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BELLE OF THE BALL Sparkle and shine this holiday season with these chic makeup trends.
BEAUTY NEWS Fall in love with the winter’s newest and most luxe beauty and skincare launches.
GENE THEREAPY Find out how your genealogy can offer insight into your wellness journey.
ALL IS NOT LOST Get fuller, longer, and more luscious hair with these expert tips and tricks.
Interior designer Erick Espinoza.
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Ciet et Terre shoe from the LouBhoutan collection.
GREEN IS GOOD Dazzling emeralds are your must-have jewelry pieces this season.
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE Christian Louboutin unveils its latest limited edition collaboration with Bhutan.
Discover Erick Espinoza’s whimsical approach to design and what’s next for this up-and-comer.
ALL DOLLED UP Go glam with these retro-inspired statement accessories with groovy patterns.
ERICK ESPINOZA: DANIEL SEUNG LEE
BINGE WATCH Stay stylish and on time with these luxurious new men’s timepieces.
IT’S NOW OR NEVER Scoop up your coveted pink diamonds now, before it is too late.
YOUR NEW LUXURY HOME Luxury brands are moving in to stylish new residences for their loyal consumers.
STYLE NEWS Dolce & Gabbana’s new watch, Givenchy goes travel-friendly, and John Varvatos rocks out.
TABLE TALK Our favorite seasonal place settings take chic designs from the first course to the last.
WAXING POETIC The newest series from luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels evokes feelings of true romance.
38 Louis Vuitton’s new high jewelry collection.
ON THE COVER Navy crystalized turtleneck dress, $7,450, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER, alexandrevauthier.com. Gourmette double link bracelet, $1,200, CELINE, celine.com. DNA 10k yellow gold plated brass ring, $250, JENNIFER FISHER, jenniferfisher.com. Photographed by NINO MUÑOZ Styled by SARAH GORE REEVES
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SUKI’S SWAGGER Tune in to Suki Waterhouse’s new music.
Explore Il Borro in Italy and celebrate life the way Ferragamo intended.
Black Nylon Gabardine caban, $2,000; Black Nylon Gabardine pants, $1,200, BOTTEGA VENETA, bottegaveneta.com. Black oxfords, $945, DOLCE & GABBANA, dolcegabbana .com. T smile Pendant in 18k gold with diamonds, $3,750, TIFFANY & CO., tiffany.com.
GIFT GUIDE Add these luxurious beauty, tech, and fashion items to your holiday wishlist.
THE LONELY FROGS
RAW FOOTAGE Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw opens up about her latest role in The Morning Show.
Global Wildlife Conservation’s mission.
WELL APPOINTED Inside designer Steven Gambrel’s 19th-century West Village townhouse.
GOING THE DISTANCE Elizabeth Olsen talks family vacations.
EVAN RACHEL WOOD The empowered actress is ready to take her talents to new horizons.
LADIES FIRST Meet nine impressive chefs taking over the male-dominated restaurant industry.
MURAL IMPERATIVE The most captivating art galleries in the world are popping up outdoors.
TO BE FRANK Frank Grillo is honest about his on-screen roles and off-screen responsibilities.
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ASPEN One international skiing champion is now teaching women how to shred.
CHICAGO The city’s vibrant art and culture is coming alive during the winter season.
DALLAS Experience adventureous culinary gems at the city’s newest restaurant openings.
HOUSTON Hear the stellar new sounds of the Houston Symphony, under the reigns of Yoonshin Song.
LAS VEGAS Explore the most exciting new supper club opening up in Sin City this season.
Cocktail served at Lizzie’s Starlight in San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES The City of Angels just got a little sweeter with the opening of a new chocolate factory.
Meet the celebrated curator behind the highly Instagrammable Wynwood Walls.
Ivy Lane Restaurant in New York City.
Spa at Viceroy Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado.
NEW YORK CITY A stylist to the stars debuts latest handbag collaboration with Brahmin.
ORANGE COUNTY Shop the most coveted laid-back luxury looks in Newport Beach’s newest boutique.
SAN FRANCISCO Artist Zai Divecha creates unexpected art from everyday materials.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Christie’s will auction several rare and historic bottles of Portuguese wine from Madeira.
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CONTENTS / WINTER 2019 NINO MUÑOZ
Chilean-born photographer and director Nino Muñoz got his start photo assisting at the age of eighteen in 1990’s New York City. In the two decades since, he has earned acclaim for a signature style that is grounded in fashion, while also steeped in the intimate and ephemeral moments of classic celebrity portraiture. His body of work reflects versatility, including fashion brand advertising and major TV networks to intimate editorials with Hollywood’s most noteworthy celebrities. His work also includes an ongoing personal project that has been shot along the beaches of Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and California. Nino currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband and 3 dogs.
Former DuJour Media deputy editor Natasha Wolff reports in this issue on nine stellar female chefs taking over the maledominated restaurant industry. Wolff has written and edited for numerous publications, including Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, the New York Post, Robb Report, Elle Decor, and Domino. Her recent brand work and copywriting clients include Bergdorf Goodman, Soho House, White House Black Market, Tod’s, and Unilever.
Ted Gibson’s career as an influencer, hairdresser, salon owner, and celebrity stylist has led to some of the most iconic looks of our generation. Gibson was the resident hair guru on TLC’s What Not to Wear and his work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and Allure, as well as backstage at runway shows for Chanel, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana. Gibson is perhaps most known for toiling the tresses of celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Debra Messing, Angelina Jolie, Tessa Thompson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gabrielle Union.
A former full-time magazine editor with more than 20 years of experience, Danine Alati’s resume includes stints at Worth, Brides, Hamptons, and Art Basel Miami Beach. For the past two years, she has freelanced as a writer, editor, and project manager, focusing on lifestyle and design content. Her work appears in Architectural Digest’s online vertical AD PRO, Galerie, and Charlotte-based design publication Home Design & Decor. For this issue, she penned a profile on New York-based interiord designer Erick Espinoza and the home feature on Steven Gambrel’s stunningly restored West Village townhouse.
Born and raised in Australia with an art director father and a boutique shop owner mother, Guy Lowndes was exposed to imagery and fashion from an early age. Lowndes left his hometown of Sydney at 17 to work on pearl diving boats in the Northern Territory of Australia, before landing in London and deciding to make a career out of photography. Over the next six years he assisted some of the world’s leading fashion photographers including Alasdair McLellan, Hedi Slimane, and Angelo Penneta. Since venturing out on his own, he has always strived to capture the beautifully unguarded moments from his subjects. Lowndes splits his time between Los Angeles and London with his wife, son, and dog.
Douglas Friedman, born and raised in New York City, first worked as an assistant to director David Fincher on the movies Seven, The Game, and Fight Club before traveling the world and photographing everything from Sherpas at Mount Everest to sharks in the Celebes Sea. He returned to New York to study photographic technique and theory. Friedman has shot architecture and design stories for Wallpaper, Domino, and Elle Decor, as well as stylized portraits for Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, and Vanity Fair. Friedman now divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.
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Nick Barose was born and raised in Thailand, where his fascination with makeup began early on. Barose studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design but his passion for beauty soon resurfaced and he began formal makeup training with Kevyn Aucoin. Since then, he’s earned numerous Hollywood stars as his clients including Lupita Nyong’o, Rachel Weisz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Angela Bassett, Willow Smith, and Holly Hunter. Barose is known for creating flawless and fresh looks with a slight twist.
SARAH GORE REEVES After 15 years as a fashion director for Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America, Sarah Gore Reeves has deployed her extraordinary skills as a stylist for us on this issue’s photo shoot of actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Gore Reeves splits her time between New York and Mexico City with her husband, starchitect Enrique Norten. She consults with international brands and earlier this year completed a new launch with Celine Dion for L’Oréal. She has recently worked with Amber Heard, Lily James, Priyanka Chopra, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, and Jane Fonda.
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DuJour editor in chief Kim Peiffer embracing ski season in Aspen. Photographer Guy Lowndes working Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s every angle. A classic Cadillac sets the mood on location in Los Angeles.
inter for me is many things; a time to hunker down and cozy in as the colder months set in, the season to spend lots of time with friends and family, and an excuse to shop (after all, holiday parties abound). So with that I bring you the winter issue of DuJour, which we hope offers a delightful taste of everything you love about the holiday season. From entertaining, to gift giving and shopping a bit for yourself (layers are needed!), this issue is one to give a little bit of everything. And speaking of giving, I’m thrilled to share our winter cover star, Evan Rachael Wood, who I had the pleasure of interviewing during our shoot in Los Angeles earlier this year. The multi-hyphenate talent is not only taking Hollywood by the reins with a slew of new projects in the works, but Wood is taking a stand as a respected woman in today’s culture by speaking out further on women’s rights and equality (in addition to being an adorable mom and well, the list goes on and on). Speaking of successful, talented women, I am also thrilled to featured the extremely talented Gugu Mbatha-Raw in this issue as well. She’s stunning, she’s accomplished, and she models this season’s latest fashions like nobody’s business. Whether you flip through this issue looking for fashion #inspo, gift guide ideas, or celebrity exclusives, I Kim Peiffer hope the issue will incur a few moments of joy (ideally Editor in Chief in front of a crackling fire with a cocktail in hand) this holiday season. Instagram: @peifferk1
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or me, each winter brings a flurry of joy, gratitude, and new resolutions. Whether it is celebrating holiday festivities with my three children, attending Art Basel Miami soirées, or savoring dinners at Catch Steak and Chris Barish’s Black Tap, this time of year is always magical. Off the heels of our fabulous Clive Owen cover celebration at PHD Lounge, we’re kicking off the season with one of Hollywood’s most striking leading ladies and our DuJour cover star: Evan Rachel Wood. Inside this issue, the powerful starlet gets personal about her upcoming roles and her life off the set. Aside from highlighting our cover, this winter is extra special for DuJour. It marks fresh trends in style, art, and design. From our coveted gift guide packed with the hottest musthaves, to the best outdoor galleries around the globe, there are many reasons to keep flipping through. I’m especially excited to be working with Inspirit Development + Construction (ID+C), a company that sets the luxury real estate bar high with residential buildings such as the masterful One57, as well as commercial and restaurant properties. Whether you’re skiing the slopes of Aspen, shopping for holiday keepsakes in Manhattan, or sipping hot cocoa by the fireside at home, you’ll find a copy of our winter issue as the perfect cold-weather guide. Be sure to f lip to our city guides for the lowdown on the very best of what’s happening in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and beyond. No matter where your winter adventures take you, DuJour will be there to ignite your curiosity. Here’s to enjoying all of the details Jason Binn that make this season wonderful on behalf of Twitter/Instagram: @jasonbinn my family, our team, and myself.
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After a six-year collaboration, Christian Louboutin and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan are unveiling the shoe brand’s latest limited edition capsule collection, LouBhoutan. BY JESSIE AJLUNI
ver since Christian Louboutin created his first collection, there has been a magical, otherworldly quality to his designs. From his innovative use of fabrications to his iconic red sole, Louboutin has cultivated a distinctly unique vision for his brand—one that has garnered global acclaim from the world’s most avid fashion lovers. Often channeling references both personal and provocative, each collection feels at once fresh and new, but distinctly Louboutin. Now, however, after the culmination of more than six years of work, Louboutin is on the cusp of his most exciting project yet. This fall, he will release LouBhoutan, a 13-piece limited edition capsule collection in partnership with artisans of the Royal Academy of Bhutan. The collaboration is a first of its kind for the designer, with work being done outside of the iconic house’s own workshops. All 13 styles will feature wood platforms and heels hand-sculpted by craftsmen from Bhutan, making each shoe unique. On the decision to work with the Bhutanese artisans, Louboutin says: “The Bhutanese are real virtuosos when it comes to working with wood. It is a multi-century-old practice, almost a habit. You can see the ease with which they manipulate it, following the direction of the veins to turn it into a beautiful sculpture.” With pieces being sold exclusively in select stores globally is sure to be an iconic collector’s piece from the brand. Sitting down with the master himself, we chatted about his love of travel and so much more.
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Can you walk us through the design process of taking such a historic cultural art reference and transitioning that into the creation of the collection? The craftsmanship in Bhutan is exceptional and very particular. The artisans have an extreme sense of color, and their architecture and artistry are very joyful. The Bhutanese are an astonishing people, rooted in very secular traditions but with an intelligent and modern gaze of the world around them. The first thing I did when meeting with the students was to bring them shoes, because building footwear is a complex thing. It’s essential to have it in front of you to understand the design and
Tiger’s Nest Monastery hangs on a cliff and is one of Bhutan’s most sacred religious sites.
What inspired you to create a collection around the country and to collaborate with the local craftsmen? Just as I like to rewatch films I love, it’s in my nature to go back to the places I have visited, to deepen my knowledge and discover what I may have missed during prior explorations. When I first visited Bhutan, I discovered its unique geography and stunning mountains. The next time, I examined its cities to get to know the culture, its people, and their traditions. Then, some friends of mine introduced me to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, where the 13 royal crafts of Bhutan are taught. I was amazed by the expertise and savoir faire of students there. When I first started working with them, there was no idea for a capsule in mind. But over multiple visits, during which we discussed creativity, techniques, and patterns, I naturally suggested they create some wood bases inspired by their historical craftsmanship, and I would work on the upper portions of the footwear, translating their works through the lens of my creative spectrum. The project began in 2013 and was completed in 2019. It took us six years to make the shoes.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Christian Louboutin finds inspiration on the streets of Bhutan. Louboutin works with a Bhutanese artisan. The Ciet et Terre shoe in the LouBhoutan collection is a tribute to Bhutanese arts. Sketch of the Ciet et Terre. The Himalayan Flowers shoe is a play on Louboutin’s love for horticulture.
When did you first discover your fascination with and love for Bhutan? It is a place I’ve always wanted to go to since I was young. I have always thought of it as an extraordinary kingdom, hidden at the heart of the Himalayas, open and inaccessible at the same time, like something straight out of a fairy tale. For more than 25 years, the idea of going to Bhutan stayed with me before I was finally able to visit.
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Vibrant Bhutanese culture. The Tsipatra shoe refers to the Bhutanese sky. A lotus flower on the River of Paro shoe is a beloved symbol in buddhist culture; Louboutin began research for LouBhutan in 2013. celebrated symbol in the buddhist culture.
IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME THAT THE STYLES WERE NOT SIMILAR AND THAT THEY FEATURED DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF BHUTANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP.
fit; drawings feel very two-dimensional. So I showed them various forms of shoes and patterns and outlined the manufacturing steps. From that point on, all I asked was that they unleash their creativity and take pleasure in sketching. I believe that people give their best when they are completely free. Can you share a little about the experience of working with the artisans in creating the collection? I was surprised by the way the students chose colors and the sustainable way they used materials to create their crafts. On one occasion, they showed me some small Chinese scarves: They took the fabric and cut the hems to pull apart the threads, turning them into spools. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen fabric reverted to its original form before. On my subsequent visits, I would bring fabrics with colors that I liked because I knew that they could be turned back to threads and that from those pieces, something else would be born. Can you share a couple of your favorite styles from the collection and why? When designing the collection, I selected a variety of sketches to showcase the personalities of the different artists. It was important to me that the styles were not similar and that they featured different aspects of Bhutanese craftsmanship. My preferred shoes are the ones that mix different techniques. They are a perfect blend of my work and that of the craftsmen combined. We shared the conception of the collection, from start to finish. The platforms were entirely handmade in Bhutan. The rest of the shoe, embroidery, and assembly was done either in Paris or in Italy by our workshops. The perfect example of this is Beauty of Heaven, which is a platform sandal embellished with sculpted clouds and has a gradient colorway that goes from turquoise to sky blue. The shoe is beautiful from every angle. â&#x2013;
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Kasbah jumpsuit, $180, FAITHFUL THE BRAND, modaoperandi.com.
Cape Cod watch with yellow gold case, $7,250, HERMÈS, hermes.com.
Tiffany tweed jacket, $248, MARCIANO, Pink shoe, $1,095, DOLCE & GABBANA, marciano.com. Available at select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.
Printed muslin dress, $10,350, CHANEL, Available at select Chanel boutiques.
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Light blue crocodile XS peekaboo handbag, $20,400, FENDI, fendi.com. Super eight ruffle shirt, $595, ZIMMERMANN,
Cinemagia high jewelry necklace, price upon request, BULGARI, 1-800-285-4274.
Cabochon turquoise earrings, $28,500, DAVID WEBB, davidwebb.com.
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S H A R O N T A T E : M O V I E S T O R E C O L L E C T I O N LT D / A L A M Y
Valentino Garavani resort 2020 bag, $3,175, VALENTINO, Available at select Valentino boutiques. Belted wool and silk-blended cady mini dress, $3,980, GUCCI, net-a-porter.com
ALL DOLLED UP
Channeling the iconic film Valley of the Dolls winter’s most glamorous trend is going retro with stunning statement jewels and groovy floral printed patterns.
Sharon Tate in a poolside scene from the film.
BY JESSIE AJLUNI Maysale in light blue denim, $765, MANOLO BLAHNIK, manoloblahnik.com.
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The new Pont des Amoureaux watches feature hand-painted dials with gold sculpture work. The couples meet in the center of the bridge as time passes through the day, or via an “on demand” feature. The night version has the new movement inside, and the daytime version is a totally new timepiece with hand-painted pastel hues.
The legendary jewelry and watch Maison Van Cleef & Arpels selected Paris, the City of Love, to unveil its majestic new high-complication watches that underscore the brand’s Poetry of Time series and its concept of romance and dreams. BY ROBERTA NAAS
ust a couple of months ago in Paris, French jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its newest Poetic Complications watches for women at a lavish gala at the regally impressive Republican Guard in Paris. Van Cleef & Arpels, which creates Swiss watches in its Geneva Manufacture, has been inspired by the City of Love since the brand opened its first boutique in Place Vendome in 1906. As such, Paris was the perfect setting for the brand to celebrate its newest Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux watches – which are all about evoking emotions. The first Pont des Amoureux (named for the arched pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Seine) watch was unveiled nearly 10 years ago as an automaton watch–with moving figures of a man and woman who met in the middle of the bridge at midnight for a single kiss. It was designed to send a message near and dear to the hearts of the Parisian-born brand: dreams and passion can come to life on the wrist. That first Pont des Amoureux watch operated on a mechanical retrograde system wherein the lovers start at opposite outer edges of the bridge and slowly make their way to the center throughout the day, meeting for that kiss under the moonlight at midnight, after which they return to their respective sides. Now Van Cleef & Arpels unveils not only a new day-time version of the watch, but also, and perhaps more importantly, an all new mechanical movement that allows the lovers to meet and kiss “on demand” at any time the wearer wishes. Part of the brand’s
Poetic Complications collection, as well as residing in its Extraordinary Dials series, the newest Pont des Amoureux watches deftly bring together masterful technically advanced horology and incredible artistic prowess. In the new on-demand Pont des Amoureux watches, the two individually carved automatons (the man and the woman) move toward one another in the daytime, with the lady moving forward to progressively mark the hours, and the man to mark the minutes (crossing his half of the bridge in 60 minutes). At both midday and midnight they are united. However, at any point that the wearer wants, she can recreate the beauty of the meeting (and the romantic kiss) with the push of the button at 4:00 on the shimmering gold case.
