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Fashion Review: Moncler Makes a Multiverse

Forget collaborations, those one-off initiatives where a high-end fashion brand hooks up with a hip underground or mass-market name to the ironically mutual market-opening benefit of both. That’s so last season! Over, passé, a dead duck. Remo Ruffini, the chief executive of Moncler, the Italian puffer coat specialist, has a new idea and it’s, well, genius. If he does say so himself. Which he does: “Genius” being the name of his latest fashion project, unveiled Tuesday night at what the brand dubbed the Moncler Genius Building (not to confused with…

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Commonwealth makes secret succession plans

The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. The Commonwealth has set up a “high level group” to look at the way the international organisation is governed. This group is meeting later, officially to review how the Commonwealth is run by its secretariat and governors. However, senior sources added that the gathering in London would…

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Williams makes return to competitive tennis five months after giving birth

Former world number one Serena Williams made her return to competitive tennis five months after giving birth as she teamed up with sister Venus for the US team in the Fed Cup. In what was a last-minute change to the billing as the Americans had already won the tie against the Netherlands, the pair lost the dead doubles rubber 6-2 6-3. But this was never about the scoreline, as demonstrated by the standing ovation and loud cheers that welcomed back the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. And among those in…

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Orange Is The New Black's Taystee makes New York Fashion Week debut

If fashion had a spirit animal it would be the peacock. And nowhere is that flashy, fabulous bird more at home than at New York Fashion Week. Over the weekend, designer Christian Siriano presented his 10th anniversary show with human peacocks peppered in the front row, on the runway and in his look book. Dion Lee’s NSFW look at NYFW. Photo: Marcus Tondo Siriano, an advocate for diversity in the industry, cast Orange Is The New Black star Danielle ‘Taystee’ Brooks for her NYFW runway debut in a peacock turquoise chiffon slip gown. She received rapturous applause by famous faces…

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Chicago West makes debut in Kylie Jenner's birth announcement video

Just when you thought there was enough Kardashian news for the morning (ICYMI: Kylie Jenner had a baby without ever revealing she was pregnant), here is your first look at young Chicago West. The third child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who was born via surrogate last month, has made her public debut in the 11-minute video posted by Kylie Jenner to announce the birth of her own baby girl on February 1. Kylie Jenner holds Chicago West as Kim Kardashian looks on in Jenner’s “To Our Daughter” video. Photo:…

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Cech makes error as Swansea shock Arsenal

Swansea City moved out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since November following a shock victory over Arsenal. A horrendous error from goalkeeper Petr Cech allowed Jordan Ayew to score a tap-in which put the hosts ahead just after the hour mark, before Sam Clucas’ second goal made the result safe. Mesut Ozil’s sensational pass had allowed Nacho Monreal to open the scoring for the Gunners, but Clucas levelled for Swansea within a minute at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea earned back-to-back wins for the first time…

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Scientists discover how giardia parasite makes you ill

It is a stomach bug known to afflict some backpackers with bouts of uncomfortable diarrhoea. Now scientists say they have discovered how the parasites that cause giardiasis – one of the world’s most common gastric diseases – make people ill. Giardia parasites mimic human cell functions to break apart cells in the gut and feed inside, researchers found. This also allows bacteria already present in the body to join in and feed from the same nutrients, they said. ‘Ready meals’ Some 500,000 cases of giardiasis are diagnosed each year, with…

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