Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Feb 1, 2011 12:33 AM EST
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Jan 31, 2011 10:14 PM EST
Michelle Obama has been criticized for wearing this dress by non-American designer Alexander McQueen. / Getty ImagesPeople are obsessed with taking about Michelle Obama's style. Obsessed! While we are always interested in checking out the clothing the first lady wears, we also feel that we shouldn't read too much into her fashion choices, since in the grand scheme of things her clothing just isn't that important!Read More »from Michelle Obama advises women to wear what they love
Yes she's stylish. We think it's cool that she will rock accessible clothing from Target, H&M and J.Crew as easily as a glitzy Marc Jacobs gown. We like that she's comfortable showing off her arms, or wearing casual sneakers and shorts should the occasion call for it. We like that she takes fashion risks, even if we feel they fall short sometimes. We like that she supports lesser known designers like Jason Wu, Thakoon, Naeem Khan, Isabel Toledo, and Maria Pinto and helps their businesses grow. But we don't understand why she's suddenly taking heat for not wearing an American designer to one event. Can't the woman wear what she wants?
Last week, Obama wore an Alexander McQueen gown to the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Valentines Day – Mon, Jan 31, 2011 7:40 PM EST
ThinkstockValentine's Day is supposed to be all about showing your significant other how much you care, and in America we do that by spending lots of money on gifts. For every homemade card create or heart-shaped cookie baked, infinitely more men and women coughing up a different kind of dough on overpriced roses and greeting cards. According to a study by the National Retail Foundation, we are expected to spend a whopping $15.7 billion expressing our love on Valentine's Day.Read More »from Men spend twice as much as women on Valentineâ€™s Day
Apparently men will spend more than twice as much on gifts as women, shelling out $158.71 on average. Aw, you shouldn't have! No really, you probably shouldn't have. That's a lot of money! Dudes, please make sure you can actually afford these gifts, and shop around for flowers so you're not getting completely ripped off. (Also, please don't buy us a scale.) On average, ladies will spend around $75.79, which we figure is about the cost of a fancy cologne.
While surely "it's the thought the counts," we don't know anyone who
- The 1970s are back this season, and nothing complements the new flared denim trend more than a platform shoe. The platforms we're most familiar with from the '70s had individual blocks under the heel and toe, but the shoe flooding the market this spring is a "flatform," where the sole of the shoe is all one piece. Flatforms also differ from traditional wedges, which have little to no platform in the front and a high heel. Thankfully for women, these shoes offer an easy, wearable trend that will translate well from the runway to everyday life.
Colleen Sherin, Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue, loved the flatforms that strutted down the catwalk at shows like Fendi and Prada. "The flatform was all over the spring runways, so it is a key trend for footwear and it's something that we are definitely registering at Saks Fifth Avenue," says Sherin. "We have some on the floor right now and on Saks.com, but they're definitely coming in droves over the next month or two."
While we've beenRead More »from Flatforms: the new "it" shoe for spring
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Jan 28, 2011 12:18 AM EST
Are Slap Watches the new Silly Bandz?Silly Bandz are finally on their way out, and retailers are hunting for the next hot seller amongst the teen market. The New York Post is predicting Slap Watches, a fresh take on the Slap bracelets trend of the early '90s (remember how teachers had to take them away?), to be a major hit this year. These timepieces, which launched last year on Black Friday, come in various colors you can mix and match by snapping out the faces.Read More »from Slap Watches to replace Silly Bandz? The next accessory craze
We're not so sure Slap Watches will be a huge childhood fashion fad. Yes, they're fun, they're colorful, and at $20 they're fairly affordable. But if there are only a handful of colors they are hardly as collectible as the infinite amount of Silly Bandz shapes, colors, and designs. And at $20 they're more an investment for a youngster-they definitely won't be trading them or able to have as many. Not to mention the fact that watches are becoming obsolete.
