Arts ~ Mário Pedrosa.

Mário Pedrosa was born in Pernambuco, Brasil. Pedrosa is recognised as one of Latin America’s favourable public intellectual critics regarding art, history and philosophy.

Often Mário’s work focused on Brazilian visual culture through the transition era. During the 1940s, it was a critical time for the modes of modernism and social realism. Eventually, this led to new and exciting trends within the world of arts.


This Sunday 24 September, there is a 3pm talk titled: “Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form” at Whitney Museum in New York. The retrospective event will feature the Brazilian’s life and work. Also, there is a great exhibition, On the Affective Nature of Form on display at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Whitney Museum Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. Hours: 10:30am-10pm. Tickets $8/$10.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain. Hours: 10am-9pm. Tickets 10€/8€.


Film ~ Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.

These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.

  1.   Aquarius       Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins

Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.

2. Julieta                  Country: ESPAÑA. Length: 96 mins

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.

3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi  Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins

Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film  director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.

4.  Personal Shopper            Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins

French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.

5. The Last Face                   Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins

A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!


Photography ~ Legendary Fashion Icon

Born in Santo Domingo, a renowned fashion icon died today at the age 82.

Known for his flare and style for the female figure, Oscar de la Renta clothed celebrity stars and royals over the years.

Renowned fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Bergdorf Goodman.

In his early days, Oscar de la Renta studied painting at the Royal Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. As a quick learner, De la Renta became fascinated by the fashion industry. Oscar’s cuts, drapes and sketches gained him an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga. It was known that Oscar said, ” I design clothes for women to wear, I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.” Soon the Spanish house became his experimental creative world where he sent ideas to clients and built relationships with female presidential and ambassadors figures. Soon enough, Oscar left Spain to work as an assistant to Antonio del Castillo at Lanvin in Paris. It was a first to be in France loving the city of lights.

Wise words from the red carpet king include, “Style begins by looking good naked. It’s a discipline. And if you don’t dress well everyday, you lose habit. It’s not about what you wear, but about how you live your life.” And it was clear when Oscar took advice from Diana Vreeland to promote his reputation through working with Elizabeth Arden. By 1965, De la Renta proceeded to work for Seventh Avenue of Jane Derby. When she passed away, he took over the label. Following that, Oscar de la Renta starting his own label loved by many globally. In 1967 and 1968, Oscar won the Coty Award allowing him to become president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

More than amazed, De la Renta launched his own fragrance, OSCAR in 1977 as well as an accessories line in 2001. Oscar de la Renta received a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. Meanwhile, De la Renta was designing for the house of Balmain from 1993 to 2002. What’s more, honorable awards of recognition were presented by King Juan Carlos of Spain, the French government and of course the Dominican Republic.

Then from international exposure in 2003, Oscar de la Renta expanded his markets for ready-to-wear lines in retail boutiques, online and exclusive wholesale partnerships. All you had to do was say Oscar and everyone knew who you were referring to, especially when it came to bridal wear a niche market which he continues to dominate annually.

Also, Oscar served as a board member at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, WNET and chairman at the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute. There are moments of magic sometimes from people in high places. Oscar de la Renta founded Casa del Niño orphanage in La Romana. Additionally, this past summer I visited one of my favorite boutique hotels, Tortuga Bay which was designed by Oscar de la Renta in Punta Cana. I loved the Dominican atmosphere and environment.

Oscar Quote. Credit: T Magazine.

It’s the same warmth and admiration felt for numerous looks and pieces throughout Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear and bridal collections. Oscar once said, “The qualities I most admire in women is confidence and kindness.” The fashion community truly mourns today as a one of the most inspiring fashion creatives is gone but will forever be remembered.

Culture ~ FIFA World Cup 2014

With less than fifty days until one of the largest sporting events, we’re all counting down.

The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 will be a time for people of all kinds to unite for entertainment in Brasil.


This will be the 20th international men’s football tournament. The event is set to take place from 12 June 2014 to 13 July 2014. For the second time, Brasil will welcome sport spectators to enjoy football. A total of 32 teams will travel to 12 host cities to compete in the matches. The countries are:

Group A: Brasil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain

Group C: Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Greece, Japan

Group D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay

Group E: Ecuador, France, Honduras, Switzerland

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Ghana, Germany, Portugal, USA

Group H: Algeria, Belgium, Russia, South Korea


This year, the official logo is inspiration with a design of three hands creating a facepalm with yellow and green to represent Brasil. Next, FIFA commissioned an official poster designed by Brasilian Creative Agency, Crama with an official slogan: “All in One Rhythm”.

In Portuguese: “Juntos num só ritmo”. Then the official song is “We Are One” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. For the mascot, tatu-balo emerged as an armadillo named Fuleco which is a portmanteau of futebol (football) and ecologica (ecology) raising up a football. And of course, Adidas has the privilege of providing the official Brazuca ball shown below.


I’m super excited to see what each country has to bring to the pitch. For record though, I will be supporting Brasil. Then as a way to reflect on past spectacular moments, The Telegraph has assembled instances which were significant during previous World Cups. Despite international news about the progress of the host cities’ stadiums and stability, I believe that Brasil will be able to pull off this event and shock/surprise the world. The biggest issues will be language and transportation but in these times, the national motto will will be applied: Ordem e progresso (order and progress). At the same time, this isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life in Brasil.

Additionally, this World Cup is a chance for many people to view and immerse themselves into Brasilian culture. From beaches, food, music, dance to language and style.There are vital opportunities for business to prosper from international communication. Since Brasil is an emerging nation, there is a possibility that the sport event can boost the country’s infrastructure. For the latest updates, follow FIFA’s Twitter.