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Welcome. Greetings, Paul & Kathleen Pastor, Owners
Kert Blodgett, Director of Sales
It is with great joy that we at Chas Schwartz & Son bring you LX Washington DC. In this Fall/Winter edition of LX, we feature two beautiful photo editorials. “Winter Wonderland’s” characters take you through a day of what happens among an enchanted woodland as the snow is freshly falling. “The Fairy Tales of Die Gebrüder Grimm” (The Brothers Grimm) celebrates the 200th anniversary of the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, whose collection of “Children’s and Household Tales” has inspired many of the modern day fairy tales that we still celebrate today. This editorial features beautiful artwork and photos created by various artisans from around the world paired with translated excerpts from the original 1812, “Kinder und Hausmärchen.” Also in this issue, we bring you a speical interview with jeweler, Robert Procop, who helped design one of the most famous engagement rings in the world this year, for Angelina Jolie. “Doubly Decadent”, written by the renowned chef, Mary Cech, gives some great wine and dessert pairing advice and features a yummy recipe for your indulgence. We enjoy seeing you each time you visit us and we look forward to hearing your stories and being part of your life’s special moments. As we walk through the days of this season, know that you can count on us at Chas Schwartz & Son to help you choose the perfect gift. We have been serving the local jewelry needs of the community for over a 100 years and we’re proud to offer the most diversified selection of brands in Washington DC. Please enjoy this issue of LX Washington DC. Warm wishes to you and yours, Kert Blodgett
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Fashion 29 Runway Report: Women's 55 Runway Report: Men's Jewelry 10 Robert Procop Interview 36 Gift Guide
Photography 22 Fairy Tales of Die Gebr端der Grimm
An Interview with Robert Procop
Fairy Tales of Die Gebr端der Grimm
43 Winter Wonderland
Lifestyle 15 Red: The Color of Opera 62 Ultime Auto Italiane
Travel 19 A Gem in the Andaman Sea Libation 52 Doubly Decadent
Doubly Decadent: The pairing of Desserts and Sweet Wine
36 Chas Schwatz & Son Gift Guide
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Publisher KERT BLODGETT Editor JON ROBERTS Art Director CHELSIE ROBERTS Senior Graphic Designer ANGIE HALTER On the cover is an image from LX’s “Winter Wonderland” photo editorial. The set, inspired and photographed by LX Art Director, Chelsie Roberts, has a Russian woodland feel and was built indoors on a South Dakota college campus by LX team members. Featuring models of all ages wearing beautiful branded jewelry, the shoot included 120 gallons of faux snow, 35 plus trees, a velvet swing and completed with an ice skating pond. Chelsie says “I was inspired by Russian landscape and architecture, especially castles and churches.”
Project Coordinator NICOLE HIGGINS
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an interview with Every piece of jewelry by Robert Procop has been on an extraordinary journey. It begins with the worldâ€™s most exceptional jewels. It is shaped by unparalleled artistry and craftsmanship. It results in an exclusive creation of breathtaking beauty.
LX: How did you get your start in the industry? Robert Procop: At an early age, I was always captivated by diamonds, which has inspired my lifelong passion for finding rare, exceptional gemstones around the world. Luckily, I was able to use the profits from colored gemstone and diamond trading during those teenage years to open my first retail store called Diamonds on Rodeo in Beverly Hills during my final year of college. LX: Was this also when you were asked to do your first Presidential commission? RP: Yes, it was during this time that I was asked to do a commission for President Ronald Reagan and for several other succeeding Presidents since that time, which is always an honor. LX: You had spearheaded a turnaround for one of the most historic and exclusive jewelry companies in London, Asprey & Garrard, who at that time was also the Crown Jeweler, what was it like overseeing jewels for the Queen? RP: It was a privilege to have been entrusted by Her Majesty the Queen as a curator and expert evaluator for the Crown Jewels. There are so many significant and magnificent gems that make up the Crown Jewels. I was also fortunate to have been involved with special evaluation of the Princess Diana blue sapphire ring given to Kate Middleton by the Prince of Wales. LX: Speaking of engagement rings, you have provided wedding rings for some of the most celebrated personalities in the world, from international royalty to Hollywood’s A-list. What do you enjoy about the engagement ring process? RP: There are those romantic men in the world who like to plan things. They will put their hearts and minds into creating something special for a woman they adore. Traditionally in the past, engagement rings might have followed a trend or direction. I’m now seeing an aspiration towards uniqueness, a thoughtful design process more so than adhering to any one trend or a style. Being involved in the engagement ring process is always a privilege. It’s always a pleasure to be part of one of the most romantic experiences of a couple’s life. LX: You helped design one of the most famous engagement rings in the world this year, for Angelina Jolie. What was that process like? RP: Brad had a vision and I was honored to be a part of it. He wanted to make the perfect ring that compliments her style and grace. The diamonds were all faceted to fit the design for a beautiful one-of-a-kind engagement ring. LX: Was working with Angelina Jolie on gifts and red carpet baubles the inspiration for you to do the Style of Jolie collaboration together? RP: Yes, I’ve had a longstanding professional relationship with Angelina and have had the privilege of working with her on special gifts along with designing unique jewels for her both on and off camera. With this collection, it was a joy to help someone develop her unique creative vision and style. From discovering favorite colors, gems and forms to the feeling a jewel might evoke, it’s always a process of research and creative exploration. A collaboration comes naturally when you have such a gifted artist with one of the most giving hearts in the world, who is also so inspiring to work with. LX: When did the idea for this collection first start to take form? RP: About 2 years ago, Angelina and I started to have conversations around developing pieces of art that would showcase the rare beauty of these remarkable gems and at the same time help children in need around the world through her charitable foundation The Partnership for Children of Conflict. From there, the Style of Jolie was created. LX: Tell us a bit about that charity. RP: Angelina’s philanthropy is limitless and it was always her intention that these artistic creations of beauty be used to bring benefit to children around the world by providing funds to her charity. She has made a passionate commitment to helping children and this is another approach to that journey. We have both committed to giving 100% of the profits from this collection to the charity and we were recently able to built a school in Afghanistan and are now preparing for a second area. There is a lot of thoughtful consideration that goes into choosing an ideal school site, a lot of careful factoring in the selection. LX: Were you able to document your design progress for the Style of Jolie collection? RP: The evolutionary process for our designs was captured by storyboards chronicling our creative journey. The intention was to communicate our message for this collection to convey that we were not only creating something of beauty but also with meaning. With these storyboards we now have a consistent and elegant presentation of information. One that we knew followed our high standards of thought and intention. When you see the collection it has distinction, when you look at it, you recognize that it’s Style of Jolie.
