Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller
The two mediums might seem worlds apart, but, as McNeil points out, both are highly experiential. “With street art you really need to experience it in its place, while it's living and breathing,” he says. “And looking at a picture of a ballerina dancing can be really beautiful, but it doesn’t have the same kind of connection as being there to actually experience the moment.”
Faile’s piece marks the launch of the company’s new Art Series, which will foster further collaborations with New York City artists. The program builds on an impressive legacy: in the past, the ballet has worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. And, this time around, the audience will get to take a piece of the artwork home. At two special performances, February 1st and May 29th, (where all seats are available for $29) everyone in attendance will receive a limited-edition, hand-painted wooden block. For information on how to purchase tickets, visit New York City Ballet.
Paris has a new nocturnal playground with a suggestive moniker and equally louche décor. Titty Twister, an underground bar in the city’s 8th arrondissement, is the brainchild of nightlife impresario Cyril Peret Paglinghi, whose past projects include Man Ray and the cult “Don’t Tell My Booker” party at Les Bains Douches.
A mash-up of Quentin Tarantino’s outré aesthetic—the name is a reference to the vampire-run establishment in the film From Dusk ‘Til Dawn—and New York’s Lower East Side, the boite features a smoking room, a pool-playing area, a dance floor and an electro-DJ area, all lit by a collection of neon signs and showcasing art objets like Philippe Pasqua’s handcuffs.
From top: Smoking room; DJ area
“I was tired of working in such trendy places, too clean, too designed,” says Peret Paglinghi, whose décor inspiration came from an Andrew Martin chesterfield emblazoned with an American flag that he spied during a recent stay at the Dream Downtown in New York. “I wanted to create something damaged but studied.”
The place has already been a hit with A-listers like Jude Law, Naomi Campbell, Mick Jagger and Lenny Kravitz and will host a party for Citizen K magazine. But Peret Paglinghi is careful to keep the vibe low-key rock ‘n’ roll. “It has been a long time in Paris since we’ve seen such a melting pot, where you can see tattooed, gay, trendy, rich and hipster people in one same place,” he says. “This is what makes Titty Twister’s success.”
In our tech-centric culture, we rely on a cell phone to take photos, to send emails, to give us the time of day. Call me old fashioned, but I love a watch—especially one with a bold face and masculine edge, snatched from a guy’s wrist.
Downton Abbey, 2010
For those of you who live in a media bubble, this runaway hit delivers all of the expected period intrigue: scheming servants, society scandals, marriage woes, inheritance drama, and a good dose of the impeccably snooty and quick-witted Maggie Smith as the Grantham family matriarch—all perfectly polished by costume drama maestro Julian Fellows.
Season 1 is available on Hulu Plus
Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes
This two-part series, based on the 1993 war novel by Sebastian Faulks, tells the story of Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne), an entrenched English soldier who escapes the horrors of WWI through flashbacks to his illicit affair (which is fleshed out in steamy detail) with a French woman, Isabelle Azaire (Clémence Poésy).
Available Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes
Wives and Daughters, 1999
Based on the 19th century novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this BAFTA-winning miniseries follows the drama that ensues when a daughter of a country doctor is forced to deal with a new stepmother, beautiful stepsister, and her own secrets.
On Netflix and Amazon Instant Video
The Misfits, 2009
When a strange electrical storm bequeaths five 20-something delinquents on a community service detail with special powers, they are forced to grapple with their newfound abilities (from immortality to invisibility) and their new charges as reluctant superheroes. Season one took home the 2010 BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series.
Season 1-3 on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes
Another Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation, this Golden Globe-nominated five-part series takes viewers to Cranford in the 1840s, as the women who rule the roost navigate the inevitable changes of the Industrial Revolution on their rural town.
Amazon Instant Video, Netflix DVD, and iTunes
The Hour, 2011
This Golden Globe-nominated thriller set in Cold War-era England follows the team behind the investigative news program The Hour, helmed by anchorman Hector Madden (played by The Wire’s Dominic West), as they wrestle with fidelity, truthful reporting, and personal ambition.
Season 1 on Netflix and, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes
North and South, 2004
This four-part series based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s Victorian novel follows a young country girl as she adjusts to life in the North and tries to navigate her feelings for the son of an arrogantly wealthy family.
On Netflix, Amazon Instant Video
Bleak House, 2005
Based on Charles Dickens’s novel, this BAFTA-winning, Emmy-nominated 15-part series explores the British justice system in appropriately Dickensian fashion. The story centers on a trio of orphans (including one played by Carey Mulligan) at the center of a complicated inheritance case and quickly spirals into a mess of corruption and murder.
On Netflix, iTunes, Amazon instant video
The show follows John Luther, an obsessive, self-destructive detective—played brilliantly by the Emmy Award-winning Idris Elba (of The Wire fame)—as he tracks deranged killers through the streets of London while struggling to keep the job from completely consuming his life. Look out for a fantastic performance by Ruth Wilson as the ingeniously creepy Alice Morgan.
Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes
Pride and Prejudice, 1995
This adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy has taken on an almost cult status, catapulting him to fame and garnering a BAFTA.
On Netflix DVD, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video
Photos: Downton Abbey: © BBC; The Hour: © Kudos; Luther: © BBC; The Misfits: Mark Johnson, © Clerkenwell Films
Where: The Sidaction Gala dinner at the Pavillion d'Armenonville.
When: January 24
What: An orange metallic printed silk and satin duchesse skirt, black cashmere sweater and boots, all by Dior.
Why: Clean and simple on top plus grand and opulent on the bottom equals the right kind of drama.
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My favorite Manolo Blahnik shoe, the Chaos ankle strap sandal, comes in different colors every season. For spring I love it in gold, silver, and white.—@wmagnora
On set at a beautiful villa in Sicily with Cara Delevingne from February’s Heavenly Creature. xoxo—Edward Enninful
Where: A dinner at the Sundance Film Festival hosted by Calvin Klein Collection in honor of Bosworth's new film Big Sur.
When: January 23
What: A toffee shaved shearling top, white vinyl sleeveless mock turtleneck, toffee and ivory vinyl skirt, white calf hair short boot, all from Calvin Klein Collection.
Why: A sleek, elegant version of the ubiquitous fashion girl, fur-vest-and-skinny-pants winter uniform.
Photo: © 2013 David X. Prutting/BFAnyc.com
Where: The Sundance Film Festival premiere of Very Good Girls.
When: January 22
What: A Miu Miu top, a Louis Vuitton sequin-embroidered tweed mini skirt and Azzedine Alaia heels.
Why: The slit of bare midriff adds tasteful sexiness without inducing hypothermia. A deep red lip and loose strands strike the balance between grown-up and carefree.
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