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Imane Asry is a full-time student of economics and a full-fledged fashion star known on Instagram as fashionwithfaith. She might have lightheartedly joked, “Let the hunger games begin,” when wishing her followers a Ramadan Mubarak (blessed Ramadan) online, but there is no doubting Asry’s serious devotion to her Muslim faith, one sign of which is her hijab, which she started wearing as a teenager. “It was a personal decision,” explains Asry on the phone from her hometown of Stockholm, one that surprised even her very supportive parents. “I was questioning a lot of things and trying to find the answers; I basically fell in love with my religion and I kind of wanted to commit more and show my love for God in a way that would affect my personal life, so I felt the hijab was a good choice.”

Asry’s online life began when she wrapped her head. “I’ve always been very interested in fashion and when I decided I was going to wear the scarf, I was thinking to myself, Well, this is obviously going to change my style a bit, but this could be a fun thing to document, so let’s set up a Tumblr.” She soon found that her mix of inspiration images (photographs, art) and personal style pics appealed to an engaged audience—one eager for tutorials. A YouTube channel followed, and, of course, Instagram. Since she started engaging on social media, Asry has observed an increasing acceptance or normalizing in fashion, not only of modest dressing but also of “diversity in many senses—seeing that fashion is for everyone and not just for one stereotype that we’re used to seeing.”

What distinguishes Asry from other bloggers is her modest riff on Scandi style. “I think that’s something that’s kind of a breath of fresh air,” she notes. “I mean, I do love prints, I love colors, I love all of those things, but on myself, there’s nothing I find more aesthetically pleasing than a very simple outfit.” For these, she relies on Swedish brands like Acne Studios, Filippa K, Whyred, Rodebjer, and Totême, the co-owner of which, Elin Kling, has been Asry’s “style crush” since she was 13. Asry also follows Brittany Bathgate and, on the modest scene, Leena Al Ghouti.

There is not one formula for modest dressing. “Sometimes I have to explain to Muslims and non-Muslims the reason why I’m wearing the hijab and sometimes I have to explain why I choose to wear it a certain way,” says Asry. During Ramadan, some women choose to dress more modestly; “I’m not saying it’s a priority for everyone,” emphasizes Asry, who chooses to make it one, and admits to having done a lot of Ramadan shopping. “I’m not really a dress type of girl, but during Ramadan, I wear them in a way that I feel comfortable in. A long dress with an open kimono is very chic.”

Above, Asry shares two of her Ramadan looks; both make manifest her dedication to faith and fashion.Read more at:australian formal dresses | online bridesmaid dresses


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Assouline Reprint Offers Intimate

Two years ahead of establishing his publishing company, Prosper Assouline documented Azzedine Alaïa’s summer 1992 collection with a book of his own photographs. Now, 25 years after its initial release, “Alaïa Livre De Collection: The Secret Alchemy of a Fashion Show” is getting a second act on May 1 with a special reprint celebrating the late couturier’s work.

“I did this book as a love affair,” explains Assouline, whose publishing house has showcased the work of other fashion brands, including Dior and Vionnet. “It has nothing to do with books or publishing, but Azzedine was a very close friend.”

Admittedly “not a photographer at all,” the French publisher spent nearly two weeks that year shadowing Alaïa and documenting his creative journey within his 60,000-square-foot studio and headquarters in Paris’ Marais district. Comparing Alaïa’s process to that of a sculptor, Assouline’s photographs not only display the designer’s creative and technical process, but illustrate how each collection was shaped by the beauty surrounding him.

“For him, life was beautiful every day,” Assouline says of the designer, who died of heart failure last year at age 77. “I wanted to show the detail of the clothes and also the correlation between the [19th-century] architecture of his building and his collection and his work ethic.”

Dedicated to his craft, Alaïa would often return to his studio following dinner to work through the night, spending “hours on a small detail,” says Assouline. “I am 60 years old and I’ve never seen somebody so talented who worked so much.”

