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Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn Among Winners of Inaugural CO10 Sustainability Award

GREEN MACHINES: Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn and Bottletop are among the 10 fashion businesses that have been awarded the inaugural CO10 Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that put sustainability at their core.
The award is presented by Common Objective, a network that connects more than 10,000 professionals in the fashion, retail and textile industries to share knowledge and best sustainability practices. It will be awarded virtually in the spirit of sustainability.
The other winners are Osklen, Indigenous, Outland Denim, Mayamiko, Sonica Sarna Design, Ethical Apparel Africa and The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills.
“The industry has seen an incredible amount of traction over the past year, from increased consumer demand and government engagement, to the abundance of new entrants that focus on sustainability,” said Harold Tillman, former chairman of the British Fashion Council.
He added that the overall CO Leadership Awards are aimed at creating a milestone moment for fashion to champion innovators.
A panel of judges, including representatives from Farfetch, Kering and Vivienne Westwood, selected the 10 winners.
The winners were chosen based on their ability to marry sustainability strategies with commercial ones. The key criteria, according to organizers, were mission, business model, products and services, impact, sustainability roadmap and communication strategy.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Cinema Audio Society Winners

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Christopher Bailey, Twiggy Among Fashion Names in Queen’s New Year Honors List

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Queen Elizabeth II has handed honors to a clutch of names in the arts and fashion worlds as part of her New Year’s Honors List 2019. Honorees will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace at various times over the next few months.
Christopher Bailey is among this year’s honorees. Bailey, who served as Burberry’s president and chief creative officer until March, and who had previously been chief executive officer, will receive a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his work at the British brand.
This is Bailey’s second royal accolade: He already holds an MBE, or Master of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which he received in 2009.
Twiggy has also been recognized by the British monarch. The model and Andy Warhol muse whose pixie cut defined the fashion of the Sixties, will be named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

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Daphne Selfe, Britain’s oldest working model at 90 years old, is being honored for creating opportunities for older women in the modeling industry. She will receive a British

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97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Among 11 Killed in Synagogue Mass Shooting

Siblings, a husband and wife and a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor were among the 11 worshipers slain at a Saturday morning Shabbat service in a Pittsburgh synagogue, authorities said.

The victims’ identities were released by the medical examiner’s office after the next of kin for all 11 had been notified of their deaths, allegedly at the hands of Robert Bowers. Six others were wounded, including four responding police officers.

A few biographical details about the dead have also been released by authorities and are included where available.

This post will be updated as more is known about the slain victims, who are:

Joyce Feinberg, 75

Richard Godfried, 65

Rose Mallinger, 97, who survived Holocaust

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Cesil Rosenthal, 59, brother to victim David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal, 54, brother to victim Cesil Rosenthal

Bernice Simon, 84, wife to Sylvan Simon

Sylvan Simon, 86, husband to Bernice Simon

Daniel Stein, 71

Melvin Wax, 88

and Irving Yungner, 69

“We are going to get through this,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said Sunday. “We are going to continue on and show what Pittsburgh is made of.”

Suspect Bowers is accused of attacking the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood about 9:50 a.m. Saturday, according to prosecutors, who have said he was armed with three handguns and an assault rifle.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady told reporters on Sunday that during the rampage, Bowers allegedly talked about genocide and wanting to kill Jewish people.

The synagogue is used by three different congregations, all of whom were practicing there on Saturday.

Bowers has been charged with 29 federal crimes, most of which carry a maximum penalty of death, Brady said: He faces 11 counts of murdering victims exercising their religious beliefs and 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder as well as seven additional charges in connection with his alleged attack on the responding police officers at the scene, four of whom were wounded.

Bowers will make his first court appearance on Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

He remains in custody in the hospital following surgery after being wounded during the shootings.


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Burberry, Givenchy and Victoria Beckham Among Fashion Awards Nominees

TO THE FINISH LINE: Craig Green, JW Anderson, Dior Homme, Martine Rose and Burberry have been shortlisted for the top prizes at The Fashion Awards, which will take place in London next month.
The British Fashion Council released the names during an event on Tuesday morning. The awards are held in partnership with Swarovski.
The 10 categories nod to designers and brands that have made strides over the past 12 months. Winners will be announced on Dec. 10 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Green, Anderson, Dior Homme, Martine Rose and Burberry are up for the top men’s wear prize, while Givenchy, Jonathan Anderson, Roksanda, Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham have been nominated for the women’s wear one.
In the running for British emerging talent men’s wear, brands include Cottweiler, Art School, Kiko Kostadinov, Phoebe English and A-Cold-Wall.
Competing for British emerging talent in women’s wear, nominees include Matty Bovan, A.W.A.K.E., Rejina Pyo, Richard Quinn and Aries.
Other categories include accessories designer of the year, brand of the year, business leader, designer of the year, model of the year and urban luxe.
The Fashion Awards have added a new element to their awards, New Wave: Creatives. It will shine a light on inspiring international young talent. Some 100 finalists from across the industry