THE MECHANICS OF LOVE The making of this watch was a complex feat of mechanics, technology, and incredible artistic craftsmanship. The new on-demand module was the result of collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and one of the finest master watch minds in Switzerland, Agenhor, owned by the Wiederrecht family, who also worked on the original Pont des Amoureaux watch. The automaton module that was made exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels (and that is joined with a mechanical self-winding movement) was incredibly challenging to build and was three years in the making. Challenges included finding enough space within the movement to fit the 339 individual components and allow for the lovers (in the on-demand mode) to move quickly up the bridge toward
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one another and then slow down as they meet before enjoying a proper kiss. They even have a moment to look at one another before kissing. What seems like a wonderful tryst for the lovers is really an intense dance of mechanics behind the scenes. Naturally, with the new mechanics, Van Cleef & Arpels also had to offer a new “midnight” version for the lovers to meet on demand, but the white blanc de Limoges on dark background enamel dial of that watch is the same as the previous midnight and moonlight dial – one that has become beloved by collectors around the world. The daytime dial, though, is all new and was also an incredible work of art that took the master artisans at Van Cleef & Arpels weeks to create. The beautiful dial is entirely hand-enameled in pastel hues of pink, purple, and blue hues that form the Parisian homes and clouds in the background as the lovers come to meet. The grisaille enamel technique used dates back to the 16th century, and each dial takes a minimum of 30 to 40 hours of painting and at least 10 firings. Often the artisan uses a single-hair brush to achieve the distinctive lines as well as the depth and dimensions. Similarly, the automated figures on every watch are handcarved out of 18-karat gold, as is the silhouette of the bridge. Each of the new Pont des Amoureaux watches is offered with either an interchangeable alligator strap (blue for the midnight version and purple for the day version), or with a stunning, totally diamond-set 18-karat gold five-row bracelet.
LOVE IN ALL SEASONS As if this were not enough, the master watchmakers and artisans at Van Cleef & Arpels have also created a statement of love for any season. Four distinct high-jewelry versions depict the couple meeting with each change of season. In spring, verdant green leaves surround beautiful pink flowers. In summer, beautiful yellow butterflies are seen in the foreground. Fall brings autumnal hues of orange as the leaves change color, and winter is ice blue and white with snowflakes on the branches. The bracelet of each of these diamond-adorned watches is set with gemstones that beautifully emulate the seasons, with purple and pink sapphire f lowers on the spring version, yellow sapphires and garnets on the summer model, yellow sapphires and spessartites adorn the fall watch, and blue sapphires on the winter timepiece. Even the background of each watch, and the clothing the couple wears, changes with the seasons. Each of the Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Complication Pont des Amoureaux watches speak not only to love, but also to perfection in watchmaking. Each is crafted in the brand’s Geneva workshops where master artisans sit side-by-side with master watchmakers to create timepieces of elegance and rarity. The watches are limited in production simply by the sheer amount of time and work that goes into their making. The Day and Night versions retail for $123,000. The Four Seasons models, with bejeweled bracelets, retail for $358,000. ■
The Pont des Amoureaux watches are also offered in special editions, one for each season, with gem-set bracelets and colorful enamel dials. The inset image showcases a vintage view of the Pont des Amoureaux bridge where the automaton lovers meet on the dial of the watch.
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Fashion house Givenchy creates a travel-friendly range of bags.
ONE OF A KIND
Dolce & Gabbana is launching an exclusive collection of watches, Manifattura Italiana, influenced by the love for human touch and Italy. The collection is made up of six models inspired by the historical and architectural features of the Italian cities: Milan, Rome, Venice, Palermo, Florence and Naples. With Manifattura Italiana, the brand presents an exclusive movement, DG 01.01, entirely assembled by hand by Geneva’s master watchmakers. With engraving, inlaying, and cutting gemstones, these timepieces are collectible works of art. –ALEXIS PARENTE
Watches inspired by Italian heritage.
Menswear brand John Varvatos has partnered with Led Zeppelin to create menswear with a whole lotta appeal.
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More and more luxury brands are tapping into the athleisure and streetwear markets, and fashion mainstay Givenchy is no exception. Capitalizing on the success of the brand’s Bow backpack, which first appeared during the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 show, artistic director Clare Waight Keller is launching Givenchy Downtown, a new five-piece bag collection inspired by the well-received original accessory. The pieces will have a slightly more masculine slant to their designs, featuring fabrications that consist primarily of black and white nylon with contrasting leather detailing, and come in a variety of styles: a backpack, a duffel, a belt bag, and two crossbody bags in different shapes. Each piece will also bear the Givenchy Heritage label underlined with a sweeping red pencil stroke, which was a favorite signature of the brand’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy. –JESSIE A JLUNI
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Small Weekend Bag in Black Nylon, $1,890; Belt Bag in Black Nylon, $890; Flat Crossbody in Red Nylon, $990, GIVENCHY DOWNTOWN, givenchy.com.
A brand known for its embodiment of rock star fashion, John Varvatos has always been able to take inspiration from the world’s greatest rock and roll legends, giving their natural style an elevated twist for the modern man. The latest group to get the sartorial Varvatos treatment is none other than the iconic band Led Zeppelin. To celebrate the group’s 50 years of impacting music culture, the line is a mix of ultracool suiting, band tees, and more—including one particularly covetable leather cognac-hued coat. Launching in late fall, the collection is a perfect mix of grunge and glamour that speaks to both the music enthusiast as well as the fashion devotee. –JA
Louis Vuitton has launched their new high jewelry collection and we are all over it. Amber and blue stones adorn feather-like silhouettes with pearl and gold accents. The focal point of this collection is the delicate ombre effect used with each stone to create definition within the pieces. –AP
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Carrera Calibre 16, $4,900, TAG HEUER, tagheuer.com. Supersonic limited edition rose gold, $22,495, BREMONT, bremont.com. Seamaster aqua terra worldtimer, $36,200, OMEGA, omegawatches.com. Premier Automatic 40, $16,000, BREITLING, breitling.com.Prince of Wales Plaid suit, $6,695, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI,
BINGE WATCH Everything is looking rosy
with winter’s must-have timepieces. From dazzling details to all over hues – rose gold metals are making a statement. But with so many fantastic options to choose from, we dare you not to collect them all. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFFREY WESTBROOK STYLED BY JESSIE AJLUNI
Brunello Cucinelli boutique 136 Greene St. NY NY 10012. Regular button
down shirt embroidered, $655, LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com. Model: Hugo Tilano
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IT’S NOW OR NEVER
The mine that supplies 90 percent of the world’s pink diamonds will cease production later this year. Savvy collectors—and anyone who lusts for the rare and unusual—should snap them up.
BY AMY ELLIOTT
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220th Anniversary necklace with pink and white diamonds including a 2.68-ct. Argyle pink round brilliant diamond, in platinum and 18k rose gold; price upon request, Boodles. Jennifer Lopez flashes her pink diamond engagement ring from Ben Affleck in 2002. Earrings with Argyle pink and white diamond earrings in platinum and 18k rose gold, price upon request, Calleija Jewelers. Argyle pink diamond halo necklace with white diamonds in platinum and 20k pink gold, price upon request, JFine.
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urely you’ve seen the headlines: Recent sales of important pink diamonds at auction have been making international news. For example, Christie’s Geneva sold a 19-carat emerald-cut stone to New York jewelry house Harry Winston in 2018. Now known as the Winston Pink Legacy, the gem fetched more than $50 million and currently holds the reigning world record price per carat. But we can actually trace our fascination with pink diamonds back to 2002, when a besotted Ben Aff leck proposed to Jennifer Lopez with a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring (from Harry Winston, naturally). It didn’t ignite a trend, per se. There are so very, very few pink diamonds in existence—they represent just 0.03 percent of the global annual production of diamonds—and those that are available tend to be the domain of tech tycoons, European monarchs, and celebrity brides. But the Bennifer bauble did thrust pink diamonds into the mainstream spotlight, dazzling popculture aficionadas with their beauty and glamour, while prompting connoisseurs to add some color to their jewelry wardrobes, asset portfolios, or both. Today, 90 percent of the world’s pink diamond supply comes from a single source: the Rio Tinto Argyle mine in Western Australia. By year’s end, this will no longer be the case. The mine is set to close later this year. “Argyle diamonds are known as the gold standard for pinks,” says Quig Bruning, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s. “I would anticipate that once the reality of the closure of this particular supply starts to sink in by 2021, 2022, prices will go up. I’d imagine it wouldn’t be dissimilar to what happens to an artist’s market after he or she passes away.”
Last October, a select group of jewelers, retailers, and diamantaires was invited to bid on what will probably be the last significant hoard of pink diamonds to come from the mine. Known as the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an annual event since 1984, the competition for the 2019 stones was fierce. Totaling 56.28 carats across 64 remarkable stones, many display the most desirable pink hues (think: bubblegum and raspberry), not to mention reds, the absolute rarest diamond color you can get your hands on. Private viewing appointments were held in Singapore, London, Perth, and New York City. (DuJour was asked not to disclose the hotel that played host to the New York tender, but every one of its 23 floors had a security detail, to say nothing of the guards looking on inside the suite.) “It’s a very unique opportunity to acquire the rarest diamonds in the world,” says jeweler John Calleija, who has boutiques in London, Sydney, and on Australia’s Gold Coast. As such, it’s not uncommon for tender invitees to shed tears at the sight of such precious cargo. And now that the mine is closing? “Collecting Argyle pink diamonds has reached a frenzied pace,” says David Shara, owner of Optimum Diamonds in New York, whose elite clients include the author Nicholas Sparks. Sparks, says Shara, “came up with the concept of creating the world’s greatest and rarest fancy colored diamond earring collection about seven years ago. His main focus was the Argyle mine.” Argyle tends to produce smallish stones (they rarely exceed two carats), but they’re of a remarkable color quality and expertly cut into everything from heart shapes to cushions and ovals.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Argyle pink and white diamond cuff, price upon request, Martin Katz. Magnificent 8 bracelet with seven Argyle pink diamonds, one blue diamond, and pavé white and Argyle pink diamonds in platinum and 14k gold, price upon request, LJ West. The Argyle Enigma: a 1.75-ct. fancy red, radiant cut diamond from the 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. The Rio Tinto Mine in Western Australia.
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“The great attraction is that pinks are both beautiful and, being oftentimes small, wearable without being ostentatious,” observes Jody Wainwright, director of Boodles, the heritage British luxury jeweler established in 1798. “This appeals to a certain buyer, but the investment angle is also close to the surface.” “There is no doubt in my mind that due to their extraordinary rarity, spectacular color, and legacy, their prices will continue to rise,” Shara says. “We are seeing lots of younger high-net-worth individuals flocking to them for jewelry as well as investment.” “I’ve had a few collectors who purchased Argyle pink diamonds as part of their long-term investment strategy,” says Jordan Fine of JFINE, a jeweler specializing in colored diamonds in New York City. “One particular gentleman purchased a set as his children’s college savings plan. Now his kids are about to go to college, and he doesn’t want to part with them.” If you’re likewise intrigued by the prospect of acquiring an Argyle pink diamond from the standpoint of long-term investment and estate planning, Brett O’Connor, senior international jewelry director at Bonhams, notes that “a diamond, although a very hard substance, can be scratched, chipped, or abraded through normal wear, thereby lowering the clarity and also the value. So to truly protect the investment, it should be kept in a secure location and not worn.” But that approach might prove impossible if your passion for pink runs deep. “The appreciation of any asset is absolutely a question we discuss with our clients, but the most important advice is to follow one’s passion,” Bruning says. “Jewelry is meant to be worn… The savvy buyers buy pieces they love.” ■
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Diamond shoulder-duster earrings in 18-karat white gold, $22,000, ROBERTO COIN, robertocoin.com. Sequin silk cape, $4,595, DOLCE & GABBANA, Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.
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BELLE OF THE BALL
This season, makeup takes a sophisticated turn with glamour and glitz aplenty. PHOTOGRAPHY BY VICTORIA STEVENS STYLED BY JESSIE AJLUNI MAKEUP BY YINNA WANG
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Byzantine Barocco earrings in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, $7,500, ROBERTO COIN, robertocoin.com. Multi-cut diamond ring, $99,600, ETHO MARIA, select Saks Fifth Avenue & Neiman Marcus stores. Model: Jessica Nazarenus. Hair: Ledora Francis for Fatboy Hair. Makeup: Yinna Wang using Dior, Pat McGrath, and Charlotte Tilbury. Manicure: Kana.
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Orchidée impériale black eye & lip cream, $670, GUERLAIN, neimanmarcus.com.
ROLL WITH IT
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Waso quick gentle cleanser, $28, SHISEIDO, shiseido.com. Honeymoon serum, $58, FARMACY, farmacybeauty. com. Gold knight eau de parfum, $295, KILIAN, net-a-porter.com. Abeille Royale serum, $215, GUERLAIN, sephora.com. Naked honey palette, $49, URBAN DECAY, sephora.com.
Consider Guerlain’s latest launches as the equivalent of a luxurious gua sha facial in a bottle. Expanding on the brand’s famed Orchidée Impériale line, a sleeping serum and an eye-and-lip cream are joining the family in December, each equipped with a roller applicator that allows your skin to really drink in the nourishing, regenerating benefits. Give your complexion a few quick passes with the L-Roller post– product application for an intense facial massage (which helps reduce puffiness and drain lymphatic fluids).
MAKEUP MUST-HAVES Winter’s abundance of beauty launches makes us totally cool with frigid temps. BY MARIANNE MYCHASKIW
Merry and Bright
Bask in the limelight with these shimmer-packed products that are guaranteed to give all the seasonal tinsel a run for its money. The opulent color scheme in NARS’s Inferno Eyeshadow Palette pays homage to the glitz and excess of Studio 54. Thanks to the glitter overspray on the high-shine lipsticks by both MAC and Gucci, you’ll be able to create a stellar impact in one swipe. Go with MAC’s formula if you want to achieve a full metal finish; choose Gucci’s for a satiny texture. Though holiday cheer of your preferred form may take partial credit for your lit-from-within glow, we also get by with a little help from our friends, specifically those in the highlighting category. Pick up Pat McGrath L ab’s ChromaLu xe Hi-L ite Cream to give skin a dewy, holographic look, or use Chanel’s Illuminating Powder to impart a sheen of surreal proportions.
Illuminating powder, $70, CHANEL,
chanel.com. Lunaison lipstick, $46, GUCCI BEAUTY, gucci.com. Chromaluxe Hi-Lite Cream, $30, PAT MCGRATH LABS, sephora.com. Inferno eyeshadow palette, $59, NARS, sephora.com.
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Praised for its ability to hydrate, calm inflammation, and kill bad bacteria on the skin’s surface, honey has served as a go-to ingredient for centuries, and brands are certainly taking note in the modern era. Harness its antimicrobial powers by using Shiseido’s Waso Quick Gentle Cleanser, then let your skin drink in its nourishing properties with a mask or serum. We love Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow resurfacing night serum to give your complexion instant radiance and Guerlain’s Double R Renew & Repair serum for some serious TLC. But the trend extends past the skincare realm—Urban Decay used the raw ingredient as its muse for the new Naked Honey eyeshadow palette, and it’s a featured note in Kilian’s luxe Gold Knight fragrance. If it was good enough for Cleopatra, we figure it will work just fine for us.
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GENE THERAPY Popular DNA tests hold
health information that could save your life. Our writer set out to make sense of hers. BY AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY
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’m not sure how the task fell to me, but over the years I have become my family’s de facto genealogist. To my amateur sleuthing credit, I have uncovered more secrets and put to bed more family rumors than one could imagine. During my quest to learn more about my family heritage, I purchased a 23andMe genetic test, which can tell you not only the geographical roots of your human existence but also your migration route—and even genetic traits like the fear of public speaking. What I didn’t realize at the time was the treasure trove of information that existed on the back end of a 23andMe test, information that may be even more important to my well-being and that of my descendants than knowing the likelihood that I move more than average during sleep. This rich data is already collected as a part of these tests but is not directly reported to the user. It contains information on vulnerabilities in nutrition, inflammation, and detoxification capacity; susceptibility to heart or neurological disease, cognitive or mood dysfunction, and cancer; and deficiencies in cellular metabolism, including which nutrients are in higher demand. This is the kind of imperative knowledge I wanted to have, so I set out to find a professional to analyze it. The journey took me to the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort & Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I checked into one of its new casitas for a long weekend. There, Karly Powell, a registered naturopathic physician with expertise in therapeutic nutrition and functional biochemistry, has developed a program called Decode Your DNA. In it, she conducts a specialized analysis of the raw data of a client’s DNA to provide an understanding of an individual’s genetic health background and deficiencies and then creates a personalized wellness plan.
According to Dr. Michael Barber, Strata’s medical director, the most common issues are found are in the so-called methylation pathways, which control how our bodies handle nutrients, supplements, and medications. Abnormalities in these pathways can inf luence the risks for neurological, cardiac, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and other systemic illnesses. With my newly analyzed DNA information, Powell crafted a custom-made, gene-based “prescription” for me that included a long-term dietary program, targeted nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle modifications. That weekend, I began to make her suggested modifications and utilized the doctors, physicians, clinicians, and therapists at Strata. Strata is one of the few spas in the country that offer this kind of personalized medicine paired with bespoke nutrition and fitness, as well as the opportunity to address cardiology, kinesiology, and energy needs in the same facility. “Many people say that your genes—genetics—are not your future but your potential,” Barber says. “Knowing in advance where one might be susceptible to issues such as heart disease, cognitive or mood dysfunction, cancer, or nutritional issues may allow a person to alter critical components of diet, exercise, [and] lifestyle to maximize their potential for optimal health.” ■
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Three Graces Pool at Garden of the Gods Resort & Club. Stunning backdrop of Colorado Springs. Treatment room at the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa.
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ALL IS NOT LOST
Experts share their top tips for the best ways to prevent and treat hair loss. BY KIM PEIFFER
n estimated 30 to 40 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair loss every year, and around 50 percent of women complain of thinning hair by the time they reach 50 years of age, according to recent statistics. But with the modern stress of life, coupled with health issues, women of every age are growing increasingly concerned about thinning hair. The most important thing to consider is that a healthy scalp is the basis for healthy hair growth. “It is really important to cleanse the scalp just as you would your face,” says David Adams, trichologist and cofounder of FourteenJay salon in Tribeca. “Scalp care is definitely the new skincare.” Adams recommends using a good
quality shampoo if you are suffering from hair loss. Even more so if you receive chemical services such as permanent hair coloring, highlights, relaxers, keratin treatments, perms, etc. According to Adams, one of the main contributors to hair loss is the overuse of hair spray, dry shampoo, and lots of other styling products, which create buildup on the scalp around the base of the hair follicle. A clogged scalp will contribute to thinning hair. “You may shampoo your hair every day as long as you are using good, quality products with pure ingredients,” Adams says. You can also visit a dermatologist or trichologist for a variety of treatment options. The most common treatment prescribed is minoxidil (Rogaine), he says. New hair growth usually occurs after three to six months.
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Thicker Fuller Hair Strengthening Shampoo The line consists of a strengthening shampoo, repairing conditioner, root-lifting serum, and a nourishing daily scalp tonic. The entire line is 92 percent naturally derived and 100 percent vegan and contains organic quinoa and biotin. $12, thickerfullerhair.com
P L AT E L E T R I C H P L A S M A Platelet-rich plasma is concentrated blood plasma that contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition, it contains platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, transforming growth factor, and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and possibly hair growth. Growth factors in platelet-rich plasma have been used to facilitate wound healing. Recently, studies have suggested that it may also serve as a safe and effective treatment option for male and female pattern hair loss.
