A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination

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Palace Skateboards Teams With Adidas for Court-Driven Apparel and Accessories Collaboration

For an elevated echelon of athletes, Wimbledon — with its grass courts, all-white dress code and strawberries and cream tradition — could be considered palatial in terms of sporting events. With 11 tournament wins, Roger Federer might be considered king.
In time for the crown jewel in London’s tennis circuit, the British skate label Palace has linked with Adidas to create a court-ready collection. The Adidas tennis by Palace collection debuts globally on July 3. To help get the message out, photographer Alasdair McLellan shot Palace-sponsored skateboarders Blondey McCoy, Lucien Clarke and Rory Milanes, along with Adidas-supported tennis players Sascha Zverev and 2017 Wimbledon women’s singles winner Garbiñe Muguruza.
The two brands have whipped up an assortment of items including a white terry tracksuit with removable sleeves, an engineered polo shirt, a graphic T-shirt and two styles of short. For the women’s range — a new frontier for Palace — there is a dress, a tank top with shorts, T-shirt and skirt. Each garment has a short legging in line with those worn by leading tennis stars.
Rounding out the assortment are accessories such as crew socks, and “no-show’ ones, a tie band, caps, wristbands, a white terry bucket hat, tennis balls and

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Sir Paul and Dame Darcey honoured at palace

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My Very Own Versailles: Homeowners Who Re-Create the Palace

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Reunited! Prince Harry and Barack Obama Meet Up at Kensington Palace

Look who’s back!

On Saturday, former President Barack Obama met up with Prince Harry at Kensington Palace — where Harry lives in London — for an informal chat. The visit came a little over one year after Obama’s headline-making visit to the Palace where he met with Harry, Princess Kate, Prince William and a bathrobe-wearing Prince George.

The two  discussed “a range of shared interests,” a palace spokesperson said in a statement — including “support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations.”

Obama, 55, also offered his condolences to the victims and support for those recovering from injuries from Monday’s tragic attack in Manchester, that left 22 people killed and 119 injured from an explosive device detonated by a suicide bomber moments after an Ariana Grande concert ended.

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On Tuesday, the former president tweeted about the attack, writing “Our hearts go out to those killed and wounded in Manchester. Americans will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of the UK.”

He also wrote about his meeting with Harry on Saturday, tweeting “Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack.”

It’s been thirteen months since Harry, William and Kate hosted Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for a private dinner at the Palace.

The special evening – which followed lunch at Buckingham Palace with the Queen – was arranged by William on behalf of all three royals, and “they were delighted that were able to accept,” a palace source told PEOPLE at the time.

“The three of them have built up a relationship with the president and first lady over the years,” the source added.

Indeed they have. Kate and William first met the Obamas at Buckingham Palace in 2011 just after the royal wedding. It was their first joint engagement as a married couple.

In 2014, William visited the Oval Office, where he and then-President Obama discussed the campaign to clamp down on illegal wildlife trafficking.

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Harry has his own special relationship with the Michelle. Last June, he hosted the First Lady and First Daughters Malia and Sasha – along with grandma Marian Robinson – for tea at Kensington Palace. Then in October, it was the the Obamas’ turn to play hosts to a visiting Harry, where the chemistry between Michelle and the royal was on adorable display.

The two reunited once again in May, when they teamed up in Orlando for Harry’s Invictus Games for veterans.

“I have to say that the most precious thing – if you haven’t already fallen in love – is to see him with his nephew,” Michelle told ABC News’ Robin Roberts of Harry after kicking off the Games.


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Palace Opens First U.S. Store

In the middle of Palace’s new New York flagship there’s a bronze cherub-like sculpture holding a “P” and urinating into a P-shaped pool of water. On its Instagram account, Palace, a popular streetwear brand based in London, identified the structure as a fountain of youth and a temple of pea pea.
This type of humor is intrinsic to Palace Skateboards, which was founded by Lev Tanju in 2014, and the fountain is Instagram bait for the young crowd — people started to gather at 49 Howard Street on Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the store opening on Friday morning.

