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Meghan Markle presents fashion award to wedding dress designer
The wedding outfits of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, are on display ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, soon to open at Windsor Castle, in Windsor October 25, 2018. — Reuters pic LONDON, Dec 11 ― Givenchy’s artistic director Clare Waight Keller yesterday received the British designer of the year womenswear award from Meghan Markle, whose dress she designed for her wedding to Prince Harry.“It is such a pleasure to be here celebrating British fashion,” Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, said at the star-studded annual Fashion Awards at the Albert Hall.The former US actress, who is pregnant, praised the “vision”, “creativity” and also “the incredible kindness” of Waight Keller.The two women met in early 2018, before the designer created the dress worn by Meghan for her wedding to Harry on May 19.The British Fashion Awards also recognised Vivienne Westwood, winner of the award for positive change, for her commitment to the environment.The 77-old high priestess of punk took the opportunity to denounce the “rotten financial system” which the dame said was “the cause of all our problems”.A long-time political campaigner, she also took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron who recently cancelled fuel tax increases in the face of the “yellow vest” protests.“This tax hurts the poor more than anybody,” Westwood said, adding “he’s not thinking that he has already given all these tax breaks to the rich people. So of course everybody is going to be annoyed.”The model of the year award went to 17-year-old Kaia Gerber, following in the footsteps of her mother, former supermodel Cindy Crawford.“It’s such an honour,” said the young American, on the verge of tears. “I have just a small role in making a creative vision come to life but I’m so beyond grateful to be a part of it.”Among the other awards, Italian fashion house Gucci was named brand of the year and Italian Pierpaolo Piccioli, artistic director of Valentino, won the best designer award. ― AFP [...]
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Turning bombs into bracelets, as Laos villagers wait for safe land
Jewellery, branded ‘Article22’, made from bomb shrapnel are displayed in a store in Luang Prabang, Laos October 16, 2018. — Thomson Reuters Foundation pic BAN NAPIA (Laos), Dec 10 — With a long-stemmed ladle, Vanthon pulls shiny, molten metal from a kiln and deftly pours it into a mould carved in a wooden block.Seconds later, she prises out a silver coloured dove that was once shrapnel from a bomb dropped in Ban Napia village in the north eastern province of Xieng Khouang in Laos, the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world.Vanthon, who goes by one name, grows rice in a small plot of land a short distance away. But the ornaments and jewellery made from scrap metal in the small kiln at home provide her husband with an income.For the dozen families in the village who fashion jewellery from shrapnel for the New York-based company Article 22, it is a curious twist to the devastating war — one that helps them make a living from bombs, as they wait for their land to be cleared.“Our field has not yet been cleared of bombs, so this is our main source of income for now,” said Vanthon, gesturing to a pile of finished doves.“We have to be careful while farming, and hope that a bomb does not go off. When the land is cleared, we can farm more.”The United States dropped more than two million tons of cluster bombs on Laos during the second Indochina War from 1964 to 1973, to disrupt supply routes to North Vietnam.About 30 per cent of those bombs did not detonate, and still pose the risk of death or injury to villagers as they go about their daily routines, according to Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a British charity that clears unexploded ordnance (UXO).MAG estimates that about 1,600 square km of land — roughly the size of Greater London — still needs clearing in Laos, one of the world’s poorest countries.Meanwhile, UXO contamination prevents Lao communities from “fully utilising their land” and earning better incomes, according to MAG.“People have been living with the contamination for 40 years, and they have no choice but to live with the daily risk and fear of death or injury from unexploded bombs,” said Greg Crowther, MAG’s Southeast Asia director.UXO-impacted communities are “predominantly the poorest members of society”, and the risk of bombs forces them to adopt different farming practices that often reduce the productivity of their crops, he said.‘A-ha moment’  More than of two-thirds of the population in the landlocked Southeast Asian country depends on the land for a living, according to government data. A villager fashions items from bomb shrapnel at her kiln in Ban Napia, Laos October 16, 2018. — Thomson Reuters Foundation pic Many farm small plots of land that they do not legally own.The government aims to title all land by 2025, and introduce a new law that officials say will expedite modernisation of records and give greater tenure security.The country is also luring more foreign investment to build much-needed infrastructure and generate jobs, but most villagers have few livelihood options, particularly in Xieng Khouang, where much of the land is still off-limits because of the bombs.Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22, first visited the province about a decade ago while exploring a sustainable weaving venture with local women.It was there that Suda, who had previously worked with a luxury brand in New York, came across villagers melting bomb shrapnel into spoons that they would use and sell in the local market.She said she had an “a-ha moment”.“I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“These are subsistence farmers; having their land cleared makes a big difference. But until then, they can earn a living making jewellery from shrapnel they find.”Suda founded Article 22 in 2009, named for the clause in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that says every individual is entitled to the realisation of “economic, social and cultural rights” indispensable for his or her dignity and personality.After partnering with Swiss non-profit Helvetas, Suda set out on her own, selling online and through a few retail outlets, including one in Luang Prabang, Laos’ former royal capital that the UN cultural agency considers a world heritage site.Suda works with about a dozen families in Xieng Khouang, sending designs for earrings, pendants and ornaments that the villagers fashion in their kilns. They are finished in capital Vientiane, then shipped to New York.Article 22 only works with shrapnel, or bombs that have already exploded, so the villagers are not at risk, Suda said. The metal has been tested for toxicity and found to be safe.Some of the profits are donated to MAG to clear UXOs.War tourism  Unlike neighbouring Vietnam, which draws millions of tourists each year keen to visit sites related to the war with the United States, Laos has few Instagram-ready war attractions.In villages in Xieng Khouang, remnants of the “secret war” are largely articles of everyday use — mugs and buckets fashioned from shell casings, ladles from shrapnel.Article 22 received a huge boost when actor Emma Watson wore a pair of its earrings at a red carpet event in 2017.There is little glamour in Ban Napia, whose sign declares it to be the “war spoon village”.Simple wood and concrete homes sit on either side of a mud road. Some have a handpainted sign that says “making spoon”, with a name and a phone number.Demining is a slow and expensive process, and at the current pace, experts say it could be more than 100 years before Laos is safe.While waiting for their land to be cleared, villagers in Ban Napia and elsewhere in Xieng Khouang will probably continue to supplement their income with articles made from shrapnel, said Nouds Phedrasy, a tourist guide.“In the years after the [...]
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10 Science-Backed Ways To Look Younger
'How can I look younger?' isn't a question most guys think about in their twenties. But come thirty, it's all some can think about. From grooming grey hairs and fixing your posture to working out and getting more sleep, this is your science approved guide. [...]
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10 Science-Backed Ways To Look Younger
'How can I look younger?' isn't a question most guys think about in their twenties. But come thirty, it's all some can think about. From grooming grey hairs and fixing your posture to working out and getting more sleep, this is your science approved guide. [...]
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The Vivienne Westwood And Burberry Collaboration Reimagines Vintage Checks For A Good Cause
Burberry and British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood have finally revealed their collaborative collection after announcing the news on Instagram back in July 2018.   View this post on Instagram   A unique collaboration between #Burberry and Vivienne Westwood. A limited-edition collection of reimagined styles from her legendary archive . Launching December 2018 . “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together.” – Riccardo Tisci Portraits by #BrettLloyd of #VivienneWestwood #AndreasKronthaler and #RiccardoTisci. The collaboration is in support of @CoolEarthAction A post shared by Burberry (@burberry) on Jul 6, 2018 at 5:28am PDT The campaign features an eclectic cast including Kate Moss, Sistren and Claudia Lavender wearing looks created from the partnership between Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood, and her spouse Andreas Kronthaler. Many of Vivienne’s iconic designs such as her classic double-breasted jackets, hugger jacket, mini kilt, lace-up platforms and beret are all reimagined in Burberry’s Vintage check design. This is the first collaboration for Burberry under Riccardo Tisci who was appointed as the brand’s chief creative officer in March 2018. “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. “She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together,” said Riccardo. Not only do we think that the collection is brilliant, but the collaboration will also support and promote Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation in the UK that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change, essentially protecting our ecosystem. How great is that! An oversized tee shirt sporting a handwritten message from Vivienne is dedicated to the charity, putting the design at the heart of the collection. She will also customise four exclusive items from the collection to be auctioned to raise further support for Cool Earth. Photo: Burberry/ David Sims The full collection can be viewed on Burberry’s website. The post The Vivienne Westwood And Burberry Collaboration Reimagines Vintage Checks For A Good Cause appeared first on female. [...]
