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TYPE THE NAME “KRISTAPS PORZIŅGIS INTO GOOGLE AND “UNICORN” IS INEVITABLY what pops up in your search bar. Needless to say, the rising NBA star isn’t a mythical beast with a horn in the middle of his forehead, but his seemingly overnight success is the stuff legends are made of. It was current Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant who first coined the phrase before facing off against the then-20-year-old New York Knicks power forward/center rookie in 2016, saying, “He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend and he’s a seven-footer that can shoot all the way out to the three-point line. That’s rare. And block shots—that’s like a unicorn in this league.” Durant’s praise of Porziņģis is well-deserved, particularly because of his rocky start in the league. During the 2015 NBA draft, the then-virtually unknown Latvian transplant, fresh off the boat from Spanish club CB Sevilla (where he was promoted to the senior team at age 17) was actually booed by die-hard fans. 11

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A fourth overall draft pick is a lot to live up to for any budding young

Regardless, no one could have predicted just how popular Porziņģis

player, especially one who needs to completely reverse public opinion. To

would be, or how star-powered. In the past 50 years, he has joined an

add even more pressure to the situation, Porziņģis had already made his-

elite crew of players aged 22 or younger—including Rick Barry, Shaquille

tory even before his first game: he is one of the only three Lavian players

O’Neal and Carmelo Anthony—who have averaged 30-plus points per

to ever play in the NBA—including former Golden State Warriors center

game through the first 10 games of an NBA season. He was voted second in

Andri Biedrins and former Minnesota Timberwolves player Gundars Vetra

the NBA Rookie of the Year ceremony in 2016, earned the NBA All-Rook-

(who played only 89 total minutes in 13 games during the 1992-1993 sea-

ie First Team honors during the 2015-2016 season, and played for Team

son)—and the highest drafted, to boot. He was set to be drafted in 2014, but

World during the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in 2016.

withdrew two weeks before to continue honing his skills in Spain. Given

This season, he’s confident his star will continue to rise. “I envision myself

that he was projected to be picked somewhere between 12th and 21st over-

being an All-Star next year,” he predicted last summer.

all, opting out and giving himself more time to train turned out to be the smartest decision he could have made. That said, he’s certainly silenced the haters, hushed the doubters and made his country proud by outplaying his contract, becoming the first rookie in league history to post more than 1,000 points, 75 three-pointers, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in a single season.

And he needs to be. In the wake of Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the ousting of Phil Jackson as team president, Porziņģis has become the glue, the centerpiece that the New York Knickerbockers are being rebuilt on. While time will tell as to whether or not his forecast comes true, it’s clear that Porziņģis is correct when he states that he was “born to do this.” He’s

Porziņģis, now 22, never doubted that he could change public opinion.

part of a basketball legacy, after all, as the youngest member of a cager

He let the boos bounce off him, never taking initial criticism too seriously.

clan—a basketball-playing family—with a ball in his hand immediately

“In the States, people don’t know much about European players who get

after learning to walk. Both his parents played in their youth. His father,

drafted, and aren’t going to accept them as easily as an American player

Talis, played semi-professionally in the Soviet Union before becoming a bus

from college [they’ve already been watching],” he says matter-of-factly.

driver, while his mother Ingrida, played on a national Latvian youth team

“But I knew that because of my work ethic and being able to speak English

before becoming a basketball coach. His older brothers, Jānis and Martins,

right away would help. It showed the fans that I was prepared and the tran-

both played professionally for the national Latvian team.

sition wasn’t going to be as hard for me. I wasn’t afraid of the pressure—I

In fact, Porziņģis wears his No. 6 jersey in honor of eldest brother Jānis

I WASN’T AFRAID OF THE PRESSURE—I TOOK CRITICISM AS A CHALLENGE. I WANTED TO PROVE THAT I COULD PLAY IN THE NBA. took [criticism] as a challenge. I wanted to prove that I could play in the

(one digit away from the No. 7 Carmelo Anthony jersey he wore as a kid),

NBA.”

his role model. He would tag along on his brother’s training sessions in their

Playing professional basketball aside, it was always playing in New York

hometown of Liepaja, on the coast of Latvia, or cheer from the sidelines

for the Knicks that was his goal. “I was very into American culture already,

with his family in Italy, where his brother played for five seasons. It was

so it was a dream come true to be drafted by the Knicks, to be here in New

Jānis who encouraged his own love of the game, who inspired him to sign a

York and hear my name in the draft,” he admits, adding, “I’ve loved New

contract with Baloncesto Sevilla and who persuaded him to move to Spain

York my whole life. I love the passion the city has, the grit the city has, and

in 2010, though at the time, he didn’t speak the language. His brothers also

that the city is hardworking and appreciates hardworking people. Whatever

urged him to speak English and were enthusiastic about his love of Ameri-

you lay out hard on the floor, whether you win or you lose, New Yorkers ap-

can culture (he cites his favorite film as Friday and loves rap, particularly

preciate that.”

Meek Mill and Future).

He certainly has the New York state of mind: He went after on-court

“He had a crazy work ethic himself when he was still playing, and he

domination with the single-minded focus only someone young and truly

transmitted that to me at a young age,” Porziņģis recalls. “He taught me a lot

hungry could have. Failure was never even an afterthought. “I knew sooner

of things. Obviously, now I’m playing at a higher level than him, but I can

or later I would be able to play in the NBA,” he says confidently. “That I

always remember how hard he worked to get to where he got. I want to use

could play well was not a surprise for myself. As soon as I worked out with

that, and also use what I learned from him—the mindset to get to where I

the guys from the very first day, I knew I was good enough and that it was

want to be—and to use my potential 100 percent.” Jānis now acts as his little

just a matter of time. I knew what to expect. I just didn’t know when it was

brother’s primary agent (“little” in age only—at 6’7, Jānis is a good eight

going to show on such a big stage. I think people who weren’t expecting

inches shorter than Kristaps’ 7’3 height), working with his primary agent,

much from me were much more surprised than I was.”

Andy Miller. That they have a professional relationship is only an indication

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of how close they are personally: Porziņģis peppers his conversation with anecdotes and references to his siblings. It’s clear that they are not just brothers, but best friends as well. “My family [members] are my number one supporters, and have been since I can remember,” he says. “They have always supported me trying to become a basketball player. My two older brothers have helped me on and off the court with everything. They’re my biggest motivation. They’re the most important things in my life.” When he isn’t practicing, training or on the court, he’s likely spending time with Martins and Jānis in New York, heading to the beach if the weather is nice enough (a favorite pastime), scouring Brooklyn for Russian delicacies when the mood strikes them or simply hanging out. Their relationship is one of good-natured teasing. Martins pokes fun, as brothers do, when asked to describe Kristaps. “This is hard. I don’t want to be rude, you know?” he laughs, before adding, “He’s family-loving, hardworking, hungry and humble.” When we divulge all of the nice things Martins shared on his behalf, Kristaps chuckles. “That’s good… he tells me the opposite!” So what do they tell him? Well… “They call me ‘dumb’ in a lot of situations… and ‘dumb’ is one of the nicest words they use to describe me!” he chuckles, before adding more seriously, “My brothers say that in a lot of situations, I don’t always pay attention or take things too seriously. But that works for me. I don’t overthink stuff. I live in the moment, and I try to keep it simple for myself.”

SOMETHING LIKE A PHENOMENON

In addition to his unicorn status, Kristaps Porziņģis has been called “the most popular person in Latvia” (by one of the top basketball agents in the country, Arturs Kalnitis). Two songs have even been written in

genuinely confused and begins to laugh in his deep yet boyish way. “I’m not so sure,” he chortles. Enough said. Still, for the guy who basically only lives and breathes basketball, he’s a big fan of eating. When you’re 7’3”, weigh 240 pounds and happen to be a professional athlete who’s constantly burning calories, needless to say, there’s a lot of feeding to be done.

NEW YORK CITY IS HIS OYSTER Porziņģis holds up a City sign during a 2016 MLS game between NYCFC and Chicago Fire.

Restaurants like Philippe by Philippe Chow, Catch and Tao are among his go-to eateries, and he fully takes advantage of Manhattan’s A-list culinary scene on the regular. He can’t and won’t cook, so whether he’s dining out or taking out, his kitchen doesn’t see a whole lot of action. “I don’t cook. I just absorb good food,” he admits. “For me, it takes

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too long to cook a meal. I’m not a good cook, and to cook a meal that I

Like Kristaps Porzingis” courtesy of Olas, both Latvian artists. But

eat in five minutes is pointless. I don’t enjoy the process.”

for a guy who’s become a cultural icon, he’s amazingly low-key and refreshingly normal.

But eating often—and eating well—are musts. “It’s very important for me to follow a good diet and eat the right things so that my body

Yet, no matter what he has going on, he has one, very clear-cut focus:

can recover after the games, especially with my schedule,” he says. “I

Everything else in life takes a back seat to basketball. During the season

would say in the last year and a half, my diet has changed a lot, which

especially, he becomes a virtual hermit: eat, sleep, practice, play, repeat.

has helped my performance a lot. I have to keep close attention to what

“Obviously people know that I love basketball, and I do enjoy doing

I’m eating, how much I’m eating and when I’m eating.”

other things, but during the season, I don’t do anything other than

He has his meal plans and workout routines down to a science, as

basketball,” he confesses. “I have family and friends visit from home,

one might expect from a pro athlete in his absolute prime (including

but other than that, I just lock into basketball. I’m really obsessed with

abstaining from most alcohol… he’ll admit to enjoying the occasional

just being a great basketball player.”

glass of wine alone). “I force myself to eat a lot so I can have a lot of

In the off-season, not much changes. There isn’t a ton of time for a social life when your focus is so singular. Take a relationship, for example. When we ask Porziņģis if he has a “special friend” he seems

calories in my body, because how much I burn while I’m running and when I’m playing,” he says. A day in his life starts at 8 a.m., where he’ll eat, lift weights (today he’s

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deadlifted about 260 pounds), eat again (twice), have another workout

Explosive PE. The kicks pay tribute to the Knicks with the team’s royal

and then head home to (you’ve got it) eat again and nap… for three

blue and orange coloring; Porziņģis’ name runs down the heel tab of

hours. Then it’s dinner, a yogurt or protein shake and bed. Sometimes

each sneaker. The deal is reportedly valued at $3-6 million a year,

he’ll see his physical therapist—who happens to conveniently live in the

which, if said amount were correct, would be the largest athletic shoe

same building—for a few hours of night treatment and stretching. And

endorsement deal for a European basketball player in history. Financially, Porziņģis is also in an extremely good place. He’s eligible to sign a five-year rookie extension that’s valued at 25-to-30 percent of the salary cap (a projected $157 million to $188 million). After three years playing professionally for the NBA, his salary is projected to be the sixth highest for the New York Knicks come 2018. And while he isn’t one to go buck wild and waste his wealth, he does occasionally indulge himself. After signing with the Knicks, for example, the self-admitted “watch guy” purchased his first Rolex (he has two, and an Audemars Piguet) as well as a car. He loved his S63 Mercedes-Benz so much, in fact, that he bought two of the same exact car… a sleek black vehicle for New York, and a summery white for riding around in style back home in Latvia. He also indulges himself sartorially. Being so tall, there isn’t much off-the-rack that actually fits him, but there you go. He describes his style as “simple” and favors brands like Rick Owens (which does actually fit him), Amiri and Gucci, which dominates his closet. Porziņģis will be the first to admit his love of fashion, and like most things in life, thinks his affection was passed down by his brothers. “They always dress well, and I think of them as being an example in

READY TO SHINE The NBA star confides that he’s always been a watch guy: in fact, his first purchase after signing with the New York Knicks was a timepiece!

MY TWO OLDER BROTHERS HAVE HELPED ME ON AND OFF THE COURT WITH EVERYTHING. THEY’RE MY BIGGEST MOTIVATION. THEY’RE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN MY LIFE. there you have it, the recipe to success. In his rare spurts of downtime, he’s focusing on brand partnerships

money playing basketball, so I was able to finally afford the things that I like.”

and learning the nitty gritty of athletic sponsorships. He’s currently

Things are just the trappings of good fortune, and when a kid utters

working with the nutritional Zing! bar, Body Armor sports drink (in

“ball” as his second word and has a career like Porziņģis does at age

which he has equity), and Adidas.

22, you know where his priorities lie. For the present and future, it’s

Of the former he says frankly, “It was never my dream to partner with

all about the game. The focus is on healing up a recent elbow injury,

a nutritional bar, but I realized this was something that really could help

staying healthy, fit and on track to become one of the greats. The only

my game and my day-to-day life.” He didn’t just want to make money

question he might have had has produced an answer… for now. “I still

and run, either. “I really wanted to be involved with the company; I

feel most comfortable playing power forward,” he tells us. “Maybe later

didn’t want to get my money and make a couple of appearances and for

I’ll play something else, but right now, I’m happy where I am.”

that to be it. I wanted to learn about the business, so we came up with

And as for that unicorn nickname? It’s all good in the hood. “It’s

a deal where they really involved me in the process. I showed them how

positive and cool. I guess I’m a unicorn because I’m a unique player,”

interested I am in the brand. I wouldn’t want to be with a brand or a

he chuckles. “It’s funny, but I really don’t mind it when people call me

product that I don’t love,” he notes, before giving his sales pitch with a

that.”

naughty giggle. “Zing! bars give you energy throughout the day. They’re the best bars in the world!” He’s joined the ranks of Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett by partnering with Adidas on a custom shoe, the Crazy

We bet. And we’d also be willing to put money on that Kristaps Porziņģis is going to be laughing himself straight into All-Star status... in his brand-new Adidas Crazy Explosive sneaker which have—wait for it—unicorns on the outsoles, no doubt.

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MAN On a Mission

RICKY MARTIN TAKES ON A NEW ROLE AS GIANNI VERSACE’S LOVER IN THE UPCOMING AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE, IN THE MIDST OF SAVING PUERTO RICO. BY PAIGE MASTRANDREA PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DON FLOOD STYLING: DOUGLAS VANLANINGHAM AT PHOTOGENICS ARMY GROOMING: JOEY NIEVES MAKEUP: MAITAL SABBAN SHOT ON LOCATION AT SOFITEL LOS ANGELES

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WENTY YEARS AGO, fashion icon Gianni

he reflects. “I spent three, maybe four days, just covered in fake blood,

Versace stepped outside his opulent mansion

because the way that Ryan films is very cinematic.”

on Miami’s famed Ocean Drive, where he was

But working alongside some of his co-stars, who happened to be

brutally murdered by serial killer Andrew

some of his closest friends and colleagues, made the experience that

Cunanan. His partner of 15 years, Antonio

much more memorable. “We’re all like family,” he says. “I knew Edgar

D’Amico, found him dead, surrounded by a

[Ramirez] from before, and I’ve known Penélope [Cruz] for years,

pool of his own blood. Fast-forward to 2017,

particularly through our philanthropic work. It always helps when

and Latin star Ricky Martin sits there today

you’re working with people you know, so it was very beautiful to be

on the very same marble steps. Channeling the love, the passion and

able to practice lines with them behind the cameras and be able to run

the raw emotion of Versace’s heartbroken Italian lover, Martin makes

scenes without any sort of fear. This helped me become my character,

his debut as D’Amico in the new American Crime Story: The Assassi-

and it was a very special experience to be able to do this entire project

nation of Gianni Versace.

with a cast that is so amazing.”

Coming off the success of the first installation of the series, Ameri-

Despite the complexity of the character, D’Amico—a man who goes

can Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson, fans and admirers eager-

through intense love and passion, followed by heartbreak, grief, de-

ly await the release of the newest six-part TV movie, starring Penélope

pression and conflict—Ricky was able to tap into his own emotions

Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, and of course our cover star, Ricky

and wholeheartedly embody him as a person. “When I first read the

Martin. As usual, the casting choice was very methodical on director

scenes, I said, ‘Oh my god, this is going to be very difficult,’ just to be

Ryan Murphy’s part. Ricky recalls that when he received the call from

able to connect emotionally and find those levels of sadness, uncer-

Murphy, with whom he had previously worked on the hit show Glee, he

tainty and depression. But once I closed my eyes, I allowed myself to

was immediately thrilled and honored. Though he knew that the role

feel that pain. Because on certain levels, I can put myself in his shoes,”

would require diligent research and dedication to accurately portray

he explains. “As an actor, I don’t get in front of the camera and lie—on

his iconic character, he was mostly concerned with properly depicting

the contrary, I just go with what I would feel if I were my character.”

the tragic love between D’Amico and Versace, and to give the portrayal the justice it deserved.

