Going native: tribal clothing makes a comeback

The new look for this summer is part primordial, part modern, and all tribal chic. Perhaps designers have taken to more bold looks to combat the waning economy, as these looks are certainly not for the faint of heart. Everything from fringes to borderline-dangerous spikes and grommets on accessories have made an appearance on the runway. Check out John Galliano for Dior’s take on the tribal look in stilettos: measurable with a meter stick, these treacherous numbers feature heels made of carved fertility goddess figurines. No word yet on how effective they are. Continue reading Going native: tribal clothing makes a comeback

Repurposing last year's styles

What was in last year? Can you even remember any trends pre-rompers, ankle boots, gladiator sandals, or peg legged? As styles seem to be getting more and more bizarre, it’s a good idea to take a step back and find a way to update looks from a previous season. Obviously a great money-saving tactic, taking advantage of firmly established fads and sprucing them up a bit with some modern items is a great way to get plenty of mileage out your wardrobe in this down economy. Take a look at the 2009 take on these 2008 (and previous years’) hot items: Continue reading Repurposing last year's styles

End of summer sale items worth your money

With the summer peak nearing and the month of August—home of school start days, final vacation hurrahs, and the last of the formidable humidity and heat—just around the corner, it’s hard to get excited about the impending cooler months filled with work, chilly days, and fewer excuses for day drinking. However, end of season sales, which will surely be hitting customers even earlier this year thanks to the poor economic climate, are at least one thing to look forward to as the days continue to get shorter. But as more and more people need to start pinching pennies, functionality and versatility are key criteria to keep in mind as we hit the racks. While final summer sales have plenty of great deals to offer, here are a few select items you should spend your money on at the clearance rack in retail stores: Continue reading End of summer sale items worth your money

Summer styles in full bloom

As the fabulous Anna Wintour-inspired character Miranda Priestly sarcastically snorts in The Devil Wears Prada, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Yet althought the concept of flowers for Spring and Summer trends is nearly trite with symbols of rebirth, growth, renewal, blah blah blah, designers these days are finding a way to bring an unexpected twist to floral designs on the runaway, making them–dare I say it–groundbreaking. These certainly aren’t your grandmother’s florals. Continue reading Summer styles in full bloom