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DI4D Announces New Head Mounted Camera System for High Fidelity Facial Performance Capture

DI4D Announces New Head Mounted Camera System for High Fidelity Facial Performance Capture

LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — World leading facial performance capture company Dimensional Imaging (DI4D) will launch its new Head Mounted Camera (HMC) system at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC). The new DI4D HMC provides the highest fidelity facial performance data ever captured with an HMC when used in conjunction with the DI4D post processing pipeline.

The DI4D HMC is designed to excel in the most demanding of facial performance capture applications that require the highest possible image quality, camera stability and comfort of fit. The new system uses a stereo pair of 4MP cameras and synchronised on-board strobed LED illumination to ensure excellent camera focus and even illumination across the face, while minimising the apparent brightness to the subject. An innovative head-band and boom design eliminates pinch points for greater subject comfort and ensures excellent camera stability. The system is completely wireless and can operate at all major production frame rates up to 60fps.

Dr Colin Urquhart DI4D’s CEO, commented:

“We are very excited to be launching our new DI4D HMC at this year’s GDC. The development of the DI4D HMC draws upon all the experience we have gained in five years of using stereo camera HMCs for numerous demanding visual effects projects The DI4D HMC’s combination of exceptional image quality, ease of use and competitive pricing will really help us now also deliver the highest fidelity facial animation to video games.”

Although the DI4D HMC will enhance most third-party facial processing pipelines, it has been designed to be particularly effective when used with DI4D’s advanced post processing solution.

Colin explains:

“Our world-leading DI4D facial performance capture pipeline uses stereo photogrammetry and optical flow tracking without any special markers or makeup and relies on high quality image data. The DI4D HMC has been designed specifically to make it easy to capture consistently high quality stereo facial video data without compromising on actor comfort. It therefore promises to raise the bar on the quality of performance driven facial animation in visual effects and video games.

“We encourage all GDC delegates to visit the DI4D booth S1060 to see the new DI4D HMC for themselves.”

Notes to Editors

DI4D is a world-leading technology company, which was formed in 2003 and based in Glasgow, UK and Los Angeles, CA. DI4D provides 4D facial performance capture services, systems and software for visual effects in movies, television, video games, VR and advanced research applications. Recent projects to have used DI4D include the Warner Brothers movies ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, the Netflix animated anthology ‘Love Death and Robots’, and Microsoft Studios video game ‘Quantum Break’, with several more movie, television, video game and VR projects currently in production. Leading research customers include University of Glasgow, Imperial College London and Dallas Children’s’ Hospital.

DI4D’s proprietary “motion scanning” technology captures 4D data comprising video rate 3D surface scans tracked with a dense fixed topology mesh. The DI4D solution, which does not require any markers, make-up or structured light, provides much higher fidelity facial motion capture data than alternative solutions and ensures that every nuance of an actor’s facial performance is recorded. For more information visit or email

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Tel: 657-215-5341 


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Glossier’s New Makeup Remover Literally Melts Off Waterproof Mascara

Glossier’s New Makeup Remover Literally Melts Off Waterproof Mascara

I have a bone to pick with waterproof makeup remover. It’s fairly straightforward: I don’t think it works. 

Unless it’s a straight up oil or a balmy cleanser, I haven’t found many makeup removers that truly take off every trace of mascara, eyeliner, shadow, and even foundation. Because of this, combined with the fact that I don’t want to stand in front of my sink for 30 minutes each night, I’ve pretty much sworn off budge-proof, long-wear makeup. I hold myself to a fairly strict “in bed by 11 p.m.” bedtime. 

Testing them has always been a little bit of a let-down, so if I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t expecting that much from Glossier’s new Milky Oil, which had been sitting on my desk for a few days. Yet, predictably, the brand’s signature millennial pink bubble packaging kept catching my eye (it is Instagram bait, after all), so I decided to bring it home and give it a shot. 

