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Carrie Underwood ‘Blown Away’ by Heavy Metal; ‘American Idol’ Welcomes Back Two Champs + More: Country News Roundup.
Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is among the latest group of singles certified by the RIAA for gold and platinum sales. The tune is Carrie’s third double-platinum single (signifying two million downloads) following “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats,” which has reached triple-platinum status. Gold certifications (for sales of 500,000) have been earned by Florida Georgia Line (“Get Your Shine On),” Miranda Lambert (“Mama’s Broken Heart”) and Kacey Musgraves (“Merry Go ‘Round”).

Country newcomer Angie Johnson releases her debut EP, Sing for You, on May 21 on Sony Music Nashville. “I’m fired up about getting new music out to folks,” says the singer, who was a contestant on Season 2 of “The Voice.” “So many talented people contributed to this project and the experience was humbling and inspiring for me. A lot of heart and personality went into this music and the result is really special, and really fun. It’s a little bit of spit and a lot of shine.”

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will be among the musicians performing Saturday (April 13), at the Nashville stop on the North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life, the world’s largest mobile pet adoption event. Taking place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Crossroads Pets, 707 Monroe Street, in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, the event is sponsored in part by Bonaparte’s Retreat, the animal rescue organization founded by Emmylou. Other acts performing include Maura O’Connell, the Carter Brothers, Chris Henry and the Treble Hook Trio.


Chuck Wicks is teaming up with NRA Country for a special StageIt concert on April 23 at 7:30 PM ET. The singer-songwriter will perform songs from his new EP, Rough, as well as answer fan questions in a live chat. You can watch online for free, though you’re encourage to contribute to the “tip jar,” as all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. “Cancer has hit home in my family more than once and I’m grateful for the chance to give back to the cause with NRA Country through our StageIt concert,” says Chuck.

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, who recently toured overseas, in addition to releasing his first solo single, “Love or Money,” has introduced a revamped version of his official website. In addition to photos and music from his two-decade career, the site includes a full discography dating back to 1985. “ 2.0 is a new way to communicate my adventure,” says the musician. “It is my story so far … and the book where I plan to write the story that comes next. Everyone is welcome. I can’t wait to see what we build together.” []

Gloriana performed for troops and their families at Camp Pendleton last week. The country trio visited the Southern California Marine base for an event benefiting the Marine Corps Community Service. [Country Music Is Love]

Don’t forget to tune in to “American Idol” tonight (April 11) to see Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery perform on the show that shot them both to superstardom. The show airs at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.


The makers of Man of Steel had to start thinking like a cadre of supervillains: how do you get under Superman’s invincible skin and really make him hurt?

This week’s cover story reveals how the new film (out June 14) attempts to humanize the superhuman by finding new flaws and vulnerabilities. The most common one, however, was off the table: “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie,” says director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) Those glowing green space rocks – Superman’s only crippling weakness – have turned up so often as a plot point in movies, the only fresh option was not to use it. Anyway, if you want to make an audience relate to a character, a galactic allergy isn’t the way to do it.

Henry Cavill (Immortals), the latest star to wear the red cape, instead plays a Superman who isn’t fully comfortable with that god-like title. This film reveals that even on Krypton, young Kal-El was a special child, whose birth was cause for alarm on his home planet. (More on that in the magazine) And once on Earth, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane), urge him not to use his immense strength – even in dire emergencies — warning that not every human would be as accepting of him as they are. So Clark Kent grows up feeling isolated, longing for a connection to others, and constantly hiding who he is. As a result, Man of Steel presents the frustrated Superman, the angry Superman, the lost Superman. “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” Cavill says.

That’s just the set-up. Once the Kryptonian villain General Zod (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon) arrives to threaten the Earth, eventually the passionate Superman steps forward, too. It helps that he has a reason to care about the home he’s defending, and we can all thank Amy Adams’ Lois Lane for that. “I think she’s very transient. She’s ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice,” Adams says of the hard-bitten journalist. “I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman — not really laying down roots, not developing trust.”

Man of Steel

Based on footage EW has seen, the film (which was directed by Zack Snyder and shepherded by Christopher Nolan) has plenty of building-smashing, train-slinging, heat-vision-blasting battles to cut through the emotional heaviness. “You want to give the audience great spectacle. You want them to go to the movie, be eating their popcorn and be like, ‘Wow!’” says Man of Steel producer Charles Roven, who also worked on The Dark Knight trilogy. “But it’s just not good enough to give them the ‘Wow.’ You want them to be emotionally engaged. Because if you just have the ‘wow,’ ultimately you get bludgeoned by that and you stop caring.”

Those who’ve long felt the super-confident, super-controlled Superman has gotten super dull may be glad to see him finally challenged in ways that go beyond bullets bouncing off of his chest.

inthisissue0410For more on Man of Steel and 108 other summer movies — including Johnny Depp’s views on playing The Lone Ranger‘s Tonto (“He’s damaged. He’s just looking to get back on track”), Jennifer Aniston’s prep work for the comedy We’re the Millers (“This fabulous dance instructor just pulled the inner stripper out of me,”), and Sandra Bullock’s first impressions of working with Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig on The Heat (“The first week I was like, ‘What the hell is going on here?’”) — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands April 12th.


Ready for Love

‘Ready for Love’: Why didn’t NBC’s dating Franken-show hit?
Though it benefited from both heavy promotion and having The Voice as a lead-in, the Peacock’s new dating show Ready for Love seems fairly dead on arrival. Its two-hour series premiere was the lowest-rated program in both the 9 and 10 p.m. time slots last night, earning just 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. (To be fair, the show did beat Smash‘s last-Tuesday episode, which garnered 3.0 million viewers and a .9 demo rating.)