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Princess Eugenie Marries Among Celebrity Friends, Royals at Windsor Castle  

LONDON — Figures from the art world, celebrity guests and close friends of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank made their way to Windsor on a windy Friday morning, gripping tightly to their hats and fascinators as they climbed the steps to St. George’s Chapel for the couple’s nuptials.
Socialites Pixie Geldof, Holly Branson and Chelsy Davy arrived together with an international roster of celebrities that included Demi Moore, Liv Tyler and Naomi Campbell, whose hat with black flowers almost blew off in the strong wind. Moore and Tyler were both dressed in Stella McCartney, the former in a wine red dress and the latter in a black midi-skirt suit.
Other celebrity guests included Robbie Williams, Cara Delevingne, James Blunt and Ellie Goulding.
Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed up with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan Markle was dressed in a navy blue ensemble by Givenchy with a matching hat by Noel Stewart, while Kate Middleton opted for a raspberry Alexander McQueen dress and a matching velvet fascinator by Philip Treacy.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who were part of the wedding party, climbed up the long row of steps along with the rest of the flower girls and pageboys. The girls wore ballerina-style dresses

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2018 Cannes Film Festival: Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller Among Hosts at AmfAR Gala

WOMAN’S HOUR: Female directors may have gotten short shrift in the official lineup of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, with only three women-helmed films in competition, but amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS gala should help make up for it.
The non-profit organization said on Tuesday it has selected 25 women from the worlds of fashion and film to be the honorary chairs of the event’s 25th edition, to be held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes on May 17.
They include Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave — both vocal supporters of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements — Katy Perry, Aishwarya Rai, Heidi Klum, Linda Evangelista, Angela Missoni and Donatella Versace.
The theme of this year’s Carine Roitfeld-curated benefit fashion show, starring 40 top models in one-of-a-kind looks from a range of brands, will be “And Woman Created All.”
‪Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams‪ will be the night’s headlining act.
The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor — amfAR’s founding international chairman — hosted the foundation’s first ever Cannes gala in 1993, with personalities including President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Sir ‪Elton John and Madonna carrying the torch in subsequent years.
Bold Films and Chopard are the main sponsors of this year’s

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Where Does Riverdale Rank Among the Best TV Musical Episodes?

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Roc-a-Fella’s Biggs Among Guests at Haider Ackermann

STARS IN STRIPES: At Haider Ackermann’s fall men’s wear show, a number of familiar faces including Caroline de Maigret, actor Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson were showing sartorially the stripes they had earned in their respective fields.
Chamley-Watson, who has a move in fencing named after him, looked every bit the fashion plate in a striped blazer. “Luxury streetwear is my thing,” he replied when asked about his fashion move, laughing at the suggestion that his lack of a shirt was the street part of his chic ensemble of a striped blazer, black trousers and impeccable leather shoes.
With the Paris leg of the FIE world cup set for the weekend, the athlete looked to fashion as a “healthy distraction. That way, I’m not just in the hotel room thinking about competing.”
With discrete stripes on his sweater sleeves, Kareem “Biggs” Burke was looking forward to a week featuring “his comrades Jerry [Lorenzo] and Virgil [Abloh]” on the schedule. Despite having a vested interest in the matter with streetwear line Reasonable Doubt already out, and the launch of luxury line Redo96 and the relaunch of denim-oriented Fourth of November on his schedule, the Roc-A-Fella co-founder still keep a spirit of fair-play:

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Takashi Murakami, Future and Miguel among Guests at Off-White

TEAM WORK: Among the familiar faces at Off-White’s show Wednesday morning was a surprise figure: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Could his appearance –complete with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with mismatched laces that made him fit right into the crowd – be the sign of a coming collaboration? “Maybe not,” said Murakami. “My friend G-Dragon wears this brand, I like it a lot.”
Otherwise the artist has museum exhibitions coming up later in the year in Paris, London, Vancouver and Fort Worth, he said.
Speaking of sneakers, streetwear designer Jerry Lorenzo does have a tie-up in the works. “We have a Nike collaboration coming up for back to school,” he said. Designs will be inspired by Lorenzo’s childhood on the West Coast, he revealed.
Sitting with other front-row guests including Future and Don Crawley, Miguel also had fashion in mind. “I’m doing a small collaboration with a brand called Rhude from Los Angeles, the creative director’s a good friend of mine,” said the artist, who will start touring in the U.S. next month following the release of his latest album in December.
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Weekly Reader: McDavid among biggest penalty-minute magnets

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Patchett, Chabon among nominees for book critics prizes

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2010, file photo, author Michael Chabon poses for a photo in New York. Ann Patchett, Chabon and Zadie Smith were among the nominees announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ann Patchett, Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith were among the nominees announced Tuesday for the National Book Critics Circle Awards.



