The Holidays Are Officially Upon Us: Starbucks Red Cups Have Arrived

11/01/2015 at 06:01 AM ET

Starbucks red holiday cups
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, officially.

On Sunday, Starbucks shed their fall colors in favor of their signature holiday red cups for the season.

Big deal, some of you might be thinking — and yes, you would be right, it is a big deal. Because for many of us, these cups are more than cups. They are a symbol of hope, and are as essential as a winter coat or a twice-hourly listening of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.

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This year’s cups have a decidedly simpler look, ditching the snowflakes and other winter adornments for a straight-to-the-point red.

As far as what you’ll be able to get in the cup, all of your favorite cold weather latte flavors are back: Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée, Gingerbread, Eggnog, and last year’s addition, Chestnut Praline.

Additionally, starting Nov. 30, there will be a new beverage in town — the Holiday Spice Flat White. The company began selling the popular Australian espresso drink earlier this year, and will now be adding some seasonal flare to it.

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Now please respect our privacy while we say a bittersweet farewell to all things pumpkin spice.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Thank goodness! I was in line all night, waiting for them to arrive! ( eye roll)

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meilleur logiciel de facturation

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