The condom-maker creates underwear that transmits touch over long distances via iPhone app.
Talk about positive vibrations.
Durex Australia has unveiled a new range of underwear that allows vibrations to be transmitted over long distances with the swipe of an iPhone. The so-called “Fundawear” comes equipped with touch sensors—the same kind used in cell phones—that enable touch to be transferred from an iPhone to the garment using a special app. In a video posted to Durex Australia's YouTube channel, Ben Moir, the technology director of the product, explains that each phone can be linked to a shared server, which is in turn connected to the lingerie, to send the physical message. He also reveals that the intensity with which you use your finger on the app matches the intensity of the touch felt at the receiving end.
Officials at Sweden's largest eating disorder recovery facility say that modeling scouts have been sussing out new talent on their clinic's campus.
Swedish modeling agencies have been combing the country’s largest eating disorder recovery facility for new talent, say the clinic’s doctors. Officials at the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders (Stockholms Centrum för Ätstörningar), have told reporters that patients have been approached by model scouts on numerous occasions. “We find this absolutely reprehensible,” Ana-Maria af Sandeberg, the facility’s chief doctor, told Metro. “They [talent scouts] have been standing outside our clinic and trying to pick up our girls because they know that they are skinny. It absolutely sends the wrong signals when what the girls need is treatment.”
The issue prompted clinic officials to reorganize patients’ schedules, since the scouts would often approach girls in their free time, on walks around the facility. “They were outside the building and waiting for the girls to go out for a walk,” af Sandeberg told Swedish news agency TT. “One of those contacted was in a wheelchair because she was so skinny.”
A new retrospective of the late American art prodigy Keith Haring opens at Paris’s Modern Art Museum.
An extensive retrospective of the late American artist Keith Haring opens today at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. The exhibition, titled The Political Line, showcases some of the highlights from Haring’s formidable career, which spanned just over a decade. (Sadly, the artist passed away in 1990 at the age of 32 due to complications related to HIV/AIDS.)
Through his art, Haring commented on some of the most important socio-political issues of his time and, fittingly, this exhibition trails the major themes that influenced his work: capitalism, mass media and religion, racism, and his campaign against drug use and AIDS (he himself was diagnosed with HIV in 1988). Ultimately, the messages he conveyed were just as important as the medium itself.
and Bernard Arnault addresses LVMH's stake in Hermès.
Lauren Hutton’s Self-Defense Shoes: In a candid interview with Net-A-Porter’s digital magazine, The Edit, longtime model Lauren Hutton expresses her disdain for “silly shoes” and encourages women to use their footwear as a weapon with a special self-defense shoe test. “I see girls in New York who can’t run in their heels,” she said. “I used to live on the Bowery when it was crack city, and I’d never go out in heels unless I had done The Test: standing on one heel, whipping off the other and holding it up to someone’s head in three seconds.” [The Edit]
Tatler’s Tit List: British society magazine Tatler has come under fire for a controversial spread in its May issue that rates the cleavage of English society swans. The three-page feature, titled “Titler,” includes well-known names like Helen Mirren, Pixie Geldof, and even Princess Eugenie. Feminist protesters have banded together on social media to protest the feature, launching a Facebook page and Twitter account called "No to Titler at Tatler," which states that “characterising respected women’s ‘tits’ is demeaning, degrading and will not be tolerated.’” [The Daily Mail]
Pigments used to expand and darken areolae have become increasingly popular in the U.K. Tom Sykes talks to the experts about the new trend.
Ladies—and, yes, gentlemen—are you nervous about your nipples? Anxious about your areolae? Is your left larger than your right? Is the right darker than the left? Is one too high? Is the other cracked? Or are they just too big, too bumpy, too smooth, or too small?
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and Nickelson Wooster is reportedly out at J.C. Penney.
Time 100’s Fashion Stars: Time released its annual 100 Most Influential People list on Thursday, featuring a diverse array of world leaders, entertainment figures, and icons. Among them are designer Michael Kors, who was listed in the ‘Titans’ category, and J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons, who is categorized as one of the list’s ‘Artists.’ [Time]
Hedi Slimane Sells: Hedi Slimane’s tumultuous first year at the helm of Saint Laurent has come under The New York Times’s review. Fashion reporter Eric Wilson explains that although Slimane’s designs have been widely panned by industry critics, that hasn’t stopped consumers from buying it at full price. He writes: “From PPR’s perspective, Mr. Slimane is doing exactly what the company wants, engaging in the commercial side of the business, including store design, and communicating directly with younger customers online.” [NYT]
Sales of the late Iron Lady’s favorite purses are surging in the wake of her death.
Much has been written about the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s affinity for handbags. But the former prime minister, who was laid to rest Wednesday, has now posthumously affected sales for her favorite purse brand.
The Telegraph reports that in the wake of Thatcher’s death, British handbag brand Launer has experienced a 53 percent spike in the sales of its Bellini and Adagio styles—the Iron Lady’s preferred shapes. The brand unsurprisingly experienced its biggest surge on the morning of Thatcher’s funeral and the evening of her passing.
