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03/03/2015

Mother's day 2015: Dolce and Gabbana style during Milan Fashion Week

It isn’t Mothering Sunday until May in Italy – at least, not officially. But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana care naught for that kind of stuff. The Sunday of every Milanese womenswear week is traditionally Dolce day, but this time they made it mother’s day, too. “Viva la Mamma” they called their show – in English, it translates oddly to “Hurray for Mum” – less Italian romance, more the post-war jolly hockey sticks Enid Blyton school of British children’s literature.

The helm of Dolce and Gabbana’s catwalk has been littered with human props for the past couple of seasons – this time, a group of D&G-clad mothers clutched their listless children. It looked a bit like a paediatrician’s waiting room.

Despite all the mamma stuff, I doubt Dolce and Gabbana had anything like ticking biological clocks on their mind when designing this collection. They just saw their mammas as another unmistakable symbol of Italy – 79% of the country’s young adults (18-29) still reside at home, the highest percentage in Europe.

“Viva la Mamma” is also the title of a song by Neopolitan crooner Edoardo Bennato. Dolce and Gabbana translated it into fourteen languages, and presented it as their press notes. Referencing postwar beauty queens and fifties-styles, it was almost a blueprint for their collection. These clothes, clutching at the waist and oomphing out the breasts and hips in a fecund hourglass shape, reminded me of that era, of the styles that Christian Dior turned the world on to, convincing them they looked new. In actual fact, sociologists have analysed that, in part, it was reactionary, reinforcing women’s roles as mother (via that fertile figure emphasis) and ideologically banishing women from the working roles they adopted during the Second World War.

A mother and child from Dolce and Gabbana's autumn/winter 2015 show

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A mother and child from Dolce and Gabbana's autumn/winter 2015 show

Again, I doubt Dolce and Gabbana were thinking philosophical thoughts about the duality of modern women’s roles. Leave that sort of thinking to Miuccia Prada. They just ran with the visual of Big Mamma Italiano, cleavage spilling out of her her midriff-hugging, wiggle-skirted dress (the model Bianca Balti, heavily pregnant, was the only exception to their waist-whittled rule). Were there any trousers? I didn’t spot a single pair.

The celebration of souped-up, sexualised Italian womanhood was, actually, business as usual in the standard Dolce mould. It almost could be a mould, turned out as it is in different materials each season. The suits and dresses were studded with glitzy, Schiaparelli-ish buttons this time, a couple of inside-out fur coats, like your mamma’s mamma’s tattered mink requisitioned.

A few evening dresses were decorated with the children’s scribbles – houses, families – that cropped up on the invite too. The latter were apparently the designers’ own, from their childhood. They reminded me of the embroideries across Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress.

The photographic prints, standardly splashed on shifts, were for this round of Madonna and child, sometimes graffitied with a beaded word, say “Amore,” like a defaced Tuscan altarpiece. Roses clambering across bodies recalled mother’s day bouquets, or maybe the floral-festooned “Mother” tattoos inked on many a bicep in slightly dodgy homage.

Perhaps that’s looking too deep. Maybe flowers were just their because they looked pretty, because women like them, because they will sell. This Dolce and Gabbana collection had plenty of energy, and lots and lots of distraction – models toting borrowed bambinos, negotiating the catwalk in those slender pencil skirts, juggling child on one hip and, perhaps, their their giant Dolce and Gabbana “Mamma” bags on the other.

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15/07/2014

KM Wedding Events Management Inc is extending its services into wedding banquet hall space

DUBLIN, Calif., July 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - KM Wedding Events Management Inc., (OTC Pink:KMWE) market leader in South Indian wedding event management, announced its plan to operate multiple banquet halls in US and India. Primary objective of this expansion is to provide comprehensive Wedding Services for the US Indian residents who are planning to get married in either in India or United States of America.