This makes Ready for Love the latest example of a truth that broadcast networks — especially NBC — may be reluctant to admit: Copying The Voice‘s format just doesn’t seem to work. ABC tried with the little-watched Duets, which nicked its predecessor’s “mentors” gimmick, and The Taste, which built a show around a series of blind taste-tests; Fox gave it a whirl with the little-loved dating series The Choice; NBC itself first tried to cannibalize its biggest ratings success with Fashion Star, a competition now relegated to Fridays. It’s not enough to simply feature a panel of expert mentors (Ready for Love enlists a team of three professional matchmakers) and a judging process that’s at least partially blind (male contestants initially choose women without getting to see them): Those experts have to have chemistry, and those contestants have to be captivating enough to hold our interest even after the metaphorical chairs turn around.


Ready for Love, though, is more than just an unholy mashup of The Bachelor and The Voice. The fingerprints of several successful franchises can be seen smudging its surface: The shiny, shiny set and presence of a live audience recall game shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Deal or No Deal. Contestants get interrogated by their “mentors” while sitting together onstage like a group of reunited Real Housewives. Tough-talking matchmaker Tracy McMillan, while entertaining, may as well have been assembled from stray bits of Simon Cowell and Jillian Michaels’ DNA.

So despite producer Eva Longoria’s claims that Ready for Love is a revolutionary program that will forever change the way women are humiliated on television — or something — its “innovations” are just recycled parts. And while those parts — the mentors, the live audience, the great glass elevators that transport contestants from the stage to a mysterious subterranean area called “the garden” — may help to differentiate Ready for Love from The Bachelor and other dating shows, they’re also precisely what prevents the show from connecting with audiences.

After all, The Bachelor has a format that can be explained in a sentence… and though its track record as a matchmaking service is iffy, to say the least, it’s stuck around for a staggering 17 seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. Ready for Love, on the other hand, employs a bunch of bells and whistles that make the show much more complicated than it needs to be — and end up seeming beside the point once you realize that neither the bachelors (the guy from Plain White T’s? Seriously) nor the contestants are all that compelling. Though I was happy to learn from it that as a woman, I shouldn’t bother speaking on a date unless it’s to say something “sexy, or sensual, or from [my] heart.” Now that‘s leaning in.


GSN Considers Adding Church-Based Dating Show.
Spurred by the success of an original game show that rewards knowledge of the Bible rather than, say, how much grocery items cost at the supermarket checkout, the GSN cable channel is considering a dating show with a religious twist: congregations will seek suitable mates for single parishioners.
At an “upfront” breakfast in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning, GSN outlined its plans for the 2013-14 television season, a season that is being reshaped by the popularity of “The American Bible Challenge,” which was introduced during the 2012-13 season and is already back for a second go-round.

Still, GSN executives told reporters they were not planning on creating a channel dominated by faith-based programming. The network, they said, will continue to offer viewers secular shows like “Baggage”; “Family Feud,” in a new iteration with Steve Harvey as the host; “Minute to Win It,” which will have its debut on June 25 with original episodes and a new host, the Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno; and “The Newlywed Game,” also in a new iteration, with Sherri Shepherd as the hos


“We still need to be a broad-based channel,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president for programming and development at GSN.

Even so, the success of “The American Bible Challenge,” hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, is hard to ignore.

“Literally, it put us ahead of the game in the year’s most talked-about programming trend,” Ms. Introcaso-Davis said, referring to the renewed interest among viewers in programming with religious themes like “The Bible,” the miniseries on the History Channel.

“The American Bible Challenge” is the most-watched series in GSN’s history, Ms. Introcaso-Davis said, and “in general, it doubles” the ratings “of anything we’ve ever done.”

The increased viewership for the Bible game show, along with more conventional shows like “Family Feud,” helped GSN’s ratings grow among adults ages 18 to 49 as well as adults ages 25 to 54.

And GSN is enjoying “much greater interest from the advertising community,” said John Zaccario, executive vice president for advertising sales, adding that he and his colleagues had “signed over 100 new advertisers.”


The proposed dating show with a religious setting, called “It Takes a Church,” will ask congregations, pastors, friends and family to find a suitable potential mate for a parishioner who is single. Plans call for hourlong episodes if it becomes a series.

The show is a contemporary version of how “the ladies of the church are always trying to fix up the few single” parishioners, Ms. Introcaso-Davis said, and would be “aimed specifically at that new audience” that has been brought to GSN by “The American Bible Challenge.”

“It Takes a Church” is one of six original series in development at GSN, which, like most cable channels, is trying to significantly increase the amount of original programming on its schedule to woo additional viewers and advertisers.

The other series being considered by GSN include:

¶ Another dating show, “Where Have You Been All My Life,” which asks a contestant to evaluate three potential suitors based on information about their pasts, using sources like photographs and video clips.

¶ “Dance Rivals,” about two dance studios in Orem, Utah, that compete fiercely against each other, which includes as an executive producer Derek Hough, a professional dancer in the cast of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC. (“Dance Rivals” is in the vein of the handful of reality series that GSN schedules, which executives refer to as “real-life games.”)


“The Imposter,” which asks two contestants to live with a family for 48 hours and figure out which family member is a fake, planted by the producers. The contestant who identifies the imposter wins $25,000; if the imposter is not found, the family wins the cash.

GSN is ordering two game shows as series. One is the new version of “Minute to Win It” with Mr. Ohno; GSN showed reruns of episodes of the original version, hosted by Guy Fieri, after they appeared on NBC.

The other show being ordered by GSN is “The Chase,” based on a popular British quiz show that pits four contestants against a cast member known as the Beast — a know-it-all who seeks to answer questions faster and more accurately than the contestants can.

GSN is ordering eight hourlong episodes of “The Chase,” which will make its American debut later this year.

GSN is the most recent in a roster of cable channels that have made or are planning to make their 2013-14 upfront presentations, so called because the events take place before the start of the coming TV season.

The lengthy schedule of presentations is to conclude during the week of May 13 when the big broadcast networks, along with Spanish-language networks and channels, make their presentations.



China Fashion Week Fall 2013 Showcases Crazy Eye Makeup Looks
China is definitely a country to watch these days. (And we’re not referring to its diplomatic missions).
The country’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, emerged as a diplomatic style star during a recent visit to Russia. Soon thereafter, China Fashion Week Fall 2013 followed suit with head-turning designs. But what really caught our attention was the crazy eye makeup looks.

