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Check This Out: Artsy Barbie

Looks like there’s a Barbie art trend catching on. Not too long ago, we saw some amazing re-creations of Lady Gaga costumes modeled by the doll, and now we’ve come across another designer who makes her over according to artist themes. There’s Vermeer “Girl With a Pearl Earring” Barbie and Coco Barbie. She also stars in a Helmut Newton photograph, dips her toes into the Dada movement in a Man Ray photo, and dresses up as German painter Otto Dix. Those are some pretty impressive gigs to add to your resume, Barbie. Maybe now people will stop making fun of you for being such a ditz. [BarbieMaMuse.com] Keep reading »

Sea Of Shoes For Gryphon Collab

Teen fashion blogger Jane Aldridge designs again—this time she and her mom created a special bell-sleeve trench coat for the label Gryphon. What do you think? [Sea of Shoes] Keep reading »

Something’s Missing …

Photographer Juergen Teller seems to have forgotten something when shooting models for Celine’s spring 2010 ad campaign … where are their heads? Decapitation fashion? [Tais-Toi, Sois Beau] Keep reading »

How Do We Feel About Breast Milk Shampoo?

Shiseido sells a line of shampoo and body washes in Japan that touts “mother’s milk” as a component. Ew! Do these Shiseido products really have breast milk in them? Turns out they don’t (phew), but rather, the beauty company is trying to sell “the concept of mother’s milk,” which apparently means pulling nutrients from other sources that also happen to be found in breast milk.

So, uh, isn’t that still kind of strange? The idea of getting the benefit of mother’s milk (even if it isn’t the real thing)? Let’s hope this isn’t the beginning of an uncomfortable trend—breast milk for beauty products. [Inventor Spot] Keep reading »

Terry Richardson’s Hipsterfication Of Uggs?

So, too cool for school photographer Terry Richardson has a new blog, Terry’s Diary, on which he likes to post pictures of models, beautiful celebs, and other famous people you pretend to know of. Here’s a shot of Terry himself, seemingly tame until your eyes scroll down to his feet—UGGs. No! You can’t do that! Now you’ve gone and made UGGs ironic. And you know what that means, right? Fleece-lined booties coming to an American Apparel near you.

Resist, sweet followers of fashion, resist, I say! [TerrysDiary.com] Keep reading »

H&M Clothing Trash Scandal Update—Something’s Still Fishy

Shame, H&M, shame. Last week we learned that both the trend-forward retailer and Wal-Mart engage in the odd and wasteful practice of destroying unsold merchandise, and throwing it in the trash. Both companies scrambled to come up with apologetic statements, a rep for H&M vowing that it was an anomalous error that wouldn’t reoccur: “It will not happen again. We are committed 100 percent to make sure this practice is not happening anywhere else, as it is not our standard practice.”

Yet when New York’s WPIX recently returned to the scene of the crime, reporters came across an employee hauling bag after bag of shoes into a truck. When asked where the bags were going, the employee clearly stated, “In the trash,” as if it should be obvious. When they questioned if he was aware of H&M’s wasteful shredding and trashing method, he got shy, repeatedly saying, “I can’t comment on that.”

Of course, all of us are watching this, completely appalled. Why wouldn’t H&M or Wal-Mart drop the clothes off at a charity? It would require the same manpower and resources. Yet, there is a reason why retailers wouldn’t want their merchandise going back into circulation. Keep reading »

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