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He painted aristocrats, industrialists, writers, politicians, and even suffragettes, just as Velázquez and Van Dyck portrayed the royalty of their time. Or perhaps he is more like Frans Hals, the Flemish artist who distanced himself from monarchs to portray a the newly established middle class who ruled during the Baroque period.

In the work of John Singer Sargent (Florence, 1856-London, 1925), the most European of the American painters, there is a collective portrait of Paris and London of the Belle Époque, the two cities where he became one of the most influential people of his time. This was no mean feat in a period with many exuberant characters, the nouveaux riches, unscrupulous careerists ,and ladies forced to change their outfits four times a day to signal their superior social standing.

Sargent was distinguished by his taste for fashion, in which he saw the distinctive sign that allowed him to understand the vicissitudes of the individuals he painted. This is demonstrated by a new exhibition which is one of the highlights of the cultural spring in London. The Tate Britain’s Sargent and Fashion is open to the public until July 7.

The exhibition, which displays around 50 oil paintings along with some of the real dresses that inspired them, reflects the extraordinary attention he paid to his models’ wardrobe. Among them were clients of the haute couture that was then flourishing in the French capital. Firms such as Doucet, Paquin, and especially Worth, which employed 1,200 workers in 1870, supplied silk and velvet garments to young buyers — in many cases American women looking for husbands in Europe. Those dresses were “their social armor,” as Edith Wharton, perhaps the best chronicler of that social stratum, would later write.

'Miss Elsie Palmer' (1889-90) and two Charles Worth dresses from the same period, in the 'Sargent and Fashion' exhibition at London's Tate Britain.
‘Miss Elsie Palmer’ (1889-90) and two Charles Worth dresses from the same period,
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Denim in this heat? Only when it’s Kenzo.

City pop – the funk-meets-disco sound and retro-futurism aesthetic that emerged during the Japanese economic boom of the 1980s – is back in a big way this summer.

It inspires Kenzo artistic director Nigo’s spring summer collection as he looked at how founder Kenzo Takada interpreted this time period from the French brand’s archives.

His version is, of course, very much current: Japanese tailoring meets the oversize proportions of the ‘70s and the ‘80s, paired with semi-sheer knits and short shifts in a blurring of menswear and womenswear codes. Dress shorts in wide pleats are a hybrid of a hakama, and a double-breasted pinstripe jacket takes on the relaxed fit of a kimono. 

Graphics also feature prominently throughout the collection. Nigo’s close friend, the Japanese graphic artist and k-pop group Blackpink’s latest artistic director Verdy, contributed a reimagined “Kenzo Paris” logo, emblazoned on the back of jean jackets and windbreakers and even in some of the tailored pieces. A rose print reinterpreted from the Kenzo archive refreshes sheer, body-skimming pieces. 

Kenzo has been exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Stores Specialists, Inc. since late last year and this star-studded relaunch at the 96-square meter store carries current season offerings, as well as limited-edition collaborations, such as the highly-coveted Kenzo x Asics sneakers designed by artistic director Nigo, making it a true pilgrimage stop for fans of Kenzo and Nigo.

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Kenzo is at G/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St., Makati.

For preppy and whimsical dressers alike, Kate Spade New York’s golf-inspired Tee Time collection.

Golf is the sport of the season and Kate Spade New York have the bags to match

No heatwave can deter golfers old and new from stepping out in the sun. Arguably the trendiest sport in recent years (along

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Co-founder and artistic director Gladisa Guadalupe has been fired following the probe. Her husband, ex-CEO Michael Krasnyansky, already resigned back in November.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Ballet has fired its remaining co-founder after an independent investigation revealed the full depths of the “toxic” environment dancers and employees have been dealing with.

