After last month’s contentious meeting of G-7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made clear that Donald Trump was isolated on the issue of climate change.“We made it clear that we want the US to stick to its commitments,” Merkel said of the world leaders’ last-ditch pressure campaign for Trump to stay in the Paris climate agreement. At the summit in Sicily, Merkel, newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau each made personal appeals to Trump.
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.
Following the first part of this series, where the historical origins of modern white supremacy were explored in depth, and a subsequent essay that examined the ways white supremacy has influenced mainstream American politics, here are three of the nation’s foremost scholars on white supremacy, discussing similar issues at length. Jeffrey Kaplan is associate professor of religion at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. His books include “Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements From the Far Right to the Children of Noah“; “Nation and Race: The Developing Euro-American Racist Subculture“ (co-edited with Tore Bjørgo); and “The Emergence of a Euro-American Radical Right“ (with Leonard Weinberg). George J. Michael is associate professor in the criminal justice faculty at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of “Confronting Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA“; “The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right“; “Willis Carto and the American Far Right“; and “Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator.”
Thousands of anti-government demonstrations broke out on Monday in Russia as critics of President Vladimir Putin took to the streets to protest his policies and the economic stagnation of the country of the past several yearsAlthough Putin has enjoyed high approval ratings during his second presidential term, significant discontent remains about his rule, which is not discussed much in the Russian media; many media outlets are directly owned by the government or people connected to Putin.According to social media and press reports, Aleksei Navalny, a politician who heads the Progress Party and who had organized an earlier day protest against Putin in March, was arrested as he left his home to head to a demonstration in Moscow.
In a letter on Saturday Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to address the details talked about in former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last Thursday, according to Reuters. Democrats have also indicated that they plan to question Sessions extensively.Sessions is scheduled to meet with the committee on Tuesday but it is not currently clear if it will be a public testimony or a closed-door discussion. “In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey’s recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum,” Sessions said in the letter, according to Reuters.
BILL VIOLA’S “RINASCIMENTO ELETTRONICO”Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a major retrospective exhibition of video-artist Bill Viola. Called “Rinascimento Elettronico” [“Electronic Renaissance”], the showing features Viola’s works from the early Sixties to more recent pieces. The exhibition, which has been cocurated by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s general director Arturo Galansino and Kira Petrov, Bill Viola Studio’s executive director, aims to compare the artist’s works to those of four masters of the Renaissance such as Pontormo, Masolino da Panicale, Paolo Uccello and Lucas Cranach. Aspiring to set a dialogue between technological research and aesthetic considerations, the exhibition also celebrates the bond between Viola and Florence, the city where he started his career and which has always been a source of inspiration.This story first appeared in the June 13, 2017 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.Palazzo StrozziPiazza StrozziTel. +39 055 2645155palazzostrozzi.orgMonday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Tickets: €12 euroAMERICAN VINTAGEFrench brand American Vintage is opening its second Italian flagship on Florence’s Via Strozzi 8r, just around the corner from Piazza della Repubblica. The design of the store, which follows the shop the brand unveiled in Rome last December, reflects the label’s philosophy of using high-quality materials and rich fabrics. Michaël Azoulay founded American Vintage in 2005 designing T-shirts in natural fibers and developed the brand around this core product. American Vintage rethinks the definition of basics by adding unexpected features, airy cuts and fashion twists to its offering. The latest opening is part of a set of recent developments for the brand, which counts 120 flagships worldwide and is set to open 20 stores in 2017, including units in Tel Aviv and Berlin.Via