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CRITICAL MASS: Activity at the Row DTLA appears to be gaining momentum, with several retail and office deals now in the pocket of the downtown Los Angeles redevelopment.
The market’s been closely watching the project, at 2 million square feet of space that’s in the midst of a reimagining a six-building portfolio built by the Southern Pacific Railroad originally as its rail yard in the Twenties. The properties, acquired in 2014 by New York real estate investment firm Atlas Capital Group and Square Mile Capital Management for a reported $ 357 million, includes the current headquarters and main factory of American Apparel. Brokerage and development firm Runyon Group is in charge of leasing up the project.
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Harambe and ‘Damn Daniel’ Among The Memes That Won The Internet In 2016

2016 has widely been considered a tough year. But not all of 2016 was a downer. The Internet, as it often does, has provided plenty of hilarity in the form of viral memes to lighten things up.

We took a look at Google’s 2016 search trends and found the top 10 most sought-after memes of the year. From Harambe memes to the angry Michael Phelps face, these Internet creations will go down in online history as classics. 

 

1. Harambe

When Harambe the gorilla was shot in order to protect a small child who had wandered into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, public outrage ensued. The Internet, however, had other plans for Harambe, and used the incident as the basis for a series of viral memes that were hard to miss on social media, making Harambe the top trending meme of the year.  

It’s no surprise that a meme making light of an animal’s death caused quite a bit of controversy, especially with the Cincinnati Zoo. The zoo deleted its social media accounts amidst a barrage of Harambe memes. During the 2016 presidential election, people even joked that they voted for Harambe as a candidate.

 

2. Damn Daniel

The “Damn Daniel” trend all started with a viral tweet, which featured a video of teenager Daniel Lara in his white Vans sneakers. Throughout the clip, Lara’s friend comments on his shoes, saying “damn Daniel.” You have to watch it to truly understand why this is Internet gold, and the second top trending meme of the year

 

3. Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is not only the top Google search of 2016, it is also the third most viral meme of the year. With the game’s U.S. release on July 6, it makes sense that only a few weeks later, the Internet had already gone to work creating memes.  

4. Dat Boi

It’s difficult to trace the origin of “Dat Boi,” the meme featuring an animated frog on a unicycle, but several sources believe it was inspired by an older meme on Tumblr from 2015. While pinpointing the source for its popularity is tricky, “Dat Boi” skyrocketed to viral fame in May 2016, when the vast majority of the “Dat Boi” memes were created.

Adding even more humor to this meme, it appears the image may have come from a physics textbook, according to this Twitter user’s discovery:

 

5. SpongeBob Caveman

Perhaps one of the most visually hilarious meme trends of the year was SpongeBob Caveman, also known as Primitive Sponge. For any SpongeBob SquarePants fans out there, you’ll likely remember the 1999 caveman episode that created the magical creature that is SpongeGar. Fast forward to May 2016, when a Reddit user decided to bring back SpongeGar, sparking the viral meme trend that is now known as SpongeBob Caveman. This timing explains why a spike in Google searches for the meme started in late May. 

 

6. Michael Phelps

If you watched the Rio Olympics, you’re likely familiar with the angry Michael Phelps meme. When the camera featured Phelps’ face in the holding room, as he was listening to music and preparing for his 200m butterfly semifinal, the Internet immediately moved to meme-ify the moment.  

What resulted from this unintentional death stare was a series of memes that we are certainly not going to forget anytime soon.  

 

7. Donald Trump

The Donald Trump memes started trending during the first presidential debate in September, and saw its biggest spike in Google searches in early November, when the election took place. Largely created as a response against Trump’s policies and statements, this meme trend was met with controversy from Trump supporters.

 

8. “Making A Murderer”

The Netflix original documentary “Making A Murderer” left many viewers convinced that Steven Avery was framed and innocent. This inspired a series of comedic memes in his support. Google searches for the memes spiked around mid-January, about a month after the show premiered on December 18. 

 

9. Ken Bone

During the second U.S. presidential debate on September 29, undecided voters had the chance to ask candidates their questions directly. Ken Bone inquired about the candidates’ energy policies, and immediately became an Internet sensation. 

The memes started rolling out within the next few days, causing a spike in Google searches.

