THE MAGAZINE OF LIFEâ€™S CELEBRATIONS
TIMEPIECE TRENDS BASELWORLD 2017
JEWELRY FAVORITES FOR FALL
LEE MICHAELS DIAMONDS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE
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CEO LEE MICHAEL BERG SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS GREG JOHNSON
6 Welcome Letter
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JANE HARRINGTON
8 Events: Inside the Red Box
A DV E RT I S I N G M A N AG E R AMY GRAHAM HUGHES
10 Our Mikimoto Environment
B OA R D O F D I R EC TO R S
12 Our Cartier E-Space
LEE MICHAEL BERG BRENDA BERG
14 Lee Michaels Diamonds
RYAN BERG, PRESIDENT SCOTT BERG, PRESIDENT
18 Jewelry: A Few of Our Favorite Things
CHAD BERG, VICE PRESIDENT
22 Culture: Artful Giving
C R E AT I V E D E PA R T M E N T MARIELLA BROCHARD
24 The Future is Female: John Hardy
26 Spotted: As Seen On…
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30 New & Noteworthy
PUBLISHER STUART NIFOUSSI
32 Trends: Vibrant Versatility
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36 Baselworld: Top Timepiece Trends
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38 Major Impact: Patek Philippe
40 Design: Rising Above Time
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42 Art: In Sharp Focus
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58 Food: Can Cuisine
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The name on the box makes a difference.
ith tremendous consistency, Christmases, birthdays, anniversaries, religious events and Valentineâ€™s Days always arrive on schedule. At Lee Michaels, we are honored that after almost 40 years of business our customer-friends continue to seek us out as their First Choice to celebrate lifeâ€™s milestones, revered moments and holiday delights. They know we are as adept at providing intimate commitments or creating corporate recognition gifts as we are at delivering commemorative symbols for grand community occasions. On each level, we have become an expert at inspiring oohs and aahs to a gift in our iconic red paper tied with black imprinted ribbon. There is something indescribable about the moment you discover the perfect gift for someone. Part of the WKULOOLVDQWLFLSDWLQJWKDWWKRVHIHHOLQJVZLOOEHUHĂ HFWHGLQWKHHPRWLRQVRIWKHSHUVRQZKRDFFHSWVLW:KHQ we open our doors every day, we experience a similar excitement for being able to participate in celebrating those special moments. Because we love what we do for our customer-friends, we travel the world to select only the most prestigious and beautifully crafted jewelry and timepieces. Our long-standing industry relationships give us access to the innovative, the singular and the stunning whether new, classic, estate, or antique. This season we saw world-renowned designers continue to emphasize elegant good taste, classicism DQGHQGXULQJYDOXH:KHQ\RXVHHRXUQDPHRQWKHER[\RXNQRZWKHJLIW\RXFKRRVHLVRQHWKDWZLOOEH cherished. :HLQYLWH\RXUYLVLWWRDQ\RIRXUVWRUHVWRGLVFRYHUWKDWQH[WVSHFLDOJLIW:HSURPLVH\RXDQ Extraordinary Experience from opening our door to opening our box.
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Jim and Donna Barksdale attending a private dinner with designer Ippolita in Jackson.
Attendees of the Baton Rouge Symphony League Mad Hatterâ€™s annual event in Baton Rouge.
Lori Newcomb at the Ippolita trunk show in Jackson.
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Joseph and Nitia Trapani shopping during the annual holiday party at the Lakeside Shopping Center in New Orleans.
Stewart Niles at the holiday party in New Orleans.
Lee Michaels presenting a check for $2,000 to An Evening for Healing, put on by the LSU Health Sciences Foundation in Shreveport.
Scott Berg and Chad and Vanessa Berg at the Patek Phillipe Grand Exhibition in New York City.
Jackie Petrus with Jamie Blacker, director of styling and education for Ippolita, at the trunk show in Jackson.
Lee Berg, Chad Berg and Scott and Leslie Berg with special guest Jay Leno at the annual American Gem Society Conclave event in Hollywood.
Jessica and Ryan Berg at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in California.
Jane Barksdale, Gwen Tatum and Lori Newcomb attending a private dinner with designer Ippolita in Jackson.
our new environment
LAKESIDE SHOPPING CENTER At Lee Michaels, we have the largest selection of Mikimoto in the South. The new Mikimoto dedicated environment features a stunning back wall covered in a felt rosette panel designed by Anne Kyyrรถ Quinn Studios in London. )HDWXUHVLQFOXGHFXVWRPGHVLJQHGOLJKWร[WXUHVZKLFK were imported from Switzerland, and American Walnut casework with brushed stainless steel and white lacquer. The dedicated space combines timeless elegance with sophisticated, modern design, evoking the legacy of the Mikimoto brand.
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LAKESIDE SHOPPING CENTER THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA The new Cartier dedicated E-space features a beautiful back wall covered in panels of Cartier’s signature red Eco /HDWKHU)HDWXUHVLQFOXGHGDUNRDNÀ[WXUHVZLWKEUXVKHG bronze metal framework. The new additions bring the New 2UOHDQVDQG6DQ$QWRQLRPDUNHWVDQH[FHSWLRQDOVHOHFWLRQ of Cartier timepieces. Lee Michaels looks forward to FRQWLQXLQJWRSURYLGHWKHH[WUDRUGLQDU\OHYHORITXDOLW\DQG VHUYLFHIRUZKLFKZHKDYHEHHQNQRZQIRURYHU\HDUV
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Finding the BY KAREN B. GIBBS
LEE MICHAELS DIAMONDS something to celebrate
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ometimes we wish Lee Michaels diamonds could speak. We wish they could tell you of the care and expertise that go into choosing each and every gemstone that we sell. If they could, youâ€™d realize that at /HH0LFKDHOV)LQH-HZHOU\Ă€QGLQJWKHSHUIHFW diamonds for our customers is very much like falling in love. For just as a person passes over many VXLWRUVEHIRUHĂ€QGLQJWKHSHUIHFWĂ€WVRWRRGR Lee Michaelsâ€™ experts look over many diamonds EHIRUHĂ€QGLQJWKRVHWKDWĂ€WRXUKLJKHVW standards. When asked to describe such a diamond, Scott Berg, diamond buyer for Lee Michaels, says, "We can talk about letters and values but, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that this diamond speaks to the person who receives itâ€”that it sparkles and is brilliant and beautiful!"
