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Hope nobody was planning to wear baggy jeans on their next trip to Ocala, Florida, because you could land in jail for the fashion faux pas. According to the Ocala Star Banner, the Ocala City Council passed a bill on Tuesday barring anyone in the town from wearing low-hanging bottoms. If you’re on city-owned property and you’re caught with your pants more than two inches below your natural waistline, exposing your underwear or your butt, you could face a fine up to $500 and six months in jail.
One of the proponents of the bill is City Councilwoman Mary Rich. Rich is the lone woman on the council, as well as the only black person currently sitting. She tried to get the law passed in 2009, but didn’t have much support, mainly because members thought that the ordinance would lead to racial profiling. “It doesn’t matter what color they are,” Rich said, “they all wear their pants down. If you pull them up, you might be a better citizen because you may be able to find a job, J.O.B.”
Regardless of what Councilwoman Rich says, the law is bound to disproportionately affect young black boys. After all, the baggy pants trend started with this group of males. It’s hard not to see this law as providing police the opportunity to initiate a confrontation or possible arrest with any young black man they see going about their business. “The kids are going to say something to you because they don’t know the law,” Howard Gunn, a local teacher said to the Ocala City Council. “And then, there you go. Escalation. Now you have an assault on a police officer.”
Besides the potential for racial profiling, the law will give police an excuse to search the offender for drugs or any illegal effects. Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham assured the council that the force “will use a great deal of discretion when we enforce it.”
Regardless of the dangerous precedent this sets, it seems a little ridiculous to ban sagging pants just because you’re not a fan of the trend. Fashionista‘s Tyler McCall points out that other cities have adopted similar laws, but the worst you’ll get is a fine — not jail time.
But if sagging pants is a fashion faux pas so offensive it’s literally criminal, I put it to Ocala to go the distance. Why stop at sagging pants? There are plenty of other crimes of fashion so heinous, perpetrators should be thrown in jail or at the very least, made to cough up some cash. Here are a few possible fashion don’ts that the Ocala City Council should consider:
- Rat tails
- Tights as pants
- Anything Ed Hardy
- Workout shorts as regular shorts
- Toe shoes
- Ill-fitting suits (so unprofessional and disrespectful)
- UGGs with skirts
- Camel toe
We doubt Rich will be petitioning for a law against any of these. We all hate baggy pants — nobody wants to unwillingly see anyone’s boxers. But just because you don’t like something, doesn’t make it a good reason to criminalize it. “We are not looking to charge people,” City Attorney Patrick Gilligan claims, adding that the law will function as more of a “warning.” Only time will tell if this actually happens.
The August 2014 issue marks the18th anniversary of Vogue Korea and the publication went all out. The team behind the glossy mag selected five of fashion’s finest faces, Karen Elson, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Donaldson, Anja Rubik and Joan Smalls, to front the celebratory covers. The girls showcase a range of looks from Nicolas Ghesquiére‘s debut collection for French fashion house Louis Vuitton. This is how it’s done — V Magazine should take note.
Below is one of the five covers, this one featuring Lily, whom we hardly ever get to see on magazine covers these days. The British model’s last cover was for the July 2012 issue of Vogue Russia, so she’s an unexpected but welcome choice!
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Our forum members cannot make up their minds which cover is best and some aren’t even interested, strangely enough. “I only like Joan’s cover, the others look bland,” wrote Bertrando3.
“Karen’s cover is a standout. Joan is fine too, and the others are kind of bland… Anja’s cover doesn’t even look like a Vogue cover,” added MyFavorite.
Miss Dalloway states her best and worst: “Joan and Karen for me, all the rest have unfortunate face expressions.”
“Now seeing all the covers, Karen’s cover is still the best. Great seeing Joan and the others’ covers though!” responded TeeVanity.
MyNameIs just isn’t feeling any of the covers and posted, “Don’t like any of the covers. None of the models look particularly good, all posing kind of awkwardly. I guess they tried to go modern with the styling and the color scheme, but it looks depressing. For an anniversary issue — very drab. Which brings me to their use of LV, the main reason these look so sad to me. All those browns and blacks, leather and heavy textures, wrong for the summer and wrong for the cover.”
Which is your favorite? Do you even admire any of them? Check out the thread for all the covers in HQ and join the discussion here.
Mattel is giving Barbie a high fashion update, outfitting her in the style of fashion industry overlord Karl Lagerfeld. The toy company will unveil a limited-edition doll this fall as part of its Collector Series. Mattel decked out classic Barbie in Karl’s uniform: a pair of black skinnies, white collared blouse, black jacket, ankle boots, tie, sunglasses and, of course, Lagerfeld’s signature fingerless gloves.
This isn’t Lagerfeld’s first time working with Mattel. The designer was tapped to dress Barbie for her 50th Anniversary celebration. He devised a series of looks that were displayed at the Colette boutique in Paris, even outfitting her in a Chanel suit.
For fashion-minded Barbie collectors, this doll is the perfect addition to their horde. For kids who actually play with dolls, this is just another opportunity to chew on sweet, delicious Barbie feet–and another makeout partner for Ken.
Image: Getty images – 2013′s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists
The CFDA and Vogue announced the latest crop of designers to participate in the 11th installment of the Fashion Fund competition. As always, out of the 10 labels chosen, there will be three winners — one overall and two runners-up — who will receive $300,000 (grand prize) or $100,000 (runner-ups).
So, who is this esteemed group poised to represent the future of fashion? Finalists include Brett Heyman from Edie Parker, Gigi Burris from Gigi Burris Millinery, Wes Gordon, Paul Andrew, Simon Miller‘s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Tanya Taylor, Grey Ant‘s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Eva Fehren‘s Eva Zuckerman, Matt Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Florence of Orley and Ryan Roche.
As part of the competition, designers will participate in a challenge sponsored by Maybelline and put on a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The judging panel includes Anna Wintour, Jenna Lyons, Reed Krakoff, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright, Mark Holgate, David Neville, Ken Downing and Jeffrey Kalinsky.
The winners will be announced November 3, but you’ll be able to catch the action on The Fashion Fund, which will air on Ovation come November.
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You wanna be on top? You’re in luck. The Australia’s Next Top Model crew, including Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry and Didier Cohen, are coming to town. We’re up to the reality show’s ninth cycle already, with a national audition tour set to kick off the upcoming season’s production.
Beginning on Thursday, July 31 in host Jennifer’s hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales, the tour will then touch down in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, dedicating just under a month to hunt down the next big thing in Australian modelling.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Montana Cox, you’ll have to register over at FOX8′s site. But before you do, make sure you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 16 and 172cm or taller. Be prepared to walk the walk, talk the talk and do your thing for the camera.
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“Elegant” and “Iggy Azalea” are two terms rarely used in the same sentence. The Australian small-town girl turned rapper is usually parading some kind of over-the-top colourful ensemble topped off with bling that is anything but graceful, tasteful and refined. But for the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, we saw the 24-year-old “Fancy” singer in a different light.
Stepping onto the red carpet in a black one-shoulder gown from Elie Saab, Iggy embodied Hollywood glamour that we could have never imagined would suit her. But we’re biting our tongues over here, because the blonde musician looked every bit the part for her basketballer boyfriend Nick Young’s big night.
Once the long black number was teamed with nude pointed heels, Jennifer Fisher jewels, a swept back quiff hairdo and minimal makeup, the elegant and sophisticated look was well and truly underway. Her beau Nick helped set the tone by donning a monochromatic suit and sparkly footwear, making us think the high-profile pair planned ahead for this one.