The ballet’s Board of Directors announced the results of the probe Wednesday, uncovering a “pattern of intimidation and retaliation against dancers and staff, egregious misconduct, financial irregularities, and self-dealing.” Some of the most damaging allegations involve former CEO Michael Krasnyansky, with more than a dozen people accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Krasnyansky, who co-founded the Cleveland Ballet with his wife Gladisa Guadalupe, resigned back in November shortly after the investigation began. On Wednesday, the Board also officially terminated Guadalupe as its artistic director.

“This has been a very difficult and challenging time for our dancers, staff, and Board,” Board Chairman Dr. Michael Frank said in a statement. “All members of our Board, including myself, are ballet enthusiasts who have supported the Cleveland Ballet and its founders with their time and generous financial support, and now feel outraged and betrayed. For the health and future success of Cleveland Ballet, it became abundantly clear to the Board that maintaining the status quo was not an option.”

3News Investigates first reported on the ballet’s issues this past fall, speaking to a former instructor who claimed she was let go in a case of body size discrimination by Guadalupe. Both Guadalupe and Krasnyansky were suspended in the coming days.

While the Board now contends that move did not have anything to do with the body size discrimination allegations, their investigation did not begin until 3News Investigates approached them with this claim. Once the Board’s investigation started, members referred only to “serious and

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MILAN — Sergio Rossi and its artistic director Evangelie Smyrniotaki;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “artistic director Evangelie Smyrniotaki, best known online as Style Heroine, are parting ways by mutual agreement and as the latter’s two-year contract with the footwear house expires.

This marks the first major brand move since a new chief executive officer, Helen Wright, was installed at Sergio Rossi last December.

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The Athens-based Smyrniotaki was named to the top creative job by former CEO Riccardo Sciutto in January 2022 tasked with redefining Sergio Rossi’s brand image and identity. She worked on ad campaigns, content creation and debuted two footwear capsule collections for the shoemaker.

“It has been a privilege for Sergio Rossi to collaborate with such a talented artistic director. Evangelie [Smyrniotaki] has been able to shape the image of the brand, preserving its DNA creating a new aesthetic. Sergio Rossi wants to warmly express its gratitude to Evangelie for her professionalism and dedication and she will always be part of the Sergio Rossi family,” the company said in a statement.

Evangelie Smyrniotaki, aslo knows as Style Heroine

Evangelie Smyrniotaki, also known as Style Heroine

New CEO Wright is tasked with spearheading a “strategic transformation of the house,” focusing on collection content, the optimization of distribution channels, brand visibility and execution, furthering the shoe label’s footprint in key markets such as North America, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Greater China.

A fashion veteran who boasts a 25-plus year career in the industry, Wright succeeded Paul Kotrba, who stayed at the Italian luxury footwear brand for seven months in the interim CEO position succeeding Sciutto, who exited Sergio Rossi last May.

The footwear brand based in San Mauro Pascoli, a key footwear district in Italy, is owned by Lanvin Group. As reported, Sergio Rossi’s sales in 2022 amounted to 61.9

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PARIS, Sept 9 — Marc Bohan, a fashion visionary and the longest-serving designer at Dior, has died at 97, the French luxury fashion house said.

“Dior is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marc Bohan, an immense and influential visionary who was Creative Director of our House for nearly three decades,” Dior said in a late yesterday statement on social network X.

“His originality and modernity have never ceased to inspire. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,”

Bohan, who died on September 6, began working for Christian Dior in 1957, creating collections in London.

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He became the house’s third artistic director in 1961, when he was asked to lead the French label after his predecessor Yves Saint Laurent was drafted into the French military.

He went on to oversee the brand as artistic director for nearly three decades until 1989, developing a reputation for creating stylish, feminine clothes for a wealthy clientele that included Princess Grace of Monaco, movie stars Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor and opera diva Maria Callas. — Reuters

French designer for Christian Dior Marc Bohan (C) poses with models in front of the golden thimble he was awarded for his Fall-Winter high fashion collection, on July 28, 1988 at Galliera Museum, in Paris. — AFP pic

French designer for Christian Dior Marc Bohan (C) poses with models in front of the golden thimble he was awarded for his Fall-Winter high fashion collection, on July 28, 1988 at Galliera Museum, in Paris. — AFP pic

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Marc Bohan, the former Dior artistic director who helped the house’s most iconic collections take shape for over 30 years, has died at age 97. Bohan’s death occurred on September 6, less than a month after his 97th birthday.

