Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 Collection

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Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 Collection

There is something about the Sonia Rykiel designs that always pulls us closer in. Julie de Libran has an eye for beauty and a tendency to truly capture a woman’s essence by beautifully encasing her silhouette, making the French fashion house such a lovely alternative to many other brands. The Sonia Rykiel resort 2016 collection was shown off in New York but a few days back at Laduree Soho to a full house. The new collection meant for an awesome vacation is all about the American look it seems, and the venue was very fitting for that in Manhattan. It is the 1950s that we celebrate here, with quilted satin track jackets and colorful satin sandals in multiple colors; there are culottes and a jean jacket with star shaped embellishments, pretty pencil skirts and rainbow colored jackets.

The rainbow stripes have become a signature and we cannot expect to see a Sonia Rykiel collection without them. This time they are done up in sequins on little dresses as well, on iconic knots the brand is known for as well as cardigans for a sweetly simply daytime shift in fashion, coming off as innocent among the rest of the sexier resort collections. It appears we may expect to be seeing a whole lot more of them soon enough as it is.

Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 Collection

Julie de Libran has really transformed the Sonia Rykiel brand, giving it a sort of fame it has not enjoyed in quite a while. The strategy used is finding iconic pieces that appear constantly, slightly revamped and always looking impeccably good. These are pieces that women wear on a daily basis, whether they are walking into town to meet with a friend or enjoying a great daytime occasion with other women. The brand has much potential and we expect de Libran will soon have tapped right into it.

We have to make mention of those shoes. While many of the collections we see appearing before us offer less than attractive versions for the resort collection for some strange reason, the thick heeled ankle strapped versions seen here are entirely too enticing. Add wide hemmed and high waist denim to the mix, fitted with the multi-colored striped tops and you have a totally Sonia Rykiel look.

Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 Collection

This collection as a whole included maxi skirts and mini dresses, awesome green matching button down shirt jackets and mini shorts, as well as an interesting take on ropers with a micro appeal to the legs area and long sleeves, the waist cinched in with a rather thick belt. We find ourselves staring at wraparound style skirts that reach a mini level, as well as eye-catching diagonally stripped pieces in matching twin sets that come fringed at the ends. Stripes in general make a pretty astute appearance throughout, often falling diagonally, sometimes even with glittering sequins. Colors, colors and more colors define the whole of the collection, while we also see glimpses of shearling, and layered ruffles on pretty maxi skirts. We are not sure, but this is perhaps one of the better resort collections with the right amount of cruise-worthy outfits among its line-up.

Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 Collection

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FENDI RESORT 2016 COLLECTION

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Preserving its iconic modern allure, the latest Fendi resort 2016 collectionmanages to combine some of the coolest trends we have seen during the recent fashion shows of the Italian luxury fashion house. Among such amazing trends we should mention the lush floral patterns, the new interpretations of denim and, of course, leather, which stands out with its strict geometric designs. Still, it’s the iconic bird of paradise that continues to be the main motif used throughout the collection, giving a touch of exotic and tropical air to the fabulous looks. We saw this motif during the Fendi fall 2015 fashion show, when colorful bird of paradise details were used as interesting embellishments for the Fendi bags, and now they turn into romantic patterns adorning some of those ladylike dresses coming in both long and short lengths.

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

It’s definitely the architectural look of the flower that caught the attention of Karl Lagerfeld, who is a big fan of geometry when it comes to Fendi designs. The flower has interesting sharp points and edges, which still look so delicate when imprinted on a flowing strappy maxi dress coming in a white color, or on the tea-length full-skirted yellow dress with white collars used to give a schoolgirl modesty to the overall look. It’s also the main motif used for the color-blocked sharp leather coat, giving an abstract look to its already futuristic design. A couple of skirts, jackets and coats use the same motifs put in different color shades, and each time looking absolutely pretty.

