The 14 Best Runway Bags of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2015


It’s like we blinked and fashion month is almost over. Milan Fashion Week has come to an end, and that means it’s time to do a post-mortem on what happened on the runways. From what I saw, there were few overarching trends in Milan’s handbags; each brand sort of did its own thing. When you remember that MFW is home to brands like Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana, though, that makes a lot more sense.

Below, we’ve assembled some of the Milan season’s most notable bags from the most notable collections, including Gucci’s first new design from its new creative director. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Happy Birthday Bobbi Kristina! Her Top Five Memorable Moments

As Bobbi Kristina Brown turns 22, we celebrate her birthday with her top five memorable moments

Bobbi Kristina Brown turns twenty-two today, and what a tumultuous life it has been for the beautiful young daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. She is currently fighting for her life at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, as her father stays by her side and her family requests prayers for healing. Her boyfriend, Nick Gordon took to Twitter to wish Bobbi Kristina a happy birthday yesterday, while Atlanta authorities continue to take measures to uncover the circumstances leading up to Bobbi Kristina’s current condition and the unanswered bruises on her body. We are all praying for Bobbi Kristina’s recovery and spread light to her and her family on her birthday. In honor of Bobbi Kristina’s special day here is a look at our favorite moments of Bobbi Kristina together with her mother, Whitney.

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From the moment she was born, Bobbi Kristina was automatically a fixture in the public eye. She was unable to escape the spotlight that followed her parents who eclipsed to stardom before she was even born, and throughout her entire childhood. In recent years, she was also unable to escape the same melancholy clouds that haunted her mother who always seemed to been in search of “the greatest love” that she sang about in countless songs like, “You give good love”. The theme of Whitney’s music and her relationship with Bobbi Kristina was always love. Without question, Bobbi Kristina was undoubtedly loved by her mother, and Whitney never missed a birthday or the chance to tell her daughter how much she loved her.

In 201O, at a concert in Australia Whitney serenaded Bobbi Kristina with a birthday medley and her favorite song “Who would imagine a king” from The Preacher’s Wife.

It seems that after Whitney’s death, Bobbi Kristina struggled with losing that love that she had always depended on, and making sense out of a life without her mother. Somehow the reality of grief and its psychological effects was never really factored into Bobbi Kristina’s struggles or dependencies. In a world where emotional and mental health is stigmatized, the question of why Bobbi Kristina may have subdued her sadness through unhealthy means has always been brushed aside. Instead, she seems to be constantly ridiculed and criticized. Bobbi Kristina has been determined to prove to the world that she was worthy, had a purpose, and gifts of her own that she would one day share with the world. In recent years the Atlanta native pursued acting and trained with an acting coach. She was also eager to record an album; reaching out to Neyo, Wiz Khalifa, Missy Elliot, and Timbaland on Twitter.

We at continue to lift Bobbi Kristina up in prayer, and we extend our love to her and her entire family.

-Abesi Manyando(@abesipr)

Pakistani Man Guilty In Al Qaeda Plot To Attack NYC Subway

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A jury has found a Pakistani man guilty in a failed al Qaeda conspiracy to attack the New York City subway and targets in Europe.

The verdict was reached Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn where Abid Naseer acted as his own lawyer. No date was set for sentencing.

Naseer was first arrested in 2009 in Great Britain on charges he was part of a terror cell plotting to blow up a shopping mall in Manchester, England.

The charges were dropped after a British court found there wasn’t enough evidence, but U.S. prosecutors later named him in an indictment that alleged a broader conspiracy that included a failed plot to attack the New York City subway.

After his rearrest and extradition to the United States in 2013, Naseer pleaded not guilty to providing and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device.

Pakistani Man Guilty In Al Qaeda Plot To Attack NYC Subway

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He acted as his own lawyer, often referring to himself in the third person as he set about portraying himself as a moderate Muslim who was falsely accused. He was assisted by a court-appointed attorney but largely spoke for himself and demonstrated a calm demeanor in court.

“Abid is innocent,” the 28-year-old Naseer said in closing arguments on Monday. “He is not a terrorist. He is not an al Qaeda operative.”

In her closing argument, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmed told jurors the arrests of Naseer and other members of his cell averted mass murder. The government alleged Naseer had received bomb-making instruction in Pakistan in 2008.

“If the defendant hadn’t been stopped, hundreds of innocent men, women and children wouldn’t be alive today,” Ahmed said.

Naseer’s self-representation created the spectacle of the defendant cross-examining an admitted terrorist. Five British M15 secret agents also testified wearing disguises, one wore a fake beard and thick black glasses, and the trial marked the first time documents recovered in the 2009 Navy SEAL raid against Osama bin Laden’s compound were used as trial evidence.

But most of the case hinged on email exchanges in 2009 between Naseer and a person described by prosecutors as an al Qaeda handler who was directing plots to attack civilians in Manchester, New York City and Copenhagen.

The government alleged Naseer used coded language in an email to inform his al Qaeda handler in Pakistan that he was “planning a large wedding for numerous guests between April 15 and 20, 2009″ and that his al Qaeda contact “should be ready.”

