It's a really long Hautelinks list this week - hope you guys can handle it!
Right after we posted our guide to dressing for sorority recruitment, an "official" guide from a sorority was leaked... with some shocking & ridiculous fashion rules. Read about Pi Phi's Cornell chapter & their "fashion" rules, like:
— Denim leggings are appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool, chunky boots over them and a longer top.
— No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it’s from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it’s New Years Eve.
— No Frumpy.
Everyone's favorite celebrity stylist, Rachel Zoe, gives us her take on wardrobe essentials with her list of 20 (Not So Basic) Basics. Totally agree with her picks!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have finally launched a website for The Row, with the promise of NYFW coverage and an online shop in the near future! Yay!
Marni collaborated with animator Rohan Wadham for an alien-esque video featuring their Summer 2010 collection. The result? Bizarre creativity and inspiration.
This list of fashion facts is great - bet you didn't know who originated the idea for buttons on jacket sleeves! Although I think their definition of "vintage" is very different from how we actually use the word.
39th and Broadway is a fabulous resource we just discovered - perfect if you want to work in the fashion industry!
The Purse Blog reported that lead has been found in many women's handbags - and many of them were from Target, Macy's, and WalMart - scary!
Ooh, DVF is launching a home line! DVF printed duvet covers? Count me in.
Project White T-Shirt is an awesome idea:
This is not a T-shirt design contest. Rather, Project White T-Shirt aims to transform a plain white T-shirt into something more. The designer can turn the shirt into furniture, equipment, electronics, a bicycle—-anything they want, however they want. They will transform and redefine the definition of the T-shirt as we’ve understood it for so many decades.
People Style Watch did a best-dressed list of celebs at the SAG awards, but the ability to zoom in on each look to see the details makes it even better!
A blogger at The Frisky decided to subtly dress like stereotypical male fantasies (schoolgirl, librarian, etc.) and log the reactions she received from guys. The result is really funny and also kinda strange...
Tanya Gold hates fashion. While I don't agree with the article, it's good discussion material!
Harper's Bazaar has a great feature on flattering your figure with belts.
Jezebel posted a Lady GaGa Anime Eyes makeup tutorial. While the makeup and photoshop effects are totally creepy (yet fascinating), the girl's voice in the video is strangely soothing, haha.
Even as the fashion press gears up for an orgy of trend-spotting at New York fashion week, which starts Feb. 11, many observers feel Mr. Wolfe is right: We've reached the end of the trend as the guiding stricture in fashion. The "must-have" currently being attached to certain styles—The trench coat! The one-shoulder dress! Metallics!—is little more than a marketing pitch. The trench coat has been "in" for the past five years, and will be hot next year, too. Indeed, it's a safe bet that next month we'll see every possible length of skirt, width of pant and cut of blouse walk the runways—sometimes all in the same show.
Banana Republic just launched memory foam sandals - who else is curious to test them out?
Refinery29 keeps it classy for Valentine's Day with 8 adorable & fabulous lace dresses. Such a cute look.
Speaking of Valentine's Day fashion, Trang Huyen (America's Most Stylish Blogger winner) shows us another great V-day outfit idea.
50 Ways To Put The Light Back In Your Heart is a fun and inspiring article by Gala Darling. Worth reading no matter what mood you're in!
Christian Siriano seems to be channeling the now-infamous Alexander McQueen "armadillo" shoes - and the results are *fierce*.
Ah, Jezebel is always amazing. Proof: this article on how Jersey Shore has an interesting subtext about beauty and sexuality, and how that relates to ethnicities. Just in case you need to justify your JS addiction. ("What? It's educational!")
As Virginia Heffernan writes in this weekend's New York Times Magazine, Italian-Americans in the Northeast originally disdained their own accents until movies like "Mean Streets, Saturday Night Fever, Working Girl and, of course, Taxi Driver." Those representations, she says, led to a "hammy" reclamation of an identity that had been mirrored back to them through Hollywood. These were second and third generation immigrants, who had mostly reached the middle class but maybe didn't feel wholly a part of the mainstream, who telegraphed their identity through stylized symbols like Italian flags and red sauce that felt potent but no longer limited their social mobility.
You don't need to like the food to appreciate I Love Hot Dogs, a blog filled with screenshots (HINT: plenty of style inspiration) from old films like Brigitte Bardot's "Et Dieu Crea La Femme" and Audrey Hepburn's "Two for the Road."
AF Vandevorst's short fashion film of a model eating cake is absolutely delicious. The entire film was five hours and featured five models eating five cakes in real time and debuted at the MOMA - so cool!
Back in November, Gareth Pugh started on a one-of-a-kind garment for SHOWStudio's online shop. Check out the finished product here - it's modeled by Raquel Zimmerman, and the video features Lady Gaga.
Kelly Cutrone (you know her from The Hills and The City) has a new book, "If You Have To Cry, Go Outside" out on Feb. 2nd - worth reading if you want to work in fashion. Here's a review and clip from Kelly's new show, Kell on Earth.
FutureMe allows you to write your future self a letter - so cool!
Not that most of us are thinking about marriage yet, but the edible wedding dress is amazing and crazy.
John Galliano sent his male models down the runway in... corsets for men?
The Ten Best Dressed Women of the Decade, according to Vogue magazine readers. Cute picks, but I expected to see some more risk takers on the list. What do you think?