We still do see Lagerfeld’s favorite geometric patterns in the collection, particularly stripes in different shades or color-blocked patchwork worked out so meticulously to look like one whole piece of material painted in different shades. It’s here that we discover the mind-blowing textural plays, when leather is used as patchwork for a denim piece, or silk is worked out the way to look like authentic denim or shearling. You can never say what fabric has been used for that Fendi piece until you touch it and that’s what makes the brand always stand out with its futuristic concepts in designs and fabric technologies.

Creativity doesn’t stop here, as we also discover absolutely insane lightbulb motifs in shearling decorating a black sweater and a black leather backpack that we are sure to spot a lot in the streets during the upcoming fashion shows. A khaki sweatshirt features the word “Fendi” again in shearling, while we also see looks that solely focus on the structure and interesting color palette comprising lots of khakis, ochres, yellows, caramels, blacks and some touches of pastel hues. Those perfectly tailored high-waist shorts are the best pieces to wear to work, to street or to cocktail parties, while we also love the polished culottes adding a retro touch to the overall modern scene.

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

Equally amazing is the accessory line of the Fendi resort 2016 collection, and while we miss the famous Karlito here that has become the fashion crowd’s favorite charm, we still see cute fur monsters available in different shades and mostly in big sizes in order not to go by unnoticed. Add bird of paradise inspired heeled sandals and statement-making handbags to the looks and you have one stunning collection of trend-setting goodies you’d like to wear day in and day out!

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

Fendi Resort 2016 Collection

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA RESORT 2016 COLLECTION

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During his six months at the helm of Oscar de la Renta design Peter Copping has managed to present two astounding collections – the fall 2015 ready to wear line and the latest bridal collection – and now he dazzles the audience with the Oscar de la Renta resort 2016 collection that again manages to capture de la Renta aesthetic to the fullest. This time he decided to cite two worlds of de la Renta, being New York and Punta Cana, while still preserving the big amount of femininity and sophistication that the late fashion designer worshipped so much in each and every of his collections. Copping plays with Oscar’s signature bright colors and flirty floral patterns, while still managing to keep things so demure and relevant. Pretty ruffles, intricate embroidery and perfect tailoring only add to the perfection of the collection, which proudly targets all those elegant and feminine women, who want to look and feel luxurious at the office, at cocktail parties and on a daily basis!

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

The lush color palette is the first thing that catches the eye in the Oscar de la Renta cruise 2016 fashion line and we love every little bit of it, whether it’s the beach colors of magenta, marine blue and marigold, or the timeless rich reds, bright yellows, muted blacks or whites. In terms of trendy patterns, we see tons of florals put in different color shades, but also brushstroke motifs that take the artistry of the clothes to a whole new level! A couple of pieces come in monochrome shades, focusing on the design, details, pleating, embroidery and ruffles rather than on the opulent floral motifs. In both cases, we love the high amount of ladylike allure these pieces come drenched in.

The collection opens with much office appropriate and daytime looks composed of knee-length pencil skirts teamed with elegant white shirts and printed blazers, or knee-length flared skirts in bold prints skillfully combined with printed flowing blouses. Generally, the daywear focuses more on a lighter construction and more toned down patterns and shades with black, white, cream and blue being the protagonist shades and mini daisy and graphic patterns acting as spices. De la Renta’s signature coatdresses cinched with leather belts are also there along with the perfectly polished skirt suits so perfect for the modern business ladies. A touch of warmness is added to the collection through the use of knitted pencil skirts, which are beautifully contrasted with the lighter airy blouses altogether creating the most relevant cruise looks.

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

While the daytime looks are pretty functional and stylish, no wonder we adore de la Renta’s cocktail dresses and breathtaking taffeta gowns available in opulent color shades. A long-sleeved below-the-knee lace dress, strapless taffeta gowns in different hues and strappy flowing dresses are some of the prettiest cocktail looks, while the dramatic floor-length gowns featuring lots of ruffles, frills and draping are simply out of this world! Copping’s innovation was the use of swimsuit-inspired bodices and the filmy caftan, which gave a modern appeal to the overall classic collection!

