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Versace Launches Sunglasses Contest

Versace on Wednesday launched a contest dedicated to its Greca Stars aviator sunglasses.
Until May 15, the brand’s fans will have the chance to win a pair by participating in the contest in two different ways.
They can either take a selfie with the Greca Stars in selected Versace boutiques worldwide and then post it online with the #VERSACESELFIE tag, or they can check the brand’s @VersaceHomeWW, @DVHomeMilan and @VersaceBoutiques to spot a selfie of Donatella Versace sporting the sunglasses.
The winners, who will be selected by the company, will receive a pair of the sunglasses, trimmed with Swarovski crystals and embellished with Versace’s signature Greek frieze.
This initiative follows last March’s launch of the 7 Bags for 7 Cities contest, which asked participants to help customize the Versace Palazzo Empire bag.

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L’Dezen Fine Jewelry Launches in London

GROWING UP: L’Dezen, the Hong Kong-based fine jewelry brand, is breaking into the London market via the omnichannel retailer Plukka.
The label will be carried exclusively at Plukka’s London boutique, which recently opened in Burlington Arcade.
Plukka will also stock the label exclusively at its Madison Avenue boutique in New York, which is set to open later this year.
“London is unlike other cities which are keen to jump on all things new. You have to be more established, so I waited five years to enter the London market, to have enough experience and background behind me,” said Payal Shah, the label’s founder and designer.
Shah is making something of a comeback in London: Six years ago she graduated from the University of Westminster, where she studied architecture and urban design.
Shah described her customer as: “a woman in her 40s and very knowledgeable. She has already read about the brand or been to jewelry markets, so she is very specific about what she likes.”
The label is characterized by statement pieces that she creates using sliced diamonds and a variety of colors of 18-carat gold.
Among the highlights are a pair of drop earrings with different shades of sliced diamonds arranged to resemble a leopard pattern,

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Yael Sonia Launches Collection of Sterling Silver Jewelry for Men

Yael Sonia is growing her men’s collection.
The jewelry designer is working with sterling silver, which is a first for her brand, and incorporating other materials including leather, cord and organic gems.
“For our men’s assortment, we found it important to also tap into a metal more accessible than gold, while still keeping it exclusive,” Sonia said. “Even though men are spending more on themselves and there is definitely a rise in demand for men’s jewelry, the amount of money they spend on jewelry is not the same as women.”
The collection, which retails from $ 325 to $ 1,150, includes architectural bracelets, cuff links and pendant ring necklaces. “I think people appreciate the dual wearability you get from a single piece,” Sonia told WWD.
Sonia, who launched the men’s line last year, said stud earrings have also resonated with the male consumer.
“There’s a lack of men’s earrings in the fine jewelry market and it seems there is an increasing demand for them as the perception of jewelry for men changes,” she said.
The line is sold at Odin, the Yael Sonia e-commerce site, and Swoonery, a jewelry e-commerce start-up. Sonia said she wants to keep distribution limited and focus on the one-on-one, personalization experience at her

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California Launches Effort Promoting Art and Culture Districts

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189 , a measure empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural Districts in a competitive application process.

Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council said, “The signing of AB 189, is great news for communities of all sizes, all across our state … (we will) play a central role in strengthening local communities through economic growth, increased tourism, and community cohesion. The resources we expect to bring together on a statewide level will strengthen existing districts and foster the development of new cultural hubs.”


Governor Brown, Craig Watson, and of course, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) who introduced AB 189, all undoubtedly see the connections between the arts and creativity and, in turn, between creativity and innovation and want California to continue to lead the nation in the development of theatrical films, television, cable and Internet programs, video games, high tech hardware and software goods and services which are the heart and soul of the new economy.

AB 189 charges the Council to formulate a plan to foster Art Districts throughout the state, thereby enhancing creativity, and in the process,reinventing the landscape of cities throughout the state. The Council, always looking at ways to enhance creativity in the schools and almost everywhere art is displayed, has now joined the movement to change communities too. They will, according to the legislation, “provide technical and promotional support to the districts, as well as collaborate with public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits to the local and state economy.”

To date, 15 states have taken on a formalized State role in the creation of art and cultural districts. Together, they are leading the effort to transform America for the rapidly evolving creative economy.

