If the hassle of tying your shoes has become an everyday annoyance, you're in luck. Nike has announced the release of its HyperAdapt 1.0 self-lacing shoe. No longer just a plot point from Back to the Future, the shoe, which is expected to be in stores later this year, uses sensors and battery-operated pullys to keep your laces tight. The shoe's batteries are expected to last two weeks, so the phrase "I forgot to charge my shoes" could become commonplace. Nike has one stipulation, however: Only members of Nike's online fitness portal Nike+ will be able to purchase the much-anticipated shoe.
Fashion's major race problem
1. Fall fashions may be full of color, but their runways certainly weren't, so says a blistering survey from The Business of Fashion. The publication took a look at 117 of this year's premiere fashion shows across the globe to conclude that almost 80 percent of the models walking the runways were white. Considering that the fashion world's fastest growing markets are decidedly non-white, the colorless runways could propose a problem.
2. The white-washing doesn't stop at the runways. Other studies point to a lack of color in fashion advertising, the covers of fashion magazines, and even the CFDA's representation of designers.
3. What do you think? Is the usually cutting-edge world of fashion behind the times?
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Is American Apparel worth saving?
1. Yesterday wasn't the best day for unitard-loving hipsters as America Apparel officially filed for bankruptcy. Sluggish sales, heightened competition and a legal brawl with their former CEO all contributed to the company's demise. However, as American Apparel has a chance to reinvent itself under Chapter 11, some have come up with an idea to save the company: Stop making clothes in America.
2. Even though American manufacturing is insanely expensive when compared to oversea markets, American Apparel executives have defended the company's decision to keep manufacturing in its namesake homeland. After all, American Apparel is the country's largest clothing manufacturer.
3. Should American Apparel look overseas to solve their financial woes? Or is an American-made good worth fighting for?
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Alibaba, the massive Asian e-commerce site akin to eBay, is being sued by fashion giant Kering, the company behind luxury brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Kering alleges that Alibaba knowingly allows the sale of counterfeit goods across multiple online marketplaces while Alibaba retains that it has thousands of workers combating knock-offs. Considering the suit was filed in Manhattan, a United States federal court will decide the ugly consequences that coincide with selling such pretty, fake fashions.