TIME fashion

The One Vintage Beach Accessory That Needs to Make a Comeback

Pool time was better when swimmers wore two faces

Outside of the Olympics and synchronized swimming competitions, it’s fairly rare to see swimming caps these days. It’s rarer still to see swim caps that give the illusion that the bather has two faces. But these poolside headpieces were all the rage in 1959, when LIFE featured them in a fashion story called “Two-faced Swimmers in Crazy Caps.”

The caps were invented by a Long Island housewife, Betty Geib, to amuse her children. After they flew off the rack at a church bazaar, she started a new business, Betty Darling, selling her wares for $3 to $6. The serpent, kitty and sunflower designs, LIFE assured its readers, “are guaranteed to turn heads.”

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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Model at Rick Owens Fashion Show in Paris Protests Angela Merkel

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Kamil Zihnioglu—AP A model wears a creation by Rick Owens and holds a banner reading "Please kill Angela Merkel not", as part of his men's Spring/Summer 2016 collection presented in Paris, June 25, 2015.

"Please say that I punched him"

A model took it upon himself to step out in protest of the German Chancellor on the runway of a recent Rick Owens fashion show in Paris.

The model known simply as Jera, according to Women’s Wear Daily, revealed a piece of cloth emblazoned with the words “PLEASE KILL ANGELA MERKEL” above the word “NOT” during Owens’ menswear show on Thursday. Owens said after the show he had nothing to do with the protest and that Jera was “a crazy, rogue, fu-king model that I punched when he came back out.” He added: “Please say that I punched him.”

The designer’s press office later released an official statement, saying: “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens.”

Owens’ camp has unsuccessfully asked that images of the protest be blurred or deleted.


TIME advice

How to Remove Every Type of Stain

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From ink to wine

A bad stain can ruin your day, or worse, your favorite piece of clothing. But, it shouldn’t be that way. Most stains are removable — it’s all about smart treatment know-how (plus a little patience and elbow grease). We asked Carolyn Childers, Handy’s chief home officer, to give us the 411 on tricky common stains, from ink to grease to coffee.

Turns out, toothpaste doesn’t need to be dealt with immediately, but you should rinse coffee stains with cold water as quickly as possible. We’ll never stop drinking wine on our white rug, sipping coffee in the car, or putting mustard on that dog at the ballpark — but thanks to these expert tips, our future stains won’t know what hit them.

The Culprit: Grease
The Remedy: Sprinkling baby powder

When a late-night pizza stop takes a dark turn, clean up the grease stain by covering the spot with clear liquid dish detergent and rub in gently. Next, rinse with white vinegar diluted with water. You can also try applying a small amount of baby powder to grease spots and gently rubbing until the mark is gone. For stovetop stains, a trusty Brillo pad paired with a little water and baking soda works wonders.

The Culprit: Ink
The Remedy: Spraying hairspray

Splotchy fabrics are trending, but exploding pens are never a good look. Use a clean cloth dampened with a mix of water and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent to blot away the stain (never rub it in!). Then, throw it in the washing machine on the hottest setting the fabric type will allow. “Hairspray has also been shown to dissolve ink, making it easier to come out of fabrics before throwing in the wash,” Childers says.

The Culprit: Wine
The Remedy: Add a splash of club soda

Vino is close in chemical makeup to blood stains, so the removal process is also similar. “Beyond using the cold water or a salt paste trick, you can also do a diluted vinegar soak using one part vinegar to two parts water. If a soak isn’t possible (like a carpet wine stain), try pouring club soda on the stain as a more powerful lifting alternative to just water, and then use salt if the stain still hasn’t come off,” Childers says.

The Culprit: Grass stain
The Remedy: Pre-treat with detergent and avoid heat

The key here is getting to the stain before it goes into the wash. “Grass is one of those stains that has a bit of everything: natural oils and dyes, proteins, starches, and sugars from the plant world, not to mention there’s usually an earth pigment associated with it,” says Akemi Ooka, method’s senior director of formulation (a.k.a. formulatrix). “While method 4X concentrated laundry detergent cleans stains very well on all kinds of clothing types just by using it as directed in your washer, if you have a really stubborn stain, the product is also an excellent pre-treater. Just apply a small amount of detergent on the stain, rub it in, and then wash as usual. Finally, to avoid setting the stain with heat from the dryer, line-dry the item for the best result.”

The Culprit: Blood
The Remedy: Apply a salt and cold water paste

Like most stains, deal with this one pronto. Hot water will cause stains to set, so use cold water to dab away at the spot. For particularly delicate fabrics (like silk shirts or sheets), try using a paste of salt and cold water. “The slightly rough texture of the salt combined with its natural dehydrating properties works gently enough to loosen blood stains out of fabric,” says Childers.

