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Kanye West tried to convince consumers to buy his new T-shirt for $120 with fancy descriptions like “Egyptian cotton” and “ribbing at neckline.” Surprisingly, it worked. Just when you thought no one would even consider buying such an outrageously priced tee, West’s new collection sold out within a day, reports Clutch.
West teamed up with A.P.C, a French fashion line, to launch the most creative work he’s produced: a plain T-shirt? When the collection was launched on the A.P.C website a few days ago, so many fashion-crazed Yeezy fans bombarded the site that it crashed, adds Complex.
The $120 t-shirt is actually the cheapest piece of clothing you can purchase from the online store. Although the ever-so-impressive plain t-shirts are sold out, you can still pre-order his $265 blue jeans or a $250 short-sleeve hoodie, reports Inquisitr.com.
In addition to Egyptian cotton (are we to believe that cotton from North Africa is better than other cotton?), the t-shirt also features the words “‘A.P.C. Kanye’ silkscreened inside neckline”, reports Clutch, which is just a fancy way of saying you’ll be wearing someone else’s name.
We’ve seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed “Scary Beautiful” is definitely the most treacherous footwear we’ve ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front “heel” end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today’s impossible standards of beauty.
Van der Vyver is South African, and recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. We spotted “Crazy Beautiful” on her website, cargocollective.com, and reached out to her for the inside scoop.
“After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them and other current beauty ideals,” Van der Vyver told Yahoo! Shine exclusively. “My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought ‘Scary Beautiful’ into fruition. The shoes formed part of my graduation project that was a result of my thesis. The conclusion of my thesis investigation was that people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.”
Unsurprisingly, Van der Vyver’s “Scary Beautiful” shoes were nominated for a design prize at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Jury members Barbara Visser, visual artist and Xander Karskens, and curator of De Hallen had this to say about the shoes:
“The object created by Leanie expands the concept of a shoe into multiple new meanings. The beautifully made leather object is accompanied by a video registration of a girl wearing it. One observes the design forcing the wearer to develop a new way of walking, leaning forward while refining a painfully fragile balance. The jury applauds the way aesthetics, ergonomics and prosthesis merge into an awkward choreography. The craftsmanship and strong conceptual way of designing also show in another work, a ceramic tea set in which reference is made to a building in South Africa. Leanie succeeds in translating political consciousness into form and is considered by the jury to be a meaningful future designer.”
We find the clip shocking but also oddly moving. The shoes are obviously not practical, but as art they’re intriguing. We can’t help but be reminded of Lady Gaga trying to steady herself in the now-famous Alexander McQueen “Armadillo” heels in her “Bad Romance” music video. Major models like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly, and Sasha Pivovarova reportedly refused to wear the 12-inch McQueen heels out of fear, and were cut from the designer’s spring 2010 fashion show. In comparison, the “Scary Beautiful” shoes make the “Armadillo” heels look like sneakers, but we had a feeling the always-outdoing-herself Lady Gaga would give them a spin one day. Sure enough, Van der Vyver confirmed our suspicions.
“Yes, on request I did actually send them to Studio Formichetti for a Lady Gaga music video, but I could not get confirmation whether she actually used them,” Van der Vyver told us. “I did not charge for her to possibly use them. I would love to sell them to a gallery.”
We’re holding out for the “Scary Beautiful” shoes to appear in an upcoming Lady Gaga music video, but until then Van der Vyver is back home in Cape Town starting her own studio where she’ll continue investigating fashion and beauty. We’re anticipating her next creation.
Check out a video below of a model walking verrry slowly in the “Scary Beautiful” shoes.
The inspiration is more focused around Beyoncé’s Glastonbury stage look. This delivery features sequined-styles and an intensified color palette that uses strong shades of ruby and amethyst ground with black to create a bold, exciting fashion statement that evokes a luxe party theme and speaks to a rocker in all of us.”
Chanel is known for fantastic accessories. Whether it’s the iconic 2.55 bag that is now more expensive than a small car, or shoes adorned with faux stalagmites, Karl Lagerfeld knows his ladies love their accessoires. So when he sent models down the Chanel spring 2013 runway this Monday (we’re late to the game due to our awesome relaunch!) wearing bags with handles that looked like hula hoops, we can only guess how many members of the audience were mentally placing their orders. Our money is on Lady Gaga carrying that bag shortly, and of course, over-the-top Vogue Nippon editor Anna Dello Russo will probably make a video where she literally hula hoops with the bag.
But it does have us wondering: Who will actually purchase the latest Chanel bag? Can you imagine entering a crowded subway train with a bag whose diameter is larger than your average, umm, car tire? Mon dieu, the dirty looks would be endless (though we suppose that anyone willing to shell out the big bucks for such an extravagant bag isn’t taking public transportation).
What do you think? Would you pay good money for the latest Chanel bag?
Kanye West DW (Kanyes’s Womens Clothing Line) Spring 2012 Show Paris Fashion Week – Kanye Address the Critics
Harlem’s Aaron Henry was tired of wearing a ‘do-rag that left him with headaches and marks on his forehead, commonly created by tying the strings too tightly.
So Henry, 34, created the “stringless ‘do-rag,” which now uses snag-free Velcro to secure it.
He calls his creation the TsuRag.
“My goal with the TsuRag was to come up with a new way to maintain your hair,” Henry told the Daily News of the rag.
But besides maintaining the hair, he wants to improve the way ‘do-rag users feel.
“I want them to feel a sense of relief,” he said, recalling how the traditional ‘do-rag will leave the identations across the forehead.
His new rag, he says, leaves no marks and can be worn right up until the moment before a big meeting or interview.
It also, for the first time, gives a function to the tail that hangs from the back of a traditional ‘do-rag. That tail, which has Velcro on it, adds extra support to keep the TsuRag on.
“I want them to put it on and know that it’s doing its job without compromising their appearance,” said Henry, who grew up on W. 141st St. near Lenox Ave. “It’s truly designed to maintain your ‘do.”
The reality star, boutique owner and designer’who is responsible for creating a line for Bebe, a QVC collection K-Dash and her own Belle Noel jewelry line’is also behind ShoeDazzle’s innovative members-only site.
The website, which offers a personalized selection of shoes, handbags and jewelry to subscribers for a monthly flat rate of $39.95, has already secured $20 million in funding since 2010 from firms Polaris Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
The new funds will allow the company to expand significantly. Kardashian’s business partner Brain Lee told WWD “we are launching in the U.K. in the next couple of months,” and intends to also reach the South American and Asian marketplaces.
ShoeDazzle currently has 3 million members and has seen celebrity collaborations from stars such as “Glee’s” Kristin Chenowith and “Scream 4′s” Kristen Bell.
(Editing by Zorianna Kit)
24 g fat (11 g saturated)
24 g sugars
Häagen-Dazs produces their ice creams using only a few simple ingredients; problem is, those ingredients are heavy cream, egg yolks, and sugar, making their ice creams consistently the most calorie-dense in the freezer section. This peanut-butter blast to your gut takes the cake—literally—packing an astounding 1,440 calories into every pint-size carton. Compare it with what Breyers has to offer, for a third of the calories. Wouldn’t you rather have dessert three times, instead of just once? You can, if you make the right choice.
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7 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
15 g sugars
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