The swimwear designer Panos Papadopoulos, whose Panos Emporio label celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is breaking new ground once again, this time in relation to men’s swimwear.
Panos Emporio, which is known in many countries for giving women the perfect fit, addresses the needs of the modern man, with a new design, Meander.
The launch today at NK in Stockholm is one which Panos Emporio has put a great deal of energy into: the new design is set to do for men’s swimwear what Panos’s earlier design, the highly adaptable Paillot, did for women’s swimwear in its markets.
However, Meander is set to reach more than Panos Emporio’s traditional markets in the Nordic countries and Thailand, and there has already been interest from beyond these nations.
Again it was Panos’s own sociological backgroundâit is the area he formally trained inâthat kicked in, allowing him to observe something other designers missed. He also credits his Greek backgroundâhe was born in Greece before emigrating to Sweden in the 1980sâand notes that the ancient Greeks had records of early swimwear.
He observed a few trends: the long trunks in men’s swimwear as surf fashion began influencing the genre in the 1990s, yet such styles restricted men’s movement in sports and swimming. Anatomically, Panos notes that men found current swimming trunks to be uncomfortable. There was an unhygienic trend also emerging, with some men preferring to swim with their underwear on, while there were more beaches banning the practice of men swimming in their underwear in lieu of proper swimming shorts.
Finally, and perhaps most critically, men were rolling up the legs of their swimming trunks, for either movement, practicality, fashion or more complete tanningâhe saw not only everyday men do this, but Giorgio Armani, and footballers Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ.
Meander addresses all these needs with a number of features. For starters, wearers can roll up the legs on the Meander design, and fasten them. Inside, there’s a mesh lined inner brief that’s extra soft and comfortable, so there are no more anatomic issues. Finally, the fabric is quick-dry.
Panos has improved the design to make it more stylish, and the resulting first style for Meander recalls his Greek heritage.
âMeander is a revolution, giving freedom for men to decide for themselves how their swimming shorts should fit them. They’re suitable for showing off well trained thighs, and those who want to avoid zebra stripes [when they tan]. Who wants to walk around with different shades on their thighs?’ he notes.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Paro Taktshang, Bhutan, on the second day of their royal visit to the kingdom. They had flown in from India on Thursday.
Paro Taktshang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest monastery, is located on a cliff face, 3,000 m above sea level. The royal couple walked 900 m to the revered site, taking three hours to reach the monastery, built in 1692.
The Duchess wore a Jaeger white blouse, Really Wild khaki leather waistcoat, khaki Zara jeans, and her 10-year-old, calf-length Penelope Chilvers boots.
âIt was quite tough on the way up,’ noted Prince William. The Duchess said that it was a ‘great way to burn off the curry.’
The Prince’s father, the Prince of Wales, half-completed the hike in 1998.
In the evening, they attended a reception for British nationals and people with close ties to the UK that evening. The Duchess wore a red gown with a poppy print by Beulah, from its springâsummer 2015 collection. The poppy is Bhutan’s national symbol.
Gigi Hadid’s in the Zeitgeist right now: not only has she appeared in a spread in Vogue with boyfriend Zayn Malikâhimself rustling up plenty of headlines in the music world with his solo careerâher make-up artist, Julianne Kaye, who currently has the reputation for being behind the beauty for today’s “it girls”, has been spreading the word with her tips on controlling acne. Kaye’s tips have appeared in E Online, including using green concealer over your blemish as it will neutralize the red, and pad on the concealer afterwards. She also has tips on dealing with cystic acne using eye drops (that’s not a typo) and acneic skin (try milk of magnesia), which are summarized in the video below, as well as in the original link.
We’ve also a video on the Vogue shoot from Napoliâyou can get a glimpse of the couple’s very romantic photographs as released by the magazine in the second one below.
Carrera y Carrera has announced its Retiro collection, inspired by the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid and its garden.
Garden folklore talks of a head gardener, Cecilio RodrĂguez, who was in love with the youngest daughter of Duke FernĂĄn NĂșĂ±ez. To win her favour, he created the garden with the intent that it would flower every season thanks to its variety of plants, to show that his love would be cyclical and eternal. The Duke, however, disapproved, and RodrĂguez was fired, and banished from the garden. The Duke commissioned a statue of Lucifer, at the Fountain of the Falling Angel (1922), to symbolize the failed romance. It is the only known public monument of the devil.
The new collection has designs for each of the four seasons. Spring designs are inspired by daisies and almond flowers, with transparent pastel shades; summer has more exotic, tropical hues; autumn is marked with reds, ochres and purples; while winter features white gold and diamonds, inspired by the season’s frost and angular icebergs.
Margarita maxi ring in yellow gold, pink sapphires, orange sapphires, and other jewels.
Gecko maxi ring in yellow gold, olivines, topazes and amethyst.
Hoja double ring in rose gold, smokey quartz, prasiolite, pink tourmaline.
Iceberg ring in white gold, blue topaz and diamonds.
In line with the movement that began in the early 2000s for more responsible brandsâsomething this title, along with organizations such as Medinge Group in Sweden, have promotedâChivas Regal’s the Venture search seeks to find and support the most promising social entrepreneurs creating profitable businesses that also makes a positive impact on people. Lily Cole added credibility as well as celebrity power to the panel discussion in London’s Natural History Museum on Thursday, and debated whether social enterprise would ever grow to a point to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, and whether big business, government and investors should do more.
Cole herself is a social entrepreneur, having founded Impossible, a social giving network that enables people to share their time, skills and objects. She was joined by Sonal Shah of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, Rajeeb Day, CEO of Enternships, and Thomas Davies, CIO of investment platform Seedrs.
Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricardâ, hosted the event.
Also in attendance were 27 start-ups who had been chosen to compete for a share of the Venture’s $1 million fund. The finalists were taking part in a programme created by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the SaĂŻd Business School at Oxford University. The public can vote for their favourite finalist between May 9 and June 13, and determine how the first $250,000 in funding is split among the finalists. They already feature at the Venture’s website at www.theventure.com.
The remaining $750,000 will be awarded at the Venture’s final in July.
Model Cara Delevingne will model the springâsummer 2016 Chanel eyewear campaign, wearing a tweed and cotton cap, a tweed jacket and a sleeveless top with silver embroideries and ribbon bows from the Chanel Airlines ready-to-wear collection. The campaign breaks in April.
The advertising will showcase frames from the Plein Soleil and Bijou 2016 collections, and a mirrored mask with a laser-engraved effect from the springâsummer 2016 ready-to-wear catwalk show.
The Plein Soleil collection has a two-tone look (black merges into blue on the cat-eye frames, and black to white on the oval optical) and is inspired by tie-dye motifs. The Bijou collection features the camellia motif extensively.
Delevingne appears in blue when modelling the mask, and in more conventional lighting when showing off the regular frames.
Karl Lagerfeld himself chose Delevingne and shot the campaign.