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At newly launched fashion social networking site Shoutfit, users can post profiles about themselves and their style, share photos of favorite outfits and...

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Style School
At newly launched fashion social networking site Shoutfit, users can post profiles about themselves and their style, share photos of favorite outfits and items they wished they owned, and rate and rank each other on how stylish they are. In a recent poll, member Trisha asked others to vote on which of two minidresses she should buy for spring. In the Trends section, Shoutfit’s some 800 users post and discuss examples of what’s in.

The Raw and The Cooked
Angel Chang’s second collection played with the savage and the civilized, using three colors of thermochromatic ink on pleated georgette to create a nude effect overlayed with a printed camouflage pattern. A velvet jacket was trimmed with sewn-in iPod controls, and touches of fur were perfumed or sprinkled with tiny fiber-optic lights.

Fashion Finder
Shopstyle is a high-style search engine just for fashion. Search for “navy flats,” “silk dress” or “Jill Stuart” and you can quickly and easily browse the wares on more than 30 sites as diverse as Dillard’s, Anthropologie, Forever 21, Yoox and Barneys New York. Clean-looking images scroll by at record speed and shoppers can bookmark favorite looks.

Tease, Please
Artist and designer Alison Lewis created the Tease purse for the Switch online show she curates on fashion, design and technology (at Iheartswitch.com). She hacked a $5 white leather purse from Target with a light and a 9-volt battery so the light comes on when the purse is opened.

DIY Real World
Etsy, the online marketplace for everything homemade and crafty — from hand-knitted scarves to oil paintings — has opened Etsy Labs in its new offices in Brooklyn, in a former bank. There will be classes on papermaking for Valentine’s Day, afternoon tea every Wednesday, a book club and movies on Thursday nights. Also sharing the space are other do-it-yourself avatars, including editors from Make and Craft magazines and the creators of online sewing community Burda Style.

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