As Assouline’s publishing empire grew to include nearly 2,000 titles, “Livre de Collection” was filed to the publisher’s archives for a quarter century until Italian gallerist Carla Sozzani urged Assouline to reprint the book as the catalogue for a retrospective of their friend’s work, opening next month at the Design Museum in London.

“I never forgot this book,” continues Assouline, who recalled the many intimate moments he captured during the frenetic days — and moments — leading up to Alaïa’s 1992 runway show. Shots include models Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Christy Turlington Burns being outfitted in the Tunisian-born designer’s collection.

One of Assouline’s favorite images from the 200-page book shows Alaïa seated on the floor alongside longtime Chanel shoe designer Raymond Massaro, with whom Alaïa was collaborating for the footwear of his collection. “They were inspecting the shoes and discussing the design, yes, but they both loved the workmanship.”

Describing the book’s pictorial journey as “like a movie,” Assouline hopes to once again celebrate Alaïa in a way the designer would not have during his own lifetime. “For him it was always about being chic, sexy and proud [when wearing his clothes]. He believed in people and was the first designer I knew who was so in love with [all types of] design. It’s unbelievable how much I learned from him — it’s bizarre that we’re re-releasing this after 25 years, but it’s wonderful.”Read more at:QueenieAu | bridesmaid dresses australia


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Lahum is Abu Dhabi's newest thrift

The idea had been at the back of Ameera Amir’s mind for some time: to open a thrift shop and use its proceeds to fund scholarships for children from lower-income families.

It picked up momentum, however, during early discussions about the Year of Zayed. This is apt, given the Founding Father’s commitment to principles such as education and sustainability, and respect for all mankind – values that Amir has also dedicated her working life to. Nonetheless, when she soft-launched Lahum at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Park in January, Amir wasn’t sure whether one key part of her plan would work.

“I didn’t think really anyone would buy, because it’s a new concept,” she says. “People are used to donating clothes and those clothes going to people in need, but the concept of reselling in a thrift store?”

In the first of a series of happy surprises for Lahum, which means “for them” and refers to children, Abu Dhabi’s community has been buying away. This includes an Alexander McQueen wedding dress, sold for Dh200 to a woman who claimed she was acquiring it for a friend. When she returned to re-donate the dress, she confessed it was for her own wedding. Another woman, a lawyer, picked up several abayas to wear on a business trip to Saudi Arabia, says Amir. “She said: ‘You know, I’d hate for me as a mother not to have enough funds for my child to go to school, so I’m more than happy to support this,’” recalls Amir.

That was another adjustment Amir had to make to her expectations for the concept: she initially imagined that Lahum would appeal to and should target lower-income members of the community. “I realised that no, people are passionate about the cause.”

Amir dreams of going on to establish Lahum stores across the UAE, and hopes to create the kind of brand recognition enjoyed by similar concepts in other countries, such as Canada’s Value Village, but with a more far-reaching impact on the community.

She pays the administration costs and salaries of her two full-time employees herself, so all funds can go towards the scholarships, and she has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Education Council in low-income communities to identify children in need. In the three months since Lahum launched – the official opening is this week – the shop has already raised enough to cover at least three scholarships.

Amir’s passion for education also reflects her own feelings about Sheikh Zayed, who paid families in a newly formed UAE to send their children to school. “I made it a point to get the highest level of education myself,” she says.

“I wanted to learn so I could always do things better.” With a master’s in international affairs and sustainable economic development from Columbia University in New York, she runs her father’s business conglomerate in the private sector, holds advisory roles in the Abu Dhabi government, sits on several boards and runs a number of private businesses. Lahum’s model also reflects Amir’s passion for social enterprise over charity. One of her other initiatives, Weyakum, helps young people in the UAE realise their educational and professional aspirations. It has been recognised with an Impact of Youth Development award.

