An explosion big enough to fit fifteen Milky Way Galaxies in a row has been discovered.
CNN World reports the record-breaking explosion originated inside the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster 390 million light-years away. Experts also say the explosion was likely created by a supermassive black hole.
Black holes are well known for sucking in matter, but they also shoot it outwards in the form of jets or beams. The energy behind this explosion breaks all previous records, beating the previous largest known explosion five times over.
Astronomers observed the explosion from both ground and space-based telescopes like NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory, Australia’s Murchison Widefield Array, as well as the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope located in India. However, the explosions were also noticed several years ago in 2016 but were so large astronomers at the time believed it was too unlikely to be one.
It wasn’t until now that the X-ray data was combined with radio wavelength data from ground-based telescopes to help confirm the cavity created by the explosive black hole. These observations also tell us that the explosion is no longer occurring as the jet activity has stopped meaning there’s no longer any gas to power the explosion.
Citroën has launched a new electric vehicle that's a tiny car and an enclosed scooter at the same time. It's called the "Ami," a two-seater vehicle made for city transportation that's so small, it doesn't even require a license. That is, so long as you're at least 14 years old in France or 16 in other European countries. The automaker seems to have based it on the Ami One Concept it unveiled in 2019 with a few changes to its final design.
“Jazz is Paris and Paris is jazz,” spoke-sang Malcolm McLaren a quarter-century ago, though the statement is valid as ever today: Since the end of World War I, when a number of African American soldiers settled in Paris — and still others left their music behind — the city has become a kind of world […]
The Makeup Museum, opening on May 1 in Manhattan, isn’t just another pretty face.
The 3,500-square-foot space at 94 Gansevoort Street will delve beneath the surface of the glossy industry, revealing the backstories of key figures and highlighting pivotal moments in the history of the beauty business.
Niche museums such as the Museum of Ice Cream and Sloomoo Institute, a museum dedicated to the squishy, oozy material created by Mattel, allow visitors to explore in depth a topic they’re passionate about, and have drawn large crowds.
The Makeup Museum is angling to break into that category. Its inaugural exhibition, “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America,” will home in on the glamorous era. “It’s such a perfect decade to start with,” said Doreen Bloch, the museum’s cofounder, and chief executive officer of Poshly, a beauty research company. “There were all these amazing inventions, like automatic mascara and long-wearing lipsticks. There’s nostalgia for the cat eye, and other looks of the times.”
Nordstrom Inc. will merchandise the gift shop as the museum’s exclusive retail partner, providing a selection of Fifties-inspired items as visitors make their way out of the exhibit. There will be products to create the perfect cat eye, red-carpet essentials, iconic fragrances, red lipsticks,
Johnny Coca has found a winning formula for Mulberry’s ready-to-wear collections: It’s all about keeping it simple and focused on all things British.
That’s why for fall 2020 he wanted to revisit and refine some of the codes he established last season, namely check. He reworked the pattern into feminine silhouettes such as slim tailoring, midi skirts and chic, A-line dresses that featured muted hues, reminiscent of the English countryside.
Elsewhere, Coca added splashes of red check to channel a more punk feeling — his ultimate aim being to establish the check as a monogram of sorts for Mulberry.
There was a small eveningwear portion, too, featuring even more British classics in the form of floral and brocade shift dresses and tops.
But the main focus was on offering a daywear wardrobe, including plenty of outerwear, from cool check trenches to capes and pea coats featuring subtle military details.
“There are so many brands out there, so for us it’s all about trying to be clever and offering the right pieces that you need in your wardrobe and can relate to our accessories, too,” said Coca, whose focused approach is refreshing in a saturated market and aligns with the company’s sustainability ambitions.
He applied the same thinking
LONDON — The postponed Shanghai Fashion Week is now partnering with Alibaba’s Tmall to create an online platform for Chinese designers and commercial brands to showcase their fall 2020 collection from March 24 to 30 as an alternative solution amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The schedule is expected to be revealed mid-March as the application for the online fashion week has just begun. Brands will be showcasing their fall 2020 collections as well as selling items from the current season via live-streaming.
Lv Xiaolei, vice secretary of the Shanghai Fashion Week Committee, told WWD that Shanghai Fashion Week would miss a big opportunity, if it doesn’t embrace new technology.
“Tmall promises to direct millions of traffic [views] to our designers. This means brands will be able to generate more sales, and many of them can be saved from bankruptcy amid this difficult time,” she said.
She also revealed that if the online fashion week goes well, it will continue to be included as part of Shanghai Fashion Week in the future.
Showrooms and trade shows, key components of Shanghai Fashion Week, will need to figure out a time slot of their own.
Yeli Gu, owner of Ontimeshow, the biggest trade show during Shanghai Fashion Week, said it won’t
After tallying “millions” of votes from around the world, Greninja has been named 2020’s Pokemon of the Year.
The final evolution of Pokemon X and Y water-type starter Froakie, Greninja earned over 140,000 votes, topping second-place finisher Lucario by 38,000, according to The Pokemon Company. Mimikyu, Charizard, and Umbreon rounded out the top five.
Aside from its recognition as a Stage 2 starter Pokemon, Greninja is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and is featured prominently in the Pokemon XY anime as Ash’s main companion in the Kalos region.
The top vote-getters from each region are as follows:
Kanto – Charizard
Johto – Umbreon
Hoenn – Rayquaza
Sinnoh – Lucario
Unova – Chandelure
Kalos – Greninja
Alola – Mimikyu
Galar – Dragapult
Other notable Pokemon in the overall top 30 include Bulbasaur (13), Pikachu (19), Eevee (20), and Blaziken (29).
Kenya’s largest telco, ISP and mobile payment provider — in a collaboration that could spell competition between American cloud providers in Africa. In a statement to TechCrunch, the East African company framed the arrangement as a “strategic agreement” whereby Safaricom will sell AWS services (primarily cloud) to its East Africa customer network.
In the opening moments of “Blood on Her Name,” an arrestingly twisty and suspenseful Southern noir thriller in the tradition of “One False Move,” we’re introduced to Leigh, the working-class protagonist played by Bethany Anne Lind, with a jarring close-up that is at once explicit and ambiguous. Her face is battered, her breathing is labored, […]
TAKE TWO: The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, continues to ramp up its support of emerging designers. Integrating international brands for the first time, its Sphere showroom, which debuted in January, replacing Designers Apartment, showcases eight young labels in its second edition, five of which are also showing on the official calendar this Paris Fashion Week.
Swiss designer Kévin Germanier, a finalist for last year’s LVMH Prize, is among the international entrants with his flamboyant collection made from upcycled and deadstock materials.
With wholesale prices ranging from 80 euros to 5,000 euros, the designer’s stockists include Matchesfashion.com.
Also Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize, who made his Paris runway debut earlier in the week, was hoping to pick up international clients through the showroom. “I’m ready for market, I want people to know that,” he said.
Returning designer Juan Hernandez Daels, of equestrian-inspired contemporary label Sadaels, offered a collection incorporating rosette motifs into exclusive prints on velvet and silk, as well as reworked gaucho pants and accessories inspired by his native Argentina.
For his third collection, Alexandre Blanc added volume to his Thirties-inspired lineup with heavy draping, contrasting this with his print pieces based on paintings.
“I’m really impressed with
Christine Phung set out to update bourgeois basics by applying a sporty veneer. She mixed up the silky house classics with technical Neoprene fabric coats, chunky wool tweed pencil skirts and capes, a smattering of embroidered leather flower patches and, for shine, shimmery jacquards.
Drilling down on the archives — prints are the very essence of the brand — she left them intact but still found space to do her stuff, zeroing in on blank spaces, which she used to add asymmetry and contrast. In one look, a silk blouse carried the signature house orchid print on one side, but was solid on the other — with a pocket. Paired with handsome high-waisted trousers, slightly flared, Seventies-style, it made for a handsome retro-update.
Some looks verged on weird. Shimmery see-through taffeta felt modern as a Windbreaker, but a bit out-there when fashioned into puffy sleeves on an ankle-skimming dress, while the proportions on a trim, collarless jacket with rounded shoulders felt slightly odd.
Mostly, though, it was pretty cool, with a good deal of inventive layering. A printed silk kimono, tossed over a trim yellow puffer coat, why not? All set, with leopard-printed trousers.
Also, Phung drew up a new pattern — rooster tail
DOMINO EFFECT: As Paris Fashion Week hits its halfway mark, the British Department for International Trade has postponed its “Sustainable Future for Fashion” showcase, due to the ongoing coronavirus situation now engulfing Europe. The event was scheduled to be held on Feb. 28.
