THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS ♦ FALL/WINTER 2013 ♦ FASHION ISLAND, NEWPORT BEACH, CA
SPECIAL BRIDAL EDITION FROM THE RUNWAYS: HOT TRENDS FOR FALL SOMETHING SPARKLY! FIND THE PERFECT GIFT
Time to Shine
Genuine Values since 1893
LUXURY OF CERTAINTY Announcing Inspirato with American Express. Discover the luxury of a members-only vacation club that combines the space and comfort of more than 130 private vacation homes with the services and amenities of a five-star resort. Rejoice in the luxury of choosing from many of the world’s most coveted destinations. And relax with the certainty that we’re committed to making each club vacation a world-class experience. This is Inspirato with American Express. The Luxury of Certainty.™
INSPIRATO DESTINATION ST. BARTS
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW INSPIRATO MEMBERS. Learn about our special membership offer. 888.546.5008 | WWW.INSPIRATO.COM
Inspirato® is a private travel membership club that requires a non-refundable Initiation Fee and Annual Membership Fee. Membership is subject to acceptance of terms and conditions and other reservation and use rules. Availability, minimum stay requirements and nightly fees may vary by residence, date and membership option selected. See website (www.inspirato.com) for complete details. Inspirato is owned by Inspirato LLC and operated by its subsidiary Best of 52, LLC, 1637 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202, email@example.com, 303-586-7771. Operator is registered as Florida Seller of Travel Registration No. ST38403; Washington Seller of Travel Registration No. UBI 603086598; California Seller of Travel Registration No. CST 2107465. ©2013 Inspirato LLC. All products and services offered and rendered by Inspirato® (including the operation and management of any vacation residence) are provided solely by Inspirato LLC, Best of 52, LLC, or their respective agents and affiliates, and not by the American Express Company or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Photo: Le Sereno, St. Barts; photography by Trinette Reed.
31 FEATURES 2 Welcome Letter 14 Behind the Scenes 18 Profile: Marco Bicego 19 Traditional Jewelers Events 22 Traditional Jewelers Community 24 Red Carpet: Dreamy in Black & White 28 Profile: Pesavento 30 Traditional Jewelers Watch Report 32 From the Runways 38 Baubles in Bloom 56 Spotlight: Mikimoto’s 120th Anniversary 58 Trend Report: Confident Chic 60 Fitness: Letting Go 62 Wine: Opus One 64 Perfect Gems 66 Books: The Art of Fashion
BRIDAL SECTION 46 The Advice 48 The Ring
51 The Memories 52 The Dress 54 The Diamonds
THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS ♦ FALL/WINTER 2013 ♦ FASHION ISLAND, NEWPORT BEACH, CA
SPECIAL BRIDAL EDITION FROM THE RUNWAYS: HOT TRENDS FOR FALL SOMETHING SPARKLY! FIND THE PERFECT GIFT
Time to Shine
ON THE COVER
Model Greta Jimenez (Elite Model Management) wears Traditional Jewelers Collection rings, earrings and bracelets in 18K rose, yellow and white gold with diamonds. Photography and creative by Edwin Santa. Makeup by Eliut Tarin. Hair by Lili Rodriguez. Styling by Jennifer Ferkenhoff. Assistance by Adrian Tarin and Martik Vergara. Headpieces designed by Edwin Santa.
FASHION ISLAND 203 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE NEWPORT BEACH, CA ( 9 4 9 ) 721- 9 010 HOURS: M O N - F R I : 10 : 0 0 A M - 8 : 0 0 P M S AT : 1 0 : 0 0 A M - 7 : 0 0 P M S U N : 11 : 0 0 A M - 6 : 0 0 P M
MICHAEL POLLAK CEO SHEREEN POLLAK PRESIDENT DAMON GROSS COO BRENT SEYLER STORE MANAGER MAX SOTODEH SALES MANAGER JENNIFER FERKENHOFF DIRECTOR OF MARKETING MOLLY WOJCIK DIRECTOR OF INTERACTIVE MARKETING
PUBLISHED BY THE BUSINESS JOURNALS FASHION GROUP
PUBLISHER STU NIFOUSSI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN
PROJECT MANAGER LISA MONTEMORRA PRODUCTION MANAGER PEG EADIE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR HANS GSCHLIESSER
DIRECTOR OF PREPRESS JOHN FRASCONE
MANAGING EDITOR JILLIAN LAROCHELLE
PRESIDENT AND CEO BRITTON JONES
DESIGNERS CYNTHIA LUCERO JEAN-NICOLE VENDITTI
CHAIRMAN AND COO MAC BRIGHTON
Prices are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on size, quality and availability. Copyright 2013. Accent® is published by Business Journals, Inc, P.O. Box 5550, Norwalk, CT 06856, 203-853-6015 • Fax: 203-852-8175; Advertising Office: 1384 Broadway, 11th Floor, NY, NY 10018, 212-686-4412 • Fax: 212-686-6821; All Rights Reserved. The publishers accept no responsibilities for advertisers’ claims, unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies or other materials. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without written permission of the publishers. Volume 11, Issue 2. Accent® is a trademark of Business Journals, Inc. registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Printed In The U.S.A.
oy s ter per pe tua l sk y-d w el ler in 18 k t w hite g ol d
oyster perpetual and sky-dweller are trademarks.
Time to Celebrate Past, Present & Future!
Coming spring 2014
I'm a very lucky guy. As I celebrate the 60th year of my life (everyone tells me it's the new 50), I begin the next decade blessed with good health and extraordinary relationships with my family, friends and colleagues. I’m looking forward to a future full of passion, new goals and a zest for yet-untold experiences and challenges. I'm ready, let's go! This summer, my wife and I were visiting London. Our hosts informed us that they had a special surprise in store; we’d be going to a storied and historic place, not that there’s any shortage of possibilities in London. So off we went, not having a clue of where we were heading. When we arrived, we were at the steps of Abbey Road Studios. We began our specially arranged magical mystery tour of this legendary cathedral to the recorded history of rock and roll. While the list of uber artists who’ve recorded there is too long to name, I have always been smitten with The Beatles and the journey they took the world on. So many songs, lyrics and memories that filled the early time of discovery in my life, and yet, it all comes down to one song: I Saw Her Standing There. That pretty much describes the moment I met my wife. Well, she was just seventeen, You know what I mean, And the way she looked was way beyond compare. So how could I dance with another, (Ooh) And I saw her standing there. The lyrics are perhaps sophomorically simple, but it’s what life, love and relationships are all about: that one, incredible, special moment. Whether it’s meeting the love of your life or celebrating your first grandchild, there are special moments all around us. Most of us not only enjoy receiving gifts, but love giving from the heart as well. Don't miss the opportunity to mark the important moments in your life, big or small. As well as ringing in my 60th, we are also celebrating the dawn of a new tradition. In March 2014, Traditional Jewelers will unveil its new location in Fashion Island. The largest luxury salon on the West Coast will offer precious jewels and haute watch collections, including Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe shops, and a special collection of world-renowned estate jewels from the Fred Leighton Collection. Our new home will double in size to over 10,000 square feet and will offer an unparalleled selection of diamond and bridal jewelry, jewelry designers and gemstones from every corner of the world, and of course, the most sought-after Swiss timepieces.