ensuring the best value 2XUTXHVWWRĂ€QGWKHĂ€QHVWGLDPRQGVEHJDQ years ago when our founder, Lee Michael Berg, made a commitment to provide the greatest value and quality to his customers. To do so, he bypassed the middleman and purchased diamonds directly at the cutting centers of the worldâ€”something that continues to this day. "If you canâ€™t buy right, you canâ€™t sell right," is his mantra. Today, Scott Berg continues his fatherâ€™s WUDGLWLRQ7ZLFHD\HDUKHPDNHVWKHKRXU MRXUQH\WR0XPEDL,QGLDWKHGLDPRQGFXWWLQJ capital of the world. Visiting 10 or more diamond cutters on each trip, he personally inspects thousands of diamonds to make the best purchases. During the spring, his quest is IRUGLDPRQGVRIDFDUDWRUPRUHÂłVWDQGDORQH
diamonds for rings and necklaces. In the fall, he and one of his brothers, either 5\DQRU&KDGVKRSIRUVWDQGDORQHGLDPRQGV as well as matching diamonds for earrings. "No two diamonds are alikeâ€”but two can match," he explains. "Finding that match is extremely GLIĂ€FXOW2QHRIXVPDWFKHVWKHPDQGWKH other agrees or not. Having two sets of eyes approve each pair is important, but even more important is hearing our customer say, â€˜Theyâ€™re perfect!â€™" Although most of these diamonds already have diamond grading reports, Scott inspects WKHPDJDLQWRFRQĂ€UPWKHJUDGH7KHUHDUH many nuances to look for when selecting the best diamond at the best value," he explains. "We are looking for diamonds that are beautiful, not showing a lot of color. White diamonds are the ones we primarily buy;
however, in light of renewed interest in yellow diamonds, weâ€™re also choosing diamonds that have some warmth to them, some yellow." When it comes to shape, the perennial favorite is the round cut. Another popular choice is the cushion cut. With rounded corners, these brilliant diamonds are reminiscent of ROG(XURSHDQVW\OHMHZHOV7KHUHÂˇVDOVRD UHVXUJHQFHLQRYDOFXWGLDPRQGVDGGV6FRWW "Theyâ€™re not nearly as popular as round or cushion cuts, but weâ€™re seeing a lot more interest in them." $VVDWLVI\LQJDVLWLVWRĂ€QGWKHPRVW beautiful diamonds for you, our customers, it is not enough. At Lee Michaels, we are also dedicated to providing you with the best value. Because we purchase millions of dollarsâ€™ worth of diamonds each year, we have the power to negotiate the best price.
Thereâ€™s a story in every box.
finding the perfect setting
Once diamonds arrive at Lee Michaels, they are inspected anew by Lee, Ryan, Scott and Chad Berg. Drawing on their years of experience, this team of experts decides which SLHFHVRIMHZHOU\ZRXOGEHWKHEHVWÃ€WIRU each gemstone. You see, each diamond has its own personality, a unique combination of cut, color, clarity and carat-weight that calls IRUDVSHFLÃ€FGHVLJQ:KHWKHUWKHGLDPRQGLV placed in a ring, necklace, earring or bracelet, our expert designers draw out its beauty with meticulously crafted settings that complement each gemstone. This is what sets our jewelry apart. This is what turns heads and elicits praise.
from the showcase to you 7KHÃ€QDOOLQNRQWKHMRXUQH\IURPGLDPRQG cutters to you is our team of professional sales DVVRFLDWHV(YHU\RQHRIWKHVHÃ€QHLQGLYLGXDOV is equipped with the training and background needed to guide you in making your purchase. Rely on their expertise and you can be FRQÃ€GHQWWKDWZKDWJRHVLQWRWKDWOLWWOHUHGER[ is exactly what youâ€™re looking for. :KHQ\RXWKLQNRIMHZHOU\WKLQNRI/HH Michaels. Thereâ€™s a story in every box... and with every diamond that goes into it. To hear our diamond experts talk about Lee Michaels diamonds and the value they provide, visit www.lmfj.com/video-diamond. For an insiderâ€™s look at our craftsmen at work, visit www.lmfj.com/video-craftsmanship.
Life isnâ€™t lived in black and white. Color brings excitement. It challenges the senses. It opens our eyes to new possibilities.
From top to bottom: Platinum, diamond and sapphire engagement ring, $49,500. Platinum, diamond and sapphire three-stone engagement ring, $15,500. Platinum and diamond engagement ring, $43,500. Platinum, diamond and sapphire engagement ring, $29,750. Platinum, diamond and sapphire three-stone engagement ring, $21,500. Platinum and diamond three-stone engagement ring, $19,500. Platinum, diamond and sapphire engagement ring, $74,500.
From left to right: 18K white gold diamond necklace, $10,000. 18K white gold and black rhodium sapphire and white diamond necklace, $11,500. 18K white gold and black rhodium sapphire and white diamond bracelet, $32,500.
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favorite Top row from left to right: 14K yellow gold blue topaz and diamond necklaces starting at $285. 14K white gold diamond fashion bands starting at $875. 18K rose gold diamond butterfly hoop earrings, $1,650. 14K yellow gold and diamond necklaces, $375 each. Bottom row from left to right: Mizuki 14K yellow gold freshwater pearl thread-through hoop earrings, $1,390. Jack KelĂŠge 18K white gold diamond thread-through hoop earrings, $7,750.
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14K white and rose gold morganite and diamond halo post earrings, $1,050. 14K white gold diamond halo stud earrings, $3,400. 14K white gold round blue topaz and diamond halo post earrings, $325. 18K white or yellow gold diamond fashion rings starting at $500. 14K yellow or white gold semi-precious gemstone and diamond rings, $525 each.
Newport Beach, California. “More often than not, collections are built around the generosity of the community members and patrons in the form of gifts of artwork. For institutions with limited acquisition funds, this is particularly meaningful. “Oftentimes relationships with such patrons develop over time,” she continues, “as shared interests about art and artists and even the role of the museum in a given context evolve. Collectors usually care deeply about the legacy of their gifting, and therefore this mutual respect and understanding creates a partnership that is ultimately rewarding for them as well as the museum and its public.” Private collectors have helped round out the OCMA’s collection by adding new artistic styles and voices. “In recent years, OCMA has been fortunate to receive many artworks from Los Angeles collectors Tracy and Gary Mezzatesta,” Coblentz says, “who made the generous decision to donate significant works to museums throughout the US for public benefit. OCMA happily accepted works by groundbreaking Los Angeles artists who previously were not represented in our collection. “Donated works by women and artists of diverse cultural backgrounds are welcomed additions that round out the collection,” Coblentz continues. “The museum has been able to include some of the Mezzatestas’ donations in recent exhibitions—an indicator of the impact of this gift and its potential to present a more accurate representation of the art of our time.” BY CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
Generous endowments strengthen museum collections.