While the two differ in many ways, Ricky is still able to see some

DOING GOOD Ricky and Ellen DeGeneres have both made saving Puerto Rico a huge priority by blasting it on their social platforms.

similarities between himself and Antonio. “I’m someone that is in love,

I’M SOMEONE THAT IS IN LOVE, THAT’S LOYAL AND BELIEVES IN FAMILY VALUES. I ALSO BELIEVE IN LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY SITUATION THAT LIFE GIVES ME AND JUMP INTO IT... “For me, the most important thing was to be able to make the audi-

that’s loyal and believes in family values. I also believe in living life to

ence understand the intense love of Gianni and Antonio,” he says. So,

the fullest and taking advantage of every situation that life gives me

he went straight to the source. “I talked to Antonio and asked him to

and jump into it. And I think Antonio and Gianni had that dynamic,”

share everything that he went through with me. I was lucky because he

he explains. “They were also pretty private, although they were in an

was very open and generous and really let me inside of the character.”

industry that would ask Gianni for a lot of presence. But at the end of

In addition to consulting Antonio, Ricky delved right into the role and

the day, they kept their relationship sacred as well as they could, and I

conducted thorough research via books, the Internet, movies—basi-

try to do the same thing. I live a life that tends to be very exposed, and

cally, anything he could get his hands on. But Ricky’s alternate reality

I try to be transparent to the world and to my fans, but I also do still

really came to life when the cast began shooting at the original Versace

have my private moments. And I cherish them like a gem.”

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Mansion in Miami.

The story itself and the controversial topics that it explores are two

“It was amazing to be able to shoot there and be inside where it all

of many reasons why Ricky feels his role in the production is so spe-

happened—it was so intense,” he recalls. “There is still a special magic

cial. Reenacting as cruel and very public of a death as Gianni Versace’s

inside the house even though it has been so many years. They really

brings forth questions of intolerance, hate, homophobia and injustice

try to keep it as original as possible, and that made shooting so much

in our world. Though strides have been taken since Versace’s death,

more dramatic.”

these issues are still very real and require constant exploration.

Day one on set was no easy feat as Ricky’s first scene was one of

“These are all things that Ryan wanted to point out with the mak-

the toughest of the entire saga. “In my first scene that I did, I had to

ing of this movie. There is a lot of injustice in our lives, and we are

reenact finding Gianni’s dead body on the street right after the crime,”

unfortunately still dealing with these issues. As someone living in the

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LGBTQ community in the ’90s, intolerance was a very real thing. An-

on life that we all know and love so well. He continues to post genuine,

drew Cunanan was in Miami Beach for many weeks, and he was not

uplifting messages to his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts

hiding at all—he was on the list of the most wanted men by the FBI

each day, as well as broadcast in real time, the goings-on during his

back then—what do you mean they didn’t find him before it happened?

humanitarian trips to Puerto Rico, remaining hopeful and helpful for

It’s not only the question of why he did it, but also, how did we allow

the people of his country.

STAR OF THE SHOW Ricky was presented with a special award at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina concert in Miami for his work in Puerto Rico.

“I’m going to be honest. I’m human, and I get really angry and frus-

“Gianni Versace was having the time of his life living in Miami Beach,

trated at some points. That’s when I go to the gym and I take my anger

and then all of a sudden, one day, he walked outside of his house to go

out on the boxing bag and let go of the frustration,” he shares when

buy a newspaper, and when he returned he wasn’t even able to open the

asked about how he maintains his inspiring energy. “I am so lucky that

door of his house before he was shot. So, what I mean by this all is that

I’m able to channel my energy this way, but sometimes you read com-

Andrew Cunanan was on a killing spree, and Miami was his last stop.

ments on television or online of people that don’t believe anything is

I think because he was killing gay men, authorities somewhat turned

happening in Puerto Rico, and there’s a big group in Congress that has

away and allowed it to happen,” Ricky says. “As a member of the LG-

said no humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico, which is really frustrating.”

BTQ community myself, I must say that I am very happy and proud of

Despite this, he is able to leave the negativity behind and focus on

everything we’ve accomplished. The fact that we can get married today

the task at hand. As soon as he touches down on the beautiful island of

is amazing—this is something that Gianni and Antonio wanted to do

Puerto Rico, his home, he embraces its contagious vitality and undeni-

back then but were never allowed—it wasn’t even an option. So, I’m

able spirit, even during its horrible time of devastation. “Every time I go

very happy with the steps we’ve taken since then, but there’s still a lot of

to Puerto Rico, I say, ‘I am here to shed some light. I am here to focus

ignorance and hate in our world that we need to work on—there’s still a

on what we have and what needs to be done. We cannot count on any-

lot that needs to be done.”

one else,’” he shares. “We have to come together as citizens of the United

And Ricky doesn’t stop there. He’s also taking action in other areas he

States and get together to help our brothers with or without the govern-

strongly feels need attention. During his time off from shooting, Ricky

ment. Mind you—I am not saying the government isn’t doing anything,

has been tirelessly working to help restore his homeland, Puerto Rico.

they are—but we need to do way more considering that there are four

Through his nonprofit organization, the Ricky Martin Foundation,

million U.S. citizens there. So, let’s keep walking, let’s keep healing one

the star has miraculously been able to transport more than 150,000

family at a time. That’s what I see, and that’s my philosophy.”

pounds of basics and supplies to the island through three humanitarian

And he is doing so. With the Ricky Martin Foundation, he brings

trips so far. With his nine million, 11 million and 19.7 million followers

“boxes of hope” to one person at a time. Consisting of the necessities

on Instagram, Facebook and on Twitter, he has used his massive digital

(from diapers to medicine, baby formula to food, blankets and even

presence to bring continuous awareness to the struggling island, which

mosquito repellent), Ricky and his foundation put together these boxes

still needs so much attention. He is determined to reach his $10 mil-

with love and understanding of what the country’s citizens need most

lion goal and has already garnered $4 million, which he credits (with

during this time. Little by little, one day at a time, Ricky is making the

much humble thanks) to his loyal volunteers, including Ellen DeGe-

lives of those in Puerto Rico so much better.

neres—who has continued to remind people about Puerto Rico daily on

So, as we go through the star’s demanding professional and philan-

her show—and Facebook Live, which has allowed him to generate hun-

thropic schedule, I ask him how in the world he manages to make time

dreds of thousands of dollars by reaching mass audiences on a global

for himself—and truly unwind. He laughs as he digests the question.

scale.

“I started working in this industry when I was 12 years old, and I love

“The images that you see on television don’t do justice as to what has

what I do. In the beginning of my career, I was pretty militant with my

really happened on the island,” he stresses. “There’s only four percent of

schedule, but then I eventually learned the importance of being disci-

the island that has water and electricity right now. I must say I am very

plined and focused—basically, I work hard, and then I rest hard,” he ex-

thankful for the love that we’ve received. But the way things are, I see

plains. “I make sure that I spend time with my kids and my fiancé, and I

ourselves rebuilding for the next five years.

just let go. I meditate and I do yoga and go to the gym—I think it’s really

“The toughest challenge that we’re faced with right now,” he explains,

important to take care of my mind and my body in order for me to put

“is keeping the momentum going. The people need to understand that

up with the intensity that this career asks of you. But I love what I do.”

we’re not done. Like I said, the news isn’t talking about Puerto Rico

Indeed, he does—talk about living la vida loca. In between shooting a

anymore and I just want to keep reminding the audience what we’re

hot television premiere, saving the world, fathering two twin 9-year-old

doing with the money that they’re giving me. Every dime is going to

boys and planning an upcoming wedding to fiancé Jwan Yosef (which

the victims, and I continue to let them know and show them via social

is expected to be an extravagant, multiday affair), one wonders when

media so they see that the process is still going on. But it is uphill.”

he manages to squeeze in the “resting hard” part. But to him, he is just

Even throughout his uphill battle to keep the relief momentum going, Ricky admirably maintains his positive attitude and perspective

doing the job he knows so well and loves so much. To us, Ricky Martin is truly our modern-day superhero.

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“PITCH PERFECT 3” STAR BRITTANY SNOW IS STRIVING TO MAKE THE WORLD A MORE UNITED PLACE BY SHOWING THAT LOVE IS LOUDER THAN HATE

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ECAUSE SHE’S A DEAD RINGER FOR A YOUNG REESE WITHERSPOON AND stars in a masssive box office franchise, you might expect that Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow leads a charmed life. We’re not going to beat around the bush here—you’d be right. But things haven’t always been harmonious for the actress, which is why, today, she’s using her voice to ‘love louder’… and she demands to be heard. In September 2010, Snow, then 24, was moved to create her foundation, Love is Louder,

after seeing the outpouring of support for those who had committed suicide as a result of bullying. The collaboration with The Jed Foundation and MTV strives to create a connected community of people. “I saw this outpouring of emotion online for these kids who didn’t know who to ask for

help or support from all of these different groups—people were really banding together,”

she says, noting that, while amazing, the support was a little segregated. “Each group had a particular idea that they were representing: [there were support groups] for the LGBT community, or different ethnicities, but there wasn’t one inclusive place where you could find support. I wanted our similarities to be stronger than the things that divided us.” Seeing so many kids simply give up struck a chord for Snow, who herself had also been a victim of bullying when she

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FEATURE was younger—so she took action. She brought her idea to pal Courtney

stories and my ramblings, and pick me up when I’m feeling down.”

Knowles, the executive director of The Jed Foundation, a non-profit that

The sister-like cast first met while filming the 2012 musical comedy

seeks to offer support to teens and young adults, who then presented the

loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s Pitch Perfect: The Quest for

‘Love is Louder’ and #LouderTogether concepts to the MTV network,

Collegiate A Capella Glory. It follows Barden University’s all-girl,

which jumped on board immediately.

underdog a cappella group as they compete against other, more

Today, the movement continues to connect teens across all ethnicities,

established groups in a bid to win Nationals.

religions and social groups. Anyone can join in the Love is Louder

Raking in $116,044,347 million globally, the original film produced

conversation on Facebook or Twitter by uploading a brief video—30

its first sequel in 2015. Now, the infamous ragtag bunch of aca-nerds—

seconds or less—on MTV’s website and telling the world what they

including Snow’s slightly spacy leader Chloe Beale—will return to the

believe love is louder than. There are also helpful links and support for

big screen on December 22 with the franchise’s third installment, which

those who are struggling, but wish to remain anonymous.

will revolve around the group’s post-collegiate exploits.

While Snow has effectively accomplished what she set out to do

After winning the a cappella world championships, the Bellas

in the present and is happy to look to the movement’s future, it’s

discover that trying to make music in the real world is more difficult

understandable that she might be cagey when speaking about the

than they thought, and that ‘adulting’ just isn’t for them. There will be

past—she hasn’t had the best experiences sharing the personal events

music, of course, plus travel (as the ladies get the chance to reunite for

that led her here.

an overseas USO tour).

At the age of 21, she opened up to the media, sharing that she had

Most of the girls—aside from Hailee Steinfeld, who was introduced

wrestled with eating disorders, depression and self-cutting—with

in the second film, and Ruby Rose who joins the cast in the third—have

disastrous results. “I try not to speak about my personal struggles very

been working together since the very beginning, six years ago. “We’ve

often because I feel like people magnify [my experiences] instead of

grown into more mature women [and] our relationships have changed

I WANTED OUR SIMILARITIES TO BE STRONGER THAN THE THINGS THAT DIVIDED US.”

Every time I read or hear a story, I connect with something I’ve gone through.

so much,” Snow says of her buddies.

spoken way. “I went through my difficulties in middle school and high

Don’t ask her to pick a favorite though (we didn’t, but others have)—it

school, and became open about them [in my 20s]. I tried to use my

won’t happen. This is a group of girls that really unites as one, and even

voice in a positive way, and people took what I said out of context and

have their own constantly-going group chat, “The Bellas”, to prove it.

used it against me because they thought I wanted to gain attention.”

Instead, she shares what she loves about her cast mates, being sure to

But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even then, Snow was both

note that they aren’t listed in order of importance.

hoping to be a voice for those who felt alienated and to stop feeling

“Kelley Jakle [Jessica] was my roommate for three years, and became

so isolated herself. “That’s why I wanted to start this as well,” she says,

one of my best friends instantly. She is my sister. She inspires me to be

“because when I was growing up and going through difficult times,

more kind and is an amazing listener. She doesn’t have a mean bone in

there was nowhere to go. There was no social media community that

her body. Chrissie Fit [Flo] is one of my best friends and is hilarious;

showed me that I wasn’t going crazy and that I wasn’t alone.”

she’s also the most giving person I’ve ever met. She’ll do anything for

And she’ll admit it: as much as the Love is Louder cause is for fellow

anyone—she’ll drive hours and hours to help you with anything that

sufferers, it’s for her, too. “Selfishly, it helps me just as much as I hope it

you need. [Anna] Kendrick [Beca] has become one of my best friends,

helps others. Every time I read or hear a story, I connect with something

as well. Our relationship has changed in particular because, in the

I’ve gone through. I get quiet and grateful about how far I’ve come.”

beginning, I think she found me annoying… but I grew on her like a

P

disease or something. We have the best relationship now. She’s a true

rimarily, unlike the girl of her youth, the now-31-year-

friend; she’s incredibly strong and gifted and is really an example of how

old has support in spades from her fictional family, the

to be a woman in this world and use your strength and intelligence for

Barden Bellas, who have transformed into a close-knit

good.”

group of real-life besties. “These girls are my family,

But her friendship with co-star Anna Camp [Aubrey] takes things

and they are exactly the people that I go to when I’m

to the next level: Snow was even in her wedding (to another Pitch

having a bad day,” Snow confides. “They listen to my

Perfect star, Skylar Astin). “We have the same exact sense of humor,

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what everyone is going through collectively,” she notes in her sweet, soft-

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ACA-AWESOME Whether she’s (clockwise from left) working with her non--profit, Love is Louder, or making beautiful music on the big screen in Pitch Perfect 3 with her Barden Bellas, Snow is leading a wonderful life.

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THERE IS NO COMPETITION [ON SET], NO UNDERMINING, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT NONE OF THIS WORKS WITHOUT EACH OTHER. of her charm.”

about,” she says with a laugh. “They’re not even complete sentences—

If she sounds like an advocate for girl power, you’re getting a good

they’re words, phrases, sounds—but we get it. We have an unspoken

sense of Brittany Snow. In that way, she is just like her aca-alter ego.

language and unspoken bond, really, that I don’t have with anyone

“I would like to think that the good qualities I have and the good

else.”

qualities I see in Chloe are similar. I love how passionate she is about

She rattles off positive things about her other female cast members

her friends and about what she loves, which is music. She’s a little

Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee and Shelley

dramatic sometimes, but it all comes from a place that she really,

Regner, as well as relative newbie Hailee Steinfeld (whom she calls

really loves the people she’s surrounded with, and I think that’s

“effervescent” and “such a star”) before coming to the newest member

part of me, too, so I instilled it in the character I’ve created.” She

of their tribe, Orange is the New Black actress Ruby Rose [Calamity].

continues, “[In the film,] we all represent different things, and Chloe

“I was really surprised about Ruby,” she admits. “I thought I was going

represents the heart of the group. I love it when people correlate that

to be so scared of her—she’s unbelievably gorgeous and has the kind

with her and with me.”

of presence you can even feel just by looking at a magazine cover. But

We certainly do: in our opinion, Snow is all heart. Heck, by

she was absolutely the sweetest, and really became part of our group

interview’s end, we want to be part of her squad—and in the Bellas-

and fit right in to our jokes, and it was a seamless transition. She’s

only group chat, of which she says, “Right now, Rebel [Wilson] is

the nicest woman and of course, up close, the most beautiful human

actually shooting a movie with [yet another Pitch Perfect star] Adam

being I’ve ever seen. I don’t think she even knows that, which is part

Devine. We all love Adam, but she was like, ‘There’s nothing like our

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and can talk in a way where no one knows what the hell we’re talking

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set and the women that we have.’ We were all like, ‘Yeah!’ and typed

co-stars—the current trend is an all-for-one, one-for-all sentiment

lots of emojis and shit like that. We are constantly reminding each

among women in Hollywood, and hopefully it lasts.

other that we really do have it good and are incredibly supportive

Snow agrees. “Women have to stand together!” she declares.

of each other. There is no competition, no undermining, because

“We are not the enemy. We try our best and want the best for each

we know that none of this works without each other.”

other. What I love is that women especially are being truthful

And although she’s got cool new projects coming up—

about what’s happened to them and not being afraid to hide

like Hangman with Al Pacino and Karl Urban—and is even

anymore. I think it’s great that people are uniting and realizing

embarking on her directorial debut with an upcoming short film,

there’s no reason to bring each other down.”

the experience with her Barden Bellas can never be replicated, or

She cites Zoe Kazan’s recent article in The New York Times about

likely as good. That 3 might be the final chapter is not lost on her.

overcoming her eating disorder and Amber Tamblyn’s essay, also

“We knew this might be the last, or one of the last [films]. We

for The Times, entitled “I’m Done With Not Being Believed.” Says

hope it’s not, but it very well could be—it’s not up to us. [While

Snow, “I love that women are standing up for themselves and

filming,] we looked around at each other a lot and realized how far

taking that chance [and] not being afraid what they’re saying

we’ve come together, and how much we had used our friendships

is taboo, or that they can’t speak their truth because of what

to create who we are. That’s really cheesy, but it’s true. It all made

others will think. It’s OK to share what’s going on with you, and it

sense. None of this would have happened if not for Pitch Perfect. It

shouldn’t be discredited. This is how we all collectively get better.”

really struck a chord when we had to say goodbye.” The kind of female camaraderie that Snow describes among her own cast members seems akin to the Big Little Lies or Bridesmaids

She adds, “Bringing it back to Love is Louder, I think this is what people are realizing in general—that there’s no point in not being united.”