And then there is the dedication to sustainability, which is seen in every aspect of Lahum. Located in four shipping containers designed to look like an open cardboard box, it is decorated inside with recycled tyres, upcycled oil barrels, a giant sign made from old Spinney’s cartons and trendy-looking price tags fashioned from cereal boxes.Read more at:QueenieAu | formal wear brisbane


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Spectrum 2018 benefits all CSU Students

Hey Rammies! If you were at the CSU Fashion Show, Spectrum 2018 on Friday night, then you got to see the future of the fashion industry! From recycled military parachutes to evening gowns, this show had it all. The spotlights were pointed straight at the four designers who won awards for their designs, but every collection was jaw-dropping! If you haven’t heard already, you should know to keep an eye on the fab-four designers of the night! Sara Begley won Best Construction, Lauren Bruce-Lund won Most Marketable, Erica Quinones won Most Innovative, and Nicole Pink won Outstanding Designer!

If you’re a common S.O. reader, then you know that the Fashion Show requires tireless effort to create. SO, what are the benefits of the Fashion Show other than a fabulous night of fashion?

All of the students involved in the Design and Merchandising Department get a first-hand real-life experience of what it’s like to design a collection, and produce a fashion show. All hands are on deck for this event, everyone, no matter their focus of study in the Department gains valuable experience from this show. The year of planning and organizing begins almost immediately after the previous show ends. A specific class within the department decides the theme and name for upcoming season’s show.

Each subsequent decision for the show includes heavy research from none other than the forecasting-google of fashion, WGSN. If you think a textbook is expensive, think again. A single subscription to WGSN for businesses in the industry costs over $30,000. Colorado State University has an educational subscription through the library proxy server. The cost to the university is over $7000, half is paid by the library the other half by income and fundraising from the CSU Fashion Show.

Now prepare to have your mind blown… the proceeds from the Fashion Show each year benefit every single student at CSU. How? They enable every student to have a subscription to WGSN at no cost to them. Business student? Use WGSN. Engineer? Physicist? You could probably use WGSN. It’s okay; I was a Physics major during my first year at CSU. Word around the block in Physics is that some people want to wear capes when doing research. WGSN has you covered. Health and Exercise Science? You could come up with a new style of sneaker that’s fashionable and supports everyone! Every major can benefit from this site. Open your mind to a little creativity! If you’re a Design and Merchandising major, this website is in your saved tabs on your laptop. WGSN is the primary source of research for forecasting what styles to look out for and gain inspiration from for the following fashion season and more importantly the next CSU Fashion Show. It is also probably the reason you got that new shirt that you’re obsessed with. Made.com, Fila, L’Oréal, and other large corporations benefit from using WGSN, and you can too! Give the website a browse with us while we eagerly await the next Fashion Show! For students to access WGSN, go through the colostate.edu to Libraries and to the A-Z database. Choose W and find WGSN. You will need to create a user account with your rams.colostate.edu email address and verify your name and account information. Then get ready to browse the global trends for three to four years in the future.

We spoke with Carol Engel-Enright, a professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising at CSU, about her reflection on this year’s show. The CSU Fashion Show Spectrum 2018 had 24 collections, the Design program selects only 25 students every year to enter the program through a portfolio process. Carol emphasized that “Each year is bigger and better than the last! All of the students involved in the show push themselves hard to make every show better than the last.” The professor described Spectrum 2018 as “spectacular!”, and is very excited for what’s ahead.Read more at:cheap bridesmaid dresses | bridesmaid dresses


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Activist reveals an inspiring life in fashion

Vivienne Westwood at the Spring/Summer 2008 ready-to-wear show in Paris. Picture: Getty Images

An image of Christ crucified struck the teenage Vivienne Westwood with the force of a revelation. As the fashion designer and activist recalls in a new documentary about her life: “It made me aware of suffering and that I’d been lied to, it wasn’t all nice. I needed to find my own way and trust myself.”

This awareness has continued through Westwood’s life. She became a forceful advocate for Greenpeace, speaking at rallies and protesting against fracking. For Westwood, 76, the environment is a critical issue. She transformed the catwalk into a protest with her spring-summer 2016 show for London Fashion Week and drove a tank to then prime minister David Cameron’s house to nail home the point.