“I love color jewels and finding those exceptional gems that become extraordinary and unique finished jewels.”
LX: What is the design process when working with a client or retailer on a special piece? RP: It’s always a privilege working with someone on a gift or engagement piece. For many people, planning ahead for a special and unique surprise is very important to them. Usually they will have an idea in mind, we select a stone and then journey through a design process to realize their specific vision. LX: You have recently been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Famous Diamonds, the well-respected industry tome. What can we expect from this next edition? RP: It has been an honor to be appointed editor-in-chief of this respected publication. For this next edition, we are updating information on current diamonds and have actually located some diamonds that have been previously lost to us. There are some exciting new diamond entries and we will be expanding the section on colored diamonds to show the world a unique rainbow of natural colors. We also have dynamic new imagery making Famous Diamonds a beautiful addition for any level of jewelry connoisseur or those simple fascinated with the histories of these famous diamonds. LX: The holidays are just around the corner, any gift recommendations? RP: We have beautiful multi-gem constellation bracelets for the holidays from our American Glamour collection. They are each a stunning blanket of gemstones in fascinating color combinations. From blue sapphires with rare sea foam green tsavorite bracelets to a vibrant mix of vivid red rubies with brilliant pink sapphires and a sunset orange combination with bright yellow sapphires. All are set in a spray of white diamonds. Everything in our American Glamour collection is inspired by the ideal love stories from an elegant time of glamour. From an era of luxury when jewels were so much a part of the evening experience. A time to be recaptured by any modern day beautifully adorned woman. LX: Are there any trends that you are seeing in red carpet jewels lately? RP: We are seeing a trend in emeralds lately, Angelina has been wearing them along with many other celebrities and personalities in the media. There is also a presence of striking colored gems from rich vivid rubellites to aquamarines being seen out there. LX: You have a beautiful selection of large, quality gems. Is the source and location of these important to you? RP: In offering the finest gemstones, our goal is to document the origin of each stone and recognize that it is sourced from the highest standards of mining operations. It’s important that all our jewels be masterfully crafted, delivered with certification from a top gem laboratory as well as ethically mined. Because we buy from these true sources, we are able to offer great value to retailers for these fine gem quality stones. LX: In the last year or so you were able to launch your own line, Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels, through a few specially selected retailers. What has that been like? RP: I love color jewels and finding those exceptional gems that become extraordinary and unique finished jewels. It’s such a joy discovering a large emerald or no heat sapphire of fine gem quality and then to craft a magnificent setting around it. Every stone is held in an expertly handcrafted gold or platinum setting to exact specifications. We currently have a collection of gem quality emerald and sapphire jewels that are garnering a lot of attention. It is one of my great passions to travel the globe in search of the perfect gems and to create exquisite and lasting heirlooms for the discerning customer.
Chimento is one of the finest and most successful Italian jewelry companies. Founded in 1964, by Adriano Chimento in a small workshop in the province of Vicenza, the brand has become an important name in the fine jewelry industry—known worldwide and now successfully managed by the second generation, Mario and Federica Chimento. Chimento creations are a unique mix of experience, know-how, creativity and innovation with a strong stylistic component, updated to the latest trends, though never giving up on the fine craftsmanship, quality of materials and versatility of use that have characterized their lines since the beginning. Chimento jewels are made of 18kt gold and diamonds for the high-end collections, while semi-precious stones are used to create jewelry in line with the latest fashion trends. Chimento should be chosen by those women who can recognize the superior quality of a jewelry piece and who look for unique pieces to customize their own style.
Magical weaving of gold and white diamonds are the hallmark of Diana, the brand new collection of Chimento. Bracelets, rings and necklaces with sinuous lines to create a fascinating and mysterious play of light, for those who want to stand out with class.
Founder/President of Chimento Gioiellieri Left: Son, MARIO, CEO Right: Daughter, FEDERICA, President of Chimento Corporation/Western Hemisphere
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Infinity collection, one of Chimento’s crown jewels, is available in yellow or rose gold with amethyst, sapphire and diamonds.
