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Goodbye loungewear: Paris designers dream up clothes for normal life

“I don’t want to lounge any more,” the designer Jonathan Anderson said via a Zoom call from the Paris studio of the LVMH-owned Spanish brand Loewe, where he is creative director. His sentiment was echoed repeatedly, incessantly during the Autumn/Winter 2021 Paris menswear collections, where the overriding message was the death of the sweatpant, the… Continue reading Goodbye loungewear: Paris designers dream up clothes for normal life

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Joe Biden brings a welcome return to normal — and to trivia

Evidence of the new era was visible by dusk on Joe Biden’s inauguration day. The new US president and first lady stood outside the door of the White House. And waited. And waited. The wait, as the New York Times reported, lasted all of 10 seconds. Not long enough to be of consequence — but… Continue reading Joe Biden brings a welcome return to normal — and to trivia

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Barnier warns post-Brexit border friction is the new normal

Michel Barnier has warned that many of the new regulatory frictions hampering cross-Channel trade will be impossible to smooth over, as the inevitable consequences of Brexit begin to manifest themselves for businesses across Europe.  The EU’s Brexit negotiator said that some things have “changed for good” as a result of the UK’s policy choices, noting… Continue reading Barnier warns post-Brexit border friction is the new normal

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Letter: Crackdown highlights territory’s new normal

Police in Hong Kong have instigated yet another mass crackdown on the pro-democracy camp, with 53 people, who held or participated in unofficial primaries ahead of the aborted legislative council elections last year, arrested under the charge of “subverting state power” (“Hong Kong police round up opposition politicians and activists”, Report, January 7). The police… Continue reading Letter: Crackdown highlights territory’s new normal

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Do you pine for lost office rituals — or prefer the new normal?

As coronavirus spread around the world in the early spring, many workers were forced to adapt to working from home. Some changes will outlive the pandemic; others may come to symbolise this tumultuous moment in history. What do you think should change for good? Join the discussion in the comments below this article. The meeting… Continue reading Do you pine for lost office rituals — or prefer the new normal?

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Be wary of a return to ‘normal’ America

“Rejoice,” say Donald Trump’s opponents, “America is returning to normal.” Alas, normal is what saddled America with the outgoing US president in the first place. The routine was established with Barack Obama. A Democrat runs the White House and Republicans control Capitol Hill. Whatever the president proposes, Congress disposes. Regardless of the particulars, Americans tend… Continue reading Be wary of a return to ‘normal’ America

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Goodbye, normal jeans: hello haute denim

This is not your average denim. This is denim that’s so artfully cut and washed that it looks presentable in the office. Denim so delectable it mingles effortlessly at a party. Haute denim isn’t new, of course, but this season’s offering is different: a cache of fashion houses have sought out partnerships with traditional denim brands, combining… Continue reading Goodbye, normal jeans: hello haute denim

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Fear is the new normal for Hong Kong democrats

The last time I saw many of my social media friends online was June 30, the day Beijing passed a national security law for Hong Kong. My friend list was shortened and some reappeared with names that I did not recognise. Many removed their accounts out of fear that they might be pursued for even the… Continue reading Fear is the new normal for Hong Kong democrats

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Best New Ideas in Money: Mean Mr. Market: To fix the world and the economy, normal may not be good enough

Illustrations by Kevin Whipple The universe is mean. Average. A man who wins the lottery will feel a million times happier at first, but research shows this mood windfall is short-lived. Even if he manages not to blow the money, his level of happiness will soon settle back to that of his crabby, pre-jackpot self.… Continue reading Best New Ideas in Money: Mean Mr. Market: To fix the world and the economy, normal may not be good enough

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Good riddance to a lot of what I thought was normal life

I returned to the office for the first time in seven months the other day, hoping to find the place virtually unchanged. A colleague who had just done the same said he found his office still covered with newspapers from the days before the building was emptied in mid-March, plus a parched office. Ready sandwich… Continue reading Good riddance to a lot of what I thought was normal life