Last spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s already-staggering collection of artistic achievement spanning the globe and the centuries became even better: Oscar L. Tang donated Riverbank, a 10thcentury Chinese landscape painting considered one of the earliest and most important masterpieces of its kind. Tang is a descendant of the dynasty that bears his name, and his gift significantly enhances the museum’s already impressive array of Asian art. Meanwhile in Kansas City, Missouri, Henry Bloch (the 94year-old founder of H&R Block) donated 29 important Impressionist works by Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Marion and Henry Bloch Foundation also donated $12 million to renovate museum galleries where the paintings are displayed. And the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida has organized a campaign to encourage giving by creating the 21st Century Society. Looking to appeal to a new generation of private donors, it is led by Gil Maurer and Irene Karp, both museum trustees who have promised important canvases to the museum. Endowed gifts have become increasingly important to museums to support their missions of preservation, education and scholarship, and to ensure they are capable of harnessing the latest technologies for those very purposes. “Museum collections are often a reflection of the communities that support them,” says Cassandra Coblentz, senior curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in
Left: SYLVIE FLEURY, Swiss, born 1961 Skin Crime 6, 1997 Car with enamel paint, two parts Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, Gift of Jane B. Holzer in honor of her parents Helen & Carl Brukenfeld, 2016.247a,b © Sylvie Fleury Right: ALFRED MAURER, American, 1868–1932 Still Life with Breton Pottery, circa 1910 Oil on gessoed board Collection of Ann and Gilbert Maurer
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FUTURE is FEMALE armor? What styles will they want to work into their existing collections?” Having an expansive set of archives is also helpful to lean on while designing. While I was designing Naga, it was important to honor the original silhouette in the new iteration. I feminized the silhouette, replacing the scales with leafier interpretations and swapping the red eyes for softer blue sapphire eyes. The newest collection features a number of mixed metal pieces and introduces stones like silver sheen obsidian. It’s a byproduct of volcano, but one would never guess from the stone’s beautiful sheen and sense of light. As we modernize and elevate our collections, adding more gemstones was a natural next step.
Creative director Hollie Bonneville Barden brings a new outlook to JOHN HARDY. Tell us about your first year at John Hardy. I spent a great deal of time really getting to know the brand’s history and our clientele. My first major challenge was to reinterpret the Naga, one of the mythical talisman icons from our Legends collection. When researching the Naga myth in Bali, I discovered stories of Naga represented as a spirit of nature (sky, ocean, volcano) that had great universal symbolism. Working closely with the brand’s artisans helped me grasp a greater understanding of the spirit of Naga in artwork and carved expression. The historical celebration of the raw power and symbolism of Naga formed the overarching concept for the season, which also features new iterations of the timeless Chain, Dot and Bamboo collections. I also had the opportunity to visit our retail partners, many of which are family-run businesses, and connect with customers. Many of our clients are strong, empowered women who are purchasing John Hardy for themselves to celebrate a milestone. It’s truly so inspiring to see this display of female power through jewelry.
What’s it like being John Hardy’s youngest creative director as well as the first female? I am very lucky to hold the role of creative director for such an iconic brand. It’s my personality to take the bull by the horns, which has helped me. Every day there is a steep learning curve, but it is empowering too. Being young offers me the advantage of having a different viewpoint. I have been fortunate to have incredible experiences thus far.
You’re British but now spend the majority of your time traveling between New York and Bali. How do these diverse places inspire your designs? I am attracted to the fast-paced rhythm of NYC and all of the innovative design happening. I’m inspired by its vibrant energy and glamour. Bali has this amazing creative energy and offers a much slower pace. This sort of yin and yang I experience between the two places is very much reflected in the versatility of my designs.
How do you continue to innovate while designing for a brand that has such an iconic look? I am keeping our strong, powerful female clientele in mind. I ask myself, “What do they want to wear as their personal
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Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite jewels! BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
Jennifer Lawrence in Penny Preville at the Venice Film Festival
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ROBERTO COIN Since 1996, Roberto Coin has been known as a creator of sophistication, blending modernity and tradition. Driven by an innate love for the world of art and fashion, Coin decided to leave his successful career as a hotel manager to follow his dream, facing a new and passionate adventure. His creativity took shape through the hands of the most renowned Italian jewelry artisans, who brought Roberto Coin’s romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. Proof positive of this is the Venetian Princess collection, inspired by the patterns and decorations of storied Venetian architecture. It brings to mind fables and majesty, handed down through the narrow Venetian alleys under the warm light of lanterns, where elegance meets intrigue. New this year are sophisticated satin finishes and exquisite pavé lockets, allowing you to carry a piece of the mystery close to your own heart.
MARCO BICEGO Born to a goldsmith father in Italy’s Veneto region, Marco Bicego spent years perfecting his craft at his family’s atelier. With the passion and desire to create jewelry that blends old-world craftsmanship with a modern feel, Bicego launched his jewelry company in 2000. Today, Marco Bicego has established itself as a leader in the luxury accessories arena and is continually redefining the phrase “everyday luxury,” crafting easy-to-wear jewelry that pairs as effortlessly with a T-shirt as it does a ball gown. As an extension of one of Bicego’s most iconic collections, Lunaria, the black mother-of-pearl styles add a subtle and natural gleam to these already elegant and refined designs. Inspired by the delicate shape and movement of petals blowing in the wind, the mixed in hand-cut black mother of pearl yields lustrous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings, all handmolded in Italy by skilled craftsmen and available exclusively from independent jewelry retailers.
style looks good from every angle. THE HARMONY COLLECTION
at Lee Michaels starting at $250
Fall ushers in sculptural statements and multi-purpose functionality.
as jewelry ever been more fun to wear? Whether you lean toward delicate charms, sparkling florals or bold geometry, there are plenty of ways this season to tie it all together and make it hip, elegant and uniquely your own. Versatility is key right now, and designers are expanding their collections with that in mind. Look for necklaces that convert to bracelets or multi-finger rings that fold into one. We’re still stacking and layering, so there’s plenty of room for individual expression. You probably don’t need to retire anything in your jewelry wardrobe this fall to remain on point. But you might want to step it up a notch, add a statement piece or two, some edgy texture and vibrant color. BY CATHLEEN MCCARTHY
blue topaz and the whole spectrum of blue sapphire from faded to inky. Look for hoops set with translucent tanzanite or rose-cut fancy sapphires, and pendants strung on multi-strands of sapphire beads gradated from pale to indigo. Tanzanite is another option to consider. Hueb elevated tanzanite to new levels by combining it with the sparkle and elegance of diamonds in white gold—most recently setting clusters of delicate trillion cuts (curved triangles) on slender white gold bars in its Trilliant collection. Flesh-baring openwork designs like this will continue to get more elegant and dramatic.