HAIR CLONING Hair cloning is a promising treatment for androgenetic alopecia, or common genetic hair loss that is being actively researched by pioneering hair restoration physicians, like Dr. Bernstein in conjunction with Columbia University, hoping to be the first to develop a “cure” for hair loss. In hair cloning, a sample of a person’s germinative hair follicle cells are multiplied outside the body (in vitro), and then they are re-implanted into the scalp with the hope that they will grow new hair follicles and, thus, new permanent hair.
FOLLICUL AR UNIT E XCISION Follicular unit excision, formerly called follicular unit extraction, is a method of extracting, or “harvesting,” donor hair in a follicular unit hair transplant procedure. In this type of hair transplant surgery, an instrument is used to make a small, circular incision in the skin around a follicular unit, separating it from the surrounding tissue. The unit is then extracted (pulled) directly from the scalp, leaving a small open hole. This process is repeated until the hair transplant surgeon has harvested enough follicular units for the planned hair restoration. This process can take one or more hours and, in large sessions, may be accomplished over two consecutive days. The donor wounds, approximately one millimeter in size, completely heal over the course of seven to 10 days, leaving tiny white scars buried in the hair in the back and sides of the scalp.
F O L L I C U L A R U N I T T R A N S P L A N TAT I O N Follicular unit transplantation is a surgical procedure in which hair is transplanted from the permanent zone–the area in the back and sides of the scalp where hair is more resistant to balding–to the bald or balding areas of the scalp. This is accomplished using naturally occurring groups of one, two, three, or four hairs, called follicular units. After the patient’s scalp is anesthetized, the doctor removes a strip of tissue from the donor area, an area within the permanent zone, and, once extracted, the donor strip is cut into many individual follicular units using microscopic dissection techniques. As these follicular unit grafts are being prepared, the doctor makes tiny holes in the scalp, called recipient sites, where the grafts are placed.
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The ARTAS robotic system is the most advanced technology for surgical hair restoration. It aids the physician in performing follicular unit excision hair transplant procedures with accuracy and consistency that allows for maximum preservation of follicles. ■
Scalp micro-pigmentation or SMP is a nonsurgical, medical-grade tattoo procedure that involves the placement of tiny pigment deposits within the upper dermis of the scalp that simulate the appearance of naturally growing hair. For people who are balding or thinning, the goal of the SMP treatment is to create an illusion of thicker, fuller, stronger hair by simulating the look of individual hairs. SMP can create a shaved look in balding areas and more density in thinning areas, and may be used for scar concealment or for augmenting a hair transplant.
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In addition, trichologists often take pictures of the scalp and measure the affected areas. They may also take blood samples to figure out what is going on with your body. Treatments can include scalp cleansing and prescribing minoxidil, as well as using laser light therapy. But note that, in general, thinning hair and hair shedding may be related to another health issue. “Hair is a good barometer to your general health,” Adams says. However, in cases where more aggressive options are necessary, there are a slew of new technologies that are proving to change the hair-loss game forever. Below are some of the latest from Dr. Robert Bernstein at Bernstein Medical Hair Rejuvenation clinic in New York City.
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color, pattern, and whimsy, Erick Espinoza’s unrestrained design approach—along with good, old-fashioned hard work—has skyrocketed the young designer’s career. BY DANINE ALATI PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL SEUNG LEE
28-year-old interior designer Erick Espinoza is never afraid to play with color and pattern.
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thought that has to go into every single piece of furniture and accessory,” Espinoza says. “Seeing it all come together at installation is most fulfilling.” Inspired by design books from every era and v intage House Beautif ul and The World of Interiors magazines, Espinoza feels that his signature style, including his penchant for intense color can be traced back to his mentor: Baratta is known for his unabashed use of color and pattern. Espinoza’s work melds vivid hues with punchy patterns and energetic prints in a harmonious way that only someone with a trained eye could make work. Take for example, a recent project in Quogue, New York, in which a husband-and-wife client challenged him to design their home around a sofa clad in 14 different Missoni fabrics. “They wanted everything to be equally as patterned and as intensely colored as the Missoni fabrics,” Espinoza says. “So we took it there but had to keep it from looking like a fun house or circus. There is a certain amount of restraint but tons of color and patterns. It’s interesting to play with the balance.” For that same project, they took a painting ("Rainbow Love Mountain Ranch, New
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desig n phenom Er ick Espinoza, creative director at New York–ba sed firm Anthony Baratta, distinguishes himself from his contemporaries. “There are so many millennials who have a sense of entitlement or feel like they don’t have to work as hard to achieve the same amount of acclaim as somebody older than them,” he says. “But if you can get over that, work really, really hard and stay late and study and learn, that’s what it takes to become great.” And Espinoza would know, given his accelerated ascent into the interior design stratosphere. From humble beginnings growing up in Miami as a first-generation American (his mother is from Honduras), getting into the prestigious Design and Architecture Senior High, and earning a full-
ride scholarship to the New York School of Interior Design to working at a New York design firm while still in college and becoming a creative director at 24 years old, Espinoza’s dedication enabled him to rise through the ranks at an expedited pace. As a sophomore at the New York School of Design, he secured an internship at Diamond Baratta Design, then Anthony Baratta hired Espinoza to work full time at his newly formed namesake firm. “And the rest is history,” Espinoza says. “It just snowballed from there. After school ended, it was really full throttle. And soon I became the creative director [in 2015].” In his current role, he not only works on designing and decorating interiors, but he and Baratta also design all custom items for their projects in-house—from sofas, chairs, and tables to wallcoverings, rugs, and fabrics, down to the trim on the pillows. “Nobody realizes the amount of work and
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Espinoza and his team aim to strike a balance between unique and classic design elements for every project.
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Erick’s top five design tips
1. Work with the architecture.
“Look at the architecture first. Focus on the proportion. If you’re not able to do construction to move or manipulate walls or to open up a ceiling to make it higher, figure out how you can fake it. For example, if you’re in a pre-war building and every door is a different height, find ways to trick the eye and make it make sense.” “Pay attention to how the light comes into the space. If it’s a really dark space, stay away from using colors, textures, and fabrics that will make it darker—unless it’s your intent to try to make a dark, cozy den.”
3. Start from the ground up.
2. Consider the light.
4. Cover the floor.
“I have a pet peeve about rugs that are like a postage stamp on the floor because they don’t make the room feel big. If you cover most of the floor, your room will look twice as large because it gives you more opportunity for furniture placement. Find the biggest possible rug you can fit into that room, and cover the floor. It elevates the style immediately.”
5. Pay attention to scale. Mexico " by Polly Apfelbaum) and translated it to a custom-designed rug for the entryway. “It’s quirky and unique and inventive,” he says, noting that his team— consisting of Baratta, himself, and designer Jaime Magoon, who all work in tandem— approaches projects by filtering everything through an eye of history. “We pay attention to all the great designers, decorators, and architects and put that to play in real life. We’re not afraid to take what’s worked in the past and try it again.”
Espinoza’s firm was commissioned to redecorate a Fifth Avenue apartment that Diamond Baratta designed 10 years ago. “This new client said, ‘I want what they had, but better and to a more elevated and even more intensely decorated level,’” Espinoza explains. “That was a really intensely involved project, and it was fun.” He adds: “These clients that challenge you force you to evolve. You don’t really have a choice. It really pushes the boundaries in your head. That’s really cool.” ■
“If you don’t get the scale right, it throws off the whole room. Big, giant rooms need big, giant furniture. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to the eye. And with a smaller room, you obviously need to use caution to make sure the furniture fits. Also, make sure you can get the furniture up the stairs and into elevators. I learned that lesson the hard way: Be very careful, and measure all your elevators and stairways beforehand.”
“We design the rug first 90 percent of the time. That’s literally what grounds the whole room. Everything has to relate and work well together—the rug, fabrics, trim, accessories—and it’s harder to plug in a rug after all the decorating has been done.”
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YOUR NEW LUXURY HOME
Luxury brands—from cars to jewelers to hotels—are offering stylish residences with a level of service their devotees have come to expect.
BY MARCELLE SUSSMAN FISCHLER
Exterior of Twenty Grosvenor Square in London. Master bedroom.
wenty Grosvenor Square in London has long been a pedigreed address. Located on one of the world’s grandest garden squares, it was once the home of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, w ith General Dw ight D. Eisenhower among its occupants. Recently, the 250,000-square-foot building was rejuvenated, its interiors elegantly redesigned as a branded residence. Under the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts banner, the 37 three-, four-, and fivebedroom private homes priced from $21 million-plus are the first stand-alone Four Seasons Private Residences worldwide. From New York to Sydney, branded residences are more elegantly and fashionably stylish than ever, “seen by many as providing a perfect home, offering a turnkey service geared towards a hotel-style living experience,” says Ian Pidgeon, a partner at Knight Frank real estate consultancy. Beyond the comfort of a home to call one’s own, 20 Grosvenor Square, for instance, offers private wine cellars, a spa, a pool, a fitness center, a cinema, a business suite, a garden library, and a private garden.
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Manhattan’s 1927 Sherry-Netherland hotel started the trend. In the 1980s, the concept gained traction. In the last decade, according to a recent report by Savills, the number of branded schemes grew 198 percent “with no signs of slowing.” A record 60 projects opened this year, with another 70 expected next year. Dubai, New York, and Miami top the list. New lifestyle brands are also joining the fray. Condé Nast, best known for magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ, recently revealed plans to enter the branded residential marketplace by offering “luxurious curated living experiences,” according to Savills. Lately, fashion houses like Armani, Fendi, and Missoni; Italian jeweler Bulgari; and French crystal maker Baccarat, plus carmakers Porsche and Aston Martin, have also been enticing high-end buyers with branded residences, which carry an average price premium of 35 percent.
Fashion-brand buyers are “more design savvy” and “know there will be service anyway but want the design aesthetic,” said Andrew Wachtfogel, executive vice president and head of research for Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. In Miami, the Porsche Design Tower has a car elevator for owners to ride to their doorstep in their Spyder or Rolls-Royce, and a glass wall to admire the automobile from inside their apartment, says Gil Dezer, the developer. At the 308-unit Residences by Armani/Casa skyscraper Dezer built a few blocks away, buyers who lionize the fashion icon can not only enjoy Giorgio Armani’s design sensibility in the lobby and common spaces, but they can also purchase his signature package for f looring, wallcoverings, and furniture. “A lot of people have taken advantage of that to really have that Armani look and feel inside the apartment,” Dezer says.
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Exterior of Residences by Armani/Casa skyscraper. Lobby.
FOR BUYERS, BRANDED RESIDENCES ARE “PRESTIGIOUS ‘TROPHY HOMES,’” SAID RIYAN ITANI, DIRECTOR AND COHEAD OF SAVILLS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY.
The branded buildings, Dezer adds, “run just like hotels,” with concierges and other hospitality staff overseeing restaurants, spas, pools, cigar rooms, hair salons, kids’ rooms, wine tastings, and fashion events. “These are buildings you never need to leave.” For buyers, branded residences are “prestigious ‘trophy homes,’” said Riyan Itani, director and cohead of Savills International Development Consultancy. “Brand association instills confidence and is especially attractive to globally mobile, time-poor individuals seeking a high-service offer, hassle-free ownership, and the prospect of rental returns when not in occupancy.” There are 420 branded schemes worldwide. About 65,000 units are luxury hotel brands synonymous with hospitality, such as Ritz-
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Carlton, St. Regis, and W; Four Seasons; and Mandarin Oriental. Along the High Line in New York, the upcoming XI couples 236 luxury condominium residences with the first U.S. hotel by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. In Los Angeles, the new West Hollywood Edition has 20 residential units above 190 hotel rooms. While the focus is shifting to urban centers, many branded residences are on resorts. The Four Seasons Private Residences Los Cabos at Costa Palmas sold $450 million in beach, marina, and golf residences and 18 private villas. Nearby, Amanvari Residences is selling 24 homesites that go for $5 million to $26 million, including an architect to design custom homes for the resort, slated to open in 2021. Andaz Turks & Caicos Residences at Grace Bay debuts in 2021 with 74 residences.
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Dick Friedman, chief executive officer of Carpenter & Company, the developer of Four Seasons One Dalton Street, Boston, is moving out of a house and into the 61-story skyscraper that opened in May. Located above 23 hotel f loors, the 160 private residences range in price from $2.5 million for a one bedroom to $40 million for an 8,000-square-foot duplex penthouse. “The idea of living in a fully serviced environment with a leading hotel company is very powerful,” Friedman says. “They treat owners as guests.” Bottom line? The appeal to shift the focus of a residence from self-maintenance to a luxury property that has all the bells and whistles (plus the added bonus of having someone at the ready to help you with all of life’s many requests), is increasingly more appetizing. And frankly, why wouldn’t it be? ■
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SUKIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SWAGGER The model, actress, and singer is acing the airwaves with her new music.
BY K ASEY CAMINITI
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SOFIA MALAMUTE
he allure that 27-year-old Suki Waterhouse radiates is undeniable no matter what platform she is seen on–and she has pretty much all of them covered. The English model was discovered at age 16 and since then has posed for designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Alice + Olivia, and Burberry. Waterhouse’s modeling career led her to her own photography exhibition at Eb and Flow gallery in London, followed by the launch of her accessories brand Pop & Suki, which she co-founded with longtime friend Poppy Jamie, and helped grow her 1.5 million Instagram following, too. With her cool charisma and bold ambition, Waterhouse successfully made her foray into acting in 2016, earning roles in films such as The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Assassination Nation, and Detective Pikachu. The creative stamina that Waterhouse possesses is clear from her never-ending and ever-growing list of projects that stretch across industries. “Once I finish something I'm quite like, okay, what else do I have on the list?,” Waterhouse tells me. The multihyphenate talent ventured into music in 2016 and has been selfreleasing singles ever y so of ten since then. “ There’s a ver y immediate reaction when you put out music. But, music is also something that people keep discovering, so it kind of has a really long life,” the singer says. Waterhouse released her single “Johanna” in late 2019 with an accompanying music video starring legendary New York City performance artist Amanda Lepore. “I was more nervous with her than probably I would be with anyone else. I used to go and watch her a lot when I first went to New York when I was 17. She's so larger than life and made a big impact on me,” Waterhouse says of working with Lepore. The video casts Waterhouse as a male bodyguard and Lepore as a glamorous Hollywood darling. While Waterhouse croons about unrequited love on the song, her portrayal of Fred the bodyguard in the video is a ref lection of some of her own internal struggles and insecurities. “I was thinking about how I was going to present myself and I kind of wanted to not look like myself. Maybe because I was nervous,” she says of her role in the music video. Waterhouse dons a dark men’s suit and glasses in the video, a bold contrast to her on-screen counterpart but not totally far from Waterhouse’s actual personal style. “I sort of wanted to hide behind a suit that feels very authoritative. I think a lot about wearing suits and men's clothes. I'm either dressed like a cupcake or in suits and boy’s clothes a lot,” she offers. Waterhouse adds that she finds it interesting that in today’s society, a suit is the expected uniform for most bankers and “greedy men” but there is an androgynous and authoritative connotation when she wears a suit. “It's like such a basic bitch outfit so why do we associate it with being powerful and strong?,” she asks herself. Waterhouse celebrates
I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW I WAS GOING TO PRESENT MYSELF AND I KIND OF WANTED TO NOT LOOK LIKE MYSELF.
both her femininity and masculinity in her fashion choices, but admits that both styles have limitations and a certain level of power to them. The next two songs Waterhouse plans to release include a track w ith more swagger than Mick Jagger called “Moves” and a stripped-back song called “Slip.” On “Moves,” Waterhouse sings about resembling the singer Suzi Quatro, a rocker who rose to prominence in the 70s. “I went to a White Stripes gig and he would never remember this but, I met Jack White and he said I look like Suzi Quatro so I wrote it down and put it in a song,” Waterhouse tells me of the song’s lyrics, adding with a laugh that she needed to Google who the singer was. With a dreamy sound punctuated with powerful vocals, Waterhouse channels Cat Power, Lana Del Rey, and Lucinda Williams through her music. So, what’s next on this triple threat’s list of endeavors? Waterhouse will be featured in the upcoming film Misbehaviour, alongside Keira Knightley and Jesse Buckley. ■
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These days, some of the best art galleries in the world are outdoors. BY MARCELLE SUSSMAN FISCHLER
scattered throughout the Portuguese capital. Vibrant street art resonates throughout Berlin, including facades in trendy neighborhoods near a surviving section of the Berlin Wall. Perhaps nowhere has the surge in street art become more apparent than in Miami. In the Wynwood Arts District, formerly an abandoned 20th-century garment center, more than 200 murals span 50 city blocks, ringed by restaurants, breweries, galleries, and new and upcoming mixed-use developments and hotels. At its center is the Wynwood Walls, a decade-old 18-wall mural park. “You had these solid, long, blank walls—for artists, giant canvases waiting to be transformed,” says Albert Garcia, chairman of the Wynwood Business Improvement District. “Because of scale of
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he proliferation of street art is making neighborhoods from Miami to New York and across the globe resemble outdoor galleries. Muralists, including many former graffiti artists, are creating mesmerizing aerosol art and turning walls and facades into their canvases. Unlike graffiti, which is illegal, these contemporary urban masterpieces are increasingly commissioned by developers, business owners, and arts organizations. Rather than being secluded in museums, spray paint art in London’s Shoreditch and Hackney neighborhoods coexists with chic boutiques and restaurants. Lisbon’s Gallery of Urban Arts provides street artists progressively large and eclectic work areas
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Outdoor art at Wynwood 25 in Miami. Street artist at Wynwood 25.
“AS A COMPANY, WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE BLANK WALLS. ART ADDS CHARACTER,” SAYS JON PAUL PEREZ.
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Wall mural in Miami’s Design District titled “Vortex” by 2x4. Wall mural on the High Line in New York City titled “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door” by Dorothy Iannone. OPPOSITE:
Mural by EL MAC on the exterior of Wynwood 25.
“As a company, we don’t want to have blank walls,” says Jon Paul Perez, executive vice president of the Related Group, a developer whose signature is incorporating art into its buildings. “Art adds character.” Artist Markus Linnenbrink’s colorful painted stripes seem to drip off a facade of Miami’s SLS Lux Hotel and Residences. At X Miami Apartments, a 464-unit multi-family social community, fantastical artwork covers the garage, and Crayola-colored art walls punctuate an 18th-f loor dog park. Murals mix with sculpture and architecture in the Design District, adding “an accessible entry point to discovering contemporary art,” says the neighborhood’s director of cultural programming, Tiffany Chestler, who oversees its art. In Philadelphia, train, car, and walking tours explore the Mural Mile routes, part of the nonprofit Mural Arts Program that’s transforming neglected neighborhoods. Some of Manhattan’s best street art is downtown. Art permeates the High Line, an elevated public park with walk-through gardens built on a historic freight line. Murals and sculptures draw in the surrounding urban neighborhood, including contemporary works by emerging to long-established national and international artists. But street art can be ephemeral. In anticipation of Art Basel Miami Beach, each December 60 to 70 percent of Wynwood’s murals are changed. Not to worry, Garcia insists: “On Instagram, these murals live forever.” ■
the walls, the canvases were so large, nothing like that was ever contemplated or visible before.” A rezoning four years ago required a percentage of the facade of each building to “be saved for art. There has to be a true artistic component that is meaningful and impactful,” Garcia says, with private property, owners, and developers contributing to the “artistic dialogue.” Though the art is on private property, it’s meant to be enjoyed by the public. Intriguing murals at Wynwood 25, a new 285-unit apartment and mixed-use development, draw selfie-snapping visitors to check out the rental complex, complete with rooftop pool, art-infused community rooms, and a courtyard with a towering, colorful mural.
