This is my very first edition of What’s That Guy Wearing, and I’m super excited. WTGW is basically going to be a breakdown of the best and worst dressed athletes of the week. The NFL may have their own fashion police, but I’m going to break it down for you guys here every Saturday (the players won’t even get fined for poor choice in ties).
First on the chopping block we have Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee getting ready for his game against the New York Jets tomorrow at Metlife Stadium.
This outfit is getting mixed reviews on the Indy Facebook page, but let’s be real. What does Facebook know about menswear. Facebook is not loving these pants, at least the colour anyway. Some people think this is all a part of a hazing ritual, but I think that Pat McAfee made a pretty good choice. To be honest, this is a little bit Spring/Summer for me, but he must have the personality to make it work, even on a frigid Midwestern day.
He’s channeling classic American prep, and for anyone who knows me, they know that I love me some classic American fashion. The belt matching the tasseled loafers is all very fraternity for me and to be quite honest, I think it works. It’s a nice change from the classic grey suit that we see walking to the bus every week. I think he needs an update coming into winter though, we’ll see what happens! I only have one thing to say, “Indy fans leave Pat’s pants alone!”.
People always talk about how Marilyn Monroe was a size 14, and how we should embrace her figure instead of embracing the slim and lean look of the models today.
And to that I say, that Marilyn Monroe was not a 2012 size 14. If Marilyn Monroe were alive today, I very much doubt she’d be wearing plus-sized clothing. In fact, she’d fit in with modern day starlets very easily, as I bet you she is no more than a size 8.
Vanity sizing has pushed clothing sizes up since her time, and people need to remember that.
People also need to remember that they are not the number in the back of their jeans, or the digitally projected number on their scale.
Just chatting about hot guys…
It’s too bad that we actually do put societal pressure on men to look that way. It’s a shame that more people don’t take the time to realize that media pressure to look a certain way, does in fact affect both genders, just maybe not to the same extent.
Example 1: Romantic comedies and sitcoms usually star that one quirky girl that girls between the ages of 16-25 are supposed to identify with. She’s usually socially awkward, bubbly, probably clutzy. Maybe she says the wrong things at the wrong time. Think Zooey Deschanel in anything. The problem here is that other than the fact that she is acting out this quirky girl persona, she fits the social construct of the “ideal” girl. She’s a size 6, perfect wavy hair, never frizzy or out of place, clothing that she bought at Forever 21.
This happens to men too. How many of the men in these sitcoms are portrayed as romantically viable if they are overweight, or geeky? Even the geeky men in films and movies are fitting the social construct of what a man should be. Think about Dan from Gossip Girl. He’s supposed to be a social outcast, living in Brooklyn. Doing nothing but writing and chain smoking all day, yet he’s still one of the best looking people in New York City.
Moral: For each gender, even the most socially awkward characters represent versions of society that are unattainable for the average socially awkward person.
Example 2: In each magazine geared for women, there is going to be the inevitable, “Get A Beach Ready Body in 2 Weeks” article. It’s going to feature some sort of personal trainer, and they’re going to tell you how to plank your way to being a sexually viable “piece of ass”. There are entire sections on websites about how to dress yourself to get men to notice you, how to do your hair for a date, and more. Society telling us how we need to dress and look in order to be considered as a mate.
Yet, this happens with men too. Shaving cream commercials tell men that they need to have a face as smooth as a baby’s bottom in order for their wife to touch them, articles in GQ telling them what suits to wear to nail that ever important job interview (to make the big bucks they’ll need to attract a woman), and websites upon websites telling men how to gain muscle and get six-pack abs just like the guys from 300.
Moral: Not only is the media dictating to women what we need to look like, it’s dictating to men that they need to look just as good as the women they’re molding (plus they need to be rich, or at least look rich).
Example 3: We have Cosmo articles telling us we need to be more adventurous in bed. That we need to throw away our sexual limits, and start giving morning head. Or that we need to watch more football, and stop asking stupid questions halfway through the game. That we need to appreciate more action movies and stop making our manly men boyfriends watch The Notebook and re-runs of Touched by an Angel. We need to cook them breakfast with plenty of meat, and skip the oatmeal. We need to conform to the tomboy best friend role, along with the mother role and be excellent at sex in order to keep a man happy.