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Inspired by Glossier’s cult-classic soothing and super gentle Milky Jelly Facial CleanserMilky Oil is described as the “ultimate makeup remover.” It combines two different types of cleansing technologies: micellar water and oil. When you shake the bottle, these two technologies mix together to create a silky, milk-like texture that’s meant to attract, melt, and sweep away makeup with ease. 

With a full face of makeup on, I applied three squeezes of the liquid to a cotton pad and gently wiped it over my eyes. It only took about three wipes on each eye to fully remove all of my mascara, and only two swipes on each brow to remove my eyebrow gel. 

VIDEO: How To Use a Beautyblender

Then, I took it for a spin on the rest of my face, removing all my foundation and highlighter. The cotton pads were completely saturated with gross makeup residue. I followed up with a double-cleanse using traditional micellar water, my go-to cleanser. You can check out the before and after below. 

What I immediately noticed was that my eyes didn’t feel tight, dry, or irritated after using the Milky Oil. Thanks to the addition of comfrey root extract and pro-vitamin B5 extract in the formula, it leaves your skin makeup-free, but also soft and nourished. Disregard how red my face looks, though. It’s not the work of the cleanser — thanks to winter’s brutal kiss, it’s an issue I’ve been dealing with for the past few weeks.

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It didn’t leave behind a greasy, oily residue either, which I usually hate more than that dry, tight feeling. 

But it wasn’t the saturated pads or my before-and-after pics that convinced me that Glossier’s new launch is legit. It’s the morning test that won me over. When I woke up in the morning, I didn’t have one trace of eye makeup smudged under my eyes, and when I washed my face, I didn’t see any makeup on my cotton pads. 

The best part about the experience? I made my bedtime and was drifting off to sleep by 11:10. 

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Lena Headey Goes Full Cersei Lannister on Instagram Troll Who Disses Her No-Makeup Look

Lena Headey Goes Full Cersei Lannister on Instagram Troll Who Disses Her No-Makeup Look

Cersei Lannister slayed herself a troll on Tuesday. Well, it was Lena Headey and it was a social media troll, but the takedown was still epic enough that “Game of Thrones” fans should get a kick out of it.

The HBO fantasy series star shared a screenshot on Instagram of a comment that was left on a video she had previously posted of herself sans makeup: “don’t record yourself without makeup again please.”

Yeah, Headey didn’t take too kindly to those words, written by user hsn_hodor, captioning the screengrab of the comment, “I shall continue to not wear make up. Go f–k your self.”

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If that isn’t the most Cersei-way to respond to this situation, we don’t know what is.

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Just in case you forgot how savage Headey — er, Cersei — is, allow us to remind you “Game of Thrones” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed this week that she killed her dead son’s cat.

“Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” Benioff told Entertainment Weekly, in an interview published Monday. “So she came up with her most diabolical [execution]. Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air.”

Also Read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Here’s Everything We Know About the Series’ Epic Ending – So Far

By the way, it appears the user who trolled Headey was responding to the video below.

“Game of Thrones” eighth and final season premieres April 14 at 9/8c on HBO.

‘Game of Thrones’: Key Events in the Series So Far

  • 'Game of Thrones' Is Getting a Prequel Show -- Here's What We Think It's About

    If you hate missing out on the pop culture phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” but can’t be bothered to watch the whole thing, or you just need a refresher on the past seven seasons of murder and intrigue, check our list of the big events in the series’ history you absolutely have to know as we approach the eighth and final season.  (Spoilers, of course)


  • ned stark death game of thrones

    Ned Stark’s execution (Season 1)

    Ned had discovered that King Robert’s kids were actually fathered by Jaime Lannister, but the new king Joffrey wouldn’t have any of that talk about his incestuous parentage and took off Ned’s head, sparking a war that that kicked off the larger arc of the show in Westeros. This was particularly shocking because Ned was positioned as the protagonist of the series before being killed nine episodes in.