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Nine wildly talented chefs are finally getting their due in the male-dominated restaurant industry. Make your reservations now.
Sandwiches, salads and pastries at K’Far in Philadelphia. Chef Camille Cogswell.
ostering female talent in top restaurants hasn’t always been easy for restaurateurs over the decades. Of course, there were trailblazers like Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, Lidia Bastianich at Felidia, and Nancy Silverton at Mozza. But in the past few years, chefs such a s Nik i Na kayama of the Michelinstarred n/naka, The Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar, and Missy Robbins, of Lilia and Misi fame, have given rise to a new generation of female chefs who are making magic in kitchens across the country. But it’s not just about women championing women in the shadow of the Me Too movement. Men are also doing their part. Kentucky chef and Top Chef finalist Ed Lee recently launched The LEE Initiative (Let’s Empower Employment), a mentorship program to foster talented female chefs like Chicago-based, 21-year-old pastry chef Emie Dunagan. “I have a theory that when the food space became lucrative–when it became competitive–then it became male dominated,” Lee has said. “It became a sport. We’re trying to get the restaurant industry back to some kind of even keel where it’s not all about men or women. It’s about a balance.” And other restaurateurs are trying to strike this cord correctly as well.
Here are the women behind seven of winter’s most highly-anticipated restaurant openings who are at the top of their game and giving us a reason to dine out. Chef Mike Solomonov, of the renowned Philadelphia Middle Eastern restaurant Zahav, has tapped two bright talents for the latest projects in his CookNSolo Restaurants empire. K’Far, an Israeli bakery and all-day café, will have chef Camille Cogswell at the helm, while Merkaz, a sandwich shop, will be overseen by chef Caitlin McMillan. McMillan, raised in Asheville, North Carolina, rose through the ranks at Zahav under executive chef Yehuda Sichel and went on to open almost all of the Philly group’s restaurants as culinary director. “Women in the industry are too often brushed aside, and it’s often assumed that a man must be in charge of the kitchen,”
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gender,” Cogswell says. “The biggest tool he’s given me to thrive is the trust and space to find my voice in this company and with Israeli cuisine, while also being incredibly suppor tive by pushing my confidence and creativity.” Those values have helped the restaurant group foster a strong team of women in its ranks. “If we pay too much attention to the challenges women are facing, we’re not focusing on how much we’re succeeding,” Cogswell cautions. “I hope today’s generation of women has an empowering view of themselves. Of course adversity and sexism still exist, but our generation of women will not let that hold us down anymore.” After stints at New York’s Corton, Atera, Il Buco Alimentari, and Sushi Nakazawa, Chilean chef Victoria Blamey went on to open Chumley’s in 2016. Recently, she was tapped to replace chef Alfred Portale, who ran the kitchen at Flatiron’s Gotham Bar & Grill for 34 years. “People don’t like change in general, and I think it’s difficult for people to adapt to change in any situation, but our guests are giving me a chance, and that’s all I ask for,” Blamey says. “I really want Gotham to continue to grow into a more contemporary restaurant, and for the guests to be more diverse in general, which it has very much started to do. I want it to keep evolving.” For Blamey, having more women on the team was very important, and it’s something she’ll continue to seek out during her tenure: “I want to be able to allow women to have more opportunities in this industry than there have been in the past.” Filipina chef Charlene Santiago, who has worked in the kitchens at New York’s John Dory Oyster Bar, Reynard at the Wythe Hotel, and Picholine, was brought on by restaurateurs Anthony
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Chef Victoria Blamey of Gotham Bar & Grill in NYC. Chef Caitlin McMillan of Merkaz in Philadelphia. Canal Street Oysters in NYC.
McMillan says. “There have been times where I’ve been the head chef, and a guest will approach our cooks to compliment a dish. They look right past me and congratulate the f irst man they see. It’s really forced me to introduce myself more, because if I don’t, people just don’t assume I’m in charge.” That said, McMillan has noticed a positive shift in restaurant culture that includes more women in leadership roles: “I find women introduce more thoughtfulness, open-mindedness, high morale, and inclusivity.” A nother A shev ille native, Cogswell honed her skills in the kitchen at New York City’s The NoMad Restaurant, under chef Daniel Humm, before moving to Philadelphia to work at Zahav four years ago. “With Mike, it’s not about comparing one’s quality and worth simply based on
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“IF WE PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE CHALLENGES WOMEN ARE FACING, WE’RE NOT FOCUSING ON HOW MUCH WE’RE SUCCEEDING,” SAYS CAMILLE COGSWELL.
and Tom Martignetti (Pizza Beach, The East Pole) for their newest seafood restaurant project, Canal Street Oysters, in SoHo. “I’d had enough of the male-dominated bros club, which fine dining restaurants tended to be then,” Santiago says. “Working with April Bloomfield at John Dory Oyster Bar truly changed my career. It was refreshing to work for a female chef at the top of her game, and working as a part of her amazing team reminded me every day that female chefs are every bit as excellent as the men in this industry.” Santiago seeks to do the same in her kitchen. “I want to build a nurturing environment and a team that sees each other through the long days and the short, the good and the bad. More than half the kitchen crew are women. It is incredibly important for women to be an integral part of my team, as I consider it a personal responsibility to mentor the next generation.” Suzanne Cupps is the executive chef of the forthcoming restaurant 232 Bleecker, a vegetable-centric New York neighborhood eatery from the Dig Food Group, of Dig Inn fame. After years in charge of Untitled and Studio Cafe at the Whitney
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Museum of American Art (she was hired by proprietor Danny Meyer), the South Carolina–born chef is eager to show off the farm-to-table ingredients grown at the company’s farm in Chester, New York, on her West Village restaurant’s menu. Cupps previously worked for chef Anita Lo at Annisa for six years. “It’s become clear that chefs who can run their kitchens so that everyone has the right opportunity to learn will see a larger presence of females—and team members overall— thriving in their kitchens.” Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja, who, a long with Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer, is a partner in Middle Eastern/Mediterranean SoHo restaurant Shuka, will open Chelsea offshoot Shukette this winter. The restaurant, with its open kitchen and 21 seats, will allow her and her team to engage with diners more intimately over
Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja of Shuka and Shukette in NYC.
charcoal-grilled proteins, vegetable dishes, dips, and bread made in-house. Born in Brooklyn, she grew up watching Lidia Bastianich on television and worked in the kitchens at Bar Artisanal and Picholine, and later for Missy Robbins at A Voce Columbus. “I never thought about this being a male-dominated industr y when I f irst started out almost 14 years ago, but I’m very conscious of it now, and I believe it’s imperative to mentor other female chefs,” Nurdjaja says. For this reason, she thinks it’s important for women to seek out opportunities where they feel comfortable and able to succeed and evolve. “Our first hire for Shukette is a female chef de cuisine. Four of the line cooks will be female. As a leader, I think it’s important to surround myself with females in the industry and support other women wherever possible.” ■
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Italian for “the florist,” the restaurant, floral boutique, and community education space Il Fiorista in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood is a celebration of all things flowers. Co-owner Alessandra De Benedetti tapped a female-led team of designers for the light-filled, 85-seat restaurant space, from architect Elizabeth Roberts to artist Leanne Shapton, whose vibrant murals adorn the walls, to Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, whose custom-made wood furniture fills the room. “I grew up in Italy, where I was always surrounded by nature and flowers,” De Benedetti says. “When I was a child, my grandmother explained to me how to take care of plants and flowers in her Milanese garden, and I decided to create a place in New York City where flowers and herbs are at the center of attention.” The Italian proprietor, along with her husband, Mario, cite the team’s great sense of beauty and fantasy and loved their collaboration. “The design process for this project was really unique—partially because it was created by women, but also because the creative women were all very sensitive and level-headed,” says Roberts, who designed the space.
AT LEFT: Flowers, food and drinks at Il Fiorista in NYC. ABOVE: Co-owner Alessandra De Benedetti and artist Leanne Shapton.
A NoMad restaurant and floral boutique hired a team of women to design the vibrant, bloom-centric space.
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Elizabeth Olsen, the star of the highestgrossing film of all time, talks family vacations, her fiancé, and A$AP Rocky. BY K ASEY CAMINITI PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIERRE CROSBY
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lizabeth Olsen first appeared in the Marvel Cinewith fame in my family, you become weary of going places because matic Universe as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch you have to protect someone. When you’re alone, there’s freedom.” in 2015, with a quick, uncredited cameo in AvengOlsen adds that when she was younger, she seized any opportuers: Age of Ultron. Since then, the actress has renity to travel independently and internationally, leading her to prised her role in four subsequent films, including study abroad in Moscow, Russia. 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, which is now the highOlsen speaks intently while casually guiding the conversation est-grossing film of all time. to stories about going to a Toy Story premiere as a kid, attending Olsen’s character has a storied past that hasn’t the same school in Russia as her Wind River costar Jon Bernthal, been fully explored in the Avengers film series yet, but it will reand even her thoughts on A$AP Rocky. portedly be revealed in the upcoming Disney+ television program In July 2019, rapper A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden for WandaVision. assault, and a video was posted on social media depicting two “This show is quite literally setting my character up to be what young men following the rapper down a street. comic book fans know her as, the Scarlet Witch, and who we refer “They were trolling him, and they wouldn’t leave him alone,” Olto her as, Wanda,” Olsen divulges about the new series. “I just got sen candidly says of the incident. “They were little punks, and they chills; I’m such a dork.” were not nice. A$AP should’ve walked straight One of Olsen’s f irst experiences w ith into the hotel. Don’t fight; just go to the hotel.” Disney was different from playing Wanda In addition to portraying Wanda MaxiMa x imof f/Sc a rlet Witch—though, in a moff/Scarlet Witch, Olsen is both the star way, similarly life-changing and characand an executive producer of the Facebook I’VE ALWAYS BEEN ter-defining. Watch series Sorry for Your Loss, which reA BRAVE, “I went on a Disney cruise around Floricently released its second season. Although INDEPENDENT PERSON da with my family, and I remember—we Olsen has starred in other projects such as WHO WANTED were pranksters as kids—dropping blueberIngrid Goes West and Kodachrome, the acTO SEE MORE. ries off a balcony, and we hit someone with tress admits that she’s most recognized interglasses,” she says. “We got in a lot of trouble, nationally for being an Avenger. and after that, I became a people pleaser.” “People love the Avengers movies,” she (The newly engaged actress adds sarcastically that she was a real says of the franchise. “There’s the occasional person who is shocked rebel back then.) to see you, so they follow you for a bit, and I really don’t like that. These days, her travel adventures are mostly for work, but she It’s stupid to complain, because I am lucky to have my job, but … I has always had a case of wanderlust. think if I had kids, I would feel more protective than angry.” “My fiancé and I are great travel buddies. I get companion tickOlsen recalls that she used to tell her parents she didn’t have a ets through Delta, and I was traveling for work when we first startmaternal instinct when she was younger, but she’s since reversed ed our relationship, so he came to Scotland to visit me,” she says of course: “I would love to have kids,” she says. her fiancé, musician Robbie Arnett. Though children may be in Olsen’s future at some point, the Olsen recently partnered with Delta and American Express, next two years look pretty booked. With upcoming roles in Wandawhich feels like the perfect pairing for the star given her curious Vision (2021) and the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nature when it comes to discovering new places. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021), this nurturing “I’ve always been a brave, independent person who wanted to see star will have plenty of travel opportunities coming her way to samore,” she says of her love for travel. “I think that because I grew up vor with her fiancé. ■
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THE LONELY FROGS
t’s not often that a species on the brink of extinction gets a literal last-minute reprieve. A number of wildlife species have been able to skirt extinction and make a relatively healthy recovery, including the black-footed ferret, the golden lion tamarin, and the California condor. But over the summer, another critically endangered species unexpectedly joined the list of comeback kids: the Loa water frog in the Antofagasta region of Chile. This was no sentimental save. Frogs breathe through their skin as well as their lungs, and are consequently extra sensitive to changes in their environment, making them key indicators of water quality. When water frogs show signs of stress, they become the proverbial canary in the coal mine: Their declining health is a sign of declining water quality—or quantity—and immediate attention should be paid. This past June, a team of conservationists, government officials, and indigenous leaders on a relatively routine visit outside the city of Calama, in the middle of Chile’s Atacama Desert, discovered that the already limited habitat of the Loa water frog had nearly dried up entirely. The remaining 14 frogs, all of them skinny and malnourished, had been pushed into a tiny pool of muddy water, awaiting the
Valley of The Moon. Loa water frog at the National Zoo of Chile.
inevitable. The team collected them and brought them to the National Zoo of Chile, where the zoo’s specialists have been nursing their charges back to health and talking to water frog experts around the world about how best to care for and eventually breed them. A number of international wildlife organizations—including Amphibian Ark, the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, the Amphibian Survival Alliance, and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)—have also called on the government of Chile to solidify and expand on this great work by addressing the larger matter of halting activities that threaten the Loa water frog, restoring its habitat, and formally protecting it as a sanctuary or reserve that is regularly monitored.
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A heroic effort to save the Earth’s remaining Loa water frogs.
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tiago start dying because their rivers go dry, we will have no water to drink in Santiago. These connections are critical.” The government of Chile is now conducting an investigation into copper mining companies that may have been responsible for draining the Loa water frogs’ habitat. The threats to the Loa water frog are common throughout northern Chile, where water is a scarce resource, drought has been unrelenting, and additional pressure comes from multiple human sources. The land that includes the muddy pool where the frogs were found, for example, was recently sold to a real estate developer. The agricultural sector has also diverted irrigation canals to take the groundwater. So in addition to making sure the Loa water frogs’ creek f lows again
“The first big challenge is to help these frogs survive,” said Alejandra Montalba, director of the National Zoo of Chile. “While the rescue was the best chance to save the Loa water frog, there are always risks with trying to care for a new species—especially when the animals are already struggling. That’s the main goal right now. Later we need to be able to breed them. But ultimately we need to work very hard to restore their environment, because it’s pointless to breed them if they don’t have a home to go back to in the wild.” “What will happen to the frogs in Chile will happen to the people here in the not too distant future,” said Andrés Charrier, a herpetologist with the Chilean Herpetological Society, and rescue mission member. “If the frogs from the high mountains from San-
A Loa water frog during a rescue operation near the northern Chilean city of Calama. Teresa Camacho Badani with Seheuncas water frog Romeo. Andrés Charrier, herpetologist from the Chilean Herpetological Association, and Claudio Soto Azat, co-chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Chile..
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GLOBAL WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IS PROUD TO BE COMMITTED TO THE CONSERVATION OF WATER FROGS, A UNIQUE AND CHARISMATIC GROUP OF FROGS.
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someday, conservationists want to see the government of Chile commit to a long-term research and conservation plan for all of the country’s water frogs, including, in some cases, conservation breeding programs. Multiple voices are being raised to defend the frogs and the environment on which both they and the human population depend. Even environmental activist and Academy Award–winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has joined the international call to protect the species and its habitat, writing on Instagram: “The government of Chile and a team of conservationists have done an incredible job responding swiftly to try to rescue the Loa Water Frog from extinction, bringing the last few to the National Zoo of Chile to be nursed back to health. Share this message to encourage continued actions to #SaveTheLoaFrog! Share to spread the word. #SalvemosLasRanitasDelLoa”
Another celebrity has also helped share the story of the Loa water frog: Romeo the Seheuncas water frog (a cousin species to the Loa water frog), once known as “the world’s loneliest frog.” In 2008, a team of biologists in Bolivia brought Romeo to the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Cochabamba. They hoped to create a conservation breeding program for the traditionally common species to get ahead of the population crashes they were seeing with other frogs. But ten years later, they had not been able to find a single other individual Sehuencas water frog—male or female. So in 2018, GWC, the Alcide d’Orbigny Natural History Museum, and Match, the world’s largest relationship company, created an online dating profile for Romeo. The profile helped raise enough money to send a team into the field in a last-ditch effort to look for other frogs. They were successful, bringing back a number of Sehuencas individuals, including a Juliet for Romeo. The Sehuencas water frog team has been among the experts helping to advise the National Zoo of Chile. Romeo recently wrote a letter to the Loa water frogs at the National Zoo in Chile, encouraging them not to lose hope, and “narrated” a video, in both Spanish and English, about their plight. There are at least 63 known species of water frogs found from Ecuador to Chile, including in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Many of these species, like the Loa, are microendemic, which means they live in just one small place. Pollution, disease, and invasive trout are among the threats they face in addition to habitat destruction. About 10 species of water frog live in Chile, and many of them are likely facing the same threats as the Loa water frog. “Global Wildlife Conservation is proud to be committed to the conservation of water frogs, a unique and charismatic group of frogs that have gained notoriety over the last few years thanks to Romeo the Sehuencas water frog,” says Don Church, GWC’s president. “The story of the Loa water frogs is a cautionary tale, one that should spur us to action for all other water frog species before they decline to only a few individuals left.” Thanks to swift and bold human intervention, the Loa remains with us, a cautionary tale indeed, but also a beacon of hope for the future of water frogs—and of our planet. ■
Andrés Charrier, herpetologist from the Chilean Herpetological Association, and Gabriel Lobos, herpetologist with the University of Chile, with a Loa Water Frog during the rescue mission.
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From truffle hunting and gastronomy to cellar tours, Il Borro celebrates Tuscan life the Ferragamo way. BY LAUREN HILL
hen Ferruccio Ferragamo bought Il Borro in 1993, he wasn’t planning to produce wine. He had bought this sprawling estate within Tuscany’s Upper Arno Valley with the intention of restoring its medieval village and turning the estate into a luxury hotel. But in 1994, Ferruccio and his son, Salvatore, did in fact begin planting vines. This was the start of something big for the Ferruccio Ferragamo family. Now, with the recent acquisition of the neighbouring estate, Il Borro spans 1,100 hectares of vineyards, forest and agricultural land in a natural basin bordered by the Pratomagno massif and Chianti hills. A fully restored medieval village, villas and renovated farmhouses sit amid the gardens and vines and the hotel is a part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection. Salvatore runs the estate as CEO and Ferruccio’s daughter, Vittoria, looks after the organic vegetable gardens as well as taking on the role of special projects manager. And while the family name adds a certain f lair and touch of glamour, the estate still breathes Tuscan authenticity, from the sensitive restoration of its ancient properties to the products cultivated on the land and celebration of food and wine. This Tuscan identity is seen at its most vibrant during the annual grape harvest. Il Borro established this celebration as a way to reward the vineyard’s workers. But this annual revelry, following grape picking with a feast amid the vines, gradually evolved over the years, becoming an annual event for friends of the Ferragamo family, people from the local area, and guests who are lucky enough to be staying at the hotel.
