Tommy Hilfiger released an inclusive line for adults with disabilities. The adaptive line, which includes 34 womenswear pieces and 37 menswear pieces, was designed to be more accommodating for people who use wheelchairs and those who have prosthetics and other movement limitations.
The fashionable line stays true to the brand’s all American aesthetic, but features magnetic closures, wrist loops to make the clothes easier to pull on, and larger leg openings for those with braces. The collection is also very affordable with pieces ranging from $30 to $140. Have a look at the brand’s empowering campaign, and shop pieces from the collection,which is available now.
Ever since we heard that 2017’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to take place in Shanghai, we’ve been eagerly waiting to hear which Angel will walk down the runway wearing the brand’s famous Fantasy Bra. Well, the wait is finally over because Victoria’s Secret announced on Instagram that Lais Ribeiro is this year’s lucky Angel.
The stunning $2-million Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra was designed by Mouawad Jewelry and took over 350 hours to create. It features 6,000 precious gemstones such as diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz that are set into a Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Demi Bra($63). Keep reading to have a glimpse at the bra, and watch a video from Vogue of Lais trying it on for the first time. Also, don’t forget to set your alarms for Nov. 28 to watch the fashion show air on CBS.
H&M designer collaborations are always highly anticipated. There was Balmain, Kenzo, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang, Versace — the list goes on. And now it’s Erdem’s turn. You know, the London-based fashion house that’s dressed everyone from Keira Knightley to Kate Middleton herself.
Erdem joined forces with H&M to launch a collection for women, and for the first time, a collection for men too (grab your SO for this one!). The pieces will be in select stores and online on Nov. 22. Although that is still, unfortunately, a month away, you can get a sneak peek ahead at the romantic dresses, suits, tops, and shoes that’ll be offered. You’ll also have to check out photographer Michal Pudelka’s series of family style portraits for the brand’s new campaign and the short film created by film visionary Baz Luhrmann.
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Editor’s note: Recently, Ashley Engele, a mom of two whose oldest child has Down syndrome, found out she was pregnant with her third baby. Soon after, the Nashville, Illinois, woman was told her unborn baby, like her firstborn, has trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome. In the four and a half years since her daughter, Rilynn, was born, Engele said she has come to understand Down syndrome in a much different way from when she was pregnant with her first child. This essay is what she would tell her former self about having a child with Down syndrome, something she has the extraordinary experience of doing all over again.
If I knew then what I know now
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I often take the opportunity this month to share facts about Down syndrome and interesting information about our daughter. This year, I have really reflected on the day our oldest daughter was born, what it was like to receive her birth diagnosis, and what it’s been like to receive the prenatal diagnosis of our youngest daughter, who is due this spring.
I can still remember it as if it were yesterday. The day our oldest daughter was born and our doctor told us, “We think your daughter may have Down syndrome.”
Now, I know there was much more to our conversation, but that one sentence had completely rocked my world and I was unable to focus on anything else being said. The room seemed to have lost all its air, faces turned to blurs and the fear of the unknown crept in. So many questions raced through my mind. The main one was: What would our life be like raising a daughter with special needs?
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Four and a half years into our journey with Down syndrome, I can tell you that our life is pretty normal.
Rilynn is just like any other precocious 4-year-old girl. She goes to preschool, loves Trolls, Barbie dolls and her “typical” younger sister. They are best friends, they love each other fiercely, and also have the classic sibling rivalry. We fight over what outfit she’s going to wear, or how she’s going to wear her hair for the day. Most of all, she loves other kids and babies. We knew we wanted to give our girls another sibling at some point if we could.
Earlier this fall, when we found out we were expecting a sibling for our two girls, we were overjoyed. We went through all the routine first trimester screenings and ultrasounds as usual. When my noninvasive prenatal testing blood work results were posted, I immediately checked them.
There it was, right next to the words T21, in bright red: positive. Our youngest daughter would also have Down syndrome. Our hearts sank. This wasn’t the result we were expecting. Similar to our first birth diagnosis, there were tears, guilt, anger, and lots of unknowns. You see, this isn’t the life we had envisioned. We didn’t plan to be raising two kids with special needs. It’s OK to grieve the life you had planned, which did not include two children with Down syndrome. The one positive thought is that we know we can handle this. You see, we already know the beauty of Down syndrome and the sense of “family” that exists in the Down syndrome community.
