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Fashion Bites: Humans Decide Wet Suits Are Cool, H&M Launches Design Competition

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

H&M on the Prowl for Fresh Talent
Maybe it’s because capsule collections from Marni and Versace are getting too expensive, or maybe it’s because H&M truly wants to be a beacon of sartorial goodwill. Whatever the reason, the cheap-chic behemoth is on the hunt for the most promising up-and-coming fashion designers. The retailer has launched an international competition to find the most talented design students in Europe and will award the winner €50,000 (about $63,000), a slot in Stockholm Fashion Week, and the opportunity to sell their designs at H&M. Like Project Runway with more accents. (Via Vogue UK)

Scuba-Chic Really Is a Thing
Earlier this week, Glamour tried telling us that scuba-inspired clothing is a bona fide fashion trend that women are actually participating in; we scoffed. Surely that couldn’t be true. Then we saw this:

 
Why is this happening? (Via Glamour)
 
Nudie Editorial with Plus-Size Model Tackles Anorexia, Negative Body Image
Plus Model magazine unveiled an editorial spread featuring a nude Kasia Pilewicz lounging around under quotes about the growing disparity between fashion models and real women, like this one: “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23 percent less.” Food for thought indeed. But the real question here is why are plus-size models always naked in magazines? Of course, we’d like to think it’s a comment about the lack of clothing designed for bodies larger than a size ten, but there’s probably something more sinister at work. Check out Stylelist’s thought-provoking take on the subject.  

Top Designers Unveil Premium Obama Swag for “Runway to Win”
Anna Wintour’s pet project, Runway to Win, a fundraising effort for Obama’s reelection campaign, is now live with Obama-themed merchandise from top names in fashion including Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Jason Wu. Our favorite? The Derek Lam tote bag for $75; it totally gives Rick Santorum’s sweater vests a run for their money.  

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