According to the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, such “districts are special areas designated or certified by state governments, that utilize cultural resources to encourage economic development and foster synergies between the arts and other businesses. State cultural districts have evolved into focal points that feature many types of businesses, foster a high quality of life for residents, attract tourism and engender civic pride.”

Arts districts, usually found on the periphery of a city center, are intended to create a critical mass of art galleries, dance clubs, theaters, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. Often, such places also attract cafes, restaurants and retail shops.


More and more however, cities are thinking about such districts as a way to insure the city attracts, nurtures and retains the creative workforce it needs to succeed in the new economy, an economy vitally dependent on creativity and innovation. As important as reinventing our systems of education, communities where people young and old spend more than half their day living and working, aspiring art and culture districts are essential to establishing vibrant and productive communities. Indeed, these places are the incubators of creativity.

Art and Culture Districts, says Theresa Cameron, formerly Local Arts Agency Services Program Manager of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), “have the potential — with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues, public squares for performances, restaurants, cafes and retail shops — of attracting, and nurturing the creative workforce our cities need to succeed in the new economy.” Recently AFTA has created a website devoted to the “who, what and why” these districts are so important.


As the geographical landscape of a city morphs into a larger metropolitan region–partly because of population growth, mostly out of economic necessity — what we call downtown becomes even more critical to the wealth and well-being of the people living in those communities. Few efforts to insure America’s success and survival in the new economy could be more important.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky and Massachusetts are the most recent state agencies to establish such an initiative. Eight other states recognized such districts as tax free enterprises and have adopted similar efforts. The appointees to Art Councils, usually loyal friends of the elected Governor, don’t often take on issues of local economic development. But this seems to be changing, as many appointees are visionary leaders, action oriented, and making their voices heard.

States use a variety of tax incentives to encourage business development within local cultural districts. Examples of state incentives include sales, income, or property tax credits or exemptions for goods produced or sold within the district; or preservation tax credits for historic property renovations and rehabilitation. Maybe a state will offer an amusement or admission tax waiver for events within the district. All the plans vary and the funding is uniquely packaged to insure sustainability.

The “State Cultural District” designation from the Art Council seems to be enough for cities to apply, but you have to wonder what cities could do and whether smaller cities might apply if a little financial help were forthcoming. You have to wonder too, what might be possible if more organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and high tech companies in a region joined forces to help in the reinvention effort.

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J.J. Martin Launches First Clothing Collection

TEST PATTERN: J.J. Martin can add a new line to her résumé: fashion designer.
The journalist and vintage fanatic on Thursday night held a cocktail with retailer Matchesfashion.com during Milan Fashion Week to mark the launch of a collection of dresses made with Italian manufacturer Mantero Silk.
For her first outing under the label LaDoubleJ Editions, she opted for a short-sleeved A-line style that hits just above the ankle, available in eight archival patterns dating from the 1910s to the Eighties.
“I’m a big maximalist. I love print, I love pattern, but I think you kind of need it in really simple lines,” said Martin, sporting one of her own creations in a bold pattern called Confetti.
“Basically, what we wanted to do was create the easiest, most fail-safe silhouette that literally looks good on every woman, and you’ll have no problems with those areas that every woman is concerned about: the hips, the butt, the stomach. You can have as much dinner as you want, you still fit in the dress,” she added.
Available exclusively on her Web site, LaDoubleJ.com, and Matchesfashion.com, the dresses retail for $ 480. Further collections are already in the works.
“We’re going to keep the silhouettes very simple. I do not

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INDIXIA Launches in New York, Hong Kong and London to Follow

ALL IN FOR INDIA: The first New York installment of INDIXIA has launched to help underprivileged children in India who are interested in getting a higher education in fashion, design or cinema.

Pooling international supporters who specialize in fine art, design, fashion. cinema and philanthropy, INDIXIA supports Arts For India, the charity was started by Satish Modi in the U.K. in 2010. The agency receives educational support by the University of the Arts London and the Prince’s Drawing School, London. Through Arts for India’s four-year scholarship program, a donor sponsors one needy student artist at the International Institute of Fine Arts. Each year 100 underprivileged students benefit from the program.

