Royals Gaze Skyward as RAF Marks 100 Years With Celebratory Flypast in London  

COME FLY WITH ME: Members of the royal family tilted their heads skyward on Tuesday afternoon as the Royal Air Force marked its centenary with a dramatic flypast across central London and over Buckingham Palace.
The largest formation of RAF Typhoons, a combat aircraft, spelled out 100 above Buckingham Palace. A total of 100 warplanes — including jets, helicopters and airplanes — one for each year — flew over the palace balcony.
The event, which made pedestrians all over central London stop in their tracks and stare at the display, took place 100 days after the actual anniversary of the RAF, which is on April 1.

From left: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, as they watch a Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. 
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For her second appearance on the balcony, the Duchess of Sussex wore a black custom-made Dior dress, with nude heels and a black clutch also by Dior. She finished the look with a black fascinator by Stephen Jones.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is on maternity leave and who celebrated her third child Louis’ christening on Monday, appeared in

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Decades’ Cameron Silver Marks a New Era

If clothes could talk, those worn by Cameron Silver would have quite the stories to tell.
The founder of Hollywood vintage retailer Decades, Silver has spent nearly four decades buying and curating his wardrobe, which contains more than 1,000 items, 300 to 400 pairs of shoes, 100 tuxedos and 100 pairs of jeans. Now he’s divesting himself of some 400 pieces from his collection of avant garde and vintage fashion.
Silver championed men’s fashion before men’s wear was fashionable. “I’ve seen how men’s fashion has become so much more socially acceptable,” he said. “For a man to have a sense of style is almost a requirement for success. I bought with the intention of looking at fashion as a way of life. I’d buy from a collection the best pieces that showed the social commentary of the times.”
Silver bought with abandon. “I acquired an obscenely large amount of clothing,” he admitted. “I doubt that there are many men’s collections that are this vast or extreme. It’s a very eclectic style.”
The sale of Silver’s cache began Monday at Decades. “In June, we’ll curate something specific for Grailed.com, a pre-owned men’s wear site selling luxury brands. The hero pieces and most avant-garde pieces will

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Heathrow marks May the 4th with ‘Star Wars flights’

Heathrow Airport cancelled a flight to the planet Alderaan – which was destroyed by the Death Star – in a tribute to Star Wars Day.
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Joseph Altuzarra Marks the Opening of His Shop at Neiman’s in Chicago

ALTUZARRA IN CHICAGO: Joseph Altuzarra’s clients surrounded him at a cocktail fete last week to celebrate his new shop-in-shop at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
“How’s this?” one woman asked, showing off an embellished blazer from the designer’s fall collection. Altuzarra gave his approval and selfie shots ensued.
“It’s always very humbling when people come to see your clothes and even more so when they decide to spend money on it,” said Altuzarra, taking a break from the hosting and socializing fanfare, in a dressing room off the boutique. “It makes me very happy to meet people who enjoy my work.”
The 250-square-foot shop, located next to The Row’s in-store boutique and on the same floor as Brunello Cucinelli, Givenchy and Céline, was even designed by the designer — including a printed rug, two statement chairs and a glass block wall, reminiscent of his home growing up in Paris.
Perhaps part of the appeal of Altuzarra, whose fans include a roster of names from Carine Roitfeld to Michelle Obama, is that he’s let his clothes tell the story.
“The really nice thing about the celebrities that we work with is a lot of them came to us because they were clients first,” he said.

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Alison Loehnis Marks a Decade at Net-a-porter Group

TURNING TEN: Federico Marchetti raised a toast this week to Alison Loehnis, president of Net-a-porter Group, to mark her 10 years at the company. The party was held at Laylow, the newly refurbished private members’ club in west London, with Bella Freud DJ’ing in glittery Gucci flatform sandals.
Olivia Palermo, Mary McCartney, Jacquetta Wheeler, Justin Thornton, Thea Bregazzi and Roksanda Ilincic were among the guests at Monday night’s party. They mingled with the Yoox Net-a-porter team, including Lucy Yeomans, editor in chief of Net-a-porter and Elizabeth von der Goltz, the site’s global buying director.
Loehnis joined Net-a-porter.com in 2007 as vice president of sales and marketing before becoming president of the site in 2011. In 2015, she was promoted to president of the group, overseeing Net-a-porter, Mr Porter, Theoutnet.com and Porter magazine.
While they may have let their hair down at the party, the YNAP team remained tight-lipped about Richemont’s proposed takeover of the group. YNAP’s chief executive officer Marchetti said he couldn’t comment, but said that “Alison has been a great sparring partner. When you do a merger, you want someone beside you who’s supportive. It has been great working with her.”
The big question on everyone’s lips wasn’t about the future of YNAP but rather what will happen

