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Bruno Pavlovsky of Chanel to take over as head of the French Fashion Federation – WWD

PARIS – Bruno Pavlovsky is about to be elected president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode at its general assembly on July 1.

Pavlovsky, president of fashion and chairman of Chanel SAS, sits on the executive committee of France’s fashion governing body. Ralph Toledano, who had held the post since 2014, served three terms as head of the institution, making him ineligible for re-election.

Pavlovsky said that if he was confirmed in this position, he intended to continue the work of his predecessor, alongside executive chairman Pascal Morand, in a spirit of continuity.

While the coronavirus pandemic has prevented many fashion editors from travelling, the federation has partnered with data and insights firm Launchmetrics to pivot Paris Fashion Week to a digital showcase, later transitioning to a format hybrid combining physical and online events.

With 78 physical events out of a total of 84, the Parisian men’s shows, which take place from Tuesday to Sunday, confirm the strong comeback of physical events.

Chanel has championed Paris as the capital of creativity and capital of fashion, pushing for competitors to rally around Paris Fashion Week again, after a period that saw a number of big brands, including Saint Laurent , Balenciaga and Céline, split up to show on their own schedule.

The French luxury brand recently opened a hub of specialist workshops on the outskirts of the city, is sponsoring the renovation of the Grand Palais and has funded a new permanent exhibition space at the Palais Galliera, the Paris fashion museum.


Ralph Toledano: why Paris is flourishing

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Paris exhibition casts Coco Chanel in a new light

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Jamie Foxx parties with friends in Saint-Tropez as he promotes liquor brand Brown Sugar Bourbon

Jamie Foxx parties with friends in Saint-Tropez as he promotes his Brown Sugar Bourbon liqueur brand

Jamie Foxx was spotted vacationing in the south of France with friends earlier this week.

The 54-year-old entertainer showed off his luxurious fashion sense as he strolled the beach in a wide-brimmed hat and silk shirt.

He later took a phone call from the balcony of his yacht and promoted his brand of whiskey on social media.

Vacation: Jamie Foxx was spotted vacationing in the south of France with friends earlier this week

During his day at the beach, the father-of-two teamed his button-up top with black skinny pants.

The stand-up comic accentuated her polished look with multiple flashy chains and pendants around her neck.

Along with his statement hat, he wore chic, lightly tinted sunglasses.

The actor sported a diamond-encrusted watch and a neatly trimmed goatee while trotting down gray water slides.

Stylish: The 54-year-old entertainer showed off his luxurious fashion sense as he strolled the beach in a wide-brimmed hat and silk shirt

Stylish: The 54-year-old entertainer showed off his luxurious fashion sense as he strolled the beach in a wide-brimmed hat and silk shirt

Downtime: He then took a phone call on the balcony of his yacht and promoted his brand of whiskey on social media

Downtime: He then took a phone call on the balcony of his yacht and promoted his brand of whiskey on social media

On another occasion, during his chic getaway, the singer-songwriter dressed up on a yacht.

The Oscar-winning actress donned a navy Gucci t-shirt with red Nike shorts.

He wore aviator-style sunglasses as he attended to his iPhone as he stood on the balcony.

Jamie pulled back the blinds at one point, squinting as he stood in the bright sunshine.

Quick chat: Jamie pulled back the blinds at one point, squinting as he stood in the bright sunshine

Quick chat: Jamie pulled back the blinds at one point, squinting as he stood in the bright sunshine

Businessman: Jamie took to Instagram on Friday and Saturday to tout his Brown Sugar Bourbon aka BSB spirit

Businessman: Jamie took to Instagram on Friday and Saturday to tout his Brown Sugar Bourbon aka BSB spirit

Jamie took to Instagram on Friday and Saturday to tout his Brown Sugar Bourbon, aka BSB, spirit.

In video content shared on the photo-sharing app, he partied the night away in a short-sleeved white shirt.

He was seen pouring drinks for attendees at an elegant event with waiters and dancers.

The businessman rocked two blingy necklaces with the initials ‘C’ and ‘A’ representing his two daughters, Corinne and Annalize.

Proud dad: The businessman rocked two blingy necklaces with the initials 'C' and 'A' representing his two daughters, Corinne and Annalize

Proud dad: The businessman rocked two blingy necklaces with the initials ‘C’ and ‘A’ representing his two daughters, Corinne and Annalize

The entrepreneur mentioned his hometown as he wrote in the caption, “From the south of #terrelltx to #suddelafrance.”

He then tagged his business page and added the tagline “#makeslifesweet”.

Taking to his Stories, he shared even more footage with his 14.6 million followers, including a photo of two B2B bottles.

They were set up in front of a beautiful sunset and a filled champagne flute.

Building his empire: The entrepreneur mentioned his hometown as he wrote in the caption:

Building his empire: The entrepreneur mentioned his hometown as he wrote in the caption: “From the south of #terrelltx to #suddelafrance”.


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The Lake, SkyMed and more Canadian shows hitting screens soon

Summer is right around the corner and free time is starting to fill up – but for some that means scrolling and surfing new shows.

If you need inspiration, CBC News has rounded up some of the most anticipated Canadian releases to watch in 2022 and beyond.


Gavaris stretches out near the cabin in Amazon’s new series The Lake, which also stars Julia Stiles. (Amazon Studios)

The start of the summer season is Lake, a new Canadian comedy series filmed and set in the cottage country of Northern Ontario.

Created by Canadian Julian Doucet and starring Canadian actor Jordan Gavaris, the comedy follows Justin (Gavaris) as he returns home after breaking up with a longtime partner.

Upon returning, Justin discovers that his childhood cottage had been left to his half-sister Maisy-May (Julia Stiles), leading to a summer battle to claim ownership.

Lake begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on June 17.


A new medical drama coming this year is CBC’s Sky Med.

Created by Toronto-based writer and producer Julie Puckrin, the new series features a young Canadian troupe.

Morgan Holmstrom can be seen next to a plane in CBC’s upcoming SkyMed show, which premieres July 10, 2022. The show follows nurses and pilots flying in healthcare to remote communities. (Pief Weyman/Paramount+)

The drama follows the lives of nurses and air ambulance pilots in northern Manitoba. From triumphs to heartbreaks, the show (which will also premiere in the United States on Paramount+) will offer viewers a glimpse into the realities of health care delivery in Indigenous communities in northern Canada.

SkyMed will be broadcast on CBC TV and available to stream on CBC Gem on July 10.

Pamela’s Garden of Eden

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson attends a news conference in Austria, February 27, 2019. Anderson announced on Wednesday that Netflix was creating a new documentary about her life. (Erwin Schériau/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian actress, model and writer Pamela Anderson returns to her hometown for a new HGTV series: Pamela’s Garden of Eden.

The show follows the star as she renovates her late grandmother’s six-acre property on Vancouver Island.

Pamela’s Garden of Eden will air on HGTV in the fall of 2022.


Jennifer Tong, left, and Emilija Baranac, right, stand against a city skyline in a scene from a new CBC Gem and Netflix series called Fakes. (David Astorga/CBC/Netflix)

Made in co-production with Netflix, David Turko Counterfeits tells the story of two teenage best friends as they accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America.

With more money than they can imagine, the two now navigate a new life of wealth and crime. The show features Canadian actors Emilija Baranac, Jennifer Tong and Richard Harmon.

Counterfeits will begin streaming on Netflix and CBC Gem in fall 2022.

play well

Acting Good is a new 10-part series co-created and starring actor and comedian Paul Rabliauskas, who is pictured here. (Radio Canada)

play well follows the story of Paul, an aboriginal man and witty comedian, who returns to his fictional home in Grouse Lake First Nation in Manitoba after his failed attempt to move to the big city.

The 10-part series is co-created and stars actor and comedian Paul Rabliauskas.

play well will air on CTV Comedy Channel in 2022.

Comedy Night with Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer speaks onstage at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., on March 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Another comedy series to watch this year is Comedy night with Rick Mercer.

Each hour-long episode will feature stand-up routines from Mercer himself as well as a lineup of new Canadian comedians like Sophie Buddle, DJ Demers, Dakota Ray Hebert and more.

Comedy Night with Rick Mercer will air on CBC TV and air on CBC Gem in the fall of 2022.

One day we’ll all be dead

Canadian author Scaachi Koul’s national bestseller One day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter has inspired a new comedy series on Crave. (Barbora-Simkova)

The national bestseller by Canadian author Scaachi Koul One day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter inspired a new comedy series produced in Canada One day we’ll all be dead.

The 30-minute series, created by Lakna Edilima in collaboration with Koul, follows the story of a first-generation brunette woman facing pressure from her family and trying to pursue a career in journalism.

One day we’ll all be dead starts streaming on Crave in 2023.

Canada Drag Race: Canada Against the World

The new series Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World will feature Canadian drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes, pictured here in a fabulous red dress, as a judge. (Getty Images)

The Queens of Canada have proven their success on the world stage, and now Canada is set to host a new series with the Canadian drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes as a judge.

The six-episode battle will crown a “queen of the mother-pucking world” – and the cast will be revealed later this year.

The series will begin streaming on Crave in 2022.


A new series called BollyWed follows the Singhs and their family fashion business. The Singh family is seen here outside their shop. (Rakesh Sidana)

Toronto’s iconic 37-year-old Little India bridal shop Chandan Fashion is heading to the screens.

A new series called BollySea follows the Singhs and their family fashion business.

BollySea will air on CBC TV and will be available to stream on CBC Gem in winter 2023.


Canadian actor and writer Anthony Q. Farrell, best known for his work on Overlord and the Underwoods and Officeis back with a new single-camera comedy titled shelved.

The show follows the workplace drama of the Jameson Public Library, a fictional Toronto library modeled after the library in the Parkdale neighborhood.

shelved currently has no air date but will be part of Bell Media’s 2022-2023 lineup.

Plan B

Plan Ban adapted French series created by Jean-François Asselin and Jacques Drolet, follows the story of a man who discovers his ability to time travel.

In the psychological drama, Philip (played by Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams), soon realizes that every choice has repercussions.

Plan B will air on CBC TV and air on CBC Gem in winter 2023.

red ketchup

The new animated series Red Ketchup is based on a popular 80s Quebec comic series and follows rogue FBI agent Steve (Red) Ketchup. (adult swimming)

Corus recently announced its second Canadian original series for Adult Swim.

The animated series red ketchup is based on a popular 80s Quebec comic series and follows rogue FBI agent Steve (Red) Ketchup.

red ketchup will premiere in French on Télétoon la nuit and in English on Adult Swim in 2023.

Other shows in production

Thunder Bay, a four-part docuseries based on the popular Canadaland podcast of the same name is currently in production. The investigative series is produced and hosted by award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and writer Ryan McMahon.

Casting has also begun for a new Canadian drama series that reimagines the classic Robin Hood story titled Robyn Hood. It will go into production in Toronto and Hamilton this summer.

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The charm and swagger of waistcoats

Charlotte Rampling paired a masculine waistcoat with a long-sleeved shirt in 1974 © Mondadori via Getty Images

At a recent rural wedding in North Wales, I paired a pink waistcoat with matching trousers from French brand The Frankie Shop and was greeted with bewilderment. “It’s so great that they have female magicians now,” said another guest. “I see Ronnie O’Sullivan is on the guest list,” another joked. In my mind, I was channeling Charlotte Rampling from 1974, not the snooker player. But that’s the risk you take when you put on a vest. It’s all about context.

If I had been in the front row at a fashion show, rather than in a field, I might have elicited a warmer reception. The spring shows of Saint Laurent, Jacquemus, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Burberry all featured cardigans. The same goes for the “gateway” at Nice airport, where a few weeks ago Marion Cotillard showed up at the Cannes Film Festival adopting the “chic passport control” dress code in a black waistcoat, jeans and giant sunglasses. And Palm Beach got the memo: Taking a page from Bianca Jagger’s playbook, Nicola Peltz wore an all-white Dior three-piece to her epic wedding rehearsal dinner to Brooklyn Beckham.

That said, women in vests are nothing new. If Marlene Dietrich, Janelle Monáe and Kate Moss are anything to go by, once you’ve discovered a zest for the vest, it’s got you covered for life. “There’s a lot of charm and swagger in such a small garment,” muses British designer Bella Freud. The Chrissie vest from her eponymous line is a recurring style named after singer Chrissie Hynde. “She wears a vest really well, in a warm, boyish and sexy way. When you feel like you’re blending into the wall, it’s a good thing to wear. Freud’s denim iteration proves popular to help customers stand out – in a good way.” Natasha Lyonne just wore it Saturday Night Live,” she says. “You can get a good jacket in any market. But a good cardigan that has a certain cut is harder to find.

Model Kate Moss wears a black hat, shorts and a black leather jacket.  She carries a cola bottle and a paper cup

Kate Moss in an open waistcoat at the 2005 Glastonbury Music Festival. . . ©Getty Images

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders playing guitar on stage wearing a frilly white shirt and black leather vest

. . . and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders in a leather vest in 1980 © Redferns

Italian couture brand Giuliva Heritage is also becoming a vest destination. “We’ve always included a vest in our collections, inspired by Bianca Jagger and Studio 54 – and over the last two years sales have really started to pick up,” says Margherita Cardelli, who started the brand alongside her husband. Gerardo Cavaliere in 2017. The ivory vest-trouser combo from his SS22 collection is one of the most requested looks by celebrities and fashion editors. “I originally designed it for brides – I thought it was a cool alternative to a blazer, a bit sexy,” says Cardelli. Currently pregnant, Cardelli lives in vests. “It’s smart and fitted on the top, but you can unbutton the bottom to make room.”

Vests make for a surprisingly foolproof workwear look, says retail consultant Natalie Kingham, a fan since she acquired a fitted Ossie Clark red snakeskin-print style as a teenager. In her previous role as purchasing director of, she often placed orders for cardigans at Alexander McQueen, Bella Freud and Dolce & Gabbana. She herself considers them a surprisingly versatile day and night option. “I often bought a waistcoat with the matching blazer because it was obvious and it made my life easier,” she recalls. “It works a bit like a 9 to 5 dress, and it doesn’t feel too stuffy or strict. You can have your meeting wearing the blazer over it, then you can have a cocktail party wearing the vest with nothing underneath.

A model on the catwalk wears a black vest and sunglasses

Saint Laurent SS22

A model wears a small bare-arm vest and a full-length pink floaty skirt

Giorgio Armani SS22

Separating the waistcoat from its three-piece suit origins and usual formal context also challenges its more traditional connotations. The three-piece suit became a symbol of aristocratic eccentricity (and a short-lived trademark look for England football manager Gareth Southgate). At Eton, for example, the privilege of wearing a wacky waistcoat is reserved for prefects. Do you remember Prince William in his Union Jack print style?

In another context, London-based, Helsinki-born designer Ella Boucht approaches vests from a queer perspective, having discovered the power of clothing during their Masters in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins. “I personally love wearing vests because they make me feel invincible. I love the combination of the structured front and the silky back, with exposure of the arms and skin. It’s an erotic piece but professional,” says Boucht. Boucht’s vests, which often feature harnesses, have become an iconic design that aims to “stir the pot and bring homosexuality into a world heavily created for men.”

Bella Hadid is stepping out in an open cardigan and T-shirt in April. . . © GC Images

. . . and Marion Cotillard opts for the cardigan and jeans for her arrival at Nice airport in May © GC Images

Vest-lover Janelle Monáe at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert Live. . . © FilmMagic

. . . and actress Elle Fanning at an event in Santa Monica in 2022 © WireImage

Tent ? Do like model and designer TyLynn Nguyen and try a plain white t-shirt under a slightly oversized style. A fan of the gray linen floaty pants and oversized jacket from Skall Studio, she says the set is a stylish — but mostly cool — alternative to a summer jacket. “It’s a lightweight layer that creates the same ease as a suit,” she tells me. Lauren Santo Domingo, Brand Director at Moda Operandi, owns a linen style by Michael Lo Sordo and advises, “You’ll find yourself reaching for the set when you feel like you have nothing else to wear. ”

But watch out for the buttons. “Something that buttons too high above the chest can be difficult to wear unless you’re very small in that department,” she warns. Instead, look for a flattering V and an adjustable strap. And don’t forget to have a magic trick on hand if things go wrong.

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Where can I find a great travel jacket?

Not only does such a garment exist, but it even has a special name: a jacket! Like many newly relevant sartorial inventions (the megging, the jort), it is a hybrid garment (shirt plus jacket) well suited to meet contemporary needs.

Specifically, it has to pass through an air-conditioned airport during the very hot months, not be crushed by being crammed into a tiny seat for many hours, and then emerge ready for public viewing at the other end. Although it works equally well for trips from home to the grocery store for a morning milk run, or from home to the office for a daily commute.

It’s a more sophisticated alternative to the sweatshirt, without sacrificing ease. And it works perfectly well on sweatshirts, leggings and yoga pants, meaning you can have your comfy clothes stretchy and look a little cooler too. It is also a gender-neutral garment, which is equally popular among men and women.

Truth be told, the shirt is not, in fact, a new invention. It has its roots in late 19th century French workwear, in particular the bleu de travail, a blue shirt worn by workers to protect their day clothes. (Another name for the garment is the chore coat.) Later it was adopted by the U.S. Army, which issued CPO jackets to first petty officers in the 1930s. From there it made its way to Army-Navy surplus stores and therefore in all our wardrobes.

Its characteristics are oversized proportions, best worn over a t-shirt, turtleneck, vest or similar underlayer; large patch pockets; and snaps or button closures. You can, of course, find military and versions of work clothes of the jacket, but you can also find iterations in technical fabric, linen, silk – almost any material and personal aesthetic you could want.

Zara, for example, offers shortened linen versions as well as a satin crinkle effect with a drawstring at the waist. Everlane has a box cotton jacket with additional side pockets at the hips as well as patch pockets, just like Madewell.

And for something with a bit more zip, check out the prints at the Kit, a Daniel Vosovic commissioned brand, a “Project Runway” and CFDA Fashion Incubator alumnus. Wear them and fly away.

Every week on Open Thread, Vanessa will answer a reader’s fashion question, which you can send her anytime via E-mail Where Twitter. Questions are edited and condensed.

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Le Pen wants to hand over the French far right to a 26-year-old

(Bloomberg) — The rising star of Marine Le Pen’s far-right party is taking her presidential ambitions to corners of France that feel left behind.

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As 26-year-old Jordan Bardella arrived in Oléron, an island off the west coast, on the morning of June 2, he shook hands, gave media interviews and spoke with fishermen about their most pressing concerns. – the European quotas on their catches and the rise in the price of fuel.

Officially, the purpose of the visit was to promote a local candidate in the legislative elections which begin on June 12. In reality, it was part of a campaign to make himself known at the head of the National Rally. And at the port at least it seemed to work.

“I’m sure you’ll be our next president!” shouted fisherman Benoit Lavaud, 33. “You are the only person I would vote for!”

Bardella has played a key role in helping Le Pen reach more younger voters, especially in rural and suburban areas. He has been acting party leader since September, when she stepped down to focus on her ultimately failed third bid for the Elysee Palace and she backs him as her successor. But criticism of his nomination has exposed growing divisions over the party’s future.

Two members, who requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic, said Bardella was too young and sometimes too radical, pointing out that his use of language undermines Le Pen’s efforts to cover up the movement’s racist roots founded by his father.

“Le Pen is trying to see how he passes with the rest of the electoral base,” said Marta Lorimer, an expert on France’s far-right at the London School of Economics. “She might just come back if she realizes the party can’t survive without Le Pen at its helm.”

The legislative poll presents a challenge for Bardella. New priorities are likely to emerge, along with other potential successors, depending on how the party fares, people say.

The RN, as it is known in France, is expected to win far fewer seats than the parties backing recently re-elected President Emmanuel Macron, who appear set to maintain their position as the largest bloc, or the alliance grouped around a extreme left brand. Jean-Luc Melenchon, who should get the second highest total.

But his earnings will likely be enough to give him formal legislative status, it is projected, for only the second time since the 1980s. a milestone in Le Pen’s decade-long effort to bring the party to the center of French politics.

“What we want is to bring the people into the National Assembly and ensure that our ideas are represented,” said Bardella, who is not running himself for a seat, after speaking with the fishermen. “I want our ideas to take power.”

Of Italian descent, Bardella was born and raised in Seine Saint-Denis, a harsh, poor and ethnically diverse suburb of Paris, and dropped out of college to focus on politics. He quickly rose through the party ranks, becoming a party MP in 2019.

Bardella plays on his background and presents himself as the polar opposite of the average French politician. He has helped Le Pen “integrate” the party since she took it over from her father, focusing on the rising cost of living and reframing her views on women.

“We had a woman as a presidential candidate and we have a 26-year-old guy as acting boss, it shows how modern and open-minded we are,” said Louis Aliot, mayor of the southern city of Perpignan. and vice-president of the party.

At the same time, Bardella has opinions that even Le Pen has been careful not to express.

While Le Pen moved away from comments about race, Bardella portrayed immigration from Africa as a civilizational threat. It’s an allusion to the “great replacement” – a conspiracy theory once confined to far-right racist tracts that fuels deadly gun violence around the world. He is defended by Eric Zemmour, who came fourth in the presidential election and was sanctioned for hate speech.

“I agree with some of Zemmour’s views, I know the topics he talks about because I grew up in the suburbs,” Bardella said in a separate interview on Thursday, before adding “Zemmour doesn’t bring any response to people’s problems.

At the port, Bardella was followed by his official photographer, who is taking images as part of the campaign to make him appear presidential, according to the newspaper Le Monde. The visit, the first by a national politician in a long time, meant a lot, said Lavaud, the fisherman. “Macron’s people didn’t even come.”

Some party members do not believe the RN will perform well in the general election, and they are attacking a system they say does not reflect the will of the people. “It’s because the National Assembly doesn’t deal with people’s problems and ideas that people come out into the streets,” Bardella said.

If he wins an internal party vote in the fall and is confirmed leader of the RN, he will have two elections to prepare: to the Senate in 2023 and to the European Parliament the following year. Only then can he start focusing more on the 2027 presidential election.

“I hear the internal critics say I’m too young but that won’t stop me. Napoleon said “we grow fast on the battlefield”, Bardella said, “and I inherited the resilience of Marine Le Pen”.

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Felix Capital, investor in Moonbug and Goop, raises $600 million

A failed attempt to build a textile market at the height of the dotcom boom taught Felix Capital’s Frederic Court an important lesson in the power of habits. “Consumers can change their lifestyle quickly, but in a work environment it takes a lot longer,” says Court, who has now landed a spot on the Midas List Europe thanks to his investments in consumer-focused brands. consumer like Moonbug, Mejuri and Farfetch.

The London-based investor that bills itself as the venture capital fund for the “creative class” has now raised a new round of $600 million, doubling its assets under management to $1.2 billion. Court, founder and managing partner of Felix Capital, says the fund will stick to its “focused” goal of making up to 25 investments in European and US startups that are tapping into changing consumer behavior.

“At Felix, we started talking about the emergence of a more digital lifestyle early on and it’s a trend that’s only accelerated,” Court says. “We want to support members of the creative class who will come up with new brands that will resonate with a certain audience or sub-community.”

Felix’s boutique approach to venture investing has proven successful with early investments in the fashion market: Farfetch, food delivery app Deliveroo and Peloton. The three companies, all of which are now publicly traded, have, like many tech stocks, seen stock prices crash after pandemic-era spikes.

The consumer-centric brands favored by Felix also face serious headwinds from inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, but Court still sees an opportunity. “During Covid, there were a few months where people were petrified, but what happened? People have adapted. As they adapted, it created new opportunities,” says Court, adding that he led the first luxury-focused investment in Farfetch during the depths of the financial crisis in 2010.

Felix also recently celebrated a private exit with the sale of children’s entertainment startup Moonbug to private equity group Blackstone for $3 billion in November 2021. The fund had invested “double-digit millions” before the launch in the company that owns the hit YouTube channels Cocomelon and Blippi, Court said. Felix has also supported Goop, actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand.

“At the time Frédéric created his first fund, very few funds in Europe understood consumer power,” says Rene Rechtman, CEO of Moonbug. “That changed with massive American platforms dominating industries, but Frederic was definitely at the forefront of that.”

Felix and Court are perhaps best known for their investments in the fashion industry, but the fund picks strong brands across a range of industries including food, mobility, healthcare and e-commerce software based on emerging “digital lifestyle” themes. Court says Web3 and sustainability startups, like existing investments in NFT-based fantasy sports game Sorare and Oatly, which went public in May 2021 with a $10 billion valuation, would be important themes for the new fund. .

“We’re at a scale where we can choose our battles and have a positive impact,” Court says. “I often say that the way we do venture capital is that the money-making part is a by-product of supporting distinctive, attractive, and authentic businesses.”

Court founded Felix Capital in 2015 after working for nearly two decades at Advent Venture Partners, where he led investments in Dailymotion, Zong and Ubiquisys. The French investor began his career at the investment bank Lazard before co-founding an ephemeral textile marketplace startup. “We were able to see the magnitude of the change, but a lot of those changes took a decade or two decades,” Court says.

Former PayPal and Meta director David Marcus worked with Court on Zong, which he founded, and his new crypto company Lightspark. “He’s always been very in tune with the brands of the future and the trends that will become mainstream over time,” says Marcus, who oversaw Facebook Messenger and Meta’s Libra cryptocurrency project. “He was not only a great investor and board member, but he was my advisor when we pivoted the business and eventually sold it to Paypal.”

The fund also recruited María Auersperg de Lera, who previously worked at Mosaic Ventures and Balderton Capital, and Sophie Luck, formerly of the venture capital arm of German media group Hubert Burda, as investors. Felix has also bolstered his advisory team with Maria Raga, CEO of Depop, GoFundMe CMO Musa Tariq and Branko Milutinović, founder and CEO of gaming app developer Nordeus.

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Proenza Schouler Resort Collection 2023

There is one fabric in this Proenza Schouler collection that is a real wonder. “We’ve never seen anything like this before,” Lazaro Hernandez said during a preview. “The sequins are baked into the yarn itself, so when you knit it, it’s all embedded. It looks like Lurex, but it’s a nice spongy knit. The two-column dresses they’ve made with this fabric are just about the most elegant things we’ve seen all season. Evening wear is a neglected category at the moment. This may be a lingering effect of the pandemic. But the elegance of the columns is matched only by their ease. “We love that it’s basically t-shirt dresses,” added Jack McCollough.

In the pre-seasons, the Proenza Schouler duo leans towards experimentation. Scrolling through these images clearly shows that they are strongly drawn to the texture and feel of the resort. In addition to that spongy sequin knit, they used silk velvet for strappy dresses and matching sets, three-dimensional rib knit to coordinate cardigans and flares, and cropped shearling on a coat. belt. The saturated colors of velvet and shearling especially added to their appeal.

After texture, their other concern here was form. It’s tempting to see 1940s proportions in nipped-waist jackets and full skirts whose sculptural hems have been reinforced with horsehair. Dior’s 1947 New Look was a repudiation of years of wartime restraint and sacrifice. We haven’t dealt with deprivation on this scale, but the designers are determined to evoke an upbeat vibe and exuberant volumes are one way to do that. Sweatpants and frilly ankle socks paired with a different pinched jacket is another cheekier way to go.

Regarding the form, they revisited the corsets which were the building blocks of their first collection. “Old Proenza vibes,” Hernandez said, but updated in suit fabric for a pop of surprise.

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Iga Swiatek ends historically dominant French Open title race


Clive Brunskill/Getty. Pictured: Iga Swiatek.

When Iga Swiatek defeated Coco Gauff quickly to claim her second French Open title, it didn’t surprise tennis fans so much.

What may be more surprising, however, is that in winning this title, Swiatek became the first player since Serena Williams in 2013 to win Roland Garros after opening the tournament as a +100 or better favorite.

Swiatek entered the tournament at -115 before seeing her odds shortened throughout the two-week event, and the last player to enter the event and win it at shorter odds was Williams.

Willliams entered the 2013 French Open at -133 before embarking on a title chase, per

Before Williams, Steffi Graf won the French Open in 1995 after opening at -125.

When Swiatek won her first Roland Garros title in 2020, she entered the event at +5000.

Notable French Open champions Year Stock opening price Championship Match Prize
Iga Swiatek 2022 -115 -650
Iga Swiatek 2020 +5000 -185
Ashley Barty 2019 +1800 -170
Serena Williams 2015 +240 -320
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As of February 1 this year, Swiatek was set at +500 to win the French Open, but a series of dominating forms including five titles before the event saw his chances dwindle in the months leading up to Roland Garros.

Swiatek is the favorite to win the next Slam on the calendar, Wimbledon, as she is currently listed at +200.

Perhaps Swiatek is also continuing Martina Navratilova’s 72-game winning streak, a WTA record, while the Pole currently has 35 wins.

There’s a long way to go on that one.

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Queen Elizabeth receives Jubilee gift of a horse from Frenchman Macron

President Emmanuel Macron gave queen elizabeth a horse belonging to the French Republican Guard to mark her jubilee, describing the monarch as the “golden thread” that had bound France and Britain during her 70-year reign.

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Macron then paid tribute to the Queen during a flame rekindling ceremony at the Monument of the Arc de Triomphewhere he lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the presence of the British Ambassador to France, Menna Rawlings.

Elizabeth is known for her love of horses. Fabuleu de Maucour, the seven-year-old gray gelding donated by Macron, escorted the president down the Champs-Élysées in Paris last month as part of an official ceremony, Macron’s office said.

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Britain kicked off four days of pageantry and parties Thursday to celebrate Elizabeth’s reign.

Macron paid tribute to the Queen for bringing an element of wartime stability and profound change to society.

“You are the golden thread that unites our two countries, proof of the unwavering friendship between our two countries and our nations,” Macron said.

Macron was one of the harshest critics of British decision-making after his vote to leave the European Union, but the president expressed his admiration for a queen who came to the throne less than a decade after the end of World War II.

Macron also presented a thoroughbred to President Xi Jinping during his three-day state visit to China in 2018.

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French airline La Compagnie All-Business-Class NYC to Italy

It’s the cheapest way to travel in style to Italy.

Flight time from Newark to Milan is approximately eight hours and twenty minutes. Via La Compagnie is a largely happy experience to start with.

The company is not a new airline – it debuted in 2014 – but the all-business class flight, 76 seats in total, has a new route. It runs directly from the New York metropolitan area to Italy’s fashion capital. The new service was celebrated at a launch party in Manhattan in March, and a few weeks later I had the opportunity to experience this swanky airline for myself.

