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Maya Lin's Final Public Memorial at The Cal Academy

Twenty-eight years ago, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial won artist Maya Lin instant fame at the tender age of 21 for her brilliantly unconventional approach to uniting a divided nation with a simple slab of black granite. This Thursday, the renowned sculptor and landscape architect will debut her last public memorial at the California Academy of Sciences right here in San Francisco. The permanent site-specific sound and media installation entitled “What Is Missing?” is the first of a multi-sited, multimedia art project committed to raising awareness about the global crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.

Link Love: Spiked Corsets, FashionTweek and Heidi Klum’s Derrière

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Agent Provocateur takes S&M to the next level with their haute couture spiked metal corset priced at $4,900 (ouch!). WSJ reports on this unique business plan that pays no mind to the recession.

Michael Franti, Alanis Morissette Brings Peaceful To The Park

It may not be 1967, but you can think of the 11th annual Power to the Peaceful Festival as a modern-day summer of love. Best known as Michael Franti’s pet project, the two-day music, yoga, art and action event is a weekend dedicated to service towards peace. The Bay Area-born musician has always carried a message of unity with his work and PTTP is an extension of that philosophy. It’s all about plugging the community into ways they can, as individuals, help people and the planet.

Link Love: New Balenciaga, Lindsay Lohan for Ungaro and Tyra Takes on the Web

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Always exquisite, View on Fashion brings us Steven Meisel’s Balenciaga shoot with celebrity muse Jennifer Connelly.

Lindsay Lohan takes post as “artistic advisor” for Ungaro, proving that the design house will do anything for the attention they’ve been craving. (via WWD)

Link Love: A Naughty Rihanna, Vibrating Gold and a Guide to Spring Collections

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Okay, so this is yesterday’s news but we’re still reeling over the simultaneously stunning and scary Rihanna shoot for September’s Italian Vogue. (via The Cut)

The timelessly sexy Chris Noth, otherwise known as Mr. Big or the detective on Law & Order, is now the face of men’s beauty. SassyBella says he’ll be the new spokesperson for Biotherm Homme.

Link Love: Men’s Vogue Outs Gay Men, Fashion Networking and Artsy Model Cards

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Men’s Vogue finds gay men kissing too controversial? But provocative images of a 12-year old Dakota Fanning are okay? Seems a bit backwards if you ask us. The Cut reports on the banning of Juergen Teller’s “racy” ads for Marc Jacobs.

Fashionista gives us their review on the new fashion networking site, Fashionair. You’ll know where to find us on our lunch breaks.

Link Love: Wax Ecstatic, Hobo Chic and Rodarte Film Endeavor

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Kate Moss gets a wax makeover for London Fashion Week. Come mid-September, Madame Tussauds UK will debut the statue’s new short haircut and gold evening gown. (via Vogue UK)

Nitro:licious gives us a quick preview of Jimmy Choo’s over-the-knee boot for H&M. We’re willing to fork over the $345 for this super sexy look.

Link Love: Milk Made, Mother Hen and Coco's Look

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Sustainable style is moving further into the future according to the Wall Street Journal's latest article on Norwegian designers' use of milk proteins to make clothing.

Which came first—the chicken or the egg? Have a look at Malvin's maternity fashion faux pas from last night's Project Runway. The Cut brings us a slideshow of all the designers' looks.

Link Love: Dress Yourself in Designer Bags, Invest in Gap and Listen to André Leon Talley

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The Frisky critiques W magazine’s take on homelessness. Hint: it involves dressing Sasha Pivovarova in designer bags.

In a ploy to convince Wall Street that Gap is a smart investment, the company sent their new 1969 designer jeans to traders on the floor. Clever marketing tactic, if you ask us. (via The Cut)

Link Love: DKNY Gets The Cut, Icy As Ever Anna and JPG Rumors Denied

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LVMH is unloading excess baggage and it sounds like DKNY is one of the brands on the chopping block. Fashionista shares details.

The Fug Girls comment on Anna’s icy Letterman appearance and The Cut brings us the YouTube video in case you missed the interview on TV last night.

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