Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Out of fashion: how men could fall off the catwalk http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470518 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/16/501184/boys_in_pink_genderless_fashion_goes_big_in_japan.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Men are in danger of falling off the catwalk in Europe.&nbsp;</p><p>Menswear shows, traditionally held months before the women hit the runways later in the year, are being slowly airbrushed from the fashion industry&#39;s calendar and folded into the women&#39;s events, almost as an accessory.&nbsp;</p><p>In Milan, where male models are strutting their stuff in shows that began on Friday for men&#39;s fashion week, 10 designers have decided not to showcase their collections this year including Calvin Klein, Ermenegildo Zegna and Kering&#39;s Brioni and Bottega Veneta.&nbsp;</p><p>Other brands, including Burberry, Gucci and Tom Ford, have announced in recent months that they plan to stage combined events in future. Most said this would allow them to show buyers and customers both collections at the same time, giving a more complete idea of their designs.&nbsp;</p><p>But some industry insiders and analysts say separate men&#39;s fashion shows, which can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars each, are no longer worth the money for luxury brands, which have been hit by a global sales slowdown.&nbsp;</p><p>Menswear pulls in far less money than womenswear, in terms of sales, and men&#39;s shows generate a fraction of the global publicity of women&#39;s.</p><p>&quot;They (brands) are focusing on what has the highest return on investment,&quot; said Bernstein analyst Mario Ortelli.</p><p>The women&#39;s shows draw A-list celebrities such as George Clooney and Beyonce in their front rows, attract throngs of news photographers and broadcasters and trend wildly on social media. In contrast, men&#39;s catwalk don&#39;t turn as many heads with their low-key guest lists.&nbsp;</p><p>Focusing even more heavily on women&#39;s shows could further widen the gulf between global sales of womenswear and menswear.</p><p>Annual designer menswear sales are expected to reach more than $40 billion in 2020, up 6.8 percent from 2015, according to Euromonitor International, while womenswear sales are expected to rise 7.7 percent to about $75 billion in the same period.</p><p><strong>&#39;Men tag along&#39;</strong></p><p>The warning signs for male models flashed four months ago when both Burberry and Tom Ford said they would hold combined shows. Italian luxury brand Gucci followed suit in April, announcing it would merge its collections and shows starting next year.</p><p>Bottega Veneta also said it would integrate its shows for its 50th anniversary, though not confirming whether it would continue doing so in the future.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Although menswear has acquired more of a standing over the years, the women&#39;s shows are still the most important ... with many more brands focusing on women,&quot; said Vick Mihaci, President of Elite Management, a leading model agency.&nbsp;</p><p>But industry experts explain that fashion shows are not as cost-effective as they once were and that the industry has to pay greater attention to costs as world demand for luxury goods has weakened.&nbsp;</p><p>Social media is heavily influencing the industry, speeding up demand for new products but also allowing fashion brands to reach out to potential customers more directly and inexpensively.&nbsp;</p><p>Elizabeth Rose, director of the men&#39;s section at Premier Model Management, said that although merging male and female shows is in the best interest of designers, it was a &quot;disaster&quot; for the male modeling sector.&nbsp;</p><p>But 50-year-old model John Pearson is philosophical.</p><p>&quot;Ultimately it&#39;s the women who lead in fashion, and the men will always tag along,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000 Reuters 2470518 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/16/501184/boys_in_pink_genderless_fashion_goes_big_in_japan.jpg Pixar dives back in the ocean for 'Finding Dory' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470469 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/06/18/501184/finding_dory.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The forgetful blue fish who won hearts in Pixar&#39;s blockbuster animation &quot;Finding Nemo&quot; is going on another journey, this time to find her own origin story.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Finding Dory,&quot; out in U.S. theaters on Friday, picks up a year after the events of 2003&#39;s &quot;Finding Nemo,&quot; and sees Dory, a chatty blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, living in the peaceful ocean habitat alongside Nemo the clownfish and his father Marlin.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, suddenly begins remembering glimpses of her past and the parents she left behind in California, setting her off on a quest to be reunited with them.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Andrew Stanton, who returned to co-write and direct &quot;Finding Dory,&quot; said he was inspired to explore Dory&#39;s story after re-watching &quot;Finding Nemo&quot; and realizing that the character &quot;had a hole inside her and didn&#39;t know where she was from.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;She was apologizing still for her shortcoming that she thought she had for her short-term memory loss and she could easily forget Marlin and Nemo and not find them again. I felt that she was completely unresolved,&quot; Stanton said at a press briefing on the film.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Finding Nemo&quot; grossed more than $900 million worldwide and won an Oscar for best animated feature.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pixar&#39;s &quot;Finding Dory&quot; is expected to open with around $115 million at the North American box office this weekend according to Variety, and is a strong awards contender for its owner, Walt Disney Co .