Surprise! Starbucks Announces Two New Frappucino Flavors For End of Summer

08/27/2015 at 09:52 AM ET


Update: Summer is not, in fact, over.

Starbucks, perhaps feeling bad that they’d rushed the advent of fall by inciting pumpkin spice mania, announced that they’re releasing two new frappucino flavors, which will be available now until September 7.

The new frappucinos, dubbed “The Last Sips of Summer,” will come in Strawberry Shortcake and Blackberries & Crème flavors. The Strawberry Shortcake includes strawberries, strawberry juice, vanilla bean, hazelnut syrup, milk, and ice, and the Blackberries and Crème includes blackberries, vanilla bean, milk, and ice, with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping.

RELATED: We Tasted Starbucks’ New Pumpkin Spice Latte … And Here’s What We Think

“Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is one week later this year,” Starbucks says on its website, offering the two flavors as a way to “celebrate the bonus week of summer.”

We’re excited to taste the new blends, which are both made with real berries, before we switch over to PSLs and never look back. (Until peppermint mocha season, obviously.)

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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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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