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Détail
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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Garden Of One’s Own
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
The Discerning Woman Fashion
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Pressing Matters
In Association with MATCHESFASHION

Catering to art collectors and music aficionados alike, “Pressing Matters” sees a number of leading contemporary artists presenting pieces made from rare test pressings and vinyl, donated by some of the biggest names in the music industry. The exhibition, which has been produced by Helium London in collaboration with MATCHESFASHION, will also feature an auction, with all of the proceeds raised going to the grassroots charity Music Support.

Tuesday 4 May – Saturday 29 May 2021
More info | 5 Carlos Place, London, W1K 3AP
#Artforgreatergood

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A Dark Mind
Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre presents a live-streamed screening of Dami Adeyeye’s documentary, A Dark Mind, about the stigmatisation of mental health issues in the black community. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Adeyeye and Natalie Creary from the Lambeth-based mental health charity Black Thrive. Before finally, mental health practitioner Hari Sewell and the film’s score composer Cephas Azariah will lead attendees in a short meditative session.

Image source: Chanel YouTube
Cruise 2021/22 Collection
Chanel

Chanel has unveiled the launch of Virginie Viard’s 2021/22 Cruise Collection with a highly referential runway film, directed by Inez and Vinoodh. Shot amongst the limestone walls of the Carrières de Lumières – the site of Jean Cocteau’s 1960 art house film, Testament of Orpheus – the collection combines a striking two-tone palette of black and white with a melange of punk, rock and sixties styles.

Watch the film on CHANEL YouTube | CHANEL.com | @CHANELofficial
#CHANELMAKEUP #CHANELCruise

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Poetry & the Creative Mind
National Poetry Month

For the first time in its history, the Academy of American Poets’ annual gala fundraiser, Poetry and the Creative Mind, will be held virtually, and broadcast free of charge for one night only. The event will be chaired by the great Meryl Streep, and will feature readings of favourite poems selected by a star-studded lineup of figures from across the arts.

Friday 30 April 2021; 12.30AM BST / 7.30PM EDT
A Virtual Event; Register

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An App For The Eco-Dresser
Red Carpet Green Dress

From the women-led fashion activist organisation Red Carpet Green Dress comes the official RCGD app – an online hub for the movement’s growing global community. The app, which launched on Earth Day last week, is designed to inform eco-conscious consumers about the issues facing the fashion industry today, and to provide tips on how we can all consume more sustainably.

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Stephen Friedman
At The London House of Modernity

From the Stephen Friedman Gallery and The London House of Modernity comes a collaborative exhibition fusing two of Friedman’s great passions: art and design. The exhibition will feature a diverse combination of contemporary international art and mid-century Nordic design, inviting visitors to pay attention to the unexpected ways in which these two different disciplines illuminate each other.

Tuesday 13 April – 28 May 2021
Book Your Visit
More info | 14 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 9HA
Stephenfriedman.com | modernity.se

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40th Anniversary Show
Michael Kors

Michael Kors is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its inception with an all-singing, all-dancing digital runway experience, in aid of The Actor’s Fund. The live premiere marking the launch of the Fall Winter 2021 collection, will be filmed on location in New York’s iconic Broadway theatre district, and will feature a performance by the singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright.

Tuesday 20 April 2021; 9am ET / 2pm BST
Watch the show on Michael Kors YouTube | @michaelkors | Facebook
#MichaelKorsCollection #MK40 #AllAccessKors

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Fall 2021 Ready-to-wear show
Dior

Dior presents its Fall 2021 show live from Shanghai Fashion Week, in one of the first physical fashion shows since the start of the pandemic. Shanghai’s Long Museum has been transformed into an immersive pop-inspired disco space, playing host to 1,000 lucky guests. The collection, inspired by the legendary Dior muse Mitzah Bricard and designer Elio Fiorucci, fuses classic Dior silhouettes with 80s glamour, with Fiorucci’s infamous leopard print taking centre stage.

Monday 12 April 2021; 3pm CEST / 1pm BST
Watch on Dior YouTube | Dior.com | @dior
#DiorFall21

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In Conversation
John Waters

Join John Waters, the filmmaker behind the 1988 film Hairspray and a raft of cult classics, as he sits down for a conversation via Zoom with Viktor Wynd. The interview, brought to us by The Last Tuesday Society’s Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, will delve into the life and work of the legendary director, exploring his eclectic interests and unique artistic sensibilities.

Saturday 17 April 2021; 8pm BST
Book your tickets

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The Unintended Beauty of Disaster
John Akomfrah

The Lisson Gallery is soon to play host to a hotly anticipated multimedia exhibition by the artist, filmmaker and writer John Akomfrah. The exhibition will feature a series of new photo-texts, alongside a three-screen centrepiece video installation. The work will offer a reflection on our collective consciousness, exploring ideas of race, ecological crisis, and the ideology of monuments.

Open Tuesday 13 April – 5 June 2021
Schedule Your Visit
Lissongallery.com | @lisson_gallery

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Pressing Matters
In Association with MATCHESFASHION

Art & design—“Pressing Matters” sees a number of leading contemporary artists presenting pieces made from rare test pressings and vinyl, donated by some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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May 13, 2021 Online
A Dark Mind
Southbank Centre

Charity—The Southbank Centre presents a live-streamed screening of Dami Adeyeye’s documentary, A Dark Mind, about the stigmatisation of mental health issues in the black community.

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Cruise 2021/22 Collection
Chanel

Fashion & style—Chanel has unveiled the launch of Virginie Viard’s 2021/22 Cruise Collection with a highly referential runway film.

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April 30, 2021 Online
Poetry & the Creative Mind
National Poetry Month

Literature—For the first time in its history, the Academy of American Poets’ annual gala fundraiser, Poetry and the Creative Mind, will be held virtually.

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Online
An App For The Eco-Dresser
Red Carpet Green Dress

Fashion & style—From the women-led fashion activist organisation Red Carpet Green Dress comes the official RCGD app – an online hub for the movement’s growing global community.

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April 13, 2021 London, England
Stephen Friedman
At The London House of Modernity

Art & design—From the Stephen Friedman Gallery and The London House of Modernity comes a collaborative exhibition fusing two of Friedman’s great passions: art and design.

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April 20, 2021 Online
40th Anniversary Show
Michael Kors

Fashion & style—Michael Kors is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its inception with an all-singing, all-dancing digital runway experience, in aid of The Actor’s Fund.

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April 12, 2021 Shanghai, Asia
Fall 2021 Ready-to-wear show
Dior

Fashion & style—Under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior presents its pop-inspired Fall 2021 show live from Shanghai Fashion Week.

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April 17, 2021 Online
In Conversation
John Waters

Entertainment & media—Join John Waters, the filmmaker behind the 1988 film Hairspray and a raft of cult classics, as he sits down for a conversation via Zoom with Viktor Wynd.

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London, England
The Unintended Beauty of Disaster
John Akomfrah

Art & design—The Lisson Gallery is soon to play host to a hotly anticipated multimedia exhibition by the artist, filmmaker and writer John Akomfrah.

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