Giorgio Armani to Hold Signature Men’s Show in June at Storied Via Borgonuovo HQ

HOME SWEET HOME: For the first time in 18 years, Giorgio Armani will show his namesake men’s collection for spring 2020 at his storied headquarters at 11 Via Borgonuovo.
The show is scheduled on June 17 at 5 p.m., closing Milan Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks off on June 14.
Armani took control in 1996 of the stately 17th-century building, Palazzo Orsini, named after the 12th-century family, but in 2001 the designer unveiled offices and his Teatro, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando on Milan’s Via Bergognone — in a former Nestlé industrial area, and effectively helping to revamp that part of the city.
The Emporio Armani show will be held at the Teatro on June 15 at 11 a.m.
The designer has most recently been experimenting with different formats and venues. Last September, he staged a coed Emporio Armani show at Milan’s Linate Airport — at the Hangar where the imposing Emporio Armani billboard has been placed since 1996. That was the first time a fashion show was held at that site and it was followed by a Robbie Williams concert.
In February, for the first time, Armani held a coed show for his signature line at Silos, the exhibition space he opened in 2015, opposite the

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Cosby Accusers’ Testimony Points To ‘Signature’ Crime

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The judge who presided over Bill Cosby‘s criminal case said he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.

A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, after hearing from her and the five others. Cosby, 81, is appealing his conviction based on the women’s testimony and other key rulings by Montgomery County Judge Stephen O’Neill.

Cosby began serving a three- to 10-year prison term in September at a state prison near Philadelphia.

O’Neill, in a lengthy opinion filed Tuesday, said he found “striking similarities” in the women’s descriptions of their encounters with the comedian long beloved as “America’s Dad.”

“In each instance, (he) met a substantially younger woman, gained her trust, invited her to a place where he was alone with her, provided her with a drink or drug, and sexually assaulted her once she was rendered incapacitated,” O’Neill wrote. “These chilling similarities rendered (their) testimony admissible.”

O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby’s first trial in June 2017, when a jury deadlock led to a mistrial. Cosby was retried in April 2018, months after the #MeToo movement burst into view with sexual asssault accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood and beyond.

In the ruling Tuesday, O’Neill said the new defense team that handled Cosby’s retrial never directly challenged him on the difference in his two trial rulings about the other accusers’ testimony. At any rate, he said, judges are not bound by their prior decisions.

The defense, in outlining their appeal issues, have also argued that Cosby had a binding agreement with a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, that he would never be charged in the case. O’Neill again rejected the claim Tuesday, finding the signed press release from Castor – used to bolster the claim – falls short of an immunity agreement.

Castor had investigated Constand’s complaint for about a month in 2005 before deciding not to bring a case, questioning why she waited a year to contact police. Before the year was out, 13 other accusers had come forward to support the lawsuit Constand filed against Cosby. He settled the case for $ 3.4 million.

When Cosby’s deposition testimony from the lawsuit became public in 2015, and the criminal case was reopened, Castor for the first time told his successor about the supposed “non-prosecution” agreement. He forwarded their correspondence to Cosby’s defense lawyer and testified as a defense witness at a 2016 hearing, O’Neill noted.

O’Neill also rejected defense efforts to have him step down from the case because of his alleged bias, and outlined the four-year legal process that led up to Cosby’s conviction and sentencing.

Cosby’s latest team of lawyers has been awaiting the opinion so they can proceed with the appeal in Pennsylvania courts. The lead lawyer, Brian Perry, did not immediately return a phone message on Tuesday.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, in a statement, said “O’Neill has a habitual habit of always trying to cover his many errors, which continues to show his hatred towards Mr. Cosby.”

The Associated Press does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.

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The Components of Your Signature Style

The most important trend of our fashion era is Individualism. Fashion is a melting pot of sartorial choices, trends are no longer seasonal, and fads no longer exist. Fashion is more diverse, and more accepting than ever of all sorts of styles. Trends are becoming harder to define, and at some point they will be irrelevant. That’s why developing and milking the signature components of your style is as current, modern, and 2019 as it gets.

