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THE STAR | BOLLYWOOD IDOLS

During IIFA 2011 Leanne Delap from the Toronto Star called me to chat about Bollywood fashion – read my thoughts in [...]

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An Apple A Day

Morning fruit delivery to young school children is yet another fantastic program run by World Literacy of Canada in Varanasi. [...]

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02.20.13

BRIGHT IDEAS | INDIA DESIGN 2013

Category: Arts, India, Spaces

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DEEPA MEHTA AND A MAHARAJA

In preparation for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts exhibit, I had the privilege [...]

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THE 2011 IIFA AWARDS

On Wednesday two of Bollywood’s biggest stars announced the 2011 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, to be held in [...]

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TRENDLAND | A GLASS HOUSE

GLASS HOUSE DESIGNED BY SANTAMBROGIO VIA TRENDLAND.  

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12.21.12

“Joanne Petit-Frere’s idea of defining and envisioning the ultimate 21st century female archetype came through her ongoing design project, Tressé Agoche. The idea combines sculpture, photography, and design, creating these incredibly detailed and strong headpieces. Is there a defining line between any of the mediums mentioned above? Or is art just art? Here we have the boundaries clearly blurred and the beauty of challenging the norm and never settling. Agoche does just that here.”

TRESSÉ AGOCHE BY JOANNE PETIT-FRERE VIA TRENDLAND.

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VOGUE.COM SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH

VOGUE.COM URGES READERS TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND PINTEREST.

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FASHION’S NIGHT OUT TOKYO | VOGUE EDITORS

Vogue editors from every international edition pose together to promote Fashion’s Night Out Tokyo

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VOGUE PARIS | WANTED WOMAN

Isabeli Fontana in “Wanted Woman’ shot by David Sims for Vogue Paris, April 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue

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12.17.12

JESSICA REPETTO | LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

Category: Arts, Fashion

INCREDIBLE LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY VOGUE ILLUSTRATOR JESSICA REPETTO VIA MIDNIGHTDREAMBOAT.

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T.O.’S Fragmented Fall & Jeanne Beker Talks Fashion

This season Toronto Fashion Week kicked off late, trailing behind a smattering of shows thrown independently by designers who didn’t [...]

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VOGUE INDIA | WATCH: EXPERIMENTAL SARIS & STYLES

VOGUE INDIA’S TREND THERAPY WITH ANAITA: EXPERIMENTAL SARIS AND STYLES VIA YOUTUBE.

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NUMERO | RONDE DE NUIT

Ashley Smith in Ronde de Nuit shot by Ben Hasset for Numero’s December-January 2011 issue via Fashion Gone Rogue.

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11.07.12

THE CITY AND THE STORM

Category: Arts, Causes, Entertainment

NEW YORK MAGAZINE COVER SHOT OF STORM SANDY BY IWAN BAAN VIA FASHION COPIOUS.

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JESSICA REPETTO | LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

INCREDIBLE LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY VOGUE ILLUSTRATOR JESSICA REPETTO VIA MIDNIGHTDREAMBOAT.

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ON THE SETS OF HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN

The tumultuous love affair between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, the war correspondent who became his third wife, is being [...]

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THE HUFFINGTON POST | MAKEUP MAGICIAN MICKEY CONTRACTOR

For over three decades makeup magician Mickey Contractor has been wielding his magic wand on Bollywood’s brightest beauties for dozens [...]

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09.23.12

6000 BULBS 1 INTERACTIVE CLOUD

Category: Arts

EXCERPT:

CLOUD is a large scale interactive installation by artist Caitlind r.c. Brown that appeared September 15th as part of Nuit Blanche Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The piece is made from 1,000 working lightbulbs on pullchains and an additional 5,000 made from donated burnt out lights donated by the public. Visitors to the installation could pull the chains causing the cloud to sort of shimmer and flicker…

READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION AND SEE ALL THE PHOTOS ON THIS IS COLOSSAL.

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JESSICA REPETTO | LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

INCREDIBLE LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY VOGUE ILLUSTRATOR JESSICA REPETTO VIA MIDNIGHTDREAMBOAT.

