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Christmas Jumper-orama: The Hideous Gremlins And Fargo Sweats

READY for Christmas? Ready for your seasonal sweater?

Mondo have greated designs based on the 1984 film Gremlins and the 1996’s Fargo.

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Posted: 19th, October 2014 | In: Fashion, Film | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Urban Outfitters Sells Kent State University Dead Student Fashions

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URBAN Outfitters is delling a sweatshirt  “Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt”. It’s splattered in red blotches that look a lot like blood stains.

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Posted: 16th, September 2014 | In: Fashion | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Australian Manhood Ditches Boobtubes And Hotpants

AUSTRALIA needs our help. The land of men in boob tubes and hot-pants (Aussie Rules) has a break-out star:

 

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Spotter

 

Posted: 11th, September 2014 | In: Fashion | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Zara Sells Holocaust-Inspired Fashion For Children

ZARA is selling a “striped ‘sheriff’ T-shirt” for junior police.

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Posted: 27th, August 2014 | In: Fashion, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


If Kate Moss’s Breasts Are A Champagne Coupe Who Is The Flute Based On?

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KATE MOSS’S has had a champagne glass modelled on her left breast. Quaffers at Mayfair’s 34 can purse their lips to the rim of one of British artist Jane McAdam Freud’s cups.

This honour was once extended to another sparkling white woman, the fabled Marie Antoinette.

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Posted: 22nd, August 2014 | In: Celebrities, Fashion, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Video: ‘Electronic Makeup’ Completely Transforms This Model’s Face

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THIS is a great video of Nobumichi Asai‘s projection mapping of “electronic makeup” applied to a model’s face.

Asai used Omote, a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping to transform a model’s face into mesmerizing patterns.

via Gizmodo and h/t Alice Lowe

 

Posted: 19th, August 2014 | In: Fashion, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Those Swinging 60s Sweater Studs That Made Men Easy And Women Yield

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YOU’VE seen them – those needle-craft booklets that were so popular in decades past.  When it was fairly common to construct your own clothes (a skill that fell off a cliff in the 1980s), these little pamphlets were freaking everywhere – from your mom’s sewing basket to the grocery store checkout aisle.

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Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drive the Chicks Wild! Vintage Menswear Adverts

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THE obvious way to sell men’s clothing is to proclaim that the garments will somehow turn the average guy into an irresistible Studasaurous.  From the late Sixties to early Eighties, when Baby Boomers were in their sexual prime, this marketing tactic went into hyperdrive.  Boomers were ready to mate, and menswear adverts proclaimed that their apparel was the gateway to sweet, sweet lovemaking.  Here are a few examples.

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Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


10 Reasons Aerobics In The 1980s Was Crazy Awesome

BY THE 1980s, the Baby Boomers, who had enjoyed the Sexual Revolution as trim youth, suddenly found themselves with a little extra weight as they entered their thirties. The alarm was sounded, and what followed can only be described as a cocaine-fueled mania. One manifestation of this fitness assault was an aerobics explosion. I don’t think anyone really knew what they were doing, but they looked wonderfully insane doing it.

 

1. AEROBICELEBS

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Kathy Lee Crosby and Markie Post

Of course, this whole maniacal phenomenon would’ve never gotten off the ground were it not for the necessary endorsement from celebs. Jane Fonda made a mint off her workout video, but other famous names were only too quick to jump on the new trend.

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Posted: 23rd, June 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Life Imitates The Kate Kid At The Royal College of Art’s Graduate Fashion Show 2014

FASHION is the gift that keeps on giving. At the Royal College of Art’s Graduate Fashion show, we spotted this design by Ge Bai. We wondered where the inspiration came from…

 

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…and then we realised:

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Posted: 5th, June 2014 | In: Fashion | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


9 Cool People Who Love To Wear Converse (And 3 Who Don’t)

I BOUGHT my first pair of Converse shoes aged 10. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker was all man. It was also all woman. My sister got them first. But I don’t care. These wasn’t unisex shoes. This wasn’t like being called Lesley. Converse were just cool.

They have been ever semi-professional basketball player Chuck Taylor added his name to the Converse Rubber Company’s “All Star” shoe. Taylor was hired as a salesman. He would travel the US showcasing the shoes in basketball clinics. Chuck and his shoes were a hit.

The kids with no idea wore plimsoles to play. The ones with ideas but no clue wore Dunlop Green Flash. The cool kids had Converse.

Who wears them now? Anyone. Anywhere.

 

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Samuel L. Jackson

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Posted: 4th, June 2014 | In: Fashion | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mods, Rockers, Teds, Irish, Skinheads, Pikeys, Blacks And Jews: The People Banned From Anywhere Decent People Gather

FIFTY years ago, mods and rockers enjoyed the bank holiday weekend by fighting pitched battles at the seaside.

 

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The skirmishes led to public vilification, and sociologists coined the phrase ‘moral panic’ to sum up the hysteria surrounding these modern delinquent ‘folk devils’.

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Posted: 25th, May 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


DIY English Fashions Of The Mid 20th Century

JAMES Lileks has looked beyond the shards of lard and war-effort carrot stuck between our grey teeth to DIY British fashions of the mid 20th Century.

We kick off with…

 

Lovely bird – drove the lads down at the Enigma labs just mad, except for that chilly Turing fellow – but there doesn’t seem to be enough of her. The more you look at her, the more she looks like a doll that’s been put together from different parts, half of which were attached backwards. But it’s a nice jumper.

