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Cellphone Little Black Dress

Back in 2010 there was a new cellphone on the market and it was coming to clothing retailers near you... or rather its a dress that just happens to have a cellphone built in.

Except it didn't really catch on. So much for that idea...

Oh well.

The "M-Dress" is a slinky black frock which comes with a cellphone sneakily hidden into the fabric, as part of the sleeve so that when you lift your arm to your ear you pick up the call and can talk to whomever is calling you. Unfortunately its only been designed to have one programmable number for calling out, but they're hoping to add more programmable settings so it can be voice-activated. A SIM-card is embedded within the dress and the antenna is in the dress hem.

Wearing a 'superspy' dress like this means you don't have to go hunting in your purse whenever your phone rings... and better yet you don't look like one of those crazy homeless-looking people with bluetooth crap who talk to themselves.

The dress isn't meant to be worn everyday, but it is ideal for events when you don't want to be carrying around extra items. Its also smart enough to tell the difference between when you're scratching your ear or trying to phone someone.

Made by CuteCircuit, founded by fashion designer Francesca Rosella and anthropologist Ryan Genz, the dress is available at Selfridges starting in October. The company also makes tops with lights that flash/change colour as you move, a Hug Shirt which vibrates when someone texts the word HUG to your cellphone and a LED gown like the one Katy Perry wore to the Met Ball in New York.

Pink Tartan's fashion groove

Pink Tartan is a groovy spin on classic glamour. Their spring-summer 2011 collection was unveiled back in October 2010 at Toronto's LG Fashion Week and combined retro sophistication with a touch of the 1970s.

Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran used black glam and lush, fluid dresses, Caftan-style, one-shoulder, stripes, gold buckles, lots of pockets, halter-styles and plunging necklines.

But really... how many pink strapless jumpsuits can you wear in a week? Can you really wear bell bottoms all the time?

And if your answer is YES, YES I CAN, then you are probably the type of person who would redo your whole wardrobe to make sure it matches.

You go out and buy new shoes, new socks, new hat, new handbag and so on...

And then you realize your furniture doesn't match your new wardrobe.

So you go buy a new couch, new bed, new chairs, new decorations.

And before you know it your home doesn't match the neigbourhood. You need to find a nice stylish neighbourhood, like Weaver's Mill in Georgetown near Brampton. You buy a new townhouse, but then you realize your car doesn't match...

So you go buy a new car, something shiny that matches your iPhone and has lots of gadgets like satellite navigation.

And you drop your dog off at the pound and buy a new one which is hypoallergenic.

And by now all your friends have left you before you've become a snob, but don't worry you'll make new friends who are equally snobby.

And then next year the fashion styles of what is "new and kewl" changes again and you have to go through the whole process all over again.

Is Steampunk the New Goth???

Watch out what you see on the subway late at night because while in 2001 you might have seen some pretty freakish goths, by 2011 standards that just isn't weird enough. Steampunks (or depending on your fashion sense, Steamgoths!) is the new thing.

No, there's no fantasy element to this. True, many goths were into Wicca, vampires, magic, fairies and such... steampunk is about retrofuturism... anything that looks old but is futuristic at the same time. Think really weird pocket watches, corsets, circa-1900 clothing and gadgets that run on something other than electricity. (Like the steampunk clock shown below.)





Part of this fad (if you can call it that) can be blamed on the Sherlock Holmes movie that came out in 2009.

However there is several other films we could blame as well, including:

  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 2004
  • Van Helsing, 2004
  • Steamboy, 2004
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 2003
  • The Time Machine, 2002
  • Wild Wild West, 1999
  • Sleepy Hollow, 1999




In terms of clothing however this is the part where there is lots of room to grow.

See brassgoggles.co.uk and community.livejournal.com/steamfashion for ideas.

Goggles is a common idea when people think of steampunk, but its a bit of a cliche too.

Think leather, brass or copper, gears, clocks, levers, chains (like bicycle chains), Victorian patterns, pinstripes, damask, argyle, hair is usually up or a bob... You can also have fun with tattoos, piercings, dyed hair, torn clothing, tools (ie. pocket wrenches and gauges).

"[Steampunk is] drawing on actual history. You can pull into it what you're into and put your spin on it. It's accessible yet expandable," says Jake von Slatt (aka Sean Slattery, of Littleton, Mass.), who likens the philosophy behind steampunk to open-source software. "There is a real focus on sharing, exploring things together, building community."

Steampunkers also have conventions to exchange ideas and compare clothing and gadgets, they dress to the nines and party like it's 1899.

Mr. von Slatt is currently "steampunking" a fiberglass, 1954-style Mercedes kit car, adding salvaged gauges and lights from other cars and gold filigree trim. Drawn to steampunk's "do-it-yourself, making something from nothing" mantra, von Slatt scavenges most of his components.

Basically wherein gothic culture the protagonist is a vampire or demon, in steampunk the villain is a gadget-crazed mad scientist.

And the hero is a goodie-two-shoes bicycle mechanic who builds himself a steampunk bicycle...

I am sure he gets plenty of weird looks, but anybody who is into bicycles will appreciate what he has done. Its a retro recumbent bicycle, and that is just plain kewl.

If you are looking for something steampunk-esque to read, we recommend The Keepers of the Maser series of graphic novels by Italian comic book author Massimiliano Frezzato.

Huzzah!

Government of Canada selling used thongs

The government of Canada is desperate to get rid of its budget deficit and its selling everything including the kitchen sink in an effort to balance the books.

Thus any Crown assets, including seized or forfeited property, is being sold off... including used thong underwear. Its all about prettying up the bottom line.

Seized property includes items gained through police seizure, tax evasion seizure, and so forth.

In 2010 the Canadian government sold a mere $14 million in Crown assets.

The Public Works and Services Canada’s auction website is currently displaying a range of sexy thongs that come in pink, magenta, violet, blue, silvery black, white and nude. The lingerie items are advertised "as is" and "like new".

And they're apparently selling like ice cream cones on a hot day. ie. One box of 10 panties sold for $50. Another box containing 14 bras sold for $171.99.

Some of the thongs still have the original tags on them and some have never been worn. The thongs were seized from stolen from an Ottawa lingerie boutique, recovered by the Ottawa Police, but never returned to the shop because they had already been covered by the store’s insurance company

Thus the police handed the thongs over to the federal public works department.

The sale of stolen/seized property results in a small commission for Public Works, and another % is re-invested in educational programs targeted towards reducing crime. The rest goes towards trying to balance Canada's budget.

Buyers are anonymous and protected by privacy laws.

Unlike eBay and similar auction sites bids aren't posted until after the sale is made. Its a silent auction and there are plenty of deals to be had.

Unfortunately shipping is not included. You have to pick up, pack and ship the items within 5 days of getting the winning bid.

The Conservative Party is also thinking of selling the CN Tower in Toronto, but only if the Conservatives can get re-elected. No word on whether that will also be a silent auction.

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