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pal continues strong, showing up as the standout in cocktail rings accented with diamonds, or colored gems like blue topaz and peridot that bring out the stone’s inner rainbow. Watery blue moonstones are another crowd favorite, and we’re seeing other misty blues and bluegreens like aquamarine and chalcedony. Along this line, David Yurman is pairing chrysoprase and turquoise in the Chatelaine collection. Also expect to see more of the newcomer gem aquaprase, a minty-green chalcedony discovered in Africa in 2014. But the hottest hue on the horizon will have you matching your gems to your jeans. Fashion designers from Dior to Calvin Klein to Stella McCartney showed denim ensembles for fall, and we predict denim blue will be the primary gem color of 2018. Jewelry looks are already showing the denim hues of London
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ne way to update the layers at your throat is to add a personalized, engraved charm or pendant. Another is to add one of the new, more refined chokers, destined to become a go-to basic. David Yurman added lots of gold this year, including rose gold. One way to open your existing Yurman silver stack to the gold to come: add a piece or two from this season’s mixed-metals, like those polished gold accents in his silver Chatelaine collection. Whether you normally go for the gold or stick to silver, a mixed-metal lariat is destined to become a wardrobe basic. Open-ended rings and bracelets are everywhere, ranging from those slender diamond-tipped bangles that Halle Berry stacked on one wrist at the Oscars to the bold geometry of baguette rings. Where the statement bracelet is concerned, it’s all about female empowerment. The power cuff can be worn stacked, one on each wrist like Coco Chanel, or Wonder Woman-style as this show-stopping (bullet-deflecting?) statement piece from Penny Preville.
hat celestial trend we’ve been seeing for a couple years is moving away from the yoga influence of astrology and zodiac constellations and drifting into the far reaches of outer space. Maybe it’s all the talk of reviving space exploration, but a UFO has landed in the design zeitgeist. Chanel and Comme des Garçons were among those who introduced astronaut-inspired silver garb on the runway this year. Jessica Biel created Oscar buzz with a diamondmounted fringe collar worn with her form-fitting metallic gown. Priyanka Chopra sported matching platinumand-diamond cuffs on each wrist on the same red carpet. You can get in on this space-age trend with any of the bold, geometric cuff bracelets or collars on offer. In some cases, it’s a little subtler: concentric gold circles dotted with gems and pearls, hinting at planets revolving around an axis. A simpler way to get a piece of that night sky: add a starburst. These exuberant bursts of celestial energy are everywhere. Try a blackdiamond star choker, cluster earrings, or a delicate bangle of white diamond stars to add sparkle and texture to your stack.
ith The Jazz Age exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt whetting our appetites once again for Deco, and Past is Present: Revival Jewelry at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (through August 2018), vintage jewelry lovers are newly dazzled by the glamour and craftsmanship of past eras. You don’t need to bid at auction to score revival style. Today’s designers are reinventing looks that have been around for decades or, in some cases, millennia. Some designers are bringing Deco back with colored diamonds, or setting pyramid-shaped colored stones in that familiar stepped, architectural gold. Even Stephen Webster has played with Deco, with his Chrysler Building-inspired detachable diamond earrings. Digging further back, Armenta has added bold new pieces to its Artifacts collection, playing off the tarnished finish and aged texture of long-buried antiquities by mounting them in bright, granulated gold.
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Anything with gold in it is strong now, but YELLOW GOLD, especially, is making a comeback.
LARGE TIMEPIECES are still fashionable for women, but a leaner, less chunky look is proving to be more comfortable to wear.
Ryan, Chad and Scott Berg in Switzerland shopping at the Rolex booth at Baselworld. PHOTO BY STUART NIFOUSSI
RYAN’S TOP PICKS
TAG HEUER $2,300
PATEK PHILIPPE $38,600
For men who want a timepiece that does more than tell time, TAG Heuer’s Connected "smart watch" is a techie’s dream. This high-end timepiece is compatible with Google and Apple and fully integrates with smart phones. Fashionable as well as serviceable, it comes with a module case and a bracelet-style band with interchangeable straps.
Rolex’s new Sea-Dweller is also making waves. At 42mm, it’s a little larger than the Submariner and comes with a Cyclops lens over the date for easier reading. "I think it’s going to be extremely popular this fall," notes Ryan.
More than a watch, Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier is an elegant and beautiful piece of jewelry for women who never go unnoticed. One of Cartier’s most distinctive watches, this style icon was created in the ’80s, but is more contemporary than ever.
Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut Ref. 5168G men’s wristwatch commemorates the 20th anniversary of the exceptionally successful Aquanaut series. Masculine and rugged in design, it is water-resistant to a depth RIPHWHUVDQGLVWKHÀUVW men’s Aquanaut wristwatch made with 18K white gold. At 42mm, it is also the largest in the sporty Aquanaut line.
