Not everyone is so thrilled with Edward Snowden’s departure this morning from Sheremetyevo kate spade japanese floral shoes airport. Travelers stuck at the airport waiting for delayed flights, for example, were probably understandably annoyed that “that guy got out of here before we did and he literally lived here.”The United States government is also displeased, although for slightly different personal reasons. “We see this as an unfortunate development, and we are extremely disappointed by it,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. It’d be so much better if the U.S. government were angry—“disappointed” is so tough. Actually, The New York Times reports that Russia’s offer of asylum “infuriated” the White House, which is, we suppose, just choosing to describe itself as “disappointed” because it knows that’s what will sting the most.According to The Hill, “Carney also said the White House was ‘evaluating the utility’ of a scheduled bilateral summit in Moscow next month, a further indication the U.S. may pull the plug on the one-on-one talks between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ‘Obviously this is not a positive development,’ Carney said of the talks.” The U.S. doesn’t even know if it feels like talking to Russia, that’s how disappointed it is. Sure, President Obama would expect this kind of behavior from Ecuador or the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but not Russia. The Times reports that certain American statesmen are so “disappointed” by the handling of L’Affaire Snowden that they “have called for harsh retaliation against Russia, even a boycott of the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi.”Oh no, not the Winter Olympics. They’re the second-best kind of Olympics. Forfeiting enjoyment of televised events such as women’s curling and 15-kilometer alpine skiing? The price for patriotism has never been higher.
An early publicity still for the New York Dolls. From left: Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, Johnny Thunders. (See our slide show of New York in the 70s.)My reentry last Tuesday was a happier occasion, a performance at the former CBGB s now the John Varvatos store by the New York Dolls to promote their new CD, fastidiously titled Cause I Sez So (produced by Todd Rundgren, whose 1972 hit single, Hello, It s Me, still plays in heavy rotation at my local supermart). Had anybody wagered in the mid-70s, when leather and safety pins spelled finis for glitter rock, that the New York Dolls in any configuration would forge onward into the new millennium, outliving the Ramones and the Clash and the Talking Heads, they could have retired on their winnings. Death and reckless disarray plagued the Dolls like a Jacobean drama from day one, putting a considerable dent into their commercial prospects. By 1975, wrote Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons in their disreputable tribute kiss-off to punk, The Boy Looked at Johnny, the Dolls had achieved the popularity of acne-blitzed transvestite lepers addicted to heroin, which may be overstating matters a dab. But Burchill and Parsons do paint a sardonically morbid group shot of the Dolls in all their propulsive, convulsive abandon:The New York Dolls starred tousled David Johansen on lead vocals and audience-baiting… He danced like a white James Brown in chiffon and stilettoes flanked by rhythm guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, a manhandled Manhattan marionette with corkscrew curls, and lead guitarist Johnny Thunders, a back-combed brunette baseball jock turned junk rock starlet. As befitted a good Italian boy who loved his mother, Johnny would always execute a neat reverse duck-walk for the sheltered privacy of the amplifiers whenever gripped with a new wave of nausea. Bassist Arthur Kane resembled a giant haystack turned hooker turned Bowery bum paralysed by paraffin while drummer Jerry Nolan looked like the sulky substitute he was, drafted in to The Dolls rancid ranks after their original drummer Billy Murcia committed soap-skidding unintentional suicide after tarrying too long in the tub with a bottle of booze and a mountain of Mandrax. But this slashed, spattered canvas of the Dolls in action fails to reckon with the raucous endurability of their first two albums, The New York Dolls and In Too Much Too Soon; their lasting impact as gender-bending poseurs who packed a butch punch ( They were androgynous but they weren t eunuchs, Mark Simpson writes in Saint Morrissey, a