July 2022

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Designer Kunal Rawal talks about his brand philosophy, his inspiration | Way of life

New Delhi: Renowned menswear designer Kunal Rawal’s mood board may change every season, but some elements remain intact: versatility, gender fluidity and functionality.

Her recent couture outing at FDCI India Couture Week 2022 also marked her 15 years in the industry. Drawing inspiration from our diverse cultures and traditions, her collection, “Dear Men,” was dominant in structured pieces finished with exquisite embroidery and clever layering. Actor Arjun Kapoor closed the designer’s show in a tonal sherwani.

In an exclusive chat with IANSlife, Rawal spoke about his brand philosophy, inspiration and the things that matter.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

We are a contemporary luxury brand that places great importance on functionality. We don’t like to lock our product into a certain aesthetic – we want to cater to everyone.

Men’s fashion is undergoing a healthy turn. What is the trend according to you?

There are always new and different trends emerging. However, being true to your own style is something that truly reigns supreme. Covid has made us look deeper into our lives and as a result we have become more in tune with ourselves. People dress for themselves and don’t just follow fashions. Mood Dressing is also important – people wear what makes them happy. Finally, I think of functionality, because people are looking for luxurious and versatile products. They want something that gives them more value for their money; something that can be reused and reused.

Your stylistic inspiration?

I am inspired by the people I see or with whom I interact. It’s a very layered approach, but we try to work that into our storyline. India has such an authentic street style that is so fascinating. Each state has a different language, culture and dress. Plus, I’m hugely inspired by Mumbai – its people, its architecture, its sea, and everything in between.

Please elaborate on phosphorescent technology.

As a brand, we like to play with technology. Since childhood I have been fascinated by textiles, what more can be created and what can be done using technology. We have been exploring the phosphorescent collection for a year and a half and playing with the pigments and mixing them with our threads to create unique hand embroideries. It was very fun !

Your top three best dressed?

Well, that keeps changing. I think a lot of people dress well. Ranveer Singh because he dresses according to his mood and for himself. Top Gun’s Miles Teller dresses really cool. And, I don’t dress too badly myself at the moment. So maybe me?

What is your vision of sustainable fashion?

It is the need of the hour. As a brand, we have always believed in conscious production. Today more than ever, the industry is moving towards sustainability. Additionally, consumers are making ethical choices – this will automatically curb fast fashion. I think the conversation around sustainability has been so strong over the past few years in India that it’s now more than just a concept. We have customers who want to know more about the product, materials, sourcing, etc.

What have been your lessons from the pandemic?

It was difficult for everyone. The new normal has put a lot of things into perspective. It taught me to have a plan A and a plan B – something I had never believed in before. It is important to have a solid backup plan in place. Another great learning was “concentration”. There’s so much to do and there always will be, but until you prioritize and focus on the things that matter, you won’t see movement.

What future plans for the brand?

Well, there is so much to do because our 15 year journey has been about finding acceptance for our aesthetic, pushing the boundaries of contemporary Indian menswear. While we’ve made our mark and have a strong and discernable consumer base, I feel like we haven’t even scratched the surface when it comes to design.

Therefore, we will focus on growing our aesthetic and applying it to different types of clothing and other products. We cater to occasions and functions and yet our range is so diverse – from modern luxury to deeply rooted traditional. We plan to build on that aesthetic and bring it to people who relate to it.

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5 essential bottoms in your wardrobe | fashion trends

Stockings are an essential part of women’s clothing as they make up around 50% of outfits. Having durable, classic pieces in your wardrobe adds variety, makes dressing easier, faster, and also helps you save money. So whether you prefer skirts or sweatpants, take a look at these must-have bottoms for women and add them to your wardrobe to complement your personal sense of style.

1. Wide Leg Pants

It is currently one of the most demanded garments. They are flattering, lightweight and comfortable. Instead of skirts or dresses, it can be a great alternative. You can pair it with shirts, kurtis, crop tops and t-shirts. There’s something for every style and dress code, including pairs with patterned designs, pull-on choices, and waist belts.

2. Ripped Jeans

Every woman should own a pair of fashionable ripped jeans. They are durable and suitable for all seasons, whether it is hot, rainy, summer or cold. There are many kinds of ripped jeans, from heavily worn jeans to distressed ankle-length denim. They are simple to style; you can wear them with a crop top, leather jacket, kurta, loose sweater, etc.

3. Leather pants

The leather pants trend is one that is not going away any time soon. They are ideal for a cold night. Straight leg, high waisted, slim and slim fit leather pants are just a few of the many styles available. Leather joggers or leggings are also available. Although black leather pants are the most popular models, they can also be found in brown, beige, white, red and navy blue. They instantly give any garment a more chic party vibe and can elevate it. They look best when worn with a fitted blazer, a slim jacket, a simple white t-shirt or a brightly colored turtleneck.

4. Cargo pants

Cargo pants are the ideal choice for you if you prefer fashionable comfort. They are comfortable yet stylish. They usually come with plenty of pockets and are great for everyday use. They are trendy and can be used for clubbing or just hanging out with your friends. They are mainly preferred in traditional colors such as beige or black, but if you want to experiment, you can opt for a bright color such as red or purple. They are usually worn with a t-shirt, crop top or tank top. They look best with sneakers.

5. Pencil skirts

The name “pencil skirt” refers to the item’s distinctive cut style. Fashion and practicality are combined in women’s pencil skirts. One of the greatest qualities of pencil skirts is one of the greatest qualities of pencil skirts. The same skirt can be worn in different ways as the design, fabric and attitude can vary wildly. Fabrics and prints have a significant impact on the look of the outfit as a whole. You will never go out of style if your wardrobe includes pencil skirts.

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Ranveer Singh hugs Deepika Padukone as they walk the ramp at Mijwan 2022

Deepika Padukone looked royal as she walked the ramp with Ranveer Singh at the Mijwan Fashion Show 2022 in Mumbai on Friday. From holding hands to Ranveer kissing Deepika as they starred at the star-studded event, the couple’s PDA was one of the highlights of Mijwan 2022. The couple wore outfits by fashion designer Manish Malhotra during the annual gala, which returned with its first edition in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh Represent ‘Glam and Power’, Shabana Azmi Says of Mijwan’s Latest Hits

Many celebrities including Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Vidya Balan, Nora Fatehi and Ishaan Khatter were spotted in the audience at the fashion show organized by Shabana Azmi in association with her NGO Mijwan Welfare Society. In one of the most emotional moments from the fashion show, Ranveer could be seen walking towards her mother Anju Bhavnani, who was seated in the front row near Gauri and Ishaan. The actor leaned in to kiss her before touching her feet. Fans reacted to Ranveer’s sweet gesture and commented on their video shared by a paparazzi account on Instagram. “Bahut sanskari hain (He is well cultured),” one person wrote. Another said, “Ranveer is a great actor and a nice human being.”

Meanwhile, many paparazzi and social media fan pages have shared images of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer’s ramp. In some videos, the actors were seen walking hand-in-hand as spectators amid cheers from the audience. As they posed on the ramp together, Ranveer was seen kissing Deepika on the cheek as the two smiled. Ranveer was dressed in a black sherwani with white embroidery and sported a ponytail. While Deepika wore a glamorous white and gold lehenga with heavy embellishments and a statement necklace.

Deepika also shared photos of herself and Ranveer from their special night. In a series of photos she posted to Instagram, the actors posed together in their Manish Malhotra looks. In one of the photos, Deepika and Ranveer looked lost in each other’s eyes. In another, the couple showed off the elaborate designer outfits.

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone walked the ramp together in Manish Malhotra looks at Mijwan 2022.

Ranveer and Deepika have become stars for Manish Malhotra, who presented his latest collection at the Mijwan Fashion Show 2022, hosted by Shabana Azmi. In a recent interview, the veteran actor said the couple represented “glamour, power and courage” and their Mijwan fashion show was the “biggest event yet”. While praising Deepika and Ranveer, Shabana told Mid-day. “Deepika is sensitive to the cause of empowering women and girls. Individually and together, they represent glamour, power and courage.

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Live Updates: Procter & Gamble warns of consumer reluctance to accept price hikes


Colgate-Palmolive raised its full-year guidance after pledging to pass on rising raw material and logistics costs by further raising prices for its products.

The consumer goods group, whose brands include Speed ​​Stick deodorant and Softsoap, raised its forecast for full-year organic sales growth by 1 percentage point to between 5 and 7%, but maintained its net sales growth forecast in the 1-4% range.

The toothpaste maker reported second-quarter net sales up 5.5% to $4.48 billion, above analyst estimates of $4.35 billion, according to a Refinitiv poll, and up 5.5% year-on-year. Organic sales increased 9%, with growth across all divisions.

Colgate reported higher raw material, packaging and logistics costs in the quarter, as well as a 3.5% negative impact on net sales due to currency volatility .

“We have acted boldly on pricing and are accelerating our plans to manage revenue growth, including additional pricing, for the remainder of the year,” chief executive Noel Wallace said in a statement.

On a call with analysts, he said price increases would be “broad across the world” in the second half.

“It’s an unpredictable environment relative to where we see consumers moving, where we see inflation moving,” he said. “But the good news is that we took the awards and have other awards planned around the world for the second half.”

The New York-based company reported diluted earnings of 72 cents per share, better than forecast 71 cents.

Colgate is the latest consumer goods company to pass on rising inflationary costs to customers, following moves by Nestlé, Kraft Heinz, Danone and Unilever.

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This brand of granola is causing a stir on social networks

To say that advertising executive Tom Bannister loves granola is a huge understatement. What started as a simple appreciation of breakfast cereals has become “true love” (his words!) over the years. Whenever he traveled with his wife Eva Chen, they always made it a point to sample the local granola. “I’ve had granola from Tokyo to Detroit and everywhere in between,” Bannister said. Chen, the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram and a fashion influencer in her own right, was filming tongue-in-cheek TED Talk-style Instagram stories of him criticizing granola.

Unable to find the perfect granola (and with more free time due to a global pandemic), Bannister began making his own with the “help” of his three children and Tom’s Perfect 10 was born. When he first launched the subscription-based Flavor of the Month Granola Club, he had a waiting list of over 17,000 people and became known as the “Birkin of Granolas”. Beyond launching a new flavor each month, the brand is unique in that it includes a scorecard that allows customers to rate the granola out of 10 in six categories that include taste and creativity. Once monthly flavors run out, they are gone forever, but exceptional flavors that score a perfect 10 become permanent and will still be available for purchase. “I was overwhelmed with the responses, advice and general encouragement I received from followers on IG on this granola-making journey,” Bannister said. Since the brand’s launch in October 2020, more than 50,000 orders have been fulfilled, representing approximately 15 tons of granola.

To date, there are 20 flavors of Tom’s Perfect 10 granola, the newest of which is Island Acai. Only three flavors earned a perfect 10: Ginger Zing, Classic, and Golden Apple Cider, though Bannister notes that Black and White Matcha came very close. Other past flavors include Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate Peppermint (his wife’s favourite), Horchata Fig, Blackberry Chai, Flaming Chocolate, Piña Colada, Mangonada, Last Tango (a tangy blend of strawberry, kiwi and balsamic vinegar) , Salted Caramel, Black Forest, Smoky Chocolate, Tea My Dear (bergamot, dried lemon and yogurt) and Chai Colada.

“I find inspiration everywhere,” Bannister said. “Tea My Dear was inspired by Sting’s song an Englishman in New York, stroll around New York and browse the local tea shops. I try to make my flavors seasonal; the flavor this July was Chai Colada and last July we did Mangonada. I like to use unique ingredients and spices and try to surprise my audience with unusual pairings and flavor combinations. Sometimes it works, and other times it’s a little too experimental for people’s tastes.

I had the opportunity to connect with Bannister and chat about all things granola and Tom’s Perfect 10. I’ll let him take it from here.

Abigail Abesamis Demarest: Tell me about the brand name and your obsession with “perfect” granola flavors.

Tom Banister: We felt the name Tom’s Perfect 10 reflected the story behind the brand. It’s a nod to the granola TOMtalks I used to do, which always ended in a score. My wife and I are both storytellers. Eva is a children’s book writer and former fashion editor and I’m a producer. We’ve spent most of our career in the creative arts, so we see brands, products and the world through the lens of stories. I believe there is a perfect granola for everyone!

The heart of the brand is the story of my journey to discover that perfect granola and invite people to take the tour. But I also think the brand is flawed. I am not a great cook. I learned to do it in public outside of my comfort zone, so in many ways, Tom’s Perfect 10 is about accepting being imperfect. It took me a long time to learn to be comfortable with being imperfect and unmanicured on Instagram’s very public forum.

Demarest: What does the R&D process look like? How far in advance should flavors be finalized?

Ramp: Sometimes it’s easy and I nail the recipe on the first try (Piña Colada was an example). Other times, I might find myself making the recipe 20 times until I get it right (like Baby Blue, a flavor I made in honor of the birth of my son River). Other factors also come into play, such as the availability of bulk ingredients and preparation time. My wife and I once personally zested 300 lemons – never again! My wife Eva always tells me not to think too much. Sometimes you can get attached to an idea. For example, I’ve always wanted to make a granola inspired by a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, but I just can’t get the flavors in this cocktail to work like a granola. I’ll also be totally honest – I had a flop or two too. I made a smoky chocolate flavor that was polarizing (some people like a salty chocolate some don’t like a smoky vibe) and a recipe I made last summer called Last Tango with Strawberries and balsamic vinegar was not as popular. The nature of the feedback loop and dashboard process allowed me to improve my granola making skills much faster.

At some point, I refine two or three different flavors. It’s late July now and we’re charting through September. As we continue the process, I imagine that I will work further!

Demarest: For you, what makes a perfect granola?

Ramp: My “perfect” granola is less about a flavor profile and more about the texture and joy of each bite. Each bite should be unique and have a unique taste. No bite should be the same, almost like a little mini adventure for the taste buds. I tried to capture that feeling in the marketing and storytelling around our “Classic” flavor. I consider Classic an almost all-American taste road trip and close to what most would consider “perfect”. It’s wholesome but still slightly adventurous with chocolate, cherries and golden raisins. There is also a touch of cinnamon, which gives a mystical touch.

Demarest: What’s your favorite way to enjoy granola?

Ramp: I’m a granola purist and tend to eat it alone, in handfuls. I can’t lie, our apartment has a thin layer of granola crumbs on the floor at all times, but I think that comes down to testing the product frequently.

Demarest: What’s next for Tom’s Perfect 10?

Ramp: I’m not one to dominate the world, I love creating things that people enjoy. We’re starting to think about retail partnerships, but in a similar way to how we got started. We want to start small and make decisions based on what suits the core of the brand. We also have fun collaborations with like-minded brands in the fall. And we have our first holiday launch coming up! This trip has been so unexpected for us and truly so fun and rewarding. I never thought I would turn my granola obsession into an actual product that thousands of people enjoy.

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I’m a fashion fan and had an amazing summer Tesco transport and everything looked so beautiful and is mega easy to style

WITH summer in full swing, fashion fans are looking for stylish outfits that are also comfortable in the heat.

Now a fashionista has revealed how she managed to strike the perfect balance with her awesome Tesco summer style.


Chloe was a huge fan of her Tesco transportCredit: glowybychloe/Tik Tok

Chloe Mitchell, who regularly shares style videos on social media including the outfit of the day, got her hands on Florence and Fred’s latest looks.

Chloe, whose TikTok profile is @glowybychloe, then shared the different outfits with her 395,000 followers trying on each one and giving her feedback.

First up, Chloe stepped out in a pair of boldly patterned monochrome wide leg pants.

She said: “I knew I was going to love them – absolutely gorgeous.”

Chloe then added that they scored extra points because they were extremely easy to style.

She explained, “These are flowy pants and with a black tank top, I think it will be really nice.”

And it was exactly the same for the next item of clothing – an orange and pink patterned shirt.

While Chloe said it wasn’t her usual style, she said it would work perfectly once styled.

She continued: “I’m considering – what am I going to say? – a white tank top, denim shorts and having it either off the shoulder or tucked in a bit.

A similar pattern was also featured when Chloe tried on a dress, and once again she was won over.

Although she pointed out that she would have an additional fan that she could complement more – her mother.

Elsewhere, Chloe also splurged on a “stunning” green, satiny, ruched skirt that she said she was “obsessed with”.

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She also gave a big thumbs up to a red spaghetti strap summer dress that was light and flowy.

She concluded: “I love, love, love everything about this dress. I literally love the way [the middle] waist swans.

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“I love everything about it.”

Chloe’s followers were also big fans of Tesco clothing, saying each outfit was super flattering and made her look “stunning”.

Chloe said she was thrilled to style the shirt


Chloe said she was thrilled to style the shirtCredit: glowybychloe/Tik Tok
The green skirt was a big hit


The green skirt was a big hitCredit: glowybychloe/Tik Tok
The patterned shirt dress was also talked about


The patterned shirt dress was also talked aboutCredit: glowybychloe/Tik Tok
Chloe left the best to last with her favorite red dress


Chloe left the best to last with her favorite red dressCredit: glowybychloe/Tik Tok
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9 fashion designers who created costumes for movies

Fashion and cinema have always been interconnected over the decades. It’s no secret that costume design is an important part of filmmaking. A well-designed costume can bring characters to life, transport the viewer to another time or place, and most importantly lend integrity to a director’s creative vision. Additionally, well-executed costumes can have a huge impact on how a movie looks. Take Breakfast at Tiffany’sfor example: despite being filmed in the 60s, the costumes remain timeless and modern and still as fashionable as ever, and undoubtedly cemented the film’s reputation as a Hollywood romantic classic.

Over the years, several top fashion designers have lent their creativity to film, from French couturiers to high-end shoe designers. In some cases, costume design launched their American careers, and some were already established designers before making the leap to filmmaking. In any case, these artists have definitely marked Hollywood. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s futuristic cuisine to Miuccia Prada’s reimagining of a Shakespearean classic to Paco Rabanne’s otherworldly wonders, the creativity of these designers knows no bounds. To commemorate these top designers and their incredible contribution to cinematic history, we’ve put together a list of nine groundbreaking films and the famous fashion designers who brought the costumes to life. Here are nine fashion designers who have created costumes for movies.

9 Jean Paul Gaultier – The Fifth Element

Whereas jean paul Gaultier collaborated on several films throughout his career, the most notable being Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi thriller The fifth Element. Not only has the film itself become cult, but so have Gaultier’s innovative costumes. Tasked with designing the costumes for the four main characters, Gaultier exceeded expectations when he designed over 1,000 costumes for the film, paying attention to the main cast and extras. His work on the film won him a second César for best costume. If you want to relive the fashion extravaganza, you can see the film in theaters this year for its 25th anniversary.


8 Hubert de Givenchy – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is based on a short story of the same name by Truman Capote, which follows the life of elegant but fickle socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) as she falls in love with her neighbor and struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Although the movie itself is a classic, there’s no denying that it gets most of its notoriety from its chic and feminine fashion. Key elements of Hepburn’s wardrobe in the film were designed by Hepburn’s friend and Parisian fashion designer Hubert de Givenchyincluding the long black evening dress in the film’s opening sequence which is widely considered to be one of the most iconic fashion pieces in history.

seven Tom Ford – Specter

Aspiring author and fashion designer Tom Ford collaborated with costume designer Jany Temime on the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Spectrum, in which Daniel Craig’s Bond reveals the existence of an underground criminal organization called Spectre. Temime discussed his partnership with Ford in a 2015 interview with Squirestating, “It’s very good for me because I can design whatever I want and he just does what I like. Because he’s a director himself, he respects the role of the costume designer a lot.”

Related: A Single Man and Nocturnal Animals: How Tom Ford Went From Designer to Director

6 Giorgio Armani – American Gigolo

Giorgio ArmaniFilm’s love affair began with designing Paul Schrader’s 1980 film wardrobe american gigolo. The film’s main protagonist, Julian Kaye, embodied the spirit of an Armani man, and the film’s influence would go on to help launch Armani’s career in America. The famed designer would continue to work in film throughout his career and would go on to design costumes for the 1980s television series. miami viceand movies like The Incorruptibles, The bodyguard, The wolf of Wall Street, and inglorious bastards, to name a few. The film recently inspired a TV series remake on Showtime, also called american gigolowith Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye.

5 Paco Rabanne – Barbarella

Designate Paco Rabanne was one of the co-creators of the 1960s space age fashion movement. Who better to design the costumes for Barbarelle, which follows a futuristic astronaut on a mission to save the galaxy from evildoers. Rabanne’s inventive costumes, including skin-tight jumpsuits, chainmail mini-dresses and metallic boots, have become as iconic as the film itself.

4 Miuccia Prada – Romeo and Juliet

Miuccia Prada collaborated with director Baz Luhrmann on several of his films including Romeo and Juliet, Gatsby the magnificent, and Luhrmann’s latest film Elvis. Prada, the creative director behind Miu Mui and Prada, first worked with Luhrmann in Romeo and Juliet design Juliet’s signature white dress and angel wings, and Romeo’s navy blue wedding suit. On their second collaboration for Gatsby the magnificent, Prada revamped 40 dresses from its archives to feature in the film and recreated a dress from their Spring/Summer 2010 collection to feature on star Carey Mulligan. The infamous pair teamed up again recently for Elvis to recreate the iconic King of Rock n’ Roll costumes.

Related: Best Costume Design In Baz Luhrmann Movies, Ranked

3 Christian Dior – Stage fright

Christian Dior took advantage of his friendship with Stage fright leading lady Marlene Dietrich, who insisted that director Alfred Hitchcock hire Dior to outfit her for the film with the famous words “No Dior. No Dietrich!”. With that, Dior would continue to dress the German-American actress in its popular “new look” silhouette which featured nipped-in waists and flared-skirted dresses.

2 Coco Chanel – Last Year in Marienbad

famous designer Coco Chanel has a long history of involvement in film. According vanity lounge, film mogul Samuel Goldwyn of United Artists believed that “women went to the movies to see how other women dressed”, and so in 1931 he offered Chanel a whopping million-dollar contract to outfit his Hollywood starlets, both on and off screen, convinced she would bring class back to Hollywood. In 1961, she resumed the role of costume designer for the film Last year in Marienbadwhich features gorgeous dresses made from luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, tulle and lace, with its signature bead detailing of course.

