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A NEW DAY, A NEW WAY With great pleasure, I introduce you to the debut issue of Gio, a highly curated, luxuriously designed journal covering the finest things in life. Gio is created by a team of luxury specialists who have a keen eye for style, engineered for the digital space. We are beyond fortunate to have lauded celebrity photographer John Russo as our creative director; the world as seen through his lens is an amazing place. If you appreciate gorgeous imagery and design, and smart, sophisticated, witty writing, you are our kind of reader! From the hottest stars in Hollywood and inspiring philanthropists to jaw-dropping ultra-luxe resorts and cars to Michelinstarred restaurants, cool couture and cutting-edge fashion, beauty, spirits and everything else of-the-moment, you can count on Gio for engaging and relevant content. We know it, because we live it 365 days a year, from one corner of the globe to the other. If it doesn’t interest us, it won’t make it to our posts or pages. It’s that simple. That motto also speaks to our events. We’ve been to—and hosted— plenty. We know what’s interesting and what’s not. From intimate dinners to gala celebrations, movie premieres to launch parties, we’re an invite-only kinda group. Personally, I grew up in New York, spent time in Florida and Atlanta, and have called Beverly Hills, Los Angeles home since 2015. I absolutely love it! With a marketing degree followed by a JD, I jumped into practicing law (figured critical thinking, good communication and negotiation skills would serve me well) before turning my attention to magazine publishing almost two decades ago (time sure does fly!). Content curation was—and still is—my happy place (so is travel, but I’ll get to that in a moment). After 10 years as editor-in-chief of a buzzing city publication, the magazine’s parent company acquired a much larger company, and I was promoted to vice president/editorial director, travel and beauty editor. In that capacity, I helped expand the brand, eventually producing more than 60 magazine titles in 17 major cities (hundreds of issues a year!). And, with a passion for travel and beauty, I personally covered hundreds of luxury hotels, resorts and spas throughout the world, testing thousands of beauty products along the way. I left that company in 2016 to focus on content creation in the digital space, travel and wellness, and brand consulting. All of which led me directly to Gio! We have a great team—I thank each one of them so much for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. And I thank you for joining us. We hope you find pleasure in perusing the pages of our first full digital edition. Please share your favorites with your friends, family and network. Beyond flipping through our digital magazine, visit giojournal.com often for fresh stories, and come along on our journey by following us on Instagram @gio_journal.

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John Russo Gio Creative Director John Russo is one of the top celebrity photographers in the world. He’s spent more than two decades photographing the likes of Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Julianne Moore. His work has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar, and advertising campaigns for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Gucci. One of his current projects, 100 Making a Difference, is a book chronicling 100 philanthropists and humanitarians—including Malala Yousafzai, Maria Shriver, Drew Brees, Sugar Ray Leonard and Cindy Crawford—and the charities and causes they support. Originally from Ventnor, New Jersey, John now lives in West Hollywood, where he can often be found on the courts, perfecting his tennis game. @johnrussophoto Bonnie Davidson Gio Executive Editor Bonnie Davidson is a longtime journalist specializing in food, fashion, travel, arts and entertainment, and luxury lifestyle. Her current projects include producing web content for a milliner to the stars. The former editor-in-chief of a group of high-end publications for visitors to New York City, she also edited the official program of the Tony Awards; worked on staff at Cosmopolitan and GQ; and has contributed articles to national magazines, newspapers and websites. Along with her husband Michael, Bonnie recently relocated from Manhattan to New York’s glorious Hudson Valley, where her favorite locally grown apple is the Snap Dragon. Angela Fairhurst Angela Fairhurst is a veteran television and event producer, content creator and travel journalist. Luxury hotel bathroom obsessed, she began writing a column for PeterGreenberg.com that launched in March 2013, bringing the bathroom to the forefront of travelers minds. Two years ago, she added another column, Luxe Lodgings, focusing on special features in upscale hotels. Both are found at LuxeLavs. com, along with @JauntTV and JauntTV.com for experiential travel images, articles and video vignettes.

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Elina Fuhrman Elina Fuhrman is a CNN International journalist and documentary filmmaker, travel writer, plant-based chef, entrepreneur and author. Born in Moldova and educated both in Russia and the United States, she adopted a plant-based diet to conquer breast cancer, embraced her wellness and created her own blends of therapeutic soups inspired by ancient medicines and her world travels. Elina is founder and chef of Soupelina, a vegan healing soup delivery company, and author of Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse: Plant-Based Soups + Broths to Heal Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Transform Your Life. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, InStyle, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, SELF and other publications. @elinakfuhrman E.L. Cummings Actress, activist and journalist E.L. Cummings spent the past two years writing about her experience of breast cancer treatment. Her numerous television appearances include Astronaut Wives Club and the mini-series Madoff, and she founded Mittens for Detroit, a non-profit that provided mittens and gloves to homeless and in-need families in Detroit. She currently sits on the advisory board of Cancer Free Generation, a division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Her funny, heartfelt and always raw take on the roller coaster of cancer treatment can be found on Instagram. @ErinLCummings Erinn Valencich Los Angeles-based designer Erinn Valencich has a keen understanding of the classic California lifestyle. The granddaughter of a fine cabinetmaker and daughter of an architect, her approach to design underscores the importance of craftsmanship and livability. Erinn’s custom 90-piece furniture line, ERINN V, is handcrafted in California and available at fine to-the-trade showrooms around the country. In addition, her signature collaborations with lifestyle brands includes Baldwin’s new Hollywood Hills by Erinn V hardware collection. She’s been featured in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House Beautiful. @erinnvstyle Justin Miller Gio Production Director Justin Miller found his love for art and all things creative early in life. With a background in graphic design, photography and social media, he works as a photo producer in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he can be found anywhere but the beach.

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Krista Simmons Culinary travel writer and producer Krista Simmons creates content for Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and more through her digital production company, Fork in the Road Media. You may have seen her as a food judge or consultant on television shows such as Top Chef Masters, Knife Fight and Today. @kristasimmons

Ryan Carandang Ryan Carandang is a seasoned professional who is passionate and dedicated to his craft. For more than 15 years, he has gained experience in a wide variety of mediums, from traditional production to advanced digital design. Ryan has excelled as a leader by directing designers, artists, photographers and other creatives who trust his knowledge and expertise. Not only is he an outstanding leader, his continuous thirst for learning keep his ideas current and his skills sharp. He contributes at every level of the creative process. @rhinografix

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Tania Fares Born in Lebanon and raised in Paris, Tania Fares’ early interest in art was fueled by her uncle, an 18th-century art collector with whom she visited museums and discussed design, architecture and art. During an internship at Pierre Cardin’s studio, she fell in love with fashion, craftsmanship and the design process. Her commitment to support and champion fashion talent stems from her own experience setting up a fashion label which, in turn, led to the creation of the BFC Fashion Trust, a charity to help young designers and fashion graduates navigate the fashion landscape and create brands that can endure. Tania is a contributing editor for Vogue UK and coeditor of the book London Uprising 50 Designers One City.

Dawn McCoy Dawn McCoy has been described by Beverly Hills’ Mayor Lili Bosse as “Oprah before Oprah was Oprah.” A TV and podcast host, editor, writer, social media influencer, and food and lifestyle expert, she is a personality...and not just in a “TV personality” kind of way. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Traditional Home, Living Healthy, Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book and FabFitFun. Her inspiring foodmeets-celebrity podcast, “Dine & Dash with Dawn,” can be found on iTunes and Libsyn. @iamDawnMcCoy

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Jason Bush Jason Bush has been visually oriented since his childhood in Oklahoma, and he fell in love with photography while living in Chicago. He moved to Santa Barbara to study photography, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles for close to a decade.

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Jennifer Agress Miami-born writer and editor Jennifer Agress has a penchant for good food, a better martini and traveling every chance she gets. She is the editor of DiningOut Miami, and writes about luxury travel and dining for INDULGE Magazine, Haute Living, Time Out Miami, Orbitz and more. When she’s not trying a haute new restaurant or on a plane heading somewhere fabulous, she’s likely plotting her next adventure. @JenniferAgress

Pär Bengtsson Pär Bengtsson was born and raised in Sweden, where he split his time between metropolitan Stockholm and the rocky countryside of Eksjö. The dual influences of Stockholm’s busy, design-rich culture and the idyllic serenity of his family’s summer farmhouse helped shape his unique photographic style. Following an internship at Richard Avedon’s Manhattan studio, he returned to Stockholm, where he worked as an editorial photographer for magazines like Elle Décor and Lantliv. Life and marriage brought him to Dallas in 2003, and he and his wife now have two children. Pär’s body of work includes interiors, food and products. @parbengtsson1

Aja Mangum A freelance beauty and fashion editor, Aja Mangum’s work has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Pursuits, Men’s Fitness, Refinery29, Brides and more. Prior to freelancing, she held various titles during her 10-year tenure at New York magazine, and her final role was beauty and market editor.

Kate Jacobson Los Angeles-based writer and editor Kate Jacobson currently works as a digital content producer and social media manager for Ranker, an entertainment startup that covers everything from true crime to makeup. Before moving to L.A., she worked as a journalist for several major news publications, including the Chicago Tribune and South Florida’s Sun Sentinel. In addition, she works as a voiceover actress and has been featured in several national commercials.

Calee Killion A world traveler and wellness enthusiast based in Newport Beach, California, Calee Killion was born and raised in San Diego. She attributes her love of mountains and snowboarding to regular trips to Mammoth Mountain and Whistler (and an appreciation of aprés ski activities). A self-proclaimed Japanophile, she recently had a chance to float through Niseko’s famous champagne powder, and counts Tasmania, Rio, South Africa, Kerala and Biarritz as some of her other favorite (warm) international destinations. @caleebkill

Tas Limur A Los Angeles-based artist specializing in photography and video production, Tas Limur was born and raised in Bangladesh and he received his education in Manchester, U.K. before moving to the United States. When Tas is not behind a camera, he plays bass guitar in a progressive rock band called Kolm.

Bryan H. Carroll Bryan H. Carroll is a creative consultant, stylist and writer raised in Detroit, Michigan. He cultivated an affinity for style and taste as fashion assistant at GQ, then as visual coordinator of luxury watchmaker and design brand Shinola. Bryan is currently styling photoshoots and helping brands create and refine their image through his studio, Fair Enough LLC. You can find Bryan trying to emulate Roger Federer’s backhand on the tennis courts near his L.A. home. @bryanhcarroll

Rose Cefalu With two decades of experience in publishing, working as a photography editor and editor in chief, Gio Bookings Editor Rose Cefalu’s magazine credits include Emmy, Treats!, Flaunt, Detour, Motor Trend, Variety’s VLife and many more. She is founder of Racer Media Inc. and an adjunct faculty member at The Art Institute of California-Hollywood, where she teaches the business of photography and editorial photography. Rose makes an art out of multi-tasking.

Casey Robinson Casey Robinson is a Philadelphia-based lifestyle and food photographer. Through her marketing company, RSC Visuals (@rscvisuals), she creates web content for many restaurants and local businesses, and her photography has been published in Main Line Today, The Town Dish and top east coast food blogs.

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Kelly Brown Kelly Brown hails from Montreal, Canada, cut her fashion teeth in New York City and now resides in Los Angeles. She is an art director and stylist and has contributed her talents to a wide range of clients in the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Clients and publications include Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, Ralph Lauren, Amazon, Redken, Maybach and Atlantic Records.

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100 ............ WHERE TO STAY RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK 108 ...............................MAXIMUM COMFORT—LUXE LAVS 116..................................... RESTAURANT REPORT: NYC + LA 128 ..................................... PHILADELPHIA IS FOR FOODIES 132 ........................................... DIARY OF A GLOBETROTTER 142 ...................................................GLOBAL EXPANSION 2018 166 ............................................................. PEAK EXPERIENCES 172 .......................................... MANGIA, MANGIA IN MIAMI 176.............LUSH LIFE INSIDE THE HOUSE OF BACCARAT 184 ....................................BENTLEY: BRITISH REFINEMENT 190.............................................................. PARKED ON OCEAN 196 .............................................MINING HIS OWN BUSINESS

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y friends and I were lunching at Newcomb’s Ranch, a motorcycle and car aficionado hangout off Angeles Crest Highway in L.A., when Jay Leno rolled in. He got out of his single-seat race car with his phone, wallet and other belongings filling the chest pockets of his denim shirt. Why load up his shirt pockets when there was ample room in his jeans? Well, he was driving a Gordon Murraydesigned Rocket which barely has enough legroom in the Formula One-style cockpit for legs, let alone anything else. Here was a man sensibly using a detail of his clothing for function, rather than form.

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FUNCTIONAL FASHION Brunello Cucinelli, Louis Vuitton, and others make a statement with pockets for Spring/Summer 2018.

Coincidentally, several top designers took Spring/Summer ’18 as an opportunity to create and show pieces with utility. After seeing Leno, it made me appreciate this style all that much more. Runways featured an array of shirts and light jackets with two and four pockets—patch pockets, to be specific. At the Tod’s show, shirt jackets that appeared to be denim or canvas were actually made of treated leather, creating a rugged look with a luxurious handfeel. Junya Watanabe tapped Carhartt to manufacture his workwear pieces; every model who walked by seemed capable of making a small repair around my home. Brunello Cucinelli’s looks were sportier, shown on a monochromatic tennis court. I’m unsure if you could rip a serve wearing one of his safari-inspired jackets, but you’d have four pockets’ worth of snacks should you choose to watch a match instead. Armani, Louis Vuitton, Oliver Spencer and A.P.C. also showed pieces with design details that are useful, not contrived.

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In these turbulent times when fashion can seem frivolous, there’s something comforting in having a pocket for your notebook or short novella. Maybe you’re journaling or re-reading The Old Man and the Sea. A choice to wear a utilitarian piece signals the wearer is capable and competent. Leno’s pockets matched the purpose-built machines that filled the parking lot at Newcomb’s. Little did he know he was flaunting a Spring/Summer ’18 runway trend.

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“My First Night in Paris” January 20, 2018 6:53 p.m.

Paris Fashion Week! Every stylist’s dream. I drive by l’Arc de Triomphe on my way to check into the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel George V near the Champs-Élysées. It’s raining and gloomy, but that only adds to the romance. It’s my first time in Paris in 16 years and I feel exhilarated and full of anticipation.

Top fashion designers presented their sartorial creations on the catwalks during Spring-Summer 2018 Paris Couture Fashion Week (January 22-25, 2018). Renowned stylist Kelly Brown, however, says the real trend-defining looks were on display en plein air. From the courtyards of Dior to the rue in front of Chanel, fashionistas were spotted wearing faux fur in bright colors, whimsical headwear, architectural heels, metallic leather, sequins and beading, flowing dresses in ’50s silhouettes, and coats splashed with large-scale prints of birds and flowers. Impeccably dressed celebrities, models, editors, social media influencers and photographers were out in force. Olivia Palermo commanded attention in a fiery red jacket-and-culottes power suit. Lake Bell turned heads in an ankle-grazing camel poncho. Ç’est Magnifique!

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The concierge has made a reservation for us at Chez Monsieur, a charming little bistro, très traditionnel. I could happily eat their crusty baguette and salted butter all night, but then come the buttery escargots, salade de poireaux et champignons and, my favorite, terrine de foie gras de canard.

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We’re off to Hôtel Costes for drinks and people watching. We run into Isabel’s friend and client, a 20year old Mexican fashion influencer named Alex, and he invites us to sit at his table full of trust fund kids. We dive into a passionate discussion about influencers, blogging and the power of Instagram. I spy Orlando Bloom across the room and run into Bella Hadid in the ladies’ room. A young fan approaches Bella while she is touching up her makeup and asks her for a photo. Bella says she is flattered. Yes, of course. But later, please. No photos in the bathroom. She catches my eye in the mirror, laughs sweetly and says, “You won’t believe how often that happens.” The supermodel is utterly gracious. Next, we make our way to Raspoutine, a dingy basement nightclub with smoky red lighting and a private bathroom downstairs where some linger for a while. The crowd is interesting. Well-dressed men of all ages and hipsters. The industrial house music is a bit much for me. I’m surprisingly famished again.

2:30 a.m.

Isabel and I make our way to Brasserie L’Alsace, a 24hour French bistro close to my hotel. French onion soup, salade frisee aux lardons, a massive plate of every cut of pork and choucroute garnie. I’m almost ready for bed.

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While unpacking some floral-print samples delivered earlier by Proenza Schouler, I hear a knock at the door. Isabel Morales, the photographer hired to document my week in Paris, waltzes into my room, perfectly classic in her camel Massimo Dutti coat and Gucci horsebit loafers. Her Chanel red lipstick is flawless. A Mexican photographer living in Paris for the past three years, Isabel shoots a lot of fashion bloggers and is known for her street style photography. We immediately hit it off and start going over our game plan for the week.

We finish the night taking photos and boomerangs with the orchid and rose installations in the lobby of the Georges V, declare ourselves friends for life et à demain. Bisou, bisou. I fall asleep still wearing my makeup and a smile. J’adore Paris.


Actress Lake Bell in anklegrazing camel cape

Brazilian model Izabel Goulart in Valentino

Vogue Paris Editor-in-C hief Emmanuelle Alt

French stylist Melanie Huynh

German fashion influencer Caroline Daur in Gucci sunglasses with a Prada bag and shoes

Russian model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova

Fashionistas donning the coat du jour

Arrivals at Proenza Schouler

Style-setting sisters Chiara and Valentina Ferragni

Olivia Palermo in red power suit and Westward Leaning sunglasses


MAD PLAID for

Mod or traditional, there’s a print to suit any style - By Aja Mangum

Short sleeve shift dreshort sleeve with black tie & fray, $1,990, by Thom Browne at farfetch.com

Checked cut out back dress, $525, at alexachung.com Sunglasses, $149, at mcq.com

Clutch, $1,395, at missoni.com

Embroidered oversize shirt, $4,800, at gucci.com Devine shoulder bag, $1,511.86, at christopherkane.com

Plaid bucket bag, $1,280, by Miu Miu at bergdorfgoodman.com

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Stephanie mule, $445, at eugeniakim.com

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Laminated check trench coat, $2,595, at burberry.com

On the runway at the Hermes Spring Summer 2018 ReadyTo-Wear show at Paris Fashion Week

Checked double-breasted wool blazer, $537, by MSGM at matchesfashion.com


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Swing into spring with frisky fringe and tassels - By Aja Mangum Suede bomber with fringe, $5,400, at gucci.com

Attica soft fanny pack, $650, at alexanderwang.com Fringe sunglasses, $815, at stellamccartneycom

Short silk tassel earring, $390, at oscardelarenta.com

Small Anja bucket bag, $2,150, by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello at ysl.com

Skirt, $2,425 at longchamp.com

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Celeste clutch in ballet pink, $1,550, at jimmychoo.com Silk fringe skirt, price upon request, silk fringe top, price upon request and snakeskin sandal with cage heel, $1,390, all by Salvatore Ferragamo at 866.337.7242

Peanut Maldives woven leather tote, $1,090, by Michael Kors Collection at michaelkors.com

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LONDON STYLE

Mary Katrantzou Renowned for her unrivaled expertise in digital printing, Mary Katrantzou is the subject of “Mary, Queen of Prints,” a retrospective exhibit celebrating her 10th anniversary, currently on view at the Dallas Contemporary (through March 18). Originally from Greece, Katrantzou began her cross-disciplinary approach to fashion while studying architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design before earning a master’s degree in textile design and fashion in London. Her 2008 graduation show at Central Saint Martins featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewelry on jerseybonded dresses. Shortly after launching her label, she secured 15 international stockists including Colette and Joyce.

In a city where clothing is experimental and fresh young talent thrives, a new generation of designers joins the lineup of international fashion stars. By Tania Fares

As founder of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust and contributor to Vogue U.K., I am in the privileged position to spot, champion and nurture emerging designers. Six years ago, we founded the BFC Fashion Trust to provide support for designers as they take their fledgling businesses to the next level. Among the standouts are a trio of wonderfully talented women who I’ve grown particularly fond of over the years. All three—Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Illincic and Emilia Wickstead—traveled from distant corners of the world to study fashion design at London’s venerable Central Saint Martins, then stayed in England’s capital city to launch their businesses and establish themselves as leaders on the international fashion scene. Here, highlights from their Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collections.

Katrantzou’s innovative fabrics continues to evolve. Her experimentation with digital printing has led to an exploration of three-dimensional form as she works with knit and lace. Her latest collection for SS18 takes inspiration from childhood pastimes and revels in the notion that an innocent imagination has no limits. The result is high-end couture featuring flamboyant sequined textiles, blown-up silhouettes and laser-cut kitten heels that look like they are made of jelly. Everything is wildly colorful, evoking a sense of joy. Available globally at retailers in nine countries including in Browns, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London; Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S.; and online at marykatrantzou.com, net-a-porter.com and ModaOperandi.com


Emilia Wickstead

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The daughter of a dressmaker, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead moved to London to study fashion design and marketing. After graduation, she worked for Giorgio Armani, Proenza Schouler and Narciso Rodriguez, as well as at Vogue in New York. Upon her return to London in 2008, she established her own label, opened a made-tomeasure atelier and started a retail business. Her London Fashion Week debut came with her SS12 ready-to-wear collection. Wickstead’s understated glamour and fresh sophistication are deeply ingrained in what she calls her “classic with a twist” approach. The darling of London’s elite, she now counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger and the Duchess of Cambridge among her fans.

Roksanda Illincic made her debut during London Fashion Week in 2005, and spent the past 12 years growing her label, ROKSANDA, into a worldrenowned brand with four annual ready-to-wear collections, plus jewelry, bags and a five-year-old children’s wear line, Blossom. Originally from Serbia, Illincic studied architecture and applied arts at the University of Belgrade prior to her education in London. Modernist design is her primary inspiration, and it shows up in her structured silhouettes, bold colors and architectural textures.

In response to the visual saturation of our digital era, Illincic’s SS18 collection displays a certain rawness, with natural imperfections in the craftsmanship. Surprising splashes of white and earth tones mingle with her signature vibrant hues on softer, more fluid silhouettes. Sensual silk maxi dresses, shirts with ballooning sleeves and cool trouser suits are perfect for a confident woman unafraid to make a statement. Available globally at retailers in 40 countries including the flagship Roksanda boutique in London, Browns, Harrods and Harvey Nichols ; select Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, Julianne in Montecito and Stanley Korshak in Dallas; and online at net-a-porter.com and ModaOperandi.com

Wickstead’s SS18 Collection was inspired by the 1920s-style glamour of the legendary Cotton Club, the prohibition-era Harlem nightclub where sophisticates enjoyed performances by the best jazz musicians of the day. The signature Wickstead nipped waists and breezy gowns are still present, joined by translucent off-the-shoulder dresses, low-slung trousers and ample swooshing skirts that reflect a newfound sense of movement and ease. Available at retailers in 10 countries including the flagship Emilia Wickstead boutique, Browns, Harrods and Matches Fashion in London; Five Story New York; and online at net-a-porter.com and ModaOperandi.com, and coming soon to emiliawickstead.com


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FEMME FATALE

After an overwhelming success globally, Good Girl by Carolina Herrera debuted stateside in December 2017. Boasting key notes of tuberose, jasmine, tonka bean and cacao, the sensual, sweet, floral fragrance celebrates the complexity of the modern woman, with her good and devilishly good sides. 2.7 oz. for $115, at Carolina Herrera boutiques, Macy’s, macys.com and sephora.com

Beautiful inside and out, these Spring must-haves command attention. No need to put them away after every use— consider them counter candy.