“She wants to talk about her activism, not about herself,” says Lorna Tucker, director of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, one of the centrepieces of this year’s Sydney Film Festival. “If Viv was to edit a film about herself it would be very different and I wanted to take a step back and make a film about her that really inspired people to understand Viv and where her activism comes from.”

After making a fashion film for Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution in 2013 (Red Shoes, starring Lily Cole) and collaborating on a series of short films, Tucker suggested the idea of a feature documentary.

“The biggest compliment I had was from her colleagues and close friends who said this was the most authentic portrait they’ve ever seen,” Tucker says.

“Viv will probably hate it because that’s the way she is, a perfectionist about everything, always striving to make things better. She’s an amazing icon and she gives a shit. On the outside, people just see her talking about stuff and probably think, ‘Oh there’s another celebrity actress on the bandwagon.’ I wanted to show she is really fighting hard to make it happen. She finds out about something and she asks, ‘How can I fix it?’”

Tucker was speaking backstage at the Marc Theatre in Park City, Utah, earlier this year, after her film’s premiere before a responsive, sometimes emotional, audience at the Sundance Film Festival. As we talked, theatre staff approached Tucker to thank her for her “inspiring” film.

As well as Westwood’s activism, the film gives insights about a fascinating figure in the fashion world. She began making garments from age 11 and, in her teens, left her native Cheshire for London. She met Malcolm McLaren, who found shop space in which to sell records while Westwood made and sold her clothes. The shop’s ever-changing punk themes, culminating in the World’s End store, were a precursor to Westwood creating for seasonal fashion shows.

On screen the designer is palpably bored with talking about the Sex Pistols. She also grew bored of their manager McLaren. “He kept on doing the same thing,” she says. “He should have changed to do something else by now.”

Meanwhile, Westwood found that punk anarchy could only go so far, saying, “We weren’t attacking the system at all, we were part of the distraction.”

The success of her collections, notably the pirate-inspired designs and the colour, pattern and energy that Westwood injected as a riposte to punk, brought her wide attention.

She set her sights on an international market.

In Italy she came close to securing a major partnership but, in a spectacular display of sour grapes, McLaren sabotaged the deal. Back in Britain, and on social security, Westwood got out her old sewing machine and renewed a lease on the World’s End store.

“She doesn’t even complain about it, which is why I bring in her family and friends at that point in the film to explain what happened and how bad it was,” Tucker says.

“She doesn’t dwell on it but it could have destroyed her. The audience needs to see that, because what she did can inspire people.”

A major figure in Westwood’s life is her husband and design collaborator Andreas Kronthaler, who she met in Austria and with whom she has collaborated since. A former Olympic sports shooter and 10 years Westwood’s junior, Kronthaler says he is “besotted” and that his wife embodies everything he loves. There is a wonderful photo montage where we see the pair wearing matching dresses and outrageous designs.

There is a comment in the film that they work on the body like old-style couturiers. “I was incredibly lucky to observe them working together,” Tucker says.

“What I really admire is just how much they care about women’s bodies and how they accentuate, make women powerful whatever their figures. It was like watching magic happen.”

Despite Westwood’s talent, it took a long time for her to be acknowledged by her peers. Commentators in the film say she was initially considered a joke but eventually, because of pressure from critics, she could no longer be ignored and was awarded designer of the year in 1990 and 1991.

In March 2016, Westwood changed the name of her Gold Label collection to Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, while she continues to design the Vivienne Westwood men’s and women’s collections. Many fashion houses are owned by corporations, but Westwood still owns and controls the company she founded.

Dressed in vivid coats, scarfs, boots and fishnets, cycling through London streets to her design studio or riding a tank to confront the prime minister about the environment, Westwood embodies her own fashion talk. “You’ve got to cut a figure,” she says of her clothes. “You’ve got to be prepared for action and engagement.”

To quote former Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, who appears in the film, “She’s a punk rocker. She’s the only punk rocker.”

“Vivienne really inspired me because she came from nothing really,” Tucker explains. “She says, ‘Just don’t give up. Come on, Lorna, this is what you want to do, it’s going to be tough, but just do it and stop moaning.’ Before this project I’d worked with her briefly when I was coming out of a divorce and with a child. I wasn’t very aware of what was going on in the world, the environment, human rights, I just didn’t have any knowledge of that. Viv literally gave me a crash course that blew my mind.

