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Judy Zhang on Managing a Start-Up during the Coronavirus Outbreak


I first heard about the novel coronavirus on January 19 in my home in Shenzhen. Just the day before, my office had closed for the Chinese New Year break. At the time, the situation didn’t seem very serious, and like many, I was preparing for my holiday travels. On January 23, I traveled from China to Milan with no issues. However, when I arrived in Milan, I learned that on the same day, Wuhan had been put on lockdown.

With the increase in travel over the holidays, things took a quick and nasty turn in China—and then the world. Soon, travel bans became ubiquitous, and these would prove to be challenging in running my business. As the CEO and founder of designer ready-to-wear brand Judy Zhang and a fashion production company, I split my time between Shenzhen, Milan, and New York.

When I launched my own label in 2019, I was determined to base my brand out of the three cities that inspire me most. I am attracted to New York’s diversity and how the city presents opportunities for people of different walks of life to thrive. Milan, on the other hand, is rich with culture and art, and is known for its delicacy in craftsmanship. Lastly, Shenzhen—which, in comparison to New York and Milan, is a young city—is a breeding ground for creativity and miracles. The interactions I have in these cities broaden and enrich my perspective, and they inspire me to push myself to bring out my own individuality in designing something more global.

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Initial design always begins in Milan, and I will often fly there first. It is where I source inspiration and raw material, and confirm initial design sketches. I spent the good part of February in Milan doing just that. On February 27, I flew to Paris for market appointments. In the meantime, back in Shenzhen, what was supposed to be a well-deserved, celebratory two-week respite for my team quickly became a nightmare. I immediately advised my employees, regardless of whether they traveled within China or not, to stay home and not return to work until it was safe to do so. We made sure that all employees were paid during this time.

On March 1, we slowly began to return to work, albeit from home at first. Employees who had traveled back from lower-risk areas were asked to self-quarantine for seven days, while employees who returned from higher-risk areas were asked to self-quarantine for 14. Per the law, all employees took and passed the nucleic acid test and provided their health QR Codes—this is the government electronic health data on an individual—before they were allowed to work. Lastly, all employees were advised to practice social distancing, and work areas were constantly sanitized. Every employee is given six masks, and every day they have their temperatures taken, and their shoes and arms sprayed with alcohol before entering the office. They are also required to wear masks at all times for the safety of each other. By April 1, most of my employees in China had returned to work. My team in Milan and New York are currently working from home. The impact will only be fully known by the end of this epidemic.

They put a surveillance camera on my door to supervise me.

My plan was to return from Paris to Milan on March 5 and fly back to China on March 8. However, things had escalated in Milan a few days before market appointments ended, and it became clear to me that I would have to adjust my travel. Italy had canceled flights to and from China, and many flights to China from elsewhere had already been canceled. With so many cities on lockdown, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to return home.

I was able to leave Paris for Shenzhen on March 6. I was immediately quarantined—especially since I had been in Milan within 14 days of arrival. I was traveling alone at the time and was allowed by the government to quarantine in my own apartment after signing a contract. They put a surveillance camera on my door to supervise me. I had my temperature taken by government-assigned health officials who came to my door every day at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to take my temperature and ensure I was not showing any symptoms. Community managers came by to deliver food and other necessities, as well as fruits as a gift.

This time of isolation and self-reflection had led me to find new ways to develop business strategies. I spent my time in isolation gathering inspiration for my spring 2021 collection and having virtual meetings with my teams and calls with clients. I also made sure to stay in touch with my friends and family. To strengthen my immune system, I practiced yoga and cooked healthy meals daily. I also deep-cleaned my apartment, which I don’t always have time to do. On the 15th day, I had my last checkup, and I signed another agreement. At my final checkup, the health officials sang me a celebratory song. After all, I had completed the government-mandated quarantine, as well as my spring 2021 collection designs and strategy.

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Overall, things are much more calm in China now. Many returned to work starting on February 20, and by March 1, most businesses were back in action. However, given the global nature of the pandemic, many companies are still affected, as we are unable to export goods. As for the illness itself, right now, there are few new domestic cases in China, as the government has been very strictly controlling the outbreak. Anyone who enters through airports is forced to quarantine for 14 days to ensure safety.