Michael Pollak, President
design a n d technology. luminor 1950 10 days gmt - 4 4mm
BEHIND THE SCENES
Chanel Première Watch in 18K white gold fully paved with 569 diamonds.
On the set: Martik Vergara (assistant), Lili Rodriguez (hairstylist), Eliut Tarin (makeup artist), Greta Jimenez (model), Edwin Santa (photographer), Jennifer Ferkenhoff (stylist) and Adrian Tarin (assistant).
For this issue’s fashion photo shoot, photographer and creative director Edwin Santa wanted to create a feeling of romance and elegance, showcasing Traditional Jewelers’ jewelry in a uniquely feminine and modern way. To design the floral set, Santa spent weeks creating flower headdresses and props by hand out of natural colored paper. For each shot, the headdresses were custom fitted to the model, with final touches of additional petals and ornamentation added around the model’s face by hand. Makeup was done in a natural skin tone with a heavy, smokey eye. Colombian-born and based in Miami, Santa has always been extremely creative, with years of experience in a broad range of creative arts from set design to fashion photography. For the jewelry, the Traditional Jewelers team selected some of our newest, most exciting pieces from the stores, including collections from designers Stephen Webster and Kwiat, as well as one-of-a-kind diamond collections that can only be found at Traditional Jewelers. Model Greta Jimenez’s favorite pieces from the shoot were the Stephen Webster butterfly ring and the Chanel diamond watch. — Edited by Jennifer Ferkenhoff
Stephen Webster Fly by Night ring in 18K white gold featuring black diamonds and black opal crystal haze. traditionaljewelers.com .
PROFILE How has your design sensibility changed over the years? My jewelry is always something of an evolution: every season I add new elements. For example, in my new Murano Link collection, an extension of my Murano collection launched last year, I mix my signature hand-engraved links with polish-finished elements. The balance of these two textures is the collection’s hallmark. Are your designs still focused on gold? Yes. We will always design using 18K yellow gold since it’s intrinsic to our brand DNA and my personal goldsmithing heritage. But I like to balance my offerings by adding in pops of color: semi-precious stones or sometimes sapphires. I strive to combine rich color with hand-crafted 18K yellow gold so the pieces remain timeless, classic and true to the brand heritage. How are American women different from Italian women in their jewelry preferences? American women have perfected the art of layering, of interpreting my jewelry in a way that’s more personal. Italian women are more traditional, less trend-conscious. They’d never go into a store asking about the newest collection; instead, they buy jewelry for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries… How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you? I consider myself the classic Italian man. I married my beautiful high school sweetheart. I love to cook for my family and one of my favorite ingredients is mushrooms; I go hunting for them during truffle season in the mountains by my home in Asiago, Italy. I also play on a soccer team every week (midfield position). Then after the game or practice, I enjoy dinner and a few beers with my friends. It keeps me young!
Who are your heroes? My father. I grew up working in his goldsmithing factory, where I would watch the artisans at work and try my hand at making pieces of my own. In 2000 I ventured out on my own and started Marco Bicego. But my father remains a tremendous inspiration. . What in your life are you most proud of? Thirteen years ago when I started my company, my dream was to create something unique and expand the brand internationally. Today, we are present in more than 500 of the best stores around the world. My designs are recognizable, yet discreet enough to be worn on many occasions by many types of stylish women. So I am most proud that my dream has become a reality!
Marco Bicego’s design philosophy matches his life philosophy: find your passion and run with it! KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN
How do you manage to balance your passion for work with your passion for living? My family is and will always be my top priority. Lucky for me that my family is a huge part of my business. I feel so fortunate that I have the best of both worlds… and there’s always time for Franciacorta, my favorite wine! What life lesson do you most want to teach your children? I always tell my three kids that the secret to happiness is to do what you love, so you can wake up in the morning and be excited about the day. So my wish for them is that they discover their passion. (And if it happens to be jewelry, I’d be really happy!)
TRADITIONAL JEWELERS EVENTS
MARCO BICEGO PERSONAL APPEARANCE Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego combines old-world charm with tradition, passion and imagination to create extraordinarily beautiful jewelry. On a recent trip to the U.S., Bicego stopped at Traditional Jewelers in Newport Beach, California for a special personal appearance event. Guests were invited to meet him at the store and preview the newest designs of Marco Bicego jewelry, including an exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection brought in just for this event. Bicego personally signed each piece of jewelry purchased with a hand engraver to make the piece even more personal. Guests were also encouraged to bring in their previously purchased Marco Bicego pieces to be signed by the designer.
TRADITIONAL JEWELERS EVENTS
GIFT OF HOPE GALA FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION In June, the Muscular Dystrophy Association served up an evening of fine dining and auctions at the 18th annual Gift of Hope Gala in Newport Beach, California. With over 280 supporters, this year’s Gala grossed more than $370,000 to benefit MDA’s programs, including summer camps for kids with MD. Throughout the night, guests enjoyed great food, music, and live and silent auctions. Traditional Jewelers is always proud to support MDA and this year donated a ‘Welcome to Paradise’ package for auction, featuring a Baume & Mercier Hampton timepiece and a seven-night Inspirato vacation to a five-star luxury destination. Over the last 18 years, the Gala has raised more than $5 million and has supported more than 6,000 Southern California families living with muscle diseases.
15TH ANNUAL FIGHT NIGHT FUNDRAISER AT MARCONI AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Guests gathered for an evening of world-class boxing and kickboxing at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Orange County, California for the 15th annual Fight Night Fundraiser. This Roman-themed evening benefited the Marconi Foundation for Kids, Drug Use is Life Abuse, and Speech and Language Development Center. From the boxers to the live auction, the night was action packed. Traditional Jewelers was happy to donate a Breitling for Bentley Barnato watch and Ippolita women’s jewelry for the evening’s raffle. Priscilla “Bo” Marconi and her husband Dick Marconi have been producing Fight Night for 15 years and have helped raise $1 million annually for at-risk children through the Marconi Foundation for Kids.
