Daily Archives: December 20, 2017

Ekstrom's team-mate Heikkinen leaves team amid RX uncertainty

World Rallycross event winner Toomas Heikkinen has parted company with Mattias Ekstrom’s EKS team

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FIA clamps down on Formula 1 practice driver licences

The FIA has changed Formula 1 superlicence rules for 2018, to make it tougher for drivers to participate in grand prix free practice sessions

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Tom Chilton switches to Motorbase for 2018 BTCC season

Tom Chilton will join the Motorbase British Touring Car Championship team for the 2018 season

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DO Get Your Clothes in a Bunch: Ruching Is Very, Very In

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Heavy fabrics like velvet help ruching appear even more pronounced; Image: Imaxtree

(Please excuse the following bad-wedding-speech-knockoff intro.)

Man Repeller’s esteemed dictionary of fashion terms defines “ruche” thusly: “A ruche, pronounced roosh, is the gathering of a strip of fabric. (Essentially, it makes the fabric ripple, like it tasted something sour). We tend to use it in the context of ‘ruching,’ pronounced roo-shing: ‘The rushing on the dress was just divine.’”

And that, folks, is what we’re here to celebrate today. Ruching is a longtime designer darling: Norma Kamali’s obsession with the classic gathering technique began in the 80s, Junya Watanabe’s in the 90s. You probably remember it from the early 2000s, when it helped body-con dresses be extra “con.” It also turns up often on maternity clothes, a tactical device used to play down swollen boobs or help life-housing bellies breathe free.

Of course, the most fun ruched pieces to wear — whether the technique is used sparingly or covers the entire garment — are the ones where a touch of crinkling puts on a major show. Sure, ruching’s main purpose is to help clothes cling; liven up their silhouette. But if it is experimentally snaking all over a bright purple dress, it’s doing all that and more.

Designers are more than wise to this fact. In recent seasons (read: since Spring 2017), ruching has undergone something of a renaissance. The ripple effect began last fall, with Donatella Versace, Consuelo Castiglioni, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Phillip Lim, Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, and more industry notables. In keeping with the rise of DIY and the ever-growing, ever-adapting athleisure movement, designers embraced parachute-style ruching: sporty, bungee-cord-accented pulls that you yourself can tug on to alter the look of your piece. Some came on flashy dresses (Versace), some on asymmetric tanks that played well with demure midi skirts (Lemaire).

Ruching on the Spring 2018 runways. Fendi Spring 2018, Calvin Klein Spring 2018, Y/Project Spring 2018

Ruching on the Spring 2018 runways at Fendi, Calvin Klein, Y/Project; Images: Imaxtree

A year later, ruching play — especially that of the drawstring variety — has not slowed down. To wit: at Fendi, the ruching along the arms of a chiffon, peekaboo-shoulder, horizontally-striped dress played up not only its loud pattern but dynamic shape. At Calvin Klein, it helped elevate the look of waterproof nylon anoraks. At Y/Project, an oversized strong-shouldered blazer complemented a bunched-up pedal-pushers-and-sweatshirt duo. These are but a handful of Spring 2018’s ruching sightings — others occurred at Aalto, Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Tod’s, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Carven, to name a few.

contrary to what you might think, bold patterns and ruching play nicely together

Get loud: contrary to what you might think, bold patterns and ruching play nicely together; Image: Imaxtree

As for the “street style” way to wear the trend, well, that’s easy: start with a hard-to-ignore ruched pant, skirt or shirt and don’t be afraid to add even more to the ensemble (with textured shoes, a bold handbag, a statement tee or a bright, contrasting knit). Given that your ruched piece will likely be fluid of silhouette, we recommend a more structured piece up top or down below. Something with heft, something with a spine (and yes, unexpected shapes are welcome).

Thus ends our speech. Now, gather yourselves, it’s shopping time.

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Some Rangers May Have Contracted A Rare Tick-Borne Disease At A US State Park

Some Rangers May Have Contracted A Rare Tick-Borne Disease At A US State Park

Since tick-borne diseases are more problematic than mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, many people cannot help but to learn more and more about the several different tick-borne diseases that exist. Some tick-borne diseases are relatively common, while others are so rare that they are virtually unheard of among the American public.  The Bourbon virus is one of the rarest tick-borne diseases known to exist. Despite its rarity, a state park official contracted the virus while working at Meramec State Park in Missouri last summer. The woman’s diagnosis made headlines when it became public in June of 2017. Since the victim contracted the tick-borne disease while in a state park, many Americans began to wonder how common this little known, and apparently deadly, tick-borne disease is becoming in the US. The news also led many to question the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases when visiting state and national parks.

Since the state park employee became ill several months ago, investigators have been working to determine how prevalent the virus is among ticks that are found within the park. Researchers have finally released the long awaited results concerning the amount of diseased ticks in Meramec State Park. Of the seven thousand ticks tested for diseases within the state park, not a single tick was found to be carrying the Bourbon virus. All the park rangers employed at Meremac State Park were tested for tick-borne diseases, but the results of their tests are not being released to the public due to confidentiality laws. So far, none of the park rangers have reported their results to the media. Hopefully, they all tested negative for tick-borne diseases.

Despite the fact that researchers did not find a single case of the Bourbon virus among ticks in Meramec State Park, they did find several ticks that were carrying the heartland disease. The heartland disease is similar to the Bourbon virus and was discovered in Missouri in 2009. Both of these diseases cause fever, headache, body aches, rash and fatigue. The researchers were sure to mention that other untested ticks within Meramec State Park may possibly be carrying the Bourbon virus.

Do you think that the Bourbon virus infected any other employees at Meramec State Park?

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Video: New Zealand

This beautiful short film was shot over five months on a journey across New Zealand. The filmmaker lugged his drone along for the ride, and as a result managed to capture some amazing shots of the landscapes there. The clip gives viewers a glimpse of everything you would expect from a visit to the land of the kiwis, and then some. There are some truly beautiful shots in this one, so don’t pass it…

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Insane Clown Posse fans lost a legal battle with the FBI over labeling Juggalos a 'gang'

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  • Insane Clown Posse fans lost their bid in a federal appeals court to have the FBI scrap its designation of the group as a gang.
  • A 2011 FBI report to Congress described Juggalos — the group’s fans — as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”
  • The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the 2011 report had no direct legal consequences on Juggalos.

Fans of rap-metal music group Insane Clown Posse have lost an appeal to have an FBI report scrubbed of language referring to them as a gang.

The group’s fans are known as Juggalos. They’re upset that a 2011 report given to Congress describes Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” The fans filed a lawsuit in Detroit, blaming the report for harassment by police.

The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the report carries no direct legal consequences. The court also says the Justice Department isn’t responsible for how other police agencies use information in the annual report.

Juggalos often have jewelry and tattoos with the group’s symbol, a man running with a hatchet.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the court “let the FBI off the hook.” Juggalos aren’t mentioned in subsequent gang reports.

Juggalos made headlines earlier this fall after hundreds of the tattooed, face-painted fans descended on Washington, DC to protest the gang designation and draw mainstream awareness to the cause.

The Juggalo March’s official website argued in September that the gang label resulted in “hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo.”

“We have tried to use the American judicial system to achieve justice and we failed,” the website read.

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