Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward

first_imgDonegal has had its fair share of Lotto wins recently, but it wasn’t the county’s lucky day this time around, as Ireland’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed.A large family syndicate from Naul in Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday’s massive €175.4m EuroMillions jackpot.It was revealed today that six sisters will share the winnings. The lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul. A family spokesperson, who is married to one of the syndicate, said: “This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves.”The win has been described as a ‘dream come true’ for the close-knit clan, who are mostly retired.The family spokesperson added: “We know this is a huge story and there is great excitement over this win.“We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don’t want this to dramatically change our lives.” The €175M jackpot represents the biggest ever lottery win on the island of Ireland.Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward was last modified: February 20th, 2019 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

Public Comments Sought for New I-26 Interchange

first_imgThe N.C. Department of Transportation will be seeking public opinion regarding a proposed new interchange between Interstate 26 and U.S. 74.The project will provide direct connections from I-26 west to U.S. 74 east and from U.S. 74 west to I-26 east. Nearly all work on this project will be completed within existing right of way. The NCDOT is working to complete construction of the interchange improvements prior to the FEI World Equestrian Games being held nearby at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in September 2018.Transportation officials will hold a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the Polk Center Auditorium of the Isothermal Community College to begin a month-long period of collecting comments. The meeting at 1255 West Mills Street in Columbus will allow transportation officials to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding this project. The public may attend at any time as there will be no scheduled presentation.An opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting and also may be sent by mail no later than May 25. Contact Kenneth McDowell, Project Engineer, at NCDOT Highway Division 14, 253 Webster Road, Sylva, N.C. 28770 or (828) 586-2141 or kjmcdowell@ncdot.gov for more information.Information and materials can be viewed as they become available at www.NCDOT.gov/projects/public meetingsNCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or at (919) 707-6085 as easy as possible to make arrangements.NCDOT will provide interpretive services upon request for people who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English. Please request services prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.last_img read more

Can WDW Quick Service Dining Be Romantic?

first_imgShare This!Just when I thought I had pondered every Disney question under the sun, I was asked something I had never heard before, “Can you suggest a budget-friendly, romantic meal at Disney World for a young couple (not table service)?” Essentially this guest was asking, “What’s the most romantic quick service restaurant?”Geyser Point at the Wilderness Lodge has a romantic viewThere are plenty of articles about romantic Disney table service restaurant (Victoria & Albert’s, and many others). Could there be such a thing as a romantic quick service?First, let’s consider what makes a restaurant romantic. Some factors that might be conducive to a romantic atmosphere include:Lighting: Harsh light looks good on no one. Romance is about soft shadows, so we’re looking for something with dim lighting, or perhaps candles.Ambient noise level: When you’re whispering sweet nothings, you want to be able to hear them. So, the overall decibel level needs to be low to moderate.Music: Music in the background could be fine, but you probably don’t want anything too frenetic or powerful.Personal space: With romance, you want to have at least the illusion personal space. No one needs to overhear your pet names for each other.Sight lines: You don’t want to be looking at anything that takes you out of the moment. Lovely outdoor scenery is perfect. A view of the bathroom door is not. Most things in between are neutral.Food: There are romance-friendly foods from many cuisines, but for an important romantic meal, you’ll want to avoid menus that are heavy on the garlic or other breath-killers.Alcohol: Of course, alcohol is never mandatory, but sometimes a glass of wine or a perfectly blended cocktail can warm up the mood.Are there any Walt Disney World Quick Service restaurants that meet at least some of those criteria? The champagne at Amorette’s ups the romance factorAccording to the Disney website, there are 196 quick service venues at WDW. Many of them are food trucks, stalls, or windows where there is no place to sit. Since romance involves lingering, let’s eliminate those right off the bat. Let’s remove the quick service places at the ESPN Sports Complex and at the Water Parks due to too much background screaming, as well as the food courts at the value resorts because you’re likely