“It made me want to do something, so I praise her as that turning point in my life.”

Asked if anything surprised her while she was making the documentary, Tucker says: “I was surprised at how much she works and where she gets her energy from. At her age she is looking incredible, she doesn’t believe in plastic surgery. She suffers no fools, and she really is driven to make a difference in the world and dedicated to making change.”Read more at:sydney formal dress shops | blue bridesmaid dresses


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Fashion-related fundraisers

Philanthropic fashionistas, take note.

You can get your wardrobe on point and support nonprofits that aid children and women at two fashionable fundraisers in the next few weeks.


First up: Angel Charity for Children’s Bags, Baubles, and Ball Gowns-A Resale Shopping Event and Party on Thursday, April 12, at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive.

The event will kick off the fundraising year for Angel Charity, which has raised more than $26 million to assist more than 1 million children during the past 35 years.

Bags, Baubles and Ballgowns will feature more than 1,500 new and gently-used cocktail dresses, gowns, “after-5” wear, shoes, accessories and handbags.

The inventory includes sizes up to 20 and offers a range of upscale and fashionable designer labels.

It provides an opportunity for women to purchase chic fashions — many of which are new with tags — for reasonable prices, according to Jennifer Coyle, event chairwoman.

“This is a resale shopping event and a party. Items are priced to sell, with most items priced in the $10 to $25 range. Not only will our guests find fashionable treasures at great prices, it is also a fun evening out with your girlfriends shopping and sipping champagne,” said Coyle.

The fundraiser also provides a chance for women to purge their closets of clothing and accessories that they may no longer wear.

“Our event is a great way to recycle and shop for used clothing that actually isn’t very old at all,” said Coyle.

Best of all, Coyle emphasized that funds raised will be directed toward eight local nonprofits this year. The major beneficiary is Tucson Village Farm, an education-based urban farm that reconnects youth of all ages to a healthy food system and teaches them how to grow and prepare fresh food. It currently serves about 13,000 Pima County children annually with focus on at-risk and low-income youth.

Angel Charity has pledged $445,000 to build the Angel Charity Culinary Education Center for Children featuring an on-site commercial kitchen with education stations at the Tucson Village Farm.

Carla Keegan, 2018 general chairwoman, said the kitchen will facilitate the farm’s seed-to-table mission, enabling children and their families to learn about healthy cooking and nutrition, while also providing revenue for the organization through the sale of goods and rental of the space.

“Only 2 percent of children under age 18 in Pima County receive their recommended daily servings of vegetables ... it makes sense that if we can teach kids how exciting it is to grow vegetables and even better, how great they taste. They will want to prepare them for snacks when they come home from school and include them in their dinners. We want to help them establish nutritious eating habits for life,” Keegan said.


Eagles Wings of Grace Clothing Ministry is another organization dedicated to improving lives.

It hopes to garner awareness and support at the Getting Ahead 4th Annual Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. April 14 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte.

The fundraiser will feature the latest trends with Fashionfix by Jo Young; proceeds will benefit the ministry’s effort to provide professional and leisure clothes, shoes, accessories and toiletries for disadvantaged women who are making an effort to become assets to the community.

“These are women who are coming out of some sort of devastation — incarceration, domestic violence and abuse, alcohol or drug abuse — and they are basically starting over with nothing. They must be in some sort of system or program — many are in recovery — and they are just trying to get their lives back. It is great ministry to help women in need,” said Jacline Lown-Peters, executive director for the all-volunteer organization, which was founded 11 years ago.

Eagles Wings of Grace works with more than 60 local nonprofits and social service agencies, including CODAC, Cope Community Services and Cenpatico Integrated Care. The ministry serves between 15 and 20 clients weekly, providing free “shopping” for everyday and professional clothing and accessories suitable for job interviews. It also provides undergarments, casual clothing, shoes, toiletries and hair- and skin-care products at 3219 N. First Ave. The ministry also supplies professional and casual clothing for the Pima County Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, which provides job-training opportunities for homeless men and women.