1 Manolo Blahnik – Marie Antoinette

The name Manolo Blahnik stands for high fashion footwear. While the well-established designer designed shoes for big names such as Twiggy and Bianca Jagger in the 70s, Blahnik’s popularity grew in the 90s due to the increased visibility of popular television series. absolutely fabulous and sex and the city. In 2006, Blahnik will lend his creative forces to Sofia Coppola’s visual masterpiece Marie Antoinette. The veteran designer’s stunning period shoes paired beautifully with Oscar-winning costumes by Italian costume designer Milena Canonero.

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French clothing retailer Decathlon launches rental service

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Decathlon is there with a rental service to make a range of sports products more accessible and affordable.

The French clothing retailer’s decision should help Britons in this tough cost of living crisis.

Notably, customers can “pay as you go” on the service which bills every 24 hours, instead of hourly.

Here it should be clarified that the first 24 hours – for a kayak – are charged at £30, then only £15 on the second day.

On subsequent days it’s £10 per day. A one week rental would therefore cost 56p per hour.

Although the service is currently available in London, Poole, Glasgow and Southampton, it will soon be rolled out to other stores.

Decathlon is offering products such as stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks and e-bikes as part of its new rental service to make it more accessible to shoppers.

The retailer believes that its mission is not only to make the sport more accessible to as many people as possible, but also to offer rental services in the most environmentally friendly way.

With over 1,697 stores in 60 countries and regions, Decathlon is the world’s largest sporting goods retailer.

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7-Eleven Continues Brainfreeze Season With Snack-Inspired Fashion Collabs

IRVING, TX, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To keep fans feeling hot and cool this Brain Freeze Season™, 7-Eleven, Inc. launches unexpected and exclusive collaborations with fan-favorite snack and drink brands to bring wardrobes to an ELEVEN. Customers who purchase products participating in 7Eleven®, Speedway® Where Stripes® stores can win bespoke apparel and accessories inspired by the snacks they know and love.

Are you looking for a unique companion? Sneakerheads are in for a treat as a few lucky customers will win a personalized pair of adorable (and unique!) kicks, including:

  • Slurpee® x What the Fanta: Conceived by Jake Danklefs by Dank & Co.these trainers are adorned with Slurpee drink branding and shapes that mimic splashing water.
  • 7-Eleven x Dunkaroos™: Nostalgic for the 90s? These kicks, designed by partner creative agency Select and hand painted by Tyler Wallachfeature Fred, the brand’s iconic frozen drink mascot, surrounded by confetti-like designs.
  • shoe surgeon x Reese: These shoes are as irresistible as the candy itself – with orange mesh panels, chocolate colored sides and a peanut butter colored ankle panel with a button pocket.

Do you care more about the “fit?” Customers also have a chance to win a show inspired by break dancing Red Bull BC One capsule featuring Fred, complete with hoodie, drawstring backpack and hat to keep fans dancing all summer long. Or, add a little spice with the Flamin’Hot x Braille Collectionincluding a crew neck sweatshirt, hat, skateboard and shoes with flame print laces.

“Brainfreeze Season is our opportunity to help our customers quench their thirst for Slurpee drinks…music…and, of course, fashion,” said Marissa Jarratt, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of 7-Eleven. “We know our customers are always on the cutting edge of culture and style, and are looking for ways to connect even more closely with the brands they love – so what better way to reward our loyal fans than with these one-of-a-kind pieces. drawings?”

For a chance to win, 7‑Eleven, Speedway or Stripes customers must purchase certain items through the 7Rewards® and Quick Rewards® loyalty programs or via 7NOW® delivery. Participating products include Big Gulp® fountain drinks, Slurped drinks, Red Bull, Fanta, Reese’s, Dunkaroos, all Doritos, Ruffles and Cheetos varieties, and more. Even better, when customers purchase the featured product on their 7-Eleven and Speedway app each week, they earn double entries for a double chance to win*.

For more details on how fashionistas can pull off the hottest looks of the season, visit or download the 7-Eleven and Speedway apps from the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting Where

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Begin 05/25/22 at 00:00:01 CT & ends 09/06/22 at 23:00:00 CT. Open to legal residents of the United States physically residing in the 50 United States or DC ages 13 and older (minors must have parental consent to participate). Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Sponsor: 7-Eleven, Inc. For complete rules, free and other methods of entry, complete prize details and restrictions, see the official rules at

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name in the convenience retail industry. Situated at Irving, TX7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 13,000 stores in the United States and Canada. In addition to 7-Eleven® stores, 7-Eleven, Inc. operates and franchises Speedway®, Stripes®, Laredo’s Taco Company® and Raise the Roost® Chicken and Cookies Locations. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded to premium sandwiches, salads, sides, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings and mini beef tacos. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private label products under the 7-Select™ brand, including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites at an exceptional value. Customers can earn and redeem points on various items at stores nationwide through its 7Rewards® loyalty program with over 50 million members, place an order in the 7NOW® delivery app in over 2,000 cities or rely on 7-Eleven for bill payment service, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Learn more online at

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Taylor Swift wore a patchwork dress for Selena Gomez’s birthday

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Gomez turned 30 on July 22 and her longtime friend Swift, 32, helped her commemorate the major milestone. The Rare Beauty founder shared two fun photos of the duo celebrating in what looks like an intimate gazebo decorated with twinkling lights. She captioned the silly snaps, “30s, nerdy and dignified” on Instagram.

The birthday girl dressed up for the occasion, wearing a pleated $5,400 Gucci dress with balloon sleeves, while Swift opted for a more relaxed puff-sleeve midi dress – although still dear to $498 – with a tiered skirt and patchwork design. She paired the breezy number with Cathy Waterman earrings and loose pigtail braids to complete her signature cottagecore aesthetic.

Swift has flipped between many styles throughout her time in the spotlight, from sparkly dresses and cowboy boots to cat-eye sunglasses and bold red lips to all-black during her Reputation the era of dip dyed hair Lover. But for the past few years, the songwriter has stuck to his folksy, prairie-girl vibe, and this latest sighting is no exception.

The “All Too Well” singer is on to something with the patchwork print on her midi dress: unlike traditional patterns like stripes or polka dots, patchwork garments look completely different from piece to piece. Each patchwork dress, top or skirt is completely unique, so there’s an option for everyone – and you’ll always stand out.

Take this $60 pick, for example: With soft orange, blue and white floral patches, the A-line midi dress is retro and perfect for making a statement in the office.

With a brown, cream and blue patchwork print, this satin slip dress from Free People exudes western spirit, and the cutout at the back makes it on-trend. But if mini dresses are your thing, this balloon-sleeve pick from Banana Republic is romantic and flattering with a sweetheart neckline and twist detailing.

Whichever patchwork dress you choose, you’re sure to turn heads in one-of-a-kind style. Enjoy this rare sighting of Taylor Swift and copy her summer look by shopping more patchwork dresses below. Then you can go back to wondering what she got Selena.

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Learn to shop consciously on a luxury website VERS

As shoppers, we’re all becoming more aware of the downsides of fast fashion: environmental degradation, labor issues. Buying from ethical brands seems like an answer, but it can be difficult, if not impossible, to understand what it means when a company claims to be “sustainable”. Ana Kannan, founder of the luxury e-commerce platform TOWARD, has come up with her own solution.

Kannan’s upbringing inspired his passion for sustainability. Her car seats were leather, her entire family was vegetarian, and her mother always emphasized keeping clothes in your closet for as long as possible. She went to the University of Southern California to study STEM, but when she took a course on sustainability in fashion, her mental wheels started turning.

“I found myself asking questions,” Kannan explained, “like what percentage of [a brand’s] supply chain really trace? Are these materials really certified responsible? What stops a brand from lying? And I realized that there had to be some kind of space where brands could be independently vetted, and consumers could trust that those brands were really responsible.

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She created TOWARD to tackle this mission. On the website, TOWARD’s clothes strike a delicate balance between earth tones and more modern hues — think sleek strappy dresses, wide-leg pants and puffy pastel baby bags. The digital store has tabs labeled “Clothing”, “Shoes” and “Bags & Accessories” like any shopping platform, but it also offers consumers a “Liability”. tab, describing what sustainability means to the company. Kannan says that for her, the term “responsibility” goes far beyond just sustainable branding. “It really refers to the holistic impact of each element of the supply chain. Our framework is how we assess whether a brand is right for us.

To help conduct this assessment, the TOWARD team has developed nine pillars to assess all areas of a brand’s sustainability, ensuring that every designer TOWARD wears meets its standards. These pillars include worker rights, organics, water conservation and animal welfare.

To ensure that a brand is responsible enough to join the TOWARD platform, Kannan’s team, along with environmental experts, created over 100 questions for each brand to answer with documentary evidence. From this sustainability questionnaire, TOWARD determines which of its nine pillars the brand adheres to and whether it can be included on the site.

two models stand in the greenery one wears a brown jumpsuit and the other a long silver dress

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Not only do these pillars act as markers for brands driven by TOWARD, but, as Kannan explained, they also act as a roadmap for all brands “as they seek to improve their corporate responsibility practices. coming. They can see ‘What pillars am I excelling in at the moment? What pillars should I work on?“and then they can adapt and adjust their plans going forward.” His company is successfully setting a universal sustainability standard for the fashion world, while educating luxury consumers about brand transparency and responsibility.

In addition to opening its first store on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, TOWARD has big plans for the future. Staying committed to sustainability means going back and forth with our world, and, says Kannan, “we’re currently working on revamping our accountability framework based on the most up-to-date climate information and all of the sustainability research.” .

She hopes TOWARD can act as a “one-stop shop for buying fashion and beauty responsibly”, but she also sees it as a resource for anyone who wants to update their knowledge. The hope is that consumers will be inspired to move fully into the sustainable fashion space.

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Ana Kannan

“I’m very excited for the future of sustainable fashion,” Kannan said. “I believe transparency is the number one priority in fashion. If brands aren’t able to disclose anything and everything about their practices, then it’s harder to trust them. So, I imagine a very transparent future for fashion, one where all brands use the latest and greatest materials and innovation, and truly move the needle TOWARDS a more responsible future.

You can shop TO here. To get you started, these picks are some of Ana Kannan’s current favorites on her site.

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Why You Should Bring Back the Classic Alarm Clock

Written by Jessica Bumpus, CNN

I reset the alarm clock. An overlooked mechanism in today’s technologically synchronized world, your phone does everything, it tells the time, it wakes you up, it’s decentralized from a phone. That’s wonderful.

Why? Because before I brought an analog clock back to my bedroom, I spent an average of two hours and 56 minutes in front of a screen a week, and my phone would tell me every Monday, moments after my alarm went off.

And, every morning, when I was only trying to press “snooze”, I would be faced with a flurry of notifications piling up one behind the other like a game of solitaire cards on the screen. My phone was telling me my friends were feeling chatty last night with over 34 Whatsapp messages; there would be Instagram alerts and dozens of emails from multiple accounts. The notifications filled me with dread and stress about the day ahead before I even had my morning coffee.

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I hadn’t realized it at the time, but my old analog clock – a compact travel model – was an understated luxury.

Its design would have paled in comparison to the latest iPhones, but it did its job very well; its piercing, shrill cry was effective in waking me up every morning. Relevantly, it didn’t fill my mind with chatter, bad news, and delays before the day started.

Changing habits

I switched from alarm clock to phone about 10 years ago after telling someone what I thought was a funny story about how my alarm clock once went off in my suitcase while I was in the trunk of a taxi, forcing us to stop if I could retrieve it. The story caused perplexity. “Are you using a real alarm clock?” they asked, as if it were a fax machine. “Why don’t you use your phone?” Ah, I thought. Why not me ? I probably didn’t even know I could at the time. But I succumbed to peer pressure and deleted my old clock. And that’s when the luxury of waking up without notifications ended and the misery of staring at them in the middle of the night when I checked the time on my phone began.

“Reintroducing an alarm clock gives me the time, space and separation that my phone didn’t have.”

As our use of cell phones continues to grow (a 2018 report by Deloitte found that US smartphone users check their phones 14 billion times a day, up from 9 billion in the same 2016 report), health experts -be say it negatively impacts our morning routines.

“When you wake up the first thing, the ideal thing is to wake up and spend some time in your mind before you are bombarded with everything that is going on in the world. Give yourself a chance to adapt to the waking world.” said Lily Silverton, mental health and wellness coach. “Historically, we weren’t used to being so diverted from our attention as we are today.”

Before alarms, it was roosters, church bells, door knockers (people who were paid to wake you up by tapping on the door or window with a long stick, which happened until the 1970s in the industrial Britain) and even our own bladders that got us out of bed. Clockmaker Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire is widely believed to have invented one of the first alarm clocks in 1787. His design rang only once at 4 a.m., his favorite wake-up time. Little is known about the details of the actual design, but he wrote: “It was the idea of ​​a clock that could sound an alarm that was difficult, not the execution of the idea. It was the very simplicity of arranging the bell to ring at the predetermined time.” Hutchins never patented or manufactured this clock.

It was years later, in 1874, that French inventor Antoine Redier became the first to patent an adjustable mechanical alarm clock. And in 1876, a small mechanical wind-up clock was patented in the United States by Seth E. Thomas, which prompted the great American watchmakers to start making small alarm clocks. German watchmakers would soon follow and by the end of the 1800s the electric alarm clock had been invented.

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Today, alarm clocks come in a number of designs. From riffs on the Panasonic RC-6025 clock radio, immortalized in the 1993 film Groundhog Day, to more retro designs from classic brands like Roberts. A quick Etsy search reveals new designs in the shape of robots, owls, or even bunnies.

Elsewhere, more modern designs include the addition of colored nightlights, projectors (to project the time onto your ceiling or wall! No, thanks), speakers with USB ports, climate and power control. humidity, and even teen-proof bed shakers.

Last year, the late Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label teamed up with Braun to release a pair of stylish, limited-edition alarm clocks. In orange and blue, the design is based on the brand’s classic BC02 alarm clock which, strikingly simple, was originally designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs in the 1980s. Fashion label Paul Smith has also released its version of the clock in 2020.

All I was looking for, however, was a simple alarm clock, much like my original. And I got one from the local homewares store nearby for £8.50 (just over $10). The first night I used it, I felt oddly excited as I physically hurt the decor instead of sliding across a screen. The next morning, in a kind of anti-climax, I woke up before the alarm clock. But I already felt like I had conquered the day, instead of continuing it.

According to Silverton, “Technology exploits our psychological weaknesses.” And being connected, she noted, is amazing but terrible at the same time. “It’s about managing that and creating a routine that works for you.”

What I think I have now. Reintroducing an alarm clock gives me the time, space, and separation that my phone didn’t have. Even though my phone is still next to the bed, the difference is that it’s not the first thing I look for anymore. My first utterance of the day is no longer blaspheming over an email and feeling my blood boil, I find myself quietly pondering what I might have for breakfast. Which gave me a sense of control and calm. Oddly, it made me feel younger – I guess because the experience is nostalgic, or maybe because I sleep better. And what could be more luxurious than that?

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Mom created a sustainable clothing brand when she couldn’t find any

  • When I was pregnant with my first child, I looked for sustainable baby brands.
  • Not finding any, I decided to create my own.
  • We use unsold fabric, recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets to make our clothes.

I was shopping for children’s clothing when I was pregnant with my first child when I noticed the lack of sustainable clothing brands that existed for children. It was 2018 and many brands were starting to use organic cotton, a good start towards sustainability, but not the complete answer.

There was a gap in the market for a line of sustainable children’s clothing that not only prioritized the environment, but also used materials destined for landfill. Mon Coeur — French for my heartwas created to meet this need and give a second life to discarded materials.

I grew up traveling a lot

My childhood started in the south of France in a small town called Mougins located between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. I have always enjoyed the sounds and sights of nature; it was inspiring and the perfect contrast to the hours I spent in a studio practicing ballet until I moved back to New York at the age of 18.

From studying in Washington DC to moving between Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and back to New York, I pursued my education in business and hospitality, and I hadn’t realized how much I had seen the world.

I saw first hand the beauties that nature has to offer untouched lands and the disastrous impact that global warming was having on overcrowded cities.

When it came to launching Mon Coeur, I drew inspiration and knowledge from my experiences and made it my mission to create a holistic, traceable source of children’s fashion for the modern, eco-friendly kid. and elegant.

I wanted to keep materials out of landfills

When I launched the brand, I approached it similarly to my upbringing. I spent three years researching the technology and turning existing materials from landfills into clothing.

Through my research, I discovered that we could transform plastic bottles into polyester used in outerwear and raincoats – by melting PET bottles which create filaments – or use cotton scraps intended for landfill and use them in our yarn to avoid using and creating any virgin fabrics.

I was fascinated to discover every day that I could use anything that was already made and give it a second life.

We also want to venture into new territories and strive to find new sustainable materials from which we can make clothes. For the very first time, we released swimsuits made from recycled fishing nets.

While designing our spring-summer collection, I watched this documentary about marine animals trapped by fishing nets at the bottom of the ocean. Then I researched how we could find a way to get those finishing nets out of the ocean and give them a purpose.

The future of sustainability and our planet is in the hands of younger generations and they are making more conscious choices when it comes to their purchasing decisions. It is important that beyond sustainable practices, we continue to explain why it is important to preserve mother earth, but also to create a sense of community – we are in this together.

Since launching Mon Coeur, I have learned so much, my family has grown with the birth of my daughter, and most importantly, I have realized that parents want better options for themselves and their children, and it fills my heart.

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Pretty in any color: women in basketball make style rules

WNBA players, with a maximum base salary of around $230,000, earn significantly less than their millionaire NBA counterparts, which makes marketing dollars even more important. The WNBA has a pool of $1 million that it must spend on player marketing deals, and each team must spend between $50,000 and $100,000 a year on player marketing deals. Any unspent amount is carried over to the next season in addition to the minimum.

The league said it selects players to participate in marketing efforts based on a variety of factors: performance on the field, an established personal brand with an active fanbase, and willingness to travel and attend league events. league.

“Ideas about the body manifest most explicitly about the bodies of athletes — ideas that are harmful and also ideas that are positive,” Jackson said. “That’s another way it can be a space for conflict and a space for evil too, depending on how these ideas are packaged and sold.”

Tiffany Mitchell likes to feel the swing of her ponytail as she runs down the court.

Mitchell, who is black, has often worn her hair in long, braided styles past her waist since playing in South Carolina from 2012 to 2016. This type of protective hairstyle allows her to go longer between restylings and can avoid breakage during the season grind with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

Those swinging braids became a problem during the WNBA’s off-season in December when she competed with the Melbourne Boomers, a professional women’s team in Australia. Basketball Australia, the sport’s governing body, said players in the league had to tie their hair back, mistakenly attributing the policy to a FIBA ​​rule that was no longer in effect. Mitchell, one of three black players on the Boomers roster, felt targeted because she had never had to change her hairstyle for other international competitions. Basketball Australia later apologized and reversed what it said was a “discriminatory” policy.

“They have no idea what a black woman goes through, let alone an athlete,” Mitchell said. “So I think bringing it to their attention has called for ignorance because there have been players in this league who have had braids before me, and it’s never been an issue.”

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Marilyn Jean Robbins | Obituary

Marilyn Jean Robbins of Lancaster died at home on July 12, 2022, surrounded by her children. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Leland R. Ferguson and Edna W. Carter.

Marilyn was a talented costume designer and skilled seamstress for the Millersville Costume Shop who loved fashion and sewed her own clothes. When she wasn’t creating drawings, Marilyn liked to spend her time gardening outside, growing beautiful flowers. She was also an avid golfer and skier as well as a hand model and participated in many beauty pageants. She liked to dance and read. Due to her love of antiques, she was a strong supporter of historic preservation and was also a member of Lancaster Elks Lodge #134.

She has donated her time to many organizations including Water Street Mission, The Iris Club, Questers and The Elks club. Being a woman of faith, she willingly volunteered her time within her church/community. Marilyn was a loving mother who cherished her friends and family.

Marilyn is survived by her children: Lynn M. McDonough (wife of Larry) of Mars, PA, Jeffrey W. Robbins of Lancaster, PA, and Jill S. Young (wife of William) of San Antonio, TX.; three grandchildren; Kelsey L. McDonough, Reed G. McDonough, and Colton M. Trego; and a great-granddaughter, Rhiannon M. Trego.

Besides her parents, Marilyn is preceded in death by her brother, Robert Ferguson.

In honor of Marilyn, please leave your sadness at the door and come wearing beautiful bright colors to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA at 3:00 p.m. h. A visit will take place one hour before the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lancaster Elks Lodge #134, 219 N Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602; the Questers, 210 Quince St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, or A Living Tribute at

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Angelina Jolie Wins Brad Pitt’s Legal Battle for Wine Estate: Details

A victory. Angelina Jolie has won her legal battle against Brad Pitt over their winery. The ex-couple fought for their prized vineyard amid their lengthy divorce.

The legal process has been emotional as their French wine estate, Chateau Miraval, was where the couple married in 2014. The couple bought the estate in 2008, but are in the midst of a dramatic divorce process that started in 2016. Angelina sold her stake. in the cellar in Stoli but has since been in legal battles with Brad and his business partners. Angelina’s team subpoenaed documents to Brad, his business manager and his company, Mondo Bongo. On July 22, 2022, the judge assigned to the case told Brad to turn over the documents despite the protests of the Once upon a time… in Hollywood actor.

A source familiar with the matter said Page 6 on July 22, 2022, that Brad has an ongoing grudge against Angelina. “Any rational human being would be happy if Stoli [be a partner in their business. They have top-notch marketing and distribution,” the insider explained. “He just can’t see past his hatred of Jolie.” The source then explained the benefits of the stake when it comes to their six kids. “The best way to retain value for [their kids] is that parents retain full ownership of this increasingly valuable and expanding asset. »

Angelina filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016 after an altercation on their private jet with their oldest son, Maddox, and Brad. A source said People at the time Brad was allegedly “drunk,” the insider said, “and there was an argument between him and Angelina.” According to the source, the eldest son intervened and “there was a parent-child argument that was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have.”

Angelina might have filed an investigation against Brad in one of her legal battles against him. The lawsuit is filed under the Freedom of Information Act “about the agency’s investigation of an incident of domestic violence that occurred several years ago involving the complainant and her minor children as victims and witnesses”. The reasoning behind the lawsuit concerned “the agency’s investigation of a domestic violence incident that occurred several years ago involving the complainant and her minor children as victims and witnesses.”

“There is little precedent for the FBI to share information about an investigation that was closed without charge,” a legal source said. Page 6. “Angelina is probably looking for a piece of information, something else to use against Brad, to hurt him. It’s about a desperate fishing expedition trying to find something that probably doesn’t exist. not in the FBI notes and make it public.

