Jessica-Anne Stoudemire

Jessica-Anne Anthony Stoudemire and Ryan John Kelly, both of Lexington, were united in marriage May 20 at the River Road House and Gardens in Columbia. The Rev. Jason Antley officiated the 6 o’clock ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Archie Stoudemire of Lexington. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey Anthony of Devon, Pennsylvania, and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Woodrow Stoudemire of Lexington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winthrop University and is employed with BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia as an accountant.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Kelly of Lexington. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lennie Kelly of Lexington and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Klein of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended the University of South Carolina Aiken. He is a systems engineer and a partner with CenterNet, LLC.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents and her brother. Mementos she wore included her paternal grandmother’s wedding ring and her late aunt’s diamond earrings. Attached to her bouquet was a family heirloom heart charm, as well as her mother’s silver sixpence.

Matron of honor was Elizabeth Marshall Johnson of Lexington. Bridesmaids were the bride’s cousin Erin Stoudemire Whitehead of Lexington; Emily Elizabeth Fitzpatrick of Arlington, Virginia; and Stephanie Nicole Eller of Tacoma, Washington.

Best man was Michael Ellis Occhipinti of Lexington. Groomsmen were the bride’s brother, Ryan Marsh Stoudemire of Cayce; and Ryan Bradley Johnson and Marcos Lamar Anderson, both of Lexington. Ring bearer was Jameson Frazier Whitehead of Lexington, who carried the ring pillow from the bride’s parent’s wedding.

Scripture reader for the ceremony was Donna Gail Lucas-Fitzpatrick of Springfield, Virginia. Program attendant was Robert Woodrow Stoudemire of Lexington.

A reception followed at the Jasmine House and Gardens.

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Trump Models

The annual international event will see 50 contestants from around the globe compete for not only the World Supermodel title, but a modelling contract with the American President’s Trump Models, New York and an acting scholarship with the Bobby Chance acting school.

Kayleigh, an ex-pupil of Rossett High School and now a support worker for adults with learning disabilities said: “I’m so excited to represent the country, and Harrogate, on the international stage.

“Whilst we’re there we will be attempting to break the world record for ‘highest catwalk in the world’ by having a fashion show on the Macau Tower Skywalk at 233m.”

During the week long trip, Kayleigh will model in various fashion shows and will take part in an underwater photoshoot, as well as having the opportunity, if she chooses, to bungee jump from the Macau tower.

“There’s been a lot of organise and get packed but my mum has been helping me get everything ready.

“My mum and dad are flying out to Macau with me to come and watch the fashion shows and final show.”

Kayleigh will be staying at the five-star Grand Coloane Resort with the other finalists and the entire competition will be filmed for GoIndie TV, which can be found on Amazon!”Read more at:plus size formal dresses australia | formal wear


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See you in court

POPULAR actress Nora Danish will take legal action against fellow actress Fasha Sandha, whom she claims has made a defamatory statement against her via social media last Thursday.

“In the past, I would remain silent. But following the latest incident, I believe it’s time I proceed with legal action.

“I am doing this to protect my family ’s dignity and reputation.

“What makes it more damaging is that my family business is affected following the allegations,” she said.

The controversy involving the two actresses flared last week when Fasha, 33, posted a long caption on her Instagram account, venting her frustration at a situation where a fellow celebrity had wanted her out from Fenomena Aidilfitri, a fashion event held in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.

Nora’s fashion label Owl by Nora Danish was also featured at the event. Although Fasha did not mention Nora’s name, she did, however, include the words burung hantu (owl), which Netizens could easily deduce the individual she was referring to.

The 35-year-old artiste, who recently wed businessman Nedim Nazri, son of Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, said she was unaware of Fasha’s posting until the following day when she received messages on her handphone.

“I had people asking me what really happened that had made Fasha so upset, making her hurl such accusations.

“The actress (Fasha) wrote that I didn’t want her there, an event at which I was merely a participant,” explained Nora at a press conference after her label’s fashion show at Gaya Raya KL Fashion Week 2017 at Publika, Kuala Lumpur, last Friday.

Present to clear the air was Amiruddin Rizuan Ali, director of Glass Go Media, the organisers of Fenomena Aidilfitri.

“Due to my confusion, upon realising Fasha’s presence at the event (and knowing the history

between the two actresses), I had wrongly made a request that Fasha excuse herself from the event .

“I did that based on my own flawed judgement, and not because Nora had requested me to do so,” he said while admitting repeatedly that only he himself should be blamed over the incident.

He also said Nora did not make any statement on threatening to withdraw from the show if Fasha were to attend the event.

Amiruddin also apologised to both sides for having caused the misunderstanding.

“I plan to meet Fasha to personally apologise to her.”

Nora said that she did not blame Glass Go Media for the incident, adding that the organisers were just taking precautions to ensure a smooth event.

While Nora bears no ill will against Amiruddin or Glass Go Media, she said, however, that she would go all out to clear her name and reputation.

Besides Fasha, Nora is also suing an entertainment blogger whom she said had taken sides without really knowing what had actually taken place; and posted it on his Facebook account, spelling out both the actresses’ names.

Fasha, who is on hoilday with her family in Australia, questioned why Nora was suing her and not the organiser.

Captioning one of her photos with her children on her Instagram account, Fasha wrote: “....why sue me? Why aren’t you suing the organiser of your fashion show who was responsible in relaying the message that I should not be there and that you would withdraw if I attended the show? Don’t forget I have many witnesses that evening...”

In the posting, Fasha wrote that she too has an action plan, but it would only be revealed once she is back from vacation .

