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Our new Canteen Bracelet collection steps up in a clean, fresh style. This model features a 2-tone brushed steel case with PVD rose gold plating and a sunray blue dial.
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CONTENTS / SPRING 2023
58 SPRING AWAKENING
The most wearable and desirable trends of the current season
66 LILY IN SPRING
L ily Aldridge has partnered with Weekend Max Mara on a capsule collection
68 LOVE LANGUAGE
Henry Jacques debuts a haute fragrance in collaboration with Rafael Nadal
70 DUPLEX DELUXE
A classic apartment on the Upper East Side was completely reconfigured for a contemporary art collector
76 BUBBLING OVER
A g rand and luxurious compendium on Champagne
ON THE COVER
78 A PRINCE AMONGST PLAYERS
K elvin Harrison Jr. is on track to become movie royalty
84 HOME AWAY FROM HOME
A look at Pablo Picasso’s relationship with his adopted homeland of France
86 TIME FOR SZE
Sarah Sze: Timelapse opens at the Guggenheim Museum
88 K ENYA CONFIDENTIAL
From a safari journey to Nairobi, Laikipia and Lamu, these luxurious properties have us dreaming of Africa
92 LONDON CALLING
Before you book, consider a few of the latest additions to the excellent lodging scene
94 MÁS MEXICO
From the mountains to the ocean, there is something for every traveler to enjoy
96 PLACES IN THE SUN
From Tahiti to the Caribbean, there are many warmweather escapes to jet off to this spring and summer
Christina Ohly Evans
Lauren Jade Hill
CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITOR
PRINT CONSULTANT Calev Print Media
1 ROYAL GILBERT PHOTOGRAPHER
(“Play Misty for Me,” page 100)
Royal Gilbert is a Canadian photographer based in Paris. In addition to having photographed actress Christina Ricci for DuJour ’s spring print issue cover, he has also shot for Elle and Flaunt magazines.
2 VICTORIA STEVENS, PHOTOGRAPHER
(“Great Britton,” page 118) Victoria Stevens, who has shot for New York Magazine, W and Vanity Fair, turned her lens on actress Connie Britton for this issue.
3 MARSHALL HEYMAN, WRITER
(“Play Misty for Me,” page 100)
Marshall Heyman is a New York–based writer. He also writes an audiobook column for Vulture and contributes to the Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, InStyle and many other publications. For this issue, he profiled cover star Christina Ricci.
4 JEFFREY WESTBROOK
(“Shell Game,” page 112)
Jeffrey Westbrook is a New York–based still life photographer who draws inspiration from his love of design, engineering and motorsports. When he’s not on set, he can be found underneath one of his car projects or riding dirt bikes. “This jewelry shoot was a real standout,” says Westbrook of the seaworthy jewels he photographed for this issue. “The pieces were gorgeous and the concept was brilliant. It was one of those shoots that reminds me why I love taking pictures!”
5 JULIANA SCHIAVINATTO, STYLIST
(“Play Misty for Me,” page 100)
Brazilian-born stylist Juliana Schiavinatto is ELLE Canada ’s executive fashion editor-at-large and has styled magazine editorials, fashion shows and celebrities alike. The Toronto-based creative was thrilled to work with her old friend and fellow Canadian Royal Gilbert on Christina Ricci’s cover story.
6 JEREMY KINSER, WRITER
(“A Prince Among Players,” page 78)
Jeremy Kinser profiled up-and-coming star Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Cyrano), soon to be seen in Chevalier and Genius: MLK/X , for this issue. His writing has also appeared in Town & Country, Out , Paper and Backstage
7 EDWARD ESPITIA, WRITER
(Artifact, page 160)
Edward Espitia’s background in fashion and art history was a perfect fit for this issue’s Artifact feature about King Charles III’s coronation this May. His popular Instagram account, @DefunctFashion, delves into the archives of fashion history and is followed by many of fashion’s biggest names.
BEHIND THE SCENES
A Modernist MASTERPIECE
A new home in Bel Air, listed by Compass and Sotheby’s International Realty puts the rest to shame, puts the rest to shame
Offered at $68 million, a new home at 1859 Bel Air Road, in the iconic Bel Air enclave of Los Angeles, offers 20,000 square feet of luxury living that’s hard to compete with. The 1.6 acre property features an outdoor lanai, infinity pool and spa and lush landscaping. An eco-green living wall and a manicured pathway above a striking water feature encompass the 350-foot width of frontage and lead to a moment of arrival, peering above the clouds and extending to the views of the ocean, Catalina Island and the canyons from Bel Air.
Designed by architectural firm Tag Front and interior designer César Giraldo, the house, developed by Sean Balakhani, itself boasts clean lines, geometric shapes and a contemporary design that exudes sophistication and elegance over its nine bedrooms, 10 baths and three powder rooms. Aside from top-of-the line materials and finishings, the home features state-of-the-art amenities, a playroom, theater, gym with TechnoGym equipment and a wine cellar for over 1,150 bottles. belair1859.comFROM TOP: 1859 Bel Air Road is listed by Sally Forster Jones, Levik Stephan, Anita Stephan and Tomer Fridman with Compass and Chantel Mehrabanian with Sotheby’s International Realty; the dining room area features Poliform furnishings AT RIGHT: The wine lounge with furnishings by Baxter and Poltrona Frau BELOW: The wine cellar is equipped to hold 1,150 plus bottles of wine and was curated by Byington Vineyard & Winery
We’re very excited to share our spring print issue starring Christina Ricci. The second season of the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets returns March 24. In it, Ricci steals the show playing the adult Misty Quigley, a sociopathic nurse you oddly root for.
Also in the issue, we profile another wonderful actress, Connie Britton, who stole our hearts as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights and keeps stealing the show in Nashville and The White Lotus
Christina Ohly Evans wrote about two Habitas properties (one in upstate New York and the other in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), while Marshall Heyman journeyed to Kenya for our travel section.
We are so fortunate to work with talented pros like Royal Gilbert, Victoria Stevens and Jeffrey Westbrook on photo shoots that yielded stunning original imagery for our issue.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we did producing it.Natasha Wolff
Things I’m LOVING for SPRINGSatin flats, $1,175, MANOLO BLAHNIK , manoloblahnik.com Suede coat, price upon request, HERMÈS, hermes.com $4,900, DIOR , dior.com
The Spring print issue of DuJour showcases actress Christina Ricci. She’s currently starring in the Netflix series Wednesday and will return for the highly anticipated season 2 of Showtime’s Yellowjackets on March 24. If you’re wondering why you’ve seen Ricci everywhere, Wednesday, now Netflix ’s second most popular English-language television series ever, has amassed more than 1 billion hours viewed since its November release. Yellowjackets marked the second-most streamed series in Showtime’s history, so there is a lot to be excited about this spring.
On location at a stunning new Bel Air residence in Los Angeles, Royal Gilbert shot stunning and sexy images of Ricci, styled by Juliana Schiavinatto in the best of spring’s fashion looks and over-the-top jewelry.
Other stories to earmark include a feature on French perfumer Henry Jacques’ new haute fragrance collaboration with tennis star Rafael Nadal and his wife, Maria Francisca Perello, and Weekend Max Mara’s collection in conjunction with model Lily Aldridge.
Whether you’re wintering in Palm Beach or Aspen, DuJour’s award-winning team will be there to serve as your lifestyle guide for all things fabulous. Here’s to another 10 remarkable years. DuJour Media: where luxury will always live.Jason Binn Founder and CEO Twitter/Instagram: @jasonbinn
BINNSHOTMichelle Williams at the Creative Time gala in NYC Kristin Davis at a Tod’s dinner celebrating the launch of Aria d’Italia in NYC Eddie Redmayne in Dior at the Dior menswear show in Paris Marion Cotillard at the opening of the exhibition Le Grand Numéro de Chanel in Paris Maye Musk at a Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb party in NYC Lizzo in Dolce & Gabbana at the Grammy Awards in L.A. Diplo in Dolce & Gabbana at the Grammy Awards in L.A. Gayle King at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys gala in L.A.
Paris Haute Couture Week drew celebrities to the City of Light for the spring/summer 2023 collectionsKirsten Dunst Bianca Jagger Anya TaylorJoy Catherine Deneuve Yara Shahidi Carla Bruni Karlie Kloss Rebecca Ferguson Camille Cottin Elizabeth Debicki
most wearable and desirable trends of the current seasonBY NATASHA WOLFF PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFREY WESTBROK Kelly Elan Folie’s clutch, $14,200, HERMÈS, hermes .com . Mule, $1,395, ROGER VIVIER , rogervivier.com
10 Top, $2,290, SPORTMAX , sportmax.com 11 Dress, $11,900, BOTTEGA VENETA , bottegaveneta.com 12 Coat, $15,000, VALENTINO, valentino.com
13 Coat, $8,500, VALENTINO, valentino.com
14 Similar styles available at HERMÈS, hermes.com
1 Jumpsuit, $25,000, VALENTINO, valentino.com
Dress, price upon request, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
3 Dress, $26,000, GUCCI, gucci.com
4 Bag, $2,590, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN alexandermcqueen.com
5 Shoe, $2,750, CHANEL , chanel.com
6 Dress, $6,990, MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION michaelkors.com
Beaded dress, $121,400, HERMÈS, hermes.com
8 Dress, $7,000, GUCCI, gucci.com
9 Bag, $3,650, CELINE , celine.com
Dress, price upon request, CHANEL , chanel.com
Dress, price upon request, CELINE , celine.com
12 Boot, $6,345, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
Denim gets dressed up with the addition of embellishments, prints and ruffles
SHOPPING GUIDE DENIM
1 Dress, $4,405, CHLOÉ , chloe.com
2 Jeans, $2,295, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
3 Jacket, $1,790, STELLA MCCARTNEY, stellamccartney.com
4 Jacket, skirt, price upon request, ALAÏA , maison-alaia.com
5 Shirt, $1,200, LOEWE , loewe.com Jacket, $1,990, jeans $1,390, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, alexandermcqueen.com Bag, $2,095, JIMMY CHOO, jimmychoo.com
8 & 9 Skirt, $2,190, BURBERRY, us.burberry.com
10 Boot, $2,025, JIMMY CHOO, jimmychoo.com
11 Coat, $2,375, TOD’S, tods.com
12 Jacket, $590, skirt, $530, ULLA JOHNSON, ullajohnson.com
13 Bag, $4,700, CHANEL , chanel.com
SHOPPING GUIDE TRANSPARENCY
in the clear
Whether you dip a toe in with a mesh top or go head-to-toe see-through, sheer fabrics and transparency are made for layering
1 Top, similar styles available at LOEWE , loewe.com
2 Dress, $5,800, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, ferragamo.com
3 Dress, $1,490, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
4 Top, $790, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
5 Jacket, price upon request, BURBERRY, us.burberry.com
6 Bootie, $895, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
7 Gown, $26,000, GUCCI, gucci.com
8 Bodysuit, skirt, pants, price upon request, ALAÏA , maison-alaia.com
9 Jumpsuit, $1,890, skirt, price upon request, BURBERRY, us.burberry.com
10 Dress, $1,995, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
11 Skirt, $9,750, CHANEL, chanel.com
12 Sweater, $2,300, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, ferragamo.com
13 Dress, $7,500, VALENTINO, valentino.com
14 Dress, $5,100, PRADA , prada.com
15 Dress, $20,000, BOTTEGA VENETA , bottegaveneta.com
16 Pants, $990, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
17 Dress, $14,500, VALENTINO, valentino.com
18 Jumpsuit, $16,100, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
19 Top, $795, BALMAIN, balmain.com
20 Dress, $5,545, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
21 Top, $995, SPORTMAX , sportmax.com
22 Handbag, $1,595, DOLCE & GABBANA , dolcegabbana.com
SHOPPING GUIDE CROCHET & FISHNET
1 Sweater, $1,650, skirt, $1,290, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, ferragamo.com
2 Dress, $20,000, DIOR , dior.com
3 Dress, $1,990, MAX MARA , maxmara.com
Dress, $3,890, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
Sweater, $470, dress, $1,860, CHLOÉ , chloe.com
Fishnet dress, price upon request, BURBERRY, us.burberry.com
Bag, $1,800, CELINE , celine.com
Mule, $750, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
Dress, $5,300, CELINE , celine.com
Bag, $8,600, CHANEL , chanel.com
Bag, $1,250, STELLA MCCARTNEY, stellamccartney.com
Dress, $11,800, HERMÈS, hermes.com
Dress, $8,800, CHANEL , chanel.com
Dress, $36,000, BALMAIN, balmain.com
Sweater, $4,025, HERMÈS, hermes.com
hole in one
Elevated crochet and fishnet adds texture and an artisanal, hand-crafted element to your wardrobe
connect the dots
1 Dress, similar styles available at LOEWE , loewe.com
2 Jacket, price upon request, CHANEL , chanel.com
3 Jacket, price upon request, top, $7,100, skirt, $9,050, CHANEL , chanel.com
4 & 5 Jacket, price upon request, BURBERRY, us.burberry.com
6 Top, price upon request, pants, $1,190, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
7 Shirt, $890, PROENZA SCHOULER , proenzaschouler.com
8 Bag, $1,130, SPORTMAX , sportmax.com
9 Dress, $23,945, CHLOÉ , chloe.com
10 Top, skirt, price upon request, ALAÏA , maison-alaia.com
LILY in SPRING
American model and philanthropist Lily Aldridge has partnered with Weekend Max Mara on a new capsule collection
From Lily With Love is a collaboration between Weekend Max Mara and model and philanthropist Lily Aldridge. Inspired by her father, the English illustrator Alan Aldridge, the summery, vibrant collection embodies the brand’s Italian heritage and spirited joie de vivre. Aldridge, who grew up in Los Angeles, imbues her casual California bohemian spirit in the cool, easy pieces (think linen pantsuits, embroidered denim, patterned pajamas, billowing blouses and gauzy eyelet dresses). “This quite eclectic mix of pieces with a certain timelessness is a lot like me,” says Aldridge. “I wanted the collection to feel very light, bright and fun, with timeless pieces to add to your collection. It was meant to feel very 1970s, a nod to my rock ‘n’ roll side with a touch of elegance.” weekendmaxmara.com—NATASHA WOLFF
French perfumer Henry Jacques debuts a haute fragrance in collaboration with tennis star Rafael Nadal and his wife, Maria Francisca PerelloBY NATASHA WOLFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL FOGIEL
In All Intimacy is a fragrance collection created by bespoke French boutique perfumer Henry Jacques in collaboration with tennis star Rafael Nadal and his wife, Maria Francisca Perello, a first for both the brand and Nadal. The Mallorca-born couple, who have been together since they were teenagers, now share a six-monthold son. The three-scent collection—Maria Perello, Rafael Nadal No. 1 and Rafael Nadal No. 2—embodies the couple’s personalities and the fragrance house’s ethos. “For me, it is important for my perfume to become part of my identity, to be recognizable and to perfectly match my personality,” says Perello. “I envisioned this fragrance as a sense of security, self-confidence, uniqueness, strength and completeness. I really wanted it to smell like elegance and, more importantly, happiness.”
