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These materials do not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy to residents of any jurisdiction where prior qualification is required unless the Developer has previously met such qualifications and no marketing or sales literature will be knowingly forwarded to or disseminated in such jurisdictions. Offers may only be presented and/or accepted at the sales center for Baha Mar. Any offering or programs contained herein are void where prohibited by law. Any purchase of a Residence should be for personal use and enjoyment and should be without reliance upon any Brand identification or potential for future profit, rental income, economic or tax advantages. Baha Mar is not owned, offered, marketed, sold, constructed or developed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, L.L.C. (“Rosewood”), sbe Hotel Management, LLC (“sbe”) or any of their affiliates (collectively, the “Brands”) and the Brands do not make any representations, warranties or guarantees whatsoever with respect to the Residences, Baha Mar or any DOLCE part thereof. There exists | no joint venture, joint enterprise, partnership, ownership, agency relationship, broker relationship or similar relationship between the Developer and Rosewood or sbe as to the Residences or the development, offering, marketing, MAGAZINE 2019 sale or solicitation of Residences.www.dolcemag.com The Developer’s use of the names of the Brands (Rosewood, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, sbe and SLS) is pursuant to limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable and non-sublicensable licenses from the SPRING Brands (the “Licenses”).

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On the white sands of Nassau’s Cable Beach, the next era of Bahamian glamour has arrived. So, too, has this rare opportunity for unique residential ownership. At Baha Mar, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts ® and SLS Hotels offer a limited collection of ocean-facing one- to six-bedroom Residences and waterside Villas. Indulge in the life that these exceptional Residences can bring: unsurpassed comfort, personal service and a spectacular array of experiences, all with the stunning beauty of the archipelago’s 700 islands at your doorstep. Where will you create your legacy?

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Shane Baghai’s Leaside manor is a boutique, luxury condominium with 38 exceptionally laid out units Please note that the purchase price also includes many additions such as a parking spot, a locker, customs blinds, a BBQ gas hook up with a BBQ, internet and much, much more. Shane Baghai’s signature hallmark’s include remotely controlled locks, pet grooming room, indoor bicycle racks

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for residents and guests, natural gas generator in case of a blackout, and all taps will have water saving features. Maintenance is estimated at $0.61/sq.ft and additional parking is available for purchase as well. Expected occupancy is summer 2020.

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SPRING 2019 • VOLUME 23 • ISSUE 1 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief MICHELLE ZERILLO-SOSA michelle@dolce.ca Director of Operations ANGELA PALMIERI-ZERILLO angela@dolce.ca

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EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Fashion & Home Décor Editor MICHELLE ZERILLO-SOSA Beauty & Travel Editor ANGELA PALMIERI-ZERILLO Writer VICTORIA SCOTT Copy Editors and Proofreaders CATHARINE CHEN, JENNIFER D. FOSTER, NINA HOESCHELE Contributing Writers STEPHANIE CLARKE, JAN JANSSEN, SHAUN MELADY, RICK MULLER, DONNA PARIS Contributing Photographers GEOFF FITZGERALD, PHILIP GAY, AMIT GERON, TRISTAN KALLAS, CHRISTIAN LALONDE, THOMAS LOUVAGNY, OLIVIER SAILLANT, SACHA SPECKER, CARLOS A. PINTO, PEGGY SIROTA, TIMOTHY WHITE Social Media Managers ADRIANA PARENTE, JESSICA SPERA

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Michelle Zerillo-Sosa

Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief

Believe In a world that is fast becoming soulless Be challenged to find your own soul Then make it selfless. When the television portrays only tragedy Be challenged to turn it off Spend your time working on your own humility. If you’re surrounded by people who are envious Be challenged to cull the herd around you Fill your life with those who bring joyousness. During the times you feel utterly hopeless Be challenged to claw your way out Understand that genuine happiness is timeless. Find your soul. Believe in yourself. Trust in your God. Love your family. Share your plenty. Lean when you need. Live out loud. Fernando Zerillo Love heartily. Grow your humanity. Co-Founder/Creative Director Infect the world with your faith. — from The Wife by Iris Imeneo

Once upon a time …” So begins our issues is a collaboration between dedicated every story. Ours began in 1996, individuals, from the writers, photographers and with the publication of our very fi rst videographers to the social media team, who edition of Dolce Vita. entice you with behind-the-scenes footage, to the Since the beginning, our motivation has been printing press manager, who ensures the quality to share with our readers the stories of individuals of every colour and font. Every one of us in the who defy conventional wisdom and challenge the Michelle team lives for storytelling. We know the power Zerillo-Sosa, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief status quo. This is why we love publishing books and magazines and why we have continued for more than two decades. Long before the arrival of any social media platform, people shared stories face to face. You could see the twinkle in their eyes to foreshadow a happy story, or tears at the conclusion of a painful one. You could hear the emotions in their ell, in the case of Yolanda Gampp, this could be voices — so much more powerful than an emoji a real possibility. If you’re not yet familiar with at the end of a text or post. In the wake of the her work, she is a multi-millionaire YouTube digital tsunami of our time, have we as a society baker (3.3 million subscribers, that is) … all lost the ability to communicate face to face? Is thanks to her incredible imagination. receiving likes for a post as good as receiving a — Philip Th is is a woman who dreams up Pullman cakes for a living — not high-five or a hug after telling a story? We think traditional tiered shapes and fl avours, but cakes that look like not. Of course, change is inevitable, and like hot dogs, huge candy apples, watermelons, in flavours like the other publishers, we’ve strived to remain current ultimate red velvet and chocolate cake … You get the idea. and competitive in the digital age, evolving to of stories. Stories can empower, motivate, engage, Sweet mother of God, this lady has the power to tempt even introduce an online presence. But our goal is to inspire and sometimes even save a life. the strongest-willed person with her cakes! Her belief is that provide an experience that is the next best thing We invite you to explore our latest work, anything is possible, and with the love and support of family to face-to-face storytelling. the spring edition of Dolce. Within its pages, and friends, the highest levels of success are attainable. Read you will learn: how Rami Malek prepared for We have the privilege of persona lly her story on page 38. interviewing individuals who live life by their hisoflife-changing role that as Queen front man andbe Speaking belief, we all pray our faith need never own terms, and we do our utmost to convey rock idol Freddie Mercury, thanks to the selftested the way Paul De Lio’s is. Many of us go through life what it feels like to meet these people, as ifwithout you ever belief thattotook himwhy from falafel strike standour to silver having question tragedies lives or were there in the room with us, through language that Sophia Loren never fell for the lives ofscreen; others in theactress world. A few years back, we published that intricately describes every detail, photosanthat actor the Cary Grant, like manyasking others, article about defi nition though of God.he, I remember the reveal unique aspects of our subjects and videos hadthis fallen for this queenreligious of hearts; the “Where secret writer to pose question to various leaders: that capture the mood of the moment. Each behind Shane Baghai’s accolades and successes, wasofGod in moments such as 9/11?” Given the recent state of

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naturalcome disasters and extreme weather conditions, which with each new development; how one could ask the same question now. In De Lio’s case, where was God even after the recent tragedy in his family, Harris when deadly bacteria infected his body, nearly taking his life and Rosen has pursued his commitment to making resulting in the amputation of both of his legs? the world a better place by bringing free postIn that article years ago, one of the questioned religious leaders secondary education to kids in Tangelo Park, replied that God was in the firemen going up the stairs to rescue Fla.; entertaining etiquette from a couple who the people in the towers. It’s a response that to this date gives me welcomed us into their home to share a glimpse comfort. Likewise, now, God is in the rescue workers bringing of their picturesque life; about Mantella’s relief to Puerto Rico, Mexico andSylvia Florida. And God was in the passion for conservation in East Africa, doctors who fought to save Paul De Lio. He animal was with the family conservation theLio’s possible extinction and friends whoefforts prayedand for De life and later, for his recovery. of species not actafter now;his how Murda Today, justifawe fewdomonths ordeal, DeBeatz Lio is filled with keeps God rst, speaks existence positivity andfigratitude. Hethings is readyinto to help others find ways to and always has positive why God Zac Posen live with motivation. Darevibes; I say, then, also resides in De considers his fashion detox; and that Lio’s heart.cooking See his story on page 32. Margareth secret to life is with beingmy thoughts Of course,Henriquez’s it’s possible you do not agree on the whereabouts of everything. God. We all know that one should not attentive and open to speak of Karl politics or religion, these We casually will miss Lagerfeld, notfor only as aare sensitive topics (although thealso weather exactly safe topic anymore, fashion icon, but as aisn’t man whoa always either). Butheperhaps youno will be interested in and our story about said what thought, matter what. His the Bahá’Í Faith, a relatively new religion with 5 to 7 million so many others’ life stories remind us that the adherents practising globally. If you believe in the betterment of essence of living la dolce vita is sharing your good the world, in unity, love and service, you might fi nd your place fortune and blessings with others while also here. Bahá’Í’s believe in equality of all sexes, races and creeds, enjoying your life to the fullest. and in the harmony of science and religion. Story on page 74. Thank you to all the individuals in this edition In this day and age, we could all use more unity, love and faith, who remind us that nothing is impossible when regardless of what form it takes. May you enjoy this edition of you set your mind to it. We feel inspired by them, City Life Magazine. It, like life, is yours to experience and do and hope you will be, too. with what you will.

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RAMI MALEK: The winner of the Best Actor award for Bohemian Rhapsody at the 2019 Oscars shares his lifelong journey in the film industry leading up to this moment

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SOPHIA LOREN: The glamorous life of an emblem of Hollywood’s Golden Age

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MARC LEPINE: This award-winning chef shares his passion for food in his new book, Atelier

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: Add a touch of elegance to your life with our top picks

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SYLVIA MANTELLA: A passion for wildlife conservation leads her to embark on a life-changing trip to East Africa

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SPARKLE: Shine bright this season with Dolce’s exclusive selection of jewels

RETRO CHIC: Step back in time with these highfashion looks

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PININFARINA BATTISTA: Automobili Pininfarina introduces the world’s first pure electric luxury hypercar

36 MURDA BEATZ: At just 25 years old, this Canadian music producer has had a meteoric rise to fame 40 KARL LAGERFELD: Looking back at the life of one of the fashion industry’s most-prolific individuals More stories inside ...

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Policaro Group is thrilled to support SickKids. We are hosting our marquee event of the year – The Second Annual Policaro Foundation Track Day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Join us on Tuesday, May 28th 2019, and help us continue to facilitate the Policaro Fetal Echocardiography Fellowship. Limited spaces. Reserve your spot today – policarofoundation.ca/trackday SPRING 2019

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The American Thread Building was the place to be on Feb. 5, as it hosted the launch of Ilene Joy’s fine jewelry line and campaign. Featuring model and actress Poppy Delevingne, the line’s video and print campaign debuted at the event, along with a diverse selection of pieces from the collections. Guests, including Sienna Miller, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tabitha Simmons and Barron Hilton, came out to show their support and marvel at the original pieces on display. www.ilenejoy.com @ilenejoyjewelry

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1. From left: Andrew Azoulay, Rae Scheer, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Polachi, Natalie Geiger, Ilene Joy, Brett Miles 2. Joy Corrigan, Elizabeth Turner, Zaina Gohou 3. Sienna Miller 4. Christina Hendricks and Jane Krakowski

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Presenting her fall 2019 collection, designer Cynthia Rowley hosted a runway show at the pool at London Terrace Towers on Feb. 12. One effect used in a selection of her readyto-wear pieces making up this collection is ombré. Rowley was inspired by nature’s ombré — sunrises and sunsets — and emulates that within her clothing. Closing the show, Rowley displayed an assortment of the brand’s signature wetsuits in an array of pastel ombré patterns, with the models jumping into the pool as the grand finale. www.cynthiarowley.com @cynthiarowley 7 2

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1. Neghin Adina, Jamie Kidd, Tezza Barton - Off Shore One Sleeve Garden Floral 2. Hilary - Jersey V-neck Dress + Cozy Taylor Wool Blend Wrap 3. Madi - Caroline Silk Print Dress 4. A selection of the brand's signature wetsuits 5. Angela - Ombre Feather Top + Khaki Wide Leg Pant 6. Payton Sartain - Bella Velvet Heart Maxi Dress, Kristen Ritchie, Kylee Campbell 7. Kristen - Jersey Turtleneck Dress

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CHANEL FASHION SHOW

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The CHANEL spring-summer 2019 haute couture show was a sight to see. Set in the Grand Palais and designed to replicate a Mediterranean garden, this was the perfect backdrop upon which to highlight the plethora of new styles. Taking inspiration from the 18th century, the CHANEL spring-summer 2019 haute couture collection utilizes feathers, braiding, bows and ruffles to add precise detailing to the already-intricate pieces, including dresses, skirts and tunics. With notable guests in attendance, including Sofia Coppola, Tessa Thompson and Marion Cotillard as well as CHANEL ambassadors Kristen Stewart, Pharrell 9 Williams and Tilda Swinton, this was a star-studded affair worthy of the CHANEL name. www.chanel.com @chanelofficial

1. Bolero-effect dress in green satin embroidered with multicoloured flowers 2. Kristen Stewart 3. Alessandra Mastronardi 4. Tulle jacket covered with white feathers and a long zip-up dress in black leather 5. Alma Jodorows 6. Sebastien Tellier with Amandine de la Richardière 7. Dress in pink lace, embellished with braid embroidered with sequins and beads 8. Pharrell Williams 9. Kim Go-eun 10. Dress in green taffeta embroidered with flowers, complemented by earrings and hair slides, both embellished with stones, beads and feathers

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THE 63RD BANGKOK GEMS AND JEWELRY FAIR

From Feb. 20−24, the 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair took place under the theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making.” Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana presided over the opening ceremony. A crucial component of Thailand’s economy, the fair is designed to honour the jewelry pieces created by Thai craftspeople, while solidifying its place as one of the world’s gem and jewelry manufacturing and trading hubs. www.bkkgems.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BANGKOK GEMS AND JEWELRY FAIR

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1. The princess of Thailand, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana 2. Held at each fair, the fashion show displays some of the most-remarkable pieces created by the best brands and the most-talented designers in the country 3. Buyers and visitors at the 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair came from 118 countries across the world, including India, Russia, France, China and Japan

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PHOTOS BY MARCELA CUSSOLIN

As the world’s most-comprehensive retail and e-commerce database, WindowsWear nominates the best products that have been uploaded to the site each year, announcing the winners at its yearly awards ceremony. This year, 500 guests attended the WindowsWear Awards, which were hosted at Marquee in New York City on Jan. 30. Winners this year included Tiffany & Co. (Best Installation), Louis Vuitton (Best Use of Technology) and Fendi x Fila (Best Collaboration), among others. Dolce Media Group was pleased to sponsor the event this year and support WindowsWear. www.windowswear.com @windowswear 6

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WINDOWSWEAR AWARDS

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1. From left: Jon Harari, Mike Niemtzow and Raul Tovar, co-founders of WindowsWear 2. Attendees of the WindowsWear Awards 3. Simon Doonan, host of the WindowsWear Awards 4. Best Window Display winner Etro 5. From left: Jeffrey Lewis, Anna Baldwin and Munir Warda, members of the creative team at H&M 6. From left: Brandon Renee of Michael Kors, Candy Pratts Price and Tom Beebe 7. Best Interior winner Dolce & Gabbana

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A MOMENTOUS YEAR FOR THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK The multi-faceted renovation focuses on enhancing guest experiences with the introduction of new features that offer even more exclusive opportunities

One of Toronto’s long-standing establishments, the Fairmont Royal York is preparing to unveil its renovation, undergoing the final phase of this intricate process

