Valentino's New Creative Directors Reinvent the Couture House “Bello, bello, bellissimo!” cries Maria Grazia Chiuri as a model walks slowly toward a cluster of designers and stylists who are staring intently at what she is wearing: a geometrically shaped sheath dress made from latticed cream silk chiffon embellished with bold graphic floral symbols in chocolate brown satin. Seconds after the “bellissimo,” a half-dozen people clad in crisp white cotton coats enter the room smiling bashfully as Chiuri and the man sitting beside her, Pierpaolo Piccioli, stand up and applaud them. The dress is one of the works in progress designed by Valentino creative directors Chiuri and Piccioli for the fall haute couture collection. For starters, several of them are male—until recently, Valentino’s couture workshops were staffed solely by women. Nor do their bosses seem out of place among them, because Chiuri, 50, and Piccioli, 48, look more like indie rockers than haute couturiers. “Couture isn’t something dusty that belongs to the past,” Piccioli says.
Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee | Royal College of Physicians January – July 2016 A major exhibition revealing the fascinating life, times and lost library of Queen Elizabeth I’s most famous ‘conjurer’. John Dee (1527–1609) is one of the most intriguing characters of 16th century England. A member of the Elizabethan court, he is infamous for his attempts to make contact with other-worldly spirits and his study and practice of alchemy. He was also a mathematician and scholar of navigation, a founding fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, a university lecturer on rhetoric, and an astrologer. Dee’s library was one of the most famous collections of books and manuscripts of its time, as renowned for its contents as for the fact it was pillaged and dispersed while Dee was travelling in Europe during the 1580s. Today the Royal College of Physicians library contains more than 100 books previously belonging to Dee: the largest known collection of Dee books surviving in one location. @RCPmuseum
Gareth Pugh SS15 | Dazed Initial reaction: Once iPhone alerts buzzed nine, the crowd assembled in the vast room deep on Manhattan's Lower East Side started to glance around, casually at first, then frantically. "Where do we sit? Second time's the charm: What I saw this time was folklore-inspired looks that bent and spun on each of the lit pillars. Questions, not just clothes: The highlight of Pugh's presentation wasn't so much the clothes as the questions: What is an audience without a seating chart? Gareth Pugh showed at Lexus: Design Disrupted. Last season in Paris, the designer revealed a collection that hinted at perversion under a clinical façade.
These 5 Designers Are Reinventing Denim In a Big Way When former Net-a-Porter buyer Katie Green decided to launch her denim line, Kéji, she knew she'd be entering a crowded market space dominated by powerhouses like Frame, J Brand, and Acne. Still, she saw an opportunity. "Denim has been really pigeonholed as the stretch skinny jean," Green says. Instead, the Hong Kong native—who apprenticed in bespoke tailoring on Savile Row—took this everyday material back to its heritage, looking to 1800s workwear and the WWII-era American sportswear designs of Claire McCardell. Green also drew inspiration from the sharp lines of shunga, Japanese erotic woodblock prints that have been produced for centuries, to create an 11-piece capsule collection of crisp cigarette pants, A-line dresses, and round-shoulder jackets in heavyweight Japanese denim, which she debuted during the fall/ winter 2015 collections at London Fashion Week in February. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
London Mithraeum The Temple of Mithras, Walbrook, is a Roman temple whose ruins were discovered in Walbrook, a street in the City of London, during rebuilding work in 1954. It is perhaps the most famous of all twentieth-century Roman discoveries in the City of London. Excavation and artefacts Head of Serapis found in the 1954 excavations. Among the sculptures the archaeologists found was a head of Mithras himself, recognizable by his Phrygian cap. The base of the head is tapered to fit a torso, which was not preserved. An inscription dateable AD 307–310 at the site may be translated "For the Salvation of our lords the four emperors and the noble Caesar, and to the god Mithras, the Invincible Sun from the east to the west" (Collingwood and Wright 1965, no. 4). Location and relocation The Roman temple, when it was originally built, would have stood on the east bank of the now covered-over River Walbrook, a key freshwater source in Roman Londinium. See also Notes Jump up ^ W. R.
Autumn 2014 | The GODS & MONSTERS Issue | PHOENIX Magazine The GODS & MONSTERS Issue In the years since PHOENIX was created, born out of fire and brimstone if you will, it’s the production of this – the Gods & Monsters issue – that has had the most profound effect upon me. In some ways it’s encouraging that in the age of selfies and hashtags it’s still those Big Questions of existentialism that have the power to resonate the deepest. In this issue we’ve considered themes of faith, religion, spirituality, good and evil, and the occult – from thought provoking discussion such as our portrait shoot featuring religious teachers from the capital, to a humorous comment on brand worship in our women’s fashion story The New Commandments, shot by one of our favourite lens jockeys, Perou. On our erratic travels we’ve met Mother Ayahuasca in a basement in Brixton, searched for Bigfoot in the Canadian Rockies, and been invited to watch the lunar eclipse with Moby in LA. Words: Hannah Kane Click here to purchase online
Lee, me and the Duchess of Cambridge: Sarah Burton on life at the helm at Alexander McQueen After Alexander McQueen's death, everyone - except Sarah Burton - assumed she'd step into his shoes. But she overcame her fears, stole the show with the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress and flourished BY Andrew OHagan | 14 September 2014 The Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton Photo: ERIK MADIGAN HECK Shy, unassuming and nice, Sarah Burton , the Alexander McQueen designer, is everything that her magically haunting collections are not. To my mind, Burton is not merely one of the world's greatest designers, she just happens to be the nicest, and she is about to enjoy the flowering of her life. IN PICTURES: Kate Middleton's fashion hits and misses It is four years since Alexander McQueen - or "Lee", as he was called - who in addition to being Burton's boss was also her beloved friend and mentor, committed suicide. To do it all, to bear it, and still be nice, is to exhibit a set of capabilities that adds even more to an already first-rate talent. "What was play for you?" "Why?"
Store Map « The Royal Exchange — A Perfect Match — Bring the fun back into your wardrobe with this whimsical collection of cufflinks, pins and necklaces from Tateossian. Paper clips and matchstick motifs are carefully constructed from precious materials to create a unique and luxurious look. — Room For More — Solve your business travel quandaries with this cleverly designed briefcase. — Santa’s Elves — Stuck for the perfect business gifts? — Quality Time — Since its launch in 1999, Patek Philippe’s Twenty-4 has been the go-to collection for women looking for a timepiece that is both impeccably constructed and sophisticated. 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: CDCEbola (Ebola Virus Disease) 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Language: English ShareCompartir What's New What's New (Continued...) Overview The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries( in West Africa. Two imported cases, including one death, and two locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States( November 14, 2014 Outbreak Update In Mali, there have been 4 reported cases, including 3 reported deaths. Previous Outbreak Updates (November 2014) November 12, 2014 collapsed November 5, 2014 collapsed Case Counts* Total Cases: 14413 Top
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