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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Fwd: [Best 20 Fashion Of World] Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek''s Spock, Dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek''s Spock, Dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor and science fiction icon that portrayed Spock in the long-running Star Trek franchise, passed away Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles, California, his wife Susan Nimoy confirmed to the New York Times. He was 83. Nimoy died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; earlier in the week, the actor was taken to the hospital with severe chest pains.

Leonard Nimoy"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love," his longtime co-star William Shatner tweeted following news of Nimoy's death. George Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek, wrote on Facebook, "Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to 'Live Long And Prosper,' and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."

Born March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy's acting career began in the early Fifties with a score of small roles in b-horror films like Them! and The Brain Eaters and dozens of television shows like Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and The Twilight Zone. However, Nimoy's big break arrived in 1966 when he was cast as the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock alongside William Shatner's Captain Kirk on the hit TV series Star Trek.

While the USS Enterprise's original run lasted for only three seasons and 79 episodes, the franchise that journeyed "where no man has gone" before soon became a cult phenomenon, sprouting a legion of fans ("Trekkies"), dozens of spin-offs like The Next Generation (on which Nimoy appeared on two episodes as Spock), and a long-running feature film series. Nimoy was the only member of the original cast to reprise his role in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

In addition to his cameos in the reboots, Nimoy was Shatner's second-in-command in six Star Trek films beginning with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture through 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Thanks to Nimoy's earnest portrayal of Spock, the character became a beloved figure in the both the Star Trek universe and the science-fiction world, where his four-fingered Vulcan salute and mantra "Live long and prosper" became as venerable as the peace sign.

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Fwd: [Best 20 Fashion Of World] Several lines of inquiry followed after Nemtsov murder

Several lines of inquiry followed after Nemtsov murder

Russia's Investigative Committee is pursuing several lines of inquiry following the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, including the possibility it was an attempt to destabilise the political situation, Interfax news agency said.

It said the committee, which answers to president Vladimir Putin, also saw an attack by radical Islamists as a possibility in the case and that there could be links with events in Ukraine.

Mr Nemtsov (55), an outspoken critic of Mr Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in a murder that underscored the risks taken by the Russian opposition.

He was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said.

Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for two hours after the gangland-style killing reminiscent of Russia in the chaotic 1990s after the collapse of the Communist Soviet Union.

A former deputy prime minister who had feared he would be murdered, Mr Nemtsov was the most prominent opposition figure killed in Mr Putin's 15-year-rule. The Kremlin deflected blame and the government said everything must be done to find the killers.

Mr Putin condemned the "brutal" slaying and took the investigation under presidential control, saying it could have been a contract killing and a "provocation" on the eve of a big opposition protest Mr Nemtsov had been due to lead on Sunday.

But the killing focused attention on the tough treatment of Kremlin opponents in Mr Putin's third term, during which several leading critics have been jailed or have fled the country following mass rallies against the former KGB spy three years ago.

"That a leader of the opposition could be shot beside the walls of the Kremlin is beyond imagination. There can be only one version: that he was shot for telling the truth," Mikhail Kasyanov, an opposition leader and a former prime minister under Mr Putin, said at the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev cautioned against jumping to conclusions.

"Certain forces will try to use the killing to their own advantage. They are thinking how to get rid of Putin," he said.

US president Barack Obama called for a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation to ensure those responsible were brought to justice for the "vicious killing."

"Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled," Mr Obama, who has fiercely criticised Mr Putin over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, said in a statement.

Opposition politicians and some foreign officials said the murder showed the problems faced by dissident voices in a country where Mr Putin demands total loyalty.


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Friday, 19 September 2014

The Crazy Quilt of Fall

Left: Prada silk print dress, $3,170 at Prada; Topshop wool-poly plaid knit sweater, $92 at Topshop, topshop.com; Sacai puffer coat with attached black leather motorcycle vest with white lamb-shearling lining, $4,176 at Jeffrey New York; Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane metallic silver boots, $1,395 at Saint Laurent. Right: Ainea striped faux fur jacket, $638 at luisaviaroma.com; Proenza Schouler printed viscose knit turtleneck, $1,360 at Proenza Schouler; Yigal Azrouël navy cashmere trousers, $1,250 at Yigal Azrouël, yigal-azrouel.com; 3.1 Phillip Lim leather boots, $1,250 at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com

A recent post on Pinterest highlights the image of a lanky young woman celebrating the Burning Man festival dressed in a spangled bandeau top and shorts. Her zany striped hose are yanked up past her knees; a collection of hand-tooled silver bracelets snakes up both arms, and the turbanlike affair coiled around her head is fringed in a mass of cornrow braids.

