click click – 07-01-11

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Right now in the London Underground there are these huge Virgin posters with this gorgeous illustration by vector king Jason Brooks. It is so rare to see fashion illustration featured so prominently for a huge international brand, and results like this make me wonder why?

  • “Dreams are for poor people” – the winner of 2008’s aborted Tyra Banks/ELLE US reality venture Stylista reflects on her prize, a two year contract working for ELLE – and it is a bit of a cautionary tale along the lines of “careful what you wish for”. After the bitch-tacular piece of television that was Stylista, who would have expected that reality reflects… well, reality? Via Deeply Superficial.
  • Humans First Wore Clothing 170,000 Years Ago – report on a study of clothing lice (!) which suggests that among other developments, the use of clothing was a key factor that allowed our ancestors to leave Africa and colonize the rest of the world. Via Jason Howlett.
  • “What Font Should I Use?” – finally a (fairly) straightforward font guide for the rest of us. Via @Assaf.
  • Tom Ford Spring Summer 2011 Show Video – I think what is so remarkable about this is how it seems like Ford was not only inspired by his favourite decade, the 1970s, but how he also seems to have recreated the lost atmosphere of how a 1970s fashion show must have actually felt. That sense of intimate celebration, a place where the famous feel comfortable enough to be somehow human and yet still devastatingly glamourous.
  • Abandon resolutions. Stop looking for a soulmate. Reject positive thinking. – for once, science gets you off the hook. Relax into the new year for a change.
  • High cotton prices – joy for farmers, sorrow for textile sector. – Rising prices for cotton are creating all sorts of winners and losers, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. For fast fashion, expect to see a lot more viscose – but will it translate to higher prices for consumers too?

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