This week’s pick is another fave I discovered at good ol’ Targaaaaaaay (Target). While browsing through the hair care aisle, a tall, gold, old school looking bottle caught my eye. I stopped to check it out, and upon closer inspection I realized it was L’Oreal’s Elnett, the keeper of elegant European hairstyles, which has not been available in the U.S. until recently, as L’Oreal has introduced this more ozone friendly American version in order be in accordance with the U.S. government’s environmental laws.
I like to think of Elnett as the chic version of Aqua Net. The hairspray’s packaging boldly states, “Disappears at the Stoke of a Brush”, which is no lie. Elnett gives your hair a very touchable hold, similar to Bumble and Bumble’s Does it All Hairspray (one of my classic faves), but delivers just a tad bit more hold (sort of like insurance, which ALWAYS gives me more confidence), while also protecting it from humidity, and infusing it with body and volume, a very European quality, and therefore slightly more glamorous than its American contemporaries. The color-treated hair formula contains a UV filter to protect hair from sun damage and fading, which is GREAT FOR ANYONE WITH CHEMICALLY TREATED HAIR, and/or for those that spend a lot of time outdoors.
L.A.’s finest, J*Davey bring the red-light special onto their latest video, “Slooow”, from their EP The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost out NOW. Log into MTV U to cast a vote and get it into rotation, for all those yearning for a more sophisticated style of music.
Girls vs Boys is a theme that pervades the playgrounds, and manages to maintain relevance in our adult life. As objective as we would like to be, we’re firm believers that women kick butt. So, this has to be said: “Billie Jean King kicked Bobby Wiggs a*s in the Battle of the Sexes of 1973!”
Now that that’s out of the way, Billie Jean King is a retired tennis player, born in 1943 in Long Beach, California. At the age of 11, she purchased her first racket and began taking free tennis lessons. Four years later, she debuted at the Grand Slam U.S Championships at the ripe age of 15. Unfortunately, she lost that match; but as the saying goes: “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”. King stepped up her game and employed the services of Alice Marble, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, to coach her on the weekends. Since her humble beginnings, she has won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis titles, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon.
Title Nine-Billie Jean King
In 1972, after receiving a lesser prize money than her male counterpart in the U.S open, Billie Jean King began advocating for equal monetary compensation between the genders. A year later, her attempts proved fruitful as the U.S open became the first major tournament to offer equal prize money for men and women.
More on this lady-pioneer, after the jump!
Her influence transcends her tennis career, as she contributed to the burgeoning feminist movement of the 1970s. Her aforementioned victory over Wiggs, a then 55 year old tennis player who claimed that “women players were so inferior to men that the best woman couldn’t beat an over-the-hill hustler”, was instrumental in opening other doors to women other than rearing children. She says, “I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match […] It would ruin the women’s tour and affect all women’s self esteem.” Luckily, or should I say, due to her aggressive game and skill, all qualms were tempered.
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Billie Jean King watches Serena Williams hold up the Trophy after Serena defeated Venus Williams in the finals of the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 2, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
King moved on to establish the first women’s professional tennis tour and founded tennis clinics for underprivileged children, also investing in Discovery Zone, a chain of childrens’ play lands that focuses on the equal athletic abilities of boys and girls. Not to mention, she joined the Virginia Slims legend tour in 1995 to raise money for Aids. All her efforts culminated in the garnering of much recognition such as Tennis Player of the Year in 1972, an induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame and a much coveted spot on the 100 most Influential Americans of the 20th century list by Life Magazine in 1987. She was inducted into the National Woman’s Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 2002, received the Radcliffe Award, given to individuals who have improved society. Need I say more?
roadKill from the Recycled Dead as worn in the Gen Art Fresh Faces In Fashion SS08 show with K.Z.O. Menswear.
Don’t be scared, it won’t bite. But at one time it would have. Taking the refuse of the animal world: teeth, claws, skulls, feet, bones, tails, feathers and the like, roadKILL is a jewelry and accessories line like no other. Every item used is hand picked from around the world by The Recycled Dead duo, Christopher and Whitney and often by the hands of Native Americans. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind wonderment that embodies “their adoration of fine art, taxidermy, and couture fashion.”
I love when nature merges with fashion. When beauty can be created out of what people often consider trash or useless objects and intern you have a much desired speciment that have people clammering to get their hands one. When at one point the parts to the equation that brought about what you now desire where something you left for dead. You never thought you wanted it but now you do. Welcome to roadKILL from the Recycled Dead.
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Not everyone can rock a tutu successfully, in fact the last time you probably saw someone wear one that wasn’t remotely tacky was Carrie Bradshaw in the opening sequence of Sex and the City. Come April 9th at noon, you’ll have the opportunity to don a tutu, but be warned, it won’t be a regular lace and tulle number, in fact it’s not made out of either of these materials. And this tutu won’t even be worn around your waist. Curious?
We thought so. The Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld, has collaborated with Repetto, a brand started by Rose Repetto who created the company’s first ballet slipper over 60 years ago. Lagerfeld put his design skills to work and has created the ‘Cabaret.’ One version of the shoe will be heeled, while another pair are flats. The ‘Cabaret,’ in true Lagerfeld fashion, will be available in black or white (both in patent leather). The shoe is adorned with a patent leather tutu, which can be removed as you see fit (or just depending on your mood that day). On April 9th at noon, the shoes will be available at Paris style staple colette.
The Lagerfeld collaboration with Repetto is by no means the brand’s first high-fashion partnership. In 2000, the brand completed a stint with Issey Miyake, followed soon after by a partnership with Commes de Garcons. If we’re accurate in predicting the success these shoes will have, you can look forward to more Repetto designer collaborations in the near future.