They say they first step in any recovery is admitting the situation at hand. So, let’s all take a deep breath in, exhale, and say it together: the last few years have been pretty tough. Enough has been said about the global economic crisis to leave that thought there. The next step in recovery is usually acceptance, and part of acceptance is learning to focus on the positives, and the future. Give yourself a nice warm mental hug because you have much more confidence in your strength and resourcefulness than you did 5 years ago. That’s the best thing about hard times, that the focus shifts to resourcefulness, and yes, that means creativity. Whether restauranteurs in need of lower overhead, or lovers of food with a shrinking budget for the luxury of eating out, in the world of food this creativity funneled itself into the boom of the supper club.
Vortex (Bringing It All Back Home), 2011
Jim Lambie’s fifth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York has been conceived as “one living organism” that inhabits the gallery space and, as is usual in his work, the artist conceived the exhibition especially for it.
A pioneer in avant-garde and experimental fashion, Joseph Quartana, founder of the worldwide famous New York store Seven, takes us through what it means to work in fashion nowadays, and how to be respected for it.
FM: Who are you and what’s your background?
JQ: My name is Joseph Quartana, and I co-founded the multi-label select shop Seven New York back in ‘99. I grew up in new Jersey, but I moved to New York as soon as possible. I got a scholarship for NYU and went there to study Economics and Social Psychology. I spent most of my time with fashion students from Parsons, who inspired me to get into the fashion business. My aim was to become a buyer, but no department stores would hire me, so i became a banker, i made a small fortune, and opened my own shop.
At the beginning of the month, cycling through a park, I came across a flash mob doing a silent rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The movements — and in particular the “raised-monster-hand twist” move — have become so ubiquitous, that it took me about 5 seconds to recognize what they were doing. If that. Now that’s what I call a case for Collective Memory! And maybe even Meme Theory…
With 7 days to go until All Hallows’ Eve, and even fewer until the best parties this coming weekend, you could sit at home with a copy of this cocktail recipe list (you’ve never seen a Martini like an Eyeball-tini!), find the Thriller video on YouTube, and channel some sort of zombie-Tom Cruise from Cocktail – OR — you can just make that the pre-party and head out to some of the more interesting Halloween parties White Line Hotels destination cities have to offer.
In London? Maybe you’ve found yourself strolling down Mare Street and seen the Last Tuesday Society Shop. If you have, then you already know why any Halloween party they’re throwing is probably pretty awesome. Their Danse Macabre is this coming Friday. The dress code: “the beautiful and the damned”. The Venue: a forgotten Art Deco picture palace in Elephant and Castle. Need more persuading? Check out the video on their shop’s website.
In New York? Spend at least one Halloween in your life at the famous vortex of artistic death and destruction that is the Hotel Chelsea. Once again this year you can pull up your bar stool next to the ghosts of Dylan Thomas and Nancy Spungen at the Chelsea Room for a $10 cover charge (and an open bar until 10pm). What night? Halloween itself, of course — the 31st.
In Vienna? Not so into going out drinking and dancing all night? Craving something frightfully refined? Then book for the Halloween dinner at Palais Esterházy. Enjoy a themed buffet dinner alongside music and readings.
Revel. What a great word. Delightfully dionysian. Given the choice, who wouldn’t chose to revel rather than to simply be? Revel In New York — now in its second edition of guidebooks for those who are out to grab the city with both hands — shows the city through its people, inspiring us to discover new places and explore familiar ones with new perspectives. Now, that’s a guidebook done right!
Whether you’re a seasoned resident of the Big Apple, a brand new transplant, a frequent traveler, or an armchair dreamer, let this year’s selection of artists, chefs, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and characters show you what you maybe didn’t know existed, but now certainly won’t be able to live without experiencing.
Revel In New York Guidebook Vol II is available now, and it’s limited edition, so you know what that means…
Carry on reveling at The Greenwich Hotel, White Line Hotels’ pick in NYC.