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016 Collection

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IT’S REAL! BALMAIN FOR H&M FOR FALL 2015

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There is a new hashtag in town and it is driving us nuts! It very well may be one of our very favourite collaborations yet, with#HMBalmaination rocking the fashion world to and fro these days. Balmain is a pretty well-known and well respected fashion house; seeing it decide to work with one of the biggest fashion retailers in the world that also happens to offer some of the more affordable clothing options for men, women and children is more than just a pleasant surprise! We are thoroughly excited, and have been from the moment the hashtag appeared on social media. We have seen Alexander Wang take on a collaboration with Coachella; Olivier Rousteing has taken the Billboard Music Awards by storm. It appears that Balmain loves to show off and brought out supermodels Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn to the red carpet with an announcement that says the brand will be partnering with H&M soon enough!

Balmain For H&M for Fall 2015

The Balmain with H&M collaboration will include a line of women’s and men’s clothing, as well as shoes and accessories, meant to hit the stores on November 5, 2015. It will also be available online through e-commerce sites. It is expected that the buzz around this collection will not die down until the time of its release either, the 1.1 million Instagram followers attesting to that. According to Olivier Rousteing, it has always been his wish to do such a collaboration, so after H&M approached the house for one, it was more of a no-brainer.

“When you so a collaboration with H&M, it’s a big step in the fashion industry. It’s a big achievement, professionally and personally. Professionally, you build a world and they want to be part of it. They want to be part of the Balmain army, which is amazing. Personally, it’s an amazing challenge as a designer to make a collection for the street market and for the entire world. When you work for a super luxury brand, you don’t have so many stores, your vision isn’t the entire world. With H&M, you know you’re part of the world, you touch all the continents. I’ve always been loud about being about diversity and the world. So it’s perfect,” states Rousteing in one particular conversation with Style.com. We could not agree more, for Balmain was not very reachable for many to date. Now, we can be sure that we’ll be wearing some awesome H&M pieces that have also been designed by one of the biggest fashion houses in the world.

The craftsmanship of the couture details will not be lost, according to some public statements. The richness and glamour of Balmain will be kept, but twisted to meet the tastes of girls and women of all ages on the streets. H&M has been in the business of creating collaborative collections with many a designer for a full decade now, starting with Karl Lagerfeld back in 2004. The buzz created by each such line-up has only spurred on the efforts to defy the challenges and meet customer wants and needs.

“Ten years ago, I was the one waiting in front of the window to get the pieces. So I feel like this time I have a double personality: one is the designer who created the collection, and the second is the one who remembers how it felt to wait for the pieces and fight to get them. That’s what’s going to make this collaboration really real, because I know the feeling of wanting the pieces and worrying you won’t get the pieces because it’s going to sell out in two hours,” responds Olivier when questioned about the moment it all comes out. We certainly could not agree more as we find ourselves waiting to get our hands on some awesome, affordable, Balmain pieces come the fall.

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SIMPLE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FROM EVERYDAY ‘WASTE’

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The trend of ‘Do It Yourself’, or DIY, has become very popular in the beauty industry lately. The idea can be extended anywhere between bands creating their own record labels, to people creating their own furniture, and of course, those who prepare their own natural beauty products. The many benefits of the DIY mentality includes a sense of independence, fostering creativity, and learning new skills. In the specific arena of making your own beauty products, it can also encourage you to learn more about the ingredients in your products, and to keep the products you use on your face and body as natural and basic as possible. The added bonus, of course, is that making your own beauty products can also be very cost-effective, saving you money in the long run!

DIY beauty products have become so popular, that there are even companies focusing on it, and marketing their own products this way as well, where the consumer is meant to prepare the final product based on instructions in a kit. While these companies can of course potentially carry well-made or natural options, why not skip the ‘middle-man’ and create your own products with the ingredients tailored to your preferences? Let us however take DIY beauty products an additional step further and create them from items that can already be found around our homes – notably things we could be ready to throw out! With this idea, we also incorporate one of the important “R’s” in “Recycle, Reuse, Reduce”, and can make our own products that are also environmentally friendly!

