Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies of Covid at 59

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The celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz has died at the age of 59.

Best known for his tenure at the helm of Lanvin from 2001 to 2015, Elbaz was a beloved figure in the fashion industry and this year launched a new label backed by Richemont, AZ Factory.

The designer died at a Paris hospital on Saturday, WWD reports. A Richemont spokesperson said the cause of death was Covid-19.

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Yves Saint Laurent alber elbaz lanvin fashion designer – Getty Images

In a statement confirming Elbaz’ death, Richemont founder and chairman Johann Rupert said: “I have lost not only a colleague but a beloved friend. Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures. I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity.

“He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent,

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Benefit Cosmetics ‘refuses treatments for NHS workers who work with Covid patients’

A cosmetics company is refusing to give beauty treatments to NHS workers who treat coronavirus patients, it has been claimed.

Benefit Cosmetics offers eyebrow and eyelash treatments in their standalone stores and in chains such as Boots, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Beauty salons, hairdressers and nail bars were allowed to reopen on Monday as part of an easing of lockdown restrictions, which also included non-essential shops and pub beer gardens.

However for one NHS worker her hopes of having her eyebrows waxed were dashed when she admitted she works with Covid patients.

She tweeted on Tuesday: “I’m a health care assistant for my local hospital. On Monday I had a brow appointment at my local Benefit store in Reigate and with an itchy face was so looking forward to it. When I got there they asked me screening questions so I was honest and said that I worked

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COVID Hand Sanitizer Firm Disputes Benzene Claims

A hand sanitizer maker accused recently of having high levels of a carcinogen in batches of its products is trying to gain the upper hand amid the health scare – even implying it might sue those publications who called out the company.

It all started late last month when a startup pharmacy called Valisure posted a petition that showed its labs found dangerous levels of benzene – which is linked to blood cancers – in more than a dozen brands of germ-killing gels. At the top of the list was a company called ArtNaturals, which had the highest levels, according to Valisure. Several news outlets including Bloomberg covered the report, and some universities, including Harvard and Yale, have since pulled products from their campuses or requested they not be used.

But ArtNaturals wrote to TheStreet this week, disputing the findings, after it posted an update on the study.

“Simply put,

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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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Illinois woman finds apparent COVID test in Kohl’s package


An Illinois woman who ordered flags for her grandmother’s garden got a surprise when the package arrived — someone’s apparent COVID-19 test specimen.

Andrea Ellis was wrapping Christmas gifts at her aunt’s house in East Moline, in northwestern Illinois, when she opened a padded envelope containing the flags she ordered weeks ago from the department store chain Kohl’s, according to The Quad City Times.

“I pulled out the flags and I told my aunt, ‘Look how cute these are,’” she said. “I pulled out the packing slip and then noticed something deeper inside the envelope and pulled that out. It was a biohazard bag containing someone’s COVID-19 test specimen.”

Ellis, who didn’t immediately reply to a Monday phone message from The Associated Press, called the police, who referred the issue to the county health department, according to East Moline police Chief Jeff Ramsey.

Janet Hill, the

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