TRADITIONAL JEWELERS COMMUNITY
GRACIOUS GIVING: HOAG HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
or over 22 years, Traditional Jewelers has supported Hoag Hospital Foundation through our annual Circle 1000 brunch. In 1987, Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor Sandy Sewell founded Circle 1000 to support the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Her idea was to gather a group of friends who would contribute at least $1,000 annually, and each was tasked with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From those simple beginnings, Circle 1000 has expanded to more than 1,000 friends who have raised over $14 million. Traditional Jewelers has a long history with Circle 1000. It all started one spring day in 1990 when Sandy Sewell came into Traditional Jewelers in search of a gift for Nancy Reagan, that year’s brunch speaker. Upon learning what she was buying and why, Traditional Jewelers’ store co-owner Marion Halfacre, who passed away in 2007, immediately offered to donate the gift. A tradition was born that day over 23 years ago, and we have provided a lovely handpicked speaker’s gift each year since. The generosity of Circle 1000 supporters, including Traditional Jewelers, allows a priceless opportunity for Hoag staff, oncologists, cancer survivors and other supporters to connect and celebrate the strides made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This year’s brunch was a memorable and meaningful event, with guest speaker Corina Maria Morariu, a cancer survivor and former American professional tennis player. Contributions raised over the last two-and-a-half decades have had
Libby Werner, Sue Werner, Jessica Werner
Jim Coufos, Gordon McNeill and Flynn Andrizzi, PhD
Flynn Andrizzi, PhD (Hoag Hospital Foundation President), Corina Morariu and Robert Braithwaite (Hoag Hospital President and CEO) a profound impact on Hoag Family Cancer Instituteâ€™s ability to provide the community with the finest physicians, nurses and staff and equip them with the latest technology and treatments available. This year, Traditional Jewelers is continuing this tradition of giving and even expanding our support by donating a live auction item to the Hoag Hospital Foundationâ€™s annual Christmas Carol Ball. For more information on Hoag Hospital Foundation, please visit hoaghospitalfoundation.org.
DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES
BRAD PITT at the London premiere of World War Z
BRIT MARLING at the New York premiere of The East
DREAMY IN BLACK &WHITE Bling shines bright against fashion’s timeless palette.
STUART C. WILSON/GETTY IMAGES FOR PARAMOUNT PICTURES
ZOE SALDANA at the London premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness
AMBER VALLETTA at an EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund event
HUGO BOSS FASHIONS INC. Phone +1 212 940 0600 www.hugoboss.com
GARYS Fashion Island Newport Beach 949.759.1622 garysonline.com
NORMAN SILVERMAN/KATERINA MAXINE
LUCIAN CAPELLARO/GETTY IMAGES FOR PARAMOUNT PICTURES
MIREILLE ENOS at the London premiere of World War Z
PATRICIA CLARKSON at the New York Premiere of The East
JANELLE MONAE at the BET Awards
CLIVE OWEN at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival
CARRIE PRESTON at the True Blood Season 6 premiere 26
LIZA MINELLI at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
The Pixel Safari Collection by Pesavento
Marino Pesa vento
THE WORLD OF PESAVENTO I
n the words of Marino Pesavento and Chiara Carli, “Creating jewelry requires a total immersion in the world of beauty, art and harmony. The search for poetry in the essence of form. A journey to new horizons where design enhances desire.” Pesavento is a silver and gold-working company with a style based on innovation, creativity, aesthetic culture, skill in material transformation and know-how, and is the latest designer to join the Traditional Jewelers family. Carli and Pesavento, the masterminds behind the brand, have the same enthusiasm today as they did starting out 20 years ago. Their creative vision is to create strong, vibrant jewelry all the while maintaining an intrinsic charm. Pesavento strives to make every piece of jewelry a symbol of the multi-dimensionality of women today by contrasting
materials and textures. Not only does this give their jewelry versatility, but also instills that Pesavento is a brand with a strong and distinct personality. The latest designs by Pesavento have definitely maintained their unique style while also creating new, innovative designs. “Each collection is a journey in beauty, dedicated to every woman who, like Pesavento, knows how to light up the imagination every day,” the designers say. Pesavento burst onto the Italian jewelry market in 1992 and has since spread to over 30 nations. After 20 years of doing business throughout Europe, Latin and Central America, Asia and Africa, Pesavento has now become known — and coveted — across the United States. Shop the Pesavento collection online at traditionaljewelers.com.
T H E O R I G I N ATO R O F C U LT U R E D P E A R L S . S I N C E 1 8 9 3 .
For Her CARTIER
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Rendez-Vous Night and Day, 34mm, stainless steel case with diamonds, silvered guilloche dial, stainless steel bracelet, automatic movement, water-resistant to 30 meters. AUDEMARS PIGUET Ladies Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, 37mm stainless steel case, black dial, black rubber strap, stainless steel AP folding clasp, self-winding movement, chronograph with date display and small seconds at 6 o’clock, water-resistant to 50 meters. OMEGA De Ville Ladymatic, 34mm, 18K red gold and stainless steel case with diamonds, 18K red gold and stainless steel bracelet, mother-ofpearl and diamond dial, Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520 movement, water-resistant to 100 meters. JAEGER-LECOULTRE RendezVous Tourbillon Night & Day, 39mm, pink gold case with diamonds, silvered guilloche dial, leather strap, automatic movement, water-resistant to 50 meters. CARTIER Tank Américaine, 41.6mm, 18K white gold case with diamonds, 18K white gold bracelet, automatic mechanical Cartier calibre 077 movement, water-resistant to 30 meters. 30
For Him ROLEX
PATEK PHILIPPE Nautilus with chronograph in rose gold with black gradient dial, self-winding mechanical movement, waterresistant to 120 meters. TUDOR Heritage Chrono Blue, 42mm, steel case, fabric strap, self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, waterproof to 150 meters. PANERAI Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio, 47mm brushed titanium case, black dial, rubber strap, brushed titanium buckle, Panerai P .9000 calibre, water-resistant to 300 meters. IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic, 42mm 18K red gold case, silver plated dial, dark brown alligator strap, selfwinding mechanical chronograph movement, 89361 calibre, water-resistant to 30 meters. ROLEX GMT-Master II, 40mm steel case, black laquer dial, stainless steel bracelet, calibre 3186 self-winding mechanical movement, water-resistant to 10 bars (100 meters). 31
SLEEK & CHIC
Whether from the future or borrowed from the boys, modern shapes call for minimalist jewelry.
1. Efva Attling sterling silver rose petal necklace. 2. Ippolita black sterling silver and 18K yellow gold Notte multi-link necklace. 3. Roberto Coin Pois Moi 18K yellow gold and diamond bangles and rings. 4. Stephen Webster 18K white gold black and white diamond earrings. 5. Chanel PremiĂ¨re 18K yellow gold and diamond timepiece.
RUNWAY IMAGES COURTESY ACCESSORIESDIRECTIONS.COM
POWER PENDANTS Let it all hang loose in a statement-making necklace.
1. Temple St. Clair Rock Crystal Amulet 18K yellow gold rock crystal and diamond vine pendant. 2. Carrera y Carrera Shanghai pendant in 18K yellow and white gold with diamonds. 3. Armenta Old World 18K yellow gold, ‘midnight’ oxidized sterling silver, Boulder Opal mosaic, green onyx and diamond oval enhancer. (Shown on 18K yellow gold and ‘midnight’ oxidized sterling silver three-strand open-scroll station necklace with diamonds.) 4. Pesavento Polvere di Sogni rose sterling silver and black dust necklace. 5. Aaron Basha 18K white gold, light blue and diamond evil eye charm on diamond chain.
