The Genteel
February 25, 2021


Miguel Chevalier's wall art installation as part of Hermès' 8 Ties Project. Source:
The Art of Cartier Madrid
The Art of Cartier opened this week in Madrid.

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


SEATTLE (Bellevue) - 8 Ties Project. Select the perfect Hermès tie from an interactive wall or digital e-book created by Mexico-born, Paris-based video artist Miguel Chevalier. What's so novel about these ties? Look harder... The Shops at Bravern (until November 6). 

Cristina Fei explores the recent evolution of the house of Hermès and visits its 8 Ties Project at Milan's Palazzo Morando.

TORONTO - Big. This exhibition showcases textiles and costume that, in their own remarkable way, are BIG. BIG in size, BIG in historical importance, BIG news, created by a BIG name, carry a BIG price tag, and more. They range from Egyptian clothing to 18th- and 19th-century western costumes to 20th-century haute couture. Royal Ontario Museum (opens November 3).

NEW YORK - Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Marc Jacobs. Much has changed since Marc Jacobs' early-'90s grunge collection for Perry Ellis, but the designer remains a prominent fixture in the fashion world. For the next installment of her Fashion Icon series, New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis speaks with Jacobs at 8pm. 1395 Lexington Ave. (November 6).

NEW YORK - Ivy Style Symposium. Ivy Style is The Museum at FIT's 12th annual fashion symposium, bringing together a diverse array of scholars, authors, designers and curators to discuss, debate and celebrate the "Ivy League look," a distinctly American fashion genre that has been shaping the evolution of menswear for decades. Speakers include Richard Press, grandson of J. Press; journalist G. Bruce Boyer; designer Jeffrey Banks; Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer of Brooks Brothers; and Patricia Mears, MFIT deputy director and curator of the exhibition Ivy Style. Marvin Feldman Center. (November 8 and 9).

Read Semhar Woldeyesus' review of the Ivy Style exhibit on The Genteel.

Creepy Fashion Editorials
Creepy fashion editorials: who okay-ed this 
and how was this ever a good idea?

LONDON Future Fabrics Expo.  The second Future Fabrics Expo will be hosted by The London College of Fashion and will again showcase high-quality, lower environmental impact fashion fabrics. This edition will also explore a wider framework, looking beyond materials to other stages. London College of Fashion (November 7-9).

MADRID - The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. A retrospective show of the French fashion designer's work, featuring 140 haute couture dresses along with ready-to-wear items from the 1970s onwards. Mapfre Foundation (until January 6, 2013).

Katarina Kuruc visited the exhibition at its stop in Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts.

MADRID - The Art of Cartier. Over 300 pieces of jewellery from the Cartier's historical collection will be on display, including some belonging to Grace Kelly, Elisabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (until February 15, 2013).

DAR ES SALAAM - Swahili Fashion Week & Awards. (November 8-10).

HONG KONG - LONDON show ROOMS is bringing the rising stars of British fashion to Hong Kong, including Jonathan Saunders, Nicolas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Roksanda Ilincic. The Space (November 6-8).

JAKARTA Jakarta Fashion Week. Plaza Senayan (November 3-9). 


M: The Civilized Man, 1983-1989 (Random House). M: The Civilized Man, 1983–1989, collects the best of M magazine and traces the wild years of the 1980s through the best restaurants, wildest bars, business legends and classic apparel. Created as the men's by John Fairchild, featured fashion advice, styling and advertisements from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Jeffrey Banks, Armani, Luciano Barbera, Britches of Georgetown, Mariano Rubinacci, Robert Talbot, Alexander Julian, Jordan Marsh, Nicky Wallace, Ferrel Reed, Gianfranco Ferre, Bigsby & Kruthers, Hilditch & Key, La Matta, Paul Stuart, FR Tripler, Andre Oliver, Kilgore Trout, Rooster, John Mendez, Barry Bricken, Kenneth Gordon, Henry Grethel, and Gitman Brothers, at the peak of 80s prep and traditional American sartorial dominance.

Allistyle Toronto Fashion Week
Allistyle shows at Toronto Fashion Week. 

But staffers, including Mark Ganem, George Whipple, and Fairchild himself under his nom de plume W. Rushton Chatsworth III, supplied more than just the fashion. They documented their upper-class, urbane, lifestyle as it was lived in New York City: the Surf Club; the Zulu Lounge; lunch at the Four Seasons; how to find the perfect tailor and the perfect wife. Mwas on the newsstands from late 1983 to its demise in 1992 with Clay Felker at the helm. M: The Civilized Man, collecting the best of M, is like a yearbook that will take you back to those days. Whether you missed it or just don't remember it, M: The Civilized Man can fill in the holes. (Release: February 12, 2013).


Business of Fashion - Lawrence Lenihan, founder and managing director of FirstMark Capital, examines the burgeoning interest in fashion-technology startups.

Toronto Standard - During the Allistyle fashion show at Toronto Fashion Week, Kevin Naulls watches as the fashion crowd sneers at the show's plus-size models

British Fashion Council - Given the success of the first go around, we're not surprised that the BFC announced that the second edition of London Collections: Men will go ahead in January 2013. Read our round-up of the inaugural week.

Guardian - From contemporary art to architecture via cinema, the Prada brand is about much more than fashion, Miuccia Prada explains.

Guardian - Five Chinese homegrown labels that are poised to go global.

Fashionologie - In the spirit of Halloween, Fashionologie compiles the creepiest fashion editorials ever.



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