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The Metropolitan Opera Opens ‘Samson et Dalila’ With Annual Gala

Jean Shafiroff took her final step up the stairs inside the Metropolitan Opera House Monday, nearing 6 p.m., and, looking around her for a glimpse of a camera lens, gave her gown a good fluffing before sure enough, the cameras came.
Yes, the fall gala season has officially begun, if Shafiroff in a ball gown wasn’t enough of an indication. Monday evening’s occasion was the annual opening night gala for the Metropolitan Opera, this time in honor of the production “Samson et Dalila.”
“I’m just excited to kick off the fall season — and not be in riding clothes,” said Ariana Rockefeller during cocktails, who spent the summer competing in Europe instead of her usual visit to Maine with the family. “It’s the first big event back. My family has a tradition of supporting local performing arts and I’m happy to continue that tradition. It’s one of my favorite events of the season — it just feels like such a great way to start the autumn season. You get your wardrobe for the fall, and it feels very back-to-school.”
The opera proved a family night for Adrien Brody, who brought his mother, and Padma Lakshmi, whose daughter Krishna took in her first opera

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‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ Debuts at de Young Museum in San Francisco

The colorful multimedia exhibit “Contemporary Muslim Fashion” launched Friday night at the de Young Museum in San Francisco with a preview party, which drew an international crush of more than 500 museum patrons and Muslim fashion donors to the show, along with more than 80 fashion designers and artists from the Muslim world.
Featuring ensembles including elaborate wedding gowns, workwear, sportswear, athleticwear and fantasy eveningwear, the unprecedented exhibit explores Muslim women’s fashion and current modest dress codes from around the world. The scope includes fashions from Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates by established Muslim designers as well as experimental gowns by textile artists and designers with thriving lines and businesses in their regions. It was enhanced by a last-minute donation of couture wedding ensembles for a Middle Eastern princess, by Valentino, Dior and Stéphane Rolland.
“We spent two years researching Muslim fashions and their social implications, and attended fashion weeks in Turin, Dubai, Malaysia and London to find the leading designers of Muslim dress,” said Jill D’Alessandro, head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco textile and costume arts department, which was founded in 1983. D’Alessandro curated the show with Laura Camerlengo, in consultation

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Paris Scene: What’s New to Do

THE LIGHT TOUCH: Forte Forte’s new Paris store is an eye-catcher. Light and airy, it draws people off the street and down a few steps — in sparkling granite and polished pink onyx. Brushed brass tubing permeates the space, used for lighting, clothes racks and Bauhaus-inspired mirrored screens. Slabs of rough granite are pieced together to form broad geometric patterns for the floor, with the occasional brass accent. White leather daybeds sit in the middle.
Motivation for the store, a second address for the Italian company? A love of Paris, said the label’s designer Giada Forte and her life partner Robert Vattilana. Trained as a graphic designer, Vattilana, who was the creative force behind the store design, works alongside Forte and her brother Paolo Forte, who manages the business’ organizational side.
Dig a little deeper and they will relay tales of their ties with French capital over the years, one involving a crucial order from some friendly women who happened to be buyers for the Left Bank institution Le Bon Marché. Just as the designer draws on personal relations to source top-quality fabrics with suppliers in her native region, inland of Venice, the store is infused with personal touches.

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Etro’s First Exhibition Marks Brand’s 50th Anniversary

MILAN — There’ s a lot of talk about experiential moments now and a walk-through of the Etro “Generation Paisley” exhibition in Milan is definitely one of them.
In a room, a tree made with colorful swatches of Etro prints — down to the roots sprouting on the carpets, equally colorful and decorative — against the backdrop of patterned walls, the message is loud and clear: “We didn’t want to stage a clothes exhibition per se, but rather we wished to immerse visitors in our world, explaining how the dress is content before it takes shape,” said Veronica Etro, creative director of the women’s collections for the family-owned company. “As we work with prints, as we were born as a fabric atelier, every time it’s like being a painter with a white canvas. You must think of the techniques, the subjects…it’s a research, there is the archive, the history, so it was beautiful to share the work behind it all, which in the end makes us a little different.” Pointing to the tree, she said, “everything in the end stems from these paisley buds. This is the tree of life — a symbol of fertility from which all was born.”
Etro said she

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Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan Add Glamour to Sustainability

