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Jonathan Anderson Named Director of Loewe’s Board of Directors

BOARD GAME: Jonathan Anderson’s role at Loewe is no longer limited to the creative side of things. The designer has been appointed director of the company’s board of directors, Bernard Kuhn, general counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said at the group’s annual general meeting Thursday. Sidney Toledano has been named the board’s chairman. The Madrid-based house falls under his purview in his role as executive chairman of LVMH Fashion Group.
The news comes on the heels of a wide-ranging reshuffle at the group which, in November, appointed Pietro Beccari as chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, succeeding Toledano.
Anderson joined the Spanish leather goods firm in 2013, bringing a strong fashion injection to the house, with former Céline executive Pascale Lepoivre coming on board as ceo in September 2016.
His runway debut at Loewe, a brand that dates back to 1846, came one year after LVMH took a 46 percent stake in his London-based signature label J.W. Anderson.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal Named Face of Santos de Cartier Watch

WATCH FACE: Jake Gyllenhaal is joining forces with Cartier as the new face of its Santos de Cartier watch, WWD has learned exclusively.
The star of films including “Brokeback Mountain” and “Stronger” will appear in a film advertisement for the timepiece due to be released this spring in movie theaters and online.
“Integrity, dedication and boundless curiosity: Jake Gyllenhaal embodies the Santos de Cartier man. A man who commits utterly and does nothing by halves. A man who defines fearless as honest and true to himself,” Cartier said in a statement on Monday.
“Jake Gyllenhaal reveals a new side to his talent with every film, performing a wide variety of roles. Cartier was drawn to his invincible style and fearless spirit,” it added.

Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a Santos de Cartier watch. 

The endorsement marks a departure for Cartier, which has not previously featured a celebrity in its advertisements, although it has close relationships with film industry figures like Sofia Coppola, who as a “friend” of the house was pictured wearing its Clé de Cartier watch in 2016 and last year directed a commercial for the Panthère watch.
Though considered one of Hollywood’s most stylish leading men, Gyllenhaal has been highly selective in his brand endorsements.
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Peggy Eskenasi Named President of Vera Wang Group

CHANGES AT WANG: Peggy Eskenasi, a former Nine West Holdings Inc. and Kohl’s executive, has been named president of Vera Wang Group. She succeeds Veronique Gabai-Pinsky who has been in the role since January 2016.
According to a Wang spokeswoman, Gabai-Pinksy resigned for personal reasons. Neither she, Wang nor Eskenasi were available for comment Friday.
“Vera Wang personally thanks her for her valuable contribution to the company during her tenure and wishes her all the best,” the Wang spokeswoman said of Gabai-Pinsky.
Eskenasi had been executive chairwoman of Nine West Holdings, Inc. from September 2014 to May 2016. Before that, she was senior executive vice president of product development at Kohl’s Department Stores, which has held the license for Simply Vera Vera Wang since 2007. While at Kohl’s, Eskenasi was instrumental in building a large stable of brands that are either exclusive to Kohl’s stores or licensed to the company, such as Simply Vera Vera Wang, Jennifer Lopez, Candie’s, Rock & Republic and Juicy Couture. Earlier, she was president, private brands at Saks Inc. from 1997 to 2004.
Prior to joining Wang, Gabai-Pinsky was global brand president of The Estée Lauder Cos.’ Aramis and Designer Fragrances, BeautyBank and IdeaBank. She oversaw several fragrances, including

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British High Street Retailers Named in ‘Dirty Fashion’ Report

DIRTY FASHION: British High Street retailers Next, Asda and Tesco are among the companies that continue to source their viscose from dirty and dangerous factories, according to Changing Markets Foundation, a group that exposes irresponsible corporate practices.
Last June, the foundation issued a report called “Dirty Fashion revisited: Spotlight on a polluting viscose giant,” following an investigation into two factories owned by the Mumbai-based Aditya Birla Group.
The latest statement from Changing Markets, set to be issued late Tuesday, said air and water pollution from the factories is among the causes of ongoing health and environmental issues, and that Next, Asda and Tesco continue to work with them despite the claim.
“Our investigation suggests that Aditya Birla Group is failing to live up to its sustainability claims,” said Natasha Hurley, campaign manager at Changing Markets Foundation. “Brands buying from the company should understand what is really happening on the ground, where local residents’ and workers’ lives are blighted by pollution on a daily basis.”
Located in India and Indonesia, the factories produce 20 percent of the world’s viscose fabric. Viscose is made from plants and is biodegradable, but creating the fabric involves the use of hazardous chemicals, which can be harmful if not monitored

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PVH’s Chirico Named a Father of the Year

Emanuel “Manny” Chirico is well-known for being the architect behind PVH Corp.’s purchase of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. Now, the chairman and chief executive officer of the New York-based corporation will be honored for his parenting skills as well.
Chirico has been named a 2018 “Father of the Year” honoree and will get his award at the 77th annual Father of the Year Awards at the Sheraton New York Times Square on June 11 at noon. He and his wife, Joanne, have three sons and two granddaughters.
In his nearly 25 years at PVH, Chirico has made significant improvements to expand the company’s business beyond North America to include retail, wholesale, digital and licensing businesses globally. In addition to Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, he was also instrumental in the acquisition of Warnaco.
Proceeds from the Father of the Year lunch will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a charity with which PVH and Chirico have long-standing relationships. Chirico serves on the board of the organization as well as at of Montefiore Medical Center and is a supporter of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is an active member of the Economic Development Committee, sits on the Advisory Committee for U.S. Trade Policy and Negotiations and

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Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

Multi Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro is slated to open a new cinema named after him in Guadalajara, his hometown, on March 10, in an event which is likely to prove one of the festival’s highlights. “Hopefully, he’ll have a few Oscars in tow,” said Guadalajara Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo. The new cinema is one […]



Kering Named Most Sustainable Global Corporation

GREEN THUMBS UP: Kering has been named the top sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods corporation, according to rankings released by the Corporate Knights Global 100 index, which was published at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The company, which owns brands including Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, took first place in its category and was ranked 47th in an overall listing of companies. This is the third time the company has been named on this list.
Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs of Kering, said the ranking is a source of motivation to continue the company’s pursuit of “a more sustainable luxury.”
“We consider sustainability to be the Kering seal of savoir-faire, a criterion in all business decisions, traversing all departments and areas of our supply chain,” said Daveu.
Last year the firm unveiled a program aimed at reducing its environmental footprint by 40 percent by 2025. Their strategy focuses on three pillars: care, which pertains to the environment; collaborate, for social aspects of sustainability such as employee, supplier and community welfare and equality, and create, which encompasses new business opportunities.

