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Saturday
Oct182014

Natalia Vodianova Launches Benjamin Millepied At the Paris Opera Ballet By Annie Leibovitz For Vogue US November 2014

Natalia Vodianova joins Benjamin Millepied, the 37-year-old French dancer, choreographer and now new director of the Paris Opera Ballet, in ‘Grand Entrance’, lensed by Annie Leibovitz for the November issue of Vogue. Tonne Goodman styles Vodianova and Michael Philouze for Millepied./ Hair by Oribe; makeup by Stéphane Marais; set designer Mary Howard.

Hamish Bowles writes the story behind the editorial, noting that Millepied joins “a wave of glamorous young innovators heading up legendary arts companies, from Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Andris Nelsons at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”

In a country that takes its cultural heritage very seriously, Millepied is a bit of an upstart … an outsider. Born in Bordeaux, he trained and danced in America, rejecting the French ballet school system and training at the School of American Ballet in New York.

In 2010, Millepied chereographed the dance sequences and appeared in the “feverish ballet drama ‘Black Swan’. Its star Natalie Portman was soon his wife, and they now have a three-year-old son, Aleph. As an aside, Portman has been working in her native Israel, making her debut as a director on an adaptation of Amos Oz’s controversial ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’.

Millepied is following in illustrious steps. Rudolf Nureyev’s boisterous directorship in the 1980s nurtured such stars as Sylvie Guillem and Isabelle Guérin. “It’s not a conservative audience at all,” says Millepied, who points out that his predecessor Brigitte Lefèvre, “has done such challenging programs here, and the audience is open to it. It’s Paris, so artistically I can do whatever I want. I can take risks!”

Read on at Vogue.com

 

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Sunday
Oct122014

'Dandelion' For Raise Magazine By Duy Anh Nhan Duc & Isabelle Chapuis

Dandelion - Raise Magazine from Blossom Talent on Vimeo.

 

Réalisation : Carla Coste & Isabelle Chapuis
Direction artistique : Isabelle Chapuis - photographe & Duy Anh Nhan Duc - plasticien végétal
Models Charlie @ WM + Terry @ Karin Models
Styliste : Coline Peyrot
Hair : Chiao Chenet + Karine Walzack assisted by Mathieu Villalonga
Make up : Masaé Ito + Maki Ihara
Premier Assistant Photo : Denis Mareau
Second assistant : Alexis Pichot

Friday
Oct102014

Angelina Jolie Honored With DCMG By Queen Elizabeth For Work To Stop Violence Against Women

Anne of Carversville’s founding muse Angelina Jolie received a wonderful honor at Buckingham Palace today, making her the consummate Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with great heart.

Queen Elizabeth awarded Jolie the Insignia of an Honory Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. “The DCMG honour is in recognition of her campaigning against rape in war zones and services to UK foreign policy,” writes the Daily Mail.

Jolie’s long-standing campaign for women culminated in a landmark international G8 summit held in London in April 2011, in which Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague (pictured with Jolie and husband Brad Pitt below) Listen to Jolie’s speech here.

Hague and Jolie announced a USD 35.4 million international agreement for action against sexual violence in war zone. 

“Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict, because an international framework of deterrence and accountability makes it impossible,” Hague told his fellow G8 foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US in the run-up to the annual summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland in June.

It’s high unusual for the oward to be bestowed on an American and at the young age of 39. Jolie cannot use the word ‘Dame’ as part of her name, although she is allowed to use the initials DCMG after her name. Her audience with Queen Elizabeth was private, but husband Brad Pitt and their six children met the queen afterwards.