The history of La Compagnie is not without appeal. Past reviews, especially of its older, repurposed aircraft (Boeing 757-200), weren’t exactly glowing. Seats reclined but did not lie flat and service was rated as good but not outstanding, while the food was not worthy of praise.

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Yet the cost of business flights via the French airline was – and is – remarkably cheap compared to the cost of a business class ticket from New York to Italy via one of the major carriers like Delta, where recent research showed a comparable Delta One class. tickets at $9,596 and La Compagnie at $2,030. Now that La Compagnie has added new planes to its restricted fleet, it’s easy to make the case for flying at the upper echelon of airline travel.

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“The Company is aimed at a population of travelers who want to travel in high-end style but who do not pay high-end prices”, explains Christian Vernet, president of the airline. “From the beginning, our promise has been to offer travelers uncompromising service at the most attractive rate… This is the closest thing to a private flight without the price tag.”

On the new route from Newark to Milan, which began in mid-April, travelers are provided with an all-new aircraft (a 321neo) outfitted in the company’s signature soft blue and pale gray hues. It’s a soothing sight after having a drink in Newark’s garish and musty Virgin Lounge, a supposed perk for La Compagnie ticket holders.

The seat shells, arranged in pairs on either side of the single-aisle, are spacious and comfortable. That said, those used to flying business class on overseas routes or from NYC to LAX on one of the major carriers won’t find too many surprises here. There’s the standard pillow and blanket (although the Company’s quilted blanket may be slightly higher quality than that distributed by Delta or United), large over-ear headphones (these are just ok; if you have your own noise canceling Bose or Beats, you’re better), a bottle of water, a cute toiletry bag stocked with the usual suspects – foam earplugs, socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste – and surprisingly – lip balm and cream for hands and nails Caudalie.

Boarding is child’s play. That would be true on a full flight of any plane with so few seats, but on a recent Monday evening in April, boarding and settling into the quarter-full flight proved particularly straightforward.

Many airlines demonstrated their creativity through their required safety video, and La Compagnie joined the competition. Her zen video is performed by two yogis, who stretch and move with agility in voiceover, and video captioning explains how to get oxygen and buckle up properly.

On the night flight, a light meal is served shortly after landing, and on the day of return, a full four-course lunch. On both flights, there were only a few delicious bites of sweet potato soup and lemon pie. Still, just about everything else was disappointing: a soggy Caprese sandwich, rubbery cod, overly salty smoked tuna.

Fortunately, Milan is a city that takes its food and drink seriously, and if you arrive hungry, you won’t stay that way for long. As if ordering a Negroni in the Brera district while waiting for a table at the dear Latteria San Marco and having it arrive in a huge tumbler wasn’t enough, think of the appetizer snacks that sit alongside: gourmet green olives, slim, salty potato chips and oily Marcona almonds. With snacks like these, who needs an appetizer?

But Milan is not a place of deprivation. This is one for fun and discovery. The city is rarely, if ever, spoken of with the same adoration given to other Italian cities like Rome, Florence and Venice. It’s not often cited as an Italian place people really want to visit, like Sicily, the Amalfi Coast or Lake Como, but unless you have an aversion to eating next to locals, visiting art galleries and designer showrooms and shopping at one of the – sort of a vintage find with Milanese on their lunch break, skipping Milan for other Italian pastures is ill-advised.

Venice is only two and a half hours away by train, Romejust over three, but don’t worry: these tourist-heavy Italian cities will still be around after you’ve spent a few days exploring cosmopolitan Milan.

Every city has its fair share of excellent hotels, and Milan is no different. Big spenders wanting to be at the center of it all, near the gob-smacking Duomowhich is literally the downtown area of ​​the city, will not be disappointed with the Park Hyatt’s accommodations. Galleria Vik offers a unique stay for something a little different and just as close to the main action. Each of the establishment’s 89 rooms, the first in Europe for the South American brand, features the work of an artist. No two rooms are identical in decor or layout, with dozens of rooms overlooking the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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From Galleria Vik, where the enthusiastic and helpful staff make up for the style flaws of the guest rooms, it’s just a short 10-minute walk to Brera, an area teeming with students and vintage shops. The wares at some, like Pauline Frommer and Vintage Delirium, with their lightly worn Dolce & Gabbana dresses and Versace jackets, aren’t cheap, but Urzi, run by a husband-and-wife team, is the kind of little boutique that will get you there. makes you happy to have taken the vintage course. It’s also affordable – jewelry hovering around 40 euros, a spring blazer with sharp stripes for 45 euros – and far more original than shopping along Via Monte Napoleone, home to Prada, Balenciaga and Fendi, for n to name a few. -the retail locations found here. Speaking of Prada, the Foundationon the outskirts of town, attracts visitors largely because of the café designed by Wes Anderson, Bar Luce.

Milano & Partners recently unveiled the YESMilano campaign with the aim of showcasing all that Italy’s second largest city has to attract visitors. Sure, Milan is the gateway to much of Italy and much of Europe, but it’s absolutely charming and inviting in its own right, the city’s promotional arm promises. An ongoing initiative highlights distinct Milan neighborhoods, such as City Life, where lunch at Ratana, a sustainability-focused restaurant with outdoor tables, seems like an even better idea once you realize you’re sitting among locals. Bone marrow risotto, a staple of Milanese cuisine, is the thing to order here, its bold yellow hue resulting from saffron, a signature seasoning of this region.

This being Italy, the fun doesn’t stop at the main course. Not when there’s so much ice cream around. Visitors to New York miss the Italian gelato outpost Gromwhich closed several years ago, will be delighted to find their favorite flavors like fior de latte or pistachio in the streets of Milan.

Milan’s nightlife technically begins at happy hour when employees wrap up their shifts and head to the nearest spot for an aperitivo – this city will have you falling for Italian bitters like Campari and Select Aperitivo – before to enjoy a multi-course meal followed by after-dinner drinks. Visitors looking to soak up the energy and buzz that lately define Milan should head to the Canal District, where hotspots like Mag Cafe are in high demand. The pizza and the house red at Fabbrica Pizzeria are particularly pleasant when combined with the sunset over the Naviglio Pavese canal. Here you can marvel at everything Milan has become. Venice can wait another day.

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French tennis frustration is the color of red clay

PARIS – The most important feature of the French Open is that this Grand Slam tournament takes place on the rusty red clay of Roland Garros, a beloved feature that is as much a part of local culture and tradition as booksellers who sell second-hand art and books. along the Seine.

And yet, as is so often the case in the country that calls itself Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir, the relationship between France and its “clay terrain” is a little more complicated.

This red clay, which comes from a small brickyard in Oise, north of Paris, arouses so much love.

“My favorite surface,” said Stéphane Levy, a life member of the Tennis Club de Paris, a favorite haunt of some of the country’s best players, including Gilles Simon and Corentin Moutet, where eight of the 18 courts are made from the same clay. like those of Roland Garros.

“There’s no desire to gamble on it,” Levy said. “The slip, the clay on your body when you sweat.”

But clay has also become a symbol of deep frustration. A Frenchwoman has not won the singles championship of this precious country, the one that requires more courage but also more reflection than any other, since Mary Pierce in 2000. A Frenchman has not won it in 39 years , since Yannick Noah in 1983. The last French men and women were eliminated from the singles tournaments on Saturday.


The answer probably has a lot to do with a central contradiction in the house of the greatest red clay scene. Only 11.5% of tennis courts in France are traditional red earth and most of them are in private clubs. Another 16.5% of the courts are made of an imitation clay surface which is similar to boat ground but plays harder and faster than softer traditional clay.

The maintenance of red clay in cold and wet weather, common in France for much of the year, is practically impossible, and the construction of indoor complexes for them is expensive. So most French tennis players grow up playing on hard courts, unlike their Spanish counterparts, where temperate weather and red clay dominate the way Rafael Nadal (who won in five sets on Sunday) and so many Spaniards before him dominated Roland Garros.

That tennis at the highest level is played on different surfaces is as normal for tennis fans as fuzzy yellow balls and growling forehands, but it’s one of the great quirks of the sport. Imagine for a moment if the NBA played 70% of its games on hardwood, 20% on rubber, and 10% on rag wool carpeting. This is basically what professional tennis players do, spending the first three months on hard courts, the next two on clay, about six weeks on grass, and then most of the rest of the year on hard courts. .

While the surfaces have become more similar in recent years, each requires a unique set of skills and produces a very different style of play.

Grass and clay are at the extremes, with grass being the fastest of the three surfaces.

Clay is the slowest. The ball pops out of the ground and hangs in the air for a split second longer, allowing players to catch it and extend rallies, and forcing them to play a more tactical style, starting from the baseline.

Watch an hour of professional tennis on every surface. If you cut all the time between points, real clay tennis lasts about 13 minutes, according to multiple studies of energy and effort in the sport. This is significantly more than on other surfaces, where the player returning the serve is at a more serious disadvantage and may struggle to get the ball back into play.

Hard courts are about halfway and require full play.

Among the pros, red clay is both loved and hated.

“I don’t like it very much,” said Daniil Medvedev of Russia, the world’s second-largest male player, who struggled for years to win a match at Roland Garros and reached the fourth round on Saturday.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has no use for the surface and is skipping the clay-court season altogether. Iga Swiatek of Poland, the highest ranked woman in the world, would spend her entire career slipping on it if she could.

Winning on clay requires a doctorate. in what coaches and players call “point building,” which is shorthand for playing tennis like chess, thinking not just about this next move, but three moves later. Learning this to the point where it’s instinctual can take years, and like most things, the sooner you start training the brain to think this way, the better.

“On clay, the fight really continues,” said Aurelio Di Zazzo, coach at Tennis Club de Paris. “The longer the effort, the more you have to use your mind.”

The club, which is less than a mile from Roland Garros, tries to carry the torch of the red earth as best they can. This torch is not cheap. Maintenance of the courts requires four full-time employees, and new clay costs over $2,000 per year for each court. Each plot must be completely dug up and redone every 15 years, costing over $30,000 per plot.

Levy said it was worth it.

“This clay is part of France,” he said.

The French tennis federation agrees. The organization also really wants a Roland-Garros singles champion. It is expected to announce a new plan to promote tennis on the “boat land” in July. Maybe that can help.

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These french tips are the latest style for your nails

The French manicure has a remarkable hold. As it continues to be popular this year, it has spawned a plethora of vibrant styles with the same timeless DNA: arches of hues around the tips of the nails. Talented nail artists have shared their unique take on French tips on Instagram, including v-shaped tips, tie-dye and eggs, especially the sunny side. Here’s all the inspiration you’ll need to start your new claws.

Unexpected French Tips to Try Right Now

A French tip is comparable to a blazer. It will never go out of style as it goes with everything, but there are plenty of ways to make it look younger, fresher and on-trend. And the way you combine it based on hue, shape, width and pattern can really make it look fresh and different.

Surely there is at least one French manicure trend on this list that appeals to your aesthetic. Show your favorite pick to your nail artist at your next appointment or try it yourself.

abstract rainbow

You don’t have to choose just one color for your French tip manicure; kiss them all with rainbow nails. Rainbow nails are a fun and bright aesthetic that everyone should try at least once, and there are many ways to achieve it. If you prefer a more subtle look, opt for a V-shaped line at the tips of your nails, with each side a different color. The end result is subtle yet charming. But if you want to do it all, try recreating this quirky abstract rainbow nail inspiration.

French with a logo

You have probably seen the nail art logo on social media as it is one of the hottest trends in recent years. Putting logos on your nails is a great way to show off your personality and interests. You can showcase your favorite brands, whether it’s sports brands like Nike or luxury fashion houses like Chanel. You can be creative with the color of your nibs, choosing from a range of pastels or matching them to your logo hue.

French pastel coffin

Experimenting with different nail colors, lengths and shapes is one way to make French tips more modern and interesting. Longer nails are ideal for this design as they provide more room for nail art and accentuate the tips. If you like to wear long nails, consider a coffin shape. Coffin nails are incredibly feminine and beautiful, and celebrities and style icons love them for their versatility. They can elongate your fingers and make even the most basic look trendy and fun.

mix and match

We’ve established that you don’t have to stick to one color for your French manicure. You shouldn’t have to limit yourself to just one design. Adorn each finger with a unique design. For a more fun aesthetic, add adorable and distinctive accents and colors to each nail.

french floral

These French claws have been given a makeover by changing the colors and adding small daisies. Because there are so many possibilities, French tip is one of our favorite nail art styles. Adding these designs into your nail art can really take your look to the next level.

Half French

It takes a great artist to pull off a look like this. Experimenting with design variations while adding a contemporary touch elevates the design. The innovative use of negative space creates a very modern flourish.

French Peas

This modern French version is deceptively simple, requiring only one additional tool: a pointing tool. This is a classic French design with a contemporary twist. The finished piece has a 3D look, bringing this French into the 21st century. If you don’t want to be all French, try plain nail paint with polka dots on some of them.

Snake skin

To turn this style of colorful French tips into zoological French tips, have your nail technician hand draw scales to mimic the slippery skin of a snake. Keeping the nail art to a few fingers will help those with a fear of reptiles, but others should feel free to snake this design around all ten fingers.

Featured image: Courtesy of Instagram/clawsxcollxtion; Hero Image: Courtesy Unsplash

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Emma Raducanu retaliates to sink Linda Noskova at Roland-Garros | French Open 2022

Over the past 11 months, as she made her first trip to the WTA Tour, every time Emma Raducanu stepped onto a tennis court, she had to fight against her opponents’ greater experience as well as the quality of their games. Her sparse competitive record means that even opponents the same age as her have taken to the field much more mentally and physically prepared for the fight ahead.

But on a wet and rainy evening on the Simonne-Mathieu court, Raducanu faced a completely different scenario. For the first time in her career at the highest level, even on her Roland-Garros debut, she was both the oldest and most experienced player on the court.

As she faced a shot of precocity in 17-year-old Czech Linda Noskova, a debutant in Grand Slam qualifying just a week ago who immediately won three rounds to reach her first main draw, Raducanu dug deep to hold her back, recovering from a set and crumble to reach the second round in Paris with a 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-1 victory in two hours and 37 minutes.

“It was an absolute battle. I have to say Linda is playing amazing tennis and she really came out shooting,” Raducanu said. “As soon as I lowered my ball speed, she was all over me and killed me at the end of the first set.”

Despite breaking serve early in that opening set, Raducanu was too passive early on, opting to disrupt Noskova with hearty looping balls and extended points rather than imposing from inside the baseline.

Noskova, meanwhile, knew exactly what she wanted to do in the biggest moment of her young career so far: attacking. She took the ball boldly early with perfect timing, smothered all short balls and whenever an opportunity to take her favorite backhand down the line opened up, Noskova took it without a doubt. Both in style and daring, she was not so different from last year’s fearless Raducanu before the blessing and burden of being a Grand Slam champion.

As the first set progressed, Noskova’s confidence grew and it culminated in a stunning tiebreaker triumph. She continued to shine in the second set, breaking serve with a perfect return game to go ahead 4-3.

As the match reached its most crucial moments, Raducanu slowly began to move closer to the baseline, taking the ball early and responding to Noskova’s fire with some of his own. Under pressure from Raducanu for the first time, Noskova offered more errors. The gritty set ended with a touch of magic as Raducanu ripped it off with a soft dropshot winner.

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    With the momentum on his side and Noskova’s high-octane attack laced with much more frequent errors, Raducanu moved quickly through the third set and second round. Even though Raducanu was heavily favored to win, she showed her toughness in addition to her durability after so many recent ailments.

    “I knew if I had a really tough time in the second set it could get to him,” Raducanu said. “And I think in the third set I was definitely able to keep pushing. Eventually, I became more and more dominant. I was quite happy.

    “Physically, I think I was really good there. I lasted the whole three sets. I was really good. I also thought I was going to surpass her.

    After a day of rest, Raducanu will face world No. 47 Aliaksandra Sasnovich for a spot in the third round.

    Earlier on Monday, defending champion Barbora Krejcikova was knocked out in the first round by French teenager, Diane Parry, losing 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 after leading 2-0 in the second set.

    Krejcikova, the second seed, was playing her first game since February after suffering an elbow injury.

    “I think I just broke down physically, and it was difficult because I didn’t play the games,” Krejcikova said. “Usually games are different from training, and I tried to prepare as best I could. But yes, I collapsed.

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    Deepika Padukone invests the Côte d’Azur during Cannes in two charming looks | fashion trends

    Cannes 2022: Deepika Padukone’s fashionable move to the Cannes Film Festival is far from over, and we’re not complaining about it. The actress, a jury member at the prestigious ongoing festival, posted photos and videos of herself dressed in several exquisite ensembles, and each look was equally stunning. The star recently hit the streets of Cannes for a photoshoot in an outfit that blends vintage fashion with modern elegance. She also did another shoot on old Hollywood glamour. We can’t pick a favorite, and you’ll surely love both of her looks too.

    On Sunday, Deepika posted photos from a photo shoot that showed her conquering the French Riviera with her jaw-dropping style. While a post showed the star in a quirky printed shirt and hot pink skirt, Deepika slipped into a smoldering black bodycon dress for the other images. The skirt and shirt look is signed Louis Vuitton. As for the black ensemble, Deepika wore it to shoot for Cartier. Scroll forward to see Deepika’s posts. (Also read: Cannes 2022: Deepika Padukone Gets Edgy In Mini-Jacket Dress For Vanity Fair X Louis Vuitton Dinner, See Photos)

    Deepika Padukone drops two charming new looks from Cannes. (Instagram)

    As for the first look, Deepika slipped into an oversized white button down shirt paired with a knee length skirt. The top is adorned with original patterns, wide collars and long cuffed sleeves. Deepika tucked it elegantly inside the hot pink skirt with an A-line silhouette and gold embellished buttons. A pair of black thigh-high heeled boots, a silver link bracelet and a mini handbag complete it.

    Deepika opted for minimal makeup and a messy bun with a few loose locks sculpting her face to stylize the ensemble. In the end, Deepika chose winged eyeliner, kohl-lined eyes, nude lipstick, flushed cheeks, and glowing skin for the glamorous choices.

    For the second look, Deepika opted for a black off-the-shoulder dress with a plunging neckline flaunting her cleavage, long sleeves, a floor-length hemline, a thigh-high slit and a bodycon silhouette that accentuated the star’s svelte figure. .

    Deepika teamed the black dress with a diamond necklace, matching earrings and a ring from Cartier. She topped it off with a messy low bun, bold red lips, glowing skin, blushed cheeks, radiant highlighter, subtle eye shadow, mascara on the lashes, and fashionable brows.

    What look of Deepika did you like the most?

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    What will €770,000 buy in Latvia, Spain, France, Norway and Westmeath?


    This substantial 389m² five-bedroom house sits on 1.6 acres of land about an hour’s drive from Dublin. With high-end finishes, such as solid oak doors and granite window sills, the property has an independent double garage of 120 m² and a BER of B2.
    Price €770,000



    Located in the embassy belt, this four-bedroom apartment is in an elegant building dating back to 1886 designed by architect Karl Johann Felsko. The property, which has been completely renovated, extends over 234 m², has high ceilings and overlooks a courtyard.
    Price €797,640




    This house dates from 1870, has six bedrooms and extends over 240 m². With a terrace and courtyard, the property has a contemporary kitchen combined with lovely period details such as interior brick arches and antique marble tiled flooring.
    Price €785,000




    This five bedroom house is 3 km from the center of Fuengirola and 25 km from Malaga airport. It is spread over three floors, with guest accommodation in the basement. Built in 2005, the property was renovated in 2010.
    Price €769,000




    This penthouse just next to St Hanshaugen Park, offers stunning views over the Oslo skyline, dates from 2012 and spans 89m², with another 12m² roof terrace. The property has high ceilings, oak flooring and a rear garden.
    Price Kr7.72m/€757,098

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    Alyssa Shelasky needs a night out

    RHINEBECK, NY – Travel, food, parenting and sex writer Alyssa Shelasky recently experimented with a new medium: composing a “missed connection” on Craigslist.

    Earlier this year, she bought a weekend house near Rhinebeck, NY, with her partner, Sam Russell, and she tried to settle down, maybe even find a friend. “When we first moved here during the winter, I was a bit lost and disoriented,” she said. “I hate feeling like a tourist.”

    So she took her kids, Hazel, 6, and River, 2, to the farmer’s market. His experience was not really bucolic. “As I was driving away in our used Dodge minivan, a woman in a gleaming Mercedes was violently beeping me and fingering me for not moving fast enough,” she said.

    Ms Shelasky said she had a large community of girlfriends back home in New York, but not around Rhinebeck. “I think I have a very strong sense of myself,” she said. “I’m a mother, then a writer, then a girlfriend.” Being out of town with no one to talk about life with, “or to talk about sex, it’s kind of weird for me.”

    But then she met a British woman who was in a playground with her children. “She was funny, relaxed and self-deprecating,” Ms. Shelasky said. “It was very uplifting.” Ms Shelasky wanted to swap numbers but didn’t get the chance before her children ran out of steam. “We awkwardly said goodbye, and I left staring at her longingly as she looked at me.”

    So she posted the “Missed Connection”.

    She got two replies… from men looking for a different kind of connection. Not that it’s outside Ms. Shelasky’s comfort zone: For the past seven years, she’s been the Sex Diaries editor for New York magazine, and the kind of person who will freely admit: ” I breastfed both of my children and had sex with a bra on.

    On a recent mild Friday evening, a few days before the publication of his memoirs, “It Might Be Too Personal: and Other Intimate Storiesshe spent a rare night away from her family in the village of Rhinebeck.

    “I always try to give my kids a good time, and they need a lot of attention and they come first. I was never able to be myself in my new place,” he said. she said while browsing the home goods store House SFW, which sells antique French linens with lobsters embroidered on them and sets of cocktail glasses for $400.

    “When I marry a rich second husband – even though I’m anti-marriage – I will register here,” she said.

    “I can’t figure out here, if it’s ‘namaste’ and carob chips,” Ms Shelasky said as she crossed the street towards Samuel’s Sweet Shop.

    She wanted to buy candy necklaces for her daughter. “Hazel is the leader of a black market candy ring at school,” she said. “I’m like, you’re 6, that’s criminal. But I guess I’m an enabler because I keep buying him candy.

    The store is partly owned by actor Paul Rudd. “I have a framed picture of us in the house,” Ms. Shelasky said. She was taken at a gala where Mr Rudd was the celebrity host and she was attending about four months after having her daughter as a single mother by choice.

    “Everyone was like, ‘It’s going to be hard’ or ‘You’re never going to have a social life again.’ But I was there, dressed, ready and I had it together,” she said. “The picture is like, I’m here, I’m fine, I’m glowing.

    Ms. Shelasky, who wore a Zadig and Voltaire print camisole and Mother jeans, walked around Le Petit Bistro to sit at the bar for dinner. She ordered a dirty gin martini and said, “The only thing I like more than holding a martini is grudges.” A passing waiter told her how beautiful she was. “Sometimes I get so sick of talking about love and sex, and I want to write a style book about what you like.”

    She listed what she liked after ordering steak fries, medium. “Freda Salvador shoes, La Colombe coffee. Well done, not E!. Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner in emerald green. Those Jonathan Adler ceramics that say things like “Quaaludes.” And I hate mayonnaise with a passion.

    In her book, she writes candidly about love and parenthood, but also about sexual harassment, trying to get a script made in Hollywood and her decision to have a child alone at age 37 using a sperm donor.

    “You have control over your finances, your style, your dating. …” But conceiving a baby alone? “You can’t do it. You feel so hopeless and so trapped in your own life. want is some hope that it is possible. Now that she has done it successfully, she will tell aging single women she just met that she can help them get pregnant by them themselves.

    “I dated online while I was pregnant. I would say, ‘By the way, I’m a bit pregnant,'” she said. “I dated early in my pregnancy and also while I was showing. I loved having huge porn star tits.

    Reactions were mixed. “Some guys were like, ‘I love it, it’s not for me, but you rock.’ A guy was a star on one of my favorite TV shows at the time, it was like, ‘How dare you’,” she said. “He wasn’t worth another second of my weather.”

    She stopped dating when she was six or seven months old, “when I got uncomfortable and tired and wanted to order Thai food and watch ‘Friday Night Lights’.”

    When Hazel was a baby, Ms Shelasky decided to return to online dating, saying in her profile that she was “a single mother in a very simple situation”. She met Mr. Russell, who legally adopted Hazel and is River’s father. “I have a negative interest in being married and yet I want to be with him forever,” she said. “I guess I have traditional values ​​that I can’t fight.”

    She still has no contact with this British woman from the playground. Not that she’s desperate for company right now. “The Friends Shop is open, but by appointment only,” she said with a laugh. “I’m a very independent person and I need a lot of space, so the rare times I’m not with my kids, do I want to be with a mum friend or do I want to be only ?” she says. “Alone time is the greatest luxury when you’re a parent.”

    She called an Uber on her phone. Her nightly routine is to take a hot bath, take a candy to sleep, and walk naked from the tub straight to bed. But it was a little more difficult in the country. “I know nothing will happen to me, but I am a writer with a wild imagination.”

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    The Bachelor Australia 2022: Inside the new Gold Coast mansion

    Inside The Bachelor mansion: Channel 10 dating show goes from a ‘French castle’ in western Sydney to a $2.8million resort-style home on the Gold Coast

    The Bachelor producers have reportedly secured a $2.8 million Gold Coast waterfront property for the upcoming season.

    The new suitor – reportedly Thomas Malucelli – will hand out roses at a five-bedroom house in Helensvale, just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

    According to property records, the luxury mansion has a resort-style pool, movie theater, and three bathrooms.

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    Inside the new Bachelor mansion: Channel 10 dating show is said to have moved from Dural to Sydney to a $2.8million mansion on the Gold Coast (pictured)

    The house also has a long driveway lined with bushes leading to the entrance.

    As soon as they enter, competitors will be greeted by a sumptuous hall, as well as a magnificent lounge with a fireplace.

    The property also has an indoor pool and spa area, reports so dramatic.

    Poolside dates: According to property records, the luxury mansion has a resort-style pool (pictured), cinema room and three bathrooms

    Poolside dates: According to property records, the luxury mansion has a resort-style pool (pictured), cinema room and three bathrooms

    Miss Havisham's loft?  Photos on reveal one room is decorated with creepy Victorian dolls and a vintage rocking chair

    Miss Havisham’s loft? Photos on reveal one room is decorated with creepy Victorian dolls and a vintage rocking chair

    It also includes a spacious lounge and dining area with a wet bar and marble worktops.

    Pictures on real reveal that a room is decorated with creepy Victorian dolls and a vintage rocking chair.

    The estate’s grounds are perfect for group get-togethers, meaning cast and crew won’t need to travel far beyond the mansion.

    Downgrade: The mansion is a downgrade of the $6.3million 'French castle' in Dural, western Sydney, used for Jimmy Nicholson's season

    Downgrade: The mansion is a downgrade of the $6.3million ‘French castle’ in Dural, western Sydney, used for Jimmy Nicholson’s season

    The property went on sale in April 2021 and has since been listed for rent on Airbnb.

    The mansion is a downgrade of the $6.3million ‘French castle’ in Dural, Sydney’s west used for Jimmy Nicholson’s season.

    Prior to Dural, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were filmed at a $2.3 million property in Oxford Falls, Sydney’s north.

    Coming soon: The Bachelor began filming its tenth season on Monday, with Osher Günsberg (pictured) returning as host

    Coming soon: The Bachelor began filming its tenth season on Monday, with Osher Günsberg (pictured) returning as host


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    Review: “What Artists Wear” by Charlie Porter

    Jean-Michel Basquiat loved his clothes as he loved his art: “oversized, quirky, controlled chaos”. His outfits, stained with paint and burnt seams, were very elaborate and often expensive – he preferred Rei Kawakubo’s designs for Comme des Garçons – but they never lost the spirit of his former homelessness: “Always dress just in case”, he’ d say. “Maybe I should sleep on the street.”

    In WHAT THE ARTISTS WEAR (Norton, $30), British fashion journalist and art curator Charlie Porter treats his subjects as more than just “style icons”. Making art can be isolating, discouraging, consuming, he says. What a person wears while doing it, whether it’s a blouse, blue jeans or couture, is “a testament to that fearlessness, that focus.”

    It’s also a testament to their humanity: a response to the deified white male canon, a reminder that all artists are mere mortals with bodies that need covering just like ours. What adorns the non-male (Louise Bourgeois, Mary Manning), non-white (Tehching Hsieh, Alvaro Barrington) bodies in this book is as much self-expression as resistance.

    “What can these artists tell us about the way we all wear clothes,” Porter asks, “all of us trying to pretend not to perform, all the time?”

    During the Area party at Keith Haring’s new POP shop in New York in 1986, Basquiat’s look was pure instinct and aesthetics: the mismatched checked shirt and trousers, under a loose jacket (probably Comme des Garçons) and a Kazou hat. The juxtaposition makes artist Francisco Clemente, to his right, look like an accountant, in his stiff, starchy suit and tie.

    “Attack clothes”, Cindy Sherman scribbled in her notebook in 1983: “ugly person (face/body) vs trendy clothes”. That same year, she published a series of self-portraits in Interview magazine that “challenge fashion imagery,” Porter writes, including this photograph in which she wears a tailored, imperfectly tailored jacket-dress (which can say which one?) French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. Rather than fetishizing the clothes she wears as works of art in themselves, she views them solely as “a means to an end.”

    At 25, David Hammons made his first of many body prints, which brought his name to the public. It was 1968 and he had moved to Los Angeles from Springfield, Illinois five years earlier. Bruce Talamon photographed him in his studio in 1974, wearing jeans and shirtless, with a bottle of baby oil to his right. “He just poured oil on his hands and rubbed them together,” Talamon told Porter. “He would then rub his oily hands on any part of his body and also on his clothes, then press that part of the body onto the paper.”

    Like the imprint of a baby’s foot or hand in a family album, the result was a record, a preservation, of a person and a time that would inevitably change over time. “By doing body prints,” Hammons said, “it tells me exactly who I am and who we are.”

    German Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys was photographed by Caroline Tisdall at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland in 1974, wearing his old school uniform – white shirt and jeans, fisherman’s jacket, felt hat – under a lined coat of fur. According to Porter, the uniform “made him one of the most recognizable performers of the 20th century”. But for him, the garment was not simply a “trademark”: each of these components was both function and personal mythology. The hat, for example, which he wore to protect his head from the cold after a plane crash (in 1944, when he was in the German Air Force) left him with a metal plate in the skull. According to his shamanic beliefs, he said the hat “represents another type of head and functions as another personality”.

