Something For The Weekend: A Cultural Roundup From Our US Editor

4 days agoWords by Mr Chris Wallace

Illustration by Mr Joe McKendry

Hiya from New York, where many in the media who grew up operating a straight-to-digital CMS seem to be reacting to this interview with the new editor of vogue.com with a bit of a bemused “OK, boomer”. There is also a ton of excitement around Mr Wes Anderson’s new film, set in mid-century Paris and based somewhat based on The New Yorker – though a goodly amount of people still have their eyebrows arched when it comes to Mr Anderson.

On to more superficial matters: it feels like we have been hearing about the ways in which AR and VR will dramatically change the way we shop for oh, a decade at least, so here is more of that. Amazon has apparently just onboarded a zillion new brands, none of which we’ve ever heard of; maybe they are keeping all that good stuff on a secret luxury site? And is that where Ms Phoebe Philo will sell her new wares? The former designer of Céline with an accent is reportedly developing her own line. No news on whether it will include menswear – or accessories, which men were wearing all over the red carpet this season, prompting the great descriptor, “bro-och” from Bloomberg. Keeping on the topic of tech big hitters, I was totally expecting to roll my eyes at Mr Bill Gates’ reading list, but, frankly, it could be worse – it could be my parade of escapist nonsense. Speaking of, here is Mr Ira Glass on dropping ecstasy.

Last week, our friends at Mr & Mrs Smith hosted a conversation with the Future Laboratory on the future of travel, which prompted me to think about where we are headed – and how we will head there going forward. In much the same way there is this discussion around virtual fitting and outfitting in fashion, there is, I think, a fantasy around VR replacing real-world adventure. And, while there is certainly an environmental argument for a cessation, or at least reduction to our fossil fuel spend in getting an Insta pic from Santorini or wherever, I would argue that the plain currency of connection, of actual human contact with the new, the other, the out there, will become increasingly valuable, increasingly sought after. In fact, the idea of travel as we know it might become fuzzy.