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The Vivienne Westwood And Burberry Collaboration Reimagines Vintage Checks For A Good Cause
Burberry and British fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood have finally revealed their collaborative collection after announcing the news on Instagram back in July 2018.   View this post on Instagram   A unique collaboration between #Burberry and Vivienne Westwood. A limited-edition collection of reimagined styles from her legendary archive . Launching December 2018 . “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together.” – Riccardo Tisci Portraits by #BrettLloyd of #VivienneWestwood #AndreasKronthaler and #RiccardoTisci. The collaboration is in support of @CoolEarthAction A post shared by Burberry (@burberry) on Jul 6, 2018 at 5:28am PDT The campaign features an eclectic cast including Kate Moss, Sistren and Claudia Lavender wearing looks created from the partnership between Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood, and her spouse Andreas Kronthaler. Many of Vivienne’s iconic designs such as her classic double-breasted jackets, hugger jacket, mini kilt, lace-up platforms and beret are all reimagined in Burberry’s Vintage check design. This is the first collaboration for Burberry under Riccardo Tisci who was appointed as the brand’s chief creative officer in March 2018. “Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something. “She is a rebel, a punk and unrivalled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together,” said Riccardo. Not only do we think that the collection is brilliant, but the collaboration will also support and promote Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation in the UK that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change, essentially protecting our ecosystem. How great is that! An oversized tee shirt sporting a handwritten message from Vivienne is dedicated to the charity, putting the design at the heart of the collection. She will also customise four exclusive items from the collection to be auctioned to raise further support for Cool Earth. Photo: Burberry/ David Sims The full collection can be viewed on Burberry’s website. The post The Vivienne Westwood And Burberry Collaboration Reimagines Vintage Checks For A Good Cause appeared first on female. [...]
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Festive sweater selection: ‘Merry Christmas’ from Primark
Santa Christmas Muscle Sweater by Primark. — AFP pic LONDON, Dec 10 — ‘Tis the season for festive knitwear! Seasonal sweaters — sometimes dubbed “ugly Christmas sweaters” — are back this December for the holiday countdown. With a wide range of stores, brands and major fashion houses now offering seasonal designs — ranging from stylish to quirky to full-on kitsch — Relaxnews is rounding up a selection of festive knitwear favourites. Primark has a whole range of Christmas sweaters in stores once again this year, including this design featuring a classic Santa head with a surprising outfit!Santa Claus has come early to Primark, where Saint Nick’s bearded face and red accoutrements stand out against a dark background on this sweater. While this Santa sports the traditional pompom hat and bushy white beard, his red suit is replaced by a vest being held open to display his muscles! With a bit of humour this men’s sweater checks all the boxes and even features a “Merry Christmas” message tattooed on Santa’s chest to spread festive cheer wherever the wearer goes.This men’s sweater is available in Primark stores priced US$15 (RM63). For more information visit: www.primark.com. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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The fashion brands championing female empowerment this season
Lead Like a Woman with Jessica Chastain on YouTube. — Picture via YouTube/Ralph Lauren NEW YORK, Dec 10 — 2018 could well go down in fashion history as the year that female empowerment topped the agenda. Here are three brands currently taking up the cause.Lane BryantPlus-size fashion brand Lane Bryant and its intimates line Cacique recently unveiled a video dedicated to uplifting and empowering women everywhere, and encouraging them to embrace their inherent beauty.The inclusive video champions women of all shapes, sizes and walks of life by introducing the hashtag #weareallthefantasy and asking women to share their photos with the brands’ social media channels.     View this post on Instagram         The one and only, Danielle Brooks on why she supports the Cacique message. 