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    Daenerys gives birth to dragons (Season 1)

    After her husband Khal Drogo died, Daenerys burned his body on a funeral pyre — and then walked into the fire herself with three ancient dragon eggs. She survived, because as a true “dragon” of the Targaryen dynasty is immune to heat and fire … and the dragon eggs hatched.


  • renly baratheon death

    Renly Baratheon’s murder (Season 2)

    Renly was killed by the ghost baby of Stannis and Melisandre. Don’t worry about the specifics. Just know that it happened.


  • game-of-thrones blackwater

    The Battle of the Blackwater (Season 2)

    Stannis took a fleet of ships into Blackwater Bay to try to take King’s Landing and the Iron Throne from Joffrey, but a combination of Tyrion’s superior tactics and the timely intervention of Lannister and Tyrell forces from the Riverlands saved the day.


  • theon greyjoy murdered bran stark

    Theon takes Winterfell, then pretends to kill Bran and Rickon (Season 2)

    Theon turned on his Stark allies by occupying Winterfell with men from his homeland, the Iron Islands, while the Stark army was occupied in the south. The Star children, Bran and Rickon, escaped with Hodor and the wildling Osha, so Theon murdered two other boys and burned their bodies and told everybody it was the Stark boys.


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    The Red Wedding (Season 3)

    Robb Stark had vowed to marry one of Walder Frey’s daughters in exchange for use of a strategically-located bridge, but then broke that vow and married Talisa instead. The Starks put forth Robb’s uncle Edmure Tully to wed one ofthe Frey daughters instead, but Walder and Stark supporter Roose Bolton secretly made a pact with the Lannisters. At Edmure’s wedding, the Freys and they butchered Robb, Talisa and Catelyn at the nuptials, along with the rest of the Stark forces who were present. 


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    Daenerys overthrows the Masters of Slaver’s Bay (Seasons 3 and 4)

    Daenerys marches into Slaver’s Bay with riches pilfered from the city of Qarth, and arranges to buy a slave army called the Unsullied. But instead of paying, she sacks the city of Astapor with her dragons, freeing the local slaves. She then also takes two other cities and then settles in the third, Mereen, where she rules.


  • joffrey death game of thrones

    Joffrey’s wedding (Season 4)

    King Joffrey weds Margaery Tyrell, but is poisoned at the Purple Wedding feast. It’s hilarious, until Tyrion is arrested for his nephew’s murder.


  • game of thrones tyrion

    Tyrion’s trial (Season 4)

    Tyrion didn’t poison Joffrey, but he takes the fall. He demands a trial by combat, with the Red Viper Oberyn Martell as his champion — but the Viper is killed fighting a giant man called The Mountain. His brother Jaime and spymaster Varys help him escape execution, and Tyrion then murders his dad Tywin on the way out for good measure. 


  • ygritte dies

    The Battle of Castle Black (Season 4)

    A group of wildlings, including Jon Snow’s lover Ygritte, attempt to take Castle Black at the Wall, but they lose the battle. Ygritte is killed and dies in Jon’s arms.


  • game of thrones hardhome

    Hardhome (Season 5)

    After being elected Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow travels north of the Wall to the wildling city Hardhome, to try to save them from death at the hands of the White Walkers and their undead horde. But those supernatural foes show up when Jon is in town, and a ridiculously awesome battle ensues.


  • Daenerys and Drogon

    The attempted coup by the Sons of the Harpy in Meereen (Season 5)

    Not everybody is happy with Dany’s rule in Slaver’s Bay. A secret society called the Sons of the Harpy attempt to take her out during a gladiator battle, but she escapes on the back of one of her dragons.


  • The return of the Faith Militant (Season 5)

    A man known only as the High Sparrow ascends to the top of the food chain in the Faith of the Seven, and with Cersei’s help reinstitutes an old order called the Faith Militant to clean up the dirty streets of the capital. The plan backfires, though, and over the course of Seasons 5 and 6 the High Sparrow has become the most powerful man in King’s Landing.