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The Color of Opera by Sanaa Abourezk
Red is the color of passion, of powerful emotions that affect us all in our daily lives. It is a color that stands out, that doesnâ€™t hide, that boldly announces itself. Nowhere is the power and drama of red clearer than in Italian opera, where the color explains all of the lofty feelings present in almost every libretto. Opera stories are never told without adding love, innocence, war and death. Innocence is displayed by the blush of the first kiss. A red heart is emblematic of love. Revolutionary wars are led by red-colored flags, the symbols of revolution. And operatic death makes scarlet blood flow on the stage. Red was the color used by the artists of ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, who employed it to emphasize chapter headings on the writings found on their papyrus, as well as to color the three thousand year old royal robes discovered in the tombs of the kings. Henna was used by the Pharaohs to stain fingers and toes to improve their awareness of the earthâ€™s energies. When Julius Caesar sought to distinguish himself as first among equals in the Roman Senate, he wore a red toga, angering the other, white-clad Senators. The power of his red toga was part of the cause of his death at their hands.
In a more recent political venue, the wives of American presidents and female U.S. Senators often wear dresses of a shocking red color in public appearances as a way of standing apart from the boring black and grey suits worn by their male colleagues. Never mind that a fighting bull is color blind, Spanish toreadors use a red cape to invite it to charge, creating the excitement and drama that has made bullfighting the country’s national sport. Red also adds drama and interest to food. Try to imagine a meal being served that is uniformly brown in color, a meal without some red vegetables garnishing a plate of otherwise possibly delicious but boring looking food. Food that is red not only enlivens the presentation of the dish but also adds powerfully to its taste and nutrition. Tomatoes spend most of their lives growing up green, but it is when they turn red that they are in great demand by food lovers. Similarly, scientists have discovered the gene present in apples that makes them a perfect
Cherries and strawberries contain “phytochemicals” that have been shown to improve memory. red color, a color that, according to surveys, increases the purchaser’s desire to buy. The compound that gives vegetables their red color is also an anti-oxidant, which helps resist cancer while maintaining healthy cell life in humans. Cherries and strawberries contain “phytochemicals” that have been shown to improve memory. Nutritionists and medical researchers constantly urge people to eat several servings of vegetables each day, and it is no accident that vegetables that are red in color are the ones most frequently suggested, such as cherries, red kidney beans, tomatoes, red peppers, watermelons, apples, beets, radishes and strawberries. Growing up in Syria, my sister and I were forbidden to wear makeup. We found a way around this rule, however, by employing a flower that grows in many countries, including Syria. Before bedtime, we rubbed it on our lips and added a smaller amount to our cheeks. We protected the pillow from the color with a special towel we kept hidden, and the next morning both our parents and our teachers tried in vain to erase the red color that we had applied the night before. We were ordered to wash our faces, but the pigment would not come off, and we explained to our teachers that the reason was because it was our natural color. I stopped applying the red flower as makeup when one day I overdid the color on my cheeks. As punishment I was forced go to school looking like an overly made-up clown and unwillingly demonstrate what I had done. That cured me of the desire to wear red makeup from that day forward. What color is used to welcome dignitaries such as movie stars to openings or presidents to a new city? We know the answer to this—the color of the welcoming carpet is always red, and never any other. For many reasons, from passion to politics, the color red deserves its celebrity treatment.
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Andaman Sea It is easy to see why Phuket attracts more than 5 million tourists a year. This beautiful Thai island can boast some of the world’s finest beaches, as well as a rich and diverse culture, fascinating history, a vibrant culinary scene and a throbbing nightlife. This island really looks after its tourists and whatever kind of vacation you want, you can have it in Phuket—the majority of visitors descend on the resorts on the west of the island, such as the throbbing hub of Patong Beach, where the party keeps going 24/7 and the streets team with life. However, those who want a more tranquil trip can find it on the much quieter north, south and east coasts, where it is still possible to find hidden coves and bays, or on the largely undeveloped islands that lie just offshore, such as Kao Yao Yai and Kao Yao Noi. Phuket is also a magnet for divers, thanks to some of the best dive sites in the world and a magnificent marine environment that is teeming with life. Phuket has to be experienced but beware—once you have been there it will draw you back, again and again and again…
By Martin Sayers Bangkok
FOUR OF THE BEST LUXURY HOTELS IN PHUKET Aleenta Set on the spotless sands of Natai Beach to the north of Phuket, Aleenta is somewhat isolated by Phuket standards, with just one other hotel within a five mile radius and few restaurants or bars. Yet it is this tranquillity that is one of the hotel’s greatest assets—Natai is a protected beach and you will never see great lines of sun loungers, just miles and miles of golden sands. Also, unusually for the west coast of Phuket, there is no road between the hotel and the water, meaning that the view from your room is an uninterrupted panorama across the sparkling brilliance of the Andaman Sea. The hotel prides itself on being a home away from home and with three staff to every room, all your needs are taken care of quickly and efficiently. Accommodation is sumptuous and each room and villa has access to either a private or shared swimming pool, while the hotel also boasts one of the best Spas on the island.
