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TV style icons of 2020: Michael Jordan's sartorial slam dunk

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Gripping Netflix series The Last Dance was more like a Marvel movie than a sports documentary, putting Jordan – the man, the myth and his power dressing – front and centre

The Last Dance, the Netflix show about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, scored 24 million viewers around the world within a month of its April release. An audience held captive by lockdown almost certainly drove those numbers up, but still, that is a lot of eyeballs for a documentary about basketball games that happened 23 years ago.

Which makes sense when you realise that The Last Dance isn’t really a sports documentary at all, but a blockbuster superhero movie, spun out over 10 instalments, just like Marvel do them. The Last Dance turned Jordan from a sports icon into a superhero, and it did it in part by rebooting his pre-athleisure 90s look as a costume.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/30/tv-style-icons-of-2020-michael-jordan-netflix-the-last-dance

      

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'I stopped trying to control my body': the women who gave up grooming in 2020

By Sirin Kale

From shaving to threading to dyeing to painting, the little touches that used to seem so important have been squeezed out by the pandemic. And many Britons are all the happier for it

During the first lockdown Afsaneh Parvizi-Wayne, a 55-year-old entrepreneur, went for a drive around London. “I remember looking in the rear-view mirror,” she says, “and I noticed all these little hairs coming out of my chin. That was a bit of a shock. Like, bloody hell, I’ve really been growing these out.”

Parvizi-Wayne is of Iranian heritage, and hair removal is a big part of her culture. “Grooming, for Iranian women, it’s essential,” she says. For her entire life, from puberty onwards, Parvizi-Wayne had scrupulously removed her facial hair. “It was like a jack-in-the-box reaction,” she says. “If I saw a hair, I’d go to the salon.” If she failed to do so, a relative or family friend would take care of it for her. “Iranian aunties literally pin you down if they see a stray chin hair,” she laughs. “They pull out a piece of string to thread you then and there.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/29/i-stopped-trying-to-control-my-body-the-women-who-gave-up-grooming-in-2020

      

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How to get that fresh look | Funmi Fetto

By Funmi Fetto

A light touch on the cheeks and lips balanced by strong eyes will ensure you look full of zest

Fresh. It’s a word that makes me roll my eyes because in beauty it’s overused to the point of meaninglessness. This Moschino SS21 look, however, is properly, beautifully fresh. And, thanks to the winged eye, grown-up. You’ll need a high-quality foundation, one that gives you a “best skin ever” finish. Also essential is an easy-to-use liquid eyeliner that delivers punchy pigment and won’t lose its vigour. Make sure your blush goes on the apples of your cheeks, and, for lips, start with a balm then follow with a teeny stain of lipstick. The result? Fresh.

1. Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette in Rose Gold £36, dior.com
2. Vieve Modern Matte Lipstick £19, cultbeauty.co.uk
3. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self Refreshing Foundation £39, cultbeauty.co.uk
4. Benefit Microfilling Eyebrow Pen £22.50, benefitscosmetics.com
5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen £47, johnlewis.com

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/nov/29/how-to-get-that-fresh-look

      

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Fendi’s magic touch: the woman behind the world’s most famous handbag

By Scarlett Conlon

Artisans from every corner of Italy are putting their spin on Fendi’s iconic Baguette bag. Its designer, Silvia Venturini Fendi, explains why

Last year, Silvia Venturini Fendi was on holiday with her girlfriends in Palermo when she came across a small bottega run by a middle-aged artisan and his father. Enchanted by the beautiful handmade homewares on display, she spent all morning in the store-meets-workshop buying up pieces for her Roman home. A passionate preserver of Italian artisanship, she asked where the third generation was? The man’s daughter, despite knowing how to make everything, was only interested in becoming a fashion model, he said. “What a pity,” Venturini Fendi replied. “She should come here and continue all these incredible things you’re doing. Sometimes you look far when you don’t see great things happening under your eyes.”

The man implored her to convince his daughter and, in classic spontaneous Italian style, it wasn’t long before Venturini Fendi was on the phone sharing her own enthusiasm for family businesses. “The way you learn is by watching people working,” she tells me. “There’s no instruction manual – artisans have to pass on and show their creativity.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/28/fendi-baguette-handbag-artisan-project

      

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Critics attack Pretty Little Thing's 8p Black Friday dress deal

By Molly Blackall

Deep discounts spark outrage on Twitter as campaigners highlight environmental cost

Clothing retailers have come under fire for selling dresses from just 8p on Black Friday, with critics accusing them of encouraging “fast fashion” and unsustainable consumption.