to be swarmed by a cheer team at any moment there. That still leaves well over 100 options for quick service.Being more surgical, let’s look at some options park by park.In the Magic Kingdom, contenders are:Be Our Guest, lunch: plus points for dim lighting, pleasant decor, French-ish menu, and availability of wine; minus points for noise level of excited children. Also the most romantic-sounding dish, Coq au Vin, will cost a not-so-budget-friendly $18.99 each. Ouch.Columbia Harbor House: plus points for the isolated and quiet second floor dining space, and the grilled salmon and lobster roll are relatively refined foods for a theme park; minus points for the lack of adult libations, and while the upstairs is dark and quiet, it’s not particularly pretty.Casey’s Corner: This is clearly a dark horse candidate. It’s nearly impossible to look dreamy eating a hot dog, but if you take your food to the nearby lawn, you can have a sort of picnic with a view of the castle. Sigh.Is it possible for a hot dog shop to be romantic?At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, contenders are:Docking Bay 7 in the soon-to-be-opened Galaxy’s Edge: I haven’t see the seating area yet, and it’s sure to be a zoo for many months, but having the ability to say, “I love you,” “I know,” to each other in Star Wars Land might just be the most romantic thing I can think of.Other than that the pickings are slim. No one is finding romance at the ABC Commissary.At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, contenders are:Satu’li Canteen: plus points because the food is good and there are beer and wine options, and the lighting is on the darker side. If you can manage to grab and outside table near dusk when it’s not too hot or crowded, the view of Pandora is amazing. On the minus side, it has literally never been not too hot or crowded in Pandora.Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes: plus points because there are outdoor tables that are often sparsely populated, the sangria is OK, and the mango pie is nice, shareable dessert. On the minus side, the food is only meh, and is it possible for a place with “Yeti” in the name to be romantic?Harambe Market and Flame Tree BBQ are both so-so choices. On the right day you might be able to find a quiet table near the water, but sausage and pulled pork are not typically thought of as romance foods.Tables behind Epcot’s Fish Shop have a lovely viewEpcot’s World Showcase is practically the epicenter of theme park quick serve romance. There are themed drinks and lovely views absolutely everywhere. Some contenders are:Katsura Grill: The outside tables have trees for shade and in the later afternoon, it’s rarely crowded.Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie: Ooh, la, la, perfect French food. But the seating there is horrible and loud. Take your cheese and baguette to a bench by the water, grab a glass of champagne from the walkway stand and problem solved.Tangierine Cafe: The food is tasty and, depending on what you order, it could be light. There are a few tables inside in the back that are dark and quiet.Yorkshire County Fish Shop: Like the hot dogs at Casey’s at the Magic Kingdom, the fish and chips served here aren’t exactly romance food, but the view of the World Showcase from the lakeside tables is perfection.La Cantina de San Angel: Again, great views of the lake and lots of tables for two nudge this into romance zone.While the value resort food courts are too loud and too bright for real romance, there are a few spots for romance at the moderate and deluxe resort quick service spots, as well as at Disney Springs.Hurricane Hanna’s, Yacht & Beach Club resort: On the plus side, great views of the lake and Stormalong Bay pool on the minus side, boring menu and not very private.Maji Pool Bar, Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village: On the plus side, nice pool view and very isolated. On the minus side, the menu is limited and you’re never going to there if you’re not staying there.Sassagoula Floatworks, Port Orleans French Quarter resort: Beignets are romantic. That’s all you need to know.Geyser Point Bar and Grill, Wilderness Lodge resort: This hybrid quick service restaurant and bar has comfortable seating, delightful views of the lake, and a fun cocktail menu. No much to say in the minus column except that since is also a bar, the servers tend to hover, asking if you want more drinks.Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs: This is primarily a bakery, so the meal menu is not large, but they do have savory crepes, champagne, and eclairs – really the perfect formula for romance. The setting is not particularly nice though, and if it’s busy it can get loud.Also keep in mind that many of the hotel lounges serve table service food at less than full table service prices. The lounges are often dark and quiet, sometimes with low-volume background music. These can be great choices for a romantic light meal, but if you’re trying to keep costs down remember that with any dining where there is service, you’ll have to budget for gratuities.Among the options here, my choices would be Geyser Point, Satu’li Canteen, Amorette’s, and, oddly Casey’s Corner. But of course romance is in the eye of the beholder and anything can be romantic if you’re in the right mood.What would your choices be for romantic quick service restaurants at WDW? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

