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April 2011

God Save McQueen: Sarah Burton Is the Royal Wedding Dressmaker

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Well, a duchess for now, as Kate Middleton and Prince William won’t take the titles of prince and princess until Prince Charles becomes king. The official Royal Wedding website puts to rest months of speculation on who would design one of the most visible wedding dresses of the year. Burton was also responsible for the dress of Pippa Middleton, Kate’s sister and maid of honor. The v-neck is something of a signature for the future princess, but we also saw similarities to the wedding dress of Princess Grace of Monaco. In other words, bravo to Sarah Burton for a gown that’s unique to the bride, but timeless enough to have its place in history.


The $20 Million Dollar Fashion Blog: Refinery29 Projects 400% Revenue Growth

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Refinery29, a multi-author professional fashion blog, disclosed revenue numbers that indicate the online advertising trend may be headed in the right direction for fashion blogs. In an interview with TechCrunch, CEO Philippe von Borries predicts that the site will do $8 million in revenue this year, based on first quarter earnings.


Can Summer Fashion Trends Harm your Health?

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Some of the hottest trends in fashion may look great, but what if they carried irritating health risks? Dr. Oz recently took on a few summer style staples that have some not so pretty side effects.


American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Is Like Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos, According to Dov Charney

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In an interview with the New York Post, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney likens his current situation (his current situation being that the company is on number 7 or 8 of its 9 lives) to that of Apple or Amazon. Given that Charney has made it abundantly clear that he won’t be leaving his leadership role at American Apparel, we can infer that he sees himself as the Jeff Bezos or Steve Jobs of the clothing industry.


Replica/Ripoff Online Fashion Retailer Milanoo Raises ‘Multiple Millions’ From Sequoia

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Exhibit A of why Silicon Valley needs more women in the venture capital arena – at the very least during due diligence: Chinese online retailer Milanoo recently sent out a press release announcing a multi-million dollar investment from Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley’s largest and most well established venture capital investment firms.


Researcher Says iPhone Location Data Has Already Been Used By Law Enforcement

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Just yesterday, the revelation that the iPhone and iPad 3G are constantly tracking your location and storing that data in an unencrypted hidden file spread throughout the media.

As we noted, while there’s nothing that suggests Apple is actually monitoring or doing anything with the data, when your phone or a computer you’ve recently synced it with is out of sight tech savvy people could gain access to the information without your permission. According to forensic computing researcher Alex Levinson, law enforcement are some of those people and they’ve been using consolidated.db to find people.


The Time 100 Fashion Influencer Everyone Is Overlooking

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The Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the most influential people of the world, is out and everyone has noticed that Tom Ford is one of the few influencers from the world of fashion on the list. For US readers he may be the most recognizable, but considering the global nature of the article he’s not the only one.


Beijing’s Luxury Billboard Ban Pushes Brands Online

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Over the past weekend, Beijing’s much-hyped ban on outdoor advertisements that promote “hedonism, lavishness and the worship of foreign things” took effect.

While some luxury brands have limited their digital efforts in China to Chinese-language versions of their websites, others have taken steps to harness the growing popularity of online shopping.


Every Step You Take, Every Move You Make, Your iPhone Is Watching You (the 3G iPad Too)

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If you’re concerned with privacy and own an iPhone or iPad 3G, you should probably keep a closer eye on those devices than normal. Alasdair Allen at O’Reilly Radar is reporting that a hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording and storing the location of devices. The data in the hidden file follows users across backups, device migrations and is stored in an unencrypted file.


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