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Georgia May Jagger is wearing Ray-Ban RB4246 and Ray-Ban RB3539. Brandon is wearing Oakley OO9353.






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louis vuitton RESORT By bringing the fash-noscenti to the Oscar Niemeyer–designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Louis Vuitton became the first European luxury house to present its runway collection in Brazil.


as part of the multiday affair, guests of vuitton were treated to helicopter rides, paddleboarding, and a tour of modernist architecture.

MICA Arganaraz OPENED THE SHOW IN a red, white, and black look that nodded to scuba style.

Alicia Vikander

Miroslava Duma

Alessandra Ambrosio

Chiara Ferragni

Liu Wen

Zendaya Catherine Deneuve

Nicolas Ghesquière


Key trends— skinny silver scarves, anklewrapped sandals, unexpected cutouts, and athleticinspired graphics.



Alexander Skarsgard

Thom Browne


“We’re a little more prepared this year—WE HAVE A SPEECH.” —RACHEL MANSUR, of Mansur Gavriel, who was named Accessories Designer of the Year



Beyoncé! Marc! Alessandro! The CFDA’s annual honors took over the Hammerstein Ballroom—and served a delicious dinner!—to toast fashion’s top talents.

Marc Jacobs

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


Tommy and Dee Hilfiger

Michelle Ochs and Carly Cushnie

Jennifer Hudson

Shanina Shaik

Hari Nef


“Whoops—my eyelashes are falling out!” —BETSEY JOHNSON

Martha Hunt

Norma Kamali

Betsey Johnson

Samira Wiley and Michelle Smith

Tao Okamoto

Gabriela Hearst Rebecca Hall Lindsey Wixson

Josephine Skriver

Donna Karan and Calvin Klein

Alessandro Michele

Anna Wintour

Brandon Maxwell

Lena Dunham and Irene Neuwirth FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

CHICMoments “I’m trying to take two vacations. I want to go to hawaii and thailand. if one sucks, I still have a second!” —jeremy scott

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tHE daily summer Kickoff party

“It was like hanging out with a friend and creating magic.” —Cover star stella maxwell on her daily cover

Summer loving! Jeremy Scott and Stella Maxwell decamped to Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, in Tribeca to toast the 2016 season of The Daily Summer. “I love our cover,” enthused Scott, who styled the shoot, which was photographed in Milan by Giampaolo Sgura.


Grace Atwood

Flaviana Matata

Keke Lindgard, Roosmarijn de Kok, and Nico Tortorella

Andrew Saffir

Aliza Licht and Danielle Vreeland Monse’s Fernando Garcia

Reya Benitez

Isis Bataglia

Jasmine Tookes, Stella Maxwell, and Lais Ribeiro TK and Cipriana Quann

Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol

“I’m having the best summer ever. I’m working really hard and traveling a lot. I’m getting ready to go back to Ibiza. it’s my fourth year at Amnesia Ibiza as a resident DJ.”

Susanne Knipper and Greta Varlese


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Isaac Hindin-Miller and Jenny Albright

SPECIAL THANKS To Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, and event sponsors Moroccanoil, Sunglass Hut, John Frieda, Peroni, and Maybelline New York.


MILLY MOMENT! New developments from the Milly store in East Hampton: Every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. starting July 1, enjoy mini manicures from Priv and champagne while shopping the latest Milly collection and receive a Milly beach gift package valued at $150 with any purchase over $500. The first five guests will receive a complimentary $50 Milly gift card and the Milly beach gift package. Starting on July 7, a Priv braid bar will be installed at the boutique every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; shop Milly Minis, and get a Milly Minis beach gift package valued at $125 with any purchase over $300. Braids are for Milly Minis, but mothers may also visit the braid bar! 54 Main Street, East Hampton



With ATM’s Tony Melillo

Welcome to the Hamptons! How did you find your location?


Spotted: Taylor Hill taking a brief shopping break on a bench in East Hampton. • Aquazzura is coming! Aquazzura is coming! The Italian luxury footwear purveyor is taking over the space formerly occupied by BCBG at 20 Main Street in East Hampton. • On the home front, Club Monaco has opened in East Hampton. Including women’s apparel as well as products like Juliska tableware, Lobmeyr glassware, and Abanjá linens, it’s the first Club Monaco location to offer furniture. The store will also carry the Club Monaco x Dannijo capsule of vintage pieces.

My business partner, Dan, has a home in East Hampton. He was walking by the location and noticed construction—total fluke—and he popped his head in the door and spoke with the landlord.

What’s your favorite way to unwind on the East End? Grilling! I love having people over and grilling big steaks from Round Swamp Farm.

How much cash do you generally withdraw from an ATM? $200 at a time. Never overdo it!



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Jeffrey Jah (Lotus, 1 OAK) and Alvaro Garnero are turning the former Philippe space on Three Mile Harbor into the Cafe de la Musique Brazil restaurant and the Leo nightclub.

LeSportsac HITS


The iconic accessories brand has arrived at 20 Jobs Lane. D’Arcy Jensen, LeSportsac’s VP and global creative director, fills us in on what to expect.

First things first: From LeSportsac’s logo to its construction methods, the brand has been “entirely reimagined.” What inspired the decision?

a shop-in-shop at everyone’s favorite Montauk pond-front property. From now through Labor Day, it will offer the brand’s complete sunglass collection, which means that if you misplace your shades while rocking out at a Wild Belle show, you won’t have to suffer for long. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

What can we expect from the store? Inspired by iconic local beaches, the store features original artworks by our in-house design studio. In addition to the most beloved LeSportsac styles, you’ll also find fun beach accessories, including flip-flops, beach towels, hats, and water bottles.

Will the Southampton store carry product from recent collaborations? Yes! We will offer limited pieces from the LeSportsac Designed by Peter Jensen Collection—my favorites are the Christopher 3 Binded Pouches.

What are your favorite beach bags? I will use the Everyday tote and lots of cosmetic bags for all my little necessities. The XL Essential Cosmetic is perfect for wet bathing suits or lots and lots of sunblock.

What’s the ideal weekender for Jitney-ing back and forth from the Hamptons? I’m in love with our weekenders—they’ve been a fan favorite since the brand’s inception in 1974. I use the Large Weekender, because a trip to the Hamptons requires many costume changes!

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ALL EYES ON SURF LODGE! Steven Alan Optical has opened

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You nosh, we dish! Spotted over Memorial Day weekend: Joy Behar enjoying a lobster roll for lunch with her husband outside at Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton. • Keifer Sutherland lunched on a prime rib sandwich at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett. • Ethan Hawke enjoyed the fish on the patio at Nick & Toni’s. • Kardashian ex Kris Humphries ate a pulled chicken sandwich at Townline BBQ. • Scott Lipps and girlfriend Erin Cullison walked along Main Street in Southampton. • Jonathan Cheban ate at Kozu. • Brooke Shields, Kelly Klein, Andrew Saffir, and Daniel Benedict hit the opening of the ATM store in East Hampton. • Jack Brinkley Cruise ate at Serafina East Hampton. • Tiffany Trump was discussed at Jue Lan Club. • Dan Abrams indulged in French toast at the Golden Pear Southampton. • Sonja Morgan and Dennis Basso celebrated Michael Lorber’s new home in Sag Harbor. • EJ Johnson and crew filmed Rich Kids of Beverly Hills at Jue Lan. • Andy Cohen and CAA agent Kevin Huvane supped at Almond.

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Pop by The Greenwich, a new eatery from chef Carmine Di Giovanni. In brief, what’s the concept? It’s a seasonal, New American restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients. The goal is to prepare food in a simple manner that will highlight the great products. What’s the feel of the interiors? Very rustic. The space is open and airy to create a relaxing vibe for the diners to focus on the food. What’s the ultimate meal? Sharing a simply prepared, whole roasted item, such as the tuna chop or the rack of lamb. Start with something from our raw bar! 1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill,

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FRENCH CONNECTION! Arbor, a new spot in Montauk under the direction of Steven Jauffrineau and Executive Chef Pierre Sudre, will focus on seasonal Mediterranean fare. The highlights of the menu? “Fresh local products,” Sudre says. “I believe that Mediterranean and French cuisine are among the best in the world, which became the second influence in creating the menu. We wanted the experience to be casual and chic, therefore we decided to go bistro-style—nothing overcomplicated.” 240 Fort Pond Rd., Montauk, FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

On the cover: Roosmarijn de Kok (Wilhelmina) wears a Giuseppe Zanotti jacket and Eres swimsuit. Photographed by Giorgio Niro. Makeup by Christyna Kay for Maybelline New York, hair by Martin-Christopher Harper for John Frieda Haircare, sun care by Moroccanoil.

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LILLY PULITZER MADISON 1020 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

LILLY PULITZER GREENWICH 92 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

decor Musts CARL AUBOCK brass bookends N.6, $460, MONC XIII, 40 Madison St., Sag Harbor, (631) 808-3333

THOMAS FUCHS skull ice bucket, $350,

JONATHAN ADLER Eve mirror, $1,495,

DéCOR trend

UNLIMITED EARTHCARE small table torch, $50, Unlimited Earthcare Concept Store, 2249 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton, (631) 725-7551



AERIN 18-karat goldtrimmed sea urchin porcelain box, $195,

JAN BURTZ gold luster dinnerware, $88–$175 each, ABC Carpet & Home, 888 & 881 Broadway, NYC, (212) 473-3000 FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

KARTELL Shanghai vases, $235–$370 each,

GEORG JENSEN Helena teapot and coaster set, $240,


Chic-ify any room in your abode with these luxe accents in gold, silver, and bronze.

beautyMusts kevyn aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, $48,

GIVENCHY Le Rouge Carmin Escarpin in Shade 306, $38,

Alexandra Elizabeth at Jason Wu, S/S 2016. Makeup by Yadim for Maybelline New York. JOHN FRIEDA Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss, $9.99, visit for store locations

CHANTECAILLE Le Magnolia Eye and Cheek Palette, $83,

BEAUTY trend

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scarlet LIPS Give the bronzed look the weekend off in favor of a punchy red pout and luminous skin. For evening, pull beach-blown tresses into a sleek, simple coif.

hampton sun SPF 30 lotion, $36, White’s Apothecary, 81 Main St., East Hampton, (631) 324-0082 DIORSKIN Nude Concealer, $36,


mAYBELLINE NEW YORK The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, $9.49, CVS Pharmacy, 38 Pantigo Ln., East Hampton, (631) 324-8587


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GUCCI Princetown horsebit-detailed metallic leather slippers, $595,


Slide into summer with these statement-making flats. Photography by GREGORY REID FASHION EDITOR PAIGE REDDINGER


STUART WEITZMAN crisscross slides in metallic leather, $355, FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M


STELLA McCARTNEY metallic faux patent leather sandals, $520, FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M


Isabel Marant spring 2016

GiLDed Glam

What’s not to love about some sparkle? Channel your inner sun goddess with these chic takes on summer attire.