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It was at this year’s grape harvest that Ferruccio announced the latest developments to the Il Borro estate. As well as revealing the acquisition of the neighbouring estate, Vitereta, the event marked the recent launch of Le Aie del Borro, a collection of restored farmhouses home to 20 luxury suites, a swimming pool, and bar. With this additional accommodation, Il Borro now holds 58 suites between the new Aie del Borro farmhouses—Il Forte, La Posta, and La Fonte—Dimora Il Borro villa, houses of the medieval village, and four-bedroom Villa Casetta. Each area comes
with an infinity pool and it’s all joined by two restaurants—Osteria del Borro and Il Borro Tuscan Bistro—overseen by executive chef Andrea Campani, La Corte Spa, the Wine & Art Gallery, centuries old wine cellar, stables, and golf course. Local artisans, including a goldsmith and shoemaker, use houses of the village as boutiques and workshops. The estate’s vineyards are perhaps Il Borro’s greatest pride. 12 organic fine wines are now produced from the land’s sangiovese, syrah, merlot, and sabernet sauvignon grapes, including the Bolle di Borro sparkling rosé produced through the classic aging on the
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Vineyards at Il Borro Relais & Chateaux. Il Borro Cellars where the first Chianti wine was produced. The Aie del Borro. Il Borro Toscana Villa Marnia;.Salvatore Ferragamo in the Il Borro Cellars. Innovative culinary dishes at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro.
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Entrance to Il Borro Relais & Chateaux. Exterior and gardens.
THE ESTATE’S VINEYARDS ARE PERHAPS IL BORRO’S GREATEST PRIDE. 12 ORGANIC FINE WINES ARE NOW PRODUCED FROM THE LAND’S SANGIOVESE, SYRAH, MERLOT AND SABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAPES.
lees and riddling method, and the Petruna Anfora IGT Toscana Sangiovese, which is aged in clay pots. The fields of vines at the source of these wines lie alongside 40 hectares of olive trees, 180 hectares of arable and foraging land, and two hectares of organic vegetable gardens with 30 beehives. Sustainability is key to the estate. Il Borro’s vineyards and gardens are certified fully organic and the estate has a zero carbon footprint, producing more energy by solar power than it can use. To experience the estate fully, you can sign up for one of the wine tours—choose between wine and art tours, a vineyard tour with a picnic, and wine tasting with food pairing—and take a Tuscan cooking class before tucking into seasonal dishes, like harestuffed pappardella and cannolo filled with papa al pomodoro, using produce from the estate. You can see the craftsmen at work in the village’s boutiques, follow trails on foot, bicycle or horseback, and take to the tennis courts or golf course. And make sure you find time to stop by the Wine & Art Gallery to see artworks by icons such as Mantegna, Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso, and Warhol, and wander through its latest long-running exhibition, “Bacchus and Venus: the role of women in wine history.” For a different perspective of the estate’s lush surroundings, soar above the hills in a scenic helicopter or hot air balloon f light, or drive along the winding Tuscan roads in a Ferrari. Now that we’ve reached the winter months, we may have left grape harvest and the time for picking olives behind, but this signifies the start of the truff le-hunting season. By visiting in December, you can venture into the countryside in the company of expert truff le hunters and specially trained dogs. And what better way to then celebrate your day’s finds than with truff le-infused dishes back at the estate. You’re sure to come away with a taste for Tuscan life. ■
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Westworld star EVAN RACHEL WOOD joins the cast of Frozen 2. FRANK GRILLO lets us know how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s balancing life on and off screen. The Morning Show actress, GUGU MBATHA-RAW, dishes on her new projects while showing off resort prints. STEVEN GAMBREL gives his West Village apartment a face lift. Plus, every present we are eyeing this holiday season.
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EVAN RACHEL WOOD IN ACTION
THE HOLLYWOOD STAR IS MAKING WAVES WITH HER FILM, TV, AND MUSIC PROJECTS—AND USING HER VOICE TO STAND UP AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
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On a perfectly balmy 70-degree afternoon in Los Angeles, Evan Rachel Wood is sitting in the back of a private studio lot, posing in the driver’s seat of a vintage Cadillac Eldorado. She looks like she feels right at home. Her chill demeanor makes her completely personable, so much so that its almost hard to remember that she’s Hollywood royalty. The actress has grown up in the spotlight, but she couldn’t be more humble. “Honestly, I like to just sort of let things in my career happen ’cause then you’re always surprised,” she says. “You’re never disappointed.” But with a career as strong and solid as hers—and a voice to match—it’s clear her future is far from waning. For starters, this winter she lends her vocal greatness to Disne y’s Frozen 2, playing the voice of Queen Iduna. The animated film is something she’s been dreaming of doing since she was a child. (She also has a doll in her character’s likeness, something she finds hard to believe even as she was holding it on set.) “I started in musical theater, and Disney and musical theater kind of go hand in hand,” she says. “The whole experience [of playing Iduna and having a doll designed after her] is pretty surreal. Literal dream come true.” One of the things she fell in love with when it came to the script was the fact that the story line went so deep. “It’s about finding oneself and about resilience. I thought it was such a beautiful story.” Another dream come true for Wood? Working on HBO’s Westworld, which will debut its third season this spring. “I think my character is evolving and is discovering who she really is outside of the park, now presumably in the real world,” she says. “I think she’s starting to realize there aren’t a lot of differences between our world and Westworld. Every season, the show kind of reinvents itself.” When I ask her what spoilers she can share (obviously the answer is “none,” but the writer in me has to ask), she pauses and then reveals that what we can expect is a more linear story line. “We’re not jumping around times as much, and I think it’s a little more straightforward but still has that existential dread.”
Playing sapient android Dolores Abernathy has taught Wood many things, but as for the biggest lesson, she says she has learned that she’s much stronger than she ever thought possible. “Every season, I get pushed to my absolute limit. It’s an incredibly difficult show to work on because of the amount of work that we’re doing in such a short amount of time,” she says. “The hours are long; the elements are intense. This season, we did a lot of night shooting, so it takes a big toll on you emotionally and physically. We’re really getting pushed to our limit. Dolores has taught me resilience, strength, and vulnerability. When I put on the blue dress, it truly feels like I’ve become somebody else. And at this point, I just feel like I just let her in, and she does her job, and I just have to be the vessel for her.” It’s clear that Wood is stronger than she realized in more than just acting—that fortitude applies to multiple facets of her life. Over the past few years, Wood has been an instrumental voice in speaking up for women affected by domestic violence. As a victim herself, Wood decided to testify before Congress in 2018 about her experiences with assault in support of the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, urging the government to expand protections for victims. Now she’s using her platform to ask individual states to extend their statutes of limitations on domestic violence reports via the Phoenix Act. The act recently became law in California, lengthening the state’s statute of limitations from three years to five years. “I just don’t feel like we live in a time where we can be silent about this anymore,” she says.
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Wood says she lived with the trauma of the assault for so long that it began to affect her mental and physical health, which is when she finally made the brave decision to go public with her story. “I told my story to Congress, and that was really the start of everything,” she says. “That’s when the founder asked me to testify on behalf of her bill. I was terrified, but I knew I had to tell the truth. [Through the process of sharing my story], I was met with a lot of new information that my abuser had abused a lot of other women, and so I went, ‘Oh god, this is worse than I thought.’ So I tried to collect all my evidence and see if there was anything I could do to stop it.” Regarding timing, she says, “You’re never really ready to share, but I was ready enough.” And share she did, igniting a f lame so bright with her story that she has garnered the attention of not only other abuse victims who’ve felt compelled to share their story because of her, but also the government. “It’s about just raising awareness and bringing domestic violence into the conversation, because it’s literally a global epidemic that’s not being talked about,” she says bluntly, as though it was her calling to share her story.
In her spare time, which I’m already convinced she has none of, Wood can also be found jamming out with her cover band Evan + Zane, which she formed with guitarist/singer-songwriter Zane Carney in 2018. For her, music is in her blood. (Her father was a singer.) “I do have a bit of synesthesia, so I can kind of, like, hear color and feel sound,” she says. “So music for me is really visual, and I get a really visceral reaction to it when it’s in my body and when it plays. And certain sounds and certain tones just are so healing and cathartic. I feel like language, as in just speaking, is really basic, and music is so much more complicated and subtle and nuanced. Just a sequence of four notes can unlock something deep inside of you that you didn’t know was there,” she says. “It’s my language, and if I didn’t have it, I don’t know what I would do.” Clearly, her plate is more than full, but that doesn’t keep Wood from constantly thinking about what the future holds. “I just want to keep doing good work and keep working with good artists and challenging myself and seeing what the next thing is,” she says before pausing. “Or I’d like to write a book one day.” For Wood, the sky’s the limit. ■
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Black blazer, black pant, and black belt, prices upon request, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, brunellocucinelli.com. Bob Marley Hawaiian shirt, $440, WACKO MARIA, wackomaria .co.jp. Black patent pump, $675, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI, giuseppezanotti.com.
DUJOUR.COM 98 WINTER 2019 Black sweater, vintage, CHANEL, chanel.com. Black pant, price upon request, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, brunellocucinelli.com. 18-karat gold oval hoop earrings, price upon request, ROBERTO COIN, neimanmarcus.com. Gourmette double-link bracelet, $1,200, CELINE, celine.com. 18-karat gold large T square bracelet, $5,200, TIFFANY & CO., tiffany.com. Hair: Charles Dujic. Makeup: Toby Fleischman. Manicure: Kim Truong for The Gel Bottle Inc. Production: Productionising by Arzu Kocman. Photographed on location at Hubble Studios in Los Angeles.
Venetian plaster walls add depth in the entry hallway, where a 19th-century Spanish lantern sits atop a 19th-century French gray stone tabletop for a sumptuous amalgamation of wood, bronze, and marble. A skylight bathes the hall in natural light. OPPOSITE:
Gambrel created a collector’s house featuring exquisite found objects, such as an antique bolection fireplace he bought in England and a vintage solid-bronze mirror he discovered in Hudson, New York. Blue plaster walls add dimension in the living room.
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D O U G L AS F R I E D M A N / T R U N K A RC H I V E
HOW DESIGNER STEVEN GAMBREL EXPERTLY RESTORED HIS 19TH-CENTURY TOWNHOUSE IN MANHATTAN’S WEST VILLAGE TO REFLECT THE GLORY OF THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE.
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Gambrel handpicked the exquisite marble for the lavish master bath, where a funky 19th-century English porcelain eagle creates interest; the third-floor library is an exercise in color and texture, with blacklacquered walls and a waxpainted ceiling in a reddish hue that reflects the exterior brick of the home.
HERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE UNMISTAKABLE charm of Manhattan’s West Village. Its distinct character. Rows of picturesque brownstones and townhouses with inviting front stoops that give way to often-quirky layouts. The historic design details and rich heritage that reference a bygone era. When designer Steven Gambrel purchased his home on Morton Street in this highly covetable neighborhood, he fell in love with the property despite its challenges: low ceiling heights, sloping floors, a narrow living room, and an off-center fireplace. In fact, he sought to celebrate those idiosyncrasies and amplify the rich original details of the 19th-century townhouse while redesigning and enhancing the space to accommodate luxe 21stcentury living. Though Gambrel didn’t completely gut the three-bedroom, fourbathroom, 3,500-square-foot property with a Greek Revival brick facade, he did extensive design and construction work to suit exactly how he would live in the home. “I kept all the original parts from the 19th century, then removed the later additions and restored what it was originally. And then I add-
ed pieces that I wanted to add,” explains Gambrel, founder and president of New York–based design firm S.R. Gambrel. “The goal was to keep it really authentic and maintain the atmosphere of a historic West Village townhouse—with a twist.” The first order of business was to demolish and reconstruct the kitchen on the garden level. “I lowered the f loor in the kitchen and completely reinvented that elevation,” Gambrel says. “The ceiling height wasn’t adequate for what I wanted to do, so I dug the basement out deeper solely for mechanicals. Then I took advantage of the ceiling height of what was there and lowered the joists in steel. Essentially, I built that new space within the old structure.” The result yielded a magnificent open chef ’s kitchen and dining space with a marble-slab stone f loor and marble island that Gambrel constructed, plus custom-built solid-wood cabinetry and top-of-theline appliances, including a custom-painted Lacanche seven-burner, double-oven range with a custom-fabricated hood; a Sub-Zero refrigerator; and a Miele dishwasher. French doors lead out to a garden, and the cozy dining area is complete with a wood-burning fireplace—one of five that were meticulously restored in this residence.
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In a complete gut renovation of the kitchen, Gambrel dropped the floor to account for the low ceiling height. Solidwood cabinetry and the marble island were custom-made, and the pendant lighting is vintage.
RIGHT: A layering of materials in the master bedroom exudes a cozy atmosphere. The walls are upholstered in a silk-linen blend, and sunlight floods into the space via skylight. OPPOSITE: The charming red-lacquered library nook off of the entrance hall on the parlor level acts as a cloakroom, with a closet behind mercury glass doors and a bar area with a 19th-century English table flanked by two painted 19th-century English chairs.
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FROM LEFT: Gambrel selected the mid-20th-century artwork mainly from the Dutch New Hague School, as well as some pieces from France, England, and America; he carefully curated a collection of objects atop a chest of drawers, including an unusual 20th-century artistmade lamp and some Danish bronzes on a stone tray, set before an 18th-century Italian mirror.
To maintain the character of the townhouse, Gambrel retained the original floors and preserved a staircase that cuts through the core of the space and is topped with a skylight. Double mahogany doors on the parlor level separate the entry foyer, with its adjacent library/cloakroom, from the f loor-through living room, which is 26 feet long but slender. “The living room is pretty narrow,” Gambrel admits. “So the furniture plan had to be really considered. I wanted a lot of seating, and the fireplace is off-center, so that actually adds to the challenge.” Overall, Gambrel says, the project is an exercise in maintaining “a collector’s house where you entertain the style of great found objects and art.” Gambrel decorated the home with 20th-century art, much of it from the Dutch New Hague School, complemented with midcentury pieces from France, England, and America. And he melds eclectic vintage and antique items from the 18th through mid-20th centuries with custom pieces to create a design scheme that’s truly authentic to his own aesthetic and design sensibilities. To wit, the elaborate master bathroom tells a “masculine story,” according to Gambrel, who attained the stone by handpicking it from a quarry. “I love to find great unusual stones and pair them together,” he says. “I go into quarries and look for different stones and how they are going to speak to each other. I’m always playing with stone compositions.” In the living room, a super-heavy solid-bronze mirror that Gambrel found in Hudson, New York, hangs above the mantel as a statement piece, while the bolection fireplace was collected in England. As a juxtaposition of old and
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The dining area in the open kitchen on the garden level features one of the home’s five fireplaces, all artfully restored, along with an 18th-century Italian inlaid-stone table and vintage 20th-century chairs in gunmetal.
new, antique club chairs are set atop a custom carpet by Mansour, vintage lighting prevails throughout, and most of the upholstery was designed by Gambrel himself. Carefully curated mantel selections from Gambrel’s international travels express his personality, while other design decisions were made to maintain a period-appropriate aesthetic for the 19th-century property. “The whole building is meant to be sort of atmospheric. It’s not crisp by any means,” Gambrel says. “And so the colors and materials and the textures are all trying to work with the patina.” He incorporates various materials “so everything has texture,” he says. The walls of the hallway and the stairwell are clad with Venetian plaster, and the blue living room walls are done in an integrated plaster. “Nowhere in this home is there just paint on a wall. It all has texture and works into the grit of the historic building.” He adds: “I was looking to create a moody atmosphere, and I’m not afraid of color.” The designer employed punches of color in unconventional ways—in the red carpet of the staircase, the red-lacquered walls of the parlor-f loor library/cloakroom, the black walls of the upstairs library that’s capped with a ceiling in a reddish limewash finish, and the upholstered walls of the master bedroom in a hue called Dead Salmon. Gambrel says that for the master bedroom, he worked with a palette that he’d never used before but was curious to try. “It relates to the brick of the house, and it’s sort of unexpected. I’m always experimenting with colors that are unusual,” he offers. “It’s a layering of materials. I’m just trying to try to keep it cozy.” ■
“THE PROJECT IS A COLLECTOR’S HOUSE WHERE YOU ENTERTAIN THE STYLE OF GREAT FOUND OBJECTS AND ART. ”
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ACTRESS GUGU MBATHA-RAW FILLS US IN ON HER SPLASHY NEW PROJECTS, HER UNCONVENTIONAL CHARACTERS, AND THE NO-HOLDS-BARRED BOOK THAT’S ON HER NIGHTSTAND.
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LIKE YOU’RE SEEING GUGU MBATHA-RAW EVERYWHERE LATELY, it isn’t your imagination. This past fall, the actress was on the promotional trail for not just one but two acting projects, which, in the perfect conf luence of events, were both released on the same day, November 1. In Motherless Brooklyn, directed by Edward Norton, she plays Laura, an activist lawyer in 1950s New York City, in an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s detective novel. The film, which stars Norton, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe, was shot in Harlem and has a jazzy, noir sensibility that Mbatha-Raw was eager to sink her teeth into. “It’s a genre that is so cool and isn’t often done,” she says. The actress related to the contemporary themes of the film and the strong role, which Norton added for her. “Laura is an activist in her community; she’s not your typical 1950s housewife or heroine,” she says. “She’s so layered and a real underdog.” You may remember the 36 -yea r- old Roya l Academy of Dramatic Art–trained English actress from the short-lived J.J. Abrams television series Undercovers and the British sci-fi series Black Mirror, but she broke into film five years ago in the period independent movie Belle and played a pop star in Beyond the Lights. And now she’s made the jump into the big leagues with these starring roles. Her other project, Apple TV Plus’s first series, The Morning Show, has no shortage of huge stars, either, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. It was MbathaRaw’s second time working with Witherspoon in a female-led project. (They briefly worked together in 2018’s A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.) “It’s so special to work with Reese on this show,” Mbatha-Raw says. “I’m so impressed by what she’s built with her production company and what an amazing group of actors she’s assembled. She’s such a generous artist and is leading the way in terms of female storytelling.”
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The actress was in the midst of shooting Misbehaviour (a film that follows the 1970 Miss World pageant in London, which saw the crowning of the first black winner) and jumped right into filming Apple’s television show-within-a-show in New York City. She did, however, have time to jet to Aniston’s cast party, held at her Los Angeles home before they began filming, and bonded with English costar Bel Powley on set. The show, in which she plays Hannah, a booker for a popular morning TV show, focuses on the drama between the anchors and crew behind the scenes, with a #MeToo plotline. “It’s so relatable for our time,” she says. “It really gets under the skin of that conversation.” Her Hannah is ruthless, ambitious, and disciplined. “I really enjoyed exploring the cost of ambition and the wear and tear of the New York media world. Hannah has such an interesting dramatic arc.” Working so steadily also comes with its perks. She’s enjoying the red carpets in designer creations by Gucci, Miu Miu—she was a guest of the label at Paris Fashion Week—and, for the first time, Chanel. Most of the time, she can be found in low-key black jeans, a black turtleneck, maybe a leopard-print cardigan and boots, and a small Miu Miu handbag for the essentials. She has good genes— and all the boring stuff like water and sleep—to thank for her glowing skin, but she loves an Epsom salt bath and an infrared sauna session to unwind. (She also swears by natural skincare line Dr. Hauschka.) She’s also a big reader. Currently, she’s reading Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, about his investigation of the Harvey Weinstein case (the irony is not lost on her), and it’s no surprise that both of her new projects are also based on books. “I really admire every thing [Farrow has] exposed in our culture,” she says. “We met backstage at Good Morning America recently—very meta.” For now, she’s off to Santa Barbara to promote the film but hopes to have some time to decompress by the beach and do yoga. “I just want to catch my breath,” she says. But considering the quality of the projects she’s been involved with as of late, that break probably won’t last long. ■
THE IT LIST
‘Haute A Courroies Cosmos’ calfskin leather bag in blue, $28,600, HERMÈS, Available at
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Unheated Padparadscha sapphire & diamond necklace, $450,000, OSCAR HEYMAN, By request at 800-642-1912.
