Hemlines are slowly on the rise.Experts believe their wardrobes can be the best recession indicator. It's been said that financial pressure yields gravity-defying heels as a means for escapism with stiletto heights rising during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the oil crisis in the 1970s, the dotcom bubble burst in the 2000s, and the current economic crisis. OK, so maybe they're on to something. Skirt lengths are another supposed psychic garment which can predict the size of our wallets, and Business Insider monitored the hemlines at New York Fashion Week's fall 2012 to weigh in. And while it seems skirts are getting shorter, their results seem somewhat inconclusive.
In the 1920s, economist George Taylor created with the hemline index, observing that skirts got longer as the economy slowed. Hemlines were low in the the '30s, shot up in the '60s, and dropped back down in the '70s. But skirt lengths have been less definable in recent decades. Maxi dresses and knee length skirts have definitely become more prevalent
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Hemlines are slowly on the rise.Experts believe their wardrobes can be the best recession indicator. It's been said that financial pressure yields gravity-defying heels as a means for escapism with stiletto heights rising during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the oil crisis in the 1970s, the dotcom bubble burst in the 2000s, and the current economic crisis. OK, so maybe they're on to something. Skirt lengths are another supposed psychic garment which can predict the size of our wallets, and Business Insider monitored the hemlines at New York Fashion Week's fall 2012 to weigh in. And while it seems skirts are getting shorter, their results seem somewhat inconclusive.Read More »from Can Hemlines Really Predict the Economy?
You can breathe easy at Hale Organic SalonBetween lead in lipstick and formaldehyde in hair treatments, the beauty industry isn't as glamorous as we'd hope, but one salon in New York City is hoping to clear the air, so to speak. When you walk into Hale Organic Salon in Tribeca you'll immediately notice it's different from every other beauty parlor--instead of smelling like hairspray, dye, and nail polish the air smells... clean!Read More »from Clean-air Hair Salon Opens in New York City
The newly-opened environmentally friendly salon was founded by Joe Murray, formerly of John Masters Organics Salon in Soho, and is part of the natural hair salon movement. Essentially they use clean beauty brands, like Schwarzkopf's Essensity hair dye, that lack ammonia, artificial fragrance, and parabens. "Because we're not tied to a product line, I can go as clean as I want," Murray told Well and Good NYC. "Right now I'm talking to a woman who's making products in her kitchen, and I'd consider stocking those if they're also effective."
While the quest for more clean brands continues, unfortunately
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 21, 2012 6:17 PM EST
The Fall 2012 Proenza Schouler bags are made from fawns like BambiWhen it comes to fashion, real fur and exotic animal skins make us cringe because we know luxury brands kill in cruel and extreme ways and use only very select portions of the creatures they find desirable, discarding the rest. (For example, it takes three or four crocodiles to make one Hermes Birkin bag because they only use a few parts and they like to line up the scales, so they now have their own farms to raise and kill up to 12,000 crocodiles a year.) Sadly, this winter we've become used to seeing lots of fox and rabbit fur accessories, as well as lizard and alligator handbags. But Proenza Schouler has taken fur to the next level for their fall 2012 handbag line.Read More »from Fashion that Makes Us Sad: Proenza Schouler’s $4,600 Bambi Bag
Their Akira gym bag sells for $4,595 and the price tag isn't the only scary thing about it. It's made from deerskin, and if you've ever watched Bambi you know the white spots are commonly found on baby deer to help them camouflage from predators. Most species of deer lose their white spots by the end of their first
Diane Von Furstenberg for Gap Kids: New Collection Features Wrap Dresses and Printed Separates (PICS)By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 21, 2012 4:12 PM EST
Diane von Furstenberg teams up with Gap Kids to bring her signature wrap dress to the massesAs mass retail stores quickly crank out more and more designer collaborations in hopes of recreating a Missoni for Target-level frenzy, the new lines often stray far from the brand's aesthetic or sacrifice quality in order to meet affordable price points. But nothing could hinder our excitement for the March 15 debut of Diane von Furstenberg for Gap Kids and Baby Gap because, well, it's Diane von Furstenberg and also, it's just that good. As Furstenberg explains in a new video, "I wanted to go to the core of what the brand is...and make fun prints and things that little girls would like." It's a goal she's achieved: the designs are fun, bright, bold, and fashion-forward.
But little girls aren't the only ones who will fall for Furstenberg's new, much more affordable designs. In fact, Gap's previous high-end collaboration for kids (with esteemed designer Stella McCartney) was coveted by adult women the world over to the point that quite aRead More »from Diane Von Furstenberg for Gap Kids: New Collection Features Wrap Dresses and Printed Separates (PICS)
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Feb 17, 2012 4:34 PM EST
There's so much more than gorgeous gowns (and a few hideous outfits) at New York Fashion Week. With backstage access and great seats to fashion shows we seized the opportunity to ask celebrities and designers for their top style and beauty tips. Now that the whirlwind of fashion week is over, we've rounded up all the tips into one informative and fun list! Enjoy.Read More »from Style Tips from Celebs and Designers at New York Fashion Week
Joan Rivers believes in the power of bling.We bumped into Joan Rivers filming an episode of "Fashion Police" at Lincoln Center. We asked her how we could avoid getting arrested by her crew. "In this day and age my fashion police tip is MORE. When you think you're well dressed put on something glitzy. If you sparkle you're in for 2012."