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ince 1929, the Fairmont Royal York has been one of the most-beloved establishments within Toronto. And with the hotel ringing in its 90th anniversary later this year, it will be the ideal occasion to unveil its momentous transformation. The multi-step process has been underway for years and has finally reached the final step, with the reveal of all the new features expected this summer. “We are certain that the changes planned for the hotel will capture Toronto’s bold new energy, and we look forward to debuting our extraordinary transformation over the course of 2019,” says Edwin Frizzell, regional vice-president and general manager, Fairmont Royal York. The most-striking change is the newly designed lobby, which was created to emulate the transition Toronto has gone through over the years, marking its evolution into the modern city we all know and love. As well as that, due to the hotel’s location overlooking Union Station, Rockwell Group — the renowned global design firm that led this process — used this Toronto landmark as inspiration in its

designs. Not only did the railway inspire many of the materials and details that were used in the space, but also the check-in stations all guests will experience were created to mimic the look of train ticketing counters, providing a an original arrival experience. The hotel has also dedicated itself to a revitalization of the food and beverage experience, with four new signature dining concepts ready to be debuted. “Guests can expect a bold, modern and authentic essence in the new menus, capturing the next level of dining in Toronto while still honouring the hotel’s rich food history and renowned service,” says jW Foster, executive chef, Fairmont Royal York. A new program will also be implemented to infuse each menu with local ingredients by working with Ontario farmers, which ties directly with the hotel’s commitment to sustainability. The hotel will also be offering two new features for guests. The first, Fairmont Gold, brings together all the crucial elements needed for upscale living. With premium suites, a private lounge on the 18th floor and concierge experts, guests will be delighted by this exclusive service. Second is the introduction

of two Legacy Suites. The hotel’s signature suites have been reimagined and transformed into exquisite residential-style rooms that encapsulate metropolitan living. With personalized service, these sophisticated suites will be the desired retreat for discerning travellers. A final change saw the meeting and event spaces upgraded, specifically the Convention Level’s Grand Ballroom that can accommodate 3,000 people. These spaces have been given a new, modern style, which in turn highlights the historical features that make this property incomparable. “This evolution in the Fairmont Royal York story allows this honoured landmark to open up to the city, inviting in a new generation of visitors and guests,” says Paul Campbell of KingSett Capital, Fairmont Royal York ownership group. “We are proud to soon present a revitalized Fairmont Royal York, transforming the hotel experience and ensuring it is poised for continued success as a leading luxury hotel in the market.” www.thefairmontroyalyork.com @fairmontroyalyork

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DISCOVER THE UNCHARTED WATERS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

WITH KENSINGTON TOURS

Guests can take part in 20-minute guided dives in a two-person Triton 1000/2 submersible and discover the ocean surrounding the Seychelles

Journey to the Seychelles with Kensington Tours and Nekton Ocean Research Institute as they explore the mysteries beneath the waves

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eautiful sandy beaches, volcanic islands and a plethora of animal and fish species await you in the Seychelles. Alison Hickey, president of Kensington Tours, describes the Seychelles as a jewel in one of the world’s least-explored and most at-risk ocean environments — precisely the reason for creating the bespoke “Mysteries of the Deep” itinerary. Having been granted rare exploration permits by the government of Seychelles, Kensington Tours — in conjunction with Nekton Ocean Research Institute and Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega — has designed a getaway for clients that fuses the educational aspects of ocean research with all the luxury features of a tropical vacation. Four expeditions recently took place taking guests on this exclusive adventure. This limited-edition, seven-day experience is the first itinerary in the new Explorers Club “Famous Firsts” collection by Kensington Tours, as this is the first time that the Indian Ocean will be explored in this fashion. Guests will start their adventure by flying into

Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles’ 115 islands, where they will stay at the five-star Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. On the third day of the trip, guests will make their way to a private yacht that can accommodate up to eight guests in five rooms and comes equipped with personal attendants and an on-board chef. On the yacht, guests will have the opportunity to join the Nekton crew on its research vessel to engage in hands-on activities and work alongside the scientists. As well, they have the opportunity to participate in 20-minute exploratory, guided dives in a two-person Triton 1000/2 submersible, which can reach depths of 1,000 feet, or 305 metres. Under the waves, guests will come face to face with exotic, never-before-seen species and be some of the first people to ever explore this highly protected ocean environment. “What I think is exciting about the work that the Nekton Ocean Research Institute is doing,” says Hickey, “is as they go into the Indian Ocean and as they do this research, one of their goals is to

actually sample and analyze 250,000 specimens and potentially discover 300 new specimens. Through the gathering of that research, their intent is that the mission will end with a State of the Indian Ocean Summit in 2021, [where] they will present to policymakers findings that will urge the world to increase the conservation of the world’s oceans.” Nekton is planning future explorations like this one in a multitude of different locations in the Indian Ocean, including Mozambique, the Maldives, Chagos, Andaman and Sumatra. Kensington Tours is working closely with Nekton to determine which of these would be fitting locales to continue their partnership and expeditions. “We very much believe in the science of exploration [and] the importance of that in helping us learn more about our planet,” says Hickey. “We’re in the business of travel, of helping people see their world differently, and this, to me, is an extension of us helping people do that.” www.kensingtontours.com @kensingtontours

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A fixture of the design world, Posen has broadened his reach, thanks to the release of his cookbook, Cooking with Zac, and his recent collaboration with luxury appliance brand Monogram

ZAC POSEN

The Design Mastermind Steps into the Kitchen

Fashion industry mogul Zac Posen has brought his designs to the next level through a collaboration with luxury appliance brand Monogram

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f you’ve ever watched an entertainment awards show, the name Zac Posen should sound familiar to you. His clothing designs have been worn by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. What’s more, his studio, House of Z, produces countless collections each year for those of us who don’t have occasion to wear formal gowns in our daily lives. But now Posen has stepped away from fashion briefly to announce a new collaboration between himself and the luxury appliance brand Monogram. This collaboration may seem a bit unusual for a high-fashion clothing designer such as Posen, but if you know about his culinary prowess, it’s clearly an impeccable pairing. October 2017 marked the release of Posen’s cookbook, Cooking with Zac, the culmination of his years of experimenting in the kitchen. He enjoys sharing photos of some of his culinary creations on his Instagram account, alongside his fashion photos. “I have quite a diverse cuisine, but I’ve been cooking since I was a kid, and I call it my fashion detox,” he says. “It’s something I love to do, [and] I also think it is another form of a creative process.” It was because of his wealth of experience in the kitchen, paired with his fashion prowess, that Monogram sought him out to create a new panel for the Monogram column refrigerator. Posen recalls that they requested something out of the box, something signature to Posen that he would be inclined to use in his own home. Channeling his fashion esthetic, Posen and the Monogram team settled on a mirrored surface. Posen says, “I thought, for a fashion designer who cooks and has this other passion and whole other side, that when I’m in my apartment often, I want to be able to check my outfit in the mirror.” When it came to the design process, Posen had to slightly alter his practice. Typically, when using fabrics, he brings them to the body and starts draping, but “in this case, I made a foam-core panel of the fridge dimensions and took fabric to it and built the form, and then it became a process of technique, of how to achieve this look. It was quite challenging for the technicians, because this had never really been done before,” he says. The final design, which had its Canadian debut at the 2019 Interior Design Show in Toronto, was inspired by draped tulle and was achieved by etching the mirrored surface. “Initially, my samples were very dimensional and had a lot of depth, but it wasn’t refined enough. So we ended up with this micro-etching that created a flush surface that got different levels of dimension, frosting and etching, and I thought that nuance was a very luxury technique that I’ve never seen on a fridge panel,” he says. When forging collaborations like the one with Monogram, Posen says that he has to feel a

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The design of the luxury fridge panel Posen created for the Monogram column refrigerator was achieved through micro-etching to mimic the look of draped tulle

connection to the company itself, the people he is working with and the product he is designing. Faced with countless offers each year, he undertakes only a select number of partnerships, as he also manages his own clothing line and his contemporary price point collection and oversees Brooks Brothers Women as creative director, designing and releasing a grand total of about 15 collections per year. It would be natural to assume that designing so many collections would be daunting, even creatively exhausting. Not so for Posen: “I don’t worry about being new because I’m continuously creating, and I think that building the idea of a luxury brand or a heritage brand takes a lifetime,” he says. “I have a lot of ideas - a lot of things always are on the backburner, and it’s just the timing and pacing. You have to pace yourself. I mean, for six years I was doing all these other projects, writing a cookbook, filming a TV show (Project Runway), [but it comes down to] learning how to be a good leader,” he says. “To run a successful business you need to be able to delegate and trust and know

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where your hand and eye come into a process and trust your instincts. Building a brand is a lifelong pursuit.” Since he first started in fashion, Posen has created an all-star team in his atelier, including some of the finest craftspeople in the industry, who make it their mission to see his visions through in creating quality designs and clothing that leave women feeling glamorous and empowered. Outside of work, thankfully, Posen is able to take some time for himself. Whether it’s for gardening, cooking, watching movies, listening to music, reading, hanging out with his four dogs or attending the theatre, he makes sure to take some time for himself. Posen is constantly re-evaluating his balance between work and play, although he always has design on his mind. “At the end of the day, I love my life and journey, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position that I’m in. I’ve worked very hard for it,” he says. www.zacposen.com monogram.ca @zacposen @monogramcanada

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Design & Culture

From a golden sauna in an Arctic climate to the newest style ambassador for Pepe Jeans, these are the faces and places to see for award-winning sustainability; a bold statement for the world’s marine life; elegant, chic fashion; and pretty flowers WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE CLARKE

▼ Sohotel Sohotel is the oldest operating hotel in New York City. Dating back to 1805, the hotel’s architecture has preserved its rich history while incorporating modern touches. A neighbourhood in its own right, Sohotel is nestled in the Bowery, where you can snap a photo in front of CBGB, splurge on designer shoes and grab a bite at one of the amazing eateries. www.thesohotel.com

▲ Royal Alberta Museum The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), the largest museum in Western Canada, takes a modern approach to attracting museum-goers by artfully weaving a narrative between nature and architecture, sustainably creating a space for lovers of history and culture to learn about Alberta for generations to come. RAM is a place to explore and connect - to Alberta, to ideas and to people. www.royalalbertamuseum.ca

▲ Pepe Jeans — Dua Lipa Dua Lipa is the new brand ambassador for Pepe Jeans London. The 23-year-old musical artist and style icon will be seen in the spring/summer 2019 campaign for one of the first British brands to bring a distinctive style to denim. A take on strength, natural beauty and timeless denims, the collection featuring Lipa is a celebration of the heritage of Pepe Jeans. www.pepejeans.com ◀ A’Design Award — The Solar Egg Winner of an A’Design Award, the Solar Egg is a public sauna in Kiruna, Sweden, that is constructed with stainless golden mirror sheeting. The egg’s interior is made of wood, with the wall panels and floor decking made out of pine. The bench is made of aspen. In the centre of the egg stands the wood-heated, heart-shaped sauna stove made of iron and stone. www.adesignaward.com

▲ Spencer Hart Spencer Hart began his career working in a tailor shop at the age of 14. His design esthetic was cultivated from his admiration for the pared-down minimalism of bebop musicians. Representing his less-ismore approach, his clothes are international, refined and timeless. Hart makes his style personal and effortless with a custom-made clothing service via his “science of style” process. www.spencerhart.com

▲ A’Design Award − PIXIO Magnetic Construction Set Created by Ivan Khalus and Oleh Berezovskyi, the PIXIO Magnetic Construction Set is pixel versatility in real life. Winner of an A’Design Award, the toy consists of eight-millimetre cubes with magnets in 16 beautiful colours. PIXIO’s creators mimicked the old-school style of second- and third-generation consoles, and every user can become a pixel artist using PIXIO blocks. www.adesignaward.com

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▲ Putnam & Putnam Michael and Darroch Putnam founded their floristry studio in 2014 and have quickly become New York City’s go-to florists for fashion shows, weddings, installations, parties and editorial shoots. Their work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Martha Stewart Living and Elle Decor. They have collaborated with many clients, including Dior, Cartier, The Wall Street Journal and Bergdorf Goodman. www.putnamflowers.com

▲ Linda Bergroth and Zero Waste Bistro Linda Bergroth, a Paris-based designer for Zero Waste Bistro and winner of a Sustainability Award at the 2019 Frame Awards, believes that every design project should be about sustainability. Bergroth’s projects range from industrial design to interior architecture. The bistro space was crafted entirely of recycled and recyclable materials, using sustainable design pieces — classic Finnish furniture and tableware that will last from generation to generation. fciny.org/zerowastebistro

▲ Black Star Car Wash Black Star Car Wash, an underground area below the city of Moscow, Russia, overcame its architectural challenges through transformation and refraction of simple geometry of space, creating a memorable setting that visually expands the enclosed location. Designers wanted to show how usual forms of space can transform using flat geometry and colour, influencing perception. www.blackstarcarwash.ru

▶ Dan Lenard Sailing Voyage Dan Lenard, co-founder of renowned yacht design firm Nuvolari Lenard, embarked on a solo transatlantic crossing in January 2019, from Cadiz, Spain, to promote the beauty of pure sailing and as a call for action for marine preservation. After 42 days at sea, Lenard completed his voyage in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The second part of the VelaCode begins with involving the yachting industry in ocean conservancy. www.vela-code.com

▲ The 13 The 13 is a luxury, 200-room, allvilla hotel in Macau, featuring villas that range from 2,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet. Guests access their accommodation via elevators opening directly into a private elevator lobby, like a New York penthouse. Every villa is supported by a 24-hour butler service, and The 13’s fleet of 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms represents the single largest order in Rolls-Royce history. www.the13.com

▶ A’Design Award — Knitted Winner of an A’Design Award, Knitted is a series of lightings that combines technology with tradition. Knitting acrylic threads in fixed patterns with wool crochet creates a three-dimensional sheet of fabric that serves as a lighting fixture. The project is a collaboration between designers Ariel Zuckerman and Oded Sapir, with the aid of textile designer Adva Bruner. www.adesignaward.com

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REAL ESTATE

HARRIS LAKE: SECLUDED AND SERENE

Along with the seven-acre kettle lake, this 101-acre property includes a fourbedroom country home, a two-bedroom bunkie, a tennis court, a stone fire pit and a restored century barn with a workshop and winery room

Surrounded by the beauty that Caledon has to offer, this is the ideal property for homeowners looking for a private, luxurious home WRITTEN BY VICTORIA SCOTT

insights on the property with Dolce, highlighting the elegant and intricate nature of this exclusive listing. Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the area? A. Harris Lake is located in the hills of Caledon near the hamlet of Palgrave, which was the site for many of the equestrian events of the 2015 Pan American Games. This location in Caledon is convenient to Highways 50, 9 and 27, and is ideal for those who enjoy the tranquility of living in the countryside and yet still being within minutes of shopping and schools, and only 35 kilometres from Pearson Airport. Q. How can potential buyers embrace the community of Caledon? A. People can quickly immerse themselves into the Caledon community by engaging in many of the local vibrant activities, whether it’s joining

the Caledon Ski Club, playing in local golf leagues, joining a hiking or biking group, [or] volunteering with the local education, healthcare, environmental or service charities. There is so much to do in Caledon. There are also lots of activities right on the property, from tennis to swimming in Harris Lake or growing grapes on the property’s Turtle Hill Vineyard. A new owner can be a popular host, if desired. Q. Tell us about the sellers and the evolution of the home. A. Four generations of the owner’s family have enjoyed Harris Lake. The property was originally acquired by the family of the current owners more than 70 years ago as a weekend retreat. Harris Lake remains one of the largest privately owned lakes in Caledon. The current owners enjoyed the location so much that they built a new fulltime residence on the property in 2007. Since that

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s one of the leading real estate companies working within and around the Greater Toronto Area, Moffat Dunlap has amassed nearly five decades of experience and has handled some of the most-prestigious listings this area has to offer. The brokerage has announced one of its newest and most-exclusive listings in Caledon Ont. — Harris Lake. This expansive 101-acre property houses a selection of buildings and amenities homeowners will swoon over, including the recently constructed four-bedroom, three-bathroom country home, the additional two-bedroom bunkie designed with its own kitchenette for the utmost convenience, a tennis court, a stone fire pit, a restored century barn with a workshop and winery room, plus a network of hiking trails, along with the property’s seven-acre private kettle lake. John Dunlap of Moffat Dunlap shared his