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n ABC’s newest series premiere, Once Upon a Time, actress Gabrielle Anwar takes on a role that’s unfamiliar territory for her— the diabolical, manipulative stepmother to Cinderella, Lady Tremaine. In a whimsical, old-world fairy tale meets new-world story, iconic fictional characters and modern-day collide into a complex, mythical drama series set in the town of Hyperion Heights. The show has been widely praised by audiences around the country for six seasons, and the seventh season marks a

significant reboot of the show, meaning new characters, locations and a new “curse”—it also marks the debut of Gabrielle Anwar and fellow newcomer Dania Ramirez to the well-established cast. Here, Haute Living catches up with the star and discusses the new show, shooting in Vancouver, life in Miami, her directorial debut and what else she’s working on in between: HL: Tell us about Once Upon a Time. How is it going so far? GA: It’s very interesting to get back in front of the camera after having been behind it for the last three years, so it’s an exercise of discipline and surrender.

HL: How were you cast in your role? GA: I had been reading scripts on and off for the last three years, with not much intention of doing anything unless it really tickled my fancy. I was visiting my daughter Willow in California, and I got a call from my agent and he was telling me there’s a great role of the wicked stepmother in Once Upon a Time on ABC, and I said “Once Upon a Time” out loud because I couldn’t fully hear what he was saying, and my 13-year-old daughter starting bouncing around the store exclaiming, “Mommy, you have to do it! You have to do it!” So basically that’s how I ended up living in Vancouver for 10 months [laughs].

HL: That’s exciting. How is it to enter the show in the midst of its seventh season as a regular? GA: Well, it’s always tricky to enter a new job when things are well established no matter what line of business you’re in because there’s a certain environment that’s been established from day one, and you’re tip-toeing around just to find your footing. The cast has been very welcoming, which is really nice. I’ve found that the trickiest thing is for me to step back into the schedule of being on a television show because it is very demanding and filled with long hours. It’s tough because we’re all characters playing two versions of themselves. It’s almost like filming a feature film every week.

HL: Explain what the day looks like. GA: We film a lot of footage that we don’t know if we necessarily need, but it’s good to have in case. We have to film tremendous amounts with elaboPHOTOS COURTESY OF GABRIELLE ANWAR

rate costumes and storylines—I really take my hat off to those costume crew members who have been there since day one—it’s a lot of work, but it is very

cause I usually end up playing someone with their heart in the right place. But I’ve been doing this for 33 years, and it’s fun to finally get to play a different type of role after all this time. It’s quite liberating.

HL: What’s the dynamic like between the cast on set? Who do you primarily work with? GA: I work with a young actress named Adelaide Kane who was the star of the TV show Reign. She is a queen—absolutely stunning and incredibly gifted as an actress. I also spend a lot of time with Dania Ramirez who plays alongside me as my stepdaughter Cinderella—she was in the show Devious Maids prior. She’s fantastic, and I have to say it’s such a pleasure to be playing the role with a Latina Cinderella—she’s so fresh and alive, and she has this tremendous energy. We’ve become quite friendly as we’ve both been acclimatized as the new chicks on the block.

HL: What’s it like shooting in Vancouver? What’s your favorite part about the new city? GA: I love the scenery—the landscaping is extremely conducive to hiking, which I’ve been partaking in, and that’s something I miss terribly in Miami because that’s not really available. And the Canadian people here are just so chill and friendly, and it’s a whole different pace of life up here. But I am missing the warm weather in Miami. I was born and raised in England where I was conceptually frozen all the time, but it’s been awhile since I got a taste of the cold weather! I am looking forward to those ThermaCare heat wraps from the pharmacy so I can wrap myself up like a mummy [laughs]. I love the convenience of a tropical climate. And of course, I miss my family and my bed! There’s nothing quite like your own bed.

HL: Of course. Aside from your new role in Once Upon a Time, how have things been following the debut of your documentary, Sexology? GA: It’s been really well received, which I am extremely proud of. We’ve

remarkable to see what comes out of it.

translated it into a number of different languages so that it could be more

HL: What’s your favorite part about getting to play Lady Tremaine? Is this a totally different type of role for you compared to others in the past? GA: My favorite thing about this character is that she is diabolical. She is

it asking for contacts so that they can start their own healing process, which

really cruel and vicious and doesn’t apologize for it. She’s quite fun to play. I don’t see any resemblance to pretty much any character I’ve ever played be-

widely viewed. I’ve had so many women approach me and talk to me about has been really rewarding. I am hoping to build this website to actually be an educational tool so that one could go on their own and partake in their own personal sexual revolution.

HL: What was the best part about producing?

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GA: Being able to call all the

need to be explored, and I

shots. Also, working with an

would be honored to do that.

all-female cast was amaz-

There are so many things

ing—the scheduling was very

I would like to accomplish

flexible. We wanted to do it in

before my time is up. One of

a very feminine and undulat-

them is obviously filmmak-

ing, organic way. It obviously

ing, but there are plenty of

takes much longer that way,

other things that I am excit-

but it is an entire reinvention

ed about doing.

one of the most exquisite experiences of my life.

LADY TREMAINE Gabrielle loves the ornate, intricate costumes her wicked character gets to wear on set (center photo).

HL: What are some of those things? GA: I write. I am an avid

HL: How long did it take you to agree to do it? I remember at first you were reluctant because it was a bit of a racy subject. GA: When we first conceived

writer and a prolific reader,

the idea, I didn’t expect that

Grove where I live, and I

I would be the one under-

hope the little project we’ve

going the revelation. So, I

been working on will bring a

was reluctant to become so

pleasurable experience to as

vulnerable and transparent

many people as possible and

on film regarding a subject

shed new light on the area—

that is so taboo. But I re-

the city is going through

alized very quickly that in

somewhat of its own evolu-

order to instruct any other

tion right now.

woman—even

if

it’s

just

one other woman who happens to use this film to find her pleasure—I am going to have to sacrifice my privacy to a certain extent because secret-keeping is one of the

so I am constantly being exposed to new information, which is exhilarating. I also am very involved in the local community of Coconut

HL: Aside from Once Upon a Time, what do you have going on for the coming year that you’re looking forward to? GA: I am hoping to publish

SECRET-KEEPING IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS ASPECTS OF OUR ABILITY TO FEEL FREE AND RELAX. SO, LETTING THAT GO WAS THE KEY INGREDIENT TO FINDING SEXUAL LIBERATION. most dangerous aspects of our inability to feel free and relax. So, to let

a novel that I have spent the last 13 years writing in between birthing

that go was the key ingredient to finding sexual liberation.

babies, TV shows and getting married. It’s a bit of a controversial fiction

HL: After experiencing your first directing gig, do you want to continue doing more of this? GA: I think so—there are so many interesting subjects out there that

novel—a love story that explores topics that have a stigma around society. It should be very interesting to see how it is received. And of course, I’m excited to premiere the show we’ve been working so hard on. It’s a reboot, so I hope we are embraced—looking forward to finding out!

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of filmmaking, and it was

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HauteQ&A

THE POWER OF POLO World-renowned polo player and international jet setter Nacho Figueras chats about philanthropy while visiting L.A. for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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GNACIO “NACHO” FIGUERAS MADE HIS GRAND RETURN TO LOS ANGELES ON OCTOBER 14, where the Veuve Clicquot captain helped lead his team to victory against Team Will Rogers 11-8 (and was named MVP, to boot). This undeniable star power, coupled with being the champagne brand’s event ambassador, has enabled Figueras to introduce tens of thousands of people on both coasts to the ‘sport of kings’. And through the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Nacho will likely continue to spawn polo enthusiasts over the next generation. Here, the world’s most famous modern player of this ancient sport—and one of the most photographed men in the world—discusses the Classic, leaving a legacy to his four children and how he pays it forward after achieving so much success.

Why is giving back so important to you? I have been fortunate in my career and want to provide others with the opportunity to pursue their dreams like I have with mine. I do my

Do your children know how to ride horses and/or play polo? All of my children have been riding from a young age! My oldest son plays professionally and my oldest daughter also plays the sport. My two youngest aren’t

best to help out as much as I can within the sport of polo and beyond.

fully playing yet, but they both ride and love horses.

What is your current philanthropic focus?

What are the most important lessons you’re teaching them?

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is focused [on] preserving Will Rogers State Historic Park, which is very important to me as it is

I think teaching values like hard work, respect and general kindness to others are very important.

the last grass polo field in Los Angeles. We are celebrating the eighth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this year and look forward to continuing to keep the park operating for people to enjoy the sport of polo for many years to come.   Which organization has made the most personal impact on you? Working with Sentebale [a charity co-founded by Prince Harry that helps young people in Botswana and Lesotho affected by HIV] has made a very big impact on my life. I have been involved with the organization for [many] years now and have visited Lesotho twice—it is extremely moving. [I have been] in the middle of it all and [seen] first-hand how the efforts… are supporting those in need. You come to Los Angeles every year to play in the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. What do you love most about L.A.? I love the rich history of Los Angeles, especially with its ties to polo. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BFA AND GETTY IMAGES FOR VEUVE CLICQUOT

Classic Hollywood actors and filmmakers used to play polo here when they were not working, making it such an iconic place for the sport. Other than that, the weather and In-and-Out are at the top of my list. Why is working with Veuve Clicquot such a great fit for your own personal brand? I enjoy working with Veuve Clicquot because they support my mission to bring polo to more people. [It] makes for a fun, exciting environment for the attendees and the actual [polo] match provides education [about] the sport. It really is the perfect partnership for a

How would you describe yourself in a phrase or three words? Dedicated, family-focused, always seeking to be kind. What do you consider to be the greatest luxury in life and why?

polo and champagne-filled afternoon.

Spending time with [my] family! It’s the most valuable thing in the world.

If you weren’t playing polo, what else can you imagine doing?

Finish this sentence: Drinking champagne is like­—?

I love architecture and design so I would probably be an architect.

HORSING AROUND Figueras was named MVP after playing in the 2017 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (above).

Celebrating! I always love to enjoy a glass (or two) of Veuve Clicquot after a big win.

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BY CASEY TRUDEAU

LuxuryCORNER Haute Fashion

“BLACKLOUBI” Backpack, $1,250, christianlouboutin.com

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“Louis” hand-drawn ‘Loubitag’ scribble print sneaker, $995, christianlouboutin.com


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LOUBOUTINS PERSONAL TOUCH Christian Louboutin Launches GraffitiInspired Loubitag Collection In the age of social media, every life moment seems to have turned into an opportunity for a selfie. With connections being made on a screen, can you still make a connection that pops? According to celebrity favorite Christian Louboutin, you definitely can. Since launching in 1992, his creations have been immortalized in pop culture, fashion week runways and red carpet events. But what really sets these pieces apart from other brands is Mr. Louboutin himself. Full of charm, Mr. Louboutin makes a habit of personal appearances to connect with customers through the love of great shoes and great conversations.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

His newest capsule collection, Loubitag, captures the personal connection that Mr. Louboutin cherishes and combines it with unique brand details that make these pieces one of a kind. “Tagged” with whimsical doodles and his personal signature, Loubitag is a collection of memories and brand signatures that are sure to delight any Louboutin fan. The playful print takes on a cool-guy edge with the classic signature “Louis” sneaker that gets the Loubitag upgrade in black or white patent leather. The Loubitag collection certainly speaks for itself. Isn’t it time for you to get more personal with a pair of Louboutins?

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BY CASEY TRUDEAU

LuxuryCORNER Haute Fashion

BLACK SATIN MULETOWN, $398 and the crystal letter clips are $125 each, stuartweitzman.com

This holiday season, Stuart Weitzman introduces three all-satin silhouettes that can be personalized with Swarovski crystal-encrusted initial shoe clips Just in time for the season of holiday parties, glitter and gift giving, Stuart Weitzman introduces a stylish and unique way to personalize your footwear― with Swarovski crystal-encrusted single-letter shoe clips. A whimsical way to make a glittering and personalized statement, it’s the chance for the most sparkling monogram all spelled out in glamorous detail. In partnership with Swarovski, Stuart Weitzman will be offering the shoe clips in every letter of the alphabet encrusted in either classic clear or jet black crystals. The three new silhouettes will be offered in a range of opulent silk satin shades, including black, lipstick red, peacock green, blush and Aegean blue. If your personal initials aren’t enough of a unique style twist for you, the options of where to clip the Swarovski-encrusted letter adds another twist. One letter, two letters, front toe, sides, back… the sparkling options are endless.

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PERSONALIZED SPARKLE

Once the holiday party circuit is in full swing, these personalized beauties will make you the talk of the town. This exclusive holiday program will be

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THE EMERALD CITY Every year the question pops up: What to get the person who seems to have everything? And every year, Neiman Marcus has the answer. Its experienced buyers search far and wide each year to find the most unique selection of gifts in its unmatched holiday offerings. This season, they’ve teamed up with renowned finejewelry designer Stephen Webster for a one-ofa-kind Zambian luxury experience. British-born Webster is one of the most prominent jewelry designers with nearly 40 years of impeccable craftsmanship, innovative design and fearless creativity. Master jeweler Webster, Gemfields and Neiman Marcus have teamed up to offer the

STEPHEN WEBSTER Diamond and Emerald, earrings from past collections. Magnipheasant Pavé Couture Collar 18k White Gold set with White Diamond Pavé (20 pc/0.15cts), centering a 14.76 Pear Shape Emerald, $135,000, StephenWebster.com

ultimate fantasy gift, a luxurious behind-thescenes look at how the finest jewelry is created from start to finish. The experience kicks off with you heading off to the largest single producer of emeralds in the world, Gemfields Kagem mine in Zambia alongside Webster. After taking in raw emeralds being processed in the sorting house, retell it all over dinner at the mine’s lake house. Then, indulge in two dream days at the Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara including a journey to the thundering Victoria Falls. Next, head to London and the renowned Connaught Hotel where you will spend the day with Webster and his design team in his studio collaborating on turning a PHOTOS COURTESY OF STUART WEIZTMAN

magnificent 7.2 carat emerald into a one-of-akind piece. That evening, savor a private dinner with Stephen and his wife, Assia, as you relive Adrian Fisk, Courtesy of Gemfields

the amazing experience. And not only will you walk away with a dazzling one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry and its final sketch signed by Stephen himself, you’ll also be doing a good deed. With the purchase of the Stephen Webster experience at $300,000, $40,000 will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus foundation.

