Intel Puts its Rack Scale Design into Open Source

Intel announced the release of its Intel Rack Scale Architecture into open source code.

Intel describes its design as an industry-standard framework for disaggregating and dynamically managing compute, storage, and network resources for more efficient utilization of data center assets. The aim is to provice dynamic management of compute, memory, PCIe, and storage resources and the pooling of those resources for more efficient use of data center assets.

The architecture was discussed at last year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2015).

Intel Rack Scale Design is based upon and use the Redfish industry standard from DMTFOpens in a new window for modern and secure management of scalable platform hardware in the modern data center.

http://itpeernetwork.intel.com/intel-rack-scale-desig n-now-ready-open-source-development/


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Apartments win 2016 Victorian Building Design of the Year

A multi-residential development has been awarded Building Design of the Year for the first time in the BDAV Building Design Awards history, adding fuel to the fiery discussion surrounding who should and who shouldn't be allowed to design apartment buildings in Victoria.

EME Design received the honour from the Building Designers Association of Victoria for its Artisan Apartments project in Heidelberg, an 8.6-Star energy rating building with thirteen dwellings and a sculptural roof.

The project was called a true exemplar of sustainable living in a time where Victoria and particularly Melbourne look to new ways to house its growing population.

The win also couldn't have come at a better time for the building designer profession who are currently in a turf war with architects over who should have the right to design multi-residential buildings in the state. The Australian Institute of Architects recently called for a requirement to use registered architects to design multi-storey apartment buildings in Victoria, as is already the case in NSW.

Victorian apartment standards are currently being drafted by the state government, an initiative welcomed by the Institute and a large number of its members. But not all architects are on board. A few, like Plus Architecture's Craig Yelland, are concerned that standards will stifle creativity, increase apartment costs and price locals out the city.

Despite the calls for the requirement of an architect to design multi-res buildings, some building designers such as former BDAV President Michael O'Sullivan have welcomed the idea of Victorian apartment standards. In 2014 O'Sullivan welcomed the possibility of VADs however he said they should not mirror NSW's SEPP65 standards which stipulate all apartment buildings be designed by an architect.

"As far as the BDAV is concerned, the media that has been alluding to the fact that the Victorian Standards will be similar to NSW's SEPP65, which stipulates that only architects can design apartment buildings, is purely conjecture."

"As building designers, we are confident that the Victorian Government will not implement twelve year old NSW tailored legislation, and will develop their own guidelines in consultation with industry, that truly reflects the progressive nature of registration of building practitioners in Victoria."

DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE

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Timothy Ellis, Chair of the Judging Panel, said that the project addresses the growing demand for sustainable medium-density living apartments with a diversity of plan layouts and sizes.

"The team at EME Design have 'designed for the future', creating a true exemplar of sustainable living and ticking all the boxes in a convincing and credible manner," Ellis said.

"Through features such as carefully-detailed building fabric and internal daylighting, water efficient plumbing fixtures and a 20,000 litre rainwater tank, as well as energy-efficient lighting, occupants will benefit from lower running costs and healthier spaces in the 8.6-Star energy rating development.

"The project complements its surrounding environment and setting with all 13 apartments designed to accommodate spacious living areas and bedrooms with abundant natural light and a genuine cross ventilation produced from surrounding public spaces."

"This is a unique and stunningly sculptural home for local empty nesters and young professionals, who would otherwise be driven to Melbourne's fringe."

87_Artisan_0038_s1.jpg87_Artisan-Apartments-82.jpgLead designer Luke Middleton said the Artisan Apartments is a serious alternative to traditional suburban living and is designed to bridge a gap in the market for people wanting to live in smaller, quality homes in established suburbs.

""The inspiration behind the design was our commitment to a better, more sustainable model for increased densification, and by the client's desire for an exemplary design that supports and encourages a neighbourly community within the building," Middleton said.

"The project is a commitment to high design principles, with each apartment going through a rigorous process to ensure it has access to ample natural light, privacy, and a carefully-considered layout."

"Artisan Apartments combines the amenity of 'house living' with the convenience, community, and price tag of apartment living."

Kangaroo Ground Pavilion by S L Building Designs won the people's choice award from a shortlist of 55 projects.

Recently, an apartment project took out the Houses Awards top honour for the first time in the program's history, a timber-heavy luxurious Sydney apartment by Chenchow Little earning the title of House of the Year ahead of a strong field of 152 finalists.

Sydney multiple-dwelling projects swept the floor at the recent 2016 Development Excellence Awards.

The full list of BDAV Building Design Awards winners:

BUILDING DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2016

Artisan Apartments by EME Design

RESIDENTIAL – NEW HOUSES: UP TO $300,000

Cathedralette by EME Design


RESIDENTIAL – NEW HOUSES: $300,000-$500,000

Culvert House Trentham by Maxa Design

COMMENDATION

  • Kangaroo Ground Pavilion by S L Building Designs

RESIDENTIAL – NEW HOUSES: $500,001-$1M

Taking it to the Bank by JFK Design


RESIDENTIAL – NEW HOUSES: OVER $1M

Sorrento House 1 by Vibe Design


RESIDENTIAL—ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS UP TO $200,000

The Burke Road Sun Room by Ardent Architects


RESIDENTIAL—ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS $200,001-$500,000

Agnes 4 by Dig Design

COMMENDATION

  • Bishop House by Maxa Design

RESIDENTIAL—ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS OVER $500,000

Cantebury Project by Roy Hodgson Design

COMMENDATION

  • Waltham Jewel by Melbourne Design Studios

MULTI-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

Artisan Apartments by EME Design


RESIDENTIAL—BEST SMALL LOT DESIGN

Upsidedown House by UMBAU Placeformspace


NON-RESIDENTIAL—NEW PROJECT

Chrismont Windery by M G Design & Building


RESIDENTIAL—HERITAGE CONSERVATION PROJECT

The Burke Road Sun Room by Ardent Architects

COMMENDATION

  • Dilkusha by Peter Jackson

RESIDENTIAL—BEST ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN

Artisan Apartments by EME Design


RESIDENTIAL—BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Artisan Apartments by EME Design

COMMENDATION

  • Culvert House Trentham by Maxa Design

NON-RESIDENTIAL – BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Winton Wetlands Hub by NRG Systems


RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

Taking it to the Bank

COMMENDATION

  • Waltham Jewel by Melbourne Design Studios

NON-RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

Chrismont Winery by M G Design & Building

COMMENDATION

  • BCM Headquarters by Crosier Scott & Associates

MOST INNOVATIVE KITCHEN DESIGN

Sorrento House 1 by Vibe Design Group

COMMENDATION

  • Cumquat Tree House by Megowan Architectural

MOST INNOVATIVE BATHROOM DESIGN

Palm Court by Wilson Id


MOST INNOVATIVE SMALL WORKS PROJECT

Duplay by Archsign


EXCELLENCE IN USE OF STEEL

Batman House by Clever Design


EXCELLENCE IN USE OF TIMBER

Battery Point by Designers By Nature

COMMENDATION


EXCELLENCE IN USE OF GLASS (JOINT WINNERS)

