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Garden Of One’s Own
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Hydra Beauté
How perfectly peachy. Get set, simply glow for it, by addressing the day-to-day stressors that hassle our faces with the sumptuous science of CHANEL Hydra Beauty. READ MORE
Essays Assembled Words
The Black Panther
Ten movies and two miniseries with themes of racial politics, social injustice and Black power to kickstart your Black history habit on-screen. READ MORE
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O Rio De Janeiro
Nature, organic shapes, geometric abstraction and Brazilian genius meet hot hot hot sunshine in the exuberantly Modernist urban design of Lucio Costa and Robert Burle Marx READ MORE
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Compulsory Lessons
Get some clarity about the pervasiveness of racism in our collective thinking, as well as our institutions. We’re starting with this dynamic dozen. READ MORE
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1936: The Buenos Aires Affair
THE BUENOS AIRES AFFAIR: Could you be the most beautiful room in the world? Why Jean-Michel Frank’s interiors for the Kavanagh Building in Buenos Aires bring tears to the modernist aesthete’s eyes. READ MORE
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Primavera, Spring Beauty
Cherry blossoms explode upon a deserted boulevard as tufts of green sheathe the trees to announce a brand new season, just like clockwork. READ MORE
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La Nouvelle Bourgeoise
Feline and fickle, she’s on the prowl—up and down the bougie boulevards and in and out of the boîtes de nuit. She playfully types Cinéma Gaumont, Champs Elysées, 1973 into her Uber’s destination box, but it protests with null results. Paris never really changes, and neither must you, Françoise. READ MORE
The Discerning Wo/man Menswear
Gangs of Seoul
Episodes of corruption and dark morality, starring hard-boiled mobsters straight outta Watanabe Katsumi’s records of lowlife Tokyo, or classic Hong Kong cop flicks of the 1980s. It’s the chaos of cool, as Seijun Suzuki evangelised. READ MORE
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Claroscuro
When darkside games meet classical purity, we’re betting on forbidden fruits for the win. Up the ante, play your ace and observe, come morning, that pearly beauty and perfection come hand in hand with corruption. READ MORE
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Blow Up
What do we Quant?The experimental shapes and hopeful colours of 1960s fashion! When do we Quant it? Now! Postwar yet pre-hippie, the radical elegance of miniskirted mods is a pendulum that just keeps swinging… READ MORE
Hero/Heroine Cover Story
Comme Un Garçon
You say Cary Grant, I say Fran Lebowitz. You say Arthur Miller, I say Inès de la Fressange. When boundaries between man and woman dissolve, the modern epicene flourishes. Binaries, opposites and a whole load of contradictions map out the wo/man. READ MORE
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La Pause
Theatrical fantasy and inimitable glamour are offset by blasé nonchalance, and the mood is louche. In an unexpected landscape backdropped by seas of dunes, the essence of an indefatigable iconoclast is restored sporting anything but neutral. READ MORE
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CIAK!
Filmed after World War II, Federico Fellini’s acclaimed satire, La Dolce Vita, hints at an exasperated offspring of repressed female expression. Her contemporary: all about contrasts—sharp and soft, playful but pragmatic, blasé and quick-witted at the same time. READ MORE
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Where Are We Now?
The WOW Foundation

Each March Women of the World holds its UK festival at the Southbank Centre, London. This year WOW will be bringing the festival to us, with over 30 digital events and workshops led by WOW Founder and Director Jude Kelly and entrepreneur India Martin. In celebration of International Women’s Day, this year focuses on recognising the obstacles faced by women, girls and non-binary people as a result of recent global events.

Monday 1 March 2021
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#WOWUK | @wowglobal

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The Royal Leitners
Florentina Leitner

The emerging Austrian designer Florentina Leitner has debuted her forthcoming AW21/22 collection with “The Royal Leitners” – a short fashion film directed by fellow Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp alumni, Athos Burez. The film follows the Leitner family through a series of surrealist vignettes, set over a pulsating gothic, arcade-tinged soundtrack. This baroque fever dream provides the perfect setting for Leitner to showcase her twisted, floral designs.

Wednesday 17 February 2021; 6pm CET / 5pm BST
Watch the film
Florentinaleitner.com | @florentinalight

Photo credit: Daniela Meichelböck
TOD’S Legacy
Central Saint Martins

Bastion of artisanal Italian craftsmanship TOD’s Academy has collaborated with prestigious art school Central Saint Martins on a project designed to promote young talent in the fashion industry. Working closely with the course director of CSM’s MA fashion programme, Fabio Piras, TOD’s has challenged 35 CSM design students to put their own spin on the brand’s most iconic pieces. To aid the completion of the project, each student has been partnered up with one of a glittering roster of industry mentors. Their work can now be viewed digitally as part of London Fashion Week.

Image credit: Charles Dennington & Sonny Vandevelde
In Concert
Zimmermann Fall 21

In a callback to her own coming of age as a child growing up watching music television in Sydney in the 70s and 80s, creative director Nicky Zimmermann’s Fall 21 collection is a nostalgic spectacle of vibrant colours, bold prints and musical pop art, with a modern twist. At a time when live music is so deeply missed, this collection carries with it a dose of optimism that one day, in the not too distant future, we will all dance again.

