Making jeans is a sketchy business according to a new online documentary called “Dirty Denim.” Meet Chip of Chip & Pepper, a Budweiser-guzzling Cali dude who explains that the industry is “hard-core, dude. You’re on kill kill kill mode.” Why so? Apparently jeans
designers are backstabbing d-bags who steal each other’s samples, spy on their competitors to copy their washes, and blackmail the workers in the manufacturing plants, all to make sure their however-many-hundred-dollar jeans are the “it pants” of the season. Dude. [NY Mag
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We’re looking for inexpensive ways to update our spring wardrobes, so we have these button earrings from Casa Di Culture on our shopping list. We’re especially loving the Omi design, which means water, because it’s simple enough to wear with jeans and a T-shirt, but will also make a spring dress feel even more special. (Check the site for earrings in other vibrant colors.) Plus, these are also made of eco-friendly batik fabric from Nigeria. Cool, right?
Conceptual/edgy? Or functional? The Wipe Shirt sounds dirtier than it is. Created by Japanese fashion brand Novelax, the men’s button down comes outfitted with a microfiber patch located either on the sleeve’s cuff or on the corner of a front hem. The fabric is ideal for cleaning glasses, so instead of oiling up his dress shirt to wipe his specs, he has a convenient place to do it.
Plus, to the untrained eye, this shirt kind of does look just like a contemporary design to come out of Japan. So no one would ever know. (Except, maybe, for those with 20/20 vision who see everything.) [Inventor Spot]
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Apparently, the devil does wear Prada, and his name is Davide Sesia. The CEO of the high-fashion line is now dealing with a lawsuit in which an employee claims she and over a dozen others in the Japan office were discriminated against because of their looks. Rina Bovrisse, the accusing staffer, said that Sesia told her to fire a bunch of co-workers for being “old, fat, disgusting or not having the Prada look.”
Sesia also demanded that Bovrisse herself revamp her look. (We infer that she didn’t as she was put on “involuntary leave.”) This type of discrimination is of course unacceptable, but we do have to wonder what brought on this sudden wave of “ugly firings”? Or has this been going on forever? [NY Daily News]
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Sometimes we feel like Us Weekly‘s “The Fashion Police” and other similar style critics can be a tad harsh. Also, they tend to have these really boring, conservative styles and we have to wonder what their real fashion credentials are. (Case in point: US Weekly‘s “Top Cops” include random comedian Stefanie Novik and Chet Cannon of “The Real World, Brooklyn.” When did they ever go to design school!?) The Fashion Peacekeepers are here to say, hey, can’t everyone’s styles just get along?
Hm … fashion-wise, we’re not sure we can help you here, Eva Longoria-Parker. But we will say this: It’s nice to know that in their youths, celebs got drunk and made bad decisions and got questionable-looking lower back tattoos as well. They are just like us! Keep reading »
There’s a rumor flying around that the fashion world is calling “huge.” After Tommy Ton of style blog Jak & Jil got a supposedly juicy tip—”I received some news tonight that is going to SHAKE the fashion world in the next two days. CRAZY!!!”—the speculation commenced. The general consensus: That Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz would be replacing Karl Lagerfeld as head designer at Chanel. B-b-but … will he be as mean, ironic, and kooky as Uncle K? What if we can never laugh at or make fun of Chanel again? (We’d live, we suppose.) [Grazia Australia] Keep reading »