Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Designer Mina Stone Cooks Up a Versatile Fall/Winter Collection

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Mina Stone

Fashion designer and part-time chef Mina Stone might be perfect. She uses only natural fabrics for her collection, and she even finds a way to incorporate her cooking into her clothing: the silk pieces are dyed with lentils and rice, which give the pieces texture and depth while retaining their natural beauty. Mina is humble but hopeful, sweet but genuine—and ridiculously talented.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Brooklyn Industries Sample Sale Starts Today

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 10:38 AM

I have been in search of the perfect backpack since 1998. A needle-in-a-haystack find that's not too big, not too small, durable, washable, in a color that that's neither boring nor too loud, with zippers that don't get stuck after a month's worth of use, that makes carrying a laptop not lead to back surgery, and that doesn't cost more than $50. This could be a very big day. For you too, if you've been on a similar mission to find a a scarf, a new graphic t-shirt, a geometrically patterned dress, or just aren't into paying full price for things. The socially responsible, presumably made-in-Brooklyn, Urban Outfitters-meets-J. Crew lifestyle brand Brooklyn Industries will be offering "rock bottom prices" today through Saturday at their sample sale in their as-yet-unopened storefront digs in the former Mikey's Hook-Up space on 70 Front Street in Dumbo. The early bird gets the worm with these types of things — doors open at 11am, close at 8pm — so may I suggest an extended lunch break today? Just lay off my backpack. RSVP to is suggested.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Fashion Week: Coco & Breezy Invest in the Future, Design for Kids

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

The Future: very bright.
  • The Future: very bright.
Planet C & B has glow in the dark jewelry, gorgeous twins, mysterious pink drinks, funky sunglasses, and, oh yeah, free manicures. The creative vision of accessories designers Coco and Breezy has never disappointed in the past, and last night their record remained intact. Models resembling gorgeous aliens were decked out in blue lipstick, neon necklaces and bracelets, and the signature sunglasses that the two ladies made famous.

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Fashion Week: Leila Shams Goes Glam-Goth for Fall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Leila Shams at the Chelsea Room
If you can somehow imagine Lydia from Beetlejuice heading to a party at Studio 54, then you can imagine the perfection that is Leila Shams’ Fall-Winter 2011 collection. At the Chelsea Room, Shelia E. and Michael Jackson tunes played while models stood in place wearing sequined minidresses, feather vests with showstopping gowns in rich colors, and every girl had black lipstick to complete the look.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fashion Week: Behind the Scenes at the twentyten Fall + Winter 2011 Collection

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Behind the scenes at the tentyten fall/winter collection
Any fashion insider can tell you that backstage before a show is when all the chaos happens. Between makeup, hair, late models and last minute wardrobe changes, there’s never a dull moment. But this isn’t Armani or Calvin Klein at Lincoln Center; it’s something much more groundbreaking. The twentyten is the brainchild of three Pratt graduates, Jeff Dodd, David J. Krause, and Nina Zilka. See our full slideshow of their fall/winter collection after the jump.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

5 Rappers Wearing Jewel-Encrusted Portraits of Themselves

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

File photo of Lord Kanye West, awash in ice.
  • File photo of Lord Kanye West, awash in ice.
Yesterday the internet learned, with no small measure of delight, that multi-platinum recording artist and notorious ridiculous person Kanye West had procured a custom-made, $180,000 gold watch, the face of which features, what else, Kanye's face in 8 karats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds. It reportedly took New York-based custom watch-maker Tiret over five months to create the jewel-encrusted portrait. Absurd as Kanye's purchase may seem, following the rap logic by which one adorns oneself in platinum and diamond-encrusted effigies of the things one worships (money, cars, microphones, guns, etc.) then clearly any self-aggrandizing rapper worth his shine should be wearing his own bejeweled image. Here are a few who followed through.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fancy English Lady Alexa Chung Goes to Williamsburg (Claims It As Her "Lover")

