Minggu, 31 Januari 2010

2010 Grammy Awards Red Carpet Fashion

See the red carpet fashion styles of your favorite celebrities at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

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Lady Gaga in Armani Prive creation.
Katy Perry in a nude flower-embellished dress by Zac Posen.

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Carrie Underwood in one-shoulder white dress.
Beyonce in satin gown from Stephane Rolland.

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Heidi Klum in plunging v-neck, long-sleeved, above-the-knee dress swirled with bronze and gold sequins.
Marissa Miller in Vintage Gucci white dress.

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Jennifer Nettles in in a crimson and black cut-out dress by Victoria Beckham Collection.
Ciara in haute couture gown by Givenchy.

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Miley Cyrus in Herve Leger by Max Azria.
Jennifer Hudson in black dress from Victoria Beckham Collection.

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Valentino Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show

Valentino created their Spring collection with the intention to attract younger group of customers. The theme for Valentino's Spring 2010 Haute Couture Show was Garden of Eden in a modern world. Actually, it reminds me of the Avatar movie.

The majority of the collection is composed of chiffon. See the rest of Valentino's Spring 2010 collection!

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Rising Anime Popularity in The Western World

The word Anime is an abbreviation of animation. In English, the dictionary defines it as a style developed in Japan. Since, anime describes all types of animation; Japanimation is applied to differentiate the Japanese work from the rest of the world. In the past few years, anime was recognized as manga in European countries. In Japan manga is considered both comics and animation (though use manga as animation is usually restricted to non- fans).

Anime usually takes influence from light novels, manga and other traditions and culture. Anime can be transmit on TV and is usually distributed through any type of media presentations such as video, DVD and internet. Anime is sometimes considered as Japanimation, but this term is not used now. When it comes to the countries except Japan, this word is referred to the animation that began in Japan.

Anime attract everyone from children to adults and deals with various themes in sports, science fiction, horror and romance. Unlike animation, anime also include few elements of realism like emotions, suffering and death which raises both its pedagogical and content value. Anime popularity is increasing both in terms of range and audience. The children's craze for the Pokémon movies including Pokémon products like different video games shows its wide appeal. One old argument in anime fandom was watching anime movies being redubbed in English.

Today, with the increase in popularity of CDs, most DVD disks include both subtitled and redub track. The rapidly increasing popularity of anime resulted in a large number of clubs, colleges, public libraries and high schools. Different meetings and convention are taking place in many western countries. Anime is taking great fans and sales than ever observed before.

Walt Disney production of Japanese movie "Spirited Away" which even beat "Titanic" in Japan was a great success in the western world. Director of this anime movie Hayao Miyazaki is being praised by the movie fans, for providing attention to the details of minutes relating crafts and arts in the film. Anime programs and movies in the western countries like Fox TV network and Walt Disney added a $2 billion annual profit in the anime film industry. Few years back, there were only few anime series and TV shows, but now every child is associated with Japanese movies and cartoons and is increasing in popularity among teenagers.

A Japanese anime and toy company, Bandai entertainment said that they released 75 different anime movies and TV shows last year in the US, which shows a great increase in demand of anime films as compared to the movies released during the previous years.

Nowadays, anime is the fastest growing industry in DVD and video marketing. A D Vision was the first company developed in US in 1992, now there are more than 20 similar industries. Anime films or movies are comparatively cheap and low cost budget movies. If you think the overall cost of making movie in today's high risk industry then anime is affordable and cheap for example Titanic cost $100 million. Animation success in the west countries is gradual. The first turning point was the facility of internet during 1980's.

Barajas Airport Terminal 4, Madrid Spain

Richard Rogers and Antonio Lamela designed the T4 of the Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain, completed in 2004. It won the 2006 Sterling Prize.

Rogers placed a flowing canopy atop parallel circulation systems, supported by twin diverging columns. Light and transparency punch through the hill-like roof structure.

Transitions between spaces are considered as if a person changes time zones gingerly on a travel, with repeated structure and spaces as the visitor goes through the building from flight to flight. The subtle change in colors punctuate this change.

