Weekly Commentary on Fashion News from Around the World
Who wore the pants 600 years ago, social media makeup, Pinkberry jewelry and an astonishing partnership.
On July 10th, a very generous Sotheby’s bidder got Jane Austen‘s heirloom ring… for $236,557. Check out the story and the photo with it. It’s amazing that not only was the box kept, but so was the note to the last heir of the ring!
Another historical find (although not going on sale – and for good reason) 600 year-old bras in Austria. According to the archaeologist, some of them were ornate, which meant the lady wearing them was trying to please the suitor. But, don’t expect matching sets because according to the archaeologist, men and women used to fight over the bottom portion, since underwear was a sign of dominance.
Something a bit more attainable to the masses - YSL social media eyeshadow palette. Only 1900 were being sold on July 19th and were being offered only through their YSL Facebook Beauty page. The interesting thing… they never posted it. “Dislike” if you think this is lame.
… and speaking of coveted makeup, not only has Virgin Airlines made over the faces of their female flight attendants, it seems the whole crew is getting a clothing make over. Apparently, they have partnered with Banana Republic for this venture and will be an extension of a line that B.R. is already creating. It does make me wonder though – if Richard Branson is this strict with commercial flights, what do the flight attendants of his personal plane dress like?
Another collaboration to keep a watch out for? Evian has tapped Diane Von Furstenberg to design their limited edition 2013 bottle. This almost overshadows Karl Lagerfeld‘s work with Diet Coke… almost.
Are you into showing sheep in competition? Then you will certainly not want to be without “lambie jammies”. This is as far as I am going on this one. You will just have to read the article for yourself.
If that was not weird enough for you – I have something even more “extreme”. It’s called Extreme Ironing and you have to watch the video to understand. I’m gonna hunt these guys down and have them iron my clothes while singing and dancing to Glee’s entire first season.
Onto other news… I’m having a hard time with Princess Charlene‘s outfit:
… and speaking of royalty, Tom Ford opened his first standalone menswear store on Sloane Street, in London, this past week. Never, in my life, have I ever enjoyed working retail HOWEVER, I would kill to work there for one day… or one week, just to see who a) shops there and b) who needs help shopping because we all know there is only a certain type of physique that fits into Tom’s clothes in the first place.
Where else I wouldn’t mind working for a day? A place where men’s “Bond”-inspired swim trunks are sold… and my only requirement is that only men that can actually WEAR them, will be able to shop there.
It was with raised eyebrows that I am putting Target and Neiman Marcus in the same sentence. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the two have struck a deal with 24 different designers to carry the SAME holiday collection at all of their locations. Finally, something female shoppers of all price demographics can wear together (sarcasm).
In even more astonishing news, Vera Wang and her husband separate after 23 years of marriage. Rumors are swirling that this will not be good for her bridal business. I say maybe wedding gowns will take a hit but as bridesmaids’ dresses go, it’s still, “Always the bridesmaid…” for the rest of us.
So let’s talk about something sweet – something that shows inspiration can come from anywhere – and I mean anywhere. See which jewelry designer has designed an entire jewelry line based on Pinkberry‘s frozen yogurt.
If you happened to catch Dior’s Couture Autumn/Winter 2013 show, you will have noticed the million flowers (literally) that lined the entire place. Watch the making of this show here.
.. and speaking of fashion week shows that make a splash, Philip Treacy, famous milliner, will be holding a show at London Fashion week in September! It does make me wonder a) How many of the attendees will be wearing his creations and b) If anyone will be able to see the show if everyone is wearing said creations.
Useless knowledge of the day: According to Telegraph.co.uk, British women wear the highest heels out of any women in Europe. That seems almost a “sensible” height, since I can’t remember owning a pair under 4 1/2 inches.
More useless knowledge – an Irish man was busted in Ireland for selling Hollister knock-offs in his home. I think I’m gonna stop there.