Margaret Hayes, President and CEO of Fashion Group International, Dies at 79

Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Fashion Group international, died Thursday of complications due to breast cancer.  She was 79.
Hayes has been suffering from breast cancer for the past several years.
Hayes joined FGI in 1994 as president.
In her current role, she oversaw such key programs as the group’s annual Night of Stars gala, a symposium series and a ready-to-wear trend forecast.
Earlier in her career, Hayes was a top merchant at Saks Fifth Avenue. From 1981 to March 1993, Hayes served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager at Saks. She had been a director of Movado Group, Inc. since September, 1993. She also served as a director of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. from 1993 to May 1, 2012.
Hayes was among the honorees in 2017 at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening fund-raiser. That honor personally hit home for the fashion executive. Hayes, a supporter of many cancer research initiatives, said at the time, “As a cancer survivor myself, cancer research is not only philosophically critical, but has been vital to me in the course of my own life.”
In 2013, Hayes was also honored by K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, which is now known as Delivering Good.
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Books of The Times: Beauty, Bad Temper and Scandal in a Riveting Look at Princess Margaret

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FGI’s Margaret Hayes to Be Honored at Next Month’s ‘Hamptons Happening’

SALUTING HAYES: The Fashion Group International’s president and chief executive officer Margaret Hayes will be among the honorees at next month’s Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Happening fund-raiser.
The Grammy-nominated Rufus Wainwright will headline this year’s event and an up-and-coming musician Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé, will also perform. About 500 guests are expected to descend on Maria and Kenneth Fishel’s 15-acre home in Bridgehampton for the August 5 event. Other honorees will include First Wall Street Capital’s charman and ceo Glenn Myles, agent-producer-author Shep Gordon, restaurateur and chef Gabriel Kreuther and Magnolia Bakery’s chief baking officer Bobbie Lloyd.
A proponent of education and special events, Hayes has overseen such key programs at FGI as the group’s annual Night of Stars gala, a symposium series and a ready-to-wear trend one. The SWCRF honor personally hits home for the fashion executive. Hayes, a supporter of many cancer research initiatives, said, “As a cancer survivor myself, cancer research is not only philosophically critical, but has been vital to me in the course of my own life.”
Wainwright will be a familiar face to the fashion types who turn up next month. In addition to singing at Michael Kors’ fashion show in New York

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Essay: Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

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Margaret Atwood’s Advice For Young Feminists: ‘Be Informed, Be Aware’

It’s an International Women’s Day miracle! Margaret Atwood, author of the classic feminist dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale, took to the internet today bearing gifts: A new teaser for the Hulu series adaptation of the book, a takeover of the series’ Instagram account, and a Reddit AMA bursting with feminist inspiration

Over the course of her AMA, the speculative fiction doyenne offered Reddit users insights about her work, the upcoming “Handmaid’s Tale” series, and the feminist struggle. A major topic of discussion was the dystopian novel ― timely due to both its soon-to-be-released TV version and the timeliness of the book’s events. The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a future North America in which a theocratic regime has seized power and dramatically rolled back women’s rights. 

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Here are some of the big takeaways:

Young feminists need to stay informed about threats to their rights.

In one response, Atwood encouraged young women to be politically engaged ― a fitting message from the author of a book that’s had such a profound impact on many feminists today. “Be informed, be aware,” she wrote, urging feminists to try “to prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of women’s health. Who knew that this would ever have to be defended? Childbirth care, pre-natal care, early childhood care ― many people will not even be able to afford any of it.”

The consequences of women losing access to reproductive healthcare would be dire.

If these healthcare battles were to be lost, Atwood was clear that the damage would be severe: “Dead bodies on the floor will result.”

Sexual assault is still a problem, and we need to be able to defend ourselves.

“There is the whole issue of sexual violence being used as control ― it is such an old motif.” She suggested one concrete, practical step for women to take immediately: “If I were a younger woman I’d be taking a self-defense course,” she advised. “It’s an unsettled time.”

The dystopian world she created in The Handmaid’s Tale seems increasingly possible here and now.