Brad and Angelina are also in a custody battle for their six children: Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 13. In May 2021, a judge ruled in favor of Brad to share custody with Angelina. However, the decision was returned to court in July after the judge handling the case, Judge John W. Ouderkirk, was removed from office due to his past professional relationship with Brad.

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Lily Collins wore white Veja V-10 sneakers on Instagram

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Lily Collins can’t escape her French persona, even when she’s not on duty.

Last week the Emily in Paris star, 33, shared a photo of herself on Instagram enjoying an ice cream cone on a sunny summer day. “Screaming for (lavender) ice cream…” she captioned the sweet pic. And while her purple-hued treat looked refreshing, what really caught our eye was what she was wearing.

There’s a reason celebrities keep opting for the brand’s sneakers: the durable, ethically sourced leather upper offers a sleek silhouette, and they’re minimalist branded thanks to the subtle ‘V’ logo, which means they can be worn with just about anything.

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Brad Pitt’s light linen skirt on the red carpet

Written by Lea Dolan, CNN

This week many of us have been dealing with record high temperatures that have battered Europe and parts of America. While the ominous heat may have you wishing you could pull the blinds, crank up the fan, and stay as still as possible, there are jobs to be worked and paychecks to be earned, and that’s Brad Pitt’s reality too.

On Tuesday, the star was in Berlin for the premiere of his new action flick ‘Bullet Train’ as the city hit highs in the mid-90s. Pitt kept a cool head by rocking a linen look head to toe with a maroon skirt, matching jacket and salmon button-down shirt neatly left ajar by slow fashion designer Haans Nicholas Mott.

Fans and critics took to the internet to weigh in on Pitt’s hemline, but the jury was out on whether the outfit ‘completely killed’ or should have come ‘with a warning’ , as some Twitter users said. The skirt even earned Pitt an eponymous trending hashtag on Twitter.

The all-linen look has raised a few eyebrows online. Credit: Tristar Media/WireImage/WireImage

But those shocked by Pitt’s skirt suit may be too young to remember it’s not a first. In 1999, to promote “Fight Club” — a film that at its core investigates the dangers of traditional masculinity and the obsession with achieving alpha status — Pitt featured Rolling Stone magazine in not a , but five mini-dresses. Taken by famed photographer Mark Seliger, Pitt’s photo shoot became a cultural touchstone that made a strong case for gender-neutral dress codes. And for anyone in doubt, his status as an international sex symbol remained intact, even when he wore a tight pink sequin dress.
Yet men in skirts continue to make headlines nearly 25 years later, whether it’s Harry Styles on the front of Vogue or Billy Porter’s tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars. Progress is slow, but the faster it comes , the less shocking they are. Many gender-defying fashion statements seem to be reserved for high-profile cultural events, but they seem to creep into more low-key events and everyday life. And why not? Sometimes, as was perhaps the case with Pitt, perhaps a man in a dress isn’t a subversive fashion statement at all, just a practical decision. If you can’t stand the heat, grab this linen skirt.
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“Strap on and Enjoy the Ride”: Behind the Scenes of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Crazy Musical | Arrange

A Visiting a dance studio invariably conjures up images of ballet buns, leggings, and the kind of perfect posture that most of us will never achieve. Dance Attic Studios in West London on a Monday morning in early summer does not disappoint. Dancers gather outside to smoke and chat, wearing a mix of sportswear and crop tops. Inside, they practically float between the different spaces of the studio.

The main studio is particularly lively, thanks to rehearsals for Fashion Freak Show, the musical revue based on the life of former fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, which opens this month at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, north London. Choreographer Marion Motin, wearing a Manchester United track top, mismatched tracksuits and an in-the-zone expression, leads a group of dancers across a stage at the show. Set in a recreated version of the Palace – a nightclub often referred to as Paris’s Studio 54 – it features music from Prince, Chic, Grace Jones, Divine and (slightly anachronistic) Amy Winehouse. If the dancers initially seem lanky and out of sync with each other, after less than half an hour they look great on the dance floor. A man on rollerblades, with a plastic cocktail tray, only adds to the ambiance.

Gaultier watches quietly, periodically calling dancers to discuss hairstyles and costumes. Dressed in a dark chambray denim shirt and jeans, accessorized with a greasy Coke and rimless glasses, he is different from the enfant terrible in Breton portrayed by Pierre et Gilles in 1990, or the chappie presenter cheeky in Channel 4 Eurotrash kilt. But, he soon sweats, only a little. He still employs classic French phrases such as “Ooh, la, la!” and likes to make slightly outrageous statements. “London is sex,” he says at one point, with an irrepressible wink.

The Fashion Freak Show, first presented at the Folies Bergère in 2019, begins with Gaultier as a schoolboy designing cabaret outfits for his teddy bears and goes through this disco moment, the AIDS crisis and collaborations with Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Pedro Almodovar. In addition to live on stage, his famous friends – including Rossy de Palma and Catherine Deneuve – appear in music videos.

Gaultier retired from mainstream fashion in 2020 after 50 years in the industry. “I said, ‘Fifty years in fashion is good, now I’m using my passion for something else,'” he told me during a break from rehearsals. Going to the theater wasn’t too much of an adjustment. “I knew [the story] because it was my life,” he says. “I couldn’t write but I could say [the story] by tables. He worked with director Tonie Marshall, who died in March 2020, to flesh out the tableaux for a full-fledged production.

He says the show is “not the conclusion [of my career] but a full circle moment” and maintains that this is the project he has worked on all his life. “It originally goes back to when I was nine,” he says. “I saw the pictures [of Folies Bergère dancers] on TV and I said, “Oh, I’d love to do scenes like that.” The next day I went to school and drew [the dancers] during the class. One of the teachers made me stand up and she put my drawing on my back. She wanted to shame me but everyone came [up to me]. I wasn’t good at football – ‘We don’t want Gaultier’ – but with the sketches all the boys smiled at me, so I was integrated.

Fashion Freak Show – as the name suggests – is full of fashion moments. It includes a life-size version of Nana, Gaultier’s teddy bear, and her corset outfit that inspired the famous conical bra Madonna wore on her Blonde Ambition tour in 1990. There’s also a scene with a fashion editor much like that of Vogue. Anna Wintour.

The Fashion Freak Show cast members prepare for their 52 Roundhouse performances. Photography: Antonio Olmos / The Observer

A huge room in the rehearsal studio houses the 150 costumes used in the show, ranging from brightly colored feathered gear to garments from the Gaultier archives, including couture denim pieces with crystals and a leather jacket from his premiere. collection in 1976. Each cast member has between six and 10 costume changes per show. Motin worked on production when she was in Paris and worked on stage productions for Madonna and Christine and the Queens. Speaking on the phone a few days after the rehearsal, she says the costumes are part of what makes the show special. “It’s a complete show with dance, video, music, singing, theater. It’s quite different. It’s not a musical review, it’s a hybrid – like Jean Paul.

Gaultier spent time in London from the 1970s – it was his experience in sex clubs at the time that led to this earlier statement about the city – and feels at home in the British capital. “In London, I feel more freedom,” he says. He remembers seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Kings Road Theatre. “I saw the poster, a black face with red lips and blood. I said, ‘Wow, we have to see this.’ He says Rocky Horror influenced him ‘a lot’, as well as the Fashion Freak Show’s maximalism and abandonment – down to his catchphrase ‘Strap on, hold on tight and enjoy the ride’ – a la now classic musical sensation.

Fanny Coindet, assistant director of the show, starred in the 2019 production of The Fashion Freak Show. Over a dancer-friendly superfood salad lunch, she says working with Gaultier showed her how important it is to evolve. “He always questions everything and always wants to take the show somewhere else,” she says. “The show never sits in one place and that’s how I feel the show can live.” Coindet admits, smiling, that part of his job is to think: what would Jean Paul do? “It’s about how you try to project the way he thinks. If I were him, what would I say? I’m always wrong! Still, the duo form a tight unit – discussing costumes and the cast to polish the show for its new audience.

Models, actors and dancers in rehearsals for the Fashion Freak Show
Models, actors and dancers in rehearsals for the Fashion Freak Show. Photography: Antonio Olmos / The Observer

Among the costume changes, the story is an integral part of the Fashion Freak Show. “It’s about the life of someone who’s really been through all kinds of things,” says Motin. It takes rejection – Gaultier was first laid off in fashion in France because he didn’t attend fashion school, instead taking a job with Pierre Cardin at 18 – life as a LGBTQ+ person in 1970s France, and a love story between Gaultier and his partner Francis Menugé. The couple met in 1975 and Menuge played a pivotal role in the designer’s launch of his own brand. Menuge died in 1990 from complications related to AIDS. It’s also part of the Fashion Freak Show, with a stage dedicated to safe sex. In the Parisian production, condoms were thrown into the audience.

“[I didn’t include him] to revive it but to do it [part of the story]“, explains Gaultier. “I started collecting in my name because of him… He gave me [that] as a possibility. Not at all financially because we were poor, but psychologically… He was still younger than me but he was smart to give me confidence.

Gaultier says his experiences as a young gay man meant he was “attracted to people who were different…I remember a girl at school with a red afro and skin so pale you could see the veins. She was fabulous because she was different. Different kinds of intelligence always appeal to me too, that’s kind of a theme. It’s the one that continues in Fashion Freak Show. The cast is diverse across ethnicities and body types – a striking move with dancers traditionally considered size zero and white. “It should be because we don’t need everyone to look the same, because that’s life,” says Motin, “and it’s inspired by life.” Gaultier is however still not completely satisfied. “One is still missing,” pointing to the elderly. “It’s the last taboo, that wrinkles are not pleasant.”

Coindet says this inclusivity, something that has long been part of Gaultier’s universe, is particularly what audiences want now: “Everyone [came to see the show in Paris], from the oddball kids to his established fan base. I think it’s very multi-generational… For a lot of people it opened doors and freed some minds. With dancing teddy bears, a diverse cast, a strong story and a disco soundtrack, London’s Fashion Freak Show is likely to unleash a few more.

The Fashion Freak Show is at rotundaLondon, to August 28.

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French fashion

Kahii Kissaten Bistro is now a Japanese-style cafe by day and a French-inspired wine bar by night

There aren’t many places in the city that cater to both the before and after work crowd, but the newly renovated Kahii hopes to do just that. It has expanded its offering beyond tea, coffee, sandwiches and specialty pastries to a French-inspired evening wine and snack menu.

The younger sibling of the nearby Kuro bar and restaurant, the newly renamed Bistro Kahii Kissaten is on Kent Street and is named after the Kissaten Japanese cafes in Japan. A Kissaten is traditionally a vintage-themed café, with a strong emphasis on coffee, socializing and small bites – something the owners pay homage to in this decidedly sleek and modern take on the theme.

This small but perfectly laid out space now offers a menu for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. You can spend the morning with a coffee, a matcha and a croissant – and indulge in one of the famous katsu or three-cheese sandos for lunch.

As day turns to night, Kahii now transforms into a bistro with a largely French wine list carefully curated by their head sommelier and a small bites menu curated by Kuro. Snacks include appellation rock oysters, salmon confit with herbed tofu and seared trevally sashimi – or for something heartier, Kuro fried chicken and wagyu steak with crispy potatoes.

The owners hope Kahii’s new chapter will provide a stylish and relaxed space for punters to take a break from the day or relax before heading home.

Kahii Kissaten Bistro is located in the lobby of 364 Kent Street and is now open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the bistro open from 5 p.m. until late, Tuesday through Saturday.

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Fashion brand

The Brighton-based maternity clothing brand will launch this week

When Jessie Daavettila, 30, from Brighton, was first pregnant, it was a challenge to know what to wear.

She went to buy clothes that fit her and found nothing she liked.

“I wasn’t very impressed,” she said.

In her office in the basement, Jessie Daavettila has also set up a space to take pictures of her clothes with her children.

Many maternal options reminded her of clothes meant for older women.

She wore a lot of her husband Tim’s clothes when she was pregnant because she didn’t want to spend money on clothes she didn’t like.

“It felt like there was nothing in that space of the aesthetic that I had before,” she said. “I just wanted something that matched who we are as Millennials and even Gen-Z.”

Daavettila was years into a career in fashion wear; she previously worked for big brands like Nike and is now a freelance clothing entrepreneur.

She has sewn and designed clothes all her life. She even designed and sewed her own wedding dress.

So, faced with choices she didn’t like, she created something to fill the niche she thought was empty.

Jessie Daavettila grew up sewing, but for her new brand, RASKANA, she sends her creations to California.

Design as a consumer

Now Daavettila, who has three children – Jack, 2, Beatrice, 1, and Meredith, who is almost 2 months old – spends her days being a mom upstairs in her house and a clothing designer in her garage.

She designed the clothes for a new brand she created, RASKANA, which will be launched at the end of this week.

Some of the items she has designed include maternity leggings for $98, a thermal baby clothes set for $68, and a maternity tank top for $88.

The name of the brand comes from the Finnish word Raskaana, which means pregnancy. Daavettila’s parents are both Finnish, although she was born in Ann Arbor.

The clothes she designs are the same as those worn by Daavettila during her last two pregnancies.

“The one thing that makes our brand very different from a lot of other maternity brands is that literally everything is designed and developed and tested by me, the founder,” she said.

In Jessie Daavettila's basement garage, she has an office for her brand, RASKANA, where she keeps her designs and a stock of clothes.

One of the items she designed and wore during her pregnancies was a pair of leggings that stretched to fit her, and they still fit her well after she gave birth to her children.

“It’s really important to me as a consumer of the brand to have styles that work before, during and after pregnancy,” she said.

Another aspect of her clothing is that many items have zippers to allow for breastfeeding. In an effort to keep the items from looking too much like maternity clothes, she hid the zippers.

Daavettila said she has seen nursing clothes with zippers on a woman’s breasts, but she tries to make the items look like any other item of clothing.

“For me, an important part of our brand is creating clothes that are suitable for multiple stages of pregnancy and that don’t scream, ‘I’m pregnant,'” she said.

All materials are sourced from the USA and the items are made here.

RASKANA will launch on July 22 on Instagram and the website,

Sophia Lada is a journalist at the Livingston Daily. Contact her at [email protected] or 517.377.1065. Follow her on Twitter @sophia_lada.

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Fashion style

Zipper skirts for fall 2022


There’s something so elegant about a chic midi skirt. While I never say no to a good tennis skirt outfit, on days when I go more for a more mature look, I slip my body into a zipper skirt. They just command attention and respect in a way that jeans or mini skirts just can’t, IMO. Try one of the pull-on skirts we keep thinking about right now, and you’ll see (and feel!) what I’m talking about.

But before gorgeous slip skirts, let’s first distinguish what distinguishes the style from an ordinary long skirt. Strappy skirts, like strappy dresses, are made of sheer fabrics (like silk or satin) and are often cut on the bias for a flattering, hip-hugging fit. The tight piece is usually worn in hot weather. That being said, you can and should totally stun them once fall fashion returns, thanks to some savvy style tips, ahead. Think: a nice pair of boots and a light coat, and here!

Yes, the long dresses are everywhere these days, but the truth is that skirts just allow for more styling options. Can a skirt get you at least 20 outfits? Plus, they’re stylish enough to wear as a wedding guest and casual enough for your daily errands. Basically, there’s not much a pull-on skirt can’t do, so without further ado, here are 11 of our favorite versions you’ll want to put on and never take off.

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This floral stunner

Bec & Bridge long floral skirt

I am simply floored by this beauty covered in flowers. The blue and white pattern is exquisite, and thanks to its ankle-grazing length, you can absolutely wear it to a semi-formal event.

This transitional skirt

Mango printed fluid skirt

Here’s another stunning floral option, in a pretty cream and coral print that will transition smoothly from summer to fall. Now pair it with a tank for rooftop drinks and a chunky sweater for pumpkin picking when the weather turns cold.

This wrap skirt

Dia & Co. 11 Honoré Collection Anita Skirt

While many skirts are more fluid than flowy, this one in stretch satin has plenty of movement, so it will swing beautifully with every step you take. It wraps around the waist for a cool layered look, plus a subtle slit to show off some leg.

This dynamic option

Indah Mint Solid Bias Maxi Skirt

  • Floor hem can get dirty quickly

The purple hue of this maxi is very on-trend, and I love the asymmetrical cutout silhouette. I would pair it with my favorite beige sandals and walk around town with this look.

This green gem

Rezek Studio Emerald Shimmy Skirt

I can’t get enough of monochromatic outfits these days! Especially in this striking shade. The lush green hue will make a statement wherever you go.

This Champagne Knockout

Flounce London Plus Mink satin bias cut midi skirt – part of a set

If you’re looking for your very first slip skirt, I highly recommend going for (champagne) gold: this shimmering midi-length choice is just the right amount of flirtation and fun.

This playful number

NA-KD Printed split front midi skirt

This colorful slip skirt is sure to grab all the attention, especially if you wear it with the matching top. Add a pair of gold hoops and small heels to complete the look.

This ruffled skirt

ASTR The Label South Beach Tie Waist Midi Skirt

It’s all in the details here, from the ruffled slit to that cool loose waistband to the gorgeous olive green color! Wear it on a night out for drinks and dancing.

This fall favorite

Vince Paneled Slip Skirt

  • luxury hammered satin

Go for a black skirt like this chocolate brown one, then add boots in a contrasting, lighter color, and throw on a patterned coat, and guess what? You have an easy but totally stunning fall outfit.

This skirt is ready for the holidays

Andrea Iyamah Behati Skirt

This orange dream of a skirt, with a ruched, wood-accented waist detail, is giving major holiday vibes. If you’re planning a trip to a tropical destination, be sure to pack this skirt (and matching top!).

This sweet blue noon

Babaton Slip Midi Skirt

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I like a sweet-meets-edgy combo. Bolster the soft blue hue of this satin midi with a black tube top and some shades.

How to style a slip skirt?

Love the idea of ​​suspender skirts, but not sure how to style them? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s how to use this versatile piece, which pairs with a wide variety of tops and shoes to create completely different looks in any season.

  • In autumn…Now is the time to break out your cute knit sweaters, maybe a button up, and boots, of course. Strappy skirts are a great layering staple, and fall is the ultimate layering season, so it’s a match made in heaven, basically.
  • If it’s winter…It is now the it’s time to bundle up in your favorite coat, plus a long skirt, wear tights, thick socks and combat boots. The length of the coat should be the same as (or a little longer) your skirt, so those legs get a bit more warmth.
  • For spring or summer…Tube tops, basic white tees and tank tops are your best bets. I love contrasting a flowing skirt with an elegant, form-fitting top. Slip into low heels or sandals for an effortless outfit.

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Demnagram interview: talking to Saba Bakhia, founder of the creative director of Balenciaga instagram

In an age of social media overexposure, where sharing anything risks ruining the mystique of art, a designer’s digital footprint matters. We have already seen it, as Bottega Veneta, then under Daniel Lee, opted to literally go “off the grid”, deleting the brand’s Instagram account. Last summer, Balenciaga did something similar, an unsurprising decision given that its own creative director Demna’s IG grid is completely empty. Instead, her admirers went to @demnagramthe digital invention of georgian fashion obsession Saba Bakhiato keep up to date with his career.

The account — a support page, not a fan page, Saba points out — chronicles all developments in the world of Demna, whether it’s new Balenciaga collections, product launches and campaigns, or professional achievements, such as his recent place in the Time Influential people listing.

@demnagram’s bio reads: “Supporter of @Demna. SUPPORTED BY @BALENCIAGA. Since March 2022, Saba has worked with the house to ensure that the information reaching its nearly 200,000 followers is accurate and true to the spirit of the brand and its elusive creative director.

Here, the 22-year-old explains how a single Facebook post started his journey to becoming an essential part of the Balenciaga team, he and Demna’s shared Georgian heritage, and what it’s like to be invited to a show Balenciaga.

**You first communicated with Demna via Facebook during her early days at Balenciaga. Can you remember what you wrote in that message?
**My first communication with Demna dates back to 2016 via Facebook. I was amazed by his talent, and wanted to express my respect to him, so I texted him a sentence: “You are simply the best”. It was our first communication. Then, before @demnagram even existed, Demna sent me an inspiring message: “Believe in yourself and follow your dreams, they will always lead you to good places.” He gave me a whole new life.

**When you launched @demnagram, what were your intentions with the account?
**I wanted to pay tribute to what Demna does at Balenciaga. i think fashion [exists] before and after him. His vision of the brand is revolutionary and each show presented by Demna can be called a true artistic performance.

**You mentioned that @demnagram is a “support” account, not a “fan” account. Why was it important to establish this difference?
**For me, there is a big difference. Sometimes fan pages are like stalkers, gossiping and sharing very personal things about celebrities – but that’s not my style. I do not like it. Demna is an extremely private person. Demna is one of the artists who prefer to communicate through her work. That’s why @demnagram only focuses on Demna’s work, not her personal life.

** You share heritage with Demna – you are both from Georgia. What parts of your country’s DNA are found in Demna’s work?
**This is one of the reasons why his collections affect me differently. Georgia has played an important role in Demna’s personal and professional development; he grew up watching what Georgian women wore. Thus, each collection says a little about our country and our tastes, like an overview of what is fashionable here. Demna is a storyteller and a designer, and his stories are so personal. From the Georgian point of view — the feeling of dramatism; black color; oversized silhouettes; sadness and celebration at the same time – it’s so specific in our culture. In Georgia, black is everything. We wear it everywhere, from funerals to weddings.

Until recently, we didn’t have fashion magazines – but especially in the 90s, people didn’t know anything about fashion designers or trends, but we still wore oversized black clothes. If you weren’t super rich, your parents would buy clothes two or three years in advance, so you could grow into them. It may sound funny, but it was our reality. We wore clothes from cousins ​​who were four or five years older. So yeah, we didn’t know Margiela or Balenciaga shapes, but we still wore oversized t-shirts and pants. It’s very much alive and prominent in the Demna fashion world now.

Do you consider Instagram as a curatorial space in the same way as an art gallery?Nowadays, social media is such an important tool, but it’s not easy to do it right. It’s a new way for young creatives to discover their own style. In today’s reality, Instagram can be used as a curatorial space that is almost equivalent to an art gallery because Instagram has the power of visual storytelling. There are many examples of this, but I don’t see Demnagram that way. I think Demnagram is more of a media platform.

