UNIQLO x Marimekko launches

UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, has announced a special edition collaboration line with Finnish design house Marimekko,
celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colors since 1951. The new collection for women, which will be available only for a limited time, will launch at UNIQLO stores and UNIQLO.com starting from Thursday, March 29*.

The collection embodies a shared commitment by the two companies to enhance daily living. For Marimekko, this is via its mission of empowering people to be happy as they are, and in bringing joy to their everyday lives through bold prints and colors. LifeWear is the UNIQLO commitment to creating high quality clothing that is functional and reasonably priced, to suit everyone’s daily lifestyles.

The nine-item collection combines the timelessly bold and vibrant print designs of Marimekko with the quality and comfort of UNIQLO’s casual street style. All of the prints are designed by Maija Louekari, one of Marimekko’s world-renowned print designers, and are inspired by nature and urban lifestyle.

A new print design has been specifically chosen to celebrate the collection, which is comprised of tops, dresses, pants, sneakers and bags. The silhouettes of the tops and dresses accentuate femininity, and the pants are available in both plain and printed styles.

Source: Uniqlo

Alessandra Ambrosio Wears Hilfiger Collection

Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp. has announced that supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio wore Hilfiger Collection to attend the 2018 amfAR Gala Hong Kong.

Ambrosio wore a custom open back slip gown in black velvet with crystal-embellished straps from Hilfiger Collection.

The Hilfiger Collection is currently available at select Tommy Hilfiger stores globally and on tommy.com.

Source: Tommy Hilfiger

News from Chiva-Som - Top 3 Tips For Better Sleep

Chiva-Som International Health Resort is renowned for its holistic approach to health and wellness with guests inspired by the nature of the stunning setting in Hua Hin, Thailand and the quality of expertise, treatments and facilities.

One of the constant challenges in current times facing many guests – and people the world over – is difficulty in getting to sleep and/or waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated – ready to face the day ahead.

Dr Jason Culp, Natural Physician at Chiva-Som since 2012 and Founder and Head Specialist for the Research team is continually exploring evidence-based natural therapies.

Dr Culp’s belief is that, in order to create sustainable health, one must fully engage and play an active role in one’s own wellness process and he looks to promote balance and well-being of mind, body, and spirit, using client empowerment, natural therapies, and lifestyle modifications.

Dr Culp’s 3 Tips for Better Sleep are:

Maintain consistent sleep and wake times. Your body becomes accustomed to patterns through conditioning and repetition. Do not push yourself to stay up when you feel sleepy. It is good to have a “getting ready for bed” routine to relax and prepare your body for sleep. A warm bath with lavender scent is a great way to relax the body and mind, unwinding your daily stressors before sleep. Teas are great for relaxing, but keep in mind that liquids too close to bedtime can cause you to wake frequently for the toilet throughout the night.

Do not read, watch TV, eat, or worry in bed. Solve daily problems and send those last-minute emails outside of the bedroom. If you find that you’ve been lying awake in bed for 15-20 minutes, get out of bed. Do something mundane until you feel sleepy, and then go back to bed. Your sleeping environment should be quiet, cool and comfortable. The room should be clutter-free. The hormone melatonin, which helps you fall asleep, is suppressed by light and released in darkness. Therefore, reduce the amount of light as much as possible by stopping the use of computers, TV, Smartphones, and Ipads at least one hour before bed. Reading a book (or liquid paper e-book) by a small bedside light is acceptable.

If your blood sugar drops while you are sleeping, this could trigger early waking. A small snack, preferably high protein (i.e. handful of nuts and seeds), may be necessary in the late evening, to promote stable blood sugar levels throughout the night. Other foods that can be disruptive to your sleep include: Caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and high sugar foods before bedtime.

“These are a few concepts of sleep hygiene and are essential for establishing healthy sleep patterns,” said Dr Culp.

“At Chiva-Som, we work to identify and correct the disruptive factors and obstacles to regulating sleep. This may be through dietary changes (reduce alcohol and coffee, etc.), lifestyle recommendations (improve sedentary lifestyle) and improve stress management skills. In addition to these changes, there are several physical health conditions that can cause or contribute to sleep issues and these can be explored with the client’s physician or with the health experts at Chiva-Som.”

Source: Chiva Som

Erin Holland on Grand Prix style and how to talk your way into a coveted marquee

As an ambassador for Heineken, model Erin Holland says the company has created a ‘Chatbot’ that features three stages for people to talk their way in to get on the coveted guest list for Heineken Saturday.

“The Chatbot will offer one winner in each state the chance to win a VIP Heineken Saturday experience at the Formula 1 2018 Grand Prix, including flights, accommodation and tickets for the winners and three of their friends,’’ says Erin.

“My Chatbot is known as ‘The Stylist’, which sets out fun style challenges to not only get people looking great for the F1, but give people the chance to win a new wardrobe courtesy of G-Star.”

The model spoke with Vogue ahead of the Formula 1 2018 Grand Prix, as she prepares to hold court at Heineken House–where Taboo and Apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas are also set to perform.

What defines a look for a day at the Grand Prix?
“The F1 in Australia has really evolved in the last few years—it’s becoming increasingly fashion forward and glam event, where you can really make a statement with your look. I love the mix of street style and chic fashion on offer. It’s a great event to showcase your own individual style.”