Christian Lacroix will design a 15-piece couture collection for the legendary house of Schiaparelli in July. Alice Cavanagh on what it means for the resurrection of the brand.
The legendary couturier Christian Lacroix will design a capsule haute couture collection of just 15 pieces for the soon-to-be-relaunched house of Schiaparelli, to be presented during couture week in Paris this July.
Italian businessman Diego Della Valle (the owner of Tod’s and Roger Vivier) has been on the hunt for a Creative Director for the house since he announced the relaunch of Schiaparelli last May, appointing ex-model and muse Farida Khelfa as a spokesperson not long afterwards (presumably in the hope that she would whet everyone’s appetites in the interim.)
and H&M will dress Team Sweden at Olympics.
Andy Cohen at CFDA's: Bravo executive and television host Andy Cohen has been tapped to host this year’s CFDA Awards at Lincoln Center on June 3. The reality TV enthusiast has some serious shoes to fill, as he’s been tasked with following in the footsteps of last year’s host, Seth Myers. [WWD]
More Fashion Magazine Blackface: Another fashion magazine has published an editorial featuring a Caucasian model in blackface makeup. Vogue Netherlands painted Dutch model Querelle Jansen’s in black makeup for a retrospective editorial spread of Marc Jacobs’s career. The makeup was used to help illustrate the African-American inspirations Jacobs looked to for his Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 collections. The photo’s caption reads “this collection is inspired by the style of the Parisian showgirl Josephine Baker, mixed with tribal influences.” [Fashionista]
Lacroix, who's namesake label shuttered in 2009, will resurrect his fashion talents for a one-off collection.
Amid rumors that Rochas designer Marco Zanini would be appointed to helm Schiaparelli’s re-launch comes more news about the revival of the brand: French designer Christian Lacroix has been tapped to create a 15-piece couture collection as a “one-time tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli,” writes The New York Times’s Suzy Menkes.
Lacroix has been missing from the design circuit since 2009, when his namesake label -- once famous for its flair for fine prints and Edwardian-era romance -- faced liquidation. He’s since channeled his colorful talents towards designing a paper goods line and creating costumes for ballet repertoires across Europe.
A 2001 portrait of Angelina Jolie topless with a horse will be auctioned off in London this week.
Here's a good investment: a topless photo of Angelia Jolie, taken by photographer David LaChapelle in 2001, will go on the block at Christie's in London next month -- and it's valued at anywhere between £25,000 and £35,000, or $38,000-$53,000. The photograph, which was taken when Jolie was 25 (see: Billy Bob tattoo), will be a part of the auction house's photography sale on May 15.
Whose mantra is, unsurprisingly, "Fuck Weddings."
Girls actress Jemima Kirke and jewelry designer Pamela Love locked lips in a new campaign for Stone Fox Bride, a new bridal company whose first made-to-order wedding dress collection is available this week. The brand, which was founded over a year ago by designer Molly Guy, features cool and down-to-earth wedding dresses for brides that like to, as its reads, “throw rugs on the lawn, saunter into City Hall, say I do during a backyard barbeque … Looking like a more radiant version of your regular self.” Their motto is, in fact, “Fuck Weddings.” The campaign—which was shot by Cass Bird—features the two downtown-cool girls in floral crowns. As Guy told The Daily Beast, her line is for women who “want to look like a bride and not feel like Vanna White,” or “a cupcake on steroids.” The starting price point for the collection is $2,500.
Her MTV Movie Awards performance has people outraged about "cultural appropriation."
Selena Gomez performed her new single “Come and Get It" at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night -- with a jeweled Bindi between her eyes. Unsurprisingly, the wardrobe choice has prompted some to lash out at her for unnecessary “cultural appropriation.”
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance,” Hindu statesman Rajan Zed told WENN. “It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol….It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed.”
and Miranda Kerr clears the air about that VS contract.
Beyoncé’s Sparkling Nipples: Beyoncé kicked off her Mrs. Carter world tour on Monday in Belgrade, Serbia. But the concert also debuted a whole other type of spectacle: Bey set the crowd on fire with a sparkling gold bodysuit that featured sequined trompe l’oeil nipples and abs. [The Cut]
Marco Zanini to Schiaparelli?: Marco Zanini, the designer who’s steered Rochas towards a quirky Parisian aesthetic since 2008, could possibly be defecting to Schiaparelli, sources tell WWD. The Schiaparelli label was acquired by Tod’s magnate Diego Della Valle in 2006. Re-launch rumors surrounding the storied brand have been swirling for the last year, with many rumors pointing to John Galliano as its likely creative lead. Those whispers have since quieted down, with Zanini now appearing to be the front runner, even though, “the exact nature of his role could not be determined,” via WWD’s intel. The paper reports that Della Valle has plans to re-launch the label in mid-2013. [WWD]
Now we know the real Ellen DeGeneres. On Monday's episode of 'Ellen,' Madonna showed up wearing something rather, well, Madonna-esque (read 'highly unusual and just a little kinky'). When Ellen was similarly outfitted, the host cheekily said, 'I finally feel like myself.'
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.