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Nicky Hilton Rothschild, who is presenting Italian designer Rene Caovilla with a Hall of Fame award, arrived wearing Caovilla’s signature pumps with sparkly accents.

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild FNAA 2016

Olivia Palermo is on hand to present Schutz designer Alexandre Birman with the Brand of the Year award. Naturally, she arrived in Schutz’s signature caged sandal.

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Ansel Elgort arrived with Designer of the Year Paul Andrew.

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On Tuesday night, Rihanna accepted her award for shoe of the year at the 30th annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. As the very first woman to win the award, we knew Rih would step out in something unexpected — but no one expected a baseball cap and velour.

Rihanna, of course, arrived in her Fenty Puma Creepers to accept the Shoe of the Year honor for the Creeper.

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Rihanna FNAA 2016

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Looking For A Brief Moment Of Solitude During Lunch Hour?

 

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Ichiran Ramen is a Japan-based restaurant chain famous for its unique dining style. Customers eat alone, partitioned into individual sections that separate them from other diners and the staff, and orders are taken by filling out a form, all in order to limit human interaction.

And now, there’s good news for New Yorkers: Last month, the foodie’s paradise opened a shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The chain believes that eating solo “helps people focus on their food,” as it “eliminates the need for exchanging saccharine pleasantries with servers or companions.”  by encouraging people to eat out by themselves, Ichiran is fighting the stigma that is often attached to solo dining.

Customers line up in front of a new ramen noodle restaurant "Ichiran" in New York on Oct. 19, 2016, waiting for it to open. It is the second overseas branch of the restaurant based in Japan's southwestern city of Fukuoka, known for its "Tonkotsu" noodle soup made from pork broth, after one in Hong Kong.

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Several precautions have been taken to ensure customers can avoid human interaction. There is no host at the restaurant – diners can walk straight inside and choose a booth. There is a button on each table that if pressed will signal a server to refill water. The paper menus are detailed – diners can indicate nearly a dozen different specifics to create their perfect bowl of ramen. Ichiran’s Brooklyn branch will feel different and exciting to many Americans. And in a loud, busy city where people are often looking for any brief moment of solitude they can find, Ichiran seems like it just might fit in.

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Nike’s Self lacing Sneaks

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Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker with new self-lacing technology — will cost $720 a pair

The first shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0, will feature the signature adaptive fit, which senses when the wearer’s foot is in the shoe using a pressure sensor, and automatically tightens the straps until it senses resistance based on an “algorithmic pressure equation.

Interested customers can make appointments to see and purchase the shoe in person starting December 1. It will come in three colors: black, white, and a black/gray.

Beauty Retailer Sephora Is Rolling Out Artificial-Intelligence-Based Application

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 The AI application will help consumers find specific shades by simply uploading a photo. The platform,is the product of a partnership with facial analysis and visualization technology firm ModiFace.The technology will be an organic ancillary to Sephora’s online buying process and will encourage transactions by allowing the consumer to visualize product benefits post-transaction.The application uses ModiFace’s facial recognition and visualization technology to allow Sephora’s customers to upload a photo in Facebook Messenger while in conversation with the Sephora Visual Artist. The technology then automatically recognizes the most compatible shade and recommends actual products in Sephora’s inventory through the use of an AI engine.

Limited-Edition Lady Dior Art Collection Launching Nov. 29

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Limited-edition Lady Dior Art collection will launch Nov. 29 in Miami. The Lady Dior Art collection, consist of a group of seven artists, both British and American. Participants are Mat Collishaw, Ian Davenport, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, Jason Martin, Matthew Porter and Marc Quinn.Each were invited to design the Lady Dior in a style reflective of their artwork. Lady Dior handbags range from $3,500 to $6,000, with a mink version priced at $11,500. Styles will be limited to a series of 100 handbags, positioning the project as keen for collectors.

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Matthew Porter for Lady Dior Art 

 

 

China’s Fashion Week

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Models strutting the latest designs from NE-Tiger, Chuyun, Lotus, and Maryma collections during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week 2017 in Beijing

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Maryma 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 29, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Models wear clothing from Chuyun 2017 during a fashion wek in Beijing

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Models wear clothing from NE Tiger 2017 during a fashion wek in Beijing

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Chinese and European models wear clothing from the Lotus 2017 collection during China’s international fashion week in Beijing on October 31, 2016. Chinese fashion designers are becoming an international force with both European and American fashion houses looking at the new, fresh Chinese clothing-minds as potential partners in future clothing brands. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

Eighteenth Annual Fashion Conference, November 4-5 2016, New york

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This years speakers include designer Eileen Fisher, Museum at FIT director Valerie Steele, film director Orin Mazzoni, designer Ralph Rucci, author Teri Agins, Chris Del Gatto, Rie Yano, Robert Burke, Kristy Caylor and former Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley. Founded and helmed by Lisa Koenigsberg, the event will be held at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.

Session Topics-“Fashion Designers A−Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT,” “Pioneers in Fashion,” “Magnifeco,” “Your Choice Has Power,” “Fashioning Platinum: Pioneering from Alloy to Retail,” “Modern Alchemy: Diamonds and Disruptive Technology,” “Pioneers in Denim,” “Luxury Online, “Retail Now,” “Blueprints for Innovation,” “Pioneers in Transformation: AJDC and the Platinum Challenge,” “Walking With the Muses” and “If any….”