meditation on the Smiths former lead singer and miserabilist who was the Dolls greatest U.K. admirer); the thrift-shop genius (rock critic Robert Christgau s phrase) of their influential magpie theatricality; and the sheer fondness with which these former ne er-do-wells are held, which transcends simple nostalgia. One of the most moving documentaries of recent years is New York Doll, chronicling Arthur Killer Kane s reuniting with the band after three decades in limbo (a recovering alcoholic, Kane phased out of the music scene and moved to Los Angeles, converting to Mormonism and working a nice shirt-and-tie job at the church s Family History Center library). Only three weeks after the triumphant reunion concert at the Meltdown Festival in London, orchestrated by Morrissey, Kane fell ill, checked into the hospital in Los Angeles, and was diagnosed with leukemia. He died that very day, leaving only David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, the Mick and Keith of the Dolls, to soldier on. At the Varvatos store, which preserves the funky shell of CBGB s without debasing its legacy into kitsch, the ghosts lying just beyond my retinal field weren t of Dolls Past, but of those CBGB s regulars who had checked out the hard way not just Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny Ramone but Stiv Bators, former lead singer of the Dead Boys; Helen Wheels, the biker chick turned rocker turned bodybuilder; dyspeptic wizard guitarist Bob Quine of Richard Hell s Voidoids; rock critic legend Lester Bangs; so many others. Only a few faces in the throng were familiar. I had a friendly chat with Handsome Dick Manitoba, lead singer of the Dictators and host of his own show on Sirius XM satellite radio, and his wife, Zoe, who s working on a memoir that may make all of us feel as if we ve led sheltered lives. I spotted Tish and Snookie formerly of the Sic Fucks ( I m a Sic Fuck Nobody loves me I m a Sic Fuck Nobody cares… ) and the owners of Manic Panic and photographer Bob Gruen, whom I saw at designer Abbijane s funeral service, but that was about it from the old gang.No great surprise, really. In truth, the CBGB faithful and Dolls devotees have only a modest overlap. Their histories, their trajectories, are slightly misaligned. The Dolls weren t ever a CBGB s institution, like the Ramones, Blondie, or Television; the Bowery bar was never their Dollhouse. Their glory spurt came earlier and kate spade diaper bag messenger elsewhere at the Oscar Wilde Room at the Mercer Arts Center, which collapsed in 1973 (I remember Patti Smith saying once that if Jackie Onassis cared so much about historical preservation, she d rebuild the Mercer, a real cultural landmark), and Max s Kansas City, the Mickey Mouse Club for Andy Warhol s wayward Mouseketeers.
Recall spring’s powerful pouts: a brilliant red-orange mouth at Jason Wu and graphic fuchsia lips with a blackened center at Prabal Gurung, courtesy of makeup artists Diane Kendal and Charlotte Tilbury, respectively. So far this season, both artists have left the lips alone, emphasizing the eyes instead. “The collection dictates what the focus will be,” said Tilbury this morning at Gurung’s fall show. “An eye, or a lip, or something different altogether, depends on the structures and colors of the clothes. But this season definitely feels all about eyes to me.” And so far, three days into this New York fashion week, blues and greens are the colors of choice. Using a blend of M.A.C. Pigment in Kelly Green and Eye Shadow in Club, Kendal opted for a broad wash of army green at Wu, meant to evoke “warriors.” Meanwhile, for Gurung’s show, which had a metamorphosis “from hell to heaven” theme, Tilbury designed an “Avatar-ish” eye, painting the lids, right up to the eyebrow, with creamy, geometric slashes of teal (M.A.C. Paint Pot in Delft) and electric blue (M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Freshwater), winging out the inner corners of the bottom lash line with rich aqua pencil (M.A.C. Technakohl Liner in Smooth Blue). Mirroring the iridescent blue green fabrics used in the collection (on the sleeves of a coat, for example), she kate spade wedding shoes also drew inspiration from the hypnotic mix of colors found on an exotic bird’s feather, or a beetle’s shell—and indeed, Gurung collaborated with Fenton Fallon’s Dana Lorenz to create cuffs and collars for the runway affixed with scarabs. “It reminds me of a butterfly,” remarked model Erjona Ala, who was standing by, awaiting a touch-up.
