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Fashion Goes Loony For Balloons

Right, so, artist Rie Hosokai makes gorgeous dresses out of — you guessed it — balloons. Hosokai, who goes by Daisy Balloon (of course), strings together hundreds of balloons into wearable art. You probably can’t sit down in them, and the balloons lose their light, airy shape after 24 hours or so, but that hasn’t stopped Rie from charging customers $2,000 to wear her creations. That sounds crazy, right? It’s pretty insane. Also insane — the amount of detail, creativity and artistry Hosokai manages to produce in balloon form. She certainly puts the balloon animal guy at Bennigans to shame. Check out a few more photos, after the jump! [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »

Ashton Kutcher Thinks Fashion Will Have High-Tech Smarts Soon

“I think the big next wave will be wearable technologies. Your phone will be your true PC, and these technologies will act as your mouse and keyboard. You’ll have a high-fashion bracelet that will perform functions for you—it’ll track your health, your movement, your sleep, your activity—and by wearing a couple of rings, you’ll be able to type in the air or take pictures with your fingers. There’ll be a device that will track your eye movement, whether it’s an earpiece with a camera or a necklace that can project and record. That Tom Cruise movie, ‘Minority Report,’ got a lot of it right from what I’ve seen.”

Ashton Kutcher, giving his predictions for fashion in the future. Yes, yes, Ashton, there’s already lots of designers working on fusing fashion and tech, don’t worry about it. We’re not particularly impressed with your prediction. We are, however, impressed with this photo of you and your, uh, lovely surprise package. [Details] Keep reading »

Retail Giant Zara Accused Of Age Old Practice Of Slave Labor

Just a little reminder for us to think about where our clothes come from. Spanish retailer Zara has been accused of child labor and violating fair labor practices by Brazil’s Ministry of Labour and Employment. According to the agency, 52 workers in one of the company’s São Paulo factories were being held in “slave-like” conditions, and at least one underage girl was found working there, violating child labor laws. Workers were required to work 16-hour shifts in windowless factories, and were paid significantly below Brazil’s minimum wage, earning between $170 to $286 a month. As a result of Brazil’s several months’ long investigation, Zara’s been charged with 52 infractions.

Notes the Brazilian fiscal auditor, Zara “should be responsible for all of its suppliers, and it is a duty of the company to be aware of how its merchandise is being produced.” But that’s often not the case. And when retailers fail to follow the long tail of their supply chain down to their factory workers, everyone loses. Keep reading »

The Frisky’s Top 12 Ebay Finds Of The Week

In this week’s lineup of can’t-miss items: school supplies for the kids (or the kids-at-heart) and a nighttime essential that’s finally seeing the light of day. [The Inside Source] Keep reading »

Would You Wear Bebe’s “Workwear” To The Office?

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Okay, so I’ve often imagined Bebe as a store that sugar daddies take their young, impressionable sugar baby mistresses to for shopping sprees. Something about the shine and shimmer of the fabrics, the campy-sexy cuts and styling just make their whole aesthetic seem trashy/silly to me. So when I heard they were releasing a “workwear” collection, oh, this I had to see. What does Bebe doing workwear look like?Click on to find out. And tell us — will you be trading in your Ann Taylor separates for Bebe’s office frocks?

The True And Tragic Story Of Lisa Frank


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Come with me, on a magic ride, full of psychedelic dolphins and hugging penguins. Come with me on a journey through the life and times of Lisa Frank. Frank, the ubiquitous artist behind all of the best Trapper Keeper art of the ’80s, didn’t always have it easy. She had her ups and downs — her “Grey Gardens”-esque moments and her reckless foray into “bears with top hats,” for example/ Through it all, Frank stayed true to her rainbow self. So inspiring! [UCB Comedy] Keep reading »

Behind The Scenes With The Behind The Scenes World Of Cat Videos


Did you think adorable kitten videos just happened out of thin air? Not so–the folks at Kittywood Studios toil away to make the fluffy, purring, cute magic. Why? Because “Cat videos not only change the way that we look at cats, and the way that we use our computers, and the way we look at cats. But the way we use our computers to look at cats. It’s purrrfect.” [YouTube] Keep reading »

Guess Who Got The Coveted September Cover Of Vogue?

September is a big month for magazines — it’s traditionally when the largest (i.e. heaviest!) issues come out, packing in the most advertising pages and helping to pad the bankroll for the rest of the year. Vogue‘s September issue is so major that it even had a documentary made about it. Last year, Halle Berry graced the cover; so who is it this year? Why, it’s the Great Kate! Kate Moss dishes on her new nuptials to Kills frontman Jamie Hince. While, yes, she is a supermodel, it’s nice to see someone over the age of 22 on the cover of a major fashion magazine. [Vogue] Keep reading »

Why It’s Probably Not Smart To Go Toe-To-Toe With A Teacher

Face it, man, you’re never going to win this one.
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Urban Outfitters, Other Retailers In Hot Water Over “Salacious” T-Shirt

Urban Outfitters usually flocks to controversy, but in the case of a photo featured on one of Urban’s Ts, the company is probably less than thrilled with the attention. Sometime last year. photographer Jason Lee Parry took a shot of a 15-year-old girl — allegedly model Hailey Clauson (pictured) — “revealing portions of her breasts … in a spread eagle position making her crotch area the focal point of the image.” And while Parry claims the photo was never meant to be released, and was actually stolen from the studio in which it was shot, the model’s parents aren’t buying it. They’re suing Parry, Urban, and several other retailers where the clothing featuring the image was sold for more than $28 million total. But! On the flip side, the series of shots also included photos where the young girl was drinking beer, exposing her pubic hair and riding a motorcycle without a helmet on (and obviously, presumably without a license).

According to the suit, the photos Parry took “forces” the model “to be the object of prurient interests and provides wallpaper for the likes of pedophiles.” Did she — or her parents — not realize this when the shots were taken? And anyway, does this T-shirt look in any way scandalous to you? [NY Post] Keep reading »

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