OPEN SEASON: Hi Hotel is bringing a jolt of modern design to the French Riviera.
The new boutique hotel, which recently opened in Nice, is the brainchild of Matalli Crasset, an interior architect and graphic designer who trained under Philippe Starck. The main point of departure for the 38 rooms is open-plan layouts, with bedroom and bathroom mingled in a single area. Instead of walls, Crasset often employs plants as partitions. One room has multiple levels for different activities like washing, sleeping and relaxing.
Throughout, Crasset adds high-tech touches like flat-screen TVs and centralized control panels, figuring "a short-term stay away from home is a great moment for experimenting." The bar is equally unusual, with a suspended basket-like structure that doubles as a DJ alcove, and the spa features a hamman fashioned from resin, while the rooftop swimming pool looks like a giant terra-cotta pot. Room rates range from about $150 to $360.
DECO DREAMING: The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating three decades when the world, from Hollywood to Paris to Bombay, went wild for Art Deco. The exhibition, "Art Deco 1910-1939," which kicked off earlier this week, features 300 works that include sparkling Cartier pendants, silver canopy beads and the foyer of London’s Strand Palace Hotel, which the V&A rescued from demolition in the late Sixties.
Chief curator Ghislaine Wood said it was time for Deco to be treated seriously.
"Art Deco has so often been dismissed as decadent and frivolous, but it was a global style that had such an impact on world culture," she said. "And it’s still so popular."
Deco hit its peak during the Paris Exhibition of 1925, when countries were asked to design pavilions filled with furniture, paintings and decorative objects aimed at the consumer. After the stock market crash in 1929, Deco designers adapted to harder times — and the drop-off in luxury goods consumption — by using cheaper materials such as plastic, chrome and aluminum.
During the Depression, "streamlining" emerged as the new Deco trend as companies tried myriad ways to package and add a little glamour to everyday objects such as toasters, clocks, radios and water pitchers, and to stimulate sales.The exhibition runs until July 20 and will then move to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto this fall. It will also be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2004.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)