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After experimenting with "shop in shops" at Henri Bendel in New York and The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas over the past nine months, online dress and accessories rental company Rent the Runway is now planning to open its first freestanding store. The 1,700-square-foot space will

By now, it's old hat for brand-name designers to team up with discount retailers (Stella McCartney for H&M, Isaac Mizrahi for Target, Vera Wang for Kohl's, to name just a few). Target now plans to dip into a new pool of talent by partnering with three of Pinterest's top influencers. Joy Cho of Oh Joy, Jan Halvarson of Poppytalk and Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who, in addition to being Pinterest darlings also write fashion blogs or work in design in some capacity, will collaborate with the retailer on limited-edition collections of party items. 

Just browsing? That will cost you at some retailers. At Vera Wang's bridal boutique in Shanghai, consumers must fork over about $482 (or 3,000 yuan) for a 90-minute time slot to try on dresses, China's Global Times newspaper reports. The store isn't alone. At a Brisbane, Australia, specialty food store, shoppers have to pay $5 for just looking, according to a post on Reddit. "There has been high volume of people who use this store as a reference and then purchase goods elsewhere," the company's sign said.

/PRNewswire/ -- DITTO, an eCommerce site for designer eyewear that uses patent-pending 3D virtual fitting technology, today announced that it has closed $3 million in financing led by August Capital. Angel investors, friends and family also participated in the round. is a website that allows consumers to record a short video with their webcam to create a 3D virtual self, or "DITTO." Users can virtually try-on eyewear in 180-degree views to see how a particular style looks and fits their face before they make a purchase. also integrates social media features, allowing the user to post side-by-side

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