Luxury Hotels

Simply Sunday – simplify LIFE, please

Why is everything in life getting so complicated? Girlahead is trying to find quarantine regulations for flying around Europe. The official UK government website should simply give details for each EU country today, 27th September 2020. No, it gives, instead, layering, adding the additional regulations, with lots of official and unidentified numbers, to the additions of 26th September and so on and so forth way back to July 2020.

Take food. Years ago chef Dean Fearing, in Dallas, had a signature dish that listed the protein with no less than 12 vegetables, each of them wrapped round others or wrapped in others. Please, let us go to what Noma is now doing, merely a fabulous burger, best meat and additives, simply fabulous.  And look at this edible sunflower, above, caviar-with-a-difference at Pétrus, atop Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

And on the hotel side generally it is a welcome relief that, thanks to the pandemic all that plethora of tent-cards and silly little spiral-edged calendar collateral stuff has had to be removed (sorry about copies of such decent publications as Economist and New York Times now being forbidden, however).  To take simplification further, would that hotel bosses would realise that allowing their teams to dress more realistically would be appreciated by everyone. We all know that The Pig hotels allow staff to wear casual shirts, their own jeans and Converse trainers: a posting by Girlahead of Tom Ford’s brilliant current-show item, matching loose V-neck sweater over silky pyjama pants, with Tom Ford waistband, garnered oodles of interest. Finally, on this simplification sermon, let us finish with Fashion, capital F. In Milan this last week, Silvia Venturini Fendi’s mixed men’s and women‘s collection included such home-working thoughts as looser looks and layering, with impish knit beanies carrying the Fendi logo, and laser-cut jackets worn with Bermuda shorts and slippers (the perfect Zoom meeting look?). Overall, by the way, Italy’s fashion council is projecting, for 2020, a 29% decrease in revenues, a nearly 50 billion-euro ($58 billion) drop in sales from last year, but the participants are still coming up trumps.