In December 2018, Chinyere Ezie, a civil rights lawyer, posted a picture on Twitter that seemed to encapsulate a year’s worth of racial and cultural faux pas from major fashion brands. It showed the window of the Prada shop in downtown New York filled with Pradamalia figurines that resembled monkeys in blackface. “I don’t make a lot of public posts, but right now I’m shaking with anger,” Ms. Ezie, who works at the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote on Facebook . Social media, especially the Twitterati and the fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada — soon to be furious over a Gucci blackface sweater and already outraged over a Dolce & Gabbana video that caricatured Chinese culture — took up the cause. Charges of racism flew. In short order, Prada had done away with the offending objects, apologized and vociferously declared its intention to focus on diversity. Not everyone was satisfied. For the last year, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the … [Read more...] about Miuccia Prada Will Be Getting Sensitivity Training
LONDON — Conner Ives had big dreams for his degree show at Central Saint Martins, the renowned art and design school in London. The equivalent of a designer’s final exam, the graduate shows each May are not only an academic rite of passage, but also an opportunity to build a profile, make industry contacts and perhaps even secure future employment. Not this year. As the coronavirus took hold of Europe in March and Britain went into lockdown, the school closed. Lessons went online, and the final show was canceled in favor of a June 17 digital presentation in which each student could show only two looks and a 90-second video. For Mr. Ives, 24, an ambitious American who has already founded his own label and been part of the design team at Fenty, Rihanna’s fashion brand, the last two months have been a struggle. “We’ve all done our best to rise to the challenges created by the pandemic, but it has made me ponder some big questions,” said Mr. Ives, who has diabetes and who was … [Read more...] about Who Wants to Go to Fashion School in a Pandemic?
Murano, the island of glassblowers across the lagoon from here, is known for producing vases and glasses with swirls of color and ornate chandeliers found in tony hotels and homes. But some businesses on the crowded little island also produce high fashion jewelry found on runways and in exclusive social settings around the world. These are not the machine-made trinkets imported from Asia that tourists find in Venice’s souvenir shops, but rather inventive designs produced from quality materials. Two of the companies best known for such creations have a typically Italian approach: They are keeping alive traditional craftsmanship by applying it to new designs, while keeping it all in the family. The Attombri brothers, Daniele and Stefano, are using the last stocks of a glass bead no longer in production to create jewelry often of sculptural proportions for the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana and Romeo Gigli, and for fashionable women who view jewelry as art. Their neighbors on … [Read more...] about Murano’s Glass Jewelry: All in the Family
LONDON — A partial list of the onstage casualties amassed during a mere three days of theatergoing here: attempted suicides: four; successful suicides: five; accidental death by reckless use of a firearm: one; death by natural causes, hastened by the cruelty of a spouse: one; loss of trust in others: immense and incalculable; happy endings: one, and that one highly suspect. Usually, when the skies are gray and this city’s mood is bleak — that’s status quo in 2016 — a classic rom-com (or rom-dram) can be relied on to provide sentimental escapism for West End audiences. Not so in this summer of anxiety, when it feels as if every love story has a body count. The statistics cited above do not even include the latest version of the eternal boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-and-girl-off-themselves tale. “Romeo and Juliet” has been staged by the Kenneth Branagh Company with a paparazzo’s eye for “La Dolce Vita”-style glamour and rue among the rich and famous. (That would raise the … [Read more...] about On the London Stage, Love Doesn’t Just Hurt, It Kills
Click here to read the full article. “I am a product of my dream. Even as a child, I wanted to be an actress and enter this world, even though it was very far from my reality,” said Monica Bellucci at the Torino Film Festival , where she accepted the Stella Della Mole Award for Artistic Innovation. Bellucci also held a masterclass at the National Cinema Museum of Turin, discussing her career alongside Antongiulio Panizzi, who directed her recently in “The Girl in the Fountain.” In the film, which screened for the first time at the festival, Bellucci plays Anita Ekberg, the Swedish star famous for her role in “La Dolce Vita.” More from Variety 'The First 54 Years' Director Avi Mograbi on Danger, Irony and Exhausting Himself Turin Is Ready for Its Close-Up as Release of Matthew Vaughn's 'The King's Man' Nears Western Is Just One of the 'Flavors' of 'The Mute Man of Sardinia,' Director Matteo Fresi Says “Back then, Italian women would exist mostly … [Read more...] about ‘I Love Men But I Am Inspired by Women,’ Monica Bellucci Says at Torino Film Festival