Put down that chocolate bar! Researchers at Microsoft may have found the key to helping women curb stress-induced overeating: a new smart bra.
Does a turbulent episode of The Voice send you running to the freezer for a bowl of Häagen Dazs? During finals, is your desk covered in candy wrappers? When a deal is about to close at work, is there always a bag of Skittles within reach? A recent study shows that half of the United States population admits to stress eating, which may lead to obesity or trigger a dangerous stress-overeating-obesity-stress cycle. With more than half of those stress-eaters being women, a group of engineers and designers at Microsoft have been tinkering with a new idea: a mood-sensing bra that can help regulate overeating.
As luck would have it, the bra turned out to be the perfect device for measuring heart rate, breathing, skin conductivity (sweating), and movement. Mary Czerwinski, a cognitive psychologist and senior researcher at Microsoft, and her fellow researchers equipped several bras with a set of sensors, a microprocessor, and a 3.7 volt battery, and then gave them to volunteers to road test. The sensors beamed the information to an app on their smartphones and, over time, the Microsoft team could determine factors that predicted a bout of stress eating.
And Chloé founder Gaby Aghion to receive Legion of Honour.
Skype Announces 'Collaboration Project' Featuring Victoria Beckham: On Tuesday, Skype announced the launch of a new 'Collaboration Project,' which will allow fashion innovators and entrepreneurs exclusive access to experts in the industry through its online platform. The project's keystone is a partnership with Victoria Beckham and her eponymous label, which will highlight the designer and her luxury brand as she prepares for the Fall/Winter 2014 show at New York Fashion Week. The venture, which begins in January 2014, will show behind-the-scenes footage and industry collaborations. Through its 'Conversation Series,' students and fashion mavens alike will also be able to interact with industry insiders including stylist Bay Garnett, fashion brand consultant Arieta Mujay, and award-winning textile designer Suki Cheema. [Skype Press Release]
Macy’s and Bloomingdale's Face Racial Profiling Investigations: Department stores Macy’s and Bloomindale's have been issued subpoenas to provide the New York City Human Rights Commission with documents by December 10 for an investigation into racial profiling. The requested documents pertain to the store's policies on shoplifting prevention and detaining individuals suspected of theft. “It is disappointing that they have not fully cooperated in the commission’s investigation,” Patricia L. Gatling, NYC Human Rights Commissioner, told WWD. The commission will also issue subpoenas to other unresponsive stores involved in the investigation, including Old Navy and Banana Republic. [WWD]
Peruvians have been wearing knits made of alpaca fiber for centuries. But now, there’s a group working to spread their soft secret to the high-fashion world.
Cashmere. Merino. Mohair. Angora. Consumers are all too familiar with the luxury fibers that designers have been relying on for decades. But alpaca—the material that comes from the adorable llama-like camelid of the same name—may be poised to top them all as it continues to woo the fashion set with its versatility and soft, indulgent texture. That is the intent, at least, of the Peruvian Trade Commission and Company Agenda, which have worked together to form The Alpaca Project, an initiative to make the world aware of the South American nation’s treasured fiber. On the program’s initial trip, it exposed a select group of burgeoning New York fashion designers to the industry in Peru in exchange for their commitment to produce a number of alpaca-based garments to present with their collections at New York Fashion Week next February.
Five designers—Antonio Azzuolo, Charles Harbison, Caitlin Wiman of Rachel Comey, and Timo Weiland, along with his namesake brand’s head designer, Donna Kang—traveled approximately 3,914 miles from New York to Peru in late November to see the entire alpaca production process firsthand. The six-day trip immersed them to all facets of the industry, from meeting the indigenous farmers who herd the animals and shear their fur in the Andean highlands to touring the factories where workers and machines process the fiber and turn it into yarn, all the way to seeing the final step, where the alpaca is woven together into finished garments, ready to be shipped to stores.
And Zappos taps André Leon Talley as new artistic director.
