The Stylist Star Challenge comes to Albuquerque
Monday, December 1, 9am—5pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium
Celebrity stylist Guiseppe Franco (known for his work on the heads of Mena Suvari, Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt and many others) compares the Stylist Star Challenge to the TED Talks, but with a focus on hair and success in the beauty industry. The all-day event will feature classes, talks and demonstrations designed to share practical and inspirational wisdom from industry legends with Albuquerque’s stylists and salons. In addition, local stylists will create glamorous styles on live models for event judges Franco and Kristoff Ball (Gwen Stefani, Pink) and the chance to attend a red-carpet Hollywood event. Albuquerque has many talented stylists and this event is an exciting step toward creating the more vibrant fashion scene we deserve. Tickets are on sale for industry professionals and spectators alike. Don’t miss it.
Artist Jaque Fragua returns to the streets
A coming-of-age story about pants
The fashion bloggers at BurqueStyle have embarked upon an age-old endeavor.
You see, there comes a time in every young jerk’s life, when one might want to get the kind of job where clothes matter a little.
I’m not talking about life at the Alibi. Most days, we’re just lucky we’re all wearing pants. (To be fair, some staffers dress very nicely here. I’m not one of them.) However, if I were a lawyer defending you in a triple-homicide case, maybe you’d want me to class it up a little. Like with a hat or something.
Which brings us to Jersey punk transplant J. He once drove a car through a Home Depot. He hangs around Dumpsters, if the photos on the blog are any indication. Soon, he will be a young professional. So BurqueStyle and local clothing shop Toad Road hooked him up with some ideas.
I think it’s actually kinda hard to dress professionally but still feel like yourself if you’re coming from an counterculture background. They did nice work. And J still got a chance to point out that if you’re wearing pants that cost $180, it totally blows if you screw them up somehow. But they fit nice, he says, and feel better than the mass-produced, cookie-cutter $15 jeans dangling from plastic hangers at Walmart.
And all the better if you can support local business or avoid child-labor-made goods in the process.
BurqueStyle’s got an event happening this weekend, too. Pop Up ABQ is Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Corrales Bistro Brewery. Details here.
Fashion in Burque
No, for serious
Most fashion writing bugs me. It’s usually snippy, sexist, classist, racist and, above all, anti-local. Women are the primary targets of criticism, everything is absurdly expensive, and white people fashion is the right fashion. Experts usually espouse advice in line with national trends that have nothing to do with your area.
And as we all know, ours is a region with identity.
Which is why I was thrilled to see some locals doing fashion right. The good people at Burque Style embarked on a mission to document our city. (Disclosure: One of their writers, Jessica Del Curto, used to work with me at the Daily Lobo.) The site doesn’t front a nasty tone. Instead, it celebrates the local fashion of regular people.
Today, the team’s posted a boo feature showcasing couples. It’s damn cute.
Hipster animal prediction: 2013 will be the year of the whale
Squirrels are coming. In 2012, expect your bars to be named after them, your bands to use them on fliers and album covers, your coffee cups, T shirts and lighters to display them. Expect twentysomethings and early thirtysomethings to wear them on necklaces and earrings. Someone, somewhere, will get a squirrel tattoo.
Owls dominated 2011.
Before that, it was birds, generally. Any species was acceptable, but ravens, mockingbirds and bluebirds were big.
2009 saw the rise of the unicorn.
Panda bears also had a brief heyday, preceded by a long bout of wolves.
After much profound consideration, my intuition tells me that post-squirrel 2013 will be the year of the whale. Blue whales, more specifically.
But it could be orcas, as they are the panda bear of whales.
Missoni for Target stuff unleashed today
Missoni’s heavily marketed=highly anticipated line of wares for big box retailer Target hit the shelves/internet today. The brouhaha was so intense, it crashed Target’s website. Admittedly, I kind of want some tumblers ... but think most of the merch is a little tacky.
Things I thought were a dream but actually happened: extremely pointy Mexican boots
This is for real. Now let’s bring extremely pointy boots to New Mexico and combine it with planking. We’ll call it “pointing.”
Fashion and Charity
The extravagant hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton, got almost as much attention as the wedding itself. The hat inspired mockery, admiration and even a Facebook page. Now Beatrice is giving up the head piece to help benefit children's charities. The bidding on eBay.com, which began this week, has now reached more than $35,000.
The auction is being overseen by Auction For A Cause and all proceeds will go to The The Little Bee Initiative, a campaign set up by Princess Beatrice. The money raised by auctioning off the hat will be split evenly between two charities, UNICEF and UK Children in Crisis.
For all of the prosperous fashionistas out there, there is still time to place your bid on this truly individual hat. The auction closes on May 22, so hurry.
Better beards, magnificent mustaches
As most folks are aware, the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2011 are going on in Norway. Wait, you didn't know? The United States won an impressive six gold medals, including one in the largest, most fiercely competitive category: Full Beard Natural.
However, top prize went to Germany's Elmar Weisser; he received the honor of best beard. His luscious beard, styled to look like a reindeer, flew right over the competition.
A total of about 150 contestants competed in 14 different categories, from Natural Moustache to Musketeer. Beard Team USA sent a respectable 35 representatives to the world championships. Sadly, there is no chapter in New Mexico. Interested in starting one?
If you haven’t checked out the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, it’s another way to get your hair fix for the day.
Raising a stink over TOMS shoes
So, I bought a pair of TOMS about three months ago, very enthused to be a supporter of the company's One for One campaign: For every pair you buy, another is given to a child in need. Pretty good deal, right? At around $55 for brand-new, high-design shoes, I thought so.
After a few days of breaking my TOMS in, I was hooked. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever had and I felt good in them. They're no high heels, but they’re cute. And the best part about them is knowing that I'm helping someone in need.
But about two months into wearing my TOMS, I started to question the love affair. They started to smell. I wasn't sure if it was my own feet or what, but it was bad. Other shoes that I've worn for a year smelled better. Carrying this kind of stank around, I didn’t feel comfortable anymore. So I decided to take a break.
My brother mentioned the other day how he stopped wearing his TOMS, too. He had the same thing happen to him—about two months into wearing the shoes, the foot funk got horrendous. He said they were starting to get sticky inside, too.
The idea of helping someone else out is great. But if they only last for a couple of months, I'm not sure if they're worth it. C'mon, Tom. If a kid's poor, the last thing he's "in need" of are stinky shoes.