On the haute couture runway: Ankle smartphone holsters

Maison Margiela, the fashion house who made those let's-make-this-awkward camel-toe pumps, debuted ankle iPhone holsters recently on the Couture Fashion Week runway. Maybe they were going for the modern version of these?

Illustrating the perpetually-connected follower of the technological age, tech body clips in plastic are designed to hold electronic devices. They live-streamed close-ups of the look at which they were directed in real time during the Autumn-Winter 2018 ‘Artisanal’ show designed by @jgalliano. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry

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A glimpse at the creative thinking behind our Autumn-Winter 2018 Artisanal Show designed by @jgalliano. He muses on the word 'cool' and shares his observations of Neo-Digital Natives and the influence of the digital landscape on him and his work. And how his memory of Faye Dunaway’s coral pink lipstick is propelled into the collection as a Techno Sorbet. ‘The Memory of... With John Galliano’ available on ITunes via the link in bio. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry - Music arrangement by Jeremy Healy. Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda, Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music

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Baphomet embroidery and other marvels

Zeynep Marr creates wonderful work in needle and thread. Here's an embroidered and framed Baphomet, yours for $400; see also geisha, dragon girl, and Care Bears.

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35mm footage of London's King's Road in the late 1960s

The golden age of 20th-century fashion, filmed in old-school HD. A new transfer would doubtless be even better. Read the rest

Look closely: These Hawaiian shirts depict our plastic-polluted oceans

A staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is dumped in our oceans each year, according to a 2015 Science report.

As a way of putting a spotlight on the issue, Spanish designer Adolfo Correa created the art for The Paradise? Shirt, a Hawaiian-style shirt that, at first glance, looks standard-issue. Look closer and you'll see he's put plastic waste -- like toothbrushes and six-pack rings -- into the design.

The shirt was a collaboration between Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, Corona and Parley for the Oceans, created for World Oceans Day (June 8). The limited-edition shirts were being sold at the World Surf League Store for $69/each but have already sold out.

images via Adolfo Correa

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Frankensteinian blue jeans-mesh monstrosity on sale for $236

Regularly priced at $590, Bless Mesh Jeans are on sale for the bargain price of $236.

"Making use of vintage 501 Levi's, these jeans feature an asymmetrical fold along the fly and a tan mesh panel down the full length of one side."

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A painful device to punish hat thieves

In 1911, inventor Frank P. Snow invented this "hat guard" to inflict a painful punishment on any creep with the gall to steal a chapeau belonging to another gentleman. From Weird Universe:

A thief could take the hat, but if he tried to put it on, a "guarding prong" would jab into his skull. The prong locked in place and could only be moved if you knew the code to the combination lock.

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Astounding t-shirt art, created by marker-wielding open source hardware plotters

Evil Mad Scientist Labs sell a bunch of cool open source hardware kits for making plotters -- basically, a very precise robot arm that draws with whatever pen or marker you screw into its grip. There's the Eggbot (for drawing on curved surfaces like eggs, balloons and balls), but there's also the Axidraw, which works on flat surfaces. Read the rest

Some male models wore baby bumps on the runway at Men's Fashion Week

On Sunday at London Men's Fashion Week, Chinese designer Xander Zhou sent male models down the runway wearing prosthetic pregnancy bellies for a 2019 collection called, "New World Baby."

HYPEBEAST reports:

The Beijing-based designer has always been known for indulging in strong, dystopian-tinged narratives, and this season’s sartorial plot was no shortage of drama. SS19 ran amok into a supernatural future of male pregnancy, Blade Runner-esque hospital scrubs and cyberpunk chastity belts, where Zhou’s recurring design elements took on another chapter of evolution.

The show was set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and soundtracked by of a robotic female voice chanting eerie phrases such as “I am digitized.” Male models marched down the runway bearing prosthetic pregnant bellies and eerie blue contacts lenses, symbolizing the blurred lines between human and extraterrestrial being...