In these trying times, I am grateful for my team. Having an exceptional team enables me to manage them from afar. Design begins in Milan; Shenzhen manages the manufacturing process, where I oversee the team to ensure quality; and New York, our headquarters, is where sales are managed. Because the virus is contained in China, in Shenzhen, we are back at work and able to go right back into motion.

My team in Milan is greatly affected by the virus, and other than online, there is no way to conduct business. The city seems to be at the peak of the epidemic curve, and I’ve been told that we may not return to work until June, when the spring market season is mostly over. I assume that the manufacturing for our fall season might also be affected, and I must plan our dates accordingly. To mitigate the loss of our in-person meetings, we have been advised to shoot a video to introduce the newest collection to our Milanese clients who are not able to review the collections in person.

The pandemic will sadly wipe out many businesses, but hopefully will create space for other business.

New York’s epidemic has just begun, and I am still trying to grasp a timeline for it. We have an exceptional sales team that typically travels around the country to understand the market and the needs of clients. Obviously, this has been impacted by the pandemic, so we have shifted gears. We began working with different sales teams and clients on selling collections on their online platforms to introduce new merchandise. We have been pushing our own e-commerce platform intensely and are fortunate to move our physical sales to online. I’m sure this shift will continue to be fruitful for our business.

The effects of COVID-19 will change how the global fashion industry conducts business. I believe the change will be a greater shift from physical to online, not only in retail, but on every level. I think businesses will allow for more flexibility to work from home with productive, problem-solving online meetings. The pandemic will sadly wipe out many businesses, but hopefully it will create space for other businesses to innovate. To alleviate the financial pressures, I plan to maintain strict control on merchandise quantity and control unnecessary spending. Having our own factory gives us better control over the quantity and quality of goods, and the flexibility with time to produce them. We are ready to develop and produce with very little lead time. We are also ready to expand our sales into different markets, either physically or virtually. I am also going to continue to nurture a strong and talented team. I am looking for quality employees over quantity. I believe the business will be affected in the coming years, and I will need to make sure my teams are well-balanced.

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Managing an independent fashion business is a dream that I’ve worked so hard to make come true—and the pandemic will not change that. I’ve built my team around the ideas of cooperation to reach goals together, and empower employees to find their own managing and problem-solving methods to reach our collective goals. I like having young talent at the company—they make me feel younger with their freshness and new ideas. They are often the ones who make me feel more creative and willing to take chances, even if I fail.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for everything that I do have. I have my health. My parents and siblings are all quarantined at home and are also healthy. My daughters, who flew back from Los Angeles to China on March 26, are currently quarantined but are doing well. I look forward to reuniting with them after their 14 days. Even a pandemic will come to an end.

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Everything is always in constant motion, and we will stand our ground in the face of turbulent change. I have 168 phenomenal colleagues across production, sales, and design teams who are also family to me. As long as we have our goals and a team, we will always find our way back to the right path and achieve our dreams.



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#PayUp Petition Calls Major Fashion Companies to Pay Garment Factories – WWD


U.S. apparel manufacturers are going to battle making masks.⁣

Brands are firing up production to help fix the supply shortage of face masks and hospital gowns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.⁣

Hundreds of factory operators, pattern-cutters and seamstresses have gone back to work, under social distancing guidelines, to make N95 masks, nonmedical masks and other personal protective equipment for essential workers and everyday citizens who are now being encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control to wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the virus. “I’m choosing not to do it,” President Donald Trump said Friday. “It’s only a recommendation.”⁣

Nevertheless, Hanesbrands, Jockey, Fruit of the Loom, New Balance, L.L. Bean, Carhartt, Brooks Brothers, Hart Schaffner Marx, Tailored Brands, Reformation, Vera Bradley, Fanatics and Under Armour are just a few of the American corporations already pivoting part of their production to the cause.⁣