RUNWAY IMAGES COURTESY ACCESSORIESDIRECTIONS.COM
NATURAL INSTINCTS Rich textures and organic shapes feel autumn appropriate in an earth-inspired palette.
1. Adolfo Courrier Thin Choco 18K rose gold enamel and diamond stack ring set. 2. Armenta Old World 18K yellow gold, hematite and diamond earrings. 3. Ippolita 18K gold ondine multi shape teardrop necklace in Sabbia. 4. Penny Preville 18K white gold, diamond and triple labradorite drop earrings. 5. Marco Bicego 18K yellow gold and diamond necklace. 6. Pesavento Polvere di Sogni rose sterling silver and black dust ring.
BAROQUE BEAUTY Gilded golds accent lush jewel tones in this seasonâ€™s most romantic styles.
1. Armenta Old World ring in 18K yellow gold, oxidized sterling silver, quartz, green turquoise and diamonds. 2. Kwiat Clover 18K white gold and diamond earrings. 3. Stephen Webster Fly by Night Mothball ring in 18K rose gold with diamonds. 4. Marco Bicego Livello 18K yellow gold and diamond earrings. 5. Penny Preville pear shape pink sapphire earrings with flower top in 18K yellow gold. 6. Temple St. Clair classic gold 18K yellow gold cuff bracelet.
18 K A N G E L P E N D A N T S A N D C H A I N S
Baubles in Bloom PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWIN SANTA
Traditional Jewelers Collection rings and earrings in 19K white gold.
Kwiat Cobblestone collection earrings, necklace, rings and bracelets.
Traditional Jewelers Collection earrings, ring and necklace in 19K white gold with diamonds. Chanel PremiĂ¨re collection watches.
Stephen Webster Fly By Night collection rings and earrings. Photography and creative by Edwin Santa. Makeup by Eliut Tarin. Hair by Lili Rodriguez. Styling by Jennifer Ferkenhoff. Assistance by Adrian Tarin and Martik Vergara. Headpieces designed by Edwin Santa. Model Greta Jimenez, Elite Model Management.
Rethink your setting, refresh your ring! metals. Add diamond eternity bands (prong set or channel set), or try more colorful gemstones for a change. Mix modern with vintage. Whatever combination you choose, creating an outline on either side of your original rings will often enhance their importance.
Re-setting your diamond will give your rings a brand new look while holding on to the sentiment of your original commitment. One caveat: If it’s an old family heirloom, we will need to have our jewelers carefully inspect your gemstone to be sure there are no imperfections or flaws that could affect remounting. Assuming it’s fine, you have several options: adding baguette side stones, creating a halo of smaller diamonds around the center stone (a popular option these days), or working with our experts to custom design a unique and original setting. If you don’t want to re-set your stone, a current trend is to stack on additional bands for a layered effect. Add as many as you like: the only limitation is the length of your finger! Mix
Platinum is known for being the strongest metal; is that my best choice for bridal jewelry? Platinum is definitely a great choice because of its strength; white gold has also been popular for the past few decades. But yellow gold is making a big fashion comeback and there’s no reason it can’t also be used for bridal jewelry. In fact, stylish celebrities from Jennifer Aniston to Miley Cyrus have recently chosen yellow gold for their rocks! The perception that yellow gold is soft is true only in its purest form: 24 karat. The most popular form is 14 karat, a blend of pure gold with an alloy
B R I D A L
S E C T I O N
that actually makes it extremely durable and a great choice for bridal jewelry.
Nothing gets my diamond rings clean like a visit to the store for a professional polish. But how can I get the same sparkle between cleanings? Google “how to clean a diamond” and you’ll read about home steam cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners, toothpaste, baking soda solutions, denture-cleaning tablets, ammonia and warm soapy water. Bottom line: it’s always best to visit us for a complimentary inspection and cleaning whenever you think it’s needed. We also carry some excellent cleansers and ultrasonics that can be safely used at home between professional cleanings if you so desire. Your diamond is precious: why mess around with home remedies?
IMAGE COURTESY PRECISION SET
I love my wedding and engagement rings, but I’m ready for a change. Any suggestions for an easy update?
E V E R Y T H I N G
THE CENTER OF MY UNIVERSE™ FROM FOREVERMARK
© 2 0 1 3 FO R E V E R M A R K . FO R E V E R M A R K ®,
Less than one percent of the world ’s diamonds c an c arr y the Forevermark inscription — a promise that each is beautif ul, rare and responsibly sourced .
® , C E N T E R O F M Y U N I V E R S E ™ A N D S H E I S M Y E V E R Y T H I N G ™ A R E T R A D E M A R K S O F T H E D E B E E R S G R O U P O F C O M PA N I E S .
S H E
Forevermark is part of the De Beers group of companies.
BY LORRAINE D E PASQUE
SomethingBold SomethingYou! TODAY’S BRIDAL JEWELRY OFFERS DAZZLING DETAILS TO EMPHASIZE PERSONAL TASTE.
“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself” is one of Oprah Winfrey’s most famous and repeated quotes about the bond between two people in love. In the same way, no bride-to-be should settle for wedding rings that won’t let her be herself. How fortunate then that there are so many choices today. White,Yellow, Rose... or Maybe Two-toned? Be open to the possibilities, because the new rule is that there are no rules! White gold or platinum, yellow gold or rose gold — it’s up to you. In an Accent exclusive interview with Colin Cowie, renowned wedding and event planner/design consultant/television personality/author of 11 books and a spokesman for Platinum Guild International, Cowie reminds brides that “just like looking at pictures of your wedding day hairstyle, you never want to look at your wedding rings in 20 years and ask, ‘What was I thinking?’” So whatever your personal style, be sure to choose something that you love now and can see yourself loving for years to come.
Diamond Cuts with Cachet The important thing to remember about diamond cuts is the better the cut, the more brilliant the stone. A strong trend has been rings that evoke past eras, so by extension, the diamonds used in those rings — especially cushion cuts, rose cuts and emerald cuts — are vintage in feel. Cushions, particularly, have had incredible renewed popularity. Another beautiful choice is a ring designed with a halo of small stones around the cushion-cut center stone, giving the center diamond an even bigger look.
Whatever setting and stone you decide on, remember that white diamonds aren’t the only option. You may want to look at blue sapphire (thanks to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, more brides than ever are selecting this option as a center stone). Even more popular are natural color diamonds: yellow, pink, blue, green... the full spectrum. And did you know that natural color diamonds are actually rarer than white diamonds? So while a diamond engagement ring is, obviously, special unto itself, choosing fancy color diamonds can actually make your ring even more unique. While there are certainly many choices today, if you think a custom design might be more what you’re looking for, discuss the options with your jeweler. Bring in a magazine, tear sheets of ads you’ve seen — the more examples you can show, the better. As Colin Cowie says, “These are your bridal rings, so buy whatever you want. The important thing is this: There’s no such thing as a wedding without a ring!”