Vera M., who posted that image, accompanies it with a playfully brazen fashion tip. "Take LSD," she urges, "then get dressed while tripping. put everything you bought on. every bracelet, every accessory. layer and layer it. forget that you are freezing cold in this silly outfit. put a fur coat on over it."

Had the desert heat or some substance-fueled vision colored her musings? Not so much, it seems. Ms. M.'s exotically tinged notion of festival style is of a piece, in spirit at least, with the collective vision of an influential coterie of designers whose fall collections are a bazaar-style synthesis of patterns and weaves, bubble-wrap-like techno knits, tassels, fringe and tribal motifs — a mix suggesting nothing so much as an ultrahip, modern-day wayfarer.

Dries Van Noten printed wool jacket, $2,185 at Opening Ceremony; M Missoni marbled wool jacquard sweater, $795 at M Missoni; 3x1 straight-leg jeans, $255 at 20fashions.com; Topshop faux fur clutch, $70 at Topshop, 20fashions.com. Credit Photo illustration by Chris Craymer for The New York Times; Styling by Susan Joy

Subtle and worldly at the same time, fashion's artful mash-up was reflected on the runways by designers like Dries Van Noten, who paraded a panoply of optic pieces mixed with Nordic sweaters and psychedelic florals; Kenzo, where zigzag designs mingled showily with abstract patterns that conjured a vibrant coral reef; or Alexander Wang, who played vaguely tribal geometrics against bubble-textured knits — to name but a handful whose inventive imaginings have threaded their way into an eye-popping, and alluringly tactile, fall tapestry.

Ken Downing, the fashion director of Neiman Marcus, characterized this new global mix as the antithesis of cookie-cutter design, a crazy quilt of textures, layers and shapes that he said "point more to a kind of multicultural melding than just a fashion trend." The fashion equivalent of fusion cuisine, albeit a bit rowdier, it is, he said, "the most important message of the runways for fall."

Anarchic though it sometimes seems, the new global fusion is in tune with a currently modish anti-fashion attitude that makes hash of the rise and fall of hemlines, and revels in transcending conventional boundaries of time and place.

Sandro faux fur coat, $755 at Sandro; Kim Haller wool-viscose pullover, $665 at Opening Ceremony; Sportmax jacquard midi-skirt, $595 at Sportmax; Prada silk scarf, $285 at Prada; Pierre Hardy hair calf clutch, $795 at Pierre Hardy. Credit Photo illustration by Chris Craymer for The New York Times; Styling by Susan Joy

"It's bits and bytes from everywhere," said Linda Fargo, the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. Noting that it is hardly unusual these days to be abreast of and influenced by developments in Beijing, São Paulo or Mumbai — or Brooklyn, if it comes to that — Ms. Fargo argued that fashion's tangy stew of cultural and style inspirations is the positive expression of an increasingly global worldview.

Nods to globalism turn up at every level of the marketplace, embraced by luxury conglomerates and, not less, by international retail giants like H & M and Topshop, which highlights on its website, among other exotic elements, an Aztec blanket jacket and a "Marrakesh-print" shirt. Mango has chimed in with a peasant blouse with Balkan-inspired embroidery.

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"We're seeing a lot of response to a multicultural mix," Mr. Downing said. "It's a moment that brings patterns and textures together, and customers are responding early to that trend."

Sacai wool-nylon herringbone jacket with leather motorcycle body and sleeves, $3,631 at Barneys New York; Sea alpaca-merino-acrylic pullover in a digital pattern, $368 at sea-ny.com; Zara striped silk blouse, $79.90 at Zara, zara.com;  Alexander Wang pencil skirt with thermo-reactive leather strips, $1,150 at Alexander Wang, alexanderwang.com; Chelsea Paris textured blue calfskin and red snake pumps, $545 at Barneys, barneys.com. Credit Photo illustration by Chris Craymer for The New York Times; Styling by Susan Joy

Some may be taking their cues from style-setters like Taylor Tomasi Hill, who routinely turns up on Pinterest boards wearing a relatable mix of uptown blazers and crew-neck tops with tie-dye and totem-pole prints. 

However folk- or tribal-infused such a style may be, it does not by any stretch represent a homage to the Birkenstock and granola generation, resisting tired labels like "hippie," or "counterculture," which in the palmy days of Woodstock served as badges of subversion. Current runway incarnations are far less literal and certainly more sophisticated than the fringed shawls, Hopi coats, dashikis and Mexican wedding dresses that were staples of the hippie wardrobe or, for that matter, a student gap year.

