Rock Out in a Beverly Hills, 90210 Concert T-Shirt

Though it dared to tackle topics like gun control, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, and bad '90s fashion, long-running teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 could hardly be accused of being “edgy.” Not that it didn’t try. When the “kids” (many of whom were pushing middle-age by the time the series ended in 2000) aged out of high school, they traded in their local burger joint (The Peach Pit) for its adjacent nightclub (The Peach Pit After Dark), which attracted the likes of Christina Aguilera, Edwin McCain, and Barenaked Ladies. It’s this latter hangout that inspired a new line of T-shirts from retro-loving apparel brands Patti Lapel and frank & jan.

"One of our creative team couldn't sleep one night. Tossing and turning. Half asleep, he decided to check out his iPhone," the Patti Lapel team tells mental_floss of the clothing's genesis. "While browsing the Internet and typing in ideas, he fell asleep. When it came time to wake up, there was a Judas Priest logo saved on his phone, with the words 'Jason Priestly' written underneath. Wasn't even something he remembered thinking. From there, the rest of the connections just fell into place. Actor God maybe?"

Dubbed the “After Dark” collection, the trio of tees reimagines the names of three of the show’s seminal actors in the style of iconic rock bands, blending Brian Austin Green with Red Hot Chili Peppers and turning Ian Ziering into Ian Zeppelin and the aforementioned Jason Priestley into Judas Priestley (“You’ll never look cooler walking around Beverly Hills rep’ing this homage to a classic rock band, who was also the star reporter for their strangely relevant high school newspaper,” promises the label.)

Customers who place their T-shirt orders—which the company suggests you wear "as part of any sort of ensemble that can make a 35-year-old adult appear to be a high school student. Or wear it when you first transfer schools from Minnesota"—before February 27 will get a free After Dark pin set thrown in, which will look perfect with your jean jacket. And you thought your “Donna Martin Graduates” T-shirt was the ultimate sign of 90210 fandom!

Images courtesy Patti Lapel.

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Why Do Wimbledon Players Wear All White?
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by James Hunt

Wimbledon's dress code is one of the most famous in sports. The rules, which specify that players must dress "almost entirely in white," are so strict that the referee can force players to change under threat of disqualification. In the past, many of the sport's top players have found themselves on the wrong end of this rule—but where did it come from?

It's believed that the rule stems from the 1800s, when tennis was a genteel sport played primarily at social gatherings, particularly by women. The sight of sweaty patches on colored clothing was considered to be inappropriate, so the practice of wearing predominantly white clothing—a.k.a. tennis whites—was adopted to avoid embarrassment. The All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, was founded in 1868 (initially as the All England Croquet Club) and introduced Lawn Tennis in 1875.

Quite simply, the club is just a stickler for tradition. Recently issued guidelines for clothing include statements such as "White does not include off-white or cream," that colored trim can be "no wider than one centimeter," and that "undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration)" are not allowed. That's right: even players' underwear has to be white.

The rules have rubbed many famous tennis players the wrong way. In 2013, former Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was told not to wear his orange-soled trainers after they were judged to have broken The All England Club's dress code. In 2002, Anna Kournikova was forced to replace her black shorts with a pair of white ones borrowed from her coach. And Andre Agassi refused to play at Wimbledon in the earlier years of his career because his signature denim shorts and garish tops were banned.

The all-white clothing rule isn't the only piece of baggage that accompanies Wimbledon's long history. It's the only Grand Slam tournament that's still played on a grass court, and the only one that schedules a day off on the middle Sunday of the tournament.

However, the club is not immune to change. In 2003 a long-standing tradition of requiring players to bow or curtsey to the Royal Box on the Centre Court was discontinued by the Duke of Kent (who also happens to be The All England Club's president) who deemed it anachronistic—though the requirement does stand if the Queen or Prince of Wales is in attendance—and in 2007 the prizes for the men's and women's tournaments were made equal. The all-white clothing rule may be annoying for players, but at least the club has shown it can change with the times in the areas where it really matters.

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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes

A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]


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