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    Stannis burns his daughter alive, and then dies (Season 5)

    In order to ensure his victory in the north and the survival of his men, Stannis sacrifices his daughter Shireen to the Lord of Light. It doesn’t work, though — much of Stannis’ army goes AWOL the next day, his wife hangs herself, and then Stannis himself and the rest of his army is killed at Winterfell. Oops.


  • ramsay game of thrones

    Ramsay brutalizes Theon (Season 3) and then, later, brutalizes Sansa (Season 5)

    Ramsay Bolton is sadistic as hell, capturing Theon after his shenanigans at Winterfell, and spending an entire season torturing him, including castration. Then, Sansa Stark is forced to marry Ramsay, and he sexually assaults her repeatedly, until Sansa and Theon escape.


  • game of thrones jon snow

    Jon Snow is murdered … and is resurrected (Seasons 5 and 6)

    Not all of the Night’s Watch is happy with Lord Commander Snow’s decision to ally with wildlings from beyond the wall. A small group of them stab Jon to death. But Melisandre resurrects him, and Jon gets his revenge against the mutineers by hanging them.


  • melisandre-oldwoman game of thrones pornhub

    Melisandre is really, really old (Season 6)

    The sexy Red Woman, it turns out, is actually an old lady using a magical gem to preserve the appearance of youthfulness. 


  • game of thrones key events sand snakes take over dorne

    The Sand Snakes take over Dorne (Season 6)

    Led by Prince Oberyn’s paramour, Ellaria Sand, Oberyn’s daughters (known as the Sand Snakes) murder Prince Doran and his son Trystane, effectively taking over the country. They’re plan is to wage war against the Lannisters and get revenge for Prince Oberyn’s death.


  • game of thrones emilia clarke vaes dothrak

    Daenerys takes control of the Dothraki (season 6)

    After escaping the coup in Mereen on her dragon, Dany is stranded in the wilderness and captured by Dothraki, who force her to live among other wives of dead Khals. But she pulls a fast one, killing all the living Khals in a fire and then walking out, taking control of all the Dothraki forces.


  • game of thrones hodor

    Hodor dies (Season 6)

    Hodor held the door to the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven so Meera and Bran could escape the White Walkers’ undead horde, dying in the process and causing a social media frenzy as the origin of his name is revealed. There is time travel and a paradoxical time looped involved, awesomely.

    Also Read: ‘Game of Thrones’: What Exactly Happened With Hodor and That Time Loop?


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    King Tommen and Queen Margaery join the church (Season 6)

    With Queen Margaery and her brother Loras in church prison for all of season 6 so far, Tommen spent a lot of time with the High Sparrow trying to get him to let them go. The impressionable Tommen ended up instead establishing a partnership between the crown and the Faith of the Seven, thanks to prodding from both Margaery and the High Sparrow, alienating his mother Cersei in the process.

    Also Read: ‘Game of Thrones’: What Did Queen Margaery’s Note to Her Grandmother Mean?


  • game of thrones key events baelon greyjoy murder

    Euron Greyjoy becomes king of the Ironborn (Season 6)

    Pretty much coming out of nowhere is Euron Greyjoy, the raider brother of Theon and Yara’s father, Baelon Greyjoy, who named himself king of the Iron Isles. Euron tosses Baelon off a bridge in the middle of a storm, and then wins the kingsmoot, an election in which a new king is chosen. He then goes on the warpath again, trying to eliminate Baelon’s kids so they can’t rival his claim to power. The Greyjoy kids wind up teaming up with Danaerys.


  • daenerys and her dragon game of thrones

    The Masters of Slaver’s Bay invade Meereen (Season 6)

    Tyrion tried to appease the Masters by allowing them to keep their slaves for seven years while they figured out how to rework their economy into a slaveless one. The Masters responded by sacking Meereen. But Daenerys showed up in the nick of time with her dragons and defeated them soundly, claiming their fleet of ships for her own.


