Chef Wolfgang Puck becomes the second chef to get a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, Absolutely Fabulous is coming, and Alan Titchmarsh weighs in on Jeremy Corbyn’s front garden.
1. Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck is to become the second ever chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Austrian-born chef is credited with helping to change the way Americans cook and eat and will be officially honoured at an unveiling ceremony in 2017. He opened his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982 after building a reputation at Ma Maison in West Hollywood in the late 70s. He now has restaurants all over the world, including CUT at 45 Park Lane in London, a cookware range, and had a TV series on the Food Network for five series from 2000. The other chef to be on the Walk of Fame is Bobby Flay. Personally, I think Keith Floyd should be on it.
2. Gin Mare
A gin-themed pop up is opening on a ‘secret’ Knightsbridge rooftop on July 7/8. There’ll be ‘botanical hedges of ripe olives and aromatic rosemary and basil leaves’, and plenty of cocktails to enjoy. Mark Hix has created a English menu, and Pacha Ibiza DJ ‘Jacob’ is on the turntables.
3. Wild child
On 5 July, Michelin-starred Wild Honey in Mayfair, Arbutus boys Anthony Demetre and Will Smith, is hosting an offal dinner that ‘explores the nuances of offal’. The meats will be paired with wines and a guest panel, compered by Rosie Birkett, will include William Sitwell, Xanthe Clay, Martin Morales and James Lowe.
‘Lamborghini’s Huracán Spyder defines hedonism, a complement to life’s many pleasures’, writes Forbes. It looks outstanding. Guess the price tag.
5. Absolutely Fabulous
The movie comes out on 1 July. Not long to wait. But who was the real Patsy Stone? This, on The Telegraph, is an interesting read.
6. Corbyn’s garden
The overgrown state of Jeremy Corbyn’s rambling front garden resembles the man himself, Alan Titchmarsh has said. Okay then.
Susan Sarandon is the latest star to model for Marc Jacobs’ autumn/winter 2016 campaign. The 69-year-old actress joins the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, and Marilyn Manson.
SUSAN, Seduction Like so many teenagers, I spent countless Friday and Saturday nights at midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 8th Street Playhouse (which is still standing!) and the Festival Theatre on 57th Street (which has long since closed). TRHPS was a coming of age and right of passage. It became an invitation (or excuse) to dress up and express oneself fearlessly. The cult classic made it cool for boys to wear sequins, satin and fishnets. I fell in love with Susan Sarandon’s onscreen portrayal of Janet during her “loss of innocence” scene by way of a crossdressing alien and her giddy, ecstatic rendition of, “touch-a, touch-a, touch me…” There was a subtle rebellious quality that I found in Susan with how she chose to play Janet and perhaps (as I now look back on it) her decision as a young actor to take a role in a film that challenged the notion of gender roles. In the hyper-stylized, gothic film, The Hunger, Susan’s portrayal as the lesbian love interest of vampire Catherine Deneuve was yet another progressive challenging of normal and a testament to Susan’s artistic exploration of boundaries. It was in my early days at Perry Ellis when I first had the privilege of meeting Susan. Her intelligence, courage, strength, conviction and ballsiness has always been so admirable to me. There’s an inherent seductive quality in Susan as a woman who always speaks her mind and an artist who takes risks. Her talent as an actress is one of extraordinary range, talent and power. The stunning Susan Sarandon by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign.
A couple who got engaged at Glastonbury have been united with their emotional engagement photo thanks to the power of the internet, reports the Huffington Post. Colin Priest (good name for a marriage story) proposed to his girlfriend Charlotte Cassidy while Coldplay were performing on Sunday.
The new Mary Seacole statue is angering Florence Nightingale fans. The Crimean War nurse is being commemorated and, as The Independent says, it should be a symbol of pride in a black British heroine. Instead, the piece, which will be unveiled on 30 June, has become a source of controversy
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and investment group Starwood Capital just announced that Four Seasons will assume management of the Viceroy Anguilla resort. Following the Resort’s annual closure from August to October, the property will reopen as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla.