Yves Saint Laurent and the PARIS OF THE SAHARA

 

Undoubtedly one of the greatest grand couturiers to ever grace the halls of fashion fame, Yves Saint Laurent’s legendary collections epitomised classic, elegant french tailoring and style. His was a life devoted to a career that spanned close to fifty years of fabulous gowns, iconic jeweled jackets and the hallmark pant suits for women so famously favoured by Catherine Deneuve.  Credited as the first French couturier in the ’60s and ’70s to showcase a prêt-à-porter line, YSL’s undeniable creative genius revolutionised the fashion industry and inspired countless designers to follow.

Born Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, in Algeria, North Africa, in 1936, Saint Laurent describes his childhood as “a happy one”. Surrounded by doting women, a budding, young Yves was given the freedom and platform to allow his creativity to blossom. And blossom it did, dressing his aunts from a tender three years of age. In eleventh grade, Yves told his mother that one day his name would be written in gold letters on the Champs-Élysées.  He was clearly going places.

Prodigy status was soon to be made public and, at 16, he entered several sketches into a competition run by the International Wool Secretariat, winning first prize. Yves wrote to Michel De Brunhoff, editor of French Vogue, who encouraged the talented youth to further his career.  At 17, Yves moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. On graduation, he re-entered the competition to win again. Blossom came into full bloom when De Brunhoff took the winning designs directly to Christian Dior, who, upon meeting Yves, immediately hired him as an assistant.  

Yves was starstruck by Dior and savoured this precious time under his tutelage.

When Dior died suddenly, in October 1957, Yves was given the unlikely status of Head Designer at the House of Dior. He was only 21 years old. It was a brave choice by Dior but a successful one. The following year, his first collection so enthralled audiences, the young Saint Laurent shot straight to fashion stardom and the house was saved from financial ruin.

In 1958, Yves met soon-to-become life partner, Pierre Bergé, an astute businessman who – at that time – cared not for the fashion world, preferring literature and the arts. This, however, was soon to change as a romance began and their worlds colluded.  

After a dispute over Saint Laurent’s incapacity for military service he was replaced at Dior. Three weeks in the army had been enough to bring about the breaking of the sweet, shy designer. From a psychiatric hospital bed, Yves told Pierre they had but one option: they must start their own couture house. Yves Saint Laurent was born and he and Pierre very quickly built the house to the heights of dazzling success. Together they moved mountain after iconic mountain, decade after decade. From clothing and accessories to fragrances and makeup, YSL became one of the most successful fashion enterprises the world has ever seen and their powerhouse pairing the envy of all.

Behind the scenes, Yves and Pierre acquired and decadently furnished several homes, including a rather special project in Marrakech. Saint Laurent’s love of Morocco was well documented. This was a place where he not only felt at peace, where he could retire from the glitterati that craved him so, but also the place where he discovered colour.  Yves was fascinated by the vibrant hues of Moroccan architecture, tilework, textiles and furnishings, and the inspired collections that followed his discovery of Marrakech were a clear celebration of this love. In his own words,  

“In Morocco, I realized that the range of colors I use was that of the zelliges, zouacs, djellabas and caftans. The boldness seen since then in my work I owe to this country; to its forceful harmonies, to its audacious combinations, to the fervor of its creativity. This culture became mine but I wasn’t satisfied with absorbing it.  I took, transformed and adapted it.”

In 1980, when the famous Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech was to be demolished to give way to real estate developers, Yves and Pierre, who lived close by and often visited the gardens, immediately set about saving the building – ‘Villa Oasis’ – and surrounding botany by purchasing the one time artist’s studio and restoring it piece by piece. The results are simply stunning. Along with interior designers, Bill Willis and Jean Michel Frank, they brought colour, tapestries, wall decorations, Zellij tilework and Moroccan craftwork to a glorious crescendo. The striking blue of its exterior walls with contrasting yellow pottery a tribute to not only Matisse but life itself. An extra wing, Salon Matisse, was built also in celebration of the artist, and a smaller, more intimate space, named the D’Annunzio room, after the 19th Century orientalist. The atelier was originally created as a museum of Islamic art but, in 2011, Villa Oasis became a museum of Berber art and is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech.

Just six years after retiring, in 2008, Yves passed away, his ashes scattered in Jardin Majorelle.  Much of his later years were spent in recluse, preferring to stay at home with his dogs than to face the outside world he found so frightening.  Marrakech, however, remained a safe haven for Yves, a place where he was happy.

His life and legacy linger on with the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakech RIAD, in 2017.  Designed by Studio KO, mere steps from the gardens, the beautifully curved facade of the new, award-winning building appears timeless, undeniably elegant in its placing.  The street has been renamed Rue de Yves Saint Laurent in honour of Yves’ contribution to the city.

