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  1. Just like how Tom Ford brought Gucci back to life.
  2. They need to hire someone to revamp the brand.
  3. Calvin Klein Says Designer Fashion Is Over By Vanessa Friedman | March 7, 2019 The brand is closing its high-end line, in a move that could have ripple effects across the American fashion industry. Calvin Klein is getting out of fashion. At least the trendsetting, wardrobe-shaping kind. On Thursday, the brand whose combination of sex appeal and minimal sportswear helped define American style for an international audience, and which was once a tent pole of the New York Fashion Week schedule, said that it would be closing its luxury collection business. “Collection” is the official designation of the line shown during fashion week. It is the most expensive part of the business and accounts for the clothes most often seen in glossy magazine shoots and on celebrities. Calvin Klein is, at least for the foreseeable future, leaving the runway behind. The move comes three months after the departure of Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer, the Belgian designer Raf Simons, whose appointment had been announced with great fanfare in 2016 (and who had changed the name Collection to 205W39NYC, after the address of the brand’s headquarters). His ascension was billed as a return to the years of Calvin Klein, when one visionary designer was responsible for all aspects of the brand. Closing the brand’s collection business marks not only a complete reversal of that decision, but the rejection of a business model long held dear in the industry: the so-called “halo” effect of a high-end line that acts as an attention-getter and newsmaker, driving sales of more mass (and profit-generating) jeans, underwear and perfume. This has long been American fashion’s favorite pyramid scheme, practiced by brands including Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors, both of which are built on a base of affordable products bathed in the glow of aspiration from the top (what luxury executives like to refer to as “the dream”). In this strategic plan, sales of the high-end clothes may be relatively small, but the desire and name-recognition those clothes create act as crucial drivers for other lines. As do the celebrities they attract. See, for example, Lupita Nyong’o in purple beaded Calvin Klein on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, and Lady Gaga in a blush-pink strapless column at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Or the assortment of boldfaced names that graced last September’s front row, including Rami Malek, Saoirse Ronan, Millie Bobby Brown, Laura Dern, ASAP Rocky and Jake Gyllenhaal. Former Calvin Klein chief executive Tom Murry used to refer to the runway line as a “marketing expense.” When Mr. Simons took over in 2016, the collection business accounted for less than 5 percent of sales of the $8.2 billion brand. The bet was it could grow. However, while Mr. Simons won multiple awards for both men’s and women’s wear, his aesthetic twisted the American dream into something darker and more complicated than the brand’s consumer base was accustomed to. Its parent company, the publicly traded PVH, could not swallow it. So it cut off its head. Instead of simply scaling back its investment in fashion — which Emanuel Chirico, PVH’s chief executive, quantified at $60 to $70 million under Mr. Simons — and limiting its purview, the brand appears to have abandoned it altogether. Calvin Klein has made just as extreme a bet, but in the opposite direction. Its top-end line will now be a denim collection. The company is effectively saying that, with the casualization of life, the “marketing expense” of designer fashion is no longer necessary. And it is true that their biggest ad campaigns were not fashion-related: Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner in jeans, the Kardashian family in underwear and denim. It is also true that most consumers probably did not know who Mr. Simons was (nor could they likely identify his predecessors, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli). But they knew the famous names who knew them. A spokeswoman for Calvin Klein said the brand would continue to work with celebrities, but whether those celebrities will want to continue to be associated with a brand once the glamour of creative credibility is gone is another question. There is a buzz associated with the cutting-edge designer that attracts those who would be styled the same. There is currently an active search underway for a new creative lead who will guide the brand’s various arms. At some point, Calvin Klein could return to the runway in a different form, à la Tommy Hilfiger, also owned by PVH, which has been hosting consumer-facing, social media friendly #TOMMYNOW extravaganzas at fashion weeks around the world. His most recent show, in Paris, was a collaboration with Zendaya that starred Grace Jones. (It is also worth noting, however, that Tommy Hilfiger himself remains at the company, albeit largely as a figurehead.) And there is no question Calvin Klein can continue to be a relatively healthy business. Donna Karan is no longer, but the lower-priced line, DKNY, continues to be produced by manufacturer G-III. That company also has a license for Calvin Klein ready-to-wear, accessories, outerwear, swimwear and dresses in North America. Bill Blass, once a favorite line of the ladies who lunch, continues to make attempts at rebranding after abandoning the runway for licenses. But neither brand is as big as Calvin, and now neither brand has nearly the same relevance or cultural currency it once did. Whether Calvin Klein can be an exception that makes a new rule is now the question. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/fashion/calvin-klein-closes-collection.html
  4. Jeans maker Diesel USA files for bankruptcy March 6, 2019 (Reuters) - Diesel USA Inc, the denim and accessory brand known for its jeans, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, blaming mounting losses, a sales plunge, expensive leases and cyber fraud. The New York-based unit of Italy’s Diesel SpA filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware. Its parent is not part of the filing. Diesel USA said it has been the sole distributor of Diesel products in the United States since its 1995 launch. But it said it has not been spared in the recent downturn in the retail sector, having lost money for six straight years as annual sales plunged 53 percent, to $104 million. Theft and cyber fraud cost $1.2 million over three years, it added. In a court filing, Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Samson said Diesel USA has no plans to close, but intends to exit some of its 28 stores, where landlords’ refusal to offer lease concessions has led to heavy losses. He said the company’s three-year business plan contemplates focusing on more profitable stores, improving its product lines and working with social media “influencers” to attract Millennials, “Generation Z” and other new customers. A successful reorganization would enable Diesel USA to operate as an “iconic and profitable brand,” Samson said. Many other retailers have gone bankrupt in recent years as more consumers shop online. Recent victims have included shoe chain Payless Inc, which said last month it will close its roughly 2,500 stores. The Diesel USA bankruptcy followed a Feb. 13 announcement by Levi Strauss & Co, which invented blue jeans in 1873, that it plans to return to the U.S. stock market after a 34-year hiatus, through an initial public offering. Diesel USA said it has $50 million to $100 million of assets, and $10 million to $50 million of liabilities. The case is In re Diesel USA Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, No. 19-10432. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-dieselusa-bankruptcy/jeans-maker-diesel-usa-files-for-bankruptcy-idUSKCN1QM2DP
  5. In addition, the foreign immunity cell may clash with your own immunity system and results in even more severe situation.
  6. It has already started. Ever since the availability of prep, lots of gays have decided not to use condom but they fail to realize there's other STD aside from HIV.
  7. H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic Scientists have long tried to duplicate the procedure that led to the first long-term remission 12 years ago. With the so-called London patient, they seem to have succeeded. By Apoorva Mandavilli | March 4, 2019 For just the second time since the global epidemic began, a patient appears to have been cured of infection with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The news comes nearly 12 years to the day after the first patient known to be cured, a feat that researchers have long tried, and failed, to duplicate. The surprise success now confirms that a cure for H.I.V. infection is possible, if difficult, researchers said. The investigators are to publish their report on Tuesday in the journal Nature and to present some of the details at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. Publicly, the scientists are describing the case as a long-term remission. In interviews, most experts are calling it a cure, with the caveat that it is hard to know how to define the word when there are only two known instances. Both milestones resulted from bone-marrow transplants given to infected patients. But the transplants were intended to treat cancer in the patients, not H.I.V. Bone-marrow transplantation is unlikely to be a realistic treatment option in the near future. Powerful drugs are now available to control H.I.V. infection, while the transplants are risky, with harsh side effects that can last for years. But rearming the body with immune cells similarly modified to resist H.I.V. might well succeed as a practical treatment, experts said. “This will inspire people that cure is not a dream,” said Dr. Annemarie Wensing, a virologist at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. “It’s reachable.” Dr. Wensing is co-leader of IciStem, a consortium of European scientists studying stem cell transplants to treat H.I.V. infection. The consortium is supported by AMFAR, the American AIDS research organization. The new patient has chosen to remain anonymous, and the scientists referred to him only as the “London patient.” “I feel a sense of responsibility to help the doctors understand how it happened so they can develop the science,” he told The New York Times in an email. Learning that he could be cured of both cancer and H.I.V. infection was “surreal” and “overwhelming,” he added. “I never thought that there would be a cure during my lifetime.” At the same conference in 2007, a German doctor described the first such cure in the “Berlin patient,” later identified as Timothy Ray Brown, 52, who now lives in Palm Springs, Calif. That news, displayed on a poster at the back of a conference room, initially gained little attention. Once it became clear that Mr. Brown was cured, scientists set out to duplicate his result with other cancer patients infected with H.I.V. Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/health/aids-cure-london-patient.html
  8. Clothing giant H&M planning to close 160 stores in 2019 The company has not yet announced the store locations that will close, but cited plans to optimize its retail business. The company said the United States and Norway are both challenging markets, while China, India and Russia are among the countries that H&M saw both online and physical store growth, according to a company statement. H&M does plan to open 335 new stores this year, but a majority of the openings are planned in markets outside Europe and the United States, the company said. The news comes after H&M reported a net sales increase of 5 percent, lower than Wall Street expectations. Several other chains like Gymboree, GAP, Francesca’s and other mall-type retailers have also announced plans to shutter stores this year. Nearly every local shopping center in the Dayton, Ohio,area has an H&M store, including the Mall at Fairfield Commons, Dayton Mall, Tanger Outlets in Jeffersonville, Liberty Center, Kenwood Towne Center, Tuttle Crossing, Eastgate Mall, Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center. https://www.ajc.com/news/national/clothing-giant-planning-close-160-stores-2019/fQcB6nnT7dGjLnmtp1iMYP/