You are now working with Balenciaga on the page. When did they get involved? How does their influence affect him? In March, I started working with the brand. @demnagram is officially endorsed by Balenciaga, and it’s the greatest honor to work with the Demna team. Right from the start, he gave me freedom on my own, and that’s very important to me because I have my own strategy. The Balenciaga team is always with me to help me with anything. With their help, my page is more reliable than ever for people. They send me everything in advance for my account and that helps me a lot. I never post rumors, leaked images or anything that is not confirmed or published directly by Balenciaga.

**You are now invited to the shows. How does it feel to rub shoulders with others who have been co-signed by Demna?
**When I decided to create @demnagram, I never imagined that one day I would attend the Balenciaga show, have the chance to meet so many amazing people and start working with the brand . It’s more than a dream come true. I was invited by Demna himself; he knew what it would mean for me to be invited by him. I’ve never been to fashion weeks, not even in Georgia, so Balenciaga was my very first show. I met people who work with Demna and they were very nice to me. Obviously I was so nervous, but thanks to them everything went well.

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French fashion

This Hyderabad house marries French-style architecture with vernacular interiors

Naina Reddy and Rajat Sanghvi, founders and principal designers of MakeSpace Architects, decided to furnish their own home in Hyderabad in a way that showcased their personal style. The couple who recently became parents moved into a three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot apartment in a swanky spot in town and managed to decorate their home in the space of two and a half months.

Named Stonebridge Abode, the house architecturally follows the French style with beautiful arched windows bringing in lots of light and opening up to endless views of the cityscape. “We imagined the apartment as a blank canvas, which led us to decorate it with different colors through the art we collected during our travels. The space not only reflects our personality, but expresses our dynamic yet simple way of life,” says Reddy.

The spacious living room has two sitting areas with a large open space with marble flooring further enhancing this visual.

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Monochromatic Wonder

The main door is painted in a dark hue, but once inside the walls are a wave of white, complemented by a mirror-polished Vietnamese marble floor and sheer curtains against the large French windows that filter in a natural light abundant. “We really don’t use artificial lighting until the evening because there is enough sunlight during the day,” Sanghvi reveals. The use of white was a conscious decision in order to enhance the sense of space and draw attention to architectural features, especially arches. “The white base helps define the contemporary clean lines and simple geometry of the space. We kept the palette neutral and splashed as many colors throughout the home in the form of artwork and wallpaper” , he adds.

Greys, browns and greens fill the entrance to the house, melting it against the white canvas.

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Can a new campaign help apparel manufacturers get paid fairly?

Opinion: Good Clothes Fair Pay wants Irish consumers to influence legislation requiring fashion brands to ensure garment workers are properly paid

By Alacoque McAlpine, TU Dublin; Kellie Dalton and Maeva Galvinfashion revolution

Wages have been a long-standing issue in fashion supply chains. Legal minimum wage levels are less than 50% of what is needed to ensure a decent living in the largest garment-producing countries. Consumers take low prices for granted and buy more each year. The industry is worth $3 trillion globally and global clothing consumption is expected to reach 102 million tons per year by 2030, the equivalent of 500 billion t-shirts.

Fashion shareholders reap the rewards of this consumption, but not those who make the clothes we buy. It now takes just four days for a CEO of one of the world’s top five fashion brands to earn what a Bangladeshi textile worker will earn in her lifetime. According Garment Worker Centre, approximately 85% of garment workers do not earn minimum wage.

Piece-rate payment terms have had a significant influence on lower wages and cheaper prices for consumers. This means garment workers are paid for every piece of clothing they make rather than having a set minimum hourly wage. In Los Angeles, for example, it could be between two and six cents for each item, or a monthly net salary of around $300. In January 2022, the Garment Worker Protection Act went into effect in California, banning piece-rate payment and requiring garment workers to be paid the minimum hourly wage.

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According to NBC News, garment workers say they are paid 3 cents per item

But piece-rate payments are still common in the industry globally. This is a global issue where women are disproportionately affected as they make up 80% of the workforce.

Bad practices and poverty wages

A previous Brainstorm article described how poor buying practices by global fashion brands, the most powerful players in apparel supply chains, have endemic exploitative working conditions and wages across the board. Of the industry. To meet brands’ demands for low-cost production, factory owners often reduce the most flexible cost; wages of workers.

NGO report that garment workers are running out of money before the end of the month, despite working 90-100 hour weeks. Many have to develop survival strategies such as taking out high-interest loans to pay for their children’s textbooks and bills, as well as avoiding the cost of necessary medical treatment. Garment workers can often only afford to eat half the calories needed to endure ten hours of industrial labor and often pass out on the job as a result.

A living wage has the potential to break this cycle of working poverty because it takes into account, country by country, the costs of food, housing, transport, health care and the margin for unforeseen events, for example example disease.


The EU is the largest importer of clothing and textiles in the world, bringing in more than €80 billion of products annually, mainly from China, Bangladesh and Turkey. It has significant leverage to tackle the challenge of poverty wages and a coalition of NGOs, investors and living wage experts, including Fashion Revolution, Clean Clothes Campaign and Fairwear Foundation, wants to make sure this is the case.

The The Good Clothes, Fair Pay campaign is harnessing the power of EU citizens to call on the European Commission to introduce a new law requiring fashion brands and retailers to ensure people working in supply chains receive the less than a living wage. To do this, activists are using a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) allow citizens to approach the European Commission directly to propose legislation in an area of ​​EU competence. The campaign must collect at least one million signatures from EU citizens over a 12-month period from today. Ireland’s target is 9,165 signatures.

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From Fashion Revolution, an introduction to the Good Clothes Fair Pay campaign

What will this legislation mean for fashion brands?

If successful, this new legislation will make fashion brands and retailers liable for the wages of garment workers in their supply chains. They will no longer be able to consider salary issues as a problem that their suppliers must solve. More importantly, it will force brands and retailers to identify at-risk groups that are particularly affected by low wages, such as women and migrant workers.

What will this mean for garment workers?

If garment workers in global supply chains earned a living wage, it would lift entire families and communities out of poverty. It would also contribute to crucial economic and social development, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Nasreen Sheikh, a survivor of modern slavery and now a strong advocate for human rights around the world, says, “People in garment factories are fed like animals and work like machines. In order to liberate them, we must provide them with a living wage as soon as possible. possible”.

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From RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime, Dr Dee Duffy, Lecturer in Retail Management at TUD and Director of Education at Junk Kouture, on the issues of fast fashion

What will this mean for consumers?

Good clothes Fair pay shifts the power of consumers to boycott brands and buy less, buy better to influence the law. Buyers don’t simply have to trust their favorite brands and retailers to uphold their values ​​and a simple signature could legally bind them to do so. If carried out by enough citizens, this small but potentially historic act could lift millions of working women around the world out of the fashion poverty trap. All without a significant increase in the prices paid at the checkout. A report from Oxfam found that paying decent wages to garment workers would increase the final cost of a garment by just 1%, the equivalent of a 10 cent increase on a €10 t-shirt.

Good Clothes, Fair Pay also offers citizens a unique opportunity to extend the wave of feminist and anti-racist solidarity we have seen in recent years to members of communities in the clothing supply chain, who are often overlooked in the name of “affordable” fashion. .

Here’s what you can do

Good Clothes, Fair Pay needs one million signatures from European citizens to push for legislation that could transform the lives of working women in the fashion industry globally.

(i) Sign the petition

(ii) If you are not an EU citizen, help us spread the word by forwarding to your friends and sharing our social media posts.

(iii) Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter for updates

Alacoque McAlpine is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at TU Dublin’s Faculty of Commerce. Kellie Dalton is a sustainability strategist and responsible fashion advisor who works with brands, retailers and supply chains. Maeva Galvin is Director of Global Campaigns and Policy at Fashion Revolution and manages the Good Clothes, Fair Pay campaign.

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From farm life to fashion icon, teenager Brodie brings style to the fore in West Gippsland

Brodie wants all LGBTQIA+ people living in the country to feel like they can belong.

The 14-year-old non-binary gay boy is well known in his hometown of Warragul, just east of Melbourne.

Last year he launched an awareness campaign for businesses in Gippsland battling the pandemic.

He is also an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and young people and has earned a reputation as a fierce fashionista.

Brodie talks about expressing himself through his clothes and feeling accepted in his regional community.

Brodie’s Story

When I was about three or four years old, I started playing the teacher – I was never the male teacher, I was always the female teacher.

I was always in the costume box and playing with all the dresses at Kinder… so it started there.

I was super shy back then and always wore women’s clothes in my bedroom, and no one really knew I was doing it.

Last year, I started finding some cool brands and things that I really liked and that really represented me as a person, and decided to start buying their products.

I love putting things together, playing with colors and being able to support businesses in Melbourne and Australia.

I love wearing high heels because they give me confidence and it shows everyone that it’s me.

Brodie says he always liked to dress in women’s clothes when he was a kid.(Provided: Brodie)

Dressing in feminine clothes, for me, shows my identity and gives me confidence.

I love watching all these catwalk videos and I’m like, “Yeah, that’s going to be me someday.”

learn to open up

When I started wearing dresses and things, I was very nervous about what people would think and say.

Being a rural community, people can be very opinionated. But it was a great reaction.

Brodie is an advocate for youth, LGBTQIA+ people and women.(ABC Gippsland: Madeleine Spencer)

The community has been so behind me that they are genuinely willing to talk to me, vouch for me, and support me.

I always encourage more people to be themselves because the community will support you. You will have people who will probably say a few mean things, but 90% of people will be there for you.

I think social media has been another way for me to learn to express myself, I’ve seen other celebrities dress in different ways and I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s cool, I’ll try”.

Rural connections

I love the farm, going there and getting in the mud is so much fun.

I’m there almost every weekend, I love mowing the lawns and riding my bike.

Being raised in a rural community also toughened me up a bit.

Brodie launched his Instagram account during lockdown to promote local businesses as they struggled.(ABC Gippsland: Madeleine Spencer)

Even though it shouldn’t happen, we get insults, we hear really awful things about us.

And I feel like being a little tougher, and being a little aware of these things, it can just prepare you for bigger situations in life.

I was just at a youth event in Bairnsdale and being able to meet so many young LGBTQIA+ people was amazing.

Brodie can help his aging grandparents on their farm after school or on weekends. (ABC Gippsland: Madeleine Spencer)

For me to hear their stories and for them to hear my story too, it was great to create new relationships and show me that I am not alone, there are many other people like me.

Growing up in a rural community showed me that you don’t have to live in the city to feel like yourself.

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Fashion designer

NeNe Leakes lists Atlanta House – DIRT

She only bought it just over eight months ago for $1.75million, but reality TV personality, actress, comedian and entrepreneur Nene Leakes has already knocked down her luxury villa in the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead returned to the market at a profit of $2.5 million.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” OG, who deceased the drama series in 2020 and earlier this year for follow-up the companies behind the hit show, citing workplace discrimination, bought the townhouse in the months after her husband Gregg Leakes died in September. (As of late June, the trial was ongoing negotiated.)

That the SWAGG boutique owner, back on the reality TV carousel and currently doing her thing on the BET+ series “College Hill: Celebrity Edition,” decided to sell out so quickly may or may not have something to do with she The new boyfriend of dapper fashion designer Nyonisela Sioh, who doesn’t live in Atlanta but about 250 miles away in Charlotte, North Carolina.

One of the five-star hotel’s three private villas, the 4,000-square-foot townhouse’s three levels of living space sit atop a four-car secure underground garage where Leakes parks his Range Rover next to his over $300,000 Rolls Royce Wraith. (She is, after all, “rich, bitch!”) Guests arrive through the hotel and into a private gated courtyard, while a private elevator makes navigating the villa’s four floors in spiked Louboutins an easier and less painful experience than the stairs.

Wide-plank wood floors add coziness to the living room and dining room combination that showcases a high ceiling accented with cove molding, a well-stocked bar, and a minimalist fireplace wrapped in gray marble. Given his predilection for OTT luxury, it’s no surprise the decor is glamorous, with a curvaceous ivory leather sofa, two mirrored coffee tables, barrel chairs upholstered in alligator-patterned leather, and a chandelier. in the shape of a shimmering drum above the dining table.

Other highlights include a sparkling kitchen diner with snow-white cabinetry, cascading countertops and designer appliances, a downstairs study/office with access to the garden, and a family room.

There are three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, according to listings held by Debra Johnson of Coldwell Banker Realty. They include a penthouse-level owner’s suite replete with a white marble bathroom, linear gas fireplace, small terrace, and spacious walk-in closet and walk-in closet. Also on this floor, and well suited to a “glamorous suite”, is a good sized room with a second kitchen as well as an adjoining bathroom and dressing room with washing machines.

Residents are pampered with a multitude of amenities, as told real estate agent.comthe first to experience the list, such a 24-hour concierge, indoor saltwater pool, full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and upscale restaurant that gives a French brasserie a fresh southern flair.

A few months after closing the townhouse, Leakes sold his 10,500 square foot mansion in Duluth, about 25 miles northeast of Buckhead, for $2.65 million; the sale price was a steep discount from the $4 million she originally wanted, but still a worthwhile amount compared to the nearly $2.1 million she paid in 2015.

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Ferrari in form and Mercedes in the mix – 5 scenarios we’re excited about ahead of the French Grand Prix

The first part of the 2022 season will end with a double-header that begins with a trip to the south of France, so here are some of the topics that have us excited ahead of the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.

1. Ferrari is gaining momentum

Red Bull’s six-game winning streak had led some to argue that the fight for both championships was already over before we even reached mid-season. But that view ignored Ferrari and overlooked the threat they had posed in most of those six races.

It is true that Ferrari had failed to take a chance at that time, but that changed over the last two race weekends as Carlos Sainz won at Silverstone and Charles Leclerc took another victory in Austria to remind Red Bull that the Scuderia has not gone everywhere.

WATCH: The inside story of Carlos Sainz’s first Formula 1 victory at the British Grand Prix

The two teams have been very close for much of the season so far, and there’s no obvious reason to expect the situation to be any different heading to France, where Ferrari have had a hard time. struggled with tire wear a year ago, but learned some valuable lessons that helped them improve.

Leclerc is now second in the drivers’ championship and has closed the gap to Max Verstappen by 11 points – to 38 – in the last two races. Although you’d still prefer to be the championship leader, if Leclerc can salvage a few more points this weekend, the pressure could start to mount a bit on the defending champion.

Leclerc is now second in the Drivers’ Championship after winning in Austria

2. Mercedes should become strong again

I’m sure you don’t need to mention it, but at Silverstone we had an absolutely epic race as Mercedes managed to threaten the top two teams, while Lewis Hamilton looked to be in the hunt for victory.

In the end, Hamilton had to settle for third, but the British driver’s decision over Leclerc and Sergio Perez on the final corner as all three gave him up in front of a home crowd of supporters will long be remembered.

READ MORE: Mercedes becomes first global sports team to invest in sustainable aviation fuel

Luckily we don’t have to wait long for the chance to potentially see something similar, as Paul Ricard is a track that has some similarities to Silverstone, with high-speed corners and a smooth track surface that should play a part. in the hands of Mercedes. slightly more than Austria.

The top two teams will be worried, as Mercedes being in the mix and potentially taking points away from them adds unpredictability to the title fight. There is a chance that Hamilton or George Russell could take points off one of Red Bull or Ferrari, benefiting the other team and closing the standings or opening up even wider gaps.

Mercedes’ improved performance could see them in Paul Ricard fight

3. French support for Alpine

A very strong double-points finish for Alpine in Austria saw the team draw with McLaren in the battle for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, with McLaren retaining the advantage thanks to Lando Norris’ podium at Imola.

But it looks like the momentum is with the French team, and heading into their home race they will be looking to get away from fourth-placed McLaren.

Grill the Grid: Watch the drivers play “higher or lower” with hilarious results.

The result in Austria was led by an excellent fifth-place finish from Esteban Ocon, who has continued his very strong season so far, but was supported by Fernando Alonso’s 10th-place finish from the back of the grid. And it was Alonso who gave Alpine more points than McLaren at Silverstone a week earlier, putting Norris in fifth place on that occasion on a track comparable to Paul Ricard.

The proud French backing will back their team at Le Castellet, and Ocon and Alonso’s performances so far this season provide plenty of reason to be optimistic as Alpine’s home race approaches.

After taking fifth place in Austria, Esteban Ocon and Alpine will now return to France, where they can expect plenty of support this weekend.

4. Schumacher takes flight

Momentum seems to be the buzzword for the feature this week, and another driver who has plenty of it is Mick Schumacher. The young German has really found form in recent weeks, and while he’s had to wait 31 Grands Prix for his first points to finally arrive – courtesy of an eighth-place finish at Silverstone which also included a thrilling fight with Verstappen – he backed this in spectacular Austrian style.

A top-six finish for Schumacher at the Red Bull Ring was also part of a back-to-back Haas double score, dropping the team to seventh in the constructors’ championship, having been ninth before the Grand Prix of Great Britain. Brittany. . And rather than a pair of lucky results, they feel like a simple reward for the potential Haas has shown so far this season.

READ MORE: Vasseur confirms he is seeking an FP1 exit for F2 star Pourchaire in 2022

And don’t forget, Paul Ricard was the scene of Schumacher’s first ‘appearance’ in Q2 last year. Okay he crashed out in Q1 whilst in the top 15 and the ensuing red flag saw him advance but unable to participate – but it was a more competitive performance despite the relative lack of pace of the 2021 Haas, so there’s every chance the race continues for a 2020 Formula 2 champion who is clearly gaining in confidence.

Mick Schumacher has been in fine form in recent races, with two top 10 finishes at Silverstone and Austria

5. Silly Pilot Season Developments

Between leaving the Formula 1 paddock to leave Austria and settling in France, a lot has happened at McLaren. IndyCar star Colton Herta tested a 2021 car for the team at Portimao last week, then just after that test was completed they announced the signing of reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou to their program wider race.

Although there are still contractual issues to be worked out with Palou and no clarity on where he will be racing, the announcement stated that he will also be testing a 2021 car at some point, which only increases the expectations. speculation over Daniel Ricciardo’s future.

READ MORE: Ricciardo says he’s ‘committed’ to McLaren for 2023 as he insists he’s ‘not stepping away from the sport’

Ricciardo came out and said he’s not going anywhere because he has a tight contract until the end of 2023. But it’s no secret he and the team aren’t happy with the how this season has gone so far.

Such speculation only leads to scrutiny of other seats and potential moves, with multiple world champions Alonso and Sebastian Vettel two yet to confirm their future plans – and seats still technically available in six of the teams. on the grid.

Riccairdo has already confirmed his intention to stay at McLaren for the 2023 season
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Il Borro, London: “The music was bad, the pasta terrible” – restaurant review | Food

Il Borro, 15 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DY. Starters £14-£35, pasta £17-£53, second £29-£75, desserts £11-£16, wines from £50

It was when they started pumping a sweet, melodious cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart into the dining room that I really started to lose the will to live. We had already been subjected to sterilized versions of Madonna classics. Now the Il Borro DJ was giving us an ugly, disfigured cover of Manchester gloomster’s finest. I wasn’t sure which was worse: the lousy music or the seafood pasta with just a langoustine, prawn, three clams and three mussels for £46. In fact, I was sure. The music was very bad. The average pasta was really pathetic.

Il Borro opened last November in a cavernous two-storey marble and blonde wood site near London’s Berkeley Square, and is a spin-off of upscale Italian winery Il Borro near Arezzo, owned of the luxury fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo. In Mayfair, this last sentence functions as preliminaries. The restaurant’s website says it wants to introduce us all to their ‘Tuscan way of life’. This Tuscan way of life involves enough beige furniture to excite a White Company buyer, terrible tartan suits for the head waiters, and a menu whose price is partly bored by the wealthy.

“Big Chunks That Dry Your Mouth”: Braised Beef Stew. Photography: Sophia Evans/The Observer

So why go there? Two reasons. First, this man can’t live off small plates and “tidy” lists of natural wines served only in old warehouses. Shadow and light, people. Light and shadow. And second, Il Borro has the words “Tuscan Bistro” above the door. It’s intriguing because London had one just two months before it opened. Russell Norman’s Brutto is something of an elbow-room spot on the table in Clerkenwell, knocking out robust plates of panzanella for £8.40 and penne for ten. The basic proposition is exactly the same; the price and the approach, a little less. Obviously, Il Borro has Mayfair rents and laundry fees to meet and a DJ with extremely questionable tastes to support. But even taking that into account, I wanted to know: does more money buy you better food?

No. It lets you into a strange, roaring alternate reality, where tables of open-necked men stare at their phones, their faces bathed in a blue glow, or bark at each other about the latest best deals. HSBC Global. Vaguely terrified-looking waiters walk around with decanters of aggressively priced reds, their beaks so long and slender you don’t know if they’ll fill punters’ glasses or probe them. Maybe I fantasized there.

'Limp': fried calameretti.
‘Limp’: fried calameretti. Photography: Sophia Evans/The Observer

We get exuberant talk about how all the ingredients are organic, in keeping with the winery’s deep commitment to sustainability, and how much is transported from the winery itself. One dish mentions the “little Tuscan chicken”. I ask the waiter if that means the chicken is literally from Tuscany, a feat considering the current state of air travel. He checks with the kitchen. Yes, he said enthusiastically, it’s a Tuscan chicken. Because obviously no mediocre British chicken will do. If the hens made the trip, none of the whites on the estate did. They are not on the list. Other things are. The cheapest bottle here is £50. I find a delightful Villa Sparina Gavi for £80, which I could retail for £16.45. It would therefore only be an increase of a factor of four. Shut up and drink your wine.

Anyway, we’re here for dinner, so let’s go. Sometimes, when an experience goes from mediocrity to “I want mommy”, I fear that a superb dish will present itself, the praise of which will interfere with the flow of my rantings. I have to be fair. At Il Borro, that never happens. It starts with an average selection of poorly made breads, including swabs of focaccia with the dense, moist texture of a soggy Tena pad. It’s strange. London is full of great focaccia. Tuscany too for that matter. How can they think that big piece of blood sausage is OK?

'Lean': linguine with seafood.
‘Lean’: linguine with seafood. Photography: Sophia Evans/The Observer

Beginners take an age to keep up with servers giving out unrequested updates. Unfortunately, they eventually arrive. Calamaretti and gamberi fritti are soft, as if the bright surroundings gave them performance anxiety. This suggests that they sat on the pass for a while, long enough for the thinly sliced ​​fried zucchini filling to take on a strong fishy flavor.

