Miami beat out in-state rivals Florida and Florida State in landing 330-pound offensive lineman Jalen Rivers, ESPN’s 32nd ranked recruit and the No. 2 recruit in the state of Florida. www.espn.com – TOP
NASA engineers celebrated as the $ 828 million InSight lander signaled a safe landing on Mars, where it will take the pulse of the Red Planet by monitoring seismic waves from quakes and meteor strikes. WSJ.com: WSJD
Renzo Mancini is proving that you don’t have to be based in a fashion capital to have your products sold by a luxury retailer. Of course, Mancini is a little more remote than most — some would even say, off the grid. Still, he managed to get the attention of Barneys New York buyers from Sardinia, where he lives and operates ExKite with his wife, stylist Eirinn Skrede.
The eco-friendly ExKite creates jackets from kite-surfing kites that are decommissioned and upcycled.
Mancini, a former professional kite surfer, found his calling when he was test-piloting a kite surfing brand. Testing the kites in the water, Mancini realized they could no longer be used for kite surfing, but he didn’t want to throw them away. Each kite was associated with a memory — of a beautiful day or a nice moment on the beach. With Skrede, he designed jackets, each a one-of-a-kind article.
Mancini said he didn’t “want to take a corner at Barneys because we are not yet known.” He had an idea, which sounds quite ambitious, but was second nature for the kite-surfing pro. “‘Why don’t we take two kites and put the logo of Barneys on one and the ExKite logo on
Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.
The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif.
“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the
PROCEED WITH CAUTION: While many brands fortunate enough to land the cover of O, the Oprah Magazin” tend to ramp up production, The Salting has taken a much more measured approach.
Eighteen months after the sharply edited unisex label was launched by Michael Smaldone and Michael Ward, Winfrey donned a gold-colored fedora and caftan on the September cover of her magazine. After O’s creative director Adam Glassman e-mailed to share the news, Smaldone said, “I think I almost fell off my chair. It was pretty great.”
Glassman, whom Smaldone has known for years, liked the looks of The Salting and sent a few of his colleagues in to photograph the collection, and later pulled some items and requested a few hats to be made in Winfrey’s size for her personally. Additional clothes were later sent. About a month ago, Smaldone and Ward were tipped off that a cover shot was a possibility with the caveat that nothing is ever certain.
Trying to be prepared, The Salting launched its e-commerce site earlier this week. There was also considerable discussion about the potential sales ripple triggered by the Oprah effect. “We thought what the jackpot would be, that would be her on the cover in
NATURE CALLS: After cutting a swathe through Paris and Milan in past years, the I Love Linen campaign has landed in London against a backdrop of ecological and sustainability-focused events and initiatives in the British capital. The French designer Philippe Nigro and CELC, The European Confederation of Flax and Hemp, are looking to raise linen’s profile as an environmentally friendly fabric. The campaign has already confirmed collaborations with 40 brands and retailers including Vivienne Westwood, The White Company, Max Mara and L.K. Bennett, across 200 locations in the UK.
John Lewis in Oxford Circus is promoting the campaign, which coincides with V&A’s Fashioned From Nature exhibition, which opened last week and runs through January, and Fashion Revolution Week, an annual initiative that marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured. Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit global movement that campaigns for systemic reform of the fashion industry with a focus on the need for greater transparency in the supply chain.
“Linen has become an identifiable symbol for quality products, and a reaction to the epidemic of disposability. As a designer, when using specific materials it has become essential not to cheat, to look
DUBAI — Banker turned footwear designer Jennifer Chamandi landed here this week to launch a pop-up at Level Shoes in Dubai Mall. The collection consists of seven styles, and her first bridal shoe.
“I like to work with exclusives because it brings a strong relationship with my retailers,” Chamandi said.
Retailers have responded positively to her signature heels, which feature a distinctive gold-plated eyedrop-shaped hole carved and inlaid into every heel. A removable strap is worn threaded through the hole.
The signature has set the designer apart, she said. “I wanted the shoes to be recognizable because it’s a very competitive market.”
Developing the heel was complex. “It’s very easy to have a strap around the heel, but I need something more technical.”
