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This awesome dress will guarantee your personal space on the subway

Personal Space Dress

I’ve never been very touchy feely, so a packed train isn’t exactly my idea of fun. I need my personal space, and that’s why I think this clever dress, designed by Kathleen McDermott, is pure genius! When someone gets into your space, the skirt of the dress will start expanding, forcing the space-offender to move away. Yay!

This dress is part of an artistic series of DIY wearable electronics called Urban Armor which aims to help women take control of their personal and public space. Watch the video below to see the dress in action.

Urban Armor# 2: The Personal Space Dress from Kathleen McDermott on Vimeo.


5 reasons to slap on a pound of makeup to turn into a gyaru

One of Japan’s claim to fame is easily the gyaru, a type of subculture in Japan that has both men and women dressed to the nines; that is, if they were going to some sort of fashionable barbie slash anime character ball. Simply, it’s every beauty and fashion trend you know, done to the extreme. The word gyaru comes from the Japanese pronounciation of “gal,” but this special society isn’t just for women — plenty of men do it, too. I may sound derisive of it, but I actually think it’s really cool and just another example of the creativity thrumming in the young people in Japan.

Here are some pretty convincing reasons you should become a gyaru:

5) Because a regular hair weave ain’t got nothing on a on a gyaru’s do.

See the ashy blond locks curled to oblivion, the pouf that will make Bridget Bardot tear her hair out in frustration because she will never reach this epic poufiness perfection, and the frippery bits of lace, faux pearls, and ribbons weaved in and out of the locks.



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Parisian women can now legally wear pants

After 200 years, the French government has finally repealed its ban on women wearing pants.  Although the law has been ignored for decades, it still remained in the books.  Imposed back in 1800, the ban was meant to prevent women from working certain jobs, requiring them to get permission from police if they wanted to “dress like a man.”

Obviously, that hasn’t stopped Parisian ladies from sporting their jeans and slacks.  But now it’s finally official.  Who would have thought a developed, Western country like France would have such antiquated anti-women’s rights laws!

paris women pants trousers ban


Creepy “hugging” jacket keeps you warm

Sometimes you just need a hug.  Or you could wear this jacket and you’ll feel like five people are holding you.  Si Leong Chan, who hails from Macau, China, designed this puffy parka to show” the loneliness by my experience.”  The jacket is still a prototype, but Chan wants to have it produced for sale by this winter.  Quirky fashionistas will have to fork out a hefty $1,280 for it though.

(Thanks, Hubie!)



“Hitler” store owner says the name is catchy

Rajesh Shah, owner of the “Hitler” store in India, wanted a “good, catchy” name for his menswear business.  Well, he definitely accomplished that goal given all the controversy his shop has incited.  Interestingly, Shah apparently doesn’t think the name is that bad.  It seems the travesty of the Holocaust, and the concept that Hitler was an evil man, is sometimes lost in translation in India.  His store is one of many in India named after the German dictator — but it’s done more for shock value than admiration.

“None of the other people are complaining, only a few Jewish families,” Shah said.  “I have not hurt any sentiments of the majority Hindu community. If he did something in Germany, is that our concern?”

Shah said he named the shop after his business partner’s grandfather, who got the nickname because he was a strict man.  Apparently, in India, “Hitler” is a nickname given to people who have a tough demeanor.

In fact, Shah said he only found out after he opened his shop that Hitler had killed six million people.  As for changing the name, he said he has spent too much on branding at this point, and would only be open to altering it if the Jewish community is willing to pay for it.

I think it’s ridiculous that Shah didn’t know that Hitler was behind the Holocaust — after all, he knows enough to put the Swastika sign in the logo.  But I wonder if in India, the word “Hitler” is used in a similar way to how Americans use the term “nazi” colloquially to describe people who have a disciplinarian attitude.


VietJetAir fined for in-flight bikini show

VietJetAir recently got fined $1000 for parading its stewardesses, dressed in skimpy bikini tops and sarongs, down the airplane aisle. The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam claimed that the airline was fined for having an “unapproved show.”

According to a VietJetAir official, the dancing girls in bikinis was a way to “make passengers happy and to improve our customer service.” Personally, I would prefer watching a fun and entertaining bikini show during a flight than deal with a grumpy airline crew that provides bad customer service, which seems to be the norm these days.


(Thanks, Louie!)

Alexander McQueen-inspired dress made of 50k gummy bears

I would have a hard time keeping this dress on.  Stylists Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Murakumi made this killer dress out of 50,000 gummy bears for the debut of Twelv magazine, an online and print publication created for “an audience that has a refined taste but is a bit tired of the usual high-end fashion magazines.” What’s pretty cool about them is they are planning on 12 percent of their sales to charities like the World Food Programme.

Now back to the dress — weighing 220 pounds, the yummy gown was inspired by one of Alexander McQueen’s stunning dresses, and was a tribute to the late fashion designer.

My question is, do they get to eat it after it’s done?


The original dress by Alexander McQueen:



Can’t afford that Prada bag? Get the paper version.

Living in Singapore, I’ve totally seen ladies walking down the street proudly toting their Gucci bag.  Not the purse, the paper carrier.  Seems odd, but I guess it’s a status statement that these ladies can afford to shop at designer stores.  In China, fake designer paper bags have become the next trend in counterfeit fashion.  Going for only 79 cents or up to $6.30, cheapskate fashionistas can sport their favorite designer brands in the form of a paper baggie.

I know this trend sounds ridiculous, but it doesn’t surprise me at all.  I’ve said before that I’m convinced Asia is way more brand-conscious than the US, and this just proves my point that when it comes to wearing designer clothes, it’s often not about style, but the name.


Prada and Gucci execs: Asia is our #1 market

Emily and I were talking the other day about how the culture of cities like Singapore and Hong Kong is extremely brand-conscious, much more so than even the US.  Maybe it’s just us, but it seems many Asian high-end consumers are more concerned with status symbols than fashion statements.

In fact, I recently read how Prada’s Chairman and Gucci’s CEO claimed that Asia is their number one market. “The top luxury market is with Asian customers today,” said Prada’s Deputy Chairman Carlo Mazzi.  So despite all the fake stuff you see sold on the streets, sales in China contributed the most to the Italian company’s revenue for the first half of this year.  Even the CEO of PPR, which owns the Gucci brand, admitted that China is the biggest market for their luxury line.

Seems like fobs might be even more materialistic than Americans.  Or maybe Emily and I have just been hanging around too many granola-eating, Prius-driving, Etsy-buying San Franciscans…


Fobby trend alert: flowy wide leg pants



Sun visors and Engrish t-shirts haven’t given fobs the best reputation when it comes to fashion, but once in a while, a fobby look will make it onto the runway. Lately I’ve noticed a growing trend in wearing flowy and silky wide leg pants, which reminds me a lot of the pants worn with the traditional Vietnamese ao dai. Even celebs like Blake Lively have been spotted in this look. When I asked my mom what she thought of me just wearing the pants separate from my ao dai, she laughed and said I looked like I was about to go to a pajama party.

What do you think of this new fobby trend? A fashion “do” or fashion “don’t?”