In late July, Boston-based Converse made headlines with news that it was set to release an updated version of the beloved Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Since the design of the original All Star had changed very little over the course of its 98-year history, some saw this as the sneaker world equivalent of drawing a mustache on the Mona Lisa. Others were quick to point out that, while certainly iconic, the original shoes didn't offer much in the support department and that a redesign was long overdue.
Here are some numbers that illustrate the insanity of women's clothing sizes: A size 8 dress today is nearly the equivalent of a size 16 dress in 1958. And a size 8 dress of 1958 doesn't even have a modern-day equivalent. The waist and bust measurements of a Mad Men-era 8 come in smaller than today's size 00.
NEW YORK — Designer Arnold Scaasi, whose bright, flamboyant creations adorned first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush and film stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Barbra Streisand, has died. He was 85.
CHICAGO — Samantha Marnell and Mikyla Moya, friends who live in Gurnee, Ill., accidentally wore matching outfits of white crop tops, jean shorts, tribal print fanny packs and gray Converse sneakers to the opening day of the recent Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Venerable jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. has rebooted its timepiece business with the launch of a new watch called the CT60. Inspired by a Tiffany style from the 1940s that was a birthday gift to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (and which he apparently wore while attending the Yalta Conference), it's a clean, round, Swiss-made watch that manages to feel both a tiny bit retro and timeless all at once.
During its most successful run, Gap's fashion catered to children of the 1980s and '90s — first with plain T-shirts and blue jeans, then with button-downs and clean-cut khakis. Artists and musicians helped popularize the androgynous look, one that seemed to define Generation X, whose shoppers strove to fit the trend.
PARIS — Art, fashion and exotic travel merged in last week's energetic installment of Paris' spring-summer 2016 menswear shows. And fashion week's necessary dose of controversy was found in the form of an unauthorized political protest at Rick Owens.