Amy Coney Barrett bus tour features conservative Christian activist who was exposed to coronavirus at White House

But instead of isolating herself at home in Washington, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the conservative activist is traveling the country. Since Wednesday, she has been boosting Barrett from a pastel pink bus bearing the nominee’s face and the words “Women For Amy” as it makes its way through a dozen swing states this month.

So far, the tour — officially put on by Nance’s group, Concerned Women for America — has kicked off with Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) near Atlanta, hosted college students in South Carolina, and met with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) in Raleigh, with nearly 30 more stops planned.

At all the stops so far, attendees have posed for photos while standing shoulder to shoulder, with few masks in sight, according to social media posts. (Loeffler, who also attended the White House ceremony, said she has since tested negative for the virus.)

It is unclear if Nance or others on the bus have been tested for the coronavirus, which has killed more than 212,000 people in the United States. Her organization declined to comment to the Guardian on the apparent lack of masks and social distancing at its events, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

Nance is far from the only person potentially exposed in the Rose Garden, The Post reported, who has since scattered around the country with little oversight and no systematic contacting tracing efforts. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., who accompanied his father to the presidential debate and said he tested negative, held a packed campaign rally inside a Florida hotel.

In its focus on rallying support to confirm Barrett, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, Concerned Women for America will tour several states in the coming days that have been reporting a surge in infections.

“If we’ve learned anything from the confirmation process of Brett M. Kavanaugh, it’s that the left will stoop to anything,” Nance said in a video on Instagram. “The attacks on her faith, the anti-Christian bigotry isn’t just attacks against her. It’s an attack on you. That’s why Concerned Women for America is going to hit the road.”

As Barrett draws scrutiny from liberals over her involvement in People of Praise, a small Christian organization where she once served as a “handmaid,” the bus tour points to how antiabortion activists are citing her faith to rally behind her.

“What a historic moment for conservative Christian women,” Nance said in the video. “We get to sit on the sidelines of history and witness the confirmation of one of our own: a conservative Christian constitutionalist appointed by President Trump to the Supreme Court.”

Senate confirmation hearings start Monday, and with nearly all Republican senators having committed to supporting the Trump nominee, she is expected to be voted through as soon as Oct. 22. Nance’s bus, however, is set to keep traveling around the country through the end of the month, looping from Pennsylvania to the Midwest and

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Sioux Falls Christian students build teaching garden for hands-on learning

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Jeremy Roberts’ senior plant science class partnered with Ground Works and SD Agriculture in the Classroom to build teaching garden boxes behind Sioux Falls Christian High School on Tuesday morning.

The students laid wooden boards, screwed them into formation and filled the newly created boxes with compost. This garden will be a tool for active learning for the rest of the year.

“A teaching garden is different than a community garden in that you’re linking all of the educational pieces of their STEM day or their language arts or history to this garden, so it’s literally a living laboratory,” said Cindy Heidelberger Larson, Ground Works associate executive director.

By letting students get involved in every step of the process, from construction to harvest, they can practice what they’re learning in real time. 

“You’ve got problem solving, you’ve got communication skills happening here, you’ve got teamwork happening,” said Larson.

Ground Works has assisted in creating 17 teaching gardens over the past decade between Lincoln and Minnehaha counties. The project at Sioux Falls Christian is the organization’s first garden build of 2020.

Landscape Garden Center donated the compost and SD Agriculture in the Classroom will provide starter plants for the students to start their garden. Volunteers from Minnehaha Master Gardeners assisted with the construction of the boxes. 

“Everything we do is through collaboration and teamwork because there’s really no other way to do it,” said Larson.

Once the teaching garden has been established, Ground Works aims to expand the learning opportunities beyond plant science. Future classes could focus on food and nutrition or the agriculture industry at large.  

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Christian Liaigre, Minimalist Interior Designer, Dies at 77

Mr. Liaigre was born on Aug. 10, 1943, in La Rochelle, France. His father was a veterinarian, and his grandfather, for whom he worked for a decade after attending the École des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, bred horses.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Comte-Liaigre; their son, Leonard; and a granddaughter. His daughter, Virginie, died last year.

Mr. Liaigre’s design roots were French Modernism, Asian furniture, African art and riding hardware — bridles, saddles and stirrups. Many compared him to Jean-Michel Frank, the early French minimalist, but “with less ennui,” as Mitchell Owens, the decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest, said in an interview.

