In a weird and wonderful photo series currently going around the Internet, NYC-based photographer Olivia Locher depicts some of America's strangest laws. Below, we dig a little deeper into some of the laws which pertain to clothing and style.
The full series, "I Fought the Law," is available to view via Ms. Locher's website.
In Alabama, it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times.
I couldn't find a credible source confirming this law; it's most likely an urban legend.
In Delaware, it's illegal to wear pants that are "form-fitting" around the waist.
Although I couldn't find the origins of this law, I did find a mention of it in GQ, as early as 1967. The tight pants ban is not a statewide thing, but is restricted to the town of Lewes.
In Rhode Island, it's illegal to wear transparent clothing.
I couldn't verify this. Although plenty of websites in the "Dumb Laws" Internet niche have listed this factoid, I couldn't find a reference to it in a single credible source, including in Google's entire Books database.
In Texas, it's illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.
Writing for the legal blog, LawInfo.com, Caitlyn Obolsky, Esq. says, "In Mesquite, Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts. I am guessing this one has to do with a more traditional desire for a sense of conformity of appearance. There must have been some sort of wave of unusual hairstyles in order to get this one enacted into law."
In Hawaii, coins are not allowed to be placed in one's ears.
The best explanation I found comes from Rounds.com: "Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears. The reason for this is because in 1900 when Hawaii became apart of the United States, there was an order to destroy all Hawaiian coins, and people would hide them in their ears; now it is a sign of being a drug dealer."
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All images via olivialocher.com
Image courtesy Mary Katrantzou
British designer Mary Katrantzou has just designed her very first wedding dress. The custom creation was made with over 120 meters of chiffon. Click through to see more photos. [FabSugar]
Hey fast fashion brands. Maybe you guys could try to be a little less literal with your runway knockoffs? [Fashionista]
Why don't you just go ahead and slather your whole body in yogurt? I love the feeling of Fage squishing between my toes. [BellaSugar]
One study finds that shoppers are more likely to buy something when they recieve rude treatment from sales associates. [HuffPo]
"After a punishing New York winter, many women are cutting their hair short as a way to finally embrace spring." Thank goodness the Times is on it. [NYTimes]
Following the tragic death of his daughter, Peaches, Bob Geldof has proposed to his girlfriend of 18 years, French actress Jeanne Marine. [Independent]
Ever shopped for clothes at a supermarket? Canadian retailer Joe Fresh got its start shilling trendy, affordable clothes a stone's throw away from the produce aisle, and Tu at Sainsbury is taking a similar approach. The range boasts a fine selection of key wardrobe staples updated to fit the latest trends, with the hopes that customers mix and match the pieces to develop their own unique looks. It is fitting, then, that the range's slogan this season is, "Wear it your way."
Fronting the campaign are two different UK celebrities (best known for their former pop careers!) with different body shapes and style preferences. The first, Heidi Range, has more feminine proclivities, often opting for floaty dresses and a warm pink colour palette. Lousie Redknapp, on the other hand, infuses her outfits with more of an androgynous vibe, leaning slightly feminine with the help of some well-placed floral prints. You can watch how the girls use the same collection to achieve their own styles here.
The collection really does have something for everyone, from 50s-style dresses to on-trend separates. Now, the bad news is that the clothing is only available in Sainsbury’s stores, but the good news is that it’ll certainly make your weekly big shop a little bit more fun.
News of Peaches Geldof's untimely death age of 25 was enough of a tragedy, but today, autopsies uncover another, with reports that the former TV presenter and writer died of a heroin overdose.
The coroners reportedly found that Geldof died in the same way her mother Paula Yates did back in 2000—an event that haunted Peaches for the rest of her life. Reports say that Yates was watching Geldof's youngest sister, Tiger Lily, who was only four at the time. The Times of London says that Peaches had become increasingly "obsessed" with the death of her mother, making this discovery all the more tragic.
Authorities initially said that there was no drug paraphernalia found at Geldof's residence at the time they went to investigate a call of "concern for the welfare of a woman," but now it is believed that the items were removed before the house was searched.
Geldof's funeral took place last week at the same church her mother was laid to rest, just adding to the parallels of this sad situation.
Update: Kent police have come out to officially confirm in a statement that Geldof's "recent use of heroin" was "likely to have played a role in her death."
Image: Elle.com (left) / Getty (right)
For ELLE Magazine's May 2014 cover story, former fashion blogger (turned online zine editor) Tavi Gevinson interviews Miley Cyrus about life, love and being craaazy. Celebrity journalists typically mystify their subjects, building up the hype that surrounds them, but Gevinson is too close to Cyrus in age and has too much integrity to treat the pop star as anything other than an ordinary girl living an unusual life. Below, some of my favorite bits of the interview:
From Tavi's intro:
I flew to Phoenix in February for an interview with Cyrus and a night of her Bangerz tour. She spoke a mile a minute, eager to impress and to set the record straight, though not without claiming repeatedly that she does not give a fuck. She wore a silk John Galliano robe printed with newspaper headlines and did not break eye contact once.
"[Miley] is more self-possessed than skeptics think she is, but maybe not as self-possessed as she thinks she is. Not in any dangerous, downward-spiraling way, though. She just carries the same conviction that I and everyone else in our age group share, that as recent survivors of adolescence, we know what is really important to us."
And now Miley Cyrus, on playing a character:
"People have made me seem like a character. So now I’m just enjoying playing a character of myself. People’s mouths drop when I dance, but my friends are like, “You dance like that in the kitchen!” I’m always pretty much joking. In the show, I do this really horrible wave, like the Queen. It’s so dumb, because everyone waves back at me like that! It’s almost like abusing the fact that I’m a little bit of a trendsetter. People ask me how I stay happy and sane: I never google myself."
On being the voice of her generation:
"Sometimes my managers say, 'Why do you ask us questions if when we start to answer it….' And I’m like, 'I hear what you say and I’m gonna do the opposite of it. Because you’re old and you’re a man, and I’m young and I’m a girl and I know that’s right.' I’ve just got to make sure that I’m the voice of my generation. I think that I’m allowing girls to be really free with their sexuality."
On making difference:
"I have guys and girls that come out, and they’re like, 'The only reason I’m able to admit that I’m gay is because you’ve made me feel like that’s okay.' That is so intense, because that is a part of this generation—it wasn’t always accepted—and I feel like I am a big part of that change."
Read the full interview here.
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When people talk about the fashion industry as a teeny-tiny, insular world, they aren't being glib. Although fashion plays a major role on the world stage, both culturally and financially (last year, luxury sales reportedly exceeded $318 billion worldwide), just a handful of companies dominate the industry. Although a select number of high-end labels (like Chanel) are privately owned and some others (like Michael Kors) are publicly traded, more and more of the world's best known brands belong to major conglomerates, like LVMH (which is doing its best to acquire remaining holdouts, like Hermès).
In the graphic above, you can see how just six large companies control over forty of the world's top luxury fashion brands. To see an expanded version, click here.
[Created based on a table in Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy E. Hoskins]