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At a Time of Plenty, Some Technologies Are Shut Out - MIT Technology Review

Today there are more ways to fund a new company than ever—from crowdfunding platforms to early-stage angel investors, tech incubators that nurture …

Venture Capital

Creating Your Fall Eco-Minimalist Wardrobe

The arrival of cooler temps often signal a reassessment of our wardrobe from light, breezy pieces to keep cool in, to heavier, cozier items that insulate better. Being an eco-minimalist style maven means not only choosing materials that are fairly traded and sweatshop free, but also choosing well …

Clothing

@MansurGavriel Talks Instagram

<b>Define your Instagram style in three hashtags:</b><p>trueblue #flowerpower #love<p><b>What was your first Instagram:</b><br>A regram from Alissa Walker, a Los Angeles-based journalist. She photographed our large tote on a yellow table at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles. We loved the color and graphic composition of …

A Must-Watch Fast Fashion Documentary Is Now On Netflix

In the era of social media, the fashion industry has gotten faster. Trends go viral, and manufacturers like Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M have responded by transforming from seasonal lines, often planned a year in advance, to clothing that goes from factory to store shelves in a matter of weeks.<p>But there’s …

Fashion Industry

How Longchamp Turned the Basic Nylon Tote Into a Full-Blown Luxury Icon

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Very rare is the product that rises through the ranks of the retail pantheon to become -- suddenly -- an icon.<p>In the world of high fashion, you can probably count them on one hand: classic Chanel tweed. Louis Vuitton luggage. Louboutin …

Luxury Lifestyle

15 French Girl Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

There’s something totally irresistible about French (most notably Parisian) style. And it has nothing to do with Breton stripes, berets or even heirloom designer duds. It’s the attitude, confidence and, of course, impeccable taste that has really captured our attention. From androgynous to bohemian …

Brigitte Bardot

Clever Minimalist Illustrations Compare Paris and New York

Freelance art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratyan lives between Paris and New York. As a result of his travels and his interest in the frequently visited cities, he began a blog that visually compares the similarities, both obvious and subtle, between the two major metropolises.<p>In the …

Minimalism

Your clothes are killing us

We buy too many clothes, and we pay too little for them.<p>That's the message of "The True Cost," a new documentary on the perils of the fashion industry, which is being released next week.<p>The film is a sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy. It covers malformed children of …

Clothing

When You Can't Afford The Fashion You Really Want To Wear

The struggles of designer taste on a fast-fashion budget.<p>There is currently $12,861 worth of shoes, bags and clothes sitting in my Net-A-Porter shopping cart. $12,861 worth of Chloe, Givenchy, The Row and more designers that I can't afford to welcome into my closet—and none of which I actually plan …

Starbucks' New 'Mini' Frappuccino: Here's What Nutrition Experts Think

The new "mini" size of Starbucks' Frappuccino iced drink is a good idea, but people should still be aware that the sugar-filled beverages are …

Coffee

Why You Only Need 37 Items in Your Closet

It seems that less is definitely more these days. Taking that idea to the next level is blogger Caroline Rector of Unfancy. She's one of a few who have dared to whittle their wardrobe down to a mere 37 pieces to wear for a full season. No shopping or swapping allowed.<p>Here's how it works.<p><b>What Is a</b> …

Clothing

19 Fashion Struggles Only A New Yorker Would Understand

<i>Photo credit: Joe Kohen/Contributor, Getty Images</i><p>Living in the fashion capital of the world has its perks (hello, sample sales and flagship stores!), but it also poses its own unique set of challenges. (So. Much. Walking.)<p>For anyone who lives or has lived in New York City, behold! Here are 19 …

Clothing

Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

Relationships

Is Instagram Making Girls Look Like Drag Queens?