Simple Beauty Products from Everyday ‘Waste’

1. Lemon Peel/Leftover

Whether you use your lemons to make a salad dressing, in lemon meringue pies, or just to squeeze some into your morning tea, after using up as much of the liquid from the pulp as you can, you might be ready to just toss them into the compost bucket without thinking twice. However, that lemon peel with any leftover can be a great skin care product – all on its own or with just a little water!

For those prone to dirt-based pimples and break-outs, which can be caused from environmental pollution, pillow covers that haven’t been washed, or simply touching your face too much with unclean hands, using a lemon peel can be a great way to prevent an outbreak, or at the very least reduce the symptoms of one that has already begun. Simply grab the cut lemon half, spread the pulp and the juices over a dry unwashed face, and let it sit for about half a minute, or even just twenty seconds. If you have any cuts on your face, this could of course sting a little bit so be careful! Once the time is up, use relatively cold water to wash it off thoroughly. Remember, while the lemon juice is acidic enough to actually clean up dirt based residue, it is not meant to be left on the face for a long period of time, as it is very acidic. Make sure to rinse properly and then simply towel dry your face and only use this option when you need it. Alternatively, you can mix the pulp with some water for a gentler option before rubbing it over your face, but you should still wash it thoroughly off after 20-30 seconds. You can keep your lemon peels in your fridge and use them for this quick face wash when you need it to prevent pimples or an outbreak, or to reduce already existing ones.


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2. Coffee Grinds/Almond Pulp

Moving on from DIY beauty products for your face to ones that you can make for your body, let’s consider a very simple, effective, and natural body scrub, again made from products you may be throwing out! When you make your morning coffee, whether it be with a coffee maker or in a jazzve, you are usually left with the coffee grind residue, either in shapes that resemble cookies, or in the bottom of your cup. While your first thought would be to again dump the residue in your compost bin, instead, consider saving it and keeping it in your fridge or freezer (the latter only if there is no water left remaining). If you don’t drink coffee, but make your own home made almond milk, after straining the milk through a cheesecloth or metal strainer, you are again left with almond pulp or grounds. Some people may use it in baked goods for substance as well as a protein-kick, but you can also save it in your fridge, again for an important ingredient in a homemade body scrub!

Whether it is the coffee grinds or the almond pulp that you have, both are meant to serve as the ‘scrub’ in the body scrub. The only real difference is that almond pulp, especially if blended for a long period of time, would be a gentler alternative. Regardless of which one you use, it is always best to mix with a natural product that would soften the exfoliation, as well as moisturize the skin. In this case, some options you could use are coconut oil or shea butter, or you could use both mixed together. Coconut oil and shea butter are great natural skin moisturizers and will balance out the effects of the scrub, leaving you with exfoliated skin that is soft to the touch. Coconut oil is also considered to have a great scent, but if you prefer a different one, you can always add a drop or two of a favorite essential oil to the mix to personalize your body scrub! As coconut oil hardens or softens depending on room temperature, you could use your fingers to soften it up before adding it to the coffee grinds or the almond pulp, or simply double-boil the amount you want and use as a liquid that can be distributed more easily.

Depending on your skin type, you can adjust the ratio between the scrub and the moisturizer with some trial and error. If you have sensitive skin, add more moisturizer. If you want a thorough scrub to improve your circulation, you can adjust the mix to be able to deliver just that. Once you are in the shower, just take small amounts of the scrub at a time and move it all over your body or the desired areas. Try to step away from the water or turn it off in order to let the moisture sink in before washing it off. Rinse off thoroughly and simply towel dry your exfoliated and moisturized skin!