KM Wedding has over 600,000 global Indian matrimony profiles registered with it. In the year 2013 alone, KM Wedding facilitated over 30,000 weddings through their online and offline matchmaking services.

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With the captive matrimonial customer base acquired & serviced over the last decade, KM Wedding started to offer wedding planning, catering, photography and theme wedding services since 2010. In addition to the above, KM Wedding is now extending its services into the banquet hall space to provide complete wedding solution to its customers.

In the next 2 years, KM Wedding is planning to operate 10 banquet halls and the anticipated revenue from these operations will be 15 million dollars at the end of 24 months. Two of these halls are expected to be

"KM Wedding banquet halls will enable us to serve our growing customer needs by providing end to end wedding management services" said Mrs. Meera Nagarajan, CEO of KM Wedding and she added. "Customers are very excited that they will be able to conduct their weddings in traditional Indian style with religious rituals, music, dance and food without any stress using our full range of services."

"Our mission is to render exceptional service to our customers. Banquet halls will strengthen our service offerings and we will be one–stop-solution for all our customers' wedding needs" said Mr. T. V. Mohan, Chairman.

KM Wedding Events Management Inc. (OTCPink:KMWE) is one of the leading and comprehensive wedding services provider for South Indian customers in US and India. KM Wedding offer a wide range of wedding services to their customers such as wedding planning, wedding shopping, catering, organizing concept and theme weddings. KM Wedding operates through two brands 'Kalyanamalai' (for Matrimonial services) and 'Athithi' (for Wedding Services).

This release contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the Securities and Exchange Commission's "safe harbor" provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause KM Weddings actual results may differ materially from those expressed herein due to many factors, including, without limitation: our ability to capitalize on the conversion of our matrimonial service into our wedding event services and the risk factors identified in KM Weddings filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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04/07/2014

Art and fashion mix for summer

At a recent opening for “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the connection between art and fashion was evident. The evening was hosted by artist Jeff Koons. H&M fashions were also showcased on top models such as Alek Wek, China Chow, Stephanie Seymour, Leandra Medine and Cindy Sherman.

Celebrating the opening of its new flagship store on Fifth Avenue, H&M is the retail sponsor of “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” which will run now through Oct. 19, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, located at 945 Madison Ave., at 75th Street in Manhattan. On July 17, the Swedish retailer will unveil its newest flagship store and its first ever collaboration with the notable and influential Koons. A limited edition Koons-inspired H&M leather handbag will be available for purchase at select H&M stores.

The exhibit will also travel to Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, in Paris from Nov. 26-April 27, 2015, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao from June 5, 2015-Sept. 27, 2015. For more information, visit whitney.org.

On July 12 from 4-7 p.m., there will be a reception at the Essie Green Galleries (419A Convent Ave., Harlem) introducing artist Lester Gunter’s collection of paintings, called “The Imagist.” The exhibit will be on view from July 12-Aug. 9.

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Gunther studied with the late Jacob Lawrence, Barrington Watson and Robert Brackman. His work focuses on Jamaican art. He will show his usual European-styled landscape paintings and portraitures. Black people were rarely depicted in art at the time, just as was the case in earlier eras. Note the simply styled dress, the hats and well-tailored clothes.

The Jamaican-born Gunter is known for his lush landscapes, market scenes and series of nudes. He has translated and transmitted his identity and experiences through his paintings for more than 45 years.

Jamaica’s modern art movement was motivated by many Jamaican artists and thinkers. Their intention is to reclaim their history and identities. They offered tuition to young Black students to encourage them to seek subjects more closely related to Jamaican life. Some artists turned their vision inward and began painting their own people.

As Eddie Chambers, a Black-British curator of Jamaican parentage, noted, “For Black people, ‘history’ refuses to be a lifeless and dull conglomeration of boring dates and events. Instead, it presents itself as earlier episodes of a current existence. We are the latest chapters of our current existence. Identity has an urgency and a relevance, which is literally worlds away from the individualism which many people take it to be.”

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