PLUMP IT UP

BY BETH WEITZMAN

Dior Addict Lacquer Plump lip ink smoothly glides on eight hours worth of intense color and shine with an added bonus: it has a plumping effect. Sixteen gorgeous shades comprise the collection, available in April. #868 J’adior shown here, $37, Sephora and dior.com

“It’s a fascinating formula innovation. We succeeded in pushing the different effects of color and shine to the extreme with a plumping skincare formula and a second-skin texture that you’ll forget you’re wearing something at all.” —PETER PHILIPS,

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La Prairie’s scientists have done it again, this time with the introduction of White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire, a tone perfecting, luminescence building, super-luxe moisturizing cream that evens out skin tone by erasing dark spots and other discolorations. Thanks to what the brand calls a “powerful illuminating molecule,” results are noticeable within weeks. $695, available March 7 at laprairie.com, and March 15 at La Prairie counters

From NARS Spring 2018 Color Collection comes the perfect neutral for a springtime eye—the Galice Velvet Shadow Stick. Its versatile soft pewter color with polished shine is sure to be a season favorite. $29, at NARS Boutiques, narscosmetics.com, department and specialty stores

EXTREME FINISH

Create a striking look with Tom Ford’s SS18 Limited Edition Shadow Extrême ($36) in carbon black with gorgeous glitter finish. Apply SS18 Extrême Eye Gloss ($36) to add a lacquered, sleek second skin to your lids. At Tom Ford and tomford.com

“Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world.” —CAROLINA HERRERA DE BÁEZ, BRAND FOUNDER

SCENTS OF ZEN

A modern alchemist of the senses, Parisian parfumer The Harmonist borrows from the Asian philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, and relies on the five elements of feng-shui—water, wood, fire, metal and earth—to create 10 unisex, yin- and yang-inspired scents. Only the most precious natural ingredients, all ethically sourced and hand harvested by small producers in isolated regions, are used to create the line. Think absolute vanilla from Madagascar, tonka beans from Venezuela, patchouli from Indonesia, sandalwood from Australia, benjoin from Laos, lavender from Provence, vetiver from Haiti and ylang ylang from Mohéli. To identify your personal element—and find your ideal combination of fragrances—enter the date, hour and place of your birth using The Harmonist’s Destiny Management tool. With the proper scent, you can attract wisdom, prosperity, seduction, creativity, prestige or any other energy you may seek. The new collection of Yin and Yang travel-size perfumes make it possible to take the experience of harmony with you, no matter where you may roam. $325 per set, available at theharmonist.com and Harmonist boutiques in Los Angeles and Paris The Yin Collection (shown here) Guiding Water (Yin Water) Hypnotizing Fire (Yin Fire) Magnetic Wood (Yin Wood) Metal Flower (Yin Metal) Royal Earth (Yin Earth) The Yang Collection Sacred Water (Yang Water) Velvet Fire (Yang Fire) Golden Wood (Yang Wood) Matrix Metal (Yang Metal) Desired Earth (Yang Earth)


BLING onICE More precious than time itself, handcrafted pieces from iconic American jewelry house David Webb rock our world.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY { JOHN RUSSO STYLING BY{ CORY B SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE, BEVERLY HILLS (A FOUR SEASONS HOTEL)

All items available at DavidWebb.com New York boutique (212.421.3030) | Beverly Hills boutique (310.858.8006)

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MANHATTAN MINIMALISM CUFF: 98-carat aquamarine, brilliant-cut diamonds, white enamel, 18K gold and platinum, price upon request MANHATTAN MINIMALISM NECKLACE: Brilliant-cut diamonds, white enamel, 18K gold and platinum, $78,000

CROSS RIVER RING: Purple and pink sapphire, brilliant-cut diamonds, 18K white gold and platinum, price upon request

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FISH BRACELET: Emeralds, brilliant-cut diamonds, white enamel, 18K gold and platinum, price upon request

OCEAN SONG EARRINGS: Brilliant-cut diamonds, emeralds and turquoise drops, 18K gold and platinum, $87,000

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GRAND CENTRAL RING: Cabochon opal, brilliant-cut diamonds, green enamel, 18K gold and platinum, $52,000 MANHATTAN MINIMALISM RING: Fluted coral, brilliant-cut diamonds, white enamel, 18K gold and platinum, $28,000

NECKLACE: South Seas cultured pearls, brilliant-cut diamonds, 18K gold and platinum, price upon request HEAD LAMP EARRINGS: Brilliant-cut diamonds, hammered 18K gold and platinum, $78,000

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MIDNIGHT NECKLACE: Carved rock crystal links, brilliant-cut diamonds, 18K white gold and platinum, price upon request

TWILIGHT BRACELET: Carved rock crystal, brilliant-cut diamonds, 18K white gold and platinum, $86,000 ENVELOPE RING: Carved rock crystal, baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds, 18K white gold and platinum, $38,000

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CROSSOVER BRACELET: Fluted and hammered 18K gold, $36,000 FOURSOME CUFF: Amethyst and hammered 18K gold, $63,000; ESCARGOT BRACELET, $41,500

STEP PYRAMID COLLAR: Hammered 18K gold, $58,000

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ESSENTIAL EXTRACT

Inspired by roses, peonies and other precious flowers, a bouquet of fresh pink makeup and skincare products is in full bloom.

BUDDING beauty BY BETH WEITZMAN

The latest addition to Lancôme’s iconic Absolue line—which was created by the brand’s founder Armand Petitjean in 1965—is Absolue Precious Cells Rose Drop Night Peeling Concentrate, formulated with three powerful rose extracts. The nourishing oil works as you sleep to exfoliate and advance cell renewal, promoting a smoother, more youthful complexion. $110, at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com, Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com

ON THE GO

Part of a trio of Dior’s most iconic fragrances reimagined in a new form, Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Roller-Pearl is a glide-on fragrance that clings to the skin and lasts for hours. The delicate fragrance pays homage to Christian Dior’s love of flowers, with a joyful red berry accord highlighting a sensual bouquet of peony, musk and Damascene and Grasse roses. The versatile, slim and spill-proof bottle is perfect for tossing into a mini Lady Dior bag. $48, Dior counters and dior.com

COLORFUL COLLABORATION

From the Padma Lakshmi capsule collection for M∙A∙C comes a gorgeous matte lipstick in Mittai Pink (hot fuchsia). In true M∙A∙C form, the bright color glides on with ease, commanding attention. $17.50 at M∙A∙C boutiques, counters and maccosmetics.com

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This April, Givenchy relaunches its Le Vernis Nail Polish collection with a redesigned brush, exclusive new one-coat formula and 10 new hues—from neutrals to perky pinks to daring reds—which match the brand’s 10 best-selling lip shades. Shown here is Fuchsia Irresistible No. 05. $24, at Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com, Barneys New York and barneys.com

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“Roses help calm your mind and spirit, and can do amazing things for skin,” says Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of AERIN. True to her word, she introduces a two-in-one product for lips and cheeks, Rose Day Lotion & Multi-Color. Infused with AERIN Beauty’s exclusive Rose Complex scent, this spring must-have combines a silky gel, hydrating daily moisturizer (a great makeup base with eight-hour hydration power) with a multi-purpose, universally flattering and easy to blend color cream. $55, at select retailers and AERIN.com

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Known for their forward-thinking Opening Ceremony boutiques and, more recently, as co-creative directors for Kenzo, Los Angeles natives Humberto Leon and Carol Lim introduce a flirty eau de toilette as the third in their Kenzo World fragrance collection. The playful, fruity floral is built around notes of peony with almond blossom, pear and iris absolute. $72 for 50ml, $87 for 75 ml, at Bloomingdale’s and bloomingdales.com

A staple in any well-stocked makeup bag is Lip Cover by NARS. The release of the cult-followed brand’s Spring 2018 Color Collection comes complete with four limited-edition, high-pigment shades. The perfectly creamy (not sticky) full coverage gloss, shown here in Summer Fire (pink mauve), is soft and sexy. $28, at NARS Boutiques, narscosmetics. com, department and specialty stores

Fresh’s wildly popular Sugar Advanced Therapy lip treatment, which enhances volume, provides 24-hour moisture and smooths out wrinkles, is now available in sheer pink. Wear it solo for a deeply nourishing, age-defying hint of tint, or as a base under your favorite gloss or lipstick for sun protection and richer color. $26, at Fresh shops, counters, fresh.com, Sephora, sephora.com, Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com and Blue Mercury,

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In the morning and evening, just a few drops of Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil from Biossance—maker of sustainable beauty products formulated without synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil—instantly pumps up radiance. Key ingredient squalane is derived from 100-percent plant-based, renewable sugarcane, and provides weightless hydration. Meanwhile, an oil-soluble, stable form of Vitamin C (50 times more powerful than ascorbic acid) brightens the skin, and rose oil helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. $72, biossance. com and sephora.com.

Oh-so-coveted Swiss beauty brand La Prairie amps up the fight against signs of aging with its recent release of Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, a luxurious night serum with a subtle scent of rose that boosts collagen growth and skin cell renewal. $1,200, at La Prairie counters and laprairie.com

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TWO TIMES A LADY

Bowing in March, Elisabethan Rose No. 2 honors Penhaligon’s 1984 original with a distinctive blend of softness and strength. At its heart, red lily, rose centifolia oil and heavenly rose absolute mingle with hazelnut leaf, which adds a touch of outdoorsy freshness, complemented by a delicate ting of cinnamon and almond oil, and finished with vetiver, wood and musk. $181 for 3.4 oz/100ml, at Penhaligon’s and penhaligons.com

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MIU MIU L’EAU ROSÉE

Reveal your essential self through fabulously fragrant offerings from beloved fashion and beauty brands.

The Scent:

BY BETH WEITZMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN RUSSO

Key Notes:

Fresh floral

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Youthful, sassy and spirited, the soft floral scent is a new take on brand faves Miu Miu Eau de Parfum and Miu Miu L’ Eau Bleu—fun in a matelassé bottle just waiting to come out and play.

Blackcurrant, lily of the valley, cassis buds, musk

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3.4 oz./100 ml eau de toilette for $105, at sephora.com, Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

TOM FORD EAU DE SOLIEL BLANC The Scent:

Fresh floral, citrus

The Allure:

From its architectural packaging to its super sexy scent, we can’t get enough of Tom Ford’s newest scent. Think of it as a chic vacation in a bottle with a perfect combination of sun, fun and florals—refreshingly intoxicating and absolutely addictive.

Key Notes:

Orange bitter, vert de bergamot, petitgrain bigarde, pink peppercorn, cardamom, ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose, pistachio accord, coco de mer accord, amber vanilla

Details:

3.4 oz./100 ml eau de toilette for $171, at Tom Ford, tomford.com, Sephora, sephora.com

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Light and delicate. Spritz, then close your eyes allow the aroma of wisteria blossoms to transport you to a magical place. That’s exactly what NEST founder Laura Slatkin intended with the creation of this swoon-worthy fresh scent.

Key Notes:

French wisteria, Bulgarian rose, Imperial jasmine

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NEST WISTERIA BLUE COLLECTION

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1.7 oz./50 ml eau de parfum for $72, at Sephora, sephora. com, nestfragrances.com 66

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CREED WHITE AMBER The Scent:

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The launch of a new Creed fragrance is a special occasion. As fans including royals, politicos, artists and Hollywood celebs know, a Creed scent launches when it’s ready, and not a moment before. The distinguished house’s latest, White Amber, is the sixth fragrance to debut in the Les Royales Exclusives Collection. Reflecting the vividness of amber, an exquisite hand-crafted glass bottle encases the decadent fruity, floral and feminine scent.

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Amber, vanilla, fruity accord, absolute jasmine, sandalwood, floral accord, benzoin

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2.5 oz./75 ml eau de parfum for $545, at Creed Boutiques (new location opening in Beverly Hills), creedboutique.com, Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com

BOTTEGA VENETA KNOT EAU ABSOLUE The Scent:

Oriental, floral

The Allure:

It’s been four years since we began to swoon over Bottega Veneta’s Knot eau de parfum. For spring, the fashion house introduces Knot Eau Absolue, a floral chypre exuding refinement and sensuality. The rich fragrance is contained in a dark golden flacon topped by an iconic gold knot.

Key Notes:

Lavender, jasmine, sweet myrrh, orange blossom

Details:

2.5 oz./75 ml eau de toilette for $160, at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com

MARC JACOBS EAU SO FRESH TWINKLE The Scent: Fruity floral

The Allure:

The distinct and creative packaging is enough to make you want this seasonal beauty in your collection. But the sparkling, dreamy scent will captivate and leave you—and everyone around you—wanting more.

Key Notes:

Sparkling raspberry, violet flower, wild rose blossoms, crème de cassis

Details:

2.5 oz./75 ml eau de toilette for $96 at Sephora, sephora.com, Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com


LA FEMME PRADA L’EAU

MON GUERLAIN FLORALE

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Fresh, floral

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3.4 oz./100 ml eau de toilette for $120, at Macys and macys.com

Key Notes:

Jasmine, lavender, vanilla, album sandalwood

Details:

3.4 oz./100 ml eau de parfum for $124, at sephora.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com, Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com

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Stella’s original Peony fragrance is back! This time around, the fragrance’s alluring sensuality captures the aroma and beauty of a late spring English garden abloom with the flowering plant for which it is named. With a rose-like feminine quality, it’s playful and vibrant. The signature Stella bottle represents the juxtaposition of the scent’s floral and fiery notes. True to the brand’s ethos, the fragrance is sustainably produced.

Key Notes:

Peony, pepper, amber, mandarin, freesia, lotus flower, geranium

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Tuberose, patchouli, ylang ylang, green frangipani flower, mandarin essence

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Housed in the brands iconic Quadrilobe bottle, Mon Guerlain Florale is a luxuriously feminine scent for today’s modern women— as remarkable as the one who wears it. She’s powerful and in control, and it makes perfect sense that Angelina Jolie is the face of the scent. Imagine a fresh bouquet of white flowers showering your skin with gorgeous sambac jasmine. So Mon Guerlain.

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Debuting a third signature scent to the fashion house’s prized family of parfums, which includes Classic and Intense, is La Femme Prada L’Eau. The seductively fresh scent captivates with a hint of oriental, underscored by earthiness and gorgeous packing with baby pink signature Saffiano leather and golden metal bottle.

Fresh Oriental

STELLA MCCARTNEY STELLA PEONY

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3.4 oz./100 ml eau de toilette for $90, at Sephora, sephora. com, stellamccartney.com

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VIKING BY CREED The Scent:

Spicy, citrus, rich wood

The Allure:

Spice up your Spring with this curated mix of fragrance that speaks to the many facets of today’s modern man.

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A distinctive fiery scent for the distinguished gentleman, citrus top notes open up the scent with its spicy rose heart atop sandalwood and patchouli base notes. The first new men’s fragrance from Creed since 2010 is well-balanced, indeed. The bottle, with its vibrant red textured design, shows off the scent’s inspiration—a 9th-century long ship, representing perseverance and voyage. Designed in partnership with long-time House of Creed collaborator Pochet de Courval, the vessel was created with the nearly 400-year-old luxury glassmaker’s signature handcrafted process.

Key Notes:

Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, La Réunion baie rose, Bulgarian rose, peppermint, Indian sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, Indian patchouli and lavandin absolute

Details:

3.4 oz./100 ml eau de parfum for $495, at Creed boutiques, creedboutique.com, Neiman Marcus, neimanmarcus.com

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GENTLEMAN BY GIVENCHY PRADA LUNA ROSSA CARBON The Scent: ISSUE No. 1

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Rich, woody, fiery

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Part of the The Prada Luna Rossa collection, this seductive aromatic Fougère scent seamlessly merges nature with technology via steam-distilled botanicals and synthetic materials. The flacon, with its architecturally sleek design, will look as good on your dresser as it smells on your skin.

If you are among the many that fell head over heels for Gentleman Eau de Toilette, just wait until you smell its new nocturnal brother—Mr. Eau de Parfum. Magnetic and seductive, this scent embodies the modern-day man who appreciates and takes hold of the night. The opaque, lacquered black bottle with transparent underside is almost as irresistible as the scent.

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Italian bergamot, lavender, geranium, patchouli, heliotrope and ambroxan

1.7 oz./50 ml eau de toilette for $66, at Macy’s, macys.com, Sephora and sephora.com

Iris pallida, patchouli essence, black pepper, balms and black vanilla

3.4 oz./100 ml eau de parfum for $100, at Bloomingdale’s and bloomingdales.com


COLONIA PURA BY ACQUA DI PARMA The Scent:

Light, fresh, floral

The Allure:

Worldly, energetic and contemporary, Acqua di Parma’s newest fragrance, Colonia Pura is a fresher, lighter take on the Italian brand’s iconic Colonia fragrance. Pure, sexy and sophisticated, we can’t get enough of this seductive scent.

Key Notes:

Bergamot, orange, delicate petit grain, coriander, jasmine sambac absolute, narcissus absolute, cedarwood, patchouli and white musk

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Crisp, spicy, woody oriental

Make a statement with this aromatic, spicy scent, part of the stately Penhaligon’s Portraits series. The distinctive bottle, filled with a mysterious and seductive stop-youin-your-tracks scent, sits proudly on any dresser. Simply unforgettable.

Key Notes:

Crisp, floral, woody

As enchanting as spending an afternoon wandering through a villa garden in Veneto when violets are in bloom, the unisex floral, woody accord comes in a flacon inspired by Venetian glasswork. Both flacon and top are wrapped with intrecciato accents, and the coffret box is embossed with the same.

Orris, sandalwood, lemon, pink pepper, benzoin, cinnamon, tonka bean and patchouli

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2.5 oz./ 75 ml eau de parfum for $250, at Penhaligon’s, penhaligons.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com

Violet, woods, musk

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ZEGNA ELEMENTS OF MAN: THE LIFE COLLECTION The Scent:

Strength: Woodsy, Oriental, gourmand Wisdom: Vivid citrus Integrity: Crisp, woodsy, Oriental Talent and Passion: Crisp, dry woods, fiery

The Allure:

A compelling curated collection of five commanding blends for today’s sophisticated man, representing the attributes of strength, passion, integrity, talent, wisdom. Choose a scent that matches your mood each day. The packaging elegantly showcases style elements for which the fashion house is famous.

Key Notes:

Strength Tobacco leaves, golden honey, apricot, agarwood, smoke, pine needles, musk Passion Olibanum, rum, cognac, saffron, smber Integrity Clary sage, pink pepper, pimento berries, African geranium, amber

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3.4 oz./100 ml concentre de parfum for $220 each, at Zegna, zegna.com, Bloomingdale’s and bloomingdales.com

The Scent:

Fresh, woody

The Allure:

Seductive and addictive, the fashion house’s third signature scent (after Classic and Intense) captivates with its notes iris and amber, and gorgeous packaging encassed in blue signature Saffiano leather with silver metal bottle and cap. This modern take on a classic scent is partner to La Femme Prada L’Eau for her.

Key Notes:

Amber, iris, red ginger, neroli, cedar and sandalwood

Details:

3.4 oz./100 ml eau de toilette for $98, at Macys and macys.com

Fresh, citrusy

The Allure:

This is iconic Polo Blue with an amped up dose of energetic freshness. Everything about this scent exudes a spirit of sport, adventure and the Polo brand. The masculine scent is composed with a pair of patented molecules, artical and ambertonic, used together for the first time in a fragrance to create long-lasting crispness.

Key Notes:

Cedrat lemon, bergamot, artical, basil verbena, sage, juniper, ambertonic, vibrant woods, salty mineral accord

Details:

4.2 oz/125ml eau de toilette, for $86, available at Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com and select retailers

The Scent:

Fresh, citrusy, woody

The Allure:

A light and refreshing take on the beloved classic fragrance, and the first fresh scent in the collection, the blue juice is reflective of its bright and vibrant character, just like the man who wears it. The aroma, an inspiration to today’s modern man to take a moment to reflect and refocus as he climbs up his goal-oriented ladder; to others, it’s as sexy as the face to the campaign, Chris Hemsworth.

Key Notes:

Citrus fruit, apple, tonic ginger, cinnamon, woody notes

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Wisdom Italian mandarin, winter lemon, green verbena, coriander leaf, french lavender, neroli, musk

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Talent Asian yuzu, sichuan pepper, bergamot, black tea, patchouli, cedarwood

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GENDER

fluid

Re-imagining scents as pins on a globe, creative visionary Miuccia Prada and perfumer Daniela Andrier are introducing Les Mirages Miracle of the Rose, Soleil au Zenith and Dark Light—three additions to the iconic, unisex Prada Olfactories collection. “To decide that a woman should smell like caramel and a man should smell more fresh is simply a cultural cliche,” says Andrier. Neither feminine nor masculine, each distinctive fragrance is thoughtfully formulated from elegant and exotic ingredients, intended to provoke a flurry of fantastical thoughts and, according to Andrier, “evoke a flash of different images, like those that come to you in dreams… more colorful and more inventive than reality.” 3.4 fl oz. for $300, available at select Prada Boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue and saks.com

OUD MINÉRALE BY TOM FORD The Scent:

Spicy, woodsy, fresh

The Allure:

Part of the designer’s private blend collection, this sexy oud is a juxtaposition of ocean aromas and fiery woods.

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Les Mirages’ Prada Olfactories are beautifully packaged in midnight blue-tinted glass flacons topped by black Saffiano-textured caps with golden plaques bearing the Prada emblem and fragrance name. Each bottle comes in a protective silk pouch featuring a graphic expression, reflective of the scent’s individuality, in bold Prada prints and color combinations with an appliqued Prada insignia.

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Salty seaweed, pink peppercorn, oud blend, styrax, ambergris accord, fir balsam

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a. Nothing makes me want to host a fête like this stunning tableware collection from Hermès. Part South of France, part Greek isles, this casual-luxe collection makes a statement all year long.

MARINE

blue

The cool, calm, comforting color of the ocean—whether splashed on dazzling gem stones or items of home decor—is making waves right now. Deep, bright, bold variations mixed with neutrals is also something I love.

e. I love pretty bottles in the bathroom that work with a design scheme. Acqua Di Parma makes a gorgeous range of colors. This Blu is a personal favorite. . f. A luscious cashmere throw is the perfect accent at the foot of the bed or tossed on the back of a chaise or sofa.

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b. Reflecting Hublot’s technical innovation and bold aesthetic, the Big Bang Meca-10 Blue Ceramic mechanical watch is one of the coolest I’ve seen.

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c. Sapphires are back. I love the sapphire and diamond color palette for this Panthère ring by Cartier. Just as amazing worn with jeans or a gown.

d. Pillows should feel good, and I love the glow from this luxurious velvet from Arianna Belle.

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g. This striking blue mirror is a work of art. I love the glass birds for a dimensional twist. Add additional birds to the wall for an inspiring installation.

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a. Hermes Bleus d’Ailleurs Dinnerware, prices vary at hermes.com // b. Big Bang Meca-10 Blue Ceramic in a 45 mm case. Anti-allergy, tamper-proof, stainless steel, price upon request, hublot.com // c. Panthère de Cartier High Jewelry ring. Platinum, sapphires, emeralds, onyx, diamonds. Available by appointment only at select Cartier boutiques. Price upon request, 800.CARTIER. // d. Arianna Belle Marine Blue Pillow, $92 at ariannabelle.com

h. Art glass is making a big comeback among collectors, and this contemporary piece by Liam Reeves just glows.

e. Acqua Di Parma - Blu Mediterraneo, $56 at neimanmarcus.com // f. Daya Cashmere Throw in Ultramarine Blue, $598.80 at oyuna.com // g. Celestial Mirror from Vessel Gallery, featuring Lukeke Glass Birds by Jacomb and Rutecki, $4,861.50. Available in bespoke colors and sizes at vesselgallery.com // h. High Frequency, free-blown glass cobalt blue with threading by Liam Reeves, 23.5cm H, 20.50cm W. Price available upon request at vesselgallery.com


a. Bring attention to your space with glamorous marblized wallpaper.

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MARBLE

e. Flowers in a marble vase are the most elegant. Never see stems again.

Swirls and veins that naturally form in marble before its mined from the earth are appearing on various surfaces, even many that are not made of the metamorphic rock. From upholstery fabric to bone china, wallpaper to French terry cotton, everything is getting stoned. - By Erinn V.

f. I designed and built this home on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with the intention of creating a warm modern atmosphere. The carved marble fireplace is the center-point of the living room and dining room.

g. No two pieces are alike in this luxurious dinnerware collection by Prouna. I love this mixed with pinks for spring, and charcoal and gold make a winter tableau.

h. I love a chic LBT‌ little black tray, that is. This marble beauty from Waterworks is perfectly at home on a desk or a vanity

b. I saw this chair in a museum in Paris and fell in love. The marble-look fabric tricks the eye.

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c. Tom Ford sunglasses are always chic, and this gray marble finish is everything.

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d. The hippest kids are rocking marble, too.

a. White Marble Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, $299/roll at nlxl.com // b. Louis XV goest to Sparta Chair, $6,459 at contextgallery.com // c. Eric Sunglasses in Striped Grey, $340 at tomford.com, Tom Ford Las Vegas and Tom Ford New York // d. DLK Marble Sweater, $50 at designlifekids.com

e. Marble Venice Fog Vase, Fine Bone China by Prouna, $425 at saksfifthavenue.com // f. Design by Erinn V. Design Group, Custom Furnishings by ERINN V., price upon request, Carved Marble via Soli Stone, price upon request, all at erinnvdesigngroup.com // g. Marble Venice Fog Four Piece Setting, Fine Bone China by Prouna, $125, at michaelcfina.com // h. Waterworks Studio Luna Black Marble Tray, $75 at neimanmarcus.com


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From Italy, With Love

erica PELOSINI

Despite her newfound amore for L.A., Erica Pelosini still holds a place in her heart for tutto italiano.

Destination: Capri

“Capri is a magic place for me. It’s where I got married in 2016.”

Clothing Brand: Roberto Cavalli

“I grew up with Roberto Cavalli. His son Daniele is a very close friend of mine and my neighbor in the city! I always loved their prints and dresses.”

