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Now Trending: Not-Your-Librarian’s Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts on the Spring 2018 runways.

Fendi Spring 2018, Max Mara Spring 2018, No. 21 Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Could it be the golden age of Vetements is over? Runway fashion, which for a while (mostly) left behind glamour and maturity in favor of a seemingly endless stream of athleisure, has once again shifted course.

If there’s one thing fashion girls can’t have enough of right now, it’s quirky-cool business casual attire: think hot pink suits, oversized check blazers, artfully embellished button-downs. And if the high volume of slim skirting on the Spring 2018 runways is any indication, un-boring pencil skirts are next on that list.

Fendi saw a chevron-striped midi paired with multiple layers of transparent, horizontally striped toppers. Max Mara went a more classic route, teaming a floral print pencil skirt with a rather simple black silk blouse. No. 21 riffed on the sexy librarian look: there, a sheer, statement collar polo complemented a ruched-front red leather midi. A silky V-neck cami took the place of the librarian-favorite argyle vest.

Pencil skirts on the Spring 2018 runways at Gucci Spring 2018, Prada Spring 2018, Dries Van Noten Spring 2018.

Gucci Spring 2018, Prada Spring 2018, Dries Van Noten Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Alessandro Michele, meanwhile, couldn’t resist more literal geek-chic styling. The first look to walk Gucci’s sprawling Spring 2018 runway? A pink-checkered pencil skirt paired with a strong-shouldered overscale blazer, crisp white button-down, layers upon layers of costume necklaces, metallic fishnet tights and Farrah Fawcett feathered hair. Prada showed a New Wave mashup of cat-eye shades, a cartoon-printed, citrus-hued sweater vest, pointed patent brogues and a black, red-streaked pencil skirt. Still, Dries Van Noten’s styling suggestion was by far the most daring. Rock a sheer pink pencil skirt with 50s-style briefs, a similarly transparent top and a glimmering, marine motif bomber jacket, he said.

With its sleek lines, body-skimming shape and flattering knee to mid-calf hemline, it’s easy to see the pencil skirt’s timeless appeal. Note: to avoid looking predictable, dated or stuffy, opt for midis in fun materials and patterns, or with decidedly modern accents. Or, if you do go the classic black route, a printed/graphic statement top is an absolute must.

With that in mind, shop 20 of our current favorite pencil skirts (most of them a little bit business, a lotta bit party) in the slideshow below.

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Is The “Insect Armageddon” Being Exaggerated?

Is The “Insect Armageddon” Being Exaggerated?Beehive Removal

There has been a lot of talk lately about the current dwindling insect population crisis. The crisis has been dramatically dubbed as the “insect armageddon”. News outlets have been reporting stories every day telling about this troubling insect population trend. The concern all started when researchers from Germany reported that the insect population within German nature reserves decreased by seventy five percent over the course of twenty seven years.

You don’t have to be a scientist to know that a world without insects would result in an ecological catastrophe that would end life on earth. But does this study really indicate that the end of life on earth is near? Although the German study is certainly alarming, it is after all, only one study. What do other scientists think about the study and its results? Are the concerns generated by this study legitimate?

The study was conducted by respected scientists, and the results of the study are certainly reliable. However, the study is limited to German nature reserves, and not the rest of the world. We have no way of knowing if insect populations are decreasing on a global scale, so it may be too early to panic. However, there is good reason to believe that global insect populations are decreasing. For example, a 2014 study reported that insect populations had declined by forty five percent at different monitored locations around the world.

Many scientists believe that panicking may be a little premature since the study does not identify the cause of the insect decline. A variety of factors could lead to a decrease in insect populations. For example, a decrease in vegetation or an increase in farm crops that only favor the survival of particular insects could cause a decrease in insect populations. But scientists have yet to pinpoint any solid causes. However, rapid deforestation could certainly result in a loss of insect life. Although it may be too early to claim that the end of days is among us, multiple studies have demonstrated results similar to the German study, and most scientists believe that a decline in insect life is, in fact, taking place.

Do you believe that a sharp increase in insect life will occur at some point in the future? Could this decrease in global insect life be a part of a natural cycle that scientists have yet to understand?


