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Razer’s Class Warfare: have the Emmys presaged an end to delightful bad taste?

Bourgeois pretensions to the Good Taste of an imagined ruling class have all but erased chicken tikka spray tans and Gabi Grecko bustiers. You could argue that’s a good thing. Except it definitely isn’t.

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Press gallery party time — and Shorten got the laughs

It’s Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament — so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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The year that is: 2014 about kale, beards and ‘crystallography’

Did you know it’s the International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography? And that’s not all you’ve got to look forward to in 2014, reports Crikey intern Broede Carmody.

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Tips and rumours

Rorts and favours at beauty mags … Oz rails against tweeting journos … were bikie laws used against drumming circle? …

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Tips and rumours

Shorten hits luxury fashion high note … Clive Palmer’s odd election merch … have you got your robocall yet? …

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Running shoes leave bloody footprints: inside Asia’s garment trade

Think Bangladesh is the only country with unsafe labour practices? Garment workers are not safe in so-called “clean” south-east Asian countries either, writes Australian Phnom Penh Post journalist Shane Worrell.

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The Coalition’s real climate change targets

Crikey readers talk sweatshop labour, The Salvation Army and the Coalition’s climate change policies.

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The human cost of cheap clothing

Crikey readers talk the perils of fast fashion, the IPA’s hypocrisy as it cries poor and the need for austerity.

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Is there blood on your T-shirt? Questions from Bangladesh’s tragedy

Hundreds of low-paid garment workers are dead after a factory collapse in Bangladesh. It’s about time wealthy consumers in Western countries faced up to why their clothes are so cheap, argues Michele O’Neil, national secretary of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.

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Fashion: the environmental footprint of your favourite shoes

You think you’re an eco warrior every time you remember to take your green bags to Coles, but you still slip on those Gucci pumps. Your footprint may be more than a fashion statement, says Rosalie Taylor.

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Vanity Fair | LINKS|

Gaddafi: the stylish fashions of a murderer

While other world leaders wear suits to international meetings, Colonel Gaddafi of Libya dons bright capes and handmade photo brooches. If he wasn’t a dictator that oppresses his citizens, he’d be quite the fashion catch.

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Spook Magazine | ART & DESIGN|

Critiquing the catwalk: Melbourne vs Sydney in the strut for superiority

A war for cultural prominence has long been a-ragin’ between Melbourne and Sydney, especially in the swanky designer fashion biz. Melbournians prefer dark “emo” style garb while Sydney-siders have more colour and flair, writes Nicole Barron.

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Business Week | ECONOMY|

The (smart) casualisation of our workforce

Every day is casual Friday in the workplace now, with 43% of workers now donning casual business wear in the office. Do office workers need lessons on appropriate work-wear or is it OK to don jeans at work?

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The Guardian | ECONOMY|

A love letter to the humble tie

Ties aren’t just a capitalist noose or an outdated trend. As well as adding a much-needed dash of colour, ties serve as nod to respect, a hungover cure and hint at sexual tension, says Jeremy Langmead.

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Getting your PR stories in the Herald Sun, a How To

It’s well known that over half the news consumed in Australia is PR, as Crikey revealed in March, but sometimes there’s a success story that deserves its own special golf clap.

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New York Times | LINKS|

What we can learn from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding dress

Don’t pretend you didn’t know that Chelsea Clinton got hitched on the weekend. But while Chelsea is notoriously media shy, the NY Times manages to paint a picture of her personality from the dress alone.

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Upgrade the wardrobe, gents, with a classic sports jacket

What can you buy that would make me look stylish, confident and sexy, all at the same time? The answer is simple, says George L. — go for a sports jacket.

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Midwinter Ball red carpet special: fashions on the hill

After last year’s colourful train wrecks, it seems black, ruffles and old-fashioned glamour were the order of the evening for the Midwinter Ball. With not a fedora in sight.

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Vice Magazine | COMPANIES|

Why we make our jeans in North Korea

Swedish jean maker Noko Jeans made big headlines by deciding to manufacture its denims in North Korea. In an interview with Vice, the designers explain themselves: “We didn’t know shit.”

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Stylecaster | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

A timeline of “sexy” through the ages

Heroin chic may be considered “hot” now, but it hasn’t always been so. StyleCaster takes a look at how the idea of female beauty has changed through the centuries.

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Mother Jones | ART & DESIGN|

How 50,000 Hindu pilgrims keep Lady Gaga looking hot

Ever wondered where hair extensions come from? Turns out it’s a Hindu temple in Andhra Pradesh, India, where pilgrims come to offer their hair in exchange for favour with the gods.

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New York Daily News | UNCATEGORIZED|

Why Ugg boots are bad for you

… and not just because they make you look like a bogan. Apparently they also cause serious foot, ankle, and, hip problems. Now, if someone can just find a medical argument against Crocs…

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AOL News | JOURNALISM|

Fashion bloggers are the new black

The latest must-have accessory in the fashion world isn’t a pair of heels or even tighter pants (thank god): it’s a blog. Vogue editor Anna Wintour now sits alongside bloggers at catwalk shows, while 13-year-old fashionistas are making the old guard look positively daggy.

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Fashionista | ART & DESIGN|

What fashion labels pay to get celebrities in their front rows

Forget the clothes — fashion shows are all about which stars are sitting next to the catwalk, and labels are willing to pay a pretty penny to get their bums on seats. Fashionista has a list of what different celebs are charging for their presence.

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