The Pavilions Ocean View Villa
The Pavillions This upscale pool villa resort on lovely Bang Tao beach is setting a new standard for luxury accommodation in Phuket. Each and every villa offers either a mountain or ocean view and comes complete with its own plunge pool, with massages available poolside. Guests choosing to venture out of their accommodation can sample the delights on offer at the deservedly renowned Plantation Club bar and restaurant, which offers tropical cocktails and a mixture of Thai and Mediterranean-style dishes. Sri Panwa Sri Panwa opened in 2005 and is perched high on top of peaceful Cape Panwa in the southeast of the island, commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and the Andaman Sea. The resort’s villas each come complete with their own infinity swimming pool and jet stream Jacuzzi system, and sit amongst lush tropical greenery 40-60 metres above sea level along the eastern and western ridges at the very tip of the cape. The hotel is popular with younger visitors and a party atmosphere prevails, with top global DJs often to be found spinning sets at the beach-side bar.
Sri Panwa Villas
Sala Phuket This seriously stylish new hotel opened in 2009 and offers a range of sensational pool villas. Occupying a tranquil position on one of Phuket’s most pristine stretches of beach, the living areas all have outdoor bathrooms and a vast range of facilities. A bar and beachside restaurant, renowned for its seafood, is also on offer and there are three large swimming pools that run alongside the beach. The hotel’s location in the Sirinat National Park means it is well away from the tourist hordes and there are miles of unspoilt beaches on the doorstep. Sala Phuket is also near the excellent and testing Blue Canyon Golf Course, rated as one of the best courses in Asia.
Sala Phuket Pool Villa
FOUR THINGS YOU MUST DO WHEN VISITING PHUKET Take a trip to Phuket Town You won’t find many tourists in Phuket Town—it’s one of the least visited parts of the island but that means it offers a glimpse of real Thailand. Here you will find incredible Sino-Portuguese architecture, bustling markets, fabulous shops and some of the best and most authentic Thai food on the island.
Limestone Outcrop Phang Nga Bay
Go and see Big Buddha Set high on a hill in the south of the island, this gleaming white statue is an awe-inspiring sight and one of the biggest Buddhas in the world. It’s so large that you can actually see it from half of the island but it is still worth the trip up a winding country road to have a look up close. You can admire the stunning craftsmanship and pay your respects at the nearby shrine, but also enjoy the incredible view, with Phuket laid out below you in all its green, glittering glory. Have a ride on an elephant In the days of large-scale logging, elephants were used as working animals in Phuket, but now these same animals are kept active giving rides to tourists. There are many elephant trip providers on the island, but one of the best is Kok Chang Safari near Karon beach, which offers a lovely mountain trip through a rubber plantation, led by guides who clearly love and care for their animals. Take a boat to Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga Bay off the north-east of the island has to be seen to be believed—this stunning area is dotted with craggy limestone outcrops and beautiful islands that are ringed by mangrove trees and perfect white beaches. Cruising around here is a perfect way to spend a day and depending on your preference you can travel by speed boat, cruise ship or Chinese junk, with private boat rides readily available. Trips generally stop off at various points, including a sea gypsy village and the outcrop famous as the assassin’s hide out in Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun.
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As a brisk, chill wind gusts and snowflakes fall to form drifty peaks this winter, you may want to snuggle up with your loved ones by the warm glow of a fire and tell a story. This year celebrates the 200th anniversary of The Brothers Grimm (German: Die Gebrűder Grimm) fairy tales. To celebrate, we have collected images and artwork from amazing talent, paired with translated excerpts from the original book, “Kinder- und Hausmärchen” (Children's and Household Tales,) to inspire you as you orate about magical characters from far away lands, scary villians and princes and princesses that fell in love and lived happily ever after.
“Cinderella Tale” An artwork piece by Oona Patterson (Oonapatterson.com) A Sculpture crafted and cut in book and paper
"Sisters" Photography and concept Kelly Ealy Models Laura Meyers and Adrienna Ealy Makup Laura New
“The king's son, who was waiting for her, took her by the hand and danced with her; and, when any one asked her to dance, he said as before, "This lady is dancing with me." When night came she wanted to go home; and the king's son went with her, but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree; and Cinderella jumped up into it without being seen. Then the king's son waited till her father came home, and said to him, "The unknown lady has slipped away, and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree." The father ordered an axe to be brought, and they cut down the tree, but found no one upon it. And when they came back into the kitchen, there lay Cinderella in the ashes as usual; for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree, and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree, and then put on her little old frock. The third day, when her father and mother and sisters were gone, she went again into the garden, and said—"Shake, shake, hazel-tree, gold and silver over me!" Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one, and slippers which were all of gold; and the king's son danced with her alone, and when any one else asked her to dance, he said, "This lady is my partner." Now when night came she wanted to go home; and the king's son would go with her, but she managed to slip away from him, though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs. So the prince took the shoe, and went the next day to the king, his father, and said, ‘I will take for my wife the lady that this golden shoe fits.’ ”
"Cinderella" Photography, hair, makeup, styling Three Nails Photography
Sneewittchen Little Snow-White
“And thus Snow-White lay for a long, long time, and still only her all that had happened, and said, ‘I love you better than all looked as though she were asleep; for she was even now as the world; come with me to my father's palace, and you shall white as snow, and as red as blood, and as black as ebony. At be my wife.’ Snow-White consented, and went home with the last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house; and he saw prince; and everything was prepared with great pomp and Snow-White and read what was written in golden letters. Then splendor for their wedding. he offered the dwarfs money, and earnestly prayed them to let him take her away; but they said, ‘We will not part with her To the feast was invited, among the rest, Snow-White's old for all the gold in the world.’ At last, however, they had pity on enemy, the queen; and as she was dressing herself in fine, rich him, and gave him the coffin; but the moment he lifted it up to clothes, she looked in the glass and said, ‘Tell me, glass, tell me carry it home with him, the piece of apple fell from between true! Of all the ladies in the land, Who is fairest? tell me who?’ her lips, and Snow-White awoke, and exclaimed, ‘Where am I!’ And the glass answered, ‘Thou, lady, art the loveliest here, I And the prince answered, ‘Thou art safe with me.’ Then he told ween; But lovelier far is the new-made queen.’ ” This page: “Snow White” Photography Joshua Wilcoxon for Wilcoxon Photography Makeup/Hair Angelique Verver for Platinum Imagination
Opposite page: “Little Red Riding Hood” Photography Viona Ielegems Model Jolien Rosanne Post-production Chester Van Bommel “Rumpelstiltskin” An artwork piece by Mandy Smith (mandysmithwork.com) Dress created in baking paper and the wheel cardboard, Room and props all designed, created and painted by hand . Photography Leon Hendrickx Model Dorothy Bany Makeup Artist Anita Jolles
Little Red-Cap “Many years ago there lived a dear little girl who was beloved by every one who knew her; but her grand-mother was so very fond of her that she never felt she could think and do enough to please this dear grand-daughter, and she presented the little girl with a red silk cap, which suited her so well, that she would never wear anything else, and so was called Little Red-Cap. One day Red-Cap's mother said to her, ‘Come, Red-Cap, here is a nice piece of meat, and a bottle of wine: take these to your grandmother; she is weak and ailing, and they will do her good. Be there before she gets up; go quietly and carefully.’ The grandmother lived far away in the wood, a long walk from the village, and as Little Red-Cap came among the trees she met a Wolf; but she did not know what a wicked animal it was, and so she was not at all frightened. ‘Good morning, Little Red-Cap,’ he said.”
Rotkäppchen Rumpelstilzchen Rumpelstiltskin
“There was once a poor Miller who had a beautiful daughter, and one day, having to go to speak with the King, he said, in order to make himself appear of consequence, that he had a daughter who could spin straw into gold. The King was very fond of gold, and thought to himself, ‘That is an art which would please me very well;’ and so he said to the Miller, ‘If your daughter is so very clever, bring her to the castle in the morning, and I will put her to the proof.’ ”
Dornröschen Little Briar-Rose/Sleeping beauty
“After many, many years there came another king's son into that land, and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns, and how a beautiful palace stood behind it, in which was a wondrous princess, called Briar Rose, asleep with all her court. He told, too, how he had heard from his grandfather that many, many princes had come, and had tried to break through the thicket, but had stuck fast and died. Then the young prince said, ‘All this shall not frighten me; I will go and see Briar Rose.’ The old man tried to dissuade him, but he persisted in going. Now that very day the hundred years were completed; and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs, through which he passed with ease, and they closed after him as firm as ever. Then he came at last to the palace, and there in the yard lay the dogs asleep, and the horses in the stables, and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep with their heads under their wings; and when he came into the palace, the flies slept on the walls, and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand as if she would beat the boy, and the maid sat with a black fowl in her hand ready to be plucked. Then he went on still further, and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew; till at last he came to the old tower and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was, and there she lay fast asleep, and looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off, and he stooped down and gave her a kiss. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled upon him. Then they went out together, and presently the king and queen also awoke, and all the court, and they gazed on each other with great wonder. And the horses got up and shook themselves, and the dogs jumped about and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed away; the fire in the kitchen blazed up and cooked the dinner, and the roast meat turned round again; the cook gave the boy the box on his ear so that he cried out, and the maid went on plucking the fowl.
And then was the wedding of the prince and Briar Rose celebrated, and they lived happily together all their lives.”
“Sleeping Beauty” Photography Viona Ielegems Model Jolien Rosanne Post-production Chester Van Bommel
Womens Fall 2012
Etro's New Bold Paisley Dream Godfrey Deeny
Brands always like to talk about respecting their DNA even as they subvert and reinvent them, and on Friday, Feb. 24, in Milan we saw a brilliant example of that whole concept at a thoroughly assured fall 2012 collection by the house of Etro. Veronica Etro’s key obsession was paisley, the very fabric that is more associated with Etro than any other Continental luxury brand. And, talk about taking it somewhere new! The designer trimmed astrakhan jackets with a filigree of leather laser cut in the paisley style, or outlined the twisting shapes in velvet strips on a see-through mesh top. Etro also tapped into Italy’s biggest accessories trend for fall 2012 - the curvy leather peplum belt, dissecting sleek leather jeans and bolero combinations, or adding oomph to slim dark cocktails. “I was thinking of costumes, especially 19th century costumes, and how Edwardian artists used color and shape in an elegant way. I
wanted something dramatic,” says Etro. Though the label does not yet have the name recognition of, say, Armani or Prada, Etro now boasts the biggest show in Milan. Staged in a giant ice rink with bleacher seating, the show attracts nearly 2,000 fans and professionals. Each place holds a silk gift cushion - this season in paisley, of course.