Wool teddy bear scarf, $765, MAX MARA, us.maxmara.com.
Baily 100 with crystals and pearls in ballet pink, $2,995, JIMMY CHOO, jimmychoo.com.
RIMOWA unique classic cabin, $1,070, Handles, $310, Wheels, $170, RIMOWA, rimowa.com.
Classic fusion king gold full pavé bracelet, $98,900, HUBLOT, hublot.com.
FOR THE BEAUTY JUNKIE
Swarovski Refillable Case with Bond No. 9 Lipstick, $400, BOND NO. 9, bondno9.com.
Halogram Collection eyeshadow, $30, SURRATT, surrattbeauty.com.
Skin Filter, $60, THE NUE CO., thenueco.com.
Facial Treatment Essence Fantasista Utamaro Limited Edition gift set, $110, SK-II, Sephora and sk-ii.com.
The Bathroom Upgrade gift set for men, $50, HAWTHORNE, hawthorne.com.
Night Veils perfume extract, Sellier; Reine de Nuit; Casablanca Lily, $320, BYREDO, byredo.com
The Impossible Collection of Bentley, $1,450, ASSOULINE, assouline.com.
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Cashmere jacket, $7,495, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI,
Brunello Cucinelli 136 Greene St. New York, NY 10012.
Tiziano high-top sneakers, $895, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA COUTURE, Available at select Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques.
Heritage collection SBGA385 in platinum with crocodile strap, $53,000, GRAND SEIKO, grand-seiko.com.
Limited edition Jaguar E-Type series 1 model car, $10,615, AMALGAM COLLECTION, mrporter.com.
Montblanc writers edition homage to Rudyard Kipling tribute to “IF” fountain pen limited edition 1895, $4,080, MONTBLANC, montblanc.com.
Shagreen Chess Set, $3,250, AERIN, aerin.com.
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A handcrafted Tiffany Blue Blatt Billiards pool table, Starting from $95,000, TIFFANY & CO., tiffany.com/veryverytiffany
MTI100 Turntable, $6,500, MCINTOSH, certified McIntosh dealers.
Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”, $17,500, LEICA CAMERA, leicacamerausa.com.
Beovision Harmony, $21,000, BANG & OLUFSEN, bang-olufsen.com.
Sonos Move, $399, SONOS, sonos.com.
PATRÓN en Lalique: Serie 2, $7,500, PATRÓN TEQUILA, reservebar.com.
FOR THE HOSTESS WITH DISCERNING TASTE
4-piece bar tool set, $107, RESTORATION HARDWARE, restorationhardware.com.
True love bottle stopper, $450, FOUNDRAE, foundrae.com.
Airplane cocktail shaker, $12,150, ASPREY, mrporter.com.
Carbonator II in Copper, $269, AARKE, aarke-usa.com.
LOUIS XIII Black Pearl AHD, $13,000, LOUIS XII COGNAC, conciergerie@ louis-xiii.com.
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Giant Rose Candle, $475, SISLEY-PARIS, sisley-paris.com.
Versailles puzzle vase, $395, JONATHAN ADLER, jonathanadler.com.
Nest Wifi, Starting at $169, GOOGLE, store.google.com.
Bodacious botanical large tray, $995, EDIE PARKER, edie-parker.com.
Wood Chair with Embroidery, $2,600, GUCCI,
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Frank THE ACTOR OPENS UP ABOUT BALANCING HIS ON-SCREEN CHARACTERS, HIS BEHIND-THE-SCENES ROLES, AND HIS OFF-SCREEN RESPONSIBILITIES. BY K ASEY CAMINITI PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC RYAN ANDERSON STYLING BY MELINA KEMPH
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Visconti coat, $645, APC, apc-us.com. Classic Fusion Racing Grey Chronograph watch, $10,800, HUBLOT, hublot.com. Coat, $6,950, trouser, $1,350, and T-shirt, $500, PRADA, available at select Prada boutiques. Brown Captain boot, $199, THURSDAY BOOTS, thursdayboots.com.
Wool shirt, $1,650, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA,
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Petrvs horse signet ring, $950, DAVID YURMAN, davidyurman.com.
CTOR FRANK GRILLO IS A BOXER, MARTIAL ARTIST, AND ALLaround talkative guy with a personality that allows him to excel effortlessly in most situations. Nevertheless, photo shoots are not necessarily his favorite part of the job. “Does anyone like doing that stuff?” he asks me. I decide that I think some celebrities really do love having their picture taken, but I can understand why it might be a bit uncomfortable for some. “Honestly, it’s better than not doing a photo shoot, if you know what I mean,” Grillo adds, hinting that he’s thankful to be working in the industry he is. Before Grillo started getting jobs as an actor, he worked on Wall Street for a very brief moment—so brief that he barely recalls those few months of his life. “It has become kind of, like, mythical about me working like I was Gordon Gekko,” he laughs, remembering his days before acting. “As soon as I was on a soap opera [Guiding Light] in my late 20s, I never kind of worked again. I never had to do anything except act.” I note that being able to say that is pretty impressive, and he responds in typical funny-guy Grillo fashion, quipping, “You think I would do much better at it by now.” After landing that first television part, Grillo gained notoriety for his roles in television shows like For the People, Prison Break, and Kingdom. Never limited to one medium, Grillo’s film repertoire expanded as well, to roles in blockbusters such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Purge: Anarchy, and Captain America: Civil War. Grillo is slated to star in the film Boss Level, alongside Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson. Along with locking in a starring role, Grillo’s company produced the film. “It’s kind of like Die Hard meets Groundhog Day. It is really original, and we just made the final tweak last week, so it is ready to go, and we are just waiting to see who’s going to distribute it.” With a slew of films set for 2020, including Boss Level, Grillo says he’s reached the point in his career at which he’s being much pickier about choosing projects to work on. So what drew him to Boss Level? “The script is amazing,” he says. “I get to get a chance to be the lead in the movie, and there’s a lot of humor to the film. I don’t get a chance to do that all the time.”
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gold Petrys lion amulet, $2,100, DAVID YURMAN, davidyurman .com.
Grooming: Laila Hayani for Exclusive Artists using V76 by Vaughn. Photographed on location at 1896 Studios in New York City.
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Grillo’s voice lowers, and he cheekily adds, “And, you know, I’m a funny guy.” From showc a sing his sense of humor to gaining more production credits, Grillo treasures being able to be a bit more selective. “I get all kinds of movies all day long that I don’t want to do. Either they don’t interest me, or I don’t think they’re really good, or they might be a little bit cheesy,” he says. “I’m trying to kind of sift through what is available to me and not kind of destroy my career in the process.” One of Grillo’s upcoming projects is Leo from Toledo and will feature Mel Gibson. After the two worked together on Boss Level, they bec a me good friends, and, from there, the friendship grew exponentially. I half-jokingly ask Grillo if he refers to Mel Gibson as “Mel” or “Mel Gibson,” and his comedic chops come through as he nonchalantly responds, “I call him ‘Mel Gibson.’ No, I call him ‘Braveheart’ or something like that.” Grillo adds that he is also very close with fellow actor Liam Neeson. “I’m a bit of a father/older brother junkie, because I was the oldest, and my father was kind of a nutjob. Anybody who I find that I think is cool and older than me, I always attach myself to tremendously,” Grillo says honestly. Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson are not a bad duo to have on your roster of friends. While Grillo is a bit more discerning these days when choosing projects, he does have a few regrets when looking back at his career. “Do I wish I had the chance to work with some more seasoned and more accomplished directors? You’re damn right,” he says. “There were a bunch of projects I did for money. I mean, I have a family. I have three sons and a mortgage.” On having three sons, Grillo says he never truly dreamed of having any of them go into the entertainment industry. “I don’t know any actor that really wants their kids to go into acting, because it is a hard road,” he says. Despite these sentiments, Grillo admits that one of his younger boys has started making his own videos, and the oldest is currently enrolled in film school. From the way Grillo proudly boasts about his sons and their creative endeavors, I think it is safe to say that this dad is more than an impressive actor; he is a supportive father. One of the biggest challenges Grillo says he faces in the industry is the critics, which is one of his worries for his sons. “I want to say that I don’t care what the critics say, but, you know, I’m a working actor. I’m not Denzel Washington. So it all matters to me,” he says. Some of those comments have ranged from personal critiques about how his hair looked in a film to tearing apart one of his directors. But Grillo has a solution: “I wish I could be a critic of critics, because their writing is so pedestrian, most of them.” With his wit, candor, and bright ambition, Grillo has his sights set on bigger and better projects in 2020. ■
“I DON’T KNOW ANY ACTOR THAT REALLY WANTS THEIR KIDS TO GO INTO ACTING, BECAUSE IT IS A HARD ROAD.”
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A PLATINUM CITY STAY
The sixth NYC property for global luxury hospitality brand AKA has debuted a beautifully redesigned ground level lobby and lounge. The sleek AKA Tribeca tapped interior designer Jennifer Post to introduce sophisticated design elements like black porcelain flooring and a curved 1960s cloverleaf sofa from Danish designer Verner Paton. Post sprinkled chic archival prints and photos of vintage New York and old Hollywood throughout the space to enhance the AKA brand’s style. The hotel announced the new Platinum Collection of rooms by interior designer Nicholas Cardone that will feature custom-made furnishings including a luxe Carrara marble bath and glass-enclosed rain shower. The newly debuted Platinum Collection is made up of the most luxurious of the hotel’s 100 beautifully appointed guestrooms. stayaka.com/aka-tribeca
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This winter, stay at the luxury Distillery Inn in Carbondale and learn all about mash bills, fermenting, and distilling at Marble Distilling Co., an environmentally sustainable, zero-waste distillery born in the mountains near Aspen. The six-day DIY Distilling program costs $12,000 for up to six people and includes all ingredients, barrels, bottles, customized labels, and warehouse aging to produce approximately 250 bottles, which students will bring home. marbledistilling.com
At the tender, impressionable age of 14, Adrienne Brodeur, now executive director of literary nonprofit organization Aspen Words, was awakened at midnight by her larger-than-life mother, Malabar, letting her in on an exciting secret: Her husband’s best friend had just kissed her. In the thrall of her mother’s charms, and desperately wanting to win her love and attention, Brodeur helped facilitate her mother’s affair from that moment on, becoming an enthusiastic participant in an elaborate smoke and mirrors routine that lasted more than a dozen years. Brodeur’s memoir, Wild Game, is out now. hmhbooks.com
In honor of its 10th anniversary, Viceroy Snowmass is partnering with private jet company EvoJets for an exclusive winter experience in Aspen Snowmass. Travelers will fly directly into Aspen, where Viceroy guests will be whisked to a luxury one-bedroom residence for a lavish getaway that includes a spa treatment for two, lift tickets and a private ski guide, a hot air balloon ride, and dogsledding. To navigate the five-star itinerary, guests will also receive a personal concierge for the entirety of their stay. Starting price: $45,000. viceroysnowmass.com
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Aztech, a luxury skiwear line freshly born and bred in Aspen, has debuted a women’s line just in time for the winter season. Created by a team with a deep fashion background, the high-end performance gear brand has a roster of visionaries that include cofounder and president Heifara Rutgers, an LVMH alumnus, and head of
design Casey Cadwallader, a womens wear designer and the current creative director for Thierry Mugler. Both lifelong skiers, they’re able to bring context to what they design—everything is technical and functional—but with a rich sense of tailoring, style, and detail. The pieces are sold in Aspen, exclusively at Performance Ski; worldwide at select retailers; and online. aztechmountain.com
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CARVING OUT HER NICHE This international skiing champion is teaching women how to shred. BY AMIEE WHITE BEAZLEY
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local ski legend, Kim Reichhelm, named one of the Top 10 Most Inf luential Skiers of All Time by Skiing magazine, is known in Aspen and worldwide for her Ski With Kim adventures. A champion in the world, U.S., and South American Extreme Skiing Championships, Reichhelm was a defining force behind women’s big mountain skiing in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and subsequently pioneered the concept of women-only ski clinics. “A group experience is even more empowering than a one-toone lesson, because we learn from one another,” Reichhelm says, explaining why women’s camps are key for improvement. “I’ve found it can be easier to process the information when we are listening to someone teach another person. It takes the pressure off of the individual and allows everyone to relax and learn more.” Now with expanded offerings, Reichhelm’s Ski With Kim courses lead women through inbounds and backcountry terrain on guided trips that are shaping a new generation for the sport. Also a member of the K2 skis athletic and design team, Reichhelm provides attendees at her women’s clinics with the chance to enjoy complimentary, state-of-the-art women’s specific K2 demo skis. Her clients can test out all different skis, which helps them make educated buying decisions without any pressure. Inspirational female guests and uplifting conversations are woven throughout the camps. skiwithkim.com
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This winter, the Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces,” a solo exhibition of the Argentine-Israeli video artist Mika Rottenberg. The artist’s immersive installations use satire to explore issues of the material word and environmental and commercial concerns. Her kinetic sculptures that transform and invert objects and the absurdist environments of her videos are often disorienting. “The exhibition invites you into a surreal world that calls attention to the unseen labor and technology that sustain our global economy,” says its curator Bana Kattan. “Mika really thinks about the experience of the visitor; she carefully considers how sound travels in the space, she often shows the visitor the back of the work, purposely leaving it looking unfinished. From the moment you arrive, you are prompted to choose your own adventure by picking one of the two different entrance paths into the exhibition. She plays with perspective, making you aware of the floor you are standing on, the walls that surround you, and even, the ceiling that looms overhead.” Through March 8. mcachicago.org
With panoramic views of the Chicago River, RPM Seafood (started by Bill and Giuliana Rancic), is the latest restaurant from the city’s beloved RPM hospitality group. Designed by architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, the multi-level restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a second-floor mezzanine with two private terraces, and a spacious main floor patio, all providing diners with a panoramic waterfront backdrop. Building on the successes of RPM Italian and RPM Steak, this restaurant will specialize in seafood prepared in
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unique ways (like a 24 ounce swordfish ribeye roasted on the bone over charcoal) plus chilled and raw seafood and crudos and carpaccios. “We look forward to bringing the best seafood to the table and preparing it in the most suitable ways–such as curing, marinating, simply grilling over live charcoal, etc.–to highlight their true flavors,” says chef/ partner Doug Psaltis. “Our expertise with these ingredients allows us to coax the most flavor and nuances from them.” Delicacies flown in from around the world include whole Norwegian crab, Sicilian scarlet prawns, turbot from Korea, Brittany blue lobsters from France, and langoustines from New Zealand. “The focus is on securing the best collection of seafood from around the world by forging relationships with specific fishermens’ boats and directly with the fish markets,” Psaltis explains. “Never in my life as a chef have we had the chance to bring in the abundance of live shellfish and fish (rather than days old or frozen).” The sleek and elegant space and its riverfront views make it the most appealing River North destination to debut in years. rpmrestaurants.com/rpm-seafood
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WINNING WARHOLS The “Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” retrospective will arrive at the Art Institute of Chicago from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Warhol authority and former senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art Donna De Salvo organized the show, which is the largest on the artist by an American museum since the Museum of Modern Art’s in 1989. From celebrity silkscreen portraits of Elvis Presley, Jackie Onassis, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, to lesser known works, there are over 300 pieces to see. “Warhol produced images that are now so familiar, it’s easy to forget just how unsettling and even shocking they were when they debuted,” De Salvo says. Through January 26. artic.edu
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SHADES OF SUCCESS Black Opal beauty brand is changing the skincare game.
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How do you plan to bring Black Opal into the future digitally with so much change in the industry in recent years? We will not ignore the base that has supported this brand for over 25 years but will open up a dialogue with them. It has already started–I can’t wait for our consumers to see how their conversation is impacting the direction of the brand along with our vision to excite them with new products, makeup artistry and real faces behind the brand.
esiree Rogers, the former CEO of Johnson Publishing which owned Fashion Fair Cosmetics for women of color, has just announced her next move as co-owner and CEO of the Black Opal beauty brand. After initially approaching the owners two years ago, Rogers (who also served as a White House social secretary under President Obama) and her longtime friend and now partner Cheryl Mayberry McKissack have finally sealed the deal to take over the Chicago-based company. “This brand offers products that people of color believe are meant for them and is affordable,” says Rogers, who is eager to expand the men’s and skincare product offerings. “We will also add shades to our existing formulations that consumers have requested and feature highly pigmented colors that pop on the darkest of skin tones.” Now under the control of two African American businesswomen for the first time in its history, Black Opal will continue to be a mainstay product line among makeup artists working in television and film and for celebrities on and off the red carpet. “I first noticed the brand in makeup artist kits when I was having my makeup professionally done,” says Rogers. “It has also served people of color for over 25 years having been developed exclusively to tend to the specific skincare and makeup needs of this group.” We talked to Rogers about this next chapter for the cosmetic brand and learned what changes are ahead.
Things have obviously changed in the market since Black Opal was founded and many brands are now more inclusive in their shade offerings for people of all colors. How do you compete with those brands in this new climate? It’s all in the quality of the products. The biggest advantage that Black Opal has is it’s formulations that are tried-and-true. The brand has been serving this consumer long before it was trendy. There are ingredients in these formulations that are just not being used by companies that are producing more shades. It is just not cost-effective for them. By focusing on only people of color, we are able to deliver, in my opinion, a superior product.
What are some of your favorite products from the brand? I’m love the primer, foundation sticks and mascara. What excites you the most about tackling this new project? I am thrilled to partner with another black woman to lead this incredible brand into the future. We have also decided that our mission is to continue to supply high-quality skincare and makeup for people of color at an affordable price and do what we can to promote a message of financial independence. blackopalbeauty.com
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HOT STEP Meet the sister act behind the cowboy boots with a New York Fashion Week runway debut. BY HOLLY HABER
Sensing real opportunity in their pie-in-the-sky ambition, the sisters started working on their brand in early 2016 and launched a year later. “We started Miron when I was pregnant with my third child and Sarah was in the middle of law school—it was really good timing,” jokes Means Duplantis. “The response was validating, so we rolled with it.” Miron Crosby stays true to authentic silhouettes and superb craftsmanship while jazzing the boots up with whimsical inlays, appliqués, leather fringe tassels, and contrasting skins and colors. Their best seller is the Margretta, a classic tall boot decorated with stars and moons as tribute to the spectacular night skies and crescent-moon cattle brand at the family ranch. “The stars are jumping—not shooting—for good luck and optimism and well-wishing,” Means notes. Miron Crosby has a store in Dallas at Highland Park Village where you can customize boots with letters and motifs. The boots are all leather, from the stacked heel to the Goodyear welt, and from the soft lining to seams hammered flat for comfort. The sisters collaborate on design and split other duties: Means Duplantis supervises business operations, and Means oversees marketing and production. “We worked really well from the get-go and found our lanes,” says Means Duplantis, the elder by almost nine years. “It’s really fun, and we laugh a lot. One of the struggles is because we are together so often and so excited about the business, we sometimes don’t take time just to be sisters. We really try to find the time where we can just talk about boys and shop online.” mironcrosby.com
hen Prabal Gurung needed cowboy boots to wear to Barbara Bush’s wedding festivities, he surfed the web and discovered Miron Crosby, a fashionable collection created by two sisters in Dallas. Five months later, he had not only a pair for himself but also eight Miron Crosby x Prabal Gurung styles strutting his runway at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020. “My whole collection for spring was about who gets to be an American, defining new Americana, and I wanted to pay respect to American heritage,” says Nepalese American fashion designer Gurung. “It was amazing that I could find two women who own this business. It’s really important that women are at the forefront of the conversation, especially in fashion, especially in culture.” Once merely a pipe dream for Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means, their two-year-old brand of fanciful cowboy boots is now a thriving enterprise. Boots were always part of life for the sisters, who grew up outside Marfa, Texas, on an expansive cattle ranch. The girls were given a new pair for every birthday and important occasion, and each was handcrafted at their cousins’ company, Rios of Mercedes, a legacy boot maker in the Rio Grande Valley. “We had a lot of autonomy over the design of our boots because of our unprecedented access to Rios,” Means says. When they moved, separately, to New York to pursue careers— Means Duplantis in finance and Means in fashion—the sisters brought their boots. “We would get stopped all the time by people asking where we got them and where they could get similar styles, but Rios doesn’t sell directly to consumers,” Means explains. “We felt like they were more elevated and fashionable than what was available.”
