TOKYO (Reuters) – Rock met kimonos as Tokyo kicked off its fashion week with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment. Models hit the runway in kimono-inspired outfits ranging from colorful shoulderless minidresses with tall boots to full-length animation-print kimonos with traditional “geta” clogs, as rock star-turned-designer Yoshiki […]

LONDON (Reuters) – Twin sisters Hermon and Heroda Berhane love dancing but can’t hear the music because they’re both deaf, so the invention of a jacket with sensors that enables them to feel the different sounds has transformed their nights out in London clubs. The “Sound Shirt”, created by London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, has 16 […]

PARIS (Reuters) – Stella McCartney on Monday unveiled her first collection since linking up with the French luxury group LVMH, showing fluid dresses, wide-legged pants and floral prints that she said were the most sustainable clothes she had made. With her father, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, in the audience, the British designer held her Paris Fashion […]

PARIS (Reuters) – French cosmetics maker L’Oreal hosted its annual runway show on Saturday featuring an all-star cast of movie stars, singers and supermodels who embodied self-empowerment on the sidelines of Paris Fashion Week. Celebrities including Britain’s Naomi Campbell looked on from the audience of the show, held in the inner courtyard of the neoclassical […]

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s capital city of Canberra will become the first in the country to legalize the possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis following a vote on Wednesday. Lawmakers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed a bill allowing people aged 18 or over to possess up to 50 grams per […]

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A toy monkey accidentally left behind at Buckingham Palace by a five-year-old girl has returned home to Australia after enjoying royal treatment by palace staff and gaining a traveling companion – a toy corgi. Harriet, one of six toy monkeys from Woodside Kindergarten in Adelaide, was taken on holiday to Europe by […]

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – A Chilean start-up has been launched to open up some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions to disabled visitors. The idea for Wheel the World was borne out of an expedition three years ago to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia by a group of friends from the University […]

SEOUL (Reuters) – The owner of a North Korea-themed pub being renovated in South Korea took down a North Korean flag and portraits of the isolated country’s late leaders on Monday after complaints from neighbors who feared he was violating a Cold War-era law. A North Korean flag and images of Kim Il Sung and […]

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An employee of a New Zealand advertising company hired a professional clown to sit with him as his support person at a redundancy meeting in which he was fired, the Stuff New Zealand reported. Joshua Jack, a copy writer for advertising agency FCB in Auckland who according to his Facebook page sometimes […]