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September 1, 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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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. 

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The hands-on factor is of utmost importance [here]...the teachers are demonstrating and you are doing, simultaneously. It's important to know how to make the product, not just how to design it

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.

Cristina Fei

Rome, Italy

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

Semmi W.

Toronto, New York,

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

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.

Briana Palma

Dublin, Ireland

Briana Palma contributes to The Genteel from Dublin.

Erin Ridley

Madrid, Spain

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

Justine Iaboni

Toronto, Canada

Justine Iaboni is known around Toronto as Eurotrash.

Diana Bocco

Bangkok, Thailand

Amanda Coen

New York,

Amanda is a photographer and writer with a love for travel, fashion, design and adventure.

The Bulletin

The Great Gatsby's costume designer, Catherine Martin, has collaborated with Brooks Brothers on a Jazz Age-inspired menswear collection. As America's finest haberdashery and a personal favourite of F. Scott Fitzgerald's, who better to release a collection worthy of East & West Egg society?

Le Corbusier's use of the technological advances of industrialisation in rational, calculated ways made him one of the 20th century's most influential architects. A couple of New York exhibits and recently published books have made 2013 the summer of Le Corbusier.

The fashion and technology spheres were abuzz when Dita Von Teese wore the first fully articulated, 3D printed gown at New York's Ace Hotel in early March. The technology, once primarily used to create prototypes in the engineering industry, is now being used to create fashion. The result? Stunning. 

When it comes to superheroes and their powers, it's impossible to understate the importance of their uniforms. As innovators gathered for a panel at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City, Alexandra Sarabia witnessed functional textile design come to life.

Commentary

William Morris: renowned textile designer of the late-nineteenth century, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, fan of Gothic architecture, Renaissance man - and now an artistic influence at New York fashion week. Alex Korchynski observes as Morris's work comes full circle.

Men's fashion has seen a renaissance of sorts with the inception of London Collections: Men over the past few seasons. Although there were a few stunning avant-garde designs for S/S 2014, Savile Row tailors showed that the classics never go out of style.

"Video is the future of the Internet," exclaimed prominent and versatile street style photographer, Garance Doré. But has the democratic nature of fashion videos inadvertently made runway shows obsolete? Alexandra Sarabia wonders about the place of the runway show in the digital age.

Each fashion season the overwhelming number of designers and a crammed schedule of presentations calls for an unforgettable show to set you apart from the crowd.

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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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