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Etsy: A “Female Ghetto” For The Creative & Crafty?

Over at Double X, Sara Mosle initially sings the praises of popular online indie retailer Etsy.com, but then points out a problem. “There are virtually no male sellers on Etsy. If the site is such a great way for anyone to market handmade goods online, then why is it such a female ghetto?”

So begins her essay, “Etsy.com Peddles a False Feminist Fantasy,” is which she seeks to prove that Etsy specifically attracts women in their mid-thirties, often with children, who want to believe “that you can have a family and create hip arts and crafts from home during flexible, reasonable hours while still having a respectable, fulfilling, and remunerative career.” Mosle says there’s little proof that there’s much money to be made selling goods on Etsy — hence the absence of men, who, obviously, only pursue lucrative or purely recreational “hobbies.”
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Berlin Wall Graffiti Art Becomes Fashion

Daniel Rodan, a leather fashion designer to celebrities like Tina Turner and David Hasselhoff, has turned Germany’s painful Cold War past into fashion. He recently unveiled a collection of Berlin Wall art-themed clothing to mark the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Cold War barrier. Rodan features graffiti art from the East Side Gallery, a 4,265-foot expanse of the Wall that was decorated in 1990 by 118 artists from 21 countries, on leather dresses and men’s garments. One mini-dress, according to Reuters, features an East German automobile smashing through the concrete Berlin Wall. The leather collection will be worn by well-known musicians and athletes at events prior to the anniversary celebrations on Nov. 9, and after that, the clothes will be auctioned for charity. “Bringing together these three things: the political event, fashion design, and the art of the East Side Gallery, and then making sure the clothes fit on the celebrities — it was a real challenge,” Rodan said at a news conference. Even though it was challenging, Rodan’s collection is evidence that beauty can come from something painful. Berlin cabaret artist Chin Meyer spoke about the collection: “It’s great that we can now have fun with things which previously were simply a catastrophe.” [Reuters] Keep reading »

Is It A Shoe? A Bag? Both?

This bag was made for walking. Voilà the heel-bag by Azumi & David. The question is, what shoes do you wear? How are they supposed to compete with that? [High Snobette] Keep reading »

Five Reasons We Wish We Still Wore Size 6X

Most of the time, I love being an adult. I can decide when to go to bed (or not), eat an entire package of Sour Patch Kids at the movie theater before dinner, and wear skirts of questionable length. But, every now and then, I wish I were a kid again. Not for the lack of responsibilities or months-long summer vacations, but for the clothes. Today, Stella McCartney announced she’s launching a collection for GapKids and babyGap later this year. If only I could shrink down a bit, I could sport Stella’s designs for less than a gazillion dollars! Here’s what else rocks about shopping in the kids department. Keep reading »

“Ms. Taken” Engagement Ring Wards Away Slimeballs

Want to enjoy one night out without terrible pick-up lines, “accidental” groping, and lame dudes? Now, Mstaken.com sells an engagement ring (for $50) to avoid unwanted clingers. As the site instructs, “Slip on the ring—a little bright lie that says you’re married to the man of your dreams (whenever he gets here). When the coast is clear, stash your secret weapon in your keychain. Next time an unwanted suitor lurks near, tap your inner vixen and remember: you’re Ms. Taken!” One teensy problem? According to the guys at the blog Bar Stool Sports, wearing ring bling may actually encourage the unwanted suitors to pursue even more! Ah, the creme de la scum. Maybe Mstaken.com should sell pregnant body suits instead. [Bar Stool Sports]

Anyway, check out the company’s hilarious response to Andy Samberg’s “Saturday Night Live” digital short, “Jizz In My Pants,” called “Puke In My Mouth.” Keep reading »

Howl At The Moon!

We all had one. A kid in our junior high school class who wore a wolf T-shirt, I mean. That kid was ahead of the curve, as the wolf T is suddenly oh-so ironically in. The craze started when a T-shirt, with three wolves illustrated on it, went up for sale on Amazon and inspired fake review after fake review of how much customers enjoyed their purchase. Suddenly, the wolf T because the site’s number one best selling item in the apparel section. Here’s a sampling of the reviews that helped make it a best seller:

“I have been wearing this shirt for about 15 weeks and I have not needed to wash it! You don’t put this shirt on your torso you put it on your soul. The day I bought this shirt I lost 300 lbs!” —B.Prince

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Blue Nails: Love It Or Loathe It?

A few years ago, we all fell hard for Chanel’s black nail polish. Celebs started sporting this goth color and soon it spread faster than the H1N1 virus. But can they cause another nail craze again? Come summer, most of us turn to bright pinks, corals and reds when we head into the nail salon (if we head in at all); however, this summer may be different…Read More Keep reading »

Jetsetting Goes High Fashion With New Missoni Hotel And Others

Designers these days aren’t just about producing goods, but rather about lifestyle branding. In order to live, breathe, eat, and sleep the label, fashion hotels have been popping up, the latest of which comes from Missoni. Opening its doors in Edinburgh, Scotland, the place is decked out in Missoni’s signature prints, which find themselves on everything from the sheets and towels to the walls and decorative vases. [This would make me very dizzy. -- Editor] The Italian aura pervades throughout with a Missoni coffee bar and spa. Missoni is moving fast on the trend; the Scotland location will be followed shortly by a similar outpost in Kuwait (of all places). [HotelMissoni.com]

The hotel claims to be innovative by offering affordable luxury—rooms start at around $340 per night, which is (shocker!) quite the pretty penny. You may find, however, that the price pales in comparison to other truly exorbitant designer hotels. Read on to get the skinny on other designer hotels in Milan, Australia, and Paris. Keep reading »

What To Wear To The Five Most Random Fashion Weeks Around The World

Move over New York, Paris and Milan, you no longer have the monopoly on Fashion Week. The three fashion capitols of the world are no longer the only cities drawing the well-heeled to their runways. Name a country, chances are it has a fashion week. Of course the big question is: What does one wear to those tents of fashion glory? Well, actually, the big question might be where in the world are some of these cities, but that’s a whole other can of designer worms. While Chanel works in Paris, I was not so convinced about what to wear to Fashion Weeks in more unusual locales. After consulting the map I have come up with the five most unusual Fashion Weeks I would go to and what I would wear to each. Keep reading »

French Elle De-Glams Scarlett Johansson

French Elle has bitch slapped the fashion and beauty industries with their most recent cover. Again. For the second time this year, their cover shoot was minimally made up and, dare I say it, almost natural looking. We loved when they shot hottie model Eva Herzigova sans makeup a couple months again, putting her in a pared down white blouse and similarly laid back hair.

This time though, we weren’t so thrilled. Yes, we applaud the move away from airbrushed impossibility in the general sense, but Scarlett Johansson’s cover is a tad confusing. She’s minimally made up and there doesn’t seem to be blatant airbrushing, but the clothing is a bit trampy, the hair super boring and the expression utterly vacant. This one’s just not doing it for us. Keep reading »

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