Fashion is cyclical by nature. Each season when ‘new trends’ are introduced, we’re really just reintroducing refined versions of trends that once existed.
The past couple of years have seen the return of some of the most memorable trends belonging to past decades.
Makeup looks worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are being donned by today’s Emma Watson and Taylor Swift.
The high-waist pants that ruled the 90s have now become a staple for all fashion lovers.
Here’s our list of some of the most classic trends from the last decades that have made the strongest comeback.
Berry lipsticks were huge back in the 90s and have made a strong comeback. The darker, plum shades are no longer reserved just for winters as A-list celebrities have been sporting them in the hot days of summer too.
The best way to wear the deep, sensuous shades is to keep the rest of makeup soft so all the emphasis is on your dark sultry lips.
Berry lipstick is perfect for when you’re short on time and you need a quick fix. Find the shade that best suits your skin tone, swipe on some mascara along with some highlighter to accentuate the cheeks and you should be good to go.
One of the 90s most defining trends were the tattoo chokers that every girl owned. Although the wired tattoo-style fortunately isn’t back, chokers most definitely are.
This time they come with a lot of oomph that complements the plunging necklines of high-fashion and embellish off-shoulder looks.
The cat-eye look epitomized women’s fashion in the 60’s. All the actresses back then donned thick black eyeliner with the winged sides to mimic cat-eyes. The retro look made a comeback a couple of years back with a little more variety in the form of double wings, the Middle-East inspired Cleopatra eyes and so many more.
You can keep it very delicate and simple with a single sweep of eyeliner on your top lashline or make it very dramatic by smudging it to create the smoky-eye effect and adding false lashes.
Corsets were controversial back then and still are now but that isn’t stopping women from picking one up. The purpose of the corset is to give the illusion of the tiny Scarlett O’Hara waist. Back in the day, they were known for restricting women’s rib cages, forcing them to undergo rib removal surgery and causing them to blackout frequently.
This time corsets come with a spin. They are no longer confined to the overly sexual, burlesque wear or hidden shapewear. Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid has been photographed in outfits that have integrated the traditional corset only this time they aren’t as tight nor as uncomfortable. They are made of fabric which allows them to stretch while tucking in any unflattering lumps.
Other celebrities like Rihanna and Victoria Beckham have been spotted in corset belts, as an accessory to be worn on top of a shirt. Corsets were also a prominent accessory on the ramps of some of the world’s most eminent Fashion weeks for 2017.
High-waist pants were just regular pants in the 80s and 90s. With the invention of the more stylized and comfortable, low rise pants you wouldn’t expect the older high-waist pants to ever return but they have.
An improved version of the older high-waist pants took the fashion world by storm. High-waist pants are now more flattering, they are made to fit better around your bottom with stretchable material to emphasize your hips. The pockets are no longer over-sized and there isn’t an excess of fabric around the crotch either. These revamped pants are here to stay.
The return of crop tops made everyone nervous. Crop tops were one of the most iconic looks of the 90s but as they make their comeback, they leave many wondering how much midriff to show, how appropriate are they for the occasion and whether their bodies can actually pull them off.
To make them more wearable by everyone, crop tops have comeback with a twist. They aren’t as ‘cropped’ as they used to be. They can be very chic provided they are worn correctly. Pairing them with high-waist bottoms prevent you from showing too much skin, keeping the look classy and clean.
Celebrities of all shapes and sizes have been pulling off crop tops with high-waist midis, culottes, short and trousers.
What goes around definitely comes back around.
Don’t be surprised when you see neon of the 80s and the baggy pants of the 90s make a return on the ramp soon!
2018 Crystal Award: Leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society
Actor Cate Blanchett, musician Elton John and actor Shah Rukh Khan are the recipients of the 24th Annual Crystal Award, the World Economic Forum announced today. The winners will be honoured at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on the evening of Monday, 22 January. The award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who are bridge-builders and role models for all leaders of society.
