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In yet another example of a big fashion chain “borrowing” ideas from an independent designer, Topshop recently rolled out a set of “punctuation rings” that look a hell of a lot like the awesome swear ring set by jewelry designer and fashion blogger Wendy Brandes. Wendy posted a response on her blog yesterday that addressed… READ MORE »


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I was really excited for Rachel Zoe’s first collection when the photos were featured in WWD yesterday. The collection features structured ’70s-style fashions; the garments are more tailored than loosey-goosey bohemian. Even though the $250 to $700 price range is a little beyond my means at the moment (unless Gilt Groupe plans to have a… READ MORE »


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Willow Smith has received a huge amount of attention for the look she wore to the American Music Awards. She even landed on our worst dressed list. Many of the negative comments focused on the yellow sleeve thing she wore so proudly. Now we wonder what her reaction would be to the fact that her… READ MORE »


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A new bill to appease the fashion industry’s gripes with copycat issues has been proposed by Senator Charles Schumer. Interestingly, the bill doesn’t exactly cut down the Forever 21s and Steve Maddens, but proposes that construction, rather than an intellectual idea, is most key when considering a copyright case. Reports The New York Times: “The… READ MORE »


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Buying a knock-off is one thing … but making your own knock-off? Try searching for “Louboutin red soles” on eBay, and you’ll find a couple dozen auctions for red adhesive soles in the style of the classic Christian Louboutin touch. Some are being marketed as a product to use as protection for your real Loubs,… READ MORE »


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I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a… READ MORE »


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Urban Outfitters’ rib cage necklace (right) bears a striking resemblance to indie designer Lillian Crowe’s rendition (left), doesn’t it? The designer, who debuted the bone jewelry last March, thinks so and she’s trying not to be pissed. The fashion industry would have stalled and died a long time ago if designers couldn’t “be inspired” by… READ MORE »


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Because eyelash length is, for some reason, a huge concern these days, we’ve taken to applying all sorts of crap around our rather delicate eyes in the pursuit of a long lash. While the popularity of treatments like Latisse (which costs $120) shows no sign of slowing, the icky side effects of lash-lengthening knockoffs should… READ MORE »


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While we recently learned just how bad platform shoes are for our feet and backs, we never expected to hear the same about plush sheepskin boots. It’s a little unclear what the difference between regular Uggs and the plethora of knockoffs out there is, if any, but according to Dr. Ian Drysdale, the Head of… READ MORE »


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Please, Forever 21, at least try to make it look like you’re not totally ripping off the street artist Banksy with this $22 cotton hoodie. Admittedly, he probably doesn’t care that he’s being ripped off by a mall chain store: Banksy is so “arty” that he doesn’t sell doodads with his designs on them; instead… READ MORE »


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You may know Aldo as a mall staple and slightly cheaper version of Nine West. While we knew the shoe store made accessories like belts and jewelry, we didn’t really consider that they could actually be cute. Turns out we’ve either been wrong all along or Aldo has hired a new accessories designer with a… READ MORE »


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Leave Alexander McQueen alone! Sheesh, can’t the guy get a break? First Lady Gaga had to mess up his Fashion Week glory; now Steve Madden is all up in his face. The reason? McQueen is suing the affordable shoe company for copying the design for his “Faithful” bootie, a sexy open-toed number with leather snap-flaps… READ MORE »


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Here’s a look at one of the accessories from Balenciaga’s highly-anticipated Fall 2009 collection, a super sexy pump that features a cagey, mesh detail and bow tie closure. Yet something about it is strangely (or not?) reminiscent of YSL’s hugely popular cage strappy sandals. Both have a similar structure and feature ribbons around the ankles. READ MORE »