    Lauren Christensen is an editor at Book Review.

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    Restaurants, bars along the French Broad River in Asheville

    ASHEVILLE — Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains amaze onlookers, and diners flock to patios and rooftops in search of a picturesque backdrop. Still, Asheville is full of nature photos that don’t stop at the range.

    Don’t miss the restaurants and watering holes along the French Broad River that take advantage of their backyard beauty.

    Order a volley of tasty signature tacos, settle in with a plate of wood-grilled steak and let the beer flow at these riverside venues with a view.

    River Bar Getaway

    790 Riverside Drive, Asheville

    Relax at a laid-back tiki bar by the French Broad River.

    The Getaway River Bar, open to adults 21 and older, offers an indoor bar, outdoor tiki bar, dance floor, and outdoor patio. The riverside area of ​​Adirondack seating and fire pits enhances the experience by providing an unfiltered view of the river.

    The Getaway hosts themed food pop-ups and events, which are advertised on the bar’s website and social media sites.

    The hours are from 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    For more details, visit

    New Belgian Brewery

    New Belgium Brewing is located at 21 Craven St. in Asheville and offers an optimal view of the French Broad River.

    21 Craven Street, Asheville

    Stroll along the French Broad River Greenway to the expansive New Belgium Brewing campus which features an array of views across the river.

    Bask in the sun sitting in an Adirondack chair. Gather under an umbrella-covered picnic table with friends on the open deck. Or perch on the deck for a higher vantage point to see kayakers, boaters, and tubers passing by.

    Sip on a pint of New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger IPA series beer, Fat Tire or a tasty Fruit Smash Hard Seltzer. Order a light snack or full meal at a local food truck; the rotating program includes Bun Intended, Ciao Y’all, Lobster Dogs and Cecilia’s Kitchen.

    “The New Belgium River Bridge is one of the best in Asheville and a great place to enjoy a delicious libation, soak up the scenes of the River Arts District, listen to live music, and hang out with your favorite friends” , said Laura Ferenchik, events coordinator. “We can’t wait for our customers to experience our new and improved beer garden, which is set to debut this summer. Whether you are celebrating a big life event or just looking for a place to relax on a Monday, the New Belgium River Terrace is the perfect getaway.”

    New Belgium is open every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also find out which tours have resumed. For more details, visit

    Smoky Park Supper Club

    Smoky Park Supper Club is made up of shipping containers with a large outdoor patio facing the river.

    350 Riverside Drive, Asheville

    The Smoky Park Supper Club is where fine dining meets casual hangouts.

    The building, made up of shipping containers, offers indoor and outdoor dining. His Boat House is a popular open-air pavilion used as an event space.

    The Smoky Park Supper Club spills over onto the Wilma Dykeman Greenway in the River Arts District. Nearly 2 acres are given over to guests with picnic tables, lounge chairs, and a lawn as seating options. Additionally, a wrap-around deck provides additional space for viewing the river and communal dining area.

    The Smoky Park Supper Club menu features salads, desserts and gourmet burgers and specializes in entrees cooked over an open fire. A full bar menu is available.

    Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. To dine, at least one dining room guest must be a resident of North Carolina and registered for free membership. For more details, visit

    White Duck Taco Shop

    Diners enjoy White Duck Taco at their Riverside location in Asheville on August 18, 2020. 388 Riverside Drive.

    388 Riverside Drive, Asheville

    White Duck Taco Shop has several locations, including one in the River Arts District which overlooks the French Broad River.

    Inside, the fresh and eclectic cavernous interior design creates a mountain effect that is complemented by the waterway and greenway right outside her door.

    Picnic tables with canopy and umbrella are available on the expansive, pet-friendly waterfront patio between the French Broad River and the Wilma Dykeman Greenway.

    The menu is as fluid as the river, as the offerings are constantly changing to give diners something new every season. A few tacos to try are the bahn mi tofu and the jerk chicken. The bar offers draft beer, wine, sangria, fresh lime margaritas and more.

    White Duck Taco Shop is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more details, visit

    Zillicoah Beer Co.

    Zillicoah Beer Co. and resident food truck Taqueria Munoz are located on the French Broad River in Woodfin, just outside of Asheville.

    870 Riverside Drive, Woodfin

    Zillicoah Beer Co. is unassuming with a warehouse district look to the front and an impressive view of the French Broad River to the rear. The brasserie dining room opens onto a covered patio with indoor and outdoor bar services. Zillicoah spans nearly 4 acres of remote land.

    “We have 878 feet of waterfront property. Something very few, if any, other places have so close to downtown,” said co-founder Jeremy Chassner. “It feels remote while being right in the middle of all the Asheville action.”

    A scattering of picnic tables provide a place to settle down for beer, food and conversation. On cooler nights, guests may be privy to a roaring bonfire.

    Zillicoah’s craft beer selection rotates, but recently introduced beers are rye lager, smoky Maibock, and a trio of pilsners that includes Japanese-style rice pilsner.

    Zillicoah is home to the Taqueria Muñoz food truck which operates regularly from the brewery, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.

    The brasserie is open to adults 21 and over Monday through Saturday, but every Sunday is family day with all ages welcome.

    Zillicoah is open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. To learn more about Zillicoah Beer Co., visit

    For more bites and sips along the city’s waterways, visit Homemade ground coffee bar, Waterfall Lounge and High Five Cafe.

    Tiana Kennell is a food and gastronomy reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email him at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this kind of journalism with a subscription at the Citizen Times.

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    A former employee of a French fashion house files a complaint for discrimination

    A former employee of a French fashion house who worked at the company’s Beverly Hills store is suing her ex-employer, alleging she was fired for complaining about inappropriate remarks and behavior by management, including showing favoritism to young gay male employees.

    The lawsuit filed by Gulmira Isacoff in Los Angeles Superior Court against Lanvin alleges wrongful termination, hostile work environment, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation and various violations of the state labor code.

    Isacoff, 50, is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the lawsuit filed Friday. A representative for Lanvin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Isacoff was hired in October 2018 as a sales associate at the Rodeo Drive store and quickly became one of the store’s top producers, building relationships with several high net worth customers, according to the lawsuit.

    However, trouble began for Isacoff in December 2019 with the hiring of Dean Salkin as the new assistant manager, a man who often lost his temper and yelled at the plaintiff and other female workers, the lawsuit says.

    Salkin called Isacoff “lazy” and said she better work at Macy’s, according to the lawsuit.

    Believing the comments were sexist, Isacoff complained to store manager Jordyn Wells and the company’s chief commercial officer Paolo Montorio, the lawsuit says. Nothing was changed, however, and Salkin continued his harassment, including making an obscene suggestion to the plaintiff about how she and her husband might celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020, the lawsuit says.

    After hearing the inappropriate remark several more times, Isacoff reached his breaking point and told Salkin, “Don’t you understand that you offend me and disrespect me? Please stop. I’m done with you,” according to the costume.

    Although the company’s human resources representatives in Paris ultimately fired Salkin, no one apologized to Isacoff or asked if there was anything they could do, the lawsuit says.

    In June 2020, Lanvin hired a new store manager, David Leonti, who seemed to be biased against Isacoff from the start and treated her disparagingly whenever they interacted, including saying he was “shocked”. to see a woman as old as she work for Lanvin, the suit declares.

    Over time, Isacoff discovered that Leonti had a strong preference for young gay male workers, treating them far better than any of the heterosexual female employees, the lawsuit says. When customers entered the store, Leonti almost always directed them to two gay workers and prevented Isacoff and other women from making a sale.

    After another employee complained when a gay employee allegedly assaulted her with a purse, Leonti told the woman her attacker was “walking around” and urged her to calm down, the lawsuit says.

    “In contrast, (Isacoff) was immediately suspended and terminated simply because she objected to and complained about Mr. Leonti’s discriminatory practices,” the suit states. “The juxtaposition is both shocking and revealing.”

    Lanvin is the third oldest French fashion house still in business.

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    Feds move to seize $63m Los Angeles mansion linked to Armenian bribery scandal

    For sale: a French chateau-style mansion in one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive neighborhoods, Holmby Hills, with 11 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms and an asking price of $63.5 million.

    At 33,652 square feet, it’s among the largest homes on the Southern California market, but there are a few issues. For one thing, the interior isn’t finished yet. And, this week, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles decided to seize the estate, alleging it was the result of corruption involving a powerful Armenian politician and his children.

    The US Department of Justice explained in a court filing how the South Mapleton Drive property – a short walk from the Playboy Mansion – was bought in 2011 for $14.4 million with kickbacks from the family of Gagik Khachatryan, the former Armenian finance minister, is a prominent businessman there.

    Khachatryan, 66, his two sons and the businessman all face criminal charges in Armenia; the businessman is accused of having paid more than 20 million dollars in bribes. A lawyer representing WRH Inc., the company that owns the home, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

    The Holmby Hills property went on the market on April 7, with real estate agency Hilton & Hyland announcing its “immaculate architecture, manicured landscaping and your chance to fully customize the interiors”.

    The backyard of the Holmby Hills mansion, which went on the market in April.

    (Hilton and Hyland)

    Listing agent, Richard Maslan of Hilton & Hyland, told The Times that a potential buyer will be able to finish the house in any style they choose. He claimed he was still looking for a buyer.

    “The FBI told me I could keep doing screenings,” Maslan said. “If we get an offer and the seller and the Department of Justice agree on a sale price, we can still sell it.”

    The residency saga begins in 2008, when Khachatryan took over as head of the State Revenue Committee, the government agency that assesses and collects taxes in Armenia. After that post, he served for two years as the country’s finance minister, but continued to oversee tax duties, earning him a reputation as a “super minister”, prosecutors said.

    To gain favorable tax treatment, businessman Sedrak Arustamyan allegedly entered into two fictitious loan agreements with Khachatryan’s adult sons – the first loan in 2009 for $7 million and another in 2011 for $13.4 million. millions of dollars. Both loans carried agreements specifying the payment due date and interest terms, but according to court filings, Arustamyan never received interest or principal on either. “assumed loans”.

    To use these alleged loans, Khachatryan and his sons formed several entities “to receive, disguise and conceal illegal bribe payments” along with their purchase of the Holmby Hills property. More than $13 million was wired by Arustamyan directly to West Coast Escrow’s Comerica Bank account, but days before the sale closed, he claimed he would not own the title and waived any claims on the money, according to court filings.

    Shortly after buying the house – which was previously owned by Lions Gate Entertainment executive Jon Feltheimer – the family razed the property and hired Richard Landry, a mega-mansion architect who has built trophies for celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg, Tom Brady and Wayne Gretzky.

    Khachatryan’s sons told Landry’s design team that they wanted their children to attend school in Los Angeles and asked the team to envision the house as their family’s residence, the documents show. filed by the court.

    An unfinished foyer inside a mansion with stairs on either side and large windows

    The interior of the mansion, designed by Richard Landry, was never completed.

    (Hilton and Hyland)

    Plans called for an elaborate compound, including bedrooms for Khachatryan, his two sons and daughter, as well as servants’ quarters, a wine cellar and a two-story library, according to court documents.

    Construction began in 2015, and although the house’s Franco-Norman exterior has been completed, along with the gardens, swimming pool and spa, the interior is incomplete.

    In 2016, when Khachatryan left office, the alleged corruption scheme was exposed and authorities uncovered millions of dollars in unpaid taxes owed by Arsutamyan’s companies, prosecutors say. In 2019, Khachatryan was charged with abuse of power and embezzlement. His sons and Arusatamyan were charged in 2020. The sons, Gurgen and Artyon, have since fled Armenia, according to court documents.

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    Make Mother’s Day Festive with Frieda’s French Crepes

    LOS ALAMITOS, California — Togetherness has taken on a whole new meaning in recent years, and the special bond that moms share with their families is something to celebrate. A well-designed brunch can be simple and satisfying this Mother’s Day, highlighting how much we appreciate all that moms do.

    This year, make your store the pancake destination by creating tips and displays that will transform your store into a turnkey brunch destination. Include Frieda’s French Crepesspring vegetables like asparagus and bell peppers, and a variety of specialty cheeses to help shoppers answer, “How should we celebrate mom?”

    “When I think of the perfect Mother’s Day food, I think easy, loving, and delicious. My kids want to feel like they’ve ‘made’ something, but sometimes that can lead to bigger messes to clean up” , explains Cindy Sherman, director of marketing and innovation at Frieda’s Brand Produce. “One way around this problem is with Frieda’s French Breakfast Pancakes. My husband can whip up a batch of scrambled eggs, and the kids can wrap them in the pancakes and pile them on top of toppings like ripe avocados, apple slices, Brie cheese, and more.

    This year, it’s all about embracing unity. Let the team at Frieda work with you to create excitement in your stores, because moms (and really all of us) deserve a little more style this spring. Here’s to moms everywhere!

    About Frieda’s Inc.

    Frieda’s Branded Produce has been inspiring new culinary experiences for friends, families and foodies around the world since 1962. From kiwi fruit and dragon fruit to Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes and habanero peppers, Frieda’s has introduced more than 200 fruits and vegetables unique in the US market. . Founded by the late produce industry pioneer Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, subject of the 2015 documentary “Fear No Fruit”, the company is owned and operated by Frieda’s daughters, Karen Caplan and Jackie Caplan Wiggins, in the Orange County, California. Find Frieda on Facebook, @FriedasProduceand Inspire. To taste. Love.

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    Régine, whose nightclub gave a new dawn to nightlife, dies at 92

    She was born Rachelle Zylberberg in Belgium just as the Great Depression hit: a Jewish child abandoned as an infant by her single mother and left alone at age 12 when her father, a drunken Polish refugee, was arrested by the Nazis in France . She hid in a convent, where she was beaten. After the war, she sold bras on the streets of Paris and vowed to become rich and famous one day.

    In 1957, calling herself Régine, she borrowed money and opened a nightclub in the basement in a Parisian alley. She couldn’t afford live music, so patrons danced to a jukebox. Business was bad and the young owner, in a decision that would have shaken social historians for decades, concluded that the problem was the jukebox.

    “When the music stopped, you could hear kisses in the corners,” she told the BBC, using British slang for hugging and kissing. “It killed the atmosphere. Instead, I set up two turntables so there was no gap in the music. I was a bartender, doorman, restroom attendant, hostess, and I I also put the records in. It was the very first disco and I was the very first disc jockey in the club.

    Thus began Chez Régine, widely regarded as the world’s premier nightclub. In the 1970s, its owner built a $500 million empire of 23 clubs in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, including Regine’s in Manhattan, the most famous nightclub of its time, welcoming crowds stretch limo arts and entertainment stars, society celebrities, princes, playboys and Beautiful People.

    Régine, whose chain of clubs peaked in the 80s and died out in the 90s, victim of an open drug culture and radical changes in the club scene, died on Sunday. She was 92 years old.

    Her death was announced on Instagram by her friend French actor and comedian Pierre Palmade, who did not specify the cause or say where she died.

    Plump and effervescent empresaria with flamboyant red hair, Régine was known to all as “the queen of the night”. With great fanfare, she opened her New York club in 1976 on the ground floor of Delmonico’s Hotel, at the intersection of 59th Street and Park Avenue. She moved into the hotel’s penthouse suite. The city had just gone through a fiscal crisis, but for its posh clientele, that didn’t matter.

    Régine has made exclusivity an art. She attracted privileged classes by selling 2,000 club memberships for $600 each and requiring tuxedos and evening dresses to enter. She installed a flashing ‘disco full’ sign outside to discourage hoi polloi and a sliding peephole at the door to inspect suppliants for admission to the pounding music and gold-plated glamor of her Valhalla.

    She kissed celebrities: Salvador Dalí, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Joan Collins, Andy Warhol, Milos Forman, Mick Jagger, Anthony Quinn, Brooke Shields. No one was admitted on heavy cover charges after the New York State Liquor Authority threatened to sue her for ‘social discrimination’. She handled the advertising masterfully. She once wore a live boa constrictor, a gift from Federico Fellini.

    On any given night, you might see Françoise Sagan, Brigitte Bardot, Diane von Furstenberg, Ben Vereen, Hubert de Givenchy and Stevie Wonder in a crowd with Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Robert Mitchum, with Jack Nicholson and John Gotti conspiring at a table. Régine was strict about the application of her dress code. His friend Mick Jagger has already been refused entry for showing up in trainers.

    Régine danced all night with Gene Kelly, then disappeared with him for 15 days. “Yeah, we had private relationships,” she told Elle in 2011.

    She remembers the wondering face of John Wayne when they first met: “Are you the Regine?

    And Robin Leach, columnist for the rich and famous, told him that reporting from Paris was a breeze: “You would just go to Regine’s every night and wait for the princesses to arrive.”

    Régine energizes the evenings with “happenings”. One in Paris was a “Jean Harlow evening”. Patrons in platinum wigs arrived in white limos, walked down a white-carpeted sidewalk, and strolled around in white tuxedos and skin-tight white dresses with white feather boas.

    Saluting July 14 in New York, the patriots included Governor Hugh L. Carey, Ethel Kennedy, Margaux Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner (then Chairman of the United States Bicentennial Commission) and Senator George S. McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate.

    “If anyone had any doubts about celebrating an event that theoretically ended the privileged class, in a room about 40 times more crowded than the Bastille keep on that fateful day, no one voiced their doubts” , reported the New York Times. “To be fair, it was somewhat difficult to make anything more than isolated words audible.”

    In the late 1970s, Régine’s expansion reached its peak. Besides flagships in Paris and New York, it had clubs in Monte Carlo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Saint Tropez, London, Dusseldorf, Los Angeles, Miami, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur and many other cities. All were in privileged places. His marketing analyzes included lists of each city’s elite, to be cultivated as club members and financiers.

    Asked about funding her clubs, she insisted that all she invested was her name, never her money. Some of her clubs, she explained, were franchises owned by local entrepreneurs who paid up to $500,000 and gave her stock discounts to use her name. She also owned restaurants, cafes and a magazine; sold lines of clothing and perfumes; and sponsored dance classes and ocean cruises.

    She was an entertainer by the side, with small roles in films including ‘The Seven-Per-Cent Solution’ (1976), a Sherlock Holmes tale starring Nicol Williamson and Laurence Olivier, and was moderately popular singer in Paris and New York. She had a hit with a French version of “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor in 1978, and made her singing debut at Carnegie Hall in 1970.

    “Although Régine had a strong, dark voice, she made little effort to use it as a flexible instrument,” wrote Robert Sherman in a review for The Times. “Régine’s sassy appearance and lively stage manners cover a multitude of inflexibilities, and the sheer exuberance of her performance was, in itself, more than enough to seduce.”

    Régine’s popularity in New York and around the world gradually faded in the 1980s, overtaken by trendier clubs like Studio 54, the Manhattan nightclub founded in 1977 by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. It has also attracted celebrities, but also a sex-and-drug clientele and hanger crowds looking for a glimpse of decadent chic.

    “At the end of the decade, the party began to calm down”, New York magazine reported in a retrospective on Régine’s in 1999. “A new generation of clubbers found their club stuffy and stuffy, and even Régine’s most loyal loyalists found it hard to resist the sexy allure of Studio 54.”

    “You didn’t feel like you could start using cocaine on the tables at Regine’s,” said Bob Colacello, the author and social critic, in New York. “She wasn’t throwing quaaludes at movie stars. She didn’t have shirtless bartenders. She didn’t have what people wanted when times changed.

    The woman behind Régine’s mystique was born in Etterbeek, Belgium on December 26, 1929, to emigrants from Poland, Joseph Zylberberg and Tauba Rodstein. In an unhappy and unstable childhood, she never knew her mother, who abandoned the family and went to Argentina, but remembered her father as a charming gambler and drinker who ran a small restaurant in Paris. Rachelle, as she was called in an interview with the Boston Globe, had a brother, Maurice, and a half-sister, Evelyne.

    As a child, she served at the tables of her father’s restaurant near Montmartre. After the occupation of Paris by the Germans in 1940, his father was arrested and sent to a prison camp. She hid for two years in a Catholic convent, where she said she was beaten by other girls because she was Jewish. Her father escaped and, according to one account, she was briefly held hostage by the Gestapo.

    After the war, she dreamed of a glamorous life and sometimes glimpsed what it might look like. “When I saw Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan, in the center of all eyes at the best table of a chic restaurant in Deauville, I swore to myself one day to sit where they were”, he said. she told the New York Post in 1973.

    At 16, she married Leon Rothcage. They had a son, Lionel Rotcage, and divorced after a few years. In 1969, she married Roger Choukroun, who helped her manage her properties. They divorced in 2004. Her son died in 2006.

    Complete information about the survivors was not immediately available.

    By the late 1990s, Régine’s international empire had shrunk to a handful of clubs in France, a location in Istanbul, and a restaurant-lounge in New York called Rage.

    For the past few years, she’s lived in Paris, managed her affairs, supported charities, thrown the occasional party, and seen old friends. In 2015, she published a book of photographs and reminiscences, “Mes Nuits, Mes Rencontres”. Photos showed her with Charles Aznavour, Oscar de la Renta, Diana Vreeland, Michael Jackson and many more.

    “My son is the only thing I miss,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I do not care. I want them to laugh with me and be happy.

    Alex Traub contributed reporting.

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    Overlooked No More: Ady Fidelin, black model “hiding in plain sight”

    This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries of notable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times.

    In a series of photographs from the summer of 1937, a group of close friends are captured enjoying a laid-back vacation in the south of France, swimming, relaxing and having fun. Most holidaymakers were artists, among them Man Ray, Picasso and Dora Maar (who was also Picasso’s lover at the time).

    Part of this circle was a vivacious woman whose name is not well known, but who was nonetheless a key participant: Ady Fidelin, who also went by Adrienne. In the photos, she stands out for her beauty and also because, unlike her fellow vacationers, she was black.

    Fidelin, a dancer, model and occasional actress, was Man Ray’s girlfriend and also posed frequently for him. In hundreds of her photographs, she dances or sits, sometimes holding props, like hula hoops and hats. Often she is naked or topless. In each image, his exuberance shines through.

    Fidelin also posed for Man Ray’s circle of artists, including the photographer Lee Millera former girlfriend of Man Ray; Roland Penrose, who would later marry Miller; British surrealist artist Eileen Agar; and the artist Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, who went through wols.

    “She was a muse not just for Man Ray,” Andrew Strauss, consultant at Sotheby’s and chairman of the Man Ray Expert Committee, said over the phone, “but a muse for artists in general.”

    In a striking image from that 1937 trip, Man Ray photographed Fidelin standing outside against a wall, naked except for flat shoes, bold earrings and a chunky chain-link necklace, with a long washboard spread over her legs like a metal maxiskirt. Her image in the photo bore a striking resemblance to a Picasso painting made shortly afterwards, “Woman Seated on a Yellow and Pink Background, II”.

    “Ady is so present in the hundreds of photographs from this summer — photographs by Man Ray and Roland Penrose and Lee Miller and Eileen Agar,” said Wendy A. Grossman, senior fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art who has lectured and writes on Fidelin and who discovered the link between painting and photography. “It was inevitable that she would also be represented by Picasso.”

    And yet “notably manifest in both photography and painting”, Grosman wrote: in 2020 in the journal Modernism/modernity, “it is the contradictory way in which the black female body has been folded into the modernist project as paradoxically ultramodern and ultra-‘primitive’ and objectified through a male gaze”.

    Moreover, Grossman pointed out, Fidelin was “hidden in plain sight”, having never been identified as the subject of Picasso’s painting. But thanks in part to Grossman’s efforts, Fidelin is beginning to gain recognition, including in a 2019 exhibition on black models at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

    For Fidelin, nothing was as groundbreaking as a photo of her that appeared in Harper’s Bazaar on September 15, 1937. It is believed to be the first time a black model has appeared in a major American fashion magazine. Today, however, the article would undoubtedly raise eyebrows. Under the title “The Bushongo of Africa sends his hats to Paris” are three photographs of white women wearing African hats. Fidelin, who was also wearing an African hat, appears on the opposite page, separated from the others, it seems, but in a much larger picture.

    This editorial positioning and “Fidelin’s assimilation of identity into a homogenizing notion of blackness literally and figuratively sets her apart from similarly crowned white European role models,” Grossman wrote.

    Casimir Joseph Adrienne Fidelin was born on March 4, 1915 in Pointe-a-Pitre, on the island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, the French-ruled archipelago in the Caribbean. She was one of six children of Maxime Louis Fidelinwho worked in a bank, and Matilda Fidelin, housewife. Ady’s mother died in 1928 in a hurricane; his father died a few years later. Fidelin then emigrated to France, where a brother already lived.

    The Paris of the 1930s was, for its time, racially inclusive, especially in Man Ray’s bohemian scene. Black artists like Aisha Goblet and Ruby Richards were popular, and Man Ray also photographed them. It’s unclear exactly how he met Fidelin, who was 25 years younger than him, but for him their relationship was stabilizing and optimistic, especially as World War II ensued.

    Fidelin, writes Man Ray in a letter to Penrose, “prevents me from being pessimistic.”

    “She does everything,” he says, “from polishing my shoes and bringing my breakfast to painting in the background in my large canvases! All to the tune of biguine or rumba.

    According to the story, when Fidelin first met Picasso, who was a friend of Man Ray, she “came up to him, threw her arms around his neck and said, ‘I heard that you were a very good painter,’ Eileen Agar wrote. in his autobiography.

    She was, Grossman said, “not intimidated by anyone.”

    Fidelin was more than a pretty face. In 1940, during the war, Man Ray, Jewish and American (born Emmanuel Radnitzky in Philadelphia), left for the United States. Fidelin stayed behind, helping to protect many of his belongings, including negatives and prints.

    “She kept everything, the whole studio,” Francis M. Naumann, an art historian and author of several books on Man Ray and his close friend Marcel Duchamp, said in an interview.

    She wasn’t responsible for all the artwork – some was taken out of France, some was given to another friend – but, without her preservation, Strauss said, “we’d be missing a whole piece paintings, dada and surrealist drawings and objects.

    And she was “quite smart”, said Ami Bouhassane, director of Farleys House & Gallery, which oversees the Lee Miller Archive, particularly in how she “navigated the strangeness of the Surrealist group and its politics”.

    Fidelin also had a more pensive side – she used to stop at cemeteries from time to time. “It wasn’t that she was particularly pessimistic,” Agar wrote, “but rather that the cemeteries gave her a great sense of peace and calm.”

    After Man Ray left, the couple wrote letters to each other – he called her ‘my darling love’ and she told him: ‘You still miss a certain little black girl very much’ – but most of the notes weren’t. not received, partly because of the chaos of war. By the time Man Ray returned to Paris for a visit in 1947, the two had other partners. Fidelin was dating André Art, a businessman, and had begun to drift away from his circle of artist friends, many of whom had dispersed during the war.

    She married Art in 1958 and they moved to Albi, about 450 miles south of Paris, where they lived in council housing. At one point, she had health issues that required major surgery. Throughout her later years, she kept a low profile. In 1998, when a former assistant to Man Ray was asked about her, the assistant thought she was dead.

    Fidelin died on February 5, 2004, in an assisted care facility not far from her home. She was 88 years old. No major newspaper reported his death.

    “She was basically adrift of the creative community that she was such an integral part of,” Grossman said. “The end of her life was very distinct and far from the spotlight she had been involved with.”

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    Sandro partners with Fairly Made

    Fashion brand Sandro is partnering with French start-up Fairly Made to offer its customers detailed and transparent information on the traceability of its creations as it seeks to commit to more responsible and sustainable fashion.

    Fairly Made allows fashion brands to integrate French and European regulations to improve their social and environmental impact and collects information from all suppliers involved at all stages of the supply chain of SMCP group brand products to calculate a traceability score.

    From the spring/summer 2022 collection, Sandro will display a QR-code on the product label or on the product page of its website to present consumers with all the information relating to the suppliers involved at all stages of the supply chain. of our products in order to offer full transparency.

    The information will cover everything from the origin of the raw materials, the manufacturing and processing plants, and the kilometers traveled before arriving at the warehouse. The traceability sheet will detail all these steps and the assigned traceability score.

    The traceability project will initially only be available on select pieces, the brand explained, but they plan to ensure that 100% of its collections are traceable by 2025.

    This is Sandro’s latest initiative as part of his transition to more responsible and sustainable fashion. She launched Sandro Second Hand, a platform dedicated to the resale and purchase of pieces from past collections and introduced a capsule of upcycled pajamas in 2021, while in 2022 she finds that almost 50% of her women’s collections and men are eco-responsible.

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    Cannes: Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin will perform at the amfAR gala

    Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and Charli XCX will perform at this year’s amfAR at the Cannes Film Festival. Robert De Niro will also be honored at the 28th annual event.

    amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, hosts the Cannes Film Festival fashion show every year. This year’s show will be hosted by French fashion editor and amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld, best known for her work as a former editor-in-chief of Vogue France and for founding “CR Fashion Book”.

    The theme for this year’s fashion show will be “Let’s get married” and will feature designs by Oscar de la Renta, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton Men, Givenchy, Gucci, Chanel, Saint Laurent, De Fursac, Balenciaga, Fendi , Tom Ford, Jacquemus, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Armani, Alaia, Burberry, Versace, Alled Martinez, Monot, Nensi Dojaka and Dior, among others. The looks from the fashion show will be available for sale at a live auction during the event, hosted by Swiss art dealer Simon de Pury. The auction will also feature contemporary art and luxury items. All proceeds will go to amfAR research.

    The organization also announced the gala chairs: Baz Luhrmann, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Cynthia Erivo, Ever Gabo Anderson, Kate Hudson, LaKeith Stanfield, Laura Linney, Lauren Remington Platt, Milla Jovovich, Sam Bankman-Fried, Vanessa Hudgens , Michelle Williams, Mohammed Al-Turki, amfAR Board Co-Chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt, Kevin McClatchy and amfAR Trustee Vin Roberti.

    The amfAR gala will take place at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 26. The Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28.

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    Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Samba style propels Newcastle to 3-0 win over Norwich; Football-PSG wins record 10th French title despite Lens draw and more

    Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

    Football-samba style propels Newcastle to 3-0 win over Norwich

    Newcastle United’s Brazilian contingent came to the fore as Joelinton netted a brace and Bruno Guimaraes netted once in an emphatic 3-0 Premier League win over struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday. The win puts Newcastle in the top half of the table and is another sign of their rapid improvement under Eddie Howe, who steered the side to their first league victory at Norwich in 28 years.