Related: Boohoo hires Sir Brian Leveson to oversee supply chain overhaul

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/nov/27/critics-slam-pretty-little-things-8p-black-friday-dress-deal

      

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Launch of celebrity candles lights up – and cashes in – on lockdown gloom

By Priya Elan

It started with Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle; now Alicia Keys, Anthony Hopkins and Drake have joined the trend

Forget the It bag, the latest must have is the It candle. Gwyneth Paltrow began this year by selling out of a candle simply called This Smells Like My Vagina on Goop. In September, Alicia Keys launched her skincare brand, Keys Soulcare, and its first product was a sage and oatmilk candle. And last month Anthony Hopkins launched a fragrance collection that included candles in Amber Noir, Gardenia Tuberose and Sandalwood (but not, sadly, chianti).

Now it is the turn of the rapper Drake, who cryptically announced the launch of his candle range, Better World Fragrance House, on Instagram Stories with a picture of four blue candles with names such as Sweeter Tings and Williamsburg Sleepover.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/27/launch-of-celebrity-candles-lights-up-and-cashes-in-on-lockdown-gloom

      

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Dior sticks by Johnny Depp in defiance of 'wife beater' ruling

By Priya Elan

Fans pledge to buy cologne still advertised by actor after court finds he abused ex-wife

Evidence suggests defiant Johnny Depp fans have been buying Dior’s Sauvage fragrance in support of the actor, who continues to be the face of the cologne despite a high court judge finding that he violently abused his ex-wife during their relationship.

Depp has been the face of the aftershave since it launched in 2015 with an advertising campaign that was criticised for its racist portrayal of Native Americans. But many were surprised to see an advert for the fragrance, featuring Depp playing a guitar, being shown on TV during The Great British Bake Off this week.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/27/dior-sticks-by-johnny-depp-in-defiance-of-wife-beater-ruling

      

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Zandra Rhodes reveals lockdown cancer diagnosis

By Hannah Marriott

British fashion designer, who is in remission, urges others not to delay seeing doctor

The British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has disclosed that she was diagnosed with cancer during lockdown.

“A close friend came to visit and was going to do a restorative yoga class. He asked us to take deep breaths and relax … and I realise that my stomach feels as if it’s full,” the British designer told ITV News London. “I phoned my doctor. He said: ‘Yes it does feel like it’s full.’ He organised X-rays and that was when they discovered that I had a tumour.”

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/26/zandra-rhodes-reveals-lockdown-cancer-diagnosis

      

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Going for green: how to shop more ethically on Black Friday – in pictures

By Melanie Wilkinson and Morwenna Ferrier

From donating to charity, choosing sustainability over discounts or sidestepping the sales altogether, these labels are part of a burgeoning movement rethinking the consumer event

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2020/nov/26/going-for-green-how-to-shop-more-ethically-on-black-friday-in-pictures

      

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Pie crusts and pearls: the unexpected return of the Sloane Ranger

By Lauren Cochrane

Thanks to The Crown, the Diana look is back. So what does Peter York, co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook, make of the new breed?

There is a scene in episode three of the current series of The Crown, when a young Diana Spencer returns to her shared flat in Earl’s Court, west London, with the news that she is engaged to Prince Charles. Enveloped in shrieks and hugs by her flatmates, there is more to this moment than celebration. The four young women – in their sensible knitwear, pie-crust collars, calf-length skirts, silk scarves and tank tops – showcase the Sloane Ranger style. After her engagement was announced in 1981, Diana was photographed by the press, and the look went from SW5 to nationwide.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/26/piecrusts-and-pearls-how-a-young-diana-spread-the-sloane-ranger-look

      

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Model Halima Aden quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

By Yasmin Khatun Dewan

Aden, one of the first models to wear a hijab, says she is being forced to compromise beliefs

The model Halima Aden has said she is quitting runway shows because working in fashion has forced her to compromise her religious beliefs.

Aden, who was hailed as a trailblazer for being one of the first models to wear a hijab and walk for major fashion labels including Kanye West’s Yeezy, posted a series of images on social media that illustrated the times she had lost touch with who she is (from missing prayer times to being draped with pairs of jeans for a head covering).

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/25/model-halima-aden-quits-fashion-shows-over-religious-beliefs

      

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Sweatpants out? Savile Row tailors predict end of the lockdown look

By Priya Elan

Suit makers say there will be a ‘desire to dress up’ after latest Covid lockdown in England

Last week, the designer Jil Sander told the New York Times that it was time to finally ditch sweatpants because “down-dressing is a drainer”.

