The Genteel
April 21, 2021


Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel explores the largely untold relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson during the 1930's. Source:

Our first weekly installment of The Genteel Week Ahead. The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


NEW YORK - Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT: Part One. The first of a two-part showcase will present selected masterpieces chosen from the 50,000-plus garments and accessories in the archive and will include stunning pieces from Gareth Pugh, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace, Prada and Valentino. Part 2 shows at The Museum at FIT from May 23 - November 10, 2012. A companion book, to be published by TASCHEN in fall 2012, will feature more than 500 photographs of fashions from the museum's collection, as well as photographs of many of the exhibitions. The Museum at FIT (until May 8). 

NEW YORK - Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis talks with Tom Ford, who will make a rare public appearance on May 8 beginning at 8pm. Tickets for the event are sold out, but you can watch a live simulcast of the discussion at 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (May 8).

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Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversation.

NEW YORK - Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversation. The exhibition looks at the extraordinary similarities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Italian designers active during different time periods. The show will include fictive conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada, suggesting new ways of looking at their most innovative work. Signature ensembles will be accompanied by Baz Luhrmann-directed videos of the women's simulated dialogue, highlighting the dissimilar ways in which they've taken on similar themes. You can now pre-order the exhibit's book, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Get a peek inside on Yale BooksThe Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 10 - August 19). 

LONDON - Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel. The exhibition explores the largely untold relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson during the 1930's. Their friendship culminated with Mondrian moving to London in 1938, at Nicholson's invitation, where the two worked in neighbouring Hampstead studios at the centre of an international community of avant-garde artists. A unique opportunity to experience some of the greatest works ever produced by these two exceptional artists. Courtauld Gallery (until May 20).

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First Position. Source:


First Position (May 4). Follow in the inspirational footsteps of six talented ballet dancers (ages nine to nineteen) as they struggle to maintain form in the face of injury and personal sacrifice on their way to one of the most prestigious youth ballet competitions in the world. First Position is a feature length documentary about a love of dance and a drive to succeed that trumps money, politics and even war.

With unprecedented (and exclusive) access to the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest competition that awards full scholarships to top ballet schools, First Position takes audiences on a yearlong journey around the world. At a time when art, music and dance for children are severely under-funded, the film reveals the struggles and successes, the pain and extraordinary beauty of an art form so many children across the globe are determined to dedicate their lives to…despite the odds.


New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009. Edited by Teresa Carpenter (Modern Library). Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Carpenter, a lifelong diary enthusiast, scoured the archives of libraries, historical societies, and private estates to assemble an almost holographic view of this iconic metropolis. Starting on January 1 and traveling day by day through the year, journal entries are selected from four centuries of writing - from the early 1600s to the present - allowing New York natives and visitors, writers and artists, thinkers and bloggers, to reach across time and share vivid and compelling snapshots of life in the Capital of the World.

The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male. Hal Rubenstein (Harper Collins). InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein collects the very best of Gentry magazine in a gorgeous, timely anthology perfect for the twenty-first century man. This elegant collection puts the best of Gentry at your fingertips - a perfect resource for anyone interested in fashion history and for today's well-heeled young professional.

The Gentry Man Hal Rubenstein
The Gentry Man by Hal Rubeinstein.


The Globe and Mail - Hudson's Bay Co. is in talks with New York-based Bloomingdale's to bring the luxury department store to Canada

The Economist Intelligent Life - The first in its new series, Mood Music, Laura Barton chooses eight songs to lift you up. Check out The Genteel's soundtracks to the A/W 2011 collections of Orla Kiely and Anna Sui

The Telegraph - Tank Magazine's executive fashion director Caroline Issa on how she swapped finance for the front row. 

The New York Times - Vogue adopts a 16-and-over modeling rule

The Guardian - At the Vogue festival, everyone from Pixie Geldof to Anne Robinson debated a youth-obsessed media and the issue of weight for older women. Read The Genteel's discussion on the Age Issue here.

The Guardian - This week Betsey Johnson LCC filed for bankruptcy. Though it's unlikely to mean the end for the 69-year-old maverick, the closing of her stores will leave a huge gap on the fashion horizon.

The National Post - Street style star Anna Dello Russo will design an "extravagant" accessory collection for H&M this fall. See The Genteel's style snaps of Anna Dello Russo at Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks. 

The National Post - For four nights in a row, [FAT] Arts and Fashion week brought Toronto’s fashion outcasts, degenerates and hellions out to a warehouse space in Toronto's up-and-coming arts district, Bloordale Village. As expected, each night was filled with outlandish, provocative and avant-garde designs that pushed the commercial boundaries of Canadian fashion photography, film, installation and design.




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