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French Girl beauty


If you've gone anywhere near beauty blogs or the actual internet over the last decade you're familiar with the French Girl aesthetic. It's a glittering melange of unbridled sexuality, twee Tomboyishness, and aloof sophistication, which sounds contradictory until you look around at the iconic women it's based on, (and the amount of revenue their identities have generated for countless brands.)

Think Brigitte Bardot. Jane Birkin on the arm of Serge Gainsbourg. Leslie Caron, but only in the 1960s. Jean Seberg in Breathless. It is only Catherine Deneuve who is allowed to transcend her youth.

Earlier this month, Eliza Cooke wrote in shrewd detail about the billion-dollar myth of the French Girl, tracing its real origins back to what is essentially America's uptight projection of what it is to be a member of a wildly chic tribe of women, who, as Cooke writes, include only those "bicycling along the Seine in mini-skirts with baguettes tucked under their arms."

Australia too, has latched on to the idea of the Parisian princess, albeit with less froth than your average champagne-sipping, Breton-stripe-wearing American beauty influencer.

The reason, one might hypothesise, is because Australians are a little more laidback than our American counterparts, a little more cynical, too. This means that French-flavoured beauty mythology in Australia leans more toward an unvarnished, (read: young hipster) ideal. We're talking France via Fitzroy; rue Saint Honore via Redfern.

Oh, we love our pink roses, our Diptyque candles, our kohl-pencil cat eye makeup. But we're not about to tie our hair in grosgrain ribbons and go prancing toward the closest Chanel makeup counter. That would be, in a phrase, Le Basic.

This is not to suggest that the French aesthetic carries less allure for Aussies. But what exactly is it? And why, after almost a century, does it still persist?

The cornerstone of the French Girl myth is the seductive promise that you don't have to follow the hyper-restrictive rules of post-modern beauty.

Hyper-restrictive? Excusez-moi?

These days, women can be ridiculous, hideous, vain, craven, immoral, bland and or stupid and still be held aloft as a role model provided they have a pleasing, (youthful) face, and fat deposits in the right areas.

These are the rules and if you obey them then everything else you do will be called "empowering." But in France, you may have your cheese and eat it too. And then roll your eyes at all those silly lactose intolerant individuals and their striving for -- how to say? – bull shit.

If you follow the (mythologised) French, you don't have to worry about looking bad while hung-over, all you need is an aggressively seductive lipstick and last night's eyeliner. For skincare, you use a small, perfect bottle of lavender oil or its equivalent.

You don't have to give up smoking, you don't have to exercise, as long as you're having plenty of sex, (and you don't have to worry about your sexual dignity because in France, you see, nobody is so uptight as to demand monogamy).

The hair on the French Girl's head is never brushed, it's teased and tussled and promptly forgotten in favour of deep intellectual pursuits. She is either naturally buxom or naturally small-breasted, either way, the only bras she owns are for the boudoir.

And here is the trouble with the French Girl Myth. It is not, as NYMagplayfully asserted, the ability to slap "French" onto any random act and make it marketable. Sad to say, the French Girl aesthetic is not quite that vague.

No, the greater problem is that, while The French Girl appears to sit topless on the beach, cigarette in one hand, book in another, while she laughs at our neediness to conform to restrictive beauty standards, the truth is that she has her own she follows just as closely, they're just a different set of rules.

As iconic French fashion blogger, Garance Dore once put it, "the French woman is a nice and beautiful myth". And just like every "grass is greener" tale, this one has its own version. "French women," she admits, "would love to be like American women."Read more at:prom dresses | evening dresses


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New York Fashion Week


Torrid, which designs and retails apparel, lingerie, swimwear, accessories and footwear for the plus-size woman, is the first plus-size women’s fashion brand to present at NYFW: The Shows as part of IMG. The runway show will take place Sept. 12.

