Oscar de La Renta passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Born in the Dominican Republic, the iconic fashion designer first became famous in the 1960s for dressing Jackie Kennedy, and since then has designed outfits for several First Ladies as well as the cream of Hollywood society. Take a look back at his life in pictures.
Designer Yaara Dekel's ‘Coppelius Chair’ reveals a spooky shadow face
Beware of this chair, for at first glance it might seem ordinary, but once light casts its shadow, a shadowy demon presents itself! ‘Coppelius Chair’ by designer Yaara Dekel is a piece of furniture that will not only scare you, but also make you think. It delves into Sigmund Freud’s concept of ‘the uncanny,’ that is to say, something as familiar as a chair can give off feelings of unfamiliarity at the same time.
One moment, you’re looking at a chair, the next it’s a menacing face – but still the same chair!
“However, at a certain hour of the day, when the room is lit, an inexplicable, monstrous projection appears, which symbolically ‘overshadows’ the feelings the original chair provokes,” as DesignBoom describes it.
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Artist Simona Bonafini created a series that will rock your childhood
The Little Mermaid always wanted to be a part of our world. And we live in a world of selfies — lots and lots of selfies.
Artist Simona Bonafini created a series titled “Selfie Fables” that imagines what your Instagram feed would look like if it were habituated by your favorite cartoon characters. And while it isn’t as disturbing as other Disney re-interpretations, Hercules and company are guilty of some selfie faux pas:
Shirtless gym selfies. We know this is going straight to Tinder:
Bikini shots. There’s no need for #perfectbody thinspo…
Instilling feelings of FOMO. Maybe your invite to the tea party went into your spam folder?
Nothing is wrong with this selfie. Maleficent owns it:
The CEO of Yandy explains his company's bizarre 2014 costume offerings
For this year’s sexy Halloween costume, consider the lobster.
According to Chad Horstman, the “sexy lobster” just may be the “it” costume of 2014. And he would know — as CEO of online lingerie retailer turned Halloween hotspot Yandy, Horstman is the man you can thank for a cornucopia of un-Kosher costumes ranging from riffs on fruit (what “sexy watermelon” costume is complete without a bite mark shaped cutout?) to once-wholesome Disney characters (you’ll never look at Frozen’s Olaf the same way again.)
But, apart from Horstman’s faith that “people love lobster,” what could make the recently debuted costume a grand success? Well, not only is it “cute with furry claws” to tug at the heart strings, but it follows a long line of winning “funny food” costumes that show a lot of leg.
“It’s kind of last year’s sexy pizza costume,” Horstman says. While colleagues questioned whether women would want to parade around as a carbohydrate, the 2013 sexy pizza earned a segment on the Daily Show and a trip for the costume’s model to the Playboy Mansion’s Halloween party.
Although, Horstman admits that in spite of viral success, actual sexy pizza sales were only moderate.
The creative costuming industry can be tough. Not all of Horstman’s passion projects take off. In an interview last year, Horstman told Time his dreams of women buying Yandy’s sexy corn costume in bulk to “wear them together and go as a [sexy] corn field” never came to fruition.
But there’s no use dwelling on the past.
“We also just released the three-boobs girl,” Horstman says, touting a viral costume based on a viral news story. “We have a prosthetic middlebreast and a mesh top that she wore. I think, that’s one of the ones where I’m like, if you want to win a costume contest, you should buy this. But I guess that a lot of girls don’t want to win costume contests… Have we sold any?”
“A couple,” answers Yandy marketing director Sarah Chamberlain. “We’ve sold a couple.”
What are consumers thinking?
Captured by a dog, a cat, a cow, and a pair of pigs
Photographer Chris Keeney usually calls the shots for his images, but for his PetCam project, he took the unusual route of relegating the work of documenting everyday life according to 20 four-legged animals instead.
These include a Galloway cow from the Swiss Alps, a pair of miniature pot belly pig siblings from San Diego, and a tabby cat living in the Ore Mountains of Germany. For the series, he hung lightweight cameras on the animals’ collars and cowbells, with a shutter that went off at specified intervals of time ranging from split-seconds to many seconds.
One thing is for sure: looking at the world from the animals’ point of view, the world is really quite beautiful.
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These movie stars took gender performance to a cinematic new level. See if you can recognize the actresses and actors below after they’ve traded in their street clothes for wigs and new wardrobes.
Dexter star Michael C. Hall is dressing up in drag as he takes the stage on Broadway as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Take a look at other actors throughout the years who’ve dressed in drag for their roles.
From Nirvana to Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl’s documentary series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on HBO on Oct. 17. Take a look back at the frontman’s life in photos.
From Hello Kitty to The Nobel Piece Prize, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right
A new book explores extreme poverty on four continents
More than a billion people live on a dollar a day, but their lives can seem worlds apart for the more fortunate among us. In a new work of photojournalism, poverty activist Thomas A. Nazario and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Renée Byer document the lives of the world’s most impoverished in a series of profiles, charts and photographs.
In ten chapters, Living on a Dollar a Day moves across four continents each with a focus on different issues facing those living in extreme poverty. One chapter focuses on subsistence living, another on slums. We get a bit of a respite in the chapters “And Yet the Children Play” and “Hope.” It’s at times a sad experience, though moving nonetheless.
The book also serves as a call to action. Each chapter ends with information about how readers can get involved in the fight on poverty.
“I was humbled by the grace, generosity, fortitude and bravery of the hardworking men, women, and children who allowed me into their lives,” said Byer, who is the recipient of the prestigious International Photography Award, in a press release. “I hope you’ll look deeply into these photographs and let them change your life too.”
From Malala Yousafzai winning a Nobel Peace Prize and the return of Kim Jong Un to Ebola diagnoses in Dallas and Angelina Jolie becoming a Dame, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.