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Month: June 2015

Lanvin 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

Lucas Ossendrijver has unveiled Lanvin’s 2016 spring/summer collection as a part of Paris Fashion Week. The toned, effortlessly versatile line presents a variety of classic everyday looks, which collectively boast minute, yet perceivable tailored refinements that reassuringly speaks for one’s style consciousness in true Lanvin fashion. Tops feature drooping neck lines that exaggerate the conventional combination of a tee and fitted blazer. Shirts and jackets alike have thin, frayed ends, adding a dramatic panache to the expressive, invitingly dark ensembles. Multiple coats, revealing a wrapped sash have been produced, including a full leather piece that complements the skinny black trousers they are respectively paired with — a simple look in and of itself. Grabbing hold of their rucksack, and wearing raised shorts, models appear ready to go dressed in blazer jackets layered over collar shirts with rolled arms. In direct contrast are tonal suiting options baring an open chest area due to the deep, sharp cut of the lapel. A noteworthy outfit is a dark, navy blue wool coat, with large, rolled arm sleeves exposing a velvet inner lining, placed over a smaller, midnight blue jacket, vertically zipped half-way, meeting the center sash, and matched with black jeans and leather sneakers sporting a metallic silver zipper centered across its front. Article source:...

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Saint Laurent 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

Hedi Slimane continues to leave his imprint on the iconic fashion label formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent by venturing further from the line’s historically recognizable identity in his latest collection. Saint Laurent’s 2016 spring/summer collection can effectively be summarized as embodying the vintage, California punk-rock skate scene from the 1970′s, a vast departure from black and white, “Parisian chic.” Skin tight silhouettes, contrived of staple bohemian threads such as ponchos; lightweight jackets, cardigans, flannels and beanies flaunt colorful patterns and graphics, coinciding with the nonchalant attitude of the models, sporting dyed hair and hidden behind oversized white sunglasses. Traces of traditional Saint Laurent — black leather and cheetah print have been intertwined with ensembles that feature vibrant palm trees prints, faded, ripped denim, and seemingly beat up, well-worn low top canvas sneakers. Accessories like trucker caps, and puka shell necklaces convincingly complete the old-school, Thrashin‘ inspired skater boy looks. Share your initial reactions with us regarding Saint Laurent’s latest offerings by commenting below. Article source:...

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A Closer Look at the Nike KD8

Kevin Durant’s newest signature shoe for Nike boasts two feats in technology that have not yet seen the day of light in a basketball shoe — a Flyweave upper and a full-length Zoom Air unit. These two cutting edge elements are inspired by the versatile player himself, with a dynamic and flexible shoe that is a first for Nike Basketball. Designed by Nike designer Leo Chang in collaboration with Durant, the shoe features the innovative and high strength woven textile Flyweave upper resulting in the brand’s most technically precise shoe. Combined with Flywire cables, the durability is unmatched while still being flexible and feeling like a second skin. Sitting upon another first, the shoe features a full-length Zoom Air unit that intuitively moves and flexes with your foot. Design-wise, the shoe is inspired by a sabretooth tiger, the same tiger of which Durant has a tattoo above his right ankle. Inspired by its predatory instincts, the shoe’s heels mimic its fangs, with a high wrapping midsole that also keeps the foot locked and stable. For its introductory colorway, the KD8 is available in a celebratory “July 4″ colorway as well as a fiery matte red “V8.” The former celebrates Durant’s favorite holiday in a patriotic melange of red white and blue atop a striking red Zoom Air unit. For the “V8,” inspiration was taken from Durant’s customized Camaro. The silhouette is...

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Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

Face it. Your photos aren’t all that interesting. But Facebook’s going to help you jazz them up with its shiny new photo uploader, which just began testing on iOS. It lets you add overlaid text in any color, instantly preview filters that you swipe across your photos, or paste Facebook’s stickers on top. Facebook offered more standard filters before and had tested photo stickers, but now they live with the fresh text option in the new enhancements tray. Add overlaid text to Facebook photos with the new uploader If putting text, swipeable filters, and re-sizable emoji on photos sounds familiar, it might be because that’s exactly what Snapchat does. Since Facebook’s failed acquisition bid, it’s watched Snapchat grow and grow. Its attempts to clone Snapchat as a whole, Poke and Slingshot, have failed. Meanwhile, Japanese messaging app Line has gotten big on the back of stickers. So Facebook’s simply trying to bake the best of everything else into its own. We’ve requested comment from Facebook about how many users have this new interface and how it will be rolled out. We’ll update with its response. Facebook for Android has text and sticker overlays, but lacks filters beyond an auto-enhance feature. Those with the new Facebook uploader on iOS will see a vertical line swoop across their chosen photo, alerting them they can swipe to immediately adjust the shot with “Auto”...

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10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding

We read a lot about the seemingly 50-plus eight-figure venture rounds happening every day. All those great stories; this Razor-a-Day company raising at $600 million, that Valets-for-Pets company raising at $400 million. And we see a lot of advice on how to put together a good deck, do a good pitch, etc. What I’ve rarely seen is founder advice on why deals fall apart post-term sheet. And, it turns out, this happens a lot more than you might realize. Especially these days, when timing is so compressed. In the old days when I raised money for my startups (’02, ’05, ’08), the VCs had tons of time, weeks or more, to do due diligence (i.e., to learn more about a company in which they are interested in investing). Today, term sheets are often issued just days, or even hours, after the first meeting. This means that due diligence is really done post-term sheet, not pre-term sheet. And deals can fall apart here. VCs operate in one of two modes — greed or fear. As a founder, your job is to make sure nothing really comes up post-term sheet, but pre-closing that creates enough fear to trump the greed. Most importantly, minimize surprises. All startups have issues and challenges, and all deals have some “hair” on them. But finding out post-term sheet about too many material issues can lead VCs to run for the hills. With that,...

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