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Paris Fashion Week Wraps Sans International Retailers In Attendance. Will This Affect Their Offerings Come Spring?

The nine-day Paris Fashion Week physi-digital show experience for Spring 2021 wrapped last week, albeit in an altered manner. Live presentations accounted for roughly fifty percent of the brand’s collection reveals. The current Coronavirus pandemic kept all but local retailers away – and even some of those chose to sit it out and watch online.

With common sense dictating no travel rules for buyers abroad, they experienced the shows virtually. I asked four retail executives: Roopal Patel, Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue, Laure Heriard Debreuil founder of The Webster, Lisa Aiken, Moda Operandi’s Buying and Fashion Director, and Libby Paige, Net-A-Porter’s Senior Fashion Market Editor, their take on the season in Paris and what their racks and webpages will be stocking this Spring.

NOTHING BEATS IN PERSON Unanimously all agreed that

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Annual Coinstar Holiday Survey Reports COVID-19 Will Affect Holiday Plans and Gift Giving for Americans

Limited holiday gatherings, reduced gift giving, and virtual gift exchanges are all signs of the time

BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The annual Coinstar® Holiday Survey fielded among 2,009 U.S. adults reports that the COVID-19 pandemic will influence how the majority of Americans will celebrate the holiday season this year. Among those respondents, 40% will not travel to visit relatives nor attend or host holiday gatherings. Despite these changes, nearly one-third (32%) of say they will make the best of the holidays season.

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Top Coinstar Holiday Survey findings:

  • Well over half (56%) say COVID-19 will influence how they celebrate the holiday season. Nearly one-third (31%) admit they would skip the holidays this year if it were a viable option

  • Nearly half (49%) of Americans would consider “Christmas in July” 2021 to have in-person holiday gatherings

  • Half (50%) of Americans plan to give fewer

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Developing a model to predict how artillery blast exposures affect the brains of military personnel

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers are partnering with the U.S. Navy and National Institutes of Health to develop a model predicting how regular exposure to artillery blasts affects the brains of military personnel.

The military could use this model to determine which groups of service members are at greatest risk from repeated exposure and develop plans to reduce their risk of potential adverse health effects over their career. A three-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will help support this research.

The risk model will build on an earlier collaborative study between UVA researcher James Stone, MD, PhD; Capt. Stephen Ahlers (retired), PhD, of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center; the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; and the NIH. The study found that military personnel working as “breachers” – specialists who use explosives to enter buildings

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New model examines how societal influences affect U.S. political opinions

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Northwestern University researchers have developed the first quantitative model that captures how politicized environments affect U.S. political opinion formation and evolution.


Using the model, the researchers seek to understand how populations change their opinions when exposed to political content, such as news media, campaign ads and ordinary personal exchanges. The math-based framework is flexible, allowing future data to be incorporated as it becomes available.

“It’s really powerful to understand how people are influenced by the content that they see,” said David Sabin-Miller, a Northwestern graduate student who led the study. “It could help us understand how populations become polarized, which would be hugely beneficial.”

“Quantitative models like this allow us to run computational experiments,” added Northwestern’s Daniel Abrams, the study’s senior author. “We could simulate how various interventions might help fix extreme polarization to promote consensus.”

The paper will be published on Thursday (Oct. 1) in

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