Taylor Swift Was the First Celeb This Designer Ever Dressed

Taylor Swift Was the First Celeb This Designer Ever Dressed

Michelle Smith, Creative Director and Founder of Milly, in her interview with E! Online, says she dressed Taylor Swift for her first, big world tour.

The thoroughly modern clothing (and now accessories) line creator brought her industry knowledge (that she’d accumulated from her trainings at major fashion houses like Dior and Louis Vuitton in Paris) to the streets of New York, and thus her collections were born—loved by A-lists everywhere.

“I founded Milly with my then-boyfriend (and now husband) when I was 27. I had recently moved back to NYC from Paris, where I had gone to design school and trained at Christian Dior Haute Couture, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. I wanted to create a women’s clothing collection which combined my love of French couture and Parisian style with the inimitable energy and irreverence of New York City”, Smith told the edition.

She also shared how excited she was when Jennifer Aniston wore a dress from her very first collection on Friends.

Smith has also dressed Taylor Swift for her first, big world tour, right after she won a CMA and Grammy for best new artist.

“I love to make women feel confident and empowered through my designs. I’m an artist—I love creating—and I’m so thankful I get to do that every day, and have the infrastructure to make my design dreams come true—from initial sketch to finished product,” Michelle Smith shares.

Answering a question about her career heroes, Michelle Smith said: “Gloria Steinem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Michelle Obama. They are all strong, trailblazing women who are confident, compassionate and fiercely intelligent. They feel a moral obligation to speak out for what they believe in and they each have a great sense of humor.”

Puma sues over Rihanna’s shoes

Puma sues over Rihanna’s shoes
  • Apr 4, 2017
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The suit claims the replicated shoe designs Forever 21 created are shameless rip-offs of the rather hard to obtain sneaker, which is usually sold out within minutes of them being available for sale online, reports with reference to Hiphopdx.

The Bow Slide slippers were released less than a month ago and the knock-off version is already available.


The other two designs also look very similar.

Puma keeps stock on the Rihanna Fenty designs purposely low to manufacture a demand for the product, which the company says is being toyed with by Forever 21’s bootlegged versions.

Since Forever 21 is messing with Puma’s coins, the sneaker giant is now pursuing preliminary and permanent injunctive relief as well as demanding all profits and damages incurred by Forever 21’s imitations.

Rihanna helped the German shoewear company create the wildly popular and profitable platform and slipper footwear. She was named Puma’s creative director in 2014.

Bed Bath and Beyond says it still carries Trump products

Bed Bath and Beyond says it still carries Trump products
  • Apr 3, 2017
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On Friday, Shannon Coulter — founder of the #GrabYourWallet movement aimed at boycotting companies tied to President Donald Trump and his family — shared an email message on Twitter from a Bed Bath and Beyond customer service representative claiming they no longer carry Trump’s line, according to USA Today.


In a statement Saturday, Bed Bath and Beyond said the representative provided inaccurate information.

“We are not making our merchandising decisions based on anyone’s political beliefs,” read a statement on the company’s Facebook page. “We have Ivanka Trump products in some stores and carry them where consumer demand and business performance justifies it.”

Other companies have shifted away from Ivanka Trump’s line, seeking to avoid angering opponents or supporters of the Trump administration. In February, Nordstrom said it would stop carrying Trump’s fashion line due to declining sales. President Trump lashed out on Twitter, saying the retailer treated his daughter unfairly. During an earnings call later that month, Nordstrom discounted the impact of dropping Ivanka Trump’s line on fourth quarter earnings.

Also last month, Sears and Kmart revealed they would stop selling Trump Home furnishing products online.

However, Ivanka Trump-branded products continue to sell well, according to fashion search engine Lyst. Trump’s brand reached 11th based on the number of items sold, compared to 550th the previous month.

Boeing Dreamliner 787-10 takes to the skies in its first flight test

Boeing Dreamliner 787-10 takes to the skies in its first flight test
  • Apr 1, 2017
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Boeing Co’s newest and largest Dreamliner model, the 787-10, successfully made its first flight on Friday, kicking off a test program for the high-tech jet, reports with reference to Daily Mail.

