Patrick McCarthy will continue to serve as FFG chairman through the end of the year, Condé Nast said. The FFG includes WWD, WWD.com, Footwear News, Fairchild Summits, Fairchild Books and associated trade shows.Last year, ad pages at 450,000-circ. W evaporated—declining 45.8 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Consumer fashion title W no longer will be managed by Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, the publisher announced Wednesday morning.According to Condé Nast president and CEO Chuck Townsend, the restructuring “formally establishes a structure for W consistent with our other consumer magazine titles, and allows FFG the autonomy to focus on their core business-to-business publications and related businesses.”As a result of the restructuring, the senior editorial staff that was shared by W and trade title WWD will now work exclusively for WWD. Edward Nardoza, editor-in-chief of WWD, will report to FFG president and CEO Gina Sanders. Condé Nast will now search for a top editor for W.
2 female ‘militants’ surrender at Narsingdi ‘militant den’Two female ‘militants’ surrendered on the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation at another ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality area of Narsingdi on Wednesday, reports UNB.They were named as Khadiza Akther Meghla and Mou.UNB Narsingdi correspondent from the spot said they were taken out of the building by an ambulance of Narsingdi fire service around 2:35pm and they were being taken to Dhaka.Earlier, the law enforcers asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender.CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.Members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) earlier conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.
She’s Mercedes, an initiative by Mercedes-Benz celebrated by Silver Arrows, intended to recognize successful women, share their journey and inspire others. A launch of the initiative took place in the Capital recently at the luxury auto retailer’s state-of-the-art showroom at the Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri.”She’s Mercedes is an initiative that celebrates the accomplishments of leading women across all fields for setting the bar high with passion and creativity,” said Tushar Kumar, MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, adding, “She’s Mercedes is a community of powerful, successful women who create change, inspire powerful dialogues, and drive the future through their lives and work. It is a platform to connect, converse, engage and empower women. A place where achievers meet achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event started on a high note with the Guest of Honour Harjinder Kaur, Business Woman and National Sr Vice President, FICCI FLO giving some inspiring and noteworthy advise on women’s economic empowerment. “From a small town girl to an accomplished businesswoman having won many accolades, I want women to be aware of their strengths, turn them into the profession and be economically empowered”.It was followed by a Panel Discussion, celebrating the passion, creativity, and accomplishments of women who have made it big against all odds. The topic, “Women Leaders and the Road to Success” and the dynamic panelists from diverse fields captivated the audience with their success stories. The panelists included Lalitha Kumar Mangalam, Member, BJP, Former Chief, NCW, Tisca Chopra, Actress, Dr Shayama Chona, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, Educationist and President, Tamana, Payal Jain, Fashion Designer, Lipika Sud, Director, Lipika Sud Interiors, President, The Guild of Designers and Artists, Arunima Kumar, Danseuse and Choreographer and Tahira Kochhar, Celebrity Nutritionist and Model. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlso, to salute their success, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows brought out a very special coffee table book, ‘WOW, Women of Wisdom’ highlighting the journey of some of these successful women.The evening saw over 100 influential women in the city. The special guests included Shovana Narayan, Pinky Anand (Additional Solicitor General of India), Sushma Seth, Sharon Lowen, Sonia Prashar (Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce), Ratan Kaul, and others.
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read October 3, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. On September 9, Apple debuted its Watch in another attempt to close the gap between fashion and technology. The iconic tech company came out with three versions of the new device including the Watch Edition, which comes with an 18-karat gold case and may sell for as much as $5,000 according to one Apple insider. It’s too bad the fashion world was unimpressed.Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, told Reuters that “It’s not pretty…It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.” According to New York Magazine, models Arthur Kulkov and Alexa Chung both gave Apple Watch a thumbs down for being too dorky and toy-like. Designer Todd Snyder said, “I would never replace my Rolex for that watch.”Related: Can the Apple Watch Win the Wrist?Despite coming up short in the eyes of fashionistas, Apple still forced the fashion and tech industries to again question the conflict between style and utility. This has implications that could stretch far beyond the watch industry — if, and only if, designers are willing to take the risk of pioneering “smart fashion.” It is potentially a multibillion-dollar opportunity but there is no guarantee it will work out.With makers of textiles, handbags, jackets, shoes and jewelry now in a position to shape the future of all wearable technology, it’s worth asking two big questions: Why hasn’t fashion already seized this opportunity? And if they do enter the wearable market, how should they proceed?Why fashion remains on the sidelines. The fashion industry has a contradictory relationship with technology. Today, retailers are effectively tech companies that study and analyze shopping behavior. They have developed algorithmic personalization engines, mobile apps and social-media strategies well ahead of other industries. Yet, fashion designers have felt no competitive pressure to integrate technology into their products. This is why they remain on the sidelines.Related: Capitalizing on Fashion Week: How This Tech Accessory Company Made It to the RunwayThink about it: Why would Prada, Gucci or Burberry create “smart” digital handbags when women will already spend several thousand dollars on a single “dumb” handbag with tremendous profit margins? What would compel Giorgio Armani to make digital suits with built-in smartphone chargers and biometric sensors? Trying to force technology into high- end fashion products could backfire and alienate one of their core demographics who have not expressed demand for such features.Fashion designers aren’t expected to solve practical problems. They create demand for their products on an emotional and aesthetic level. Even the techiest among us can’t deny that fashion helps us define and represent