The Culprit: Toothpaste
The Remedy: Apply detergent diluted with water

Toothpaste is great for your pearly whites, but not so much for your button-down shirt. Take a cloth or sponge (that has been dampened with a few drops of detergent diluted with cold water) to blot away the stain. “Toothpaste is also one of the only stains where immediate action isn’t necessary. Often times it’s easier to let the toothpaste dry up before treating the stain, since this prevents further smearing on the fabric,” says Childers.

The Culprit: Mustard
The Remedy: Apply a clear detergent and water mixture

For a fresh stain, take your sponge and dampen with a mix of cool water and a teaspoon of clear detergent. Blot from the outside of the stain into the center until the stain lifts. For a dried-on stain, scrape off as much of the mustard using a dull knife or similar scraping tool, and try blotting out the stain (using the same detergent and water mix) from the backside of the fabric rather than directly on top of the stain.

The Culprit: Coffee
The Remedy: Use a powdered detergent, cold water, and vinegar paste

If it’s a fresh spill, cold water should be enough to do the trick. First, use a paper towel to absorb as much of the spilled coffee as possible. Then, run cold water over the stain. “Make sure not to scrub,” says Childers. “It runs the risk of making the stain spread.” You can also use a mix of powdered laundry detergent, cold water, and distilled white vinegar to form a paste that is gentle enough to remove the stain without damaging fabric.

The Culprit: Perfume
The Remedy: Sponge with white vinegar

So sweet — and deadly when you accidentally spray the collar of your silk shirt. Immediately take a sponge dampened with cold water and apply it to the perfume stain to avoid permanent setting. If some staining remains, carefully try sponging on a diluted solution of white vinegar and water. “Soak the garment in a bucket filled with lukewarm water for half an hour to an hour before putting it through the washing machine,” Childers says.

The Culprit: Chocolate
The Remedy: Soak in a bucket

Rub laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for up to five minutes, then give it a pre-soak in cold water for another 15. Finish by putting the item through a regular cycle in the washing machine.

This article originally appeared on Refinery29.com.

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5 Fashion Choices That Are Bad for Your Health

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It might be worth retiring a few of these trends

Fashion can be fun, but it can also take a toll. New research published Monday revealed that it’s possible for skinny jeans to cause nerve damage. Curious what other fashion dangers you’re wardrobe is causing?

Skinny jeans
As TIME reported Monday, a case report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry chronicles the woeful tale of a 35-year-old woman whose legs went numb while she was wearing skinny jeans. “Her legs and ankles had become so swollen that emergency room staff had to cut her jeans off. Her ankles and toes were weak, but the rest of her legs, including her knees and hips, were working normally,” Alice Park wrote. The perils of tight pants have been noted by health experts as far back as 1993, as the Wall Street Journal reports, internist Dr. Octavio Bessa coined the term “tight-pants syndromein a medical journal after reporting several men coming in with symptoms like abdominal discomfort. When Bessa compared the size of the pants to the abdominal girth, he found there was often a discrepancy. Men needed to loosen up. Tight pants are currently a trend among both men and women, and perhaps it’s not worth the fashion points.

High heels
Foot doctors say the higher the heel on the shoe the more weight is pushed forward onto the balls of the feet, which can cause pain. A 2014 review concluded that high heeled shoes alter that natural position of the foot and ankle and can cause a “chain reaction” of issues that can eventually bother the spine. As the New York Times recently pointed out, other research suggests wearing high heels less often could prevent ankle injury among women.

The Kardashian clan are “obsessed” with using corsets to “train” their waists. (Basically using a corset to squeeze your weight into submission). There’s essentially no evidence the process works, but efficacy aside, wearing corsets can be painful, make it hard to breathe, and could possibly result in rib damage according to some experts.

Neck ties
A small amount of evidence suggests wearing a neck tie that’s too tight could elevate intracranial pressure (though the study found that the raised levels were still within normal range), and possibly increase blood pressure in the eyes to unsafe levels. A couple studies by no means make neck ties a risk factor for serious health problems, but those who choose to don them may want to give themselves some breathing room.

Body piercings
A 2012 Northwestern University study reported that bacterial infections affect about 20% of body piercings. Other issues that can arise, the authors report, include things like medical procedure interference and allergies. Using proper utensils when undergoing a piercing and knowing how to keep piercings clean can prevent problems.

TIME Retail

Report Claims Zara Workers Targeted Black Shoppers As Potential Shoplifters

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Ben Hider / Getty Images A general view of the exterior facade of Zara International Store on 59th and Lexington Avenue on December 30, 2013 in New York City.