When one Reddit user went so far as to posit that the U.S. “is basically on the road to becoming Gilead” (the theocratic, patriarchal totalitarian state in The Handmaid’s Tale), Atwood didn’t disagree. “I cannot tell you how strange this feels,” she admitted. “I wrote the book hoping to fend it off, and I believe it will be fended off: America is very diverse, a lot of people have been jolted out of political slumber and are paying attention, and the Constitution still stands.”

Comparing the 2017 screen adaptation of the novel to a 1990 film version, she noted that times had changed: “That world is closer now! […] then, many people were saying, ‘It can’t happen here.’ Now, not so much.”

The Hulu series won’t downplay the anti-woman dystopian themes. 

During the AMA, she had high praise for the Hulu series, which she helped write and on which she’s credited as a consulting producer. “It goes farther than I did in the book,” she revealed. 

How exactly does it go farther? Let’s just say: We can’t wait to find out.

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Tilda Swinton Releases Email Exchange With Margaret Cho About Whitewashing In ‘Doctor Strange’

Everyone in Hollywood has apparently learned a lesson from the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian Snapchat debacle of 2016: always keep your receipts.

On Wednesday, comedian Margaret Cho revealed that Tilda Swinton reached out over email to discuss the controversy surrounding her casting as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” a character who is a Tibetan man in comic book canon. Swinton’s casting was immediately met with resistance from the Asian and Asian-American community, which has historically been erased and stereotyped on screen due to Hollywood selecting white actors to play roles intended for them.

“Tilda eventually emailed me and she said that she didn’t understand why people were so mad about ‘Doctor Strange’ and she wanted to talk about it, and wanted to get my take on why all the Asian people were mad,” Cho told actor Bobby Lee on his podcast TigerBelly. “It was so weird.”

Cho and Swinton evidently had a “long discussion” about whitewashing in the film industry, which the “Snowpiercer” actress asked her not make public. The conversation struck an uncomfortable note for Cho, an unapologetic critic of Hollywood’s representational deficiencies, who in her own words, ended up feeling like a “house Asian.” 

In response to Cho’s interview, Swinton’s team released the entire unedited email exchange on Friday for “the opportunity to clarify and with all good wishes to all,” according to Vulture. Later that night, Cho made a statement reiterating that “Asian actors should play Asian roles,” but writing that she remains a huge fan of Swinton’s.

The five emails between the two actresses were written in May 2016 months before the premiere of “Doctor Strange,” as the backlash to Swinton’s casting gained traction. You can read them below:

On Friday, May 13, 2016, Tilda Swinton wrote:

Dear Margaret,

We’ve never met, but you’ve been in my head for years – I’m a fan.
I want to ask you a favour now which is sprung out of a truly important social conversation but may be heading for some crazy-making shit.

The diversity debate – ALL STRENGTH to it – has come knocking at the door of Marvel’s new movie DR STRANGE.

I am told that you are aware of this.  But since I am that extinct beast that does no social media, I am unaware of what exactly anybody has said about any of it.  I believe there are some ironies about this particular film being a target, but I’m frankly much more interested in listening than saying anything much.

I would really love to hear your thoughts and have a – private – conversation about it. Are you up for this?  Can we e-mail? 

No wrong answer here.  Tell me to fuck off if you feel like it.  In any and every case,

Much love to you,


From: Margaret Cho
To: Tilda Swinton
Sent: Fri, 13 May 2016 13:32
Subject: Re: Strange matters

Sure! I’m a big fan of yours – since orlando! 

Well, what do you know so far? I can tell you from my perspective what’s happening!

The character you played in Dr Strange was originally written as a Tibetan man and so there’s a frustrated population of Asian Americans who feel the role should have gone to a person of Asian descent. 

The largerpart of the debate has to do with the ‘whitewashing’ of Asian and Asian Americans in film. Our stories are told by white actors over and over again and we feel at a loss to know how to cope with it. 

Protest seems to be the only solution- we just want more representative images of ourselves in film. TV is getting better in terms of diversity but film is lagging behind. 

Anyway – hope this helps! We can totally email and we can be private! Best, m

On Friday, May 13, 2016, Tilda Swinton wrote:

Thank you so much for your reply! So grateful to have a chance to chew this cud with you.  Super clear.