Thursday 18 February 2021; 9PM BST
Watch the show on Zimmermann YouTube
Zimmermannwear.com | @zimmermann

Image source: Sadlerswells.com
Dancing Nation
Sadler’s Wells & BBC Arts

The UK’s foremost dance house Sadler’s Wells has collaborated with BBC Arts to produce Dancing Nation. This three-part celebration of diversity in dance features a variety of works new and old from the likes of Matthew Bourne, English National Ballet and Akram Khan, along with a series of interviews and BTS clips. The programme is available to UK viewers via BBC iPlayer and for international audiences from Sadler’s Wells’ official website.

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Betye Saar’s Black Girl’s Window
MoMA: Slow Looking

From MoMA’s in-house Let’s Talk Art programme comes Slow Looking – a series of online workshops in which each session is dedicated to the exploration of a single artwork through a series of guided activities. In its next installation, Slow Looking will focus on Black Girl’s Window (1969), a seminal piece by African-American artist and master of assemblage, Betye Saar.

Thursday 18 February 2021; 5.30PM – 6.30PM EST
A zoom event | Free admission | Book your place
More info on moma.org

Image source: PRADAGroup.com
Sea Beyond
PRADA & UNESCO

Following the launch of the PRADA Re-Nylon capsule collection, PRADA has partnered with UNESCO to develop an educational programme for secondary school students around the world. The project raises awareness around marine pollution, emphasising the importance of mindful consumption and highlighting the ways in which individual behaviours impact the health of our oceans. Students that joined the #SeaBeyond programme have been offered the chance to showcase their campaigns during a ceremony on 26 March 2021.

Award Ceremony on Friday 26 March 2021
Learn more at PRADAgroup.com
en.UNESCO.org
#SeaBeyond | @prada | @ioc_unesco

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A Pensive Mood
Anne Vest

For AW21 sustainable fashion brand Anne Vest explores a colour palette inspired by the intersection of heather flowers and sandy dunes on the North Denmark moors. Presenting their collection in a bare and neutral space was key to shifting the focus towards contemplation and movement this season. The room acts as a stage for an inquisitive Anna de Rijk, who immerses herself in the nordic glow and embraces all aspects of contemplation and creativity.

Image source: Holzweileroslo.com
“The Twist”
Holzweiler

For the family-run fashion house Holzweiler, whose AW21 show was due to take place this week at The Twist – a river-spanning gallery 80km northwest of Oslo – the Norwegian government’s announcement of a ban on all indoor events was a ‘twist’ they hadn’t planned for. Determined that the show must go on, the Holzweiler team revised their plans at a moment’s notice, relocating the entire production to their very own Holzweiler HQ. The digital show presents a breathtaking runway leading out over Norwegian waters. For Holzweiler, there really is no place like home.

Thursday 4 February 2020; 4pm CET / 3pm BST
Watch the show
Holzweiler YouTube | Holzweileroslo.com | @holzweiler

Image courtesy of By Malene Birger
Maximised Minimalism
By Malene Birger Fall 21

By Malene Birger presents a collection centered around simplicity and minimalism for Fall 2021, calling upon their audience to “stop, look and embrace the bigger picture”. In-house designer Maja Dixdotter takes time away from outside noise and distraction, and focuses on reducing textures and tones to their simplest form. Exaggerated details and elongated silhouettes is the name of the game this season.

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March 1, 2021 Online
Where Are We Now?
The WOW Foundation

Education—This year WOW will be bringing the festival to us, with over 30 digital events and workshops.

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February 17, 2021 Online
The Royal Leitners
Florentina Leitner

Fashion & style—The emerging Austrian designer Florentina Leitner has debuted her forthcoming AW21/22 collection with “The Royal Leitners”.

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February 19, 2021 Online
TOD’S Legacy
Central Saint Martins

Fashion & style—TOD’s Academy has collaborated with prestigious art school Central Saint Martins on a project designed to promote young talent in the fashion industry.

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February 18, 2021 Online
In Concert
Zimmermann Fall 21

Fashion & style—Nicky Zimmermann’s Fall 21 collection is a nostalgic spectacle of vibrant colours, bold prints and musical pop art, with a modern twist.

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Online
Dancing Nation
Sadler’s Wells & BBC Arts

Music & performance—The UK’s foremost dance house Sadler’s Wells has collaborated with BBC Arts to produce Dancing Nation.

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February 18, 2021 Online
Betye Saar’s Black Girl’s Window
MoMA: Slow Looking

Art & design—From MoMA’s in-house Let’s Talk Art programme comes Slow Looking – a series of online workshops.

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March 26, 2021 Online
Sea Beyond
PRADA & UNESCO

Nature & environment—Following the launch of the PRADA Re-Nylon capsule collection, PRADA has partnered with UNESCO to develop an educational programme for secondary school students around the world.

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Online
A Pensive Mood
Anne Vest

Fashion & style—For AW21 sustainable fashion brand Anne Vest explores a colour palette inspired by the intersection of heather flowers and sandy dunes on the North Denmark moors.

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“The Twist”
Holzweiler

Fashion & style—Determined that the show must go on, the Holzweiler team revised their plans at a moment’s notice, relocating the entire production to their very own Holzweiler HQ.

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Maximised Minimalism
By Malene Birger Fall 21

Fashion & style—By Malene Birger presents a collection centered around simplicity and minimalism, calling upon their audience to “stop, look and embrace the bigger picture”.

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The neodadaist Ben Vautier born in 1935 in Naples was particularly known by his “écritures – scriptures”: painting with sentences and statements which reflect his world view. Later they moved into the large collections and museums around the world. With the “Joker” he claims not only the comedian role for himself and his art, but demands at the same moment, the art – wherever one can meet it – to admit absolute priority.