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  • Shropshire Council: Act now to secure your vote for European elections

    With the European Parliamentary Elections taking place on Thursday 22 May 2014, Shropshire Council is urging voters to make sure they are registered to vote in time.

    Claire Porter, returning officer, said:

    “People are talking about the elections, but you’ll only be able to have your say on who represents you in the European Parliament if you’re registered to vote by the deadline of Tuesday 6 May.

    “Registering is quick and simple. All you have to do is visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and print off a registration form.

    “Even if you think you’re already registered, it’s really important to double check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true.

    “If you’re unsure, you can call the elections team on 0345 678 9015 to check.”

    People are able to apply for a postal vote up until 5pm on 7 May 2014, and the deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on 14 May 2014.

    Polling stations will be open across the county on Thursday 22 May 2014 from 7am to 10pm.

    Shropshire, along with 29 other council areas which make up the West Midlands region, is due to elect seven MEPs to represent the region.

    For more information about the European election, visit the Shropshire Council website here.

    Voters in Much Wenlock will also be able to vote in a neighbourhood planning referendum on Thursday 22 May 2014.

    The question being posed will be: “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

    For more details about the neighbourhood plan referendum visit the council website here.


  • BBC Shropshire: Shrewsbury Town v Peterborough United
    Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United.
  • Shropshire Council: Residents sitting pretty thanks to joint working with Shropshire’s Youth Offending Service

    News from our partners: Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing

    Residents at Monkmoor Court in Oswestry are sitting pretty on a new bench thanks to the skills of some of Shropshire’s Youth Offending Team and funding from their local housing provider, Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing.

    Tenants had applied for funding for the materials from ST&R Housing as they had no communal seating in the grounds.

    The wooden bench was made by users of Shropshire’s Youth Offending Service who worked with the local housing support officer to create the new seating which now sits overlooking the communal gardens.

    Julie Lloyd, housing support officer at Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, said:

    “It’s great to see that tenants at Monkmoor Court have come together to show a commitment to improve their local neighbourhood. I would also like to thank users of Shropshire’s Youth Offending Service for utilising their skills to make this wonderful seating.

    “The bench is lovely and now gives residents a great place to relax or chat with friends.”

    Ray Phillips, of the Youth Offending Service, said reparation or “repaying the harm” was an important part of the restorative justice work West Mercia Youth Offending Service undertook with young people and the victims of crime.

    He said:

    “Supporting community projects is the mainstay of the reparation work, and by working with partners such as Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, young people can make amends by improving neighbourhoods for our communities.

    “Not only do young people make items at our Telford workshops, but they are also involved throughout the service area in helping improve the outlook of neighbourhoods.”

    Housing support officer, Julie Lloyd, added:

    “If any of our tenants and residents have a community project that could benefit from some added skill and elbow grease, please get in touch and we will do our best to make it happen.”

    People can call 01743 210205, or for more information about Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, visit the website at http://www.starhousing.org.uk.

    You can also follow them on Facebook by searching for “Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing” or on twitter @star_housing.

    Further notes

    Picture caption: Pictured with the bench are Ray Phillips (Youth Offending Service) and Julie Lloyd (supported housing officer), with residents Kath Harper (sitting down) and Marion Collinson (standing up).

  • BBC Shropshire: Elvers released into River Severn
    More than 2,000 baby eels are to be released into the River Severn in Shropshire.
  • Shropshire Council: Applications going to Central planning committee on 1 May 2014

    The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 1 May 2014 at 2pm.

    The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.  To see the full agenda and reports click here.

    Land Opposite Ellesmere Drive, Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury (13/05124/FUL)  Mixed residential development of 75 dwellings (including 8 affordable units), formation of vehicular access; provision of open space and associated landscape and infrastructure improvements.
    Land Adjacent Field House, Shepherds Lane, Shrewsbury, SY3 8BT (14/01105/FUL)  Erection of 6 No dwellings and formation of access.
    Bank House Poultry, Yockleton, Shropshire (14/00328/EIA)  Erection of two poultry sheds; associated hard standing; feed bins; dirty water storage tank and landscaping works.
    Development Land West Of Bryn Road, The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (14/00743/OUT)  Outline application for residential development (to include access).
    Land to rear 110-112 London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PP (13/02781/FUL)  Erection of two residential dwellings (amended description).

    Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

  • Shropshire Council: Fight back against scammers to stop them getting away with scams in Shropshire

    Shropshire Council’s public protection team and Citizens Advice Shropshire are calling for people in the county to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phone call with a proposal that sounds too good to be true – because it might very well be a scam.

    With fewer than five per cent of people in the UK reporting scams to the authorities, Shropshire Council’s public protection team and Citizens Advice Shropshire have said that it is time to “fight back against scammers” to ensure they don’t get away with conning innocent people.  People should report dubious adverts or sales pitches to the consumer advice helpline, and speak to a friend or relative first about any out of the blue offers.

    The push is part of the national campaign Scams Awareness Month, which launches on Thursday 1 May 2014. Over the course of the month the campaign will highlight how people can be caught out through scams.

    Jackie Jeffrey from Citizens Advice Shropshire said:

    “Scammers can’t continue to get away with fleecing people of their hard-earned money. We want to see a fight back against scams.

    “It is a disgrace that scammers often target elderly people with sophisticated scams such as posing as their bank or phone company.  People regularly come to us with heartbreaking stories about fraudsters taking their money, and it’s important that people know what to look out for and what they can do.

    “Anyone who is unsure about someone asking for their financial details should check with someone they trust, and report anything that sounds suspect to the consumer helpline.”

    Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for public protection, said:

    “By telling us about a scam we can stop the scammers in their tracks and make sure no-one else falls foul of their tricks.

    “This month we will be telling people about what to look out for, what kind of scams there are, and of the advice available if you think you might have been a victim.”

    For more information contact:

    Citizens Advice Shropshire -Jackie Jeffrey

    dpm@shropshirecab.cabnet.org.uk01743 284178

    Shropshire Council’s public protection team – Paulina Poplawska


    Further information:

    2013 Annual Fraud Indicator has put the loss to the UK economy from fraud at £52 billion. This level of loss impacts every part of society, including the most vulnerable.

    1. This year the Citizens Advice service celebrates its 75th anniversary.
    2. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together it helps people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website or www.cabshropshire.org.uk
    3. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
    4. To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk. You can also get advice online at www.adviceguide.org.uk or www.cabshropshire.org.uk.
    5. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06, or 08454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers.
    6. Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.1 million clients on 6.6 million problems from April 2012 to March 2013.  For full 2012/2013 service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends.
    7. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 22,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.
  • Shropshire Council: Hanging judges, captains of industry, empire builders and a few Shropshire lads

    Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk will, on Saturday 26 April 2014, publish online for the first time parish records held by Shropshire Archives, as the latest instalment of their ’100 in 100′ promise, to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.

    Spanning 1538 to 1900, the Shropshire collection comprises approximately 2.1 million fully searchable transcripts and 155,000 scanned colour images of the parish registers.  A selection of Anglican, Methodist and Non-Conformist registers from well over 200 Shropshire parishes from Abdon to Yockleton are included in the collection.

    Many notable Shropshire lads and lasses can be found within these records, including Charles Darwin, Wilfred Owen, Clive of India, hanging Judge Jeffries, and A E Housman.  A number of early industrialists such as John ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson and Tom Farnolls Pritchard can also be found, reflecting the important role the county played in establishing Britain as an industrial powerhouse.

    The Shropshire collection adds to findmypast’s extensive parish record collection, the largest available online.  These records allow family historians to go as far back as the 1500s.  With more parish records still to come as part of the ’100 in 100′ promise, family historians can now explore their more distant roots more easily than ever before.

    Debra Chatfield, a family historian at findmypast.co.uk, said:

    “The Shropshire Collection is one of the largest regional parish record collections we have ever published online and contains some truly wonderful gems.  Family historians or people looking into their past, wherever they are in the world, can now search this historical goldmine and uncover the fascinating stories of their Shropshire ancestors. There is plenty of intrigue in the records to pique the interest of social historians too.  With our adjoining Cheshire parish collection already available, these records could prove invaluable to anyone with missing Cheshire ancestors who may have crossed the border.”

    Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member responsible for visitor economy, said:

    “Making these records available online for the first time is a great step forward for access to Shropshire’s fantastic archives.  We hope that people across the world will uncover Shropshire ancestors they never knew they had and renew their connection with our wonderful county.”

    The collection is being launched to coincide with the Discover Shropshire day, a gathering of local heritage organisations, speakers and musicians who all have something important to impart about the history of the county.  It will take place at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate in Shrewsbury, where experts from both findmypast and the Shropshire Archives will be on hand to showcase these fascinating records.