BCM Headquarters by Crosier Scott & Associates

Taking it to the Bank by JFK Design


EXCELLENCE IN USE OF BRICK

Richmond Hill House by Rachcoff Vella Architecture


EXCELLENCE IN USE OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS

Waltham Jewel Melbourne Design Studios


PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

Kangaroo Ground Pavilion by S L Building Designs


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OMA and HASSELL reveal design for New Museum for Western Australia

Two global architecture firms HASSELL and Office for Metropolitan Architecture(OMA) have revealed design for New Museum for Western Australia. Commissioned by Western Australian Government, two architecture offices will work on the project with leading global contractor Brookfield Multiplex and Western Australian Government for the highly anticipated New Museum for WA.

New Museum Francis Street façade.

The latest design with the contract to design and build, the New Museum was officially awarded to the Brookfield Multiplex-led team. The HASSELL + OMA design, to be located in the heart of Perth's cultural precinct, has been conceived as a collection of physical and virtual 'stories', providing a multidimensional framework for visitors to engage with the Western Australian people and places.

New Museum features a huge transparent box with the existing building.

''Our vision for the design was to create spaces that promote engagement and collaboration, responding to the needs of the Museum and the community. We want it to create a civic place for everyone, an interesting mix of heritage and contemporary architecture that helps revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre while celebrating the culture of Western Australia on the world stage. The design is based on the intersection of a horizontal and vertical loop creating large possibilities of curatorial strategies for both temporary and fixed exhibitions,'' said HASSELL Principal and Board Director Mark Loughnan, and OMA Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten.

A view of Museum street entrance presents large public space.

The basic feature of design features a public space that is the central point of the new museum, in terms of both location and programming. It is a spectacular outdoor room framed by refurbished heritage buildings and intersected by new buildings and virtual platforms, enabling the diverse stories of Western Australia to be told.

New Museum Francis Street façade.

A large new temporary gallery space will complement the extensive permanent collection of the museum that includes renowned collections including the much-loved Blue Whale skeleton. The Museum will host a diverse range of cultural, retail and dining experiences, increasing visitor numbers especially after hours.

Interior view showing giant stairs also used as sitting area.

Early works are expected to start in late 2016 with main construction starting in 2017. The New Museum is due to be completed in 2020.

Museum view at night.

All images courtesy of HASSELL+OMA

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Any serious graphic design student or graphic designer should subscribe to at least one graphic design industry magazine. Graphic design magazines give graphic designers and graphic design students the ability to keep up with current graphic design trends, learn about new or coming graphic design technology, and discover new graphic design opportunities. Graphic design magazines can also give graphic design students information about graphic design scholarships and graphic design competitions.

One of the best graphic design magazines is HOW Magazine. This graphic design magazine allows graphic designers to find information about graphic design technology, freelancing as a graphic designer, and graphic design career opportunities. Students of graphic design will find this graphic design magazine helpful in its showcases of graphic design career opportunities, graphic design schools, and graphic design events. Of interest for all graphic designers and graphic design students is the stress that this magazine puts on not just the how, but the why and the creativity of graphic design.

Graphic Design USA is another fabulous graphic design magazine. This graphic design magazine has technology information for serious graphic designers to keep up with industry news. Graphic Design USA magazine also has resources for students of graphic design, as well as contests and scholarship programs. The online version of Graphic Design USA magazine also has opportunities for free graphic design stuff, and a graphic design online newsletter that can be emailed to your inbox weekly.

Print Magazine is yet another great graphic design magazine. This graphic design magazine seems to tend more toward the creativity side of graphic design. With regional and nationwide graphic design contests, student graphic design contests, and other graphic design competitions, this graphic design magazine is a must for students of graphic design or those just starting a career in graphic design. The online version of Print Magazine offers graphic design forums, a free graphic design newsletter, and other free graphic design stuff.

DT&G, (Design, Type, and Graphics) Magazine is an online only publication for graphic designers. This graphic design online magazine offers the option to read on the web site, or on a text only email edition that is sent out around the first of every month to subscribers. Not only does this online graphic design magazine offer industry news, graphic design technology information, and other graphic design features, but it also offers reviews of graphic design software, graphic design books, and other graphic design resources. Anything graphic design related, big or small, might be included in this online graphic design magazine.

There are many other graphic design resources and graphic design magazines that can be found both on and off of the internet. Serious graphic designers and graphic design students should subscribe to at least one graphic design industry publication in order to keep up with the latest graphic design industry news. If you would like to find more graphic design magazines and resources, do an internet search for graphic design magazine and be amazed at the wealth of graphic design information available to you in this type of graphic design forum.


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Unique design features add beauty, longevity to new Vikings stadium

MINNEAPOLIS -- At the top of the Vikings' shiny, new $1.1 billion football palace, there is a ring of glass separating the seating bowl from the roof that the team and the stadium designers call the "clear story."

At night, when U.S. Bank Stadium is lit up, the clear story gives the visual impression that the roof is floating. And on sunny mornings, the large windows allow sunlight to flow in from the east, bathing the seats on the other side of the stadium in a yellow glow.

The clear story is one of the many calling cards for architects of the stadium -- and one that almost didn't make the cut: With the cost of the project rising, Mortenson Construction told the Vikings that eliminating that particular feature would save the team $800,000.

"At the time we were over a perceived budget. They said, 'Well, we'd like to accept that,'" said John Hutchings, sports principal-in-charge at HKS Sports and Entertainment.

"We said, 'Over our dead body.' . . . It was a decision that we fought hard to keep. We didn't win all of them, but that was one that was pretty important for the overall look of the stadium."

The discussion was one of the countless debates that come with designing, approving and building a stadium of this kind of size and scope.

In the end, HKS won that tussle. Vikings owner Mark Wilf pointed to that clear story as a sign of the additional investment the team put into the project to try to achieve the "world class" designation that the franchise has used to describe it from the stadium's infancy.

The first official event is Wednesday, an international soccer exhibition that has sold more than 55,000 tickets.

"When you weigh those millions of dollars versus the span of a building like this, we wanted to make sure that in five or 10 years this building wouldn't be instantly obsolete. We want this building to last for decades and generations to come," Wilf said.

"Things like letting in that light, hundreds of decisions like that, our whole team really made sure to implement that vision that the fan experience were to be maintained."