They were seven times as likely to be watched

Racial discrimination may be an issue at New York-based Zara retail stores, according to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy. The survey of New York City Zara employees conducted earlier this year found that black customers were seven times more likely to be tagged as potential shoplifters than other customers.

More than half of employees mentioned using the code word “special order” to identify suspicious customers, though employees said the code word was phased out midway through the survey. (The survey was conducted without the cooperation of Zara.) 46 percent of those who defined “special order” said that black customers were identified by the phase “always” or “often.” That’s compared to only 14 percent for Latino customers and 7 percent for white customers.

Beyond customers, the survey found that employees of color perceived widespread discrimination at the company. Black employees were twice as likely to be unhappy with their hours as white employees, and they noticed favoritism three times more often. “The favoritism definitely goes to those that are not African American or Latino,” one employee said.

The survey comes on the heels of a discrimination suit filed by the former general counsel for Zara USA, Ian Jack Miller. He claimed that he was discriminated against in pay for his Jewish faith and sexual orientation, and that company executives created a hostile work environment by frequently throwing around racial slurs.

In a statement to The Guardian, a Zara spokesperson denied the survey’s findings, saying that “the baseless report was prepared with ulterior motives and not because of any actual discrimination or mistreatment.” The spokesperson also said: “In its most recent round of internal promotions at Zara USA, approximately half were Hispanic or African American employees.”

TIME celebrities

Breaking Bad‘s Walt Jr. Walked In A Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto—Getty Images RJ Mitte walks the runway during the Vivienne Westwood fashion show as part of Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on June 21, 2015 in Milan

Life post-Breaking Bad is looking pretty good

RJ Mitte may be best known for playing Walt Jr., the son of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White in Breaking Bad, but he’s not just another actor — he’s also a pretty face. Mitte, who is signed to Elite Models, was hired to walk the runway in Vivienne Westwood’s Milan fashion show and fit right in with the other male models, wearing a very haute couture breast plate from the designer.

Mitte, who has also worked as a D.J., was hoping to launch a music career after Breaking Bad ended. While that career path is still in development, at least he has his good looks to fall back on.

Mitte wasn’t the only Breaking Bad alumna popping up in unexpected places this weekend. Bryan Cranston made an appearance at electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, joining Above & Beyond on stage for their headlining set to help introduce the song “Walter White” in full Heisenberg fashion.


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See Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits of 2015

Whether attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner or traveling to India, Michelle Obama always makes sure she's a First Lady in style

TIME Innovation

This Fashion Startup Wants to Eliminate Stains Forever

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Hydrophobic textiles could soon be in your closet

To most people, stain-resistant clothing sounds like a smart buy — but only if it’s carried by their favorite brands in the styles they want.

Fashion startup Dropel Fabrics wants to close the gap between everyday clothes and wearable technology. A self-described “ingredient brand,” the six-month-old company hopes to integrate its hydrophobic textiles — which allow spilled liquids to roll right off the fabric — into the production cycles of popular retailers and up-and-coming designers.

Dropel’s goal isn’t to start its own line of hydrophobic clothes, which other startups have done, but rather to stain-proof everyday cotton fabrics, from kids’ clothes to button-down shirts. Six retailers, including menswear and home furnishing brands, have already partnered with the company.

“We live in a world full of stains, but we don’t have to,” Sim Gulati, co-founder and CEO of Dropel Fabrics, said Friday at the second annual New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTL) Demo Day, hosted by Time Inc. “Unlike other treatments, our fabrics maintain the plush softness of cotton we love to wear. Wine, beer, soda — not even soy sauce stands a chance.”

The ISO-certified textiles are produced by adding the stain-repelling nanotechnology into the fabric between the dyeing and knitting process, according to Dropel co-founder and President Bradley Feinstein. The cost of producing the garments with the technology rose only 5%, while retailers can see up to a 40% increase in sales, according to a client case study.

The hydrophobic clothes also promote sustainability by cutting down on water and energy used in washing processes, Feinstein says. And that adds up over time considering the number of stain-prone clothes we wear — school uniforms, business-wear, white t-shirts, nighttime outfits.

“This is everyday wear,” Feinstein said. “Just better.”

TIME celebrities

See Angelina Jolie’s Style Revolution

From wild child to sophisticated humanitarian

Today, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie hits a major milestone: turning 40. As someone who grew up in the limelight, Jolie (whose fabulous fashion streak spans decades), is not only a red carpet favorite, but a fixture. She’s no stranger to knocking out red carpet winners, dropping jaws with every turn and sparking social media frenzy. (Who could forget her right leg at the 2012 Academy Awards?)

