PARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital. With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. The designer says he started out learning how to draw, but now he realizes he also needs to learn how to become a filmmaker. He was speaking at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. The fashion industry — along with the retail industry in general — has been hard-hit by pandemic restrictions.
I recently got to visit my alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and woke early one morning before my kids to take a nostalgic run through town and campus. It’s a beautiful town, flanked by the orange-hued sandstone Flatiron cliffs, and I set out excited to revisit some of my old haunts. But with every mile, I was filled with an ever-growing sense of regret. I just didn’t do much in graduate school other than go to school, eat cheap Chinese ($1 a scoop!) and drink Natural Light. As I ran through town, I passed restaurants I never graced, bike trails I never cruised. After looking at a map of the city and surrounding area, I was shocked at how much hiking I never tackled. How much climbing I never attempted.I went into school with grand plans of spending three years really learning how to rock climb. Maybe even get sponsored after developing what I assumed was a godgiven talent for the sport. I never scaled anything tougher than a barstool. I was simply too timid and closed minded to really branch out of my comfort zone.I skied a lot, but always the same resort. I never branched out into the backcountry. Never bothered with cross-country. Never even checked out Eldora, the tiny family-run ski mountain 30 minutes outside of town. I never did yoga. Never tried the oxygen bar. I only tubed Boulder Creek once. And don’t get me started on all of the beer I never drank. Mountain Sun Brewery was right across the street from my apartment, and I rarely set foot in the place. I was a staunch Busch Light guy. No craft beers would ever cross my lips. I didn’t even try Fat Tire until I was leaving Colorado for the West Coast.Obviously, I’ve seen the light since my grad school days in regards to beer, but I still find myself tucking back into that comfortable box. Buying the same 12 pack of my favorite local beer, ordering the same style of pale ale if I’m in a new brewery. It’s easy to talk yourself into following “the rut.” What if that new sour beer tastes like batteries? What if that new bike trail is too sandy?During this extended family vacation through the Western U.S., I’ve convinced my kids to try something new every day. So far, they’ve tried fried rice at that $1 a scoop joint I frequented in Boulder (loved it!).Had granola at the Go Pro Mountain Games in Vail (a tepid reception at best), and touched a dead cicada in Canyonlands National Park (definitely loved it!). With that same spirit in mind, I’m vowing to try a new beer every day. Okay, maybe not every day because I don’t drink beer every day. I vow to try a new beer whenever the opportunity presents itself and I don’t have to operate heavy machinery afterward. I started the vow in Boulder, when I found myself in a new brewery on Pearl Street, West Flanders Brewing Company. I ordered the Trippel, because I never order the Trippel, and it wasn’t bad. When one of the ladies I was with ordered one of the brewery’s signature “beer cocktails” (think beer-based mai-tais), I thought, “here’s another chance to branch out and try something new.” Then I saw the pink drink and all the fruit around the rim and thought, “let’s not get carried away here.” Trying new things is one thing. Drinking girlie drinks in public is another thing altogether.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com
The Women of Troy have a tough road trip ahead of them taking on conference rivals No. 19 Cal and No. 4 Stanford. The team is coming off the high of a win against Oregon in which USC (13-6, 6-1) scored a record-setting 109 points.Road warrior · Junior forward Alexyz Viaoletama heads into this weekend’s road trip averaging 9.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. She is second on the team in minutes played, with 28.8 per game. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“I see hard work,” said USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “I see the effort and I see the girls starting to believe in each other and the product we put out.”USC will have to build off that momentum in order to keep up with some of the toughest teams they will face all season. These games will act as a true litmus test as to where the Women of Troy stand in the Pac-12 conference.“I think playing away and especially at those gyms is always difficult,” said senior forward Cassie Harberts.How the Women of Troy prepare is a determining factor in the success they will have against these highly-ranked opponents. Cooper-Dyke said that she has conducted up-tempo practices to prepare her team for the games.“We are trying to mimic the intensity we’re going to see in the game at practice,” Cooper-Dyke said.Harberts agrees with her coach’s strategy. The All-American candidate knows the direct effect preparation has on the outcome of games of this caliber.“You have to know your opponent in and out,” Harberts said. “Plays that they run, player tendencies and the atmosphere you’re walking into.”The Women of Troy will first face the Cal Bears (13-4, 5-1) who have won the past three meetings against USC, including a 78-59 win in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament.Forward Reshanda Gray leads the Bears averaging 16.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Women of Troy will have to contain Gray and Wooden Award candidate Brittany Boyd. The Bears’ point guard is a force, coming off a 24-point game in the win against Arizona.Once the Women of Troy face the Bears, they will have a two-day break before going up against Stanford (17-1, 6-0), who remains undefeated in conference play.Cooper-Dyke is among familiar company as fellow Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer has had extreme success with the Cardinal program.Forward Chiney Ogwumike is the main contributor to that success. Ogwumike leads Stanford in scoring and rebounding, averaging 27.3 points and 12 rebounds per game, respectively.She is projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 WNBA draft, meaning the Women of Troy will have to pull out all the stops if they are going to shut her down.This is where the Women of Troy’s defense-first mindset will surely come in handy. The Women of Troy’s last win against the Cardinal was in 2008. With the recent success Cooper-Dyke and the Women of Troy have had, the Cardinal could very well be on upset alert.“Winning is a state of mind that we talk about almost every day in practice,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I tell them that it’s a way you should practice, it’s the way that you lace up your shoes before you get on the court and there is a reason why you are out here; now they’re starting to get it.”The Women of Troy are no strangers to big wins at this point, after beating previously ranked Colorado and a 109-85 win over the Oregon Beavers. Harberts earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for her performance, and can also boast about passing up her head coach Cooper-Dyke on the all-time scoring list.“I think it’s a huge component,” Harberts said of her teammates’ support. “In my position as a post-player I have to rely on my teammates to do anything effectively.”Harberts says she would not have been able to do it without the support she gets from her teammates on and off the court.“We’ve had some players like Kate Oliver, Kaneisha Horn and Alexyz Vaioletama come out and knock down some shots,” Cooper-Dyke said. “It’s really opened things up and not allowed teams to double-team Cassie so much.”Vaioletama has certainly contributed in recent weeks, and has developed as an offensive threat and top rebounder this season.If the Women of Troy are going to pull off these road games, “everybody needs to show up from the bench players to the starters,” Harberts said.An upset is within grasp for the Women of Troy if they continue to consistently apply pressure on defense and allow their offense to thrive by getting every player involved.