What shoes are essential?
“There are many amazingly stylish, yet comfortable alternative to stilettos out there at the moment, and comfort is key on a track day. I would go for a block heel or a bootie so you have stability on grass and concrete, yet still feel chic. There’s nothing worse that destroying a great pair of heels by sinking into the grass all day!”

Are ear muffs/ear plugs mandatory?
“If you’re trackside, then definitely worth investing in. These F1 beasts are beautiful and loud.”

What kinds of colours work best trackside?
“I think a colour always pops best! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with crisp whites either, white will pop against the dark racetrack and is perfect for a day event.”

How would you describe the perfect outfit?
“I think the great thing about the F1 is that you can be versatile with your look. You can be fashion forward, chic and classy, or rock something street style. What I will say however is, that this is Melbourne and things can get cold! So perhaps work a light jacket into your outfit, if you’re someone who gets cold like me easily.”

What will you be wearing?
“Currently working on a few looks with my stylist—something edgy, fashion forward to complement the incredible race cars we will see on display. I’m definitely thinking a bold colour.”

You seem to be popping up all over the place, what is keeping you busiest?
“It’s been a really wonderful start to 2018 I must say! Apart from continuing on with my The Star Sydney, Brisbane BMW/Ferrari, Qatar Airways and Endota Spa ambassadorships, I am in Melbourne a lot during March with Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, and of course the highly anticipated Heineken Saturday. It will be my first appearance at the F1, and I can’t wait to spend it at Heineken Saturday.”

Do you have any tips when it comes to eating and drinking?
“I tend to abide by a flexitarian diet—flexitarianism essentially means that I always try to make the healthiest choices for my diet, whilst never depriving myself 100 per cent of anything. So if I’m heading out for dinner that night, I’ll try to keep it to salads, protein and vegetables during the day so that I can indulge in dessert later. I’ve also tried to cut down on my meat consumption—swapping to fish a few nights a week and completely vegetarian for another night or two. I am human though—I simply can’t kick my sweet tooth!”

“I’ve learned to make better choices when enjoying a drink out too—keeping things light with Heineken 3 is fantastic, because it has lower calories, lower carbs and a really fresh and clean taste. A mid-strength beer is perfect for a day event like Heineken Saturday.”

What is the best kind of handbag to take with you?
“I can’t stress it enough, take one that’s big enough for the essentials. Track days are big days in the sun, so something on trend with a shoulder strap for comfort, plus big enough to pack my race day saviour items.”

What should you pack in your bag?
“My race day essentials include Neutrogena Ultra Sheer travel size—a day in the sun means sun safety is key, sunburn definitely won’t go with my outfit. A foundation compact and Endota Spa lip and cheek tint for touch ups, and my small Great Lengths hair brush keeps my hair looking thick and fab in the elements.”

“Definitely sunglasses as it is a day event, so make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action because it’s too bright and uncomfortable to enjoy watching the race or the entertainment. And lastly, a Quest Bar or 2, because when hunger strikes and there aren’t any great healthy options around, a protein bar keeps me going.”

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

NGV News | Top Arts 2018 Now Open at NGV Australia

Identity and environmental issues are just some of the themes in this year’s Top Arts exhibition, an annual favourite on the NGV exhibition calendar.

Opening at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Top Arts 2018 showcases the work of 54 of Victoria’s best and brightest VCE Art and VCE Studio Art students. Drawing from over 2,200 submissions, this year’s finalists present an engaging display of materials and techniques, including sculpture and crochet, papier-mâché and recycled fashion garments.

NGV Director Tony Ellwood said, ‘Top Arts celebrates the outstanding abilities of Victoria’s emerging artistic talents. Each year art students from across the state respond to the many social concerns pertinent to them and we are very proud to give them a platform through this annual exhibition.’

Personality and integrity are strong narratives in the works of this year’s finalists, with Ellen Lui’s work Pride drawing inspiration from the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign. Featuring the portrait of a classmate and friend of Lui’s captured during the process of transitioning from female to male, the work uses scratchboard to convey the physical and emotional changes her subject was experiencing.

Exploring themes of social justice and belonging, Madeline King of Kingswood College, Box Hill has captured the timely and inspiring story of Syrian refugee Nujeen Mustafa in her work Nujeen Mustafa. Influenced by the iconic stencil forms of street artist Banksy, King combined mortar, plaster and bricks to depict her subject as emerging from the broken rubble of Aleppo, Syria. The work conveys Mustafa’s strength through her ordeal and brings attention to the human consequences of the Syrian conflict.

Environmental degradation was a focus for Lily Callanan’s intricately detailed textile works What was and What is (make a change). In an effort to reduce her own environmental footprint and bring attention the impact of humans on the environment, Callanan worked exclusively with found materials. Fusing both her passion for environmental sustainability and her family’s practice of embroidery, Callanan has created two juxtaposing works that provide a ‘before and after’ perspective on the deterioration of marine life.

Another highlight of the exhibition is a 8,531-person football stadium sculpture created by Melbourne Grammar School student Hugo Gray. The work entitled Self-portrait is a personal representation of Gray’s physical, emotional and atmospheric experiences at sporting arenas and was inspired by his visits to some of the world’s most technical and innovative stadiums.

Top Arts 2018  runs from the 23rd March to the 15th of July and will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square – open 10am – 5pm. Entry is free

Source: NGV