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The Paint-Splattered Look

Here’s your microtrend of the day: paint.

It started with this “Action-Painting Backpack” from Eastpak—a handsome take on an otherwise standard backpack. But no sooner did it appear in our RSS reader than a more ambitious project popped up, the one pictured to the left. It’s a full suit tailored from an artist’s drop cloth. That means those paint splatters are entirely random, just whatever drops happened to fall on the floor. The artist in question is Hugh O’Rourke, a New York-based painter who happens to be friends with the right bloggers-turned-tailors.

The drop cloth also means the fabric is a good deal rougher than what you’re used to from your tailor, but we’re guessing it goes over pretty well at gallery openings.

Sweating The Times, Steven Sale, Rude Boys, Raf is Busy

Pit Stop: The paper of record delves deep into the world of the underarm, weighing the pros and cons of antiperspirants. We, ourselves, sweat Dior Homme. [NYTimes]

Best Buy: Racked deals up an 80% off sale at Steven Alan. Run! [Racked]

Lagos Calling: Nerve's scandalicious photog Seige (Clayton James Cubitt) captures the collision of African and Rude Boy style. [Clayton Cubitt Online]

Simons Hits the Streets: Jil Sander designer Raf Simons hooks up with Brit sportswear line Fred Perry one week after inking a deal with Eastpak. [WWD]

Last Season's Girl: Woman doesn't buy new clothes for an entire year. Hell freezes. Heavens fall from sky. [The Independent]