 

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When in Brighton, give her a call; tell her Pinky sent you.

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Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pages of Polyester: The Sears 1974 Catalog

FROM the women’s fashion section of the 1974 Fall-Winter Sears Catalog, here are 35 pages of earth-toned acrylics, skin-tight polyester, and knitted creations that should have never seen the light of day.  Seventies fashions are fun to behold because they could be so frighteningly terrible; however, if you can resist the easy temptation to scoff at 70s styles and view them with an open mind, some are actually quite brilliant.  Today’s everyday styles can be so tired and unremarkable – it’s refreshing to see something bold and unique.  Come take a look….

 

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A black and orange striped sweater-vest over a tight olive green turtleneck sweater…. can somebody explain how this happened?  The simple answer is widespread recreational drug use, but I’m open to other theories.

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1955 Hair Tonic Advert: Lucky Tiger Gets the Gals

IN the 1950s, Lucky Tiger would seduce the girls. If you got really lucky, you could mount their heads.

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Posted: 28th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Slacks Relapse: A Look At Chick Pants Of The 1970s

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OTHER than a brief Capri pants fad during the early Sixties, women rarely wore pants in public. It was dresses and skirts only. Then the Women’s Liberation movement hit its stride in the Seventies, and the ladies started to get in on the pants action. Just as the miniskirt had been a proclamation of the youth culture, pants became a proclamation of gender equality. If men can wear hideous corduroy bell-bottoms, by God, the women can too!

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Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Footwear Adverts Unlaced

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LADIES – no need to fight.  There are shoes aplenty in this article, so there are more than enough for the both of you.  Here is a cornucopia of retro footwear adverts that should keep everyone satisfied for a while. From hippy clogs to funky sidewinders fit for the most stylish of 70s pimps, they’re all here. Some of the advertisements are blatantly sexist, some are just plain odd, but there is much fun to be had. Enjoy!

 

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Each Dexter shoe comes with a hotel coupon and a free condom. Plus, the shoes are highly durable and waterproof in case you’re going to move on from Casual Dex to Fetish Dex.

 

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For much of the Seventies, no brand embodied the Black Power philosophy as much as Flagg Brothers and Eleganza. They offered the very best in pimpwear – I’m talkin’ ermine collars, big ass heels and pearl handle canes. African-American fashions were bold and flamboyant during this decade – if the jive-turkeys didn’t like it, they could kiss their black ass.

 

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A completely nude woman hopelessly in love with a guy’s shoes. Is this advert pure genius, or pure sexist? I’d posit that it’s a lot of both.

 

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It’s become a cliché to say that fashion is circular, but it is absolutely true. The 1970s clogs above would have been absolutely mocked and ridiculed in the 80s and 90s. In 1986, you would have been stoned to death and your entirely family imprisoned for sliding into a platform mule. Today, it’s the entirely fashionable…. although, embroidered fruit still hasn’t made a comeback. In due time.

 

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At first this just seems incredibly odd; however, I guess there are stranger things than choosing to paint your shoes. Apparently, they even had “animal textures” – for instance, you could spray on lizard skin. (And at that point, I would start to question your mental condition.)

 

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Amazingly, someone along the way thought having a nude middle-aged man on a ladder was a good way to sell slippers. But, before you start feeling too sorry for yourself for being subjected to this – just think about what a view those poor firemen are getting!

 

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Very few people know this, but it’s a fact that Nostradamus actually predicted the arrival of the denim boot.

In the land with a climate opposite to Babylon there will be great shedding of blood.
Heaven will seem unjust both on land and sea and in the air.
Sects, famine, kingdoms, denim boots, plagues, and confusion shall rule the Earth.
- Century I, Quatrain 55

What significance it has remains to be seen, but the mysterious denim boot will no doubt play a major role in the apocalypse.

 

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It says the footwear was designed especially for Pat Boone. I’m assuming that means it will never become unclean and remain for all time as pure as the wind driven snow. In this advert, Pat demonstrates the magic of Velcro – “the closure invention of the century”. There’s even directions for proper Velcro use: “to close, press together – to open, peel apart.”

 

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These slippers come in a variety of colors: Spring Green, Royal Blue, Cocoa Brown, and Glowing Nuclear Waste Orange. All Minute Crochet Slippers are machine washable and stain resistant, except the orange, which may cause birth defects, tumors and long term environmental devastation.

 

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The infamous “egg chair” was perhaps mankind’s greatest creation, yet it fell out of favor by the end of the 1970s. You were comfortably enclosed within this upholstered ovum, and some even had speakers inside…. a toker’s throne, you might say.

 

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A guy in a leisure suit is framed by a ring of godawful footwear – Worst selfie ever.

 

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This seems to be nothing more than a cheap and shameless ploy to grab our attention by having us look up this chick’s skirt. In a perfect world, all adverts would be this cheap and shameless. I’ll wager this particular shoe advert had more than its share of men examining it close-up for any glimpse of immodesty.

And speaking of cheap and shameless… ¡Ay, caramba!

 

Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1936: Claud Butler Cycling Tweed Suits For Whitsun

ANYBODY else think cycling gear has gone downhill since this Claud Butler Whitsun “rigout” was advertised in 1936?

 

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Posted: 13th, April 2014 | In: Fashion, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0