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Truman Says

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, even basics have gotten -- well -- complex. Even something as quotidien as the t-shirt now boasts a laundry list of special modifications. James Perse began making t-shirts from cotton that seemed to be woven from the thinnest, most luxurious of silks known to man.

October 10 2011 9:15 AM

Today, the idea of preppiness is as malleable as it is ubiquitous. American designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren have made their fortunes on this sartorial sensibility by popularizing it far beyond its origins.The upright, high-minded visual language was born in the 1920s on Ivy League campuses, serving as unspoken language of elitism and scholarly society. Upper class leisure activities -- golf, polo, and tennis, for instance -- were appropriated to create what would become an American archetype.

October 07 2011 8:59 AM

The internet has been inundated with news, commentary, reflections, tributes, and memorials on the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The visionary technology titan certainly made a profound impact on the world as we now know it, in a very tangible way (don't believe us? Try and remember the last time you bought an actual CD -- or even thought of one, for that matter -- seeing as the iPod rendered those obsolete a mere decade ago).

October 06 2011 2:58 PM

“Ask someone else.”

-- Anna Wintour to the New York Times when asked to comment on Kanye West's ill-received fashion debut.

October 06 2011 7:35 AM

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

October 06 2011 6:35 AM

Having just ended the spring 2012 showings, it's easy to be on a fashion high. The best and the brightest have all shown the most opulent, extravagant tricks up their sleeves in hopes of illiciting the burning desire to take out a second mortgage to purchase their latest and greatest offerings. Feathers and leathers mixed with embroideries and beadings have strut the catwalks of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and now that it's over, buyers are scurrying to their offices to figure out what their customer will want come spring. 

October 05 2011 12:55 PM

Oh, Marc Jacobs. There's no denying that the man has the Midas Touch -- everything he does is instantly desirable and newsworthy. He's regarded as one of the most intelligent designers currently working, has a cadré of celebrity fans, and you, dear readers, just recently voted him one of the best dressed gay men, kilts and all. In addition to his keen eye for design, the man is a master of public relations.

October 04 2011 9:03 AM

Another update from our round of spring previews. This one is from the always reliable, and incredibly stylish boys at Shipley & Halmos. While some designers like to use their medium to indulge in the most eccentric of sensibilities (we've all seen a runway show and had that That's cool and all but who the hell is ever going to wear that? moment), this duo is all about clothing you want to live your life in -- every single day.

October 04 2011 7:44 AM

More from today's showroom visits. This time for the Burkman Bros -- who, as we mentioned, just launched ecommerce. Good thing, too, because we have a feeling people are going to be going bananas over their very tropical spring collection. Inspired by their Hawaiian jaunt, the brothers wanted to focus less on beach-lounging and more on active island life.

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