It's People magazine official: Taylor Swift — Fosse-esque hat game, post-gym photo ops, felines as handbags, relentless commitment to navel-obfuscation, and all — is the Best Dressed Person in America. "She seems to have truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months, nailing every off-duty and red carpet look," exults People StyleWatch in the accompanying story. (Even this look?) Most likely, the haters will hate, hate, hate this news, but we have a feeling Taylor will be able to ... well, you know.
Louise Fili — the American graphic designer behind the iconic branding of products like Tate’s cookies and Late July crackers — remembers exactly when she first became interested in Italian typography: She was 16 and on her first trip to Italy when she spotted a billboard for Baci Perugina chocolates. In the years that followed, Italian designs would have a profound influence on her aesthetic — and she remained particularly fascinated by the country’s elegant signage. This month, the new book Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy documents Fili’s obsession with Italian lettering, collecting pictures she’s taken of restaurant, shop, hotel, and street signs from all over the country. Her collection spans three decades and countless materials and styles, from classical to futurist and gold leaf to neon.Read More »
For the final video in our day-in-the-life Fashion Week series, we followed Cosmopolitan's fashion market director Shiona Turini around on the last day of New York Fashion Week. Last Thursday, our video crew met Turini at her apartment — where she revealed she had begged designer Pyer Moss for the “They Have Names” shirt off his back — and stayed with her throughout a jam-packed day, as she posed for street-style photographers with Eva Chen; made a quick dash to the Cosmo offices for a midday meeting; went to En Noir, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs — and finished off the day with some nachos with friends. Watch the video above for these and more highlights from Turini’s whirlwind final day of Fashion Week.
The male gynecologist can be a polarizing figure: Some women avoid them as a personal policy, while others actively seek them out. Regardless of your stance, though, they're becoming a rare breed. Nationally, 80% to 90% of people graduating in OB/GYN are women; and at NYU School of Medicine, approximately one out of seven OB/GYN residents are male. But what motivates those who do choose this female-dominated — and female-focused — field?
We asked ten male gynecologists, ages 30 to 70, about how they ended up in the vagina-care business.Read More »
Calling all sex-positive cannabis aficionados! A hiring announcement from "The Cannabist," the weed-centric vertical of the Denver Post: They are seeking a sex columnist, with a weed focus. The job description: “Our new freelance columnist will write about sex, relationships, intimacy, gender issues and more as it all relates to a world where marijuana is becoming legal — and oftentimes present in the bedroom.”Read More »
Yesterday, we bid cheerio to London Fashion Week. It was a five-day extravaganza that featured a rare glimpse of sunshine and Cara Delevingne's sideboob, a cameo from Paul McCartney, and the sight of tampons hanging from trees — though, thankfully, not all at once. Below, the 16 most glorious, totally bonkers things that happened this week. On to Milan!Read More »
Almost every woman I know — myself included! — went through a phase in college where they exclusively dated older men. But despite the short-lived trend of hooking up with guys with real jobs, you were always expected to follow the Standard Creepiness Rule: Never date a person younger than half your age plus seven. That means guys who were 36 shouldn't have been dating 21-year-olds. And yet ...Read More »
Three years ago, the brand Ostwald Helgason was virtually unknown. But then stylish women such as Natalie Joos and Miroslava Duma discovered the London-based brand and were subsequently photographed wearing its colorful pieces during fashion month. Those pictures helped get Ostwald on the map — and now the design duo behind the brand, Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason, freely admit that street-style photography has helped them immensely.Read More »
Substantial but still not too flashy, these stacking rings by Tuleste make you feel just a little more put together when they're on. The set of three enamel-inlaid rings is polished and simple, coming in colors like black, blue, and pink. You can wear one, two, all three — or you can stack other rings between them for a more unusual look.Read More »
Despite an ill-starred recent history, the Bill Blass label is planning a comeback. Then-designer Peter Som left the helm in 2008, the company was hit hard by the recession, and it shuttered its womenswear line two years ago. However, according to a statement released by Bill Blass today, the brand plans to relaunch under newly appointed president and COO Stuart M. Goldblatt, a veteran of Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Lord & Taylor. Blass will relaunch men's and women's clothing for spring 2016 and then expand into further (unspecified) categories. Per a company rep, a creative director will oversee the men's and women's collections, but that person has yet to be named. Young American design hopefuls, start your engines!