</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Unlike the rescue mission in &quot;Finding Nemo,&quot; in which Nemo was captured and taken across the world as his father chased after him with the help of Dory, &quot;Finding Dory&quot; mostly takes place in the confines of a marine institute and introduces a host of new animal characters.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dory finds friends in a grumpy but stealth Hank, an octopus missing a tentacle, the short-sighted whale Destiny and Fluke and Rudder, two goofy sea lions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We knew (Dory) was going to be from the Northern California coast, kind of early on,&quot; producer Lindsey Collins said at the event. &quot;Once that was introduced, it was like, &#39;OK, now you have sea lions, now you have otters.&#39;&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:43:00 +0000 Reuters 2470469 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/18/501184/finding_dory.jpg Leonardo DiCaprio is ordered deposed over 'Wolf of Wall Street' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470466 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/17/43/hjj.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A federal judge has ordered actor Leonardo DiCaprio to be deposed in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Stratton Oakmont executive over his alleged depiction in the 2013 Martin Scorsese film &quot;The Wolf of Wall Street.&quot;<br /><br />U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke in Central Islip, New York, on Thursday said DiCaprio must be made available for questioning, which was opposed by Viacom Inc&#39;s Paramount Pictures Corp, DiCaprio&#39;s Appian Way Productions and other defendants.<br /><br />The plaintiff, Andrew Greene, sued in 2014 for more than $50 million, claiming that he was defamed in the film through the portrayal by actor P.J. Byrne of a morally and ethically challenged character named Nicky &quot;Rugrat&quot; Koskoff.<br /><br />Paramount has said Koskoff was a &quot;composite character&quot; inspired by multiple individuals, including Greene.<br /><br />DiCaprio, 41, played Jordan Belfort, a stock swindler who founded Stratton Oakmont and whose 2007 memoir was a basis for the film. Greene was a childhood friend of Belfort.<br /><br />In opposing a deposition, defense lawyers said DiCaprio did not write the screenplay, and that there was no claim he had any role in deciding whether alleged defamatory content should be included in or excluded from the film.<br /><br />Greene&#39;s lawyers said they had already questioned Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter, and that both testified that they met regularly with DiCaprio to discuss the &quot;Wolf&quot; script.<br /><br />Louis Petrich, a lawyer for the defendants, declined to comment.<br /><br />The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including DiCaprio as best actor, Scorsese as best director and Winter for the screenplay, but did not win any.<br /><br />Locke&#39;s order does not say when DiCaprio will be questioned.<br /><br />The case is Greene v Paramount Pictures Corp et al, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 14-01044.</p> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:29:00 +0000 Reuters 2470466 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/17/43/hjj.jpg H&M calls in Caitlyn Jenner and the Swedish Olympic Team for new sportswear line http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470461 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/12/501184/caitlyn_jenner.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>H&amp;M has revealed the details of its new sportswear line &#39;For Every Victory&#39;, along with a glimpse of its campaign featuring Caitlyn Jenner.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The high-fashion collection, which was developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympic Team, celebrates the power of personal victories. In keeping with the theme, its campaign stars are &quot;inspirational personalities who have all achieved their own victories, whether in sport or through life experiences.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The collection focuses on core sports and training pieces, with all garments tested by the athletes on the Swedish Olympic team, who advised the brand on design, performance and wearability. Its color palette of black, grey, dusty pink and gold is similar to that of the team&#39;s kit, which was also designed by the Swedish retailer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pieces include performance T-shirts, sports bras, running shorts and leggings crafted from quick-drying, breathable materials designed to help optimise performance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recycled polyesters have also been incorporated into the collection, flying the flag for sustainable fashion, a cause the brand has championed via various initiatives over the past few years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The For Every Victory campaign celebrates the power of sport and self-belief to transform people&#39;s lives. Olympic gold medalist and transgender role model Caitlyn Jenner will be fronting the line&#39;s campaign, which celebrates the power of sport and self-belief to transform people&#39;s lives. She stars alongside Chelsea Werner, a gymnast with Downs Syndrome, surfer Mike Coots, who lost his leg in a shark attack, and boxer Namibia Flores, who has fought against prejudice to pursue her dreams.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For Every Victory launches together with the campaign in stores and online at hm.com on July 21.&nbsp;</div> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:51:00 +0000 AFP 2470461 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/12/501184/caitlyn_jenner.jpg