That is on top of myriad smaller initiatives from designers and brands, some of which are sewing supplies at home or donating funds and equipment through the American Hospital Association’s “100 Million Mask Challenge,” Goggles for Docs, and other movements. Similar initiatives in China and Europe are also receiving financial and equipment support from companies in the fashion and beauty industries.⁣

@csiriano, pictured here, was one of the first designers to begin producing masks. ⁣

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Selena Quintanilla’s Second M.A.C Cosmetics Collection Is Dropping This Month


Sequels are rarely better than the original, but the highly-anticipated M.A.C Cosmetics x Selena Quintanilla collection would like to have a word. Returning for round two in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the late Tejano singer’s tragic death, the new M.A.C x Selena La Reina collection is bigger and better. The latest collection is inspired by the singer’s instantly-recognizable image—yes, including the studded bra.

Everything you need to re-create Selena Quintanilla’s fresh-faced look is part of this collection. The Tejano icon’s makeup look was never complete without a red lip, so M.A.C gave fans a metallic red matte lipstick named Queen of Cumbia as well as three other lipsticks—brown, pink-nude, and peach. For Quintanilla’s sunkissed glow, the collection features a rich-gold Skinfinish powder.

While the inaugural collection featured eyeshadow pots, the highlight of the new collection is the eight-pot eyeshadow palette with colors that “range from warm nudes that compliment every skin tone, to some rich-toned earthy browns,” explains Gisel Calvillo, the senior national artist at M.A.C Cosmetics. One of the eyeshadow names even nods the iconic line from the Selena movie, in which Jennifer Lopez (who played the late-singer), told the crowd, “Me siento muy…excited.”

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What’s even more special about the second collection is the packaging, which comes in a glossy black case with rhinestones fashioned into the silhouette of the singer’s signature studded bra. “This collection is so special to me because it celebrates Selena’s 25-year legacy, and I wanted the packaging to be fun and memorable. The true inspiration behind the packaging is Selena’s iconic rhinestone bra and really led to the holographic feel for the rest of the collection, so it pulled everything together,” Suzette Quintanilla explained in a statement.

M.A.C Cosmetic’s Selena Quintanilla collectors vault has already sold out. However, you can still pre-order the collection online, or wait until it all goes live on April 21 on maccosmetics.com and select retailers on April 23.



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What Brands Need to Know About Antimicrobial Fabrics and Textiles – WWD


There have been wide-spread reports of shortages of personal protective equipment such as face masks in U.S. hospitals and health-care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened. In response, dozens of fashion and apparel companies have begun sharing patterns and materials and redirecting labor and manufacturing resources to quickly produce PPE replacements. These manufacturers, brands and designers across the globe have joined an army of individual citizen sewers working at their homes to help produce urgently needed equipment for our health-care workers on the front lines. We are all grateful for these efforts.

The Face Mask Shortage

The individual citizens and fashion industry employees who are creating face masks around the globe are making a heroic and heartening effort to alleviate shortages. The trouble with the homemade masks is that, if they’re made with regular fabrics available to most consumers, they’re not considered medical grade, or PPE. On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the following about the use of homemade masks by health-care personnel, or HCP:

“In settings where face masks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks [e.g., bandana, scarf] for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front [that extends to the chin or below] and sides of the face.”

In addition, we have seen where these homemade masks are being used as a second line of defense over approved PPE masks, when health-care workers are forced to reuse one-time-only disposable masks.

In short, homemade face masks are better than nothing, but the CDC does not deem them PPE. Still, in this time of crisis, we should be thanking those who have rushed to rearrange their homes and workspaces to produce face masks and other needed equipment as quickly as possible.

The Underlying Problem

When you hear about PPE — please remember that PPE is a broad term and these products are designed and regulated differently depending on the intended market. A PPE product meant to protect a manufacturing or construction worker is potentially different than a similar product meant to protect a health-care worker. These differences are a result of designs for different hazards and governed by different regulatory agencies. These regulations help protect industrial and health-care workers from harm.