    Football-PSG wins record 10th French title despite Lens draw

    Paris St Germain won a record 10th French league title after stuttering a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man RC Lens on Saturday. Lionel Messi’s goal was canceled out by Corentin Jean as PSG remained on 78 points, 16 ahead of second-placed Olympique Marseille, who play their late game at the Stade de Reims on Sunday.

    Soccer-Stuttering Tottenham held by Brentford deadlocked

    Tottenham Hotspur’s stuttering first four ambitions suffered another blow when they finished second in a 0-0 draw with Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday. After seeing Arsenal displace them from fourth place earlier in the day, Tottenham would have picked it up with a win, but they were lackluster and were lucky to earn a point.

    Football-Leicester held in check by Aston Villa

    An below-average Leicester City played out a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at home in the Premier League on Saturday, a result that ended a four-game losing streak for Steven Gerrard’s visiting side. Leicester looked more likely to open the scoring early but created few clear openings, with James Maddison’s curling free-kick the Foxes’ best effort in a first half that was uninspiring from both sides.

    NBA roundup: Jazz edges out Mavericks to tie playoffs

    Rudy Gobert made a key rebound and an even bigger dunk with 11 seconds remaining to propel the Utah Jazz to a 100-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Jordan Clarkson led Utah in scoring with 25 points, Donovan Mitchell added 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Gobert finished with 17 points and 15 boards in a game that nearly got away.

    Football-PSG’s Leonardo admits making mistakes as fans refuse to celebrate league title

    Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo has admitted mistakes were made after frustrated fans chose not to celebrate the capital club winning a record-breaking 10th French league title on Saturday. Rather than the usual shouts and cheers that mark such occasions, on Saturday PSG supporters quickly left the Parc des Princes just 10 minutes after their club lifted the Ligue 1 trophy after a 1-1 draw with RC Lens.

    Boxing-Fury bounces back to retire in style with TKO win

    Tyson Fury emerged unscathed from a turbulent fight week to cement his place among heavyweight boxing greats with a stunning TKO win over Dillian Whyte in what ‘The Gypsy King’ said would be his last fight. Fury faced a barrage of questions about his relationship with Daniel Kinahan, his former adviser and one of three men named leaders of the Kinahan organized crime gang recently sanctioned by US authorities.

    Motor racing-Hamilton quashes title hopes after new low at Imola

    Lewis Hamilton gave up hopes of winning a record eighth Formula 1 championship this year after falling 50 points behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc at Imola on Saturday.

    “Obviously we’re not fighting for this championship,” the Briton told Sky Sports television after finishing 14th in a Saturday sprint that set the starting grid for Sunday’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

    Boxing-Fury will only return for a unification fight, says his wife

    Tyson Fury will only return to the ring for a title unification bout, wife Paris says after ‘The Gypsy King’ retained the WBC heavyweight world championship with a technical knockout victory over Dillian Whyte in this which he called his final fight. Fury, who landed a right uppercut to knock Whyte down in the sixth round at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, said after the fight he would stick to his promise to wife Paris to retire.

    Soccer-Man City keep pace in title race, Arsenal go fourth

    Manchester City opened a four-point lead in the Premier League title race by beating Watford 5-1 and Arsenal took the lead in the battle for fourth place on Saturday.

    Brazilian Gabriel Jesus scored four goals as City pressured to pursue Liverpool ahead of their Merseyside derby on Sunday against struggling Everton.

    (With agency contributions.)

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    Anger over overhaul of French diplomatic corps as war rages in Ukraine – POLITICO

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    PARIS — In the final days of the French presidential election, it was perhaps the last-minute controversy that President Emmanuel Macron would have liked to avoid.

    The publication last weekend of a decree news of the merger of France’s 800-strong diplomatic corps into a single larger pool of senior officials sparked outrage from politicians and generally loyal diplomats. They argue the move is a first step towards eliminating the country’s traditional career diplomats – just when they are urgently needed with the war in Ukraine.

    For some, the decree is the culmination of Macron’s distrust of a diplomatic corps he considers elitist and homogeneous. The risk, according to many, is to see France drifting towards a model inspired by the United States of ambassadors who are political or prestigious figures close to the president, but who are less able to manage an increasingly volatile geopolitical situation. .

    “Being a diplomat is a real job, it involves skill and experience in the field,” said Sylvie Bermann, a former French ambassador who served in China, the United Kingdom and Russia. “We could very well expand recruitment and diversify it without destroying the diplomatic corps.”

    She added that the decree risks seeing the political recruitment of ambassadors who then delegate their work to MPs who do not necessarily know how to represent their president in a foreign country.

    The decree indicates that France will gradually abolish the current status of career diplomats, merging it into a single civil service status which was created last year, and under which they can expect to work in different departments during their career. Several diplomats said it is unclear how the new statute will affect the mechanisms for appointing diplomats.

    Until now, French ambassadors have been career diplomats who often joined the foreign ministry after graduating from the elite civil service school, the École nationale d’administration (ENA), or passing competitions that propelled them towards a career exclusively in the French foreign service.

    “With the reform, we will create a more concentrated and diverse core of civil servants, with perhaps an agricultural expert who can become an ambassador,” said a government official.

    The decree is part of a broader plan launched when Macron took office in 2017 to make the French civil service less elite and more socially diverse. It also included the closure of the highly selective ENA, which has trained the country’s ruling class since 1945, and its replacement with a new Civil Service Institute (ISP).

    Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote in an editorial published in Le Figaro last year that the French civil service needed to be “modernised”, citing “a growing gap” between elite civil servants making careers in Paris-based ministries and the rest of the country.

    Macron against diplomats

    But diplomats and politicians warn that the decree risks undermining France’s diplomatic model – and one of the largest networks in the world – and comes at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    “The door is now open for American-style nominations”, tweeted Gérard Araud, former French ambassador to the United States, referring to appointments made for political or financial reasons.

    Former US President Donald Trump, for example, appointed Gordon Sondland, an American businessman and Republican Party donor, ambassador to the EU, a move that raised eyebrows in Brussels.

    Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was quick to criticize Decree. “He [Macron] wants to replace civil servants with friends,” she tweeted, adding that if elected on Sunday – in the second round of the presidential election – she would “restore diplomatic status based on merit and national interest” .

    Diplomats also pointed to Macron’s strained relations with them, recalling his 2019 warning about the risk of the French diplomatic corps becoming a “deep state”. Diplomats say they interpreted the president’s criticism at the time as directed at those who previously disagreed with him and who sought to strengthen ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “Macron’s approach to diplomats has been totally inadequate,” said a senior French diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly to the media. “France is not Turkey and there is no deep state against the Elysée in French diplomacy.”

    “We are deeply loyal,” added the diplomat.

    Passing the decree at this time, with the war in Ukraine, is considered unfortunate because French diplomats are actively engaged in it and Macron’s efforts to be on the front line of negotiations with Putin mean he needs their support..

    Etienne de Poncins, the French ambassador to Ukraine, was one of seven European ambassadors who remained in the country weeks after the Russian invasion. “There are diplomats in Ukraine where bombs are falling…”, declared the senior French diplomat. “It takes experience, it takes field work, and let’s not forget the knowledge of foreign languages… [diplomats] become specialists over time and because of the diversity of situations.

    On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pledged to ease tensions and reassure diplomats that their expertise would not be set aside and that ministry support for diplomats with particular expertise in a language or domain would be maintained.

    “It is clear that diplomacy remains a specific profession in which one can develop a career,” added Le Drian in an interview with the French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

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    Mobilier National continues the French style and it’s fascinating to take a look inside | Architectural Summary

    Since French archivist Hervé Lemoine took over the reins of the organization in 2018, Mobilier National has sought to engage with a wider audience and give greater visibility to the national contemporary design scene. Now in the second year of an active acquisitions campaign, it has lined up potential new nominations from 232 designers for just over 50 coveted spots in the national collection.

    If the question is: What is French design in 2022?the resounding answer seems to be: Not necessarily what you expect.

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    “We did a lot of publicity on this initiative to interest designers and creators who may not have been aware of this type of acquisition program,” explains Lemoine. “There was no age limit, only that they worked in France, French or not. We were looking for original, already existing pieces that had been produced entirely under their control.

    Variety among these starters was paramount. “We need tables, desks, chairs, usable rooms,” explains Lemoine. “The question is: how do you create original pieces today with a strong presence and personality? There was such a diversity of styles, shapes and colors.

    The biggest surprise of the campaign came, Lemoine says, when the majority of nominations came from areas outside the nation’s capital. “Seventy percent of the selected designers work outside of Paris,” he specifies. “Having so many candidates from workshops that we didn’t know was a breakthrough for us, and now we will follow them and see what they continue to do.”

    “The idea of ​​French design may seem exclusive, but for us it resonates and now supports social movements,” say designers Mr. & Mr., whose work was added to the Mobilier national this year.

    Photo: Thibaut Chapotot / Courtesy of Mobilier National
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    The end of the suit: Has Covid ended the essential of men’s fashion? | Suits for men

    SImon Cundey’s family has been making men’s suits for seven generations, taking 37 measurements of each customer during the Great Depression and both World Wars. The tailor’s arsenal of chalk, scissors and thread were put to work every day of the week from the company’s inception in 1806, until March 2020, when the government ordered nearly everyone to work from home.

    “If there’s one thing you can’t do at home, it’s measuring people for suits,” says Cundey, who works for his family business, Henry Poole & Co, tailors on Savile Row in London since his early twenties. “The pandemic is, by far, the worst crisis the company has ever faced. It’s far worse than the Great Depression or wars ever were.

    “In wartime, Allied forces were here, so we made uniforms for Americans and Canadians, and we could still see customers face to face,” he says, as we chat on leather sofas in front of a roaring log fire in the shop. , surrounded by 48 framed terms from the royal family and other world leaders.

    Post-lockdown, Cundey and his team of tailors, undercutters, makers of trousers, jackets and vests are back at work at 15 Savile Row – the street known around the world as the home of the best menswear on extent – ​​and customers come back through the doors. But there aren’t as many as before the pandemic, and fewer than before the 2008 financial crisis. It’s a story repeated up and down “in the row,” and at other tailors across the country, as well as at high street retailers from Marks & Spencer to Reiss, and online businesses from Mr Porter to Asos.

    Statements of falling popularity don’t carry much more authority than those from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which last month removed the combinations from the basket of goods it uses to calculate the annual inflation rate. The government’s statistics agency said the suits, which had appeared in the basket every year since 1947, were not purchased often enough to appear in the basket of 733 representative goods and services selected to measure the cost of living in the UK. They have been replaced in the ONS basket with a ‘formal jacket or blazer’.

    Inside Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row, London. Photograph: Adrian Lourie/Alamy

    Nick Paget, menswear editor and “trend forecaster” at consumer insights firm WGSN, says “many men have simply fallen in love with suits, if they ever did.”

    Paget, who has worked in menswear for more than 20 years, says suits were on the decline long before the pandemic, with Dress Fridays slowly reducing office paperwork. “But 18 months of hanging around the house in joggers and hoodies has definitely sped things up,” he says, adding that people just need less suits than they used to.

    “When a guy had to wear a suit to work, it wasn’t just one. He would have a number of suits on rotation and at the cleaners.

    Men, says Paget, are no longer afraid to tell their bosses what they want to wear to work. “I expect that as part of the back-to-work agreement, people will be expected to wear less formal suits,” he says. “I personally hate wearing a collared shirt, and I know I’m not alone.”

    Figures from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel confirm this. He revealed spending on men’s suits rose from £460million in 2017 to £157million in 2020, before recovering slightly to £279million last year. The costume is replaced, Paget says, not with joggers, jeans, or hoodies, but with “chore jackets.”

    Asked to explain himself, he replies: “It’s really in the name.” These are jackets first designed for craftsmen to wear for DIY, painting or plumbing. Originating in the late 1800s in France, where they were worn by farmhands and laborers, the jackets were nicknamed “bleu de travail” or “worker’s blues” for their deep indigo hue.

    “Comfortable and practical workwear has been elevated to office wear, especially in the creative industries,” says Paget. “Fabrics and details have been improved, but basically it’s clothes an old-school plumber would have worn.”

    M&S, which cut the number of stores selling suits to 110 across its 245 largest locations, credited the workwear trend with helping it return to profit on a half-yearly basis.

    Wes Taylor, director of menswear at M&S, says the suit has been in decline since at least 2019, when the market for them fell by 7%. As a result, the company focuses on “separates” – pants and suit jackets sold separately so they can be mixed and matched with less formal garments.

    Henry Poole & Co on Savile Row, the family business of Simon Cundey.
    Henry Poole & Co on Savile Row, the family business of Simon Cundey. Photography: Roger Hutchings/Corbis/Getty Images

    “The pandemic has accelerated the trend towards more casual attire — especially for the office, where, for many, chinos and shirt are the new uniform,” Taylor says.

    Gieves & Hawkes, Savile Row’s best-known tailor, which dates back to 1771, may soon disappear completely. Trinity Group, the Chinese owner, collapsed into liquidation earlier this year after failing to find a buyer for the tailor.

    Like most others, Gieves & Hawkes began by selling military uniforms to army officers. It operates from No 1 Savile Row, the former headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society and is by far the largest store on the street. Under Chinese ownership, the company has expanded to 58 stores in 25 cities, which experts say may be why it has been a tough sell. “The ubiquity has somewhat diminished the exclusivity,” says Paget.

    Carrier Company Norfolk work jacket.
    Carrier Company Norfolk work jacket. Photo: Andy Hook/Courtesy of Carrier Company

    Gieves & Hawkes isn’t the only struggling tailor. Hardy Amies, the firm founded by Sir Edwin Hardy Amies in 1946 and specializing in costumes for British Olympians, went bankrupt in 2019. City blouse maker Thomas Pink went bankrupt in 2020 before being bought out of the former owner, luxury conglomerate LVMH ( Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) by former JD Sports executive Nick Preston.

    Andy Saxton, director of business intelligence for fashion at Kantar, doesn’t expect the office suit market to pick up, but believes people are more willing to spend money on suits than ever before. weddings and parties. “Casuality has been growing for a few years now,” he says, while wearing a navy sweater with dark jeans. “The suit market has fallen by 40% in five years, I don’t think it will ever return to this level. But I think there are huge opportunities to dress up for celebrations – I feel like everyone is going to go really big for weddings.

    Saxton says people demand clothes to “work harder” for them. “They don’t want to spend money buying something just for the office,” he says. “They want their clothes to be flexible and versatile: ‘Yes, I can wear it to work, but I could also wear it on a night out with my friends.’ Now it’s about blurring the lines between work and life.

    On Black Friday in the UK, suits were the most discounted item, with 54% of all tailoring items marked down, according to data from WGSN Instock.

    At Henry Poole, Cundey believes society is on the verge of a mass “period of smartening” that will ripple through all walks of life as we return to life as it was before the pandemic. “It’s like the big beast waking up from a slumber,” he said. “As people return to work and re-engage socially, they will remember why they have to be smart.

    “Soon there will be Ascot and Wimbledon, of course,” he says. “But for everyone, there’s always a time when you have to dress up to some degree.

    “When your wife or partner dresses up and you go out in a hoodie and sweatpants, you have to ask yourself, would they be happy with you? The answer is no, of course.”

    A tailor's apprentice at Henry Poole & Co on Savile Row.
    A tailor’s apprentice at Henry Poole & Co on Savile Row. Photography: RJT Photography/Alamy

    Cundey believes the reason many young men don’t like suits is because they’re the wrong size. “A lot of people say they hate wearing costumes, but that’s probably because they were forced to wear one that didn’t fit them in school,” he says. “I too would hate to wear them if they didn’t fit. Rule #1 is that you shouldn’t smell a suit. It should feel natural, there should be no tension or looseness.

    Wearing the wrong suit, says Cundey, is worse than not wearing one at all. “Remember when [Mark] Facebook’s Zuckerberg got hauled in front of Congress? said Cundey. “He looked like a naughty schoolboy because his suit was three sizes too small.” The New York Times dubbed it the “I’m sorry suit”.

    Cundey, who wears a suit every day, has her sights set on just about every famous man and their wardrobe. Criticizing Boris Johnson, he says, is too easy, but he tries anyway. “Obviously there could be a better look for Johnson – his suits are way too big. But really it depends on the mentality and how you carry yourself. Some people get it, some people don’t.”

    Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, meanwhile, is praised for always looking “thin and neat”, but “maybe his suits are a bit small”.

    Cundey’s sons – Henry (who is nicknamed Henry VIII, as he is the eighth generation since the first Henry Poole) and Jamie – are expected to carry on the family tradition of tailoring, but even if they don’t wear suits every day, Cundey eventually concedes.

    “They’re smart and casual,” he says, “but they don’t let me down.”

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    I found the only article that makes me more French than the French

    Then blow me, I stumbled upon an actual version of this in the newly renovated, impossibly shiny and impossibly huge Dior store in Paris. Not that exact jacket, you understand, but the one that costs around £3,000 more, but with the same wide navy and cream horizontal stripes, peplum and streamlined torso. I thought it would have been rude not to try it. That’s when I established that a striped jacket doesn’t have to be limiting.

    Personally, I’d only wear stripes with plain pants and t-shirts, but more adventurous dressers could pull off a great wedding between her and the flowers, throw on fishnet pop socks, and top it all off with aviators and a beret. . Very Gucci.

    I didn’t really feel it for the Dior award. But lesson learned: with a cinched waist, a striped jacket can deliver a well-defined silhouette just as effectively as a dark solid-colored jacket. And it looks fresh and spring with a maxi skirt, pants or jeans in navy or cream. I would also wear it with a metallic top or dangling earrings in the evening. Listen to me, count the ways to justify £3,000…

    Except I didn’t. I came back to London, found my virtual basket on and lived happily ever after. I also discovered that while there is only one striped knit jacket similar to the Dior (i.e. the one I’m wearing here), there are a number of plain knit jackets affordable, from the crochet look of Wyse to the sporty zipper of Cos. Think French, act reasonably.

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    Inside the house of a French antique dealer

    “When I visited this house, the first thing that struck me were the original floors,” says a France-based antique dealer. Fabienne Nomibis patterned cement tiles and wooden flooring of his three-story house. Nestled in the city of Reims (about an hour east of Paris), the structure dates from the 1920s. “It was love at first sight.”

    After some minor renovations needed (including an electric recast) Nomibis equipped space with a mixture of old items and slightly more recent. Faced with recessed shelves hued roses and fully stocked (as Nomibis has installed itself!) In the living room there is a stately couch framed by a wooden ladder old right and a pink jazzy lantern and Saarinen tulip table left. A dandelion yellow wire penetrates the traditional facade predominantly white kitchen. A ceramic pot here, a pepper mill there and teaches in vibrant neon exclaiming “LET’S DANCE” overlooks it all. Pay particular attention to the back of this room and you will see an assortment of disco balls littering the top of a cupboard.

    Nomibis’ house is his living space, but it also serves as a gathering area, showroom, and storage unit for his antique business. “We live with these objects until they sell and leave for a new life with someone else,” says Nomibis. “That’s why we only select things we like.”

    Her art collection in particular showcases her favorite finds from years spent browsing antique markets, flea markets and auction houses across France, which she does in her truck. Of his seemingly random placement, Nombis tells Coveteur, “There are no rules. I buy, I hang, I resell, I replace. I like to mix origins, eras, materials and colors. One thing she won’t be letting go of anytime soon is a collection of watercolors she discovered 20 years ago. The paintings depict costumes for a theatrical performance of Don Juan in the 1930s. “I can’t bring myself to sell them. The colors are gorgeous.

    A unique snapshot in his treasure hunt timeline, Nomibis’ house will likely not be the same a year from now. Besides the space’s rotating showroom function, Nomibis gets bored easily and likes to shake things up. “Initially we painted the kitchen and office a light gray and the living room a darker version with an English green base and trim,” she says. “Today, [both rooms] are white. This color change happens on a semi-annual basis, so you’ll have to check back on Instagram soon to see what happened to the place. In the meantime, Nomibis tells us the story behind its current decor, below.

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    Election in France: why it’s now or never for Marine Le Pen | Marine Le Pen

    Jaky Ruiz was on the verge of tears. For three hours, he had waited to be photographed with Marine Le Pen and voila. The former cabaret star looked at the photo on her outdated foldable phone.

    “Oh my God, this is so moving. I told her that I had danced at a show that her father, Jean-Marie, attended in the 1980s when she was little and she said that she was there and she remembered it,” the septuagenarian said. He pulled a weathered black-and-white image of a long-legged dancer in a leotard from his pocket.

    “I showed him this: it’s me. I can’t believe I have to talk to him. I will vote for her but I don’t think she will win. Although she has changed, Le Pen’s name is still scary.

    There was more faith than fear among the crowds who turned out for the Le Pen roadshow in south-west France this week, the latest dates in a campaign that began more than two years ago. Le Pen said this third presidential bid would be his last, so for fans near the Pyrenees and the Spanish border, where far-right support is strong, it’s now or never. And they have never felt closer to victory than today.

    A series of polls nearing the end of the campaign at midnight on Friday suggested Le Pen had narrowed the gap on Emmanuel Macron within the margin of error. Elabe put Macron at 26% and Le Pen at 25% for Sunday’s first-round vote, with Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the radical left at 17.5%. The small-sample poll suggested the second-round result could be just as close, with Macron winning 51% to Le Pen’s 49%. According to a larger Ifop poll, Macron won 52% to 48%.

    At the Les Halles indoor market in the historic southwestern town of Narbonne, where Le Pen paid an impromptu visit on Friday morning, his older sister, Marie-Caroline, admitted the first round would be biting but said that everyone was keeping their cool, especially Marine: “She’s incredible; solid as granite. And judging by the upbeat mood of the members of Le Pen’s top team, in their sharp navy suits and crisp white shirts, they clearly smell of victory.

    The evening before, during its last major meeting, a crowd of around 4,000 people had gathered in Perpignan, the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales. department led by Mayor Louis Aliot – who also happens to be the former vice-president of Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) and his ex-partner.

    Yuni Yulianti, 40, of Indonesian descent, said she would vote for Le Pen: “I’m not worried about being a foreigner. She has nothing against those of us who follow the law. She’s against the many people who don’t. Her friend Stéphanie Bauer, 50, a pharmacist, nodded: “I vote for Marine Le Pen and I have Métis grandchildren.”

    Most of those present were already Le Pen voters. They took merchandise, including t-shirts, scarves, pens, lighters and baby bibs, and chanted “Marine President” or “We will win” (we will win). His speech was littered with catchphrases: “patriots don’t abstain” (cheers); “ultra-liberalism” (boos); “no more police” (cheers); “Macron” (boos).

    Marine Le Pen, center right, with her father, Jean-Marie, center left, in 2011. She later expelled him from the party as part of a drug rehabilitation program. Photography: Patrick Durand/Getty Images

    In the city, the opinions of those not attending the rally were more nuanced. “Personally, I am a Macron man. That’s not to say he doesn’t have his faults, but I think he’s the best choice to lead the country,” said Marc Sirjean, 75, a retired accountant. “I am not convinced by Marine Le Pen. I think she is too rigid and I don’t think she would be able to put together a team in government.

    Le Pen, of course, has a ready answer to this; it promises to form a government of “national unity”. On Friday, RN acting president Jordan Bardella told the Observer this would include politicians from across the political spectrum, including “left and right”. And he was sure she would be able to do it.

    “The end-of-campaign momentum is with us and Mélenchon. If the French will vote, we will win,” he said. “The reason she succeeded is that she talks to the French people about their daily problems, the cost of living, health, the concerns of young people.”

    But the rise of Le Pen’s political star isn’t just due to a tectonic shift in the French political landscape to the right. It is also due to the inveterate aversion of an incumbent president. Macron, once the new face, an outsider shaking up the left-right political scene, is now seen as part of that scene.

    Le Pen has also benefited from the hawkish stance of his far-right electoral rival Éric Zemmour, who has made his hardline approach to controversial issues such as immigration, Islam and crime seem less extreme by comparison.

    Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, never really approached power and would not have known what to do with it if he had. His raison d’être was to be a political troublemaker, flip the table and walk away. Its surprise first-round victory in 2002 had little to do with support for the far right: it was because the left was divided and French voters used their first-round ballot to “make send a message”, convinced that the place of the socialist candidate Lionel Jospin in the second round was assured. As they discovered, that was not the case.

    Marine Le Pen took over what was then the National Front in 2011 and set out to whitewash its image, tarnished by xenophobic neo-Nazi thugs with shaved heads and booted boots. Members have been expelled for racist and anti-Semitic remarks or for having defended Philippe Pétain, head of the French Vichy government, a Nazi collaborator in the 1940s. She even expelled her own father in 2015.

    The “de-demonization,” as it was called, worked. In 2012, she made her first bid to become president, securing 17.9% in the first round for third place behind socialist Francois Hollande – who eventually won – and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. In May 2014, the FN won two senators, the first time party officials had entered the upper house, and added 11 mayors to its electoral tally. The FN also won the European elections that year, with 24.9% of the vote, sending 25 representatives to the European Parliament.

    Le Pen ran again in 2017, winning 21.3% of the vote in the first round, enough to reach the second round. In the second round, she obtained 33.9%, a score well below that expected against Macron, then a newcomer to politics.

    The National Front’s program at the time resembled that of Le Pen senior in 2002: the emphasis on “national priority” for housing, benefits and employment; the defense of small businesses against large groups; reinforcement of police and judicial powers.

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    Macron on the campaign trail – like many Élysée incumbents, he faces an uphill battle for re-election. Photography: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

    After this defeat, she renamed the party the Rassemblement National or Rassemblement National. He has stopped calling for the death penalty and for France to leave the EU – although she remains determined to ignore Brussels. She continues to defend the nationalist discrimination of “French first”, but there is also a commitment to a more left-wing economy, including increased pensions, opposition to the privatization of public services and protectionism as an alternative to globalization.

    Unlike Zemmour, she is not proposing zero immigration – she wants a referendum on the issue – and has stolen UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s idea to process asylum claims overseas. Illegal immigrants and those who break the law would be deported, she said, but she dropped the party’s opposition to marriage equality and abortion.

    Its foreign policy is vague. Until recently, she was a staunch supporter of Russia and Vladimir Putin – a photo with the Russian leader in Moscow appears in his manifesto – a stance that required a swift turnaround after troops invaded Ukraine Russians. This and a promise to withdraw France from NATO, echoed by the radical left, seems to have had little effect on his popularity.

    In 2002, few would admit to having voted for Le Pen dad. Today Marine, at 53, the youngest of her three daughters, has managed to draw much of the poison from the notorious name.

    Critics say she changed her style but not the toxic party stuff. A recent report by the left-leaning Fondation Jean-Jaurès claimed: “Form has taken precedence over substance… theater over program”. However, he added: “Arguments relating to her incompetence or lack of knowledge no longer seem to hold water at a time when some parts of France see her as completely presidential and close to the people, and no more worrying than d other candidates.It is therefore on a completely different ground that her future opponent will have to beat her in the second round, if she succeeds.

    Speaking to voters outside Paris, the general impression is that the French are looking for change – often just for change. Sitting presidents have historically struggled to win re-election and some felt Macron left him too late to campaign, seeing it as evidence of arrogance. At his only rally last Sunday, Macron warned his supporters not to assume he would win a second term or defeat Le Pen. Afterwards he said The Parisian newspaper: “Marine Le Pen has a racist and extremely brutal program. She is lying to you.

    Former rugby player Gilles Belzons, 50, owner of Chez Bébelle bar and restaurant in Narbonne market, said he had not decided who would get his vote: “I think you have to respect all the candidates, including Marine Le Pen in particular, because she could be the next President of the Republic. I am a businessman and a father: what I am looking for is a candidate who will make me feel safe, and my family, to do something about the cost of living and reduce small business burdens. She’s credible, she has conviction, and I admire her tenacity, but there are things about her program that I don’t follow. not so sure.

    His point of view is not uncommon. For many French people, the name Le Pen is no longer viewed with disdain. If, as expected, Le Pen does enough to reach the second round on April 24, Macron will face the biggest political fight of his career to prevent him from entering the Élysée.

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    Rare Michelangelo drawing could fetch $33 million in Paris

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    A drawing by Michelangelo, discovered in 2019, will be offered for sale next month by Christie’s and could fetch 30 million euros ($33 million), the British auction house announced on Tuesday.

    The drawing, one of the rare works by the Italian Renaissance artist in private hands, was sold in 1907 in Paris and presented as a work of the Michelangelo school. It was largely forgotten until 2019, when a Christie’s scholar recognized it as one of Michelangelo’s own.

    The drawing is considered to be one of the artist’s earliest works, dating from around the end of the 15th century. It reproduces a shivering man represented on a fresco, “Baptism of the Neophytes”, by Masaccio. Two other people stand near him in the drawing.

    “I think this drawing is one of the most exciting discoveries made in Old Master Drawings in a long time,” said Stijn Alsteens, Global Head of Old Master Drawings at Christie.

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    “It shows Michelangelo doing two things at the same time, thinking back to the artists who came before him, in this particular case Masaccio, as well as looking forward to his own work and its revolutionary aspect – in particular the depiction of the human body that becomes such an important part both in the sculptures, I am thinking of the David of Florence, or the very many figures he painted in the Sistine Chapel,” Alsteens added.

    The work had been designated a French national treasure, which prevented it from being exported, but the French government recently removed the designation, allowing the design to be offered to collectors anywhere in the world, Christie’s said.

    The drawing is set to be exhibited in Hong Kong and New York before being auctioned in Paris on May 18.

    Top image caption: A Christie’s employee installs the drawing ‘A Naked Young Man (after Masaccio) Surrounded by Two Figures’ by Michelangelo.

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    Macron and Le Pen tussle over pensions as French election race tightens, World News

    As the race for the French presidency narrows ahead of Sunday’s first round, front-runner President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen squabbled over pension reform on Monday.

    Opinion polls have long predicted that Macron will win a second term, but Le Pen has narrowed the gap, with polls showing the 44-year-old president just six points clear in a likely run-off on April 24.

    Le Pen benefited from a campaign centered on purchasing power, on which it doubled down on Monday.

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    “Do you realize what retirement at 65 is? It’s just completely unfair,” she told BFM TV, lambasting Macron’s plan to raise the legal retirement age. a full pension from age 62 to 65.

    Le Pen wants to maintain the 62-year-old threshold and bring it back to 60 for those who started working before age 20. this age and would see their pension affected accordingly

    Macron, asked about criticism of his pension reform plans, told France Inter radio: “Those who tell you that we can keep (the pension system) as it is now are lying to you.”