The showcase, which was to be hosted by Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe Andrew Mitchell at the British Ambassador’s Paris residence, was to feature the work of brands with responsible practices, such as Alighieri, Bav Tailor, Belize, Bottletop, Edward Crutchley, Haeckels, Hanna Fiedler, Patrick McDowell, Phoebe English, Räthel & Wolf, Stay Wild, Story MFG and Teatum Jones.
Cyberpunk 2077 might have gotten delayed, but its official action figure line from McFarlane Toys is arriving right on schedule. The folks over there were nice enough to send over some samples for us to unbox, and here they are:
The first wave includes 7-inch figures of player character “V” (male version) and Johnny Silverhand, each with a whopping 22 points of articulation and a bunch of accessories. V comes with a pistol, submachine gun, and katana, while Johnny includes his guitar, strap, an alternate hand for rockin’ out, and a bottle of what’s presumably some sort of delicious futuristic party liquor.
Meanwhile, the 12-inch Johnny Silverhand is much lighter on gadgets and articulation, but is definitely a nice display piece for fans of Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves, or a gritty reimagining of one half of Wyld Stallyns.
The 7-inch figures have a suggested price of $ 24.99, while the big fella will set you back $ 39.99. They’re up for pre-order on Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop. Expect them to start shipping soon, and popping up on retail store shelves shortly thereafter.
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The US Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would give rural carriers access to a $ 1 billion fund meant to help them remove and replace Huawei gear. According to The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch, the Senate has voted to send the bill to the President a couple of months after the House approved its own version. If Trump signs it — and a previous Politico report said top administration figures expressed their support for it — then 40 rural carriers currently using equipment from Chinese tech giants like Huawei and ZTE will have access to the fund.
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Japanese film industry has begun to delay releases, close theaters and refund ticket purchases. The releases of the new “Doraemon” and “Jimaro” feature animations targeted at kids out of school for the spring break, have been delayed. The former was scheduled to open March 6, the latter on […]
This review contains full spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 7, Episode 2. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 7, Episode 1.
Disney+ may still be an empty wasteland as far as new, exclusive Marvel content goes, but never let it be said the service isn’t giving Star Wars fans exactly what they signed up for. The second episode of The Clone Wars: Season 7 is another reminder of what was lost when this series was canceled back in 2013, and why it’s such a gift to Star Wars fans that it’s finally returned.
If these first two Season 7 installments are any indication, the final season may be more akin to a trilogy of movies than 12 serialized episodes. The season premiere introduced us to the oddball clone commandos of the Bad Batch and set the stage for the surprise return of Echo, and this episode picks up right where “Bad Batch” left off. There is a certain sense of familiarity or “been there, done that” to the latter half of “A Distant Echo.” Both episodes have focused a great deal of screen time on Rex and the gang navigating Separatist outposts and gunning down legions of droids. Even having Anakin tag along for this second mission doesn’t shake up the formula as much as you might expect.
To be fair, that problem is definitely more pronounced watching the two episodes back-to-back rather than spaced apart. As much as the idea of Disney dropping all 12 episodes in one bingeable delivery sounds appealing, and as much as this arc is beginning to feel like a movie broken into four parts, there is a lot to be said for the weekly, serialized approach.
Even if Anakin’s role in the mission itself is pretty straightforward, the early portions of “A Distant Echo” really take advantage of the characters in this late, “nearly upon Episode III” timeframe. The scene with Anakin surreptitiously contacting Padme while Rex plays lookout is a real treat. There’s a nice blend of comedy and tragedy fueling this scene. Seeing Padme in the uniform she wears on Mustafar and reflexively clutching her stomach while bidding farewell to her husband is a poignant reminder of the horrible fate awaiting these two lovers. It’s also a reminder that, among other things, The Clone Wars has actively improved the prequel trilogy by actually making the Anakin/Padme romance feel genuine.
There’s a lot to unpack with this scene. When the Anakin/Padme shot first appeared in the Season 7 trailer, Padme’s pose and apparent knowledge of her pregnancy made it seem like this moment was happening during the course of Episode III. That doesn’t seem to be the case, given that Anakin never acknowledges what’s literally staring him in the face. The hope is that this final season might find some room to explore Padme’s reaction to her pregnancy and the struggle over when and how to tell her husband. Similarly, the brief Obi-Wan appearance makes it clear he knew more than we realized about Anakin and Padme’s romance prior to Episode III. It would be very interesting to learn more about his thoughts on the subject, though it doesn’t seem as though this season is going to be particularly Obi-Wan-heavy.
Season 7 is definitely The Rex and Ahsoka Show by all appearances. Accordingly, we continue to see a lot of development for Rex as he grapples with the tragedy of losing Echo and the possibly false hope of seeing him again. Rex is easily the most fully realized clone character in the series, and this season is already doing a fine job of completing his arc and bridging that gap with Rebels. This is the other area where Anakin’s presence comes in handy. This episode highlights the bond the two have formed over the course of the war, while showing us that even a clone can have trouble separating the mission from their personal desires. You have to assume the reason Anakin is so bothered by Rex’s behavior is because he sees so much of himself in his faithful Captain.
And if the run-and-gun mission is more of the same, at least we get ample payoff with the reveal Echo is indeed alive and being used as a tool by the Separatists. Echo’s revamped character design is haunting – all pasty white skin and emaciated flesh and a pair of metal legs that look a whole lot like those of a certain stubborn Sith Lord. Echo is a tangible reminder of how the clones have been chewed up and spit out by the galactic war machine, and it’ll be interesting to see how Rex and the members of Bad Batch reconcile that in the second half of this arc. IGN All
MILAN — Italian luxury powerhouses got the broadest attention during Milan Fashion Week when it came to media impact.
According to figures provided by Launchmetrics, the data research and insights company, Gucci ranked first among the list of the top five brands with the greatest media impact value — the impact a brand generates with its marketing activities across social media, print and online — during the city’s fashion week, which closed here on Feb. 24.
Versace, Prada, Fendi and Giorgio Armani filled in the remainder of the positions in the ranking.
Gucci and its set contributed to the overall $ 142.4 million media impact value across online and social media coverage. The brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele had guests enter the space through the backstage hair and makeup area and view the show through a circular installation re-creating the backstage-like dressing area in place of the runway.
Launchmetrics’ data was monitored from Feb. 18 to 24.
The data research company said the news of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which burst at the tail end of fashion week, also contributed to its overall media impact value, generating alone $ 9.2 million, or 6.5 percent of the total. As reported, the health crisis in the country pushed
She-popes, knights in shining chain mail fringe and Joan of Arc gone grunge. These were the magical creatures Julien Dossena conjured with his fall Paco Rabanne collection, a ceremony of powerful chic at the storied Conciergerie.
Steeped in historicism but with modern cool, it was celebration of radical craft, contrasting lightness and darkness, austerity and ornamentation, and taking inspiration (like several other collections this season), from religious vestments, but filtered through a very Paco lens.
Harnessing some impressive workmanship, Dossena mastered all the elements, from military-influenced glossy leather tailoring to ethereal chiffon volume dresses with a baptismal bent, embroidered in metallic thread “creating a halo around the girl,” he said poetically. He breathed new life into the house chain mail, showing total metal mesh looks, fringed and hooded, jingling as the models processed through the medieval hall where guillotines fell during the French Revolution. (Pick it all apart, though, and there was a lot to wear, including fringed chain mail shawls, capelets, hoods, crop tops that would go great with jeans, and ankle grazing, jingling skirts.)
Tailoring had a military vibe, with delicate floral embroideries bordering an officer coat, and pure white papal lace softening a pleasingly prim black pantsuit. Tapestry patterned draped
Is there another Jordan Brand sneaker coming from Virgil Abloh?
Just weeks after one-upping his Off-White x Air Jordan V sneaker with a white colorway during NBA All-Star Weekend, a white and natural colorway of the Air Jordan IV debuted at the Off-White fall 2020 collection in Paris on Thursday.
Abloh presented his collection on the likes of Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and even their mother Yolanda Hadid, who returned to the runway for the show, but the real show stealer of the night is the sneaker that accompanied two looks in the middle of the show.
The designer shared an image of the sneaker on Instagram with open-toed heels and the caption “forever attempting to jump from the free throw line.”
The Tinker Hatfield-designed sneaker first launched in 1989. The version at the show resembles past Off-White x Jordan and Nike collaboration sneakers, featuring details like zip ties on the laces, “AIR” in quotation marks on the sole and “SHOELACES” on the laces.
An instagram from Virgil Abloh and a look from his Off-White RTW Fall 2020 show.
Runway by WWD
A version of the sneaker with “AIR” written in reverse on the sole was first unveiled at the Virgil Abloh “Figures of Speech”
A 9-year-old is smashing the shuttle far and wide, and frantically pacing back and forth on the court in Bangalore, India, as her competition refuses to back down. Kolla is a familiar name in the tech startup and business ecosystem in India. For the last eight years, he has been helming the research firm Convergence Catalyst, which covers mobility, telecom, AI and IoT.