MILAN — The second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia ceremony on Sunday evening raised the glamour quotient as the city center surrounding La Scala was cordoned off and designers, models, Hollywood A-listers and industry heavyweights arrived at the theater overlooking a lush garden — complete with the sound of chirping birds — set up for the event.
Livia Firth, founder of Eco-Age, and Carlo Capasa, president of the Italian Camera della Moda, played hosts, touting Italian craftsmanship and the handprint behind Italian fashion — especially in light of the recent accusations printed in The New York Times.
“I believe it’s right to create awareness and all that works to that end is good,” said Pierpaolo Piccioli. “To link sustainability to a glamorous black tie evening with international actresses and a red carpet is positive. Usually sustainability events are good initiatives but not glamorous. I like this glamour connection. Beautiful can coincide with sustainable. In any case, for me, sustainable is anything that is human. I work every day in Piazza di Spagna [at the Valentino headquarters near the Spanish Steps] with 70 seamstresses — this human approach to work and to life, this is sustainability.”
Carolyn Murphy, a passionate surfer and

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Justin Thomas Expects Strong Matchup at Ryder Cup

Justin Thomas has been to the Ryder Cup three times, but this is the first time he’ll actually be teeing it up in the prestigious U.S. versus Europe matchup.
“I was very fortunate as a kid because my father worked for the PGA so I was able to go two times in the States and once in Wales,” Thomas said. “I’ve also watched it on TV, so I understand the importance, but I’m excited to be on the other side of the ropes this time and to be able to play with a great group of guys.”
As the number-four ranked golfer in the world, Thomas automatically qualified for the team and will join 11 other American luminaries in the game today: Bryson Dechambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
The biannual tournament will be held Sept. 28 to 30 at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb of Paris.
Team USA holds a commanding lead in the overall results for the tournament, with 25 wins versus 12 for the Europeans (and two ties). And it is hoping to retain the cup that it won at Hazeltine in Minnesota

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Bella Hadid and Laura Harrier Celebrate Bulgari Accessories in Milan

MILAN – A glamorous crowd descended on the Bulgari hotel in Milan to celebrate the launch of the brand’s spring accessories collection at a dinner capped with a surprise performance by British singer Jorja Smith.
Bella Hadid, Laura Harrier, Lady Kitty Spencer, Jasmine Sanders, Jolin Tsai and other friends of the house enjoyed a menu concocted by executive chef Niko Romito, who earlier in the week was awarded a Michelin star for his restaurant at the Bulgari hotel in Shanghai, a mere three months after its opening.
Harrier was on a brief break from filming an independent movie called “Balance, Not Symmetry” in Scotland and gave some insights into her character. “She is an art student at the University of Glasgow and she is going through the loss of her father. It’s a story of trying to find yourself and trying to figure out who you are,” she said.
“I loved shooting ‘Spiderman’ – that was a whole experience in itself – but I also love doing indies, because it kind of gives you the opportunity to really find this character and dig deeply, and go through more of a creative process in making something that feels really artistic,” the American actress added.
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Austin McCormick Choreographs Met Opera’s ‘Samson et Dalila’

Saint-Saëns’ biblical opera “Samson et Dalila” is heating up.
The new staging of the opera, directed by Darko Tresnjak, begins the Met Opera’s fall season with its gala opening tonight. Tresnjak didn’t have to look far to find a choreographer for the show’s wild Bacchanale scene.
“I did an opera here for two seasons called called ‘Rusalka’ directed by Mary Zimmerman and [Tresnjak] saw it and thought I would be a good fit for this particular opera because it’s a giant kind of bacchanal, orgy scene,” says Austin McCormick following a dance rehearsal for the show a few weeks before opening night. “I take it as a compliment. I’m known for pretty sensual movements.”
McCormick, a Juilliard alum, also directs his own company, Company XIV, which recently opened a permanent venue in Brooklyn. His company produces acrobatic performances rooted in Baroque and burlesque; around 80 percent of the dancers cast for “Samson et Dalila” were dancers he’s worked with before, and there is crossover in the language of movement.
“The shows for my company are usually narrative-based, so the dance is helping to further a story. And that is true of opera as well, but a lot of times the scores are devised to

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W Magazine Fetes All-Female Issue in Milan

W, THE PARTY: There was some women power celebrations at the W magazine event on Saturday evening, as editor in chief Stefano Tonchi threw a bash to fete the fifth annual issue of the title, one that was entirely curated by Cate Blanchett, who attended the cocktail party.
Sporting a shimmering leopard print jumpsuit from Italian designer Sara Battaglia, Blanchett made quite an entrance at the party, which was held at Michelin-starred Carlo Cracco’s café in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Other guests included designers Miuccia Prada, Alberta Ferretti and Marco De Vincenzo, as well as Anna Wintour, artist Francesco Vezzoli and YNAP chief Federico Marchetti.

