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Every Era Builds Character

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
"I'm not ready for a convent or anything so I can wear leopard glasses." As young girls, we can remember sifting through our grandmother's costume jewelry and scarves. (Maybe we still do it.) And as a whole, fashion has often tried to replicate the way our grandmothers curate themselves--an overstated broach here, a layer of velvet there, a coral shade of lipstick. Older women possess a type of elegance that comes exclusively with age. But, no matter how hard you try, a pretty young thing can never pull off a leopard print turban the way a 90-year-old fashionista can. Ari Cohen's blog Advanced Style is an ode to the silver haired doyennes of the New York fashion world. For Nowness, Cohen has partnered with Director Lina Plioplyte to create a video homage to iconic women like the orange-lashed Ilona Royce Smithkin, and the ever-chic textile mogul Iris Apfel. Advanced Style: Age and Beauty shows us how personal style can be improved with every year of our lives, especially when paired with the grace (and humor) these incredible women possess. In the words of Jean of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas: "Young women, you're going to be an old woman some day. Don't worry about it. Every era builds character." Watch Advanced Style: Age and Beauty above.

The TRUSST Shop

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
TRUSST launches their online store featuring established and emerging designers Creative studio TRUSST launches their online shop. Carrying current season, archived, and collectible works by a small selection of brands from more established designers to emerging progressive talent, the TRUSST Store features favorites like Arielle De Pinto's jewelry and Pleasure Principle's simple yet asymmetrical pieces. The shop is great source for discovering new talent and emptying your pocket book. Check out TRUSST's new online shop here.

F-Troupe for Summer

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

F-Troupe's Bathing Flat is a summer shoe for the city

F-Troupe makes the perfect cross-over shoe for summer. For the majority of us that live in big cities, wearing flip flops around is gross--the subways are dirty, the sidewalks are dirty, even our apartment hallways are dirty. The F-Troupe Bathing Flat, is sort of a sandal meets sneaker meets flat. Available in a selection of shades including hot pink, turquoise, black and white (our favorite), these plastic lace up shoes are waterproof and as appropriate for the beach as much as they are for the city.

See more of the F-Troupe Bathing Flat below.

Images borrowed from: Opening Ceremony

Q & A: The Male Feminist

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Dan Solomon talks about feminists, Hay Ladies, dudes who don't listen and Planned Parenthood Dan Solomon is a Texas-based journalist who writes for Spin, The Texas Observer, The A.V. Club, and MTV Hive just to name a few. Like some thirty-something dudes living in North America, he's got a wife, a dog (named Dio) and he listens to Elliott Smith. But unlike most of his fellow males, he also publishes his two cents on the popular feminist website, Hay Ladies. We first noticed Dan's work when he chalked up an insightful response to an article on Thought Catalog about male presence on the internet called, "Thoughts On: Where Have All The Dude Blogs Gone?" Before we could virtually high-five him from our laptops, Dan whipped out another gem titled, "Why Feminism is Also Dude-ism" which we immediately forwarded to our brothers, fathers, friends and boyfriends. Instead of applauding him from a far, we decided to ask him a few questions about his swan dive into the feminist circle. I remember meeting women in my Gender Studies classes who were convinced men couldn't be feminists because they couldn't understand what it is to live as a woman. What would you say to that? Dan: Well, I guess it depends on what "feminist" means. I certainly can't understand what it's like to live as a woman. But I think that recognizing that this is an area you can't have expertise is really important. You can have some good ideas, and you can try to be fair and helpful. But when it comes to feminism, every woman I meet -- even ones who I disagree with on everything -- is going to have a more authentic understanding of the subject than I will. Which is okay. It just means that your role is to listen first, if you're a dude. Do you think dudes listen? I don't know. They listen to me, but that's to be expected. I can speak with quite an authoritative voice when I try to. A lot of women I know don't feel listened to, which is probably why people seemed to respond well to that piece I wrote for Hay Ladies. Why do you think feminism is such a threatening word for men? Because it's girly! It's hard to check the part of yourself that wants to be seen as tough and manly and whatever, and justify that with a girly word. You have to start getting over some bullshit that -- at least for me -- is internalized at a young age. And then you have to own it, at least a little bit. What's your view on the Planned Parenthood situation? Ugh. It's politics. I mean, it's not even really a debate. Planned Parenthood is an organization that has provided a lot of very necessary health care to people I know -- my wife had a history of UTI's and no health insurance, and she could get them treated there for $60, instead of $1,000 at the ER, and that's just one example -- and so the idea that you would cut their funding is just absurd. And it's ridiculous that it's men -- who rarely need the sort of health care that PP provides -- who are making those decisions. Every woman reading this knows all about that. Do you plan to do some more feminist writing? If someone as smart as Andrea Grimes wants me to write for her, I'm always in. I do think it's important, when you're a dude writing about feminist topics, to make sure that your editor is a woman. How did you end up such a smart, open-minded dude in a world full of idiots? Ha! If I'm any of those things, it's because I had women in my life who were patient enough to help me overcome a lot of bullshit. I mean, there aren't a lot of great role models for being a feminist dude. Read more from Dan Solomon here.

Leave A Message

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Nike 6.0 presents Leave a Message, a film about surfing As girls, tons of us had dreams of being surfers. Living walking-distant from a beach, being mostly barefoot (or in sandals) and swimming and surfing everyday. These Nike babes live this dream, and they totally rip. Coming May 2011, Nike will be releasing Leave a Message, a surfing film focused on their Nike 6.0 womens surf team. Directed by Jason Kenworthy and filmed and edited by Aaron Lieber, this is a performance film that not only shows off the skill these six ladies possess, but is a testament to how this generation of surfers has changed the sport. Click play above to watch the trailer for the Nike Leave a Message trailer.

V Ave Shoe Repair Autumn ’11

Monday, April 25th, 2011

V Avenue Shoe Repair presents autumn '11 with a new image and name For their autumn '11 collection, V Ave Shoe Repair focused on luxurious materials and paid attention to the details. Using treated, washed and dyed surfaces the Swedish brand created, in their words, "destroyed beauty and understated luxury." The black, grey, beige and white monochrome collection explores draping of sheer jerseys and knits, while metal pleated corsets and jackets are paired with leather and cotton twill exaggerating the body in the right places. With a small leap from their old identity (Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair), this collection marks a new image for the newly named V Ave Shoe Repair including new branding and the most thorough collection they have ever released. See more from the V Ave Shoe Repair autumn '11 campaign and collection below.