China’s most famous makeup artist Mao Geping created faux eyebrows made out of outrageous materials as part of his MGPIN Collection. We’re talking metallic pyramid studs, gold-plated and crystal-rope jewelry and bronze trinkets that looked like the innards of a grandfather clock.

Geping’s makeup styling show has been one of the highlights of China Fashion Week for many seasons. Past beauty themes include mythic creatures and Victorian goddesses with 3D makeup to match.

Get a close-up view of these crazy-cool eye makeup looks in the slideshow below. And see all of our Fashion Week coverage here.

Completely ridiculous

Even her harshest critic would have to admit that Posh has played a blinder.
She’s managed to transform herself from someone completely ridiculous into someone completely ridiculous who designs clothes people actually like.

She’s also provided an excellent post-girlband career template for Nicola Roberts to try to follow.
This week VB released a thrilling insight… her Five All-Time Fashion Rules, in Grazia magazine. Gasp! One day these life-changingly important laws will be on the national curriculum – they’re our generation’s Magna Carta, after all.
But until then we’ll just have to analyse and memorise them all on our own.
All-time fashion rule one!A pair of shades completes any outfit

“Never forget your sunglasses – they finish off any look,” instructs Victoria.
What she says goes, so I’ll definitely be wearing shades at all times from now on.If anyone looks at me like I’m a idiot for wearing sunglasses at night, I’ll know they’re just not as fashion forward as me and Posh.
Will wear them in bed as well, because style never sleeps.All-time fashion rule two!

Invest in well-made, classic skinny jeans
“It’s all about proportion and balance – a skinny indigo jean is good for day or night, and the right amount of stretch is really flattering,” reveals our guru.Are you rushing out to buy a pair straight away? Me neither. But only because I’ve already got some.

Oh, you too? What, literally everyone on Earth has? Oh. OK.
Well it’s still good that Vic understands how important it is to find jeans that are flattering on the thigh – she really does have just the same problems as us normal girls, eh?All-time fashion rule three!

Dress appropriately

Match your outfit to the occasion.
“Dress appropriately – not too tight, with room to move around when carrying the kids!” announces VB.

I don’t even have time to marvel at the ingenuity of the idea of matching your outfit to the occasion – I’m too busy having a nervous breakdown. I don’t have any kids to carry round in an outfit that isn’t too tight!
I’ll get on to it right away, of course, but until I have some, am I desperately unfashionable?

Does always wearing sunglasses cancel out no kids to carry? Please? Vicky?All-time fashion rule four!Flats are just as chic.
“Contrary to rumours, you don’t always need to wear heels!” laughs Victoria, down-to-earth-edly.

Like most of you, I’m sure, I’d presumed I’d end up in prison if I ever wore flats, so this is a huge relief. Phew. Thanks, Posh!
All-time fashion rule five!Accessories are key.“Make sure you always accessorise as the right bag can make the outfit,” says the style queen.

One of Victoria’s handbags cost £30,000. All of my handbags added together and timesed by a hundred don’t add up to a quarter of that.

Typical. I was so dedicated for four whole rules and now I go and blow it all at the last hurdle… because I’m guessing in Posh’s eyes, I definitely don’t have the right bag.So near, and yet so, so far.


Sliding doors of the week.

WHEN Girls Season 2 ended I was resigned to not switching my TV on for the foreseeable.
Then I accidentally discovered a brand new best programme ever made in the history of television.
My Cat From Hell, on the Animal Planet channel. It’s about this bald, tattooed bloke with a silly beard I long more and more desperately to snip off the longer I watch.
Nutshell: he’s the feline Supernanny.

Each story of him helping “guardians” make their cats so happy they stop attacking them is heart-warming and inspiring.
But also, you learn stuff! In one episode alone I discovered that I’ve been holding cats wrong MY WHOLE LIFE and not paying nearly enough attention to their tails.

If you need any more persuading, Supercatty’s name – seriously – is Jackson Galaxy and all his tattoos are of cats.
If I’d found this show a few years earlier, the name on this page would almost definitely be Polly Galaxy.

Sigh. Plus, if I was his wife, I could MAKE him cut off the beard.
Honourable gentleman of the week

“That marriage was shaky from the get-go, before I’d even got off the elephant. It was a drag, man.

“Let me tell you a thing about marriage: it’s a bond that can last up to 14 months. This is a sacred 14-month arrangement.”

Russell Brand proves once again just how much he loves women.Modest star of the week

Q: “What are you best at?”

Joan Collins: “Life.”
Perfect solution of the week.“Troubled Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 90 days in rehab, but I think she really needs the love of a good man.”


John Galliano – Dolce and Gabbana support Galliano’s comeback.

Dolce and Gabbana support Galliano’s comeback.

Designers Dolce & Gabbana have expressed their support for shamed former Dior creative director John Galliano and wish him the best in his collaboration with Oscar de la Renta,
Dolce & Gabbana are looking forward to John Galliano’s fashion comeback.The Italian design duo have pledged their support to the disgraced former Christian Dior creative designer – who was fired two years ago for a drunken anti-Semitic rant in a Parisian bar – and wish him all the best during his temporary residency at Oscar de la Renta’s New York studio.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Swide magazine: ”We wish John the best of luck with his return to fashion. We’ve always been admirers of his flamboyant talent”.

”He has been missed from the fashion scene these two years and we can’t wait to see the collection with Oscar de la Renta.”
Eccentric talent Galliano announced last week he would be spending the next three weeks helping his friend with his upcoming autumn/winter 2013-14 line.

Oscar has confessed he wanted to give his friend a ”second chance” to bounce back from his controversial behaviour, which he blames on stress and addictions, and insisted he still has faith in his creative vision.
Galliano commented: ”I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio.”His support and faith in me is humbling.”


‘Joe Galliano’ Returns To Conan To Discuss His Brother’s Comeback.

