Paris: Having turned to French experts to overhaul her struggling business, Victoria Beckham is seeking the highest validation of the fashion world with her first runway show in Paris on Friday. The former Spice Girl, 48 -- who has been away from the catwalk for two years -- joins Paris Fashion Week after a long stint presenting her clothes in New York and a brief dalliance with London. Her sophisticated office and evening wear has been a surprise hit with fashionistas ever since her debut show in 2008, confounding those who expected her to be another celebrity dilettante. But despite having 250 global outlets selling her clothes, 30 million followers on Instagram and one of the most famous husbands in the world, Beckham´s company has always struggled to turn a profit. In a bid to turn things around, she has recruited top French talent: her chairman is Ralph Toledano, ex-president of the French Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion, and her CEO is Marie Leblanc de Reynies, … [Read more...] about Victoria Beckham returns to catwalk as she joins Paris Fashion Week
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Bosnian Serb nationalist firebrand Milorad Dodik says he respects Vladimir Putin and backs so-called "referendums" in occupied Ukraine on joining Russia. Dodik, who currently serves as the Bosnian Serb member of the three-way presidency, was speaking ahead of the general election in Bosnia on Sunday. A vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dodik suggested the "referendums" in Ukraine -- which the West have slammed as being forced, illegal and rigged -- could be used in Bosnia. Dodik openly advocates tearing away Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity, the Republika Srpska (RS), and joining it with neighbouring Serbia. The division of the country into two main administrative units or entities -- the RS and the Bosniak-Croat majority Federation of BiH or FBiH -- is the result of the US and West-mediated Dayton Peace Accords, the peace deal that ended Bosnia's 1992-1995 war, which saw an estimated 100,000 people killed. "As for our political relations in … [Read more...] about ‘I respect Putin’: Bosnia’s Dodik backs ‘referendums’ in occupied Ukraine
Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
Published 2 October 2020 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Boris Johnson has said it is now up to the EU to avoid a no-deal scenario over post-Brexit trade. After the final round of formal talks between officials, the prime minister said a deal was "all there". But the prime minister said Brussels had to be "commonsensical" to get it across the line, with both sides setting an October deadline to settle their differences. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for talks to "intensify". She is due to meet Mr Johnson on Saturday via video call to "take stock" of the situation and decide the next steps. Talks between chief negotiators Lord David Frost and Michel Barnier broke up earlier, without an agreement. Mr Barnier said "persistent serious divergences" remained between the two sides, while Lord Frost said … [Read more...] about Brexit: Trade deal with UK ‘up to EU’, says Boris Johnson
By Jessica Parker Published 12 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Prime Minister Liz Truss has agreed to meet other European leaders at a new political "club of nations" next week. The inaugural summit of the European Political Community (EPC), proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron, will meet in Prague next Thursday. Although the UK voted in 2016 to leave the EU, it is among more than a dozen non-EU nations invited to join EU members to discuss security and energy. Ms Truss has only just indicated she could attend the first meeting. She is said to want the group to focus on "delivery" rather than becoming a "talking shop". UK considers joining new European nations club Truss pledges billions to support Ukraine in 2023 UK defies EU legal action over NI border checks Fact-checking Liz Truss on the economy Mr Macron … [Read more...] about Liz Truss to attend first meeting of European nations club
Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A schoolgirl who has performed with some of the world's biggest rock stars has released a new single inspired by her dad's health struggles. Nandi Bushell, 12, of Ipswich, Suffolk, has bookended this month by drumming at the Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins memorial gig and launching her track. The multi-instrumentalist has also won the attention of Barack Obama and tech giant Apple's CEO Tim Cook. Nandi said: "I wrote a song to cheer [my dad] up." The accompanying video to The Shadows, released on 30 September, charts Nandi's journey from toying around with instruments in her former South African home as a toddler to playing guitars and drums with her dad, with current studio footage of her playing a grand piano. "The single is about how my dad went through depression... because his auto-immune disease was … [Read more...] about Nandi Bushell releases debut single written to ‘cheer up Dad’