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    Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is due to make an initial court appearance Monday on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. Smollett, 37, is expected to plead not guilty to the six counts of felony disorderly conduct during Monday's hearing. He pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of the charge in the same courthouse last year, just weeks before the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office abruptly announced it was dismissing the case, angering police and City Hall. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed to examine the state's attorney's office's handling of the case, is expected to attend. Foxx's office is not involved in the new case against Smollett. Smollett, who has denied police allegations that he staged the attack to get attention and further his career, will first appear before Chief Judge LeRoy Martin Jr., who will tell him which judge will be assigned to preside over the case. Martin could order Smollett to return to court on another day for his first hearing before that judge, but it is more likely that he will simply tell the actor and the attorneys to immediately report to the trial judge. Defendants typically enter not guilty pleas during initial hearings before the trial judge, who sets bond amounts that defendants must post to secure their release from custody. Attorneys often arrange for defendants to post bond at the clerk's office rather than be taken into custody. Smollett, who is black and gay, told police that two masked men attacked him as he was walking home in the early hours of Jan. 29, 2019. He said they made racist and homophobic insults, beat him and looped a noose around his neck before fleeing, and that at least one of his attackers was a white man who told him he was in “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Weeks later, police alleged that Smollett had paid two black friends to help stage the attack. Smollett has maintained his innocence, telling reporters after the charges were dropped last year that, “I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.” His attorney, Tina Glandian, questioned the integrity of special prosecutor's investigation after the new charges were announced this month, pointing out that Webb's probe relied on the same detectives who were part of the original investigation despite pending civil claims that Smollett is pursuing against the city and police for malicious prosecution. Foxx's handling of the case, meanwhile, has become a key issue in her bid for re-election, with her opponents accusing her of having acted haphazardly and indecisively.
  • State and local officials in California unveiled a plaque designating architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell delivered remarks at a ceremony Sunday, The Los Angeles Times reported. Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs officials also attended the unveiling at the Hollyhock House, which earned the city its first World Heritage designation in July. There are 1,121 World Heritage Sites globally, with 869 of those awarded cultural status. The Hollyhock House is one of eight Wright buildings representing the first U.S. modern architecture designations on the World Heritage list. The others Wright buildings include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; the Unity Temple and the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago; Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin; and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Among his most iconic buildings was the Guggenheim with its spiral ramp for viewing galleries. It was completed in 1959, the same year Wright died. Built between 1918 and 1921 on a hill in East Hollywood, the Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park was almost demolished in the 1940s. The structure is named for stylized motifs of the flower of the same name that dominate its concrete exterior. The Hollyhock House, Wright's first California commission, is now owned by the city of Los Angeles and serves as an arts center. “The unveiling of the plaque,” O’Farrell said Sunday, “underscores what we already know: The structure represents an unparalleled symbol of cultural heritage and an outstanding contribution to design in the city of Los Angeles and the world.”
  • Model, restaurateur and lifestyle guru Barbara 'B.' Smith has died at her Long Island home, her family announced in a statement on social media. She was 70. Smith died Saturday evening after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2013. She and her husband, Dan Gasby, raised awareness of the disease, and particularly its impacts on the African-American community, following her diagnosis. 'Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.'s dazzling and unforgettable smile,' Gasby said in a lengthy Facebook post honoring her life. Smith wrote three cookbooks, founded three successful restaurants and launched a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. Her successful home products line was the first from a black woman to be sold at a nationwide retailer when it debuted in 2001 at Bed Bath & Beyond. In 1976, she became the second black model to be on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine, after Joli Jones in 1969. Some described Smith as a “black Martha Stewart,” a comparison she said she didn't mind though she believed the two lifestyle mavens were quite different. “Martha Stewart has presented herself doing the things domestics and African Americans have done for years,” she said in a 1997 interview with New York magazine. “We were always expected to redo the chairs and use everything in the garden. This is the legacy that I was left. Martha just got there first.' In the same interview, Gasby said, “Martha is perfection and Barbara is passion.” Smith began suffering from memory problems years before her diagnosis. She once froze for several seconds while being interviewed on the “Today Show,” prompting a doctor’s visit that led to her diagnosis. A few months later, she wandered away and was missing in New York City for a day. In 2018, Gasby revealed that he was in a relationship with another woman while caring for his ailing wife, leading to harsh criticism from some of her fans. He fired back at critics with a Facebook post about the pain of living with Alzheimer's in the family. “I love my wife but I can't let her take away my life,” he wrote. The couple co-authored a book, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our fight Against Alzheimer's,' and have partnered with the Brain Health Registry. Smith, a native of Pennsylvania, began her career as a fashion model in Pittsburgh and went on to serve as a spokeswoman for Verizon, Colgate, Palmolive Oxy and McCormick's Lawry seasonings. She hosted the nationally syndicated television show “B. Smith with Style” for nearly a decade, which aired on NBC stations. Smith is survived by Gasby, whom she married in 1992, and her stepdaughter Dana Gasby. ___ This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the seasonings brand Smith was a spokeswoman for is McCormick not McCornick.
  • Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons — two of the fashion world's biggest creative names — will collaborate on Prada collections from Spring/Summer 2021 going forward indefinitely, the designers announced Sunday at a news conference on the sidelines of Milan Fashion Week. Prada, who has been the creative force behind one of luxury’s most successful brands for 30 years, said the new partnership didn't signal an eventual succession. “Don’t make me older than I am,” the 70-year-old designer quipped. Simons, 52, is considered one of the fashion world’s biggest talents, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation since he left Calvin Klein in 2018. He previously was creative director of Jil Sander and Dior, and also has his own eponymous label, which he said would continue. Their first collaboration will appear on the September runway for Spring/Summer 2021. “The contract in theory is forever,” Prada said. “Maybe this is the first time in fashion history that two expert designers who had their own successes in this sector will work together,” said Patrizio Bertelli, the co-CEO of the Prada Group with his wife, Miuccia Prada. The announcement came on a day when the new coronavirus was a growing concern around the fashion capital. Giorgio Armani took the unusual step to show his collection behind closed doors to an empty theater, streaming for the fashion public, as a precaution. The rest of the fashion shows scheduled for Sunday continued as planned. Later Sunday the number of confirmed cases in Italy rose to at least 152 and officials halted the Venice Carnival to try to stop the spread of the virus. Prada said they went ahead with the announcement despite the growing emergency in Italy — where more cases of the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed than in Hong Kong. She said that the globalized world is becoming ever more complex “and we need to work, also if these ugly and difficult things are happening.” The designers said that the collaboration was born out of long mutual respect dating from 2005 when Simons took over as creative director of Jil Sander, which was at the time part of the Prada Group. They both said that the collaboration was also meant as a bulwark against a tendency in the fashion world for creativity to be squelched by business priorities. “I think a lot of creatives in a lot of positions dealing with independent brands and creative directorships feel troubled, feel like the fashion industry is moving more and more toward an industry that might end up excluding creatives,” Simons said. He specified that in the fashion world there are examples of financial success without a strong creative direction. “It is definitely something we question, and we do believe that a collaboration between creatives could re-position that aspect of the whole business,” he said. ___ This story has been corrected to show that the correct title of Patrizio Bertelli is the co-CEO of the Prada Group, not the chairman.
  • The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office. “Sonic: The Hedgehog” zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of $26.3 million in its second weekend while audiences ignored critics and heeded “The Call of the Wild” as the Harrison Ford CGI dog flick finished a close second with $24.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was a strong weekend for both films, with each outperforming expectations and overcoming early doubts about design problems. Paramount Pictures' Sega video game adaptation “Sonic the Hedgehog” was a laughingstock when its first trailer was released last year, but after a delay and a title-character makeover, the film has now spent two weeks atop the box office and brought in over $200 million globally. 20th Century Studios' “The Call of the Wild” was also mocked by many on social media for its CGI dog — the first five film adaptations of Jack London's 1903 novel all used real ones — and reviews were decidedly mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62 percent, but moviegoers bought into the digital dog and his 77-year-old co-star, who would have won the weekend were it not for a late surge from “Sonic.” “For ‘Call of the Wild’ heading into weekend the estimates were all over the place, as low as 10 million for the weekend, some saying it could do 15, maybe 20,' said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. 'So like ‘Sonic' it over-performed.” In a very distant third with $7 million was “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' in its third week. The weekend's other wide release, “Brahms: The Boy II” starring Katie Holmes, was fourth with just $5.9 million. That was a disappointing opening at a time of year when horror films often do well. 2020 appears to be bucking that trend with family films thriving in the early weeks of the year. “'Sonic' and ‘Call of the Wild’ represent two PG-rated movies where that void in the marketplace for families is the key to their success in this part of the year, a time that’s usually dominated by awards holdovers and R-rated films,” Dergarabedian said. And those family audiences may be why critics didn't matter for the top two films. “PG-rated films are more immune to reviews and are more about the audience. If a kid wants to go see a film, they’re going to go see it” he said. Best picture winner “Parasite” continued its post-Oscars surge in a week where its victory was mocked at a rally by President Donald Trump, bringing in $3.2 million in North America, where it has earned nearly $50 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. 1. 'Sonic the Hedgehog,' 26.3 million, ($38.3 million international). 2. 'The Call of the Wild,' $24.8 million, (15.4 million international). 3. “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,” $7 million, (10 million international). 4. “Brahms: The Boy II,” $5.9 million, ($2.2 million international). 5. “Bad Boys for Life,” $5.86 million, ($8.1 million international). 6. “1917,” $4.4 million, ($9.4 million international). 7. 'Blumhouse's Fantasy Island,” $4.2 million, ($3.9 million international). 8. “Parasite,” $3.1 million, ($8.9 million international). 9. “Jumanji: The Next Level,” $3 million, ($1.3 million international). 10. “The Photograph,” $2.8 million. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton.