Aiming to help as many impoverished Indian students as possible, Modi said, “By giving them the opportunity to study, they, especially women, can escape arranged marriages. With education, they are then able to make informed choices in their lives and have a much better chance and brighter future.”

As part of the first edition of INDIXIA in New York, Nicole Miller and Columbia University Professor and Tibet House U.S. president Robert Thurman will be honored Wednesday at Bonhams. They will be joined by what is expected to be a strong showing by the

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Fuzzi Launches Swimwear Line

DIVING IN: Fuzzi, the Italy-based, Aeffe SpA-owned knitwear company founded by Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi in 1954 — perhaps best known for producing knits for Jean Paul Gaultier in a collaboration that began in 1983 and lasted more than 30 years — is in expansion mode. Since the closing of Gaultier’s rtw business in September 2014, Fuzzi has made a name for itself with an expanded women’s collection that goes beyond its signature printed tulle knitwear. And for spring 2016, to build upon its lineup of dresses and separates, the company will launch its first swimwear line.
Marianne Hicks, who served as the senior vice president of Jean Paul Gaultier North America for over 20 years and joined Fuzzi in 2012, serves as the collection’s New York-based creative director. Hicks works closely with Anna Maria Fuzzi, the daughter of Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi, at the brand’s Cattolica, Italy-based factory, where the team continues to expand the scope of the collection. “Having developed Gaultier’s swim business from the beginning, I was very saddened when Gaultier shut his business,” said Hicks. “I always loved swimwear, had established relationships with the stores and knew that it was an area that I wanted to eventually explore with Fuzzi.

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Journelle Launches Private Label Lingerie Collection

Journelle, the New York City-based lingerie chain, is launching a private label collection. The store, with three outlets in Manhattan and one forthcoming in Chicago, will introduce its own line of lingerie, a 25-item collection including eight bras, boys shorts, bikinis and thongs, Sept. 8.
“It’s our version of everyday basics,” said Claire Chambers, who founded Journelle in 2007. “We’re starting with styles we call ‘everyday lovely,’ which are unlined demis, a few T-shirt bras in special laces.” The collection is produced primarily in Asia with European and American laces. Prices range from $ 58 to $ 92. For now, the line is exclusive to Journelle stores and online. “We’re going to take it slow and test it out with our own stores and customer,” said Chambers.

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Prism Launches Worldwide Pop-ups Featuring Chloe Sells Art

HOT STUFF: London brand Prism, which has rapidly moved from eyewear into clothing and accessories, plans to beach hop this summer with a series of pop-up shops in resorts ranging from Bali to Mykonos to Venice Beach. The five pop-ups will stock the brand’s swimwear, beachwear, footwear, sunglasses and accessories, and showcase original photographic art by Chloe Sells.
“We really wanted to activate retail spaces in beach destinations that we don’t work with all year-round,” said Anna Laub, the founder and creative director of Prism, who opened her first store last year in London’s Marylebone neighborhood. “We’re taking over the stores’ windows and have tailored our space to suit each shop. We’ve also done an exclusive swimsuit for each store.”
Laub is collaborating with her friend, the artist Chloe Sells, on the windows at each location. They will be covered with handmade vinyl prints showing a variety of tropical images from Sells’ catalogue. As they’re made from vinyl, the prints can stick to the shop windows and let the light shine through for a “prismatic effect,” Laub said.
The pop-ups will start opening Wednesday, and trade for the duration of the summer. Prices range from 150 pounds, or $ 234, for a pair of espadrilles to

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Grayers Growth Calls For Swim, Kids, Retail Launches

Grayers’ founders fancy the label they launched three years ago as something along the lines of affordable J. Crew. The company has reached a point now, they say, to hunt for capital to fuel the next phase of expansion, which calls for taking the men’s wear brand to full-on lifestyle label.
The company’s founders have their sights set on expanding the accessories collection for fall, launching swim and then following all of that up with kids.
Grayers, headquartered in New York with production in Asia, was founded by former Ralph Lauren executive Peter Georgiou and his wife Joanna, who handles sales and marketing.
“In the case of Grayers, I felt there was a sweet spot in the market, both in price point and product attributes, in the U.S. and U.K.,” Peter said. “Over the last few years we’ve gone from being a 20-door business out of Nordstrom to about 200 points of sale today in the U.S. mostly.”
The line includes polos starting at $ 58, $ 88 chinos, selvage denim for $ 165, French terry cardigans for $ 138 and wool blazers for $ 195.
“It’s [for] a guy who cares about what he wears and doesn’t want to be burdened by it,” Peter said.
“A lot of what we