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Amazon Hospital-Supply Push Marks Its Latest Move Into Health Care

Amazon is pushing to turn its nascent medical-supplies business into a major supplier to U.S. hospitals and outpatient clinics that could compete with incumbent distributors of items from gauze to hip implants.
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Paul Smith Marks New Direction With Spring Campaign

STARTING AFRESH: Sir Paul Smith is marking the start of a new era at his label with a spring campaign that aims to channel the designer’s trademark irreverence.
Featuring Polish model Malgosia Bela and Ben Allen, the campaign takes its inspiration from the neon signs and the sandy beaches of the South of France. Black-and-white images of the sea provide the backdrop for bright colors and prints, including Hawaiian shirts and a tuna motif inspired by Smith’s many visits to the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
“Bright color and confident use of print are two things that lots of people know and love Paul Smith for,” said the designer. “This felt particularly true in my spring 2018 collection, where the ocean-inspired print was so prominent in many of my designs for both men and women. For the campaign it felt right to bring the brightness and optimism to the fore. It feels like we all need a bit of color right now.”
Smith has returned to the creative helm of his newly restructured company and said it was important to launch a campaign that telegraphs the brand’s message.
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Falcons WR Jones has 253 yards, sets 2 marks

Julio Jones set two records for a player through his first 90 games Sunday, for yards receiving and receptions.
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De Grisogono Marks Madison Avenue Flagship

De Grisogono is raising the curtain on its partnership with DLK founders and former Leviev executives Lisa and David Klein.
The two entities look to match De Grisogono’s flair for color and unconventional designs with the Klein’s expertise in important gemstones, which they honed at Leviev. As such, the two parties have worked together on new designs to be sold internationally. Additionally, the Kleins have spearheaded a new De Grisogono store at 700 Madison Avenue from which they will direct the jeweler’s U.S. business. The boutique officially opened its doors on Monday.
David is to fulfill the role of De Grisogono’s U.S. chief executive officer, and Lisa its president. De Grisogono’s international operations will continue to be run out of Geneva, Switzerland.
In February WWD announced the partnership, which has seen the Kleins’ Leviev business cease operations in order to focus on De Grisogono’s U.S. business development. They have also been hard at work to lend their expertise in stones to De Grisogono creative director Fawaz Gruosi’s designs, which have been known to skew brash and over the top, often through a use of semiprecious stones instead of remarkable gems.
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N.E.R.D. Marks Musical Return With Adidas Collab, Rihanna Video

The rumors are true: N.E.R.D. is returning to the music scene, but first — the group has a new fashion collaboration.
Adidas announced today that it has partnered with N.E.R.D. members Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley on an 88-piece collection called “Training Gear.” The collaboration caters to both men and women, featuring hoodies, T-shirts, sweatpants, shorts, hats, backpacks, socks and sports bras.
The collection was apparently inspired by each of the band members’ personal styles. The designs will be available for purchase on Nov. 6 at Adidas flagship stores, the BBC flagship in Japan and adidas.com.
The Adidas collaboration is timed with N.E.R.D.’s newest musical release: a track called “Lemon” featuring Rihanna. The band released a music video for the song today and in it, dancer Mette Towley can be seen wearing a design from the “Training Gear” collection.
Yesterday, WWD exclusively revealed that N.E.R.D. had collaborated with Illesteva on a line of limited-edition sunglasses. The glasses come in four colorways and each pair is embedded with a USB drive that houses exclusive short films directed by Christian Padron.
The glasses will launch this Saturday, Nov. 4 at CompexCon, where N.E.R.D. will perform live for the first time in three years.

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Eugenia Kim Marks 20th Anniversary With First NYFW Presentation

Accessories veteran Eugenia Kim marked her brand’s 20th anniversary as a novice at New York Fashion Week.
The brand held its first fashion week presentation at Pier 59 studios on Saturday, presenting a gaggle of models dressed in high-cut swimsuits — accessorized with Eugenia Kim hats, shoes and bags.
Kim said after 20 years, it finally made sense to hold a presentation given her label’s recent expansion from solely a hat business to one that offers shoes and bags as well.
“I feel like it’s hard as an accessories brand if you are only showing things in still life — it’s hard to bring it to life. But now that we have hats and shoes and bags we can create a full look. I think it’s a moment for us to reemerge and change people’s understanding of us as an accessories brand,” the designer noted.
Kim launched shoes in 2014, while bags were introduced for spring 2017.
The designer said between 60 and 70 percent of her business is presently dedicated to hats, while the remainder is nearly evenly split between shoes and bags. She hopes that ratio will level out in coming seasons.
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British Fashion Council Marks Fifth Anniversary of London Fashion Week Men’s

