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April 16, 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.

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.

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

Best Kept Secrets

In late November, whilst Tokyo is still glowing with autumn, the first snow has fallen on Japan's northerly island of Hokkaido heralding the start of the perfect season to visit. Two rituals make Hokkaido a winter wonderland - the seafood and the onsen - and there is nowhere better for a design lover to indulge in both than at the luxury ryokan, Otaru Ryotei Kuramure.

Beyond the well-known Toronto neighbourhoods of Riverdale, the Danforth and the Annex: first-time homebuyers are turning to "the woods" of St. Clair West to build their dreams from the ground-up.

Best Kept Secrets

Staying at the Hacienda Yaxcopoil is momentarily stepping into a long vanished way of life. Within its walls - half an hour outside Merida, the state capital of Mexican Yucatan - whispers of colonial life remain. There are creaking wicker rocking chairs, humming ceiling fans, gardens behind Moorish arches, peeling paint and monster imported machinery. The Hacienda encapsulates the dark story of the Spanish conquest of the Mayan lands and the subsequent industrialization of henequen.

Best Kept Secrets

Located in Toronto's Annex area, an eclectic community of fashionistas, baristas and artists, is a little women's clothing boutique called Risqué. Venturing into this smart shop is anything but a gamble. A must-visit for any shopping-enthusiast, Risqué boasts a carefully selected collection that's on point every season.

Commentary

Best Kept Secrets

As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Best Kept Secrets of the year.

Being an editor of a fashion and design magazine, it may not surprise you that I love to shop: for food, for furniture, but above all, for the love of fashion. So it pains me that the more I visit my homeland of South Korea, the less I desire to shop there. But a new report released by McKinsey has given me hope. Here's why I'm looking forward to a more diverse fashion experience for my next visit to Seoul.

It's hard to believe that only 20 years ago, the concept of a fashion industry was not applicable to Russia at all. During the Soviet era, talented Russian fashion designers were working their craft under a centralized system, unwittingly laying the foundations for a next generation of fashion designers that would be operating in a capitalist society. Today, Russia is a country with its own fashion houses, churning seasonal prêt-à-porter and haute couture fashion weeks.

Despite recent economic turmoil and widespread anti-elite sentiment, luxury brands' profits have soared. With the so-called "democratization of fashion," brands have cracked open the pearly gates, allowing top bloggers to sit front row and designers to create cheap caricatures of their collections for H&M. However, the industry's recent populist agenda spawns not from an egalitarian epiphany, but from marketing necessity and has resulted in a "lottery mentality".

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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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