Photos by Liz Clayman The food world was epically rocked in summer of 2018, with Anthony Bourdain ‘s suicide in June followed by the death from cancer in August of Joël Robuchon , who many called the greatest chef of his generation. The latter’s restaurant empire has carried on after his passing, with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Northern reaches of New York’s Meatpacking District continuing its lofty culinary pursuits.
Bill Maher was famously sued by Donald Trump in 2013 for comparing the future president to an orangutan. And at times like these, it does seem as though comedy and art are all we have to turn to for sanity. Things are little better, of course, over in Brexit era Blighty – with new Prime Minister (and Trump ideological equivalent) Boris Johnson unsurprisingly bungling his way through his first month on the job.
In 2017, Damien Swaby’s film Living in Hackney documented the significant gentrification of a neighborhood once rife with squatters and punks – and a recent Vice article addressing the same subject followed it up. Into this comes the 11th installment of the French boutique hotel brand Mama Shelter , as high-profile hospitality creeps further into East London
Image by Julia Brokaw Considering their parents are Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, the brother sister duo that is Wardell go about their business with a surprising sort of understated savoir faire. Indeed, Sasha and Theo Spielberg first took to the stage under their current moniker back in 2012, and have essentially organically built a cult following with their captivating brand of mod folk-pop, drawing on influences from Janis Joplin to The Strokes
Since prog rock gave way to punk and, more importantly post-punk in the late ’70s / early ’80s, there’s never not been someone claiming to be the next Velvet Underground. Some, like Echo & the Bunnymen and The Fall, brilliantly upped the noise and sardonicism factors of their paradigm. Others, like Yo La Tengo, nicked the style and added an embarrassing element of nerdiness
The curious and curiouser thing about goth, is how many of its musical progenitors have felt the need to distance themselves from its lugubrious tenets…even as they mostly clung steadfastly to its aesthetic and stylistic codes (let’s be honest, has Robert Smith ever not looked goth?) The members of Bauhaus , arguably goth’s cradle of civilization, have generally gone along with it through the years, rewarding the unshakeable loyalty of their dark-hearted minions with dada-esque reunion performances and a steady flow of caliginously packaged re-issues. And just yesterday, they quite shockingly announced they will play their first show together in 13 years, at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium , Saturday, October 19 – hopefully the first of many.
Around about 2003, we started to recognize a fascinating new hospitality trend, whereby enterprising epicures of particularly good taste were creating design-focused new hotels in strikingly historic structures. Most with just 20 rooms or less, we classified them at the time as “the new urban inns.” One of the first and most spectacular was Lisbon’s Palácio Belmonte , fitted into, as the name hints, a 15th Century palace in the old Alfama district. It won awards for urban regeneration upon its opening just this side of the turning of the Millennium.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Karen Elson and Tomo Koizumi attend The Daily Front Row’s 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City.
We’ve been enthusiastically following Andaz’ European goings on, with stops at their London and Amsterdam hotels during the last year.
Carrying on without her Diamonds, Marina managed to shine just fine on her new album Love + Fear , (released this past spring) including the poignant single “To Be Human” – which sincerely wondered why humans are so disposed to cultivating hatred and strife. Now the winsome Brit songstress has taken five tracks from said album, and stripped them down to their visceral essence, for Love + Fear Acoustic , due out September 13 via Neon Gold / Atlantic