If you, like me, gave a bit of the old side eye when you found out that John Galliano was being given another chance at a career by Oscar de la Renta, perhaps this will convince you otherwise. Last night, John’s equally eccentric brother Joe Galliano returned to Late Night With Conan O’Brien to explain precisely why his brother is deserving of redemption.

Just kidding! He returned to wear a bunch of silly hats and speak in a foppish manner, which is pretty much the entirety of the joke. But maybe I’m feeling jolly today, because I still have yet to tire of it.

Over the course of the interview, Mr. Galliano wears a clown wig, a coffee bag, a knitting project, a bear with a fish in its mouth, and some sort of C3PO/Princess Leia hybrid on his head while he spouts sentences like “he’s a misunderstood angel!” and “he’s a universal sibling to all who love beauty!” The hats and the words are both funny, of course, because they’re not too far off from something an actual, full of shit fashion person would wear/say.

Will the “John Galliano is a fop who wears funny hats” joke ever get old? Maybe it has already. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to enjoy it while it lasts. And after that, I’m going to invent a new way to mock and humiliate him, because it’s the least I can do to pick up the fashion industry’s slack.

Penalty box

John Galliano Begins His Fashion Recovery.

John Galliano is stepping out of fashion’s penalty box.

In a Friday morning surprise, Oscar de la Renta announced he had invited Mr. Galliano to take up temporary residency in his design studio on West 42nd Street. Mr. Galliano, who left the house of Dior in disgrace in 2011 following the exposure of anti-Semitic outbursts at a French cafe, will even be welcomed to contribute to the development of Mr. de la Renta’s fall collection over the next few weeks, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily.
Oscar de la Renta.Mario Anzuoni/ReutersOscar de la Renta.

At the time of Mr. Galliano’s downfall, many people — editors and retailers included — speculated that the designer would never work in fashion again, but there have been mounting examples in recent months of those who have publicly supported him, including Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of Vogue. Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, said in a post on the magazine’s Web site on Friday that she was delighted by the news.

“Oscar de la Renta is the king of uptown style and John Galliano the prince of romantic glamour, so it should be a magical match,” Ms. Shulman said. “I am delighted John’s returning to fashion.”

The move will almost certainly invite controversy, but the question is just how much. As far as a comeback strategy, working for Mr. de la Renta in a casual capacity, practically an intern, is, in effect, a way of testing the waters. Mr. de la Renta’s business is privately owned and his reputation, despite the occasional picking of a fight with a first lady or a fashion critic, is that of a gentleman. And Ms. Wintour, who is close to both designers and has reportedly been seeking opportunities for Mr. Galliano, is likely to be a powerful ally should anyone protest.

Mr. Galliano, one of the greatest design talents of contemporary fashion, has also sought treatment for alcoholism over the last two years and has apologized for the events. In comments to WWD, he said Mr. de la Renta’s support was “humbling.”

Mr. de la Renta told the paper that he was not concerned about potential backlash. “I think John is doing all the right things,” he said. “Everyone in life deserves a second chance, especially someone as talented as John. I think life is about forgiving and helping people.”


Has John Galliano been forgiven?

John GallianoDisgraced designer John Galliano is not only coming back into fashion among the globe’s sartorial community — it appears that Jews are also reconsidering their view of him.

Galliano has kept a low profile since his was filmed in September 2011 telling two Jewish women in a Paris cafe: “I love Hitler. People like you would be dead today. Your… forefathers would be f*****g dead, f*****g gassed.”

Galliano was ejected from his job at Christian Dior and subsequently convicted for antisemitic remarks.
Over the past few months, however, Galliano has repeatedly apologised, said he is committed to making amends and met members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to learn more about antisemitism.

ADL director Abraham Foxman said: “We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition.”

He said that Galliano has “dedicated a significant amount of time to… learning about the evils of antisemitism and bigotry”. Ephraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Israel, echoed those remarks, saying: “Let him be reinstated. If he has done his penance and sees things differently; if he honestly feels that way.”

Mr Foxman said that he looked forward to working with Galliano as a “spokesman against antisemitism, intolerance and bigotry”.

Recently, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta offered Galliano a three-week residency at his New York studio, an arrangement that was brokered by Anna Wintour, the editor of US Vogue.


Is John Galliano Staging A Successful Comeback?

John GallianoJohn Galliano took a steep fall after a leaked video of his drunken anti-Semitic remarks extinguished his star turn as Dior’s head designer in 2011, and he’s spent the last two years climbing back up. It might not sound like a long enough time for him to address his alcoholism, right his wrongs, and convince everyone he is sorry, but the bad boy of fashion has a loyal band of backers willing to underwrite his redemption. If recent events are any indication, they are helping him make steady advances toward the top once again.

It all started with an Oscar. On Jan. 18, WWD reported that Galliano accepted Oscar de la Renta’s invitation to work in his New York design studio for three weeks, offering input as de la Renta prepares his collection for New York Fashion Week next month, among other things. WWD called the offer a “stunning development,” and noted de la Renta’s commitment to helping Galliano readjust to the fashion world after his absence.

“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,” de la Renta told WWD. “He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimburse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

Three days after the news started a swirl of renaissance rumors, Galliano was spotted lunching with Grace Coddington, Vogue‘s creative director. The connection to his de la Renta residency is apparent—Coddington’s boss Anna Wintour reportedly brokered the invitation.

Fashionistas worldwide

John Galliano Makes Comeback 2 Years After Anti-Semitic Rant.

British designer John Galliano was once considered one of the most talented, innovative, and creative names in fashion. His theatrical dramatic flair impressed fashionistas worldwide… until that penchant for drama emerged in his real life and eventually exploded into an anti-Semitic rant in a Paris café.

Galliano was fired as the lead designer from Dior almost immediately afterwards, and was fined $8,000 in a French court after being found guilty of anti-Semitic behavior. It was believed that Galliano was forever black listed and would never work in the fashion world again.

Almost 2 years have gone by, and now Galliano is being given a second chance by Oscar de le Renta. Galliano has landed a temporary residency at de le Renta’s studio in New York as he prepares for New York Fashion Week.

