Monthly Archives: March 2019

  • Fashion race issues on and off runway


    Diversity on the runway is only part of the race problem in fashion, said Tracy Reese.


    There’s plenty to be done behind the scenes as well, she said.

    Reese, a rare black female designer at New York Fashion Week, sees no one solution.

    “There’s so many things that need to change. There are a lot of designers of colour but I think there’s just a dearth of designers out front,” she said on Sunday as she dashed from runway walk-through to makeup re-touches for one of her models Sunday at a space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood.

    “Some of that is finance. But I think by saying that diversity is beautiful, that is a beginning, to look at all people and to see the beauty in each of us and their value is a very strong beginning. It’s important to keep the conversation going, then people will start to broaden their vision.”

    During September’s Fashion Week, supermodel Iman joined Naomi Campbell and veteran modelling agent Bethann Hardison talking loud and clear about race and runways.

    They launched Balance Diversity, an effort to boost the number of black models. And they named names, calling out Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Victoria Beckham and Calvin Klein as among those who used nearly no black models the previous February.

    The website Jezebel calculated that 82.7 per cent of that season’s New York Fashion Week models were white, 9.1 per cent were Asian, 6 per cent were black and 2 per cent Latina.

    Reese, known for diverse runways, said she mentors up-and-comers of all colours, including black women.

    “Quite a few black women have interned for us over the years. I’ve hired a few of them on our team. That’s important, too, to keep talking to young people and let them know what the possibilities are in the industry,” she said.

    But it’s not all about the runway.

    “There are so many amazing jobs in the fashion industry as a whole. It’s not all about design,” she said. “We need great PR people of colour, for one. That’s a very non-diverse group. It’s all facets of the industry that have to be addressed.”

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  • Kerry to visit China, S. Korea, Indonesia


    US Secretary of State John Kerry will make his fifth trip to North and Southeast Asia on Thursday, stopping in China, South Korea and Indonesia for climate change and North Korea talks.


    The United States’ top diplomat will also visit Abu Dhabi at the end of his February 13-18 voyage, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

    In Seoul, Kerry will “discuss ways to expand our co-operation on regional and global issues, and continue our close co-ordination … on North Korea,” Psaki said on Sunday.

    Kerry last visited Seoul in April, and the new trip comes after Washington learned Friday that a US citizen has been returned to a labour camp after having been hospitalised for poor health.

    Washington has repeatedly called for the release of Kenneth Bae after the devout Korean American Christian missionary was detained in November 2012 and later sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour on charges of trying to topple the government.

    In Beijing, Kerry will highlight the role that the United States and China – the world’s top emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming – can play in combating climate change.

    Kerry will also “relay the message that the United States is committed to pursuing a positive, co-operative, comprehensive relationship and welcomes the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China that plays a positive role in world affairs,” Psaki said.

    The Beijing visit, also his second as secretary of state, comes however amid growing regional tensions over China’s territorial ambitions after it unilaterally extended its air defence zone over the South China Sea.

    The United States has urged Beijing to clarify or adjust its claims in the South China Sea, calling for a peaceful solution to one of Asia’s growing flashpoints.

    On Friday, Kerry reaffirmed a 1960 treaty with Japan and vowed the US would defend its ally against attack, including over islands claimed by China.

    Beijing claims the South China Sea almost in its entirety, even areas a long way from its shoreline, but portions are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

    After China, the top US diplomat will then travel to Jakarta for talks with senior Indonesian leaders, before heading to Abu Dhabi, where his discussions are likely to focus on Middle East peace and the conflict in Syria.

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  • Albury turns on heat for A-League


    Melbourne Heart could continue to host days out in the country despite the oppressive heat that marred its 2-1 win over Perth Glory in Albury.


    Around 7,000 people turned out – with a handful making the long trip from Perth – for the one-off regional match in the Riverina with the mercury above 40 degrees for much of the match.

    David Williams’ late winner ensured they would leave as happy Heart fans but it was Albury mayor Kevin Mack who was the most satisfied man in the city at the prospect of an ongoing deal with the newly rich club.

    Mack met with representatives of the club’s new Manchester City owners in Melbourne last week and was told the Heart would still be committed to regional communities.

    “They’re very excited about growing the game into this region because we’ve got a strong soccer presence here,” Mack said.

    “We’re really challenging the rest of regional Australia to say, ‘We can do this – can you?'”

    Heart’s chief executive Scott Munn told a match-day function the club felt embraced by the Albury community.

    “We’re not doing this because it’s good commercially, and I can tell you the coach would rather play as many games at our home ground as he can,” he said.

    “We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”

    Lavington Oval resembled a country show for the day, complete with fairy floss, stallholders and even horses running around the paddocks behind the portable big screen.

    Among the punters was Glory devotee Tom Ashton, who had flown from Perth and driven from Melbourne for the game with half a dozen fans.

    “Why’d we come? The fact it’s in the middle of nowhere,” he said, wiping off sweat.

