Chanel Showcases “Sabai” Style in Bangkok With Pharrell Williams, Tilda Swinton

BANGKOK–“Sabai, sabai” was the phrase of the day as Chanel brought its most recent cruise collection and restaged it in Thailand, a celebrity-laden affair among a week of special activities for its VIP clients there who’ve powered the market to one of the house’s top ten globally.
The feeling of “sabai”, a phrase which translates to a carefree attitude somewhere between “no worries” and “feeling fine”, began as traditional boats ferried Pharrell Williams, Lily-Rose Depp, Tilda Swinton and other guests for the short jaunt over the Chao Phraya River to a warehouse transformed into a pier for the runway.
“It’s the first time Chanel is showing in my homeland. It’s so special,” said Thai model and actress Aokbab, who had shot a special short video in the lead up to this event. Swinton was good-naturedly getting swarmed for photos but between posing for shots with fans, explained how she had been shown around the city by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who was also attending.

The Cruise show was re-staged twice in Bangkok for the Thai market, now one of Chanel’s top 10 worldwide. 
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The dedication to Chanel was evident among the 1,600 guests who turned out for the two shows. Despite the tropical temperatures, tweed jackets could

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A few short years ago, a very different crowd populated the fashion week tents located in the city’s upmarket shopping district, Xintiandi. Today, buyers from across China — as well as some from overseas — are joining media and other industry players. The event’s higher profile is also in evident outside the tents, where interested onlookers peruse the parade of street style and scalpers sell tickets to the shows.
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Fake Natoo: Beijing-born Zhang Na showed a breezy, casual Fake Natoo collection for spring, opening her show with a series of white cotton shirts, trousers and shirtdresses — worn loose and sometimes layered. While the lineup lacked the drama and gravitas of her fall outing, slinky full-length silk dresses and wide-leg jumpsuits hanging from barely-there crisscross spaghetti straps were a highlight.
The designer also increased her use of prints

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Designer Madeline Weinrib Showcases Her Worldly Treasures at Barneys New York

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Aptly titled “A World of Influence,” Madeline Weinrib’s pop-up shop at Barneys New York is chock-full of treasures from around the globe. Opening tomorrow through November 27, this store-in-a-store is Weinrib’s pop-up on the Barneys floor, though her career has been nothing short of prolific. She began as a painter, but being the granddaughter of the founder of ABC Carpet & Home, it seemed to be fated that she design beautifully handcrafted, eclectic rugs and fabrics. Her business eventually expanded to travel-inspired textiles and decor.

Barneys is showcasing her creations, as well as other pieces sourced from around the world, many made by independent artisans. The collection includes pillows with her signature ikat prints; bowls from the Gem Palace in Jaipur, India; Moroccan tables; and Uzbeck servingware. Apart from her artful eye for design, Weinrib has a knack for discovering expert craftspeople, and for finding true diamonds in the rough. Below, she divulges where to look for these buried decor treasures near and far.

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“After Words” Showcases Marcia Gay Harden’s Talent

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Marcia Gay Harden can do no wrong. Any role she undertakes ends up being a special one just because of her talent, charm and charisma. In her latest film “After Words”, she portrays a single woman in her forties who is at the end of her rope. She has a plan to end her life but delays it until after a trip to Costa Rica. Watching Harden go from a beaten plain Jane to a woman on the cusp of a wonderful life makes for grand movie entertainment.

Jane (Harden) is a librarian in Los Angeles, going through the motions of her life but without any real enthusiasm about it. When her employment is terminated due to a downturn in the economy she takes her savings and splurges on a trip to Costa Rica. Suddenly Jane is a woman with a plan. She will go to a foreign land and while there she will end her sad, dull life.

Juan (Oscar Jaenada) is a man whose life does have purpose. He works to earn enough money to provide his daughter Anna (Jenna Ortega) with some of the good things of life. This particularly means an education at an American school in Costa Rica. He sees this as a way to guarantee her the best opportunities possible. It is expensive but Juan is willing to do what it takes to keep Anna there.

What Juan sometimes does is act as a tour guide. And sometimes his tour guide service provides the older ladies who hire him with something extra in the romance department. When Juan spies Jane he sees a perfect client. The rest of the movie focuses on the effect Juan has on Jane and Jane has on Juan.

Director Juan Feldman paces his story perfectly. The friendship between these two flawed human beings takes time to come to fruition. Juan is friendly and charming but it will take more than that to change Jane’s plans to end it all. Plus there is always the possibility the time in Costa Rica will be the perfect note on which to end it all.

Harden’s Jane is a character who sticks with you after the movie ends. She has many transitions and all are played with truth and believability. Jaenada’s Juan is the perfect counterpoint to her depressing aura. He is so alive, and so eager to please that it would be a crime not to enjoy his world. You certainly are able to see what he sees in her and what she sees in him.

This movie is a romantic fantasy and it must be accepted as that to be enjoyed. You can quibble that someone of Jane’s age must have some friends and/or relatives. You can also nitpick that protected hearts can not open up to adventure so quickly. But if you go with the flow and just accept the story as presented you will have a grand time with it.

The film is not rated.

“After Words” is similar to an old Katherine Hepburn film titled “Summertime”. In it she played a “spinster” on a European vacation who finds love. Hepburn made it all believable and Harden does too. So immerse yourself in the beauty of the Costa Rica setting and let your heart open up to a romantic fantasy.

I scored “After Words” a holiday 6 out of 10.

Jackie K Cooper
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Thirty-nine students showed their collections at the school’s new campus near King’s Cross Station and the exits ranged from the outlandishly conceptual and slightly terrifying to the delicate and dreamy to the — dare one say it — commercial, as in the lineup of blood-red laser-cut dresses by Jim Chen Hstang Hu.
Among the most compelling looks were Markus Wernitznig’s crinkly foil trousers and velvet dresses in shades of mint, mandarin and raspberry; Han Kim’s otherworldly silhouettes featuring comedic sleeves on dresses — so big they grazed the catwalk — sparkling fairy wings and vampire capes; Louis Pileggi’s bright stripes, checkerboard patterns and fluttery streamers on hemlines and

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