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Chris Christie Launches Bid to Become New President of FIFA, Citing Ability to Build Bridges


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In a dramatic week for world football, Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, gave himself a red card and announced his resignation, and Chris Christie declared his goal of replacing him.

At a hastily arranged news conference in a Dunkin Donuts, Governor Christie said:

“I have always believed that I would make a great President, so for the benefit of the people of New Jersey, America and the world, I will be formally announcing my candidacy for the Presidency of FIFA as soon as I’m done eating. “

As reporters collectively choked on their frosted maple crèmes, Christie continued:

“I have to tell you guys that I would be the perfect person to replace Blatter.

I appreciate that a deep knowledge of football is essential for this job, and I have it! I’ve been watching the Cowboys, the Giants and the Eagles my entire life and I will bring all that know-how to the table for the benefit of American football fans throughout the world.

I also hear that running FIFA is like running the mafia. That’s awesome because I’m the Governor of New Jersey for Christ sakes, so enough said about my qualifications in that regard.

Additionally, I know that the new head of FIFA must have a lot of experience dealing with the US Department of Justice in ongoing criminal investigations. Well, guess what? I’ve been doing that for well over a year now!

Most importantly, I believe FIFA really needs someone to build all the bridges that have been burnt during this entire fiasco. And as I’m sure you will agree, whenever anyone thinks of bridges nowadays, they immediately think of me!”

After his announcement, Christie did not immediately respond to questions from reporters, citing an urgent need to finish his doughnut.

In further developments, other republican FIFA presidential hopefuls also declared their candidacies, notably Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Sarah Palin — the latter of whom called the decision to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, “the worst supreme court ruling since Roe v. Wade.”

No matter who else throws their hat into the ring, Christie is likely be the most appealing candidate to FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken — particularly given his extraordinary rates of consumption.

However, when contacted for comment, Irma Crook, one of the few remaining executives at FIFA, said: “Chris Christie wants to become the new President of FIFA? Oh my God, quick! Let’s get Sepp Blatter back!”

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Lancel Launches New Line and E-Commerce

TRAVEL BOLDLY: Lancel is turning to pop, while going back to its own roots with the launch of a new leather goods line for men and women.
Designed in a bold mix of hues, including tourmaline, cinnabar and amethyst, Pop features travel bags in three different formats, suitable for short getaways, in concert with a series of matching accessories which are to include pouches, tablet and mobile cases.
Ultra-light and foldable, the pieces mirror the French leather goods maker’s philosophy that travels should come lightly, which in the Fifties climaxed in the creations of its first nylon suitcase, also known as the Kangourou, swiftly catapulting Lancel into the spotlight.
Lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, Pop’s new ad campaign is a nod to the brand’s lively shoots from the Eighties, this time showing Malgosia Bela and Will Chalker having fun with their supple travel companions.
To fete the launch and Lancel’s reorientation as a lifestyle brand, the French house has teamed up with Wallpaper magazine for a capsule of three additional travel items: a city guide library, a passport holder and a key ring, which will be unveiled in Paris on Thursday night and sold exclusively via Lancel’s new e-shop.
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J.Crew Launches Save the Bees Campaign

BEE PROACTIVE: J. Crew is doing its part to help the diminishing bee population. In honor of Earth Day today, the retailer will launch a Save the Bees campaign, which will donate 50 percent of profits from an exclusive collection of T-shirts to the Xerces Society, an Oregon-based nonprofit for wildlife and its habitat. The initiative falls within J. Crew’s Garments for Good program and will offer T-shirts for women and children illustrated by Donald Robertson. The Ts will be available at J. Crew and Crewcut stores and online and will retail for $ 45 for the women’s model, $ 36 for the girls’ T-shirt and $ 29.50 for the boys’.
More than 75 percent of the world’s 115 principal crop species are dependent on or benefit from animal pollination and in North America, bees are responsible for roughly $ 20 billion in agricultural production.

