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    It takes a lot more than blinding sparkles to make a good pageant dress. Here's a ranking of the Miss Universe evening gowns, from worst to best.

    Miss Venezuela

    Miss Venezuela

    She gets points for trying something different with the stripes but loses more points for looking like a big green sparkle slinky. Also the lack of volume and train makes her look like a caterpillar.

    Grade: F

    Image by David Becker / Getty Images

    Miss Brazil

    Miss Brazil

    The contrasting stripes of sparkles add a small amount of intrigue but not enough to keep me from wondering if those sparkly blue spheres behind her are actually exercise balls that allow the contestants and host Giulana Rancic to do crunches between segments. Also the crispy nature of the fabric cheapens this too much for me.

    Grade: D-

    Image by David Becker / Getty Images

    Miss Hungary

    Miss Hungary

    I'm sorry, did she come from getting married in one of Miss Universe base camp city Las Vegas's nearby wedding chapels? This is a wedding dress, not an outrageous or interesting pageant gown. Where's the intrigue? The weird element that makes us remember this moment? That said, it's a better looking wedding dress than you see on 99 percent of the eight million reality shows that are about picking out wedding dresses.

    Grade: D-

    Image by David Becker / Getty Images

    Miss Russia

    Miss Russia

    This looks like a sparkly bathings suit with an oversized sarong hanging off it. Design-wise it doesn't quite cohere for me. If this were Project Runway you know Nina would ask why the designer spent so much time on the sparkly bodice but not the skirt.

    Grade: D

    Image by David Becker / Getty Images


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    Fashion has been preparing for the end of the world for at least five years now. If you want to look “fashion” when the world is done ending, here are some ideas.

    The apocalypse is going to be a big headache, especially since you'll probably be injured and lose most of your stuff.

    The apocalypse is going to be a big headache, especially since you'll probably be injured and lose most of your stuff.

    But with some careful planning you can survive and look as chic as these models.

    Source: i.models.com

    A destroyed tee and distressed denim look sexily filthy.

    A destroyed tee and distressed denim look sexily filthy.

    The key here will be hiding your leather jacket somewhere safe so it remains intact while you run around an erupting volcano until your shirt and jeans look like this.

    Source: i.models.com

    On the upside, the apocalypse with probably be a handy way to make new cut-offs.

    On the upside, the apocalypse with probably be a handy way to make new cut-offs.

    The worldwide destruction happening all around you could very well just rip the legs from your jeans. Go with this — making cutoffs is always a pain.

    Source: i.models.com

    You probably won't be able to hold onto your handbag, but a clean, bejeweled skull makes for a regal accessory.

    You probably won't be able to hold onto your handbag, but a clean, bejeweled skull makes for a regal accessory.

    And if your hair singes off, just paint it onto your chest with soot.

    Source: i.models.com


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    A Spice Girls documentary is airing on Christmas Eve on ITV. And Victoria Beckham talks about how people wanted to brush her hair but not date her.

    Here's a trailer for "Spice Girls' Story: Viva Forever":

    Victoria Beckham also talks about her sad love life as a Spice Girl.

    Victoria Beckham also talks about her sad love life as a Spice Girl.

    Source: static.quickmeme.com


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    Shoplifting is expected to cost retailers $9 billion this holiday season. Thieves have been quite busy so far frisking various joints (but mostly Walmart).

    In Houston, thieves lifted a BABY in addition to $2,500 worth of merchandise.

    In Houston, thieves lifted a BABY in addition to $2,500 worth of merchandise.

    ABC reports that six men and a woman stole $2,500 worth of stuff from Walmart and some other places. Authorities were trying to arrest one of the guys when he grabbed a baby and ran. The baby was later found at a house. The thief was not the baby's father.

    Also in Houston, a woman was allegedly shot and killed by a security guard in a Walmart parking lot.

    Also in Houston, a woman was allegedly shot and killed by a security guard in a Walmart parking lot.

    A Walmart employee who noticed a group of women "stuffing items inside their purses" inside the Walmart notified an off-duty deputy from the sheriff's office who was working as a security guard in the store. The confrontation between the deputy and the women went from the store to the parking lot — the deputy opened a door to the car the alleged theives were in, but instead of stopping they revved the car forward. The car got away, but police found it nearby, with one of the women dead from a gunshot wound.

    Image by Getty Images

    In Pennsylvania, thieves made off with $20,000 worth of Burberry stuff.

    In Pennsylvania, thieves made off with $20,000 worth of Burberry stuff.

    It was all menswear, and they got it from Nordstrom. Authorities call this kind of job a "smash and grab," with one Lieutenant telling WWD, "We have also seen more sophisticated operations, where they will use a mule who goes back and forth to a car to keep dumping things." Maybe these guys just couldn't resist the shiny purple coat Romeo Beckham wears in the new ads. Nothing has the ability to distract from illegal activity like a dude in an iridescent purple trench.

    Source: l.yimg.com

    This month in Arizona, police arrested an all-female shopping gang that was targeting CVS stores.

    This month in Arizona, police arrested an all-female shopping gang that was targeting CVS stores.

    The women would allegedly steal makeup and jewelry from retailers and then sell their loot at a local swap meet. Authorities recovered merchandise worth more than $100,000 from the ladies.


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    It's about time someone other than Beyoncé or Rihanna pose wearing leotard-tight bottoms with their legs open.

    Here's Kate Moss in Versace's brand-new ads, flanked by fancy underpants-wearing buff guys.

    Here's Kate Moss in Versace's brand-new ads, flanked by fancy underpants-wearing buff guys.

    "Each image is composed like a work of art," Donatella Versace told WWD of this new campaign.

    Source: glamour.com

    In addition to highly impressive squatting techniques, Joan Smalls also features in the ads.

    In addition to highly impressive squatting techniques, Joan Smalls also features in the ads.

    Men are the new bras.

    Source: glamour.com

    As does Daria Werbowy.

    As does Daria Werbowy.

    See? The '90s are back. Leave it to Versace to not be ironic about it.

    Source: glamour.com


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    “Any event where we have a press check-in, we have all these crazies showing up. And I've had people lie to me about who they were.”

    Have a crazy, fun, or interesting job you want to tell us about? Write us at shift@buzzfeed.com.

    Every time we tell someone we work in PR, it's, "What parties do you go to?" "Do you work with celebrities?" It's totally not glamorous most of the time. The ditzy party publicists — that TV show with Lizzie Grubman, even that guy with the Kardashians, or that show Spin — it's not at all what the industry is really like.

    It's a lot of strategy — it's research, it's writing. We put together a lot of reports and timelines. We have to be familiar with columns and read a lot of magazines and newspapers — we feel like we're salespeople when we're pitching reporters.

    In PR, the client and the reporter are always right. One of the most frustrating parts of the job is that everyone thinks The New York Times cover story or The Wall Street Journal cover story is going to bring them fame and fortune. Or, they'll go on the Today show and will get two sales out of it when some story that went viral on the web sold them out completely. It's hard to convince clients that traditional print media is not always the best way to go.

    Clients are also very impatient, and that's something that's changed dramatically over the past seven or so years. We'll send out a press release at 10 a.m., and they call us at 11, saying, "Where am I getting covered?" And we have to say, did you think when we sent the press release out that every reporter who got it is going to drop everything they're doing? We can't call them half an hour after we sent it out because the reporters think we're crazy — they're not like, "The first thing I did this morning was check your email!" And it's not "Is this going to run in tomorrow's newspaper?" — people want it up instantly.

    We're kind of on call all the time. A client from L.A. might want us to email them at 8 p.m., which is 5 p.m. over there. A client in Europe will call you at 3 a.m. asking for a conference call at 5 a.m. because that's their end of day. Sometimes clients aren't conscious of the fact that we're in totally different time zones.

    But I know if something major is happening with the client, I can't sleep anyway. So I probably will check my phone and answer emails in the middle of the night. If I have a major TV segment the next day, I can't sleep because I'm worrying about every little thing — that the client knows where the studio is, that the anchor doesn't mispronounce the name of the company or client, that the producer knows how to spell on the Chyron.

    You usually know when you need to be on call. From 5 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. one morning, you know the client might call you and say, "I can't find the studio" for a TV segment. I had to use Google Street View to get a client to a studio one morning. Or I'll have to work all weekend with a reporter who has a Monday deadline.

    Though it doesn't take up most of our time, we manage red carpets at events sometimes. Dealing with personalities can be difficult — some celebs don't want to walk the red carpet. Some celebs only want to talk to certain media outlets but not others. Some celebs are so surprisingly easy and nice and will walk down a red carpet and be totally chill and thank us for helping out, but then you'll get another one who seems like the nicest person on the planet but ends up being not a nice person at all.

    And any event where we have a press check-in, we have all these crazies showing up. And I've had people lie to me about who they were — "I spoke to Mike and he said we could come," they'll say, thinking Mike is a common name, so we must have someone named Mike working with us.

    I had one person trick me. I checked her in, she forgot I was the one who checked her in — and she told me later that she scammed her way in! She told me she was from a major magazine and walked in, and later when press check-in was done, she was like, "Oh my god, you should just find an editor's name that you think you might look like and just walk into these parties. I just went to a fashion week tent."

    We have a "no fly" list at these events that says "these people are not allowed in under any circumstances."

    As told to Amy Odell.


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  • 01/04/13--15:39: Why Things End Up On Sale
  • It's that time of year when everything ever sold in a store is on sale. A lot of the time when things end up on sale, there is a pretty obvious reason!

    Because they make your wrists look like they've grown really long, unattractive hair.

    Because they make your wrists look like they've grown really long, unattractive hair.

    I'm talking wrist MANES.

    Fringe leather gloves final sale at Pixie Market; were $153, now $75.

    Source: pixiemarket.com

    Because "classy ravers" don't exist in real life.

    Because "classy ravers" don't exist in real life.

    Now, if these were sequined smiley-face JNCOs, that'd be another story....

    Trousers from Topshop; were $315, now $75.

    Source: us.topshop.com

    Because they make about as much sense as a see-through crop top with a chambray pocket.

    Because they make about as much sense as a see-through crop top with a chambray pocket.

    I can't think of a "reason" for this but open to them if you care to add one to comments.

    Chambray mesh crop top final sale at Pixie Market; was $112, now $60.

    Source: pixiemarket.com

    And other things go on sale because they're essentially politically incorrect bathrobes.

    And other things go on sale because they're essentially politically incorrect bathrobes.

    Or couch throws with a sash.

    Armani Collezioni real rabbit fur-trimmed sweater coat available at Saks; was $2495.00, now $998.50.


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    The famously androgynous model Andrej Pejic lends his “do me” face to the cover of a “mainstream” fashion magazine for the first time.

    Here's Andrej Pejic's January cover of Serbian "Elle."

    Here's Andrej Pejic's January cover of Serbian "Elle."

    The Bosinan Australian model is dressed entirely in Jean Paul Gaultier, one of his earliest and biggest supporters. The headline reads: "Boy who shook the fashion world."

    Source: catwalkqueen.tv

    This is not Pejic's first cover — he previously appeared on the summer 2012 issue of "i-D."

    This is not Pejic's first cover — he previously appeared on the summer 2012 issue of "i-D."

    This booking is hardly peanuts — models like Naomi Campbell and Gisele regularly cover i-D.

    Source: images.nymag.com

    He also posed for the September cover of "L'Officiel."

    He also posed for the September cover of "L'Officiel."

    Source: i.models.com

    And a 2011 cover of "New York" magazine.

    And a 2011 cover of "New York" magazine.

    Source: karlismyunkle.files.wordpress.com


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    Designers in London are showing the clothes the most stylish dudes in all of the land will be wearing next fall. Will you go for the wood face masks or Rihanna-style track suits?

    Walk around with a bunch of driftwood taped to your face.

    Walk around with a bunch of driftwood taped to your face.

    This delightful look comes to us courtesy of the wonderfully simply named label MAN.

    Make sure the driftwood matches your monochromatic outfit.

    Make sure the driftwood matches your monochromatic outfit.

    Also by MAN.

    Image by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images / Getty Images

    If you're feeling tired one day, you can settle for this more minimalist wood-on-face approach.

    If you're feeling tired one day, you can settle for this more minimalist wood-on-face approach.

    Make sure you paint your entire face black if you plain to go for the black wood look.

