Dustin really wanted to jump on the latest fad and have his very own blog
. However, he is a man of few words, and even fewer thoughts
. In fact, thinking is not something he wastes his time on. But the one thought he did have was that if a picture is worth a thousand words, maybe a couple hundred snapshots of his ugly mug would equal a book deal. Below is a pointless photo of what Dustin is wearing today. [more inside]
The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes
is an excerpt from Elizabeth Cline's book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. 10 facts from Overdressed
. An interview with Cline
on Salon. Cheap clothing's high cost (infographic). Previously: stuff we don't want. [more inside]
What Would Khaleesi Wear [.tumblr.com]
Because Daenerys Targaryen is the blood of the dragon.
Sneaking Into Pantone HQ
: "While the Pantone meetings are traditionally secret, I was invited to the Summer 2013 meeting on the condition that I not reveal the colorists’ identities." (An older, brief interview on Pantone forecasts
.) For Summer 2013: forecast overview
- palette descriptions
- palette colors
. (via good.is
: ...the Ethics of Color Forecasting
Can using different types of models benefit brands?
Ben Barry discusses his Ph.D. research in Elle Canada
, making a business case for diversity in fashion: women increased their purchase intentions when they saw models who reflected their size, age, and race. Jezebel summarizes
, "Barry's research... casts doubt on the age-old theory that people buy things because advertising stokes their insecurities, creating a need that can only be filled by the advertised product. It suggests that advertising can work by inducing in the consumer feelings of affinity for and identification with the people shown in the ad."
In 1985, Don't Stand Me Down
, the third studio album by Dexy's Midnight Runners
was released. In a rare interview, front man Kevin Rowland and violinist Helen O'Hara
talk about the making of what is now considered Dexy's lost masterpiece
. The record was not an immediate success. [more inside]
Beanplating on The Fifth Element
from architecture students at the University of Waterloo. [more inside]
is a tumblr that provides comic book-inspired fashion based on Marvel comic book characters
. You'll find not only popular characters, like Spider-man
or Iron Man
. Some of the inspired outfits come from lesser-known characters such as Squirrel Girl
) and Molly Hayes
). Here is the full page version.
A self-identified hipster re-presents: the American hipster
What comes next?
Pope Benedict XVI has revived many dormant style traditions and introduced a few fashion innovations of his own. Also, he often wears fanciful hats. Examples: A Sombrero
, A camauro
(camel skin hat of red wool or velvet with white ermine
), a free baseball cap
, a wide brim red cappello romano
, (I.E. saturno), a Yarmulke
(a little zucchetto
Pretiosa, Papal Tiara
(there are many in existence
) and so many more
. A Time Magazine
Also: Papal shoes & slippers
. [more inside]
You may have heard that they made a movie of the The Hunger Games
. While others discuss its dystopian vision of a barbaric future America, we will concern ourselves with something more important: the clothes
. [more inside]
Remarked by her contemporary Coco Chanel as "That Italian artist who makes clothes"
(New Yorker - Janet Flanner
) bought Surrealism to fashion
. She was one of the most influential creators of Parisian haute couture
in the era between the two World Wars. [more inside]
The web site of The Costume Institute
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has more than 30,000 images searchable by who, what, where, and when.
is a collection of photographs of beautiful antique, historic and vintage clothing from Europe and North America. A feast of fashion history images
from the 17th century to the 1920’s with a brief FAQ page here
Taking the idea of a 'laptop computer' to its logical-but-absurd extreme, a pair of Dutch designer dorks have come up with a pair of jeans with a built-in wireless computer keyboard
Did you find Heidi Klum's Halloween costume
hot? Then these muscle leggings
are right up your alley.
In 2009, Roxana Altamirano made her first post
to Nerd Boyfriend
), a style blog that finds clothing similar to those worn by iconic male figures. Now, almost three years later, there is a Nerd Girlfriend
. [more inside]
Urban Outfitters has stopped
selling a line of Navajo-themed undergarments, drinking accessories, and other items
whose relation to the tribe is questionable, at best. What caused the kerfuffle
, and did UO have any obligation (beyond the obvious PR repercussions) to give way? [more inside]
Punk's Not Dead
. The revival of punk in couture fashion and elsewhere
"It was Alan Flusser who pointed out, a whole generation of men in the '70s stopped getting dressed, so they didn't teach their children how to get dressed. More and more people have found, 'Oh, I can go read about this stuff.' " The Oral History of Menswear Blogging.
With Michael Bastian
, Scott Schuman
, Michael Williams
, Lawrence Schlossman
, Jesse Thorn
, and others.
"Things didn’t happen as I imagined.
On the one hand, with the situation in Tehran, I expected the police to arrest me. I also thought that the resulting dress wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. But it turned out to be more homogenous than I envisaged. Most of the passengers wanted to communicate with me and participate in the project. And I enjoyed this attention and collaboration. The point wasn’t their understanding of the project. I didn’t want anything to be imposed on the audience or participants. I wanted ordinary people to encounter their own personalities without any preconceptions about contemporary art. More than anything, I wanted something to emerge that is shared — between me and everyday metro passengers." The story of fashion student Shirin Abedinirad
who conceived and carried out an unusual (and unusually bold) performance art experiment by asking Tehran metro passengers to donate their rubbish to pin on her dress. [more inside]
lululemon athletica, the "yoga-inspired athletic apparel company
", has rapidly become a brand fixture in the Pacific Northwest since its founding by Chip Wilson
in 1998. Recently, a strange ode to Ayn Rand
appeared on their website, and a "Who Is John Galt?" advertising campaign has adorned company packaging
this November. Meanwhile, one of their employees has been convicted in the bizarre murder
of a co-worker, in which the employees of a neighbouring Apple Store ignored the victim's cries for help.
Vintage Black Glamour:
an underexplored avenue of 20th century beauty and style.
We and the Color
is a blog about creative inspiration in art, graphic design, illustration, photography, architecture, fashion, product, interior, video and motion design. Also on Flickr
Today's New York Times has an article
about young Mormons finding a way to live their values while remaining socially "with it" -- by turning to hipster culture.
has created a t-shirt line for UNICEF
in which the shirts cost the same as what's depicted on them. So this one
, of a cargo flight, costs $300,000. This one
, for insecticide-treated mosquito nets, might be more in your price range.
"Are you a lady? Then finally there’s a game for you! While too many games are pretending that ladies enjoy the same things as men, like shooting, building cities or exploring alien worlds, Lady Popular properly recognizes what it is that makes a true, strong, independent lady: shopping, hairstyles, and having a boyfriend."
John Walker of Rock Paper Shotgun gives a no-holds-barred review
(NSFW) of the game Lady Popular
"[H]ow interesting... to bring to life the clothes in children’s artwork, designs by children too young to be influenced by commercial fashion... I asked three girls to draw the outfits they imagined, and then I turned them into clothes
Despite previously stating that plus sizes were not their targeted demographic
, troubled clothing store
American Apparel recently announced a contest
looking for a plus-sized model. Nancy Upton
responded with a series of provocative photos (Photographs NSFW: 1
, 2 3
) mocking the contest. Unexpectedly, Nancy won the contest
after bringing in the highest user vote
. (American Apparel previously on Metafilter
It's that time of year again, time to witness of the parade of sartorial excess that is The Miss Universe 2011 National Costumes
These are collections of art inspired outfits for women (I