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Designer Richard Shapiro has shaped a surreal retreat with rare botanical species, sculpted boxwood and a trompe l’oeil Palladian villa for quiet repose.

154 LASTING IMPRESSIONS With her modeling career spanning three decades and counting, a storybook marriage half as long and 10 years of bliss in Malibu, one thing is certain—Cindy Crawford isn’t afraid of commitment.

160 GRAND CANYON A Los Angeles film producer and his family build an unexpected dream home on a parcel of paradise in the Santa Barbara foothills.

168 PRETTY IN PINK “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot...”—Audrey Hepburn



Long before he erected a castle along the California coast, William Randolph Hearst, a cowboy at heart, tended to his sprawling estate—lions and all. The new tome Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy explores the lay of the land. CINDY CRAWFORD in a Michael Kors dress, Page 154.



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departments 42 FOUNDER’S LETTER

for any holiday fête; an ode

town L.A.; souvenirs from a

There’s no better gift than the gift

to Ferragamo’s famous first

globetrotter’s adventures; a wine

of living in our golden state.

steps in Hollywood.

country weekend in Los Olivos.




Who’s who behind the scenes of C.

Sealed with a crimson kiss. Book

British painter Jonathan

now for day-of party perfection.

Myles-Lea touches down


Guy Bourdin inspires François

in L.A. and paints the town.

A look at new and exciting

Nars’ holiday collection.


around the state: C’s annual

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holiday gift guide; Amanda Hearst

Merrymaking with Mary


gets back to her roots.

McDonald. House of cards:

Season’s greetings from

Sugar Paper’s leading ladies.

Humphrey Bogart and



C’s social scribe is in good

Making spirits bright with chic

company as she dashes from

bottle wrappings. Gourmet

black-tie galas to designer BBQs.

goodies to enjoy year round.

Lauren Bacall.

S.F.’s hottest new eateries.


ON OUR COVER CINDY CRAWFORD photographed by Nino Muñoz in a Valentino jumpsuit and Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane necklace. See Shopping Guide for more details, page 185. Styled by Karla Welch at The Wall Group.

Winter wonderland: Bedazzled


HAIR Gio Campora at The Wall Group. MAKEUP Rachel

and bejweled bags and shoes fit

The Ace Hotel arrives in Down-

Goodwin using Chanel at The Wall Group.


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hen Cindy Crawford was discovered in her hometown of DeKalb, Illinois, at 17, it came as a surprise both to her and to her family: “Girls in DeKalb didn’t dream of becoming models,” she says. “I think my dad actually thought model was another name for prostitute.” After sorting out any confusion, Crawford moved to New York, and the career that followed is one of the most legendary: more than 1,000 magazine covers worldwide, high-fashion advertising campaigns, long-running endorsement deals with some of the largest and most ubiquitous companies in the world (Revlon, Pepsi, Omega) and, of course, the title of original supermodel (joining other glamazons known by first names only: Naomi, Christy, Linda). At Café Habana in Malibu, Crawford is simply a local who lives a couple of miles down the road… albeit a local with connections (her husband of 15 years, Rande Gerber, whom she met at a wedding, owns the establishment, along with a collection of other bars and restaurants around the world). Now 47, Crawford is as radiant as ever. In a long gray cardigan, jeans and a cream-colored blouse, she is forthcoming about her years in the fashion business and the philosophy that guided her: “If we’re going to sleep together, then I want to get married,” she says figuratively of her client relations. “I’m investing in you and vice versa, and that’s been my approach to business.” This explains her long-standing contracts (she’s been an Omega watch ambassador for nearly two decades). After years of traveling between New York and their home in Brentwood, she and Gerber moved their family to Malibu shortly before their son, Presley, started kindergarten. “We had some friends who were here, and we really liked the way they lived,” she explains. “We kept saying to each other: ‘We think they have it right.’” Nearly 10 years have passed since their move to the beach, and Crawford can’t imagine living anyplace else. “Recently we contemplated traveling and home-schooling the kids. We brought the idea to them, but they both said if they could live anywhere, it would be here,” she says with a smile. “My son loves to surf. He won’t live anywhere there aren’t waves.” Fortunately for him, they recently built a second home in Cabo, where the waves are plentiful, as are the visits from their very next-door neighbor, George Clooney (they own adjoining properties, with separate houses). CONTINUED ON PAGE 184

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holding his arm in a deep red cast—an injury he incurred while trying to avoid a biker on the street in Florence). Though the sensibility of the collection unveiled at the Annenberg Center was a modern one, small throwbacks that echoed the brand’s star-studded DNA were woven throughout (while Ferragamo eventually returned to Italy, his relationship to the movie industry was cemented). “You think about the big change in Hollywood and the rise of actors and celebrity— Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo—that’s the reason I wanted to have this lingerie factor,” explains Gionetti. “For me it’s the very sophistication of Hollywood—the idea of sensuality, of neutrals, of beautiful craftsmanship like handmade embroidery.” To house the boudoir-inspired eveningwear was a Ferragamo pop-up store, with one-of-a-kind accessories—from graphic Lucite clutches to an enviably strappy python wedge. “The ideas really came from the archive, but were reinvented in a modern way,” notes the designer. “Sometimes using very 1930s materials—plexiglass, this kind of transparent and translucent effect. It’s part of Salvatore Ferragamo, but never nostalgic—very cool, very modern, linking the past with the future.” “I really feel that the Ferragamo consumer is in the L.A. style,” he continues. “It’s much more about the preciousness of the time that you spend being very healthy, being very sporty, very relaxed—but always very elegant.” •


the 16th century, because the painting was to be placed in Drapers’ Hall (part of an old guild founded nearly 600 years ago), and across from one of his early influences: a Holbein portrait of Henry the VIII, who had donated the land to the guild. “I asked her if she could stand by the window [for better light],” he says. “And she said, ‘Oh, no, I can’t stand by the window.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘The last time I did that, a taxi driver looked up and saw me and crashed.’” Today, portraits are just another portion of Myles-Lea’s creative output, which also includes photography. He recently painted Evelyn Lauder, and shortly after, Evelyn’s son’s wife contacted him about doing their family in Palo Alto. That portrait, finished just last September, places the group in a classical frieze composition, with the mother gazing at the daughter (a great-granddaughter of Estée Lauder’s), the daughter gazing at her father, the son at his mother. The painting whispers with life, and of conversation, of pride and love and complicated relationships. But that’s not the only reason he’s here in California. It’s time for a change. Currently, Myles-Lea is delightedly traveling all over L.A., capturing his thoughts on the Hollywod sign, James Turrell at LACMA, and Joshua Tree National Park in his blog, While the Paint Dries, and exploring an entirely new direction: working on modern paintings of charismatic buildings in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. “This is my favorite place,” he says definitively. “I can’t seem to go to sleep because I’m so excited. It’s the light. It

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changes the color of things and makes it so vivid it has a psychological effect on me. I feel so energized.” And as for all those beautifully detailed garden paintings? “I don’t want to repeat myself, but the Getty Villa would be quite fun, or the White House,” Myles-Lea muses, with a twinkle in his eye. •


“The carefully sculpted plants, now numbering around 1,500, suggest to me the forms they might take,” says the designer. “The entire exercise is very fluid and spontaneous, with a great deal of accident, surprise, experimentation and randomness.” He planted the box and then hand-carved the plants into a maze of undulating, cloud-like forms. “The shapes are so mysterious and original,” says Shapiro. The clipped box project was the basis for what has become and remains his obsession. Shapiro conceived the clipped mounds and sculptures and does all the shaping and shearing by hand with specialized Japanese shears and clippers. Heavy-duty American versions go into action for rough work. More are added every year, and his skill at creating new effects reflects his passion. Well-worn Japanese leather gloves attest to Shapiro’s attacks on woody branches and rampant and unruly twigs. “It is a work in progress, always being refined and altered somewhat,” says Shapiro. “With these shears, the sculptural possibilities are endless, very precise and rapid. Gratification is instant.” Over the last few years, Shapiro has written his autobiography in leaves, covering every square foot of the free space, planting rare specimen trees and creating vast and wavy vistas in every direction, like a flock of green sheep roaming his land. The evergreen garden, tranquil and shaded, changes subtly from season to season. A burst of light green new growth and the beauty of mauve wisteria and blue jacaranda blossoms herald the spring. Colorful fallen leaves indicate the last days of autumn. Juniper trees form a background of green curtain. Boston ivy covers the walls of the studio, where the designer crafts new collections and meets clients. Shapiro planted Eugenia to secure the tall property-line hedges. An impenetrable perimeter of trees, hedges and foliage entirely obscures the house and landscape garden from the exterior. He also planted exceptional trees and shrubs, including Italian cypress, Ficus nitida, king and queen palms, fragrant Pittosporum, Schefflera actinophylla, Podocarpus henkelii (with its elegant slender leaves), as well as jacaranda, Norfolk pine and Rhapis excelsa (a dramatic fan palm). Shapiro’s pool house (just 20 feet wide) is an exact copy of the portico at Palladio’s Villa Chiericati outside Vicenza. He discovered the 16th-century architect’s original construction drawings in a book from his private library. Shapiro executed the plans in weather-resistant wood and then eroded and covered the surfaces with plaster, lime and varied pigments to simulate ancient stone and to give the portico and the entire scene an authentic antique appearance. He uses weather-faded furnishings that appear old and worn and well used. The pool