    Make sure you paint your entire face black if you plain to go for the black wood look.

    This will later double as a charming way of attracting potential love interests in bars!

    Thanks, MAN.

    Image by Getty Images


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    The sweater that read “PLEASE KILL ME” may be the most astute sartorial commentary on Men's Fashion ever to have walked a runway.

    This is the opening look from the Sibling show that walked in London Men's Fashion Week.

    This is the opening look from the Sibling show that walked in London Men's Fashion Week.

    This is what the label Sibling imagines men wearing in the fall of 2013. Isn't it exciting?! Also, isn't the sentiment of that top just PERFECT for the absurdity of the outfit? Would you not feel that way if you were seen so ridiculously attired? It's just brilliant.

    Also: say goodbye to oven mits! This look is your one stop shop for not burning your hands on anything.

    Source: style.com

    The use of proportions and textures is just wonderful.

    The use of proportions and textures is just wonderful.

    If you wanted to wear shorts and no coat in the winter and still be warm, this would probably do the trick.

    BONUS: you can leave your murse at home because that scarf does seem to come with giant tote bag-sized pockets.

    Source: style.com

    Sibling also offered options for those days you're feeling a little sexy.

    Sibling also offered options for those days you're feeling a little sexy.

    You don't need to hide your wonderfully sculpted heavage all winter long — show off your fit figure with this body-con scoop-neck sweater.

    Source: style.com

    And prints for days when you want to get extra funky.

    And prints for days when you want to get extra funky.

    Confuse people even more with this dizzying print.

    Source: style.com


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    She's still getting photographed to the world's collectively wild enthusiasm. V magazine is the latest to show… support for her famously busty figure.

    Upton, perhaps the most famous model working in high fashion today who isn't a flat-chested super-thin type, appeared in a '60s-inspired spread in the new issue of V magazine. It's just another sign of her rising fame in an industry that is normally reticent to book models with her figure.

    Upton also just appeared on the January cover of British Vogue. The magazine's editor Alexandra Shulman said, "When I decided to shoot Kate for our first cover of 2013, it was to kick off the year with a young women who is not a stereotypical fashion model — although, let's face it, she's hardly a heffalump!

    I still hope those rumors about her landing a U.S. Vogue cover are true — it's so refreshing to see a model with a legit rack getting this much fashion work and nothing would legitimize her (and great racks, generally) as a true high fashion presence like a cover booking with American Vogue.

    Anyway, enjoy these photos by Sebastian Faena for now!

    Source: cdn.wl.uproxx.com

    Source: cdn.wl.uproxx.com

    Source: cdn.wl.uproxx.com

    Source: cdn.wl.uproxx.com


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    If you require the services of a stripper or dominatrix over inauguration weekend, be prepared to pay extra.

    Image by Shutterstock

    When Steve Baker talks about the inauguration, he gets a little giddy. For the company he works at, Hire Party Strippers, which does exactly what its name suggests for clients in the Washington DC area, inauguration weekend means a big boost in business.

    "Oh my God, it's bananas," says Baker, describing the interest he's had so far. Hire Party Strippers does about double the business on inauguration weekend, during which he can boost rates about 25 percent. This means $650 to $700 for "two girl fantasy shows"; $350 for one girl; and $300 for one male stripper, though demand is never as high for men as women. "It's going to be really, really busy," Baker says. "We have a lot of people coming [to DC] from out of town, and they want to have adult entertainment in their rooms. It's crazy."

    Strippers, escorts, dominatrices, and even sugar babies looking for sugar daddies are planning for a jam-packed — and potentially quite lucrative — weekend across the greater DC area. Despite the inauguration party scene shaping up to be much quieter this year than Barack Obama's first in 2009, it doesn't sound like anyone is planning to cut back on erotic recreation — from the tourists looking to party in DC that weekend, to the locals craving sex-themed merriment while their city is overwhelmed by outsiders.

    Baker doesn't have a lot of clients on the books yet, but knows he will once the Friday before the inauguration rolls around. "People call me last minute saying, 'hey hey hey, can you send some girls out?'" Hire Party Stripper will ensure entertainers are on-call in anticipation of this "high volume" weekend.

