Fashion is a woman’s game—or is it? All over town, menswear shops and bespoke studios are opening, flourishing, and proving that style isn’t just for the girls. From the rugged leanings of Fabric Row’s Armour to the handcrafted gems by Rittenhouse’s Commonwealth Proper, it’s never been easier—or more fun—for guys to stretch their sartorial wings. Here, what the well-dressed Philadelphia man will be wearing this spring.
- Yes, hair bullying is now a thing, and it doesn’t go back to when that boy pulled your ponytail in third grade. It actually happens in high-end salons everywhere, and it might have even happened to you! [Refinery29]
- Lorde is collaborating with MAC on a makeup line. Maybe there will be a wearable black lipstick among the offerings? [People]
- Curvy girls, listen up: Here are 10 awesome fashion brands for sizes 10 and up. [Cosmopolitan]
I love materials used in unexpected ways. There were those wood hats at Tibi, and the emergence of neoprene (yes, the scuba gear material) in more collections than I can count. Add raffia to the list. The fiber, generally used for things like hats and baskets, is now popping up in everything from shoes to dresses. I’m swooning over these pieces, which will make summer look that much more stylish, and prove that raffia and straw can work beyond the sun hat: LAUREN Ralph Lauren straw and tulle visor, $38 at Zappos; M Missoni raffia shoulder bag, $395 at Shopbop; raffia dress, $395 at Milly; Oscar de la Renta embroidered raffia slingbacks, $325.02 at The Outnet.
This is pretty awesome: Nowness.com, a luxury lifestyle web magazine, launched its first ‘shoppable’ video today. It features a troupe of contemporary dancers from a London dance company, guys clad in tighty-whities, girls in simple white slips and underwear. As the film progresses, clothing floats into the frame and onto the dancers: a blue Haider Ackermann dress, a Bottega Veneta jacket, a Kenzo top, a striped Louis Vuitton skirt. But here’s where it gets amazing: The entire video is interactive. Click on the articles of clothing you like as you watch—better do it fast; these dancers whirl about quickly!—and they’ll be instantly saved for you to review later. At the end of the video, click on the icon at the bottom right-hand of the screen and you can see descriptions, materials and designers of the pieces you liked. Even better, it takes you to a third-party e-commerce site where you can actually purchase the clothes. Watch the film below, and try not to fall into the rabbit hole: I’m already fantasizing about a time where movies and TV shows are shoppable. Could you imagine being able to shop, say, the SATC movie, Funny Face or, OMG, Clueless?
- Happy Monday, Shoppists! Let’s get talking: Can you wear heels and be into fashion and still be taken seriously at work? (I sure hope so.) Read, watch and discuss. [Huffington Post]
- Some exciting news: Target is seriously upgrading its beauty department. We first wrote about our fave Target beauty buys here, and there’s more good stuff in store. [Fashionista]
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
- Don’t even pretend that you don’t want Jared Leto‘s perfectly ombre, model-off-duty locks. It’s divine. [Fashionista]
- Would you wear sweaters made out of your dog’s hair? These people do. [The Dodo]
- Wait, are some of our favorite discontinued beauty brands coming back from the dead?? [xoJane]
My new obsession: Swoonfull, a brand-new Main Line-based company that puts together thoughtful, themed gift boxes and sends ‘em out for you. They’re basically the elves of the northeast (they call themselves “giftologists”) and they make it ridiculously easy to actually be the kind of friend you always try to be, you know, before life gets in the way. (I can’t tell you how many break-up/new baby/new house/get well gifts I have at home that I’ve never actually gotten around to mailing out. It’s rather embarrassing.)
Forget boho or Gatsby references. Fringe can actually be totally chic and not at all costume-y when it’s employed in luxe ways. A fine lacing of it on a necklace, for instance (I love the dip-dyed one above), or a poof of it on a leather sandal. It adds movement and texture to an all-black look—see the amazeballs dress up there—and it’s way cooler than a bare cutout on the back of a shirt. When wearing it, keep the rest of your look restrained, and stay away from DIY tassel earrings. They always, always look like this. And curtain tie-backs are not a good look.
- Matthew McConaughey released a t-shirt to commemorate his Oscar win. The slogan: “Alright, alright, alright.” The shirts are part of McConaughey’s JKL menswear line (did you know he had one of those?), but looks like they’re all sold out already at Dillards. Sigh. [E! Online]
- Forget Birchbox’s beauty samples. There’s now the Cocksman Club, a startup that’s a subscription-based condom delivery service. Hm. [Betabeat]
- The latest in nail art? Cuticle tattoos. (And they’re actually pretty awesome.) [Style]