Relentless Holiday Consumerism Slowly Turns People into Mannequins

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A man shouts through a mega phone to entice people into a store on Regent Street on December 28, 2013 in London, England. Shoppers across the country are re-emerging to take advantage of the post Christmas sales which had been hit by the recent bad weather, with many shoppers turning to… »12/28/13 3:00pm12/28/13 3:00pm

History of Mannequins Tracks the Aesthetic Tyranny of Consumerism

Are mannequins just garment enhancers that let prospective consumers visualize what an outfit looks like on a human body, or are they creepy holdovers from the Egyptian aesthetes that first help shape the Western gaze? Both, of course — according to a recent overview of mannequin history in Collectors Weekly, the… »12/08/13 2:00pm12/08/13 2:00pm

Average Lady's Handbag Contains $2K Worth Of Crap, Says Dubious Survey

A British luxury retailer has surveyed its female customers and found that every day, women tote around almost $2,000 worth of junk on their arms. Yep — those big ass purses combined with all of the lady flotsam contained therein are worth more than most people's monthly rent. I guess I'm doing a shitty job at being… »10/31/13 4:30pm10/31/13 4:30pm

What the Recession Has Wrought: A Tampon-Less Middle Class

The rapidly unravelling American middle class has been super hard on big corporations. Who is going to buy their middle-of-the-road household products now that Americans are either mega wealthy or living in penury [in a van] [down by the river]? Nobody, that’s who, which means that corporations need to come up with… »9/22/13 2:00pm9/22/13 2:00pm

Nordstrom Crosses the Pinterest Rubicon, Starts Pinning Stuff IRL

Looking to be known as something other than the store where you can return the crumpled, stained BCBG bridesmaid dress you wore ten years ago for a full refund, Nordstrom has launched a program where it attaches the Pinterest logo to the store's most pinned items. That's right: if it's being pinned on the addictive… »6/27/13 9:30am6/27/13 9:30am

Lisa Frank Enjoys a Rainbow-Colored Resurrection at Urban Outfitters (of Course)

If you were a girl in the 80s or 90s, odds are you carried some fresh-ass Lisa Frank insanity with pride. Whether it was a unicorn shitting sparkles on your binder or a cracked-out koala bear clinging to a rainbow tree for dear life on your jumbo pencil, this magical shit grabbed our imaginations and our parents'… »10/23/12 11:25pm10/23/12 11:25pm

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Used To Annoy Shoppers Into Spending Money At Kohl's

Just when you thought you'd finally exorcised Rebecca Black's musical aneurysm "Friday" from your ears, the most obnoxious store in the mall has decided to employ the most annoying song in history in trying to convince you to go shopping on the most stressful day of the year. Get it? Rebecca Black Friday. I'll take… »11/21/11 1:25pm11/21/11 1:25pm