I don’t have any issues with my age. This shouldn’t seem like an extraordinary statement but sometimes it feels as if getting older, particularly for women, is a fate worse than death and must be warded off at all costs whether that’s through the ritualistic sacrifice of young virgins or a self-portrait putrefying in the attic. You do you, babe.
THE IRISH fashion industry has suffered in the last three years: the demise of local manufacturing has made it increasingly difficult for small, independent designers to get collections made, consumers’ disposable income has been dramatically diminished and retailers are hesitant to experiment with new labels.
Julian Schnabel’s remarkable The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Pathé, €24.99) tells the extraordinary story of French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) who, although almost completely paralysed following a stroke — he can only move by blinking his left eyelid — refuses to accept that his condition is insurmountable.