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Ariane Labed Named the Face of Chloé’s New Perfume

NEW ROLE: Actress Ariane Labed has been named the face of the upcoming Chloé fragrance, due out in March.
Labed, who was born and raised in Greece, began her film career in “Attenberg” in 2010. She then starred in movies such as “Before Midnight,” “Fidelio,” “L’Odyssée d’Alice,” “Assassin’s Creed” and “The Lobster.”
Her film projects currently in the works include a role in “Mary Magdalene,” opposite Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, and “The Souvenir: Part 1,” starring Robert Pattinson.
Of the new Chloé advertising, Labed said in a statement: “The woman depicted in this new campaign is free-spirited, strong and adventurous. She takes on the world, its beauty and is curious about everything it has to offer. In that sense she is very inspiring to me.”
“Ariane combines different cultures and displays multiple talents,” said Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, chief executive officer of Chloé. “She loves to cross new frontiers and encounter the world.”
The next Chloé fragrance is meant to introduce a new facet of the Chloé woman’s personality, according to Simona Cattaneo, chief marketing officer at Coty Luxury, which is the brand’s fragrance licensee. “Spontaneity, openness to the world and freedom are the values she lives by,” said Cattaneo.

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Cate Blanchett named Cannes jury president

Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett has been announced as the president of the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival.
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Alexandra Shulman, Richard James Named in Queen’s New Year Honors List

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Queen Elizabeth II has unveiled her annual New Year Honors list, with members from the fashion and entertainment industries set to receive royal recognition in 2018.
Alexandra Shulman; Savile Row tailor Richard James; Nicholas Wheeler, founder of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts; Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb, and The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr are among the 1,123 names on the list.
Shulman, the former British Vogue editor-in-chief who stepped down from her role earlier this year, will receive a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for her services to the industry.
Shulman was the longest-serving editor of the magazine, working at the publication for 25 years. She was given an OBE, or Order of the British Empire honor, 13 years ago.
James will be awarded an Order of the British Empire, or OBE, for his contribution to fashion. He celebrated the label’s 25th anniversary this year. The brand, which was sold last year to Charles S. Cohen, will in February open its first U.S. standalone store on Park Avenue in New York.
Wheeler, who launched a multi-channel retail business specializing in men’s shirting and apparel, will receive an Order of the British Empire for his service to retail.
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Burberry Named Most Popular British Brand on Instagram

ALL IN THE NUMBERS: Burberry is the most popular British brand on Instagram, according to data set to be released Friday from Iconosquare, a social media analytics firm.
According to the group’s annual British brands report, Burberry nabbed the top slot for the second year in a row. The brand has more than 10.4 million followers, followed by Topshop at 9.2 million; Jimmy Choo, 7.3 million;, 6.6 million; Alexander McQueen, 5.3 million, and Stella McCartney, 4.5 million.
The report also noted that “British brands have a long way to go,” and pointed to Nike, which has 75.2 million followers; Victoria Secret, 57.7 million followers, and Chanel, 25 million. All three top the global list.
“Burberry should be especially pleased with their efforts as they have topped our British brands on Instagram study for the second year running and boosted their follower count by over 2 million over 12 months,” said Romain Ouzeau, chief executive officer of Iconosquare.
“A strong social media presence is an essential component of any successful marketing strategy. The top ten most popular British brands on Instagram have all been able to successfully promote aspirational lifestyles to a wide audience of people and will reap rewards this holiday season.”

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Remo Ruffini Named Italian Entrepreneur of the Year by EY

MILAN — Remo Ruffini, Moncler president and chief executive officer, received on Thursday the EY award for Italian Entrepreneur of the Year.
The consulting firm assigns the award, which is at its 21st edition, to entrepreneurs who managed, through their innovative spirit and strategic vision, to create value contributing to the growth of the Italian economy.
“When I acquired Moncler, I thought it had a unique history and heritage. I was absolutely sure of the fact that he had the potential to become a special brand and, with great coherence, along with my team, we developed this innovative project in the respect of our DNA,” Ruffini said. “Today Moncler is a global brand, which generated revenues of more than 1 billion euros at the end of 2016 and is present in more than 70 countries. I consider this award a signification recognition, highlighting the continues efforts and the passion guiding our daily work aimed at reaching more and more ambitious goals.”
As reported, in the nine months ended Sept. 30, Moncler’s revenues climbed 15 percent to 736.8 million euros, compared with 639.3 million euros in the same period last year, lifted by all distribution channels and geographic markets.
On Oct. 24, Ruffini attended the

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Dion Lee Named the 2017 Australian Fashion Laureate

SYDNEY – Dion Lee has been named the Australian Fashion Laureate for 2017.
The New York-based Australian was presented with the award at a gala dinner for 300 at Sydney’s Barangaroo Cutaway venue on Thursday evening.
At 32, Lee is the youngest-ever recipient of the Laureate, which is now in its 10th year and recognizes outstanding industry achievement.
Previous recipients include designers Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevksi and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia founder Simon Lock.
The Laureate is the latest in a string of accolades for Lee, who launched his business in 2008, after graduating from Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio and quickly garnering a following for his deconstructed tailoring and signature dresses with complex surface treatments.
The 2013 sale of a strategic stake in the business to the Sydney-based Cue Clothing Co enabled the designer’s rapid retail expansion in Australia, where he operates eight standalone stores, in addition to e-commerce and concessions within the David Jones department store chain.
“It [the Laureate] is a bit of a landmark moment for me – knowing that it is voted by your peers,” said Lee, who is now a New York Fashion Week runway regular and boasts over 70 global wholesale stockists.
“It has been a really surreal journey and not

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Undercover, Takahiromiyashita The Soloist Named Guest Designer Brands at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Japan is set to steal the spotlight at Pitti Uomo in January.
Undercover and Takahiromiyashita The Soloist will be the guest designer brands at the international men’s wear trade show, running Jan. 9-12 in Florence.
Longtime friends Jun Takahashi, founder and creative director of Undercover, and designer Takahiro Miyashita will both unveil their fall 2018 men’s collections with back-to-back runway shows on Jan. 11.

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The event will mark the return of Takahashi at Pitti Uomo, where he showed his men’s collection on the catwalk in 2009, while Miyashita will host his first Takahiromiyashita The Soloist show outside Japan.
As reported, a day earlier, on Jan. 10, Brooks Brothers will stage its first runway show in the sumptuous Salone dei Cinquecento inside Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, which will also house a brand retrospective open to the public from Jan. 11 to 14.

