“Will they run out of oil or ideas first?” says commenter

In this week’s comments update, readers are discussing Saudi Arabia’s plans for a giant cube-shaped supertall skyscraper in downtown Riyadh.

The overwhelming response from commenters to the cube-shaped skyscraper was to draw comparisons with the Star Trek alien group The Borg, whose space ship was known as The Borg Cube due to its shape.

Paul L asked “have The Borg landed?”

“The Borg Cube has landed and Jean-Luc Picard will convince you all to join,” answered Wyriwig.

Andyandysh reminded readers The Borg have already warned they would come for us: “‘Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own’ – The Borg”.

JZ considered it in a different light, commenting “[it] reminds me of a bit of Boullée, which is appealing but the power of that project was the absence of commerce”.

Gytis Bickus was upvoted for echoing a similar sentiment with their question: “will they run out of oil or ideas first?”

Meanwhile Justlikemyopinionman just wanted to know if the video contained a dinosaur. “Was that a pterodactyl?” they queried.

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Two-storey home in a forest with a glazed ground floor and mirror-clad upper floor
Studio Okami Architecten has created the Beli House in Belgian woodland

“Killer home for birds”

Belgian practice Studio Okami Architecten’s mirror-clad woodland villa in Antwerp, garnered a slew of comments concerned for local birdlife.

“The mirror cladding doesn’t make the house disappear, it just makes it look ridiculous,” said Alfred Hitchcock. “It will also be covered in dead birds, regardless of what the architect thinks.”

HiKoo joked that if the house disappears in reflections of the surrounding forest, “it’ll make birds disappear also”.

“The vanity of humankind at the expense of nature!” lamented ThinkAgain. “Confusing for poor

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What Will AI Mean for Fashion?

PARIS — The race to create new artificial intelligence tools promises to revolutionize the fashion industry, from product design to brand communication — but will computers eventually replace creatives?

Underpinning the competition between tech giants is a new era of “generative AI,” a creative artificial intelligence that starts from a prompt and produces original output, like ChatGPT, which is capable of generating elaborate written responses on the basis of a few words.

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The technology has also been infiltrating fashion, through a variety of apps and platforms including art and image generators Midjourney and Stable Diffusion. The development could upend the industry by reducing the need for many junior positions, such as assistant designers, product developers and graphic designers.

Launched in October, supply chain platform Cala’s generative AI feature is built with the deep learning model developed by OpenAI, the U.S. artificial intelligence research laboratory behind ChatGPT. It can throw out designs in seconds with simple word combinations.

Cala and other image generators have catalogued every image that already exists on the internet, and brings together elements to create new images – reality-based but remixed with the AI’s imagination.

A prompt such as “red jacket” will give a user hundreds of iterations, while a more detailed description such as “jacket like Brad Pitt in ‘Fight Club’” will create original variations on the theme.

“You can iterate very quickly through an idea without ever needing to sketch something,” said Cala chief executive officer Andrew Wyatt. Through Cala’s mobile app, a user can also create a design on the fly. “Instead of drawing on the back of a napkin at a coffee shop or a bar, you could just start rendering a real garment,” he said.

Users can also upload their own image and have the AI produce variations of

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Suspects arrested after allegedly crashing cars into Fashion Island, stealing $100K in luxury items

Two burglary suspects were arrested Monday, and two more remain at large, after they allegedly crashed two vehicles into the Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton stores at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island and stole more than $100,000 in merchandise.

Newport Beach police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Dugan said a call came in at 3:45 a.m. Monday from security personnel at the outdoor shopping center regarding a commercial burglary in progress.

“There were actually two separate vehicles that were driven into the building on opposite sides of the structure through the entrance doors,” Dugan said Tuesday, indicating that the two stores are connected internally but both have doors to the outside parking lot area.

Dugan described one vehicle as an older model Ford Explorer, while the other appeared to be a sedan or small SUV of unknown make and model.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspects got into a third vehicle and fled the scene, engaging officers in a pursuit through a portion of Newport Beach and onto the 73 Freeway. California Highway Patrol officers joined in the freeway pursuit, following the suspect vehicle onto the 405 Freeway.

