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Hot Trend for Summer: Boots

Sales surge as starlets embrace combat-style footwear

(Newser) - They look sweaty and uncomfortable, but make no mistake: Boots are hot—as in trendy—this summer. "It’s a way of saying, ‘I am a tough, cool and bad girl and don’t mess with me,’ and at the same time, women want to stay feminine,... More »

Test Driving the Hot New Short Shorts

Best for the young and brave, she concludes

(Newser) - We all know that runway styles don't necessary translate to real life. So do the super-short shorts—OK, hotpants—that designers are churning out (check out a slideshow here ) fall into the for-models-only category? Or can a mere mortal actually pull them off? StyleList staffer Lindsey Schickner took to... More »

How to Wear $1,000 Sweatpants

Designer sweats are here to stay, whether you like it or not

(Newser) - Designer sweatpants have arrived, with some versions costing nearly $1,000—but not everyone is convinced the notoriously informal attire is a great sartorial choice for anywhere but the gym. The Wall Street Journal is especially skeptical, opening a recent article with the question, “Sweatpants with stilettos?” Um, “... More »

Polyvore Brings Fashion to the People

Users mix and match on popular fashion site

(Newser) - Call it a sophisticated version of paper dolls or, as one fashion exec does, “the cyber equivalent of the inside of a school locker door”: Fashion site Polyvore is the Web’s latest craze. The interactive site allows users to put together sets—think Agyness Deyn in a Michael... More »

For the Man With Everything: Penis Pants

Extra stitched equipment hits Madrid runway

(Newser) - The well-dressed metrosexual looking for a little something extra can now scoop up a pair of pants with a cloth penis and scrotum stitched to the crotch. The unusual accoutrement, paraded on the Madrid runway thanks to designer Isabel Mastache, isn't for everyone, of course. As Queerty's fashion reviewer declares:... More »

5 Fashion Week Trends

Not interested in fashion? Check out the falling models

(Newser) - Wondering what you’ve missed so far from Fashion Week? We’ve rounded up five trends to keep your eye on—check out examples of each in the gallery:
  • Wearability: Designers from Derek Lam and Vera Wang to, yes, even Marc Jacobs and Rodarte are offering clothes the average person
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Inside Kate and Andy Spade's New Life

Former handbag designers find new creative outlets

(Newser) - Whether it’s reimagining J. Crew, foraying into winemaking, or cutting their daughter’s sandwiches into little hearts, Kate and Andy Spade stay busy—just not with the businesses that still bear their name. “Someone said to me, what about your legacy?” Andy tells New York of the 2006... More »

Tina Fey Talks Fashion With Vogue

Actress who represents 'normalcy' dishes on glamor

(Newser) - Tina Fey has learned a lot about fashion as her star has gotten brighter—for example, the trick of holding up your breasts with double-sided tape—yet she was “clobbered” for the Zac Posen dress she wore to the Golden Globes. “Do you think George Clooney will hold... More »

Fashion World Mourns Alexander McQueen

The 'brash boy' was hailed as a genius for his designs

(Newser) - The apparent suicide of 40-year-old British designer Alexander McQueen has stunned the fashion world.
  • "I found him about as complex and beguiling as any human,' writes fashion journalist Cathy Horyn in the New York Times . "He was enormously creative and intelligent—and funny and rude and fearless.
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Megan Fox Armani Ads Debut

Actress strips down for Emporio Armani underwear, Armani jeans

(Newser) - Megan Fox made her Armani debut today, showing the world a fair amount of skin in the form of ads for Emporio Armani underwear and Armani jeans. The "come-hither shots are frankly better than expected," writes Gabriel Bell for New York . The photographers "have smoothed down some... More »

A Year of First Lady Fashion

A look back at Michelle Obama's daring sartorial debut

(Newser) - After a year of big guns, big designers, and bold choices, New York takes a look back at the many styles of first lady Michelle Obama. Who can forget the inaugural outfits, the Grand Canyon shorts, and all those cardigans? For many more photos, and info on designers, click here... More »

Models Boycott High-Heel 'Stilts'

It's an issue of workplace safety, say top catwalkers

(Newser) - Three top models are refusing to teeter on limb-threatening 12-inch spike heels in catwalk shows. The models refused to appear in Alexander McQueen's latest show because of his impossible-to-wear "armadillo" shoes and "workplace safety" concerns. A British shoe designer sympathized with the models. "It'd be like walking... More »

Women's Fashion Turns Tough

Floral prints? Baby doll dresses? No way, say today's stylists

(Newser) - Women are starting to turn their backs on girly pastels, floral prints, and strappy heels in favor of a more aggressive, tough-but-sexy look. “It’s not cool to be demure,” one stylist, who prefers big T-shirts over ripped jeans, tells the New York Times . The trend toward a... More »

Rodarte Deal With Target a Mistake

What happened to the Mulleavy sisters' commitment to authenticity?

(Newser) - Rodarte, which has become synonymous with handcrafted, authentic, extremely well-made clothes, was the last line Erika Kawalek ever expected to do a Target collection. The looks aren’t bad—some, like the leopard-print dress and blue tulle blouse, are rather nice—“but if you turn off your acquisitiveness for... More »

Man Cleavage: It's All the Rage

Chest hair is no longer a 1970s relic—it's back

(Newser) - Plunging necklines: They’re not just for women anymore. Male cleavage is back, and if you like chest hair and heaving pecs, you’re sure to appreciate the variety of V-necks and scoop-neck tops for men that are hitting the runways. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the... More »

Some Like it Haute— and Cheap

'Netflix rental scheme' delivers high-fashion frocks

(Newser) - Budget-minded entrepreneurs are utilizing the strategy of Netflix in high fashion. Now working girls can afford some of the priciest haute couture frocks by renting them on the Internet. The new mail-order service, Rent the Runway , allows shop-aholics to rent top designer fashions for a tenth of their retail cost.... More »

Say Goodbye to $600 Jeans

Thanks to the recession, premium denim comes at a lower premium

(Newser) - If you couldn't afford a pair of "premium jeans" last year, maybe you can now. Though the basic components of jeans haven't changed in decades, prices skyrocketed early in the decade—but thanks to the recession, designer denim that might have gone for more than $300 two years ago... More »

Lilo: I Didn't Know About the Pasties

Lohan claims lack of time, experience to blame for sad state of Ungaro show

(Newser) - How in the world can Lindsay Lohan justify the inclusion of pasties in her fashion line for Ungaro? Easy. “I wasn’t aware of the nipple tassels on the girls until they were walking out,” she tells People. As for the general disaster that was the rest of... More »

Designer Fixing Barbie's .... Cankles?

Louboutin thinks the doll's ankles are too fat

(Newser) - A Christian Louboutin makeover of the Barbie doll is going further than just the clothes. “He found her ankles were too fat,” said a Louboutin spokeswoman. At least one of his dolls should be ready for the next Cannes film festival in May, Women's Wear Daily reports. "... More »

Armani's New Underwear Model: Megan Fox

Transformers hottie follows Victoria Beckham in ads for designer

(Newser) - Megan Fox is already everywhere you look, but she’ll really be all over the place come January, thanks to her new gig as the face—and body—of new Armani underwear and jeans campaigns, Women’s Wear Daily reports. The label also signed Cristiano Ronaldo, but the two won’... More »

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