The Genteel
April 12, 2021


Nicolas Ghesquière will leave Balenciaga on November 30. Source:

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


NEW YORK - Fashion Conversations - Swedish Fashion: H&M, Acne, etc... What are the unique characteristics of Swedish fashion? Is nationality relevant in today's global fashion market? A panel of fashion insiders will tackle these questions during a revealing discussion of the history and aesthetics of Swedish fashion. Moderated by Ingrid Giertz-Mårtenson, the CEO of Swedish Vision, the panel will also include Lena Patriksson Keller, chairman of the Association of Swedish Fashion Brands; Mikael Schiller, Executive Chairman of ACNE Studios; Margareta van den Bosch from H&M; as well as the director of MFIT, Valerie Steele. Museum at FIT (November 13). 

David Walmsley takes a look at the Swedish fashion miracle on The Genteel. 

With the opening of a new Weekday location in Amsterdam, Alma Omerovic looks at the influence of Swedish design on the Netherlands.

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Rad Hourani designs.

NEW YORK - Five Years of Unisex: Rad Hourani. Join Rad Hourani for a lively presentation of his unisex fashion creations. Since 2007, he has been designing clothing that he describes as "gender-agnostic," working mostly in black and white to create a unisex look. Museum at FIT (November 15). 

David Walmsley profiles Rad Hourani on The Genteel.

LONDON - Hartnell to Amies: Couture by Royal Appointment. This exhibition celebrates the timeless elegance of London couture fashion by the designers to HM The Queen: Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Frederick Fox. It also explores how the Queen's patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War. Fashion and Textile Museum (November 16, 2012-February 23, 2013).

LONDON Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair. A comprehensive collection of photographs and magazine covers from 1947 to 1962, celebrating the transformation of the world's most popular pin-up to acclaimed actress, and highlighting the British photographers and personalities who admired her and worked with her. National Portrait Gallery (until March 24, 2013).

Paul Aguirre-Livingston questions whether Marilyn is, in fact, a style icon; while Chere di Boscio slams TASCHEN's new collector's edition book on Marilyn. 

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Marilyn Monroe; Cecil Beaton by Ed Pfizenmaier. 

PARIS - 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. Grand Palais Entrance Rotonde Alexandre III (November 10-25).

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

BERLIN - Beyond Fashion Summit 2012: Hypernature. With this year's theme, Hypernature, the summit is about innovation in fashion, and the interaction of ecology and new technologies. The conference will discuss how sustainable and technological inventions can and should change the fashion industry. In what ways can new technologies and digital solutions support sustainable production? Is a new vision of sustainability in fashion needed? Station-Berlin (November 15-16).


Christian Dior: The Biography (Overlook TP). Legendary French fashion designer, Christian Dior, caused a worldwide sensation in 1947, in a Paris still recovering from the devastation of war. With his New Look, Dior was crowned The King of Fashion, and he immediately reestablished Paris as the centre of the fashion world. For the next thirty years, the House of Dior, with its subdued and refined pearl-gray, velvet covered walls and its gray carpeting, played host to aristocrats, stars of stage and film, and glitterati from around the world - the Duchess of Windsor, Olivia de Havilland, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Ingrid Bergman, to name a few. Dior's daily inspiration emanated from the world of the intellectual and artistic elite, in which he moved with such people as Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Henry Suguet, Jean Cocteau and Raoul Dufy. With elegance, precision and impeccable research, Marie-France Pochna recreates this one-of-a-kind world of glamour and luxury and situates Dior's fairy-tale career in the rich tapestry of Paris cultural life.

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Christian Dior: The Biography.

Alina Kulesh interviews the author of Christian Dior: The Biography, Marie-France Pochna for The Genteel.

Cristina Fei looks at Dior's iconic handbag - Lady Dior - in ways you've never seen her before.


New York Times - Cathy Horyn on behind the Nicolas Ghesquière-Balenciaga split.

Olivia Wilbury delves into Balenciaga's deliverance at the hands of one of this generation's greatest designers.

New York Times - For four sleepy nights in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the bars and shops that make downtown Manhattan a party and retail capital went dark. But when the lights came back on, they were open practically within seconds.

National Post - Looking and doing good: Treana Peake's charitable work in South Sudan directly informs her fundraising fashions.

Business of Fashion - BoF interviews Facebook's Tracy Yaverbaun at this year's inaugural Decoded London. 

Economist - The Economist interviews Deborah Nadoolman Landis, senior guest curator of the V&A's Hollywood Costume exhibit. 

Guardian - Demand for designer menswear is booming - and it's all due to the rise in style-smart male consumers.

Erin Ridley looks at the new businesses that are successfully exploiting the inefficiently tapped niche that is men's fashion.

LA Times - Online retail behemoth Amazon is opening a new photo studio for fashion.



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