Barney’s Department Store Chain Has Published A Three Hundred Page Book

Barneys New York,” published by Rizzoli, takes a look at the fashion industry through a mix of photographs and quotes from famous fans of its stores. The visual structure of the 300-page book was designed by Sagmeister & Walsh. Included in the pages will be campaigns, advertisements, merchandising displays, events and window designs.

There are quotes from designers such as Christian Louboutin, Dries Van Noten, Giorgio Armani and Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez. Also giving their take on the store will be the likes of photographer Bruce Weber, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, David Bowie and more.

On sale from Oct. 25, Barneys New York is priced at $85. A $295 limited-edition copy available for pre-order comes in a presentation box with a glossy acrylic cover with a raised B insignia.

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The Woodsman’s Treehouse is located in the Crafty Camping site, in Dorset, England. It is raised on stilts, it was constructed over five months using mostly local materials and was designed in a collaboration between Guy Mallinson and architect Keith Brownlie of Brownlie, Ernst and Marks

Inside the treehouse there’s a small lobby, with a toilet to one side and the main living area ahead. This latter space includes a bedroom with king size bed, a kitchenette, comfortable chairs, and a copper bath placed against a large window.

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A 3D-printed painting created based on big data and generated via computer algorithms. Data scientists, engineers and art historians were involved in the project, which resulted in scanning Rembrandt’s complete body of work to create a painting mimicking the look of an actual new work by the artist. Designed to create a conversation about the relationship between art and technology, the Dutch bank’s portrait consists of over 148 million pixels, based on 168,263 painting fragments. The Next Rembrandt won Grands Prix in both Creative Data and Cyber at Cannes Lions 2016.

Film Geometry

Geometry, the video argues, is why we instinctively perceive Sleeping Beauty‘s angular Maleficent as evil, while the rounded shapes that comprise The Jungle Book‘s Baloo make the character appear warm and friendly.

Next time when you watch your favorite movie, don’t just watch the actors reciting dialogue, and don’t just get caught up in the sets. Remember that everything a director shows on-screen has been carefully curated, and even simple things like squares and circles can help you understand the movie.

Cosmetics & Technology

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Cosmetics industry are focusing their presence in the digital arena and are also investing increasingly in digital solutions to engage the millennials and Generation Z. Millennials are twice as likely to be early adopters of technology than the previous generations. Almost 70%-75% of women belonging to this particular population segment believe that looking beautiful is important in comparison to approximately 50%-55% of the women in the baby boomer generation. For instance, US-based virtual makeover technology solution provider Taaz teamed up with Estée Lauder, Laura Mercier, Revlon, and Aveda in 2013 to create virtual try-on packages. This helped end-users sample the products and customize them as per their needs. The technology allows the consumer to upload a picture and then try out different makeup ranges from various brands. Another example is Estée Lauder ‘s Let’s Play Makeover widget that lets the consumers test and try its entire cosmetic line, including eye makeup, before purchasing the product online or in store.   The Mink 3D printer helps in printing color makeup. The user needs to pick a color, either from a picture found online, a clicked photo, or a color in image editing software like Paint or Photoshop. This allows users to print and wear makeup in any color rather than being restricted to a limited color palette

Singapore’s Self Driving Taxis

Nutonomy’s trial will be used to gather data about customer journeys - and how passengers feel about being driven by software

Founded in 2013 by ex-MIT engineers, Nutonomy announced a $3.6m funding round in January, followed swiftly by $16m in funding in May from venture capitalists including Ford chairman Bill Ford and the Singapore government.

Like Uber and Google, Nutonomy is convinced that the real benefits of autonomous technology is when humans will never have to touch a steering wheel or brake pedal.

Designer Handbags Pawned As The New Gold

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The bags that hold their value best – and therefore are the easiest to pawn – are the classic designs by Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Two of the most valuable are the Birkin – named after actress Jane Birkin – or the Kelly, as carried by Grace Kelly in one of her classic films

A matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware, was sold by a private Asian collector for $300,168

This Hermes signature Birkin is made with white matte Himalayan crocodile leather, and features hardware made from 18k white gold and diamonds. It sold for $300,168, making it the most expensive handbag ever sold.

Singapore’s CE LA VI Restaurant

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For $2 million bucks you can dine at the world’s most expensive restaurant.

Ce La Vi, on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, has teamed up with Russian diamond company World of Diamonds, to offer the exclusive experience that will last an estimated eight hours.

The package includes a 45-minute helicopter ride over Singapore, some time in a luxury cruise and a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce ride to Ce La Vi, where the diners will be presented with 10,000 roses and an 18-course meal.

The meal is eaten with diamond chopsticks and the diners’ names are engraved on them. Other decadent elements consist of Belon oysters, Almas Caviar  and only 44- and 55-year-old vintage wines.

And at the end of the meal, the couple will be presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

The meal ends with the couple being presented with a 2.08 carat blue diamond ring with a rose-gold plated platinum band, that World of Diamonds has named after actress Jane Seymour.

Diamonds this blue have been known to be auctioned at over $2 million.