New Recession Trend: Wearing Cardboard

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Iconoclast Tom Binns originally debuted his "Faux Real" collection as the more affordable, costume jewelry alternative to your standard rubies-and-emeralds. But as we all know, These Economic Times call for something even cheaper than $700 Swarvoski cuffs. StyleFile recently broke news of his latest tongue-in-cheek collection, "Get Real," which consists of magazine clippings of necklaces, earrings, and rings, laminated in plastic, closed off with a safety pin, and retailing at $125. But lest you find the idea of wearing paper around your neck comical, just wait 'til you get your poor, broke feet into Michael Leavitt's cardboard kicks. The Seattle-based artist has created sturdy replicas of all your favorite shoes, like Converse, Dunks, and a pointy pink stiletto, all supposedly wearable. The cardboard cut-outs serve a dual purpose: You can buy them and call it "Art" (he's debuting the objects at Fuse Gallery from March 21 through April 18, dubbing the exhibit "Safe Art"), or put them on your feet for high comical effect. And we thought Karl Lagerfeld's paper headdresses for Chanel were getting crafty with it. (StyleFile, TrendLand)