Caledon is a premium location for homeowners looking for a calm environment in the countryside, where they can still have easy access to the city

time, the century barn has been fully restored with a workshop and wine-tasting room, a hobby vineyard has been cultivated and a new swimming dock with gazebo was completed in 2018. Q. Describe the design influences of the home, and tell us about some of the distinguishing features of this property. A. The home is designed in the New England style with clapboard siding, cedar shingle roof, centred front door and multi-paned windows with decorative exterior window trim. The main distinguishing feature of this property is the large private kettle lake sited in the centre of the 101acre property. The elegant, recently built country home, total privacy, picturesque views, miles of groomed hiking trails, restored century barn and tennis court are a few of the other distinguishing features of this offering. Q. As the property has a wine room and vineyard, how would potential buyers approach that? A. The property has its own hobby vineyard, which produces about 50 cases of wine per year. An owner can continue this effort by employing local experts to assist with production, or the grapes

could be sold to other producers. Currently, there are about 400 vines with Petite Pearl, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Baco Noir varieties. Q. With the private kettle lake, how can potential buyers utilize that feature? A. The private kettle lake is locally known as Harris Lake, and the owners enjoy swimming, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking on the lake in the summer and skating on the lake in the winter months. Dining in the gazebo on the dock is also a favourite summer pastime. Q. What options would potential buyers have to personalize the space? A. This wonderful country property offers new owners the chance to finish the basement space in the home, and a new owner could convert the use of the century barn. Barn conversions have been gaining appeal in recent years. Our clients have added kids’ recreation space, large-scale entertaining space and arts studios into century barns recently. Q. Who would be the ideal buyers for this property? A. Ideal buyers for this property would be those

who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle (tennis, hiking, swimming, skiing, fishing, paddle boarding, etc.) and those who appreciate total privacy and a casual, elegant architectural style. The property either could be a weekend/holiday retreat or a full-time residence. Q. For others interested in selling their homes, why should they work with you? A. Owners of country properties and those interested in moving to the countryside around Toronto have been working with Moffat Dunlap Real Estate since 1972. Our almost 50 years in business have allowed us to amass a depth of local knowledge unmatched by any other firm. We hear about properties before they come to market. We often find buyers for properties before they are listed. We are deeply entrenched in the local scene. Our leadership team has founded a top local independent school, serves on key volunteer boards of directors in education and health care, and we have negotiated the mostsignificant conservation land donations in York and Peel Regions. For almost 50 years, we have consistently listed and sold the finest country properties in the area. www.moffatdunlap.com

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Shane Lindstrom, a.k.a. Murda Beatz, has made a name for himself in the rap industry, working with high-profile artists who include Travis Scott, Gucci Mane and PartyNextDoor

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MURDA BEATZ:

THE CANADIAN PRODUCER TAKING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BY STORM Beneath the gold chains and diamond-encrusted watch is a young man whose passion and dedication to his craft have seen him achieve heights unparalleled by others in the music industry WRITTEN BY VICTORIA SCOTT

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ust 10 years ago, Shane Lindstrom was a 15-year-old in Fort Erie, Ont., living the life of a seemingly average teenager with his parents. Now, he’s a dominant figure in the music industry, known by his stage name, Murda Beatz. An esteemed music producer who has worked with everyone from the Migos to Drake to Nicki Minaj, he comes from humble beginnings with an aweinspiring story of his journey to the top. As a child, Lindstrom was surrounded by musical influences. His parents had a deep appreciation for rock music and had it playing all the time. His father and uncles played guitar, and as such, Lindstrom experienced the joy and happiness music can evoke in people. “When I was a kid, I’d be sitting on my dad’s lap when he was playing guitar, so I was exposed to music at such a young age,” he says. “I started banging on my uncle’s drums at four years old, got my own drum set probably at, like, eight or nine, maybe even younger, and so it’s been around me my whole life - music’s in my blood.” As most children do, he grew to love the music his parents loved, listening to everything from Ozzy Osbourne to Rush to Van Halen. But as he grew up and became a teenager, he developed his own tastes, a change he believes most young people go through as they start to create their own identity. “My transition was, like, rock to punk rock to metal and then the punk rock went to rap in a way.” This passion for music resulted in Lindstrom attempting to create it himself. After being introduced to FL Studio, he started practising and making his own beats, the component of rap that initially drew him to this genre of music. His dedication to the craft developed, even at the young age of 16. “In Grade 12, I used to walk

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home 45 minutes every day from school just to beat the bus home by 30 minutes, so I had an extra 30 minutes to make beats,” he tells Dolce. But how did he go from Fort Erie to Los Angeles? What, you may ask, was his key to that early success? Networking. “Your network is your net worth,” he says with vigour. Looking back at his rise to fame, Lindstrom had begun uploading his beats to YouTube to make his presence known and expand his repertoire, but his career really took off once he was able to show others in the music industry his capabilities.

“I had a couple strategies of getting people’s attention,” he recalls. “I was hitting up people like Chief Keef on Facebook before they were really big. I was connecting with everyone on Twitter. If I wanted to get to the Migos, I would type in ‘YRN’ on Twitter, and I would hit up all their friends. Or I would wait until I’d see MC Hustle tweet at 3 a.m., and I would hit him up. I would ‘@’ him right then, when he tweeted, so he would see that and then DM me because there’s not a lot of traction on Twitter at 3 a.m.,” he says with a laugh. As he reflects on the current state of the industry, he notes that in the five or six years that have passed since his early days, Twitter and many other forms of social media have become oversaturated with producers, artists and other individuals who are also trying to navigate the networking world. As such, it’s crucial for aspiring producers or musicians to get out there and meet people. “When I was 16, I was barely a year into producing. I flew to Chicago just to get face and meet these people and then when I started talking to [the] Migos they flew me out, and I started staying with them at the studio and then eventually stayed in their house with them as well. So I wouldn’t hesitate on travelling and getting in these people’s face and building a face card, so they have a face to the name,” he says. “You have to network, you have to get in front of people. If it’s a music conference, if it’s a music festival, if it’s the studio that these guys record at, if it’s you ending up interning at a studio just to get closer to artists, [do] whatever you gotta do,” says Lindstrom. “Be on all social media platforms, make a page on Facebook, be on Twitter, be on YouTube, be on everything and build your face card,” he says.

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Lindstrom will be one of the artists performing at Coachella, one of the mostpopular music festivals in the United States

you,” he says. “I’ve definitely spoke[n] all this into existence and manifested it. This is, like, the beginning stage of what I’ve wanted, so I’m never satisfied as a human being, though, and I just want to keep going. And I just want to be the greatest.” Having this outlook and implementing these strategies throughout his career have led to fantastic results, working with the best of the best in the rap game. The collaborations he’s been a part of have even resulted in the production of award-winning records. “Nice For What,” which he worked on with Drake, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and he collaborated on

Cardi B’s album, which won the Best Rap Album award at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Although he’s taken the industry by storm and worked with a multitude of artists, the list of artists Lindstrom still hopes to work with goes on and on — everyone from Justin Bieber to Beyoncé to ASAP Rocky have a place on his list. He also hopes to broaden his repertoire and bring the elements he has perfected into others genres, including rock, country and pop. His career has had many high notes so far, and he’s not done yet. Along with producing and working on collaborations with others, he recently announced he will be playing at Coachella, a yearly music festival in California that hosts a wide range of artists from the music industry. “It’s very big,” he says reflecting on this opportunity. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m a pretty good DJ. I like to be the life of the party, so that just evolutionized into me DJ’ing.” Though he had musical influences surrounding him as he was growing up, few could have predicted he would have achieved the level of fame and success he has to date, especially at the young age of 25. Ten years ago, he was simply a teenager playing around with FL Studio, making beats and perfecting his craft. Now, Lindstrom’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and is still on the rise. “My passion’s always been music, and now I have the opportunity to make the music that I love,” he says. “I just want to change music in a very positive way.” No one knows what the future still has in store for Lindstrom, but whatever it is, it is sure to be bright — almost as bright as the gold chains he wears denoting the stage name that has become emblematic of his talents. www.murdabeatz.com @murdabeatz

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“You can hide behind a graphic of, like, a Murda Beatz logo, but you gotta understand what you’re getting yourself into when you start making beats and become a producer. You’re making yourself a brand, so you want to have your face out there and build your brand.” Along with this mindset around business, Lindstrom has a very strong faith in God and the universe — a factor he views as contributing to the success he’s achieved and beliefs he feels can help others in their journeys to success. “Keep God first. Speak things into existence. Always, always have positive vibes [and] protect the energy around

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▶ ROYAL DE VERSAILLES: With pristine diamonds and high-end jewelry, Royal de Versailles creates stunning pieces like this 18-karat yellow gold ring with 64 fancy yellow diamonds totalling 2.10 carats www.royaldeversailles.com

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◀ DAVID WEBB: A contemporary piece, the Tool Chest Hammered Nail Ring in 18-karat yellow gold is expertly crafted to wrap securely around your finger www.1stdibs.com

▲ PETRA CLASS: These One of a Kind Heptagon Drop Earrings are handmade from a pair of faceted rutilated quartz, secured on intricate 18-karat yellow gold wires and mattefinished in 22-karat yellow gold www.1stdibs.com

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Working for various prolific fashion houses, including Balmain and ChloĂŠ, Lagerfeld became the head designer at Chanel in 1983, where he remained until his recent passing

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n February 19, we saw the passing of one of the greatest icons in the history of design, Karl Lagerfeld. He was the high priest of fashion, and his death at the (reported) age of 85 sent shockwaves around the world, making front-page headlines on every continent. German TV devoted an hour-long special to him following his passing, and French TV networks similarly devoted several hours of programming to the legendary master of clothing design. So immense was Lagerfeld’s impact on the popular imagination that his absence leaves a gaping hole in an industry that has lost his charismatic, selfstyled trademark presence as a global ambassador for fashion. In keeping with the audacity of his designs, Lagerfeld succeeded in cultivating a highly identifiable public persona. A skilled self-promoter à la Alfred Hitchcock’s shadow profile or Andy Warhol’s spiky silver wig, Lagerfeld was inextricably linked to his own self-mocking personal style conceits. The powdered hair, the dark glasses, the Hilditch & Key high-collared shirts, the tailored black jacket and skinny black jeans, the fingerless gloves and the boots — these were all part of Lagerfeld’s irreverent way of branding himself. Having ruled the House of Chanel for more than three decades, the German wunderkind established himself as the dominant force in an industry given to sharp swings in public tastes. He was as inspired as he was tireless, a frenetic designer responsible for 17 collections a year that included Chanel, Fendi and his own Lagerfeld line. No one in the history of fashion has come close to matching the breadth of his creativity, even though he typically liked to dismiss his “workaholic” image. “I hate that expression. I’m lucky that I can do what I like to do. I hate the idea of work. Work is when you have a boring job to make a living. That’s work ... Please don’t say I work hard,” Lagerfeld scoffed. “Nobody is forced to do this job, and if they don’t like it, they should do another one. If it’s too much, do something else. But don’t start doing it and then say, ‘Aaah, it’s too much.’ Because a lot of people depend on it.” “What we do at Chanel, thousands of people work on these things; these things are sold in hundreds and hundreds of shops all over the world. People like the big machine, and the money the big machine involves, but the effort ... Then, suddenly, they become artists. They are too weak. Too fragile. Non. We have to be tough. We cannot

talk about our suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta. Me, I like to make an effort. I like nothing better than concrete reality. I’m a very down-to-earth person, but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant.” Lagerfeld deserves to be remembered as a creative force of nature whose genius came to dominate a highly competitive industry that is by definition in a constant process of renewal and reinvention. When we think of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ingmar Bergman,

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dictum that I love: ‘There is no credit on the past.’ So I’d better work now, huh!?” A Lagerfeld fashion show (or défilé, as they say in Paris) was often an operatic event, where the creator descended from Mount Olympus to lecture ordinary mortals on the maintenance of divine standards. He once had a 265-tonne iceberg transported from Sweden for Chanel’s fall 2010 show at the Grand Palais in Paris, where he wanted to make a point about the dangers of climate change. “Global warming is the issue of our times. Fashion has to address it,” Lagerfeld stated. Like Beethoven, his fashion symphonies continue to stand the test of time, and we continue to worship at the altar of this self-styled, irreverent and eccentric man. Though he first made his name in the rarefied world of Parisian haute couture in the 1950s, Lagerfeld was not at all elitist when it came to design. He worked with the mass-market German clothing manufacturer H&M, as well as with trendy Italian designer Renzo Rosso of Diesel, with whom he collaborated on the enormously successful Lagerfeld Gallery by Diesel denim collection.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FASHION ICON KARL LAGERFELD

THE CULT OF KARL For years he strutted around our consciousness in his habitual white ponytail (which he would continue to embellish into his 80s with baby powder because his real hair was “pee-pee yellow”), high-collared white starched shirts (he had more than a thousand in his collection, all made by Hilditch & Key), sunglasses, fingerless gloves, black suits, skinny black jeans and leather boots. It’s a look that suited the German fashion guru well, and one could be forgiven for making the pun that he is a man of the cloth, albeit “a defrocked one,” Lagerfeld quipped. And in the style of a high priest, Lagerfeld was fond of making lofty, pithy and frequently scathing statements in keeping with his strict, no-nonsense manner. “My mother always got straight to the point and didn’t waste time with any nonsense or irrelevancies,” Lagerfeld explained. “She taught me the art of being direct and not being burdened by useless sentiment or speculation. That is why I don’t believe in indulging in polite restraint or mindless generalities. I like to say what I think, rather than hiding behind a wall of silly chit-chat.” He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt (he later dropped the “t” for the sake of simplicity) in Hamburg, Germany, in 1933 (according to baptismal registers); although, he later stated

At the helm of Chanel for over three decades, Karl Lagerfeld was unrivalled in the fashion industry and created a legacy for himself that will not soon be forgotten WRITTEN BY JAN JANSSEN

Vladimir Horowitz or Henri Cartier-Bresson, they should all be seen as “outliers” — individuals whose body of work was of unparalleled depth and scale. But while our collective memory of many such great artists tended to fade over time, even while they were still alive, Lagerfeld remained active and vital to the very end. Fashion may be ephemeral, but no designer was better able to stay on the cutting edge than King Karl. Despite working in an industry known for its frivolous and arguably effete nature, Lagerfeld was rigorous, serious and dedicated to ensuring that his massive output did nothing to diminish his own high standards. Most fashion critics have long hailed him for the consistent quality of his clothes and his ability to stay relevant when so many designers go in and out of fashion. “You can’t borrow on your past,” he declared. “Success nullifies — you have to do it again, and better ... There is a very famous Jewish-German

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that his actual birth year is 1935. His father worked for the Carnation Milk company and made a sizable fortune producing powdered milk in Germany. This allowed young Karl to grow up as a spectacularly “spoiled” child who lived in an immense mansion filled with servants and nannies. He spent most of his time living an isolated and bubble-like existence, reading classic works like War & Peace, and Buddenbrooks when he was eight years old, already a child prodigy. He was fluent in French and English as well as his native German by the age of six, having insisted that his parents give him private language tutors. “My problem as a child was that I was bored to death because I wanted to be a grown-up person. My childhood was endless — from [age] eight to 18 felt like hundreds of years. Today, parents are too much on their children’s backs. They’re overcaring. Non. Children should be in the corner. I was always in the corner, reading or sketching. But I wanted to be there. That’s all I ever wanted to do.” He lived like a young prince or Mozart, a boy of preternatural intellectual gifts who spent his entire days sketching and reading and living in his “highly active imagination.” “When I was a child, I didn’t know you could make a living out of fashion. I had no plans, but I was always ready for the unexpected. All these things are really interesting. I’m interested in interior design. I’m interested in fashion. I’m interested in books.” Said Lagerfeld: “As a child, I never played with [other] children. I did nothing else other than sketching and reading. I loved to sketch because at the beginning of my life, I wanted to become a cartoon artist. I had discovered a famous cartoon magazine from the 1900s in the attic of my parents’ house, and the cartoons were very, very beautifully drawn.” He arrived in Paris as an ambitious teenager, determined to succeed in the fashion world. He first apprenticed to Pierre Balmain, where his talent flourished, and he was soon appointed as a full-fledged designer for Jean Patou. In the ’60s, he established himself as a highly sought-after freelance designer, who often worked for Chloé, eventually serving as the fashion house’s head designer in the ’70s. FROM COCO TO KARL But it was not until he was appointed head designer at Chanel in 1983, a decade after Coco Chanel’s death, that he was finally given the chance to realize his talent and ambition. “People think it was a great honour. When I started, it was not a great honour. Many people had advised me, ‘Don’t touch it; it’s dead.’ But I liked the idea of going to Chanel because it was a challenge ... When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty — not even a beautiful one. She snored.”