DIane Von furstenberg spring 2016


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Marni Trunk mini metallic patent leather bag, $1,920,

Gianvito Rossi Zigzag strap leather gladiator sandals, $1,285,

Proenza Schouler V-back pleated mini dress, $3,190, Proenza Schouler, 822 Madison Ave., (212) 585-3200

Tomas Maier Studded leather belt, $159, Tomas Maier, 74 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, (631) 604-6700 Issey Miyake Bao Bao Prism Platinum-1 tote, $1,117,

ZEUS+DIONE Diara color-block metallicpaneled bandeau bikini, $145,

ISABEL MARANT Dysart metallic stretchleather pants, $1,905, Isabel Marant, 469 Broome St., NYC, (212) 219-2284

Antonio marras SPRING 2016

Max Mara Gavetta skirt, $895,

Nicholas Kirkwood Leda leather and espadrille wedge sandals, $541, Nicholas Kirkwood, 807 Washington St., NYC, (646) 559-5239 PACO rabanne SPRING 2016




Rise and shine! Cool off with crisp shades of silver for a fresh look that will stand out amid the traditional East End ensembles. BY paige reddinger

Paco Rabanne Spring 2016


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Lacoste Spring 2016

PRISM Samar metallic swimsuit, $270,

GUCCI pleated metallic leather midi skirt, $3,490,

Jennifer Fisher silver-plated abstract line cuff, $655,

JIMMY CHOO Vita glitter lace-up ballerina flats, $650,

MM6 Maison Margiela spring 2016

adam lippes metallic pleated skirt, $1,990,

Jimmy Choo Lucy 100 metallic snakeskin pumps, $1,050,

Paul & Joe Spring 2016 Victoria Victoria Beckham metallic dress, $630,


SIREN CALL In her first cover story, rising model du moment Roosmarijn De Kok emerges in the season’s most seaworthy metallics.

Photography BY giORgio niro fashion editor paige reddinger stylED by james m. rosenthal, makeup by christyna kay for maybelline new york, hair by martinchristopher harper for john frieda hair care, sun care by moroccanoil


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MICHAEL COSTELLO Derrick sequin jumpsuit, custom order, $2,000– $2,500,


ERES Les Essentiels Cachette halter swimsuit, $385,; GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Ziggy biker jacket, $3,295,




PHILIPP PLEIN silver metal-mesh gown, price available upon request, 625 Madison Ave., NYC, (212) 644-3304


This page: MARC JACOBS duchess satin jacket, $18,000,; PRISM Mahe silver metallic bikini bottom, $140, Opposite page: ISABEL MARANT Nestor silk-blend lamĂŠ jacket, $925,; MOEVA SHARON bikini, $310,



NORMA KAMALI All Over Stud Jorge swimsuit, $725,


Who’s That Girl? Remember this name: Roosmarijn De KoK. We sat down with the 21-year-old Dutch native and Wilhelmina stunner to talk career goals, boys, and her take on those Gigi Hadid comparisons. by eddie roche How do you pronounce your name? It’s basically the Dutch version of Rosemary: Rose-Maren. When I introduce myself, I always say Rose. People also call me Rosie and Roosy. What’s your preferred name? I used to hate it when people called me Roos, but now I think it’s kind of cool, because nobody else has that name! You’re also this much closer to being a kangaroo! Exactly! Where were you discovered? At a birthday party. Another guest was a model, and he said I should look into it. He took a picture of me and sent it to Wilhelmina, and they saw it and wanted me to come to New York to sign me. I had planned to go to university after high school, so I looked at this as a gap year. Three years later, I’m still here! What were you going to major in? Economics and business. I really wanted to be an accountant. I like numbers. Math is my favorite. Whenever I go out to eat with my friends, I’m in charge with figuring out the tip amount! What was it like growing up in Holland? So different! I grew up in a small village with 2,000 people and one supermarket. Everyone knows everyone. But I love living in America. Were you like Belle in Beauty and the Beast? Kind of! It was very cute. Growing up, my backyard was the woods! What are Dutch people like? Open-minded and fun. They also make pretty babies! There are a lot of Dutch models! Dutch people are the tallest in the world! It’s proven. What have you been up to this summer? I went to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. We ate good food, laid by the pool, and went kayaking, which didn’t go so well. I fell into the water and scratched my knee. Where did you go out to eat? The American Hotel. The duck there is really good! We also went to the Surf Lodge. We had the large seafood platter, which was so delicious. It’s funny to see the difference between Sag Harbor and Montauk. We also had a bonfire on the beach, and the staff

cooked us lobster and seafood. I made s’mores for the first time. My favorite dessert in the city is s’mores pizza from Catch. That sounds disgusting! It’s delicious! What were your summers like as a kid? We always went camping and visited places like France, Spain, and Italy. I never realized how close everything is from Holland. You can drive anywhere from there. What were you like as a child? I’m shy when you first meet me. I need a little time to warm up to people, but I’m much more outgoing once you get to know me. I loved reading and doing math. I wasn’t what you would call a nerd, because I was still social. My most favorite thing was to hang out with my friends. School was really important to me. Will you go back to get a degree? I can’t model forever, so eventually, I’ll go back. But I’m not in a hurry. A lot of people are comparing you to Gigi Hadid. I’ve gotten that often; I don’t see it! But her mom is Dutch, so that might be where it comes from. Do you have a boyfriend? No! What do you look for in a guy? Tall, dark, and handsome. You and everybody else! I know! Personality is really important. I don’t really care about looks. Our industry is so superficial, so I want someone who is kind and cares about the world. Does it matter if he’s good at math? He can be bad at math. I’ll do all the math! Do you want kids? Two! I actually had my palm read recently, and apparently I’m going to have two kids. The reader said I’m going to have my first child before the age of 27. I’m cool with that. What else did the fortune-teller say? That I’m going to have a good career, but I don’t take it too seriously. What are your fashion goals? I’d like to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and Chanel. They’re both so different. I work a lot with VS, and it’s all about personality. I love working with them—they want you to be who you are. Do you like being a model? For the most part. I love that I get to travel so much, although sometimes I wish I was closer to Holland. My mom wants me to send her a message every day so she knows I’m alive! Which models do you look up to? Doutzen Kroes. She’s from Holland and she’s a great person. I don’t know her personally, but she seems like a great mom and she does a lot for charity. Do you want to become famous? Not really. That’s refreshing. Why not? I don’t care about fame. I just want to be surrounded by people I love. ß


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From Marrakech to Deer Valley, you know how to unwind in style. By EDDIE ROCHE & ASHLEY BAKER

MODEL JOURNEY What inspired your adventure in Bora Bora? I went there on one of my first Victoria’s Secret jobs about five or six years ago. I was only there for 24 hours, and I knew I had to come back. It’s so beautiful. The water is insane! I decided to take a trip back and I stayed for almost two weeks with my boyfriend, Tobias [Sorensen]. How did you end up staying at the St. Regis Bora Bora? I discovered it while watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The hotel looked amazing on the show, and I did some research and learned it was the St. Regis. What was the appeal? All the hotels in Bora Bora are built over the water, which is super cool, but this one had glass-bottom floors. When you are in your hotel, you can look down and see sharks and fishes swimming! The suites are also really nice. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

What’s it like to look down and see the sea? It was cool, but a little scary. There are a ton of sharks in Bora Bora. You wouldn’t really want to go in the ocean, although the locals insisted they wouldn’t bother us. Are you afraid of sharks? Terrified! How did you spend your time? We went to the main island, which is very small. We had a nice dinner at a family-owned restaurant. The seafood in Bora Bora is amazing. I ate the best red snapper of my life. On the other days, I relaxed. I would swim out in the ocean with the sharks, which was the most insane experience I’ve ever had. To be swimming with 10 sharks circling around… What inspired that decision? My boyfriend’s crazy! He said we should do it, and I forgot my GoPro camera the first time that we

went, so we ordered one from the main island, and did it again! Nobody was going to believe that we swam with sharks unless we had it on video. The second time, it took me about an hour to get in the water, because I was so terrified. I would never do it again! How did you spend your time on the beach? They had amazing drinks served in a coconut that were mixed with ice cream and rum. I had a lot of those! We also met an amazing family while we were there. They had two kids, and we would all play cards for a couple of hours every day. They taught us a lot of new games. The color of the water is stunning. Every time I describe the water there, I say that it looks like there is a light underneath it. It glowed, even at night! I’ve never seen water like that in my life.


For Jasmine Tookes, the IMG model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, the magical waters of Bora Bora are the perfect complement to her weekends in the Hamptons.

“there are a ton of sharks in bora bora… although the locals insisted they wouldn’t bother us.”

1. Tookes enjoying the pool at the St. Regis Bora Bora. 2. A view of the hotel’s bungalows, which are built over the water. 3. Tookes on the infamous catamaran. 4. Local flavor. 5. The island’s legendary sharks. 6. Sorensen and Tookes upon arrival. 7. Enjoying their final moments in paradise. “We’ll be back!” Tookes promises.

It looks like you went out on a catamaran. Neither of us knew how to steer it, so we got stuck out in the water for an hour. Someone had to come from the hotel to pull us back in with a Jet Ski because it was too difficult to handle. Were you scared? Terrified! Every time you looked down, there was a shark. This doesn’t sound like a relaxing trip! [Laughs] It really was! I would go back a million times. Where are you headed this summer? I’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives. Hopefully, I’ll make it. We understand you also bought a new house in the Hamptons. Yes! We like getting away, and as my agents know, I like to take my vacations. In the Hamptons, I’m able to get away, but I’m still close enough to the city to work. We like to go to the Hamptons every summer, and instead of having to rely on a hotel or finding a place, we finally bought. What do you love about the area? It reminds me a little bit of Newport Beach, California, which is close to where I grew up. It’s very familyoriented. I love being by the water, and everything is so clean. I really love the whole style of the Hamptons. Every time I visit, I fall in love with it more and more. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M


launch mode

When Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia decided to strike out on their own after years working side-by-side at Oscar de la Renta, the best friends decamped to Garcia’s family’s house in the Dominican Republic to develop their plan for fashion domination. A month later, Garcia explains, the label Monse was born.