Shoe Designer: Gianvito Rosso

“Almost all my friends are shoe designers, so it’s hard for me to pick one. Gianvito Rossi is so

Visionary Italian fashion stylist, editor, creative director and brand ambassador for the likes of Christian Louboutin and Mary Katrantzou, Erica Pelosini’s work—from high glamour to understated elegance—has been splashed across international fashion magazines, such as Harper’s Bazaar (U.K. and U.S.), Vogue (Spain, Brazil, Netherlands, Japan, Mexico) and L’Officiel (Paris, Russia and Italy). The style star’s current projects include developing video content for brands like Hugo Boss, as well as online platforms Farfetch and Nowness. After living in Florence, London, New York City and Paris, she and her husband, Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman, now call Beverly Hills home. From their abode overlooking the famous Hollywood sign, Pelosini continues her philanthropic work for LACMA and a soon-to-be-announced project with amfAR. On the following page, la italiana nativa shares some favorite people, places and things in her dolce vita. @ericapelosini

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Louis Leeman just expanded to women’s shoes after designing for many of the big Italian maison. Lucky girl!”

Jewelry Designer: Bulgari

“I love my engagement ring!”

Handbag Designer: “I’m launching my own. Stay tuned!”

Actress: Sophia Loren Model: Mariacarla Boscono Place to spend alone time: Palazzo Pitti Florence Hotel: Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Il San

Pietro di Positano in Positano and Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany

Restaurant: Il Riccio in Capri Dish: Spaghetti Pomodorini Gialli at Lo Scoglio in

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Singer/Musician: Andrea Bocelli

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CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME Irena Medavoy fosters hope for the future through her selfless work with A Sense of Home. BY { KATE

JACOBSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY { JOHN RUSSO In 2014, noteworthy philanthropist Irena Medavoy’s two friends, Melissa Goddard and Georgie Smith, reached out to her for help. They were starting A Sense of Home, a non-profit with the mission of providing support to the thousands of underprivileged young adults who, having never been adopted, “age out” of the Los Angeles County foster care system every year. The task in front of them—to fill former foster youths’ first-ever homes with furniture and household items—seemed impossible. “I live to the do the impossible,” declares Medavoy. In Los Angeles County alone, there are 28,000 children in the foster care system, and nearly 2,000 young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who rely on county services after they’ve grown too old to stay in the system. Those who are lucky enough to have a roof over their heads often wind up sleeping on bare floors, staring at blank walls and keeping their belongings in big garbage bags.

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“Age-out foster youth are the hidden wound in our country. As soon as I heard about the program, I knew I had to become involved,” says Medavoy, who does fundraising and public relations, rallies her friends to donate unwanted furniture and necessities, raises money, and connects people in the entertainment world with the charity. One of her proudest moments was creating a campaign for the organization around the hit song “Home” by Phillip Phillips.

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Seeing recipients of A Sense of Home’s services thrive and go on to lead productive lives (some eventually become employees of the program) is tremendously rewarding. “They are my heroes,” says Medavoy. “How do you feel when you change one life for the better? Then multiply it by people who have never had their own home, their own bed, and see what it does for your community and your heart.” In the future, Medavoy and the staff hope to open additional chapters elsewhere in California and throughout the U.S. “I want to see it become a movement,” she says. “Every young person deserves a sense of home to achieve their potential. So before you throw out your old bed, chair or drinking glasses, think about donating these cast-offs to people who deserve a chance in life, the same that you were given. You will never be the same in your soul.” asenseofhome.org


A CLASS ACT High school social studies teacher Nicholas Ferroni’s (@nicholasferroni) agenda includes LGBTQ rights, gender equality, teacher appreciation and student empowerment. BY { BONNIE

DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY { JOHN RUSSO Activist, award-winning educator and historian Nicholas Ferroni—named People’s “Sexiest Teacher Alive” in 2014—is so much more than just another handsome face. The high school social studies teacher in Union, New Jersey has been widely recognized for his unwavering commitment to education reform; for developing a Teach the Truth campaign to make the history curriculum more inclusive of minority voices; and for being a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights and gender equality. Above all, he inspires and mentors his students with deep compassion and concern for their wellbeing. “There is not a more noble profession than being a teacher,” says Ferroni. “So many students come to school for so much more than just an education. It’s not just school, it’s sanctuary. I love history and think it is essential to life, but my main focus is to ensure that all my students feel safe, accepted and empowered. I have a unique platform to celebrate teachers and advocate for students, especially LGBTQ and minority students.”

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A former actor, Ferroni’s resume includes a recurring role on ABC’s All My Children in 2009. Plus, his ripped physique earned him a place on the Men’s Fitness list of “25 Fittest Men in the World” in 2011. Still, he prefers the classroom over the spotlight, and his dedication continues to garner recognition. In 2017, he was the recipient of three honors: the Human Rights Campaign’s Upstander Award for his public advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community; the American Conference on Diversity’s Diversity in Education Champion Award for his focus on the contributions of minorities throughout history; and a special award from the Foundation for Gender Equality for being a tireless feminist and champion of equal rights for all.

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“Even Whoopi Goldberg praised me as a teacher, which was pretty surreal,” he says. “I have always been outspoken in matters of injustice. Early on, I dedicated my life to helping others. During my first few years as a teacher, I realized that I have to not only educate students, but also fight for their education.” His greatest reward comes when students thank him and recognize how much he truly cares about them. “It’s those small moments that truly matter the most in the end. I’ve had the pleasure of helping many of my amazing students get one step closer to pursuing their dreams. Every time I see a student shine, it makes everything I do and all the hard work worth it.” Ferroni’s current initiatives include a history project focusing on forgotten figures throughout history. He’s also speaking up on behalf of his colleagues by launching Teacher Appreciation 365, a campaign to “celebrate educators and help pass legislation that will increase the amount of money that teachers can write off on their taxes for school supplies from $250 to $1,000. Teachers give so much to their students and get so little in return,” he explains. “That needs to change. If you want to do something special for someone, take five minutes and thank a former teacher who truly affected you. It’s so minor, yet it would make their day. Not enough people do it.”


SUPERWOMEN, UNITE Actress Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) and friends have joined forces to launch Shethority (@shethority), a community devoted to female empowerment. BY { JENNIFER

AGRESS PHOTOGRAPHY BY { JOHN RUSSO Personally and professionally, Caity Lotz is a strong woman. She plays a crime-fighting superhero on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, and she earned a “Most Promising Newcomer” nod at the British Independent Film Awards for starring as a sentient robot in The Machine. Earlier in her career, Lotz sang with girl group Soccx and performed high-energy, militaristic dance moves when she toured with Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne. Born and raised in San Diego, Lotz grew up doing martial arts. No wonder she does her own superhero stunts. In a recent demonstration of strength, Lotz and other actresses on television series based on DC comic books launched Shethority, an initiative to help women across the globe become leading ladies of their own lives. An online and social media community, it’s where anyone who identifies as a woman can have a safe place to discuss and conquer issues affecting their life.

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The six-month-old initiative has nearly 85K followers on Instagram; a website will follow later this year. Shethority T-shirts are for sale. Lotz wants the platform to encourage women to share their journeys, challenges, triumphs and inspirations, and to build a community of women who challenge and empower themselves and each other. “Society has often pinned women against each other, and it can really keep us, our families and our communities from reaching our full potential. Confiding in one another was so powerful for us that we wanted to extend this circle of support to other women,” Lotz says. “So support other women. Seek other women’s support. Women are incredibly powerful, especially when they band together. When you are tapped into that collective power, you’ve stepped into your Shethority.”

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As women all over the world are coming together to stand up for themselves, fight against workplace harassment and sexual assault, and take a more commanding lead in politics, business and society, Lotz maintans that women have to level the playing field with men—not strive to overshadow them. “I don’t know if I think of it as now being ‘the time for women,’ because that implies it’s not for men,” she says. “Attacks on women’s rights has made it so that we can no longer remain passive, and having more women in positions of power has allowed us to make sure our voices are heard. We are impassioned and we are united. I also think there are a lot of sympathetic men who are willing to listen and join the fight now, because they see it too and they want their wife, mother or daughter to live in a more equal society.”

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The name is a mashup of the words “she” and “authority,” because Lotz and the other founders of the project conceived it for women harnessing their power and strength to have full authority over themselves, and women helping other women to do the same. The initiative is rooted in self love, confidence and community building, and it was inspired by the #MeToo movement. “While we were shooting crossover episodes, us girls from all of the DC shows got to spend a lot of time together, and we found ourselves getting into some pretty deep conversations about things we deal with professionally and personally as women,” Lotz says. “It was really comforting to understand that we weren’t alone in all of this, and helpful to share how we overcame some of the issues. From that, we realized how important it is for us to support and learn from each other.”

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CHAMPION OF CHILDREN For his work helping the world’s most vulnerable children find healthcare, safety and access to education, football player Zach Sudfeld (@zachsudfeld), founder of Child:Assist, is the NFL’s MVH (Most Valuable Humanitarian). BY { BONNIE

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Giving back to children in need is in Zach Sudfeld’s DNA. When the former tight end for the New England Patriots and New York Jets was one year old, his grandparents started the non-profit humanitarian organization Assist International. At 13, he accompanied them on a tour of orphanages they’d helped establish in Romania. “We took to the streets and I saw kids my own age or younger living in sewers for warmth, eating garbage, and begging for food,” recalls the NFL player. “These kids looked just like me, yet their clothes were torn and tattered, they had no parents, no food, no home, no hope. You could see despair in their eyes, and it left a mark on me.” As an adult, Sudfeld’s mission was clear. Along with his wife Kara, he helped found Child:Assist, an arm of Assist International that helps orphaned and vulnerable children in poor, developing and war-ravaged countries receive health care, education and a safe place to call home. By donating his time, energy, money and passion, Sudfeld has helped the organization open an orphanage in Uganda, bring medical supplies to hospitals in India, sponsor orphans in Romania and relocate children living in a Sudanese refugee camp.

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“The more we travel, the more need we see,” he says. “Our model is to partner alongside indigenous organizations to create a sustainable, lasting impact in the developing world. We do this by connecting resources with needs. As we move forward, we’re looking to increase our capacity to help the partners we already work with, while also cultivating new partnerships to expand the places we work and the kids we’re able to help.”

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His greatest reward is seeing children who were once forced into sex slavery or orphaned by HIV/AIDS, war or malnutrition become business owners and productive members of society. “I went back to Romania with my wife years later and met some of the children who were rescued from the sewer and given a family. Now most of those kids have families of their own. They are living full lives being leaders in their community and taking full advantage of the opportunities they have,” he says. “We focus on bettering the lives of children because we believe that’s how you change a society. We’ve seen firsthand the lasting effect a small change can have on a child’s life. It creates a tidal wave of hope.” Sudfeld admits there’s nothing quite like thrill he used to get “running out of the tunnel to a thundering crowd for a Monday Night Football game.” Still, the joy he derives from “working in the developing world—the adventure, the travel, the impact we’re able to make. It really tops everything else.” assistinternational.org


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RIGHT NOW IN THE CITY THAT NEVER STOPS OPENING NEW HOTELS Follow the buzz to the hippest new hotels in New York City—five luxurious lodgings located in Lower Manhattan and beyond the bridges into Brooklyn.

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You’ve probably already experienced plenty of Uptown-style opulence. Perhaps your usual go-to hotel in Gotham is one of the icons, like The St. Regis, The Pierre, Four Seasons New York, Ritz-Carlton Central Park or The Carlyle. Now it’s time to luxuriate with A-listers in other parts of the city, where the vibe is cooler but the elegance remains the same. These top five recent openings in far-from-Midtown locations offer design-forward architecture, spacious rooms, museum-worthy art, restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, rooftop cocktail bars and splendid skyline views.

MADE IN CHINATOWN The first NYC property from San

amenities in the bathrooms. A

Francisco-based Joie de Vivre

second-floor art gallery is the

hotels, Hotel 50 Bowery rises 21

permanent repository of Heart of

glass-enclosed stories above vibrant

Chinatown, an exhibit featuring

yet gritty Chinatown. Developed

artifacts unearthed while the hotel

by a family with deep roots in the

was under construction. Ground

local Asian community, the high-

level, the cool kids gather at Rice &

rise’s modern design by Wimberly

Gold for Executive Chef Dale Talde’s

Interiors maintains a deep respect

global mashup of Chinese food

for the neighborhood’s rich history

beside a wildly colorful graffiti art

and culture, with bold works of art

installation by local artist Ewok One.

by Beijing-based graffiti artist Dake

Up on the roof, they settle in at The

Wong. Each of the 229 airy guest

Crown for exotic concoctions (try

rooms and suites feature vintage

the Black Dragon, a blend of Elyx

black-and-white photographs from

vodka, oolong and green teas, and

the collection of the nearby Museum

spiced calamansi) and eye-popping

of Chinese in the Americas, plus

vistas to the north and south.

Lefroy Brooks rain showerheads and

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Jonathan Adler custom-scented

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LOWER EAST SIDE LUXE “It’s not shabby chic, retro, industrial,

cell service throughout the hotel,

reclaimed…,” says Ian Schrager,

self check-in, Apple TVs in all 367

mastermind behind the first-ever

guest rooms, communication with

boutique hotel, describing the

management via a state-of-the-art

concept of PUBLIC, his latest

chat bot. Like cabins on a yacht,

hospitality venture. “It’s simplicity as

the 367 “smart” guest rooms are

the ultimate sophistication.” To that

pared down, yet they’re outfitted

end, Pritzker Prize-winning architects

with everything you could ever

Herzog & de Meuron have created

need or want. Add to the mix

a study in spare extravagance. An

a restaurant and grab-and-go

Instagram-ready lobby with a pair

marketplace helmed by Jean-

of gorgeous, neon-lit escalators,

Georges Vongerichten; sexy rooftop

serves as a community space for

bar with a seemingly infinite view

lounging, socializing and working

of the cityscape; and an avant-

remotely. Gone are traditional

garde performance space for movie

amenities (doormen, bellman, turn-

screenings, art shows, concerts and

down service) in favor of minimalist

product launches. Clearly, PUBLIC

design with maximum modern

is more than just a place to sleep.

conveniences—superfast WiFi and

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SEAPORT CHIC The renaissance of Lower Manhattan

business and leisure travelers,

continues with a $785 million

Mr. C Seaport, the East Coast

revitalization of the Seaport District.

sibling to Mr. C Beverly Hills, is slated

Coming soon to the previously

for an April 2018 opening. Beyond the

for-tourists-only neighborhood are

hotel’s historically accurate red brick

tony shops like Milan-based

façade, Danish architect Thomas

10 Corso Como, cutting-edge eateries

Juul-Hansen is leading the design

from David Chang and others, a

of 66 impeccably appointed rooms

40,000-square-foot food market by

equipped with 50-inch interactive

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, river

4K televisions and fine Italian linens.

walk, network studios and special

A traditional Cipriani Italian dining

event venue for fashion shows and

experience is also on the menu.

art installations. To accommodate the

Waiter, another Bellini, please.

area’s expected influx of discerning

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of brick, glass and Corten steel has

are designed by Brooklyn brothers

grown in Brooklyn—in the hot-and-

Ariel and Shimon Ovadia; bathroom

happening Williamsburg section,

amenities are created by Brooklyn-

that is. Designed by London-based

based brand Apotheke. One-

firm Michaelis Boyd Studio, The

hundred-fifty loft-like rooms are

Williamsburg Hotel’s big, brassy

industrial chic, with white-washed

doors lead to a light-drenched

walls, Art Deco-inspired furniture and

lobby wallpapered with images of

floor-to-ceiling windows that open

quintessentially Brooklyn people

onto balconies overlooking Brooklyn,

(The Notorious B.I.G) and places

Manhattan and the East River.

(iconic hot dog stand Nathan’s

Over-the-top perks include a

Famous). It’s a perfect perch for

chauffeured tuk-tuk; Harvey, a

lingering over coffee and scones

veggie-centric New American bistro

in the morning. Nights are made

(try the spaghetti squash cacio e

for cocktailing in the lobby bar,

pepe with oreganata bread crumbs

where artist Eric Reiger’s enormous

and a poached egg); a rooftop pool,

installation of multicolored yarn

café and bar; plus another lofty bar

defines the word “awesome.” The

hidden inside the hotel’s water tower.

swanky boutique property likes to

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pine furniture fashioned out of slats

pocket neighborhood Down

salvaged from the Coney Island

Under the Manhattan Bridge

boardwalk. Spacious guest rooms

Overpass) surrounds the opening

and suites are environmentally

of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

friendly, with custom hemp-blend

This first ground-up development

mattresses; marble rain showers

from the eco-conscious luxury

with a 5-minute, hour-glass timer;

brand 1 Hotels sits pretty on the

kombucha in the minibars; and an

Brooklyn waterfront in Brooklyn

interior landscape of live plants and

Bridge Park, an 85-acre stretch of

trees. There’s a fresh farm stand in

greenery just south of the iconic

the lobby, complimentary Tesla rides

Brooklyn Bridge, with sweeping

to destinations within three miles of

views of the Manhattan skyline

the hotel, valet parking for bicycles

and the Statue of Liberty. Nature

and bliss at the Bamford Haybarn

is nurtured in design elements,

Spa. Farm-to-table cuisine is on

such as the lobby’s dramatic 25-

offer in The Osprey, while toasts are

foot green wall of creeping vines.

made with seasonal craft cocktails

Committed to sustainability and

in the clubby Brooklyn Heights

environmental preservation, the

Social Club, stylish Lobby Lounge

10-story hotel is 100-percent wind

and sky-high The 1 Rooftop Bar.

powered and constructed largely

Everywhere you look, floor-to-ceiling

out of reclaimed materials—original

windows showcase Lady Liberty

heart pine beams from the former

and New York Harbor. There’s not a

Domino Sugar Factory, walnut from

bad view in the house. 1hotels.com/

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Located in a malaria-free zone in the Waterberg Mountains of the Limpopo Province, The Shambala Zulu Camp is designed in traditional Zulu style with river streams running through the camp. “Shambala” is a Tibetan word meaning “paradise on Earth,” and this rustic retreat is appropriately named. Stepping out onto the deck, wild animals abound in the bushveld surroundings. Bushveld is a subtropical woodland eco-region of Southern Africa, the Afrikaans’ root of which means open, uncultivated country or grassland. Here you will find large animals including hippos and rich bird life typical of African savannas. The eight honeycomb-shaped chalets are decorated in Afro-French Provincial style with French furniture and linens, and natural materials on the walls. There are three bathing options, as the open-aired bathroom has a luxurious free-standing bathtub, a large shower indoors and an outdoor shower on the private deck. There is a personal butler on hand at all times, as well as turndown service in the evening. shambalaprivategamereserve.co.za/ zulu-camp/


LE ROYAL MONCEAU, RAFFLES PARIS, FRANCE

The 80-room South Place Hotel, designed by Sir Terence Conran, is the first hotel from restaurateurs D&D London. We’ve all seen glass showers, glass doors and glass sinks, but how about a glass bathtub with a peek-a-view? Suite 610 is 1,292 square feet at the top of the 6-story hotel. It has floorto-ceiling windows that flood the living room, dining room, bedroom and bathing areas with natural daylight. Wooden slatted blinds are there for modest guests. Suite 610’s open floor plan leads to the slate and marble bathroom. The main feature of the bathroom is the impressive glass Chaise Lounge Vitrè Bathtub in Corian by Moma Design. Throw in generous-sized James Heeley toiletries in St. Clement’s fragrance, and what more does one need? Well, there’s a splash-proof flatscreen built into the marble wall opposite the bath; mood lighting; a Bang & Olufsen sound system; soft and fluffy white towels, robes and slippers, as well as a heated towel rack. southplacehotel.com

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In the center of Paris, near the Champs Elysées, Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris was completely redesigned by Phillippe Starck and re-opened in 2016 after being closed for two years. The 149 rooms and suites, including three presidential suites, are inspired by the culture of the ’40s and ’50s and the Art Deco heritage of the building, yet incorporate Starck’s modern twist. Le Royal Monceau calls itself “Art de Vivre”—the art of living, French style. Fully curated, art is everywhere in the hotels: the guest rooms, on the walls, in a gallery and in the art-themed bookstore. The bathrooms are no exception, as they are surrounded by reflective surfaces of steel and mirrors, works of art within themselves. With all that silver, the freestanding white soaking tub becomes a focal point of the room. The hotel has a team of cleaners whose only job is to keep those mirrored surfaces sparkling. The amenities are Clarins; also on offer is a special organic children’s skin care line by BONPOINT. leroyalmonceau.com

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The newest addition to The Royal Portfolio collection of South Africa, The Silo Hotel is located in the heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. This out-of-the-box hotel is built in a historic grain silo complex that occupies six floors above the Zeist Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Architect Thomas Heatherwick of the London-based Heatherwick Studio was tasked with adapting the grain elevator and adjacent storage annex into the hotel, while preserving their historic significance in a zero-carbon design. The most creative aspect of the eco-conscious structure’s exterior is the pillowed glazing panels that bulge outward, giving each of the 29 rooms and suites abundant natural light. Liz Biden’s carefully designed interiors feature marble bathrooms with free-standing tubs, large showers and playfully colored vanity areas where large mirrors enhance stunning views of the city. More than 80 handmade crystal chandeliers from Egypt hang throughout the hotel, and the ones in the bathrooms set the mood for romance. While boasting a gorgeous bathtub, water conservation is key at The Silo and asks guests to be mindful. theroyalportfolio. com/the-silo

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has been expanding, with its Mandarin Oriental Marrakech as one of the newest resorts on the scene in Marrakech. Located just outside the old city or medina, the 54 single-story villas, nine suites, three restaurants and spa are elegantly built on almost five acres of fragrant gardens and olive groves. The signature villas are either 3,000 or 4,500 square feet and are designed as mini riads around enclosed courtyards, each with its own infinity pool and hot tub in black zellij. Showcasing Mandarin Oriental’s signature palette of cream and dark mahogany throughout, the large, elegant, marble bathrooms have massive double sinks, a lounging area, a make-up area and a large walk-in closet. Luxurious soaking tubs and showers are both big enough for two. The specially developed fragrant products are by a locally made paraben-free brand called Nectarome, and they’re as lust-worthy as the babouche slippers. mandarinoriental.com/marrakech

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BUTCHER & BANKER

UPSCALE, DOWNSTAIRS

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A restored former bank vault below street level in NYC is transformed into a decadent steakhouse—and safe space for vegetarians.

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The newly minted Butcher & Banker is a trip back to olde New York, when ad execs were spending like Don Draper and three martini lunches were de rigueur. Located inside a former Manufacturers Hanover Trust bank vault beneath the New Yorker Hotel (near Madison Square Garden), the opulent room is home to a modern steakhouse helmed by Executive Chef Scott Campbell. In its heyday, the iconic hotel attracted entertainers and dignitaries from around the world, including Muhammad Ali, JFK, Joan Crawford and Nikola Tesla. Appropriately, its latest incarnation is attracting a who’s who of New York’s elite. Chef Campbell’s menu is slightly retro, with throwbacks like a crisp iceberg wedge with Neuske’s bacon and roquefort dressing, and hanger steak with frites. But there are also new twists of the classics, such as diver scallop ceviche with yuzu, grapefruit and white radish; cowboy bone-in rib eye topped with fried oysters and brown butter bernaise; and Kan-Kan pork for two, a grand serving of double loin chops, belly and cracklings, served with caramelized apples. Vegetarian-friendly options include an entire slow-roasted cauliflower topped with lemon brown butter, capers and raisins. 481 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 212.268.8455, butcherandbankernyc.com

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CÔTE DE NEW YORK

A taste of sunny Saint-Tropez in Gotham.

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It’s undeniable that the South of France is positively swoon worthy. So perhaps it’s not surprising that one of New York City’s hottest power lunch spots draws on the destination for inspiration, with wines, dishes and design that lean on a Provençal sensibility. At St Tropez Restaurant and Wine Bar, Chef Gérald Barthélémy, who earned his first Michelin star at the restaurant in the Hôtel Vernet in Paris, is bringing the region’s seafood-forward dishes to the West Village, including grilled sardines with pepper marmalade and house-made ricotta; grilled octopus with roasted potatoes and confit garlic; and an excellent Niçoise salad made with tuna, iceberg lettuce, egg, tomatoes and anchovy. There’s something for everyone on the wine list, which includes 45 French wines by the glass that highlight sustainable labels and wines from Provence and the area around Saint-Tropez. Save room for the Tropézienne, the classic brioche-like pastry with orange blossom-laced cream. Ooh la la! 304 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 917.388.3893, sttropezwinebar.com

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SUSHI SHRINE

Recently bestowed with a second Michelin star, the Manhattan location of a Japanese omakase restaurant presents pristine pieces of perfect Edomae sushi.