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Voices in fine form all over

Hello my darling nunus, it’s me again – your favourite gossip girl is here to bring you all the highlights and shenanigans of the past week. Last Thursday I attended the staging of In These Streets with Port Elizabeth performer Wezile Mgibe at the Tramways building.

The play depicts several characters that have lived through social ills faced by society every day. May I confess that the highlight of the evening for me was the goodie bag at the end? Who doesn’t love some free drinks, and that’s exactly what was in the bag.

Each guest got to go home with half a six-pack, which did make everyone more than happy.

The rainy weather kept me home for much of the weekend though I did make sure I attended the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge in Summerstrand early on Saturday.

On Saturday night your Skinnerbek traded clubbing for a night in the presence of the Lord.

The Joyous Celebration 21 concert was held at the NMMU Missionvale Campus and while the performances were great overall, I am still a little upset that my ultimate crush, Sibusiso “SbuNoah” Mthembu, did not perform.

Wouldn’t it have been great to worship with the potential bae? Anyway, the disappointment was made up for in other departments like the yummy buffet and drinks in the VIP lounge.

I was surprised though to overhear some people asking for alcoholic drinks. Seriously, I know we like our drinks, but there is a place and time for everything. Imagine having alcohol at a gospel concert, although some did wonder whether Puleng March had some down her throat when she fell on stage.

My minion on the other side of town attended Bay FM presenter Nqabisa Grootboom’s Talk of the Town session at the Athenaeum, which started more than fashionably late. This went well beyond African time as it was supposed to start at 4pm, but only got going around 7pm.

What I can say about the do is that every single lady there came to slay. The women all dressed to the nines – Port Elizabeth has some truly beautiful Nubian queens indeed.

Nqabisa looked like royalty in her emerald velvet off-the-shoulder dress, while Bay TV make-up artist Amanda Nyoka was absolutely flawless. Fashion designer Asanda Mali also looked gorgeous.

Former SABC1 news reader Grootboom, the guest speaker, was gracious enough to take pictures with everyone who asked.Read more at:long evening dresses | cocktail dresses online


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China's Online Shoppers

Supermarket giant Aldi reinvented itself to enter the competitive China market. It's selling online-only, through one of e-commerce giant Alibaba's platforms. And the no-frills, low-cost German retailer also did a surprising stunt to generate buzz about its launch: It live-streamed a fashion show of couture made out of food.

Models wore a bustier covered in popcorn, a kilt embellished with cookies, a straw hat topped with long stalks of wheat. The runway doubled as a long white dinner table, with diners seated along its edges, nibbling at entrees and sipping from glasses of wine.

Western supermarket chains are trying to tap into China's soaring interest in imported food, spurred on by the rise of the middle class, their travels abroad and their concerns about the safety of local products. Since China's retail environment is challenging, particularly for big-box stores, most recent supermarket entrants are going into China online-only, as Costco did in 2014. That limits investment and risk, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee big sales.

China is the world's largest e-commerce market, and consumers are bombarded with choices. Retailers and brands have to make serious efforts to get Chinese online shoppers to pay attention to them. That even goes for huge names like Aldi, which has also made a big push into the U.S. and has over 10,000 stores worldwide.

"With Aldi coming in -- and no one in China has heard of Aldi -- you've got to do something very dramatic and very memorable to get people's attention and get people talking about it," said Graham Fink, chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather China, who worked on the campaign. "One way to do it is a big blockbuster TV campaign, but we don't always have money to do that. And it's nice to do something a little bit different."

Aldi and Ogilvy Shanghai, the retailer's agency of record, hired a fashion designer, a celebrity chef, a florist, a painter and a hairstylist to create runway looks using food products for the April 25 event. Some were funny or out-there. A sexy gladiator bore a shield made out of chocolate, pistachios, almonds and chocolate chip cookies. One male model wore a coat made out of clear plastic bags filled with red wine, which sloshed around as he walked.

The whole event had a very high-end feel for a discount grocery chain. Brands often shift a bit upscale when they enter China, partly because Chinese consumers are looking for higher quality when they buy foreign products.

Aldi's Chinese slogan is "handpicked for you," and the idea was that the artists handpicked the products for their designs, the way Aldi selects a limited number of products for its stores. Guests dined on the same food that was on the runway. "It's almost like you're eating the costumes," Fink said.

The event was broadcast live online; livestreaming is popular in China, and Alibaba often uses it to draw buzz to sales events. Ogilvy also gave guests a connected electronic refrigerator magnet that they can use to order Aldi's product range.

The trick for Aldi now will be sustaining the buzz, said Matthew Crabbe, Asia Pacific director of research for Mintel Group.

"It is a crowded market, getting traction is going to be difficult," he said. "There are a lot of incumbents, and it will be interesting to see how they can keep momentum up."

That's something Aldi seems aware of; announcing the partnership with Ogilvy in March, Christoph Schwaiger, country managing director for Aldi China, commented on the exciting potential of the new market and also said the retailer was "fully aware of the challenges ahead."

Aldi is selling on Alibaba Group's Tmall Global platform, which lets overseas brands sell directly to Chinese consumers. Costco is on the same platform, as is Australia's Woolworths supermarket chain and U.K. player Sainsbury's. Marks & Spencer has a storefront on an Alibaba platform, though this year it closed down all of its 10 retail stores that sold clothing and food in China. Walmart, which has over 400 locations in China, is also trying to boost its e-commerce capabilities with its local partner, JD, a rival to Alibaba.Read more at:formal gowns | evening wear


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A nose for style

Stylish Indian male celebrities seem to be challenging the gender boundaries of fashion. A number of male actors have been sporting a nose ring recently, and pulling off the look with panache. Is this a redefining moment in fashion, or just another ‘easy come, easy go’ trend?