Here’s the situation I reckon Marvel was in. The old comic books from way back when are stuffed with stereotypes that we could all find offensive for any number of reasons. 

The film – like any film adaptation – is a riff on the books. The Ancient One may have been written as a Tibetan man in the comics, but Marvel, in a conscious effort to shake up stereotypes, wanted to avoid tired cliché. They cast Chiwetel Ejiofor as the second lead – a white Transylvanian in the books. And wrote a significant Asian character to be played by Benedict Wong.

With The Ancient One (the ‘wise old Eastern geezer’ Fu Manchu type in the book), wanting to switch up the gender (another diversity department) and not wanting to engage with the old ‘Dragon Lady’ trope, they chose to write the character as being of (ancient) Celtic origin and offered that role to me. Presumably on Ancient grounds. I accepted happily, impressed that, for once, they aimed to disrupt the ‘wisdom must be male’ never-ending story – and, by the way, for once, wanting to feature a woman who’s a badass, over 26 and not simply bursting out of a bikini.

The biggest irony about this righteous protest targeting this particular film is the pains the makers went to to avoid it.

A  – personal – irony to my being even remotely involved in this controversy is what I stand up for and always have.  Whether it is challenging the idea of what women look like, or how any of us live our lives, or how we educate our children, diversity is pretty much my comfort zone.  The idea of being caught on the wrong side of this debate is a bit of a nightmare to me. 

I am as sick as anybody at the lack of a properly diverse cinematic universe. Pretty much sick of the Anglophone world in general, sick of all the men’s stories, sick of all the symmetrical features and Mattel-inspired limbs..

I’m a Scottish woman of 55 who lives in the Highlands. There’s precious little projected on contemporary cinema screens that means a great deal to my life, if truth be told.


How best might we focus this thing?  To offer intelligent and empowered thinking..  And see something constructive coming out of this moment? 

Ducking the issue is not what I am about.  I want to meet it, but, if possible, move things forward by how I meet it.

I realise, as far as I am concerned, this possibly means saying nothing:  so far I have attempted to correct the notion that I accepted an offer to play an Asian.. (!!) the most significant and damaging misunderstanding out there, it seems. Beyond that, I don’t feel it appropriate for me to add anything, certainly at this point.

But I would love to know what ideas you – or anyone you know –  have of something properly progressive to bring to this table. The debate is so important for all of us. It needs to build itself on strong ground.



From: Margaret Cho
To: Tilda Swinton
Sent: Fri, 13 May 2016 20:44
Subject: Re: Strange matters

I’m totally unfamiliar with all the comic books so I can’t speak on anything about that – and the efforts to make this film more diverse is unfortunately lost in the translation here. Hopefully that comes up more when the film comes out and is finally brought to audiences! 

I think that it’s just a timing thing – Asian Americans are fed up with not being given roles even if the part called for someone of Asian descent  – and that the Ancient One role was being used as another example of ‘whitewashing’. Social media has grown to the point where we can use it effectively to express – well whatever. 

I believe very much that you as an artist are about diversity and your body of work shows that – but this particular case of the Ancient One is just another in a long list of ‘whitewashed’ Asian characters and so you’re likely to feel the heat of history. 

I am not sure what to say other than I am glad you want to meet the issue head on – it’s a tough one I know.

I think that talking about the issue frankly – as you have done with me is the right way to go. It’s hard I know – people get very angry and it’s difficult to know what to do to get around that anger. But you should know that it’s anger built up over many many years of invisibility within film/tv/media that’s just exploded now with this film. And it’s not just you – It’s also directed at Scarlett Johanssen for Ghost in the Shell.

Maybe what’s best is the highlight the diversity that you do see in the film and that being why you felt drawn to the project.

Also acknowledge that you’re all about diversity and how you want the films you make to be diverse and how film can benefit from that.

I’d even suggest getting into producing content that would give Asian American voices a platform? That’s really what is being asked for. Asian Americans feel as if we have no place in film and so we want one to be created. Whether that is found in supporting projects that would bring Asians into the foreground or even just discussing what it would take to do such a thing would help. 

On Friday, May 13, 2016, Tilda Swinton wrote:

I can’t thank you enough for this.