A nearby hotel riad is the perfect accommodation from which to discover the area.  Ryad Dyor is elegantly dressed in contemporary Berber style and would doubtless have been to the designer’s choosing, for those wishing to make the pilgrimage to Marrakech. Who isn’t?!  The gems of a genius garnered under one gorgeous roof, set on the grounds that Saint Laurent himself chose to preserve is a haven that heaven has, surely, in hand.

 

The Future Has No Wires

Current research in Nanotechnology related to the Internet and mobile devices shows that Nanotech can be used to change both the electronics and the Internet as we know it.What decided the speed of the Internet is not only bases on the actually physical broadband lines and Wi-Fi but also on the hardware that you are using to access the Internet.I guess that you today are using your Cell Phone or your Laptop -Tablet (or that other combo unit now called a Phablet) to surf the net? You are aware that your old equipment was slower than the new one so what will the future bring?The researchers believe that in the future you only use your Cell phone to access the Internet and that Nanotechnology is the main technology that will shape your devices.Nanosensors are very small sensors that incorporate nanoelectro mechanical systems; also called NEMS that are all linked though a wireless system. They are convenient to use for many industries for tracking and intelligence gathering.Such technologies are an alternative to GPS tracking that is today used on cellular phones to tell you where you are right now enabling you to find what you need, when you need it.With the help of nanotechnology, combined with the powers of the Internet your mobile devices will provide you with faster and more accurate tracking capabilities than what you are experiencing today. You will also be able to capture much more data at the same time.

Movement, steps, heartbeat, vibrations, magnetics, temperature, network co-ordination, light, sound, position and much more will be streamed to your devices in real time.One of the challenges we will have as consumers tracking so much data at the same time will be the power supply. Already today our devices run out of power faster than what we appreciate.Researchers are currently working to solve this problem using Nano nodes and nanotechnology on the molecular scale to create batteries that are activated and charged by movement. It will work like a self-winding watch charging itself as you move. Plugging chargers in the wall or walking around with a secondary battery will be of the past.

This combined with solar power nanotech on the back of your phone will give you devices that charge themselves 24/7.

Nano science are now also providing us Drones. This is another word for flying robots or nanobots. It’s actually not something new. Robotic flyers have been used by the military since World War II and according to official logs United States owned flying robots logging 160,000 flying hours in 2006.Originally the robotic flyers were made by basic electronic components limited to size as humans had to put them together. Now, using nanotechnology and 3D printers for metal, the computers are printing Drones as easily as you are printing a picture.These Drones are controlled using your device and the Internet, all powered by Nanotech.

Over the next years you will see Nano Drones flying over your head doing stuff you can’t even imagine. In some cases they will be so small that you will not even see them…Internet has given us the opportunity to shop online and ecommerce is growing rapidly and replacing the traditional retail stores in many sectors. The first company to use nanotechnology drones to deliver your order is Amazon. They where just approved to operate flying Drones to deliver your order at your doorstep.You may be worried about all these flying gadgets up in the air and how they may affect our lives, and you are not alone, but let’s give it some time to see how it will all come together.

When you today use your mobile phone or some other gadget to access the Internet you are wireless. However, most broadband connections into your house or building are still wired technology, which has increased speed over the years.Researchers and scientists are now using nanotechnology to make more sophisticated and faster communication lines and when I say fast, I mean very fast. The line you have today may have a great download speed, but as the amount of data increases it will slow down naturally. Nanotech has been found to be able to increase the maximum fibre speed we have to day up to 100 times. Can you imagine having 100 times faster Internet?
They are using a special polymer material based on carbon atoms to create optical light switches and giving us Internet that is only based on light and lasers. In the future all your broadband will be beamed to you by the speed of light by the help of nanotechnology.Nano-Liquid base can protect the any screen just like a simple spray.

Also your mobile devises will be built using the same and we have already seen them going from the basic handheld phone to a wearable phone.Using nanotechnology we can create mobile devices that are much more flexible than what you have today. Example: A special flexible material that is invented by the scientists changing the molecular surface will in the future give screen that you can bend like a piece of rubber. You can slap your phone around your wrist.We are able to create new materials that do not exist on earth today by changing the molecular surface using Nanoscience.A stone is not a stone anymore, wood is not only wood, glass is not just glass and metal is not just a stiff rod. Nanotechnology can create new materials from our old that is only limited by our imagination.