According to makeup artist Wayne Goss, the answer is <i>yes</i>.<p>I have been subscribed to gossmakeupartist, or Wayne Goss, for years on YouTube. While you see many successful makeup and beauty gurus online, not all are professionally trained makeup artists. Wayne Goss is, and I consider him to be my …

Kylie Jenner
Pets

Artist Maude White Creates Intricate Scenes by Snipping Away at Paper

Maude White snips away tiny bits of paper to reveal incredibly intricate scenes. The artist, based in Buffalo, New York, brings imaginative animals and fanciful panoramas to life with her lacy, hand-cut designs. She calls her technique “paper carving.” Most of her creations are cut from plain white …

Elephants

How Mansur Gavriel Created the First Post-Recession It Bag

Mansur Gavriel is generating Birkin-esque waiting lists for its colourful handbags. Founders Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel discuss getting the …

Los Angeles

Polish Mother Captures Heartwarming Photos of Her Son and Their Three Adopted Dogs

Three years ago, Agnieszka Gulczynska started photography as a way to capture the graceful movement of horses. When she became pregnant with her first child, Igor, she found that couldn't ride anymore, so instead, she ran after horses with her camera. Now two years old, Igor is Agnieszka's favorite …

Pets

'Yoga Pants are Ruining Women' and Other Style Advice From Fran Lebowitz

Sartorial tirades from one of the most tailored and opinionated dressers in all of New York City.<p>"You are calling me from a cell phone," Fran Lebowitz , the cultural critic, writer, and sometimes actress announces, mere seconds after I say hello. She says it's the worst connection in the history of …

In Defense of Cinderella’s Stepmother

In Kenneth Branagh's remake of the classic Disney cartoon, Cate Blanchett explores the difference between cruelty and evil.<p><i>Cinderella</i>, if you look beyond the bedazzled squashes and the perky rodents, is the story of a woman who is rewarded for her patient tolerance of abuse. Her salvation: not just …

Cate Blanchett

Parisian Yummy Mummies Have It Down: A Guide to Chic Child Rearing

It seems that French parenting, just like everything else stemming from this part of the world, is having a moment. Glancing at the endless “be more French” baby books lining airport kiosks, you would think that French women have discovered the Holy Grail of motherhood, one that miraculously …

The quiet dresser v the street style star - can they swap wardrobes and still be themselves?

What happens when Valentine Fillol-Cordier, a chic Parisian stylist who loves ‘intellectual’ clothes, switches wardrobes with Susie Bubble, a London fashion blogger who champions ‘wayward’ young designers? Get ready for a style swap…<p>‘I felt miserable – completely stripped of my personality’<p><i>Susanna</i> …

Clothing

New Mind-Boggling Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

Swedish-born photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is an undisputed master at photo manipulation, as can be seen from his mind-boggling depictions of everyday scenes with major twists. Part surreal wonders, part mind-boggling optical illusions, the Berlin-based artist's images depict impossible …

Photo Manipulation

Why Samsung Design Stinks

Blame Steve Jobs Syndrome.<p>Kevin Lee calls it “Steve Jobs Syndrome.” As the former head of product strategy and user experience design at Samsung Design America, Lee watched as the $100 billion Korean tech giant wrote check after check to countless Western design firms to develop future products for …

Silicon Valley

Fruitdoodles artist finds banana work has mass a-peel

The Nature and Nurture of Genius: The Sweet Illustrated Story of How Henri Matisse’s Childhood Shaped His Creative Legacy

A heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness.<p>At 8PM on the last day of 1869, a little boy named Henri entered the world in a gray textile-mill town in the north of France, in a rundown two-room cottage with a leaky roof. He didn’t have much …

Marc and Sofia: The Dreamy Team

With the launch of a new fragrance, Marc Jacobs and Sofia Coppola open up about how their one-of-a-kind friendship has weathered the fashion storms and the joys of creating with their heads in the clouds.<p>Perched on a rooftop in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood one afternoon in early May, Sofia …

Inès de la Fressange's style rules: how to be chic

Inès de la Fressange is the kind of chic that makes British women feel instantly scruffy. In town for the launch of Roger Vivier's space in Selfridges – she is the brand's ambassador – the former model always looks effortlessly stylish. Tuesday's outfit is a pair of Vivier buckled flats, a Stella …

Inès de La Fressange Reveals the Secret to Effortless French Style

Earlier this week, some of fashion's finest gathered to celebrate Roger Vivier's spring 2014 collection at Mari Vanna, a Russian eatery that feels more like your best friend's living room than a New York City restaurant.<p>The event, hosted by Vivier and the inimitable Inès de La Fressange, was in …

Seven Habits of Optimistic People

Happy people live longer and feel better. But how do they stay so upbeat?<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>Optimists aren’t just people who see the glass half full. They also make more money than pessimists and …

Happiness