At several points in “Charlatan,” the camera looks glossily on as our protagonist holds small bottles of amber liquid to the light, academically scrutinizing their contents as they beam a light golden glow onto his features: an effect both ennobling and almost romantic. The man is Jan Mikolášek, a famous Czech herbalist and healer with […]
The coronavirus has caused another cancellation: Movado’s Swiss watch conference in Davos.
The watch group has pulled the plug on its event, which had been planned for March 14 to 18, owing to growing concern over the coronavirus in Europe.
“When the virus was largely contained within China, we felt we could keep the Davos summit but scale it back to become a conference for our European and Middle-Eastern customers,” Movado chairman and chief executive officer Efraim Grinberg said in a statement. “Now with cases growing in Europe, we feel that we must act to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees and therefore have canceled the summit.”
This year was set to be Movado’s third annual stand-alone conference — a format the group launched in 2018 as an alternative to Baselworld. Each year the company hosts a keynote speaker, which in the past has included Tony Blair and Amal Clooney. Despite the lavish set-up, Movado estimates that its stand-alone conference costs the firm about 20 percent of what it once spent on the Baselworld fair.
Movado’s announcement follows a similar release Thursday by Baselworld’s competitor Watches & Wonders, which is also canceled due to the coronavirus.
Baselworld, however, appears to still
You might have gathered from his galavanting across the California desert in a Moncler kitted-out Airstream trailer (and showing off his killer abs on Instagram), that Rick Owens, the once geeky kid from Porterville, has been on a bit of a nostalgic trip lately. He’s mined his Mixtec heritage and the rock gods of his youth for his runways, first Kiss designer Larry LeGaspi, and now Gary Numan, godfather of electronica and star of the sublimely Rick-titled 2016 doc, “Android in La La Land.”
In true form, the designer contacted Numan, humbly asking if he could remix some tunes for his show soundtrack. And he said “yes,” opening up the floodgates for Owens to explore his teendom in the dystopian Eighties, when Numan’s calculated artifice railed against “the banality of a decaying world” — not unlike the one we’re living in today, plagued by killer viruses and apathetic politicians.
“He’s always considered a C-list David Bowie…but I like that he was more obscure and more underground…he is repetitive, hypnotic, more alien and sleek than Bowie,” said Owens, likening his leather jumpsuits and expressionlessness to a cartoon of a German artist.
The result inspired one of Owens’ more accessible collections in recent memory, still
The LVMH Prize cocktail party is the latest cancellation at a Paris Fashion Week gripped with anxiety over coronavirus, where bottles of hand sanitizer, not perfume, were door gifts at the Paco Rabanne show held Thursday at the Conciergerie, the historic French Revolution-era site that’s certainly seen more head-spinning disasters.
The invisible menace hasn’t emptied the lunch crowd at L’Avenue, or cleared Caviar Kaspia (“We are fully booked every night with a huge waiting list,” reports chief executive officer Ramon Mac-Crohon.) And it didn’t keep Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore and Sigourney Weaver from the front row at Dior, Usher from Rick Owens or Carla Bruni and Tyga (what a pair) from coming to Off-White.
But it has created new rules of engagement, as the most social creatures on earth adjust to the “social distancing” being recommended by medical professionals to prevent the spread of the virus.
Air kissing is out, the arm squeeze is in, and every greeting (at fashion week, there are so, so many) is fraught with awkwardness as people gauge their coronavirus comfort level. “Wait, did you just come from Milan?” joked Anthony Vaccarello, kissing Vogue editor Mark Holgate on each cheek backstage after the Saint Laurent show. “No!” Holgate
We need your help determining the best video game character of all time. To do that, we are trying a new fun thing: The Power Ranking Face-Off! Every week on Power Ranking we ask you, the IGN audience, to help us answer some of pop culture’s toughest questions. Whether it’s finding out what the best Star Wars game is or what the best anime series is, you all have determined what the best of the best is. But this time, the topic’s so big, we need your help all month long.
Here’s how it will all work: We have over 300+ entrants, and your Face-Off votes will be used to crowdsource the top 64. From this list of 64 best characters, we’ll make a bracket and use that to run our Power Ranking tournament. The bracket will use Power Ranking polls that we’ll be posting on IGN.com, YouTube, Twitter, and Snapchat. Help us decide, once and for all who the best video game character is!
Voting will officially close on March 6 and we will reveal the top 64 on March 9. Vote now through the Face-Off above and stay tuned for more Power Ranking polls throughout March. For more information on Face-Off, check out the explanation below.
How we will determine the winner?
After the final FaceOff results have come in, we will be taking the top 64 video game characters as ranked by your FaceOff voting to seed into a tournament bracket. From this bracket, the top 64 will be divided into groups of four which will be polled on multiple platforms: IGN.com, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat. We will total the votes across all platforms to determine which characters move on to the next round. The winning characters of each round will be revealed on Power Ranking every Tuesday at 3pm PT starting on March 17th to April 14th.
What is a FaceOff?
Like the name suggests, a FaceOff is pitting two things together and you decide which one is the winner. In this case, you are voting to determine which of the two is better suited to be the best video game character of all time. It’s possible to see certain characters multiple times so keep voting for your favorites to ensure they get ranked higher than the rest. There are over 300 video game characters here that get randomly paired up each time you pick a winner.
How do I know when I’ve clicked through everything?
It’s difficult to know when you’ve seen every video game character included since they are matched randomly and there are so many possible match-ups. Playing till you vote for all your favorite characters or ensuring that certain characters don’t get in the winner’s circle are different options you can take with Face-Off. By deciding the winner throughout all these matchups, you’re ensuring that your favorite video game characters will have a fighting chance to make it through to the finals.
Which video game characters have you included?
The list of video game characters has been decided by the staff in addition to suggestions from the IGN audience via social media. There are so many video game characters so we ensured that we had a good variety of characters across all the different types of games ever made.
How is this tracked?
Every time a winner is decided between the pairs, those winners tally a win improving their overall win-loss record. When the Face-Off results are in, the video game characters with the better win-loss records will move on to the next stage of the competition. So if you continue to keep voting for your top video game characters, they’ll have a better chance of making it to top cut. You can vote as many times as you want till the Face-Off closes.
Podcasts have become so huge in recent years that more than half of Americans have listened to at least one, according to a report published in 2019. That's probably why Oprah is making her iconic talk show more available to audiences today by releasing it in podcast format. According to People, the host's network plans to turn all 4,500 The Oprah Winfrey Show episodes into podcasts — that's 25 years' worth of episodes, which originally aired from 1986 to 2011 on TV.
India’s Alliance Media & Entertainment is in the process of acquiring a library of works by late Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami for distribution in the Indian subcontinent from France’s MK2 Films. The deal covers 33 features, documentaries and shorts from Kiarostami’s oeuvre, including “Taste of Cherry,” “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Where Is My […]
Burton Snowboards has come up with a unique way to celebrate the life of its founder, Jake Burton Carpenter, who passed away last fall.
The Burlington, Vt.-based company has created the inaugural “A Day for Jake” event where 13 resorts around the world will offer free tickets on March 13 to snowboarders who pre-register on a newly created web site of the same name. The event is limited to snowboarders only and registration has to be completed by midnight on March 8.
The resorts that will be participating are Boyne Mountain in Michigan; the Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington state; Big Sky Resort in Montana; Copper Mountain/Woodward Copper in Colorado; Boreal/Woodward Tahoe and Bear Mountain in California; Stratton Mountain in Vermont; Cypress Mountain in Vancouver; Avoriaz in France; Absolut Park, Flachauwinkl in Austria; LAAX in Switzerland; Madonna di Campiglio in Italy, and Seki Onsen Resort in Myoko, Japan.
Several of the resorts will also offer special Learn to Ride packages to anyone who wants to learn to snowboard on that day. Anyone not near any of the resorts can pick up A Day for Jake armbands and stickers at the Burton stores and from the web site and are invited to participate at their local
“She’s a party girl.” So the soundtrack labeled her, lest you missed it from her brash, ebullient regalia.
One wonders if Dries Van Noten was at all concerned about a letdown after last season’s brilliant fashion-moment collaboration with Christian Lacroix. If so, you couldn’t tell by his fall runway. It exploded with a very different kind of exuberance as Van Noten made a 180-reversal from spring’s pretty wonderment toward a harder, tougher take on chic.
“It’s about nightlife…” Van Noten said backstage after his show. “Going out, enjoying life, having fun — [fun is] very important — and a party girl. [There’s] something mysterious, something dark, something romantic, but a dark romance.”