What’s the Garcia house like? It’s on the beach, and super cute and cozy. Fernando’s family wasn’t there all the time, but we were definitely well taken care of. It was hard to get back to reality. He has a huge family, and they all own houses in the area, so we saw them a lot. I went to see Oscar’s wife, Annette [de la Renta], while I was there. She has two donkeys—they’re so cute. That house is insane, and the food is amazing. The de la Rentas always have the coolest guests—whenever we used to go, we’d see someone like Hillary Clinton. Do people ask you questions about Oscar in every single interview you do? Yeah, but it’s part of our life. I spent 12 years there. It’s hard to take that away from me. What’s the latest news from Monse? We’re doing our first Resort collection. It’s not going to be a show, just a photo shoot to keep the budget low. It’s looking really cute. We’re learning even more about our clients, and I’m trying to learn more about the financial side. There’s something new every day! What are your plans for the summer? A lot of work, but I want to take Fernando to Japan!

Fernando, how long have you been summering at this house? All my life. I was born in the Dominican Republic and the beach town we went to is Casa de Campo, which could be the equivalent of the Hamptons for New Yorkers. It’s where the locals go. It’s a very Dominican and European mix of people, and very homey. Everybody knows one another. It’s small enough that you can travel around in a golf cart. What’s your favorite thing about being there? Family. And the weather is incredible—you don’t have to worry about wearing layers. And the short plane ride is great! Is it very posh? It’s definitely not inexpensive to own a house there, but it’s beautiful, and full of very local people, which makes it unique. The rest of the island has a lot of hotels and resort areas, but this is where the Dominican crowd goes. How’s the traffic? It’s two hours away from the city, so it’s not terrible. What are your favorite things to do in the area? We go to Catalina, which is a tiny little island off the coast of Casa de Campo. A lot of people rent boats and go to the island. We hang out all day floating in the water, drinking, eating, and having an amazing time. Everybody heads back around dinnertime and then we meet up again at a restaurant, Peperoni. Known for its pepperoni? It sounds like it by the name, but the menu is very eclectic! There’s Asian food, Dominican food, Spanish food…a little bit of everything. It’s successful because it caters to a lot of different people. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

What inspired your monthlong stay? When we left Oscar de la Renta, we were ready to take that long vacation that you dream of when you quit a job. Laura’s family came, my family came. It was still a busy time, because I had to go back and forth to help Peter Copping with the Met Gala. What were your trips like when you visited Oscar? We’d go there to Punta Cana and work on the bridal collection. We’d bring him fabrics and embroidery swatches. I have a picture of Oscar that I posted on Instagram of him taking a nap and patting a dog. Do you ever take any mini-breaks from New York City? Whenever we need to take time off from the city and we can’t fly anywhere, we go to the Greenwich Hotel for a staycation. We love the spa, so we go to the pool, get drunk, and relax!

1. Kim in the library. 2. A colonial church in Casa de Campo. 3. An outdoor theater in Caso de Campo. 4. Garcia enjoying some libations. 5. Kim soaking up some sun.

WILDERNESS AFOOT How long have you and your family been going to Deer Valley? We traveled there for the first time for a ski holiday in 2006 and were completely besotted with the place. The staggering beauty of the mountains and the phenomenal snow really hooked us from the beginning. After a couple of years, we bought a place, knowing that it would always be our refuge. How often do you go? About twice year, always around Christmas and New Year’s, and usually during the summer. Did your move to London impact your vacations? We used to visit Deer Valley more frequently for small weekend visits when we were living in New York. Obviously, it’s a lot further to travel there now that we live in London, but we still manage to make it at least twice a year. [My husband] Olivier usually takes a boys ski trip there one weekend during the year. Why do you find yourselves drawn to the place? There’s a quote by Wallace Stegner from Wilderness at the Edge: “The Utah deserts and plateaus and canyons are not a country of big returns, but a country of spiritual healing.… We depend on it increasingly for relief from the termite life we have created.” That really sums it up for us. Deer Valley is the antidote to our nonstop, overprogrammed city life. It’s where we go to unspool and reboot. The landscape is so powerful that it puts the trivialities of life into perspective. Do your daughters love Deer Valley? Emmanuelle and Alexandra love it for the same reasons that we do: Deer Valley is a refuge from their

“The staggering beauty of the mountains and the phenomenal snow really hooked us from the beginning.”

For Dana Gers, the London-based SVP of global brand marketing and communications at Jimmy Choo, summer means a return to her family’s home in their beloved Deer Valley, Utah. hectic daily lives. It’s a place where we spend time together as a family in a simple reductive way— hiking, biking, swimming, going to farmer’s markets, cooking, lying under the stars at an outdoor concert. Where do you go horseback riding? We love Bryce Canyon, one of Utah’s “mighty five” national parks. We ride horses—or mules, in the case of Olivier and Alexandra—down the canyon through the hoodoos into one of the natural rock amphitheaters. It’s the same spot where they filmed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Where are your favorite places to hike? There are more than 150 miles of spectacular trails in Park City, and we usually start the day with a morning hike on one of them. What about rafting? The Weber River meanders through the countryside, sluicing the cliffs alongside the old Union Pacific Railroad. White water rafting here is really more like an ambling float down river. Where do you go paddleboarding? There’s a little pond at the base of Deer Valley, and Olivier and Alexandra had an American Gladiators– style standoff to see who would be the first toppled into the water. Nobody stayed dry, let’s put it that way. Which bike race did Olivier participate in? The Tour of Utah is a professional weeklong cycling event that follows the Tour de France, and they have an amateur day for recreational cyclists that spans 110 miles with more than 12,000 feet of elevation, finishing at the top of Snowbird mountain. It’s a lung-buster for most mortals, but Olivier finished like a champ. 1. “This was originally a homestead and a dairy barn in the 1800s, and was purchased by the local residents to preserve the entry corridor to town,” Gers says. “It’s supposed to be one of the most photographed barns in the U.S., and they dress it up with a big American flag in the summer to encourage photo moments.” 2. The Gers family riding at Bryce Canyon. 3. A view of the Weber River. 4. Dana Gers.




For Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, far-flung inspiration has always been part of their M.O. As hippie chic co-founders of Juicy Couture and current masterminds behind up-and-coming brand Pam & Gela, the best friends and long-term collaborators find their private bliss in Mexico and Morocco. 2




What intrigued you about this place? I love exploring Mexico. It’s my drop-out spot of choice. For my big 5-0, I rented the Moor-inspired palace Cuixmala, which was once the private home of James Goldsmith. It’s bohemian glamour to the max, set in a private tropical hideaway with sweeping swimming pools overlooking miles of untouched white sand beaches and a wild game reserve with zebras and giraffes roaming the grounds. La Lomas, the main house, was one of the most beautiful and legendary homes I have ever seen. The look, the weather…it was amazing. We went to houses all around the neighborhood and looked at the architecture. And we drank a ton of tequila. Any excursions you’d recommend? We took a day trip to Sayulita, which is a hippie surf spot about two hours away. How long have you been going to Mexico? I’ve been going there since the ’70s with my parents. We used to go to Mexico City and Acapulco when it was amazing, and now, it’s having a resurgence. What was it like when you were a kid? Really amazing! It wasn’t polluted, the water was incredible…it was totally different in the ’70s. I grew up in L.A., in the San Fernando Valley. My dad’s a FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

doctor, and my mom was the Martha Stewart of the Valley. My parents are New Englanders, and they came to California, saw the sunshine, and never went back. We grew up, all of us, totally obsessed with beach vacations all around the world. We love the water—my mom boogie boarded into her seventies! We’re tanorexics who love the sun. Are you a surfer? Yes. Well, I was. My brother is still a big surfer! How often do you go to Mexico now? Any chance I can get. It’s two hours away, so it’s an easy weekend spot. We love the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. The food and service are incredible; I love the Mexican people. I really just like being in the water, and if you’re adventurous, get in the car and go to Sayulita! Are you a big eater when you’re on vacation? I love Mexican food. It’s really, really clean. And the fish is so fresh! What’s your vacation look? A big hat, a bathing suit, and a serape or hippie dress. I can’t tell you how much we love a beach vacation. But my son is so normcore, he’s not into the beach thing. Sad, but true. That’s why we went to Japan over Christmas!



1. The beach at Punta Mita. 2. A Sayulita boutique specializing in hand-dyed yarn and baskets. 3. An exterior of the boutique Pachamama, owned by the famous Mignot sisters. 4. Pam on the beach in Punta Mita. 5. A closer look at Pachamama. 6 Standing in the wings at La Casa Love Hotel in Sayulita.

“You lOok at the city, and it’s all that same amazing color of reddishorange. it looks like a Jewel in the desert.”

1. Outside the Koutoubia Mosque. 2. Jewelry shopping in the souks in the medina in the Old City. 3. Taking a shopping break in front of Royal Mansour. 4. Gela’s husband, musician John Taylor, makes some special friends in Jemaa el-Fnaa square. 5. Taking a closer look at the spice scene in Jemaa el-Fnaa square. 6. Gela catches a ride in the Atlas Mountains. 5

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How did you end up in Morocco? My husband [Duran Duran’s John Taylor] and I have a house in England. Morocco is pretty close, and I had always, always wanted to go to Marrakech and Tangiers. For years and years, we went to all the major cities, like London and Paris and Sicily and Rome, but I wanted to go somewhere more exotic. We finally went, and it was unbelievable—we had the most amazing time. You and Pam are so visual—Marrakech must have been a feast of the senses. From the second you land at that beautiful airport, you look at the city, and it’s all that same amazing color of reddish-orange. It looks like a jewel in the desert. How did you spend your first night there? We went out! I wore my little Dries fur, and we went crazy. The belly dancers! John looks very comfortable around the monkeys. One of them could have been wearing a Juicy tracksuit; it had that kind of vibe. Did you shop? I woke up in the middle of the night and said to John, “What happened to us?” It was like I had a bull’s-eye

on me—everyone who was trying to sell something was like, “Yep, that’s her!” They’d pull me into the souks. The jewelry! I was out of control. I went absolutely crazy. What did you think of the Majorelle Gardens? They made me cry. They were so beautiful! I really got the sense of Yves Saint Laurent and all those dropouts, going to Morocco, smoking hookahs, and being liberated while surrounding themselves with the most beautiful visual things. Where do you want to go next? I have a friend who has a house in Tangiers, and John ran into someone who just got back from the Sahara, and they went on a tent trip that they said was lifechanging. But I loved every second of Morocco. Pam: Gela brought me back the best birthday present ever, ever, ever. She had a Moroccan tent sent home and set up for my surprise party. The pictures of that party are amazing! You look pretty fearless on that donkey. I loved it. That donkey was brilliant, and I could have gone across the Sahara on him. I was a big rider as a kid—I had a horse and a pony. But it was very hard to get John up on that camel, I have to say. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M


STAR POWER Clockwise from left: Natalie Dormer, winner of MaxMara’s Face of the Future Award; the John Singer Sargent drawing of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; the making of the Whitney bag; the finished product; Maria Giulia Maramotti.



