The future has finally caught up with our imagined future, as new technology seeks to bring us the virtual closet that we've all dreamed of — ever since Cher Horowitz matched her mini skirts and knee socks together.
We've always considered fitting rooms a special circle of hell. Don't even get us started on the summer ritual torture of swimsuit shopping, but before we start to sound all 'Cathy' on you, it seems that trying on clothes at stores may soon be a thing of the past.
The software company Facecake has introduced their 3D virtual dressing room called Swivel powered by Microsoft Kinect technology. Now the Xbox Kinnect can be used for more than just virtual Zumba. Retailers can scan their clothing items, as shoppers stand in front of the display and "try" on endless options of outfits, from clothing, necklaces, purses and even lingerie.
The new application has already been tested at department stores like Bloomingdales during Fashion Week and is poised to make an appearance in more stores come spring. While the platform is still only available to retailers, the plan is to make it available for consumers to use at home, where they can see how their online purchases will look and can upload their own wardrobe to mix and match. To any of those who do the majority of their shopping online – you'll never have to deal with countless returns and post office nightmares again.
In the same vein of "personal" e-commerce, another website, Qvit, uses the idea of avatars for consumers to shop without trying on any physical product or even visiting stores. After creating an account, you submit your body measurements and can browse by matching clothes to your virtual avatar. They also have personal features like a "heat map" that shows where clothes would fit too snugly in certain areas — without the added embarrassment of trying to wiggle your way out of a piece of particularly ill-fitting clothing under prison lights. Sign us up.
Bosses at film studio Warners Bros. have enlisted the help of designer Lauren Moshi to come up with a superhero-themed fashion range. Moshi will devise a line inspired by the studio, which owns DC Comics and is home to the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
The designer tells Women Wear Daily, "These iconic characters are part of my childhood and the Lauren Moshi customer can really relate to them."
The collection will go on sale for between $98 (£65) and $202 (£134) at U.S. retailers Bloomingdales by the end of the month (Aug13).
As you’ll recall from the 1990s, Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. He was a man who longed to find his place in the world, the father he never knew. He was a man accredited with putting the “glad” in “gladiator,” and whose daring deeds were great the-a-tre. Yes, there have been many Herculi from which to choose, and the realm is ever widening: while Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie trudges on through development with Dwayne Johnson as the demigod hero, a rival project over at Nu Image/Millennium has slated the Twilight Saga’s young Kellan Lutz with the role.
The Hollywood Reporter attaches Lutz, who is also slated to star in Tarzan, to Hercules 3D, a film by Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin, adding Emmett Cullen to the long like of actors to portray the mythical superhuman. But how exactly will Lutz measure up to the great men who've taken on the character in the past?
Kellan LutzDeveloping Hercules 3D movieHeight: 6 feet 3 ½ inchesGreatest Feat of Heroism: Yet to be determined.
Kevin SorboHercules: The Legendary JourneysHeight: 6 feet 3 inchesGreatest Feats of Heroism: Fending off snake monsters and Xena crossovers.
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Tate DonovanDisney's animated Hercules movieHeight: 6 feet (although it kind of doesn't matter)Greatest Feat of Heroism: "Zero to Hero" has been in my head for about 16 years now.
Ryan GoslingYoung Hercules TV seriesHeight: 6 feetGreatest Feat of Heroism: That mug.
Dwayne JohnsonBrett Ratner's developing Hercules movieHeight: 6 feet 3 ½ inchesGreatest Feat of Heroism: TBA, but there'll probably be a "That's gonna leave a mark!" quip in there somewhere.
Jamal MixonThe kid from the "Hercules, Hercules!" scene in Nutty ProfessorHeight: UnknownGreatest Feat of Heroism: Provoking everyone in your middle school class to say "Hercules, Hercules!" for about seven months.
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[Photo Credit: John Lamparski/Getty Images for Bloomingdales; Disney; Universal Pictures; Studios USA(2)]
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When Donald Trump tweeted in the midst of his inane election night Twitter rant/meltdown, "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty," it's safe to assume he didn't think people would feel the same way about him. It seems for every person still amused by Trump's outrageous, offensive antics, there are others ready to put a stop to it. Nearly 500,000 of them, in fact.
