Anne Sinclair and Dominique Strauss-Kahn leave Manhattan criminal court on June 6th, 2011, following the hearing on Strauss-Kahn’s sexual assault charges. Photograph: James Devaney/WireImage

When the telephone rings at 2am, “it is always the sign of a catastrophe”, Anne Sinclair writes in her memoir, Passé composé (Perfect Tense), publishe(...)

Chanel No5 is what comes to mind when we think of perfume itself

Despite the perennial status of beauty products in popular culture, it is unusual for any one product to transcend its genre for long. Certainly there(...)

Irish antique dealer Niall Smith with artist Edwina Sandys (grand-daughter of Winston Churchill) in New York 2007

At the age of 84, veteran New York-based antiques dealer Niall Smith is finally calling it a day at his showroom in Greenwich Village. After more than(...)

In at No. 10:  Saoirse Ronan. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The nation can relax. Saoirse Ronan has made it into the New York Times list of “the 25 greatest actors of the 21st century (so far)”. She is the(...)

Author Lindsey Tramuta. “It was spurred by my frustration with the way many people talk about Paris, I wanted to tell a fresher story.” Photograph: Joann Pai

The ‘branded Parisian’ needs to be reconstructed ‘because it’s been a long time since she’s looked like Brigitte Bardot or Edith Piaf’ There are(...)

Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche

As Bong Joon-ho will shortly discover (and how), following up your first Palme d’Or – particularly after a lengthy, celebrated career – is never the e(...)

 Marjane Satrapi: “I’m a 20th-century woman: I smoke; I’m not on social media; I eat everything.” Photograph: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty

Catherine Deneuve calls her breathtaking. The Simpsons immortalised her by having her punch a hole in a grocery bag. She won best first film at the Cé(...)

The best film in 2020 ends with a tantalising unanswered question.

There was a faint sense of relief as the Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) — presided over by this newspaper’s Tara Brady — gathered to present their (...)

Rosamund Pike in Radioactive

The filmmaker Paulette McDonagh, working with her actor sister Isabel McDonagh and art director third sibling, Phyllis McDonagh, made a series of self(...)

Director Roman Polanski speaks on stage after the preview of his last movie J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy) in Paris. Photograph: Thomas SAMSON / AFP

Roman Polanski has been cautious about making any explicit comparisons between himself and Alfred Dreyfus, the French officer whose trial generated a (...)

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