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ore than 2,000 people a day came to view Patek Philippe’s collection of about 450 exquisite timepieces dating back to 1530, including borrowed museum pieces, supercomplications, rare handcrafts and complex movements. The NYC exhibit (only the fourth of its kind to ever take place) ran for 10 days in July, but its impact on more than 20,000 guests will surely last a lifetime. Larry Petinelli, president of Patek Philippe USA, spoke to us about the importance of this historic exhibit. “Our goal was to attract not just the uber-collectors, but also a new generation of young people who might lack a passion for horology but are perhaps interested in history or sports or music. Despite the serious price points, we tried to make the exhibit accessible rather than stuffy. We featured actual artisans at work (enamellers, engravers, marquetry woodworkers) and highlighted some of our more renowned US patrons—Joe DiMaggio, Duke Ellington, JFK—and the timepieces most meaningful to them.” John F. Kennedy remains a superhero in the minds of both Americans and citizens of the world. The timepiece chosen to represent this beloved US president was a Patek Philippe autonomous quartz desk clock that displays the time in Moscow, Washington DC and Berlin, a gift that symbolized
direct communication between Washington and Moscow. The clock (borrowed from the National Archives with strict regulations) was designed by Heinz Wipperfeld and was presented to Kennedy on the day after his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech. “I was born in December ’63,” says Petinelli, “so I wasn’t around in Kennedy’s lifetime. But I was always intrigued by that era: from JFK’s assassination to the Vietnam War to the first man on the moon. That’s why this exhibit is as much about history as art.” We talked about the incredible Stern family, how they bought the company in 1839 (they’d been a supplier to Patek) and have remained a family business through four generations, an anomaly in the luxury market. (Actually Gen 5, Thierry Stern’s two teenaged sons, were in NYC for the exhibit, thoroughly fascinated…) We talked about the fact that, other than fine watches, few things in life are simultaneously useful, meaningful and investment-worthy, which is why Patek Philippe watches are (as their fabulous ad campaign reminds us) handed down from generation to generation. “It’s hard to imagine passing down my cell phone,” quips Petinelli. B Y K A R E N A L B E R G G R O S S M A N
PATEK PHILIPPE’s Grand Exhibition encompassed art, history and the meaning of time.
Above: JFK’s Patek Philippe quartz desk clock, representing the establishment of direct communication between Washington DC and Moscow.
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Philippe Lebru and the art of contemporary clockmaking.
hen we recently discovered this sculptural collection of wall and tall clocks at the 2017 Watch Fair in Basel, Switzerland, we felt we had stumbled upon something extraordinary. Then when we met its creator, Philippe Lebru, we knew we were face to face with genius! Since 1993, Lebru has been experimenting with oversized, graphic (some say subversive) timepieces, and with the relationship between individuals and time. “I imagined a clock that could rise above time, a clock that would connect the past to the future, tracing a line that defines our relationship to a greater force,” he explains. This greater force, no doubt, is what catapulted the artist to considerable fame. In 2005, his collection was awarded the Grand Prix at France’s Concours Lepine for inventions. He then won a gold medal for horology at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. In 2011, Lebru produced two monumental clocks for the city of Besancon (birthplace of Victor Hugo, Gustave Courbet and Louis Pasteur): one for its high-speed train station and one for its art museum. In 2015, he was commissioned to produce a five-meter-high skeleton clock, the largest in the world, which currently marks the moments in downtown Tokyo. And speaking of commissions, you too can own one of Lebru’s horological masterpieces. Check out his collection online (utinam-manufacture.fr) or send him a photo of your room and he will custom design the perfect piece for your wall. More than mere clocks, these timepieces are unique combinations of art, science, culture and technical prowess. As it is said: “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN
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INSHARP FOCUS Atom Moore is a New York City photographer who makes portraits not of people, but of watches. BY JULIANNE PEPITONE
There’s nothing else quite like Atom Moore’s “watch portraits,” which splice details from different watches into a single unreal image for an effect that’s dreamlike yet sharply focused. Here, he tells us more about his unique art.
to see. I print the portraits on giant sheets of metal, which is uncommon and reminds you of the watch’s original form. They’re interesting on paper, but on metal they really come to life.
Why are you drawn to watches? What makes a successful watch portrait? They’re essentially mashups. You can get incredibly granular with macro shots, down to the finest detail. Then I take details from one watch and details from another and manipulate them to make something different. I don’t go into the process expecting to create a certain thing in a certain time period. Sometimes I just like two images. And I work on [the portrait] until it feels done.
Why are people drawn to this art? It isn’t just for watch nerds; it’s visually interesting art. Seeing the details of something so close up changes your perspective on that thing. And the combination adds this unreal element that’s interesting. People will ask, “Is this real? Is this an actual watch?” People see in the images what they want
Photographing jewelry and watches is hard to do. Most jewelry is extremely reflective from all angles, so if you don't take that into account your photo won’t show the quality. My wife and I are both collectors. We were introduced to the RedBar Crew, who meet up [at a New York bar] to talk about and share watches. I got access to really cool watches without having to go into a store, which is huge. And I like seeing how watches change over time. I’ve gone through photos of vintage watches and you can see, oh, in 1974 they changed how the dial looks. Watches age, just as everything does, and they change in very different ways.
What’s your favorite watch? The one that’s currently in front of my lens.
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SAY “I DOUGH!” Custom doughnuts are the new wedding cake.
hese days, trendy, artisanal doughnut shops have popped up all around the country, and those circles of yeasty goodness—dreaded carbs 15 years ago—are back with renewed vigor. So it only makes sense that they’d make an appearance at weddings. Within the past year or two, an increasing number of doughnut walls, tiered cakes, trucks and madeto-order stations have popped up at receptions and as part of the “after-party” (another emerging wedding trend, as late-night comfort food replaces more formal offerings). “It’s becoming more popular,” affirms Heather Jones, the catering sales director for Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California. “We also do an action station with beignets, making them right in front of the guests and providing, say, a cabernet-chocolate dipping sauce. Or perhaps fresh churros with a bourbon-cream sauce. It’s all about PERSONALIZE taking things to the next level.” One big advantage is that it’s easy to personalize the doughnut experience (compared to, for example, a chocolate fountain). For Brooklyn’s Angela and Charla Harlow-Rothschild, “we tried to be very intentional about everything in our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple,” says Charla. Amidst the foodstuffs were two doughnut displays, from Dough and Dun-Well, both local shops. “Dough was the first of the new, trendy spots in Bed-Stuy,” says Charla, “and they hire people from the neighborhood, so we wanted to give them a shout-out.” Angela notes that “Dun-Well is cool, because they create delicious doughnuts that are vegan and gluten-free, perfect for friends who couldn’t share in the cake.” Supporting local business was also important for Kelsea Kirven Gallagher and her husband Patrick at their wedding in Richmond, Virginia. They brought in the Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen doughnut truck for their late-night snack. The Mennonite family-owned business has a huge following for its unusual misshapen glazed doughnuts. “[The business is] wonderfully grounded in family and faith,” says Kelsea, “serving as a great role models for our new marriage. And our guests are still talking about those warm doughnuts two years later!” Jones notes that the desire for a personal touch is common for couples who opt for doughnuts at Wente as well. Rather than order trendy variants like Hibiscus-Passion Fruit, “they will have one or two [classic] flavors that are ‘their’ doughnuts. Maybe they grew up with them, or enjoyed them as a couple.” BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
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HOLE LOTTA LOVE From left: Doughnut tower by Mankin Mansion; doughnut wall and doughnut station by Emily Sullivan Events.
