Exuviae Beauty & Skin
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Essays Assembled Words
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Exuviae Beauty & Skin
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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
Long-form visual essay Digitorial
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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Less is more Shopping
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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

Image credit: Tim Bowditch
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

Print by Monica Denevan
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
Discover Events
Affordableartfair.com

Screen time
The Film Zone

With the UK’s second lockdown on its way, discovering @thefilmzone couldn’t have come at a better time. The Film Zone presents a continuous stream of the greatest films to watch, as well as the latest news about your soon-to-be favourite films.

The Film Zone | @thefilmzone | #thefilmzone

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N°5 The Film
CHANEL

Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard stars as the new face of CHANEL’s iconic N°5 fragrance in this latest campaign film directed by Johan Renck. The short film sees Cotillard appear as a caped Parisian, who is whisked away in a fit of romantic moon-gazing to the surface of the moon itself, where she dances with the man of her dreams.

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For ten days only
LN-CC

In honour of the team that launched LN-CC ten years go, LN-CC ARCHIVE has worked closely with Jil Sander, Acne Studios, Marni, Marine Serre, Vivienne Westwood, Stone Island and Walter Van Beirendonck to release a series of archive sales, giving today’s LN-CC fans a taste of the store’s evolutionary journey. Ten full looks have been carefully curated for each brand’s archive, on sale for ten days only.

Launches 30 October 2020
View Archive
Ln-cc.com | @thelncc

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Formafantasma: Cambio
Serpentine Galleries

From Italian design duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin (together Formafantasma) comes Cambio – a deep-dive into the ethics and future of the timber industry. The exhibition encourages us to consider what an ecologically responsible relationship with trees might look like, and to question our attitudes towards the unbridled consumption of living entities.

Purchase free tickets
Open until 15 November | More info
Serpentinegalleries.org | @serpentineuk
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, W2 2AR

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Invisible Summer
Royal Court Theatre

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Singing in the Rain
Burberry

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Live from Somerset House

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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 Film Zone

Cinema—The Film Zone presents a continuous stream of the greatest films to watch, as well as the latest news about your soon-to-be favourite films.

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N°5 The Film
CHANEL

Fashion & style—Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard stars as the new face of Chanel’s iconic N°5 fragrance in this latest campaign film directed by Johan Renck.

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LN-CC

Fashion & style—LN-CC releases ten full looks, carefully curated for each brand’s archive, on sale for ten days only.

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Formafantasma: Cambio
Serpentine Galleries

Art & design—From Italian design duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin (together Formafantasma) comes Cambio – a deep-dive into the ethics and future of the timber industry.

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