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Things Are Good: Simplify Your Wardrobe by Wearing the Same Thing

Staying on trend in the world of fashion is hard! It’s hard on individuals and fashion is really hard on the environment. So make things easier on you and the planet by wearing the same thing everyday.

By wearing the same style, not necessarily the same article of clothing, you can make your life . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Simplify Your Wardrobe by Wearing the Same Thing

Things Are Good: Don’t be Trendy, Buy Clothes for Time and Style

Fast fashion has grown in popularity this century thanks to fast computer aided design and a global trade system that favours sweatshops over adequately paid labour. This consumer driven world of fashion is really bad for workers and bad for the environment as it consumes more resources than clothes built to last. When it comes […]

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Dead Wild Roses: The Fashion Will Sacrifice Your Body

As I’ve written previously, The Fashion and I don’t get along. The last time I focused on how The Fashion aims primarily to destroy your self-image in order to then save it in exchange for your money. Today let’s look at one of the many ways The Fashion is willing to sacrifice your health to . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Fashion Will Sacrifice Your Body

Dead Wild Roses: The horror… the horror…

I’ll admit it up front, I tend to dress like an unfashionable frump of at least 20 years beyond my chronological age. But I actually really love clothes! Which is how I got hooked on Zulily. More pretty clothes to look at every day? Steeply discounted? Sign me right up!

While I do find things . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The horror… the horror…

centre of the universe: A step to the right, hands on your hips, pull your knees in tight

This workout combines the best of yoga flexibility, a little bit of cardio, and core strength workouts. You don’t even need to leave your own bedroom. In fact, you probably don’t want to. And unlike other workouts, with this one, you shower first, and it’s done before you even get into your car to head . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: A step to the right, hands on your hips, pull your knees in tight

Dead Wild Roses: Splayed Feet: The New Scourge(?) brought on by Birkenstocks

“The Problem with Birkenstocks” by Annie Kreighbaum illustrates so perfectly the fantastical through-the-looking-glass distortions of reality that we collectively we know as “Fashion“. Unpacking this article was kind of fun in the “Wow..really??” sort of way. What wasn’t so fun is that amount of shaming that is going on and the expectations of self-policing . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Splayed Feet: The New Scourge(?) brought on by Birkenstocks

Things Are Good: Using Fashion to Charge Electronics

Battery life on mobiles is never very good and this causes a drain on the electrical system. What if we were able to power our mobiles by just wearing clothes? Well, that’s a new field that is gaining more and more attention. The Guardian looked at a few ways we can use fashion to power . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Using Fashion to Charge Electronics

Things Are Good: Reduce Your Wardrobe

It’s easy to acquire clothes nowadays and the consumerist society which we have created encourages us to continually update our clothes for the latest fad. This can be expensive and it has a negative impact on the environment. Reducing your wardrobe to only needed and fashionable items can reduce stress, but it’s hard to get . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Reduce Your Wardrobe

PostArctica: Person Of The Year

And now it’s time to make the long awaited announcement!

Neath Turcot’s Person Of The Year

*gnaws open envelope*

And the winner is…for making something artful, for bringing sublime elegance to activism, for courage beyond the call of duty, for a willingness to be silly while being serious and not seeing a paradox in that, . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Person Of The Year

knitnut.net: Wedding countdown

My sister Deb came into town this weekend to help me shop for something to wear to my wedding (which is only 12 days away, tick tock tick tock). Unlike me, Deb’s a veteran shopper. There are some things I can buy on my own (jeans, for example, and t-shirts), but for the more . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Wedding countdown

Things Are Good: Stealth Hoodie Protects Your Privacy

Around the world there is an increase in surveillance of individuals by private and public organizations. Artist Adam Harvey has devised a way to help people get some privacy back from electronic surveillance through his fashion line Stealth Wear.

If you’re in London you can see the artwork at Primitive Art Gallery.

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Things Are Good: Zara commits to go toxic-free

The world’s largest clothing retailer Zara has committed to going toxic-free. After pressure from the environmental-concsious group Greenpeace the company has joined a handful of other large corporations that are (or soon will be) disclosing what toxins go into their products and how those chemicals are dealt with.

