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The Problem With Google’s Driverless Car, Downton Abbey‘s Strange Underwear Rules, and More of the News You Missed Today


Say it, don’t spray it…
Spray sunscreen is supposed to protect us, but could it be doing more harm than good? The New York Times today is investigating just how dangerous it might be to inhale sunscreen spray’s airborne particles. Might be best to reach for the good old-fashioned lotions after all.

Downton‘s new rules…
After a plastic bottle accidently appeared in the background of a Downton Abbey promotional photo, the show is banning cast members from wearing anything that does not fit their 1920s aesthetic. This includes everything from jewelry to watches, and even the actors’ undies. [Vogue]

Normcore, revisited…
The basic white button-down is having a moment. Once considered plain and boring, it’s one of this season’s must-have pieces—you just need to know how to wear it. The Huffington Post found 20-plus ways.

Google’s robotic car…
Driverless cars are happening—but Google has hit a few proverbial bumps in the road. The company has been forced to add a steering wheel and pedals to the futuristic vehicles so humans can take control in the event of an accident. Probably a good idea. [Telegraph]

Burberry’s CEO takes a pay cut…
Christopher Bailey, CEO and CCO at Burberry, has just sold £5.2 million ($8.6 million) worth of his shares in Burberry. WWD reports that the sale was likely influenced by public scrutiny over his super-high salaries. Apparently, he could earn up to $17.6 million this year alone.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Summer Fridays: Out of Office With ArtBinder App Founder Alexandra Chemla


Burning_Man_PortraitLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

If you’ve been to a party in New York in the past year, chances are you’ve bumped into Alexandra Chemla, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of ArtBinder, a mobile inventory solution for art galleries. And despite her packed off-duty social calendar, the young entrepreneur must be doing something right while on-duty: This summer, ArtBinder raised $3.17 million in Series funding. So even if you haven’t seen Chemla around yet, you’re about to start seeing a whole lot more of her. Here, Chemla shares the Summer Friday plans she is most looking forward to before the hectic fall art season begins.

“I’m really looking forward to attending Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. A lot of people don’t view Burning Man as a place to ‘recharge,’ but it’s quite the opposite for me. I spend every day on the grid and am always accessible via e-mail, phone, and social media, and at Burning Man I’m completely disconnected from the world outside of my surroundings. In this environment, I can be creative and innovative in a way that’s altogether separate from my usual day-to-day.

“So next Friday I’m flying out to L.A. to meet friends whom I’ll attend the festival with. We’ll then fly to Reno; pick up our RV; stock up on food, water, and other supplies; and head out to the desert. The drive takes about three hours. I’m particularly excited about the gift/art project we’ve planned this year. We’re bringing a Polaroid camera so that we can share the pictures we take with everyone on-site. It’s also digital, so I’ll have a reminder of my time away when I hardly have a moment to put my cell phone down this fall.”

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The Jungle Book Gets the Hollywood Treatment, a Reason to Toast to Kate Moss’ Breast, and More of the News You Missed Today


082114_BLOG_Saint_LaurentKing of the Jungle (Book)…
Disney and Warner Bros. will go head-to-head, both gearing up to release movie adaptations of The Jungle Book. Disney’s movie will star Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson, while Warner Bros. has announced Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale as part of its lineup. [Telegraph]

Kate Moss’ latest project…
Her name is synonymous with perfection and beauty, but this is taking Kate Moss appreciation to the next level. In her latest venture, Moss has teamed up with a sculptor and a restaurateur to create champagne glasses molded from the shape of her breast. Yes, really. [Telegraph]

A new home for Saint Laurent…
Saint Laurent has announced that the new store opening in L.A. this September will become its global flagship. Designed with celebrities in mind, the 10,000-square-foot store even has a back-alley entrance so certain visits can be kept discreet. [The Wall Street Journal]

IPhone car locator…
With the advances in technology, it seems every day there is less and less reason for us to rely on our memories. Case in point: Apple has now patented a way for your iPhone to remember where your car is parked. Now if only it could help me find my keys… [TechCrunch]

A top fashion buyer’s industry insight…
Shira Suveyke, vice president of global buying for The Outnet, is not your average fashion girl—she studied economics at Boston University and worked for a bank straight out of school. But with passion and a will, Suveyke proved there’s always a way. Click here to get her insight on knowing your market, what to study in school, and what makes a great buyer. [The Huffington Post]

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The CFDA Celebrates 20 Years of Philanthropy With Maria Sharapova


CFDA_BlogWhoever says fashion is self-serving, take note: In the 20 years since its inception, the CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign has raised some $54 million for the cause. That’s nothing to shake a stick at. Last night in the New Museum’s seventh-floor Sky Room, the CFDA threw a party to launch its latest FTBC campaign and celebrate 20 years of philanthropy. Maria Sharapova fronts the latest campaign, and told us that it was a huge moment for her: “In previous years it’s always been models, so fronting the campaign as an athlete, I was thrilled. We bring a different sort of reach.” Reach, indeed—Sharapova is well over 6 feet tall in flats. “I mean, she is just so hot,” jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher told “But the real reason I’m here is that she makes this candy, and my kids are obsessed with it. So I promised them I would get a picture.”

Sharapova’s impressive height aside, the cause struck close to home for many of the party’s guests. Fisher’s grandmother died from breast cancer, and Fisher herself is a cancer survivor. But the evening was a celebration of life—Dannijo’s Jodie Snyder Morel shared with us that she is four months pregnant, and that, consequently, some Dannijo baby merchandise is in the works. Her sister Danielle Snyder was glowing with the good news: “Whether it’s for breast cancer awareness or something like maternity—fashion can make women feel beautiful, and there’s a real power in that.”

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Gia Coppola on Her Family’s Wine Legacy and the Importance of a Screw-Top Bottle


"GIA BY GIA COPPOLA" Wine Launch Celebration Hosted By Francis Ford Coppola WineryLast night Gia Coppola toasted her new line of Gia by Gia Coppola wines with a wine-o-bacchanal at the Bowery Hotel.

Critics of Coppola’s latest venture will undoubtedly say, “Of course. Wine. Just like her grandfather.” She may be following in Francis Ford Coppola’s footsteps as both director—as she did with her breakout film, Palo Alto, last year—and winemaker, but Coppola’s passion for wine comes from a genuine place. She did, after all, grow up playing in grandpa’s vineyard: “I remember at Thanksgiving, after all the grapes had been harvested, we would take the leftovers and stomp on them in this tiny bucket,” Coppola told us. “We called it ‘Gia’s jelly!’” Other wine-related memories included being too young to have wine with dinner like everyone else, so her mother would pour her a splash of wine mixed with ginger ale or Sprite. “It’s actually pretty good. I still do it sometimes. But now that I’m 27, I don’t have to mix it anymore.”

The wine venture stems from what she and her friends like to drink, she explained: something with good flavor, a reasonable price point, and, above all else, a sensible screw top. “It’s gotta have the screw top. That way you can take a sip, put it away in your backpack, and keep it moving with your friends.” And keep it moving is exactly what she did. After the party had cleared out, Coppola and a group of friends retired to a suite upstairs for a private after-party. And for that elevator ride upstairs, surely those screw-top bottles came in handy.

Photo: Dave Allocca