Then there’s this skinny seafood pasta for £46. When you find yourself counting seashells and you only get to three, something happens. The sauce is dull and sweet; the modest amount of al dente pasta is the only solid part of the dish. This extremely well traveled chicken is described on the menu as spicy. What happens is dull and numb. He made the trip in vain. The most extraordinary is the peposo, a famous Tuscan stew of braised beef and peppercorns. At Brutto, it’s a luscious and comforting winter stew, full of tangled meat and bright spices. It costs £15.80. At Il Borro, the braised meat is in chunky, mouth-drying chunks. It costs £41. Blimey, eating like a rustic Italian is expensive these days.

“Thunderclap”: tiramisu.
“Thunderclap”: tiramisu. Photography: Sophia Evans/The Observer

The peposo comes with tanned, hard-cornered fried polenta bricks, like Jenga blocks, but not nearly as fun to play. A humble Italian ingredient was engineered within an inch of its life to become less food and more a fashion item. Wear it as a brooch. As a consolation prize we order a £9 side of their triple baked fries with rosemary salt. They, too, arrive lukewarm and chewy and, for what it’s worth, without a hint of rosemary. I don’t usually complain about mediocre dishes lest I tell them everything is less than happy. I’m afraid they don’t cooperate when we ask to send a photographer. These are so ridiculously bad I can’t help it. I invite the server to try them. Why should I suffer alone? They are removed from the bill. From a list of uninspiring desserts, complete with cheesecake and panna cotta, we split a £12 tiramisu.

The bill is £334 with no surprises. What’s really depressing is the lack of ambition in a city full of great Italian restaurants. What is even more depressing is that he is doing a roaring trade. It’s full of people eating lousy food without caring about the prices. But the most depressing thing, at least for me, is that nothing I say about any of this will make the slightest difference. There was only one thing to do. I went home and listened to Joy Division to cheer me up.


One of the founders of Toklas in London, rated very positively on this page a few weeks ago, is behind a new business which will open next month in Margate. The Fort Road Hotel, located inside one of the oldest buildings in the city, describes itself as an “art and gastronomic destination” thanks to the involvement of Curly magazine founder Matthew Slotover of Toklas and artist Tom Gidley. There will be artwork by Margate-born Tracey Emin and a pork terrine menu with pickled cherries, clay oven-baked sea trout and wild blackberry pancakes. To

Robbie Lorraine, last seen cooking up a slightly crazy but utterly compelling menu at his Only Food and Courses restaurant in Brixton, will be the head chef at Boys Hall, a new hotel which will also open in Kent in September. Its menu will include lobster fritters alongside braised pork belly with bacon jam, black pudding and pork crockery. Visit

Generally, crowdfunders are used to help open restaurants. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that chef Damian Wawrzyniak started one to help close his own. Faced with rising costs on all fronts, Wawrzyniak has decided that the last service at his modern Polish restaurant House of Feasts in Peterborough will take place on August 21. In a new venture that may not be welcomed positively by all, he is now looking to raise £50,000 to help pay his staff and suppliers. He then intends to find a new location. You can read all about it here.

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa is a style icon in a stylish outfit for stunning black and white photos, BLINK says “Why so hot?” | fashion trends

BLACKPINK member Lisa posted black and white photos of herself on Instagram today. They showed the rapper looking like a total style icon in a chic combination of tank top and denim.

The combination of white tops and denim jeans will forever remain iconic. It’s a style statement that has become almost a fashion adage at this point, and it’s easy to guess why. It is one of the most comfortable and fashionable trends that has always been a favorite of fashion enthusiasts over the years because one can easily go from a dressy look to a casual look in this cut. And BLACKPINK member Lisa understands that better than anyone. Today, the rapper took to her Instagram page to drop some black and white photos in this jumpsuit and garnered plenty of praise from BLINKs.

On Sunday, Lisa proved she’s a true style icon after posting several black and white photos from a new shoot. They showed the BLACKPINK member standing in front of a mirror and performing stunning poses for the camera. She donned a casual-chic look for the photos, a perfect choice to beat the summer heat in style. Check out the photos below. (Also read: BLACKPINK’s Lisa in the Coolest Outfit Enjoys a Great View of the Eiffel Tower While in Paris: All Photos Inside)

Lisa chose a white tank top with dark denim pants for the black and white photos. While the sleeveless top features a round neckline, wide straps and a fitted silhouette, the denim jeans feature a low rise, loose distressed detailing and a quirky waistband. In the end, Lisa chose open center tresses, black winged eyeliner and minimal makeup to complete the whole thing.

After Lisa shared the footage, BLINKs took to the comments section to compliment the musician’s post. One fan wrote: “Why is it so hot?” Another commented, “WE LOVE YOU LISA.” Many fans reacted to the photos by dropping heart and heart emojis.

Earlier, Lisa shared photos from her time in Paris. They showed the rapper posing on the terrace of the Bvlgari hotel in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. She wore a gold sequin jacket with dark blue flared jeans and a black top for the photoshoot. Check out the images below.

Meanwhile, Lisa traveled to Paris last month to attend Celine’s menswear show. BTS’s V, aka Kim Taehyung, and actor Park Bo-gum accompanied Lisa. The trio wore stylish outfits to attend the glamorous fashion show.

Additionally, K-pop group BLACKPINK is gearing up to make their comeback this year in August. This will be their first album after almost two years.

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Fall River native building on his success as a fashion designer

FALL RIVER — Last year, Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie had his big chance as a fashion designer. Now he’s building on that success and bringing it back to his hometown as much as he can.

“It’s so overwhelming, but it’s also such a good feeling,” he said.

In 2021, Lavoie, worked with his brother, Jonathan Lavoie, and another partner, Stephan Solway, to launch JL Creative Studios to sell clothes he designed.

In the months that followed, his brand quickly grew, with requests for his custom canvas jackets and vests coming from NBA players and musical artists.

And, he started working as a personal stylist for the likes of professional basketball player Ta’Quan Zimmerman and famed auto broker Brandon Medford. He broke into this business by connecting with people who bought him custom jackets.

“Now it has become a partnership,” he said.

“It all started with an artist”:Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie is launching a fashion label

Now Lavoie is getting noticed by bigger companies, including Carhartt, Fashion Nova and Ethika, who work with him and supply clothes to his clients.

Lavoie, a graduate of BMC Durfee High School, began working with his alma mater’s fashion department last year to teach students about the industry as well as sewing and design classes. He has also worked with other schools in the city, including Talbot Middle School and Resiliency Preparatory Academy.

On July 30, he’ll be hosting an outdoor event (likely in Kennedy Park) to talk to kids about the fashion industry, with plans for a few NBA players to attend. Later this year, he also hopes to hire a few students from Fall River as interns and bring them to fashion events in New York and to his embroidery shop in Providence.

Ta'Quan Zimmerman wearing a custom canvas jacket made by Fall River native Jeremy Lavoie.

In addition to teaching them the ins and outs of the industry, Lavoie also wants to encourage young people to develop their own personal style and have the confidence to promote themselves and build relationships that can help them in the future.

“I get these questions all the time, ‘how did you meet all these people?'” he said. “I want kids to really see, ‘You can do it too. You can make those connections too if you put the work into it.’”

Six weeks before the start of the school year:Fall River scrambles for pre-K class space after lone bidder drops out

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What to watch this weekend: Dakota Johnson’s Persuasion, a French thriller, and Mrs. Harris goes to Paris

Ready to settle in with a good movie or TV show as the week draws to a close and the summer heat sets in? vogueThis weekend’s choices lean heavily towards the cinema and will particularly appeal to all Francophiles. First there’s Claire Denis’ latest film, a subversive romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche, as well as the charming comedy Mrs. Harris goes to Paris starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert, both in theaters now. But there’s also something you can watch from the comfort of your couch, namely Dakota Johnson’s delicious (if divisive) new riff on Jane Austen. Persuasion, which premiered on Friday via Netflix.

Here, find vogue‘s recommendations on what to watch this weekend, whether it’s a Saturday night or a lazy Sunday morning.


Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, Izuka Hoyle as Henrietta Musgrove, Nia Towle as Louisa Musgrove and Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mary Elliot in Persuasionon Netflix on July 15.Photo: Nick Wall / Courtesy of Netflix

When the first trailer for the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved latest novel, Persuasion, debuted in June, it sent the internet into a wave with its inclusion of Flea bag– stylistic asides and intentionally ahistorical costumes. vogue was the first to get the scoop on the new version of the film about Regency England. “With period pieces, I’m always interested in the connection between then and now,” said director, Carrie Cracknell. vogue in June. “I think period films often teach you as much about when they were made as when they are reproduced, in one way or another.” So what are you waiting for? Come to your own conclusions after watching this weekend.

Persuasion is streaming on Netflix now.

Both sides of the blade

Grégoire Colin as François and Juliette Binoche as Sara in Both sides of the blade.Photo: Courtesy of Curiosa Films

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The high-end fashion brand opens its first airport store in Terminal 2 in Munich

High-end fashion brand Windsor, part of the Swiss Holy Fashion Group, has opened its first airport store in the departure area of ​​Terminal 2 (Level 4) at Munich Airport, Germany.

The 60m2 The store offers exclusive designer clothing for men and women and will be operated by eurotrade, Munich Airport’s retail subsidiary.

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Jan Mangold, Chief Brand Officer, Windsor, Holy Fashion Group, said: “Windsor has steadily expanded its international presence in recent years and Munich is our second home, so to speak. Therefore, the Munich Airport store is the perfect combination of both and marks our first step into travel retail. I look forward to introducing our collections to Munich locals and international travelers with eurotrade.

Dr Jan-Henrik Andersson, Chief Commercial and Security Officer at Munich Airport, said: “We are very pleased that together with Windsor we have acquired one of the premium brands of the Holy Fashion Group for our airport. With its exclusive range of products, the attractive boutique in Windsor perfectly matches the quality that passengers expect from Munich Airport as a 5-star airport.

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Nina Ricci brings a new wave of beach style

Nina Ricci’s Spring/Summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection was a celebration of pastel colors

15.07.2022 | 4:03 p.m. HST

Presented against the backdrop of the Salin d'Aigues-Morte, designer Nana Baehr's collection has taken the nautical style to a luxurious version

Presented against the backdrop of the Salin d’Aigues-Morte, designer Nana Baehr’s collection has taken the nautical style to a luxurious version

The designer combined pastel colored accessories with parachute silk garments to create unique ensembles.

The designer combined pastel colored accessories with parachute silk garments to create unique ensembles.

Lightweight silk dresses in floral prints were among the highlights of the showcase

Lightweight silk dresses in floral prints were among the highlights of the showcase

By combining metallics with pastels, the brand brought a different freshness to ready-to-wear

By combining metallics with pastels, the brand brought a different freshness to ready-to-wear

Monochromatic and minimalist touches overshadowed the collection.

Monochromatic and minimalist touches overshadowed the collection.

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Steadfast in Artistic Activities | Borneo Online Newsletter

Izah Azahari

Two years after facing the pandemic head-on in the Sultanate and successfully managing every wave that has hit the country, people are starting over as they refuse to let COVID-19 hamper their daily lives.

After practicing standard operating procedures (SOPs) since the start of the first wave, the population is now used to health guidelines as they seek to move on with their lives.

The creative industry is no different. Individuals keep trying to make a name for themselves.

In the music industry, local singers were recognized and honored at the coveted Pelangi Awards in June. Local artist Putri Norizah received an exclusive award in recognition of her contribution to the business both locally and internationally.

Faizul Razali won the Chosen Male Vocal Award; Eia won the chosen female award; and Asmai, Waz, Swanz and Aziz Harun won the Chosen Duo/Group Vocal Award.

Meanwhile, Rizal Rasid received the New Artist Award; while Khilaf, composed by Faizul Razali and Fadil A Band Once, won the chosen song award. Satu, composed by Juan Madial and performed by Habib Adanan, won the Chosen Inspirational Song Award; and Perbatasan, produced by The Content Fuel and directed by Nazmo and Hanif Iqbal, won the Chosen Music Video Award.

Local artists performing at the recent Pelangi Awards. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI
Children from SMARTER Brunei paint the wall under the watchful eye of the Sketchone Studio team. PHOTOS: JAMES KON & IZAH AZAHARI
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah presents the exclusive award to Putri Norizah

Held every two years and organized by Radio Television Brunei (RTB), the Pelangi Awards serve as an extension of appreciation for local artists active in the musical arts, including singing and song-making.

He hopes to encourage local talents to produce more high-quality works and improve the local entertainment arena.

On the international stage, Brunei artist Dila Junaidi and her band, The Stars, took part in the 2021 Round of the ASEAN-Korea Music Festival in January, where she performed five songs.

Featuring 15 Korean and nine ASEAN musicians, the six-hour online festival was organized by public broadcaster KBS and sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund (AKCF) and the ASEAN secretariat.

AKCF hoped that the 2021 Round would strengthen the cultural bond and support between ASEAN and Korea through music, while providing the young generation from various countries with the opportunity to communicate through music and promote the formation of an active pop music network linking countries.

In film and cinematography, Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia (MIAA) actively cultivates local talent and skills, including through collaborations with Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and Kolej International Graduate Studies (KIGS ) in its most recent Brunei Islamic Film Festival (BIFF) in March.

Entitled “Islamic Film Genre: Issues, Possibilities and Implications for the Brunei Screen Industry”, MIAA presented the Sultanate Film Festival dedicated to Islamic content as part of the annual Brunei Film Blitz.

The festival kicked off with a symposium allowing participants to explore the concept of film genre and what it means to have a Bruneian Islamic screen identity, with the aim of opening a roadmap for scholarly inquiry into the identity of Bruneian Islamic screen.

The symposium ended with a filmmaking workshop where participants applied what was discussed at the symposium and put it into practice.

During the workshop, participants were given various filmmaking exercises such as ideation, cinematography, sound recording and editing.

Mentorships were available for participants over the next two weeks as they produced their Islamic short films, which were screened in late March.

The BIFF Awards Night screening saw Q Fikri’s Langkah win the Islamic Short Film award, while Muhammad Haziq Aniq bin Hanip’s Hati-Hati Dengan Mata received the Jury Prize.

With BIFF, it was discovered that there were still many stories to be told as mentors explored ideas with participants who offered different perspectives and chose to tell stories in their own way as various genres were incorporated. in Brunei Islamic content.

The shortlisted films explored various Islamic themes including love, conversion to Islam, mental health, life struggles and daily Islamic practices.

The event aimed to encourage Islamic cinema in the Sultanate to provide a starting point for future academic studies.

Meanwhile, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has encouraged, fostered and cultivated the various art forms through its annual Spectrum event, which provides an opportunity to showcase the individual and collective skills gathered over the four years of students study at UBD while serving as a means for them to express themselves through their disciplines.

Fifty-three final year students from UBD’s Design and Creative Industries (DCI) program unveiled their graduation exhibition “Spectrum 2022: Infinite” following the motto “Exploring the Unbounded Depth of Creativity” for the Spectrum of this year, delving beyond the limitation of artistic ideals in a contemporary way through their creative projects.

Works featured fine art, media arts and design, installations, media production to publication, product design, conceptual architecture and interior design, and fashion design .

The exhibition was open to the public from May 23 to June 23 and also featured gallery talks which saw six to seven students share their creative and artistic practices as well as the process of creating the works on display.

Although there has been no significant fashion movement since the start of the pandemic, as travel restrictions have prevented local fashion designers from traveling to showcase their designs, discussions of sustainability of the fashion industry are actively conducted with fashion designers from Brunei. , Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

One such talk was held virtually as part of the 3rd Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Budayaw Festival in December 2021 on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. of fashion.

Fadzil Hadin of Dubai-based Chantique Brunei, Indonesian fashion designer Emmy Thee known for showcasing sustainable fashion, Emi Eglis representing the Philippines known for her use of traditional fashion in modern design and owner Anna Sue Couture, Dr. Sharifah Shukran, better known as Anna Sue in the fashion world, attended the event.

The dialogue sessions featured discussions on how COVID-19 has affected the fashion industry, particularly the cancellation of fashion shows.

Designers said the pandemic has pushed them to be more creative, adapt to the new normal using technology and hold virtual fashion shows.

Designers were also pushed to think outside the box by collaborating with other creatives such as photographers and videographers.

Fashion designers agreed that COVID-19 has brought people in the industry closer together and better prepared them to tackle challenges together.

The event also showcased the designers’ collections via a fashion short film.

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French Ceva Logistics acquires Spedag Interfreight

As part of its growth plan, the French Ceva Logistics has finalized the acquisition of Spedag Interfreight, an expert in international freight transport covering several countries in East Africa. The announcement comes after all customary closing conditions have been finalized, including obtaining regulatory approvals from relevant authorities.

Ceva acquired the logistics entity from the M+R Spedag group, a family-owned transport and logistics company headquartered in Switzerland. Spedag Interfreight is one of the most capable and reliable logistics providers in East Africa with dedicated industry teams with leading expertise in relevant vertical markets including energy and infrastructure, aid and relief, oil and gas and raw materials. Approximately 400 employees across 24 locations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan joined Ceva following the closing of the transaction, Ceva said in a press release.

Ceva remains committed to a “think global, act local” growth strategy by adding Spedag Interfreight’s local market understanding to Ceva’s premier global network. The acquisition strengthens Ceva’s end-to-end global logistics capabilities. Ceva Logistics is now present in 44 African countries.

As part of its growth plan, the French Ceva Logistics has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Spedag Interfreight, an expert in international freight transport covering several countries in East Africa. The announcement comes after all customary closing conditions have been finalized, including obtaining regulatory approvals from relevant authorities.

The company’s ambition is to make the African market a significant part of its turnover by 2025, and Spedag Interfreight will open up new opportunities for East Africa’s growth potential. For example, Kenya acts as a key maritime gateway for East Africa. Thanks to a recent expansion and modernization project, the port of Mombasa is expected to carry over 1.7 million TEUs in 2023. The Kenya Ports Authority expects the port to handle 47 million tonnes of cargo by 2032, an increase of 57% over current levels.

Ceva continues to implement its strategic growth plan under the vision of the CMA CGM group. With the support of the group, Ceva welcomed more than 20,000 new employees thanks to the acquisitions of the former commerce and lifecycle services business of Ingram Micro and Colis Privé, France’s leading private last mile provider.

In addition, the CMA CGM group announced in April that it had signed an agreement to acquire nearly 100% of the capital of GEFCO, European leader in automotive logistics and international expert in multimodal supply chain solutions. The European Commission has authorized the group to immediately acquire the capital of GEFCO, pending final approval.

“With the addition of Spedag Interfreight in East Africa, we continue to execute key regional initiatives in our strategic growth plan. This acquisition is a perfect continuation of our organic growth and M&A activity in Africa over the past two years, as well as the recent acquisitions of Ingram Micro CLS and Colis Privé. Our global reach allows us to offer a wide range of responsive logistics solutions thanks to our experienced local teams”, Mathieu Friedberg, CEO, Cevasaid.

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What the hell happened to the Gap?

Fisher planned to call the store Pants and Discs, but his wife Doris came up with the winning name: “The Gap,” short for generation gap.

The Gap capitalized on the rise of denim as a go-to look for a generation of young Americans, then expanded into khakis, t-shirts, tops, hoodies and other basics. The brand has won over everyone from moms to office workers to celebrities like Sharon Stone, who wore a black Valentino skirt and $26 Gap faux turtleneck to the 1996 Oscars.
At the time, it was a symbol of cool, laid-back style. “As ubiquitous as McDonald’s, as centralized as the former Soviet Union, and as American as Mickey Mouse, The Gap Inc. has you covered, from cradle to grave,” The New York Times said in 1992.

But sales for the flagship Gap brand have plummeted for years and it’s become an afterthought for many American shoppers. The company’s other brands, including Old Navy and Banana Republic, also struggled.

On Monday, the company announced that CEO Sonia Syngal would step down after less than three years. She will be replaced by an interim CEO while the company searches for a permanent leader.

Here’s what the next CEO will fall into Difference (GPS).

Overexpansion and competition

The Gap benefited from the expansion of suburban malls in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming one of the largest mall stores in the United States. Its fortunes are therefore largely linked to that of shopping malls – good news in the 90s, but terrible news now. Malls quickly lost customers to online shopping and big box stores.

Gap said in 2020 that it would close 30% of its Gap and Banana Republic stores in North America by 2024 – mostly in malls.

In the decades since the heyday of the malls, Gap has lost touch with the baby boomers who grew up with the brand and failed to appeal to the Gen Z and millennials who are at home. origin of fashion trends today, according to analysts.

At the same time, brands and retailers such as Levi (LEVI), Target (TGT) and fast-fashion sellers H&M and Zara lured denim shoppers from Gap. Direct-to-consumer online brands have also reduced Gap’s audience.

“When they were great, there just wasn’t the ecosystem for smaller, niche players,” said Ken Pilot, former Gap chairman and longtime company executive. “Gap was competing with department stores and killing them.”

Gap has also cannibalized its own brand with similar styles at Old Navy and Banana Republic, he added: “It was smart the way they built their portfolio, but even these created their own form of competition to the Gap brand.”

Gap has tried several strategies to revitalize its flagship brand, including partnering with Kanye West for a Yeezy-branded clothing line. But the partnership did not significantly increase sales.

Its initiatives “have been piecemeal rather than part of a larger, cohesive revitalization plan,” GlobalData Retail analyst Neil Saunders said in a note to clients on Monday.

Moreover, the flagship brand is less and less important for the company. Old Navy and Athleta are its future: Together they will account for about 70% of Gap’s total sales by 2023, according to the company.

Leadership faux pas

Whoever becomes Gap’s new leader will not be the first of its CEOs to face challenges.

Mickey Drexler, known as the “Merchant Prince”, was the person who made Gap a powerhouse in the 1990s. First president of the Gap division and then CEO of the company from 1995, Drexler has pushed Gap to expand beyond jeans into khakis and oversaw the creation of budget chain Old Navy in 1994.

But it was also during Drexler’s tenure that Gap lost its connection with its key customers. He suffered 24 consecutive quarters of declining same-store sales towards the end of his reign, and he resigned in 2002.
The company then brought in several CEOs, including former disney (SAY) executive Paul Pressler, pharmacy executive Glenn Murphy and Gap veteran Art Peck. Sonia Syngal succeeded Peck in 2020.

“Gap’s failure is entirely due to its lack of leadership,” said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia University’s business school. “They had a brilliant period of growth and popularity, which they squandered.”

More recently, Gap attempted to spin off from Old Navy, which is now the company’s largest brand. But it reversed course in 2020 after sales plummeted.
Since then, Old Navy has continued to struggle, including with a failed attempt to revamp sizing to make it more inclusive. The move was initially welcomed, but the brand ended up offering too many extra-small and extra-large items and not enough of its most popular medium sizes. In May, Old Navy announced that it would revisit this strategy.