For Perello’s soft, silky scent, she chose notes of violet, orange blossom, bergamot and jasmine, enhanced by sandalwood and white musk. For Rafael Nadal No. 1, coriander, thyme, violet, lavender, lemon and artemisia—a plant from the Mediterranean—are complemented by cedar, leather and sandalwood. “It is difficult to imagine my life without the Mediterranean Sea,” says Nadal. “I love its scent: the citrus, the freshness.” No. 2 features bergamot, jasmine, lilac, rose and white musk with notes of citrus, freesia and sandalwood. “Meeting and spending time with Maria and Rafael to create their perfumes was a true pleasure and the beginning of a new chapter that the three of us wish to last,” says Henry Jacques CEO Anne-Lise Cremona. “Our encounter was about sharing emotions with great mutual trust, and above all a desire to share a beautiful story and reflection of life that could be inspiring for many. That is what perfume is all about.” parfumshenryjacques.com ■
It is difficult to imagine my life without the Mediterranean Sea. I love its scent: the citrus, the freshness.
A classic apartment on New York City’s Upper East Side was completely reconfigured for a contemporary art collectorBY NATASHA WOLFF The living room features a Kagan sofa from Ralph Pucci paired with vintage French club chairs from Studio Van den Akker and a metal-and-glass table from M2L. The custom limestone fireplace has a built-in bookshelf illuminated by a Vica floor lamp. A lucite box sculpture by Larry Bell and painting by Till Freiwald adorn the other wall.
New York City–based design studio D’Aquino Monaco (founded by Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco) was tapped for a full renovation of a duplex apartment in a 1920s building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The client is a frequent collaborator with the firm (they’re on their fourth project together).
“First and foremost, we need to understand who our client is,” says the firm’s design director, Dane Pressner. “Over the years, a trust has been built between us which allows us to continue to work together. The dialogue we have is particularly special, and there is so much respect for one another, which makes working together and the design process all the more fun.” This client and his grown children (when they’re in town) love to entertain, and this modern space is tailor-made for lively parties. He is an avid collector of contemporary art (David Salle, Richard Prince, Francesco Clemente and Raymond Pettibon, to name a few). Since hanging art on the walls and not having it compete with the interior designs was crucial here, the team used a variety of materials (plaster, lacquer, stucco, stone and grasscloth) on the walls to create tonal texture. “Some of the colors are bold, but there is an
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overall serenity to the apartment which was important to achieve,” says Pressner. “As a firm, we love color, but that doesn’t always mean using bright, bold colors. For us, color needs to be used in a manner to evoke a feeling and lead one through the space, so here, color is used to punctuate space.”
The team didn’t want the apartment to feel like a stuffy uptown classic six apartment. Instead, they played around with scale and made it more loft-like. “Our client has spoken about bringing downtown uptown,” says Pressner. “There is a formality in its casualness. The furniture layout couldn’t be typical, and the collection of furniture and objects had to be exciting. There is always a nod to history in our work, and we love blending that with a more contemporary approach,” as in the Gio Ponti chairs juxtaposed with a Poltrona Frau sofa in the living room. ■The primary suite showcases a wrap-around terrace, bed by Desiron, Altura Arris side tables from Dennis Miller and a Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman A custom leather wardrobe by Poliform is juxtaposed with custom millwork and a leather chair by Poltrona Frau
There is always a nod to history in our work, and we love blending that with a more contemporary approach.
A grand and luxurious compendium on the most elegant beverage by Champagne expert Richard Juhlin
Champagne Magnum Opus (Rizzoli), Richard Juhlin, the world’s foremost Champagne expert and author, takes readers on a journey through the history of the beverage, the leading winemakers of Champagne and the art of tasting. Photographed by Pål Allan, the gold-slipcased tome showcases breathtaking landscapes in Champagne and photographs from the most prestigious wine caves. This indispensable buying guide includes important Champagne statistics, a glossary and ratings of 13,900 Champagnes.
A PRINCE Among PLAYERS
With roles playing B.B. King, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jean-Michel Basquiat on his résumé, Kelvin Harrison Jr. is on track to become movie royaltyBY JEREMY KINSER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONIKA LIS STYLED BY KALLIE BIERSACH
If any young actor has cornered the market on bringing historic Black icons to cinematic life, it’s surely Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Barely a decade into his professional acting career, the 28-year-old has already vividly portrayed blues great B.B. King in Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated fantasia Elvis and legendary activist Fred Hampton in Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed The Trial of the Chicago 7, and will soon march across television screens as Martin Luther King Jr. in the forthcoming Disney +/National Geographic anthology series Genius: MLK/X. Next year, he’ll provide the voice for pre-villainous Taka (who later becomes the villain Scar) in Barry Jenkins’ highly anticipated prequel Mufasa: The Lion King. Later this year, he’ll offer his take on the short, tempestuous life of brilliant artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in a new film biopic titled Samo Lives
“I don’t think about them as icons at all,” he says, seemingly taking these rare multidimensional characters he’s been assigned in
his stride. “Because at the end of the day, I still see them eat lunch and pick shit out of their teeth and they just seem like dudes.”
He insists he doesn’t feel the responsibility when portraying real men that he did with some of his earlier fictional roles in films, such as Luce and Waves, which first garnered him attention for his intense screen magnetism and versatility.
“I think the common denominator is the fact that they believed in themselves and they weren’t afraid of opposition,” he offers. “They learned that adversity ultimately makes them stronger and more interesting and, ultimately, the individual always wins over conformity.”
As impressive as his résumé is (his debut was in the Oscarwinning 12 Years a Slave), consider his newest film, Chevalier (in theaters in April), in which he plays another real-life trailblazer. It’s a lush, sweeping historical epic in which Harrison delivers a captivating performance as Joseph Bologne, the 18th-century musical prodigy known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges but more commonly
Jacket, $12,500, hat, $475, GUCCI, gucci.com
The biggest thing that I’ve learned from all of these men is being reminded to never try to fit into a mold, but always do something because it’s coming from the purest place of my heart .
—KELVIN HARRISON JR.
referred to as the Black Mozart. The character offers a coveted role that required the actor to not only showcase his prowess with the violin but demonstrate precision fencing skills.
Fortunately for Harrison, he had previous experience with both the art and the sport that allowed him to nail the character. In director Joe Wright’s 2021 adaptation of Cyrano, he learned to wield a sword with expertise, although he shares that his grand fencing scene didn’t make the final cut. The romantic film also showcased his richly expressive singing voice.
“The first instrument I ever played was the violin, and I was pretty good when I was a kid,” Harrison recalls. “When Hurricane Katrina hit, the program that I was a part of was no longer there, so I stopped.”
His relationship with music didn’t end there, however; it’s in his blood, or at least absorbed through the walls of his childhood home. Born and raised in New Orleans, Harrison grew up in a musical household. His father was a popular music teacher who was close pals with Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis.
Still, he decided to read everything he could find on Bologne to make his performance as credible as possible. He even showed up on set with binders filled with facts about the musician.
“Those details all matter when you’re trying to justify choices,” he says. “I made these big poster boards in the timeline so I would know what was happening when, but then I had to throw it out the window and just start to create a person, because, ultimately, it is not really active to act history.”
After considering several promising young actors for the film, director Stephen Williams was confident Harrison was the ideal choice.
“Once Kelvin had a sense of how he wanted to tackle the role, he dedicated himself tirelessly to peeling back the layers of the character in a uniquely compelling way,” Williams recalls. “I truly believe that he is the only actor who could have pulled off all that we asked of him for this film.”
It’s as if his previous roles have led to this pivotal film, particularly his brief but dazzling turn as King in Elvis , Luhrmann’s
flamboyant take on the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s a film that he was thrilled to be a part of. “Baz is a firecracker,” Harrison shares. “When he speaks, pretty colors come out and you just get moved by anything that’s happening on that set.”
Many actors would be intimidated by playing Martin Luther King Jr., but Harrison says he wasn’t interested in playing the late activist as the iconic figure he’s become. He prefers to convey the man before the heroic character history has made him.
“I can’t play the Time magazine covers or the Nobel Peace Prize,” he says. “All I can do is breathe and go, ‘Well, how do I take care of my kids? How do I make sure my wife feels safe? How do I make sure my people feel seen?’ and make sure they have a sense of somebodiness.”
