THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A prep for the ages: James Spader as Steff in Pretty in Pink. Story by Anne Pringle. 

Prep in his step 
The last couple of years have shown increasing numbers of sportswear labels and nautical themes coming back to runways. One thing this meant for fashion: preppy is back. Hilfiger took advantage of the timing and just sold Tommy Hilfiger to the clothing conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen for $3 billion. (NY Times)

Tan ban  
A new study shows that female students were more likely to stop or reduce tanning after hearing the negative effects sun exposure can have on one’s appearance (dry, leathery skin), as opposed to the negative health implications (skin cancer). Some places are taking the issue seriously: New York state is on its way to passing a “Teen Tan Ban”, which will prohibit fake tanning before age 18. The bottom line – you can never go wrong with a little SPF! (NY Mag)

Curve appeal 
British magazine Healthy, known for promoting “health and wellbeing,” revealed having airbrushed their cover model to appear larger than she actually was. Apparently, the model looked too thin in the clothes, and they wanted her to look curvier and, well, healthier! (Daily Mail)

Buyer beware 
A recent English study has proven a strong correlation between chemicals found in hair dye and liver disease. The survey (which studied over 5,000 participants) discovered that women who colour their hair were 37 percent more likely to develop an early form of liver cirrhosis. Need we more reasons to try eco-friendly, natural options? (Style List)

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