“We heartily congratulate the 24th Annual Crystal awardees. Their commitment to dignity and to the upholding of essential human values serves as an inspiration to us all, particularly in these trying times when compassion is needed more than ever,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the World Economic Forum’s World Arts Forum, which gives out the awards.
Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis
Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed award-winning actor and director of both stage and screen. Appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, she has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR. Having met refugees in countries including Lebanon, Jordan and her home country, Australia, she advocates for increased solidarity and responsibility sharing for the 65 million-plus displaced people across the world. She has brought her creative skills to bear in sharpening focus on the individual human stories that lie behind the vast numbers. Blanchett said: “As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, my job is simple: to help connect people to the human stories of those forced to flee, and to state the case for all of us to stand with refugees.”
Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Sir Elton John is one of the world’s most successful musical solo artists of all time, whose career has spanned more than five decades. With thirty-five Gold and twenty-five Platinum albums, he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF has raised more than $400 million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service and advocacy programmes around the globe. In 1998, HM Queen Elizabeth knighted him Sir Elton John, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music and charitable causes. Sir Elton John recently received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. John said: “AIDS is the leading cause of death for women of childbearing age, yet the medicine and know-how exists to prevent this. If we want to give the next generation a better future, we could solve this problem. What it takes is our collective passion and compassion.”
Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India
Shah Rukh Khan is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actors who has been at the forefront of the Indian film and television industry for over 30 years. He is the founder of the non‐profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children’s hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment. Khan said: “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness.”
Starting up your own restaurant within a budget
A business that you own is a dream of many individuals, but very few actually work hard to accomplish it. The initial struggle involved in the start of any venture is exhausting and when that business is of running a restaurant, it becomes all the more challenging. Any good eatery has to maintain food quality, customer relations, the ambiance and its staff. It’s not an easy job to be par with everything at once. It requires relentless effort from the owner as well as the staff. To look for inspiration you can look at the best restaurants in your city to get a clearer picture of how good restaurants work.
Anyone expecting to open up a new restaurant as their first entrepreneurial adventure must be aware of a few things that will help them in their journey. The basic foundation of a business has to be their budget for the project, and a restaurant start-up is no exception. To map out all the possibilities, your money matters have to be set in place, this will then be your guide to further advancements in the planning of your project. To help you stay within budget, here are a few tips that will let you run the restaurant that you had once dreamt of opening.
Any restaurant hoping to provide its chefs with the best tools would want to buy the best utensils. But this doesn’t always have to be the case. A restaurant’s chef needs are defined by the cuisine it serves. When you have decided on the menu of your restaurant, or the certain types of foods you will be serving there, only then you should choose your equipment. There are a variety of stoves and grills that serve different purposes. If grilled food is not a part of your menu, then don’t opt for a stove with a grill or an oven which you are suspecting your chefs may never use. In order to better understand these choices, consult a chef or someone with sufficient knowledge in cooking food.
Another option available to you is to look for second-hand equipment. Second-hand stuff is relatively cheap and could be bought off from a lot of places. It could be online, or a restaurant that has gone out of business. If the condition of the tools seems good enough to serve the intended purpose without any hindrance, then it is surely a good investment.
An ambiance is a strong point of any restaurant catering to anyone who is looking for something more than just good food. It adds an experience to the diner and has the potential to create a loyal customer. But seeing that you have a budget, you should introduce things to the room little by little. If you really want to decide between the two decorations, then make the decision based on your needs over your wants. It is important that you have a fancy light on the ceiling more than beautiful wallpaper or a plush leather seat. Use tactics on the design of your dining area more than money to make the place look tasteful and interesting.
If you are opening a restaurant that is aiming to produce Haute cuisines, then you may as well put that idea to rest, unless you have the proper resources or a good loan plan. As your student loan payments may have taught you that the loans are not easy to pay, so keep the initial investments lower. Your Food expense is something that you will have to go through daily. Groceries and meat prices can fluctuate, which may work to your advantage or disadvantage accordingly, but the percentage of the profit and loss doesn’t vary significantly here. But if you are serving food items that are costly, then it will definitely affect your monthly budget. Don’t directly choose delicacies which will cost you more than most of your groceries combined. Introduce items that are expensive in the menu later and go for dishes that cost less to prepare in the starting few months of your eatery.