Old Navy’s “challenges are taking much longer than expected to resolve,” B. Riley Financial analyst Susan Anderson said in a note to clients on Tuesday. “A fresh look across the whole business could be good for the brand.”

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RK Jewelers stages royal elegance | fashion trends

With a passion for jewelry and a desire to create timeless jewelry, RK Jewelers was established in 1993, with its flagship store in South Extension II. Over its three decades of existence, the brand has gradually carved out a place for itself, built a business on artistic excellence, exceptional craftsmanship, trust and relationships.

The RK Jewelers workshop is known for its unparalleled designs, meticulous craftsmanship and natural purity. With a wide, exotic range of timeless pieces, she epitomizes elegance and taste in an effortless combination of heritage and contemporary influences. Today, she prides herself on being a shining beacon of what a premium jewelry brand should be.

RK Jewelers store in South Ex, New Delhi

Association with IMS

Jewelry is a very important part of style, giving it class and timelessness. Therefore, RK Jewelers is delighted to be associated with the Hindustan Times India’s Most Stylish (IMS) Awards. It was something they wanted to do, because this platform really recognizes various personalities for their style quotient.

Jewelery launch at IMS

By honoring generations and evoking reverence, antique jewelry transcends time without losing its charm. This is the kind of jewelry they will present at this event. Heirlooms preserve the memories attached to them, as they are passed down from generation to generation. There’s something amazing about how personalized jewelry can bridge the generational gap.

Royal gold and kundan necklace in 22k hallmarked gold

A rose cut diamond necklace with Colombian emeralds

The showrunners in the foreground

Rohan Sharma and Prakshi Sharma are at the forefront and run the show. Prakshi is an award-winning designer from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (USA) and leads all design and creative aspects of the business, while Rohan is an engineer and gemologist by training and takes care of the commercial part. . Together, they have taken the brand forward, also internationally, by adding a modern style.

The brand vision for IMS

With IMS, the brand wants to celebrate and honor the achievements in different areas of the fashion industry who work tirelessly to entertain us and make us proud. With an awareness of fashion today, they aim to bring the best in fashion and style that will transform the jewelry industry. The vision of RK Jewelers is to bring everyone together on this great platform and celebrate people’s outstanding contribution.

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Confronting Stereotypes of Asian Women through Fashion Design

This article is part of Concentrate’s Voices of Youth series, which features content created by Washtenaw County youth in partnership with Concentrate staff mentors, as well as stories from adult writers who examine issues important to youth. local young people. In this episode, student artist Ella Yip shares her design for a dress that challenges common stereotypes of Asian women.

For more on this topic from Ella, check out the story she and fellow Voices of Youth participant Thylicia Babumba wrote about how stereotypes affect the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Ella explains each of the elements of her design as follows:

High: The shirt underneath represents who you really are, the design showing the complexity of all identity and personality. The layered chemise, made of a flowing light pink sheer tulle, shows how one identity can be masked by the prejudices and stereotypes of others. This top is inspired by the traditional Chinese dress, a Cheongsam, representing Asian heritage.

Cut: The waist of the dress has a corset look. This represents a stereotype/beauty norm that Asian women face regarding their expected body appearance and the stereotypes that surround their figure.

Left trouser leg: Represents words, sayings and opinions that can be internalized to combat stereotypes. The volume of the pants should represent the size or the amount of ways anyone can push back the stereotypes.

Right trouser leg: These pants are tight to represent the “real skin” and the complexity of a person: not how others see you, but who you really are.

Form: The train is made of a dark black mesh, burlap material, representing how stereotypes follow all Asian women and how they can sometimes feel. However, the fabric is porous with many gaps, which accounts for the fault and the lack of real evidence to support the stereotypes faced by Asian identities.

Color pallet: The color scheme, consisting of almost all red hues, is another way of representing Asian, especially Chinese, heritage. Red is a prominent color, considered to bring good luck, and the color is worn on almost all special occasions, weddings, etc.

Artist Statement:

I have loved fashion design almost all my life. I drew dresses as soon as I had the materials, making patterns on my baby blankets. I learned to sew around 6 years old when my mother got tired of me cutting my dolls’ clothes because I was playing “couturier”.

As an artist, speaking through something other than words inspires me. I like to see how I can make people think just by looking at something. Spreading a message with more than just words is something I hope to take even further in the future and even hopefully bring these pieces to life!

Concentrate staff member Yen Azzaro mentored Ella’s Voices of Youth on this project.

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Before Our Homes Got Smart: 7 Vintage Appliances Reminiscent of a Bygone Era

Written by Jacopo Prisco, CNN

Dutch designer Jaro Gielens’ basement is a sight to behold: the 1,000 square foot space has been converted into a vault for one of the world’s largest collections of small appliances from the 1960s to the 1990s – with mostly items in mint- condition. A niche activity, you might think, but together these objects hold stories that go far beyond the walls of one’s home.

“A unique fact is that all items are complete with original packaging,” he said in an email interview. “The images and graphics on the box best illustrate how these products were presented and marketed, and often indicate which period the product originated from.”

The collection now has 1,370 references, covering all product categories except vacuum cleaners and microwave ovens. The largest group represented is coffee makers, followed by hair dryers, blenders and dental appliances. Some of the most iconic items are featured in the new collector’s book, “Sweet electronics.”

Gadgets speak to a very different era of product design that coincided with new consumer behaviors and needs.

Unlike the expected obsolescence associated with today’s devices, these older models were built to last – Gielens uses some of them and says many still work as intended to this day. This fits with one of the great design principles promulgated in the late 1970s by Dieter Rams, the influential designer whose work at Braun was often praised by former Apple design director Jony Ive. Good design, Rams said, meant making products that were useful, understandable, durable and environmentally friendly.

At the same time, according to Gielens, the introduction of new materials has allowed manufacturers to offer more products. “New and better types of plastics and smaller electrical components have helped designers make devices for all types of tasks. And changes in lifestyle, hobbies and fashion have demanded and provided opportunities for these new devices,” he said.

Remarkably, he only started the collection five years ago. Since there was very little information available on many of the products he found, he decided to create a online catalog which includes them all.

His book contains a selection of around 100 objects from the cache, all filled with promise for a much improved, efficient or glamorous home life, dominated by curved lines and bright colors – beautiful relics of a simpler world. and more carefree.

Below, the collector shared a few of his favorite things.

Dame Braun Luftkissen HLH 1

“Perhaps the best example of a ‘Soft Electronics’ product. A revolutionary design combined with a completely new form of use: hands-free hair drying. The transparent helmet gives it a very futuristic look. This design was copied by almost all other manufacturers in the second half of the 1970s.”

(Picture above)

Bosch coffee maker K12

Bosch Kaffeemühle K12. Credit: Jaro Gielens/Soft Electronics/gestalten

“In my opinion, the perfect coffee grinder for filter coffee. You can grind the coffee directly in a filter holder which can be placed under the grinder. The design has a very elegant geometry with the large transparent cylinder integrated into the shape otherwise more rectangular from the base.”

Philips Ladyshave HP 2111

The Philips Ladyshave HP 2111.

The Philips Ladyshave HP 2111. Credit: Studio Sucrow/Soft Electronics/Gestalten

“Philips has sold tens of millions of women’s cosmetic shavers worldwide. They were six years ahead of Braun with this new product, having been competitors to men’s electric shavers for a few years already. The design of the HP 2111 is the result of a major design harmonization project with Philips in the mid-1970s. Fun fact: all Ladyshavers were produced in Philips factories in Austria (instead of the Netherlands).

SEB Filter Coffee Maker

SEB Filter coffee maker.

SEB Filter coffee maker. Credit: Studio Sucrow/Soft Electronics/Gestalten

“The first device with an anti-drip mechanism. Many manufacturers would eventually add this feature, but they were all trying to solve it differently. The design shows how small French manufacturers were catching up in terms of production quality. The large colored plastic and transparent plastic parts are all of very high quality.And SEB has succeeded in developing a unique style for its products.

Kenwood Deluxe Cheffettte

Kenwood Cheffette de Luxe.

Kenwood Cheffette de Luxe. Credit: Jaro Gielens/Soft Electronics/gestalten

“There have been several Kenwood Chefette mixers over the years, and they’re still sold today. But this really is the best version: in beige and country brown, with the updated octagonal shape. more modernist than you might wish.”

Philips BOX 2 HR 2010

Philips BOX 2 HR 2010.

Philips BOX 2 HR 2010. Credit: Studio Sucrow/Soft Electronics/Gestalten

“At the beginning of the 1980s, Philips developed a whole product line: the Box series. All versions were based on two main sections: a foldable stand and a motor module. It was a real transformer-type product, multifunctional and The largest and most complete version would make a complete kitchen machine, with many add-ons and even a custom storage cabinet.Unfortunately the whole series was discontinued after just one year.

Braun 550

The cover of "Sweet electronics" by gestalten and Jaro Gielens presents the Braun 550 hair dryer.

The cover of “Soft Electronics” by gestalten and Jaro Gielens presents the Braun 550 hair dryer. Credit: Studio Sucrow/Jaro Gielens/Soft Electronics/gestalten

“Hairdryers of the mid-1970s were much smaller, and the cord storage in the handle is a fine example of preparing these appliances as travel accessories. The shape is unique as it is perfectly rounded and completely free of surfaces flat or united.”

“Soft Electronics” by Jaro Gielens is published by gestalten.

Top image caption: The Lady Braun Luftkissen HLH 1.

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New balance; NOWinSA brand failure of the month, or is it? – fashion beauty

Coming soon: New Balance Teddy Santis 990v3

First of all, where is Craig Bowen? Well, for those who may not know who Craig Bowen is, he is the boss of New Balance South Africa. Nonetheless, you can be forgiven for not knowing him or not having come across his name to begin with since he gave us nothing, us New Balance fans in South Africa, to remember him by.

New Balance SA is deaf

Unfortunately, New Balance South Africa keeps rubbing salt on customers’ wounds over and over again, making it seem like it’s some kind of brand that doesn’t take its SA fan base seriously, so much so that she seems willing to mislead both her existing and potential customers just to direct them to their website.

What am I talking about, you might ask? For months New Balance had been floating around with images of the New Balance 550 successor, the 650R.

Successor to New Balance 550, the 650R.

It was highly anticipated and as a die-hard fan myself, I did some groundwork to get a pair for me and one for our lucky reader. In one of my previous communications – via Twitter DM – with New Balance SA, I was assured (as noted in the tweet below) that they would let customers know when the shoes were available.

Fast forward to May 5, 2022, without any warning as previously promised, New Balance SA posted a link on their Twitter page which I immediately followed and got a message saying “this item is no longer available” .

Keep in mind that there was no email correspondence. Then about a week later they made sure to let us know that they would be posting the silhouette 327 restock, along with the xc72, but no updates on the ALD 650 R.

So I tweeted them again, only to have them tell me they were all sold? How? I was on the page the minute the link went live, I called all of their experience stores and none of them had stock or even knew what the 650 R was .

At this point I was livid because it costs double the price to import New Balance sneakers into South Africa, that is if you can find a pair that doesn’t cost twice or three times the Retail price. And it turns out we weren’t the only ones frustrated by this. Even well-known SA personality George Mguni aka @Okay_wasabi previously lamented the unavailability of another popular silhouette (Salehe Bembury).

Wasabi also shared her struggles to find a pair from another popular New Balance collaboration, saying, “I’m ashamed I have nothing but love for you New Balance SA. You are amazing. But you betrayed me by not bringing the shoes too. I am hurt.”

The most popular New Balance silhouettes have gone MIA

Where are Joe Fresh Goods 9060? What about the general release of the Sea Salt 9060s? For starters, New Balance SA doesn’t have an active Instagram page, so it’s no surprise that they seem to be dead out of tune with what people want. To simply break it down for anyone who cares to listen, we want access to JJJJound, Aime Leon Dore, Kith, Stray Rats, Basement collabs. We want someone who will go to bat for the South African sneaker community, in this case diehard New Balance fans.

According to this article, I have previously written about New Balance and alluded to the fact that they may not be aware of the potential they have to dominate the South African market. To me, it’s become clear that this isn’t going to happen anytime soon unless the executives of New Balance SA have some idea of ​​what’s going on in sneaker culture – unless all they want us to do is give, these are running shoes.

Where are Joe Fresh Goods 9060?

Perhaps it’s the old age story of not having enough representation in senior offices or companies that has made them so detached from sneakerhead culture. It doesn’t help that they isolated themselves and are not reachable like other big brands. There is not so much as a contact number. It’s discouraging to say the least.

Until they sat down with key figures in the local sneaker community like Rohin Ramjee, Okay Wasabi and Joshua Dunn to discuss a way forward.

Better yet, how about New Balance SA throwing an event at one of its experience stores to appease fans and make enough pairs of Joe Fresh Goods and Teddy Santis available on the day. We’re not asking for free stuff, we just want to be on par with our American and European counterparts at New Balance.

So for this never-ending disappointment, and more so against my will, I’m dubbing it our NOWinSA Brand Failure of the Month. Hold your L, NB team!

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Harry Styles can get away with wearing a skirt. But can I? | men’s fashion

I likes clothes, including those defined as feminine. I rarely wear such things outside, because who has the guts? Now could be the time. Gendered fashion is, it seems, dead. After wearing sweatpants for two years, men want to free their legs. To test the cultural temperature, I borrowed a long black skirt from my friend Rowena, and I’m wearing it in South London, to see if anyone cares. They do. Men in skirts might have a moment, but my experience is excruciating. Passers-by look at me with narrowed eyes, as if I were a piece of long division.

It looks so easy on magazine covers. Harry Styles, Pete Davidson and NBA star Russell Westbrook have burned the menswear rulebook, while celebrities such as Kid Cudi, Lewis Hamilton and Oscar Isaac are also celebrated as skirt kings straight male. Thom Browne, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons have all pushed the look in the latest collections. But catwalks and red carpets are one thing, Peckham Rye in a split maxi is another. I might as well wear a colander for a wreath.

The skirt itself is great. Free, airy and elegant. “Is it a man’s skirt?” asks a woman sitting in front of a store. “Unisex,” I reply, telling a white lie. “Sounds good,” she decides. It’s hard to tell what people are thinking just from their expression. There is also another complication. In most parts of the world, much of which is warm, it is normal for men to wear airy clothing on their legs. Religious clothing often has a dress form. People might try to find out if I’m wearing a jalabiya or a jubba or even a sarong. I could be a funky clergyman. I’m basically wearing a skirt with an exit clause. It’s time to go bold.

Work… Rhik Samadder. Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

I return the laundry number to Rowena and we go shopping. At a charity shop, I’m drawn to an animal print Lipsy number. “It’s a Wag prosecco dress,” laments Rowena, who doesn’t believe in mince words. “And not your role model.” I take a midi paisley, in white and coral. Sweet, sort of 90s and fun. I buy it, but not everyone is sold. “Maybe we do,” my friend said at home, pulling out some pins and taking it 25cm. She ties my T-shirt in a crop top that reveals the belly. “Now that’s a look.”

I could wear this near art school and blend in. But where would the fun be in that? I’m taking a trip to east London, to an old fashioned fruit and veg market. Traders look at me, but no one tells me to put away my plums. Similarly, in a crowded greasy spoon. Some of the older clientele seem a little offended, which doesn’t do any good. I don’t want to upset anyone. But I’m only wearing a skirt. Men in shorts run topless wherever they want and no one bats an eyelid.

In public transport, no one says anything. Then again, you could wear a pillowcase like a chef’s toque and talk to a blancmange on a bus and no one would notice. In the street, there are more interactions. An elderly Chinese woman staggers to tell me that I look good. I ask if the skirt is too short. “No. Pretty,” she says. What a baller. (For what it’s worth, another older woman shouts “What’s that?” in my direction.)

Young people are usually on board. “Slay,” smiled a teenage girl shyly. There are quite a few “work it!” to balance the disgust. School kids are the worst, bless their ailing hearts, but most are just curious.

I think gender roles are prisons, and we should all wear what we want. And I doubt I’m alone. I went to drama school and I would say about 100% of the boys were there so they could wear dresses. By the way, I am confusing two different garments here. Is there more of a cultural model for “the man in a dress” as opposed to a skirt? The aesthetic unity of dresses has always appealed to me, more so than skirts. In any case, we aspire to the forbidden.

There could be another reason for the confused faces. It is unusually cold for the season and it is raining. I don’t feel a pleasant lightness; the wind whips between my legs. Maybe I just look chilly.

Other steep learning curves include knowing how to sit on public transport (place bag on lap, not between), thigh modesty, and where in the hell’s teeth to put my stuff. It’s nothing if not a great lesson in empathy. Everyone should experience the exposure, scrutiny, and restricted movement that skirt wearers endure.

While time is the most hostile force I encounter, I wouldn’t say men in skirts are normalized. “What is that ?” is dehumanizing language, not good for old self-esteem. At first, I shrink. Then I straighten up. Look at me and I’ll look back at you. But distrust is tiring, and it saddens me that a man cannot wear a beautiful garment without arming himself with this combative attitude. I don’t have the energy for that every day. I can’t say what I’ll be wearing tomorrow, but I do know this: there will be fucking pockets on it.

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“Folklore lends itself to it”: Irish horror films enjoy mainstream success | Ireland

A century after Bram Stoker introduced Dracula to the world, Irish storytellers are once again conjuring up vampires – along with zombies, ghosts, changelings and macabre and mysterious diseases – and this time on the big screen.

Young directors are channeling Ireland’s dark folklore and contemporary social ills into a wave of horror films that are finding mainstream audiences overseas.

The country’s small film industry has made 20 horrors in the past six years, with two more slated for release in the fall. The output ranges from slashers to horror comedies to psychological thrillers with supernatural elements.

Four of the 11 films presented at the FrightFest festival in Glasgow earlier this year were made in Ireland and Northern Ireland. American network TBS, which is part of Warner Bros, is turning a 2019 film, Extra Ordinary, into a television series.

You Are Not My Mother, which was a finalist for an Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, recently landed on Netflix.

“Irish folklore is particularly dark and lends itself to horror,” said the film’s writer and director Kate Dolan, 31. “Not a lot of happy endings – a lot of people are dragged down to their loss.”

A scene from the 2018 film The Hole in the Ground. Photography: Screen Ireland

Her debut feature, which cost €400,000 (£340,000), tells the story of a bullied teenage girl in a Dublin suburb who grows alarmed at her mother’s transformation, hinting at causes supernatural, mental illness and social alienation. The New York Times called it awesome, creepydeeply metaphorical and genuinely harrowing.

Dolan grew up in Dublin listening to her grandmothers’ stories of changelings, diseases and curses, which led her to question the origin and power of such beliefs. “I grew up in a row of townhouses and the idea that anything could happen there, and you’d be as isolated as you would be in a cabin in the woods, with no one to help you – I think I’ve found that even scarier.”

Dolan is currently writing screenplays for two horror-tinged films with LGBTQ themes.

Hollywood noted emerging talent from Ireland. Lee Cronin, who made a name for himself with the 2019 chiller The Hole in the Ground, set in rural Ireland, has directed the upcoming Evil Dead Rise, the latest in the Evil Dead franchise.

The ability to make small budgets and tap into ancient and contemporary Irish anxieties has drawn filmmakers into horror, said Louise Ryan, spokeswoman for Screen Ireland, a state agency that has funded many films. “The flexibility of the genre has attracted a lot of directors.”

Vivarium, a 2019 sci-fi horror starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots that premiered in Cannes, was inspired by ghost housing estates in Ireland, which were abandoned during a financial crash. “It was a way of talking about the social contract and people being trapped by a system,” said director Lorcan Finnegan, 43.

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in the 2019 film Vivarium
Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots in the 2019 film Vivarium. Photography: Screen Ireland

His next film, Nocebo, is about a London fashion designer who seeks help from a Filipino nanny for a tick-related illness. Filmed in Dublin and Manila, and starring Eva Green and Mark Strong, it explores cultural exploitation.

It took a long time for Irish filmmakers to embrace the Irish heritage of storytelling and folklore, Finnegan said. “I grew up hearing stories from my parents about banshees and fairy curses, but it wasn’t really depicted in movies until 10 or 15 years ago.”

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Let the Wrong One In, a Dublin vampire horror-comedy set to be released around Halloween, paid tribute to Dubliner Bram Stoker by filming a scene at Dracula’s Castle, a tourist attraction in Dublin that claims have the only Bram Stoker Dracula in the world. vampire museum.

“It always seemed strange to me growing up that there were no Irish horror films,” said Let the Wrong One In director Conor McMahon, 42. When he started making short films as a teenager, he noticed that horrors had the best response. .

“All of my feature films have been in the horror genre and I’ll probably stay there. That’s what I like to do. There are so many subgenres that it never feels like you’re doing the same thing.

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The Russian alternative to McDonald’s in the face of the shortage of fries

The recently opened Russian alternative to McDonald’s – which left the country in May because of Russia’s war in Ukraine – is both a fast-food chain and a currency in Moscow’s propaganda campaigns.

In a shortage forged by symbolism, Vkusno i Tochka, which translates to “Tasty and that’s it”, is limiting the sale of fries this summer because it is unable to stock up on potatoes in quantity sufficient, the company told Russian news agency Tass Friday.

The Russian franchise said it was running out of country-style potatoes on the menu, its thicker cousin the Americanized fry, due to supply chain disruptions caused in part by war and Western sanctions.

The fast-food chain, which opened archless in June, said it generally seeks domestic sources for its products. But a poor potato harvest last year left Russia with a limited supply, Vkusno i Tochka told Tass, and the company was unable to fill the void with starch imports. .

Vkusno i Tochka said potatoes will fully return to its menu this fall, after the next harvest. Other “major players” in the market are facing similar difficulties, the company told Tass.

On Telegram, however, the Russian Ministry of Agriculture denied the news of a shortage of potatoes, The BBC reported.

Moscow’s former McDonald’s reopens without Big Macs

Countries from Japan to Kenya have reported potato and chip shortages in recent months, also citing supply chain and environmental factors.

But Vkusno i Tochka’s burger and fries were also meant to be a token of Russian self-reliance, forged in the middle of the output of more than 1,000 companiesincluding McDonald’s, and series of Western sanctions designed to punish and isolate Russia for its war in Ukraine.

