Last night, during NBC"s Olympic patriorgiastic coverage, there was a 2’40" trailer of the new J.J. Adams series Revolution.
The show is about life after a power outtage, a power outtage that lasts fifteen years. Coincidentally, a tree fell last night in Greenwich, Conn, which left hundreds without power.
So, yeah, in the preview everything is great as long as you have Apple products to keep you buzzing. But turn out the lights for fifteen years and human beings revert back to vicious bow-and-arrow hunting creatures. Then, life looks a lot like a Will Smith movie mixed with The Hunger Games and some of Cormac McCarthy in there too. And there’s a lot of men wearing henleys.
Who knew it was only electricity that kept the thin veneer of civility upon us? And people decry the internet for its dehumanization!
Despite laying claim to the most adorable moniker in hipsterdom, fashion fave Woodley & Bunny is actually a rather sophisticated Brooklyn salon. Now sisters Erin and Misha Anderson have brought their “Culture & Curation” beauty concept to the West Coast with this sexy new WeHo salon and apothecary.
A full range of services is on offer, including brow shaping and a mini facial bar. The apothecary carries such chichi international beauty brands as Christophe Robin and Herve Herau, as well as Cousu de Fil soaps and Gascoigne & King candles. Oh, and in case you were curious, Woodley and Bunny are their childhood nicknames. Cute.
The Meatpacking District Phase Deux continues apace with a dazzling new boutique from celeb fave and America’s Next Top Model alum Jay Godfrey. His debut standalone shop will carry the designer’s collections of glamorous, shape-hugging styles for women, within a sleek space designed by MR Architecture + Décor.
There will also be on offer a selection of art, travel and photography books chosen by Godfrey himself. With a glorious position along the High Line route, the shop is also just steps from what will be the new home of the Whitney, thus insuring a fascinating customer mix of cultured aesthetes mingling with his usual draw of very famous ladies like Zoe Kravitz, Blake Lively and J-Lo.
Gyu-Kaku (Theatre District) – OMG, DIY BBQ!
Kristalbelli (Garment District) – Upscale Korean barbecue from a K-pop superstar.
● Allswell (Williamsburg) – Former Spotted Pig chef eyes the rest of the barnyard for his seasonal pub fare.
● Saltbox (Gaslamp) – Social plates and spiffy cocktails in the Gaslamp District.
● Barcade (Fishtown) – Button mashers and beer lovers unite in one shabby-chic adult arcade.
Designer hotel wars continue apace, with Signore Armani opening in Milano this fall, and a London Bulgari Hotel scheduled for early 2012. But surely the most extravagant of them all will be Dubai’s Palazzo Versace, also expected to debut in early 2012.
More like a mini Versailles than a hotel, we got word that the first show residence is now ready for viewing, and thus thought a sneak peak would be in order. Hardly surprisingly, the debut 4,732 square foot private living space has no truck with minimalist restraint. Rather, it unabashedly flaunts a sort of Habsburg-by-way-of-South-Beach-by-way-of-Athenian-Empire glamour, centered on a grand reception room (we do hope “drawing rooms” will make a comeback). Mosaics, marble floors, and exclusive Versace furniture (think: silk armchairs) abound.
The 5.5 hectare resort itself is ensconced in the new Culture Village, Dubai’s fanciful effort to add a cultural sheen to its seemingly mercenary character. Plans call for 213 lavish suites (in addition to 169 private residences), plus a spa, a Versace ready-to-wear and jewelry boutique, an Italian restaurant, and assorted pool-adjacent tippling options. Oh, and naturally, a private marina.
Next year will mark the 15th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s tragic murder. In the resplendent grandiosity of the Palazzo Versace Dubai, clearly, his august spirit will live on.
● COOK (Rittenhouse Square) – Collaborative kitchen-classroom and food forum comes to Rittenhouse via restaurateur Audrey Claire Taichman.