Still, the gravitas required to play such a mythic man must weigh on an actor.
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned from all of these men is being reminded to never try to fit into a mold, but always do something because it’s coming from the purest place of my heart,” he says. “I’m genuinely interested in sharing that and not trying to preach to the public.”
As for his own private life, it surely can’t be all work and zero play for this busiest of young actors. In 2020, while promoting the guiltiest pleasure on his CV, The High Note, Harrison told an interviewer that he wanted “to explore sexuality and sensuality.” Asked about his current relationship status, he laughs and offers a vague response. “Oh, you’re getting to the juicy stuff,” at which point his publicist asks him to skip this question. The guy is always moving on to the next subject, even in real life.
It’s intriguing to wonder where Harrison will go from here, having already portrayed many of the most dynamic characters any actor could hope for. Harrison longs for a rest.
“I’m well beyond what I could have dreamt of, and so now I’m just trying to work on sleeping more so I can dream more stuff and have something new to bring to the table before I burn out,” he says. “I’m already doing stuff that I just couldn’t believe I’d get the chance to do, and I’m blown away by the experiences. I’m just going to ride that wave.” ■
I’m well beyond what I could have dreamt of, and so now I’m just trying to work on sleeping more so I can dream more stuff and have something new to bring to the table before I burn out
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Pablo Picasso’s relationship with his adopted homeland of France wasn’t always so picture-perfect
In Picasso the Foreigner: An Artist in France, 1900-1973 , author Annie Cohen-Solal offers a reintroduction to one of our bestknown modern artists through an exploration of Pablo Picasso’s fraught, seven-decade relationship with his adopted homeland. Now celebrated as one of France’s leading figures, Picasso faced a triple stigma when he first arrived in the country from Spain as an unknown artist: Placed under police surveillance as a foreigner, he was soon labeled a political radical and, as a leader of the avantgarde, excluded from the French cultural establishment. In this excerpt, Picasso and his friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, are unwittingly ensnared in a situation that could prove catastrophic for two foreigners on French soil: a case of art theft.
the poet. “The day after I saw you and we spent the evening together, my creditor told me I could have some more money [ . . . ] I’m in Paris, with 2 silver francs in my pocket. I’ve been here for two days. I’m starving and homeless. I don’t even have a shirt anymore, because all my luggage has been held back at the Hôtel Terminus in Nice, where I wasn’t able to pay for my room.”
On April 7, 1907, in another letter to Apollinaire, the rogue continued his wheedling. “My dear friend, Amazing news: I will be married at the end of this month,” he lied. “My fiancée is a tobacco dealer, and I met her barely three weeks ago [...]. I sacrificed myself on the altar of her charms, putting my life in the balance. But this is why I am writing to you: Annette asked me for her engagement present and, for the moment, I barely have two louis to rub together—and I need those for clothes. I wanted you to ask dear Piccasso [sic] to quickly paint me something good so you could send it to me before October 25. You can tell Piccasso that I’ll pay him 175 francs for his painting in May. I plan to spend my honeymoon in Paris. I also firmly intend to spend one night in the rats’ asylum to taste the horror one last time.” This was how “Piccasso,” in his obsessive quest for powerful objects from other places, unwittingly became a fence for stolen goods. Needless to say, he did not produce the requested painting, but he did buy those two Iberian statues from Piéret (who remained very discreet about their provenance) for 50 francs. Not only did those statues
At the time, Picasso was working to develop his own voice, exploring all avenues of possibility. In March 1907, at the Salon des Indépendants, he stopped in front of Matisse’s “Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra)” with its crosshatching, its powerful, distorted thighs; he carefully examined Derain’s “Bathers” with its three sculptural, mysterious, geometric bodies against a blue background. During the same period, following letter after letter filled with reproaches, anger, sadness, frustration, and demands, María Picasso y Lopez suddenly changed her tone: “My dear son Pablo: I’ve just received your letter and I am thrilled to the bottom of my heart that you are well and that you are planning to paint a large canvas . . .” Even though all he mentioned was the extraordinary size of the painting (which would become “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”), it is interesting that Picasso should tell his family about this colossal new project. “Even if I know what I’m saying is a little exaggerated, I know that you are the best,” his mother would write adoringly a few months later.
To support the monumental undertaking of this “large canvas,” Apollinaire too would become involved, feeding Picasso’s passion for primitive art by helping him to acquire “two stone sculptures from the Hispano-Roman period, a man’s head with short strands of hair, and a woman’s head with a veil, her ears covered with circular tresses”; two “Iberian heads” very similar to the ones Picasso had admired in Room 7 of the Louvre. This was how the two friends became caught up in a fantastical, compromising episode that could also have been highly dangerous in such difficult times for foreigners. It was the introduction of a third person—Géry Piéret, a schemer and criminal whom Apollinaire had hired out of kindness not long before as his “secretary and factotum”—that led them into this situation. It is hard to imagine a more bizarre scenario: Picasso, obsessed by his quest for a new form of art; Apollinaire, naively employing a “secretary” he doesn’t dare fire, who turns out to be a crook prepared to do anything to pay back his gambling debts, including hoodwinking these two creative types. “My poor Kostro, I’m in the most awful situation imaginable,” the conman wrote to
LEFT: The first police report on Picasso from June 1901
BELOW: The cover of Picasso’s police file
“They went out to try and drown those compromising statues in the Seine,” Fernande Olivier recounted, “but their nerve failed. They had the feeling that the policemen patrolling the riverbanks were eyeing them suspiciously.” Olivier went on to describe that terrifying night that the two friends spent under the same roof. “In the end, unsure how to fill the long hours of the night that they’d decided to spend together for safety, they began playing cards, the pair of them looking like fugitives and talking about the tragic possibility of being expelled from France as undesirables,” she remembered. Because that was precisely the risk they ran as foreigners—a Russian citizen and a Spanish citizen—whose presence was only “tolerated” in France. “I can still see them now: two contrite, frightened children, thinking about fleeing abroad.”
influence what André Malraux later called his “exorcism painting,” but he would keep them with him for the next four years.
It was during the summer of 1911 that the case took a critical turn. To be more precise, it was on August 28, when the theft of the “Mona Lisa,” the Louvre’s most famous artwork, sent the Sureté Générale and the whole of official France into turmoil—from police chiefs to gendarmes to customs officers. That same day, Paris-Journal offered a reward to anyone who returned the “Mona Lisa.” At that point, Apollinaire’s former “secretary” resurfaced, drawn by the lure of money. He brought the newspaper’s editors some sculptures that he had stolen from the Louvre four years ear lier. The news made headlines. When Apollinaire saw Piéret’s name in the papers, along with the crime he’d committed, he real ized the danger they were in and wrote to Picasso, urging him to return from Céret, where he was painting at the time. Picasso hast ily rejoined his friend in Paris.
The investigation continued and, on September 7, the police searched Apollinaire’s home. They came with an arrest warrant for his complicity in the theft; they suspected that he was the leader of a gang of international thieves. Incarcerated in the Prison de la Santé, where he was kept in isolation, Apollinaire sent a telegram to his lawyer, José Théry: “Very serious case—Come—Ask for Judge Drioux—Have named you my lawyer.” Despite all the precautions taken by Apollinaire and Picasso, the press soon sensed a scoop. “In the evening, it was stated that the foreigner was none other than Mr. Guillaume Krostrowisky [sic], secretary to Mr. Guillaume Apollinaire, man of letters, both of whom reside at 37 Rue Gros,” wrote the reporter from the Petit Journal. “Since the Sureté Générale and the public prosecutor’s department refused to provide any information on the case, we asked a high-ranking figure at the police headquarters if the arrested Russian subject was indeed Mr. Guillaume Kostrowisky, and our informant replied in the affirmative.” The next day, another article in the same newspaper declared: “The judges [suspected] an international crime gang that had come to France to steal from museums. The Russian was placed under arrest and, after a preliminary interrogation, was sent to the Prison de la Santé under a committal order [...]. In fact, Mr. Guillaume Kostrowisky, known in the world of arts and letters under the pseudonym Apollinaire, is not Russian but Polish.” Russian? Polish? Who cares! He was a foreigner, a fact that immediately led to the suspicion of “an international crime gang that had come to France to rob from museums,” and that transformed an embarrassing situation—two friends manipulated by a con man—into a potentially dangerous situation. The poet and the artist would emerge from this event terrified, and would act in an increasingly cautious manner thereafter. “For a long time, Picasso and Apollinaire thought they were being followed,” recalled Fernande Olivier. “Picasso would only go out at night in a taxi, and he would change taxis several times to throw his ‘pursuers’ off the scent.” The artist would return the statues, and from that day on Apollinaire did all he could to be naturalized as a Frenchman. As for the Picasso police file, it contains the following handwritten note: “In September 1911, Picasso, Pablo Ruiz was interviewed on the subject of the statuettes that were in his possession and that had been stolen from the Louvre by a third party.” Apollinaire was apparently exonerated for his involvement in the case. And strangely, even if Picasso too was interviewed by the police, the incident was never referred to again in his file. In any case, he had already discovered the best way to protect himself: he worked. ■
TIME FOR SZE
Sarah Sze: Timelapse opens at the Guggenheim Museum
Opening March 31 is a new solo exhibition of American artist Sarah Sze at the Guggenheim Museum featuring a series of site-specific installations. Sarah Sze: Timelapse will explore Sze’s ongoing reflections on how our experiences of time and place are continuously reshaped in relationship to the constant stream of objects, images and information in today’s digitally and materially saturated world. Sze is known for her intricate constructions using a myriad of both fabricated and found objects and images. Sarah Sze: Timelapse is, as the artist puts it, “a contemplation on how we mark time and how time marks us.” guggenheim.org
From a safari journey at Richard Branson’s property, Mahali Mzuri, in Maasai Mara to Nairobi, Laikipia and Lamu, these luxurious properties have us dreaming of AfricaBY MARSHALL HEYMAN
In this day and age, it’s so rare to have a personal touch in anything, and that’s especially true in the world of travel. We mostly just ask our friends of friends for lists of places to go at a specific destination, and then we’re off. But that’s not always so easy when you’re going some place far flung, like Kenya, a location that’s easier to visit from the East Coast thanks to direct flights from JFK to Nairobi on Kenya Airways.
To organize an itinerary in Kenya, we used Extraordinary Journeys (extraordinaryjourneys.com), founded by mother-and-daughter team Marcia and Elizabeth Gordon. They prepare you for anything and everything you need based on your interests—with that very specific attention that means there’s always someone on the other end of the line. One of the amazing things about Extraordinary Journeys is that they make travel a little bit analog in this speedy digital age. Even though they’ve already sent you your itinerary via PDF, they’ll send you a personalized travel pamphlet to accompany you on your trip.
Extraordinary Journeys first sent us to Hemingways Eden (hemingways-collection.com), a stunning hotel in the Karen area of Nairobi that was once the home of Anna Trzebinski, a fashion designer and tastemaker based in Kenya. The private and public spaces here are especially impressive thanks to Trzebinski’s
ABOVE: The bedroom of Boscia house at Ol Lentille
BELOW: The Main House veranda at Eden
amazing eye for detail—including a pond lit with Christmas lights that makes you feel you’re in a magical land.
Before leaving Nairobi, we had amazing farm-to-table food at Cultiva, an all-day restaurant opened by owner Ariel Moscardi that has only grown since the pandemic. The pizza—yes, African pizza— is especially delicious—and Moscardi, who hails from Ecuador, has big plans to diversify the property, so follow him on Instagram.
We were then sent to Ol Lentille (ol-lentille.com), a luxury safari lodge a short plane ride away in Laikipia with four distinct villas that can accommodate different-sized parties. Ol Lentille isn’t necessarily a big game lodge, though you will see giraffes, elephants and other animals. Activities are the focus here: donkey rides, long hikes, quad bike driving. The place has a homey authenticity that makes you truly appreciate the environment.
