Month: February 2021

London Fashion Week goes virtual as Covid bites

a group of people walking down a street: British brand Burberry -- pictured here showing a 2019 show -- will present its menswear Autumn/Winter collection for 2021

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British brand Burberry — pictured here showing a 2019 show — will present its menswear Autumn/Winter collection for 2021

London Fashion Week begins on Friday on a virtual format due to a coronavirus lockdown with mainstays like Victoria Beckham shunning the event but others like Burberry embracing the online avatar.

Despite the absence of global celebrities and fashionistas, designers such as Turkey’s Bora Aksu, Britain’s Molly Goddard and Ireland’s Simone Rocha will stream their collections on the London Fashion Week website.

Most of the 94 designers participating in the show, which concludes on Tuesday, will broadcast video highlights of their collections showcasing menswear, womenswear or mixed fashions in an event that is now gender-neutral.

On Monday, the British brand Burberry — known for its tailored trenchcoats — will present its menswear Autumn/Winter collection for 2021, designed by Italian creative director Riccardo Tisci.

In September, the brand presented

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In an unexpected move, Facebook blocked news content on its sites in Australia, and also stopped people outside the country from viewing Australian news publications on its platforms. The social-media giant took the action after the lower house of parliament passed a bill that would force it to pay for news content that has been shared by users; it says the law is unclear about what constitutes “news”. 

Facebook’s defiant tone was a stark contrast to Google’s global agreement to pay News Corporation for content from its publications, which include the Wall Street Journal and the Sun in Britain. Google was also under threat from the proposed law in Australia and had warned that it would shut its search engine there.

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Two Generations, One Goal: A Conversation About Black Liberation

Nearly three decades separate activists Janaya Future Khan and Ilyasah Shabazz, but they are bonded by the same goal: Black liberation. Shabazz was just a toddler when her father, civil rights icon Malcolm X, was assassinated in 1965 (in the presence of Shabazz, her pregnant mother and three of her sisters). She’s since devoted her life as an educator, motivational speaker, and author to preserving her father’s legacy. It’s a legacy that has inspired Khan at every step of their work with Black Lives Matter (they are one of the faces of the movement internationally and a co-founder of the Canadian chapter), and though his death came years before Khan was born, it’s undeniable that Malcolm X’s spirit lives on through the work of the charismatic, outspoken leader. Khan’s “Sunday Sermons” Instagram series has been hailed by Vogue

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According to an Amazon Fashion Expert, These Are the Under-$50 Wardrobe Gems Worth Shopping

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Amazon has so many covetable clothes and accessories, it can be tough to know exactly what to shop. Thankfully, fashion experts like Katie Sands have set out to make the process easier, one recommendation at a time. For years, the influencer has dished out style tips on her blog, Honestly Kate, and now she’s bringing her knowledge to Amazon.

Sands is a Style Host for Amazon Live, where she highlights some of the site’s most fashion-forward wardrobe staples. In an email, she showed PEOPLE her current favorites in categories like outerwear, footwear, and everything in between. The best part? Each item on her list costs less than $50.

Amazon Style Expert Picks Under $50

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Lab Grown Or Natural Diamonds? The Choice Is Getting Clearer For Consumers And Retailers

Valentine’s Day falls nearly smack dab in the middle of the peak period for diamond jewelry sales, which extends from the December holiday season when about 20% of engagements occur through Mother’s Day, this year on May 9.

By all accounts Holiday 2020 was a strong one for diamond jewelry sales, especially for lab-grown diamonds (LGD), which offer shoppers bigger stones for less money.

When it comes to buying diamonds, those are the two factors that matter most. For men, the cost of a diamond takes precedence in the purchase decision for an engagement ring, followed by the design. For women, it’s design first followed by the carat size, which goes hand-in-hand with cost. And for both men and women the quality of the diamond comes in third, according to a survey by Beyond4Cs.


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5 Easy and Creamy Smoothies Made with Almond Milk

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From Good Housekeeping

Many a great smoothie leans on milk or yogurt or both for creaminess and oomph. But if you’re following a plant-based diet or merely trying to eat a bit less dairy, both ingredients are off the table. No matter: The beauty of smoothies is how flexible they are, and can win the same creaminess and oomph from vegan ingredients.

For heft and heartiness without dairy, smoothies need ingredients like nuts and nut butters, seeds, oats, bananas (which are creamy and rich all on their own), and almond milk, which is an easy substitute for dairy milk in any smoothie. (Keep in mind that using sweetened almond milk will make your smoothie sweeter—if that’s not what you want, stick to unsweetened varieties.) If you’re used to adding yogurt to smoothies, you may want to add a hit of zippy citrus juice, which will give

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