 

10. Birdman

During an appearance on the radio show “The Breakfast Club,” rapper Birdman went on a rant and abruptly walked off the show, thus sparking yet another viral meme trend. The first to poke fun at the awkward interview was an Instagram user who uploaded an edited version of the video, with Michael Jordan’s crying face over Birdman’s:

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The Bessie’s: The Dance Community Awards Excellence Among Its Members

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Camille A. Brown performing at the Bessie’s. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.


Rarely are dancers celebrated for their work. They almost never break free from an attentive gaze that comes with constant critique and comparison. In the studio, teachers correct every articulation, striving for perfection in the human body. On the stage, critics dissect performers’ motions, searching for error. As unrealistic as Black Swan might have been, the film captured one thing beautifully: dance is a stressful art form, not just tutus and tiaras.

So it’s especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other’s efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie’s, dance’s version of the Academy Awards or the Tony’s. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign. Bright, plush, velvety décor set the mood, chandeliers cascading to make prisms on the walls. A DJ played music more reminiscent of a club than a cultural event, and the room felt warm, inviting — more than cordial.

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Hosts Carmelita Tropicana and Jock Soto. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.

Performance artist Carmelita Tropicana and former New York City Ballet principal Jock Soto made an unlikely pair as hosts. She proved eccentric, a serpentine bodysuit hugging her curves as she told too many sex jokes to count. He harbored all of the professional, stoic rigidity of a male ballet dancer whose discipline and concentration led to a 24-year career with George Balanchine’s ensemble. Still, they managed to get along, informal and improvised.

The presenters were all big names in the industry, from dancers to choreographers to programmers. Kyle Abraham took the podium, as did one of the women who launched him, Ella Baff. Ivy Baldwin delivered especially poignant eulogies for her deceased collaborator, Lawrence Cassella, and Marcelo Gomes stunned in a gorgeous silver suit.

As for the winners, most were respectful, earnest, and timid. Amar Ramasar, who was awarded Outstanding Performer, thanked Peter Martins for believing in a kid from the Bronx in an especially memorable speech. And in David Neumann’s acceptance for Outstanding Production in I Understand Everything Better, he admitted something with which any dancer could empathize: he was humbled, amazed, and… tired.

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Amar Ramasar accepts his award for Outstanding Performer. Photo credit: Yi-Chun Wu.

For me, the only surprise was that Robert Fairchild did not win Outstanding Performer for An American in Paris. I admit, I’m biased, and always will be biased — ballet is what I most enjoy, and I can grasp it much better than some of the alternative works downtown (though I like those, too, for the challenge). But Fairchild blew me away as Jerry, especially in his final dance scene. His charisma, his finesse, it was all magnificent… a triumph for ballet. The fact that it went unrecognized by the Bessie’s — not only Fairchild’s extraordinary dedication to his part, but also Christopher Wheeldon’s engaging choreography — baffled me.

Another notable absence was any nominee from American Ballet Theatre. This did not shock me; I’ve been following the company since I was a child, when Gomes was the new kid on the block, and I know the company is in a period of transition right now. But the hope is that Kevin McKenzie will nurture a new vanguard of artists and technicians, like Martins has at NYCB in recent years.

The evening’s apex: Steve Paxton called in from Paris to accept the 2015 NY Dance and Performance Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Dance. In a video beforehand, he seemed a little peeved to receive a “lifetime achievement” award; after all, he’s still kicking, still innovating, still creating. But on Skype, he was congenial, offering some off-the-cuff advice: everyone should choreograph something at least once in their life. And if you think about it, we choreograph every day. How we move along the street, how we navigate situations — it’s all choreography, whether physical or psychological.

Like most award shows, the Bessie’s sprinkled in a few performances to rupture the seriousness of the situation. After all, it would be a shame to take up the Apollo stage and not use it. Storyboard P, who won the 2015 Emerging Choreographer Award, liquefied his bones in what seemed a tribute to Michael Jackson. Lisa Nelson improvised a sweet solo with a ribbon at its center. But really the only moment that left an impression was when Camille A. Brown emerged in her white gloves. She’s intoxicating, truly, with the star quality that makes her worth watching. These days, you can’t always believe the hype surrounding a choreographer. Believe the hype about Camille A. Brown.

By 9:30, the show was over. Most people headed to an after-party to dance the night away, sans pirouettes and with alcohol and pizza. Everyone seemed to know everyone else — there were no outsiders, except perhaps me, but I was fine with being an outsider looking in. It was nice to look, to see the friendship and appreciation. I don’t envy artists for their vulnerability to the public, but at the Bessie’s, they mingled among others who understood. Speakers emphasized how hard it is to dance in NYC in the 21st century. But they do it because they love it.

That’s what you could feel at the Apollo: all the love.

For a full list of 2015 nominees and winners, click here.

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