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from the charcuterie to the bread and pasta, is made in-house, where cozy booths and marble surfaces evince a retro vibe. “Back in the day, going out to a restaurant was important,” Courseau says. “I want people to feel, ‘Hey, we made the right decision to be here tonight.’” georgiedallas.com.
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Live! by Loews gives sports fans a luxury hotel option that’s less than a mile from Dallas Cowboys turf at AT&T Stadium, the Texas Rangers stadium debuting in March, and Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center. This $150 million “sports resort” offers 300 guest rooms and myriad dining options, from a steak house to two craft cocktail bars, coffee shop, and swim-up bar in the infinity pool. Codeveloped with the Texas Rangers, Live! by Loews sits in the Arlington Entertainment District, in the midst of a hive of bars, restaurants, and concert venue. loewshotels.com
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Dallas restaurateur Stephan Courseau collaborated with Australian chef Curtis Stone to create Georgie by Curtis Stone, a fine-dining establishment and butcher shop inspired by Stone’s Michelin-starred Gwen in Los Angeles. Georgie dishes up “creative American cuisine that’s very carefully sourced,” Courseau says. Translation: strong connections with local farmers who supply humanely raised, grass-fed beef, pork, and poultry, plus wild-caught fish and organic vegetables, including considered entrées for vegetarians. Everything at the Knox District spot,
In September, Dallas’ explosive dining scene earned the Bon Appetit’s 2019 Restaurant City of the Year accolade, and a remarkable slate of openings since underscores the distinction.
400 Gradi, downtown, is so dedicated to Neapolitan pasta and pizza that it mixes dough with special water and ferments it in a custom-built, temperature-controlled room with zero humidity. With an expansive wine and spirits list, 400 Gradi represents the first American outpost opened by leading Australian chef and TV personality Johnny Di Francesco, who has the medals to prove he’s one of the best pizza makers in the world. 400gradi.com Naples native Dino Santonicola and his wife, Megan, specialize in the traditional cuisine of southern Italy at Partenope, a contemporary trattoria situated within the majestic columns of a 1920s-era former department store. House-made pasta dishes, roasted branzino, award-winning pizza baked in a colorful tiled oven, and authentic Neapolitan espresso are highlights. “We hope that guests can feel like they’ve been transported to Naples when dining with us,” Megan Santonicola says. partenopedallas.com At the Plaza at Preston Center, affluent Park Cities residents are queuing up for creative cocktails, homemade pastas, fresh fish, and more at Il Bracco, which puts a modern spin on Italian cuisine. Crowd faves include fresh burrata salad, gemelli in spicy vodka sauce, and a delicious roast chicken. Credit this casually luxurious restaurant with a charming patio to Robert Quick and Matt Gottlieb, both veterans of Hillstone Restaurant Group. ilbraccorestaurant.com
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Coming late fall to the Heights neighborhood is a new wine experience that brings a little taste of Napa Valley to thirsty Houstonians. Mutiny Wine Room, the brainchild of husband and wife duo Mark Ellenberger and Emily Trout, will be providing a unique experience to the avid wine enthusiast, featuring a highly curated selection of small-batch wineries generally unavailable in the Texas market. With a gorgeous tasting room designed with stunning reclaimed wood details to create an atmosphere of vineyard barn and a massive open-air patio, this destination is sure to be an excellent addition to Houston’s spirits scene. mutinywineroom.com
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Colorado favorite Guard and Grace will open its doors to a second location right in the heart of downtown Houston this November. Created by chef and veteran restaurateur Troy Guard, and named after his daughter Grace, this Denver eatery is known for its wide selection of prime, certified Angus and local grassfed cuts of beef. The new space will feature a 9,000-square-foot main dining room, a mezzanine with private dining, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar complete with wine lockers where guests can store away some of their own “reserve” bottles. guardandgrace.com
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A stunning new exhibit is coming to the Blaffer Art Museum this winter. The immersive showcase will be a moving image installation created by Toronto-based artist Garath Long titled “Kidnappers Foil.” Exploring the history of amateur American filmmaking, the exhibition follows the work of Texas native Melton Barker and his travels during the early part of the century filming Middle America townspeople in Hollywood-style productions. Designed to immerse viewers into the existing copies of Barker’s work, Long desires to showcase these cinematic artifacts and how the individual films emerge as portals into life across the country and how the patina of time and technology has affected the pieces of work throughout the years, as recordings have migrated through different storage media. For the film buff, historian, or art enthusiast, this exhibit is sure to delight. blafferartmuseum.org
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Fashion juggernaut Tom Ford will be opening their latest boutique right here in Space City at the Galleria this November. Designed by Studio Sofield, the 4,000-square-foot space will feature a stunning monochromatic color palette with a soft modernist aesthetic. Offering a uniquely elevated client experience, customers can expect to find a wide variety of goods from the brand, including an expanded cosmetics room, a highly curated accessories space that will include the newly launched 001 handbags, and both men’s and women’s ready to wear spaces. The men’s suiting room will even offer a truly sartorial experience with their made-tomeasure services where clients may create custom suiting through a private one-on-one appointment. tomford.com
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MASTERING MUSIC Virtuoso Yoonshin Song is taking the reigns as the Houston Symphony’s newest concertmaster. BY JESSIE AJLUNI
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ver since the Houston Symphony first opened its doors in 1913 it has grown to become one of the bastions for the performing arts throughout the midwest. With countless awards under its belt including a Grammy, the institution is highly regarded. It is no surprise that after a three-year search, the organization turned to musician Yoonshin Song to fill it’s coveted concertmaster position as well as the holder of it’s Max Levine Chair. Song first discovered music at the tender age of five. She says, “My mother is a classical music lover. She dreamt that her children might be able to play some instruments and she started my brother on the piano and me on the violin. I didn’t take it too seriously until nine or ten, but since then it has become the center of my life.” It was this dedication that led her to her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic just a year or two later at the age of eleven. Since then she has built a long-lasting career across the globe.
Despite her numerous awards and accolades, Song’s path to joining the Houston Symphony did not come easy. Song won the concertmaster position from a field of 39 candidates, 17 of whom performed with the orchestra as guest concertmasters. When Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estradahad had the opportunity to work with Song he said, “Yoonshin’s exceptional musicality, artistry, experience, and personality made her our unanimous choice.” The decision came after Song stepped in as a guest concertmaster in November for the 2018 - 2019 season and made a profound impression. “You would expect it to be a difficult week but it wasn’t. Perhaps because there was no time to think; there was a phone call and a couple of hours later I was on a plane to Houston. But most importantly, the Houston Symphony musicians were so warm and welcoming and willing to work together. The rest was just the pleasure of making music,” she says of the experience. Now official entering her first season as concertmaster she has many things to look forward to in the coming months. Par ticularly the Schumann Festival which will be running in February. Song says she is “excited and curious how our audience will perceive it” and hopes “ t he y w i l l e njoy a lo t of g r e a t mu s ic b y Schumann.” houstonsymphony.org
A new culinary destination has arrived in Sin City, capitalizing on the late nights and not so early mornings that seem to be the MO of the entertainment capital of the world. Restauranteur Sam Ladeki, of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Grill fame, has created Toasted Gastrobrunch, the first exclusively-brunch restaurant in Vegas. This food aficionado’s dream features a veritable smorgasbord of breakfast and lunch options to satisfy even the pickiest of palettes. From decadent dishes including duck confit toast to staples like eggs benedict and red velvet pancakes, along with a creative curation of cocktails such as flaming coffees and lavender lemonade mimosas, this restaurant is sure to be the go-to end to magical nights or perhaps be the motivation to get you out of bed the next day. toastedgastrobrunch.com
There is a lot of newness happening at the Venetian hotel and resort this winter. On the gastronomic front, there is the highly anticipated opening of David Chang’s Majordomo Restaurant and an exciting new healthy eating emporium at the Canyon Ranch Spa called Truth and Tonic. This new culinary experience takes cues from old apothecaries, featuring a food and drink menu that emphasizes the healing benefits of ingredients and prescribed edible “cures.” The wellnessfocused menu consists of healthy cocktails, fresh juices, kombucha, and much more. On a slightly more indulgent scale, the San Franciscan favorite, Dandelion Chocolate, is opening this December. Featuring a cafe serving coffee, hot chocolate, and fresh pastries, as well as
a retail outlet for its delicacies including chocolate bars, caramels, ganache, and gift-sets it is the perfect place to grab a gift for someone back home or to treat yourself to a little something special. Opening this fall and running through February is the latest show to come to Venetian inside the Grand Canal shoppes the Atomic Saloon Show. A vaudevillian extravaganza set to the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic wide west saloon show. This entertaining variety act features a wide cast of performers that provides an exciting showcase of acts including comic sketches, acrobats, and dance numbers. venetian.com
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Good news for golf enthusiasts coming to the Strip this fall, after several years of being closed the Wynn Las Vegas is reopening the Wynn Golf Club. Featuring a revamped 18-hole course that has been reimagined by legendary golf landscape architect Tom Fazio, the course sits on 129 acres of the resort’s private backyard, bringing in more than 400,000 cubic yards of earth. Each hole has received an approximate 300-square-foot green expansion. With lush new shrubbery and stunning new water features, the course offers a unique experience to both Vegas natives and tourists alike. The palatial atmosphere is completed with a professional caddie program staffed with several PGA members, a new on-course culinary program, state of the art golf carts, expansive pro shop, and luxury clubhouse. wynnlasvegas.com
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THE ART OF DESIGN Interior design architect Martin Brudnizki has worked on some of the most iconic venues in Vegas with perhaps one of his most exciting projects launching this winter.
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cal into a seamless amalgamation that is uniquely his vision. Speaking on his work in the city he says, “Las Vegas is ver y unique, with a history that has inspired millions of people. It is the epitome of fun; everyone comes to Vegas to have the best time so we always want to create interiors that encourage this emotion whilst remaining elegant, timeless, and glamorous.” No such location represents this idea more than his work at the restaurant Bavette’s. With its dark richly appointed red velvet seating, stain glass lamps, and timber accents, the space at once feels like stepping through to a bygone era but with enough modernity, and uniqueness to keep the interior feeling timely. With so many show-stopping venues under his belt what really makes Brudnizki succeed in the competitive world of design is his ability to tell a story with his interiors. He says about the process, “We work very closely with the client from inception to completion, ensuring we work to their needs. We will first come up with a design narrative that effortlessly wraps up wants and desires whilst also making the space work on a business level. We are meticulous in detail and will have prototypes made for each element; everything is tested for comfort and functionality before being signed off by the client. It’s very collaborative.” This ease with clients and ability to create such memorable spaces has led to his most exciting project yet: a new space opening this w inter called the Mayfair Supper Club in the Bellagio hotel. Brudnizki says the space will keep the “glamorous spirit of old Las Vegas in mind, combined with the narrative of mythical stories and tales of the sea. The result is a space that is richly designed, with many layers that entice and cocoon its guests.” If it is anything like Brudnizki’s other spaces, we can guarantee that people will be flocking to the venue for years to come. mbds.com
James Turrell installation Akhob, located on the top floor of Louis Vuitton. It was commissioned by the store in 2013 and is now a permanent feature.
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ver since he was a small child Martin Brudnizki has been fascinated by design. Growing up in Stockholm with a stylist mother and mechanical engineer father set the foundation for his love of aesthetics and function. That is perhaps how he has become one of the rising sta rs of the desig n world, work ing on such legendary locations as the Beekman Hotel in New York City and Harry’s Bar in London. It is his work in Sin City however that has given us some of his most inspiring creations, with projects like the provençal château-inspired lobby at the Park MGM. Its stunning treesc a p e v i s t a s p a i nt e d a c r o s s fold i ng screens stationed behind the front desks and the intricately laced branches that hang from the ceiling in a labyrinthine cluster that make ever yone that steps into the space feel like they have been transported into a Guillermo del Toro f ilm are true showcases of his talent. Brudnizki’s greatest skill is the ability to merge the traditional with the fantasti-
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CHOCOLATE CONNOISSEUR Compartes CEO Jonathan Grahm
opens a modern Willy Wonka-esque chocolate factory on La Brea Boulevard. conic chocolate brand Compartes has been in business for 70 years and counts legends like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Winston Churchill as customers. Owner and creative director Johnathan Grahm took the reigns in his early 20s and the Los Angeles native put his stamp on the brand by transforming chocolate bars into veritable pieces of art with inventive f lavors and beautiful packaging inspired by fashion, design, and pop culture. Most recently, he’s taken the company to another level with a newly opened 6,000-square-foot chocolate factory on La Brea Boulevard in LA. “It is like a modern day Willy Wonka world for 2020,” Grahm says. “It’s futuristic and traditional at the same time.” The factory, which is more than five times the size of its original Brentwood location, is a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls give visitors a peek at how the chocolate is made from scratch. On any given day, you might see chocolatiers drying fresh strawberries or preparing donuts to put in the chocolate bars. “It’s mesmerizing,” Grahm says. The factory’s Parisian-inspired design is just as tantalizing as the chocolate. From the imported Italian marble and 14-foot brass door to the Venetian plaster walls and custom black cabinetry, every inch is luxe yet playful. Grahm, who considers himself an aficionado of all things beautiful, designed every element of the space himself. “I love interior design so much,” he says. “It’s my second favorite passion besides chocolate.”
As if undertaking the chocolate factory wasn’t enough, Grahm also spent the last two years dreaming up Compartes’s new line of vegan organic chocolate bars made with superfoods. “The vegan line is some of our best work ever,” he says. “The flavor profiles are incredible.” His all-time favorite flavors include the best-selling California Love made with dark chocolate and crunchy, salted pretzels as well as the Campfire S’mores bar which features photos from his most treasured camping trips on the packaging. So, what’s next for Compartes? Grahm is taking a deep breath and savoring all of his tasty successes for now. He’s been making chocolate since he was 15. “Compartes is really a ref lection of me. The company has grown as I’ve grown as a person,” he says. The chocolate factory was his way of bringing the Compartes world to life in a way that people could not only taste, but truly experience the brand. It’s safe to say his mission is accomplished. compartes.com
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Angelenos no longer have to sacrifice their self-care time for social time thanks to Remedy Place. The new West Hollywood wellness oasis, founded by Dr. Jonathan Leary, seamlessly blends the two activities together with a lounge and bar serving healthy food and beverages alongside a menu of rebalancing antidotes to combat everyday stressors such as jetlag, hangovers, and strenuous workouts. Expect hyperbaric chamber oxygen therapy, ice plunges, infrared saunas, sound baths, breathwork, cryotherapy, vitamin injections, and more holistic treatments to help you hit the reset button and recharge your mind, body, and soul. remedyplace.com
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After 20 years, Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin decided it was time to start fresh and completely renovated his iconic Santa Monica restaurant Melisse. This winter, the beloved dining destination emerges as not one but two different culinary concepts under one roof. The first is Melisse, an intimate tasting menu-only dining room tucked inside the kitchen. Meanwhile, the bigger and brighter new dining room has been
transformed into Citrin, a more casual a la carte dining experience showcasing seasonal California ingredients. Expect the design, complete with natural materials juxtaposed with polished elements, to match the energy of this new iteration. “We wanted to give a sense of refinement that’s accessible through the use of a more natural color palette to really create an atmosphere that’s both familiar but also unexpected and remarkable,” Citrin says. melisse.com
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Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, the first-ever restaurant to highlight cuisine and cannabis, has opened in West Hollywood. Appropriately adorned with lush greenery dripping from the ceiling, the new spot is poised to become a go-to hub for those who want to learn about, taste, and enjoy cannabis in a social setting. The cafe’s tableside “flower service” features a cannabis expert who guides guests through the different strains while rolling smokes. Spearheaded by chef Andrea Drummer, the food menu stars seasonal California-inspired dishes designed to complement the effects of THC (think grilled peaches and burrata, fried chicken sandwiches, and crispy brussel sprouts). Although alcohol isn’t served on site, the selection of creative mocktails is sure to please, especially during the evening programming curated by nightlife impresarios Mark and Jonnie Houston of Houston Hospitality. lowellfarms.com/cafe
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When art aficionados descend on Art Basel Miami Beach, December 3 to 8, they’ll find a brand-new sector at the convention center. Premiering this year, Meridians, curated by Mexico City–based art-world powerhouse Magalí Arriola, is dedicated to large-scale works. Numbering 34 in total, the artworks in this sector of the fair are expected to incorporate sweeping video screens, multiple performers, objects in motion, and, in the case of Candice Lin’s La Charada China, a constantly dripping distillation of tea, tobacco, poppy, and other elements, reflecting the exploitation of Chinese coolie laborers in the 19th century. artbasel.com
Packing for a Miami getaway? Don’t worry about lugging along your entire beach wardrobe or shoving your couture in your carry-on. The Mondrian South Beach has partnered with white-glove fashion rental service Lady Jetset to launch a delivery program for hotel guests, offering 24-hour availability and an array of women’s designer clothing that’ll make your closet at home jealous. Cocktail dresses, swimsuit coverups, cardigans, and jackets from labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Missoni, Valentino, Zimmermann, and Alice + Olivia are all available for guests to rent. (There are also a few mommyand-me options for your mini fashionista.) Reserve clothing online ahead of time when you book your room at the Mondrian, or flip through a lookbook at the concierge desk on property. To ensure a perfect fit, Lady Jetset provides guests with exact garment measurements, additional photos, and
Block off your calendar and set your coordinates for the 2020 Miami Yacht Show from February 13 to 17. A fleet of extraordinary boats will dock at Miami’s One Herald Plaza, between the MacArthur and Venetian causeways, including nearly 500 yachts and superyachts exhibited by world-famous yacht builders and brokerages. Want to see them in style? Purchase a Windward VIP ticket for access to a climate-controlled lounge with premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres; valet parking; and a water taxi to the largest vessels on view, at SuperYacht Miami on Watson Island. miamiyachtshow.com
even FaceTime consultations, if desired, before the rental is completed. Same day delivery is available for orders placed before 5 p.m. After your gala or relaxing beach day is over, the Mondrian’s concierge will return the garment for you, gratis. morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/
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The U.S.’s first Baccarat Boutique, BBar and Lounge, just swung open its glass doors in Miami’s Design District. Sip bubbly or a cappuccino while surrounded by glittering specimens of intricately carved glassware. Like a crystal connoisseur’s version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, everything is for sale, from the champagne flutes to the chandeliers. Peruse the food menu for light bites like breakfast and teatime pastries or decadent desserts. The seasonal beverage list ranges from dainty sips, like ginger-infused green tea, to special splurges like a bottle of 2004 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs. The real gem is the B Experience cocktail. Choose a glass, answer a few questions to tease out your personality and taste, and a bartender will create a bespoke cocktail just for you. No two are alike. Speaking of unique, only at the Miami outpost can you buy one-of-a-kind artwork by French artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet. us.baccarat.com
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IF WALLS COULD TALK Goldman Properties CEO Jessica
Goldman Srebnick is the curator of Miami’s highly Instagrammable Wynwood Walls. Here’s how her eye travels.
