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  • Fendi facing haute furore at Paris Fashion Week
    Fendi facing haute furore at Paris Fashion Week

    With fashionistas baking in a mascara-melting heatwave and Italy's Fendi set to raise hackles with an all-fur collection, Paris Fashion Week, which began Sunday, may prove a tad too haute to handle. Five days of haute couture shows kicked off with Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko's first ever showing at Paris Fashion Week, with several of her models decked out in fur bonnets or a fur coat. French film icon and ardent animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot has already registered her …

  • 'Beauty and the beast' couples were likely friends first: study
    'Beauty and the beast' couples were likely friends first: study

    Getting to know someone before becoming romantically involved could bring out attributes other than the obvious physical ones and these may even enhance their physical beauty, according to a new study. Together with her colleagues, Lucy Hunt of the University of Texas at Austin set out to understand the phenomenon of individuals with similar physical and personality characteristics -- as well as like behavioral tendencies -- who couple together. In other words, those with desirable …

  • Exhibits to see in Paris between fashion shows
    Exhibits to see in Paris between fashion shows

    Paris's haute couture fashion week is almost upon us, but before fashionistas can marvel at the incredible designs showing upon the catwalks July 5-9, there is plenty to see in the nation's capital. Halfway between a jewel and a functional object, the button is the star of the moment at the Musée des Arts décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts). On exhibit will be a collection of some 3000 buttons, dating from the 18th century to the 20th century. …

  • Men's Fashion Week Paris: an exotic, sporty and feminine spring/summer 2016
    Men's Fashion Week Paris: an exotic, sporty and feminine spring/summer 2016

    Men's fashion week in Paris came to a close on June 28 with the Saint Laurent show, an affair that presented a very rock n' roll collection clearly reminiscent of the late Kurt Cobain's iconic style. Men are headed for adventure come spring/summer 2016, with jumpsuits, baggy pants and backpack in the spotlight. Louis Vuitton takes man across the globe, especially to Asia, with plant and animal prints, but also with camouflage vests worn with sunglasses and large backbacks. …

  • UNESCO lists Champagne's vineyards and wine cellars
    UNESCO lists Champagne's vineyards and wine cellars

    The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world's most famous sparking wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO on Saturday. In a double victory for French wine, the vineyards of Burgundy were crowned with the same prestigious distinction by the UN cultural body in the German city of Bonn. …

  • Square fruit: Odd shaped melons herald Japan summer
    Square fruit: Odd shaped melons herald Japan summer

    Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons. Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown Tokyo, a cube-shaped watermelon, about the size of a baby's head, sells for 12,960 yen ($105). Farmers plant young watermelons inside acrylic containers to get the desired shape. …

  • Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
    Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style

    A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. This new group of startups is essentially hacking the food sector with new ideas and technologies about food and with strong ties to Silicon Valley. …

  • Pre-marriage weddingmoons trend among stressed out couples
    Pre-marriage weddingmoons trend among stressed out couples

    The caterer has just made local news because they sickened dozens with food poisoning. A pre-wedding vacation trend that more and more couples are taking to break away from wedding-related stress. It’s the latest trend after babymoons and minimoons, in which couples set off on their last hoorah before the birth of baby, or newlyweds eschew the big Hawaii honeymoon for a weekend getaway or staycation. …

  • Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple
    Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple

    As California tourist Jen Hurd Bohn stood waiting in line at the Eiffel Tower, she spotted an intimate moment unfold between a couple and knew she was witnessing an unmistakable proposal. Enter, the power of the internet, and Facebook. …

  • Teens make sex safer with STD-detecting condom
    Teens make sex safer with STD-detecting condom

    At the pubescent age of 14, three boys have demonstrated remarkable intuition when it comes to sex, conceiving a condom that changes color to indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). "We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors," says 14-year-old team member Daanyaal Ali. The team of boys from Isaac Newton …

  • Year after tour, Beyonce back for husband's festival
    Year after tour, Beyonce back for husband's festival

    Beyonce will play her first full show in a year as the pop superstar headlines a festival in Philadelphia founded by her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z. R&B singer The Weeknd and alternative rock bands Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse will also play the Budweiser Made in America festival on September 5-6. Jay-Z founded the festival in 2012 with the support of Budweiser -- the popular American beer whose parent company is now Belgian -- and last year expanded to a second venue in Los Angeles on …

  • Foodies could be the healthiest among us: study
    Foodies could be the healthiest among us: study

    Hailing from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the US, the research team worked with survey responses from 502 women residing in the US of a mean age of 26.8 and whose average body mass index (BMI) was 25.96. What's more they were likely to prepare meals that corresponded to their heritage and had a slightly lower BMIs than their counterparts. …

  • Going vegan can lead to weight loss: study
    Going vegan can lead to weight loss: study

    Sticking to a vegan diet could be one of the best ways to lose weight, according to a new study that suggests vegans lose an average of two kilograms more on the short term than individuals on other diet plans. The review analyzed the results of 12 studies about veganism with data from a total of 1,151 dieters spanning between nine and 74 weeks of slimming efforts. It's the first study to compare data from vegan plans against that of the Atkins diet and others recommended by the American …

  • Are you raising a healthy child?
    Are you raising a healthy child?

    Are you raising a healthy child? …

  • Foodies could be the healthiest among us: study
    Foodies could be the healthiest among us: study

    Hailing from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the US, the research team worked with survey responses from 502 women residing in the US of a mean age of 26.8 and whose average body mass index (BMI) was 25.96. What's more they were likely to prepare meals that corresponded to their heritage and had a slightly lower BMIs than their counterparts. …