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We’re going to kick things off with a bold statement: What defines a designer handbag has changed. Yes, Chanel, Gucci, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, etc. come to mind first, but there are so many incredible midpriced, more under-the-radar labels designing It bags these days that there are a lot more designer bags to chose from than there were, say, a decade ago. And not one of those goes unnoticed by us, so we took it upon ourselves to compile a list of the best designer bags of 2018, just in case you’re in the market for one more bag purchase this year (or are just curious).

Among the best of the best are picks from the big guns like The Row and Balenciaga, but also cult-favorite designers like Staud and Shrimps and brand-new brands like By Far, which quickly rose to cult status in 2018. There were a lot of changes in the fashion industry over the last 12 months, but one fact remains: Designers made some incredible bags this year. Keep scrolling to shop the cream of the crop.

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In new book Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip, Phaidon editors confront readers with the question: ‘Why do we travel for art?’ Inspired by the success of 2017’s Destination Architecture, this new guide to the wonders of the art world divides the planet into seven regions: Australasia, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and South America. Featured artworks are grouped geographically, and the message championed throughout is one of exploration and enrichment.

As explained in the book’s somewhat poetic introduction, the origins of travel lie in pilgrimage and, from the 17th century onwards, the pursuit of aesthetic experience. Artists celebrated in the book include Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Antony Gormley, Jenny Holzer, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse and many more, but here are ten of our favourites.

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Quels sont les nouveaux enjeux et défis du luxe ?

Quels sont les nouveaux enjeux et défis du luxe ?

Leader mondial du conseil en stratégie, notamment sur le secteur du luxe et de la mode, BainCompany met chaque année en lumière dans son étude annuelle les nouveaux enjeux et défis auxquels l’industrie devra faire face. A l’occasion du Vogue Fashion Festival 2018, Joëlle de Montgolfier, directrice du pôle études et recherche du cabinet fait un état des lieux du secteur, dont les codes sont bousculés face à 4 nouvelles zones de rupture : l’évolution démographique de la clientèle, la recherche de l’expérience qui entoure le produit, la prolifération du numérique et l’émergence d’une quête de consommation plus responsable.

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There is a moment in The Butterfly Effect, Jon Ronson’s epic and oddly moving podcast series about internet porn, that stayed with me. It’s the moment when, on the set of a porn film, an actor loses his erection mid-scene. This is not uncommon – the pressure to perform can soften the stiffest dick – but what surprised me was what the actor did next. He turned away from the woman, naked below him, in order to find his phone and search Pornhub to get himself hard again.

Yes, sure, I’m a person that sees the apocalypse in a yoghurt pot, doom in changing cloud cover, but there seemed something chilling about this impulse, partly because it was not unfamiliar. It’s similar to a compulsion I’ll admit to, a longing to take my phone to the loo and reset myself with a mindless scroll through Twitter during dinners with loved ones, when the lure of strangers talking nonsense on the internet is suddenly and pressingly preferable to real life. But it disturbed me mainly because it suggests that desire itself has been broken.

At art college I picked up Andrea Dworkin’s Pornography, because I thought it might have rude bits. I was disappointed, but inadvertently learned about what Dworkin and her fellow Eighties activists threatened would happen if porn was not controlled: that men would begin to objectify women the way pornography did, encouraging incidents of rape and assault and inequality to rise. Then the internet happened and the prospect of limiting porn became an impossibility. But while unlimited free porn did change the world – and the world of desire in particular – it didn’t turn men into grabbing, rutting beasts. It did the opposite.

In 2003, Naomi Wolf visited campuses across the US to talk to students about sex. Women told her that in a “pornographised” world, rather than having all the sex, all the time, they found themselves unable to form sexual relationships with men. “For how can a real woman… possibly compete with a cybervision of perfection, downloadable and extinguishable at will?” Instead of encouraging sexual mayhem, as Dworkin predicted, Wolf concluded, “The onslaught of porn is responsible for deadening male libido in relation to real women.” Last year, Ronson reported a 1,000 per cent rise in erectile dysfunction in young men since 2007, the advent of free porn. Has online porn replaced sex itself?

It’s worth considering, isn’t it? And not just the effect of porn, but the digitalisation of all our sexual relationships, from gamified dating on Tinder to the advance of sex robots – a phrase I can’t type without also saying out loud in a movie trailer voice. Cultural analyst Sherry Turkle warns that we’re rapidly approaching a point where, “We may actually prefer the kinship of machines to relationships with real people.” A study by Stanford University says this might be because, as Newsweek put it, “Our brains aren’t necessarily hardwired for life in the 21st century.” Which is, well, a shame.

It’s a shame, especially, because the inevitable responses to such warnings are to get rid of porn, to stop all this modern silliness by switching off the internet and returning to the good old days of healthy orgasms and looking each other in the eye. But, as with many debates held by grown-ups about children, there is the smell of moral panic about such reactions. Instead of accepting that our brains can’t deal with the future and switching the internet off, shouldn’t our response be to “rewire” our brains?