Men’s magazines tell men that they need to be more sensitive and they need to at least pretend that they care about their girlfriend’s new haircut, even though it looks exactly the same as before. It tells them that regardless of their pocket money, hygiene and style are all that matters above everything else, and physical appearance is what gets them a woman. They need to look like they go to the gym, even if they don’t. They need to look like they make 80K a year, even if they’re only making 35K, and they need to smell like they spend $150 on cologne weekly. It’s not enough for a man to simply look good, but he needs to look expensive. Because why? Because 9 times out of 10 when a woman says what she wants in a man, it’s either a good sense of humour, or a man that can take care of her. Let me tell you right now, she doesn’t mean a man that will make soup out of the can when she’s on her period.
Moral: Both genders are expected to conform to specific roles in order to “keep their spouses happy”. And who decides this? The media.
Do we put pressure on men to look like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte? Of course we do. If we didn’t put the pressure on them to look like those men, we wouldn’t be so head over heels about their bodies in the first place. We wouldn’t be reblogging pictures of Ryan Lochte shirtless, or him slipping his swim trunks over his hips with the caption, “omg drooling, please be mine” or the like. Is the pressure equal to the pressure the media puts on women? No, no it isn’t, but we do need to realize that it’s there for men as well.
The fashion world is often demonized for perpetuating unrealistic body images for females, and to an extent I agree with that. I agree that designer clothing walking down the runways in Paris and Milan isn’t made for women that aren’t a perfect size two, and I agree that there should be some regulation on the kinds of models being sent down the runway (and that is in the works, click through).
There is a problem in the industry and I believe it needs to be a more predominant issue. I believe that something needs to be done to keep the models safe, and to quell the ever growing ED epidemic.
But, fixing the problem in the industry doesn’t start with body-shaming the women walking the runways.
Body-shaming? That only exists when you’re talking about overweight people.
Ah, but you’re wrong.
Pictures like this:
This is body-shaming. Body-shaming exists when you decide to put down someone’s body, regardless of their size.
Just because a woman is considered plus-size, does not mean that she is automatically more beautiful because she is rejecting the standards that society places upon her. She is beautiful because all bodies and shapes are beautiful. A thin woman who models for Chanel every season isn’t “shit” because she’s thin. She’s beautiful because all bodies and shapes are beautiful.
The only ugly thing about society and about society’s standards is the all too popular practice of forcing our insecurities onto other peoples’ bodies and allowing those insecurities to turn into hate.
Out of hate is born body-shame.
I don’t know how many of you even knew that America’s Next Top Model was starting, because I certainly had no clue. But, it did start last week, and through some sort of divine miracle ANTM is on it’s 18th cycle. This cycle is featuring two teams; seven girls from the United Kingdom and seven girls from the United States. This is hands down, the most contrived thing Tyra Banks has done since the last cycle with the “All-Stars”.
Not only did the episode start off with some intense national “rivalry” but the American girls had no idea that they were going to be competing against girls that had previously been in Top Model Competitions. Not only did ANTM not do an open casting call in the UK, they limited the amount of American girls that they were going to accept. This to me sounds like there was a lack of American talent, so they needed to go overseas to find more runner ups and reality T.V. has-beens.
There were so many things that pissed me off during the episode, that it’s almost impossible for me to pin-point any one thing that really angered me. I think the biggest downfall about the entire competition for me is the fact that it’s incredibly ignorant. Be it Tyra addressing all of the Americans as “Yanks” (even though there is a girl from Texas) or her mockery of the accents during deliberation (yes Tyra, we all heard you pull an awful British accent). The show is not only perpetuating stereotypes about both nationalities, it’s an embarrassment to the fashion industry as well.
You know what, I might as well make a list.
I was happy when she was introduced as the first girl on ANTM to be of aboriginal descent. I think it’s amazing that they’re finally branching past the “status quo” nationalities, and picking someone that isn’t necessarily a face that is already represented in the fashion world.
