Design

From Apple to California Raisins: 7 Brands’ Forays Into Fashion

As we discussed yesterday, nothing starts out perfect when it comes to product design — even if you’re Apple. One interesting recent move for the company was its hiring of Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve, who, as Haydn Shaughnessy at Forbes suggested, might have less to do with the development of the iWatch than with Apple’s potential desire to expand into clothing. If Shaughnessy turns out to be correct, it won’t be the first time Apple branches out into fashion. … Read More

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Dear Fashion Industry: The World’s Cultures Are Not Yours to Plunder

The fashion industry, like every other cultural industry on the planet, seems to be out of ideas. But since remakes and reboots aren’t really available to it, the primary mode of getting new blood in the clothing veins is to appropriate imagery from other cultures and subcultures. This, they do quite badly. We have had no less than three new examples of that this week. We have Diesel half-assedly incorporating burkas into an ad campaign, and Marc Jacobs using a graphic associated with a skinhead band on a $70 T-shirt in his fall line. In both those cases, the carelessness of the appropriation basically speaks for itself; there’s no way of interpreting this as an attempt to intelligently “remix” anything, just a craven way to use complicated phenomena as grease for the engines of capitalism. Yay. … Read More

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The Most Stylish People in Literature

Another New York Fashion Week is in the books after today. There were some highs, and there were some definite lows. Lots of pictures of celebrities looking bored while models walked past them were taken, and people tweeted things like this: … Read More

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The 10 Ugliest Apple Products of All Time

Yesterday was Apple Product Announcement Day (did you get me anything?), with the unveiling of two new iPhone upgrades. The iPhone 5S has a faster processor and a Mission: Impossible-ish fingerprint sensor on its home button (at last, a use for all of those fingerprint-lifting tools I’ve been hoarding); the iPhone 5C is cheaper, made of plastic, and… well, there’s no nice way to say this. It’s wicked ugly. Available in a variety of eyesore colors (the grapefruit pink and lime green are the grossest, for my money — your mileage may vary), the 5C serves as a potent reminder that, despite the company’s reputation of incomparable aesthetics and the undeniable sleekness of many of its products, Apple is capable of laying the occasional very ugly egg. Here’s a few earlier examples: … Read More

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10 Street Style Sites That Are More Interesting Than Fashion Week

Fashion Week in New York is just wrapping up, but the sprawling global event that is Fashion Month is just picking up steam. Before the showings for Spring/Summer 2014 wind down, the circus of editors, models, and celebrities will have made its way through London, Milan, and finally, Paris. Keeping up with the hundreds of outfits and dozens of micro-trends pouring out of each fashion week is exhausting — which is why many of us plebes prefer to keep up with street style blogs instead of the shows themselves. It’s all the eye candy and inspiration of fashion, curated in advance and stripped of the hamster-wheel-like feeling that makes following the shows themselves so overwhelming. That said, here are our favorite street style sites to show off the highlights of the next few weeks and beyond. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Stylish Pilots of the Early 20th Century

It’s disputed whether French aviator Adolphe Pégoud flew the first loop in an airplane 100 years ago this month on September 21, 1913, or if Russian pilot Pyotr Nesterov did it two weeks earlier. Either way, it’s been a century since somebody pulled off the aerobatic maneuver, and helped kick-start a new era for flight. … Read More

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The Illustrated Lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”

Lyric videos have been all the rage on YouTube for years, with fans showing off their iMovie skills by placing fancy fonts over images of a musician while his or her song plays in sync. But designer Jay Roeder did something a little bit more artistic: he created illustrated images for the lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.’s classic track “Juicy” (spotted on Egotripland, via The Hairpin). Sure, there are a couple of missing lyrics (a hand-drawn n-word still makes one uncomfy, I suppose), but this homage to Biggie’s wordplay is still pretty great.  … Read More

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Celebrities Who Broke Old-School Fashion Rules and Lived to Tell the Tale

It’s the week after Labor Day, which means style sticklers everywhere are stowing away their white pants and starched button-downs ’til next May. But the vast majority of us will allow our bleached denim to survive into the fall, because why would anyone limit a perfectly good piece of clothing to three months of the year? As Mental Floss points out, the “no white in September” rule was arbitrary to begin with. But while we’re calling out fashion choices that are long past their faux pas days, let’s review a few other pieces of conventional wisdom that have long since worn out their welcome — as illustrated with photo evidence of our favorite stylish celebrities. If Solange can pair stripes with florals, then so can you. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Awesome Movie-Style Posters For Every Original ‘Star Trek’ Episode

There’s not exactly a shortage of Star Trek fan art out there, but Juan Ortiz came up with a fresh and fascinating angle for his new book Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz (out today from Titan Books). Ortiz, a longtime Trek enthusiast and gifted graphic artist, designed a movie-style poster for every single episode of the original series. Drawing inspiration from pulp book covers, advertisements, comic books, and ‘60s movie posters, the achievement is impressive to Trekkies and ‘60s design fans alike. After the jump, check out just a few of Ortiz’s original posters, along with (exclusive to Flavorwire) his own comments on the episodes and his inspirations for the images. … Read More

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10 Photographs of Forgotten Homes That Depict the Aftermath of Gentrification

The urban areas of the Mid-Atlantic region are known for their recognizable architecture, particularly row houses. Entire city blocks, usually in poor and working class neighborhoods, are lined with these structures, and, with the ever-increasing gentrification, these typical sights are becoming less common. Photographer Ben Marcin’s collection Last House Standing (as seen on Feature Shoot) depicts a common sight: after the demolition of the lines of row houses, one last building sometimes remains, eerily cut off from its surroundings. Marcin shot gorgeously minimalistic images of these buildings in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore.  … Read More

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