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TO BE ME
A guide to 2018’s most important dress trends, offering something for every bride’s unique style.
ther than selecting a groom, few decisions are more fraught than what a bride will wear on her wedding day. Two things can help: a head start on choosing a dress (ideally six to eight months) and staying true to your tastes.
C L A S S I C CO M E B AC K This season features a marked return to a traditional 1950s and 1960s influence. “Think Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy,” says Yumi Katsura’s creative director, Paulette Cleghorn. Look for understated, classic silhouettes that are “more tailored, more structured,” she says. Cristina DeMarco, VP of New York’s Bridal Reflections, agrees. “Girls are looking to bring back the romance of the A-line, off-the-shoulder and cap sleeve.” Trending: fit-and-flare rather than trumpet skirts, and classic boatneck and Bardot necklines. Detachable trains or fuller skirts take a sheath gown from ceremony to reception. Substantial fabrics such as heavy satins and silk failles suit these styles. Complete the look with a sparkly brooch or modern pearl jewelry that’s a step up from simple strands.
This season’s offerings prove VERSATILITY
is the key to freedom. Cathedral veils are back, decorated with lace borders or scattered with pearls or crystals. “It allows the gown to feel grand, but once removed, softens the dress,” says DeMarco. Ultra-sheerness of the tulle provides a “cleaner, longer, more fluid line,” adds Cleghorn. Statement alternatives for the more daring bride abound, including high-neck designs, short dresses, separates and even one-piece pantsuits. Fringe, fur, pleats, cascading center ruffles and silk swirls replace layered looks. Capelets and capes, open-gauntlet hand coverings and gloves of all kinds add drama. Shoulder-sweeping fringe earrings or a bold choker are the perfect on-trend jewelry elements to round out these looks. “Brides today are just more free,” concludes Cleghorn. This season’s offerings prove versatility is the key to freedom. B Y L A U R I E S C H E C H T E R
M A K E M E B LU S H Darker ivories, blush, champagne and nude are becoming more popular. The depth of color, “when combined with lace, allows the lace to become more vibrant,” notes DeMarco. Consider a warm yellow or rose gold wedding band to complement these sweet shades.
AT T E N T I O N TO D E TA I L Details take center stage, especially black accents and 3D floral appliques. The bow, whether thin or oversized, steps out on sleeves and waists. Note the plethora of sleeve choices— full-length, cap and flutter all feel fresh. On-trend too: the plunge neckline, often made more demure with illusion tulle. Steer clear of necklaces here to let your décolletage take center stage; try oversized floral studs or a vine-like cuff.
M A K E A S TAT E M E N T
Even if you’re getting married indoors in the 21st century, there’s a way to evoke outdoor elements and add touches that recall the Renaissance or Victorian periods. Many couples are doing just that. The current word in wedding floral design is natural: flowers are given their own space rather than cramped into shiny vessels where they stand uniform, and plenty of greenery is added to mimic nature. “We’ve been seeing a trend for letting nature act on its own, with loose, asymmetrical designs that give the flowers a lot of room,” says Erin Hornstein, owner of Plum Sage Flowers in Denver, Colorado. The trend is being driven both by florists and their clients, with much of the inspiration coming from social media. Image-driven sites such as Pinterest and Instagram are where couples, wedding planners and florists all showcase their latest creations. “These sites give brides access to so many ideas,” says Hornstein. “They can type just a couple of words and get so many images.” Greenery has become very popular, including garland runners placed down the center of long tables, or leafy suspensions hanging over the altar or reception tables,
Evoke the outdoors with loose, natural floral arrangements and vintage styling.
conveying the sense that they're growing. The use of greenery even extends to bridal bouquets and to bridesmaids. Instead of corsages, there’s a trend towards flower “bracelets” along with flower hair combs and even full crowns. Michelle Hannah, founder of NYC-based Wild Floral Designs, is finding that clients want to evoke an English garden even when the wedding is indoors and in a city; one recent bride did this by requesting an archway with hanging branches and roses. “This new movement feels very earthy, organic and garden-like in a way flowers didn't necessarily feel before, when they felt compact and uniform,” she says. “It's all leaning to a very creative and personalized style for couples to show off what they regard as beautiful and interesting.” BY CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD
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Delicacies in tin are haute and happening!
s you sip good wine and listen to live music in a lush garden with twinkling lights overhead, you might think you’re at a rustic café in the French countryside, especially since the menu features traditional French items like steak au poivre, coq au Riesling, and steamed mussels. But check out the bottom of the menu and you’ll find the “Can to Table” offerings: spiced calamari in ragout sauce from Portugal, mussels in escabeche from Spain, and scallop rillettes from France. The States are even represented with habanero-smoked oysters from the Willapa Bay in Washington.
Preserved at their freshest point with utmost care by a handful of suppliers using the highest-grade olive oils and sauces, these delicacies are eaten at the finest restaurants in Portugal and Spain. The rare seafood is caught in the cool waters along the European coast, and would clearly be difficult to enjoy stateside were it not preserved. Fortunately, restaurants are catching on. Foodies in New Orleans frequent N7, the aforementioned eatery tucked away in a secret garden in the Marigny. The restaurant has no website, no phone, not even a sign other than a hand-painted N7 on the wooden fence surrounding the property. Still, the place is always packed and full of life. Patrons enjoy the extensive wine list, the exquisitely flavored, freshcooked fare and the upscale canned food. Artistically decorated cans are served on long, wooden boards with sliced baguettes, various sauces and small tasting forks. Several other restaurants around the country are also serving conservas (Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI; Donostia, Huertas and Maiden Lane in NYC; Bar Vivant in Portland, OR; and Aatxe in San Francisco), so expand your palate and enjoy a taste of the exotic, a high-end dining experience straight from a can—best enjoyed with a fabulous glass of wine (from a bottle)! BY LESLEY RUBENSTEIN
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This trend of HAUTE CUISINE served from cans is called CONSERVAS, and items are typically served tapas style.