“He has worked long and hard on his recovery, and I’m happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative,” De la Renta said.

“I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community,” Galiano said, referencing his alcoholism.

Galliano added that he was “committed to making amends to those I have hurt. I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio. His support and faith in me is humbling.”


ADL backs shamed ‘anti-Semite’ designer John Galliano, insisting ‘individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition’.
Disgraced former Dior head designer John Galliano was given an unlikely lifeline following his 2011 conviction for anti-Semitic rants in the Le Marais district of Paris, after the Anti-Defamation League’s National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued an official statement declaring the fallen fashion icon had “accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society”.

Confirming the group had met with the designer on several occasions to encourage him to accept responsibility for his widely-condemned actions, Foxman added: “Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading, and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry.”

Attempting to a draw a line under continued criticism of the British-born designer, after media reports and a subsequent legal case against him cost him his high profile fashion house post and accompanying accolades, he concluded; “We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition.”

The official ADL comment appeared to have been meticulously timed after Galliano had issued a statement of his own earlier Thursday revealing he “remains committed to making amends to those I have hurt”.

In 2011, a French court ruled that the 51 year-old Paris-based designer had made “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” in several incidents around a bar close to where he lived in the traditionally-Jewish Le Marais region of the city.

In one of the incidents, Galliano was accused of proclaiming his love for Adolf Hitler and telling Jewish-looking customers that their mothers should have been gassed. He subsequently blamed his actions on long-term drug and alcohol addictions.

The final nail was sealed in the coffin of his post at Christian Dior after the Israel-born Jewish actress Nathalie Portman herself the face of one of their high-profile fragrances, refused to work with Galliano on principle.

He was fired soon after. Following his conviction by the French court, the French government last year also announced they were revoking his 2009 Legion of Honour medal, as President Francois Hollande signed an official decree refusing him the right to wear the medal.


Joseph Beuys inspires slouchy John Galliano show.

The trilby hat and short, baggy pants of German artist Joseph Beuys was the muse behind John Galliano’s fall-winter 2013 show.
Designer Bill Gaytten was spurred on creatively after seeing installation by Beuys, who died in 1986, and was famous for his slouchy style.
Models walked down the Paris catwalk with a swagger in loose and flowing coats and jackets often complemented with oversized turtlenecks in a masculine, muted palette of camel, gray, burgundy, olive and black.
There were also several takes on the trilby, some with Stetson dents, that came across with theatrical panache.But it was not just Beuys’ personal style at work here.
Gaytten also said he was inspired by “(Beuys’) use of material, in particular the contrast of felt with the unexpected.”
Providing this contrast, fluorescent neon teddy boy shoes jarred nicely as they accompanied a classically tailored suit.
Some of the free flowing looks hit the right spot, with the best coming in the form of a jacket with one lapel that flowed down as a scarf.
However, the theatricality got the better of some of the ensembles: like an exuberantly printed jacket that was just plain busy.
Backstage Gaytten would not comment on news that the house founder, John Galliano, has been invited to return to fashion for the first time since a drunken rant at a Paris cafe caused him to leave his eponymous label.
Oscar de la Renta invited Galliano to spend time in his studio over the next three weeks, according to a statement released Friday by de la Renta’s company.Who knows what the future holds.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior Designer: On the Doorstep?

The black and white, filmic Christian Dior haute couture show on Monday marked nearly a year since John Galliano left the brand in disgrace.

But Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed that there would be no announcement about a new designer this week and that the “suspense” would continue.

After a rigorous, correct and undeniably “Dior” show, this question must be asked: Is the elusive successor on the doorstep?

The collection by Bill Gaytten, Mr. Galliano’s right hand for his entire career, was way ahead of the previous couture show, which was a romp that looked as if it had been done by a bunch of art college kids.

This version was technically persuasive: an x-ray image of the essence of Dior, from the famous Bar Jacket, sleek and chic in black alligator, to romantic dresses, light as the proverbial feather. One had a full skirt printed with Christian Dior’s maxim, defining “elegance” as the right combination of crucial factors, including “naturalness and simplicity.”

Neither was Mr. Galliano’s forte and most fashion folk feel that the former designer would, in any case, have had to calm his excess to take the brand ahead.

In every sense, this show on the first day of the brief couture season was Dior Light. There was not much personality or charm, yet a careful rendition of the codes of the house, including houndstooth check created with embroidered beading. The lush, full skirts, which shocked the world in 1947, would have given those post-war women the vapors if the skirts had shifted transparently over the legs, as in this 2012 summer show.

Yet this couture collection was surely client-friendly (even if that means asking for a silk lining.)

“I loved the gray one — the third one,” chorused the front-row guests Cameron Diaz and Bar Refaeli, referring to full-skirted dresses, cinched at the waist and offered first in white and then black.

That cinematic effect — what Mr. Gaytten called “like playing with the photocopier” — both suggested a graceful Grace Kelly world and summed up the positive/negative qualities of the show: It was technically a model of perfection with some exceptional effects, like sequins trapped against the breasts, but it was emotionally barren.

And yet with other projects, like the graphic, colorful accessories produced by Delphine Arnault working with the Berlin artist Anselm Reyle, could Dior use a solid, maybe even stolid, couture collection as a backdrop?

Other houses, like Gucci, have decided that internal promotion can work as well as bringing in an outside designer. And if the rumors are true that seven designers already approached have either been turned down or backed away, Mr. Gaytten himself, trained in couture, might be the best person to drink and digest the poisoned chalice.

Donatella Versace brought her Atelier Versace collection back to Paris with panache. Sexy, colorful, gleaming with metal and twinkling with ceramic paillettes, the dresses were as defined for the red carpet as for the golden stairway down which the models teetered.

The sensational gowns worn by Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman at the Golden Globes were just a foretaste of this new collection, which Ms. Versace said was destined for a fresh, young couture clientele, often from Russia.

“People have not stopped dreaming,” the designer said, to justify this extravagance during economic turmoil.