During the course of the chase, suspects were seen throwing the stolen merchandise — primarily high-end Louis Vuitton handbags — from the vehicle as it traveled from Orange County northward toward Los Angeles County, Dugan reported.

Los Angeles police officers eventually intercepted the vehicle and detained two of the suspects, a man and a woman. At least two other suspects fled on foot and were still at large on Tuesday.

The two detained — Ahmad Rahmaan, 25, and Tylise Bell, 28, both from Los Angeles — were taken back to Newport Beach, where they were booked on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary. Rahmaan was also charged with felony evading

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Most Iconic & Popular Louis Vuitton Bags To Collect

Louis Vuitton bags are not just a style or fashion statement that set the wearer apart from the crowd. Currently one of the most popular bag brands in the industry, the iconic carriers are more than just bags; they’re also synonymous with luxury fashion heritage.

In 1837, when a 16-year-old Louis Vuitton arrived in the fashion capital of Paris, he started as an apprentice at Monsieur Maréchal, making hard and sturdy luggage and trunks that could be roughly handled while mounting on horse-drawn carriages. Little did he know that these were the founding steps of what would become one of the global brands synonymous with high-end designer bags, luggage, vanity cases, jackets and clothes. In 1854, Louis Vuitton, a skilled craftsman and fashion designer, went on to establish this eponymous label and the rest is history.

Louis Vuitton bags have been a staple among globally renowned celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Venus Williams, Deepika Padukone, Kendall Jenner and Laura Harrier who have added to the accessories’ cult status.

The iconic French fashion house is constantly on the lookout to reinvent its classic styles and designs. With new collections and distinguishing elements, there are only a few brands in the history of fashion that have tastefully revamped classic handbags like Louis Vuitton.

Owing to its brilliant craftsmanship, it becomes difficult to choose a few from the most popular Louis Vuitton bags. From the Keepall and Speedy to Twist and Capucines, these bags have transcended time and set fashion standards high. If you don’t know where to begin, let this list of the most popular Louis Vuitton bags be your guide.

13 most popular Louis Vuitton bags in 2022:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag
Image credit: Louis Vuitton/ Instagram; Louis Vuitton

Launched in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is one of the most

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Gucci Hortus Deliciarum and more

This August, the world of high and fine jewellery delivered some truly spectacular sparkles. Some dedicated to a favourite flower; some, a favourite number; and others, still, in deference to the genre’s favourite well of reference, anchored their stones and gems in the image of nature and all of its wonders.

Names of the Rose

A rose by any other name . . . well, you can complete that oft-quoted Shakespearean line. But Christian Dior’s affinity for this specific flower is prolific. Kim Jones’ Dior Jardin capsule, as well as the house’s multitude of rose-scented lotions and potions stand abloom in evidence. The Rose Dior Couture jewellery line-up unfurls this season alongside the rest of Victoire de Castellane’s creations — Bois de Rose, Rose Dior Bagatelle and Rose Dior Pré Catelan — in homage to the thorny bloom. All exercises in transfiguration, the nine-count pieces in Rose Dior Couture, which encompass delicate necklaces, stud earrings and rings that spiral into rosebuds caught mid-bloom, immortalise such fleeting ephemerality with scores of rose gold, white gold and pinpricks of diamonds.


With water came wine and with the prowess of the artisans at Tiffany & Co. came a high-shine titanium wreath cobblestone-studded through with more than 8,000 pavé diamonds. So whatever sins Kendrick Lamar bore with this crown of thorns he (and long-time creative collaboration Dave Free) commissioned specifically for his Glastonbury performance, they must’ve been of the fun, insouciant and very cool kind.

Spirited Away

Louis Vuitton’s 125-piece Spirit collection captures the spirit of, you guessed it, the LV woman with five rarefied themes — Liberty, Grace, Fantasy, Radiance and Destiny — said to be infused

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