Technology doesn’t go backwards, so we must learn better ways of living with it. According to a Middlesex University study, 53 per cent of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online. Porn has replaced sex education, a messy development that inevitably skews our sexuality, but what porn can’t teach viewers is that porn is a fiction – that’s a parent’s job, a lover’s job. There are problems with the way we’re evolving into myopic and blue-lit obsessors, but it doesn’t mean the end: sex-nology need not necessarily be bad and neither does our engagement with it.

Rather than banning porn, how about having more? More porn, from as many perspectives as possible. More acknowledgement that sexual health does not stop at an STI test. More time spent hacking away at the cultural insistence that women are either virgins or whores. More conversation about sex at a younger age, more stories of sex from a greater variety of viewpoints, more nuance, more women, more acknowledgement that, while some people spiral down the internet and crash, many others turn to technology, not just for release, but to explore love and desire from an increasingly lonely place. In The Butterfly Effect, Ronson meets a porn producer commissioned to make a video of a woman sitting on the floor, saying into the camera, “You are loved.” Porn is so ubiquitous it has gone beyond sex and into therapy.

It’s too easy to demonise internet porn, or detach it from the real world, but doing so pushes those in trouble further away. Through Dworkin, Wolf, Ronson et al, we can see a timeline of human anxiety. Perhaps today, with everything laid out in front of us, young people could be educated about the ordinary and odd and sometimes profound truths of sexuality. Then those who choose to could enjoy online porn the way it was intended – as a corner of sex, rather than the whole world, a brief, diverting, unrealistic fantasy.

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Move over, ponytail, Ariana Grande has a new beauty signature and all it took was a new music video to convince us of its potential. In her “breathin” video – the fourth from her Sweetener album – Ari is a glowing deity with cheekbones so well lit you can almost see your own reflection in them.

Created by make-up artist to the stars Rokael Lizama with hero products from British beauty brand ICONIC, this look, he told Miss Vogue, was all about making highlighter a new Ari signature.

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“I love using ICONIC London’s Illuminator drops because they are the perfect texture to melt into her skin and give the most intense highlight. It doesn’t look chalky on the skin either which is amazing – it really gives a stand-out gloss. I also used my favourite ICONIC Prep Set Glow spray all over Ariana’s face and décolletage to finish the look for ‘breathin.’ They’re so bomb!”

If there is any make-up look trending right now, its those that place highlighter as the main event. Have you even looked on Instagram? Rokael, who is also responsible for Beyoncé’s On The Road Tour make-up, believes that it’s their ability to bring life and vitality to a beauty look that has us all reaching for the bottle. “I think we are hooked on highlighters because it gives the effect of healthy, luminous skin and who doesn’t want that?! They can be versatile – ICONIC’s Illuminator can lend light to lacklusture complexions; be blended in to your foundation, primer or moisturiser; or used on it’s own for a real shine.”

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Working on Ari’s complexion for the breathing video certainly wasn’t Rokael’s first time as part of a celebrity juggernaut, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a unique experience for him. “Being on the set of ‘breathin’ was incredible. I have battled with anxiety so working on a music video for a song that really motivates you to push past your fears and reminds you to just breathe was such a liberating moment.”

How to best get the look at home? “Simply mix one or two drops of the ICONIC Illuminator in with your foundation and apply with a Beauty Blender,” Rokael explained. “This will create a beautiful ‘soft focus’ effect to the skin and leave a glowing complexion. Before applying your setting powder, apply one or two more drops to the highest points of your face to accentuate your cheek bones. This can easily be done with your fingers to tap the product in.”

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While many phone owners are still watchful for their ambience of Android Pie, Google is bustling formulation a subsequent mobile OS recover and has only teased us with a integrate of vital new facilities entrance to Android Q in 2019. Here’s what they could meant for Samsung’s incoming foldable phone device.

Google’s Android Dev Summit 2018 kind of got drowned out by all the Samsung Galaxy F foldable phone sound entrance from a Samsung Developer Conference down a road, though that doesn’t meant a integrate of

The initial mark comes to us via Phone Arena and points out that Google sensitively done a initial pithy anxiety Android 10 ‘Q’ during a dev conference.

In addition, Google pronounced that it approaching to see “foldables entrance from several Android manufacturers” including the Galaxy X next year, and that a subsequent mobile OS would offer local support for apps to work on such devices.

This led to speak of one of Android Q’s initial torpedo features, something Google is now referring to as ‘screen continuity’. It will meant that when you’re using an app on a foldable device, it will send seamlessly between a dual shade layouts – a smaller, smartphone-like folded screen, and a some-more immersive, tablet-style knowledge we get when a device is unfolded.

Here’s a demeanour during it in action.


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Equally sparkling is a news that we competence be saying an Android Q beta recover progressing than ever before.

This comes to us from XDA Developers and an Android Dev Summit eventuality led by Hung-ying Tyan of Google’s Project Treble initiative.

