April Gloss-ip

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When ambassador to France Rory Montgomery hosted the St Patrick’s Day “cocktail” at the Paris embassy of Ireland for his first time, guests of honour included Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and his wife, Carol Hanney. French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébaut, super-successful Paris-based fashion consultant Helen Lambert and Melvin Holland, grandson of Oscar Wilde, were also among the guests. Ambassador Montgomery was nursing a glass of what seemed to be mouthwash. It turned out to be his first – “and probably my last” – crème de menthe, selected on the grounds that its vivid green was suited to the occasion.    

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.

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All About Yves

It’s the year of Yves Saint Laurent: two films about the designer’s life will come to fruition in 2014. Jalil Laspert’s Yves Saint Laurent is set in 1958 and focuses on the foundation of the couture house, while Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent hones in on the later period between 1965-1976. There’s another key difference, though: Laspert co-operated with Saint Laurent’s longtime partner in love and business, Pierre Bergé, dubbed by media “The Dean of Saint Laurent” for his protective stance over the late designer’s legacy. Bonello didn’t, and has already been threatened with lawsuit by Bergé. This rival production has been postponed until October (it was initially scheduled for this month), but the Bergé approved Yves Saint Laurent is out now. One fashion legend, two conflicting stories.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.

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Fashion Exhibitions: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

The glamour of Jean Paul Gaultier comes alive in this retrospective of the couturier, unleashing us into a world of theatrical fashion, conical bras, Eurotrash and avant-garde wit. The Barbican, London; April 9-August 17.

This story appears in the April issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday May 1.