Barbie launches Gabby Douglas doll

REUTERS — Little girls across the world can now have a little replica of Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, as Mattel has launched a Barbie doll in the gymnast’s likeness. The doll is outfitted in the athlete’s signature leotard – white with a red, white, and blue American flag accent – and even comes with its own Nike warm-up suit. “It’s crazy. I never would have thought in a million years that I would be […]

How to play Pokemon Go

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Pokemon Go mania has players armed with smartphones hunting streets, parks, rivers, landmarks and other sites to capture monsters and gather supplies. The free app, based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago, has been adapted to the mobile internet age by Niantic Labs, a company spun out of Google last year. Pokemon Go uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on […]

Pokemon Go mania drives players into wild outdoors

by Glenn CHAPMAN SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Pokemon Go mania has quickly swept the US as players armed with smartphones hunt streets, parks, rivers and elsewhere to capture monsters and gather supplies in the hit game. The free application based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago has been adapted to the mobile internet age by Niantic Labs, a company spun out of Google last year after breaking ground with Ingress, […]

Atelier Versace kicks-off Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

(Eagle News) — Italian luxury label Versace was among the first to kick-off Paris Haute couture fashion week on Sunday, July 3 with belted cashmere coats and satin dresses unveiled in atelier Versace’s fall collection. Models strutted down the catwalk in off-the-shoulder or asymmetric draped gowns, some worn with slim trousers. Other dresses had cut-out features as well as plenty of pleats for the evening. Adding to the luxurious feel were crystals adorning evening coats […]

Chanel gives young pretenders a lesson in haute couture

by Fiachra GIBBONS PARIS, France (AFP) — Chanel pulled the curtain back on its Paris haute couture show Tuesday to reveal the secret life of its studios, where a small army of tailors, embroiderers and plumers turn out some of the world’s most expensive clothes. Veteran designer Karl Lagerfeld transported 80 of his so-called “petites mains” (little hands), who can spend hundreds of hours on a single dress, onto the set of his catwalk show. […]

Fido forever? S. Korea’s dog cloning clinic

by Jung Ha-Won SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — At $100,000 a head, the puppies frolicking around the fenced lawn in western Seoul don’t come cheap — but at least their owners know exactly what they are getting. The lawn belongs to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, a world leader in pet cloning that has run a thriving commercial business over the past decade catering to dog owners who want to live with their pets forever […]

Iranian artists bring contemporary Tehran to Moscow

Russian art lovers get a chance to experience the charm of the Middle East as a top gallery in Moscow exhibits works of contemporary Iranian painters and sculptors. Installations made of glass and paper, highlighted with touches of golden foil take visitors to contemporary Tehran. “” exhibition brings together Iranian artists from the generation raised in the 1980s after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The walls of the gallery have been decorated with portraits of […]

VR survival horror shocks E3 gamers

LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) — There were screams of joy when Playstation announced during its keynote address that the seventh chapter of the hit gaming series ‘Resident Evil’ was to be released in January. However, the screams of joy turned to screams of terror for some gaming enthusiasts when Capcom, the game’s publisher, allowed them to play the virtual reality version of their ‘survival horror’ story in their very own house of horror in the […]

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

PARIS, France (AFP) — A sketchbook of drawings by Dutch post-Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and will be published in November, the French publisher Seuil announced Thursday. “This sketchbook was known only to the owners, myself and the publisher,” Seuil official Bernard Comment told AFP, calling the discovery “stunning, dazzling”. The artwork will be released under the title “Vincent Van Gogh, Le Brouillard d’Arles” (The Fog of Arles), he said. The prolific […]