Lown-Peters, who discovered the clothing ministry two years ago while searching for a home for her professional wardrobe post-retirement, said volunteering helps her to count her blessings.

“When I hear the stories these women tell, I am so grateful my parents provided for us. We weren’t wealthy — my dad was in the military — but I wasn’t neglected or abused and we never experienced poverty like these women. It reminds me daily to be grateful for what I have. This world is such a hard place to live in, and if we can help someone else have a bit better journey, the better it is for all of us,” she said.Read more at:green formal dresses | pink formal dresses


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Barbie immortalizes fashion guru Apfel

Mattel toys has announced a new Barbie doll honoring Iris Apfel, the 96-year-old Jewish fashion guru.

The Apfel doll wears the same green Gucci suit and jewels that the real-life Apfel wears on the cover of her latest book, Accidental Icon, the New York Post reported last week.

The new Apfel Barbie will not be available for sale; however, this fall, Barbie will release a “Styled By” Barbie inspired by Apfel, wearing her signature oversized glasses and layers of chunky beaded necklaces from Apfel’s Rara Avis collection, Fashionista reported.

Apfel, a New York-born fashion journalist and illustrator turned designer, won the Women Together Special Award in 2016. In 2005, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York premiered an exhibition about Apfel’s style titled “Rara Avis.”

Since 2014, she has been the subject of two internationally distributed documentaries: “Iris” by Albert Maysles and “If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast.”

Earlier this month, to celebrate International Women’s Day, which was March 8, Mattel released a “Sheroes” collection featuring more than 15 one-of-a-kind doll versions of inspiring women, including Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, ballerina Misty Copeland and artist Frida Kahlo.Read more at:formal wear melbourne | formal dresses


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Young Christchurch fashion designer

From the back room of his Christchurch flat, Steven Park slowly stitches the finishing touches on a jacket made from a woollen blanket he found at an op shop.

"Anything to do with my hands I've always enjoyed, you know, like making origami horses, that was really fun," Park said.

The 25-year-old designs clothes, shoes and accessories under the "6x4" brand name. Park's point of difference? He does everything himself.

"I sew everything, I cut everything, if I'm going to dye the fabric I'll try and dye it myself, so make the natural dye too."

Avocado stones lie drying on his doorstep. Nearby a tray of walnuts are almost ready, both destined to form a dye for Park's garments.

"It's very labour intensive and not many people do things that way nowadays, so I guess that's why my garments are different," he said.

Park studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland and spent a semester in New Jersey, in the United States. He graduated with honours in 2015.

While at university, Park became frustrated by the waste from fine arts projects and set out to create clothing and art people would use. His company 6x4 was born.

He travelled to Paris in 2016 to work in "the centre of the clothing industry, to see what it was like for myself".

"I wanted to make sure that I was happy making clothing . . . there are a lot of things that I find problematic in the garment industry, both socially and ethically, and I wanted to see if that was publicly addressed in any way in the fashion system."

After a year working at various fashion companies, including three seasons at the acclaimed label Comme Des Garcons, Park said his concerns "weren't really addressed or talked about at all – it was quite disheartening".

"It was just a quick turnover of seasons, designers burning out, those sort of things."

Park will talk at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) at 1pm on Saturday about impractical art and the environmental and ethical difficulties of the fast fashion industry.

Deciding to make everything himself was "empowering", Park said. Alongside fashion, he is a painter and woodworker, producing furniture and wooden artefacts.

"You get to understand what the process is like, and how hard it is, you know, how hard it is to dye fabric when you're just using walnuts or whatever.

"I try to use stuff that is waste anyway, but it's really labour intensive and takes a lot of knowledge about chemistry, which I don't really have, so it's a lot of trial and error."

Park's work is for sale at the Ng Clothing Boutique on Madras St, as well as stockists in Wellington and Auckland.Read more at:year 10 formal dresses | cheap formal dresses australia


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