who we are. When my wife wears a designer dress, or when my friend wears a solar-powered, smartphone-charging jacket (for real), both are expressing beliefs and values via fashion.Technology has so far failed to address the desires of people who express themselves through style rather than functionality. The Apple Watch is the best attempt so far. Likewise, fashion has failed to serve the needs of people who express themselves through functionality before appearance. So, people who value both style and function — probably the majority of consumers — are arguably underserved.Making a multibillion-dollar collaboration work.Since fashion and technology have always existed as distinct entities, unifying the two is a risk even if there appears to be a widely underserved demographic. Overcoming this divide is impossible without collaboration. To win over the elite fashion crowd, Apple and other tech companies need the sensibilities of top designers (Google recently teamed up with Diane von Furstenberg for Google Glass designs). And if fashion designers want a piece of the multibillion-dollar wearable technology market, they need the capabilities and regard for user experience that tech companies bring to the table.Related: How Russell Simmons Plans to Style and Inspire Millennials Through FashionWhile Apple may be considered a guinea pig in this new smart fashion market, the press is now speculating that Intel and other companies will try to one up Apple in the high-fashion wearable market. But many famous fashion houses are noticeably on the sidelines of this competition, with a few exceptions. Tory Burch now produces metal and silicon-printed bracelets to hide the Fitbit’s rubber bands. Ralph Lauren just launched the ‘Polo Tech’ line of athletic shirts that measure heart rate, breathing and movement. They plan to put this technology into dress shirts later in 2014.This is why there is such a huge opportunity for designers to partner with tech companies. If you’re a fashionista, would you prefer your smartwatch band to have the logo for Apple or Armani? If tech companies want wearable devices to gain acceptance with a wider audience, who could be better partners than designers who are so compelling that they convince women to buy five-figure handbags and endure the brutal discomfort of high heels?The choice before the fashion industry is simple:Partner with tech companies and take a piece of the wearable market, or let tech companies flounder with design and style. Designers could make or break the smart fashion trend. My personal hope is that design houses join in and provide those of us who love tech and fashion equally with a higher degree of self-expression and choice. Related: Talent’s Never Enough: Emerging Fashion Designers on Honing Business Savvy
Share “All the pieces are coming together” for St. Vincent and the Grenadines Kathryn Folliott TORONTO — With Mandarin Oriental just announcing its official debut on Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, news of another new resort for the island chain, from a well-known brand, is expected be made public within the next few weeks.St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Cecil McKie, in Toronto this week to meet with industry partners and media this week, said “all the pieces are coming together” and construction on the new-build resort, on the main island of St. Vincent, should begin within the next three months.Interest in the Caribbean destination, always something of an off-the-beaten-track gem, has ramped up with the debut of the new Argyle International Airport. Open since February 2017, the airport is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ years-long plan to attract international flights and – slowly but surely – boost its status as a tourism hotspot.Lift out of Canada for the 2018-19 winter season includes flights with Air Canada Rouge, with year-round nonstop Toronto to St. Vincent flights ramping up to twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays in high winter season. ACV’s just-released Sun Collection 2018-19 brochure offers seven hotels in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.From the U.S., carriers servicing St. Vincent and the Grenadines include American Airlines out of Miami starting Dec. 15, and Caribbean Airlines ex New York (JFK).“We’re getting there slowly but surely,” says Glen Beache, CEO, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. “We’ve done well for our first year of operations [with Argyle International Airport]. We need to have the room stock too.”Glen Beache, CEO, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority; Shelley John, Director of Sales, Canada for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture, Cecil McKieBeache adds: “I’ve never seen so much interest paid to St. Vincent and the Grenadines as I have now, with the new airport.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionWhile the destination is keen on attracting new hotel development, the first priority, as Beache notes, is “to keep the hotels full and give everybody the best experience possible.”St. Vincent and the Grenadines isn’t exclusively an upscale destination, but with islands like Mustique and Canouan, it’s easy for travellers – and travel agents – to make that assumption. “I think in the past it was marketed [as a luxury destination] and I think that was a mistake,” says Beache. The goal now is to go in the direction of four-star resorts.Some of the most popular resorts on the islands and cays – there are 32 in all, but only nine are inhabited – are Palm Island Resort, Petit St. Vincent and Buccament Bay Resort.The ‘new’ Mandarin Oriental, Canouan is in fact the former Pink Sands Club, Canouan. Mandarin Oriental announced the rebranding and an extensive renovation back in October 2017, and just this week Mandarin Oriental announced that the resort’s transformation was officially complete.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterMore rooms are on the way at Black Sands Resort, now under construction on St. Vincent with 40 villas and a 200-room hotel.Meanwhile agents should be on the lookout for more hotel news from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, says McKie. “We welcome discussions with anyone with interests in our islands. The government has offered to partner with investors. We have an open door policy.”The islands also have plenty of draws for visitors, including a full list of festivals and events, kicking off at the beginning of the year with the Bequia Music Fest. In the summer Vincy Mas “is the hottest Carnival in the Caribbean, and the safest,” says McKie.Shelley John, Director of Sales, Canada for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Office, says travel agents can hear all the news from the islands at upcoming roadshow events in St. Catharines, Oakville, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal, taking place Sept. 24 – 28.For more details see discoversvg.com. Tags: St. Vincent and the Grenadines << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 26, 2018 Posted by About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019