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I’m a person who needs change. Consequently, I have gotten used to moving around and starting over. While spending time in lots of places, I’ve started to pick up on the subtle differences that give them character. But more than anything, I’ve noticed the differences in how people dress.
Let’s give some credit where credit is due. Courtney Love is sort of a major fashion person — and, well, this is not a recent development. The singer has apparently been collecting clothing longer than she’s been ruining expensive real estate — longer, in fact, than some of us have been alive.
We know our job is to write about fashion, but even we think it’s weird that the one person who’s really gotten famous as a result of the Occupy Wall Street protests is an NYPD detective nicknamed Hipster Cop.
As it turns out, we’ve been crediting Steve Jobs famous mock turtleneck sweaters to the wrong people. Everyone who thought that St. Croix supplied the visionary who brought us the iPhone with stacks of black sweaters was wrong — they actually came from a source much higher up the fashion food chain.
Susie Bubble is truly a woman after our own heart. The full-time blogger travels a lot, so she recently let BlueFly into one of her many hotel rooms to see how she stays in style while she travels. And then she ended up talking about cookies.
To the great sadness of a great many people, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died at age 56 on Wednesday. Today, he’s being memorialized just as much for his signature style as he is for his contributions to music, media and technology. And we believe they all go hand in hand.
Here’s a sad truth about my life: I did not look cute as a teenager. No really. The years between 13 and 20 were, for me (and I’m guessing for a lot of people out there), absolutely and tragically fraught with horrible sartorial choices, bad hairdos and even worse skin. There are a few things I didn’t know back then that could’ve helped speed the process along — and it turns out, they’re lessons some adults could use, too.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Everyone who makes their living as a fashion blogger wishes they were Scott Schuman, the photographer behind The Sartorialist. Scott Schuman, however, doesn’t really care for people who blog about personal style.
Because bookmarking the addresses of your favorite personal style blogs is a bit too arduous, the Nowmanifest network now(manifest) exists!
A few weeks ago when we heard that we’d be following one of our worst-dressed colleagues around while he got a full makeover at Saks Fifth Avenue, we were more jealous than anything else. We here at Styleite had never met Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in person (he covers the White House for our sister site, so he’s never in town!) but as soon as we saw him we realized just how badly he needed and deserved to get a few upgrades to his style. And now we have video evidence of the weeks of tailoring, grooming, fitting and life improving we witnessed Tommy undergo.
[A little backstory: Tommy Christopher, who covers the White House for our sister site Mediaite, is the worst-dressed person in the White House press corps. We couldn't stand the thought of him interviewing the president in polyester, so we teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to help him update his look. Herein, his take on the process.]
Until a few weeks ago, Mediaite’s White House correspondent Tommy Christopher was one of the worst-dressed men in Washington. And we’re not being mean — this guy used to have just three outfits, and many of the garments that made up those outfits is spun from fabric that would light aflame if it got too close to an active microwave oven. And because it simply wouldn’t do to have our company’s envoy to the president’s house wearing nothing rayon ties in offensive patterns, we decided he needed an upgrade. Then Eric Jennings, the VP of men’s fashion (and lots of other fun stuff) at Saks Fifth Avenue, decided to get involved, and the project turned into a full-scale style intervention.
GQ‘s annual Men of the Year issue always features famous guys who are given different monikers of awesomeness. This year, James Franco shines as the magazine’s Leading Man. And we certainly can’t say he doesn’t deserve it, especially given all the hard work he’s done (and the little bits of drag he’s left floating around on the Internet). But what gives us pause is the clothing — or relative lack thereof — that Franco is wearing in his cover shot. Unlike the other three formally dressed cover stars, Franco assumes a rather casual pose in a rumpled red t-shirt from Armani Exchange.
First lady Michelle Obama can’t go anywhere and not look good, and she proved that yet again on her recent trip through Southeast Asia. Mrs. O and the president stopped in India and Indonesia where they visited temples, official residences, sites of tragedy and mirth alike — and the even did a little fancy footwork with a few schoolchildren.
You might as well call Jean Pigozzi Mr. Big. He’s a big guy — he’s 6’4″, wears a size XXL, and to top off his size, he’s a world-famous photographer, investor, philanthropist and art collector. And he’s so big that he can’t even fit into Tom Ford‘s celebrated men’s store in New York City.
Yoko Ono toldPage Six that Warhol once told her that she was dressing a little too plainly and needed to show a flourish here or there. And by here or there, we mean on top of her head.
The one lexicographic distinction that we here at Styleite are always going to follow is the one that exists between “style icon” and “style star.” Why? Because people like Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman like to give people like Blake Lively just a smidge too much credit sometimes, and we feel the need — nay, the responsibility — to reign crap like that in.
Willow Smith is a godsend, and every day we thank our lucky stars and both Will and Jada Pinkett Smith for bestowing the glorious gift of Willow’s style and talent upon us. But we couldn’t help wonder where all of Willow’s swagger came from. Could it be possible, we thought, that she’d gotten all of that unencumbered style from her mother? Or did it go the other way around? Did Jada only start upping the ante when her daughter took center stage?
We have defended Tim Gunn and his tendency not to pull punches in the past, but now he’s insulted our dear Lady Gaga and the gloves are off. OK — only half off. Because when asked what he thought of Gaga’s style, he didn’t say what she wears is categorically bad or even not aesthetically pleasing. Just that it’s not fashion.
Is there anything worse than showing up to a party wearing the same thing as someone you don’t know? Yes, there is: showing up to a party wearing the same thing as someone you do know. That’s why Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry text each other before they appear publicly to make sure they aren’t wearing the same thing.