There were other points of contention. Some designers preferred to have a scoreboard hanging over the field like the famous giant boards at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Vikings wanted to have video boards above the lower bowl in both end zones so that fans didn't have to crane their necks upward to see replays.

And the huge glass doors on the west side of the stadium that open to allow fresh air inside the fixed-roof facility were initially proposed to go from the plaza cement up to the very top of the stadium, some 240 feet high.

"We got the numbers back and they said, 'No way can we do that!'" a smiling Hutchings said. "They said, 'What would it take to have the biggest ones in the world?' We said, well they need to be 100 feet tall."

And there they stand now, five doors ranging from 75 feet to 95 feet tall and 55 feet wide.

"It never became personal," Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said.

"We had some very tough and tense disagreements. But we always moved forward. At the end of the day, we knew we would get this done and build an incredible building that one day would revolutionize how professional sports franchises handle their buildings and how fans get a chance to watch their teams."

In the end, an architectural marvel was born. Sixty percent of the roof is made of a translucent material called ETFE that allows the sun to pour in and create the feel of an outdoor venue.

The cramped concourses and scarce bathrooms of the Metrodome are a distant memory, replaced by the open-feel, amenity-loaded stadium that features a giant glass wall looking toward the downtown Minneapolis skyline.

The seats are the closest to the field in the NFL and a one-of-a-kind retractable section can be moved to allow baseball to be played indoors.

"When they showed us this design, we were just blown away," Wilf said.

The Vikings' first game will be an exhibition against the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 28, with the real curtain raiser coming on Sept. 18 in a Sunday night game against NFC North rival Green Bay.

And then, of course, the big show is not far off: The Super Bowl will be held at the stadium on Feb. 4, 2018.

More than 200,000 people visited the stadium for an open house that was held last weekend.

Initially, the Vikings pledged $477 million toward the project, with the rest coming in public funding. By the end of it, the team contributed an extra $125 million to add the bells and whistles it wanted.

"This project had its share of pushing and pulling in that respect. But look at this place," said John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson Construction.

"When you compare it to some of the NFL facilities being built right now or being planned right now, it's a bargain."


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Design Concepts enters second economic development incentive agreement

Spectacular rides at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios and nose cones for NASA rockets may have started in Manatee County thanks to JRL Ventures LLC doing business as Design Concepts and Marine Concepts.

It is one of 67 companies that has contracted with Manatee County for economic development incentives since 2009.

The company has previously received money from Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development arm, and last week, the Manatee County Commission approved a $305,000 Manatee County economic development incentive grant to encourage creation of 305 jobs over the next five years. The incentive is performance-based, meaning the company will have to provide employee rosters to Manatee County at the end of each year before receiving the money. Manatee County incentive dollars are typically paid in annual installments.

The new incentive package will also help bring in a larger, $1.3 million mill, which will enable Design Concepts to tackle larger products, JRL Ventures LLC President Matt Chambers said.

Job creation hasn't been a struggle for Design Concepts, according to Chambers. Right now, the company has 179 employees altogether.

"When we very first opened a little more than two-and-a-half years ago, we said we would hire 45 (employees) in the first year and I think we hired 125." Positions and job descriptions at the Sarasota facility run the gamut, Chambers said, including designers, engineers, project managers, human resources personnel, purchasing, and all different levels of production.

$305,000

amount approved by Manatee County Commission for JRL Ventures LLC incentive package

Source: Matt Chambers, JRL Ventures LLC president

In February, JRL Ventures Inc. was acquired by Leisure Product Holdings LLC, which Chambers described as a company that's "putting together a group of like industries primarily that will serve recreational marine industries." LPH also owns Marine Electrical Products, Florida Marine Tanks and Erwin Cole Enterprises.

JRL Ventures LLC manufactures molds, plugs, patterns, glassmasters, computer numerical control parts and molds and custom fabricated components, according to designconcepts-us.com. The plugs and molds are used to make boat parts, amusement park ride components and other custom parts for projects like flight simulators or NASA rockets. About 80 percent of JRL Ventures' work is for the recreational marine industry, hence the Marine Concepts part of the DBA name, and the other 20 percent is for an assortment of industries served by Design Concepts.

"We work with the recreational marine industry or other industries that need molds to build boats or like you need cake pans to build cakes," Chambers said. "We have the technology in both computers and routers to be able to cut a plug, turn it into a finished plug and make a mold of it and send the mold to companies so they can make their product."

"Probably 99 percent of the non-marine industry stuff we do is done here," Chambers said, referring to the roughly 344,000 square-foot Sarasota facility. "We primarily do new product development, but we also do some short production runs or revamp existing products." Because of confidentiality contracts, Chambers was unable to disclose current projects underway. Past clients include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Feld Entertainment, Flight Safety International, NASA, the U.S. federal government and Ford Motor Company.

Incentives opened door for expansion

Without Manatee County's help, the Sarasota expansion by the Cape Coral-based facility "would have been extremely difficult," Chambers said.

"Because the return on investment and time in which the plant was starting to produce money would have been much longer," he said. "We wouldn't have been able to do fast-track permits and we wouldn't have had the help in finding employees." The county helped coordinate the incentive package with the state of Florida and provided workforce assistance as well as rapid-response permitting, according to Chambers.

The state program was more lucrative, but we didn't want to not work with the county.

Matt Chambers, JRL Ventures LLC president

Manatee County provided a $12,750 match for the state incentive package, according to county economic development program manager Karen Stewart. The package included a qualified target industries tax refund with a Brownfield bonus and was administered by Enterprise Florida.

The qualified target industries tax refund portion of the incentive package is available to companies that create jobs of a specified wage in certain high value-added industries specified by Enterprise Florida. The package requires a 20 percent local match from Manatee County. Enterprise Florida, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity's online incentive portal, has paid JRL Ventures $100,750 of the maximum $440,000 award available for creating 149 jobs in 2013 and 2014. The company's average annual wage in 2014, according to the portal, was $36,298.26.

Contaminated land required cleanup

The Brownfield Redevelopment Act aims to reduce or eliminate environmental health hazards on existing abandoned commercial or industrial sites and encourage companies like JRL Ventures to voluntarily clean them up. Wellcraft boat manufacturers previously occupied the building, and Chambers said the environmental issues at the property "weren't getting the attention they needed."

The past occupants suffered an acetone spill, Chambers said, and the groundwater contamination leftover was what qualified the property for Brownfield classification. Over the past four years, Chambers estimates his company has invested between $100,000 and $200,000 annually for the cleanup effort. The cost includes "power and water bills, microorganisms we have to feed into it, the maintenance of the equipment, a person dedicated to operating the equipment, and the testing is very expensive."

After four laboratory tests on the groundwater, Chambers is confident the company will be able to stop running the remediation equipment.

