MILAN, Dec 12 — Giorgio Armani is the latest fashion label to go co-ed, presenting men's and women's collections at the upcoming fashion week for Fall/Winter 2019/20.
The Italian designer is forgoing Men's Fashion Week in January in favour of a mixed gender catwalk show in Milan in February, reports WWD. However, he will still have a presence at the January menswear event, as he allegedly plans to put on an exhibition in his Armani/Silos space in the Italian city. His Emporio Armani brand will be present on the menswear runways.
Armani is the latest in a long line of designers to adopt a co-ed model, following in the footsteps of JW Anderson, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Celine. However, some brands are returning to the ‘traditional' split-show calendar after testing out the concept — Givenchy, for example, recently revealed that it would return to the Paris men's fashion week schedule for the fall/winter 2019-2020 season.
The move is the latest disruption to the previously structured fashion week schedule, as designers increasingly veer off-piste in a bid to remain relevant, cut down costs or drum up global followers. Tommy Hilfiger is one of the most prolific examples, with the US stalwart abandoning the traditional calendar to stage his ‘TommyNow' shows all over the world, while Alexander Wang is also currently testing out an alternative catwalk schedule. Moschino is apparently the latest label to go rogue, with WWD reporting this week that the brand intends to host a special catwalk show for Fall 2019 menswear and Pre-Fall 2019 womenswear in Rome this January. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
The holidays can be a time of joy, but they can also be a challenge. Just think of all the cookies: delicious — but definitely not to be eaten before they are baked. That’s the word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a reminder before the holidays for people to “say no to raw dough.” Raw flour can contain the bacteria E. coli, and raw eggs can carry the risk of salmonella poisoning. Symptoms for salmonella poisoning can include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps hours to a few days after exposure, the CDC explains, while E. coli symptoms range from severe stomach cramps to diarrhea and vomiting. While many E. coli infections improve within a week on their own, as do some salmonella infections, some can be life-threatening at worst. E. coli in raw flour was an issue back in 2016 as well, when an outbreak that was traced back to a number of major-label brands impacted people in 24 states across the U.S.
“When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked,” the CDC says. “But steer clear of this temptation—eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.” The agency warns not only against cookie dough, but also against raw dough or batter for “tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour.” Follow all baking and refrigeration instructions and wash your hands after handling these types of raw products, CDC says.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb had some fun with the safety warning on Twitter.
You can not eat it in a house. You can not eat it with a mouse. We do not like it here or there. We do not like it anywhere. We do not like raw chocolate chip cookie dough, we do not like it, #FDA we are. https://t.co/douOzVzJU7
— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) December 10, 2018 [...]
Legoland Malaysia Resort will be transformed into a snowy Brick-Tacular Winter Wonderland in time for Christmas – with exciting, exclusive surprises lined up every day throughout December.
This year, the park will also be bringing snowfall to Malaysia happening every half hour in front of Big Shop, making it the most unique celebration in Malaysia this festive season.
Guests will be welcomed by an Arctic Lego experience throughout the park where they can build Lego snowman and hang around with Lego reindeer and elves.
Experience snowy Winter Wonderland experience in Legoland.
In the spirit of giving, Legoland Malaysia Resort will be giving away RM100,000 worth of prizes as part of the daily Lego Advent Calendar Draw to a lucky guest, and a Nissan Almera (worth RM72,000) to a lucky annual pass holder on Dec 25 (annual pass holders who purchase their passes from Jan 1-Dec 14 and filled up the lucky draw form are eligible to win).
During this festive season, annual passes can be purchased at the price of a one-day ticket, while those holding premium passes can come back everyday and stand the chance to win the daily giveaways.
Aside from the chilly Winter Wonderland, families will find the park bustling with fun and rewarding holiday-themed activities around the park including:
Lego Advent Calendar Draw
The advent calendar will feature 31 windows, one for each day of December. Every day, one lucky guest has a chance to open one window at 7pm and win some fantastic present. This year’s impressive prize line-up worth up to RM100,000 includes a family vacation, petrol vouchers, and fantastic Lego box sets including the incredibly popular Lego Star Wars and Ninjago.
