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August 2011

Lookk Again: Why Net-a-Porter’s Biggest Investor Is Backing Demand Driven Fashion

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When we first covered Garmz, the site was a place where anyone with a sketch and a bit of vision could see their idea actually put into production. Today, they’ve rebranded and relaunched as LOOKK, with backing from a few notable investors and an expanded offering for (slightly) more established designers.


Oh Baby! Beyonce Announces Her Pregnancy At the MTV Video Music Awards

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Beyonce has managed the biggest fashion surprise of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but not for any outrageous costume.

The nearly 30-year-old singer debuted the first (beautiful, bright, Lanvin) maternity dress of the evening, and all but confirmed her pregnancy by conspicuously displaying her baby bump and asking the audience to feel “the love growing inside” her when taking the stage.


Vogue Italia Thinks Slave Earrings and ‘Ethnic’ Style Are Interchangeable

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Vogue is a brand that has plenty of experience with insensitivity: American Vogue published a puff piece on the Syrian first couple just as uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East were heating up, French Vogue published a blackface editorial and a piece with children dressed and made up as adults (the latter may have been behind Carine Roitfeld’s departure), but we’ve always held out a bit more hope for Vogue Italia.


Cathy Horyn Doesn’t See the Point of Fashion’s Night Out, Neither Do We

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Cathy Horyn doesn’t believe the expense of Fashion’s Night Out is outweighed by any benefits. A position we put forth last year.


Buzzworthy: the Flash Drive/Vibrator That Could Be the Next Crowdfunded Bestseller

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We’ve seen USB flash drives that double as keychains and miniature figurines, but a company called Crave is releasing a flash drive that doubles as a uniquely different toy.


Badvertising: Nivea Pulls Ad Suggesting Men ‘Re-Civilize’ Themselves

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Nivea came under fire yesterday for an ad with a black man throwing out a head with longer afro hair and full beard. The image was part of a “Look Like You Give a Damn” campaign for Nivea for Men. The problem? The “re-civilize yourself” tagline struck many people as racist when positioned over a black model. A similar ad with a white model reads “Sin City Isn’t an Excuse to Look Like Hell.” The white model also holds a head with long hair and a full beard.


Twitter Illustrator Breaks the Fashion (QR) Code

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In one of the best fashion/QR code mashups we’ve seen since Calvin Klein’s billboard, Yiying Lu, the artist behind the Twitter fail whale, created 10 hand-drawn illustrations for Meets Obsession magazine – complete with fully functional QR codes (also hand-drawn).


London’s Royals Have Knocked New York Off Its Fashion Perch

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New York is easily the fashion capital of the US, and considering the size of the American consumer market, for many people that makes it one of the top fashion cities in the world. According to a list from Austin, TX based internet analysis company Global Language Monitor, that’s not quite enough to make it number one though. What is enough? How about a blue blood wedding, a newly minted princess with a mostly attainable wardrobe/style, and one design house with a genius founder and brilliant successor (who also played a role in said wedding). Come on down London, you’ve officially been crowned as the internet’s favorite fashion capital.

But is it?


Abercrombie & Fitch Offers the Jersey Shore Cast An Anti-Endorsement Deal

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While Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino battles it out with DILLIGAF over not endorsing their products, and simultaneously signs a new deal to shill prom tuxedos, there’s one company that has offered to pay him (and fellow Jersey Shore castmates) to not be seen in their clothes.


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