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14/02/2017

Chloë Sevigny Ditches Fashion Week for Short Film Debut

 

A portrait of the artist on the road. This was the idea behind Chloë Sevigny’s “Carmen,” the short film she directed as part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series.

The short debuted Sunday night, luring the likes of Tavi Gevinson, Jeanne Damas, Kate Foley, Zosia Mamet, Chiara Ferragni and Paul Dano to The Roxy Hotel for popcorn, a viewing, and oysters and cocktails — in that order.

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Shot in two days, “Carmen” follows Carmen Lynch, an up-and-coming comedian whom Sevigny discovered with the help of friends who work at Upright Citizens Brigade. “I knew that [Lynch] was not so well-known yet and just wanted to exploit her, basically,” Sevigny joked. As she finished her sentence, a woman came by to offer her a glass of water. “Oh, maybe I’ll double fist,” she exclaimed after glancing at the drink already in her hand.

The short is a delight. Lynch’s humor is irreverent and self-deprecating, and it’s clear that Sevigny has a director’s eye. Though she still loves acting, Sevigny hopes to try her hand at a few more shorts and eventually, a feature film.

“I think as I’m getting older, I’d like to have something else to do and I do find it more fulfilling, directing,” she said. “And I’m a control freak, so I like to be in control of everything.”

Sevigny hasn’t done much in terms of fashion week; she outright stated that she wanted to do “as little as possible” this time around. “I went to the amfAR event, which was not really, I don’t know,” she said. “Is that fashion? Charity? Fashion? This is my first big thing.”

Despite her lack of involvement in this round of shows, Sevigny remains a fashion — and Miu Miu — girl at heart. “I’m in love with Miu Miu and the Miu Miu girl and the fantasy that they always create,” she said. “I hope I can keep wearing it, now that I’m in my early 40s. I’m pushing it.”

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09/02/2017

Coco Chanel’s Little-Known Flirtation with Golden-Age Hollywood

 

In 1931, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel was 47 years old and had been a household name in Europe and America since the age of 30. She had been raised in an orphanage after her mother died. As a young woman, she had worked as a shop assistant and a cabaret singer before becoming a designer of hats, setting her on a path to being the most famous of the Parisian couturiers. Employing hallmarks of early-20th-century modernism in her designs—she knew many of the godfathers of modernism, including Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Cocteau, even Picasso—Chanel reimagined haute couture. A line of costume jewelry and her famous perfume, Chanel No. 5, made up the Chanel brand, which became synonymous with high style, privilege, and good taste. Her signature initials—gold, interlocking C’s—continue to exert global influence today, well over 100 years after her birth. Last year, Chanel, valued at $7.2 billion, was No. 80 on Forbes’s list of the world’s most valuable brands. Today, a bottle of Chanel No. 5—the first synthetic perfume ever created—is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds.

In 1931, Chanel didn’t need Hollywood. Hollywood, however, needed Chanel. Or so thought movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, who ran United Artists. He believed that “women went to movies to see how other women formal dresses online,” according to A. Scott Berg in his 1989 biography, Goldwyn. Film designers, unlike couturiers, were really theatrical costumers, whose designs, it was widely felt, “lacked elegance and mimicked fashion without being so itself,” in the words of film scholar Kristen Welch. As movie audiences dwindled after the Wall Street crash of 1929, Goldwyn was looking for new ways to bring in moviegoers—especially women. In Chanel he saw his chance. With her designs, Goldwyn felt, Chanel would bring “class” to Hollywood.

Lillian Gish had rejected the clothes designed for her by Erté, whom Louis B. Mayer had brought to Hollywood. Greta Garbo had difficulties with MGM designer Gilbert Clark. But Goldwyn felt that Chanel would be irresistible, so he offered her a guaranteed $1 million to come to Hollywood twice a year, to “dress his stars, both onscreen and off . . . . Chanel was to put the actresses in styles ‘six months ahead’ of fashion, in order to offset the inevitable delay between filming and release,” according to Rhonda K. Garelick in her 2014 biography, Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History.

With offscreen clothes designed for stars such as Gloria Swanson and Norma Talmadge, the stars’ images would meld seamlessly with their screen glamour.

Goldwyn reportedly told French journalists, “I think that in engaging Mme. Chanel I have not only solved the difficult problem of how to keep clothes from being dated, but also there is a definite service rendered American women in being able to see in our pictures the newest Paris fashions—sometimes even before Paris sees them.”

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06/02/2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expected to make first official public outing at Pippa Middleton's wedding

 

"Harry and Meghan are madly in love and he no longer wants to hide that from the world," a source told the Daily Star .

"He is close to Pippa and has been invited to her wedding and has obviously been given a plus one.

"Harry is adamant that he wants to take Meghan with him."

Earlier this week, the smitten royal and his TV star girlfriend were spotted walking hand-in-hand on a busy London street on Wednesday after enjoying a romantic dinner date at a private members' club in West London.

A security guard walked slightly ahead of Harry, who was wearing blue trousers, a shirt, grey blazer and a blue wooly hat, and stunner Meghan, who was cheap formal dresses uk in jeans and a long black jacket.

She kept her head down as the smitten pair were snapped making their way to a waiting car.

Friends of the Suits actress, who was introduced to 32-year-old Harry last summer, claim she has "virtually moved in" to his cottage at Kensington Palace and that the pair have been "inseparable" over the last month.

They also claimed that they could "see them engaged by spring".

The source told The Sun: "They’ve taken things to the next level. They’re practically living together. She cooks for him, he pops out to the gym and they’re just enjoying hanging out."

They added: “I can see them engaged by spring. I know that sounds a bit crazily soon, but he’s head over heels and they can’t bear to be apart."

While an onlooker at private members' club Soho House told the newspaper: “They tried to keep as low-key as possible and were sitting in a small snug area of the restaurant.

“But it wasn’t a private area and they were happy to be seen. Gary Lineker and a whole host of the Made In Chelsea cast were also there, but they only had eyes for each other.”

Last month, the pair enjoyed a trip to Norway, where they enjoyed their first holiday together.

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