We know how when we’re having a bad day, one smile from Rilynn can completely turn it around.
We know the extra-squishy hugs that turn our hearts into mush.
We know that when her cute little hands reach out and touch your cheek, you instantly feel better.
We know how she is changing the perception of those with Down syndrome, one person at a time.
If you’ve ever met our daughter, you know she doesn’t lack personality. She can make even the grumpiest or angriest people smile and win their hearts over in an instant.
You see, Down syndrome has shown us a whole new world, a whole new deeper level of love, compassion, and patience.
We know the support we receive from our other special needs moms and that they are irreplaceable. This community is unlike any other. We share similar experiences and emotions.
The Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) is where I first connected with other moms of kids with Down syndrome. The support from other mothers who share the same worries, joys and victories is invaluable. So naturally, as you can imagine, that’s where we turned when we received our latest prenatal diagnosis. I was immediately put in contact with another mother who had a similar family to ours and was encouraged to join a Down syndrome pregnancy support group on Facebook.
The main difference between our experiences has been the support and knowledge we have this time around. We know what health issues to be aware of, we know what questions to be asking, and most of all, we know our physicians will give us the best care possible because we are aware of her diagnosis. Down syndrome is not the end of the world, but rather the beginning of a great new one.
Down syndrome is a beautiful journey we had never planned on, but would never dream of leaving because we know what it’s like. We treasure our experiences at face value, we slow down and enjoy the little moments in life, we celebrate every single milestone (big or small), and most of all, we celebrate life, because our lives are better with Down syndrome in it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent letters on Tuesday to four cannabis companies, warning them against making medical claims about cannabidiol (CBD). The agency also took issue with the businesses marketing CBD products as dietary supplements.
The FDA’s warning letters targeted companies in California, Florida and Colorado: Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, That’s Natural! and the Stanley Brothers, who produce CBD products under CW Botanicals and CW Hemp.
It’s certainly not the first time the agency has gone after CBD producers. The FDA sent similar letters to more than a dozen companies in 2015 and 2016. But the latest warnings are notable in that they target one of the biggest players in the CBD market.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that is found in both marijuana and hemp plants. The cannabinoid has been gaining mainstream recognition ever since CNN covered the story of Charlotte Figi, a pediatric epilepsy patient in Colorado. Figi was 5-years-old and having 300 seizures a week. She saw a dramatic reduction in seizures after she tried cannabis oil.
Figi’s parents went to the Stanley Brothers for help to find a strain of cannabis that was high in CBD and low in THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid. The Stanley Brothers developed a strain they dubbed “Charlotte’s Web” after the girl. Since then, Charlotte’s Web has gained so much traction that it has become a brand in its own right. The extracts were even briefly featured on Target.com, until the company removed them amid media attention.
There are more than 200 brands of hemp-derived CBD, according to a report from the Brightfield Group. Of those brands, CW Hemp dominates the space with the largest market share. The market is estimated to be worth about $287 million this year and is expected to hit $1 billion by 2020.
Some CBD producers seem to be hoping that marketing their products as dietary supplements would help them escape scrutiny from the FDA. CW Hemp’s website even has the following disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
But the FDA sees it differently. “The claims on your websites establish that the products are drugs,” read the agency’s letter to CW Hemp CEO Joel Stanley. “They are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and/or because they are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body.”
The agency’s previous warning letters do not seem to have slowed down the market for CBD products, which are in high demand in regions where marijuana is difficult to access. Consumers in the Midwest use the product more frequently than any other region, according to the Brightfield report.
Meanwhile, 29 states and D.C. have comprehensive medical marijuana laws on the books, and 17 states have legalized medical CBD oil.
With funding approaching $50 million (from some very smart investors), Doppler Labs is closing its doors today. I was anenthusiastic supporter from the journalistic sidelines, having covered the company several times. Noah Kraft led a team with a vision to “put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone’s ear.” The tagline was astute: “a volume knob for an ever louder world.” I had tested the Here One earpieces at Coachella and several very loud volleyball tournaments (there is nothing quite like a conference center filled with dozens of volleyball courts, with four teams of teenage girls per court).
The demise of Doppler Labs was not for lack of conviction, nor was flippant spending apparently an issue.