He started with pictures of the work of makeup guru Serge Lutens, and pondered, “How would a girl like this look now, how would she use makeup?” His answer: audaciously. This collection was all about color and pattern and overstatement. But most of all, it was about attitude, the attitude of a woman who not only dresses to be noticed, but lives to be noticed and to revel in the joy of showing off. To that end, she paints her hair with strokes of vibrant red or blue, and her eyes
CHAMPAGNE ON ICE: The cocktail celebrating the 20 semifinalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers is the latest event to fall victim to the coronavirus scare.
Organizers of the gathering, to be held at the luxury conglomerate’s headquarters on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, said they have decided to cancel the event, originally scheduled for Feb. 27 at 6 p.m., though participants will still show their collections throughout the day on Thursday and Friday.
In a brief statement, LVMH gave no reason for the cancellation, although it comes on the same day that France recorded its first death from the coronavirus. Six Chinese brands have scrapped their planned events in the French capital because of the outbreak, and scores of editors from China and elsewhere are skipping the season.
Gigi Hadid recently joined the committee of experts for the seventh edition of the LVMH award and is the designated ambassador for the showroom, where the semifinalists show their creations to the panel made up of 68 industry figures. What shape her endorsement will now take could not immediately be learned.
The crowded annual event is usually an opportunity for emerging talents to rub shoulders with top LVMH executives, including chairman and chief executive officer
Earth has captured an asteroid that’s spending time in space acting as a mini-moon, or baby moon, to our planet.
The International Astronomical Union named the asteroid spinning around Earth a temporary captured object and, for the time being, it’s acting like a tinier version of our moon. Astronomers discovered this mini-moon on February 15 using the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, and ten days later, the IAU filed it as 2020 CD3.
“Orbit integrations…indicate that this object is temporarily bound to the Earth,” the IAU filing reads. “No evidence of perturbations due to solar radiation pressure is seen, and no link to a known artificial object has been found. Further observations and dynamical studies are strongly encouraged.”
You read that right: no link to artificial objects has been found meaning this is likely a straggler space rock hurtling through the solar system, and not a gift from aliens or smugglers in space. We also know it doesn’t belong to Elon Musk because he said so on Twitter shortly after the announcement.
BIG NEWS (thread 1/3). Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object. Here are the discovery images. pic.twitter.com/zLkXyGAkZl
Wierzchos expanded on his first tweet, explaining that 2020 CD3 has actually been in Earth’s orbit for three years. The mini-moon has a diameter between 1.9 meters and 3.5 meters based on his assumption that it’s a C-type asteroid albedo.
“But it’s a big deal as out of ~1 million known asteroids, this is just the second asteroid to orbit Earth,” Wierzchos said.
The first asteroid to orbit earth was 2006 RH120. This asteroid completed a few trips around Earth from 2006 to 2007 before it left the planet’s orbit and continued on elsewhere in the solar system. As the discovery is still somewhat new, not much is known of the object, although we imagine astronomers like Wierzchos and NASA will have their eyes glued to while it remains in orbit.
Dahmakan, a full-stack food delivery startup based in Malaysia, announced today that it has closed a $ 18 million Series B. Investors include Rakuten Capital, White Star Capital, JAFCO Asia and GEC-KIP Fund, along with participation from South Korean food delivery app Woowa Brothers, and returning investors Partech Partners and Y Combinator. This brings Dahmakan’s total funding to about $ 28 million. Launched by former executives from FoodPanda, Dahmakan was the first Malaysian startup to participate in Y Combinator’s startup accelerator program.
Italy’s Cross Productions, in which Germany’s Beta Film has a stake, is shopping “Wolfsburg,” a high-end TV series which turns on an Italian immigrant who during the 1960s arrives in the German city of Wolfsburg, headquarters of Volkswagen Group, and morphs into a murderous werewolf. The innovative skein, now in advanced development, is being set up […]
When Google ditched its desktop Earth app in favor of a web-only experience, it said it was "almost ready" to work on Firefox and other browsers. That was nearly three years ago, but Google has finally delivered on that promise, as Google Earth now works not only on Firefox, but Microsoft Edge and Opera too, the company announced.
When Google ditched its desktop Earth app in favor of a web-only experience, it said it was "almost ready" to work on Firefox and other browsers. That was nearly three years ago, but Google has finally delivered on that promise, as Google Earth now works not only on Firefox, but Microsoft Edge and Opera too, the company announced.
BERLIN — Robert Montgomery’s “Lady in the Lake” posed the question of whether it’s possible to make a complete film from one POV and yet create a true emotional connection with an audience if it doesn’t have a face to connect with. “Saudi Runaway” delivers a haunting POV experience via the hands of a woman, […]
Maria Sharapova, the 32-year-old tennis star, may be officially saying goodbye to professional tennis, but she plans to continue with her endorsement deals, according to her spokeswoman.
During her career, the Russian-born tennis player who moved to the U.S. as a young girl has won five Grand Slam titles. She has been dealing with a shoulder problem for years. Sharapova won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, and later won two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. She served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016, and since her return, has only reached one major quarterfinal.
According to Sharapova’s spokeswoman, the former tennis player will continue to work with Nike, which she has been working with since she was 11 years old. She plans to continue her tennis collection, in addition to a shoe line called Maria Sharapova x La Cortez, which is now in its third iteration. The latest collection launched last fall and featured apparel for the first time. She’s also collaborated on products for Head Racquets, such as court bags.
A Nike spokesman didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment.
Sharapova also plans to continue as the brand ambassador for Evian
These are tough times for the travel industry. With the coronavirus outbreak severely curtailing air traffic, many people are opting to stay at home. Suddenly, even the trusty student ritual of backpacking across the planet is looking less alluring.
Not so for Felipe Oliveira Baptista, whose father was a pilot and who, as a result, has travel in his DNA. His debut coed collection for Kenzo was all about wanderlust — though the concept of shelter came hand-in-hand.
Cloaks, capes, cowls and caps shielded his models from the bright sunlight raising temperatures inside the plastic tubular tent set up in the garden of the National Institute for Deaf Children. The venue felt like an apt metaphor for conflicting urges: wanting to be out in the world, yet protected from its dangers.
The designer conceived the collection like a dialogue between himself and founder Kenzo Takada, who revolutionized French fashion in the early Seventies with his colorful, unrestrictive clothes and came to show his support.
Baptista channeled that spirit with flowing capes printed with collages of tiger paintings by Portuguese artist Júlio Pomar, or prints drawn from the Kenzo archives: roses or horses painted into soft, camouflage-like motifs. An army green, full-body cocoon, shaped with
New York designer Rachel Comey has opened a monthlong pop-up shop at 123 Rue de Turenne in the Marais.
The two-floor space features her showroom upstairs, and a store downstairs selling her spring collection, including her cult favorite Drill jumpsuits, Fetes sheer tulle wrap skirts, double-breasted boxy blazers, and glossy leather clogs.
This marks the third store for the designer after New York and Los Angeles (she also wholesales to Nordstrom, Saks and several multilabel boutiques in the U.S. and internationally, but no department stores in Paris — yet).
Why Paris, why now? “We love retail and having that direct relationship to our customers,” said Comey. “I was thinking where else to open a store, and nothing had clicked yet…But then we always come to Paris for market, four times a year, and it was an organic decision to do our showroom as a pop-up combo, so even our own accounts could walk through and see the whole collection and space.”
The pop-up is open until March 18, and Comey is hoping to connect more to the Parisian community while she’s here. As a start, she is featuring in the shop the work of Berlin-based Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, an artist represented by the gallery just
Trans-Atlantic Spanish-language production powerhouse El Estudio and Mexico’s Morbido Group have joined forces in the largest genre, horror and fantasy production initiative in the Spanish-speaking world. Feature films, series, remakes and reboots of classic IP and even unscripted programming are all part of the plan going forward for El Estudio and Morbido. Already, the companies […]
Fashion Group International of Dallas anointed Lela Orr as an emerging fashion talent on Tuesday evening during its annual Rising Star Awards, which were held at the Statler Hotel.
“I’m just kind of shocked,” said Orr, a Dallas native who operates her business there. “Winning in your hometown means something special.”
Orr got national exposure in the U.S. last spring during her turn on “Project Runway,” where she placed eighth. The publicity enabled her to expand beyond custom clothing into producing a small collection called Ferrah, she said.
Focused on sustainability, Ferrah offers upscale contemporary sportswear fabricated of natural materials and dyes.
“We’ve quadruped our growth as of last year, and we’re opening a storefront on Earth Day,” Orr said. “It’s kind of a test — our first storefront.” Called Sept: Sustainable Designer Collective, the shop at Trinity Groves will present clothing and accessories from a rotating cast of eco-conscious designers, including fellow “Project Runway” alum Venny Etienne and contestant Brittany Allen.
“The goal is to have seven sustainable designers hanging or displaying at a time,” Orr explained.
