The Genteel
March 7, 2021


Photograph by Herb Ritts. Source:

The Genteel editors on what we're seeing, doing, reading and anticipating for the week ahead.


LOS ANGELESHerb Ritts: L.A. Style. Herb Ritts' (1952-2002) intimate portraiture, modern yet classical treatment of the nude, and innovative approach to fashion brought him international acclaim. Ritts' aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles. He often made use of the bright California sunlight to produce bold contrasts, and his preference for outdoor locations such as the desert and the beach helped to separate his work from that of his New York-based peers. J. Paul Getty Museum (extended through September 2, 2012). 

A new 12-minute documentary film on Herb Ritts screens daily. Watch it here:

EDINBURGH - Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland's capital city. This year's edition boasts a whopping 2,695 shows. Various locations (through August 27).

EDINBURGH - Edinburgh International Fashion Festival 2012. The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival presents a diverse program that includes catwalk shows, salon shows, exhibitions, talks, screenings, concerts, gala parties and workshops. Various locations (August 16-19).

STOCKHOLM - Stockholm Culture Festival. The centre of Stockholm will be transformed into a festival zone of performance art, music, theatre, talks, concerts and dance. This year's theme is August Strindberg, one of Sweden's most celebrated writers, who passed away 100 years ago. Various locations (August 14-19). 

Searching for Sugar Man

BRUSSELS - Brussels Summer Festival 2012. The music festival hosts more than 280 free concerts in a diverse range of music styles - rock, world music, jazz, hip hop, folk and reggae. Various locations (August 10-19).


Auguste Racinet. The Complete Costume History (Taschen). Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Le Costume historique was the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted. Covering the world history of costume, dress and style from antiquity through the end of the 19th century, the great work - published in six volumes containing nearly 500 plates - remains, to this day, unique in its scope and detail. Racinet's organisation by culture and subject has been preserved in TASCHEN's reprint, as have excerpts from his delightful descriptions and often witty comments. 

Carole White, founder of Premier Model Management, will write a book about her career in the fashion industry which has seen her represent the likes of Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. The book, which is as yet untitled, is set to hit stores in April 2013 and will be published by Random House. 

Eames documentary


Eames: The Architect and the Painter. The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames' also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood. Narrated by James FrancoEames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Searching for Sugar Man. The film tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. 

Aurelie Filippetti Francoise Hollande

French Minster of Culture & Communication,
Aurélie Filippetti. Source:
Photograph by Antoine Antoniol.


WWD - Move over Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France's new women ministers are making a statement with their style and attitude. "While the prior regime of right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy was heavy on bling, the left is keen to telegraph normality and discretion."

Bloomberg - Amancio Ortega, owner of Inditex (and parent company of Zara) ranks third on Bloomberg's latest list of the world's richest people

Financial Times - Signs of a Chinese luxury goods slowdown?

Guardian - Sonia Rykiel's 15-year struggle with the "p de P" ("putain de Parkinson's"), on looking back and getting on with living. 

Business of Fashion - On the heels of announcing a major joint-venture between PPR and YOOX Group, BoF's Imran Amed speaks to PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault on how the new partnership fits into Mr Pinault's digital vision for PPR.

Chictopia - Chictopia's round-up of the top 10 trends to try out for fall 2012. We love equestrian: this season, every season! See also Chictopia's round-up of fall's must-have accessories.

New York Times Lucky magazine, the latest magazine to introduce virtual shopping racks.

Paul-Aguirre Livingston explores the "virtual shopping racks" that are increasingly emerging from "digital newsstands" in The Genteel

Four-Pins - "All you have to do is take the old streetwear template, sub out New York for whatever buzz word is peaking this month (Neapolitan, Heritage, Americana, Anglo, etc.) and you have the current state of menswear." Read the rest of the article here.




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