Last weekend, revelers all over the world gathered for parades and partying on the street in celebration of Pride Week. With the recent DOMA repeal behind us here in the States, the festivities were bright (duh) and the outfits were brighter. From Istanbul to San Francisco to Panama City, thousands of bodies marched and danced wrapped in shiny lamé, covered in feathers, and adorned with face paint.
We gathered some of the wackiest looks from the festivities, including humongous Golden Girls heads with ‘fro picks, a Lady Gaga-esque rotary phone headpiece, and some sort of clown crying tears of string (or are they really long eyelashes?).
Let’s just say that if your pride is proportional to your costume, these folks might be the proudest of them all.
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ISTANBUL–Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is the mother of all bazaars. It’s one of the oldest covered bazaars in the world (it opened in 1461), and according to my taxi driver, contains over 3,000 shops.
Undeterred by the scope and size (and between fashion shows), I set out to shop. You can find almost anything within the confines of the bazaar. Beyond the killims–the hand woven carpets Turkey is known for–I was surprised to see stalls upon stalls of designer knock offs mixed in with the vintage jewelry, vibrant textiles, and copper Aladdin-style lamps. Some fakes were better than others. The Luis Vuitton bags with labels that read “From Louis Vuitton Printemps/Ete 2010 Collections as shown in Paris” were not so good. Neither were these label-whore-y sheets (I’m just waiting to see them on an episode of Cribs). The Mulberry Alexa and Fendi Peek-a-Boo knock offs were much more impressive.
But after you’ve sifted through the fakes, and decided you want to make a purchase, ready your game face.
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