house is the perfect hideaway for festive apéritifs in the evening, as a bucolic setting for a quiet summer lunch, or even as the stage set for an early supper on a winter evening with the fire blazing and darkness settling over the trees. “I was steeped in post-war conceptual art for over 35 years, and as a working sculptor, I sensed that something other than mere landscaping was taking place,” he says. “It was at this juncture that I began to realize that for me, this entire exercise had very little to do with gardens. Somewhere along the way, I had forgotten that I was installing plants. Instead, I was in a dream state, creating art populated not only by individual sculptural forms but rather a fully integrated whole, with Buxus as the medium.” Shapiro says that his lifelong immersion in the world of art had taught him to see everything as art, or at least as the fodder for art. It’s silent here in his verdant domain. Undisturbed, he can work for hours, his artistic instincts and imagination taking over. For him, it’s sculpture, creation, expression. “My garden, it is now obvious, is my art project, endlessly captivating and inspiring,” he says. The primary objective—that of total creativity and isolation—has been achieved. Richard Shapiro’s Studiolo line of furniture is sold in showrooms around the country or at the Los Angeles studio by appointment, 310-275-6700; •


Crawford is quick to admit the house, recently featured in Architectural Digest, isn’t the most practical, but the weather is “always awesome,” and she insists that’s not what the house was built for: “You could never live there full time, because it’s completely open, but because it’s a vacation house…it can be more of a fantasy.” It’s evident that much has changed since her days on the runway, but Crawford remains passionate about modeling. “I’m much more comfortable in front of a camera now than I was when I was 20…unfortunately, I might not look as good!” she laughs. “But in some ways, I feel I have more to offer.” Given her burgeoning miniempire, that statement doesn’t only apply to her modeling career. Nine years ago, Crawford started Meaningful Beauty, a skincare line, with a Parisian cosmetic surgeon she met through a friend, and she has been actively involved in each step of the business ever since. “I felt like it was my job as a model to take care of my skin,” she explains of her love for the project. She uses the day cream with SPF 20 religiously, and her fervor for protecting her skin has resonated with her children. “It’s second nature to them,” she says proudly, but hesitates when she reflects on her own skincare regimen. “I really stopped over-sunning myself early, after a bad sunburn…still, there was the 18 years before that where I was frying in our backyard in Illinois!” The other arm of her thriving brand is Cindy Crawford Home, a furniture collection that began as a collaboration with Rooms To Go, after her former Brentwood home was featured in Elle Decor. Refreshingly, Crawford views her business successes as shared entities: “I know what’s right for me and my brand,” she says confidently, but she credits the long-term loyal team she has built

around her. “We respect what each other knows… and we really divide and conquer.” Reinvention, it seems, comes quite naturally to Crawford, even though she still refers to herself as “old school.” She laughingly laments that her instinct at the photo shoot earlier in the day should have been to post on Instagram, as many of the young models do today, showing behindthe-scenes looks at fashion shows and their glamorous lives. “They have so many more opportunities for direct relationships with their fans through social media now,” she reflects thoughtfully. “The first time people got a glimpse of my personality was through MTV and ‘House of Style,’” the popular television show she hosted for six years in the early 1990s. Warm and surpris-

ingly funny, Crawford transformed the image of inaccessible supermodel and made herself seem approachable…even normal. This past year, Crawford made the familiar journey back to the “very normal, almost ‘Leave It to Beaver’ normal” Midwest. And while there, she brought her daughter, Kaia, to visit the Wisconsin hospital where Crawford is involved and where her younger brother, Jeff, was treated for leukemia before he died (he was four, and she was 10 years old). “My husband and I want to start a trust for our kids because they are old enough now to be included in our philanthropy,” she says. “Not money for them but money for them to give away. I want them to understand that when you are given a lot, a lot is expected of you, and how you give back.” •


$122,000, FD Gallery, N.Y., 212-772-2440. Jacob & Co. white gold and emerald cut diamond watch, $310,000, Jacob & Co., N.Y., 212-719-5887;

