Hi Matic in Paris | America Is No Vacation Nation | Mario Testino Honored


Parisian Cabin Fever

French Connection | HI Matic NYTimes

From Matali Crasset, a new boutique hotel in Paris Hi Matic with 42 cabin rooms that combine the codes of an urban hotel with that of a country lodging. 

Video | Hi-Matic Designer Matali Crasset

Contemporary in its layout, warm in its the choice of living areas, affordable in terms of price and sincere with regards to environment awareness, Hi Matic is what was missing in quality city accommodation. It is adapted to current needs, ideal for green attitude addicts or more casual ecologically-concerned individuals.

Each visitor receives a personalized list of exhibitions and shows recommended by local experts, and two electronic music stations – one mellow, one groovier – are available on every floor, courtesy of the German record label Kompakt. Matali Crasset, a Philippe Starck protégée who has opened three other hotels with the HI group (two in Nice and one in Nefta, Tunisia), created Ryokan-inspired rooms with modular furniture and floor mattresses. She chose the area for its authenticity and charm.


McQueen Exhibit Extended

WWD reports that the Alexander McQueen exhibit has been extended, due to massive lines at the Costume Exhibit. The exhibit will now close on August 7, 2011 rather than July 31. The exhibit will also open on Mondays from 9:30-2:30, for an extra $50 fee. To date over 150,000 people have seen the exhibition.

More reading: ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ | Woman Reconsidered Daily Smarts

Mario Testino | Dream Maker

Winslet, Testino and Wedding Fever at the El Museo Del Barrio Gala Interview

El Museo del Barrio Honors Mario Testino Style.com

When Museum and Fashion Crowds Collide WSJ

The El Museo del Barrio museum is up the street — Fifth Avenue that is — in Museum Mile, and it’s New York’s leading Latino cultural institution.  

Mark your calendars for February 2012. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is opening, and it could be a breakthrough exhibit in art and cultural exchanges.

Running through July 2012, the exhibit is a collaboration with The Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

This project will examine the visual arts and aesthetic development across the Caribbean, considering the histories of the Spanish, French, Dutch and English islands and their Diasporas. An international advisory group of scholars and artists are working with us to plan and present scholarly discussions, public programming, events, educational components, the multi-venue exhibition and a major resource publication. Highlighting rarely-seen works in thematic sections ranging from the Haitian Revolution to the present, the exhibition is both ambitious and groundbreaking. Symposia have been convened in New York, Trinidad, and Martinique/Guadeloupe; we are in the planning stages for forthcoming events in Curaçao and Aruba. The development of this ambitious initiative has been supported by the Reed Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


In France, expect beaucoup de vacation CNN Travel

On Being Black in the World of Ballet The Studio Museum in Harlem blog

‘kolors’ by Daniel Askill for Ksubi, Celler de Can Roca Restaurant Sensuality News Curves Ahead

Entire list of S Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants


America’s Girls for Sale AOC Front Page

Why your brain needs vacations CNN Health

Why is America the ‘no-vacation nation? CNN

Germany is among more than two dozen industrialized countries — from Australia to Slovenia to Japan — that require employers to offer four weeks or more of paid vacation to their workers.

Finland, Brazil and France guarantee workers six weeks of time off.

But employers in the United States are not obligated under federal law to offer any paid vacation, so about a quarter of all American workers don’t have access to paid vacation time. That number will probably climb in a post-recession economy.

That makes the U.S. the only advanced nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee its workers annual leave, according to a report titled “No-Vacation Nation” by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal policy group.

Money Bags

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% Vanity Fair

Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.