The Bold Scoop #2 :: May 9-15

Sunday, May 08, 2016

When we think of Cannes, we think yachts, impeccable French style and glamorous parties... and for the next 2 weeks we're not far off. From May 11 to 22 this relatively small beachfront city on the French Riviera is home to the indy-favorite Cannes Film Festival which is set to host big-name stars and cinephiles alike. The festivities kicks off with Woody Allen's latest quirky creation Cafe Society which reunites Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in 30's Hollywood (July 29 release stateside, trailer here) while George Miller of Max Max: Fury Road fame is set to preside over the jury picking the receiver of Palme d'Or aka the highest honor presented at the festival.
The "In Competition" selection includes features by Pedro Almodovar, Olivier Assayas, Dardenne brothers and Sean Penn while Jodie Foster's Money Monster and Steven Spielberg's The BFG will be shown out of competition. The 12 day extravaganza will also include numerous celebrity filled social events including the AmFAR Cinema Against AIDS event, a Louis Vuitton fashion show, as well as the Vanity Fair and the Art of Elysium parties. Your insta feed is likely to be overwhelmed by both red carpet looks and tiny bikinis.

The annual festival has a budget of €20 million and attracts close to 200,000 people, increasing the population of Cannes by threefold. The Golden Palm or Palm D'Or has been awarded since 1955 and is given to the director of the Best Feature Film of the official competition. The award has gone through many changes with the current look designed by Caroline Scheufele of Chopard. It's presented in a case made of blue Moroccan leather and consists of a 24-carat gold palm leaf on a base made from a single crystal.

Up Close and Personal
Watch the red carpet live on May 11 or keep reading to get the scoop on our festival favorites.

Elle Fanning stuns in Nicolas Winding Refn's visual masterpiece The Neon Demon which depicts fame and celebrity through the eyes of a new model in LA. The director's last hit Drive with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan won the Best Director award at Cannes back in 2011, and this year's submission promises to be equally spectacular. Amazon Studios will be releasing this on June 24, catch the trailer here.

In addition to Cafe Society, Kristin Stewart will also appear in the Olivier Assayas directed competition film Personal Shopper. This English-language ghost story takes place in the fringes of the fashion underworld and is about a celebrity personal shopper who is also a spiritual medium. IFC Films has acquired the US rights to the movie so a fall/winter release is possible.

Jodie Foster's fourth directorial effort, the Money Monster is being shown out of competition. Modeled after CNBC's Mad Money, the movie stars George Clooney as a host of a financial TV show who is taken hostage by an irate investor. The dramatic thriller costars Julia Roberts as the producer and promises to "unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets". US release is set for May 13 (other release dates here), watch the trailer here.

Another out of competition feature is Steven Spielberg's The BFG (aka The Big Friendly Giant). This Disney story, out July 1, is based on a Roald Dahl novel by the same name and is about a giant who befriends a little girl. Check out the trailer here.

American Honey by the British director Andrea Arnold boasts Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keogh among its cast. The story which follows magazine sellers was shot entirely in the midwest and has a kickass soundtrack... think E-40, and Bruce Springsteen. A24 bought the rights to this back in January so we expect it to be released in the second half of the year.

The Last Face stars Charlize Theron as a director of an international aid organization stationed in Liberia who falls for a doctor played by Javier Bardem. The film was directed by Sean Penn (pre Charlize breakup) and was mostly shot in South Africa... expect natural beauty mixed with tense drama. No US pickup as of yet but that is likely to change post the Cannes screening.

The iconic Henri Bendel department store and the NYC chapter of Ladies of America are hosting a Sip and Shop fashion event on May 11. Meet Christine Bibbo Herr of NYC Pretty to get styling tips and take part in a Q&A. The tickets are $52.50 and include bubbly, a $40 Henri Bendel gift card plus an additional 20% off new arrivals. We've been eyeing some of the gorgeous Izak Zenou illustrated pieces for ages... like this iPhone case and jewelry box... and this is your chance to pick them up at a discount. Find out more about Ladies NYC here.

Henri Bendel was a fashion visionary and his store holds more than a few "firsts" to its name. Bendel was the first retailer to brand himself, he registered his own trademark in 1895 and created the now legendary brown and white striped shopping bags. He was also the first retailer with an upper Fifth Ave address, the first to host a semi-annual sale, the first to offer in-store makeovers and the first to stage a fashion show. In addition, the brand's President Geraldine Stutz is credited with discovering Andy Warhol in the 60's (she brought him on as an in-house illustrator) and the store's flagship was awarded landmark status in 1991 thanks to its one of a kind Lalique windows and support from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Up Close and Personal
Get your ticket to the event here or click here to shop our selection of Henri Bendel favorites.
PS. If you want to find out more about Bendel Girls and what inspires them, click here.

The National Portrait Gallery in London is preparing to wrap up the highly rated Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit on May 22. Catch the 287 prints commissioned by the British Vogue since its inception in 1916 before the show packs up and moves to the Manchester Art Gallery (on display there from June 24 to October 30). The exhibit was 5 years in the making with curator Robin Muir scouring over 1,800 editions of the magazine to put together this comprehensive study. 78 photographers and illustrators are featured, including Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowdon both of whom have enjoyed almost 60 year careers. Also included in the show... 2 special portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge shot by a British photographer Josh Olins.

The British Vogue was born during the First World War when Conde Nast had to deal with overseas shipping restrictions and paper shortages in America, and was essentially a copy of the American edition with British spelling. The now iconic magazine started out with more of a literary focus featuring writers such as Clive Bell and Virginia Wolf, and also dabbled in war reporting during the Second World War when Lee Miller covered everything from wartime nursing and the Allied advance through Europe to the liberation of Paris.

