This cute and customizable dress doubles as a Star Trek homage

As the hilarious Star Trek: The Next Generation Tumblr “Fashion It So” points out, this dress from eShakti bears more than a passing resemblance to a Starfleet uniform, especially the ones worn during the Deep Space Nine and Voyager eras of the series. Here’s the dress:

And here’s a look at the DS9 and Voyager uniforms:

The dress also comes in grey and is offered in a couple different cuts.

The dresses are available from size XS to 36W and come with a whole bunch of customizable options in terms of size, length, sleeve style, and neckline. You can check out the Starfleet dress and more size-inclusive fashion on eShakti’s website. Read the rest

Fun T-shirts with erasable chalkboards

In this charming video, Giselle shows how easy it is to create a temporary masterpiece on a washable and erasable chalkboard t-shirt. Read the rest

Auction: Kelly LeBrock's studded leather jacket from Weird Science

Chips, dips, chains, whips. Kelly LeBrock's custom studded leather jacket she rocked as Lisa in "Weird Science" (1985) is up for auction. Starting bid is $30,000 and it's estimated to go for $50,000. From Profiles in History auctioneers via eBay:

Original black leather bolero-style women’s bomber jacket with short shawl lapel and hook and eye front closure. The entire jacket has been expertly studded with steel points, round stars and spikes with stud-formed symbols including spades with the number 13, crosses and diamond panels. Created by costume designer Marilyn Vance and hundreds of hours of single-studding to realize the designs’ special symbols representing luck and superstition. With draped link chains on the back of the jacket. Interior lined with black satin. Highly visible in the beloved coming of age, Sci-Fi comedy when dream girl brought to life., “Lisa” (LeBrock) teaches the boys, “Gary” and “Wyatt” (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) how to be “party animals”. The only one of these jackets produced due to limited time and extreme expense. In production used fine condition. Comes with an LOA from designer Marilyn Vance.

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100 years of bridesmaid dresses

It turns out that back in the 1920s, bridesmaids often wore white to match the bride. Meanwhile, today’s bridal party looks tend to be cohesive but not identical. Read the rest

Waxed-cotton, waterproof "fighter pilot" jackets

I have a deadly weakness for clothes from Volante Design, the "streetwear for superheroes" company in Chicago whose jackets, coats and vests I've been wearing since I found them at a Comic-Con in 2014. Read the rest

18th century women wore secret, removable pockets

National Museums Liverpool details all the layers 18th century upper class British women were expected to wear each day. The best part? Secret, removable pockets! Read the rest

These pre-destroyed sneakers are only $1425/pair

There are some things I will never understand. This pair of high-tops by "Paris-based fashion house" Maison Margiela is definitely one of them.

Looking like something the cat dragged in (after ripping it apart with its claws for hours), these heavily-distressed, pre-destroyed --sorry "Future Destroyed"-- sneakers will set you back $1,425/pair. Oops sorry, you're out of luck, they're already sold out of them over at Neiman Marcus.

Instead, may I suggest you go find a nice wood chipper and mangle a pair for yourself? (I checked, the majority of wood chippers out there are cheaper than these sneakers.)

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Kim Jong Un romper suit for dudes

Keep the excesses of one of the world's cruelest, most corrupt nations top-of-mind with this $80 Kim Jong Un men's romper suit, which is, conveniently machine wash/wrinkle free. via Crazy Abalone) Read the rest

3D-printed garment with motion-detecting LED lighting

Benhaz Farahi continues to experient at the intersection of technology and fashion, this time with Bodyscape, a sculpted form that's underlit with LEDs. As the wearer moves, the lights shift around the garment. Read the rest

Who makes the world’s best wallet?

Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy tries to find one wallet to rule them all. Read the rest

"Sexy Chest," a one-piece bathing suit

Female-identified people, do you resent conventions related to swimming, the covering of breasts, the removal of hair and the possession of junk? Beloved's $45 Sexy Chest swimsuit may be just the thing! (via JWZ) Read the rest

"Smart" athletic clothing laden with bacteria (on purpose)

MIT researchers designed athletic clothing that's laden with bacterial cells that enable vents in the garment to automatically open up when you start to sweat. From Smithsonian:

(MIT bioengineer Wen) Wang and her team found the optimal construction was a layer of latex sandwiched by two thin layers of bacterial cells, each 1 to 5 microns thick, around the diameter of a red blood cell and 1/15th the width of a human hair. These were formed into flaps, and attached to the back of a workout garment. When the wearer sweats, the cells on the outside remain the same, but the cells on the side facing the body absorb moisture and expand, forcing the flaps open.

initially, they used a bacteria called Bacillus subtilis natto, better known as the main component of the gooey, stringy, pungent Japanese food called nattō. Ozgur Sahin, an associate professor of biological sciences and physics at Columbia University, has been using B. subtilis natto in his (unrelated) research into bacteria-using materials because of its tough, strong spores. Wang adopted it because she saw it worked, and because it’s safe enough to be used in food....

One big challenge though is that it doesn't hold up to a wash cycle. Still, Wang says, "This kind of thinking, that cloth can actually be dynamic and responsive, and that response is better for its functions, is generally an exciting aspect of the work, and it can potentially be applied in many other areas.”

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Fascinating look at high-tech fashion design

This short documentary on the creative process behind Iris van Herpen's Spring/Summer 2017 line is really cool. So many possibilities! Read the rest

LED eyelashes coming to a dance floor near you

Hackster.io went to the Maker Faire in the East Bay, where they found Tien Pham sporting his latest creation: F.Lashes, interactive LED false eyelashes. Read the rest

Handmade Wonder Woman swimsuits, made to measure

Etsy seller Kooj of Northfield, NJ (everything is legal in New Jersey!) makes beautiful, well-reviewed handmade bathing suits, including a timely range of Wonder Woman suits: with skirts, bikinis, one-piece (closed back or peek-a-boo) and kids' sizes, handwash cold water, XS to XXL, made to your measurements. (See also: Captain America) Read the rest

Fun retro clip-art inspired animation

Paris-based Yeaaah! Studio released this terrific homage to 80s clip art and comics, stringing together a bunch of animated gifs to tell a story of modern romance. Read the rest

Chanel now sells a very expensive boomerang

Iconic high fashion house Chanel is now selling a branded boomerang. It's part of a line of lifestyle sport items including a beach racket, tennis racket and balls, and a paddle board. The boomerang is wood and resin and, of course, emblazoned with the Chanel logo. It is $1,325. Chanel Boomerang (via Uncrate) Read the rest

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