Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

The bikini had its 66th birthday this week – and it’s still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that’s printed to look like a woman’s figure wearing a bikini. ”It gives people the wrong idea too quickly,” one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens’ clothing being overly sexualized, not babies.

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5,  1946, changing the look of women’s swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother’s clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being ”smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini,  a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia’s slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe’s suit  in “Something’s Got to Give.”)

The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show.
Hedi Slimane’s first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label’s founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses.

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor’s letter pledging to use only “real girls and models who are healthy” (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model’s face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the “body peace treaty,”  the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog.

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he’s created in honor of  Disney’s planned “Cinderella” Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals — glass would have been kind of dangerous — with Louboutin’s signature red sole. These shoes won’t be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August.

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Daily Review website to begin charging fee

The Daily Review will begin charging a subscription fee to view most content on its website,

Using a fee structure known as the “metered model,” the first 10 stories viewed over a 30-day period will be free. After that, readers will be asked to subscribe to view more stories.

Subscribers to the print edition of The Daily Review may purchase unlimited access to the site, including stories, photos, videos, reader comments, databases and other content for $2.99 a month, or $19.99 annually. Those without print subscriptions may purchase unlimited access for $6.99 a month.

The Review’s current online Pay Volunteers will receive a free 6-month online subscription.

Charging for online access is an industry trend to gain revenue to support the expense of reporting the news.

“After years of giving it away on the Web, we’re going to begin charging a nominal price for our trusted news, which costs us hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to produce,” said Grig Zela, publisher of The Daily & Sunday Review. “For pennies a day, Web readers will be able to access the most complete news reporting available in our surrounding counties, including investigative, lifestyle, sports and photo features they have come to expect on a daily basis.”

Web readers can still get the gist of the news with free access to our home page, obituaries, classified ads and blogs, as well as any 10 articles a month they choose to read.

Review Editor Kelley Andras, added that, “The Review is keeping pace with changes happening everywhere in the newspaper industry. We’re committed to bringing our readers choices and innovation with our online news coverage. On our website, look for more breaking news, exclusive features and online-only photo galleries. As in our print edition, our goal is to bring our readers the best local coverage in this area.”