Change in the vertical sense is also very apparent, as brutal concrete gives way to lifting and floating glass. Ever the utilitarian, Rogers carefully places the mechancial and structure away from the people but always in view, flexible and always changing.


Dear Sweden,

To celebrate the launch of my book in your kingdom, I'd like to invite you on

Thursday 4th February 2010,
from 18.00 until 20.00
at Kåken, Restaurang 1900, Regeringsgatan 66, Stockholm

for a glass of wine, a book signing session and a discussion (Facebook).

In cooperation with the Press Club Desken, Rodeo Magazine's Johan Wirfält and me will talk about the future of fashion blogging.

Bookstore Papercut will be in the place to sell the book.

From 20.00, we'll have an after-party at the same place (Facebook)!

20-23: Nanna Waktel & Idy Pyk
23-02: Linda-Katarina Anderberg & Karolina Stenström

Vi ses!

Museum of Fruit, Yamanashi Japan

Itsuko Hasegawa 長谷川逸子 designed the Fruit Museum in the Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji in Japan, completed in 1997. The three shell-shaped buildings symbolize the "fruits" of spiritual sensuality, intelligence and lust.

As an expression of contextual ecology, white light shines through screened structure in a paradisaical greenhouse. Arup did the engineering for this project, quite a feat of curved exoskeleton structure.

In a general sense, the buildings are trees producing fruits of creativity in the visitors who themselves will spread a sensitivity to our frail environment, and hopefully produce green buildings themselves.

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Sabtu, 30 Januari 2010

Paradise Found: Islamic Architecture and Arts

A great documentary by shakirshuvo on youtube about Islamic architecture.

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Full Anime Movies

What is anime? It is a Japanese animation that uses visual styles. Full anime movies are just like a normal movie in that they tell a story and have a main theme. But they are animated and they usually have very complex stories. They are known for having futuristic themes which are often mature. The number of characters is usually several and the visual style is highly emphasized.

The list of full anime movies is quite extensive. There are even rare and hard to find anime. Even though everyone may not have heard of anime the oldest one known to exist was made in 1917. It is only a two minute clip; nonetheless it is considered the first one to have been screened.

Called "An Obtuse Sword" this is the oldest one known to be in existence. Created as humorous, this anime tells the story of a samurai warrior who through trickery purchases a dull sword. The samurai tries to attack people he passes on the street to see if the sword is really dull. The tables are turned as the people living in the town retaliate and knock the samurai down.

The expansion of anime from Japan to other markets did not really start until the 1960s. During the 1980s and 1990s anime turned into a major export as the full anime movies became quite popular. According to the Japan External Trade Organization anime in the U.S. is worth $4.35 billion. The world loves movies and anime is very popular when it comes to a different twist on the typical movie.

One of the best full anime movies for the family is Spirited Away. Available in English, French and Japanese this movie is rated PG. The story revolves around a young girl that becomes trapped in the world of the spirits and must find her way out of this world. The story as well as the animation is superb and reviews of this anime are all thumbs up.

If you have never seen a full anime movie, you do not know what you are missing. The most common form of anime is known for exaggerating certain aspects of the physical appearance. Huge eyes, very long legs and arms and tall hair are the most common. The subject of the movie may have speech bubbles that are shaped strangely.

Anime can be either drawn by hand or it can be generated by a computer. Today computer anime is much more common especially for the full anime movies. Not only is anime used for movies but it is also used for video, commercials and even television - especially series of shows.

There are many aspects that should alert you to the fact that you are watching anime if you are unaware of the fact. But the main thing you should do is sit back, relax and watch your first full anime movie. Who knows? You may become hooked on them.

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Channel 4 Television Headquarters, London UK

Richard Rogers designed the headquarters for London Channel 4 building, completed in 1994. A triumph of daylighting, this project uses a variety of prefabricated elements and materials that come together in the same way as a classic central garden square. Studio and network facilities are arranged alongside residential complexes.

Technological innovations allow light to penetrate deep into spaces, carefully crafted according to the programs of the spaces. Vertical circulation elements are particularly celebrated, including exterior lifts and interior stairways. Heavy concrete makes a circular "lanter" lobby feel cool and secure, while the rooftop garden has wood planking that feels like a sky-top garden.

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