The death of the show-off: how London fashion week embraced the new normal

Who killed the peacock? Once fashion weeks were a riot of excess. Now low-key dressing is in – on the catwalk and on the street. What’s behind the new modesty?

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A bomber-jacket dress from Christopher Raeburn, a Preen rucksack and a Burberry Prorsum denim jacket. Photograph: Getty Images

The moment you know that showing off is over? When it’s over even at London fashion week. After all, to catwalk (verb) means to show off. A fashion show is attitude as art, peacocking as commerce. But this LFW was different. There was no bombast, no pomp. The clothes on the catwalk were understatement, rather than statement dressing. Instead of strutting in six-inch heels, all high steps and flared nostrils and arched eyebrows, the models were in flat shoes, and they just – well, they walked. Like, you know, normal people.

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Today Our Spotlight is a Nigerian-born civil rights activist, and was the first gay Nigerian man to be interviewed on national TV in Nigeria.

Bisi Alimi was born in Nigeria in 1975, grew up and went on to attend the University of Lagos (Nigeria) pursuing a degree in theater. While as a student in 2003, he was outed by the university’s student newspaper during student government elections.

Homosexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, the conservative influences of the Muslim faith in the north and a large Christian presence in the south. It is punishable by death by stoning in all 12 states, or being sentenced up to 14 years of imprisonment. There is no legal protection against discrimination for LGBT Nigerians. Very few are out, and violence against those in the LGBT community is frequent. Legislation is pending to criminalize same-sex marriage throughout Nigeria.

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‘Why Didn’t You Just Leave?’ – Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple #whyistayed

It’s the question every survivor of domestic violence is posed, often incredulously: Why didn’t you just leave? The reality is that leaving an abusive relationship is often a herculean task that endangers the woman and calls for resources that aren’t readily available.

In June, after The Huffington Post ran an investigative report on a woman allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, we received an outpouring of responses from domestic violence survivors who wanted to explain why they had stayed with their abusers. We spent the next three months interviewing these women. While they offered hundreds of reasons, ranging from the logistical to the deeply personal, some common themes emerged: Fear. Love. Family. Money. Shame. Isolation.

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Beyonce and Jay Z ‘working on new album together’ days after wrapping On The Run tour

They’ve just completed their On The Run world Tour.

But Beyonce and Jay Z are clearly not content to rest on their laurels.

According to new reports, the superstar couple allegedly are working together on a new album.

Is it true? Beyoncé and Jay Z, pictured performing in Paris on Friday, are reportedly working on a new album together

Is it true? Beyoncé and Jay Z, pictured performing in Paris on Friday, are reportedly working on a new album together

DJ Skee revealed the news on his Dash Radio show on Tuesday, claiming, ‘I have confirmed and talked to a couple sources’.

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Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse


Kerry Washington wants to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.

On Monday, the Emmy-nominated actress spoke out about an often-overlooked reason why women stay in abusive relationships: financial abuse.

“It’s the reason why so many people stay,” she said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “That whole hashtag #WhyIStayed that happened last week, you saw how many of those responses were about feeling trapped financially.”

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Prince Harry cancels 30th birthday bash for morning sick sister-in-law Kate Middleton

Prince Harry has pulled perhaps his most chivalrous move ever.

The young royal turns 30 today and his brother Prince William and sister-in-law had been planning an intimate party last night t to mark the occasion in style.

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Jay-Z’s change of lyrics fuels speculation Beyonce may be pregnant

Beyoncé may be pregnant.

The Crazy in Love performer’s husband Jay Z ignited rumours his wife is carrying their second child when he reportedly changed lyrics to his song Beach Is Better.

During the couple’s Friday night performance in Paris the In My Lifetime star allegedly rapped “cause she is pregnant with another one” while singing the song from his Magna Carta Holy Grail record, MTV News reports.

