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Barbie wedding gowns for grown-up Japanese brides

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23/02/2009

Barbie is having a hard time winning the hearts of Japanese children, so she’s trying to charm grown-ups instead with a bridal collection full of bows, ruffles and gowns embroidered with the doll’s logo.

The Barbie Bridal line, available in June, will only be sold in Japan, and is part Mattel Inc’s attempts to bolster the Barbie brand in a country where the toy doll market is ruled by local rival Licca-chan.

“What’s unique about Japan is that it’s a very strong adult-apparel market,” John Cullen, vice president of Mattel Brands, told Reuters during a visit to Tokyo to attend celebrations for Barbie’s 50th birthday.

“We want to be where girls are… we want to create a fashion brand that appeals to girls in all generations,” he added.
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Isadora Duncan’s bizarre death was a brutal end to a controversial life

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22/02/2009


Fat, middle-aged, highly sexed women aren’t supposed to dance. Or bare their breasts, or take lovers half their age. Nor were they when Isadora Duncan was leading her free-range, tragic, melodramatic life 90 years ago.

Could this woman really have been a dance genius? In 1921, when Duncan was 44, fat and notorious, a 17-year-old English boy bought a ticket for her performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s latest collection for Valentino.

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22/02/2009

The Galerie des Moulages in the Cité de l’Architecture, crammed as it is with extraordinary 11th and 12th century church façades, doorways, fragments of medieval sculpture and columns, is a beautiful setting for a fashion show.
But, in the case of the Valentino ready-to-wear collection for next autumn/winter, perhaps for the wrong reasons. Sadly, the clothes were just too much of a blast from the past.
One wants to wish the new design team, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli,
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Argentine Wine Harvest

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22/02/2009

Bordeaux wine consultant Michel Rolland made a personal bet that he could make quality wines in an area that was mainly known for volume wines and then started a vineyard in Argentina with the help of friends.

He may have upset some of his clients, among the top houses in the Bordeaux, and certainly those Bordeaux winemakers that compete with the New World wines from Argentina and elsewhere.

But that did not deter him and he obtained financial support from some wealthy French families, including Bordeaux wine dynasties such as Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and the Cuvelier family of Chateau Leoville-Poyferre.
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Fashion’s big-time buyers learn to think small

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22/02/2009

The re-launch of a Russian luxury label in Paris this week neatly summarized the state of the industry: instead of a bombastic event dripping with Tsarist extravagance, the director held court in a small showroom.

After years of riding the luxury boom and thinking big — big $1,000 handbags, big new markets — fashion executives are learning to think small, finding hope in the humble scarf.

“Fashion jewelry and scarves are booming. Everything print-based, cashmere scarves, silk scarves are doing well,” Geoffrey de La Bourdonnaye, chief executive of Liberty of London, told Reuters at the Christian Lacroix show.

And while some Middle Easterners and Russians are still willing to splash out on luxury, the vast Eastern riches buoying the luxury market have shrunk, forcing fashion companies to scrutinize who is buying what and why.
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Hussein Chalayan and flamboyant French designer Christian Lacroix at the Paris prêt-a-porter season.

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22/02/2009

Britain and France faced-off with two opposing views of femininity at the Paris prêt-a-porter season earlier today.

In one corner, was the London avant-gardist, Hussein Chalayan, who allowed a hint of S&M to penetrate his normally pure aesthetic vision of dress, in his autumn/winter 09/10 collection.

His models wore thigh-high, brown leather boots, anchored with straps around the tops of the legs, which just grazed the hems of his micro-dresses.
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www.diafthora.com,our site soon:to Fight against Corruption in Greece-E.U

Ever since antiquity, corruption has been one of the most widespread and insidious of social evils. When it involves public officials and elected representatives, it is inimical to the administration of public affairs. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been seen as a major threat in the private sphere, undermining the trust and confidence which are necessary for the maintenance and development of sustainable economic and social relations. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of Euros are paid in bribes every year.

Pentagon’s ‘lost’ trillions went to people connected to US military-industrial complex

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that “the Pentagon’s lost trillions have nothing to do with defense, adding that the “money propping up the high lifestyles of those connected to the military-industrial complex.” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate and the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, made the remarks in an article published by his website on Monday. Deputy US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has recently acknowledged that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit, saying, “We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.” “It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion dollar organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial,” Shanahan claimed. The first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in cybersecurity, but found little in the way of savings that could offset potential budget cuts next year, according to officials. Pentagon’s comptroller David Norquist, who has played a key role in the audit, said after the report release that although no glaring instances of fraud were detected in the US military establishment, its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Special Operations and the Transportation Command all received failing grades.

“The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated”: Oil, Copper And Lumber

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy. Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe…

Amazon Rolling Out ‘Amazon Pay’ Digital Wallet In Physical Stores

As FAANG stocks lead the market lower during what has become a relentless Q4 selloff, Amazon is hoping to reassure anxious investors that the company's relentless expansion and revenue growth will continue. To wit, the company is taking another big step toward establishing itself as the American WeChat or Alipay as it seeks to become the dominant player in electronic consumer payments in the US and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant is hoping to undercut Apple's Apple Pay by persuading more brick-and-mortar merchants to accept its Amazon Pay digital wallet. As it tries to build a foothold in payments outside of its Amazon Go stores, the company is reportedly focusing on building partnerships with restaurants and gas stations (businesses that have yet to be scalped by the Bezos revenue-absorption machine). To entice owners to give Amazon Pay a try, the company is dangling what appears to be a pretty enticing carrot: Amazon is promising to lower processing costs at a time when so-called "interchange" fees charged by Visa and MasterCard have been rising.

YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild

The Camp Fire in California has killed at least 79 people, left 699 people unaccounted for, and created more than a thousand migrants in Butte County, California. In these circumstances, reliable information can literally be a matter of life death. But on YouTube, conspiracy theories are thriving. Currently, when a user starts typing “California fire” into YouTube, the top autocomplete search suggestions are “conspiracy 2018,” “agenda 21,” and “laser beam,” all of which refer to conspiracy theories related to California’s wildfires. Similarly, typing in “California wildfire” leads YouTube to suggest “lasers,” “directed energy weapon,” and “dew,” which is an acronym for “directed energy weapon.” Simply typing “California fire” and searching it does return straightforward news coverage, which is an improvement over, say, the false flag and crisis actor conspiracies YouTube was surfacing about the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting earlier this year. Believers of this false California wildfire conspiracy theory think that the US government shoots directed energy weapons, or lasers, from a plane in order to to start fires at predetermined targets. The goal of this attack, which is not actually happening, is to support a bastardized interpretation of “Agenda 21,” a sustainable development plan developed by the United Nations in 1992. This conspiracy theory also gained a little bit of traction on Twitter. The conspiracy theorists use doctored or out-of-context images in order to falsely argue that directed energy weapons, or laser beams, caused the wildfires in California—not climate change. By incorrectly claiming that the houses were consciously struck, these theorists ignore ecological science which explains that the arrangement of homes and topography of the land