A high fashion runway is something you either love or hate. For some, the looks can be captivating and inspiring in that “How did they even think of that?” kind of way. But for others, the clothes can simply look like the aftermath of a closet explosion that somehow found its way onto the body of a model, a look that is seemingly impossible to relate to. Self-taught nail guru Miss Ladyfinger challenges the latter by translating these intricate looks ... Read More
At the age of 17, Katie Halchishick entered the world of plus-size modeling. Though the industry approved of the weight she gained during her first year of college (the notorious “freshman 20”), Halchishick made a pledge to herself to eat healthier, and, in turn, lost a total of 50 pounds—along with a ton of clients. The formerly plus-size model's new size put her into a category that virtually didn't exist in the modeling industry--sizes 6, 8, ... Read More
If you’ve ever taken a moment to glance around a crowded subway or waiting room, chances are, there will be at least a handful of folks sporting the latest version of a Nook or Kindle. So what does fate hold for all of the books we've retired? Just ask the Montreal-based artist Guy Laramee, who created an entirely new way to enjoy old books by literally carving the pages into mind-blowing masterpieces, with an incredible attention to detail. ... Read More
There’s a certain kind of gratification that comes along with purchasing a vintage or handmade item, whether it’s because you know you’re reducing your carbon footprint, or you feel assured that you can stroll the streets of Manhattan without exchanging an awkward, unexpected moment with a stranger of “Are we wearing the exact same thing?” Whatever the reason, GreenBeing, one of the vendors setting up shop at our Craftacular event at ... Read More
Though it might be tempting to bolt into the nearest Forever 21 on payday to buy inexpensive trendy garb in bulk for some good old fashioned instant gratification, the Slow Fashion Movement urges you to do otherwise. The term, 'slow fashion,' first introduced by eco-friendly fashion consultant and author Kate Fletcher, is representative of both sustainable and ethical practices as they relate to fashion design, manufacturing and consumption, and provides an ... Read More
Are you still putting off spring cleaning this year? Clean out your apartment and put your souvenirs to good use by donating them to Martha Rosler’s Meta-Monumental Garage Sale. Though the installation doesn’t premiere until November 17-30, Rosler is on the hunt this month for all of your cast offs, bric-a-brac, no-longer-wanted objects and odd items. This can include, but is certainly not limited to, art (the good, the bad, and the ugly), clothing, ... Read More
In today's world, where 12-year-olds are engrossed in their iPhones, and substituting a phone call in place of a text message is nearly inconceivable, technology like Nokia’s indestructible brick of a cell phone and the VCR that’s currently collecting dust in your basement (if not already inhabiting a dumpster) seems prehistoric. But thanks to nostalgic noise enthusiast Brendan Chilcutt—the face behind The Museum of Endangered ... Read More
The birds-and-the-bees conversation between parents and teens isn’t exactly the easiest topic to discuss at the dinner table, though we all know it's a vital rite of passage to growing up. But what about the teens with special needs? A new study reveals that not only do they have a limited knowledge of sex, but many have some alarming misconceptions regarding human sexuality. The study's lead researcher Ruth Garbutt found that several students believed gay ... Read More
Have you ever taken a risk with your own personal style, like donning a fashion-forward denim jumpsuit, and your female friends exclaimed compliments in unison while your guy friends silently pondered whether or not you got dressed in the dark that day? There’s a name for that trendy garb you’re wearing—Man repellent. Runway-savvy fashionista Leandra Medin is the face behind ManRepeller.com, a bible for all things fashionably trendy that ... Read More
Tumblr, fairly notorious for hosting images that glorify self-harm, announced several months ago its plan to ban “thinpsiration” photos. But a quick search for the tags 'thinspiration,' 'pro ana,' 'anorexia,' and 'bulimia' all yield results reflecting the very images and posts the popular social networking website promised to remove. What gives, Tumblr? "Thinspiration," or "thinspo," refers to a collection of images, words, mantras, and associations ... Read More
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