Hennes & Mauritz says it will open a store in the Philippines, its first foray into the southeast Asian region. The flagship store will open in 2014 inside SM Megamall, Manila. The company has already inked the deal.
Another 2014 event is Women Expo Switzerland (WES), the only creative women’s exhibition in Switzerland, will take place on May 25 at the Messe ZĂŒrich.
With 700 mÂČ space, it will be dedicated to the fashion industry (both B2B and B2C) with direct sales, fashion shows and workshops, say organizers.
The previous edition saw over 100 exhibitors and attracted 1,000 visitors from Switzerland, the UK, Germany and France. Organizers presently seek exhibitors and visitors. Their website is at www.womenexpo.ch, and a video from the 2013 event (in German and English) is below.
Almost on the opposite side of the spectrum, publisher Jack Yan has a humorous look at the late Lewis Collins, whose passing was reported yesterday in the media, in Lucire Men. The actor was best known for his role in The Professionals, arguably the most macho TV show in 1970s Britain.
Finally, Victoria’s Secret says it has opened a beauty and accessories’ store at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, focusing on ‘iconic, fashion-forward range of beauty products and accessories designed for the modern jet-setter.’
Items include fragrances such as Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, Sexy Little Things Noir Tease, Victoria, and VS Fantasies, and lip glosses and body care products.
Above Marion Vijar, Gretchen Ellis and Sarah Rivera.
Gretchen from Nicaragua, Marion from Estonia and Sarah from Dominican Republic, all work as professional modelsâwho happen to be best friends. Normally, when I meet models that are professional, there is always a kind of competition between them. I have never seen three girls in one shoot who laugh together and helping each other out in the friendly way that they did.
I started the shoot at 6 a.m. in Nikki Beach in Miami, Fla., and the girls where all awake and ready to work.
After four hours’ shooting, we had some great pics and with almost no editing, the photos are on the computer screen.
I think it is hard to find models who do not need editing afterwards, and this set of the “three best friends” gave me hope that the natural look is back again.
Being in Miami, I think that the weather and the great locations, together with very friendly people, create the perfect location.
As most of the people have Latin blood, it makes it a place where things are happening and there’s a smile on every face you see, like in Venezuela or Colombia.
As one of the models said, ‘There is nothing more comfortable than getting undressed in front of your best friends.’
So until the next session from my Miami series, please enjoy those photos I took.âThomas Salme, with Gretchen Ellis
V-Energy has a humorous campaign breaking today that blends our wired, social media-savvy culture with the real worldâand not necessarily with the right consequences.
Itâs very well timed. The campaign breaks soon after Facebook announced it would begin supporting hashtags, the six-year-old invention that began on Twitter that purported to categorize messages. The hashtag has since been misused, almost to indicate oneâs inner thoughts.
V-Energyâs campaign takes that to a new level, with people venting with hashtags, internet slang (the word pwned is uttered), and trollingâthe behaviour of netizens, usually with anonymity, to provoke disagreement. The comments have come from real-life references, including online gaming, Twitter, and YouTubeâwhere plenty of trolling can be found.
The actors in the new commercial troll, as online behaviours seep in to the real world. V-Energyâs pitch is to âsilence the trollsâ, with the shush-kitten, an online troll antithesis.
Users are invited to check in to V-Hab, a new website where there are âtreatmentsâ for trolling, in the hope that that dark energy can turn into something brighter in real life. V-Hab is what the company describes as an âonline troll rehabilitation clinic âŠ to diagnose and treat different kinds of online trollisms.â
The site is actually quite sophisticated: thereâs a comment converter built around the film, which can convert negative trolling comments into positive statements. Programmers used Python to build the converter over six weeks and V-Energy believes it could contain âthe largest database of profanity known to mankindâ. It could be an interesting test for all those who have gone to swear words first when receiving a foreign-language dictionary.
Thereâs a âdiagnostic roomâ to analyse what kind of troll one is dealing with, while V-Hab also offers a De-troll Your Life browser extension, which uses the comment converter and applies them to other parts of the internet, âto help avoid a relapse.â V-Habâs âtroll interventionâ features a Facebook app on which netizens can silence their trolling friends.
Check out V-Energyâs humorous video below, and check into V-Hab here.
The Swedish tabloid press has tracked down HRH Princess Madeleine and her new husband, Chris O’Neill, who are honeymooning after a grand Royal Wedding in Stockholm on Saturday.
The Royal Court, wishing to guard the newlyweds’ privacy, had remained silent on their travel plans, but Expressen has published photos taken via a long lens of the couple in the Seychelles.
They are at a private villa which retails for Kr 50,000 per night, says the newspaper. It is also reported that Mr O’Neill kept the destination a secret from his wife, and it was initially known only to him, the King and Queen, and a few select friends.
The venue had been chosen before by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and David and Victoria Beckham.
Today, the Princess’s official Facebook page requested privacy after expressing disappointment that photographs had been published.
Writing from her perspective, the message read, ‘We continue to thank everyone for their loving warmth and well wishes regarding our marriage. Sadly, the Swedish tabloid press have taken it upon themselves to destroy our privacy and place private photographs of us in their publications today. The one thing we wish is that, if only for these few days, our privacy can now be respected.’ The photograph above of the couple was published on the page, while supporters continued to wish them well.
The honeymoon destination for HRH Princess Madeleine and her new husband, Anglo-American financier Chris O’Neill, remains a mystery.
The royal couple, who were married in Stockholm on Saturday in a very public, televised ceremony, held a reception that went into the small hours of Sunday, according to sources.
HM King Carl XVI Gustaf, HRH Crown Princess Victoria, HRH Prince Carl Philip, and the groom gave speeches during the reception.
Reports indicate the reception continued till 5 a.m. and that the couple left in secrecy from Drottningholm for the airport.
It is believed that the first stop was the UK, but no one knows where they have gone since. The Royal Court has refused to comment, but one royal-watcher believes they have gone to the Caribbean for their honeymoon.
Both Princess Madeleine and Mr O’Neill are well connected, and could have been lent a home for their use.
Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungl. Hovstaterna/the Royal Court
Official photographs (above and below) from the Royal Wedding have been posted by the Swedish Royal Court. Lucire followed yesterday’s nuptials between HRH Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill with photos and videos as they happened, along with details of the bride’s Valentino gown.
The Swedish state broadcaster, SVT, now has the entire five-hour programme available (linked below), though if you prefer quick clips, yesterday’s article has a series, from the arrival of the guests at the Royal Chapel, to the final arrival of the couple after their post-wedding cruise around Stockholm.
Princess Madeleine wore a Valentino off-the-shoulder lace-detailed gown. The dress was designed by Valentino Garavani, with a long train. It is made of pleated silk organza, with ivory Chantilly lace. The train, connected to her tiara, is 4 m long. The tiara has sprigs of orange flowers.
The Palace has also released images of Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s crown from 1778, which stood to the left of the altar during the wedding ceremony, and the NordstjĂ€rneorden, the Order of the Polar Star, of which Mr O’Neill has been made a commander by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on June 6.
The wedding also saw a magnificent rainbow appear over Stockholmâan extra-romantic touchâafter the couple returned from their cruise around the harbour to Drottningholm, for the royal banquet.
The honeymoon destination remains a secret, but the couple will return to New York, where Princess Madeleine works for a non-profit, the World Childhood Foundation, and Mr O’Neill has his own business.
The full video
Ewa-Marie Rundquist/Kungl. Hovstaterna/the Royal Court