Takahiromiyashita The Soloist Men’s Spring 2018 
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Pitti Uomo’s collaboration with both established and upcoming international labels is part of the trade show’s strategy aimed at imposing itself as the leading player in the men’s wear industry. Last June, the trade show teamed up with Virgil Abloh, founder and creative director of Off-White, and J. W. Anderson, with both showing their

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Gucci, Loewe and Dior Named Fashion Awards Nominees

INTERNATIONAL DASH: Gucci, Loewe and Dior have all been named as potential winners of The Fashion Awards 2017, which will take place at Royal Albert Hall in London on Dec. 4.
Formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, it is run in partnership with Swarovski, as previously reported.
During an event in London’s Soho House on Monday morning, the British Fashion Council announced the nominees for the nine categories, including business leader, urban luxe brand and designer of the year.
Alessandro Michele for Gucci, J.W. Anderson for Loewe, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Phoebe Philo for Céline and Raf Simons for Calvin Klein were shortlisted in the designer of the year category. Meanwhile, Christopher Kane, Erdem, J.W. Anderson, Roksanda and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen will vie for the women’s wear award.
Burberry, Craig Green, Grace Wales Bonner, J.W. Anderson and Martine Rose have been nominated for British designer of the year in men’s wear, while Faustine Steinmetz, Matty Bovan, Rejina Pyo and Natalia Alaverdian for A.W.A.K.E. are up for the British emerging talent in women’s wear prize.
Cottweiler, Charles Jeffrey, Henry Holland, Phoebe English Man and A-Cold-Wall will compete for the British emerging talent in men’s wear prize.
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Francesco Russo Named President of Boglioli

MILAN — Boglioli said Tuesday that the Court of Brescia, Italy, has accepted the procedure of voluntary arrangement with creditors and that a meeting with the creditors has been set for January 18.
“The court’s approval is a fundamental step in the relaunch of the company,” stated the men’s wear company, which is based in Gambara, near Brescia.
The company revealed that all operative powers have been granted to its new president, Francesco Russo. This is seen as a natural step, following the purchase of Boglioli by PHI Industrial Acquisitions this summer. Russo has been part of the PHI Industrial Acquisitions team in Italy since 2014 and was previously general director of La Perla and chief executive officer of storied textile company Mascioni, which is now also controlled by PHI Industrial Acquisitions.
“In these first months, we have already seen with our own eyes Boglioli’s enormous potential in the main global markets, thanks to the strength of its brand and to the excellence of its product, and we are enthusiastically working with all our strength and energies to bring back the company as a leader in the world of outerwear and of men’s elegance,” said Russo.
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The Rock crumbles as new best-paid actor named

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has lost his title as the world’s highest-paid actor after being knocked into second place by Mark Wahlberg.
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Steve Aoki Named Co-owner, Brand Collaborator for Vision Street Wear

Authentic Brands Group, which owns Vision Street Wear, has teamed up with Steve Aoki to bolster the line.
The DJ and producer will serve as brand collaborator and co-owner. Aoki said he would be involved in all areas of the business, including overall strategy, marketing and creatively developing each collection.
“This is a whole different world than doing an endorsement deal or a sponsorship deal and just rocking some T-shirts,” said Aoki. “Vision is a beloved brand to me. It’s a brand I grew up wearing and loving through my adolescence and now I am in this position to be a part of maintaining and growing the brand on all different verticals.”
Vision was founded 40 years ago by Brad Dorfman, who started out producing skateboards before introducing Vision Street Wear. Authentic Brands Group acquired Vision Street Wear, which works with partners in Japan and South Korea, in 2014.
Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer for Authentic Brands Group, believes Aoki, who played at his bachelor party, is the ideal person to build up the brand.
“I always knew what an amazing creative force Steve is,” said Woodhouse. “He produces terrific content, has an amazing social following and people are fanatical about him. He resonates with youth, he’s

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Peter Scarlet Named Artistic Director of Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festiva

Former Tribeca Festival director Peter Scarlet has been named artistic director of Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, its management entity, Argentina’s Incaa film agency, announced Saturday in Buenos Aires. At a time when festivals remain in part “auteur” events – their industry events, “A” list actor presence and type and tenor of movies being marked… Read more »



Erin O’Connor, Paul McCartney Named in Queen’s Birthday Honors List

ROYAL ACCOLADE: Queen Elizabeth II has released an honors list to mark her official birthday, which was celebrated with the annual Trooping the Color parade in London, on Saturday.
Names in the fashion and entertainment industries including model Erin O’Connor, designer Sir Terence Conran and Sir Paul McCartney are set to receive accolades as part of this year’s list.
O’Connor is being recognized for her services to fashion and charity and named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or OBE.
Conran, the interiors designer best known for designing furniture ranges with Mary Quant and for founding the home furnishing stores Habitat and Conran, has been named a member of the Order of Companions of Honor for his services to design. This is not the first time Conran has been recognized by the Royal family; in 2013 he received the Prince Philip designers prize, an annual design award from the Chartered Society of Designers and the Duke of Edinburgh.
McCartney has also been awarded the Companion of Honor award, for services to music. The recognition comes 20 years after the former Beatle was knighted by the British monarch.
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Novak Djokovic Named Face of Lacoste

MONACO — Lacoste has named Novak Djokovic as its new face.
The Serbian player, who celebrates his 30th birthday today, is ranked number two in men’s singles tennis and has racked up twelve Grand Slam titles. He hired Andre Agassi to be his new coach following his loss to Alexander Zverev at the Italian Open final on Sunday.
Agassi will join Djokovic in Paris for the French Open, which kicks off on May 28. His previous coach was Boris Becker, who departed last December, after three years working with Djokovic.
The tennis player will act as a brand ambassador and will appear in advertising campaigns for the French clothing label founded by René Lacoste and André Gillier. Born in Yugoslavia, Djokovic has been playing tennis since he was four and is a resident of Monaco.
The announcement follows the expiration of his five-year deal with Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo, which appointed him as its global brand ambassador in 2012. Previously, Adidas and Sergio Tacchini provided his on-court attire. Djokovic has also been an ambassador for Seiko watches since 2014.
According to Lacoste, Djokovic embodies the values of its founder as they both share traits such as “fair play, tenacity and elegance.”
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Liv Tyler Named Face of Triumph Essence Lingerie