For those companies helping to alleviate the shortage by producing fabric masks and garments — and for those that may look to create consumer apparel that incorporates protective technology in the future — it’s important to know some basics about the underlying problem these products are designed to solve and the regulations and guidelines that apply to them. Designers, product developers and retailers all need to quickly familiarize themselves with the guidelines that relate to fabric technologies and how they fit in the health and wellness space. As with industrial and health-care PPE requirements, these regulations are meant to protect consumers from harm.

The problem is that some makers of antimicrobial fiber and textile technologies have already made unsupported claims globally about their products’ effectiveness against COVID-19, with one even referring to “life-saving chemistry,” which is both illegal in the U.S. and can be dangerous to people’s health.

Also, fashion and apparel companies must beware: If they buy such input products to use in finished goods, they, too, are not allowed to make any similar kinds of claims about the end products’ ability to fight COVID-19. U.S. laws prevent companies from making “public health claims” about viruses and consumer textiles.

The Very Basics About Marketing Antimicrobial Textile and Fabric Products

To distribute or use an antimicrobial product in the U.S., the antimicrobial product must be registered with the EPA. For these antimicrobials, EPA has stringent rules regarding what language can be used to state or imply the antimicrobial capabilities of a registered product. For instance, marketing claims must be limited to the protection of the “treated article” (the finished product made with the technology-enhanced fabric or materials) and cannot claim or imply antimicrobial activity beyond protection of that finished product itself.

Also, the antimicrobial claims must be limited to protection/prevention from microorganisms that are not considered “public health-related microorganisms.” That means companies cannot market products with references to specific organisms infectious to humans, like a virus, unless the antimicrobial product has been approved by the EPA to make these claims — based on EPA-approved testing. Without EPA approval, claims cannot be made that a product can “sterilize,” “sanitize” or “disinfect.” These rules covering marketing claims are applicable to packaging, advertising, written and verbal communication, web sites and other forms of messaging that state or imply antimicrobial capabilities.

What this means practically for fashion- and apparel-makers is that even though they might have created products using textiles and fabrics that claim to have the ability to fight COVID-19 or other public health-related microorganisms, they won’t be able to market their finished products the same way in the U.S. and likely elsewhere as well.

Here are the marketing guideline basics that companies making products with antimicrobial properties need to know:

• The claim must be limited to the protection or preservation of the finished.

• The claim can’t be an unqualified claim of “antimicrobial” activity; the antimicrobial protection must be linked to the finished.

• The claim can’t imply or refer to specific health-related microorganisms (e.g., SARS-CoV-2 or MRSA), as these are referred to as “public health.”

• The claim must not state or suggest general “germicidal,” “antibacterial” or “bactericidal” activity, which suggests a public-health-related microorganisms.

• The claim can’t refer to protection beyond the finished article, such as for personal protection (e.g., “for skin, wound, or respiratory protection”).

• The brand name for the product can’t include terms indicative of protection from health-related microorganisms.

• The graphics used to present the article can’t include or imply protection of public health significance and the antimicrobial claims should not take prominence over other normal product claims.

Looking Forward

These details will also be important for fashion and apparel brands that may think about incorporating materials that offer antimicrobial benefits into their finished products sometime in the future. Brands need to know what claims they can and cannot legally make regarding end products and adhere to all laws regarding the marketing of such products in order to protect consumers, both during the coronavirus pandemic and after.

Terry Walmsley is the director of regulatory affairs and sustainability at Noble Biomaterials.





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Here’s What Queen Elizabeth Said in a Speech About Coronavirus


On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth is addressing the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in a broadcasted speech that is airing in Britain at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. EDT in the U.S. According to the Associated Press, the speech contains remarks that will attempt to unite the British people as well as to acknowledge the suffering that people have gone through during this time. She will also thank the National Health Service (NHS)’s workers and other volunteers.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” she said, according to excerpts released ahead of the broadcast remarks. “A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

It’s very rare that the Queen would give a speech outside of her yearly Christmas address. She gave a speech before Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, and at the time of the first Gulf War in 1991. This speech marks the fourth occasion that the monarch has addressed the British people during a crisis.

“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she said in the speech. “Those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet, good-humored resolve, and of fellow feeling still characterize this country,” she said, according to script excerpts.