💗 #regram #repost #WeAreAllTheFantasy “You know what I love? Inclusivity. There is a seat at the table for everyBODY, regardless of shape, size and gender. That’s why I’m joining @caciqueintimates in sharing a message of love and positivity, instead of tuning into The VS fashion show. And I’m calling on ALL like-minded ladies to join us in our message of female empowerment by resharing this post. #ad” @daniebb3A post shared by Cacique (@caciqueintimates) onDec 3, 2018 at 11:17am PST “Our hope is that the millions of modern women who share our same core beliefs of inclusivity, body positivity and female empowerment will join us in our commitment to celebrating women of all shapes and sizes,” said EVP/GMM of Cacique Intimates, Marcy Schaffir.“We feel proud and privileged to play a small part in paving the way for a more inclusive world for generations of women to come.”Ralph LaurenUS luxury label Ralph Lauren has been championing women who champion women this season, with a star-studded video series.Dubbed Lead Like a Woman, the three-part series, which was launched by Ralph Lauren Eau de Parfum back in May, was updated in October to feature Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain.     View this post on Instagram         When women work together, amazing things happen. . Visit bio link to watch the full video. . Join Woman by Ralph Lauren in celebrating the “Sisterhood of Leaders” film by tagging a photo of your sisterhood of friends with #LeadLikeAWoman.A post shared by Ralph Lauren (@ralphlauren) onOct 27, 2018 at 1:42pm PDT The initiative explores the idea of female leadership with a host of successful women from myriad industries, in an attempt to “close the leadership gap between women and men” and October’s film saw the brand introduce a ‘Sisterhood of Leaders’ to tackle the myth that women do not support one another.“Everytime I’m lucky enough to be on a film with other actresses and female directors, it’s been such an incredible set to be on,” Chastain says.& Other StoriesH&M-owned label & Other Stories is the latest brand to champion women with a new holiday campaign starring the comedians Aparna Nancherla and Jen Kirkman.According to WWD, the short film — which premieres on December 6 — explores the backstage processes that go on behind the scenes before the curtain opens, taking in the rituals, insecurities and glamour of the female stand-up circuit. View this post on Instagram Our holiday story premieres December 6th on stories.com A post shared by & Other Stories (@andotherstories) on Nov 27, 2018 at 2:04am PST “Our celebration campaign highlights the great wave of women who are revolutionising contemporary comedy and creating a shift in today’s society by bringing a new set of voices to the comedy scene,” Sanna Lindberg, managing director of & Other Stories, told the publication. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Innai Red’s cheongsams are inspired by old Penang
Malaysian fashion label Innai Red draws from Penang’s heritage for its latest designs. Recently released, the collection of cheongsams (and qipaos) embodies effortless elegance and understated grace. “With their dainty handbags in tow, they go about their business rushing through the colonial streets of the city infused with Peranakan aesthetics and influences,” Innai Red states, regarding the beautiful Penang ladies of old. The collection consists of 14 designs interpreted through a modern approach. It offers strong cuts and patterns intertwined with the delicateness of details and adornments. Different pieces are designed in variety of lengths in sleeves and hemlines, again to offer style and practical versatility. Each piece is uniquely completed with handmade Chinese buttons – an ode to tradition but in a glamorous way. Innai Red’s signature ruffles, beadworks, peekaboo sheer organza and peplum details make an appearance, executed masterfully to respect the traditional silhouette while showcasing modern relevance. Fabrics used are selected to compliment the designs in a luxurious way. Brocade, taffeta, charmeuse silk, organza, french lace and embroidered tulle are used for full looks or details to the pieces. Printed fabrics and laces that adorn selected pieces gives them a current feel. Colours offered in the collection varies ranging from pastels to bold hues and from fiery red to the calm elegance of sky blue. The variety of colours allows the wearer to not only compliment her personal look and style but also to satisfy the needs of a colour coordinated theme as they plan the looks for the family. With prices ranging from RM2,500 to RM3,200, the collection is available for pre-order until Jan 15 next year. Purchases can be collected before the 2019 Lunar New Year begins. [...]
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