The loudest buzz at this winter’s Art Basel in Miami was centered around Avant Gallery . Their roster includes some of the biggest and boldest names in the art world, as well as notable comers. Skyler Grey, for instance, is only 19 years old, and known for pop transformations of iconic brands into cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse as Karl Lagerfeld.
Image by Inga & Lilja Birgisdottir Yes, yes – it’s become a shopworn cliche…bands from Iceland make music that is seemingly not of this Earth. Yet since the first appearance of Sigur Rós in 1994, we have wondered if anyone would ever again achieve a sound as gossamer, as ineffable as had they. Admittedly we say it with caution – but the Icelandic twosome HUGAR have indeed captured our aural imagination, with their blissful but abstruse intersection of classical and (for lack of a better word) ambient inspirations
In the perhaps overambitious lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a zealous program of hotel development left the city afterwards with too many places to stay, and not enough people to stay in them. Especially as Shanghai was emerging as the new hub of contemporary Chinese finance and business. Eleven years on, that situation has carefully righted itself – and so the arrival onto the scene of the plush new Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing is being met with the requisite enthusiasm
We can veritably feel the electricity in the air, as the annual arrival of spring approaches (though admittedly, this was a wimp of a winter). Extended daylight, warming temperatures, and let’s face it, serious FOMO, make for the perfect inspirations to spend these more pleasant evenings sipping your way through seasonal cocktails at the newest downtown tippling hotspots. Soho’s hotel bar scene, for one, just got much more interesting with the opening of A.L.B.
The name Dario Cecchini , who runs his family’s 250 year old butcher shop in Tuscany, has been everywhere recently. Earlier this year, he taught The Top Chef Kentucky crew how to butcher a steak to yells of “Carne! Carne!” In an even more recent episode of Chef’s Table (about him), the Netflix star Samin Nosrat, creator of “Salt Fat Acid Heat,” waxed poetically about Dario’s attitude towards meat: “You can taste the care that he has for the animals.” The shop in Panzano (in the Chianti region of Toscana) has been doing things the same way for eight generations
Seaport District On a drizzly winter day recently, we took a temporary elevator up to the dizzying heights of the elaborate construction project that is One Wall Street .
At the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo nothing gets…lost in translation.
We’ve spent enough time in Finland to know that there is a singular sort of melancholy that pervades the air there – especially during winter.
If ever a star was “born,” it was on the fateful day of April 28, 2010, when a 12-year-old kid from Oklahoma belted out a shiver-inducing cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” (for a school talent show) and left a room full in onlookers gasping in awe. When the video of the performance was uploaded t0 YouTube, it became an instant sensation – and soon record biz honchos (including Guy Oseary) were beating a path to the door of a very young Greyson Chance .
Terence Spencer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images Those kids selling maps to movie stars’ homes in LA didn’t come upon that business model out of the blue. It’s been proven a subset of human nature to want to peek behind the curtains of the lives of our idols, something that a whole new generation of ethically-challenged social and entertainment media have only been too willing to exploit. But it’s not all just shameless titillation