Design

Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at his home in Connecticut after a decade-long battle with cancer; he will, however, remain… Read More

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The Creepiest Furniture Designs

Halloween is right around the corner, but you can celebrate it year round with these creepy furniture designs. When we spotted Yaara Derkel’s mischievous Coppelius chair, which has a fun and frightening secret element hidden within its design (featured, below), we had to explore other furniture pieces that have been transformed into uncanny objects. From insects and skeletons, to the bloody and bizarre, these eerie designs are creepy conversation pieces. … Read More

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Anti-Semitic Ranter John Galliano Named Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela

You know how sometimes you’ve been really stressed at work — like, your co-workers aren’t cutting the mustard, your… Read More

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Will Fashion Ever Embrace Feminism as More Than Just a Trend?

Feminism and fashion have always been uneasy bedmates, linked by a common constituency but separated by very different objectives. The impasse came to a head not once but twice during Paris Fashion Week, where the usually infallible Stella McCartney ruffled feathers after her show when she said, “Strength on its own in a woman is quite abrasive and not terribly attractive all the time. This collection is really celebrating the gentle side.” … Read More

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Karl Lagerfeld Doesn’t Get to Appropriate Feminism

If The Onion had a fashion vertical, “Karl Lagerfeld Stages Feminist Protest” would almost certainly be one of its headlines. And yet here we are: Chanel’s head designer closed today’s Paris show with a parade of models holding signs so baldly hypocritical that they’re an exercise in doublethink. “FREE FREEDOM,” one nonsensically declares. “FEMINISM NOT MASOCHISM,” says another. Finally, hilariously, and worst of all: “BE DIFFERENT!” I laughed; I cried; I read headlines like “Chanel’s Empowering Feminist Protest the Best Thing About Fashion Week” and kept crying until I had a rage blackout. … Read More

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‘Private Choices, Public Spaces': Can Architects Save the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi?

Hosted in a small space at Parsons and that looks directly out onto Fifth Avenue, Private Choices, Public Spaces is less an exhibit than a staged brainstorm. There’s no artwork on display, or even building plans — surprising for an event organized by ArchiteXX, an organization of women in architecture dedicated to “bridging the academy in practice.” Instead, the space is filled with hundreds of postcards responding to a set of questions intended to prompt ideas for ArchiteXX’s latest “design action”: staging an “architectural intervention” at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. … Read More

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Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to Produce Documentary About LGBT-Friendly Tailors for HBO

Bindle & Keep, the Brooklyn-based bespoke tailor, is getting its own HBO documentary thanks to Jenni Konner… Read More

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Where DIY Music Meets Tech Culture: Searching for Future Sounds at the World Maker Faire

What makes a “maker”? By definition, the term can apply to artists, crafters, and anyone who creates anything. But the past decade has seen a more specific “maker movement” emerge amongst nerds and techies, one focused on making mediums like electronics, robotics, and 3D printing more accessible for hobbyists, connecting the dots between open-source tech projects and Etsy-centered handmade craft culture. … Read More

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Body Parts Can’t Be “Trendy,” No Matter How Big Butts Get

In the past, a tone-deaf Vogue feature might’ve been peak Columbusing. But we live in exciting times, so “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty” was just the beginning! First, the New York Times hopped On It with a trend piece, published (where else?) in the Styles section and titled (what else?) “For Posterior’s Sake.” And now there’s the video for Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty,” which looks like the result of the world’s worst record exec hypothetical: “What if we made ‘Anaconda,’ but without the fun, relevance, or gleeful destruction of phallic symbols? Also, let’s put Iggy Azalea in there.” … Read More

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