Nike Sportswear 2014 “Year of the Horse” Collection

Following the release of the “Crescent City” trio, Nike Sportswear presents the 2014 “Year of the Horse” collection in honor of the Chinese New Year. Drawing inspiration from the strength and symbolism of the horse, the collection consists of four unique silhouettes including the Air Flightposite Exposed, Lunar Force 1, Air Force 1 Comfort Premium and Kobe 9 NSW Lifestyle. Highlighted by the use of an intriguing combination of diffused jade and green mist along with appropriate “Year of the Horse” detailing, the collection will be available at Nike and select retailers beginning January 31.

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ESPN Explores the 10th Anniversary of Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe Malfunction” at Super Bowl XXXVIII

If past years are any indication, over 110 million people will tune into the Super Bowl this Sunday. While most watch for the actual gameplay, the day itself continues to remain a cultural event due to people’s interest in both the commercials and halftime show as well. It was ten years ago when Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson took the stage – resulting in a “wardrobe malfunction” that would introduce the world to a whole new facet of Ms. Jackson. Recently, ESPN explored what exactly happened that day leading up to the halftime show, as well as the FCC’s response to what the writer calls “one of the worst cases of mass hysteria in America since the Salem witch trials.” While a choice excerpt appears below, head over to ESPN to read the terrific editorial in its entirety.

If our children or our children’s children ever dig up a time capsule from the beginning of the new millennium, they will find that in February 2004, America collectively lost its damn mind. Here’s what they’ll see: Janet Jackson on a stage in the middle of Houston’s Reliant Stadium, wearing a leather kilt and bustier, surrounded by dancers in corsets and bikini tops and bowler hats and helmets, looking like a ragtag steampunk army of cabaret chorus girls and Highlander extras and BDSM enthusiasts. They’re grinding their hips, Janet is caressing her corseted torso and 71,000 Super Bowl spectators are screaming themselves hoarse for the beatboxing of a 23-year-old white boy. Justin Timberlake emerges from an elevated platform beneath the stage in too-big khakis and a too-big jacket — pfff-ti-pff-ti-chk! pfff-ti-pff-ti-chk! pfff-ti-pff-ti-chk! pfff-ti-pff-ti-chk! — and a brass band blasts him into “Rock Your Body,” a song from his first solo album. He and Janet are romping across the stage, pausing their cat-and-mouse game every so often to work her booty into his hips.

The common assumption by the media and by the public was that the flash of nudity was an attention-grabbing publicity ploy; the question was by whom. Some signs seemed to point to MTV. Before the show, a few of the producers had entertained themselves by mock-ripping their clothes off at Timberlake’s final line. And in rehearsals, they had tried a move where Timberlake tore off Jackson’s kilt. Then there was an article on MTV’s website beforehand in which Jackson’s choreographer promised “shocking moments.”

To this day, everyone involved maintains the conspiracists have it wrong. The mock-ripping? That was their natural response to Timberlake’s closing lyric — “better have you naked by the end of this song” — not in anticipation of anything he might do. The tearing off of the kilt? It didn’t look good, so members of the production team say they killed it and never discussed another option. The article? The site was later updated with an editor’s note: “At the time of this report, MTV thought that the ‘shock’ was going to be the as-yet-unannounced appearance of Justin Timberlake as part of Janet’s performance. Janet Jackson’s subsequent performance was not what had been rehearsed, discussed or agreed to with MTV.”

In an on-camera apology after the event, Jackson backed up the producers, insisting she decided on the big reveal after the final rehearsal, without the knowledge of anyone at MTV. Timberlake was meant to pull off a piece of the costume, she later explained, but it was supposed to reveal only a lacy red undergarment; unfortunately, as it played out, that undergarment came off in Timberlake’s hand too. Timberlake also apologized but never offered his own version of events other than to coin the term “wardrobe malfunction.”

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LApogee Courchevel Hotel – French Alps

Pristine snow-covered scenery of Courchevel in Les Trois Vallées area of the French Alps, one of the world’s oldest and largest ski areas with all the amenities and options imaginable. Not a bad set-up to build an exclusive luxury ski resort.

L’Apogée Courchevel (the summit, zenith, pinnacle of Courchevel) is a new resort located on the same peak where the former Olympic ski jump was located.

It was designed by one of our favorite architect-designers, Paris-based India Mahdavi, with interiors by Joseph Dirand.

With slabs of stone, peaked rooflines and massive timbers, the hotel exterior speaks the tried-and-true language of resort that reminds us of many ski resorts around the world but also of the National Parks “Parkitecture” in North America. Nothing strikingly different here.

Inside, timbers, fur, leather, suede, wool fabrics with plaid patterns and velvet in rich textures, all confirm that we are, indeed, in an opulent, Tyrolean ski resort.

But the hotel’s 55 rooms and suites involve real modern luxury with customized furniture, bathrooms of Fior di Bosco marble and designer showers and deep soaking tubs. Underfloor heating throughout – including on the balconies. And the scenery from each suite is breathtaking.

If that is not enough, you can stay at the penthouse suite. It has four bedrooms, and a rooftop terrace with a hot tub that is literally a large wooden tub.

And for those with even deeper pockets, there is the private, five-bedroom chalet. The resort’s own spa, restaurant and other amenities may also mean that you never get to the slopes.
The hotel’s owner is French technology entrepreneur Xavier Niel who owns the Internet service provider, Free. L’Apogée Courchevel is managed by Oetker Collection that manages resort properties around the world. – Tuija Seipell.


The Subtle Art of Time and Space in Animation

Screenshot_2Norman McLaren, a pioneer of 20th century animation, once said that “what happens between each frame is more important than what exists on each frame.” But what the hell did he mean? This video, by TED Ed, explains how tiny differences in timing and spacing—qualities provided by differences between frames rather than the frames themselves—can […]


Nike Sportswear 2014 “Crescent City” Collection

In honor of this year’s NBA All Star Weekend, Nike Sportswear presents a collection of sneakers that take inspiration from various aspects of New Orleans. Inspired by the city’s food, culture and wildlife, the collection consists of the Flystepper 2K3, Air Up ’14 and Air Force 1 Low CMFT silhouettes. The Air Up mimics fresh-out-of-the-pot crawdads with a crustacean-red upper complete with water droplets and a steamy graphic. The latest Air Force 1 is a collage of the brand’s most memorable upper materials and prints including elephant, gator, pony hair and safari. The new Flystepper 2K3 combines the elevated silhouette of the Flystepper, adds the signature perforated quarter panels of the Zoom 2K3 and features faux-alligator strap enclosures and a rasied synthetic toe. The Nike Sportswear 2014 “Crescent City” collection will be available at Nike and select retailers beginning February 13.

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