The Internet has come to stay and the future has no wires. The way we use the Internet has changed dramatically the past years and will continue to change our lives, hopefully to the better. It’s already helping us to connect with more people and helping us to communicate with our friends and families in new ways. It’s only a few years since you could not get hold of somebody if they where not sitting home close to their landline. Today we are maybe to accessible and everything is happening in the now.Nanotechnology and the Internet will speed up your life. It is up to you to slow it down and remember what is important to you; after all we are only human.

Hotel Bookings Take Place

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HotelTonight has made its first acquisition on Wednesday as it proceeded to purchase PrimaTable – a San Francisco based company. The purchase will help to make HotelTonight become a more exclusive and personal experience when it comes to reserving last minute hotels. PrimaTable is renown for it’s ability to develop inventory demand forecasting and pricing tools for the restaurant industry to be specific. They will now join forces with HotelTonight in the hopes of applying their algorithms and expertise to the hotel industry.

Only earlier this month, HotelTonight proved that they are ready to dominate the hotel industry and set the future for their company. They released an upgrade to their mobile app which brings hotel recommendations to consumers based on their previous visits and experiences. Previously, the app only showed 3 recommendations to users based on their location. The new application gives users more flexibility and shows hotels that are more tailored for their needs. Now, consumers can view hotels based on their previous experience, and also what similar users have enjoyed. HotelTonight currently only works with mobile phones, but it’s specialty is allowing any user to book their hotels stay up until 2 a.m. every single night. Other hotel booking services aren’t able to match it either. In addition, HotelTonight specifically hand picks the hotels they choose to work with – ensuring the highest quality hotel visits for their clients.

HotelTonight’s co-founder explained that he ultimately wants to keep tweaking the application to perfection from the small boutique riad Hotel in Marrakech to the villa hotel in Bali. In an interview with Mashable, he described his thoughts and feelings regarding the new application. He described that in the future, he wants the application to display one hotel listing which is specifically tailored for the consumers individual needs. He wants to provide relevant and accurate results and ensure that the hotel booking fees are kept as minimal as possible. The partnership with PrimaTable has surprised a lot of businesses, companies and news agencies alike. It’s believed that much bigger, multi-billion companies wanted to work alongside PrimaTable, but instead they chose to work with HotelTonight.

Jamie Davidson, the Co-Founder and CEO of PrimaTable will be joining HotelTonight as the vice president of product. Davidson’s experience spans far and wide, and he is renown in the industry for his expertise. In fact, he has previously worked at Google as a quantitative expert, specifically in charge of optimizing and improving Google’s display algorithm.

With the two companies now working together, it’s only a matter of time before HotelTonight becomes a worldwide sensation. While the company specifically caters for the mobile needs of consumers, it’s widely rumored that the company will expand into the worldwide internet in the coming months and years.

Simon spoke to Mashable and said that he wants to create a better algorithm for the current mobile application, in order to cater for the needs of users. He wants to optimize the app for determining the demand of rooms, and setting individual prices based on demand. This model will offer more revenue to hotels as rooms become limited, and additional income to hotels that are currently experiencing low bookings. As a result, hotel’s will be happier to make more rooms available to HotelTonight users, which in turn will help users to identify more rooms and options. The algorithm currently used is highly technical, but Simon wants to go one-step further and tweak it to perfection.

“Our philosophy toward our users and our hotels has always been we want to make sure that they make as educated a decision as possible,” says Simon. “We want to give them as much information as we can so that everyone feels like they’re empowered”.

To date, the HotelTonight application has received over 3 million downloads worldwide and is currently available in 60 countries. These countries include the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the majority of European countries. For users in Amsterdam, you’ll be glad to know that the application is soon coming your way.

With the merge of HotelTonight and PrimaTable, it’s almost certain that the hotel booking industry is about to experience a complete rehaul. These two companies possess both the staff and expertise in the industry to change the way typical hotel bookings take place.

How to Manage Your Business Reputation | Relationship

Follow my blog with Bloglovin|The field of communication and media is ever changing, with technological developments and digital transformation creating new brands, opportunities, behaviours and power, and disruption leading to new ideas, demands and expectations. But the truth is, a number of companies do not have reputation protocols in place, that are fitted to the communications landscape of today. Not having a proper plan in place, these companies’ battle seem to be lost before it has even begun, which means that they should understand and implement a reputation management strategy by:

• Anticipating

Information spreads quickly, which means it is important to anticipate disasters when planning. To be able to properly prepare to handle any crisis, you should do it ahead of time as soon as possible, including drafting provisional media statements, mapping out possible scenarios and many other tasks. As you should know, a lot of companies fail to determine and build relationships with those who are key influencers during crisis and who they could use to relay their messages through any channel of communication. Remember that your company cannot wait until the midst of a crisis to start developing relationships that will help your brand through it.

