Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category


Monday, July 30th, 2012

And, at that price, the hook-and-eyes are pulling apart, while the center panel has been altered.

Click on the photo for details.

UPDATE, Aug. 1:
Ann Romney slammed for $990 Shirt, Michelle Obama praised for $6,800 jacket

Mexico: The boob tube UPDATED with VIDEO

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

There’s Obama’s Julia, and then there’s Mexican Julia:

The Mexican presidential candidates had a televised debate, and to make the proceedings more interesting (at least to the male audience), and Julia Orayen, the girl who handed out the urn filled with bits of paper determining the order that candidates would speak wore this:

Alfredo Figueroa, director of the Federal Electoral Institute responsible for organizing the debate, blamed the incident on a production associate hired by the institute to help with the debate. The institute later issued an apology to Mexican citizens and the candidates for the woman’s dress.

Figueroa told MVS radio that he had requested an aide in “sober dress.”

Interviewed by the Cadena Tres TV network, Orayen said the production team gave her instructions to wear a long, white dress, but she picked it up from her own closet.

Obviously, “sober dress” means different things to different people.

She’s been declared “winner of the debate“.

Let’s go to the video!

A tale of two Julias!

Political bow ties

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Democrat strategists see fit to slur white men because racism is bad only if inflicted against a protected minority, so Roger Kimball has More on Bow Tie’n White Boys

It’s perfectly ok with me if Ms. Greene thinks she is disparaging  me when she identifies me by  my race and shaves a few years off my age. What I find totally unacceptable is her implicit condemnation of the bow tie.  Please, let’s leave bow ties out if it.  After all, what has that innocent bit of haberdashery ever done to her?  In an earlier column, I had occasion to ponder the mystery of why the bow tie drives a certain species of  liberal around the bend. They see a perfectly knotted bit of silk and, bang! It’s like a red flag to a bull. This recent insult to they bow tie prompts me to repeat that earlier column from 2008, in which I call for the creation of a “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to the Bow Tie.

Indeed, it takes a secure man to wear a bow tie, and not every guy can wear one: Men with jug ears and overweight men should avoid them.

Think of it this way, guys: You’ll stand out from the crowd, and annoy a Democrat strategist.

This is NOT a good look

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

It’s definitely not a good look on a First LADY.

Warning: This is NOT an April Fools Joke.

Red lipstick is back!

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The WSJ Style section – which, mercifully, unlike the NYT has not yet featured female genital mutilation – hails the return of Very Bright Lipstick, All the Time

The look, often referred to as “the bold lip,” requires a change for women accustomed to wearing different lipstick colors depending on the occasion. The trend makes lipstick a consistent focal point, even with casual wear. One of the earliest places it appeared was in J. Crew catalogs, which have been showing the look for a while. It dominated this month’s catalog where fresh-faced models in slim pencil skirts and faded skinny jeans wore hard-to-miss orangy-red lipstick. “There’s something incredibly modern about clean skin, pulled back hair and a strong lip,” says James Boehmer, director of global artistry for NARS Cosmetics.

Tom Ford has a $48 red lipstick, and JCrew has an $18 one; my all-time favorite is Paloma Picasso’s Mon Rouge, which is no longer made, but you can get the red look for under $10 with Revlon’s Fire and Ice (buy it through the Amazon link so I can get a small commission), which was The Color when it was first introduced in the 1950s. It also has that original first-season Mad Men retro vibe.

And, sorry, Tom, but for $48 I would rather buy lunch for two.

Hillary’s jacket, part deux

Friday, February 24th, 2012

First the green Mao.

Now this:

What’s with the insignia on her shoulder?

A James Bond villain?

But unlike Rosa Klebb, the killer KGB agent famous played by Lottte Lenya in “From Russia With Love”, Hillary hasn’t equipped her stilettos with razor sharp blades dipped in venom.

At least Lotte’s sleeves were the right length,


Bananas in Pajamas?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

No, kids wearing pajamas to school,
Why Not Wear Pajamas All Day?
Teens Perfect the Rumpled Look, But Others See ‘Loungewear’ as Just Plain Sloppy

The outfits they show in the article seem OK enough, but the thing is, this fad happened a few years ago here in Princeton. Bad enough to see young people in PJs all day, but here the high school-age, the college-age, and the well-past-their-prime-age all wore pajama bottoms.

Please, please spare me the sight.

At least get yourself some underwear, and don’t wear anything with writing across your butt.


Enough with the red neckties

Friday, October 7th, 2011

red ties in politics

Hendrik Pohl is as bored as I of seeing presidential candidates wear the same uniform: dark suits, white shirt, red ties, and wants a change,

Pohl is convinced that “The time has come for a leader who can break down old conventions and build a new foundation for stability and progress with innovation and cutting edge critical thinking. The public wants to vote for a leader who associates ruby red ties to old school politics. It’s time to re evaluate our political system, break away from outdated conventions and introduce new policies, and it all starts with how the candidate dresses. People want change and not the same old red tie gray suit look.” People want a leader that is not afraid to step away from the norm and Pohl is convinced when he says, “I believe the public would respond quite positively to a candidate wearing a different outfit. Take the light blue tie for example. It is a bright and vivid color that is not only different from the uniform looking red tie, but blue is also associated with calmness and serenity.” If he were to consult political candidates on how to dress, he would embrace “change” even further by adding pink ties, skinny ties, and even as he puts it “Winston Churchill style bow ties”.

