PRET-A-PORTER: Mr Porter is ready to whistle “La Marseillaise” with plans to launch a collection of 14 French casualwear brands, including four newcomers to the site, Maison Labiche, De Bonne Facture, Husbands and Le Mont Saint Michel.
The Vive La France campaign and collection will make its debut on June 20 with plans to “offer a deeply established set of French brands, from the larger global-driven one to the small manufacturers focused on hand-craftsmanship. Each brings their own distinct flair and viewpoint to the overall exclusive collection,” said Fiona Firth, buying director at Mr Porter.
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The full offer will consist of 147 products across clothing, accessories and footwear, organized into four themes: Savoir-Faire, Parisian Street, Nouvelle Vague and Bleu de Travail.
The full list of brands includes AMI, Officine Générale, Hartford, Maison Kitsuné, Holiday Boileau, Arpenteur, J.M. Weston, Lacoste, Armor Lux, Bleu de Chauffe, Husbands, De Bonne Facture, Maison Labiche and Le Mont Saint-Michel.
Mr Porter, part of Yoox Net-a-porter Group, asked each brand to create a collection unique to its own idea of iconic French culture.
This isn’t the first time the e-retailer has spotlit key markets. In 2017 it unleashed a Made in California capsule collection that was a big success, prompting
Johnny Hallyday, France’s rock ‘n’ roll icon has died, the French president’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Hong Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme is set to open her ninth boutique, and first in the U.S., on Sept. 25 in Beverly Hills. Located in the Peninsula hotel, there are two stores side-by-side totaling 464 square feet.
Van Damme, a Canadian national, said she searched for years to find the appropriate home in Beverly Hills, though soaring rents on Rodeo Drive prevented her from going there. The new shop aims to mix East and West. It will also serve as a press and celebrity showroom as she seeks to develop ties in Hollywood. Most recently, Eva Longoria wore Marie France Van Damme while on vacation and the brand is favored by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Christina Hendricks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Foot traffic is an important factor for my retail locations, and I felt that the constant stream of guests in and out of the Peninsula would provide the right visibility for the brand,” said Van Damme.
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Van Damme has an established retail network internationally that includes stores in London’s Brompton Cross and Singapore’s Takashimaya Shopping Centre, with more new boutiques to come as the designer continues to expand
France, I hope you know we have your backs. Always will.
It’s time to put a wall around the Caliphate and remove all the heathen-built technology inside, including all forms of digital communication. We can add back food, medical supplies, and primitive farm tools. Let’s do some A-B testing and let God decide which system works best.
Sometimes the best way to change a person’s mind is by agreeing with them. That’s a trick I learned in hypnosis class. The method works so well (on the right personality types) that it looks like magic.
So let’s actively and obviously help the bad guys achieve their Caliphate. That will rewire their brains overnight.
If you want to kill people, you need a military leader. But if you’re trying to win a global mind game, call Tony Robbins, or someone with similar skills. We need to go at the idea directly.
We have a collective illusion – because we hear it so often in the media – that you can’t kill an idea. But the truth is that you absolutely can kill an idea. You just need the right kind of killers. So far we haven’t tried.
Update: Let me better explain what I mean by “agreeing with them.” I explained that poorly to the point of misleading.
I don’t mean literally agreeing. In this context, we would be agreeing with a modified version of their truth, in order to change it. That’s the technique.
So we would not be agreeing with the world conquest part of the ideology. We would be silent on that. We would be agreeing that their view of how to run the world (Sharia law and the rest) is worth testing, to show the world that God is on their side. So we give them space to run their test, whether they want that or not.
The “truth” we would be agreeing with is that their version of how to live is worthy of some space to test it. But to keep the test pure, we would want to remove all the heathen influences, such as technology.
It doesn’t matter if they like any of that. We’d be agreeing with them as hard as we can, even while they argue that our agreement is not agreement at all, which will confuse their clean recruiting message and make them nuts.