Valentino black tuxedo jumpsuit, $3,490, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane silver choker, $1,945,


p.34 Michael Kors gold long sleeve gown, $11,995, select Michael Kors stores;


ALL THAT GLITTERS p.85 Christian Louboutin gold spike Mina clutch, $2,995, Marchesa gold metal chain with silver crystal embroidery oval box, $2,995, similar styles available at Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Roger Vivier Maxi Boite de Nuit Orthodoxe clutch, $2,795, Roger Vivier, C.M., South Coast Plaza, 714-435-0015. Tom Ford white and orange evening minaudiere, $2,340, Tom Ford, B.H., 310-270-9440. Valentino pink pearl clutch, $4,245, Valentino, B.H., 310-247-0103. p.86 Jimmy Choo black and crystal pointed pumps, $3,250, Emporio Armani red flats, $850, Roger Vivier Black satin slipper with allover gold sequins and beading, $2,125, Roger Vivier, C.M., South Coast Plaza, 714-435-0015. Dolce & Gabbana red lace sling back kitten heels with glass beads, $1,495, select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques; 877-703-4872; Giuseppe Zanotti crystal sandals, $3,250, Giuseppe Zanotti, B.H., 310-550-5760; ABOVE WATER p.98 Balenciaga natural and red raffia Panier clutch, $625, Barneys New York, B.H., 310-276-4400. Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra gray suede mules, price upon request, Aurélie Biderman gold vermeil and coral lacquer necklace, $1,270, Barneys New York, B.H., 310-276-4400, Newbark black and white stripe Roma sandals, $295, A’maree’s, N.B., 949-642-4423. Hermès nautical silk scarf, $325, Chloé gold plated ring, $255, Balenciaga gold tone smooth chain track earrings, $395, Mona Moore, Venice, 800-619-0674. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Lady watch, $24,200, Vacheron Constantin, B.H., 310-598-2026, Prada leather bracelet, $215, select Prada stores; Mulberry midnight blue bag, $4,200, Mulberry, S.F., 888-685-6856. Jimmy Choo black and white Flame patent leather pumps, $695, select Jimmy Choo stores; BRACE YOURSELF p.100 Asprey white gold and mother of pearl Daisy diamond watch, $48,250, Asprey, B.H., 310-550-0520; Van Cleef & Arpels Fox Trot timepiece featuring diamond bracelet with white mother-of-pearl dial and Swiss Quartz Movement set in white gold, price upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels, B.H., 310-276-1161; Chanel Premiere Haute Joaillerie watch in white gold, onyx and step cut diamonds $69,000, select Chanel Fine Jewelry stores, 800-550-0005; Piaget Couture Précieuse cuff watch in white gold with a silvered dial set with a total of 142 brilliant-cut and marquise-diamonds, price upon request, 877-874-2438; Patek Philippe diamond, emerald and ruby Art Deco watch,


p.154 Roberto Cavalli black and gold beaded dress, price upon request, select Roberto Cavalli stores; David Yurman thick woven cable cuff in yellow gold, $17,500, David Yurman, B.H., 310-888-8618. Pomellato oval black stone with black diamonds, gold band ring, $11,850, p.155 Versace matte stretch black blazer, $3,875, select Versace stores, 888-721-7219. J. Mendel matte crepe asymmetrical layered wrap long skirt with slit, $1,950, David Yurman gold Mosaic oval chain necklace in yellow gold, $2,600, and oval Link necklace in yellow gold, $5,300, David Yurman, B.H., 310-888-8618. p.156 Gucci black snakeskin dress, $1,850, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Jimmy Choo black suede pumps, $595, available at select Jimmy Choo boutiques; Cartier gold bracelet, $6,850, Cartier, B.H., 310-275-4272; cartier. us. p.158 Gucci copper strapless dress, $4,000, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Manolo Blahnik black Tayler pumps with patent coper heel, $735, . p.159 Altuzarra v-neck button up blouse, $995, and draped leg pants, $1,575, similar styles available at Barneys New York, B.H., 310-276-4400. Eres green mesh bra, $230, select Eres boutiques, 888-656-3737. Gucci metallic platforms, price upon request; David Yurman gold and diamond bracelet, $8,400, David Yurman, B.H., 310-888-8618. MAKEUP Le Jour de Chanel face care, $85, Les Beige sheer powders in #20 and #30, $58, and Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lip color in Passion, $34, Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation in OC2, $62, Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara, $28, Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in 109 and 105, $36, ellisfaas. com. Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel, $29, Votre Vu Arch de Triumph Brow Definer in Dark Brown, $17,


