The Genteel
February 28, 2021


"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" opens in theatres today. Source:
Ivy Style Museum at FIT Ivy Leagues prep
Ivy Style celebrates the enduring look that began
on Ivy League campuses in the early 20th century.

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


NEW YORK - Ivy Style. An exhibit celebrating one of the most enduring clothing styles of the 20th century, examining the "Ivy League Look," which began during the early years of the century on the quads and in the libraries of elite, all-male, American universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and especially Princeton. Often viewed as a classic, even static, way of dressing, Ivy was a cutting-edge look during its heyday, and by mid-century its appeal was spreading beyond the campus to a diverse population of young men - from working class GIs to jazz musicians. Today, Ivy continues to inform the evolution of menswear. The Museum at FIT (until January 5, 2013).

TOKYO - Chim↑Pom Exhibition. Chim↑Pom is a Japanese art collective whose works are known for their strong social messages, including a painting depicting the Dai-ichi nuclear accident in Fukushima added to Taro Okamoto's famous mural "Myth of Tomorrow" installed in Shibuya station. This is their first large-scale solo show, details of which will not be released until the opening. Parco Museum (September 22 - October 14, 2012). 

Entrepreneur Masamichi Toyama describes Chim↑Pom as one of the "most exciting artists breaking new ground in Tokyo." Toyama shared his personal favourites of Tokyo - from food and shopping, to the best emerging artists and where to go to be inspired.

MILAN - Milan Fashion Week. Various locations (until September 25).

PARIS Paris Fashion Week. Various locations (September 25 - October 3).

VIENNA Vienna Design Week. Various locations (September 28 - October 7).

Grace Coddington Vogue Memoir
Coddington's memoir hits shelves on November 20. 


Grace: A Memoir (Random House). Grace Coddington's extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion's best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the 2009 documentary that turned Coddington into a sudden, reluctant celebrity.

With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy "travelogues" that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics. (Release: November 20, 2012).


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel. More than just an intimate portrait of the legendary fashion icon, the film will capture Vreeland's life visually through a multitude of media including film, photography, animation, graphics, text, sound and music. Vreeland's own voice and persona - strong, eloquent and often very exaggerated - will guide us through her life, adventures, accomplishments and passions. (Opening today).

Burberry Regent Street
Interior of Burberry's Regent Street shop.


Business of Fashion - Veteran British fashion writer Colin McDowell applauds the London Fashion Week showings of Christopher Kane, Erdem, Burberry, Antoni & Alison, among others. But, "for the rest, silence is the kindest thing…" Read his opinion here

Grace Carter reports from LFW for The Genteel. Read her round-up of the week.

Business of Fashion - Integrating online with offline at Burberry's new high-tech Regent Street store: what does the new shop herald for the future of physical retail in a world that is increasingly digital?

WWD - A growing and global middle class: There's a lot of talk about retailers crossing borders, but it's a skill that most of the industry really doesn't have a knack for yet.

The Times (London) The grey best-dressed list 2012: The Times asked fashion insiders about working a suit and making a statement over 60. Polly Vernon celebrates the older, wiser fashionista. 

Wallpaper* - highlights of London Design Week, which continues until September 23. 

Chictopia - Top Spring 2013 trends from New York Fashion Week includes harnesses, lace, stripes, cut-outs and more.



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