Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women.

I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded.

AmaranthineBut today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my legs in the shower just now, a thought that made me run straight to my laptop to write this blog entry.

Why is it even a societal norm for women to be hairless [aside from their mane, eyebrows, and eyelashes, I mean]?  Where did that idea even come from in the first place?

Men and women both have natural body hair, so how did it become such that females are “supposed” to make themselves appear hairless at all given times while men get to keep their body hair all-natural?

Well, while dealing with the annoyance that is running a razor blade over my knees about fifteen minutes ago, I came up with a literal “shower thought” theory:

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We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States.

If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc.

However, one name stands out: Dita Von Teese.

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For starters, some of you may be wondering who Dita Von Teese is and what she actually does.  Don’t worry – we’ll get to that.

However, since Google has gone ahead and thrown the present-day star, Dita Von Teese, in with all of the old school, original pin-up girls, we have to delve a bit deeper.  Dita’s appearance on this list raises questions.

What is a pin-up girl?  Can full-on pin-up girls be alternative, or are they limited to glamour?  Is Dita Von Teese a pin-up girl if she models and performs in the present-day with an alternative edge?  What is a SuicideGirl?  Is Dita Von Teese actually a SuicideGirl? And, most importantly, what’s the difference between a pin-up girl and a SuicideGirl?

Let’s get these questions answered.

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If there’s anything I can really stick to my guns about, it’s the fact that fashion in the 2000s was a complete and utter disaster.

In fact, the best thing that ever happened to us was the arrival of the 2010s, which quickly made up for the agony we unknowingly endured throughout the previous decade.

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Here’s a list of the biggest fashion errors of the 2000s.  Read them, know them, and never live them.


1. Chains

Unless you’re an assassin, you definitely don’t need heavy, silver chains hanging down from every pair of pants you decide to wear.

Chains aren’t as punk rock as we once thought they were – they’re just heavy and out of place.  Let’s be grateful for the fact that folks these days wear normal belts instead of ones that swing all over the place [and possibly even break stuff] when they head bang.

2. Pajama pants

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What’s worse than the chains mentioned above?  You guessed it – those chains hanging down from flannel pajama pants… in public.

But, to be fair, pajama pants become pretty bad on their own the minute you leave the house in them.  They don’t really need chains to make them obnoxious – but the trendsetters of the 2000s decided to go that extra mile anyways, and we all suffered for it.

3. Ankle-length denim skirts

Remember those super long denim skirts everyone used to wear?  They were frequently even paired with platform flip flops [since apparently the 2000s had no concept of fashion sanity].

On top of being chunky denim ankle-length skirts, some of them even had a maneuver at the bottom, where you could pull on some strings and scrunch up the skirt a bit (YIKES).

4. Fedoras

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Fedoras looked good at one point in time, but as the world moves forward, fashion should too.

Eventually, the modern-day grew too modern for fedoras – yet, they remained.

People wore fedoras as legitimate parts of their outfits on a daily basis, and these folks weren’t even pop stars who were embracing a type of fashion irony.  They actually took fedoras seriously.

Luckily, fedoras move through the air kind of like Frisbees – if you see one, just send it spiraling through the air back into the time machine [where it belongs].

 

5. Layered tank tops

No one really knows whose idea layering tank tops was, and that person is too ashamed to fess up to the absurd trend they started.

As they hide in shame, the victims of 2000s fashion are stuck digging up old pictures of themselves wearing two or more tank tops at one given time (though, if we’re being honest, two tank tops alone were considered weak back then).

Worse yet, these many tank tops [with their many, many corresponding straps] were frequently paired with those dreaded, ankle-length denim skirts.

Ugh, the horror.


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On top of all of these fashion disasters, there were some serious beauty ones as well – don’t even get me started on the tiger-stripe highlights and over-tweezed eyebrows which were the epitomes of the 2000s.

All we can do now is burn our old photos from the 2000s, be grateful for the fashion sanity of the 2010s, and swear to never make those same mistakes again.

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Photo Credits

Seoul’s celebrated Bajowoo absolutely slayed 99%IS’s Spring 2018 collection.

In fact, he went full metal with it – the runway debut of the collection absolutely screams rebellion, and Vogue even went so far as to describe the corresponding photo shoot as “the most sublime, subversive fashion shoot in Seoul”.

As usual, Vogue is not wrong.

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The collection in itself is splendid – its essence is mainly that of insubordinate minimalism.  There were a few exceptions, but the overall vibe of the line is steely, serious, and nearly extraterrestrial.

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Bajowoo spared no resources when it came to metallics and gloss, but played a different game with his color palette – other than a few vivid reds and a blue/pink ensemble, the color scheme was very reserved and stuck to neutral and near-neutral shades.

The accessories were also nothing short of quirky and otherworldly.  Some of the models wore masks, hoods, and hats that nearly concealed their faces; others were decorated in thin glow lights on their heads, necks, and/or torsos.

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The style here is extraordinarily high fashion dark grunge, as made obvious by the black tarp floor used in Boon the Shop’s basement for the runway show.