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BY CASEY TRUDEAU

LuxuryCORNER Haute Fashion LAVISH TCHOTCHKES Tiffany & Co. has unveiled its latest (fun and cheeky) home accessories collection

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EVERYDAY OBJECTS Everyday Objects ball of yarn in sterling silver. $9,000.00, tiffany.com


EVERYDAY OBJECTS Still life of marker in sterling silver with Tiffany Blue® enamel marker in sterling silver with black enamel ($750), paper cup in bone china ($95) and tin can in sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue® enamel accent($1,000), tiffany.com

Just in time to check some of the people on your gift-giving list, Tiffany & Co. has unveiled its latest home and accessories collection―perfect for the holiday season. Beyond the classic pieces we’ve come to expect from the heritage brand like sterling money clips and crystal glassware, you’ll also find a range of products that Tiffany’s describes as “ordinary objects made extraordinary.” With the collection including a $9,000 ball of yarn, this is an understatement to say the least. If this launch is any indication of what the company’s new chief artistic officer, Reed Krakoff, has in store, we’re eager to see how lavish he can go. The luxury house is known for its tongue-in-cheek approach to design. Some eccentric pieces to take note of are a handcrafted sterling silver protractor, ruler, drinking straw, paint can and even first aid box. These covetable accessories possess a whimsical wink that is quintessentially Tiffany’s. “I think what makes the collection unique is that it incorporates the best PHOTOS COURTESY OF TIFFANY

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quality, craftsmanship and design with a level of functionality that allows you to use these things every day,” says Krakoff. Since taking the reins in January as chief artistic officer, Krakoff has already started the transformation to freshen the image of the 180-year-old jewelry company. His first major footprint is on the fourth-floor home and accessories floor of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship, where luxury becomes even more luxurious and houses the new holiday collection.

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FILM NOIR

ELEGANT CLASSICS IN A SETTING OF LAVISH MONOCHROMES. PHOTOGRAPHER : TOM CLAISSE @ ALMAKARINA AGENCY ART DIRECTOR : KARINA RIKUN @ ALMAKARINA AGENCY

CHOPARD Pair of earrings from “L’Heure du Diamant” Collection in white gold set with diamonds.

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PIAGET Sunny Side of Life Collection 18K white gold cuff bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds, pear-shaped diamonds, triangle-cut diamonds.

DE GRISOGONO Bracelet and ring in pink gold, icy diamonds, diamonds.

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DIOR JOAILLERIE Archi Dior Ailée bracelet in white gold and diamonds.

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CARTIER Earrings - platinum, squareshaped diamonds, brilliantcut diamonds.

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CHAUMET Feuillage ĂŠternel earrings in white gold, set with two oval-cut diamonds, two brilliant-cut diamonds and brilliant cut-diamonds.

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REZA Dune Eventail ring in white gold and diamonds.

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VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS Snowflake earrings with pendants in platinum, white gold and diamonds.

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DE GRISOGONO Onde collection ring in white gold and diamonds.

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BOUCHERON Ring in white gold, onyx and diamonds.

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MESSIKA Paris est une FĂŞte collection Mata Hari bracelet - white gold and diamonds.

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BY MARTIN GREEN

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HIGH-TECH

HUBLOT Innovation as second nature

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BY MARTIN GREEN

LuxuryCORNER Haute Watches

The chronograph complication has become synonymous with Hublot with the birth of the Big Bang, so it’s no wonder that it set out to develop a chronograph movement of its own. The Hublot Big Bang Unico Colored Sapphire timepiece (above)

FOR HUBLOT, INNOVATION IS A WAY OF LIFE. It was a key ingredient when Carlo Crocco founded the brand in 1980, and it erupted into the ‘Art of Fusion’ when marketing genius Jean-Claude Bivier joined the company and introduced this phrase to the watch world. Today, the company continues to blow our minds and prove that this art of fusion is more than just a marketing slogan—it’s a solid part of Hublot’s DNA. UNICO The chronograph complication has become synonymous with Hublot with the birth of the Big Bang, so it’s no wonder that it set out to develop a chronograph movement of its own. The company approached this challenge from multiple angles, with a focus on reliability, user friendliness and serviceability. But Unico also posed another challenge: while Hublot is by no means a high volume brand,

the success of the Big Bang means Unico has substantial production, and each one needs to meet the high haute horlogerie-level standards set out for it. Hublot achieves this by utilizing a partially automated production that involves robotic machining, stone fitting, oiling and part of the assembly to ensure the supreme, consistent quality. The Unico is also fully integrated, meaning it has been developed from the start as a chronograph. Rather than being an automatic movement with a chronograph module placed on top, the gears and levers for the chronograph function are an integral part of the movement as a whole. Since Hublot developed it from scratch and inhouse, it could incorporate some unique features. The column wheel is placed on the front of the movement, visible through the half-transparent dial that most Big Bangs have, while the pallet fork and escapement wheel are made from silicon

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es and affixed to a platform that can be removed easily when the watch is in for service. It’s not only the watchmaker who will reap the benefits from the movement, though. Thanks to bi-directional winding, Unico is a very efficient movement and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The chronograph itself is a flyback—so you can have an instant restart of all the counters, instead of losing time by having to stop, reset and start the chronograph again. This is particularly handy when you measure lap times for races or other sporting events. Sometimes, user friendliness can also be found in the details, such as a minute counter that can register 60 minutes instead of the more common 30, which makes it much easier to read the elapsed time. And it’s one of the many things that make the Unico stand out from the crowd.

WONDERFUL WATCHES The making of a Hublot watch

MAGIC GOLD When it comes to explaining Hublot’s ‘Art of Fusion’, there’s almost no better example than being the first and only watch brand to create the impossible: scratch-resistant 18-karat gold. By merging pure gold

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Although 18-karat gold can perfectly handle everyday life for decades, owners will notice that it is more prone to scratch than stainless steel.

LuxuryCORNER Haute Watches with ceramic, Hublot combines the precious look of gold with the scratch-resistant capacity of ceramic while maintaining the 18-karat purity threshold. Most gold watches are made of 18-karat gold because pure 24-karat is simply too soft. But other companies use copper or nickel, which also change the color to make rose gold or white gold, respectively. Although 18-karat gold can perfectly handle everyday life for decades, owners will notice that it is more prone to scratch than stainless steel. The true value of Hublot’s accomplishment is clear when using the Vickers scale. Normal 18-karat gold is around 400 Vickers, depending on the exact alloy. But the new Magic Gold is about 1,000 Vickers— and, with that, it is even more scratch-resistant than steel, which ranks at 600. While the exact process for which Hublot is able to combine the best of both worlds is a closely regarded secret, the watches crafted from it have an indescribable glow that makes you realize they are something truly special.

RACING STYLE The Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Titanium

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SAPPHIRE If the luxury watch brand’s other accomplishments weren’t impressive enough, Hublot has also been a pioneer of creating watch cases from sapphire crystal. More recently, it’s shown even more progress by introducing colored sapphire cases. And while this may sound easy, it’s far from it. To create the Big Bang Unico in blue sapphire, for example, Hublot heats the raw material for sapphire— aluminum oxide—with chromium to a temperature between 2,000 and 2,050 degrees Celsius. The sapphire takes on a blue color from this process. But, in a similar process, Hublot was able to create red sapphire by using iron instead of chromium. Hublot has had to overcome numerous challenges, unfortunately, regarding this design. For one thing, these watches are limited 250-piece editions, but all 250 pieces need to have the same hue. Another issue is that, in order to craft a case, you need a substantial sapphire to cut it from and the larger the sapphire has to be, the more difficult it is to make. Last but not least, there are the usual challenges to grow sapphire crystals, such as bubbles and cracks that can make it unsuitable. The end result, however, is an incredible feat by Hublot—not to mention, a world-first!

THE BIG BANG The making of Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold

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LuxuryCORNER Watches&Whisky BY MARTIN GREEN

GLENDRONACH AUDEMARS REGAL: The GlenDronach distillery, in Speyside, was built in 1825 that was originally led by one James Allardice. GlenDronach are well-known for producing some of the most beautiful sweet sherried style Scotch Whisky on the market today, largely owed in part to Billy Walker (Master Distiller). While GlenDronach has made a name for itself, it has long been the key to Teacher’s blends. As mentioned before, GlenDronach are very well-known for producing Scotch matured in ex-sherry Oloroso & Pedro Ximenez casks, which give rich, sweet and creamy notes. The GlenDronach 18-yearold has been named after the renowned founder of the distillery, James Allardice. This exceptional sherried single malt, matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, is non-chill filtered and like all GlenDronach drams, is of natural colour, richly sherried malt is truly unforgettable.

TASTING NOTES:

On the nose: there is an initial waft of dark chocolates, fudge and mixed fruits. This is closely followed by oranges, raisins, vanilla and a suggestion of zest. Light notes of spices start to emerge in the form of cinnamon, alongside some inviting herbaceous notes. Rounding off the nose is a hint of black grapes, honey and walnuts. On the palate: those mixed fruit notes nosed are ever-present, followed up by that luxurious dark chocolate. There are notes of mixed fruits, marzipan, raisins and a nutty note of walnuts that start to emerge. There is a lovely suggestion of Morello cherries, coupled with oranges, leather, cinnamon, all-spices and toasted oats. The finish: is long, dry and sweet, with lingering smoke, peppery spices and

THE VERDICT:

This GlenDronach 18-year-old scotch is, in my opinion, sublime. The 12yo was special and is a beautiful entry scotch into the GlenDronach sherried core range. With a seductive array of notes that just keep unfolding that have been finely balanced, this richly sherried 18yo ‘Allardice’ GlenDronach malt is truly unforgettable.

ROYAL The Royal Oak is perhaps one of the most distinctive watches around. With its masculine octagonal shape, exposed screws and integrated bracelet, it is easy to recognise from afar. But more importantly, the watch is a legend for pioneering the use of stainless steel in haute horlogerie, thanks to a watch designer, Gerald Genta, whom was inspired by the porthole of a naval ship. Though back in 1971 when this inspiration led to the Royal Oak, Mr. Genta wasn’t yet the household name it is today. The SIHH 2017 AP Royal Oak Extra-Thin ‘Jumbo’ reference 15202 in 18-carat yellow-gold is much of the same, which is why it is still so 2 popular and also why it is timeless. It is the same iconic and dependable watch it was 40 years ago, of course with a few tweaks here and there. I think the most interesting fact here about this new 15202 is that this is the first time the ‘Jumbo’ is making an appearance in yellow-gold in some 20 plus years – something that is easily forgotten. The Audemars Piguet 15202BA features the all familiar petite tappiserie dial, which is one of my favourite aspects of the Royal Oak. The ability for the dial to reflect off different gradients based on different light sources is a joy to look at and it is further emphasised by the warmth of the gold case. That said, the biggest news from the Le Brassus based watch manufacturer is the new pairing of the yellow-gold case with blue petite tappiserie dial. Good design is timeless but this element alone isn’t enough the brand also has to believe in the timelessness of the product too and this is something Audemars Piguet have always done, hence its popularity and longevity.

INFO:

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YAMAZAKI 18 LANGE 1815 FLYBACK

PERFECTION:

Yamazaki is one of the first Japanese distilleries to be built. Established in 1923 and situated in the vale of Yamazaki, the whisky is born from the natural craftsmanship and climate of Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, an area of dense bamboo grooves at the foot of Mt. Tennozan. In 1984, the Yamazaki 12-year-old single malt whisky was released. The 12-year-old expression is intense, confident and yet elegant: this single malt whisky directly presents these features of the Yamazaki distillery. That said, the 18-year-old expression only further enhances these characteristics. Over the past few years, Yamazaki has won the approval of many whisky aficionados alike, as well as winning a few awards along the way too. The 18-year-old expression has, somewhat, become the cornerstone of Yamazaki, tickling the taste buds of those who chose to venture further than the brilliantly balanced 12.

TASTING NOTES:

On the nose: you’ll get a lovely waft of raisins, vanilla and a viscose like note, alongside rich tones of cherry, mizunara and salted caramel. These initial notes are closely followed by turmeric, candy, a slight buttery flavour, liquorice, some subtle spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and dry oak. Finishing off the nose are notes of popcorn, a tobacco like note, apricot and coffee. On the palate: you’ll be able to taste those salted caramel notes, followed by vanilla, sherry, candy floss and raisins. These are followed by notes of aniseed, stem ginger, some spices and a subtle menthol note. Richer currant like notes start to emerge, alongside some mizunara, tobacco and marzipan. Rounding off the nose are notes of red apples, a faint waft of lychees, acacia honey, shortbread and rich dark chocolate. The finish: is long, sweet, spicy with lingering oaky nuttiness.

THE VERDICT:

The Yamazaki 18 is no less than perfection. The balance and richness of the 18-year-old expression is just sublime. While it’s rich, it also possesses some delicious delicate notes that only become apparent the more the dram opens up. In our opinion, we don’t believe there is any need to add water, however, do so if required. Also leaving it to breathe for up to 10 minutes, also yields more depth in flavour.

INFO:

PRECISION The Lange 1815 Flyback Chronograph has been considered by many – us included – as the perfect Lange Chronograph. A title that is arguably still held by the Datograph but perhaps the absence of an outsized date window and the simplicity of the 1815 Flyback makes it worthier of this title? Only time will tell. The dial is a mono-tone affair of black, with white accents marking the sub dials, hours, minute track and measurement scale. The outer pulsation scale has been placed on a slight inclined flange, with the 2 railroad track minute markers placed on the flatter surface of the dial. The dial features full Arabic numerals for hours and two engine-turned subsidiary dials, which are on ever so slightly sunken level from the main dial, recording chronograph minutes and continuous seconds. At the heart of the new Lange 1815 Flyback chronograph is the calibre L951.5 movement, that makes use of a column-wheel control and a stepped pinion for the precisely jumping minute counter. Crafted to the highest Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; the L951.5 is a sight to behold and can be admired through the exhibition case back. The 39.5 mm case is what makes this Lange pretty much perfect, it’s no fuss yet simple and functional design is a standout feature. Made in white-gold, all angles and curves have been polished to a mirror shine, with a brushed mid-case section, which is fixed to the wrist via black hand-stitched crocodile strap with a solid white-gold Lange prong buckle. The Lange 1815 Flyback Chronograph is a connoisseurs’ chronograph that has been engineered with German precision.

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BY ZIGA COLJA

LuxuryCORNER Haute Yacht ROSSINAVI SUPERYACHT AURORA

INTO THE LIGHT Is this the future of Superyachting.

An unusual approach to designing this vessel had Fulvio de Simoni and Achille Salvagni break all the rules from naval architecture textbooks.

Think of it as a speedboat with character of practicality.

navigating and large balconies ideal for al-fresco dining

And the fact that it is 49.9 meters long and below 500

experiences. Salvagni has infused the interiors of Aurora

gross tonnage. An advantage over maritime rules. As the

with a host of luxurious materials, including limed sycamore

name suggests, Aurora shines anywhere it appears. Be it in

veneer walls, dark polished ebony details and brushed

Montenegro where the promotional material was shot or in

natural teak flooring that peaks out from under custom

Mediterranean where Haute Living had the opportunity to

hand knotted silk carpets.

climb aboard. An unusual approach to designing this vessel

Special attention was paid towards ensuring privacy

had Fulvio de Simoni and Achille Salvagni break all the

while moored or in port. Even with the beach club in full use,

rules from naval architecture textbooks. First is responsible

there is not much to see for the prying eyes. This yacht has

for the exterior, while Achille is the mastermind behind

multiple expansive windows offering impressive panoramic

interior poise. Understanding that the thirty something

views, the result of two “cut outs,” likened to vents in a sports

owner was proud of his wine collection, a glass clad wine

car’s body, along the bow of the boat. Aurora’s garage is

store now features as a central point of the yacht; set aside

capable of accommodating all the sporting gear you would

a massive beach club and two master staterooms, each

expect from a yacht of this calibre – including two tenders,

with panoramic panels looking towards the direction of

a number of jet skis and scuba diving equipment.

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“At cruising speed of 12 knots, Aurora manages a 3.800 nautical mile range,” adds Filippo Ceragioli, head of marketing and communications at Rossinavi.

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BY ZIGA COLJA

LuxuryCORNER Haute Yacht SUPERYACHT LĂœRSSEN ARETI:

AN INTIMATE TITAN

Just finished its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean.

It started as project Sasha and was delivered as Areti in July, just on time for its maiden Mediterranean summer. A family oriented yacht with a sporty silhouette comes after a line of predecessors; owner upgraded whilst continuing in same subtle cream hull and white superstructure accents. This is the fourth launch this year for the German shipyard and at 85 meters this voluminous yacht has made its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. As you can note from the pictures available, not many will ever see the insides of this six deck layout. However, Haute Living was invited on board at the launch and we were awed with amazement. Swift elevators commute between the floors, which for example enables guests arriving by helicopter to change into their cycling wear and breeze off to an exploring ride moments later. Yes, the yacht features not only various saunas and massage rooms, but also cycling quarters as the owner and entourage are all avid sport exercisers. Both interior and exterior have been invented at Winch design and if you glance at the yacht you will immediately notice a massive, almost 15 meter bow. A landing pad stripes a large H sign while master stateroom and two VIP suites are located on the same floor. Expect lots of attention to detail all over, from delicately woven cashmere blankets on beds, to hand-embroidered silks on the furniture, even brushed, antiqued brass ironmongery. The basis of styling is straight grain and figured Makore timber, which enhances the luxurious atmosphere. Noticing this vessel from the stern will start with its name, Areti.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LĂœRSSEN ARETI

ARETI is among the 200 biggest yachts ever made, spacious enough to carry a 27 manned crew.

