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The fashion industry is nothing if not intense. Thousands of designers churn out new collections each season, while a host of glossy-magazine editors and industrious bloggers traipse from show to show, awarding their seals of approval to the worthy.
A lot of cutthroat stuff goes down in the process. Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? It's not an industry for the faint of heart.
But sometimes, we have to wonder if it's really that life-and-death. It seems like fashionistas have a tendency to exaggerate -- after all, if two people wear yellow shoes in New York this week, is it really the Next Big Trend? Must we rush out to buy yellow shoes, only to quit wearing them next weekend when someone declares that our new shoes are "so last January"?
Yes, says the Times. You must do this very seriously, as you must do all things, because fashion is serious stuff and PEOPLE MIGHT DIE. There is a flu going around, guys!More »
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We're so confused about Betsey Johnson, you guys. Aren't you? What is she doing? Although we'll always love her for helping us fulfill our dreams of looking like a punk rock, glitter-infused cupcake at prom, its been a bumpy road for fans of the nutty 70-year-old designer.
First, in April 2012, she was all, I'm bankrupt and going out of business! And we were like, OH NO (but also a little bit oh yes because everything in her stores went on crazy sale, right down to the mannequins). Then, less than six months after her stores liquidated their stock, she was all, I'm making a comeback! She showed a retrospective of her previous designs at Fashion Week last fall and, since then, has started tweeting pictures of her new designs. Turns out, bankruptcy is a good look for her. So we all rallied and decided our confectionary-inspired fashion didn't have to stay lost in the early 2000s forever.More »
Today brings us news of the "Burberry bandit," a man who reportedly robbed 14 Manhattan banks to fuel his high-fashion addiction, according to the New York Post.
Cornell Neilly, 21, supposedly used the haul from the heists to buy "$400 sneakers and a Burberry shirt" which he allegedly wore during one of the robberies. Experts cited by the Post give Neilly big props. They say he ranks second in criminal fashionability, after socialite bank robber Patty Hearst.
While it's easy to poke fun at Neilly's supposed need for haute couture, you shouldn't! For this string of serial incidents brings up a more important point: What should you wear to rob a bank?More »
Meteorologists say that summer starts June 1. Astronomers, however, peg the season to the solstice -- so June 20 of this year. If you live in New York, however, summer officially begins when your air conditioning-less rathole becomes unlivable, driving you into the streets in search of ice-cold boozahol.
In addition to excessive drinking, another all-natural way of beating the heat is wearing the right kind of clothing. Lucky for us ladies -- and some very brave men -- we get to sport these breezy little numbers called "skirts" all season long.
But with rights come responsibility, so they say. Unlike the countryside, our town presents particular, peculiar challenges: New York City is filled with subways and stairs and wind and people watchers and perverts, so you have to be careful in your skirts! Modesty and manners, as our mothers tried to teach us, are key to civil society. Baring your ass to the world just isn't as admirable as baring your soul.
At the Voice, we're very concerned about being prim and proper -- delicate flowers we are --- and wanted to share our hard-earned insights with you. So stop gnawing that wad of dip in your cheek -- hey, we will too! -- and listen up.
Here's how to wear a skirt in New York like a lady, God damn it.More »
Well, a report in today's New York Times has some great news for the tres chic ranks of the U.S.'s 7 million concealed carry permit holders.
Clothing companies have started to dress up gun culture by marketing apparel that's "a departure from the law enforcement and military look, known as 'tactical,' long favored by gun owners. The latest styles, by contrast, are called 'concealed carry' or 'covert fashion.'"More »
Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off a nip slip like Jennifer Lopez, or a bare-leg pose like Angelina Jolie. But you can still be poised and scandalous at the same time.
Please, don't get us wrong, we're not asking for sex-on-a-stick -- we're just looking for some real Hollywood bravado. We would be perfectly content if you had wowed or offended us, but we just hate being on the verge of a yawn. Thankfully, there was a nun on the red-carpet, and Sacha Baron Cohen in his dictator garb. Even veteran actresses like Meryl Streep in a shiny gold long-sleeve Lanvin and Glenn Close in a strapless/blazer Zac Posen put their younger counterparts to shame.More »
It's time to dust off our Converse and put away the heels: Fashion Week is officially over (tear). After roughly 26 fashion shows between two reporters, including the Oliver Twist-themed Marc Jacobs show, the Gisele-spectacle at Alexander Wang, and the fiery S&M show at Monique Lhuillier, we somehow managed to make it out alive.
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