Would You Bother To Rent Designer Clothes?

Fashion is a mean and fickle industry: You spend one million space bucks on some really fancy designer item, only to be told that it’s “so last season.” That’s where businesses like Rent the Runway come in: They allow you to rent in-season designer garments for the night, or the week or the month so that you can have the look and pay the rent. If that sort of thing is important to you. New statistics from Rent the Runway have just been released, and it turns out that the company’s chief consumers aren’t fashion-happy galleristas and shop girls in New York or Los Angeles, but sorority girls at southern universities. Says a recent Wall Street Journal report on them:

College campuses—and even a few elite prep schools—make up roughly 25 percent of the company’s business and are a big source of its growth. “It starts out with prom and moves on to graduation,” says chief executive Jennifer Hyman, explaining how girls transition into loyal customers as they try out Alice & Olivia, D&G, Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg, Trina Turk and other designers—often for the first time.

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Get Revenge On Your Ex With Silicone

According to The New York Post, the “hot” new way for divorcees to get back at their ex-husbands is by getting “revenge surgery” — plastic surgery that gives women back the years they “lost” while married. Buying a new face and/or body is supposedly helping some women get out of their post-divorce slump. Alicia Hunter (her before and after is pictured above) felt like there was “no reason to be in Dumpyland,” so she took a trip to Botoxville and Boobtown. And now she loves the way she looks in a bikini! Another divorcee, Maria Sheffield, thinks her full body liposuction changed her whole outlook on life:

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Don’t Pee Where You Dress

See this lovely white party dress? Coveting the full skirt and plunging collar? Well not so fast! This gorgeous garment was made from 530 TOILET SEAT COVERS. The toilet seat cover company Toletta employed the fashion designer Laura Dieger to come up with the design. Stunning, and so sanitary, too. [Toletta] Keep reading »

The Top 10 Most Surprising Celebrity Coupling Moments In Recent Memory

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When it comes to covering the loves lives of the rich and famous, there are your expected headlines—like that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel broke up after years of speculation that they would. And then there are the headlines that come completely out of the blue. Take, for example, when we read that Rod Stewart’s celebutante daughter, Kimberly Stewart, is pregnant with Benecio Del Toro’s baby; all we could think was, “Who? Huh? What?” It’s just so … random. Yet, Benecio’s rep confirms that it is true. “Although they are not a couple, they are looking forward to the arrival of the baby,” she says. [OK! Magazine]

After the jump, more celebrity couple news that made us think the reporter must have been smoking something before they started typing.

Quickies: Brett Favre Gets Dissed By Jenn Sterger & Tori Spelling Preggers

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  • NFL quarterback/creepy-creep Brett Favre got dissed on “Good Morning America” this morning by reporter Jenn Sterger, who likened Favre to “that guy at the bar who could just not get the hint” after he texted her pictures of his ween. [Radar Online]
  • Britney Spears tour tickets will be on sale via Ticketmaster beginning April 30. Get ready, bitches! [Oh No They Didn’t!]
  • Amelia managed to bite her tongue and not rip Gwyneth Paltrow a new one for GOOP’s latest newsletter, in which the “working mom” interviews “coolest man on Earth,” Jay-Z. But trust — she really, really wanted to. [GOOP]

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Today’s Lady News: It’s Equal Pay Day

  • It’s Equal Pay Day! Here’s your friendly reminder that women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. When race is factored in, the numbers get even more depressing: African-American women earn 62 cents and Latinas earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by a white dude. [Feministing]
  • Can you take more bad news? Over a 40-year career, women will make roughly $700,000 less than their male counterparts. The Week has figured out how it all adds up. [The Week]
  • A Texas Senate committee has advanced a “compromise” bill which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be given a sonogram, listen to the fetal heartbeat, and listen to a detailed description of a fetus. (Texas’ Senate and House had both passed versions of the bill before, but the House version was more strict and scary. This latest bill in the Senate is a “compromise” because it exempts women who have been victims of rape or incest.) Gov. Rick Perry, who doesn’t support legal abortion, is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. [Houston Chronicle]

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