Trzebinski has recently been focused on other far-flung Kenyan adventures, in particular a magical property she calls Jannah Lamu , with several beautifully equipped floor-through residences in Lamu, a small town on an island just off the northern coast of Kenya. Lamu is a special place—one better left experienced than written about.
A MAASAI MOMENT
Some people make a habit of going on safari regularly, in the same way that others trek annually to Aspen to ski, Paris to shop or Miami or Austin to eat at Uchi. For many, though, an African safari is once-in-a-lifetime. Whenever you raise the possibility with friends, you’ll often hear that it’s a “bucket list trip.”
So, if you’re going to take a bucket list trip, you might as well go to a bucket list kind of place, right?
your fellow guests. The benefit is the opportunity to share this bucket list experience not just with the nearest and dearest in your party, but also with all of the new friends you meet along the way.
Mahali Mzuri, which translates to “beautiful place” in Swahili, is the kind of magical environment where you inevitably make new friends. It’s inherent in the ethos of Branson’s camp, which emphasizes sustainability and conservation. Beyond working with Maasai communities to find employees and guides for the resort, Mahali Mzuri also supports the Maa Trust, a Kenyan organization that focuses on improving life in the area. For the last several years, a percentage of every guest’s stay has been donated to help build, fund and grow a nearby school for local children, the Enkenju Enkoirien Primary School, about 2.5 miles away from camp.
Of course, the main event at Mahali Mzuri is game viewing. Peak viewing happens during migration season, which lasts from the middle of June until the end of October. This is when 1 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras, gazelles and other animals journey about 1,000 miles through Tanzania and Kenya and cross the Mara River. You can experience it on drives, of
That’s the aim of Mahali Mzuri, a simultaneously luxurious and rustic Kenyan safari camp owned by Sir Richard Branson situated within the 30,000-plus acres of Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Located some 150 miles west of Nairobi and accessible via scheduled and charter planes out of Nairobi’s Wilson Airport or, even more conveniently, helicopter, Mahali Mzuri is intended to be intimate, familiar and familial. Twelve tents—all outfitted with more than the bare necessities, including Wi-Fi and a special Mahali Mzuri rubber ducky—can sleep a maximum of 24, and the staff, along with general manager Wilson Odhiambo, will certainly make you feel at home.
You will likely cross paths, eat a meal, watch the World Cup late at night at the bar, have a locally sourced cocktail or spot lions with
course, but also from the deck of your very own tent or sitting around a fire pit in one of the camp’s communal areas.
In less hectic times, you’ll still experience Kenyan nature at its most primal and awe-inspiring. On daily morning and afternoon drives with Mahali Mzuri guides in beautifully outfitted Toyota 4Runners, you’ll come across at least four of the Big Five game animals—namely lions, elephants, leopards and buffalo. (The fifth, the black rhinoceros, is critically endangered.) This is on top of giraffes, hyenas, hippos and any number of birds and other animals native to the area.
Encounters with wildlife don’t only come on these drives. Sometimes, animals will visit your tent to say hello or walk alongside you to dinner. (Don’t worry, there is always a hotel staff member to accompany you back to your tent.) Some nights you might wake before sunrise to the surprisingly loud gossip of very chatty baboons.
But at that point, you can just lay in bed and listen until you fall asleep with the hot water bottle left for you under the covers each evening. If you bring any tradition of Mahali Mzuri back with you, it might just end up being that nightly hot water bottle. A bracelet made with local Maasai beads might remind you of your trip, but that hot water bottle will remind you of the homey comforts of this “beautiful place.” virginlimitededition.com ■The living room of a family tent at Mahali Mzuri A giraffe and zebras in front of Mahali Mzuri
THE PENINSULA LONDON
Set at the edge of Belgravia within striking distance of Hyde Park Corner and St. James’s, the newest Peninsula hotel features 131 guest rooms and 59 serene suites, many of which can be combined for family living or extended stays. With interiors by noted architect and designer Peter Marino and five distinct dining options ranging from a chic Cantonese restaurant to the Rooftop Restaurant and Bar with views of Buckingham Palace Gardens, the Peninsula London offers the city’s ultimate Zen escape. Fitness lovers can take advantage of the surrounding parks and paths or a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with an 82-foot indoor pool, a rarity in central London. Saunas, steam rooms, personal trainers and soothing aromatherapy and massage treatments are all on offer, while house cars can be booked for area exploration. The Peninsula London promises to feel like a luxurious apartment stay—one where you can check in and out at leisure and the room service might just be the most enticing thing on the menu. peninsula.com
Before you book, consider a few of the latest additions to the excellent lodging sceneBY THE EDITORS OF DUJOUR
The name of this 39-room boutique hotel in Bloomsbury is an homage to the great Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray author would certainly approve of its elegant state with impeccable, personalized service. The building, built between 1901 and 1903, was originally the headquarters of the London Baptist Church. Its high plastered ceilings, carved fireplaces and oak paneling have been amplified by architect Jacques Garcia, the first time he has designed a hotel in the city. The emphasis is on comfortable decadence, no doubt a Wildean way of life. The rooms are all different, with a shared attention to extravagant detail, high ceilings and large windows. Wilde would have loved the irony of the location of the hotel’s main lounge, the purple-hued Baptist Bar—it was once the chapel of the Baptist Church. loscarlondon.com
THE MAYFAIR TOWNHOUSE
The location of The Mayfair Townhouse hotel in central London is hard to beat. The elegant yet whimsical 172 guest rooms and suites located in 15 combined Georgian townhouses in Mayfair are spacious and comfortable thanks to design firm Goddard Littlefair. The property’s cozy all-day dining venue and cocktail lounge, Dandy Bar, is a tribute to the local Mayfair dandies and is the perfect venue for hotel guests and locals alike to unwind. Minda Dowling, a leading art specialist, curated unique and unusual pieces for the property to bring each space to life, such as Clarita Brinkerhoff’s 67-inch peacock sculpture made from 25,000 Swarovski crystals. themayfairtownhouse.com
THE CARLTON TOWER JUMEIRAH
Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah has undergone a renovation to its 186 beautifully appointed guest rooms. All bedrooms and suites boast marble bathrooms, and many have balconies with sweeping views of the city. Updates have been made to the hotel’s food and beverage offerings: Al Mare now features light, modern Mediterranean dishes, and The Chinoiserie, the hotel’s all-day dining area, and a new lobby bar are also on offer. The Peak Fitness Club & Spa features a 65-foot pool bathed in natural light, five elegant treatment rooms and a fitness area with Technogym equipment. jumeirah.com ■
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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE HABITAS SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
Set on the edge of San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its cobblestoned streets and vibrant arts scene, is the latest property from global hospitality group Habitas. The property features 60 rooms with stunning valley vistas and two restaurants as well as natural swimming pools, a wellness center with hot springs and a yoga deck designed for greeting the sun. Activities such as equine therapy, concerts at the on-site Roman ruin and hot air ballooning are just a few of the immersive experiences on offer. For a true wellness escape with a rich sense of history and culture, Habitas San Miguel de Allende is the perfect place to reset this spring. ourhabitas.com
PUNTA MITA NAVIVA, A FOUR SEASONS RESORT
For a truly unique escape, book in at one of the 15 luxury tents that comprise Naviva, the newest offering from the Four Seasons Resorts brand. Located next to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita property, guests in these biophilic tents can also take full advantage of the water sports, tennis, golf and expansive spa next door. An adults-only, all-inclusive property, Naviva is set amidst 48 acres of verdant jungle, so the focus here is really on gearing down and connecting with nature. Personal guides take guests on hikes to the Aztatlán ruins, while cooking classes with chef Sofía Mojica demonstrate open-fire cooking and wine tastings are led by a noted Mexican sommelier. Copal Cocina is the open air, seafoodcentric restaurant, but many guests prefer to dine in their luxurious tents with completely customized menus. Wellness is a major focus, with a breezy gym, endless walking trails, soaking tubs and private spa pods for a variety of bespoke treatments. With only 30 guests in residence at one time, Naviva feels a world away—but one with every amenity right at your fingertips. fourseasons.com
From the mountains to the ocean, there is something for every traveler to enjoy
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AND IN MEXICO CITY…
ANDAZ MEXICO CITY CONDESA
Andaz Mexico City Condesa marks the first urban Andaz property in Mexico and the second Andaz-branded hotel in the country following Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya. Located in Condesa, one of the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods, the hotel offers 213 residentially inspired guest rooms, including 20 suites, all of which feature views of either the tree-lined avenues, an elaborate internal courtyard or a sweeping vista of the city. For the best views of the city in Condesa, head to the hotel’s 17th floor outdoor terrace, the tallest in the neighborhood, which houses a year-round heated pool and Cabuya Rooftop restaurant featuring coastal Baja and Yucatan cuisine and a signature cocktail program by a local master mixologist. Derba Matcha Café is open all day while Pasana Spa offers a selection of wellness rituals, face treatments, body scrubs and soothing massages. hyatt.com
SOHO HOUSE MEXICO CITY
The first Soho House in Latin America has landed in Mexico City in the heart of Colonia Juárez and is already garnering high praise for its restored French baroque setting, three bustling bars and restaurants and an enormous pool that invites guests to gather throughout the day. Intimate, exquisitely appointed rooms are set across the original private residence and an adjacent annex, with walls featuring over 100 artworks by local artisans and craftspeople. Furnishings are a mix of locally made and vintage pieces, with international touches added by the Soho House Design team for a truly global flavor. The Pool House bar and dining room are evocative of a grand European greenhouse and will surely be the place for guests to gather for meals, meetings and the inevitable margarita. sohohouse.com ■
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Following a resort-wide renovation, the 401-room Fairmont Mayakoba has reopened with a complete refresh of all guest rooms, casitas and suites, three beach pools, main pool, reception area and lobby. The resort has unveiled two exciting new dining outlets in the main resort area and an exclusive new beach club, Maykana, offering guests an elevated oceanfront experience and new food and beverage offerings including Aqua, Brisas, Fuego and Gaia. Closer to the hotel’s main building are Bassano, an Italian eatery with homemade pizzas and pastas, and Mexican eatery Laguna overlooking the Mayakoba canals (the hotel offers complimentary boat tours through the canals daily). At the entrance of the resort, Hix is a nature-inspired, casual indoor-outdoor oasis redesigned to feel like a modern Mexican hacienda set deep in the jungle and features Japanese cuisine. Beneath Hix, Tauro is a new steakhouse that elegantly combines Mexican ingredients with classic recipes. The Willow Stream Spa features 20 treatment rooms, and the El Camaleón golf course plays host to the only official PGA Tour event in Mexico. Whether you’re traveling with family (there is a new kids club, too!) or friends, the reinvigorated Fairmont Mayakoba has everything you could wish for. fairmont.comDerba Matcha Café at Andaz Mexico City Condesa
ANGUILLA, THE CARIBBEAN
AURORA ANGUILLA RESORT & GOLF CLUB
Owned by Best Buy founder Richard M. Schulze and now under the management of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to its sprawling footprint. The former CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is now the Rendezvous Bay side of the property, while the old The Reef by CuisinArt hotel has been rebranded as the Merrywing Bay side of the resort. Each side boasts a totally different feel: The Rendezvous Bay end features low white stucco structures and an intimate, quieter vibe (despite plenty of hospitality offerings like Eventide, Chef’s Table and Tokyo Bay). The Merrywing Bay tower is more modern and bustling and boasts a new amphitheater for concerts and will have an entertainment complex with tennis and pickleball, a climbing wall, bocce and basketball courts and a nine-hole mini golf course. The family-friendly pool complex will feature a splash pad, lazy river, slide tower and family cabanas. Updates include renovations to its 178 suites, seven restaurants, 27,000-square-foot spa and the island’s only 18-hole championship golf course, as well as a new nine-hole short course overseen by Greg Norman Golf Course Design. Possibly the most compelling offering for sun-starved East Coasters is its new Aurora Anguilla private charter service. Fly nonstop on an Embraer 170 aircraft from Westchester County or Fort Lauderdale into Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, enjoy a three-night stay in a beachfront suite, and enjoy food and beverage experiences, a spa treatment and more with the property’s Fly Direct package,