Stefano Tonchi, Miuccia Prada and Francesco Vezzoli at the W Magazine cocktail party during Milan fashion week.
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“I thought it was just a very cynical exercise, a very chic cynical exercise but Stefano said no, you sit in my chair, do what you want to do. It was a very genuine collaboration,” Blanchett noted about her gig as editor of a magazine. The issue was produced entirely by women and features only women. In addition to Blanchett, Katie Grand, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Agnes Varda and Ava DuVernay gave their contributions.
“The most shocking thing [is] there were about

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Heidi Klum on Her Daily Diet, New Amazon Show and Taking Vitamins at 45

Heidi Klum is a model mogul in transition: she just wrapped her 6th season as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night, and earlier this month bid adieu to her gig as “Project Runway” host after 16 seasons. She and the show’s mentor Tim Gunn are creating a new, shoppable fashion show for Amazon.
Klum, who has an eponymous intimates line that sells in all the majors as well as Amazon, also just signed on as the first U.S. ambassador for U.K. beauty supplement Perfectil. The deal, announced Thursday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, will put Klum in front of television, print and digital campaigns to show basically, that you are what you eat.
“This is actually the very first time I am taking a multivitamin, and I am 45,” said Klum, who was approached by Perfectil at the beginning of the summer. “I never found the urge to take them, and never felt it was necessarily for me because I eat super healthy. I have four kids so we cook every day, and I make sure that when they get out of the house they’ve had something strong.”
Her morning go-to’s include oatmeal, eggs, avocado toast and

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Charlize Theron, Mindy Kaling Toast Palisades Village Opening

“How many of you got dressed up to come here tonight and how many of you are on your way home from the Emmys?” joked master of ceremony Kevin Nealon. The “SNL” alum wasn’t too far off, as the lavish gala that Rick Caruso threw on Thursday to celebrate Saturday’s opening of his latest retail center, Palisades Village, bore many similarities to a Hollywood awards show.
For starters, the attire was black tie, something that guests were kindly reminded of in a follow-up e-mail to the weighty, boxed hard invitation. Indeed all the men came in their best tuxedos and many women’s gowns rivaled those seen on Monday’s Emmys red carpet. The stars were A-list as well: Charlize Theron, Mindy Kaling, Billy Crystal, Riley Keough, Pete Yorn and Rita Wilson. Those who didn’t arrive by chauffeured car were treated to complimentary round-trip Uber Black service, so even the valet station looked classy.
The center itself, which was built to blend seamlessly into the tony seaside community, was also dressed up for the occasion with twinkling purple and blue lights, a white carpet, opulent dinner tables and a full curtained outdoor stage bearing a lit-up “Caruso” marquee, where John Legend performed during dessert.
Inside

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Jonah Hill, Emma Stone Discuss Their ‘Maniac’ Process at New York Premiere

The cast of the Netflix show “Maniac” — Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Justin Theroux and Billy Magnussen among them — embraced one another, both physically and figuratively, in New York City on Thursday night at the U.S. premiere for the miniseries.
Theroux, rocking a ripped shirt and a tan, had just come back from the world premiere in London. He admitted everyone was a “little tired.”
“But this is the last home stretch,” he said.
In London, he told reporters there that he and director Cary Fukunaga worked at his character Dr. James Mantleray, making him more multidimensional and giving him more of a narrative. They subsequently gave Mantleray a complicated relationship with his mother, and a wig that he wears to work thinking that no one knows his huge black hairpiece isn’t fake.
“It was very open-ended,” Theroux explained. “Mantleray was not very well-defined as far as what his look was, his attitude, or his behaviors, really. Then once I started to think about it, I was like, ‘This is a very complicated man. There’s a high level of dysfunction that goes on in him.’ My feeling was that we should present him and dress him in a way that represents

