There is offensive clothing that you wonder what the design team’s questionable inspiration was when they were creating a collection, and then there are garments that are so blatantly offensive that you wonder what the heck is going on at HQ and who are the horrible customers they are trying to appeal to. Buzzfeed reported that there was a t-shirt for sale with the slogan “It’s Not Rape, It’s A Snuggle With A Struggle” written across the chest, accompanied by two hands formed into the shape of a heart. Really. Read more on The Gloss…
Another day, another artist accusing larger corporations of stealing her work. Today it’s cartoonist and illustrator Gemma Correll, whose pug-heavy doodles you may recognize from her “Pugs Not Drugs” paraphernalia or books like A Pug’s Guide To Etiquette and A Pug’s Guide To Dating.
Gemma’s doodle of a cat and pug together sitting under mistletoe, with the cat saying “Don’t even think about it!”, has allegedly been stolen by not one but two retailers. Keep reading »
If you’re the type who finds joy in getting in on the ugly sweater game come mid-December, listen up: a company called Digital Dudz has just taken your humble holiday activity to the next level, and now anything is possible. Each sweater features a pocket-like window in the stomach area for your smartphone, so all you have to do is download the corresponding app, stick it in the pocket, and head off to give Grandma the biggest surprise of her life. Or at least of the 2013 holiday season. You don’t know what Grandma saw sixty years ago. Nobody does. [Fashionista]
In the weeks since the horrific collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory — and subsequent deaths of more than a thousand factory workers — we’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a conscientious consumer. As Americans, we’re privy to more and cheaper goods than ever before — and as globalization spreads and the means of production move further and further away, we’re less and less connected to what we buy.
It’s pretty clear that something’s got to give.
Enter Elizabeth Cline. In her new book, Overdressed (
not out until the end of August already out, with the hardcover to be released in August), she delves into the rise of cheap, fast fashion, and — by traveling to China and Bangladesh — documents first-hand how our desire for more and newer clothing is impacting the environment, the culture and workers’ lives.
As style editors and fashion lovers, both Winona and I have grappled with wanting to give you, our readers, affordable, accessible options, while also honoring our desire to support fair worker practices and ethical businesses. In the coming weeks and months, we hope to bring you a lot more coverage on conscious, sustainable fashion, alongside some of our affordable shopping guides. There is no such thing as a “perfect” consumer, but we believe in giving you as much information as possible so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
After the jump, I talk to Elizabeth Cline about how we can be better educated and more conscious clothing consumers.
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Hard to believe, I know, but not every woman wants to be a girly-girl. While feminine fashions do it for many, some girls just wanna dress a little tomboy. Enter Wildfang.
Some of their styles mimic early Teddy Boy and Teddy Girl fashion (which I happen to think was the era for clothing), but all of the pieces are meant to show a different approach to women’s clothing. Launched by former Nike employees Julia Parsley and Emma McIlroy, the pair said they started the company because they hated “stalking items in the men’s department, trying them all on only to leave empty-handed because they didn’t fit us.”
“We created Wildfang for our friends and for their friends,” said McIlroy, “and for all the badass women we haven’t had the chance to meet yet. We think being a tomboy is just as much about attitude as it is about fashion, so in that sense we hope Wildfang will become the home for tomboys.”
The video above, features actress Kate Moennig (from “The L Word”), musician Hannah Blilie and soccer pro Megan Rapinoe. Check out a couple of stills from their video after the jump! [AfterEllen] Keep reading »
Artist Fraser Smith will carve you a whole outfit if if you let him. The Natchez, Mississippi-based master carver has a special skill set — he makes realistic-looking clothes and accessories out of wood. The 54-year-old has carved hats, basketball jerseys, even leather jackets out of basswood that’s stained with pigments to create trompe l’oeil wood sculptures. While you can tell the items aren’t what they seem from up close, Smith says that his items often confuse and bewilder viewers.
“They see it, and ask themselves, ‘Interesting coat, but why’s it hanging in the dining room?’ … A while later, they’ll learn what it’s made of, or bump into it, and realise it’s made of wood, and they’ll have to immediately change everything they thought of it. Some are excited, like they’d just seen magic.”
Check out more of Smith’s amazing clothing sculptures after the jump! [Daily Mail]