B R I D A L
S E C T I O N
IMAGES COURTESY CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS, PRECISION SET, CHRISTOPHER DESIGNS
Engaging Colors Beyond White Diamonds
PEACE OF MIND STARTS WITH PROOF OF QUALITY. Weight Carat 1.53
ColorE Grade Grade Clarity VS1
Laser Inscription Registry Number GIA 16354621 Natural Diamond Not Synthetic
For over 80 years, GIA has brought clarity and global standards to gem evaluation. A GIA report means expert, independent veriﬁcation from the creator of the 4Cs and the world’s most widely recognized gem authority.
Look for GIA-graded diamonds and jewelers who offer them. www.4cs.gia.edu CARLSBAD ANTWERP BANGKOK DUBAI GABORONE HONG KONG JOHANNESBURG LONDON MOSCOW MUMBAI NEW YORK OSAKA RAMAT GAN SEOUL TAIPEI TOKYO
ONLINE GEM ENCYCLOPEDIA A M BE R
A M E T HYST
DIA MO N D
E ME RA L D
GA R NE T
O PA L
P E A RL
SA P P HIR E
TA N Z A N IT E
Explore the secret life of gems. A singular resource, rich in facts, myths and miracles. So simple to use. And utterly engaging. Welcome to the world of gems. Where you always travel wisely.
BY ELISE DIAMANTINI
IMAGE COURTESY STUDIO Z FILMS
Those tacky, lengthy wedding videos that you may (or may not) have watched before are long gone! Taking their place are artsy, beautifully edited short films that capture the essence of your wedding. “My goal is for people who may not know the bride and groom to walk away feeling like they do,” says Steve Zugelter of Studio Z Films. “When future generations of the family watch the film, they can see how she walked, how she smiled, who she was…” To tell your unique story, “We discuss story points in a preliminary meeting,” explains Michael Justin of Michael Justin Films. “We want to know about the most meaningful people and moments so we’re sure to highlight them.” Here, we explore several of the new cinematic styles. A VINTAGE FEEL Super 8 Films creates vintage-looking videos using super 8 film and retro video cameras. “I like the look and feel of older formats,” explains owner Megan Hill. “The final aesthetic is similar to what people like about Instagram filters. You can choose the pretty, soft look, a retro look with color reversal, or traditional black and white.” The goal is not to create long, boring movies that show every detail of the day, but to capture the overall feeling and emotion. Hill tries to “catch the natural moments: nothing is posed, we don’t ask anyone to do anything over. And we’re not ‘wedding paparazzi.’ Our style is to use minimal equipment.” Super 8 is a silent format, so added music plays an important role. (As a former DJ, she has a large selection of options.) The final edit will range from eight to 20 minutes, and prices average around $5,000. SAME-DAY EDITS Imagine your wedding dinner is just coming to a close. The lights go down, a screen goes up and your wedding video begins to play. Same-day edits are becoming increasingly popular, says B R I D A L
Zugelter. “They’re even better when you surprise your guests. I’ve seen couples surprise their parents; once a bride even surprised the groom. He was speechless!” Couples are encouraged to be introduced, cut the cake and have their first dance before the last edit, in order to include it all in the final version. Zugelter and his team record sound, so vows and speeches can be included in the film if you wish. Studio Z’s same-day edits are about four to five minutes long; prices average around $5,500. POPPING THE QUESTION Proposal films are another recent trend. Justin says they’re lots of fun because they tend to be very creative. “They take a lot of planning and attention to detail, and it’s a collaborative effort between me and the person proposing. The videos are usually more public, but they can also be private and intimate. For example, Luck was a video I filmed about a guy who felt unlucky until he met his wife. The film opens with him talking about his unlucky life, and then cuts to when he met his now-wife. He had filmed a lot of the special moments throughout their relationship, so we use some of his footage and end with him proposing and her reaction; it’s very emotional.” Proposal films can range from two to 10 minutes depending on how elaborate the plan. SAVE THE DATE Save the date videos are an innovative way to get the word out to your loved ones. Couples typically send a postcard or a magnet, but now they’re including a URL directing guests to a website to watch a short film. Justin remembers one couple planning to get married on October 19th: they filmed in NYC on 10th and 19th Streets; they took a cab ride and stopped the meter at $10.19. It’s a cute way to get guests excited, and it will be just as much fun to watch as it was to make. S E C T I O N
FALL 2013 STYLES Clockwise: Papillon, Madeline and Creme Brulee designed by Monique Lhuillier
SPRING 2014 STYLES Clockwise: Paris, Intrigue and Jolie designed by Monique Lhuillier
DROP-DEAD-GORGEOUS DRESSES FOR THE DISCERNING BRIDE. Disappointed by the lack of options during her own search for a wedding gown, Monique Lhuillier decided to take matters into her own hands. Driven by a lifelong love of fashion and a natural inclination towards bridal and evening dresses, she set out to present a collection of modern and fashion-forward wedding gowns. Lhuillier and husband Tom Bugbee established the brand in 1996, and she showed her first collection that same year to acclaim from buyers, press and consumers.Today, Monique Lhuillier is recognized as one of the worldâ€™s foremost bridal and evening gown designers. Based on the success of her couture gowns, Lhuillier has expanded her offerings to a complete readyto-wear collection, bridesmaids dresses and gowns for special events. A red carpet favorite, stars from Jessica Chastain to BeyoncĂŠ regularly show off Monique Lhuillier designs at awards shows and events. Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood and Vanessa Lachey all recently wed in gowns by the designer. Despite the limiting parameters of wedding gown design (of which color is the most obvious), Lhuillier manages to present fresh and inspired designs season after season. This year, look for lots of tulle and texture, overlays and lace. Necklines are tasteful, and sleeves are surprisingly sheer and sexy. Threedimensional embellishments, including delicate butterflies and flowers, add just the right finishing touch. Monique Lhuillier has become synonymous with refined design, meticulous construction and unparalleled glamour. What more could you ask for in your once-in-a-lifetime dress? B R I D A L
S E C T I O N
AJourney Gems Your search for the perfect diamond engagement ring can be overwhelming enough without having to worry that the stones you choose were mined safely and ethically. Luckily, as part of the De Beers group of companies, the world’s foremost diamond experts for over 120 years, Forevermark can guarantee the conflict-free origins and unsurpassed quality of each of its stones. Forevermark diamonds only come from sources that are committed to the highest business, social and environmental standards. Not only are they conflict-free, but they actively benefit the people, communities and countries from which they originate. Each and every partner must meet the Forevermark Integrity Requirements, a groundbreaking set of rigorous standards for the diamond industry. The world’s leading independent auditor, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), continually inspects and monitors every Forevermark partner to ensure compliance with these standards. This ongoing process ensures that the supply chain is deemed responsible at every stage. Once the responsibly mined stones arrive at The Forevermark Diamond Institute in Antwerp, Belgium, expert gemologists assess each one according to the most rigorous criteria in the industry. The diamonds are then beautifully cut and crafted, using skill and artistry passed down through generations by a select group of master craftsmen called Forevermark Diamantaires. After a polished stone is deemed worthy of B R I D A L
the designation, the Forevermark icon and a unique identification number are inscribed on its table facet. Ultimately, less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are eligible to bear this inscription. Invisible to the naked eye, the actual size of the Forevermark inscription is only 1/20th of a micron deep and can only be seen using a special viewer available at authorized jewelers. It is confirmed by leading gemological institutes that the Forevermark inscription does not affect the internal quality of a diamond in any way. The Forevermark icon inscribed on each diamond is simply a promise that the diamond has been carefully selected to meet Forevermark’s standards of beauty, rarity and responsibility. The expert gemologists then personally approve each exclusive Forevermark Diamond Grading Report — about the shape and size of a passport — with meticulous attention to detail. The cut, color, clarity and caratage of each diamond are clearly identified, along with the unique identification number inscribed on the diamond and a specifically designed security hologram, providing reassurance that the Forevermark Diamond Grading Report is valid and genuine. As you select your perfect Forevermark diamond, your authorized jeweler will present you with this Forevermark Diamond Grading Report, an accurate blueprint of the one diamond you’ll want to spend the rest of your life with. S E C T I O N
Relax, you have Jewelers Mutual. That sinking feeling in your stomach will soon be replaced with relief because you are covered from loss, theft, damage, and mysterious disappearance. Perfect CircleÂŽ Jewelry Insurance from Jewelers Mutual is the smart choice because it provides protection where other carriers may fall short. Your piece will be replaced with the same quality as the original* from the jeweler of your choice, no hassle. So wear and enjoy your jewelry without worry. Weâ€™ve got your back.
