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Audrey Hepburn’s Personal Collection Goes on the Block at Christie’s

LONDON — Must-see collections will not be limited to the runways of the four fashion capitals this fall. September will also play host to a trio of high-profile auctions that put the private artworks and personal possessions of three tastemakers with strong ties to the fashion world under the hammer. Sotheby’s is set to hold two major sales: The first, in London on Sept. 13, will be composed of photographs, paintings and sculpture owned by the Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino, known for his Vogue covers and Princess Diana portraits….

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Tabletop dancers and a touch of The Block: how David Jones launched summer

David Jones certainly gave a more sophisticated meaning to the term “tabletop dancer” at a summer launch that invoked both the spirit of post-war Dior and enough room transformations to rival an episode of The Block. Atop a raised catwalk set between a lavishly set dinner table for more than 300 VIP guests – a nod to the 1948 Dior parade held in the same venue – the department store launched summer 2017 with a host of new fashion faces, as well as its most diverse model line-up in recent…

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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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House panel seeks to block FDA 'vaping' rules

A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules. The legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. It would exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews. The development comes as the Trump administration has delayed enforcement of the new FDA rule and the e-cigarette industry is hopeful that efforts to roll…

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London tower block residents 'must leave' says council

Media playback is unsupported on your device Residents who refused to leave north London tower blocks over fire safety fears are being told they “must leave”. Camden Council said on Sunday that staff would continue asking those people who had not yet left the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage to vacate their flats. About 20 households had refused to leave their homes by Saturday evening. Meanwhile, cladding on 34 tower blocks in 17 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests. Where have fire cladding tests failed? The leader…

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The Maven Denver: Dairy Block Building

Photos Credit: The Maven Denver’s past is as exciting as its future; on the cutting edge of restaurants and new hotels, reestablished historic buildings and architectural modern marvels, the city is bustling with energy and excitement with an influx of new visitors and residents. The Maven is a hotel in the middle of it all, at the Dairy Block. Situated in Lower Downtown, or LoDo, The Maven blends cosmopolitan amenities, a high-end art collection, cool cocktail lounge, and contemporary restaurant Kachina into the space. Upon entering the lobby, guests can’t…

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Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason

Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Officials said “an administrative measure” had been taken, but gave no reason why. Turkish media said authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content by writers “supporting terror”. Turkey has temporarily blocked social media sites including Facebook and Twitter in the past, usually following protests or terror attacks. The Turkey Blocks monitoring group said Wikipedia was unreachable from 08:00 (05:00 GMT). People in Istanbul were unable to access any pages without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). “After…

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