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Some weird and wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK — What, really, is a fashion show? Discuss. Of course, there’s the well-worn formula: People wait in line for ages, sit down, wait some more, look at clothes for about 10 minutes, spend another half-hour greeting and double-cheek kissing, then go do the same thing somewhere else. But lately, fashion shows have been …

New Google project digitizes world’s top fashion archives

NEW YORK—Anyone who has waited on a long, snaking line to get into a fashion exhibit at a top museum knows just how popular they’ve become — and more broadly, how fashion is increasingly seen as a form of artistic and cultural expression. Google Inc. is acknowledging this reality by expanding its Google Art Project …

Stars turn out for Planned Parenthood gala honouring Clinton

NEW YORK — An array of celebrities — from Meryl Streep to Tina Fey to Scarlett Johansson to Julianne Moore to Chelsea Handler — turned out to support Planned Parenthood at its centennial celebration, and to hear Hillary Clinton urge continued activism on behalf of women and girls around the world, and access to services …

Met Gala: Inside, it’s hard not to step on someone’s dress

NEW YORK — A thunderous drumbeat echoed through the cocktail reception at the Met Gala. Either an earthquake was hitting the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or the glittering assembly of guests was being called in to dinner. Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” was standing with the show’s host, Trevor …

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. “I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump …

Subtle (very) ‘gay moment’ in new Disney film generates buzz

To be clear: “Brokeback Mountain,” this isn’t. The so-called “gay moment” in Disney’s new live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” is subtle — so subtle that one could easily miss it with an ill-timed sneeze or glance away from the screen. And it may sail over the heads of young viewers. But the cast …

In emotional speech, Streep renews harsh criticism of Trump

NEW YORK –In an emotional speech by turns tearful, defiant and humorous, Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump, and spoke of having become a target since she first took him on in her Golden Globes speech in January. Addressing a cheering audience at a fundraising gala for the Human …

This time, inaugural fashion is intertwined with politics

NEW YORK—What’ll she be wearing? It’s a question that fascinates fashion-watchers— and lots of others— every four years: Which designer will the new U.S. first lady choose to wear on Inauguration Day and, more importantly, on Inauguration Night? This year as never before, the question is a loaded one. Dressing the first lady has long …

Politics mentioned early and often at Golden Globes

Donald Trump was not in attendance at the Golden Globes, but he was there in spirit – or more precisely, as the target of a slew of political barbs. Only a few seconds into his monologue, host Jimmy Fallon noted that the Globes was “one of the few places left where America still honours the …

Michelle Obama loved fashion and the fashion world loved her

NEW YORK—The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing. Mrs. Obama’s powerfully delivered speech had attracted much attention—but these phone calls were about her dress. A shimmering sleeveless sheath …

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