Victoria & Albert Museum Extends Sold-Out Dior Exhibition to Sept. 1

MORE, MORE, MORE DIOR: The house of Dior can certainly command a crowd, according to the Victoria & Albert museum, which plans to extend its “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition to Sept. 1. Having opened on Feb. 2, it was set to close on July 14.
The museum said the show had sold out less than three weeks after opening, and it has already welcomed 121,566 visitors. Additional tickets are on sale through the V&A’s website.
“We knew that ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ would be popular, but we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal visitor response to date,” said Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A.
The largest and most comprehensive British show on the House of Dior, it is a grand sweep of sparkle, rippling wool, sculpted jackets and floral prints and motifs. It throws light on the designer’s fascination with Britain, his “lines” and defining looks, his international outlook and inspirations from history.
It is also the first fashion exhibition to be staged in the vast new galleries designed by Amanda Levete, on the west side of the building. They showcase more than 500 objects, memorabilia and clothing, including an array of works by Dior and the creative directors who followed him: Yves Saint

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EXCLUSIVE: Balenciaga’s Avenue Montaigne Store Opens Sept. 23

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Balenciaga is to open a boutique Saturday on Avenue Montaigne, transporting the design concept of its minimalist Rue Saint-Honoré store to the tony luxury strip.
The Haussmannian space has been outfitted with industrial touches, such as warehouse conveyor rails, aluminum display tables and slick, gray flooring in resin. Flat benches with thin, khaki-colored velvet cushions contrast with the shell of an old fireplace, original molding and marks from kids who once drew on the walls.
Artwork by American street artist Mark Jenkins is scattered around the store, including the figure of a woman in an oversized, puffy jacket slumped against a smooth, white wall.
With the opening, the brand will count three stores in Paris. The new Avenue Montaigne address, to be Balenciaga’s new Paris flagship, is its second foothold in the golden triangle district, one of the French capital’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
Balenciaga has shuttered its men’s store on Rue de Varenne.
The label has a handful of other locations designed under the eye of its artistic director Demna Gvasalia, including in London and on Madison Avenue in New York.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Set for Sept. 18 World Premiere in London

Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” will receive its world premiere Sept 18. in London, it was announced Thursday by 20th Century Fox and MARV Films. Fox also released a image of the film’s all-star cast (pictured). The world premiere will take place at both the Odeon Leicester Square and in the IMAX screen at… Read more »

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Cinq à Sept Resort 2018

An impromptu trip to Rome set the tone for Jane Siskin’s Cinq à Sept resort collection, which the designer admits was completely “on a whim.” “We were sprinting off from Paris, we were going to go to Milan and thought to go to Rome and, it’s funny, we had kind of been feeling those iconic bombshells of the Sixties and Seventies — the Sophia Lorens — it all converged and came together,” Siskin explained.
As a result, looks read very feminine. For starters, an “apricot” matte jersey dress with a tied top (which was attached but made to look as a separate piece) had a very dolce vita feel to it — as did all the printed tiered dresses in floral prints. “We love a twirly dress, our costumer loves the movement,” Siskin said. Embellishments were also present in suits and in short cocktail dresses. But there were also a lot of elevated sportswear for everyday pieces that have come to be expected in a Cinq à Sept collection: Floral embroidered military jackets, printed floral shrunken Ts, denim stirrups — even a windbreaker with feather trims.

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Live from Toronto Film Festival: Sunday Sept. 13

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The Toronto International Film Festival, in its 40th year, is, at this point, North America’s largest, sprawling across this massive city with more than 300 films vying for the attention of the public and the press.

I’ve been attending this festival since 1984 – which would seem like a lot to me, had I not been in the audience to see Barbara Kopple’s moving and uplifting new documentary, Miss Sharon Jones! As the film was introduced, the programmer doing the introduction pointed out that Kopple was one of three filmmakers with work in this festival who also had films in the very first Toronto festival: her 1976 documentary, Harlan County USA, which went on to win Kopple the first of her two Oscars.

I have fond memories of films I saw here for the first time. In that first year, for example, I caught the Coen brothers’ debut, Blood Simple, as well as Places in the Heart and Steve Martin’s All of Me.

This year’s edition will be remembered for putting both Jay Roach’s Trumbo and James Vanderbilt’s Truth in contention for the Oscar race. I saw the two films back to back on Sunday – and they are guaranteed to both grip you and infuriate you, because of the way they resonate with the political situation we find ourselves in (and to which we doomed ourselves in 2004).