Strozzi, 8ramericanvintage-store.comFISHING LAB ALLE MURATEFishing Lab is a charming new spot for lunch and dinner on Via del Proconsolo 16r, a few blocks away from Piazza del Duomo. The location housed “L’Arte dei Giudici e dei Notai,” a corporation of lawyers and notaries, from 1200 until 1500. The historic building, whose walls are covered in frescos, including one of the oldest portraits of Dante Alighieri, required a significant renovation to preserve the art works. Clients are invited to create their own menu selecting through the restaurant’s offer of raw fish dishes as well as inventive and unusual cooking methods. Street food is also available, and to prevent food waste, Fishing Lab instituted the Fishing Lunch, which offers half portions for a light lunch break.Via del Proconsolo, 16rTel. +39 055 240618fishinglab.itMonday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnightBLUE SAN FRANCISCOSet to open June 14, during Pitti Uomo, Bsf, which stands for Blue San Francisco, will unveil a new store on Via Vigna Nuova57r, just in front of Palazzo Rucellai. The new space, which covers 1,720 square feet and is designed to look like a Fifties garage, will sell the brand’s signature vintage-inspired casualwear including military-style pieces as well as more dressy items. Blue San Francisco was founded by Romano Ridolfi, who spent 35 years working for established fashion labels. Ridolfi foresaw the vintage trend in men’s wear and developed it for his offering, which conveys his “idea of fashion as connected to subdued elegance, meaning those well-dressed should pass unnoticed.” The family business is run by Ridolfi’s sons Michelangelo, Leonardo and Lorenzo. Along with Blue San Francisco’s collection, the new shop will showcase customized bicycles from La Strana Officina, guitars from Paoletti and biker-inspired jewelry from Rouille.Via Vigna Nuova, 57rTel. +39 055 5048203DIESELTo coincide with the 92ndedition of Pitti Uomo, Diesel will celebrate the opening of a new shop on Via Degli Speziali 16r. The store concept reflects a blueprint introduced in 2015 and was created by architects Wonderwall along with Diesel’s artistic director Nicola Formichetti. Aimed to preserve the pre-existing structures of the building such as a wood-coffered ceiling and marble flooring, the unit also uses industrial materials and finishes. To mark the opening, the venue is holding an exhibition of three unreleased collages created with images from the Diesel spring 2017 ads shot by David LaChapelle, thus marking the last stop on the #makelovenotwalls campaign with the rainbow-colored inflatable Love Tank coming to Florence. Denim will be core in the store — displayed in a dedicated “Denim Temple” space — but the brand’s complete range of men’s and women’s collections will also be available.Via Degli Speziali 16rdiesel.comYou're missing something!
Danny Rand is a born-and-bred billionaire, but it’s difficult tobelievefrom his first scene. Rand, played byFinn Jones in the new Netflix/Marvel series, “Iron Fist,” out March 17, makes his initial appearance on the show in what costume designer Stephanie Maslansky calls “the John Doe look.”“He does look homeless. He’s shoeless and in all beat-up clothing, and looks like he’s been on the street for a while,” Maslansky says. “He’s been traveling, and he’s finally made it back to New York, where he had grown up prior to the advent of a terrible tragedy in which his parents died.” Rand hadn’t been back to the city since the death of his parents in a plane crash that only he survived; it was after the crash that he learned martial arts in the mystic city of K’un-Lun, which is where “Iron Fist” was born.Maslansky was perfect for the job, having worked on the first seasons ofthe fourother Netflix and Marvel collaborations. This time, it was Maslansky’s job to reflect Rand’s life transition through his wardrobe. “This is a guy who’s been wearing loose clothing, monk’s robes, [is] barefoot and dirty — no dry cleaners where he comes from or where he grew up,” she says. “And he has to find a style.” When it came to creating this new look, shestarted with Uniqlo and the Gap, simply for convenience and speed, and later John Varvatos suits, Prada ties and Burberry sneakers — a look Maslansky affectionately describes as “urban Cali.”“You get the feeling that he’s never worn anything really tight around his neck, so he prefers to wear his shirts unbuttoned,” the costumer designersays. A loose fit was also key for the action-based nature of the character — tight clothes don’t work too well with stunts. “We have to make sure that no matter what we get, we have to be able to get multiples for it, because there are so many stunts,” she says. “We put spandex in the crotch and the armpits of a lot of his suits. You have to add it, otherwise you’re gonna end up with a pile of shreds,” she adds.You're missing something!