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HAUTE HOLIDAYS

See more handmade holidays cards from designers on Vogue.com

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RARE BOLLYWOOD CINEMA SHOWCARDS

  Winding her way through the narrow laneways of dusty Bombay bazaar one hot day, Angela Hartwick happened upon a [...]

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  Winding her way through the narrow laneways of dusty Bombay bazaar one hot day, Angela Hartwick happened upon a [...]

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THE CITY AND THE STORM

NEW YORK MAGAZINE COVER SHOT OF STORM SANDY BY IWAN BAAN VIA FASHION COPIOUS.

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TRESSÉ AGOCHE

“Joanne Petit-Frere’s idea of defining and envisioning the ultimate 21st century female archetype came through her ongoing design project, Tressé Agoche. The idea [...]

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07.04.12

KINETIC RAIN AT SINGAPORE AIRPORT

Category: Arts, Travel

KINETIC RAIN IS AN ART INSTALLATION IN SINGAPORE’S CHANGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1 VIA HUNGEREE.

 

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INCREDIBLE INDIA 2013

THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S “INCREDIBLE INDIA” 2013 CAMPAIGN, DIRECTED BY PRAKASH VARMA AND PRODUCED BY NIRVANA FILMS.

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME

I could not have asked for a better home-away-from-home than the Four Seasons Mumbai!

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JESSICA REPETTO | LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

INCREDIBLE LIVE FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY VOGUE ILLUSTRATOR JESSICA REPETTO VIA MIDNIGHTDREAMBOAT.

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06.18.12

JEWELS OF WISDOM FROM ANITA LAL’S GOOD EARTH

Sixteen years ago Anita Lal opened a beautiful, tiny home wares shop called Good Earth in tony South Bombay with absolutely no business knowledge or experience. What began as a passion project for a housewife who simply wanted to sell beautiful things has since grown into a fabulous and formidable global brand that boasts gorgeous shops in four different Indian cities. Good Earth stores are veritable treasure troves teeming with sumptuous bedding, giant silk pillows, glowing lanterns, elegant and sometimes eclectic furniture, inspired dinnerware and just about everything you would ever want in your home. Though this is no rags-to-riches success story — Lal admits she was lucky to have had (and still have) the financial backing of her husband — it is a story about the passion and perseverance of a woman who had a vision and brought it to life. No easy feat for a woman, in a country like India, who knew nothing about business.

Her first store at Kemp’s Corner has since shut; due to overwhelming demand it moved into a cavernous, two-story building in Mumbai’s Lower Parel, which is where we meet to talk about the Good Earth story. Outfitted in a sage green and cream kurta from the store, Lal is as much the physical embodiment of the brand as the spiritual, and appears to be Indian earth mother incarnate: warm, nurturing and won’t let me leave until I eat something. Over delicious small plates from the store’s restaurant The Tasting Room, she takes me through the ups and downs, the exploration and experimentation that has brought her, finally, to today’s glorious chapter in the story. She is lively and jovial, she speaks with an exuberance that belies her age and a passion that’s infectious. She laughs often and tells it like it is — there is no artifice, she displays none of the unfortunate trappings of success so common with people who run places frequented by the country’s top socialites and Bollywood stars. She speaks candidly about the difficulties she’s faced and is genuinely uninterested in expanding Good Earth for the sake of pure financial imperative.

It’s been an uphill battle for the matriarch but her ascension was hard-won and well-deserved. After 16 years of navigating the trials and tribulations of running the business, she’s recently passed the reigns of CEO to her daughter Simran and now proudly wears the mantle of Creative Head.

It’s clear she’s having the time of her life.

Read the full interview on The Huffington Post.

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2011 IIFA AWARDS 101

  The 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards are bringing the excitement of Bollywood to Toronto this June 23rd to 25th [...]

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TAKE ME TO THE STABLES | SHIVAN & NARRESH LFW WF12

Electric green and yellow lasers cut through the billowing smoke on the runway while the crowd and celebrity guests hushed [...]

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STYLE.COM | SCOTT SCHUMAN & GARANCE DORE

S cott Schuman and Garance Doré—two of the Web’s most prominent bloggers, boyfriend and girlfriend, and, as of June 4, [...]

