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Disney Princess Outfits Just Got A High Fashion Makeover

When fashion designers try their hand at a Disney-style outfit, they often just modernize the standard princess dresses, mixing nostalgia with contemporary tastes. But what these iconic characters call for is a more radical, imaginative look. And thanks to one artist, that’s exactly what they got.

disney villain haute couture

Sashiiko Anti on DeviantArt took some of the best-remembered Disney princesses and villains, from Cinderella and her evil stepmother to Rapunzel and Mother Gothel, and created runway-ready outfits inspired by each.

Anti first conceived of her haute couture pieces by striving for a different aesthetic: “I just wanted to try something new and design totally new looks for characters loved by so many people. It’s a real challenge and a lot of fun in the same time. Plus I really enjoyed watching all the movies for the second time, or third … or fourth.”

Check out some of Sashiiko Anti’s Disney redesigns below:

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Are Professional Athletes the New Fashion Icons?

Then lebron shows up in suits before games.

The word metrosexual was introduced two decades ago, 1994. a british author.

20 years ago people started saying this?

At least in britain.

It took another 10 years for the united states.

What we see now is that the hip-hop industry embraced fashion for a while.

And athletes picked up a lot from those rappers and where those performers have dropped off.

There was david beckham and tom brady and now more so than any other sport, the basketball players.

You have these men who spend their entire careers in baggy athletic clothing and then they go off the court and they put on some well-made suits.

Does that translate into selling products?

When you are at a miami heat game, and my husband is watching lebron, he is not saying, let me pick that up.

When i am watching the oscars i see with those women are wearing and i want to buy their clothes.

This is absolutely a driver for men for the simple reason that men want to look at guys who are style icons.

As an inspiration.

The truism, men don’t look at male models and say i want to be that guy, they look at lebron james and say i want to be that guy.

Whether they are actors or musicians — i think when the term metrosexual was introduced, it was almost a put down for guys who want to dress up, and now athletes are doing this and i think that this is a way — i talked about this earlier.

I will go to a fashion show and it is not unlikely to see someone like amar’e stoudemire crowding it up.

These are big guys, by the way.

I remember the line from “american gangster,” to find the weakest guy in the room, look for the loudest type.

How do you find the peacocks — there are people out there who are peacocks, this is a crowded field in fashion but with basketball players, they really invest in the smart pieces, they invest in the tailor and everything fits perfectly and they spend as much time with their tailor as their coach.

Do athletes sell more magazines?

They are great sellers and if you look over the last few years, we had more athletes on the cover of “gq” than ever in the past.

These guys are passionate about style and i will not speak for the editors but they feel that the athletes really bring that.

They are not just being dressed up as manikins, they have a love of style.

You are selling more magazines.

What about when you open the cover, how do you then make the jump to selling more product?

What we find, anecdotally, is that designers love at that — love athletes because the athletes have a masculine tone to the fashion, they embraced this in a way that is authentic.

And that will make guys by that.

What we do — buy it.

What we do is we provide service, show me how to do it and make me confident and comfortable.

One thing i say is two women go to the same party wearing the same thing, there night is ruined.

If two guys go to the party wearing the same thing they will start high-fiving each other.

It is a special moment and when you think about products, you can’t overlook michael jordan.

He has not played basketball in years, but his collaboration with nike is one of the best-selling lines.

Coming out with a new shoe today.

He has not been on the court in 15 years.

And this is a name that we recognize and in the fashion world, you recognize that with the air force ones.

Is there one guy who is a style icon, is this david beckham or lebron james, who is the guy that everyone wants to emulate?


I would say pharrell.

That hat.

Arby’s bought that hat.

Arby’s logo is a hat.

They bought it back.

Pharrell is the king.

He has better perfect — perfect style and he is a nice guy, who doesn’t want to be that guy.

He is out there and he wore shorts to the oscars, that is a volkswagen.

With athletes you can’t forget about tom brady, gisele’s husband.

Even with stetson cologne — he is the face of uggs.

He is a style icon, just because they ask you to wear these big, furry boots –is that stylish?

That blue jacket he was wearing, he had the best accessories.

He has gisele and is not worried in that department.

He pulled that off with confidence.

That gives him credibility.

I also think dwyane wade has great style.

Basketball players are killing it right now.

Carmelo and amar’e stoudemire.

No place for baseball players?

Baseball needs to bring it up.

The next one is the nfl.

