Flashback mode: The best of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over the years

  At the end of November, some of the most stunning women on Earth will be jetting off to Shanghai, China, to star in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (VSFS) — one of the world’s most hotly followed events. The show, which this year brings a collaboration with fashion house Balmain, will be broadcast November 28 on CBS. Ahead of the big day, here’s a look at some standout moments from previous editions of the VSFS, since it began in 1995. In 2006, iconic model Gisele Bündchen said goodbye to the Victoria’s…

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BirkenShock! After 242 Years, Birkenstock Premieres at Paris Fashion Week

  1/6 Photo: Courtesy of Birkenstock The German health shoe brand Birkenstock is a bit like kale. It’s neither glamorous, nor exotic–no asparagus, no quinoa–yet it makes people feel good, almost virtuous. Because they know it is good for them. Last night in Paris this unbelievably venerable German footwear brand (it was founded in 1774) did something rather unexpected: It held what must have been a hugely expensive showcase and party in the temporary showspace of the Tuileries Gardens. There was a purpose built pavilion, all pine walkways and soothing…

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Royal Ascot 2017 fashion: from edible hats to equestrian embellishment, we chart the weird, wonderful and wackiest style from this year’s races

With the British summer now in full swing, today it fell to Royal Ascot to kick off its festivities. Opening this morning with an expected 300,000 attendees expected over the 5-day event, all eyes are on the Berkshire racecourse for a whole host of different reasons. But while a number of people will be keeping up to date with the odds and the races, many more of us annually find our attention drawn to Ascot’s sartorial highlights. Famed for its ability to welcome some of the most extravagant head wear,…

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Unhealthy lifestyle may cause 17.6 million cancer-related deaths globally in 30 years – WHO

] The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the world may record more than 17 million cancer-related deaths in the next 20 to 30 years if unhealthy lifestyle choices should continue. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday that African countries would be the most affected by the disease. “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with approximately 8.8 million cancer-related deaths in 2015. “Within the next 20-30 years, the global death rate due to cancer is expected to…

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PHOTOS: FIRST LADY INAUGURAL BALL FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS

At Friday night’s inaugural balls, Melania Trump got her first opportunity as first lady to show off her fashion sense at a formal event. She wore an ivory column gown reportedly designed by the former creative director of Carolina Herrera, Herve Pierre. Celebrating the new president with a ball is a tradition that dates all the way back to our first president, when one was held in George Washington’s honor in New York City, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies. It was not until 1809, however, that…

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Michelle Obama’s fashion legacy and the style tips we’ve learned from her over the past eight years

Michelle Obama isn’t the only first lady since Jackie O to use fashion to define her public persona. But she’s indisputably the master and showed her class as she left the White House in an understated Jason Wu dress which left new First Lady Melania Trump to take centre stage – even if that Tiffany gift left her a little flustered. Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton all knew the importance of style when it came to establishing substance. Nancy used her signature ‘Reagan Red’ to show her patriotism,…

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Will Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren dress Melania Trump for the inauguration?

Who Melania wears at the inauguration on Friday will be as important, if not more so, than what she wears. There is little doubt that she will look polished, expensive and chic in her two outfits – a day outfit for the swearing-in, and a ballgown for evening. Anyone expecting an excess of cleavage or bling has not been paying attention to the makeunder (tone-it-down makeover, as also undergone by Kim Kardashian) that has seen Trump embrace a new look: neutrals (the camel coat she wore on election day), on-trend…

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100 years of First Lady fashion: What the Presidents’ wives wore to inaugural balls – and what it says about them

For a fledgling first lady there’s a lot riding on her inaugural gown. Obviously the name of the game is looking smoking hot. Hell, with the eyes of the world upon you, who wouldn’t want to be the belle of the Inaugural Ball? No one knows what Melania Trump will wear on Friday night, but we suspect she’ll have been planning her outfit ever since Trump won the presidency in November. But it’s not just as easy as choosing a pretty frock. The ball is the First Lady’s moment to…

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WhatsApp Saw 63 Billion Messages Sent Globally on New Year’s Eve

WhatsApp has revealed that New Year’s Eve saw 63 billion messages being sent globally. As we reported last week, a very significant part of that massive number was generated by India – which saw 14 billion messages being sent on the day. Both numbers set new single-day records for the messaging app. Of the 63 billion messages sent, there were 7.9 billion images, and 2.4 billion videos, the Facebook-owned messaging firm revealed, in a statement to Venture Beat. As we mentioned, New Year’s Eve saw 14 billion WhatsApp messages sent…

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New Brunswick secures $230M more for health care from Ottawa over 10 years

New Brunswick has secured $230 million more for health care from the federal government over the next decade, Premier Brian Gallant announced today. The bilateral deal — the first reached since talks between federal and provincial governments broke down earlier this week — includes funding for home care and mental health, he said at a news conference in Fredericton. It represents an estimated annual increase of 4.1 per cent — “the middle ground” between the 3.5 per cent that the federal government had been offering and the provinces’ counter-offer of 5.2 per…

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