Blogs are already an important (and free!) source of inspiration and information and will only become more and more significant in deciphering future codes in fashion, design and lifestyle. From time to time, Hall Five will be highlighting some of what we consider to be the best of the best. Today, it’s MENSWEAR DOG, a tumblr blog from husband-and-wife team David Fung and Yena Kim featuring Bodhi, their 3 year old Shiba Inu shot in a variety of hip menswear looks. As the site claims,
Menswear Dog is Bodhi, a 3 year old Shiba Inu living in NYC with a panache for all things style. His interests include never washing his selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez, and sniffing fine a$$ bitches.

Saturday, March 02, 2013 · Categories: Animals and Animal Companions FashionFashion BlogsMenswear

Thanks to James Thorne of Coolhunting for bringing Arrf Scarf Ice Cream for Dogs to my attention. Arrf Scarf is a Chicago-based company producing frozen yogurt and whole food dog treats. James Thorne tested out the products on canine buddy, Leo Emerson—a Brussels Griffon. Apparently Leo is a huge fan! “even attempting to abscond with a lump of Peanut Butter Bacon into his dog bed.”

Thursday, February 28, 2013 · Categories: Animals and Animal Companions Consumer IntelligenceSustainabilityFood and BeveragesPackaging and PaperRetail and E-tail Lifestyle

Thanks to Tumblr user i-nsan for creating this faux campaign featuring Jennifer Lawrence’s now infamous trip on the way to collect her Oscar for Best Actress at The Academy Awards. You can’t make this stuff up.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 · Categories: Film and TelevisionFashionCelebrity Fashion BlogsMarketing and Advertising

Known for her stark and poetic creations, London-based furniture and interiors designer Faye Toogood turns her eye to makeup, collaborating with artist Ayami Nishimura for the concept collection for MAKE and is for sale on

Monday, February 25, 2013 · Categories: Beauty and HealthChemicalsFashion

Turns out the hottest trend of Hollywood’s big night had nothing to do with the gowns. Oscar’s 2013 was all about men’s hair. According to Esquire, beards were the follicular statement of the evening, presented in ways stubbly, carved, bedraggled. No one’s got official records on these things, but we’re fairly certain this was the most hirsute of any Academy Awards ceremony.





Sunday, February 24, 2013 · Categories: Film and TelevisionTrend AnalysisFashionMenswear

When it comes to utilizing technology in its e-tail strategy, Burberry once again leads the pack. For the Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection, clients can not only purchase certain items of clothing and accessories right from the runway, they can have their purchases personalized too using a metal tag or plate with the customer’s name on it. The Made To Order service is only available until March 3rd, 2013.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013 · Categories: Social Media & Networking Technology and ComputersFashionRunwayRetail and E-tail

She’s back! The UK’s MailOnline reports that Celia Birtwell’s famous archive prints have been re-imagined and re-scaled into an exclusive range of t-shirts, tunic vests, shirts, jeggings, pyjama pants, culottes, and tote bags for Japanese label Uniqlo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 · Categories: Trend AnalysisPrints & Patterns FashionHistoryRetail and E-tail Textiles & Materials

Study finds Picasso one of the first to use house paint in fine art -

U.S. researchers say new evidence in the debate among scholars about the kind of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces points to ordinary house paint. The Art Institute of Chicago, working with the Argonne National Laboratory, says the findings add significant weight to the widely held theory Picasso was one of the first master painters to use common house paint rather than traditional artists’ paint. The researchers, using a unique high-energy X-ray instrument, called the hard X-ray nanoprobe, to examine samples from Picasso paintings, determined the chemical makeup of paint he used matched the chemical makeup of the first commercial house paint, Ripolin.


Sunday, February 17, 2013 · Categories: Art and Photography

As reported by Refinery 29, rival film companies are battling it out over who has the right to shoot the biography of French designer Yves Saint Laurent and who is allowed to portray the clothes that set the fashion agenda for a generation.


Saturday, February 16, 2013 · Categories: Film and TelevisionFashionHistory

The New Times reports that after 10 years of traditional fashion shows, and with the help of the public relations firm KCD Worldwide, designer Peter Som, eschewed his usual coveted first Friday of Fashion Week slot in the tents for a digital show on With Som getting ahead of the digital curve, will others follow suit?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 · Categories: Art and PhotographyFashionRunway

Gill Linton, CEO and EIC of says, “There aren’t subcultures like there used to be. Fashion has become so driven by mass consumerism that everyone looks the same and it’s hard to be really inspired anymore.” To emphasize the point, has released a provocative poster campaign throughout New York City that comments on the current state of the fashion industry through thought-provoking quotes from cultural luminaries. The four different posters feature the following quotes:
• “It’s getting out of hand”- Ian Curtis

• “Buy less, choose well”- Vivienne Westwood

• “Your future dream is a shopping scheme”- Johnny Rotten

• “I never think that people die, they just go to department stores” - Andy Warhol

If you attending NYFW, look out for original punk jackets from Byronesque, painted with “OUT OF HAND” at NYFW and worn by fashion influencers such as Malcolm Harris and Simon Collins. Through the posters and the jacket, seeks to express their point of view that the dominant contemporary culture has become too ‘fast’.

Friday, February 08, 2013 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionMarketing and AdvertisingLifestyle


The coverage confirming that the bones found under a car park in Leicester do indeed belong to England’s most infamous and reviled Plantaginet king, Richard III, have put me in something of a Medieval mood and I started wondering about his life, his wife and what she might have worn. Richard’s Queen Consort was Lady Anne Neville.

(11 June 1456 – 16 March 1485) was an English noblewoman and great beauty.




Friday, February 08, 2013 · Categories:

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