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The Fred Perry label continues it's nearly fifty-year old romance with the music industry as it teams up British songstress and style icon Amy Winehouse for a new line of retro chic clothing. The collaboration puts a feminine twist on the classic label, incorporating the brand's staple looks with Winehouse's unconventional sex appeal. In hindsight, the pairing of the two seems obvious and inevitable like Kate Moss for Topshop or the Cardigans' Nina Persson for Hope, but the end product is anything but predictable.

Tonight is the night you must take your booty shorts out of hiding, slap those puppies on and shake your fun buns till the break of dawn. New Orleans style sissy bounce queen Big Freedia will be performing at South Paw tonight for a fantastic  Friday fun time(Phew! Say that six times fast!) that is sure to go down in BUST party history. DJ Rusty Lazer, Dominique Young Unique and Javelin will also be performing for your listening and move busting pleasure. Don't get left in the dust.

Zelda Kaplan renews our faith in the ability to be cool in New York City far after our 30th birthdays.  She proclaims that "so many young people are so afraid of becoming old. I would like them to know that from someone who is ninety-four years young, it is fun to be old."  With such an effervescent presence in the world and a passport that has been stamped to death, Zelda is very much alive! She captivates humanity with her dramatic ensembles and zest for life. Check out these designs that she created from fabrics brought back from her travels.

  Ever since the international phenomenon Snakes on a Plane, I have been wary of [Animal]s on a [Object I Use]. It's a potential recipe for terror. However, my mind has been changed thanks to this video. Observe a pair of kittens slipping on a slide and their mama's valiant attempts to rescue them. Uh-dorable.     [video:http://www.youtube.

Every year when the temperature starts to decrease I find myself fumbling through albums that beckon story telling, invite group vocals and paint dream like images of autumn breezes flowing through my moth eaten flannel. Now I do recognize that many people do this all year round, but there is something so pleasing about seasonal record listening. Nothing says fall like the crunching of leaves and twigs beneath feet that are frolicking to a shoe gaze, experimental, Americana soaked record. Shadow Shadow Shades's debut record is all this and more.

On cold, sunless afternoons the BUST office can seem more like a dark cave than a magical island run by women. Despite the dreariness outside there was nothing but enchantment inside as the interns were transformed into psychedelic tree nymphs with the help of some pretty sassy spandex. MessQueen, a New York City-based designer, aims for bold with her funky printed leggings that command attention from across the room.  Slip a pair of these bad boys on and you won't be able to resist the urge to leap from tabletop to tabletop, releasing your own inner nymph.

  As a predominantly male-based sport, skateboarding can be difficult for girls and women to really get into. Seattle-based organization Skate Like A Girl (SLAG) has been creating equal opportunities for skateboarding ladies since 2000 and has now expanded down the West Coast with chapters in Portland and San Francisco. Organizing committees and hosting various skating events are huge parts of SLAG’s endeavors to provide girls and women with a community in which confidence and talent can thrive.

This phrase was originally used to describe unfairness regarding minority education, but it could easily be used to explain the current climate of women in politics. Blame Sarah Palin, but it seems that women who want attention for their campaign are becoming more like parodies of America than actual leaders. There is a leap before you look, celebratory ignorance being championed by Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin that seems indicative of America itself.

We are very saddened by the sudden death of Ari Up at the age of 48 (apparently from cancer). At 14, she formed the Slits, an all girl punk band that shook up the boys club of late 70’s England, and she continued to make music and fans with her kooky looks and her punky reggae style up until the very end. She influenced pretty much any and all that came after her and our sympathies go out to her family and friends.

Come on out tomorrow, October 21st, to see our very own Crafty Lady, Callie Watts, speak at CMJ's panel discussion Take Back The Mic; Challenging Hip-Hop Stereotypes. The panel speakers will be addressing everything from female MC's to sissy bounce - "all walks of the lesser-heard voices from the urban, rap and hip-hop worlds speak up." Panelists include Marisa Aveling, Rah Digga, Starrene Rhett, Big Freedia, and Victor Vazquez of Das Racist. CMJ isn't all about getting schwasted and getting your groove on, so take a break from that, and come learn something and support one of our own.