    One escort I talked with via email lamented that she wouldn't be in DC around the inauguration, but expected most of the business for escorts to come from areas surrounding the city. "My educated guess would be that it gets busy in the OTHER parts of town so clients don't have to fight the crowds. Like for example, I always schedule work in NYC during the XMas tree lighting at the Rockefeller center, but I go to the SOUTH end of Manhattan because I know the locals or clients won't want to be anywhere near the Rockefeller Center," she explained. "If I were to be here inauguration weekend, I bet Arlington will be hopping — or Tysons."

    One dominatrix located in DC who goes by Bella Bliss and also leads workshops for couples who want to learn how to spank each other without feeling pain (among other things) also sees heightened interest in her services around inauguration time, simply because having more people around equates to more business.

    "I definitely see more people who I wouldn't normally see," she told me by phone. "More girls will come out of the woodwork sometimes, and be kind of brave and ask about things to do with their girlfriends — play around and learn techniques." She may charge 25 to 50 percent more for a session at her studio, and would double the rates for an "outcall" because she doesn't do those often and people tend to flake.

    Bella regularly hosts swingers' parties, and has one planned for the Saturday before the inauguration that she expects to be of a scale on par with major party nights like New Year's and Halloween. These parties — which serve as mixers where people can meet each other, not the giant orgy you're probably picturing — have themes like "Monica Lewinsky" or "Deep Throat" or some other "naughty connotation," Bella says, "so people will come festive, dressed in patriotic things, like naughty Capitol Hill outfits." The parties are for club members only, but members can bring guests. "A lot of our members have friends that come from out of town so they'll bring their friends," Bella explains. "They usually bring like one, three, five couples at a time." She expects anywhere from 100 to 200 people at the pre-inauguration event, which is roughly 50 to 100 percent more than the event's usual headcount.

    Meanwhile, SeekingArrangement.com is readying its servers for a big traffic spike the week leading up to the inauguration. The site, which sets up sugar daddies with sugar babies (meaning, yes, there is financial incentive for the babies to get involved), experienced a 34.37 percent increase in visits from people in DC along with a 5.43 percent increase in new members in the week leading up to the 2009 inauguration.

    The site tends to see traffic spikes in regions hosting major political events — Tampa area traffic increased 25.9 percent during the Republican National Convention, for instance — while Republican events generate 11 percent more traffic on average than Democratic ones. This may be because more sugar daddies identify as Republican (42.1 percent) than Democratic (34.9 percent). However, this is not true of the site's sugar babies, who skew Democratic. SeekingArrangement CEO Brandon Wade seems to see this as proof of the site's ability to foster bipartisan connections. "It's okay that the two people don't tend to share the same political alignments," he told me. "That seems to work perfectly fine with our memberships."

    Sugar daddies tend not to be looking for dates for the big inaugural balls, but rather to dine at fancy restaurants, or meet for drinks at the hotel where the sugar daddy is staying. "Since many of these individuals are important political figures, they generally desire privacy," SeekingArrangement's spokesperson explained. (Also, roughly 40 percent of registered sugar daddies are married, so there's that.) High profile individuals who haven't been careful with their "arrangements" have been exposed in the past. "We had a situation where a very wealthy DuPont heir used the website in a way that I would not recommend and he ended up being blackmailed in a relatively public manner," Wade recalls. (He's referring to Stephen Dent — read about that scandal here.)

    While Wade's team works overtime to approve new members as quickly as possible (they have to make sure sure sugar babies' photos don't appear on escort sites, and things like that) Bella is thinking about what to wear to her big swingers' soiree. "I'm not a real red-white-and-blue kind of girl so I'm going to have to piece together an outfit," she says. "I usually do crazy outfits based on what's in my closet. I might do a scarf — use it as a top or a skirt."

    Hopefully, this inauguration will be slightly warmer than the last one.


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    I merely pose the question. Only you can decide!

    What's missing from this picture?

    What's missing from this picture?

    Oh that's right — Michelle Obama wearing the outfit everyone was supposed to be the most excited to see this morning. But, the existential question we all face in the aftermath of Monday's inaugural ceremonies is: WAS her outfit the one everyone was most excited to see?

