President Barack Obama made a pit stop at a midtown Manhattan location of the Gap (yes) earlier this afternoon.
According to reports, the president picked up items for wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia.
He purchased gray striped and coral crew-neck sweaters for the girls ("I'm worried the V-neck is going to slip," he told reporters) and an "athletic jacket" for Michelle.
Obama went on to publicly commend the Gap for paying their employees a higher minimum wage. The company raised to $9 hourly just last month with the vow to pay $10 in the following year. The president's gesture reflects his proposal for a federal minimum increase to $10.10 by 2016.
As he approached the cash rep, Obama seemed to approve of his gifts: "I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense."
A Kickstarter campaign has been created by two Los Angeles ladies who want to turn your Instagram photos into nail polish decals. NailSnaps aims to raise $47,381 (nickel-and-diming, we know) to bring their dream vision to consumers, providing custom filtered photo nail art to mani-lovers everywhere.
The campaign raised just over $7,000 to date with an April 1st deadline. According to the site, "NailSnaps is a vision for a new kind of self-expression. By combining digital creativity with custom-printed nail polish stickers, your hands become a gallery for wearable art." The funds will go toward finishing the app development and get their Los Angeles-based printing facility up and running.
The Cocksman Club (yes, real name) just launched a condom subscription service that Betabeat says is "like a Birchbox for condoms."
Birchbox, founded by HBS alumnae Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, offers a monthly box of beauty sample goodies.
The Cocksman Club, founded by Ethan Basch, a former Pi Kappa Alpha chapter consultant (just sayin'), offers a monthly delivery of condoms of your choice with four subscription levels for however many play dates you
plan hope to have before the next box arrives.
Packages start at $5 for the "Player" (hah) to 24 condoms for the "Legend" (HAHA) for $20 a month. Each includes a selection of condoms from Trojan, Durex, and LifeStyles -- and after three months of membership, you get this handy "savvy condom box"! Dig a bit deeper into the site for the Cocksman's Creed, which begins: "My condom is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life."
And it only gets better from there...
We joke, but Basch's intentions go beyond machismo and are rather noble, no matter how they're phrased.
He told Betabeat:
"When I was a junior, one of my frat bros basically knocked up a girl [and] ended up having to have a completely life-altering experience.... Then you get all the rumors that spread around – somebody having to take somebody else to an abortion clinic, or having to go the health center for questionable reasons… No one should have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy or an STI that could be prevented by using condoms."
Truth, brah. Preach.
The Cocksman Club is live and kickin' online as of yesterday.
The city is a little less fashionable today.
Social figure and style savant Marilyn Riseman died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday. She was 86.
Riseman was a lifetime supporter of style in the city of Boston. Her engagement ranged from Fashion Luncheons at Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel, to introducing the area to trends beyond the times with her boutique, Apogee.
Boston Fashion Week founder Jay Calderin told the Globe of the loss, "I can’t imagine the Boston fashion scene without Marilyn. The word loss doesn’t begin to cover it. Marilyn was always so accessible, engaged, and incredibly generous with anyone who sought out her opinion or asked her to lend her creativity and considerable clout to a project."
Christopher Muther wrote an intimate -- and touching -- obituary to the late Riseman. Read it here.
Word on the street: The queen is demanding a conservative makeover for everyone's favorite fascinator-wearing fashionista, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton.
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According to the Mail on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II has employed her own personal dresser Angela Kelly to lower the Duchess of Cambridge's hemlines, dressing her in a couture day wear and more tiaras (!!!) for an upcoming three and a half week trip to Australia. Obviously the queen felt like Kate was not making the cut, dressing like a live-action American Girl doll, and decided to step in, advising Mrs. Prince William's new consultants "to shift the Duchess’s image from High Street to high end, timeless Royal elegance – without losing her freshness and informality," says the Mail.
Whether or not any of this is true is up for debate. No official royal sources were quoted. But designer David Emanuel, who worked with Princess Diana, was in the piece, stating: "Even a modern-day Royal needs help with dressing. Kate is going to be scrutinized from head to toe ... We take for granted how good she looks but it’s a lot of work. You need to think about the national colours of the country, its flag and emblems and how to reflect that in the clothes you wear."
