Nostalgic 'Spongebob Squarepants' Handbags Are Here

Attention fellow '90s kids, I have big news: has been immortalized with designer handbags. Created as part of Nickelodeon International and Viacom Consumer Product's year-long Spongebob Gold campaign outside the U.S., the bags are stunningly beautiful with just the right amount of Spongebob-level quirkinessto make you say, Yup, to own 'em. Giphy The Spongebob Gold fashion collection which consists of all sorts of closet staples was originally debuted back in February during London Fashion Week. Six different international designers came together to create an entire line of elevated, Spongebob-inspired wear that far exceeds the cheap tees of your youth. And we have Italian fashion labelSALARto thankfor the eye-catching handbags. Giphy Owners Salar Bicheranloo and Francesca Monaco brought their unique edge to Spongebob, highlighting his youthfulness amidbold Italian leather and gold hardware. In a February 2017 press release, Bicheranloo and Monaco expressed their excitement for the then-upcoming collection. They said, It […] Read more »

Run this town: what Rihanna's power suit means for your autumn wardrobe

From her gargantuan red dress to her fluffy pink co-ords, a week in Rihannas style is a lesson in fabulousness. Its also a crib sheet for what you will be wearing in the new season Rihanna is used to breaking the fashion corner of the internet by now. There was her Met Ball dress in 2015, which quickly became a meme of various foodstuffs, including pizza and omelettes. Then came the wine glass as accessory last year. And the Gucci chainmail bodysuit at Coachella, which was posted as a selfie on Instagram along with the caption: I cant go home yet, cuz enough people aint seen my outfit. Dont fret, Riri! At the time of writing, 1,878,262 have seen it now, along with the lucky ones to encounter it IRL at the festival itself. In this past week, Rihanna has had a hat-trick of public appearances that she has, to […] Read more »

Heel appeal: how the sexy shoe became the new status quo

The catwalk has recently favoured outrage over allure. But now, whether its the Duchess of Cambridges vertiginous Pradas or Rihannas beloved rhinestone Saint Laurent boots, high heels are back The Duchess of Cambridge has new shoes. On the offchance that it is not immediately obvious to you why this development is culturally significant, allow me to explain. The duchesss style is remarkably consistent: for as long as anyone can remember, she has worn pretty clothes in eyecatching colours, teamed with neutral pumps, the heels of which are high enough to look formal while remaining walkable. LK Bennett Sledge courts, which have a subtle platform sole to make them more comfortable, are a favourite. Yet, for the unveiling of the blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum, she wore a daringly bare, vertiginous pair of Prada sandals. Now, the duchess is no early adopter. Conservative with a small c, she […] Read more »

A Titanic moment: how Celine Dion became the fashion icon 2017 needs

Having established herself as a fan of Vetements and Balenciaga, the Canadian 90s icon has gone from Las Vegas to the front row Cline Dion: Canadian, excessively enthusiastic, big warbling voice. This much we know. But are you aware that the voice of the 90s has latterly become the poster girl for avant-garde fashion label Vetements? Riding high after her first appearance at the Met Gala this year, to which she wore a deconstructed Versace gown with a higher-than-thigh-high slit, this week Dion has been fraternising with Anna Wintour on the frows in Paris, given the Giambattista Vallis haute couture show a standing ovation and been photographed naked for US Vogues Instagram account. Chic credentials Cline Dion wearing Balenciaga in Paris last June. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/GC Images Close watchers of Dions career would not be surprised to discover that she likes fashion. For the past five years, she has been […] Read more »

Does the fashion industry still need Vogue in the age of social media?

Bloggers are eroding the power of the glossy monthly style bible For a new boss to dismiss the old guard who were the legacy of their predecessor and bring in new faces is not unusual. Indeed, when Alexandra Shulman vacated the editors chair at British Vogue, having occupied it for a quarter of the magazines 100-year history, it was wholly expected that her replacement, Edward Enninful, would bring in a team to put his own stamp on the industry glossy. Last week Emily Sheffield, Shulmans deputy and predicted by many as a shoo-in for her job, handed out invites to her leaving party, while Enninful who officially takes the helm on 1 August announced film-maker Steve McQueen and long-time friend Naomi Campbell as contributing editors. Kate Moss, already a contributing editor and regular cover girl, will continue working for the title. That his shake-up would cause ripples beyond Londons Vogue […] Read more »