A harbinger of a certain shift in mood, Sander has captured a moment in which, with lockdown soon to give way to a new tiered system of restrictions in England, we are ready to get dressed again.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/25/sweatpants-out-savile-row-tailors-predict-end-lockdown-look-covid

      

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'Biggest sin in the programme': How a coat from The Undoing divided the internet

By Morwenna Ferrier

The ugly green coat in the HBO drama The Undoing has usurped a starry cast that includes Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. But what are the show’s makers trying to say, exactly?

The real star of The Undoing, HBO’s absurd marital melodrama, is not Hugh Grant, the Manhattan skyline or even the pair of David Hockneys hanging inside a vast penthouse in episode one. It’s a coat.

Sludge-green, calf-length, with wide lapels and a hood, this coat is worn again and again by Nicole Kidman’s character, a gnomic therapist called Grace, as she floats down Madison Avenue, through Central Park and even into the prison on Rikers Island, brooding over her marriage to a man who may, or may not, have just murdered his lover with a lump hammer.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/24/biggest-sin-in-the-programme-how-a-coat-from-the-undoing-divided-viewers

      

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Gus Van Sant: 'We are living in a wilder time than anything we could imagine'

By Jess Cartner-Morley

He is the king of the Hollywood underground. So why has he made a mini-series for Gucci? The film-maker talks about life in isolation, his gay president project and the big screen’s demise

At home in California over lockdown Gus Van Sant, king of the Hollywood underground, was, like the rest of us, binge-watching Netflix. “Ozark, that was good,” he says of the drama about the wholesome, apple-pie Byrdes, whose family business in a sleepy lakeside town happens to be money-laundering for a ruthless Mexican cartel. “Although, you know, kind of grisly.”

Van Sant’s latest project, by contrast, is all glamour. He has shot a seven-episode miniseries for Gucci in collaboration with the brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele. Ouverture of Something That Never Ended takes an esoteric day-in-the-life format, following Silvia, played by Silvia Calderoni, from the moment she wakes up and steps into her high-heeled gold house slippers. She has a pee in black lace knickerbockers and queues at the post office alongside a woman in a kaftan with a basketball under one arm, and a man in a football shirt carrying a canary in a cage. She goes to a cafe, a dance rehearsal, and walks the streets of Rome – with a new outfit for each activity. The film doubles as a streamed catwalk show for Gucci’s new collection, with 10 new-season looks making up the wardrobe for each episode. There is even a cameo by Harry Styles.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/24/gus-van-sant-we-are-living-in-a-wilder-time-than-anything-we-could-imagine

      

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TV style icons of 2020: how Friends’ Ross Geller pivoted from sartorial disaster

By Priya Elan

Ross might have appeared to be the worst dressed of the Central Perk gang, but he predicted almost every trend that has emerged since the show began

The first time I watched Friends, there was a clear style hierarchy among the male characters. Gunther, Joey, Chandler, baby Ben, Mr Geller (Ross and Monica’s dad) – and then Ross.

Gunther, with his bleached-blond, close-cropped hair and bold coloured shirts, had a “New York artist in the early 80s” vibe about him. Joey, meanwhile, with his crackpot magnetism, managed to make any outfit from sweats to plaid shirts work, with his heart-shaped face and curtains haircut. He even went accidentally high-fashion with a man-bag and, in the episode where he wore all of Chandler’s clothes, predicted Balenciaga-esque layering. Even Geller Sr had a very specific rumpled, older-gentleman style about him, with his one-size-too-big suits and jumpers.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/23/tv-style-icons-of-2020-how-friends-ross-geller-pivoted-from-sartorial-disaster

      

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Prep talk: 'yindies' revive 80s Wall Street look for generation Z

By Priya Elan

Ironic take on corporate attire reboots yuppie look in age of The Crown and new Gossip Girl

In the ultimate moment of fashion revival, the 80s yuppie look is back – but with a difference. The “yindies” (young ironic nostalgic dresser), is bringing back the suited, Wall Street look but with a touch of knowing self-reference and elements of preppy style too.

The first cast photograph of the new Gossip Girl reboot, the current season of The Crown, which features Diana Spencer’s 1980s Sloane Ranger chic and the navy suit jacket of Donald Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper, have all riffed on the classic powersuit silhouette.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/nov/22/yindies-80s-wall-street-generation-z-gossip-girl-the-crown

      

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