The plane, which sells for $312.8 million at list price and rounds out a family of three carbon-fiber composite Dreamliners, flew well, the pilots said.

‘We had a great flight,’ Captain Tim Berg said at a news conference after the flight.

The plane ‘performed exactly like we thought it would.’

The flight was one of three initial voyages on Friday, joining the Airbus A319 neo jetliner and the Antonov An-132D, a light turboprop military transport developed with Saudi Arabia.

Boeing’s 787-10 is being built at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, due to its large size.

The facility is Boeing’s only jetliner assembly factory outside of Washington state and, in contrast to the others, is not unionized.

Last month, the new plane provided a dramatic backdrop for President Donald Trump’s visit to the Boeing factory, where he promised to boost U.S. manufacturing and punish companies for moving jobs overseas.

Companies in Japan, China, Italy, Sweden, France and Britain produce many of the 787’s major components, such as wings, fuselage sections and the rudder.

Airlines can choose engines from General Electric Co of the United States, or Britain’s Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc.

The first 787-10 took off at 9:38 a.m. EDT (1338 GMT) and landed at 2:35 pm EDT.

The plane is a second and final ‘stretch,’ of the original 787-8, which debuted in 2011.

It is 18 feet (5.5 meters) longer than the 787-9 and seats 330 passengers, 40 more than the 787-9 and 88 more than the 787-8.

The 787 has been a top seller, with 1,200 firm orders as airlines use it to open new routes between smaller cities that can be profitable with the fuel-efficient 787.

So far, the 787-10 has booked 149 orders from nine customers, about 12 percent of the total of firm orders.

After spending 2017 in testing, the 787-10 is expected to enter service with airlines in 2018.

Ultigesture lets you control toy cars with a wave of your hand

Ultigesture lets you control toy cars with a wave of your hand
  • Mar 29, 2017
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Williamsburg, Virginia-based Ultigesture is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today for its smart toy cars that you can control with gestures. All you do is put on the wristband and make gestures with your arm to guide the remote-controlled car, reports with reference to VentureBeat.

The car recognizes a range of easy gestures. You can get it to move in all directions, speed up, slow down, and stop.

The driver has a much more natural and connected driving experience than typical RC cars, and there’s no bulky controller to carry around. The gesture-controlled car and wristband are now available for pre-sale through Ultigesture’s Kickstarter campaign for $89 (for early birds).

The toy car connects by low-power Bluetooth to the slick wristband. When you move your forearm up, the car goes forward; forearm down makes the car go backward. A slight clockwise turn makes the car go right, and counterclockwise makes it turn left.

Other gestures make the car stop turning.

“There are plenty of remote-controlled toy cars which are fun to play, but we have discovered that wearing the wristband and using gestures makes for a much more realistic racing experience,” said Gang Zhou, CEO of Ultigesture, in a statement. “The user experience is really improved by literally putting your body — or at least your arm — into the driving. It is very exciting to feel like you are connected to this small toy car as it goes racing down the street.”

To interpret the gestures and communicate with the car, the Ultigesture team of computer scientists and engineers created the unique, sensor-packed wristband. The band contains three essential sensors to help control the car: accelerometer (motion sensor to recognize the range of movement and control speed of car), gyroscope (to detect the angle of the forearm), and magnetometer (to determine orientation and compass).

In addition, the wristband includes a microcontroller with machine learning code so the car can understand what you want to do. LED lights on the outside window provide notifications regarding battery and power status.

The car can drive at speeds up to 13 miles per hour, and it weighs 17 ounces. The battery lasts about 30 minutes during play.

“We want to make remote control racing cars that are really cool and intuitive. With the wristband and gestures, it is amazing how much closer you feel to the car — especially when you compare it with using a remote controller,” said Zhou.

Ultigesture has five cofounders, and it was started in August 2015. The company has licensed technology from the College of William and Mary.

The Dior and Saks Collab Benefits Rihanna’s Charity

The Dior and Saks Collab Benefits Rihanna’s Charity
  • Mar 14, 2017
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Fashion designers have been using their collections to demonstrate support for charitable causes this year like Planned Parenthood and ACLU, even before the most recent Fashion Week, reports with reference to Observer.


