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‘White Day’ (March 14th) in Japan is when boys give some gifts back for the girls that gave them chocolates on Valentine’s Day. Many Japanese companies have taken advantage of this holiday to market their wares. Nintendo launched their original white DS Lite on White Day causing a huge spike in sales. Even Apple got into the spirit by suggesting that men buy engraved iPods for their better halves as a way of saying “Thanks for the chocolate!”

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Now Louis Vuitton Japan is now taking advantage of the occasion to market their brand toward brand conscious Japanese boys and girls with white roses… but not just ANY white roses. These Louis Vuitton monogrammed white roses are made of delicate white fabric and bears the distinctive LV monogram and symbols. This special LV rose is only available for a limited time and will cost 4000 yen each (about $35).

I guess a rose by any other name… just won’t do it on White Day.

Louis Vuitton Japan

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Gucci created a Limited Edition line entitled “8-8-2008” to commemorate the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Embracing the Chinese culture’s affection of the number “8” and the color “Red”, Creative director Frida Giannini’s collection comprises of 8 different bold red accessories: a $1,050 leather panda, a $3,420 bicycle, a $3,150 Mahjong set covered in red La Pelle Guccissima leather, a pair of $660 men’s and women’s sports shoes, a $445 sterling silver and enamel necklace inspired by military tags, and two pieces of luggage in La Pelle Guccissima, a leather duffel for $2,795 and a $995 leather messenger bag. A special edition $1,415 I-Gucci digital watch tops the collection off and will be the only item to be sold worldwide. The rest of the line will only be available in China starting this month.

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Enhanced in all the right places, the conceptual “Bay Watch” bikini life jacket doesn’t just save lives or look more fashionable than your traditional life jackets, but it will definitely increase your chances of being rescued by any selfless males in the area.

Bernstrand&Co
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John Maeda is well known for fusing abstract art with logical mathematics. Recently the artist, graphic designer, computer scientists, mathematician, and current professor at the prestigious MIT Media Lab collaborated with Reebok to further push the boundaries of both art and technology. The results is an incredible pair of sneakers – the Timetanium.

Using the Reebok Ventilator as the basis of the shoes, the exterior pattern of the Timetanium features Maeda’s original graphics that’s created from scratch utilizing his original mathematic algorithms and computer codes. In order to reflect the complexity of this process, the interior lining of the Timetanium shows the original, hand-written calculations by Maeda himself.

The sneaker will be released November 13th, as a limited edition of 100 pieces, and can be purchased on the Reebok Custom Page.

More detailed pictures after the jump.

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Fashion was brought to the Great Wall of China courtesy of Fendi as the fashion house transformed the world wonder into a catwalk during a fashion show in Beijing, China, last Friday. A total of 88 models displayed designs from Fendi’s Spring and Summer 2008 collection by designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Check out more amazing pictures over at Mainichi Daily News.

marioshoes.jpgGuess Nintendo is getting into the fashion industry. The house Mario built, teamed up with shoe company, Run Athletics, to release a pair of sneakers emblazoned with the Mario Bros. “M” on the tongue and a Power Star motif on the side. They even threw a launch party for the sneakers over at New York’s Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Place. There will only be 400 of these shoes released worldwide, so if you are willing to slap down $120US, head on over here before they’re sold out.Freshness Mag

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Check out these brilliantly designed zipper rings by Liron Braker, winner of the YKK Accessory award at ITS#SIX. Thanks to Marica over at WhyNOt? for the discovery.

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The ‘Red Ring of Death’ (RRoD) is synonymous with the Xbox360. So it’s amusing that Splitreason, a clothing company that does gaming related apparel, released this t-shirt that’s also a tip of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL. Can’t help but wonder what the Xbox 360 would say once it goes RRoD if it had the capability to speak.

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[From Digital Chosunilbo] – Honey Lee, Miss Korea 2006 and Miss Universe third runner-up 2007, poses for Hilfiger Denim, Tommy Hilfiger’s premium jeans brand, in the September edition of InStyle magazine. A spokesperson for the clothing brand said the company selected the Korean beauty since it believes that Lee’s cheerful and healthy look plus a positive, self-confident and intelligent image fit the message it wants to convey. During the shoot, Lee is said to have won the admiration of the crew.

More photos courtesy of Hilfiger Denim/Newsis after the jump.

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Adidas is doing Star Wars inspired sneakers called “The Force” pack as part of their Consortium project. The black sneaker is inspired by Darth Vader, the light colored kick is for Yoda. Grab them each for $150 this September.

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