With 1,000 spirits on offer, Greenwich Village’s newest lounge is sure to have options for everyone. Located adjacent to the Hyatt Hotel Union Square, the Library of Distilled Spirits is the result of a passion for cocktails, hospitality and history.“We’re spirits nerds, and we just wanna have cool stuff to share with people,” says beverage director Kyle Tran; Dushan Zaric of Employees Only is one of the partners of the space. “We wanted to provide a place where anybody from any demographic could come in and feel comfortable,” he continues. “There’s product there for you, from the most rare allocated Japanese whiskies, to just the scotch that your granddad used to drink.”The lounge features nearly 1,000 spirits, on display in the space’s custom 16- by 20-foot floor-to-ceiling library wall. The menu offers the common —Jameson;Johnnie Walker —to the more obscure, such as old Chartreuses from the mid-1800s. Prices for beverages range accordingly —for example, rare Japanese whiskies go as high as $500 for a 2-oz.pour.“The goal for us is preserving a piece of history. These things don’t exist anymore,” Tran says. “We’re going to start picking up really rare allocated bottles, things that generally aren’t in production anymore, just so we can showcase that.”Guests who wish to dive into the history of spirits can peruse the Library’s encyclopedia, which will catalogue every spirit on the premises along with information on each spirit’s technical production and cultural significance. A more curated menu will feature around 150 cocktails —classic and original —divided by spirit category, and a one-page seasonal cocktail menu is available for those overwhelmed by option.Despite all the talk about booze, Tran stresses that the Library is driven by the idea of hospitality.“We’re here to make sure that everybody whocomes in here leaves at least 1 percent happier, if not more,” he adds. “If everybody doesn’t leave happier than when they came in, then we failed.”One thing is for sure: every guest will certainly be among good spirits.Library of Distilled Spirits80 13th Street, New York, N.Y.libraryofdistilledspirits.comMore Feast for the Eye Coverage From WWD.com:Bevy Opens in Park Hyatt HotelMario Batali Reinvents Manzo at EatalyChefs Club Counter Opens in SoHoSouthern Diner 33 Greenwich Opens With Fashion Blogger FlairClover Grocery Opens From Café Clover’s Kyle Hotchkiss CaronYou're missing something!
The career paths for models looking to diversify after their prime days have become rather predictable: a lingerie line, perhaps, or maybe cosmetics. For Elettra Wiedemann, it was the one less traveled — food.“My journey to foodie-ism was kind of a random path,” Wiedemann says. “It started with modeling, actually. I grew up really eating pasta, and once I started modeling I couldn’t do that anymore, for obvious reasons. So I had to kind of teach myself how to cook while I was living in Italy and in Paris, and I liked it.”The 33-year-old model, writer and daughter of Isabella Rossellini has released a cookbook, “Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World,” out now, which chronicles her knowledge and love of nutrition. The key to being a foodie while also working in the industry was, of course, learning to cook her favorites in healthy ways. “I developed a cooking style that was really hearty, but where I could also stay in a size 2,” she says. “That was kind of a 12-year experiment period.” At 22, “right before I started working at Lancôme,” Wiedemann went to intern in the Samburu desert in northern Kenya for a summer, where she volunteered at an elephant research camp. “I was put in charge of running their refrigerators, I had this experience of being in charge of food for 18 people and being wowed by the amount of food that we would go through. So then I started really thinking about, ‘if this is for 18 people what does, like 18,000 look like? What does 1.8 million look like?’”She pursued a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, where she researched food systems and food politics, before launching Impatient Foodie as a blog. “Impatient Foodie was an attempt to bridge the gap between what I had learned at school and over the years of working and living with food, and with what the realities of my life actually were,” she says. “I really wanted to emulate and follow [the slow-food movement] but also feeling really time-stretched — at the time I was living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, so it was really hard to live the Bon Appetit, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman lifestyle.”The book is laid out “A to Z, which means asparagus to zucchini,” with four recipes per ingredient, which was born out of the way she approached cooking after a long day at work while writing at Refinery29, where she worked for two years starting in 2014.“When I was working at Refinery29, I would be on my way back home after a long day and I’d pick up whatever I saw at the farmers’ market or whatever I would see at my grocery store, and then usually I’d get home and be like ‘I have no idea why I just bought this,’ and would just end up ordering takeout. The Impatient Foodie cookbook is really designed for that moment.”As for how she thinks the fashion industry is shifting its approach to food? “I think that a lot of fashion now still has a high-end spiel, but a lot of it has also become mass-produced — the thing about food is that obviously the mass-produced stuff is in there, too, but you really can seek out very kind of bespoke things to eat. My mom and I constantly talk about how heirloom varietals are like the new couture.”You're missing something!