Etro’s finest moment was a series of curvy evening dresses made in panels of paisley and blocks of black. It could have looked hackneyed but it never did, because Signora Etro kept the right amount of wit and levity throughout - like using tentacles of paisley to keep a revealing mesh top modest. In a word, the show was a fine fashion moment, a splendid example of refreshing a house’s DNA and a great personal success of Etro’s.
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You know your favorite dessert around the holidays. Memories on a chilly day of warm, spicy bundles of sliced apples encased in delicate puff pastry all baked to a golden brown, rich deep-dark and moist chocolate cake frosted with silky bittersweet chocolate or maybe a mouth tingling refreshing winter citrus lemon tart with rich butter pastry enjoyed after a heavy meal. Whatever your favorite holiday dessert may be, usually the decision is much easier to determine than your favorite sweet wine. As with all matters of taste — music, clothing, friends, — enjoyment of wine with friends and family is much more a matter of personal preference than of scientific calculation. You may very well already have some idea of the wines you prefer with traditional savory foods. Common wisdom dictates that white wines go best with light meats and fish for example, but you are on shakier terroir at the end of the meal when pairing desserts with sweet wines. Few guidelines exist for pairing sweet wines and desserts. Although without an instruction manual to help you choose and pair dessert wines with the appropriate dessert can prove overwhelming, it does free you of the burden of preconceived notions. No rules, no mistakes! There is only one rule when it comes to pairing desserts and sweet wines. “Eat what you like, drink what you enjoy with it.” With that in mind you can get started with two simple thoughts and several helpful sweet wine tips to assist you on your sweet pairing journey. 52
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irst, sample, sample, sample! Since dessert wines contain a fair amount of sugar, alcohol and acidity acting as natural preservatives, storing them in the refrigerator after opening extends their shelf life a week or more and allows you to sample several wines later. When preparing a dessert, try it with a few different wines and observe how the dessert’s flavors are enhanced or masked by the wine. You can start determining your likes and dislikes.
econdly, don’t be shy; get to know a local wine merchant. As they begin to know your particular tastes, you will be introduced to new wines to fit your palate. When “making the match” of dessert and sweet wine, I advise a few sweet wine tips, which I consider my Top 10 Sweet Wine Tips to get you started for this holiday season.
weet sparkling wines are versatile, refreshing and a great way to celebrate any special occasion and holiday. They are perfect after a traditional holiday meal. They don’t overwhelm lighter desserts like orange citrus chiffon cake, but provide a welcome palate cleanser for richer desserts such as, pumpkin cheesecake. Fortified wines stand up well to rich desserts with deep flavors of toasted nuts, caramel, winter fruits, dried fruits, spice and chocolate. A tartlet of dried fruits, fresh apples, cinnamon and clove covered with butter streusel with Tawny Port can be a warming comfort on a cold evening.
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ou should always enjoy what you taste. The definition of a good dessert wine is one you enjoy drinking alone first.
ot all sweet wines and desserts need each other. Don’t over power either a wine or a dessert. Some wines are best when drank alone like Sauternes and Vintage Ports.
et to know sweet wines. Taste them with simple desserts that don’t fight for your attention. Simple slices of fruit, pound cake or angel food cake can get you started. Here are some examples of some of my holiday favorites; Raspberry Baked Alaska has always signified “a special holiday occasion” to me. Engaging in lively conversation while watching mounds of showy meringue over ice cream or raspberry sorbet being flamed and browned tableside is doubly memorable around the holidays. A vintage, or LBV, port with berry flavors is a great complement to the raspberry sorbet. Plum Gazettes welcome a cooler season as plums bridge the end of summer and beginning of fall and the holiday season. Black Muscat would be a good sweet wine choice with these flaky pastries. By understanding sweet wine flavor characteristics and pairing suggestions you will be on your way this season to pairing your holiday dessert memories with your favorite holiday sweet wines for a double decadent taste experience.
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he wine should be equal or slightly sweeter than the dessert. This is very important! The sweeter the dessert, the sweeter the wine, otherwise it will taste sour, tart or bitter.
air wines that are high in acidity either with rich, creamy desserts like cinnamon rice pudding to cut their richness or with light, warm or chilled fall and winter fruit compotes for the holidays.
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omplement or gently contrast the dessert flavors with the wine flavors.
omplement the weight of the wine to the richness of the dessert. Light body wine with a light dessert or contrast with a rich creamy cheesecake.
rice is no object! A typical serving of dessert wine is 3 ounces; therefore sweet wines can be easy on the pocketbook.
iet is no problem as we watch the calorie consumption rise around holidays. Dessert wines contain no fat. Coupled with a modest serving of dessert, even dieters can enjoy them in moderation.
"Don’t over power either a wine or a dessert. Some wines 53 are best when drank alone."
Making the Match: A vintage, or LBV, port
aspberry Baked Alaska
with berry flavors is a nice complement to the raspberry sorbet. I love Charles B. Mitchel Vineyards Cucamonga Valley Old vine Zinfandel Port (California).
3 large eggs 6 tablespoons sugar Â˝ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Âž cup cake flour, sifted
2 pints raspberry sorbet 5 large egg whites 2/3 cup superfine or granulated sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Butter the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan and dust with flour.
Place a generous scoop of sorbet atop each cake round. Transfer the sheet to the freezer until frozen solid, about an hour.
In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and 6 tablespoons sugar at high speed until they are thick, pale, and tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Use a hand whisk to gently but thoroughly fold in the vanilla and flour. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until the cake pulls away from the sides of the top and is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool the cake.
Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl at high speed until they are foamy. Gradually add the 2/3 cup of sugar. Beat until the meringue is smooth, glossy, and holds stiff peaks.
Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen and then invert onto a plate. Remove the parchment paper. With a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally into 2 layers. Place the layers on a flat surface and cut out 8 rounds using a 3-inch cutter. Arrange the rounds on the lined baking sheet.
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Remove the cake and sorbet rounds from the freezer. Working quickly spread the meringue over the top and sides of the sorbet and cake. Swirl the meringue in a decorative pattern. Return to the freezer until needed. Just before serving, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and position a rack as low as possible. Quickly brown the meringue and serve immediately. Makes 8 servings. For more information about Mary's recipes visit marycech.com
Haute Hotel & High Fashion Godfrey Deeny
This Fall season reigning heavyweight champion of Italian fashion Giorgio Armani, staged two runway shows, launched a new underwear campaign with singer Rihanna and welcomed guests into his newly-opened mega clean and opulent Armani Hotel Milano, his luxury inn’s first fashion season. The huge influence of Asian and Thirties elegance in this designer’s aesthetic was evident both in his
hotel and on his runway, as the soft shouldered suits and non-colors of cement and slate of his latest show, echoed the curvy pre-war style sofas, desks and walls, as well as the understated hues of
his classy high-tech home. Presented in Armani’s custom-made show theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 17, his fall 2012 menswear collection was more path-breaking than many recent shows – even containing some natty examples of a huge Milan trend, knitted trousers, though in this case, they were cut like tapered jogging pants, albeit with triple pleated pants. “Quite frankly, I feel more comfortable in large pants rather than tight ones. Everyone does. And comfort is an essential part of luxury,” Armani said. He also went outside the envelope with a new airy tweed, rejecting its rural tradition for a beautifully deconstructed silhouette, seen in a series of rather 56
magisterially suits. Hyper-thick felt wool used in casual double-breasted jackets and in audacious biker jackets meet cardigans, followed by a sextet of mannequins in rugged velour mountain jackets worn over Armani’s new ribbed cord jogging trousers were a testament to how this septuagenarian designer still keeps his ideas fresh.
Two days before in Emporio Armani, his choice of tasseled, golfing loafers, waffle nylon mini jackets
and dashing aviator in search of a party faded leather jackets in smoke gray and anthracite had
plenty of youthful elan too. Though the fashion pack will probably best remember this season for the designer’s hotel. “The hotel is very important. We have had an incredible echo from people and the media. They both found a scent of Armani in every speck of the place. The quality of materials and taste should help people understand the aesthetics I strongly believe in. I feel at ease there, like in my own home. Plus, you can see from the hotel that my clothes and the way I live have very similar aesthetics,” insisted Armani.
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ITALY’S MOST DESIRABLE EXOTIC CARS By Lyndon Conrad Bell When it comes to exotic cars, the Italians rule the collective imagination of the planet. The legendary names Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati evoke images of achingly beautiful, fast, exclusive, and infinitely desirable automobiles. However, these brands are about more than just cars. Each also harbors the heritage of success of some of the most determined entrepreneurs the world has ever known. Thus, when you buy one of these cars, you’re buying more than just a rolling piece of sculpture; you’re also buying a testament to the success of the legendary individuals whose names adorn them. These cars look like dreams come true because they are. The imaginations and the subsequent accomplishments of their manufacturers are the foundation upon which rests their ultimate allure. From the very origin of their companies, each of the people behind these cars set out to create the most extraordinary automobiles the world had ever witnessed. While the roots of Ferrari and Maserati can be traced directly to racing, the roots of perhaps the most extroverted car of them all actually goes back to…tractor manufacturing.
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR Ferrucio Lamborghini was an Italian tractor manufacturer with an appreciation for the finer things in life. This included Ferrari sports cars, until one of his Ferraris suffered a recurring clutch problem. When Lamborghini confronted Enzo Ferrari about the situation and the paucity of customer service his dealer exhibited, Ferrari dismissed Lamborghini’s concerns as trivial. Offended by Ferrari’s perceived arrogance, Lamborghini decided to build his own sports car—one superior to Ferrari’s in every way. Today’s ultimate manifestation of that desire is the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, one of the fastest road cars ever made. Boasting 700 horsepower, 507 foot-pounds of torque, and a curb weight of just over 3,400 pounds, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds and will achieve a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Just as in the most highly advanced racing cars, the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V12 engine is positioned behind the driver—but in front of the rear
wheels—in what is known as a midengine configuration. This keeps as much of the car’s weight as possible centrally located, enabling outstanding agility and road holding. Further, equipped with all-wheel drive, the Aventador LP 700-4 is blessed with outstanding tractability. The Lamborghini uses a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Crafted almost entirely from carbon fiber, the Aventador is both lightweight and extremely strong. The entire passenger compartment of the Lamborghini is of one piece, and constructed of carbon fiber. Other key components of its aggressively angular body are made from aluminum; including the engine cover, the cargo cover, the doors, and the front fenders. While the look of the car is undeniably beautiful, each of its lines serves a function. The sharply honed front end, the extremely low roofline and the distinctive rear diffuser all permit the Lamborghini to slice through the air with minimal resistance, thus translating as much of the engine’s output as possible into forward motion. As have all of Lamborghini’s cars since the legendary Countach (koon TASH) of the 1970’s, the Aventador features upwardly opening doors for a bit of added drama. The air intakes on the Lamborghini open and close on demand, based upon the Aventador’s need for cooling air. This further improves the aerodynamics of the Lamborghini. The V12 engine, considered a work of art unto itself, is displayed beneath a transparent cover. As have been all of Lamborghini’s mid-engine supercars (save one, the Countach), the Aventador takes its name from the world of bullfighting. Exhibiting exceptional courage, tenacity and aggressiveness, Aventador was a particularly fierce fighting bull, which earned the respect of the bullfighting community in October of 1993 at the Zaragoza bullfighting arena in Madrid.