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Abuja Declaration (1989) – goal to win the whole of Africa for Islam

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The Abuja Declarion is the outcome of a conference of the African countries of the OIC in 1989 and launched by a communiqué of the Islam in Africa Organisation (IAO) founded during this conference.
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Stabbing With Syringe in Nigeria Raises Concerns of Ebola as Weapon


Ebola virus particles (green) budding from an infected cell (orange), all magnified 25,000 times. Credit Niaid, via European Pressphoto Agency

A federal air marshal was stabbed with a syringe at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday, an incident that is raising concerns about whether the deadly Ebola virus could be harvested from the widespread outbreak in West Africa and used as a bioweapon.

Initial tests on the substance in the syringe, conducted at a special biodefense forensics laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., did not detect the virus or any other threatening agent, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christos Sinos, said Wednesday. The marshal, who arrived in Houston on Monday, was examined there and has been released from the hospital with no sign of illness, according to a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration. Read the rest of this entry

Beyonce surprises Parisian fans by duetting with Nicki Minaj during On The Run tour

Social media was abuzz when a collaboration between the two of them hit the internet last month.

But Beyonce and Nicki Minaj gave thousands of their French fans the pleasure of being the first ones to see that same song live and in the flesh.

The performance of Flawless Remix came on the second to last night of her On The Run tour with husband Jay Z, as the couple continue to be plagued by breakup rumours.

Dynamic duo: Beyonce, 33, had a special surprise performance for those in attendance during the On The Run Tour date in Paris on Friday as she brought out 31-year-old Nicki Minaj to the stage

Dynamic duo: Beyonce, 33, had a special surprise performance for those in attendance during the On The Run Tour date in Paris on Friday as she brought out 31-year-old Nicki Minaj to the stage


Nicki Minaj joins Beyonce on stage in Paris

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Apple outrages users by automatically installing U2 album on their devices whether they asked for it or not

  • Songs of Innocence album was automatically added to iOS devices
  • It was added to iTunes Store customers in 119 countries
  • Users have taken to Twitter and Facebook to express outrage at the plans
  • Others have moaned the album is difficult to remove from their devices
  • Reports claim Apple paid the band $100 million as part of the deal 

Since the launch of the iTunes Store in 2003, U2 has been a strong, musical ambassador for Apple.

So what better way to celebrate the launch of the Irish band’s latest album, than by giving it to every iTunes Store customer in 119 countries around the world?

Unfortunately for Apple and U2, many of these customers are not happy the Songs Of Innocence album has been forced upon them – and have taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice their outrage.


Nicki Minaj mysteriously posted this pic with Beyoncé today. So um, are we getting that Flawless video or nah?


Angelina Jolie’s childhood caregiver claims star battled with anorexia and self-harming as a teenager

Angelina Jolie battled with anorexia and self-harming in her formative years growing up in Los Angeles, claims a new report.

Cis Rundle, a friend of the star’s late mother Marcheline Bertrand, spoke with RadarOnline about the 39-year-old’s childhood in a new interview.

Rundle claims she ‘carried’ Jolie into a hospital during her ‘anorexic stage’ as a teenager after the actress’ mother ‘got scared that she wasn’t eating’.

Her past: New report claims Angelina Jolie battled with anorexia as a teenager, pictured in June in Tokyo, Japan

Her past: New report claims Angelina Jolie battled with anorexia as a teenager, pictured in June in Tokyo, Japan

Speaking with the website, the woman alleges that Jolie battled not only anorexia but also witnessed the future star’s tendency towards self-harming behaviour as a child.

‘She just liked that little bit of pain. She liked that edge,’ Rundle told Radar after describing how Jolie used to dip her fingers in candle wax as a child.

Rundle claims she was Marcheline’s best friend and was asked to start watching Jolie back in the 1970s, when Angelina was just three-years-old.
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Sex survey reveals that spooning is not good for bad backs, despite what the doctors say

The painful sex lives of Britons suffering from bad backs are being worsened by medical advice that spooning is the best position for them, according to a new study.