Born in Paris on August 22, 1926, Bohan showed talent in drawing and fashion from an early age, and was encouraged in his pursuits by his mother, herself a noted local hatmaker. He first joined Dior in 1957, and created collections for the house out of its London office. It didn’t take long for Bohan to rocket to the upper echelon of Dior either, as he took took over the mantle of artistic director in 1961 when Yves Saint Laurent was summoned for military service. Apart from his work creating countless collections as artistic director, a mantle he held until 1989 when he left to work at British house Norman Hartnell, Bohan played a key role in launching “Miss Dior,” “Baby Dior” and “Dior Monsieur,” ready-to-wear lines for women, children and men, respectively. His work twice won him the “De d’Or,” or “Golden Thimble,” a prestigious French high fashion award, in 1983 and 1988.

Further adding to his legacy, Bohan dressed Iran’s Empress Farah for the coronation of the shah in 1967, and First Lady Jackie Kennedy was so taken with Farah’s look, she asked her own designer to copy Bohan’s style. He was also close with artist Niki de Saint Phalle and writer Francoise Sagan, and created stage costumes to satisfy his enthusiasm for both theater and opera.

Dior has issued an official statement on Bohan’s death — along with quotes from Kim Jones, Delphine Arnault, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Victoire de Castellane — all of which can be seen below.

Dior is deeply saddened to learn of the

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Theater Latté Da (TLD) announced today that it has chosen Justin Lucero as its next Artistic Director. Lucero will join TLD in mid-October, co-leading the organization with Managing Director Elisa Spencer-Kaplan.

He joins the company from his current role at El Paso Opera in El Paso, TX, where he has worked since 2012 and served as Artistic Director for the past five seasons. He also leaves his faculty appointment as Assistant Professor and Associate Area Chair of the John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, where he was teaching undergraduate and graduate Directing and was a leader in the strategic advancement of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access initiatives, driving the establishment of a school-wide degree requirement in anti-racist and equitable practices in theater.

In addition to nearly a dozen works directed for El Paso Opera, Lucero enjoys a robust freelance directing career for professional and academic stages, including past work with Abingdon Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Creede Repertory Theatre, University of Texas El Paso, UTEP Dinner Theatre, the University of Houston, and Scaffolding Theatre, of which he was also Co-Founding Artistic Director. As an assistant and associate director, he has worked with such major institutions as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Rep, and Asolo Repertory Theatre under the mentorship of industry leaders including artistic director-producer Bill Rauch, director-playwright Lisa Peterson, director-choreographer Art Manke, artistic director Michael Donald Edwards, director-choreographer Peter Amster, Olivier-winning artistic director Timothy Sheader, Tony-winning playwright-director Mark Medoff, and Tony-winning director-playwright Frank Galati. Lucero succeeds TLD’s Founding Artistic Director Peter Rothstein, who departed the organization at the end of June after 25 years of leadership to assume a new role as Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Repertory Theatre.

“It is with true enthusiasm that I accept this position and join

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Anna Wintour is a fashion icon and journalist who has chaired or co-chaired the Met Gala since 1995. Recently, there were rounds of rumors on the internet when Wintour and Bill Nighy walked the red carpet at the 2023 Met Gala together, triggering speculation of them of dating. However, a spokesperson  debunked the rumor, saying, “They are not in a relationship.”

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Wintour is also credited with reviving Vogue and is well regarded as an important figure in the fashion world. But what is the net-worth of the  

73-year-old? Let’s have a closer look.

