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Headline of the Week!

Who knew overpriced swimwear could be so entertaining?

"Protective army for diamond-studded bathing suit".

It just contains so many elements, doesn't it? A bathing suit, diamonds, the strange but alluring notion of a protective army for an inanimate object. We have Sabah, a Turkish newspaper, to thank for this story -- which comes from the front line of Istanbul Fashion Days. That's right, not Istanbul Fashion Week, just Days. I don't know if they're being commendably literal or just couldn't quite summon the energy to stretch to a week. But I quite like that they call it Days. Call a spade a spade, for heaven's sake.

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