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Kenzo Takada Helped Put Asia on the Global Fashion Map

Before Kenzo, it was hard for many in the fashion world to imagine an Asian designer at the top of Paris haute couture. After Kenzo, Asian talent drawing inspiration from the East and beyond transformed the industry.

Japan-born Kenzo Takada, who died at age 81 on Oct. 4 near Paris, brought the roominess and boxiness of the kimono to contemporary clothing as well as bold floral designs and jungle prints. His models sometimes danced on the runway.

“My common theme was ‘freeing the body from clothing,’ ” Mr. Takada wrote in a series of autobiographical essays for the Nikkei newspaper published in December 2016 and later translated into English. “Rather than squeezing the body tightly, I wanted to make clothes that focused on the wearability of a loose silhouette.”

A model in a loose design by Kenzo at a 1975 presentation of his fall-winter ready-to-wear collection in Paris.



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AFP

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How Maryland’s Total Cost Of Care Model Has Helped Hospitals Manage The COVID-19 Stress Test

The Maryland Total Cost of Care (TCOC) model, one of the nation’s most innovative advanced alternative payment models, is about to enter year three. This demonstration and partnership with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing hospital global budgets, as evolved from its 2014 beginnings, and is guided by the state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).

We believe the COVID-19 pandemic represents an important opportunity to assess this global budget model under stress—with implications for future health care financing. One of us (Chris L. Peterson) served as the principal deputy director of payment reform and provider alignment at the HSCRC from 2016 to 2020. The other (Dale N. Schumacher) has represented hospital medical staff in prospective payment negotiations with the HSCRC and has published analyses of Maryland hospital performance. In this post, we describe how the TCOC model has provided flexibility and stability to Maryland’s private-sector hospitals

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This Instagram Trick Helped Me Find My Style and Confidence as a Plus-Size Woman

Olivia Muenter, HelloGiggles

Approximately 68% of women in America are considered plus size, but there’s a clear lack of industry representation and shopping options for this majority. In Plus-Size Diaries, columnist Olivia Muenter dives into all things plus-size, from sharing her personal experiences to speaking out about plus-size culture at large.

For most of my life, clothing and fashion have made me feel things, both negative and positive. I knew from the time I was eight years old that I loved clothing. Planning a new outfit for a special occasion brought me excitement and shopping brought me a certain thrill, but as someone who has fluctuated between a size 12 and 18 for most of my life, fashion has also brought me darker feelings. I felt jealous that my thinner friends could “pull off” wearing things that I thought I couldn’t, I felt bitter that popular stores didn’t

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