The Real Cost of Your Blue Jeans

Making the industry's 80 billion garments per year requires huge amounts of water and toxic chemicals. It employs every sixth person on Earth—most in dangerous conditions for very little money.

Bulgari on Parade

Despite recessionary bruises, the luxury jewelry house stages a glittery 125th-birthday retrospective.

The Looming Battle for Hermès

LVMH's Bernard Arnault has an insatiable appetite for luxury brands. Now the 'wolf in cashmere' is licking his chops over one of the last family-controlled companies in the business: Hermès. Will he win, and turn class to mass?

Sunset Marquis Hotel, Hollywood

For most of its 45 years, it's been known as a discreet retreat for the wild and famous: Courtney Love wrote a song about the place, Brad Pitt moved in when he and Jennifer Aniston split and, most famously, '60s rock icon Janis Joplin spent the last year of her life there.

Saïd Taghmaoui: From The Ghetto To The Global Screen

Saïd Taghmaoui may be the most unlikely movie star ever to come out of France. The youngest of 10 children of Moroccan immigrants, he grew up in la Cité des 3000, the notorious ghetto in Aulnay-sous-Bois, the poor Paris suburb and flash point for France's race riots in 2005.

Hot Spot: Indonesia

Ambience: Located near the 1,000-year-old clifftop Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, the Bulgari Bali is a sprawling posh resort of 59 private villas accessed by chauffeur-driven golf carts.

When Rock Was Young

In March 1955, the teen drama "Blackboard Jungle" hit U.S. movie theaters, with a rollicking tune called "Rock Around the Clock" played during the opening credits.

Faceless Fashion

Quick: name the designer for Yves Saint Laurent. How about Gucci? Céline? Givenchy? Chloé? Seven or eight years ago, the answers were easy: Tom Ford, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, respectively.

Everything a Man Wants

In his ten years as creative director of Gucci, American-born designer Tom Ford not only turned luxury fashion into a hedonistic fantasy, he helped take it global and mass-market.

Home Shopping Network

In the old days, ladies traveled to Paris to attend the couture shows in the ornate salons of the designers' headquarters. Afterward, they met with their personal vendeuses—or saleswomen—to try on the creations they desired.

Cannes: Defending Terror

On Sept. 30, 1956, a beautiful young Algerian revolutionary named Djamila Bouhired planted a bomb in an Algiers bar that killed 17 people. The bombing was the turning point in Algeria's fight for independence from France.

Cannes Loses Some of Its Fun

"I'm an auction whore!" cried Sharon Stone, slithering across the stage in silver lamé at amfAR's 14th annual Cinema Against AIDS dinner at the famed Moulin des Mougins restaurant in Cannes on Wednesday night.And indeed she was.She raised the stakes on a luxury yacht cruise, replete with a Chanel surfboard and other choice goodies, by offering a kiss by George Clooney to the winning bid right then and there.

Film: Cannes Director Makes Daring Choices

For the past 60 years, the Cannes Film Festival has been a veritable cirque du cinéma: topless starlets line the beach, crowds fill the streets and protests, parades, and all-night parties make headlines.

Waiting for Inspiration: Beckett's Impact

Samuel Beckett is best known for his perennially reprised 1953 play "Waiting for Godot," about two men expecting someone who never arrives. But there is far more in the Irish Nobel laureate's canon, and as a new show at the Pompidou Center in Paris sets out to prove, his influence on other artists has been profound. "Samuel Beckett" (through June 25), explores the writer as a lasting cultural force by presenting an excellent mix of memorabilia and portraits of him, as well as works inspired by...

Art: David Lynch's Ways of Seeing

David Lynch is standing in the basement gallery of the Cartier Foundation in Paris, sipping a big cappuccino as he oversees the installation of "The Air is on Fire," a retrospective of his work (through May 27).

Fashion Business: Reviving Lacroix

For 20 years, the name Christian Lacroix has stood for two things in fashion: complicated clothes and capital losses. But that's about to change. Three American brothers who bought Lacroix from the French luxury group Moët Hennessey-Louis Vuitton (LVMH) two years ago are using their no-nonsense business acumen to reinvent the label.

The Rebel Shooter

Photographer William Klein has always been a rebel. When he started shooting fashion in 1955, he says, he wanted to "invent and find new ways of doing things." By putting models in real life setting and printing the images in extreme black and white contrast, he radically changed the way clothing was presented in the glossies.

Moving the 'Mona Lisa'

Henri Loyrette promised a new and improved Louvre when he took over as president and director of the august Paris museum four years ago and, step by step, he has delivered.

THE RISE OF 'ROME'

Niobe, the wife of one of Caesar's soldiers, wanders down a crowded cobblestone passage in the filthy, overcrowded slums of ancient Rome to make amends with her scorned sister, Lyde, a butcher.

WHEN HIGH FASHION MEETS LOW

On a frisky Friday night in September, Paris's chic and hip flocked to the rooftop restaurant of the Centre Pompidou to celebrate fashion's coolest new collaboration: Karl Lagerfeld and H&M.

MCFASHION DESIGN

On a frisky Friday night in September, Paris's chic and hip flocked to the rooftop restaurant of the Centre Pompidou to celebrate fashion's coolest new collaboration: Karl Lagerfeld and H&M.

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