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Sneakers made from Amsterdammers' used bubble-gum

Gumshoe sneakers are made with rubber derived in part from gum chewed by residents of Amsterdam, made jointly with Gumdrop, whose gum recycling bins are used to collect feedstock for processes that create plastics and rubbers. Read the rest

Dogs model costumes inspired by Met Gala's 2018 theme: Heavenly Bodies

Anthony Rubio dressed up his chihuahuas Bogie and Kimba in costumes inspired by this year's Met Gala theme: Heavenly Bodies. The result is, well, heavenly. Now he's compiling a book and needs your help. Read the rest

Delightful Trek-themed Pride tee

Andy W writes, "An artist/illustrator friend of mine just put an illustration of hers up on RedBubble — two iconic science-fiction television characters sharing a tender moment on the couch." Read the rest

Brilliant fashion analysis of Little Edie from Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is one of the greatest documentaries of all time, and one of its subjects is style icon Little Edie Beale. YouTube channel The Ultimate Fashion History created a great bio and analysis of the eccentric recluse's impact on fashion. Read the rest

High fashion brand is attaching shirts to shirts and selling the inane creations

The designers at luxury fashion house Balenciaga are taking "dress in layers" a smidge too literally with their Double Shirt.

The striped garment is part of their Men's Fall 2018 collection and features a long-sleeved shirt attached to a boxy, short-sleeved shirt.

But wait, there's more. They've designed it so if you decide to wear the long-sleeved shirt, the short-sleeved one hangs off the back. And if you wear the short-sleeved one, the long-sleeved one hangs off the front. So basically you're getting two shirts in one, which is good because the Double Shirt costs $1490.

If you're looking for a more economical shirt-on-shirt option, try their T-Shirt Shirt for $1,290.

This gentleman decided on the shirt-shirt's DIY version:

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Bridal trend: "Extremely revealing," low-cut wedding gowns

How low can you go?

NPR is reporting that brides are willing to go really low with the cut of their wedding gowns:

Monte Durham works at an upscale wedding dress store in Atlanta and co-hosts the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. Turn it on, or the original Say Yes to the Dress, set in New York, and you'll plunge into constant drama about plunging matrimonial cleavage.

Illusion fabric does little to assuage concerns on the shows, those of mothers-in law in particular. Brides' penchant for dramatically dipping décolletage is not limited to reality television. Durham sees it among customers at his store, Bridals By Lori.

"Ninety percent of the brides want to try on a revealing gown," he says, adding that customers may not end up buying one. Still, he describes one of the top-selling dresses at Bridals by Lori as "extremely revealing." It should be noted, that this is the kind of store where dresses can cost upwards of $10,000. These dresses are not cheap.

Sociology professor Patricia Arend studies the wedding industry. She believes this trend was influenced by red carpet fashion, which itself, she says, was transformed in the year 2000 by the semi-transparent, super low-cut green Versace gown Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammy Awards. It exposed much of the singer's chest and midriff.

Brides Everywhere Are Saying Yes To The Low-Cut Dress

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Getting dressed in the 14th century was a pain in the ass

For women, getting dressed in 14th-century Europe was apparently a full-time job.

So. Many. Layers.

That someone – probably some dude that never had to wear the stuff – thought it was a good idea to complicate things by making it so that you couldn't get dressed without assistance from a family member or servant? Ugh. Read the rest

Absolutely killer 1970s funky fashion illustrations of the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, etc.

Boyd Clopton was a clothing designer and illustrator who created funktastic fashions in the early 1970s for Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright (above), The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and many more soul and rock stars of the era. See more of his incredible illustrations over at Dangerous Minds.

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$200 Street Fighter II selvedge denim jeans

The gimmick here is that the jeans have the emblem of Shadaloo -- the criminal syndicate operated on the side by Street Fighter II's evil dictator M. Bison -- sewn on them. $200 is quite normal for fancy denim but I'm not shoryuken expect this purchase to be respected by even the most committed fans. Read the rest

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