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ARETI Her interior volume totals 2850GT and she will be waving a Cayman Islands flag

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LĂœRSSEN ARETI

Haute Living was invited on board at the launch and we were awed with amazement. Swift elevators commute between the floors, which for example enables guests arriving by helicopter to change into their cycling wear and breeze off to an exploring ride moments later.

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ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY ZIGA COLJA, SAGA INSTITUTE

LuxuryCORNER Haute Auto MASERATI GRANCABRIO MC Wild roar from an atmospheric engine

A decade on the market, with minor changes and tweaks, this silhouette still looks romantically gorgeous. This newest model isn’t a mere make-up powder application, but actually features a restyled front, that includes an octagonal grill, reshaped air intakes and new bumpers. The result are better aerodynamics; a drag coefficient value down to 0,33. If anywhere, this matters on a convertible. Less turbulence and whisper like conversations with your co-driver. More changes in the cockpit bring this ma-

A transaxle layout, meaning the ZF six-speed transmission hinges between the rear wheels. The result is a superbly balanced front to rear weight distribution of 49:51.

chine up to date with market expectations, so guess a huge screen on a restyled central console and new infotainment system, also Maserati now speaks a language compatible with your phone. When I called Davide Kluzer, the PR director of this Modena (Italy) based manufacturer and proposed we take their newest creation to a supercar lifestyle-drive event down the Adriatic Coast, he offered their top of the line model. The Maserati Gran-

MC HAS MINISCALED SILENCERS compared to the standard car and once you press a Sport button, the operating valve allows the escaping gases to bypass these sound barriers while generating less back pressure.

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Cabrio MC, which stands for Maserati Corse. Ride comfort and spaciousness come to mind first, resulting in an almost rejuvenating experience. There is one small piece of very relevant information, which makes this two tone structure able and agile on the perfect black asphalt roads. A transaxle layout, meaning the ZF six-speed transmission hinges between the rear wheels. The result is a superbly balanced front to rear weight distribution of 49:51. As I accelerate from another curve, being the only car by far and a lot, I almost feel compassionate. For potential bystanders. Onlookers. Curious minds alike. It is an event, even a spectacle, that this car is to look at and even more, to hear. You see, the V8 in its classical 90 degree V-shaped layout features a cross-plane crankshaft. This gives it one of the most exhilarating engine sounds in the industry today. I call this car a tribute to living, to years before the world crisis entered our everyday vocabulary.

FROM STANDING it will pass the first mark in less than five seconds, while Brembo rotors of 360 mm diameter in association with Pirelli P Zero rubber make it stop with confidence.

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Besides a sole electric mode, the P400e is also able to combine both power sources in a hybrid mode. This enables it to reach a maximum speed of 137mph and a 0-60 sprint in 6.4 seconds.

SPECIAL CALIBRATION was needed to ensure unique distribution of power from electric motor; maxim torque is available from zero speed.

LuxuryCORNER Haute Auto LUXURY ICON GOES ELECTRIC WITH LAND ROVER’S RANGE ROVER P400E The most eco-friendly Rangie so far.

Keeping the Range Rover in tune with its appraised class leading image, svelte face-lifting is on the horizon for 2018MY. But rather than focus on seat KEEPING THE RANGE ROVER IN TUNE WITH ITS APPRAISED CLASS LEADING IMAGE, SVELTE FACE-LIFTING IS ON THE HORIZON FOR 2018MY. But rather than focus on seat comfort, hot stone massage, and the hand gesture sun roof activation, we are much more intrigued by the housed inside the eight-speed ZF transmission. A total output equals 404 bhp and features 31 miles of electric driving sans emissions. Additional effort has been put into revising the off road mechanics of the gasoline-electric drives. Needless to say, wading capacity remains at 35,4 inches. A statement that not many owners are willing to exercise, but should a need arise, they know it is one of the most capable machines on the planet. Besides a sole electric mode, the P400e is also able to combine both power sources in a hybrid mode. This enables it to reach a maximum speed of 137mph and a 0-60 sprint in 6.4 seconds. Charging the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery, which is mounted below rear trunk floor, is executed through a discreet panel on the front grill. To monitor the charging process, an application on your phone will inform you of the battery status. The electric Range Rover is part of a broad Jaguar and Land Rover plan, to offer all their vehicles by an electrified powertrain starting

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LAND ROVER

PHEV model available in the coming year. Just announced, it will feature a two liter four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to an electric motor

from 2020.

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THERE IS A NEW 24-WAY seating adjustment with massage function, Air Cabin Ionization and Gesture Blind operated by advanced hand movement control.

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BY TIM LATTERNER

HauteRESIDENCE

FONT DU FRANCE The villa grounds are beautifully manicured with fountains gushing and lavender in bloom.

MAKE THIS INCREDIBLE VILLA, LA BERGERIE, YOUR NEXT GETAWAY The South of France villa is an immaculate oasis just outside Cannes. When it comes to getting away, there is never a better locale than the

styles and amenities. This mansion sits on a beautiful hillside overlooking

South of France. Unlike so many domestic locales in America, Provence

the best of the French Countryside. The home features an immaculate

is a getaway full of peaceful nature, serene beaches, and beautiful villas

pool, veranda, game room, several bedrooms and ensuites, a balcony off

like La Bergerie, the ultimate luxury villa from the London-based Rich-

the master bedroom, fire pit, fields growing lavender and jasmine, a home

stone Properties. This scenic getaway is everything a vacation should be:

garden, and everything in between. The villa is also staffed by a team of

a peaceful getaway where you can count on their team and staff to ensure

highly skilled men and women looking to cater to every need from keep-

a reprieve from everyday life.

ing the property looking pristine to making eggs to one’s liking in the

For most, vacation planning can be more work than it’s worth. There’s

morning. Stop worrying about if the amusement park tickets you bought

hotels to book, rates to manage, the claustrophobia of the tiny little rooms

from that third party site with a coupon will be real for the kids and wake

not living up to their website purported photos, not to mention the added

up to the smell of lavender drifting through the open windows of the bed-

expenses around every corner for things like meals, drinks, cabs, and

room while breakfast waits for you downstairs before heading to the Rivi-

those little shampoo bottles that are somehow never small enough to take

era later that day. Doesn’t that sound, like, a million times better?

through airport security. What if that could all go away though? This villa

Richstone Properties has made this home its signature palace in the

isn’t going to fix the problems of traveler’s anguish, it’s going to make you

region, with a driveway to fit a number of cars, water croquet mallets

never want to go to another four-star hotel ever again.

ready for yard games, a quiet section of land, and with close proximity

La Bergerie, built in Côte d’Azur’s Terre Blanche, is an oasis of luxe life-

to golf courses just down the road, Cannes and the beach 30 miles to the

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south, and quaint French hillside villages mere miles away by car, La Bergerie is

their thought process to add amenities for those living in these homes day to

the ultimate getaway for anyone’s interests be it shopping in the city, swimming

day. La Bergerie had originally been built for the head of the company’s personal

at the beach or any of the nearby lakes, hitting the links with guests, or taking in

vacation home. Luckily, with the business taking off in spades across Britain and

some of France’s nearby historical locales like the Molinard Perfumery, Chateau

Europe, the villa is now available for those who appreciate the finest in quality

Font Du Broc, and Château D’Esclans right nearby. The region is also best known

to enjoy.

for its wine and cuisine. La Bergerie is set right outside the lines of Cannes tour-

The main house can accommodate 12 people across six luxurious bedrooms,

ism radius, which means that the restaurants nearby are authentically French, as

with additional lodging in the guesthouse located at the other end of the drive to

opposed to catering to the interests and palates of travelers coming to the region.

support 16 total guests. The home makes for the perfect family getaway for the

Provence also is responsible for 80% of the world’s rosé. With several vineyards in

holidays. Granted, this comes with a pretty penny for a price tag. That said, of all

the region, the locals take their rosé seriously, and are determined to show any-

the luxury content covered by this publication, I can firmly say it’s the most effec-

one who thinks otherwise the light about their pale pink drink-of-choice.

tive use of that money for what it yields, a vacation that you actually feel rested

Richstone has made a name for the company as one of the premiere develop-

from when you return. The villa is typically rented out for two weeks at a time,

ment firms in the UK for luxury homes. With the bulk of their properties in the

though special accommodations can be made. Whether it’s an intimate wedding

London area, they’ve drawn interests from clients around the globe by thinking

with a few close friends, a family holiday getaway, or just somewhere to escape

not only of the appearance of luxury for a buyer, but from following through in

for a while, this Villa needs to be your latest, greatest destination.

Homeward Bound The luxury stylings of the home are enough to make anyone give up hotel stays for a vacation that feels more curated.

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HauteRESIDENCE

NATE BERKUS TALKS DECOR, DESIGN, AND MAKING THE MOST OF ANY SPACE STYLIN’ Berkus has developed a signature look that’s always trendy, and makes any design project feel the same.

Nate Berkus has risen to fame as one of America’s best home design experts.

feel bad about what they don’t have. The best interiors are ones where peo-

As a regular guest on Oprah’s show, as well as several television projects on

ple have taken risks, and chosen to live with what they truly love. You want

NBC, HGTV, and more. In an exclusive interview, Berkus spoke to Haute

your home to feel layered, like it’s evolved over time – mix metals, textures

Residence on a range of topics in design, from how to tailor someone’s home

and periods. Your home should say something about who you are, and what

to their personality, to the right way to bring souvenirs back from traveling.

you care about.

Haute Residence: What are some of your favorite design trends

What are some techniques you use in your own home?

you’re seeing now?

One of the best parts of designing today is that there is no shortage of in-

Nate Berkus: I don’t believe in trends. They are designed to make people

spiration or access to resources. As the world leans more and more into

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF RACHEL SWANN

The designer talks exclusively with Haute Residence on American design styles and his personal insight.


technology, we’re seeing this appreciation for wellness in the home – and there

Who is a furniture or décor designer/maker we should be keeping our

are so many ways to define that.

eye on and why? I love the work being created by Dimore Studio in Milan. And my husband, Jer-

For those looking to downsize space, like when moving into a city, how

emiah.

do you recommend keeping design in mind? You need to be a ruthless editor in your home. Only live with what you truly love.

How do you find fashion relates to design of a home?

That, and clean your homes. Seriously, sometimes it’s as simple as that.

I always take inspiration from someone’s closet. If they gravitate towards color in their fashion choices, that’s a good indication of what will resonate in their

What are some of your favorite pieces you have in your home?

home. Likewise, if they only dress in neutrals with gold accessories. It’s a great

Everything I have in my home, that I share with my husband Jeremiah Brent,

place to start.

has meaning. Whether it’s a piece of art that a friend created for our daughter, or a piece of pottery from a trip we have taken. I love that everything has a story

A lot of our readers are travelers. What’s your advice on bringing sou-

about our family, and what we care about.

venirs back from trips to include in a home without looking too tacky? There is a fine line between hoarding and collecting, and finding the marriage

When working with clients, how do you help tailor their personality to

between the two is very important. Only include items that you truly love, and

the design of their home?

find interesting ways to live with them. Whether it’s a framed souvenir, or turning

When working with a client, it’s all about understanding who they are and how

a textile into a wall hanging or pillow. You want to always be mindful of what

they like to live. Choosing a wall color is about considering the furniture choices,

you let in.

AMERICANA Berkus’ design traits tend to lean into American classics with a chic modern twist.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RACHEL SWANN

the textiles, etc. Sometimes white paint is the bold choice.

The outdoor space at 16 Jessie St. offers a peaceful environment for entertaining. .

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BEACH VIBES High luxury is coming to the shores of Grenada in a big way.

HauteRESIDENCE

GRENADA MAKES A SPLASH IN THE VILLAS MARKET WITH SILVERSANDS The market for luxury villas in island locales

spectively. The villas offer three bedrooms,

can often feel totally oversaturated. Finding

four bathrooms, and two private pools over-

a great villa in a perfect location is no easy looking the jungle andHollywood sea. The Hills lot sized Music mogul Sean Combs’ former

was recently listed for $6.5 million coming task, which makes the new launch of residence Sil- though are even more impressive

and interesting. Silversands is set to open in

Maybe most helpful too, is that the pur-

March of 2018 as the first modern-designed

chase of the villa also comes with Grena-

resort in the region.

dian citizenship, which grants visa-free

The villas come attached to the luxury

access to 125 countries and other perks.

resort on the premises, which feature

The modern looking homes reflect a mid-

43-suites, a hotel spa, beach club, restau-

century design that make this no ordinary

rant, the longest pool in the Caribbean, and

island home, but rather something chic to

more. The beachfront and hillside villas,

walk around when there, and away from

are 6,000 and 5,000 square feet, and hit the

the hoards of tourists in the jungle/ocean

market at $11 million and $5.7 million, re-

climates of beautiful Grenada.

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versands in Grenada all the more exciting


With buying season underway, now is the perfect time to scoop up a home with European vibes and city commutes. Hamptons in the winter may be a quiet time for

coming to the game now, this Sag Harbor mega-

locals, free of the doldrums of summer traffic

home is ready for any newcomer. 222 Noyac

mayhem, restaurants gouging out prices, and

Road isn’t like most other Hamptons proper-

not enough room in Ditch Plains Park for your

ties, embodying a traditional Tuscan aesthetic,

blanket, but in the Winter there is a different

with red roof and long driveway keeping the

blood sport for Hamptonites: real estate pur-

expansive home tucked away from passersby.

chases.

The space sits on 1.8 acres with beautifully-land-

Hamptons buying season is already well un-

scaped lawns. The Mediterranean villa boasts

derway, and for those looking to have something

give bedrooms, four bathrooms, and all inlaid

ready to move into come Memorial Day, the time

wood doors that open to reveal exposed beams,

to get started was last week. Luckily for those

a large great room, and old fireplace.

OUT EAST The Hamptons have become the go-to destination for New Yorkers with luxury lifestyles.

Around the back of the home is classic Hamptons chic stylings at every corner, with a guPHOTOS COURTESY OF PAN PHOTO AGENCY/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM,

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAN PHOTO AGENCY/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM,

YOU’D THINK THIS HAMPTONS HOUSE WAS IN TUSCANY

nite pool, mahogany deck, and

ous master suite with walk in closet and zen-like

separate spa with up-lighting.

master spa retreat consisting of a double sink

The open design interior and

vanity, steam shower and champagne bubble

beautiful exterior are also joined

jacuzzi. The western wing is comprised of a pri-

together by a high tech music

vate guest suite, two additional bedrooms with

system hat’s been installed In

a bathroom, laundry room, and access to the at-

the home, making it perfect for

tached two-car garage.

summer entertaining. The eastern wing has a gener-

The home is listed at $2.75 million by Brown Harris Stevens’ Martha Gundersen.

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BY LAURA SCHREFFLER

HauteTRAVEL PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANDREW MEREDITH FOR ACE HOTEL, THE DRISKILL AND THE FAIRMONT SEATTLE

Megayachts in Gustavia Harbor

HOTELS THAT GIVE BACK These worldwide resorts are taking reservations… and making a difference

We all like to stay in the lap of luxury, but what if you could help others while still enjoying yourself on holiday? Ah, the dream! Here are the best hotels around the world that also do some good, which will make you feel doubly good about being out of the office.

1HOTEL SOUTH BEACH 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL The 1 Hotel brand has been giving to the environment for awhile—in fact, all sheets and hemp-blend mattresses, as well as serve farm-fresh food. But this South Beach retreat, inspired by its oceanfront location, also supports several charities: The Nature Conservatory, Action Against Hunger (with in-room dining purchases partly allocated to the organization), NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (a partnership designed to support and develop young entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders trying improve the world through advocacy change), and Housing Works (whose annual holiday initiative, 1 Less Thing, urges guests to donate clothing to those in need, which begins—quite appropriately—on November 15, America Recycles Day).