Michelle Obama has always been a supporter of the fashion industry, and now those years of support are culminating in something everyone loves: a party! Women's Wear Daily reports that on October 8, the First Lady will host a Celebration of Design at the White House. She's invited American fashion designers, including Maria Cornejo, and executives from companies like Jimmy Choo. The invites were mailed late last week, so you really should have gotten yours by now.
Kim Kardashian has mastered the ability to live as a creature on this earth. For example, this week she visited some koalas in Australia to demonstrate her ability to nuture. Adaptation, camouflage, migration, nesting in varied climates — she can do all of these things.
When Kim Kardashian encounters wildlife, nature happens. Our slideshow — like any helpful lecture in biology — illustrates all the science happening in the world of Kim Kardashian every day, if we just look a little closer.
While mainstream science-fiction excels at imagining far-out futures, exploring the far reaches of the imagination and scaring the bejesus out of us, it’s generally accepted that historically, the genre has been pretty terrible at populating its brave new worlds with anyone other than straight, cisgender white dudes. (Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and many other of the "greats" wrote almost exclusively about their demographic, and onscreen science-fiction from Star Wars and Back to the Future to adaptations like War of the Worlds and Blade Runner have long shared similar representation issues.)
But sci-fi history actually has featured ahead-of-its-time, female-identifying authors and creators who have challenged conventional notions of race, gender, and sexuality head-on for centuries. Their contributions are so essential (some are by far the most out-there in the canon) that without them, the genre could not possibly have grown into the blockbuster behemoth it is today. Like many sci-fi creators, this radical group’s explorations weren’t limited to far-off planets; they dove into the sticky, difficult, often ugly realities of their own worlds, many of which are still with us today. They tackled misogyny, homophobia, racism, and the dangers of conventional gender roles — concepts often foreign to the world they inhabited. While their efforts were not always celebrated in the mainstream, they opened the possibility of a better future and pushed the conversation forward.Read More »
There is a way to wear a popped collar without looking like a prep-school teenage boy. First step? Try a men's non-iron dress shirt — they usually come with tiny inserts called collar stays that keep collars nice and pointy instead of limp or curling. If you want to try this trick with a shirt you already own, you can take it to your local dry cleaner, and for a nominal fee they'll create a pocket in your collar's lining for the collar stay.
Yesterday Taylor Swift was spotted leaving her Tribeca apartment holding Olivia Benson the cat in a casual, one-handed clutch. Perhaps as a nod to back-to-school season, Taylor swapped her preferred crop-top-skirt set for a schoolgirl-inspired plaid skirt and above-the-knee-sock combo. In keeping with the trend of matching a small living creature to your outfit, she opted for a white long-sleeve shirt, really pulling together the coordinated cat look.
London Fashion Week is a wrap — and this season, designers' references were all over the map. There were nautical motifs, Pangaea-themed collections, floppy hats, and lots of tulle. Here, more on my 11 favorite looks from the week.Plus: Jourdan Dunn as the epitome of cool. »
When I recently met Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in Central Park, he was wearing Ray-Bans with tight black biking spandex and smoking a cigar. “There’s no pork in my cycling outfit,” he said when I asked him about the attire. “There’s no hidden crucifix. So I can’t imagine that I’m doing anything wrong. Plenty of rabbis love cycling.”Read More »
Alison Bechdel is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the “genius” grant. The author of the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic as well as the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” Bechdel is currently doing an artist’s residency in a castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy. She is drawing life-size sketches in charcoal, mostly of herself doing yoga poses. Castles, awards of genius, appropriately large reams of paper: Bechdel deserves all these things and more.