Shirley P. Olin

With no crowds, Louvre gets rare chance to refurbish

PARIS (AP) — The 518-year-old Mona Lisa has seen many things in her life on a wall, but rarely this: Almost four months with no Louvre visitors.

As she stares out through bulletproof glass into the silent Salle des Etats, in what was once the world’s most-visited museum, her celebrated smile could almost denote relief. A bit further on, the white marble Venus de Milo is for once free of her girdle of picture-snapping visitors.

It’s uncertain when the Paris museum will reopen, after being closed on Oct. 30 in line with the French government’s virus containment measures. But those lucky enough to get in benefit from a rare private look at collections covering 9,000 years of human history — with plenty of space to breathe.


That’s normally sorely lacking in a museum that’s blighted by its own success: Before the pandemic, staff walked out complaining they couldn’t handle the

Read More

New York fashion week style lessons, from Ella Emhoff’s modelling debut to the return of boho-luxe

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler - Proenza Schouler

Ella Emhoff, stepdaughter of US Vice President Kamala Harris, makes her modelling debut for Proenza Schouler – Proenza Schouler

Despite a ragged turn-out by big names, there were some rays of hope at New York fashion week, which came to an end on Thursday. Re-branded the American Collections by an exhausted-looking Tom Ford via a publicised Zoom call on the final day of proceedings, the designer postponed his presentation due to a Covid outbreak at his LA studio. The CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) chief promised faithfully to return to New York in September though.

Meanwhile, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs all opted out of NYFW’s scheduled week. Yet bold, beautiful offerings still shook us home-front-row journalists awake, with Gabriela Hearst and Ulla Johnson stealing the crowns from the old-school absentees.

Hearst and Johnson showed digital presentations similar in scope and model

Read More

How To Stay Warm At Home When Your Power Is Out

The Daily Beast

Jimmy Kimmel Has an Absolute Field Day With Ted Cruz’s Cancun Saga

It was a story tailor-made for Jimmy Kimmel, who has never been shy about his outright hatred of Ted Cruz. And on Thursday night, he spent nearly his entire monologue going in on the Texas senator for fleeing his freezing, devastated home state for what ended up being a short-lived getaway in Cancun.“On behalf of all of us we want to send our best wishes from L.A. to those of you who have been hammered by the cold weather,” the late-night host began, sincerely. “Hundreds of thousands of Texans are still without power. And on a day when the most newsworthy landing should have been the NASA Rover successfully touching down on Mars, instead, it was a senator from Texas touching down on Cancun.”“While his fellow Texans are freezing with the power out Ted Cruz

Read More

15 QVC products that are great for home organization

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Spring cleaning time is right around the corner, but if you’re already itching to get a jumpstart on tidying up the house, QVC is a great place to start. This iconic home shopping network offers everything from kitchen goods to celebrity brands and more, but if it’s home organization aids your after, QVC’s got you covered there, too.

From makeup storage cases that’ll keep all your primers, setting powders, and other cosmetics in check to car hooks that’ll stop your purse from tumbling over every time you hit a red light, these brilliant QVC products can help reduce clutter and make your everyday life easier to navigate. Here are 15 of the best containers, hangers, and more that shoppers swear by.

1. These space-saving hangers

Save space and tidy up messy closets.

Messy closets, meet your match. This

Read More

London Fashion Week goes virtual as Covid bites

London Fashion Week begins on Friday on a virtual format due to a coronavirus lockdown with mainstays like Victoria Beckham shunning the event but others like Burberry embracing the online avatar.

Despite the absence of global celebrities and fashionistas, designers such as Turkey’s Bora Aksu, Britain’s Molly Goddard and Ireland’s Simone Rocha will stream their collections on the London Fashion Week website.

Most of the 94 designers participating in the show, which concludes on Tuesday, will broadcast video highlights of their collections showcasing menswear, womenswear or mixed fashions in an event that is now gender-neutral.

On Monday, the British brand Burberry — known for its tailored trenchcoats — will present its menswear Autumn/Winter collection for 2021, designed by Italian creative director Riccardo Tisci.

In September, the brand presented its Spring/Summer 2021 collection in a film set in the middle of a forest and broadcast live on Twitch.

The streaming platform

Read More

‘Our ballet made you forget the horror of war’

It’s 75 years ago this week that Henry Danton stepped onto the Royal Opera House stage, performing in the Sadler’s Wells (now Royal) Ballet production of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty – the venue’s grand reopening after the war. A former army captain, Danton had gladly traded in his bayonet for ballet shoes, and, in 1946, was living out his dream of dancing at Covent Garden. Now aged 101 – turning 102 in March – Danton is the oldest surviving dancer who has performed with the company.

He was a part of the “pioneering years, as [we] moved into the Opera House,” explains Kevin O’Hare, director of the Royal Ballet. “He still shows that spirit and enthusiasm for classical ballet which helped form the Royal Ballet we know today.” Danton’s era was teeming with dance legends, including Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer and Robert Helpmann. Their performances led Britain out of

Read More