Photo: Courtesy of Isabel Toledo for PaylessMaybe you’re going to Paris for vacation. Maybe you have a friend heading that way. Or a second cousin twice removed. Anyway, if you happen to want to be first with the Isabel Toledo for kate spade promo code july 2012 Payless collection that will hit the States September time, wend your way to 213 rue Saint-Honoré, where Colette will have the first shoes in mid-August—a glossy patent ghillie lace-up (which will retail over here for $39.99), with a colorful (or white) sculpted heel and a tread sole. It’s unlikely you’ll ever be navigating treacherous walking conditions in these, so the sole might be a little superfluous. Of course, should you decide to tour Paris on a Vélib, that underfoot grip could be mighty useful when coping with the bike’s pedals.
An open letter to Ron Howard.Dear Ron Howard: Deadline Hollywood reports that you and David Koepp will be producing a movie adaptation of the Mad-magazine feature Spy vs. Spy, for you to direct. With all due respect I like all your movies, except I never saw Willow this is an awful idea.I say that as someone who lived for Mad between the ages of 9 and 12, even hung out at newsstands waiting for the next issue to arrive. (Well, it was really between the ages of 9 and 17, but I m embarrassed to admit that.) Why is this an awful idea? The genius of Spy vs. Spy is that it took a complex conflict the Cold War, presumably (as you know, the original cartoonist, Antonio Prohias, was a post-Castro Cuban refugee) and distilled it to its most ridiculous essence: two guys, their political loyalties reduced to the color of their outfits, trying to kill each other. If you take that kernel and try to expand it into a feature, you end up with . . . any old spy movie (and hopefully not Get Smart). It s like making a feature movie out of a haiku, even a temptingly cinematic haiku, like an action haiku or a sexy haiku or a Tyler Perry haiku; the point is the essence.Anyways, Mr. Howard, is this the best Mad feature to adapt? How about a The Lighter Side of Whatever movie, with your friend Tom Hanks as Roger Kaputnik? Or a Fold-In picture could be really something with today s cutting-edge 3-D technology. But if you insist on making Spy vs. Spy, please don t kate spade outlet knoxville shoot it with motion capture. Have you seen the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin? Even under Steven Spielberg s direction, motion capture looks creepy, like something you d see in Cracked. Sincerely,Bruce HandyPS: Actually, the Mad movie to make is a biopic of William M. Gaines, built around the controversy over the EC horror comics and the birth of Mad. Zach Galifianakis would be perfect. The scene of his tortured testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency is the one to use for the best-actor clip. You re welcome!
Photographed by: Kevin TachmanThere were three designers scheduled for Fashion East’s tenth anniversary at the old Eurostar terminal in Waterloo station yesterday, but with a guerrilla-style presentation staged in the lobby after the show, hat designer Nasir Mazhar made it a solid four. Guests who were present at Meadham Kirchhoff the night before had already been treated to a sparkling taste of Mazhar’s talents—the delicate, bejeweled headbands he created for the collection, a version of which will be sold at Topshop. With a soundtrack of dancehall tunes blasting from the stereo, the milliner’s own impromptu showcase was entirely different. “My collection was inspired by London youth culture,” he says. “Hats tend to be traditional, and I really want to bring them forward.” Fashion editors stopped in their tracks and quickly reached for their cameras. Art shaman Matthew Stone was there to support. One excitable attendee even broke out and danced. Essentially, the London-based designer is plugging into the vibrant, cross-cultural street beat of the city, creating leopard-print baseball hats, taqiyah caps with leather insets, and one piece that looked like a cascading crown of dreadlocks. Mazhar, who’s made headpieces for the likes of Gareth Pugh and Richard Nicoll, started his career as a hairstylist before he made the switch to hats more than six years ago. “There is a lot you can do with hair,” Mazhar says. “But with kate spade outlet gaffney sc hats I can take those ideas a thousand steps further.”