The Surf Club is trying to regain some of the pizzazz from its early years. Founded in 1930 by Harvey Firestone (of tire fame), the Northern Miami Beach membership club drew glitzy personalities from Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra to Grace Kelly and Winston Churchill during its midcentury heyday. Its ocean views provided fodder for Churchill, who was documented painting a seascape at the club in 1946.“When I first looked at acquiring the club, the early vision was, how can I keep the club preserved and make it the nucleus of the project?” says property owner Nadim Ashi, chief executive officer of Miami-based real estate development firm Fort Partners. After five years of planning and three years of renovations, the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club has opened its doors in the Surfside neighborhood of Miami Beach, located just south of Bal Harbour.Ashi added a hotel component to the mix of private residences as a way to build and service a sustainable real estate ecosystem; he brought in Four Seasons as a partner to operate the hotel and manage the condominiums. The property includes a spa and two restaurants, one of which will be American chef Thomas Keller’s first Miami eatery, set to open in 2018. “It’s one of those things where it took him a while to really feel comfortable with the Miami market, and that we saw the same vision,” Ashi says, noting that he pursued the revered chef of Per Se and French Laundry before convincing him to sign on to the project. Italian restaurant Le Sirenuse will complement Keller’s American cuisine.Rounding up an impressive roster of collaborators — which in addition to Keller includes Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier, who designed the hotel and condos, and interior designer Joseph Dirand — was Ashi’s goal as he eyed the top end of the market; private condos for sale at The Surf Club begin just shy of the $4 million mark and go upward into the double digits. The property sits on almost 9acres of Atlantic oceanfront, which The Surf Club takes advantage of, outfitting its private beach with cabanas. “Historically, that’s where a lot of the parties and activities [were],” Ashi notes.Recruiting up who he considers the “best of the best” for the project might prove to be a point of differentiation in a landscape of real estate projects popping up throughout Miami Beach. “It’s very hard to compete when you bring the Four Seasons, to Thomas Keller, to great design,” he explains. “We were blessed with land that is pretty incredible when it comes to size, and we feel blessed that we were able to layer all of these operators on it.”He stresses that his focus is on developing and delivering his vision. “I focus on a vision and strategy, [and] I just focus on executing it,” he says. “If you deliver the highest level service and property, there’s always a few buyers for it that are coming and buying.I’m not concerned about what’s happening in today’s market, yet. You always wait up and say let’s hope things continue. The market has suffered a lot the last year, year and a half, but we’ve seen huge activity in the last two or three months with the stock markets the way they are. The people feel richer and happier, so we’ve seen a lot more activity, but again — I don’t focus [on that].”Ashi is also working on a major renovation of Four Seasons in Palm Beach — they recently finished the design phase and will soon begin building — and announced a Four Seasons project in Fort Lauderdale, located halfway between Palm Beach and Miami. “It’s very attractive for Four Seasons brand to be on the beach and in Florida,” Ashi adds.More from WWD.com:Audemars Piguet Uproots Sculpture by Artist Sebastian Errazuriz for Art BaselTreasure Hunting With Jerry Lorenzo‘Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future’ Documentary Sheds Personal Light on the LegendYou're missing something!