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More Fashion Industry Experts Announced for the GTBank Fashion Weekend Masterclass

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An Image Architect from America, a Luxury Fashion designer from London and a Master in retail, marketing and communications from Hong Kong – the recently announced line-up for The GTBank Fashion Weekend Masterclass, doesn’t just cut across the fashion industry, it also cuts across three continents! 

More facilitators will be announced as the countdown to the biggest fashion event in Africa continues. 

The fourth edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend is set to hold from Saturday the 9th to Sunday the 10th of November 2019, at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

Meet your Facilitators:

Law Roach 

Law’s works have appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, Time Magazine, GQ, Billboard, New York Magazine, Notion, amongst others. 

Before Law became the creative director responsible for the style transformation of  legendary superstar Celine Dion and hollywood starlet Zendaya, he was the boy from Chicago with a knack for spotting fashionable vintage pieces. He started his career in the fashion industry, selling vintage clothes from the trunk of his car. 

In 2009, Law took his fashion business from the trunk to the storefront and opened his own boutique named Deliciously Vintage. After a few successful years, Law moved to Los Angeles where he won his first major client, actress Zendaya. Law’s network of clients now include A-list celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Zendaya,Ariana Grande, Tom Holland, Tiffany Haddish, and many more.

In 2016 he joined the panel of judges for the hit TV show “America’s Next Top Model” and was the first African American on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Stylists issue.

David Au

David Au is the Editor in Chief of Vogue, Hong Kong. Prior to joining Vogue HK, he was the Group Managing Director for leading Asian conglomerate, Fung Retailing Group, overseeing the overall marketing for the nine business units, including Toys “R” US, Macy’s China Limited, amongst others.

Mr. Au has extensive luxury, retail, marketing and communication experience. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Au held the position of International Communication Director for Celine SA, Paris. At Celine, Mr. Au was directly responsible for the brand management and communication for four key zones including, USA, Japan, Asia and Europe, whilst also sitting on all the major committees.

In 2006, Mr. Au returned to his home country, Hong Kong, and joined Ermenegildo Zegna, an Italian luxury fashion group, where he oversaw brand management and communication in six major markets. 

In his time as Editor in Chief of Vogue HK, Mr. Au has been behind some of the magazine’s most memorable moments, like the 2019 historical cover of global superstar, Rihanna, who became the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue Hong Kong.  Mr. Au sits on numerous Boards including the International Board of Vertu, the Advisory Board of Kailis Pearls, the Board of Macy’s China Limited, amongst others.

Huishan Zhang

Huishan Zhang, is one of London’s finest designers. Chinese-born and Dior haute couture-trained, Huishan is the owner of the eponymous luxury brand, Huishan Zhang, which is stocked worldwide at stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harvey Nichols, Browns, amongst others. 

Huishan Zhang has been mapping out his signature style since his days as a student at the world-renowned Arts and Design college, Central Saint Martins, London. In his 3rd year at college, Zhang was handpicked by the Director and Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton, Delphine Arnault, to work in the House of Dior, Paris.  

In 2014, Huishan was awarded the International Chinese Designer of the Year at the Elle China Style Awards. In the same year, he was named in the BOF 500 as one of the people shaping the Global Fashion Industry. In 2015, Huishan was a finalist for the LMVH Prize, he was also a recipient of the 2016 BFC Fashion Trust and a nominee for the 2017 Vogue Fashion Fund. 

To register for their Masterclasses, click HERE

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Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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