Apply for the protection your jewelry deserves at
*Coverage is subject to the provisions, limitations, exclusions, and endorsements in the policy and level of coverage you select.
Golden and White South Sea cultured pearl and diamond earrings set in white gold, with the option of detachable studs. $56,000
Multi-colored Golden, White and Black South Sea cultured pearl gradient necklace with pavĂŠ diamond clasps may be worn as one long or two separate strands. $98,000
Pearls in Motion multi-colored Black South Sea cultured pearl gradient necklacee, with pearls that may be adjusted along the chain to be worn as a necklace or a lariat. $7,900
Mikimoto celebrates 120 years of luster.
ew this year in celebration of Mikimotoâ€™s 120th anniversary, these gorgeous South Sea pearl pieces each feature an interchangeable element. The unique designs offer the versatility to wear Mikimoto pearls in an infinite number of ways, making the possibilities endless. Feast your eyes on these tantalizing treasures from the sea.
:5G<=CB=G@5B8 B9KDCFH6957<-(-"+&%"-$%$ KKK"HF58=H=CB5@>9K9@9FG"7CA "
Daring designs make this a season to celebrate! LORRAINE DEPASQUE
n jewelry and fashion, the attitude this season is all about self-assured style. As the year has unfolded, designers of both have been showing us collections that focus on strong silhouettes, sculptural shapes and bold color. “In fashion, we’re seeing a new, highly polished adult elegance — finally!” says David Wolfe, creative director of international fabric, color and style forecasting agency The Doneger Group in New York City. “Pantsuits are practical and polished, dresses have simple and sophisticated lines, and accessories have strong shapes with refined detailing,” he explains. And the jewelry? “It’s classy, not flashy!” This fresh, confident chic style frequently channels the Fabulous Forties: lots of cinched waists, full circular skirts, and good-taste glamour like you see on film stars in all those postwar era films, where
everyone was dressed to the nines. For us this season, that 1940s spirit lives side-by-side with style evoked by the two decades that preceded it, too. Says Cindy Edelstein, president of the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, marketing and trends specialist in contemporary fine designer luxury brands, “Often it takes more than one cultural wave to create a major trend tsunami, and this year we had the Downton Abbey craze crash into The Great Gatsby. The romanticism of flappers and moonshine speakeasies inspired many goldsmiths to create geometric-shaped jewels that borrowed from the silhouettes and symmetry of Art Deco.” Given the new Forties flair that’s recently entered the scene, there are many jewelry collections being done in bold yellow or rose gold. Cocktail rings are one
From top: Ivanka Trump pink opal and diamond pendant in 18K gold from the Toulouse collection, inspired by Art Deco, Ivanka Trump aquamarine and 18K white gold layering necklace from the Patras collection, Stephen Webster Fly by Night collection stacking rings with black and white diamonds
Clockwise from top left: Roberto Coin bangles and rings in high-polished 18K rose gold from the Pois Moi collection, Ivanka Trump bold gold ring in 18K yellow gold from the Metropolis collection, Roberto Coin rings in 18K rose gold from the Black Jade collection, featuring green chalcedony and black jade, Stephen Webster hexagonal silhouette earrings of green agate and the designer’s signature faceted quartz crystal, from the 1920s-inspired Deco Haze collection
key to Forties fab; as you may recall, the mammoth rings came into fashion in the Thirties but grew in popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the best new cocktail rings — also known as ‘dinner rings’ back then — are rose gold. “It’s great to see rose gold back in the spotlight again,” says Edelstein. “Gold in general is coming on strong, warming up the big ‘white out’ that we saw in metals for the past few years.”
Stacking for Style Dramatic ring looks can also be created through the art of stacking. For holiday 2013, being in vogue — for daywear and evening — often means stacking on rings and bangles and layering in pendants with necklaces. “With all the clean lines and pure shapes in fashion — sans the details of seasons past — fall/winter readyto-wear and couture is perfect for layering on jewelry,” says Wolfe. Especially with gifting season coming up, jewelry that stacks and layers should definitely be a part of your wish list. No woman can ever have too many bands, bracelets, necklaces or pendants! “While stacking has been popular for awhile,” says Edelstein, “a new added trend this year is putting on multiples of tiny bands, ultra-thin bangles, and wispy chains for a more delicate, yet still very interesting, layered look.” Many of the newest uber-long chains have stations of gem slices that impart pops of color. Because light passes through the twodimensional sliced gems, much like when sunlight shines through a stained glass window, the jewels always have a liveliness to them. On-trend Gems
Without a doubt, both emeralds and opals continue to shine as some of the most ‘in’ gems this season. Both stones began propelling back into fashion popularity in early 2012, but now you’ll see many innovative looks with these special gems. Opal, not
incidentally, comes in a spectrum of shades — black, pink, pale green — and that’s part of the excitement of new contemporary opal designs. October girls may claim opal as their birthstone, but it’s a gem so mesmerizing that every woman should have something special in opal.
