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What do you get when you ask stylish star moms (Victoria Beckham, Gisele Bündchen, Ivanka Trump) to help design a charity collection? Chic, covetable pieces that you’ll find hard not to adore.
Even better? One hundred percent of the proceeds from the limited-edition line – which incorporates two beautiful prints created by renowned Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu – will go directly to BORNFREE, a campaign launched to eradicate the transmission of HIV from mother to baby in sub-Saharan countries by the end of 2015.
Starting today, all of the mommy and me-worthy styles will be featured exclusively on shopping site, Shopbop. Our faves so far? The matching grownup and kiddie Prada pleated skirts.
You’ll also find designs from Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Liya Kebede, Rachel Roy, Stella McCartney and Donatella Versace.
And the adorable ad campaign stars supermodel moms Oluchi Orlandi, Doutzen Kroes and more posing with their little ones, wearing pieces from the collection.
Ready to put your purchase power to good use? See more of the charitable line here.
Also make sure to check out the video clip below featuring CFDA president and designer Diane von Furstenberg and other concerned members of the fashion community explaining why the cause is so important.
“We already have the solution, we just need to scream it. It’s the very beginning of the end of HIV.”
Well, they sure have our sartorial support.
The St. John's-based production company Opera on the Avalon is apologizing for an outdoor billboard that struck some people as homophobic.The company's billboard for its upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream said the show is "Filled with more fairies than St. John's on Pride Day."
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The billboard, on Bonaventure Avenue in central St. John's, sparked a flurry of comments on Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter.Cheryl Hickman, artistic director of Opera on the Avalon, said the sign will be pulled down."We apologize," she said. "That wasn't our intent. We don't want to offend anyone."Hickman said the sign was meant to be humorous."We are an inclusive company and we want everyone to come see our shows and to enjoy these, and if anyone is offended, we want to address that right away," she said.She pointed out that Opera on the Avalon's crew is a gay-positive one."I don't think there's very many careers full of gay and lesbian people than there are in opera," she said."These are our friends, these are our colleagues, these are people we work with every day, and we would never want to offend anyone."Reaction to the billboard has been divided on social media."We've made so much progress to eliminate discrimination in our city & province. Opera on the Avalon have taken a huge step backwards," Adam Quirk said on Twitter."As a gay man, I don't really mind," Matthew Smith wrote in a comment on CBC Newfoundland and Labrador's Facebook page. "It's a joke! Lighten up."
Luke Coupal calls the public art installation at the corner of Avenue C North and 33rd Street West "unsightly". (CBC)A Saskatoon man says the black tarp he used to cover a piece of public art at the corner of 33rd Street and Avenue C is an improvement over the original display."It's literally two compressed bales of garbage," said Luke Coupal, who's lived in the neighbourhood for the past decade."For anyone who has seen this piece of artwork, you'll agree instantly that this is not achieving the objective of beautifying the city and improving the commercial area," he said.After receiving no response after several complaints to his city councillor, Coupal covered the art on Sunday with a black tarp. He also tacked up a sign that read "Our tax dollars are for keeping garbage OFF the streets".The tarp and sign were both gone within 24 hours.Artist's intentThe artist, Keeley Haftner, had initially placed a small plaque beside the installation, explaining the pieces were a collaboration with Loraas Recycle, to bring attention to waste management. On Tuesday morning, that plaque was also gone.'Found Compressions One and Two" sits at the corner of 33rd Street West and Avenue C North. The bales weigh close to a tonne, and contain plastic bags and containers compressed by Loraas Recycling. (CBC)"I can't say [Coupal's reaction] is completely negative, although it is certainly extreme," said Haftner. She noted she worked at Loraas Recycling for six months before producing the piece. Her plaque also included a link to a blog featuring interviews with fellow recycling workers, inviting public comments.Haftner admitted she did not receive any feedback online about the installation,It was her first paid public project, winning a $10,000 grant in the City of Saskatoon's "Placemaker" program last year.Mike Cochrane said the temporary recycling installation needs to move out of Mayfair, to another location. (CBC)Residents question location"I understand what she's trying to do," said Mike Cochrane, who owns a drugstore nearby. "She has the right to make art but at the same time this is recycling. It shouldn't have been here as long as it's been here.""If she'd been complaining about negligent dog owners, does that mean we'd have a pile of dog feces here at the moment?"Both Haftner and the chair of the Visual Arts Placement Jury told CBC the piece was originally intended for the River Landing area. However, another temporary work was already in place there. Instead, city officials and the jury offered Haftner the spot at 33rd Street West and Avenue C North."The question of beauty has been brought up a lot in this debate, which is a really provocative and sometimes problematic conversation," she said. "I don't think all work that is made in a public setting should necessarily be made with the mandate of making a space more beautiful."Planning and development officials at the City of Saskatoon tell CBC the exhibit's Mayfair location will be revisited at the jury's next meeting on May 5.
Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo Inc., has a longstanding fight with TV broadcasters over using and reselling their signals. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.But several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the burgeoning world of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.Justice Stephen Breyer said the prospect makes him nervous. "Are we somehow catching other things that would really change life and shouldn't?" Breyer asked.Paul Clement, representing the broadcasters, tried to assure the court it could draw an appropriate line between Aereo's service and cloud computing generally. People who merely retrieve what they have stored should have no reason to worry, Clement said.But David Frederick, representing Aereo, said the "cloud computing industry is freaked out about the case" because it sees its $10 billion investment at risk if the court were to hold that anytime music or an image is stored online and then retrieved, the copyright law would be implicated.The discussion veered between references to Roku, a TV streaming device, and other high-tech gadgets on the one hand, and analogies to coat-check rooms and valet parking in an effort to make matters more understandable on the other. There was even Breyer's quaint reference to a "phonograph record store."Aereo's service starts at $8 a month and is available in New York, Boston, Houston and Atlanta, among 11 metropolitan areas. Subscribers get about two dozen local over-the-air stations, plus the Bloomberg TV financial channel.In each market, Aereo has a data center with thousands of dime-size antennas. When a subscriber wants to watch a show live or record it, the company temporarily assigns the customer an antenna and transmits the program over the Internet to the subscriber's laptop, tablet, smartphone or even a big-screen TV with a Roku or Apple TV streaming device.The antenna is only used by one subscriber at a time, and Aereo says that's much like the situation at home, where a viewer uses a personal antenna to watch over-the-air broadcasts for free.Chief Justice John Roberts repeatedly asked Frederick whether the tiny antennas existed for any reason other than to avoid paying the broadcasters for their content. "Is there any reason you need 10,000 of them?" Roberts said at one point. He suggested that it might not affect his view of the case if there was no other reason.But Frederick said it was much cheaper for Aereo, backed by billionaire Barry Diller, to add equipment as it grows, rather than start with a single large antenna.Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS sued Aereo for copyright infringement, saying Aereo should pay for redistributing the programming the same way cable and satellite systems must or risk high-profile blackouts of channels that anger their subscribers. Some networks have said they will consider abandoning free over-the-air broadcasting if they lose at the Supreme Court.The broadcasters and their backers argue that Aereo's competitive advantage lies not in its product, but in avoiding paying for it.There are signs people are starting to forgo pay-TV subscriptions by relying on Internet services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus for television shows. A service that offers live television, as Aereo does, could make such cord-cutting even more palatable. A study last year from GfK estimated that 19 percent of TV households had broadcast-only reception, up from 14 percent in 2010.Broadcasters worry they will be able to charge cable and satellite companies less if they lose subscribers. But Aereo argues that broadcasters would benefit from increased advertising revenue from increased viewership. The company says many of its subscribers are under 30 and have never had cable service.Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia recently told The Associated Press that broadcasters can't stand in the way of innovation, saying, "the Internet is happening to everybody, whether you like it or not." Aereo plans to more than double the number of cities it serves, although the high court could put a major hurdle in the company's path if it sides with the broadcasters.The federal appeals court in New York ruled that Aereo did not violate the copyrights of broadcasters with its service, but a similar service has been blocked by judges in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. A district judge in Utah also ruled against Aereo, saying that Aereo's service is "indistinguishable from a cable company."The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said its ruling stemmed from a 2008 decision in which it held that Cablevision Systems Corp. could offer a remote digital video recording service without paying additional licensing fees to broadcasters because each playback transmission was made to a single subscriber using a single unique copy produced by that subscriber. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal from movie studios, TV networks and cable TV companies.In the Aereo case, a dissenting judge said his court's decision would eviscerate copyright law. Judge Denny Chin called Aereo's setup a sham and said the individual antennas are a "Rube Goldberg-like contrivance" - an overly complicated device that accomplishes a simple task in a confusing way - that exists for the sole purpose of evading copyright law.A decision is expected by late June.