The catwalk will be a showcase for the brand’s third annual Model Search competition, serving as the semifinal competitive round for the top 10 finalists. Selected by a panel of judges who include “Project Runway” winner Ashley Nell Tipton, celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono and model Candice Huffine, the finalists will walk the runway before going on to a third and final round of competition, where the winner will be selected by Torrid friends and fans.

Torrid’s model search kicked off in May, with online submissions followed this summer by live casting in Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston and Atlanta. The retailer has also extended its search to Canada for the first time, with a live casting in Ontario. Last year, 10,000 women applied. The winner will have the title “Face of Torrid 2018” and will receive a Torrid modeling contract and wardrobe. She will also host Torrid store openings and events as a brand ambassador, will be featured in seasonal fashion campaigns and will appear on the brand’s social media channels throughout the year. Applications are being taken at through Aug. 13.

On the runway, Torrid will preview of its spring 2018 collection, featuring 40 looks representing key trends for the upcoming season, including edgy rock ‘n’ roll, romantic boho, hand embroidery and painted elements. The company produces clothing for sizes 10 to 30. NYX Professional Makeup is the official makeup sponsor.

“As a brand that is committed to helping all customers find her personal style, we at Torrid feel it is important to showcase the diversity of plus offerings on the most influential stage in fashion,” said Kay Hong, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based Torrid, which has more than 500 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as selling at “Ultimately our objective is to show great fashion combined with body positivity and inclusivity.”

Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director of IMG Fashion, added, “We appreciate the brand’s commitment to size inclusiveness and body-positive message and believe they are an excellent partner as we continue pushing the boundaries of the fashion industry.”Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | evening dresses


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Georgia on our Mind


Nino Sanaia was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and lived there until she was seven, before moving to Walkinstown in Dublin. Sanaia was always creative and artistic, but it wasn’t until college that she realised her true calling.

“I was always interested in art, and I spent a lot of my childhood drawing and painting,” she says. “I always made little clothes for my dolls but I never really considered a career in fashion. My portfolio when I applied to the National College of Art & Design was very fine art-orientated, and it wasn’t until halfway into my first year that I realised I wanted to study fashion.”

Sanaia completed her joint honours in fashion design and history of visual culture at NCAD, where her striking graduate collection explored the concept of binary masculinity.

“Identifying uniforms to be the pinnacle of masculine dress, the primary influences are the traditional dress of a Georgian warrior, called a Chokha,” Sanaia explains. “I was also influenced by more modern military uniforms from the 1900s. The collection also mimics the performative nature of gender in relation to sex through the exploration of attachment, detachment and transformability.”

Sanaia adores researching her designs and finding inspiration from the historical and cultural contexts from different eras.

“I also get a lot of inspiration from art and design,” enthuses Sanaia, “especially designers like Jean Prouvé and Jacques Adnet. The research dictated everything: the mood, the silhouette, the fabric and the construction.”

The result is a beautiful collection that is strong, controlled and functional, with the masculine energy softened by screen printed fabrics and tactile textiles such as shearling. It was met well-deserved praise, and Sanaia was awarded runner-up in the Brown Thomas Designer to Watch Competition. She was also shortlisted for Persil’s Irish Fashion Awards, the River Island Bursary and Young Designer of the Year. One of the outfits from Sanaia’s graduate collection was purchased by L’Oreal.

This critical acclaim allowed Sanaia to walk into incredible, high-profile design jobs, and she has worked at Proenza Schouler for the Spring 2016 show and again last season for Fall 2017. Sanaia is currently in New York City working for The Row and is finding herself flooded with new inspiration and a desire to challenge herself.

“Since I left college and started working for Proenza and The Row I’ve been so inspired by the amazing designers I’m getting to work with. Their process and passion is amazing to see and be a part of. This industry has some of the most intelligent and talented people in the world. The way they think and work is so interesting to me.”Read more at:cheap prom dresses | evening dresses


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Laura Chaplin


Laura Chaplin, granddaughter of world-famous actor Charlie Chaplin, is the new ambassador of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA). The young fashion designer wants to support the initiative for sustainable cotton farming through her label 'Smile by Laura Chaplin'.

