The week's top five stories in fashion news.
⋅ You're not the only one who thinks you'll look like a tech weenie in a pair of the new Google Glass augmented reality glasses—Google thinks so, too. To compensate for their computer engineers' utter lack of style sense, the tech behemoth is in talks with New York's own Warby Parker to create frames that are a bit more 2013 and a bit less 3013. (New York Times)
⋅ Can't we just let fashion's creepy uncle Terry Richardson philander in peace? This week, model Charlotte Free set feminism back about a hundred years with a Tumblr post explaining how the women he photographs should just suck it up and say no. And if they don't they're "stupid bitches," because it's easy when you're a young woman to say no to a charming, famous, rich photographer. The post has since been deleted. (Fashionista)
⋅ Brace yourself: the cash-hungry United States Postal Service is launching a fashion line. Now your dreams of high-wasted, polyester Bermuda shorts can come true! Because they literally can't find any other way to make money, the USPS has licensed a men's fashion line to Cleveland-based apparel company Wahconah Group. Don't worry ladies, women's isn't far behind. (CNN)
⋅ In other oddball fashion news, basketball fanatics can now wear their favorite old-school player thanks to the NBA Legends Collection socks line from Stance. The socks feature iconic images of Larry Bird, Bill Walton, Dr. J, and other legendary b-ball icons. They're certainly great examples of craftsmanship—who knew you could put such photo-realistic prints on socks? If you're looking for a great statement accessory to complement your short-shorts for an off-duty '70s basketballer vibe, your wish has been granted. (Forbes)
⋅ As the Fall 2013 women's shows carry on in Europe, the men's market concluded yesterday with PROJECT and MRket in Las Vegas. Both were big successes. PROJECT president Tom Fazio created Mvmnt, a new market designated for young men's brands at the Mandalay Bay Resort, while the Venetian MRket showcased more traditional, retail-friendly brands. WWD has the complete scoop on the "Vegas Vanguards." (WWD)
—Todd Plummer. Follow him at @toddkingston.