Company officials declined to comment about the store and its entry into the American market.
About an hour before the shop opened at 11 a.m., things were civilized and a sizable line of shoppers snaked down Mercer Street — at one point the crowd erupted in excitement when YouTube star Casey Neistat skateboarded down the block. Then the store opened and disorder ensued, so much so that the New York City Police Department had to close down the shop and turn away customers.
“Palaceskateboards should have had a system in place for something like this. [It] could have taken people’s names down or something. [I] waited in the

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Buckingham Palace Called An ‘Emergency Meeting,’ And The Internet Couldn’t Cope

Britain’s royal family sent the internet into overdrive on Thursday morning.

Rumors began swirling online after the Daily Mail reported that Queen Elizabeth II’s “entire household” had been called together for an “emergency meeting” at Buckingham Palace.

Royal officials later revealed the real reason for the all-hands meeting was to announce the retirement of Prince Philip, the queen’s 95-year-old husband, from official engagements later this year.

But in the time it took for the palace to make the official announcement, speculation and panic took over ― with much of it centering on the possibility that Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, or another senior member of the royal family had died.

Prince Philip is, however, in apparent good health (he opened a new stand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday). 

Here’s a roundup of just some of the other rumors ― plausible and otherwise ― that took hold of Twitter overnight before the royal family made its announcement:

 

The queen was going to abdicate.

Prince Harry had gotten engaged to Meghan Markle.

The queen was abdicating in favor of Prince Harry.

Prince Harry was going to be revealed as a wizard.

Britain was going to reclaim the United States.

Britain was going to declare war on France.

The palace’s empty rooms were being listed on Airbnb.

The Ministry Of Magic had fallen.

One of the queen’s Corgis had died.

The queen was going to be the new ‘Doctor Who.’ 

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Palace to Open New York Store

Palace is making its way to New York.
The skate brand, which is headquartered in London, took to Instagram to post a cryptic video earlier this week with the date “5.5.17” spinning against a city backdrop. And today the brand confirmed it would open in New York with another Instagram video featuring Jonah Hill, a Chihuahua, a robot and a dancing Palace logo.
Palace was founded by former skater Lev Tanju in 2009. Tanju opened a London shop in 2015 and he’s created a strong following with his graphic logo and collaborations with brands including Adidas and Reebok.

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Kensington Palace Unveils Princess Diana Style Exhibition

LONDON — It’s been nearly 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and Kensington Palace — the royal’s former home – is marking the anniversary with a show of her style — and how it evolved over the years.
“Diana: Her Fashion Story,” which opens to the public on Friday, showcases looks she wore during daytime public engagements as well as for evening occasions. It will be open for two years.
“Diana has become a fashion icon in the same way as Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn — timeless, elegant, and still so relevant,” said curator Eleri Lynn, during a walk-through on Wednesday.
“She championed British fashion designers and put many of them on the international stage. Everything she wore had a huge impact and was copied by the high street. She helped popularize the romantic look in the early Eighties, the fabulously glamorous ‘Dynasty’ look in the late Eighties, and the sleek silhouettes of the Nineties. Each of these looks reappears on the catwalk from time to time, and are inseparable from Diana. Perhaps her greatest influence, though, will be championing understated British tailoring in the Nineties,” she said.
Lynn described the show as the story of “a young woman who had to

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Kensington Palace to Showcase Princess Diana’s Wardrobe in 2017

