The MTV Video Music Awards are kind of hilarious, considering the complete lack of videos played on MTV these days. But at least we can count on one thing from them: insane fashion. Everyone has carte blanche to come dressed up as a pile of trash, or a geisha robot or whatever–and this year, that’s exactly what happened. After the jump, check out how Beyonce, Katy Perry and all the rest fared.
We typically think of silk as a soft, delicate fabric, difficult to wash and easy to destroy. But scientist Randy Lewis, in collaboration with Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi, found a way to transform silk into a bulletproof skin-like material. Okay, great. So what? Well, the idea is that the pair’s early experiments will one day evolve into a synthetic human skin product — for use with burn patients — and help create artificial tendons and ligaments.
The silk skin (pictured) was created using genetically modified silk worms, which had been injected with spider genes. Spider silk is known to be five times stronger than steel. “Randy and I were moved by the same drive I think, curiosity about the outcome of the project,” said Essaidi. “Both the artist and scientist are inherently curious beings.” Keep reading »
It’s almost that time again! Leaves change colors, sweaters come out of hiding and your home is begging for a good clean. We asked readers and friends to share their best cleaning and organizing ideas for fall. We’ve got a baker’s dozen of our favorites.
1. Watch what you wear: “It sounds silly, but wear a dark color when you are cleaning your mirrors. Not only do you look chic and slimmer, but it’s easier to see all the shmutz that’s still left on the mirror.” — Patrick J Hamilton, Ask Patrick
2. Make it sweeter: “Add a drop or two of a spicy or vanilla essential oil to your furniture polish, and the whole house will smell like a pie baking!” — Deb Kennedy, Retreat Style Read more… Keep reading »
I really want to like “Glee,” but I can’t deal with all the musical interludes. Too much singing! Too much Lea Michele, who seems like she’d be that totally over-dramatic neurotic friend who’s always crying in public. But this video of the cast performing David Bowie’s “Fashion” in honor of next month’s upcoming “Fashion’s Night Out” is a perfect little dollop of the series. Plus, who doesn’t love some Sue Sylvester? Though we really wish they’d just let Chris Colfer (love you Kurt!) take the lead on this one, it’s nice to see everybody all dressed up and strutting their stuff. [YouTube
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I loooove getting a bargain! I also loooove to take myself on mini-shopping sprees. But this year has been a bit of a financial doozy, and I forced myself to examine my shopping practices. Gone are the days when I’d drop hundreds of dollars at Gilt Groupe a few times a week. Instead, my equally-shopping-addicted friend and I made a pact — we wouldn’t spend more than $20 on a single item. And that also meant we couldn’t go shopping and buy five items for $20 each — I wasn’t falling into that $100 loophole, either. Keep reading »
“I don’t think of myself as a powerful person. You know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat in a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be. But it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others, and for that I’m extremely grateful.”
–Vogue editor Anna Wintour on the spoils of power. Wintour also noted that though her powerful position may garner better restaurant seats, she’s also had to deal with cruel portrayals because of her position. Though when pressed, she refused to point to any specific examples (“The Devil Wears Prada,” we’re looking at you.) [Forbes] Keep reading »