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Amour Vert Launches Plant a T(R)EE Collection

SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE: When a model, a photographer and an actresss get together to host an event, one can count on a good-looking crowd. On Thursday night, at the behest of friends Lily Kwong, Claiborne Swanson Frank and Elizabeth Gilpin, a bevy of PYTs filled Beverly Hills’ Switch boutique to celebrate the opening of eco-friendly apparel line Amour Vert’s pop-up shop inside the store.

Actresses Dylan Penn, Ashley Hinshaw and Claire Holt, aspiring musician Caroline Vreeland and model Amanda Hearst shopped the San Francisco-based brand’s Plant a T(R)EE collection, which promises one tree planted in America for every t-shirt sold.

“It just felt like a call to action,” Kwong, recently named Amour Vert’s director of brand strategy, explained. “Fashion is the number two polluting industry in the world after oil. I have this platform in fashion…so I had to do something.”

Kwong, who commutes between New York and San Francisco juggling modeling and urban planning, enlisted the help of her Los Angeles pals to spread the word. “When she [Lily] told me about the brand and I realized what a good cause it was, I said to her, ‘Why don’t I help you organize an event in LA?’” said Gilpin, an aspiring actress and

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Lapo Elkann Launches Garage Italia Customs

LAPO GOES CUSTOM: Lapo Elkann has launched a new project in the automotive business. Following the “Tailor-Made” service he developed for the Ferrari brand in 2011, the Fiat scion founded Garage Italia Customs, a Milan-based company specializing in vehicle customization.
Under the guide of Elkann and the company’s creative director Carlo Borromeo, the brother of Elkann’s sister-in-law Lavinia Borromeo and husband of fashion designer Marta Ferri, the company offers a complete service to customize cars’ exteriors and interiors. In particular, Garage Italia Customs uses not only classic techniques, such as bodywork, painting and upholstery, but also introduced a range of more affordable and innovative services, including wrapping and wrap-paint which allows an infinite number of personalized solutions.
Last week at the Geneva Motor Show, Garage Italia Customs presented its Fiat 500X “Black Tie,” which was wrap-painted to obtain a herringbone effect. The car was also customized with leather-trimmed cashmere sun visors and denim seats.

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Nicola Formichetti Launches Nicopanda at Printemps

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Nicola Formichetti made a personal appearance at Paris department store Printemps on Thursday night to celebrate the launch of the first full-fledged collection for his label Nicopanda.
The line of accessibly priced unisex pieces is sold at the Maria Luisa store at the retailer’s Boulevard Haussmann flagship. In the U.K., it has made its debut as part of Selfridges’ gender neutral shopping space Agender.
“Everyone around me just wears boys’ and girls’ and just mixes it up. Now it’s going to be more mainstream, I’m super happy. The whole sexuality thing is all blurring, lots of trans people are in the spotlight. I love all of that stuff,” said Formichetti, who is also artistic director of Diesel.
The line features bows and ruffles inspired by Tokyo street style. “This is the side I don’t explore at Diesel, which is more my Japanese side,” the Italian-Japanese designer explained. “I love Harajuku. That’s where my spirit is, and Nicopanda was born in Harajuku, via London and New York, so it’s always inside me.”
Formichetti was heading next to the South by Southwest festival in Austin for a talk on Tuesday with Zing Tseng, digital news editor at Dazed magazine, about how he

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Frame Denim Launches First Men’s Campaign

Frame Denim has released its first men’s advertising campaign, which features model Matt Clunan wearing Le Homme, a slim-fit style.
“We instinctively gravitated to him. We felt he represented the Frame man we all want to be, or at least wish we looked like,” said co-founder Jens Grede, who started the brand in 2012 along with Erik Torstensson, Josh Levine and Nico Peyrache.
According to Grede, the campaign, which was released today, will be showcased in-store, on social media platforms, inside select independent media titles and on wholesale retailers’ e-commerce sites.
The campaign was shot by Torstensson and styled by George Cortina.
Frame Denim, which also offers women’s wear, launched its men’s collection last season with Barneys New York, Mr Porter and Nordstrom. The brand partnered with Dutch photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on a capsule collection that included a slim men’s style aptly named Vindooh.
Grede said Frame is slowly broadening the men’s denim range and expanding into other categories.
“Frame is carving out its distinct opinion in the men’s market. We are ultimately trying to dress ourselves,” said Grede.

