Paris, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — Hermes galvanized its links with the equestrian Saturday by holding its Paris Fashion Week runway show at the French capital's celebrated Longchamp Racecourse. Vivienne Westwood, meanwhile, went street, Elie Saab got playful and the runways in general got a lot of models dressed in black and white.
Here are some highlights from the Spring 2019 shows at Paris Fashion Week:
HERMES GOES TO THE RACES
Hermes — the fashion house named after the speedy, messenger god — has long been associated with horse racing and affirmed its heritage by launching the show-jumping competition Saut Hermes in 2009.
The label synonymous with luxury further embraced the legacy by taking Paris Fashion Week to the renovated Longchamp for a Saturday evening display.
The guests, geared up for styles that spoke of horses, were somewhat disappointed by the scarce equestrian references. One that fit the bill was a white dress with eyelets that was inspired by a horse groomer's apron.
The 47 looks by French designer Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski in on-trend neutral colors were superlative for a host of other reasons. Most twinned the designer's signature minimalism with a sporty edge.
Clean silhouettes — crisp hems, simple geometric shapes, tight proportions and minimal accessories — set the tone.
Many of the individual items were must-haves, such as a pair of slightly flared burgundy pants that were made of crisscrossed bands of material.
And people better start placing their orders for the new two-tone Kelly bag!
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD HITS THE STREET
Celebrity drag queen Violet Chachki and Milk from "Ru Paul's Drag Race" held court in a warehouse at Vivienne Westwood's show.
The warehouse was an appropriate setting for an eclectic assortment of styles that riffed on the "street" in streetwear. The models, both men and women, rode skateboards and scooters.
Prints sometimes resembled graffiti, and there were sneakers, sweatpants and even the odd dog collar.
Andreas Kronthaler, 66, who took over the creative reins his 77-year-old wife and design partner some years ago, mixed the draped gowns that are a Westwood signature with thigh-length menswear shirts, prints and text.
One of the best looks was a giant pile of fabric bags that were wrapped around the torso of a female model, perhaps a statement about the hectic pace of daily life.
It cut a nice image against the sculptural decor made of reams of paper.
Another notable feature was a play on hypermasculinity.
Scantily-clad muscle men wore skintight vests, and one walked in platform shoes with fluffy tulle around the ankles.
FASHION TREND: BLACK AND WHITE
Spring is a time to get your color on. Usually.
The ready-to-wear collections in Paris have bucked this fashion rule, creating a spring and summer of white, black and other design neutrals.
Virgil Abloh's label Off-White used lots of, well, white on its runway. Hedi Slimane, making his highly-anticipated Celine debut, favored the darkest hues for his nighttime show.
Rick Owens channeled demons and witches with his black-centric show that featured a giant burning sculpture spitting out smoke. The sculpture smoldered alongside white, beige and gray designs.
The trend could reflect the polarized political discourse in West or just be an aesthetic choice; either way, it's unavoidable.
ELIE SAAB GETS PLAYFUL
Popular Lebanese designer Elie Saab is riding high after the coup of having Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank wear a gown he designed for her wedding last month.
The ethereal wedding gown was made of 25 meters (82 feet) of Chantilly lace, eight meters (26 feet) of silk chiffon and six meters (nearly 20 feet) of organza silk and took 150 hours to create.
At Saturday's show, it may have been ready-to-wear style on the runway, but it was clear that it was the same Saab atelier that had done the work.
The devil was in the detail.
The 58 styles skipped the usual full-throttle, cinched-waist sensuality and energy of Saab's designs, an exception being thigh-high boots.
In its place was a more playful version of Saab that was willing to explore new ideas — for better and for worse.
Overpowering, dark floral prints on pants, minis and billowing skirts contrasted with angelic lace and fastidious detailing that evoked the 1970s.
A leopard print look fared badly, its single exposed shoulder looking out of balance.
But gowns such as a striped boho number showed that Saab was daring to venture out of his bread-and-butter comfort zone.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) – The three-day 7th Asian Tourism Fair-2018 (ATF) began in the city on Friday to promote tourism industry of the country.
Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board arranged the fair at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) as part of celebrating the World Tourism Day 2018.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal inaugurated the fair as the chief guest. The fair will remain open for all from 10am to 8pm till Sunday.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan attended the function as a special guest.
BPC Chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Jahangir Hossain, Ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio T Bandello and Ambassador of Indonesia Rina P Soemarno and convener of the Asian Tourism Fair and Editor of Parjatan Bichitra Mohiuddin Helal were also present.
Around 120 stalls of different countries like India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore apart from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair.
Travel-loving people of Bangladesh are offered to buy many interesting packages to visit home and abroad.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - A 10-day long solo art exhibition of artist Proshanta Karmakar Buddha titled 'Peace' began at Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali DOHS area on Friday.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Marie-Annick Bourdin inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest.
A total of 42 artworks of Proshanta will remain on display at the exhibition from 12pm to 8pm every day until October 7.
Speaking on the occasion, the French envoy said Proshanta is engaged in a quest for peace through art. “And that’s the thing we are always trying to find," she said.
Chairperson of Gulshan Literary Program Foundation Nazneen Azim, Managing Director of Totaltel Engineer Iftikhar Kajol, Adviser of the English Department of Independent University, Bangladesh Dr Niaz Zaman and Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet also addressed the inaugural ceremony.