McDonald’s is looking to sell a Russian company that is ‘no longer tenable’

By the time Moscow invaded on February 24, McDonald’s employed approximately 62,000 people in 850 communities across Russia, according to a statement from the company.

Nearly two weeks after the war began, on March 8, the Chicago-based franchise temporarily suspended operations in Russia. The $180.8 billion company said it would continue to pay the salaries of Russian and Ukrainian employees and pledged to send aid to the latter.

In the third month of the war, McDonald’s general manager Chris Kempczinski declared that the company was leaving Russia altogether. It was “no longer financially tenable” to operate and “impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine”, he said in a statement.

McDonald’s decision in mid-May to pull out of Russia marked the first time the 40,000+ store franchise has left a major international market.

After more than three decades of investment, it only took a few days for McDonald’s announce that he had reached an agreement with a Russian licensee. Alexander Govor, who previously ran 25 McDonald’s branches in Siberia, has agreed to buy the fast food chain’s portfolio and run the stores under a new brand.

McDonald’s is closing in Russia. His first restaurant in the USSR caused a sensation.

Vkusno i Tochka opened its first 15 locations in Moscow’s former McDonald’s restaurants in mid-June. Much of the menu has remained the same, minus the hallmark of the American franchise “Mc” and “Mac”. At the end of the month, the company said Tass it had opened 142 branches and aimed to reach 1,000.

Back when McDonald’s founding branch opened near the Kremlin in February 1990, thousands of Muscovites lined up for their first taste of capitalism in the final months of the Soviet Union, The Post reported. . The 900-seat restaurant was the franchise’s largest at the time.

Advertisements on a recently opened commercial TV channel urged, “If you can’t go to America, come to McDonald’s in Moscow.”

Annabelle Chapman contributed reporting from Luxembourg.

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Vanguard! From surplus to stunning: GENERATION pots | Camber

GENERATION takes a small step toward sustainability, while an Instep resident takes leaps toward carefree comfort.

In an effort to become more eco-friendly, eco-conscious ready-to-wear brand GENERATION has made several efforts to embrace sustainable fashion. Among them is the use of excess fabrics to create accessories, including these small potlis.

These small drawstring pouches are part of the company’s reGENERATE effort, which is a group of products introduced to stores that use surplus and CMT (Cut, Make, Trim) fabrics in order to make their core clothing line zero fabric waste.

Vanguard!  From surplus to stunning: GENERATION pots

These little drawstring pouches are part of the company’s regeneration effort, which is a group of products introduced to stores that use surplus and CMT (Cut, Make, Trim) fabrics in order to make their clothing line main zero fabric waste..

The potlis come in several vibrant colors – the ones sent to us were a bright orange and beautiful blue – and feature a floral pattern with striking gold detailing as well as a twisted gold drawstring. They are ideal for giving small gifts or keeping keepsakes. And they give you the added satisfaction of being part of an initiative that helps save the planet!

We love when brands are responsible and try to minimize the negative impact of their products and production processes. And it certainly helps when they give you such bright and colorful treats that they embrace a greener future.

(Although we think it would be helpful if these potlis came with a “keep out of reach of furry children” warning as our feline couldn’t keep her little paws away from those irresistible pouches!)

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The sports presenter on her style and favorite fashion moments

Roz’s work wardrobe is largely made up of “feminine suits” which she pairs with heels or sneakers.Credit:Jennifer Sou

Who is your favorite fashion designer? I love Anine Bing’s collection. She is effortlessly glamorous; I draw a lot of inspiration from her.

What is your favorite perfume ? Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Red.

Do you remember a favorite outfit when you were a kid? Anything tie-dye or fluoro. That’s probably why I’m having trouble opting for color now – I have scars!

And your worst fashion mistake? 2000s pink high heel flip flops. Thought I was cool wearing them to nightclubs. Now I’m cracking up.

A Celine bag

A Céline “Pico” bag is on Roz’s wish list, but with two young children, now is not the time.

Is there a current trend that you love? I am very happy that the jeans and trainers look has become fashionable.

Is there anything you would never wear? I admire girls who can wear a crop top or a midriff, but there’s no way you’ll see me in it.

What’s on your wishlist? I eyed a Celine “Pico” bag, but with two young boys, I feel like I can’t have nice things, so I’m holding back.

What shoes do you wear most often? New Balance “327” sneakers or Birkenstocks for every day; black Prada pumps for work.

What do you sleep in? My husband’s shirts.

Who is your favorite fashion icon? Jackie Kennedy for her refined and glamorous style. Plus, for a modern style icon, Harry Styles rocks it; I admire her clothing choices.


What do you wear on a typical workday? I like simple, well-structured outfits; comfortable suits – I call them my “woman suits” – that work with heels and sneakers. Scanlan Theodore, Ginger & Smart and Boss.

What’s your favorite Sunday look? It starts with a women’s suit and full make-up for Sports Sunday, then it goes downhill from there — tights, t-shirt, sneakers — when I get home to hang out with the boys.

9News sports presenter Roz Kelly hosts Channel 9’s Wimbledon coverage. The men’s singles final will air on July 10 at 10.30pm.

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When Gauri Khan said being called a ‘star wife’ drove her ‘crazy’

Gauri Khan, interior designer and wife of actor Shah Rukh Khan, once said the term “star wife” drives her “crazy”. In an old interview with filmmaker Karan Johar for Hindustan Times, he asked her to be a “star wife”. Calling it strange, Gauri added that she wants people to treat her like “a normal human being”. Speaking about her work, she said that when designing a space she wanted people to feel it was the best they had seen. (Also read | Shah Rukh Khan photobombs the return photo of Gauri Khan, Namrata Shirodkar and Sangeeta Bijlani)

Speaking to Karan for the Hindustan Times, Gauri Khan said: “The term drives me crazy. It seems very strange to me. If only people could treat me like a normal human being, treat me like a modern day woman instead of calling me a star wife. I don’t start with anyone and I’m not too ambitious either. All I need is to wake up in the morning, hit the gym, feel healthy, get to work, be creative, go home with the kids. “

She also added, “I want to do a really good job. I might not become a world famous designer because I didn’t start in my twenties. But it’s never too late to do anything. either in life and when I design a space, I want it to be the best home or the best office they’ve seen. When people walk into my new store, they have to say it’s the best store I’ve ever seen. they’ve seen. Everything I touch must turn to gold or be beautiful. I have a purpose, something to look forward to. It’s fulfilling and I feel like a complete woman today.

Gauri is an alumnus of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Over the years Gauri has designed several spaces for many celebrities. She designed the nursery for Karan’s children, the homes of actors Ranbir Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra, and remodeled actress Jacqueline Fernandez’s apartment. She also designed a party room for Antilia by Nita and Mukesh Ambani. Gauri was named on Fortune India’s Most Powerful Women list a few years ago.

Gauri often travels with his friends. Recently, she met fashion designer Manish Malhotra and actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna in London. Earlier, Gauri traveled for a vacation in Rome and posted photos with Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter, Shweta Bachchan. Before that, she went on a trip to Milan.

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Hrithik Roshan takes his girlfriend Saba Azad on a ZNMD-style scenic drive in France

Saba Azad, Hrithik Roshan

Even though Hrithik Roshan and Saba Azad haven’t made an official announcement regarding their romantic relationship, the duo haven’t been shy about pda on social media as well as in real life.

Rumors of the two first surfaced in February this year when they were spotted out to dinner in Mumbai. Since then, the lovebirds have made several appearances together in addition to displaying their affection for each other on social networks.

Hrithik and Saba turned heads when they went hand in hand to Karan Johar’s 50th birthday party, which was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood. And now the two B-Town stars have flown off to Europe for a romantic getaway.

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Hrithik Roshan parties with his ex-wife Sussanne Khan and beau Arslan Goni in Los Angeles – see photo

Giving a glimpse of their vacation, Saba shared photos and videos on her Instagram. She recently dropped a clip of their long drive they took on the scenic roads of France. Saba’s caption read, “That’s how it is!!”

Although their faces are not visible in the video, we can see Hrithik in the driver’s seat as he takes off his hat when Saba points the camera at him.

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As expected, it didn’t take much longer for Saba’s aesthetic video to go viral. Fans, who have been shipping Hrithik and Saba together for a while now, flooded the comments section with their messages. The major shelled clip Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara the vibes and netizens have certainly noticed.

“Thank you for sharing these moments…wish you both all the happiness and love,” one social media user wrote while another said, “Znmd vibes.”

Earlier, Saba had shared a candid photo of herself clicked by Hrithik, from Paris. “Not a selfie, not my coffee: Image by @hrithikroshan,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, on the labor front, Hrithik will soon be seen in Vikram Veda with Saif Ali Khan. The superstar also has Fighter opposite Deepika Padukone in her kitty.

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Inside the brand game

Most brands are testing the potential of Web3. The technology is widely leveraged for marketing campaigns and engagement with digitally savvy young consumers. Few have been able to create tangible business models, while others have monetized NFTs. But the fact that the virtual Gucci Garden on Roblox has attracted 19 million visitors and the success that brands like Burberry have had with NFTs, however, seems to suggest that brands are changing. in the right direction.

BMW: BMW has built its own metaverse world called Joytopia which, according to Stefan Ponikva, vice president of brand communication and brand experience, will allow the German automaker to take brand communication to a new level. Joytopia has three virtual worlds: Re:THINK, Re:IMAGINE and Re:BIRTH. Each is themed around elements that are an integral part of BMW’s strategy: circular economy, electric mobility, urban mobility and sustainability. In Re:THINK, users are introduced to the building blocks of the circular economy. The Re:IMAGINE world is the stage for important presentations and messages while Re:BIRTH provides insight into the opportunities for individual mobility in cities. Joytopia users can navigate the three worlds through their avatars, which have the freedom to run, fly, and jump. They can choose the shapes and colors they want to wear their avatars in. During public events, users can create their own spaces, take selfies and post them on social networks. The group says that on the day of the launch, more than 1,50,000 visits from more than 30 countries, with an average duration of 13 minutes, were recorded.

Balenciaga: French fashion house Balenciaga launched an exclusive collection of curated apparel and accessories last September on the gaming metaverse platform Fortnite, which has more than 350 million subscribers worldwide. The campaign involved dressing four of the game’s most popular characters, Doggo, Banshee, Ramirez, and Knight, in Balenciaga outfits or “skins” as they’re called in the game’s lingo. A virtual Balenciaga store in the arena of game allowed users to purchase the fashion house‘s items using V-Bucks, an in-game currency used in Fortnite, and decorate their in-game avatars at Balenciaga. The partnership has extended to the physical domain. Balenciaga outfits were made available on the brand’s online and selected stores. The collaboration seems like a shrewd move given that Fortnite players spend almost 50% of their time in creative mode, used to design their own universes and play role-playing games.

Dolce & Gabbana: Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a bespoke collection of 20 Metaverse clothing looks during the first Metaverse Fashion Week hosted on virtual world Decentraland earlier this year. Last year, it teamed up with luxury NFT platform UNXD to launch a bundle of nine NFTs called “Collezione Genesi.” The NFT collection, which includes handcrafted, museum-quality objects personally designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for UNXD, sold for nearly $6 million. According to details on the CoinDesk website, The Doge Crown NFT raised the highest 423.5 ETH (Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network) or around $1.3 million. Reportedly, five coins were physical creations (winners of these NFTs also received physical merchandise). The company recently launched the DGFamily NFT, which allows holders to enjoy benefits such as access to exclusive drops, events and collaborations.

Louis Vuitton: The brand launched a mobile app game with 30 embedded NFTs, some created by renowned American digital artist Michael Joseph Winkelmann, as part of celebrations launched last year to commemorate its founder’s 200th birthday. The game takes players through an adventurous journey spanning virtual worlds to help protagonist Vivienne collect 200 candles which will unlock postcards detailing Vuitton’s life journey. Postcards were designed as NFTs. The game has had over two million downloads since its launch in August 2021.

Gucci: The brand was one of the first in the luxury industry to delve into NFTs when in May 2021 it auctioned off a one-of-a-kind artwork from the Gucci Aria campaign film on Christie’s and donated proceeds to UNICEF USA. The auction would have closed with a final sale price of $25,000. The House has also collaborated with Superplastic (which makes animated celebrities, vinyl toys and digital collectibles) to create a series of limited-edition rare NFTs.

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Siamese Style Protective Clothing Market Outlook 2022 and Segmentation by Major Key Players – Dupont, Teijin, Yantai Tayho Advanced Materials, Kermel

Global Siamese Style Protective Clothing Market Overview:

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  • Teijin
  • Yantai Tayho Advanced Materials
  • Kermel
  • KOLON Industries
  • Zhonglan Chenguang
  • Zhaoda Specially Technical Fiber
  • Yizheng King Falcon Textile
  • Charming
  • SRO
  • 3M
  • land of lakes
  • Honeywell
  • Micrograde
  • Delta Plus

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  • Protective clothing made from Aramid yarns
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    • North America includes the United States, Canada and Mexico
    • Europe includes Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
    • South America includes Colombia, Argentina, Nigeria and Chile
    • Asia Pacific includes Japan, China, Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia

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Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian dazzle at a fashion show in Paris

Balenciaga’s Couture Fall 2022 show took Paris by storm when veteran runway stars Naomi Campbell and Bella Hadid were joined by Dua Lipa and Kim Kardashian.

The runway was set ablaze on Wednesday by the dramatic looks Demna Gvasalia debuted at the Balenciaga haute couture show as she opened her 51st show. The show opened with the models completely covered from head to toe in black neoprene, their faces completely concealed by their reflective face shields. It wasn’t long before the models’ faces were revealed, and they took the show by storm with their daring Balenciaga fashion.

Twenty-six-year-old music sensation Dua Lipa wore a jaw-dropping lemon yellow mini dress with a massive train. She wore opaque tights and very pointy high heels as she stared out at the crowd and strutted around like she was a model with years of experience. Her confidence stood out as dramatically as her cat-eye eyeliner and perfectly styled hair.

Bella Hadid barely made it to the show in time after losing her passport, according to her Instagram account. Despite the stress that accompanied the day, she was always so irreproachable for her parade. Hadid dominated with her exquisite poise and innate ability to transform in unique ways for each designer, blending seamlessly into a fashion designer‘s dream. Hadid wore full-length black evening gloves with her green dress. The dress featured a corset at the top, then flowed naturally from the hips down. An adorable decorative bow added a touch of femininity to her outfit. (RELATED: Nicole Kidman’s Dramatic Runway Stroll Draws Attention At Balenciaga Fashion Show)

Kim Kardashian showed off her slim figure by sneaking into an all-black number that also included black evening gloves and black heels. The darling cut accentuated Kardashian’s curves and was a nod to the bond of friendship she shares with Balenciaga. She took her turn on the catwalk seriously and showcased her best parade skills while being surrounded by true modeling icons.

Naomi Campbell turned heads in a black Tudor-style dress with an oversized collar and boldly designed skirt.

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A Lesson in Paris Couture Party Dressing at Lauren Santo Domingo’s Fête for Giambattista Valli

Paris Haute Couture took a lesson in evening wear, from table tops to crop tops, from Lauren Santo Domingo last night. The co-founder and brand director of Moda Operandi, already infamous for her guest lists, hosted cocktail parties alongside Giambattista Valli (and with the help of Digame Events) to celebrate the designer’s exclusive collection in Moda within the Gismondi Gallery. Inside the three-level space that’s usually a retreat if you know you know the city, Regny & Pidansat Champagne and lively conversation flowed as attendees dove inside to witness what Valli described as “casual intimate dining” settings that seemed to reflect the week’s luxurious dreams and cool personalities.

“At one point, I heard seven different languages ​​around me,” Santo Domingo said of the international crowd that Couture Week made possible. Guests of the evening, including Marie-Chantal Crown Princess of Greece and Olympia of Greece, Korlan Madi, Olivia Palermo, Raf Reyes, Jessica Aidi, Ivy Getty and Bianca Brandolini, ranged from fashion and art insiders to talented emerging and close friends. Giambattista Valli’s Santo Domingo tweed ensemble for the evening comes from Brandolini’s own closet – or rather the body – after the model (who closed Valli’s show this week in a candy pink confection) arrived at her 4th of July evening by wearing it. And for evenings like this, “when the ball gown is too much, we have a silver oyster shooterjoked Santo Domingo of the dishes prepared in collaboration with Jean-Paul Vaugoin scattered across the large table set for six (and surrounded by more) alongside roses and peonies sourced from Natur’Elle and Valli himself.

“The idea is to be in the countryside, and the decor you’re going to see on the tables is almost created by nature itself – there’s wind on the pergola and all these flowers falling and insects and butterflies on the table,” Valli said of his vision for the large painting, nodding to a smaller one-on-one frame draped in marigolds by Louis Castor of Castor Fleuriste which depicted the encounter when he and Santo Domingo decided to spend the next three years researching artists and designers across the globe to produce each piece. “It all started when Lauren messaged me on Instagram,” said Kenza Echouafn from Santo Domingo, spotting sheets made by her Moroccan homewares brand Atelier Houria Tazi. The family studio employs many of the same female makers his mother began working with nearly 40 years ago (their craftsmanship emerges in the collection in intricate ways embroidered sheets).

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Woodley + Lowe co-founders: ‘We don’t want to be another brand created by two moms’

Historically, fast fashion retailers have dominated clothing designed for tweens and teens. Yet Gen Z, more than any other generation, is known for its environmental consciousness, leaving young shoppers torn between buying affordable, fashionable clothes or sticking to their eco-conscious values.

With a mission to provide socially and environmentally responsible clothing at a more affordable price than designer brands for teens, Woodley + Lowe was founded in 2020 by two moms, Rachel Thebault and Neda Talebian Funk.

“We’re trying to keep in mind who our client is and that her hard-earned childcare money has to go a long way,” Thebault said on the latest Glossy podcast.

After shopping for their own daughters, the co-founders were frustrated with archaic size recommendations for teenage clothing. “The problem we particularly observed with preteen girls was that these girls grow up at very different times from each other and they grow up in different ways,” Thebault said.

The pair have developed an exclusive sizing scale, which bridges the gap between teen and women’s clothing and allows consumers to grow into the brand at their own pace. To resonate with its target Gen-Z demographic, Woodley + Lowe created a robust ambassador program, comprised of high school and college brand representatives. Ambassadors work to foster a community of fans who are educated about buying quality, sustainable products and are encouraged to think about how and where their clothes are made.

The brand has found success in the athleisure space in particular, with the pandemic boosting sales across the sector. However, Thebault and Talebian Funk see category expansion in the future of Woodley + Lowe, while continuing to take a thoughtful approach to teen fashion. Talebian Funk said the brand plans to build content libraries based on how Gen Z consumes information, including providing interactive and video-based options. And, a potential physical store and brand collaborations are on the agenda to continue growing brand awareness.

“Since the early days, we thought, ‘How can we become a Goop for this generation?'” Talebian Funk said.

Below are additional highlights from the conversation, which have been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

From focus group to ambassador program

FunkTalebian: “Before creating this brand, we started a private chat group on Instagram. We hired two high school kids to direct it because our goal from the start was to co-create with our audience. We don’t want to be another brand created by two moms. Right away, we started watching their posts and learned, “Wow, that’s what this Gen-Z audience is looking for.” They helped shape the initial phase of our brand. They chose everything from our brand name to our logo. [They reviewed] our initial colors and designs.

From this small group, we then built an ambassador program. We currently have over 250 Ambassadors across the country between the ages of 13 and 28. We are now going further with the ambassador program, where we have launched a more advanced level of ambassadors whom we meet regularly. We have meetings to discuss design and marketing. We think it’s our secret sauce; having these ambassadors is what gives us our edge. It’s what keeps us in touch with our community. It is an important part of our business that we plan to continue to evolve and expand as we grow.

Sales channels and retail partner Opportunities

FunkTalebian: “We have a few small partnerships with local retailers in both the New York and Boston area. Martha’s Vineyard and the Hamptons are some of the successful summer towns. [Selling in physical retail stores] is not a high priority for us, but we realize that it is important that customers have the opportunity to touch and feel our products. We also did a number of trunk shows and pop-ups, all of which were successful.

Longer term, an omnichannel approach is obviously important for every retailer, but especially for our brand, because Gen Z loves to shop. They like to shop in person, so experiential retail and in-person retail will continue to be important as retail evolves. We could have our own stores one day and they could be an effective way for us to expand across the country. »

Why the brand is self-financing

Thebault: “Before we got started, we spoke with a number of people ranging from different venture capitalists to angel investors. It was a tough time because when we needed money the world started to freeze [because of the Covid-19 pandemic]. We started thinking about how we could fund this ourselves. We were so eager to move on and take it to the next level, so we started working on it ourselves. We invested a lot of money in the products and the website, which we felt was important. You can’t market something that doesn’t have a great product behind it. And our website is our store. This is the experience people get when they come to our brand for the first time, so it was at the cost of a few marketing dollars. We had to be scrappy and work hard on marketing ourselves and through our community of ambassadors. Now we’re toying with the idea of ​​raising angel funds or venture capital funds to invest in marketing, now that we know what works. But so far we are self-funded.

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Lewis Hamilton Reps Latest Partnership With $1.5 Billion Fashion Designer, Strutting Around British GP Paddock In $4,000 Outfit

Formula 1 has returned to the UK, meaning it was the Mercedes duo’s home race. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were both in good spirits to return to their home soil. Of all the drivers on the grid, Lewis Hamilton was again the most acclaimed at Silverstone. But this time it may have been for another reason.


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The seven-time world champion is renowned for his world records in F1 and his exceptional racing art. However, off-track Lewis has often turned heads in the paddock with his style statement. Also coming to Britain, Hamilton dressed in style.


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The Mercedes driver kicked off the weekend in a stylish outfit on Friday. Followed by a low-key, blacked-out look on Saturday. Nonetheless, the cut that stood out was the dapper Sunday look before the British Grand Prix.


Mercedes champion Lewis Hamilton, unfazed by George Russell’s success, shows determination against his F1 teammate

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The 37-year-old pulled off a contrast Valentino jacket worth $1,830 for the upper. He paired it with a pair of Valentino jeans worth $1,000, as well as open-back ’90s skate sneakers worth $1,020. A pair of Givenchy GV 7052/S sunglasses completed the exceptional look of the F1 fashion icon.

Lewis Hamilton: The Off-Road Story

Most of the world knows Lewis Hamilton as the most successful Formula 1 driver. To reach such high levels of success, a driver must be at his best, week after week.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 3, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Recovery after a race is an underrated aspect that is often overlooked by many fans. Race results and performance can have a huge mental and physical impact on an F1 driver. Thus, Lewis often indulges in hobbies like music, fashion, surfing, and skydiving. These help him disconnect, reset, and come back every weekend to perform at his best.