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Alexander McQueen Launches Capsule Collection of Silk Scarves

SILK STORY: Alexander McQueen has created a capsule collection of silk scarves to mark the launch of the designer’s “Savage Beauty” retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, opening on Saturday. Each scarf features one of five designs drawn from signature house creations such as the Armadillo shoes from spring 2010, and the Spray Painted Dress from spring 1999. “Our silks remain the most popular and accessible product from the house, and we wanted everyone to be able to own a memento celebrating ‘Savage Beauty,’ featuring imagery from Lee’s most memorable collections,” said McQueen’s chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd. The capsule collection will be available in limited runs of only 100 for each design, and the scarves will retail for $ 595 at the Alexander McQueen flagship on Bond Street in London and at alexandermcqueen.com.

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Beyonce Launches Vegan Home Delivery Meal Service In Hopes You’ll Feel #Flawless

If a diva is a female version of a hustler, then, logically speaking, a vegan diva is the female version of a vegan hustler.

The clean-eating Beyonce herself recently partnered with her personal trainer, exercise physiologist Marco Borges, to launch the 22 Days Nutrition plant-based home delivery meal service. The service offers three meal plans, where you can sign up to receive anywhere from one to three meals a day for 22 days delivered to your door each week. A full three-meals-a-day package will cost you a total of $ 629.79, including shipping of $ 19.95. According to the website, all of the meals are gluten-free, soy-free and organic. Each meal is “a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat with limited salt and sugar.”


The meal plan busts the myth that vegans struggle to get enough protein in their diets. “In reality, eating a variety of beans, nuts, seeds and grains will give your body the protein it needs to keep energy levels up and build and keep muscle tone,” the website says.

Twenty-two days of veganism may seem random, but the time span is a conscious choice of Borges and Beyonce. “The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

“I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example,” Beyonce says in the statement. “He is the most energetic person I know and it’s all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle. He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Beyonce’s first public stint with veganism was in December 2013, when she and her husband Jay Z adopted the plant-based diet for 22 days. Jay Z referred to the challenge as “a spiritual and physical cleanse.”
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Katy Perry Launches NFL Women’s Apparel Sweater

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The pop star tweeted the news today to her 64.3 million Twitter followers.

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ISIS Launches Canada Unit in Latest Tax Inversion Deal

September X, 2014 — Now that American icon Burger King has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a blatant “screw you” to the U.S. Treasury, the trend of moving abroad to save on taxes seems to be catching on. The latest party to take advantage of this is infamous terror group ISIS, which announced through Al Jazeera that it is moving its headquarters to Canada.

“The corporate tax rate in Iraq is just killing us,” said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “We can’t function in such an anti-business environment. That’s why we’re so angry all the time. Canada, on the other hand, has a corporate tax rate of only 26.5 percent, which is really awesome. What’s the point of terrorizing and pillaging if we can’t keep most of our spoils?”

This type of ‘tax inversion’ deal has drawn fire in the international community for being unpatriotic but ISIS is undeterred by the criticism. “People don’t understand how burdensome it is to pay taxes twice – once at the corporate level and once at the individual level. Our warriors are being fleeced by the Iraqi government but nobody seems to care. The press never covers that side of the story,” grumbled al-Baghdadi.

Of course, the Canadian government is not very happy about this development and has expressed concern for the safety of its citizens if ISIS moves to its shores.

We asked ISIS for a response to this and their public relations department issued the following statement: “The Canadians have nothing to fear. We feel that they have enough problems already because of their bizarre desire to be French, total lack of ambition, and most of all, their ridiculous accent. We will only be using the Canada office for planning purposes and dissemination of grisly videos to the world but will restrict our terror campaign to the Middle East.”

