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In brief for Feb. 22, 2006

Fashion lights up London London went styling last week during London Fashion Week, where the British Fashion Council's main tent, pitched on the grounds of the Natural History Museum, hosted more than 20 shows from a crop of international designers. Production company S2 Events turned to Bandit Lites for rigging and lighting the catwalk. Bandit flew a 124-by-40-foot mother grid in the tent with three trusses threaded lengthwise through it to hang lights ...

Mardi Gras parades take baby steps According to reports, crowds were sparse for the five Mardi Gras parades staged Saturday in New Orleans, the city emblematic of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina last year. Locals are hoping for warmer weather and bigger crowds as Fat Tuesday itself arrives next week ...

RCA changes name The Rental Association of Canada voted two weeks ago to change its name to the Canadian Rental Association with the aim of modernizing "the look and branding of the association," a spokeswoman reports. The group expects that the name change, including a new graphic identity, will be complete by September ...

Spice is nice The hottest trend in color as well as flavor now is spice--earthy brown, citrusy greens, rusty reds--according to the Color Association.

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