“I really wanted to be ambassador for Cotton made in Africa, because we share the same values. We want to make the world a happier place”, explains Chaplin her decision to support Cotton made in Africa and the 695,000 smallholder cotton farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa CmiA is working with.

In addition, the designer in whose life creative art has always played a predominant role and whose label is characterised by a positive way of life and humanity, is inspired in her work by the initiative and by the beauty of Africa. “ Cotton made in Africa had a great influence on my designs. With them I want to give people along the textile chain a reason to smile - from the farmer to the consumer.”

“Laura Chaplin and Cotton made in Africa are united in their goal to improve the living and working conditions of cotton farmers and to promote nature conservation in Africa. Together, we want to spread a smile around the world - for the farmers, nature and consumers alike”, confirms CmiA's managing director Tina Stridde, who feels honoured to work with Chaplin.

In this video interview, Laura Chaplin talks about her life, her new label Smile by Laura Chaplin and her role as CmiA ambassador.Read more at:mermaid prom dresses | cocktail dresses uk


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The right royal way to wash face


OVER the past couple of weeks, a famous family down south washed a lot of dirty linen in public. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Instead, I am going public with how I wash my face.

Before you roll your eyes in irritation, please allow me to make my case.

You see, the way I clean my visage is exactly the same as a certain royal person. And how she does it is big, hot news in the English-speaking world, I kid you not.

I am talking about Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, queen-in-waiting/training, hands-on mother of young royals and gorgeous fashion icon, which all together makes her a worthy successor to her late, great mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

Like Diana, the British media covers Kate in minute detail, so when her make-up artist Arabella Preston revealed her regal “beauty secret” last month to Kathleen Hou, a beauty journalist for the website The Cut, the news was widely picked up from Australia to the United States.

And what was the big secret? Kate uses a flannel cloth to wash her face.

That was it but when I Googled “Kate Middleton flannel”, I was amazed to see the frenzy over this bit of revelation with headlines like:

Kate Middleton’s key to a flawless finish is a flannel (Daily Mail Online), Americans can’t believe Kate Middleton uses a flannel to wash her face (, Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge uses this 99p beauty SECRET to get her perfect skin ( and so on.

Preston sagely explained that washing one’s face with a towel with firm but soft fibres was “quite necessary” because it removes make-up and dirt as well as exfoliates the skin.

Well, if Hou had done a bit of research, she might have stumbled on a story about supermodel Qiqi’s own secret beauty weapon.

And yes, it’s a face towel, too.

Qiqi revealed that to me when I met her in Japan in 2010 during an SK-II assignment. She was in her early 40s and she looked sensational, as expected of an ambassador for the luxury Japanese skincare brand.

I wrote: “Everything about Chinese supermodel Qiqi turns heads: her height (1.8m), her long glossy hair, her elegant features and her to-die-for complexion.”

She was in Tokyo to promote SK-II but she had no qualms sharing se­veral simple beauty tricks, like using a face cloth.

This is what she told me:

“Ten years ago, I would wash my face with just my hands. At that time, I was working a lot in Tokyo and everyone thought that was the best way to clean your face. Then a make-up artist from Taiwan told me to use a towel instead. It removes dirt and it exfoliates and is cheap, too.

“A towel costs maybe HK$10. I use it to massage my face for a minute or two as well. It’s really that simple.”

Hong Kong actress Carina Lau, another SK-II ambassador who was also at the same Tokyo event, also mentioned using a face towel in her beauty routine to me.

So there you have it, British media, using a face towel for beautiful, glowing skin isn’t something newly discovered by dear Kate. Eastern beauties beat her to it ages ago.

Hou, the reporter, decided to try flannelling her face and after two weeks, she gushed how her skin “looks clearer and better than ever”, winning her compliments for her fresh-face glow.

Well, I did the same. It would have been silly of me not to try it when all it took was a cheap towel.

I didn’t use flannel but a plain old cotton washcloth.

