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Hillary Clinton Photoshopped Out of Iconic Situation Room Photo

We write about Photoshop ridiculousness all the time, but this instance is a little different. A orthodox Hasidic newspaper called Der Tzitung has wiped Secy. of State Hillary Clinton and Counterterrorism Director Audrey Tomason out of the now-famous photo of US government officials watching the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, thanks to its editorial policy never to print pictures of women. Unsurprisingly, some people are not OK with this. >>>Full story at Styleite.

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Silly Bandz Are So Over

Future economists, heed this lesson of supply and demand: Silly Bandz, which were the king of trends just a few months ago, are now seriously and totally out. [Geekosystem editor's note: POGs, however, are still so in.) And it’s all because the market has been overloaded with them since they started getting absurdly popular. USA Today reports that retailers from major gas station chains to independent toy stores all over the country look on the bands as eyesores instead of the beacons of hope they once were. BCP Imports, the company that makes the bracelets, did $200 million in business this year. Silly Bandz were even named one of America’s Hottest Brands by Advertising Age. Now? People can’t seem to get the things out of their stores. >>>Full story at Styleite.

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Teva Stilettos

Sandal company Teva is teaming up with fancy-stuff company Grey Ant on a line of $330 stiletto heels, which you, too can wear while climbing trees or pushing wheelbarrows. Why? No idea, but it's funny. >>>More pics at Styleite.

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Famous Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Thinks Facebook is a Physical Object

Famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who works as the creative director for Chanel, thinks Facebook is an iPad, or at the very least an object. Lagerfeld: "Facebook is a flawless object. It’s for me like a Brancusi. As I told you, I got one as a gift in gold — in white gold. And the BlackBerry too, and the iPod. I have all those from a gift, I wouldn’t buy it. But somebody gave me all those things in white gold. They are beautiful objects on the table — they are stunning. I don’t use them because I don’t have to use them." Via context, we assume this “object” he calls “Facebook” and has in “white gold” is in fact an iPad. Awesome. >>>Hilarious video at Styleite.

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Google to Launch New Fashion Venture

Last week, Styleite wrote about an invite we received to an event hosted by Google and headlined, “High Tech Fuses With High Fashion,” which led us (andevery other invitee) to believe that the web giant was launching some sort of fashion e-tailer. Today, WWD confirms the news via several sources privvy on Google’s plans. From what we can tell, it sounds like Google is taking a page out of ShopStyle and Polyvore’s book. The site will allow users to “create and share their own personalized shop by selecting style preferences and the looks, brands and items they love” (Polyvore), while linking out to a pre-existing e-tailer like Saks,ShopBop, or Yoox for purchase. >>>Read more at Styleite.

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The Gap Backpedals, Is Now Crowd-Sourcing Its New Logo

Yesterday, The Gap revealed a new logo on its website, and the Internet went nuts over how terrifyingly bad it is. Now, it looks like The Gap is backpedaling and shifting their logo design to a crowdsourced contest: "Thanks for everyone’s input on the new logo! We’ve had the same logo for 20+ years, and this is just one of the things we’re changing. We know this logo created a lot of buzz and we’re thrilled to see passionate debates unfolding! So much so we’re asking you to share your designs. We love our version, but we’d like to see other ideas. Stay tuned for details in the next few days on this crowd sourcing project." Ruh-roh. Full scoop at Styleite.

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Australia’s Next Top Model Reveals Wrong Winner On Live TV

Oof, talk about wanting a do-over. Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 6 held a live finale Tuesday night, where host Sarah Murdoch unveiled the winner to both the audience and show’s viewers on live television. Unfortunately, for the winner, the loser, and Murdoch, she accidentally announced the wrong one — and took a few minutes to realize it. >>>Video and more at Styleite.

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Katy Perry Outfit Gets Her Kicked Off of Sesame Street

Katy Perry was supposed to star on the New Year’s Eve episode of Sesame Street, but apparently the cleavage-revealing dress she wore for the taping isn’t sitting right with parents. It was after Sesame Street posted a segment of Perry’s episode to YouTube that the complaints started rolling in. TMZ reports:

The song made its way to YouTube Monday and racked up nearly a million views. But some parents started complaining her cleavage was too front and center. We’ve learned producers have decided not to air the song on the show.
>>>More deets at Styleite.

