Iconic Fashion: Pencil Skirts

first_imgWhere oh where would we be without The Pencil Skirt? How to look smart in a work environment without succumbing to The Trouser Suit? How to look sexy without flashing acres of flesh? And how to look ladylike? This wardrobe staple had its roots in the ‘hobble’ skirt. Initially designed to impede the wearer so much that they were forced to ‘hobble’, it was the contemporary equivalent of last season’s ‘turban’ look: doomed in fashion reality (and quelle surprise, designed by a man, Paul Poiret). The first trendsetter for this look was Katharine Wright, sister of the Wright brothers, who tied a rope around her skirts to stop them flapping about in her brothers’ new airborne invention – practical beginnings for a popular style considering women were still hoiking themselves in with corsets. Pencil skirts returned with a vengeance during the late 1940s and ‘50s: they were considered the ‘practical’ option in a world without trousers. So where does this leave the current pencil-skirt wearer? She is a woman (probably), and proud of it – this is not a style that allows for half measures. She does not cycle (for how does one get one’s legs over the saddle?) and is hopefully wearing heels (never wear flats with a pencil skirt unless you want to look like an overweight hobbit). A bit of Googling also alerted me to its pre-eminence in the fetish market. Nice. Despite this, the pencil skirt is swiftly becoming a byword for high-powered office-wear: this is a lot of effort to go to on a regular basis. But why should this style be restricted to the imaginary fashionista I just described? This is actually the most flattering style of skirt for any shape, guaranteed to accentuate curves for those lucky enough to have them, and create a voluptuous illusion for those who don’t. Pencil skirts tap into a million male fantasies.It seems the designers agree. Hundreds of models minced down the a/w runways in high-waisted, calf-skimming skirts, and looked damned good for it too. Who are we to question Yves Saint Laurent or Hermès? Patents, jewel colours, slight fetish undertones – a pencil skirt will work all these trends and give maximum impact. Even this season’s make-up evokes the pencil skirt and all that comes with it, so shift the Ugg boots, slick on some red lipstick, and be a lady.By Josie Thaddeus-Johnslast_img read more

Electronic ‘iShoe’ aims to prevent falls

first_imgErez Lieberman-Aiden had a nagging feeling that his grandmother’s death, which occurred after a hard fall, could have been prevented.But the 30-year-old graduate student at MIT and Harvard did more than fret. He tried to prevent something similar from happening to other older people.To read morelast_img

Is your marketing the pirates who don’t do anything?

first_imgYes, this is a blog about marketing tips for credit unions and community banks, but let’s talk music for a minute.Parents of 90’s and early 2000’s kids likely recall the song and subsequent film “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” (If you haven’t, click the link for a good laugh.)Part of the popular VeggieTales franchise, the song and film focus on a group of friends on a pirate-themed adventure who time travel and rescue a loved one from a cheesy villain.In addition to the moral of the movie/song, there’s also a valuable question for financial institutions: is your marketing the Pirates who don’t do anything? This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Contractor appointed to work on Donegal Town bridge replacement

first_imgWorks are commencing on the replacement of Tirchonaill Street Bridge in Donegal Town in the coming days following the appointment of contractors L & M Keating Ltd. The works will begin on 20th August 2018 and are expected to be completed early 2019. The current contract value for the works is €924,448.60.The Tirchonaill Street Bridge was originally constructed in 1895, and then in 1920 the current structure was constructed. The bridge is a four span steel bridge spanning the River Eske. Over the years, maintenance works were carried out to the bridge but due to the age of the bridge the nature of the steel structure the bridge has deteriorated to the extent that it currently has a 3.5 tonne weight restriction and is in much need of a replacement. Back Row: L-R Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Mark Sweeney, Area Manager Roads & Transportation Donegal County Council, Barry Doherty, L & M Keating (Contractor), Francis Cleary – L & M Keating (Contractor), Peter Kennedy , Resident Engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan (Consulting Engineers) & Cllr John Campbell.Front Row – L-R: Patrick Grennan, Roughan & O’Donovan (Consulting Engineers), Cllr Tom Connaghan, Lorcan Hoyne L & M Keating (Contractor), Cahal Moss, Road Design Office (Donegal County Council), Cllr Michael Naughton, Cathaoirleach Donegal MD.In February 2017, a delegation from the Donegal Municipal District met with Shane Ross, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, to seek specific funding for the much needed bridge replacement works at Tirchonaill Bridge. The Minister recognised the need for the works and specific funding was secured and this allowed Donegal Council to proceed with the works. The Council then arranged for Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers to prepare the necessary tender documents and in early 2018 tenders were received from a number of contractors who were interested in carrying out the works.Tender assessments were carried out and L & M Keating Ltd is the Contractor now appointed to carry out the works.Tirchonaill Street BridgeThe works will involve the following:– Implementing road closures and traffic management measures to facilitate the works and the flow of traffic around the works.– The demolition of the existing bridge steel superstructure.– The cleaning/repair and re-pointing of the existing substructure.– Works to the existing substructure to allow the construction of the replacement steel and concrete composite bridge superstructure.– Construction of replica bridge parapets to match the existing steel riveted panels.– Roadworks on the bridge and approaches.– The temporary and permanent diversion of services and associated new ducting and chambers.– Bridge deck waterproofing.– Road, footpath, and substructure drainage and ducting works.The Contractor has indicated their intention to commence works on site on 20th August 2018 and is expecting to have works completed early next year.Road closures and traffic management measures will take effect on Monday 27th August 2018. Donegal County Council wish to apologise in advance for any inconvenience the closures may cause and ask for members of the public to abide by the traffic management measures when implemented so as to help facilitate traffic flows around the works site.Every effort will be made to expedite the works and re-open the roads as soon as possible.Contractor appointed to work on Donegal Town bridge replacement was last modified: August 15th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more