This global pandemic has also personally affected the royal family. The Queen’s oldest child, 71-year-old Prince Charles, received a positive coronavirus diagnosis in March, and by the end of the month, he was out of self-isolation and doing well.



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Victor Skrebneski, Famed Fashion Photographer, Dies at 90 – WWD


Victor Skrebneski, the fashion photographer best known for his dramatic black and white celebrity and advertising photography, most notably “The Estee Lauder Woman,” died Saturday at his Chicago home. He was 90 years old.

The cause of death was cancer, according to Cook County records.

Throughout his 70-year-career, Skrebneski photographed such celebrities as David Bowie, Cindy Crawford, Oprah Winfrey, Audrey Hepburn, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Andy Warhol, Kathleen Turner, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

Born in 1929 in Chicago, Skrebneski attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He started off painting and sculpting before making the switch to photography. He set up his own studios in Chicago in 1952. One of his first assignments was to shoot for Marshall Field’s Department Store. He got his first big break in 1962  as the exclusive photographer for Estee Lauder’s ad campaign. The world-renowned campaign launched a 15-year collaboration with model and friend, Karen Graham.

Crawford met Skrebneski when she was 17 years old and was just starting out as a model.

“Working with Victor was one of the great privileges of my modeling carer,” said Crawford. “He was my first mentor and taught me so much about the art of modeling and photography. Those years I spent on his set under the beautiful lighting being directed by a true artist, prepared me for the my life in fashion, but also, his elegance and sophistication shaped by definition of a true gentleman. He will be missed.”

His closest lifelong friend, Steven Rybka, said, “Artist, Skrebneski was one of the greatest photographers, and Victor will always be my greatest friend.”

Victor Skrebneski signed copies of his latest book at an event held by Chicago Fashion Group International in December, 2019. 

Last December, the Fashion Group International Chicago featured Skrebneski as the guest of honor at the Ritz-Carlton. In a question and answer session conducted by former Saks Fifth Avenue fashion director Nena Ivon, Skrebneski charmed the audience with stories and highlights from his career, starting with his black turtlenecks sweater series, showing iconic celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote, and Orson Welles wearing the same black turtleneck.

“I bring that black turtleneck everywhere I go and everybody wanted to be photographed in the black turtleneck _ they wanted the one that Orson Welles wore,” said Skrebneski, at the event.

At a time when the world is obsessed with capturing perfect photos for Instagram, Skrebneski told the Fashion Group that he lets his camera tell the story.

“I like accidents in photographs – most kids don’t understand that,”he said. “When something happens that you don’t expect and it comes out the way I think it should, I love it. Most of my work is blurry and out of focus. That’s the way I grew up. No one told me when I was seven years old that I shouldn’t shake the camera. That was the beginning and I liked the way it looked and I didn’t know there was any other way to look,” said Skrebneski, in a WWD story.

During the event, he noted that every photograph has a story, and revealed that Bowie preferred being photographed nude. “Every picture I photographed him in, he’s naked, ” said Skrebneski. “He absolutely loved being naked. He told me he didn’t know what he looked like. When he goes to everybody else’s photography studio, they dress him, they make him up, they do his hair and that’s not him, so he wanted to see how he was. I think I introduced Iman to him and did their wedding picture and they’re naked. It’s beautiful and one of my favorites.”

Skrebneski relayed a story at the event about working on a fashion shoot for Italian Vogue in Hollywood.

“They said do anything you want, just do it and send the pictures in. So I found a young model there, I think Paula Barbieri, a beautiful, beautiful girl. I don’t think the agency knew that they had her. I booked her and she came to the place we were photographing,” he said. “The Hollywood sign is in the background and then you see the Hills and she’s naked, outside, standing right off the road, she’s holding a black hat and she’s in pink shoes. That’s my idea of fashion. It’s 9:15 in the morning, when I was shooting, that’s when everyone goes to work. Cars were just backed up, but no one honks a horn, opens a window, yells or whistles. Nothing. She just stood there like if nothing was happening. Which is the way all models should be.”

