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Friday
Oct102014

Angelina Jolie Honored With DCMG By Queen Elizabeth For Work To Stop Violence Against Women

Anne of Carversville’s founding muse Angelina Jolie received a wonderful honor at Buckingham Palace today, making her the consummate Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with great heart.

Queen Elizabeth awarded Jolie the Insignia of an Honory Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. “The DCMG honour is in recognition of her campaigning against rape in war zones and services to UK foreign policy,” writes the Daily Mail.

Jolie’s long-standing campaign for women culminated in a landmark international G8 summit held in London in April 2011, in which Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague (pictured with Jolie and husband Brad Pitt below) Listen to Jolie’s speech here.

Hague and Jolie announced a USD 35.4 million international agreement for action against sexual violence in war zone. 

“Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict, because an international framework of deterrence and accountability makes it impossible,” Hague told his fellow G8 foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US in the run-up to the annual summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland in June.

It’s high unusual for the oward to be bestowed on an American and at the young age of 39. Jolie cannot use the word ‘Dame’ as part of her name, although she is allowed to use the initials DCMG after her name. Her audience with Queen Elizabeth was private, but husband Brad Pitt and their six children met the queen afterwards.

Friday
Oct102014

Phase Three Battersea Power Station London Designs Revealed By Frank Gehry, Foster+Partners & Norman Foster

Architect Frank Gehry of LA-based Gehry Partners, along with British architects Foster+Partners and interior designer Norman Foster have revealed design plans for phase three of the Battersea Power Station site, a 42-acre site overlooking the Thames river.

Modern Met writes:

Along what is known as Electric Boulevard, the team developed a series of unique buildings with more than 1,300 homes, a 160-room hotel, retail spaces, restaurants, and leisure facilities. Foster + Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens features one of the largest roof gardens in London. Gehry Partners developed Prospect Place - which consists of around half of the planned residential units, double-height retail spaces at street level, a community park, and multi-use community hub - and the Flower building, in which every apartment inside is different due to the nature of the building’s shape.

“Our goal from the start has been to create a neighborhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity,” explains architect Frank Gehry. “We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.”

 

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Thursday
Oct092014

Adriana, Candice, Alessandra, Elsa, Lais & Lily By Patrick Demarchelier For Vogue UK November 2014

Vogue UK primes London readers for the first-ever Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which will be held on Dec. 2 at London’s Earl Court. American views can catch the lingerie extravaganza on CBS, Tuesday Dec. 9 at 10pm EST.

Patrick Demarchelier captures Adriana Lima, Lais Ribeiro, Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio & Lily Aldridge for the November 2014 issue. The mega models are bathed in feminine extravagance by stylist Kate Phelan for ‘Close to Heaven’./ Hair by Neil Moodie; Make-up by Dick Page

 

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