Celebrity stylist Rod Anker says, “A man in New Zealand with a nose piercing is no big deal, as it is a traditional men’s accessory. It has nothing to do with women there, if a woman did it there she would be considered masculine. It is the opposite in India but it has nothing to do with being feminine. I also don’t think that a nose ring is a new trend. The first time I saw a man sporting a nose pin was probably 30 years ago. It is the same as lining your eyebrows, one of those things that comes and goes. But I think people in India are definitely pushing their personal boundaries.”

He adds, “It is also an expression of creativity, whether it is shaving your head, colouring your hair, tattooing or piercing. It is an outlet. It helps one break what is expected out of them.”

Sporting a piercing himself on the bridge of his nose, designer Amit Talwar says, “A nose piercing is a big hype in the men’s fashion world. These days a lot of celebrities are wearing these. Ranveer Singh sported a ring recently. I had my nose pierced on the bridge. That was two and a half years back, but now I see a lot more people say, ‘wow’. But that wow didn’t come without any pain. Also men are now coming out of the box when it comes to fashion and style. So there are no more hesitations. Men are open to wearing a lot of things now.”

He feels men in India are no longer scared of showing their feminine side. “Slowly, men are realising that equality can be achieved in every sphere of life. I also got it done to feel different. Five years back a feminine touch in an Indian man’s wardrobe raised eyebrows, but it is definitely changing now,” he adds.

Ahmad Faraz from Men Engage Delhi feels the trend stems from the fact that society has opened up and people are not scared to break clothing stereotypes. He says, “To think about it, there was also a time when in India, at certain places, an ear piercing was considered feminine. It changed over time. So I think this trend will continue as many people are accepting it, but it also depends on class and regional differences. For example. in metro cities, it is being thought of as a very new thing, but piercing for men has been a cultural tradition in many places.”

Akshay Khanna, author of Sexualness, a book that explores changing conditions for gender transgression and sexuality in India over the last two decades, also wears a nose ring. He says, “I do know that the nose ring on a male bodied person is the second most transgressive thing in the North Indian context. The amount of attention I get for the nose ring, and the ways in which it immediately opens the question of gender for people, is amazing, as compared to other places in the world, where it’s just a piercing.”

Akshay adds, “I’m sure the heterosexual male appropriation will only last for a short time. much like when David Beckham wore nail polish for a few months and for a short period of time people began to read nail polish on male hands as a new fashion. But in a few months time that was forgotten and the transgression of wearing nail polish was back.”

But one cannot deny that fashion allows people to flow in and out of gender boundaries, as stylist Rishi Raj says, “Fashion allows one to experiment and do things that might be considered taboo at first but later become a trend and are accepted by the society. So I think fashion does a great service by spreading a lot of awareness about a lot of issues, taboos and creates a dialogue about it. There is no such thing as a fad now, people keep going back to things and trends. So if someone gets a piercing, he isn’t going to get rid of it so soon.”Read more at:bridesmaid dress | http://www.marieaustralia.com


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22-yr-old bride wedding

A 22-year-old woman in Punjab’s Dinanagar town called off her wedding after she saw the groom arrive at the gurdwara in an intoxicated state, police said on Tuesday.

Police said Sunita Singh, a resident of Dusshera Ground in Dinanagar, 12 km from Gurdaspur, refused to proceed with the wedding rituals at Gurdwara Maharaja Ranjit Singh on Sunday when she saw Jaspreet Singh faltering while walking after he stepped out of a car with the wedding party. Jaspreet’s family belongs to Khanpur near Mukerian.

Sunita, whose father is a truck driver, said she would not marry a drug addict. Shocked parents of the groom tried to convince her that Jaspreet, a truck driver, had injured himself in the foot and couldn’t walk straight but Sunita stood firm.

“She was adamant not to marry Jaspreet as she suspected him of being a drug addict,” a relative, who did not want to be named, said.

Sunita demanded he undergo a medical check-up at the Singowal Community Health Centre (CHC) but the test could not be conducted due to the lack of equipment. She insisted on a medical test at a private laboratory in Gurdaspur, where Jaspreet tested positive.

Sunita reported the matter at the police station near the gurdwara. Station house officer Baldev Raj said after the incident on Sunday both families accepted Sunita’s decision and returned the gold rings that were exchanged.

The father of the bride, Kamal Singh, knew Jaspreet well as they drove on long routes in their trucks and had got his daughter engaged to him recently.

“But now he is proud of his daughter. He believes she has taken the right stand. How can he be happy if she isn’t?” the relative said.

Sunita, who is a matriculate, has no regrets.

Romesh Mahajan, project director of the local Red Cross De-addiction Centre, said Sunita will be felicitated for her bold stand that would act as an example for other women to stand up for their dignity.

Addiction has been a major problem in Punjab and has only been getting worse. With the exposé of a nexus between drug mafia, politicians and police, especially some high profile ministers and leaders of the previous regime, the issue assumed major proportions.

The Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey (PODS) carried out by an NGO and experts from AIIMS put the number of drug-dependent persons or addicts at 2.3 lakh, estimating the total users to be 8.6 lakh, last year. The survey also reported high prevalence among youth, with 55% of addicts being from rural areas.Read more at:cheap formal dresses | sexy formal dresses


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4 rules for the good life

Four things I have recently learned to do:

1. Don’t dance too close to other people on the dance floor.

My legs are killing me. I went to a fashion show in Charters Towers last weekend and danced until midnight.