The FGI Dallas Rising Star Awards also honored fine jewelers Barbara Kaiser Harvel and Stephanie Harvel of Kaiser Atelier for accessories; Matt Alexander, proprietor of Neighborhood Goods, for
For his first presentation at Paris Fashion Week, South African designer Thebe Magugu created an immersive experience. Guests entered a dilapidated screening room in the basement of the Palais de Tokyo to discover mannequins wearing African masks sitting on chairs facing a screen projecting a short film.
All around the room were oversize images shot by Kristin-Lee Moolman, featuring items from the fall collection against the backdrop of the Ipopeng township in the mining town of Kimberley, where Magugu was raised. The name of the suburb translates as “beautify yourself” in Setswana.
Committed to manufacturing in Africa, the winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers produced just 10 looks for his “Anthro 1” fall line as he works to upskill his suppliers.
There were variations on shirtdresses — some with sheer lace insets at the elbow — and feminine pantsuits. A lilac logo trenchcoat came in a check print inspired by the tablecloth in his grandmother’s kitchen, while a shirt and cropped pants featured a stripe motif made by photocopying strips of denim.
Leather bags were handcrafted in Johannesburg and featured the brand’s new logo designed by Commission Studio in London. An emblem of sisterhood, it shows the silhouettes of two seated women
Terry J. Lundgren, former chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Delivering Good gala on Nov. 4 in New York.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Delivering Good, which provides disaster and poverty relief with new product donations from companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries.
“Terry Lundgren’s leadership and generosity are legendary across the retail industry and the world,” said Andrea Weiss, chair of Delivering Good. “His career achievements, as well as his decades-long commitment to philanthropy, the arts, medical research and education, make him an inspiration to so many of us, and we couldn’t be more honored to recognize him this year with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The annual gala will be held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The event co-chairs are Stacy Berns, president of Berns Communications Group, and David Greenstein, chief executive officer of Wonder Brands, both members of the Delivering Good board of directors. At the event, Delivering Good will also honor the recipients of its Vanguard Award, Company of Change Award and Impact Award. This year’s gala will focus on the ripple effect — how a single action or event can continue to influence others —
Diesel North American chief executive officer Stefano Rosso is a gamer. He grew up playing Atari but, in his words, life took over, and he put games on the back burner to start a career in fashion.
But on Thursday, Rosso and his partner Furio Garibaldi will launch D-Cave, a lifestyle gaming pop-up shop that bridges the gaming, fashion and music worlds.
“I’ve always been a player but never professionally. Recently, I was able to rediscover how much this environment has been growing,” he said. “It’s time to bring all of the elements of the lifestyle of gaming under one roof. This is almost a dream come true for people like me who have been playing since they were kids.”
D-Cave will be open at 415 Broadway through March 1, and will offer gaming and music programming over the three days. The two-floor pop-up will host a marketplace and music on the first level and dedicate the second floor to gaming events such as a FIFA gaming tournament with the New York City Football Club and New York RedBull FIFA players, Fortnite with Nate Hill of FaZe Clan and DrLupo, and an appearance from competitive fighting game player Justin Wong.
Rosso tapped Fool’s Gold
Net-a-porter, which has been in business 20 years, is marking International Women’s Day on March 8 with the introduction of 20 exclusive T-shirts.
Now in its third year of partnership with Women for Women International, 100 percent of Net-a-porter proceeds will be donated to the charity which helps women living in conflict-affected countries to rebuild their lives. The T-shirts go on sale Friday and will be available exclusively at netaporter.com
Twenty brands and female designers were invited to submit designs for their T-shirts, including Stella McCartney, Gabriela Hearst, Alexa Chung, Isabel Marant, Amina Muaddi, Carine Roitfeld, Jimmy Choo, Rotate, Bernadette, Rosie Assoulin, Staud, The Attico, The Range, The Frankie Shop, Ganni, Nanushka, Charlotte Tilbury, Cecilie Bahnsen, Roxanne Assoulin, alongside Net-a-porter x Ninety Percent collaboration.
Each designer was asked to give her interpretation of women’s empowerment and strength. The Net-a-porter x Ninety Percent design calls out all “Incredible Women,” while The Attico’s Let Your Hair Down T-shirt inspires women to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. McCartney’s T-shirt shows a sense of sisterhood and compassion, featuring an illustration from her fall/winter 2019 campaign, where women come together in mutual support and love of the earth. Jimmy Choo’s tongue-in-cheek wordplay says to “Choos”
For fall, Richard René tried his hand at upcycling. Scouring the Internet, he turned up a dozen Guy Laroche vintage pieces, and took a stab at it — or them.
René dipped a printed blue silk dress from the late Eighties in black ink, turning it into a blouse and paired it with high-waisted wool trousers, completing the look with a repurposed wool trenchcoat — from the Seventies this time — and adding a layer of patent leather fish scales. It looked good and felt modern.
Another dress, equally suitable for the era of office secretaries with hair-sprayed hairdos, was updated as a chic evening gown, the waist drawn in and the skirt stretched down, with fat strips of patent leather to add length.
He also found bolts of ivory, crepe fabric from the Seventies which he worked into new designs — the material clung to the body like a “Star Trek” suit, looking sleek and sensual as a jumpsuit, or a hip-hugging dress with prominent shoulders, but a bit awkward as a pleated skirt-blouse combo.
With no production — there hasn’t been in three years — and a limited budget, René’s experiment in upcycling has turned up a compelling proposition for a brand
After five years selling sophisticated activewear to men, Rhone is taking the plunge into women’s.
But the move should not be viewed as a full-on entry into the women’s arena, its founders stressed. Rather, it’s intended to honor the contributions of the women who work for the company and is being launched during Women’s History Month.
The capsule collection will be offered for sale only on the company’s web site beginning March 2. It will include tanks, hoodies, leggings and joggers created from Italian fabrics treated with the company’s GoldFusion technology, a proprietary process that infuses gold particles into the highest-performing fabrics and is soft, fast-drying, long-lasting and odor neutral. In addition, the leggings are made from sustainable fabrics created from reclaimed and recycled fishing nets removed from the world’s oceans.
The collection will retail for $ 64 to $ 138.
Nate Checketts, cofounder, said, “Let me be clear, we are not launching women’s wear. This is an extremely tight, limited capsule collection that really celebrates the women in our lives who have helped propel this brand forward.” Even so, he said he expects the collection to sell out quickly.
Checketts didn’t completely rule out eventually expanding Rhone into women’s wear, but said that if and when
Movies for hit anime series like My Hero Academia have a difficult balancing act to pull off: they must be mostly understandable for a completely new viewer, still offer something relevant and interesting to fans of the show, and be exciting but find a way to not have any significant lasting impact on the show. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is animation studio Bones’ second attempt at achieving all three, and it does an excellent job. Heroes Rising is just one awesome explosion of action after another. It doesn’t quite nail the landing on its biggest moment and the villain is a bit boring, but that doesn’t take too much away from the excitement of seeing the entirety of Class 1-A push themselves to their limits.
Heroes Rising takes place sometime during Season 4, although the chronology is never established. Heroes like Rock Lock appear, the League of Villains are still up to no good, and a certain pivotal item from Season 4 makes an appearance. That being said, Heroes Rising is a prime example of effortlessly utilizing information from the show’s past to contextualize the events of the movie. Flashbacks are mostly used at unobtrusive moments and important information is naturally written into conversations. If you’re not caught up with at least the beginning of Season 4, you do run the risk of some mild thematic spoilers, but a majority of the movie smartly distances itself from current events in the anime series.
Much like the first My Hero Academia movie, Two Heroes, the students of U.A. High School’s Class 1-A find themselves busy on a faraway island in Heroes Rising. The resident hero has retired, and in an effort to give some of U.A.’s top students’ additional training, they’ve been sent to fill in for the recent retiree without the supervision of any pro heroes. That last part is a bit questionable, given they’re only high school students tasked with running a hero business without supervision, but the setup works wonderfully and gives them space to shine when villains eventually attack.
As the series has progressed, we’ve understandably seen less of Class 1-A and Heroes Rising excitingly amends that. Everyone, even characters like Koda and Shoji, gets a chance to shine. While the nature of their work on the island is mundane, it’s still exciting to watch because of Class 1-A’s fun personalities and the creative ways we get to see them use their quirks. From helping an old woman who threw out her back to organizing an intense assault on a foe while evacuating townspeople, Heroes Rising is a great showcase of their current abilities.
New supporting characters Mahoro and Katsuma are two cute kids who stir up the long-running theme of questioning what it means to be a hero in a world where that revered title is just another profession. Heroes Rising doesn’t dig too deep into it, but that theme serves as a good frame for when Deku and Bakugo get their time in the spotlight together. Heroes Rising is ultimately about their relationship and their own valid but different brands of heroism, but again, it does a fantastic job of balancing their screen time with the other 1-A students. Part of that comes about because they’re still students, and standing up against the four new adult villains in Heroes Rising isn’t a simple feat. My Hero Academia’s practicality with the students’ general disadvantage against experienced villains has always been one of its strengths, and it’s good to see that mostly carry through in Heroes Rising.
