630 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

Le Méridien’s “Unlock Art” Series Invites You To Explore Surrealism.

May 21 2014


René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928

“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.

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Robin Wright On Ageing In Hollywood.

May 20 2014

Robin-wright:ageism & sexism in Hollywood

As I’ve highlighted previously, one of the aspects of Netflix series House of Cards that gets little attention but makes it groundbreaking from a gender perspective is that the female characters are not only strong and well-developed with independent plot lines and a range of complicated emotions but they’re actually played by age-appropriate actresses.

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Time To Look Beyond The Film Industry?

May 19 2014

Cate Blanchett:Oscars

The dual topics of sexism and ageism in the film industry (arguably two sides of the same coin) seem to finally be getting some long-awaited attention from media outlets.

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The Firing Heard Around The World.

May 15 2014

Equal education and job opportunities

If you do a quick Twitter search using the words “jill” “abramson” and “fired”, the result is a feed peppered with the words “pushy”, “brusque” and “equal pay”. For many women who aspire to top management positions in their professional field, Jill Abramson's firing is not only a deeply disappointing turn of events but also a disheartening one.

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Has The Bar Been Set Too Low For "Style Icons" and Role Models?

May 13 2014


The CFDA will soon be anointing Rihanna as the "Fashion Icon of the Year" at its annual dinner this coming June. The ostensible purpose of the award is to recognize her "contribution to fashion".

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On The Politics Of Luxury.

May 12 2014


International relations, politics, human rights … These are not normally subjects you’ll hear discussed at your standard luxury industry event. In fact, these are subjects that most luxury brands are keen to avoid discussing publicly altogether.

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Robin Givhan Returns To WaPo!

May 01 2014

Robin Givhan:WaPo

I'm so very happy to learn that Robin Givhan is returning to The Washington Post as a full-time fashion critic!

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Dear House Of Cards: Please Bring Back Tom Broecker!

Apr 02 2014

Claire Underwood:House of Cards:costume:fashion

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of wardrobe in film, television and theatre. The right costume choices can communicate crucial information about a character's mood, personality and status without the actor ever uttering a single word. Besides the excellent writing and rich, complicated plot lines featured on the Netflix series House of Cards, costume design is one of the aspects of the show I admired most about Season 1.

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Anna Wintour Apologizes To Vogue Readers.

Apr 01 2014


See how contrite she looks?!

In a brief press release issued by Condé Nast earlier today, Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue expressed regret for her decision to cast reality television personality Kim Kardashian on the April 2014 cover of her magazine.

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Too Little Accountability For Fashion Media.

Mar 31 2014

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When fashion historians look back at this April 2014 cover of French fashion glossy Jalouse featuring 12 year-old Thylane Blondeau, they will no doubt conclude (correctly) that the fashion media reached a new level of depravity in 2014. How else to explain the casting of a prepubescent child on the cover of a magazine purportedly targeting women aged 25-40?

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