"We just received the final test results this week that continued to show the acetone level has dropped and it's under natural remediation," Chambers told the Herald on Thursday. "The natural bacterias in the earth are cleaning it and continue to."

After receiving approval to stop the remediation equipment, Chambers said he and other company executives will look at removing the company from the Brownfield classification. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the agency that oversees Brownfield cleanup efforts, said in an email JRL Ventures LLC was responsible for pumping out and treating contaminated groundwater and then releasing it back into the sanitary sewer system.

"The state receives quarterly groundwater monitoring reports from the site," Shannon Herbon, southwest district spokeswoman for the DEP said in an email. "The designation is given to them by the county or the city so it would be up to them to remove the classification." The company is due to submit fourth quarter monitoring results in the next few weeks, and after the results are submitted DEP will evaluate the site for a completion order of the remediation efforts.

Manatee County also connected Design Concepts with the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp., who then connected the company with resources at CareerSource Suncoast.

"There are numerous training grants available for companies to pursue," Bradenton Area EDC President and CEO Sharon Hillstrom said in an email. "The EDC helps companies navigate through those training grants to determine which training grants would be the most advantageous for their particular need." Training dollars provided to Design Concepts were provided by CareerSource Suncoast and CareerEdge, Hillstrom said.

Chambers' positive experience with Manatee County led to their recent decision to apply for the incentive money offered by Manatee County.

"The state program was more lucrative, but we didn't want to not work with the county," he said.


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Tigermist: the local 'click bait fashion' challenging Zara, Topshop and H&M

An Australian fashion label that started in a Melbourne garage is now disrupting the fast fashion industry.

Tigermist – a label aimed at young women – has eight new product arrivals landing on its online store a day, whereas traditional retailers like Zara, Topshop and H&M usually refresh stock every week.

The Tigermist dress Zhivago claims is a copy. The Tigermist dress Zhivago claims is a copy. Photo: Instagram

Launched by sisters Stevie and Alana Pallister nine years ago as a boutique, it has grown to become a successful online and social media moneymaker.

"The store was doing well but it was Facebook where things were taking off. We'd take photos of me wearing the products then upload them and by Thursday, Friday and Saturday we'd be getting calls asking about the dresses and things online," Stevie said.

At the time the sisters were travelling to Indonesia to design, before Stevie was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and had to step away from the business for two years. She thought Tigermist would be wrapped up but Alana took the reins, during which time Instagram arrived and revolutionised their business.

"From Instagram in the early days Alana was selling 100 dresses a day," she said.

A combination of hyperactive social media engagement with its 1 million-strong audience, accessible prices, Chinese manufacturing and on-trend styles has seen Tigermist boom like iron ore once did.

Wholesale contracts with Myer, ASOS, Forever 21 followed as did an internationally-acclaimed ORIA award this year for Best Social Commerce Initiative, which has since given Tigermist more traction in the United States where Alana is now based.

Phoebe Dahl (far left) wearing the Eye of Horus dress by Australian label, Zhivago and the Tigermist offering (right). Phoebe Dahl (far left) wearing the Eye of Horus dress by Australian label, Zhivago and the Tigermist offering (right). 

Tigermist is the sartorial version of the new "it girls" like Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner, two identities the brand credits with inspiration.

"They are so much more powerful than traditional celebrities as their social media reach is so huge. Our market is the party girl, the young, vibrant girls who are 16 to 30 who are going to festivals, these are the celebrities that these girls look up to."

However some other Australian labels aren't impressed with the Tigermist story.

Earlier this year a dress retailing for about $90 being marketed as Lady Gaga-inspired caught the attention of Zhivago designers Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko, wife of Perth internet millionaire Zhenya Tsvetnenko who was last week charged with fraud by US prosecutors.

"This is a direct copy of our dress, expect to hear from our lawyers," the pair posted to the Tigermist Instagram account, claiming it was a direct copy of their dress.The dress in question, which retails for hundreds of dollars, was the same gown worn by Phoebe Dahl, ex-girlfriend of Ruby Rose, to the GQ Men of the Year awards last year.

Stevie denied any legal action had been taken.

"We haven't come close enough to ruffle any feathers in the industry. We're not out there to rip off major brands, we are just drawing inspiration," Stevie said.

Amal's bestie returns to the nest

Jul 31, Sun Herald, The Goss, Jenna Clarke, Jennifer Robinson with her client Julian Assange and friend Amal Clooney. Photo: Getty

Jennifer Robinson, centre, with her client Julian Assange and friend Amal Clooney. Photo: Getty Images

Australian lawyer Jennifer Robinson is heading back to join her best friend Amal Clooney at the esteemed Doughty Street Chambers.

Robinson caught the attention of the fashion press back in 2014 when she wore a black, beaded Johanna Johnson gown to carry out her bridesmaid's duties at the Clooney's star-studded Venetian wedding.

For the past five years the Sydney-raised barrister has been working for the Bertha Foundation – a firm she helped build which specialises in social activism.

"We have built a program which supports over 100 fellowship positions every two years in 16 different countries and has invested millions in the next generation of human rights lawyers," she said.

Robinson, who also represents Julian Assange, heads back to practise law amid rumours Clooney is pregnant and looking to hang up her silks for a career in fashion, as reported by tabloids last week.

According to Grazia she is "in talks" with Oscar de la Renta, the same brand that designed one of her many wedding gowns for her wedding.

"Amal has long been obsessed with clothes, but she never considered working in the fashion industry. Since finding herself in the spotlight, she's collaborated with designers who have created custom-made pieces, and had a very hands-on role," the fashion magazine gushed.

If anyone can juggle a design career while in residence at Columbia Law School as a visiting professor who regularly trains judges and UN investigators in criminal law and human rights, Clooney can.


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NY Fashion Week men's styles reveal hits, misses

NEW YORK — Fashion Week: Men's SS17 was all about how color, cut and function translate into everyday style.

Here's the thing: Other than a few classic jeans-and-crisp-white-shirt looks, there wasn't much that was everyday, not even by Palm Beach's ever-shifting parameters.

Sure, Ovadia's orange quilted parka and Joseph Abboud's safari-trench hybrid would work emerging from a Range Rover for a day of shooting at you-know-who's Okeechobee ranch.

And we can see a trustafarian kid strolling down Worth Avenue in Rochambeau's flowy shorts and jacket, on his way to dad's private banker to load a fat cash advance on his Amex Black.

Tommy Hilfiger's color blocked hoodie on a spring break-er enjoying last call at Cucina? Absolutely.

But Cadet's gladiator hybrid? Or Deveaux's cinch-waisted, short-sleeved look? Or John Elliott's jacket-pancho (joncho?) merger?

A wrestling match, a Jack Armstrong casting call and a David Bowie tribute concert, respectively.