Fashionable Shades In the coming months, as you add to your colored gemstone jewelry wardrobe, consider blue, pink, green and black. Some of the best blues in the new collections are aquamarine, lapis, tanzanite, blue sapphire and blue topaz. There’s a great deal more lapis and tanzanite fashion jewelry this year than last, so definitely ask us to show you some new pieces in these stunning gems. In pink, some of the hottest looks come in tone-on-tone, rose gold jewelry set with one or more of these pink-hued gems: pink opal, pink sapphire, rose quartz, pink tourmaline, or pink-hued mandarin garnet. With Emerald being the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, finding something with emeralds that’s exactly to your taste is easy this year. But because of Pantone’s brilliant choice, luxury brands have some other great greens in their new collections too, especially opal, green chalcedony, chrysoberyl and green agate. Vivid green gems were popular during the Art Deco period, so again, with jewelry designers beautifully obsessed with the retro aesthetic, you’ll find some dazzling greens in new jewelry that echoes that glamorous era in particular. Finally, rounding out our fab four of important gem colors this season... black is back. Of course, as David Wolfe says, “Black never, ever really goes away.” Not in clothes, and certainly not in jewelry. What tends to trend, however, are the different varieties of black stones; this year, be sure to look at new noir statements in black jade, black sapphire, black diamond and black onyx.
erial yoga is a new form of yoga practice, but it’s quickly gaining traction across the world. As a support prop, students use a silk or nylon hammock anchored to the ceiling to assist in performing zero-compression inversions. Most classes are 60 to 90 minutes long and allow for around 12 students, depending on the number of hammocks a particular studio has installed. The support allows students to get into the full expression of postures without overstretching or straining, so it’s the perfect complement to any yoga practice. It’s no wonder celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Couric and Mariah Carey are fans. Michelle Dortignac, creator of Unnata Aerial Yoga, came up with her style while she was teaching Vinyasa yoga and taking aerial acrobatics classes. She realized that the acrobatics worked her core in a completely different way, and she also recognized that getting into backbends was easier and less painful. So she created a style of yoga that utilizes a hammock suspended in the air, to bring the best of both worlds into one practice. Harmony Hofner, owner of Flying Fitness, was trained by Dortignac and now offers Unnata Aerial Yoga at her studio in Costa Rica. She explains that “practitioners are guided to discover a deeper awareness of self through an accessible and playful yoga practice. In each of our aerial classes, one trains in flexibility, strength, mobility and agility while experiencing joy. I enjoy setting people free from their normal routines and helping them deepen their yoga practices.” Christopher Harrison, who developed suspension fitness and AntiGravity Aerial Yoga, says some people are scared to try it. ”But if they
can do three sit-ups, one push-up and can hold plank position for 10 seconds, then they can do it,” he asserts. “We even offer AntiGravity restorative yoga, where the hammock is only eight inches off the ground. The hammock allows you to open space in the body and decompress the spine. It’s also a low-impact cardio workout for your whole body… and it’s fun! We swing, we spin, we flip, we play.” In addition, aerial yoga helps alleviate chronic tension and pain. “You can injure yourself by overstretching, or by not having enough strength or stability for certain postures,” says Dortignac. “The suspension helps alleviate this. Holding constant tension will affect your brain, breathing and emotions, so we’re teaching people how to let go of it. I think of my classes as therapeutic and restorative. We do challenging movements, but always with the ultimate goal of finding fuller breath and alignment.” And as Hofner points out, “This kind of conditioning is a great cross-training technique for other sports, guaranteed to give athletes a competitive edge while restoring bodies to reach their maximum potential.” Catalina Segura Rojas, an aerial yoga student, says that this style of yoga has helped relieve her back pain and stress. “I’m in med school, which can be stressful! I sit for long periods of time, which isn’t good for my back, and I was always tired. However, since I started yoga, I haven’t had any of these problems!” Students should wear clothing that covers the backs of their knees, and because some of the poses are upside down, it’s best not to come on a full stomach. Most important, says Harrison, is that first-timers approach the practice with an open mind. “Our motto is ‘Open up, be free.’ You’re only as young as your spine is flexible and your mind is open.”
IMAGES COURTESY SACRED SOUNDS
Aerial yoga is a high-flying workout for body and mind. ELISE DIAMANTINI
Chatting with the maker of one of the world's most iconic blends. ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci
around. But as you taste the vintages, you find there's a consistency, a mouth feel and texture that helps define Opus One each year." Silacci also isn't afraid to continue to explore the potential of the wine, whether through scientific means (he introduced nighttime harvesting to catch the grapes at their plumpest, and added parfumist/scientist Alexander Schmidt to the roster of people who analyze the blend each vintage), through management (vine workers are specifically trained and dedicated to harvesting grapes for Opus One, and everyone from harvesters to accountants have a hand in finalizing each vintage) or through sheer gut instinct, as in 2006 when "two beautiful lots of Petit Verdot" inspired him to risk co-fermenting the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. "My gut feeling was that it would work." Silacci is also adamant that, while Opus One is a top-tier wine, it displays an aura of welcomeness. The winery recently opened its doors to visitors (by appointment online, though you can often secure an appointment when you drop in), and though the wine is crafted to age well for 20 years or more, it's also plenty tasty upon bottling (unlike some of the stuffier Bordeaux). "When you taste a newly released Opus One, it's not masked by oak, since we age in new French oak. That tells me that the wine has substance and the oak is just one component. It also tells me the wine is going to age."
IMAGES COURTESY OPUS ONE WINES
mong serious wine fans and collectors, a handful of truly iconic wines stand out, revered for their longevity (like the Premier Cru houses in Bordeaux), their innovation (as when the Super Tuscans dared to introduce French grapes to Italian wine culture), or the sheer quality of their product. Like Latour, Ornellaia and Stag's Leap, Oakville-based Opus One wows connoissuers and collectors alike with its product. Unlike the other labels, however, Opus One is dedicated to producing only one expression each vintage: a Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend with a Bordeaux influence and a decidedly Californian approach. "Everything about Opus One, from the buildings to the vineyards to the principles of viticulutre, was made by consensus," says winemaker Michael Silacci. The winery was created in 1980 by two giants in the wine world: Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The idea was that a serious, Premier Cru Bordeaux-style wine could be created in California's Napa Valley, which was only just establishing its claim as a serious wine region. Silacci joined the group in 2001 as a DOVE (director of viticulture and oenology) before being appointed winemaker in 2004. "The entire focus is on creating a single red wine," says Silacci. "To keep that sense of purpose, you need to have a very deep understanding about what you're doing." He also stresses that they're not making the same wine each year, but adjusting the blend (using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) as growing conditions require. "Malbec (introduced to the blend in 1994) adds spice and character; Petit Verdot (first introduced in 1997) adds structure. "It may seem, if you look at the varietal composition, that we're bouncing all
Thinking about a Camry or Accord? Think Again!
2013 SL550 ROADSTER
The All-New ’14 CLA-Class: Starting at $29,900* Experience The Fletcher Jones Difference.