Zara’s commitment to act more . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Zara commits to go toxic-free

Art Threat: Why the Paul Frank powwow apology matters

The rise of fast fashion is unfortunate for many reasons: the proliferation of disposable clothing; the unethical sweatshop labour required to keep up with it; the additional motivations for teenagers to spend their weekends loitering in a mall trend-hunting; haul videos. But the issue in the spotlight this week has been the tendency . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Why the Paul Frank powwow apology matters

Dead Wild Roses: Lying for Fashion

I learned very early on that following The Fashion just wasn’t worth the hassle and that it just didn’t deliver what it promised. When I was three years old, I thought it would be super cool to have spiky hair. And for the first little while, it was cool. But every day, I had sit . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Lying for Fashion

Left-winged Fashion for the Ladies

Many liberal women are feminist (well all, because seriously if you’re not a feminist, you’re probably not left-wing). One of the issues I have with some feminists though (the extremist I mean) is the fact when they see a girl dressed in traditional feminine attire, for some reason there is this negative reaction toward it. . . . → Read More: Left-winged Fashion for the Ladies

Things Are Good: Vogue Wants Woman Who Look Real, not Girls

Vogue, a fashion magazine, has decided to only show women older than 16 and women who don’t appear to have an eating disorder. This may sound odd that they would have used young girls with eating disorders in the past, but at least they are paving the way forward for other fashion magazines to follow . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Vogue Wants Woman Who Look Real, not Girls

The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

It’s been 70 years since a major party leader had a beard, over 110 years since an opposition leader had one.

A century ago facial hair used to be quite common, in Parliament and out. The NDPs selection of the bearded Thomas Mulcair as Leader makes one wonder, if beards can depart in a . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Bearded, Women, Leaders

From Orangutan: Dear Marc Jacobs,

Even though no law or regulation forces you to provide basic provisions for your models in the United States, would you please find the goodness in your heart to pay them with money?

Drive-by Planet: Etam lingerie models flash Renoir

The French lingerie company Etam has been using “flash flash” ad campaigns to get the message out and judging from the coverage of their recent unofficial “show” at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris it’s grabbing attention, both positive and negative.

Museum visitors had their contemplation of impressionist masters interrupted when three Etam models dropped . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Etam lingerie models flash Renoir

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Lifestyles of the “Job Creators”

Danish luxury retailer Aesir hopes to sell its $57,400, limited-edition 18-carat gold phones to the burgeoning market of elite “job creators” in the world. The solid gold mobile phone doesn’t provide an email service or internet access, has no built-in … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Lifestyles of the “Job Creators”

Art Threat: Is sustainable fashion possible?

Can we expect the fashion industry to embrace business models that are consistant with a sustainable economy? . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Is sustainable fashion possible?

Art Threat: Fashion, sexism and classical music – Pianist Yuja Wang’s dress creates war of words among reviewers

“Her dress Tuesday was so short and tight that had there been any less of it, the Bowl might have been forced to restrict admission to any music lover under 18 not accompanied by an adult.” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Fashion, sexism and classical music – Pianist Yuja Wang’s dress creates war of words among reviewers

Marginal Notes: Exploiting the BP Oil Spill to Sell Self Tan Bronzing Gel

The August edition of Vogue Italia features a fashion spread titled ‘Water and Oil.’ I believe that ‘Violence and Destruction’ better capture the content and mood of these photos. We are accustomed to the sexualization of violence against women… . . . → Read More: Marginal Notes: Exploiting the BP Oil Spill to Sell Self Tan Bronzing Gel

Rob Maguire: Marketing lies, beauty, and the Maple Leafs

YouTube is chock full of spoof ads, most of them awful. This morning I watched one that was surprisingly well made, if not particularly clever. The ad was a Toronto Maple Leafs-themed spoof on another Hogtown creation, the award-winning Dove Evolution video that drew attention to the deceptive beauty of the fashion industry. Around the […] . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: Marketing lies, beauty, and the Maple Leafs