суббота, 26 февраля 2011 г.

Everyone likes TOPSHOP

Topshop Unique
Where Topshop Unique lead the masses tend to follow. Based on this assumption, AW10 looks set to be awash with autumnal shades of burnt orange, brown and mossy greens. Picking up on a trend that has emerged on the streets of London over the past few months, and has seen a move towards traditional fabrics, rich colours, an almost English eccentricity, Topshop Unique presented a collection inspired by The Great Outdoors.
Oversized cosy coats with enormous matted fur hoods, feature sections of unfinished knit and hats adorned with deathly sharp spikes provide the perfect protection against the harsh winter elements.  The Furry animal hats were fun, yet unusually practical, whilst a squirrel print knit jumper provided a refreshing alternative to Fair Isle patterns.
Juxtaposed against this textural warfare were lighter pieces, full of promise and fantasy- with delicately frayed edges, woodland creatures and natural imagery- a Narnia that’s not for the fainthearted. The accessories were, rather predictably, exemplary- traditional boxy bags in brown, sheepskin rucksacks had old-fashioned binoculars and torch charms, whilst shoes were of the sturdy, lace up kind, but with a traditional Topshop twist- think buckles, ankle pouches and ultra thick socks.
I have seen the future. We will embrace nature, and outdoor pursuits, but perhaps oversized antlers and a camping trip in mid-Winter is a step too far…
Posted by Vicki Loomes.

No single, essential difference separates human beings from other animals.' So began a feature article on evolution in TIME magazine ('How Man Began', March 14, 1994). The more I thought about this sweeping statement the more I began to warm to it.
For example, like humans, apes have well formed rational faculties. Their ability to develop an argument, follow a line of logic, draw conclusions and frame hypotheses is quite remarkable.
photographer: Marina Melikian
Also like humans, apes have a marked faculty for language. (This, of course, is intertwined with their powers of reason.) Their vocabulary is enormous, their grammar complex, and their conversations deep and meaningful.
The apes' ability to codify language in writing is further proof of their close relationship to humans. In this respect, it was most gratifying to see the number of apes who wrote to TIMEmagazine in response to the article on 'How Man Began'. I was particularly interested to follow the line of reasoning of the orang-utan who argued that apes had evolved from humans, not vice versa.
Like humans, apes also have a strong spirit of inquiry. Their research in the fields of astronomy, mathematics, medicine and physics is noteworthy.
Apes also (again, like humans) yearn for meaning in life. This is why they devote so much of their time to philosophy, theology and ethics. The religious sentiments and practices of all apes can be traced back to their intense and endless quest for meaning.
Apes are concerned about questions not only of origin but also of destiny. The best proof I can offer for this claim is the maxim by one famous ape philosopher who said, 'Whether my life leads ultimately to the dirt or to the Judgment, either way, I've got a problem.'

Apes also have, like humans, a refined aesthetic sense. They admire beauty and long to surround themselves with it. When an ape cultivates a garden, puts flowers in a vase, or hangs up a painting, what is it doing if not expressing a love of beauty?
Again like humans, apes have a strong creative impulse. This is seen in their poetry, painting, dance, drama and music. To a lesser extent their creativity is also evident in the way they gather in weekly craft groups to weave baskets, spin wool, knit shawls, and cover photo albums.
The sense of humour shared by all apes is another proof of their close kinship to humans. Their delight in the ridiculous and their love of a good laugh is plain from the popular ape jokes they tell.
Reason, language, inquiry, wonder, longing, religion, morality, aesthetics, creativity, imagination, aspiration and humour ... such intangible but fundamental qualities are by no means unique to humans, as I hope I have conclusively shown. Therefore, in the profound words of TIME magazine: 'No single, essential difference separates human beings from other animals'.
This being the case, Christians are plainly wrong to insist that humans and animals are vastly different. And they are also obviously wrong to insist that this difference arises from the fact that God created us humans in His own likeness. And if they are wrong to insist that God made us in His own likeness, then they are wrong to insist that God has any claim on us.
Thank you Marina Melikian for amazing day and great photos.

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