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Extremely high-end Tokyo-based Sushi Ginza Onodera’s global expansion led to the 2016 opening of a New York City branch directly across Fifth Avenue from the landmark New York Public Library. Shortly after opening its hallowed doors, the multicourse omakase-only restaurant earned one Michelin star. This year, it was honored with its second. Known for its priciness, as well as its reverence for sushi, Onodera is where Chef Masaki Saito crafts nigiri in the traditional Edomae style using the highest quality fish sourced from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market three times a week. Look for glistening slices of rare species, such as grunt fish, barracuda and nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch). Be sure to book ahead; the intimate space seats only 16 at the sushi bar and 16 at tables. 461 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 212.390.0925, sushiginzaonoderanewyork.com

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SPICE OF LIFE

On Los Angeles’ newest go-to corridor for good food and fun, there’s now a sizzling spot for a fresh twist on Mediterranean cuisine.

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The newest hotspot to hit West Hollywood, Cleo Third Street comes from a line of awardwinning branches around L.A., as well as New York, Miami, Las Vegas and the Bahamas. But don’t let the existence of multiple outposts detract from the intimate and cool vibe you’ll find at this SBE restaurant on level one of The Orlando Hotel. Designed with socializing in mind, the vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by giant statement pieces, including a mural by acclaimed street artist Cryptik, a mirrored disco ball dangling over the entrance and intricate mosaic tile walls. In this dramatic setting, Moroccan, Mediterranean and Asian flavors merge into one delicious culinary style. Chef Danny Elmaleh’s dynamic Japanese-Israeli background shines through the menu of shareable plates and mezzes, including meatball tagine, crispy artichoke hummus and curried calamari. While there are plenty of meat options on the menu, vegetarians are also pleased by the variety of offerings. The location on one of the hottest blocks in L.A. (you’ll want to use Uber or a valet parking app for sure) comes complete with gorgeous indoor and outdoor dining and bustling bar area. The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 323.579.1600, sbe.com/restaurants/brands/cleo/

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Meet L.A.’s newest neighborhood dining and picnic lunch pick-up place (hey Hollywood Bowl, we’re looking at you). Those who recall when Buddha’s Belly reigned supreme in L.A. and still mourn its loss will especially welcome XO on Beverly, which is filling the void left in the City of Angels. Literally. In the very same location comes this exciting new fast-casual restaurant and market from Ardour Hospitality’s Chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower, Viviane) and partner Abby Gavino. Guests can choose to enjoy the California-inflected Asian fare in the dining room, on the patio or at home by ordering to go. The colorful, whimsical, modern ambiance complements an even more whimsical menu, which includes chicken and black soy stuffed wontons, lemongrassscented roast chicken with ginger and scallion salsa, pan-roasted bavette steak, seared ahi tuna, adobo-rubbed pork belly porchetta with banana ketchup, sea bass steamed in a banana leaf, one of the tastiest cheeseburgers in L.A and so much more, including brunch! And, don’t even get us started on our favorite dish, the kimchee mac and cheese with aged cheddar-beer sauce, a recipe that Chef Hung first created when he was a college student trying to make ends meet. 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, xoonbeverly.com

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Autograph Brasserie

Modern American cuisine comes naturally to Ralph Fernandez, executive chef of Autograph Brasserie (@autographwayne). “I can virtually taste the dish as I create inside my mind,” says the 15-year veteran of Marty Grims’ Fearless Restaurants, who has been at the helm of Autograph Brasserie since it opened in 2016. He is known for using only the freshest and finest ingredients available on a menu inspired by the classic dishes from France, Spain, Italy, and the U.S. Eagle Village Shops, Wayne, PA, autographbrasserie.com

Forget cheesesteak and hoagies. The culinary scene in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is bursting with seasonal ingredients, creative chefs and handcrafted cocktails.

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Overseeing the local, farm-to-table cuisine at all three locations of White Dog Café (@whitedogphilly), Executive Chef Zachary Grainda takes pride in his close relation-ships with local farmers. Ingredients for his seasonal menus are sourced no more than 50 miles away— meat and poultry from pasture-fed, humanely raised livestock; sustainable fish and seafood; organic produce. “My favorite dishes are the ones that come back to the kitchen empty, cleaned,” he notes Grainda. White Dog Café has been dishing out award-winning contemporary American cuisine, civic engagement and envi-ronmental sustainability for 35 years. Wayne, Haverford and University City, whitedog.com

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South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor

Ambra and Southwark

Authentic cuisine of the American South is served up in three distinct rooms—a bar/ lounge, jazz parlor and dining hall with chef’s counter—at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor (@ southjazzkitchen), a popular eatery, nightclub and gathering place. Crafty cocktails are also noteworthy. Try the yellow Orchard Martini, (Stateside Vodka, apple, brown sugar and cinnamon), the red South Sazerac (Salignac cognac, Bulleit Rye, demerara sweet syrup, housemade bitters and absinthe mist), the Hilton Head Iced Tea (mixed with Jim Beam Bourbon and peach flavors), or the house favorite—Jack Daniels single barrel bourbon, chia tea-infused sweet vermouth, demerara syrup, lemon juice, egg white and angostura bitters. North Broad Street, southrestaurant.net

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With a bean-to-cup philosophy, Pour Richard’s Coffee Co. (@pourrichardscoffee) is a small-batch craft coffee roastery offering 22 single-origin coffees. Science reigns su-preme on Wednesday afternoons, when owner Richard Berman uses a zero-emissions roaster to meticulously roast 7.5 pounds of highest-quality beans purchased directly from farmers in Latin America and Africa. A flight of four single-origin cold brews is on offer in bottles and growlers. Cocktails, mocktails and cordials are also available. Devon, PA, pourrichardscoffee.com

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A modern interpretation of American classic cuisine is served aboard Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest squarerigged Tall Ship still afloat. Docked on the Delaware River on Philadelphia’s waterfront, the 1904 sailing vessel-turnedlandmark restaurant Moshulu (@moshuluphilly) is now helmed by Executive Chef Anthony Bonett, whose menu takes diners on a memorable culinary journey. In warm weather, the outdoor deck is open for drinks, dinner and special events. Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront, moshulu.com

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Executive chef/owner Chris D’Ambro and his wife, Marina de Oliveira, have turned a former neighborhood hangout into Ambra (@ambraphilly), one of Philadelphia’s top spots for fine dining. A four-course prix-fixe menu of contemporary Italian cuisine is on offer in the elegant, diminutive restaurant. Right next door to Ambra is its farm-to-table sibling Southwark, also owned by D’Ambro and Oliveira, a cozy tavern specializing in old-timey cocktails and locavore fare. Queen Village, ambraphilly.com, southwarkrestaurant.com

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Through pen and camera, Gio’s creative director shares his impressions of some of the favorite places he’s visited—from the laidback

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luxury of beach resorts Maui, Positano, Santorini and San Diego, to the sophistication of the cities London, Florence and Los Angeles.

Maui is one of those places where time stands still. There is no rush, everyone seems to be focused on enjoying life. Incredible beaches, scenery to die for and so many amazing things to do. It’s my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands.

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From its perch atop Kapalua Bay, the ocean

First stop: Cane & Canoe at Montage

If you tire of the endless beaches, head

views are mind-blowing, unforgettable and

Kapalua Bay. Serving up fresh seafood and

upcountry to explore green rolling hills and

everywhere at the Montage Kapalua Bay.

a variety of meats, don’t miss the ahi poke

misty mountains. It’s like an island within an

Guest suites are huge with living rooms,

and kampachi crudo starters, and the fresh

island. Two different worlds. And don’t forget

private balconies and gourmet kitchens.

catch, filet mignon or Kauai shrimp for your

to explore Haleakala National Park for

With three pristine white-sand beaches, full

main course. At Monkeypod Kitchen, the

one-of-a-kind views of the world’s largest

service spa, great food and cascading three-

farm-to-table local Hawaiian cuisine is also

dormant volcano. Finish your day at Old

level pool, the Montage Kapalua Bay is Maui’s

not to be missed. Mama’s Fish House is

Lahaina Luau for a cultural experience like

best overall destination. You simply never

another great Hawaiian cuisine spot right on

no other. For a great daytrip, hop on the

have to leave the resort.

the beach. For dinner with a view, check out

ferryboat to the island of Lanai.

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FLORENCE,

Sometimes I wonder why people fly all the way to Europe to experience the wine country. Napa Valley has everything:

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the best chefs, finest hotels, incredible wine and epic views. It ranks up there as one of the best destinations in the world.

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city located in the Tuscan region. It’s my favorite place to visit in Italy.

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Farm at Carneros—the food, presentation

Ride bikes through the vineyard and stop

The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. My

Il Palagio at the Four Seasons Hotel

Start off with a walking tour of Florence.

enough good things about this rustic chic

and ambiance make this place my number

under a shady tree for a picnic. Lie back on

favorite place to stay in this amazing Italian

Firenze is Michelin-star fine dining at

Explore the many museums and

property. Guest cottages are incredible

one choice for dinner. It’s one of those places

your blanket, close your eyes and take a deep

city, it’s perfectly located in the center of

its best. The tasting menu is the way to

archaeological sites throughout the city. Take

and private, the views of the vineyards are

you will always want to go back to. Tarla

breath. This is living. End your day with a

everything. Formerly the Palazzo della

go. The chef prepares traditional dishes

a bus through the rolling Tuscan hills and

unsurpassed and the adult pool is pretty

Mediterranean Bar + Grill has amazing

horseback ride through Skyline Wilderness

Gherardesca, the private residence of

from neighboring towns and villages. A

stop at the local villages. Stroll through the

much epic. Love the general store/market,

Greek and Turkish dishes with plenty of

Park or a sunset hot-air balloon ride flying

Florentine nobles for five centuries, it became

true authentic dining experience. Try out

original sculpture gardens before heading

which is very convenient for picnic items,

gluten-free options. Cole’s Chop House is

high over the picturesque valley.

a grand hotel in 2008 and provides a visual

Trattoria Zà Zà for the best pasta you will

to the markets to taste some authentic

a bottle of wine and gifts. I’m excited to go

a steak and seafood house full of taste and

journey through Florentine history. Modern

ever have. Don’t be put off by the lines at

Florence cuisine, and finish your day seeing

back in May 2018, once the renovated spa is

flavor. From lobster bisque to rib-eye steak to

amenities make me feel right at home.

All’antico Vinaio; this hole in the wall has

Michelangelo’s famous “David” statue.

open (in the meantime, services are offered

hash browns, you can’t go wrong.

in a temporary location, as well as in guest

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San

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quintessential

California at its best. Miles of

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it and photos do it no justice. It is a place like no other.

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1500 Ocean is the best place to dine for its

Hit the San Diego Zoo for the day. It has

Homeric Poems Hotel. The white-washed

Chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos creates

Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri and

of this hotel; this year marks its 130th

incredible ocean views and amazing food.

great new attractions, is super fun and

interior, the staggering views (the pool is a

the most insane food for the restaurant at

the many museums on the island to learn

anniversary. It reminds me of a grand old

For something on the hipper side, check out

always a great experience. Be sure to check

place to relax for hours) and service…This is

Homeric Poems Hotel. The presentation,

about the amazing Greek culture. Explore the

mansion. It is elegant, but has a relaxed

Parq Restaurant for farm-to-table eats in a

out the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue

Greek hospitality at its finest. Everything

food and ambiance all get an A-plus.

many unique villages at the Caldera, take a

beach feel, making it easy to settle in and

funky industrial-chic environment. Eddie V’s

Center. If you’re adventurous, take a trip

about this property is spot-on impeccable.

La Maison Restaurant brings fine dining to

dip in one of the natural hot springs along the

chill. The new Beach Village at the Del

Prime Seafood is a great spot for incredible

over the border to Loreto, Mexico and

There’s so much to do close by, or you can do

new heights, literally; this cliffside restaurant

coast or spend your day sailing through the

cottages are incredible! While I don’t have

seafood and live jazz music.

check out the beaches and historic town. Or

nothing at all. That’s the beauty of this place.

provides endless views of the famous white-

turquoise waters surrounding the island.

a pet, I have many friends who do and love

simply stroll along the picturesque beaches

to travel with their four-legged besties.

soaking up the sun before exploring the USS

Hotel Del is very pet friendly, there’s even

Midway Museum aboard the legendary

a gourmet room service menu with dishes

aircraft carrier.

washed cliff-top towns.

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ENGLAND

LOS CABOS,

The mere mention of London gets people’s juices flowing. From tennis at Wimbledon

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to a picnic at Hyde Park, London is at the top of the list for a chic summer vacation.

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for a winter or spring getaway. A quick threehour flight from L.A. and you are in paradise.

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There is such an incredible mix of cultures in

There are so many fun things to do it in

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.

Flora Farms is the most delicious food I have

Take to the sea to view the El Arco, the

London. Overlooking Hyde Park, in the

the city that you can enjoy so many different

London. I would first hit the main attractions—

All the rooms at this stunning, completely

had in the region—farm-to-table, organic,

region’s most famous landmark. I love playing

best neighborhood, everything about this

kinds of foods. Jinjuu Soho offers wonderful

The Tower of London, Kensington

renovated beachfront resort boast private

local cuisine. Hierbabuena is another great

tennis all day, then jumping in the ocean. If

property says class. Not only is the staff

gourmet Korean street food, Barrafina

Palace and a riverboat tour along the River

balconies and incredible views of the Sea

place for fresh food and local recipes. If

golf is more your sport, make sure to check

dedicated to perfection, but they also make

serves sensational Spanish tapas and Bob

Thames. If you are ambitious, schedule

of Cortez. Really breathtaking. Authentic

fine dining is more your style, head over to

out Quivira Golf Club for 18 holes cliffside

sure you feel completely at home. The 115-

Bob Ricard cooks up Russian with a splash

an early morning train to Brighton Beach

Mexican hospitality, attentive service, great

Sunset Mona Lisa for an outdoor seaside

with sweeping ocean views. Head over to the

year old property is going through a major

of traditional British fare.

(where I went to school) to see the Royal

spa, a bevy of dining and lounge options, and

dining experience unlike any other.

Art District for high-end galleries filled with

renovation, overseen by internationally

Pavilion. Also, head over to Harrods and

direct access to one of the only swimmable

renowned designer Joyce Wang. While all 181

shop ’til you drop in the massive 1-million-

beaches in Los Cabos round out the

rooms and suites will be even more luxe and

square-foot megastore with more than 330

offerings here

comfy once complete, I am especially looking

departments.

all forms of art.

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The mere mention of Positano makes people crazy with excitement. It is a photographer’s dream, especially the pastel-painted houses perched on the mountainside. Little streets filled with local shops and great cafés are distinctly Positano. It is the jewel of the Amalfi Coast.

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close to the beach, less stuffy than Beverly Hills and, most important, welcomes all types of people.

THE LONDON BAR IN THE LOBBY OF THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD

PLAY.

Le Sirenuse. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian

Ristorante La Sponda at Le Sirenuse.

Explore the ancient city of Positano, take

Sea, this elegant, hillside, adults-only hotel

A magical experience dining by candlelight

a boat ride to the Grottos, shop at the

is a must. An 8-minute walk from Marina

amid live lemon trees. The only thing to

local boutiques, or people watch in one of

Grand Beach, it also offers a lovely pool and

distract you from the delizioso Italian cuisine

the many outdoor cafés. If you are feeling

spa. Rooms featuring ornate handmade floor

at La Tagliata is the breathtaking view of

adventurous, take a hike up The Path of

tiles and antique touches, free WiFi and flat-

the Amalfi Coast from this cliffside hotspot.

the Gods for stunning views of the Amalfi

screen TVs. Most have whirlpool baths and

You also can’t go wrong with La Taverna del

Coast, Positano and the neighboring island

terraces with sea views.

Leone, where every dish is handmade with

of Capri. Then refuel at one of the many

love by the family that owns and runs the

excellent restaurants with authentic Italian

restaurant.

food along the water.

STAY. The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills. It’s the epitome of cosmopolitan elegance, boasting luxurious suites with views of the Hollywood Hills, an exclusive rooftop pool deck, and the opulent London Bar & Boxwood Restaurant. Its central location is perfect, just a quick walk to the famous Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard. Definitely an L.A. hotspot.

EAT.

PLAY.

This list can get long because there are so

Play tennis at one of the amazing public

many trendy places to eat. The restaurants

courts, of course! Get your hiking shoes

of the moment are Catch, Cecconi’s and

and some bottled water and head to

Soho House (if you are a member). But there

Runyon Canyon for a hike to the top of the

is also Madeo for Italian, and my favorite

mountains to look over the city. Check out

is Pizzeria il Fico. Or catch a meal at the

Melrose High Street and Melrose Place,

historic and beautiful Chateau Marmont for

two new shopping districts with coffee shops,

a glamorous L.A. experience like no other. You

trendy stores and lots of people watching.

will not go hungry in this town.

Head over to the Laugh Factory for a night

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clubs, no wonder everyone is flocking to this part of the sunny city. It’s

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fashionable stores, celebrities galore and the hippest restaurants and

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The current hotspot for L.A. visitors and locals is WeHo. With its

of fun and laughs.

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In a sprawling, 800-year-old lava field on the southern coast of Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, where the terrain is alive with craters, fissures, mud pools, steam vents and hot springs, lies Blue Lagoon, part of a UNESCO Geopark. Famous for its power to cleanse, heal, rejuvenate and soothe body and mind, the steaming, mineral-rich geo-thermal seawater bubbles up from volcanic aquifers 2,000 meters below the earth’s crust. This otherworldly landscape is the setting for the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland (opening April 2018), a one-of-a-kind wellness sanctuary with subterranean spa carved into the

volcanic earth; geothermal lagoon rich in silica, algae and minerals, in which to soak or have a deep-tissue massage; Moss Restaurant, featuring creative, locally sourced Icelandic cuisine; and 62 elegant suites with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the therapeutic waters. Architect Sigríður Sigþórsdóttir and her team incorporated the natural lava formations into the resort’s design, while Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, chief creative officer of Milan-based Design Group Italia, created interiors to convey a cocoon-like sense of warmth and security. retreat.bluelagoon.com

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CHABLE MAROMA Riviera Maya, Mexico

An exciting addition to Maroma Beach, just 35 minutes from the Cancun Airport on the Riviera Maya, Chable Maroma is readying for an end-of-2018 opening. Seventy suites are designed with glass walls, private pools and views of the lush surroundings at every turn. As a special treat, accommodations also come with his and hers bathrooms and outdoor living areas with moon showers. Beds are adorned with 360 thread count Paulina Moran linens woven in Switzerland and hand stitched in Mexico. Indulgence continues in the 17,000-square-foot spa, facials, body treatments and rituals will be customized using top-of-the-line techniques and products. Dining options include three signature restaurants and an array of sea and land menu items. The 650-foot private beachfront offers beach palapas, diving and a yoga deck. Signature tequila, butler service, personal concierge and a fitness center top off the amenities. chableresort.com

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Opening as Rosewood’s first ultra-luxury encampment featuring luxury tents, villas and suites, Rosewood Luang Prabang, located 10 minutes from UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, offers undiluted serenity. Far from civilization, 22 spacious accommodations include eight deluxe villas, three garden villas, six private pool villas, and five luxury tents, nestled amid streams and riverbanks, jungles and waterfalls. In short, the luxe property is an ideal spot in which to unwind and experience nature. Interior design elements inspired by Lao tradition and French colonial style are in keeping with Rosewood’s “A Sense of Place” philosophy, as indigenous materials and textiles are used throughout. Three riverside dining environments with contemporary farm-to-table concepts embrace locally sourced and seasonal ingredients—some harvested from the resort’s own organic garden. The signature Sense, A Rosewood Spa is a soul-soothing sanctuary for sybarites. Rosewood believes in giving back to the communities in which its resorts are found. To that end, the brand has built the first philanthropic hospitality school in Laos, providing students with professional hospitality training. Rosewood will also be opening locations in Nassau, Bahamas; Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China; and Montecito in Santa Barbara County, California. rosewoodhotels.com

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Malolo Island, Fiji

MONTAGE LOS CABOS Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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The azure waters of the Sea of Cortez always call you back. And in May 2018, those who answer the call will discover a new coastal gem, Montage Los Cabos. Sitting on 39 acres of Mexico’s sweeping “Golden Corridor” shores, nestled between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, this luxurious haunt will come with a full-scale fitness center, Spa Montage, two sparkling pools, the Fred Couples Signature Golf Course and even Paintbox, a signature kids’ program. Inspired by the surrounding Baja desert, 52 resort-style Montage Residences and 122 guest rooms and suites will be adorned in southwestern-inspired decor, and all dining venues will have seafood-centric menus infused with fresh, local ingredients. montagehotels.com/loscabos

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In a secluded bay on Malolo Island, Fiji, with its perfect climate, crystal-clear water and 2,100-foot-long white sandy beach, lies Six Senses Fiji (opening April 2018). Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 30 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas; all are set in naturally beautiful locations and maintain a commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design. Six Senses Fiji encompasses 24 romantic one-and twobedroom pool villas, all with private decks and outdoor showers. Sustainability is reflected throughout the resort, which is 100-percent solar powered by the largest microgrid in Fiji using Tesla batteries. Multiple culinary options include two restaurants, a café, an outdoor pizzeria and grill and two bars. Adults can snorkel on the nearby reef or surf the waves, while the kids can play at Grow With Six Senses club. The Wellness Village at Six Senses Fiji includes a Six Senses Spa, a state-of-the-art gym, an extensive wet area with hot and cold whirlpools, an alchemy bar and an elevated treetop yoga pavilion. Tennis courts and a weekly activity guide full of cultural and wellness experiences round out the experience. Six Senses will also open in Bhutan; Kaplankaya, Turkey; Shaharut, Israel; Rajasthan, India; Krabey Island, Cambodia; and Bali, Indonesia. sixsenses.com

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AT RANCHO SAN LUCAS RESORT Los Cabos, Mexico

Since opening in December 2017, Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort is bringing a new kind of luxury to the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Set in the 834-acre Rancho San Lucas, the resort embodies the Los Cabos lifestyle with its own saltwater lagoon, nature trails and mini saltwater park; two-story fine din-ing restaurant and Mexicanstyle market; 18-hole Greg Norman golf course and infini-ty-edge pools with swim-up bars. In addition, desert architecture, a coastal palette, hand-chiseled stone and intricate ceramic tiling make this escape feel distinctly “Baja.” grandsolmarresort.com

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Spread across a woodland sanctuary 20 miles outside Shanghai’s city limits, travelers find the newly-opened Amanyangyun—a 25-acre retreat comprised of 26 sensitively restored ancient dwellings, 10,000 fragrant camphor trees and the 1,000-year-old Emperor tree, all dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Paying homage to the natural and human history of Jiangxi, a pastoral province in southeast China, Kerry Hill Architects incorporated ornate stone carvings and family inscriptions into each dwelling, as well as private pools, Jacuzzis and courtyards, bedrooms flooded with light, nanmu wood furniture and the Aman brand’s signature, minimalist Asian aesthetic. At the luxury retreat’s spiritual core is Nan Shufang, a pavilion inspired by the royal

reading room in the Forbidden City, where guests can study traditional Chinese arts—calligraphy, music, painting and Kunqu Opera. Across the idyllic courtyard, there are spaces for traditional tea and incense ceremonies. Attached to another courtyard, Aman Spa is an enclave of serenity with two private spa houses, extensive relaxation areas, a sauna, Russian banya, Turkish hammam, plunge pool, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor pools, and holistic wellness facilities overlooking a quiet lake and resplendent forest gardens. There are five restaurants spread across the forest, a 25seat movie theater and the Cultural Discovery Centre, where children staying at the resort learn about the rich culture of China. aman.com/ amanyangyun

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The colonial town of Valle de Bravo, two hours west of Mexico City, celebrated the end of 2017 with an addition to its hotel scene, La Casa Rodavento. Perfect for this fairytale village, the boutique Mosaic Hotel Group property is comprised of seven rooms in a 20th-century colonial mansion. There’s a fire pit, lush gardens, a pool and Jacuzzi, a rooftop lounge overlooking the valley’s surrounding wooded mountains, and NUESTRO, a homestyle restaurant that serves Chef Diego Isunza Kahlo’s authentic Mexican fare. Two sister properties, Hotel Rodavento and Intown Rodavento, will open later in 2018. rodavento.com

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THE POST OAK

Houston, Texas

Canggu, Bali

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On the south coast of Bali, the idyllic COMO Uma Canggu is a breath of fresh air for luxury travelers. Set to open February 2018, this beachfront resort brings 119 rooms, suites, and one- and two-bedroom residences—along with three-bedroom penthouses, each with its own rooftop pool—to this bohemian surf town. Interior designers Koichiro Ikebuchi and Paola Navone have added their Midas touch to every room, turning the entire resort into a work of Asianand Italian-inspired magic. Wellness and indulgence are at the heart of this escape. The spa, COMO Shambhala Retreat, will specialize in hands-on healing inspired by both ancient Eastern wisdom and modern science. And social gathering spot COMO Beach Club will serve charcoal-grilled meats, seafood and vegetables overlooking the Indian Ocean. comohotels.com/umacanggu