Photo: Image courtesy of Fendi. It was on an early fashion-finding trip to New York City that Los Angeles–based designer Juan Carlos Obando came across the store that would inspire collections to come. At the corner of Greene and Grand was De La Espada, the Manhattan outpost of the design firm specializing in modern wooden furniture. “I was taken aback by how simple everything was, so authentic. They made the pieces with wood and made them so modern,” says Obando. “I felt compelled.” He fell in love with the beauty and functionality of the creations (his own house now holds a De La Espada table). More than four years later, and this early encounter influenced his latest collection. “All the lines have a very beautiful aerodynamic simplicity, but up close you see all of the cuts that accomplish this,” he says of the looks created in a palette of mustards, camel, white, kate spade zebra shoes black, and brown. Obando is obsessed with De La Espada’s ability to exhibit handiwork in a modern manner. It’s this sort of shared design—and designer—fixation that can be seen in a number of the collaborations being celebrated this week when Milan plays host to furniture fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Tomorrow, architect Matteo Thun and Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni will unveil “The Wooden Beacons” at the Università Statale di Milano. The two partnered on the project that includes three circular configurations of sustainable American red oak filled with Marni miscellany: paper patterns, fabrics, and jewelry suspended in a sphere, all meant to provoke commentary on the stages of a piece’s creation. “In a dialogue between architecture and fashion we wanted to depict the life-cycle management through the usage and mix of raw materials,” says Castiglioni of the collaboration. “Both of us give particular attention to material that finds expression even in its smallest detail.” Within attention to detail comes the embrace of environmentally mindful materials—like the oak used in the beacons. (Recall also Obando’s love of wood within high design.) It was sustainable oak, which Stella McCartney used for the special floor created in her newly opened Milan store that will be celebrated during Salone. “It’s really playful and sort of exaggerates that kind of historical element of the parquet flooring in old houses that you find in England,” says McCartney of the floor created by artists Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay for Established & Sons. “It’s updated by adding in Stella tones and a really punchy pattern, which is based on our knitwear.” Of course, McCartney is known for her earth-friendly fashion. Good design seems to appreciate thoughtfulness in both process and material: the old world tenets of craftsmanship. Also in the mix at Salone is Design Miami and Fendi’s third collaboration, entitled Design Vertigo, featuring installations in Spazio Fendi by Felice Varini, Random International, Graham Hudson, and Beta Tank. “Craftsmanship is a long-standing tradition that has played a vital role in society and history,” says Design Miami director Ambra Medda. “Craft evolves with us and is not to be considered a dusty part of our history, rather something we should treasure and support moving forward.” We are invited by these presentations to consider the boundaries and interactions of people, environments and design. Perhaps Obando explains it best: “The beautiful does not necessarily come from the obvious, but from the process in how you achieve a piece.”
Is there anything better than wearing a pair of custom-made shoes? A favorite pair of mine at the moment were a gift from friend (and 2009 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist) George Esquivel—brown suede lace-ups he calls the Mod—and on a recent trip to his studio in Orange County I discovered that what is a luxury for some is a necessity for others—and shoes are no exception. Here’s the story: I found myself in Los Angeles on vacation last weekend, and kate spade promo code march 2011 on a whim, my travel companion, (blogger Lisa von Weise) and I decided to take a detour to see George’s studio. I had never seen where he works, so it felt like a bit of a homecoming—for my shoes, anyway, which I wore for the trip. When we arrived at the Walnut Avenue workshop, we were greeted by George (top left) and his general manager, Albert Yeh, and given a grand tour of the work space, which included a spin around the leather room (racks and racks, including a gorgeous cut from the shoulder of a bull). I also got a promise from George to make me a pair of indoor outdoor boots called the Elkhart for my next dreary New York winter. At the final turn of the tour, we arrived at a shelf lined with finished Esquivels, ready to be shipped to their proud new owners. I passed a few dainty pairs (Janelle Monáe and Diane Kruger) and a handsome men’s pair (Ben Harper) before I came across what was, I think, the single largest pair of shoes I had ever seen. Who needs a pair of shoes like this? I wondered as Lisa took pictures. It turns out that George is the shoemaker of choice for several professional basketball players, including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who must have a hard time finding shoes that work off the court. The enormous pair waiting to be picked up belonged to none other than Yao Ming (top right), who is seven feet six inches tall and wears a size 19 shoe.
