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Move aside World Cup, because the Wimbledon 2014 Championships is here!
An astonishing amount of expertise and affection is applied to every aspect of the venue and it’s delivery of the Championships, hence the tournament becoming one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar.
Wimbledon remains the only Grand Slam where fans can walk up without tickets and have a chance to obtain seats, so even the queue here is a become somewhat of a tradition.
Earlier this week JustLuxe‘s Claire Bloomfield took an exclusive look around the venue so we could all get a peek inside.
For more information and to book tickets for museum and tour, visit Wimbledon’s official site.
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Apparently fashion and athletics are new BFFs. Riccardo Tisci x Nike, Raf Simons x Adidas, Puma Black Label with Alexander McQueen—there seems to be an ongoing obsession between sports and style. Well, get ready for another collaboration. Announced today, London-based designer Mary Katrantzou is going to be creating a capsule collection of footwear and athletic apparel for Adidas Originals. Scheduled for a long term partnership, Katrantzou will be focusing on womenswear and will bring her unique eye for colors, prints and designs to luxury activewear that has a better chance ending up on a streetstyle blog than in a gym.
The first women-focused collaboration since Stella McCartney, Katrantzou seems thrilled about the venture. “I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear,” Katrantzou told UK Vogue. “I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand. They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market.”
“The collaboration between Adidas and Mary Katrantzou merges the exceptional talent of one of the most interesting designers of today and a company that embraces many different cultures from sports, pop, music and fashion,” Dirk Schoenberger, global creative director of Adidas’ sport style division, told UK Vogue. “I admire Mary’s extraordinary sense of printing techniques, colors and silhouette that will bring another amazing new aesthetic to the Adidas Originals women’s collection.” The collection isn’t slated for release until November, which means we know exactly what we’re putting on our Christmas list this year.
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‘Goodbye World’ Sneak Peek
Adrian Grenier, Ben McKenzie, Caroline Dhavernas and Kerry Bishe star in Denis Henry Hennelly’s thriller about an apocalyptic cyber-attack triggered after a mysterious mass text.
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The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, insisted on Friday that the world-famous athlete fatally shot his girlfriend through a toilet door as they were talking.5 key questions about the Pistorius trial as defence begins
Pistorius ‘adapting’ his story as trial proceeds, prosecutor says
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel claims that Pistorius intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp and put it during cross-examination of the double-amputee Olympian that “she was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her.”Pistorius denied Nel’s claim, saying “that’s not true” in a dramatic exchange that ended the first week of the runner’s testimony at his trial. The trial is set to resume on Monday morning.Pistorius has consistently said he killed Steenkamp by accident after mistaking her for an intruder in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.But Nel says the “only reasonable explanation” for the shooting last year is that Pistorius killed the model after a fight. Nel pushed Pistorius to admit that he “invented” discussions between himself and Steenkamp in the moments before her death in preparation for his trial. Evidence of this, Nel says, can be found in the fact that Pistorius did not mention these alleged brief conversations in his application for bail.Nel also focused on the fact that Pistorius has insisted that he yelled loudly at Steenkamp multiple times to call the police, but that she never responded to his screams. Nel said that it is very “improbable” that she would not answer, despite being only metres away.”There is no way you can convince this court that she stood there, saying nothing. Why would she do that?” Nel asked. “She would have responded.”Pistorius responded that Steenkamp had been through a burglary before, and that she was likely too frightened to answer his calls.Nel answered: “She wasn’t scared of an intruder. She was scared of you. She was scared of you.””She was standing right in front of the toilet door, talking to you, when you shot her. That’s the only reasonable explanation why you shot her in the head,” Nel said.Shortly before the day’s proceedings were adjourned, Pistorius said, “Many times I’m haunted by what she must have thought in the last moments that she lived.”Worried about an intruder?The prosecutor also challenged the athlete’s statements that he was worried about crime before he fatally shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home.Nel examined the details of the alarm system at Pistorius’s house, questioning why the athlete would believe an intruder had broken into his home when he had extensive security measures, including interior and exterior sensors. Pistorius said he activated the sensors on the home alarm system before going to sleep on the night he killed Steenkamp, but feared that building contractors doing work on his house may have moved some of the security beacons.The prosecutor said Pistorius had not mentioned immediately after the shooting that he had fears that building contractors had removed some of the security beacons, specifically near the bathroom window where he allegedly thought an intruder may have