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Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 US digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance In Your Eyes at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon says the film will immediately be released online via Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com.Starrings Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David, the film was written and produced by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill.The release will be the second film release for Whedon's "micro studio" Bellwether Productions, following last year's adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.Whedon has experimented previously with digital releases. His 2008 miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was among the first high-profile web series. He is currently working on the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to be released next year.The low-cost digital release follows similar initiatives that have seen creators take on distribution themselves, notably after hit comedian and show creator Louis C.K. found success with his digital concert film Live at the Beacon Theater in 2011. So far, the strategy has worked largely for creative individuals, teams or projects that already have amassed a significant fanbase or following.On mobile? Watch Joss Whedon's announcement here.A Special Announcement from Bellwether Pictures on Vimeo.
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Blustery winter weather couldn't keep vinyl aficionados from lining up outside a garage in east Edmonton Friday morning.More than 10,000 LPs from the collections of four city deejays were on offer at the Super Mega Records Garage Sale — all for the retro price of $1 apiece."These records are deeply grooved in your brain," said Ava Karvonen."I'm having some fun, bring[ing] back some memories. Random picks — bring them back home and see what they are."Karvonen's in-laws once owned The Roost, a well-known gay club in Edmonton that closed down in 2007. The club sold its vast collection of vinyl to collector Yuri Wuensch, who was trying to unload some of those albums at Friday's garage sale in the Ottewell neighbourhood.Former Edmonton gay bar to be new home for border cops
Yuri Wuensch is only too happy to sell some of his massive vinyl collection. (CBC)"I really, really love room in my basement," he said. "I would love to have that back, so I'm anxious to sell them."Wuensch is a record collector but also works as a deejay, and has spent years amassing his colection."For a record collector and deejay, I've managed to pull out some great records for myself," Wuensch said. "Now, I'm looking to share the rest with Edmonton."And one never knows what might be found among all that vinyl. Amanda Ficht picked up an album of disco songs by Bryan Adams. Who knew?"I love Bryan Adams, and I love disco," she said. "It's nice to get a good record for really cheap."The garage sale continues through Saturday and Sunday.
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Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are on a 19-day tour of New Zealand and Australia, marking their first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George.While the seven-month-old prince was predicted to steal the show on his first official visit abroad, Kate's wardrobe is also drawing comments as the royal couple make their way through an adventurous itinerary Down Under.Her outfits have ranged from a dressed-down nautical blazer to a Royal Air Force-inspired dress and a coat by Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu. Use the interactive below to see what Kate is wearing and vote on your favourites.Over their nearly three-week tour, the royal trio will visit 12 cities and plan to take part in activities as wide-ranging as a yacht race, paying their respects to victims of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch and visiting Ayers Rock in central Australia.In 1983, when Prince William was nine months old, he took a similar trip with his parents on their official tour of the same two countries.
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The actors announced they were separating in September 2012 after nine years of marriage.They were married in 2003 and have maintained successful careers, with Poehler starring in NBC's Parks and Recreation and Arnett starring in CBS's series The Millers.The court filing was first reported Wednesday by People magazine.
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