The Kardashians Go High Fashion for Annual Christmas Card: When it comes to the family holiday card, the Kardashians think big. This year, renowned photographer David LaChapelle took the annual production in a high-fashion, overly-extravagant direction. The photo features Kim, Khloé, Kourtney (and Kourtney's two kids, Mason and Penelope), Kris, Kylie, Kendall, and Bruce Jenner all “striking poses in a ransacked, carnival-like room of sorts filled with dollar bills, a sparkling gold money sign, mannequins, and photos of the family members, among many other things.” "I loved working with David LaChapelle," Kris Jenner told E! News. "It was amazing and it was so much fun!" With the exception of Bruce Jenner, the men of the family—Rob Kardashian, Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick, Khloé's husband Lamar Odom, and Kim's fiancé Kanye West (and their child, North)—were noticeably absent from the photo. The card was released alongside the television special, Keeping Up with the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas (Monday, 12/2 at 9:30pm ET/PT on E!). [E! News]
Kate Moss's Playboy Cover Revealed: On November 13, it was announced that Kate Moss would cover Playboy's 60th anniversary issue. Now, the photo has surfaced thanks to Mert Alas, one half of the photography duo Mert & Marcus, who shot the supermodel for the magazine. Mert posted the image of Kate on Instagram with the message, "Now celebrating our first Playboy with Kitty @home. Love u bad girl." The supermodel appears kneeling on the floor sporting a pair of Playboy's notorious bunny ears, a tail, and cuffs. Her iconic signature spelling out the phrase "Love, Kate" is prominently scribbled across the portrait. [Marie Claire UK]
The Duchess stepped out last night with a deeper tone to her lustrous locks.
There were no signs of those pesky gray roots when Kate Middleton made one of her few public appearances of the year last night, having chopped a few inches off her lustrous locks and colored her hair a deeper, darker shade of brunette for the Christmas party season.
Kate was appearing as the guest of honor at the annual gala dinner for her charity SportsAid. The event, sponsored by Tiffany & Co and Laurent-Perrier champagne, is a fundraiser for the charity which helps young British sports stars with financial support and assistance.
'Perfectionist' Victoria handed the reins at French Vogue.
To launch their fancy new enhanced iPad digital version of French Vogue, with extra audio video and assorted binary bells and whistles, the most eminent of fashion publications has roped in designer and mother-of-four Victoria Beckham as cover star (along with David of course) and guest editor.
“We handed over the running of this issue to a woman who, throughout our working together, has proved to be the exact opposite of her public image. She is spontaneous with a great sense of humour, humble yet at the same time driven by a healthy ambition. She is a perfectionist, like everyone who is passionate about their work”, said Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of French Vogue, in a statement released this morning.
In August, Horowitz became an Internet sensation when his Bar Mitzvah performance went viral. Now the 13-year-old is back, sharing his favorite looks for the holiday season.
In August, Sam Horowitz became a YouTube sensation when his epic Bar Mitzvah performance went viral, taking the internet by a storm complete with Burlesque dancers and glitter. He descended onto the stage from the ceiling in an all-white ensemble, joining a slew of professional dancers for a choreographed number to Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again.”
If there's anything the Texas-native loves as much as dance and entertaining—he's been performing since he was three years old—it's fashion. At the ripe age of 13, Sam is the go-to style consultant for his family and friends, mixing high and low fashion, always accessorizing on point, and even attending New York Fashion Week. To celebrate Hanukkah, Sam curated eight of his favorite looks for The Daily Beast. From a purple velvet jacket over a similarly colored button-down, to his go-to shoes of the season—black leather boots with hot pink lining—see what Sam is wearing this holiday season.
And Louis Vuitton's latest exhibit causes controversy in Moscow.
Taylor Swift Channels Kate Middleton: At the 2013 Winter Whites Gala held at Kensington Palace on Tuesday evening, Taylor Swift made up for The Duchess of Cambridge's absence, impressing in a flowing, white Reem Acra gown with a sheer bodice and chiffon skirt that resembled some of Middleton’s past evening ensembles. The singer also followed Middleton’s lead by sporting a clutch from Jenny Packham, one of the Duchess's favorite designers. Swift accessorized her very-Middleton look with Swarovski crystal heels, a soft up-do, and red lipstick. The standout part of Swift's evening? The singer joined Prince William and Bon Jovi on stage for a mini concert at the palace, where the trio belted out "Livin' on a Prayer." [Grazia Daily]
NBA Players Admit Beauty Obsessions: After frequent front row appearances at fashion week, it seems that style and grooming are becoming increasingly popular among NBA stars. The Wall Street Journal got NBA players to admit to some of their favorite beauty secrets for before and after games—for example, 25-year-old DeAndre Jordan uses Secret deodorant for women because of its light and invisible effect. While “at home, Mr. Jordan uses a shampoo and conditioner from Herbal Essences that happens to be pink,” WSJ reports. “‘It's a manly pink,’ he says—and washes his face with a foaming scrub from Neutrogena.” Many have specific skincare routines and use a variety of body lotions, oils, creams, and cleansers, particularly from high-end brands like La Mer and Clinique. Others admit to indulging in weekly manicures, pedicures, and facials for a fresh and feel-good look. Also, to prevent acne—which is frequent due to constant contact with dirty basketballs—some players, like Rasual Butler, even utilize the Clarisonic facial-cleansing brush. [The Wall Street Journal]
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'