A few reasons why March was a cultural feast.
- Back Side – Fashion from Behind. MURMUR’s designs have always paid equal attention to the front and the back details of clothing. The back matters – it can catch your eye with intricate lacing and fastening systems, it can play dare with snaps, buttons or zippers, or simply bare it all, to let the eyes glide freely along the spine. That’s why we love the fact that the Fashion & Lace Museum in Brussels teamed up with Palais Galliera in Paris to put up a wonderful exhibition that focuses all the attention on the back. Presenting clothing and accessories from the 18th century up to the present day, the exhibition brings together pieces from Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Elsa Schiaparelli, Azzedine Alaïa and Martin Margiela, to name a few. Be it an endless train, an all-covering backpack, or a plunging neckline, the beauty of turning around is all there to be adored in Brussels, until March 31st.
- The Gentlewoman. We love ourselves a good magazine on the nightstand, and we can always count on The Gentlewoman to deliver the right amount of culture, fashion, and dazzling personalities. The Spring&Summer 2019 issue comes with a double-cover extravaganza featuring the great American artist Cindy Sherman. Arriving ahead of a Sherman retrospective that will run at the National Portrait Gallery in London from late-June to mid-September, this magazine is the one thing you need to grab while running to catch your next plane.
- Adèle. At 37, Leïla Slimani is one of the most appreciated French writers, a woman who Vanity Fair France called the second most influential French person in the world in 2018, surpassed only by Hedi Slimane. Her Chanson douce, a Prix Goncourt winner, was the most read book in France in 2016, and has been translated in over 20 languages. This year, the Slimani thrill goes on with an English translation of her previous novel, “a sex-addiction thriller”, as The Guardian called it, which was first published in 2014.
A respected reporter, Adèle lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her husband, a doctor, and their son. She has it all, but she is bored – and consumed by an insatiable need for sex. So she begins a parallel existence of one night stands and extramarital affairs, compulsively seducing strangers and making a mess of her tidy, settled home life. A thorny story that knows no douceur.
- Sunset. Hungarian director László Nemes’s Son of Saul was a shattering breakthrough, so of course we couldn’t wait to see Sunset, his latest film, which won the FIPRESCI prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Set in 1913, this is the story of Irisz Leiter, who arrives in Budapest with high hopes to work as a milliner at the legendary hat store founded by her late parents. She is nonetheless sent away by the new owner, Oszkár Brill, played by Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov. Her stubborn quest to remain in the capital and understand her lost past amidst a crumbling Austro-Hungarian empire sounds like a nightmarish tale for one’s inner princess.