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    Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor (Season 6)

    In the finale, Cersei goes full Mad Queen and in one fell swoop, destroys most of her enemies. Cersei had Qyburn use children to light a cache of wildfire beneath the sept, placed there by order of King Aerys years earlier. The huge explosion wiped out most of the Tyrells, including Margaery, Loras and Lord Mace Tyrell, as well as Cersei’s uncle Kevan Lannister, the High Sparrow, and the Faith Militant. As a result, King Tommen committed suicide by throwing himself out a window, leaving Cersei on the Iron Throne.


  • game of thrones key events jon snow king in the north

    Jon Snow becomes the King in the North (Season 6)

    With Winterfell recaptured, the houses of the Vale and the North pledge themselves to Jon Snow, who they name the King in the North. Meanwhile, Sansa Stark is technically Lady of Winterfell and the rightful Stark heir.


  • game of thrones trailer bran stark old man

    Bran Stark heads south, now imbued with the magical abilities of the Three-Eyed Raven

    Bran was absent for a season because he was training with the ancient Three-Eyed Raven to hone his “sight” — the ability to see the distant future and the past — for example, when he sees a vision of his father Ned’s fateful visit to the Tower of Joy, where Ned’s sister Lyanna dies after giving birth to Jon Snow, whose true father was Raegar Targaryen. How Bran’s new powers will play into the new war in Westeros is yet unknown.


  • game of thrones aryas best moments walder frey

    Arya kills Walder Frey (Season 6)

    Returning to Westeros, Arya gets her revenge for the Red Wedding by first killing Lord Walder Frey’s sons, then baking them into a pie. She gets Lord Walder to eat the pie before slitting his throat and reveling in it the whole time.


  • game of thrones key events danaerys sails for westeros

    Daenerys sails for Westeros (Season 6)

    After six whole seasons of waiting, Danaerys and her dragons finally sail for Westeros with all her allies, a massive fleet, and the biggest army in the world.


  • game of thrones aryas best moments frey poison

    Arya gets her revenge on the Freys (Season 7)

    With Walder Frey’s face, Arya takes down the rest of House Frey in a beautifully horrific echo of the Red Wedding. She poisons all the remaining Frey men — 51 of them by our count — and leaves Walder’s young wife with the message, “Winter has come for House Frey.”


  • game of thrones key events euron cersei alliance

    Cersei courts an alliance with Euron Greyjoy (Season 7)

    With no allies left and enemies on all sides, Cersei entertains the possibility of siding with the psychopathic Euron Greyjoy, king of the Iron Isles. She refuses his marriage proposal, but as a show of faith, he promises her a “priceless gift.” Foreshadowing much?


  • game of thrones season 7 episode 2 euron attack

    Euron captures Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand (Season 7)

    Daenerys sent Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes back to Dorne to raise their army, escorted by Yara and the Iron Fleet. Along the way, though, they were intercepted by Euron’s fleet and attacked. Euron killed two of the Sand Snakes, Obara and Nymeria, and captured Ellaria, Yara, and the third Sand Snake, Tyene. Theon Greyjoy managed to escape by (seemingly) selfishly diving overboard.


  • Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3

    Jon meets Daenerys (Season 7)

    The first meeting between the Mother of Dragons and the King in the North could have gone better, with Daenerys demanding fealty from Jon, who refused. She doesn’t believe him about the Night King, either, which is a major problem. But Dany does allow Jon to mine Dragonstone’s Dragonglass, which will be key in that battle.


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    Cersei gets her revenge (Season 7)

    With Ellaria captured, Cersei uses the same poison that killed her daughter Myrcella to kill Ellaria’s daughter, Tyene. Then Jaime executes a deft strategic move and, while the Unsullied are capturing Casterly Rock, he marches on Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell. Jaime gets the Tyrell fortress, eliminates Lady Olenna, and nabs the money of the wealthiest family in Westeros. It’s a major blow to Daenerys’ war effort.


