• Uggs, pigs and tartan: the big trends at men's Paris fashion week
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    Uggs, pigs and tartan: the big trends at men's Paris fashion week

    Thigh-high Ugg boots, post-Weinstein men paraded as dogs, pigs and dinosaurs and a tartan army of plaids and check -- as Paris men's fashion week ends Sunday, we look back on the big trends and talking points. This was the week when the fashion industry had its Weinstein moment with allegations

  • Designer Hedi Slimane is to take over at Celine: LVMH
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    Designer Hedi Slimane is to take over at Celine: LVMH

    Hedi Slimane, the designer who pioneered the skinny look at Dior and Saint Laurent, is to take over at Celine, the brand's owners LVMH said Sunday. The 49-year-old French-born creator is one of fashion's biggest and most enigmatic names, and his future has been surrounded by speculation since

  • Chinese, Russians shore up Middle East tourism
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    Chinese, Russians shore up Middle East tourism

    Chinese and Russian visitors boosted Middle Eastern tourism last year following a 2016 slump as Europeans gave the area a wide berth on security fears, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO). The Mideast region as a whole drew 58 million foreign tourists in 2017 -- a 4.8 percent rise on the

  • Fashion rallies to support press freedom from Trump
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    Fashion rallies to support press freedom from Trump

    Paris fashion stood up for press freedom Saturday with two brands linking up with the New York Times to show their unease at Donald Trump's attacks on the media. Japanese brand Sacai and French label Etudes used slogans from the newspaper's "The Truth is Hard" advertising campaign

  • Europe brings on charm and blue skies to lure Chinese tourists
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    Europe brings on charm and blue skies to lure Chinese tourists

    Chinese tourists are big spenders and with the numbers visiting Europe set to soar by nearly 70 percent over the next five years, the countries of the Old Continent are rolling out the red carpet to make the guests feel welcome. A total 12.4 million Chinese, mostly in guided tour groups, came to Europe

  • It's Chicago West: Kim and Kanye name third child
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    It's Chicago West: Kim and Kanye name third child

    Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have called their third child Chicago, the reality star announced Friday, opening the floodgates to hefty doses of mockery and consternation on social media. Kardashian West announced the name on her app, later suggesting the little girl already has a nickname.

  • With helping hand, 'outsiders' gatecrash London art world
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    With helping hand, 'outsiders' gatecrash London art world

    Having made the unlikely journey from prison and psychiatric hospital to the beating heart of London's art world, a charity helping artists considered "outsiders" is looking to shake up the industry. At London's prestigious Sotheby's auction house this month, Outside In showcased

  • Vienna marks 100 years since artistic heyday
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    Vienna marks 100 years since artistic heyday

    Vienna is marking 100 years since the death of a string of luminaries from its fin-de-siecle glory days with an avalanche of exhibitions of modernist art, design and architecture that still inspire and shock today. The year 1918 did not only mark defeat in World War I and the end of the Austro-Hungarian

  • World's largest underwater cave discovered in depths of Mexico
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    World's largest underwater cave discovered in depths of Mexico

    After 10 months of exploring the watery, underwater passageways of the Great Maya Aquifer, a team of divers achieved a major breakthrough this month when they found an open tunnel linking two of the world's largest flooded cave systems. According to the rules of caving, when two cave systems are

  • Galliano bares his scars in return to Paris men's catwalk
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    Galliano bares his scars in return to Paris men's catwalk

    John Galliano made a regal comeback to the Paris men's catwalk Friday with his first men's show for Margiela since he took over the brand three years ago. The location could not have been more apt for the British-born designer who has been in the wars since he was fired by Dior in 2012, after

  • Tito's legendary, rusting yacht set for overhaul
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    Tito's legendary, rusting yacht set for overhaul

    Once a stage for geopolitical dealmaking and host to the 20th century's most glamorous stars, the now-dilapidated yacht of late Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito is set for a new chapter as a museum. "Galeb" (Seagull in Croatian) was in its heyday an icon of Yugoslavia, carrying the charismatic

  • More self-driving tech in VW's next-generation Golf
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    More self-driving tech in VW's next-generation Golf

    The world's biggest carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would stuff even more technology into the next generation of its top-selling Golf model, bringing so-called "connected driving" deeper into the mainstream. Slated for release in 2019, the updated cars will be constantly connected to