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    Raising the retirement age – except for those in difficult jobs or who have worked longer than others – was needed to make the system viable and increase low pensions, he said .

    Macron, when he entered the election campaign late last month, said he would raise the retirement age, cut taxes and further ease labor market rules, seeking a mandate to continue favorable reforms to businesses.

    Highlighting his pro-business credentials was not without risk as households are feeling the pressure of rising prices and could deter a number of left-leaning voters from backing him against Le Pen in a likely run-off on April 24. .

    At his only campaign rally before the first round on Saturday, Macron tried to convince voters of the risk of a turbulent Brexit election that could see Le Pen bring the far right to power in France.

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    “Look at what happened with Brexit and so many other elections: what seemed unlikely actually happened,” he said. “Nothing is impossible.”

    Even if Macron wins a second term, as the polls still expect, the issue of pension reform, which weighed on his first term, could pose a problem, given the scale of the opposition.

    A first major challenge would be for his centre-right La République en Marche (LaRem) party, which has failed in all recent local elections, to win the legislative elections in June.

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    Scotland’s top cop Iain Livingstone is being prosecuted for an Inspector Clouseau-style gaffe

    Scotland’s best cop is being prosecuted for an Inspector Clouseau-style gaffe.

    French pensioner Guy Joao has been wrongfully arrested during an international manhunt.


    Guy Joao was wrongfully arrested
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    Top cop LivingstoneCredit: The Scottish Sun
    Serial killer Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes


    Serial killer Xavier Dupont de LigonnesCredit: AFP

    He died last year aged 71, but his lawyers are still suing Scottish Police Chief Iain Livingstone for damages.

    Officers arrested Mr Joao at Glasgow Airport in 2019, believing he was aristocratic serial killer Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes.

    De Ligonnes disappeared in 2011 after the bodies of his wife and four children were discovered in Nantes, France.

    Mr. Joao was a former Renault factory worker.

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    He was traveling to his second home in Dunoon with his Scottish wife Mhari at the time of his arrest.

    In a Clouseau-style blunder, he was mistaken for the killer when he looked nothing like him.

    Before his death, a legal claim for compensation was launched.

    He is due to be heard tomorrow in the Scottish National Personal Injury Court.

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    It is understood that the legal action against Police Scotland was formally brought in 2020.

    In January of the same year, Mr. Joao said he was in talks with lawyers about the case.

    He said, “I want to know why this happened.”

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    His law firm Digby Brown declined to comment.

    Police Scotland said: “As legal proceedings continue, we are unable to comment.”

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    What will €550,000 buy in France, Cyprus, Portugal, Norway and Donegal?


    Moress Farm, which sits on an island connected by causeway on Lough Swilly, is a period house dating from 1897 and renovated in 2002. The house is set over four floors and covers 382m². It has beautiful period woodwork and apart from a new front entrance that matches the house, there are some interesting interior details.
    Price €550,000.

    This Lough Swilly home is set over four floors, spanning 382m²


    This charming property, dating from the 17th century, was once part of a Capuchin monastery. It has eight bedrooms, spans 450m² and boasts stunning interior features including flagstone floors, paneling and period fireplaces.
    Price €550,000

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    This French house has stunning interior features including flagstone floors, paneling and period fireplaces.


    This villa, 16 km from Larnaca in the small village of Pervolia, which has 4 km of sandy beaches, is located in a private gated community of 10 houses. Each 129m² property has three bedrooms and a private swimming pool and is a two-minute walk from the beach and a five-minute walk from the local village.
    Price €550,000.

    This three bedroom house in Larnaca has its own swimming pool

    This three bedroom house in Larnaca has its own swimming pool


    This one bedroom apartment is in a traditional Pombaline building in Baixa, the historic heart of Lisbon. It extends over 65 m², with bright interiors thanks to its south-west exposure, and a pale color palette. The property has a lift and due to its popular location there is rental potential.
    Price €530,000

    There is rental potential with this apartment in Baixa, Lisbon

    There is rental potential with this apartment in Baixa, Lisbon


    Built in 1960, this 63 m² two-bedroom apartment is bright inside thanks to large windows and a triple aspect. Located in a quiet location in Boltelokka, the apartment has solid pine flooring, which was laid in 2015 and re-sanded and re-varnished in 2021.
    Price NOK 5.5 million/€571,721

    This two-bedroom apartment in Oslo is bright thanks to large windows and triple aspect

    This two-bedroom apartment in Oslo is bright thanks to large windows and triple aspect

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    L’Abeille opens its doors and more restaurant news in New York

    From the beginning, TriBeCa’s conversion from warehouse district to food hub has featured opulent, upscale dining destinations. Think Chanterelle, Montrachet, Bouley, M. Chow and Danube. That hasn’t changed: the most recent additions include A white street, Atera, Jungsik and now this restaurant, housed in a former coffee and tea warehouse. The executive chef and a partner, Mitsunobu Nagae, serve French cuisine with Japanese touches in a setting that is both informal, without tablecloths, and luxuriously appointed with plush snow pea velvet. Mr. Nagae, 34, from Osaka, worked in Paris at Le Doyen before joining the Joël Robuchon empire, notably L’Atelier in New York, then Shun. When he found himself distraught after restaurants were closed by the pandemic, Rahul Saito, an affluent local and food lover, approached him for this new venture. They define it with the French term “bistronomie”, which means a bistro for an elegant dinner. As for the name of the restaurant, it is a sly reference to Mitsu, which means honey, named after the chef. (“Abeille” means “bee” in French.) Mr. Nagae’s menu includes miso-glazed pigeon grilled over binchotan charcoal, marinated lobster with vanilla vinaigrette, and a dessert of strawberries with lychee, rose and shiso. There’s a six-course tasting menu, $180, in addition to the a la carte menu. French bottles and especially champagnes dominate the wine list, curated by John Mckenna, the beverage director.

    412 Greenwich Street (Laight Street), 212-542-3898,

    A third location with a more upscale approach to this Japanese restaurant, which marries classic sushi and chawanmushi with items like a tuna tortilla, has opened. It’s on two floors, but sushi omakase ($150) is only served at the ground floor sushi bar, which has 12 seats. (Open Wednesday)

    47 Prince St. (Mulberry St.), 323-828-0096,

    In Tune Hospitality by Massimo Lusardi added this salon, disguised as a locksmith and cobbler, to the block where he also has Uva and Uva Next Door. The new spot, with velvet accents, serves drinks and small plates.

    1488 Second Avenue (78th Street), 917-557-0217,

    The movie “Saturday Night Fever” inspired this red sauce joint, an outgrowth of Manero’s Pizza. You might know what to order without even looking at the menu, except there’s no Chicken Parm. (Wednesday)

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    Oscars: Zendaya, Rosé and Bill Murray at the Saint Laurent Party

    Saint Laurent has entered the race for the Oscars.

    The legendary French fashion house hosted its first pre-Oscar party on Friday night. Hosted by Anthony Vaccarello, Creative Director of Saint Laurent, the evening began with a VIP dinner for around 50 people at the Harvey House, an architectural gem designed by John Lautner in Los Feliz and owned by Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch. A late-night reception for around 150 people included a performance by indie band Wet Leg and waiters passing around tar steak over potato chips and tomato crostini. An attendant walked around with a wooden humidor to offer guests brown and gold cigarillos.

    The guest list included Zendaya, Pedro Almodóvar, Deni Villeneuve, Rosé, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hailey Bieber, Zoë Kravitz, Al Pacino, Troye Sivan, Andie MacDowell, Bill Murray, Dave Franco, Jack Dylan Grazer, Joachim Trier, Maude Apatow, Jessie Buckley, Justice Smith, Amber Valletta and Joe Kerry.

    Rosé attends the Saint Lauren Pre-Oscars event hosted by Anthony Vaccarello.
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    Saint Laurent threw a similar party ahead of the Golden Globes in 2020. The brand joins a long list of fashion-centric events leading up to the Oscars. The Chanel Charles Finch Dinner returns tonight as an in-person event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Earlier in the evening, Giorgio Armani will toast Nicole Kidman during his annual festivities at the Armani boutique in Beverly Hills. Gucci will once again team up with talent manager Guy Oseary for this exclusive post-Oscar party on Sunday.

    Max Mara was one of the main sponsors of the Women In Fim pre-party. This year’s gathering took place at Bar Lis on Friday and attracted Rita Moreno, Jane Campion, Thuso Mbedu, Lashna Lynch, Daniel Durant, Amy Forsyth and Troy Kotsur. HER co-hosted the evening.

    Many Friday night revelers turned out for the CAA reception at the San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. According to a source, Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn, Andrew Garfield and Zoë Kravitz were spotted on the dance floor.

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    Zoë Kravitz and Hailey Bieber at the CAA Pre-Oscar Party at the San Vicente Bungalows.
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    CAA’s guest list also included Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Pine, Anya Taylor-Joy, Cedric the Entertainer, Troy Kotsur, Ariana DeBose, Taylor Swift, Andrew Garfield, Chris Pine, Zoë Kravitz, Denis Villeneuve, JJ Abrams, Hoyeon, Regé -Jean Page, Danny DeVito, Patricia Clarkson, Taika Waititi, Sacha Baron Cohen, Al Pacino, Adrien Brody, Simu Liu, Viola Davis, Trevor Noah, Ava DuVernay, Ron Howard, Rita Ora, Sebastian Stan and David Oyelowo.

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    Kathryn V. Masaryk (Davey) Obituary

    Kathryn Virginia Frase Masaryk Davey, 96, died February 27, 2022 in Chandler, Arizona. She was born March 26, 1925 to Carl and Faith Frase in Norton Township. Katie went from eating crackers at Loyal Oak Farm to participating in NASDAQ IPOs. She attended Norton High School where she played the French horn. Katie enrolled at Kent State University and graduated with honors in education. She taught for a few years at South Euclid and Silver Lake. Katie then married Dr. Joseph A. Masaryk, MD of Barberton. She enjoyed her home at 253 Farr Ave. at Wadsworth, as well as her membership in the Bud and Bloom Garden Club and the Wadsworth Women’s Investment Club. Katie raised four sons: Joseph T. Masaryk, Esq. from Mesa, Arizona; Thomas J. Masaryk, MD (Midge) of Shaker Heights, OH; John A. Masaryk, MD (Polly) of Salt Lake City, UT; and Anthony M. Masaryk, MD of Austin, TX. His grandchildren are Tess, Iris, Hanna, Madeline, Katherine, Halle, Sarah, Abraham and Zachary. The last decades of Kathryn’s life were spent in Arizona. Kathryn had been a member of the Sun City West Ohio Club, the Weavers West Guild and a volunteer at the food bank. She also volunteered in the wilderness at Nadaburg Elementary School in Whittmann, AZ. Kathryn gave instructional help with reading and writing, and an occasional benefit in the form of food, clothing, or a kind word. In 2003 Kathryn married Edward B. Davey of Michigan and had some of the best years of her life before she died. In addition to her husband and family, her survivors include a brother, Glenn Frase of Seville. She was predeceased by Dr. Masaryk and brothers Gaylord Frase, Luther Frase and a sister, Martha Leach. Christian Burial Mass will be held at St. Dominic’s Church, Shaker Heights on May 16, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron. There will be no more homemade ground meat with fresh citrus from the tree. Donations in Kathryn Masaryk’s name may be made to the Valley View Community Food Bank, Condolences can be dropped off at

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    The French brand Hermès continues to invest in its production capacity

    Hermès International has continued to invest in its production capacity and announces the creation of two leather goods workshops (France, Charente and Gironde) with 500 jobs by 2026. Since 2010, the French manufacturer has opened nine leather goods workshops in France, bringing the number of saddlers employed by the group to more than 4,300.

    To support the success of the leather goods and saddlery collections, Hermès confirms its ambition to grow and continue to develop its production capacity with the construction of two new leather goods workshops, the opening of which is scheduled for 2025 and the other in 2026. In time, 500 craftsmen will exercise their know-how of excellence in the future workshops located in Charente, in the town of L’Isle-d’Espagnac, and in Gironde, in the town of Loupes, specifies the company in a press release. .

    These two new projects come on top of the three other sites under construction in Louviers (Eure), Tournes and Cliron (Ardennes) and Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), for which recruitment and training are underway. .

    The Leather Goods of L’Isle-d’Espagnac joins the South-West Leather Goods cluster with those of Nontron and Montbron and the Gloves-Leather Goods of Saint-Junien, established in this area for more than 25 years. The Leather Goods of L’Isle-d’Espagnac will be inaugurated in 2025.

    Along with Maroquinerie de Guyenne, the new Manufacture des Loupes will form the Girondin division of Hermès, which will become the group’s eighth leather goods division and will eventually employ more than 500 artisans. This new site will be inaugurated in 2026.

    Strongly committed to building lasting relationships with its local partners, Hermès is preparing to set up in L’Isle-d’Espagnac by working in cooperation with the Nouvelle-Aquitaine development and innovation competition agency, and the Community of Greater Angouleme agglomeration. For the development of its new sites, the House relies on its partnerships with Pôle Emploi, the Rectorate of Poitiers, the Greta adult training service of Poitou-Charentes Angoulême Agency and the Greta CFA of Aquitaine, adds the press release. .

    In a spirit of companionship that values ​​the transmission of know-how and artisanal culture, the L’Isle-d’Espagnac site will rely on the know-how of the craftsmen of the Maroquinerie de Nontron, de Montbron and de la Ganterie -Leather goods of Saint-Junien.

    The Loupes site will benefit from its proximity to the expert craftsmen of La Maroquinerie de Guyenne, which will be established in the Gironde area in 2020. The Hermès School of Expertise, a training center for Hermès apprentices approved by the National will expand to Montbron in September 2022, and to La Maroquinerie de Guyenne, in early 2023. The School trains its apprentices in a sustainable profession based on the House’s excellence in leather goods know-how.

    The two new workshops located in L’Isle-d’Espagnac and Les Loupes will become the 23rd and 24and production sites of the Hermès Leather Goods & Saddlery division, all located in France.

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    Your Tuesday Briefing: The Fight for Mariupol

    Hello. We cover the ongoing destruction of Mariupol, Ukraine, the search for survivors in a Chinese plane crash and the lifting of Covid restrictions in Hong Kong.

    Ukraine has rejected Russia’s request that soldiers defending Mariupol surrender at dawn on Monday. Efforts to reach the hundreds of thousands of people trapped there remained fraught with difficulty as Russian forces stepped up their attacks.

    “My city is dying a painful death,” wrote one survivor after fleeing. “For twenty days, I would die of it. I was in hell.”

    A powerful explosion also rocked kyiv on Monday and reduced a sprawling shopping center to rubble. A Times reporter saw six bodies there covered in plastic, as rescuers battled fires and pulled other victims from the wreckage. Here are the live updates.

    The context: After nearly a month of fighting, the war is at an impasse. Russia is turning to deadlier and more brutal methods, including targeting civilians, as it suffers troop and equipment losses that would limit its ability to mount offensives.

    Resistance: About two million people who remain in Kyiv are galvanized by a newfound unity. In the ancient city of Lviv, simple rituals took on a new and sometimes surreal meaning.

    Diplomacy: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is drawing on other nations’ stories of struggle to rally support, invoking the civil rights movement to American lawmakers and the fall of the Berlin Wall to Germans. Our chief fashion critic also analyzed her most famous piece of clothing: the olive green tee.

    Other updates:

    An airliner with 132 people on board crashed Monday afternoon in the Guangxi region, a mountainous region in southern China. It was unclear if any of the crew and passengers survived.

    Carrie Lam, the leader of Hong Kong, announced Monday that the city will lift its ban on flights from nine countries on April 1 and reduce quarantine times for vaccinated residents returning from overseas from 14 days to seven.

    Experts and government officials have said the worst of a wave caused by Omicron may be over and residents are at higher risk of infection from community transmissions than imported cases.

    But even though its new measures remain among the strictest in the world, Hong Kong’s approach appears to deviate slightly from that of mainland China, where Shanghai and Shenzhen remain in lockdown.

    Context: For most of the pandemic, Hong Kong isolated itself from the rest of the world and forced travelers to self-quarantine for three weeks in a hotel.

    Here are the latest pandemic updates and maps.

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    A little over half a century ago, there were only about three dozen red-crowned cranes in all of Japan. They are now 1,900, thanks to the work of conservationists, but few scientists think they could survive without being fed by humans.

    The long-running Eurovision Song Contest pits countries against each other for pop supremacy. Artists like ABBA (Sweden), Celine Dion (Switzerland) and Julio Iglesias (Spain) have all participated once.

    Now the United States wants to recreate some of the magic of Eurovision with “American Song Contest”, hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg. Here is a primer.

    Will I know any of the songs? No, they must be new, although applicants do not have to write their own stuff.

    Who is in competition? The competition has 56 entries. Jewel (who grew up yodeling in harsh conditions in Alaska), Michael Bolton (Connecticut) and Sisqó (Maryland) are among the famous names.

    Eurovision has crazy performance. Does this version? “One person’s cliché is another person’s truth,” said an executive producer. “Some of them are self-aware, some are not.” — Sanam Yar, a morning writer

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    Hungary: the importance of mental health and psychosocial support for refugees and displaced people – a mother’s story of a life disrupted by war in Ukraine – Hungary

    Normally, Maria Bilovodska runs a successful fashion brand in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. These are not normal times. At the registration center at the Hungarian border crossing point of Beregsurány, Maria looks tired and pale after her long journey. Sitting on a low chair, surrounded by other exhausted-looking families, she waits for a bus that will take her and her 2 children, Miron (13) and Maria (8), to Budapest, then to France where she has a sister. The children fall silent, soaking up their new reality.

    Speaking to the WHO in Hungary, Maria shares her company’s Instagram page. It shows photos of models wearing the glamorous outfits they exported to Canada and throughout Europe. Within days, the bombardment of her town forced her to close her business and flee her country.

    “Here in Hungary, there is no bombardment, no noise, and it is much less painful for the children. It’s so good to feel calm and safe,” she says.

    After arrival, when they have rested and eaten, refugees receive information on where to access medical, mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), COVID-19 testing and vaccination. The registration center refers refugees to dedicated specialists who can provide adults with psychological first aid, a humane, empathetic and practical form of support, and help children come to terms with the distress of having to leave their homes. Those who wish can stay several nights until their departure.

    Maria says she is well cared for and now has all the information she needs to support her family on the next leg of their journey – although she can’t stop thinking of her friends and the rest of his family stuck in Ukraine.

    As she shares videos of the destruction, her composure briefly cracks and she begins to cry. Many of his friends live in towns currently surrounded by the Russian army. “I tell them, please go, and they say, ‘We can’t – we can’t get safe passage. “”

    Pulling herself together, Maria talks about her next steps. Although she is heading to France, she wants to return to Ukraine as soon as possible to revive her activity.

    “We had never been in need before. We had a good standard of living, we earned money, we never expected any other kind of life. Now we have to leave. I really hope we have a place to go back to, our own town.

    WHO has deployed an MHPSS expert to Hungary who works with local non-governmental organizations to protect the mental health and psychosocial well-being of refugees and aid workers. WHO is also working hand in hand with the Hungarian government to provide training and translation of international MHPSS guidelines.

    Mental health and psychosocial support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants on the move in Europe. A multi-agency guidance note (2015)

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    The fearless sexuality of Rosa Bonheur: Google Doodle pays homage to an iconic French painter

    On Wednesday, March 16, Google marked the 200th birthday of French painter Rosa Bonheur with a fascinating doodle. Rosa Bonheur was best known as an animal painter but she also made a name for herself as a sculptor, in a realistic style. One of Rosa’s best works came in the form of her paintings, namely ‘Plowing in the Nivernais’, ‘The Horse Fair’ and ‘Fenaison en Auvergne’.

    Google in its doodle showed an animated image of Rosa Bonheur where she can be seen painting a flock of sheep on canvas. Rosa Bonheur was born in 1822 in Bordeaux, France and took up painting – all thanks to her father – a minor landscape painter. Rosa received the Legion of Honor from the French Empress Eugénie for her 1853 painting “The Horse Fair”. Interestingly, one of Rosa Bonheur’s works, “Monarchs of the Forest”, sold at auction in 2008 for over $200,000. Besides her paintings, Rosa was known for her fearless sexuality. She was openly lesbian.

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    Google Doodle by Rosa Bonheur (Photo by Google)

    The fearless sexuality of Rosa Bonheur

    Rosa Bonheur was one of the most avant-garde artists of her time. In addition to being a lesbian, she opted for men’s clothing – a controversial decision in the 19th century. Cross-dressing required formal permission which Rosa finally obtained in 1857, but this was only within the city limits. According to the website Your dictionary, the famous painter cut her hair short and dressed in men’s clothing, which quickly became her usual style. She apparently also developed the habit of smoking cigars. Rosa Bonheur never married but had a long-standing relationship with Nathalie Micas.

    If published reports are to be believed, Rosa always maintained that her behavior was itself a form of performance art and she also believed that impersonating a man was the only way for a woman to ensure social and professional equality. Rosa’s outspokenness about her personal life was groundbreaking considering the time period.

    Rosa Bonheur (Photo by WikiCommons)

    Who was Rosa Bonheur’s partner?

    Rosa Bonheur has been in a relationship with Nathalie Micas for over 40 years. Micas was her childhood friend who died in 1889. She first met Micas in 1836. Nathalie Micas was represented in the Hall of Science at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago by a railroad brake she had patented. Micas also took care of Rosa’s affairs. According to the website Elisa Rolle, Princess Stirby, while referring to Micas, said: “Rosa Bonheur could never have remained the celebrated artist that she was without someone by her side.” After Micas’ death, it is reported that Rosa, during the last year of her life, leaned towards the American painter Anna Klumpke. Rosa, Micas and Klumpke are all buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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    Luis roi de Liévin: the French star starts the season in style in front of his audience – Elite News

    France Vincent Louis started his season with a win and gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted with a thrilling win at the Liévin Indoor Triathlon Festival on Saturday night.

    The two-time world triathlon champion and Super League Triathlon legend was pushed all the way in the final, but his short course prowess gave him the win.

    It may have been indoors, but the Stadium Arena Couvert Liévin event featured a swimming pool and a transition area inside a 200m athletics track, on which the cycling events took place. and running.

    A succession of heats and then semi-finals reduced it to the last 12 contenders, with Luis the big favorite – and not only with the fans.

    Thin margins in the final

    Margins were good however in such a short format, lasting less than 10 minutes, and it started with a 150m swim, with Luis emerging from the water in second place.

    But he was soon in front on the bike and never gave up that position.

    Coming out of T2 and starting the 1km race, it soon became clear that it was a three-way battle, with Spaniard Genis Grau and Hungarian Csonger Lehmann keeping the pressure on Luis throughout.

    But a stinging kick down the home straight gave Luis a fraction of the daylight on his two rivals and he crossed the line in 9:33, just a second ahead of Grau.

    Lehmann finished third clear, ahead of Briton Harry Leleu fourth and Irishman James Edgar fifth.

    The event was last held in 2019, when Briton Chris Perham triumphed, but this time he retired in the semi-finals as he continued his comeback from injury.

    Action replay for Eim

    However, there was another winner in the women’s event in the person of Germany’s Nina Eim.

    Nina Eim breaks the tape for the win (Photo credit @activimages / Darren Wheeler, @trimaxmag)

    This race was also a thriller for the capacity crowd, with Belgian Jolien Vermeylen looking in control of the race.

    However, Eim passed with two laps to go and then held off compatriot Lisa Tertsch by two seconds for the victory.

    Vermeylen had to settle for third place, while Briton Iona Miller narrowly missed out on the podium in fourth.

    “It’s such a cool event,” Eim said afterwards. “It’s always fun to race here – I’ve missed it and hope to be back next year.”

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    India-France: Market opportunities for sustainable textiles and fashion

    Ethical and sustainable fashion has gained momentum globally, as the main objective of using sustainable materials in the production of fashion products is to preserve the environment from contaminants.

    Recently, the Embassy of India in Paris in collaboration with the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) organized a webinar on “India-France: Market Opportunities and Areas of Cooperation for Sustainable Textile and Fashion”. “. Admired everywhere, French fashion and style are known the world over.


    The webinar covered a wide range of topics, including water use, energy consumption, chemical load, air emissions, carbon emissions, solid waste and landfills, as well as environmental issues. circularity and social sustainability such as inclusion, skills, labor reforms and women’s empowerment. . The importance of blockchain technology and traceability was also discussed.

    Trade Advisor, Ministry of Textiles, Shubhra spoke about policy and sustainability goals and ambitions related to Indian textile industry and sustainability. The trade adviser highlighted the fact that the Indian government employs various policies to improve productivity and reduce environmental pollution. “Initiatives such as PM-MITRA, which is establishing seven mega textile parks across the country, would integrate sustainability into the value chain and prepare the future of the industry by giving it a competitive advantage at scale. world,” the adviser said.

    Speaking on the current situation and outlook for Indian apparel exporters, AEPC President Narendra Goenka said, “The Indian apparel industry is acutely aware of the alarming fact that without supply chains sustainable, the fashion industry will become less and less viable. Sustainability is now seen as one of the main pillars of garment exporting and a tool for growth.”

    He added that “India offers the world a complete value chain solution, from farm to fashion, giving us a competitive edge towards effective implementation and monitoring of sustainability along the chain. procurement through a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach involving three pillars of sustainability. which are economic, social and environmental.

    The Indian SU.RE project

    To move towards fashion that contributes to a clean environment, India has also launched the SU.RE project which stands for “Sustainable Resolution” – a firm commitment from industry. Indian brands have committed to sourcing/using a substantial portion of their total consumption using sustainable raw materials and processes, by 2025.

    United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

    The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to the world’s biggest pollution. This is due to the tons of water used producing excess carbon dioxide, excessive use of energy to produce clothing, and non-renewable sources of fiber, fiber and environmental pollution with harmful chemicals. . The fashion industry accounts for around 8-10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater.

    The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is an initiative of UN agencies and other partners to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action across the fashion industry. The Alliance strives to promote programs and policies that ensure that the fashion value chain contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to foster collaboration between United Nations entities working in fashion.

    Through the Alliance, the UN is committed to changing the way of fashion, reducing its negative environmental and social impacts; and make fashion a driving force in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    These French Terry sweatpants are perfect for working from home

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    When we need to buy new clothes for ourselves, there are a few outlets we like to look at first. Because of their wide range of options that look great and feel even better. If you’re looking for something you can chill in all day, you can’t go wrong by going to Huckberry and taking the Flint and Tinder French Terry Sweatpants.

    As soon as you put the Flint and Tinder French Terry Sweatpants, you will immediately feel the comfort. You will be almost annoyed that you haven’t had them in your life for longer. And it’s thanks to the high level of craftsmanship that goes into the materials used here to make sweatpants that don’t let go.


    What you can find in these Flint and Tinder French Terry Sweatpants is made of 57% cotton, 35% polyester and 8% rayon. These materials are simply fantastic on the skin, allowing you to stretch in complete relaxation. They also give them a good sense of mobility, so you can hit the gym if you want.

    Another advantage of these bad boys is that they also look very good. You can hit the gym or the stores or even just work from home and be comfortable in the fact that you look damn stunning. Not the most important item to be sure, but an added benefit in a big way.

    Huckberry rules and there is no doubt in our minds about it. You can pick up the Flint and Tinder French Terry Sweatpants to be sure. As soon as you are comfortably installed in this spectacular pair of sweatshirts, you will have no more doubts. You’ll be shopping at Huckberry again in no time.

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    Stella McCartney nods to Ukraine crisis with Lennon’s anti-war song at winter show

    PARIS, March 7 (Reuters) – In a nod to the war in Ukraine, Stella McCartney closed her eponymous label’s winter fashion show to the music of John Lennon’s anti-war ballad “Give Peace a Chance.” .

    Models curled up in glass-encased hallways atop the Center Pompidou, parading in elegant bohemian-flavored dresses with pockets and slit balloon sleeves as rhythmic music played, with sweeping views of Paris in the backdrop.

    “I believe very strongly in peace and love and obviously using John’s song, who was my dad’s best friend…it just shows for me, it’s a personal song that reflects the thoughts of the world whole, I hope, right now,” McCartney told reporters after the show, referring to her father, Paul McCartney.

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    Some fashion designers have spoken publicly about their struggle to find the right tone for their shows and make the decision to go ahead with Paris Fashion Week events as the world focuses on the Ukraine crisis.

    The French capital is hosting the latest series of industry fairs which have also taken place in New York, London and Milan, and end on March 8.

    In Milan, Georgio Armani acknowledged the crisis by cutting the music for his fashion show. Read more

    In Paris, Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia spoke about his experience as a refugee from Georgia and presented guests with Ukrainian flag t-shirts, while Isabel Marant bowed for her brand’s runway show with a blue and yellow top. nL2N2V90CN

    “Obviously I’m anti-war… My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine tremendously and it’s heartbreaking, it’s a traumatic experience to go through, so one can only imagine what these poor people are going through,” said McCartney.

    His brand is part of the luxury group LVMH (LVMH.PA), which, along with Hermès, Kering, owner of Gucci, and Chanel, announced on Friday a suspension of its operations in Russia.

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    The world’s biggest luxury brands suspend operations in Russia

    • The French group Hermès has three stores in Moscow
    • Hermès “deeply concerned about the situation in Europe”
    • Russians spend $9 billion a year on luxury goods -Jefferies

    PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest luxury brands said on Friday they planned to temporarily close stores and suspend business operations in Russia.

    Bag maker Birkin Hermes and owner of Cartier Richemont were the first companies to announce such measures, followed by LVMH (LVMH.PA), Kering (PRTP.PA) and Chanel.

    Doing business in Russia has become complex since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which prompted the United States, Britain and the European Union to impose sweeping sanctions.

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    “Given our growing concerns about the current situation, the increasing uncertainty and the complexity to operate, Chanel has decided to temporarily suspend its activities in Russia,” the French luxury fashion house said in a post on LinkedIn.

    Luxury giant LVMH, which owns brands such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Kenzo, TAG Heuer and Bulgari, among others, will close its 124 stores in Russia from Sunday but will continue to pay the salaries of its 3,500 employees in the country. , said a spokesperson. Reuters.

    French multinational Kering, whose brands include brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Boucheron, among others, has two stores and 180 employees, which the company will continue to support.