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Sometimes living in Brooklyn reminds me of living in Canada. We get just a little too excited when some perceived "mainstream" media source pays attention to us. Hence my excitement at watching this video of Alexa Chung willowing through Williamsburg. Yeah, sad, I know.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

L TV: At the Housing Works Fashion for Action Party

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Housing Works rules. They may just be our favorite charity in the city (c'mon, you can buy supercheap books, clothes, furniture, all for a good cause: fighting AIDS and homelessness). So, every year they have a big ol' fashion bazaar bonanza in which over a million bucks worth of stuff goes on sale for 50-70 percent off. It's all about the deals, people. We sent videographer extraordinaire Emmanuel Cruz to check it out.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Are We Not Men? (Far Too Many Thoughts on The Art of Shaving's Current Subway Ads)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 1:29 PM

"Men were asking for shirts with slimmer cuts—even in the Midwest. 'You're telling me guys are asking for slimmer shirts,' Drexler said. 'Slimmer shirts: that's where the puck is going. Get ready to launch slim shirts. All a guy needs to hear is, Slim shirts are in. The New Slim. If we were in the doughnut business, it would be like selling glazed doughnuts."
-"The Merchant," Nick Paumgarten's profile of J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, The New Yorker, 9/20/10

We've always looked to advertising for instructions in how to play the part of the person we want to be. This is especially true for something like shaving products: laden as they are with all sorts of father-son baggage, and walking a tricky line between man's-manliness and ladies'-manliness, their advertisements have ever tried to appeal to our sense of what, exactly, "manliness" is. And that seems to be changing, as it does every so often.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Read the Keynote Speech from the Annual 1111 Grand Meeting of The Corduroy Appreciation Club

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Every year on 11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy, the Corduroy Appreciation Club gathers for its annual meeting (some years ago, Ben McGrath attended the first meeting and wrote perhaps the quintessential Talk of the Town piece on it). So last night, lovers of corduroy convened in midtown for their annual Grand Meeting ("TWO corduroy items must be worn").

The keynote speech was delivered by public radio's Jesse Thorn, also of Put This On ("a web series about dressing like a grown-up"). In it, he discussed the pleasures of the world's greatest fabric ("As you slip your arm into the sleeve of a tattered old blazer, are you calmed? Ready to get on with the work of the mind?" Yes! Yes!), and the menace of velvet:

An artisinal butcher in Williamsburg opens his own shop. He’s doing well, selling salt-cured bacon and filet of avocado. Then one night, surfing Etsy, he spots a pair of gloves. “Those look nice,” he thinks, “and soft, as well.” He imagines how much more comfortable he’ll be without his metal gloves. When they arrive, he is comfortable. For months, he’s happy. Until one day he slips into a moment of reverie while chopping sun-dried tomatoes for an asiago sausage. No one wants to buy meat from a butcher with seven fingers.

The full speech is here.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vintage Pick of the Week: Ferragamo Loafers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

ferragamo loafers
No big deal. Just wearing vintage Ferragamo loafers that only cost oh, I don't know, ten bucks.

And yes, these are actually men's shoes. Considering the menswear-on-women trend that's been going on for the past two or three years and doesn't seem to be ending any time soon, I have no shame in going straight to the source. As a rule, the difference is about two sizes. So if you're about a size 9 in women's shoes, you need a 7 in men's. I'm wearing these with high-waisted jeans, a DIY crop top (which I'll give a no-fail how-to on next week) and a men's cardigan—but I feel mighty feminine nonetheless.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vintage Clothing Pick of the Week: Technicolor Parka!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 2:49 PM

vintage coat
Introducing the L Mag's vintage clothing pick of the week, our advice to you on how you might look good without spending thousands of dollars (you can do it).

At first glance, this amazing Technicolor Russian-style parka seems like one of those gorgeous yet impossible pieces that only work on supermodels and other ultra-glamorous types. But with careful styling, this coat can be as wearable as a common navy pea coat (well, maybe not quite that wearable, but close). Director of Web Sales Jade Furtado wears it with a vintage black gown—to translate, wear this number with a dark, fuss-free maxi dress (perhaps navy, forest green, or plum if you think black is too obvious) and worn-in oxfords or lace-up boots. If you prefer to dress it down even more, opt for skinny cargos and a lace blouse. Et voila. You’re saved from yet another winter of wearing the same coat everyone else is wearing from H&M.

Vintage coat and other similar styles available at Screaming Mimi’s, 382 Lafayette St.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

L TV: Coco and Breezy: The Coolest Twins in Brooklyn

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Hey, it's this week's Fashionable Bystander(s), designers Coco and Breezy! Space twins from Minnesota! They are rad! You must watch this!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

L TV: Fashion and Art Pop Up on the LES

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

We sent videographer extraordinaire Emmanuel Cruz to the LES last weekend to check out Jen Bailey's Fashion/Art/Design Weekend Pop-Up Gallery/Market extravaganza (f.a.d. weekend). Here's what he found:

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Save Cardboard and Your Cranium with New Recyclable Paper Bike Helmet

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Paper helmet
  • NOT a safe paper bicycle helmet.
Recent industrial design grad from London's Royal College of Art Anirudha Surabhi hopes to start selling his final year project for a bicycle helmet made of recyclable cardboard, Kranium (not pictured), in a matter of months. He claims the design (pictured and videoed after the jump) is up to four times sturdier than your conventional polystyrene helmet, and more lightweight. Better still, it can withstand multiple impacts, whereas polystyrene helmets have to be replaced after every bump.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Panda-Costumed T-Shirt Designers Flashmob Rob Pruitt Exhibition

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Rob Pruitt Panda flashmob at Gavin Browns Enterprise
As our own Paddy Johnson has done a terrific job covering over on her blog Art Fag City, artist Rob Pruitt's show at Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Maccarone has been at the center of a controversy over Pruitt's unauthorized and uncredited use of a Threadless t-shirt design by Jimiyo and AJ Dimarucot titled "When Pandas Attack" in his new exhibition, Pattern and Degradation (through October 23). Now, Animal reports that a group of Threadless staff and friends dressed in the panda shirts, and one in a full-on panda costume, visited the West Village show in protest. Pruitt, according to Animal, was there during the silent demonstration and "wasn't happy." Is it appropriation? Is it theft? The commenters have their opinions.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Teddy Bear Sneakers Will Haunt Your Dreams, Closets

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Adidas Teddy Bear Sneakers
  • "Kill... us... please kill us!"

Put your Chucks away, cool kids, there's a new must-have sneaker in town: the Adidas Teddy Bears (in brown and pink, pictured), which look like they wandered out of some dark, godforsaken corner of our collective pool of childhood nightmares, will be available in spring. Thanks, Jeremy Scott, for undoing decades of therapy without even getting your terrifying footwear dirty. (Fubiz)

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

L TV: Deluka Does Not Wear Shorts

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 4:11 PM

We took some photos of British rockers Deluka (more than just Fashionable Bystanders, really) and asked them some questions about fashion. And, AND, we filmed the whole thing...

Shot by videographer Lou Gruber.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

L TV: In Which Leonora Russo, Queen of Williamsburg, Gets a Little Blue

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

We took some great snapshots of Leonora Russo, Bedford Avenue stalwart and Queen of Williamsburg, but we also took some video. Behold the Queen, in all her glory.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

L TV: At the Brooklyn Migrants Photo Shoot

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

If there's one thing we can learn from Jacob Riis' groundbreaking work of social justice-through-documentation, How the Other Half Lives, it's the value of a good stylist (kidding). Our crack staff photographer Crystal Gwyn was, in fact, inspired by Riis' look at 19th-century immigrants and turned her eye to the migrant youth of North Brooklyn for her photo shoot, The Brooklyn Migrants. And now you get to go behind the scenes:

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