  • Failed ski resort looms over Pyeongchang Games' legacy
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    Failed ski resort looms over Pyeongchang Games' legacy

    The Alps Ski Resort was one of the country's first winter sports destinations, attracting tens of thousands of skiers every year until it abruptly shut its doors in 2006. Now South Korea has spent $800 million on the sporting facilities for next month's Winter Olympics, but the International

  • Top 5 electrified vehicles at Detroit 2018
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    Top 5 electrified vehicles at Detroit 2018

    With the number of electric and driverless vehicles on display a couple of weeks ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we could have been forgiven for expecting similar at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Although almost every motor manufacturer at the

  • Harvey Keitel stars in latest Brioni campaign
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    Harvey Keitel stars in latest Brioni campaign

    Thursday, January 18, the luxury suit-maker revealed the famous American actor as the face of its spring/summer 2018 collection. Shot in black and white, the ads highlight the charisma and elegance of Harvey Keitel, who models the label's new ready-to-wear pieces, as well as made-to-measure Brioni

  • Paris menswear week: Highlights from Thursday's shows
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    Paris menswear week: Highlights from Thursday's shows

    Thursday, January 18, Paris menswear week saw British designer Kim Jones' final Louis Vuitton show. The luxury label called on two very special guests to mark the occasion -- Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss -- who closed the show in belted raincoats. Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto and Dries van Noten also

  • Stars give Vuitton designer Kim Jones rousing send-off
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    Stars give Vuitton designer Kim Jones rousing send-off

    A galaxy of celebrities rose to their feet Thursday to cheer British designer Kim Jones as he presented his last show for Louis Vuitton at Paris men's fashion week. Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss walked out hand-in-hand with the 38-year-old creator to acknowledge the cheers of fashionistas

  • Rebecca Minkoff profiles inspiring women this fashion week
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    Rebecca Minkoff profiles inspiring women this fashion week

    Rebecca Minkoff is sitting out New York Fashion Week this season, but that doesn't mean she will be keeping a low profile. The US fashion designer, who is expecting her third child shortly, will be showcasing her see-now-buy now Spring/Summer 2018 collection by promoting 20 powerful women, Women

  • S. Korea's Incheon airport opens new terminal before Olympics
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    S. Korea's Incheon airport opens new terminal before Olympics

    South Korea's main international gateway Incheon airport opened its second terminal on Thursday, significantly increasing its capacity three weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics, airport authorities said. More than 300,000 tourists are expected to enter the country through Incheon during

  • Paris menswear week: Wednesday's highlights
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    Paris menswear week: Wednesday's highlights

    Paris men's fashion week continued, Wednesday, January 17, with more eagerly awaited shows from the likes of Valentino, Walter Van Beirendonck, Julien David and streetwear specialist Off-White. Designers mostly played with menswear classics, transforming them and deconstructing them to create an

  • Rowan Atkinson to auction two modern classics
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    Rowan Atkinson to auction two modern classics

    British comedian Rowan Atkinson, who is probably best known for his roles as Mini-driving idiot Mr. Bean and the acidic Blackadder, is also well known for his love of cars. The first of the two Atkinson cars is a much-vaunted Mercedes-Benz 500E, which boasts a five-liter V-8 under the hood that produces

  • Golden Globes dresses going up for auction in support of "Time's Up" initiative
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    Golden Globes dresses going up for auction in support of "Time's Up" initiative

    A-listers caused a sensation at the famous awards ceremony earlier this month when they turned up on the red carpet wearing all-black, in support of the "Time's Up" initiative against sexual harassment, assault and discrimination. A total of 34 dresses will be listed on the online auction

  • Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: study
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    Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: study

    Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet's temperature reduces the range

  • Men treated as dogs and pigs in Paris catwalk shows
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    Men treated as dogs and pigs in Paris catwalk shows

    Paris men's fashion week began in earnest Wednesday with two collections showing what dogs and pigs men can be, as the industry reels from a new sexual harassment scandal. French designer Julien David sent out his models wearing dog's heads, from a macho, man-spreading Doberman to an intellectual

  • Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040
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    Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

    All of Norway's short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country's airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation's role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport. Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, "aims to be the first in