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Finally: Fake Eyelashes Made of Fly Legs

First there were Christian Dior branded contacts. Then came Lady Gaga’s anime lenses. And we thought there was no way for eye-related products to be any more bizarre. But then we saw these. One young British artist, Jessica Harrison, designed her very own set of fake lashes made entirely out of fly’s legs. Proceed to ruin your breakfast by watching the video  at Styleite.

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Calvin Klein Jumps on the QR Bandwagon

Calvin Klein has just stepped their multimedia marketing game up. The mega brand has replaced three of their billboards, two in New York, one in Los Angeles, with red and white QR codes — there’s not a single Lara Stone to be found. And a QR code — if you, like us, were wondering — is basically a two-dimensional bar code that can be read by most smart phones equipped with a camera. So what do you get when you take a photo of the billboard? A 40 second video of Lara Stone “frolicking with four male models,” says Racked. According to Mashable, QR codes are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in Japan, and advertisers are hoping to co-opt the trend as a way to increase user engagement — or, if you ask us, force them to “see” the ad in the first place. >>>See the full post at Styleite.

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Dispatches from the World Beard and Moustache Championship

What do Abraham LincolnPoseidonJim Morrison, and Salvador Dali all have in common? All important men — all important beards. The topic of facial hair always raises that much debated sartorial question: to grow or not to grow?

Texas photographer Dave Mead took an interest to the bearded man and journeyed all the way to Anchorage, Alaska and beyond to shoot portraits of men competing in the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships.

Styleite has a gallery of some of his greatest shots.

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Some Guy in Brooklyn Builds Nuclear Reactor

Today in science stories with a sartorial bent: Mark Suppes, web designer for fashion powerhouse Gucci and creator of his very own nuclear reactor, which he built in a warehouse in Brooklyn. It’s DIY nuclear physics time!

The Daily News calls nuclear fusion reactors “the holy grail of energy, a clean, cheap power source that doesn’t rely on radioactive material.” So, how exactly did the man behind Gucci.com build something so important in an empty warehouse in Brooklyn?

Read the full post at Styleite.

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Zappos Eats $1.6 Million Pricing Loss Due to Computer Glitch

Zappos might be known for their customer service, but it cost them and their sister site 6pm.com more than a pretty penny this weekend. 6pm, known for highlighting daily discounts up to 70% off on branded products, accidentally capped the cost of all items listed on the site at $49.95 from midnight to 6AM on Friday. Yes, that means you could have bought $1,100 shoes for $49.95, or 96% off.

Even though they don't technically have to, they are honoring the purchases made during the hours the glitch was in effect, even at the cost of their CEO's ice cream:

Read more at Styleite.

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Tim Gunn: Comic Book Geek [Video]

Tim Gunn makes a living critiquing fashion. He mentors Project Runway contestants, he’s guided hapless women through their own style evolution, and now he’s turning his arch eye to comic books. Apparently Gunn has always had a thing for comic books — and he even appeared in Marvel Comic’s “Models Inc.” miniseries. But watching him earnestly critique the costumes of these cartoon heroes and villains is almost too much Tim Gunn awesomeness for our brains to handle.

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Prom Dress Made of Gum Wrappers Is a Hit

When shopping for a prom dress, or any event-specific dress, there’s always the impending fear: what if another girl is wearing the same thing? Iowan high school junior Elizabeth Rasmuson did not have to address this concern: She had hundreds of gum wrappers at her disposal. After fawning over prom dresses made of duct tape — FYI: Duck brand duct tape actually sponsors a contest for students who make their prom outfits out of the tape with a prize of a college scholarship — Rasmuson decided to take matters into her own hands, or rather, her mouth. Read the full analysis at Styleite.

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French Luxury Conglomerate LVMH Battles Google Over Ads For Counterfeits

Styleite: It’s easy to think something is legitimate when it uses a high-end brand’s name, logo, and shows high up in a Google search. But now, French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH is in the process of fighting the good fight against ads for counterfeit merchandise — most notably on Google’s UK search engine, which controls an estimated 80% of the search market throughout Europe. According to an article in today’s New York Times, “not only are [the products] fake…but when unauthorized parties buy [luxury brands'] trademarks as keywords to generate search ads, [the brand's] own cost of using those brand names on Google soars.” This issue is nothing new to the luxury market:

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