We have style wars with victor cruz and others battling for the best rest nfl guy.

Why is the nba getting attention?

We can have great clothes, too.

And those are some great looking guys.

Baseball needs to step it up

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Gardner show puts Mexican fashion traditions on display

When globally known designers and retailers take inspiration from indigenous cultures, it is, with few exceptions, a quick dalliance or a postcard-turned-frock.

Anna Sui took a fashion trip to the Republic of Uzbekistan one season, but then she dashed off to look at Pre-Raphaelite paintings for another. Or, in a less culturally sensitive appropriation of indigenous fashion, Urban Outfitters very loosely borrowed from Native Americans with its infamous Navajo Hipster Panty (before the Navajo Tribe slapped a cease and desist on the chain).

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All of which makes Carla Fernández’s work a lovely anomaly. The Mexican designer, who also refers to herself as an ethical engineer, travels to the remote highlands of Mexico looking for weaving, dying, or sewing skills that are undervalued or nearing extinction. She adapts the techniques into her clothes. Her goal is to do this respectfully but stylishly. Urban Outfitters, please pay close attention.

Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum,
280 The Fenway,

Closing date:
Sept. 1

In her first US solo exhibition, “Carla Fernández: The Barefoot Designer: A Passion for Radical Design and Community” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, these Mexican village artisans nearly steal the show out from under her. Fernández humbly says that she designs her cutting-edge pieces with these villagers. That may be a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s closer to collaboration than inspiration, proof of which is shown in videos of techniques projected on a loop on the wall.

This is the first fashion exhibition at the Gardner. Over the past decade, fashion exhibitions have proven to be a solidly popular commodity for fine art institutions. But the approach that Fernández and the Gardner take to “Barefoot Designer” is an unconventional one. In the jewel box 1,500-square-foot Hostetter Gallery, the emphasis is on process over results.

The unorthodox approach is the most frustrating aspect of “Barefoot Designer.” Most fashion exhibitions feature dozens of examples of a designer’s work, the Gardner show features just five mannequins wearing Fernández’s pieces. The good news is that you’ll want to see more. The bad is that you can only see more in photography and video installations.

Let’s start with the positive, and there’s a lot of it here. What Fernández has done is create indigenous demi-couture. In the same manner that experienced seamstresses labor over patterns, sewing, and beading in the workrooms at Chanel and Dior, Fernández travels to Xochistlahuaca, San Andrés Chicahuaxtla, and Pinotepa Nacional
in what she calls a mobile laboratory so villagers can show her their work. She then uses or reproduces the techniques in a manner that’s far more affordable than haute couture, paying her collaborators for their work.

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Families are able to stay in their towns and get paid for practicing the techniques that they have perfected over hundreds of years. It’s part anthropology, part fashion. But it’s what Fernández does with these traditions that’s stunning. There is always the risk of this kind of work slipping into the territory of stores such as Ten Thousand Villages, and there’s nothing worse than feeling compelled to wear a dowdy alpaca sweater out of white guilt.

Fernández has bravely found a way to take Mexican traditions, such as making patterns that are entirely squares and rectangles, and use this geometry to create a stunningly modern silver charro triangle jacket with matching silver Indio pants.

Also incredible are a pair of high-fashion wood shoes made in the manner of a molinillo, the turned-wood whisk that is usually used to prepare hot chocolate.

It’s a credit to Fernández that she devotes so much of her exhibition to acknowledging and celebrating the work of her artisan collaborators. iPads show each step that goes into producing the clothes. We also see the clothes in motion on dancers who have been captured on video. There is a vigorous schedule of events surrounding the show loaded with workshops and performances.

But the draw of a fashion exhibitions — at least for many — is the ability to study the wondrous skill of designers to manipulate fabric firsthand. Fernández is a master of this skill and her techniques are thrilling. Both designer and museum should be commended for approaching a fashion exhibit from a new angle, but sadly it’s to the detriment of our firsthand fashion interaction.

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Coachella: Stars are fashion brands’ ticket in

This spring, Lana Del Rey’s stylist, a hirsute Brit who goes by the moniker Johnny Blueeyes, ventured to the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles to pick out free things for his client.

When he arrived at the showroom of Chic Little Devil, a style house that handles publicity for 75 brands, a handful of pricey items had been laid out before him. An employee directed his attention toward a $1,100 pair of black studded leather boots handmade in Mexico by a company called Old Gringo.