    To learn more about the records visit www.findmypast.co.uk.  For further information about Shropshire Archives call 01743 255350, email archives@shropshire.gov.uk, or visit the website www.shropshirearchives.org.uk.

    Further information

    The new Shropshire Records at findmypast.co.uk joins an ever growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council, Plymouth and West Devon Records Office and the Westminster Archives, with many more in the pipeline, due to go live in the coming months.  In addition, over 40 million parish records from family history societies can be found at findmypast.co.uk in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

    The 2.1 million Shropshire Parish records are made up of

    • 1,130,000 baptisms
    • 190,000 marriages
    • 20,000 banns
    • 790,000 burials

    They contain 720,000 unique names.

    For further information please contact: dcthomson@hotwirepr.com / 0207 608 2500

    About findmypast

    Leading family history website findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation.  findmypast has subsequently digitised many more family history records and now offers access to over 1.8 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD.  This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records.  The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitised several other record sets from the national collection.  findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10-year project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive.

  • BBC Shropshire: Shrews board plan detailed review
    Shrewsbury Town are to carry out a "root and branch" review now relegation to League Two is all but confirmed.
  • BBC Shropshire: Solar farm recommended for approval
    Plans to build a £6m solar farm on land in Shropshire are recommended for approval by council planning officers.
  • Shropshire Council: Successful Easter weekend for new Museum

    An estimated 3,000 visitors passed through the doors of the new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery over the Easter weekend.

    Only a few weeks into its opening the museum is already attracting visitors from around the world, including from Sweden, Germany, Israel, the USA, Chile and Australia.

    The estimated figure includes visitors attending the Museum & Art Gallery including the Frank Cohen exhibition, as well as the many other facilities at the museum, such as the café, visitor information centre, Roman Gallery and Pre-historic Gallery.

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, owned and managed by Shropshire Council, opened on 1 April 2014, following extensive and ground-breaking restoration work.   The restoration project has seen two buildings – Shrewsbury’s Victorian Music Hall and the 13th century Vaughan’s Mansion – renovated and restored to create a vast new museum and spectacular gallery space, together with function rooms suitable for meetings, conferences and even weddings.

    The new museum houses a vast collection of exhibitions, exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.

    Louise Cross, Shropshire Council’s visitor economy service manager, said:-

    “We’ve had some really positive feedback from visitors.  One visitor said ‘the museum is a wonderful addition to Shrewsbury and would recommend it to friends, relations and any visitor to the town’.”

    Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for visitor economy, added:-

    “Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has enjoyed a fantastic Easter weekend, with numbers looking very promising.  There has been a constant flow of visitors and the reaction has been excellent.  This is great news for the museum, and a credit for all the hard work and dedication so many people have given to this remarkable project.  The renovation of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has been an extremely important project for Shrewsbury and for Shropshire, and we look forward to continuing to welcome visitors to this new and exciting landmark attraction.”

    The Easter Trail, which runs all week, has been really popular and a big hit with young children.  There are six chicks hiding in the museum; young visitors can collect their free trail on entry, and return to collect their chocolate prize after they have completed the trail.

    Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is also offering free children’s drop-in cartoon drawing sessions on Wednesday 23 April and Thursday 24 April to coincide with Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

    Further information

    Visitors to the new Museum & Art Gallery will go on a journey of discovery starting in the time when mammoths roamed, unlocking stories from across the entire county of Shropshire; stories of discovery and engineering creativity that influenced the world.  The entire collection has been reimagined for a modern audience, with exhibitions exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.

    The Museum holds some of the nation’s most treasured Roman artefacts, including an ornate silver mirror discovered at nearby Wroxeter, one of only a handful still existing from the period.  The Medieval galleries explore the development of castles, abbeys and towns in Shropshire.  The Civil War period gallery highlights visits by King Charles I to the county with a grim reminder of his execution.

    In the Shropshire Gallery there are many special exhibits including an area about scientist Charles Darwin, who was born and educated in Shrewsbury, as well as his contemporaries such as Henry Blunt, who mapped the moon.

    The links between the special geology of Shropshire and its famed ceramics industry see wonderful fossils displayed close to a collection of richly illustrated examples from the Caughley porcelain factory, which was once located near Broseley.

    An exhibition from Frank Cohen’s internationally acclaimed collection of contemporary art, specially curated for the launch, is also on show.



