Antik Antiquities

You might imagine the founder of ethnic-inspired fashion label Antik Batik to live in an Indonesian-style palace, but for Turin-born fashion designer Gabriella Cortese, whose exotic clutches are sported by the likes of Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani and Vanessa Paradis, home is actually in an exclusive enclave in Paris. Gabriella and her actor husband Marc Rioufol started

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Penn

Irving Penn’s prolific editorial photographs for Vogue and advertising work for Clinique and Issey Miyake are iconic. But the famed photographer almost always had a camera in hand to document his personal life and travels. It’s those photos that will be on display at Pace/MacGill Gallery in Manhattan from Friday in an exhibition called “Irving

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Accidental Fold

Supermodel and artist Saskia de Brauw brings her latest exhibition, “The accidental fold”, to the National Museum of Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Saskia, who during her ten year career has developed an impressive body of work that incorporates elements of photography and performance art as well as text and graphics,

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Wise One

Cementing her status as one of fashion’s most cherished innovators (not that we would ever question it), Iris Apfel has now launched her own line of wearable tech. The 94-year-old style icon, who has never strayed into tech territory before, revealed her new ‘Wisewear’ collection in Las Vegas this week: a selection of jewellery that allows wearers to monitor

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Mapplethorpe

The US architect Peter Marino turns his hand to curating with a new take on the work of the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The exhibition, at the Marais branch of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris (26 January-4 March), will include 60 photographs and 20 Polaroids with loans from museums, the Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York and private collections. According to the gallery,

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Bettina Rheims

French provocateur Bettina Rheims has been constructing a singular brand of brash, fiercely feminine sexuality since the 1970s. Now the best and boldest of her oeuvre has been collected inBettina Rheims, a definitive monograph with more than 500 images selected by the photographer herself. The women in these pictures are far from shrinking violets — they

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Rabanne Returns

PARIS — Returning to the retail scene after a 14-year absence, Paco Rabanne will this week unveil a 750-square-foot unit at 12 Rue Cambon, its perforated metal walls a wink to the founder’s famous “unwearable dresses” of the Space Age Sixties. It’s a big step for the Puig-owned fashion house, which aims to open a

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Nasty, with Love

“Nasty Gal is not a brand for wallflowers,” says Sophia Amoruso, founder and owner of the 10-year-old teen fashion label. Which explains the collaboration with rock icon Courtney Love: “She has such a singular style. … She’s provocative, she’s uninhibited. I would say we’re a provocative brand.” The 18-piece “Love, Courtney” collection, a first for

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Denim Days

If you put on a pair of jeans this morning, you’re not alone. Anthropologists estimate that, every day, 1 in 2 people in the world do the same thing, which makes denim the most popular textile ever woven. Given the millions of yards of denim that have been turned into garments, it’s not surprising that

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Minnie Moda

Minnie Mouse, 88 yr old fashion pioneer. Consider this: Who made polka dots chic? Who else could pull off bloomers for 88 years? And who else appears so ageless — even down to the bow in her hair? After all, her signature polka dot skirt was inspired by Coco Chanel’s Easy Jersey collection when she

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