Then for the photo shoot they made her Pocahantas…
And on top of making her Pocahantas, they claimed that this should have been an easy shoot for her, because she’s an aboriginal. So, should it have been an easy shot for the black girls that were portraying Janet Jackson and Mel B?
They would never EVER say that to any other competitor of any other ethnic origin, and it was atrocious that it was even suggested that she didn’t, “bring out her inner aboriginee” enough in this photo shoot. This is hands down the most disgusting thing I’ve seen on ANTM in all of the 18 cycles and I’m actually considering emailing someone about it.
The Ignorance of the Entire Production Team
I don’t know if they write Tyra’s scripts during deliberation of if she’s actually just that ignorant and oblivious all on her own.
I’m going to start off with the fact that not every American is a “Yank”. That’s actually a derogatory term for American, and I’m sure that if the few southern girls actually knew what a Yankee was, they might be a bit offended by it. Sure, they won the civil war, but that doesn’t mean that you can call every single American a “Yank”. If she says it more than once this season, I’m never watching television again.
I also had a problem with the opening credits when Tyra says that the UK accents are just, “so cuuute”. All I could think was, if you met Kate Moss, or for whatever reason had to work with Kate Moss, would you tell a modeling legend that her accent was cute? That you can’t understand her, but her accent is just cute? Not only is that EXTREMELY condescending, it’s incredibly ignorant. Especially when to top it all off, you start speaking to them in their own accent.
Cool it Tyra, shrugging off professionalism like that doesn’t make you look casual, it makes you look like a farce.
The Overall Quality of the Show
Not only do all of the girls practically look the same, there are only two nationalities represented. There are white girls, and there are black girls. There are Americans, and there are girls from the UK. There is no spice or variety to the show, it’s the same thing that we see every single other cycle except seven of the girls are from another island.
The photo shoot was less than mediocre and I’m quite sure that it produced some of the worst photos that ANTM has ever seen. The concept was horrendous, and the 3D photography? Come on. What on Earth is high fashion about that? Tyra Banks is becoming more and more irrelevant every day.
Watching this episode has not motivated me to watch any more episodes, and I found it extremely hard to sit through. Hopefully, in the next few episodes they start to settle into something a little bit more serious, although I really doubt that will happen.
ANTM isn’t a show about fashion, or fashion modeling. It’s a show about girls who want to take pretty pictures of themselves. If you want to be a model, I urge you to go about it the way every other serious model has done it.
None of the models that win this show have a career. Reality T.V. is not that way to get noticed or signed in the fashion industry, it’s how you full stop your career before it even starts.
Just think, would you really want to start your serious modeling career with KELLY OSBORNE as a deciding factor?
I’m thankful for the very popular backlash against UGG boots this winter, but some people are refusing to say die. Using excuses like, “Well I live in Toronto, I need the boots to get from one place to another. I put my good boots on when I get to where I’m going.”
I however, refuse to let this excuse slide. You can have stylish, weather ready boots that won’t be ruined as soon as you step in a slush puddle. Not only are UGG slouchy (not in the good way) and hideous, they’re extremely bad for your feet and lack the all important arch support that’s needed in a good pair of everyday shoes.
And don’t complain about prices because the average UGG boot will run you $275-$325 depending on the store that you buy them from.
Here are some cold weather approved alternatives that not only look better than UGG boots, but will keep your feet much warmer and more dry than the standard slouch boot:
The North Face Women’s Brianna: $195.00
UGG Women’s Edmonton: $475.00
UGG Women’s Belcloud Boots: $365
And finally my favourite…
Hunter Women’s Earlham: $227.28
On December 9th, the @_IFB posted a text entitled “The Great Debate: Content vs. Community” in regards to blogging. It discussed how the landscape of fashion blogging has changed and the importance of community building (getting readers, networking, and branding) and quality content. The…
I have to go ahead and say I agree.
I cruise fashion blogs a lot, because I like to know what’s going on in the industry, but do I consider CocoPerez a valid source of fashion information? HELL to the ma f*ckin NO. Why should a guy, who does covers who’s pregnant or fashion industry drama, as fashion information, be considered a viable source in the industry? He shouldn’t.