MARKING MEN’S: “It’s an incredible achievement for the BFC,” boasted London Fashion Week Men’s ambassador David Gandy at a reception hosted by the British Fashion Council to mark the fifth anniversary of London Fashion Week Men’s on Sunday. Held at the Designer Showrooms at Store Studios, the event also honored the design talent that has taken up space at the Designer Showrooms to showcase their collections. Guests included Gandy, Caroline Rush and Daniel Fletcher.
“I’ve been here since Day One,” said Gandy of London Fashion Week Men’s. “There have been changes in format for the shows and seasons. Everyone has been affected in Paris and Milan. We have to see how it spans over few years. Just having a platform and show space like this for emerging designers is brilliant anyway. Whatever happens, this has to continue because it is such an important role. We have the best fashion schools here. To have a platform for the younger generation during fashion week — which isn’t the easiest thing — it’s very important.”
“I think a lot of brands are waiting to see how it goes,” he added. “We might end up merging the men’s and women’s together and streaming it to the

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Danielle Brooks Just Made Women Everywhere Feel Better About Stretch Marks

Like any of us, Danielle Brooks sometimes has a hard time accepting her stretch marks. But she doesn’t let them define her. 

The “Orange Is The New Black” actress recently opened up about her stretch marks for People magazine’s 2017 Most Beautiful Woman issue. 

“Sometimes I’ll look at myself and be like, ‘Dang girl, you got a lot of stretch marks.’ But then I’m like, ‘That’s just the road map of my strength,’” she said. 

The 27-year-old added, “They remind me of things that I’ve gone through. I need to just embrace them and celebrate them. For the most part, I find ways to embrace my body.” 

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Brooks recently shared photos from her People shoot, where she went make-up free for the mag, alongside fellow actress Nina Dobrev. The “OITNB” star explained why she chose to go barefaced in an empowering Instagram post. 

“For the girls who never felt pretty enough or were made to feel less than because their beauty was unique, I was you once. One day you will realize your B•E•A•U•T•Y. Outer beauty is fleeting, but lasting beauty comes from within,” the actress wrote. “This one is especially for all the beautiful dark skin girls who are underrepresented. Majestic is our melanin.” 

Check out People’s Most Beautiful issue or pick up a copy when it hits newsstands Friday, April 21.  

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This Post About Stretch Marks Nails The Way We Think About Our ‘Flaws’

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it’s the caption that speaks directly to you. 

Kenzie Brenna is an actress recovering from eating and body dysmorphic disorders who regularly preaches self-love to her 151,000 Instagram followers. At first glance, the photo she posted of her stomach last week might look like many others on her page. Her thought process, however, will resonate with anyone who’s struggled to find their confidence and maintain a positive body image.

The image shows what Brenna calls her “least favorite” body part ― the stretch marks on her stomach ― and her caption details the many thoughts she wrestles about them throughout a given day. They range from “they actually look kinda cool” to “you’d probably be more comfortable without them,” ultimately ending with the accurate conclusion that Brenna is perfect just the way she is, because “perfect isn’t a feeling.”

“They’re not usually this noticeable.”

“If you only had the money to get rid on them.”

“They actually look kinda cool. Sorta like a the beginning of a story.”

“More like the beginning of a LONG story.”

“Would I erase my story to not have these?”

“You’d probably be more comfortable without them.”

“Would I truly though?”

“Okay ask yourself the question.”

“I don’t wanna.”

“Just do it.”

“Does this affect the quality of who I am?”

“No.”

“Would it make you a better person if you got rid of these marks?”

“No.”

“Would it make you kinder, more generous and a better lover if you had the money to erase them?”

“No.”

“Then you’re perfect.”

“I don’t feel perfect.”

“That’s cause perfect isn’t a feeling.”

Brenna’s post is a reminder to us all that we don’t always need to feel 100 percent about anything in our lives or with our bodies, but that in time and with practice, appreciation gets a little bit easier. 

“I PROMISE if you practice self-love, you will have more loving moments with yourself than you could ever dream of,” she wrote. 

We’ll be bookmarking this promptly for our next off day, thank-you-very-much.