My right foot is also throbbing. A rather sturdy, enthusiastic woman on the dancefloor accidentally stomped on my foot while doing the Nutbush. I nearly died.

I limped back to my chair but was back up again soon after because, let’s face it, who can sit still through some old-school boogie? Not me! I get twitchy.

I am a grinder on the floor.

I don’t really know any other moves except that side-to-side-shuffle-and-clap.

I also do a knee bend thing and swing my arms around like a gorilla.

I think this by far is my best move.

Those country girls can dance. Next time though I am just going to dance in my own little bubble; maybe set out some markers and dance people out of the circle when they get too close to me.

2. Find a cleaner you are comfortable enough with that you do NOT clean up before they get there.

I know, I know! But seriously, talking to other people, they also do this. I don’t have a weekly cleaner. She comes once a month and does a big clean. I find it easier to maintain the house that way and I can stay on top of it. Our house is huge and while I feel guilty for spending money on something that I can do myself, it has been a huge relief. You would be surprised the mess that one little toddler, two enormous dogs, myself and one husband (who is home only six months of the year) can make.

I have had other cleaners in the past and I would rush around like a chicken with its head cut off a few hours before they were due to arrive, panicking because I didn’t want them to judge me for my dirty house. Which is ridiculous because that is what they are paid to fix.

So I don’t clean for my cleaner now and, as she said to me recently (and funnily enough so has the lady who does my waxing), “Trust me, we have always seen worse than yours!” (I don’t like to think about it).

3. Just let your hairdresser do whatever she wants.

After many years of trying to explain what I want to hairdressers, bringing in pictures, changing styles and colours, I have pretty much just given up. If your hairdresser is any good, they will know what suits you. I go in with no expectations. I just give up the reins and let her do whatever she wants. So far I have not regretted this decision.

4. Pay attention to smart people and stop listening to whiners.

I used to give everyone my full attention and I have stopped doing this. Why?

Because I don’t have that much time on my hands anymore, so when I do it needs to add value. This doesn’t mean you can’t come and have a vent to me, but let’s work out a solution together and move on.

PS: A very happy birthday to my husband who tolerates my bad dancing, falling asleep in the middle of dinner parties and bad taste in music. You have the heart the size of a pumpkin and I love you very much.

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Tour guide for a weekend

“Okay, that’s all I have for today. Have a great weekend!” my Media Studies professor said. Already prepared to leave, I quickly threw my backpack over my shoulder and headed out of the door. It was time to pick up my prospective student! She would be staying two nights in my dorm as a part of Spring Fling, an admissions program designed specifically for admitted black students. Excited to finally meet my ‘prospie,’ I made my way to the admissions office.

An abundance of high schoolers and their parents flocked both inside and outside the building. Not knowing where exactly my prospie was, I walked around the entire office, trying to see if any of the girls resembled my prospie’s Facebook photo. Fortunately, my prospie soon spared me from my embarrassment and called out my name, recognizing me from my Facebook photo. Laughing it off, I introduced myself to her and her mother and offered to bring them to my dorm so that my prospie could drop off her suitcases. After saying goodbye to her family, my prospie and I headed up to my room.

I gave her a quick tour of my apartment and told her what I had planned for us to do. No Lost Generation, a student organization that supports young people affected by conflicts in Iraq and Syria, was holding a refugee panel and movie screening in the Multicultural Student Center. I thought this event would be a great way to show my prospie some of the clubs and organizations U.Va. has to offer, learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis and introduce her to a few of my friends. She thought this was a great idea, happily agreeing to go.

Two U.Va. students and one Charlottesville resident served on the refugee panel. Their stories were truly moving and insightful. Not only had these panelists faced incredible violence and suffering while in their home countries, but they also experienced — and continue to experience — the difficulties of immigrating and adjusting to American life, with challenges from language barriers to discrimination.

After a short question and answer session, everyone made a plate of Middle Eastern food and sat down to watch “After Spring”, a documentary about the Syrian civil war. The movie followed the lives of several Syrian families in a refugee camp, showing how the war has personally affected them. We unfortunately had to leave before the movie ended; nonetheless, my prospie really enjoyed the event and was glad to see a glimpse of the University’s diversity.

The next day was the official start of Days on the Lawn and Spring Fling. While I went to class and did some homework, my prospie and her mother attended several Days on the Lawn activities and events. I later met up with her at the admissions office and brought her back to my room. We rushed to get ready for annual Creative Raw And Very Edgy fashion show, a student-run event (also known as C.R.A.V.E.) benefitting the Charlottesville Boys and Girl Club. Luckily we made it there right when it started.

The models’ fierce struts and gorgeous outfits blew us away. We could tell that the models, as well as many students behind the scenes, worked countless hours to ensure that the show was a success. After meeting up with some of my friends, we headed to the show’s after-party, and then ended the night with a trip to Cook Out.

Sadly, my prospie had to leave that Saturday afternoon, as she had a long drive back home. She thanked me for letting her stay with me and was happy that she came for Spring Fling. She really enjoyed her time here and is now seriously considering coming to U.Va. Overall, I am very glad that I was able to make a good impression and hopefully persuaded her to join the Class of 2021.

This weekend with my prospie ultimately led me to reminisce about my DOTL experience and the first few weeks of my first semester. As a first-year, I was amazed by the novelty of all the fun, new things college had to offer; I know that my prospie was experiencing the same emotions. Now, as a rising third-year, much of that novelty has worn off, and college life has become somewhat of a routine. Though I take new classes every semester, many events and activities lack the thrill and excitement I once felt as a first-year.