TYLER’S TRIUMPH: Liv Tyler has been named the face of Triumph International’s Essence range. She is to appear in advertising for its fall 2017 campaign wearing items from the Triumph Essence brand, photographed by the British photographer Rankin.
This is her first initiative with the brand as well as the first time the label has named a face after its range. Previous Triumph faces include Helena Christensen, Jessica Hart and Daisy Lowe.
The company’s Essence range is a premium offering with the season’s theme of “Opulent Art Nouveau.” Tyler will be pictured wearing styles designed in leavers lace, velvet embellished mesh and silk satin.
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Tyler said the Essence collection “special and has both a playful, feminine and chic style.”
Suzanne McKenna, global head of brand at Triumph, called Tyler “a modern woman in every sense, a mother and actress with a fierce sense of femininity that women across the world can relate to,” McKenna said.
Tyler is filming “Gunpowder,” a TV miniseries starring Kit Harington and Mark Gatiss and worked on Fritz Böhm’s “Wildling,” which features Brad Dourif and Bel Powley. She has teamed with brands in the past such as Belstaff and was

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2017 Cannes Film Festival: Isabelle Huppert Named Face of Kering’s Women in Motion Program

WOMAN IN MOTION: Kering has chosen award-winning actress Isabelle Huppert as the face of the third edition of its Women in Motion program at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
The French actress, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar this year for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” will appear on the official poster for the program of events, which ranges from talks with industry figures to the Women in Motion Awards, to be handed out at a dinner on May 21.
Kering, an official partner of the festival since 2015, said it chose Huppert because of her exceptional career and her strong links to the festival. She was president of the jury in 2009 and has been awarded the best actress prize on two occasions: in 1978 for “Violette Nozière” and in 2001 for “The Piano Teacher.”
Huppert follows in the footsteps of Frances McDormand, the face of last year’s event, and Jane Birkin, who was chosen to represent the inaugural edition of the program.
Through its talks, open to journalists and film professionals, Kering hopes to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector. Last year, guests included Jodie

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Monica Bellucci Named Cannes Film Festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies

CANNES DO: Italian actress Monica Bellucci has been chosen to be mistress of ceremonies for the Cannes Film Festival’s 70th edition, scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.
Bellucci is no stranger to the festival, having walked the red carpet at the event for the first time in 2000, plus serving as its mistress of ceremonies in 2003 and as a member of its jury in 2006. She attended the event in 2008 for the film “Giordana, Une Histoire Italienne” and in 2009 for “Ne Te Retourne Pas.” The last time she made an appearance there was in 2014, for the presentation of Alice Rohrwacher’s movie “Les Merveilles,” which was awarded the jury’s Grand Prix.
Bellucci has appeared in films by directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Mendes, Spike Lee, Bertrand Blier, Christophe Gans and Gaspar Noé. The actress’ most recent film appearance is in Emir Kusturica’s “On the Milky Road.”
As reported, Spanish director Pedro Almódovar will serve as president of the jury at the upcoming session.

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Strahan to Be Named a Father of the Year

Michael Strahan will be honored for his parenting skills at the annual Father of the Year awards in New York City in June.
On Thursday, the National Father’s Day Council said the football player-turned-media star has been named a 2017 Father of the Year honoree. He’ll be honored alongside J.C. Penney Co. Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Marvin Ellison at the 76th annual event, which will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel on June 15.
Strahan has a successful men’s wear collection with Penney’s that started with tailored clothing, dress shirts, neckwear and accessories. It has since expanded into ath-leisure with T-shirts, polos, jogger pants, chinos, and last month added underwear.
Strahan, a father of four, is an Emmy Award winner and Super Bowl champion and currently cohosts ABC’s “Good Morning America” and serves as an analyst for “Fox NFL Sunday.” He’s also the host of the “$ 100,000 Pyramid” on ABC, which is produced by his own company, SMAC Entertainment, in association with Sony Pictures Television. Through SMAC Entertainment, he is coproducing “Religion of Sports,” an original documentary series that tackles sport’s cultural and spiritual impact in regions around the world. He is also executive producer of “Tackle My Ride” on the NFL Network,

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Meet Fancy Feast, The Burlesque Performer Who Named Herself After Cat Food

“It’s like that classic horror trope,” the performer known as Fancy Feast told The Huffington Post, “where the kid buys a mask from the creepy costume shop and the mask won’t come off. I’m not portraying somebody else when I’m onstage. That is me.”

Since she was 3 years old, Fancy, like many young kids, was drawn to the spotlight. Her parents, to this day, rehash memories of their daughter leading adults in improvised tour groups around the local aquarium. Also from a young age, Fancy, a conservative, Jewish girl growing up in Washington, D.C., liked to take her clothes off ― a perhaps less common, or at least less commonly-discussed, predilection. 

Today, Fancy is a burlesque performer, which means she combines the art of striptease with other modes of vaudevillian entertainment ― comedy, short skits, perhaps a poem or political rant ― all executed with a sparkling, campy gravitas.

“When I really want to get out of conversations with people, I say I do short form experimental feminist performance art,” Fancy joked in the documentary Fancy Feast ― The Fat Burlesque Performer,” by Leon Chase. 

“I take my clothes off for money, just not a lot of money,” Fancy told HuffPost, an accomplishment she has worked toward since doodling showgirls in her elementary school notebooks. It’s the distinction of “not a lot,” she believes, which makes mainstream culture more accepting of burlesque than traditional stripping ― which is far more lucrative, and as a result, more reviled. “We’re all selling our bodies, we’re all selling our labor. Saying that stripping is sleazy but burlesque is art is ignorant and offensive.”

The stage name Fancy Feast is derived from the gourmet cat food brand ― a side-eyed wink to the burlesque tradition of sexy cat-inspired names like Kitty and Pussy Cat. As Fancy explains in her documentary, the name is partly a joke ― what is less “fuckable” than globular chunks of sopping fish-meat? But removed from their cat food connotation, the words “fancy” and “feast” conjure an image of luxury, pleasure and abundance ― an extravagant bodily banquet, served hot. 

The moniker is mighty appropriate for a performer whose acts juggle vulnerability and artifice, beauty and ugliness, humor and gravity, desire and taboo in her every quixotic movement. Inspired by drag culture, Fancy performs femininity, sexuality and herself, her fabricated presentations soon toppling any distinctions between the carefully choreographed show and the so-called original. 

Fancy, who now lives in Brooklyn, New York, performs three nights a week on average. During her off time, she moonlights as a sex educator. But it’s her time onstage when Fancy feels like she is most herself, her identity and stage character having fused, “The Mask”-style, into a heightened persona that melds fantasy and reality.

“The character is me — just amped up a bit,” Fancy told HuffPost. “My values onstage reflect my values in real life. Once you get to know Fancy Feast, I always say, you don’t have to know the ‘me’ that goes to the gym or drinks a smoothie. The wishes and dreams of myself in my day-to-day life play out onstage. That’s who I am.” 