Another example of someone who considers themselves a fashion journalist of sorts is Bryanboy. But once again, I don’t think taking pictures of yourself daily in different versions of the same Prada outfit should garner you industry attention. But somehow, it does.
He’s not starting trends, he’s not broadcasting trends; he’s bragging to his ‘readers’ about what the big names are sending him daily.
Newsflash, only reason you’re getting clothing is because hundreds of no-brainers read your blog because they think you have some sort of fashion insider information. Being invited to a party doesn’t make your opinion worth a damn, just makes it louder.
Although generally speaking, larger fashion bloggers no longer HAVE opinions. That’s why they are sent the free swag, because they don’t critically look at any of the collections, they just show them.
Your problem here is that the public as a whole doesn’t care about content, and why should they? The public has watered down even national news broadcasts to the point where Lindsay Lohan getting parole is international news (I don’t know if that’s actually happened, because I don’t care).
Fashion communities are no different. They don’t want to see content, because they don’t care about opinions. They care about pretty pictures, and pretty outfits. They care about who’s pregnant, and who’s dating who. They don’t care about the news, they care about the VS Fashion Show.
If you find readers who genuinely love your blog and want to support your blog. Readers who want to hear your opinion, cherish them, because that’s the kind of community you want to be a part of. Otherwise you’re just a name dropper like BryanBoy and Perez Hilton.
The Catfish of the Fashion Industry.
For the majority of the summer the general public has been eagerly awaiting November as that’s when H&M was set to release their collaboration collection with Versace.
As an avid H&M shopper and a pretty big fan of almost everything Versace, I was super excited for the release of the collection and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the lookbook.
In fact my only qualm with the pieces were that they are not wearable. At least not wearable for the average H&M shopper. Not to mention, the price tags are hefty, certainly not fitting in with the generally affordable price tags that grace the shelves of H&M at any other time.
Regardless, the pieces flew off the racks. But, I guess they flew right back onto the racks and into return bins across the country. Evidently, people thought the same thing about the lack of wearable pieces and the huge price tags. It’s hard to buy something that expensive, when you don’t necessarily have somewhere to wear it (except the collection came out during semi-formal season, say hello to some very well-dressed high schoolers).
So why on Earth did H&M decide to do a cruise collection too?
Thankfully, the price tags are much smaller, and the pieces are much more subdued. Shorts with fruity patterns and bright pastels, put you in a warm, inviting mood. Cute earrings and light airy dresses are staple pieces in this small, but cute collection.
Can’t say I’m as excited about these pieces as I was about the Fall collection, but hey, it is just a Cruise collection.
As you all know, I’ve been urging designers and general fashionistas to contact me about being featured on my blog. This week’s feature is @Contessas_Court. Her splashy handbag designs and scarves are eye poppers from anywhere. I’m excited to see the clothing that will be debuting on her line shortly as I’m sure it’s going to demand attention.
1. Basically, I’d really like to know what prompted you to start designing. When you started, if you have any specific training. Why is being a fashion designer an ideal job choice for you?
I just am a very creative and artistic person. I have always wanted to be a fashion designer. It is my passion. It is something I have wanted to do since I was a teen. I am now following that passion and dream. I started my line Contessa’s Court in June 2011. I am currently in college and am getting 2 degrees one of them being an AA in Business. I also take sewing lessons from a wonderful professional sewing teacher. I feel like I create wearable art that can make you feel beautiful. I cannot think of a better job than that!
2. What do you design? What kind of products, what kind of patterns.
Right now I am designing purses, scarves and headband scarves. I will be adding jewelry to the line in the next week. I will be doing hats and clothing soon. I really love elegant fabric such as satin, velvet and chiffon. I really enjoy bright colors and patterns. My favorite pattern is paisley.
3. How would you describe your designs? Are they out there? Are they Audrey Hepburn, or more wild child?
I would say I am more of a vintage style but with a modern twist on some things. I like to think of my designs as old Hollywood. I really loved the glamour back then from the 20’s, 40’s, and 50’s.