Festive Lego Building Activities
Kids can learn to build their own Lego snowman and Christmas tree decorations, which will be hung on trees around the park. During these sessions, helpful elves and Eskimos will lend a hand to build unique Lego designs. These building activities are designed to ensure children not only have fun while playing but also develop new skills, such as teamwork, and their creativity.
Kids can build their own Lego snowman and Christmas tree decorations in Legoland’s festive building activities.
Lego Santa’s grotto
At Santa’s grotto, there will be a meet-and-greet session. Also, kids can submit a letter to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and secure the best spot on his naughty and nice list.
Step into Santa’s grotto and see if you’ve been naughty or nice.
Jingle Bell ball
Guests are invited to join the Legoland Malaysia Resort Jingle Bell ball, and party and dance with all the elves. There may even be a special appearance from beloved characters such as Rudolf, Ollie The Dragon, and the Lego Toy Soldier.
Legoland Malaysia Resort will be continuing its yearly tradition of lighting up Southeast Asia’s tallest Duplo Lego Christmas tree, made of 427,695 blocks. There will also be a big sing-along of famous Christmas songs.
To end the holiday celebration and welcome the New Year, the park skies will be lit up with a spectacular 3D Lego fireworks with a twist of Lego bricks falling from the skies.
“December is a very special month for us at Legoland Malaysia Resort and this year, we will be hosting our biggest Brick-Tacular Holidays yet,” said Legoland Malaysia Resort general manager Kurt Stocks.
“During this festive season, the park will be transformed into a winter wonderland, perfect for parents and their kids to experience a unique Christmas during the year-end school holiday.
“In the spirit of giving and sharing, we have also listened to all feedback throughout the year and made necessary enhancements to our theme park. We have upgraded the Build and Test area with a brand new racetrack, and introduced more shades and giant fans to provide a more comfortable experience for families.
“We are always looking at innovative ways to help families create new and memorable moments each time they are at our park.”
Malaysians of all ages can experience the most unique holiday celebration at Legoland Malaysia Resort’s Brick-Tacular Holidays by booking tickets at the official website, legoland.com.my. To make the most out of the school holiday, families should take advantage of the following promotions:
Buy 2 Tickets, Free 1
Booking period: Nov 12-Dec 5, 2018
Buy two adult ticket and get one child ticket free exclusively at http://legoland.my.
Year End Bonanza
Booking period: Nov 15-Dec 15, 2018
Stay Period: Nov 15, 2018- Jan 15, 2019 (blackout dates: Dec 21-31, 2018)
Get 15% off the best available room rate on http://legoland.my.
Gift With Purchase
Shopping period: Dec 1-30, 2018
Get a free Lego Christmas Gift Playset with a minimum purchase of RM449 (while stocks last).
■ For more information on promotion, activities and the upcoming festivities and expansions, stay connected via Facebook and Instagram. [...]
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 [...]
Zara, known for its fast fashion, is getting into the cosmetics game. — AFP pic
NEW YORK, Dec 4 — Zara is the latest fashion brand hopping on the beauty bandwagon.The Spanish fast fashion retailer is launching a 20-piece lipstick collection later this month, Harper’s Bazaar reports. The collection includes 12 lipsticks and eight liquid lipsticks, with shades ranging from plums and pinks to deep reds and offering a velvety, matte finish.The line, which will make its debut online in the UK on December 5, has apparently been inspired by the label’s Autumn/Winter 2018 fashion campaign, with an “Ultimate Trio Set” offering the kit needed to recreate the exact same beauty look as the shoot.Zara, which had a brief flirtation with cosmetics back in 2017, is the latest in a long line of fashion labels to break into the makeup sector. Fashion heavyweights from Erdem to Isabel Marant have launched collaborative collections with various beauty behemoths over the course of this year, but there has also been a noticeable shift in the number of apparel retailers launching their own in-house beauty lines. Fast fashion giant Topshop brought back its beauty series this fall with a new and improved collection for eyes, lips and face, while Urban Outfitters also jumped on the bandwagon this summer with “Ohii”, a series spanning skincare, bodycare and colour cosmetics. Both brands were following in the footsteps of the online retailers Asos and Boohoo.com, which unveiled in-house beauty collections last year. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Alice + Olivia x imPRESS Manicure collection from KISS has come up with six striking nail designs spanning neon colours, polka dots, stripes and patterns for a bold take on winter nails. ― AFP pic
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