    “We’ve got two away games in a row so we decided to make a holiday of it.”

    The group – complete with Western Australian flag and chants – picked up a few other purple-clad fans to make their own miniature away end.

    In the heat, it was the Wet Bulb Grobe Temperature (WBGT) reading that Heart officials were sweating over – with the match already postponed to 5pm to avoid the sun’s hottest hours.

    The all-important WBGT – used by the A-League to determine whether the game should go ahead or not – measure read 30 degrees at 4pm and had only dropped to 29.4 by kick-off, leading officials to implement three drinks breaks in addition to the half-time break.

    Aside from the sweat patches adorning many spectators, the sole black mark came from the Heart’s travelling active fans, who let off two flares after their side took the lead – a poor choice, considering much of Victoria was enduring bushfires on a total fire ban day.

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  • LaBeouf makes a scene at Berlin film fest


    Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style, first walking out of a press conference for the film Nymphomaniac Volume I and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.


    A man who appeared to be the actor posed for photographers in a stylish tuxedo – and a paper bag with eyeholes and the words “I am not famous anymore” written across it. LaBeouf has frequently used the statement on his Twitter page.

    The unconventional attire came shortly after the star walked out of a press conference with co-stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater to promote Lars von Trier’s film, the first installment of a two-part drama about a woman’s sexual life from girlhood to age 50.

    A reporter’s question as to whether the actors were worried about the film’s sex scenes elicited the response: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.” He then walked out.

    LaBeouf’s line was borrowed from French soccer player Eric Cantona, who baffled reporters with it in the mid-1990s following his suspension for a flying kick on a heckler.

    The actor has come under fire for borrowing dialogue and story line for his short film, Howard Cantour广西桑拿,, which closely resembled a 2007 graphic novel by Daniel Clowes.

    “In my excitement and naivete as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation,” LaBeouf said on Twitter in December in response to Clowes’ publisher’s claim that he stole dialogue verbatim.

    LaBeouf wasn’t the only one making a statement. Von Trier turned up to a photo call sporting a t-shirt with the logo of the Cannes Film Festival and the words “Persona non grata, official selection.”

    In 2011, von Trier was ejected from the Cannes event after a bizarre, rambling news conference in which he expressed sympathy with Adolf Hitler. He said afterward he had been joking, later issuing an apology and then saying he would refrain from future public statements.

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  • Verona secure 2-2 draw against Juventus


    Verona forward Juan Gomez came off the bench to level late and secure a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus as the champions spurned the chance to extend their lead on misfiring Roma.


    Roma were away to Lazio in the city derby only four days after a 3-2 win over Napoli in the first leg of the Italian Cup semi-final.

    But despite shading what was a rough and tumble encounter at the Olympic Stadium, Rudi Garcia’s men failed to grab the win on Sunday that would have reduced their deficit on the Bianconeri to seven points with a game in hand.

    Draws for both title challengers meant Juventus retained their nine-point lead over the Giallorossi, with Napoli, who outclassed AC Milan on Saturday, now only four points off second place in third.

    With Napoli virtually out of the title equation, it remains a two-horse race for this season’s scudetto and Garcia, whose side have yet to play a postponed match against Parma, appeared defiant.

    “We have to look on the bright side because we haven’t lost any points to Juventus,” the Frenchman told Sky Sport Italia.

    Juventus looked to be on their way to a comfortable win in the north east after a Carlos Tevez double inside 21 minutes.

    However Luca Toni reduced arrears just after the restart and Juan Gomez headed past Gianluigi Buffon in the fourth minute of injury time as Juve’s defence lost focus at a late free kick.

    Juve coach Antonio Conte told Sky: “These kinds of games last 95 minutes, and we should never lose our concentration, especially in dead ball situations.”

    Trailing 2-0, Verona’s woes deepened just after the half hour when their claims for a penalty were waved off despite the ball clearly coming off the arms of defender Martin Caceres following a corner.

    The hosts earned some rough justice when striker Toni headed home seven minutes after the restart to reduce arrears.

    Ironically, Toni and several other Verona players appeared to have breached Juve’s defence as Romulo whipped in a free kick that Toni headed past Buffon at the keeper’s near post.

    Buffon then produced a fine one-handed save to keep out Toni’s left-footed strike and Verona had another penalty claim denied after the ball came off the arm of Stephan Lichsteiner as the Swiss marked Toni at Buffon’s near post.

    The hosts won a free kick to the right of Juve’s area, it was quickly taken and Romulo whipped in a cross which Gomez headed past Buffon after slipping between Angelo Ogbonna and Pogba.

    In Sunday’s late game veteran defender Walter Samuel headed a 48th minute winner past Gianluca Pegolo to secure a 1-0 win for dominant Inter Milan at home to Sassuolo.

    Inter routed Sassuolo 7-0 away at the start of the season but although the league newcomers remain in the relegation zone there was to be no repeat as Pegolo saved the visitors on several occasions.

    Inter’s win moved them up to fifth at the expense of Verona following their earlier defeat.

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