p.169 Valentino pink down coat, $4,790, pink sweater, $850, white cotton blouse, $660, and pink shorts, $650, Valentino, B.H., 310-247-0103. Manolo Blahnik blush pink ankle strap heels, $725, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 800-937-9146; Balenciaga dusty rose weekender Tube Round L bag with gold hardware, $2,150, Balenciaga, N.Y., 212-206-0872. Vhernier light pink stone Laguna ring in pink gold with mother of pearl siderite and rock crystal, $6,900, Vhernier, B.H. 310-273-2444. p.170 Dior pink silk dress with front zipper closure, $13,000, burgundy knit bra, $1,050, and metallic cotton briefs, $990, Dior, B.H., 310-859-4700. Christian Louboutin dark cherry T-Slick pumps, $795, Christian Louboutin, L.A., 310-247-9300. Vhernier Navette ring in pink gold with garnet and other of pearl, Vhernier, B.H. 310-273-2444. p.171 Erdem embroidered lace sequins sleeveless Jemima mini dress with collar, $3,950, p.172 Burberry London pink cropped


Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy by Victoria Kastner, foreward by Stephen T. Hearst, $50, Abrams. motorcycle leather jacket, $2,195, Lanvin pink wrap dress, $2,695, Lanvin, B.H., 310-402-0580. p.173 Ralph Lauren pink cropped sweater, $1,198, select Ralph Lauren stores; Rochas pink silk sailor cady pants, $1,365, Jimmy Choo pale pink Ari pumps, $675, select Jimmy Choo stores; jimmychoo. com. Bottega Veneta silver chain link necklace, $5,550, Bottega Veneta, B.H., 310-858-6533. p.174-175 Equipment sheer pale blouse, $238, Equipment, L.A., 323-380-8889; Oscar de la Renta bubble hem skirt, $1,290, blush resin buckle belt, $790, and resin rose necklace, $595, neimanmarcus. com. Dior satin and patent calfskin pumps, $990, Dior, B.H., 310-859-4700. Saint Laurent grey sunglasses, $310, Solstice Sunglasses; p.176 Equipment peach blazer, $468, Bergdorf Goorman, N.Y.; Derek Lam polka-dot blouse, and pants, prices upon request, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900; David Webb diamond and black enamel bangle, $19,500, and yellow gold, platinum and diamond necklace, $24,500, David Webb, B.H., 310-858-8006. p.177 Equipment collared black long sleeve blouse, $208, Equipment, L.A., 323-330-8889. Zac Posen powder pink corseted dress, $2,750, Neiman Marcus, B.H., 310-550-5900. Jimmy Choo lychee, black and silver flats, $650, Jimmy Choo, B.H., 310-860-9045. Hermès white leather strap watch, $2,700, p.178 Balenciaga black jersey V top, $955, Balenciaga, L.A., 310-854-0557; pale pink skirt, $1,545, The Webster, Miami, 305-674-7899; and bracelet, $525, Balenciaga, L.A., 310-854-0557. Manolo Blahnik suede mules, $665, Barneys New York, N.Y., 212-826-8900. Vhernier Eclisse medi white gold earrings, $10,700, and Piroutte ring in white gold $7,400, Vhernier, B.H. 310-273-2444. p.179 Chloé virgin wool pink coat, $2,195, white top, $1,075, and ivory wool shorts, $895, Chloé, B.H., 323-602-0000. Gianvito Rossi nude pumps with black toe and ankle strap, $790, David Webb diamond and black enamel ring set in yellow gold and platinum, $21,000, David Webb, B.H., 310-858-8006. MAKEUP Koh Gen Doh Cleansing Water, $39, Oriental Plans Emollient Cream, $123, Maifanshi Moisture Foundation, $62, and Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder, $42, kohgendocosmetics. M.A.C Lipmix in orange, $15, and Cream Colour Base in Madly Magenta, $20, Giorgio Armani Beauty Maestro Eye Shadow in #5, $30,

CORRECTIONS NOVEMBER 2013 In “Playing it Cool,” p.117, Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld character name was misspelled. She played Selena. In “Sleep Walkers,” p.143, the fashion credits should have referred back to p.140: Louis Vuitton shirt, $1,480, and pants, $1,400. Brunello Cucinelli turtleneck, $835. Harry Winston ring, price upon request.

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