    While affluent Russians are big consumers of luxury goods, analysts say the proportion of luxury sales generated by Russian nationals is low compared to the industry’s main growth drivers, China and the United States. .

    Richemont, which also owns Dunhill, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels among others, has a dozen stores of its own, mainly in Moscow. He said in a statement that he suspended business activities in Russia on March 3 after halting operations in Ukraine on February 24, the day Russia launched its invasion.

    Hermes, which has three stores in Moscow, had planned to open an outlet in St. Petersburg later this year.

    Investment bank Jefferies estimates that Russians account for about $9 billion in annual luxury goods sales, or about 6% of Chinese spending and 14% of US luxury goods spending.

    Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group (UHR.S), which owns high-end watch and jewelry brands including Harry Winston, said it would continue operations in Russia but was suspending exports “due to the current situation. overall difficult.

    L’Oreal (OREP.PA), LVMH (LVMH.PA) and Kering (PRTP.PA) have all pledged financial support to help Ukrainian refugees and Richemont announced on Friday that it was launching a “significant donation” to Doctors Without Borders.

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    Balenciaga invites its guests to the FW22 show with cracked iPhones

    Crushed it! Balenciaga invites guests to its Paris Fashion Week show with broken iPhones engraved with the date, location and time as a “real artifact of the year 2022”

    • Balenciaga invited guests to its show by sending them broken iPhone 6s
    • The phones had cracked screens and were etched with the date and location of the event
    • Mobiles described as “genuine AD 22 artifact” and not working
    • Brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 show will take place on Sunday and will be streamed live

    Luxury fashion house Balenciaga invited guests to its latest fashion show by sending them personalized broken iPhones.

    Rather than traditional paper invitations, the French brand opted to send personalized mobiles engraved with the date and time of its Fall/Winter 2022 show at Paris Fashion Week.

    Described as a “true artifact from the year 2022”, the phone – and the damage to it – is real, but not working and should be used “for display purposes only”.

    The brand’s 360° show will take place this Sunday and will be broadcast live worldwide from the Balenciaga website.

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    The invitation reads: “Please find personalized information on the back of this phone. This is a true artifact of the year 2022.

    ‘It is not functional and should be used for display purposes only. This document certifies that this device is, to the best of our knowledge, not artificially made but made from years of use and later neglect.

    The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations “cool”, while others were taken aback by the bizarre invite.

    “Balenciaga baby you’re a few years late… Tumblr iPhone-mania ended in 2015 I’m sorry,” one user wrote.

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    Described as a “true artifact from the year 2022”, the phone – and the damage to it – is real, but not working and should be used “for display purposes only”.

    ‘Balenciaga has sent guests to its next show. The invite was a broken iPhone 6s with laser-printed Balenciaga detailing on the back. Wow, said another.

    A third commented: “So Balenciaga’s invite to their Sunday show is an iPhone 6 with a cracked screen…interesting.”

    ‘A personalized iPhone for a Balenciaga fashion show? It’s crazy how far you can go with this shit, funds speak the jargon!!! another user said.

    The celebrity-loved label has been worn by stars such as Beyoncé, Adele, Meghan Markle, the Kardashians and Kanye West, is known for its bizarre marketing methods.

    The brand has previously been mocked for bizarre Instagram posts – including dogs posing in giant hoodies and modeling earrings on lemons, although these have all been removed in favor of a single photo of Ukrainian flag.

    The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations a

    The fashion house, known for its quirky marketing tactics, received a mixed reaction online, with some users calling the invitations “cool”, while others were taken aback by the bizarre invite.


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    Inside a $12 Million French-Style Estate Outside Philadelphia – Robb Report

    A French Norman-style estate on the outskirts of Philadelphia, once owned by heirs to the Campbell Soup fortune, has just had its price reduced by more than 50%, from $23.95 million to $11.75 million .

    But don’t rush for your checkbook just yet. There’s a reason for this seemingly stunning price drop.

    Linden Hill, a 20-minute drive from downtown Philadelphia in suburban Tony Gladwyne, was designed in the late 1920s by local architect Edmund Gilchrist for wealthy stockbroker Rodman Ellison Griscom. Built to look like a picture-perfect French village, it included a stately 20-room main mansion, a host of cottages, outbuildings and barns, and extensive grounds.

    The main house

    Courtesy of Steve Davies for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

    In the 1950s, the estate was sold to Campbell Soup chemist John T. Dorrance, best known for inventing the concept of condensing soup (which dramatically reduced transportation costs). In total, Dorrance and her family lived in Linden Hill for over half a century.

    Fast forward to 1992, and Bob Burch, a prominent venture capitalist, entrepreneur and former brother-in-law of fashion designer Tory Burch, bought Linden Hill and, with his wife Susan, raised their five children on the estate.

    Part of the estate’s considerable appeal, but also an apparent negative, was the fact that it was accompanied by 67 acres of lush, forested land. Maintenance proved to be a constant challenge. So in 2013, Burch decided to sell, putting the domain on the market for $24.5 million.

    Linden Hill Philadelphia

    The property has two swimming pools.

    Courtesy of Steve Davies for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

    Impressive features of the complex include a 14,467 square foot stone main house, turret gatehouse, various guest and staff houses, stables, 10 car garage, two swimming pools, tennis court and miles of horses. -equestrian and pedestrian trails.

    But even with price cuts – at one point it was briefly offered for $19.5 million – finding a buyer proved elusive. Burch therefore proposed a series of creative alternatives which included dividing the estate into plots, or even converting it into a retirement home. All plans are said to have been shot down by local residents and area planning committees.

    Now, after seven long years in and out of the market, it seems there is finally a solution for Linden Hill.

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    The entry hall

    Courtesy of Steve Davies for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

    Burch, his lawyer and longtime realtor Lisa Yakulis of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty are about to get approval to divide the 67 acres into five lots. This would include three new residential sites, each around 10 acres and priced at $3.6 million.

    “We are really optimistic that this time our proposal will be approved. We even have one of the new lots under contract,” says Yakulis of Kurfiss Sotheby. Robb Report.

    The best part of the proposal is that the original Linden Hill estate is now being offered intact with all of its buildings, but this time with approximately 31 (was 67) acres of land and a price tag of $11.75 million, or 51% less. .

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    A formal living room

    Courtesy of Steve Davies for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

    “At this price, we think Linden Hill becomes extremely affordable and very attractive. There are much smaller, less architecturally and historically significant estates in the main line area of ​​Philadelphia that are priced about the same,” Yakulis adds.

    The redesign of the estate won’t affect the original property in any way, she explains. The stately, straight, arrow-shaped driveway from cul-de-sac’d Monk Road in Gladwyne will still lead to the so-called farmyard, flanked by the charming turreted gatehouse and various outbuildings.

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    Part of the land

    Courtesy of Steve Davies for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

    The driveway still continues through a narrow opening, flanked by tall chimney guesthouses, into the estate’s main courtyard with the imposing mansion straight ahead.

    “The main house is just the most majestic example of French Norman-inspired design, built to breathtaking scale with magnificent symmetry. And it is unique in that the owners have preserved it perfectly. , restored and maintained,” says Yakulis.

    Inside the main house there are eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, a living room with hand-carved paneled walls, a fully modernized kitchen, and an entry hall with a grand main staircase. For birdwatchers, a short walk from the house is a whimsical stone aviary with a turreted tiled roof and wrought iron cages on either side, one currently for the Burch family’s egg-laying hens, the other for peacocks and guinea fowl.

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    The living room

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    “Before Covid-19, potential buyers would look at all the different buildings and wonder why they would need all these rooms and all this space,” Yakulis says.

    “Now with families working from home and older kids staying home longer, suddenly having all that private space is very appealing. The one thing Linden Hill offers in abundance is space” , she adds.

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    Relations with Russia could harm thousands of European companies

    PARIS — French energy companies operating in the Russian Arctic Sea. Italian luxury shops near Red Square. German car factories in southern Russia.

    As the United States and the European Union apply sanctions to penalize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, European companies are preparing for the possibility that the punishment aimed at Moscow could hurt them as well.

    The sanctions, which include preventing the government and banks from borrowing in global financial markets, blocking technology imports and freezing the assets of influential Russians, were designed to maximize the pain of the Russian economy while by inflicting as little damage as possible within the European Union, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday.

    But thousands of foreign companies that have been doing business in Russia for years are preparing for an inevitable economic comeback, and the war in Ukraine threatens to disrupt supply chains and bring down the European economy just as it was beginning to recover from the Covid blockade blows.

    “The attack on Ukraine represents a turning point in Europe,” Christian Bruch, chief executive of Siemens Energy, a major turbine and generator producer based in Germany, said this week. “As a business, we now need to analyze exactly what this situation means for our business.”

    The European Union is Russia’s largest trading partner, accounting for 37% of Russia’s global trade in 2020. Much of that is energy: around 70% of Russia’s gas exports and half of its oil exports are destined for Europe.

    And while sales to Russia represent only around 5% of Europe’s total trade with the world, it has for decades been a key destination for European companies in a range of industries, including finance. , agriculture and food, energy, automotive, aerospace and luxury goods. .

    Some European companies, especially in Germany, have had commercial ties with Russia for centuries. Deutsche Bank and Siemens, the huge conglomerate that is the parent company of Siemens Energy, have been doing business there since the late 19th century. During the Cold War, economic ties were seen as a means of maintaining relations across the Iron Curtain.

    After the fall of the Soviet Union, Western companies came to Russia for different reasons, whether to sell Renaults or Volkswagens to the country’s growing urban middle class, or to meet the needs of a growing group of wealthy elites in search of Italian and French luxury. Others wanted to sell German tractors to Russian farmers or acquire Russian titanium for aircraft.

    While some multinationals, such as Deutsche Bank, reduced their relations with Russia after its annexation of Crimea in a military operation in 2014, others have worked diligently to increase their market share in recent years and have boldly sought to expand their business in Russia. even as President Vladimir V. Putin prepared to invade neighboring Ukraine.

    Last month, 20 of Italy’s top leaders held a video call with Mr Putin to talk about strengthening economic ties as Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border and European leaders discussed sanctions.

    Executives from UniCredit bank, tire company Pirelli, utility Enel and others listened for more than half an hour to Putin talking about Italian business investments and opportunities in Russia.

    The call, held on January 25, angered European politicians and underscored the conflicting economic interests Europe faces as it prepares to punish Moscow with a barrage of sanctions for attacking Ukraine. A similar call scheduled for next week with German business leaders, including those from energy firm Uniper and supermarket chain Metro, was only canceled on Thursday.

    But with huge economic assets at stake, European Union leaders have in recent days sought to live up to the reach of the sanctions, which have fallen short of the more sweeping economic repression some supporters of the Ukraine demanded.

    At one point during frantic negotiations this week, Italy’s officials sought to have goods produced by its luxury industry excluded from any sanctions package. They also advocated for tougher sanctions that omit major crackdowns on Russian banks, much like Austria, whose Raiffeisen Bank International has hundreds of branches in Russia, diplomats said.

    More notable is the omission of sanctions that would harm Russian energy imports into Europe, in which a phalanx of influential energy companies from Paris to Berlin hold major interests. Nor did the allies shut down the Russian economy to the global payments system known as SWIFT, which is used by banks in 200 countries, drawing condemnation from critics who said European leaders were placing interest economic above Ukraine’s human toll.

    This is a comfort for European countries whose companies have a strong presence in Russia.

    In France alone, 35 of the 40 largest French companies listed on the country’s CAC 40 stock exchange have significant Russian investments, from Auchan supermarkets on the streets of Moscow to the liquefied natural gas operations of French energy giant TotalEnergies in the Yamal Peninsula, above the Arctic Circle. All but two of the 40 companies listed on the Frankfurt DAX index have investments in Russia.

    About 700 French subsidiaries operate in Russia in a variety of industries employing more than 200,000 workers, according to the French finance ministry.

    While Mr Le Maire promised that the impact of the sanctions on the French economy would be minimal, the blow to some French businesses was far from clear.

    Among the most exposed is the French carmaker Renault, which has two factories in Russia and is the first carmaker there thanks to a partnership with Avtovaz, which makes the Lada the most popular car in Russia. Russia is Renault’s second largest market after France.

    Last week Luca de Meo, the company’s chief executive, warned that escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine could lead to “another supply chain crisis” for the company.

    The problem has already hit Volkswagen, which said on Friday it would suspend operations for several days next week at two electric vehicle manufacturing plants in eastern Germany as deliveries of crucial parts from the west of Ukraine were interrupted by the fighting.

    Volkswagen could also be hit by sanctions against Russia, where since 2009 it has had a plant in Kaluga that employs around 4,000 people producing its Tiguan and Polo models, as well as the Audi Q8 and Q9, and the Skoda Rapid. Mercedes-Benz has a plant outside Moscow, while BMW works with a local partner. All three have invested in the Russian market and a growing group of consumers who can afford their cars.

    This week, however, as Russia strafed Ukrainian cities and world leaders moved to impose sanctions, Volkswagen said the impact on its business in Russia would be “continually determined by a crisis team.”

    BMW said “the policy sets out the rules under which we operate as a business” and that “if the framework conditions change, we will assess them and decide how to deal with them.”

    And then there are the banks.

    Raiffeisen Bank from Austria, UniCredit from Italy and Société Générale from France are among the banks that have substantial ties to Russia. Italian and French banks had bad debts of about $25 billion in Russia at the end of last year, according to data from the Bank for International Settlements.

    France, Italy and Germany were the main European powers urging not to cut Russia off from the SWIFT global payment system. Eliminating Russia would make it difficult for European creditors to receive money from Russian sources – or to pay for Russian gas, on which these countries have come to depend, especially in Europe’s current energy crisis.

    Despite efforts to downplay their own countries’ pain, European officials have acknowledged that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

    “It will not be possible to prevent sectors of the German economy from being affected,” German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Thursday.

    “The price of making peace possible, or getting back to the diplomatic table,” he said, “is that we at least get the economic sanctions bitten.”

    Liz Alderman reported from Paris and Melissa Eddy from Berlin.

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    France outclass Scotland to keep Grand Slam hopes alive

    Rampant France remain on course for the Grand Slam after winning a six-try destruction of Scotland 36-17 in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash at Murrayfield.

    France took command early on with some great tries from Paul Willemse and Yoram Moefana.

    Scotland responded with gusto and appeared to be back in the game when Rory Darge scored his first international start by landing just before the half-hour mark to bring the hosts within two points.

    But a try from Gaël Fickou at the very end of the first half allowed France to breathe once again before new goals from Jonathan Danty and Damian Penaud. [twice] after the break ensured a chastening afternoon for the hosts.

    Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, already without Jamie Ritchie, Rory Sutherland, Matt Fagerson and Jonny Gray through injury, lost another key man on the eve of the game after Hamish Watson tested positive for Covid-19.

    Watson’s place in the XV was taken by Nick Haining, with Andy Christie added as a substitute.

    France, supported by a large traveling support, saw Danty return from injury in the only change of the XV which had started the victory over Ireland a fortnight before.

    The Blues had a great chance to be on the scoreboard in the sixth minute when they won a penalty just past the posts, but Melvyn Jimenet was surprisingly off target with what looked like a routine kick .

    Gael Fickou scored France’s third try in the final game of the first half

    The breakthrough came for the visitors just two minutes later, however, when Willemse landed late in a scintillating attack down the left flank unleashed by captain Antoine Dupont. This time, Jaminet got the right kick.

    Finn Russell put Scotland out of the way in the 11th minute with a penalty just past the posts after France were penalized for offside.

    But within two minutes the French stretched their advantage with another excellent try when Moefana crossed the line after an offload from Cyril Baille, who did superbly to keep the attack alive. Jaminet’s conversion attempt, from a tight angle wide down the right, drifted to the wrong side of the posts.

    The Scots were given good pressure and Ali Price thought he had forced the ball in for a try in the 28th minute, but the French were believed to have kept possession after a TMO review.

    Cyril Baille is tackled by the Scottish Sam Skinner

    Hosts were not turned away, however. Seconds after play resumed just outside the French try line, Darge rushed after being played by Price. Russell successfully converted.

    Just when Scotland seemed to be taking the initiative, Fickou extended the French lead in the final action of the first half with a superb individual drive down the line, which was converted by Jaminet.

    Things got worse for the home side two minutes into the second half when a field kick bounced nicely into Danty’s path and gave him a free run down the line. Jaminet has once again added the extras.

    It seemed to bring Scotland down and France added a fifth try just before the hour mark when Penaud passed on the right. Jaminet missed his conversion.

    Penaud then scored his second try of the match when he ran into a cross kick from Romain Ntamack in the 74th minute, with the conversion attempt again unsuccessful.

    Scotland were given late consolation when Duhan van der Merwe crossed the line, but it was too little, too late on a day when they were significantly outclassed.

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    Children of famous fashion brands go their own way

    MILAN — When Alice Etro was a little girl, she used to spend hours after school with her father, Kean Etro, creative director of Etro menswear, playing with fabric swatches in the design studio of the fashion brand in which his grandfather Gimmo started. 1968. She creates clothes from scraps for her dolls and plays with the tubes of rolls of fabric.

    “I loved everything,” she said. She remembers the thrill of watching a parade and walking alone with her parents. “I wanted to be him,” she added, of her designer dad. She was expected to follow in his footsteps and join the family business, just as he and his three siblings had followed their parents. As, indeed, has been the norm among many Italian fashion dynasties.

    There is an expression in Italian – “capitalismo familiare” or family capitalism – which refers to the transmission of a private enterprise from one generation to the next, said Matteo Persivale, special correspondent for the Corriere della Sera newspaper. For decades, this has been the rule in fashion where brand stewardship has been passed down like a well-guarded saffron risotto recipe or a chalet in Cortina.

    Angela, Luca and Vittorio Missoni took over from their parents, Rosita and Ottavio, the founders of Missoni, for example. Silvia Fendi is a third-generation Fendi, working in the company her grandparents Adele and Edoardo founded in 1925 (and her daughter, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, is now artistic director of jewelry). James Ferragamo, third-generation descendant of Salvatore Ferragamo, the founder of Ferragamo, is director of brand, product and communications for the family business. And one of the fourth generation of Zegna, Edoardo Zegna, is in the running to take over the brand, created in 1910 by Ermenegildo Zegna.

    Entering the family business was such a common practice, says Laudomia Pucci, the daughter of Emilio Pucci, that even when she worked for Hubert de Givenchy in the late 1980s in Paris, he always told her: “Soon you will come back home to take over your father’s business. She did, in 1989, and described the concept of taking on the mantle of the family business as “quite normal and organic.”

    But a combination of the globalization of luxury, which has led many family businesses to sell stakes to conglomerates or become publicly traded entities to survive, and the blurring of lines between all creative disciplines, has changed the narrative.

    Increasingly, the next generation of big luxury families – often referred to as “figli d’arte”, a term referring to a child who inherits a parent’s profession, usually in the arts – is looking ahead. beyond the ancestral parapet, applying what she learned while growing up in one creative sector to work in another.

    Ms. Etro, for example, 34, studied fashion design at Istituto Marangoni, one of Milan’s leading fashion schools, and spent around 10 years at another family sewing and textile company, Larusmiani. (where his uncle Guglielmo Miani is general manager).

    But in 2019, rather than joining Etro as she had imagined, Ms Etro became the creative director of Westwing Italia, one of 11 national sites operated by a European interiors e-commerce retailer specializing in daily newsletters. offering a world of shopping. household items, from bed linen to dishes.

    “I prefer mass over niche,” Ms. Etro said. “Luxury should be for everyone. It doesn’t have to be expensive and out of reach. Her family has been supportive of her decision to branch out, she continued, noting that these are times like the time she spent as a child in her grandmother Ghighi Miani’s atmospheric Milanese home, with its maximalist interiors, who ultimately perhaps inspired her the most.

    Alessandro Marinella, 27, a fourth-generation member of the family that founded E. Marinella, the Neapolitan company known for making printed silk ties dear to President Barack Obama, is not only helping the brand grow in the field digital, but focuses on something he considers just as ingrained in the tradition of luxury as ties: food.

    In 2019, Mr. Marinella co-founded Marchio Verificato, which produces, certifies and supplies Italian specialty foods. The company not only distributes some of the best Italian produce to shops and restaurants, but grows crops in the traditional way: for example, its Vesuvio Piennolo tomatoes are grown in volcanic soil, then strung on hemp threads, tied in circles and kept dry for months. .

    “Eating well is important,” Mr. Marinella said, “but where and how also denotes a kind of social status.”

    Technology too, according to Francesca Versace, 39, daughter of Santo Versace, brother of Donatella and founder of the Gianni brand. As a result, she traded her ready-to-wear birthright for the chance to start an NFT business.

    “My love for fashion will never diminish; it’s in my heart,” she said of her family’s accomplishments. But she thinks the zeitgeist has changed.

    “My gut tells me it’s time to move to the new space,” she said, referring to the metaverse. “It’s more of a cultural change than a technological one.

    Later this spring, she and her partners plan to unveil Public Pressure, an NFT marketplace with an in-house NFT creative studio to help musicians, brands, and movie studios conceptualize NFT campaigns. The company – founded by Ms. Versace; Giulia Maresca, former designer of Christian Louboutin and Tod’s; Sergio Mottola, a blockchain entrepreneur; and music industry insider Alfredo Violante — is destined, Ms. Versace said, to recreate the Versace razzmatazz she remembers from her family’s fashion shows, but in the digital space.

    Likewise, Larissa Castellano Pucci, 34, daughter of Laudomia and granddaughter of Emilio, thinks the future is virtual. She studied information science at Cornell University and worked as a 3D artist for Satore Studio, a creative company in London, rather than going into the family brand (which, anyway, was acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2000). And in January, Ms. Pucci released her first collection on DressX, a digital-only clothing retail platform.

    Called Marea, the collection included garments that shimmer like fish scales, seaweed-like billowing hems, and dresses produced from tiny digital seashells. It is now set to be part of Crypto Fashion Week, a week-long event in March dedicated to blockchain-powered digital fashion.

    “It’s rare for someone so junior to have creative carte blanche,” Ms. Pucci said of the appeal of working with DressX, rather than a traditional atelier. In the real world, “it’s almost impossible to create something completely new as a young designer” because costs and small production runs hold you back.

    This spring, FouLara, Ms. Pucci’s scarf brand, plans to launch an NFT minting service to allow users to design and mint custom NFT prints.

    Laudomia Pucci said she was thrilled Larissa was trying something that resonated with her and her generation – and she thinks Emilio Pucci would have looked on with affection too. “It’s necessary in Italy,” she said. “We have to look to the future, not just to our great past.”

    Her daughter agreed. “If you come from a background that has so many things, you follow in the footsteps or try to forge your own identity,” Ms. Pucci said. “Otherwise, it is abusive. I can only re-imagine my legacy; I can’t escape it.

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    How to Do a Disco Ball French Manicure, According to a Nail Pro

    When you’re looking for the ultimate nail design, you turn to Natalie Minerva. The famous nail artist behind the epic manicures on Euphoria has been giving us enviable designs and looks for years. But the one I – and I suspect many others – can’t overlook are these disco ball nails (which look amazing anywhere or as French tips).

    Shiny and intricate, Minerva’s disco ball nail art designs are truly breathtaking. They make the perfect night manicure. A self-confessed huge disco music head (which she credits to her days working at A Club Called Rhonda), Minerva drew inspiration from the fun party era of the ’70s for this particular look. “I love linking other eras to my art and when I found these glittery pieces, a light bulb went on in my head,” she told Bustle. “I love how these nails are so visual and eye-catching; They shout ‘party time‘ volume.”

    But the best part about these nails is that they are surprisingly easy to do on your own – you just need a little patience. To get the full disco ball nail look, she first puts on a gel base coat and lets it cure under a gel lamp. She then grabs a silver gel polish, the Ricca Gel in 123G to be exactto paint on each nail and repeat the curing process.

    Then she will slide on Afternoon Gentle Builder Gel, but it is important that you do not let it heal immediately. While it’s still going to bed, she says to place your silver glitter in rows to mimic that disco ball effect. Once you’ve got each sequin in place, put your nails back under the light to cure them. She then adds more Soft Builder Gel on top, hardens it, then seals it all with a clear gel topcoat before finishing with a final hardening process.

    For a more subtle way to incorporate this retro trend, opt for a French tips disco ball. The steps to achieve this are quite similar to a full disco look. She starts the same way, putting base gel all over the nail and letting it cure under a gel light. Next, she puts the same silver Ricca Gel in 123G along the top of the nail, creating a base for that French tip. After letting this silver shade harden, she applies a coat of Soft Builder Gel for the silver glitter. Once all the stuff is done, she corrects that to fix the sequins. She then finishes with more Soft Builder Gel on top, hardens that, and seals it all in with a gel topcoat.

    Classic silver looks great, but experimentation is highly encouraged. “In general, we’re in a very exploratory time in nails right now and I love it,” says Minerva. “At the end of the day, we won’t be holding back on our nail art this year.”

    We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

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    Nigerian bronzes looted from Benin return, more than a century later

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    Two bronzes from Benin were returned to a traditional palace in Nigeria on Saturday, more than a century after they were looted by British troops, raising hopes that thousands more artefacts may finally be returned to their ancestral homes.
    The artifacts, mostly in Europe, were stolen by explorers and colonizers from the ancient kingdom of Benin, now in southwestern Nigeria, and are among Africa’s most important heritage items. They were created as early as the 16th century, according to the British Museum.

    In a colorful ceremony to mark the return of a rooster sculpture and the head of an Oba or a king, spokesman Charles Edosonmwan of the Oba Palace in Benin City noted that some of the bronzes were kept to New Zealand, the United States and Japan. .

    One of the repatriated artifacts that were looted from Nigeria over 125 years ago by British military force sits on a table inside the Oba Palace in Benin. Credit: Kola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty Images

    The two artifacts were handed over to the Nigerian High Commission in October by the University of Aberdeen and Jesus College, University of Cambridge, but had not yet been returned to their ancestral home.

    “It’s not just art, but it’s things that highlight the importance of our spirituality,” Edosonmwan said in an interview on the sidelines of a ceremony attended by traditional leaders.

    The return is another milestone in the years-long struggle of African countries to recover looted works, as many European institutions grapple with the cultural legacy of colonialism.

    About 90% of African cultural heritage is in Europe, estimate French art historians. The musée du quai Branly — Jacques-Chirac in Paris alone holds around 70,000 African objects and the British Museum in London tens of thousands more.

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    Entertainment News Roundup: The Blonds wrap up New York Fashion Week with a scintillating show; Brad Pitt sues his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling a stake in a French vineyard and more

    Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.

    The Blonds close New York Fashion Week with a scintillating show

    Designer duo The Blonds wrapped up New York Fashion Week on Wednesday with a glittering show of hand-stitched outfits covered in laser-cut crystals, glittering heels and jewels. The brand, which co-designer Phillipe Blond described as extremely over-the-top, bubbly and dangerous, drew inspiration from vampires and The Matrix for its fall 2022 collection.

    Ten million Americans tune in to watch Olympic figure skating drama

    15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s failing performance during Thursday night’s long routine drew an audience of 10.3 million on Olympic TV and NBCUniversal’s digital broadcasts, figures show. of the network. The U.S. prime-time replay of the skating competition drew 1.4 million more viewers than the previous night’s Olympic coverage, NBC said.

    Rupert Murdoch family documentary slated for CNN+ streaming service

    A new documentary series, “The Murdochs: Empire of Influence,” will premiere on CNN+ when the streaming subscription service launches in the spring, the company announced Thursday. The series is based on the New York Times Magazine article by Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg titled “How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World”, which examined the legacy of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

    The Oscars will require COVID tests for all, vaccines for most

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will require attendees of the 94th Academy Awards in March to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and at least two negative PCR test results, a person with knowledge said Thursday. the subject. Performers and presenters with the film industry’s highest honors must also undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, but will not need to show proof of vaccination, the source said.

    Paul McCartney announces a 14-date US tour, first concerts since 2019

    Sir Paul McCartney plans to kick off a 14-date US concert tour of the Pacific Northwest this spring, marking his first streak of live performances since wrapping up a world tour in 2019, the former Beatle announced on Friday. . The “Got Back” tour will open April 28 in Spokane, Wash., McCartney’s first show in that city, followed by back-to-back shows at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena on May 2 and 3, according to the published tour schedule. on its official website.

    Brad Pitt is suing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling a stake in a French vineyard

    Brad Pitt has sued his ex-wife Angelina Jolie for selling her stake in a French wine estate they bought together – and where they were married – to a Russian businessman. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, Pitt said Jolie broke their agreement not to sell their interests in Chateau Miraval without the other’s consent by selling her stake to a unit of Stoli Group, a controlled spirits maker. by oligarch Yuri Shefler.

    Spanish story of family farm under threat wins Berlinale Golden Bear

    Spanish director Carla Simon’s ‘Alcarras’, which explores the divisions torn within a close-knit family of Catalan farmers as they face eviction from their ancestral plot, won the Film Festival’s top prize on Wednesday. from Berlin. Simon herself grew up on a peach farm in the village of Alcarras, and her film was made with amateur actors from that region whom she recruited at village fairs and trained to play several generations of a family. smallholders.

    Assassin’s Creed maker Ubisoft sees fiscal year results below forecasts

    Ubisoft, the maker of the hit “Assassin’s Creed” video game franchise, said Thursday it expects to report full-year results at the lower end of its guidance despite ongoing fourth-quarter growth. “We can still reach the top of (the forecast) because we have a lot of content to release and an upside is possible, but it’s fair to say that at the moment the forecast is at the lower end of the forecast” , said the chief financial officer. said Frederick Duguet during a conference call.

    Pop star Troye Sivan fights HIV stigma in his first major film role

    Australian pop singer Troye Sivan, whose YouTube videos and music have inspired a generation of LGBTQ+ young people, wants his first major film role to challenge ignorance around HIV/AIDS. In “Three Months,” Sivan plays 17-year-old Caleb, who is exposed to HIV after a one-night stand on the eve of his high school graduation.

    Iconic Madonna dress and pre-Beatles drum kit up for auction in California

    The pink Marilyn Monroe-style dress worn by pop star Madonna in her 1984 ‘Material Girl’ music video and a drum set used by the prototype Beatles are some of the items up for auction at a musical memorabilia auction in California. The Madonna lot, consisting of a pink satin dress with a strapless top and an oversized pink satin bow, satin opera gloves and rhinestone bracelets, is estimated between $100,000 and $200,000 when it will go under the hammer in May, as part of the “Music Icons” auction at Julien’s Auctions.

