Paris, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — It was quite literally the final curtain for Kenzo's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, after the duo's eight successful years at the creative helm of the house came to a close.
With a 100-meter (110-yard) curtain on set, a surprise performance by singer Solange and thousands of guests in attendance, the duo's departure was a farewell to remember.
Here are some highlights from the final day of spring-summer 2020 men's and co-ed collections from the Kenzo show and others by Lanvin and Paul Smith.
A MONUMENTAL KENZO SHOW
For their final show, Leon and Lim went back to the homeland of house founder Kenzo Takada: Japan and its legendary seas.
More specifically, they paid homage to the Ama, a dying community of aging Japanese females who free dive into their late 70s.
"For over 2000 years (they) have dived to the ocean floor to forage for seafood such as shrimp, urchins or even pearls... They have become known as the last mermaids," Leon said.
An accessorized neoprene suit began the show, heralding the aquatic-theme with ankle bracelets in pearly coral clusters.
Men's bags were fashioned in wide netting.
A loose-fitting blue suit had a wrinkled look and white markings that suggested it had been dried on the sand and bleached in the sun. It was a beautiful piece.
In the co-ed show, the female models sported floor-length hairpieces while wearing anything from swimsuit hybrids and Japanese Okobo sandals in sea-lily print, to a silver dress that had segmented pieces around the bust to resemble shells.
Typical of Leon and Lim, the mermaid look was capped contradictorily by blue jeans and sneakers.
Still, it felt as if many of the exhaustive 74 designs had been seen before.
KENZO DESIGNERS' FINAL CURTAIN
A large seascape-covered curtain served as a powerful element in the show.
The monumental installation by photographer Yamazaki Hiroshi charted the sun's course over the ocean using a long exposure lens.
The visual metaphor for the passing of time had guests spellbound and called attention to the end of an era for the duo of American designers who've made a deep mark on the Paris fashion industry.
Loud bass music reverberated around the warehouse venue before the curtain was sucked up into the roof in a split second, as if by magic. The audience gasped.
The surreal air defined the entire presentation, as dancers moved by bending forward and back on Japanese "geta" clogs.
Solange, wearing alien-like beaded jewelry, appeared out of the darkness while conducting a brass band. She then sang "a capella" on the catwalk to raucous whoops.
LANVIN IS NAUTICAL BUT NICE
Inside a lofty indoor swimming pool, Bruno Sialelli unveiled his highly-anticipated sophomore collection for Lanvin.
Given that the former Loewe staffer is the storied house's fourth designer in four years, there are lots of hopes pinned on him to rescue the world's oldest continually running couture maison from the creative wilderness.
Channeling styles that might be described as "sailor punk," Sialelli did just that — rising to the challenge with a show that overflowed with clever ideas.
Rich color — which seems to be Sialelli's touchstone thus far — was used with panache in a carefully stage-managed set that featured men's and women's designs. The pale blue swimming pool doors and multicolor wall mosaics were visible in the background.
A saffron hoodie accompanied a pair of baggy indigo waterproof pants. A duffel coat was fashioned in Air Force blue. And a white sailor's collar looked like a large, almost diagonal lapel in the Asian style.
Elsewhere, the collection was just plain fun, with a boat print on what resembled a silvery loose pajama.
PAUL SMITH'S SHOULDERS
The ultra-wide shoulders that defined London in the late 1970s were the focus of British fashion icon Paul Smith, who used the exaggerated style in a pared-down collection.
High, retro-looking buttons on a suit jacket also stood out, as did oversized pockets that looked like a separate layer of clothing.
Smith is a master colorist.
For spring, women's shades included maize, pastel gray, dandelion and baby pink. The men fared just as well in vivid auburn, sage and blood red.
An ochre coat with crimson lining had perhaps the most sumptuous color combination seen this season.
Syria, June 23 (Xinhua/UNB) -- After the war in the Syrian northern city of Aleppo broke out, Zakaraia Qarkoush, carrying his pottery craft, escaped to the central city of Homs.
Ahead of the war, there were 13 pottery factories in Aleppo. However, the raging war has destroyed the factories and displaced the people.
Qarkoush, who inherited pottery craft from his father and grandfather, sought refuge in Homs, where the situation was relatively safer.
The passion for the craft that Qarkoush developed as a boy is the source of his survival because he wants to keep doing what he loves.
"We have inherited this job from our grandfathers and I have been working for 35 years," he said.