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2023 Net worth of Anna Wintour 

According to annawintour-net-worth/”Celebrity Net Worth, Anna Wintour’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. All thanks to decades of helming Vogue and gatekeeping the fashion and publishing worlds, as well as their intersections. However, Wintour is a publishing nepo kid since she’s the daughter of The Evening Standard editor Charles Wintour and stepdaughter of Audrey Slaughter, a magazine editor who founded publications Petticoat, Honey and Over 21. So fortunately stepping to writing was not difficult for her.

Her First job 

When Wintour was 21 years old, Harper’s & Queen hired her as an editorial assistant for her first publishing position. Later, she moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend, journalist Jon Bradshaw, and was employed by Harper’s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor. She recalled that the reason she was fired nine months later was that she at the time lacked sufficient knowledge of American fashion.

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Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief

Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating
Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy attend The
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Margaret Atwood, the Canadian author of the dystopian novel-turned-TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” isn’t surprised that hundreds of Israeli women are utilizing the vivid visual themes from the book, dressing in red capes and white caps to appear at the weekly protests against the government.

“You’re seeing it in Israel right now because it is a protest against a proposed totalitarian takeover of a democracy, let’s not call it anything else,” said Atwood, speaking Sunday night in a video conference conversation with Julia Fermentto Tzaisler, artistic director of the 11th Jerusalem International Writers Festival, taking place this week.

“You and your situation right now, what it is is… people trying to seize total power,” said Atwood, whose 1985 dystopian novel is set in a near-future New England in a patriarchal world in which “handmaids” are women forcibly assigned to produce children for the ruling class.

“If you control the judiciary and just rubber stamp for the government, it might as well be Stalinist 1930s,” she added.

Atwood commented that while she’s seen her fictional handmaids appear at other protests worldwide, including in Texas, Argentina and Ireland, she’s never seen as many as have appeared at the various Israeli protests.

“It could have been a short right out of the television series,” she said. “It’s very choreographed and visual.”

File: Protesters supporting women’s rights dressed as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale” TV series attend a protest against the government’s plans to overhaul the judicial system, outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 13, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Fermentto Tzaisler and Atwood discussed whether Atwood’s works had been prescient.

“I’m not a prophet,” said the 83-year-old Atwood. “I don’t know what’s

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Prince Harry wears bespoke 3-piece Dior suit to the coronation. (PHOTO: Getty Images; Dior)

Prince Harry wears bespoke 3-piece Dior suit to the coronation. (PHOTO: Getty Images; Dior)

It was not just Prince Harry’s solo attendance that made headlines during the Coronation – his smart look in the bespoke three-piece suit by Dior set tongues wagging. Fashion commentators were quick to notice that Prince Harry skipped British brands – Alexander McQueen and Emilia Wickstead were seen on other royals – and opted for the suit designed by Dior’s artistic director Kim Jones, during his appearance at Westminster Abbey.

According to a media statement by Dior, The Duke of Sussex chose a bespoke tailcoat and a double-breasted waistcoat in black wool and mohair, combined with grey trousers and a white cotton shirt with a grey silk tie. Black derbies, also signed by the House, completed the ensemble.

Daryll Alexius Yeo, Fashion Stylist and Creative Consultant had this to say about the look, “Prince Harry looked very put together in his custom three-piece Dior suit. When he was seen arriving at Westminster Abbey, my first thought was that his suit was refreshingly minimal and sharp, taking more of an understated approach to the traditional coronation dress code – some people call it rebellion, I prefer to say it’s giving ‘less is more’. While he got plenty of negative reviews for wearing a renowned French fashion house, little did they know that the Artistic Director at Dior Men responsible for Prince Harry’s off-late suit looks is British himself, ala Kim Jones.”

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been spotted wearing Dior on several occasions, prompting rumours that the duo may be striking a partnership with the brand.

Harry’s late mother Princess Diana was also a fan of the French maison – she wore a Dior slip dress and carried a handbag named ‘Chouchou’ to the

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