Not needing translation were Perry Ellis' perfectly constructed suits and Todd Snyder's nerd-glam trousers and bodycon shirts.

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Sarah Jessica Parker says her new HBO fashion is purely practical

She's Frances, not Carrie, on her new HBO show. (Photo: Craig Blankenhorn, HBO)

BEVERLY HILLS — The fashion style of Sarah Jessica Parker's newest HBO character is  worlds away from the trendsetting Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City.

Parker, discussing Divorce, her new comedy, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, said she pushed for a 1970s cinema feel in both production and costume design. Frances, who lives north of Carrie's Manhattan in New York's Westchester County, chooses practicality over high fashion, said Parker, who is working with costume designer Arjun Bhasin.

"Pretty much everything Frances wears is used, whether it's from … vintage or thrift shops along the Northeast Corridor. It's a very specific idea about somebody who has an aesthetic that will be revealed more during the season. Fashion doesn't dictate," Parker said. "She has to dress. It's required by law when you walk into a place of work. Everything is utilitarian, in a way. There's a person who's choosing it, but (the clothing) is not another character. It's the whole person in a much more subtle way."

Divorce, which also stars Thomas Haden Church, premieres on HBO on Oct. 9 (10 ET/PT).

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Plagiarism in Fashion needs serious attention!

Is it right to imitate a design that inspires? The fashion industry is considered a province of creative and innovative individuals but there are some who opt for a short cut and start copying and this is not good for the industry as a whole, said a panel of industry representatives at during an interactive session on the issue.

Continuing its series of discussing a variety of topics and concerns, Oxford Bookstore hosted a panel discussion titled "Plagiarism in Fashion" where panellists including couturier J.J. Valaya, copyright expert Safir R Anand and Harper's Bazaar India editor Nonita Kalra shared their views on the issue.

Valaya feels that so many fashion weeks in India is one of the reason why industry is facing the issue of fake products in the local markets.

"This is serious thing. I feel any progressive country in the world will not have so many fashion weeks," he said.


Valaya also feels that the real problem starts with secondary market which wants designer clothes but are not willing to spend that much.
"There is high fashion brand and then there is local brand. You wnat the same amount of work in less price and this is not possible. You want it to look as heavy as the original and that is where the problem is," Valaya told IANS when asked if the designer should come up with a mass market range to overcome the problem of catering to the middle class.
Kalra agrees and says that its the buyers who are giving a boost to the fake market.
"I think its those who go to markets like Lajpat Nagar and ask for replicas. They need to be more aware that this is affecting the industry," she said.
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Catching readers by the tale

STOCKTON — The Little Free Library's weekend book giveaway was a big success.

The organization said it gave away about 32,000 books Friday and Saturday at the Intelligent Wireless Networks warehouse at the Port of Stockton. Individuals and members of various community groups looked through 500 boxes containing about 35,000 books. They were free to take as many books as they wanted.

By the end of the day Saturday, only 50 boxes remained.

"It's been incredible," said Nathan Werth, a Library and Literacy Foundation board member who helped organize the Big Free Library Giveaway. "I was thinking we would give away about half of the books, so this is a success beyond my wildest dreams."

Organizers planned to make 80,000 books available for the giveaway, but about 45,000 books could not be delivered, Werth said. Werth said the remaining books will be made available for another giveaway later this year, possibly around Christmastime.

"We had a great diversity of people come through here," Werth said. "We had individuals looking for books and we had community centers that are building their own libraries. We're really encouraged because one of our goals was to give to those small local libraries that are tucked away in places like churches and senior service centers."

The book giveaway was well received by members of the community.

"It's tremendous," said Pamela Reyes, a 47-year-old Stockton resident. "If they could have this even two or three times a year I think it would be so beneficial for the community because you should get books into the hands of everybody from the little ones all the way up to the seniors. New brooks are so expensive nowadays, and as you can see everyone was so generous in donating the books they have, so why not recycle and pass them on to the next person to enjoy?"

Pat Jannay, a 57-year-old Stockton resident, agreed.

"I think it's great," she said. "Libraries are great, but you have to remember to take them back and you can only keep them so long. I think it's great that they're trying to avoid putting these things in a landfill and getting people to use them."

—Contact reporter Jason Anderson at (209) 546-8279 or janderson@recordnet.com. Follow him at recordnet.com/crimeblog and on Twitter @Stockton911.


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Henry Gun Giveaway! Enter To Win An All-Weather Lever Action Rifle! There Will Be Two Winners!

Henry Repeating Arms has partnered with TheFirearmBlog.com to give you the opportunity to win an All-Weather Lever Action Rifle! One secondary prize (same rifle) will be given away to the entrant with the most referrals from social media, so make sure to share this giveaway with your friends!

Prizes: We will be giving away two All-Weather Lever Action Rifles

How to Enter:
1. Enter your email

For Additional Entries:
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2. Share the giveaway with your friends on Facebook

Giveaway ends on August 31, 2016. The winners will be chosen the week of August 1st. Make sure you read the giveaway terms and conditions before you enter. Must be 18 years old to enter and the winner is responsible for adhering to any state and local laws for lawful possession of firearm. The winner will be contacted by Henry directly.

UPDATE:  The giveaway ends August 31. Sorry about the confusion. 



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Kids, Families Line Up For Annual Dream Center Back-To-School Backpack Giveaway In Echo Park

ECHO PARK (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of school children received free school supplies in Echo Park Saturday as part of the Dream Center's annual "Back To School Bash."

Starting at 10 a.m., the volunteer organization gave away 2,500 backpacks, each filled with school supplies such as pencils, paper and notebooks. The event is targeted at low-income families from neighborhoods including Echo Park, Rampart District, Skid Row, Lincoln Heights, South Central and Watts.

Children were also treated to free health screenings, dental checkups, haircuts, as well as clothing and groceries.

The supplies were donated by the non-profit Dream Center and the Dodgers. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw helped organize the event, alongside his wife, Ellen.

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"It's just one less thing you have to worry about and now kids get a fresh start going into school," Kershaw said.

"If we can just provide a small relief to these families we want to come help them with that," Ellen Kershaw said.

Dodgers third-baseman Justin Turner also helped out and showed kids around the batting cage.

Singer Jordin Sparks also stopped by to meet fans and entertain the families.

"The more we can be there for eachother, I think that's whats going to help change things," she said.

Many families began lining up early on Saturday morning to take part, with some families arriving as early as 1 a.m.

"I'm here to get my school supplies," said 11-year-old Kelvin Garcia, who arrived at about 5 a.m. to secure his place in line. "Some people can't afford all the stuff. The Dream Center is very generous to give to people who cant afford it."