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A New Era at the Philharmonic Tunes Up

RADICALLY DIFFERENT: That was the phrase buzzing around the room during cocktail hour outside the theater at David Geffen Hall. A tony crowd had gathered to take in the season-opening gala performance of the New York Philharmonic — and Jaap van Zweden’s highly anticipated debut as music director. Not even the recent dismissal of two players for misconduct could dampen the celebratory mood.
“I am excited about the Philharmonic’s open, which is going to be sensational,” said Lincoln Center chairman Katherine Farley. “They say the performance will be radically different.”
“New blood, new excitement,” chimed her husband, real estate developer Jerry Speyer.
“The orchestra is playing better than it’s ever played,” said Philharmonic chairman Oscar Schafer. “Not only that, but Jaap is so great. And I always say it’s great to have Jaap, because if his name was Harry, it wouldn’t have the same impact.”
Schafer noted that the organization has also been ramping up initiatives, including a movie series, to expand its audiences; the Philharmonic will also travel less this season, in an effort to concentrate on bringing the orchestra closer to New York audiences.
“People always say that the audiences are so old — that’s because the people who said it are sitting with

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EXCLUSIVE: Jorja Smith to Perform at Annual Dior-Sponsored Guggenheim Gala Pre-Party

Jorja Smith will be this year’s performer at the annual Guggenheim International Gala pre-party, to take place at the museum on Nov. 14. Sponsored by Dior for the sixth consecutive year, the annual two night affair includes the pre-party and the gala, which follows on Nov. 15. This year’s gala will honor the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and philanthropists Dimitris Daskalopoulos and Alice Walton. Gala cochairs are Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s artistic director; Christina and Robert Baker; Dior chief executive officer Pietro Beccari; Valerie and Charles Diker; Wendy Fisher; Dennis Goodman; Christine and Richard Mack; Phyllis and William Mack, and Denise and Andrew Saul.
On display during both evenings will be select works from the show “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” which is the first major museum exhibition of the Swedish artist in the U.S. Tickets to the pre-party, on sale beginning today, are $225 for members and $250 for general admission.
Past pre-party performers have included Haim, Banks, Grimes and The xx, among others.

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Rachel Uffner Gallery Marks 10 Years With Group Show

Rachel Uffner is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her eponymous Lower East Side gallery on Suffolk Street. To mark the milestone, the gallery has organized a group show on its second floor, featuring new — or previously unseen — work by the 16 artists it represents.
“I think it shows a lot changes in 10 years, or all the time — year to year, month to month. And I feel like I’ve grown and learned a lot more also,” says Uffner, her small 11-year-old dog quietly pattering around the sky-lit room. “A number of the artists have been with the gallery for all of 10 years, and then others were added on a few years in, or even a number of them have just been showing with the gallery a year. I think it’s also a good way for me to evaluate and for other people to maybe see how things have evolved.”
One of those artists is Sara Greenberger Rafferty, who has a concurrent solo show on the gallery’s first floor; another is Roger White, who was the gallery’s first show back in 2008, at their former location on Orchard Street. Uffner, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, opened her gallery after working

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A Studio Visit With Artist Peter Tunney

“It takes nine years to put together the canoe trip for your friends in New York,” says Peter Tunney, reclined on a couch in his art studio underneath one of his mounted word collages. “Nine years. You start out when you meet them — ‘oh my gosh, its’ so nice to see you guys, oh my gosh, let’s go on a canoe trip next weekend! It usually happens in about nine years. It takes a long time to put that together,” he continues. “You really have to make time for those things. You’re not going to be given that time, you have to steal that time.”
The 57-year-old artist is a living example of this philosophy. Tunney, freewheeling and energetic, also runs a gallery in the Wynwood Walls neighborhood of Miami (he was one of the now-bustling area’s first tenants, and he also partnered with Jessica Goldman Srebnick in 2015 for the Goldman Global Arts project), and has approached time as art throughout his 30-year artistic career. He’s full-steam ahead, all of the time. Tunney works with a lean staff from his space on Leonard Street, where he has three floors — a gallery on the street level with a studio downstairs

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The Defiance of Christine and the Queens