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making relaxing simple and stress-free. “The introduction of our private air charter service within the first year of our rebranding serves as another reminder of our property’s continued commitment to providing guests with exemplary travel experiences,” says Aurora Anguilla’s managing director, Christopher Walling. “Through this offering, along with our new resort developments, we’ll be able to give guests a seamless and luxurious travel experience from their hometown all the way to their oceanfront suite in Anguilla.” auroraanguilla.com
From Tahiti to the Caribbean, there are many warm-weather escapes to jet off to this spring and summer
BY THE EDITORS OF DUJOURFROM TOP: A view of Rendezvous Bay from the balcony of a beachfront one-bedroom suite; a villa at Aurora Anguilla
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
SOFITEL LEGEND CASCO VIEJO
The former Club Union of Panama in the historic center of Casco Viejo, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is now home to the first Sofitel Legend property in North and Central America. The sixth property in the French luxury brand’s portfolio, Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and has been thoughtfully reimagined to preserve the building’s rich history while adding state-of-the-art amenities including a sprawling spa and fitness center, two restaurants, a rooftop bar with sweeping views of Panama City and a refreshing oceanfront pool. With the original colonial architecture preserved, Sofitel has woven contemporary design touches into each of the 159 rooms and suites, many with balconies that are perfect for sunset viewing. The culinary program is already taking center stage with award-winning Michelin star chef Lorenzo Di Gravio at the helm of Caleta, a Mediterraneanmeets-Panama concept, and local cocktails on offer at the atmospheric Mayda Lobby Bar. For cultural exploration—activities include private tours of the Panama Canal and the storied Teatro Nacional, sunset cruises and rum tastings—as well as world-class surroundings that seamlessly fuse history with modernity, the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo promises to be a true Central American highlight. sofitel-legend-panama.com
SENSEI LĀNAʻI, A FOUR SEASONS RESORT
Hidden away from the world on the quiet Hawaiian island of L ānaʻi amidst a towering forest of trees lies Sensei L ānaʻi, A Four Seasons Resort. While there are certainly serene pools and access to white sand beaches available, the luxury getaway-meets-health retreat is designed to take relaxation beyond reclining chairs with amenities like one-on-one coaching and body mapping massages. Before arrival, each guest is paired with a wellness guide—a sort of personal guru for your stay—who will help craft a custom itinerary via a robust questionnaire. Looking to relax and unwind? Yoga, massages and meditation sessions can be added to the itinerary. Prefer a more active vacation? You can horseback ride, forest bathe, snorkel, hit a round of golf or sail into the sunset. It’s a build-your-own-adventure of relaxation, a rare retreat that offers sublime quality on all fronts, from wellness to dining overseen by chef Nobu Matsuhisa. fourseasons.com
MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
SOFITEL KIA ORA MOOREA
Discover the magic of Moorea, one of the most scenically striking islands in French Polynesia known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches, at Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea. The resort’s 110 spacious overwater, beach and garden bungalows are spread across seven acres of land and offer extreme privacy and that coveted laid-back Tahitian lifestyle. Located only 10 nautical miles from Tahiti, Moorea is easily accessible by ferry or plane from Tahiti Faa’a Airport. Air Tahiti Nui offers the best routes, with regular nonstop service from Los Angeles and Seattle to Tahiti. Recently, the hotel’s overwater bungalows have gotten a top-down renovation, including glass panels on the guest room floors giving way to the crystal-clear lagoon teeming with tropical sea life below. Also new is the hotel’s fine dining outlet, K Restaurant. sofitel-moorea-kiaora.com ■A luxury two-bedroom villa An aerial view of Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea A guest room bathroom The exterior of the Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo
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M MCHRISTINA RICCI TALKS ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND HER DESIRE TO SEEK OUT COMPLICATED CHARACTERSBY MARSHALL HEYMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROYAL GILBERT STYLING BY JULIANA SCHIAVINATTO
aving worked as an actress since she was 8 years old, Christina Ricci has had her share of breakout moments.
Like as a tiny backup singer and dancer behind Cher in the music video of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” from the soundtrack of her film debut, the 1990 movie Mermaids . Or as disgruntled camper Wednesday Addams torturing camp counselor Christine Baranski in Addams Family Values —camp being the operative word here. As the steadfast lover to Charlize Theron’s serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster. As a nymphomaniac chained to a radiator in 2006’s controversial Black Snake Moan . As 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2016.
And it just so happens that Ricci is breaking out again, this time in the hit series Yellowjackets , which returns to Showtime this spring. She plays Misty Quigley, a nurse whose behavior tends more sociopathic than empathetic. (She moonlights as an armchair internet sleuth.) Misty becomes caught up in a mystery related to her past, when her high school soccer team was involved in a deadly plane crash.
Critics have gone wild for Ricci’s performance. Just some of the headlines include “Misty Quigley Is Terrifying and Fascinating,”
H“In Defense of Misty Quigley, Yellowjackets’ Unsung Heroine” and “How Misty Quigley Became Yellowjackets’ Best Character.”
The Yellowjackets producers “came to me with this part,” says Ricci, who didn’t know much about Misty except for a short, poppy scene in the pilot. “But I read it and was super, super excited.”
“We can’t imagine anyone else in this role,” say series creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. “We always knew that Misty needed to be played by an actress with both amazing comedic timing and incredible depth and humanity. It would have been all too easy for her to become a caricature, as opposed to a flesh-and-blood human for whom we can feel empathy, even as she says and does wild, unthinkable things. Luckily, Christina has an incredible ability to find the truth in even the most heightened circumstances.”
Another actress might be insulted by being recruited to play a psychopath. Not Ricci.
“It’s flattering. I’m very intrigued by people’s behavior who seem to be on the fringe, who don’t react like the norm,” Ricci says. “When someone comes to you and says, ‘This is a really strange character. Nobody seems to get her. Can you use your insight and intelligence to figure her out?’ I think it means I have an understanding of humanity and an observational ability. I’m proud of that. I enjoy playing characters that if you didn’t have a sideways way into it, you wouldn’t be able to do it.”
If you met her in real life, “you’d stay as far away from Misty as possible,” Ricci continues. She believes audiences have responded so positively to the character because “she’s so socially inept, and I think that’s funny to people.” Also, because she’s just a character in a television series, “we don’t really have to deal with her in person.”
Ricci also appears in the Netflix hit Wednesday, a contemporary spin on the character she so memorably played in the early 1990s. Jenna Ortega now plays Wednesday, while Ricci stars as her “normie” teacher, Marilyn Thornhill, who may not be exactly who she claims to be.
Ricci joined the series when there were only four episodes left to shoot. “I wasn’t hesitant at all. It was fun to be a part of the next generation of Wednesday Addams,” she explains. “And I love Tim [Burton] so much.” (Burton is an executive producer on Wednesday and directed four of the episodes. He and Ricci worked together on the 1999 movie Sleepy Hollow.)
Ricci thinks that people respond to her and Ortega’s Wednesday because they both have “so much integrity and are unwilling to bend to societal pressures. That’s really wonderful, especially in a little girl.” Audiences can live vicariously, she says, “and truly be themselves.”
Playing Wednesday Addams in her childhood was particularly important for Ricci, she says. “It made me aware that I could play characters I wouldn’t have to sacrifice myself for. I never liked the typical family fare. I never liked the kid who had to smile constantlyDress, $2,150, mules, $975, GIVENCHY, givenchy.com . 18k white gold and diamond earrings, $32,500, BVLGARI, bvlgari.com
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“T HIS HAS BEEN A GREAT ON-SET EXPERIENCE. WE ALL REALLY, REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER A LOT.”
and be fake and phony. To know that there was an option for me filled me with hope. I think a lot of people have felt like they were outsiders in different parts of their lives. They’ve felt lonely, like nobody understands them.”
Now 43 and the mom of two kids, Ricci does admit, “I’m not a typical person.”
“I can’t join groups,” she says. “I never agree. I have specific interests and feelings. My take will always be different. I’m very comfortable with it. I don’t need people to agree with me to be friends with them.”
Ricci continues, “I’ll always be the one that doesn’t like the person everyone else likes.” People tend not to ask her feelings about new movies and television shows. “They know I won’t give my opinion, because it’s always the opposite. My tastes differ. Usually it’s me not liking other things that people like.”
It just so happens that Ricci, who has about an hour a day to watch television, is currently enjoying HBO’s The Last of Us, which most people do, generally, seem to like. “OK, sometimes I do love things that everybody else likes,” she says.
As for the group thing, Ricci says she’s more of a “one-on-one friend. Most of my friends don’t know each other.” When I ask if she’s in a book club—Ricci starred as Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon Prime’s Z: The Beginning of Everything, which she also produced—she responds quickly, “God, no.” (Recent favorite reads, though, include Circe by Madeline Miller and a collection of Shirley Jackson stories.)
That said, Ricci has found great camaraderie in her Yellowjackets cast, which also includes Hollywood lifers Juliette Lewis and Melanie Lynskey.
“This has been a great on-set experience. We all really, really love each other a lot,” Ricci says. “I’ve never been so close with people I’ve worked with. We’ve all been through similar things. We all share stories between set-ups. We bullshit. It’s great.”
Ricci thinks the closeness comes from being older “and not in our confusing, emotion-filled twenties. When you’re older, you settle a bit.”
“We’re all friends working on projects. We all support each other. We really want the best for the show,” she continues. “We’ve all been through similar things. A lot of us have kids.”
The support has been especially important because shooting season two in Vancouver, far from her family in Los Angeles, wasn’t the easiest. Ricci has an 8-year-old son, Freddie, from her first marriage, and a 14-month-old daughter, Cleopatra, from her second, to Los Angeles hairstylist Mark Hampton.
“I’m glad I waited,” says Ricci of choosing to have a second child. “I would feel so much guilt if I wasn’t fully attentive to her. When [Freddie] was younger, I gave him full attention. He got to have that special babyhood and childhood, and now he’s able to help with his sister. There’s not a lot of jealousy. He loves her.”
Freddie is now around the age Ricci was when her star began to rise, and he has a little bit of the acting bug. “Yes, he’s interested in acting, and I’m a believer that if a kid really wants to do it, and they’re being supported instead of being pushed, then they should be able to,” Ricci explains. “I see a lot of how I was in him. I know that he would be totally capable of being a child actor, but I’ve told him that there’s no one to take him. You have to take your child to auditions. You have to take them to set. I can’t do that.”
For now, Freddie has made due with watching his mom’s past performances, including as the original Wednesday and on Wednesday. “He loved it so much,” Ricci says. “He’s really proud of me. He always asks, ‘How did they do this scene?’ and ‘How did they do that sort of thing?’ I think it’s funny.”
The first time Freddie visited her on the Yellowjackets set, he wanted to watch the first season of the show, which has its share of gore and thrills. “I fast-forwarded through all the inappropriate parts,” Ricci laughs. “He has a lot of questions. He always needs me to tell him what happens, and he peppers me with nonstop—what do they call them?—fan theories.”
Most of the questions, of course, Ricci doesn’t know the answers to. “I suggested he go sit down with one of the writers and ask them,” she says.