Chamandi studied Italian intensely for four months before going to meet the family run artisan atelier in Parabiago, Italy’s shoe capital, to present her idea. It took nine months of prototyping and manufacturing innovations to create the technically complicated shoe. “We developed a technique, a whole different type of heel,” she explained. Chamandi is in the process of patenting the heel in the U.K., which is she said is “99 percent there.”
“Every season I like to introduce one style. I really think buyers need
Showtime is wading into the world of Fox News as scandal continues to buffet the cable channel. The premium cabler has landed the rights to “Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes,” a look at the Fox News founder’s rise and fall. The limited series will draw on reporting from New York magazine writer… Read more »
MOUSE IN THE HOUSE: Challenging the notion that the fashion world takes itself too seriously is the “Minnie: Style Icon” exhibition at Blacks Members Club. Walt Disney’s Minnie Mouse was a fashionista from the outset after all: SHE made her debut alongside Mickey in a 1928 animation based on the Twenties flapper as portrayed by actress Colleen Moore, and her signature polka dot skirt was inspired by Coco Chanel’s Easy Jersey collection.
The show, a partnership between Disney and the British Fashion Council, explores the character of the world’s most stylish mouse and her influence on fashion and pop culture via archive imagery, sketches, celebrity portraits and fashion spreads. It also showcases exclusive photography by model Georgia May Jagger.
Highlights include Herb Ritts’ 1987 shot of Madonna sporting a pair of mouse ears in her Tokyo hotel room; a similarly accessorized Chanel Iman on the back of an elephant for Vogue Germany; and pictures from earlier this year of British fashion designer Ashley William’s Minnie Style collection for Dazed magazine starring Georgia May Jagger – not to mention Jagger’s own snaps of Minnie in a domestic setting. “I’m really excited to be including my own photographic work, interpreting Minnie’s style and making
Always up for a challenge, First Lady Michelle Obama will help Lands’ End put the word out about its own challenge that is set for the new Lifetime show “Project Runway Junior.”
FLOTUS will appear in a video during the Dec. 10 episode of the show to let viewers know that the Lands’ End initiative will benefit Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative aimed at the 62 million girls around the world who are not currently in school. The effort, which includes a tie-in to the Peace Corps, strives to help teenage girls go to and stay in school.
Ranging in age from 14 to 17, “Project Runway Junior’s” 12 contestants will be vying for the chance to design an item that will be sold via Lands’ End’s Web site. This season’s winner will go home with a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, a Brother-provided work studio, a Seventeen magazine feature and a $ 25,000 cash prize to help launch their collection.
The First Lady has traveled around the globe to promote Let Girls Learn as well as other initiatives that help groom motivated, well-educated and healthy children. In addition to her Let’s Move and Let’s Read
THE SUPERNATURAL: Live The Process, the luxury activewear brand launched by publicist Robyn Berkley, landed at the Upper East Side boutique Fivestory on Thursday afternoon — a new stockist for the two-year-old label, which is also sold via Barneys New York, Netaporter.com, Holt Renfrew and Tiina the Store — with a wellness-themed event. Shoppers sampled green juices from LuliTonix, received mini-ayurvedic consultations with skin-care guru Dr. Pratima Raichur, and sat for psychic readings with New York-based astrologer Rebecca Gordon, who was stationed near the store’s entrance, analyzing each guest’s birth chart on her laptop.
Live The Process is one of two activewear collections stocked in Fivestory; the other is New York-based Outdoor Voices. “We are not just about ‘the look,’ we are about the feel, the experience and adventure,” said the boutique’s owner Claire Distenfeld. “Confidence, the way one carries the self, and self-expression are just as important as material, embellishment and embroidery… With Live The Process, I see synergetic elements that are paralleled to [that] ethos.”
