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Voyeurism, Standard Hotel & Italian Women

Connecting digital dots is often an exhiliarating mental affair. This seduction begins after writing yesterday’s post Zaha Hadid: Master Builder|Ancient Female Vision.

Hadid’s architecture speaks more to the growing influence of female 21st century principles, than any words written by me. I left Hadid in Rome yesterday, wanting to study more before writing about Rome’s new Maxxi museum.

Italy is bubbling in my unconsciousness, as always but even moreso.

I drank my French Roast, reading the NYTimes Window Watchers in a City of Strangers. Voyeurism interests me always, not only from a sensual angle, but as a form of modern life connection. This is exactly the NYT pov.

The trend in “windows” is not new. These modern structures are all over Soho, redefining the neighborhood. I believe their architecture is not a trend, but an intermediate design stop. They are incubators, not the final, temporary destination.

I think about voyeurism at the Standard Hotel. It’s the most trafficked story I’ve written, over on Sexy Futures. What does this reality say about our appetite for news?

I wonder if Zaha Hadid’s architecture is more private and womb-like, less transparent. It seems that her interiors are far more interesting than her exteriors.  Hadid grew up in Iraq. As a Middle Eastern woman one expects her to be more private on the outside.

Another of my consistently strong A of C stories concerns my own ‘journey’ into the Medina in Marrakesh. If Rome is one of my best five days in life, my night in Marrakesh also ranks in the top five. I was shocked that the barren outside of shuttered grey spaces revealed a sensually spectacular interior experience.

I Google “architecture+voyeurism+glass windows” and arrive at a FIRST RATE online newspaper: The Faster Times. Lawrence Osborne’s Standard Deviants: Voyeurism and Design Above New York’s High Line exhiliarates me.

Osborne directs us to Sixties Italy for context around the Standard but also voyeurism and human connection. I watch and listen as Scorsese talks up “L’Eclisse." If this subject interests you, the six-minute time investment is well worth it.

Spend a coffee break at  The Faster Times. It seems like a good investment.

Considering further an Italian moment, I remember the new movie Nine, not about Fellini’s “8 1/2 Weeks” but most assuredly so: Two Sensually Stunning Performances from Penelope Cruz.

Watching it, I felt the cultural barrenness, the inaction. My ambivalence about the Standard’s architecture stems from this sensation. Is the Standard Hotel, especially nestled with the High Line, a symbol of this collision of Modern and Cultural Creative values?

Top model Lara Stone has agreed not to go on a diet and will remain her 5’10”, size US size 4 cover girl self. Stone begrudingly  agrees that she will continue to be what the fashion industry calls “the curvy girl”, aka the fat girl.

The 80s/early 90s supermodels say “yeah”.  Ironically, a simple title of mine has moved into the top ten reads: Time for a Female-centric ‘Old Ladies Rebellion’.  A brand (perhaps in financial trouble) created by an insightful young woman Fanny captivates Google search imaginations.

What’s up with that fact? On the surface, grownup women are back in action, but perhaps feminine principles are digging even deeper into the culture.

Size zero women with matchstick legs can’t run fast and have no power. Their stare is vacuous, and they agree.

Returning to start, the question is: how does Zaha Hadid feel about windows — into people’s lives and into their souls? Anne