Photo by Jeff Forney For all the positive vibes, wheat germ colonics, and celebrity yoga retreats, La La Land has always had a particularly dark underbelly. If you don’t believe us, it has been astutely documented: John Fante, and his literary progeny Charles Bukowski, gave us reports from skid row; Christopher Isherwood and Brett Easton Ellis modern tales of drug fueled depravity and homosexual longing. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, David Lynch was always good for a reminder – i.e
Images by Amede Benestante When Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences was unveiled in his hometown of Valencia in 1996, he was a still fairly unknown commodity in America. Just 45 at the time – young for an architect – he had mostly built in Spain and Switzerland. But our excitement could hardly be contained, and our only thought was that we must get over there to see it…immediately
It’s hard to believe, after all the fevered anticipation, that Bohemian Rhapsody came and went a year ago already. But for all the hype and Oscar nabs, still no one holds a candle, of course, to the actual real Freddie Mercury.
As luxury brands vie to connect themselves to the most celebrated creative figures of our time, quite a lot of it plays out as spectacular experiences during Art Basel Miami. Perrier-Jouët certainly outdid themselves this year, with their reinterpretation of a lavish nature banquet that was inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, a period which marked the inception of the storied champagne house
We can imagine how a young film student might find inspiration in the story of Steven Spielberg.
Los Feliz has just welcomed a stylish new watering hole, courtesy of the gents (Beau Laughlin and Jay Milliken) behind the restaurant just across the hall, Atrium . Behind a pink metal-framed door off Vermont Street, sans sign, is Pinky’s , a dark, windowless space that feels like 1980s Miami, the Amalfi Coast, and the bottom of a hotel swimming pool all at once. On the occasion of our first visit, guests lounged casually across intricately tiled seats beneath art deco wall fixtures. Tropical plants dangled from the ceiling, and the color palette adhered to those South Beach favorites: pink, green, and gold. Pinky’s, named after a dancing Floridian flamingo that once lived at Busch Gardens , ticks a lot of boxes
Images by Lexie Moreland Recently a friend who was happily vegan for a decade stunningly declared she was back on meat – and pretty content with her decision.
With music seemingly have backed down from its position at the front lines of the culture wars, comedy has been courageously storming the barricades in its place. And though speaking truth to power in a post-truth world may have a faint whiff of futility about it, doing nothing would hardly be an acceptable alternative
Western shoppers have not been kind to marquee fashion brands’ retail efforts, lo this past decade or so – as trends have shifted to digital purchasing (thus spreading out the actual spend), and a new generation has become less luxury-brand-focused/loyal. But the East still has its label mania nearly fully intact, and thus remains in thrall to the iconic houses. No surprise then, extravagant boutique openings in major Asian cities are not in the least unusual.
Really no one could have known, least of all the perpetrators, that two decades after forming, the mostly unimaginable cartoon band Gorillaz would have sold more than 20 million records, and become a veritable cultural touchstone of their generation. But when the unlikely pair of Blur’s Damon Albarn and cartoonist / Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett dreamt up their animated foursome in 1998, they were creating a fantastical world that allowed for a just as fantastical escape, even as they dealt with real world problems in their lyrics