Indeed, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut Spring 2017 collection featured a much-buzzed about t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “We Should All Be Feminists,” in a reference to an essay by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from 2014.

Now, Saks has announced a Saks Fifth Avenue x Dior partnership, involving a new version of the chic tee. The collaboration launches today, with Saks as the exclusive retailer of a black version of the t-shirt, with the text in a white font.

The shirt also contributes to a good cause—a portion of the sales are being donated to Rihanna’s nonprofit charity, The Clara Lionel Foundation. A select group of four of the t-shirts ($710), as well as two bags ($2,700), are available online at Saks.


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The white version of the top, with the text in black, quickly gained a celebrity fanbase—Natalie Portman, Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence and others have already donned the it top, and the new black variation is sure to get a similar following.

The Saks collab is also the first time any current season of Dior ready-to-wear and accessories have been available for purchase online in the United States.

Make sure you get your charitable Dior fix fast, though—the online pop-up is only accessible from March 14 until March 28, so we recommend getting to a computer as fast as you can.

Intel to buy driverless technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion

Intel to buy driverless technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion
  • Mar 13, 2017
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The $63.54 per share cash deal is the world’s biggest purchase of a company solely focused on the autonomous driving sector, according to Reuters.

Mobileye accounts for 70 percent of the global market for advanced driver-assistance and anti-collision systems.

Intel said it expected the transaction to close within the next nine months and to immediately boost its non-GAAP earnings per share as well as its free cash flow.

The two companies are already collaborating with German automaker BMW (BMWG.DE) on a project to put a fleet of around 40 self-driving test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year.

For a decade, Mobileye has relied on Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics to produce chips which the Israeli company sells to many of the world’s top automakers for its current, third-generation of driver-assistance systems.

However, while it was working with BMW, Mobileye also teamed up with Intel for its fifth-generation of chips that aim to be used in fully autonomous vehicles and are scheduled to be delivered around 2021.

Founded in 1999, Mobileye made its mission to reduce vehicle injuries and fatalities. After receiving an investment of $130 million from Goldman Sachs in 2007, it listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. It has a market value of $10.6 billion.

Last October, Qualcomm announced a $47 billion deal to acquire NXP, the largest automotive chip supplier, putting pressure on other chipmakers seeking to make inroads into the market for autonomous driving components, including Intel, Mobileye and rival NVIDIA NVDIA.O.

The Qualcomm-NXP deal, which will create the industry’s largest portfolio of sensors, networking and other elements vital to autonomous driving, is expected to close later in 2017, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Mobileye, which employs around 600 people, had adjusted net income of $173.3 million in 2016.

See also: CES 2017: Intel presents credit card-sized compute platform.

Massive oil discovery in Alaska is biggest onshore find in 30 years

Massive oil discovery in Alaska is biggest onshore find in 30 years
  • Mar 13, 2017
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Spanish oil giant Repsol (REPYY) and its privately-held U.S. partner Armstrong Energy announced the find on Thursday, predicting production could begin as soon as 2021 and lead to as much as 120,000 barrels of output per day, reports with reference to CNN.

The massive find of conventional oil on state land could bring relief to budget pains in Alaska brought on by slumping production in the state and the crash in oil prices.

The new discovery was made in just the past few days in Alaska’s North Slope, which was previously viewed as an aging oil basin.

The oil resources lie in a well, called Horseshoe, that’s 75% owned by Denver-based Armstrong. Repsol owns the rest of this well.

The discovery is 20 miles south of where the two companies have already found oil in a project known as Pikka. That northern project is already in early development and is 51% owned by Armstrong, which is the operator on both developments.

“The interesting thing about this discovery is the North Slope was previously thought to be on its last legs. But this is a significant emerging find,” Repsol spokesman Kristian Rix said.

Of course, this news won’t ease rising concern among investors about the stubborn glut of oil in the U.S. There are increasing signs that shale oil producers are preparing to ramp up output after surviving a two-year price war with OPEC.

