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Fashion and the Couture of Everyday Life

Fashion Week is wrapping up in New York, and at at first glance the event seems like nothing other than a ritual in conspicuous consumption. In her "Story of Stuff" video, Annie Leonard described fashion as a sort of conspiracy to get us to buy--and discard--more stuff to keep in step with the tr...

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Tags: Clothes, Disposable, Fashion
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Neckties: Unknotting the Unnecessary Custom

The Christian Science Monitor's Bright Green Blog had wonderfully unbuttoned post about Bangladesh's energy-saving necktie ban--and affirmation of untucked shirttails. The more comfortable government employees will be working in offices with air conditioning set no lower than 75 degrees. Japan's...

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Tags: Advertising, Air conditioning, Bangladesh, Fashion, Japan
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Shabby Chic: The beginning or the end of an era?

In Today's New York Times the article Conspicuous Consumption, a Casualty of Recession discusses how all this economic crisis talk has seeped up into the well-off echelons of society through the capillary action of uncertainty...or is it style? One woman who could afford to do otherwise yet skip...

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Tags: Fashion, Recession, Rich, Solidarity, Style, Wealthy
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