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  • Style.com: Surgical Foot Face-lifts—Just Part of the “Real World”


    Think Chinese foot binding died out with the Qing Dynasty? Think again! According to a report in The New York Times, well-to-do women are seeking out plastic surgery so their tootsies can painlessly slip into high-fashion kicks by the likes of Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Manolo Blahnik. “On the surface, it looked shallow,” offered podiatrist Dr. Ali Sadrieh, who performs a variety of face-lifts for the feet. “But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.” I’d have to imagine that his definition of the “real world” is a loose one or, at the very least, exclusive to moneyed locales like Park Avenue and Beverly Hills.

    Wouldn’t commissioning custom shoes or, maybe, petitioning designers to make more wearable stilettos be ever-so-slightly less shallow, not to mention less expensive? You could also try my (only mildly less ridiculous) method of choice—foot Pilates—for which I’m frequently, and rightly, laughed at by my friends. Even better, you could just buy Prada, who, thanks to its embrace of wide soles, makes some of the most comfortable skyscrapers on the planet.

    —Katharine K. Zarrella

    Photo: Cesare Medri  
  • Style.com: Marina’s Must-Haves: Madewell’s Poncho Dress

    MadewellMy mind is in vacation mode—all I want to think about is summer days at the beach. For my seaside getaways, I like my outfits to be as simple as can be, and oversize cotton pieces are a must. Madewell’s white poncho dress will be in my suitcase for my next trip. Its graphic details make it city-appropriate as well, for those hot days in June. At the moment, summer seems but a dream, but as someone who likes to plan ahead, I’ll be ordering Madewell’s frock this week.

    Madewell poncho dress, $138, Buy it now

    —Marina Larroudé

    Photo: Courtesy Photo 
  • Style.com: EXCLUSIVE: Virgil Abloh Debuts Off-White for Women

    offwhiteblog1Virgil Abloh spends a lot of time in the air. One day he’s busy globe-trotting for his full-time gig as Kanye West’s creative director, and the next he’s jetting off to Miami to represent Been Trill with a DJ set at Ultra Music Festival. In recent months, the 33-year-old Chicago native has been squeezing in trips to Milan, where he operates the atelier for his ready-to-wear label, Off-White, which premiered its Spring ’14 men’s range back in December.

    Building his new brand is Abloh’s most personal project to date. His solo career as a designer began with his short-lived Pyrex Vision capsule of graphic tees and hoodies that quickly gained a fervent cult underground following. But he’s elevating the streetwear conversation altogether with Off-White, which is being championed by upscale retailers including Colette, Barneys, and Selfridges. The clothes themselves are marked by their worn-in, shabby chic-meets-street appeal, and often tagged with Off-White’s signature diagonal stripes that speak to Abloh’s passion for art and architecture.

    Abloh recently conceived one of the sets for pal Sky Ferreira, who is the opening act on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour. His stage scheme involves a grid of intersecting lasers, and Ferreira wears a custom Off-White biker jacket cut from neoprene and embellished with 30,000 black Swarovski crystals. The jacket is also in Ferreira’s new, shoppable music video for “I Blame Myself.”

    That one-off Perfecto paved the way for Off-White’s first foray into womenswear for Fall ’14. Its corresponding lookbook, which was shot at the Barcelona Pavilion in Spain (designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who is a perennial source of inspiration for Abloh), debuts here on Style.com. The feminine side of Off-White is less street, more refined, and definitely influenced by the bohemian moodiness of Hedi Slimane with its wide-brimmed hats, fringed wool coats, velvet maxi skirts, and pumps offered, in addition to the now-trademark faded denim and branded biker jackets. During a phone interview over the weekend, Abloh discussed his evolving vision for Off-White, youth culture, his collaboration with Ferreira, and more.

    —Brittany Adams

    How has launching Off-White allowed you to evolve your point of view?

    It’s interesting now having the brand. It’s kind of like an onion, rolling back the layers of what does Off-White mean. And Off-White to me just means “now.” My reference points are: It’s a culture, it’s a lifestyle, it’s kids. It’s, like, same social circle—like, all my friends, I love their personal style. I think the main thing is that Off-White is a sort of attempt to represent youth culture and young lifestyle in the marketplace of established fashion brands. For me, it’s a way to show the world—from my vantage point as a hip-hop kid—that image of fashion. I’ve designed for quite some time. I have a background in architecture, so I’ve always been trying to find an outlet for all these ideas.

    offwhiteblog4What is your womenswear aesthetic?

