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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
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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
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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
The Discerning Woman Fashion
Contemporary States
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Andy Warhol x Nicholas Kirkwood

British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has commemorated the run-up to the Chinese New Year with an exclusive limited edition capsule collection, drawing on the work of Andy Warhol. The collection, which was developed in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, combines two of Kirkwood’s most distinctive footwear styles – the Casati Combat Boot and the Beya Loafer – with Warhol’s iconic Cow Wallpaper design.

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Architecture & Design Summit 2021
The World Around

Following their year-long residency at NYC’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The World Around – a new cultural platform devoted to sharing impactful stories from the world of architecture and design – presents its 2021 Summit. The Summit will feature a variety of discussions with architects, designers and artists from across the globe, around a number of urgent issues, from racial justice, to public health, the environment and indigenous rights.

Saturday 30 January 2021; 10am EST, 4pm BST
Free admission | Live on Dezeen.com
More info available at theworldaround.com | @thewrldaround

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Manifest Margot Fonteyn
English National Ballet

From the English National Ballet at Home platform comes BalletActive, a library of ballet training and workout classes brought to you by the professionals at the ENB. The service, which is available to sample via an initial seven day free trial, provides a range of classes catering for all levels, including chair-based movement sessions for those with limited mobility.

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Chanel Connects
CHANEL

French fashion house CHANEL’s new podcast series, CHANEL Connects, invites a host of movers and shakers from across the cultural industries to discuss the challenges facing the arts today. Available on Spotify, Apple and CHANEL’s website, the series features a panoply of notable figures including Tilda Swinton, Pharrell Williams, Garrett Bradley and Edward Enninful.

Image source: @royalcourttheatre
Invisible Summer
Royal Court Theatre

From the perpetually boundary-pushing Royal Court comes Invisible Summer – a multimedia play that uses written text, spoken English, BSL, captioning, and audio description to cater for audiences with visual and auditory impairments. Delivered straight to your inbox in nightly installments, Invisible Summer offers a dose of the late-night frights to anyone who should wish for them, and represents a great stride forward in the industry’s quest for inclusivity.

Sign up for free before Sunday 29 November
Royalcourttheatre.com | @royalcourttheatre

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GUCCIFEST
Gucci

Gucci’s latest collection, OUVERTURE of Something that Never Ended, will be presented alongside a seven episode mini-series of the same name. A collaboration between creative director Alessandro Michele and filmmaker Gus Van Sant, the series will be screened from 16-22 November as part of GucciFest, with actress Silvia Calderoni featuring in the starring role.

Monday 16 November 2020; 9pm BST / 8pm GMT
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Watch at guccifest.com | gucci.com | Gucci YouTube
GucciFest runs until Sunday 22 November

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Singing in the Rain
Burberry

Burberry’s latest campaign video is a thoroughly modern twist on an old Gene Kelly classic. The video, which debuts alongside the brand’s partnership with man of the moment, Marcus Rashford, features a troupe of Burberry-clad dancers, dodging falling ice blocks on London’s Petticoat Lane. Move over John Lewis – Christmas ads just got cool.

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Make / Love
Battersea Arts Centre

Whilst the Battersea Arts Centre’s physical site remains closed to the public, BAC aims to keep the public united through the launch of its digital season of shows, comedy nights and concerts, Make / Love. Expect boundary-pushing performances from artists Brian Lobel and Joon Lymm Goh, as well as insights into an ambitious experiment in co-creation from food charity Waste Not Want Not Battersea.

Until Friday 20 November 2020
Discover shows
Bac.org.uk | #MakeLove2020

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AGM 2020
Live from Somerset House

To celebrate four years of its dynamic resident artist community, Somerset House Studios hosts a night of live-streamed premieres, performances and experimental DJ sets. This year the annual building takeover – AGM – showcases the importance of collaboration in a time of physical separation, with a line-up of artists and writers including Aida Amoako, DeForrest Brown and many more.

Thursday 12 November 2020; 5pm-11pm
Free admission | More Info
Somersethouse.org.uk

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A virtual bargain
Affordable Art Fair

Scouring galleries from London to Hong Kong, the Affordable Art Fair shares its very first online collection of artworks. With prices ranging from £50 to £6,000, this exhibition is not only targeted towards the more seasoned art connoisseurs, but also first-time buyers looking to discover some affordable emerging talent.

Until Monday 30 November 2020
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Affordableartfair.com

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Fashion & style—British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has commemorated the run-up to the Chinese New Year with an exclusive limited edition capsule collection, drawing on the work of Andy Warhol.

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English National Ballet

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Fashion & style—French fashion house CHANEL’s new podcast series, CHANEL Connects, invites a host of movers and shakers from across the cultural industries to discuss the challenges facing the arts today.

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Invisible Summer
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Gucci

Fashion & style—Gucci’s latest collection, OUVERTURE of Something that Never Ended, will be presented alongside a seven episode mini-series of the same name.

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Singing in the Rain
Burberry

Fashion & style—Burberry’s latest campaign video is a thoroughly modern twist on an old Gene Kelly classic.

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Battersea Arts Centre

Art & design—Whilst the Battersea Arts Centre’s physical site remains closed to the public, BAC aims to keep the public united through the launch of its digital season.

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November 12, 2020 Online
AGM 2020
Live from Somerset House

Music & performance—To celebrate four years of its dynamic resident artist community, Somerset House Studios hosts a night of live-streamed premieres, performances and experimental DJ sets.

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Affordable Art Fair

Art & design—Scouring galleries from London to Hong Kong, the Affordable Art Fair shares their very first online collection of artworks.

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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.