4. How much exposure have your designs gotten? If you’ve designed for celebrities, whom have you designed for? Do you plan on working with celebrities?
I’m currently in a cute little store on the coast. I have been interviewed a couple times. I also have been featured on a website with some of my purses. Yes, I have designed for a celebrity; Mystique Summers and I am a huge fan of hers. Yes, I do plan on working for celebrities. I love them and love to design for them!
5. Who do you design for? What kind of audience do you strive to reach with your pieces?
Teens, Women and Drag Queens! My specialty, when I add clothing to the line, will be for plus sized women.
6. How do you feel about the fashion and modeling industry and how does it affect you? Do you feel that there is a negative shadow that is cast upon the industry? Do you think that this negative feeling is justified?
I feel its fine. I would not let it affect me. I will design clothing for any woman of any size. I am glad plus sized models are being shown now. That makes me very happy. It depends on how you look at it. I love fashion and designers should be able to express themselves. I am not negative about it at all.
7. What do you think is the most pressing issue in the industry right now?
I would say the economy for me. You have to have money to get a line started. I also price my items reasonably so anyone can afford to buy them and feel beautiful!
How can you find Contessa’s Court? Check her out:
Facebook: Contessa’s Court
Etsy: Coming soon!
If you’d like to be featured as a designer or fashion notable, DM me on twitter or tumblr with your email and we’ll go from there.
If you follow me on twitter (@couturewriter), you’ve undoubtedly noticed that I am a huge fan of rap music.
I’m talking modern rap, we’re not harking back to Biggie and Tupac (although I still have mad respect for the men that started the game). I’m talking about Kanye, Jay-Z, Drake, not to mention the crooners that accompany them like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.
I’ve noticed that rappers have been getting more and more well dressed. These men are starting to become the front runners in well dressed celebrities. Their outfits are more daring, with the gritty urban edge that you would expect from the hip hop industry which creates a very interesting contrast between the polished look and the look that has been haunting the rap game for years (sagged pants, baggy tees, you know the deal).
Rappers everywhere have been starting clothing lines, since nearly the beginning of time, but for the first time in a long time, or for the first time ever, hip-hop designers are coming off of the back burner of the fashion stove. The problem with a lot of the brands that were coming out of the hip hop world is that they were overstated and tacky. They made noise, but not in a good way. Only the celebrity themselves could pull off the clothing that they were trying to market for the masses. These modern rapper/designers are now moving however, from the bargain bin, towards the runways.
Dw Kanye West was West’s line that debuted this year, and even though it was overall very unimpressive and slightly frumpy, it was a huge leap forward in the industry for the rappers that are interested in moving into fashion. Let’s forget about Apple Bottom Jeans and move towards what Kanye was at least TRYING to do.
Obviously I’m waiting for an OVO sweatshirt to appear underneath my Christmas tree this year, but so far the whole line has been pretty elusive. It goes on sale for short bursts, and generally if you find any of it for sale it’s because someone bought it during one of these short sales, or it’s limited edition and costs a fortune (like everything worth buying, let’s be honest).
If anyone has any idea about OVO swag let me know. I’m dying for a sweatshirt. If I could afford one of the baseball jackets (Canada Goose and the Roots version, that North North shit) I tell ya, I’d be in there like a dirty OVO sweatshirt.
Anyway, I like the way that the rap game is headed. Kanye shouting out to Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs on tracks, Drake is wearing Missoni, let’s keep it this way and let’s keep our pants pulled up.
Let me start off by saying, I love her videos and I think she is the silliest bitch on the internet. If I could be friends with her, I totally would be, but for the first time in the history of her videos she’s said something that I kind of disagree with.
For starters, this is the video.
Long ago, when the nuclear family still existed; when your mom put curlers in her hair just to stay at home for dinner; when commercial airlines were just wee little babies people used to get all dolled up to get on airplanes. It was an event! You were finally rich enough to board an airplane and fly across the country. You were in the elite group of American families that could finally leave state lines without packing up your station wagon. Like we’re talking Betty and Don Draper flying from Laguardia to LAX.
