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Dior dazzled with Josephine Baker’s couture show in Paris
Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri honored Josephine Baker with her spring couture show on Monday, which sent a dazzling gown with golden jacquards, polished velvet and beaded fringe that swayed and sparkled down the runway. “She immediately understood the power of fashion,” Chiuri said of Baker, the famous French-American jazz singer and dancer. The designer looked beyond Baker’s stage style, also considering her love of the dresses and uniforms she wore as a member of the resistance in France during World War II, as well as intimate clothing, including bodysuits worn after performances. The LVMH-owned label’s show opened with a luxurious coat-like coat, thrown over a satin skirt. A black jumpsuit follows, strapless, wide cut, before transitioning into a wrap dress worn over a long skirt. Artwork by Mickalene Thomas hangs, larger-than-life portraits of black women, including Donyale Luna, Eartha Kitt, and Naomi Sims who built on the trail opened by Baker, Thomas said. She seeks to depict the beauty and confidence of these women, Thomas told Reuters, explaining the challenge of whittling the list down to 13. “All these women are social activists and whether they use the platform, their voice or their performance to really tell. Stories or stories about their personal lives and about the population they come from,” said Thomas. The exhibition is organized in a temporary exhibition space. The Rodin Museum in Paris is open to the public on January 29.
Netflix movie ‘Blonde’ roasted with eight Razzie nominations
“Blonde,” the biopic that explores the exploits of Marilyn Monroe, leads this year’s Razzie nominations with eight points, including one for worst picture, while multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks falls in the worst actor and worst supporting actor contests. In their 43rd year, the Razzies hand out tough love to movies, screenplays, directors and more with critical grunts meant to offer a humorous response to the Oscars.
A stunning Parisian wardrobe up for auction at Christie’s
The wardrobe of a Parisian woman who rubbed elbows with Yves Saint Laurent and other famous French designers is being auctioned online at Christie’s as Haute Couture Week kicks off in Paris. A friend of Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld and others, the anonymous owner behind the 116-lot auction has assembled a collection of haute couture ranging from playful cocktail dresses and classic gowns to elegant evening gowns.
Live Nation CFO to testify in the Senate after Taylor Swift ticket woes
Live Nation Entertainment chairman and chief financial officer Joe Berchtold will testify at a U.S. Senate subpoena hearing Tuesday after a Ticketmaster unit had trouble handling sales of Taylor Swift concert tickets, the committee said. Live Nation did not immediately comment.
Lisa Marie Presley mourns at the memorial service at Graceland
Hundreds of mourners gathered at Graceland Sunday morning to pay their respects to singer Lisa Marie Presley in a memorial service at the mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, she inherited from her father, rock musician Elvis Presley. Presley died on January 12 at the age of 54. Earlier that day, she was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital after reportedly having a heart attack at her home.
Ticketmaster blames bots, learns from Taylor Swift concert sales -testimony
Ticketmaster learned “valuable lessons” from last year’s Taylor Swift concert ticket sales that were disrupted by a traffic-recording bot, the parent company will tell a US Senate committee on Tuesday. “On the other hand, there are many things we can do better – including increasing sales over a longer period of time and doing a better job of setting fan expectations for ticketing,” Live Nation Entertainment president and chief financial officer Joe Berchtold said in written testimony. before Tuesday’s hearing.
Ukraine, Iran’s Quest for Independence to Dominate Berlin Film Festival
Sean Penn’s documentary portrait of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, shot as Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago, will headline next month’s Berlin Film Festival, where the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Steven Spielberg. Announcing the film’s final release on Monday, artistic director Carlo Chatrian said that Penn and Aaron Kaufmann were filming “Superpower” in Kyiv when Russian tanks rolled across the Ukrainian border, triggering Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.
Apple in talks with Disney, others about VR content for new headset – Bloomberg News
Apple Inc is in talks with more than half a dozen media partners including Walt Disney Co to develop virtual reality (VR) content for its mixed reality headset, Bloomberg News reported on Monday. Developed with Sony Group Corp, the headset will have two high-resolution displays to handle VR features and a collection of external cameras to enable augmented reality “pass-through mode,” the report said.
Billionaire Niel’s NJJ Projet will challenge M6 and TF1 for France’s TNT TV license
French billionaire Xavier Niel’s NJJ Projet unit will compete with TV rivals M6 and TF1 for the new French TNT TV license, regulator Arcom said on Monday. Last year, Bertelsmann’s RTL Group and Bouygues, the parent group of France’s largest private television network TF1, ended plans to merge M6 and TF1 into the national television championship last month, saying the demands of French competition authorities made it unworkable.
The movie ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ won 2 billion US dollars
The sequel to “Avatar: The Way of Water” topped $2 billion at the global box office on Sunday, becoming another popular franchise for Walt Disney Co. James Cameron, director of the Walt Disney Company, said the film wants to reach $2 billion. To destroy even. “The Way of Water” debuted in late December, 13 years after the original “Avatar” introduced the beautiful world of Pandora and became a global phenomenon.
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