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Fashion In The Future May Require Tech Support

You certainly wouldn’t let your IT department predict clothing trends for next season. So, why is the fashion industry looking to scientists for their opinions on the future of design?

Yes, that’s right. When it comes to the new looks on the future runways, scientists are working with designers to come up with high-tech, brand-new fashion inventions, like spray-on clothing and outfits that change the environment you walk into. But the creative genius doesn’t stop there. How about clothes that can snag you a date by exuding just the right smell? Keep reading »

New Fashion Site For Pets Makes Us Want To Roll Over And Play Dead

It’s quite possible the internet has finally gone too far.

While social media is taking over the fashion industry — D&G provided bloggers with their very own laptops in the front row — now it seems that dog and cat lovers have their own community as well. Fooniverse.com is a new social networking site for obsessed pet owners where you pick a preferred animal and then proceed to dress it, style its hair, have it strut down a runway, and have a photo shoot. There are prizes for the quickest blow-dry at the grooming salon, a special Foo currency, plus all the precious pics from that photo shoot can be saved to slip into your wallet for showing off like a proud parent. Yikes.

Of course, everything translates to Facebook. So now each and everyone one of your friends will find out through their news feed how your virtual pet fared on the catwalk. It’s like Tamagachi, but way, way overblown.
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Is Your iPhone Cool Enough For Pugh?

Your iPhone just became cooler than you are.

Thanks to AnOther magazine, Gareth Pugh, and Incase, now not only your 3G phone but also your 13” MacBook can be swathed in designer products. Because obviously your Apple products need some fashion love, too. The laptop holder is made from thick PVC, with quilted satin inside. It retails for 76 pounds, which is basically $121; the iPhone case, however, is slightly more affordable at 53 pounds or about $84. Up to you whether your device has been good enough to deserve designer goods.

Head over to shop.anothermag.com this weekend, or if you’re one of the lucky few at Paris Fashion Week, then make sure to stop at Colette to pick up your iPhone’s first Pugh. [Fashionista]
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H&M Gives Us Two Chances To Snag Sonia Rykiel Goods

Thank you H&M for consistently making designer creations available to the masses. Continuing on their collaboration takeover, the brand brought on cult favorite Sonia Rykiel to create two, yes two, collections, just in time for the holidays. The French designer will launch not only knitwear and accessories, but she’ll be the very first to bring designer lingerie to H&M.

The first iteration of her designs–the sexy underpinnings–will be available on December 5th in 1500 stores, as well as her own. Sadly, her knitwear line will be sold in only 250 stores on February 20th; thus, the line in major cities is sure to be astronomical. At least those in the U.K. fare a better chance at scooping up some Rykiel pieces, as H&M’s finally planning on starting online shopping this fall. When can we shop online H&M? Guess we’ll have to stick with eBay. [WWD]

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Now You Can Shop The Sartorialist At Topshop

My inspiration board is filled with photographs taken by the Sartorialist master Scott Schuman, and my wallet has been depleted ever since Topshop came to New York City.

Now, to make all my style dreams come true, the British high street store has tapped Scott to create shopping pages for customers, based on his iconic photographs. He’s broken down his top five looks from Fashion Week and made each item shop-able through the Topshop website. Meaning that his brilliant eye for fashion has quickly translated into online shopping.

The best part? Your new style looks only require a quick click to buy and all of the sudden you’ve become the stylish girl on the cobblestone streets. All that I’m left wanting for now is my own image appearing on his blog… [Topshop]
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An American Girl Doll That’s Homeless

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Homelessness is having a “moment.” There are windows at Barneys embracing the sad, unfortunate reality and W magazine gave Sasha Pivovarova designer bags to pose with as she channeled a homeless woman. It’s one thing to have fashion and editorials take inspiration from homelessness. We’re certainly not saying it’s right, but in the time of a recession, life on the street is certainly many people’s reality. But it’s quite another for a toy brand to create a doll who has a deadbeat father and homeless mother.

Yes, that’s right. Mattel has created an American Girl doll named Gwen Thompson who, according to the book written about her, lives in a car with her family, because they are homeless. Her father walked out on the family, leaving her mother alone to raise Gwen. Keep reading »

Beauty Solutions For Curing Insomnia

Some nights the tossing and turning is inevitable — between deadlines, stress, and all the other crazy things you have going on, it’s always something. Obviously, you need a solution, because the under-eye bags are simply not cute or acceptable. Everyone knows that lavender is supposed to help induce zzz’s. But, besides filling my pillow with flowers, I need some alternative assistance.

According to the Telegraph, here are a few beauty-inducing solutions to those battle terrible insomnia moments. Keep reading »

Are High Heels Powerful Or Just Oppressive?

This season on the runways, Marc Jacobs made a bold move when it came to footwear. Instead of the normal heels that designers show as part of their collection, he decided that flats are in for spring. Women all over sighed that their feet could take a break from the stilettos, at least according to Marc.

But despite the pain, aren’t the added few inches powerful? Don’t you crave looking straight into the eyes of your male counterparts at work? Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, and Manolo Blahnik are all empires built on the idea that women want to wear heels, desire the intense heights, and simply feel dressed down in flats. Keep reading »

Will Fashion Become Virtual For The Masses?

Fashion Week is a generally an invite-only occasion. Shows like Marc Jacobs are impossible to get in to even for celebrities, and the lines for the chicest parties are astronomically long. So usually, unless you’re in the industry or uber A-list, being a part of it all entails stalking blogs and Twitter for information on the designer’s latest collections and all the late night party details.

But change is in the air! There have been a few advancements recently in opening the insidery world of fashion to the world.
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Are You Prepared For A $7100 Cab Ride?

I’m all about loving New York City. After moving here at age 18 for college and never leaving, I’m still discovering new gems in my city and reasons to be even more obsessed. But when it comes to city attractions like the Empire State Building and taxi cabs, I like to keep them just where they are.

So with the news that Bottega Veneta has created a limited-edition handbag in the spirit of the monstrous yellow and black cars, I’m still recovering from the price tag. For only $7100 one of the 50 specially made handbags, called the NYCabat, can be yours. Thank you, but I think for that price I’ll be looking for a bag that’s less of a tourist trap and more of an iconic piece. Like a bag modeled after the Met or Cloisters, instead of a taxi which reminds me of drivers coming to screeching halts and denying my credit card because the machine “doesn’t work.”

How do you feel about spending $7100 on a Bottega Veneta bag modeled after taxi cabs, which, allow me to mention, are already too pricey as it is. [The Moment]
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