    Image by Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Beyoncé breezed in wearing a fancy ballgown and coat — then threw off the coat, despite the 30-something degree weather — to reveal that the dress was skin tight and see-through!

    Beyoncé breezed in wearing a fancy ballgown and coat — then threw off the coat, despite the 30-something degree weather — to reveal that the dress was skin tight and see-through!

    If you're a diva (especially Beyoncé) you basically have to wear a body stocking whenever in the public eye these days, and this Pucci look is basically the ballgown version of a body stocking.

    Image by Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    The question each must ask herself is: will you remember THIS more than Michelle Obama's moment?

    The question each must ask herself is: will you remember THIS more than Michelle Obama's moment?

    It even has a CAPE! A bodystocking gown with a cape — only Beyoncé can get away with this.

    Image by John Moore / Getty Images

    Then of course there was her memorable moment/air kiss with Barack.

    Then of course there was her memorable moment/air kiss with Barack.

    Image by Rob Carr / Getty Images


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    “She's getting ready for the Super Bowl,” the director explained.

    Image by Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT

    WASHINGTON — The United States Marine Band, also called the "President's Own," had little time to rehearse to accompany Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson during their performances of the national anthem and "My Country Tis of Thee."

    Band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn told BuzzFeed Shift the planning for the musical portion of the ceremony begins "weeks ahead of time."

    "As soon as we get information from the presidential inaugural committee who the guest artists are going to be, we make contact with them, find out how we can prepare arrangements that will really kind of flatter their voices — of course in the right key," he said.

    Colburn continued, "We had Kelly in over the weekend to rehearse and record. Beyonce, she's getting ready for the Super Bowl, so we didn't have a chance to do anything with her until last night so it's a very, very tight window of opportunity."

    How'd it go?

    "Very well," Colburn said.

    Colburn added that he "always" gets nervous at these events, "but with these musicians you know they'll always take care of you." Beyoncé, evidently, too.


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    She does not have a perfect history with cardigans.

    Image by Pool photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/MCT

    Sandwiched between her Thom Browne coat and Thom Browne dress, Michelle Obama wore the same Reed Krakoff cardigan she wore yesterday to her husband's swearing-in.

    Image by Larry Downing / Reuters

    Wearing a sweater two days in a row is very Michelle Obama — a down-to-earth touch that everyone notices, a reminder that she wears stuff twice like normal people. However, not everyone is a fan of the cardigan's second coming.


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    The inauguration brought out the fiercely independent spirit of the nation's most famous wearer of clothes.

    Image by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT

    When Michelle Obama wears clothes to important occasions, fingers shoot skyward to figure out which direction her stylistic choices have caused fashion's wind to blow. Usually, the answer is heavily toward an everywoman brand like J. Crew, which made Michelle's gloves, pumps, and belt. But yesterday she took advantage of the fierce independence that only a pair of lame ducks can enjoy in office, now that the gates of the reelection have opened her up to a bolder array of choices.

    For Michelle, this first meant a new haircut. She debuted choppy bangs days before the inauguration. It was the kind of hair change people who don't normally notice hair changes would notice, a modern cut recalling that of model Karlie Kloss, whose shaggy bob was the subject of an entire, multi-page article in a recent issue of Vogue. Then Michelle wore a coat and dress by Thom Browne for the daytime ceremony and parade. Previously, Browne was best known for his shrunken, ankle-exposing men's suiting, and outrageous runway shows. Probably no one outside of the fashion industry would dare or want to wear much of Browne's runway stuff, and even though Michelle opted for a safe look by him, it was a savvy choice of label. Her decision also has the potential to be a huge boon to Browne's business, whose name recognition is nowhere near of that of Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren.

    Image by Pool photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/MCT

    Clearly concerned with aesthetics as much as practicality, Michelle then changed from J. Crew pumps to custom knee-high boots by Reed Krakoff — the designer of the nearly $1,000 bird shirt Ann Romney was lambasted for wearing on TV — and added a glitzy J. Crew waist belt. Though her gloves were also J. Crew, altogether this was one very expensive, smashing, fashion-forward look that suggested no fear of displaying her interest in fashion, designer labels, and her own outward appearance. As much as the fashion industry has been invigorated by such a prominent political figure's enthusiasm, critics have wondered if she can pull herself into a more issues-driven spectrum of interest in the Obama administration's second term.

