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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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Foods That Make You Look Younger-New life for old cuisines

chinafood8Hotel waiter delivering room service, breakfast in foregroundYou can head off a lot of your most common beauty concerns simply by downing the right foods. That's right—eating well not only does wonders for your waistline and bolsters your immune system but can also provide some very real get-gorg benefits, such as smoothing wrinkles, giving hair a glossy shine and strengthening flimsy nails. "Your diet directly affects your day-to-day appearance and plays a significant role in how well you age," says Joshua Zeichner, MD. The smart approach, Dr. Zeichner says, is to create a plan that includes what he calls "the building blocks of healthy skin and hair"—nutrients, minerals and fatty acids—as well as antioxidants to protect your body from damaging environmental stresses. Get ready to nab some beauty-boosting perks by tossing these essential face-saving edibles into your grocery cart.What to eat to keep young and beautiful and among those products is Feta cheese is packed full of vitamin B12, which speeds up the replacement of dead skin cells. cfood1Central Asian restaurants have made a place for themselves in Beijing's Russian district, and diners are licking their lips, Erik Nilsson reports. Erik Nilsson The old Soviet Union is reuniting in Beijing - for dinner. At least its cuisine is. Central Asian fare has taken a central place at the table in the Yabaolu neighborhood's dining scene, as the city's "Russiatown" transforms into "Beijing-istan".Natives of the "stans" are making culinary inroads into China's capital as the New Silk Road Economic Belt develops, while fewer Russian traders are frequenting the declining Yabaolu fur market that spurred the original development of the surrounding Slavic enclave.This means compote, a juice of mixed fruits, is diluting volumes of vodka, as the tides of the boiled dried-fruit juice rise and the hard-drinking part of town dries up. (Actually, many of the area's Central Asian eateries are halal, but allow you to bring your own booze.) There's more yogurt and less mayonnaise. More kebabs and fewer cutlets. More plov (Central Asia's rice staple) and fewer potatoes.These eateries dot the Shenlu dining street behind the fur market, sprinkled among restaurants serving sustenance from China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Mongolia,Greece,Turkey and Italy.food7People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being "healthier," even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study."People think (healthier food) is lower in calories," said Pierre Chandon, a marketing professor at the INSEAD Social Science Research Center in France, and they "tend to consume more of it." That misconception can lead to people eating larger portion sizes of so-called healthy foods, and therefore more calories."Foods are marketed as being healthier for a reason, because food producers believe, and they correctly believe, that those labels will influence us to eat their products and perhaps eat more of their products,"