For sure there is a degree of exoticism in Emilio Pucci's mixed geometrics, embellished with tassels and trims, or in Joseph Altuzarra's leather dress with its multiple tiers of fringe, but in many such instances, those nomadic references are balanced, indeed anchored, by conventionally tailored blazers, coats and furs.

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As often as not, a web of loosely ethnic references is underscored, and simultaneously undercut, in the same turnout by crinkly techno fabrics or novelties like popcorn knits and shaggy faux fur, elements improbably mated in their turn with abstract twigs and floral designs, animal patterns and optic motifs.

Such unlikely blends are an eyeful, all right, one that has every chance of mainstreaming, of appealing, that is, to much the same crowd that has warmed to a movie like "The Hundred Foot Journey," about an Indian chef who penetrates the hermetic world of Gallic cuisine by infusing classical French fare with a subtle medley of Mumbai flavors. The fusion of cultures and tastes and, in this instance, culinary styles may well be, as the filmmakers imply, the inevitable outgrowth of modernity.

Julia Chaplin, the author of the "Gypset" series of books, which explore the fashions and lifestyles of vagabond jet-setters, thinks of fashion globalism as a colorful antidote to the soullessness endemic to the celebrity culture, a blandness propagated by magazines that, she said, "tell you to be like Kim Kardashian."

Rebecca Taylor sleeveless chiffon top, $250 at Rebecca Taylor; Tibi mohair-blend cardigan, $395 at Tibi, tibi.com; Kenzo jacquard skirt, $730 at Opening Ceremony, opening ceremony.us; Zara acrylic scarf, $29.90 at Zara, zara.com; M Missoni polyester boots, $595 at M Missoni; 3.1 Phillip Lim shoulder bag, $1,125 at 3.1 Phillip Lim, 31philliplim.com. Credit Photo illustration by Chris Craymer for The New York Times; Styling by Susan Joy

The style can be opulent, albeit in an offhanded way. "The idea of looking for luxury has changed," Ms. Chaplin said. "People want something more individual and expressive. Maybe some of them have the money they had before 2008, but they want to spend it differently."

The trend to a global pastiche runs counter to high-end minimalism of designers like Christophe Lemaire, Reed Krakoff and Raf Simons of Dior, with their understatedly sumptuous, emphatically neutral fabrics and emphasis on purity of line. At the same time, it flies in the face of the studiedly unfashionable "normcore" trend, that amalgam of playing field and locker-room staples.

The new hybrid aesthetic is, in fact, rooted in much the same swoony romanticism that gave rise a few seasons ago to the raffish, whipped-up-in-the-blender style adopted by designers as disparate as John Galliano, during his tenure at Dior, Roberto Cavalli and Mr. Altuzarra, whose past collections were garnished with tassels, gilt, swashbuckling drapery and festoons of coins.

Kenzo poly-cotton sweatshirt, $400 at Opening Ceremony, openingceremony.us; Diane von Furstenberg stretch silk skirt, $348 at DVF New York; Prada wedge boots, $1,895 at Prada; Alexander Wang utility bag, $1,295 at Alexander Wang, alexanderwang.com. Right: Protagonist band-collar dress shirt, $360 at Barneys New York, barneys.com; Alexander Wang nylon "Bubble Wrap" pullover, $995 at Alexander Wang, alexanderwang.com;  Kenzo wool-blend jacquard skirt, $1,275 at Opening Ceremony, openingceremony.us; Sandro faux fur purse, $355 at Sandro; Sportmax leather boots, $925 at Sportmax. Credit Photo illustration by Chris Craymer for The New York Times; Styling by Susan Joy

But the movement, if it is that, has its homegrown evangelists, early adopters like Chloe Garcia Ponce, a fashion buyer whose style has evolved as a brash, sometimes deliberately clashing composite of runway pieces, found treasures and judiciously chosen fast-fashion trophies.

"I mix ikat prints and a lot of batiks with modern pieces," Ms. Ponce said, including comparatively austere styles from Yohji Yamamoto or Comme des Garçons, her go-to Japanese designers. "For me, mixing those elements is a way of experiencing the world, of sampling foreign cultures."

Kate Schelter, a stylist and fashion consultant, has spent several years living and working in California, a stay that inspired her freewheeling mix of West Coast pastels, floral dresses and assorted caftans. She wears them in winter, as well, adding chubby furs, chunky boots and a Balenciaga biker coat to ward off the elements.

Her look, she said, tends to mirror the runways in that it is unpredictable and seemingly uncontrived.

"It's a confident way of dressing," Ms. Schelter said. "It expresses where you've been on the planet. It's like, you know, 'Oh, this is my Masai necklace, this is my jacket from Morocco,' even if you haven't been anywhere. She sighed wistfully. "Or, who knows, maybe you've just been to H & M."

Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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