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, and this lavish 250-room hotel concept from business legend Tilman Fertitta of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer is no exception. Opening in March 2018, The Post Oak stands mere steps from Houston’s popular Galleria and River Oaks District. It is poised to become a landmark, with a multi-level Rolls Royce showroom, the largest ballroom in the region, a private helipad, Texas’ first Mastro’s steakhouse and a glittering lobby chandelier that, when unveiled, will rank as the second-largest in the world. With the help of architecture and design firm Gensler, each opulent hotel room comes with luxuries befitting the discerning traveler—bed sheet preferences, monogrammed pillowcases, 360-degree in-room mobile technology in multiple languages, Dean & Deluca minibars, and a complimentary luxury house car whenever you need it. When “quiet time” is on your agenda, you can browse through The Post Oak’s museumlevel art collections; retire to The Cellar, where you can choose from 20,000 bottles of wine; or grab a good book and pull up a plush chair in the library with a view of fairytale gardens and palmfringed pool. thepostoak.com

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THE WESTIN HAPUNA BEACH RESORT

Big Island, Hawaii

Perched on whimsical, award-winning Hapuna Beach, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has undergone a huge $46-million renovation. Reopening in Spring 2018 as The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, the largest hotel on the Kohala Coast will have interactive check-in pods and a vertical wall garden in the lobby, 232 rooms and 17 suites, and perfect palm-fringed Pacific Ocean views. Spend your days relaxing by the serene adults-only pool, getting a massage at the all-new Hapuna Spa or working out at the Crossfit Studio while your kids play in the Westin Kids’ Club. When it’s time for food, enjoy breakfast in the sun at Ikena Landing, grab a sandwich at Piko Coffee+Bar before riding the waves, and enjoy a sit-down dinner at the Mediterranean-inspired Meridia. Aloha! hapunabeachresort.com

Desroches Island, The Seychelles

After a total rebuild, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is reopening in early 2018 as its own private island. Serenely floating only five degrees south of the equator, this new-and-improved resort island, once a haven for lovers only, has been redesigned to include 11 private three-, four- and fivebedroom residence villas, perfect for families. Elegant beach bungalows, villas and one- and two-bedroom suites add to the offering, all with direct beach access. Explore Desroches Island’s nine miles of white-sand beaches, endless coconut groves and colorful coral reefs. When you’re not on the water, do as the locals do and navigate the island by bicycle (included with each room). Like most Four Seasons properties, the heart of the resort is the spa, where pampering is performed in African, Indian, Thai and Balinese traditions. Wellness classes, seafood-centric restaurants, a Marine Conservation Discovery Center, a tortoise sanctuary and plenty of water sports are available. Four Seasons will also be opening properties this year in Athens, Greece; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bengaluru, India; São Paulo, Brazil; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. fourseasons.com/seychellesdesroches

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Savannah, Georgia With its cobblestone streets, oak trees draped in Spanish moss, old-fashioned light posts and Greek Revival mansions, Savannah, Georgia is a city of Southern charm. Opening in Spring 2018 in the heart of the Historic District, the new Perry Lane Hotel will redefine luxury in the Low Country. Thanks to the vision of Flank, a top NYC architectural and real estate development firm, 167 elegant rooms will be designed to look as if they belong in one of Savannah’s historic homes. Dinner is served in four unique dining rooms, and sunbathing takes place beside the rooftop pool. perrylanehotel.com

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Immerse yourself in Cambodian tradition at this eco-resort opening in September 2018. You’ll find 63 cozy-chic pavilions and luxe pool villas, a beachfront grill, fine-dining experiences and the resort’s signature Spa Alila. Inspired by the local Khmer people, Alila Villas Koh Russey’s design draws from Cambodia’s clean architectural lines, geometric forms, local craftsmanship and enchanting island lifestyle. Find your Zen in complimentary yoga classes or meditate in the organic garden, see a movie in the outdoor cinema, or get your adrenaline pumping at the fitness center. Just be careful not to get lost—everything on Koh Russey Island seems to peek out of the trees. Also opening in 2018 are Alila hotels in Sri Lanka, Jakarta, Indonesia and Malaysia. alilahotels.com/kohrussey

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San José del Cabo, Mexico

Right now there are only three RitzCarlton Reserves in the whole world— Puerto Rico, Bali and Thailand. But in late 2018, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will become the fourth property on that exclusive list. Set amidst dramatic sand dunes, overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez, this resort property will bring a new kind of desert luxury to the Mexican coast. Dotted along the rolling landscapes of San José del Cabo, jetsetters will find 115 elegant suites and villas, permanent residences, unbeatable panoramic views and, as befits The Ritz-Carlton name, an immaculate spa. Of course, you don’t need a spa to relax at Zadún; the entire reserve is steeped in tranquility. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/mexico/ los-cabos

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A private island on the River Thames accessible only by footbridge or boat, Monkey Island was an exclusive hideaway for British monarchs, aristocrats, artists and writers for centuries. Back in 1723, owner Charles Spencer, the third Duke of Marlborough, commissioned two white-brick buildings—the Pavilion and the Temple—on this seven-acre property about 30 miles west of London. Both stately structures are still intact; they’ve recently been restored by Malaysia-based YTL Hotels and are set for a Spring 2018 opening as Monkey Island Estate. With interiors by award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design, 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites combine traditional Edwardian elegance with contemporary countryside style. Afternoon tea is served in The Monkey Lounge, beneath a ceiling painted with a mural of monkeys. For dinner, a signature restaurant is onsite, while two Michelin-three-star restaurants—Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Waterside Inn by Alain Roux—are located across the footbridge, in the historic village of Bray. ytlhotels.com

Every U.S. president aside from Pres. Trump, as well as many of Hollywood’s elite, have stayed at the iconic Century Plaza Hotel since it opened in 1966. Now, an extreme makeover is underway at the historic locale, which will reopen in mid-to-late 2018 as the Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles. Parent company AccorHotels Group’s estimated $2.5-billion-dollar redevelopment project adds two attention-grabbing 46-story towers and approximately 100,000 square feet of high-end retail and parking facilities, as well as 394 guest rooms and 63 branded residences within the original crescent-shaped building. The lobby will connect to public plazas and fountains, leaving two acres of open space and gardens surrounded by restaurants and retail space. The transformation by acclaimed architecture and design firms Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Gensler, Marmol Radziner and Yabu Pushelberg is sure to be grand. Born in California in 1907, the Fairmont brand now encompasses more than 70 hotels worldwide and continues to expand globally; recent openings include Istanbul, Turkey; Western China and the Middle East. Locations set to debut in 2018 include Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Sushi (opening in April). fairmont.com

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Andaman Islands

With lush forests, over-water bungalows, coral reefs teeming with marine life and panoramic views to last a lifetime, the Andaman Islands are one of the world’s true hidden gems. And now, jetsetters have a new reason to visit. Expected to open in March 2018, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa will bring 75 postcard-perfect ocean view villas and suites to the remote island of Havelock, each designed to look like a traditional, low-rise Jarawa hut—typical for Andaman Islands living. Those who want to elevate their trip from exotic luxury to royal splendor can reserve the 8,000-squarefoot presidential suite. It comes with private butler who will bring anything you need, plus exclusive access to your own private beach… so you can have those Bay of Bengal waters all to yourself. taj.tajhotels.com

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RAFFLES

Downtown L.A., California

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Downtown Los Angeles continues its resurgence with a flurry of openings including the NoMad Los Angeles blazing onto the scene. Taking chic to a new level, the recently opened hotel in The Sydell Group New York’s portfolio has 241 rooms and dining from award-winning Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. Located at the corner of 7th and Olive streets, the hotel inhabits the landmark Giannini Place, formerly the original Bank of Italy, and is the work of French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. Much of the building’s Neoclassical style—its Doric columns, marble floor, original vault and 50-ton door—have been preserved and incorporated into the new design. Inspired by Italy, and in homage to the historic building’s past, the guest rooms’ color palette copies the fully restored gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling. The furnishings are custom designed with original artwork curated from Parisbased Studio be-poles. All guest rooms have king beds with custom linens and bedding by Bellino, and bathrooms featuring freestanding pedestal bathtubs with exclusive bath amenities by Argan. There is also a library, an all-day Italian inspired café and a roof-top pool that offers expansive views of the city and the DTLA skyline. thenomadhotel.com/los-angeles

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True to the Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand, the flagship Raffles Singapore, which opened in 1887, is staying relevant as it undergoes a major renewal. Set to reopen the second half of 2018, the grand property, declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government, will feature refreshed interior design by Alexandra Champalimaud, who is charged with bringing new life into the century-old building while retaining its original ambiance, charm, colonial architecture and proud heritage. With eight categories of rooms and suites, the 115 distinctive chambers will offer new amenities and technology. New and refreshed bars, restaurants, courtyards, event and social areas are designed to make Raffles the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate. The Raffles Arcade will include a re-envisioned Raffles Gift Shop where a History Gallery will detail the hotel’s heritage, as well as the Raffles Spa, a holistic sanctuary in which to escape the city life. With 11 distinguished locations around the world, Raffles has more in development, including the Dhevanafushi Luxury Resort Managed by AccorHotels in the Maldives and Raffles Europejski Warsaw, in Poland, both scheduled for 2018 openings. raffles.com

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Marbella, Spain Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Like all Banyan Tree properties, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, opening June 2018, is on track to supply sanctuary for the senses, offering authentic Malaysian hospitality to foster rejuvenation of mind, body and soul. One of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts eight 2018 openings in Asia, the Caribbean and Europe, it offers travelers an urban adventure. In a unique, sky-suspended retreat in the center of the city’s Golden Triangle, known as the hub of Malaysia, it sits amid towering skyscrapers, shopping malls, various entertainment options and world-class hotels. Fifty-five rooms and suites are designed with contemporary flair, each intended to pamper guests; many boast striking views of the Petronas Twin Towers. Jaw-dropping views of the glistening city skyline are also aplenty from the hotel’s Vertigo rooftop bar, while delectable dishes are served at the Horizon Grill. When it comes to chill-out time, the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a tranquil retreat and reprieve from trekking around town. This year, guests will also be able to experience a Banyon Tree hotel in Huzhou, China. banyantree.com

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Set to open fall 2018 in the heart of Tokyo, Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and the first luxury hotel from AccorHotels to arrive in Japan’s capital. In the home of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, this 143room contemporary hotel for business and leisure travelers offers meeting facilities and exciting culinary options, as well as easy access to subway lines, the Haneda International Airport, and Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train. pullmanhotels.com

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Sophisticated sybarites will want to luxuriate at Nobu Hotel Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol (opening March 2018). The first of five additions to revered brand Nobu Hospitality’s luxury portfolio in 2018, this stylish, adultsonly resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is a gem along the celebrated Golden Mile that links the charming old Andalusian town of Marbella to glamorous Puerto Banus. Aside from unbeatable weather and chic vibe, guests are treated to perks aplenty, including use of a Six Senses Spa, world-class tennis club, Dave Thomasdesigned golf course and an equestrian center; VIP access to Spain’s first Nobu restaurant and La Suite, Marbella’s hottest nightclub; a private beach, secluded swimming pool, sunset DJ sessions, roving mixology cart and fivestar service. The resort’s 81 guest suites flow naturally from cushy contemporary interiors to furnished private terraces overlooking the Plaza and tropical gardens; all are outfitted with Natura Bissé amenities in spacious marble bathrooms. Launching later this year: Nobu Hotel Riyadh in the heart of the Saudi Arabian capital city; Nobu Hotel Los Cabos; Nobu Hotel Chicago in the city’s west loop; and Nobu Hotel Barcelona in a prime location of the beloved Spanish city. nobuhotelmarbella.com

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Part of the Banyan Tree Group family of award-winning brands, Angsana Resorts boasts 14 hotels and resorts in nine countries, and continues to grow. Promoted as “destination playgrounds,” each adventure-oriented location flaunts local design in fun-filled environments. Best known for their portfolio of properties in China and exotic locales in the Seychelles, Maldives, Bali, Thailand, Morocco, Mauritius and Cuba, the brand’s first resort in Europe—Corfu, Greece—is set for an April 2018 opening. A stay at Angsana Corfu comes complete with epic Ionian Sea views, breathtaking modern facilities, enviable amenities and exceptional service. Ideally located on a hill close to the idyllic coastal village of Benitses and tourist spots (including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Corfu’s Old Town, the Old and New Fortresses and the Palace of Achilleion), Angsana Corfu offers 199 rooms, suites and private pool bungalows, all featuring magnificent views of the hill or the sea. The island’s largest spa is comprised of 16 treatment rooms (including four rooftop spa pavilions), indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art gym, yoga deck, Kids Club, and wildlife conservation and rehabilitation center. Pan Asian and international cuisines can be enjoyed beachside, in the fine dining restaurant or under the stars at the rooftop lounge. Later in 2018, an Angsana Resort opens in Cuba. angsana.com

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St. George’s, Grenada

It’s been more than 25 years since a major resort has opened on the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, so the fall 2018 debut of Silversands will surely spark renewed interest in this land of lush greenery, waterfalls, silvery-white beaches and pristine turquoise water. Situated along Grand Anse Beach and on its adjacent hillside are 44 spacious suites and nine villas; the latter are available for purchase. (Bonus: Villa buyers will receive Grenadian citizenship, upon approval, through Grenada’s Citizenship By Investment Program). Guests and residents have access to the boutique hotel’s array of amenities, including a full-service spa with four treatment rooms, a sauna, hammam, swimming pool and gym; private beach club with resident DJ; and a modern Thai restaurant. The centerpiece of the property is an infinity pool; at 100 meters long, it’s one of the largest in the Caribbean. silversandsgrenada.com


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About 31 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Harads, Swedish Lapland (a.k.a. the middle of nowhere), Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa (scheduled to open autumn 2018) is one of the most design-forward hotels ever conceived or constructed. In summer, it floats on the Lule River; in winter, it freezes into the icy waters downstream from the bridges of Bodtraskfors. From the masterminds behind Sweden’s acclaimed (and quirky) Treehotel and architects Bertil HarstrÜm & Johan Kauppi, this singular wellness retreat is inspired by nature and created to leave minimal to zero impact on the environment. Made with only local materials, the circular main building is ingeniously crafted to resemble a log jam. Here, bathers can chill out in a cold-water plunge pool set to 39 degrees Fahrenheit, or warm up in a hot bath, four saunas and a spa treatment room. Six minimalist timber cabins are anchored around the spa building. Outfitted with a wood-burning stove and skylight, each one of the Scandinavian-design accommodations provides cozy comfort at bedtime, although most visitors will likely opt to stay up late and gaze skyward. The hotel and spa are in a prime location for viewing the Northern Lights. arcticbath.se

KATIKIES MYKONOS Mykonos, Greece

On a crescent of sand kissed by the sun and washed by the waves on the Agios Ioannis peninsula, Katikies Mykonos will set the standard for sophisticated accommodations when it opens in June 2018 on the most cosmopolitan island in the Cyclades. White-washed walls, panoramic vistas of the Aegean Sea and endless Grecian charm are key features of the five-star boutique property, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Thirty-five elegantly designed rooms and suites count among their amenities open-air jetted tubs or private plunge pools, private verandas, and open air dining areas. A holistic approach to health and beauty at A.SPA is reflected in treatments, rituals and massages that harness that power of plantbased products from Ligne St. Barth, and Caribbean scents of tiare flower, fine lily and the essence of pure Bourbon vanilla. katikies. com/katikiesmykonos


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Discover two prime locations to hit the slopes and savor the scenery, as well as make the scene, in Asia and North America.

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Whistler’s brand new Audain Art Museum debuted in 2016

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GETTING THERE After arriving at YVR (Vancouver International Airport), arrange for private transfer in an SUV or reserve one of the many shuttle options. Whistler Village is so walkable, renting a car isn’t necessary unless you’re staying outside the village. En route to Whistler, you’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the world. Winding up the mountains, the Ski to Sky Highway runs aside lush landscapes and sparkling waterways interspersed with pine-tree-covered islands.

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Get Cultured: The Audain Art Museum, Whistler’s newest cultural hot spot, is not to be missed. Located by the Village, this iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia, and hosts exhibitions from leading museums around the world.

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Detox: After a day on the slopes, Scandinave Spa, nestled into the forest, is a tranquil winter wonderland and traditional Scandinavian Hydrotherapy Spa. Hot and cold installations, such as Eucalyptus Steam Baths and a Nordic Waterfalls, rejuvenate, detoxify and soothe sore muscles. Massages and yoga classes are also available.

Chef’s kitchen at Whistler Platinum’s 2951 Kadenwood

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APRÉS-SKI Retox: Skiers and non-skiers alike flock to the friendly and energetic Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC), appropriately named for its piggyback location atop the Whistler Gondola, to warm up with a hot toddy or two, and refuel with a diverse menu of comfort food (healthier options also offered) and upbeat live music.

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DINE There are dozens of restaurants from which to choose, and the quality is surprisingly high for such quantity. For fine dining, Araxi offers an inventive cocktail menu and exquisite locally-sourced, seafood-driven menu prepared by Chef James Walt. Upscale Italian cuisine impresses at Il Caminetto and for quality sushi and udon matched with a lively atmosphere, Sushi Village is a local staple. You can also enjoy a posh, high altitude meal slope side at Christine’s or Steeps Grill, where you can check your helmet upon arrival.

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STAY The sprawling Whistler Village spans the base of two mountains, Blackcomb and Whistler (also connected by the Peak to Peak, the first gondola to connect two mountains), with a lovely collection of shops, restaurants and bars. Most of the action is on the Whistler side, but you’ll find the more luxurious hotel options at the base of Blackcomb at The Four Seasons Whistler and Fairmont Chateau Whistler, both of which tout ski valets, s’mores and other swanky amenities. For the ultimate convenience, the Westin Whistler is mere steps from gondola entries to both mountains and The Village, and features an indoor/outdoor pool and lively lounge for pre-dinner drinks and live music. If a bit more exclusivity and space is a priority, Whistler Platinum offers a collection of luxury homes featuring heated pools, hot tubs, theater rooms and chef’s kitchens in the exclusive Kadenwood neighborhood. Although not walking distance from the village, the Creekside enclave’s private gondola will whisk skiers right up to the slopes.

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An expansive library, s’mores and jazz records at the tranquil Moku No Sho

Views of AYA Niseko at night

NISEKO Hokkaido, Japan

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Upon arrival at either of Sapporo’s airports (New Chitose and Sapporo Okadama), you can reach Niseko by train, car or shuttle, although the latter two are recommended. Shuttles are available at many hotels, but the main village of Hirafu is extremely walkable. Taxis can also be hired for the two-hour drive from the airport.

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Retox: Gyu+ Bar is an eccentric cocktail lounge in Lower Hirafu, where guests enter through an old, unassuming refrigerator door. Inside, the coziness is as strong as the Japanese whiskey and craft cocktails they serve in the semi-subterranean lounge. Shiny glass bottles and an impressive record collection flank the horizontal window looking out to an illuminated snow-covered forest.

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You’ll surrender your shoes upon check-in at MOKO NO SHO and continue to be shoeless (while dressed in the traditional Japanese leisure wear provided) as you dine on a nine-course kaiseki meal in a private dining alcove overlooking a waterfall and natural landscapes. The sloped village of Hirafu offers an array of cuisine, but the seafood is some of the freshest in the world. At Ezo Seafoods, the owner drives five hours to the Sapporo Fish Market to create his daily offerings. The tiny, casual restaurant lacks an actual menu; instead, a live view of displayed seafood is offered. Trust the chef and splurge for the omakase, and be sure to make reservations far in advance. In the evening, Barn by Odin is a beautiful glowing barn-shaped venue that serves an uncomplicated menu and begs to be Instagrammed. And since it’s possible for seafood exhaustion to set in, you can find tons of ramen and shabu shabu (hot pot) spots on kawaii hand-illustrated maps posted around town.

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AYA Niseko, one of Niseko’s newest luxury accommodation options, offers ski-in, ski-out access and sophisticated Japanese design. The condominium-style hotel features modern interiors and breathtaking views of the slopes and inactive volcano, Mount Yotei. A bit off the beaten path (in the best way), the hidden sanctuary of Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Bessou MOKO NO SHO is the epitome of tranquility and upscale Japanese hospitality. Beyond a set of large wooden sliding doors at the traditional ryokan, every element of the MOKO NO SHO experience is perfectly orchestrated.

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Detox: The onsen (hot spring) is a ritual and fixture in Japanese culture, and an amazing way to warm up and reset post-ski. Both MOKO NO SHO and AYA feature onsite male and female onsens, in addition to private rooms. If you’re modest, be forewarned: Etiquette calls for no clothing (not optional clothing). Hence, the gender separation.

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Hot and cold plunge pools at the communal onsen at AYA Niseko

Get Cultured: Plan a day trip to one of Japan’s most popular winter spectacles, the Sapporo Snow & Ice Festival, where massive, magnificent ice sculptures take over three of the region’s areas including Odori Park stretching through downtown Sapporo. Held every February, the several day event also features Japanese culinary offerings and family friendly activities like ice skating.


Innovative Miami restaurateur and hotelier Miky Grendene has just opened Casa Tua Cucina, a European-style marketplace for artisanal Italian food inside Saks Fifth Avenue. AGRESS PHOTOGRAPHY BY { MARCELLO CASSANO

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Walk into Casa Tua Cucina, newly opened inside Saks Fifth Avenue at shopping destination Brickell City Centre in Miami, and look around. Clearly, it’s not your average restaurant. The brainchild of Miky Grendene, a local power player and founder of the exclusive Casa Tua Restaurant, Private Club & Hotel in South Beach and Aspen, this massive venue features a 300-seat Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, 30-seat wine and cocktail bar, market selling accessories for home and kitchen, and a flower shop. But the main attraction is a food hall with 10 dining stations offering Italian coffees, breads, pastries, charcuterie, cheeses, meats, fish, pizza and pastas. Casa Tua Cucina (Italian for “your home kitchen”) reflects Grendene’s passion for entertaining. So pull up a chair. Grendene’s kitchen is your kitchen.


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Now you’ve created Casa Tua Cucina, a high-end, Italian-inspired gourmet food hall in Saks Fifth Avenue. Can you describe the concept?

Casa Tua is a home and Casa Tua Cucina is the heart of the home—the kitchen. It is the center of my own home, and now I want to provide my Casa Tua family with a place where they can laugh, cook, share and learn together.

How long was Casa Tua Cucina in development?

I started working on the concept seven years ago. I was waiting for the right location, and when Saks called, I knew it was the right time, at the right place, with the right partner. We share the same philosophy. Saks takes a curated approach to fashion, and we take a curated approach to food and lifestyle. Together we are forging the concept of “new luxury.”

Why did you to go from the ultra-exclusivity of Casa Tua to the more accessible nature of Casa Tua Cucina? I believe sharing good, ethically-sourced food is one of the highest expressions of love. At Casa Tua, we create authentic food using the highest-quality ingredients, meant to be enjoyed around friends and loved ones. Through Casa Tua Cucina, we are able to share that experience with a larger audience, while maintaining the same standard of quality in the ingredients we use and the service we provide. I want to help redefine the way we eat and experience food, and Casa Tua Cucina allows me to do that on a larger scale.

What does Casa Tua Cucina mean to you?

For me, it’s all about passion and love. I want to provide a forum for artisans and small producers who pour That’s what’s special! On top of that, I am a host by

a historic Miami Beach house, so there’s an inherent

friends laughing and eating together. I wanted Casa

that keeps people coming back.

You helped create the first A-list-only place for luxurious dining, imbibing, hanging out, attending chic events and socializing. How did you come up with this idea?

What prompted you to open a second location in Aspen?

that means the right mix of art, culture, wealth, but

mountains. It was all about the lifestyle, and it’s

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level of intimacy built into the space. Paired with good food, familiar service and privacy, I was lucky enough to develop a place with soul. It is the soul

It was a personal choice. Much like with Casa Tua Miami, I took a chance and followed my heart. I love to ski and I wanted my kids to grow up in the very special to be able to go from the sea to the mountains and have a familiar “home away from home” in both places.

and prepare your food, and those who enjoy it. I want to redefine the food and beverage experience. This concept is just the start!

What part of Casa Tua Cucina are you most excited about? Our soul. We go by the motto “we put our heart first,”

and I am so proud that we have been able to drive that message. From our passionate staff to our unique products and plates, we lead with love.

What’s next for the Casa Tua brand?

