not all innuendo--at the end one of the models kisses the other on the forehead.
We've always felt A&F ads and catalogues featured gratuitous nudity, but the sexualized nature of the campaigns is often what appeals to young men and women. But now it appears A&F is finally acknowledging--and supporting--their gay customers. We think that's a good thing, and a really bold move, but we wonder how this ad may impact the company. For starters, it could definitely increase their gay fanbase. But were sure this ad may upset or offend some people.
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A new Abercrombie & Fitch campaign features a guy-on-guy kissAbercrombie & Fitch has become known for their shirtless male models, but a new series of videos shot by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber has taken things to the next level. One clip called "Other Sports Require One Ball. Wrestling Requires Two," shows several guys wrestling, yes, but also showering together in minimal wet clothing, and groping each other while in compromising or highly suggestive positions. The steamy clip is not all innuendo--at the end one of the models kisses the other on the forehead.Read More »from Abercrombie & Fitch Ad Features Gay Kiss
Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a flippy skirt. Whether you prefer a floral maxi, a pleated midi, or a colorful mini, we've found the perfect, affordable attire for your bottom half. Check out our slideshow and prepare to shed those winter layers. By Joanna Douglas, Shine StaffRead More »from Spring Skirts Under $100
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 27, 2012 6:06 PM EDT
Bebe has launched a new bridal collectionBebe has launched a new bridal line, and we were skeptical until we learned "Project Runway's" draping master, Rami Kashou, designed the collection of 12 wedding gowns. Prices range from $189 to $2,500 and include many ruffles, rhinestones, feathers, taffeta, and lace. There's a Kate Middleton-esque gown with a lace bodice (classic), a jeweled plunging halter (flashy), a tiered fish tail gown (fancy), and a silk one-shoulder wrap gown (our favorite). Click here to see Rami's complete gown collection.Read More »from Bebe Launches Bridal Collection Designed by “Project Runway’s” Rami Kashou
Bebe's velour Bridesmaid tracksuit looks a little datedBebe has also planned for all your other bridal needs. Their Bridal Essentials area includes veils, crystal headbands, teardrop earrings, facinators, lingerie, satin pumps, flower-adorned clutches, and... um... bedazzled velour tracksuits and platform flip flops?! Those items must have come via time machine from 2001. Also, who wants to pay $187 for a velour outfit that says "Bridesmaid" on it? Before you say "Britney Spears," we urge you to check out the other items, which are actually
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 27, 2012 3:11 PM EDT
Club Monaco is finally available online. Hooray! If you're unfamiliar with the brand, it originated in Toronto, Canada in 1985 and is now owned and operated by Polo Ralph Lauren and carries clothing and accessories for both women and men. Today there are around 70 Club Monaco stores in North America as well as locations in Canada and overseas in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. But since we like our fashion anytime, any place, we're delighted to report that Club Monaco's e-commerce site is now open for business with free shipping and free returns through April 30. Check out the site before it officially launches by becoming a Facebook fan or by clicking here.
We've already combed through the site and picked out our favorite items up for grabs. Take a look! By Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Mar 26, 2012 3:55 PM EDT
Designer shoes, like these Manolo Blahniks, are skyrocketing in price. Photo courtesy of Neiman MarcusIf you thought designer stilettos were getting treacherously high, you should see their current prices. Women's Wear Daily dug into this unsettling retail phenomenon by examining the shoe closet of Carrie Bradshaw, the ultimate high heel junkie. In an episode of "Sex and the City" called "A Right to Shoes," the protagonist mourns the loss of her $485 silver Manolo Blahniks (pictured at left) after they're stolen at a house party. We remember watching the episode back in 2003 thinking, good God, that is a LOT of money to spend on one pair of heels. And we weren't alone, because this was the focal point of the TV episode.Read More »from Designer Shoes Are Pricier Than Ever. What's the Most You've Ever Spent?
Fast forward nearly a decade later and the same pair of Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby Silver Bejeweled Pumps is selling for $755--almost $300 more than Bradshaw's pair. And this is not just regular inflation. We couldn't find a single pair of Manolos under $495 and these beaded snakeskin sandals selling for $1,995.
As the consumer, it's depressing and hard to understand why
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Beauty on Shine – Mon, Mar 26, 2012 1:23 PM EDT
This image of Adolf Hitler appears in a new Biomen shampoo commercial. An new men's shampoo commercial featuring video footage of Adolf Hitler has gone viral and many say including the Nazi leader in the ad is extremely offensive. According to theAFP, the Anti-Defamation League have already filed formal complaints.Read More »from Hitler Shampoo Commercial for Turkish Biomen Sparks Outrage
The commercial is for a Turkish product called Biomen, and uses video footage of Hitler with a voiceover. "If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo either," Hitler appears to say in the ad. "Here it is, a real mens' shampoo, Biomen."The commercial has been running in Turkey for about a week.
We have a feeling the marketing people behind Biomen deliberately wanted to shock people with the controversial ad. While they certainly have gotten people talking about their product, joking about Adolf Hitler and using him as a product spokesperson is appalling, and might be enough for some people to boycott Biomen altogether.
The Jewish Turkish community made their disapproval known through a public statement. "It's
Carrie Bradshaw as a teenager. Photo courtesy of Eric Liebowitz/Warner Bros. A few weeks ago we wrote about AnnaSophia Robb portraying a young Carrie Bradshaw in the new CW prequel series "The Carrie Diaries." Today we have our first glimpse of what a teenaged Bradshaw would look like in the 1980s.Read More »from First Look: "The Carrie Diaries"
"It's a rare invitation to dress a character whose reputation truly precedes her," said costume designer Eric Daman (of "Sex and the City" and "Gossip Girl" fame) in a statement. "Having played a hand in designing for the Carrie we know and love, I am honored to be chosen to carry the torch - to illuminate the woman we know by discovering the young lady she was."
As a further note on casting, writer/executive producer Amy B. Harris said: "The search for Carrie Bradshaw was an exciting adventure. Having been a part of the "Sex and the City" series, I felt such an honor and responsibility to the fans of the show to find someone who embodied the spirit of Manhattan's favorite 'It' girl. When AnnaSophia Robb walked into the room, we knew we had found her. Her grace,
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Mar 23, 2012 1:37 PM EDT
Pippa Middleton's maid of honor dress is now sold onlineWhile everyone loved Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress, her sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, also made quite a splash in her bum-flattering white dress. In fact, we thought the cowl neck, body skimming design would make a lovely, simple wedding dress. If you had the same thought and have a budget of exactly $3,545, the dress can now be yours.Read More »from Pippa Middleton’s McQueen Maid of Honor Dress Now Available Online
Alexander McQueen's website has just listed the Ivory Cowl Neck Crepe Floor-Length Dress, and it's quickly selling out (but still available in sizes 44 and 46 if you hurry). The gown is described as being 100% silk with rounded padded shoulders and a concealed back zipper.
We noticed the dress lacks some of the sweet finishing touches Pippa's version had, like lace edges and a long row of buttons down the back, but otherwise the dresses seem identical. Fans of the dress without imminent nuptials on the horizon can also scoop up the dress in red (just like the one Cameron Diaz wore to the 2010 Golden Globes) or black.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Beauty on Shine – Fri, Mar 23, 2012 12:36 PM EDT
Kim Kardashian gets hit with a flour bomb at her fragrance launchThe Kim Kardashian backlash continues as the reality star gets attacked at her own event. Last night, the reality star was walking the red carpet at the launch of her new fragrance at the London Hotel in West Hollywood when an unnamed younger woman doused her with a bag full of powder. We're guessing the girl is not a fan. We're completely sick of the overexposed Kardashian family, but even we felt bad at the sight of Kim covered in powder. (Check out the lady behind her gasping in shock.) Kardashian was quickly whisked off the red carpet and returned powder free.Read More »from Kim Kardashian Gets Flour Bombed at Her Fragrance Launch
Kim's new fragrance is called Reflection, which we feel now takes on a new meaning. Like, we wonder if Kim took a look at herself in the mirror, covered in powder, and wondered what she's done to make people want to attack her. But perhaps she completely dismissed the incident altogether.
According to E! News, Kardashian handled the incident like a pro. "That probably is the craziest, unexpected, weird thing that ever
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 3:32 PM EDT
As part of our ongoing partnership with Amazon's flash sale site, MyHabit, we have exclusive preview of their Friday designer sales. This week's deals include great spring shoes, dazzling jewelry, and fancy frocks from Betsey Johnson. Check them out in our slideshow! Click here to sign up for MyHabit and click over on Friday at 12 noon EST to land amazing designer discounts. By Joanna Douglas, Shine Staff
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