“Old Gringo would seriously love to be on Lana,” Kate Bedrick, CLD’s director of public relations, said she told the musician’s stylist. “Feel free to take them. We already researched her sizing, so it’s really easy.”

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

But Bedrick wasn’t hoping Del Rey would sport the so-called Fatale boots on a red carpet or at an awards show or high-end fashion editorial. She was trying to persuade Blueeyes to put the singer in the shoes for her sets at Coachella.

From the muddy fields of Woodstock to the farmlands of Glastonbury, music festivals have long been free-spirited environments for creative fashion expression. For years, celebrities have treated the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as a bohemian costume party — spending their time in Indio decked out in elaborate floral crowns, crocheted crop tops and floppy sun hats. It’s a vibe that’s supposed to feel laid-back and thrown-together, one meant for 100-plus-degree temperatures and dust and sweat.

But ever since celebrity photographers started popping up on the polo grounds of Coachella some five years ago, that laissez-faire attitude has gone out the window. Whether they’re onstage or simply lounging at a concert or one of the dozens of parties around the festival, stars know their outfits will likely pop up in an online fashion gallery within hours.

As a result, nearly all of the Coachella fashion regulars — Kate Bosworth, Vanessa Hudgens, Alessandra Ambrosio — hire stylists to help them put together their festival looks.

PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella

“The irony is that this very unfussy, free look has been styled to the nines,” said Anita Patrickson, a stylist for Harper’s Bazaar who dressed actress Julianne Hough for Coachella this year. “It’s a tricky balance, because you don’t want someone to look at you and say, ‘Why is she wearing something that’s $5,000 that she’s gonna mess up?’ It’s supposed to look like it has no labels and was found in granny’s closet.”

Now that paparazzi trail celebrities everywhere they go, the street — or the desert, in this case — has become as important a fashion runway as the red carpet. If she looks cute at Coachella, Hough comes across as relatable, says Patrickson — “the girl you want to be, with an appealing vibe everybody feels they can achieve.” Patrickson, in turn, might pick up some new famous clients who like Hough’s style.

The brands Hough sports get a boost too. Just four days after the “Dancing With the Stars” veteran turned up in a $24 chambray shirt at a Coachella-adjacent Old Navy party, the celebrity gossip site Hollywood Life posted an item telling readers where to buy the actress’ “super chic (and affordable!), button-down shirt by the brand.”

“What people wear at Coachella really sets the pace of the summer — a gauge for what stores should order more of,” said Cher Coulter, a stylist who works with Bosworth and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

PHOTOS: The past headliners at Coachella

Of course, not all of the festival’s looks will catch on: Last weekend Kardashian sister Kendall Jenner wore a Thin Mint-sized nose ring, while Hudgens showed off a full Native American headdress.

“It all started out so innocent,” Huntington-Whiteley said, “this place for stars to go and really get down with the people. But now stars know how much press they get from what they wear, and it sets trends, so it’s really important to brands.”

So important that some companies are not only willing to give their clothes to celebrities for free, they’ll actually pay Coachella-goers to wear them. This month, the New York Daily News reported that Lacoste was paying “Glee’s” Lea Michele $20,000 to sport its wares at the festival, while “Spring Breakers” star Hudgens was receiving $15,000 from McDonald’s.

Lacoste slammed the story as “completely false,” with a spokesman telling The Times “the $20,000 is laughable.” And a press representative for McDonald’s said the company has no relationship with Hudgens. The Daily News’ Brian Niemietz said, “We absolutely stand behind that story.”

Either way, Patrickson — who has worked with Emma Watson and Chanel Iman in addition to Hough — says there are plenty of starlets who are willing to serve as walking billboards.

GUIDE: What to see and do at Coachella on weekend 2 as well

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Glass jewelry cabinet smashed in attempted robbery at Fashion Valley Mall

SAN DIEGO – A would-be thief smashed the glass of a jewelry cabinet at the JCPenney at the Fashion Valley Mall but did not end up taking anything.

The incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say two men entered the JCPenney store and walked up to the display case that held diamond jewelry.

After the jewelry clerk walked away, one man smashed a hole in the glass case with what appeared to be the butt of a handgun. When the clerk came back, the men were scared off and ran away. Police say they did not end up taking anything.

One suspect was described as a white male who was wearing a red jacket. No further descriptions were immediately available.

No arrests have been made.