From an enduring partnership with the Whitney Museum to lending support to students, MaxMara’s commitment to supporting and celebrating the arts extends well beyond the brand’s efforts in its native Italy. Maria Giulia Maramotti, the brand’s U.S. director of retail, explains why the arts are so fundamental to MaxMara’s mission. BY ASHLEY BAKER


Why are the arts such an integral part of the brand story? My grandfather was part of the Italian art world and the Roman school back in the 1970s. He then started to collect American art as well. As a family, we’ve acknowledged art as a way of elevating fashion. The idea of connecting fashion and art has always had to do with inspiration. Our collections include Bauhaus, Kandinsky paintings, and contemporary pieces; promoting education and art is something we’ve always felt strongly about. How did MaxMara team up with the Whitney? We have a very organic relationship with the Whitney Museum that dates back to the years when we lent them several pieces from our collection. In May 2013, we sponsored their art party, which we’ve been doing for the past three years now. It was a no-brainer for us. The organization is managed almost like a family, so it was really easy for me and my family to start the conversation. What was it like to collaborate with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Whitney bag? That was an incredible opportunity for us. When we were first thinking about doing a project like that, we thought that Renzo Piano was never going to say yes. He’s never really done any commissioned work outside of his own, and in fact, it was very

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interesting. When we pitched the idea, there was synergy between MaxMara and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop—both Italian traditions, both very interested in design and craftsmanship. Renzo Piano, himself, and his team were really fun to work with. For us, it was a great opportunity. It took him, like, 15 minutes to design the bag. He has incredible talent. Working with him and his team enabled us to learn and think outside the box from a design perspective rather than a fashion perspective. When the Whitney bags launched, they were limited-edition. How have they evolved? Last year, the inspiration for the limited-edition styles was the museum—the color of the bag itself was the same color as the museum, and the shape is inspired completely by the roof. This year we got the inspiration from the new exhibition, “Human Interest: Portraits From the Whitney’s Collection,” which launched on April 27. It’s a portrait selection from the Whitney’s permanent collection. We maintained the shape of the bag, but we embossed it with flowers and shapes from a Léon Bakst costume worn by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who was the founder of the museum, in a portrait by John Singer Sargent. It’s a very neutral beige tone. There are only 400 of the limited-edition bags sold worldwide. The Whitney bag has become an important part

“These are difficult times, and cultivating beauty, education, and art is a way of elevating humanity.”

of the handbag collection. Why has it resonated? MaxMara has been evolving. Through this project, we were able to tap into the designconscious and fashion-forward client. Working with Renzo Piano was a good way for the brand to be acknowledged for what it is: We’ve been around for 65 years; MaxMara is a part of fashion history. Several costume institutes at museums have asked us to gift the bag, so the Renzo Piano bag is in the Arizona and Chicago costume institutes, as well as part of the permanent collection at FIT. MaxMara’s Face of the Future Award, honoring an actress, has become a highlight of Hollywood’s calendar. What are you looking for? We really go toward an actress who is in a really strategic place in her career, who can be a model for her generation. For me, the Face of the Future Award is ageless. I don’t care if a woman is 60 or 15—the idea is to have someone who is at a turning point. Whenever we pick a woman, we try to pick a woman who is really strong in her own way, who cares about her beauty, but also about her mind and inner beauty. That’s who the MaxMara woman is. This year, you honored Natalie Dormer. What impressed you about her? I’m a huge fan of movies and TV, and I loved her work in The Tudors. Her role in Game of Thrones has put an international light on her, and her role in Hunger Games is very powerful. What we like about Natalie is she is so brilliant and beautiful with a great sense of humor. It was quite a natural choice. What I like about the MaxMara Face of the Future Award is that we’ve awarded women from Australia, the U.K., and the United States—it’s very international. As it should be, because the film industry is such an international one. What’s the story behind your work with the National YoungArts Foundation? YoungArts is my baby. It’s one of the most exciting

and beautiful experiences I’ve had in my whole career. It started when we opened our flagship in Miami last year. We really wanted to make a point about the brand being out there. When I found out about the YoungArts project being such an amazing organization that promotes and really inspires students across the board, it was a no-brainer for me to sponsor the organization’s Backyard Ball. I became very close to Sarah Arison, who is on the board of trustees of YoungArts, and we share so much passion for being close to these young people who are really the future of art. We decided to partner again in Miami the following year to institute a scholarship called the MaxMara Young Visionary Award. We select a panel of finalists across the board—this year, we had a dancer, a painter, an actor. We ended up awarding Javon Jones, an incredible 18-year-old dancer based out of Detroit. Two weeks later, Sarah e-mailed me and said he got into Juilliard—class of 2020. I almost cried; I was so proud of him and the whole project. We can really change things. Then, when Sarah asked us to sponsor the NYC chapter, we were definitely on board. I learned about art from my grandfather, and he always told me that that’s how the world can really change. These are difficult times, and cultivating beauty, education, and art is a way of elevating humanity. Your Art Prize for Women honors a female artist in the U.K., and provides her with a sixmonth residency in Italy to create a piece for the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia. The work is commissioned, but only in the sense that they need to work on something. We’ve had so many different takes. This year, the prize went to Emma Hart, an artist who works across ceramics, video, photography, and sound. How do you incorporate art into everyday life? I go to the Whitney probably once a month. I’ve been living in New York for the past five years; I consider it home. To have this beautiful building celebrating the city is really emotional for me. The building itself is incredible. On the terraces, you can really see the city. One of the other parts I like the most are the elevators—it was so interesting, the idea that they created artwork within them. What I respect very much about the Whitney is the choices they make in their own buying. They are brave; they like to support young artists. Last year, I went to see the museum with Adam Weinberg and Donna De Salvo, and it was incredible. It was almost a historical moment—they were discussing where to put the Donald Judd, versus the Bruce Nauman. And they’re very down-to-earth, which I very much respect. ß Faces of the future (From top) Javon Jones, a Juilliard-bound dancer who was endowed with the first MaxMara Young Visionary Award; Emma Hart, the recipient of the brand’s Art Prize for Women. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

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PAT CLEVELAND, UNFILTERED pat in repose Shot by Chuck Howard for Vogue in 1973.

With her signature walk, vibrant personality, and singular brand of chic, Pat Cleveland is one of the most famous models to ever hit the runways. Five decades after she first emerged on the scene, Cleveland is reliving her years as a muse to designers Halston, Stephen Burrows, Karl Lagerfeld, and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez in her new memoir, Walking With the Muses. Cleveland, whose way of speaking is as magnetic as her looks, reveals what it was like opening up about her childhood, her love affairs, and her path to icon status. Your first love, known only as Matthew, played an important role in your life and is covered extensively in the book. Where is he now? Either dead or alive? I’m sure if people comb through the streets of New York, they’ll probably see him somewhere sitting and philosophizing and being who he is. You think you’re going to go in and change that person, but you’re not that person. God bless him. [Laughs] Which chapters did you enjoy writing the most? The chapters about my mother; she was not well during the time I was writing them. She passed away last year just as I was getting the book together, so she didn’t get to read it. Growing up, you don’t realize how special things are until you get out in the world. I could see my roots and the plan for my life, which made me feel really strong. What do you think your mother would have thought of your book? She may not have liked it all! She was a private person—very sophisticated and dignified. Since she was a painter of moments in American history, she probably would have appreciated the book, eventually. But she would always say, “No, do it a different way, and put more of me in it.” While I was writing my book she kept asking me when I was going to write her book. I’m sure there’s a book there! I’m starting that one next. How did you remember your life in such detail? I kept diaries since I was 16. I’ve always loved to listen to people, and I remember everything. If a train is coming at you full speed, you will never forget it—if you live through it. How did you emerge as one of the first black supermodels? There had to be new people representing the times. Once in a while, you put the hot pepper in the sauce…maybe I’m a touch of cayenne,


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who knows? When I first came around, it was all about change, and mixing up the culture—trying to find out where you belong. We all thought we were going to change the world, and be one, and be in love with each other. There was a rainbow feeling, like every color counts. In the ’60s, music changed everything—how war affected young men, how women wanted to be strong by wearing pants and no bra and skirts up to their tookus. [Laughs] Everyone wanted freedom. Fashion came into my life because it was something I thought I had a talent for. I wanted to be a designer, but I found I had another purpose: I could fly the flag and be the flagpole for those who were much more talented than I was. Your famous walk certainly brought them to life. How did you develop such a distinct way of moving? It’s all about not falling off the runway and being a bit of an athlete. When you have to move quickly, you develop balances, so it became a dance. It’s different in every decade, because the music you’re listening to moves your body and soul. Your daughter, Anna Cleveland, has a similar presence on the runway. Oh, I’m glad you like her, because she loves what she’s doing. How did you feel about her entering the modeling world? It was a safe road for her, because I knew who was involved. She was encased in this protective egg of fashion where everybody knew her. From your perspective, how has the industry changed the most? Over 50 years, there have been a lot of changes because of women’s rights, the mix of black and white, and international travel. Also, big corporations have taken over fashion, and it’s all about numbers, hits, and likes. The art is so tiny now. When I started out, we didn’t have all these means of communications. It was just a room full of society ladies and royals, and it was a much more secretive thing. Everybody else had to wait to get the knockoffs! You write about having many of your most prized outfits pinched by an ex. He took off with just about everything I wasn’t traveling with. I still had some Stephen Burrows, but now, those pieces belong to a museum. Oh, believe me, I had so many wonderful things. It’s heartbreaking! Scary, too. Which piece have you cherished the most? A Stephen Burrows cloud dress in a simple matte jersey with a sky cloud pattern and a long train. I used to wear it in London with a red ostrich-feathered fan. I would wear platform shoes in gold, so I looked as though I was a cloud coming into the room—but I was always working my red feathered fan, of course. So maybe I was a big red bird flying in the sky! Do you still keep in touch with Stephen Burrows? Absolutely! He comes to visit me, and I visit him. He’s always the same happy, simple, and easygoing person. He’s so kind. Of course, I keep in touch with other friends too, like Steven Meisel. He was in school with me, and he’s a good friend. I still hang out with Corey Tippen and Antonio Lopez’s friends. It’s like a little club. We know that we had an experience that is not repeatable. One of those experiences was the Battle of Versailles. What has it been like for you to see all the recent coverage on that event? It’s important that someone took notice that there was a change in culture and that people can come together and experience the same kind of things,

The Entourage (Clockwise from left) Cleveland with Stephen Burrows in his “lettuce dress”; Cleveland with Antonio Lopez at Vogue; Cleveland at Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment, photographed by Guy Bourdin; Cleveland at Régine’s with Andy Warhol.

whether you’re royal or you’re from 90th Street. In that moment, seeing all the girls enjoying themselves in Paris, arm-in-arm and holding hands, walking down the Hall of Mirrors with Givenchy and just having a really good time was so wonderful. We weren’t thinking about business or social status. We were in heaven! You were very close to Halston, who had a reputation for being difficult. It’s totally unfair. If he were an animal, he would be a swan. He had a nice long neck. He always used to say to me, “My neck is too long!” That’s why he wore turtlenecks all the time. He was always protecting me like a big brother. I was so in love with him. Oh, my God, he was so beautiful! And he was so generous. You had to deal with many difficult personalities throughout your career. How did you learn to navigate them? You’ve got to be like a seed in the wind. If you can’t land on a rock, go somewhere where the soil is ready and open for you. You can’t always be mad about things. Don’t try to knock down the same door, because there are other doors to open. You’ve got to find your way. If one person says no, then you say, “Well, okay. Next!” Milan was a door that did not open for you, but luckily, Paris did. I got a bit thrown off, but I went where my friends were, and I was safer in Paris. Girls, be safe! You know when you’re young, and you look in a magazine, and you see a beautiful girl standing in Greece on top of pillars and doing wonderful things and you say, “Why can’t my life be like that?” It was the most real thing. It was like I woke up, and I wasn’t dreaming. It was actually happening to me. You met Karl Lagerfeld during that time. How has your relationship evolved over the years? Oh, he is on his path; he always has been. He’s so creative and open to new things. I’m so thankful to him for opening the doors of his home to me, allowing me to be part of his life, and showing me his lifestyle. He sticks with it, and he’s a hard worker. That’s why he is

still so relevant, because he’s out there working it all the time. His work is his best lover. So that’s how it is— you marry your career and you have a lot of friends. One of our favorite stories from the memoirs was when Jerry Hall fell on top of Valentino at your house party. At the time, I was living in Châtelet in Paris, which was not a nice area then. I was so surprised everybody showed up, but they just wanted to have a good time! It was a delicate little duplex on rue SaintMartin, and everyone was working those stairs and posing. A bunch of drag queens showed up and hung off the banister. Eventually, the stairs just couldn’t take it anymore, and that’s when Jerry fell. If only a camera could have captured that moment. We didn’t do cameras at private parties. Everything was really private! You went to a party and you didn’t take one picture. You were lucky if you even heard about the party because you had to find out through the grapevine. What have you learned from writing your memoirs? The process of writing is about so much more than just myself. Those who read it really become a part of me. Maybe they’ve shared the same experiences, or maybe they will learn to be careful! What was the most difficult subject to tackle? My lovers. It changes your life to share it with someone for a long period of time, and writing those chapters was both tender and hurtful. It was difficult to see that even with all that love, some relationships have to end. I want to be forgiving and honest about my vulnerability. Girls these days don’t want to give into anything—we’re so career-oriented, but we still have that tender side that hurts. After five decades in the industry, you look as fabulous as ever. What’s your secret? You have to put your feet in the grass and wiggle your toes, touch your nose, bend forward, stand up, look at the sun, eat some vegetables, swim a little bit, make sure you get some sleep, and fall in love! ß FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

stepForward WOMEN AT WORK Susan Duffy (second from left) and her colleagues get to work at a new school in Guatemala.

GROUNDBREAKING DEVELOPMENTS When did you start the partnership? Earlier this year. I think Pencils of Promise thought of us because we’ve been doing things like this in other parts of the world—building schools, helping kids get through college. Each year, we’ve been fortunate enough to have a successful season. You ladies seem to like what I make, so we give back. When this project came across my desk, it seemed like a wonderful thing to get involved in. How is the partnership unfolding? We were presented with opportunities to fund schools in a few different places, and while we picked Guatemala, Ghana, and Laos, we would have gone anywhere recommended. Guatemala is especially interesting, because our team is able to visit there, and we really want to see what’s going on. Earlier this month, a group of staffers from Stuart Weitzman visited. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

What were you like as a student? I was a good student! I’ve always been a competitive guy, and I guess it showed up even when I was in high school. I wanted to be on the top. I had the second-highest grades in my high school among the guys—there were eight brilliant girls between our valedictorian and me. Do you go back to your high school reunions? Yes. I actually hit our 50th this year. Our school, Hewlett High School [on Long Island], has a hall of fame for alumni, and it turns out that two designers actually graduated from there—myself and Donna Karan. We have our special wall in the hall of fame! You drew quite the crowd at your dinner to kick off the partnership—Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls... I don’t know how other companies work, but we grew as a family business, and many of the people who are with us have been around for 20 or 30 years. Models

who are used to being placed in campaigns at huge companies don’t always get to meet the bosses or deal with the ins and outs of the photography, but we get friendly with models. It started with Mario Testino, who recommended Natalia Vodianova to us. And then came Kate Moss, and Gigi, and the current group. The models who came to our dinner really wanted to be there—it wasn’t part of a contract. We told them what we were doing, and they wanted to help raise awareness for it, because it is such a wonderful cause. Your Spring campaign with Gigi, Joan, and Lily Aldridge caused quite a stir. How did that impact the business? All our campaigns have had a similar impact, and they build on each other. We modeled the picture of the three girls on the Tre Grazie statue in Italy. It was a catchy idea that told a great story, and the press

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Stuart Weitzman’s transformational take on the footwear industry is the stuff of legend, and same goes for the designer’s philanthropic efforts. Here, he explains the brand’s latest partnership with Pencils of Promise, an organization that builds schools in underserved communities throughout the world. BY ASHLEY BAKER

loved the fact that it was not just a picture, but a recreation of something that’s very well-known. Of all the campaigns Mario has shot, do you have any personal favorites? The fabulous, hit-you-in-the-face image of Gisele in the boots. They were thigh-high, believe it or not—her legs are so long that they almost didn’t reach the middle of her thigh. We understand that you recently competed in a serious table tennis tournament? I did! It’s called the World Veteran Table Tennis Championships. It’s the third-largest athletic event that takes place in the world, after the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. Something like 5,000 athletes play in it, and many of them are world champions in their youth. It is a very high-level active sport. The reason I signed up is because they decided to hold it in Elche, which is 20 minutes from where I live in Spain. How can I not? I have no world ranking, because I don’t play tournaments, but I guess I’m their local celebrity, so they made room for me to become a player. How long have you been involved with the sport? A lot of guys played as kids—we all had a table in the basement, or a friend who had one. I didn’t play for many years, as I got involved in business and other things. I used to play a lot of squash, which is grueling on your knees. After a certain age, you realize that you’re going to destroy them unless you give up squash. So around age 45 or 50, I started to play table tennis again, and I had so much fun with it. I didn’t have any trouble falling in love. Who are your favorite competitors? People who are better than me! That would go for most any sport, because you’ll always play your best if the person you are playing with is just a little bit better than you. If that person is a lot better than you then you probably won’t play your best, because you won’t have an opportunity to even get to that level. The sport is undergoing a real resurgence. There are clubs now in every city, and they’re packed. They figured out how to make table tennis clubs into hangouts, with bars and restaurants where people go on dates. It’s a pretty profitable business right now for those who got into it when it started to grow. ß show the love Proceeds from the exclusive yellow suede version of Stuart Weitzman’s Nearly Nude block-heel sandal, $398, will support the building of schools. Available at and select flagship boutiques.

learning in action Susan Duffy meets a student; photos of the school that will be replaced by the new Pencils of Promise project.

FIELD REPORT Despite the school’s dark, crowded conditions, students at Comunidad Candelaria in Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, are motivated to learn. As a direct result of Stuart Weitzman’s support, Pencils of Promise has partnered with the local community in Guatemala to begin construction on a four-classroom school. Susan Duffy, Stuart Weitzman’s chief marketing officer, reports on her experiences at the groundbreaking. What were your impressions of seeing the Pencils of Promise mission in action? The experience was life-changing. Despite the financial hardship and limited resources in this remote area of Guatemala, I was struck by the desire of the community to provide a better future for their families through education. It was impressive to see the entire village uniting to make their dream a reality. I loved seeing the smiles of the children and was overwhelmed by the thanks and appreciation. What did you accomplish during your time there? It’s not often that donors are able to see firsthand where their monies go and what a profound impact donations can have in building a better future. As a team, I don’t believe we had fully processed the dire need of the communities. We were invited into family homes and were able to see how challenging their situations were. Most important, we were able

to see the success of the organization’s efforts. The trip was an amazing opportunity to experience how Pencils of Promise had successfully engaged with the villages and how a better education can help to alleviate health issues and eliminate gender inequality. What makes Pencils of Promise so unique? As a company, Stuart Weitzman believes that every child should have access to a quality education and that education can help make the world a better place. The Pencils of Promise team is incredibly dedicated and driven to making this a reality. It was impressive to see their ability to collaborate and partner with the communities. For example, communities must commit to provide 20 percent of the cost of each school through labor and materials. Promise committees are established at each school site, comprised of four women and four men who steer the school’s future. The country directors are from the countries they lead, and they really respond to the challenges in an authentic way and remain committed. They really are reshaping the future of so many families and enhancing their lives.

Natalie Ebel, marketing director at Pencils of Promises, explains why the organization focused on Comunidad Candelaria. What made that particular area in Guatemala in such urgent need of a school? We only build schools in high-need areas, what we call “last-mile” communities. This particular community was in need of assistance, but for many years had asked for help and was unable to receive it. When Pencils of Promise scouted the community, our team saw that a provisional structure—a shed—made out of metal sheets with a low roof and dirt floor served as a school for five grades of students. The space became very hot due to the geographic climate, and students often had to learn outdoors, beneath trees, because the heat made it too uncomfortable to learn indoors. How exactly does Pencils of Promise identify these communities and see the project through from conception to execution? After our team scouts the community and

determines from our internal rubric that we’d like to work with them to build a school, we form a Promise committee of four women and four men who serve as liaisons to the Pencils of Promise team. The driving factor behind any of our school builds is partnership; we partner with local governments and communities before we decide to build anywhere. For each project, we require a 20 percent cost share commitment from the community, which is usually provided through labor and materials. We also have local Pencils of Promise staff on the ground who oversee each project. A school build is truly a community effort, and that’s what makes our schools so successful. What is the timeline for the building of schools in Ghana and Laos? It typically takes between three to six months from the day we break ground on a school to its completion in all the countries we work in. Obviously this can change given the weather conditions—if it’s rainy season, for example— but it’s usually within that time frame. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

Natural Beauty

Heaven on Earth

Our go-to garden guru returns with tips to ensure your grass is always greenest. Whether it’s intel on the natural gardening movement, who’s designing chic lawn décor, or simply protecting your plants from pesky deer, Unlimited Earth Care’s founder, landscape architect Frederico Azevedo, has all the answers. BY KRISTEN HEINZINGER