The villains Class 1-A go up against in this action-packed movie have bland motivations, but their run-of-the-mill brand of evil largely works here. Fights aren’t bogged down with monologues and are instead peppered with effective villainous quips. The villains’ quirks aren’t exactly counters to the students’ but their raw power and flashiness go a long way. And, since the students are on this island without support from professionals, we really get to see their tactics and teamwork shine. The animation in the fights is generally excellent, save for some awkward CG clouds that roll in every now and then.
For all the power and fun Heroes Rising brings, it’s a shame it fumbles the presentation of its biggest moment. The insane, well-animated final fight edges close to fever dream territory and is presented with odd, sentimental music that doesn’t fit the intensity of what’s happening on-screen. Certain moments of the battle — which is one hell of a fight to watch — also have serious implications for My Hero Academia canon, and the way Heroes Rising goes about brushing them aside isn’t quite satisfactory. IGN All
Earmarked for the startup’s expansion in Southeast Asia, the round was led by Asia Partners and Intervest. Launched in Hong Kong five years ago, Snapask has now raised a total of $ 50 million and operates in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. Founder and CEO Timothy Yu said Snapask will expand into Vietnam and focus on markets in Southeast Asia where there is a high demand for tutoring and other private education services.
“Freud,” Netflix’s upcoming mystery thriller from director by Marvin Kren, places a young Sigmund, before his establishment as a worldwide medical icon, in the middle of a brutal 19th century murder case in Vienna. A Vienna native himself, Kren won numerous awards for his work in TV (“Four Blocks”) and film (“Rammbock,” “Blood Glacier”). In addition […]
HEADING TO DALLAS: Frances Valentine intends to open a pop-up store in Dallas by year-end, and chief executive officer Elyce Arons began outreach on Monday with lunch for 20 women at Grange Hall, followed by a private home trunk show on Tuesday.
Guests included Michelle Nussbaumer, Cindy Schwartz, Capera Ryan and Chandra North Blaylock.
“We’re still small and haven’t been around very long, so we don’t have a lot of brand awareness,” explained Arons, who launched the label in 2015 with the late Kate Spade and her husband Andy, and Paola Venturi.
Yet Dallas is one of the brand’s “major” e-commerce markets and has been on her radar for a while, she noted.
“Last summer we opened a pop-up store in Sag Harbor, which we still have and are keeping indefinitely, and we had so many people come into the store and say, ‘You’ve got to be in Dallas,’” Arons explained.
It’s no secret that Dallas women are fond of bright colors and feminine style, which are hallmarks of Frances Valentine. Bestsellers at the trunk show were $ 695 linen caftans vividly embroidered with peacocks and Mexican-inspired motifs.
Arons was scouting for a space in Dallas’ hottest upscale retail spots –– Highland Park Village, NorthPark Center, the
Kunihiko Morinaga nurtured his inner child for fall, taking wooden bricks as his building blocks and creating boxy panels of fabric that snapped together interchangeably to form a range of outsized, exaggerated mix-and-match silhouettes.
While the underlying fabrics and clothes referenced — a trenchcoat, chunky knitwear, a padded bomber jacket and indigo denim — were mostly familiar, the direction in which he took these staple wardrobe items was far from it.
Squares, rectangles, semi-circles and triangles of fabric were fixed together in what the designer described backstage as a comment on diversity and sustainability, with each part designed to be combined in myriad ways — the simplest combinations consisting of around five panels, the most complex up to nine.
For fashion’s indecisive — it’s not often you can choose to wear a trenchcoat, tweed, a puffer skirt and pink fake fur all at once — the lineup offered quirky appeal. But it also had less of the poetic intensity of Morinaga’s last two collections.
MILAN — International furniture and interior design trade show Salone del Mobile has postponed its upcoming 59th edition slated to run April 21 to 26 at Milan’s Rho-Fiera venue due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The trade show will take place June 16 to 21.
The Salone del Mobile and the related Design Week, animated by a wide range of events organized across the city, is the most important global event taking place in Milan, which is considered the international capital of design.
Following the decision taken by the trade show’s organizers on Tuesday, the Salone del Mobile will overlap with the spring/summer edition of Florence-based trade show Pitti Uomo, running June 16 to 19, and with Milan Men’s Fashion Week, kicking off on June 20.
As reported, Bologna-based trade show Cosmoprof has also been postponed and will now take place June 11 to 15, while the new dates of Milanese eyewear fair Mido has yet to be released but the fair is expected to be held in late May or early June.
“It was hard to decide what to do in such a peculiar moment for Milan, but we have decided to postpone [the Salone del Mobile] by a couple of months,” said Milan’s
Warning: this review contains full spoilers for The Flash: Season 6, Episode 13. If you need a refresher on where we left off, here’s our review for Season 6, Episode 12. Also, in the interest of transparency, we should note that Jesse is related to one of the co-writers of this episode. That relation had no bearing on the content of this review.
It’s one of the great tragedies of the Arrowverse that we’ll probably never see a full season of The Flash built around Gorilla Grodd. Grodd certainly has the potential to be more than just an annual guest star, but it’s really not practical from a time and budgetary standpoint. On the other hand, the benefit is this forces the series to make the most of those annual appearances when they do come along. “Grodd Friended Me” keeps the hot streak going, even if it is a much smaller-scale Flash vs. Grodd story.
This episode flips the script by casting Grodd as a sympathetic protagonist trying desperately to win over an incredulous Barry Allen. Coming in the wake of both Crisis and a series of episodes where Grodd attempts to take over Central City, this plays like a logical and even necessary shift for the character. There’s only so much that can be accomplished with Grodd as an annual, one-and-done antagonist. At some point the series either has to find a new angle or just retire the character.
This episode’s greatest strength is in creating a sense of a cohesive arc for Grodd over the course of six seasons. He may only appear once or twice a year (plus that recurring role on Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3), but there has been a clear progression as Grodd has evolved from pitiful lab specimen to power-hungry villain and now homesick ARGUS prisoner. Thanks in no small part to David Sobolov’s grave vocal performance, Grodd’s transformation feels both genuine and earned.
The actual story fueling Grodd’s redemption and unlikely alliance with Barry is disappointingly spartan. It’s literally a case of two characters moving from one isolated spot to another and trying to run through a portal. It’s hard not to wish the series had given its other subplots a rest for a week and focused more fully on Grodd’s return. As it is, Grodd only appears in the flesh in a handful of scenes, with the rest taking the economical approach of having him assume the forms of other Team Flash members. Still, the visual of Grodd and Barry merging to form “Brundleflash” is neat, and at least this pairing hits the right emotional notes despite the overly straightforward narrative.
We’ll see how Grodd’s apparent redemption plays out in the recently greenlit Season 7, but for now its most immediate impact seems to be in giving Chester his official induction into Team Flash. Chester and Kamilla are both seemingly being positioned as Cisco’s replacements, which raises the question of what happens when Cisco returns and whether that character is being gradually phased out. Chester doesn’t immediately click in his new role as junior tech support trainee. Regardless of the series, the Arrowverse tends to cast all of these characters from the same mold. They’re impossibly brilliant yet annoyingly quippy and chatty. The Flash doesn’t need a Cisco Lite.
Fortunately, Chester shows signs of more depth than that. The character really starts to click during his heart-to-heart with Caitlin, as he reminisces about being a young African American student learning the hard way that there’s no room for screw-ups or second chances. That moment of introspection tells us more about the character than we’ve learned all season. There’s a refreshing honesty and candor to the character that the series would do well to lean into going forward, rather than the usual fast-talking tech geek shtick.
Even if more Grodd content would have been nice, there is something to be said for this episode’s ability to keep the Mirror Master storyline moving along. Here we catch a glimpse of the true villain lurking beneath Eva’s befuddled facade. It’ll also be interesting to see how much damage Mirror Iris does to Iris’ personal life and relationships by the time she’s done.
Finally, the series continues to struggle on the Nash/Allegra front. As I’ve said before, the idea of a Harrison Wells pining for an estranged daughter just isn’t compelling enough to be rehashed all over again, even with the added complication of Allegra being a doppelganger. This episode does nothing to change that view, even as Allegra uncovers the truth about her “father.” It’s a disappointing shift for a character who showed plenty of promise in the first half of the season. Why isn’t Nash’s guilt over Crisis enough of a story catalyst on its own?
