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Buster Posey wraps up another season of giving

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Few players in franchise history have brought as much joy to the hearts of Giants fans as Buster Posey.While an August hip surgery robbed fans of the opportunity to watch Posey play during the final month of the 2018 season, it hasn’t prevented every Giants devotee from connecting with the catcher.Though Posey can’t swing the bat or squat behind the plate yet, he and his wife Kristen have wrapped up another season as leaders in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Posey …last_img

Carriers Connect to Rival Apple’s App Store

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts mike melanson The Apple App Store, the company’s one-stop-shop for over 100,000 different mobile applications, is getting a new rival – the Wholesale Applications Community. Twenty four individual mobile companies are joining together to form the group, which will represent over three billion customers world-wide. While the applications will not be for the iPhone, and therefor not direct competition to the App Store, a centralized location for mobile applications may lure potential customers away from Apple and its iPhone.According to the press release, the group is meant to be “an alliance to build an open platform that delivers applications to all mobile phone users.” AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, Sprint and Verizon Wireless are among the companies joining the initiative. Three device manufacturers – LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson – are also on board.The alliance “aims to unite a fragmented marketplace and create an open industry platform that benefits everybody”. The group will be conversing with W3C, the web standards consortium, to develop a standard for mobile application development. The group intends to make cross-platform development for a number a different mobile devices possible, with those applications available in one location, much in the same way that all Apple users rely on the app store. The main question we have is, will this store also create the closed atmosphere that many complain about with the app store? Will there be a verification process for apps, giving the alliance the same sort of control Apple has, or will it be more of an open environment? According to the release, the group aims to create “an ecosystem for the development and distribution of mobile and internet applications irrespective of device or technology,” so on that end, things look good. We would have to agree with Google, however, in noting that the number of different device technologies and platforms could make the dream of a unified mobile front against the dominant iPhone could just be a pipe dream. Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