A petition has been gaining traction on SignOn.org urging the retailer Macy's and its CEO Terry J. Lundgren — which sells Trump products and uses The Celebrity Apprentice host as a spokesman (the store was also featured as a challenge in an episode last season) — to cut ties with the controversial figure.
The petition called "Urge Macy's To Dump Donald Trump," which was started by Angelo Carusone, the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters, argues that Trump has, among other grievances, "Long engaged in sexist behavior ... Use his public platform to deny the reality of climate change ... and perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States." Hollywood.com reached out to Macy's, who were not immediately available for comment.
The petition also states that the 66-year-old (pictured above, presumably yelling at Santa about outsourcing work to elves) has "hypocritically complained about jobs being shipped overseas to China, despite the fact that almost his entire clothing line sold at Macy's is made in China and other Asian nations." (Carusone's petition isn't the only one to call Trump out on that matter; David Letterman pointed it out to the business mogul during one of his recent appearances on The Late Show. Watch it here.) Carusone, who was also behind a boycott against Glenn Beck, explained to Hollywood.com what finally made him take action against Trump. "For me the final straw was a recent letter that I found from Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren to Donald Trump. In it, Mr. Lundgren concludes by saying 'Don't give up the Real Estate business yet but we are developing a meaningful fashion business with your brand!' I've been a longtime customer of Macy's and Bloomingdales. To me, Trump's brand is consequence free bullying. It just didn't seem to reflect the 'magic of Macy's.' So, I acted." Clearly Carusone isn't the only one who has had enough of Trump, who angered many when he extended his $5 million "offer" to President Obama in the wake of Sandy's devastation. "He has a lack of respect for our political system. He offends me and all veterans who have fought for our country," and, "I will not shop at Macy's until and unless it dumps Trump -— I do not want to support a racist bigot," are among some of the comments left on the SignOn.com petition. (The latter is perhaps the worst threat for Macy's as the holiday shopping season looms near.)
While Trump hasn't responded to Carusone on Twitter (yet... right now he's too busy attempting to start an argument with Rachel Maddow about wind turbines) he has brought up Macy's on Twitter, in the way he knows best: shameless self-promotion. Trump wrote from his page on Tuesday, "My fragrance--"Success"-- is flying off the shelves @Macys. The perfect Christmas gift!"
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How would you like to spend a night shopping with the stars? It's all possible thanks to the ever-intimidating Anna Wintour! The Vogue editor-in-chief came up with an idea in 2009 where retailers in NYC would stay open past their normal hours and offer in-store events to promote shopping and help stimulate the struggling economy. She called the night Fashion's Night Out, and it always takes place the Thursday before New York's fashion week begins.
FNO has become such a phenomenon that celebrities even take part in the festivities. From performances to guest appearances, A-listers are stepping out to support this stylish shopping extravaganza. And so in case you plan to participate, here is a list of where you can go tonight (in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago) to rub elbows with some of your favorite Hollywood stars.
NEW YORK CITY
Bloomingdales (1000 Third Avenue New York NY 10022): Actor Eddie Cibrian (6-8 p.m.), star stylist Rachel Zoe (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Bottega Veneta (699 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022): Actress Rose Byrne (6-11 p.m.)
Coach (595 Madison Avenue New York NY 10022): Saturday Night Live's Seth Myers (7-9 p.m.)
Completely Bare (25 Bond Street NYC NY 10012): RHONY's Cindy Barshop (6:30-10:30 p.m.)
DASH (119 Spring Street New York NY 10012): Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D (6-8 p.m.)
David Yurman (712 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065): Camilla Belle (6-11 p.m.)
Dolce & Gabbana (825 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065): Justin Bieber (6-11 p.m.)
Giorgio Armani (760 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065): Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett (8-10 p.m.)