Up Close and Personal
Visit on Thursday, May 12 for a lecture by the curator Robin Muir on how the war years shaped the content of the magazine (tickets £8, book here). Alternatively, come by on Friday, May 13 for Screen Style... a special screening of Tom Ford's 2009 directorial debut A Single Man which is based on Christopher Isherwood's novel by the same name (tickets £7, book here).
Want to make your visit even more special? Book the En Vogue with Le Caprice package and get a 2-course menu at the Le Caprice restaurant, a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne, a limited edition print, and an exhibition ticket... all for £38 per person. As an added bonus, see the additional 8 British Vogue prints that are displayed at the restaurant but are not featured in the gallery exhibit. Get info on availability and find out how to book here.

Not in the UK? Experience the exhibit with Vogue 100: A Century of Style hardback which includes more than 350 illustrations and photos or pick up the Highlights book which includes the 50 key works from the show as well as fascinating stories by the curator Robin Muir. Both available here.

PS. To see the full portfolio of 8 photos of Kate Middleton pick up the June 2016 edition of British Vogue.

Chicago's second-annual Lake FX Summit and Expo will be held May 13 to 15 and will see the likes of artist Nick Cave, chef Graham Elliot and jazz musician Ramsey Lewis attend. The event is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is meant to provide practicing artists and creative professionals a place to meet and learn more about their craft. The 3-day event is free and features keynotes by industry leaders, workshops, networking opportunities and showcases of local music and film.

Chicago has a rich cultural history and is considered the birthplace of both gospel and house music. The Windy City is also home to an influential hip hop scene as well as to some of the most famous jazz clubs in the US. There's even a musical that carries the name of the city... Chicago has been played more than 15,000 times worldwide to audiences totaling more than 17 million people and is based on a real-life 1924 Windy City murder case that was transformed by reporter Maurine Watkins into a 1926 Broadway comedy of the same name.

Up Close and Personal
The conference hosts a ton of talks and workshops covering all types of creative industries including film, music, fashion and culinary arts. Keep reading for our pick of events...

Join fashion designer and artist Maria Pinto, whose clientele famously includes First Lady Michelle Obama, and Billy Dec, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and actor as they candidly explore the upsides and lessons learned in building a national brand (IN Conversation: Maria Pinto and Billy Dec with Susanna Homan, May 13 at 1:30pm).

For budding fashion designers... attend the Buzzworthy Marketing workshop on creating a standout lookbook (Create a Professional Lookbook of Your Fashion Collection, May 13 at 3:30pm) or find out about the latest resources available to grow your design business (Resources for the Business of Fashion, May 14 at 3:30pm).

For anyone looking to creatively brand themselves... get ideas for publicity that can be done on your own and find out when you need to hire a publicist to take things further (Public Relations and Branding 101, May 14 at 1:30pm).

For budding entrepreneurs looking to get a better idea of the financial and accounting side... have a discussion and get feedback on common financial management issues (Financial Management for Creative Entrepreneurs, May 14 at 10:30am).

Are you interested in pursuing a non-chef career in the restaurant business? There's a workshop for that (Too Hot in the Kitchen?, May 15 at 12pm). Or are you a new artist looking to learn about building a successful management team? There's a workshop for that too (Know You Music Business Team, May 13 at 10:30am).

See the full list of talks and workshops offered here.

Not in the area? Check out one of these other excellent conferences.

The Startup Conference - May 19, San Francisco
Join 2,000 entrepreneurs in finding out how to get media attention, pitch investors, and launch a product in the early days. The Startup Conference is one of the largest tech conferences in Silicon Valley, so you’ll get to meet lots of cool startups and their founders.

BlogHer Conference - August 4-6, Los Angeles
Don’t pass up this chance to collaborate with a community of writers and blog affiliates creating opportunities for women in education, community, and economic empowerment. BlogHer is open to all levels of bloggers, and, after endless opportunities to network, you’ll be well on your way to building a future in blogging.

Techweek - October 10-16, New York
The conference aims to help enable the “innovation ecosystem” by bringing together the tech community under one roof to enjoy everything from speakers to a startup expo to a hiring fair and more.

🎒 Mansur Gavriel aka the brand that made bucket bags cool again is restocking their online store on May 10 at 11am EST... whether you're in the market for a classic black bucket with red lining or are looking to add a mini mini to your collection, we see frantic refreshing in your future.

👗 X Carolina Herrera collection drops on May 10 on the retailers site... “The collection is very reminiscent of the glamor from my first collection,“ Herrera has said and given her impeccable taste we expect something close to magic... our wish list includes a gold lame gown and a bejeweled pair of sneakers designed in collaboration with Eytys.

👻 Friday also happens to be the 13th day of the month... if superstition is your thing we advise avoiding ladders and black cats... otherwise watch one of these iconic horror flicks.

Met Gala 2016 :: The theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology... Claire Danes stood out in a light up Zac Posen. Beyonce walked the carpet solo and in latex (given Lemonade we're not surprised). Everyone else was part of the Balmain army.


Gigi Hadid/Tommy Hilfiger

Cindy Crawford/Balmain

Jourdan Dunn/Balmain

Kristen Stewart/Chanel

Kylie Jenner/Balmain

Claire Danes

Met Gala 2016

in Zac Posen
Top 6 images by Getty Images via The Zoe Report and

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