Nonetheless, hosting a student reminded me that next semester does not have to follow this routine — there are several ways upperclassmen can recreate some of the novelty of first year.

We can attend more events that we usually do not go to, from discussion panels to UPC programs. We can also join one or two new organizations or take on different positions and leadership in the clubs that we are already in. More importantly, we can actively try to forge new connections and friendships outside of our familiar groups of friends.

Overall, there are still many new things to try and new people to meet, and being an upperclassman does not have to put an end to that.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | evening dresses online


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Leatherworld ME 2017

Antonio Vietri, an Italian shoe designer, is returning to the Leatherworld Middle East 2017 with his latest creation, a women's collection of 24 karat gold embossed, diamond encrusted heels. He designer's newest high-end niche range is naturally targeted toward an exclusive type of customer, and he will spare no expense in delivering his gilded stilettos.

Vietri was a crowd favourite at Dubai's Leatherworld Middle East exhibition last year, when he launched a pair of blue suede loafers with gold ribbons weaved into the outsole.

"The collection also features silk pumps embossed with gold or silver and buyers can customise them if they wish with pearls, Swarovski crystals or diamonds. I am delighted to officially unveil my women's collection at Leatherworld Middle East 2017, following the resounding success of the global launch of my men's collection at the show last year," said Vietri.

"Gulf consumers love exclusivity and luxury that's entirely unique, and I am looking forward to presenting to customers and retailers something completely different from anything they have seen before," added Vietri.

Antonio Vietri is one of more than 60 exhibitors from 18 countries at Leatherworld Middle East 2017, which will take place from April 30-May 2 in Dubai. The show has been organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East.

Dozens of other exhibitors will also launch their latest products and services at the Middle East's only dedicated trade fair spanning the leather industry's entire value chain. IkhayaElite Collection from South Africa is a first-time exhibitor in 2017, and will introduce its genuine exotic ostrich skin travel bags, handbags and accessories.

Leatherworld Middle East 2017 also returns with the Fashion Avenue, where a talented team of students from prestigious fashion institute ESMOD Dubai will reveal their creative flair with an inspiring array of leather garments, handbags and accessories. Eleven looks from the institute have been selected to be exclusively showcased at the event.

ESMOD Dubai's founder & CEO, Tamara Hostal, said the creations were developed from leathers provided by Leatherworld Middle East exhibitors Afriwest and Al Khaznah Tannery – the UAE's only tannery producing chrome free eco-friendly camel hides.

"The final pieces will be mostly seen as dress creations in full leather or paired with cotton in a palette of beige, turquoise, navy blue, camel and cappuccino. The themes this year revolve around galaxy, space and zero gravity," said Hostal.

Leatherworld Middle East 2017 spans the entire value chain of the global leather industry, from semi-finished and finished animal hides, chemicals, and machinery to finished leather goods, including footwear, clothing, bags, wallets, and accessories.

The ultra-luxurious B2B platform will return with other key show highlights such as the Trend Area, a showcase of leather innovations seen for the first time; Leather Production for tanneries and dealers of semi-finished and finished animal hides; and the Shoe Box, a dedicated section for mid to high-end leather footwear.

"Leatherworld Middle East was designed to showcase innovative and novel products and ground-breaking designs in leather manufacturing, design and finishing," said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Frankfurt Middle East. "The show's vast reach makes it a very efficient vehicle to reach the potentially lucrative regional market."

Leatherworld Middle East 2017 will feature national pavilions from France, South Africa, Indonesia, and for the first time, Egypt, while supporting associations are headed by the French Hides Association, the French Federation of Tanners, South African Footwear and Leather Export Council, the Indonesian Footwear Association, and the Egypt Expo and Convention Authority.Read more at:blue formal dresses | http://www.marieaustralia.com/short-formal-dresses


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Serena Williams pregnant

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The 35-year-old star took to Snapchat on Wednesday (19Apr17) and revealed she is 20 weeks along.

Serena's selfie featured the court queen posing in a yellow one-piece swimsuit and the simple caption, "20 weeks".

Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 33. This will be their first child.

The big reveal came a day after the loved-up couple shared a post-Easter snap from a beach vacation.

Serena and tech entrepreneur Alexis announced their engagement in the form of a poem on 29 December (16) via Reddit.

Serena wrote: "I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome..."

She went on to reveal she and Alexis were first introduced in the romantic Italian city, and called Rome "the place where our stars first collided". The tennis star then described the moment Alexis popped the question to her, revealing the proposal took place at the venue where they first met.

"At the same table we first met by chance, this time he made it not by chance, but by choice," she wrote. She ended the sweet poem by adding: "Down on one knee, he said 4 words... And I said yes."

Serena, who first met the 33-year-old entrepreneur in 2015, revealed her family plans last year (16), telling America's Glamour magazine, "I definitely want to have kids one day. That's always something I've wanted as long as I could remember. And the older I get, the more I'm like, 'I'm too young!'

"Hopefully I'll be able to mature one of these days, get serious, and at least have them (kids) pretty fast."

Ohanian is the latest in a long line of suitors for Serena - she has also dated filmmaker Brett Ratner, basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire, and rapper Common.Read more at:2017 formal dresses


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Katy Perry

Katy Perry


Katy Perry introduced her new footwear line at an Easter brunch event during the Coachella festival on Sunday.

The star of the show posed for the paparazzi while standing inside a massive version of one of her high-heeled red, black and white shoes. The Firework hitmaker wore an all-white shorts, tank top and fishnet cover-up outfit with her feet sporting the new line's bunny motif flats, designed as a tribute to a beloved pair she found in a charity shop 15 years ago.