According to the 43-year-old craftsman, he left Aleppo with his children seven years ago and settled in the Ashirah area where the children started to learn and help him in his pottery work.
It took him two years in Homs to ponder over what to do before he finally realized that his original job was the only thing he really wanted to take.
"When the crisis erupted in Aleppo, we got displaced and came to Homs. I didn't want to leave this job because I love it so I worked in pottery in Homs with my children," he explained.
The man started making small pottery in a small workshop before his business got bigger.
In his current workshop, Qarkoush has a room for making the clay into different shapes such as vessels, water pots as well as artistic waterfalls which people buy to be displayed in their salons or the living room.
He brings the soft clay and put it on a machine while he is gently touching the clay from different angles to shape it before it gets hard.
Later, he puts it in an oven-like chamber and then in a sunny room for drying. Afterward, he brings it to a damp room for a few hours before selling.
Qarkoush said he was amazed by the high demand for pottery in Homs where the only pottery factory was destroyed during the war, which makes him the only man making pottery there.
"There is a big turnout for this kind of art here in Homs," he told Xinhua.
The craftsman said the war has largely affected pottery in Syria, adding besides his workshop, there is only one pottery factory in the capital Damascus and another in Latakia Province in northwestern Syria.
In Aleppo alone, 13 pottery factories stopped working during the war, he lamented.
"Now, I am alone here in Homs in addition to a factory in Damascus and Latakia. The war has largely affected our work because out of 100 professionals ahead of the war, there are now only 15 across Syria," Qarkoush said.
The Syrian man now works with his young children whom he taught throughout the past years in Homs.
However, he still believes that "as long as people are demanding this craft and as long as children are willing and having the passion to learn it, the craft will survive."
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - The holiday season is here. Time for more outings, more playtime and precious moments with loved ones. Unfortunately, it can also be a period of mindless binging. It is advisable that you include something healthy in your diet. Something that is easy on the palate and could help us sail through the scorching summers, reports The Indian Express.
Here is one of the most loved summery mocktail from my workshop. I love picking up the most unused and the most boycotted ingredients of all times. This time I opted for beetroot. People either like it or dislike it. But despite its taste, the plethora of health benefits that this red beauty offers, makes it one of the coolest superfoods of today’s time.
Here’s a step-by-step guide of the Beetroot Float recipe.
8 medium beetroots, peeled and grated
Salt to taste
2 tsp – Sugar
2 cups – Yoghurt
3 tsp – Roasted cumin powder
Black salt to taste
Brown sugar to decorate
A piece of muslin cloth
Note: I used a wine glass for the mocktail.
Please note that the leftover grated beetroot can be an interesting ingredient for some spicy Beetroot Cutlets or Parathas.
Health benefits of beetroot:
It is often advised to consume beetroot in its raw form, which naturally retains all the essential nutrients. Beetroot is packed with Vitamins A, C, K, beta-carotene, polyphenols, antioxidants and folate, all of which helps to boost blood count and immunity. Consumption of beetroot helps lower blood pressure. Beetroot has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties that help flush out toxins from the body, which reflects as a healthy and glowing skin.
Missoula, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn’t too hard, wasn’t too soft, but just right for a nap.
Missoula County sheriff’s officials say the bear just yawned when deputies knocked on the window and unlocked the door in an attempt to coax it to leave Friday morning.
They had to call Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials, who tranquilized the bear so it could be re-located.
Sheriff’s officials say in a Facebook post that deputies responded at 5:45 a.m. to a call that a bear opened the door to the Butler Creek’s mudroom and somehow locked the deadbolt once inside.
They say the bear “began ripping the room apart” before climbing up the closet for a nap.
Canberra, June 23 (Xinhua/UNB) -- The number of crocodile attacks could rise as global warming takes hold, an Australian expert has said.
Adam Britton, a zoologist from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Northern Territory (NT), told News Corp Australia on Sunday that as temperatures rise, crocodiles will move into areas that they never previously inhabited.
He said that the spread of the population would mean the reptiles will interact with people who have never come into contact with crocodiles before.
"As the planet warms, it does mean crocodile attacks are going to go up as a direct result, because as it warms, it's going to change the distribution of crocodiles," Britton said.
"We're seeing in Indonesia, crocodiles move into places that they haven't been seen for a long time or seen before and we're getting a string of attacks," Britton said.
"Crocodiles will move after loss of habitat and move into areas where people aren't used to them," he added.
According to Britton, there have already been sightings of crocodiles in populated areas of northern Queensland where they have been rarely spotted.