    (With agency contributions.)

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    Oscar Massin relaunch breathes new life into jewelry brand Heritage

    The Old World and the New World meet at the tip of Manhattan, host to ferry terminals hosted by Lady Liberty. For this reason, LuxImpact chose this place to start the revival of the historic French brand Oscar Massin. The luxury jewelry investment firm – comprised of jewelry director Frédéric de Narp, creative force Sandrine de Laage and jewelry director and investor Caroline de Fontenay – chose the Battery Maritime building at Casa Cipriani , designed by the Beaux-Arts, for its resemblance to landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, which stands in the very city where Massin’s innovative eponymous jewelry brand got its start in 1867. After years of inactivity for Massin (the business ceased when the creator died in 1913 as he left no heirs), LuxImpact reinvents the founder’s creations to match today’s modern lifestyle and technology.

    For years, Massin has been relegated to the annals of history via museums, historians, public records offices and Henri Vever’s jewelry bible., a set of three volumes relating to French jewellery, often appearing without a 19th century mark. Looking for such a niche heritage brand, de Narp discovered Massin by browsing the original catalogs and Vever’s book.

    “Oscar caught our attention because his work focused on diamonds, the different treatments, shapes, cuts and settings. He was primarily interested in reinventing the setting; he was a true innovator when it came to diamonds,” says from Narp to TZR.

    “He used parameters that no one had thought of at the time. Even though he invented and recorded these techniques, he shared them with other jewelers allowing the industry to flourish. spirit of Oscar,” adds de Laage, noting that the phantom, stem, filigree, and lace settings are all credited to Massin.

    Courtesy of Oscar Massin

    Before launching his own brand, Massin worked for major jewelry houses of the 1850s, including Lemonnier, Viette, Rouvenat and Fester. His own brand was launched in 1863 while working for Boucheron, Mellerio, etc. His international notoriety took off when he exhibited at the 1867 World’s Fair in Paris, where he received a gold medal, his first of many accolades and accolades.

    During his career, the designer made tiaras for such notables as Queen Isabella of Spain, the Pasha of Egypt, and Princess Louise of Wales when she married the Earl of Fife. (A belt created for Nizam of Hyderabad using the patented filigree setting is another key example of Massin’s work.)

    While tiaras for royalty may have been Massin’s forte, today’s jewelry aficionados are looking for an easier-to-wear look and, more importantly, jewelry that lasts. Oscar Massin’s new offerings tinker with the settings invented by the original founder, incorporating them beyond function as design. Intended for everyday use, the jewelry introduction includes a list of 50 pieces, made up of three groups: filigree, lace and pearl styles.

    The delicate pieces are crafted from 100% recycled gold and adorned with lab-grown diamonds. “Along with discovering his work, we had a vision to embrace technology and explore those diamonds that even gemologists can’t tell the difference,” Narp notes.

    The diamonds, which come transparently from WD Lab Grown Diamonds, a leading US supplier of high-quality lab-grown diamonds (under its Latitude spin-off brand) achieves the highest level of E and F grading for natural diamonds. “It’s a diamond physically, chemically and visually. It’s the real thing, a crystallized carbon diamond,” says de Laage.

    Latitude works with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to offset its carbon impact. With an emphasis on transparency, the supplier openly lists the ways its gemstones are superior and eco-friendly on its website, including how they are the first to be rated by a third party for sustainability and achieve the fifth C of climate neutrality. (This sustainability factor is actually what caught the attention of Kate Hudson and celebrity stylist and entrepreneur Rachel Zoe. In addition to becoming brand ambassadors, the two women have also invested in the new venture.)

    And while the full extent of Massin’s influence on the jewelry world is never fully documented, his legacy has been resurrected by modern visionaries who hope to follow in his footsteps by marrying art and innovation. The new Oscar Massin launches February 15 exclusively on, with future retail partners to come. Prices range from $3,500 to $12,900.

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    Who are Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the favorites in ice dancing?

    French partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won the rhythm dance portion of the Olympic competition in their ethereal style with a world record 90.83 points. This gave them a nearly two-point advantage over their Russian rivals Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, which could be seen as a considerable advantage in an event where historically the standings often do not change.

    Papadakis and Cizeron are the 2018 Olympic silver medalists and four-time world champions. They are chasing a gold medal that eluded them by less than a point losing to Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. At these Games, Papadakis experienced a wardrobe malfunction during the Short or Rhythm Dance and her left breast was briefly exposed. Papadakis called it his “worst nightmare,” and it seemed to leave the couple somewhat unnerved. The French won the free dance in their Olympic debut but couldn’t make up the deficit in the short skate and lost the gold medal by the slimmest of margins, 206.07 points to 205.28.

    Since 2018, Papadakis and Cizeron have lost just one competition – to Sinitsa and Katsalapov – at the 2020 European Championships. The French skipped the 2021 World Championships and the 2022 European Championships, citing the coronavirus pandemic and a focus on the Olympics.

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    How I Created a Diversity-Focused Fashion Brand: Gen Z Founder

    • Yassine Guelimi is an entrepreneur who wants to raise awareness of women wearing the hijab.
    • Through its Hallyulimi brand, Guelimi honors its heritage and favors diversity.
    • He advises future young entrepreneurs to have a clear message, regardless of the type of business.

    French law student and entrepreneur Yassine Guelimi believes there needs to be a much better representation of women wearing the hijab – and that her progressive, fashion-forward approach can bridge the gap.

    Guelimi founded Hallyulimi in 2020 and has been the Creative Director ever since. The brand wants to stand out with its Korean-inspired outfits. And he also places women wearing the hijab at the forefront of his mission.

    Guelimi, however, said he never originally intended to make it his mission to represent women wearing the hijab. It was always normal for him growing up to see his mother wearing it. He said: “Women who wear the hijab are so inspiring – despite all the obstacles they face, they never give up.”

    The 22-year-old pointed to the current climate surrounding wearing the hijab in France, where he lives.

    In January, the French Senate voted in favor of banning wearing the hijab in sports competitions, and last year he voted in favor of President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial proposal separatism bill, which prohibits Muslim women under the age of 18 from wearing the hijab in public. the The EU also voted last year for a bill allowing companies to ban employees from wearing religious headscarves in order to maintain “neutrality”.

    “There is a cohesion behind all my campaigns, and a real desire to put diversity first,” said Guelimi. “I want my brand to represent inclusivity, but more importantly, I want the brand to be a true representation of youth.”

    He added: “Enough with people trying to erase from the mainstream how diverse we are. In particular, French society is made up of all kinds of religions, and I’m more advocating for the hijab because of the political climate. current – it’s catastrophic.”

    France’s Minister for Gender Equality declined Insider’s request for comment.

    A study of Pew Research Center found that Gen Zers are more racially and ethnically diverse than any previous generation and that major social and political issues, just like Millennials, Gen Zers are progressive and pro-government and see increasing racial and ethnic diversity as a good thing.

    Four Hallyulimi models smiling during a campaign for the brand's new collection.

    Diversity is a key objective for the entrepreneur.


    Guelimi told Insider that anyone who appears in the brand’s new campaigns isn’t there to highlight an ethnic difference, and that’s not even a “difference to me – whether you’re white, black, mixed-race, Asian… But all I want is true representation of all women from all walks of life.”

    Here’s what he would advise any young entrepreneur looking to build a successful, heritage-driven brand.

    Have a clear message

    Guelimi launched her fashion brand taking inspiration from Korean loose cuts and her Algerian heritage.

    One of his motives is to normalize women wearing the hijab, “even though it bothers me to use the word normalize because they are normal.” To his surprise and pride, these women adopted the brand. He said: “I’m proud they’ve embraced my brand because women who wear what’s called ‘modest fashion’ tend to be very demanding – the item of clothing needs to be able to fit their way of being. dress.”

    In the process of building the brand’s marketing, he meets Amelia Gueye, a French Muslim model who has become his muse. “She represents the woman I want to please – free, modern and strong.”

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    Find a place in the market — or your wardrobe

    Guelimi is proud to contribute to a growing trend for loose and oversized clothing in Western countries; he began to consider the idea of ​​making such clothes when he could not find in stores what he himself wanted to wear.

    “I just wanted good quality clothes that looked simple and effortless.”

    He added that the simplicity of the clothes is very important and the response has been amazing, he says. “People want simplicity, and this brand is very niche – the demand was there, I just executed it.”

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    Marie-Claire Chevalier, catalyst for French abortion law, dies at 66

    Marie-Claire Chevalier was born on July 12, 1955 into a working-class family in Meung-sur-Loire, near Orléans.

    Her father was never part of the picture. Her mother, who was a ticket inspector for the RATP, the public transport company, raised her alone, along with her two younger sisters.

    In the 2019 interview, Ms Chevalier described her clandestine abortion as “a second rape”, a gruesome and painful procedure which she says led to her hemorrhaging and being rushed to hospital, close to death.

    She was in her 30s before she had sex again, she said. But she and her partner could not conceive and she feared the abortion had made her sterile. In 1988, she finally had a daughter.

    Besides her mother, she is survived by her daughter, three grandchildren and her two sisters.

    She then worked as a childminder and as a welder for the army. Around 40, she became a nurse, working in a hospital and a retirement home. In her later years, she lived alone with her many cats and two horses in the countryside.

    “She died without ever asking anyone,” her mother said in an interview. “She needed help and she never contacted us.”

    But she remains a source of inspiration for young French feminists.

    “Marie-Claire Chevalier gave us the most beautiful gift”, Céline Piques, spokesperson for “Osez le féminisme!” (“Dare to be a feminist!”) Said in an interview. That gift, she said, was to champion the cause of abortion rights “and to accept being exposed publicly, with the consequences I assume that had on her personal life.”

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    ‘We don’t want Playstation rugby’ – James Ryan hails change of style as Ireland put their game plan to the test in France

    Ireland vice-captain James Ryan says the team appreciate the “heads-up” attacking approach that has brought them such success in recent months.

    Leinster’s second tier said head coach Andy Farrell had urged them not to get sucked into playing pre-scheduled “Playstation rugby” but to support their skills on the pitch.

    Farrell’s proteges travel to Paris this Saturday looking for a 10th straight victory, a win that would put them firmly in the box seat for a first Guinness Six Nations title since 2018 and potentially a Grand Slam.

    Ryan knows the reborn Frenchman will offer a new threat, but Lock says the team relishes an environment that allows them to trust their skills.

    “That would be one of the things ‘Faz’ (Farrell) would say, we don’t want to play ‘Playstation rugby’,” said the Dubliner.

    “We want to play what’s in front of us, not just play the game for fun, just play early where the space is or play what’s going on.

    “So I think that’s one thing that happened. We play early in space, our attack is very connected and we play one-on-one rugby. This is definitely an area that we have looked into.

    Although the Irish players always insisted they were heading in the right direction when the team went through a period of difficult results and performances last season, Ryan conceded the winning run helped instill confidence much needed in Farrell’s team. However, he cautioned against getting carried away with home wins against New Zealand in November and Wales last week at the Aviva Stadium.

    “It kind of instills a belief that the path you’re on is going in the right direction,” he said.

    “I think trust is important. Probably at the same time, I know what we talked about last week, in 2018 we beat New Zealand at home in the Aviva and it was a massive victory, the first time on Irish soil… the first Six Nations game.

    “So I think we’re pretty grounded and we know it’s a new campaign now. It’s not starting again but there can be no complacency, we have to keep moving forward,” Ryan continued.

    “Although we were happy with last week, this week is another challenge and a good opportunity for us to keep pushing our limits.

    “It was a good start. Probably the good thing about it is, as Faz said and he was right, it was a good start but there were a lot of things we could be better at.

    “It’s a good place to be with this week in mind. The general feeling was that we have another level within us, so there is a lot to improve and work on and it’s been an exciting week.

    “It’s one of the games you want to be in, away from Stade de France. It’s such an amazing stadium and these are the games you want to be in, so it’s a great feeling for the week. until now.”

    Ryan made his Six Nations debut on the day Johnny Sexton dropped that goal, but he also has fond memories of his last visit to the French capital, when Ireland’s title hopes went up in smoke behind closed doors closed.

    “It was amazing. The whole week was just class, I had no plans to start this game at all at the time and I was in the team and it was amazing, to be involved in a game like that was amazing,” he said. of the 2018 game.

    “I just remember the noise in the stadium, the French were really behind their team and were really involved in the game.

    “Last time we went there were 80,000 empty seats, so this weekend there will be 80,000 people and that’s another part, the crowd definitely plays a role.

    “I guess we’ll have to do our best to calm them down, for lack of a better word.”

    France will have to cope without injured half-back Mathieu Jalibert, with the Bordeaux Bègles star set to be ruled out with a thigh problem meaning Romain Ntamack will continue at No.10.

    Coach Fabien Galthié is due to return to training today after missing out on Sunday’s win over Italy with Covid-19. Like Ireland, France name their team tomorrow.

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    Bumble makes its first acquisition with a deal for French Gen Z dating app Fruitz

    Dating app company Bumble, Inc. makes its first acquisition with today’s announcement that it is adding the fast-growing French dating app Fruitz to its family of applications. Although Bumble, Inc. already has an international footprint as a head quarter at Badoo, which is particularly popular in Europe, he sees the addition of Fruitz as a way to gain more traction with a younger Gen Z audience.

    Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    The original Fruitz app takes an unconventional approach to helping users find matches, as it assigns a fruit to each particular type of relationship type, ranging from those who want long-term commitments to those looking for action. ‘a night. This allows users to filter out those who are not on the same page as them. It also prompts users to answer some ice-breaker questions before messaging their match.

    Fruitz was co-founded by Julian Kabab (CEO), Fabrice Bascoulergue (CTO) and Arnaud Ruols (CFO) and originally launched in France on February 1, 2017. Kabab said the idea for the app came from his own attempt to use of dating apps, where he was matched with someone who had different intentions in terms of what he wanted from the experience.

    “Expressing what you are looking for is not easy because we are afraid of being judged. As a result, no one was honest with their intentions and everyone was wasting their time,” he said. “Enabling people to be honest with their intentions was our first mission.”

    Picture credits: Fruitz

    To date, Fruitz has been downloaded 5.6 million times worldwide on the App Store and Google Play, according to sensor tower The data. As of February 3, 2022, the app was ranked #4 in the top free iPhone rankings in the “Lifestyle” category in its home market of France.

    Like many modern dating apps, it offers a swipe-based interface and a freemium experience.

    For Bumble, however, the draw wasn’t necessarily in the unique features of the app, but rather in its demographics. The company saw how Fruitz had particular reach with Gen Z, a growing audience in the dating app market. The app was also gaining traction in major Western European countries, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain, in addition to experiencing rapid growth in Canada.

    “Fruitz is a brand and leadership team that I have followed for years,” Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd said in a statement. “Julian, Fabrice and Arnaud are dynamic and brilliant leaders who have built a unique product that has struck a powerful chord with consumers in France and across Europe. By connecting the app to our technology platform, support community, brand and growth marketing, we can accelerate the growth of Fruitz,” she said. “The acquisition of Fruitz allows us to expand our product offering to consumers in line with our goal of strengthening the relationships.”

    Bumble will integrate Fruitz into its suite of dating apps while providing it with resources such as machine learning technology, marketing, localization and security platforms. There are no plans to rebrand or scale down Fruitz operations. Instead, the app’s nine-person team, including all of the co-founders, will continue to run the app from their home country of France. Together, Bumble, Inc. – which now includes Fruitz, Badoo and Bumble – has over 900 employees with offices in Austin, London, Barcelona, ​​Paris and Moscow.

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    Queen Elizabeth makes her first public appearance in 2022 and prepares for the events of the 70th day of accession

    On Sunday, queen elizabeth will commemorate the 70th anniversary of its Membership day, the longest reign of the British monarchy. (Afterwards it’s just two years and 100 days more to catch Louis XIV of France.) As such, the next record-breaking anniversary, known as the Platinum Jubilee, will be a big deal in the United Kingdom, leading to a four day holiday (held in June) as well as something wonderfully called the Platinum Pudding Contest.

    Recently, the Queen has been absent from public functions on doctor’s orders, but it looks like that won’t be the case on Sunday. As a kickoff, she appeared on Saturday at Sandringham House in Norfolk to meet volunteer workers, in the largest in-person engagement she has held since October.

    The 95-year-old monarch met Angela Woodwho at the age of 19 in 1953 created Coronation Chicken, a popular dish combining poultry, mayonnaise, curry powder and apricots. “That probably changed because in those days we were doing some things very differently,” the queen remarked upon learning the ingredient list.

    Later during the festivities, she wielded a large knife and cut deep into an icy Victoria sponge with the Platinum Jubilee logo as decoration. (Last summer, the Queen attacked a cake with a sword.) She then allegedly chatted with representatives of local charities and pensioners, reminiscing about a great flood in Norfolk in 1953, which she called ” very unpleasant experience.”

    Naturally, no one was rude enough to mention his son, Prince Andrewwho was stripped of his royal privileges last month after a New York judge refused to dismiss a civil suit accusing him of having sex with an underage victim of Jeffrey Epstein.

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    Hubert de Givenchy’s Fine Arts and Decorative Arts collection at auction

    French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague on November 23, 2016 during a retrospective of the fashion designer’s work at the To Audrey With Love exhibition. More than 1,200 lots of works of art and decorative arts from its two houses will be auctioned via Christie’s Paris in June.

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    The fine and decorative art collection of the late French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy will be auctioned via Christie’s in June.

    More than 1,200 lots, including French and European furniture, sculptures, Old Master paintings, and modern and contemporary works of art, will be sold in a series of live, online auctions from July 14 to June 23.

    “Through this sale, we are very happy to be able to celebrate the exceptional taste of Hubert de Givenchy and his lifelong companion Philippe Venet,” the Givenchy family said in a statement via Christie’s. “We wish to share the elegance and the aesthetic heritage that they bequeathed to us in order to inscribe their vision in the history of art and interior decoration in a universal way.

    Hubert de Givenchy (1927-2018) moved to Paris at age 17 to study at the Beaux-Arts and later apprenticed to some of the most successful fashion designers of the time. He opened his own fashion house in 1952 and instantly rose to fame. He went on to design iconic wardrobes for high profile clients such as actress Audrey Hepburn, US First Lady Jacquline Kennedy and horticulturist Bunny Mellon.

    De Givenchy retired from styling in 1995 after selling his eponymous label to LVMH in 1989. He died in 2018 aged 91. His lifelong companion, Philippe Venet, also a fashion designer, died last year. Venet’s collection of nearly 270 lots of post-war and contemporary art, furniture and decorative arts, housed in his Parisian pied-à-terre, sold for 12.8 million euros (14 .6 million dollars) at Christie’s Paris last September.

    Most of the lots offered for sale came from two of Givenchy’s houses, Hotel d’Orrouer in Paris and Chateau du Jonchet in the Loire Valley in central France, Christie’s said.

    The auction house has yet to release highlights and full content of the sale. Selected items will be the subject of a worldwide traveling exhibition, from Palm Beach, Florida, from March 5 to 26, to New York from April 8 to 13 and to Hong Kong from May 23 to 26 before returning to Paris before the auction.

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    Tan France and Gigi Hadid host Next In Fashion Season 2

    Queer Eye’s Tan France and model Gigi Hadid will team up to host the Netflix Next In Fashion design contest for its second season.

    Next in fashion has found its hosts for season 2: Queer The eyes style expert, Tan France, and model Gigi Hadid. The series follows designers from around the world as they compete for the grand prize of $250,000 and a debut collection with luxury retail site Net-A-Porter. Tan was also the host of the first season, which premiered on January 20, 2020. He co-hosted with fashion designer and writer Alexa Chung, and the show received high praise from fans. Despite its popularity, Netflix announced in June 2020 that the show would not return for another season. However, the show is now making an unexpected return with Gigi in place of Alexa.


    As a model and designer herself, Gigi has plenty of fashion knowledge that will greatly benefit the show’s contestants. Gigi has been on the cover of fashion magazines like vogue, Harper’s Bazaarand She several times. She has participated in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show three times and has collaborated with American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for four collections titled TommyxGigi. Likewise, Tan has her own plethora of fashion knowledge, acting as a fashion stylist on weird eyewhere he helps the episode’s hero change his fashion sense from his current and sometimes dreary style to something more fresh and flattering.

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    Tan broke the exciting news about him and Gigi’s new venture on social media Monday night. The star posted a series of photos of him and Gigi on instagram to let fans know that despite the cancellation, the show was back. The stylist captioned the post, “Who would have thought, when we met on Facetime 4 years ago (thanks @evachen212), that we would be hosting NEXT IN FASHION TOGETHER! You read correctly ! The secret is out.The comments were inundated with fans expressing their excitement for the show’s return and their excitement for Gigi to join the cast.

    Gigi had a public friendship with weird eye‘s Fab 5 for a few years as the six stars are often spotted together. The stars seem to hang out in the same circle as one of Gigi’s best friends is pop superstar Taylor Swift, who featured the Fab 5 in her 2019 music video for her song “You Need To Calm Down.” The stars also hung out together on Gigi’s one-year anniversary, and Jonathan Van Ness even posted a special anniversary Instagram post referring to himself and Tan as the model’s “guncles” (a jumpsuit gay and uncle.) According to Tan’s Instagram, casting for the second season is now open to all aspiring fashion designers.

    Both Tan and Gigi have gained a large and dedicated fanbase through their work in the fashion industry, and their fans are understandably thrilled to see the two working together. Gigi has been in the industry since she was a baby, so it only makes sense that Gigi would accompany Tan during Next in fashion season 2. While the model took time off to raise her baby girl Khai, she’s ready to make a comeback, and the Netflix series seems like the perfect reboot. There is no further information on the new season, but with the positive reception of the show’s new co-host, the two are sure to have a successful run.

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    The Batman, French fashion house Lanvin team up for stylish sneakers, dresses and more

    With asymmetric shirts, metallic mesh dresses and more, French fashion house Lanvin has Batman-inspired designs for you to buy.

    If you love fashion and all things Batman, now you can sport your own deluxe crusader outfit.

    To celebrate the release of The Batman directed by Matt Reeves, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC have teamed up with French fashion house Lanvin to create a series of pieces inspired by Gotham City’s first hero. Before Jeanne Lanvin’s designs were made available to consumers, they were showcased on the Paris Fashion Week catwalk, showcasing outfits showcasing Batman, Catwoman, the Batmobile and Gotham City itself, although that the designs are inspired by DC Comics art rather than stills from The Batman. Ranging from shoes to shirts, jackets and beyond, you can show off your love for the Dark Knight with these designs from March.

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    coinciding with The Batman‘s theatrical debut, the collection will be available for purchase online and at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores beginning March 2, and will be sold on two weeks later on March 15. If you live in New York, you won’t be able to buy just these products, but the Saks Fifth Avenue store will actually be transformed to look like Gotham City as it appears in the upcoming blockbuster. Alongside these asymmetrical shirts, metallic mesh dresses and other Lanvin products, other brands have also teamed up with DC, which will simultaneously offer in-store merchandise for the film.

    This isn’t the first time DC has paired a blockbuster superhero with a luxury brand, either, as the latest DC FanDome 2021 announced that a partnership with Meshika will create Superman-themed hats at to buy. One of the pieces included in the Lanvin collection is a bucket hat that sees the Batmobile racing around it. However, there are many other products available to show your anticipation for The Batmanand some even teased never-before-seen moments from the film.

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    For example, the leaked Funko POP! digits for The Batman gave various looks at Robert Pattison’s Bruce Wayne (including a wingsuit version of the Batsuit), Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Not to mention, for more realistic merchandise, McFarlane Toys will be offering a whole line of movie-inspired action figures, including Paul Dano’s Riddler. So super fans can have toys on display at home while they step out dressed in fancy clothes showing off their love for all things Batman.

    The Batman hits theaters March 4, 2022.

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    Yves Saint Laurent in 5 French museums

    PARIS — Sixty years to the day after presenting his first collection under his own name, Yves Saint Laurent, the designer synonymous with French fashion who died in 2008, is once again taking Paris by storm. Or rather, his creations are.

    From Saturday to May 15, 50 pieces from the couturier’s vast oeuvre will be presented in the permanent collections of five of the most prestigious French museums: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Center Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris and the Picasso Museum in Paris. And the Yves Saint Laurent Museumin the former headquarters of the designer on avenue Marceau, will exhibit sketches, Polaroid photographs and rare canvases illustrating the processes and know-how that go into the creation of couture.

    Organizers say the contemporary exhibitions of “Yves Saint Laurent at the Museums,” 18 months of the pandemic in the making, will be the first time a couturier has been honored in so many classical institutions at once. But it would be yet another of Mr. Saint Laurent’s firsts, including being the first couturier to embrace ready-to-wear, the first to take inspiration from street style and one of the first designers to put on color models on the runway. And that could put an end to the eternal debate about the place of high fashion in high art.

    Mouna Mekouar, co-curator of the exhibition and specialist in contemporary art (this will be her first fashion exhibition), said that while fashion and art have traditionally existed in parallel worlds, this separation does not apply more.

    “I think that in 2022, we live in a time where we no longer need to ask ourselves the question of whether fashion is art, or whether art is art. “, she said during an interview at Café Beaubourg, in the shadow of the Center Pompidou.

    “Today, we live in a multi and transdisciplinary universe made of links, so the old labels no longer really make sense,” she added. “I don’t think you can understand a fashion designer, whoever he is, without taking into account the contemporary creation that surrounds him. Likewise, I don’t think you can understand a contemporary artist without also looking at what’s happening in fashion.

    None of the institutions, she said, hesitated for a moment when they proposed the joint show.

    The genius of Saint Laurent, Ms. Mekouar said, was that it blurred the lines between fashion and art from the start.

    “He looked at various civilizations and art forms and reacted to the art of his time,” she said. “It heralded the arrival of the 21st century. His gaze was pluralistic: there is no hierarchy, just multiple centers of interest.

    “He completely assimilated the work of an artist to reinvent it,” she continues. “Even when the reference is direct, there is always a twist of its own. And his work still has meaning all over the world today because he did it before anyone else.

    Saint Laurent’s references were so multiple that the exhibition could have gone “in a thousand different directions”, she says. To stay the course, Ms. Mekouar; Stephan Janson, its co-curator; and Madison Cox, President of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, worked closely with museum directors and curators to mix the selections with each institution’s collections.

    At the Center Pompidou, for example, 500 Polaroids of YSL friends, muses and models including Kate Moss, Carla Bruni, Stella Tennant and Naomi Campbell give a table a Warholian air. A dress from Picasso’s Fall-Winter 1979 collection, with undercuts that reflect the work of French artist Sonia Delaunay, is on display in the Delaunay room. A green coat from the 1971 Scandal collection rubs “Made in Japan,” the Pop work of Martial Raysse, a contemporary of the couturier.

    Then there are the famous Mondrian dresses of Autumn-Winter 1965, which brought Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s work to the fore to a French audience – a decade before Pompidou acquired “Composition en rouge, bleu and white II”. In the exhibition, a YSL Mondrian dress and the painting come together for the first time.

    “This project had a particular resonance for the Pompidou,” said Xavier Rey, director of the museum, “because not only was Yves Saint Laurent the first to connect couture to the art he loved and collected, but also because the museum was the place where he chose to say goodbye to fashion, in 2002” — a reference to the couturier’s last fashion show, a 45-minute retrospective. The film of this event will be screened at the museum.

    At the Museum of Modern Art, the facilities have been rearranged and the lighting dimmed to accommodate garments that showcase another facet of 20th-century art, with a denim coat dress from the ready-to-wear line. Spring-Summer 1970 Rive Gauche designer wear paired with striped painted panels by Daniel Buren, a former street artist. And at the Musée d’Orsay, which specializes in works from the 19th century, the point of contact is not art, but literature. Marcel Proust, whose works were a source of inspiration for Saint Laurent, is indirectly referenced by one of the designer’s trademarks – Le Smoking, or women’s tuxedo – a nod to the once radical concept of masculine -feminine (currently known as gender fluidity). ).

    In front of the large Orsay clock at the entrance to the Impressionist collections, five tuxedos, including the very first Saint Laurent from 1966, as well as two Belle Epoque-inspired dresses. Both were designed for the 1971 Bal Proust – one, worn by Jane Birkin, was crafted in ivory crepe with leg-of-mutton sleeves and guipure lace while the other, modeled by ball hostess Marie- Hélène de Rothschild, was in ivory satin with black trim.

    They are all exposed to the view of Édouard Manet’s 1863 painting “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”, or “The Luncheon on the Grass”, another of Mr. Saint Laurent’s recurring obsessions. Further into the Impressionist collections, an alcove dedicated to graphic arts shows sketches of Saint Laurent clothing creations and photos of loyal YSL customers, such as Hélène Rochas, wife of designer Marcel Rochas, in a low-cut black velvet dress of cattleya orchids. in white satin.

    In the gold of the Louvre Apollo Gallerywhich houses the jewels of the French crown, four richly embroidered jackets celebrate the glories of France and its know-how.

    A Hommage à Ma Maison jacket, a tribute from the designer to his little hands and in organza heavily encrusted with rock crystal and embroidered with gold thread, was on display near the collection of carved rock crystal objects of King Louis XIV. A heart pendant made of rhinestones and cast glass, part of the semiology used by Saint Laurent to designate a favorite model during a parade, joined a display of replica jewelry.

    Mr. Cox, chairman of the foundation and widower of Mr. Bergé, noted that he thinks Saint Laurent would be delighted with the company his work keeps. “Although Mr. Saint Laurent was perhaps not the most modest person in the world,” he said, “I think he desperately wanted to be considered an artist. He was a missed artist .

    Geographically and figuratively, the event covers a lot of ground. Even so, Ms. Mekouar and Mr. Cox said these were just some of the themes yet to be extracted from the nearly 7,000 YSL garments, 50,000 accessories and thousands of sketches of collections, sets and interiors. costumes kept in archives all over France. And that doesn’t include treasures like the more than 250 pieces and prototypes donated to the foundation in 2019 by YSL muse Betty Catroux.

    “I hope this type of exhibition can be applied to other places,” Mr. Cox said, “so that we can get out of the idea of ​​the fashion exhibition as we know it.”

    Mr. Rey of the Center Pompidou said: “It is our duty to present art in all its forms. Through today’s designers, we see that, more than ever, fashion has a rightful place.

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    Chanel sends a princess on horseback to the catwalk in Paris

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    Chanel unveiled its latest collection in dramatic style at Haute Couture Week in Paris — by sending a real princess to parade on horseback.

