L’Agent is Agent Provocateur’s diffusion line designed by Penelope Cruz and her sister, Monica Cruz, in case you did not know. Today we take a look at the brand’s newly launched Fall 2015 collection. Together with Agent Provocateur creative director Sarah Shotton, photographer Liz Collins and stylist Phoebe Arnold, L’Agent has taken a 1970s cowgirl direction in terms of look and styling for the new season. The beautiful lingerie is matched up with cowboy boots and hats, while the set is simply comprised of vintage furniture and shag carpets. The outcome is a wonderful sexy and cheeky look, that perfectly suits the brand’s image. Look out for the new L’Agent By Agent Provocateur Fall 2015 collection to launch in the coming weeks.
Manchester United look set to seal the long-rumoured signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, but not until the Spaniard has appeared in the European Super Cup against Sevilla on August 11.
With Angel Di Maria set to depart Old Trafford for Paris St-Germain, United need a new attacker who can operate on the flanks or through the middle, per Sky Sports.
Spanish newspaper Marca(h/t talkSPORT’s Jack Austin) reports that Pedro will make the move to United to fill Di Maria’s boots, but Barca boss Luis Enrique will not let him leave until after the Super Cup.
Lionel Messi and Neymar have only just returned to training, thus Pedro will be needed against Sevilla.
However, following that clash, the path will seemingly be clear for Pedro to move to United, with the fee expected to be around £22 million, per Austin.
Some doubt has been thrown on the deal by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who recently said the club have received no offers for the 28-year-old, per Izzy Horsefield in the Express:
“The team is what it is. It has been put together,” he said. “We have the team that our coach wanted—it’s done and completed. We don’t foresee any departures from the team. I’ve read many things about a Pedro departure, but no one has officially addressed our club. Our squad is complete.”
But Spanish football expert Sid Lowe believes Barca will eventually let Pedro go, with the World Cup winner having fallen behind Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez in the attacking pecking order, per ESPN FC.
Pedro will not directly replace Di Maria at United as the Spaniard prefers a more advanced role than the Argentine, per Bleacher Report’s Andy Brassell:
Pedro could take up a spot on either flank under United boss Louis van Gaal, and he would also provide cover for Wayne Rooney as a central forward, which is a necessity considering the recent departure of Robin van Persie.
Van Gaal could apparently also be set to add further to his attack with the signing of Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan, per Fichajes.net (h/t Metro‘s Jamie Sanderson).
The Argentine has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time now, and while no fee has been agreed, United are apparently closing in on signing Gaitan.
The addition of Pedro and Gaitan is certainly an exciting prospect, but BBC Sport’s Simon Stone reports that United’s supposed interest in the latter is in fact false:
Between the pair, Pedro would seemingly be the better signing as he is proven at the very highest level.
With Di Maria set to depart, United need another star in their ranks, and Pedro looks set to be that player with the Red Devils looking to compete for the Premier League in the coming season.
The first clue came during the end of “Beautiful Day” when Bono sang a few lines of “Hungry Heart.” It lasted no more than six seconds, but it seemed to confirm rumors that had been flying around for weeks that Bruce Springsteen was going to come out for the final night of U2’s eight-show stand at Madison Square Garden. But nobody knew for sure Friday night until the end of “Where The Streets Have No Name” when an extra mic stand appeared and Bono began speaking about Springsteen’s profound influence on the band.
Needless to say, the capacity crowd erupted when Springsteen walked out with an acoustic guitar. “Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered,” Bono said. “The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen.” They let the audience sing the first few verses of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” but Bono and Springsteen were soon trading lines on the tune just like they did at U2’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005 and the HOF’s 25th anniversary concert in 2009. Last year, Springsteen sang it in Times Square with the band when he subbed in for an injured Bono.
When the song concluded, they went into “Stand By Me,” the same tune they did at at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium on the 1987 Joshua Tree tour (which doubled as the first time they played together). “The kid’s a star!” Bono said as Springsteen walked off. “The kid’s a star! He can keep the guitar.”
Bono was just the latest of many surprise guests on U2’s tour. Previous shows have seen appearances by Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, Paul Simon, a Canadian U2 cover band, an Elvis impersonator and numerous random fans from the audience. Earlier this week, they flipped the script when the Edge and Adam Clayton came out during a club set by another U2 cover band in New York.
The cheers at Madison Square Garden on the final night began before U2 even took the stage when Bill and Hillary Clinton took their seats in the front row of the arena’s upper deck. Bill remained motionless throughout the night, but Hillary rocked her head back and forth during “Pride (In The Name of Love)” and, at an ever faster pace, during “Where the Streets Have No Name.” When Springsteen appeared, the couple got on their feet and enthusiastically clapped along.
The other big moment of the night came during the E stage portion of the show, where the band performed 1982’s “Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl” for the first time in six years. The song was the B-side to “A Celebration” and never appeared on a studio album, but it was a regular part of their setlist in the 1980s and remains a longtime fan favorite. They wrapped up the night with “40,” which they dedicated to their tour manager Dennis Sheehan, who suddenly passed away earlier in the tour.
Though the first U.S. leg of U2’s Innocence and Experience Tour is now over, the band has booked 34 European shows in the fall beginning September 4th in Torino, Italy.
Wilmer Flores gave Mets fans one more reason to fall for him – this time with his bat as well as his heart. The new favorite at Citi Field hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning to lift New York over the Washington Nationals 2-1 Friday night in the opener of a pivotal series between the top teams in the NL East. Two nights after endearing himself to Mets rooters when they saw him wiping away tears at shortstop after he thought he’d been traded, Flores received four standing ovations on an invigorating day for the Mets.
The authorities on the pristine Indonesian island are hatching an eco-tourism plan to ensure Lombok doesn’t go the way of tourism-dominated neighbour Bali
Last week, academics from around the world descended on Lombok, the Indonesian island known for palm-fringed and coral-ringed beaches and world-class surf, for the International Geographical Union conference on sustainable tourism.