In the performance that won her the Miss Coney Island 2016 burlesque beauty pageant title, Fancy ― donning a floor-length gold, sequin gown and feather headdress ― recited a poem that discussed her childhood dreams, tainted by the societal dictate that fat women don’t deserve to feel sexy or be seen. “I stood behind this very curtain and curtailed tears of joy for younger me who thought she’d never see a stage because she did not deserve eyes to look at her,” she said. 

After the poem, Fancy slid out of her evening gown to the tune of Katy Perry’s “Firework” ― well, the first line, “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?”, remixed and replayed over and over again. Fancy then shimmied and strutted in a handmade bikini made from plastic cat food bags, becoming what she called a “trash queen.” The act ended when Fancy, clad only in plastic bag pasties, pulled a plastic bag out of her vagina and put it atop her head, to the audience’s wild applause.  

“When my mom saw me perform for the first time, she said, ‘to be honest, you have always danced this way,’” Fancy said. “When I was a little girl and I had my Discman, I would listen to different songs and imagine a different image or movie for each one. Everything was very visual to me when I listened to music and I still feel that way.”

Some of Fancy’s acts stem from events that occurred in her life, or conversations she’s had with other performers. Often, an idea will originate as a preposterous passing whim that she then feels an odd compulsion to follow through to completion. Additionally, every year Fancy forces herself to do one thing she’s afraid of onstage. This year, for instance, she challenged herself to do a classic striptease, devoid of the comedic and narrative elements that normally characterize her routines.

Fancy pushes beyond her comfort zone not only in terms of what she performs, but where. She hosts a monthly showcase in Bushwick called the “Fuck You Revue,” but makes sure to venture beyond the Brooklyn art scene for crowds that may never have encountered burlesque ― or nude, fat bodies ― before.

“When I started performing, I made sure I was in a safe place to do that,” Fancy explained. “The first audiences I performed for were in the queer nightlife scene. It felt really wonderful, but I also felt like I was preaching to the choir. I thought, these people know me, they agree with my values, is this really what my goals are as a performer? I want to perform for people who have never seen burlesque before, who have never seen a fat person on stage. I need to get that message out to those people.”

Regardless of where she’s stripping down, Fancy still gets nervous before going onstage. In part, she attributes the persistent butterflies to the burden she bears as one of the few fat women in her line of work. “I do feel the need to do well as a sort of ambassadorship on the behalf of fat girls everywhere,” she says in Leon’s documentary. “Which is a joy and a piece of shit burden.”

In the film, Fancy discusses her use of the word fat, a term she finds still catches her fans and critics off guard. “I use it deliberately, because I know it is a shock to the system for many members of a culture where, for a woman, there is nothing worse you can be than fat,” she said. Although she doesn’t consciously choreograph numbers around themes like body positivity or representation, the ideas end up wheedling their way into her audience’s brains and loins alike.

However, for Fancy, the magic of burlesque rests not just on sexual arousal or a debriefing on the beauty of all bodies. “For me, when it’s done right, burlesque is an art form that creates a dialogue between the performer and the audience,” she said.

“The audience and the performer ultimately are not separate; there is an opportunity, then, to experience joy in community,” she added. “My fear is not being able to make that happen. I think of the transformation that goes on in a striptease as a metaphor. There’s armor coming off successively in stages. I’m revealing my body but I’m also revealing something else. There is a vulnerability in someone seeing you, seeing something beyond your body.”

There is plenty to unpack in Fancy’s hypnotic performances, which employ humor and arousal to help audiences shed their preconceptions as she peels off each layer of clothing. Countering the assumption that nudity is something authentic and true, while makeup is bound up with the fabricated and pretend, Fancy reveals how our masks are just as authentic as our flesh.

Check out Fancy Feast in action at the “Fuck You Revue” on March 15, 2017, and every third Tuesday of the month at Bizarre Bushwick. And watch the documentary on Fancy, by Leon Chase, here. 

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Bella Hadid Named Face of Dior Makeup

FACE FORWARD: Bella Hadid has been named a face of Dior Makeup. In the role, she will first front the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand’s new Diorshow Pump & Volume Mascara.
Hadid in late May was tapped as Dior’s latest makeup ambassador, and she appeared in a series of online videos for the house. The first episode, out on June 6, showed her backstage with Peter Philips, creative and image director for Dior, talking about her favorite items.
Backstage before the show, Philips called Hadid “a perfect ambassador” for Dior, with a “diva attitude on the red carpet” and a “spontaneity with social media. Give David Beckham a [soccer] ball – that’s the same as her with social media. It comes naturally. It’s a talent.
“She loves makeup, she loves being pretty, she loves fashion,” he continued.
Other Dior Makeup faces include Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Sephora Is Selling An Eyeshadow Named ‘Druggie’. Seriously.

There are moments when it’s important to marshal as much evidence as possible to back up an argument. And then there are moments like this.

Sephora is selling a new shade of eyeshadow called “Druggie. 

The company describes the shade as “metallic purple with violet shift,” and it is part of Urban Decay’s “Afterdark” eyeshadow palette. Now, we get that fashion is an art form, even in a globally commodified context, and far be it for us to stomp on creative expression.

But by the time you have finished reading this article, it’s likely that somebody in the United States will have died of an opioid overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 people, many of them young, are dying every week. Every 15 minutes, a new dead body is turning up in an emergency room, making orphans of children, breaking the hearts of parents and grandparents, the scourge of an entire generation.

Responding to complaints, Sephora has apologized but has not said it will drop the name. “We deeply apologize to anyone who was offended by the name of this shade. Please DM us for more information,” the company tweeted Friday in reply to a protest.

When reached by The Huffington Post, Sephora had this to say: “We deeply apologize to anyone who was offended by the name of this shade. We would never seek to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.”

HuffPost has reached out to Urban Decay and is awaiting comment.

Ryan Hampton, a recovery advocate for Facing Addiction told HuffPost that, while the apology is “a step in the right direction, Sephora clearly needs an education on substance use disorders. The recovery community is standing at the ready, and it’s our hope that their CEO not only pulls this product immediately but joins the national fight to face addiction.”

Still, Urban Decay’s ‘Druggie’ eyeshadow points out a big problem in the fashion and beauty industries, which have long histories of glamorizing addiction, even in the midst of the nation’s drug epidemic.

Hampton told HuffPost that Sephora said it would be meeting next week to decide how to handle the situation.

In the meantime, here’s a petition to help nudge them in the right direction.

