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Olivia de Havilland embodied old Hollywood, and shook it up

NEW YORK (AP) — She was one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars and determined off-screen fighters. No one was better suited than Olivia de Havilland to play the sainted Melanie Wilkes in “Gone With t...

French refinery leaks toxic chemical into marine life area

PARIS (AP) — An orange-brown chemical sheet spread over 15 acres (6 hectares) of a nationally recognized marine life area in the French Mediterranean following a leak at a petrochemical plant in south...

Prada headlines Milan's first Digital Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) — Prada headlined Day 1 of Milan’s first Digital Fashion Week on Tuesday with a series of out-sourced videos and the apt subtitle ‘’the show that never happened.’’ Luxury ...

As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French f...

Luxury fashion challenged to confront racist attitudes

MILAN (AP) — When luxury fashion lined up social media posts to show solidarity with Black Lives Matters protests, brands got a whole lot of blowback. Transgender model and actress ...

Hit hard by virus, fine dining finds new ways to serve

San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn was huddled with staff one day in mid-March when she learned that coronavirus restrictions would close the dining room at her celebrated restaurant, Atelier Crenn. I...

France has millions of unsold face masks after virus crisis

PARIS (AP) — The French praised the altruism of their prized textile and luxury goods companies when production facilities got diverted from churning out the latest fashions to making cloth masks desi...

French chef Ducasse unveils anti-virus air system

PARIS (AP) — French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse on Thursday unveiled a novel air ventilation system in one of his smallest Parisian restaurants to try to overcome the distancing restrictions related ...

Paris cafes, restaurants partially reopen post-lockdown

PARIS (AP) — Parisians who have been cooped up for months with takeout food and coffee can savor their steak tartare in the fresh air and cobbled streets of the City of Light once more — albeit in sma...

Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era

PARIS (AP) — Dining at a table where each person is enclosed by a clear plastic shield might look and sound futuristic, but it could be one way for some restaurants to reopen. It also might help out i...

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

PARIS (AP) — Few countries seem immune to the perception leaders are bending the rules of their own governments during the coronavirus pandemic. From U.S. President Donald Trump to I...

Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples

PARIS (AP) — “Do as I say, but not as I do” was the message many British saw in the behavior of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's key aide, who traveled hundreds of miles with coronavirus symptoms during...

Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Gucci and Saint Laurent are two of the highest profile luxury fashion houses to announce they will leave the fashion calendar behind, with its relentless four-times-a-year rhythm, ...

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

BRUSSELS (AP) — Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic....

Dentists re-open in France after two-month lockdown

PARIS (AP) — Anyone who suffered through France's two-month lockdown with a toothache or other oral affliction of a non-emergency nature has a hope of licking the pain. Dental pract...