Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

The iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away October 20 at his home in Connecticut after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was 82 and is survived by his wife of 25 years, Annette, a son, and three stepchildren.

Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932 but left home at age 18 to study in Spain with Sam Tabar.  On October 13 of this year, he announced that Peter Copping, a British fashion designer, would succeed him as creative director of Oscar de la Renta.

Every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy has worn Oscar de la Renta, and his designs were especially popular with first ladies Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.

Israel Offers An Unexpected, But Brilliant Photo Opportunity

Photographers are always looking for new locations to shoot. Having so much of the world already explored, there is a lot of competition for new places to shoot. Which is why Kinetis is making a huge name for itself on the photographer scene.

They are a non-profit that has been offering free trips to major photographers like Terry Richardson and Mike Kelley, that are looking for something different to shoot.

Everybody is so caught up with the cultural, and the religious significance of Israel, that they don’t see the beautiful modern city that Jerusalem has become either. There are some absolutely brilliant vistas, and architecture at work here. Providing unique view of the world that most people just don’t get to see.

 

New Umbrella Uses a Force Field

Yes, you’ve read the title correctly. Scheduled to hit the market late next year, this device will be an umbrella that will keep the rain off of you by using a force field instead of the traditional fabric material. At first, it may seem impossible, but when you look at the details, the technology is not something from a science fiction movie.

How the umbrella is designed
Basically, the device will look like an ordinary umbrella that has not been opened. Instead of the umbrella opening with a spring release or a manual push outward, there will be a button that will turn on a small motor, powered by a lithium battery that moves a fan. The fan pushes air up and over your head. The strength of the air functions as a force field against the rain and will keep you dry.

Advantages and disadvantages of this device
These new high technology umbrellas will be slightly smaller than a traditional umbrella. More importantly, the amount of air that the umbrella produces can be increased and decreased. This gives the user of effectively enlarging the canopy of the umbrella. This is something that is obliviously impossible for a traditional umbrella.

You might think that a fan-based umbrella would make a lot of noise, but a financial backer of the device, Gianfrancesco Genoso, has stated that the fan is quieter than the falling rain around you. Mr. Wang raised more than $14,000 to develop and realize his idea.