Harvard Business School student Vivian Weng has had first-hand frustration with the fashion industry both as a consumer who pays high prices for clothing and as someone who has worked with designers who struggle to reach their target audiences. In an attempt to “democratize fashion,” she’s just launched FashionStake, a website that allows users to put a “stake” into an up-and-coming designer. How it works: Pre-order an item from an exclusive collection, or pledge $50 or $150 to the designer’s target fund. Once the goal is met, the designer creates the collection for the users, who get a $125 store credit and a 40 percent discount. There are also some extremely special VIP perks for people who invest certain amounts, including tickets to NYC Fashion Week, freebies, and lunch with the designer. FashionStake already has some recognizable names on their roster: The first designer is Nicholas K, followed by Lewis Cho, Aira, and Yotam Solomon. Keep reading »
The hardest thing about being a new designer is not so much the creativity — if you’re good, you’re good — it’s getting exposure for the awesome clothes you’re creating. Some designers with amazing wares actually struggle for years just to get their clothes in front of the right eyes. New website Oak & Co. aims to change that by offering sustainable up-and-coming designers a hub for selling their wares. Some of the pieces are a little more hippie than chic, but a fair few of the choices are pretty great-looking pieces that you won’t find elsewhere. Plus, buying a dress from Oak & Co. means you’re being environmentally friendly and supporting developing designers. [ApparelNews.net] Keep reading »
is sick of Gwyneth Paltrow
having all the fun. That is to say, she wants to tell women how to live their lives better too, so she started her own lifestyle site: GetHatched
. Unlike Gwynnie’s GOOP
, Teri’s site doesn’t advocate slurping kale juice and spinach soup or staying at the most expensive hotels while vacationing in Morocco; her angle is all about balancing life as a busy mom. “GetHatched is about finding your way to the ME part without getting lost along the way. My desire is to be able to reach women, lots of women, and supply just the right boost they might need on any given day,” says Hatcher. So, how does she provide that boost? Well, if this video is any indication, she does it through sex talk. And sleep talk. And discussing with regular non-celeb moms how their men can get them in the mood by cleaning up around the house and making sure the kids get off to school OK. I guess this is kinda like porn for the busy middle-class mom? I don’t know; did the world need really need another celeb telling normal people how to live their lives better? [via Huffington Post
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Teri Hatcher is following in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s footsteps, with a new online publication in the works. The “Desperate Housewives” star has teamed up with Disney to launch GetHatched.com, a website for women. “I have a compelling passion to be a woman with other women,” she said. “We’re the caregivers, the teachers, the lovers.” Huh?
It makes sense for a corporation to want a big name involved when they launch a new website — instant publicity! — but can Teri be the driving force behind a media empire? Will people care enough about what she has to say for this to pay off for Disney?
As for content, Teri will supposedly be talking about “what worked for me and what hasn’t,” like the time she went to pick up groceries without doing her hair and got snapped by paparazzi: “I should have taken an extra 30 seconds to show I have style.” Thanks, Teri, that advice was really helpful. If today were April 1, we’d think this was a joke. [THR via AV Club] Keep reading »
Listen up, people! I think I just discovered the Holy Grail of all internet fun. A friend of mine told me about this site called Chatroulette.com. It is literally a virtual, social roulette game. You log on (you need a web cam of some sort) and the site connects you randomly with another person in the world for a video chat. You can actually see and hear this person while you IM with them!! The future is here! For my first round, I was connected with Chad, an IT guy who works for Chatroulette. (He was doing some routine site checks.) I asked him what he wants the Friskyverse to know about the site. He replied, “That it’s fun!” No s**t, Chad. Too bad he was hot and I realized that I haven’t brushed my hair yet today and am still wearing my gym clothes. Bummer. [How come the first time I try it, I get a guy jerking off? Must be a fluke. Otherwise, totes SFW! — Editor] When I spun the virtual wheel again, I was connected to Anna, a 17-year-old girl hanging out with her cat. Whoever came up with this idea is a freaking genius. Try it now before the rest of the world catches on! Keep reading »