There’s no question that we’ve seen a precipitous decline of all things civilized in the three years since the wrap party for the beloved English period drama Downton Abbey . So having the chance for a two-hour break from all things ‘modern media’ to immerse oneself in the frivolous and fripperous trappings of 1920’s English high society seems just about right; and the quite anxiously awaited new Downton Abbey film brings the flouncy escapism in abundance. It opens with the assumption that we know all the central characters, and of course we do.
JG Ballard’s erotically dystopian novel Crash (and its controversial 1997 David Cronenberg film version) eerily depicted a heady sort of car-crash fetishism.
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
When summer’s life-sucking humidity finally lifts, autumn’s crisp air always feels extraordinarily invigorating.
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
In the pantheon of meaningless expressions, “Lightning never strikes the same place twice” holds a fairly prominent position. But figurative evidence exists quite to the contrary – especially if one is speaking culturally.
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.
Though we love Croatia , we’d have to admit that the overcrowded Dalmatian Coast (thank you Game of Thrones) isn’t quite the respite it once was. So on our most recent visit we ventured north to the authentic oasis that is Rovinj, a still-under-the-radar gem on the Adriatic Sea. Situated in the northern Istria region, not far from the Italian border, Rovinj might actually be Croatia’s most picturesque destination
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.
With her seemingly endless superhero antics, its easily forgotten that Scarlett Johansson occasionally exchanged the tights for rocker togs to perform with her band The Singles. One of her co-conspirators in said musical venture was guitarist Julia Haltigan , who has been lately busy making her own way, with the recent single “Wool,” and rapturous press from the likes of Interview and the New York Times .
Relationships end. Children grow up. Mothers cry, often grappling for new reasons for and by which to exist
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 were always taught to eat lots of fruits and veggies because, obviously, they’re better for you than bacon-wrapped pizza. So no surprise, at the moment we vigorously recommend Blu DeTiger ‘s delicious new single “Tangerine” (out today, September 6 via Heavy Roc Music ) as a likely cure all the ills that come with being bombarded by so much utterly banal pop music. The exceedingly stylish, 21-year-old NYC songstress extraordinaire in particular shows off her way with a silky, slithery bass riff (she’s a rather talented four-stringer), laying down a funkariffic foundation for her playful musings on romantic flirtation: “The crown look good on me / Fresh like tangerine / I wanna write my name on your wall”
10 Corso Como , it turns out, has transitioned effortlessly from the rarefied heights of fashionista Milan to the more approachable confines of NYC’s newly revitalized Seaport District . Still archly conceptual and multi-faceted, the new outpost integrates fashion, design and art, and its eponymous Italian restaurant allows one to stop and consider all they’ve just seen (and purchased).