I'll take any excuse to schlep out to EUR—the chic Roman suburb that began as Mussolini's vision of a New Rome in the 1930s—and a Fendi fur exhibit is as good a reason as any. As you've probably read, Fendi moved their corporate offices from the Palazzo Fendi, in the center of Rome, to the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Labor Civilization), possibly one of the most famous examples of Fascist architecture in Rome. I've been a champion of what is commonly referred to as the "square coliseum" ever since I was taken there, in 2001, by a Colombian Marxist whom I met at the Europa Multiclub gay sauna. This was during a time when the building seemed all but abandoned, and Romans referred to it disparagingly as "the Swiss cheese."
Rome is the kind of city where, just when you think you've seen it all, you suddenly find yourself in a secret subterranean auditorium, or a remarkably preserved Roman house from the 3rd century A.D., or a lavish aristocratic garden tucked away in the otherwise baleful domain of Termini. Organized by Alta Roma, this TALE(nt) of ROME tour was the logical extension of this season's Grand Tour exhibition staged by A.I. Artisanal Intelligence. As we hopscotched across the centuries, we eventually landed in the 20th century (the idyllic 1920s) for a compelling display of 21st-century fashion designs ingeniously juxtaposed with airplane fuselages and hulking, strangely beautiful industrial machines.
I'm happy to tell you that one of the most profound and thought provoking films is coming to you, if you live in the UK. Laura Albert aka JT Leroy is a friend. This image is when we met in Paris about 5 years ago. I saw the film in Paris at the Champs Elysee Film Festival and the chance to meet the director Jeff Feuerzeig. The film played in the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. I highly recommend you go out and see it.
Summer in Rome, during Alta Roma, means that one minute you're indulging in toothsome canapes in the lush, verdant garden of the Dutch ambassador to Italy before being shuttled to the other side of the city by your driver and deposited before the gates of an imposing palace which is heavily guarded by swarthy hunks brandishing big guns. And for a moment, you fear—to paraphrase Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell—that the portcullis will bar your entrance to Elsinore.
One of the highlights of every Alta Roma edition is the A.I. Artisanal Intelligence exhibition curated by Clara Tosi Pamphili and Alessio de' Navasques, and this season was no exception. The theme this time around: Famous journeys through Italy, with Rome as a key stopover of a trip destined to transform one's identity—whether it's Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders' characters in Roberto Rossellini's Journey To Italy, or today's artists and designers.
My friend Laura Albert sent me this today and I want to share it with you. If you have the time I recommend you play the pod cast. He wrote The Miracle of Mindlfulness. When you are mindful you are fully present you are stronger and more solid and more able to handle the suffering around you.I don't know about you, but all of this heaviness around the world is weighing so heavy in my heart.
Last Sunday I met the beautiful, talented and charming prima ballerina from the New York City Ballet, Sara Mearns. We share a dear friend in common, Marc Happel, the Director of Costumes at the New York City Ballet. Sara was in Paris for three weeks of performances. Sunday was her only free day. She started dancing at the age of three and by the time she turned twelve she knew that this was the career path for her. Click the video above if you want to hear more.
More than 100 photographs that redefine the work of Diane Arbus (1923-71) open the inaugural season at The Met Breuer. The images focus on the first seven years of her career from 1956-1962, the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized, praised, critized and copied the world over.
If you find yourself midtown after hours in July, you might want to pass by London’s Covent Garden. A month of late night shopping events kicked off there today in the best of ways: on an oddly sunny afternoon, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac illustrated on site the mirrored surfaces of Reflect London, a purposefully built installation, with a very Brit series of dainty pop portraits, in signature primary colours and willowy white lines. I spot Giles Deacon, Jimmy Page, Mary Stuart, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Pope and Kate Moss. Covent Garden’s ambassador for 2016, JCDC follows previous commissions to the likes of Charles Pétillon, who filled the Market Building with 100,000 balloons last year, and Alex Chinneck, who unveiled a floating building on the Piazza.
Every year around this time, Hotel Claris invites a number of guests to celebrate the opening it's terrace, the lovely Pepe Garcia is always host to this spectacular event, inviting guests to savour local culinary delights, make new friends and catch up with old ones.