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27 juin 2011 1 27 /06 /juin /2011 07:28


I was very interested in what you just said. I was on a panel, which discussed the connection between democratisation and economic modernisation, which, it was a bit of a chicken and egg kind of discussion. There was one group of people who think that democracy came as a result of economic modernisation, and another group, I think, was very much of the view you've just outlined, - that democracy or democratisation, the extension of freedom, is absolutely necessary for successful economic modernisation.
And then people talked about what's the experience of history in these things and why was it not possible for Russia to pursue the path of China, for example, or other countries which were very successful in their economic development under authoritarian systems, and then democracies came after - they had achieved a certain level of success.

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25 juin 2011 6 25 /06 /juin /2011 07:17

Haute couture returned to its roots on Wednesday with a Jean Paul Gaultier show that swapped the usual booming sound track for a disembodied voice that read the name, number and a brief description of each look - just as it was done during couture's postwar heyday.

The painstaking craftsmanship that in part justifies astronomical price tags was on bold display at Frank Sorbier. The Frenchman injected the street wear of Lower East Side Manhattanites and Plains Indian women with a stiff dose of Parisian chic.

Valentino sent out a whisper-light collection of transparent, lace-and-chiffon dresses with an easy, breezy elegance, and many of the models wore chokers made from see-through plastic butterflies.

Lebanese designer Elie Saab continued his assault on red-carpets worldwide with another collection of tasteful gowns doused with flashbulb-friendly sparkle.

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25 juin 2011 6 25 /06 /juin /2011 07:16

On Tuesday, luxury supernova Chanel and cross-town rival Givenchy fielded their collections and haute couture got tugged in opposite directions. Chanel channeled the street - embracing the mixed-up, casual-chic styles of today's trendsetting It Girls - while Givenchy sent out what can only be described as extreme haute couture - breathtaking, Baroque garments that crossed the divide between clothes and art.

Karl Lagerfeld layered delicate hand-beaded jackets over skinny jeans and flats. But at Givenchy, the rarified world of couture moved even further from reality with a capsule collection of tulle gowns entirely covered in pearls, sequins, beads, chiffon petals and ostrich feathers. The dresses took up to 4,000 hours of painstaking labor a piece and fetch six-figure prices.

French designer Stephane Rolland continued to show why he's become a favorite of princesses worldwide. His collection was made for women whose packed social calendars provide them ample opportunities to work dramatic statement gowns.

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25 juin 2011 6 25 /06 /juin /2011 07:15

THE demise of couture has been long foretold: It's too expensive, observers say, too fussy, too time-consuming, too incompatible with the way people live today. Couture is breathing its last, they gravely assert, season after season.

But one look at the audience at Dior's spring-summer 2011 haute couture show on Monday at Paris Fashion Week, which concluded yesterday, sufficed to suggest the contrary.

Nearly 1,000 guests braved a persistent drizzle and impossibly cramped seats to marvel at - and perhaps, later, invest in - the spectacular, outlandish, impractical and astronomically priced made-to-measure concoctions. That was about twice as many as attended last season's show.

Georgio Armani, a red carpet favorite, gave his celebrity fans lots to lust after with a high-sheen collection of futuristic column dresses.

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25 juin 2011 6 25 /06 /juin /2011 07:12

BEIJING - Beauty may take your breath away, but a glamorous wedding is almost certain to take your savings away.

That was the message many young couples took from the first day of the annual China Wedding Expo in Beijing on Friday.

The expo, which lasts until Sunday, is a one-stop shop for those planning their big day. It is packed with 1,800 retailers, from caterers and florists to photographers and cake designers.

Thousands of future brides and grooms were busy pinning down the little details that go into creating the perfect wedding, although many found the array of choices and high prices somewhat overwhelming.

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 07:41

Full skirts and belts that cinch the waist - not hip huggers - are in for springtime's 1950s new look by Gucci. It's modern, graphic, swinging and circles the body, writes Michelle Zhang.
The city's fashionistas have returned from their shop-til-you-drop Chinese New Year holiday in prime destinations like Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Milan and Paris.
More and more people returning from Hong Kong, the nearest shopping magnet, however, complain about the slight price increase in the region's luxury goods.
On the other hand, more locals tend to buy luxury goods at home for a more comfortable shopping experience. All in all, dealing with large pieces of luggage homebound in economy class is no fun. Of course, if you're buying luxury, you probably ought to fly business or first-class.

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 07:39


Sidney names her collection "Habesha," which, according to her, means "to mix" in a local dialect from Ethiopia.
Born in Guyana with Haitian parents, Sidney was brought up in Paris, the capital of style and design.
A trip to Shanghai to visit her friends in 2006 changed her life - she was a marketing executive in the airline industry, now she's a fashion designer.
"I fell in love with the local fabric markets immediately," she recalls.
"And I happened to bring some African wax with me. One day, when I walked in a fabric market, the idea came to me all in a sudden - why not integrate Chinese style with wax?

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 07:37

While many designers are adding Chinese touches to modern Western silhouettes, Parisian designer Sheilla Sidney is doing just the opposite. In her debut collection, which is about to hit the market later this month, she blends exotic African fabric with traditional Chinese styles.
The 30-year-old says his collection is designed for elegant, confident women aged above 26. The inspiration came from a recent trip to Barcelona, where he was fascinated by the architecture, plants, seaside and the sky.
He uses leather treated with different processes to create jackets, coats, pants and skirts featuring a tough feel but a soft touch.
"Though I have used a lot of leather and fur, my works are by no means pretentious or showy," he says. "I've tried my best to bring a natural, comfortable feeling to the wearers."

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 07:31

There's a crush of young designers trying to break into the fashion scene while the size of the high-end clothes horse target is fairly static. Competition is furious. Michelle Zhang takes a look.
Shanghai-based fashion designers are stressing the marketing and merchandising of their styles, as demonstrated in the recent showcase of six designer's autumn/winter collections. They highlighted the ongoing Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival that ends late this month.
Harbin-born, Singapore-educated designer Zhai Yanxin opened the three-day event last week at Park 2 Space, a new creative zone that once was China's first shipyard manufacturing base. His collection blends classic styles, new proportions and futuristic elements.

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22 juin 2011 3 22 /06 /juin /2011 07:38

Indonesia said it had safely evacuated hundreds of people living near Mount Karangetang off northern Sulawesi island as authorities issued a red alert on Saturday following its eruption.

Nearly 600 people live in three villages four kilometers from the volcano's western peak, from which lava continues to spew as it disgorges heat clouds, government volcanologist Kristianto said.

"The volcano is still in the phase of eruption. We detected lava flow which reached as far as 1,800 meters," he added.

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