  • Several cities in western Germany canceled their traditional carnival parades at short notice Sunday, citing severe weather conditions including gusty winds and heavy rains. In Cologne, the famous school and neighborhood parades were abandoned and in nearby Duesseldorf the carnival celebrations on the city's glitzy Koenigsallee boulevard were also called off. “In order to protect all participants along the route, the parades cannot take place,” Cologne city officials said in a statement. Some of the parades' participants were already on the way to the celebrations when parts of their costumes were blown away by the wind, the city statement said, explaining its last-minute decision to cancel the parades. About 8,000 people were supposed to participate in the Cologne parades, not including tens of thousands of spectators. Other cities across Germany also called off their carnival activities because of the storm, including Emmerich, Essen and Salzkotten in the west as well as Heiligenstadt in Thuringia in central Germany. In Fulda in central Germany, the traditional children's parade with around 1,000 participants and up to 30,000 spectators was also canceled. In the Netherlands, the gusty winds also led to dozens of parade cancellations. For Monday, meteorologists are predicting calmer weather conditions and most of the big street parades with dozens of huge floats, brass and samba bands, dancers and candy-throwing “carnivalists” and hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to take place.
  • Lizzo, Beyoncé and Marsai Martin were just a few of the stars who won big at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards this weekend in Pasadena, California.Here's the complete list of winners: Entertainer of the Year: Lizzo Motion Pictures Outstanding Motion Picture: 'Just Mercy' Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, 'Just Mercy' Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Lupita Nyong'o, 'Us' Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jamie Foxx, 'Just Mercy' Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Marsai Martin, 'Little' Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture: Marsai Martin, 'Little' Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture: 'Just Mercy' Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: 'Dolemite Is My Name' Television Outstanding Comedy Series: 'Black-ish' Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, 'Black-ish' Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, 'Black-ish' Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Deon Cole, 'Black-ish' Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, 'Black-ish' Outstanding Drama Series: 'Greenleaf' Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Omari Hardwick, 'Power' Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Angela Bassett, '9-1-1' Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Harold Perrineau, 'Claws' Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lynn Whitfield, 'Greenleaf' Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special: 'When They See Us' Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special: Jharrel Jerome, 'When They See Us' Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special: Niecy Nash, 'When They See Us' Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): 'Unsung' Outstanding Talk Series: 'Red Table Talk' Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show: 'Rhythm + Flow' Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special): 'Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé' Outstanding Children’s Program: 'Family Reunion' Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited–series): Marsai Martin, 'Black-ish' Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Jada Pinkett Smith, 'Red Table Talk' Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, 'Celebrity Family Feud' Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series: Kelly Rowland, 'American Soul' Recording Outstanding Album: 'Homecoming: The Live Album,' Beyoncé Outstanding New Artist: Lil Nas X Outstanding Male Artist: Bruno Mars Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé Outstanding Song – Traditional: 'Spirit,' Beyoncé Outstanding Song – Contemporary: 'Before I Let Go,' Beyoncé Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: 'Brown Skin Girl' Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé and WizKiD Outstanding Jazz Album: 'Love & Liberation,' Jazzmeia Horn Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional or Contemporary): 'Love Theory,' Kirk Franklin Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album: 'Juice,' Lizzo Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album: 'The Lion King: The Gift,' Beyoncé with Various Artists