Ditch the denim! What to wear to the office in the heatwave

From wafty kaftans to white shirts or open-back shoes, here are seven ways to avoid a meltdown at your desk In case you hadnt noticed, its hot. Yay! But you still have to go to the office. Boo! Here are seven things that will keep you cool at work in both senses while the temperatures continue to rise. The fancy white shirt Puff-sleeve blouse by & Other Stories, 59 Yes, the white shirt is a work classic but bonus its also bang on trend this summer, as long as its not quite Michael Gove boring that is. Yours should have a tweak a ruched sleeve, a twist in the middle, a bit of a frill but still, at its core, it should just about fit with the corporate dresscode. In fact, the corporate look is now the height of fashion see Martine Rose and Balenciaga. If fashion trends were a […] Read more »

Ice cream makeup is the freaky, fresh summer look you want to try

BY JAMES LOKE HALE Summer’s in full swing, and that means the makeup-melting temperatures are here to stay. But if you’re feeling the need to hang up your brushes till things cool off, some of YouTube and Instagram’s top makeup gurus have a sweet look to try before you do: Ice cream makeup tutorials are here to show you how to master the perfect eclectic summer look. Ice cream makeup is definitely this year’s most playful trend so far, featuring deliciously realistic, brightly colored “melting” ice cream dripping down artists’ foreheads and cheeks, accessorized with things like drawn-on sprinkles, bits of cone, and candies. YouTuber Madeyewlook, known for her ultrarealistic and super-creepy horror makeup, posted a step-by-step of the look way back in 2014, and YouTuber and Instagrammer Desi Perkins posted a tutorial for Halloween 2016, but the look is just now hitting Instagram. The resurgence in ice cream makeup’s […] Read more »

Birkinomics: are these handbags a better investment than bricks and mortar?

A diamond-encrusted Herms bag has sold at Christies for 155,000. Why are they so desirable and do any of the other luxury brands make an equally smart investment? News that Christies has just sold a Herms Birkin bag for 155,000 will come as a vulgar surprise to those who think spending more than 19.99 on a single fashion item is completely cuckoo. To the outsider, fashions built-in obsolescence makes the idea of investing in anything seem misplaced since, thanks to its six-month renewal cycle, no sooner is your purchase in than it is out again. But if a fool and her money are soon parted, the adage doesnt apply to Herms. Like art, vintage cars and fine jewellery, a Herms bag could turn out to be a wise investment. That the blue crocodile Birkin, embellished with white gold and diamonds, attracted a worldwide bidding frenzy will come as no surprise […] Read more »

Peter Lindbergh's best photograph: the birth of the supermodels

They were a revolution fresh, fun, outspoken, poking at you, making edgy jokes, getting involved. Wow! Liz Tilberis, the editor of British Vogue, asked me to do a shoot. You have to do the January 1990 cover, she said. Youre the one. She wanted something that would preview the decade to come. My reaction was: Oh my God, who could that be? You cant hang the next decade on one face. It wont work. But I knew what would. This was the result. People always say this shot, this cover, was the birth of the supermodels, but thats not entirely true. Two years before, I shot what were really the first of such pics the white shirt shoots. But that was for American Vogue. At that time, I didnt much like American Vogue. I found the women they were photographing so uninspiring. I preferred girls at art school. They wore […] Read more »

The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?

From 73-year-old Lauren Hutton for Calvin Klein to 88-year-old Daphne Selfe, older models are finally getting work with major fashion brands. But the absence of middle-aged models to bridge the gap makes it feel like just another fad When I first started blogging as Thats Not My Age nine years ago, I was always banging on about the lack of older models, my Grey-dar permanently on high alert. But whereas in the past, the older model was restricted to a healthcare or life insurance gig (cue woman strolling jauntily down the beach in a lilac waterfall cardigan and stretch chinos), now nearly every week theres another gorgeous silver-haired model in an advertisement for a fashion brand. While this age-appreciation is fantastic it is wonderful to see women such as Daphne Selfe, 88, Maye Musk, 69, and Lauren Hutton, 73, looking vivacious and stunning, I still cant help wondering: where have […] Read more »