Repsol has been actively exploring in Alaska since 2008 and has an additional presence in the Gulf of Mexico. Shares of the oil and gas company jumped nearly 3% in Madrid trading on Friday.

The North Slope find comes less than six months after Caelus Energy and private-equity giant Apollo Global Management announced a massive Alaska oil discovery in the waters of Smith Bay.

All of this is a big win for Alaska, which last year had to freeze hiring and limit state employee travel due to trouble in the oil industry. Alaska, which relies on oil and gas taxes for the vast majority of its state revenue, has been hit by the one-two punch of shrinking production from its mature fields and the fact that oil prices have been cut in half in recent years.

Things have gotten so bad that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is barely being used these days.

“This is also great news for the State of Alaska,” Alaska Governor Bill Walker said in a statement. “We must all pull together to fill an oil pipeline that’s three-quarters empty.”

Ivanka Trump Clothing Line Reports Record Sales

Ivanka Trump Clothing Line Reports Record Sales
  • Mar 8, 2017
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“Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” Abigail Klem, the president of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand, tells Refinery29 in an interview published Tuesday. “For several different retailers Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever,” according to The Hill.

The news of a sales surge comes after Nordstrom announced in early February that it would no longer carry the 35-year-old’s clothing and accessories, citing poor product sales. The move caused President Trump to tweet shortly after the announcement that his daughter was being “treated so unfairly” by the luxury department store giant.

Also last month, Neiman Marcus stopped carrying the first daughter’s jewelry line on its website, and employees of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores were instructed to throw away any signage advertising her wares.

The Office of Government Ethics recommended disciplinary action against White House adviser Kellyanne Conway after she urged viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” during a February interview on “Fox & Friends.”

A campaign called Grab Your Wallet, which is critical of the Trump administration, asked shoppers to boycott retailers with any Ivanka or Donald Trump-branded products.

According to the e-commerce aggregator Lyst, from January to February, Ivanka Trump sales increased 346 percent, Refinery29 writes.

The mother of three announced in January that she would take a formal leave of absence from her apparel and accessories firm after her father became commander in chief, saying she would “no longer be involved with the management or operations” of the company.

Klem, a registered Democrat, says she attempts to limit any chatter between herself and the company’s namesake. “I really like Ivanka. We’re business associates. We’re very close in a way. … But I want to do this with real integrity. So I feel like, while we’re not banned from speaking personally, I think it’s easier if we talk as little as possible.”

Ethics counselors advised that the company cease using images of Ivanka Trump in “new promotional, advertising, or marketing materials,” according to the profile piece on Klem. The guidance apparently doesn’t impact existing marketing materials, such as the company’s website.

“It’s unprecedented what this brand is dealing with,” says Klem. “We are really committed to having the brand be separate, even from [Ivanka], so certainly her dad is even more distant from that. We’re committed to doing everything we can to carve an identity for this brand that is about what the brand stands for and the core brand attributes. And so absolutely, it complicated matters.”

Nike has a new product for Muslim women: The ‘Pro Hijab’

Nike has a new product for Muslim women: The 'Pro Hijab'
  • Mar 8, 2017
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The head cover, called the “Nike Pro Hijab,” boasts a single-layer pull-on design made from lightweight polyester in dark, neutral colors. The fabric’s tiny holes will make it breathable while remaining opaque, a requirement for hijab-wearing women, reports with reference to CNN.

Nike said it began developing the hijab after some Muslim athletes complained about wearing a traditional head scarf during competition.

The design process took 13 months, and the final product will be available for sale in the company’s Spring 2018 season.

Nike said the hijab is already being worn by Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari.

“I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab,” Lari said in a statement. “I’ve tried so many different hijabs for performance, and … so few of them actually work for me. But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight.”

The move comes just weeks after a controversial Nike ad released in the Middle East.

It featured five successful female professional from different parts of the Arab world pursing their athletic dreams while a voice asks, “what will they say about you?” It’s a rhetorical question that many young Arab women face if they step out of cultural and traditional norms.

The video went viral with million of views on social media, prompting a debate over its message.

It should be recalled that Nike has also launched the first plus-size range.