Fashion

Burqa ban in Belgium does not violate Convention rights: European Court

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The ban imposed in Belgium on burqas and other full-face Islamic veils has been upheld today by the European Court of Human Rights. Judges said the nationwide prohibition, which came into effect in 2011, does not violate...

Parliament approves new rules for organic food EU label

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EU Parliament’s negotiators announced today the adoption of new rules to increase consumer trust in organic foodstuffs and unleash the sector′s potential for growth. The new rules were adopted after informal negotiations with Council experts. Basically, in order to...

Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with...

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Wanna watch Game of Thrones on your portable device while abroad? EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will from now on be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country. The...

US could also ban EU citizens from carrying laptops in cabin

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All travellers from Europe could face a ban from taking laptops into the cabins on flights to US, in a measure similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries. Passengers must stow...

EU Parliament closes multinationals’ tax loopholes

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The European Parliament amended today the EU’s anti-tax avoidance directive to prevent multinationals to avoid paying tax . In the wake of the “Luxleaks” scandal in 2015, which revealed mismatches between EU and third countries’ tax rules...

More brands should reveal where their clothes are made, says HRW

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More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a...

Adidas is moving production from China back to Germany… to be made by robots

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Adidas, the German maker of sportswear, has announced it will start pulling back its production lines from China back to Germany, but that it will will use machines instead of humans to make shoes. More than...

Inside Russia’s shrinking middle class

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Paying for Putin's military adventures, the Russian middle class is increasingly struggling to make ends meet, or even to survive socially and economically. Putin made the choice to pursue the path of state capitalism, thereby...

Indian minister tells female tourists not to wear short skirts (for their own good)

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India’s Minister of Tourism suggested on Sunday that women visiting India should not wear short skirts, for their own safety. They should also not go out at night alone, especially in small towns. The minister...

A majority of French opposed to “burkini” on their beaches

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A majority of French opposed to "burkini" on their beaches A majority of French are opposing the presence of "burkini" on their beaches, according to an Ifop poll for the Le Figaro newspaper. A survey by...

We’ll Always Have Paris in Fall

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This season, Stephane Rolland delivered an excellent Haute Couture collection of robes sculptures in the very French tradition of Madeleine Vionnet, Alix Grès and Yves Saint Laurent. The Couturier’s white, black, grey, and silvery...

Europe Unlimited

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Bozar, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, is currently holding: Facing the Future: Art in Europe (1945-1968), a new exhibition that deals with the different trends and art forms used by Eastern and...

Elle…et lui

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Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016), starring Isabelle Huppert, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the Palme d’Or and was one of the most talked about movies of the...

A Good Vintage

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival, which took place last week, opened with Woody Allen’s latest movie, Café Society (2016), which was presented out of competition and is the director’s 47th feature film. Shot last...

Fashion ex Machina

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The 2016 Costume Institute’s Gala, also known as the annual Met Ball, took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last week, thus celebrating the opening of its much-awaited spring exhibition,...

Paul Klee in Paris

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Paris’ Centre Pompidou pays tribute to celebrated Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, with Paul Klee: L’ironie à L’oeuvre (till 1st August, 2016), an exhibition showcasing 230 of the artist’s works, most of which were lent...

Caught in the 1980s

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Unbearable Lightness: The 1980s, Photography, Film (till 23 May, 2016), currently held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, is a free exhibition that focuses on this turbulent decade of our recent past that witnessed the...

Amedeo Modigliani Retrospective in Lille

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The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM), located at Villeneuve d’Ascq in northern France, is currently hosting Amedeo Modigliani, L’oeil intérieur (till 5th June, 2016), a beautiful exhibition dedicated to...

Licence to Dress

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For next fall, Valentino presented a collection inspired entirely by classical ballet. To begin with, numerous all-black outfits and the models’ neat chignons recalled Martha Graham’s austere perfection. Tights, crossover tops, tutus, long fluid...

Speechless in Milan

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For his new fall collection, Antonio Marras sought inspiration in the life of Adele Hugo – her tale of unrequited love and descent into madness – as depicted in Truffaut’s 1975 film, The Story...

Floral Fall

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For next fall, Hong Kong-born, London-based designer Ryan Lo presented an ultra-feminine, flower-themed collection: fuchsia silk organza outfits, pastel-hued dresses with frills and tapestry prints, shocking pink scarves and jackets in faux-fur, pullovers with...

Sprinkle & Sparkle

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Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, of high-end evening wear brand, Marchesa, presented a sumptuous collection inspired by American painter John Singer Sargent, who was famous for his portraits of society ladies in the 1880’s....

Passion Couture

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Among all the new Haute Couture collections, we picked out a few refreshingly fruity models, as it’s never too early to start dreaming about spring. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a...

An Evening at the Opera

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Parisian socialites and high society ladies seemed to have inspired many a Couture designer this season, as the collections destined for next spring were tinted with romanticism, aristocratic elegance and a slightly historicizing spirit....

The Divine Countess

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Among the fifty thousand items of clothing that make up the Palais Galliera’s archives, Olivier Saillard, the director of Paris’ fashion museum, set apart Countess Greffulhe’s impressive wardrobe, which was donated to the Palais...

A Rocky Fashion Affair

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Fans worldwide were deeply saddened by the news of David Bowie’s death last week, as editors, fashion designers, and fellow artists paid tribute to the British musician and actor, whose innovative ideas allowed him...

David Bowie heads for his first U.S No.1 Album

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David Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10th, at the age of 69, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. Born in London in 1947, he gained notoriety in 1972 with the album “The Rise and...

Supermania

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Although the first comic book film adaptations can be traced back to as early as the 1940’s, it was Richard Donner’s cult fantasy films Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) famously starring Christopher Reeve,...

Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris

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Those visiting Paris will have the chance to view the new Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, the first to take place in France in the last thirty years, which opens its doors...

Picasso Mania in Paris

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Visitors have until the 29th February 2016 to visit the Picasso.mania exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais, which focuses on the master’s legacy and his influence on contemporary art. Picasso.mania draws special attention to the...

Pop is Everything

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Pop art, the art movement that first appeared in the UK in the mid 1950’s, shifted the international art scene from Europe to the United States in the early 60’s, while both celebrating and...

Bonds Are Forever

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Spectre (2015), the 24th James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, which was directed by Sam Mendes, seems to prepare the end of a cycle, that of Daniel Craig’s interpretation of 007, as the...

LOVE IS BLIND

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In the strange and uncertain world depicted  by Yorgos Lanthimos in ‘The Lobster’ (2015), which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, a group of single outcasts are sent...

Anatolia

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This autumn, Brussels celebrates the 45th anniversary and 25th edition of the Europalia Arts Festival. The spotlight is on Turkey’s cultural heritage this year, with a series of events dedicated to the country’s history,...

Dream & Subversion

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How would one define Belgian art? According to Antonio Nardone, curator of the new exhibition ‘I Belgi. Barbari e Poeti’, which was previously presented at MACRO, Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and is currently...

Rapunzel and other fashion tales

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Black and white. Masculine and Feminine. Devils and Angels. Outerwear and Underwear. In his new Ready-to-wear spring 2016 collection for Dior, Raf Simons contrasted all-black austere, almost clerical jackets, coats and pantsuits, with light...

Milan Sticks to its Colours

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Dsquared2’s collection took a water sports turn this season, as the duo presented a number of mini bandage dresses inspired by surfing bathing suits, with oversized zips in bold or neon colours, seaweed-like jackets,...