Proshanta said he always dreams of a world devoid of chaos, brutality and hopelessness and he has depicted the hopes and aspirations for peace in his artworks. "I want people to live together amid joy and happiness, not violence," he added.
Proshanta Karmakar Buddha is known for having created his own original style within the modern genre. His paintings have been exhibited in at least 29 solo and 96 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.
He is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the 1991 Okamoto Prize by Asian Cultural Center for Unesco in Japan, and the Best in Printmaking award at the 9th National Young Artists’ Exhibition at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1990.
Paris, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — The ever-inventive Rick Owens nearly cooked his front row at Paris Fashion Week thanks to a giant burning sculpture, while Indian designer Manish Arora brought the colors of a carnival and Carnival to a zany spring collection that stylishly followed no rules.
Here are some highlights from Fashion Week events on Thursday:
Was it the flame of hell? A cult's symbol? The Tower of Babel?
Editors sitting in the front row for the Rick Owens runway show were certain of one thing: the gargantuan five-legged pyramid that Owens set ablaze suddenly got really, really hot.
Flames ascended meters into the air as smoke created clouds that rose well above the Palais de Tokyo venue.
When the show began, not much explanation was given for the inferno that kept on burning. But it didn't seem to matter, given the reputation for the unfathomable the talented Californian designer has garnered over the years.
Insectoid figures, fashioned from sculptural pieces of garments such as sleeves tied around the body, filed by with cube-shaped antennae.
The stripes of a blackened American flag fluttered off the back of a model in a long black skirt.
Loose filaments that dangled down from straps on supple mini-dresses created fluidity and added to the nice organic feel that many of the designs possessed.
The only element that seemed to hark to the fire theme were some dystopian goddess looks: models dressed in shredded geometric column dresses walking solemnly down stone steps holding burning torches.
In short, it was a typically creative display from Owens.
MANISH ARORA CELEBRATES COLOR AND SOCCER
It was time for Carnival, soccer and celebration at color-loving Manish Arora.
The India-based designer's bright and exuberant creations came alive with wild face paints, incandescent sequins, glimmering silks, giant jewelry and multicolor lacing and stitching.
They were showcased on an outdoor runway just as the sun happened to appear — adding another note of joy.
Myriad ideas came together successfully in a mad sort of runway collage.
Limited edition tops created in homage to France's multicultural Paris Saint-Germain soccer team launched the show.
The faces and names of Brazil's Thiago Silva and France's Kylian Mbappe, who has Cameroonian and Algerian roots, became prints on T-shirts or gathered and loose-fitting sweaters.
Then, bright wraps that might have been worn by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo appeared, followed by African-style jackets with swirling motifs.
Giant bows adorned skirts that would have been appropriate for Carnival in Silva's hometown of Rio de Janeiro.
GAULTIER: THE MUSICAL
Since ending his ready-to-wear line in 2014, Jean Paul Gaultier has been missed on the Fashion Week calendar.
So some editors jumped when the famed French couturier returned this season in a different guise, clearing their afternoons to attend press previews for his new musical-review "Fashion Freak Show."
All the corsets, sparkle and provocation of the 66-year-old's colorful life have gone into the spectacle that chronicles his journey from a nascent designer in 1976 to achieving world-wide fame via Madonna's iconic conical bra in 1990.
It also touches on the darker moments that shaped Gaultier, including the death of his partner, Francis Menuge, from complications from AIDS.
The show is set to open Oct. 2 at the Folies Pigalle theater in Paris.
There's a fresh buzz at Paco Rabanne.
There are two-fold reasons: firstly, because the 1960s space age designs the Spanish-born designer was co-credited with popularizing are again ubiquitous on the Paris runways.
And secondly, momentum has been generated by a series of strong shows by the Puig-owned house's current designer Julien Dossena.
In Thursday's ambitious runway show, there was much to like.
The chainmail and disc link dresses that were signatures of the retired Basque couturier were referenced in golden discs on belts and pendants, and in one hot bejeweled chainmail wrap.
Complex designs with contrasting materials had a nice ornamented feel and conjured up references to the Renaissance in patterning and layering, and even to Imperial China.
Perforated lace collars and long baroque cuffs on a crisp white shirt cut a stylish silhouette with a heavy, glistening black slit skirt.
A tight black minidress with chain hanging had contrasting patterns in the skirt.
The only question is: might these looks be a little hard to wear on the street?
Chicago, Sep 27 (AP/UNB) — Following years of reformulating at McDonald's, most of the burgers it serves in the U.S. are now preservative-free.
As of Wednesday, the world's largest burger chain says classics like the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese are preservative-free, with reformulated buns and sauces. Pickles on the sandwiches still contain artificial preservatives, but customers can request sandwiches without pickles.
McDonald's has been gradually removing preservatives from its menu for several years in an effort to appeal to more health-conscious buyers. In 2016, it removed high-fructose corn syrup from its buns and took artificial preservatives out of its Chicken McNuggets.
The Chicago-based company says around one-third of its sandwiches still have artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, including Egg McMuffins and Filet-O-Fish. It hasn't set a timeline for removing those ingredients.