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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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Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?

To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce those who question or resist their power. I was struck by a phrase from a recent essay on advertising and social media,You Are the Product: As Taplin points out, that remark 'unwittingly revealed a previously unspoken truth: Facebook and Google are the new colonial powers.'

Anger over Greek plan to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia

A political dispute in Greece over a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia is deepening, with opposition politicians and critics decrying plans to sell 66m euros ($78.7m) worth of surplus missiles and bombs to the Arab Gulf country.

Why Elites Are Winning The War On Cash

Visa recently unveiled its own offensive in the war on cash. Visa is offering certain merchants a $10,000 reward if they refuse to accept cash in the future. Not surprisingly, Visa’s competitor is also part of the war on cash. Mastercard is increasing its efforts to encourage merchants to refuse cash. Here’s Bloomberg, quoting the CEO of Mastercard.

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