Literature Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: 'The Revisioners,' Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction: 'The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations,' Toni Morrison Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: 'I Am Dance: Words and Images of the Black Dancer,' Hal Banfield (Author), Javier Vasquez (Illustrator)  Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Autobiography: 'More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say),' Elaine Welteroth Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: 'Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, And Opportunity For Black Women In America,' Karen Arrington (Author), Joanna Price (Illustrator), Sheryl Taylor (Forward) Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: 'Felon: Poems,' Reginald Dwayne Betts Outstanding Literary Work – Children: 'Sulwe,' Lupita Nyong'o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator) Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: 'Around Harvard Square,' C.J. Farley Directing Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Anya Adams, 'Glow' Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, 'Power' Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Rashid Johnson, 'Native Son' Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' Writing Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: 'The Good Place,' Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Nichelle Tramble Spellman, 'Truth Be Told' Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Suzan-Lori Parks, 'Native Son' Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Jordan Peele, 'Us' Animated or CGI Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Motion Picture): James Earl Jones, 'The Lion King' Documentary Outstanding Documentary (Film): 'Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am' Outstanding Documentary (Television - Series or Special): 'Hitsville: The Making of Motown' Read more here.
  • Grammy award-winning singer Pharrell may have been fired from three different McDonald's as a teen, but that didn't stop him from opening what has become one of the hottest restaurants in Miami. The singer hosted a soul food brunch Saturday along with his dad Pharaoh, a self-taught chef, known for his sweet and spicy Nono Sauce, as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Growing up, family meals were the heart of the Williams home, a place to “hear what's exciting at your parent's job.' “Cooking is a reflection of your parents, the energy, the love. Food is a connector and it's a meeting place,' Pharrell told The Associated Press during an interview before the brunch. Back home, Pharaoh Williams was always in the kitchen and so were his grandmothers. Favorite dishes included his dad's chicken and pork and fried catfish with a special sauce that Pharrell says was more savory than spicy. “His seasoning was what was always so distinctive with my dad's cooking and both my grandmothers cooked like that,' he said. At Saturday's sold-out $150 per ticket brunch at the upscale Swan restaurant in Miami's design district, they served platters of cornmeal-crusted catfish with chow chow, juicy BBQ chicken and ribs, cheddar grits and French toast with candied oranges and amaretto whipped cream. Back in the kitchen, a team of chefs hustled to carry out Pharaoh Williams' menu, pulling mini sweet potato biscuits out of the oven and crusting copious plates of catfish. Fellow Grammy winner DJ Khaled, and former “Breaking Bad' co-stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were among the guests savoring the food on a tropical jungle style patio. Happy to leave behind his fast food days, Pharrell opened Swan restaurant and its swanky upstairs Moroccan-themed Bar Bevy in 2018 with South Beach nightlife guru and LIV club owner David Grutman. The restaurant has been a hotbed for celebrities, especially during the Super Bowl and recent Art Basel weeks, where everyone from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West to Leonardo DiCaprio and Bono have indulged. Grutman and Pharrell partnered with Top Chef Europe champion executive chef Jean Imbert for their restaurant, while Pharrell works on the side with a line of food products for his father. But the “Happy” singer is clear about his role in the restaurant business — he happily stays out of the kitchen. “I didn't cook then. I don't cook now,' he laughed, adding “I love food.' He has a deep appreciation for the culinary arts, comparing it to “the same way I work in music. You're adding different sounds and things together,' he said. “Ingredients are like instruments. It's how you use them and it's who's using them. That's what makes one song different from the next, one style different from the next.