“We are also exploring ways to make destiny GSI accessible progressing than a recover of subsequent Android version. So we will be means to try out subsequent Android chronicle progressing over GSI. And during a same time we can also get early feedback from you, so a advantage is mutual. So greatfully stay tuned for a serve proclamation on this,” he pronounced during a event.

To cut by a dev jargon: historically, a source formula for a new chronicle of Android is initial done accessible to a open by a Android Open Source Project, or AOSP. We use a tenure ‘public’ loosely, as such early theatre betas are still essentially dictated for contrast by third-party developers and a Android fan community.

Going forward, Google has hinted that it competence dump a Generic Source Image, or GSI, before this release, that would meant that those with a expertise would be means to manually peep a destiny of Android to their device before a source formula is indeed released.

Again, this is all sincerely modernized stuff, though total with Android Q’s designs on new foldable phone features, it creates for a tantalising ambience of what’s to come with Android 10 subsequent year.

What facilities do we wish to see in Android Q? Let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews.

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Google has reliable what many people have suspected for some time: we can extend your phone’s battery life by enabling Dark Mode.

If you’re not informed with Dark Mode − also frequently called ‘night mode’ or ‘dark theme’ − it tends to flip a switch on a default colour scheme, swapping splendid white user interfaces out for dim backgrounds, creation apps and websites a small kinder on your eyes when observation during night, or for prolonged durations of time.

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Google hold a 2018 Android Dev Summit final week (via ZDNet), where it pronounced tests had suggested that regulating Maps in Dark Mode can cut a energy use of the Google Pixel 3’s AMOLED arrangement by a towering 63%. However, doing a same with the iPhone 7 − that facilities an LCD display − had no outcome on energy usage.

Why? LCD screens use a backlight to irradiate their pixels, while OLED’s pixels indeed furnish their possess light. Therefore, while an OLED shade can go totally black, LCD screens can’t.

Similarly, energy expenditure drops enormously on a Pixel 3 when we switch to Dark Mode on YouTube.

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The company has been looking into a impact of opposite colours on battery life too.

Google reliable that a colour white drains some-more energy (followed by blue, immature and red) than any other colour, and that a colour black uses a slightest volume of power. It also suggested that a colour blue uses adult 25% some-more energy than immature or red.

It could, therefore, also be value switching your phone’s credentials to something dark.

Even before Google’s reveal, Dark Mode was a underline that was really many in demand.

It has been accessible on other vital platforms like Twitter and YouTube for some time, and a likes of Android, iOS, macOS, Windows 10 and Android Messages have also rolled out their possess versions of dim mode over new months.

To capacitate in on a phone a runs Android Pie, go to Settings, Display, Advanced and Device Theme, and name Dark.

It’s expected that some-more and some-more apps will burst on a Dark Mode bandwagon in a nearby future, as Google also certified that it has recently spent a lot of time enlivening developers to use a lot of white in their apps. Not any more.

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“Guess that colour we’ve been pulling we to towards over a past integrate of years?” Google pronounced during a event.

“Material came about 3 years ago. We altered from Holo, that is a good dim theme, to a white thesis instead. We kind of shot ourselves in a feet somewhat in terms of power.”

Which apps do we many desperately wish to offer a Dark Mode? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @TrustedReviews.

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The OnePlus 7 will not support 5G, a new news has claimed.

The Chinese association recently reliable skeleton to recover a 5G smartphone in 2019. It will − roughly certainly − also recover a OnePlus 7 subsequent year. However, discordant to widespread belief, it appears that these will be totally apart devices.

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According to CNET en Espanol, “a orator for a company” has reliable that a OnePlus 7 will not be a 5G phone.

The news claims that OnePlus’ 5G smartphone will instead be “part of a totally new line”, and will be denounced “at a commencement of 2019” − presumably during MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

It’s value reiterating that nothing of these claims have nonetheless been strictly reliable by OnePlus. But, if true, this could be a hugely critical impulse for a company.

So because is OnePlus pronounced to be meditative about formulating a whole new line of smartphones?


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The association has built a code on smartphones that offer high-end facilities during affordable prices, and a firm’s designed 5G smartphone is reportedly set to be “considerably” some-more costly than all of a existent devices.

Essentially, it appears that OnePlus is during a crossroads. It can possibly embody 5G support on a OnePlus 7 and risk upsetting scores of existent fans by ramping adult prices significantly, or it can try to support to everybody by not adding 5G support to a OnePlus 7 and gripping prices low in a process, and rolling out a pricier new line of 5G smartphones for anyone who can means them.

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Whatever instruction it chooses to conduct in, it seems unavoidable that a association − sincerely or foul − would face criticism.

Price rises could lead people to interpretation that this is a finish of an epoch for OnePlus, while disaster to embody 5G support on a OnePlus 7 could lift questions about a a company’s ‘Never Settle’ ethos.

Could a OnePlus 7’s apparent miss of 5G support be a deal-breaker for you? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @TrustedReviews.