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Gole1 mini PC giveaway

The Gole1 mini PC is one of the oddest devices I've reviewed in recent years: it's either a tiny desktop computer with a touchscreen and a battery, or a chunky handheld tablet that can also be used like a dekstop, depending on how you look at it.

I'm not entirely sure what you're supposed to use it for or why you wouldn't use a different device that's better suited for that specific task… but for some reason I was still kind of charmed by the review unit Gole sent me to test.

Priced at $99 and up (or $129 and up for the model that you should buy if you want one), the Gole1 is cheap enough to justify buying even if you're not sure what you'll do with it though.

But you know what's cheaper than $99? Free. Now that I'm done reviewing this mini PC, it's time to give away the demo unit to a reader!

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Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on this page by 6AM Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Here's the not-so-fine print:

  • We're giving away a lightly used Gole1 mini PC with an 1,800 mAh battery, Atom x5 Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and dual operating systems (Android 5.1 and Windows 10.
  • This contest is open to people with a valid US shipping address.
  • Writers for Liliputing aren't eligible to win, and neither are friends or family members.
  • Once a winner has been randomly selected, that person will have 48 hours to respond to our message. If we dont' hear back within that time, we'll pick a new name.
  • Make sure you use a valid email address, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account when you login to leave your comment or we may not be able to contact you.
  • Please leave only one comment.

Thanks again to Gole for providing us with a Gole1 mini PC for our review and for this giveaway!


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Raptor Giveaway – This War of Mine (Steam)

TechRaptor's Kickstarter giveaway train continues! This time around, we have a copy of This War of Mine, a survival management game about the tough choices someone has to make in the middle of a war zone. It is the unique game that takes power away from the player, forcing them into difficult situations and testing their resolve in the direst of circumstances. Shaun Joy reviewed the game for TechRaptor when it first released, calling it "a fantastic experience that shouldn't be missed if you have the opportunity to play it."

A brief update, our crowdfunding has been an exciting success. We're creeping ever closer to our next stretch goal, which is opening an apparel shop where you can pick up TechRaptor merchandise, as well as producing a line of hoodies. We have regularly been posting updates on the Kickstarter, including a message from our Editor in Chief and more details about the upcoming Game Pages feature. Entering these giveaways not only gives you a chance to win great games, but it also helps us spread the word about our site and our ambitions for the future.  

So, enter below and try your luck at winning This War of Mine! Be sure to check back in a few days for another giveaway, and thank you for your continued support!

This War of Mine Giveaway

Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Likes, Subscribes, and Follows count as one entry each, and tweeting is worth one entry once a day. In order to enter, an email must be entered. Email will not be used for anything but entrance into the giveaway. Winners will be contacted via the same entry that was used to win (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Email) using a random number generator to determine said winners. TechRaptor reserves the right to pull entries that are seen as exploitative (using multiple accounts, etc.) in order to give the best chances to all participants.


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MSU design for Asbjornson Hall breaks with tradition

Montana State University has unveiled the design for its new $70 million Norm Asbjornson Hall, giving it a new name and a new look that breaks with the campus's century-old tradition of building with red brick.

"It's going to be a magnificent building," said Brett Gunnink, dean of the College of Engineering. The new hall will house two fast-growing programs — Engineering and the Honors College's offices. "I think we're going to be very proud of it."

The hall's new, shorter name replaces the more unwieldy moniker, Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center, used during two years of planning. Gunnink said he proposed the change because people were starting to shorten the name to the "Innovation Center," which dropped the name of the MSU alumnus who pledged $50 million to the project.

"I wanted to make sure the legacy of this tremendous gift would not be lost," Gunnink said.

The sleek, modern design will feature a type of steel cladding that weathers to a rusted patina, like that of the new Chipotle restaurant at 19th and Main, which will tie in visually with the red brick of older campus buildings, he said.

Brick will be used on half of the new hall's north facade, but it will be a dark charcoal color. That's to tie in with the black metal wall on the south side, a passive solar heater that will warm outside air brought in for ventilation, said Dan Stevenson, associate vice president for university services.

The new hall will use much more glass than most campus buildings. The modern design will communicate the idea that the new hall "represents a shift in education," Stevenson said, not just thinking outside the box but "throwing the box away."

"It's very different from everything on campus," Stevenson said. "Having a building that's striking and different will help people understand it represents more collaborative and interdisciplinary learning."

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sept. 22 for Asbjornson Hall. Construction is expected to take 24 to 30 months.

Asbjornson Hall will be built at the corner of Grant Street and South Seventh Avenue, now a pay parking lot. It will stand just across the street from the Strand Union Building and Barnard Hall, formerly the Engineering and Physical Science building.

It will be next door to the $12.5 million parking garage now under construction, set to open in January, so the new hall will be one of the first places seen by many MSU visitors.

At 110,000 square feet, it will be one of MSU's largest buildings. It's more than twice the size of the College of Business's new Jabs Hall, which uses terra cotta tiles to echo the red brick of Montana Hall.

Gunnink said raising $20 million to match Asbjornson's gift is going "very, very well."

The dean said he's excited about how the building's interior design will promote a new learning environment and spirit of innovation. Teams of students and professors from different disciplines, like engineering, marketing and the arts, can work together to solve problems and launch new ideas.

It will have "maker spaces," Gunnink said, where students can work on ideas for innovative designs or explore their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Another special feature will be a wide central stairway, expected to become a gathering place for students to hang out and share ideas — reminiscent of Rome's famous Spanish Steps.

The new hall will have nine classrooms. The first floor will have one large classroom holding about 150 students and two mid-sized classrooms for about 50 each. The third floor will have several smaller, seminar-size classrooms.

The Honors College's main office will move from the Quads to the new hall's third floor to become more visible, while the main housing for honors students will remain at the Quads.

The hall's prominent corner space, Inspiration Hall, will hold about 300 people. Its stadium seating can be pulled out for lectures or retracted to create a flat floor for engineering design fairs, dinners or performances.

A fine Steinway piano, now kept at the Alumni Foundation building, will be moved to Inspiration Hall, which Honors Dean Ilse-Mari Lee is excited about, Gunnink said.

While the north side of the hall will house classrooms and offices, the south side will have 17 engineering laboratories.

The new building will be highly energy efficient, Gunnink said, predicting it will qualify for at least LEED gold certification. Like the new Jabs Hall, it will use underground wells to exchange heat and passive solar heating.

MSU hired A&E Architecture of Billings, ZGF Architects of Seattle and Martel Construction of Bozeman to plan and design the new hall.

"I absolutely love this building," Stevenson said. "We're so fortunate we got a donor who is this progressive. It's really cool."


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Home design: Add some pink

Stop panicking: It's really just light red.



No other color gets dissed and dismissed as often as pink when it comes to home design — unless we're talking baby girls' rooms. Yet in home decor, shades of pink have circled through a number of decades, often in tandem with other colors — gray, chocolate, navy and preppy jade green.