Initially, like Hou, I had concerns about using a towel as I had read that, unless changed daily, a damp cloth could turn slimy and be a breeding ground for bacteria.

But my fears were unfounded. I don’t change my face towel at all. I use it till it dies on me. Instead, I give it a good rinse and it dries up completely in my well ventilated bathroom before my next use.

It’s been seven years since I added the towel to my face-cleansing routine and I have had very few breakouts and have dispensed with beauty salon facials.

What strikes me though, is how I, Hou and the rest of the Western media felt it was newsworthy to write about a duchess (in my case, a supermodel) using a mere towel to wash her face.

If Hou had only quoted Preston, it wouldn’t be as sensational a news item. That’s because Preston does not have an Arabella Effect, while Kate does.

The Kate Effect, like the Diana Effect, is the power to influence the public to follow what she does. It started with the announcement of her engagement to Prince William in 2010 and the regal blue dress she wore for that momentous occasion sold out within five minutes, or so it was reported.

In a world that idolises and breathlessly follows celebrities, their legions of fans want to believe they live fabled lives and try to emulate them as best they can.

So when someone like Kate is revealed to use a mere towel for her glowing skin and not expensive exotic creams or fractional lasers, it has a wow factor.

It excites us because it makes her a little more accessible and down-to-earth, without detracting anything from her desirability. I guess British stores must have run out of face flannels by now.

My celeb Qiqi may not have had quite the same effect but she influenced me well enough and perhaps a few readers who read my article back in 2010. So while I am at it, I might as well share her other inexpensive beauty tips.

Over to you, Qiqi:

“Every morning, I wake up my skin by running an ice cube over my face. My maid boils red dates in water for an hour and I drink that every morning.

“Sometimes when my skin is a little tired before I go to bed, I will soak a towel in hot water, squeeze it dry and cover my face with it for two minutes. I will do this three times and my skin becomes smoother and relaxed. It is very simple to do and it feels really good.”

And they must really work, too, because she’s almost 50 now but by golly she is still every inch a goddess! Let’s see if the duchess looks as good 15 years from now.Read more at:formal dresses uk | prom dresses uk


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Made in Myanmar


With Myanmar emerging as a manufacturing hub for mass-produced clothes, a crop of young designers are using home-grown fashion to preserve the country’s sartorial heritage and reshape the sweatshop model.

Inside her boutique in downtown Yangon, Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw crafts her own designs using traditional patterns and fabrics, many from ethnic minority groups, to make A-line skirts, dresses and tops.

On another she adds the high-collared neckline of the inngyi – a tight top usually worn by Myanmar women along with a fitted, sarong-like skirt – to a flirty pleated dress.

With Myanmar emerging as a manufacturing hub for mass-produced clothes, a crop of young designers are using homegrown fashion to preserve the country’s sartorial heritage and reshape the sweatshop model. Photo/AFP

“We Burmese really care about our own ethnic and traditional clothes,” she says in the shop, over the whirr of sewing machines.

“When you modernise the traditional patterned clothes you have to be careful they’re not too flashy – or too modern.”

Myanmar is fiercely proud of its traditional garb, which was largely protected from the influx of homogenous Western fashion now ubiquitous across Southeast Asia by the former military junta.

For 50 years they shut the country off to foreign influences and tightly controlled what was worn in all official media.

Designer Ma Pont says she was not allowed to show even a flash of shoulder or armpit when she used to make clothes for military-controlled TV channels in the 1990s.

“We were not really free,” she says.

Fashion was particularly politically charged in that era, when many women would secretly ask their tailors for designs that imitated the distinctive style of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Local media reported the purple outfit she wore the day she was released from almost two decades of house arrest soon became a popular sight on Yangon’s streets.

Today the democracy icon, who last year became the de facto leader of Myanmar’s first civilian government in generations, is still widely admired for the elegant Burmese outfits she wears at public appearances.

But while many still prefer traditional clothes, especially the sarong-like longyi worn by both men and women, fashions are starting to change.