PHOTOS COURTESY OF OMNI AND 1 HOTELS

of the hotels in its portfolio use reclaimed materials like 100% organic cotton PHILANTHROPIC FUN IN THE SUN A beautiful vacation aligns with charitable giving at the 1 Hotel South Beach

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events through partnerships, donations and fun-

100 Shoreditch High St, London

draisers in forums such as community improve-

The super trendy Ace Hotel London—located in

ment, performing arts, social services for children

the city’s most creative district of Shoreditch, a

and environmental sustainability. The staff is also

hub for galleries, theater and design, and home

involved in the Hyatt-wide philanthropic initiative

to the Brick Lane Market, landmark creatives

THRIVE, a corporate responsibility platform.

and renegade artists from around the world—is launching a collaboration with MyMusicRx, the

FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL

flagship program of Children’s Cancer Associa-

411 University St, Seattle, WA

tion (CCA), alongside its sister hotel in NYC. Come

In addition to having a green initiative, the re-

December, the Ace will welcome artists to online

cently renovated and historic landmark Fairmont

stream performances from the beds at its hotel to

Olympic Hotel gives back by transforming into a

raise awareness for children who spend the holi-

winter wonderland with its Festival of Trees. This

days in their hospital beds.

year, there are 22 Christmas trees designed by local Seattle artists on display in the lobby from

THE DRISKILL

November 18 to 29. Each tree, with a special sto-

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX

ryboard that honors a heroic young patient from

The Driskill was originally built in 1886 as the

Seattle Children’s Hospital, is available for spon-

showplace of a cattle baron, but this newly reno-

sorship and purchase with proceeds going to the

vated, upscale Texas hotel—the oldest, in fact,

hospital. Further, every year between November

in Austin—is a landmark for much more than its

23 and December 26, the hotel converts a corner

mere age (or the fact that it was featured in San-

suite into a teddy bear wonderland. As a holiday

dra Bullock’s 200 comedy Miss Congeniality): it

tradition, when local residents and guests alike

supports numerous community organizations and

come to visit it, 100 percent of the donations

CHARITABLE DIGS (Clockwise from top) A gorgeous view from the Ace Hotel London, The Driskill bar, The Driskill lobby, the Teddy Bear Suite at Fairmont Seattle, The Fairmont’s lobby, and event space at the Ace

raised benefit the children’s hospital. 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF OMNI AND 1 HOTELS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANDREW MEREDITH FOR ACE HOTEL, THE DRISKILL AND THE FAIRMONT SEATTLE

ACE HOTEL LONDON

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INN BY THE SEA

2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC

40 Bowery Beach Rd,

Charleston’s intimate B&B-style Har-

Cape Elizabeth, ME

bourView Inn (housed in a former

This charming, 61-room inn is just a

1930s cotton warehouse) invites

stone’s throw from Portland, Maine

unaccompanied visitors to live like

with a LEED-certified spa and sever-

locals, give back to the community

al additional design features that aim

and rejuvenate their souls with the

to mitigate its impact on the environ-

Solo Southern Retreat program. In

ment—such as solar panels, recycled

partnership with One80 Place—the

sheet rock walls, no VOC paint, wall

local community kitchen serving an

coverings and carpeting, recycled

average of 185 lunches per day—the

cork floors, dual flush toilets, air to

immersive experience includes a full

air heat exchangers, indigenous gar-

day of volunteering there, a $50 cer-

dens and electric vehicle charging

tificate to Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

stations. But that’s not all: Inn by the

(where solo travelers can dine among

Sea is also involved in copious com-

locals at the city’s first communal ta-

munity programs, including Foster

ble), a $50 donation to One80 Place

Dogs! (which works with the Animal

under the guests’ names, a compli-

Rescue League of Greater Portland

mentary bike for a cycling adventure

to shelter four-legged friends), Books

down the South of Broad, and a com-

for Booking (which purchases one

munal artisanal breakfast service.

book for local schools with every

reservation made) and a giving

made up of employees who volun-

tree (where students in participat-

teer their time and energy to identify

ing schools who receive said books

local causes that are meaningful to

create hand-made ornaments that

them—including Transition Projects

guests, community and staff will

(a non-profit that provides home-

trade for new warm clothes for less

less individuals with essentials like

fortunate neighbors and food banks),

clothing, food and shelter) and both

among others.

a mentor program and fundraising campaign for it. In addition, the hotel

KIMPTON HOTEL MONACO PORTLAND

donates $1 from each specialty drink

506 SW Washington St,

ter bars, Bacchus Bar, Three Degrees

Portland, OR

and Pazzo, to the organization.

The eco-chic Monaco Portland resort has a dedicated ‘Care Committee’

sold at its Red Star Tavern and sis-

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF, NIHIWATU RESORT AND THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

THE GIVING PLACES (Clockwise from above) The HarbourView Inn, Inn by the Sea and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

HARBOURVIEW INN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HARBOURVIEW INN, INN BY THE SEA AND KIMPTON HOTELS

HauteTRAVEL


PHOTOS COURTESY OF MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF, NIHIWATU RESORT AND THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF HARBOURVIEW INN, INN BY THE SEA AND KIMPTON HOTELS

THE MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF

$100,000). The community’s annual

The Sumba Foundation to lessen

network of food banks. Outside of

donation keeps a truck on the road

the consequences of poverty on

donating funds directly to the non-

477 Mount Pelia Rd, Bluffton, SC

all year, distributing food to over 60

the island. Its goal is to provide

profit, over 5,300 Omni associates

Montage Palmetto Bluff is a glori-

organizations across three coun-

humanitarian aid through village-

have volunteered more than 9,400

ous, old-world, Southern-style stun-

ties. It also supports the Palmetto

based projects that measurably

hours of their time. The property

ner nestled along the May River

Bluff Conservancy, a non-profit or-

impact local health by establishing

is also involved with Goodnight

in South Carolina between Hilton

ganization founded by the resort’s

access to clean water, creating ed-

to Hunger, the American Cancer

Head Island and Savannah. Set

owners, Crescent Communities, to

ucational programs and lessening

Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation,

within an award-winning 20,000-

look after the land and advise on

the effects of malaria.

and the American Heart Associa-

acre community, it encompasses

development plans.

an extensive nature preserve,

tions (among others), as well as lo-

OMNI ATLANTA

cal charities The Atlanta Mission,

100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA

Women’s Community Kitchen at

walking trails, a vibrant village,

NIHIWATU RESORT

marina, restaurants, and a Jack

Nusa Tenggara Tim, Hoba Wawi,

Nestled in the heart of downtown

Grace United Methodist Church,

Nicklaus Signature golf course.

Wanokaka,

Wa-

Atlanta with easy access to Cen-

the Hunger Walk sponsored by

And thankfully, it offers charitable

nokaka, Kabupaten Sumba Barat,

tennial Olympic Park, Philips Are-

the

initiatives that coincide with its pic-

Nusa Tenggara Tim., Indonesia

na and the Georgia Dome, Omni

Bank, Habitat for Humanity’s Build

ture-perfect backdrop. One of the

Nihiwatu has been named the

Atlanta Hotel at the CNN Center

Project, and Kashi Atlanta Street

largest in place is its contribution

best resort in the world for two

offers a luxurious getaway that’s

Meals (which distributes boxed

to Second Helpings—a non-profit

years running, thanks to its rugged

footsteps away from the hustle

lunches to homeless people from

that ‘rescues’ millions of pounds

beauty, luxury sensibilities, spa

and bustle of one of America’s

the Peachtree Pine Men’s Shelter).

of food destined for landfills and

safari, horseback riding, yoga and

most cosmopolitan cities. But be-

gives it to agencies to feed the dis-

wellness practices—not to mention

yond its heated outdoor pool and

advantaged (via an annual three-

the on-site chocolate factory—and

in-room fitness kits, the hotel also

THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

day event, “Music to Your Mouth,”

its dedication to giving back. This

began a brand-wide initiative that

9882 S Santa Monica Blvd,

which has raised more than

Sumba Island locale works with

supports Feeding America and its

Beverly Hills, CA

Hoba

Wawi,

Atlanta

Community

Food

BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT Give back and stay in luxury style when you book (clockwise from top right) Nihiwatu Resort, Omni Atlanta, and Montage Palmetto Bluff (its pool and exterior)

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HauteTRAVEL

HAUTE HOTELS (Clockwise from left) The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Shangri-La Suzhou and Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

This supremely elegant spot—one of the

traditions right in the courtyard, which

most glamorous locations in the City of

hosts special events such as a Crawfish

Angels—inspires guests to appreciate

Concierge, Snowball Sommelier and

all things pink for Breast Cancer Aware-

Oyster Butler. Beyond the upscale expe-

ness Month each October. The Peninsu-

rience, however, it supports a variety of

la Hotels’ “Peninsula in Pink” campaign,

local charitable initiatives—like assem-

which just celebrated its seven-year an-

bling school supplies and art materials

niversary, champions the fight against

in backpacks for donation to students

breast cancer by raising awareness and

whose academic success is threatened

funds for local charities and providing

by poverty, as well as preparing dishes

much-needed care for patients. Hotel

for a local hunger relief organization.

SHANGRI-LA SUZHOU

spa promotions, including a weekly

168 Tayuan Rd, ShiShan, Huqiu Qu,

rooftop yoga series (all proceeds are

Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China,

donated to the Breast Cancer Research

215000

Foundation), Pink Afternoon Tea (which

The ethereal Shangri-La Suzhou—locat-

offers rose-hued petite pastries for the

ed in the Jiangsu province of China—is

cause), Drinks in Pink (a collection of

best known for its “Hearing the World”

rose-colored cocktails served at The

campaign, which sponsors cochlear im-

Belvedere Terrace on Thursdays), Pink

plant surgeries for underprivileged chil-

Treat (its signature, hand-painted des-

dren. In 2015, Chen Siyi, a seven-year-old

sert) and its Perfectly Pink Pedicure (a

girl from Yancheng, Jiangsu, was its

treatment offered with pink-tinged salt

first beneficiary. The hotel paid for all

flakes).

operation costs (including the artificial cochlear, examination and hospitaliza-

RITZ-CARLTON, NEW ORLEANS

tion) from funds raised at its Christmas

921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

2017, Wang Haibo, a four-year-old boy,

Set within the historic 1908 Beaux

received the surgery after the Shangri-

Arts Maison Blanche building, the

La Suzhou raised over $18,000 to cover

New Orleans Ritz retains the grace

the expenses.

Tree Lighting Ceremony. In January

and charm of an antebellum mansion.

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Guests of this French Quarter hotel are

SHERATON KAUAI

immediately spoiled with the popu-

2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa, HI

lar area attractions nearby, including

This beachfront hotel on the shores of

Bourbon Street, but can also enjoy local

Kauai offers more than access to stun-

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARRIOTT HOTEL GROUP AND THE BREAKERS

themed welcome amenities, dining and

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS, RITZ-CARLTON AND SHANGRI-LA GROUP

guests enjoy specially-designed, pink-


The Flagler Club Terrace at The Breakers

Sheraton Kauai

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARRIOTT HOTEL GROUP AND THE BREAKERS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS, RITZ-CARLTON AND SHANGRI-LA GROUP

The Breakers lobby

ning sunsets, pristine white beaches and the

THE BREAKERS

crystal-clear waters of Poipu: it’s also home

1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL

to the Table 53 charity fundraising program

An elegant 19th-century hotel in the heart

at its signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu

of Palm Beach, The Breakers is well-known

Beach. It donates all net food and beverage

for its unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour

proceeds from its oceanfront table 53 through-

and world-class service. But it also firmly

out the year, raising more than $185,000 for

stands by a do-gooder philosophy through

various Kauai non-profits. And, this year, the

The Breakers GIVES program. From the mo-

Hawaiian resort introduced another program

ment its team members are hired, they are

that donates rental proceeds from one of its

all asked to contribute their time, energy

eight poolside bungalows to a designated

and resources to benefit those in need. Last

charity—$20,000 between this past April and

year alone, they volunteered 24,101 hours

August, which went to the Kapi‘olani Medical

building homes for the homeless, providing

Center for Women and Children, a member

support to enhance the welfare of individu-

of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

als and families with start-up resources and

Future proceeds will go to the annual Hawaii

advocacy, and raising awareness and funds

Lodging and Tourism Association’s Visitor In-

to eradicate illnesses. Town of Palm Beach

dustry Charity Walk, benefiting over 50 Kauai

United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Quan-

non-profits annually. A Global Citizenship

tum House, Hope Water, Susan G. Komen

committee of Sheraton Kauai team members

Race for the Cure, The Walk to Defeat ALS,

also organizes community events throughout

Feeding South Florida, Palm Beach County

the year, including volunteer days at the Sal-

Community Food Alliance, The Arc of Palm

vation Army and cleanups along the coastline

Beach County, Homeless Coalition of Palm

and at the Maluhia Tree Tunnel. Over the

Beach County, and First Tee are just a few of

past year and a half, its donations for silent

the many beneficiaries of its social impact.

auctions and event prizes total more than

The resort also has its own signature initia-

$100,000. It also serves as a regular host hotel

tives, such as The Breakers’ Community Ser-

to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Wounded

vice Day in memory of Jacqué McCann, the

Warriors Projects, and mandates participation

Be Our Guest community volunteer recogni-

in at least three community events from all of

tion program, and the Christmas in Septem-

its managers.

ber toy and gift collection. 

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BY DEYVANSHI MASRANI

TOTLiving

THE TINY TESLA FOR TOTS THE TESLA MODEL S This kids car is available online now.

Treat your little speed racer to a miniature version of the Tesla Model S this holiday season. Meet the tiniest Tesla for your tots. Radio Flyer and Tesla have come together to create a miniature version of the car’s Model S for your little speed racer. Several of its features elevate this model from its competitors. First off, just like the full-sized version, it’s fully customizable. That includes the paint color, the rims and even the license plate, among other components. In fact, the four paint colors – red multi-coat, deep blue metallic, midnight silver metallic and pearl white multi-coat – are the exact same paint colors available for the real deal. The car even comes with an easy charge system and a choice between the standard lithium ion battery, or the long-range lithium ion battery, both powered by Flight Speed Lithium Ion Technology for extended driving time. The car also has working headlights and a working horn, as well as forward and reverse functionality, and what the brand calls a “frunk,” or a front trunk, to store the essentials. The spacious interior holds up to 81 lbs., and includes connectivity to an MP3 player, via a cord, so your kids can listen to their favorite tunes while cruising. Perfect for the holiday season, the Tesla Model S for kids by Radio Flyer

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is available online now for your three-to-eight year-old.

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BLOOM, BABY! Functionality meets sleek design in the world’s tallest high chair for your growing baby. Meet the high chair of you and your baby’s dreams. Bloom has created one of the coolest looking children’s high chairs, which also happens to be the highest in the world. The fully customizable chair comes in a variety of colored chrome finishes, including rose gold, titanium and yellow gold, as well as customizable coloring for the seat pad and the seat itself. The Fresco chrome high chair has a recline system with three positions (lie-flat for newborns, semi-recline and upright), as well as an easily adjustable height function, so that baby can sit at eye-level with the adults. The model is suitable for newborns and will last your baby until he/she is at school age. The products use sustainable woods, as well as recyclable plastics and metals, while steering clear of harmful elements, such as lead, BPA and formaldehyde, keeping baby safe and secure. The company was founded by four dads, with the hopes of creating modern, children’s products that were both functional and design-oriented: “We believe parents and baby should begin their life together in style, with quality products that reflect modern living and express the new family’s sense of identity.” And with super celebrity mom and dad endorsements, including reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian and UFC fighter Conor McGregor, we couldn’t agree more!

BLOOM FRESCO This high chair is fully customizable.

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BY PAIGE MASTRANDREA

TOTLiving Asahd Khaled on his birthday throne

Archie D with Ma

TOT LIVING BY HAUTE LIVING CELEBRATES ASAHD KHALED’S 1ST BIRTHDAY

Haute Living launched its newest brand, Tot Living by Haute Living, a luxury outlet for children and parents, with a blowout birthday celebration for social media’s most famous child celebrity: DJ Khaled‘s son, Asahd Khaled. The Khaleds took over Miami’s #1 nightclub, LIV, with a breathtaking, over-the-top, jungle-inspired theme, as Asahd was crowned King of the Jungle (his name means “lion”). No stranger to the spotlight, Asahd soaked up the attention in the arms of his famous father and adoring mother, Nicole Tuck, as guests Please vist totliving.com

crowded around the toddler to celebrate and shower him with lavish gifts.

Romain Maurice/Getty Images

Haute Living helps throw the ultimate bash for DJ Khaled’s one-year-old at Miami’s LIV nightclub.