How to Upload 60-Second Videos to Instagram

first_imgOpen a Finder WindowClick on AirDropDrag and Drop the compressed Instagram video file to your iPhoneOn your iPhone, open Photos and verify the file transferred Sign into your Dropbox accountDrag and Drop the compressed Instagram video fileOpen the Dropbox App on your phoneDownload the compressed Instagram video file to your phoneOpen the Photos / Gallery app on your phoneVerify the file fully transferred PremiumBeat is now on Instagram. Be sure to give us a follow. Want more tutorials like this? Let us know in the comments below. Upload to InstagramWe’ve finally made it. It’s time to open Instagram and upload the video.Open the Instagram App on your phoneTap on the Camera iconGo to the GallerySelect your Instagram video fileInstagram defaults to the 1:1 aspect ratio. Here is the only step that applies to the type of video you made.1:1 Aspect RatioRemember how your 1080 x 1080 1:1 video file was compressed down to a 1920 x 1080 video? Instagram will automatically crop out the excess black bars on the sides, and you will have a perfectly square video ready to share. The result is like the middle image above.Tap the blue arrowAdd a filter if you’d like, change the cover image, and/or mute the videoTap the blue arrowAdd a caption, hashtag, location, or send as a Direct messageTap the check mark, and you’re done.16:9 Aspect RatioInstagram defaults images and videos to 1:1. If you want a 16:9 aspect ratio like the right image above, you will need to adjust the crop.Tap the Crop button to change to 16:9Tap the blue arrowAdd a filter if you’d like, change the cover image, and/or mute the videoTap the blue arrowAdd a caption, hashtag, location, or send as a Direct messageTap the check mark, and you’re done. The 1:1 aspect ratio is much larger heightwise, but it crops so much detail from the sides. This format is preferred because it allows you to add more large legible text on screen. This is great for videos that are trying to educate you on a topic.Think of all the quick cooking recipe videos you see. The 1:1 aspect ratio gives you more room to write down the steps and recipe. The 1:1 ratio was achieved by uploading a 1080 x 1080 project file.Once you decide which ratio suits your project best, then you will know what canvas size you should set up in your NLE.Non-Linear Editor Sequence SettingsThe first step to editing a video for Instagram is setting up your sequence. Just make sure your final product is under 60 seconds, as that is the max time allowed by Instagram.For 16:9 – edit your video normally as 1920 x 1080For 1:1 – set your sequence to 1080 x 1080Quick note: 1:1 will give you a perfectly square canvas. If you are using 1920 x 1080 footage, be sure to watch the whole clip and make sure everything you need stays in frame.As a regular 16:9 video is still 1920 x 1080, the following steps will focus on creating 1:1 videos at 1080 x 1080.1. Adobe Premiere Pro 1. Final Cut Pro X Click Sequence > Sequence SettingsChange the Video Frame Size to 1080 x 1080 (1:1) / Leave at 1920 x 1080 for (16:9)Click OKNow edit your project as normal — add any transitions, text, and graphics.When you are finished editing:Export the sequenceOpen Adobe Media Encoder and import the file you just createdOpen the Preset BrowserApply the 1080p preset for your device (Android, Apple, Mobile)Compress the video file — Note: This will always export a 1920 x 1080 file. That is not an issue. Transfer to MobileImage via ShutterstockNo matter if you used a 16:9 or 1:1 ratio, the final compressed mobile video will be 1920 x 1080 — this won’t be a problem. When you upload to Instagram, you will choose crop settings. More on that later. Now that you have a compressed Instagram mobile file, you will need to transfer the file to your phone. For Mac/iPhone users, the best way is to use Apple AirDrop. For Mac/Android or PC/Mobile you can use programs like Google Drive or Dropbox. As a Mac/Android user, I personally prefer using Google Drive since it’s faster.Apple AirDropMac users with iPhones will find it easiest to send files using AirDrop. You will just drag the compressed Instagram video file to your iPhone. On your iPhone, you will now find the file under Photos. Sign into your Google account and open Google DriveDrag and Drop the compressed Instagram video fileOpen the Google Drive App on your phoneDownload the compressed Instagram video file to your phoneOpen the Photos/Gallery app on your phoneVerify the file fully transferred Window > Project Properties (Command + J)In the Inspector window, click Modify SettingsChange the Video Properties Format to Custom Change the Resolution to 1080 x 1080 (1:1) / Leave at 1920 x 1080 for (16:9)Now edit your project as normal — add any transitions, text, and graphics.When you are finished editing, you have some options with Final Cut Pro X. You can Share to an Apple Device or Send to Compressor. In this case, using Compressor is overkill since we are only using the video file on mobile. That said, you can still use Compressor if you want.Share to an Apple DeviceFile > Share > Apple Devices 1080p (The Apple Device preset will work with some modern Android devices.)Click Share — Note: This will export a 1920 x 1080 file. That is not an issue. DropboxDropbox works for both Mac and PC and will transfer files to iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. You will need both a Dropbox account on your computer and the Dropbox App on your phone. Google DriveGoogle Drive works for both Mac and PC and will transfer files to iPhone and Android phones. You will need both a Google Drive account on your computer and the Google Drive App on your phone. Here are the steps to make, edit, and upload your own 60-second videos to Instagram.Top image via Shutterstock*Author’s Note: 60-second Instagram videos are currently being tested among a select user base and Sponsored posts. The update won’t roll out to all users for a few more weeks. This tutorial still works for any length — from the minimum 3 seconds, the current 15-second max, and up to the future 60-second max. Instagram was designed as a mobile platform, and the app still remains that way today. It is designed for you to shoot and edit everything on your phone. However, many video producers and advertisers want to create original content with a traditional camera setup and video edit. This allows them to capture the best footage, control the audio, and even add graphics.Instagram has recently made major updates to their mobile app. Users can now post videos from 3 to 60 seconds long, and even edit multiple clips on their phone. This tutorial is designed for those users wanting to move completed videos from their NLE to Instagram. To upload to Instagram, the video file must be on your phone. As an editor, you will need to export your video, then compress it for your mobile device. Finally, you will send the compressed mobile file to your phone and then upload to Instagram. That may sound complicated, but it’s very easy to do.Instagram Video Aspect RatioInstagram will allow you to display your video with a 16:9 widescreen ratio or with a square 1:1 ratio. So, what does that mean?To those of you with experience working with Instagram, you may remember that the canvas size was once 640 x 640. While that holds true for mobile, Instagram can now be viewed from a desktop at a max size of 1080 x 1080. A good rule of thumb is to always use at least a 1080 canvas. Instagram will automatically convert the footage for you, so it’s best to max out the size to get the best look.Let’s assume you are working with HD 1080 footage. That means Instagram can display the video at 16:9 (1920 x 1080) or 1:1 (1080 x 1080). In reality, Instagram will automatically adjust the video size for the type of device. A 1920 x 1080 video will play on a desktop at 1080 x 680 and on a phone at roughly 648 x 365.16:9 Instagram VideoAs you can see above, the 16:9 aspect ratio acts as a traditional video. It allows you to fit more information widthwise. You can achieve this look by uploading a regular 1920 x 1080 video.The downside of 16:9 is that you will not take up as much valuable retail space on a user’s phone. If you are creating an advertisement, you will want to take as much screen space as possible. That is why ads tend to use a 1:1 ratio.1:1 Instagram Videolast_img read more