So, in 2009, six windowless warehouse buildings on 25th and 26th streets were transformed into a free, eye-popping outdoor museum. Eventually, Goldman’s idea morphed into a full-blown, full-color global phenomenon, changing the neighborhood into a hip destination; launching unknown street artists into the stratosphere; and birthing offshoots like the Wynwood Doors, Outside the Walls murals, and Wynwood Walls Garden. What began as 11 walls is now 38 murals and two sculptures. When Goldman died in 2012, Srebnick took up her dad’s mantle completely. She now steers the 50-plus-year-old real estate company, curates the Wynwood Walls herself, and continues to spirit the Goldman name into the future. “When he passed away, all of a sudden it was like this light had gone on inside of me,” she says. Impassioned, she surrounded herself with artists. “To stand in front of a blank white wall, and to see somebody with spray cans and paint, and all of a sudden they start to do this dance—and it really is like watching someone dance—for me was just thrilling, and I wanted to share more and more of it.” To celebrate the Walls’ 10th anniversary, 10 new murals will be installed live the week before Art Basel’s December 3 kickoff, and the Goldman Global Arts galleries will show canvas works from Walls artists, plus a Shepard Fairey solo exhibition. Also marking the occasion is the new book Walls of Change: The Story of the Wynwood Walls ($60; Assouline). The bright hardcover volume tells the tale through vivid street art scenes shot by photojournalist Martha Cooper and intimate commentary from more than 70 street artists—including Fairey, Joe Iurato, and Matzu—who detail what it’s like to get a phone call to be part of the Walls (one artist likens it to the Olympics), and how it feels to be part of a family rather than working alone. In talking with Srebnick, one word comes up repeatedly: family. Rather than shy away from her father’s legacy, she embraces it, as the entire Wynwood Walls family has. After Tony Goldman died, Fairey made his own pilgrimage to Miami to redo his wall: The beaming man at the center of Fairey’s wall, wearing a cowboy hat, arms open, is Tony. Taking stock of the Walls’ journey, Srebnick says she’s most proud of her family for creating something born out of passion that millions can experience for free. As for what her father might say: “I think he would wish he were here to give us a nice, big hug. And I think, knowing my dad, it would bring him to tears, tears of joy, to see what we’ve done here.” goldmanproperties.com
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t’s been a full decade since the Wynwood Walls—a painstakingly chosen selection of often-arresting street art murals, some hovering almost daintily behind ropes above a manicured lawn—were unveiled. But if a non-native were to watch the throngs of Instagrammers snapping, say, the ethereal visage of a haloed woman painted by EL MAC, or the ram in Audrey Kawasaki’s mystical pastel moonscape, they might think the free graffiti park had just gone up as the hottest do-it-for-the-gram spot in town. In reality, more than three million people a year make the pilgrimage to Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood to pay homage. But these walls hold a secret: As fervent social media users capture the murals on Instagram, the curator of the Wynwood Walls is watching them right back. Jessica Goldman Srebnick, the longtime Walls curator, CEO of Goldman Properties, and self-described Mama Bear to her street artists, uses social media herself to research the street art world, scroll through visitors’ Walls posts, follow street art magazines, and search for new artists to work with. Needless to say, her DMs are a crowded, lively, and astonishingly legitimate place for artists to network with her. “It’s both ways: It’s proactive, and it’s reactive,” Srebnick says. She begins to elaborate, then stops, as though she were leaning in to share a juicy bit of gossip. “I have my own way of searching and editing through,” she adds coyly. “And I have my own eye. I’ve been exposed to art since I was little girl; I studied psychology. I come to the art field—I guess it’s part of my DNA—but I know right away, within seconds, if I see magic in someone’s art form.” And what DNA it is. The eerily prescient notion of melding street artists’ work with hyper-consumability in Wynwood was a proverbial cartoon light bulb that f licked on directly above the noggin of larger-than-life Miami developer and preservationist Tony Goldman, a real estate guy from Manhattan with a knack for spotting and revitalizing down-and-out neighborhoods—including Miami Beach. New York’s SoHo? That was him. Philadelphia’s Center City? Him, too. Srebnick, who happens to be Goldman’s daughter, was by her dad’s side as he developed his “big, big, bold idea.” It was a game changer for the family business—but she’d been learning the business all her life. Even her brief mid-20s stint in fashion direction at Saks Fifth Avenue had prepared her for this moment: Her job there was color and trend forecasting. “The neighborhood needed a heartbeat,” Srebnick says. “And so he just felt like: What could be more vibrant, more beautiful, more diverse, more global, than to create something like the Wynwood Walls?”
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DRESSING UP Stylist to the stars Micaela Erlanger
teamed up with Brahmin to create an exclusive collection of handbags for the holiday season.
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s a true New Yorker, stylist Micaela Erlanger has an unshakable work ethic and a city-chic personal style inspired by her hometown. “New York City is a melting pot of culture and inf luence so it’s only natural that we see that reflected in fashion,” she says. Since growing up in Manhattan and graduating from Parsons, The New School for Design, Erlanger opened her styling studio and welcomed celebrities such as Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, and Blake Lively onto her client roster. Erlanger says that her clients are some of her biggest inspirations when it comes to fashion, adding that they are “the ultimate muses.” While this non-stop stylist admits that she usually doesn’t have a ton of time to devote to dressing herself, she will never turn down a shopping trip to uncover vintage fashions. “I love New York Vintage for finding rare designer pieces. Forty Five Ten also has an amazing curated collection.” With a collaborative spirit and glamorous style, Erlanger has been able to partner with some distinctly beautiful brands throughout her career such as Platinum Born jewelry, fashion brand Cuyana, and most recently, luxury handbag designer Brahmin. “I love sharing my ideas and perspective on fashion,” Erlanger says of working with various brands and celebrities. “It has to be authentic and organic for a partnership to be successful,” she adds. Her new holiday capsule collection with Brahmin features an assortment of festive handbags that vary in style and color but all have a touch of Erlanger’s signature glamour throughout. “I have worked with Brahmin for some time and love their bags. In this case I had the opportunity to put my spin on the collection and infuse a little extra attitude into their bags,” she says of the curated
“NEW YORK CITY IS A MELTING POT OF CULTURE AND INFLUENCE SO IT’S ONLY NATURAL THAT WE SEE THAT REFLECTED IN FASHION.” collection. With edgy studs embellished on certain styles, larger tote bags to take you from the office into the evening, and mini snakeskin print cross body bags for a bold look; Erlanger has flawlessly combined her own style with Brahmin’s luxury identity. From mini-structured top handle totes to dazzling clutches, this exclusive collection will help you accessorize in style long after the holiday season.
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Ferrari has unveiled the very first space in the Americas where customers can completely customize their new car. The recently opened Tailor Made Center is an extension of Ferrari’s updated showroom and includes a stylish owners’ lounge, as well as a five-car display space. Previously, Ferrari owners would have to travel to the brand’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy or embark on a virtual experience to indulge in the Tailor Made program. At the new NYC outpost, Ferrari owners are guided through the Tailor Made process by a Personal Designer who helps them develop a mood board and select from an array of specification options including fabrics, leathers, woods, colors, and finishes.
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The latest restaurant from Merchants Hospitality Group appointed Seoul native Chef Sung Park to curate the culinary program, offering a modern menu with an Asian flare. The cocktails at Ivy Lane were created by head bartender Wilmer Nolasco (Bathtub Gin, Grand Army) and are inspired by seasonal ingredients. Our favorite? Drink Fifteen, made with mezcal, turmeric, Chartreuse, and other warm, earthy flavors. Visit this creative Upper East Side restaurant this holiday season and be sure to admire the namesake ivy scaling the height of the building. ivylanenyc.com
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PICTURE-PERFECT The newest outpost from globally celebrated Stockholm-based photography destination is Fotografiska New York, a six-floor, 45,000-square-foot multi-concept mecca for photographic exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy three floors of exhibition space, a bar and café operated by award-winning Starr Restaurants Group, and much more. Located in an iconic and historic building on Park Avenue South, this newly opened venue is brimming with a host of
impressive programming. Following a retrospective exhibition called “Lars Tunbjörk—Askew” by Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk that runs from November 21, 2019 to January 19, 2020, Fotografiska New York will present three solo exhibitions by Nick Brandt, Julie Blackmon, and Man Ray, along with a group show by emerging photographers in partnership with VICE. These stellar new exhibits will open in January 2020. fotografiska.com/nyc
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LAID-BACK LUXURY Retail maven Elyse Walker
debuts a casual, chic boutique in Newport Beach.
fter blessing Newport Beach’s fashionforward set with her namesake boutique a few years ago, Elyse Walker has done it again with the debut of her latest retail concept, Towne by Elyse Walker, right next door to her main store at Lido Marina Village. While the Elyse Walker boutique is where you’d go to snag Alaia or Alexander McQueen, Towne’s theme is laid-back luxury for both men and women. “It’s about dressing down but also looking chic and put together,” Walker says. The co-ed concept is also new for the brand but she says it’s something that men were constantly asking for. It’s been well received, she adds, and it’s easy to see why. The store is a stylish wonderland filled with effortless pieces you actually grab when you’re off duty—think dreamy denim, vintage tees, oversized blazers, cool sneakers, and backpacks—from cult-favorite brands such as Golden Goose, Isabel Marant, and Mansur Gavriel as well as fresh new labels you haven’t seen everywhere else. “It’s like day and night or office to weekend,” Walker says of how the two stores complement each other. “The stores are sisters. You want to hang out with both of them but they both tell a different story.” In true Elyse Walker fashion, the design of the space is just as fab as the clothes themselves and embodies that casual, California aesthetic with a lounge, bar, and backgammon sets. “I believe that retail is all about experience,” she says, which is why the design process is one of her favorite parts of opening a new store. “I love the whole planning process, from tearing down the walls to designing the furniture, fixtures, lighting and art and creating the customer experience.” With two stores now in Newport Beach, it’s clear that Walker is enamored with Orange County. When she’s in town, you might spot the fashion powerhouse at Lido House. “It’s amazing,” she says of the hotel situated just a half a block away from her stores. “They have the best rooftop bar with a nice view of the whole town.” Her favorite OC activity, though, includes taking a boat out on the water and popping open a bottle of wine while watching the sun set. Now that’s how you do Newport in style.
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Vacations and staycations at the Resort at Pelican Hill are about to get a little sweeter thanks to a multi-million dollar refresh that’s currently underway and slated to finish by end of 2020. Inside, the Newport Beach resort will be revived with new technology and facilities throughout as well as fresh mattresses, televisions, and upholsteries in the bungalows and villas. Outside, look forward to new chaise lounges around the iconic coliseum pool, a brand new adults-only pool, and a reimagined beach trolley that elevates guests’s Crystal Cove Beach experience. pelicanhill.com
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Newport Beach’s Gratitude Kitchen & Bar has transformed into plant-based Mexican hotspot Gracias Madre. With chef Alan Sánchez Lázaro at the helm, expect some of the same crowd-pleasing dishes you’d find at the original West Hollywood location alongside some of his exclusive creations just for OC folks. Fill up on al pastor tacos topped with pineapple, jamaica flautas, and avocado brownies for dessert. All which can be washed down with a margarita or a mezcal flight. The décor also got a makeover to match the Gracias Madre vibe. The bar is wrapped in beautiful Mexican tiles. There’s lush greenery and eye-catching accents throughout and a new private dining room perfect for intimate holiday celebrations. graciasmadre.com
Given that Aussies, like OC natives, are always in a beachy state of mind no matter the season, it makes perfect sense that celebrity-beloved swimwear label Zimmerman and boho luxe fashion brand Camilla opened up shops at South Coast Plaza. The boutiques both nod to their Australian roots with lots of color, fun prints, and vacation-ready pieces just in time for holiday travels. southcoastplaza.com
Newport Beach-based interior designer Denise Morrison has been beautifying spaces for 20 years, so it’s only fitting that she create a furniture line of her own. This season, she introduced her first House of Morrison Exclusives Collection for design lovers who crave unique pieces they can’t find anywhere else. Dreamed up and manufactured in Orange County, the collection comprises a variety of pieces available in a curated selection of fabrics, leathers, and wood finishes handpicked by Morrison herself. “This collection represents a comfortable California approach to living that is all about casual beauty,” she says. “All the pieces marry both beauty and functionality.”
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PAPER ROUTE A San Francisco–based artist creates serene yet elaborate masterpieces from an everyday and unexpected material.
hen paper sculptor Zai Divecha isn’t in her studio in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, she’s carefully analyzing and deconstructing bathroom tiles, intricate metal screens, peeling tree bark, and the shapes and shadows in clouds. “I love anything with patterns, and I snap photos of patterns everywhere,” says Divecha, whose father is from Mumbai, India and her mother boasts Scandinavian roots. “I love the fog and the glimpse of white ombré when a hill ascends into a fogbank.” But for Divecha (whose name means “jasmine f lower” in Marathi, the language spoken in the Indian state of Maharashtra), now obsessed with pleating, folding, and layering crisp, clean white paper for art installations, her journey to becoming a full-time paper artist was completely accidental. “My earliest memories were of drawing, knitting, decoupage,” says Divecha, who grew up in Berkeley. “You name it, I tried it.” After stints working in marketing for a tech firm, interning for several nonprofits in public health (she holds a master’s degree in public health from Yale’s School of Public Health), and, most recently, laboring as a metal artist, she was ready for a change. More specifically, she wanted a profession that came with the following elements: peace and quiet and the luxury of being in a f low state. A fateful trip to visit her grandmother at the hospital changed everything. “My mom told me to bring something to do,” Divecha recalls. “So I brought some paper, a ruler, an X-Acto knife, and a book [on how to make pop-up cards], and thought, ‘This will be a good way to experiment,’ and, well, turns out I got totally hooked. It felt like my guilty little secret and like cheating on metal, but switching from metal to paper felt totally easy. I was drawn to how quiet paper is, both the medium and the process of working with it.” Ultimately, through Instagram, fr iends, and fr iends of friends, Divecha’s business f lourished, and she’s now represented at Marrow Gallery in the Inner Sunset district. She’s also de-
“I LOVE ANYTHING WITH PATTERNS, AND I SNAP PHOTOS OF PATTERNS EVERYWHERE,” SAYS DIVECHA.
signed a 20-foot-long installation for a local bagel shop, Daily Driver, and created pieces for the headquarters of Square and Twitter, and is now hard at work on a hospitality commission in the North Bay with an art consultant. “I love that it’s such an everyday material and old analog material,” Divecha says of paper. She admits she still pens handwritten, hard-copy thank you notes. “From signing receipts and signing envelopes, it’s an ephemeral material and this moment of magic when you look at it. It’s that moment of, ‘Oh my gosh,’ and taking something so mundane and turning it into something precious and beautiful. I love the freedom.” These days, Divecha is pinching herself over her newfound career. “I could see myself experimenting with slightly different materials [like ceramics or concrete], but I no longer feel that need to change industries and see what’s next,” Divecha says. “I feel like I have so much left to explore with paper.” zaidivecha.com
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Interior designer Jeannie Fraise, founder of Lotus Bleu Interior Design Studio and the just-launched Lotus Bleu Market by Jeannie Fraise, travels to such far-flung locations as Turkey, Ethiopia, Oaxaca, and Morocco to source hard-to-find wares for her new 350-square-foot bazaar, situated within her apartment-like Potrero Hill design studio. Her rotating
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collection of one-of-a-kind goods from fair-trade sources—curated by country— runs the gamut from an ottoman made from an antique cotton-and-silk suzani to a custom striped pom-pom pillow created from a hand-spun Ethiopian cotton textile with natural dyes to a vintage tulu rug woven by central Anatolian nomads. Products can be viewed in the showroom Monday through Friday, by appointment only. lotusbleudesign.com
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Hovering above Union Square (think: 360-degree city views) in the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Lizzie’s Starlight is a new city staple. Formerly known as the Starlight Room, the 4,100-square-foot reinvented restaurant and dancing venue is layered with wrought iron and crystal chandeliers and artwork curated by local art consultant Julie Coyle, including “Her Majesty,” by Michael Kirkbride, and an 18-by-9-foot sculptural wall piece designed as a nod to Queen Elizabeth I’s neck collar. Work up an appetite on the dance floor and sample creations from chef Justin Deering (of Scala’s Bistro on the hotel’s first floor), such as the fancifully named carpetbagger skewers, aka, chilled beef carpaccio paired with crispy oysters and tartar sauce. lizziesstarlightsf.com
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Thanks to Greystone Hotels and the Hugh Futrell Corporation, the newly opened Hotel E in Santa Rosa is among wine country’s best escapes. Housed in both the historic Empire Building and 19 Old Courthouse Square, the 39-room hotel (which will expand to 70 rooms next year) is equipped with eco-friendly bath products, Keypr in-room service tablets, minifridges, and The Enology Lounge—part wine bar, part living room, and part lobby. Guests can schedule Pedal for Pinot, a guided biking and wine tasting tour through Santa Rosa and Sebastopol; on Saturdays, the hotel’s general manager, Vern Lakusta, comes along for the ride. hotelesantarosa.com
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FRANCK MULLER’S GREG SALCIOGLU A N D H R AT C H K A P R I E L I A N
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ARTIFACT / WINTER 2019
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Christie’s upcoming auction will be served sweet.
adeira was the wine of choice in the fledgling days of the 13 American colonies, and it is closely entwined with the history and lore of our little upstart nation. The signers of the Declaration of Independence toasted with glasses of the tawny wine, and it is mentioned countless times in literature as a favorite libation of characters ranging from the ones created by Austen to those of Hemingway. The Portuguese island of Madeira lies in the Atlantic, closer to Africa than Europe. The rainy, humid terroir of the island shouldn’t be hospitable to the vine, but the bastardo grape thrived. The distinctive rich, silky vanilla notes are created in the production process that was discovered in the 15th century quite accidentally. The island’s location and easily accessible port made it a crucial stop on the journey to the New World. Ships would stock barrels of sweet wine that was fortified with brandy to make the eight-week journey. While the barrels rocked back and forth in the heat of the hulls along the equator, the wine was slowly cooked, and the taste was changed completely and for the better. From that, Madeira wine was born. The original bastardo grape has long since vanished, thanks to crop ailments in the late 19th century, followed shortly by American Prohibition and World War II. Very few casks remain from before the torrid end of Madeira’s early winemaking days. Just in time to pair with your holiday dessert course, Christie’s will tender several of these bottles of recherché Dermot Bolger Bastardo 1889, from the Torre Bella estate, which traces its origins to the first settlers of the island. You can see these bottles, among many others of impeccable provenance, at Christie’s Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits viewing from December 6 to 11, ahead of the auction on December 13. christies.com
Map of the Island of Madeira, Canary Islands. Dermot Bolger, Bastardo 1889.
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BY EDWARD ESPITIA
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