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Agnes B.

NYFF 2013: At 72, fashion icon Agnes B. begins a new phase


NEW YORK -- Over a five-decade career, the French fashion designer Agnes B. has engaged in some colorful pursuits. She’s opened stores from Asia to Europe, launched perfume and handbag lines and, in recent years, even dabbled in film by forming a producing collaboration with Harmony Korine that yielded "Spring Breakers."

But for all these disparate achievements, Agnes B. (also sometimes known as Agnes Trouble) had never directed a film. And she certainly hadn’t directed a film about incest and child runaways.

That can no longer be said after “My Name Is Hmmm..,” her arty and divisive directorial debut that made its North American premiere when it played for...