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Lil Yachty Named a Creative Designer at Nautica

Nautica and Lil Yachty are deepening their relationship.
The heritage brand has brought the rapper on as a creative designer for 2017. This comes after Lil Yachty served as the face of a Nautica capsule collection for Urban Outfitters that was released last year.
In the role, the artist will design capsule collections and appear in digital and social media advertising campaigns.
Long before partnering with Nautica officially, the 19-year-old was an enthusiast who regularly wore vintage styles from the brand, which connected with his affinity for all things nautical. He’s a part of a collective of artists who call themselves “The Sailing Team” and his stage name comes from “The Yacht Club,” a name he and his group of friends created in high school.
“Nautica is like a part of me,” said Lil Yachty, who’s known for his signature red, beaded braids. “It’s for kids, sailors, grown men and cool people.  The designs — the old designs, the new designs, I think it’s dope. There’s not really much out there like Nautica.”
Nautica on Friday released a limited-edition collection of pieces curated by Lil Yachty that included rereleases of vintage logo T-shirts and the brand’s popular pullover fleeces in addition to basics such as

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Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has been tapped as a columnist for Time magazine’s online Motto newsletter. She will focus on women and empowerment issues. Carlson made the announcement Tuesday while serving as a guest co-host on the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” alongside Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones. Motto is billed on… Read more »



Muscle Shoals Sound Studio named top Alabama attraction

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Victoria Beckham to Be Named in the Queen’s Honors List

ROYAL ACCOLADE: Although Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s honors list is yet to be released, it appears one person is already planning her visit to Buckingham Palace.
According to the Daily Mail, Victoria Beckham will be named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in the Queen’s New Year’s honors list, which is set to be released on Saturday.
According to the British tabloid, the British designer revealed the news to her family over the Christmas holiday, saying that she is “delighted and humbled for the recognition.” The honor recognizes Beckham’s contributions to the British economy and to charity.
The designer’s husband, David Beckham was handed an OBE 13 years ago for his services to British sport.
A spokesperson for Beckham did not return requests for comment.

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The honor would be the culmination of a successful year for Beckham, who launched her first makeup collection in partnership with Estée Lauder last September and watched it fly off the shelves.
As reported last month, she is set to release a second cosmetics capsule collection with Lauder in the new year, as well as a skincare line with a niche beauty partner.

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Bristol Named Winner of Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion Competition

Los Angeles-based men’s wear line Bristol has been named the winner of Gen Art’s 2017 Fresh Faces in Fashion one-year incubator program. The line, cofounded and designed by Luke Tadashi, will receive mentorship with a Gen Art designer alum who is yet to be named, inclusion in its Harvey Nichols retail program, gratis wholesale, marketing and public relations support along with financial investment and long-term strategic advice.

A look from Bristol. 

Gen Art’s Fresh annual Faces in Fashion event, held in Los Angeles last August, showcased four designers in addition to Bristol. The finalists were men’s wear line Elliott Evan, the women’s collection 34N 118W, jewelry line Legier and shoe brand Rafa.
The two-year-old Bristol wholesales in 10 retailers worldwide including American Rag, Revolve, Wish ATL, Maidens Shop Japan and Fred Segal. At last year’s New York event, Daniel Silverstain was awarded the prize. The event alternates between Los Angeles and New York.

A look from Bristol. 

Gen Art was one of the early innovators of the consumer-friendly fashion event, offering paying members and press access to its runway shows and presentations, and tickets on sale for film festival screenings. The Los Angeles Fresh Faces event was also open to the public via $ 50 general

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Ben Higgins Named The Next ‘Bachelor’

Ladies, line up, because there’s a new Bachelor in town … and he’s a fan favorite.  

Ben Higgins, who was “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe’s third choice, was named the new star of “The Bachelor” on Monday night’s episode of “After Paradise.”

The 26-year-old was pretty much a shoo-in to star on the upcoming season after Bachelor Nation supported his campaign following his exit from “The Bachelorette” on July 13. Although, Season 11’s Nick Viall did give Higgins a run for his money. 

“I think he would be a great choice […] I have a lot of respect for Ben H. He is as sweet as everyone thinks he is,” Viall told HuffPost’s “Here to Make Friends” podcast earlier this month. “I might be giving myself too much credit, but Ben kind of reminds me of when I was 26.” 

Higgins seemed to be everyone’s No. 1 choice. Even Amy Schumer called into “After Paradise” to wish him luck. “Find love, and then send some my way, OK?” she said.

The software salesman is excited to begin his journey on the show. “It’s incredible. People like me don’t get opportunities like this,” Higgins told Harrison. “I never thought that this opportunity would be something I could have.” 

Higgins will be on “Good Morning America” to chat more about his upcoming season on Tuesday morning. 

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A Cat Named Limberbutt McCubbins Is Running For President! He’s A Demo-Cat.

A cat named Limberbutt McCubbins is running for president. He’s filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and everything.

What sets McCubbins apart from the other 2016 hopefuls isn’t merely that he’s a 5-year-old neutered rescue kitty, though that is certainly one notable difference.

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McCubbins is registered as a Democrat, but his campaign literature describes him as a “Demo-cat.”

And his slogan is suitably inspiring: “Together, we cat.”

“We are not taking donations at this time,” says 17-year-old Isaac Weiss, one of the cat’s two campaign managers. “If we later decided to take them, they will most likely be forwarded to the Humane Society or another organization for animals.”

Weiss tells The Huffington Post that the campaign started out as a joke. But once the FEC papers were filed, things started getting more serious.

“Me and my friends have begun to realize how easy it is to run for office, and have learned about the way the FEC and campaign finance work,” says Weiss. “Not that we don’t want anyone to run, but I personally don’t think that if I’m applying to run for the most important position in the U.S.A., that I should be able to do it in 20 minutes. Or less. And without immediately proving that I’m at least a U.S. citizen.”

Along with contemplating election reform, Weiss says the campaign’s other big issues right now are protecting the environment and the legalization of catnip.

And no, McCubbins wouldn’t have invaded Iraq, since the “climate is not favorable for a house cat.”

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McCubbins’ extracurricular interests as “sleeping, playing with his scratching post” and tearing paper — especially model government paraphernalia — the cat-didate’s owner and co-campaign manager, 18-year-old Emilee McCubbins, says.

“He’s a good cat,” she adds.

Despite a patent lack of experience, as well as several other fatally disqualifying factors, Weiss tells HuffPost he hopes voters will see McCubbins as the right cat for the job, because “he’s ready to bring some fresh ideas to the table.”

“For over 200 years, man has been running the show,” he says. “And now, it’s cats’ turn to help lead the way.”


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Scottish Ballet’s Erotic Streetcar Named Desire Raises Temperatures in Chicago

Sophie Martin as Stella and Tama Barry as Stanley in Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

They almost had to hose down the audience at intermission of Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Thursday night. Erik Cavallari’s Stanley had just had make-up sex with Sophie Martin’s Stella, and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s imaginative way with the erotic pas de deux had everyone hot and bothered.

In a welcome departure from the one-note depictions of sex in the male-dominated world of ballet, the tiny, sinewy Martin calls the shots in this scene. The balance of power has shifted – after her husband struck her in a drunken rage, and she fled their claustrophobic New Orleans tenement apartment. Sober and whimpering upon her return, he spins and drags and upends her, at her hungry command; she flings herself at him repeatedly, in a flying half-twist, challenging him to catch her at the peak of her jump.

Sophie Martin as Stella and Tama Barry as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Erik Cavallari as Stanley and Sophie Laplane as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

This is not a relationship that is likely to end well but, for now, Stella is in control, as she is at the mournful end of this Southern gothic tragedy, when she makes the anguished decision to commit her sister Blanche to a mental asylum. The sensual Martin is magnificent throughout, a firecracker. Cavallari, stocky and ripped, plays the sexual predator with attention to the small but explosive details of body language, wisely avoiding caricature – not an easy feat when you must swagger in the footsteps of Marlon Brando.

The Company in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Having decided, in tandem with stage director Nancy Meckler, to flesh out Blanche DuBois’ backstory, to unravel the narrative and present it in chronological fashion, Lopez Ochoa rose to the challenge of portraying the assorted sex acts that, in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 classic, take place offstage, or are mentioned only in passing in the dialogue. She draws expertly and seamlessly from a range of dance styles, never straying far from classical ballet, in a manner that flaunts the dramatic and technical flair of this handsome company.

Victor Zarallo as Alan and Luke Ahmet as the Lover in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Eve Mutso as Blanche, Victor Zarallo as Alan and Luke Ahmet as the Lover in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Sexual exploits start with the homosexual encounter between Blanche’s boyish husband Alan and a man whom he meets at their wedding dance – a variation on the Romeo and Juliet meet cute at the Capulets’ ball, that here manifests as an unaffected and moving duet. This leads to a brief threesome, full of intertwining arms and confused glances, until Blanche’s revulsion – or jealousy, or both – drives Alan to suicide. Throughout the evening, the figures of Alan, in bloodstained shirt, and his lover reappear to dance with Blanche whenever she slips into an alcoholic haze – a striking choreographic gambit that embodies her frequent hallucinations.

Luke Ahmet as the Lover, Victor Zarallo as Alan and Kara McLaughlin as Young Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Eve Mutso as Blanche with the Company in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

The DuBois family estate crumbles – literally, in a triumph of scenic design in which a massive backdrop, emblazoned with a hazy photographic image of a stately Southern plantation home, explodes into a mass of wooden packing crates – driving the destitute Blanche to prostitute herself in a seedy hotel. The hotel sex is impersonal, mechanistic, efficient.

Eve Mutso as Blanche and Erik Cavallari in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

The lonely Blanche seeks comfort in seducing a young boy. In another twist on Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan’s version), the boy lies on his back as she perches on his raised shins, arching her spine into a crescent.

In the rape scene, movement and score are stripped to a stark minimum. After taunting Blanche (danced on Thursday and Friday evenings by the statuesque, mesmerizing Eve Mutso), stripping her and kicking her to the floor, Cavallari props her against the bed (assembled, like the rest of the set, from packing crates) and smashes her against it, accompanied only by what sounds like the repeated slamming of metal doors that won’t stay shut.

Even crumpled in stillness, Mutso conveys a mix of fragility and willpower. In motion, she calibrates her movement to suggest a constant sense of being slightly off-balance, on the brink of collapse, the elegant sweep of her preternaturally long arms and legs swiftly fractured by bent elbows and knees.

Eve Mutso as Blanche with the Company in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Lopez Ochoa’s command of the ensemble is no less compelling than her portrayals of intimacy and domestic violence. She gives the crackerjack corps de ballet a stern Graham-based vocabulary with which to drive Blanche out of her home town. Maneuvering packing crates into two tight columns, they become a seething mass of humanity on the crowded streetcar named Desire. They form two rival teams in a bowling alley, their high-octane swing routine fired up by a jukebox. In the final scene, as the doctor in a lab coat arrives to take Blanche away, the men and women of the corps appear as a menacing crowd in identical black dresses, crimson carnations sprouting from their mouths – a surreal mushrooming of the scene in the play in which a blind Mexican flower seller offers Blanche a garish bouquet of “flores para los muertos” (flowers for the dead).

Eve Mutso as Blanche with the Company in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and the Company as the Mexican Flower Sellers in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

The ballet opens and closes with the same image of Blanche reaching for a naked light bulb that descends from the ceiling. With gently fluttering hands and skittering feet, her spine arching and twisting, her head thrown back in hope and trepidation, the layered skirt of her white dress floating as she pivots indecisively, she seems to hover delicately over the floor. The gossamery manner in which she steps on and off pointe and makes swift, fine-grained changes between quarter-pointe and full pointe, belies the wondrous plasticity of her insteps, and remarkable control.

Eve Mutso as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Program notes tell us that Meckler and Lopez Ochoa were drawn to the image of a moth: Williams originally intended to title his play The Moth and makes reference in the play itself to Blanche’s “uncertain manner… that suggests a moth.”

Beyond the inventive uniting of drama, dance, score and set design to illuminate Williams’ psychological melodrama and caustic social commentary, this Streetcar brilliantly evokes the 19th century Romantic classic Giselle, in which a good-hearted peasant girl is driven to madness by the betrayal of a deceitful, two-timing aristocrat.

Ivor Guest could have had Blanche DuBois in mind when he recapped the first Act of Giselle, focusing on “the fragility of the heroine, her mind balanced between reason and madness.” Though Blanche is the aristocrat in Williams’ tale, she is twice betrayed – first by her secretly gay husband, and then by the working class Stanley, who resents her highfalutin ways, offended by the reminder that his wife comes from the same stock. The droit du seigneur exercised by the duplicitous Count Albrecht is here remodeled into the hypocrisy very much alive in 1940’s America, that allowed men to sow their wild oats and to treat their wives like possessions, while branding women who had sex outside marriage as damaged goods, outcasts, even insane.