Berkley said her collection aims to juxtapose nature and city life. “We offer the romantic and soft side with the space floral [print], and strength through sleek and modern lines,” she said. For fall, new styles
Black Elk speaks of the “square boxes” his people were forced into, and Winona LaDuke of the “boxes of mints” on Native lands. As long as the government was deciding what tribal buildings should look like, Native custom and culture were bound to be boxed in-or boxed out. But in the post-1996 era of more flexible housing policies, Native peoples have assumed a key role in the design of buildings on tribal lands. The result is an architecture that finally accords with the traditions and ideas of the people who inhabit it. A virtual tour of recent Native building projects in Canada and the western and midwestern United States, “New Architecture on Indigenous Lands” conducts readers through cultural centers and schools, clinics and housing, and even a sugar camp, all while showing how tribal identity is manifested in various distinctive ways. Focusing on such sites as the Tribal Council Chambers of the Pojoaque Pueblo; the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary in New Mexico; the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, British Columbia; and the T’lisalagi’lakw Elementary School, Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka offer wide-ranging insights into the sensory, symbolic, cultural, and environmental contexts of this new architecture. With close attention to details of design, questions of tradition, and cultural issues, and through interviews with designers and their Native clients, the authors provide an in-depth introduction to the new Native architecture in its many guises-and a rare chance to appreciate its aesthetic power.
Tess Holliday, the size 22 supermodel who was signed to MiLK Model Management in January, has yet another reason to celebrate. She’s the cover star of People magazine’s 2015 body issue.
Holliday, who is known for serving up style and self-love on her Instagram account, has had a busy few months. She is the face of Torrid’s spring campaign and is responsible for the widely used #effyourbeautystandards hashtag, empowering women to wear whatever they want — regardless of their shape.
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The 29-year-old beauty, who first tried to get into modeling 14 years ago, has encountered her fair share of obstacles. In her interview with People, she explains that not only was she turned down by the industry, she also faced bullying at school.
Still, Holliday pushed forward, and it’s that resilience which has led to her success. “I just knew that I could do it,” she said. “I wasn’t the best, and I still am not the best. The key to it is just doing it.”
Head to People.com for more from the interview. The body issue hits newsstands May 22.
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Ever since she became the first size-22 model to score a major contract with U.K.-based Milk Management, Tess Holliday’s name has been all over the news. And it’s probably safe to say she’s not going anywhere as she just landed the cover of People, on newsstands this Friday. In case you’re not quite up to date on the modeling sensation, here’s a primer.
Her real name is Ryann Hoven: According to Buzzfeed, Holliday was born Ryann Hoven and has also been known as Tess Munster and Tess Typhoon. The mother of one to son Riley, nine, has been using her fiancé Nick Holliday’s last name professionally since January.
Holliday’s big break came from an unlikely source: Though she wasn’t a cast member, Holliday was the face of the A&E TV show Heavy. She appeared in nationwide print and billboard ads for the show. Since then she’s gone on to model for brands such as Domino Dollhouse and Jessica Louise Clothing. She’s also been featured in Vogue Italia.
She almost didn’t make it in the industry: After being turned away from an audition in Atlanta at 15 for being “too short and too big,” Holliday posted photos of herself on Model Mayhem. It was only then that her career started to take off.
Holliday is the founder of viral body-positive moment Eff Your Beauty Standards: She started it on Instagram two years ago, “as a way of giving the metaphorical middle finger to society in regards to what we’re told we can’t wear and what we should like when you’re plus size,” says the model. The account currently has more than 100,000 followers, while the hashtag has been used over 700,000 times.
Last May, Holliday teamed up with Gabi Gregg and Nadia Aboulhosn on the #everyBODYisflawless movement: Check out their remix to Beyonce’s video.
What do you think about Tess Holliday landing this magazine cover? Hear more from the model in this video, then discuss in the comments!
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The Dead Lands TV SPOT – Warrior Spirit (2015) – James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare Movie HD
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by the band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious ‘Warrior’ a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. Uploads by Film Festivals and Indie Films
Used – Two well-known writers here join forces to describe the special and traditional Catholic feast day dishes of many lands. Whereas the the variety in Christmas, New Year, and Easter observances is known, less familiar are the special foods for “Mothering Sunday,” “Maundy Thursday,” “Lamas Day.” Few know that the origin of the veal cutlet is attributed to St. Ambrose, who thus prepared the meat he gave to the poor; that the favorite sweetmeat of St. Francis of Assisi was Frangipane; or that