It really helps me sort out the lay of the land. To be continued.


By the way, the project I have been developing as a producer over the past two years is with Bong Joon Ho – my colleague from SNOWPIERCER – a film called OKJA shooting this summer in Korea, NYC and Vancouver – to my knowledge the first ever half Korean/half English speaking film, which we are making with Plan B and Netflix, in which the lead is a 14 year old girl from Korea and which stars Steven Yeun, amongst others..  fingers crossed it will be a big deal and help the landscape somewhat.. I hope and believe it will.

From: Margaret Cho
To: Tilda Swinton
Sent: Fri, 13 May 2016 22:30
Subject: Re: Strange matters

Hey that’s great about OKJA! 

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Margaret Ouchida: Stories, Legends and Realms


Art history, ecclesiastics, fabulism and a profound delight in materials conspire in the studio of Margaret Ouchida. Her engrossing mixed media light-and-shadow boxes (which she calls “box animation”) tell many kinds of universal stories — art history, folklore, scripture and children’s literature. But the real story is more fundamental still, and that is the story of her relationship to her craft; and her desire to transcend artificial, unhelpful boundaries between genres and techniques in order to arrive at a more intimate and expansive understanding of what inspires an artist. “I don’t want to be boxed in,” she says, no pun intended, “to working in just one medium. I am captivated by so many materials, and I want to move between them intuitively.” Nevertheless, the stories she interprets in this way do carry compelling meaning. It’s the wonderment and patiently detailed way in which Ouchida negotiates between form and idea that gives her work its joyful life.

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The works in Stories, Legends, and Realms offer a comprehensive overview of her practice, as each articulates an aspect of her inspirations and methods. “We Will Not Bow” is a 5-panel piece, a row of one-inch deep light boxes, whose images are built on acrylic backings of watercolor, colored pencil and lighting gels. A blue sky is variably saturated according to the elapsing time of day. An expanse of bright, hot desert sand is punctuated by figures and stone structures in both the foreground and far distance. It’s clear from the gestures and costumes that a religious parable is underway; and in fact it is based on the story of three men who were miraculously saved from a fiery death at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar, having refused to worship a false god as directed. “It’s one of my favorite Bible stories,” says Ouchida. “Plus I really wanted to recreate fire in a piece!” Expertly deployed cellophane, vellum and fans create a convincing special effect of smoke and fire — and better still, she organized a narrative sequence in which those elements move the story.

“Rendezvous II” is a rare single-panel piece depicting a meeting between a princess and a unicorn. While different in tone, it is made the same way and thus speaks to the range of themes treated in her style. As with “We Will Not Bow,” it is clear that it’s the atmospheric effects where she strives for realism — and the figurative drawing is free to remain stylized, nearly pre-Raphaelite in its expressive flatness, allegorical in a sort of literary/educational mode. To that point, the shadow box “The Wedding” (which is part of her toad-based universe, more on that later) employs different materials, techniques, content and visual style than the lightboxes. Yet in the same spirit, this and related works elaborate on her appreciation for novel tech and seductive materials — and importantly, her affection for contextualizing those materials within her storytelling impulse. “The Wedding” is a theatrically-lit diorama featuring cut-paper lilypads, an orchestra band in silhouette and undulating water glass. The painted toad-bride’s dress is a silk calla lily. It’s worth noting that Ouchida’s pets include a family of pampered toads, who serve as inspiration, models and muses in her art and writing.


Speaking of, “T’ode to Klimt” is the first in her new “t’ode” series — homages to art history in which protagonists are replaced by the aforementioned toads. Baudrillard said that “simulation is the ecstasy of the real,” and when it comes to Ouchida’s accomplishments as a matter of craftsmanship, words like labor-intensive, meticulous and painstaking fail. Based on “The Kiss,” she’s engineered a gilded grove with scores of elements including but not limited to: flocked grass, 1,400 clay flowers, twinkling LED stars, laser-cut trees and hundreds of paper leaves on dripping vines. “It’s like copying a Master,” Ouchida explains. “You get to work in their palette, but it’s not a copy; it’s something much more than that.” It’s a new life for an old legend. It’s a t’ode.

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