Héloïse Letissier has lost her passport. Well, forgotten, rather; she knows its last location (the Spotify offices, from where she has just come), but for the time being, the French native is without identification.
Not that she shows any concern; Letissier, the 30-year-old pop sensation known as Christine and the Queens, is weeks away from releasing “Chris,” the follow-up to her 2014 debut album “Chaleur Humaine” and despite that — and the missing passport — she’s as relaxed as they come. Letissier gives a disclaimer about her English, then proceeds to speak more eloquently and thoughtfully than most of her contemporaries.
“There’s a sense of excitement — and also, I really, honestly don’t know what is going to happen,” she says candidly of “Chris,” which is out today. “Especially because I’m out of something normal. The first record was normal in the way that we didn’t expect such a success with that record, and it was a debut album, and I had low expectations, and it kind of blew up in France and it brought me here. And the second one, it kind of resisted the narrative of, ‘I’m successful now so I’ve worked with many famous producers.’ I’ve actually narrowed it

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Ralph On the Mound

David Lauren had one piece of advice for his father Thursday night as they drove to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., and the designer prepared to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the team squared off against their biggest rivals, the Boston Red Sox.
“Don’t think about being Ralph Lauren,” David Lauren told him. “Think about being a 10-year-old kid playing stickball in the street and the Yankees came up to you to ask you to throw out the first pitch.”
Whether he was able to block out the crowd, the lights and the noise wasn’t clear, but as he strode to the mound with ball in hand, his beaming face was certainly reminiscent of a little kid fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“This is a dream come true for him and for me,” David said.
“I’ve been everywhere and I’ve spoken in front of presidents. But this is probably the most exciting moment ever for me,” Ralph Lauren said in the Yankees dugout before the game as he prepared for his big moment, which was to mark another big moment: The 50th anniversary of the iconic American fashion brand that bears his name.
“Hopefully it’s a quick moment throwing out the ball and I

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Bart Hess Designs Costumes for Dancers in ‘Sleeping Beauty Dreams’

The Netherlands-based artist Bart Hess makes clothing, but not in the traditional sense. (He’ll craft something that’s made of slime, or a piece that lives solely on a digital platform.) It’s why, he explains in a video made by filmmaker Andrei Severny, Hess himself primarily uses video as his medium for showing his work.
“It’s not really fashion that I’m making,” he says in the Severny’s short, titled “Colliding Opposites.” “Though I get a lot of requests: ‘Can you send this-and-this outfit? Because I want to use it in a fashion shoot.’ Then I have to reply, ‘Yeah, but…[the clothing] only exists for one second.’”
Hess is featured in “Colliding Opposites” alongside the digital artist Tobias Gremmler, whose own feature is called “Digital Demons.” Together, the two are participating in a live theatrical experience called “Sleeping Beauty Dreams.” Hess will make the dancers’ costumes, and Gremmler is set to create the visuals for the performance, which will run Dec. 7 and 8 at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, and Dec. 14 and 15 inside New York’s Beacon Theatre.
Severny’s “Colliding Opposites” is part of a series called “Dreams of a Forgotten Future.” The videos chronicle the work of contemporary artists.
For his part, Hess —

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Wild & the Moon Brings Healthy Eating to Paris

PARIS — A vibrant yellow coffee chaga shake sits next to a blue-tinted water with reishi extracts. In a separate cabinet, a dark mess of kelp noodles contrasts with the creamy whiteness of cashew “fauxmage.”
“People ask questions about pretty much everything on the menu,” says a salesperson behind the counter of the Wild & the Moon restaurant on rue Amelot here. “They don’t know any of the ingredients.”
Getting French customers into chia seeds and charcoal drinks was a bit of a gamble for Emma Sawko, cofounder of Wild & the Moon, a chain of organic, vegan, gluten-free and health-focused restaurants and juice bars. “But I think France was ready,” says the New York-born entrepreneur, who opened her first tiny takeaway spot in 2016 on rue Charlot.
Sawko, who grew up in the Basque region of France, got her healthy eating habits from her mother. Breakfasts were often a bowl of “Kousmine-Budwig cream,” a blend of yogurt, sunflower oil, oats, seeds and nuts topped with seasonal fruit created by German biochemist Johanna Budwig and popularized by Swiss doctor Catherine Kousmine.
Said to reduce the risk of inflammatory illnesses — including cancer — the recipe turned into the Power Bowl, one of Wild &

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