FLETCHER JONES MOTORCARS N
330 0 Jamb o r e e Road • w w w. f j m e r c e d e s . c o m
7 1 8
9 4 9
3 0 0 0
*2014 CLA-Class. Excludes all options, taxes, title, registration, transportation charges, and dealer prep fee.
PERFECT GEMS EXPLORE THE LITTLE LUXURIES THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER. DONALD CHARLES RICHARDSON
For over 60 years the Italians have kept Franciacorta pretty much to themselves. This lively and sophisticated sparkling wine from the Lombardy region is not only considered the best in Italy, but many connoisseurs regard it as one of the finest sparkling wines in the world. The most prestigious Franciacorta is produced by award-winning oenologist Mattia Vezzola at Bellavista, a nearly 500-acre vineyard owned by the Moretti family. To help celebrate the season, Bellavista Franciacorta is now available at chic shops across America. (Impress your guests with the top marque, Vittorio Moretti Millesimato Extra Brut 2004.) If you want to experience Franciacorta at the source, visit L’Albereta, the Morettis’ beautiful Relais & Chateaux villa overlooking the vineyards and Lake Iseo, to taste the wines and wander the picturesque Lombardy countryside.
PRIVACY ON THE HIGH SEAS
With just one cabin, ideal for an amorous couple, the sleek, 100-foot Alexa is the ultimate in romance on the sea, cruising the Indian Ocean and catering to the tender twosome’s every whim. The quarters feature antique and contemporary art, silk rugs, a white ensuite bedroom surrounded by windows, and a balcony for private breakfasts or late-night stargazing. Seven crewmembers include the captain, the cruise directors (who are also dive masters), the chef (who prepares gourmet food paired with excellent wines), and because the Alexa is co-owned by Talika, the innovative French cosmetic brand, a resident skin therapist. The ardent duo decides the schedule, activities and itinerary: dive to untouched coral reefs, explore uninhabited islands, have a massage or a full program of personalized beauty treatments, swim naked with manta rays... or just make love all day.
CREATURES AND COMFORTS
JOHN ALDERSON/CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
Northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the heart of the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve, the Molori Safari Lodge is a captivating combination of stylish interior design and fascinating wildlife. The five suites’ interiors are by Fendi, Kenneth Cobonpue and Philipp Plein. There are wooden decks, private infinity pools and fully retractable floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Molori’s cuisine is under the direction of gourmet chefs, who prepare meals from local ingredients and serve them alongside South African wines. Outside, there’s fishing in the Groot Marico River or golf at nearby courses. The view from the swimming pool includes a watering hole that attracts black and white rhino and zebras. And there are elephants, lions, buffalo, cheetahs, brown hyenas, hippopotami and more than 340 bird species, most of which can be seen during one of the customized game drives.
YOUR VERY OWN CHOCOLATE
The Chicago History Museum is currently presenting Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. Beginning in 1958 and continuing for 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair traveling fashion show blossomed into an American institution that raised millions for charity. The Chicago History Museum presentation, one of the largest special exhibitions in the museum’s history, introduces visitors to Eunice Walker Johnson, who became Ebony Fashion Fair’s producer and director in 1963 and brought the pinnacle of European fashion to communities that were eager to see new images of black America. The 7,000-square-foot display, with over 60 magnificent garments from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy, Christian LaCroix and Patrick Kelly, will be running through the winter.
Tache Artisan Chocolate on New York City’s Lower East Side is the creation of Aditi Malhotra, a graduate of the Glion Institute in Switzerland and the French Culinary Institute. Her handcrafted confections, made from Peruvian, Venezuelan, Brazilian and Belgian chocolate (no artificial colorings, flavorings or additives) include gold dusted Champagne truffles, chocolates with imported orange and lemon peel, and the remarkable tequila bonbon, a dark chocolate shell filled with tequila ganache and topped off with fleur de sel and lime. Malhotra also makes and ships personalized chocolates, filled or mixed with just about anything: an abundance of fruit… nuts and spices… a favorite vintage wine or liqueur... maybe even blue cheese. The sky (or at least the Milky Way) is the limit.
THE ART OF
Coffee table ‘candy’ as tasty to look at as it is to read. JEFFREY FELNER
t a time when it seems our entire world has been digitized, many of us still find it a great comfort to indulge in the luxury of a ‘real’ book. The subjects of these five unique titles range from legendary style icons to some of the greatest designers of the 20th century. For the fashionably curious friends in your life, give the holiday gift that will last a lifetime: the gift of great style. treasure trove of shoe design, reminding us that in the 1950s, among Bally, Delman, Beth Levine, David Evins and the Julianellis, Vivier was the master of them all. His forward-looking designs were the precursors to modern footwear, works of wearable art that graced the shelves of fine shoe salons the world over. He was the innovator, the inventor, the prodigy who inspired an industry.
Audrey in Rome by Luca Dotti is a love letter from an adoring son to his wonderful mother. The book remembers Hepburn in the most endearing, iconic and, at times, melancholy way, though it never descends to the maudlin or schmaltzy. We are treated to candid photographs that celebrate a woman with unrivaled star power and charisma.
Roger Vivier by Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle is a
C. Z. Guest: American Style Icon by Susanna Salk reminds us it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. Style, while it can be refined and cultivated over time, must come from an innate inner quality that cannot be bought or passed down genetically. Guest has been compared to a real live Tracy Lord — the part played by
Grace Kelly in High Society — but with more humor, less entitlement, less gravitas and much more pizzazz.
Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart takes the reader on a journey from Vreeland’s childhood through to her death, sharing information that was never before assembled within one volume. This is a full photographic rendition of Vreeland’s life that includes her parents, sister, adoring husband, children and grandchildren. It is a rare and welcome view of her private life, which is so often overlooked in favor of the glossy (and more obvious) aspects of her life as a public figure.
The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume is as much a series of short stories as it is a biography of this rarely written-about designer. Blume compiles years of interviews with the few intimates who survive one of the greatest international fashion designers that ever lived. Chiefly, she spoke to colleagues Hubert de Givenchy, mentored by Balenciaga and also a friend for many years, and Florette, a vendeuse at Balenciaga’s salon for many decades and the primary source of most of the neverbefore-heard stories. Jeffrey Felner is a fashion writer and critic. Find more of his book reviews at nyjournalofbooks.com.
59 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS INSPIRATION IN THE PURSUIT OF TECHNICAL PERFECTION
Heritage Black Bay is the direct descendant of Tudor’s technical success in Greenland on the wrists of Royal Navy sailors. 59 years later, the Black Bay is ready to stand as its own legend. TUDOR HERITAGE BLACK BAY® Self-winding mechanical movement, waterproof to 200 m, 41 mm steel case. Visit tudorwatch.com and explore more.
TRADITIONAL JEWELERS ACCENT THE MAGAZINE OF LIFE’S CELEBRATIONS