Something old, something new
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Undeniably Armoured Emirates
Three days in and the biannual International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) in Abu Dhabi is starting to heat up. A series of deals have already been made at the Middle East’s largest arms fair and yesterday Russia and the UAE announced that they’re developing a fighter jet together. Meanwhile a report revealed that the past five years have been the most lucrative for the defence industry since the end of the Cold War; the Middle East in particular has buoyed the fortunes of the world’s arms exporters, even amid the oil-price crisis. The UAE, for its part, looks to be coming out of a thrifty period: yesterday it bought 400 armoured personnel carriers and an additional $1bn (€940m) has been piped into its defence budget.
In the fashion world February means only one thing: fashion week. And until last summer it would have been a hunting ground for New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. The late pioneer of street-style photography spent close to 40 years at the paper and would often be spotted riding along Fifth Avenue on his Biria bike, capturing Manhattan’s most elegant and eccentric outfits with his 35mm Nikon camera if he wasn’t at an event photographing the industry’s elite. He made street-style what it is today and now the New York Historical Society has announced that it will be displaying his possessions and library of clippings, notes and photographs as part of its permanent exhibition come spring. He may no longer ride past 57th Street and Fifth Avenue – which has been renamed Bill Cunningham Corner in his honour – but future generations of street-style photographers inspired by his work will keep his legacy alive.
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