It was at Chanel that Lagerfeld soon emerged as a fashion icon. He not only resurrected a dying brand, but he also helped reinvigorate the international fashion scene and became famous for establishing the modelling careers of Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss, who was the face of Chanel fragrances until 2005, when Moss was photographed sniffing cocaine. One of Lagerfeld’s last muses, model Cara Delevingne, became the face of Chanel’s 2013 Cruise campaign, posing as a topless Marie Antoinette figure. She later strutted down the runway for Lagerfeld in Chanel’s spring 2014 Paris fashion week show. “She’s a character,” Lagerfeld said. “She’s the Charlie Chaplin of the fashion world. She is kind of genius, like a character out of a silent movie. I would see her better in a silent movie than a talkie

“I BELIEVE IN REINVENTING AND REIMAGINING YOURSELF AS OFTEN AS YOU NEED TO. I SOMETIMES THINK OF MYSELF AS A COMPLETE IMPROVISATION” because she over-accents the movement. Girls admire her like they used to Kate Moss. They all want to be as free as her.” After the show, she posted a photo on Instagram, kissing Lagerfeld’s cheek with the caption: “Love you @karllagerfeld you are the one and only!!!” Nonetheless, Lagerfeld indulged in his penchant for brutal honesty when he later stated: “I hate when people say (Delevingne) is the new Kate Moss. Kate is unique. Nobody wants to be the second anything. Kate is beyond anything.” He later added: “Kate is the free girl of our times ... She was not living on Vichy water all her life.” REMAKING HIS OWN IMAGE While many fashionistas have been famous (or infamous) for their indulgence, Lagerfeld was given to eating lavish [meals] prepared by private chefs. Then, growing tired of his overweight appearance, he dropped 90 pounds by going on a crash diet that consisted of a strict limit of 900 calories per day while also drinking 19 cans of Diet Coke daily. It was a dramatic change he said he needed

to make to change his body image and enable him to wear some of the clothes he admired by other designers. “I lost weight to be a good clotheshorse again,” Lagerfeld explained. “I couldn’t wear any of the clothes that were all designed for slim boys, especially those by Hedi Slimane, who was doing the Dior Homme collections,” he said. “I was no longer satisfied with my body and I said to myself: ‘You work in fashion, and fashion means change. If you don’t like your image, you only have to change it ... I think that, for women as well as men, fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight. It is not a good idea to wait until you are ill or unhappy before going on a diet. I wasn’t really giving in to a narcissistic impulse, either. It was time for a change, that was all.” For the sake of his professional credibility, Lagerfeld believed that it was important “to be able to prove that I am capable of creating transformations, not only with my designs but also in my own appearance. The boots, the shirts, the black trousers — the whole panoply — represented a sort of camouflage. It worked perfectly, and I lived very well in those outfits — or, rather, behind them. The dark glasses, the fan — they were like a wall between the world and myself.” SELF-MOCKING SENSIBILITY Lagerfeld always loved the art that goes into fashion and enjoyed spending his days sketching, looking at material and thinking of new ways to cut fabric and create different looks with his designs. He was utterly unsentimental and sold off most of his former palatial residences, as well as his former family mansion in Hamburg. “I love change — I’m attached to nothing,” was his mantra when it came to life. “I believe in reinventing and reimagining yourself as often as you need to. I sometimes think of myself as a complete improvisation, and I have several selves in which I live. I don’t want to be real in other people’s minds.” In the last decade of his life, Lagerfeld saw his image turned into Karl dolls and various other variations and mock-likenesses of a man revered as a god in the fashion world. “It’s funny. This is not supposed to be taken seriously. I don’t take myself very seriously. Do you know they even make a Barbie dressed like me now? Not Ken, but Barbie, dressed like me. It’s a big compliment,” Lagerfeld laughed. To the very end, this ultimate Renaissance man was still creating and working on new collections. Lagerfeld never had any doubts about his ability to invest himself fully in his work, whether it was his eight collections for Chanel, his three different signature Karl Lagerfeld lines, his prêtà-porter, his shoe lines, his collections for Fendi or his passion for photography, interior design and everything else. www.karl.com

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

: a l l e t n a M a i v Syl

A Personal Journey in Her Continuing Passion for Conservation How a journey to East Africa opened this conservationist’s eyes as to what she could still do for the world and the animals in her care WRITTEN BY RICK MULLER

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uthentic. It’s a word Sylvia Mantella uses often. It’s usually to describe how she measures a charitable cause to which she may lend her considerable credibility, or how a particular charitable or social cause may resonate with her personally. Authentic can also be used to describe Mantella. She is one of Canada’s leading, most-admired and respected philanthropists, sitting on 13 committees and/or advisory boards. As the chief marketing officer of Mantella Corporation, she also brings her professional expertise to every cause in which she becomes deeply involved, such as children’s issues or her well-known support and

leadership role in promoting Canadian fashion and culture. “It’s not just my name behind something; they’re going to get all of me,” says Mantella in a recent interview with Dolce Magazine. “I like to think outside of the box, creatively, to make sure fundraising events and activities fit the particular charity, as the shoe is not all one size. You must be creative and resourceful just like you must be in marketing and branding because they are constantly changing. I apply those same skills to my philanthropy aspects.” One of her strongest passions is conservation, specifically regarding exotic wildlife conservation, human-wildlife conflict and land conservation. Her love of animals grew from her youth, and in her exacting manner, she remembers her

menagerie well. “I had a hamster, a guinea pig, two dogs and seven goldfish,” she recalls. “And my love for these animals was unconditional, as they just couldn’t wait to see me and be with me, and I felt the same way.” This passion has evolved to become a major centrepiece in Mantella’s life, as well as her family’s, including her husband, Robert. Today, it has had a most-tangible and authentic impact on them. And it all started with a solitary two-toed sloth. While renting a home with her family in Palm Beach, Fla., Robert became acquainted with a man who owned a zoological rescue centre in Miami, and who asked if they would be interested in fostering a young, orphaned two-toed sloth for two weeks as his rescue centre was short-staffed

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Mantella’s love affair with wildlife started as a young child and has become a leading force in her life, as she strives to aid in the conservation of animals

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on volunteers. “We did, and by the end of it, it was so hard to give her back,” she says. This was about the time Sylvia and Robert were thinking of buying property in Florida, and they had a conversation that Mantella recalls happened so “authentically” about what they could do to help wildlife conservation in South Florida. They purchased 20 acres outside of Palm Beach with a home in the centre of the property and two lakes on-site. As the realization became abundantly clear to them that there was a need to provide a refuge for numerous abused, neglected or displaced animals, they went through a vigorous process to acquire the permits and licences needed to safely house exotic animals, and the sanctuary was born. They chose to build out and place multiple habitats for the different species of animals around their family home. Foreseeing significant growth after just two years, an opportunity was presented to them to purchase the neighbouring property with an additional 20 acres, and the sanctuary grew and evolved organically over time. The sanctuary that Sylvia and Robert built is now a wildlife conservation area to more than 250 animals, including big cat species such as Bengal tigers, lions, a critically endangered Amur leopard of which only 35 are globally accounted for, cougars, two-toed sloths, owls, spotted African hyenas and multiple primate species, from gibbons to bonnet macaques that were once either in dangerous environments, experienced abuse or neglect. The sanctuary has an on-site vet clinic and 14 full-time zoologists, handlers and staff all working together in the best interests of the animals, which are monitored 24-7 via 200-plus surveillance cameras. “We are a non-profit and we fund our foundation entirely on our own. We are governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Department,” she says. “It’s turning into something much bigger than we thought, as we’ve gained the credibility and trust of these two American organizations that respect us. We’re proud we’re now one of the first places called when there is an animal in distress, and we’ve never said ‘No.’” As testament to her passion to expand her knowledge of conservation and to experience world-leading programs first-hand, Mantella recently took an extensive trip to East Africa. There she visited with leading organizations with vast knowledge of and success in land, water and wildlife conservation. She visited the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, a 58,000-acre safe-haven for the preservation and future development of wildlife conservation, recognized for pioneering ways to protect wildlife and their habitats, especially the black rhino. The border of Ol Jogi is under constant protection by armed guard and anti poaching units. Rhinos are under severe pressure, as the black-market price poachers get for a rhino

horn is now US$65,000 per kilogram, which speaks to the demand. That’s the battle wildlife conservationists are up against. “Ancient Chinese medicine has given the rhino horn multiple medicinal benefits from curing hangovers, cancer and impotence, all scientifically disproven. Just as disturbing, the rhino horn has also become a status symbol, a symbol of wealth for those who bear the horn in their possession. The fact is that the rhino horn is made of keratin, the same chemical protein as human hair and fingernails,” says Mantella. “But the poachers are local villagers trying to feed their families and receive only a few hundred dollars for a horn, which is then shipped overseas into China and Vietnam, then dispersed by organized crime syndicates for the big money to meet demand. So, the demand is the challenge, and the poachers are only a symptom of a much bigger problem.”

Top: Male lions seeking shade at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya Middle: A male hippo at dusk, at Grumeti Fund in Tanzania Bottom: Reticulated giraffes at Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

“WE’RE PROUD WE’RE NOW ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES CALLED WHEN THERE IS AN ANIMAL IN DISTRESS, AND WE’VE NEVER SAID ‘NO’” In Tanzania, she learned from the Grumeti Fund, a non-profit organization which took an ecologically degraded region in the plains of the Serengeti and in just 15 years turned it into 350,000 acres now teeming with wildlife through ongoing active efforts in environmental land preservation, water growth and conservation, critical anti-poaching units, law enforcement and community outreach. “When I asked how it was possible that the organization was able to make such tremendous strides in such a short period of time, the managing directors didn’t hesitate to give full credit to microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his quest to save the world’s most-endangered animals,” she says. “Every move the Grumeti Fund makes is so meticulously and thoughtfully orchestrated to ensure their footprint is as minimal but as effective as possible. For example, some of the members of the team of 100 anti-poaching game scouts who defend the 350,000-acre border were once poachers themselves hired by the Grumeti Fund after the poachers served out their sentences. [As

well as that,] the four dogs currently in their anti poaching canine unit are all rescues from kill shelters in the United States. All four dogs, Tony, Radar, Popo and DJ, have been trained to detect ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales, bushmeat, snares and ammunition.” She also spent time learning more about the complex intellect and family structure of elephants with the Kenyan Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which operates the world’s most-successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program: 244 orphans raised, close to 6,000 veterinary cases attended and 14 fully mobile desnaring teams in operation. Up to 35,000 elephants are being killed every year for their ivory. Sheldrick also offers opportunities to adopt orphaned elephants from four months to three years of age at Giraffe Manor outside of Nairobi,

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Morning feeding with the orphans at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya

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The number of giraffes remaining in Africa has dropped 40 per cent in the last 30 years, resulting in them being recognized as an endangered species

where Sylvia stayed. A boutique hotel set on 140 acres, it offers human interaction with its resident herd of wild Rothschild’s giraffes to raise awareness of the crisis facing giraffes. An estimated 100,000 giraffes remaining in Africa, a number which has dropped 40 per cent in the last 30 years, are being poached for reasons ranging from commercial bushmeat trade to pillow covers, placing them among wildlife’s endangered species. For Mantella, Giraffe Manor was a special experience. “It was so magical and powerful, as giraffes are the most exquisite animal with strong necks, beautiful eyes and eyelashes. And they walk with such finesse — every part of their anatomy has a purpose,” she says. “Here you are on the giraffe’s schedule: they show up to the manor at 6 a.m. and are gone by 7:30 a.m. They graze all day in the fields and return at about 5 p.m. for more plantbased food pellets and then they are gone. It was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had.” East Africa proved to be transformational in Mantella’s big-picture thinking. “I walked away learning about the integrity of the land and how critical that is to conservation and about the human-animal conflict,” she says in reflecting

“THE MORE PEOPLE WHO CAN BE EDUCATED ABOUT THE REALITIES, THE MORE IT WILL EMPOWER CONSERVATION. IF WE DON’T DO SOMETHING, THERE WILL BE NOTHING LEFT IN 50 YEARS”

upon her trip. “I went there with my Westernized beliefs, and it’s just not that simple. To think we’re going to go there with a simple solution is just so arrogant because it’s so much more complicated than we understand or we know. The more people who can be educated about the realities, the more it will empower conservation. If we don’t do something, there will be nothing left in 50 years.” In her genuine and authentic manner, Mantella returns to her Florida animal sanctuary to implement her insight, perspective and learnings that will no doubt greatly enhance the work she is doing for wildlife conservation. She sees this as Part 1 of her personal journey. Her learnings will continue as she returns to Africa in October. “I’m still on my journey,” says Mantella. “I don’t have all the answers yet, but I’m getting there. There is no easy answer, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. I just want to learn and know more.” www.grumetifund.org www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org www.thesafaricollection.com/properties/giraffe-manor @sylviamantella | @oljogi

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CUISINE

Lepine’s book documents his journey with food, from cellophane bag beginnings to masterful culinary creations

MARC LEPINE’S

ATELIER: THE PASSION AND JOY OF CREATIVE COOKING The mastermind behind Atelier in Ottawa shares his journey with food in his breakout book, Atelier

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or those parents facing frustration with their children’s tastebuds, which may seem restricted to anything inside a cellophane bag or cardboard box, take solace — there is hope. And it comes from Marc Lepine, one of Canada’s most revered chefs, the mastermind behind Atelier in Ottawa, one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants, and the only person to have won the Canadian Culinary Championships twice.