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Asahd Khaled with his mother, Nicole Tuck

DJ Khaled, Asahd and David Grutman

Plaques for the Grateful album presented to the Khaleds Guests celebrating Asahd’s birthday at LIV

DJ Khaled, Nicole Tuck, Puff Daddy and guests singing “Happy Birthday” to Asahd Archie Drury, Karolina Kurkova and son with Martin Pos

Asahd in a Rollplay car

Custom Franck Muller watch presentation with CEO Hratch Kaprielian

Romain Maurice/Getty Images

Jonathan Cheban, Lisa Hochstein with her son Logan

DJ Khaled and his son (who wore matching outfits) also received two

laire Rosé and D’usse Cognac in the adults area, while enjoying the live DJ

plaques for the album “Grateful,” marking its double platinum success. The

set. Other notable attendees included Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury

monumental plaques were presented to the producer and one-year-old ex-

with their son, Foodgod aka Jonathan Cheban, David and Isabela Grutman,

ecutive producer by none other than Puff Daddy, who congratulated Asahd

as well as Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein and her husband,

on becoming the “youngest mogul in the industry.” The group then came

renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Lenny Hochstein.

together to sing “Happy Birthday” to Asahd in front of his impressive, four-

In lieu of gifts, the Khaleds asked that donations be made to a UNICEF

tier cake courtesy of BCake NYC, decorated with a photo of his famous “To

fund put in place by the family for items such as fleece blankets, story

the Max” portrait and some of his other favorite things, including a pair of

books and Super Hero Packs: collections of vaccines that protect children

Air Jordans and of course, a lion on top.

in need against measles, tetanus and polio.

The party continued with live dancers dressed as jungle animals, a dance

The celebration was, indeed, fit for King Asahd and will go down as one

simulation area from Just Dance, a jungle-themed photo booth, a “baby va-

of the most epic birthdays of all time. The astounding production was put

let” station where toddlers drove luxury toy automobiles, circus performers

together by Kathy Romero Events as well as W2 All Star Events and Haute

and sweet treats from Mr. Kream. Adult guests sipped on CÎROC vodka, Be-

Living.

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HauteCUISINE

BY PAIGE MASTRANDREA

ETARU sashimi platter

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY RESTAURANTS IN THE MAGIC CITY Miami’s hottest season is back again, and the hospitality industry has not disappointed with a slew of brand-new restaurant openings popping around in different parts of the city. If you’re a meatlover, these dining destinations will blow you away—and even if you’re not, they offer an amazing lineup of gourmet delicacies need to know in Miami’s haute cuisine world: ETARU Hallandale’s dining game has recently been upgraded as it welcomed its newest addition—ETARU—to the neighborhood. If the menu and style of the new hot spot looks familiar, that’s probthe renowned Japanese dining destination located in Downtown Miami, also opened by co-founder Rainer Becker. For those living in North Miami, Bal Harbour and the Aventura area, ETARU is something the beachside town has long been needing—fine dinSpicy rock shrimp tempura sub

ing in an upscale, breezy setting. Located at a prime oceanfront location, dining at ETARU is a very special experience, from glob-

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PISSARI

ably because you’re acquainted with its sister restaurant, Zuma,

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with something for everyone. Here’s the scoop on everything you


ally renowned cuisine to unbeatable beach views that remind you why you love the Magic City. Also like Zuma, ETARU boasts a legendary premium brunch on Sundays that includes bottomless drink options, a robust spread of food and mouthwatering entrees, as well as a picture-worthy dessert platter. Unique to ETARU, the restaurant’s specialty is contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine. Standouts include Lamb Cutlets with Korean spices, Prime Beef Filet with eryngii mushrooms and a wasabi-ponzu sauce, thinly sliced, juicy beef tenderloin paired with delicately charred vegetables and specialty sauces. Guests can expect to find other stellar plates and dishes that maintain the same precise construction and fresh seasoning as Zuma’s, such as the soft, flavorful Miso Black Cod—with an interesting touch of sesame seeds—as well as a fresh Sashimi platter with slices of bluefin tuna, salmon and yellowtail and a generously fatty otoro tartare topped with a quail egg and caviar. Quite possibly one of the best dishes on the brunch menu is the Chicken Katsu and waffles, which takes your average chicken and waffles dish to the next level. A delicately fried slice of Chicken Katsu rests atop a puffy waffle, which has an interesting kick on the inside from the shiso leaf baked into the breakfast item. Paired with the

Prime beef fillet with eryngii mushrooms

ROBATA grilled tiger prawns at ETARU

sweet syrup, one bite of this concoction will undoubtedly stun. The all-you-can-eat buffet features a diverse assortment of meats, vegetables and fish including Crispy Rice Cakes with a choice of salmon or avocado, Charred Chicken Wings, fresh Oysters, Grilled Tiger Prawns, a selection of unique maki rolls, a delicious seasonal gem salad with a creamy miso dressing and so much more. And of course, you can’t forget about the cocktails to pair with your meal—in addition to the welcome cocktails that guests receive with choices of a Bellini, Bloody Mary or PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PISSARI AND LIBBY VOLGYES (PRAWNS)

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PISSARI

nonalcoholic Matcha tea, depending on the price tier you choose, you can also have unlimited bubbly and rosé to pair with the rest of the meal. And finally, the grand dessert platter is the sweet end to the delicious meal, brimming with fruity sorbets, key lime ice cream, a green tea chocolate soufflé, fresh fruits and more. If you’re looking to head to the restaurant for dinner, ETARU recently added a 10-course tasting menu that speaks to enthusiastic and adventurous diners looking to sample some of the restaurant’s most coveted dishes. This option is priced at $95/person (minimum of two people) and offered during dinner until 10:30 p.m. or Satur-

Black kampachi sashimi, yuzu truffle dressing, mizuna and pickled vegetables

day lunch until 3:30 p.m.

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appearance of before-and-after dishes, as almost every dish is presented

The global internet sensation Nusr-Et, also more widely known as “Salt

tableside to the diners, creating an entertaining show that makes the

Bae,” has opened his first-ever U.S. location on Miami’s Brickell Avenue

dining experience all the more special. The Beef Carpaccio is presented

with much anticipation. And unsurprisingly, it is nothing short of spec-

as an average, flat carpaccio dish then seasoned with mustard, salt, olive

tacular. Taking over the previous Coya location in the popular Brickell

oil and spices, and methodically rolled up and sliced into a multilayer

neighborhood, Nusr-Et Steakhouse truly embodies the Miami lifestyle—

mouthful of perfection. Additionally, the Beef Sushi is presented raw,

making dinner not just about food, but about the experience as each

then dramatically flambéed and sprinkled with crisp parmesan flakes

waiter puts on a show as they present each decadent dish. The stark

on top afterward. Even the salads are tossed and seasoned next to the

interior features an open-air format, showcasing a large dining area of

table to give the audience a look at how it’s all made. And of course, the

indoor and outdoor seating and a spacious bar. Fittingly, the walls are

presentation of the beef and its precise butcher-trained slicing is the pin-

adorned with see-through glass refrigerators housing the endless high-

nacle moment of the entire experience.

quality meat that the trained butcher skillfully constructs into a mouth-

Although the meat dishes are certainly the stars of the show, a nod

watering (and salt-heavy) dish. In the back of the restaurant, the open-air

must be given to the expert bartenders who harbor their own unique

kitchen lets viewers get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.

skill set, whipping up innovative cocktails like the “Samurai’s Dram” and

And on each table, guests will find a generous bowl of salt that the staff

“Butcher’s Blood.” They, too, create a performance while serving the

will sprinkle over the dish after each presentation of the meat. If you’re

guests, throwing ingredients up in the air and behind their backs and

lucky enough to be dining on a night when the famous Salt Bae is in

craftily presenting each beautiful drink. If you order a pricey bottle of

town, you might even get to experience the legend in action as he ex-

wine at the table, the waiter will decant it in a signature “Salt Bae” style,

pertly slices each meat dish to perfection and delicately sprinkles salt

which was, of course, the chef’s brilliant idea—holding the bottle about

from the air onto the plate—he may even feed it to you via his knife for a

a foot above and impressively pouring it into the decanter. And to finish

little extra touch.

the night off properly, the spot’s signature Baklava dessert is an absolute

The menu is small but extravagant, boasting standout dishes like

must-try. The sweet, flaky pastry dish is deconstructed and put back

the Carpaccio, Beef Sushi, Beef “Spaghetti”—a super-thinly sliced beef

together with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle and

dish that will melt in your mouth—and the monstrous Ottoman Steak,

then sliced into four small pieces that are perfect for sharing with the

delicately sliced to perfect, thin pieces of beef. It’s important to note the

entire table.

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NUSR-ET at his new Miami location

NUSR-ET

PHOTOS COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM: @NUSR_ET

Nusr-Et


Uni Toast

Caipiroska De Uva Cocktail

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BLT STEAK

PHOTOS COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM: @NUSR_ET

BLT STEAK The outpost recently opened in Miami Beach at the renovated Iberostar

The raw bar must also be mentioned, which features a generous selec-

Berkeley Hotel. At the quaint BLT Steak restaurant, guests will enjoy five-

tion of the freshest delicacies of the sea, including uni, lobster, oysters,

star cuisine in an intimate environment. Chef Carlos Torres helms the kitch-

jumbo shrimp and little neck clams, as well as towering platters of all of

en, serving a diverse menu including the restaurant’s

the above—which is the perfect way to add some

signature dishes like the world-famous gruyere BLT Pop-

seafood into your meal in between one of the spot’s

overs and the 28 day dry-aged New York Strip, as well

famed steak dishes. For dessert, chef Torres has a

as other new dishes that showcase the spot’s simple yet

sweet lineup of tasty treats including the Carrot

sophisticated fare with a special Miami flair.

Cake with ginger ice cream, Peanut Butter Choco-

Noteworthy menu items expertly prepared by chef

late Mousse with banana ice cream, or for some-

Torres include the spicy Steak Tartare Tacos, the

thing more traditional, the Classic Sundae with

crunchy Uni Toast and the rich Foie Gras Empanadas—

whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle.

which bring an elevated touch to classic Miami cuisine.

If you’re looking for simple, delicious food that

Other delectable dishes include the fresh Tuna Tartare

has a consistent touch—which is somewhat tucked

that has a lovely wasabi kick, the melt-in-your-mouth

away from the more sceney, classic “South Beach”

Dover Sole in a soy caper brown butter (which gives unique life to the typi-

restaurants—then BLT Steak is the perfect choice for you to indulge in a

cally standard dish), a hearty Lobster Cobb Salad and Salt Brick Chicken.

homestyle meal.

BLT Steak’s Giant Cheese Popovers

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2000 OCEAN SALES GALLERY OPENING NIGHT KAR Properties LLC, 2000 Ocean’s New York-based developer, celebrated the sales launch as well as the grand opening of the innovative gallery for the beachfront high-rise, which is the sole new development north of Golden Beach. The developer, Shahab Karmely, and the exclusive sales team of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing mingled and answered questions on the forward-thinking design of 2000 Ocean. Also on hand were representatives of the Italian interior design firm Minotti, tasked with sweeping their first stateside project in luxury, as well as Interior of 2000 Ocean Sales Gallery

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the renowned architect of the 38-story tower, Enrique Norten, of TEN Arquitectos.

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Angel Camacho, Basim Shami, Hamid Khan, Adam Abuain, Ayman Qawasmeh

BASIM SHAMI’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Basim Shami, beauty mogul and Co-owner of Farouk Systems, Inc. and Beauty Elite Group, celebrated an extravagant birthday bash at his gorgeous private estate in Miami Beach. Guests enjoyed a gourmet meal catered by Nobu Miami, as well as sips of champagne and mixed cocktails. Partners of the event included Haute Agency, Blowpro, Magiq Brand Management, Iris and Vysen Eyewear. Blac Chyna

Hamid Khan, Courtney Newman and Schlomo

Emily Abuain, Courtney Newman, Jamal Shami, Juan Perez, Angelina Perez, Angel Camacho, Fernando Shami, Basim Shami, Hamid Khan, Bahira Shami, Daniel Khan and Ayman

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Angela Birdman and Andreea Baclea

ROBERTO CAVALLI CHARITY SHOPPING EVENT AT BAL HARBOUR SHOPS Haute Living was media sponsor of this year’s shopping experience hosted by Roberto Cavalli at the Bal Harbour Shops. The event benefitted Mint Vanity Project, Lotus House, Keep a Child Alive, One America Appeal, After-School All-Stars, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Diabetes Research Institute. Angela Birdman and Andreea Baclea were presented with a custom-built Roberto Cavalli trophy presented to the No. 1 fundraiser of the evening, After-School All-Stars.

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Arty Dozortsev, Anna Tyson, Kamal Hotchandani DJ Irie

and Deyvanshi Masrani

2017 MAKE-A-WISH BALL The 23rd Annual Make-A-Wish Ball at the InterContinental Miami was nothing short of spectacular as Shareef Malnik, Robert Hill and Norman Wedderburn revealed the Mystical Music Box theme and invited thousands of prominent Miamians to give back to the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Chapter. The ball raised $2.3 million and included live performances by Lenny Kravitz and Snoop Dogg, enviable silent auction items, stunning cars on display from The Norman Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik and Robert Hill

Collection, a wonderful live wish auction emceed by Gabrielle Anwar and more.

Lisa and Lenny Hochstein

Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, Al and Nancy Malnik Snoop Dogg DJing

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PARMIGIANI FLEURIER LADIES LUNCHEON HONORING MICHELLE RUBELL Haute Living and Parmigiani Fleurier hosted a chic ladies luncheon honoring Woman of Substance Michelle Rubell at the Rubell Family Collection in Wynwood. Guests got to admire bespoke timepieces during cocktails and later enjoyed a gourmet lunch spread prepared by Elements Catering, LLC and chef Martin Rodrigue as they were sur-

Carole Seikaly, Susan Malzoni and Gisela Lowenstein

rounded by some of the newest art installments of the gallery, getting a sneak peek before the release during Art Basel Miami 2017.

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Jean-Francois Sberro, Sharon Stone and Kamal Hotchandani

Guest, Ines Rivero, Elsa Benitez and Romero Britto

SHARON STONE COVER PARTY Haute Living honored cover star Sharon Stone with a dinner party and fundraiser for her and her sister Kelly’s charity, Planet Hope, at the Miami Beach EDITION’s Matador Room. Hublot partnered in the affair and presented Stone with a stunning Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo Sunflower timepiece for her commitment to charitable endeavors. Other auction items included works from Metis Atash, Kaï, Richard Orlinski and Roberta De Paoli from the Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, as well as Romero Britto. The event raised Hublot Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo Sunflower timepiece

$150K in proceeds to directly benefit the charity.

Richard and Susan Charlton, Kamal Hotchandani and Deyvanshi Masrani

Ron Bloom, Sharon and Kelly Stone, Marta Bloom

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SanFranciscoFineHomes.com

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California Lifestyle Collection Napa Valley’s Finest Estates

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Majestic 40± acre vineyard estate overlooking Spring Mountain Winery and Napa Valley. Five minutes from downtown St. Helena. Price includes vineyard and wine business established in 1998 and a 2.25± acre home site. $33,150,000 SpringMountainEstateNapaValley.com

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New 6,500± square foot six bedroom estate on 70± acres, with pool, bocce court, and spectacular views of vineyards and Napa Valley in gated St. Helena Reserve. $5,850,000 189ReserveRoad.com

In the exclusive gated St. Helena Reserve, prime 176± acres with panoramic valley and vineyard views and total privacy. Electricity, well and 13+ acres available for planting subject to approval. Ideal for a vineyard estate. $2,250,000 Lot7ReserveRoad.com

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Dr. Victoria Veytsman, DDS, owner of Cosmetic Dental Studios, is one of the premiere cosmetic dentists in New York City focusing on Cosmetic, General and Implant Dentistry.  Veytsman is the youngest-ever graduate of New York University College of Dentistry at the age of 22. She completed a residency at St.Lukes-Roosevelt, a Columbia College of physicians and surgeons, and is accredited in over 10+ postgraduate programs.  Dr. V’s passion is for smile transformations combining art and science to create healthy beautiful smiles.

