Fashion Bites: H&M’s Latest Shenanigans plus a Very Complicated Cape

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Fashion Bites: H&M’s Latest Shenanigans plus a Very Complicated Cape

The week’s most exciting, surprising, and bizarre moments in fashion brought to you in delectable bite-sized portions. Bon appétit!

A Gold Cape Made of Spider Silk Exists

A fashion designer, an art historian, and 1.2 million Golden Orb spiders have conspired to make a cape of spider silk that’s now on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Apparently it took seven years to make and is virtually weightless but stronger than Kevlar, making it the perfect cape for most superheroes. PETA is nonplussed. (Via CNN)

Designers Set Sights on New Crop of Actresses for the Oscars
Designers are clamoring to dress Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, and Bérénice Bejo for the Oscars this year. According to New York magazine, these four starlets are at the top of every designer’s list, so we’re expecting great things from these nominees on the red carpet. (Via Nymag.com)

H&M Is in the Hot Seat, Again

Usually when a fast-fashion retailer is accused of ripping off an indie artist’s work, it has at least  reimagined the original artist’s designs, if only slightly, before claiming them as its own. Not so with a product line from H&M that appears to be a near-exact replica of an Atlanta-based artist’s work from 2008. Check out Tori LaConsay’s billboard above on the left and H&M’s doormat and pillow on the right—striking similarity, right? H&M initially denied that the products were influenced by her work, but has since become more conciliatory on the matter, posting on their Facebook and Twitter pages that they are in contact with the artist and will continue the dialogue with her. Check out Fashionista for updates on the story. (Via Fashionista)

Shoes So Good You Could Eat Them, Literally
Forgive us, we know this is only marginally fashion related, but look at these shoe and handbag cupcakes! Yum! (Via TheGloss)

Former Call Girl Launches Lingerie for the Teen Prostitute in You
And it consists primarily of butt ruffles. Don’t take our word for it; see for yourself.