EAS Merchandise Protection Strategy

first_imgUnicodeIn recent years, Gap Inc. has implemented a number of electronic article surveillance (EAS) solutions, including in-store applied hard and alarming tags, factory-applied source/soft tag labels, and factory-applied hard tags (FAHT). This 2009 article explores the key decision points, financial rationale, infrastructure requirements, and benefits of why Gap Inc. moved toward a blended solution, the key component of which was the FAHT program. This article also seeks to provide a framework for your company to evaluate the appropriate strategy that Gap Inc. found very effective.Source TaggingAs of 2009, Gap Inc. had implemented the FAHT program in each of its three brands—Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy—in North America and Europe. However, each brand had an existing soft tag/security label infrastructure in place prior to the transition to the FAHT program.FAHT differs from traditional in-store applied hard tags and factory-applied source/soft tags in three key ways. The key differences will vary depending on your current EAS strategy—that is, if you are using in-store applied hard tags, source/soft tags, or if you do not have any tagging program.- Sponsor – Labor Savings. By moving tagging out of the store, there are significant labor savings. As you can imagine, paying factory wages in Vietnam to tag is significantly less expensive than paying for domestic store labor in New York City.Shrink Savings. The well-established benefit and deterrence of applying a hard tag not only reduces inventory shrinkage in the store, but (with FAHT) throughout the supply chain, by placing EAS pedestals at the entry way of distribution centers.Ongoing Cost. With in-store hard tags, there is a one-time expense to purchase the tags with limited replenishment due to in-store tag attrition in later years, while there is ongoing annual expense with FAHT.These differences force retailers to consider the following five key areas when exploring the feasibility and financial benefit of implementing a FAHT solution.• Shrink rate/dollars and sales impact • Cost of tags and product coverage • Store payroll savings • EAS infrastructure and vendor consideration • Location of shrink in your real estate portfolioGap Inc. built a strong business case by successfully triangulating these five components. In other words, the company was able to show that a FAHT strategy reduces overall expenses, through lower shrink and payroll, even though these savings are partially offset by higher expenses associated with purchasing the factory-applied hard tags on an ongoing basis.Shrink Rate/Dollars and Sales ImpactNot surprisingly, factory-applied hard tags have a greater positive financial impact when a company has higher shrink dollars and/or a higher shrink rate. Simply stated, the greater the shrink, the greater the dollar savings from tagging. This is the case for almost any tagging technology.At the time of this article’s original publication in 2009, Gap Inc. had experienced shrink savings of 5 to 70 percent in product categories protected by FAHT, with the lower-end savings experienced in categories previously protected by in-store hard tags and the upper-end savings on categories without any previous protection.The most astonishing impact of Gap Inc.’s FAHT experience was the shrink improvement realized in departments that were previously covered by in-store applied hard tags. No benefit had been expected in these categories. However, due to the near-perfect tagging compliance from the factories and the uniformity in tag placement, the company experienced an improvement in shrink. In conjunction with merchandising and store operations, loss prevention communicated specific placement standards to the factories for all product tagged.The other key benefit associated with reducing shrink is the opportunity cost of not being able to sell the merchandise. Without a doubt, sales and margins improve when shrink is reduced because the product is sold rather than stolen. The challenge is estimating the recapture in gross margin dollars due to the reduced shrink. The recommended method to include this benefit is to use a weighted average gross margin of the tagged product multiplied by the estimated shrink savings. This way, not only is the benefit from shrink savings included in your business case, but the margin upside as well.Cost of Tag and Product CoverageThe second critical component for evaluating FAHT for your stores is to understand the price your company would pay for tags. Pricing largely depends on the expected volume of tags your stores will use annually. Tag cost is the most crucial component of the FAHT evaluation because the business case is more sensitive to the tag cost than any other input. This is a result of the significant number of tags that will be purchased each year.Depending upon the size of your company and the number of units tagged, your tag purchases may reach into the tens of millions or more. The price that you pay for each tag on a per unit basis from the electronic article surveillance provider will rarely be the final cost of adding the tag to the merchandise. The same holds true for any source tag or label.There are typically five factors to consider when determining the total tag cost, referred to as the “fully loaded tag cost.”