All the Rage
Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
Is dyed armpit hair the next big beauty trend?

Julia Roberts caused quite the media frenzy when the actress showed up at her 1999 movie premiere of "Notting Hill" with unshaven armpits. She proudly waved raised arms to her fans, not caring about the patches of hair under her arms catching the light of dozens of camera flashes.

Imagine for a moment the frenzy that could have ensued if her pits had been dyed blue. 

Armpit hair and whether to shave it or not has been a subject of debate for years. And now, some woman are experimenting with dyeing their armpit hair. Yes, you read that correctly. They are dyeing their armpit hair blue, green, red and any other color that suits their fancy. 

Roxie Hunt, a stylist at a salon called Vain in Seattle, has always wanted to experiment with dyeing a customer's armpit hair. She recenlty decided to give it a try and dyed a young woman's pits blue to match her blue hair. 

"We laughed and marveled at the beauty of her blue pit hair," wrote Hunt in a blog post. "It was too good to be true. The color...

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Melissa McCarthy joins the ranks of celebrity fashion moguls

Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy is the latest star to jump on the celebrity fashion brand bandwagon according to a report in fashion industry trade paper WWD, which reports McCarthy has inked a deal with Sunrise Brands to "create a fashion line, including accessories and beauty products for women." The as-yet unnamed label will launch with casual sportswear for fall 2015. [WWD, subscription required]

Would you pay $3.1 million for a lion-fur onesie? Someone did. Of course the outfit in question was a Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the film "The Wizard of Oz," which went up for bid at a New York City auction Monday. By the time the gavel came down, someone had shelled out $3,077,000 for the iconic piece of movie memorabilia. [All the Rage]

Are you headed to Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 next month? We aren't, but we know there's a lot more worth checking out than just Andre 3000's custom jumpsuit collection. The folks over at -- who've dubbed...

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Shinola opens West Coast flagship in Silver Lake

Shinola -- the brand of watches, leather goods and bicycles that adopted the name of a vintage shoe polish when it sprang to life in 2011 -- opened its first West Coast flagship on Friday.

The company is known for making its wares in Detroit. As Chief Executive Officer Steve Bock told our Adam Tschorn last year, "Detroit as the underdog [and] rebuilding against the odds is a powerful story, and the American story of resilience and triumph over adversity really seemed to resonate internationally."

The new flagship is located in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, which also has potent meaning for the brand. In a news release Bock found similarities in Silver Lake's embrace of the arts community and Shinola's embrace of craftsmanship. "It's the ideal setting to open Shinola's first location on the West Coast," Bock said.

The 1,100-square-foot store is at 3515 Sunset Blvd. It's open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Aether, the brand that...

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'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches more than $3 million

A Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" sold for more than $3 million at a New York City auction of Hollywood memorabilia on Monday, according to the Bonhams New York auction house.

Organized in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the "TCM Presents  ... There's No Place Like Hollywood" auction apparently moved some serious movie memorabilia, realizing a reported $9.1 million in sales from items such as the "As Time Goes By" piano from Rick's Cafe in "Casablanca" (who knew it was salmon-colored?), which sold for $3,413,000, and a sword used by Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn in "The Return of the King," which fetched $437,000. (It should be noted that all prices cited here include a commission to the auction house, a percentage known as the buyer's premium.) 

There were several items up for bid Monday from "The  Wizard of Oz," including a blue gingham test dress worn by Judy Garland's Dorothy for pre-production purposes that sold for $245,000,...

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GQ's 2014 men of the year include Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt

Men's style bible GQ announced its 2014 men of the year Tuesday, a list that includes Eddie Redmayne (dubbed one of the year's "breakout" stars), Chris Pratt (taking "super hero" honors), Steve Carell ("villain") and comedian Dave Chapelle in the "comeback" category. The annual MOTY issue, which includes multiple covers, is on newstands. [GQ] 

Will one-piece jumpsuits for men ever get any real traction in the fashion world? Fans of "Top Gun," footie pajamas and the suitsy can only hope. In the meantime we can always look to the range of custom jumpsuits created for rapper/actor/fashion plate Andre 3000's 2014 festival tour with Big Boi. And, according to XXL magazine, 47 of those message-emblazoned outfits (phrases -- such as "I don't know what else to say" -- appear across the chest) will be on display during Miami Art Basel in an exhibition organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design and the SCAD Museum. [XXL Magazine]

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, longtime...

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The Elder Statesman's first boutique bows in West Hollywood

Local cashmere concern and 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-winning the Elder Statesman label has made its first foray into stand-alone retail with the opening of rustic luxe boutique in West Hollywood just off Melrose Avenue on Nov. 22.

Located in a converted Huntley Drive bungalow, the store consists of 1,600 square feet of open and airy interior retail space framed by blond wood floors, white walls, exposed ceiling beans and round skylights. That is balanced by an additional 1,600 square feet of outdoor space that includes a stone patio, shiny copper drainpipes and roof flashing and a mini-desert's worth of cactuses. A series of wall-size center-pivot doors angle open in between. 

The shelves and hanging racks that display Greg Chait's super-luxe sweaters, blankets, beanies and accessories are simple and spare and give the interior of the space an almost gallery-like feel.

While the "retail as art" vibe is wholly appropriate when the wares being showcased include $500 teddy bears and $5...

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