gained access on the night he killed Steenkamp.Querying why Pistorius had not mentioned those fears earlier, Nel said Pistorius was trying to build a story to explain his fears of an intruder and therefore a mistaken shooting.”This is the biggest example of you tailoring your evidence,” Nel said. Pistorius denied he was fabricating a story.Pistorius also said he was struggling to give clear testimony because he was tired, prompting the judge to ask him if he was too tired to proceed with a tough cross-examination from the chief prosecutor.Pistorius was responding to a question from Nel, who pointed to a lack of clarity in the double-amputee runner’s testimony about whether he turned off the alarm inside his home on the night of Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius said he “must have” turned off the alarm, which Nel described as a vague response.The prosecutor then asked Pistorius, who acknowledged making a mistake in his testimony, if he needed time before continuing with his testimony.”I don’t need time,” the Olympic athlete said. “I am tired. It’s not going to change.”Nel responded: “You’re trying to cover up for lies and I’m not convinced.”Judge Thokozile Masipa interjected, asking Pistorius if he was too tired to proceed. She said that it wasn’t fair to the court if he was not alert during the proceedings.Pistorius replied that he was able to go on.INTERACTIVE | The state vs. Pistorius: how the accounts differ
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World Cup stadium delayed as workers go on strike
50 workers striking taking place in Brazilian city of CuritibaThe Associated Press Posted: Apr 08, 2014 4:48 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014 4:48 PM ETAn aerial view of the construction of the Arena Pantanal soccer stadium, which will host several matches of the 2014 World Cup, in Cuiaba. It’s set to host its first match with only half of the stadium’s seats installed. (Stringer/Reuters)Related StoriesFIFA president critical of Brazil World Cup organizers after worker fatalities
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About 50 workers have gone on strike over unpaid salaries, according to a Brazilian soccer club that is renovating its stadium in Curitiba for the World Cup. Atletico Paranaense said Tuesday that the electrical technicians at the already-delayed Arena da Baixada in the southern city went on strike on Monday. The club says the strike is not significantly affecting renovation at the stadium, which has about 1,300 workers on-site.Atletico says the company employing the technicians expected them to resume work on Wednesday.FIFA expects the Arena da Baixada to be fully ready in mid-May, about a month before the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo.Soccer’s governing body nearly excluded Curitiba from the World Cup because of the stadium delay.
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Roma moved within five points of Serie A leader Juventus as Mattia Destro scored his first-ever hat trick in a 3-1 win at Cagliari on Sunday.Destro reinforced his case for a place in Italy’s World Cup squad as well as bolstering Roma’s title hopes ahead of Juventus’ home match against relegation-threatened Livorno on Monday.Fiorentina maintained its charge to a Europa League spot with a 2-1 win over Udinese, while Torino reignited its European hopes as Ciro Immobile moved back to the top of the goalscoring table with the winner in a 2-1 victory at Catania.Torino is three points behind Lazio, which eased to a 2-0 win over Sampdoria, and one behind Atalanta, which fell to a 2-0 loss at home to lowly Sassuolo.Parma hosts Napoli later, looking to move level with fifth-placed Inter.Destro scored his first goal shortly after the half hour, firing home Gervinho’s cross from close range after he had started the move.The 23-year-old Destro doubled his tally 15 minutes into the second half, beating the offside trap to run onto a ball from on-loan Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan and slot past Vlada Avramov.Destro completed his hat trick in the 73rd, tapping in Alesandro Florenzi’s cross.Mauricio Pinilla netted a late consolation from the spot after he had been tripped by Mehdi BenatiaIt was Roma’s first win at Cagliari since 1995, excluding the 3-0 victory it was awarded last season when the Serie A game was postponed for safety reasons after Cagliari defied orders to play in an empty stadium. .In Florence, Juan Cuadrado scored and earned a penalty against his former club.Cuadrado opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a long-range effort which was deflected by Udinese defender Danilo past goalkeeper Simone Scuffet.Danilo’s luck got worse as a soft penalty was awarded against him for a nudge on Cuadrado, and Gonzalo Rodriguez converted.Bruno Fernandes got Udinese back into the match eight minutes from time with a cross-shot which flew into the top corner.Cuadrado should have sealed the result but his effort crashed off the crossbar.Atalanta lost ground in the chase for a Europa League spot as it saw its club record run of six successive wins end following a double from Nicola Sansone.Sassuolo moved three points from safety, while Atalanta was leapfrogged by Lazio.Antonio Candreva gave Lazio the lead three minutes from halftime when he slotted home from close range after impressive work down the right flank from teenage forward Keita Balde.Lucas Biglia was dismissed following a second booking shortly before the hour mark but Lazio doubled its advantage in the 73rd minute when Senad Lulic smashed Stefano Mauri’s pullback under the bar.At bottom club Catania, the home side needed less than two minutes to go in front through Gonzalo Bergessio.However, Alexander Farnerud eventually levelled 11 minutes from time, before Immobile scored his 18th goal of the season.
