Two New Sites of Note: Svpply and Mary Ping

A few newbies are joining the web and deserve a shout-out for their contributions thus far. Joining the ranks of the many designers doubling as bloggers these days (Prabal Gurung and Vena Cava among others) is Mary Ping of Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Ping’s newly launched blog features an array of general cultural content–lots of solid art, film and music nods in addition to fashion. Readers can also expect contributions from SASWTR’s various friends, like Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter. Soon-to-be awarded CFDA’s Eleanor Lambert Award, Hastreiter shares 10 things she’d put in a time capsule on the blog, including condoms, her signature red glasses and an LV ‘mirroire’ bag.

Also new to the web: Svpply–a shopping site that lets consumers construct their own virtual storefronts. “This truly unique shopping site allows users to create their own personalized stores made up of items they covet from any retail site, from books and clothing to housewares and beyond,” says Trend Central. Think of it as a ffffound-esque shopping cart with which you can share any of the various items currently piquing your interest. The site is sadly currently invite only but for now all storefronts are public so you can still peruse others’ favorite wares while you wait for access of your own.

A Solution to The Fur Debate

To wear fur or not to wear fur, a serious fashion question. Recently, Louis Vuitton used the controversial fabric as heel embellishment in its pre-fall collection, while anti-fur crusaders PETA put Michelle Obama on an ad reading “Fur-Free and Fabulous” without her permission. (The ads, which also pictured Tyra, Oprah and Carrie Underwood, have since been removed). Slate asked whether fake or real fur was more harmful to the environment and, Nylon‘s Faran Krentcil asked which was worse, fur or fast fashion, over at the Huffington Post.

As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to fur there is an easy answer: avoid it altogether and embrace Slow and Steady Wins the Race‘s adorable non-fur animal stoles instead. I recently came across these fantastic fur alternatives (which are being stocked at Opening Ceremony, StandUp Comedy and Creatures of Comfort). Not only do they come in a natural shade, black velvet and animal print, they’ll also never get you splattered in paint or heckled (especially come fashion week in February).