Shopping malls aimed at Yangon’s growing middle class are sprouting up around the city, while on its fringes factories are churning out clothes for international brands drawn to its pool of young, cheap labour.

It is a flip-side of the industry which boutique designer Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw has seen first-hand.

As a teenager she spent months toiling in garment factories on the outskirts of the commercial capital – a job that earned her 2,000 kyat a week (now worth about Bt50).

The experience made her determined to open her own boutique and train young women in the art of clothes-making to make sure they never suffer the same fate.

“I started to see things, like how you could only spend 10 minutes for your lunch or you could not go to the toilet whenever you wanted because it would disrupt their production line,” she says.

“If fast fashion and unethical fashion continues, then we’re the ones to be suffering.”

Impoverished but emerging Myanmar is swiftly becoming a new hub for massive garment factories making cheap clothes as quickly as possible for fashion giants like H&M and Primark.

Exports more than doubled to $1.65 billion last financial year, according to official data, and are expected to surge after the US ended sanctions in October.

But while the sector is helping to drive rapid economic growth, critics say few benefits are trickling down to workers who earn some of the lowest wages in Asia and have little legal protections.

A recent report by multinational watchdog Somo warned of “significant risks of labour rights violations being committed in Myanmar’s garment industry that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency”.

Other local designers, like Mo Hom, are working to save Myanmar’s centuries-old traditional fabric industry from the influx of cheap imported clothes from Thailand and China.

Her boutique in Yangon is filled with colourful designs in cotton and silks sourced from Chin and Shan states, where they can take months to weave by hand using traditional wooden looms.

Many are dyed with natural substances like green tea and strawberries to give subtle colours, which she mixes with traditional ethnic patterns and silhouettes.

“Local mills are actually dying because there is no market demand any more,” says Mo Hom, who trained and worked as a designer in New York before moving back to Myanmar in 2012.

“A lot of the mills are actually closing down.”Read more at:cheap prom dresses uk | plus size prom dresses


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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Campaign


The Mercedes-Benz #mbcollective campaign is going into its second chapter, with Susan Sarandon moving into the Generation Now driver’s seat occupied by M.I.A. last season. On Wednesday the actress was in Berlin to officially launch the car maker’s new emotionally and electrically charged fashion campaign during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, joined by her chosen Generation Next protégé, documentary film maker and RYOT co-founder Bryn Mooser, and the campaign’s photographer and film maker, Luke Gilford. As for the automotive link, it’s Concept EQ, which stands for electric intelligence and is the new electrically powered car brand being developed by Mercedes-Benz. Also on hand were four of the five young designers of Mercedes’ International Designer Exchange who are another creative part of the #mbcollective : William Fan, Ran Fan, Anna October, Steven Tai and Xiao Li.

At an exclusive but extremely congenial dinner at Soho House, Sarandon quipped, “I’m thrilled they considered me Generation Now not Past.” She added that in talking to Mercedes, “it was clear they are forward thinking, which seduced me.” But basically, Sarandon talked to the guests about the issues which engage and move her: her experiences in Lesbos last year talking to and filming refugees to help give their stories a human face; her decision to bring ping pong tables to refugees in Cannes, and her Berlin visit, the day before, to the volunteers at the refugee centers she had met earlier during the first wave of asylum seekers entering Germany.

Mooser said he immediately said yes to being part of the campaign, “as I always say yes to anything Susan asks me to do. She uses her opportunities to talk to people wisely. But also, as with the ping pong tables, she remembers that in addition to food, water and medical supplies, it’s also important to hand out fun, and the things that build a community again.”

