London’s public transport network is about to get a lot greener, with Mayor Boris Johnson announcing that the world’s first purpose-built pure electric double-decker bus will hit the city’s streets later this year. The announcement was made at the Clean Bus Summit, where 24 cities around the world committed to putting ultra-low emission buses on the road.
As the weather heats up, it’s time to think twice before taking your dog for a walk. A scorching hot pavement can be uncomfortable for their paws (or worse, it could burn them). Use the five-second rule to make sure it’s safe to walk your dog.
When the fashion world’s industry insiders descended upon Paris for the city’s Spring/Summer 2016 fashion week, they were greeted by a city in chaos. Striking taxi drivers, furious at the damage that Uber had done to their business, had surrounded Paris’s airports and railway stations, bringing the city center to a standstill just in time for the opening of one of the fashion world’s biggest events.
Politics aside, the taxi strikes made for a neat metaphor for a nation notoriously wary of innovation; a sentiment that’s reflected in its fashion scene. With an illustrious legacy in clothing (particularly of the luxury variety), Paris’s labels have remained staunchly traditional, with everyone from 161-year-old Louis Vuitton down to newcomers like AMI creating collections that reinterpret France’s menswear heritage in a chic-yet-safe manner.
Paris’s Spring/Summer 2016 shows were very much business as usual; luxury houses and upcoming labels alike presented lush, evocative but ultimately safe collections inspired by the youth culture trend that’s all the rage these days. Saint Laurent, who recorded an outrageous 27% growth in sales last year, riffed on wayward surfers with their grungy-yet-opulent basics, while Givenchy, Balmain and Balenciaga once again turned to the street for inspiration, with collections of highly wearable luxury streetwear that will no doubt translate into yet more commercial success.
In contrast, Britain’s new breed of designers seemed hell-bent on revolutionizing the way we conceptualize clothing at this season’s London Collections: Men, whether it was Lee Roach imagining a world without buttons, Nasir Mazhar’s tribe of sexually-charged males or J.W. Anderson’s sultry yet gender-vague menswear. New York, the spiritual home of all things streetwear, gives birth to countless trends that shape the way men all across the world dress with every season; from heritage Americana to street goth. So why does Paris remain the industry’s biggest draw, despite looking less and less exciting with each passing year?
The short answer: money.
Where other cities’ fashion weeks serve as showcases for upcoming talent and a testing grounds for new ideas rather than a genuine business event, Paris doubles as a fashion week and a city-wide tradeshow. The world’s buyers flock to the city’s Marais district to place their orders for next season’s product, while luxury behemoths showcase their collections with lavish shows, mid-sized brands like Acne, visvim and Our Legacy hire private showrooms and the Capsule trade show houses hundreds of smaller labels.
New designers are given a chance to do business, too – like with the BFC-funded London Show Rooms program, which in the past has given the likes of Craig Green, J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane a chance to sell their goods on an international stage in the city, and France’s IFCIC program which offers financial support to domestic labels who want to show in the capital.
Fashion may be a world infatuated with innovation, progression and grand narratives, but at the end of the day, it still needs to pay the bills. In an industry forever torn between artistic vision on one hand and commercial success on the other, Paris reconciles the two by giving obscure, esoteric brands – who may struggle to find a relevant audience at home – the chance to do business with the world’s biggest and best retailers. While the city’s luxury powerhouses may be playing it safe (no doubt to keep their accountants happy), the city gives upcoming brands a chance to not only shine – but to make some money as well.
For more Paris Fashion Week content, take a look at parts one and two of our street style report from the French capital, as well as the Spring/Summer 2016 shows from Etudes and Louis Vuitton.
Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector eased in June, hitting its slowest pace since October 2013, according to an industry report released on Wednesday. Financial data firm Markit said its final U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index declined to 53.6 in June, its lowest since October 2013, from 54.0 in May. The June reading was up slightly from a preliminary reading of 53.4. "Purchasing managers are reporting the slowest rate of manufacturing expansion for over a year and a half, suggesting that the economy is slowing again," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit.
In celebration of the Magic Mike XXL coming out this week, the guys over at Screen Junkies on YouTube decided it was time for them to give the original Channing Tatum stripper an Honest Trailer (below)!
The voice over hits the nail on the head when he says it’s essentially either:
” … a really dumb version of Boogie Nights or a really smart version of Showgirls.”
But let’s be real, no one expects a great story out of it — we know EXACTLY why we went to see the original, and can’t wait to see the sequel — THOSE BODS!
Ch-ch-check out the AH-Mazing Honest Trailer (below) for a breakdown of what the movie is actually like, or if you just wanna turn the sound off and watch Tatum and McConaughey dance around some more, go for it!
News that US is now world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country belies the fact that America breeds English: ‘Spanish dominance, it’s not going to happen’
The news was striking and, to some, alarming: the United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico. It has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11.6 million who are bilingual – more than Colombia or Spain – and is on course to be the biggest Spanish-speaking nation on Earth, with Spanish the mother tongue of almost a third of its citizens.
The study, published this week by Spain’s Instituto Cervantes, made global headlines and dismayed those in the US who fear linguistic pollution. “I thought we spoke ENGLISH here,” tweeted Scott Rogers, a Florida-based conservative blogger.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking that former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty earlier this year in a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election.
Smith and co-defendant Vincent Tabone, the former Queens Republican vice chairman, were scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in White Plains. Prosecutors are asking for up to eight years for Tabone.
The two were convicted in February of crimes that included bribery conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion. When they were arrested, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the case illustrated a “culture of corruption” in New York politics.
“Smith abused his position of public trust and encouraged others to do so for his own personal benefit. Tabone violated the trust placed in him by his fellow party members in an effort to enrich himself through quid pro quo bribery, and then brazenly tried to prevent the leader of his own party from testifying against him,” prosecutors said this week in asking for lengthy prison terms. They called the defendants’ conduct “truly egregious.”
Their convictions came the same week that longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, stepped down from his leadership post in the face of federal charges that he accepted nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.
In 2013, prosecutors said, Smith wanted to be mayor but also wanted to avoid a Democratic mayoral primary. So he instead decided to obtain the backing of Republican leaders in three boroughs, which would allow him to run for the GOP line, the indictment said. Prosecutors said he authorized bribes totaling about $200,000.
Jurors saw video recordings of transactions that prosecutors said were bribes, and they heard testimony from an FBI informant identified only as “Raj,” who had posed as a wealthy real estate developer and was in on meetings involving Smith and Republican leaders.
Of four other politicians who were arrested with Smith and Tabone, two have been convicted and two have pleaded guilty.