We’ll kick the evening off with two interesting – one bizarre, one a good idea – news bits.
1. Berlin police have banned 10 labels for officers, including: red Perry, Ben Sherman, ACAB, Alpha Industries, Consdaple, Lonsdale, Pit Bull, Outlaw, Troublemaker, and Thor Steinar.
Apparently, these labels have become linked to neo-Nazism in culture today, and (with good reason!) the police want to distance themselves from this image, at any cost. Even though, as the Berlin Police Union pointed out, it could hinder their undercover agents if they’re not permitted to wear the same clothes as everyone else, for blending-in purposes.
Several designers (Ben Sherman and Fred Perry, notably) have worked hard to distance themselves especially from the neo-Nazis, while other (Thor!) has strong ties to the group. Needless to say, it can’t be good publicity. (via NYmag)
2. First bikini waxes, now tanning beds: what else will governments try to regulate?
While the bikini waxing thing was a bit out there (just set some regulations!), the newest proposal related to minimum age requirements for tanning seems reasonable to me. Both Texas and Florida have similar bills on the floor. Texas’ would require people under 18 to have a doctor’s note and a parent present, while Florida is going all the way and banning tanning (haha! it rhymes!) for kids under 16.
“Perhaps not shockingly, the Indoor Tanning Association has taken issue with the bills, arguing that they give consumers the false impression that artificial UV exposure is dangerous. But seeing as how 29 states already restrict minors’ access to tanning beds and the World Health Organization recommends that no one under the age of 18 be permitted to use them at all, perhaps the ITA needs to own up, just a bit.” Style.com
A sweet look from Lanvin // Spring 2008 (for which Alber Elbaz received a standing ovation):
…and woohoo, another!
From NAST magazine (en francais!). Love her capey thing and lace tights.
Hmm, what else… a few looks from various designers from Japanese Fashion Week? Pourquoi pas?
Some crazy knitwear from Everlasting Sprout
// Fall 2009. Sweet! (from WWD
From Tiny Dinosaur // Fall 2009 (designed by Naomi Yamamoto):
Sort of like Burberry, this one. Nice boots. And have you noticed? Nary an 80’s trend to be seen… THANK GOD! 😛
Love the little holes… and if I had thicker hair, I would so do my hair like that every day.
Despite having zero (0) pants, this has street appeal. (Although maybe to some, no pants = street appeal…?)
So cool. I can’t express the coolness. Not with words. Here, maybe an interpretive dance…? Or perhaps not.
Y’s Red Label:
Hmm, deep maroon, not a colour we’ve seen much… one of my favourite colours, actually. Pairing a long, flowy (sort of bohomeian/witch mix, in a weird way) skirt with a trendy sheer top… cool. And the lace headband needs no words. (Although I will say that I’ll soon be wearing one…)
Red + black… a long, double-breasted coat and a Clint Eastwood-style wrap.
Cream and black and very piratey.
Japanese designers are so cool.
And in closing, a few street style looks from Chictopia:
Look, red hair! (Coco-esque)
Ah, the perfectly balanced menswear/ladylike outfit: high-collared ruffled blouse with an almost Victorian-era men’s blazer and grey trousers… parfait, non?
Tutu, blue, and metallic leggings.
She calls it her “penguin suit” and her bf won’t take her into public with it. Guys are so clueless. 😛
Love the layers and colours.
Haha, this needs no words. Eep it’s late, I”d better finish up here.
I can’t tell if that’s a metallic bodysuit, but if it is… !!!!
OK, and one from lookbook:
Sigh. Why can’t I ever stumble across sweet treasures like this? Oh wait, it’s because I reside in a random tiny town with, umm, nothing. How did I ever overlook that?
: pocket-sized and reads like a book, but chock-full of fashion and general coolness.
Ok, I’m out. Yaaaaaaawnnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..
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