Vegas is for risk-takers, and ’s outfit at the TAO Las Vegas nightclub was quite the gamble.The Bollywood icon, actress and singer hosted the evening at the club on Saturday, wearing a .We’ve actually seen both these items before; Priyanka rocked the shoes with a chic black jumpsuit back in July, and . But put them together and we’re not so sure this outfit is a winner.Tell us what you think of Priyanka’s outfit in the comments below. Loading Slideshow Aishwarya RaiIndian actress Aishwarya Rai poses on May 21, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film ‘Behind the Candelabra’ presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world’s top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg. AFP PHOTO VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE AFP Getty Images)Priyanka ChopraActress Priyanka Chopra attends the premiere of Disney’s ‘Planes’ at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis Getty Images)Sonam KapoorIndian Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor poses as she attends the Vogue Beauty Awards 2013 ceremony in Mumbai late August 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Alia BhattIndian Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt attends this year’s Stardust Awards ceremony in Mumbai on January 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Katrina Kaif Indian Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif poses as she attends the ‘Big Star Entertainment Awards 2012’ ceremony in Mumbai late December 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Mallika SherawatIndian actress Mallika Sherawat poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR’s 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, southern France. AFP PHOTO ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI AFP Getty Images)Vidya BalanIndian Bollywood actress Vidya Balan poses as she attends the performance for A Tribute to Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan concert in Mumbai late July 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Anushka SharmaIndian Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma poses during a promotional event for Femina India in Mumbai on January 21, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Bipasha BasuIndian Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu attends this year’s Stardust Awards ceremony in Mumbai on January 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)Sonakshi Sinha Indian Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha poses for a photo during the launch of the film Himmatwala in Mumbai on February 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL AFP Getty Images)NEXT: Aishwarya Rai’s Best LooksAishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai gets a kiss on the cheek from director Jim Sonzero.Aishwarya Rai of India competes in the swimsuit parade during the finals for Miss World 1994 in Sun City, November 20, 1994. Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai of India poses for photographers a day after winning her crown in Sun City, 20 November 1994. Former Miss World and Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai, poses during a launch campaign of the Longines DolceVita Diamond in New Delhi, 08 December 2001. Miss World ‘Aishwarya Rai’ ‘Carina Lau’ celebration of ’170th anniversary of Longines’ at Longines by Swatch group. Aishwarya Rai, a famous Bollywood actress speaks to a reporter at the India premeire of Devdas in Bombay, India on Thursday, July 11, 2002. Indian actress Aishwarya Rai poses for photographers during the photocall for Indian director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Devdas’ during the 55th Cannes film festival 23 May 2002. Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai laughs during the promotion of her signature line jewellery collection ‘Nakshatra’ in Bombay, 07 May 2003. Indian actress Aishwarya Rai, jury member of the 56th Cannes film festival, arrives on stage during the opening ceremony at the Palais des Festivals on 14 May 2003. Aishwarya Rai arrives for the screening of the film ‘Matrix Reloaded’ at the Palais des Festivals during the 56th International Cannes Film Festival May 15, 2003 in Cannes, France. Indian actress and jury member Aishwarya Rai poses for photographers as she arrives at the palais des festivals to attend the screening of ‘Les Egares’ by French director Andre Techine during the 56th Cannes film festival 16 May 2003. Actress Aishwarya Rai