(No, we kid -- we're crying on the inside.)
What? Did you think we'd leave you in a snow day with nothing to do?
Watch our gratuitous cat video of the day, hosted by new cat internet sensation, Pudge, and learn how to make custom printable nail decals. Pudge walks you -- okay, he kind of just lumps there -- through each step for a surprisingly simple DIY, totally suitable for a day when you're trapped inside with nowhere to go. So, kind of like today.
Not into nail art? No worries. Pudge can also lump you through making these super chic cat magnets.
Not into doing anything yourself? That's OK too. Pre-made nail decals, as well as a whole plethora of Pudge-themed paraphernalia, are available in the official (and excessively enterprising) Pudge the Cat website.
Clearly just in time for the Grammys, Nicki Minaj unveiled her newest collection for her Kmart collab on Instagram. It's the second go around for Minaj, who debuted 11 full looks for the retailer (and modeled them herself) last fall.
According to Minaj's commercial for the line -- which is actually very cute -- the new collection arrives in Kmart store locations and online later this season. You can seek it out then -- or do as we do, and seek it out never. Whatever works for you.
Make no mistake: When you see the US's Olympic team in Sochi, you will know which country they're competing for.
Team USA's opening ceremony uniforms were displayed on the "Today" show this morning and... they. are. something.
David Lauren, Ralph's son and EVP of global marketing and communications, accompanied the reveal on the morning show, unveiling the patchwork shawl collar sweaters, white slim-fit sweatpants, red-laced hiking boots -- and the pièce de résistance: a matching knit cap.
According to "Today", the pieces are not only 100 percent made in America, "100 percent of the proceeds of the Limited Edition Team USA Opening Ceremony Cardigan will be donated to the U.S. Olympic Committee, an organization supporting our nation's best athletes."
That's right -- you too can own a Team USA opening ceremony cardigan for a fair price of $598.
But as heinous as they are, we have to give the label props for the extensive efforts made to keep American makers making. The "wool hails from Oregon, was spun in Pennsylvania, then yarned in North Carolina, before being knitted in California by the husband-and-wife team Ball of Cotton," says "Today." The designer sourced and commissioned "over 40 great partners across the United States" to create the full collection, according to a media kit video release from the brand.
Ralph Lauren previously found himself in hot water when it was discovered that the label's Team USA uniforms for the London 2012 Olympic Games were made in China. Domestic production and sourcing for the uniforms have been a top priority talking point of each collection, including earlier reveal of the (less ugly) closing ceremony and village wear apparel for the Sochi games back in October.
Those pieces are also available for purchase online and at select Ralph Lauren retailers -- because what's more American than that?
It's about time.
The Boston-by-way-of-Brazil super model was announced as Pantene's newest ambassador last month and her enviable locks have not only earned her a shiny new campaign, but also a fake Twitter account.
Sadly, as of now, @GiselesTendril only has 27 followers, but that's probably because it has kind of boring (but sort of funny?) things to say.
My highlights are throwing shade. Golden like cachaça.— Gisele's Hair (@GiselesTendril) January 9, 2014
No word if the account is affiliated with Pantene, Gisele, or even as The Cut muses, the New York Post, but we'd like to see where the parody tweeter takes us, so make that 28 followers.
The account started on Jan. 6 with this opening line:
Confession: Sometimes when she's wearing lip gloss, a breeze blows me into a puddle of slime. But it's Gisele's lips, so I win.— Gisele's Hair (@GiselesTendril) January 7, 2014
Gisele's hair? Can you tweet me?
Last night New York's Lincoln Center played host to the season three kick premiere of HBO's "Girls." And simultaneously, Boston's Revere Hotel was one of eight metro venues that aired a red carpet live stream and an advance screening of the first two episodes airing this weekend.
(We were there with the many cupcakes. But unlike in New York, no Andrew Rannells. Sad face.)
We can't give away too much about the two-episode premiere but we thought we'd give you a fashion refresher before Lena Dunham's hit series returns to cable TV.
Starting with... everyone looked surprisingly awesome on last night's red carpet.FULL ENTRY
Designer Haim Medine will be at Louis Boston this Saturday, Dec. 21 for a trunk show for his line Khai Khai. The collection is a youthful approach to fine jewelry -- cheeky but sophisticated, a rare combination in his industry and perhaps a boundary waiting to be crossed.