  9. The only online shop where I'd ever bought my garment is Andrew Christian / Addicted.
  10. Gap just announced it’s closing 230 stores and says dozens more are doomed in the next few years Mary Hanbury, Business Insider US | March 1, 2019 Gap Inc. announced Thursday that it will close 230 of its namesake brand’s stores and split the company in two. In an earnings call shortly after the announcement, CEO Art Peck said the company would close up to 50% of its specialty fleet over the next few years. Specialty stores are defined as any Gap store excluding outlet and factory locations. Gap is making radical changes. On Thursday, Gap Inc. announced it will split the company in two and close 230 of its namesake brand’s stores over the next two years. In an earnings call shortly after the announcement, Gap CEO Art Peck said the company would close up to 50% of its specialty fleet over the next few years. Specialty stores are defined as any Gap store excluding its outlet and factory locations. Peck said most of these closures will occur in the US and will leave the brand with “a smaller, but healthier specialty fleet.” At the start of 2018, there were 725 global specialty stores, excluding China, Teri List-Stoll, Gap’s chief financial officer, said Thursday. “Between the 68 specialty stores that we closed this year and the 230 additional specialty closures that we announced today, this represents closure of nearly half the fleet and there will be additional natural expirations and closures beyond 2020,” she said. This means we could see more than 60 more stores shutter in the next few years. A spokesperson for Gap confirmed this information to Business Insider. The Gap brand has struggled in recent years – same-store sales were down 5% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and overall for the year. The company has increasingly leaned on heavy discounting to clear inventory, which not only erodes profit margins but also damages the brand image. Peck is determined to make the necessary strides to fix the business. “We have our work cut out for us this we acknowledge,” he said on Thursday. “But we know what we need to do to win. And we are committed to restructuring the fleet and revitalizing Gap brand to unlock shareholder value and drive profitable growth.”
  11. @ all the videos.... I'm just.... https://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/02/27/rashida-tlaib-mark-meadows-elijah-cummings-michael-cohen-testimony-sot-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/michael-cohen-testimony/
  12. McDonald's french fries might hold a cure for baldness USA Today Network Brett Molina | Feb. 6, 2018 McDonald's french fries might lead to a cure for baldness. No, not by eating them. Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University used a chemical found in the fries to grow hair follicles on mice, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Biomaterials. The study focuses on the large-scale transportation of hair follicles to areas where there is no hair. Researchers used dimethylpolysiloxane as part of an "oxygen permeable" solution to prepare 5,000 hair follicle germs. "These self-sorted hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon intracutaneous transplantation into the backs of nude mice," reads an excerpt from the study. Although researchers note more studies are required, the findings could lead to a potential strategy for hair regeneration. According to nutrition information found on McDonald's website, dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the oil used to fry foods including french fries, Chicken McNuggets and fried fish sandwiches. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/06/mcdonalds-fries-might-hold-cure-baldness/310307002/
  13. The world first foldable phone was actually Royole Flexpai As to avoid the big players, they rushed out this product ahead of Samsung during CES 2019 (Samsung only demo on stage in dark) but the comment from the critics were not so good. Although it costs much "cheaper" $1300 but there's a few issues: - Cannot be folded & unfold completely flat - Slow in speed and operating system - Easily scratch since it folds outward - Ugliest among all other foldable phones
  14. Xiaomi has also revealed its double fold phone: Like Huawei, it folds outward. And you can see it very clearly that the tablet screen is not completely flat (@ 0.03). There are 2 visible lines on the screen. Obviously the guy who demo the phone is holding it in a very strategic way to avoid reflection of both lines. Experts had commented foldable screen can hardly be folded flat completely. And also, it faces the same problem as Huawei i.e. easily scratch since it's screen is wrapping around. It's still a prototype and no release date or cost.
  15. Huawei Mate X cost $2600 and folds outward. Samsung Fold cost $1980 and folds inward. Huawei has only 1 screen and folds into 2 i.e. front & back, and looks like a normal candy bar phone. Whereas Samsung Fold has 2 separate screens (1 tablet + 1 phone). Huawei has no notches when it's in tablet mode (but no camera unless it's hidden which I cannot spot) as compare to Samsung Fold has a notch for camera. There's a few issue with Huawei Mate X found in the video: - Bubble formed at the hinge when folding - There's a visible line in the middle of the tablet - Easily scratch when folded since both sides are the screens as compare to Samsung Fold. Samsung can fold at least 200,000 times (e.g. 100 times per day x 5 years) without any problem. There's no info on how many times Huawei phone can fold so far.
  16. This is the preview pic that youtube had chosen for the video: I have no idea where that pic came from. That's not Samsung. That's another brand that folds outward and looks very ugly at the hinge. Samsung fold folds inward.
  17. crApple always looks cheap and very very very bad design as well. They claim "full screen" and yet there's a gigantic black patch on top of the screen And crApple is for suckers.
  18. It's a breakthrough for mobile phone manufacturer to shift from Candy bar to foldable screen. Of course people will feel that it's unnecessary but when crApple release one, they will praise like it's the best thing in the world.
  19. crApple to release its own and called it "innovative" with a price tag $2099.
  20. Obviously u didn't see the video and only look at the fake pic youtube had picked as preview thumb.
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