“Liaigre’s work had a butchness to it,” he added. “It was very male and very architectural.”

Decades earlier, Mr. Owens had interviewed Mr. Liaigre about how his upbringing had influenced his work He recapped the interview on Instagram:

“We talked of his childhood near La Rochelle, his potent memories of his veterinary surgeon father’s tools and of accompanying him from farm to farm throughout the Vendee, his respect for woodworkers and love of chestnut and oak trees, and his belief in furniture that, no matter how reductivist, held the whiff of the terroir in its design.”

Former employees described Mr. Liaigre as a quiet, meticulous teacher whose drawings were always perfectly to scale. “He felt that to get the proportions right, the only way to do it was by hand,” said Kirstin Bailey, a designer in Mr. Liaigre’s studio in the 1990s.

Mr. Liaigre sold his company to a group of investors in 2016.

“To say that he was detail-oriented would be a gross understatement,” Mr. Balazs of the Mercer wrote in an Instagram post. “‘Obsession’ would be far more apt.”

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Abilene Christian eager to open football season in Sun Bowl

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When Abilene Christian ventures into the Sun Bowl to take on UTEP on Saturday, the game will be one of the more unique Division I games ever played, which is apt for one of the most unique years in college sports.

The Wildcats are kicking off their fourth season under coach Adam Dorrel and its eighth in the Division I FCS, and will be playing their first game of the year against a UTEP team playing its third.

Adam Dorrel, who won three Division II championships at Northwest Missouri State in the middle of the last decade, is in his fourth year at Abilene Christian (Photo: Jeremy Enlow/Abilene Christian athletics)

“I’ve never been involved in something like that,” Dorrel said.

“I don’t know if that’s ever happened,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said.

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What that amounts to is another unusual challenge for Abilene Christian and UTEP in a season defined by unusual challenges that had to be surmounted just to get on the field in 2020.

For the Miners, the challenge in this one is putting together a scouting report based on last year’s 5-7 Wildcat team. For Abilene Christian, which is one of 13 FCS schools that put together a renegade schedule in a fall where the FCS is nominally shut down, there are a myriad of challenges.

“The thing we’ve addressed internally is game conditioning, game speed, you can only simulate that so much,” Dorrel said. “Obviously UTEP has a huge advantage over us there.

“Game conditioning, you can run to the football, you can condition, you can do all that, but game conditioning is different when you have to be violent with your hands, then have to turn around and play a snap again. We’ve done things internally to address that.

“We’re going to play a lot of guys, we’re going to be moving a lot of guys in and out. The emphasis is to stay fresh, play as hard as you can when you’re in there in bursts.

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“There’s no way we can have kids go out there and play 65, 70, 80 snaps and think that individual is going to play well and they’d be potentially opened up to injuries. I feel good about our plan.”

As to the decision to play, the team wanted to, the university wanted to accommodate them and made it happen.

“I’m very proud of our leadership, proud of (president) Dr. (Phil) Schubert and (athletic director) Allan Ward for allowing us to take steps, move forward and play,” Dorrel said. “Our team is very excited, obviously Saturday can’t come soon enough.”

He feels good about it because, like the third-year system at UTEP, Dorrel said he feels like he’s generating the depth he wants as he gets his program in place.

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Christian Siriano, Rebecca Minkoff & Jason Wu Curate Affordable Home Decor Collections for Lowe’s

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High fashion is coming home with a new collaboration between Lowe’s and New York Fashion Week. 

The home improvement store has paired up with three of fashion’s biggest names — Christian Siriano, Rebecca Minkoff and Jason Wu — to show how fashion and interior design are uniquely intertwined. 

Each designer handpicked a collection of home decor items from Lowe’s that they will be using to style their NYFW runway shows later this month, curating an “edit” of products that speak to them and their personal aesthetic. The products, which range from lighting fixtures to furniture to wall art and everything in between, are all shoppable now on the Lowe’s website — and while they may be runway-ready, they’ve got sample sale-worthy price tags.

Inspired by the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has left people spending more time in their houses, the designers curated their collections while keeping in mind what makes them feel most at home. 

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Minkoff’s collection therefore pays homage to New York City, the place she says she will always call home despite being raised in California. The womenswear designer (whose eponymous brand was founded in N.Y.C.) curated her edit with modernity and chicness in mind, choosing items that are detailed, linear and a little edgy. Think: a round, marble coffee table, a rattan chandelier and lots of white shearling. 

Lowe’s x NYFW Rebecca Minkoff’s curation

Siriano’s collection, on the other hand, is not inspired by one specific place, instead focusing on bringing a pop of glamour to any space, no matter where it is. Siriano’s edit plays with shapes and color, mixing dark wood, sleek metals and smooth upholstery. His mood board projects the ultimate downtown bachelor pad, with a grey velvet couch; a tripod floor lamp; a rustic wooden tray and more.  

Lowe’s x NYFW Christian Siriano’s curation

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Finally, Canadian-Taiwanese designer Wu curated his collection with one of his favorite vacation destinations, Tulum, in mind — because who doesn’t wish they could live in paradise? Bringing the outdoors in, Wu’s product selections include woven baskets, eclectic stoneware and a leafy Majesty Palm plant. 

Lowe’s x NYFW Jason Wu’s curation

“My home has always been a great source of inspiration for me, especially now that it’s not just a place I live, but where I’ve worked to bring my Spring 2021 collection to life,” Wu said in a press release. “I have always believed that beautifully considered design should be accessible, and I’m excited to debut a curated collection with Lowe’s that offer a glimpse into what home

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Lowe’s Reveals Home Decor Selections From Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, and Rebecca Minkoff

Jason Wu’s mood board. 

Photo: Courtesy of Lowe’s

For Lowe’s chief brand and marketing officer Marisa Thalberg, it’s clear that the connection between home decor and fashion isn’t much of stretch. “Our homes are more than just places we live,” she said during a virtual chat last Thursday. “They are a place of self expression.” As the same can easily be said of our clothing choices, this has become one of the guiding principles in the partnership between Lowe’s and designers Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, and Rebecca Minkoff, which was announced in August.

Working to bring New York Fashion Week (which will take place both digitally and in person September 13–17) to homes during this unique season, Lowe’s invited the three designers to outfit their runways in inventory from the vast home decor selection available on Lowes.com. From furniture and lighting to rugs and accessories, the products curated by each designer are available to shop as of this morning.

Products selected by Christian Siriano.

Photo: Courtesy of Lowe’s

For New York–based designer Jason Wu, the collaboration challenged him to recreate a taste of his home away from home. “Fashion shows are about experiences and building a dream,” Wu said during his conversation with Thalberg. “But to build a dream, you need the materials to do it.” Working with a subtle color palette, natural materials, and touches of greenery, Wu curated items for his Fashion Week presentation that evoke notes of a beachy jungle setting. Specifically, it’s a nod to Tulum, Mexico, where Wu had his 2016 wedding.

Wu, speaking like a true fashion designer, elaborated on the partnership and of working with a retailer whose reputation skews more power tools than stylish accessories: “There is glamour in everything; it’s about what you do with the materials you’re given.” In this case, the materials are products that Lowe’s already had in stock—a point the brand believes proves style can also be accessible and reasonably priced. The partners also hinted at a further collaboration, to be announced post–Fashion Week, that will reflect the ideas of both the home and giving back to communities important to the designers who have been affected by the pandemic. More exciting news, it seems, on the not-so-distant horizon.

Rebecca Minkoff’s vision.

Photo: Courtesy of Lowe’s

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French interior designer Christian Liaigre dies aged 77

Christian Liaigre, who fashioned homes for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein, has passed away at the age of 77.

The French creative and founder of design studio Liaigre, died on Wednesday 2 September. As an interior designer, he was revered for his restrained aesthetic approach.

Employing clean lines and natural materials throughout each of his projects, Liaigre’s style was seen as particularly unusual when he emerged in the 1980s.

“Christian Liaigre preferred to let his designs speak for themselves,” said Liaigre’s studio in a statement.

“He created furniture and objects that reflected his dedication to beauty, a search for balance, an accuracy for proportions and perfection in the detail,” added the studio.

“His luxurious no-frill designs impressed a demanding international clientele on a quest for authenticity.”

Liaigre had few public-facing projects

Born in 1943 in the French coastal city of La Rochelle, Liaigre started developing his knowledge of the design sphere when he enrolled in art school Beaux-Arts de Paris at age 17, before going on to study at L’ecole des Arts Décoratifs.

Liaigre established his eponymous studio in 1985 and opened the doors to his first showroom on Rue de Varenne in Paris’ seventh arrondissement.