She called the event a Recovery Brunch and tried out the assorted stations aimed at helping guests recover from the wild weekend's excesses. There was a make-your-own Bloody Mary station, an oxygen bar, and a Juicero stand, where guests could load up on organic cold-press juices. Fried chicken and waffles were also on the menu with vegan alternatives available too.

Katy announced the Katy Perry Footwear Line last year and initially hoped for a January (17) launch for the spring collection. "I have a two-car garage full of shoes and my dream is to bring personality shoes to the marketplace at an affordable price for women (ages) 16 to 40 or beyond," she told Women's Wear Daily last September (16).

She planned a collection of 60 styles inspired in part by her global travels.

The collection's price point is important to Perry, as she shared with the fashion bible last year.

"I am always conscious of my audience," she noted. "At my shows, I could jack up the ticket price for my peers, but I always have a price range available for that person who's always been my fan."

Her own fairly poor upbringing is never far from her thoughts.

"I didn't grow up with any money and I was always getting by by the skin of my teeth, so affordable is just ingrained in me."Read more at:backless formal dresses


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Perfect spot

DREAM: Curtis and Alyssia Fisher got the wedding experience they dreamed of at Whitehaven Beach.

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ALYSSIA and Curtis Fisher had their hearts set on Whitehaven Beach as the perfect destination to tie the knot.

Not even Cyclone Debbie stood in the way of their resolve with the iconic location looking as beautiful as ever on April 10, a week and a half after Debbie struck the coast.

Whitehaven's defining features were amplified with clear blue skies, water and trademark white sand.

Noting the unique nature of the iconic island, the UK couple decided they wanted to get hitched at Whitehaven Beach before moving back home to England.

Whitsunday Wedding Planner Jessica Lawrence said the Fishers got the wedding experience of their dreams.

"They absolutely loved it, it was wonderful for them,” she said.

"They were there a couple of days prior on a day trip so they knew there was tree damage and they were really happy with the beach and how it looked with water still blue and sand still white, its still picture perfect.”

"They really wanted to do their marriage here because they don't have anything like that in the UK.”

The Fishers weren't the only couple to tie the knot during the Cyclone Debbie aftermath, with two other weddings that weekend and another three expected for this weekend.Read more at:australian formal dresses


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Eating fats helps keep me thin

Vanessa Hudgens

Actress Vanessa Hudgens relies on eating foods with a high fat content to keep her slim and fit.

The pretty brunette gained 20 pounds to play a pregnant teenager in 2013 drama Gimme Shelter, but quickly lost the weight thanks to a committed diet - and an avocado a day.

"I need high fats," Vanessa shares in the May (17) issue of Women's Health magazine. "If I'm not getting enough, my body holds on to calories. We've been trained to think that fats are bad, but they're so good - a source of energy and sustenance that keeps you going through the day. That's the only way I can not eat carbs."

The star adds, "Since I got back to eating like this the last month or so, I've lost 10 pounds. That's a lot for my height."

Don't be fooled by her size - petite Vanessa is strong and resilient when it comes to intense cardio exercise.

"I'm really competitive when it comes to fitness; I like being around people so I can compete," she shares, noting group fitness classes like SoulCycle has become a twice-a-week fix - and one of her favourite things to do. "Put me on a bike in a room with loud music, and I'm happy. It's like dancing without the stress of worrying if you look good."

Vanessa does not feign modesty about the physical gains she makes through her regular exercise routine - she likes to show off her fit body at the gym by foregoing T-shirts in favour of sports bras.

"I don't like to wear T-shirts when I work out because it's better motivation when I can see my body," she explains.

When she is not kicking butt in a cycling class, Vanessa prefers to stretch out by doing Pilates or yoga, exercise practices she considers "therapy".Read more at:long evening dresses | evening gowns


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Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut, who was seen walking the ramp as the Brand Ambassador of Melange Lifestyle Summer Collection launch, said Melange Fashion matches her choice but has nothing to do with her next movie Manikarnika.

When asked by media if her own fashion elements will be seen in her next film she said, “Neeta Lula is our designer for the film Manikarnika- the Queen of Jhansi and she is still working on it. The first look of the movie will be soon out”

When asked does she follow the Melange fashion in her daily life she shared the similarity the brand shares with the actress by saying, “I am like a companion with Melange Lifestyle because we share the same liking towards fashion and I use their dress most of the time.”

When media questioned about her choice of, a bold and Feminist Kangana replied, “We are contemporary Indian woman who seek our roots from our tradition yet we look into the future when it comes to fashion. Fashion not only means what you endorse as a material it means what you are or interpretation to who you are.”

When compared western fashion lifestyle to Indian Kangana patriotically replied, “I am a modern Indian woman and I want to take my sensibility of Indian fashion ahead like kurtas which makes me much comfortable.”

Kangana said she was under great pressure for the shoot as it is something she has never played before. Her characters have been more dramatic and she explained it as, “I had been to Vaishnodevi to seek blessings before starting the shoot as this is very different from any character I have played and I don’t want to anything to go wrong.”

Manikarnika-The queen Of Jhansi is a biopic which is yet to be revealed in detail but we all know that Neeta Lula is designing the costumes and Kangana Ranaut plays the role of Rani Laxmibai. It is directed by KV Vijayendra Prasad who also penned Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan which means we can expect a lot from the movie.Read more at:year 12 formal dresses | formal dresses 2017


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Dress code

Authorities should review dress code guidelines and implement a standardised code for all.

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this would ensure the dress code was not left to the interpretation of over-zealous enforcement or security officers.