HISTORIC NEWS! Proud to announce the addition of two new Silo Family Restaurants, set to open Fall 2017. Join us at the historic Fairmount hotel, in beautiful downtown San Antonio, and experience contemporary Italian cuisine & modern steakhouse fare with the service you have come to expect from Silo restaurants.
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Meticulously crafted libations to spice up the change of season.
s autumn gives way to even cooler evenings, nothing soothes the senses and warms the soul like sipping a perfectly executed cocktail. The recipes that follow, conceived by recognized mixologists from awardwinning bars across the country, all tell a story. Each celebrates the change of seasons and reflects the mixologistâ€™s regional roots. Seek out these complex creations during your travels to appreciate the sophisticated blends and experience winter in a glass. Cheers!
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THE BETTY CHICAGO
A local favorite in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, The Betty is described as an upscale neighborhood tavern with a sophisticated vibe, warm atmosphere and innovative approach to classic drinks. Mixologist Julianna Arquilla has worked there since its opening, starting out serving and moving up the ranks to running the entire bar. Known for her calm and finesse with large crowds, she creates thoughtful, fulltasting drinks using interesting ingredients. She chose a local big rye for this cold weather cocktail. THE BITTERSWEET 2 oz. Journeyman Last Feather Rye .50 oz. CH Dogma Fernet .25 oz. spiced syrup 2 dashes orange bitters 1 egg Coffee dust and orange for garnish “In the winter I want to warm up with a nice spicy rye. Chicago winters can be long, bitter and cold, but they make the wait for the summer worth it. (The quote ‘Without the bitter, the sweet isn’t as sweet’ is definitely true about Chicago!) The Bittersweet is a perfect nightcap for a cold winter night. The bitterness from the fernet melds well with the spiciness from the rye, and the spiced syrup adds just enough sweetness. The egg rounds it out with a lovely elegance.”
MANSION BAR DALLAS
Tucked away on beautiful grounds in Dallas sits the stately, luxurious Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Recognized internationally for its exemplary service and extraordinary amenities, the historic hotel includes a restaurant and bar that have garnered awards on their own. Danny Caffall has spent the past six years creating sophisticated, flavor-layered cocktails and welcoming locals and travelers from around the world. “I love being part of something so special,” he explains. “Mansion Bar is an incredible place within a legendary property. Welcoming our guests is a great honor.” PUMPKIN OLD FASHIONED 2 oz. rye whiskey ½ oz. cinnamon falernum Muddled orange peel Dash Angostura bitters Eyedropper of pumpkin tincture Caffall is known for using interesting ingredients to craft traditional cocktails with an unexpected twist. “The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic cocktail. We’ve added a hint of the fall season to it. The beauty of the Pumpkin Old Fashioned is its subtlety: a breath of the pumpkin and fall spice on the exhale.”
SEAMSTRESS NEW YORK CITY
Patrons treasure the extensive menu, the fresh seasonal flavors, the knowledgeable staff and the steamy décor of New York City’s Seamstress, recipient of national accolades. Head bartender Luis Hernandez leads the tight-knit team with well-honed skills. His inspiration for creating cocktails is the pursuit of flavor—and the look on people’s faces when they discover something special! AROMATICS .5 oz Ardbeg 10 1.5 oz Amontillado sherry .75 oz fig broth .75 oz Scottish breakfast tea .5 oz bitter blood orange 2 dashes Madagascar wild peppercorn tincture 2 dashes coffee-infused Angostura bitters Spritzed dehydrated blood orange for garnish
“Aromatics is a drink where you can smell the warmth before you feel it. As the name suggests, the aromatics represent layering in flavors, all dark and warming. When I create a cocktail like this one, I’m representing myself, Seamstress, my bar team and all the bars in New York. This drink is the summary of all that inspires me in this wonderful, creative city.”
NEW ORLEANS A native New Orleanian who bartended in New York and traveled the world, Neal Bodenheimer returned to his Louisiana stomping grounds after Hurricane Katrina to open Cure, a sophisticated uptown cocktail bar that pays homage to the city’s cocktail history while pushing the envelope. He and his partners have since opened other establishments to rave reviews. Customers value Bodenheimer’s inventiveness and personal warmth. His handcrafted drinks and cocktail menus reflect the flavors and hospitality of his hometown and his world experiences. Cure has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and is continually listed as a top bar in the South and the US. DELTA EGGNOG 6 eggs 1 cup La Canne raw turbinado sugar 2 cups cream/milk mixture (one cup milk, one cup heavy whipping cream) 1 cup Cathead Hoodoo chicory liqueur 1 cup Donner-Peltier LA1 Louisiana whiskey 1 whole nutmeg Grated nutmeg for garnish “Delta Eggnog is a great holiday drink, because it gets better as it sits over time. It’s regionally appropriate, it makes amazing gifts and it’s a great addition to any holiday party!”
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Explore the little luxuries the world has to offer.
There’s flying first class and then there’s truly getting the first-class treatment. London’s Heathrow Airport has recently introduced Heathrow VIP for passengers who are traveling in first or business class. This ultra-luxe service includes an exclusive entrance to the airport, concierge service, a private lounge for up to 12 guests decorated by Helen Green and featuring food-anddrink options by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, along with private security screening within the lounge and a private car that will take you directly from the lounge to your aircraft at boarding time. What a way to go!
Doing your part for the environment while also doing something nice for your home is a true win-win situation. So why not sign up for San Francisco-based Coyuchi’s new Coyuchi for Life luxury linens subscription service? This unique program not only provides customers with new GOTS-certified organic sheets, towels and duvets regularly (you can choose whether to have them sent every 6, 12 or 24 months), but also allows you to send back your old ones, which will be renewed or upcycled for other purposes and attain a new life of their own. It’s one way to guarantee you’ll have sweet dreams.
Iceland is already a popular vacation destination, but this cold-weather spot is about to get even hotter. In early 2018, the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, a new resort deep within moss-covered lava fields and surrounded by the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, will open its doors. The Retreat will feature 62 elegant suites each with a floor-to-ceiling window and terrace, a state-of-the-art spa offering dry heat, steam heat, in-water treatments and more, and the Moss Restaurant, where every dish will be locally sourced and based on the reinvention of Iceland’s culinary heritage, and where your wines will be brought up from an underground cellar forged deep in the centuries-old lava. Finally, guests can partake in a variety of adventure experiences including visiting black sand beaches, lava hiking in a lunar environment and private Northern Lights viewing tours.