Not only do I intend to expand Casa Tua Cucina with Saks, but I am also working on creating a global club

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It’s been 15 years since you first opened Casa Tua on South Beach. Did you ever imagine it would become the hot spot it is today?

at some of the most beautiful properties around the world. These will all have a shared philosophy of passion, love and sustainability. I want to redefine the concept of “barefoot luxury.” casatuacucina.com 175


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Legendary French crystal maker Baccarat’s elegant aesthetic is reflected in every facet of Baccarat Hotel & Residences. The noble brand, founded in 1724 by royal warrant of King Louis XV, debuted its first hotel and global flagship—located footsteps from the Museum of Modern Art and shopping along Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan— three years ago. The 50-story tower with shimmering façade of prismatic glass is rich in amenities and comforts, steeped in sensuality and dripping in opulence. Here, we highlight an array of noteworthy nuggets… Fire and Light: A four-foot-tall, dual-

sided fireplace perpetually blazes in the lobby, symbolizing the always-stoked furnaces at the manufacturing facilities in Baccarat, France. Nearby, a 20-by-25-foot wall is adorned with more than 2,000 custom-sized Harcourt glasses, the brand’s most iconic crystal vessel, laid horizontally and lit by an LED light to produce a 24-hour light show.

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husband-and-wife team Stéphanie and Frédéric Chambre, the hotel’s museum-worthy art collection includes works by Robert Longo, Ellen von Unsworth, Joaquin Ferrer, Slim Aarons, Jean-Philippe Aubanel, Segui, Nan Goldin and Eduardo Arroyo, as well as more than 100 commissioned original pieces displayed throughout the hallways and public areas.

Nest Easy: Designed like private pieds-à-

terre, all 114 tablet-controlled high-tech rooms feature custom desks, sconces and table lamps by Baccarat; custom jacquard linens by Mascioni; and hand-painted French doors that separate sleeping areas from white marble bathrooms, where pampering amenities are crafted by Parisian perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian.


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Nuits Romantiques:

Time for a tryst? A custom-designed Baccarat-red enamel mini-bar holds Maison Ladurée delicacies, while bubbly in Baccarat fluted glasses can be ordered by touching a button designated “Champagne” on the telephone handset.

Raising the Bar:

Inspired by the stables of Versailles, The Bar at Baccarat, just off the lavish Grand Salon, showcases barrel-vaulted ceilings, a 60-foot bar and the most spectacular of all 17 custom chandeliers that hang throughout the property. In this rarified setting, the ultimate splurge is “100 Years of the Dalmore,” an exquisite flight featuring three drams of the distillery’s most precious expressions—25-year, 35-year and 40-year single malt scotch whisky— for $1,200.

Spa of the Sea: Each treatment room

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Lap of Luxury:

Evoking images of the Côte d’Azur, canopied daybeds are arranged along the perimeter of the 50-foot heated swimming pool. After taking the plunge, swimmers dry off with towels wafting the scent of Rouge 540, Baccarat’s olfactory signature from Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Automobile Privée:

For taking jaunts within 15 blocks of the hotel (roughly from Lord & Taylor to the Central Park Zoo), guests have complimentary use of the house car, a vintage Citroen. Et un chauffeur, bien sûr. baccarathotels.com


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Breathtaking, elegant, modern. Now in its third generation, Bentley’s iconic Continental GT raises the bar once again for Grand Tourers. Designed and handcrafted in the U.K., the Continental GT is the product of countless craftspeople utilizing the finest materials to create the most exquisite vehicle, inside and out. No fewer than 10 square meters of wood are used to carefully detail the impeccably crafted interior, a process that takes nine hours alone just to fit the wooden inlays. The centerpiece of the interior is Bentley’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3-inch retina-quality digital display that is completely customizable. When not in use, the screen swivels out of sight, hidden behind a stunning wooden cover. bentleymotors.com

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Bentley’s bespoke Mulliner Driving Specification includes striking, lightweight, 22inch forged alloy wheels and embroidered Bentley emblems on the headrests. Further customization is possible with more than 70 available exterior colors and 15 choices of interior trims for nearly endless combinations to suit your style.


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Miami developer David Martin, president of Terra, brings a less is more approach to real estate. With a focus on design, responsible planning and superior quality, his newest ultraluxe residential high-rise, Eighty Seven Park, is rising at the intersection of parkland and the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning architecture by Renzo Piano, this instant landmark is leading the transformation of North Beach.

You grew up in Coconut Grove, attended undergrad and grad school at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and then returned to Miami. What is it about the city that drew you back and keeps you living here?

How do you describe your development philosophy? Have your views on real estate development changed over the years?

an area that has mostly sat untouched for

improve neighborhoods over the long term, so

people expect to find in Miami Beach. We think

I was born in Coconut Grove and my company

we look for places where we can unlock value

is based in the neighborhood, so the area’s

and meet demand for a specific type of product,

resurgence as a residential, business and

be it residential or commercial. We’re doing this

lifestyle destination is personal to me. The

in Coconut Grove, North Beach, Weston and

Grove is one of the few authentically urban,

Pembroke Pines. I’m extremely hands on with all

walkable districts in Miami, and that’s a big

of our projects. I collaborate with our architects

reason why we’re so heavily invested there. As

and

a Miami native, it’s very rewarding to be able to

process. I engage members of the community

help shape our city’s future in a positive way

on a daily basis. I get to know our residents on

and watch my kids grow up in the same city I did.

a personal level.

in every instance we are planning projects

Did you develop any mantras early on in your career that you still live by today?

Why now for North Beach?

surroundings. For example, Renzo Piano is

Less is more. We find that we can create

and what we develop. We’re always looking

more value for our residents, tenants and

for

communities

entry that lend themselves to uncovering

and

responsible planning principles over density.

designers

early

in

development

the

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quiet piece of property compared to what many North Beach is poised for a transformation over the next few years, especially given its location midway between South Beach and Bal Harbour.

What does the development of Eighty Seven Park mean for the community and preserving its natural beauty? Terra is working with some of the top architects from South Florida and around the world, and and creating designs that complement our

Terra is extremely conscious of where, how neighborhoods

and bounded by a 35-acre public park, so it’s a

with

high

barriers

to

inefficiency, filling a market void or delivering a concept that’s never been executed. We are

Why do you think people from all over the globe are drawn to the city?

collaborating with the architects at Renzo Piano

There’s simply no place like Miami. It’s a cultural

designers at West 8 and the interior designers

melting pot filled with authenticity, beauty and

at RDA1 to create a project that will be an anchor

community.

for the larger North Beach neighborhood,

Building Workshop, the planners and landscape

creating a master plan for our Eighty Seven Park project which will add new public green space and expanded beach access for the neighborhood. Our plans call for a low-density high-rise that will appeal to residents who value exquisite design, the outdoors and life on the

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How does it feel to not only be responsible for changing the look of a neighborhood, but also to have the power to significantly impact its prosperity, value and desirability?

It’s a responsibility that I take very seriously. Ultimately, I’m working towards leaving a legacy. I want my kids, when they walk around, to be proud that their dad had a positive impact on their community.

For readers unfamiliar with the area, what are some of the biggest draws of living in this part of Miami Beach?

Just minutes from Bal Harbour shopping, Surfside and Miami’s most exclusive district, Indian Creek, residents will be centered in a serene seaside environment within a peaceful park location, even receiving a coveted “key to the park.”

Let’s talk about scale, density and environmental impact. How do you decide the number of units in a building such as Eight Seven Park, where you could have put more than 200 units but opted for 66? And what went into the decision to place the building on one acre and create a twoacre private park on the north side of the building?

Every neighborhood has a different characteristic. You want to try to work in that DNA rather than impose a preconceived idea. North Beach is about intimate, boutique experiences, so this project called for us to echo that same ethos.

Would you say selecting the team, from architect to interior designer, is equally important as having a prime location on which to build? The team is just as important, if not more than, the blueprint

for the project. This location was an undiscovered gem, and it takes the right mix of people to effectively work together and unlock hidden value.

You’ve tapped Isabel and Ruben Toledo to create gorgeous illustrative art campaigns, marketing materials and uniforms for the building staff. How long have you known the Toledos and what inspired this collaboration? The Toledos have been close friends of our family for years.

The collaboration helps me convey to Terra’s customers and clients that we’re not only working with great architects, but that good design is all-encompassing.

What gives Eighty Seven Park a sense of place in Miami?

Eighty Seven Park finds itself placed in a quiet spot, nestled between the sea and the shore. Furthering its sense of place, every interior and exterior element of the project embraces its

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Eighty Seven Park offers a 35-acre park on the ocean. How many cities can offer that, connected to an urban grid? In our real estate market, the answer is none. Eighty Seven Park is more than a building. It’s a landmark for Miami Beach.

Philanthropy is a big part of our lives. We value shaping a safer, healthier, more culturally engaged Miami for our children. Some

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MINING HIS OWN BUSINESS One of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, Quinton van der Burgh (@Quinton van der Burgh) is a self-made billionaire. Current endeavors include Burgh Group Holdings and QVDB Investments, both major shareholders of companies that mine coal, and he runs a reality TV production company on the side. A business man with a big heart, he’s chairman and president of Generosity Water Global and founder of the QVDB Foundation. Clearly, van der Burgh works hard, gives back and enjoys the best of everything.

Can you describe a typical day in the life of Quinton van der Burgh?

I get up at 5 a.m. and have my first meal for the day—organic rolled oats or fresh fruit—before heading off to the gym. We all need to have some kind of balance in our lives. After the gym, I enjoy my second meal and mentally get ready for the day ahead. I need this moment of Zen because of the amount of work that needs to be handled on any given day. I try to fly out to

the mines twice a week to do inspections and touch base with our mine managers to better streamline the process. Back at the office, I usually have back-to-back meetings with senior staff members, which usually finish around 8 p.m. From there, I am on my phone for the next couple of hours speaking to our various partners around the world.

How did growing up in South Africa help shape you as a person and businessman?

I was brought up in a world where you are humble and

have respect for everyone, most importantly people who are older than you. This has helped me keep good relations in business to this day. In a small town, everyone knows your name and what you are working on, so the margin for error is very small. When I lived in London, it broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to the corporate world and gave me an understanding of first-world countries’ dynamics. I took that knowledge back to South Africa, which gave me the upper hand in dealing with large businesses. The special thing about South Africa is the amazing opportunities presented to you. It is a dog-eat-dog world, but there is opportunity around every corner and you need to immerse yourself in it to become a success.

What is it like working in a family business?

I never got any handouts from anyone, but I saw opportunities and went for them. Thankfully, the majority of them have paid off. I started QVDB Investments by myself when I was 22 years old and started working with my family at 26. Each of my brothers possess a different skill set needed to grow a mining company together. For example, one of my brothers is very hands-on and extremely passionate about the day-to-day logistics of the business, and that’s just not my strong suit. What excites me is the challenge of taking a new That’s what makes running my own company very fun. But working with older brothers can be challenging, to say the least. There is a hierarchy in a family business. You must be adaptive.

Your top three vacation destinations?

because it’s my home and the most beautiful city in the world. And Ibiza, because it’s a place to lose yourself and I love that.

In which country would you like to spend your retirement?

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Miami, because it’s one of the sexiest cities in the world. Cape Town,

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Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) scores big points as a pro athlete, philanthropist, fashion icon and family man.

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Ranked among the world’s highest paid, most marketable and most famous professional athletes, Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s humble roots on the island of Madeira inspired his powerful drive for success and passion for helping the less fortunate. The forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid has his own men’s fashion brand, CR7; lucrative endorsement deals; a long roster of charities he supports; a social media following in the hundreds of millions; a main squeeze named Georgina Rodriguez and four beautiful children.


Fame often comes at a price. How do you handle the pressure?

I really can’t complain, because I am where I always wanted to be. I knew that if I got here, I would have to deal with that side of things—to be constantly under the spotlight, without being able to do simple things like go to the movies or have dinner in a restaurant without everyone recognizing me. I admit sometimes it’s difficult, but it has much more positive aspects than negatives. I actually try to make the best out of every situation, knowing that my life has limited privacy.

How do you shield your family from all of the attention from the media and paparazzi? I try to separate, as much as I can, the moments when I want to be private

from the times when I know that this will not be possible. There are ways to make it. If we go out to public places, we know that we won’t be unnoticed. But as I said, we try to make the best of it. I have a very good and happy life. Some downsides of fame can’t be seen as a very bad thing. They are part of the life I chose and actually fought so hard to have.

When you’re not practicing, playing or promoting your brand, how do you enjoy your downtime? I am with my family, which [recently] grew considerably with three little

babies. Being with my family, my girlfriend, my friends … relaxing with them, having fun, enjoying quality time is the thing I like the most when I have time.

What inspired you to create CR7, your global brand?

I know that a lot of people look up to me in admiration for what I have achieved, coming a long way to be where I am. I had to

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I was born with. I followed my dreams. I try to be at my best in every moment. So I thought that this example, these values, would be very well blended into a brand that inspires people to follow and live their dreams.

“I try to be at my best in every moment.”

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Do you plan to expand the CR7 line?

We are open to several possibilities, but for the moment we want to consolidate work on the products we have available: CR7 Denim & Shirts, CR7 Underwear, CR7 Footwear, CR7 Fragrances and CR7 Gyms. I am very happy with the portfolio that we have for the moment, but we never know what the future will bring.

You are one of the world’s most charitable athletes. Why it is important for you to give back?

It’s the least I can do and it’s something I really enjoy doing. I know that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to have decent lives because they are or were subject to difficult circumstances. I know I cannot help everyone or change the world, but if I can help some of them, if my example can lead others to help, too, I am sure we will ease the suffering of a lot of people and we would be giving a lot of them an opportunity to break a suffering cycle and start another in which—who knows?—they can find peace and happiness.

Is there any other sport you’d like to play professionally? I love a lot of other sports. I admire a lot of

other sports people. But to me, football was the first, second and third option. I never considered and wouldn’t imagine myself having the career I had in other sports.

Can you describe yourself in one word?

That’s a very difficult exercise! There are a few words that come to my mind. Fulfilled, blessed,

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Fifty years from now, how do you want to be remembered?

As a man who followed his dreams and worked very hard until he got them, never forgetting that the most important things in life are family, friends and being a good human being with good values.

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AVATAR OF FEMININE POWER Best known as a kick-ass action hero on intergalactic missions in the Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek franchises, Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) is not only an internationally acclaimed actress with a nearly 20-year career, but also a capable multitasker. Along with sisters Mariel and Cisely, she runs Cinestar Pictures, a production company (watch for The Honor List later this year). She is also preparing to launch a digital media brand and has become an outspoken supporter of the Time’s Up campaign to end sexual harassment. And above all, she is a loving wife and mother to three little boys who are being raised on a gluten- and dairy-free diet.

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Aside from starring in I Kill Giants [release date: March 23], what else is new in your busy life? Something pretty big! I’m stretching my wings and

throwing myself into the world of entrepreneurship. I’m starting a [digital media] company called BESE, a platform that is going to shine light on the untold stories and faces of today’s America. We are going to start with the Latinx community, because it is the most marginalized according to size and growth. Our goal is to give a voice to underrepresented, marginalized communities, and to provide inspiration by highlighting role models past and present. Building BESE is my biggest passion right now,

do make an effort and you do try to find “your version of pretty” every day, because it goes a long way. I like to look good and to feel good.

Despite the exhaustion, do you like being a mother?

Oh God, it’s the best role I will ever play in my life. I love being a mother. I love my children. I love my family. I’m in love with my husband and everyday I wake up trying to be a better person for them. I’m raising boys, so I have a huge responsibility on my shoulders to raise honorable and decent men. That is our main goal now.

aside from my family and film career.

Who are your style icons?

How would you describe your personal style?

And Grace Jones. I like that she was a risk taker and that

make me the happiest that day. My go-to outfit is jeans,

to wear or how to wear it or how to cover up. Her skin is

I guess I choose my outfits based on what pieces will little flat shoes, and a button-down shirt. I love when my hair looks amazing, my jeans feel comfortable, that button-down shirt isn’t pulling or tugging at me, and it’s all looking really sharp. Plus, my flat shoes look chic,

Jennifer Aniston has a beautiful, consistent, strong look. she still, to this day, owns her bod. Nobody tells her what just beautiful and she is so proud to be who she is. She is one of the most striking women I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I also love Audrey Hepburn for being so elegant and delicate and sensitive.

but are comfortable. I love to accentuate my look with a

How do you find a work-life balance?

I want last year to be the last of my crazy-ass years. I had a third baby, I was doing two films at a time in two different locations, and we moved. For me, this year is

and think, “How dare you go out like that? You should

about sleeping. Now that our three children are sleep

always make an effort. You should always, you know,

trained, it’s about catching up on that rest. Healthy

work on yourself!” Little did I know how exhausted I was

living helps me to feel balanced. I would like to read one

going to find myself! After pulling an all-nighter with one

book that doesn’t involve teaching me how to raise my

kid that has a 103-degree fever and then having to wake

children. I would love to support my husband more in his

up and make breakfast and put them all in the car and

art and in his field. Last year he was the wind beneath my

take them to school… and then you stay home with one

wings, so this year it is about me being the wind beneath

little baby… Little did I know that the last thing I would

his. He very well deserves it and needs it. Finding that

want to do is spend time on myself getting ready! I still

balance between working hard and playing hard is

manage to preserve a little bit of that old essence of who

important. I find the “play” part by spending quality time

I was [before motherhood]. I think it’s important that you

with my family.

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How do you find the time to squeeze in workouts?

next day, they [received] really heavy text messages from

exerciser and then three months go by and I don’t do

how they made me feel and how I would like them to never,

I go through seasons where for six months I am a consistent much. I try to walk. I’m currently on a hiatus from exercise and beginning to feel it. I’m eager to start going to the gym, seeing my trainer and getting back on my disciplined

You are attached to Avatar 2 through 5. How exciting!

working together, living nearby and in each other’s lives

connects life with earth. I am working with the biggest

criticism, and also focuses on pushing each other. We are super inspired every day and the stories that inspire one inspire the others. Currently, we have taken a little hiatus and are focusing more on family. We finished our first-look deals and we are expanding in the digital world for women and for film. That presents a certain kind of freedom; we don’t have to be stuck on a policy or a specific budget that is unrealistic. We can make a lot with a very small budget and tell the stories that we want. We executive produced

The Honor List , and co-produced it with Lionsgate Digital Studios and Untitled. This is the first film that we did and we

It makes me feel great that I am a part of the biggest film in the world and that its message is super strong and renegade in the business, who has made it his life’s work to be an advocate for Mother Earth. I love James Cameron. I think he’s a genius. I think he’s an inventor and a deliverer of essential messages of life. He’s also very inspiring to work with. He’s like a father, my peer, my friend. Because of him, I’m working with my idol, Sigourney Weaver—my dream woman since I was a little girl. She played the roles that made me dream about the kind of woman that I wanted to be. I find myself 30 years later living out those dreams. I also get to work again with Sam Worthington, who has been the loveliest and most amazing man on screen that I have ever worked with. Now we are both parents and we are older and we get to high five and thank our lucky stars together.

are super excited about it.

That feels so great. I’m aging with my favorite people. I’m

Would you encourage your sons to go into the entertainment business?

don’t have that luxury, so I don’t take it lightly. I am grateful

My goal right now is not to just teach them about the

Have your kids seen Avatar?

I will always encourage them and support them 100 percent. glamour of what I do, but also the sacrifice of what I do. We are all making the sacrifice. They are in it with me. Every time I have to rip myself away from them for 16 hours a day, they are missing their mother, so I want them to be conscious of

growing with them. Many actors, many people in this town, every single day.

No, my twins are three and my youngest is one. We are still curating the kind of content that they consume, but I can’t wait to share it with them when they’re able to understand it. But they know that mommy goes to work and she’s in

that and to know that this comes at a high price.

Avatar and she’s blue.

Have you ever had any #MeToo experiences?

Do you have advice for aspiring actresses?

movement. You can’t be a woman at my age and stature,

minutiae of life—Who is skinner? Bigger? Greater? Darker?

I would be lying if I said that I am not part of the “Me too” and say “I’ve not been a victim of some kind of sexual misconduct.” The way I’ve handled it… I have leaned in to it. I have spoken to other women, especially my mother. I’ve spoken to female peers. I’ve spoken to male peers about situations that I’ve found myself in, [some that] happened I’ve been given tools on how I can handle myself better next time. And also, I have spoken up. Whenever I was cornered in a way that felt like I was going to be coerced into doing something that I did not want to do, or I was beginning to feel

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

When the cameras are not on, I’m really funny. Whether I have had a glass of wine or not, I’m goofy. I’m kooky and goofy! Sometimes to the point where I can make people feel really uncomfortable around me because I am socially awkward whenever I’m just super free.

What terrifies you?

To drop the ball and miss important moments in my kids’

told those perpetrators to stop immediately and to step

lives that I may take for granted. I won’t ever be able to get

away. I’ve also told friends that I love very dearly when they

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What is it like to run a production company with your sisters?

that has a foundation of respect, admiration and positive

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ever, ever do that to me again. I think I have been weak at

regime. I’m happier when I do that.

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Binge-worthy on Netflix: Stranger Things, Season 2

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Inspiration: My sons. I love their awareness and insight.

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TIMES in GANDY LAND With turbo-charged talent and masculine good looks, British übermodel David Gandy (@davidgandy_offical) is Gio’s Iconic Man of the Decade.

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Like a shiny black Jaguar XKE, David Gandy is a combination of sex appeal and high performance. Beyond gracing magazine covers and ads for underwear and perfume, he writes and blogs, designs loungewear, loves dogs and classic cars, and supports multiple charities. Plus, with those blue eyes and athletic bod, he causes pulses to race everywhere he goes.

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You are the world’s top male model, which I’m sure took plenty of hard work and perseverance. What has been the most difficult part of your professional ascent?

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When did you know you wanted to be a model? Can you tell us about your first paid modeling job?

I never thought of becoming a model. I was entered into a modelling competition by my university housemate without my knowledge. I won that competition and went from there. The first paid modeling job was a lookbook for Paul Smith. But I have tried to find every copy and destroy them because I was so new and didn’t know how to model. The results were awful.

In addition to modeling, do you aspire to do anything else?

Modeling has opened many doors. I have written for Vogue, GQ, London

Telegraph, Vanity Fair, etc. I have invested in many young British fashion brands and started my own clothing lines in collaboration with other larger, more famous fashion companies. I have been stepping away from being in front of the camera to behind it—not photography, but creative directing and content ideas and direction.

You have traveled the globe and seen the world’s most amazing places. What is your favorite destination thus far?

My parents educated myself and [my] sister through travel. They have done this since we were young. So even though I have been to many incredible places traveling for my job, it has been nothing compared to our family trips. I honestly don’t think there is one particular location I could call my favorite; they have all been very special. From trekking gorilla in Uganda to fishing for piranha in the Amazon rain forest, they have all been incredible educational experiences. It is from these experiences that [I learned] why giving back and charity work is so important. So I work closely with around 10 charities and I’m ambassador of five.

How do you define your personal style and who are your style icons, past and present?

I am probably known best for my love of tailoring. However, I take a lot of inspiration from style icons and Hollywood greats that were true men, such as Paul Newman, James Dean, Marlon Brando, etc. Like them, I love my cars and I race, so my casual style is a very utilitarian way of dressing. You will usually find me in jeans/chinos, white T-shirt and a Barbour or Belstaff jacket.

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“People laugh when I say this, but I have never been a natural in front of the camera.”

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In the last 70 years fashion has changed so much. With which decade do you associate your personal style?

I suppose for the tailoring aspect of my style, my influence is the 1950s and ’60s. However, I don’t associate with any particular era or decade. I try to be individual and take inspiration from all decades.

Tell us something that no one really knows about you.

I hate having my photo taken. People laugh when I say this, but I have never been a natural in front of the camera. I hate being center of attention and I am actually quite naturally shy.

Gio has named you Iconic Man of the Decade. The vast majority of men want to be you, while women (and some men, too) want to be with you. How do you feel about being idolized?

I don’t think anyone can live up to that. I’m honored to be called Iconic Man of the Decade. However, I don’t believe you can ever think of yourself in this way. I hopefully have kept myself quite grounded and my friends and family wouldn’t accept me any other way. People often say “Wow, you are so nice and normal,” and I often find this statement quite strange. I think there is a way people, post millennials especially, think you should act if you are in the public eye or famous. Or even a way they would act if they were in the same position and, therefore, find it strange when you are different from that.

If you could change one thing about the current state of the world, what would it be?

Is it just me or is the world becoming an ever stranger place to live in? In the U.K., we have voted to leave Europe, so we are going through the Brexit negotiations. Obviously in the U.S., Trump is president. There appears to be greater division and discord in the world today than I can remember in my lifetime. There are so many situations that need to evolve and change. The things I truly believe in, I try to help support and change and give awareness to through my charities. From animal welfare with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to achievement for all, and the education of children within the U.K. to Save the Children, which improves the lives of children all over the world. Children and animals are vulnerable and need protection, help and guidance, and this is where most of my energy goes.