First things first: Which trends are popular out East this summer? Definitely the natural gardening movement and organic gardening. I’ve been working with organic plants since 1990, when no one was talking about organic or sustainable gardens. First, you have to make sure that the plants are able to be grown organically by choosing native plants. That’s the best way to guarantee low use of pesticides and water, because water is also a problem. It’s important to choose flowers that bloom at different times, so you have blooms from the beginning of the season until the end. When certain varieties of flowers stop blooming, the others start, so every time you look at the garden, it’s a different experience. If you plant everything that blooms in the early spring, you will have summer and fall without anything. Or vice versa. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

Which plants that are native to the East End do you prefer? I love Ironwood—it has a big white flower—bayberry, coneflower, menards, Clethra alnifolia, hyacinth, fern, and beach grass. Is there high demand for exotic, nonnative plants? Not really. I try to get my clients to be more inclined to plant what’s going to work. Sometimes, they go on a trip and have an image of something they saw and want to transport it to their backyard, but that usually doesn’t work. What I try to do is translate those ideas, and adapt them to something that won’t cause frustration. What’s your advice for dealing with deer? In East Hampton, the population of deer is amazing,

and they’re really predators of gardens. The best thing is to choose varieties that don’t attract them, like salvia, calamintha, sage, lavender, agastache, peonies, and all varieties of ferns. And you can build a fence, too! How are clients ensuring that their properties stay private? Privacy between neighbors is more common than privacy from the road these days. Houses built during the ’60s and ’70s had high hedges in the front, but that has faded away as people want their homes exposed. The hedges are much lower, and you can approach more of the house from the street. Hedges in different kinds of evergreens give more privacy and are always the best way to go, as they screen year-round.

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“IT’s important to choose flowers that bloom at different times, so you have blooms from the beginning of the season until the end.”

How do you treat front yards and backyards differently? People are more inclined to spend time in the backyard versus the front yard. The front yard is more functional; it’s either the way you’re going to get into the garage or to the backyard or into the house, or out from the driveway to the street. So the position of the driveway is a big thing in the front yard’s design. The backyard is all about your outdoor living. Where is the patio going to be located? Where will you be entertaining? Where will the pool go? What is the size of the pool house? It’s also about the views of the gardens from the house, like the screening of tennis courts, if the house has them. In the front yard, it’s important to have a good space for parking, because street parking is always a question out here. And it’s important to create an attractive foundation garden to give depth to the house so you don’t see where it ends, but just see a beautiful contouring of gardens. What’s one of the more obscure projects you’ve worked on lately? A rooftop tennis court, which we screened with hedges. We created terrace gardens on the roof to

surround the courts and a lounge area. Normally, I do more terrace gardens in the city. We hear you hosted a special gallery at your Bridgehampton Concept Store. On June 11, we put up the exhibition of Frédéric Avella, a French artist. I met him in Paris, where he did the windows for Le Bon Marché during the men’s shows. He did flamingo sculptures made of fiberglass. Last year, I brought over some of his sculptures to the Hamptons, and I sold out in less than 30 days. This year, he came for the opening of the exhibition. Basically, the sculptures are oversize animals designed in a cartoon form from fiberglass. They’re pretty much all white, wearing striped blue and white tank tops. There were clients calling to reserve the pieces before they went on sale. What else is new at the shop? We always have new pots made of fiberglass in different colors. This year, we have them in fuchsia, which is a new color for us. We have sculptures of fruits, like a black apple and a green pear. From an Italian company, we have amazing benches. One looks like a wheelbarrow, but since it’s a flatbed it’s actually a garden bench. We also have different kinds of lanterns with candles. We sell mostly things that I design or by European designers. I go to different fairs in Europe and try to pick out the most unusual pieces. I spend the offseason researching, meeting different designers, and networking with landscapers. What do you do to take a break from gardening? I’m very busy—I work, like, 15 hours a day—so on Sundays I like to paddleboard in Shelter Island on Sunset Beach. I also like to bike there, and go to the farmer’s market. What’s going on in your personal garden? It’s always exciting, and I’m always looking into it. My son and my daughter really treasure it, and grew up appreciating it more than me, actually. Hearing them talk about our garden makes me like it even more. I remember when my son was really small, we went to see a Disney movie, and it had this amazing garden, and he said, “Dad, that’s one of your gardens, right?” What are you looking forward to experimenting with in your own garden this summer? Because I live in North Haven, the garden is very exposed to the deer. I always like to experiment with different kinds of flowers and see how they react being exposed to the wildlife. What do you do when something you didn’t plant appears? Usually it’s carried from a neighbor or another neighborhood by the wind. There’s a holly tree that grew from a seed of the holly tree from a neighbor next door and has been growing since we moved here in 1996. I love it when things just show up. ß


As the natural gardening movement continues to blossom, Azevedo dissects one of his chic creations.

1. Heliopsis “I put them at the back because they’re taller and bloom from the end of June and into August. They also attract butterflies.”

2. SALVIA “It’s a purple flower, but the flowers are already drying [in this garden] so just the tips are purple. Salvia is one of the first to bloom, in May.”

3. SHASTA DAISY “Daisies are field flowers, so there’s nothing more appropriate in a farm field. They naturally grow to be 3 to 3.5 feet tall.”

4. ECHINACEA (CONEFLOWER) “This flower is native to the Hamptons, so it’s easier to grow naturally.”

5. CREPE MYRTLE “It’s a pretty fuchsia, like Lythrum, and blooms from August to September. But by the time it does, the Lythrum is no longer in bloom.”

6. LYTHRUM “I like to mix shapes and heights, like the round shape of the daisy with the vertical shape of the Lythrum. Your eyes should have movement.”


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How’s your beach bod? It’s okay to obsess, loves. Just as long as you tell us exactly what you’re doing! By Sydney Sadick

“My go-to workout is SoulCycle. I also just started Pilates at Karen Lord Pilates Movement. It’s really good!” —Sophie Elgort

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“I have a trainer who keeps me on my regimen, and I also like to go hiking in L.A. with friends.” —Stella Maxwell


“My winter body is in better shape than my summer body.”

“I love to run outdoors, and once the weather turns, I usually do drop-off with my kids, and then run around the Central Park Reservoir twice. I also walk about three miles a day in this city. I consider carrying my three-year-old twins to be the best upper body workout there is!”

—Maxwell Osborne

—Shoshanna Gruss

“I got really lucky because my birthday is May 1, and I do a girls trip to Miami every year to get it together before the summer.”

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“I’m trying to take my body back for summer. That’s my goal: SoulCycle three times a day for two weeks. Then I might be ready. I love Angela Davis—she’s my guru—and Pixie. I get so much out of not only the workout, but also out of the spiritual cleansing.”

—Jennifer Fisher

—Jeremy Scott

“It’s good. I’m experimenting with the five-two diets. Today is one of the two fasting days, so I’m usually way prettier and funnier.”

“I don’t work out. I think it’s because I travel so much and work and dance.”

—Chris Benz

“Horrible. I’m at MY all-time high—I haven’t had time to exercise.” —Andy Cohen

—Paris Hilton

“I just went to SLT for the first time, and I’m in agony. I’m surprised I’m walking. But I’m going to go back!” —Zanna roberts Rassi

“It’s coming along well! I’ve had no choice but to work on it year-round. I’m excited to get to a beach, though. The weather is finally starting to change. I’m ready to get on some sand.” —Victor Cruz

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“I’m never afraid to say, ‘I told you so!’ I quite enjoy it, actually.”

“I’m always shocked by how people are livinG.”


“There’s a lot of entitlement here.”

“Don’t we all judge a little? It’s an occupational hazard.”


i’m a tortured interior designer How does a renowned decorator of the East End’s most affluent residents put up with his high-maintenance clients? One frazzled tastemaker anonymously sounds off on the obsessive behavior, blown budgets, and unwelcome advances that make his blood boil.


AS TOLD TO EDDIE ROCHE Do you prefer being called an interior decorator or designer? Designer, of course. Good to know. What’s the biggest challenge of working in the Hamptons? The craziness of the clients. Everyone has really unrealistic expectations. They want things to happen immediately and don’t care about how long things take to get made. There’s a lot of entitlement here. What do you mean by that? A lot of people believe that the more money they have, the faster things should happen for them. When I work with tradespeople on custom furniture, there’s a standard timeline. It takes as long as it takes. It’s called common sense, which a lot of clients can’t comprehend. I’m not selling sweaters here! How do you deal? Very patiently. In an initial meeting, I spend a lot of time determining whether I’m even going to take on a certain client. How much aggravation will they bring me? If you’re going to be a big pain in the ass, I’m walking away. Did you learn this lesson the hard way? Yes. When I just started out, I was nickeled and dimed on my fee because I thought that the project would be highly visible and therefore worth my investment. But my client was paralyzed by the mere idea of making a decision. She spent so much time changing the heights of doors that her builder may have gone legally insane. I’ll never get that time back. Did you always keep your cool? I tried to quietly fire her, but her husband got involved and upped my payment, which finally made it worth my while. Something tells me he’d been down this road before. Do you ever see couples fighting in front of you? All the time! What typically happens is that I end up becoming the husband’s secret go-to guy. If you want to get paid and get the job moving, he has to be on board. To leave the husbands out of it is foolish. I have to make sure they’re comfortable with the budget, and everything is transparent. When men feel like their wives are running rampant and throwing away money, they go ballistic. Whomever is signing the check is my No. 1 priority. I enjoy dealing with the finance guys. I find high-strung personalities appealing. What else makes your life hell? Control freaks. When you hire a plumber, you let them do their job without offering up your opinion on a better way to fix a clogged toilet. Why can’t you afford me the same courtesy? Just because you read Domino doesn’t mean that I care about your opinion.