  • game of thrones the stark children reunite arya bran sansa

    The Stark kids reunite (Season 7)

    In something of a more subdued moment, Arya Stark returns to Winterfell, where Sansa Stark is the Lady of Winterfell. Brann Stark, now the Three-Eyed Raven (and thoroughly weird) has arrived as well, bringing more Stark kids together in one place than we’ve seen since Season 1. Clearly, the reunion of House Stark is going to have some major consequences going forward.


  • game of thrones spoils of war dothraki dragon

    Daenerys attacks the Lannister line (Season 7)

    In response to losing Highgarden and Dorne, Daenerys finally takes warfare into her own hands. She and her Dothraki warriors head for King’s Landing, but they don’t attack the city — they attack the Lannister supply line bringing gold and grain to the city from their victory in Highgarden. Dany uses Drogon to destroy the Lannister supply wagons and the Dothraki decimate at least a part of the Lannister army, but we don’t see the full aftermath of the battle, or Jaime Lannister’s fate.


  • game of thrones eastwatch dickon and randyll tarly burned alive

    Daenerys wipes out House Tarly (Season 7)

    After defeating the Lannister army last episode, Daenerys has the survivors in her mercy — including Randyll and Dickon Tarly (Samwell’s father and brother). They refused to bend the knee and for keeping their honor, were burned to a crisp by Drogon. That leaves House Tarly without a head… unless Samwell ever leaves the Night’s Watch without being executed for desertion.

  • Samwell Tarly abandons maester training (Season 7)

    Sam has been training to become a maester, but he’s increasingly frustrated by the order’s unwillingness to consider his own experience with the White Walkers, or prepare in a meaningful way for the war to come. So he goes to the library, steals some important books, and bounces along with Gilly and Sam junior.

  • game of thrones eastwatch cersei pregnant

    Cersei is pregnant (Season 7)

    All of their children may be dead, but Cersei revealed to Jaime that she’s expecting another baby — and as far as he knows, it’s his. In fact Cersei says she plans to tell everyone Jaime is the father. Whether that’s true remains to be seen.

  • game of thrones the magnificent seven jon snow tormund davos gendry the hound thoros jorah baric eastwatch

    Jon Snow assembles Westeros’ Magnificent Seven (Season 7)

    As far as Jon is concerned, the only important matter is to convince everyone they need to be freaked out about the Night King’s invasion. Which means, he needs to grab a Wight and bring it south. To help, he recruits Gendry, Tormund, Ser Jorah, Thoros of Myr, Ser Berric, and Sandor Clegane (The Hound). Holy crap.

  • game of thrones arya sansa littlefinger winterfell

    Littlefinger maneuvers Arya and Sansa against each other (Season 7)

    Machinations are afoot in Winterfell, where Littlefinger seems to be trying to get Sansa to turn on Jon Snow, and Arya to turn on Sansa, as part of his own plan. But Sansa clearly doesn’t trust him, Arya seemingly has plans of her own, and Bran’s there with his magical Three-Eyed Raven powers. The intrigue is building to a potentially lethal head.

    Also Read: Game of Thrones”: Everyone in Winterfell Has Secret Plans and We Don’t Know What They Are

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    The expedition beyond the Wall captures a wight (Season 7)

    Though they were nearly killed by the army of the dead when they were surrounded, Jon Snow’s expedition beyond the Wall managed to capture a wight to prove the existence of the Night King to everyone in Westeros. Jon was nearly killed in the battle after falling into a frozen lake, however.

  • game of thrones benjen stark

    Benjen Stark saves Jon Snow (Season 7)

    As the army of the dead is closing on Jon after he pulls himself out of the frozen lake, he’s saved from certain doom by Benjen Stark, Jon’s uncle. Benjen was killed by the White Walkers but saved by the Children of the Forest, and had previously saved Bran and Meera Reed at the Three-Eyed Raven’s behest. He gives Jon his horse and save’s the King in the North’s life, but is overwhelmed by wights while Jon escapes.