• Organising

Crisis comes with chaos, and your business needs to ensure that it has a playbook in place, which includes crisis team roles and responsibilities, contact information for all of the people in their supply chain, step-by-step protocols and sign off processes. Basically, your brand needs to be able to communicate quickly with all stakeholders using multiple communications platforms and channels. This means that it is important to understand what platforms are available to you in order to communicate your messages and engage with stakeholders. Unlike many companies that are still not having a system in place to monitor conversations taking place on these platforms or are still not active on social media, you need to be able to directly participate and inform the people who are potentially important to you.

• Simulating

Simulating crisis can offer your management or investment team to practice handling a sudden crisis amidst a wide range of consequences for your company’s market value and reputation.

• Executing

One of the biggest mistakes your company could make is not understanding how people communicate with each other or how they get access to information, which means that that your company does not have to say much in a crisis, but it needs to show that it is are dealing with it. When communicating to your stakeholders, it very important to use media-rich content, including images, videos, infographics and podcasts.

Truth is, the world is ever changing with or without you. As a business owner or manager, you should prioritize the protection of your business’s reputation and ensure you are equipped and prepared to manage a crisis in today’s world. Crises on reputation can happen to everyone and every company. This belief has transpired in Web and Rank, where the best people in the field work with the smartest consultants in Search Marketing and the Reputation Management Industry, where the newest technologies, techniques, and ideas are shared and implemented. With regards to this, you must talk to our professionals at Web and Rank to discuss your needs and find efficient solutions to boosting your company’s reputation or private issue in this competitive world.

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How to Manage Your Business Reputation | Relationship

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The field of communication and media is ever changing, with technological developments and digital transformation creating new brands, opportunities, behaviours and power, and disruption leading to new ideas, demands and expectations. But the truth is, a number of companies do not have reputation protocols in place, that are fitted to the communications landscape of today. Not having a proper plan in place, these companies’ battle seem to be lost before it has even begun, which means that they should understand and implement a reputation management strategy by:

• Anticipating

Information spreads quickly, which means it is important to anticipate disasters when planning. To be able to properly prepare to handle any crisis, you should do it ahead of time as soon as possible, including drafting provisional media statements, mapping out possible scenarios and many other tasks. As you should know, a lot of companies fail to determine and build relationships with those who are key influencers during crisis and who they could use to relay their messages through any channel of communication. Remember that your company cannot wait until the midst of a crisis to start developing relationships that will help your brand through it.

• Organising

Crisis comes with chaos, and your business needs to ensure that it has a playbook in place, which includes crisis team roles and responsibilities, contact information for all of the people in their supply chain, step-by-step protocols and sign off processes. Basically, your brand needs to be able to communicate quickly with all stakeholders using multiple communications platforms and channels. This means that it is important to understand what platforms are available to you in order to communicate your messages and engage with stakeholders. Unlike many companies that are still not having a system in place to monitor conversations taking place on these platforms or are still not active on social media, you need to be able to directly participate and inform the people who are potentially important to you.

• Simulating

Simulating crisis can offer your management or investment team to practice handling a sudden crisis amidst a wide range of consequences for your company’s market value and reputation.

• Executing

One of the biggest mistakes your company could make is not understanding how people communicate with each other or how they get access to information, which means that that your company does not have to say much in a crisis, but it needs to show that it is are dealing with it. When communicating to your stakeholders, it very important to use media-rich content, including images, videos, infographics and podcasts.

Truth is, the world is ever changing with or without you. As a business owner or manager, you should prioritize the protection of your business’s reputation and ensure you are equipped and prepared to manage a crisis in today’s world. Crises on reputation can happen to everyone and every company. This belief has transpired in Web and Rank, where the best people in the field work with the smartest consultants in Search Marketing and the Reputation Management Industry, where the newest technologies, techniques, and ideas are shared and implemented. With regards to this, you must talk to our professionals at Web and Rank to discuss your needs and find efficient solutions to boosting your company’s reputation or private issue in this competitive world.

We are experts in providing to our private clients or company/brand the online and legal solution to not only protect, but improve reputation. Our service offers:

 

Remove Negative Search Results
Removal of Slander and Defamation
Review and Rating Removal
Derogatory Article Removal
Online Reputation Management
Fix Google, Yahoo and Bing Search
People Site Removal
Court Case and Litigation Removal
Fix Negative Ratings and Reviews
Cheater Website Removals

 

We offer rapid response to defend your self from any new threats that arise after the removal, in order to give what you need to succeed in this day and the present internet age.