UP and Bihar bypolls updates | We will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P., says Maurya

first_imgThe bypoll for the Araria Lok Sabha seat will see a keen contest between the National Democratic Alliance and “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) candidates.Read more UpdatesFIR filed against Bihar BJP PresidentAn FIR has been lodged again Bihar BJP President Nityanand Rai for making provocative speech against RJD candidate Sarfaraz Alam while campaigning at Narpatganj in Araria, Bihar.43% turnout in Gorakhpur; 37.39% in PhulpurThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. today, Election Commission sources said. This implies that the polling percentage dropped by 11.67% and 12.81% in the two aforementioned constituencies.The voting for the bye-elections to the two Lok Sabha seats began on a dull note but picked up momentum in the day amid tight security.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.BJP getting widespread support from the people: AdityanathUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Attacking the opposition BSP and SP, Adityanath said, “SP and BSP are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The state has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP). And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration.”Voting slowly gathers pace in UPThe voter turnout in UP increased to 20% by noon, according to election office sources.After casting his vote in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath was bullish about the BJP’s chances. “The people know that development was the only panacea,” he told reporters.Attacking the BSP and the SP, he said, “These parties are indulging in negative politics, politics of bargaining and politics of opportunism. The State has suffered the negative consequences (of SP and BSP).“And in order to ensure that in future such situations do not arise, efforts have to be made to shun politics of casteism and dynastic politics, and focus on development and administration,” he said.When asked to comment on the SP and BSP entering an electoral understanding, he said, “This will have no effect. I had wanted that in this bye-election if the SP, BSP and Congress had fought together, then results would have been much better (for us).”Maurya confidentU.P. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the 2014 Lok Sabha record would be repeated by the BJP.“I am confident that on March 14, the record which was made in Phulpur in 2014 (Lok Sabha general elections) will be repeated, and our candidate Kaushalendra Patel will emerge victorious,” he told reporters after casting his vote for Phulpur parliamentary constituency along with his family members.On being asked about the BJP’s expansion plans in the State in view of the electoral understanding between SP and BSP, Mr. Maurya said, “We have already expanded enough, and in future if any political party wants to join us, it will be definitely deliberated upon.“But, today from UP’s point of view, poll alliance of the BJP, Apna Dal (Sonelal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) exists. Apart from this, we do not have any other alliance. And, banking on this alliance, we will win 80 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State,” he said.Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP tie-up, the Minister said, “Their (SP-BSP) votes will be transferred only when they have enough votes. The votes (of the people) are with us. But, they have only leaders who make statements. The voters of Mayawatiji have deserted the BSP and have reposed their faith in Modiji, Yogi and BJP. We are winning both the Lok Sabha seats, and with wider margin“.12% voting in BiharAt 10 a.m on Sunday, the voter turnout in Bihar for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was around 12%.Adityanath casts voteThe UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cast his vote. Mr. Adityanath had to vacate his Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat.In Araria, the poll percentage till 9 a.m was about 8 percent. No report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the constituency. In UP, around the same time, the percentage was 5.80%. PreviewOn Sunday, Lok Sabha bypolls will be held in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The prestige of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is at stake as Gorakhpur and Phulpur go to vote.In Bihar, polling is on for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats in Jehanabad and Bhabua.The bypolls were necessitated after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively, following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.While the BJP, which rules UP with an overwhelming majority, has all to lose, the stakes are also high for the Opposition after BSP chief Mayawati went out of character and announced support to the Samajwadi Party (SP). The compatibility of the SP and BSP working together will be assessed on March 14, when results are declared.Read more Inputs from Omar Rashid, Rajeev Bhatt, Amarnath Tewary, PTIlast_img read more

ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong

first_img“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist  gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration

first_imgReal midfielder Gareth Bale shoots the ball as warming up during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)MADRID— Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid’s 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid’s third goal.ADVERTISEMENT Magic win fifth straight, end 13-game slide vs Hornets SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes A statement on La Liga’s official website says Bale “moves his right arm up towards his head in a signal of provocation towards the fans, creating a possibly obscene gesture by moving his other arm and striking halfway up his right arm.”That gesture is considered offensive in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe statement says Bale could be suspended for four to 12 matches if he is deemed to have intentionally provoked the crowd. However, it could also be a shorter suspension — or no ban at all if his celebration is not deemed to be provocative.The goal was Bale’s 100th for Real Madrid. He joined the Spanish club from Tottenham in 2013. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collaboration