Jeffrey New York (449 West 14th Street New York NY 10014): Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe (6-11 p.m.)
Kiehl's (109 Third Avenue New York NY 10003): AJ Maclean of the Backstreet Boys (6-11 p.m.)
Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10018): Solange Knowles (6-9 p.m.) and Ivanka Trump (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Lucky Brand (535 Broadway New York NY 10012): Project Runway star Tim Gunn (6-11 p.m.)
Macy's Herald Square (151 West 34th Street New York NY 10001): Tommy Hilfiger (5:30 p.m.), celeb DJ Samantha Ronson (6-7 p.m.), Kelly Rowland (7-8 p.m.), Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell (8-9 p.m.)
MAC Cosmetics (109 Spring Street New York NY 10012): Beth Ditto (8-9 p.m.)
Manolo Blahnik (31 West 54th Street New York NY 10019): Sarah Jessica Parker (6-11 p.m.)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Men's (382 Bleecker Street New York NY 10014): Bar Refaeli (6-10 p.m.)
Marc Jacobs (163 Mercer Street New York NY 10012): Dakota Fanning (6-10 p.m.)
Michael Kors (610 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10020): Michael Kors (6-11 p.m.)
New York & Company (715 Lexington Avenue New York NY 10022): Real Housewives of NY cast mates Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Ramona Singer (6-10 p.m.)
Payless Shoe Source (716 Lexington Avenue at 58th Street New York NY 10022): Designer Christian Siriano (7:30-9 p.m.)
QVC (428 Broadway at Howard Street New York NY 10013): Kris Jenner, Heidi Klum, Donald Trump (6-11 p.m.)
Rag & Bone (119 Mercer Street New York NY 10012): Stars of Lala's Full Court Life Carmelo Anthony and La La Vazquez (6-11 p.m.)
Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022): Kris Humphries (6:30-10 p.m.), Ne-Yo (8-9 p.m.)
Sephora Times Square (200 West 42nd Street New York NY 10036): True Blood's Kristin Bauer, Kat Von D, Kate Walsh (6-11 p.m.)
Stuart Weitzman (625 Madison Avenue New York NY 10022): Michelle Trachtenberg and Hayden Panettiere (6:30-10 p.m.)
Ted Gibson Salon (184 5th Avenue 2nd Floor New York NY 10010): Twilight star Ashley Greene (8-10 p.m.)
Tiffany & Co (727 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022): Leighton Meester (8 p.m.)
Versace (647 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022): DRAKE (7-10 p.m.)
Victoria's Secrets (591-593 Broadway New York NY 10012): Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Heatherton and Lily Aldridge (7-10 p.m.)
The Beverly Center (Beverly Blvd lvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048): Nicole Richie (5-11 p.m.)
The Grove (189 The Grove Dr Los Angeles, CA 90036): Lauren Conrad (7-8 p.m.)
Westfield Topandga Canyon (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303, USA): Tori Spelling (6:30 p.m.)
900 Shops (900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611): Bravo fashion guru Brad Goreski (6-9 p.m.)
Macy's State Street (111 North State Street Chicago IL 60602): Kelly Osbourne (6-8:30 p.m.)
Macy's Aventura (19535 Biscayne Boulevard Aventura Miami FL 33180): Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria (6-7 p.m.), Real Housewives of NY's Jill Zarin (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
The Simple Life star checked herself into a Los Angeles medical centre last month (Nov09) after struggling to shake off what she thought was a cold. She spent a few days under doctors' observation before being released to recuperate at home.
Now, almost a month after her health scare, Richie has assured fans she's feeling better by attending the launch of her latest fashion venture.
The 28 year old looked happy and healthy with freshly dyed brunette hair as she posed for photos at Bloomingdales in California to promote her House of Harlow 1960 holiday collection.
And Richie took to her Twitter.com page shortly afterwards to thank fans for supporting the launch. She writes, "Loved Bloomingdales, South Coast Plaza. That was fun. Thanks to everyone who came out today in this terrible weather to hang out with me! I wouldn't have."