ISIS needs enemies in order to grow. If we stop acting like enemies (bombing) and start acting like allies (airdropping food, supplies, farming tools, even Korans) it makes things confusing over there. We want ISIS to be telling villagers that we are the enemy at the same time we are giving them free supplies and ISIS is beheading them.
We could also create multiple escape paths for the innocents, but only for the women, girls, and boys under 6 (for example). ISIS can’t block every escape path. Over time, we drain out the women and put them in a defended area in the region. Eventually the younger men will turn on the older men over the issue of access to women.
Once the “califake” is formed, and all travel and communication is shut off, we can take our time. I think science has reached the point where we can drug the water supply with chemicals to reprogram the population to whatever personality types we prefer. Do we want them docile? Can do!
I also think we should be testing some brainwashing techniques to see what it would take to reprogram young jihadists away from that way of life. We have plenty of captured folks to practice on, or we could capture enough of them if we aimed to do so. All we need to do is hook them up to brain scanners and A-B test a bunch of images and arguments until we find out what works best. Then we package it as the best propaganda of all time.
My (highly informed) opinion is that we could engineer a linguistic kill shot to discredit the violent jihadists and end their recruitment. Are we already doing it?
I saw today that France has decided to stop using the terms ISIS and ISIL because those acronyms confer too much respect on them as a “state.” Instead the French now prefer the more insulting term DAESH that has an insult built into it.
But that’s a rookie move, and far from a linguistic kill shot. There is no stickiness to it. It has no Trumplike magic.
We can fix that.
I would make some linguistic kill shot suggestions here but I don’t think I can engineer one that survives translation. And I don’t understand the culture enough to be confident in how to manipulate it. But people with my skill set and better vision on the language and culture certainly could.
If anyone in the CIA is reading this, and you don’t think this idea is feasible, you really need to talk to me. Or look who is leading the Republican nomination race and ask yourself why.
Influence is a real skill set.
Update 2: See this story about how the science of influence was used to reduce smoking rates in teens. What could be harder than that? And it worked.
Update 3: The uber-hacker group Anonymous just declared war on DAESH. If world governments won’t put DAESH in “digital jail,” perhaps the vigilantes will. Is this the first time a civilian organization ever declared war and had the means to pursue it?
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The suspected Islamic terrorist attack at an American-owned gas factory in France now has a confirmation.
Authorities have apprehended Yassine Salhi, 35, a truck driver with a history of radicalism, for decapitating his boss and then having the audacity to take a selfie with the severed head.
The man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.
Yassin Salhi, 35, “has also given details about the circumstances” surrounding the killing, according to the sources, who said he would be transferred to Paris for further questioning later Sunday by anti-terrorist police.
Salhi’s confession came after it emerged the married father-of-three sent a gruesome selfie photo of himself and the severed head to a WhatsApp number in Canada.
Investigators have warned however that it could be a relay number and the intended recipient could be anywhere in the world.
After several hours of silence, Salhi has begun to open up to investigators about the assault, which came six months after 17 were killed in Islamist attacks in Paris that began with the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
On Friday morning, Salhi rammed his van into the US-owned Air Products factory near France’s second city of Lyon in what President Francois Hollande said was a “terrorist” attack designed to blow up the whole building.
He was overpowered by a firefighter as he was trying to prise open a bottle of acetone in an apparent suicidal bid to destroy the factory.
Police then made the grisly discovery of the severed head of Salhi’s boss, 54-year-old Herve Cornara, lashed to the gates of the factory near two flags on which were written the Muslim profession of faith.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls repeated that the world was engaged in a “war against terrorism”.
“We cannot lose this war because it’s fundamentally a war of civilisation. It’s our society, our civilisation that we are defending,” Valls told iTELE rolling news channel.
France is facing “a major terrorist threat” which needs to be fought “over the long-term”, warned the prime minister.
It’s not a question of whether there will be another attack, but “when” and “where”, stressed Valls.
