For awhile, all anybody could talk about regarding Mika was if he would be the one to play Freddie Mercury in what would eventually become the Oscar-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody . The November 2016 announcement that the role would go to Rami Malek then shifted the conversation to why it wouldn’t be Mika. Eight long months on from the film’s debut, Mika has decisively steered the Mika conversation back to, well…Mika.
Perhaps the genuine thrill of Stranger Things is that the viewer has no real idea of what is actually going on. Like, really – what the hell is with that portal already? It’s that same condition that very much makes the new film Luz by first time director Tilman Singer so riveting…and unsettling
It was a seeming inevitability that Standard Hotels would eventually open a London outpost. And this week, the doors have indeed at last opened on its first UK property, the Standard, London , located in the now nicely tidied up King’s Cross – whose once insalubrious streets and railway station were immortalized in song in 1987 by The Pet Shop Boys.
Not even a year ago, CBD was the cheeky new novelty, upsetting conservative types with its surreptitious mainstreaming of hemp culture. It promised everything from alleviation of chronic pain to the calming of significant levels of stress. Push the clocks forward to summer 2019, and dubious CBD products can now be found in roadside convenience stores in Idaho and Wyoming.
If you had to be dropped somewhere in the middle of Tuscany, you could surely do worse than to find yourself in Casole D’Elsa . Just 60km from Firenze, 30km from Siena, and dancing along the edge of the ethereal Chianti wine region, it dates all the way back to the 10th Century.
Last Thursday at Rome’s Colle Pallatino, at the Temple of Venus and Roma, Fendi unveiled its 2019-2020 couture collection to much fashionista fanfare. And now, to add a special measure of gravitas to the event, pieces from The Dawn of Romanity (as it was so dramatically titled) will be on show at the 1st floor exhibition space of Fendi’s headquarters, at the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (near Rome’s Parco del Ninfeo). Open to the public, fashion fans will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the couture creations up close, and watch the brand’s artisans from their ateliers in Florence and Porto San Giorgio carrying out the creative process right in front of them
Dior has officially announced the release of its 2019 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection (by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri) with a playfully bold new campaign. Shot by photographer Brigitte Niedermair , it features models Selena Forrest and Ruth Bell
Try as they might, a new generation of period dramas – The Borgias , The Crown , Versailles – will never quite convey the gravitas, or raw, visceral depths of any number of Merchant Ivory films – A Room With a View , Maurice, Howards End …or, for that matter, the original Brideshead Revisited . Arguably, the pinnacle of said dramas is Milos Forman’s 1984 masterpiece Amadeus , in part due to its willingness to upend historical accuracy for dramatic wallop – but mostly for its clever contextualization within a knowingly contemporary point of view.
In Italia, of course, Milan is home to just about every major fashion house that matters – save Gucci and Ferragamo, who belong to fair Firenze. But Rome is the unmistakable birthplace of Fendi . And while America was celebrating its 243rd birthday this past Thursday, the legendary house that gave us the coveted Baguette and Peekaboo bags was renewing its special bond with the Eternal City
Confirming a fairly reliable but welcome cycle, tiki drinks are one of this season’s hottest imbibing trends; and no surprise, as temps continue to soar, the crushed ice and rum begins to flow. But leave it to the impressively creative team behind Sunday in Brooklyn to combine their love of both tiki and yakitori to conceive Yaki Tiki, which will surely be an insanely popular pop-up at the A/D/O building in Greenpoint, Brooklyn every weekend this summer. Here, their award winning cocktail magic highlights whimsical takes on classics – to wit, using shochu, a classic Japanese liquor, as well as traditional rum.