A candidate in a bow tie: Now, that would be one gutsy guy!



Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Michelle Obama borrowed three very nice bracelets for Monday’s DNC fundraiser in New York (h/t Silvio),

If you’ve been saving your nickels and dimes, the cuffs are available locally at Judith Ann Jewels. The First Lady wore Katie’s Lotus cuff priced at $15,000 with 2.9 carats of diamonds, her Gothic cuff at $15,350 with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 with 1.73 carats in diamonds.

The news is making a stir, considering the recent rumblings of class warfare; even NYC’s own mayor Bloomberg was saying there’ll be rioting on the streets. However the First Lady chose bracelets designed by Houston-based Texas A&M graduate Katie Decker, who will probably be able to hire more people, as Texas leads the nation on job creation:

The Lone Star State added 84,900 jobs in the field of professional and business services between the midpoints of 2006 and 2011.

That’s the kind of stimulus I favor.

DIfferent stimulus in fashion news comes from Paris, where Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández was strongly supporting the hotel and shoe industries:

Cristina Fernández and her daughter stayed at the luxurious “George V Hotel” ($1,500-$12,500 a night) in Paris during an official visit to France ahead of flying to New York for the United Nations General Assembly today.

Those of us who follow these stories may recall that terrorist Yasser Arafat’s widow lived at the 5-star Georges V for many years.

But I digress.

Before her meetings with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and other French officials, Cristina had the “George V Hotel’s Personal Shoppers” bring her several purses and pairs of shoes which she tried on in the comfort of her suite.

In addition to Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès Birkin and Kelly bag purses, the Argentine president purchased 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, at approximately $5,500 a pair.

You must be in Paris to get those. Here in the USA us plebes have to settle for the cheap Louboutins at Saks’s shoe department, all with the sought-after red sole,

The pair above retails for US$895, and certainly would be most appropriate for UN conclaves, even when you ought to miss the Durban III part where Ahmadinejad and Mugabe beat up on Israel.

For the budget-minded, I must admit that I own a pair of red-soled shoes,

Sharp-looking, but didn’t cost anywhere near Louboutin’s.

Ironically, they were made in Argentina.

Linked by The Other McCain. Thanks!


How Beige Was My Valley

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Restoration Hardware is shedding – or perhaps shredding – the “restoration” part for deconstructionism, and boldly proclaim in their latest catalog (after yammering some bs about Argentinian nobility – wha? – and mirrors),

Witness what destruction hath wrought.

Well, Lileks and Ed Driscoll both have been taking a look, and destruction hath wrought beige.

I can’t decide if it’s beige, or tobacco stains, though. Years ago I had a tenant who chain-smoked and her natural habitat had turned the color in that photo. Lileks nails it, though,

Apologies if the bright, vivid colors sear your eyes. The dead muted palette has a purpose: the preface specifically ties the new look to “the global economic collapse,” and seems to suggest you should buy these things so you can position yourself as an aesthetic curator of the best of pre- and post-industrial civilization.

Not that this is new. Back in the early 1990s the NY Times home decor supplement featured page after page of plaster walls that had been distressed to look like they had been through a Vesuvius eruption and back.

Ed Driscoll, on the other hand of the Restoration Hardware “grand 5-Foot French Tower Clock, a reproduction of an early 20th-century timepiece from the village of Bray-Sur-Seine in the Ile-de-France region” (and who would doubt it? the clock says so!) “that once graced a stone tower in Northern France” (see above – it will set you back $1,495 plus tax and shipping, that’s US$, not francs – but hey, you can SEE the ROMAN NUMERALS) sees it as a symptom of the New Depression fad,

We know now that a great deal of the punitive tone of the ancien regime’s media for the past couple years first bubbled out of the JournoList, but was there also some meeting a few months ago where catalog copywriters also decided that, “Screw it, Christmas sales will likely suck like a Hoover this year, nobody’s buying anything, the GOP could take back Congress, life stinks, so let’s just write the craziest stuff we can think of and put it out there. Hey, at least we’ll have cool tearsheets in our scrapbooks to show off when looking for new jobs, when the economy finally does pick up.” Or perhaps they simply tried to imagine the mindset of the average Obama-voting Prius-driving resident of Palo Alto and Marin, and wrote accordingly.

I received the Restoration Hardware catalog a couple of days ago and threw it away after seeing they had more of the same “stuff” they have been doing recently”: oversized, pretentious, extremely expensive while impractical stuff.

Some of the furnishings are downright creepy, like the 1850 French dentist chair, which they describe as

Fully functional, the chair swivels 360 degrees and tilts back to multiple positions from upright to reclined via settings in the arm, just like the original.

Who wouldn’t want to sit at that chair, while watching Marathon Man? “Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going into that cavity.”

And how about a full set of cast resin horns and antlers “hand finished for remarkable realism” to bring out your inner Georgia O’Keefe? No, Georgia’s colors are too vivid. Maybe Buffalo Bill instead? He did his share of shooting out West.

Come to think of it, the creepy furnishings and dirt-stained palette go well with the New Depression fad: Dust Bowl colors for a Dust Bowl mindset.

Bring back the old palette, Restoration Hardware guys, and give up the fake antiques.

(Note to self: ditch the sofas’ beige slipcovers and replace them with red ones.)