• Tag price • Cost to ship tag to factory from point of manufacture • Duties applied by country of production • Retailing country customs duty • Applicable rebate if, for example, you recycle or reuse the tag and can negotiate a rebate from your recycling company or providerFully Loaded Tag Cost. Duties vary by factory location and may be applied to both the tag and the freight costs. The customs duty may not apply and therefore lower your total cost of ownership if your company uses a recirculation program for sending the tags back to the factory (the factory cannot be in the retailing country) and your company has a government customs ruling in place to identify that the tag will be removed from the merchandise and recirculated.It is advisable to partner with your company’s finance and/or production departments to determine the exact fully loaded cost for your tag. You should research this important aspect of the FAHT program because it can have a significant impact on your tag cost and business case.Product Categories to Tag. When evaluating what product categories to tag, it is important to consider the shrink improvement, incremental cost of the FAHT program, and payroll savings. Generally, higher-priced, lower-unit categories are more likely to show a positive return on investment as the savings on shrink and payroll exceed the incremental cost of the tags. In contrast, lower-priced, higher-unit categories are less likely to demonstrate a positive return because the cost of the tags overwhelms the shrink and payroll savings.Shrink-reduction estimates due to FAHT should be a combination of historical rates from your company in conjunction with improvements ranging from 5 to 70 percent, depending on your current EAS solutions. As a rule of thumb, Gap Inc. used a 20 to 25 percent improvement.Gap Inc.’s decisions regarding which products to tag were based upon both financial and production-level analysis; that is, the financial benefit of applying a FAHT at the product department level and the ability to apply a tag without damage to the merchandise. When these two decision points met, a FAHT was applied.For example, categories tagged generally include denim, bottoms, outerwear, dresses, suiting, sweaters, and woven shirts. Categories not tagged often include knits, furnishings, and accessories. At this point, select product may receive a soft tag/label or stores may elect to use an in-store hard tag or an alarming tag applied to high-shrink items, such as leather handbags or silk dresses to minimize shrink in these categories with a high average unit retail.Another key consideration for Gap Inc. revolved around how to protect children’s merchandise (0 to 12 years). In order to meet Gap Inc.’s stringent product-safety standards, tags with sharp points cannot be applied at source to this product category. In addition, tags with metal components may activate a factory’s needle-detection machine. Therefore, Gap Inc. elected not to include children’s merchandise in the initial FAHT program.Interestingly, results indicated that theft has migrated to children’s merchandise as it was not protected with a tag. To mitigate loss in this category, the company began testing a tag developed specifically for children’s merchandise in an effort to overcome the safety and needle-detection issues.Store PayrollAs stated earlier, moving tagging out of the back of the store to the factory provides opportunities to reduce store payroll, likely your company’s largest controllable expense category. Gap Inc. realized this payroll decrease through higher productivity in store receiving, with a 30 percent increase in units per hour (UPH) standards.To assess the payroll allocated to tagging, you will likely have to partner with your finance and store operations teams. Once potential payroll savings are determined, this can be included as a benefit in your business case. Reducing payroll expense not only provides additional benefit, but it is also an opportunity to simplify store operations and gain support from your field and store operations business partners. Without fail, Gap Inc.’s in-store field teams recognized the positive impact on workload and morale through the elimination of in-store tagging.EAS Infrastructure and Vendor ConsiderationSince tags are applied at the factory and merchandise flows to all stores, it is important to emphasize that a FAHT program requires a consistent, single-technology EAS infrastructure in all stores. This requirement may cause you to add and/or replace existing EAS equipment.If necessary, the sales on the secondary market of your existing EAS pedestals, detachers, and tags can be used to pay for or offset the cost of new equipment for a FAHT program. You may also need to consider any remaining book value associated with the existing equipment and the potential accounting implications.Moreover, your existing equipment will likely play a role in your decision about a FAHT vendor. The ability to leverage existing equipment can reduce the overall cost of rolling out FAHT