  • game of thrones jon daenerys bend the knee

    Jon Snow pledges fealty to Daenerys (Season 7)

    After Jon makes it back to Eastwatch, he and Daenerys have a conversation aboard the ship bearing them to Dragonstone. Having seen the Night King, Daenerys pledges to help Jon fight it. He, in turn, tells her he’ll bend the knee and declare her his queen.

  • game of thrones viserion

    The Night King kills and reanimates Viserion (Season 7)

    During the battle beyond the Wall, the Night King uses an ice spear to slay one of Daenerys’ dragons, Viserion. After everyone escapes, he uses his army of the dead to drag Viserion’s body out of the frozen lake into which it crashed, and then revives him as an undead wight to add to his forces.

  • Cersei and Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

    Cersei declares a truce with Daenerys and Jon Snow (Season 7)

    In a meeting in King’s Landing, Jon demonstrates the threat the Night King poses, using the wight captured beyond the Wall. Cersei agrees to send her troops north to help fight the dead, but secretly plans to remain in the south and retake the lands she lost to Daenerys while her enemies go north.

  • game of thrones littlefinger dead arya cut his throat

    Sansa and Arya execute Littlefinger (Season 7)

    Throughout Season 7, Littlefinger has tried to pit Sansa Stark against her sister Arya, but didn’t realize the women were actually manipulating him. Once they had the loyalty of the Knights of the Vale guaranteed, they laid out Littlefinger’s crimes in public, and Arya cut his throat.

  • game of thrones key events jaime leaves

    Jaime leaves Cersei (Season 7)

    When Cersei reveals she intends to betray Daenerys, Jaime argues with her. He believes the dead are the greater threat and he intends to honor his word and ride north to fight. When Cersei seemingly threatens to kill him for the betrayal, Jaime storms out, leaving King’s Landing alone.

  • game of thrones night king dragon tearing down the wall

    The Night King breaches the Wall (Season 7)

    It appears that Jon Snow’s plan to capture a wight from beyond the Wall played right into the plan of the Night King. When Daenerys arrived with her dragons to save Jon and his companions, the Night King killed one and reanimated it as part of his army. Riding the dragon, he was able to use its magical blue flame to rip a hole in the Wall large enough for the army of the dead to pass through.

If you’ve never watched the show or just need a refresher ahead of the final season, The Wrap has you covered

If you hate missing out on the pop culture phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones” but can’t be bothered to watch the whole thing, or you just need a refresher on the past seven seasons of murder and intrigue, check our list of the big events in the series’ history you absolutely have to know as we approach the eighth and final season.  (Spoilers, of course)

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It’s a Floaty, Flowing Gucci Gown for 100 Women in Finance

It’s a Floaty, Flowing Gucci Gown for 100 Women in Finance

The Duchess wore Gucci for tonight’s 100 Women in Finance gala dinner.

The event was at the V&A Museum. Below, museum director Dr. Tristram Hunt greeting the Duchess along with Jane Davis, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. 

Kate is the Victoria and Albert’s royal patron.

The Duchess waving to well-wishers gathered in hopes of seeing her tonight.

This quick video by Rebecca English offers a sense of how the skirt flows.

More from tonight’s event…..

— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) February 13, 2019

More about the organization from The Daily Mirror’s story by Russell Myers:

100 Women in Finance, previously known as 100 Women in Hedge Funds is a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.

Each year, 100WF’s Board of Directors selects a beneficiary for its philanthropic initiatives, which cover women’s and family health, mentoring and education programmes.

The Duchess is a patron of 100 Women in Finance’s Philanthropic Initiatives, joining Prince Harry in that role in 2012, along with Prince William, who has been a patron since 2009. Here you see her with Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive of the organization, and Lauren Malafronte, the Board’s Chair.

The function was a fundraiser for the Royal Foundation’s “Mentally Healthy Schools” program and Kate was the guest of honor.

A video from Emily Nash showing Kate descending the staircase as seen above in the still.