    Yet you can't fault Michelle's interest in fashion any more than you can fault her husband's interest in basketball. And even with her trendy new haircut and avant-garde labels, she still exhibited her measured approach to her image last night in her choice of a red gown by Jason Wu for the inaugural balls. The fashion industry was waiting for weeks to see which young designer she would blow up like she did Wu — a relative unknown until Michelle wore a white asymmetrical gown by him to the 2009 inaugural balls. But rather than cause the fuss she could have caused by choosing a different rising star designer, she created a slightly more muted fuss by wearing something relatively simple by a designer we already knew she loves. "I feel like with dressing for big occasions it's really important to always think about the client," Wu said on CNN Tuesday morning. "You [can't] really think about everything else that comes with it."

    You get that sense observing Michelle too: She thinks about her own needs much more than what everyone else wants her to do. And that is the boldest statement she could make going into the next four years.


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    The world's most expensive, finest clothes just walked the runways in Paris. Here's all you need to know about the fashion world's latest trends.

    Wear a baton over your nipple.

    Wear a baton over your nipple.

    This is by Giorgio Armani Prive.

    Image by Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

    Or your shoulder.

    Or your shoulder.

    Also from the Giorgio Armani Prive runway.

    Image by Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

    Marry someone dressed exactly like you!

    Marry someone dressed exactly like you!

    The finale of the Chanel couture show was this — two models wearing the same wedding gown, with a child. Designer Karl Lagerfeld explained it was his way of endorsing gay marriage.

    Image by Benoit Tessier / Reuters

    Look elegant when you trip on your gown.

    Look elegant when you trip on your gown.

    Honestly I don't think she could have fallen more prettily.

    This is at the Stephane Rolland show.

    Image by Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters


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    “The art of cutting hair is something that we should foster and support.”

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    The Creative Coalition's inaugural ball in Washington DC Monday night brought the kind of celebrity that you swear you know from somewhere. Like the Goo Goo Dolls. As a man with side bangs, what did lead singer Johnny Reznick think of Michelle Obama's new haircut?

    "Side bangs? Do I have side bangs?" (Yes.) "I didn't see [her bangs]. I wasn't watching television," he said, explaining he was otherwise occupied with "minding my own business."

    Orlando Jones, who you might remember best from MADtv, said Michelle's "hair and outfit are not really of interest to me." He added that he has no interest whatsoever in what anyone's clothes but his own, explaining, "I'm a narcissist."

    Emme, the plus-size model-turned-television personality, seemed convinced that Michelle would show up to the event that night, even though it was not on the first couple's widely publicized itinerary: "I have to see her. I might have to just touch her arm — if I'm lucky."

    Goo Goo Dolls.

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    Evan Handler (Harry from Sex and the City) showed up to this black tie event without a tie. Was he trying to avoid looking too flashy at a quieter inauguration, where fewer parties and the first couple's brief ball schedule suggested that this was a concern?

    "I mean, like, as if I would have worn diamonds instead of not wearing diamonds tonight?" he said. "I don't really think the country's paying enough attention to me personally."

    Wayne Knight (Seinfeld's Newman) was the rare male on the red carpet who did have thoughts on Michelle Obama's bangs. "You know I'm here advocating for the arts for the Creative Coalition," he said. "I saw a lot of art went into those bangs — the art of cutting hair is something that we should foster and support."

    Taraji P. Henson, who showed up wearing a white Preen dress with her nails coated in green glitter, had no trouble discussing FLOTUS fashion. "She is the definition of class," Henson gushed. "But what I love most about her is it's not always about the most expensive labels. She can show a woman who works a regular 9 to 5, who can't afford all of that shit — tell them to go to J. Crew."

    Before I could even ask, she added: "And yes, I love her bangs."


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    For a piece of clothing to be haute couture it must be certified by an group of fancy French people, and made entirely by hand. It's basically crafting on crack.

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    Meet TLC's Plastic Wives .

    It's about a bunch of women in Beverly Hills married to plastic surgeons. One "lovingly" calls her husband "the vagina man," TLC informs us in a press release.

    In sum, it's a show about these people.

    In sum, it's a show about these people.


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