Elizabeth Paton (The New York Times) PARIS – When the last model stepped off the runway at Louis Vuitton and the fall 2020 shows drew to a close last week, it was clear that diversity on the catwalks had become a genuine reality and not just a seasonal trend –...

The Quinceañera, Redefined

  Walter Thompson-Hernández (The New York Times) Jayla Sheffield, 15, looked to her left and right. She and six friends, all wearing black shorts, white Nikes and T-shirts with the words “Jayla’s Quince,” paused, ready to kick off a night of festivities with a dance routine they had practiced for months. The...
Andrew Keh and Ben Dooley (The New York Times) In his two decades as a consultant to organizations vying to host the Olympic Games, Terrence Burns helped write and review official bids and plans from dozens of potential candidate cities. In all those bids, he said, discussions of potential disruptions to...
Doreen Carvajal (The New York Times) MADRID – Manolo Osuna lacks a formal art education, but he has spent years roaming the galleries of the Prado Museum as a guard and leader of a seven-person moving brigade that hefts national treasures by Spanish masters like Velázquez and Goya around the...

A Sea Change for Plastic

Unwanted plastics clog landfills and sully city streets and nature preserves. Most alarming to many, the material is beginning to overwhelm the planet’s oceans — from the ballooning Great Pacific Garbage Patch to trash discovered in the Pacific’s deepest reaches. The amount of plastic streaming into the oceans is roughly...
(The New York Times) “Parasite,” the scathing comedy-thriller from Bong Joon Ho, has steadily been making history. Last year, it became the first South Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Last month, it was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, best international feature (formerly...

12 Days on the Silk Road

Charly Wilder (The New York Times) The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan...
Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) MILAN – In a move that could reshape the fashion world, Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, the creative director and chief executive of the Prada Group, the thinking woman’s brand and one of the gravitational poles of the Italian industry, announced on February 23...
Siddhartha Mitter(New York Times) LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo This hot, dry metropolis may seem an unlikely art center. It is a thousand miles from the capital, Kinshasa, on the southern edge of an enormous, unwieldy country typically associated with wars and other crises. Yet the Lubumbashi Biennial, founded in 2008, recently...
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