Lee said although there were dress codes in place, the practice was still left to the interpretation of enforcement personnel of the respective departments and agencies.

He said it was high time for the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said to intervene and seek a once-and-for-all solution to the issue of decency.

“The Chief Secretary to the Government should step in and put a stop to moral policing by various departments and agencies,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Lee was referring to the incident on Thursday when Women’s Aid Organisation assistant treasurer Meera Samanther was told that her outfit was indecent by a security personnel at the Parliament entrance.

Meera said she was shocked when the security personnel approached her and said her skirt was too short.

A lawyer by profession, Meera said she was wearing her usual court attire, which included a knee-length skirt.

Lee said the issue at hand was “what appears decent to one, may not appear so to others”.

“This is why a clear-cut dress code, which must not be disputed by any Government agencies or department, is needed.

“The incident clearly indicates inconsistency in enforcing the dress code as the victims had been wearing similar attire when in court or entering other government buildings,” he said.Read more at:formal dress shops brisbane | cheap formal dresses melbourne


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Art and Design

FASHION: Angela Keeler, left, a graphic designer from clothing company Superdry, with Cleveland College of Art and Design student David Harker

A FASHION designer who learnt the ropes from Alexander McQueen has given an inspiring talk to students.

Angela Keeler, a graphic designer with the clothing company Superdry, shared her expertise with students from Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool, as part of a series of guest lectures.

She completed an internship with Alexander McQueen, a leading British designer and worked with clients such as John Lewis, Waitrose and Lexus on her way up the career ladder.

She said: “My first role at a London agency was a highlight for me and being around talented art directors, photographers, designers and artworkers was a great experience.

“Getting the role at Superdry was a big moment too, as I had always wanted to work for a fashion brand and I have learnt so much as the role is so varied.

“If you are really lucky it is possible to leave university and go straight into a paid junior role, but in my experience employers want to see what you can do and what you have done before taking you on, which I wanted to prepare the students for.

“Taking an internship was definitely my breakthrough into a design career.”

David Harker, 27, from Billingham, a final year graphic design and communication degree student, said: “Angela gave a real insight into the design industry and I took away a great deal from the talk.

“It gave me a lot to think about when I graduate and opened up a number of directions that I can take, rather than focusing on one particular area of graphic design.”Read more at:plus size formal dresses australia | black evening dress


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HM Ups Its Green Game

Hennes & Mauritz AB on Tuesday set the next milestone in its quest to close the loop on its production with a pledge to use only recycled or green materials in its products by 2030.

The ambitious goal was one of several laid out in the Swedish high-street player’s 2016 Sustainability Report. H&M also said it will work to reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than it emits, with the aim of becoming climate positive throughout its entire value chain by 2040.

The retailer has been steadily ramping up its green initiatives as competition heats up between fast-fashion giants to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Inditex last year unveiled a major program, including the development of new textile fibers and a wide-scale domestic recycling project.

In 2011, H&M launched the Conscious Collection, which uses sustainable materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, Tencel and recycled polyester. This was followed in 2013 by a garment collection program that allows customers to drop off used clothing at its stores.

“It’s great to see that the interest in sustainability is increasing all over, from customers to shareholders to other brands and other actors within the industry,” Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M, told WWD.

“It’s of course good that everyone is pushing the development, but for us, we’re not doing this to beat our competitors. For us, this is really about safeguarding that we’re going to be in the industry not just in the next three years, but in the next 30 years,” she added.

Environmental group Greenpeace has rated H&M and Inditex among the front-runners in its “Detox My Fashion” campaign. Together with Benetton, they were awarded “avant-garde” status last year for their progress toward the goal of eliminating hazardous chemicals from the manufacture of clothes by 2020.

However, critics say the underlying fast-fashion business model is still one of growth and increasing production and consumption, which presents major challenges to environmental sustainability.

H&M reported that recycled and other sustainably sourced materials accounted for 26 percent of the textiles used in its products last year. But Gedda said the supply of sustainable materials was insufficient for future industry needs.

“We need to expand and scale up the more sustainable cotton cultivation that takes place today, both including organic but also better cotton, and then we need to invest in a lot more innovation,” she said.

“Today, for example, you are able to make new products out of old products on a very limited scale. We can do it with denim, for example, but because the fiber is so delicate, you need to blend in new material as well. In the future, we only want to use old fibers,” Gedda explained.

Through the nonprofit H&M Foundation, the retailer has met with entrepreneurs developing technology concepts that make the clothing industry more sustainable.

At its Global Change Award ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday, the foundation is due to reveal how its grant of 1 million euros, or $1.09 million, will be allocated between the five winning projects.

H&M has so far collected 39,000 tons of unwanted textiles through its stores, equivalent to 196 million T-shirts, according to Gedda. By 2020, it aims to collect at least 25,000 tons of textiles every year, up from 16,000 in 2016.

“We know that around 2060, we’re going to be 10 billion people [on Earth], and all those people will need clothes somehow. At the same time, we have very finite resources. What we would like to do is to separate those two so that we can provide clothes that are good-looking, that are sustainable and affordable to many people,” said Gedda.

“Becoming 100 percent circular, of course, involves more than just materials: It involves how the products are designed, how the material is processed and also how the product is used by the consumer and what happens with the material afterwards,” she added.

To achieve its climate goal, H&M will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and compensating for unavoidable emissions with efforts to boost the planet’s climate resilience and support so-called carbon sinks — projects such as forests that capture carbon or other global-warming pollutants from the atmosphere.

The high street chain also pledged to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity. Last year, 96 percent of its global electricity in its own operations came from renewable sources, up from 78 percent in 2015.

