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09/11/2013 at 12:13 PM ET

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— Back out like Beckham? Soccer stud David Beckham has reportedly pulled out of Union Street Café, Kitchen Nightmares’ Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurant that is set to open in London next week. [Eater]

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds spend their first anniversary surrounded by plates of fried chicken, homemade biscuits, macaroni and cheese, cabbage, meatloaf and butter beans. Sigh, sounds like the perfect night to us! [PEOPLE]

— How about some steak with that shake? McDonald’s restaurants have begun offering steak on any biscuit or bagel breakfast sandwich—yes, even on the McMuffin. [Huffington Post]

— Robot, we want a martini with two olives! The Monsieur, a new drink-swilling machine, can be programmed to pour and mix up to 300 different cocktails. [Thrillist]

— The iPhone 5C comes in a bunch of different colors? Well, so do these brightly-glazed eclairs!  [Yahoo!]

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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