I spent six years training under [redacted]! Do you know what I’ve had to endure to get here? We’re very sorry. Don’t ask me to present you with a custom design of your dream sofa and then stay up all night to get the bargain basement version on One Kings Lane. Do you realize I’m losing my kickback from my sofa guy? Don’t waste my time. Also, this isn’t an apprenticeship. Don’t shop around and show me your “finds.” Why do you care about my approval? You’re not a designer, and that’s totally fine. You basically hired me because you have no taste and you’re smart enough to know that you can’t do it yourself. So give me a copy of your AmEx Centurion and move on. Are men or women the worst offenders? It’s normally a wife who has way too much time on her hands. Let me tell you, there’s no scarcity of those on the East End. It’s a balancing act: You let them participate, but remind them that you’re in charge. When they go off the reservation and buy something without my approval—which, inevitably, is a disaster and a waste of money—I’m never afraid to say, “I told you so!” I quite enjoy it, actually. What’s the most obsessive behavior you’ve witnessed? One client repainted a room 12 times. She would have guests over and ask their opinion, and then she’d come to me with, “It’s almost there; it’s just slightly off.” She was manic. Quit holding up the process, woman! What kind of money can interior designers make in the Hamptons? Millions of dollars a year, if you’re designing one of those massive homes. A lot of us take a commission on the furniture sales. If you’re working with a milliondollar budget, you’re taking home a decent amount. The goal is to work on several jobs at the same time, of course. Wow! Clients always try to get you on board as cheaply as possible, which always bothers me. The best projects and relationships have been with people who respect me and my fee. If someone tells me I’m not worth my rate, that’s a warning sign. Are you generally appalled at your client’s preexisting décor? Absolutely! I’m always shocked by how people are living. Some clients express an interest in keeping certain pieces, and those are always something out of a horror show. How the hell am I going to make this work? It’s all very psychological. I never express my opinions on these issues right away, because a lot of the time, they’ve attached a strong sentimental value

to that Remington. But ultimately, when you begin the final installation, clients realize that Grandma’s faux Tiffany lamp isn’t going to cut it. Are you judgy about your friends’ homes? Don’t we all judge a little? It’s an occupational hazard. Things can always be better, but I’ve learned over time to keep my mouth shut. Do you get along with your peers? We do, surprisingly. It’s nice to talk to someone who knows what you’re going through. Some of them have embarrassed us in the past, like that person who famously ordered the wrong size marble for a counter so that a crane had to lift it into the owners’ Manhattan pad, which resulted in a lawsuit. Those aren’t the types you want representing your brand. Have you ever been hit on by a client? [Long pause] Yes, and it’s really awkward. I usually nip that in the bud right away. What can I say? I’m an attractive guy. A man or a woman? A woman, believe it or not. Was she blind? [Laughs] I told her upfront I was gay! She wasn’t lounging around in her lingerie, but she was saying things that were uncomfortable, and prying into my romantic life. When she got a little too touchy, I said, “Look!” She got the picture. What are some of the strangest requests you’ve heard about? One client wanted her living room in East Hampton to be decorated exactly like her city apartment living room, like down to the books. I turned that down. A few years ago, every wife was doing those poledancing workout classes, so they would want stripper poles installed in their basements. I shudder just thinking about it. Dance aerobics are popular now, so people are building nightclubs instead. Have you heard of any sex rooms? Sure. Everybody who has been to [redacted] knows that’s a big part of that place. He has cages in his garage. It’s a whole thing. I was at a party there, and it’s so cheap and gross, but it’s fabulous. I vividly remember that there were these tall bookcases in the living room, and instead of anything interesting being on the shelves, there was a silver cooking pot. It was bizarre. Who does one call to decorate a sex room? I couldn’t even begin to imagine. I wouldn’t do it. If it was a Christian Grey level, that’s a whole different story. If we could upholster it in Loro Piana cashmere, and deck it out in a leather sling by Bottega Veneta and Hermès riding crops? I’m totally into that. ß FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M



Longtime Montauk local Chris Coleman of Saunders is generous with tips for where to buy, dine, and unwind—but he’s not one to fork over every secret spot in town. Read on for the essential intel on what’s really happening in the buzzy town. BY KRISTEN HEINZINGER

How long have you lived in Montauk? My dad bought his place on Soundview Drive in Culloden in 1962. I’ve been coming my whole life. My mom still lives on the same property. What are some of the major changes you’ve seen over the years? It went from an area of Leisuramas that Macy’s and Sears were selling out of a catalog in the ’60s and ’70s to one of the most desirable parts of Montauk. Now, the houses in the Culloden area that you could buy out of the catalog are being renovated. The new guard is changing up those places. Some are keeping them the same size and bringing them upto-date, and some guys are knocking them down. It depends on the new buyer. And also, we’re seeing a resurgence of the harbor. We all hear that Montauk is hot, from both rental and sales perspectives. In which pockets of the market are you seeing the most activity and the highest increases in valuations? Everyone keeps saying that Montauk’s market is so hot. I think they’re talking about the super high-end FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

things going on. It’s a healthy market, but it’s not so hot to me. The areas with the most activity are properties with water views or are properly priced with upside still to be had. I’ve seen properties that have water views and have room for value, meaning people can put a newer house or expand and make the property better. It doesn’t necessarily have to be bigger. The hot areas are where the houses are one of a kind, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be on the water to be one of a kind. Does Montauk’s relatively newfound reputation as a place to party have any negative effects on the real estate market? Montauk has always had a healthy party going on locally. The negative impact on real estate is because of the disrespectful partying by a few that affects all. It looks like we went from one side to another here, because the town is now enforcing a cabaret license to have live music. They’re really cracking down, and taking it a little too far, to be honest. Yes, Montauk got a little out of hand, but at the same time, everyone reeled it in, and hopefully

the town doesn’t take it too far to where you can’t have a band playing sunset hours. That would be crazy. There’s a happy medium, if everyone is willing to communicate. But yes, Montauk has had some years of uncontrolled partying. According to several reports in The East Hampton Star over the past year, Montauk residents have banded together to work with the town against overcrowding, public intoxication, and disorderly behavior. What’s your take on the situation? Will the crowds be more manageable? The rule book seems to change a lot around here and sometimes without a lot of thought. Larry Cantwell, the town supervisor, has done some things that have wiped out a good time. There’s a way to get the partying controlled. Montauk is in the middle of toning down, because of the extreme it went to. But Cantwell, without really talking with anyone, has taken it to a different level. I’m hoping that everyone can agree on a happy medium.

“THE HOT AREAS ARE WHERE THE HOUSES ARE ONE OF A KIND, AND IT DOESN’t necessarily need TO BE ON THE WATER TO BE ONE OF A KIND.” How do you see the East Hampton Rental Registry playing out? Is it good for business? It’s not. I think that it’s another layer that the town is using to control things. I don’t think it’s the town’s business who someone rents to. This is America, and people should be able to rent to whomever they want to, as long as they play within the guidelines of the rental book. I don’t think the Rental Registry is awful—it’s another way the town is trying to selfgovern everything. It’s made a lot of people do a lot of different things to get their houses ready. It’s a lot more work. What do you find to be the most desirable Montauk neighborhoods at the moment? They are all desirable…it depends on what you like! Places with water views are trading pretty well. I’ve seen it happen in Surfside, Hither Hills, Ditch Plains, and Culloden. Those seem to be the strongest at the moment. East Lake is second to the ocean for me now, too. If someone is an oceanfront buyer, they might want to be on East Lake Drive. Let’s say I want sunset views off my back porch that rival those of the Montauket. What’s it going to cost me, at the bare minimum? Tough to compare anything with the Montauket view, but for anything comparable, it’s going to be north of $2 million. If I have a million to spend on a Montauk starter home, where should I look to invest? There are some great options in the G Streets by the golf course! We just sold 5 Gilbert for $940K, four bedrooms and a half acre. You can get a place in Culloden for less than $1 million. There’s little pockets of each part of town where you can still get something for less than $1 million. You just have to be patient.

From your vantage point, what are some of the most newsworthy recent transactions? The Shagwong is back! And Trail’s End is coming back soon. And what about interesting projects or restorations, like what Sean MacPherson is doing at the Seven Sisters? Sean MacPherson has been thoughtful and respectful to Montauk in any project he has done, commercial or residential, and the Seven Sisters is no different! How do you feel about the closure of Cyril’s? Cyril’s was a one of a kind, and we will miss Cyril. He’s a legend. It’s amazing he was able to do what he did there for so long. Basically everyone was put in a parking lot. The place will never be the same. That’s that! What is your favorite recent addition to the restaurant, hotel, and retail scene? The Shagwong burger is fantastic, and Ditch Witch has some new items on the menu that are legit! Dave’s Grill moved to East Lake Drive, and Gaviola’s is going to be a new market, which we ended up selling. And your favorite recreational activities? Chasing the “groms" around Montauk, and surfing. I love Lazybones for a fishing day. Puff ’n’ Putt for mini golf is good. All the local beaches and hiking spots are great, like around The Lighthouse. There’s so much to do here…you shouldn’t be getting bored. What’s your favorite under-the-radar hike, surf spot, or clamming spot? I can’t tell you the best places; the hidden spots will remain for us! I always answer that question by saying there’s good surfing in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. I don’t say that to be a jerk! Everybody knows the main spots, Ditch and Terrace. Explore Montauk and you’ll find a spot. ß

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THE 411 on CHRIS Provenance: Winters in Brookville, Long Island; summers in Culloden, Montauk Current abode: Ditch Plains, Montauk Recreational activities: Surfing, coaching girls’ and boys’ youth basketball in Montauk, fishing, charity work, exploring different areas of Montauk. Professional focus: Residential and commercial real estate, from trailers to oceanfront properties. favorite part of the job: Finding someone’s first home, and sharing the feeling of accomplishment and excitement of buying a home in Montauk. Family time: Going to the beach with wife Tara, son Tucker, 12, and daughter Chloe, 11, plus surfing, going to the kids’ lacrosse and basketball games, checking out events in town. RESTAURANTS OF CHOICE: The Dock, Montauket, Inlet Hidden talent: Chris connects well with kids, and as a coach teaches them the values of teamwork. He was a NYSE broker for more than nine years, and brings his talents of recognizing value to real estate.

CALLING ALL BUYERS… A few listings from coleman’s current portfolio

MODERN MASTERPIECE 14 Maple St., MONTAUK, $13,950,000 Catch views of the Atlantic through walls of glass in this 7,300+-square-foot five-bedroom. This manse also has a rooftop deck, wine cellar, infinity-edge pool, and gym.

LIFE ON THE LAKE 257 East Lake Dr., MONTAUK, $5,495,000 With four bedrooms and 180-degree water views, this 3K-square-foot home is nestled on Lake Montauk and comes with a 175-foot-long dock and waterside deck.

SLICE OF PARADISE 15 Edgemere St., MONTAUK, $1,975,000 On the back of an elevated acre, this 2,400-squarefoot turnkey home boasts water views from the master bedroom, patio with hot tub, and proximity to downtown.

OCEANFRONT OASIS 1 Beach Plum Ct., MONTAUK, $4,750,000 The imagination has no limits with this prime beachfront lot, which allows for a pool, an 8K+-square-foot home, and second-story views over Napeague Bay. FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M


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For Corcoran’s Arlene Reckson, a career in real estate was preceded by serious stints in the fashion and music industries. How does one transition from working for John Lennon and Yoko Ono to specializing in high-end homes on the East End? Read on! BY KRISTEN HEINZINGER photography by tawni bannister

ROCK STAR REALTOR (From top) Arlene Reckson, Corcoran’s realtor extraordinaire; Before her real estate days, Reckson worked for major music labels, where she bumped shoulders with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Jon Bon Jovi, and other celebrated artists.