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Kim Kardashian Gets Her Stretch Marks Removed: ‘It Didn’t Hurt That Badly’

Kim Kardashian West isn’t afraid to detail what goes into her amazing body, whether it’s intense workouts or a little help from cosmetic surgery.

The 36-year-old reality star took to Snapchat on Sunday to reveal that she had just visited cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian to get rid of some of her stretch marks.

Using a voice-changing filter on Snapchat that gave her cute bunny ears, Kardashian West told her fans that she was leaving the doctor’s office after they “worked on stretch marks.”

“I feel so excited that I finally did it,” she said.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star continued, “I’ve been so scared to do it thinking it hurts so badly, and it didn’t hurt that badly. So I’m so grateful, and I’m so excited. I love you Dr. Ourian!”

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This isn’t the first time the mother of two has taken her cosmetic surgeries to social media.

Just last week, she revealed that she had visited Dr. Ourian to get work done on her belly button.

“So I’m spending my Saturday with Dr. Ourian and it f—— kills but it will be worth it,” she explained at the time. “We are lasering. You guys, I never thought I could love someone and hate someone so much at the same time.”

“If anyone that’s had babies understand what it’s done to your belly button, then you really understand how much you need Dr. Ourian to tighten around your belly button so it could look back normal,” she added.

In August, Kardashian West documented a procedure with Dr. Ourian called “skin-tightening,” a way to get your stomach in shape without surgery, on Snapchat.

U.K. cosmetic surgery group Transform reports that they have seen a 73 percent increase in inquiries from patients citing Kardashian family members as inspiration.

The trend article calls the plastic surgery craze the “Dash Effect,” and states that after Kylie Jenner admitted to having lip fillers earlier this year, they received a 700 percent rise in inquiries about the procedure overnight.

 


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Jason Wu Marks 10-Year Anniversary With Sunglass Designs

Jason Wu is upping the ante on his eyewear debut.
The designer — who signed an eyewear licensing deal with Eponym in May — will release a special sunglass design to commemorate his label’s 10-year anniversary.
The 18-karat gold washed lenses will go on sale Feb. 15 with the launch of Wu’s larger eyewear collection. The two styles will sell for $ 525, and are produced in France.
“I am excited to launch my eyewear line with Eponym. They are the perfect partner for me to create the next generation of Jason Wu Eyewear with a digital-first experience. They understand our need for a refined and beautifully crafted product and commerce experience that is both experience-driven and sophisticated,” Wu said of the project.
All the eyewear will be sold on a new web site — Jasonwueyewear.com. The site has been established by Eponym to distribute and sell the designer’s eyewear collection.

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Apple’s Mysterious AirPods Delay Marks Rare Misstep

Three months after trumpeting the AirPods as a breakthrough technology, Apple still hasn’t made them available. The company says it needs time before the wireless airbuds are ready for consumers.
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Lane Bryant’s Unretouched Ad Celebrates Women, Stretch Marks And All

Lane Bryant typically garners attention for the statements it makes with its campaigns. Now, it’s going viral for not saying anything at all.

Denise Bidot, plus-size model and founder of the “There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” movement, is the subject of a photo Lane Bryant posted to its Instagram account on Thursday.

Clad in a two-piece bathing suit and a cover up, you might not even notice that the image hasn’t been retouched, or that Bidot’s stretch marks are fully visible in the shot. 

The brand makes no mention of the stretch marks, instead focusing on what’s really important, that “It’s December. It’s Wednesday. We all need a break.” In an e-mail to The Huffington Post, CMO and EVP of marketing Brian Beitler explained that the idea behind the image is pretty simple.

“We at Lane Bryant simply believe that all women should be seen and celebrated as they are. Society and the media continuously project an unrealistic and frankly out-dated beauty and body standard,” he said.

Bidot later posted the photo to her own Instagram, praising it for “how real it is” and thanking the brand for loving her body, “stretch marks and all.”

The model, who has also starred in campaign images for Old Navy and Nordstrom, is joined by the likes of Danielle Brooks, Ashley Graham and Gabourey Sidibe in working with the brand. Beitler told The Huffington Post that these women “are breaking boundaries with their confidence and talent” and “will continue to promote body-inclusion in fashion and media.”

We’ll be waiting with open arms for the next one.