Never has a collection been better described as a “body of work.” It seemed that Ms. Versace’s eyes were always on the womanly curves, which she caressed with curving metal at the hips or displayed through strips of hand-embroidered lace running from waist to ankle. When legs were in view, three separate parts of a sandal climbed from instep to knees. The actress Abbie Cornish could not take her eyes off the tomato-red slither of a dress or a romper suit in vivid yellow.

It was a Versace tour de force that came, said the designer, as a reaction to her H&M collaboration’s appeal to young clients. But don’t count on finding a silver mermaid dress in the fast-fashion stores.

The precise tailoring of Bouchra Jarrar , softened this season with fur collars and wisps of silk, confirm her position as a woman-for-women designer.

Made-to-order tailoring, which is having such a boost with male clients, is mostly left out of current couture. But Ms. Jarrar aims to carry forward the tradition, using slim, firm lines in a collection that might suit a stylish female executive rather than an oligarch’s wife.

Using fabrics like simple gray flannel or denim blue wool, but softening the coat or jacket with fur at the neck, Ms. Jarrar sent out tailored pants — perhaps adding a leather harness to give the outfit some fizz. Silken dresses in face-powder colors looked soft and pretty but the strength was in the streamlined daywear tinged with turquoise and green.

One might have craved a dash of madness but the elegant proportions were an admirable example of client friendly couture.

Quoting Marcel Proust is always a dangerous game for a designer — especially when the translation of a phrase about “only women who do not know how to dress are afraid of colors” was headed: “Color Therapy.”

In the hands of the young designer Alexis Mabille , that came down to the fuchsia pink duchess satin gown that opened the show with a matching, mighty flower hat and makeup. When that outfit was followed by oxblood, coral, or blue, with face to suit, the effect was distracting.

Yet, at his simplest, Mr. Mabille can make pretty evening dresses, embroidered with the flowers that were the more genuine theme. Chantilly lace inserts and layers of organza were a more successful way to play with youthful elegance than Proust’s advice on color coding.

New Spring 2012

New Spring 2012 Campaigns: Tom Ford, Mulberry, John Galliano

Though spring 2012 ad campaigns have been rolling in since before Christmas, latecomers like Tom Ford, Mulberry and John Galliano have most certainly positioned themselves as frontrunners in the ad game, if there was one. I’m still most wildly impressed by the Dominique Dawes action we saw for Chanel’s series of spring ads featuring Joan Smalls and Saskia de Brauw, but the high-gloss tone of Tom Ford’s images, shot by none other than the man himself (as we’d expect, if he’s not starring in them), make for quite a competitor. And besides, Mirte Maas looks pretty good for someone that’s getting her ankles bit – literally.

For Mulberry’s saccharine images, Lindsey Wixson reacquaints herself with ice cream (as though you could forget that Terry Richardson-lensed cover for i-D magazine) alongside Frida Gustavsson, and Constance Jablonski and Benjamin Eidem get Gonzo’d up for John Galliano’s solo spring image, shot by Sebastian Kim. Take a look at the new campaigns below!


Return of the Red

Jane and Lisbon go to each suspect that they interviewed and show them the gold feather. One by one they all act confused that Jane is showing them a feather. Jane’s final stop brings him to Creepy Tony’s palace of teenage horrors. Tony is unfazed by the feather, but Sasha, who must be involved in the longest photo shoot in histoy, freaks out and tries to run. She is apprehended and taking back to the office where she admits to killing Wyck because he found a younger model to wear his dresses. This is a totally reasonable excuse for killing a man.

Just as the case is wrapping up Jane gets a call from Roslyn, saying that Roy, the man Jane believes is Red John, is at her house. Jane and Darcy go there together and find Roslyn alone in the house. She said that Roy is gone, but they find the guy from the morgue dead in the closet. I knew he was goner. Good night sweet morgue worker, we hardly knew ye.

It looks like Red John is back and starting to wreak havoc once again, but we’ll see if the story picks up steam anytime soon. It is nice having two weeks in a row with episodes that aren’t interrupted or followed by five weeks of nothing.

Fashion Mafia

Creeper Alert

The next person on the list is a creepy photographer named Tony Redgrave. He is clearly inspired by real-life professional creep Terry Richardson. I just realized that I’ve mentioned Couture, Terry Richardson, and John Galliano in one review. I don’t know if I should be proud of my vast fashion knowledge or be embarrassed. Anyways, Tony is busy photographing a distraught model named Sasha who started her career with Wyck. Terry creepily denies any wrong doing so Lisbon and Jane moves on.

Meanwhile, Darcy is still on the Red John case and interviews a random morgue worker about Jane and Roslyn, the blind girl, about coming in to check a body. This character seems really inconsequential, so I predict bad things. She follows this up by talking to Roslyn, and starts to realize the obvious that Jane is a dirty liar.

Fashion Mafia

Cho and Rigsby get a bead on Liu due to his phone. It seems The Dark Knight is real and the police are truly watching our every move through our iPhones. They find Liu in the compromising position of being held under water by the Chinese mafia. Liu is pulled up for air and says that they are just having one of those strange parties that you can only find on Craigslist.

The take the men into their office and Cho starts to interrogate them. I’m guessing that Cho was picked because of his great interview skills and not because he is also Asian. It turns out that the Chinese mobsters have diplomatic immunity and are let go after Jane gives them the test of looking at the feather that was found with the body. They do not react so he says that they are not the killers.

The Mentalist

‘The Mentalist’ Recap: Beauty and the Beast.waffle maker reviews

On this week’s episode of The Mentalist, the CBI team falls into the fickle and strange world of high fashion. Can Jane’s powers of observation break through the thick facade of people who look down on the general public? Let’s find out!

Trouble in the Bay

This week the team is sent to Oakland to investigate the murder of Wyck Theissens, whose name drips of the pomposity of some high society polo player. Wyck was a former Couture fashion designer was trying to make his big comeback in the warehouse of a shady renter named Mr. Liu. My Liu claims that the teenagers that Wyck employed are the culprits. Cho says that a gold feather was found in Wyck’s mouth, and Jane soon discovers a secret room full of high fashion dresses.