SPECIALTY: NOSE Rhinoplasty, Revision Surgery, Septorhinoplasty

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Dr. Shridharani is a Johns Hopkins-trained Plastic Surgeon based in New York focusing on cosmetic surgery. After graduating with top honors from the University of Missouri’s six-year BA/MD program, “Dr. S” completed surgical training at Johns Hopkins. Subsequently, he completed cosmetic surgery fellowship training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Shridharani has co-authored over 60 award-winning peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

SPECIALTY: SKIN Thermage, Skin Tightening, Varicose & Spider Veins, Tattoo Removal, Laser Hair Removal, Scar Treatments, MOHS, Botox, Fillers

DR. BARRY WEINTRAUB

DR. DHAVAL BHANUSALI

DR. BARRY WEINTRAUB MD, FACS 855.733.1717 INFO@DRBARRYWEINTRAUB.COM WWW.DRBARRYWEINTRAUB.COM

212.982.8229 DRBHANUSALI@BHANUSALIMD.COM WWW.BHANUSALIMD.COM

Internationally renowned board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Barry Weintraub is sought out worldwide for his expertise in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and eye-bag removal and rejuvenation. Dr. Weintraub’s philosophy of “less is more” appeals to those who are considering surgery or injectables but are wary of looking unnatural or overdone. His private, fully licensed and accredited surgical facility is the most discreet and elegant in the city of New York.

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Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali is a Dermatologist, Clinical Investigator and Laser Surgeon based out of Manhattan. Dr. Bhanusali is leading the next generation of cosmetic doctors, utilizing novel methods and the latest technologies to create results that were once thought impossible. He is quickly becoming the doctor of choice for young Hollywood celebrities, as well as athletes and models around the country.

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HAUTERESIDENCE.COM • REAL STATE NETWORK WEST COAST NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SAUSALITO/MILL VALLEY CHELSEA E. IALEGGIO

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NOB HILL/RUSSIAN HILL NOE VALLEY RACHEL SWANN

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS GATOS/ MONTE SERENO/ SARATOGA LAURA DEFILIPPO

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAGUNA BEACH ANDREA GILBERT

Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty 415.300.6881 ChelseaInMarin@gmail.com chelseainmarin.com

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

The Agency 415.225.7743 Rachel@TheSwannGroupSF.com theswanngroupsf.com

NORTH BEACH ,CA

Alain Pinel Realtors 408.500.9952 ldefilippo@apr.com lauradefilippo.com

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty 858-945-1312 Andrea@AndreaGilbert.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO BRIAN GUILTINAN

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEVERLY HILLS POST OFFICE AARON KIRMAN

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CENTURY CITY MARY ANN OSBORN

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLMBY HILLS/LOS ANGELES LINDA MAY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THOUSAND OAKS / WESTLAKE VILLAGE NICOLE VAN PARYS & GARY NESEN

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MANHATTAN BEACH CINDY SHEARIN

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The Guiltinan Group

858.756.8770 brian@theguiltinangroup.com

John Aaroe Group Beverly Hills President of Aaroe Estates 310.995.9512 Aaron@AaronKirman.com www.AaronKirman.com

310.871.0753 mosborn@nextcenturyrealty.com newcenturyplaza.com

Hilton & Hyland 310.492.0735 linda@lindamay.com lindamay.com

Engel & Völkers Westlake Village 818.889.1602 nicole.vanparys@evusa.com gary.nesen@evusa.com nicolevanparys.evusa.com garynesen.evusa.com

The Shearin Group 310.200.8318 Cindy@theshearingroup.com cindy.shearin.com

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA OLIVIA DECKER

NEWPORT BEACH STEVE HIGH AND LESLIE CORKETT

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PEBBLE BEACH LESLEY PENETAR

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEVERLY HILLS JOYCE REY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEL AIR JEFF HYLAND

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES MYRA NOURMAND

Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty 415.435.1600 olivia@sanfranciscofinehomes.com sanfranciscofinehomes.com Villa Real Estate Steve: 949.874.4724 shigh@villarealestate.com Evan: 949.285.1055 ecorkett@villarealestate.com HighCorkett.com

Carmel Realty Company 831.622.1000 info@carmelrealtycompany.com carmelrealtycompany.com

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

310.285.7529 joyce@joycerey.com joycerey.com

Hilton & Hyland 310.278.3311 jeff@hiltonhyland.com hiltonhyland.com

Nourmand and Associates, Beverly Hills 310.888.3333 myranourmand@nourmand.com myranourmand.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MONTECITO EMILY KELLENBERGER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PALOS VERDES PENINSULA LILY LIANG

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MALIBU WENDY CARROLL

Village Properties 805.252.2773 emily@villagesite.com

Strand Hill Properties, Christie’s International Real Estate 310.373.3333 lily@lilyliang.com lilyliang.com

Westside Estate Agency 310.317.8208 wendy@wendycarroll.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CALABASAS TOMER FRIDMAN

Compass 310-926-3777 tomer.fridman@compass.com

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HAUTERESIDENCE.COM • REAL STATE NETWORK WEST COAST SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CORONA DEL MAR TIMOTHY NORMAN TAMURA

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PACIFIC PALISADES MERCER VINE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA CHRIS PALME

HAWAII THE BIG ISLAND

ROBERT KILDOW

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

VALIA Properties 949.673.0789 tim@valiaoc.com valiaoc.com

LA JOLLA MAXINE & MARTI GELLENS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Mercer Vine 818.650.5327 info@mercervine.com mercervine.com

RANCHO SANTA FE DELORINE JACKSON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 858.551.6630 maxine@gellens.com marti@gellens.com thegellens.com

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties 858.822.9694 Delorine@Delorinejackson.com delorinejackson.com

HAWAII

Coldwell Banker Previews 805-448-3066 chris@sbrivierahomes.com

The Wailea Group 808.870.2001 nancy@makenasales.com

MAUI

NANCY J. CALLAHAN

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty 206.660.4787 moira@moirapresents.com moirapresents.com

WASHINGTON

Hualalai Realty 808.325.8500 rkildow@hualalairesort.com hualalairealty.com

SEATTLE MOIRA E. HOLLEY

CENTRAL REGION COLORADO DENVER DOUGLAS D. KERBS

LIV | Sotheby’s International Realty 303.898.7818 dkerbs@livsothebysrealty.com douglaskerbs.com

COLORADO BRECKENRIDGE/ SUMMIT COUNTY JUSTIN & KRYSTAL KNOTT

NEVADA LAS VEGAS DAVID DIMARCO

TEXAS FORT WORTH

TROY GEORGE AND LUCY NOONAN

PARK CITY PAUL BENSON

PARADISE VALLEY JUSTIN SHEA

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Keller Williams Luxury Homes International 702.588.1190 davidadimarco@gmail.com

The George & Noonan Real Estate Group Office Phone number: 817.410.8769 Troy Phone number: 817.308.4170 troy@troygeorge.com Lucy Phone number: 817.913.3611 lucy@lucynoonan.com georgeandnoonan.com

Engel & Völkers 435.640.7441 paul.benson@evusa.com evusa.com

UTAH

A R I ZO N A

LIV | Sotheby’s International Realty 970.333.0116 Knott@SothebysRealty.com ResideInSummit.com

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 480-740-0770 justinshea@justinshea.com

L A K E TA H O E CALIFORNIA/NEVADA TRINKIE WATSON

COLORADO MOUTAIN VILLAGE MATTHEW R. HINTERMEISTER

COLORADO

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse 970.379.5496 theresa@masonmorse.com

ASPEN

THERESA O’KEEFE-KLEIN

TEXAS

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 713.558.3232 walter.bering@sothebyshomes.com walterbering.com

HOUSTON

WALTER BERING

TEXAS

Keller Williams Plano 972.599.7000 Mike@MikeBrodie.com mikebrodie.com

DALLAS

MIKE BRODIE

COLORADO

Benson Sotheby’s International Realty 970.349.6653 kiley.flint@sir.com kileyflint.com

CRESTED BUTTE

KILEY FLINT

Lake Tahoe Luxury Estates 530.582.0722 twatson@chaseinternational.com trinkiewatson.com

Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty 970.729.1200 telluridebroker@aol.com SellingTelluride.com

W YO M I N G JACKSON HOLE ANDRIA CLANCY

Trinity Real Estate Group 307-413-5892 jhclancy@live.com

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HAUTERESIDENCE.COM • REAL STATE NETWORK SOUTHERN EAST COAST FLORIDA GOLDEN BEACH

ALEXANDER GOLDSTEIN

FLORIDA

JEFF MILLER

DANIEL MATUSIAK

F LO R I DA

JENNIFER ZALES

RINAT SIKDAR

FLORIDA

DANTE DISABATO

FLORIDA

EWM Realty International 305-960-2500 info@ewm.com www.ewm.com

LARA SAHAKIAN

PETE RIVEIRO

FLORIDA

Harding Realty 305-785-0440 lydia@lydiaeskenazi.com

BAL HARBOUR

PALM BEACH ISLAND & COASTAL PALM BEACH COUNTY PALM BEACH ISLAND & COASTAL PALM BEACH COUNTY

LYDIA ESKENAZI

ATLANTA DEBRA JOHNSTON

MATTHEW PAUL BROWN

SipKlein Luxury Real Estate 561-400-2085 isaac@sipklein.com

ISAAC KLEIN

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties 404.312.1959 debra.johnston@bhhsgeorgia.com www.debraajohnston.com

G EO R G I A SANDY SPRINGS, EAST COBB, VININGS TONI ITKIN

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 404-229-8242 toni@toniitkin.com

Reside Realty 704-650-1928 matthew@residerealty.com

SOUTH CAROLINA MATTHEW PAUL BROWN

Reside Realty 704-650-1928 matthew@residerealty.com

NORTHERN EAST COAST

SOUTHERN EAST COAST NORTH CAROLINA

The Firm Realty Group 305-453-6061 peteriveiro@gmail.com

KEY LARGO, ISLAMORADA

FLORIDA

G EO R G I A

Willaim Raveis 239-537-5351 dante.disbato@raveis.com

NAPLES

FLORIDA COCONUT GROVE CORAL GABLES

Michael Saunders and Company 941.993.9292 rinatsikdar@michaelsaunders.com SiestaKeyEstates.com

LONGBOAT KEY

Coldwell Banker Previews International 813.758.3443 jennifer@jenniferzales.com TampaBayLuxuryHomes.com

TAMPA

Action Realty of Sarasota 941.504.7618 Danielmatusiak1@gmail.com actionrealtyofsarasota.com

LONGBOAT KEY AND SIESTA KEY

Brown Harris Stevens | Zilbert 305.610.4509 jeff.miller@bhsusa.com bhsusa.com

MIAMI BEACH, SOUTH OF 5TH

FLORIDA

WEST COAST OF FLORIDA

Miles Goldstein 305.336.6959 ag@milesgoldstein.com MilesGoldstein.com

NEW YORK LONG ISLAND CITY JERMAIN MILLER

MiLL Real Estate Business phone: 929.328.0096 Cell: 646.335.7995 Jermain.miller@millre.com millre.com

NEW YORK CHELSEA

ALYSSA SOTO BRODY

Compass 347.821.6220 alyssa.brody@compass.com compass.com/agents/nyc/ alyssa-brody

NORTHERN EAST COAST NEW HAMPSHIRE LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE MICHAEL TRAVIS

MASSACHUSETTS NANTUCKET BRENT TARTAMELLA

Bean Group Platinum Collection 603.303.2599 Michael@WaterfrontAgent.com WaterfrontAgent.com

Fisher Real Estate 508-901-0191 brent@fishernantucket.com

NEW JERSEY WESTFIELD

FRANK D. ISOLDI

CO N N EC T I C U T GREENWICH BARBARA BROCK ZACCAGNINI

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 908.301.2038 Frankisoldi@gmail.com theisoldicollection.com Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 203.249.1454 barbara.zaccagnini@cbmoves.com 4homesbybarbara.com

MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON & BROOKLINE OTIS & AHEARN

ILLINOIS CHICAGO JOANNE NEMEROVSKI

Otis & Ahearn Real Estate 888.249.7041 natasha.mahan@otisahearn.com otisahearn.com

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 312.720.4505 JoanneSellsChicago@gmail.com joannesellschicago.com

INTERNATIONAL CANADA

TORONTO, ONTARIO ELISE KALLES

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Harvey Kalles Real Estate 416.441.2888 ekalles@trebnet.com elisekalles.com

TURKS AND CAICOS

IAN HURDLE

The Agency - Turks and Caicos 649.332.2618 Ian.hurdle@theagencyre.com www.theagencyre.com

BELIZE DANIEL MATUSIAK

La Sirene Resort 941.504.7618 daniel@lasirene.bz

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BY PAIGE MASTRANDREA

VOLCAN DE MI TIERRA Trent Fraser has been integrated into the spirits industry for over a decade working at the highest levels of the prestigious LVMH Group. Coming from the iconic champagne brand Dom Pérignon, Fraser learned the depths of the wine industry as the brand’s vice president for nine years. But most recently, Fraser has taken his talents to another spirit, which has been on the rise in recent years: tequila—more specifically, LVMH’s newest tequila—Volcan De Mi Tierra. After spending many years as a secret tequila lover, Fraser can now explore his passion in the industry, revolutionizing. Here, Haute Living catches up with the executive to find out the scoop on the newest spirit in the LVMH family. HL: For two and a half years, Moët Hennessy  secretly deTRENT FRASER President and CEO of Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila, part of the LVMH Group.

veloped its first-ever tequila. Tell us the story. TF: This was several years in the making for us, with significant analysis and research into the category. We obviously have the most incredible lineup of brands, but we do have a few category opportunities, and tequila was one of them and the most complementary. The super-premium tequila category has been exploding for nearly a decade now but still has much more room for growth and was a major catalyst for Volcan’s introduction. Volcan De Mi Tierra means “land of the Volcano.” There is a very large and prominent volcano in the region of Tequila that is in fact called “Tequila Volcano.” When it erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago, it shaped the entire terrain and topography of this region. Our blue agave grows in volcanic rock and soil. Bringing our story back to the land and terroir of this unique region, not only do we pay homage to this mystical power, but we celebrate the influence it has had on the land, region and community of Jalisco [Mexico].   HL: What is your role at Volcan?  TF: As president of Volcan De Mi Tierra I pretty much oversee everything. Of course, the natural branding, strategy and commercial responsibilities

fall under my domain, but also the operational and functional needs at our distillery. Many ask what does a usual day consists of for me, and to be honest, it’s incredibly diverse and unpredictable. For me, it’s exciting, as quite often I’m dealing with sales and launching the brand, then it might be discussing how we are drilling for water, agave farming and sourcing as well as deciding what Instagram image to post. It’s very dynamic, which I love. HL: How does Volcan stand out from its competitors? What makes it special?  TF: We have been meticulous in our product development as we really want to show people what tequila is really capable of. For me, there are three points of our uniqueness: 1) Our brand promise and story around Tequila Volcano and bringing everything back to the land and terroir; 2) We have utilized both the old-world methods while infusing new innovations to get the best out of the tequila-making process; 3) Adopting the philosophy of assemblage, blending the very best of the lowlands agave, which is austere, stronger and more herbaceous flavors, with the highlands that offer more citrus, floral and elegant notes. A stunning, balanced and complex tequila is what I think makes us special.   HL: How has partnering with LVMH-Moët Hennessy increased your brand’s awareness?  TF: Of course, the association to LVMH has been tremendous in terms of our immediate visibility and awareness. However, what’s truly remarkable to be part of the family is not just because of their prestige and resource, but because of their spirit to support something so entrepreneurial. The most important pillar of Volcan’s development is that it has been built with an entrepreneurial spirit. It has been formulated by a joint venture between Moët Hennessy and Mexico’s Gallardo family with a true start-up and incubation mentality. It is a smaller, more nimble and dynamic structure that has and will be built from the ground up. At the core, it will behave small and family like while leveraging the strength and resource of MH where applicable.    HL: Tell us the goals of the brand in the near future.  TF: Only as of a few months ago Volcan has launched in a few key select markets in both the U.S. and Mexico first. It will be focused on select key cities, with a very precise target list of on-premise accounts to build influence with both trade and consumer. It is an allocated item focused on bar, mixology, lounge, hotel and dining outlets. We are starting quite small and highly focused to get these core geographies right before expanding to more markets. As we are brand-new we have a ton of work to do in terms of sharing our story as well as education, which is a huge focus for us in the near term. There are two product offerings: Blanco and Cristalino [clear-aged añejo]. Despite not being so much in retail, if it were on the shelf the Blanco would be $44.99 and the

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Spirits veteran Trent Fraser transitions from champagne to tequila as he becomes president and CEO of Volcan.

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