Archive | February, 2011

New York Fashion Week February 2011 – Tadashi Shoji

19 Feb

Set to Florence + The Machine’s “Cosmic Love,” the quiet, simple femininity of this collection, with its rich colors and beautiful movement, provided a perfect counterpoint to the pounding and wailing of the music, making for a very dramatic experience. As people who spend way more time than anyone would consider healthy examining the clothes of celebrities on the red carpet, this collection seemed to be tailor-made to address T Lo’s most common complaint: fear of color. For stylists and starlets wedded to their neutrals and nudes, here is the collection you’ve been waiting for. The colors are sophisticated, striking, and (most importantly) photograph well. The dresses are relatively simple and uncomplicated (another boon to the famously conservative celebrity red carpet), but so many of them are dramatic and powerful in their own way simply because they move so beautiful and the colors are such a treat to the eyes. One-shoulder dresses are not going away any time soon, it seems.

If we can put on our pretend fashion editor’s hats for a moment, one of the ongoing trends reflected this season is the accentuated shoulder. It’s interesting to see how he worked that element in, even in the one-shouldered dresses. We’re not big fans of the lace pieces, but that’s because we’re not big fans of lace generally. A minor issue, because with the staging, the music, the styling, and the pieces themselves, the show was a hit and everyone left the tent buzzing about it.

Now, play Home Stylist. Pick who should wear which gowns to the Oscars. That black gown pictured second (which was actually last in the lineup but getting these pictures in exact order requires an editorial staff which doesn’t exist for us. Yet.) would look great on Meryl Streep, who favors gowns that mostly cover her up and provide a little volume. Anne Hathaway for any of the purples or reds (it’s her color). You pick the rest.

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Obama Meets With Tech CEOs

19 Feb

In the latest in a series of meetings involving President Obama and business leaders, a small group of top Silicon Valley executives plans to meet with Mr. Obama at a dinner on Thursday at the home of John Doerr, a prominent venture capitalist.

The list of executives attending, not yet released by the White House, includes:

•John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
•Carol Bartz, president and chief executive officer, Yahoo
•John Chambers, C.E.O. and chairman, Cisco Systems
•Dick Costolo, C.E.O, Twitter
•Larry Ellison, co-founder and C.E.O., Oracle
•Reed Hastings, C.E.O., Netflix
•John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
•Steve Jobs, chairman and C.E.O., Apple
•Art Levinson, chairman and former C.E.O., Genentech
•Eric Schmidt, chairman and C.E.O., Google
•Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, The Westly Group
•Mark Zuckerberg, president, and C.E.O., Facebook

The meeting has been shrouded in some secrecy. The White House press office confirmed that Mr. Obama would be in Silicon Valley to meet in private with business leaders. Only his arrival and departure on Air Force One are open to the press. The White House has said that Mr. Obama will travel from California to Hillsboro, Ore., on Friday, where he will visit an Intel plant.

A person familiar with the Silicon Valley meeting said that it will be over dinner at the Woodside, Calif., home of Mr. Doerr.

Article by: Miguel Helft for NY Times,

Egypt Erupts in Jubilation as Mubarak Steps Down

15 Feb

CAIRO — An 18-day-old revolt led by the young people of Egypt ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Friday, shattering three decades of political stasis here and overturning the established order of the Arab world.Shouts of “God is great” erupted from Tahrir Square at twilight as Mr. Mubarak’s vice president and longtime intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced that Mr. Mubarak had passed all authority to a council of military leaders.

Tens of thousands who had bowed down for evening prayers leapt to their feet, bouncing and dancing in joy. “Lift your head high, you’re an Egyptian,” they cried. Revising the tense of the revolution’s rallying cry, they chanted, “The people, at last, have brought down the regime.”

“We can breathe fresh air, we can feel our freedom,” said Gamal Heshamt, a former independent member of Parliament. “After 30 years of absence from the world, Egypt is back.”

Mr. Mubarak, an 82-year-old former air force commander, left without comment for his home by the Red Sea in Sharm el Sheik. His departure overturns, after six decades, the Arab world’s original secular dictatorship. He was toppled by a radically new force in regional politics — a largely secular, nonviolent, youth-led democracy movement that brought Egypt’s liberal and Islamist opposition groups together for the first time under its banner.

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New York Fashion Week February 2011 – Custo Barcelona

15 Feb

Custo Barcelona has presented at the Lincoln Center their new fall winter 2011-2012 in an innovative show that surprised all the audience. With a clean slate as a starting point, the journey of this collection begins in the pure lines and neutral colors: a wide palette of beiges, ecrus and pale pinks. A new approach that conveys its highly sophisticated message through details.

Nevertheless the true Custo Barcelona essence inevitably emerges in an explosive way: colors, prints and graphics take over splashing it all to create a graphic colourful composition that goes from the minimum to the absolute. Wool is the hero fabric and all its textures are represented: felted wool, fringes, wool based graphic jacquards and open and distressed weaves are used to create an effect of light organza.

Warm dresses perfectly paired with graphic leggings and thick voluminous sweaters for men represent the key looks of the season. This collection is therefore a balanced mix or concepts that as unexpected as it may seem creates a perfect cocktail at the Custo Barcelona runway. An exercise of bold clash of opposites that has been a winning bet at the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

New Tech Times Super Bowl Commercial Winners

15 Feb





Black Eyed Pea Superbowl Halftime Show

10 Feb

In an era of an ever-changing music industry that’s defined by diminishing expectation, where a “successful” career means having one, maybe two hit records; The Black Eyed Peas are a glorious exception. They have become one of the best selling, most popular and most innovative groups for over a decade. They have transformed themselves from a beloved backpack rap troop from the West Coast Underground into fully-fledged, massive global superstars whose music can be heard in any country around the world.

They’ve done this the right way: creating albums that are more innovative than the last; which has translated into each new album being more popular than the last. And in following this pattern, The Black Eyed Peas –, Fergie, Taboo and – are releasing their sixth full-length album, The Beginning.

Liberty London Men’s Spring/Summer 2011

4 Feb


Everything can use a lift. Liberty London debuts the relaunch of their menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2011 – working with Italy’s Slowear Group to get things proper. As usual, the Liberty print archive was made available to them for a re-thinking of their classic patterns.

“The collection was designed with a light and effortless attitude in mind, using very fine double twisted cotton shirting fabrics ranging from stripes and checks to jacquards and of course prints. The tailored collection includes both double and single breasted blazers in very deep shades of navy and china blue as well as tobacco and cognac. All the blazers have Liberty printed shirting fabric trimming their back collar, a signature detail of the collection.”