The Jury of the 70th Festival de Cannes, presided by Pedro Almodóvar, revealed the names of the 2017 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Monica Bellucci welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. The President of the Jury and the French actress Juliette Binoche, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the nineteen films in Competition.
THE SQUARE by Ruben ÖSTLUND
70th Anniversary Award
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute)
by Robin CAMPILLO
Sofia COPPOLA for THE BEGUILED
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Joaquin PHOENIX in YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE by Lynne RAMSAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Diane KRUGER in AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade) by Fatih AKIN
NELYUBOV (Loveless) by Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV
BEST SCREENPLAY EX-ÆQUO
Yorgos LANTHIMOS and Efthimis FILIPPOU
for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
for YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night) by QIU Yang
MENTION DISTINCTION BY THE JURY
KATTO (The Ceiling) by Teppo AIRAKSINEN
JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe) by Léonor SERRAILLE presented at UN CERTAIN REGARD
Gucci hosted its Cruise 2018 Fashion Show in the Palatine Gallery of the Pitti Palace in Florence. The collection was presented surrounded by over 500 paintings, mostly from the Renaissance. The rainbow striped chairs for the guests in the rooms were printed with “Bacchus’ Song”, a poem by Lorenzo de’ Medici, considered the patriarch of the Renaissance.
Alessandro Michele offered women’s gowns and fur coats, while the men’s pieces were injected with graphics. Wolves, tigers, collegiate branding, sporty logos and those immortal double Gs were splattered all over the place, while the statement pieces dazzled and sparkled, as for accessories a palm cuff with multiple star details was a stand out.
It all started by Aced Design’s four students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the group’s Kickstarter campaign to fund their venture, one-piece shorts outfit for men, the RompHim romper for guys, with a goal of $10,000, which quickly went viral.
“Turn heads and break hearts when you take your RompHim for a spin,” the company says on its website. “We spent countless hours designing your favorite summer outfit.”
Though it’s been introduced with an adjustable waist! Zippered back pocket! Zipper fly! Front shirt pocket! But many find fashion like this strange, but within a man’s choice to wear. But for others, Romphims serve as a reminder of the increasing feminisation of male fashion, which is particularly common among black men.
Though we are yet to see Indian runway react to it, the trend’s gone far beyond internationally,as people who fancies himself as the most fashionable man on TV or sports mascot, has already started wearing a male romper which had set the Internet on fire. As for now it’s difficult to contain the male romper phenomenon, nevertheless for those trendsetters, the RompHim pairs best with Sperry slides, Wayfarer sunglasses (attached via strap to hang around the neck),and a well-trimmed beard…
Toni&Guy opened its doors to India’s first ever Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy in New Delhi, combining British precision with Italian flair.
Mr. Bill Watson, International Artistic Director at Toni&Guy said, ever since the launch of our very first Toni&Guy Academy in Japan, education has served as a breeding ground for international and local talent. It encompasses all our brand values and ethics. Education is Freedom – freedom to dream, to inspire and to learn. It is the heartbeat that drives all the other facets of the brand to fall into place.”
The Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy will serve to educate and train the internal team in the first year before opening to the public, alongside budding hairdressers and aestheticians a unique experience that includes exclusive and professional education on the latest global trends and practices, from expert instructors.
Modi governments’ cattle slaughter ban, is effecting $13 billion leather industry alongside jeopardising the livelihood of 3.5 crore people across India.The government said the order was aimed at “preventing uncontrolled and unregulated animal trade”.
Brands like Gucci, Zara, Marks & Spencer, Prada, Hugo Boss and Armani, have begun contacting their Indian suppliers asking them whether they would be able to deliver their commitments on supplying footwear, handbags, jackets, belts and other products.
Whilst, West Bengal and kerela termed the notification as null & void as they might see big brands flee Kolkatta. Big brands import finished hide from Kolkata, where special types of hides that suit the need of the fashion industry of Europe and the US are processed.
Over 200 tanneries that export around 60,000 tonnes of finished leather are facing closure, lest they export inferior skin from South Africa, the cost of production will jump by many folds.
Forevermark, the diamond brand from the De Beers has inscribed its two millionth diamond at the Forevermark Diamond Institute in Surat. The 3.48 carat round brilliant stone has been inscribed with a unique ‘2,000,000’ serial number.
The US$10 million Surat facility is one of the most technically advanced diamond inscription and grading centres in the world, employing around 100 highly skilled diamond workers. The Forevermark Diamond Institute provides an accurate and reliable grading service for each Forevermark diamond, selecting and inscribing Forevermark diamonds with a unique identification number. The two millionth diamond will be set in a piece of jewellery at the Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre in Milan, Italy, and will ultimately become part of the brand’s exclusive red carpet collection.
Persol, one of the most important eyewear brands in the world, celebrated its 100th anniversary with an exclusive party in Cannes during Cannes Film Festival, in partnership with amfAR.
The event took place on an exclusive yacht berthed in Port Pierre Canto and saw many celebrities in attendance including Will Smith, Donatella Versace, Adrien Brody, Toby Maguire, BéréniceBéjo and Eva Longoria – to name a few.
As part of Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibit at V& A museum, London, famed for his exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs, Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga was known as ‘The Master’ of haute couture. An inspiration to those who follow in his footsteps, his work continues to shape fashion today.
Cristóbal Balenciaga at work, 1968, Paris, France. Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
As Christian Dior once said, Haute couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.
Born in 1895 in Getaria, a small fishing village in the Basque region of northern Spain, Cristóbal Balenciaga was introduced to fashion by his mother, who was a seamstress. Her clients included the most fashionable and glamorous women in the village. Aged just twelve, he began an apprenticeship at a tailor’s in the neighbouring fashionable resort of San Sebastian, where in 1917 he established his first fashion house, named Eisa – a shortening of his mother’s maiden name.
Flamenco-style evening dress, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1961. Photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1971 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s
Balenciaga opened fashion houses in Barcelona and Madrid before moving to Paris in 1937. The house on Avenue Georges V quickly became the city’s most expensive and exclusive couturier. His early training set him apart from other couturiers of the time. He knew his craft inside out and was adept at every stage of the making process, from pattern drafting to cutting, assembling and finishing a garment. For him, the design process started with the fabric rather than with a sketch, “it’s the fabric that decides” he stated, proving that he knew how to exploit materials to the very best effect.
Bolero jacket, Balenciaga for EISA, 1947, Spain. © Museo Cristóbal Balenciaga. Lace cape, Cristóbal Balenciaga, about 1960, Paris. Museum no. T.141-1982. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘Balenciaga alone is a couturier in the truest sense of the word. Only he can cut material, assembling a creation and sewing it by hand, the others are simply fashion designers’ – Coco Chanel