TKO watches have interchangable parts.Like Silly Bandz, other brands have starting copying the design, which does imply we may have a trend quite
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Jan 27, 2011 10:15 PM EST
Getty ImagesWe have to give Helena Bonham Carter props for not confining to traditional fashion limits, but sometimes her wild ensembles land the eccentric actress on worst dressed lists. At this year's Golden Globe Awards, the 44-year-old made the rather juvenile choice to wear mismatched shoes (one red and one green) along with a highly questionable Vivienne Westwood dress covered in tulle. But Bonham Carter stands by her decision. "Why not wear mismatching shoes? Who says we can't? I was just having fun," the actress told People. "For me, fashion is all about fantasy and putting unlikely things together. That's what I love. I genuinely love dressing up."Read More »from Helena Bonham Carter defends her crazy style and mismatched shoes
We love her spirit, which many fashion icons like Cyndi Lauper and Betsey Johnson would certainly embrace. Great fashion is fun and unexpected! But sometimes you can have a lot of fun and creativity with an outfit and have it not be unattractive to the eye. "Sometimes I get it right and I sometimes I get it wrong," Bonham Carter admitted to
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Jan 27, 2011 8:31 PM EST
Lady Gaga isn't afraid of a little blood. / Getty ImagesLady Gaga never does anything that isn't completely over the top and outrageous (wearing a dress made out of meat, attending baseball games in lingerie, etc), so we weren't completely shocked to learn what the notes might be in her first signature fragrance. According to Fashionista, sources close to the perfume developer says Gaga wants her perfume to "smell of blood and semen." We can totally imagine the pop star wanting to wear this fragrance, but the idea of deliberately spritzing on the scent of bodily fluids makes us want to gag.Read More »from Lady Gagaâ€™s fragrance will smell like semen, but Playboyâ€™s perfume will not
The sad part is, this idea has kind of been done before. Last fall, Rad Hourani launched a series of fragrances called Six Scents, one of which was inspired by semen. And on a somewhat related note, actor Alan Cumming posed nude in hilarious fragrance ad spoofs for his own scent called Cumming back in 2004. That scent, however, featured notes of whiskey, cigars, and leather.
Playboy's new frgrances: Play it Lovely, Sexy, and SpicyPlayboy is also launching a line of fragrances, but thankfully there will be no
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Jan 26, 2011 11:40 PM EST
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The inexplicable fashion fads of our childhoods
The Knockoff bags are very detrimental to a designer brand and can make you feel pretty lame for carrying around a fake, but when we saw these inspired Together Bags by Thursday Friday we couldn't help but smile.Read More »from Yes! The $35 Hermes Birkin-ish tote bag
The creators had begun to love carrying around lightweight, reusable grocery bags for everything. Per their website: "We realized we were using the shopping bags as proxy accessories and wanted to take them a step further, to have the bag itself declare what's going on. So we ended up with a surreal design that references luxury but ultimately works as easily as your favorite jeans."
While the Hermes Birkin bag is not covered in any obvious designer logos, it is one of the most recognizable handbags, and despite the infamous waiting lists many rich folks and celebrities tote them around. Created in 1984 and named after Jane Birkin, Birkin bags start around $10,000 and go up to $50,000+ depending on the materials used. Which is exactly why we think these $35 cheeky tribute bags
The Kate Middleton-inpsired nail polish, Forget celebrity fragrances-celebrity nail polish is the latest fad in beauty collaborations. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and even tennis pro Serena Williams have their own collections with OPI. And while princess-to-be Kate Middleton didn't exactly sign off on her new signature shade, we're sure it's bound to be a hit!Read More »from Kate Middleton-inspired nail polish
Butter London, the chemical-free nail polish line, is releasing a glittery lacquer in honor of Middleton's upcoming wedding. The greyish-blue glittery nail shade is called "No more Waity, Katie," which references a popular tabloid nickname for the pre-engaged Middleton. Her long-anticipated nuptials won't come till April 29, but you can pre-order the Butter London polish starting March 15 on butterlondon.com and b-glowing.com for $14. "No More Waity, Katie" will be available for purchase in stores stateside come April.
We wonder if the stylish Middleton will be caught wearing the nail polish?
The new nail polish advertisment says,
Designers sketch their dress suggestions for Kate Middleton