The brunette bombshell has got the red carpet routine down pat. Back in the day, she channeled her Lara Croft character and toughened up at the 2001 Tomb Raider premiere in a black cropped top and badass leather pants, revealing her cool tats. Ten years later, she stunned at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards in an emerald Atelier Versace creation embroidered all over with Swarovski crystals. Most recently, she epitomized Old Hollywood glamour in a gorgeous metallic Atelier Versace number.

The wife of Brad Pitt and mom of six is more than a style stunner, however. She shocked the world when she revealed her decision to remove her ovaries in a touching op-ed, and is well-known for her humanitarian efforts, serving as a UN ambassador since 2001.

In honor of big 4-0, we compiled 40 of her most memorable red carpet looks through the years.

  • In Randolph Duke, 1998

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    Double-nominee (for her roles in Gia and George Wallace) Jolie made an early red-carpet appearance in a figure-flaunting nude Randolph Duke design with a leg-revealing sheer inset.

  • In a Crop Top and Leather Pants, 2001

    "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" Los Angeles Premiere
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    Jolie channeled her inner Lara Croft in a cropped tank and badass leather pants.

  • In Emanuel Ungaro, 2007

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    Jolie dazzled at the Ocean’s 13 premiere during the Cannes Film Festival in a sweeping Emanuel Ungaro gown. She accented the look with custom-made yellow diamonds from Chopard: 10-carat drop earrings and a 20-

  • In Versace, 2009

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    The Golden Globe nominee (for The Changeling) sparkled in a beautiful beaded gown from Versace.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2010

    Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp Attend 'The Tourist' Madrid Premiere
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    Jolie glowed at The Tourist‘s Madrid premiere in this Atelier Versace ensemble that featured a Swarovski-encursted nude top and black velvet skirt and matching shawl.

  • In Jenny Packham, 2011

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    Jolie stood out at the L.A. premiere of The Tree of Life in a vibrant poppy-hued chiffon Jenny Packham gown, complete with Tiffany & Co. jewelry and satin Stuart Weitzman sandals.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2012

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    When Jolie bared her right leg in this stunning velvet Atelier Versace gown at the Academy Awards, it became an instant internet sensation. The actress accented the classic gown with Neil Lane jewels, a Jaime Mascaro bag, and custom Salvatore Ferragamo velvet peep-toes.

  • In Gucci Premiere, 2014

    Angelina Jolie arrives at the world premiere of "Unbroken" in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 17, 2014.
    Brendon Thorne—Getty Images Angelina Jolie arrives at the world premiere of "Unbroken" in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 17, 2014.

    Jolie worked the red carpet at the Sydney premiere of Unbroken in a white silk crepe strapless Gucci Premiere gown with a back silk encrusted lace overlay and a delicate train.

  • In Ralph & Russo Couture, 2014

    Angelina Jolie attends the UK Premiere of "Unbroken" ain London on Nov. 25, 2014.
    Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images Angelina Jolie attends the UK Premiere of "Unbroken" ain London on Nov. 25, 2014.

    At the UK premiere of Unbroken, the actress wore a tailored white silk crepe Ralph & Russo Couture pencil dress with a bolero cape that she styled with vintage diamond Beladora earrings, a gilded brooch, and nude pumps.

  • In Atelier Versace, 2015

    Angelina Jolie attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles on January 15, 2015.
    Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Angelina Jolie attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles on January 15, 2015.

    Jolie exuded Old Hollywood glamour at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in a fluid metallic silver Atelier Versace number with a draped bodice.

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Audi’s Latest Product Is Unlike Any Other

SAJJAD HUSSAIN—AFP/Getty Images The Audi logo is seen at the launch of the new Audi TT car in the Indian capital New Delhi on April 23, 2015.

Looks pretty fast though

German car manufacturer Audi and California-based shoe-maker Toms have together created limited edition alpargatas-style shoe. The slip-on is asphalt grey with stoplight red stitching, a meld of Audi’s brand colors. Like the interior patterning, a tag on the outside displays the car’s logo, its signature conjoined rings.

Otherwise, it’s hard to tell them apart from a regular pair of Toms shoes.

The unusual promotion is part of Audi’s “summer of Audi sales event,” which takes place from June 3 to Aug. 4 in the U.S. To own a pair, you’ll just need to purchase or lease an Audi [fortune-stock symbol=”AUDVF”] vehicle first.

As part of the deal, Toms has agreed to donate 55,000 pairs of shoes to children in need through its “giving partners” program in the U.S. Since 2009, the company has donated more than a million pairs of shoes through the program.

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“We are excited to be partnering with Audi, a company that shares our passion for progressive ideas and positive impact, to create a unique giving experience for Audi customers,” said Toms founder Blake Mycoskie in a statement.

Here’s the pair of company’s joint commercial, which features an Audi RS7 “sportback” car alongside the special edition espadrilles:

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