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Lupita Nyong’o has been having quite the year. It’s only April and she’s nabbed herself an Oscar, a SAG award, countless nominations and a campaign with Miu Miu—needless to say she’s doing pretty well. But the world can’t seem to get enough of the 31-year-old actress and this morning she announced via Instagram that she landed a gig with Lancôme. Known for her bold beauty and stunning red-carpet looks, she’s the perfect person to be a global ambassador for the French brand—almost too perfect. Are we going to be able to mimic the flawless skin and fearless nature of this “it” girl?
“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” Nyong’o stated in a press release. Coming from an actress who seems so comfortable in her own skin and moves seamlessly from Hollywood bombshell to classic beauty, makes this new partnership seem like a match made in heaven.
Following in the footsteps of previous ambassadors like Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Kate Winslet and Penélope Cruz, Nyong’o is definitely in good company. Shot by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the campaign won’t be released until September, but she’s already speaking up about finding true beauty. “I had to give a speech about beauty right before the Oscars, and for me, beauty is a compassion for yourself and those around you,” Nyong’o told WWD. “And I think that in focusing on that, the light inside illuminates the beauty outside.” We couldn’t agree more.
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Samuel L. Jackson performed an impressive Boy Meets World poetry slam on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday, April 1 — watch here!This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Samuel L
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At the exclusive Baselworld watch expo in Switzerland, famed French fashion house Hermès just unveiled one of the world’s most unique timepieces. Dubbed the Dressage L’heure Masquée, it cleverly obscures the hour hand’s indication until you activate it. While the minute hand moves constantly, the hour marker is not revealed until the wearer presses on a button integrated into the crown. As soon as the pressure is released the hour hand disappears again, emphasizing the fleeting nature of time. Only 500 pieces finished in gold and 1000 in steel will be created for collectors worldwide, making it an extremely precious timepiece.
A second time zone can also be revealed at will. The magical effect of the disappearing hour hand is managed via masterful interaction of the rack, pinion and gear trains. The watch’s self-winding calibre H1925 movement is equipped with an exclusive patented module. “Here we are not in the arena of pure performance, timekeeping and accuracy,” notes Luc Perramond, La Montre Hermès CEO. “We are in a more poetic field where our goal is to make our clients dream and be enchanted. The techniques we developed with our watchmakers are dedicated to those poetic values.”
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What do you think a Lamborghini would smell like? Burnt rubber? Fine leather? Adrenaline? Lamborghini itself seems to have its own idea of what its brand (if not its automobiles) should smell like, and has put it into a bottle.
It’s simply enough called L, and it’s the first fragrance officially licensed and released by the famous Italian automaker. It’s something that arch-rival Ferrari and sister-brand Bugatti have been doing for years, but while Tonino Lamborghini—the brand spearheaded by the company founder’s son—offers fragrances, it has nothing to do with the automaker with which it shares its name. Which leaves this as something of a landmark launch for Lamborghini’s merchandising efforts—within the context of men’s fragrances at least.
The perfume is part of the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini, a collection of clothing and accessories bearing the emblem and spirit of the Raging Bull marque. Other items in the recently-launched Spring/Summer 2014 line include a blazer, cashmere jumpsuit, jeans, leather jackets and more, highlighted by tones of orange, green and blue against hues of black, navy and gray.
Launched in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the limited-edition men’s cologne is the first of four to be released. Only 999 bottles of this fragrance will be made available, sold through Lamborghini’s network of 129 dealers around the world, in its own flagship boutique at its headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese and eventually online.
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