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  1. Material World

    March 3, 2014

    The Oscars 2014: what brand won the night?

    By Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton Once upon a time it was all so easy: everything rode on who had the prettiest...

  2. March 3, 2014

    Anti-slavery film wins best picture Oscar in Hollywood

    Oscars 2014: And the winner is . . .  12 Years a Slave , Steve McQueen’s searing depiction of the brutality of slavery,...

  1. February 28, 2014

    A Savile Row tailor pops up for the Oscars

    These days it has become de rigueur for jewellery brands, shoe maestros and couture houses to descend upon Los Angeles ahead...

  2. February 28, 2014

    Silver gowns at the Oscars

    Silver is not only experiencing a recent bounceback as a commodity, it is having a fashion moment too. The Hollywood A-list...

  3. Material World

    February 17, 2014

    Bafta scorecard: which fashion brand won the night?

    Getty Images Yes, it’s that time again: the time to tally up the celebs to find out which-brand-won-the-red-carpet! I mean,...

  4. February 14, 2014

    Blue Jasmine – DVD review

    Woody Allen, 2013 Warner New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett – masterfully imbuing the Woody Allen role with her own...

  5. February 13, 2014

    The Monuments Men – film review

    One world war will get you two. We have barely commenced centenary commemoration of the 1914-18 affair before George Clooney...

  6. December 13, 2013

    Banker Simon Mordant on the new Australian pavilion in Venice

    One name links two separate announcements in the past month that will shape Australia’s arts scene for the next couple of...

  7. December 6, 2013

    Detainee’s family uses film festival to press UAE on free speech

    The family of a US national detained in the United Arab Emirates for uploading a satirical video is calling on celebrities...

  8. September 27, 2013

    This season’s capes for women

    When Cate Blanchett wore a custom-made Balenciaga Edition blush-pink silk cape over an embroidered, floral appliqué dress...

  9. September 26, 2013

    Film reviews: Blue Jasmine, Prisoners, Greedy Lying Bastards, Hannah Arendt and Runner Runner

    Woody Allen in A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982) had a scene of madcap dementia in which he “became” Blanche DuBois....

  10. Material World

    September 23, 2013

    Has fashion dumped Hollywood for Asia?

    Getty Images OK, that headline is a bit of an exaggeration; luxury still loves its LA brand ambassadors. But when it comes...

  11. August 16, 2013

    On trend at the multiplex

    It’s August, which I know means as a responsible fashion editor I ought to be using this column vociferously to encourage...

  12. August 16, 2013

    In awe of Oz

    While Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts and other Aussie A-listers have long topped best-dressed lists, it’s now...

  13. December 13, 2012

    A juggernaut in Middle-earth

    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, announces the poster. Unexpected? By whom? Among the great certainties of earthly...

  14. May 18, 2012

    Unholy revivals

    “It’s been crazy, I’ve lost track of dates,” says Benedict Andrews as he flicks through a pocket diary, tracing his finger...

  15. April 26, 2012

    Hunt reveals Olympic festival plans

    Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, put on a steely façade as he laid out plans for a cultural festival to coincide with the...

  16. April 16, 2012

    Big and Small, Barbican Theatre, London

    Director Benedict Andrews (who replaced Luc Bondy at the helm of Sydney Theatre Company’s international touring production...

  17. January 13, 2012

    All in a day’s work

    Blink and you’ll miss it, so to speak. Even for a culture that is addicted to the fizzy thrills of the pop-up and the flash...

  18. December 12, 2011

    No cares when you have cash in hand

    From Mr Neil Shillito. Sir, Lucy Kellaway’s column “Money’s too tight to mention if you have lots of it” (December 5)...

  19. August 8, 2011

    Uncle Vanya, Eisenhower Theater, Washington

    A frequent accolade for a revered performer is: “You never catch her acting.” By that standard, the Sydney Theatre Company’s...

  20. October 1, 2010

    Small talk: Peter Ackroyd

    Much of Peter Ackroyd’s prolific writing career has been inspired by his love of London, from his first novel, The Great...

  21. May 14, 2010

    Changes in moviedom

    Cate Blanchett in Cannes The Dream and the Deal It took skill to fly to Cannes from London this year. Weaving nimbly between...

  22. May 13, 2010

    Robin Hood

    If Ridley Scott's aim was to bewilder, then Robin Hood must be counted a storming success. From the opening scene, we are...

  23. February 9, 2010

    A 'Streetcar' named Huppert

    Film stars just keep flocking to Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - in under a year, Cate Blanchett, Rachel...

  24. February 8, 2010

    Un tramway, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris

    One-woman show: Isabelle Huppert in ‘Un Tramway’ Film stars just keep flocking to Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named...

  25. December 13, 2009

    Fashion: Cutting their cloth with style

    We are used to fashion coming from Paris, London, Milan or New York but what about Latvia, Estonia and Croatia? Recently, a...

  26. November 6, 2009

    The emergence of eastern European designers

    We’re used to fashion coming from Paris, London, Milan or New York but what about Latvia, Estonia and Croatia? Recently, a...

  27. November 5, 2009

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Among many other things, Streetcar is a play about seeking relief. Stanley fights to relieve himself of beery residue in...

  28. November 4, 2009

    A Streetcar Named Desire, Eisenhower Theatre, Washington

    Among many other things, Streetcar is a play about seeking relief. Stanley fights to relieve himself of beery residue in...

  29. October 17, 2009

    Why leather is perfect for hard times

    Autumn/winter designs by, from left, Prada, YSL, Rodarte, Balmain and Temperley London Angelina Jolie on the red carpet in...

  30. October 10, 2009

    India tries to censor film portrayal of Nehru-Mountbatten liaison

    Indian authorities have attem-pted to censor a British film portraying the relationship of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first...

  31. October 9, 2009

    Film to portray Nehru-Mountbatten love affair

    Indian authorities have tried to censor a British film portraying the relationship of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime...

  32. June 25, 2009

    Step beyond the sole of the shoemaker

    Few business stories are blessed with more sex appeal, drama and personalities than the tale of Jimmy Choo's rise from...

  33. June 24, 2009

    Beyond the shoemaker’s sole

    The Towering World of Jimmy Choo A Story of Power, Profits, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe By Lauren Goldstein Crowe...

  34. May 16, 2009

    Small Talk: Zoë Heller

    Zoë Heller has written her three novels and countless newspaper columns in a former men’s lavatory – part of her converted...

  35. April 4, 2009

    TV Films

    Al Gore found greater worldwide acclaim presenting An Inconvenient Truth (C4 9.20pm) than from his vice-presidential...

  36. February 7, 2009

    Films on release - Nigel Andrews

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen 96 mins (12A) Woody Allen's best in years. For an hour we are happy enough that...

  37. February 5, 2009

    History hits the rewind button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the longest striptease in film history. Like strip-show spectators, who know what...

  38. February 4, 2009

    History hits the rewind button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher) Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen) Doubt (John Patrick Shanley) Bolt...

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