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Roksanda Marks 10 Years with Capsule Collection

Roksanda Turns 10: Roksanda Ilincic’s Roksanda label marks its 10th anniversary this year, and the London-based designer has dipped back into her archive to celebrate the milestone.
The designer has this week launched a 10-piece capsule collection that’s inspired by Ilincic’s back catalogue of designs — which make a feature of bold colors and strong silhouettes — over the past 10 years.
The looks include the Margot dress that Ilincic first showed in spring 2012, a shift dress with tuliplike sleeves, which she’s redone in tomato red and a voluminous, tiered smock dress, which originally came in deep purple, but is now in black.
Ilincic said looking back at her archive, she believes that “as a designer you evolve and change season to season.” “Culture has changed and the economic situation has changed,” Ilincic mused, noting that all those influences impact her aesthetic.
And while Ilincic launched her line on the London Fashion Week schedule for spring 2006 with “12 occasion dresses,” the line now comprises looks that her woman can wear “seven days a week,” the designer said. Alongside ready-to-wear, the label also includes a children’s collection, Blossom, and swimwear, while looking ahead she has categories such as handbags and fine jewelry in her

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British Label Wolsey Marks 260 Years With Made in the U.K. Collection

British heritage label Wolsey, known for its woolens and outerwear, marks its 260th anniversary this year and the label’s creative director Chris Lee has gone back to the company’s long-established roots to create a capsule collection to mark the milestone.
The Made in the U.K. collection launches in September, and comprises two coats, a sweater and accessories that take their cues from Wolsey’s archives.
All the designs are made at Wolsey’s factory in Leicester, England.
The label began in the same area as a hosiery manufacturer in 1755, and evolved over the years to incorporate outerwear, military garments and sportswear.
In 2010, Jamey Hargreaves — whose family founded British retailer Matalan — acquired the label, and set about relaunching it as a heritage and performance sports brand.
Prices for the collection start at 50 pounds, or $ 78, for a beanie hat.
The line will launch at Wolsey’s London flagship on Soho’s Brewer Street.

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Supra Marks Noiz Shoe Launch With First Print Campaign

To mark the launch of the Noiz, its new lifestyle sneaker, Supra, which was recently acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands, is introducing its first print campaign.
Titled, “Always on the Run,” the ad features skater Boo Johnson wearing the Noiz. The print campaign, which will kick off this week, coincides with a microsite and an Instagram initiative where Supra ambassadors, including photographer Humza Deas, Australian street artist Meggs, filmmaker Sergi Castellà and chef Michael Voltaggio, create their own branded content. Fans can submit photos and videos using the #AlwaysOnTheRun hashtag and the handle @SupraFootwear for a chance to win the Noiz sneakers or a free trip to New York.
“There is no one that’s more of a creative and independent spirit than the skateboarder,” said Robert “Cape” Capener, Supra’s brand president. “They are constantly on the move and have an insatiable curiosity about what’s around the corner.”
According to Capener, this campaign marks the beginning of a much larger 2016 plan, which will include celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary and a larger global push. And despite the change in ownership, Supra’s ethos remains the same, Capener said.
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X Marks the Dress: A Registry

X Marks the Dress: A Registry


Poetry. Women’s Studies. “In X MARKS THE DRESS, Darling & Guess weave a narrative of love and identity that unpacks itself again and again. Like beautifully wrought Matryoshka dolls, these poems explore the depth and wonder of language as well as its inability to truly define any one thing. Lines and images reappear in new and surprising ways–footnotes, appendices, definitions–that stunningly illustrate exactly how slippery love can be.”–Erin Elizabeth Smith”X MARKS THE DRESS: A REGISTRY by Kristina Marie Darling & Carol Guess presents the scintillating variables of time and its complex philosophical relationship with experiential space. These poems spark an incandescent fire of imagination in an enormous tonal range. Positioned on both sides of the mirror at once, watching reflections of ever-changing backgrounds of relationships and marriage. Like dreaming about having a dream this book cajole, beckon and posit in transcendent, expressive, and provocative words. Ultimately, the words never fill the void. Instead, they take us deeper and deeper down to a dark and disorienting place that continually excites the reader with its possibilities. This is an excellent work from two wonderful poets.”–Geoffrey Gatza”In Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess’s collaborative book, X MARKS THE DRESS: A REGISTRY, the reader receives a delicious catalog of wants. The cohabitation of idealized domestic bliss and the wild and unwilling spirit of individuality split the difference. The newlyweds divide the baby in half. The unspoken gets footnoted. The remnants get erased and placed in the appendices. In glorious sequences of riffs, flirtations, recombinations, and dances, Darling and Guess’s collaboration intoxicates. Though the wedding china may get smashed against the trees, and though the stiletto heels may get broken, the moments in these lyrical vignettes will be long enshrined “on a red satin pillow.”–Oliver de la Paz”These poems are arch, eyeing the cake. They undo us

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