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cott Schuman and Garance Doré—two of the Web’s most prominent bloggers, boyfriend and girlfriend, and, as of June 4, CFDA honorees—are living, breathing, August Sander-adulating proof that you can make a career and a living off the nebulous entity called “street style.” Scott stalks the streets by bicycle, shooting not only fashion insiders but kids, rakishly disheveled elderly gentlemen, and everyone in between. “You spend hours outside—it’s like hunting,” Doré says. Her subjects, by contrast, aren’t just photographed: They’re befriended, gossiped with, pumped for favorite vintage shops and coffee bars. If Scott hunts, Garance gathers. “She wants to interact with the person,” he says.

However they may differ, their successes now run in parallel. Doré is considering her first book; Schuman is at work on his second, to arrive this fall. Together, they’ll accept the CFDA’s Media Award, the first bloggers to be so honored. They may object to the label of “street-style photographers.” But they’re a good part of the reason the label exists at all. On the eve of the awards, Style.com sat down with the duo to find out more.

Read the full interview with Scott Schuman and Garance Dore on Style.com

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It was something of a historical moment for Lakme Fashion Week last Tuesday night when the runway lights shone on [...]

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SEEN AT #PFW S13

SEEN AT PARIS FASHION WEEK SPRING 2013. 1,4-6, 8 TOMMY TON FOR STYLE.COM. 2,3,7, 9-10 PHIL OH FOR VOGUE.COM.

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5 MINUTES WITH INDIA’S HOT STYLIST PERNIA QURESHI

With a fresh aesthetic and international influences, India’s hottest stylist is making her mark in both fashion and film; if [...]

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04.19.12

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL | FARHAD MOSHIRI

Category: Arts

“Life is Beautiful” is an art installation created in 2009 by Farhad Moshiri via This is Colossal.

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Terracotta Army Pit No.1, Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Army Museum. Photo courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum. Less than 40 [...]

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TRESSÉ AGOCHE

“Joanne Petit-Frere’s idea of defining and envisioning the ultimate 21st century female archetype came through her ongoing design project, Tressé Agoche. The idea [...]

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KINETIC RAIN AT SINGAPORE AIRPORT

KINETIC RAIN IS AN ART INSTALLATION IN SINGAPORE’S CHANGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1 VIA HUNGEREE.  

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12.20.11

HAUTE HOLIDAYS

Category: Arts, Fashion

Prabal Gurung

Rodarte & Manolo Blahnik

Stephen Jones

Diane von Furstenberg

See more handmade holidays cards from designers on Vogue.com

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VOGUE INDIA | ANAMIKA KHANNA

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SPRING EN FRANCAIS

Tiiu Kuik in “Fortes Impressions” shot by Anne Menke for Marie Claire France, February 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue

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BRIGHT IDEAS | INDIA DESIGN 2013

BRIGHT IDEAS FROM INDIA DESIGN 2013, DELHI. PHOTOS BY MARISSA BRONFMAN.  

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12.13.11

MERYL STREEP | A FORCE OF NATURE

Category: Arts, Entertainment, Fashion

“Streep has not cared about anything she has done in a long time as much as this, she says. “Because the material embedded in it is a lot of what I’ve been thinking about. The themes in the film, which I don’t feel like underlining, have interested me for a while. And you never see these subjects covered in films normally, and so that was very thrilling.” What subjects? I ask, picking up my underlining pen—women? Power? “Women and power and diminishment of power and loss of power,” she says. “And reconciliation with your life when you come to a point when you’ve lived most of it and it’s behind you. I have always liked and been intrigued by older people, and the idea that behind them lives every human trauma, drama, glory, jokes, love.” She was close to her grandmother, and remembers her saying that her husband, Streep’s grandfather, would be out playing golf when the school-board elections would come up. “My grandmother didn’t give a damn about politics, but she really cared who was going to be on the school board, and she would go out, interrupt him on the eighth hole, and give him a piece of paper with the names of the candidates on it and tell him who to vote for—but she was not allowed to vote. She was not allowed to vote for dogcatcher in her town, never mind president. Never mind imagine being president.”