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Geek Chic? Why Fashion Is Holding Off on Wearables

After receiving an invitation for this year’s fifth annual Fashion 2.0 Awards, an event that acknowledges the fashion industry’s savviest digital programs and technology outputs, you can imagine my panic in selecting the perfect ensemble.

Finding the perfect outfit

I had nothing in my closet that remotely resembled anything technologically or digitally advanced, unless you count my “follow me” tights or my Twitter name necklace. And I knew I showing up wearing my Nike Fuel Bands (yes, plural) or Pebble watch and other gadgetry was just too understated for my aim at high-fashion geek chic.

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That’s when Daniel Karpantschof, my MacGyver boyfriend, came to save the day with an LED-enhanced dress — using a frock right out of my wardrobe. The homemade project used Arduino’s Lilly Pad, made specifically for wearable tech, and paired together with some LEDs and some fiber optic cables so I sparkled like the night sky.

To say I was beyond gleeful would be a massive understatement, and so it wasn’t until I arrived at the event that I discovered that no one else shared my enthusiasm for technologically enhanced clothes. Literally. Why was I was the only one dressed up like a Christmas tree? This was the Fashion 2.0 Awards, right?

Where’s all the wearable tech?

The “Wearable Technology” category awarded Nike Fuel with the most fashionable wearable, but I knew there had to be more, well, fashionable wearables that were left out. Why was that, I wondered?

See also: 10 Fresh Apps for Fashion Enthusiasts

Why was it that the fashion industry — consistently one that prides itself on being cutting edge — seemed to be missing wearable technology?

I posed this question to Margaux Guerard, co-founder and president of MEMI, who spoke with Mashable about MEMI’s stylish smart bracelet. The bracelet is geared toward urban women who want to unplug, but stay connected to important calls, using a Bluetooth-enabled iPhone application.

“Fashion is late to the game in wearable technology,” Guerard said. “The industry has congratulated innovators in colors, cuts and hemlines for so long that when it comes to technology, there is slow adoption. The jury is still out on wearables, and [labels] have their brand reputation and customer loyalty to protect.”

Guerard knows a thing or two about the brand prospective, having worked as the director of global marketing for Diane von Furstenberg before starting MEMI.

“When I worked for DVF, we spent a lot of time thinking about how we can protect and preserve the brand. And that’s important because that’s how you create prestige and [build] a premium brand.”

Some people are doing it well

We have seem some major players like Rebecca Minkoff creating the Stelle’ Audio Clutch, with a speaker system built in to one of her clutch bags. This year’s announcement of Tory Burch’s recent partnership with FitBit which will debut this fall as a “collection of stylish bracelet and pedant accessories” and Intel’s partnership with Open Ceremony to create a “smart bracelet,”both which are seemingly driven by the technology companies, rather than the fashion houses.

“Wrists, necks, and fingers are very valuable real-estate,” Guerard said. “And that’s a safe place for consumers to play, because they can always take it off if it’s not accepted by their environment.”

There are some very innovative designers and technologists trying to blow the shirt off wearable technology with some racy designs like Studio Roosegaarde’s “Intimacy” dress that becomes transparent as the wearer’s heartbeat increases, but mainstream reactions seem to be landing that type of garment in a futuristic space odyssey fashion 3.0 that they’re just not comfortable with yet.

Yuli Ziv, founder of the Fashion 2.0 Awards, says she’s encouraging her community and attendees to think further into the future, and plan for more innovations to keep up with what’s possible. She says while it may be uncomfortable for consumers, and even designers now, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t start planning more advanced applications of technology in their designs down the line.

An industry with a technologically bright future

“I believe this industry is just at the beginning of reaching its potential as something life-changing and revolutionary. There is no reason our clothes won’t be as functional and durable as some of the gadgets we covet,” Ziv said.

“If there is anything fashion brands can learn from the iPad, it’s the fact that even today, consumers are willing to pay $700 for a product that is well made and life-changing. And if people are willing to pay $700 for a sexy gadget that does the same thing every desktop does, they’ll be willing to pay that price for an innovative item of clothing they’ll wear for years, regardless of seasons and trends. And if brands can’t see where this industry might be in the next 10 or 20 years, getting the next fashion trend right won’t help them survive.”

So it seems for this round of the Fashion 2.0 Awards I may have been a little overzealous with my D-battery powered dress. Or maybe I’m trendsetting for what’s to come in 2015? Just remember, you heard it here first.

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Spring Fashion: Hand Yourself Bouquets

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