Truth stars Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, a journalist and producer for 60 Minutes who, in 2004, came across what seemed to be evidence that then-President George W. Bush, who was seeking reelection, had received preferential treatment to get into the Texas National Guard (and avoid being sent to Vietnam), then essentially skated on the last couple of years of his guard duty, again thanks to pulled strings. But Mapes was the victim of forged documents and looming deadlines; while she had the story right, she and her boss, Dan Rather (played with canny folksiness by Robert Redford), both took the fall for the doctored documents.

The Mapes story itself is more than a decade old, but the problems it represents remain fresh. While Mapes and Rather made mistakes, they were hung out to dry by both CBS (more concerned about profits than seeking the truth) and the rest of the media. CBS’ competitors seemed obsessed with bringing down CBS, rather than pursuing the substance of the story itself: that Bush, in all likelihood, had used his connections to avoid Vietnam, then used them again to skip out on a lot of duty.

As Vanderbilt’s film points out, CBS (and Viacom) were basically afraid of antagonizing the Bush White House – which used its mastery of misdirection and strong (but inaccurate) messaging. Blanchett captures the frustration of Mapes, a hard-charging journalist who finds that she’s been turned into the story, in order to discredit her efforts on the real story.

Blanchett is already being touted for an Oscar for her work in the upcoming “Carol,” but this performance – tough, smart, vulnerable — may also make her a contender. She has strong support from Redford, as well as Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace, as her investigative team. Truth is a film guaranteed to reignite this controversy and, perhaps, finally bring the truth out into the open.

Jay Roach’s Trumbo is equally good at making the blood boil.


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Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Tuesday, Sept. 9

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When I started attending the Toronto International Film Festival in 1984, no one had yet thought to position this festival as an awards-season launchpad. While there were a handful of big studio movies from Hollywood (filling a gala slot each night) in Toronto each year, the majority of what was shown was undiscovered territory.

Which is what I value most about the film festival experience in general: the chance it offers to discover a film, a filmmaker, an actor – the operative word being discover. That’s less and less of a factor at this particular festival these days; instead, it seems stacked with pre-sold titles.

Not pre-sold in the sense that they’re based on familiar work (remakes, comic-book movies, sequels). Rather, because awards pundits are clocking these things all year ’round, there are few surprises in the awards race, come year’s end. Films like The Theory of Everything (about Stephen Hawking) and The Imitation Game (about Alan Turing) arrive at this festival with anticipation racing and awards’ buzz already in high gear.

Still, there remain opportunities to walk into a movie knowing virtually nothing about it. That happened four times to me on Tuesday, although none provided the chance to have the hair-raising sensation of realizing you’re seeing something new and great.

Indeed, two of them failed to pass the 15-minute test. My first film of the day, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starred Al Pacino as a lonely, aging locksmith in a small Texas town. When nothing happened in the first 20 minutes – beyond an extended look at one of Mr. Manglehorn’s typical days – I exercised my option and bolted, to catch an early show of The Theory of Everything.

My fifth film of the day provoked a similar response: Shelter, directed by Paul Bettany, stars Bettany’s wife, Jennifer Connelly, and the reliable Anthony Mackie. It’s a film about a romance among the homeless in New York. Sorry, no sale. And so, on to the bigger titles.

The Theory of Everything is directed by James Marsh and stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking. The film starts with Hawking as a an able-bodied graduate student at Cambridge, who meets the girl of his dreams (Felicity Jones) and marries her, despite his diagnosis of a neuromuscular disease very near to ALS. He has, he is told, two years to live – which doesn’t give him much time to finish that unified-field theory before he loses the ability to communicate (and then breathe).

This is, of course, the story of the triumph of the will and the intellect over the weakening flesh. It’s also about an actor’s ability to transform himself into a motionless heap of a man in a wheelchair without losing the ability to communicate his feelings. The movie goes nowhere you don’t expect, but Redmayne and Jones give the kind of performances which (rightly or wrongly) serve as award-nomination magnets.

Acting-wise, I was much more impressed with Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy’s energetically twisted Nightcrawler. A small-time thief with a gift for insistently ingratiating gab that can be deceptively malign, his character is a sociopath who stumbles on to the perfect career: trolling the police scanner at night to find accidents and crime he can videotape and sell to local TV.

Before long, his relentlessness and complete lack of empathy turn him into a star shooter, who can name his own price at the bargain-basement local-news program he sells to (and can even lure the news director, played by Rene Russo, into a relationship). Gyllenhaal’s cheeks are sunken, his hair lank, his eyes burning with a strange feverishness that always seems just an inch from violence. Gilroy’s script gives him a series of motor-mouthed but highly formal speeches. He spews Gilroy’s dialogue with an urgency – and a cunning – that makes him impossible to take your eyes off in a movie that grabs you and never lets you go.

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