Shoe icon Manolo Blahnik is one of New York City’s most revered citizens, in part due to his iconic association with HBO’s Sex and the City. But for a double dose of the artisan’s genius this fall, you’ll have to head to another city: Prague, Czechoslovakia. Together with Preciosa, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of Bohemian crystal, Blahnik has created a one-of-a-kind shoe, embellished with fuchsia pompoms and more than 100 crystal chandelier trimmings, that is on display at the Preciosa flagship store in Old Town Prague. Meanwhile, a comprehensive tribute to his life’s work, The Art of Shoes, is making a stop at Museum Kampa through November. Guest-curated by Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz and made up of six thematic sections (Nature, Gala, Art and Architecture, Heart, Geography, and Materials), the retrospective gives visitors a kaleidoscopic view of Blahnik’s creative path as shown by an impressive collection of 80 drawings and 200 shoes that represent nearly 50 years of his work as a stylist and designer. Prepare to be dazzled. BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
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What you need to know to plan your perfect luxury river cruise.
UNIQUE LUXURY: UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION
vid cruise travelers know the truth of the old adage: It’s about the journey, not the destination. And unlike ocean cruises, which may spend much of the trip on open seas, river voyages cruise right through the heart of cities around the globe to offer an up-close experience. Here, we compare three of the top luxury river cruise companies. BY JULIANNE PEPITONE Boutique dining on Uniworld’s Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux itinerary.
CURRENT STARTING COST: $2,499 per person on select 2017 holiday itineraries. THE TAGLINE: “Our credo, ‘No request too large, no detail too small,’ comes to life in every interaction we share with our guests. We never tire of going above and beyond to create extraordinary experiences both onboard and onshore.” THE SCOOP: Fans of cookie-cutter cruise décor need not apply. Uniworld ships look like none other: public areas decked out with tufted leopard-print settees and abstract art, a lounge outfitted in gleaming teal, and suite walls painted in rich red. The boutique philosophy goes beyond the décor: Uniworld offers a slate of themed cruises including journeys that explore European aristocracy, Jewish history and culture, French food and wine, European Christmas markets, and “Generations” family cruises. Travelers on most of the European voyages are provided with butlers who are trained to “go above and beyond to create special moments that our guests remember long after they leave.” THE DESTINATIONS: Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam and Cambodia, Egypt and India.
Relax and take in views of the Rhine River from aboard a Uniworld cruise ship.
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CULTURE AROUND THE GLOBE: VIKING RIVER CRUISES CURRENT STARTING COST: $1,699 for an 8-day “Christmas in Germany” 2017 sail, per person based on double occupancy. THE TAGLINE: “Offering you extraordinarily welldesigned cruises that bring you closer to the cultures of the world…our intimate, inclusive itineraries are designed to help you explore nuances of your destination: its food, culture, people and customs.” Viking Longship Aquavit terrace.
Crystal River Cruise’s Bach.
SPARKLING NEW: CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES CURRENT STARTING COST:
$2,560 for a 7-day March 2019 sail from Vienna to Budapest, per person based on double occupancy. THE TAGLINE: “[A] heady combination of indulgent services and enriching discovery… innovative excellence, exquisitely designed ships, bold itineraries, customized destination immersion and the highest standards of personalized service at sea and on land.” THE SCOOP: The five ships that make up Crystal’s river fleet are shiny and new: one (Mozart) was fully refurbished in 2016, and the other four (Bach, Debussy, Mahler, Ravel) are new builds delivered in summer 2017. Each ship features a spa and library, and the new vessels offer suites as large as 750 square feet, including walk-in closets and king beds. Crystal bills itself as the owner of “the most awarded luxury ships in the world,” and its all-inclusive fares do indeed include a lot: butler services, complimentary airport transfers,
all beverages including premium spirits, guided shore excursions in every port, and Michelin-star “culinary experiences” on certain trips. THE DESTINATIONS: Central Europe spots: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Viking Longship on the Danube River.
THE SCOOP: Viking boasts a fleet of dozens of
“Longships,” which include full verandas and al fresco dining terraces. The company targets the cerebral, experienced traveler and advertises its voyages as the “thinking person’s cruise.” Viking offers a plethora of cultural experiences in its Local Life, Working World, and Privileged Access programs, which feature behind-the-scenes-style opportunities. The Culture Curriculum onboard program focuses on local background with lectures on history and art, tastings of vintage wines from the voyage destinations, restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine, and performances including folkloric shows and musicians playing regional music. T H E D E S T I N AT I O N S : Europe, Russia, Asia, Ukraine and Egypt.
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“Flawless but bare,” #iwokeuplikethis and #nomakeup are all trending. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen “gives skin a fresh, healthy, no-makeup look with a soft hint of color,” says Mercier.
5. BODY & MIND 4. GLOWING COMPLEXION
“Strobing” means to highlight with light only—think dewy glow. Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 synchronizes throughout the day to maintain an all-day luminous finish. By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick claims to be the ultimate strobing tool, a three-inone blush, bronzer, highlighter with integrated blending brush.
Fully reconnect body and mind through experiential elements. Two years in development, Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm uses sublime texture, distinctive aromatics and a spa experience to relax you and your skin.
Your virtual beauty assistant is in with step-by-step tutorials based on your face, features and skin type. The Wow How app uses a virtual beautician and augmented reality to teach makeup applications that enhance your features prior to buying from affiliated retailers.
Time savers for active women are in demand. Take Shiseido’s Sports WetForce, a sunscreen and makeup in one that uses an innovative technology to cause the sunscreen’s SPF 50+ UV protection to become even more effective when exposed to water or perspiration for 30 minutes.
9. SALT THERAPY
Himalayan Dry Salt Therapy at Breathe Salt Rooms aims to improve respiratory systems, skin conditions and overall wellness. The Cove at the Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho boasts granite-lined heated saltwater pools to immerse you in the stuff.
10. THICK BROWS
To grow them, Fernanda Lacerda of NYC’s Maria Bonita Salon & Spa and MB45 Studio recommends regularly visiting an eyebrow guru and using an eyelash booster on your brows. Microblading, a form of tattooing and a popular alternative, should be carefully considered with pre- and postprocedures followed closely. “Look at tons of pictures, client recommendations and reviews before you commit,” Lacerda advises.
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