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Bangkok bomb: What do we know? - BBC News. A bomb has ripped through central Bangkok close to the Erawan Shrine killing at least 21 people.

Bangkok bomb: What do we know? - BBC News

Here is what we know about the incident so far. What happened? At about 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT) an improvised explosive device detonated inside the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok. Thai police say it was a pipe bomb - 3kg (6.5lb) of TNT stuffed into a pipe and wrapped with white cloth, according to the Bangkok Post. The explosions killed at least 21 people, according to officials, 12 of whom died at the scene. Correspondents describe a site of utter carnage with body parts strewn across the area as well as broken glass and burned out vehicles. Bomb disposal units checked two suspicious objects but found no other bombs. What's the significance of the Erawan shrine? The shrine, built to bring good fortune to the five-star hotel next door, is dedicated to the Hindu creation god, Brahma, but it is popular with Thai Buddhists too.

'Nude' isn't the same for all women. Photo: Handout Crayola changed the name of its 'flesh' crayon to 'peach' back in 1962 - but Google "lingerie" in 2014 and you'll find the name "nude" still overwhelmingly refers to light-peachy-beige.

'Nude' isn't the same for all women

What is Slow Fashion? When a new concept like Slow Fashion comes around it is often hard to describe it.

What is Slow Fashion?

We find ourselves grasping for parallels like: ‘Slow Fashion is a sister movement to Slow Food’ or using comparisons like ‘Slow Fashion is the opposite of Fast Fashion’ or even clarify a little more like: “Slow Fashion ≠Anti Fashion” or “quality over quantity” — and while it is important to understand what Slow Fashion IS and is NOT is some sort of familiar term or phrase it isn’t enough to capture the essence of the movement. Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Last week in Paris, Chanel appropriated the visual signifiers of feminist protest for its seasonal runway show.

Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

In a finale led by Karl Lagerfeld, a bevy of supermodels took to a catwalk christened “Boulevard Chanel” holding signs with slogans such as “History is Her Story,” “Make Fashion Not War,” and “Tweed Is Better Than Tweet.” On the same day in Hong Kong, a genuine protest was underway. Protesting for the right to democratically elect a candidate of their own choosing, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers formed crowds that throbbed and swelled in the city’s streets. Playing out against this backdrop, the “faux-test” staged on Boulevard Chanel rang especially hollow, repackaging political riot as a light-hearted, Instagram-savvy performance.

The show did, however, demonstrate the power of high profile runway events to attract enormous media attention. We think it can. Sometimes, the brands that support real causes are the ones that don’t shout about it. Transgender Models Strike A Pose In New Barneys Ads, Catalogs: PHOTOSNewNowNext. By Eric Shorey 1/30/2014 Valentijn (on left) wears Giorgio Armani.

Transgender Models Strike A Pose In New Barneys Ads, Catalogs: PHOTOSNewNowNext

Ryley (center) wears Armani Collezioni. Leonard and Gloria wear their own clothes. Photo © Bruce Weber. Barneys has taken a progressive step forward with its new ad campaign and catalogs: Shot by legendary photographer Bruce Weber, “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters“ features some 17 trans men and women sporting high-end fashion available at the luxe retailer “I was exquisitely aware that in the last decade, the [lesbian, gay and bi] communities have made extraordinary advances, and the transgender community has not shared in that progress,” Barneys marketing exec Dennis Freedman, formerly the creative director of W magazine, told the New York Times. The models are depicted interacting with family members and loved ones (while still looking devastatingly gorgeous) and their personal stories are being shared on a Barney’s mini-site, The Window. View some images from the “Brothers Sisters, Sons and Daughters” campaign below. End airport shopping rip-off with new laws, ministers told.

London Fashion Week 2015: From catwalk to High Street. 24 February 2015Last updated at 19:03 ET By Harriet Hall BBC News Inside London Fashion Week Twice a year, London's grand neoclassical Somerset House, welcomes a tumult of fashion designers and their models dressed in their finest gladrags.

London Fashion Week 2015: From catwalk to High Street

The courtyard becomes the centre of London Fashion Week - a far cry from the building's sober past as home to the Inland Revenue. This year sees the event's 61st year, during which more than 250 designers will showcase their collections for autumn and winter to a global audience. For those outside the fashion industry, it can be difficult to appreciate why this week is so important. Indeed, watching the crowds teetering on vertiginous heels, heads topped with designer sunglasses, arms toting handbags and hands clutching smartphones, it is easy to understand why.

Yet while it may look like a big party to outsiders, the week is a crucial one for the industry. Some catwalk fashions may seem outlandish or frivolous.... Trickle-down trends.