We do get a major swerve at the very end of the episode, as Sherloque resurfaces to deliver a dire warning about the return of Reverse-Flash. This could potentially be what the series needs to get back on track with all things Wells. On the other hand, it wasn’t all that long ago that Eobard Thwane made another surprise return. Will this be another case of The Flash rehashing familiar beats too often? Thawne’s presence wasn’t enough to salvage Season 5, and with Season 6 improving so dramatically, this time The Flash may not actually need him at all. IGN All
When it comes to the internet, content may be king, but in many cases, the emperor has no clothes: that is to say, the masses may click on interesting stories, video, music and other media, but building a lucrative business around that content can be a struggle, with advertising-based models often providing little in the way of margins except for the very biggest properties (and even then, it can a tough balancing act managing costs). A startup called Minute Media believes that it has found a way through that challenge with a platform that brings in user-generated content across a number of its own mostly-sports-based media properties — built organically and by way of acquisition — and it then syndicates that content also through third-party publishing partners. Today, the startup is announcing a $ 40 million round to continue its growth — specifically to continue investing in its publishing platform; to invest in properties that it already owns; and to make more acquisitions.
Stunned to discover that her son has vanished while studying abroad in Athens, an Iranian woman sets off on a desperate search across the Greek capital to find him. Navigating a foreign and forbidding landscape, she’s forced to also travel deep within herself, uncovering buried truths and offering a chance for her own reinvention. “Pari” […]
Andbox is highlighting its Call of Duty star e-game player Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto of the New York Subliners with a new collection inspired by him.
The three-piece capsule launching on Andbox.com on Feb. 27 merges gaming with soccer, which Paparatto grew up playing, and is comprised of a T-shirt, navy sweatshirt with gray hood, and a track suit designed by Paparatto with Collette Gangemi, who leads the Andbox in-house merchandise and apparel design team, and Andbox senior designer Mary Clark.
Clark said in a video previewing the collection that they looked to horses, Paparatto’s logo, as the central motif for the collection, and landed on a design of a mechanical horse for the T-shirt. The back of the T-shirt features the phrase “Ever Upward,” which will appear in upcoming Andbox collections. “Tommy’s personality is bold and effervescent so we wanted to capture that,” said Clark. The collection ranges in price from $ 36 to $ 120.
“I’ve always wanted to do my own apparel line. Obviously I was with FaZe for a few years, and we were in talks about doing it, but we just never got around to doing it,” said Paparatto in the video. He took to Andbox because of the design and
“CONSENT,” flashed three big neon signs suspended from the ceiling, one each in yellow, red and green. They blinked on and off inside the tent installed at the Tuileries Garden for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior show. Additional signs around the perimeter proclaimed, “Patriarchy = CO2,” “Patriarchy = Repression,” and “We Are All Clitoridian Women.”
The timing of this particular installation was uncanny, the day after Harvey Weinstein got his comeuppance in court, convicted of rape and a criminal sexual act. The set was the work of the feminist art collective Claire Fontaine (the duo of Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill). The name of the show, “I Say I,” is translated from “lo dico io” an exhibit of Italian women artists opening next month at Rome’s National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, and sponsored by Dior. The exhibit takes its name from a piece by the Italian art critic and feminist writer Carla Lonzi. (This show drew on ample material; the press notes had footnotes.)
Chiuri’s feminist dedication is admirable, as is the free rein she gives to the artists she enlists for her sets. But this messaging crossed over from pro-women activism to an unsubtle subtext of “men suck.” There was
In the response to multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking against Peter Nygård, Dillard’s will no longer carry his moderate sportswear label.
The retailer said in a statement Tuesday: “In light of the serious allegations concerning Peter Nygård, which are in direct opposition to our core values, Dillard’s has refused current deliveries, canceled all existing orders and suspended all future purchases from Nygård.”
A Dillard’s spokeswoman did not respond to a query asking what will become of the existing Nygård products that are currently being sold by the retailer online and in stores.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department raided Nygård’s New York offices at 1435 Broadway, as first reported by the New York Post. Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, confirmed the seizure.
Nygard, in turn, announced through a spokesman that he is stepping down as chairman of the Nygard Companies and will divest his ownership interest.
A spokesman for Nygård issued the following statement Tuesday: “As a direct result and in furtherance of the conspiracy planned by billionaire Louis Bacon, federal agents have executed a search and seizure on Nygård offices in
India is unlikely to have any substantial coverage of 5G until at least the end of next year, with telecom operators in the country yet to participate in spectrum auction. Xiaomi, Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo, and Oppo’s sub-brand Realme have all moved in tandem to unveil their 5G smartphones in the last one week. While Xiaomi, which has been the top handset vendor in India for more than two years, only showcased its recently unveiled 5G-enabled MiMix Alpha smartphone at several of its physical stores in the country, the other two companies have moved to launch new phones.
Sanzaru Games, the studio behind the virtual reality action-adventure RPG Asgard's Wrath, now belongs to Facebook. The social network has acquired the Bay Area company just a few months after it also purchased Beat Saber creator Beat Games. Mike Verdu, Facebook's director of AR/VR content, has announced the acquisition in a blog post on Oculus' website. He didn't reveal its terms, but he clarified that Sanzaru will remain an independent studio operating out of its current offices in the US and Canada.
“The Howard Stern Show” may have just made an enemy of the world’s largest fanbase: BTS’ mighty A.R.M.Y. During the February 24 episode of the SiriusXM staple, host Howard Stern — a notorious germaphobe — brought up growing concern over the deadly coronavirus with his cast of comedic cohorts. The topic turned to BTS when […]
Swedish broadcaster SVT has ordered a six-part TV adaptation of Kerstin Ekman’s crime novel “Blackwater” from Piv Bernth’s Apple Tree Productions. The series will be coproduced with ARD Degeto in Germany, and Filmpool Nord, and distributed internationally by ITV Studios. It has pre-sold to DR in Denmark, NRK in Norway, YLE in Finland, and RUV […]
Mugsy Jeans, a Chicago-based men’s denim brand, has tapped Ian Happ, a second baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, to be an ambassador for the brand.
Happ will appear in the brand’s spring campaign, launching in April, and will also make appearances at the newly opened Mugsy store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The relationship between the two began because the athlete was a fan of the brand, the company said.
“We are thrilled to partner with Ian Happ, as athletes have always been a sweet spot for the brand because of the fit and flexibility of our fabrics,” said Leo Tropeano, founder of Mugsy Jeans. “We’re excited to expand on our athlete following with a rising star on our hometown team.”
“Working with Mugsy was a no-brainer for me,” says Happ. “The relationship has been organic from the beginning. I love where the brand is headed and the combination of style and comfort fits my life perfectly.”
The 25-year-old Happ has played for the Cubs for the past three years, although he spent the majority of the 2019 season in Triple A.
Mugsy was created as a comfortable alternative to tight or baggy jeans and offers stretch and flexibility in its fits. In
For the past six months, Coperni’s Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant have had the World Wide Web on their minds. With good reason: they have been working on the relaunch of their web site, which went live a few hours after the show.
The collection, which the pair designed around this launch and “as an homage to the web,” they said, traced a digital native following the footsteps of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee — the computer scientist who invented the global information system in the late Eighties — in her exploration of this ever-changing frontier.
The digital realm was celebrated everywhere: in the animated GIF invitation that featured a snippet of HTML code fading away to reveal the address; in the venue, the French start-up incubator Station F, and in the clothes themselves.
There was nothing virtual about this smart lineup, which kept to the minimal yet uber-cool vibe they cultivate. A T-shirt that said “Enter the Web” featured part of the brand’s web site code printed on the inside. Woven elements nodded to the idea of an interconnected web. Elsewhere, the network’s immaterial nature was alluded to in transparent textures or in skirts and tops that felt like they were mirroring each other,
Marissa Grossman, née Fuchs, of last year’s viral proposal craze, is gearing up for her next venture: a fashion brand of her very own.
The influencer, who left her role as director of brand partnerships at Goop in November, revealed the news today just a few months after she experienced a short window of Internet fame when her elaborate, branded scavenger hunt-themed marriage proposal-turned-wedding went viral via her extensive documentation on Instagram.
Many were captivated by her more than 300 Instagram Stories showing each stage of the “experience,” complete with brand tags and product mentions, but media outlets speculated that the scavenger hunt was a little more than an elaborate sponsored content stunt. A pitch deck made by Grossman’s now-husband, Gabriel Grossman, was leaked online and seemed to confirm such speculation. As did the Grossmans holding a second wedding for friends and family.
After all the publicity, Grossman has revealed she’s officially branching out on her own. On Tuesday, she revealed to her 172,000 Instagram followers the launch of a new business called Shop Ambitionist as an extension of her Instagram account and blog, which focuses on shopping, fashion and lifestyle.