The truth is, sometimes Ricci only reads the Yellowjackets scenes that involve the present-day characters and skims the rest. She doesn’t get to see a lot of the show being shot, and she likes to watch the episodes and be surprised. “I do enjoy watching it as an audience member. It’s really fun,” Ricci says. “Though my son tells me not to skim.”
Ricci is not surprised that, after more than 30 years, she continues to work steadily in film and television. “There’s always work to be found,” she says. “It’s my job. I’ve always supported myself and my family, and it feels more like my job than ‘I get to do a special project and then go back to my life.’”
That said, the success of Yellowjackets and our cultural obsession with Misty wasn’t something she had in her sightlines.
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THE EMMY-NOMINATED ACTRESS RETURNS WITH DEAR EDWARD, BASED ON THE BESTSELLING BOOK, NOW STREAMING ON APPLE TV+BY CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY BY VICTORIA STEVENS STYLING BY JEANANN WILLIAMS
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five-time Emmy nominee—Connie Britton is back with the dramatic Apple TV+ series Dear Edward . The 10-episode drama based on the bestselling novel by Ann Napolitano reunites Britton with her Friday Night Lights showrunner and friend, Jason Katims. It tells the story of a horrific plane crash and its lone 12-year-old survivor, Edward Adler, who is deftly played by newcomer Colin O’Brien.
Best known for her leading roles on Nashville, American Horror Story, The White Lotus and, of course, her portrayal of Tami Taylor, the small-town Texas football coach’s wife in Friday Night Lights, Britton’s latest turn is part wealthy New Jersey suburbanite and part compassionate mother figure. Katims knew right away he wanted Britton to play the widowed Dee Dee, an affluent housewife afflicted by tragedy and family secrets. “I couldn’t imagine any other actress in the role,” says Katims. “She can make you laugh and cry at the same moment. I so admire her ability to be out-of-her-mind funny and the next second fighting tears—and we’re fighting tears with her.” And the tears are in plentiful supply here.
“Connie has this way of transforming into a role, and from the minute we rolled, my jaw dropped,” says Katims. “She was 1000% Dee Dee, and Dee Dee is nothing like Tami. She has created a character that is so unique and just delightful. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.” DuJour talked with Britton about the new drama series.
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Styling Assistant: Nora Foley Shot on location in Beverly Hills
What drew you to this latest project?
It was completely Jason Katims. I am at a point in my life where I just want to work with people that I like and trust. I am so fortunate that I have developed these wonderful relationships with various people that I love to collaborate with, so when they call, I answer the phone. It has to be the right time to work together again, and this was just the perfect moment.
Were you familiar with the story?
The character I play—Dee Dee—wasn’t in the original book by Ann Napolitano. She was Jason’s brainchild, and it was exciting to be a part of creating this new character from the ground up. The subject matter is just so heart-wrenching—how do you make it dramatic yet relatable to audiences, versus making them suffer through? The audience becomes a part of the story and gets invested in seeing these characters work through tragedy.
When and where did you film?
We shot in late March through July 2022 in New York City and upstate in Nyack. I love the city, personally, but I also think it’s a wonderful setting for this story. The shooting schedule was the hardest part for me, because I live in L.A. and my son, Eyob, just turned 12. He was entrenched in school and so I couldn’t leave for long, extended chunks of time. This character was such a joy to play that the whole shoot was a very specific and wonderful experience.
The ensemble cast of Dear Edward feels like a family. Were lasting relationships formed during filming?
I had met Taylor Schilling a few times [before], but we had never worked together before and I didn’t know the others. Interestingly, the way we shot the different storylines meant that we would shoot our parts separately, and then come together only for the group scenes, such as the grief therapy sessions. It was so fun to get to know each other and compare notes during those scenes. This feeling of cohesiveness is a real testament to editors, because it feels like we are all so close, but I didn’t get to see a lot of these onscreen relationships until I actually watched the show!
How do you feel about binge-watching a series versus spreading it out?
I am old-school, so I like the idea of something coming out once a week and having appointment television, something to look forward to. I love the serialized aspect and watching these characters grow over time. If you spread out the storytelling, it enhances that. It creates space for conversation from one week to the next. I hope that Dear Edward helps to give people language around grief. There has been a lot of grief in the world, particularly in the past few years, and I hope this show sparks many conversations about dealing with it.
What specifically do you hope the audience takes away from Dear Edward ?
I have found that in our culture, and having gone through grief myself, people just don’t know what to say. We don’t have a cultural language that helps to support us when we’re dealing with grief. I hope people can find the commonality of our shared experiences with grief. We can support each other and lift each other up through it if we are given the tools. It’s an important time for this conversation. In addition to sadness, there is also such an uplifting and hopeful piece of this show. It’s about resilience and the will to keep going, which is a fundamental human spirit. We have such a great opportunity as storytellers to show all of these different aspects of what it is to be human.
What’s next for you?
I have a production company, and so we are always busy with projects in development and trying to create shows that I would like to put out into the world. I just finished shooting a movie called Winner, which is the incredible story of Reality Winner, a decorated member of the Air Force and former intelligence contractor. She received the longest sentence in history of anyone [convicted] under the Espionage Act. I play her mother, Billie, who was her greatest advocate. I also create space between projects to be a mom. I’m really selective about when I travel now, as I like to be hands-on. ■
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A PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR of an EXCEPTIONAL VILLA in MOROCCO
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WRITER UMBERTO PASTI’S HOUSE AND GARDEN
in Tangier, Morocco, is the ultimate example of a well-curated Moroccan villa, filled with museum-quality furniture, art, textiles, ceramics and objects. Set in a lush garden, the house offers glimpses of serene landscapes and fountains through windows, archways and loggias, as well as Pasti’s scholarly collection of tiles and rare textiles from Africa, the Middle East and southern Europe. With a foreword by garden designer Madison Cox and gorgeous photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo, The House of a Lifetime: A Collector’s Journey in Tangier (Rizzoli) offers a tour through one of the loveliest homes in Morocco. ■The Moorish arched entrance The swimming pool
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Transformed by Studio Heimat (former alums of notable San Francisco designer Ken Fulk), the newly opened Eco Terreno Wines & Vineyards Urban Tasting Room in North Beach’s Jackson Square features three stories including an underground supper club, Lyon & Swan. “Our inspiration for the space originated from the biodynamic land and farming practices of Eco Terreno Wines and Vineyards in Sonoma,” says Heimat principal designer Eva Bradley. “After seeing the farm for ourselves, we knew it was important to take that raw beauty and manifest the soul of the land into an elevated space for the city that still related back to the vineyards.” With large windows overlooking busy Columbus Avenue, the green-and-burgundy-hued tasting room is serene and sophisticated with wood floors and accents. “Even though Sonoma is close to San Francisco, a trip to the wine country requires a lot of time,” says Mark Lyon, founder and owner of Eco Terreno Wines and Vineyards. “That’s why we decided to bring the essence of our Alexander Valley farm to the city.” ecoterreno.com— JENNIE NUNN
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Now in its 19th year, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the Aspen Institute’s signature annual event. The 2023 Aspen Ideas Festival will take place in three segments, opening with Aspen Ideas: Health from June 21–24, followed by Festival 1 from June 24–27 and Festival 2 from June 27–30. The festival is organized by the Aspen Institute in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group. As in previous years, the festival will feature hundreds of the most exciting leaders and thinkers from around the globe engaging in deep discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times, from geopolitics to the
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Vail Mountain, with its famous back bowls, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by launching two major ski lift investments: a high-speed quadruple chairlift in Sun Down Bowl and an upgrade to Game Creek Express, transforming it into a high-speed six person chairlift—all accessible with the Epic Pass. The mountain is also launching the Avanti Performance Center, an entirely new ski and snowboard school experience. vail.com
most exciting developments in science and culture. Plans for 2023 include additional opportunities for attendees to participate and engage with speakers through workshops, roundtables, field trips and seminars, as well as more nighttime programming taking place in-town at locations including Belly Up and Hotel Jerome. aspeninstitute.org
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Chef Mawa McQueen, the owner and entrepreneur behind Aspen’s only Black-owned restaurants and a James Beard Award semifinalist, has opened Mawita at Snowmass Village. Guests can expect Mexican dishes with a twist for lunch, après ski, dinner and weekend brunch, such as jerk chicken tacos and eggs benedict on arepas. After many trips to Oaxaca, McQueen has developed a passion for mole and will offer green, black and red varieties. With ample outdoor seating in the middle of Base Village, Mawita promises to deliver the best après ski experience around with DJs and a special menu that includes guacamole and tacos and tequila and mezcal cocktail specials. mawita.com
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Ralph’s Coffee has opened its first Chicago location inside the flagship Ralph Lauren store on Michigan Avenue. Following in the footsteps of its successful Madison Avenue counterpart in New York City, the 16-seat shop features mahogany ceilings, herringbone wood floors, wainscoting, green leather banquettes and bistro chairs, plus a fireplace and large windows overlooking Michigan Avenue. This location offers the brand’s signature coffee blends and drinks from La Colombe along with a selection of pastries, yogurts and overnight oats. ralphlauren.com GALLERY GUIDE
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On view through June 12 at The Art Institute of Chicago is an exhibition of Spanish artist Salvador Dalí entitled Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears
Featuring icons of the Art Institute’s surrealism collection—including “Inventions of the Monsters” (1937), “Venus de Milo with Drawers” (1936) and “Mae West’s Face Which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment” (1934–35)— the exhibition of 24 paintings, drawings and objects explores a series of “disappearing acts” undertaken by the artist at the height of his fame in the 1930s. Dalí cultivated these notions in a variety of ways: in path-breaking experiments with materials and palette, in depictions of exotic and mundane edible items, in surrealist fashions and sculptures with spaces for hiding and in optically dynamic visual illusions or “double images.” artic.edu
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New Paris-inspired restaurant
La Parisienne Bistro & Bar will open this spring at The Star in Frisco. “We want our guests to feel as if they are sitting in a chic café in Paris enjoying French food and desserts along with sipping on a cocktail, tea or coffee,” says owner Mondi Tag. “All of our desserts are made from scratch, with our standout being the Napoleon pastry along with our hazelnut praline and eclairs in a variety of flavors.” The 4,300-square-foot space will be open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. parisienneusa.com
At 61 Osteria in Fort Worth, executive chef Blaine Staniford is taking a modern approach to Italian cuisine. Dishes like wood-grilled blue prawns with salsa verde and charred Meyer lemon, swordfish
puttanesca and housemade pastas including bucatini cacio e pepe and spaghetti carbonara are all on offer. Designed by Fort Worth–based architecture firm Ibañez Shaw Architecture, the bar is characterized by a bright, sunny palette of materials and fabrics, while in the dining room the tone is set by oak paneling and darker upholstery. Hovering above the central banquettes is a series of rectangular sculptural elements composed of a reflective metallic fabric. 61osteria.com
MAN OF STEEL
Mark di Suvero: Steel Like Paper will showcase the American sculptor’s drawings, paintings and sculptures at The Nasher Sculpture Center The largest museum survey in the United States of di Suvero’s work since 1975 features 30 sculptures ranging in size from handheld to monumental and more than 40 drawings and paintings spanning the artist’s career. “Steel Like Paper offers new perspectives on a pivotal figure in the history of contemporary sculpture, and an artist of special importance to Dallas,” says the museum’s director, Jeremy Strick.