Growing up with a fashionable family (Medine's parents are jewelers and his sister Leandra is the unmistakable voice behind The Man Repeller), it's no surprise that this young entrepreneur has no lack of creativity.
We chatted with Medine about the story behind his collection and you can too -- this weekend, at Louis Boston.
Medine will host the Khai Khai trunk show Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon-6 p.m. at Louis Boston, 60 Northern Ave., Boston.
Where does the name Khai Khai come from?
It was a nickname given to me by mother. There’s really no meaning behind it. It’s a manipulation of the pronunciation of my of Hebrew name. It just made sense for collection, because my jewelry has a young, youthful vibe. It’s linked directly to my childhood. At end of day, it makes you feel young at heart.
The collection is very playful, so who is your target consumer? Do you think a younger demographic is gearing towards fine jewelry?
I don’t like to pinpoint one particular type, but if I had to pick a typical customer, it’d probably be someone who is informed and up to date with current trends. Someone who is tryng to look trendy but also has a sense of sophistication. My customers are generally between 20 and 30.
Hey now. Christmas came early this year.
Without warning, Beyonce dropped her fifth album. The self-titled work not only features 14 new song tracks, it's been dubbed a "visual album" with 17 videos and was released on iTunes around midnight without a hint of pre-promotion.
Obviously we're obsessed.
Each video is a visual spectacle on its own but we've got a favorite. And it features an A-list cast of a few of our favorite models.
Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, and Chanel Iman appear in the video for "Yoncé." Grills, grinding, and fishnets commence. And. it. is. awesome.
On the corresponding visuals, Beyonce explained in a release on her Facebook page:
I see music. It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.
The full album, videos and all, is available on iTunes.
Kristen Stewart was announced last night as the new face of Chanel's 2013 Métiers d'Art Paris-Dallas collection. The 23-year-old "Twilight" actress will pose for Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who will step behind the lens for the campaign set to debut May 2014.
The news broke during Lagerfeld's Western-inspired fashion show at Fair Park in Dallas Tuesday night where nearly 1,000 celebs and fashion regulars, including Alexa Chung, Dakota Fanning, Lily Collins, and Lauren Hutton, lined the runway. Chanel's annual Métiers collection and event has previously included a Scottish-inspired show at Linlithgow Castle and an opulent Paris-Bombay-influenced line at the Galerie Courbe of the Grand Palais in Paris.FULL ENTRY
Swedish heritage brand (and foxy backpack makers) Fjällräven is opening its third North American store location on Newbury Street this weekend.
To celebrate their new 1,000-square-foot location, the outerwear and active accessory company is kicking things off with a soiree Saturday afternoon featuring live tunes and what we've been told is: "a Swede + Salty station serving traditional Swedish candies and snacks."
The event also includes a variety of promotions to kick start the shop, including a 30-percent price cut on sweaters and a more-you-buy-more-you-save discount on Kånken backpacks.
The shindig goes down Saturday, Dec.14 from noon-4 p.m. at the new Fjällräven location, 304 Newbury St., Boston., 857-225-5683.
Just in time for holiday party season: Boston-based Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan
(one of our fashion week faves) is hosting a sample sale featuring the past five seasons at deep discounts this week. The sale boasts price cuts up to 90 percent off (hallelujah!) and will include both sample sizes and sizes 0-12/XS-L.
The sale is open to the public Dec. 12-13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8 Newbury St., 6th floor. Cash is preferred but Visa and Mastercard will be accepted.
Emerson's PR sent a few looks (below) that will be up for grabs. Our sample sale spidey-sense is tingling.
It's no secret that we're eternally jealous of Kate Middleton's gorgeous, glossy locks. And while we've been following the Duchess of Cambridge's every fashion move, we've also been longing for the day that one of her royal hairdressers would break their silence and share the secrets to her perfect mane.
Well, that time has come -- sort of.
Middleton's longtime hair stylists James Pryce and Richard Ward have kept mum on the subject but recently, Rossano Ferretti (who apparently also cut Princess Diana's hair) told Vanity Fair that he had the duchess in his salon for a recent six-hour session with his team.