“Thank you guys so much for following, I’m so overwhelmed,” Grossman said in
With its flip-flops already on feet all over Miami, Tkees chose the endless-summer city to roll out retail. The decade-old, Brazilian brand opened a 700-square-foot boutique in the Miami Design District on Feb. 22; locations in New York and Los Angeles are slated by year’s end. In addition to women’s and children’s footwear and women’s apparel, which launched in 2019, the all-shoppable concept extends to husband-and-wife founders Carly and Jesse Burnett’s selection of home decor and art.
“We wanted the store to be more than a white box. We wanted it to take you somewhere,” said Jesse of expanding into brick-and-mortar after building a wholesale business that currently hovers around 600 accounts. “Even saying the word retail feels dangerous now, but retail’s not dead — boring retail is dead.”
Rather than see it as risky, he said well-rounded business models need to embrace all channels. Tkees fared well in the e-commerce transition, with digital multibrand stores and department stores’ online divisions accounting for 60 percent of its wholesale business. Miami ranks in its top three markets for e-commerce, and Tkees’s web site has only been a boon for wholesale partners.
The Miami boutique’s design matches the brand’s minimal ethos and muted palette. The
Christelle Kocher’s fall collection was the first since her Koché label joined forces with Renzo Rosso’s fashion group OTB, and it showed.
Set in a cavernous hall at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, the coed display had a nocturnal ambience, accentuated by the dingy lighting generated by floor projectors. It opened with one of her signature polo dresses, only done in black leather with dramatic leg-of-mutton sleeves.
Leveraging OTB’s expertise in denim through its flagship brand Diesel, Kocher had a field day with the material, sending out Canadian tuxedos galore. A patchwork shirt was paired with a skirt with a sweeping train, while those puffy sleeves were worked into a tight-fitting blouse tucked into a low-crotched pair of baggy jeans.
“I wanted it to be an evolution because this new partnership we have with Renzo is like a new beginning for the brand, with the opportunity to use high-quality manufacturers,” she said backstage. “It’s about how I can bring my personal touch to it through the cuts and embellishment.”
While a mosaic-style denim pant and skirt looked a little bulky, Kocher hit her stride with embroidered and embellished jeans, paired with a bodysuit studded with Swarovski crystals and topped with heaps of pearls and
PARIS — It’s a new day at Kenzo. When Felipe Oliveira Baptista shows his debut collection for the French fashion house today, the change will be apparent before the first look hits the runway.
Under former creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the shows often took the form of artistic performances staged after dark. Baptista, by contrast, hopes to take full advantage of the daylight with his display, to be held at 10:30 a.m. in a transparent tent in the garden of the National Institute for Deaf Children.
“We went from night into day,” the designer told WWD in a preview at the Kenzo headquarters on Rue Vivienne. “Everybody’s going to be front row and everyone’s going to be looking at the clothes really, really, really close by.”
The structure is reusable. “It can be packed away like a tent and it can be blown up again next season, and nature will take care of the rest of the decoration. And I think that’s quite sustainable and it’s an interesting way of thinking of doing things in a different way,” Baptista noted.
“It even can be divided into parts, which means we can do a pop-up with part of this structure somewhere and
2/24 Update: Added details about ray tracing, teraflops, “Quick Resume,” and “Smart Delivery.”
At The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft’s next-gen console finally earned its official name: The Xbox Series X. Initially revealed at the E3 2019 press conference as Project Scarlett, specifics about the console have been scarce. Microsoft has given us some concrete details to focus on, however, including some specs, a release window, a major launch title, and more.
With Sony absent, Phil Spencer and his team will definitely be the main focus of the show, however, it remains to be seen if that means we hear any announcements about an Xbox Series X release date or price.
Xbox Series X Specs: What Hardware Does it Have?
As part of the initial Project Scarlett announcement video, those involved in the creation of the new console said it will be four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, which is capable of 8K output, 120 frames per second, variable refresh rates and real-time “next-gen ray tracing.”
Spencer later clarified that the Xbox Series X would feature DirectX raytracing, which will allow for more realistic environments, with “accurate reflections and realistic acoustics.”
A new generation SSD is being used as virtual RAM, allegedly offering over 40 times performance increases from the current generation. Xbox Series X will also leverage high-bandwidth GDDR 6 SDRAM.
AMD and Microsoft co-engineered and designed a custom processor for the Xbox Series X. This processor leverages AMD’s latest Zen 2 and Navi technology. It was clear before E3 2019 that AMD would be designing the next Xbox’s processor, as Spencer briefly discussed a partnership with AMD during a keynote address at CES 2019. Spencer teased the new Xbox Series X processor on Twitter earlier this year when he changed his profile picture to an image of the chip. The new processor, which looks very similar to that of the Xbox One X reads “8K” and “Project Scarlett.”
In February 2020, Phil Spencer posted on the Xbox blog, detailing some features coming to the Xbox Series X. A “Quick Resume” feature will allow players to load “suspended state” games almost instantly and let you quickly navigate through multiple games without having to endure enormous load times.
It was also confirmed that the Xbox Series X will have 12 teraflops of GPU power, which is four times more than the Xbox One and twice as much as the Xbox One X. For those not familiar with the term, a teraflop is a measure of how many complex calculations a machine can handle every second. Essentially, it allows for higher-quality graphical output.
“The power of the new consoles is gonna be substantially greater than existing consoles,” said Jorgensen during the call. “We can do a lot more [with PS5 and Xbox Series X]. Things we’re doing will blow people’s minds.”
Xbox Series X Design and Images: What Does it Look Like?
At The Game Awards 2019, we were given our first look at the Xbox Series X. Standing vertically in what looks to be a matte black finish, Microsoft’s fourth-generation console features a power button with the signature Xbox insignia at the top that lights up white when pressed on. There’s metal mesh across the top of the console that gets backlit with an Xbox green glow as well.
In an interview with GameSpot, it was confirmed the Xbox Series X will support discs and is “roughly as wide as an Xbox One controller”. Phil Spencer also told GameSpot that the Xbox Series X was “designed to be as quiet as possible”, sporting a large fan designed to push out “high volumes of air” from the top and keep the console cool.
A lot of fans have taken note of an unknown port located between the HDMI and digital audio port on the back of the “leaked” Xbox Series X image. Microsoft insider blog Thurrott is reporting that the unknown port will be used for expandable storage. At the time of writing, the purpose of the port has not been confirmed by Microsoft.
Xbox Series X Games: What Are the Confirmed and Rumored Titles?
So far, we know of seven titles that will be making its way to the Xbox Series X, along with two unannounced AAA games. Perhaps the biggest title of them all is Halo Infinite, which is the only confirmed Xbox Series X launch title.
Microsoft has been accumulating studios, perhaps in anticipation of the future console generation. Microsoft announced it had acquired five studios (Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, Compulsion Games, Playground Games) and founded a new Santa Monica studio during E3 2018.
Additionally, the Xbox Series X will feature “Smart Delivery” which will give players easy access to all digitally purchased games across all devices, meaning it doesn’t have to be purchased twice. This feature will be available for all exclusive Xbox Game Studio titles, including Halo Infinite, as well as any third-party developers that decide to opt in. Cyberpunk 2077 is one game already confirmed for smart delivery.
Just before officially announcing Project Scarlett, Microsoft announced that its game streaming platform Project xCloud is coming in October 2019. Xbox head Phil Spencer also announced Console Streaming, which turns an Xbox One into a personal Xbox server for free. It’s likely this feature and Project xCloud will find its way to the Xbox Series X in the future.
Xbox Series X: What Happened to Lockhart and Anaconda?
In December 2018, reports suggested the two devices that make up Project Scarlett are referred to within Microsoft by two codenames: Lockhart and Anaconda. Again, it’s unclear if Project Scarlett still consists of multiple pieces of hardware.
These two separate Xbox SKUs would theoretically have a similar dynamic to Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Lockhart was rumored to be a more affordable, baseline model that made the technology more accessible to a larger group of consumers.
This could potentially be the streaming-centric device hinted at in earlier rumors. The report suggested Lockhart was comparable to, or just a bit more powerful than, the Xbox One X.
Anaconda, on the other hand, would be a decidedly more powerful piece of hardware that would cost more for consumers willing to shell out the money for extra horsepower. It would reportedly provide a “cutting-edge console gaming experience.” It was also suggested the Anaconda could potentially act as a dev kit.
If the rumors are to be believed, the Xbox Series X is likely the console nicknamed Anaconda, while the Lockhart console is yet to be announced by Microsoft. However, it’s currently still unclear if Microsoft will have more than one console at launch.
Xbox Series X Controller vs Xbox One Controller
The Xbox Series X controller looks very similar to that of the Xbox One and was partially inspired by the Elite Series 2 controller. Notable new features with the new Series X controller are a Share button and a hybrid d-pad similar to the Elite Series 2.
In the Xbox Series X announcement post from Microsoft, the company noted that the controllers “size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people.”
Further, the new controller will be compatible with the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC’s and will be included with every Xbox Series X purchase.
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