Daily Archives: February 3, 2018

Santiago Formula E: Vergne resists Lotterer for Techeetah one-two

Jean-Eric Vergne led home Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotterer in a breathless Santiago Formula E to give the team its first one-two

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Santiago Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne on pole after messy session

Jean-Eric Vergne secured pole position for the Santiago round of the 2017/18 Formula E season, while championship leader Felix Rosenqvist will only start 14th

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Show Some Skin: Slits Are In

Play with slits and hemlines; Image: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Fun fact: Since Joseph Altuzarra’s debut collection for Fall 2009, the designer has sent out more than 200 slitted looks (that’s over a nine-year period, for those of you doing the math at home). He’s the master of the skin-baring phenomenon known as “Angelina Jolie leg.”

But who doesn’t love a slit? No one, it seems. Searches for the edgy, sexy-yet-chic detail are way up on Pinterest; saves for “side slits” have increased by 147 percent over the past year, according to the photo-sharing platform’s latest trend report.

This season’s Altuzarra catwalk featured several slit-to-there dresses.

Altuzarra’s signature silhouette; Image: Imaxtree

Of course, you don’t have to be a data scientist to recognize that arty flashes of skin are in. At the Spring 2018 shows, we caught glimpses of legs, thighs, midriffs and shins at, yes, Altuzarra, but also Esteban Cortázar, Chloé, Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Christian Dior, Trussardi, Fendi, Versace, Michael Kors, Monse and Proenza Schouler, to name just a few.

Slits are all about hinting at what lies beneath without being overly “look at me, look at me.” In the winter, when we prefer more coverage, slits are especially useful — a front slit on a dress or a tunic instantly improves a modest, layered look, whether or not you’re actually baring any skin. With every shift in body movement, your outfit takes on a new shape, new life.

Not to mention a well-placed slash maximizes the comfort level of curve-hugging pencil skirts. Pants with slits — especially those that run down the front seam — flatter and elongate the leg and allow your statement shoes to show themselves. And while we’re on the subject of layering, slitted tunics and midi dresses add a tinge of sex appeal to the ever-popular dress-over-pants look (they reveal just enough midriff to draw attention, but not early-2000s references). And, as demonstrated time and time again by Demna Gvasalia, midi and maxi slit dresses also look killer with mega-high boots, another oh-so-current trend.

Slits on the Spring 2018 runways.

Esteban Cortázar Spring 2018, Monse Spring 2018, Proenza Schouler Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Generally speaking, when slits are involved, you want to play with lines. One easy, eye-grabbing option is to reach for a cool graphic dress wherein the slit is nearly lost in the pattern, then pair it with shockingly white (or red) heels. Or you could go the Monse route and do straight-leg jeans with a top with an off-kilter neckline that complements its strategically slashed hemline. Or, per Proenza, add edge to 5-to-9 suiting by pairing a breezy, center-slit skirt with nothing but a blazer up top (buttoned once to mirror the cut of your bottom).

Slits on the streets; Images: Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images, Christian Vierig/Getty Images, Edward Berthelot/Getty Images For Nina Ricci

Street style soothsayer Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert also believes in the “peep show up top, peep show below” look — note how she tones down her skin-flashing leather skirt with a delicate pussybow blouse made slightly less prim by its own chest-baring slit.

As with all things, balance is key. The more skin you show on your lower half, the less you want to show below. For instance, a slit-to-the-waist, deep-V maxi dress calls for wide-leg pants. Alternatively, you can also offset the va va voom factor of an ultra-revealing skirt by lining its hem with peekaboo lace or ruffles. Cute, no?

Ahead, 20 fun slitted pieces to get you started.

[ Next: 9 Easy Style Swaps to Update Your Look for 2018 ]

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How Did South American Termites Wind Up In New Zealand?

How Did South American Termites Wind Up In New Zealand?

In the island country of New Zealand, termites are considered one of the most devastating of all insect pests. Agricultural officials with New Zealand’s Government take great care to prevent invasive insects from accessing the island, and termites are the primary concern. The nearby continent of Australia is home to many different species of termite, some of which are highly destructive to man-made structures. Due to Australia’s close proximity to New Zealand, preventing Australian termites and other Australian insects from entering New Zealand is a top priority. Given the strict attitude that New Zealanders have toward the control of termites, any termites that could invade the country would have been spotted promptly by pest control officials. This is why it was strange to discover thousands of non-native termites infesting a residential home in New Zealand. After examining some specimens, researchers discovered that the strange-looking termites are native to South America and Australia.

The home that had been infested with these exotic termites ius located in the populous New Zealand city of  Waikanae. It may seem clear to most people that these termites must have originated from nearby Australia, but there are reasons to doubt this scenario. The termites may have originated from South America, as the two residents of the infested home returned from the continent ten years ago after a long period of overseas work. The termites may have hitched a ride to Australia along with the home’s returning owners a decade ago. During the entire ten year period, the residents never discovered a single termite until one year ago. It may have taken ten years for a few reproductive termites to establish a new colony.

Eventually an exterminator arrived at the home in order to assess the damage caused by the infestation. The home’s damaged condition warranted a call to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in order to have them investigate the infestation. According to officials with the ministry, the termite colony will probably not go on to infest another home. The area surrounding the home will have to be thoroughly treated with certain insecticides for a period of ten years in order to ensure the destruction of the non-native termite colony. This ten year eradication program will cost New Zealand’s Government four hundred thousand dollars.

Do you think that signs of termite activity would have been noticed sooner than ten years if the termites had hitched a ride to New Zealand from South America?



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Video: The Middle of Somewhere – Backcountry Snowboarding in BC

I don’t post a lot of skiing and snowboarding videos, but this one is just too good not to share. It comes our way courtesy of The North Face and features Austin Smith, Blake Paul, and Jake Blauvelt as they travel to British Columbia to explore some remote and seldom visited backcountry. They find plenty of spectacular landscapes, great powder, and impressive hills to ride, enjoying an epic…

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Leonardo Pulcini moves from Arden to Campos for 2018 GP3 season

GP3 racer Leonardo Pulcini will switch to Campos Racing for the 2018 season

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Bathurst 12 Hour: Chaz Mostert puts Schnitzer BMW on pole

Supercars star Chaz Mostert put Schnitzer BMW on pole for the Bathurst 12 Hour, the opening round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge

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