It is a good strategy to make your presence known before you start operations. But one must remember to not go overboard with these promotional tactics. A planned marketing will direct the right type of customers to you. It is always better to use social media to your advantage rather than any other medium to promote your restaurant. It costs less and is more effective than any other medium in existence. With its variety of options to find and serve to your desired niche, you will be able to set a customer base and advertise to them within a short while.
Avoiding any of these can have a bad response to your efforts. Therefore to follow a plan is the best way to have a successful running business. Each part of the tactics is correlated with each other and is set to provide you with the best outcome in a minimal budget. Remember, a good strategy will help you reach the top, not over spending.
Self-Driving Cars and What the Future Holds for Them
Autonomous car development has a strong relation with enhancing the safety on the road as road accidents are one of the biggest man-made threats to human life. Around half a trillion dollars are lost annually around the world in road accidents and more than 90% of them are due to human error.
Driving to and from work, and to other places also takes up a huge chunk of our time which could otherwise be used for more productive endeavors. In the UK, citizens waste 81 hours a year in driving and being stuck in traffic. Estimations say that up to 15 times more people can fit on today’s roads, so self-driving cars can help with that as they can not only drive safer but also much closer to each other.
Autonomy in driving has been contested and discussed since the last 50 years where Japanese and German companies installed autonomous security systems and software in their cars. But it was only in 2009 that Google started developing Chauffeur, it’s wholly autonomous car which has been in use till date.
However, the current prototypes that exist are something even beyond as they aim to address more commercial purposes. Today, there are many car manufacturers that have already or are in the process of releasing autonomous vehicles. Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Mercedes, Audi, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and others are all working on progressing their prototypes further and the sale of such vehicles on the level field is anticipated to take place in 2020.
As an autonomous vehicle’s most important functional aspect is its computer system, when connected to the internet, it could be vulnerable to attacks. Freedom of movement and privacy may also be compromised if police, government or terrorists gain access to the last journey taken or journey history, to predict future journeys. Software bugs are another concern in the safety of such vehicles along with pedestrian negligence in following road rules. Yet there is much convenience too that will come for personal riders especially the disabled or the elderly who are not able to independently drive themselves currently. It can also make vehicle-related crimes more difficult to get away from.
However before these self-driving vehicles become a norm they are some barriers that remain like; the need of highly detailed road maps, social acceptance of the technology and governmental laws and their implementations.
The insights from the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 have revealed that the self-driving concept is likely to be applied in shared rides rather than individual ones. Mobility for self-driving vehicles is estimated to be marketed and first implemented in a very utilitarian way of commercial riding like for deliveries or for ride sharing, looking at the different latest models which companies like Ford, General Motors, and Waymo have revealed.
The features of the cars as well, like its limited speed, prohibitive costs, efficiency, and design all point towards why they are likely to be shared at least initially.
Another advantage of the initial commercial use of these cars is the fact that cars in commercial use will be deployed by a company who can make sure where and how are they being driven and whether they are operating in an appropriate weather for their sensors or not. With that the commercial fleet of autonomous vehicles will be regularly checked and properly maintained; where with a personal customer once the vehicle is bought it’s not seen again.
However, speculations are plenty on when, if ever, these vehicles will be adopted and shared by people widely and what implications will it have on car ownerships.
Some believe that even if the driverless vehicles become a norm, the fact that people will actually give car ownership up is highly unlikely anytime soon as people still enjoy driving. Yet many others like the Chief Business Officer at Lyft contest that the upcoming generation will be more than happy to comply.
While the race for driverless vehicles is on, what remains unsolved are the implications of its shared adoptions. What will provide further clarity is the government action and their take on it, for these cars might be autonomous in their ability but they aren’t autonomous in their use as they will require an entire ecosystem of connected mechanics on and off roads like street sensors and special marking that will relay information to the cars as they move.
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