She has played so many roles in the 35 years of her movie career. She never was an ingenue; when her first film came out, in 1977 (Julia, with Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave), she was 28. In the eighties, the era of Reaganomics and Thatcherism, she made huge movies in a Babel of accents and dialects: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, Out of Africa, A Cry in the Dark. In 1989, she turned 40. “I remember turning to my husband and saying, ‘Well, what should we do? Because it’s over.’ ” The following year, she received three offers to play witches in different movies. She saw the subtext pretty clearly: “Once women passed childbearing age they could only be seen as grotesque on some level.” But with The Bridges of Madison County (1995) she captured “the audience that were my girls, that I knew they’d get it if we could get the movie made,” hence Dancing at Lughnasa and One True Thing, which were also about “women whose usefulness had passed.” And her last five years saw hit follow hit: The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated. That last film, she says, “in the period of Silkwood, could never have been made, with a 60-year-old actress deciding between her ex-husband and another man. With a 40-year-old actress it would never have been made.”

Now she’s 62, playing Margaret Thatcher—from 49 to 85—and the cover star ofVogue. She has such a big laugh bubbling under her serene expression that it finally bursts out as I duck around the o word: “I was joking with the ladies earlier,” she said (when they were having their picture taken). “And I told them I was probably the oldest person ever to be on the cover of Vogue.””

Read Vicki Wood’s full interview with Meryl Streep on Vogue.com and  in Vogue’s January 2012 issue, coming soon.

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Bollywood’s Aamir Khan Premieres Dhobi Ghat

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VOGUE GERMANY | KALEIDOSCOPE

Carola Remer shot by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany January 2012 via Fashion Gone Rogue

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ON BOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

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06.16.11

BEYOND BOLLYWOOD AT THE ROM

Category: Arts, India, Toronto

Swami, 1977. Unknown artist; Mumbai, India. Tinted silver gelatin print and poster paint on textured board. Courtesy of the Angela Hartwick Collection.

If you haven’t already got tickets to the ROM’s Bollywood, Hollywood & Beyond panel discussion next week then order now, because they’re sure to sell out! On June 22nd, the night before the much buzzed about 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards kick off in Toronto, the ROM will be hosting a handful of well known panelists to discuss the global world of cinema.

Says the ROM: “Multiple filmmaking traditions come together on one panel to examine the global world of cinema through the eyes of filmmakers, actors and industry executives as they share real-life experiences and discuss the opportunities and challenges of working Bollywood, Hollywood and Toronto.” Featuring panelists:

Shabana Azmi Bollywood’s most celebrated actress, former Indian MP and social activist

Javed Akhtar Indian MP, award winning poet, lyricist, scriptwriter and screenplay writer

Kabir Bedi Star of stage and screen, best known to Western audiences as James Bond villain Gobinda in Octopussy

Lisa Ray Internationally acclaimed star of Water and Cooking with Stella

Ajay Virmani Acclaimed Producer of Water, Bollywood/Hollywood, International Khiladi and the upcoming Breakaway

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Click here to find out more and buy your tickets.

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CHANEL PARIS-BOMBAY CAMPAIGN

Daria Strokous shot by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Paris Bombay Collection 2012 campaign via Fashion Copious.

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THE STAR | BOLLYWOOD IDOLS

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06.13.11

RARE BOLLYWOOD CINEMA SHOWCARDS

 

Payal ki Jhankaar (The Tinkling of Anklets), 1980. Madhu; Mumbai, India. Tinted and untinted silver gelatin print and paint on textured board. Courtesy of the Hartwick Collection.

Winding her way through the narrow laneways of dusty Bombay bazaar one hot day, Angela Hartwick happened upon a number of Bollywood cinema relics, and saw something many others had obviously missed.

What she found were cinema showcards — painted photographs made into posters that were used to advertise the Hindi films of yesteryear, which typically would be thrown out once the films disappeared from theatres. Deepali Dewan, curator of South Asian Arts and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum — where Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s will run June 11th to October 2nd — says of the exhibit “it is remarkable that this collection has survived at all.”

Read the full article on The Huffington Post.

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