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Dear President Francois Hollande,
I want to start by thanking you for caring enough about women’s well-being to make changes in France’s policies. Banishing pro-anorexia websites and not allowing dangerously thin models to walk your nation’s runways could help minimize the epidemic of body-hate and responsive self-harm that runs so rampant. I’m also grateful for the conversations your campaign to stop anorexia has spurred, and feel compelled to offer my own thoughts.
I realize I’m one voice amid countless, and it’s likely this won’t even reach you. For this reason, I’m sharing this letter publicly, with hopes its message might make a positive difference — if not for a country or industry, then for someone.
These issues are dear to my heart. I modeled for years, and nearly died of anorexia while working in Paris. I’ve since fully recovered, and spent over eight years as a nutritionist, offering dietary therapy for people struggling with eating disorders and related issues. Now, as an experienced health writer, radio host and public speaker, I routinely interview experts in psychology and medicine, as well as women who’ve overcome severe self and body shame. As someone who can speak from multiple sides of the body-shaming epidemic, I thought my insight might prove helpful.
On BMI as the Determining Factor
Others have expressed concerns about your new law, prohibiting anyone from hiring a model with a below healthy BMI. I share those concerns. (For those who aren’t familiar, Body Mass Index is a tool used to determine body fat content based on weight and height.) BMI is sadly inaccurate as a measure of health for many people, and I imagine many models will find ways to falsify their results.
Secondly, I’ve known models who were tall and lanky naturally, to the point of being bullied in their youth. Modeling gave them a sense of empowerment; finally, they weren’t being ridiculed for their atypical thinness, but celebrated. These women would undoubtedly fail the “healthy” BMI test. Ostracizing naturally thin women isn’t right.
Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique — yet aren’t underweight by BMI standards.
In some ways, focusing on “the numbers” perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.
It’s understandable why you and your associates have taken this route, given the fact that anorexia diagnostics are based on such numbers. (They shouldn’t be, in my opinion.) But I side with others who’ve suggested alternate means of determining models’ wellness, such as thorough health exams. While helpful, however, I don’t think such measures would suffice.
More Effective Steps Toward Positive Change
Attempting to regulate the health of models, but still allowing the standards of thinness over all to carry on, won’t solve this epidemic. The standards need to change. While this is a huge task, it’s doable, in my opinion. Here are some powerful steps that would help:
- Require fashion shows and magazines to depict a broad range of body shapes and sizes, as well as ages.
- Encourage fashion designers to create clothing for those shapes, sizes and ages.
- Don’t merely show women seducing cameras in editorial shoots. Show them working, creating art, raising kids, being human.
- Require medics and other health/safety measures at fashion shows and photo shoots. (Show models that their safety and wellness matters as much as that of Hollywood actors’.)
- Discourage modeling agents from making harsh comments about models’ weight.
Placing the pressure on those who hire models actually puts more pressure on the models themselves. If someone had landed in jail for hiring me when I was anorexic, I’m not sure I would have forgiven myself — and most women with anorexia are already crippled with shame.
One of the most important ways we can all contribute to a world that empowers, rather than shuns, women is by embracing ourselves.
I’ve personally boycotted fashion shows, publications and work I find de-powering. (The narrow definitions of “beauty” were a major reason I quit modeling, even though I had an ongoing career after healing.) I’ve stopped saying anything negative about my body, which has cultivated more positive thoughts. I’ve embraced my sexuality — a lack of which is another issue underlying many women’s body hate. And I’ve learned to pursue my passions, to stop living up to anyone else’s standards, knowing that in doing so, I can live a happier and more meaningful, impactful life.
Here’s hoping that no matter what efforts you and your administration prioritize moving forward, more women will start questioning whether those “extra” pounds are worth the time, tumult and energy making ourselves smaller requires — and that living largely means recognizing the existing real-beauty inherent in ourselves.
This post originally appeared on August McLaughlin’s blog.
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