In speaking with Noah today, he sounded understandably weary but confident that the team is proud of what they accomplished. He had always spoke of turning people’s minds around when it came to earpieces, and indeed his company was the catalyst for a landmark piece of legislation. The Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 will improve the lives of millions, further diminishing the stigma associated with earpieces.
Certainly the Doppler team was aware that several hardware startups had tasty exits; Apple bought Beats for $3B, Facebook bought Oculus for $2B and Google ponied up $2B for Nest.
But hardware is hard.
The list of recent hardware startups flatlining is getting longer. I recall the challenge of introducing new hardware decades ago when I was with Philips and later Qualcomm (no one really remembers CD-interactive or MediaFLO), but today the concept of interfacing with your programming or watching video on your phone is ubiquitous.
Indeed, if you compare the ads that Doppler ran for Here One’s launch a year ago and the ads Google recently ran for Pixel Buds, you see that history may not repeat, but it truly rhymes.
Hardware is hard because retail is difficult. Brick and mortar retail for eons was the place where you came in and checked out new products. Back in the day Circuit City or Tower Records or Best Buy were channels for discovering new hardware products, but getting the consumer to take the last step of 18 inches to engage with the product was a challenge. It still is. And there are fewer retail channels.
Kraft alluded to interest from the big five tech companies in acquiring Doppler Labs, but time ran out. He is commendably silent on the specifics of this issue, as he is working with his HR team to land the employees.
Kraft was also a stalwart executive in reaching out to journalists advising us about the fate of the company he founded. There are already a number of articles and postings providing insights.
The seeds that have been sown at Doppler Labs will sprout and flower elsewhere, which is too often the sad reality of innovative hardware initiatives.
On October 22, Tesla announced a landmark agreement to manufacture cars in China, building capacity to produce locally and boost sales in the world’s largest market for electric vehicles.
The agreement is a landmark deal in several respects. China has granted Tesla more autonomy than other foreign producers. Tesla is the first major foreign automaker to establish local operations without a 50:50 local joint venture partner. This is a key concession as it allows Tesla tighter control over both its intellectual property and vertically-integrated production process. Tesla will also benefit by reducing production costs for cars sold in China and, though details were not disclosed, may also receive tax breaks and subsidies akin to those enjoyed by Chinese producers.
China’s Symbolic Win
Attracting Tesla is a symbolic win for China. China has clear ambitions to lead the world in electric vehicles in a broader effort to build a cleaner, environmentally-conscious society. The timing of this announcement during China’s critical 19th Congress reinforces the government’s broader objectives.
Yet, a closer look suggests that Tesla needs China more than China needs Tesla. As the chart from IHS Markit: Light Vehicle Forecast below shows, China is an essential market for leading global automakers. China surpassed the United States in 2009 as the largest car market, and car sales in Western markets are forecast to decline, while emerging markets will drive global growth.
Emerging markets outlook is key to growth
With its recent shift in environmental priorities, China is also becoming a major player in electric vehicles. In 2016, China accounted for 45% of all the newly registered electric vehicles worldwide with 336,000 in China vs. 160,000 in the United States. China is also building an EV charging infrastructure that primes the market for a high-end producer such as Tesla. In 2016, China had a 44% global share of publicly available EV charging outlets, including 82% of fast-charging outlets. Demand for electric vehicles has grown faster in China than in any other global market with the share of EV purchases increasing 3.6x from 2014 to 2016. With EV purchases accounting for just 1.37% of the total car market, the Chinese EV market seems poised for further growth.
Low end EV’s dominate Tesla
Despite seemingly favorable market conditions, Tesla has had little success in China to date. Subsidies have driven electric vehicle demand, with the Chinese government paying up to 50% of the purchase price of domestically-produced EV cars. Lower-end electric vehicles have dominated, and Tesla, which is subject to 25% import taxes, has largely been priced out of the market. In 2016, Tesla had just a 3% share of the electric vehicle market in China.
Falling behind foreign premium brands
Tesla’s lackluster performance in China is a striking contrast to other global automakers. As in the West, cars are a status symbol in China, and consumers prefer prestigious global brands. Foreign cars claim a60% market share in China, with foreign brands claiming seven of the top eight spots for cars sold in 2016.Premium brands have done particularly well in China.
Chinese consumers view prestigious global car brands as symbol of status
Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche all sell between a quarter to a third of their total global sales in China — a 10% increase on average in just the past five years. In addition, Volkswagen now sells half of its global volume in China.The experiences of other foreign car brands suggest that Tesla should fare well in China if it can reduce production costs and vehicle pricing in line with the local market.