and provide a strong return on your equipment investment.Additional considerations when evaluating a vendor is the aforementioned cost of the factory-applied hard tags, and the vendor’s ability to reuse and/or recycle the tags to reduce tag costs over time. The vendor also may be able to provide opportunities to reduce the tag cost through volume discounts and long-term contracts. This is an important evaluation because the lowest possible tag cost is crucial to developing a successful business case.Location of Shrink in Your Real Estate PortfolioThe final decision point requires an understanding of where your shrink is occurring across your store base. One of the greatest benefits of a FAHT program is its universal coverage in all stores. This can also be its greatest downfall.For example, if your shrink is highly concentrated in one region with little to no shrink in the remaining regions, a FAHT strategy is, in all probability, not the right solution for you to reduce shrink. In this scenario, the greatest financial benefit would likely come from using a regional in-store hard-tag strategy where you are concentrating the expense and savings associated with tagging where the shrink is occurring.However, if your real estate portfolio covers a larger, more geographically dispersed area with shrink less concentrated in any particular region, a FAHT program may be the right strategy for you.Implementation of FAHTIn addition to realizing the shrink savings associated with the FAHT program, solid program execution is a valuable way of gaining support for the success of your overall merchandise protection strategy. The program is essentially a production program with the tag or label considered “trim,” just like a shirt button or denim rivet. Partnerships with the production, sourcing, and store operations departments are critical to the program’s operations, and it is important that they understand the entire business case.For example, increasing merchandise manufacturing costs by adding a security tag or label may not be well accepted by a merchant, which may lead to poor compliance in adding the tag to the merchandise bill of materials. However, when the same merchant understands that the program will enable stores to retain the product to sell at full price, they will understand that the tags provide a significant benefit.Sourcing and production teams will be important points of contacts for your tag provider and factories. They can provide planning forecasts and factory details to yield on-time tag deliveries, as well as directing vendors on placement, costing, and ordering details via technical bulletins.Store operations may support the program by evaluating and providing timely feedback, including tag application and factory compliance to adding the tag.It is noteworthy that tag recycling/recirculation programs also support many environmental principles and practices that both customers and employees value todayIn-Store TaggingAs of 2009, Gap Inc. had largely moved away from in-store tagging for the reasons described above except in particular circumstances. However, depending upon the factors involved, in-store tagging can have a greater financial return than FAHT. This can occur when one or more of the following criteria are met:• A lack of a fleet-wide EAS infrastructure, • An acute shrink issue in a particular geographic area, and/or • A product mix where significant hard tagging may not be suitable.The first and foremost challenge with FAHT is the requirement to have the aforementioned fleet-wide consistent technology platform. The financial return from shrink reduction may take years to pay off the cost of the infrastructure. This depends upon your company’s existing infrastructure and the size of your shrink opportunity. Your company may obtain a higher return on investment with a more surgical, less capital-intensive approach by using in-store applied hard tags.Second, as was previously stated, FAHT is a “shotgun” or “blanket” approach, whereas in-store tagging can leveraged in a “rifle” or “scalpel” approach. For example, if there is an acute shrink issue in Dallas, the city and surrounding area can be covered while not simultaneously covering Phoenix, where there may not be an issue. This way, your resources can be focused on reducing shrink in specific geographic areas of concern.Third, the product mix found in your stores may not be best suited to a FAHT solution. For Gap Inc.’s predominately soft-lines product mix, FAHT was an optimal solution. However, your stores and product mix may be different and in-store tagging may operationally be a favored solution.This was the case for one of Gap Inc.’s brands where these three factors combined to favor the continuation of in-store tagging. First, this brand did not have a fleet-wide infrastructure to enable FAHT. Second, there was not enough shrink savings associated with fleet-wide tagging to justify the infrastructure investment. Finally, the average unit cost/unit was lower in this brand, which further made the ongoing cost of FAHT less palatable versus the one-time cost of in-store tagging.Overall BenefitGap Inc. gained relative short-term benefit following the transition to source-tag labels. Stores that had not previously protected their merchandise