“Gathering together sculptures, drawings and paintings from across the artist’s career, the exhibition will reveal the ways in which di Suvero’s creative process advances in a stream of constant innovation and artistic invention, enhancing a fuller understanding of his exuberant and thrilling monumental sculptures.” nashersculpturecenter.org
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Houston-based interior designer Mary Patton has opened her first brick-and-mortar design studio and shop on Bissonnet Street. The nearly 3,000-square-foot store features a curated assortment of mid-century modern and vintage furniture, lighting, objects and linens. “The store is providing me with an opportunity to shop and sell things so I’m not hoarding them in my house!” says Patton. “Finding vintage pieces to mix in with other things, aesthetically, really works.” Beyond retail, the brick-and-mortar space will function as a design studio for meeting with clients and a space for hosting events and collaborations, including pop-ups and activations with local small businesses. marypattondesign.com
Curator and Menil Collection founding director Walter Hopps is the subject of a new show at the museum this spring. The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps features approximately 60 artists and more than 130 artworks from Caroline Huber and Hopps’ estate. The show will explore Hopps’ appreciation for a variety of 20th-century art movements, featuring drawings, paintings, photography and sculpture ranging from the 1930s to the early 2000s. menil.org
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Aaron Bludorn’s newest modern seafood concept, Navy Blue, has opened in Rice Village. The second restaurant from the former Café Boulud executive chef offers such oceanic delicacies as swordfish au poivre with green peppercorn sauce, blackened red snapper with aji amarillo, spaghetti vongole and lobster ravioli. “The ability to come in and enjoy the restaurant without feeling the need to dress up or to feel pressure to adhere to traditional standards of a fine dining restaurant is what we strived to achieve at [Bludorn] and what we will strive to cultivate at Navy Blue,” says Bludorn. The 7,100-square-foot space boasts a 110-seat dining room featuring organic elements in a crisp and clean palette; a series of long tables separated by white oak partitions, black ribbed pendant lights, plush banquettes, concrete columns and Japanese ceramic tile adorn the space. navybluerestaurant.com
ONE NIGHT IN HAVANA
Discreetly located next to The Annie Café & Bar, Emilia’s Havana is an intimate 50-seat lounge reminiscent of a vibrant 1950s Havana club serving Cuban-inspired cocktails, wines and bottle service along with Latin small plates. A house band plays bossa nova–style music at every seating. “When presented with this small space by my landlord, which was formerly a storage closet, my immediate thought was to create an intimate, speakeasy-style lounge with live music every night,” says Berg Hospitality CEO and founder Benjamin Berg. “This is something I feel Houston is still really lacking.” emiliashavana.com
Chef/owner Sherman Yeung (Katy’s Tobiuo Sushi & Bar) has opened Japanese restaurant Money Cat at Kirby Grove. Yeung’s favorite dishes include the hotate chawanmushi (steamed egg custard with scallop and corn and chive taiyaki), honey vanilla milk buns with cultured butter and trout roe, maitake karaage (an homage to the chefs’ love of buffalo wings) and a katsu sando. The 4,200-square-foot space pays homage to the restaurant’s Japanese foundation through minimalist design: crisp lines, rich wood and neutral tones, black marble and emerald green tiles. “We didn’t want to offer straight, traditional Japanese food,” says Yeung. “First, that’s not who we are. We’re part of a new age of restaurants. We’re young and want to do something new that pays tribute to and builds upon tradition.” moneycathtx.com
Harry Winston Las Vegas has opened its newly renovated retail salon at The Shops at Crystals. The house’s second salon in Las Vegas will carry jewelry and timepiece collections. Reminiscent of the house’s Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City, the salon exterior features a travertine marble façade with two light torches on both sides of the entrance, a neutral color palette and custom-designed lacquer, bronze accents and antique bronze furniture. harrywinston.com
Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is debuting a new boutique at The Shops at Crystals this spring. The store will offer the brand’s signature racing-inspired timepieces, along with the new Carrera Chronograph collection and other limited-edition watches. tagheuer.com
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Proper Eats is a new elevated food hall serving eclectic cocktails and global cuisine on the second-level promenade of ARIA Resort & Casino. Designed by Studio Munge, the Clique Hospitality venue spans 24,000 square feet. The space includes 12 different concepts, including Shalom Y’all, serving Mediterranean cuisine (think shawarma-spiced cauliflower and grilled lamb and beef kebabs), Pizzaoki, a diverse and delicious take on New York–style pizzas, Lola’s Burgers, Seoul Bird, Wexler’s Deli and Egghead by Tao Group Hospitality. propereatslasvegas.com
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The Bellagio has unveiled renovated guest rooms and upgraded in-room amenities that encompass all 2,568 rooms in the resort’s main tower. Designed by Chicago-based interior design firm The Gettys Group in partnership with MGM Resorts International Design Group, the rooms are inspired by the sky and light: the king rooms feature a blue palette reflective of the sky just before sunrise and the premier two queen rooms are designed around yellow tones inspired by the sky at sunset. bellagio.mgmresorts.com
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Located in the heart of West Hollywood, the third iteration of Los Angeles’ favorite all-day Aussie-inspired café, Great White, is inspired by a blend of coastal cultures with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal fare. Fresh-pressed juices, bowls, salads and wood-fired pizzas along with new entree items are on offer at the 5,000-square-foot space. greatwhite.cafe Saltie Girl, the beloved Boston seafood destination, has opened in West Hollywood. Inspired by founder Kathy Sidell’s East Coast upbringing, the restaurant reimagines the experience of classic seafood restaurants with a modern approach. From a robust raw bar selection to lobster rolls, clam chowder, snow crab toast, crudo and caviar, executive chef Kyle McClelland’s menu showcases the restaurant’s signature dishes alongside new dishes that shine a light on California’s bounty. saltiegirl.com
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Loewe, under the direction of creative director Jonathan Anderson, has opened a West Coast flagship on Rodeo Drive showcasing the brand’s latest ready-to-wear lines and accessories for men and women. A handmade blue ceramic façade gives way to a store crafted in an earthy palette with an emphasis on natural materials. Objects such as Utrecht armchairs by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in different shades, blue and brown hand-glazed Spanish ceramics and an Axel Vervoordt table complete the design. Art by international artists including Nairy Baghramian, Paul Pfeiffer, Tomonari Hashimoto and Joanna Constantinidis adorns the space. loewe.com
Bridget Riley Drawings: From the Artist’s Studio at the Hammer Museum through May 28 is the first and most extensive museum exhibition dedicated exclusively to the English artist’s drawings in over half a century and the first major exhibition of her work at a West Coast museum. It includes rough studies, line drawings and finished drawings in the artist’s signature black-and-white color palette. hammer.ucla.edu
BEAUTY BEAT . NATURAL WELLNESS
The wellness-focused 1 Hotel West Hollywood has opened the new Bamford Wellness Spa featuring treatments using natural and organic products from the Bamford body and skincare ranges. The newest Bamford spa will feature five treatment rooms and a menu consisting of nourishing massages, facials and other holistic offerings for guests and locals alike.
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Los Angeles–based hospitality brand Palisociety is set to mark its continued expansion with the debut of the new Palihotel Hollywood, a revamp of a 1980s Hollywood motor lodge into a 76-room hotel centered around an oversized pool and courtyard, alongside a new restaurant concept from the brand. “On the heels of an incredible few years of trepidation in the hotel business, we are elated to grow and nurture our brand into a new chapter of momentum,” says the brand’s founder, Avi Brosh. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve defined ourselves as a design-forward, neighborhood-centric hotel company focused on a highly personalized, proprietor-driven approach to hospitality. It is evident that today’s guest appreciates that distinct point of view, perhaps now more than ever.” palisociety.com
From INK Entertainment, the Canadian-born powerhouse group behind Miami favorites Byblos, Amal and Level 6, Sofia in the Design District offers a refined approach to Italian cooking. Antipasti, salads, crudo, housemade pastas and meat dishes are the stars of the show here. sofiamiamidd.com
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Queen in Miami Beach marries French techniques with Japanese ingredients in a theatrical setting. Dishes range from small plates in a curated raw and marinated section to sushi platters and seafood towers, which segue into heartier main courses. With two bars and a hidden omakase counter, there are many areas to enjoy sushi and small plates along with cocktails. queenmiamibeach.com
Beauty & the Butcher, from Top Chef winner and James Beard Award semifinalist Jeremy Ford and Miami’s award-winning local restaurant group Grove Bay Hospitality Group (Stubborn Seed), has just opened in Coral Gables. Exciting menu highlights include yellowtail crudo, crispy pork belly and a tart made with foie gras, green apple and black truffles. A special dry-aging program will highlight unique charcuterie cuts that are great for sharing. Pastry chef Ana De Sa Martins, who worked alongside Ford at Stubborn Seed, is creating stellar desserts (hello, apple Dutch baby). beautyandthebutchermiami.com
Joliet in Miami Beach offers a seafood-forward menu featuring favorites like New Orleans–style BBQ prawns served with Worcestershire sauce, garlic butter and toasted baguette and a rock shrimp po’boy sandwich with pickled pepper remoulade. The restaurant’s raw bar features East and West Coast oysters served with a choice of classic, Calabrian chili, passion fruit or fine herb mignonettes. Smoked fish dip and crab Louie round out the raw bar options. jolietmiamibeach.com
Leaning into Linen
Italian linen brand 120% Lino has opened its fifth location in Florida at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. The fashion label makes clothes fabricated from natural linen and has stores in cities from Nantucket to Palm Beach. With whitewashed wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, white metal furniture and linen accents, the 1,600-squarefoot boutique is a reflection of the natural, breathable fabrics the brand showcases. 120percento.com
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Blending Parisian panache with Tribeca cool, Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s New York ’s 97 residential-style rooms and suites were designed by Martin Brudnizki. Onsite offerings include an outpost of the French brasserie Fouquet’s, Spa Diane Barrière, screening room and rooftop terrace. The Paris-meets-New York vibe is exemplified in the custom wallpaper lining the guest rooms, a lavender toile de jouy (an homage to the toile de jouy at Hotel Barrière Le Normandy in Deauville, the line’s flagship) printed with scenes of Tribeca. hotelsbarriere.com
Chef Greg Baxtrom (Olmsted) has opened a new restaurant, Five Acres, on the rink level of Rockefeller Center. The 65-seat restaurant and bar brings a touch of Olmsted’s lush backyard gardens with a hanging garden along the perimeter of the dining room, deep green leather banquettes, ribbed glass pillars and bronze accents. Dish highlights include beef tartare with soft scrambled eggs and crispy potato, guinea hen with a salsify hazelnut tart, arctic char with fermented cabbage, granny smith apples and tonnato sauce and a lobster trio with butter poached lobster, lobster crackers and coral aioli and lobster mushroom pierogies with saffron and vanilla emulsion. For a sugary treat, try the deconstructed s’mores dessert. fiveacresnyc.com
Austrian chef Markus Glocker, who spent years working alongside chefs Charlie Trotter and Gordon Ramsay, has opened the Austrian-inspired restaurant Koloman in NoMad (it has already earned him three stars from The New York Times). The wood-paneled restaurant, which features lofty ceilings, was designed by Russell Sage Studio. Standout dishes include celery root tartare, a cheese soufflé and salmon en croute. Katja Scharnagl (Le Bernardin) helms Kolomon’s robust wine and beverage program. kolomanrestaurant.com
K’Far is an all-day restaurant from Israeli chef Michael Solomonov located within The Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, where he also has Laser Wolf. From an egg-and-cheese Jerusalem bagel for breakfast to a Kubaneh patty melt for lunch to chicken schnitzel for dinner, you will want to while away the day here. kfarbrooklyn.com
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British chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer and co-owner and beverage director Annie Shi have opened Jupiter, a colorful, energetic restaurant and bar with a heavy emphasis on pasta and wine. Shadbolt and de Boer, who met while cooking at The River Café in London, are serving pastas like egg tajarin with chicken livers, paper-thin panzotti filled with roast pumpkin and napped with sage butter and parmesan and agnoli stuffed with slow-cooked rabbit at the 140-seat restaurant. “Jupiter is an all-day eatery that provides everything for every moment, whether that’s an early lunch or pre-theater dinner, a glass of prosecco or an espresso at the bar—or a big Barolo lunch with a Fiorentina,” says Shadbolt. “It’s easy, lovable and inviting.” jupiterrestaurant.nyc