Battle for global market share
It is within this context that Tesla needs China more than China needs Tesla. China’s electric vehicle market will grow with or without Tesla. But Tesla’s deal with the Shanghai government is both timely and essential. As the electric vehicle market takes off in China, Tesla must do well in this vital market to maintain global leadership. Building volume in China is required to reduce production costs and pricing in the global as well as local market. Ultimately, as we are seeing in other industries, Tesla may find that technology talent in China will also prove vital to maintain its position as a leading innovator globally.
A new father grieving due to the loss of his own dad didn’t want his son to feel pain while making his first visit to the pediatrician.
Antwon Lee shared a video of his Oct. 26 visit to his local pediatrician, where his 2-month-old son, Debias King, was getting his customary shots.
It was the same day his own father, Anthony Lee, passed away from complications from drinking. He was 57.
“It was very hard,” Lee told ABC News.
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The video of Lee, 29, telling his first child to “stay strong” and consoling him, has gone super viral with more than 10 million views.
“I felt his pain but at the same time, it was all about love,” the Warrenton, Georgia, dad told ABC News. “I know he felt the love because his daddy was there.”
Lee said aside from this viral moment, his son rarely cries “unless he’s hungry.”
“When I hold him and when I talk to him, he just sits there and listens. This is my first time,” the father said, adding that since he’s a first-time dad, he didn’t expect that his son would “be this type of angel.”
Lee said it’s “amazing” that his video has gone viral, especially since the day of the doctor’s visit was a hard day for him. But it also put fatherhood into perspective.
“That night I [spoke] to my son — he’s only 2 months — and I let him know: ‘Son, I want to see you succeed before I die,'” Lee recalled. “I’ve got to see you succeed.”
An opera singer who underwent two double-lung transplants had the performance of a lifetime as she shared the stage with her donor’s daughter.
Best-selling classical artist Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick and Esperanza Tufani, the daughter of late donor Flora Brown, performed together last week.
Tillemann-Dick, 34, told ABC News it’s something the two had been dreaming of doing “for a long time.”
“It was a pretty surreal feeling,” Tufani, 24, said of the performance. “To hear someone sing with my mother’s lungs, it was something that I would’ve wanted to do if she was still here.”
Tillemann-Dick’s career was almost thwarted after being diagnosed in summer of 2004 with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, a rare disease that can lead to heart failure and death.
“I went to the doctor for a routine check-up,” Tillemann-Dick recalled. “And I left with her telling me … that I had a life expectancy of two to five years. I just started laughing. It was just so tragic … I locked myself in the bathroom and I had a good cry.”
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Tillemann-Dick had to wait five years for her first double-lung transplant. It was welcome news since the opera singer said her health had taken a dramatic decline after the 2008 deaths of both her father, Timber Dick, from a car crash, and her grandfather, Tom Lantos, who passed away after battling cancer.
But the transplant was unsuccessful after her body rejected her new lungs, causing her to need a second transplant in 2012.
It was thanks to Tufani’s estranged mother, Flora Brown, that Tillemann-Dick was able to have the rare surgery a second time around.
Falling in love with song
Tillemann-Dick remembers exactly when she fell in love with opera.
She was 5 years old when her sister’s best friend took them to see a local production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel.”
“I remember sitting in the audience and being hit by this wall of sound. It was like a wave coming over me, a baptism by music,” she recalled. “It was an early love affair, which has lasted a long time.”
Tillemann-Dick, who had sung in her church’s choir since the age of 3, formally began training by age 13. She would later be accepted into the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she trained for a year.
There, she became comfortable with her voice, she said.
“My voice always seemed too big for the occasion. It was always bigger than my peers. It just seemed a little out of place,” she said. “But now it felt like it was exactly where it belonged because it had everything it needed to just fill a space.”
Still, her body was failing her. As the months went by in 2004, her symptoms worsened. She’d often faint while crossing the street and twice while dancing, she recalled, noting that “physical activity was becoming increasingly difficult.”
Tillemann-Dick, who recently penned a memoir called “The Encore” about her experience, felt a strange gratefulness for her diagnosis, which came the same year.
“On the one hand, it was devastating, and on the other hand it was relief,” she explained. “When I got this diagnosis it was like, “Oh, I’m not imagining this … there really is something that’s wrong.”