Had Sarandon ever expected to be the face of a car campaign? “No,” she said bluntly. “But this was an electric car which made it more interesting. It’s a very classy brand plus there’s the fact they’re going forward. It’s (EQ) not a hybrid, but completely electric and will be in every Mercedes category and price range by 2018.” She didn’t have a chance to test drive the prototype, and now that her kids are grown up and she’s living in the city, she’s not shopping for wheels. “But I definitely wouldn’t say no if they wanted to lend me one,” she remarked.Read more at:cheap prom dresses | prom dresses 2017


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Fashion for campus


Summer holidays are long over and students around the city are back to college already. While the new academic year brings with it the pressure to do well in studies, there is also the need to make a good impression outside the classroom. And one’s closet definitely has a huge role to play here. If you are still in the process of refurbishing your wardrobe with the season’s top styles, here’s a check-list curated by fashion experts to make your job less cumbersome.

“The way you dress says a lot about your personality, so it is good to find a way to stay unique,” says Khushi Kumar, an ad stylist.

According to fashion designer, Niyati Manoj, “If your college allows Western wear, make sure you invest in few pairs of denims. Skinny jeans would be your go-to option. Remember to accessorise with the right footwear depending on your top. Whether it is strappy flats, tan wedges, or a pair of classic white sneakers, there are many ways to work these denims. Slouchy boyfriend jeans are a comfy option. With colder days ahead, make sure to pick up a smart looking sweatshirt that can be worn over jeans. Ripped denims have been a hit for some time now. While it doesn’t make sense to wear extremely distressed jeans to college, a few nicks and cuts on an acid washed pair, are sure to look trendy. Also, with the pins and patches craze here to stay, you are sure to find a great variety of these kind of denims, especially online.”

As far as top-wear goes, she suggests: “Graphic tees are your best bet, as also are tees with quirky typography. There are interesting prints that are trending at the moment, from tropical to tribal. Ruffles, off-shoulder and cold-shoulder tops are all a rage now, so stock up on those as well. Despite the grey skies, you should experiment with colour.”

As many colleges have made it mandatory for girls to dress in ethnic wear, Khushi says: “You can look just as stylish in Indian wear too. Good styling is the key. Palazzos are trending. Pair your calf-length flowy kurtas with these.

Wear some antique silver jewellery and Kolhapuri chappals and you are sorted. Patiala bottoms with matching dupattas also have a huge fan following. Don’t forget to purchase a good pair of juttis to go with this look.”

As far as accessories go, backpacks have never been more in vogue than they are now, especially the down-sized versions that come in super cute prints and bright colours. Sling bags and totes are great too. Long-line cardigans are chic, so are the light-weight jackets that lend that athleisure appeal. Slim chokers go well with both Indian and Western wear.

Boys are spoilt for choice too. “Graphic print T-shirts are a wardrobe staple. This time around, don’t just go for one of your favourite band, TV series, or movie. Disney inspired apparel is in, even for the men. And of course, since, we are on the cusp of summer and monsoons, nautical prints are popular too. Tees with funny catchphrases on them are hip. Ripped jeans are in but don’t go overboard with the cuts and slashes. It is good to own a few pairs of casual sneakers, loafers in a neutral shades, and of course a pair of sturdy running shoes. If your college expects you to be dressed formally, shop for a few pairs of well-tailored linen trousers or chinos and team them with semi-formal shirts. Alternate among stripes, checks, and solid colours. Make sure to own a good leather belt, a pair of aviators, a digital watch, and either a satchel styled bag or a backpack.” recommends freelance menswear designer, Rakshith Kurien.

With these tips and tracks at your disposal, being that college diva/dude is no big deal now, right?Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | prom dresses 2017


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Daniel-Begly wedding


Rebekah Leigh Daniel of Macon, Georgia and Tyson Merle Begly of Enterprise were married Saturday, May 6, at the River Gardens overlooking the rapids of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. Reverend Earl Nichols officiated the 6 p.m. ceremony. Dinner and a lot of dancing followed in the River Terrace Room at the historic RiverMill Event Centre.

The bride is the daughter of Kathryn and John Cheslie Daniel III of Macon, Georgia. She is the granddaughter of the late Darlene and Thomas Simpson of Americus, Georgia, and the late Nancy and John Cheslie Daniel II of Dawson, Georgia. She received her Nursing undergraduate degree in 2012 from the Medical College of Georgia and her Master's from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. She works as a Nurse Practitioner for Emory Healthcare at St. Francis Hospital.