“The food I grew up with has no bearing whatsoever on the dishes I now create at Atelier,” writes Lepine in his book Atelier, published late last year. “Most of my childhood pleasures were for the cellophane food groups — potato chips, factory cakes and pastries, over-salted, artificially sugared quasi-food. I didn’t know what a tomato tasted like until I was 20. Truly.” Atelier is Lepine’s debut cookbook and an essential read for the chefs of today and tomorrow, cooking professionals, tastemakers and foodies,

offering recipes, advice, cooking philosophies and kitchen stories. The book is complemented by stunning visuals by award-winning photographer Christian Lalonde. It also details Lepine’s personal journey and growth from popping open tubes of potato chips to becoming a culinary connoisseur. Growing up in Kincardine, Ont., on the shores of Lake Huron, Lepine’s early passions were chess and music, specifically the piano, which he played upward of 14 hours per day, covering everything from Guns N’ Roses to Chopin. He worked

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part-time in kitchens throughout high school, beginning as most do by washing dishes and eventually cooking breakfasts on weekend shifts. A turning point in his life occurred when a high-school guidance counsellor, struggling to give him direction and hearing he’d worked in a kitchen, gave him a brochure for a cooking school in North Bay, Ont.: Canadore College’s culinary arts program, which claimed that 98 per cent of its graduates got work. “That statistic appealed to me,” writes Lepine. “I could make a living as a cook, at least more easily than at music. I just supposed that one day I would learn to like real food.” His passion for cooking grew, and during his last year at Canadore, Lepine entered an international student competition, where the chef instructor and coach, Daniel Esposito, gave students complete freedom to create their own plates. “I didn’t do well at that competition, in fact, I bombed,” writes Lepine. “From that moment, I knew this was what I wanted. Chef Daniel’s passion for his profession had inspired me. I had progressed beyond the basics, and I was learning to think creatively. This is the best part of my job.” Great professional achievement often has humble beginnings, and for Lepine, the eventual introduction to “real food” came in the form of a Caprese salad, which he discovered while plating

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Divided into three sections, “Origins,” “Vision” and “Inventions,” Lepine’s book includes photos of a selection of his intricate dishes

“I ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVITY BY CHALLENGING YOUR BOUNDARIES”

at north Toronto’s Shark City in the late 1990s after working in Ontario’s Muskoka region, as well as in Italy and France. “I was tired, and a little embarrassed, of being the chef who didn’t eat anything, so I started with this pretty salad,” recalls Lepine in his book. “The mozzarella was mild, the tomatoes were small and firm, a variety called Roma, and I even liked the basil. I guess you’d call it an epiphany that night at Shark City. After that, I tried everything, one dish after another, with an insatiable appetite. For the first time in my life, I was hungry.” Atelier tells the story of the work and play of the 45-seat restaurant of the same name, which serves a 12-course tasting menu every night. It shares its philosophy, methods and some of the staff ’s favourite dishes, showcasing the restaurant’s innovative expression through food. The book is divided into three sections: “Origins,” “Vision” and “Inventions,” the last of which features four seasonal menus. Most clearly, the book communicates the joy and passion Lepine has for food and cooking. “I encourage you to explore your creativity by challenging your boundaries,” writes Lepine in his introduction. “I hope this book gives you the tools and confidence to be playful with your own cooking.” www.atelierrestaurant.ca

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HOUSE OF CHAMPAGNE

Taking the Time MARGARETH to Make the Great HENRIQUEZ: Taste of Wine As president and CEO of Krug Champagne and president of the Estates & Wines division of Moët Hennessy, Margareth Henriquez has found her own keys to success in this competitive industry

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f the five basic senses, taste is perhaps the purest. The tongue perceives flavour without filters or distractions. And yet, at the same time, taste is highly personal, a reflection of one’s interest, experience and appreciation. For this reason, the wine and spirits industry is one of the most challenging, but it can also be one of the most satisfying. No one knows this better than Margareth Henriquez, president and CEO of Krug Champagne and president of the Estates & Wines division of Moët Hennessy. As the head of these two global brands, Henriquez is one of the most respected executives in the

industry and the definition of a success story. With a father in the wine and spirits business, the president and small shareholder of a wine and spirits distribution company in Venezuela, Henriquez was exposed to the industry at an early age, but she began her own career as a systems engineer, developing an interest in marketing approximately eight years into her career. In the 1980s, her then employer allowed her to enter the marketing side of the business, albeit without salary or title until she showed her capabilities; she had no background or experience in this area. There, with her innate sense of business strategy, she flourished. Henriquez’s renowned career has been made

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Founded in 1843, the House of Krug remains one of the world leaders in the champagne industry to this day

by developing and executing the right strategies at the right time for long-term success. There have been many challenges. “When I arrived at the House of Krug in France at age 53 in 2009, the house was going through a very difficult time,” recalls Henriquez. “And in my first year, my results were bad because I had underestimated the problems. I realized I had to reconnect the house with its roots to reclaim our energy, so we started that journey − which has had very positive results.” Henriquez’s modesty belies the fact that the House of Krug is now acknowledged as one of the world leaders of the champagne industry. It is the sole house that has created only prestige

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With her innate business strategy, Henriquez helped revitalize the House of Krug when she joined the company in 2009

champagnes since its founding in 1843. The taste it delivers is revered around the world and distinct from all the rest. Recently, Henriquez was named president of Moët Hennessy’s Estates & Wines, an original collection of wine estates marked by the diversity of their origins, terroirs and people. In the wine business, terroir is a combination of soil, subsoil, vine, variety of grape, climate, exposure, geographical location and human factors − all components that affect the taste of the wine produced there. Estates & Wines counts seven estates in four continents, spanning both hemispheres. “We travel extensively to every region and every vineyard to do our required research,” Henriquez says, explaining how Estates & Wines’s philosophy has made all the difference in its craftsmanship and, ultimately, its distinct tastes. “We must know every region intimately, we must be familiar with every terroir and work with every grower in maximizing the potential of their terroir. Ours is the story of pioneering around the world and translating the terroir into great wine. We use this pioneering spirit in every region we operate in.” In her time in the industry, Henriquez has accomplished many firsts by being open to a wide variety of different tastes. This has not only led to success, but it’s also a good life lesson. “There are people who know what their vocation in life will be, and then there are those like me, who did not,” says Henriquez. “But the secret is to be open to life, not worry, and be attentive, with your eyes and ears open, because life will tell you where to move and how to move.” www.krug.com www.estates-and-wines.com

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“BUT THE SECRET IS TO BE OPEN TO LIFE, NOT WORRY, AND BE ATTENTIVE, WITH YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN”

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SUCCESS STORY

QUEEN OF HEARTS

More than six decades have passed since Sophia Loren first lent her talents to the blossoming film industry. Now, she remains a lone survivor, the last precious piece of a priceless congregation that was the Golden Age of Hollywood

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it on the silver screen, bedecked in the trappings of moviegoing glamour and the bright lights of cinematic history or on the red carpets of premières and industry events, there are few more wondrous sights than the Hollywood actress. They have etched themselves into the fabric of film history: Kelly, Hepburn, Monroe, Deneuve, Lake — their names forming a pantheon of poise, grace and beauty that has withstood generations. Many of these women have passed into history, but one still remains: as headstrong and unattainable as ever, like a russet-plumaged exotic bird, the mere glimpse of which sends pulses racing. With her warm and exuberant Italian mannerisms, old-school glamour and occasional devastating sensuality, Sophia Loren sweeps into places safe in the knowledge that she is destined to be the centre of attention wherever she goes. “It’s been wonderful, extraordinary in every sense,” the European darling of Hollywood’s Golden Age breathes on the subject of her rich and varied career. “I always saw things positively, and I have not stopped thinking that way,” she says. “When you have accomplished certain things and reached levels you could never even dream of, it is very difficult to judge who you have become and what you have experienced. Today, I can say that I am aware of having lived a very full life and lived very intensely. I don’t think I could have lived with any more passion than I have.” Of course, Loren — born Sofia Villani Scicolone in the Clinica Regina Margherita, Rome — has to her name a list of accomplishments that would put any modern actress in the shade (and one suspects that would be most pleasing to this joie de vivre– filled film icon).

“TODAY, I CAN SAY THAT I AM AWARE OF HAVING LIVED A VERY FULL LIFE AND LIVED VERY INTENSELY. I DON’T THINK I COULD HAVE LIVED WITH ANY MORE PASSION THAN I HAVE” But the origins of her journey into Hollywood lore were a far cry from the glamour she would come to be associated with. Life as the daughter of unmarried parents in staunchly conservative Catholic Italy, at the height of Benito Mussolini’s fascist powers, was uncompromising and often brutal. Her family was poor, though the young Loren was for the most part shielded from the harsh realities of poverty. “When I was a little girl, we used to eat la panzella, and that translates as ‘the food of the poor people,’” she reminisces. “It’s very basic: stale bread, which you soak in cold water, then you drizzle it with olive oil and top it up with

tomatoes, onions and fresh basil. No one ever made it better than my grandmother. When she made it, it meant that there was no money in the house, but as a child, I did not know that. In my innocence, I wished that the hard times would come more often, so that I could always eat it.” It wasn’t until Loren was 16 years old that the first glimpses of the undeniable star power that would have directors — not to mention a wide selection of leading men — clamouring to see her on film became apparent. “My mother entered me in a local beauty contest,” she nods. “I was only 14, and I came second. And I got the equivalent of 15 pounds, and for some reason, a roll of wallpaper. The money paid for the fare to Rome, where the film industry was just recovering after the war; I’d wanted to be an actress since I was 10 years old. I have no idea what happened to the wallpaper.” It was in Rome that the seeds of Loren’s potential on film were planted. A role as an extra in the 1951 epic Quo Vadis followed before she was first spotted by producer Carlo Ponti — a man who would go on to have a bigger influence on Loren than anyone else during her life and career. It was Ponti who arranged for her a series of small parts in low-budget Italian productions, the first rungs on a ladder that moved from Aida (1953) to The Gold of Naples (1954), and finally to America and the City of Angels, to star in The Pride and the Passion alongside Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. It would be her compatriot, Ponti, and the established movie star Grant who would go on to spar for the young actress’s affections throughout the 1950s. Cast in a modern light, such a love triangle now seems unthinkable: Loren was in her early 20s, whereas Ponti was 20 years older, and Grant, older still. The latter had begun an affair

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with Loren during the filming of The Pride and the Passion, despite his still being married and her having a relationship with Ponti. Things came to a well-publicized head — as romantic entanglements in Hollywood are wont to do — a year later on the set of a second Loren-Grant collaboration, Houseboat. “That was a strange time in my life,” she sighs. “Cary Grant was in love with me and wanted me to marry him, but that would have meant my leaving Carlo Ponti and creating a huge scandal. The American press had been very cruel to Ingrid Bergman when she left her husband, and I was terribly afraid of what the reaction would have been if I had left Italy.” Her hazelnut eyes, wide and wistful, cloud with memories of Grant, the suave centrepiece of classic Hollywood who was wed five times and had innumerable relationships. “He was a wonderful man,” she says. “The most elegant and charming man I have ever met. Stunningly handsome. The kind of man who stopped your breath when he walked into a room. He also moved like a dancer, like he was dancing on air. He had a great sense of style when it came to how he dressed and how he behaved in social gatherings. He was also very romantic — someone who would send you hundreds of flowers at a time.” For all of Grant’s charms, however, there was little he could do to separate Loren from Carlo Ponti, such was the enchanting nature of their quintessentially passionate continental love affair. “It was love at first sight for both of us,” she says of Ponti, with a tinge of sadness exposing the sheer depth of her emotion for the man, who passed in 2007 at the age of 94. “We met at a beauty contest in Rome when I was 16. And [from] where he was on the jury, he saw me sitting at a table with friends and he sent me a note, asking me to join the contest. I did and I finished second, but the most important thing was that this was how we started to see each other, at first in a very friendly way and then it only became serious when I was 19,” she says. “I still miss my husband very much, but he’s always with me. I still speak to him. When I’m with my family, we look at his empty chair and we almost expect him to arrive at any moment. Writing my autobiography was a way of keeping my love for him intact. There’s a picture I included in the book, which is from 1954, and which shows Carlo stroking my hair. It’s more revealing of our love than a thousand words.” To hear Loren speak now so candidly about her relationships with men two or three decades her senior, it is hard not to be mindful of the current sea changes sweeping Hollywood and wider society in terms of female empowerment and equality. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandals and the #MeToo and #TimesUp social media movements, it’s almost impossible to conceive of

a similar situation with an up-and-coming actress. That being said, Loren’s 41-year-long marriage to Ponti exemplifies how lasting affection can be borne out of potentially eyebrow-raising circumstances. Loren, too, hopes that comparisons between her life in Hollywood’s Golden Age and today can be seen for what they are: anachronistic aspersions that in many ways remove the autonomy from trail-blazing young women such as her. “I was lucky in that I always had good people there to look after me and protect me when I began to work in the cinema,” she explains. “But I was also fortunate in becoming successful in the

“THERE’S A PICTURE I INCLUDED IN THE BOOK, WHICH IS FROM 1954, AND WHICH SHOWS CARLO STROKING MY HAIR. IT’S MORE REVEALING OF OUR LOVE THAN A THOUSAND WORDS” ’50s when beauty had a different meaning than it has today. There was a wonderful sense of glamour about being an actress, and it wasn’t so commercialized and cheapened the way it often is today,” says Loren. “Now there are so many beautiful young girls trying to become actresses, and there are many people trying to take advantage of them. Today, every young actress, and even models, are becoming famous so soon that they have no time to develop their own personalities and character. They have no life anymore other than their fame, and that’s very dangerous.” That’s not to say, of course, that Loren is anything other than proud of the greater responsibility women are taking upon themselves to change the myriad injustices in the entertainment industry that have remained hidden behind bright lights and movie posters for far too long. “I am happy that women are taking themselves more seriously; no one should be taken advantage

of,” she declares with more than a little hint of that intrinsic Italian intensity. “I never let that happen to me. I have never found myself in a similar situation to what other actresses have been revealing. Never. Perhaps because I had my mother next to me, who taught me so many things. I could never have allowed myself to be in such a situation, and if it had happened, I would have fled. I understand it, but the solution is there: go away — run.” Caught up within this ongoing conversation on power dynamics and greater equality, however, is a conceptual cornerstone of the film industry: beauty. Loren, widely considered one of the most stunning women to have walked the Earth, understands that her natural features paved the way from the runways of Italian beauty contests to the screens of American theatres: “I am so blessed,” she smiles. “I never get tired of it. But was it ever a burden? Only when that is all a person sees in you.” “Beauty has been with us forever,” she continues. “It’s a concept the Greeks and Romans wrote so much philosophy about. It’s an ideal, but there is too much pressure to live up to certain images of what women should look like. There is so much pressure to be very thin, which is unhealthy for young girls. The fashion magazines have created this thin body culture which has gone too far and very, very few women can ever live up to this,” she notes. “So I think beauty can be a gift as well as a burden. There is always pressure to look your best, and you can get tired of that. I love dressing up and going out, but sometimes you realize that it’s not easy to just walk down the street and buy a loaf of bread. In a way, if you’re an actor, you feel a responsibility to your public, to the illusion that the cinema has created. You have to be polite, you have to maintain an elegance, you have to be true to that persona the public trusts. I want to show as much respect to the public as the public has shown to me during my career.” Beauty isn’t the only ideal upon which Loren can cast an experienced opinion. At 84, she is without doubt one of the last living vestiges of a sepia-tinted vision of classic cinema, and as such has held an important position on a veritable throne of acting acclaim to oversee the shifting sands and changes wrought upon the industry in the 66 years since her original starring role. “In a way, I’m glad that my career began in the ’50s. There was a lot less pressure then; we weren’t so age-obsessed,” notes Loren. “I would rather stay young, but since that’s impossible, I try not to think about it! Aging is a natural process, and I still feel good about who I am and how I look. You have to accept your age. After all, everybody grows older — I’m not the only one. I don’t fight it. The only thing I’m glad about is that everybody else is getting older also. That’s why I don’t believe in this American

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image of having all these facelifts and implants, and doing so many artificial things to change your appearance. I don’t understand why women want to inject things to make their lips look so fat. It doesn’t look natural at all. But in the acting business, youth is very important, especially now, so there is tremendous pressure on every actress to look as young as possible, and it’s very difficult. I can understand that.” In many ways, Loren has been phenomenally lucky to be in the position of casting a skeptical eye over the current trend for cosmetic surgery. Her exquisite natural features — “The genes my mother gave me” — are no doubt a large part of that, but she even goes so far as to reveal her secret to having supped at the fountain of eternal youth, the chocolate orbs of her eyes lively and conspiratorial. “I owe everything to spaghetti, not surgery,” she cries with a hearty, throaty laugh bubbling up. “I love simple food, which is something that the Italians do so well. I eat pasta every day. I am lucky enough today to be able to afford caviar, but give me pasta every time,” she exclaims. “I’m also in better health than I was a few years ago, so things are good,” she continues. “I feel that I have opened the door to serenity in the last 10 or 20 years. I found new things to do in life away from the movies, and it was very interesting, very fulfilling.” In 2016, Loren returned to the screen for an in-depth interview, televised in front of a live audience at the TCM Classic Film Festival — her way of “going back to my love of the cinema.” The hour-long special alighted on the greatest hits of her career, including her 1962 Academy Award win for a mesmerizing performance as widowed shopkeeper Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women. Alongside this, the show balked with its own tradition in inviting a notable host to this occasion only: Edoardo Ponti, filmmaker, director and the second son of Loren and Carlo Ponti Sr. From Loren’s cameo in sword-and-sandals romance Quo