3. Avocado Peel/Leftovers

Whether you just made delicious guacamole, or have devoured an avocado straight, before tossing the peel, check to see if there is any residue of the avocado left, and if so, use it as a moisturizing facial mask. You can leave it on while you finish preparing your meal too! You have probably heard avocados are high in fat, but they are the food fats such as oleic acid and omega-3 fatty acid. These fats are health promoting fats when you consume them, but can still provide benefits to the surface layers of skin. Avocados are also a rich source of vitamin E, which protects skin tissues and keeps the skin looking young and refreshed. The oleic acid found in avocados also moisturizes the surface layers of skin, keeping it hydrated and smooth, and also at the same time reducing redness, inflammation, as well as irritation. Simply use your fingers or a spoon to gather up any remaining avocado that is still connected to the peel and rub it all over your face. Aim to leave the ‘facial mask’ on for about 20 minutes or until it hardens. Rinse off with warm water and simply towel dry. Done!

4. Extra Coconut Oil

While you may not usually have excess amounts of coconut oil around the house you are planning to throw out, you can still use this nutrient-packed oil in small amounts for beauty purposes. When you use it in cooking, and remember, as it is a medium chain fatty acid it is one of the few oils that are actually stable enough to be used in heat without any adverse effects, the little residue oil left on the knife or spoon you scooped it out with can be just enough for anything between a quick moisturizer for your hands, lips, face, or any part of your skin, a make-up remover, deep hair mask conditioner, or even as a great substitute for a shaving gel!

So instead of washing the small amounts off of the spoon, collect it with your fingers and make sure to use it, as with coconut oil a little bit still goes a long way. As it is a great natural antifungal and antibacterial, it serves as a great moisturizer for our skin, especially on our faces. You will not need very much, so just soften the oil with your fingers to make it into more of a liquid state and rub it all over your face and you can resume any cooking or baking and let it sink in completely! You can alternatively use it on your hands or lips, especially during the winter months when they both tend to become dry and chapped, and it is a good reminder to keep them moisturized as often as you can.

You can also use a small amount as a fantastic natural makeup remover too, that will leave your skin clean as well as moisturized. Simply use a small amount and gently rub it into your eye makeup and/or your entire face. Next just rinse everything off with warm water and the residue of the coconut oil will leave your face feeling soft and fresh. Better than most commercial brands of make-up remover, which have more ingredients than we can count, and it will get the job done while moisturizing! Alternatively, you can use it as a base before applying your make up, again with the benefits of having a natural base that will moisturize.

Depending on the amount leftover, you can also opt to use the extra coconut oil as a fantastic alternative to shaving gel, or keep small amounts in a bowl or jar until there is enough to get the job done. Rub it all over your legs or anywhere else you wish to shave, let it sink in for a few moments, and begin shaving. It will keep your skin smooth enough to practically guarantee a smooth shaving with no accidents or irritation, and when you rinse off all of the residue, your skin will remain smooth and supple, and the moisturizing aspect of the coconut oil will reduce any potential bumps or irritation post-shave!

Whenever you also have a small amount of coconut oil leftover from any cooking or baking, it can also serve (talk about multi-purpose!) as a deep hair conditioning mask. Again, a little bit goes a long way, so you would just need a small amount and you can distribute it after softening it with your fingers all over your dry hair, focusing mostly on your ends, especially if they are dry or brittle. You can then pin your hair up away from your face and leave it in as long as you like before showering. If you leave it in overnight like most deep hair treatments, make sure to put something between you and your pillow to avoid any messes! You can also just use it on your ends as a detangler or moisturizer that you can leave on until your next hair wash.

5. Used Tea Bags

When you have a morning cup of green tea, or are enjoying a late afternoon tea on a weekend, after dipping in a green tea bag or letting it sit for a while, you may remove it and think once the flavor is gone you might as well toss it in the compost pile. However, many people swear by using caffeine-based tea bags to alleviate the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and puffy or swollen eyes. Many companies, when making under eye treatments, add caffeine to their products for the reason that it is said to shrink blood vessels around the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles as well as puffiness. So whether you were up late working, went for a night out with friends, or had an interrupted sleep causing the ‘tired’ look in the morning, before piling up on the concealer, try this trick for a refreshed and rejuvenated look!