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Furthermore, the boutique’s architectural style made yet another declaration for the collection – designed by Peter Marino, the exterior of the building is a classic, establishment-friendly white marble.  However, the basement, where the runway show took place, consists of incomplete columns and rough concrete.  From the inside out, Boon the Shop was the perfect setting for the live action production of Bajowoo’s collection.

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Bajowoo has, once again, revealed how shocking the product of classic apparel renovation can be – this is a creative talent that the fashion industry will never grow wary of.

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Ethereal, ground-breaking, and unremorseful, Bajowoo’s 99%IS Spring 2018 collection is a reminder to us all to say what we mean and mean what we say.

Most importantly, it reminds us to never apologize for being punk rock.

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Photo credits

Features Image: 99%IS

First Image: 99%IS

Second Image: 99%IS

Third Image: Vogue

Fourth Image: 99%IS

Fifth Image: Vogue

Sixth Image: 99%IS

 

 

 

Recently, Vogue featured the famous Marie Antoinette’s beauty secrets in honor of what would have been her 262nd birthday were she still alive.

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However, since times have changed, we have to ask ourselves – have Marie’s tips withstood the test of time?  Or have they perished along with the fashion and beauty trends of the time period?

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Just in case I haven’t managed to make it clear by now, this blog absolutely adores all things velvet.

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That’s why, here in Amaranthine LandCharlotte Russe’s featured “Velvet Everything” collection is such a huge deal.  It’s everything that any velvet-lover could ever dream of [and then some].

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I’ll be honest; I despised velvet when I was growing up.  But, when velvet made its recent comeback, it did so with such irresistible elegance that I finally had to embrace its beauty.

And so, now that I’m all hyped about velvet, I’m going to spread the holy word and tell you guys all about why Charlotte Russe’s “Velvet Everything” collection is pure fire.

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Living Dead does not necessarily make all of their images available for use outside of the sales area of their website – for this reason, the names of the mentioned products in this entry all link back to their website, where they can be viewed and, if you should so decide, purchased.  Enjoy!

If you prefer wardrobe pieces that are edgy and off-book, search no further – Living Dead is where you need to be shopping.

Even though Living Dead clothing is fabulous every day of the year, Halloween is one of the best times to pay them homage for their loyalty to all things nerdy, creepy, dark, and metal.

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Off-White recently dropped the “Natural Woman” runway show on the fashion world for the Spring/Summer 2018 season.  Of course, with the inspired guidance of Virgil Abloh, the show was modern, candid, and phenomenal.

Abloh actually revealed that the “Natural Woman” was inspired by the deceased Princess Diana herself – a photo taken a week before her death portrayed her alone and in a luxurious setting, with “The Natural Woman” written over the image.  This struck a chord with Abloh, and he used it as the foundation for the Off-White Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show.

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One of the top autumn collections this year is Virgil Abloh’s brand new “Nothing New” collection for Off-White.  “Nothing New” holds captive the strikingly bucolic chic fall vibes we’ve all been so desperately craving.

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Virgil Abloh is an American designer and the founder of the Milan-based Off-White label; he’s also well-known for his role as art director of the Jay-Z and Kanye West album Watch the Throne.

His creative career in the fashion world has been nothing short of remarkable thus far.  In fact, according to Vogue, the rumors that he may be filling Riccardo Tisci’s shoes at Givenchy were published months ago.


But then something else happened – the Belgian fashion designer and Abloh’s role model (according to Vogue), Raf Simons, seemed less than pleased with Abloh and his work during a GQ Magazine interview.

Calm from the encounter and thriving on this constructive criticism, Abloh composed the “Nothing New” collection, calling it, “a launchpad to think about what I am doing and why I am doing it.”


Abloh’s idea behind the collection is that almost nothing in fashion or art is ever fully and actually new – everything comes from something.  Even so, that doesn’t take away from his or anyone else’s work as an artist.

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Being an artist isn’t as much about creating novel work each and every time as it is about approaching ideas in a fresh and innovative manner.

Regardless, Abloh still decided that he prefers to sit on the concept of “Nothing New” and ponder it as he moves forward in his career as a designer.  Abloh wants, “to live with that phrase and recognize what it means.”

In fact, Abloh even went so far as to accompany “Nothing New” on the runway with British artist David Shrigley’s voice saying, “Focus on the work; if you make good work, you will probably be a successful artist.”

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Building on the “Nothing New” concept, Abloh titled the footwear in this collection as “For Walking”, and he replaced the signature Off-White graphic tees with daintier and plainer torso-wear.

The show heavily embraced the reverberation of the traditional, formal plaid look, and it experimented with expression through minimalism.  Off-White tried their hand with softer fabrics [and did a fabulous job], and it played around with the dominance of denim.

An abundance of fur, sheer, and vivid azure blue also made their presence heavily known in the collection.

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After considering this show and Abloh’s statement, we’re not only left questioning what fashion and art really are, but we’ve been brilliantly slammed with the concept that what is old always has the potential to be revolutionized.

That’s how, somewhere in all of this artistic madness, Abloh created a series of fresh and inspired looks for Fall 2017.  Needless to say, “Nothing New” is Nothing Short of a fashion[-art] statement.

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Photo credits: All images used in this post are photos of Virgil Abloh’s “Nothing New” show from Vogue.