Is it true that you got your start in shoes? When I graduated from FIT, I hated sewing and could barely make a pattern. I only enjoyed the creative part of being a designer. Designing shoes didn’t require that. I worked for a company called La Piuma. The owner used to work at Pappagallo, which means “the parrot,” and when he left he started La Piuma, which means “the feather.” We had our own label. It was a junior kind of look. I also did a private label for Neiman Marcus and Macy’s with them. For years, I did freelance designing for different companies. I liked the creative part of it, but when things got too much business, I would look for a more creative outlet. I was young and stupid enough to think that I could keep switching careers, and I was always able to. How did you initially become involved in the music industry? I thought it would be more fun than working in a shoe factory. It was a different time. Everything was on a more personal level, and was easier to reach. You could drop off your résumé and it would actually get somewhere. And if they liked the way you looked, you were scooted in. It wasn’t the way it is now, where you can’t get past the lobby and everything is done on the Internet. I had gone to an employment agency, and I wanted to change careers and do something in the entertainment business. I was offered two jobs in the same day. One was for William Morris Agency and the other was for Record Plant. I figured William Morris was the better move, career-wise, but Record Plant would be more fun. So I took the one that was more fun. How did you end up as a personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono? It was a great experience. I think my neighbors thought I worked for an undertaker because a limo would often pick me up and drop me off! I met them because they were clients of Record Plant Recording Studios. The best for me is the Imagine album—my photo is on the inner sleeve. At that time I had just started, so I was the evening receptionist. I eventually grew into the studio manager. What other roles did you play in that field? I was the first female A&R Director for a major U.K. label, ATV/Pye Records. I was studio manager for Power Station. At Record Plant we had a remote truck, which is basically a studio control room in a truck. We got to tour with bands and do live recording. We recorded the second inauguration of Nixon. I would sometimes join them on the road, and I would do a little bit of helping on the truck, but mostly was there to order lunch. [Laughs] Our clients included Alice Cooper, B.B. King, Don McLean, the Raspberries, George Harrison’s Bangladesh concert. When I started, they were working on the Woodstock concert recordings. I also managed Power Station Studios, and there we had Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, and Jon Bon Jovi. He was an assistant when I started. That was how he earned studio time for his band. His uncle owned the studio. I worked for record companies, mostly Polydor and ATV, the American operating arm of a large British company. When I was at ATV, I had produced a series of History of British Rock albums. I did the compilations. My biggest claim to fame was that I brought the song “Kung Fu Fighting” to the United States. My boss was in London, and he played it for me on the telephone. He said, “What

CALLING ALL BUYERS… A few listings from RECKSON’S current portfolio

SKY IS THE LIMIT 27 Bull Run, East Hampton, $2,500,000 Located on a quiet cul-de-sac on Bull Run, this modern five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home has 15 skylights and one of the Hamptons’ tallest fireplaces.


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108 Central Ave., Amagansett, $3,290,000 Snatch up this renovated, modern beach house, located on a corner lot and in walking distance to the beach. It has four bedrooms, an outdoor shower, and a heated gunite pool.

CHIC COUNTRY HOME 40 Edwards Hole Rd., East Hampton, $2,000,000 This seven-bedroom home sits on 2+ acres at the end of a dirt road, and boasts 5.5 baths, a finished basement, private guest quarters, and a full-size heated pool.

“MY BIGGEST CLAIM TO FAME WAS THAT I BROUGHT THE SONG ‘KUNG FU FIGHTING’ TO THE UNITED STATEs.” do you think?” I said, “I think it’ll go top 10. Yes, buy it.” That was my first big hit. I think it sold 8 million worldwide. I was in charge of mastering it here, and I went around with the tapes to the mastering companies and did the production. It’s very different how it sounds here than it did in London. I can get technical on you. [Laughs] Instead of working on the mastering of it through the large speakers at the studio, I brought the little ones with me so that it would sound great on those. So to this day, when you hear that record come on the radio, you can hear it pop out. Most people are familiar with it from the movie Kung Fu Panda. [Laughs] There were only three of us in the company at that time, but we wound up selling it to Scepter Records, because we couldn’t promote or distribute it yet. We weren’t big enough or old enough. What inspired your move to the Hamptons? I still go between my apartment in NYC and the Hamptons; it’s the best of both worlds. In real estate, one has to work weekends, and I’d rather be in the Hamptons if I have to work on a weekend. And we get to ride horses! Which hamlet do you live in, and why does it appeal to you? I live in Amagansett. It’s a small hamlet with less tumult where you can walk to the beach, the village, and the Jitney or the LIRR. What drew you to this line of work? It provides a lot of freedom in terms of when you work, though you end up working all the time. It gave me the flexibility to live in the city and work in the Hamptons on the weekends, and split my time between the two. It also was a thing where if I needed to take off, as a single mother of a daughter who showed in horse shows, I could be flexible. I also really love architecture and design, and the art in that. You work with people who sometimes rely on you for your direction on what to build. I work with spec builders, giving them direction of what’s in fashion architecturally. I also help people, when I show them a house, to figure out how they can redo the floor plan—adding a wall, taking down a wall, moving something to curate a space that works for them. My background in art and design has helped that way, and helped my customers to get what they’re looking for. I pride myself on knowing what people want when they explain it to me. I kind of know what they’re looking for and understand what they mean if they say they want something cool, or modern, or good quality. I have an eye that came out of fashion and art, and it’s something I can implement in my career in real estate. All builders are frustrated architects, and all real estate brokers are frustrated builders. [Laughs] We like to rebuild everything.

What’s your favorite part of the job? When I work with interesting and nice people. What are your favorite kinds of listings? Mid-century moderns with potential. Which qualities do you appreciate the most in a buyer? Loyalty. You have an investment in each other. You’re investing your time and energy, and are sharing with them what takes many years to learn. Sometimes they know exactly what they want, and sometimes it’s educating them so they know to focus in on something. I have enormous patience and I want them to be happy in the end, so I will work with them as long as it takes to find something. It’s getting property you want, in a location you want, at a price you’re willing to pay. That’s the trifecta. I had one gentleman start with me at least three years ago. He came out looking for a house in the low $800Ks and three years later he bought a house for more than $3 million. His situation changed, he saw what was out here, he saw what you got for your dollars. It’s part of me educating them. First time out, I’ll show them what they’re asking for, within the price point and location they want. But then I’ll show them what they want and tell them what they actually have to spend. I’m not going to rush them into something they’re not comfortable with. Amagansett is one of your areas of focus. What’s going on in the Lanes? Is there a bubble of sorts, or is that area always going to be desirable? Because it offers the best of all worlds, I imagine that it will always be desirable. One can arrive on the Jitney—after watching a movie, working on their computer, or sleeping—then walk to their home, as well as a private residents-only ocean beach at Indian Wells. It’s great when you have company or kids; the Lanes offers autonomy—no need to chauffeur them around. With most parcels around a half acre, one can build a substantial residence with a large pool and often accessory structures (garage, pool house, shed). Given your music background, where are your favorite places to buy and hear music in the Hamptons? In Amagansett, there’s a place called Innersleeve Records, and it has new product as well as a lot of vintage. It’s old school, where you flip through the albums and can look at the covers. As far as hearing music, you have The Stephen Talkhouse, and for classical music, you can go to Wölffer Estate Vineyards for music outdoors. What’s the best concert you’ve ever attended on the East End? Paul Simon at Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk. ß FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

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“A fake giraffe standing at least nine feet tall was found chained to a tree at the Huntting Lane entrance to the East Hampton Village Nature Trail on Wednesday morning, puzzling police who said nothing like it had been reported stolen as of about 9 a.m.” —The East Hampton Star, June 1, 2016 FA S H I O N W E E K D A I L Y. C O M

Celebrated Sex Party Vows to Take Its Business Elsewhere

SOUTHAMPTON Despite the press frenzy surrounding the arrival of London-based orgy organizer Killing Kittens to the East End, the first event was a resounding bust. “We made a fortune, but I’m not expecting any repeat business,” said Bunny Liberté, the party’s founder, attempting to cure her hangover by plunging into the Atlantic wearing nothing but tattered pasties. Randy Mann, a single financier who summers in North Sea, was profoundly soured by the experience. Shortly after he arrived and changed into a pair of custom Hermès chaps and a provocative look from Rick Owens’ Fall 2015 collection, he encountered his real estate lawyer, handcuffed and blushing, and a halfdozen acquaintances who have been attending his annual Memorial Day Weekend barbecue since 1997. “I guess I could [redacted] my best friend’s unhinged exwife,” he huffed. “But I’m not that perverse!” Mann vowed to “redeem himself ” by finding a nice, age-appropriate woman on and inviting her to an early dinner at the Golden Pear.

NOUVEAU RICHE flock to condos MONTAUK The Residences at Gurney’s, the development formerly known as the Ponzi scheme–affiliated Panoramic View, have finally been unveiled. The two- to four-bedroom luxury condos range from $6 to $12 million, but Ben Swindulled, the project’s marketing manager, doesn’t expect any Hamptonites to buy them. His intriguing new sales approach? Targeting out-of-towners who discovered the Hamptons through The Real Housewives of New York. “When they find out that Sonja Morgan comes to the restaurant, they can’t wait to sign the check,” he said. Judd Benz, a recently retired rodeo hand and $189 million Powerball winner, was more than happy to pay all cash for a two-

bedroom unit with partial views of Old Montauk Highway. “I took the lump sum, so even after I paid the taxes and bought this place, I still have 24 grand left over,” he said. “Drinks on me!”

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Surf Apparel Sales Increase 4,879 percent, Board Sales Remain Flat EAST HAMPTON The swelling popularity of surf culture has had serious ramifications for East End retailers, who have been quick to stock their shelves with a wide selection of hand-painted artisan wetsuits. One client, Misty Mynd, a lifestyle publicist from “South Side” Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has already dedicated a drawer in her substantial bureau to the category. “I started with the Cynthia Rowley wetsuit, and I was hooked!” she exclaimed while in line to take out a short-term, high-interest loan to pay her back rent. “I recently went all the way to Hawaii where this guy let me sit for an airbrush portrait, which he promised to eventually transfer onto a rash guard.” Despite the abundance of fashion choices, however, the popularity of water-related sports isn’t growing at the same rate. “Have you ever tried surfing? It’s super hard!” said Mynd, who took a lesson once. Now, she prefers to wear her gear to enjoy a Skinny ’Rita or seven at one of Montauk’s waterfront watering holes. “Perfect for letting some hot guy push me off the dock.”

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