poses at the photo call for ‘Pride and Prejudice’ during the 56th International Cannes Film Festival 2003 on May 17, 2003 in Cannes, France. Actress Aishwarya Rai attends the ‘Dogville’ premiere at the Palais Des Festival during 56th International Cannes Film Festival 2003 on May 19, 2003 in Cannes, France. Aishwarya Rai attends amfAR’s ‘Cinema Against AIDS’ benefit during the 56th International Cannes Film Festival 2003 on May 22, 2003 in Cannes, France. Indian film actress Aishwariya Rai addresses a press conference in Amritsar, 06 October 2003. In this picture taken on 27 February 2004, Indian actors Aishwariya Rai (L) and Ajay Devgan act in the Hindi movie ‘Raincoat’ during shooting in Calcutta.Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives at the 57th International Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony dinner May 12, 2004 in Cannes, France. Former Miss World and Bollywood star, Aishwarya Rai, poses in front of large poster of her at a press conference in Bombay, 28 May 2004. Actress Aishwarya Rai poses at the ‘Bollywood 4 Beginners’ photocall at Madame Tussauds on September 30, 2004 in London. Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives at the UK Premiere of ‘Bride Prejudice’ at the London Palladium on October 4, 2004 in London. Indian actress Aishwarya Rai poses at the 4th edition of the International Film Festival in Marrakesh on Dec. 11, 2004. Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai performs at the ‘Help Telethon Concert’ in aid of tsunami victims in Bombay in February 2005. Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives for the premiere of Miramax’s ‘Bride And Prejudice’ on February 9, 2005 in New York City. Actress Aishwarya Rai arrives for Time Magazine Celebrates New ‘Time 100′ list of Most Influential People In The World on April 19, 2005 in New York City. Former Miss World, Indian model and film star Aishwarya Rai attends the premiere for the film ‘Lemming’ at Le Palais de Festival on the opening night of the 58th International Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2005 in Cannes, France.India’s Aishwarya Rai (top) takes part in a Bollywood performance as part of the closing ceremony for kate spade locations the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 26, 2006. Actresses Aishwarya Rai, Andie MacDowell and Kerry Washington attend the ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ premiere during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2006 in Cannes, France. In this file picture taken May 12, 2005, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai smiles as she arrives for the screening of US director Woody Allen’s film ‘Match Point’ during the 58th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival.Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai arrives at the MOBO Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall on September 20th, 2006 in London, England. Former Miss World and Indian film actress Aishwarya Rai reacts at a press conference to launch a new Nakshatra collection of diamond jewellery from Diamond Trading Corporation (DTC) in Mumbai on Oct. 3, 2006. Aishwarya Rai during World Premiere of ‘Guru’ in Toronto at Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Actress and L’Oreal model Aishwarya Rai and actor Steve McFadden pose at a photocall for the general release of the film ‘Provoked: A True Story’ at the Courthouse Hotel on April 3, 2007 in London, England. Indian actors Abhishek Bachchan (R) and Aishwarya Rai take prasad (blessed food) during a visit to The Lord Venkatesh Wara Temple at Tirupati on April 22, 2007. Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai arrive at the ‘My Blueberry Nights’ premiere on May 16, 2007 in Cannes, France. Aishwarya Rai at The Martinez Hotel during 2007 Cannes Film Festival.Indian actress Aishwarya Rai and her husband Abhishek Bachchan arrive at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFAs) ceremony at the Hallam Arena in Sheffield, northern England on June 9, 2007.Actress Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of ‘Guru’ as part of the ‘India Splendor’ film festival on August 14, 2007 in Westwood, California. Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walks the ramp during the launch of a bridal collection of watches by Swiss watchmaker Longines, in New Delhi on Dec. 5, 2007. By Ikam Acosta When Pitbull claims he’s “worldwide,” he means it! 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