The groom is the son of Jolene and Dwight Begly of Enterprise. He is the grandson of Ethel Sherrer and the late Gene Sherrer of Chancellor, and Mabel Begly and the late Forrest Begly of Ashland, Ohio. He received his under- graduate degree in Software Engineering in 2003 from Auburn University and his Master's in Business Administration from Duke University in 2013. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Delta Data Software.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore her mother's wedding dress, which was also worn by her sister. The bride’s sister, Tori Daniel, served as matron of honor and Lauren Bonair served as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Chekos of Atlanta, Georgia, Sydney Wright of Douglasville, Georgia, Melissa Doherty of Atlanta, Georgia, Anna McWhorter of Macon, Georgia, Kelly Hopkins of Atlanta, Georgia, and Brittany Kent of Athens, Georgia. Ms. Ella Crawford Melvin and Ms. Sutton Crawford Melvin served as flower girls.

Christopher Woodruff of Columbus, Georgia, served as best man. Groomsmen were John Carroll of Atlanta, Georgia, Quinten Fourie of New York, New York, Lance Lewis of Atlanta, Georgia, Richard Runyeon of Tokyo, Japan, Austin Martin of Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew Goldstein of San Francisco, California, and John Cheslie Daniel IV, brother of the bride.

The couple spent two weeks in Italy for their honeymoon and are now at home in Columbus, Georgia.Read more at:one shoulder prom dresses | red prom dresses


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Design stylish clothing


A sister's love for her disabled brother inspired her to create clothing for people like him.

Fashion student Robyn Griffiths, 21, designed the range for her graduate collection – and so impressed industry experts that she was chosen to show it at the Graduate Fashion Week in London.

And her male model will be the brother who inspired her, 18-year-old Christopher.

Robyn, of Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh earlier this month.

Christopher has Osgood-Schlatter disease, a painful condition that affects the upper part of the shinbone and causes pain and swelling just below the knee.

It normally clears up itself after a few months but in rare cases, like Christopher’s, an operation is required to remove unhealed areas of flakes of bone or fix them to the shinbone.

Robyn said: “He doesn’t have any kneecaps, which causes the joints to slip and break quite a lot. When he got to about 12 or 13, his bones grew too quickly and weren’t strong enough. If he fell over, he’d break his legs.

“He broke both his legs a lot. But he had to wait until he was 18 and had stopped growing so he could have an operation.”

The surgery involved breaking some of his bones again and replacing them with pins and plates to stop his legs twisting.

Christopher wasn’t able to stand for eight weeks afterwards. But he can now walk with a slight limp and his condition is improving.

In the early days after his operation, Robyn was his main carer.

She said: “Christopher and I have always been really close. Every time he would break his legs, it was always me who looked after him.

“But when he got a bit older, it got to the stage when he broke his legs and I had to dress him and it became more embarrassing for him. He wanted to be more independent.”

That realisation inspired Robyn to create a range, appropriately named Christopher-Robyn, which would enable disabled people to dress themselves.

She said: “The garments – three menswear and three womenswear – incorporate practical functions such as double zips extending the length of the garments and the use of poppers. These features allow people with disabilities to dress themselves independently but they are also concealed so that the garments appear perfectly ‘ordinary’.

“The trousers open right up, so you can put them on without having to bend your legs.”

Christopher faces another operation in a year’s time but he is getting better and stronger and needs to spend less time in his wheelchair.

And Robyn hopes once she’s graduated there will be a chance to develop the range further.

She believes that by using a 3D printer the items could be custom-made to individual requirements.

She added: “There needs to be high street high fashion for the disabled. There should be a section in every shop for clothes like this in the same way as there are plus-size clothes or pregnancy sections.

“I’d perhaps work with disability support groups to see how this approach to clothing could help people with a range of disabilities to feel more confident and independent in their self-presentation.”Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses


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