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Jul 2, 2013

All the world is a stage for Chanel at Paris fashion week

PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The faded beauty of a crumbling
theatre, whose curtain opened to reveal an ultra-modern skyline,
was the backdrop to Chanel’s haute couture show on Tuesday which
designer Karl Lagerfeld described as a mix of “tradition with
the future.”

Models walking across the stage and into the audience seated
in old wooden theatre chairs showed off a glittery collection
that played with proportions. Marked by doubled short skirts and
wide low-slung belts, Lagerfeld also added long columned dresses
in greys, silvers and blacks and a high dose of gunmetal blue.

Jul 1, 2013

Dior show at Paris fashion week is round-the-globe tour

PARIS (Reuters) – Celebrated French fashion house Christian Dior sprung for a luxury jet-set tour of the globe at Paris fashion week on Monday, presenting a cross-continental look at haute couture with a collection inspired by the four corners of the world.

Women from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa were the inspiration for Dior’s artistic director, Raf Simons, in his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Haute Couture show, a collection of over 50 looks that unfolded like a smorgasbord of luxe.

Jun 25, 2013

French police arrest cell with possible Syria link

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister said on Tuesday that police had arrested three suspected Jihadists whom a security expert said were part of a group sending Islamist fighters to Syria.

Socialist President Francois Hollande has made clamping down on violent cells and self-radicalized “lone-wolf” operators planning domestic attacks a top priority since an al Qaeda-inspired gunman shot dead seven people in March 2012.

May 29, 2013

Attack on French soldier had religious motivation: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – A Muslim convert arrested on suspicion of stabbing a French soldier in a Paris suburb was motivated by religion and had shown some signs of radicalization, French authorities said on Wednesday.

The attack took place on May 25, three days after attackers chanting Islamist slogans killed a British soldier in London.

May 29, 2013

Attack on French soldier had Islamist motivation: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – A Muslim convert arrested on suspicion of stabbing a French soldier in a Paris suburb was motivated by religion, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The attack took place on May 25, three days after attackers chanting Islamist slogans killed a British soldier in London.

May 26, 2013

French lesbian love story wins top prize at Cannes

CANNES (Reuters) – An emotional lesbian love story by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the top prize at the 2013 Cannes festival on Sunday, ending 12 packed days of premieres, celebrity appearances, rain and dramatic jewelry thefts.

“La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2″ (Blue is the Warmest Colour) was chosen from a field of 20 films full of sex, violence and anguish vying for the Palme d’Or, one of the most coveted film awards after the Oscars.

May 25, 2013

Polanski’s Venus seduces on last day of Cannes festival

CANNES (Reuters) – An avenging Venus settling the psychological and sexual score is the star of acclaimed director Roman Polanski’s “La Venus a la Fourrure” (“Venus in Fur”), one of the Cannes film festival’s two final movies in main competition to premiere on Saturday.

The French-Polish director is one of 20 vying for the top Palme d’Or prize to be handed out at the festival on Sunday by a jury led by Steven Spielberg. Polanski won the prize in 2002 for “The Pianist”, his semi-autobiographical drama about the Warsaw Ghetto, for which he also won an Oscar for best director.

May 24, 2013

Period dramas premiere on day 10 of Cannes film festival

CANNES (Reuters) – America’s immigration debate finds echos in a period drama that premiered at the Cannes film festival on Friday about a Polish woman who arrives at Ellis Island and fights to survive in 1920s New York.

“The Immigrant” features French Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as the immigrant Ewa, speaking English and Polish in the film, with Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as the two men with whom she becomes entangled as she is forced into prostitution.

May 24, 2013

Forget Michael Douglas, Liberace’s poodle is top dog at Cannes

CANNES, May 24 (Reuters) – A white poodle with cataracts
stole the limelight from Hollywood star Michael Douglas by
winning the Palm Dog award during the Cannes film festival on
Friday.

Critics at the prestigious festival on the Mediterranean
coast may have hailed Douglas for his performance as Liberace in
Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra”, but it was the
flamboyant pianist’s blind “Baby Boy” who walked away with a
prize.

May 23, 2013

Graphic sex in applauded lesbian love story gets Cannes buzzing

CANNES (Reuters) – An intimate love story between two young women received rave reviews from critics at the Cannes film festival despite explicit lesbian sex scenes that could limit the film’s distribution.

“La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2″ (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) is a poignant tale of love and sexuality centered on 15-year-old Adele, in a breakout performance by Adele Exarchopoulos, and her lover Emma (Lea Seydoux), set to premiere on Thursday evening.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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