“AGING IS A NATURAL PROCESS, AND I STILL FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHO I AM AND HOW I LOOK. YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT YOUR AGE. AFTER ALL, EVERYBODY GROWS OLDER” Vadis, to Edoardo’s continuing career, family runs like a vein of precious silver through the bedrock of Italian-American cinematic tradition. “I give so much credit to my mother, who worked very hard to help me have a career,” she enthuses. “We were so poor that hope is the only thing that kept us going — hope and love and my mother wanting me to have a better life than she had. That’s why family is so important to me. It is hard for me to understand why so many families break down, and why there is so much hate between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons,” says Loren. “Of course, it is difficult to be a parent and for children to come into their own and not feel conflicts with their parents. But somehow you have to find a way to live together and respect each other. We have to work harder to keep the

sense of the family and the spirit of what a family means. I think that’s the key to raising children who have a healthy and positive view of life. Family is everything.” In spite of her continued lineage in the arts — as well as Edoardo, her eldest son, Carlo Ponti Jr., is a successful orchestra conductor — Loren is enjoying her retirement in a sprawling residence in Switzerland immensely. While many silver-screen stars find it hard to step away from America, this particular icon revels in her individual indifference to the vagaries of contemporary Hollywood. “I never felt a part of Hollywood; I had no roots there,” she explains. “I always felt like a stranger there because the American mentality is so different from the Italian or European way of life. It would have been different if I hadn’t already made a career in Italy, if I had started out as an actress in Los Angeles and become more familiar with the way the system worked,” she notes. “Now I live near Geneva, [Switzerland,] but I still adore my country. I drive up into the mountains every weekend just to look at Italy there before me; it is a very special country, very romantic, where people respect each other and where they value family life. Ask any Italian why a weekend family lunch lasts for half the day, and you will always get the same reply: ‘Where else can you get such good company and such great food?’” With another hearty, healthy laugh she smiles that great wide-eyed smile that has long since stolen the hearts of far greater men than most, a small testament to the rare, intoxicating magnetism that will forever be her legacy. “Take risks — make sacrifices,” she offers as a final thought. “Life is never easy. There’s no magic wand to wave. But a legend is not a reality, it’s a myth, it’s something that you cannot touch. I have both my feet firmly on the ground. I like solid things. I’m not a legend. I’m a peasant girl at heart.”

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Bellina, a dramatic ballerina ballgown in blush and ivory, features carefully placed embroidered embellishments to highlight the bride’s natural beauty

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until today that first love of mine is my husband, and our hearts are still pounding every time we see each other as if it were the first time we met all over again. He is my support system and my better half and that’s the biggest love story I can ask for.

Q. Define living la dolce vita, the good life. A. I believe that living the good life is to always make sure to be surrounded by positivity, strength, happiness and health.

Q. What keeps you motivated to do what you do? A. My family is my No. 1 motivation, they empower me to become a strong woman and to share my strength and inspirations with the world.

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Q. What love story is one that you hold dear? A. I fell in love for the first time as a teenager and


With ornate balloon sleeves, Camilla, an off-the-shoulder trumpet dress, offers a fine balance between beauty and grace with a corsetted top, sheer panels on the sides and a sheer back with 3D embroidered silk tulle

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The new boutique, located at 19 rue Cambon, was created by fusing three buildings and restoring them, creating a store befitting the CHANEL name

AT 19 RUE CAMBON

The revered fashion house CHANEL has opened its newest luxury boutique on the street where it all began WRITTEN BY VICTORIA SCOTT

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aris has been CHANEL’s epicentre since the company’s foundation in the early 1900s, making its home on rue Cambon. This year, the luxury fashion house has solidified its place on the legendary street with the address of its second boutique, 19 rue Cambon. It all began in 1918, when Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel purchased a seemingly innocent four-storey

building, 31 rue Cambon. What was originally a townhouse became so much more once Chanel moved in. With her art deco style and the addition of a fifth floor, thanks to architect Louis FaureDujarric, the space was transformed. The ground floor became the boutique, the first floor housed the haute couture salons, Mademoiselle Chanel’s private apartment took up the second floor, the studio was on the third floor and the fourth floor

housed the haute couture ateliers. As time went on, CHANEL took over other addresses along the same street, including numbers 23, 25, 27 and 29. This long and dynamic history with rue Cambon made it the ideal choice for the location of CHANEL’s next boutique. The new boutique, designed by New York– based architect Peter Marino, was a lengthy but worthwhile process, with construction spanning nearly three years. The development of this boutique involved the restoration and transformation of three historical buildings, resulting in one space spanning 1,500 square metres. Making up the new boutique is the main building on rue Saint-Honoré, an 18th-century listed building, which has been joined with a former 17th-century convent and a 19th-century building on rue Duphot. Throughout the space, design elements have been used to tie in to the Parisian spirit and pay tribute to the history of the luxury brand. Colours in the space include white and three shades of beige, along with black, gold and metallic notes, which are accentuated by the natural light that bathes the space. In addition, various materials throughout the space, including khaki woodwork, limestone and a combination of carpets, solidify the luxurious yet simple theme that embodies the brand and its boutiques. This new space has been dedicated to showcasing the entirety of what CHANEL has to offer, everything from Ready-to-Wear to accessories, watches, fine jewelry, perfume and beauty. The ground floor displays the shoe, leather goods and accessory collections, as well as a vast array of beauty products, showcasing perfumes, makeup and skin care, each displayed in an innovative manner to reflect the history of CHANEL. Moving up through the boutique provides a more intimate experience, with the second floor housing bags, small leather goods, costume jewelry and a selection of other accessories. The Ready-toWear collection can be found on the second floor, displayed throughout the three rooms that make up the space. On this floor, the Cruise, Métiers d’Art, Coco Neige and Coco Beach collections are displayed selectively throughout the seasons. Along with that, the final 500-square-metre space of the third and fourth levels is reserved for reception rooms. The newest CHANEL boutique has also stayed true to Gabrielle Chanel’s love of art. In the original boutique, she displayed many pieces of contemporary and historical art, many of which were created by her close friends, an A-list of artists who included the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Luchino Visconti. This was an important element to bring forth into the new

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Reflecting the design of the original boutique at 31 rue Cambon, the new boutique spans five floors and displays the entirety of the CHANEL universe, with products from every facet of production available for guests

boutique, while ensuring it blends seamlessly into the dĂŠcor. As such, Marino selected 28 pieces by 20 different artists to include inside 19 rue Cambon. One of the most notable pieces within the boutique is GroĂ&#x;e Treppe (Great Staircase) by Gregor Hildebrandt, which was specially commissioned and reaches nearly 14 metres tall. Visible on four floors, it is constructed of cut vinyl records, steel and fabric, replicating a mobile perpetually in motion. Other notable pieces include a bronze sculpture covered with gold leaf, Odore di FemminaTorso Plugs by Johan Creten, which can be found on the first floor, and the piece by Jerszy Seymour, Love and Hate, which is a pair of Murano glass vases representing a tribute to the black-and-white duo CHANEL is recognized for. www.chanel.com @chanelofficial

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REAL ESTATE Baghai’s newest development, Leaside Manor, located at 3 Southvale Dr., is comprised of two bedroom, two bedroom + den, three bedroom, and three bedroom + den suites

SHANE BAGHAI:

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With a prolific resumé of projects and the development of Leaside Manor, Shane Baghai has maintained his dominant role in the development industry and has no plans to slow down WRITTEN BY VICTORIA SCOTT

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ince immigrating to Canada in 1973, Shane Baghai has created a development empire for himself, touching nearly every community within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Following the first property he developed in North York, Ont., he has met with unparalleled success, whether it’s 35,000-square-foot homes on the Bridle Path or the condominiums and townhouses he has come to master. Although Baghai still develops larger custom homes for clients, he believes “that the future of larger custom homes is more toward north of Toronto, places such as Caledon, Erin [and] Orangeville” due to the amount of land available in those areas. As such, the large majority of his business has evolved over time and is now centred on the development of luxury condominiums. Baghai first got involved with this side of the development world in the 1980s, when he realized many individuals were beginning to downsize. In his own experience, he came across an interesting psychological phenomenon that comes with downsizing. “People who downsize were reluctant in doing so, because they didn’t want their neighbours, their relatives, their friends to think that they can’t afford their home anymore. So, I thought that living in a condominium was not really downsizing as [much as it was] a change in lifestyle,” he says. With that in mind, Baghai went to work creating the calibre of homes he was used to, just in a smaller package. He has perfected his recipe for success over time with each new development: the use of high-quality products while breaking the barriers on efficiency, two of his notable characteristics. One of the most memorable luxury condominiums he’s developed is the Watergarden, created in partnership with architect Arthur Erickson. Located in Toronto, the 40-unit building, which includes multiple elevators and terraces, was an avant-garde project. “If you were passing by, the aerial view of this building was quite spectacular; it still is. It basically spreads, it terraces down into the trees, because Arthur Erickson always wanted to blend his structures within nature. He was a master, and I still believe he was one of the top, top, top architects the world ever had.” An additional reason Baghai has had such steady success is that not only does he exceed expectation with his projects, but also he is constantly developing projects that will work for anyone’s lifestyle. An ideal example of that is the trio of developments located at Yonge Street and Highway 401. Recognized as the Shane Baghai Luxury Affordables, this site is comprised of three separate projects with three different concepts. The first includes 611 units in two 30-storey buildings, with one and two bedrooms. The

second is comprised solely of two-storey lofts, and the third, which he calls “Pied A Terre,” is a building with studios. With each new project that Baghai undertakes, he analyzes previous projects to understand the evolution needed for each new development and what alterations should be made to remain current and state-of-the-art. “So, what happens when you look at your latest building and then you realize that certain things changed or certain things evolve [is that the] next time around, when

“I WAS VERY GOOD AT LISTENING TO MY CUSTOMERS AND VERY GOOD AT ASSESSING THEIR NEEDS, AND I ALWAYS WANTED TO EXCEL AND GIVE THEM MORE THAN WHAT THEY EXPECTED”

you’re sitting with your consultants, architects, engineers and designers, you talk about things such as what else can we do [that’s] new and exciting, what can we do that would set us aside from the crowd, from the other builders, from the other operators,” he says. “The most important thing that a builder/constructor has to understand and I’ve understood is, you have to surround yourself with talented consultants, and you have to always explore new things that become available.” His innovation and introspection remain to this day and are evident with his newest development, Leaside Manor in Toronto. Located at 3 Southvale Dr., this boutique-style condo building is comprised of 38 units ranging in size from 950 square feet to 2,000-plus square feet, comprised of two bedroom, two bedroom + den, three bedroom, and three bedroom + den suites. Each of these units has high ceilings, private terraces equipped with a barbecue and

high-quality interior finishes, as well as the features for which Baghai is renowned. These include energy-efficient appliances and LED lighting. This development is also state-ofthe-art, with remote door locks for each unit and an electronic concierge. “The monitoring station is constantly watching the building, and you can have a two-way conversation with the monitoring station when somebody comes and rings the bell, [but] there is no concierge inside the building,” he says. This paired with factors such as individual metering is part of what makes the monthly maintenance cost so low and affordable. In fact, upon analyzing the purchasing costs and additional costs people were often faced with when purchasing a home or condo, Baghai chose to offer a one-price deal, complete with bonuses such as a parking spot and an Internet connection, among others. The building itself was also designed such that it comes equipped with EV parking ready for residents with electric cars. The keys behind all his success and accolades are also Baghai’s main motivation — the happiness and satisfaction of his clients. He has made it his mission to create buildings that not only he can be proud of, but also that his residents will be proud to live in for years to come. “My focus [is] on quality, workmanship, durability and most importantly [on creating] value for the customers, so that they won’t make the wrong investment. So that value came with what I called ‘embodied value.’ The money that they were spending was really embodied in the house or the condo that they purchased,” he says. “I think what really made me successful in the construction industry, starting from custom homes, was that I was very good at listening to my customers and very good at assessing their needs, and I always wanted to excel and give them more than what they expected.” The business has also become a family affair, with Baghai’s daughter Sharon joining him. Handling many facets of the business, including financing, public relations and human relations, Sharon has become an invaluable member of the team. She brings youth and a new perspective to the business, all while reflecting the lessons she’s learned from her father. “I think Sharon has understood the value of cherishing our labour force and our trades and our workers and crafts[people], as I always did,” he says. “[She] is a hope for the future of the company if I’m not around anymore.” But don’t let that mislead you. Baghai has no intentions of taking a step back or slowing down anytime soon. “Don’t ever expect me to retire,” he says. “I hope that when I die, I still have a project ongoing.” Exactly the sentiment we expect from one of the development world’s biggest and brightest. www.shanebaghai.ca leasidemanorscondos.ca

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ARCHITECTURE

Orenstein fuses the worlds of architecture, design, engineering and art in her work life and in her free time, pushing each and every boundary she encounters

TEL AVIV’S

PRESTIGIOUS PENTHOUSE

World-renowned architect Irma Orenstein unveils her newest project, Sylvan Adams’s penthouse in Tel Aviv WRITTEN BY VICTORIA SCOTT

tailor-made for an individual as accomplished as Adams. Q. With complete creative freedom, how did you go about designing this space? A. The penthouse is located on Tel Aviv’s coastline, overlooking the beach out to the Mediterranean Sea. It was very important for me to insert the environmental elements into the house and still maintain a high level of design. The concept of the apartment included elements of reflections that brought the landscape, which the client loves so much, into the house. Once I realized that [Sylvan] Adams liked the design and was willing to take a new path with me, the freedom of planning was more demanding

and challenging. Everything I showed him in the presentation he had to imagine. Since everything in the house was bespoke, it was a tremendous commitment to bring the most accurate and quality items. It is an honour and a privilege that many people do not get. All the references in the house, the concept, were in the artistic sense of what I call “ARTchitecture.” Q. In what ways did you infuse the wishes or the personality of the owner of the space into what you’re designing? A. When I met Sylvan, he emphasized a few things to me. First of all, as a cycling enthusiast and owner of the Israel Cycling Academy, he wanted to build a gym in his home for bike rides

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stablishing the Irma Orenstein Architecture & Interior Design Studio in 2002, Irma Orenstein has been guiding her clients through the design and architectural process for nearly two decades. Working on a diverse array of projects, including apartments, luxury buildings and a selection of contemporary commercial projects, she has attained an original viewpoint through which she can adapt and evolve her style and designs to fit each client personally. One of her most recent projects was a penthouse in Tel Aviv, Israel, which owner Sylvan Adams brought her in to work on. With her uncompromising drive and attention to detail, Orenstein was able to create design excellence


“THE CONCEPT OF THE APARTMENT INCLUDED ELEMENTS OF REFLECTIONS THAT BROUGHT THE LANDSCAPE, WHICH THE CLIENT LOVES SO MUCH, INTO THE HOUSE” with the latest equipment. The gym involved a lot of engineering and thought about the smallest details in the design. The spa next to the gym is a refuge for the body and the spirit, a harmonious atmosphere that fosters the quest for balance [and] offers all the rituals of contemporary wellness in a setting at once sumptuous and elegant. [It] contains a treatment area, bathrooms and an ice bath. Besides that, Adams asked me for one thing — a wooden floor. I wanted a marble floor with a reflection that would bring lots of light into the home and reflect the view. After Adams expressed his desire for a wooden floor, I tried to find a floor with the same qualities of marble that would still work well with the design concept. When I could not find such a product, I developed the floor especially for him in co-operation with the Italian company Listone Giordano. I developed a new type of wooden floor, the Pearl Collection parquet flooring (now available through Listone Giordano Natural Genius range) that captures the texture of the soft sand and the movement of the sand sculpted by the winds. It grasps the colours of pearls and the toning of the sun’s rays, playing between the folds of the sand. The new texture of wood that I created reflects the shining sparks and mimics [the play] of light as if it were a living structure. Another request was for a ping-pong table on the balcony. Here, I specifically designed a pingpong table that would also serve as a dining table. This was built entirely of glass, so as to not obstruct the landscape and to reflect its surroundings. From there, we continued designing and manufacturing items for the home, resulting in something completely bespoke and specific to Adams.

