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Elegance vs Sexiness - and Fashion Faux Pas

Sitting at the Alcove Café this morning enjoying my coffee and conversation with my BFF the subject of what is the definition of elegance vs. sexiness came up when we saw an elegantly dressed young woman in a long but casual summer dress stroll in and pause, addressing her surroundings as if …

This Biodegradable Leather Is Made From Fermented Tea

Now clothes can be ephemeral like the fashion cycle that they serve.<p>Young-A Lee makes clothes from tea. Or rather, she cultures the “mother” from kombucha—a fermented tea—to grow a cellulose gel that can be turned into a vegetable leather. If that sounds a little convoluted, compare it to the …

Pineapple Leather May Be The Sweet Future Of Fashion

Harvest waste has never looked so chic.<p>People who have an obsession with pineapples, rejoice. You can now wear your favorite tropical fruit in the subtlest and chicest of ways.<p>Two words: Pineapple leather.<p>That's right, those cream retro handbags above are made with a pineapple-based "leather" …

Embroidery 101

Learn to paint pictures with floss and fabric.<p>Gussy up some fabric with easy decorative stitches that will wow your friends and family. To embroider basically means to decorate material with needlework. Embroidery is based on hand-sewing stitches, and encompasses many different forms of stitching: …

19 Different Foods That Surprisingly Bloom Beautiful Flowers

In January, we showed you what some of your favorite foods look like growing in their natural habitats. Now, as winter melts into spring, we're looking at some of the most floral-tastic versions of common fruits and vegetables. Did you know that onions, lemons, and soybeans are all flowering …

12 smart clothing options that will do everything from charge your phone to monitor your workout

Whether it's tracking your workout or charging your phone, these clothing options show how fashion is moving in a technologically-focused direction.<p>Here's a look at the most innovative smart clothing options out there right now:

17 Valentine’s Mug Cakes That Prove One Is NOT the Loneliest Number

Valentine’s Day might be marketed as THE couples’ holiday of the year, but maybe you’re an independent woman who’s truly happy being single (especially when there’s only one spoon to spare). You’re kinda loving rockin’ it on your own, and there’s nothing better than not having to share your dessert …

Dessert

8 Style Commandments To Live By In 2016

This year, we declared ourselves free from the rules of fashion. And yet, while we proudly identify as forward-thinking when it comes to our …

Clothing

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

PANTONE Color of the Day

Marilyn Monroe’s Definitive Bombshell Beauty Rules, Straight From the Icon’s Mouth

When it comes to defining the eternal allure of Old Hollywood bombshell glamour, no woman has made more of an impact than Marilyn Monroe. Though dozens of bright young actresses—Michelle Williams, Lindsay Lohan—have sported platinum pin curls and white dresses to play the iconic star, Monroe’s own …

Beauty

This 15-Minute Morning Yoga Routine Wakes You Up Better Than Coffee

Ever wonder how every yoga instructor you meet has more energy than Jess on <i>New Girl</i>, even at a 7 a.m. class? Yeah, coffee (or green tea) may play a …

Yoga

The 20-Minute Pilates Workout for Any Fitness Level

All the straps, springs, and moving parts of a typical Reformer class make Pilates seem almost scary compared to those yoga classes full of …

Workouts

You’ll Never Guess What This Leather Is Made Of

Remember fruit roll-ups? Back in the day, little did we know the recipe behind those yummy lunchbox snacks would someday be tweaked into the world’s most ethical leather. But today, a project called Fruitleather Rotterdam is working to change the way we view leather by offering its own take on the …

3 Ways to Increase Positivity With Your Wardrobe Mindset

How many times have you walked into your closet and thought, "I have nothing to wear" all while you're staring at a closet that is overflowing with clothes? You then frantically search for an outfit that ends up being the same old thing you always wear, but because you're running low on time, you …

How Do You Write a Fashion Business Plan?

In Part Two of BoF’s Fashion Business Basics, Imran Amed explains the importance of a business plan and how to approach writing one.<p><b>LONDON, United</b> …

How Do You Finance Your Fashion Business?

In Part Three of Fashion Business Basics, Imran Amed explains the different options available to emerging designers to finance their</b> …

How Do You Create Brand Awareness?

In Part Four of Fashion Business Basics, BoF’s Imran Amed explains how to build brand awareness in the early years of a business.<p><b>LONDON, United</b> …

Do You Really Want to Start a Fashion Business?

In Part One of Fashion Business Basics, Imran Amed explains what budding fashion entrepreneurs need to know before they start their own label.<p><b>LONDON,</b> …

80s Trends for Fall/Winter 2015-2016

FASHION INSPIRATION<p><b>Designers delved into the eighties for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 and found a fresh insight into retro looks, redirecting the new wave</b> …

Trends

The True Cost of Fast Fashion: Continuing the Conversation

<i>"People aren't going to care until it hurts them personally."</i><p>That was the last comment in the closing discussion of The True Cost movie screening I co-hosted in Boston this summer.<p><b>The documentary has been sweeping film festivals and fashion media across the world with a no-holds-bar narrative of</b> …

The Top 10 Colors for Fall 2015

Prepare for an autumnal garden party in your home and your closet.<p>The coming months may feel like a never-ending Throwback Thursday if Pantone's fall 2015 predictions prove to be true. According to the color authority, earthy neutrals (think: herby green and stormy gray) will mix with emboldened …

Top 10

16 Fashion Brands That Make the World a Better Place

Every time Earth Day rolls around, we're reminded of how we can join in on the environmental cause with our go-to (and supremely chic) eco-friendly …

12 Brands Stepping Up the Chic in Eco Fashion

Eco-friendly clothes don't always have to mean basic tees or itchy fabrics. Environmentally minded designers and brands are stepping up their game …

7 Stylish Ways to Make Your Wardrobe More Eco-Friendly

While the fashion industry might appear to be all catwalks, parties and fabulous freebies, there’s another side to the industry that we don’t often hear about. Between pesticides, transport, chemicals and resource extraction, fashion is right up there with oil and agriculture in terms of total …

Fluffy Carrot Cake

Whip up a delicious treat this Easter.<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>4 eggs<p>1/2 cup vegetable oil<p>1/2 cup applesauce<p>2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract<p>1 cup granulated sugar<p>1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar<p>2 cups all-purpose flour<p>1 tablespoon baking powder<p>1 teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>1/2 teaspoon salt<p>1/4 teaspoon ground …

Dessert

Tyler Florence's Strawberry and Basil Goat Cheese Cake Recipe

"This is the sexiest cheesecake you'll ever eat," Tyler says. "So great, your head will spin." Get the recipe here and see the step-by-step pictures of how to make this tempting cheesecake dessert.<p>This is a really special recipe of mine that I've been carrying around for years, and it's without a …

Recipes

Tod's Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Today's Top Stories<p>1<p>I Hosted Anthony Bourdain in Saudi Arabia<p>2<p>How It Felt to Chop All My Hair and Go Natural<p>3<p>What Do You Do With Your Ex's Nudes?<p>4<p>10 Drawstring Bags We Can't Wait to Carry<p>5<p>All the Products From M.A.C's Aaliyah Collection<p>View photos of the Tod's Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Collection<p>View …

Ready to Wear

Bavarian medical 'breakthrough' with spider silk | DW | 28.01.2015

Biomaterial experts at Germany's Bayreuth and Würzburg universities claimed a breakthrough in cultivating living cells while holding them in place …

Elasticity

Elie Saab Couture is so pretty, it will sweep you off your feet

Before February's New York Fashion Week begins in a couple of weeks (!!), the fashion pack has all eyes on Paris for Haute Couture Week. And of …