Kawaii, but make it subversive: Japan’s latest fashion is more than its frills

All-conquering cute

It is hard to believe that we are approaching a decade since Kyary Pamyu Pamyu reignited international interest in Japanese kawaii with her 2011 hit song “Ponponpon.” Perhaps “reignited” is an inappropriate word for something that has never stopped smoldering, but it is hard to deny that the song, or more accurately the arresting video by art director Sebastian Masuda, kicked up some sparks.

Since then, kawaii street culture in Japan may have become a little less flamboyant, much to the disappointment of pre-COVID-19 tourists out on safari in Harajuku, but no less culturally relevant. Present-day youth fashion

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Should We Really Embrace ’90s Fashion?

As far as I am concerned, when Harry Styles wore a yellow plaid Gucci

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Remember workwear? Keep it slick in black and white | Fashion

It took me a year to adjust to WFH. I’ve just about got there, and now it’s going to take me just as long to adjust back to working-not-from-home. Not least the question of what to wear.

Working days at home are different, even when the job is the same. They have a strangely porous quality. Even on the good days, when you get to work in a quiet room with the door shut, home life seeps in. Cooking smells waft under the door and TV canned laughter through the walls. A calendar reminder for a meeting you don’t want

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How Chanel reinvents its famous symbols in jewelry, fashion

From fashion and decor to jewelry, the French house reinvents its enduring emblems

Few luxury brands have as many instantly recognizable motifs as Chanel. The maison’s genius lies in constantly interpreting its symbols — founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s favorite flower, color pairings and more — across categories. Here’s a look at six of her original symbols and how they’re translated from fashion to glamorous jewelry, watches and a stunning boutique backdrop.

The feather

A feathered look from Chanel’s spring 2021 show by creative director Virginie Viard calls to mind a Plume de Chanel 18-k white-gold bracelet with diamonds, $12,900. All jewelry available at London Jewelers.
A feathered look from Chanel’s spring 2021 show by creative director Virginie Viard calls to mind a Plume de Chanel 18-k white-gold bracelet with diamonds, $12,900.
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For teens, back to school means back to fashion

Like many L.A. teens, 17-year-old Sheccid Vazquez spent the last year in pajamas.

“During quarantine, I would wake up and stay in my pajamas until the end of school,” said the Ramona Convent Secondary School senior. “I wouldn’t change because teachers gave us the option not to turn our cameras on.”

But with high school campuses reopening across L.A. County — including all last week at the Los Angeles Unified School District — teens are redefining back-to-school wardrobe, shedding their remote-learning loungewear and constricting before-times ensembles in favor of innovative and eye-catching new looks.

“I definitely had a lot of

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Great Outfits in Fashion History: Sharon Tate in Her Babydoll Wedding Dress

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

We often think of non-traditional wedding gowns as a modern development, but iconic women like Bianca Jagger and Sharon Tate were thinking outside the bridal box more than half a century ago, making for unexpected moments that are all the more memorable.

Tate had her moment in 1968, when she married infamous director (and,

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Clothing Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

Clothing Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style


How is any generation remembered? How is any era remembered? How is any period remembered? How is any culture remembered? Trends allow us to identify and form a history—a timeline—of progress.

Trends allow us to track progress. They’re a record of progress and experimentation, and allow us to connect with people at this very moment.

In fashion, change is necessary.  An outfit that was in style and trendy a couple of years ago will make you get laughed at from the room the next few years.

This is the principle of the ever-changing nature of the fashion industry.

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Fashion for a Summer of Reentry

But for historical clues about how Americans might dress after the pandemic, Valerie Steele, a fashion historian and the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York, says that the most compelling comparison is probably to the Roaring ’20s. That period followed an extended flu pandemic and the First World War, both of which had exhausted and disillusioned many Americans. “Young people were like, This was just handled so badly. It was a debacle. How can you expect us to follow your rules? ” she told me. Sound familiar?

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Halle Berry Strikes a Sexy ‘Fashion Stretch’ Pose in Animal-Print Bodysuit and Matching Boots

Watch: Halle Berry wore a leopard print turtleneck bodysuit with matching thigh-high boots

If you haven’t already added Halle Berry to your hot girl summer mood board, now is the time. 

Before we could even recover from her Academy Awards red carpet appearance a few weeks ago, the actress, 54, stunned in an Abodi animal-print bodysuit and matching over-the-knee boots for an Instagram photo shoot on Wednesday. 

She appropriately captioned the sexy snaps, “hitting all the right spots…” 

RELATED: Halle Berry Shares Her DIY Beauty and Self-Care Routine

In the photos, Berry is leaning up against the wall in direct

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My ’90s Fashion Obsession? Thanks to My Mom, It’s Talbots

While my colleagues scour the internet for ’90s-era Versace prints and Tom Ford for Gucci jeans, I’m searching for Talbots. Yes, that Talbots. It requires more digging, sure, but the prices can’t be beat—a recent score was $56!—and that retro crimson T label takes me right back to my childhood.

My mom’s closet was filled with Talbots back in the day. When my twin sister, Liz, and I were born 30 years ago, she worked evenings at our local Talbots in Indianapolis while my dad juggled two babies (then three when our brother arrived 18 months later) and a stack

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