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.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye