Halloween costumes have come a long way, baby! I was just telling our own Koa Beck about how #ballin I was as a little kid in my Small Wonder costume. Now, that same costume looks terrifying, with its black, staring, souless eyes…CREEPY. But back then I thought I was the bell of the whole damn ball. More
I stole these from grandma and I wanna bring ‘em back! More
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I used to look at vintage-style waves and think it was one of the hardest things to do, but it’s actually super easy! You’re going to be shocked when I show you how it’s done. This style is great because you can wear it to class, to a party or to a dance. You can dress it up or dress it down. It’s really versatile, which I love. More
Let’s all be fancy, fancy ladies. More
As you may already know, Karen Black, the celebrated actress who appeared in everything from Alfred Hitchcock‘s Family Plot to Easy Rider to numerous pulpy horror flicks, died today at the age of 74 after a long battle with cancer. She might not be the best known name in Hollywood these days, but she leaves behind a legacy of great roles that we would all do well to revisit, and was, by all accounts, a genuinely warm and intelligent person. From her role in Easy Rider as a prostitute with whom the male protagonists drop LSD, to her ascendance to scream queen status in Trilogy of Terror, she imbued everything she did with heart, soul, and no small amount of style. Let’s take a look back on some of the roles she played and the gorgeous looks she rocked, then make a date with Netflix to watch all the Karen Black films we haven’t seen yet. More
If you are an observant television watcher, you have probably noticed that in addition to being a top shelf portrayal of existential angst, Mad Men gives us a great window into the changing fashions of the early-to-late 1960s. Don Draper‘s clothing is as snappy as his soul is disheveled. More
“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More
Though I’m sure you imagine us as robots automatically generating content each day, similar to the rest of the Internet, The Gloss is actually made up of people. Multiple people, in fact, like a big ol’ cheerleading pyramid of glossy goodness. Actually, that sounds sticky and gross, so maybe just a bunch of women in their twenties and thirties writing on the Internet, some of whom went to prom. More
Some British women want crimped hair to make a comeback. More
The post World War II baby boom produced 70 million teenagers that literally rocked the culture of the 1960s. Young people shaped the fashion and politics of the decade, launching the Million Man March, the sexual revolution, and the British invasion. More
You probably already know all about Gloria Steinem‘s famous 1963 expose for which she went undercover as a “bunny” at the Playboy Club. But did you know Barbara Walters did it first? More
She can’t be tamed, y’all!
In the summer 2013 issue of V Magazine, Miley Cyrus can be seen “pushing the boundaries” of former child star propriety in some rather statement-y get-ups. Her accoutrements include ’80s punk spikes, ’90s jazzercise clothes, a pink mohawk, underboob, and many, many abs. She also wears that great bugaboo of the nineties, pre-distressed jeans, and even tries out a bit of androgyny in some men’s underwear. If she’s trying to get a bicurious female following, it’s working…this is the hottest I have ever found her. (I’m easy like that.)
What with all the screaming loud fashions and efforts at gender-bending on display, I’m a little (but not too) surprised most of the coverage of this so far has focused on how much skin she is showing. What kind of crazy shit does she have to wear to become known for her bold fashion risk taking? Click through to see this stupid sexy clusterfuck in all its gaudy glory. More
The decadent 1920s fashions on display in Baz Luhrmann‘s new film version of The Great Gatsby are so beautiful that it’s easy to forget they’re a symbol of some less-than-beautiful things: hubris, materialism, and the gilded cage that Tom Buchanan keeps his wife Daisy in. At least, that’s what Tiffany & Company is betting on with their Great Gatsby tie-in line of jewelry! From a diamond and pearl headpiece that costs $200,000 (pictured) to all manner of dangly baubles and jewels, this collection asks you to look at these shiny, shiny fineries and forget all about the sinister narrative role they play in the film. So sparkly. So forgetful. You will covet them like Gatsby covets Daisy: fiercely and inappropriately. More
Former mall goths, rejoice! Goth/glam/shock rocker Marilyn Manson, of the aging surprisingly gracefully Mansons, has landed a starring role in the new YSL campaign, and there’s already a leaked picture of it. More