    To the surprise of the guests of the Grand Palais Éphémère, the French fashion house opened its parade on Tuesday with the help of the niece of Prince Albert of Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi, also a show jumper.

    Dressed in a sequined Chanel jacket and black helmet, Casiraghi emerged on horseback, hurtling down the catwalk accompanied by a live performance by musician Sébastien Tellier. With several distinguished guests in attendance, including Margot Robbie, Pharrell Williams and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, she circled the room before breaking into a gallop.

    Casiraghi, who is also the granddaughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, was unveiled as Chanel’s 2020 brand ambassador, having previously modeled for Gucci and Saint Laurent. Her mother, Princess Caroline of Hanover, was a close friend of the late Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld.

    In a promotion video produced before the show, Casiraghi said the use of horses was consistent with the history of Chanel and its founder.

    The set featured a number of “equestrian curves” according to the luxury label. Credit: Gao Jing/Xinhua/Getty Images

    “I immediately think of the story of Chanel and Gabrielle Chanel,” Casiraghi added. “Horses and riding were hugely important, even defining, in his vision for the brand.”

    The striking decor for the event, which was littered with geometric objects and featured what Chanel called “equestrian curves,” was designed by French artist Xavier Veilhan. In Chanel’s promotional video, Veilhan said he and creative director Virginie Viard wanted the models and clothes to “contrast with the beauty of the rider and the horse.”

    “It was also a way to align the very strong aesthetic of the horse with that of haute couture, and to see how refinement and animality can come together,” he said.

    After Casiraghi’s dramatic appearance, the rest of the models were part of Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2022 Haute Couture collection. Check out the full collection in the video below.

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    Thierry Mugler, legendary French fashion designer, dead at 73

    Rest in peace. the celebrity deaths in 2022 include Sidney Poitier and other stars, actors and singers who died this year.

    The 2022 celebrity deaths come after a year of loss in 2021, which saw the deaths of stars like Betty White, Joan Didion, Cicely Tyson, Prince Philip and Willie Garson. On the morning of December 31, 2021, Betty White-an actress and comedian best known for her roles in television shows like The golden girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show– died at age 99. His death came three weeks before his 100th birthday. “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever,” White’s friend and agent Jeff Witjas said in a statement at the time. “I will miss her terribly, as will the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid to die because she always wanted to be with her beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed that she would be with him again.

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    Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle on the morning of April 9, 2021. He was 99. “I have, on my 95th birthday today, received many messages of well wishes, which I greatly appreciate. While as a family we are going through a time of great sadness, it has been a comfort to all of us to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those in the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Philip’s wife, Queen Elizabeth said II in a statement at the time, “My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness we have shown over the past few days. We were deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had a such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.

    Read on for the celebrity deaths in 2022 and the stars we’ve lost this year so far. May they rest in peace.

    Thierry Mugler

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    Image: AP Photo/Rémy de la Mauvinière.

    Age: 73 years old

    Manfred Thierry Mugler, French fashion designer and founder of fashion house Mugler, died on January 23, 2022. “#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace . We have the immense sadness to inform you of the death of Mr. Manfred Thierry Mugler which occurred on Sunday January 23, 2022. May his soul rest in peace, ”wrote the Mugler team in a post on its instagram on January 23, 2022.

    Mugler, originally from Strasbourg, France, began designing in the 1970s and was known for his dramatic and avant-garde designs. He retired from fashion in 2002, but has come out of retirement a few times. Once, in 2009, when he designed Beyoncé’s “I Am…World Tour” costumes, and once, in 2019, when he designed Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look. Mugler was relaunched in 201 under the creative direction of designer Casey Cadwallader.

    Louis Anderson

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    Image: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP.

    Age: 68

    Louie Anderson, a comedian best known for the FOX series Life with Louie, who died on January 21, 2022 of blood cancer. He was 68 years old. According to Anderson’s publicist Glenn Schwartz, who confirmed his death, the comedian died in a Las Vegas hospital, where he was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the most common type. of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “He is survived by his two sisters, Lisa and Shanna Anderson. The cause of death was complications from cancer,” Schwartz said in a statement to People.

    A week before his death, Schwartz said rolling stone that Anderson was “resting comfortably” after undergoing his treatments. “Iconic comedian Louie Anderson is currently in a Las Vegas hospital being treated for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer,” Schwartz told Rolling Stone in a Jan. 18, 2022, post.

    Anderson won two Daytime Emmys for Life With Louie, his animated series which aired on FOX from 1997 to 1998. He also won Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Baskets in 2016. From 2003 to 2012, Anderson also performed a stand-up show called “Louie: Larger Than Life” in Las Vegas.


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    Image: Scott Weiner/MediaPunch/IPX.

    Age: 74

    Meat Loaf, a rock singer known for songs like “I’d Do Anything For Love,” died Jan. 20, 2022. He was 74. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, his daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” Meat Loaf’s agent Michael Green confirmed in a statement. People. “His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.” Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. We know how much it meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through during this time of mourning the loss of such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man. The statement continued, Thank you for understanding our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…never stop swaying!

    According to TMZ, Meat Loaf died of complications from COVID-19 and was due to attend a business dinner earlier this week for a show he was working on, “I’d Do Anything For Love,” but the dinner was canceled after he fell ill with COVID -19 and his condition became critical. Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, was best known as a musician for his Bat out of hell trilogy albums——Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose– which have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. Alongside his music career, Meat Loaf was also an actor and starred in movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight club. He was also part of the original Broadway cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and appeared in the musical Hair both on and off Broadway.

    Andre Leon Talley

    Image: Ilir Bajraktari/ Press.

    Image: Ilir Bajraktari/ Press.

    Age: 73 years old

    André Leon Talley, fashion writer and former creative director of Vogue, died on January 18, 2022. He was 73 years old. TMZ, Talley died at a hospital in White Plains, New York, after battling an illness. “Goodbye darling André ❤️🙏… Nobody saw the world in a more glamorous way than you ❤️🙏… nobody was bigger and more moving than you ❤️🙏… the world will be less joyful I ❤️🙏 I t loved and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams… I love you so much ❤️🙏,” designer Diane von Fürstenberg wrote in an Instagram post at the time. Talley joined Vogue in 1983 as the magazine’s fashion news director before being promoted to creative director from editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in 1986. He held that position until 1995. He also served as a judge on America’s Next Top Model for seasons 14-17. Talley is also the author of the 2020 memoir, Chiffon trench coats, which takes readers through her 50-year career in the fashion industry.

    Bob Saget

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    Age: 65

    Bob Saget, a comedian and actor best known for his role as Danny Tanner in Full house, died January 9, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. He was 65 years old. Saget’s death was confirmed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which found no signs of foul play or drug use. “Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call regarding an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” the sheriff’s office said. tweeted with the hashtag #BobSaget.

    In September 2021, Saget launched a national stand-up comedy tour that was scheduled to run through June 2022. His most recent performance was on the evening of January 8, 2022 (one day before his death), at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida. With Full house (in which he starred from 1987 to 1995), Saget was also known as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. He was also the voice of the future Ted Mosby on CBS how I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014. From 2016 to 2020, Saget reprized his role as Danny Tanner on Netflix’s Full house to restart, More complete house.

    Sidney Poitier

    Picture: AP Pictures.

    Picture: AP Pictures.

    Age: 94

    Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win the Oscar for best actor, died on the evening of January 6, 2022. He was 94 years old. Clint Watson, the Bahamian Prime Minister’s press secretary, confirmed his death. Poitier, who was born in Miami, Florida but raised in the Bahamas, is an actor, director and activist who became the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar in 1964 for his role in film. field lily. Throughout her career, Poitier has received two further Academy Award nominations, 10 Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy nominations, six BAFTA nominations, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He was the longest-serving male Oscar winner until his death in 2022. From 1997 to 2007, Poitier served as Bahamian Ambassador to Japan. With field lily, Poitier was best known for films like Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, with Love, Guess who’s coming to dinner and In the heat of the Night.

    Kim Mi-soo

    Age: 29

    South Korean actress and model Kim Mi-soo died on January 5, 2022. She was 29. His Landscape agency confirmed his death in a statement. “Kim suddenly left us on January 5th,” the statement read. “The bereaved are deeply saddened by the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so the family can grieve in peace. Kim’s most recent role was in Disney Plus’ South Korean drama Snowdrop, in which she played a student activist who shared a female dormitory with Young-ro, played by BLACKPINK member Jisoo. Kim’s other credits include those in 2019 Souvenirs andThe world of Kyungmi, as well as TV series like Human Luwak, Hi bye, mom! and In the Ring. She on March 16, 1992. Some media reports that she is 30 and 31 years old due to different calculation methods.

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    Macron touts French fashion industry as economic engine ahead of election

    PARIS, Jan 20 (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hailed the fashion industry as France’s top export sector, ahead of an election he wants to make on his economic record, as he inaugurated a complex workshops specializing in luxury craftsmanship.

    French voters go to the polls in April to choose a new president, with Macron due to run. He was keen to move the debate away from immigration and law and order and focus on the economy, which has recovered strongly from the pandemic. Read more

    “Today, when I look at the numbers for 2021, it’s (fashion) our country’s number one export sector,” Macron told an audience of apprentices gathered at a new Chanel-sponsored site that brings together luxury craft houses.

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    Rows of customer-customized shoe models are pictured at the workshop of shoe brand Maison Massaro in the Chanel Metiers d’Art workshops at 19M, the building that houses around 600 artisans, in Paris, France, January 19 2022. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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    “Your craftsmanship is artistic craftsmanship… Your craftsmanship is important for the economy,” he said, adding that the sector represented 600,000 direct jobs in France.

    The president and his wife Brigitte, who wore a Chanel haute couture jacket, spent two hours touring the workshops, viewing elaborate embroidery work and chatting with artisans.

    Pent-up demand from international buyers eager, after months of confinement, to afford refined clothes and accessories from the cradle of haute couture – or at least stamped with the logo of one of the famous French fashion houses – has helped fuel growth.

    Keen to capitalize on this growth spurt by promoting collaborative working, Chanel has grouped around 600 artisans on seven floors, at the site on the edge of the capital’s 19th arrondissement, known as 19M.

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    Natalie Portman, a French company brings home the fake bacon – Life & Style

    PARIS: Vegan bacon sizzles on a frying pan in the office of a French startup whose quest to produce the ‘holy grail’ of the growing plant-based meat industry has won financial backing from Hollywood star Natalie Portman .

    Paris-based company La Vie recently raised 25 million euros ($28.3 million) from investment funds and climate-conscious celebrities like Portman, an avowed vegan.

    While they weren’t the first to market vegetable bacon, the founders of La Vie bet their success on mastering the imitation of pork fat, which sets it apart from other brands.

    “We are today the only ones in the world to have succeeded in developing a vegetable fat that cooks, fries, infuses and browns” like animal fat, enthused the CEO and co-founder of the company, Nicolas Schweitzer.

    After several minutes on the pan, the slices of La Vie’s imitation smoked bacon were golden brown, crunchy, and tasted similar to the real McCoy.

    Then come the bacon bits. Cuts of meat and fat also brown well, but are a little salty.

    “We also have a reduced-salt version,” said Vincent Poulichet, 32, the company’s scientific expert and fellow co-founder.

    The bacon bits received a C rating on the French “Nutri-Score” food health assessment scale – an average rating on the A to E classification.

    “Worse than broccoli, but better than pork lardons,” the company ironically notes on its website.

    Startups and established food manufacturers have rolled out a variety of products aimed at replacing beef, chicken, and pork with plant-based ingredients.

    But getting the fake bacon to taste like the real thing is another challenge.

    Ethan Brown, the chef of industry leader Beyond Meat, told the Wall Street Journal last year that making raw bacon, steak and chicken was the “holy grail”.

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    A growing number of consumers are looking to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet due to concerns such as animal rights and the industry’s impact on the environment.

    According to a 2021 report by market research firm Euromonitor International, more than one in four consumers worldwide say they try to limit their meat intake, in addition to the 10% of people who are vegetarian or vegan.

    London-based market research firm Fairfield expects the plant-based meat market to grow nearly 19% annually between 2021 and 2026, to reach $13 billion.

    5,000 trials

    The founders of La Vie, who started their company in 2019, believe that winning over consumers on taste is the real key to success.

    “After three years of research and 5,000 trials, we succeeded in the somewhat crazy challenge of replicating the taste of pork,” said Schweitzer, 34.

    The fat in La Vie imitation bacon and lardons is made primarily from sunflower oil and specially treated water.

    The meat part contains soy protein, salt, natural colorings derived from radish and tomato skins and natural flavorings.

    It was after testing La Vie products at his home in the United States that Portman joined the company’s backers.

    “Right away investors were like, ‘Oh, yeah!'”

    Venture capitalists like Oyster Bay, Seventure and Partech have joined the funding round, as have the owners of several successful European startups such as Oatly, Vinted, Back Market and BlaBlaCar.

    UK and US markets

    In addition to taste, La Vie believes its bacon is healthier for people, the planet and of course pigs.

    The company claims that its products contain less than one-tenth the saturated fat of real bacon, and that producing them emits less carbon and uses less water.

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    The bacon imitations of La Vie are already on sale in Carrefour stores, and it aims to put them on the shelves of all major supermarkets in France in 2022.

    She also sees vegan and vegetarian restaurants as key to bringing more potential customers to try her products.

    La Vie aims to have its products on UK shelves by April and then quickly enter the key US market as well.

    La Vie, which has partnered with an established maker of deli meats and ready meals, plans to quickly double its workforce to 60 employees.

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    What will €199,000 buy in South Africa, France, Cyprus, Thailand and Limerick?


    Located in the historic heart of the city, this three-bedroom house on Church Street in King’s Island is nestled next to King John’s Castle and a short walk from the city center. The property has a rear courtyard, a large garage and a terrace with stunning views of the chateau.
    Price: €199,000

    This Church Street home is a short walk from the town center and has stunning views of the castle


    Situated with magnificent views of Table Mountain, this bright two-bedroom apartment is in a corner unit with two balconies, offering 100m² of outdoor living space. Only four years old, this property is located close to town and has 24 hour security.
    Price: $221,360/€194,730

    This Cape Town corner apartment has two balconies, offering 100m² of outdoor living space

    This Cape Town property is close to town and has 24-hour security.


    Although not large at 31m², this one bedroom apartment in a prime four star residence in the much sought after location of Les Menuires-Les Bruyères has the advantage of being ski in ski out. With 39 lifts and 62 runs, the resort, which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympics, is part of the largest ski area in the world.
    Price: €200,000

    Les Menuires is part of the largest ski area in the world

    Les Menuires is part of the largest ski area in the world


    Located on the waterfront, these two-bedroom apartments, some of which are still under construction, extend over 85 m² with a 46 m² terrace. Set in a complex with a large communal swimming pool and landscaped gardens, the development also has 24 three-bedroom houses and apartments.
    Price: £179,950/€215,809

    These two bedroom apartments in Bahceli have a large communal swimming pool and landscaped gardens

    These two bedroom apartments in Bahceli have a large communal swimming pool and landscaped gardens


    This one bedroom apartment is in a new low rise condominium project in the trendy Thonglor area. The architecture is said to be a balance between lifestyle, natural beauty, and Thai and Japanese arts. Covering 32m², facilities include a swimming pool, hot tub and rooftop facilities with 24-hour security.
    Price: $232,816/€204,808

    This Bangkok apartment offers a rooftop pool, hot tub and facilities with 24-hour security

    This Bangkok apartment offers a rooftop pool, hot tub and facilities with 24-hour security

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    Official closure of Nightshade gives way to a new French-Indian brasserie in the arts district

    A new French and Indian-influenced brasserie called Camphor opens from two Alain Ducasse veterans inside the former Nightshade space next month. Max Boonthanakit, who received the award Young Gun Eater in 2019 (name which has been renamed new guard eater) while he was Nightshade’s pastry chef, and co-manager Lijo George, who both worked at Blue by Alain Ducasse in Bangkok, will open the new restaurant in mid-February with Cyrus Batchan, also owner lock and key in Koreatown.

    This means Nightshade, which never officially reopened during the pandemic, is officially closed; Asked about the shutdown, former Nightshade leader Mei Lin declined to comment. The former LA Eater Restaurant of the Year, Best New Eater Restaurant and James Beard Award Foundation Best New Restaurant finalist never announced he would return despite a strenuous effort to stay open with takeout service in the first weeks of the pandemic. Over the past two years, with reopenings and closings, Nightshade has never hinted that it will return.

    In its place is a “back to basics” style French restaurant inspired by Indian flavors thanks to George, who is originally from Kerala and worked under Ducasse in Bangkok for more than eight years. The two met at Michelin starred blue by Alain Ducasse, where Boonthanakit served as Executive Pastry Chef under Chef Wilfred Hocquet (interestingly, formerly of Georgia in Beverly Hills).

    Boonthanakit and George plan to make French dishes with Indian ingredients, like a whole chicken breast with chicken thigh mousse and tandoori spices, or a hazelnut soufflé glazed with hot chocolate. The word the co-chefs keep insisting is that the fare will be “light,” a direct contrast to the typical presentation of rich, buttery French cuisine. Although other dishes have not been announced, expect plenty of vegetable and seafood options for dinner.

    The interior look offers plenty of white, with Nightshade’s millennial pink hues giving way to lighter earth tones, marble, and periwinkle blue banquette seating. Otherwise, the space won’t get a drastic change in layout, with an open kitchen and inviting cocktail bar along the other side, with bar manager and beverage director Andrew Panigua whipping up cocktails. French Inhale.

    As soon as it opens in mid-February, Camphor will serve from Wednesday to Monday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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    Novak Djokovic could now only be limited to playing Grand Slams at Wimbledon

    Wimbledon is starting to look like Novak Djokovic’s ONLY Grand Slam hope in 2022, with US Open set to follow Roland Garros in banning unvaccinated players

    • Novak Djokovic was unable to obtain an exemption to participate in the Australian Open
    • The world No. 1 could now face similar difficulties at the French Open and the US Open
    • Wimbledon could turn out to be the only Grand Slam the Serbian can play in

    Wimbledon is starting to look like Novak Djokovic’s last refuge after the French government suggested he would be kicked out of Roland Garros.

    The Sports Ministry in Paris said hardcore elite athletes would not be exempt from needing a vaccination pass to attend Roland Garros in May and other sporting events in the country.

    If that holds, it further narrows the options for the world No. 1, 34, who also risks being left out of the United States. Spring events in Indian Wells and Miami should make the shot mandatory, and the US Open would likely follow.

    Wimbledon may now be the only Grand Slam where Novak Djokovic can add to his 20 titles

    Djokovic could face problems at the French Open and the US Open, which, like the Australian Open, are considering preventing athletes from competing without being bitten against Covid

    Djokovic could face problems at the French Open and the US Open, which, like the Australian Open, are considering preventing athletes from competing without being bitten against Covid

    Wimbledon could therefore become Djokovic’s only chance to add 20 points to his Grand Slam tally. The All England Club said it was too early to take a position and would adhere to government policy. It also raises the possibility of Djokovic playing at Queen’s this summer.

    Djokovic returned to Belgrade on Monday and, worryingly for him, his clothing sponsor Lacoste said they would talk to him.

    “We will be in contact with Novak to review the events that accompanied his presence in Australia,” a statement read.


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    Milan Men’s Fashion Week dresses up for post-Covid excursions

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    Milan (AFP) – Tailored frock coats, bow ties and exuberant colors graced the leak as Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi both dreamed up more glamorous post-pandemic wardrobes for their fall/winter collections during Men’s Fashion Week. Milano.

    Designer Silvia Venturini Fendi was inspired by the dandy of the 1920s during her fashion house’s show on Saturday, punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity.

    The shows that were still going on embraced a wardrobe suitable for post-pandemic excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

    Blazers were turned into capes, knitwear featured prominent chest cutouts, and accessories got flashy.

    The collection also aimed for a more fluid take on typically gendered clothing, with wide-leg pants turning into half-skirts.

    Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity
    Silvia Venturini Fendi is inspired by the dandy of the 20s, while punctuating the refinement with touches of eccentricity Miguel MEDINAAFP

    “We women wear men’s jackets, I don’t see why they couldn’t take inspiration from our wardrobe,” said the designer, granddaughter of the founders of the Italian fashion house.

    During the show of the Sicilian duo Dolce & Gabbana, casual and sartorial styles mixed to celebrate the return to the great outdoors.

    Fendi's Men's Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing.
    Fendi’s Men’s Fall/Winter collection also aimed for a more fluid interpretation of typically gendered clothing. Miguel MEDINAAFP

    Designed to appeal to a younger generation, the show featured rap and punk music orchestrated by Machine Gun Kelly.

    Models wore loose coats in leopard or zebra prints, white beaded suits or tight pants and tuxedos with wide shoulders and a cinched waist.

    Others were wrapped in thick, oversized, brightly colored puffer jackets or eco-friendly furs, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions.

    Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions
    Dolce & Gabbana models wrapped in brightly colored oversized puffer jackets, ready to brave the winter chill on post-Covid excursions Miguel MEDINAAFP

    And like at Fendi, the skirt is part of the men’s wardrobe, the designer duo citing the ability of young people to choose their clothes freely, without worrying about gender.

    Both shows went ahead despite the disruption wrought across Europe by the booming Omicron variant, which curtailed the fashion week schedule.

    The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors
    The Sicilian duo mixed casual and sartorial styles to celebrate the return to the great outdoors Miguel MEDINAAFP

    After Giorgio Armani announced his withdrawal, the number of physical shows fell from 23 to 16. Eighteen brands opted for a purely virtual presence, while others presented their collections by appointment.

    Still, those who have gone forward, like Dsquared2 on Friday, have embraced the return to the podium.

    In their first live show in two years – attended by soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the Canadian twins behind the brand presented a festival of bright yellows, pinks, reds and blues alongside floral designs, sequins and crystal embroidery.

    The designer duo cited young people's ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender
    The designer duo cited young people’s ability to freely choose their clothes, regardless of gender Miguel MEDINAAFP

    With a glimmer of hope and plenty of excitement, Dsquared2’s globetrotting styles were a snap to get out of the cocoon and off on a long-awaited journey.

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    French fashion team shows how to be horrible foreigners in Mexico


    A crew member in Oaxaca for a French fashion shoot tricked Guillermina Gutiérrez into dancing for the camera, sparking outrage. (Photo via Instagram with permission @lienzos.extraordinarios)

    MEXICO CITY — Strangers laugh as the elderly Native woman raises her arms and rocks back and forth to a 1960s pop tune as a professional photographer begins snapping pictures. Now, video of the photoshoot for a French fashion brand has sparked widespread outrage and a strong rebuke from the Mexican government.

    The explosion involving Sezane, a clothing line founded in Paris in 2013, is the latest chapter in a long-standing debate around cultural appropriation and racism in the fashion industry. Big brands have been publicly shamed for being predatory at worst and culturally insensitive at best.

    The controversy arose after a Sézane team staged a photo shoot with an elderly indigenous woman in the Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca state, on January 7. The wife, Guillermina Gutierrez, is wearing a green sweater from Sézane and is seated in front of a staged set.

    A woman from the French team gets up and starts dancing with Gutiérrez to the song by Mary Hopkin from 1968 Those were the days. The woman then steps aside and encourages Gutiérrez to keep moving forward, eliciting smiles, peals of laughter and words of encouragement.

    But one onlooker was outraged: an Oaxaca resident who had been hired by Sézane to help with his shoots and recorded video of the scene.

    The company arrived in Mexico in early January with a team of about 20 people, including models, photographers and videographers, said Kandy Mijangos, another Oaxacan hired to work with the team. The photo shoot in Teotitlán, famous for its weaving, came three days after a planned nine-day shoot in various parts of the state, according to a “mood board” the company put together outlining its vision for the advertising campaign. The painting features models eating mangoes on the street, lounging in high-end hotels and posing in front of marigolds.

    Those plans evaporated after the person who filmed the elderly woman being tricked into dancing shared the footage with Mijangos, who in turn shared it with Manuela Cortés, a textile artist and art curator. Cortés posted the video on her Instagram account with the comment: “Indigenous cultures are treated as a showcase from which to choose. No respect. No morals.”

    The video quickly racked up thousands of views and furious comments directed at the company, which advertises “luxury quality at a fair and accessible price” and promises “Commitment to the community.” Most of her clothes sell for between $100 and $300. The person who shot the video declined to speak to VICE World News.

    Mexico’s National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, a government agency, said Sézane’s actions reinforce “racist stereotypes” and called “private brands and companies must stop exploiting indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples and communities as cultural capital”. These are not objects for sale, specifies the institute, but citizens “possessing a vast cultural heritage and traditional knowledge”.

    The agency said it would be in contact with Gutiérrez and his family, as well as authorities in Teotitlán del Valle, to pursue legal action. The agency did not respond to a request for comment from VICE World News on specific legal actions it may take.

    Mexico’s government ministry and its culture secretary accused the French fashion company in a joint press release of “manipulate, use and make a spectacleof the elderly in indigenous villages as part of “their publicity”.

    Morgane Sèzalory, the company’s founder, who was present at the photo shoot, wrote a letter to Cortés saying that she “never wanted to hurt anyone” and that her only intention was “to do things the most beautiful/good way, with all my heart and passion.” Cortes posted the letter on his Instagram account.

    Sèzalory said in the letter that she met “the beautiful woman” at a market, where they had “a real connection and shared joy”, prompting them to dance together. Sèzalory said she returned two days later to “make beautiful pictures that I could then give to her and add to my diary”. She said the local production team helped Sèzalory meet the woman for a third time “and we made beautiful pictures of her – and with her and her daughter”. Sèzalory never mentions Gutiérrez by name.

    In a statement to VICE World News, Sézane, who cut his trip short after the flap, said “the photos in question were intended for the sole purpose of a behind-the-scenes diary of the creative director.”

    “We heard and understand that our approach has affected the local Mexican community,” the company said. “And we are truly sorry that our actions did not reflect our best intentions and the deep respect we have for the local community.”

    Cortés said she believed the company was lying.

    “I don’t believe they took those photos because it was a meeting of hearts and all that talk about love,” Cortés told VICE News. “It was clearly for an advertising campaign. There are professional cameras. There is someone who helps direct the image of the dancing woman. There are a lot of people in front of the woman trying to capture different moments.

    In an interview conducted by the Milenio TV station Gutiérrez, who sells her own embroidery for a living, said she was told the photoshoot would only take a “little time”, but lasted an hour. She didn’t pay anything, she said.

    Mijangos, the Oaxacan stylist hired by Sézane for the trip, said the French fashion company had annoyed Mexican staff from day one. production teams.

    French photographers and videographers did not ask Oaxacan residents for permission to appear in the footage, added Mijangos, who left filming early out of anger at the crew. In one instance, she said, they staged one of the foreign models in a line of women waiting for a bus. Another time, she said, they took video in a market without asking permission from people appearing in the background.

    “I told the person filming that it was inappropriate. That they should at least ask permission from the people at the back of the market who appeared in the photo,” Mijangos said. “After that, they sent me to do other things further away from the set.”

    This is not the first time foreign clothing lines and companies have sparked allegations of cultural appropriation and disrespect for indigenous Mexican traditions. Major companies, from Nestlé to Benetton, have been accused of appropriating images and designs created by artisans around the world. Tenango de Doria, a city in the Mexican state of Hidalgo. And in 2019, the Mexican Minister of Culture accused the New York fashion line Carolina Herrera to steal embroidery techniques and designs from indigenous peoples.

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    The cigarette is back

    For most young smokers, vapes exist in some way in a dance, whether they are Juuls, disposable Myle pods, or single-use e-cigarettes like Puff Bars. Many tried e-cigarettes as their teens, before fragrant flavors were banned in many states, and many more jumped on the Juul trend a few years ago. Of the smokers I spoke to (around 20), most use vapers in tandem with cigarettes, although some do not come close to vapers.

    “If you’re going to get addicted to something, use cigarettes,” Ms. Frey said. “Don’t have a USB charger in your mouth. It sounds so bad. Many young smokers supplement themselves with vapes, especially Juuls, as a way to satisfy their nicotine cravings when a cigarette is not available.

    At the same time, a number of those interviewed for this article expressed their irritation at the insidiousness of electronic cigarettes: their relative camouflage, compared to traditional cigarettes, means that users can, and often do, hit everyone. time. The flow of nicotine from an e-cigarette becomes like the Internet itself: constant, unbreakable, and craving their attention.

    “I was like, ‘I’m just consuming too much nicotine,'” said Ms. Yara, who found herself inhaling more than one Juul capsule a day, the nicotine equivalent of a packet of cigarettes. “I hated how if I couldn’t find a vape for a second, I couldn’t do my homework.” Ms. Yara has returned to smoking in order to reduce her consumption of vape.

    Emile Osborne, also 22 years old graphic designer. “I came back to smoking because I thought it would be healthier than Juuling,” he said. “Cigarettes seem to be a bad thing, while vaping doesn’t tell you about side effects at all. I can go out and smoke a cigarette several times a day. It’s a break with what I’m doing. This is my dose of nicotine for the day.

    This method does not seem realistic to Ken Warner, Dean Emeritus of Public Health at the University of Michigan, who sees vaping as a powerful weapon in the public health war on smoking. “If they are really addicted to nicotine, two to four cigarettes a day would be very unlikely to satisfy true physical dependence, ”he said.

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    Why the “ugly” clog is the style statement of our time

    That feeling was the driving force behind the creation of California-based clog brand Santa Venetia which debuted in 2017. “I’ve always wanted to be in clogs, but they never really match my aesthetic,” said the co. -Founder Gemma Greenhill on the phone, explaining that it was a friend’s 1960s pair of clogs with fully embroidered uppers that influenced her.

    These are the shoes that formed the pattern for Santa Venetia’s first design, notes Greenhill, “and since then we’ve created some kind of unexpected clogs, just a bit different from your usual clogs.” This includes a collaboration with Panache, with hand-painted sushi, fruit, martinis and hot dogs, and an enhanced version of the rubber-soled nursing clog, an avant-garde design that Greenhill says was the most popular style of 2021. “I think right now people want to have a little fun in the practicality.”

    Indeed, Mechling says the only clogs worth investing in are the ones that feel good. Her other top picks include ribbed clogs from California label Beklina, which she describes as “powerful and feminine” and sheepskin-lined boots from the New York label (“a bubble bath for the feet”). “The uncomfortable hooves go against the whole point of the obstruction,” she adds conclusively, “which is liberation and self-celebration.”

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