Skrebneski also said that day there were only three people that he didn’t get to photograph.

“Coco Chanel, I never got to photograph her. I met her quickly one day at her fashion show. She was sitting on her stairs and I kept watching her and not the clothes. I kept watching her and watching her. The staircase, the mirrors,” Skrebneski recalled that day at Chanel’s atelier in Paris. Then, “Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall — gorgeous.”

At the age of 90, Skrebneski published his 18th book, “Skrebneski: Documented” which surveyed his work from 1948 to 2018. He had other books planned, including “More Skrebneski,” a design-oriented book, slated for this year, and an untitled fashion book, which was targeted for late 2021. Decisions will be made about the books at a later date.

Skrebneski’s iconic black and white poster images shot for the Chicago International Film Festival often featured nude models and have become treasured collectibles over the years.

In 2002, Skrebneski returned to Marshall Field’s to shoot their 150th anniversary campaign called “The View from State Street,” that featured cutting edge fashion juxtaposed against Field’s traditions such as the 28 Shop and Frango Mints.

In an event on Madison Avenue called “Where Fashion Meets Art,” in 2003, the works of Skrebneski were on display at Ralph Lauren’s Rhinelander Mansion. Skrebneski also shot Ralph Lauren Purple Label ads.

“We have a mutual admiration for each other,” said Lauren, at the time. “He likes my clothes, and I like his photographs.”

Over the years, he also photographed for clients such as Grosvenor Furs, I. Magnin and Saks Fifth Avenue.

In 1989, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago featured an exhibit of Skrebneski’s work. A 50-year retrospective of his work was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1999.

A private memorial will be planned at a later date.

 

 

 

 





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Here’s What Taylor Swift Is Doing During Her Time in Quarantine


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Once coronavirus became a global pandemic and communities issued shelter-in-place orders, we’ve all had to adjust our day-to-day lives to accommodate these new, weird circumstances. Taylor Swift, like the rest of us, has her own quarantine routine. On Friday, she helped launch Hits 1 n chill, a Home DJ series on Sirius XM. During the episode, Swift shared some details about how she’s getting through this pandemic.

“It’s safe to say we are living through unprecedented times right now. I am hoping that all of you are safe and healthy,” Swift said. “A lot of my friends and I have been doing sort of a weekly family FaceTime, which is always hilarious. I think it’s really important that we all stay connected because isolation doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing thing. We may be isolated, physically, but we can still keep in touch with people. We can still play games with our friends and family on our phones….that is one of the great things about modern technology.”

She went on: “Obviously we have a lot of time on our hands right now, with people being out of school, out of work. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, a lot of reading, a lot of watching films that I’ve never seen before,” she said, adding that she just watched the 1954 thriller Rear Window. “But mostly I’ve been online trying to figure out how to help others and just constantly in awe of our first responders, emergency workers and our healthcare professionals that are putting themselves in danger every single day.”

The Sirius XM series will feature several popular artists who will play DJ and share their own hit music, as well as their favorite tunes. Upcoming hosts will be Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Sia, 5 Seconds of Summer, Diplo, Kelsea Ballerini, Charlie Puth, Pete Wentz, and more.

“We love to connect fans with their favorite artists and our Home DJ series will bring some of the biggest names in music into our homes as people look for ways to be entertained,” president and CCO of Sirius XM Scott Greenstein said, according to Rolling Stone. “Taylor Swift will lead the way and will be followed by many stars on Hits 1 in the days ahead as they play their favorite music for the channel’s faithful national audience and new listeners, too. Our new Stream Free option opens up our channels to anybody who wants some diversion and great music.”



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Missing Peter Beard Case Turned Over to Hamptons Detectives – WWD


Following a three-day search for missing photographer Peter Beard, the case is being turned over to detectives, according to a spokesman for the East Hampton Police Department.

The 82-year-old Beard, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing Tuesday late in the afternoon, after leaving his Montauk, N.Y., home. His daughter Zara posted on Instagram Friday that local authorities had exhausted all of their resources following a three-day search.

