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Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands

Photo by Shutterstock Wide-open vistas are frequently used to advertise outdoor clothing, yet the toxins many weather-resistant fabrics contain may actually be detrimental to nature and…

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Would You Pay $120 for a Temporary Tattoo Made From 24K Gold?

Dior has a limited-edition collection of temporary tattoos that’s definitely not for the kiddies. Derived from 24-karat gold leafing, the the jewelry-like “Grand Bal”…

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Avon Claims to Fight Breast Cancer, But Are Its Products Safe?

Photo by Veronika Matejkova/Shutterstock As one of the more visible organizers of breast-cancer rallies across the United States, Avon talks a good game about “crusading”…

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What Possessed Tom Ford to Design a $1,660 Purse Made of Skunk Fur?

Tom Ford’s latest handbag really stinks, and we don’t mean that in just the figurative sense. Clad in the carcass of a hapless skunk, the furry black-and-white number…

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Kelly Osbourne Doesn't Regret Her $250,000 Diamond Manicure

We know celebs are constantly bashed for their over-the-top extravagance, but we never thought it would be over finger nails! Kelly Osbourne’s $250,000 manicure for the Emmys has been…

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$100,000 Sari Wins Guinness World Record for Most Expensive

In a ploy that screams excess is best, The Chennai Silks has created the world’s most expensive sari- costing a whopping $100,00! The traditional silk frock is decked with gold,…

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Garment-Factory Fire in Pakistan Kills 300 Trapped Behind Locked Doors

Photos by Fareed Khan for Associated Press Pakistani police have filed a murder case against the owners of a garment factory in the commercial hub of Karachi after a devastating fire on…

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Is This $290 Jil Sander Paper Bag the Most Overpriced Lunch Sack Ever?

The latest It bag for the 1 percent? Jil Sander’s “Vasari,” a “long rectangular silhouette” made from 100 percent coated paper. Translation: It’s a…

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For China's Beach-Goers, Sun-Protection "Ski Masks" Are All the Rage

We’ve heard of the Chinese expression “saving face,” but these photos of a new swimwear trend sweeping the country takes the saying to a frighteningly literal level.…

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Ingredient Widely Used in Antibacterial Soap May Impair Muscle Function

Photo by Shutterstock Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but an ingredient widely used in antibacterial soaps is far from heaven-sent. A new study from the University of California…

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Team U.S.A's Olympic Uniform Controversy: A Complete Timeline

As Ralph Lauren’s controversial Team U.S.A uniforms make their first public appearance at the Olympic opening ceremony in London, a timeline of the brouhaha. July 10: Ralph…

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American Apparel in Talks to Design 2014 Olympic Uniforms for...Russia?

U.S. athletes won’t be the only ones brandishing the “Made in the U.S.A” label at the 2014 Winter Olympics. An unlikely champion has emerged in the form of another…

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Outsourced Olympic Uniforms Could Have Brought $1B to U.S. Economy

video platform video management video solutions video player As the furor over the overseas-made Olympic uniforms continues to grow in and around Capitol Hill, ABC News reports…

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U.S. Olympics Uniforms Made in China? Sen. Harry Reid Says "Burn Them"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is hopping mad over the revelation that Team U.S.A.’s Olympics uniforms were manufactured in China. Although countless media outlets…

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U.K. Consumers Own £30 Billion Worth of Clothing They Never Wear

Photo by Shutterstock If your closet looks like something from an episode of Hoarders, you’re in good company. British consumers own roughly £30 billion ($46.5 billion) worth of…

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One in Five Brits Admit to Discarding a Garment After One Wear, Says M&S

One in three Britons has thrown away six or more items of clothing over the past 12 months, according to a survey of 2,200 U.K. consumers by Marks & Spencer. Despite role models who…

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Spray-Tanning Could Cause Cancer, Warns New Report

Photo by Shutterstock Contrary to popular wisdom, a spray tan isn’t less dangerous than exposing yourself to ultraviolet rays. In fact, it might actually be worse. A panel of…

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Is Southeast Asia the New Garment-Sweatshop Capital of the World?

Photo by Shutterstock Thousands of migrant workers in Southeast Asia suffer “dangerously negligent” wage and workplace standards in the name of affordable fashion, according…

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