For now, H&M is not passing on the extra cost of more sustainable materials to its customers.

“We’ve been working with organic cotton for a really long time, and that extra price is not paid by the consumer but rather by us. We believe that that is simply an investment in the product and in what our customers are expecting from us,” said Gedda.

“If we’re going to reach the material goal we have for 2030, of course, short term we’re going to need investment, and also paying higher prices for more sustainable materials, but with that kind of demand, you also get bigger supply and ultimately, the prices will go down. So in the long term, we can also see that there are real business benefits coming out of these quite big, bold and ambitious sustainability goals,” she concluded.Read more at:bridesmaid dress | cheap formal dresses melbourne


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Vania Romoff

Why I was out partying on a Wednesday night, I blame it on fashion. Which really means I have nothing to complain about. The Zalora Style Awards 2017 gathered the stylish men and women in the industry last night for some dancing, cocktails, and interactive games. In the casual setting of Manila House’s garden area, it felt like looking good was effortless (the magic word) even on a hectic work night.

Spotted in the crowd were social media favorites Chi Gibbs, Kaila Estrada, and Aryanna Cowper. Throw in a mix of stylists and designers like Maita Baello and Stacy Rodriguez and the night was set for fun, fueled by ice popsicle cocktails and lots of selfies.

The stars of the night were the awardees, of course. Judged by the likes of Robby Carmona, Hope in a Bottle’s Nanette Medved Po, and celebrity makeup artist Jigs Mayuga, the chosen few showed us why their work ends up on our OOTD inspo boards. (I reek of millennial speak but the fashionable have their trendy words too.)

Minutes after they snatched up their respective awards, we asked Vania Romoff, Mickey See, Jake Ejercito, Lauren Reid, Jolo Ejercito, and Kiana Valenciano quickly about fashion, plus an insight into their selected expertise.

What qualities make a good designer?

I think a good designer stays true to his or her aesthetic and is professional.

Define a fashionable person

It really depends on where you are coming from. But a fashionable person is someone who is not afraid to be [who they are] and isn’t afraid to show it through fashion.

What’s something a fashionable person should have in their closet?

A bow and some personality. (Laughs)

What makes a great makeup artist?

A great makeup artist [needs] to have patience. You never know when you’ll earn [big] or earn small or have a big client. It’s all about waiting for your time. What’s important is to work hard, enjoy what you’re doing, and being good to everyone. That’s the most important [advice] I can share.

From what you’ve observed from your celebrity clients, what makes a fashion icon?

They don’t have doubt. Even though they don’t have designer clothes or have a stylist [pick out] what they will wear, they know they still look good.

One item from you closet that will always complete your outfit

My Birkin bag. That’s the ultimate accessory that I use. I don’t use it often because mabigat pala siya (it’s heavy) (Laughs). But it looks good.

When did you start getting into fashion?

There was no specific time. I always was curious about clothes.

Describe a stylish person

Someone who is confident. I believe that when it comes to fashion there are no rules. So someone who is confident in expressing themselves through clothes is fashionable.

Who are you fashion icons?

A$AP Rocky and Jaden Smith

When do you consider a person stylish?

Oh, you know what? I was thinking about this because I thought I might do a speech. (Laughs) Style to me is not about following trends but it’s about your personality. What you pick is what you feel, what you want to be, or what you want to project.

Who are the women you think are fashionable?

Honestly, the women I was nominated along with. I really think they are great so I was surprised I won.

Designer/s you don’t mind dressing you for the rest of your life

The Olsen twins. I love their brand The Row.

What makes a fashion icon?

A fashionable person always picks comfort over fashion. I always do that.

What’s one thing a stylish person should have?

Accessories like a watch, a ring or a bracelet. You can wear anything but switch it up with the accessories.

How would you define a stylish person?

Someone who completely understands who they are and they stick to their own style. When they stick to their preference, they are comfortable. When you’re comfortable, you’re confident and [that makes a] person shine.

What fashion pieces do you invest on?

The easiest is a good pair of jeans and a leather jacket. You can’t go wrong.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/cocktail-dresses | short formal dresses australia


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Host Miss Zimbabwe UK

London will this year host the Miss Zimbabwe UK pageant after Zimbabwe-born businesswoman Chiedza Dawn Ziyambe secured the license to host the pageant.

The pageant, one of the most glamorous and prestigious in the world, will be held at the opulent De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on the 1st of July.

"The event will be a celebration of Zimbabwean culture, beauty and pride and will also support emerging and existing designers. A colorful, exciting extravaganza -it's a day that no fashion or culture lover should miss," said Miss World Zimbabwe UK in a statement.

The show organisers approached Ziyambe after they were impressed with the hard work and investment she put in the Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase collaboration between designers, models and creative artists with a shared passion for Zimbabwean culture and fashion which she founded in 2015.

The organisers said the pageant was more than just a beauty competition as contestants would also take the opportunity to learn important life skills, stimulate their minds and become proud representatives of their vibrant and culturally rich country.

Ziyambi said although hosting the pageant was not going to be a walk in the park; she was equal to the task.

"I know this is going to be hard graft, but I am no stranger to hard work," she said.

"Miss World Zimbabwe UK will be the perfect opportunity to showcase Zimbabwean talent, fashion and culture, whilst also redefining the idea of pageantry. We are looking for women who can be icons for their country."

The Miss Zimbabwe UK winner and her two princesses will be flown to Zimbabwe to compete for the Miss Zimbabwe 2017 title, the winner of which will be entered into Miss World.

Casting roadshows would be held in the North and South of the UK where those interested in taking part in the pageant will be welcome.

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