Acknowledging the pandemic and the need to stay at home for the good of everyone, she encouraged healthy and able-bodied people to join the search for her father in a “socially responsible way.”

Photographer, socialite, conservationist, adventurer and reveler — all of the above apply to Beard. He was just a 20-year-old WASP-y Yale University undergrad when, armed with Isak Dinesen’s “Out of Africa,” he arrived in Nairobi for the first time, bought a fourth-hand Land Rover, set out to track wild game and lived on passion fruit and roasted flanks of freshly slaughtered zebra. That was the first trip of what would be many of his personal expeditions and residencies in Africa that led to numerous books of wildlife photography.

In a 1978 interview with WWD, Beard said, “I would like to say I am one of those great missionaries and martyrs that everybody loves…but my concerns are very selfish and rather unattractive, really.”

The middle son of an affluent New York stockbroker, Beard has always lived a big life. His Hemingway-esque tendencies could be seen in big-game hunts. He was known to send letters written in his own blood. In the Seventies, Beard once found a game poacher on his 49-acre property, tied the man up in his own animal snare wires, stuffed a glove in his mouth and left him there. That deed cost Beard a week in an African jail.

Jackie Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill were among Beard’s confidantes, as well as Bianca Jagger and Barbara Allen. His second marriage was to Cheryl Tiegs and he has been credited with discovering Iman. He spent the Seventies running with Andy Warhol’s clique.

“I am not a dinner party man. Never was. Just can’t get it together, you know? Don’t even have a necktie or a suit,” Beard told WWD. As for dating Radziwill, “That just meant she had to go out on a lot of picnics. ‘Cause I wasn’t going to those dinner parties.”

Beard has never held his preferred medium in high regard. “Most photographers are idiots. That’s the horrendous truth. It’s a parasite field. Because all you have to do is squeeze your index finger, and you’ve got yourself a profession,” Beard once said.

In 2013, when honored by the Gordon Parks Foundation, Beard told the crowd he had no idea why he was being honored. “I’m being honored for doing what I like to do. But I’ll go along with it.”





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25 Best Adult Board Games 2020 — Fun Board Games You’ll Actually Like


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Thanks to the current state of *gestures wildly* everything, I’m guessing your evenings are looking a lot less busy than normal. If you’ve already exhausted your TV binge list and finished that one puzzle sitting in your closet, it’s time to turn to board games. More specifically, these 25 actually-fun games that even adults will enjoy.

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For Creative Minds

Codenames

Codenames looks like a word game, but it’s really a test of creativity, teamwork, and stealthy strategy.

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For Adventurers

Catan Board Game

A deceptively simple game, Catan will turn you into a competitive settler out to secure resources and build roads. Remember: There’s only one winner, but you have to make deals with your friends to get ahead. 

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For Only Two Players

Alexander Travel Backgammon Game Set

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One of the oldest boardgames in history, all you need for Backgammon is two players, a board, some checkers, and endless time on your hands.

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For Word Lovers

Bananagrams Game

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If you ever thought, “How can I play next-level Scrabble?” then you’ll love Bananagrams.

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If You Want to Color

Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale

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amazon.com

$21.43

The best part about Cartographers? You get to play with colored pencils as you work to fill in your game board Tetris-style.

6

If You’ve Got the Travel Bug

Ticket To Ride Board Game

Days of Wonder
target.com

$44.99

Stuck inside? Ticket to Ride lets you pretend you’re traversing the country as you connect cities with different train routes.

7

For the Internet Obsessed

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Card Game

What Do You Meme?
target.com

$29.99

We know you’ve been endlessly scrolling through quarantine memes. Put that knowledge to good use with this Cards Against Humanity-esque party game that matches captions to different memes.

8

If You Love Scary Movies

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Avalon Hill
walmart.com

$48.58

Not for the faint of heart, players need to survive moving through a haunted house in this game that includes ghosts, mummies, monsters, and betrayal. But also, it’s super fun.

9

If You Love Strategy

Risk Board Game

If you’re in need of a new stay-at-home project, Risk, which invites you to conquer territories around the world, can take hours or even days to finish.