For the past three years or so, pink has been re-emerging in Europe. More precisely, beige-y blush kept cropping up in upholstery and even cabinetry. Not uncommon in Scandinavian countries, pink easily streamed into housewares as well, with whisks, salad utensil sets and peelers. Variant shades like petal, carnation and even deeper rose started inserting themselves into fabrics and cabinetry. Attractive mixable metals like rosy copper or pink-toned glass or quartz are showing up in lighting, tabletop and accessories.

"To most consumers, pink is associated with a child's room," says Ann Haagenson, divisional merchandise manager for Anthropologie. "So it has taken a while to progress into the living room and master bedroom." The retailer is selling bedding, lighting and votive holders in the color. "But blush or 'biche' (fawn in French) is the most flattering color for the home. It makes everyone and everything look pretty. It's also the most neutral color, outside of creme, so it's easy to use in a totally new room design or to integrate into an existing one."

Stacey Senior, marketing director for fabric/wallpaper manufacturer Thibaut, says the color can make a room feel more feminine — with a surprising impact. "Blush pink/quartz is very refined," says Senior, "and instantly changes a room's mood to sophisticated and pretty. It is a complementing color to brassy gold and sharp white tones. Integrating pink into an already furnished room is easy with accessories and peek-a-boo accents like throw pillows or picture frames. As a main color, going bigger is better — like pink wallpaper or a rug."

Add some gilt, and pink can take on a luxe edge. Thibaut's Marlow damask pattern, from its Serenade collection, dials up elegance with a wallcovering that honors tradition but feels so fresh — especially with pretty blooms to match and on-trend raw quartz or coral decor accessories.

Designers at Koket, a furniture company based in New York, chose a shade of rose quartz for the sensual Besame chair. They call the hue "calming" and say it is welcoming because "it creates a relaxing and lighthearted ambience."

Designer Tobi Fairley, whose Ellison table for Woodbridge uses pink with a gold leaf border, loves blush for furniture and fabric design. "It's a fabulous barely-there pastel that combines pink with an almost taupe tone," says Fairley. "I like to mix it with navy or citron to balance the sweetness." Fairley also has placed blush leather on sleek chairs and benches for CR Laine.

Fairley and the Kate Spade brand are fond of teaming pink with bright, almost Kelly green. Depending on the shade, Anthropologie's Haagenson says a taupe-y pink teams up well with warmer neutrals such as camel, nubuck, even orange. "If it's cooler, it's best paired with magenta, gray and navy."

She offers some tips on effortless ways to integrate the color into decorating:

Accessorize: "Small-scale linen pillows make an easy update to a sofa, bed or low living/casual areas."

On the tabletop: "I have a blush pink/stripe vintage dinnerware collection that makes me smile when I have my morning coffee."

Go large-scale: "Try an upholstered sofa in blush pink leather. It is a divine statement piece that is both soft and hard. It will be the envy of any guest."




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30 Times a Glimpse of Lauren Conrad's Interior Design Just Wasn't Enough

Ever since Lauren Conrad made up one-third of a dramatic love triangle in Laguna Beach (and later graduated to The Hills), she has been an idol to many of us 20-something females. I know my college roommates and I weren't alone when we gathered in our living room every week to watch the latest situations transpire with Speidi, Brody Jenner, or even Jen Bunney (remember her?). Aside from the drama, we all just really wanted to know: how could someone be so effortlessly beautiful, relatable, and interesting to watch, all at the same time?

These days, while Lauren is unfortunately not on reality TV anymore, there is another way we are all able to share in her flawless style, and that is through photos she shares on her addicting Instagram account. And while many of us automatically associate her with fashion, she applies her chic taste across many channels, including home decor. Read on to see some of the most swoon-worthy interior design posts straight from our girl LC (and yes, we dug down deep!).


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Royal Enfield design director quits after 20-month stint: Report

NEW DELHI: Royal Enfield design director, Pierre Terblanche, has reportedly quit the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer after a short stint of 20 months.

The 60-year-old designer, who has previously worked with companies like Volkswagen, joined Royal Enfield in November 2014 and was based out of company's England office.

As reported by an industry magazine, the exact reason behind him leaving the company is still not clear. Pierre has designed motorcycles like Ducati Multistrada, HyperMotard, X132 Hellcat Speedster to name a few. He has also worked with the famous Massimo Tamburini an Italian designer behind MV Augusta, Ducati, Cagiva.

He was born in 1958 in South Africa and began his career in advertising with Young & Rubicam company in Ca pe Town handling Ford account. Later he joined a Masters program in Transport Design at the Royal College of Art in London to hone his skills in automotive designing.

Post that, he took a position in Volkswagen's advanced design studio, Design Dusseldorf (Germany), where he worked on VW Golf interiors and the VW Polo project from 1986 to 1989. Later, Terblanche traded four wheels for two and joined Ducati Rimini, where he worked for two years with Massimo Tamburini on the Paso restyling and the Ducati 888. In 1992, he moved to Morazzone Varese, Italy and the Cagiva Design Center, where he created the landmark Ducati Supermono and the Cagiva 600 Enduro, also known as the Canyon.

Out of all, one of his most important design achievements was the Ducati 999, the successor to the multi world championship-winning 916, which was launched in July 2002.

The final project that he designed for Ducati was the HyperMotard presented at the Milan show EICMA in 2005. In 2006 Terbl anche left Ducati to work as an independent design consultant. Working for Moto Guzzi, he designed the three universally acclaimed V-12 concepts bikes, which won the Motorcycle Design Association Award for Best Design at the EICMA in Milan.


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Everything you need to know about the Met Museum's Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion

A gown from the Viktor & Rolf spring/summer 2010 collection will feature in the exhibition

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has announced the theme of it's Fall 2016 exhibition is: Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion. The exhibit will show off 60 pieces that the museum has acquired since its last acquisitions show almost a decade ago, blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007.

'Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,' explained Curator in Charge, Andrew Bolton. 'Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks.'

In keeping with the theme, these 'masterworks' - which date from the early 18th century to current day - will be displayed in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at the museum.

Each piece will also be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the tapestry of fashion history. Some will be juxtaposed against newer pieces to highlight the enduring influence of certain couturiers and iconic time-honoured silhouettes. For example, one of John Galliano's 2015 Maison Margiela dresses will be posed with a Cristobal Balenciaga gown from 1964.

'The masterworks we've chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present,' said Assistant Curator Jessica Regan.

Opening on November 8, and showing until February 5 2017 in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will include other iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and established fashion's recognition as an art form, including Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (for his eponymous line and Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière's Balenciaga era, Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel creations and Christian Louboutin - to name but a few.