    I just want chic, plus Air Force 1s. My guy friends dress in more of a streetwear manner, and my girlfriends dress in Céline or Saint Laurent. It’s very, like, Chateau Marmont, Café Select, The Mercer [Hotel], to [The] Westway, to 1 Oak, so I just merge all that. The most exciting part for me now is to just lay out this women’s world, and I see it as more of a boyfriend-girlfriend type relationship. The title of the women’s collection this season is “I Only Smoke When I Drink.” It’s a sentence that relates to that girl I imagine wearing the clothes.

    Tell me about recently working with Sky Ferreira.

    I’ve known Sky maybe for, like, a year and a half or so, just through being friends, kind of being in the same sort of circle of friends and creative kids, trying to make a mark. And it’s very cool—she is such a talented person and such a muse. I was immediately drawn to that. We have tons of similar likes and whatnot, so it all sort of organically happened. It all started, I think, with the stage production for her, and organically that led into a twofold concept where it was like, let’s merge the aesthetic of the stage with a fashion piece that kind of integrates it, kind of making it more 3-D. We both kind of naturally were inspired by Michael Jackson. [laughs] Everyone at some point tries to get out some Michael Jackson dream of their life.

    Are you a fan of her music?

    Super. I’ve always been a fan of many music genres outside of hip-hop and people’s music that is supremely natural talent, and she is that. Like, her charisma, her stage presence, and her off-stage presence are very intriguing. She symbolizes a lot for her culture, and I think authenticity and rock music is a thing that’s not common, so that’s what makes me a fan of her. Her personality—that’s what draws me to her. And her music, her sound, and what she puts into it is amazing to me.

    Going back to the clothing, you referenced Martha Stewart and Montauk as influencing your first menswear collection, which was called “Youth Will Always Win.” Are you keeping that look moving into next season?

    [laughs] Yeah, I’m super into that still. That’s a part of my personality, so I’m still on that sort of aesthetic—I’m not ready to move from it so fast. But I have a different theme building for the men’s. It’s all this Baja surf-inspired collection. It’s very coastal still—it’s more like Cali, and it’s called “Moving Still” and it’s about waves. It’s a graphic story, but then it’s also this sort of hippie, poncho-wearing, drug rug interpretation. In order for me to be happy with the season, there has to be a cool name to it. It has to have a theme, but then still the graphic-based aesthetic and prints on clothes.

    offwhiteblog5Have you ever surfed?

    I have. It’s kind of one of those things where you try to learn a new hobby. I’m 33, so I like the idea of forcing yourself to learn something completely new.

    In general, how do you stay inspired?

    The zeitgeist is what inspires me, this sort of collective thought of trends and how they move to different cities—what kids in Paris are talking about or what music they’re listening to. You find similarities in between Ultra and Café Select—the conversations are pretty similar.

    What are your ultimate goals for Off-White as a fashion brand?

    My goal is to transcend outside of the streetwear and surprise people in a way. I’m very honored to be selling at the stores that I’m at. These are the places that I love, so the goal for me is to intersect with a wider audience and just be a representative of what’s happening in the street but have that square footage in the stores to kind of attract new fashion consumers.

    Speaking of, do you ever miss doing Pyrex Vision, or were you just over that?

    My whole idea from the beginning was that it was sort of a limited thing—I wasn’t that into repeating and keep making that product. I have this whole obsession with collecting early Raf Simons pieces, and I like that the brand for myself, Pyrex, has a definitive start. I like that people who are fans of that can seek out and find that piece and it’ll feel nostalgic in a way.


    So much of your professional career has been about collaborating. How does it feel to express your own vision with Off-White?

    That’s mainly why I kind of wanted to start Off-White in this way, because I’ve been very collaborative in my whole design career, so I had to remind myself, like, what’s my own favorite color? That’s kind of where the name came from—just sort of a reminder to myself because it helps me in collaborative projects, too, like, this is my specific opinion without having to compromise it. I can paint a whole world, so to speak, so that’s what Off-White is to me. I’m honored to have a platform to create in. I’m just fulfilling a trend that I see on the street and things—just fulfilling a niche to be a young, credible designer with valid ideas.

    Off-White’s Fall ’14 women’s collection ($180 to $2,000) will be available at select retailers including Browns, Colette, Selfridges, and The Webster. For more information, visit off—white.com.

