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An inspiration flowing from within
Inspired by a saying of Eastern Han dynasty scholar Cui Yuan (崔瑗) -- about how a virtuous person should hide his brilliance in the dark -- Wang Li Ling (汪俐伶) established the Dark Light Design Studio (曖設計工作室). Her combinations of Chinese concepts with high-tech textiles has caught the attention of fashionistas in both the Eastern and Western world.
 
Edvard Munch painting fetches US$54 million at Sotheby's
A work by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch fetched over US$54 million at Sotheby's auction of impressionist and modern art on Monday.
 
Vandals break tusk of Bernini elephant statue in Rome
Police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome.
 
Taipei à la mode
The 14th Taipei IN Style (TIS, 台北魅力展) took place last week from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 at Songshan Creative and Cultural Park (松山文創園區), where those in the fashion industry came together for a series of shows and seminars. The general public was invited to participate as well. Having evolved into an international platform for Taiwan designers to showcase their work and to get a glimpse of styles trending in other cities, the exhibition saw a total of 121 brands, 10 run-way shows and two seminars.
 
Beauty in simplicity
Adopting a minimalist style influenced by Yohji Yamamoto and Jil Sander and demonstrating deliberate care for details, designer Austin Wu (吳日云) stands out not only in Taiwan's fashion scene but also worldwide. Winning the Taiwan Fashion Design Award (TFDA, 時裝設計新人獎) at a previous Taipei IN Style event, he launched his first brand "AUSTIN.W" while still a junior in university and his sub brand "the grey" just recently.
 
A walk of one's  own — into a forest
Instead of pursuing buzzing trends, designer Cecilia Chang (張朔瑜) presents artistic pieces, allowing their wearers -- herself included -- to come in contact with their inner voices on a soul-searching journey. Matching her collections to poems that convey the ideas of her creative process, the shy Chang gives context to her latest collection from the brand "Ceci": a vision in relaxed and clean white, plantation green, pristine nude and black that symbolizes negative emotions.
 
Blurring  boundaries and  challenging convention
By blending elements of menswear and womenswear, Athena Chuang (莊承華) wowed with an androgynous Spring and Summer collection at this year's Taipei IN Style. In the past, her designs tended to be more romantic and "girly," but this time Chung was determined to show the world that there are more ways to define femininity and how fun fashion gets when no rules are set in stone.
 
Elton John shares photo collection at Tate exhibit
He's one of the most colorful figures in rock 'n' roll, but when it comes to photography, Elton John embraces black and white.
 
A dome-less mosque designed by a Bangladeshi woman architect and a Beirut institute by the late Zaha Hadid were among six projects awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Sunday.
 
Bob Dylan's artwork in major London show
The timing couldn't be better for Saturday's opening of "The Beaten Path," a major exhibit of Bob Dylan's artworks at the Halcyon Gallery on London's pricey New Bond Street.
 
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