WATCH: The #DuchessofCambridge makes her entrance into the Raphael Gallery for the dinner with Amanda Pullinger. Taking no risks in heels and sensibly holding onto the handrail! #100wf #MentallyHealthySchools

— Emily Nash (@emynash) February 13, 2019

Following dinner, the Duchess delivered remarks.

Some of Kate’s remarks via The Daily Mail’s coverage of tonight’s gala:

I have often been asked why I have decided to focus my work on the early years. Having been lucky enough to meet some of our country’s amazing charities and organisations, tackling some of our hardest social challenges, I became acutely aware just how important the earliest years of our lives really are.

The root cause of some of our most challenging experiences in adulthood, such as poor mental and physical health, addiction, homelessness, crime and family breakdown, can so often be traced back to the very earliest years of someone’s life and often over generations.

The mentally healthy schools programme is the first of its kind and aims to help all children, all teachers in all primary schools across the UK.

We’ll start our look at what the Duchess wore with her Gucci evening gown.

The off the shoulder design featured an intricately ruched bodice and a floaty, flowing skirt in layers of pleated tulle. Kate accented the waistline with a velvet band.

It looked like Kate was in her Cabrina pumps by Oscar de la Renta in the ‘platinum lamé’ colorway.

The point-toe style features scalloped sides, a raised back and 4″ heel.

She carried the Prada clutch we first saw at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. NOTE: The clutch shown below is the basic Prada style that we think was customized in velvet for Kate. Thank you to Gabriella for pointing this out, I originally forgot to include that in the post. 

Kate’s hair was worn down. 

She wore the morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough that were worn at Pippa’s wedding.

This is the fourth 100 Women in Hedge Funds/Finance function the Duchess has attended. In 2011 she wore a gown by Beulah London; in 2013 we saw the inky blue Jenny Packham; for the 2015 event, Kate wore the much-discussed Erdem Alouette gown.

A look at the Duchess as she was leaving tonight’s dinner. 

A side note about Kate’s choices today. As a rule, we stay focused on clothing, accessories, hair and makeup. Today I don’t think we can ignore the elephant in the room: the Duchess wearing not one, but two labels facing intense criticism for racially offensive advertising and products. (The Duchess was in a Dolce and Gabbana suit for this morning’s engagement.) I thought it might be easier to handle the topic in comments, but it makes more sense to include the basics in this post instead of making people scroll up and down through comments. This is from Fashionista:

Of course, it must be noted that the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t exactly pick the best week to wear Gucci, a brand which is currently under fire for releasing a sweater which bears an alarming resemblance to blackface. (It was, in fact, a bad optics day for fashion all around, with the Duchess also choosing a Dolce & Gabbana suit for another appearance earlier on Wednesday; the Italian fashion house has yet to bounce back from a racist incident of their own.)

And this piece is from The Telegraph’s senior fashion editor, Charlie Gowans-Eglinton.

After Dolce & Gabbana’s advertising campaign – released in the run up to the show- drew allegations of racism, comments made on the brand’s social media accounts added fuel to the fire. The brand’s founders later released a video apology.

Scandals like this are nothing new in fashion – but the public response to them has changed. Social media means that news spreads fast, and globally, and puts the power in the hands of the consumer. Now everyone has the platform to call out brands for their behaviour.

Sometimes a dress is just a dress. But I’d argue that in the current climate, it’s so much more – and perhaps even a Duchess needs to be ‘woke’.

There is no way of knowing if Kate is aware of either issue. And as pointed out by SG in a comment, there is an enormous difference between the ongoing years of D&G issues and Gucci’s situation. I have had a few emails and messages asking how often Kate has worn either/both brands. Kate has worn Dolce and Gabbana with some frequency, including royal tours and other engagements.

It has also been a choice for Wimbledon and Royal Ascot.

As best I can remember, the only other time we have seen Kate in a Gucci garment was for a June 2017 engagement that was also at the V&A. She has also carried a Gucci clutch. 

If you missed this morning’s coverage of the Mental Health in Education conference, click here to read that post.


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