first_imgNEW YORK — In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans.One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired clothes, Unique Vintage, is working with Barbie parent Mattel on the first women’s line to meticulously duplicate some of the doll’s most iconic early looks. In the process, the company also has taken care of the one thing critics love to hate about Barbie, her very plastic hourglass physique, by offering the outfits in sizes XS to 4X.The collaboration, Barbie x Unique Vintage, celebrates 1950s and ’60s Babs. The company that sells online and in about 500 boutiques around the world plans to go even bigger for Barbie’s big 6-0 next year, offering key fashion moments from across the rest of her decades.Until then, for fall, we caught up with all things Barbie x Unique Vintage in the swanky Jewel Suite designed by jeweler-to-the-stars Martin Katz in the Lotte New York Palace hotel on Madison Avenue. Katz paired a few of the looks with some of his own bling, from $36,000 button earrings in a rainbow of sapphires, garnets and tourmaline to a $48,000 cocktail ring of Bombay spinel cabochons and round diamonds.All of the glam pleases Katie Echeverry. She’s the founder, CEO and creative director of Unique Vintage, an 18-year-old company with 60 employees based in Burbank, California. With her long blonde locks and Barbie-esque dimensions, Echeverry said she was a Babs fan as a girl but was also a “tomboy” who loved to play softball.During a recent round of media interviews explaining how the collab came about, Echeverry donned a Kelly-green shawl dress worn by Barbie in 1962 and done by Unique Vintage in a forgiving stretch fabric. Noteworthy was Echeverry’s most definitely un-Barbie upper-arm tattoo, on proud display in the off-shoulder outfit, as she recalled her luck.“When I emailed Mattel, I didn’t think they’d actually reply back, but they did, and I was thrilled,” Echeverry told The Associated Press. “They ran with it. I couldn’t believe they hadn’t done it before.”Echeverry worked closely with Mattel but “they didn’t dictate what I chose.” Mattel opened its archives to her as she went about duplicating outfits, with adjustments to account for the real human form. She said she chose looks that “spoke to me.”Barbie, the doll, first hit store shelves in 1959. That year, she stepped out in a swirl of gold and white brocade for evening. The dress was among those Echeverry picked and sells for $118 on uniquevintage.com. The matching collar coat with three-quarter sleeves trimmed in faux fur goes for $148.Unique Vintage has brought Barbie fashion full circle, in a sense. It was a designer for actual women, Charlotte Johnson, who was hired to be the doll’s first fashion creator. A Mattel team took over soon after Barbie’s debut.Echeverry’s first Barbie go-around dropped in the spring. Social media fans of vintage and of Barbie took notice and sales have been brisk, she said. For fall, her prices range from $88 for an A-shaped Barbie flare skirt in green with a white hem to $198 for the doll’s red matinee sleeveless sheath dress and short jacket trimmed with calico-colored faux fur.It was important to Echeverry to choose looks that have remained iconic through the years but were wearable by women in the broad range of sizes she is committed to providing.“I was like a kid in a candy store,” she said. After the first season went on sale, Echeverry watched the response online, where nostalgia kicked in among fans who recalled favourite outfits, some gushing how they’d always wondered what it would be like to wear the looks themselves.That goes a long way in explaining why Echeverry was more than a little dedicated to getting the clothes right.“I went online and ordered every single vintage outfit myself. Mattel offered to lend them to me, but I was a little nervous about having some of their archives,” she said. “In our fittings, we literally had the original Barbie dress next to the model. We moved Barbie. When I sourced fabrics overseas, I had Barbie clothes in my pocket and I was making sure we got as close as possible.”She was also dedicated to the price points she knows her buyers are after.“I know our customer and she doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I understand that,” Echeverry said.Unique Vintage sells shoes, hats, gloves, sunglasses and jewelry to complement the Barbie outfits. The company offers a red pillbox hat, for instance, to go with Barbie’s 1962 red flare coat done in a soft felt with the same swing and puffy three-quarter sleeves and bow the doll wore, down to the white lining done in a white poly satin.Barbie wore a cloche tweed hat with a rose with her “Career Girl” tweed pencil skirt set in 1963. Unique Vintage offers a black fascinator with a rose instead, for $22.As for her afternoon of glam in the Martin Katz suite, with its shiny black grand piano and sparkling crystal ceiling decor on the 53rd floor of the Towers at Lotte, Echeverry was impressed.“This is so glamorous. It’s so much fun. The view’s incredible,” she said.While noting Barbie’s evolution as a “strong kick-ass woman” over the years, Echeverry said she was ready for a bit of her own reality after her recent promotional go-round.“It’s unusual to find me in a dress,” she said. “As soon as this interview’s over I’ll be putting on my jeans and my T-shirt and be back to the regular Katie.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more