Women wore their dresses, wore their high heels. Their husbands wore their suits and dress shoes. Heaven forbid any of them enter the airport wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt (never mind tights, oh the shame).
If they saw what we wear to the airport on a regular basis nowadays, they’d cringe.
Now I know, you’re saying, “Well times have changed, I’m not Betty or Don Draper and those bitches are annoying.” Well yes, they are annoying and no, you’re not a 1962 housewife, but does that really mean that we need to bum around (no offense) everytime we go somewhere?
There are some things that I’m going to get out of the way right now about modern travel:
1. Yes, flights are longer and you want to be comfortable, because ideally you’re going to want to sleep during the flight.
2. Yes, all airports have metal detectors that pick up the underwire in your bra.
3. No one wants to wait in line behind you while you put all of your accessories back on.
1. You’re flying from NYC to Miami. You’re flying from Toronto to Montreal. Flights that take virtually no time now in 2011. You don’t need to be in your period pants. Sure, they’re really comfortable but no one needs to see that. You could at least toss on a pair of yoga pants, a pair of Lululemons. You could toss on a pair of jeans, or a skirt.
If you’re on a flight from London to LA, be my guest wear your track pants. But don’t hate on the people that do get all gussied up. For example, Victoria Beckham. Not only is she hounded by paparazzi after she gets off a flight from anywhere, she’s an international style icon. She wears her a-line, skin tight dresses and sky high heels when she walks to her mailbox in the morning, do you really think sitting in them for 10 hours really affects her?
2. You DON’T need to wear every necklace you own, or your t-shirt with the chains that hang off of it, but there are so many nice things that you can put on your body that don’t have metal on or near them, it astonishes me. Have none of you been into American Apparel? H&M?
3. Move your ass to the side of the line with your tub and put your shit on out of everyone’s way. It’s common courtesy.
I wish that society was still as fashionably conscious as they were in the 1960’s. So, if someone else feels the need to dress up to go to the airport, don’t judge them as soon as they come in the door, leave the judging for when they’re being a stupid bitch.
Then please, judge all you want.
In an age full of Photoshop and advertorial manipulation are we really surprised that H&M doesn’t even use real model bodies to market the clothes on their site? Our society has gotten to the point where knowing how to use applications like Photoshop and Dreamweaver are as beneficial as knowing how to use Microsoft Word, or Excel. At some magazines, I’m sure you wouldn’t even get a job as an intern if you didn’t know how to use Photoshop.
H&M was admitted yesterday to virtually altering the bodies of the models in all of their pictures; but by virtually altering I mean that they use one body, in one position and virtually add the model’s head to the body. Like a mannequin, only they change the face.
People all over the internet today are up in arms about this revelation. Women all over the world are screaming. On Glamour’s website some of the comments included:
“I wonder how the models feel about it. We see their beautiful faces that they are likely receiving a paycheck for…. but their bodies didn’t make the cut? Odd.”
“Why am I supposed to care? ANOTHER company is using plastic/fake/anorexic-looking models and I’m supposed to be shocked and appalled…”
H&M says that, “The result is strange to look at, but the message is clear: buy our clothes, not our models” (Glamour).
I feel that H&M simply made a decision based on economics, plain and simple. Instead of photographing a model in their pieces of clothing every time they needed to put a new piece on their website, they can simply add a photo to an already predetermined body, with little alterations to the picture.This puts more money into creating affordable clothing, and allows for their amazing ad campaigns to continue (with real models).
The models all knew the parameters of the photo, and knew that their body would not be featured.
One commenter said it all on the Glamour website:
“Stores have been using mannequins for decades, what is the difference in using a fake person to sell clothes in a store vs. a fake person online? Want unrealistic depictions of the female body? Look at an old-school pattern or designer’s drawing. Besides the long tradition of using human-body substitutes, using virtual models saves a lot of money, therefore keeping costs low and items at H&M cheap. This is a major reason we love it so much. This is the definition of making a mountain out of a molehill.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. What do you think?