with an in-store hard-tag program realized a significant improvement in shrink; however, the opposite held true for stores that used hard tags. Therefore, the larger benefit of the soft tag program was the operational framework it set to build the FAHT program upon.Gap Inc. realized significant savings and success from implementing the FAHT program. The framework of five factors included in this article helped the company to effectively and successfully evaluate the financial, store, and production impact of moving to a FAHT program. Presenting a holistic review of the optimal shrink-mitigation strategy, whether it be FAHT or in-store tagging, enabled Gap Inc. to gain internal buyoff from business partners in finance, store operations, production, and merchandising in addition to our own loss prevention team.By consistently applying this methodology, by being transparent with our assumptions, and by ultimately delivering on what we promised, LP has gained traction and credibility internally. Hopefully, by sharing our experience and successes, your company can leverage the framework described in this article to make informed decisions about the right merchandise-protection strategy for your stores.This article was originally published in 2009 and was updated February 3, 2016.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Security: Zero Trust Model for Cybersecurity

first_imgThe Zero Trust model is just that, no matter where access to a particular system is coming from, whether it is from inside or outside the perimeter of an organization, it should not be automatically trusted until it is verified.  The historical way security was implemented was like a castle and moat — security focused on the perimeter but assumed that anything inside and that had gotten past the external line of defense was okay.Charlie Gero, CTO at Akamai, said that “the strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don’t trust anyone. We’re talking about, ‘Let’s cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don’t allow access to IP addresses, machines, etc. until you know who that user is and whether they’re authorized.”Jeff Pollard, analyst at Forrester, said that “the reason why we rely on the idea of zero trust is because it solves the problem of the disappearing perimeter. Your users don’t work from the places they used to work. Your systems aren’t spun up in the way they used to be spun up. [With zero trust], you move from implicit permission to explicit permission.” Chase Cunningham, analyst at Forrester Research, said that “people buy technology and Frankenstein it together and think if they keep throwing tech at the issue they will get it right. The reality of it is, when I ask them ‘What is your strategy?’ most of them don’t even have an answer.”last_img read more

Fashion: New styles for the 1980s lend to cling close to the skin

first_imgPicasso suit: Yves Saint Laurent ensembleFashions for the new decade seem to be more glitter than gold. As the financially turbulent seventies come to a close, fashion designers have learnt to tighten their belts for the future.Lancettes lines: small waistlinesNew styles for the 1980s lend to cling close to the,Picasso suit: Yves Saint Laurent ensembleFashions for the new decade seem to be more glitter than gold. As the financially turbulent seventies come to a close, fashion designers have learnt to tighten their belts for the future.Lancettes lines: small waistlinesNew styles for the 1980s lend to cling close to the skin. Exposures are maintained at a minimum. But the sparkle is turned on high.Striped suitFrom silken sheaths to tightened trousers a new shiny chic is recommended in the new fashion collections for the spring and summer of 1980.Satin blouse and Crep de Chine pantsDresses shot with gold thread, sequined crochet skirts, satiny shirts and jackets are suggestions from couturiers as far apart as Hanae Mori of Japan to the house of Paco Rabane in Paris.Victorian chiffon and a modern split dressBritish designer Bill Gibb goes as far as to swathe his models in shimmery. sequined disco outfits embellished with tinsel and crepe, and jewelled in junk baubles.Hanae Mori ensembleThe cost of the garish, giddy spectacles may also seem outrageous: any of his disco dresses are priced at anywhere between Rs 9,000 and Rs 15,000 approximately.Zig Zag Chinese style: new look for the miniThe disco phenomenon remains the major influence on changing fashion trends:but the virginal frocks that Travolta’s heroines sported have been discarded in favour of pants-slick, slim and ending in ankle-wrenching stilettos.Sequin lookDresses are swirling, pleated, high-waisted creations in zany, rich colours conjuring tropical forests and plumed birds of paradise.Purples and pinks, deep crimsons, indigo blues and ultramarines are being touted in Paris this year. Yves St. Laurent exhibited full-blown skirts gathered with satin sashes; in Milan designer Lancetti picked out the theme in pleated skirts printed in geometric diagonals.advertisementCrocheted openwork dressThe fashion industry, however, expects a free-for-all: as one designer in Paris put it, “The eighties are a fluid time to draw in the experiments of the seventies. Quite frankly, in the years to come, anything goes.”last_img read more