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The Brit is even featured in a song with Christina Aguilera. In 2018, he signed a multi-year contract with fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger. This makes him an ambassador for sponsor Mercedes. In addition, he has repeatedly expressed his admiration for skydiving.


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When the Tsarinas ruled the fashion front row

Around this time, just over a decade ago, something happened in fashion that was as rare and unexpected as the sight of Kate Moss in a tutu.

The front row of couture shows, that rarefied tableau that often seems preserved in amber, underwent a kind of metamorphosis seemingly overnight. A group of young women materialized en masse, with a magnetic combination of beauty, charm, wealth and wardrobe that sent the fashion world into a frenzy. The fact that they emerged from Russia, once seen as something of a fashion wasteland and then a flashy upstart, has made them irresistible.

“The Tsarinas are back”, headlined the New York Times, shortly after a history called them the new “Russian Federation”.

“They broke the stereotype of Russia,” said Robert Burke, founder of an eponymous luxury consultancy.

Also known as Russian fashion mafiathe Russian fashion pack and the fashion russian royal family, they were a rotating group that included designer Vika Gazinskaya as well as model and association founder Natalia Vodianova, but with a core of fashion editor and entrepreneur Miroslava Duma; Elena Perminova, a model with a Cinderella story; and Ulyana Sergeenko, designer.

All were linked by their quirky personal taste, a tendency to change clothes several times a day, and their friendliness and wealth as a photographer. And they were following in the footsteps of Dasha Zhukova, a social figure and global art and magazine entrepreneur.

Their profiles have increased with the advent of street style and Instagram and the post-Glasnost emergence of Russia as a thriving market. Later, they built their own strongholds and brands based on their fashion fame. They were eye-catching bridges between Russia and the world.

As Karin Winroth, associate professor of business at Södertörn University in Sweden, wrote in the scientific journal Baltic worlds“They weren’t just seen as role models and fashion inspirations: they were also seen as ambassadors of a new Russia. Their popularity has put Russia on the map as a country offering fashionable inspiration.

At least until February, when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and those bridges started to look very flimsy – along with how fashion itself can be a shortcut to acceptance, rippling through- beyond individuals to affect perception in the world at large.

Makeovers, after all, are not limited to people.

“People use fashion and taste to rehabilitate themselves or to empower a larger project like a profession or a country,” said Sophia Rosenfeld, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Democracy and Truth: A short story”. “To whitewash oneself or a national culture or set of business practices.”

Think of it as the theory of transitive properties of taste and skill—qualities that suggest shared value systems that transcend borders and connect worldviews—in practice.

It was true, Ms. Rosenfeld said, as long ago as Empress Josephine, who “helped bolster the legitimacy of Napoleon and the regime by transforming herself into a patron of French fashion and design and becoming a icon for countries all over Europe.”

Ditto the robber barons of the Golden Age and women like Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt, whose philanthropy, fashion and taste catapulted them to the center of society. Ditto the current Qatari royal family, which created the Fashion Trust Arabia award in 2018 under the aegis of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, attracting Pierpaolo Piccioli, Olivier Rousteing and Naomi Campbell (among others ) in the Gulf to try to change the image of the region.

Although the arrival of Russians on the fashion scene was not necessarily a strategic decision – it was probably partly a question of creating their own identity – there is no doubt that the effects of their presence created a halo effect around their country of origin.

They carried out a very specific, fashion-based form of outreach, just as other members of the elite built museums, bought football clubs, basketball clubs and international media properties, realizing early on that fitting into the new image economy could mean “having doors open to them,” said Tommy Ton, who met Ms Perminova through Ms Duma, whom he had met through the intermediary of Vika Gazinskaya, and who, as a street photographer for, was responsible for building her myth. .

“There are social and cultural aspects to fashion that are inseparable from the livelihoods of brands,” Burke said, referring to the fact that fashion brands underwrite galas and art exhibitions, premieres of films and philanthropic events as well as dress the participants in a kind of virtuous circle of Instagram access and opportunities.

As their audience grew, designers began to see them as potential conduits to the new Russia, a market marked by Goldman Sachs in 2009 as a key driver of “global consumption” and for which, Ms. Winroth wrote, “it was crucial for the Western fashion industry to have the right Russian mediators”.

The Russian fashion pack, she wrote, was “perfect”. Ms. Perminova and Ms. Duma co-starred in a Ferragamo advertising campaign. Ms. Duma has modeled for Louis Vuitton and Roger Vivier.

“They knew how to connect with people,” Burke said. “They represented style, sophistication, traveled very well and had a lot of buying power. They were the new face of what people thought Russia stood for.

Their stories were complicated by just one thing: the fact that when they burst onto the scene, Ms. Duma and Co. were all married to oligarchs or male neighbors of oligarchs.

Ms. Duma, born in Siberia and whose father was a senator of the Russian Federation from 2004 to 2011 (while also being the head of the Ukrainian diaspora in Russia from 2005 to 2012; the family is of Ukrainian origin), to Aleksey Mikheev, whose father, Alexander Mikheev, is the Managing Director of Rosoboronexport, the Russian state-controlled arms exporter (currently the list of sanctioned persons by the United States, Britain, European Union and Canada). Ms Perminova to Alexander Lebedev, former KGB agent, banker and media mogul (currently on the Canadian sanctions list) who she met after his arrest for drug trafficking when he was 16, and Mr Lebedev, then 44 and a member of the Duma, stepped in after being contacted by his father. And Ms Sergeenko, who grew up in Kazakhstan when it was part of the USSR and later moved to Moscow, to insurance billionaire Danil Khachaturov, the former chairman of Rosgosstrakh.

Not that most people in Paris thought of those implications, as the husbands were almost never around.

“I met Elena Perminova’s husband once,” Mr Ton said. “In general, they did not travel with their husbands. Even when I went to Moscow Fashion Week and went to their house, I rarely met the husband.

Soon they turned their presence in fashion into mini-fiefdoms. In 2011, Ms. Duma, who holds a master’s degree in international business from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations but started her career as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar Russia, opened a digital media platform called Buro 24/7 which has grown to have offices. in 12 countries. She later ditched it and, positioning herself as a tech and sustainability guru, started a consulting and investment company called Future Tech Lab that focused on materials science and biotechnology and co-founded the materials science and responsible fashion brand Pangaia. (In 2018, she was named Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.)

Ulyana Sergeenko has gone from the front row to the backstage, opening her own couture brand focused on Russian craft techniques and qualifying for the official couture calendar among “guest members”. Ms. Perminova opened Len & Gretchkaa bakery that offers organic and gluten-free vegan breads, in Moscow and London (where Mr. Lebedev hosted the annual gala of the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation at his home on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, and his eldest son is a member of the House of Lords).

There have been issues along the way, including the cancellation of Ms. Duma and Ms. Sergeenko by the fashion world after an Instagram scandal involving a racial slur in 2018, and a false report which made the rounds later that year with unsubstantiated allegations against Ms. Duma (followed by further reports on Ms. Vodianova and Ms. Zuhkova) from a group calling itself kyiv Fashion Resistance. And Mrs. Duma’s surprise appearance in the Mueller Report in 2019, where she was identified as “a contact of Ivanka Trump from the fashion industry” who had “passed on invitations” to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for Mrs. Trump and Donald J. Trump in 2015.

Yet their Instagram followings continued to grow – for 444,000 for Mrs Sergeenko, 1.8 million for Mrs. Duma and 2.5 million for Ms. Perminova. Although the titles didn’t reflect their actual careers, they continued to be referred to as “influencers” and “It girls,” a reflection of how the world that still looked at them once saw them.

Today, although Ms. Sergeenko and Ms. Duma are divorced, and both Ms. Duma and Ms. Perminova posted black squares in response to the invasion of Ukraine, their history has made them almost dark. Many designers who have adopted them are reluctant to talk about them.

Ms Duma, who resigned as a director of the Pangaia company in 2020 (she continues to make investments through Future Tech Lab), deleted her Instagram feed earlier this year. Ms Sergeenko is not on the couture calendar and her label hasn’t released anything since February. Rumors abound that they have all been “recalled” to Russia. They do not respond to requests for comment and direct messages.

These are, say friends who don’t want to be identified because they’re worried about the Kremlin’s reaction, fearing their old profiles will attract unwanted attention. They risk being branded traitors if they speak out, or seen as accomplices by an industry that has been quick to declare its allegiance to Ukraine if they remain silent.

Stuck on the bridges they once built like new iron curtain goes down and gives everything a new look.

Valeriya Safronova contributed reporting.

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Five Guys launches Americana-themed clothing range in the UK

UK fans of iconic American burger chain Five Guys can now get their hands on branded goods.

The product line reflects Americana’s classic aesthetic, with varsity jackets, sweatshirts, red-checked white socks, and hoodies available for purchase.

Five Guys launched the new online merchandise on Monday, July 4, Independence Day in the United States.

The collection ranges from black and white embroidered varsity jackets and branded sweatshirts to Five Guys milkshake t-shirts and bespoke beanies and baseball caps.

According to Five Guys, the varsity jacket pays homage to Arlington, Virginia, where the brand was founded in 1986.

Prices start from £10 for the socks to £75 for the varsity jacket. T-shirts are £20 each, while sweatshirts are £35 and hoodies are £45.

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Each piece of merchandise also features the block graphics of the iconic Five Guys logo.

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The collection comes as varsity jackets and other American collegiate styles have become a staple for fashion watchers.

One of the most high-profile designers to include varsity jackets was the late Virgil Abloh, whose final Fall/Winter 2022 show for Off-White took place posthumously at Paris Fashion Week in March.

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The designer, who died on November 28, 2021, featured a red and cream varsity jacket in his runway, along with a blue version.

Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2022 menswear collection also featured a purple and white varsity jacket with the letters LV embossed on it.

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The jacket was later worn by A$AP Rocky in February as he posed with Rihanna and her then-growing baby bump at a Fenty Beauty event.

Rocky is a longtime fan of the varsity jacket and regularly dons vintage and new designer pieces.

Model Bella Hadid was also spotted wearing a navy varsity jacket while out and about New York recently, as was Danish fashion designer Emili Sindlev, who wore a navy and mustard yellow version at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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In photos: Janhvi Kapoor’s dungarees style is the perfect transitional fashion spree

Dhadak Actress Janhvi Kapoor Keeps Her Fashion Spree In Pace, Shares Pics In Overalls, Check Out

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Dhadak actress Janhvi Kapoor has now shared a series of all smiles photos keeping her candid with her fashion avatars on social media. The actress looked stunning as she dressed in chic denim overalls topped with a green-white sheer sweater. The actress looked perfect as she did it with a beautiful smile and a minimal look.

The actress could be seen pairing the look with a sleek mid-parted hairstyle, as well as minimal, rosy eye makeup. The actress completed it with bare lips, while keeping her lively smile intact. The actress further accentuated the look with gold hoop earrings, while captioning it with “amstagram” alongside.

Here take a look-

Taking note, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara actress Katrina Kaif was dazzled by her photos as she pressed a button similar to the series.

Work wise, apart from her debut movie Dhadak, the actress has also worked in movies like Roohi and more as well as popular music videos.

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Anna Robbins on Costume Design for Downton Abbey: A New Era

Designing costumes for the cinema is no small feat. Whatever genre you work in – sci-fi, romance, action – costumes can make or break a production, being one of the first things audiences notice about a story on screen. This case is even more true for period pieces, where the clothes of the characters must not only tell a story, but also evoke a certain moment in history, when fashion was very different from what it is today. today.

Checking all these boxes was the challenge for Anna Robinthe costumer behind Downton Abbey: A New Era. The second spin-off film from the beloved Masterpiece series, A new era not only entrusted Robbins with the task of designing for beloved characters as they enter a new decade, but also for all-new characters as Hollywood comes to Downton and family members visit in the south of France to find out why the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) inherited a villa from a mysterious stranger.


Ahead of the film’s July 5 release on DVD and Blu-ray, Collider had the opportunity to fly to England and interview Robbins at St. Mary’s Church in Belchamp Walter, the filming location of Tom (Allen Leech) and Lucy’s (Tuppence Middleton) marriage at the beginning of the film. During the interview, which you can watch above and read a transcript below, Robbins discussed the design process of such a prestigious franchise, working with real vintage textiles from the 1920s to create the look. perfect, and how she combines aesthetics with historical accuracy to make her stars absolutely perfect.

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COLLIDER: So, Downton Abbey: A New Era is obviously set in a very specific time in British history, and I know you worked with a lot of vintage textiles for this project. Can you explain this process a bit? Was it more difficult than working with modern fabrics?

ANNA ROBBINS: Yes. It’s infinitely harder, harder to find, especially during COVID. Our way of working at that time was really hard, then harder to maintain. They require a lot of restoration and upgrading to get them ready for the camera. And then you work with these really delicate pieces to incorporate them into a new build or just restore them to how they are. So, I mean, we’re surrounded by vintage textiles just in this small selection here.

COLLIDER: And they’re beautiful, absolutely beautiful. But I was curious in terms of a movie set in a time like this, how do you combine historical accuracy with creating an aesthetic? Because obviously you want a cohesive look for these coins – how much are you willing to sacrifice absolute historical accuracy for a good look?

ANNA ROBBINS: That’s a very good question, and I think Downtown is famous and truly prides itself on its authenticity and historical accuracy. But I think those two things are slightly different. And while we strive for complete authenticity, it’s not always completely historically accurate, it can’t be. My way of thinking about it is that I organize it with a modern point of view. So I look at the construction and the way the costumes are put together and I use textiles that would only exist at that time. But some of the textiles are modern, so it’s not…it can’t be one hundred percent, but it’s about always striving to be as authentic as possible.

And I think using vintage materials, accessories, jewelry, beads, even a button, anchors it to that era and makes it more authentic. And you’re looking at it through a contemporary lens, so it’s like, it’s our take on what, as an audience, we would find the most coveted from that era and put it together.

COLLIDER: Did you have any style icons that you referred to, maybe Hollywood stars, for Myrna Dalgleish and things like that?

ANNA ROBBINS: Yes, absolutely. We looked to all the big names in Hollywood. We were watching Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy. Yeah, all the superstars of that era, and looking at what was different about Hollywood glamour, that kind of high-octane beauty rubbing shoulders with the classic Downton ladies kind of beauty. So it was a nice kind of juxtaposition of two very different aesthetics.

COLLIDER: Yeah, I was going to ask: you have the costumes for the trip to the South of France, you have the Hollywood costumes, you have the usual Downton costumes. It must have been a challenge to come up with so many different looks for very different groups of people. Right?

ANNA ROBBINS: Absolutely. But it was lovely. I mean, I think when I first got the script, every page I turned, it was like, “Oh, hooray,” All of this…a new challenge, a new chapter , a new look. And being able to explore completely different palettes was really refreshing, and being able to contrast it with the palette we know and love so much from the Abbey itself. So it was a glorious challenge.

It was a very prolific film in terms of costumes. So there were a lot of them, but they were all equally wonderful to find and define that way.

COLLIDER: In the design, in terms of emotional journeys with characters, did that play into the design at all? Or was it rather the era and the aesthetic you were looking for?

ANNA ROBBINS: I think it’s always a balance between those two things. And I think Downtown is very well established and we know the characters, but that doesn’t mean they’re static. They are always moving in time and things are always happening to them and they inhabit a world. So we’re still looking to find out what those story arcs are, but some people more than others.

So, for example, Lucy is completely different in this movie from how we saw her in the last movie. And his situation has completely changed. So that gave us the opportunity to really express it through the clothes and have fun and show some kind of flourishing of her style because she had, all of a sudden, the ability to publicly wear this she wanted to wear.

Downton Abbey: A New Eraalso featuring Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Imelda Stauntonand Elizabeth McGovernis streaming now on Peacock and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 5th.

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Peter Brook, British theater legend based in France, dies aged 97

France-based British director Peter Brook, who revolutionized the stage with sweeping interpretations of the classics before bringing drama back to its simplest roots, has died aged 97, a source said on Sunday.

Brook, born in the United Kingdom but living in France for decades, died on Saturday, told AFP a source close to the director, who requested anonymity.

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He also gained fame for his iconic 1963 film version of the novel “Lord of the Flies” about school children who are marooned on an island and descend into savagery.

Brook rose to fame in the UK as a young director who put a radical, and sometimes bloody spin on the classics, including the works of Shakespeare, working with actors who would later become legends themselves.

But his methods underwent a gradual transformation after moving to France in the early 1970s, reducing theater to pure simplicity and often influenced by Eastern traditions.

“Peter Brook has given us the most beautiful silences in the theater, but this last silence is infinitely sad,” French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak said on Twitter.

“With him, the scene was brought back to its most vivid intensity. He bequeathed so much to us,” she added, saying he would “forever remain the soul” of the Bouffes du Nord theater in northern Paris, where her work was based.

Simon McBurney, founder and artistic director of London’s Theater de Complicite, who was heavily influenced by Brook’s methods, hailed him on Twitter as a “visionary, provocateur, prophet, trickster and friend”.

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Seychelles brand owner Kankan takes fashion break, new ventures on the way

Dupouy said “creating brands is something I love the most, so I’m sure one day I’ll do something new.” (Karine Dupouy)

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The owner of Kanka brand In the Seychelles, Karine Dupouy takes a break from fashion design and focuses on photography and videography.

Dupouy said the change was needed after his business was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SNA caught up with the 35-year-old to find out more about her new ventures.

SNA: Most people know you as the owner of the ‘Kankan’ shop and now you are working on other art forms. What does this mean for your brand, “Kankan”?

KD: I moved away from Kankan for two to three 3 years when we were heavily affected by COVID-19. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened. I think in the end everything happens for a reason.

I decided it was time to move on to something different a long time ago as I had been in the fashion business for a while and my passion for it had started to fade. That doesn’t mean I’ll never do it again – I’m just taking a break. Making brands is something I love the most, so I’m sure one day I’ll do something new.

SNA: How was the interest in photography and video production born?

KD: I have always been interested in photography and videography. Being in the fashion industry, I was regularly exposed to it. All my friends were in this field, so I learned a lot from them.

Once a collection was ready, I looked forward to the photo shoots so much. Seeing your creations in photos is when you can finally see their beauty. During my travels around the world, my camera is the most precious object that I take with me. I managed to find beauty everywhere with my camera. Capturing moments and places that may not have been the most beautiful, but I made them appealing to me.

Dupouy was away from Kankan for two to three years when Seychelles was heavily affected by COVID-19. (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

SNA: Why make such a change and how did you find the transition from one art form to another?

KD: During COVID, I’ve spent a lot of time watching videography tutorials and trying to teach myself how to run interviews and little stuff like that.

COVID has done a lot of damage, but it has also made many people realize that they have other talents, which they now do as their main activity.

SNA: How does your knowledge of the fashion designer profession help you?

KD: It helps me a lot in my career now. Especially when I’m doing fashion photo shoots, designing jewelry for other people or even designing uniforms, all my knowledge from my fashion years helps me in everything I do now. For every project I do, I do a mood board, which I would do for every collection I created, for example.

SNA: What other companies are you involved in?

KD: Uniform design concepts have kept me busy for the past two years, as well as brand design for corporations. I also do content for social media, where I use a lot of my photography and design skills.

I’m now a bit more interested in graphics, which is quite interesting.

Food photography is also something relatively new, as is product photography.

Dupouy said she managed to find beauty everywhere with her camera. (Karine Dupouy) Photo license: All rights reserved

SNA: You are involved in several companies, how do you maintain your work-life balance, especially now that you are a mom?

KD: I am lucky to have help during the day, but I try to work as much as possible at night for the editing, on my computer, so as not to miss the development of my baby. They are growing so fast that I want to spend as much time as possible with her. It’s not easy, but I plan my days accordingly so she can be with me as much as possible.

SNA: What are your plans for the future and what advice do you have for anyone looking to succeed in one of these areas?

KD: I want to improve in the skills I have. I would like to create another brand one day, maybe for children, who knows. I also want to go deeper into product photography and branding concepts, which I enjoy the most. I want to help people grow their brands with my visual concepts.

My advice would always be to keep learning. Even if you didn’t have the opportunity to go to college, YouTube is the best platform to learn anything you want for free. So if you want to achieve something, be determined to do it.

I used to step back when others were doing better than me, but it occurred to me that I shouldn’t give up. Instead, I have to create my style and be happy and proud of my work. So don’t let others put you down. If you want to do it, you will get there.

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Gucci launches a collection of pets for beloved pooches to live in style

Italian luxury fashion house Gucci has released a collection of clothing and accessories for perhaps the dearest members of families – pets.

Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Gucci pet collection is specially designed for the dogs, cats and other four-legged creatures with whom many share their lives.

Items from the Gucci pet collection

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Gucci has left no stone unturned for the ultimate in luxury pet care. The massive collection includes everything from aerial beacons to beds for pampering pooches.

Priced at $220 each, the air tag mount is on the lower end of the spectrum. They come in multiple colors, including one featuring the famous interlocking GG symbol and the brand’s Web stripe.

Trash bag holders in different designs and colors cost between $420 and $460. Owners can walk regularly with Gucci leashes on their pets, priced at $335 to $660, depending on size and design.

Leather collars equipped with golden elements, including one inspired by chokers, are also available. It also comes with spike trim. Collars cost between $280 and $500 depending on size and brand.

Accessories also include several types of harnesses, feeding bowls, feeding mats, and two pet carriers with canvas, all priced between $325 and $4,050.

There is also a set of travel bowls with the interlocking GG monogram priced at $4250.

A range of colorful pet coats and wool sweaters are available for the ultimate comfort of beloved boys and girls in any weather. Even their need to rest like kings and queens – which they are – has been taken care of with a range of Herbarium and Geometric G pet beds, each priced at US$7,500.

Online Exclusives

Some items are exclusively available online. These include an air tag holder with a red butterfly pattern, a garbage bag holder with a yellow-blue GG geometric design, a cotton t-shirt with similar patterns, leashes and collars for pets.

Gucci also took note of the environment when creating the collection. Products include materials derived from recycled polyester and cotton in addition to renewable and animal-free sources.

A campaign photoshoot was done by Namibian-German artist and designer Max Siedentopf featuring cats, corgis and other pets, posing with pieces from the Gucci pet collection.

(Main image credit: Max Siedentopf/Gucci; Featured image credit: Gucci/@GUCCI/Facebook)

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