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November 24, 2014
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When it comes to nudity in fashion magazines, North Americans continue to dig their heels while the Europeans continue to dress down in the name of art and style. American-born yet London-based editor of PETRI(E) Inventory 66, Zadrian Smith, weighs in on this controversial subject to help The Genteel get to the bottom of North American's apparent fear of nudity. 

by Tara MacInnis

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Culture

In a bid to win hearts (and votes), Parisian politician Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet has published proposals to revamp the city's abandoned railway stations if she is elected mayor later this month. Speaking with Manal Rachdi, one of the local architects behind the designs, Elizabeth Neep discovers how the neglected underground stations may soon become the hottest go-to destination.

by Elizabeth Neep

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It is often said that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and yet rarely does society live up to this adage. With the billions spent globally on cosmetics each year in our attempts to recreate modern ideals of beauty, Katie Aske wonders how much we actually understand about the concept of beauty and how it ought to be redefined moving forwards.

by Katie Aske

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In the final instalment of her look Beyond Central Saint Martins, Elizabeth Neep explores how the demanding expectations at ESMOD Berlin push its students to achieve their creative potential whilst upholding the ESMOD community's world-renowned reputation. 

by Elizabeth Neep

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Irene Kim

Toronto, Canada

Irene Kim is a member of the board of Geeky Chic, Inc.

George Elder

New York, USA

George is fashion photographer based out of New York City.

Alina Kulesh

Toronto, Canada

Alina is the editor of frank by The Genteel, freelance writer and occasional portrait painter. 

Mona Chammas

Toronto, Canada

Mona is founder and CEO of Geeky Chic, Inc. and Editor in Chief of The Genteel.

David Walmsley

Vancouver, Canada

David is an East to West coast Canadian currently skulking through the streets of Vancouver.

Chere Di Boscio

Paris, France

Chere contributes lifestyle editorial to The Genteel from Paris.

Semmi W.

Toronto, New York,

Semhar Woldeyesus is writer whose primary reporting interests include design, music and culture.

Cristina Fei

Rome, Italy

Cristina reports for The Genteel from Rome. She is a professional freelance journalist with ten years of experience.

Andrew Adebowale

London, United Kingdom

Andrew contributes to The Genteel from London. 

Grace Carter

London, UK

Grace is Associate Editor at The Genteel and a contributing writer from London, where she has recently graduated with a First-Class degree in English from Loughborough University.

Erin Ridley

Madrid, Spain

Erin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has called Madrid home for the last four years.

Briana Palma

Dublin, Ireland

Briana Palma contributes to The Genteel from Dublin.

Justine Iaboni

Toronto, Canada

Justine Iaboni is known around Toronto as Eurotrash.

Diana Bocco

Bangkok, Thailand

Katie Aske

London, UK

Katie is a Ph.D researcher studying at Loughborough University. She has a flare for fashion and loves writing.

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Culture

In a bid to win hearts (and votes), Parisian politician Natalie Kosciusko-Morizet has published proposals to revamp the city's abandoned railway stations if she is elected mayor later this month. Speaking with Manal Rachdi, one of the local architects behind the designs, Elizabeth Neep discovers how the neglected underground stations may soon become the hottest go-to destination.

Culture

Graffiti duo Mint&Serf are back at it, spraying and tagging their message of #ANTIPOP in a new exhibit at New York's Bleecker Street Arts Club. But as Semmi W. came to find out, tolerating the unapologetic complexity of their work is an art form unto itself.

Design

In a world producing waste like it is going out of fashion, Ireland's Junk Kouture competition seeks to inspire and educate the nation's youth by challenging them to recycle trash into trends. Elizabeth Neep speaks with competition creator, Elizabeth Curran, and panel judge member, Tracy Fahey, about Junk Kouture's potential to prompt a recycling revolution. 

Culture

Turning weapons of horror and destruction into objects of beguiling artistic beauty is no mean feat. Andrew Adebowale met up with the emerging artist that is looking to blow a hole in the London art scene through her use of the hand grenade.

Commentary

Wunderkammern has become a significant gallery space for urban art, causing pilgrimages to the outskirts of Rome at every opening exhibition. The Genteel caught up with one of its directors, Giuseppe Pizzuto, for this week's 5x5 series.

The art market is moving to the web and, with ArtZolo - an online marketplace, India is taking the stage. For this week's five x five series, The Genteel talks to co-founder Preeti Singhal about art from her home country and the future of purchasing art. 

Commentary

When it comes to nudity in fashion magazines, North Americans continue to dig their heels while the Europeans continue to dress down in the name of art and style. American-born yet London-based editor of PETRI(E) Inventory 66, Zadrian Smith, weighs in on this controversial subject to help The Genteel get to the bottom of North American's apparent fear of nudity. 

Determined to portray the multicultural and diverse nature of the citizens of Toronto, Colin Boyd Shafer, founder of Cosmopolis Toronto, spoke with The Genteel for this week's five x five series about why the people he interview never smile, his love for the country and the incredible individuals that he has met so far. 

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Film

Parisian women have long been regarded as the ultimate symbols of elegance and chic. But is this, in fact, a reality? Photographer Baudouin (yes, a one name wonder) sets out to uncover the world of Parisian women, resulting in the eclectic photo series, 75 Parisiennes.

Couture designers will go to great lengths to tell a story. On the runway, sky-high heels routinely help deliver whimsical plotlines - no matter how impractical they appear. Meanwhile, outrageous, experimental archetypes are elevating street style around the world. But could you withstand the pain?

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, Jackson Pollock, Alfred Hitchcock and Man Ray: men who have shaped the arts in the 20th century. But look closely at their shadows, and you'll see their unsung partners, better halves, and, in many cases, worst enemies - in female form.

When we consider the tumultuous time of World War I (WWI), our thoughts naturally gravitate towards the grief and conflict that plagued the lives of those involved. But what has yet to be universally noted is that the war also brought one of the most fruitful art movements of our time. 

With the recent release of the Yves Saint Laurent biopic we reflect on the brand of today with this video promotion of Saint Laurent's new ballet shoe. 

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