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An Awakening: KONY 2012

By Charlotte Jacovou

Kony 2012 is an ‘international justice’ internet campaign by humanitarian group Invisible Children. THe video has brought uganan conflict into the light. The movement was started to raise awareness about the alleged war crimes committed by Ugandan military group the Lord’s Resistance Army under the leadership of Joseph Kony.  It aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

Kony is wanted on 33 separate criminal charges, including 12 counts of crimes against humanity, following a hearing at the International Criminal Court in 2005. Other charges include murder, enslavement and rape, while the US has named Kony as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists after being on the run for over 26 years.

The militant is believed to have overseen the guerrilla group’s abduction of an estimated 66,000 children, forcing them to become child soldiers. 

The video posted by the “invisible Children on Youtbe on the 5th of March the video has gone viral, with the world sharing it on social netwroking platforms. As at March 7th 18:22pm GMT the video had amassed 4,285,557  views, thats over 4 million hits in just 48 hours. Today ’KONY 2012’ and ‘Invisible Children’ were trending worldwide on Twitter, with the group’s 30-minute documentary being retweeted thousands of times.

HOW TO HELP:
Join TRI or Donate to Invisible Children: http://bit.ly/yp5Ffv
Purchase KONY 2012 products: http://invisiblechildrenstore.myshopify.com/
Sign the Pledge: http://www.causes.com/causes/227-invisible-children

BEAUTY NOTES : THE ART OF APPLICATION

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OH MICKEY YOU’RE SO FINE

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WHAT INSPIRED ME TODAY : HOPE & GLORY

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WHAT INSPIRED ME TODAY : PAKAYLA BIEHN’S DOUBLE EXPOSURE PAINTINGS

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WHATS NEW AT PROENZA

By Lindsey Alt

If there is one thing Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez do best, its innovation. The pair are known for their unique expression of art and youth culture through expert tailoring and customized fabrication. With the launch of the PS1 in 2008, the two designer behind mega-brand, Proenza Schouler, redefined what it meant to be an “it-bag”. The newest editions to their handbag line-up include spectator stripes, python and a perfectly florescent neon. Although they are undoubtedly stunning, these pretty bags will cost you an even prettier penny… start saving ladies.

HOME TRENDS : CHUNKY ARON KNITS

By Mitchell Kass

Ten Defining Items of Spring 12

By Melissa Moylan

‘Tis the time for lists isn’t it? And so here’s one packed with the most influential Spring 12 runway key items. Over the past several weeks I’ve been posting reports on Fashion Snoops, with a grand total of OVER 100 KEY ITEMS on the site right now (what are you waiting for?!). Here’s where I give my personal view on the movers and shakers that shaped the season.

#1 MOVE OVER MAXI, THESE ARE ASYMMETRIC TIMES!

Sure there are still maxis, and columns and midis. But the big news in hemlines this season is asymmetric hems, found upon dresses and skirts. Another alternative is the handkerchief hem.

#2 CROP THIS WAY

Cropped silhouettes aren’t exactly new.. but this time around they come with more variety to suite both the junior and contemporary market. Cropped tops, knits and sweaters are all present, with the most forward interpretation coming from midriff tops.

#3 BOXY LADY

I’ve mentioned boxy or pop over tops early on in the season. In knit or woven styles, boxy shapes provide one of the newest shape directions in tops.

#4 INNER AS OUTER

The junior market has favored bandeau tops as a layering component for the past few seasons. Bandeaus stick around for S12, while the day braturns up everywhere – set to a number of 50s looks.

#5 PEPLUMS

Pencil skirts continue forward as a must-have for Spring 12. Peplumsserve as the ultimate update to the pencil, while peplum tops are also fair game. And if you’re REALLY forward, check out the peplum pants at Dries Van Noten.

#6 FLIRTING WITH THE FIFTIES

As one of the season’s most popular theme expressions, Mid Century Modern aka the 50s, features key items like the fit n flare dress and full skirtHot pants, THE short of the season, are commonly factored in to ladylike looks, even if they’re borrowed from another decade.

#7 CUT IT OUT

Cutouts? Again? YES! As one of Spring 12′s leading details, a commercial yet new application comes in the form of shoulder cutouts on tops.

#8 SOMETHING SHEER

If this is starting to sound familiar, you may have followed my blogs during runway season in which NYLondonMilan and Paris all featured sheer garments. Two of the most relevant applications include sheer dresses and skirts, which were first featured in Givenchy’s Spring 11 collection. Fast forward one year, and sheer tops and pants are also considered.

#9 PUMP UP THE VOLUME

I first identified the wide leg pant as a trend for Spring 11, which moved forward for Fall 11/12 and remains important for Spring 12. Other volume silhouettes also take a cue from the wide leg including gaucho pants andculottes.

#10 WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS

Yes this is Spring/Summer but we can’t forget about outerwear options can we? I talked about parkas and ponchos in Fall 11 collections and here they are again as must-haves. Several styles speak to an underlying athletic reference, which makes for a nice interpretation of the Urban Sport theme.

SS13 MENS GLOBAL THEMES

By Lindsey Alt

In case you didn’t have a chance, during our very wonderful holiday, to check out the Mens Global Themes on the site here is a breakdown of the trends we called out for SPRING 2013.

FUTURISTIC FITNESS

Probably my favorite theme for men in 2013, this trend focuses on the balance between futuristic couture and athletic inspiration. Minimalism is the key to keeping this trend balance with a monochromatic color palette and touches of metallic and holographic finishes. Look to brands like Y-3 and Margiela for inspiration.

TROPICAL SABBATICAL

With a huge sweep of tropical influences, SS13 for men also supports a sea-side trend, from over-sized Hawaiian prints to casual resort wear. We focus on the diver watch being a key element in supporting this trend as scuba gear is a major influence. New fabrics such as Neoprene, nylon and ripstop are highlighted.

AFRICAN WARRIOR

From gladiator sandals and safari inspired bags at Michael Kors to straw materials and bright colors at Burberry, there was a vast range of African influences. We look to new material combinations and fabrications such as canvas, braided jute and wax-finished leathers. Over-sized cuffs and neck-wear also make a statement for SS13, setting a new identification from past seasons’ African expression.

ALMOST FAMOUS

Taking inspiration from pure Rock-n-Roll, this trend is not defined by a specific decade but rather a free-spirited and grungy sensibility. For many decades music has influenced fashion but one consist trend taken from the industry is a nod to rocker’s non-nonchalant garb. With juxtapositions from distressed and worn in tailoring at John Varvatos to casual kick-back Cobain style at Nicholas K, this trend is sure to fill the shelves for SS13 with more attitude and style than any of the others.

COLOR PREDICTIONS: 

FLAMINGO PINK

By Mitchell Kass


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