As Jane goes out to find the rascally kids that worked with Wyck, our old FBI friend Agent Darcy is still working on the Panzer murder and trying to learn more about Red John. It looks like this is one case that Jane won’t be able to shake off with his sly smiles and winks.

The Usual Suspects

Jane finds Wyck’s young assistants, but they were arrested on the night of the murders. No, they aren’t hardened criminals. Instead they are art students how decide to rage against the machine at the Occupy protests in the city. How topical of you, Mentalist! It turns out that Wyck was working on a new line to re-launch his career, but in the meantime he was making knock-off dressed for Mr. Liu. Damn you Liu! It’s people like you who create extremely high markets for fashion and electronics! Not only is Liu looking more shady, but he has also disappeared.

Lisbon and Jane then go to speak to a couple of guys who were responsible for Wyck losing his fashion street cred a few years earlier. (Is fashion street cred a thing? If not, it is now.) These men are Guy Duval, who had an argument with Wyck the night before the murder, and Junior Acosta, who released an embarrassing video of Wyck bad mouthing people. Not John Galliano-Nazi embarrassing, but still bad.. Duval claims that he was fond of Wyck and his work, and Acosta said he had no reason to kill him. Acosta then proves this point by pulling a knife on Jane. Not a good way to get out of a murder rap my friend.


EMMA JOHNSON: John Galliano may no longer be in

charge but j’adore Dior Couture

WHEN I was a little girl, I dreamed of having a “sticky out” dress. Blame it on Deborah Kerr in The King and I, or the endless afternoons spent watching MGM musicals with my nana.

Scarlett O’Hara may also have had a hand in nurturing this obsession.

Barring one pink bridesmaid’s dress, though – the diameter of which was not a patch on Kerr’s or Scarlett’s – I never got one.

But now a sticky out dress is within my reach. Should I suddenly come into £50,000 or so, that is.

Because the dresses unveiled at Christian Dior’s Paris couture show this week are the stuff my childhood dreams were made of.

Almost a year since John Galliano’s dishonourable discharge, his former right-hand man and acting creative director, Bill Gaytten, plundered the Dior archives for his second couture collection for the legendary fashion house, sending an array of to-die-for dresses down the runway.

The gowns took their cues from the iconic collections of Mr Dior himself, the New Look that made the designer’s name back in the late 1940s.

Revered fashion writer Colin McDowell went so far as to say they were copied. (“I could show you a picture of every single one of those dresses from the 1950s,” he told the Telegraph) but agreed that they worked.

Gaytten has described the collection as “an X-ray vision of Dior” because the sheer fabrics allow us to see the construction of the pieces.

Well, X-ray marks the spot for me. I can’t remember the last time a fashion designer made me catch my breath like this.

That said, it wasn’t all ball-gowns, there were also cute full-skirted cocktail dresses and elegant suits.

If I won the Euromillions lottery, I’d buy the lot and wear it everywhere from St Tropez to Sainsbury’s.

The dresses were so beautiful they even managed to (briefly) silence gossip about who should eventually take over as Dior’s creative director.

Although Gaytten has been in charge ever since Galliano’s departure following his arrest and later conviction for making anti-Semitic comments, as yet he has not been confirmed as his permanent successor.

Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Marc Jacobs, and Raf Simons, of Jil Sander, have both been tipped for the role, but poor Gaytten had been considered by many to be out of the running.

Well, this week’s show is one hell of a job application.

The first time around, Dior’s New Look was ruthlessly ripped off, with the nipped-in waists and full skirts going on to become the silhouette of the 1950s.

Whether that will happen this time, though, I am not sure.

I can’t imagine how Primark and Topshop could knock up frocks like this at pocket money prices.

Where I do think we will be seeing these dresses again is next month’s Academy Awards.

Cameron Diaz was among the A-listers on the front row in Paris, and I fully expect to see a number of Gaytten’s masterpieces sashaying down the red carpet at the Oscars.

And, looking at the size of those skirts, I think they’re gonna need a bigger carpet.

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How long can Dior thrive without a couturier?

Ten months after John Galliano was sacked over a racist outburst, Dior has yet to name a new chief designer — but sales are booming. Which begs the question: how long can the French fashion house thrive without a couturier at the helm?

At Paris Fashion Week in September, Christian Dior’s chief executive Sidney Toledano batted away questions about Galliano’s succession, saying the fashion house would take the time it needs to find the right fit.

The following month Dior — a crown jewel of Bernard Arnault’s luxury empire — posted a turnover of 705 million euros ($890 million) for the first three quarters of 2011, up 21 percent on the period in 2010. Retail sales were up by 27 percent.

Buoyant sales suggest Dior has managed to limit fallout from the Galliano scandal, sacking him as soon a video emerged of him hurling anti-Semitic slurs at patrons in a Paris bar, and strongly condemning his outburst.

Since then, the British designer’s former right-hand man Bill Gaytten has overseen its collections, sticking to house “codes” from Dior red to the classic nipped-waist bar suit.

For the historian of fashion Lydia Kamitsis, Galliano may no longer be there, but Dior can still draw on “all that he brought it in terms of product, of image or general artistic direction.”

That said, experts warn the house cannot carry on forever without artistic direction, especially when it comes to haute couture

Looking back a few decades, Chanel carried on selling suits at a brisk pace after Coco Chanel’s death in 1971 — but in creative terms the house was at a standstill until the arrival of Karl Lagerfeld 12 years later.

“You can manage without a designer for a season or two,” argued Serge Carreira, a luxury sector expert and teacher at Sciences Po university in Paris. “But there is a limit, a brand must be regularly refreshed, renewed.”

For the time being, he says Dior is reaping “the rewards of a considerable repositioning undertaken since the mid-2000s,” building on the brand’s identity and developing internationally, especially in China.

“A dynamic that was set in motion well before Galliano’s departure,” he stresses.

The success of the Lady Dior bag and the perfume J’adore — one of the world’s top-selling fragrances — shows that “the brand has an engine”.

