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Celine Dion put a twist on menswear when she donned an over-sized, backwards Dior white tux to the Oscars in 1999. Some said she recovered it from the Titanic wreck, while others adored a peak of her seductively bare back. Then again, those who’ve adopted this style include sexy red carpet regulars like Angelina Jolie, Dita Von Teese, and Ashley Olsen. Whether you’re a fan or foe, the androgynous ensemble makes for a flirty conversation starter. Here’s what to consider if you’re going to try the tux trend on for size:
Urban Outfitters necklace (L), tru.che necklace; Photos courtesy of Urban Outfitters and Etsy
The criminal minds behind Urban Outfitters strike again! The publicly traded American company has a knack for counterfeiting ideas from independent and local designers across the nation. Yesterday, a customer notified Chicago-based independent jewelry designer Stevie of imakeshinythings.com that her The World/United States of Love line was replicated and sold in—you guessed it—Urban Outfitters. The line of necklaces features cutouts of states and a heart nestled in the middle. Urban Outfitters is selling similar versions at $19 a piece.
Urban Outfitters has a history of “borrowing” designs. In 2003, Crownfarmer released a white T-shirt with a red Canadian leaf in the middle titled, “Legalize It.” By 2007, Urban Outfitter stack the racks with an inverse version—red T-shirt, white leaf, same title. In 2006, Johnny Cupcakes’ designer Johnny Earle fell victim to his infamous cupcake-dropping planes. Urban Outfitters debuted on its shelves a slightly revised version: instead of cupcakes facing one way (à la Johnny Cupcake original), Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal T-shirt had cupcakes facing left and right in a different color palette. In late early 2010, Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Lillian Crowe designed a rib cage necklace only to discover a model knockoff in the latest Urban Outfitters online catalog.
Can someone give Urban Outfitters, Inc. chairman Richard Hayne lessons on Entrepreneurship & Ethics 101?
- Ok girls! Get excited! This season's trend of chunky 70's inspired heels means no more wobbling around on thin, spiky heels. Anyone else ever afraid of breaking an ankle from those things? Not only are these shoes completely comfortable but they look great with everything! Pair 70's platforms with boyfriend jeans and tank top- you have the perfect casual chic outfit! We also love chunky heels with cute sundresses or a maxi dress. Do you own a pair of 70's inspired shoes, if so, how do you wear them?
Aaliyah in Tommy Hilfiger. Photo: Getty Images
Today, Universal announced that it will be partnering with Tommy Hilfiger to produce a line of “rock-’n'-roll-inspired clothing for high-end boutiques and department stores.” The record label was quick to clarify that they will not be partnering with Tommy Hilfiger the brand, but instead will be bringing in the designer (who no longer helms his namesake label) as a consultant on what the company hopes will be an easy and highly lucrative way to re-energize their business–a business that’s been slowly dying since the very first MP3 was shared illegally online almost a decade ago. Since then, record companies have been mostly subsisting on concert ticket sales and an array of merchandise–from Justin Bieber toothbrushes to re-issued Rolling Stones T-shirts.
FIT’s Fashion and Textile History Gallery opened its Sporting Life exhibit today- a retrospective of sportswear’s miraculous evolution over the past 150 years. Divided by athletic pastime rather than era, the exhibit displays rare examples of woolen swimsuits, riding habits, and bloomer ensembles beside their modern-day counterparts like Brazilian bikinis, jodhpurs, and Lance Armstrong-esque gear. There is also Manolo Blahnik’s uncanny interpretation of LL Bean’s duck shoes, Abercrombie & Fitch ice skates, and pieces from Jean Paul Gaultier’s long extinct diffusion line. Most of the items included are part of the Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, which of course is New York City’s largest closet on record.
- You guys, we are so excited about this November's hit movie The Muppets! We loooove the muppets and think the movie will be hilarious! The movie stars Amy Adams and Jason Segel. Do you guys remember Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and his super funny Dracula musical? Haha! We know that this is going to be such a great movie! Don't you just love the muppets?! Check out the trailer below
Photo: Johnny Hates Jazz
Seoul-based journalist Michael Reyes is sharing his scoop on the best Korean designers this week. Designer Choi Ji Hyung is the embodiment of the refreshing wave of elusive young talent slowly seeping out of South Korea’s fashion community. The younger generation in South Korea is encouraged to propel itself into the international spotlight. Slowly an ambitious generation’s efforts are proving intriguing.
- Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen have launched their new vintage collection, Lucy in Disguise. Last year, the stylish sisters opened their shop (with the same name) in London's Soho. They never planned to start their own clothing line but both sisters have an eye for fashion and started to wonder how they could rework vintage classics into modern, upscale, and elegant looks.Mission accomplished! Lily and Sarah were inspired by earlier vintage finds like "a western-themed tank dress [that] has its roots in a children's romper Lily found at a flea market." We love how Lily and Sarah decided to take fun flea market finds and turn them into fashion! Their collection is fairly budget friendly. While the dresses won't break the bank, they might require a bit of savings, the majority of the collection starts around the $200 range. So Londoners, check it out and let us know what you think! (teenvogue)
Whether you watched this season of American Idol or not, you can appreciate that this year’s winner, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery, has got a seriously amazing voice—and an adorable smile to boot. A record-breaking 122.4 million viewers cast votes in favor of the country-crooning season 10 winner, and we are not at all surprised! The North Carolina native has been strumming his guitar since the age of 10 hoping to one day follow in the footsteps of his idols, who include country superstars Josh Turner, Randy Travis, and George Strait.
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