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So, you’re probably not thinking to yourself, “Oooh, man, I want that wrinkle-free L.L. Bean blouse for Christmas sooo bad.” (Maybe your mom is.) While wrinkle-free fabrics are not exactly a style selling point for young women, you’d be surprised by how often they are employed (especially in men’s dress shirts), not just in clothing, but also in household items like sheets, curtains, and upholstery. Apparently, these fabrics are made with processes involving formaldehyde, informs the New York Times. While this sounds dangerous, it’s not something to necessarily to get your underwear in a bundle about. Which wouldn’t actually be possible if they were wrinkle-free, har har.
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When we read the Time headline “‘Urkel’ Is Now a Verb,” we assumed this had something to do with hipster dress, which often takes after Steve Urkel fashion with tight pants and over-sized glasses. But no. Apparently, “getting Urkeled” is what the kids at Westside Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, say when someone gets penalized for baggy pants. The school’s principal “has teachers armed with zip ties patrolling the halls for sagging pants. When a guilty student is identified, the teacher quickly fastens the zip ties to the belt loops and raises the pants up to the waist and beyond,” aka the act of getting Urkeled. Apparently these scare tactics are working as infractions have dropped from some 80 to 18 or so per week.
This seems like kind of a cruel and embarrassing way to get kids to dress right. (Not to mention invasive! Who wants their teacher grabbing their pants to give them a wedgie?) Although we’re almost more bothered by the fact that the baggy pants trend of the ’90s has resurfaced (or never left in certain parts of the country?). [Time] Keep reading »
Sad news: Sylvie Cachay, the designer behind swimwear line SYLVA, was found dead yesterday in a hotel room at the Soho House, a swank members-only hangout in Manhattan’s meatpacking district. The sad scenario sounds either highly suspicious or the making of a bad accident—the 33-year-old woman was discovered submerged in the room’s bathtub. Her body showed some bruises, which police are trying to identify the causes of (strangling, for example). She had checked into the room with her younger boyfriend, who had been described as a deadbeat with a hard partying side. The couple had apparently been fighting or had just broken up before her death. He was not in the room when Cachay was found and denies any connection with the death.