HOUSE OF STYLE: It’s shaping up to be a year of aristo wardrobes on display. Kensington Palace plans to examine Princess Diana’s style with a big show set for February, marking 20 years since the royal’s death in 1997.
The announcement of “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” follows the news that Chatsworth plans to showcase 500 years of fashion, textile and clothing from the archives of the Dukes of Devonshire with an exhibition scheduled for March.
Kensington Palace, Diana’s former home, will host the two-year show that aims to trace the evolution of her style, from the more romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamorous ones she embraced in later life as she became ever more confident about her style and friends her favorite designers included Gianni Versace and Bruce Oldfield.
The Estée Lauder Cos., a longtime supporter of programs at Kensington Palace, is the show’s sponsor.
“Everything Diana wore was closely scrutinized, and the exhibition will explore how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: Learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about,” organizers said.
Pieces to be displayed include evening gowns worn on engagements in the Eighties, to the Catherine Walker

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CHARLOTTE’S SNAPS: Kensington Palace released two photographs of Princess Charlotte on Sunday.
Taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, the photos were shot in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, earlier this month.
Princess Charlotte is shown sitting on a gingham chair wearing a print dress and a pink cardigan alongside a stuffed animal.
This is the second set of photos shot by the duchess. Kensington Palace released portraits of Prince George and Prince Charlotte in June, shot at the family’s home in Kensington Palace in mid-May, two weeks after Charlotte was born.

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Guerrilla Warfare: The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest at the Palace of Fine Arts

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Closing night of the 16th annual San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Fest opened to the classic groove of The Police in a bleak, reflective mood – “when the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around” – to which the five classy gentlemen of GroovMekanex in denim-blue button downs and white hats responded in crisp and witty style. The other local acts on this program did not fare quite so well, largely eclipsed by the imported talent.

Curated by legend-in-her-own-time Micaya, the festival takes hip-hop out of its customary competitive arena and on to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts – which might sound like an incongruous setting for a gritty street art form, but the packed house on Sunday night hollered their appreciation as if we were all hanging out together on the corner of Mission and 24th scoping out a sidewalk battle.

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Ensemble performances were punctuated by two brilliant solo turns, both from Los Angeles: the first by the feisty Toogie-saurus (Teresa Toogie Barcelo) who channelled Nina Simone and the searing saxophone of the late great King Curtis in “I Put a Spell on You,” the second by the masterful Boogie Frantick to a hypnotic score by Flume and Chet Faker. Frantick’s silky moves – whether embodying ocean waves in silhouette against a backdrop lit sea-blue, or a graffiti artist using invisible walls and his own body as a canvas – and his brilliant stop-motion achieve a poetry that touches on tragedy as easily as it does the lighter side of romantic infatuation in No Diggity (“baby, you’re a perfect 10”).

Sacramento’s Greathouse of Dance (G.H.D.) boasted some impossibly young talent strutting their stuff like far more seasoned artists, with no narrative or props, and no costumes – apart from some formidable armor sported by the final quintet – just the moves straight out of the studio and off the street. They made it all look easy, didn’t take themselves too seriously, with flashes of brilliance.

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Storytelling by the other ensembles proved a decidedly mixed bag. San Francisco’s Funkanometry tried to convey the angst of life in an asylum (both literal and figurative, according to program notes) but the army of young women in white, with painted faces that looked like the makeup artist from Twilight had a seizure halfway through the job, did not seem to have been given coherent persona to convey, and mostly came across as a bunch of hysterical teenagers emoting.

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The four bewitching goddesses of Zamounda Crew, from Paris, went through a breakneck series of costume changes in their roguish attempt to skewer the French obsession with haute couture, but were ultimately at their most powerful in street clothes.

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Despite the welcome presence of three singers onstage, and the rousing athleticism of five bare-chested dancers, Oakland’s Embodiment Project tribute to African American male victims of hate crimes and racial profiling fell somewhat flat. The names of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant inscribed on the dancers’ jeans and the heartfelt rendition of Gregory Porter’s politically charged “1960 What?” about the 1967 Detroit riots made an obvious point, as did tired tropes like fists in the air, but the choreography meandered aimlessly.