  • In a last-minute change, Giorgio Armani is holding his Milan Fashion Week runway show behind closed doors Sunday due to concerns raised by the coronavirus, and instead stream the event from inside the empty showroom. The fashion house said in a statement early Sunday that ‘’the decision was taken to safeguard the well-being of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces.'' A dozen towns in northern Italy have gone on effective lockdown after the deaths of two people infected with the new virus from China. Milan is the capital of Italy's Lombardy region, which reported 54 confirmed cases. Milan's mayor on Saturday shuttered public offices. But runway shows continued apace for their fourth day, with most of the fashion crowd taking an analytical attitude to the rapidly spiking infections. 'For the moment the situation is under control,’’ said the president of the Italian National Fashion Chamber, Carlo Capasa. He added it was up to government officials or fashion houses themselves to decide if additional measures were needed. Sunday is the fifth day of womenswear previews for next fall and winter, with eight other shows scheduled, including Dolce&Gabbana. It was not clear if the other shows would go on as scheduled. Several shows were also scheduled Monday morning, before the fashion world moves on to Paris, where shows start Monday afternoon. Armani was forced to show behind closed doors one other time, in Paris in 1998, when officials said there were insufficient safety exits inside a huge tent being used as the venue to allow the public to attend. Only his team and one video camera was present, and a video of the show was later distributed to fashion editors. Armani later showed the entire collection in New York in protest, claiming that fashion world politics and not just safety concerns had led to the officials' call. On Saturday, MIDO, the world's largest eyewear industry fair, announced that it would postpone the gathering scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 until June due to concerns over the virus. 'The evolution of this health crisis under way in our country does not leave any doubt over our decision,'' MIDO president Giovanni Vitaloni said in a statement. Highlights from previews for Fall-Winter 2020-21 womenswear looks: ___ FASHION’S VIRAL ECONOMIC CONCERNS With the evolution of the virus still uncertain, fashion houses remain worried about the longer-term economic impact. Chinese consumers at home and abroad are responsible for one-third of global luxury sales. The Italian fashion chamber has already forecast a 2% contraction in first-half revenues. ‘’I think we have to live day by day because it is beyond our control,’’ Ferruccio Ferragamo, son of the late Salvatore Ferragamo, said at the brand's Saturday’s runway preview. ‘’We try to do our best with heart and head, everything in order to get over this.’’ He said the brand is maintaining close contact with its people in China. ‘’I think that if we are very ‘foot on the ground,’ we will benefit later,’’ Ferragamo said. Giorgio Armani also expressed longer-term uncertainty. ‘’We don’t know when we will be able to breath a sigh of relief,’’ the designer said. Armani said the challenge for businesses won't end when the virus stops spreading. At that point, a fashion companies will need to renovate stores and ‘’again create enthusiasm among the people,'' he said after the Emporio Armani preview Friday. ___ FERRAGAMO’S ‘’METAMODERN’’ WOMAN The queen, the mother, the lover, the sage, the maiden, the huntress and the mystic. They are the seven Jungian archetypes that inspired creative director Paul Andrew’s newest collection for Salvatore Ferragamo. ‘’I was thinking that here, today, in this modern age, a woman in any given hour is all of those things together,’’ Andrew said backstage. Andrew’s mood board was full of ‘’iconic’’ women who fulfill those roles. They included Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sharon Stone, in her ‘’Fatal Attraction,’’ iteration, and Wanda Ferragamo, Salvatore’s widow, who helped turn his luxury shoe business into the global luxury brand it is today. The collection brimmed with Italian craftsmanship -- from wavy woven bags made from upcycled left-over leather from the Ferragamo warehouses, to hand-made macramé inserts in an archival botanical print that enhanced the back of a print blouse with eye-catching detail. Trousers were high-waisted, sometimes corseted and other times layered with a built-in side-cinched long skirt on top. Knitwear, worn perhaps as mini-dresses, came embroidered with exotic florals. Leather coats had a light feel and incorporated scarves. The design feature was repeated on sheer dresses and blazers, creating a dramatic effect. And there were strong all-leather pant looks for anyone wanting to star in their own James Bond thriller. The opening and closing looks featured fringe-adorned dresses -- one a shimmering silver fringe skirt over a black sheath, and the other long strands of ribbon trailing from a black strapless number -- that had a polished, shredded effect. Coincidence that it comes just weeks after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shredded a copy of U.S. President Trump’s State of the Union address on live TV? ‘’She’s an incredible woman,’’ Andrew said of Pelosi. ‘’She is powerful, she is strong, she is comfortable with herself. She is everything I admire in a woman.’’ ___ ANNAKIKI REPRESENTS CHINA IN MILAN Annakiki creator and designer Anna Yang filled her Milan runway with a zany collection of expertly constructed, playful silhouettes. As the only Chinese brand originally on the Milan schedule that was able to keep its runway appointment, Yang was ‘’very emotional about the show,'' said an associate, who goes by Meng. ‘’She's worried about public opinion.'' The show was packed, including Capasa in the front row, and her return to making an upbeat and fun collection after a more commercial last season was popular with the fashion crowd. That included a multi-tiered bubble ruffle dress, an overcoat with accentuated sleeves and a bubble skirt finish, and a mini-dress with puffy circular shoulders contrasting with the tightly cinched waist — all in bright hues of pink or orange. For him, there was an oversize tan plaid suit jacket that looked as if it had been mauled, revealing purple undertones. Yang makes all of her accessories and part of her ready-to-wear collection in Italy, and the other half in Shenzhen, China. The collection was mostly complete before the Chinese New Year and in Milan before flights closed. Three other Chinese brands had to pull out of Milan Fashion Week due to travel issues related to the virus. Annakiki's Chinese factory was able to open last week after a three-week closure, Meng said. But business still faces a tough recovery in China, where traffic at 24 monobrand stores has been ‘’down to zero,'' she said. The brand is also available in eight cities outside Asia, including London, Paris and Florence as well as online. ___ MISSONI’S GEOMETRIC MISSION Angela Missoni presented a co-ed collection bursting with youthful touches for mixing and matching. For her, there were light-weight knit tunics with diagonal stripes, worn with dark horizontally striped leggings. Overcoats were oversized and enveloping. Layered cardigans were worn with loose knit pants tucked into boots. Looks were finished with glittery knit gardening gloves, kerchiefs around the neck or Renaissance painter hats. The uniting theme was geometry: stripes of all types, that is horizontal, diagonal, vertical, triangular and patchwork. For him, geometric patterns clashed on a clean silhouette: a knit top of tiny bursts, patchwork pants and houndstooth overcoat covered with triangle patches. Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid closed the Missoni show, side-by-side, fittingly for the brand that is still firmly in family hands. ____ ERMANNO SCERVINO’S FEMININE BEAUTY Lace and embroidery lent beauty to Ermanno Scervino’s ever-light creations for next fall and winter. Strong floral embroidery, white on black, gave a Nordic edge to belted overcoats and ponchos, and a couture touch to puffer coats. Sequins became a glam daytime office look on a green asymmetrical skirt paired with a knit turtleneck. Pretty transparent pleated skirts were worn over sequined layers for a pretty impact. Slip dresses ranged from leather and lace combos in black to white-on-white embroidery. Beautiful golden lame suits will light up any holiday party next season. ‘’It’s an unconditional celebration of beautiful femininity,’’ Scervino said in show notes.
  • Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London on Saturday to pressure the U.K. government into refusing to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face spying charges. Famous backers, including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood joined the crowd protesting the U.S. espionage charges against the founder of the secret-spilling website. An extradition hearing for Assange is due to begin in a London court on Monday. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told a rally outside Parliament that the prosecution of Assange represented “a dark force against (those) who want justice, transparency and truth.' U.S. prosecutors have charged the 48-year-old Australian computer expert with espionage over WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of confidential government documents. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. American authorities say Assange conspired with U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a Pentagon computer and release secret diplomatic cables and military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange argues he acted as a journalist and is therefore entitled to First Amendment protection. He also maintains the documents exposed wrongdoing and protected many people. Civil liberties groups and journalism organizations, including Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, have urged the U.S. to drop the charges, saying they set a chilling precedent for freedom of the press. More than 40 jurists from the U.K., the U.S., France and other countries published a letter Saturday asking the British government to reject the extradition request. They accused the U.S. of “extra-territorial overreach” in seeking to prosecute an Australian who was based in the U.K. Assange is currently incarcerated in London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison, having previously spent seven years inside the Embassy of Ecuador. He holed up in the South American country’s U.K. diplomatic mission in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden to face questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. That case has since been dropped. Assange was evicted from the embassy in April 2019 and arrested by British police for jumping bail seven years earlier. Assange’s legal team argues that the case against him is politically motivated. His lawyers said they would present evidence they claim shows that Assange was offered a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign. Emails embarrassing for the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked before being published by WikiLeaks in 2016. Assange’s lawyers say the offer was made in August 2017 by then-Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who claimed to be acting on behalf of President Donald Trump. The White House called the claim “a complete fabrication and a total lie.” Rohrabacher said in a statement that he told Assange “that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him. At no time did I offer a deal made by the President, nor did I say I was representing the President.” ___ This story has been corrected to show that Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is American, not British.