Orenstein has been working in this industry for nearly 20 years, amassing unparalleled levels of experience

The majority of the features within this penthouse were used to represent the environment of Tel Aviv that surrounds this project. Located on the coastline looking out over the Mediterranean Sea, Orenstein chose to reflect the diverse environmental elements within the house. Creating the array of bespoke pieces to display this within the house required trust between Adams and Orenstein, and it resulted in a striking and innovative space

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One of the eye-catching features of this penthouse is the ping-pong table, designed by Orenstein. It is built entirely of glass and also serves as a dining table

Q. What is one thing that every house should have to make it comfortable? A. Planning the apartment is what I think is most important in order to feel comfortable in a space. Once the client says their program according to their needs, my role as a designer is to translate them in the best possible way, to provide the maximum level of comfort to them. Q. Did you always know that you wanted to work in this field? A. I spent my early childhood in Georgia. And [at] the house I grew up in, education was rigid,

“DESIGN STARTS WITH A STORY, A DREAM THAT CHALLENGES ME TO BREAK THE BOUNDARIES OF MYSELF FROM PROJECT TO PROJECT” in accordance with Russian culture, but I was always drawn to painting, fashion and jewelry. My father is an engineer, and my mother [is] a doctor, so it was very important to them that I study engineering. Because of my great love of art, I decided to study architecture, which combines engineering and art, and today I can say that my architecture is both. Q. What do you love most about your job? A. I love the challenges in every project. I like to

stretch my limits, to reach new places, to learn and to achieve the impossible for the client. Design starts with a story, a dream that challenges me to break the boundaries of myself from project to project. People feel the prestige in every project I do, and I believe in investment and thought in every detail. One of the things that makes me unique is the design tailored to each client individually and uniquely. Behind each project stands a whole team in Israel and abroad, [and] together we sew the design dream for the individual client, which requires a lot of hard work. I constantly strive to realize each client’s dream, to redefine prestige through new challenges and continue my exploration in rare materials and innovative technologies. Q. What do you enjoy doing with your time when you aren’t working? A. In my spare time, I am engaged in art. The world of architecture, design, art and engineering — worlds that once seemed so far apart — today combine. Architecture showed me the way back to the art I learned as a child, to the sculpture, the stained glass and the painting. Blending my love of art and architecture leads me to play with the limits of materials, to create innovation through design, but ultimately [it] fuses my personal and work time together. www.irmaorenstein.com @irma_orenstein

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Q. Did you face any challenges while you were working on this penthouse? A. There were many challenges along the way. Because of the bespoke nature of the penthouse, we worked with many different suppliers and artisans. But without [a] doubt, the staircase was the most challenging. First, [it was because of ] the design and working with the right company to help secure my vision, [and] second, [it was because of ] the logistics. Weighing six tonnes in total [and made of 220 layers of polished glass], we reinforced the floor and the wall to support the structure. Then, bringing the stairs to Israel was a complex story, and to get the stairs into the penthouse, we closed a main street in Tel Aviv to move [them] with a special crane. The result, however, is worth it.


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Rami Malek attained a goal many actors strive for at the 2019 Oscars, winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody

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fter capturing the Best Actor Oscar for his mesmerizing performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek experienced emotions ranging from profound gratitude to astonishment. Having struggled earlier in his 20s to pay off his student loans, momentarily trading dreams of a Hollywood career for delivering pizzas and preparing falafel sandwiches at fast-food restaurants in Los Angeles, Malek, the American son of Egyptian immigrants, is now reaping the rewards for his determination and self-belief. There may have been some in the industry who were equally astonished by Malek’s Oscar win. He was in a crowded field of undeniable acting heavyweights, after all, from the multifaceted Viggo Mortensen to the all-

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in Mr. Robot a half-decade later, playing Elliot, a morphine-addicted cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker. Though it had been a long road to Mr. Robot, Malek showed his untapped potential for great things when trusted with a leading role: he won an Emmy for the role in 2016, and he is currently completing work on season 4 of the acclaimed series. “Everything has been such a slow burn for me in terms of the work I’ve been doing,” he nods. “I performed in my first play when I was 14, and my first paid acting job came when I was 22. It’s been mainly a long, slow grind to get to where I am now. I think if I were going to lose my sense of balance and get caught up in my success, it would have already happened by now,” says Malek. “I still have very strong memories of stuffing envelopes with my headshot and resumé, and delivering them everywhere in Hollywood. It was a lot of little steps to get here; even when I landed the Mr. Robot role, I was still so thankful that I had succeeded in becoming a working actor. Getting to where I am now, it feels like the most incredible achievement. I still pinch myself thinking about being here.” It’s interesting that, given Malek’s own introverted tendencies and frank admissions about coming to terms with his current success, the star would finally realize his dream playing one of show business’s most legendary extroverted characters: Freddie Mercury. The production of Bohemian Rhapsody got off to a rocky start, with comic mastermind Sacha Baron Cohen slated to take the lead role before abruptly leaving over “creative differences” with producers and Mercury’s former bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May. In Malek, May and Taylor found a steady hand to guide the biopic, and in Mercury Malek found the perfect vessel to give the performance of his life on-screen. e spent several months working with dialect, dance and singing coaches in order to transform himself into the beloved rock idol who died of AIDS in 1991. He wasn’t quite ready to belt out the songs himself — “no one would want to hear me sing,” quips Malek — with Quebec singer Marc Martel contributing vocals, instead, alongside original tracks from Mercury. But their sonic differences aside, Malek found much in the late music icon with which he could empathize. “I identified with Freddie Mercury because, like him, I come from an immigrant family, and at home my parents spoke Arabic,” he explains. “Just as Freddie had trouble figuring out his identity and sense of place [in] his world, I also struggled with my own identity issues,” confirms Malek. “There is something very particular about being a first-generation American or a firstgeneration Englishman, in the case of Freddie.

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singing, all-Glastonbury Festival–playing Bradley Cooper and even Christian Bale himself, who many pinned as the award’s rightful spot for his captivating, chameleonic turn as Dick Cheney in Vice. Befitting of his left-field status in the race for the Oscar, Malek still admits even now, having seen off all-comers to that golden statuette, that he carries a fair amount of trepidation over the consequences such a famous success can bring. “There are aspects of it that will take some getting used to that I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to,” the 37-year-old says. “I appreciate a certain sense of solitude and anonymity that I’m going to try my darndest to hang on to. This will probably make it a little more difficult.” That desire for privacy may well get harder to implement, given both Malek’s new-found standing in the pantheon of acting greats, as well as his brand-new Hollywood relationship with Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton. It wasn’t until early January, after months of tabloid speculation, that Malek openly acknowledged the pair’s relationship with a heartfelt comment at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award. “Thank you, Lucy Boynton,” he said. “You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much.” uch earnestness is typical of Malek, and he is equally forthright in his appraisal of what challenges an Oscar win could bring to his long-honed technique, especially in an era where greater recognizability on-screen more often than not leads to copious snapshots and selfies with fans on the street. “I think my only real worry is that I might lose some of the darker and lonely sides of the kind of life I’ve been used to,” he admits. “When I work, I throw myself into the process in a deep way, and I tend to cut myself off from the rest of the world. I deliberately isolate myself, and I want to be careful not to lose that feeling because a lot of that gets incorporated into my work.” That being said, there’s something in the manner of this slightly built star that hints at an inner steeliness and a wilfulness to do things his own way in spite of the glitz and glamour of the industry. This could be a product of his career so far, where the relative earliness of his ascent to the summit of awards season lies in direct contradiction to the lengthy nature of his attempts at securing high-profile roles. orn and raised in Los Angeles, Malek went on to graduate from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a theatre degree in 2003. He then returned to his home city, but he struggled to land anything other than minor roles. His first part came in an episode of hit mother-daughter sitcom Gilmore Girls in 2004. After playing in several episodes of 24 and The Pacific TV miniseries in 2010, his big break came when he was cast as the lead


Part of Malek’s connection to Mercury lay in the fact that both men were children of immigrants who defied their parents’ expectations, choosing a career in the arts

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While preparing for this role, which was originally going to be played by Sacha Baron Cohen, Malek recalls watching a few thousand hours’ worth of Queen performances and reading as many articles and books as he possibly could in order to truly capture the figure that was Freddie Mercury in his performance

It’s a situation where your parents have left their homeland in search of a better life for their children, and naturally, they want you to lead steady lives and have a stable income as doctors or lawyers. That was my way of understanding Freddie because we both defied our parents by becoming artists, and I think the producers appreciated that quality about me.” Indeed, the combination of Taylor, May and the film’s cinema backing felt Malek was such a good fit for the part that “they were basically telling me at our first meeting that the role was

mine if I wanted it.” In typical fashion, however, that was the easiest part of the process, with Malek then diving into the incredible world and legacy of Freddie Mercury. “It didn’t really register with me at the time,” he says of the producers’ faith in his talents. “But as soon as they confirmed that I was going to play Freddie, I went online and basically studied every piece of video footage there was of him and Queen,” says Malek. “I think I watched a few thousand hours of Queen concert footage, and I read every book

and every magazine article I could find about him. I only had a few months to prepare, and so I felt this pressure to cram everything I could learn about him as quickly as possible.” ooking back now, Malek may well be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Queen frontman, given his months of careful preparation. Though much was made in the run-up to the Oscars about Bale’s physical transformation for Vice, with the star continuing in his typical dedicated vein by putting on more than 18 kilograms (40 pounds),

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IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME TO EXPLORE THE MAN BEHIND THE ROCK STAR AND NOT JUST IMITATE HIS WAY OF POSING, HIS STAGE THEATRICS AND HIS FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. I WANTED TO GET INTO THE ESSENCE OF FREDDIE MERCURY Malek’s Mercury may have been a subtler turn, but one that came from a place of no less enthusiasm or professional diligence. “It was important to me to explore the man behind the rock star and not just imitate his way of posing, his stage theatrics and his facial expressions,” Malek says. “I wanted to get into the essence of Freddie Mercury and his very defiant and almost revolutionary attitude toward life,” he says. “I think he was looking for acceptance, and he had a powerful desire to connect with audiences. He grew up in Zanzibar and then attended a boarding school in India before his parents immigrated to London. He felt very out of place living in England at first, kind of a social outcast, and music and performing on-stage offered him this chance to draw people toward him and appreciate him because he had such a difficult time fitting in in his everyday life.” Given the polar-opposite sentiment offered by Malek to the film’s first-choice lead Baron Cohen, one can’t help but wonder how different a film Bohemian Rhapsody could have been. Regardless of its star, however, there was sure to be controversy over the biopic, given Mercury’s legendary status among musicians, pop-culture icons and the LGBTQ community of which he was a part. here were some who even laid accusations that the film ignored Mercury’s sexuality at Bohemian Rhapsody’s door. For Malek, there’s a sense that greater success will always lead in some fashion to greater scrutiny. Even so, he’s keen to bring across to skeptical audience members that he was an advocate in support for the film encompassing a greater part of Mercury’s famous (or infamous) personal life. “I would have loved to have been able to have

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shown more of Freddie’s relationship with other men and especially with Jim Hutton, whom he met in the latter part of his life,” he reveals. “I argued in favour of that, and I would have preferred that we paid more attention to that aspect of his life,” says Malek. “I understand that criticism, and we had many, many discussions about how much of his sexuality and his hedonistic sides we were going to explore. He was a gay icon, and we were all aware of that, but there were considerations about reaching a broad audience and especially younger generations who aren’t as familiar with Freddie Mercury as older generations of Queen fans. And we also had only two hours to be able to tell his whole story.” n scooping the Oscar, Malek has joined a long list of established names who reached their career zenith off the back of a biopic. From Ben Kingsley’s Gandhi to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Truman Capote and Jamie Foxx’s portrayal of Ray Charles, the Academy Award for Best Actor has long been a stomping ground for stars willing to take on the task of bringing a real-life legend to the screen. Given the media obsession with Mercury throughout his life — in particular, in his home nation of England — there’s an argument to be made that Malek, above all, was taking on a figure who many people thought they knew inside and out already. “I wanted people to see his more fragile and introverted self, as well as his more raucous sides,” he explains. “There was a sense of mischief to him. He could be very witty and charming in interviews, and of course, I don’t think it would surprise people who watched his performances that he could also be very naughty and outrageous in his private life,” notes Malek.

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“We tried to portray that in the film, but we also wanted to pay tribute to his musicianship and sides of him that aren’t so well-known and not just play up the debauchery.” s for the star himself, there’s little chance of debauchery, even if, on his current trajectory as Hollywood’s golden boy, Malek looks set to be flying high in cinema over the next few years. He is returning to the set of Mr. Robot as an Academy Award winner, and there’s sure to be greater interest in [his] life both on- and off-screen. Especially, if rumours are to be believed, if Malek is awarded yet another spot in cinematic history as the villain in the Antoine Fuqua–directed, as-yetunnamed 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise, set for release next year. Little is known for sure about the project so far, with a proposed title floated online being denied by producer Barbara Broccoli just recently. Were he to end up facing off against the superspy, in what may well be current 007 incumbent Daniel Craig’s last feature, Malek will be following in the footsteps of a group of actors arguably no less impressive than the one he recently joined. A starring role in a Bond film would certainly secure his acting future — even if his hope for a private life may be challenged further by such a stratospheric role — but it’s no less than Malek deserves for his decade-and-ahalf-long show of talent and determination on his way to the summit of cinema. “I think something was possibly burning inside me, and that I had high aspirations of being able to live that dream,” he smiles. “And I’m getting a chance to do that right now at this very moment.”

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AUTO The car pays homage to the Italian automobile designer and founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach-building company, Battista “Pinin” Farina

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taly has been world-renowned for many great advancements, and most notably for those involving design, artistry and craftsmanship. There is, in some way, the innate Italian ability of creativity that is much respected and admired. The qualities of design, artistry and craftsmanship extend into the automotive world, and the already-acclaimed status of Italian racing car manufacturing and design has taken a startling jolt forward with the introduction of the Pininfarina Battista - the world’s first pure electric luxury hypercar.

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The Pininfarina Battista is performance personified, a rare combination of design, engineering, artistry, aerodynamics, craftsmanship and innovation, delivering the most-powerful Italian performance car ever built. This is the first production model made by the design brand Automobili Pininfarina, which announced last year it was launching its own car-building division, and it has delivered in spectacular fashion. The car is named after Battista “Pinin” Farina, the Italian automobile designer and founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coach-building company in 1930 (Pinin is Italian slang for “short”). His company made its name outfitting hundreds of Rolls-Royces, Jaguars, Ferraris and Alfa Romeos over six decades. It has now partnered with Pirelli, Rimac and Mahindra’s Formula E racing team, all of which provided engineering and technical support for Battista’s development.