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The truth is, Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) is a home body. Sure, she’s drop-dead gorgeous. Of course she’s a consummate star best known as a high-kickin’ murderess in Chicago, swashbuckling swords woman in two Zorro flicks and, recently, a Hollywood legend in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, and drug queenpin in the Lifetime telefilm Cocaine Godmother. But the Welsh beauty readily admits that she feels most fulfilled when she’s at home with hubby Michael Douglas and their two children, amid decor she has curated or designed herself. With the launch of Casa Zeta-Jones—a collection of sumptuous items for bed and bath—she now gives the rest of us a precious house gift.

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You left Hollywood for a while to start a family. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?

What have you learned from your husband and soulmate, Michael Douglas?

I don’t know that I ever left Hollywood. I guess I did when I went

Never take each other for granted. Sometimes we are kinder to

to Broadway and did an extended run of Stephen Sondheim’s

strangers than we are to those closest to us. Always be kind to

A Little Night Music [for which she won the 2010 Tony Award for

each other.

Best Actress in a Musical]. It was fantastic to get back to my theater roots. Anything I’ve done workwise had to be something

Have you learned anything from your children?

I really wanted to do in order for me to be away from my children.

Be present and in the moment, the future will take care of itself.

I can never get these years back and I am so grateful for all the time I’ve been able to spend with them.

Casa Zeta-Jones is the ultimate in accessible luxury. What inspired you to create a home decor line? I’ve always loved interior design. It’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. When I started my career, I would be on the road, traveling constantly, and would set up home

Which women in Hollywood have inspired you most? I’ve always loved Anne Bancroft. She was incredibly sexy and beautiful, but had no fear of being authentic when it came to a role. I love all of her films, particularly The Miracle Worker, The

Graduate, Turning Point and 84 Charing Cross Road. She had an amazing, multi-faceted career and left an astounding legacy.

wherever the tour took us. I’ve decorated all my homes and my

What is your dream project?

friends are always asking for my advice about their homes. A

The dream on any project is to work amongst creative, inspiring

home line was the next step. I wanted to create something that

people—in front of the camera, behind the camera, in my studio,

was accessible and affordable, yet still luxurious. The response

showroom and boardroom—who have absolutely no ego.

to Casa Zeta-Jones has exceeded all our expectations. I am thrilled that people love it and make it part of their homes.

You are an icon of beauty and style. From whom did you get your fashion sense?

How involved are you with the line?

My mother was a seamstress/dressmaker. She had flawless

I am completely involved with Casa Zeta-Jones, from the start to

taste and could make anything. I’m from a small town in Wales,

finish of each product. I choose all fabrics and accessories and

so we didn’t have large department stores and weren’t at

work on all designs. I am involved in all the creative, marketing

the forefront of fashion. My mother could create a pattern by

and packaging. Nothing gets by without me seeing it first.

looking at a picture of a dress and add a sleeve from one look

When you have guests stay with you, how do you make their guest suite as cozy as possible?

Who are your style icons?

flowers, candles, lush towels in the bath and their own bathrobe!

Mary Quant, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly and Edith Head, the

My mother never leaves the house without her hair done and lipstick on, even if she’s going to the curb to get the mail. She would say “Put on some lipstick and do your hair, Cath. You never know who you’re going to meet.” She still says it to me to this day! I’ve realized it isn’t about vanity, but really about taking pride in yourself and always putting your best self forward.

Looking back, when have you been at your most confident and comfortable? Not to be cliché, but right now. I am the most comfortable and

Did you ever struggle with a weakness or insecurity that eventually became a strength? When I was a child I developed a respiratory infection and had a tracheotomy. It left a scar on my throat that was and is very visible. I used to hate it when I was younger, but now I wear it survivors.

On top of creating and maintaining a luxury brand, you still find time to act. Tell us about Cocaine Godmother. What drew you to the role? I have always been fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco. She was a ruthless, smart and complex woman. She was a major player in the drug world, in the Cocaine Cowboys era, and was a huge success (albeit illegal) in a man’s world.

What’s next for you? Where else can we can look forward to seeing you in 2018? You’ll definitely be seeing more of Casa Zeta-Jones, as we are expanding the brand to incorporate more things for the home. I have a few very interesting projects I am developing with some really talented people. The future looks very bright!

How would you finish this sentence: Every day of my life, I am thankful for… ? My family.

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knowing what matters and what to let go.

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teenager, my party dresses were all originals by Patricia Jones!

Lots of pillows and blankets, soft comfortable sheets, fresh

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Top shopping spots:

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser and Toner.

Vintage stores around the world

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Serge Normant shampoo and conditioner. Charlotte Tilbury mascara and Charlotte’s Magic Cream. Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in brunette.

Fashion inspiration: Meryl Streep in Out of Africa

Fitness class/routine:

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"OUR SCARS ARE WHAT MAKE US WARRIORS AND SURVIVORS."

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Best book recently read: The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet

Current view of the world: I’m concerned

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HERO Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy), a 2014 Olympic silver medalist and current champion of the LGBTQ community, is just back from the PyeongChang Winter Games with sponsorship deals from multiple major corporations. Turns out, being the “Gay Skier”— the first action sports star to be out and proud—has made this formidable slopestyle and halfpipe competitor on Team USA a most attractive spokesperson. Gio ISSUE No. 1 FEATURES

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He waved a rainbow flag, spent time with friend and fellow gay Olympian Adam Rippon, suffered a broken thumb, kissed his boyfriend live on national television, and finished the finals in last place. But Gus Kenworthy showed grace and class with this post-run Tweet:

I failed to land my run in the final and didn’t end up on the podium but, for me, the Olympics aren’t solely about the medals. Being here now, out and proud and living my life authentically, I’m walking away more fulfilled without a medal than I did at the last Games with one . . . We spoke with Keworthy right before he left for South Korea. Here’s what he had to say: When did you know you wanted to be a professional skier? When I was a kid I would fall in love with

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for my family, an NHL player because I loved being on the hockey team . . . Skiing professionally was always one of those dreams, but it wasn’t until I was about 14 or

included in the Olympic lineup until 2014, when

15 that I really started to make it a goal for

they debuted in Sochi. So, when I was a kid, my

myself and began working harder than ever

biggest dream was competing in the X Games and

to make it into a reality.

winning a medal in every X Games freeski discipline (halfpipe, slopestyle and big air), a dream I was

Did you ever dream you would compete in the Olympics and win a silver medal?

very proud to accomplish in 2016. Once I found out

To be honest, making it to the Olympics was

definitely became my main focus to qualify for the

never really one of my aspirations growing

US team and compete on the world’s stage. But I

up. The freeskiing disciplines that I compete

tried not to put too much emphasis on medals or

in (halfpipe and slopestyle) weren’t even

any of that because I didn’t want to jinx it for myself.

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You’ve made the crossover from athlete to mainstream celebrity. How has this affected your day-to-day life? Do you like the attention and media coverage? I don’t think the notoriety has really affected my day-to-day life too much, honestly. Some of the attention was for the Olympics and the [stray] dogs [that I rescued in Russia] and the medal, but a lot of it was from me coming out. I feel genuinely blessed that I’ve received so much positive recognition for sharing a part of myself that I spent most of my life being terrified to speak about. I’m always flattered to meet fans and I love when people come up and introduce themselves or ask for a picture. It makes me feel special. I’ve never been shy, but I think that with the recognition comes a responsibility for me to conduct myself in a certain way and sometimes I feel the pressure of that. I want to be a positive role model and not let anybody down. Although that can feel like a burden at the end of the day, it keeps me in check and I think it’s a good thing. I do my best to be my best, and that’s all I can do.

You came out as gay in an ESPN the Magazine cover story in 2015. So many athletes hide their sexuality in fear of losing sponsorship opportunities and their fan base. Did you worry about that? I was definitely concerned about the potential

negative repercussions of coming out publicly. I was scared I would lose sponsors, stop getting invited to events or stop getting scored well at them. I feared my teammates wouldn’t want to share rooms with me at contests, and that my friendships with competitors would be lost. When you’re in the closet, you think about all the worst case scenarios. Ultimately, though, being in the closet became increasingly painful for me, and although coming out was scary, the thought of closeting myself any longer was almost more scary.

Do you have any regrets about your decision? Not a single one.

What advice would you give athletes who are struggling with the idea of coming out? I would offer any closeted athletes

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everybody else is taken. Sometimes it seems easier to go on pretending to be something you’re not, and bending and breaking to try and fit a mold of “normalcy.” But at the and it’ll leave you feeling incomplete. The sooner you can acknowledge yourself for who

had to compartmentalize and distract myself from my sexuality in order to focus on competing or training. I was able to just “be” and it made me more present, more focused and more ready to succeed. Coming out was, hands down, the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and I would encourage anybody in the closet to take that step, but only when they feel ready and safe to do so.

How does it feel to be an inspiration to so many people? When I meet someone or get a message telling

me that my coming out story, or me living my life openly and publicly as a gay man, has made it easier for them to accept themselves as a queer person, or helped them come out or anything else that I’ve been told, it truly fills my heart. It makes me feel as though I’ve at least done one thing right in this world.

Who inspires you in life?

I’m inspired by many people for many different reasons and in many different ways. Of course there are athletes I look up to, but more than that, I think I look up to any small town queer person living their life honestly and unapologetically. Even though I’m publicly very out, I sometimes still get nervous about showing any “gayness” when I’m in certain situations or places. I hate that I have to second guess holding my boyfriend’s hand or sharing a kiss or wearing certain things, but in certain places and moments it can be scary. I can’t tell you how much admiration and respect I have for those who share themselves entirely and unabashedly despite their surroundings, regardless of who may be looking or judging. I think we can all, queer or not, learn a lot from that.

What do you most look forward to at the Winter Olympic Games?

The opening ceremonies. Last time around, the whole Olympic experience went by in a flash. This time I want to soak it all in, breathe in my surroundings . . . and really just be as present as possible. I know I’ll look back on it for the rest of my life and I want the memories to be as vivid as possible.

After skiing, what’s next for you?

After skiing, I’d like to get in front of the camera. I’ve always wanted to be an actor and that’s something I hope to pursue when my ski career is over. I’ve had a few opportunities to host and it’s something that I really enjoy, so I’d be very open and excited to host a TV show.

How do you want to be remembered?

I’d like to be remembered for doing things that pushed the envelope. Both on and off the slopes.

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Is there someone you wish you could haveworked with, but never had the chance? A photographer? A client? The only icon I never got to work with was Azzedine Alaïa.

Considering all the recent allegations about inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment in the workplace, do you have any #MeToo moments to share? No. Never. I do not condone this behavior from men. There is absolutely no excuse for men

Have you learned any lessons that might provide inspiration to others?

Our perceptions create our reality. When we focus on the things that challenge us or are negative, that becomes our experience. When we focus on the good and have gratitude, we experience more joy and attract that. Also, that we are not just our physical form. We are so much more. Our energetic bodies are the bigger

Which job/shoot was a game changer?

So many. [German photographer] Juergen Teller

Take me back to your childhood growing up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and attending Lee’s Summit High School. What’s your most vivid memory? I grew up with a humble background in a small town. One of my most vivid memories was playing in the big field next to my house catching butterflies and grasshoppers.

Were you as breathtaking then as you are now? And were you popular?

It’s hard to say if I was breathtaking. . . thank you! That’s for others to decide. I didn’t know myself to be one of the prettiest girls in school. I was tall and skinny. I was friends with a lot of people from many different groups. So in some way, yes, I was popular . . . but not the “popular girl.”

for Italian Vogue and [British photographer] Craig McDean for W put me on the map. But I think Mario Testino shooting me for American Vogue showed my ability to be an all-American icon, which led to a major contract for Cover Girl.

Were there any points in your career when you were, like, “I just don’t want to do this anymore?” Yes. I was always externally grateful for my

opportunity, but I became exhausted by the demands on my time and being valued by the way I look. I wanted more substance in my life, and time became more valuable than money. I decided to follow my heart. It always pays off. Now I’ve found a beautiful balance and enjoy my work more than ever.

part of us, and our beauty and health come from a healthy mind and emotions.

Who has been your greatest inspiration? Not a person. I follow my instincts and my highest self.

Along with so much good in your life, you also experienced tragedy when your sister Audrey was killed in a bicycle accident. How were you affected by that loss?

It was a ground-shattering, unexpected moment that changed my reality. For the first time, I experienced what impermanence really means and feels like. In that knowing, each moment of life became so precious. Being present in moments with loved ones and ourselves and doing what we truly love is what this experience called life is all about.

On a typical day, what do you usually wear?

groping women, uninvited sexual energy and,

I love a timeless classic look, as well as

God forbid, rape. Women also need to be aware

an Americana ranch look on my [Topanga

of what they put out there and choose to do to

Canyon] land.

get ahead. I believe women hold a lot of power. Both men and women have abused sexual

Do you think the fashion/modeling world has been kind to you as you’ve moved into the next stages of your career? Absolutely. I’m so grateful that I still work. I trust I’ll be working into my 40s.

energy. It’s the most powerful energy in the world. It creates life!

What inspired you to create a capsule collection of jewelry for Article 22? I loved that Article 22 was making jewelry from

Can we expect to see you acting again on the large or small screen?

melted down [landmine] shrapnel from war.

I love acting, but it wasn’t something I chose to

it into something beautiful was a symbol of

pursue because I became a mother at 22. I didn’t

alchemy and hope. I engraved the message “I Am

feel I could be the mother I wanted to be and

Love, I Am Light, I Am Peace.” I came up with this

also an actress. I had a solid career as a model,

mantra with the idea that peace starts with us

which allowed me to be a very present mom.

as individuals throughout daily thoughts, actions

Taking something negative and transforming

and choices.

Is there anything you’d change about your life? No. I wish I knew things I know now back then,

but every experience I have had brought me the wisdom I have now, so I’m happy.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on a book and planning on six teen and six adult workshops this year called Peace Begins In Me. I’ll be co-teaching things I learned through my training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and as a Kundalini yoga teacher.

When you started booking huge modeling jobs, like the cover of Italian Vogue in 1997, how did your high school friends react?

How did you feel about photographer John Russo’s vision for this amazing shoot?

I was embarrassed to share this, so we didn’t

I love the way John shoots me. He always makes

really talk about it. I wanted to be seen as the

me feel and look so beautiful. His concept for

girl they always knew [in order to] still relate with

the shoot was so powerful and amazing with the

everyone. However, my world was expanding.

tiger! Truthfully, I was a little scared of the tiger.

I had opportunities many people never

But the shots look amazing!

experience. So it started to become more difficult for me to relate, but I felt it was important to stay humble, and my hometown friends and family ensured I stayed down to earth.

Finish this sentence: “I met Angela Lindvall at a party and I had no idea she was so damn . . .” Down to earth.

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An easy-going dude from Austin, Texas, Glen Powell's (@glenpowell) career path led him straight to Hollywood. With acting credits that include Hidden Figures, The Expendables 3 and upcoming, high-profile projects also destined to impress, the young hunk admits that his heart still belongs to Texas.

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When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

Since then, my style has slightly adapted to Los Angeles, so I

attention span, you’re well suited to be an actor. After seeing

game days or when I’m gathering the Texans in L.A. for some

When you’re fascinated by everything but have a short

Top Gun, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; after Apollo 13, I be a Jamaican bobsledder; after Braveheart, I wanted to reliberate Scotland. After Raiders of the Lost Ark, I begged my parents to buy me a bullwhip. I carried it around everywhere.

rarely have time to miss it too much. Whenever my jeans get too tight and the Vs in my shirt get too deep, the family calls me back to Texas before they lose me to West Coast fashion completely.

You have a reputation for being the nicest guy in the world. Is that accurate?

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I wasn’t supposed to use it in the house, but rules are meant

rowdiness. I do most of my writing and relaxing in Texas, so I

to be broken. There is still a chunk missing from the ceiling in

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don’t look like such a cowboy. But I’ll break out the Stetson for

Even though you now live in L.A., you’re still a Texas cowboy at heart, aren’t you?

it’s really more about playing sports with smaller people who

directed by Denzel Washington, I received a call in my

dreaming of doing my entire life. I’m surrounded by friends

my childhood bedroom.

After shooting a role in a film called The Great Debaters, freshman dorm at the University of Texas from Ed Limato, Denzel’s agent at William Morris. He wanted to sit down [with me] before The Great Debaters premiered. When I met with him and his colleagues, I wore Wranglers and a cowboy hat.

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He asked, “Did you just get off a farm?” I said, “Well…yeah.”

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Hidden Figures was an overwhelming success. What was it like working on the set?

it, your mom’s book club definitely has. It stars Lily

and re-entry into orbit. I had read the debriefs

the Nazis in World War II. If you have a heart, this

I remember the day we shot John Glenn’s launch and studied all the Friendship 7 flight footage to make sure I was true to real life. But whenever I got to set and stepped into the capsule, and the lights flickered to life and the grips began to shake the gimbal, I had a really hard time keeping a straight face. Those countless hours as a kid I spent in a refrigerator box after watching Apollo

13, pretending to return to Earth, came flooding back to me and I couldn’t stop smiling. [Director] Ted Melfi’s only note was, “Let’s go again. This time, have less fun.” Hidden Figures was a special kind of movie experience that may never happen again. The entire experience from start to finish was perfect. I was getting to work alongside amazing talents to tell an untold true story about heroic women. I played an American icon on the right side of history. And even better, the movie was fantastic and it was released at a time when

James and I play the lone American in a sweeping British love story set on an island ravaged by movie is for you. I’ll be shooting Devotion, based on the bestselling true story about Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown, who flew alongside each other in the Korean War. In an era when men of different skin colors didn’t fight next to each other, Tom and Jesse became the Navy’s most famous angels in the sky. When Brown’s aircraft was gunned down behind enemy lines, Hudner intentionally crashed his own plane in order to save him. I have the honor of playing Medal of Honor winner Captain Tom Hudner. And very soon I’ll be able to share some fun news about what I’m shooting summer 2018. Hint: I gotta get to the gym.

If you could change one thing about Hollywood, what would it be?

our country needed it.

As you’ve seen recently in the news, a lot more is

If you could work with any actor, past or present, who would it be?

my family in Texas would say, “It’s good to clear

my heroes. While shooting Expendables 3, I got

and honorable. I think that taking the parasites

I’ve been really fortunate to get to work alongside to work alongside Sylvester Stallone, who has always been a north star for me in terms of his relentless work ethic. That guy never had his hand out begging for a job. He wrote and produced his way to an acting career. On Hidden Figures I got to work with Kevin Costner, who embodies everything it is to be an American movie star. In an ultimate bucket list moment, Kevin took me to see the Braves play the Dodgers. We sat behind home plate and talked life, love and baseball. I also got to siphon some career advice between innings. My favorite one was, “You’re gonna play the hero. Try to be that same hero off the screen that you are on the screen.” As far as the future goes, Tom Cruise has always been an idol of mine. I grew up on Jerry Maguire, Top Gun and A Few

Good Men. That’s the career I want. He’s famous for his dedication, curiosity and generosity. Being one of the biggest movie stars on the planet for three decades is next to impossible. I’ll hang off any airplane he tells me to as long as he gives me his secret.

wrong with Hollywood than anyone thought. As out the dead wood.” The business is filled with so many talented people who are good-intentioned out of the ecosystem is going to be good for the health and creativity of the business at large. Just to be clear, I don’t ask anyone to watch me shower. Occasionally, a platonic loofah scrub, but I’ll save my Expendables cast stories for the next interview.

Can you complete this sentence: In five years Glen Powell will be…

…available for birthdays and bar mitzvahs. And select car dealership openings.

The photos of you on these pages are incredible. Tell me about the photo shoot.

[Photographer} John Russo is the man. He’s willing to go the distance to make you look cooler than you are. This business is smoke and mirrors, and John deserves his own Vegas show. On this shoot, John was so excited about getting away from the overshot L.A. landscapes, so we trucked out into the faux African savannah of the Santa Barbara Hill Country. We wiggled through blast shooting in a pasture, around irritable cows

Up, which I star in with Zoey Deutch. And I just

cars were boxed in by hot-blooded locals who

Last summer I shot the romantic comedy Set It

saw it and it’s awesome. I know the rom-com has been pronounced dead, but I really think movie follows two over-worked assistants who puppeteer their bosses into romance so they can finally have free time. It’s basically When Harry Met

Sally meets The Parent Trap. It’s coming to Netflix summer 2018. Also coming in 2018 is a film based on the best-selling book The Guernsey Literary

and Potato Peel Pie Society. Don’t judge a book by its endless cover/title. Even if you haven’t read

had called the police and clearly wanted us to get the chair for trespassing. When the police arrived, John explained his vision and apologized for being seduced by the landscape and its aesthetic promise. The police—and the cast of

Deliverance—were all charmed. Also note that in some of these photos I’m wearing John’s shirt.

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The man literally gave me the shirt off his back to make me look like a movie star. My favorite photo shoot ever. I didn’t even have to go to jail for it.

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Brittany Snow (@brittsnowhuh) is not a flake—she just plays one in the Pitch Perfect trilogy. Off screen, the young actress opens up about her personal struggles and devotion to helping others.

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Why do you think movie-goers love you so much?

[about

the past has worked against me. I got in my

times. Seven years ago, there wasn’t as much

I am very sensitive and intuitive, which in own head and in my own way. Now I feel my

sensitivity and intuitiveness is perhaps why people feel they can relate to me. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I think people can feel

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depression

own and

struggles

with

anorexia,

self-mutilation]

because

other stories had helped me overcome hard honesty going around, especially online, and I wanted to create a community of people who were brave enough to share themselves and their truth. I wanted to help bring awareness to

that.

mental health. I wanted to create a place where

How do you feel about being a role model for teenagers?

The Love is Louder [#LoveisLouder] team works

don’t think about it too much. I try to make the

them figure out the best way to solve issues

I do not take that lightly. I am honored, but I

everyone could feel included and supported. one-on-one with advocates from campuses (mainly high schools and colleges) to help

best decisions for me and who I want become.

like bullying, body image, discrimination and

You’ve played so many interesting characters, from a teenage neo-Nazi in Nip/Tuck to the apple-pie good-girl Chloe in Pitch Perfect. Which was most important to you?

What’s the one thing you wish you could change about the entertainment industry?

Me Crazy, I felt the most connected to my

or not, we are all human beings and we all have

Probably in a short film series I did called Call character. The strength in that character to battle mental illness, and the accurate portrayal of that, was something I felt very

depression.

The scrutiny entertainers are constantly under. Whether you’re in the entertainment industry

feelings. I don’t know how famous people do it—the pressure to look and act a certain way must really weigh on them. I’m glad I’m not that

inspired to do correctly.

famous, so I can go to Starbucks in my pajamas.

Were you anything like Chloe in high school?

look, date and be whomever they want to be

only went to one year of normal high school

that is to change. The pressure to uphold this

Definitely not. I was very shy in high school. I and that was good enough for me. I couldn’t figure out how to fit in. I was definitely not as

Entertainers should be allowed to wear, do, without criticism. It’s all very weird how hard ridiculous standard of beauty. It’s bullshit.

confident or as happy as Chloe.

How do you cope with rejection?

Did you ever struggle with a weakness or insecurity that eventually became a strength?

when people say they are used to it. I don’t

respected for a long time, who would tell

learned over time to have a core understanding

I was with an ex-boyfriend who I valued and me I was “too much.” I was too sensitive, too complicated, too different. That really affected me for a while. I tried to change myself to be less because I loved him. It wasn’t till I got

think I’ll ever get used to the feeling of being told you’re not it...and that’s ok. I have just of who I am and to hold on to that. I know who I am, how I’m unique, what I bring to the table, and no one can take that from me. I usually lean on my friends, listen to a good song and get into something creative. Then, I’m on to my

and that’s a good thing.

me super strong, beautiful movies, that sweet

Why did you create Love is Louder?

fact that there will always be my next favorite

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things he saw as weaknesses made me strong,

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out of that relationship that I realized those

Rejection is never easy. I think it’s interesting

interesting and unique. I love that I’m different and I will never change to fit a mold of what someone wants me to be. I am never boring

I felt compelled to help and to share my story

What are you most grateful for?

My dog, my friends, my past that has made potatoes are considered a vegetable and the song to listen to over and over.

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When did you realize you wanted to be a pro athlete?

I wanted to be in the Olympics since I started training taekwondo at five years old. I was on the running team and I used to play soccer as well, and compete

How did it feel to be the featherweight tournament winner of the UFC-produced reality television series The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America?