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In sharp contrast was the buildup of tension by the Brazilian Ritmos Family in their taut and mesmerizing “Fusion of Move.” Ritmos’ five male dancers integrate martial arts and contemporary dance moves seamlessly into the hip-hop vernacular to create images of desperation and hope. The result conveys not just attitude, but hints at backstories and a compelling narrative of transformation.

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London’s BirdGang Dance Company told an equally striking tale in “Vice,” an Orwellian nightmare in which an office worker struggles to escape from his desk but finds himself glued to it in bizarre fashion. Once free, he is persecuted by hooded figures to the ominous buzz and throb of a score that melds electronic music with Tom Waits, horror film composer Christopher Young, and Radiohead. A lovely nymph (the luminous Kendra Horsburgh) hovers, in a spotlight, always out of the young man’s reach. Lit cigarettes and cigarette smoke blown with admirable precision by the malignant spirits add further menace to the intense, dramatic choreography. Remarkably, the entire piece echoes one of the three sculpted panels of the Grecian frieze that encircles the rotunda of the Palace of Fine Arts, entitled “The Struggle for the Beautiful”: Art, embodied by a beautiful nude woman, stands in the center while idealists struggle against the materialists, conceived as centaurs, who seek to crush Art.

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BirdGang’s triumph did not entirely make up for the misbegotten spectacle of Mind Over Matter’s portrayal of an Amsterdam bordello. Choreographers today are marvelously adept at fusing all manner of dance styles with hip-hop – why not burlesque? But this literal, ham-fisted exhibition of ladies in pleather, garters, sparkly bras and stiletto heels prancing about and servicing two hapless gentlemen under the watchful eye of a platinum blond-plaited, whip-wielding madam was conceived without a trace of irony, subverting the considerable power of hip-hop to convey righteous, youthful anger and rebellion.

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This piece ranks with the insidious MTV evangelism, propagated by the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna et al who persuade their fans that images of semi-clad women gyrating and fondling themselves on stage and on camera somehow empowers all women. That many in the audience roared at the overt depictions of ladies of the night performing oral sex on johns while in the splits, and then receiving oral gratification from the men while doing headstands in the splits, merely suggests that they (audience) have not fully explored the array of adult channels offered by their local cable providers. Ballet to the People imagined the graceful statues of Weeping Women – another extraordinary ornament of the Palace of Fine Arts that stand guard at each corner of the Palace’s Corinthian columns – shedding copious tears on Sunday night at the leaden, unfunny female objectification.

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If Mind Over Matter was shooting for satire or parody, towering examples can be found in the dance scenes in 1966’s Sweet Charity, choreographed and directed by Bob Fosse, the 1969 film of which the creators and the otherwise terrific performers of Mind Over Matter might find illuminating.

Inevitable, perhaps, that an ambitious festival that unites troupes with such disparate backgrounds and manifestos will present unevenly. Hip-hop is indisputably the most potent dance form on the planet today, the most likely engine of artistic revolution, and while the battlefronts must be diverse, what Micaya and other guerrillas around the world are doing to infiltrate opera houses and concert halls is essential to winning the war.

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Photos:

1. GroovMekanex (Photo: Ceination)
2. Boogie Frantick (Photo: Melika Dez)
3. Funkanometry (Photo: Elisa Chiu)
4. Zamounda Crew (Photo: Elisa Chiu)
5. Embodiment Project (Photo: James Knox)
6. Embodiment Project (Photo: Elisa Chiu)
7. & 8. Ritmos Family (Photo: Agencia Espetaculum)
9. BirdGang Dance Company (Photo: Elisa Chiu)
10. Bruno Luis Zimm’s repeating stone panels around the entablature of the Rotunda at the Palace of Fine Arts, representing “The Struggle for the Beautiful”
11. & 12. Mind Over Matter (Photo: Elisa Chiu)
13. Ulric Ellerhusen’s Weeping Women atop the colonnade of the Palace of Fine Arts
14. Micaya (Photo:Blake Tucker)
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