Makeup maven Bobbi Brown shared her personal favorite makeup tip with us. "After I put lipgloss on, I often take it and put it on the cheek. It's nice and hydrating and it gives a nice glow." She said beauty really comes from within, and that you should be careful about what you put into your body. "Drink a lot of water. It makes a huge
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 6:31 PM EST
Noir La Mode hopes to increase the presence of African Americans in the fashion industryAs New York Fashion Week continues to be criticized for its lack of diversity, a new three-day fashion event, Noir La Mode, is born. Noir La Mode hopes to give African American designers and artists the attention they deserve complete with a runway show, red carpet soiree, inspirational youth seminar, and pop-up store charity benefit. Dominique Sharpton, daughter of activist Al Sharpton, serves as the event host while Just Raymona of Lifetime's 24 Hour Catwalk runs the red carpet festivities.Read More »from New Noir La Mode Event Celebrates African American Fashion and Design
Here are the full event details:
February 17th: "Fashion Facts" - African American Museum, Long Island
Teens aged 13-18 can attend an inspirational workshop for youth wanting to break into the fashion industry. Designers Maurice Malone, Jean Alerte, Sue Tsai and Styleblazer.com fashion editor Metanoya Z. Webb will be on site with words of wisdom and career advice.
February 18th: "Noir La Mode" Runway show and Red Carpet Soiree - African American Museum, Long Island
From 6pm to 11pm designers
New York Fashion Week ran from February 9 through February 16 in New York City's Lincoln Center. As the Fall 2012 season comes to a close, we're reflecting on the inspiring experience recalling opulent gowns, luxe textiles, and truly innovative designs that glided down the runway. But for some designers making a statement means creating something bizarre, unflattering, disturbing, or just downright hideous. Such ensembles may hurt the eyes, but they are highly amusing! Behold, the absolute worst ensembles that somehow graced the catwalks of New York Fashion Week.Some designs at New York Fashion Week were truly frightening.Getty Images
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In our continuing coverage of New York Fashion Week, we're rounding up the top five things that catch our eye each day. Follow us on Twitter and check back from now through Thursday, February 16 for our top Fashion Week picks and you won't miss a thing.Read More »from 5 Things We Saw at New York Fashion Week: Day 7
1. Extreme luxury at Michael Kors. While we weren't fans of the extravagant furs at Michael Kors, we swooned over the final six shimmering gowns--especially this gold paillette chemise. Loads of celebs like Stacy Keibler, Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Anjelica Houston, Debra Messing, Katie Couric, Patti Hansen, Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe, Paula Patton, and Amber Heard watched it glide down the catwalk from front row.
LIquid metallic gowns graced the Michael Kors runway
2. Larger-than -life designs at Norma Kamali. Always the innovator, Kamali ditched live models and instead used 10' cardboard cutouts of ladies wearing her latest collection. Show-goers were able to mingle and get am up close view of the textiles.
Giant 2D models at Norma Kamali
3. Marooned at Nannette Lepore. We think burgundy may be the next hot color
In our continuing coverage of New York Fashion Week, we're rounding up the top five things that catch our eye each day. Follow us on Twitter and check back from now through Thursday, February 16 for our top Fashion Week picks and you won't miss a thing.Read More »from 5 Things We Saw at New York Fashion Week: Day 6
1. Seeing red at J. Crew. Forget blah neutrals-the preppy retailer showed how red accessories can make any ensemble look pulled-together and glamorous. This is one trend we're ready to try now!
We loved the red accessories at J. Crew
2. Shoulder to shoulder at Badgley Mischka. We've seen many red carpet gowns playing up shoulders this season, but this beaded number makes us wanna shimmy.
Badgley Mischka's beaded gowns are to die for
3. Joan Rivers! We bumped into the glam comedienne making Fashion police arrests at Lincoln Center and had to ask for a photo. Also in the tents today: Matt Damon (at Naeem Khan). Renee Zellweger, Oscar nominee Viola Davis, Maria Sharapova, and Leighton Meester (at Vera Wang), Susan Lucci, Ivanka Trump and Star Jones (at Dennis Basso), and Kelly Osbourne (at Badgley Mischka).
Joan Rivers and Shine's Fashion and Beauty Editor, Joanna Douglas
In our continuing coverage of New York Fashion Week, we're rounding up the top five things that catch our eye each day. Follow us on Twitter and check back from now through Thursday, February 16 for our top Fashion Week picks and you won't miss a thing.Read More »from 5 Things We Saw at New York Fashion Week: Day 5
1. Upscale belts at Jenny Packham. We've seen a return to belted looks this season, but we were particularly fond of the cinching at Jenny Packham, one of Kate Middleton's favorite designers. A contrasting waist keeps this silver beaded gown modern and fresh.
Beaded gowns at Jenny Packham
2. Renee Zellweger at Carolina Herrera. The A-list actress is a long time Herrera devotee, and she came by today to examine some new red carpet options up close.
Renee Zellweger at Carolina Herrera
3. Attractive earth tones at Rachel Roy. It's easy to see why Roy is a favorite amongst celebs and first lady Michelle Obama-she can makes even drab olive green look chic.
Natural elements like pine, ivy, and soil inspire the Rachel Roy collection
4. Next level cutouts at Reem Acra. We're both dumbfounded and amazed by the sexy, asymmetric flashes of skin we saw on the runway today.
Reem Acra got create with cutouts this season
5. It's a mod