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Video: North of Nightfall Teaser Trailer – Mountain Biking in the Arctic

It isn’t all that often that I get excited about a new outdoor adventure film before I’ve even had a chance to see it. But the teaser for North of Nightfall looks amazing, and I’m already looking forward to a full release. The film follows a team of mountain bikers as they travel more than 900 miles north of the Arctic Circle to explore some amazing landscapes from the seat of their bikes. Based…

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Trump's death penalty tweets will likely throw a huge wrench in the NYC terror suspect's case

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  • President Donald Trump is under fire for repeatedly demanding the death penalty in the case of Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect accused of killing eight people in a terror attack on Tuesday.
  • Trump’s comments could complicate the case, both for federal prosecutors and Saipov’s defense team, legal experts say.
  • Terrorism cases involving the death penalty are already very rare — and it’s unclear whether prosecutors intend to seek such a sentence in Saipov’s case.

President Donald Trump in recent days has publicly called for the New York City terror suspect to receive the death penalty, a demand that could potentially affect the case’s prosecution and undermine the suspect’s right to a fair trial, legal experts say.

Police say Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbeki immigrant, killed eight and injured 12 when he plowed a rented pickup truck down a bicycle path in lower Manhattan, slamming into pedestrians and cyclists. He faces federal charges for providing material support to a terrorist group, as well as violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

Trump — who also said he was considering moving Saipov to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, before reversing his position the following day — took to Twitter multiple times on Wednesday and Thursday to encourage capital punishment.

“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” Trump said on Twitter.

He continued Thursday morning: “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system … There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

Those comments will likely “throw a wrench in the works,” causing challenges for both Saipov’s defense team and the attorneys prosecuting him, said Karen Greenberg, the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University’s law school.

“This prosecution is going to go forward because it has to, for the better interests of justice, but I do think that the potential for the way it can derail is noteworthy and very unfortunate,” Greenberg told Business Insider.

The jury pool could be tainted

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack is seen in this handout photo released November 1, 2017.   St. Charles County Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS Though it’s unclear whether Saipov’s case will go to trial — it’s possible he will plead guilty — the prospect for the jury pool to be tainted has raised concern.

Greenberg said that though judges are typically “very forceful” in managing jury selection under difficult circumstances, Trump’s comments will likely prompt challenges from Saipov’s defense team, who will surely question whether prospective jurors have seen the tweets and what will happen if they have.

Shortly after Trump issued his tweets on Wednesday, several prominent national security attorneys took to Twitter to weigh in, arguing that the president’s comments could slow the process and undermine Saipov’s right to a fair trial.

“Trump helped the terrorist with this tweet. Now prosecutors will have to spend time dealing with motions that the jury pool is tainted,” tweeted Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor.

“This is called potentially tainting jury pool & could impact alleged perpetrator’s ability to secure fair trial. SMH #Unpresidential,” national security lawyer Mark Zaid wrote, using an acronym for “shaking my head.”

Beyond a potentially compromised jury pool, Greenberg said it’s not a given that prosecutors would even seek the death penalty — and Trump’s comments add pressure to that decision.

Terrorism cases that involve the death penalty are rare, especially in New York. Even prosecutions of the 1998 US Embassy bombings, which left hundreds dead, did not lead to death penalty sentencing. The last convicted terrorist to be dealt a death sentence in the United States was Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the Boston marathon bomber, in 2015.

“While it’s not impossible that it would happen [in Saipov’s case], it was something to be decided. And now there’s not just pressure, perhaps, from the executive to do this, but a sense of interference with the court process,” Greenberg said. “So they’re now on the defensive and the offensive with this one.”

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole (L) are shown in a courtroom sketch after Tsarnaev was sentenced at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Jane Flavell Collins

Not the first case Trump has affected

When asked at a White House press briefing on Thursday whether Trump’s comments could complicate Saipov’s prosecution, national security adviser H.R. McMaster did not directly answer the question.

“What the president wants is to secure the American people from this threat, and from mass murderers like this,” he said. “And so what he’s asked is for options to take a look to assess if our tremendous law enforcement teams and our judicial system has all the tools they need to be able to combat this threat to the American people.”

Saipov is not the first defendant whose case could be affected by Trump’s comments. Earlier this week a military judge said the president’s past remarks about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a servicemember who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 after walking off his military base in Afghanistan, will be a factor in considering a lighter sentence for Bergdahl.

Trump had fiercely criticized Bergdahl during his presidential campaign, calling him the sergeant a “dirty, rotten traitor” and suggesting he be executed.

“I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, said at a hearing on Monday.

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