Whether for relief or to express frustration, swear words are a versatile part of language.
In Ukraine, the acting health minister Ulana Suprun has suggested that swear words can be good for your health as the use of them can indicate strong relationships and “good emotional contact” between people.
She was commenting in response to a proposed new law being put forward by MP Olha Bohomolets, which aims to stop public figures from swearing in the media.
It says that people swearing on TV and in public speeches could be fined up to 1,275 Ukrainian hryvnias ($49; £39).
But Dr Suprun’s view is that cursing can be useful in extreme situations, saying “in a number of cases the use of swear words means that people are close to each other and there is a good emotional contact between them”.
She added that people should work on removing their feelings of aggression rather than their obscene language.
Another potential escalation between Iran and the western powers appeared to have been averted amid claims by US and UK officials on Thursday that three ships belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards sought “attempted to impede” a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Iranian officials bluntly denied any such incident took place.
Wednesday’s alleged incident in the Gulf follows the 4 July seizure of an Iranian-linked oil-tanker Grace I by UK forces off the coast Gibraltar on suspicions it was carrying crude oil to an embargoed refinery in Syria. It happened on the same day the US demanded that world powers punish Iran for upping its enrichment of uranium.
Tehran has warned for days that Britain would face “repercussions” – but, adding to the confusion, Iranian officials on Thursday denied the Panamanian-flagged ship was owned by Iran, with a military commander claiming it was only leased by Tehran.
Fashion is a popular aesthetic expression in a certain time and context, especially in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body proportions. Whereas a trend often connotes a very specific aesthetic expression, and often lasting shorter than a season, fashion is a distinctive and industry-supported expression traditionally tied to the fashion season and collections. Style is an expression that lasts over many seasons, and is often connected to cultural movements and social markers, symbols, class and culture (ex. Baroque, Rococo, etc). According to sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, fashion connotes “the latest fashion, the latest difference.”
Even though they are often used together, the term fashion differs from clothes and costume, where the first describes the material and technical garment, whereas the second has been relegated to special senses like fancy-dress or masquerade wear. Fashion instead describes the social and temporal system that “activates” dress as a social signifier in a certain time and context. Philosopher Georgio Agamben connects fashion to the current intensity of the qualitative moment, to the temporal aspect the Greek called kairos, whereas clothes belong to the quantitative, to what the Greek called chronos.
LONDON, United Kingdom — The head of Marks & Spencer’s clothing division may be on the verge of leaving the British retailer after less than two years in the job, Sky News reported.
Jill McDonald could step down as the company’s managing director for clothing, home and beauty as the division grapples with challenges to a recovery, Sky said. M&S declined to comment on the report.
Shares in the retailer were down 0.7 percent at 206.7 pence at 0915 GMT. They are down 30 percent from a year ago.
McDonald joined M&S in October 2017 to take on one of the biggest jobs in British fashion, having previously been the chief executive of bicycles to car parts company Halfords . Her appointment raised questions from some because she had no clothing retail experience.
M&S set out on its latest turnaround plan shortly after retail veteran Archie Norman became chairman in 2017 to work alongside Steve Rowe, who became chief executive in 2016 and has been with the company three decades.
McDonald was a Rowe hire. On appointment he highlighted her “fantastic customer insight” and a wealth of operational, retail and leadership experience developed at Halfords and fast-food giant McDonald’s.
M&S’s clothing and home like-for-like sales fell 1.6 percent in 2018-19 — a year which saw a third straight drop in group annual profit.
Throughout history, famed wedding dresses have often reflected the times, from Queen Elizabeth’s post-war wedding gown made using fabric purchased with ration cards, to Yoko Ono’s swinging 1960s mini dress and Diana, Princess of Wales’s extravagant 1980s confection complete with 25-foot train (still the longest in royal wedding history).
More recently, celebrity brides have played with wedding dress traditions, from Solange’s white structured jumpsuit to Olivia Palermo’s bridal sweater and Priyanka Chopra’s jaw-dropping oversized veil. And the past year has brought us a whole host of new celebrity weddings to pore over, from the gowns to the guest lists.
From the longest trains to the highest hemlines, look back on Vogue’s edit of the most iconic wedding dresses of all time.
Florals for summer aren’t exactly a bold statement, but it’s testament to designers across the globe that, this season, they have found fresh appeal. The ubiquitous printed dress is no longer reserved for garden parties or wedding guests: brands like Prada, Gucci and Dodo Bar Or are embracing maximalism and making retro florals a fully fashionable proposition; Richard Quinn and Bernadette are taking a contemporary, abstract approach to print – supersized or blooms washed in neon.
Those who struggle with a saturated palette will find solace in the summertime gothicism of The Vampire’s Wife and Paco Rabanne’s take on the lingerie lace slip dress, while those loathe to embrace florals can find quieter alternatives via accent details. Here’s Vogue’s shopping guide to the season’s best offering.
A beach is a landform alongside a body of water which consists of loose particles. The particles composing a beach are typically made from rock, such as sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles. The particles can also be biological in origin, such as mollusc shells or coralline algae.
Some beaches have man-made infrastructure, such as lifeguard posts, changing rooms, showers, shacks and bars. They may also have hospitality venues (such as resorts, camps, hotels, and restaurants) nearby. Wild beaches, also known as undeveloped or undiscovered beaches, are not developed in this manner. Wild beaches can be appreciated for their untouched beauty and preserved nature.
Thailand is considering making travel insurance compulsory with travellers obliged to purchase a special policy from airports when they arrive.
Pending approval from the the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the new policy – which would cost 20 baht (£0.52/€0.58/US$0.65) for 30 days’ cover – is likely to be rolled out later this year, according to the Thai Office of the Insurance Commission.
All proceeds would go to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund and used to cover payments in the event of a claim, said secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn. The policy, available to purchase at immigration offices at Thailand’s airports, would offer up to one million baht (£26,000/€28,957/$32,467) of cover in case of death.
Launched at the end of June and running through 3 September, West Hollywood’s second annual Summer on Sunset Music and Event Series is bringing a slew of seasonal activity to the Sunset Strip. From deals on sceney accommodations to music at some of the city’s most name-checked venues, the event just might make people forget they’re not at the beach. “The Sunset Strip has always been a hub of creativity – free-flowing with music, dining, dancing and shopping – creating a kind of endless summer vibe for those who join the celebration,” West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board president and CEO Tom Kiely said in a statement.