Patricia Romatet of the French Institute of Fashion sees Dior’s variety as a key strength, as exemplified by the very different actresses who embody the “face” of the brand in its ad campaigns.

Charlize Theron offers a “glamorous ultra-femininity”, Natalie Portman a “more consensual feminity”, Marion Cotillard brings “classy, French sophistication” and the American Mila Kunis a touch of youth.

The brand’s variety — despite the lack of a designer — is also the sign of the “highly professional shadow workers who keep the company’s business flourishing,” said Romatet.

She suggests Dior could emerge stronger from its designer-free stint.

“The pause gives it some breathing space, and could enable it to take a new direction, to start afresh from a blank slate.”

Belgium’s avant-gardist designer Raf Simons is currently tipped by the fashion media as favourite to succeed Galliano.

The Gibraltar-born, London-bred Galliano, meanwhile, has vanished from sight, despite the best efforts of the planet’s papararazzi to track him down.

Floored by what he said was a triple addiction to drink, drugs and medicines — which he blamed for his hateful outburst — Galliano headed into detox after he was dismissed by Dior.

Looking drawn, he made a brief appearance at his Paris trial in June, but was not there to hear the verdict in September when the court handed him a suspended fine for making anti-Semitic insults.

Court case aside, the designer has resurfaced only to attend the July wedding of his friend Kate Moss, telling Vogue magazine that making the supermodel’s dress had been a form of “creative rehab”.

“She dared me to be John Galliano again,” he said. “I couldn’t pick up a pencil.”

John Galliano New Spring 2012

New Spring 2012 Campaigns: Tom Ford, Mulberry, John Galliano

Though spring 2012 ad campaigns have been rolling in since before Christmas, latecomers like Tom Ford, Mulberry and John Galliano have most certainly positioned themselves as frontrunners in the ad game, if there was one. I’m still most wildly impressed by the Dominique Dawes action we saw for Chanel’s series of spring ads featuring Joan Smalls and Saskia de Brauw, but the high-gloss tone of Tom Ford’s images, shot by none other than the man himself (as we’d expect, if he’s not starring in them), make for quite a competitor. And besides, Mirte Maas looks pretty good for someone that’s getting her ankles bit – literally.

For Mulberry’s saccharine images, Lindsey Wixson reacquaints herself with ice cream (as though you could forget that Terry Richardson-lensed cover for i-D magazine) alongside Frida Gustavsson, and Constance Jablonski and Benjamin Eidem get Gonzo’d up for John Galliano’s solo spring image, shot by Sebastian Kim. Take a look at the new campaigns below!

John Gallano Blog

For nine months, the Dior fashion house has struggled to find a successor for the role of creative director, after John Galliano was fired for his highly publicized anti-Semitic slurs. Finally, according to reports by Forbes and the Telegraph, Dior has found a replacement in Raf Simons.

The saga began in February this year, when, in a crowded Parisian café, John Gallano, Dior’s leading creator, was secretly filmed making horrendous anti-Semitic statements. “I love Hitler,” he announced to a nearby Jewish couple. The video was published on YouTube, and soon after, Galliano was fired from Dior. In September, he was also convicted of making anti-Semitic comments, a criminal offense in France.

When the first video emerged of John Galliano’s anti-Semitic slurs, the fashion world was shocked and appalled, and rightly so. But did the media blow this story out of proportion?

The “hidden anti-Semitism of the fashion world” became the leading angle in a media storm that erupted following the video’s YouTube release. The flurry of news coverage concerning Galliano’s comments reached the point of overload: everywhere you turned, there was another article about modern forms of anti-Semitism. A simple news search for “Galliano” on the date of the video’s release – February 28, 2011 – yields upwards of fifty articles.

Politics Daily issued an editorial comparing Galliano’s outburst to rising right-wing anti-Semitism in Europe. But, while there may indeed be rising anti-Semitism in Europe, is it right to say that a drunken man’s rant in a bar is indicative of such a trend?

The court presiding over Galliano’s trial held that the media coverage was excessive. As it was reported by Independent, the court took into account “the fact that his (Galliano’s) racist remarks – however unpleasant – had been intended for just a handful of people. The fact that they had been given “extreme publicity” all around the world was “not the fault of the accused.”"

Did we go overboard? Eva Green, a Jewish actress, said in an interview with The Observer that Galliano was very drunk when he made the comments in question, and personally thought those who put up the video were exploiting the man.


The fashion world is filled with Jewish designers, from Diane Von Furstenburg to Zac Posen to Ralph Lauren. Can a man such as Galliano who works in such an industry really be so staunchly anti-Semitic? Of course he can (many friendships between Jews and non-Jews in pre-Holocaust Europe didn’t affect whether or not, in the end, numerous Jews were betrayed). And I also believe that Galliano should be punished, and severely at that. But not to the point where the person gets completely destroyed.

By skewering someone in the media so strongly, we may be doing a disservice. While it is understandable that anti-Semitic language cannot and should not be tolerated, the astonishing amount of media coverage may have only fueled anti-Semitic rumors that the Jewish people are all-powerful, much more so than the “average minority.”

While Galliano absolutely deserved to be fired, perhaps we should have looked upon this event with pity, and not outrage: the drunken ramblings of a man who caused his own fall from grace. And perhaps next time, a more nuanced campaign should be waged. Although we can never accommodate for anti-Semitism, we should instead try to educate, while still expressing condemnation for such actions.

Yael Miller is a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

John Galliano Spring 2012

Galliano Goes Gonzo for Spring 2012

Galliano’s first spring ad has dropped, and apparently the beleaguered brand, which has being run by Dior sans designer John Galliano since his firing last March, is taking inspiration from a rather surprising icon: gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Starring Constance Jablonski and Benhamin Eidem, the campaign has Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas written all over it: Thompson’s signature convertible, bucket hat, yellow aviators, and Hawaiian shirt (reinterpreted Galliano style, of course) all make appearances, and the press release states that the concept does indeed depict a Los Vegas road trip.

So, apparently Dior isn’t so opposed to abrasive, paranoid, alcohol-fueled loose cannons after all.