A signature style is a set of sartorial preferences that are recognizably “your look” and consistently represented in your outfits. They make your style distinctive. They amp up the PERSONAL in personal style, and make your outfits your own. A signature style can evolve over time, but might have elements that stay the same for most of your life.

A signature style is not to be confused with a style rut. When you’re in a rut you’re bored, tired and unhappy with your style and desperately want to change things up. The components of a signature style continue to spark joy, so you keep them anchored in your look for a long period of time. There is no need to change up your signature style unless you’re tired of it.

A signature style develops quite intuitively. Often it’s a case of building onto the same set of sartorial preferences organically over time until they become a strong part of your style. You can nurture a signature style so that it’s an overt part of your look, or you can keep things subtle. It’s all good as long as your signature style makes you happy.

Developing a signature style is an exercise in learning and self-discovery that has practical benefits. Style is a celebration of individuality that emanates from within, so the more you are in tune with yourself and your needs, the happier you will be with your signature style. The more closely your signature style reflects you as a person, the easier it is to maintain, and sport with confidence and verve. Identifying your signature style helps you edit and review your wardrobe, and plan future purchases so that you shop for the right items.

This type of self-assessment can be confidence-boosting and fun, so give it a go in the comments section. I’ll go first. Here’s how I describe my signature style:

Short blonde pixie, statement eyewear, white footwear, white pearls, and flats are probably the most distinctive parts of my style. White jeans, white tops, solid items in sour brights, colourful clothing combinations, Furla handbags, lace, gold watches, denim jackets, high necklines, longer sleeves, midis, naked nails, and a good dose of trendy classic are the other elements that I consider “signature” to my style. They anchor my look and make me happy. All of that is remixed with a strong desire to emulate a polished appearance with movement, and create dressier crisp outfits with ample structure that are still soft and pretty.

Over to you. Describe the elements that are signature to your style in the comments section. If you’re unsure, feel free to post the question on our forum and we’ll get you started. I’m excited to hear you describe your signature styles. Don’t be shy.


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What Are Your Signature Dishes for the Holidays?

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I happened to be looking at Cup of Jo recently and noticed that had a whole series where the site’s various writers were sharing their signature dishes for the holidays. (These brownies look ah-ma-zing…) I immediately knew what they were talking about — my Grandma Kay’s Cranberry Cake!!! — and thought it might be a fun discussion here today. What are YOUR signature dishes for the holidays, ladies? Do you have any killer cocktails, desserts, side dishes, or main dishes that you always make?

I’ve written before about my mom’s mom, who passed away recently(ish) — but my father’s mom passed away from complications from emphysema when I was far too young. (This is why, growing up, “don’t smoke” was the biggest message my parents gave me, much more so than any other vices, and I’m kind of thankful they did.) Anyway, she always made this sugary, crazy-rich cranberry cake for the holidays, and in her honor, my mom started making Grandma Kay’s cranberry cake every Christmas Eve, for our family tradition of having a small, intimate dinner the night before the big family to-do at my maternal grandma’s house. It’s basically like a cranberry muffin drizzled with a sauce that is literally a whole bunch of butter and sugar. (I think we inherited these Royal Albert plates from her as well.)

(Looking for something slightly healthier? I wrote about my family’s signature Siggy’s Salad in our last discussion on holiday recipes…)

My Family’s Signature Dish: Grandma Kay’s Cranberry Cake

Cake

Cream together 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 2 tbsp butter.
Add 2 tsp baking powder, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, and 3/4 cup milk.
Fold in with spatula… 2 cups cranberries (rinsed and drained). Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in center of cake.

Sauce

In small pan over low heat, blend:
1 cup sugar, 1/2 cups butter (1 stick). Melt slowly, stirring often.
Add 1/2 cup cream and 1 tsp vanilla and blend till creamy.
Ladle over individual pieces of cake.

Picture credit: my brother. 

Over to you guys — what are your signature dishes for the holidays? 

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