For the first time ever, scientists have successfully documented the way the spine moves during sex and discovered how certain positions are better than others when it comes to avoiding back pain.

In what is the first “biomechanical analysis of movements and postures” during sex, researchers measured the physical motions of couples who were encouraged to “move as naturally as possible”.

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Former rugby star Gareth Thomas poses for bubble bath photo shoot with boyfriend Ian Baum and says he wants to spend the rest of his life with him

He spent years secretly struggling with his sexuality before coming out in 2009.

But Gareth Thomas is feeling better than ever since finding true love with Ian Baum, who he describes as ‘the final piece of the jigsaw’.

The former Wales rugby captain – who was married to his teenage sweetheart Jemma from 2001 until 2009 – met Ian, his first ever male partner, online and the pair moved in together after only a month and a half.

Lather of love: Gareth Thomas and Ian Baum have opened up about their romance for the first time in detail in the new issue of Attitude magazine

Lather of love: Gareth Thomas and Ian Baum have opened up about their romance for the first time in detail in the new issue of Attitude magazine

The smitten 40-year-old star explained to Attitude magazine: ‘It differs massively [to former relationships] because I can be myself, there’s not a part of me lying at all.

‘I can be totally and utterly honest with Ian. I had a great relationship with my ex-wife. I know in my heart of hearts that this is probably the rest of my life with Ian. Read the rest of this entry

Rihanna dons silver wig as she wears thigh high boots and leotard for new magazine photoshoot

As one of the biggest pop acts in the world, Rihanna is not one to shy away from making a provocative fashion statement.

And for a new magazine editorial the 26-year-old opted to go grey with the help of a silver wig in a desert inspired photoshoot.

Wearing various wistful and racy costumes, the Bajan star rocked the new look while flaunting her famously toned and svelte physique.

Silver fox: Rihanna donned a wig and lots of leather for issue number 35 of TUSH

Silver fox: Rihanna donned a wig and lots of leather for issue number 35 of TUSH

In one set of photos, Rihanna wore thigh high boots and a matching leather jacket as she rocked a grey and silver leotard.

The boots featured silver panelling as she carried a large handbag trimmed with fur in the photoshoot for issue 35 of TUSH.

Another outfit saw the star don a bejewelled crown and matching dress with a huge pair of fluffy white wings attached to her back.
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CBS to Pull Opening Act Featuring Rihanna Song for Ravens vs. Steelers Game

CBS to Pull Opening Act Featuring Rihanna Song for Ravens vs. Steelers Game

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In the wake of all of the news surrounding Ray Rice and the NFL, CBS has officially made some changes to its pregame show before the Baltimore Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. Pulling Rihanna’s debut theme song from the broadcast is stealing some thunder from the network’s primetime coverage.

According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, CBS will replace its original pregame show with a report from CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell, who interviewed commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday after the tape of Rice hitting his now-wife surfaced.

O’Donnell will be on set with James Brown in Baltimore as they cover all of the news regarding the Rice situation that has been released during the week.

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THIS IS EVEN FUNNIER!!! HAHAHAHA : Asari Dokudo Dares President Goodluck Jonathan Not to Contest in 2015


Nollywood actress Tonto Dike in an exclusive interview with E-Weekly Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere talks about her new career in music, her hot new single ‘Hi’, her new movie which she co-produced and other interesting topics.

Beyoncé-Jay Z Baby Reports: Singer Pregnant With Baby No. 2, Confirmation Allegedly Revealed During Italy Getaway

Beyoncé and Jay-Z divorce reports are at rest for the meantime while they enjoy some family time in Corsica. However, pregnancy rumours are said to be running wild again. A report claimed that the singer is indeed carrying their second child and Beyoncé supposedly confirmed the second pregnancy while on her Italy getaway with Jay-Z.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple, according to the latest ranking from Forbes. The couple earned a combined $95 million over the past year.

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