The Genteel
March 1, 2021



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


LOS ANGELES - In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe. A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great photographers of the second half of the 20th century. His highly stylised explorations of gender, race and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries. In 2011, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) jointly acquired art and archival materials by or associated with Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition and the LACMA's concurrent show Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ celebrate this landmark acquisition. J. Paul Getty Museum (until March 24, 2013).

Sofia Coppola shares a gentler vision of Mapplethorpe's work at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris. Chere di Boscio visits the exhibition's opening.

Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition photography
Ken and Lydia and Tyler. Source:
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. 

TORONTO - Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting. The exhibition features more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico's revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico's most famous artists. Art Gallery of Ontario (until January 20, 2013).

Alina Kulesh wanders down the artistic paths of Frida & Diego, learning that opposites do attract - both in love and in art.

TORONTO - Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style. Making its North American premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox following its unveiling at London's Barbican Centre this past summer, Designing 007 is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series. Signature Bond items featured in the exhibition include the steel teeth worn by Richard "Jaws" Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); and multiple gadgets from Q Branch. TIFF Bell Lightbox (until January 20, 2013).

Andrew Adebowale tracks the wristwatches of Bond over the years, one of the least obvious but vitally intrinsic aspect of Bond and the modern gentlemen that it represents. Adebowale also visited the James Bond exhibition at London's Barbican Centre to understand the ongoing appeal and influence of the world's no. 1 spy.

NEW YORKFashion Conversations: Hal Rubenstein in Conversation with Valerie Steele. Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle and CFDA Founders Award winner, discusses his book, 100 Unforgettable Dresses, with Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT. Museum at FIT (October 27).

LONDONDecoded Fashion. Decoded Fashion is the first event to encourage creative partnerships at the intersection between fashion and technology. The Royal Society London (November 1).

Fuck Yeah Menswear Books
Fuck Yeah Menswear: Bespoke 
Knowledge for the Crispy Gentleman

SYDNEY - The Little Black Jacket. The Little Black Jacket is Lagerfeld's latest exhibit as a photographer. Taken over the course of a year, the project features over 100 photographs of famous personalities and artists wearing Chanel's iconic black jacket. Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay (October 27-November 11).

Read Semhar Woldeyesus' review of the exhibit when it made a stop in New York City.


Bottega Veneta (Rizzoli). The first book to explore the world of Bottega Veneta is the rich result of a collaborative effort between creative director Tomas Maier, designer Sam Shahid, and many of today's leading lights of fashion journalism. Bottega Veneta's history reaches back to a time when the brand was known primarily for its soft, handcrafted leather handbags. Today, the house is renowned not only for its leather goods but also for a remarkable range of luxury products. Now, as then, the brand stands for the discreet sophistication and refined individuality captured in its famous line, "When your own initials are enough." With luxury craftsmanship at its core, Bottega Veneta is an illustrative tour de force through the materials, artisanship and extraordinary products that have made the Italian label one of the most eminent luxury goods houses. 

Fuck Yeah Menswear: Bespoke Knowledge for the Crispy Gentleman (Touchstone). In your hands is an Amazonian blowgun full of deadly knowledge darts ready to be delivered straight to your cranium. You're about to begin a journey that will end in only one way - with you standing naked in an abandoned ravine watching as your old wardrobe slowly burns. Let this be your illustrated Iliad for dressing better. Don't sleep. Read it. Refer to it. Cite it in your dissertation. Owning this book sends a very clear message to your peers, coworkers, and loved ones: "I'm trill as fuck." (Release: November 6, 2012)

Watches Investment Pieces Fashion
Watches as investment pieces.


The Times (London) - In a rare interview, Alexander McQueen's creative director, Sarah Burton, talks about tailoring, pregnancy and a new Savile  Row shop.

Interview Magazine - As French fashion house Chloé celebrates its 60th anniversary, designer Clare Waight Keller opens up about taking on the tall but stylish task of reinventing Parisian chic for a new generation.

The Globe and Mail - Why designers should think like bakers - and other fashion wisdom from Dries Van Noten

To take the fashion world by storm usually requires more than just a rented truck. But in the late 1980s, that's exactly what the Antwerp Six did. Read Semhar Woldeyesus' about the rise of Dries Van Noten and rest of the Antwerp Six.

Telegraph - The Investment Dresser's take on the watch as an investment piece

WWD Japan Fashion Week capped its eight-day run last week, drawing accolades from buyers and presenting a variety of looks from clean tailored trenchcoats to Goth bloomers. We particularly loved the collections from Anrealage, Atsushi Nakashima, Somarta, JNBY and Matohu.

New York Times - Celebrating American writer, Mary McCarthy, for her intelligence and style

Guardian - As brands become publishers, are they getting their content right? Developing an effective content marketing strategy is increasingly becoming the difference between winning and losing against your competitors, argues Robin Bonn.



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