Design

10 Other Stupid Non-Fashion Trends Inspired by Normcore

According to The Cut, the newest fashion trend sweeping the crazy streets of New York City is a surprising one. Dubbed “normcore,” it’s not the trend of young women dressing like Cheers-era George Wendt (much to our dismay), but rather young people “embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for ‘difference’ or ‘authenticity,'” by which the writer Fiona Duncan means: standing out by not standing out. You know, like wearing non-New Yorker clothes such as khakis and sweatpants and turtlenecks and sneakers. Sure, this is just one more bit of proof that New Yorkers and fashion people live in a bubble, believing that every choice we make is interesting and fashion-forward, but what if it inspired some other non-interesting non-fashion trends? We came up with a few we’d like to see. Or not. … Read More

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12 Design-Savvy Ways to Camp Indoors

Ah, the great outdoors. It can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated. There are bugs, bears, and masked serial killers to contend with. If camping sounds a bit too strenuous, and you prefer toasted marshmallows from artisan bakers in Brooklyn, here are a few ways to bring the outdoors inside to your humble, but stylish abode. … Read More

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‘Elegance in the Age of Crisis': Stylish Clothing From the 1930s

It was the worst of times, it was the best dressed of times. It was the decade of the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler’s Germany. So when you take a walk through The Museum at FIT’s Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s exhibition, it might come as a surprise that one of the darkest eras in our history was also one of the most stylish. Click through to see a few highlights from the show, which is on view through April 19, in our gallery. … Read More

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Stylish Illustrations Celebrate the Interior Designs of Classic Films

Architect and artist Federico Barbina picks up on an aspect of films that might go unnoticed by the average moviegoer: home design. Perviously, we shared Barbina’s series ARCHICINE — a collection of vintage-style portraits that highlight the exteriors of famous homes in cinema. Now Barbina has turned his attention to the interiors, with his new collection, ARCHISET (spotted via Fast Company Co.Design). Using a horizontal template, Barbina styles these cinematic stages like a theatrical proscenium. Take a look at the artful posters after the jump. … Read More

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10 Beautiful, Psychedelic Endpapers From Vintage Books That Potentially Harbor Demons

“Hardcover books,” for those of you who remember them, are cherished by many, not just because of their relative solidity and heft (relative to e-books), but also because of the many little decorative frills they incorporate. Like marbled, or at the very least quite abstract decorative endpapers. (It must be the lingering popularity of opium that made people love these designs, we think.) The British Library has a collection of decorative papers from the books in its collection. Here are ten of our favorites, although favorites is a weird word here, because while these are beautiful, if you stare at them too long you begin to worry that Cthulhu is going to emerge from the image. You have been forewarned. … Read More

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Glamorous Illustrations for ‘The Allure of Chanel’

You could look at the deluxe edition of Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel as the proper culmination of the writer’s work, since this was his final book and the subject was fellow French Nazi collaborator Coco Chanel. Or, you could look past that and appreciate one of the best French authors of his time writing intimately about one of the most influential women of the 20th century. If you can do that, then you’ll surely appreciate this latest edition, which features gorgeous illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld — some of which you can take a look at below. … Read More

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‘The Way We Wore’ Takes a Smart and Stylish Look at the Evolution of African-American Fashion

The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollum (Glitterati Incorporated)explores the diverse, undeniably cool individual styles of African Americans throughout the 20th century, focusing more on everyday people than celebrities or big-time trendsetters. Featuring photos that seem like proto-Saratorialist street shots, the result is a book that will surely be among the best-looking of 2014. Click through to preview a selection of images from McCollum’s book. … Read More

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10 Fantastic Feline-Friendly Interior Designs

Designers and architects often ignore our animal family members when it comes to creating spaces where people and pets live. What’s a house panther to do? We searched high and low for feline-friendly interior solutions that offer pets a permanent place of their own. These catwalks, staircases, and bridges allow kitty to stretch the imagination and get a paw up on indoor… Read More

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American Apparel Can’t Have Its Body Positivity Cake and Eat It, Too

A funny thing happened at the Houston Street American Apparel early Thursday morning. Exactly a month ahead of Valentine’s Day, America’s favorite source of overpriced, domestically produced basics launched a decidedly on-brand holiday promotion: swapping out its typical mannequins for female figures with nipples and pubic hair, both clearly visible underneath sheer lingerie. After Gothamist reported on the display, which happens to be located just a few blocks from the Flavorwire offices, a sales associate told the Huffington Post that the mannequins were intended to demonstrate “the rawness and realness of sexuality.” And when a national retailer chooses to represent women’s bodies in a way that’s closer to real life than ads that perpetuate the widespread stigma against women’s body hair, that’s a good thing, right? … Read More

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