    Photos: Christina Paik / Courtesy of Off-White
  • Style.com: Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet Make Time‘s 100 List

    British Fashion Awards 2010 - InsideAmong Time‘s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, which was revealed today, you’ll find Pope Francis, Rand Paul, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton…and two fashion powerhouses: Céline creative director Phoebe Philo and Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet. The fashion icons appear in the annual issue alongside tributes written by fellow industry leaders. Stella McCartney penned a story about Philo, in which she writes, “One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.” J.Crew president Jenna Lyons, who made the 100 List last year, scribed Massenet’s tribute, calling her a “visionary.” The issue will hit newsstands on Friday, and 2014′s winners will be honored at the annual gala on Tuesday evening.

    —Emily Farra

    Photo: Nick Harvey/ Getty Images 
  • Style.com: EXCLUSIVE: Très Bien Debuts First-Ever Collection for Spring

    _BLOG_dyptich_cSince opening Très Bien in 2006, brothers Hannes and Simon Hogeman have been helping to lead the direction of style for men all over the world. The Stockholm-based shop has become one of the most influential outlets for streetwear, high fashion, and the tricky intersection between the two. In fact, Très Bien is that intersection.

    “It all comes down to our taste,” says Hannes, “which stems from growing up in Sweden with a general interest in fashion, style, and culture. We were brought up in the nineties with Helmut Lang and Ice Cube.”

    But the real magic of Très Bien isn’t just taste, it’s a sensibility for how to create juxtapositions that work—how Stussy and Rick Owens can intermingle, or Nike and Tim Coppens, Carhartt and Comme des Garçons. The e-boutique’s selection is as important as the styling decisions. Pairing high and low is not a radical new idea in fashion by any means, but Très Bien has mastered the formula. “When we started out we wanted to do our thing and incorporate all these elements,” says Simon, “mixing high fashion and streetwear with youth culture, art, and music references. It’s more common now, but when we started out ten years ago, only some magazines like i-D represented something similar.” Now they’re going to see how far they can push it.

    “We wanted to do our own collection all along,” Hannes says. “But we wanted to create a platform first, our own world with rules and standards distinct from the fashion world at large.” Seen exclusively here on Style.com first and available next week at tres-bien.com, the Spring 2014 collection is an amalgamation of all the things Très Bien has been championing: smart, luxurious, relaxed menswear with distinct design cues that mash up clean lines, bold graphics, and simple styling. The collection will also feature a special collaboration with Common Projects, a canvas with gum-sole Achilles sneaker.

    “What it boils down to,” says Hannes, “is we want to express ourselves and what we’re about—the collection is 100 percent Très Bien.”

    —Noah Johnson



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    Worcestershire FA is proud to announce that we will be running an Adults 11v11 Summer League that will run on week day evenings throughout June and July on 3G pitches.
  • Accredited Coaching Organisations
    In 2014 Worcestershire FA launched a new voluntary accreditation scheme for Coaching Organisations working within Worcestershire. By working in partnership with coaching providers within the County, this will ensure that appropriate, fun and safe football sessions are available for participants.
  • FA Recruitment for Mentors
    The Football Association is looking to appoint up to 250 Club Mentors on a self-employed basis to support local County Football Associations.
  • Worcestershire County Camp 31st May 2014
    Worcestershire FA’s Youth Council are hosting an event for young people to enhance their skills and knowledge on a range of topics involved within the world of football. The event is absolutely FREE to attend and the important details are as follows:
  • County FA Team progress to Final
    The Worcestershire FA County Representative team progressed to the Final of the Midland Counties Youth Championship following a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Nottinghamshire FA at Mansfield Town's One Call Stadium.
  • Under 18 Football
    Worcestershire FA are currently conducting some research into dropout levels in football, particularly at the 16-18 age groups.
  • TS Units lift Sunday Minor Cup
    TS Units were victors in the Worcestershire FA's first completed Cup Final of the season when they beat CBH Fasteners by 4-0 at Stourport Swifts FC.
  • Respect Festival at Inkberrow FC 11th May 2014
    Inkberrow FC are hosting a Respect Festival on 11th May 2014 in partnership with Worcestershire FA.
  • Worcestershire two goal victory against Leicestershire and Rutland
    Worcestershire travelled to Quorn FC for the final game in Pool A.
  • FA Discrimination Reporting
    The FA has launched four short animated films aimed at helping players and fans at all levels of the game report incidents of discrimination seen or heard.
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