This announcement has made us all the more excited for the Met's major 2017 exhibition which will serve as the theme for next year's splashy Met Ball.

Until then, we look forward to pouring over all the #FashionMasterworks pics on Instagram come November.


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Fashion app Klothed helps men dress better

Like many men out there, I hate buying clothes. Wading my way through a crowded store is uncomfortable, searching through stacks upon stacks of the same article of clothing for the right size is a pain and trying stuff on in the dressing room is just, well... emasculating.

Sure I could buy online, but I have a horrible sense of style. Almost my entire wardrobe consists of golf shirts and khakis. So when I first heard about a menswear-buying app called Klothed I was intrigued.

"We built something that makes it easy for a man to shop for clothes and plan what they're going to wear," the company's co-founder Barry Fogarty told me in a recent interview.

Klothed, which launched on Apple's Canadian App Store in May, lets you create a digital model with your own face that can try on clothes for you. (It is expected to launch in the U.S. in the next two-to-four months.)

As for the body, it's not going to be a perfect representation of you, but the app lets you choose between two body types to give you an idea of how the clothing will fit. There's the standard department-store catalogue model physique and a slightly portlier body shape that, based on "anthropometric data," is more typical of the North American male. Fogarty added that more body types, such as big-and-tall, will be coming in the future. (Alternatively, users can just pick from a library of preloaded models that vary in age and ethnicity.)

Once you've created a profile, you can shop at retailers signed up with the app – currently GotStyle, 18Waits and Joe Fresh, with more coming in the next few months.

The options are filtered by the body type you chose (and measurements which are also saved in the profile). Your model can put on clothes to find a look that looks good on you. Or at least a look you think might look good. And then you can ask for help.

"A lot of men want guidance and support," Fogarty said, "Whether it's from a sales associate in a store or whether it's from a trusted source - their boyfriend, girlfriend whatever it may be."

In addition to being able to buy the outfit you've put together, you can save it and send it to, say, your wife for advice. If she has the app installed, she can load up your profile to decide how bad your choices are and make changes if need be.

"It's a menswear app but we're targeting women as a marketing demographic," Fogarty said. "Women who want to improve the look of their men."

The app also lets you save these outfits to your calendar in case you're the type of person who needs to plan out what you're wearing ahead of time.

Currently, the app is only available in iOS with Android (and possibly an HTML version for desktops/laptops coming). I don't have any Apple devices so I wasn't able to really test it out too much. But, at first glance, some features are a little lacking. Klothed only lets you search one retailer at a time and you can only browse through the clothing using the categories: tops, bottoms, shoes and preset outfits for business and casual. You cannot filter your search by price or colour, though Fogarty said that functionality is coming soon.

The other issue is with buying the clothing. Fogarty said Klothed is working with Shopify to set up a storefront to allow you to purchase all your items at once using Apple Pay. But, for now, you can buy the clothing from each retailer's own website. Every piece of clothing is its own transaction – even if they're from the same store.

Still... it beats waiting in line for a change room at Old Navy with a stack of khakis.


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Who wore it better? Melania Trump and U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty have a fashion faceoff

To say the least, it has been a busy two weeks in American politics. With the media and TV audiences fixed on topics including the future of the country, speech plagiarism and who's still feeling the Bern, there was a sartorial showdown that might have been overlooked. And no, this one didn't involve anyone wearing a Hillary Clinton-style pantsuit.

This fashion faceoff pitted last week's Republican National Convention against this week's Democratic National Convention.

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and a former fashion model, appeared onstage in Cleveland to give her speech (which plagiarized First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic convention).

According to fashion trade publication WWD, Trump wore a white, pouf-sleeved dress made by London-based and Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic.

Melania Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention on July 18, the first night of the convention in Cleveland.
Melania Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention on July 18, the first night of the convention in Cleveland. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

As we reported last week, Trump's dress, according to WWD, looked like a white dress from luxury e-tailer Net-a-Porter. The dress (or a very similar one) was listed as the "Margot," a sold-out $2,190 ivory and cotton-silk frock "with a nipped-in waist and dramatic bell sleeves in a contrasting basketweave."

And what do you know? U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio took the stage Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, wearing — you guessed it — a white, pouf-sleeved dress.

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio addresses delegates on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28 in Philadelphia.
U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio addresses delegates on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28 in Philadelphia. (AFP / Getty Images)

Was this straight-up sartorial shade or a coincidence — like when two celebrities somehow attend the same awards show on the same night in the same gown? Or maybe it was simply a dose of imitation being the best form of flattery. Or perhaps revenge.

We'll leave those answers to late-night talk show hosts and political pundits. For now, there's just one question to be asked.

Times staff writer Adam Tschorn contributed to this report.


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Fashion industry responds to #whomademyclothes

There is hope of better working conditions in the global fashion industry that has often been accused of doing little to end exploitation in its value chain.

And at the heart of it is UK-based Fashion Revolution, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which advocates transparency in the fashion industry value chain.

American Apparel, Marimekko, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Zara were among more than 1,000 fashion brands and retailers that responded to Fashion Revolution's challenge to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of their value chains with a recently launched initiative #whomademyclothes?, a British website Creative Industry Hub has reported.

Over 70,000 fashion lovers around the world asked brands #whomademyclothes? during Fashion Revolution Week in April 2016. Of the 1000 companies that responded with #imadeyourclothes, 300 are global fashion brands, the report said.

The first edition of the Fashion Transparency Index was la unched in April 2016, and scored 40 of the biggest global fashion brands on how they communicate about what they are doing to improve social and environmental standards across their supply chains, and how much of that information they share with the public.

The Fashion Transparency Index will be expanded to 100 for April 2017. Of the initial 40 brands, only 5 brands publish a list of the factories where their garments are sewn.

Carry Somers, Director of Fashion Revolution said: "Together we have truly sparked a Fashion Revolution, both online and in the real world. Our collective voice is getting stronger and stronger. And in 2017 we want to ignite an even bigger global conversation about what we wear and the stories behind our clothes – from the people who make them, the companies that sell them, to how we wear, care and dispose of them."

In 2016, citizens in over 92 countries took part in the annual campaign to show they cared about who made their clothes. Fashion Revolution Week achieved an online media reach of 22 billion, over 156 million impressions of #whomademyclothes in addition to seeing a series of over 1,400 global events and online initiatives through which fashion lovers were encouraged to be more curious about the stories behind the clothes they wear.

High profile fashion influences supporting the campaign included Amber Valetta, CutiePie Marzia Cameron Russell, food writer Melissa Hemsley, Caroline Issa, Mariah Idrissi, Eco Age founder Livia Firth and bloggers Susie Lau, Gregory Davalos, Jenny Ong and Rachel Nguyen, Kelly Slater and Alex James. (SH)


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