Inside the Secret Porsche Program That Helps Select Clients Customize Their Dream Car

Emilee Geist

Jorge Carnicero is a blue man. Many of the numerous cars he owns are blue. His daily uniform is a blue button-up Ralph Lauren shirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap. And in June of 2018, as he was sitting in the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, surrounded by color samples, he was about to order yet another blue car.

“Jorge, your friend just ordered a car in that shade,” Yana Perros told him gently. “Let me play devil’s advocate.” The Porsche manager laid a new sample next to the brown interior leather that Carnicero liked. The painted tile, shaped like a 911 Carrera, was a vibrant green.

Carnicero, 68, is a horse breeder who divides his time between Kentucky and Florida, and he cheerily admits that his love of Porsche—the marque and the cars—borders on obsession. He has owned more than he remembers and will happily go on

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What will China’s central bank digital currency mean for Alipay and WeChat Pay?

Emilee Geist

China’s e-payments ecosystem is set to step up a level of sophistication as the coronavirus pandemic and deteriorating US-China relations hasten Beijing’s plans for a digital fiat currency; potentially complicating a landscape dominated by Alipay and WeChat Pay.

The central bank’s e-yuan, called Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DC/EP), would let citizens ­pay for goods with e-wallets, replacing banknotes and coins and ­accelerating the dash by the world’s second-largest economy towards a cashless society.

“The timetable has been sped up by the coronavirus and the realpolitik of US-China relations,” said former IBM executive Richard Turrin, who is writing a book on China’s digital currency.

China already boasts more electronic mobile payments than anywhere else, with 711 million monthly active users on Ant Group’s Alipay and about 800 million on Tencent Holdings’ ­WeChat Pay service in a US$49 trillion market, almost 500 times bigger than in the United States. Yi Gang, the

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Affordable prints to decorate your university room with

Emilee Geist

The Independent
The Independent

Design and style aside, most people can agree that a room isn’t quite complete without a little bit of decoration on the walls – wheter that’s in the form of prints, artwork or photographs.

As you move into your new student halls or shared house, considering what you’re going to bring to brighten up your blank canvas is just as important as the pots and pans you’ll be ladened with.

Over the course of lockdown, the gallery wall trend came out in full – with people adorning their blank walls with a myriad of pieces in a bid to add a bit of brightness. Our expert guide to creating an Instagram-worthy wall is well worth a read if you’re looking for a helping hand. Particularly, because you can create something bold in your student digs, and it needn’t cost a fortune.

The art world has come a long

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The pandemic is changing the future of fashion and shopping. Why that’s a good thing

Emilee Geist

 <span class="copyright">(Lucila Perini / For The Times)</span>
(Lucila Perini / For The Times)

Given the chaos and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, trying to pin down the top fashion and beauty trends of a year hence feels as futile as trying to pick a living room wallpaper pattern while your house is on fire. But we tried anyway by surveying a range of L.A.-based designers, brand builders and retailers to find out what the luxury landscape might look like 12 to 18 months down the road.

The general consensus? Although no one — not even the trend analysts who make their living forecasting such things — is exactly sure what the future of fashion looks like, what they agreed on is that, because of the pandemic, the future of retail and design is actually arriving way ahead of schedule, with back-burner projects front-burnered and fashion’s never-ending hamster wheel getting a good, hard look.

“We had trends

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The Director Explains Its Mysteries

Emilee Geist

[Editor’s note: This article contains major spoilers about the plot of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.”]

Charlie Kaufman is not a fan of solving movies for his audience. “I’m not really big on explaining what things are,” the writer-director said in a phone interview. “I let people have their experiences, so I don’t really have expectations about what people are going to think. I really do support anybody’s interpretation.”

Nevertheless, nothing in Kaufman’s head-spinning repertoire has begged for answers more than “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” His scripts for “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” took bizarre labyrinthine paths into the troubled male psyche, a journey he continued with directing efforts “Synecdoche, New York” and “Anomalisa.” In his new Netflix-produced feature, however, Kaufman has built a story steeped in the details of a single troubled mind, and littered it with so many reference points it practically demands a masterclass in semiotics … Read More