It’s an honor to say that I’m a The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)

nationally. All this was in elementary school, and

winner, but my goal is still in front of me—becoming a

middle school wasn’t any different. When I turned 13, I

champion. But for me, that’s just part of what I wanna

practiced judo for two years and competed locally. My

do in my lifetime.

family couldn’t pay for my judo classes, so I decided to go for something cheaper and that’s when I turned to boxing and, eventually, to kick boxing. Then I was on the karate team in high school for a short period of time.

Do you worry about the potential long term health risks associated with competitive fighting?

I have passed some time thinking about it, but that’s

I stopped training and I started getting in trouble. My

why I’m working on having a safe fighting career and

family decided to take me to a psychologist and I was

having other accomplishments. That way I don’t take

told the cause of the problem was [too much] energy.

too much damage to my body.

My mom would take me to different places. I didn’t like anything until I found MMA at 17 years old and I fell in love right away. I started putting more effort into MMA until I became professional at 18 years old.

Tell us about your relationship with your cousin, Olympic boxer Misael Rodriguez. Has he had a big influence on you?

I have a great relationship with him. We’ve both been

Were your parents supportive of your career choice?

great influences on each other and we are always

Yes, they’ve always been supportive. They guide me to

in contact, sending good vibes. It’s amazing having a

the athletic life. Sometimes I didn’t like it, but it was a

member of my family that’s looking for the same goals in

really important part of my formation as a person and

a different combat sport.

as an athlete. There was a moment when I finished high school where my parents told me to choose [another career] just in case I couldn’t make it in the fighting

If you were not a fighter, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a fighter, and whatever else I’d be doing

business, and I wanted to become a veterinarian. But

besides fighting . . . I’d be doing it with a passion and at

that wasn’t in my mind. I was thinking on fighting!

the highest level, as I am doing now, and always striving for more success. The key to succeed is just work hard

Mixed martial arts is such a specific niche. What drew you to this genre of competitive fighting?

and be smart enough to take the opportunities that life

what has been keeping me going. The competitive side

You are creating a legacy in the UFC fighting world. When you look back at your life in 50 years, how do you want to be remembered?

brings you. Stay ready for whatever comes.

Competition is always on the rise in this sport, and that’s of me pushed me here, to challenge myself and my skills at the highest level.

I want to be remembered as I truly am, my good and bad, and for everyone else to learn from my rights and

To be honest, not too many. But those few losses where

wrongs; as someone who had a passion for what he

learning experiences for sure. I remember every fight I

did and never gave up on his dreams and beliefs. And

lose. I think my first loss in my MMA career marked me

all with a smile, trying to teach others about life and

and I take [each one]

personal experiences. And hopefully as a legend, not

really seriously. I can say that

this first loss made me find motivation from my family.

just of a sport but for a lot more than that.

the bad. I use it as a fuel, not as a stop for my career and my life.

Are you a lover or a fighter?

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With his chiseled jaw, athletic physique, effortless style and shock of gray hair, silver fox Eric Rutherford (@Mr.Rutherford) is a top model with IMG, and a magnificent multi-hyphenate—social media superstar, event producer for highprofile clients, fashion writer and stylish man about town in New York City and Los Angeles. Deep laugh lines only add to his middle-age magnetism.

You’re known as an event planner, model, host, party guest, Instagram sensation and contributing editor. How do you define yourself?

job. I was modeling and producing events for about a year, until one day

same moment, which is an interesting juggling act. In the big picture of

something in me and took a chance. I will always be grateful.

All of the above...and more. At times, I’ve played all those parts in the me, I am a storyteller who lives to be their best self always.

Tell us about your career trajectory.

I got my first acting job at 11 years old in the local theater and also played

HR told me they were letting me go because they were downsizing the department. It was the push I needed to fly to NY and test the waters. I met with six agents and five turned me down. The last agency saw

This was a big turning point. I began flying back and forth between L.A. and NY, sleeping on my friend Tim’s couch. Slowly, I began working, building a reputation and becoming part of the community.

pee-wee tackle football. Theater and sports—quite the dichotomy for a young guy in the early ‘80s in a small town—threw me into the world of

What has social media done for you?

team work, competition and a tribe of scaling masculinity. My brother

It has opened doors, windows and streets for me. Every day, it offers

and I were discovered by a model scout while riding our bikes. It all felt

new opportunities to collaborate, to express myself and give back

so odd, as I was in that awkward stage of puberty (bad skin, frizzy hair,

to the community. A huge part of my success is due to social media,

short and stocky). I booked a few jobs, continued to act in theater and

particularly Instagram. I had no idea when I started my page as “Mr.

was accepted into USC’s BFA theater program in Los Angeles. This was

Rutherford” years ago, while producing events, that it would eventually

a great surprise and huge relief, as I had come out at 15 and needed to

be a key to opening doors for me back into a world I had first discovered

escape my hometown.

when I was a kid. I still feel like a kid sometimes when I am filled with excitement about meeting and working with some of the most talented

In L.A., I went a bit wild for a few years. I struggled in school, doubted

people in the world. And I will never lose that feeling. Ever.

my talent and felt lost. I got sober at 21 years old, which immediately gave me a renewed sense of hope, and I’ve been clean and sober

Are you addicted to social media?

for 29 years. Fast forward a few years, I am signed with both talent

Firstly, social media is one of the greatest forms of communications

and modeling agencies. I am booking jobs while also being the cliché

ever created. Its reach is vast and its power can be limitless. In saying

actor-model-waiter.

that, it is set up to trigger addictive behavior. Being someone who practices his sobriety daily, I continually have to check myself. I try to

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Sometimes we falter. When we do, I choose to love that moment, not

event, then change back out of my clothes to then break down the

judge it with cruelty or harsh words and learn from it. Plus, get back up

event. I loved the people, the creativity, the mechanics of planning it all

and keep walking.

and the proximity to Hollywood. I was soon working more events than acting jobs. The studios began to fly me across the country to help with VIP talent at junkets and premieres. Soon I was working with an event

Would you say you’re at the peak of your career?

No. I believe I am still climbing with successes along the way.

company who had clients all over the world. One time my agent called to say the producers of a sitcom wanted to meet me for a role. The only

What is the best thing about being Eric Rutherford?

problem was, I was in Florence, Italy helping produce a 40th birthday

Every day, I try to love an aspect of myself. I struggled for years with

party. My acting career ended that day.

intense self loathing. I felt like I had no purpose or role in life. I was a leper that no one would care about if I faded away. I believe one of the

I started working with a brand strategist whose business focused on

best things about me is my compassion and positivity for others.

brand activations, word of mouth campaigns and social media. During this time, reality television was also breaking big and every network

Do you think the fashion world is kind to models of a certain age?

was looking for new shows. I hosted a wedding planning show on TLC,

I think the fashion world is changing every day. It has been forced to

plus shot pilots for E! and STYLE. Eventually, I was helping produce

change with the impact of social media, online shopping and becoming

events for the Hollywood Reporter; a three-month job that turned into

a global market. Billions of people of all ages, shapes and colors are

becoming the Director of Event & Special Projects for over two years.

watching and making their voices heard. It will always be a world circling

Then, I was approached by a casting director at a birthday party for a

around the beauty of youth and cool. But I only have to point at my

five year old, who told me I had a “good look” that was “trending at the

second career and the skyrocketing career of my friend Maye Musk,

moment”...which is always good to know. Fast forward a week later and

who was just named a new Cover Girl at 69 years old.

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premieres, Super Bowls and fashion events. I would help set up the

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A friend asked me to help with his event business, which meant studio

I am sitting next to my agent, listening to him pitch me about coming back [to modeling]. He said “What’s wrong with making an extra $50,000 to $100,000 a year?” I signed with him again and immediately booked a

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PROBIOTIC TEA TALKS ABOUT HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE AND TIMES.


Your handcrafted brew, GT’s Kombucha, has been around for 23 years. At 15, could you have even imagined your fizzy drink would be so successful or influential on today’s healthconscious culture?

When I started bottling my organic raw kombucha, I had no specific business aspiration. All I wanted was to make an authentic and handcrafted offering that would help people, much like how kombucha helped my mom during her battle with breast cancer [in 1994]. I felt deep in my soul that kombucha was a gift that needed to be shared with the world.

Do you remember your first sales pitch? How did you make a fermented probiotic beverage sound sexy and delicious to buyers?

Yes, I remember it quite well. Keep in mind, this was the mid-’90s, so the standard for health food had not gone beyond tofu and flax seeds. Therefore, trying to sell a fermented tea was not easy. I would describe kombucha as something that was similar to a kefir or yogurt because it was cultured, but I also described it as a cousin to apple cider vinegar, which is a known health food staple. The best sales pitch was to get people to actually try it, because that’s when the people would realize how unique kombucha is.

You are a self-described perfectionist and hands-on owner. Are you involved in the daily decision making at your company?

Yes, I am. However, I’ve learned that perfection is a false reality, but the pursuit of perfection is very real. This philosophy causes me to always try to be my best in everything I do or stand for. I’m an all-or-nothing type guy, so if I can’t do a great job at something, I won’t do it. I’m involved with every major decision at my company; the brand is, in many ways, a personal reflection of my beliefs and who I am as a person.

Can you describe a day in the life of GT?

I always start and end my day with meditation, as I believe we all need to do a mental reboot and mental shut down on a daily basis. I’m also very committed to being physically fit and healthy. Therefore, a day always starts with a raw smoothie, a workout and then a post with meetings, taste testing, creative exploration and the periodic “fire fighting” that is inevitable

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Did being raised with Eastern philosophies help shape your career and life?

time.

Being exposed to Eastern philosophies at an early age played a dramatic role in who I am today, because it made me very self-aware and instilled in me a spiritual belief that there is more to this

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sugary experience, as well as to help control your

to give love and get love.

appetite and food cravings.

How did growing up in Los Angeles help shape you?

What is a scoby and why is it needed in the beverage?

an entrepreneur, because you feed off of the

and yeast,” which is essentially what a kombucha

ambition and energy of the city, which creates

culture is. Like a plant, it is a living thing that grows

this very strong drive. However, at the same

and the fruit it bears is the liquid we consume.

time, you’re exposed to the beaches, mountains,

The SCOBY is the heart and soul of kombucha.

deserts and so many inspiring aspects of nature

It should always be visually present in the form

that also feed your creative and spiritual side.

of a “mother,” like apple cider vinegar. Without it,

Los Angeles is a great place to grow up for

SCOBY stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria

you’re just drinking overpriced carbonated tea.

Did you meditate as a child?

Yes, I did. Growing up with a strong understanding of meditation helps me to be in a state of reflection and to remain centered.

During the 2010 recall, did you ever think about stopping production altogether? I

never

imagined

that

I

would

go

though

something like that and it was obviously tough,

Did you realize how unique—and ahead of their time—your parents were, or did you think it was just typical L.A. parenting?

It was very apparent that we had a different upbringing than most of our friends.

Whether

it was being raised vegetarian or staying at an ashram in India. Through my parents’ spirituality,

but in the long run it made me stronger and made our brand lovers supporters for life.

The lawsuits were surely a very challenging time in your career, but you seem to have come out stronger and more successful. Being sued is clearly not fun and can be

I learned about astrology, chanting, prayer,

emotionally and financially taxing.

meditation and other mindful ways of existing at

has reinforced the detached point of view that I

a very early age.

believe one needs to adopt in this world in order

However, it

to survive. I’m a big believer in “easy come, easy

You’re very close with your mother Laraine, who loaned you the money to start your company. What life lesson did she teach you that you are grateful for?

go” and “this too shall pass.” These both basically encompass that you can’t take life too seriously or let your problems steal your happiness, because nothing is worth being unhappy.

“I’ve learned that perfection is a false reality, but the pursuit of perfection is very real.”

My mom raised me with the understanding that all living things exist to be loved.

But we

What does the future hold for GT’s Kombucha?

frequently forget this and get caught up in our

I recently renamed the company GT’s Living

ego and pride, which can distract and distort our

Foods as a reminder that we stand for foods that

perspective. Once you accept that love equals

support life, provide life and make you feel alive.

happiness and that happiness equals health,

In the last few years, we have created products

that’s when you learn that love is all you need.

that are outside of the kombucha category but

Everything else will come.

still within the living and raw food space. The first examples were CocoKefir and CocoYo, which

For someone who has never tasted kombucha, can you describe it?

launched in 2015. In 2018, we have VeggieKefir

Kombucha is a fermented, effervescent, probiotic

liquid offerings that compliment our kombucha

tea that works with the body to detoxify the

and create a different consumption “occasion.”

liver, replenish the good bacteria in your gut

The kefirs are therapeutic probiotic shots that

and restore overall balance. Once your body is

you take in morning and at night, and Alive is an

restored to a healthier state, it can heal itself

adaptogenic cider that strengthens your body’s

better and faster.

defenses.

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha and how much should you drink for best for results?

The purpose of your company, according to its website, is to “Bring Beautiful Living Things Together…” Do you follow that philosophy in your own life?

Every ailment is a symptom of an imbalance. Therefore, once your body is restored to a more

and Alive, which are both probiotic and fermented

I believe that nothing is more powerful or sacred

balanced state, you start to experience overall

than life. I personally enjoy seeing unity, harmony

wellness. Generally, people experience improved

and happiness in people, and I make a conscious

energy, weight loss, skin/hair and digestion.

effort to make sure I live my life through love,

I

compassion and selflessness.

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How to cook a soup that’s actually cleansing and nutritious?

We’ve all heard the famous words from Hippocrates—the father of modern medicine—that food is medicine, but soups take it up a notch. It’s not just veggies, but also herbs and spices that make soup the best choice for cleansing. To make a healing soup, you have to hand-pick your ingredients, using the freshest veggies rather than last week’s sad produce buried in your fridge crisper. By adding just the right spices and herbs, and cooking them at the right temperature, you won’t be just blending the cooked veggies, you will be creating a medicinal potion that can work wonders for your body.

What’s in a Soup Cleanse?

Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse features five soups per day: three soups, one for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two broths for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. The length of the cleanse depends on your goals. If you just want to break from poor quality or restaurant foods, do a one-day cleanse. If you want to give your tummy a break from over indulgences, kickstart healthy habits, strengthen your digestion and cellular metabolism, get rid of bloating, headaches and fatigue, do a three-day or a five-day cleanse. The best thing about a soup cleanse is that you can do it for an extended time, should you choose, because you’re getting all the fiber and nutrients your body needs through the soups.

What are the benefits of a soup cleanse?

Oh, the benefits are amazing. You will rid yourself of environmental toxins, reduce your cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, feel lighter and happier. You will see benefits almost immediately. Your skin will be glowing, your hair will be shinier, your nails will be stronger, you will feel more energy and, at the same time, you will feel calmer and more content.

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Soup cleanse or juice cleanse?

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How I came up with my soup recipes.

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What to do: 1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat, add the leeks and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes, or until the leeks are translucent.

2. Add the artichoke hearts, potatoes, thyme, and boiling filtered water. Simmer over medium-low heat until the leeks and artichoke hearts are soft, 30 to 45 minutes. 3. Remove the thyme sprigs and strip the remaining leaves into the pot. 4. Transfer to a Vitamix and blend until silky. 5. Add the lemon juice to the soup. 6. Serve with a swirl of green harissa for extra nutritional and medicinal benefits, plus a dose of oomph.

I’M ALL ARTICHOKE-D UP and learning about herbs and spices I needed in my diet to boost my immune system. Spices like turmeric, for example, had effects on gene activation, influencing DNA methylation that contributes to cancer development. The trick was to figure out how to maximize the medicinal effects of food and include all the spices and herbs that my body needed to zap inflammation, balance my hormones and blood glucose, alkalize my body, detoxify and eliminate

This member of the thistle family is a powerful liver cleanser! It contains a number of phytonutrients (apigenin, cynarin, silymarin and luteolin) that have diuretic properties, detoxify the liver, boost gall bladder function, and improve bile flow. Artichokes are even used in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for water retention and liver ailments. They also aid digestion and help people who experience stomach acidity. Combined with garlic, thyme and a blend of potent herbs and spices, this soup is one of the best cleansing potions you can have.

come up with recipes that would be nourishing and healing, but also exciting and with layers of

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And that’s how Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse was born.

For the green harissa: 1/2 cup fresh parsley 1/2 cup fresh cilantro juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 serrano chile 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander Himalayan pink salt

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herbs, spices, mushrooms and occasional legumes.

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium-size leeks, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves 2 cups fresh or frozen artichoke hearts (thaw if frozen) 2 medium-size potatoes, cubed 5 thyme sprigs 4 cups boiling filtered water juice of 1/2 lemon

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* To make the green harissa, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. This will keep for up to a week stored in the fridge.

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Maty Noyes is one of contemporary music’s most promising up-and-comers.

With sultry voice and sexy blond mane, singer-songwriter Maty Noyes (@matynoyes) was a featured vocalist on The Weeknd’s “Angels” from his Beauty Behind the Madness album, and Kygo’s dance-club hit “Stay,” which she also wrote. With the release of her acclaimed EP Noyes Complaint and catchy singles “London” and “Say It to My Face,” this 20-year-old powerhouse is making some serious noise in the music industry.

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You grew up in Corinth, Mississippi and your closeknit family is still there, although you now live in Los Angeles. What is it like to be so far from home and loved ones? I obviously miss them so much every day, but I know it’s

the price I have to pay [for my success]. It’ll be worth it when I can take everyone on nice vacations and enjoy more time with them in the long run. I look forward to being able to spoil my family. They are so supportive of my singing career. At first it was rough because I left home

[and moved to Nashville] so young, at 16. But they always had faith in me and it feels so good to prove them right.

What is it like to work alongside legends like Celine Dion, Boy George and Mokita?

It’s such an honor that legends like Celine and Boy George already see that in me, because I trust

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Which artists have been your greatest inspiration?

Growing up in Mississippi, my first artist-love was Elvis. He was from a small town 30 minutes away from where I’m from. I remember him always being there, I had lunch boxes with his face on them and posters hanging on my ceiling. I always felt like he was watching over me.

What is your songwriting process?

It happens different each time. Sometimes it starts with a melody, sometimes with a concept or a clever lyric. I try to adjust to the person I’m working with.

Are your songs about your own life?

Well, every song is based off true stories that happen in my every day life. I feel like I say yes to a lot, unless negativity is involved. So that leads to a lot of interesting stories that I need to get off my chest. It’s my way of healing. If I don’t talk about it, I can’t get over it and let it go to move on and become stronger.

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Do you enjoy being in the studio?

It’s funny. If any of my friends ever see me in a studio, they don’t even recognize me. I turn into a completely different person. I’m very anal about my music and how it sounds, so I kind of go into a beast mode. I typically feel like 10 people at once, but still just me.

Are you working on a full-length album?

I actually have about five albums I’ve been working on for years and years. As soon as I have a single that really takes off on U.S. radio, that’s a step closer to releasing an album. I’m hoping I can push towards dropping one this year. You can expect a lot of truth, heartbreak, loss and finding myself again. It’s all a journey.

Are you pleased with the songs you’ve been writing?

I feel like, in the last year I’ve really tapped into something magical. It felt like everything I was making was gold. I constantly listen to my music everyday in the car and play it for all my friends to get their opinions. It’s taken time, but I’m finally down to my top 12 I want to put forth [on an album]. I also have a backup 12, in case I change my mind.

With more than 80,000 Instagram followers, you’re living in the public eye. Do you have any advice for young fans about dealing with social media?

Learn how to not to take it so seriously. Don’t let it affect you so much. If you’re a young parent, I would say make sure your kids get a lot of time outside, catching fireflies and whatnot. Above all, we need to learn to have respect for one another. We are all capable of self love. Do not let what we see on our phones define our lives.

Tell us about your dog.

Atlyss, spelled uniquely because he’s unique. Great Pyrenees and Australian sheepdog mix. He’s a beautiful mutt like me. He will be two on Mother’s Day. Still a baby, but so gentle and mature for his age. I take him everywhere I can. That’s why it’s always good to have a boyfriend or good friends. If you travel they can watch your dog! He loves music and comes to all my sessions. I’m pretty sure his favorite songs are mine.

Where will you be in five years?

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Composer G Tom Mac (@GTomMac) is giving fans of the cult film The Lost Boys something to celebrate as he creates A Lost Boys Story—The Musical and prepares to take it to Broadway.

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Best known worldwide for writing and singing “Cry Little Sister,” the theme song of 1987 cult film The

Lost Boys , G Tom Mac (a.k.a. Gerard McMann) is an unassuming figure, slight of build with a quiet confidence. His pattern of speech makes his geographical background impossible to trace. British inflections pepper a relaxed American accent, giving his elocution an approachable yet polished musicality. With the scores for more than 50 films and 100 television shows to his credit, the composer’s latest creative endeavor

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just-released album available for download and streaming at iTunes, Spotify and Amazon—to the Broadway stage.

from Birmingham, England to New York City, then to Kansas, G Tom Mac first picked up a guitar at age 12, started a band, and the rest is music history. His passion and ability to play multiple instruments brought him back to New York, where he found early success as a songwriter, artist and

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his plans to remain in Los Angeles are uncertain. While he was residing in New York in the late ’70s, Hollywood came calling. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer saw him perform and decided that his sound was perfect for the soundtrack of an upcoming film, Defiance. “It was a very New York street movie. He wanted something very Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, edgy,” says G Tom Mac. “I made my voice really gruff, like Springsteen, and recorded one demo. [Bruckheimer] said, ‘You’re the voice of the movie. I want you to record four more songs.’ I told him that I was going to get a real singer, someone who really does this stuff, to sing it. And he said, ‘No, I want you to do it.’ I asked my manager how much [I’d be] paid, and I thought he said $8,000. I agreed to do it because that’s a lot of money! It wasn’t until I got my first check that I realized it was actually $80,000.” Hollywood’s lucrative pay deals, coupled with G Tom Mac’s passion for film, led him to continue writing songs for film and television shows while also pursuing his own career as a songwriter and performer. “I love watching films and taking on the challenge of creating that motion, that moment, the essence of what music does to film,” he says. “I thought, ‘This is something I can really do—not if all else fails, but because I was really attracted to it.” Soon after the 1980 release of Defiance, Cameron Crowe, who had recently left Rolling Stone, came to a gig and approached him about writing a song for his upcoming film, Fast Times

at Ridgemont High. “I thought he was coming to review me,” Mac recalls with a chuckle. G Tom Mac’s songs have been recorded by such industry icons as Carly Simon, Robert Plant, Roger Daltry and KISS. “It’s a lot easier to write a song for someone else, or for a movie, than to write for yourself or for your own album,” he says. “Writing for someone else allows me to step outside of myself. So those songs often come quite quickly.” That was certainly the case with his most famous song,

lyrics spilled out of him before his cab had even delivered him to his studio on Eighth Avenue. The unmistakable bass heartbeat that coaxes us into Santa Carla as we fly over the Pacific Ocean at the beginning of film was inspired by

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The record label releasing the soundtrack wanted big names like Phil Collins or Steve Perry to record the song that would become the film’s signature; director Schumacher wanted G Tom Mac. But G Tom Mac insisted a ghostly children’s choir, rather than his own voice leading, would be best. “I said, ‘Joel, just let it be the kids. It’s much more compelling, hearing those voices going over the water. My voice in the middle of the film pays off [during] the romantic scene with Michael and Star,’” he explains. “My manager said that I was committing suicide by taking my voice out of the beginning and that I’d been living in New York too long, because I was ‘getting too artsy.’ I said, ‘I’ve always been artsy.’ He saw my point.” Now 30 years later, as a new generation

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is discovering the cult hit, G Tom Mac acknowledges that with few exceptions, vampire musicals are usually moribund

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at the box-office. “Vampires aren’t very

on the challenge of

there’s levity in its story. “The great

creating that motion, that moment, the essence of what

popular on the stage,” he says. Still, A

Lost Boys Story—The Musical has the ability to overcome this curse because thing about The Lost Boys is that it’s not full on foreboding. The other shows never came out of the dark. They never found a sense of humor.” This new iteration of the comedy thriller includes something missing from the original movie—a back story. The musical begins with a young David (played by Kiefer Sutherland in the film). We learn how he became a vampire, and we learn about Star and Laddie. For purists, we still meet Michael, Sam, Lucy and

music does to film.”

Grandpa. The Frog Brothers even have their own fun, campy, Danny Elfmanstyle musical number, “Frog Bro Hero.” G Tom Mac assures there will be at least one shirtless saxophone player, too.

Songs vary from “Be One of Us,” a sultry tribal seduction, to “Sleep All Day, Party All Night,” which challenges the audience to stay seated with its upbeat, pop dance beats.

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planned the early release of the Broadway-bound musical’s soundtrack, hoping to immerse audiences in this dark world long before they step foot inside the theater. “It’s musical theater. This is meant to be fun,” notes G Tom Mac. “If there was no humor in The Lost Boys, I don’t think I would embark on this… If you’re choosing a vampire movie to take content from for a musical, The Lost Boys is it because you’re allowed to have fun with it.”

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