Category Archives: Society

Haute Couture Report: The Private Fitting Room @ Anne Valérie Hash

Image via Jacqueline Hassink from the 'VIP Fitting Rooms' series.

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‘The Eye of Bamako’: The Photographs of Malick Sidibe @ M+B Gallery

The Eye of Bamako, an exhibition of photographs by Malick Sidibe, the first photographer to receive the prestigious Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, on view at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles from February 5 until April 9. 2011.

Nuit du 21-2-70, 1970. A xollection of 24 vintage gelatin silver prints mounted on cardboard, numerical notations under each print in ink, 20 x 12 inches. Image via M+B Gallery.

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The Excellent People @ The Fancy, Part 2

Presenting The Excellent People profile at The Fancy. Follow us at

The Excellent People @ The Fancy. Image via The Fancy.

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Lessons in Excellency: The Private Dirk Bogarde, Part One [1/6]

Presenting the first ten minutes from The Private Dirk Bogarde, the BBC documentary, which explores and reveals the Excellently private world and hidden life of the Outstandingly legendary British actor Dirk Bogarde.

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For Your Consideration: Julian Assange, Released On Bail, Imminently

From The New York Times: “In granting bail, Judge Howard Riddle ordered that Mr. Assange appear again in court on Jan. 11. He also said that between then and now he must reside at Ellingham Hall, a Georgian mansion in Bungay, in eastern England, owned by Vaughan Smith, the founder of a club for journalists. Mr. Assange must spend every night at the mansion and will be electronically tagged so the police can track his movements, the judge said.”  Read full report HERE.

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrived at court inside a prison van with heavily tinted windows on Tuesday in London. Image via The New York Times via Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

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Tragic Excellence: The Genius Photographs of Francesca Woodman

Presenting the Outstandingly Excellent work of genius photographer Francesca Woodman, on view until January 2nd, 2010, at Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-1978 © The Estate of Francesca Woodman, Courtesy George and Betty Woodman and Victoria Miro Gallery

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Remembrances of Excellency Past: Alan Hollinghurst on Mick Imlah

Reading writer Alan Hollinghurst‘s poignant remembrance of the poet Mick Imlah in The Guardian.

Poetic Excelence: Mick Imlah photographed by Alan Hollinghurst. Image via Alan Hollinghurst via The Guardian.

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Outstandingly Miscast: Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola‘s new film Somewhere: Great Hotels, great imagery. Great soundtrack. Great young actress (Elle Fanning). Outstandingly miscast actor (Stephen Dorff). Cliché ending.

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For Your Consideration: The Paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Presenting the Outstandingly Excellent paintings of 33-year-old artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, on view, until March 13, 2011,  during the showing of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Any Number of Preoccupations, her first solo museum show at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Any Number of Preoccupations, 2010 Oil on canvas, 160 x 200 cm Courtesy Dr. Kenneth Montague / The Wedge Collection, Toronto, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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The Jewel of Excellence: The $46,158,674 Graff Pink

GENEVA via AP — A rare pink diamond smashed the world record for a jewel at auction Tuesday, selling for more than $46 million to a well-known gem dealer. London jeweler Laurence Graff paid $46,158,674, for the 24.78-carat fancy intense pink diamond, which he immediately named The Graff Pink. “It is the most fabulous diamond I’ve seen in the history of my career and I’m delighted to have bought it,” Graff said in a statement released by auction house Sotheby’s, which offered the stone at its Geneva sale. The sale price was almost double the $24.3 million achieved by the blue 35.56-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond in 2008. That was also bought by Graff. “This is the highest price ever bid for a jewel at auction,” said David Bennett, the head of Sotheby’s jewelry division, as the auction room in Geneva’s luxury Beau Rivage hotel erupted into applause.

Rare Pink Diamond Sells for Record $46 Million at Sotheby’s. Image via Sotheby's.

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