After making your tea, simply squeeze out excess water from your tea bag (into your tea), and put the bag on a small tea plate to cool off, or put the plate into the fridge if you are in a rush. Once it cools off significantly, pick it up out of the cup, carefully not to burn yourself, and if there is still a lot of excess water, give it another squeeze, and then lie down and put it over your eye, alternating your eyes with the two sides of the tea bag. You can leave them on from 10 to 15 minutes on each eye and then simply rinse off your face. You can also collect the tea bags as you use them in a container in the fridge so you can have two ready at a time, and speed up the process!

So with just a few products you would perhaps throw out – a lemon peel, coffee grinds or almond pulp, coconut oil and tea bags, you can make a DIY natural face cleanser to clear out dirt, a body scrub you can adjust to match your skin type, a face mask, an all-purpose moisturizer, a deep hair conditioner, a shaving gel, and an under eye treatment!

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CHRISTIAN DIOR RESORT 2016 COLLECTION

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The Christian Dior resort 2016 collection has officially been revealed! There is something about the Dior fashion house that always seems to appeal to us and Raf Simons made sure that once again the label would not disappoint. As we begin planning cruises and resort vacations for about 6-8 months later from now, we will definitely be turning towards Dior for some grand inspirations. Nothing beats seeing incredibly beautiful models walk through a plane-like structure and onto the open runway, particularly on such a sunny day as this; and oh how lovely the frothy and uniquely designed pieces paraded on the runway were but a few hours ago.

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection The show was set in the Le Palais Bulles, literally a makeshift palace of terra-cotta bubbles set into a cliff between Cannes and Monaco. We saw airplane cabins when originally spotting the place, but we know it can also be construed as a Flintstone style condo that is meant for a caveman’s luxurious needs. Pierre Cardin has acquired the property and Dior’s cruise/resort collection looked pretty awesome from that point of view. Did you know that Cardin himself was sitting in the front seats, not looking a day older than 85, despite his 92 year old true age? It is sad to see so many of the top designers well into their senior years, even if they keep busy and still dominate the world of fashion.

The air about the Dior resort 2016 collection setting was just as lovely as the place itself, with Simons calling it “playful, sweet… childish, almost.” He had fallen in love with the venue about 5 years ago and finally had the chance to show off his creative ingenuity in the house that he describes as being big and intimate but without the behaviour of authority. “And Dior can do that sometimes, especially if you look at it from an architectural point of view.”

But what was it that made the collection itself so captivating? The Bar jacket has been pushed aside and the Bar silhouette brought to the forefront, with its full sleeves and nipped waist. This was paired with taffeta shorts, while the pantsuits were toned down to size with flip flops. Low heeled and pointed versions of shoes appeared all over, while the iconic Dior femme fleur was seen shimmering all about with its crystal construction. The checked neo-Bar suits were incredible to behold, while the smocks and the rompers appealed to our vacation loving senses greatly.

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

The architectural design of the house certainly influenced the line-up itself, the idea of curves in a sea of boxy homes translating into some unique pieces that would stand out from among all the rest of the resort collections this year. Just as he found the architecture to be young, feminine and playful, so do we find Simons’ creations newly showcased in the exceptionally alluring home in the south of France. Between kilts and gingham shorts, sculpted jackets with pleated, peplum waists and sleek tennis dresses or cropped sailor pants combined with Lurex striped tops, this was most certainly a collection we fell in love with over and over again.

“We tried to make it very, very light, and much younger, and therefore also more futurist and modernist,” stated the mastermind behind the Dior line of late and we simply could not agree more with this spot-on assessment.

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

Christian Dior Resort 2016 Collection

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