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Marques’Almeida Designers Win Lvmh Prize

22 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

With a judging panel that includes the designers Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Nicholas Ghesquière, the Lvmh Prize is like the turbocharged version of "Project Runway." Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the designers behind the Marques’Almeida brand who were announced winners of the 2015 Prize on Friday, said that the star-studded jury made the victory particularly sweet. “It’s such a huge honor, coming from this judging panel” said Marques. “These are the people who we’ve always looked up to. »

- Jason Chow

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‘Daughters of the Samurai’ Sheds Light on a Strange Chapter in U.S.-Japanese History

19 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

In 1871, five Japanese girls were sent to live and study in the U.S., and become versed in Western culture. Their mission was to immerse themselves in Western customs and education, so they could one day return to their native, Meiji era Japan and share what they had learned. The two oldest of the five girls, who were between 6 and 14 years old, struggled upon arrival and left the U.S. soon after. But the remaining three -- Sutematsu Yamakawa Oyama, »

- Barbara Chai

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‘Inside Out’ Filmmakers Relied on Science to Fuel Their Imaginations

19 May 2015 11:05 AM, PDT

Cannes -- If the thought of broccoli pizza turns your stomach, or you still cringe recalling when you broke down in tears in front of your classmates, you’re bound to have something in common with Riley, the emotionally volatile protagonist of  “Inside Out." The Disney/Pixar film, which was directed by Pete Docter ("Up"), offers a peek inside the flashy, colorful mind of an 11-year-old. "We did a tremendous amount of research to get the details right and understand »

- Lanie Goodman

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