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.
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
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.
It’s gotten mixed reviews, but you to give Madonna credit, surely, for creatively venturing into the unknown on her latest album Madame X – her 9th to place at #1. And some of the tracks, like “God Control” and “Killers Who are Partying,” prove what she’s capable of when she steps outside of her comfort zone. She also knows how to promote the living daylights out of everything she does.
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
We do love a weekend in Edinburgh , with its grandiose medieval and Georgian architecture, its heritage pubs and its unshakeable sense of gravitas. But if we’re being honest, we wouldn’t mind if it had a few more destination worthy boutique hotels. And so we’re excited for the city’s stylish new Market Street Hotel (a member of Design Hotels, and a Carlton Hotel Collection property), opening sometime in the coming weeks
Image by Carolina Mendozza In an age where social media has sucked all the mystery and imagination out of our pop stars, possibly no one has so successfully cultivated enigma as has Karin Dreijer. Indeed, as one half of exalted Swedish brother-sister electronic duo The Knife , they built a staggering worldwide “cult” without ever actually revealing their faces.
It’s been six years since Phebe Starr ‘s debut EP Alone With You . But the Aussie indie electronic pop darling has since released a series of excellent singles, while earning considerable praise from the likes of Harper’s Bazaar , Vogue and Nylon , who enthused, “She packs the emotion that has helped propel artists to indie-icon status.” We couldn’t agree more, and so were thrilled for the arrival of her newest single “Touch XXX.” Not at all as risqué as it sounds, it’s rather a heart-rending, contemplative ballad that actually recalls Elton in the ’70s, albeit with contemporary production.
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.