women

NASA Finally Made a Toilet for Women

Buzz Aldrin remembers feeling “buoyant” and “full of goose pimples” when he stepped onto the moon in 1969, becoming the second person to touch the surface of another world. The view was magnificent.





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The first thing he did was examine the ground beneath his boots. “I immediately looked down at my feet and became intrigued with the peculiar properties of the lunar dust,” the Apollo astronaut recalled in one of his memoirs. “If one kicks sand on a beach, it scatters in numerous directions with some grains traveling farther than others. On the moon the dust travels exactly and precisely as it goes in various directions, and every grain of it lands very nearly the same distance away.”

The second thing he did was pee.

Aldrin, the first person to urinate on the moon (into a special collection device worn around his

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fashion

Fashion Is Finally Catching Up to Marine Serre

The result was one of fashion’s most successful and sophisticated communiques of a designer’s vision, at a pivotal moment in Serre’s career. (Her moon print bodysuits had a starring role in Beyonce’s Black Is King, after all!) The website hosting the video is stylishly, intelligently designed, showing the lookbook images as the characters appear on film—a focus on detail and legibility that has been surprisingly rare in the industry’s digital offerings.

Courtesy of Marine Serre
Courtesy of Marine Serre

More broadly, Serre said she’s felt affirmed by the interest in her upcycled pieces, or what she calls regenerated garments—clothing made from the scraps of other, unused garments. “It’s a huge change. It’s almost day and night,” she said. “Two years ago, no one understood.” She released a fascinating series of videos showing how the pieces were made late in the spring. (Everyone and Virgil Abloh is upcycling now; it’s

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fashion

How Harlem’s Fashion Row Founder Brandice Daniel (Finally) Got the Industry’s Attention

Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm
Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Although it was just days before Harlem Fashion Row’s 13th annual fashion show and style awards (held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic), unfinished hemlines and the latest RSVP count were the furthest thing from founder Brandice Daniel’s mind when she picked up the phone. “Today is my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, and I’m actually sitting outside of her school right now,” she says, adding that she had to fight the urge to abandon work and spy through the classroom window all day. With another 30 minutes until dismissal though, Daniel spoke about the business and community she’s built with the passion and matter-of-factness that’s made her one of the fashion industry’s most respected figures.

Daniel founded Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) in 2007 with the simple-in-theory, but arduous-in-practice goal of supporting designers of color. In May, she doubled down on that

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