MASERATI QUATTROPORTE GT S Società Anonima Officine Alfieri Maserati was a company of six of the seven Maserati brothers (Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ernesto, Ettore and Mario) founded in 1914. Their number comprised of engineers, an artist, and a racing driver (Alfieri); the brothers began their careers building racing cars for one of the dominant auto manufacturers of their day. When that company suspended its racing operations, the brothers continued to build racing cars under their own name. Alfieri Maserati won the prestigious Targa Florio road race in 1926 in one of the first Maserati racing cars. While the first Maserati road car was built in 1947, the 1957 Maserati 3500 GT marked the transition of the company from a builder of racing cars to road car manufacturing. Rather than an out and out sports car, the 3500 GT was a grand touring car. While exciting to drive, the GT was also comfortable and practical for daily use. Today’s ultimate iteration of that ideal is the Maserati Quattroporte GT S. Fitted with a 433-horsepower V8 engine (designed by Ferrari engineers) capable of revving to 7,100 rpm and producing 362 foot-pounds of torque, the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S is without question Italy’s most fabulous luxury sedan. The engine’s exhaust system employs air valves that open to reduce backpressure in the exhaust; this has the effect of
increasing the engine’s maximum power output, creating a throaty roar at low engine speeds, and unleashing the full symphonic sound of a highly tuned sports car at higher rpm. The ultimate iteration of the Maserati Quattroporte sedan for the enthusiastic driver, the Sport GT S, is poised some 10 mm lower on its suspension than the standard Quattroporte. This, in conjunction with the Maserati’s 20-inch wheels and low-profile performance tires, gives the GT S a more aggressive look, as well as superior handling. The palatial interior features performance-oriented touches such as aluminum pedals, shift paddles on the steering column, and perforated Alcantara upholstery. The fabric looks extraordinarily rich while simultaneously holding the Maserati’s fortunate occupants in place as the car engages in the type of automotive acrobatics sure to bring a smile to the face of any driving aficionado. The plush material is also employed on the door panels, the center front armrest, the steering wheel, and the gearshift knob. Possessing the graceful style, beauty and lavish accoutrements for which exotic Italian cars are well renowned, along with the sound and performance potential of a highly tuned sports car, the Quattroporte Sport GT S is practically unrivaled in the automotive industry.
FERRARI F12BERLINETTA Every person with at least a passing interest in sports cars has heard the name Enzo Ferrari at some point. Interestingly though, Ferrari had very little interest in road going sports cars. He only turned to producing a line of street cars to generate income to support his racing activities. Which, by the way, have been consistently some of the most successful ever known. Further, Scuderia Ferrari is the only racing team to have competed in the Formula One World Championship continuously since its inception in 1950. José Froilán González gave the team its first F1 victory at the 1951 British Grand Prix. The current Ferrari racing team has won five of the eleven world Formula 1 championships decided so far in this century (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007). Despite Enzo Ferrari’s reticence toward building street cars, the ones bearing his name are among the most highly coveted known to humankind. In fact, the name Ferrari is synonymous with the phrase “exotic sports car”. The 3,362-pound Ferrari F12berlinetta’s 6.3-liter V12 engine spins out 740 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 508 foot-pounds of torque at 6,000 rpm. This makes the Berlinetta capable of running to 60 miles per hour in around three seconds and endows it
with a top speed of 211 miles per hour. A rear-mounted, seven-speed, dual-clutch, automated manual transmission routes the engine’s output to the rear wheels. The F12berlinetta’s spaceframe chassis (a highly effective technique incorporated directly from racing car design) and its bodyshell use 12 different kinds of metal alloys for exceptional strength— coupled with light weight. Mounting the transmission at the rear of the Ferrari establishes its weight distribution at 46 percent front to 54 percent rear, despite the model being a front-engined car. This gives the F12berlinetta exceptional handling characteristics. Further, innovative aerodynamic techniques reduce the atmosphere’s drag on the Ferrari while simultaneously helping it stay glued to the road. The
F12berlinetta’s “Aero Bridge” uses the hood of the Ferrari to channel air flowing over the upper part of the Ferrari to its flanks where it interacts with the wake from the wheel wells. This simultaneously decreases drag and generates downforce. The Ferrari’s Active Brake Cooling system opens the guide vanes to the brakes’ cooling ducts only when needed—at high operating temperatures—to further reduce drag. The current pinnacle of the Ferrari GT and sports car lineup, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is the most powerful road going Ferrari ever built. This car, along with the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, clearly reflect the intentions of their respective company’s founders and rank as the most desirable cars the world has ever known.