A performance of a lifetime
The clinic that brought Tillemann-Dick and Tufani together invited them to share the stage to perform a duet last Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic’s 15th annual Medical Innovation Summit in Ohio.
The opera singer, who performed with the lungs of Tufani’s late mother, an immigrant from Honduras, helped Tufani feel comfortable onstage. The 24-year-old, who’s a manager at a local Chipotle, is an aspiring singer, but is more comfortable performing at her local church.
The duo performed two of Tillemann-Dick’s songs — “Simple Grace” and “American Rainbow.” The songs had much significance as the lyrics reflected the unique experience.
Tillemann-Dick said that while “Simple Grace” reminds people to not take life for granted, “American Rainbow” promotes a message of inclusivity.
“In my case, they’re what gave me life. I am alive because of an immigrant who came to this country in search of a better life, in search of hope,” she said.
The performance touched many in the audience, including Tillemann-Dick’s transplant doctor, Dr. Marie Budev, a pulmonologist who serves as the medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s Lung Transplant Program.
“I’ve seen her perform several times now and each time I’m amazed. This time was very special,” Dr. Budev told ABC News. “It was a very unique situation you don’t get to see that often.”
If you are still trying to come up with a last-minute Halloween costume for your children with trick-or-treating just hours away, here are three do-it-yourself superhero outfits you can make with items you most likely already have at home.
Good Housekeeping’s Lori Bergamotto appeared live on “Good Morning America” today to show parents how to create some of this year’s most popular superhero costumes using easily accessible supplies and shared her tips for how to come up with your own last-minute DIY costumes.
Bergamotto recommended to assess what sort of materials you have at home first and then start figuring out what costumes you can make.
She added that the best costume pieces in your home can often be found among your children’s sports and extra-curricular activity clothing, in your holiday decor closet, and in your children’s playroom.
If you don’t have the gear you need for one of these costumes at home, Bergamotto recommends asking a neighbor for help before going out and buying something. Even if you don’t have one of these items at home, however, Bergamotto added that they are readily available and affordable at most drugstores.
Here are Bergamotto’s step-by-step instructions for how to make a DIY Thor, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man costume.
To create this Thor costume, Bergamotto used a quilted black puffer coat as “armor” and stuffed socks inside the arms to create the look of bicep muscles. For pants, Bergamotto recommended using black jeans (but gray jeans, or any dark sweatpants, would also work).
For the cape, Bergamotto used a red plastic table cloth, but said you can also create a cape using a towel, blanket or even a garbage bag. To create the helmet, she wrapped aluminum foil over a bowl to create a mold for a helmet. She then cut out “wings” out of cardboard and taped them to the side of the helmet. She also taped yellow ribbon to the inside of the helmet to create Thor’s signature hair.
To create Thor’s hammer, Bergamotto duct-taped a wiffle ball bat and a squishy football together, but recommends getting creative and covering any toy with paper, tin foil or fabric to turn them into a superhero’s accessory.
To complete the look, Bergamotto recommends wearing black rain boots or black high tops as shoes.
Wonder Woman is one of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes for girls. To create this look, Bergamotto used a red gymnastics leotard, but added that you can also use a swimsuit. She added a blue tutu, previously used at ballet class, but said if you don’t have a tutu, you can get creative using a pillowcase tied around the waist, or placemats, tablecloths or even a half-apron.
To complete the outfit, she covered rain boots with red felt from a Christmas tree skirt, but added that you can also use felt from Christmas stockings or other materials you have at home. For accessories, Bergamotto created cuffs out of cardboard and covered them with tinfoil. She then printed out a Wonder Woman logo, traced it out on yellow construction paper and applied it to the leotard with tape. She said you can also use glue and gold glitter if you have that at home. She also made a crown using construction paper and glitter.
Finally, for the lasso, Bergamotto used a braided rope but also recommended using twine or even a jump rope if that is something you have at home.
To create this Spider-Man look, Bergamotto took an adult-sized red snow hat and cut out holes for the eyes and the nose.
She then covered the bottom of the face with red lipstick as face paint. For the actual costume, Bergamotto used a long-sleeved red T-shirt, then added blue football leggings and red soccer socks over his regular sneakers.
To make webs, Bergamotto used electrical tape cut into thin strips and then gave him some white string to throw out as webs.