Monthly Archives: October 2008

Go Greased Lighting–Look slick with some shiny, black leggings

Yes, it’s true. Those shiny, black leggings that you probably remember from Grease are suddenly all the rage.

Thunder thighs will be cited and towed

Warning: Thunder thighs will be cited and towed

I first spotted two girls wearing these leggings on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard in September, which isn’t exactly the most logical place for an urbane trend like this one. However, the two girls looked like they came out of central casting for Gossip Girl. They had long blond hair that hung down to their waists, lugged gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcases, and spoke to one another with heavy Russian accents. Surrounded by people in Red Sox apparel and a kids ice hockey team, the two girls looked like creatures from another planet. They were certainly not wearing the shiny leggings to protect themselves from Hurricane Kyle, which was rocking the ferry with record winds. I wonder if those things are waterproof…probably not.

Fashion-wise, I think they can be pretty cute. Black leggings are always flattering and you can style them up or down. -Stylechica

Buy them at American Apparel

A few more fun images:

Everyone's doing it, why won't you?



Eau de Sleazy Man

Smell like mouthwash!

Smell like mouthwash!

I’ve been sampling an eau de toilette by Comptoir Sud Pacifique called Aqua Motu. If that name doesn’t put you off, it’s very much “sleazy-man’s-sweater-left-behind-in-a-club-in-Cannes.” I know that’s a long, roundabout way to describe a scent, but there you have it.

Once, I accidentally took home the wrong sweater from a club in Europe and it smelled of cologne and man’s sweat and when I put the sweater on (mistakenly of course), the man-sweat got on my skin and I couldn’t wash it off quickly enough. Yuck.

The notes in Aqua Motu are reportedly: algae, rosemary, ylang-ylang, pepper, patchouli, orange and cedar.

When I smell Aqua Motu, the first thing I smell is the pepper, then the algae, which kind of makes me think of disease and flu season, then something that reminds me of Irish Spring or mouthwash. No no no.


Infusion D’homme by Prada

Miuccia Prada is one woman the art and fashion worlds love without reservation. I’m in agreement. For one, she tends to intellectualize fashion, looking at clothing as a reflection of our current definition of femininity or some other esoteric idea. Sometimes her clothes are even frumpy–the perfect anti-fashion statement. But then you slip something on and realize that Prada’s clothes are meticulous arranged, a maze of intricate seams and good design.

I don’t normally shop Prada (out of my price range), but one time I wandered into the boutique on Rodeo and tried on a black coat. While the shop girl ignored me, I nearly burst into tears in the dressing room. It was perfect, made from soft wool with puffy sleeves and a large, deep hoodie. The silhouette managed to be relaxed and sophisticated at the same time. The only problem was that it cost several months rent.

Warm citrus notes with iris and cedar!

Warm citrus notes with iris and cedar!

Anyway, last night I went to an event to commemorate the online launch of Prada’s Infusion D’Homme fragrance. As part of the launch, Prada and Max Bruch commissioned nine filmmakers in nine different countries to make short films based on Prada’s description of the ingredients that make up the perfume: Tunisian neroli, Iris, cedar, vetiver, benzoin from Laos and incense from Somalia. The scent is absolutely¬† brilliant. When you first smell it, it’s almost warm, the iris and the cedar are what pop. If the scent had a color, I would imagine it to be a soothing, orange-tinted yellow.

To celebrate the launch of this perfume, Prada not only commissioned these nine films, they also asked Pietro Scalia, well-known, academy-award winning film editor of JFK and Black Hawk Down (not to mention the cinematic Gladiator), to synthesize these nine films into a version of his own–pure alchemy.

Afterward Scalia talked about his creative process. The final film is blisteringly sensory, kind of like good perfume.

What I noticed most about these films was their paean to youth and the fact that they seemed to be led by emotion, not plot logic. The actors were blindingly good-looking, young, and yearning. My favorite of the nine shorts, was the film by the Cuban director Navarro. It is classic. You watch the main character bond with his grandfather and you can feel what he does when you jump into a pool or the ocean. Just watching the film made me want to run to the sea.

Check them out for yourself!

Click on Infusion D’Homme

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