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Milan Fashion Week: How Paul Surridge took the reins of Cavalli

Putting together a fashion show is a lot of pressure. But imagine doing it with eight weeks’ notice. That’s the challenge British-born Paul Surridge faced last year when he took over as creative director of Italian clothing brand Roberto Cavalli, with less than two months to go until Milan Fashion Week. But, he tells BBC News, the tight turnaround was arguably a blessing in disguise – as it didn’t give him time to stop and think about the huge job he’d just inherited. “When you think about whose shoes you’re…

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Ashley Jensen's husband Terence Beesley took his own life, inquest hears

The husband of Extras actress Ashley Jensen took his own life at their Somerset home, an inquest has heard. Emergency services were called to actor Terence Beesley’s home in Camerton, near Bath, on the afternoon of 30 November last year. Avon Coroner’s Court heard the 60-year-old was found in a car in his garage. Coroner Peter Harrowing concluded that his death had been as a result of suicide. The medical cause of death was carbon monoxide toxicity. ‘Never forget’ In a statement read out at the hearing, Jensen – whose…

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England batsmen took right risks but executed poorly – Morgan

Twenty20 tri-series, Hobart: England 155-9 (20 overs): Malan 50, Maxwell 3-10 Australia 161-5 (18.3 overs): Maxwell 103*, Willey 3-28 Australia won by five wickets Scorecard England’s batsmen were “right” to take risks but the execution was “not up to scratch” in Twenty20 tri-series defeat by Australia, says captain Eoin Morgan. From 94-2 in the 10th over, the tourists lost six wickets for 33 runs, before recovering to post 155-9. Glenn Maxwell hit a sublime 103 not out to guide Australia to a five-wicket win in England’s first game of the…

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Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement

The Miss America pageant has never been a progressive event, but in 1968, it sparked a feminist revolution. As women organized the first protest against Miss America, they were responding not only to the pageant and its antiquated, misogynistic attitudes toward women and beauty, but also to how the United States, as a whole, treated women. The 1968 uprising was conceived by a radical feminist named Carol Hanisch, who popularized the phrase, “The personal is political.” Disrupting the beauty contest, she thought, in the summer of that year, “just might…

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Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement

The Miss America pageant has never been a progressive event, but in 1968, it sparked a feminist revolution. As women organized the first protest against Miss America, they were responding not only to the pageant and its antiquated, misogynistic attitudes toward women and beauty, but also to how the United States, as a whole, treated women. The 1968 uprising was conceived by a radical feminist named Carol Hanisch, who popularized the phrase, “The personal is political.” Disrupting the beauty contest, she thought, in the summer of that year, “just might…

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Remembering Azzedine Alaïa: The Designer Who Took Time

Advertisement The last time I saw Azzedine Alaïa, the Tunisian-French designer who died this past weekend and was possibly the last of the great couturiers, it was midnight on a Wednesday in July, after the final couture shows in Paris, and I had come down to his kitchen to say goodbye. I had been a Fashion Week guest in the hotel attached to his headquarters on Rue de Moussy since it opened, and after about 10 years I had earned kitchen privileges. That room — a large glass-ceilinged space with…

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