Five luxury villas around the world by French interiors studio Liaigre

Initially, the late designer only made furnishings but soon went on to develop entire interiors for residences, holiday homes, offices, as well as the cabins of jets and yachts.

His rare public projects – such as the 1990 overhaul of Paris’ Hotel Montalembert, and 1997 revamp of New York’s Mercer Hotel – meant that Liaigre was known on both sides of the Atlantic, yet he largely preferred to work with a roster of private clients.

“Surrounded by the best craftsmen, he imagined and delivered spaces that expressed simplicity, sincerity, a modern and timeless style, alongside a natural attention to wellbeing,” said his studio.

Liaigre eventually stepped down from his studio in 2016, handing over the position of creative director to long-term collaborator Frauke Meyer.

“His taste and style was unmatched”

When studio Liaigre announced their founder’s death over Instagram, tributes poured in from notable industry figures. Designer Ronan Bouroullec recalled meeting Liaigre at L’ecole des Arts Décoratifs and him showing interest in one of Bouroullec’s early furniture models.

“He was so gentle, so simple and nice with me. Someone formidable,” Bouroullec wrote in a comment.

Hotelier Ian Schrager also commented, “there is only Christian [Liaigre] and no one else”.

“The world is less without him. To me, he was the best and most talented designer in the world.” Schrager continued. “His taste and style was unmatched and his refined simplicity and elegance stood above everybody else.”

Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen additionally took to Instagram to celebrate the life of Liaigre, revealing he had been a fan of the late designer’s work since the end of the 1980s: “Since then, he’s been a great source of inspiration to me, not only as a creative mind but also as an overall

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Remembering Christian Liaigre, the Legendary French Interior Designer



a man standing in front of a store window: Christian Liaigre, the iconic French designer whose clients included Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Larry Gagosia, has died.


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Christian Liaigre, the iconic French designer whose clients included Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Larry Gagosia, has died.

French interior design legend and entrepreneur Christian Liaigre, known for his romantic minimalist aesthetic and whose clients included Larry Gagosian, Calvin Klein, and Karl Lagerfeld, has died at age 77. We asked design-world luminaries to share their thoughts of Liaigre and the legacy he left behind.

“He was such a visionary. As a designer I have always been inspired by his work and loved incorporating his thoughtfully modern and timeless designs into many of the residential spaces I have designed. He cared so about the details, high quality materials, and craftsmanship. This is a huge loss for our community.” — Sheila Bridges, interior designer

“Christian’s passing is such a loss for the world of design. He had an incredible point of view that was distinctively his own. I was always inspired by his warm style and the way he could balance designs that were equally understated and impactful. I always thought of him as our generation’s Jean-Michel Frank and I have no doubt his legacy will live on for generations to come.” — Brad Ford, interior designer

“There’s a stillness to his aesthetic that’s welcoming and warm and his Île de Ré residence captivates me most. Like many of us, Liaigre’s living room table often doubled as his work area—a place where masterpieces were created. What a gem he was.” — Chanae Richards, interior designer

“Although widely known for his hospitality design, Christian Liaigre was among the most influential and widely copied designers of furniture and residential interiors of the 20th century. His artful distillations of forms inspired by Brancusi and Ruhlmann popularized luxurious materials in forms inspired by African sculpture and Art Deco. His powerful palette of neutrals set the tone for what consumers wanted for many years, and still looks fresh today.” — David Duncan, lighting designer

“Many designers help move us along, only a few move us forward. Christian Liaigre did just that. He understood the dignity of the design process and the responsibility of designers, architects, and craftspeople to keep evolving.” — Jeffrey Bilhuber, interior designer

“Christian was a dear friend and a lovely soul with incredible taste. He is a master in creating elegance and comfort with impeccable style. We will miss him and his genius but his work will endure far beyond his lifetime. My family is fortunate to live in a home he designed every day. Thank you, Christian.” — Wendi Murdoch, entrepreneur and client

“Christian Liaigre marched to his own drum creating a seamlessly integrated environment that was both minimal and enriched at the same time. Never distracted by pyrotechnics, he created spaces and the components of spaces that stand the test of time. We all still look up to him and thank him for his stewardship and understanding of what’s important—and above all what’s human.” — Lee F. Mindel, architect and interior designer

“Liaigre is somewhere in

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