10

If You’re Good at Lying

The Resistance: Avalon Social Deduction Game

Will you end up in a screaming match at some point during this game where you don’t know who’s good and who’s evil? Is that what makes it one of the best games ever? Yes and yes.

11

For the Foodies

Sushi Go

Build the best sushi meal to win the game. Order the best takeout sushi to win at life.

12

For a Fast-Paced Game

Scattergories Game

Scattergories
target.com

$15.99

This fast-thinking game requires you to recall items (all starting with the same letter!) in different categories. Make yours unique though because you’ll lose points for having the same answers as your friends.

13

For Those Looking to Save the Planet

Pandemic Board Game

Asmodee
target.com

$35.99

While this game might be a little too on the nose for the moment, here players take on the role of specialists in order to discover the cures for diseases ravaging the world. 

14

For Mystery Lovers

Clue Game

Everyone knows how to play the classic game Clue, but it’ll still keep you guessing until the very end.

15

For the Art History Major

Azul Board Game

Plan B Games
target.com

$28.99

Channel your inner artisan as you use tiles to decorate a palace wall, all while gaining points, in this beautiful strategy game.

16

For Music Lovers

Spontuneous

Spontuneous
amazon.com

$29.99

17

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Taboo Game

Taboo Game
target.com

$13.99

The goal: Get your team to guess the right word. The catch: You can’t use any Taboo words in your clues. Good luck!

18

For the GoT Stans

Monopoly Game of Thrones Board Game

Monopoly
walmart.com

$26.00

Use this extra time to both binge-watch Game of Thrones and play a Game of Thrones-themed version of the classic Monopoly.

19

For a Great Party Game

Monikers: Classics

Monikers
amazon.com

$22.00

It’s easy, it’s interactive, it’s sometimes inappropriate. It’s basically Charades with a few twists.

20

For the Whole Family

Dixit Board Game

Libellud
target.com

$28.49

If you have kids around the house, try this storytelling card game that’s easy to learn but still plenty engaging.

21

The Ultimate Classic

Mancala

Cardinal
target.com

$9.99

Another oldie but a goodie, Mancala has a simple objective: Empty all your cups before your opponent does.

22

When You Want to Go Out, But Have to Stay In

The Game Of Life

Pretend life is normal with this classic game that lets you have a career, a spouse, and a kid, all without leaving your apartment.

23

For the Conversationalists

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game

Urban Outfitters
urbanoutfitters.com

$30.00

Pour a glass of wine, and get in your feelings. When this card game is over, you’ll be feeling extra connected to the other players.

24

For the Leos

Cranium Game

Hasbro Gaming
amazon.com

$14.99

You’ll sketch, you’ll act, you’ll solve puzzles. As the box says, everyone shines.

25

For the Jewelry Lovers

Splendor Board Game

Space Cowboys
target.com

$35.99

Congrats! You’re now a gem merchant collecting cards and points in this easy-to-learn game you’ll be willing to play over and over.

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Harvey Nichols and Chinatown Market Team on Capsule Collection – WWD


Chinatown Market capsule collection for Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols and Chinatown Market are giving one lucky customer the opportunity to design a T-shirt.

The luxury retailer and the streetwear brand are launching a capsule collection on the Harvey Nichols web site, including ready-to-wear, accessories and lifestyle products such as a football and ping-pong table, and to coincide with the collection, the partners are giving one customer the opportunity to design a T-shirt with support from Chinatown Market founder Mike Cherman and president Dan Altmann.

The two will serve as virtual consultants for the winner, who will also receive all of the profits from the sales of the T-shirt, which will be exclusively available at Harvey Nichols.

“Harvey Nichols’ commitment to championing creativity and unique points of view within the industry is something that Chinatown Market has admired for a long time,” said Cherman, who has collaborated with Puma, Converse, Lacoste, Akila Sunglasses and even comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien.

Harvey Nichols head of men’s wear Chris Mcilroy added, “We’re thrilled to offer Harvey Nichols’ customers the opportunity to converse with Chinatown Market, which is known for its refreshing approach to streetwear and boundless creativity.”





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