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BLING IT ON
After a successful retail outing on Bleecker Street, jewelry brand Ring Concierge has opened a boutique on Madison Avenue showcasing its fine jewelry assortment. New York City–based jeweler Nicole Wegman, the founder and CEO of Ring Concierge, started the brand after going through the engagement ring process and not being able to find what she wanted; everything was either too expensive or too impersonal. While a bulk of Ring Concierge’s business is still from engagement rings, the brand’s offering has expanded to include earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other rings. ringconcierge.com
Living the Dream
American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unparalleled mix of world-class entertainment, retail and dining comprising more than 3 million square feet just minutes away from New York City in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is home to kid-friendly attractions like DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, Big Snow Ski Hill, and the newest additions, the Game Room Powered by Hasbro and Skip Barber Racing Go-Kart Academy. Its tax-free luxury retail offerings include Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Fine dining restaurant Carpaccio and Peruvian eatery Jarana are just two of the many dining options onsite. americandream.com
BEAUTY BEAT . SILVER LININGS
Silver Mirror has opened its fifth location in Bryant Park offering well-priced facials, microneedling, facial massage and hand treatments. Founded by Matt Maroone and Cindy Kim in 2016, the brand has carved out a niche offering premium treatments in a luxury environment. The Silver Mirror experience focuses on world-class skincare, time-efficient services and building long-term relationships with guests to guide their skincare journeys. Each facial has a focus on three different technologies and 11 steps, with the goal to pack their facials in an efficient manner without having to focus on upselling add-ons. silvermirror.com
With properties in Namibia, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, sustainability-focused hospitality brand Habitas has chosen the bucolic Hudson Valley for its first North American hotel project. With a loyal clientele in search of a “luxury for the soul” approach to leisure, Habitas has established itself as the arbiter of laid-back luxe (think natural wood, breezy linen curtains and yoga classes galore). Its new Rhinebeck location promises to be a great addition to the portfolio. The group is sticking with a home-away-from-home vibe for Habitas on Hudson, a boutique bolthole that’s set in a neo-baroque manor house and the adjacent Lodge and Stonehouse, with 30 accommodations ranging from rooms to spacious suites with expansive outdoor terraces. The palette is neutral, with blond wood, greige throws, stone accents and Akari lanterns contrasted with brilliant pops of color such as fuchsia curtains that only enhance the chic-simple atmosphere. With a great center hall and a convivial dining area, the restaurant promises to be a local gathering spot with a fully stocked, help-yourself SMEG refrigerator and a casual center aisle and bar that’s perfect for morning cappuccino or an aprés-ski snack. A limited-yet-delicious menu offers hipster favorites such as a vegan poke bowl and a perfect burger on brioche. Best of all, however, is the cozy red bar, The Pub at Social, that highlights local makers and serious craft cocktails. Just two hours from New York City by car or train, Habitas on Hudson is a serene escape that’s well suited to house parties, foodies and lovers of upstate New York and hiking in general. It is not, however, well suited to kids, so best to leave the little ones at home. ourhabitas.com
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Hoka has opened a boutique at South Coast Plaza showcasing the brand’s signature sneakers, which are extra cushioned and supportive for runners and walkers alike. The 2,600-square-foot boutique offers performance footwear and apparel for men and women (Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Emily Ratajkowski are all fans of the brand). hoka.com
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Joey has opened at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It’s the restaurant group’s fourth outpost in California, joining downtown L.A., Manhattan Beach and Woodland Hills. From housemade pastas to sushi, salads and sandwiches, there is something for every palette. The space is designed with natural, warm materials like brick, wood, stone and leather. The indoor/outdoor space has retractable roof sections, providing coverage and the ability to open to the day or evening sky. A large-scale outdoor fire pit offers guests an inviting lounge area to wait for their table, or stay and enjoy drinks fireside on a custom concrete-and-teak circular bench. Extensive landscaping and trees in the center of the patio provides an oasis amongst the patio bar and dining areas. joeyrestaurants.com
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Founded in New York City by entrepreneur Nell Diamond, the fashion, lifestyle and home brand Hill House Home has put down roots in Palm Beach at the Royal Poinciana. The Amanda Lindroth–designed boutique showcases the brand’s apparel (including, of course, their signature Nap Dresses and several exclusives), accessories, shoes, swimwear and loungewear. “One of the reasons I love IRL shopping is because I get customer feedback in real time, and I can’t wait to hear what our customers think,” says Diamond. hillhousehome.com
There’s always news coming out of The Breakers resort, thanks to the hospitality brand’s commitment to annually investing an average of $25 million back into the property. One exciting recent development is the reopening of the Breakers Rees Jones Course after an extensive renovation. Located at Breakers West Country Club, this championship course has been artfully remodeled to offer improved playability for golfers of all skill levels. This namesake course was originally built in 1968 and was previously updated by Jones in 2004, who also redesigned the resort’s sister course, the Breakers Ocean Course, in 2018. The Breakers is also home to the John Webster Golf Academy, which provides year-round, player-centered golf instruction, state-ofthe-art learning centers, personalized fitness evaluations and custom club fittings.
French beauty brand Guerlain has reopened its boutique at the Shops at the Breakers, which now showcases the Maison’s exclusive Haute Parfumerie. Its latest offering, L’Art & La Matière, is a collection of 22 fragrances including the newest, Jasmin Bonheur. Inspired by the brand’s Parisian flagship on the Champs-Élysées, the shop’s new look honors nearly 200 years of heritage, expertise and commitment to fragrance, skincare and makeup.
Nearby, the new Polo Ralph Lauren Kids shop features signature apparel that includes the brand’s iconic polo knit shirts and luxurious cashmere cable-knit sweaters. Anchoring the space are charming focal points such as a lighthouse, an interactive sailing vessel and hand-painted murals. A white-and-blue color palette evokes a sense of nautical fantasy. thebreakers.com
Kehinde Wiley: An Archaeology of Silence has opened with 26 works by the American artist at de Young Museum in San Francisco. “This body of new work deals with the long history of state-sanctioned violence against Black people and the fact that it has for the most part gone unacknowledged, under cover of official silence,” says curator Claudia Schmuckli. “Wiley uses the rhetorical legacies and power of a particular tradition to shift the conversation.” famsf.org
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In bucolic Sonoma County, Dawn Ranch has officially reopened its doors to guests following a hiatus after devastating floods in 2019. The 15-acre property and former orchard, originally acquired in 1905 by Theodosia Button Murphy as a summer refuge for San Francisco’s elite set, consists of 53 individual cabins situated along the Russian River and surrounded by dawn redwoods. “Dawn Ranch invites you to author your own luxuries in this magical setting,” says general manager Teach Mayer. “Each guest curates their own rejuvenating experience. For some, that may be as simple as relaxing in a soaking tub after a yoga or meditation class; for others, it will be a day filled with kayaking, hiking and foraging or an afternoon picnic on a bluff overlooking the Pacific followed by an evening sharing one of our favorite local wines with friends around the campfire, listening to live music.” dawnranch.com
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Masterminded by industry veterans Dirk Tolsma and Pete Sittnick, Oakland’s Acre Kitchen & Bar offers a Mediterranean-style menu with selections like saffron risotto, grilled branzino and braised lamb sugo with polenta. Dessert options include a pineapple split with caramelized pineapple topped with crunchy Frosted Flakes cereal. The two-level former Oliveto Restaurant space, reimagined by local designer Doug Washington (Salt House), is adorned with 1970s orange glass pendants, a large-scale painting by local artist Donald Mitchell and recipe cards paying homage to former Oliveto owner Bob Klein. In a rush? Grab a bite from the all-day menu in the café on the first level (think wood-fired margherita pizzas). acrekitchenandbar.com
Inspired by the casual elegance of coastal Italy,
Bar Sprezzatura is a bustling lunch spot by day and aperitivo and cicchetti bar at night. Located in the Financial District, this new concept is a partnership from noted mixologist Carlo Splendorini and TableOne Hospitality. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, the boîte showcases creative twists on classic cocktails complemented by a menu of Italian plates. barsprezzatura.com
“Chaminade gives the feeling that we are away from it all, and yet all the delights of Santa Cruz are within reach, a mere 10 minutes away,” says Doug Lord, general manager of Chaminade Resort & Spa. The woodsy, 300-acre oasis dotted with three miles of hiking trails, an outdoor pool and tennis and pickleball courts has just unveiled nine new pool cabanas, including six premium shaded options equipped with living room-like amenities such as built-in L-shaped sofas, power outlets, overhead fans, and 43-inch outdoor televisions. Order from three special cabana menus ranging from the Cali Mexi, with Cutwater margaritas and homemade guacamole and salsa, to the Beach Body with a fresh fruit bowl and curried organic chicken wraps. chaminade.com
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April Gargiulo, founder of Vintner’s Daughter, struggled with her skin her entire life. Acne, discoloration, you name it—and she tried all the luxury products she read about in glossy magazines. She was alarmed to learn that these products had very little active ingredients and a lot of filler. “This was the genesis of Vintner’s Daughter,” explains the Napa Valley native, whose family founded Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville in 1992. “I wanted to build a true luxury skincare company that made products from the finest ingredients in the world, using time-honored techniques. I wanted to build a skincare company on the very same philosophical foundations and principles as fine winemaking.” She was and remains passionate about marrying her passion for winemaking with her desire to create the finest skincare products. Their signature Phyto Radiance Infusion of nutrient-dense botanicals (including nettle, alfalfa, calendula, dandelion and lavender) is present in the brand’s two hero products: Active Botanical Serum and Active Treatment Essence. The brand’s third product, Active Renewal Cleanser, has just debuted after three years of development. In a sea of brands that release a new product every month and expand into new categories annually, Vintner’s Daughter has been methodical and slow about how it launches these game-changing products. “Of course, creating product after product increases your sales, but we are not driven by revenue; we are driven by integrity and skin health,” says Gargiulo. vintnersdaughter.com
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Ancient relics link past and present in an age-old ceremonyBY EDWARD ESPITIA
It’s been 70 years since we’ve witnessed the coronation of a British royal. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II set out to modernize the historic ritual and bring it into the 20th century by inviting the world into Westminster Abbey via their televisions. The ceremony is full of symbolism and relics, including St. Edward’s Crown, made in 1661 for King Charles II. For King Charles III’s coronation this May, the cere mony will again be updated.
During the coronation, a hollow golden orb is placed in the right hand of the new monarch. A type of globus cruciger, the Sovereign’s Orb represents the sovereign’s power and is meant to remind the monarch that their power is derived from God. It is topped with a cross set with pearls, diamonds, a sapphire and an emerald. Bands of diamonds, sapphires, rubies and pearls divide the globe into three sections to represent the three known conti nents at the time it was designed by Sir Robert Vyner, the royal goldsmith, in 1661.
The Sovereign’s Sceptre with cross is one of the scepters used during the ceremony, and it symbolizes the king’s temporal power and good governance. Made in 1661 by Vyner, it was later modified to include the Cullinan I diamond, also known as the Great Star of Africa. The diamond is the largest cut colorless diamond in the world, weigh ing in at 530.2 carats. The rest of the scepter contains dozens of diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, rubies and spinels all set on a glittering gold rod.
The code name for King Charles III’s coronation is Operation Golden Orb. It is said the future monarch wants the event to represent a “modern 21st-century monarchy.” We will have to wait and see what changes will be made to the traditions of the nearly 1,000-year-old ceremony.