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Crave: Cheeky Chimp Paper Soap

Don’t you hate it when you get to the bathroom and there isn’t any soap left? Well, we sure do and here is what we’re going to do about it: carry some Cheeky Chimp Paper Soap around with us from now on. Each paper dissolves instantly into a foam just big enough for one hand wash, making life just a little bit easier. There are 50 cherry blossom sheets in each box so lather away! [$4.90, npw] Keep reading »

President Obama Responds To Mom Jean Haters

President Barack Obama was criticized by some (ourselves included) for wearing “mom jeans.” Why would such a handsome and important man put on such unflattering pants? Meredith Vieira got to the bottom of this matter in a “Today” interview. Hear Obama’s answer in the above clip. Keep reading »

Christian Siriano To Unveil Starbucks Mystery

The Cut reported recently that “Project Runway” designer Christian Siriano will be unveiling his special “holiday collaboration” with Starbucks today. Despite this exciting gossip, news sources are not allowed to tell us anything until November 17th. This is tragic and very, very, very many fashion light years away. We can only guess that it will be a cookie with his face on it or, like, coffee cozies he’s designed that say “Don’t Make A Hot Mess!” to urge you not to spill. We hope it’s new uniforms — sigh, they are so drab and paper bag brown. Grab a free Starbucks pastry today while you ponder this mega news and give us your best guess. [Will the designers-teaming-up-with-huge-corporations madness ever end? Just curious. -- Editor] Keep reading »

A Sexy Sell? Barneys Window Displays Bleed With Violence

Fashion can be killer. Literally. Or at least the folks at luxury fashion retailer, Barneys, like to think so. The store’s most recent window displays feature “dead” mannequins in Helmut Lang and A.L.C., bloodied from their shootout (most likely a skirmish with the Fashion Police, we’d imagine). Where did this inspiration come from? Perhaps Barneys thought they’d ride on the vampire-chic wave, brought to you by Twilight and “True Blood” fans? [Racked]

But fashion advertising, in general, has always been known to ricochet between the ultimate in glamorous aspirational imagery and the other extreme, full of down-in-the-gutter sadism and beat-down grit — think “heroin chic.” [We're sure the NY Times would blame the recession for current upswing in the latter direction. -- Editor] After the jump, a look at some other recent fashion ads that pack a punch, quite literally. Keep reading »

Hair Love: The Side Braid

We heart Lauren Conrad’s sidebraid. From high fashion to the street, its caught on almost as fast as Jennifer Aniston’s Friends bob.

From the Tracy Reese runway braid, the Hill’s LC braid and finally the street hair braid, here’s how to do it:
1. Part hair slightly more than halfway
2. Start a regular braid but grab more hair each time you cross over another strand
3. When you get to halfway through, pin the hair with two bobby pins

Try this if you want some pictures er, illustrations to guide you.
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It’s 2009. Are Fashion Magazines Relevant Anymore?

Lady mags got you down? If so, you’ve got something in common with notorious Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones. Ms. Jones, who recently caused a stir with her confessional forays into “anorexia journalism,” has recently moved on from eating disorders and is now focusing on a semi-related topic: fashion magazines, publications where she once thrived as a staffer, which she now calls “patronizing, fake and pointless.” So it seems I have something in common with Jones, too. I grew up loving fashion magazines and spent most of my career working for them. And it’s been awhile now since I’ve become relatively dissatisfied with their sketchy intentions. I guess you could call it a love/hate relationship. Keep reading »

Statement-Making Art: Liquidated Logos

Will you find yourself in Hong Kong soon-ish? Stop by the Art Statements Gallery for a look-see of French street artist Zev’s wild new exhibition, “Liquidated Logos.” Zev, known for his shadow drawings in the streets of Paris, is “flipping the script” on world-renowned brands such as Coca-Cola and Chanel, and with this show is broadening his scope to include fashion icon Louis Vuitton. Using his trademark technique of “liquidation,” he reinterprets Takashi Murakami’s Louis Vuitton pattern, Chanel’s famous double “C” logo and the arches of Mickey D’s, among others. (To drum up some press for the opening, Zev took to the streets of labels-obsessed Hong Kong, painting a “liquidated” Chanel logo atop the flagship Giorgio Armani store to “reflect the war of brands.” He was arrested and Armani, as you may have guessed, was not all that pleased, mostly because the limestone store facade soaked up the black paint, making it pretty impossible to remove the errant logo.) For more photos of the exhibition, check out Arrested Motion. [Cool Hunting] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Chanel’s Motorcycle Gang

Model Lara Stone, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel pretty boy Baptiste Giacobini may join millions of Weekend Warriors across the land with their new motorcycle gang. [Paris, 7/17/09] Keep reading »

iBum Chair Provides Hours Of Fun … Or Creepster Action

Voilà the iBum by designer Tomomi Sayuda. A chair with a photocopier in its seat, the piece of furniture automatically revs up when someone sits in it, ejecting a copy of their derriere from the bottom. A must for immature 12-year-old boys, butt fetishists, and anyone who’s ever been bored at the office. [Geekologie.com] Keep reading »

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