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.
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
With names like Hawaii and Sukil, the Amsterdam based duo Sacre (which translates, of course, to “sacred”) sound more like an Asian detective twosome.
Despite the speed of liquor fads these days, still trending high in the spirits world this season is smokey, sultry mezcal – with its roots in Oaxaca and generations of tradition. And one of our favorites is Mexico’s Mezcal Union , whose Alejandro Champion we had the chance to chat with about their overall philosophy. Of course, with popularity comes demand, and with that, the fear of lost quality for quantity is always a concern – something that Mezcal Unión has actively addressed.
As another Pride Month winds down, we’re all too reminded of how far the struggle for equality still has to go. So we’re particularly excited to see the month off with the heroic new single by Aussie queer pop up-and-comer Montaigne (real name Jessica Cerro). Tellingly titled “Ready” (from her upcoming second album Complex ) she poignantly documents a life moment where breaking free from fear and uncertainty seems the only way forward
21c Durham You may have noticed a curious 24-hour installation earlier this month just outside Penn Station, NYC, courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels .
It’s a well-worn trope that New Yorkers, despite living in a city with 1200 neighborhoods, spend most of their time in exactly two: the home one and the work one.
It seems enigmatic that a delicate looking young dandy with a penchant for petite frilly blouses should choose Nashville as a homebase for his conquest of the dance pop charts. Certainly the town has been expanding away from its country roots over the last decade; but, you know…it is still south of the Mason Dixon. Yet Nashvegas is where we find Brasko , a recent transplant of even less cosmopolitan environs, whose funky disco and semi-clad Studio 54 meets La Perla trunk show aesthetic is perfectly poised to provoke.
During this Pride Month , it is important, nay imperative, to remember how much, just 60 years ago, the gay community had to fear for its very existence. Indeed, the gripping new documentary The Lavender Scare looks chillingly back at how, at the height of Cold War paranoia, President Eisenhower declared all homosexuals to be “security risks,” promising to rid the federal government of all gay and lesbian employees. It was the start of a decades long witch-hunt, in which thousands were put out of jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation