Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) – New York
Zapatero wins the elections – Spain
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
La mala educación by Pedro Almodóvar
New designers at Hermès and Kenzo
Jean Paul Gaultier showed his debut collection for Hermès playing on all the house classics. He also made his typical transposition by taking the iconic brass hardware of Kelly handbag and using it as fastenings on a camel toggle coat, as details on gloves and boots, and even as padlocked chokers on leather-trimmed halter dresses. Antonio Marras made a strong debut at Kenzo, imbuing the label’s particular brand of multi-ethnic chic with his own poetic style, in a whirling patchwork of patterns, textures and colours. He offered a romantic vision of nomadic life for his maiden collection, drawing inspiration from peoples as diverse as the Roms and the Mongols.
Vacant is an exclusive and the original retail concept store and gallery opening for one month only in an empty space in major cities including New York, London… showcasing an exclusive range of one-off, hard to find, specially made and limited edition products. With a range of brands from street to couture, from well known brands and brands you have never heard of. Not all products may be purchased, and limited quantities are available on specific items throughout the store. Vacant releases the address of the store location only moments before the opening.
Haru Urara, Japan
A year ago, she was just another two-bit loser, headed for a bitter end. Now, thanks to a soft-hearted trainer, a savvy PR strategy and a media blitz, Haru Urara – a Japanese racehorse who can’t win for trying – is a national star. The skittish chestnut mare, who has lost 105 races in a row since her debut, has rescued ailing Kochi Race Course from being shut down, is set to star in a movie, and is guaranteed a cushy retirement instead of a trip to the slaughterhouse. In the latest twist to the tale, Haru Urara will get a chance to become Japan’s very own Seabiscuit and break her losing streak when the country’s most respected jockey, Yutaka Take, rides her on March 22 before what’s expected to be a record crowd. The media fuss has been a godsend for Kochi Race Course: daily attendance at the course before the Haru Urara boom averaged around 1600. But in December, 5000 fans gathered to see the horse lose her 100th race and in January a crowd of 8,000 watched her 101st defeat.
Elle Mcpherson’s ad censored, UK
Britain’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banned a lingerie ad considered “offensive” after receiving complaints from the public. The advertisement was published in Vogue and shot by Bendon UK. It shows the 41 years old ex-model in a bra and panties with her thumb in it. Apparently, a complaint was filed to ASA by a reader, who found the picture suggested masturbation. The company said the advert, which showed a photograph of the torso and thighs of a woman wearing a bra and knickers with her hands resting on her thighs and crotch, was inspired by the film Rear Window. They said they had chosen Vogue because it targeted sophisticated female readers and encouraged innovative advertising. But the ASA upheld the complaint and told Elle McPherson Intimates not to repeat the campaign.
The Ladykillers by Ethan and Joel Coen
The original Ladykillers pitted Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and their band of British crooks against a kindly old landlady in 1955. The Coens shift their action from England to the Deep South Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III is a charlatan professor who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the century. The thieves are experts in explosions, tunneling and muscle. The professor is their critical inside man. The base of operations is the root cellar of an unsuspecting, church-going, little old lady named Mrs. Munson. The ruse: the five need a place to practice their church music. The problem: it quickly becomes evident that Dorr’s thieves lack the mental capacity to do the job. The bigger problem: they have seriously underestimated their upstairs host. When Mrs. Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to ‘do her in’ before she ruins their heist. After all, how hard can it be to knock off an old lady? They’ll soon find out.
6th International Tango Festival, Buenos Aires
It is in Buenos Aires the biggest tango festival in the world: the sixth edition of the International Tango Festival. One of the innovations of the festival is the introduction of the project Besos Brujos, which allowed homosexual groups to organise gay tango shows. This also reminds us that the first tango dance room was organised by the academy of tango for men only. Buenos Aires is the only big city in all Latin America to recognise homosexual union.
100% Design Moscow
One of the most important initiatives in Russia regarding modern design has been programmed in Moscow from the 11th to 14th of March, following the successful formula of the 100% Design launched in London in 1995. 100% Design Moscow is a showcase for young designers, but most of all emerging Russian talents. The young creative people present their projects next to numerous acclaimed companies, such as Cappellini, Boffi and Moroso. The aim of this very first 100% Design in Moscow edition, which takes place in Gostiny Dvor next to the Red Square, is that of introducing the most innovative design projects to Eastern Europe.
Singular Forms, New York
The Guggenheim Museum of New York inaugurated an ample exhibition dedicated to minimalism and conceptualism. The works exhibited in Singular Forms (Sometimes repeated), drawn largely from the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection, are a testimony of a series of investigations what were inspired by Reductionists. The exhibition, is devoted to the minimalist impulse in contemporary art from 1951 to date. Highlights include Robert Rauschenberg’s epochal White Painting and light sculptures by Dan Flavin and works by Donald Judd.