Alexander Wang Just Made Banana Clips A Thing Again

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So much nostalgia

Another long lost hair trend of our childhood has made its way back into high fashion, and it’s all thanks to Alexander Wang. (And guess what? It's not the scrunchie this time.)

For his Fall 2018 collection—and farewell to NYFW—Wang paid homage to the ‘80s power woman, and her hair accessory that would trickle down to our own childhoods until the ‘90s. Get ready to welcome back the banana clip.

Models donned the familiar claw clip—for some, two—fastening the hair above the base of the neck. “This is Alexander Wang’s take on the power woman. It’s inspired by the ‘80s, when we first saw female empowerment in the office,” said hairstylist Guido Palau for Cutler/Redken backstage. He admits that there is a bit of irony to it, as “at that point, they were kind of new, and then they had a bad connotation… we’re sort of seeing them again through a different eye.”

He first used a blow dryer to blow the models hair back and create a powerful—almost masculine—shape, twisting the ends up and locking them in place with custom-made, logo stamped silver claw clips. The makeup, by Diane Kendal of NARS, was strong—almost hard—with a bit of highlight to add softness. And the nails, by Rita Remark for Essie, remained typical to a Wang show: nude, but this time, with a bit of shimmery dimension.

The collection itself also pulled from this power woman aesthetic. Models were sent down the runway in looks that were both nods to the ‘80s and office chic attire, but with Wang’s signature edgy twist. Of course, by runway, we mean down the hall of the abandoned Vanity Fair offices at Condé Nast’s old 4 Times Square location. It was the perfect setting to showcase this powerful woman (and admittedly, a trippy experience for anyone who's been in this industry for a while.)

Excuse us while we head to the nearest Duane Reade to stock up on our own banana clips, which we're sure will be flying off shelves any minute. This might just be a resurfacing trend we can get behind.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.