GENERAL SPECS ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION: 4 LIQUID-COOLED PERMANENT MAGNET SYNCHRONOUS ELECTRIC MOTORS AT EACH WHEEL POWER: 120 KILOWATTS-PER-HOUR RIMAC AUTOMOBILI LI-ION BATTERY PACK POWER TO 1,900-HP TORQUE: 1,700 LB-FT 0-100 KILOMETRES PER HOUR (KPH): LESS THAN 2 SECONDS 0-300 KPH: LESS THAN 12 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 400 KPH WEIGHT: 2,041 KILOGRAMS (4,500 POUNDS)

— the Pininfarina Battista is an enticing glimpse into the future of the electric automobile. It signals the internal combustion engine has been eclipsed by electrons that are able to speed this car to a neck-bracing 100 kilometres per hour in under two seconds — that’s the speed and performance of the Pininfarina Battista. Pininfarina plans to build more electric models, though all will cost at least six figures. But clearly, there is a growing global market for expensive, hand-built and extremely limited-production cars. According to IHS Markit, from 2009 through 2017, sales of US$180,000-and-over cars more than quadrupled worldwide. Its design is distinctive to communicate the power of its electric performance, yet retains the alluring elegance of traditional supercars. The Battista has a full carbon body and classic teardrop-shaped cabin encased in sweeping glass. Built low to the ground, it features a standard

Giving us a glimpse into the future of the automobile world, the Pininfarina Battista has a range of nearly 450 kilometres on one charge

The result of this collaborative approach to the 2021 Pininfarina Battista is most impressive, delivering a level of performance that is unachievable today in any road-legal sports car featuring internal combustion engine technology. The car offers up to 1,900-horsepower, by far a record for any Italian vehicle, a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour (250 miles per hour), the fastest Italian supercar ever built, and has a range of nearly 450 kilometres on one charge. The car is priced at close to $3 million, and only 150 will be made, half of which have already been sold.

Fifty of the cars are slated for North America, and Pininfarina claims to have deposits on 30 of them. Design director of Automobili Pininfarina, Luca Borgogno, is not surprised by its popularity. “This is very exciting to a lot of people who love it for its technology and who want to go fast,” says Borgogno to Bloomberg at the recent Geneva Auto Show. “This is the car we will all be telling our nieces and nephews about in 20 years.” Going “fast” seems to be a bit of an understatement. With its 1,900-hp and 1,700 lb-ft of torque - made possible only by electrification

lift system, allowing the car to rise and lower marginally in order to accommodate lips, curbs, inclines and uneven surfaces while being driven. Its doors open upward, like butterfly wings, and a bright LED light strip runs across the front of the car. A slim front wing mirrors the car’s active dual rear wings, which can also automatically act as an air brake. If the Pininfarina Battista is the future of the automobile, then that future is electric, stylish, powerful and extremely fast. www.pininfarina.com

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Entertaining filters into every facet of the Centners’ lives, with Sebastien’s business, Eatertainment, and in their personal lives, hosting at their home as a couple

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Sebastien Centner, the creative mind behind Eatertainment Events and Catering, shares his keys to hosting successful events in his business life as well as his personal life with his wife, Sheila WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE CLARKE INTERVIEW BY VICTORIA SCOTT

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rowing up in his parents’ restaurants, Sebastien Centner, founder and creative director of Eatertainment Events and Catering, was not so much inspired by the restaurant business itself, but by the idea of exploring his excitement for entertaining. It was while working in one of these restaurants that he first began catering small events. “I just sort of had a knack for it. We love to do it at home, so doing it for other people came very naturally,” says Sebastien, who catered between 20 and 30 events that first year almost 20 years ago, when he founded Eatertainment. Since then, with genuine love and enjoyment, and by paradox of simplicity and grandeur, he has worked his way up to creating and managing around 1,700 innovative events a year. As Sebastien puts it: “We take the expertise we have in all of our event work [and] apply it to other places. And all of a sudden, we can execute pretty much anywhere.” From Toronto to Istanbul, Los Angeles to New York, Miami to Cape Town, they have honed their skills in all aspects of entertaining and are now experts in providing spectacular events anywhere in the world.

Sebastien has organically intertwined his passion for entertaining at home with his wife, Sheila, with his gift of orchestrating large events. To take this melding of life and work even further, he has mastered the rare craft of providing amazing events for Eatertainment’s clients, while forming lasting personal relationships with many of them as well. Due to the impressive size of these events, the planning phase alone can take months, even a year at times. Because Sebastien begins the undertaking of each event by sitting down with his clients to get a clear vision of their ideal expectations and also includes them throughout every phase of execution, he inevitably develops strong bonds with clients along the way. Eatertainment serves as a one-stop shop, handling all the logistics of events, similar to an event agency, rather than an event planning or catering company. In his work, Sebastien approaches each event with what Sheila considers to be one of the major necessities for successful entertaining — a good attitude. “I would say one of the major musthaves is a really good attitude, because your guests will feed off of your energy. If you’re calm,

relaxed and looking to have a great time, people feed off that, and that certainly sets the tone.” From conceptualizing the event to executing every detail, Sebastien and Sheila carry a genuine enjoyment and appreciation of having people around them — a sentiment Sebastien infuses through his business by providing clients with the event of their dreams. Sebastien stresses innovation in everything he approaches. Whether it’s putting on multi-day events introducing the BMW M series, travelling, putting on a wedding for a childhood friend or hosting a dinner party at home, Sebastien emphasizes that he and Sheila don’t want to copy what other people are doing and hope their original visions will inspire other couples to entertain. When entertaining at home, the Centners practise the same good planning as they do with their Eatertainment events. From setting up the bar ahead of time to making sure the front closet has enough hangers for guests’ coats, Sebastien’s belief in planning in advance is ever-present. He points out: “We show that, as a couple, you can entertain well without it being overwhelming, as

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long as you plan properly for it.” Even when they are simply ordering pizza for their guests, their focus is to make the gathering a new and interesting experience. Leading by example, they have already inspired their sons Colsen and Logan to entertain friends in their home. “How we inspire our children to entertain — which we don’t do purposefully, it just happens — is how we really hope we can inspire other couples to entertain,” says Sebastien. Both agree it was not their plan to coax their sons into entertaining, but once again, their enthusiasm and good cheer were contagious, inspiring their sons to take on small events such as hosting weekend brunches for their friends when their parents are out of town. Eatertainment takes the Centners all over the world, as do their personal travels. Not unlike the natural flow present in any event they host, they keep a practical yet adventurous spirit when travelling. “Carry-on only — that’s a big rule in

Celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary this year, Sebastien and Sheila have infused their life with their shared passion for entertaining

our household,” says Sheila. By keeping it simple and planning ahead, they ensure that their family trips are as stress-free as possible. They want to pass on their love for experiencing new things to their sons, but they have also set rules and

boundaries, along with clear expectations. By laying the groundwork of good planning and having a positive attitude, you can achieve just about anything. This is the spirit they are passing on to their sons. Amid the hard work and glamour, the sentiment of sharing good fortune with others has not eluded Sebastien and Sheila. In recent years, they have given back through a charity called The Stop. This organization runs a drop-in community centre, where people who are finding it hard to put together meals for their families can have access to nonperishables, as well as fresh produce. However, The Stop does not stop there. This charity offers educational programs about how to cook, how to make baby food and even how to file taxes. Another way the Centners have participated in community building is through Homes First. Sebastien and Sheila combine their talents in entertaining by participating in an event called Homes for Dinner, where they are one of several

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Sebastien and Sheila are working on an entertaining-themed book and an online miniseries to give people an inside look at how they successfully plan and co-ordinate events


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Eatertainment Events and Catering currently manages around 1,700 events a year, handling everything from conceptualization to catering Bottom right: Sebastien and Sheila, joined by their two sons, Logan (left) and Colsen (right)

families who open up their home for a dinner to between 10 and 12 strangers. “All the money generated from ticket sales goes directly to the charity.” Says Sebastien: “We host a five-course dinner here for complete strangers. The evening of the dinner we’re like, ‘OK, who’s coming for dinner tonight?’ And we end up with this amazing group of eclectic people who don’t know one another, but know that they all have the same goal in common.” What is on the horizon for Sebastien and Sheila? They are working on a book about entertaining as a couple they are really excited about, as their passion for hosting has been a significant and consistent aspect of their life together for the past 24 years. Of course, there is more: an online miniseries in the works scheduled to air later this year called Setting the Mood. This series will dedicate each episode to a specific type of entertaining, where viewers will get behind-the-scenes access to how Sebastien and Sheila host at their home and work together with breathtaking results. Some

“WE SHOW THAT, AS A COUPLE, YOU CAN ENTERTAIN WELL WITHOUT IT BEING OVERWHELMING, AS LONG AS YOU PLAN PROPERLY FOR IT” — Sebastien Centner

potential titles? “Setting the Mood: Oscar Party” or “Setting the Mood: Backyard Entertaining.” Sebastien points out that “it’s about what it takes and our interaction, from start to finish, how we divide and conquer.” Both the book and the miniseries will be a guide of sorts to bettering your marriage or partnership, while sharing a love of entertaining. The Centners will impart their experiences with learning how to compromise and delegate, while still having a grand time. In other words, learning how to divide and conquer — peacefully and joyfully. Sebastien and Sheila have worked diligently and willingly to obtain the richness in their lives. It’s a wealth they’re happy to share with loved ones and clients alike. In Sheila’s words, a good life is full of “family, cocktails, dancing, music and sunshine.” Sebastien could not agree more, and he’s thrilled to be “along for the ride.” www.eatertainment.com @sebcentner @sheilacentner

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A modern woman seeks inspiration from fashion, pulling trends from the past and making them current once more VISIT WWW.DOLCEMAG.COM TO WATCH BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE OF OUR FASHION SHOOT

This blush number shows how versatile a piece of clothing can be; take a chance this season with a statement trench coat Trench: ELISABETTA FRANCHI Shoes: ELISABETTA FRANCHI Hat: MANOKHI Earrings: LILOU

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Retro CHIC


The exquisite details with the balloon sleeves and the bows across the chest add a playful touch to this eyecatching outfit

Dress: BRONX AND BANCO Shoes: ELISABETTA FRANCHI

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Accessories can make or break an outfit; the complementary colour of this hat accents the red dress while adding a vintage touch Dress: MORPHINE Hat: GLADYS TAMEZ MILLINERY Gloves: ELISABETTA FRANCHI

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Kimonos are an ideal choice for spring, with bold patterns and light fabrics adding elegance to any outfit

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Dainty yet detailed, this dress is both revealing yet concealing, thanks to the sheer fabric Dress: BRONX AND BANCO

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The corset bodice paired with the flowing skirt and the complementary patterns make for a beautiful contrast Dress: WINONAH Earrings: LILOU

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With its monochromatic style, this outfit dances the line of casual and couture, utilizing the dark colours of the boots and scarf to draw the eye Jacket and pants: MANOKHI Hat: GLADYS TAMEZ MILLINERY Shoes: CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION

MODEL: JULIA LOGACHEVA PHOTOGRAPHER: THOMAS LOUVAGNY STYLIST: ORETTA CORBELLI MAKEUP ARTIST: ALLISON GIRODAY HAIRSTYLIST: ROBERT STEINKEN

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PHILANTHROPY

PHILANTHROPY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Fuelled by his humble beginnings and the recent tragedy in his family, Harris Rosen, the founder, president and chief operating officer of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, continues to pursue his commitment to making the world a better place WRITTEN BY DONNA PARIS

In the wake of his son’s passing, Rosen donated $12 million to the ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors, which strives to find a cure or treatments through a collaborative effort

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arris Rosen and his family live with a devastating loss. Last November, Rosen’s 26-year-old son Adam lost his battle with brain cancer after 2.5 years. “When he passed, I had long conversations with the physicians who took such good care of him, and what evolved was a new paradigm for finding cures and treatments for horrible diseases,” he says. “I was so intrigued by that new template that I thought I would offer my assistance.” The new paradigm is the ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors, a collaborative initiative led by the University of Florida, uniting worldleading neuro-oncology physicians and scientists in research and clinical trials. And Rosen’s $12-million gift is the cornerstone of this


commitment. Instead of being competitive, the paradigm now asks for everyone to work together and share ideas, with the goal of finding a cure or treatments much more quickly than labs working simply on their own. For a man who was born and raised in New York’s Bowery neighbourhood on the East Side when it wasn’t such a cool place to live, that is a very generous gift to give. But the self-made millionaire (his company owns eight hotels and resorts in Central Florida, including the 1,501room, AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek) remembers clearly the moment the earth shifted. “I had what I might refer to as an epiphany, sitting in my little office and dreaming about more hotels, when we were just ready to open another one,” says Rosen. “I heard a voice saying, ‘Harris, take a deep breath. Now it’s time to say thank you, God, and it’s time to offer a helping hand to those in need.’” That was 26 years ago, and that was the beginning of the creation of the Harris Rosen Foundation. “That was when I knew that I was blessed beyond anything I could ever have imagined,” he adds. That was the start of the Tangelo Park Program, a model community with child-care programs, parenting classes and post-secondary education or training opportunities available to every child at no cost. Tangelo Park is located about a quarter mile southeast of Orlando’s International Drive tourist area. It was characterized as a typical urban community, with low socioeconomic-demographic issues, drug problems, poor school attendance, declining test scores and elevated high-school dropout rates. But that was in the late ’80s to the early ’90s. Today, property values in Tangelo Park are up. High-school graduation rates (which used to hover at about 50 per cent) have soared to 100 per cent. That’s not all. “Crime has declined by almost 80 per cent,” says Rosen. “Hope is infused into the community, and children are now going to college like crazy and graduating at numbers that are unprecedented — 78 per cent of our youngsters who start college graduate in four years. That’s unbelievable.” Rosen’s philanthropy knows no boundaries, really. It may start at home with scholarships for paid-for post-secondary education for his employees (after five years with the company) and their dependents (after three years with the company) and with RosenCare, which provides

health care for associates of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, but it also includes funding for projects in Haiti, for example. And the chance to promote education is always an opportunity for Rosen. Take, for example, the launching of a second iteration of the highly successful Tangelo Park Program in the urban neighbourhood of Parramore in Orlando, and the millions Rosen has gifted to start the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida — the largest, most modern facility ever built for hospitality management education. So when an opportunity arose to contribute to The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Harris Rosen being Florida, Rosen didn’t blink. Perhaps this honoured by Oprah Winfrey at the Dream was precipitated by his college years at Academy Awards for his Cornell University, when he joined the philanthropic Tangelo Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Park Program and volunteered to go overseas to Korea, then Frankfurt, Germany. Harris Rosen visits children at the new Rosen Preschool His mother’s family came from at OCPS Academic Center Austria, and his father’s family for Excellence (ACE) in the from Ukraine, and they had Parramore District in Orlando some horrific stories to tell, he says. “I did visit Dachau; it was a life-changing experience that left me with so many questions,” says Rosen. “Why would a civilization do what they did? How could they possibly believe that what they were doing was appropriate? It wasn’t only one person, it was a whole nation, and several countries participated. And that is something that I don’t understand, never will understand. But I think that we, as a civilization, have to guard against that kind of extraordinary evil.” Rosen’s greatest regret? “That I have outlived my son Adam,” he says. “I would trade everything in the world if Adam were alive.” But still, he considers himself blessed to be where he is today, wanting to help others in whatever way he can. “[The ReMission Alliance Against Brain Tumors] brings hope,” he says. “I don’t think my wife and three children will ever be the same … but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try to do something that might benefit mankind.” And Rosen still has big dreams. “Our dream is that every underserved community in America will have a Tangelo Park Program, and then I believe we won’t recognize America anymore,” he says. “If someone would just say, ‘Free preschool, free college, let’s work with the folks there and give them hope.’ Wow. Wow. What a wonderful change that would make to our country.”

“I DON’T THINK MY WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN WILL EVER BE THE SAME … BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE CAN’T TRY TO DO SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BENEFIT MANKIND”

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SETTING THE GOLD STANDARD FOR BESPOKE KITCHENS AND CUSTOM CABINETRY Newly opened state-of-the-art showrooms serving the Greater Toronto Luxury Market

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