There are thousands of papers stretching back over hundreds of years, affecting Belle Reve as, piece by piece, our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchanged the land for their epic fornications – to put it plainly!
– Blanche in Scene 2 of A Streetcar Named Desire remarks on the dissolution of the DuBois family estate

Upon Giselle’s death (or suicide), she is drawn into a gang of ghostly, moth-like maidens, draped in layers of white gauze, who have been similarly jilted and are bent on revenge against all men. The Wilis and their icy, shimmering, relentless choreography in the second and final Act of Giselle reflected a 19th century anxiety about growing numbers of unmarried, unmoored women whose sexual appetites could not be contained.

In the second Act of Streetcar, as Blanche’s hold on reality becomes increasingly tenuous, the ensemble women join her in her moth-like fluttering under a score of naked lightbulbs that descend from the rafters; the stage dims to resemble the eerie nights in the forest policed by the vigilante Wilis.

19th century nerves were calmed when the dead Giselle saved Albrecht from death at the hands of the Wilis – a female self-sacrifice to ensure male survival.

In Streetcar, Stella sacrifices her sister in order to uphold the patriarchy.

Eve Mutso as Blanche and Adam Blyde as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

The image of an irresistible but unattainable, and sometimes cruel, light is further cemented by the repeated deployment of Ella Fitzgerald’s recording of Harold Arlen’s ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon,’ that at strategic moments serves to highlight Blanche’s retreat into fantasies and fictions that make life more bearable (“it wouldn’t be make-believe/ if you believed in me.”)

Peter Salem’s heady score veers from lush, decorous waltzes to a hypnotic minimalist brume, fragments of New Orleans jazz and jukebox, occasionally shattered by the shrapnel of industrial sounds.

Adam Blyde as Mitch and Eve Mutso as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross.

Only one element seemed lacking in the ingenious and austere set design: a lighting scheme to indicate the curtains which divide the cramped space in the Kowalskis’ flat – a crucial device in the play that underscored how lack of privacy stoked tensions between its inhabitants.

The only gratuitous detail in the marvelously inventive staging was Cavallari’s roaring of “STELL-LAHHHH!” after she escaped his drunken assault. Lopez Ochoa should have trusted her choreography – and the wailing solo saxophone that accompanied it – to convey Stanley’s brutish needs. After his poker buddies shove him into the bath to cool down, Cavallari rips off his water-logged T-shirt and chews up the stage in a desperate quest to track Stella down. There was no need to translate his magnificent body language into a verbal howl. Tennessee Williams would likely have edited that out.

Catch Scottish Ballet on the rest of its American tour, through May 30th: check tour dates for San Antonio, Houston, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Washington, DC on their website.

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Claudio Del Vecchio Named Person of the Year by AAFA

Del Vecchio will be honored at the AAFA Image Awards Gala on April 27 in New York City.

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Hillary Clinton Named Most Admired Woman… Again

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was again named the most admired woman in the world in an annual Gallup poll released Monday.

Clinton has taken the title 17 of the last 18 years. In 2001, then-first lady Laura Bush took the title.

President Barack Obama took the title of most admired man again this year, topping the list for the seventh consecutive year.


The poll consists of an open-ended question, and the results heavily depend on name recognition.

Others who are featured on the list include Oprah Winfrey, activist Malala Yousafzai, Pope Francis and former President George W. Bush.

See more from Gallup here.
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Chris Hemsworth Named People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

NEW YORK (AP) — People magazine has named Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2014, cheering the Australian actor’s rise as hammer-wielding, bone fide hunk in the “Thor” films.

Hemsworth, who also starred as Formula One racer James Hunt in the Ron Howard-directed “Rush” and the “Star Trek” reboots, was unveiled as the winner on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” When asked who he wanted to thank, Hemsworth told Kimmel his parents, “for putting this together.”

He joins a list of hunks with the honor, including Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Swayze, Sean Connery, Ben Affleck, Channing Tatum and Adam Levine. Mel Gibson, another Australian, was the first in 1985.

The 31-year-old star of “Thor: The Dark World” and his 38-year-old wife, Elsa Pataky of “Fast and Furious 6,” have three children. The actor’s younger brother, Liam, stars in the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Chris Hemsworth told People that the award “bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights” around the house and with his wife. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.'”
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Dolly Parton To Adopt Abandoned Dog Named For Her If Owners Don’t Come Forward

Country music legend Dolly Parton has offered to adopt a dog that was found abandoned at the Glastonbury Music Festival last week.

The white lurcher, described by the shelter caring for it as a “sweet-natured older lady,” was nicknamed Dolly after the singer, who drew rave reviews for her set during the festival’s final day.

“I had my manager call the Happy Landings animal shelter to make sure the dog is being treated and cared for properly,” Parton said in a statement quoted by the Guardian. “At this time, nobody has claimed the dog and the dog is in great hands at the shelter. I will take her home to America if nobody claims her within a reasonable amount of time.”

Dolly the dog was found with food and water inside a tent that was among 30 or 40 other abandoned tents. While the festival ended on June 29, the dog wasn’t discovered until workers cleaning up the area reached the tents on July 1.

“Loyal to the end she stayed in the tent, even though unzipped, waiting for her owner,” Happy Landings wrote on Facebook. “She was very thirsty and extremely stressed and it has taken her until today to properly relax and be able to sleep. How could anyone abandon this gentle soul?”

The shelter is treating the pooch for an ear infection and dermatitis.

But while Dolly is now guaranteed a home, many other animals are not. If you’re looking for a perfect animal companion, a shelter near you can help. In the United States, try Petfinder, Adopt-A-Pet or the ASPCA.
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The Parent Soup Baby Name Finder: Real Advice from Real Parents Who Have Named Their Babies and Lived to Tell about It…

The Parent Soup Baby Name Finder: Real Advice from Real Parents Who Have Named Their Babies and Lived to Tell about It…

When you need advice from other parents who have named their babies and lived to tell the tale Your husband wants a junior. Your mother keeps hinting at an archaic family name. Your best friend is pushing the name Jeremiah. And you haven’t even started thinking about what will happen if the baby is a girl Take a deep breath because help is at hand. Parent Soup–the ultimate on-line destination for parents–has collected more than 15,000 names from its popular "Baby Name Finder" and the best advice from real parents who have already played the name game. Read this book and get insight on everything you need to know when choosing a name, such as:

  • How to deal with flak from family and friends You’ll learn how to answer the question, "You’re going to name the baby what? "
  • Surefire ways to end the spouse wars Yes, there is hope when you say John and he says Gianni (and you’re wondering if you really want to have a child with this person).
  • How to know when you’ve found a keeper Learn to recognize when it’s time to put away the books and start getting used to the name you’ll be saying at least 37 times a day from now on.

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