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March 05, 2010

Becoming Fluff Chance


This weekend at the Oscars, one of the best parts will be seeing what the stars are wearing. Eric Gaskins used to design for actresses, but last year he embraced his alter ego Fluff Chance and began blogging about the fashion world full-time.

When Eric started writing about the ups and downs of the fashion biz, he wanted to be brutally honest, so he invented a pseudonym, Fluff Chance, a hairless cat that raked the industry over the coals. He caught almost everyone's attention. In the meantime, the recession was sinking his label, Eric Gaskins Design. Eric decided to go out with a bang. He outed himself as Fluff Chance just days before his business closed doors. It was then he learned that Fluff's blog was getting more attention than Eric's gowns. Eric talks to Dick Gordon about clawing his way into the fashion world, what it's like to dress actresses on the red carpet, and how he transformed into fashionista blogger extraordinaire. This story originally aired on September 29, 2009.

  • Read Eric's blog 
  • Look through Eric's design site



One of the films in the running for an Academy Award this weekend is the documentary The Cove, which captures the slaughter of dolphins off the coast of Japan.

Free-diving wife and husband duo Mandy-Rae Cruickshank and Kirk Krack have always felt a connection to the water. But it wasn't until they got involved with the filming of the documentary that they became environmentalists. Mandy-Rae and Kirk talk with Dick about the dangers they faced diving into dark waters to capture footage of a dolphin net operation. And the dangers they faced on land from officials determined to continue their lucrative practices. This story originally aired on August 28, 2009.

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