Prosecutors said he was giving the date for the subway attack in New York.

The prosecutor also accused Naseer of lying on the witness stand by claiming the women he wrote about were real. She said the women’s names actually were code for homemade bomb ingredients: Nadia stood for ammonium nitrate and Huma for hydrogen peroxide.

When the defendant wrote to the al Qaeda handler, “I wish you could be here for the party,” he was talking about the attack, Ahmed added.

“This man wanted to drive a car bomb into a crowded shopping center and watch people die,” Ahmed said.

Naseer insisted the emails consisted only of harmless banter about looking for a potential bride after going to England to take computer science classes.

Naseer “wanted to settle down,” he said in his closing. “Is there anything wrong with that?”

The prosecutor dismissed Naseer’s explanations as “blather.”

As their first witness, prosecutors called Najibullah Zazi, who pleaded guilty in the subway plot as part of a cooperation agreement. Zazi testified that after receiving explosives training in Pakistan, he received instructions from the same al Qaeda contact as Naseer and was told to use “marriage” and “wedding” as code for attacks.

In his cross-examination, Naseer sought to emphasize that he and Zazi had never had any contact, even though they were named as co-conspirators.

“Mr. Zazi, do you know the defendant who is asking these questions?” Naseer asked.

“I don’t remember your face,” Zazi responded.

Another witness was an FBI legal attache who handled evidence found in the raid that left bin Laden dead, including letters written among top al Qaeda officials.

One letter referred to sending “brothers” to New York and Britain and mentions that some were arrested there — a passage prosecutors suggested was a reference to Naseer.

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A-Rod, In Lineup For First Game Action In 17 Months, Singles In First AB

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Now that’s how you start your spring. 

Alex Rodriguez lined a single into short left field Wednesday in his return to the New York Yankees after a 17-month absence.

Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers as he stepped into the batter’s box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees’ white uniform with pinstripes for the team’s spring training home opener rather than the usual dark blue jersey used in exhibition games.

He swung past a pair of 91 mph pitches from Philadelphia’s Kevin Slowey and then singled on an 89 mph offering that was over the plate. That drew cheers from fans at Steinbrenner Field on a sunny afternoon with a temperature in the low 80s.

When Rodriguez came up again in the third, he grounded a 96 mph fastball from reliever Paul Clemens to shortstop for an inning-ending forceout. He finished 1-for-2, coming out of the game for a pinch runner after a working out a walk in the sixth inning.

There appeared to be few fans wearing shirts with Rodriguez’s No. 13; there was a scattering of spectators with the No. 2 of Derek Jeter, the Yankees captain who retired at the end of last season.

Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, served a suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP is owed $61 million by the Yankees for the final three seasons of his contract.

He has lost his third base job and is competing for at-bats at DH and as a backup at third and first base.

Rodriguez received mostly cheers but some boos and loud whistles when he ran out during the pregame introductions, following new shortstop Didi Gregorius and before first baseman Mark Teixeira.

He was in the on-deck circle for the start of the bottom half before Gregorius, who led off the inning.

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TalkShoes Notice 3/4

TS Notice 3_4 Kim Kardashian attended the Brit Awards to support hubby Kanye West, and over on TalkShoes, we have all the deets on the shoes she wore for the event. We also spotted Karlie Kloss at LAX, wearing supermodel-fave Stuart Weitzman boots. While Fashion Week has moved on to Paris, Gucci’s Fall 2015 shoes in Milan were very furry. We’re not looking ahead to fall entirely, though–Christian Louboutin is focused on Spring 2015 with this vivid Tribalou Collection.


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Aspiro Shareholders May Reject Jay Z’s $56 Million Bid

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In January, it was reported that Jay Z had bid $56 million to buy a Scandinavian music streaming company called Aspiro. Now, that deal looks to have hit a major snag. According to Billboard, the rapper’s offer might be rejected by the company’s minority shareholders. The bid, proffered by Jay’s Project Panther Bidco (which is itself a subsidiary of his own Shawn Carter Enterprises), was based on a 57% premium over the company’s stock price the day before the offer was made. The company’s majority shareholders accepted this unanimously; the group that is likely to disapproves has a 10% interest in Aspiro. All three sides–the majority and minority shareholders, plus Carter/Project Panther–will now enter negotiations ahead of the deal’s Mar. 11 deadline.

Aspiro’s value is largely derived from WiMP, a streaming service currently available only in Sweden, Germany, Norway, Poland and Denmark. It differs slightly from other such services in that it sports localized editorial teams dedicated to constructing highly personalized recommendations lists based on users’ listening histories. Aspiro has over 500,000 subscribers and claims a catalog of over 25 million songs.

Jay Z’s last album was 2013′s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, which leaned heavily on production by Timbaland, who had a hand in crafting 11 of the project’s 16 songs. That record spawned charting singles in “Holy Grail,” “Tom Ford” and “Part II (On The Run).” The tour named after that last, Beyonce-featuring song grossed over $100 million.

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