According to the pub, "Italian born Mr. Ferretti is famous for his £600 ($984) 'Method' haircut, which entails using handmade texturizing scissors." Also noted: Pippa is a regular at the salon and suggested the change in stylists was a result of the older, former Middleton stepping out with visible gray roots in November. Prince William and his wife (and her new hair) are next expected to walk a London red carpet tomorrow for a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
It's coming, whether you like it or not: The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show returns to CBS on Dec. 15.
We're anticipating watching from our couch with carbs and champers, but we already got a sneak peek of the show via these pics from the show's taping on Nov. 13.
This year, Taylor Swift took to the runway, expertly strutting her stuff along the Angel elite, but now it's the models' turn to swap. To promote the upcoming broadcast, some of the show's biggest names, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Adriana Lima, and the like, rocked out to Swift's single, "I Knew You Were Trouble."
Who didn't make the promo flick? Aussie model Jessica Hart, who threw some shade at Swift's performance was not featured, noted E! Online. At the show's after party, the model told Women's Wear Daily she thought Swift was "great," but added, "I don't know, to me, she didn't fit." Hart chalked Swift's age up to her falling short, adding that "for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself."
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s daughter, Kyra Lemoyne Kennedy, made her debut at the Bal Des Debutantes in Paris over the weekend. The 18-year-old decided to wear a dreamy pastel blue couture gown by Dior ("obsessed with the color," she told AFP) paired with black boots with matching blue toe caps and a Kate Middleton-worthy blowout. Kennedy previously interned with Christian Dior (and Kenneth Cole, according to Vanity Fair) and aspires to attend F.I.T., making her decision to wear a particularly buzzed about house of couture a good one.
At the party: "Seinfeld" creator Larry David's daughter Romy, as well as David's former "Curb Your Enthusiasm" co-star, Cheryl Hines, who arrived on the arm of Kyra's father. 17-year-old Romy also made her formal debut with 19 of her fellow haute couture-wearing peers, that included Brit royal descendant Lady Amelia Windsor and Einstein-level Essex school girl, Lauren Marbe.
The annual debutante ball was held at the Automobile Club De France (which is totally more spectacular looking than it sounds), a break from le Bal's regular venue, Hôtel de Crillon, that closed for two years of renovations in late March.
[Top image, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Bottom image, PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images]
Salon Mario Russo's two Boston locations are opening their doors for a holiday fiesta on Friday, Dec. 13th.
For $40, guests receive one of three party-hopping hair-do's (including the super bouncy Sugar & Spice Blow Dry and merry milkmaid-esque Vixen n' Glitzen Braid shown above) while sipping seasonally-inspired sweets. Plus, a gift of luxe primping goods from Oribe on your way out.
Shindig begins at 5 p.m. and irons will be twirled until 7. Reservations are recommended.
Salon Mario Russo, 9 Newbury Street, 617-424-6676; and 60 Northern Ave., 857-350-3139.
Fashion and the Red Sox may have a reputation for going together a lot like oil and water, but I received an e-mail this morning that I think may appease the lot of us. Former Bostonian Eric Holtzman wrote in from his new home on the West Coast, where he told us he's steadily repping Red Sox nation with a sense of style and pride.
Holtzman was kind enough to let us reprint the letter (and photo) below:
Dear Ms. Raczka,
My name is Eric Holtzman and I am a Boston transplant who has lived in LA for the last 15 years. In my job as the Director of a boutique on Rodeo Drive, it is impossible for me to show my support for my beloved Red Sox, as my well-worn cap would not be business appropriate.
As such, I asked a friend who created a great business called Gallant & Beau (www.gallantbeau.com) if he would create and offer "The Bostonian". I'm wearing my red socks to work every day through the World Series to show my hometown allegiance. (Don't worry, I have several pairs:).
My wife suggested I bring this to your attention, so we can get the word out to all of Boston's stylish businessmen and fans elsewhere, so that we can all support.
Thanks for reading!
Any other fashion brands out there making an effort to create stylish-- but subtle-- tributes to the Sox for the World Series? Send them my way: Rachel.Raczka(AT)Globe.com.