The U.S. State Department, however, has made it clear that if ISIS moves to Canada, the U.S. government will launch airstrikes against its neighbor — something it has wanted to do for a long time anyway. From a geopolitical standpoint, such posturing could be construed as an act of war but, true to form, the Canadians just said “thank you” and went back to doing nothing. Some analysts even speculate that the Canadians are closet S&M junkies and actually want to be bombed by the U.S.

When asked whether ISIS would change its flag after the move, al-Baghdadi responded: “Does a camel have a hump? Our graphic designers have come up with some really cool ideas, including a maple leaf with bullet holes in it and a moose carrying an AK-47. Please understand that even though we are doing this for tax reasons, we are grateful for Canada’s hospitality and will do everything we can to integrate with the local population there. We also look forward to giving them the divine gift of Sharia law.”

After a pause, the leader of the terror group added: “Of course, if the Canadians disrespect us, we will have no choice but to chop off their heads, but why worry about that now? In any case, they will receive billions of new tax dollars from us so they should be happy about that.” Noting our skepticism, he explained with a grin: “We invested early in Google, made a fricking bundle on it! Not just a pretty face, man…”

So is ISIS just the tip of the Canadian iceberg for such tax inversion deals? Will other terror groups follow and if so, could Canada have finally found a reason for its existence? Who knows but whatever happens, one thing is for certain: if ISIS moves there for a lower tax rate, the Canadian government better not even think about raising it…

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Artist Launches Bonsai Trees And Other Lovely Plant Arrangements Into Space

We’ve heard that outer space is, visually speaking, a pretty majestic experience. Yet although the galaxy beyond is undoubtedly filled with stars and misty clouds for days, there aren’t any decorative touches around to spruce up the space.

Enter Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto, aka the official interior decorator of outer space. For Makoto’s recent artistic endeavor, entitled “EXOBIOTANICA,” he launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai, along with an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, into the great beyond.


The carefully arranged greenery was expelled from planet earth from Black Rock Desert, Nevada — also the location of the Burning Man Festival. The whole project was taped, thanks to the six GoPro cameras strapped to the balloons which carried the plants. As you could probably guess, the juxtaposition of crisp floral arrangement and the empty wilderness of outer space is a surreal sight to behold.

“I went to Amazon, Brazil last year and created art pieces with plants that were full of aliveness in dense forest where I could hear groan from the earth,” the artist explained to the Huffington Post. “This was a mind-blowing experience since I really felt that I was arranging the plants onto the earth. For this EXOBIOTANICA project, one of my inspiration sources was curiosity – I asked myself, ‘what would it happen when I arrange plants on the globe, from up in the sky?’ as a concept that is completely opposite of what I did in Brazil.”

The goal was simple: “I wanted to explore how flowers and plants would bloom, decay and change outside of the earth. I wanted to seek and tell how their beauties will look with the earth as its background.”


Before actually launching the flora into outer space, Makoto, in collaboration with John Powell of JP Aerospace, “experimented number of times under low-temperature and did rehearsals for camera’s angles beforehand so that we would able to estimate what would happen to some extent.” Despite all the preparations that took place, nothing could predict the staggering beauty that results from the strange and enchanting vision of a domesticated floral arrangement floating through the unbridled Milky Way.

Now that he’s tackled outer space, Makoto has set his sights on artistic destinations closer to planet earth, though just as visually compelling. “For the next steps I would like to try various conditions such as the bottom of the sea, volcano, the Arctic and the Antarctic to see what kind of expressions flowers and plants would display. These challenging concepts make me excited by only thinking about it.” We cannot wait to see where Makoto brings his lucky bouquets next.

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‘The Simpsons’ Launches On FXX With Longest Continuous Marathon Ever

FXX is planning 12 days that will put that Christmas song to shame.

This summer, the FXX network will launch “The Simpsons” in style with a 12 day marathon, showing all 552 episodes consecutively. The marathon will start August 21st and continue through Labor Day.

“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said chief executive of FX Networks Jon Landgraf at an upfront presentation held in New York on Wednesday, reported Variety.

In addition to the marathon, FXX will make use of their $ 750 million dollar investment by showing four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall.

A new “Simpsons” app, which will provide access to every episode of the series, is also planned to debut in the coming weeks.

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