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Prior to the onset of COVID-19,

FASHION’S NEW STANDARD BEARERS

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THE LAUREN LOOK, A MODERN APPROACH TO FASHION

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of the future, beautifully reimagined. Ralph Lauren has just revealed The Lauren Look, the company’s first subscription apparel rental initiative with the Lauren Ralph Lauren brand.

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THE QUEST BEST-DRESSED LIST: 2021

Alex TrAverS This year’s Best Dressed List reflects

the more casually elegant world in which we all now live.

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A PENCHANT FOR PARADISE

Juan Montoya’s interiors and exteriors are

brought to beautiful life in Rizzoli’s latest tome.

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A trip through the years, looking at some of the greatest style

and fashion moments from our favorite Quest besties. by elizAbeTh Meigher

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NEW, BRIGHT BEGINNINGS

A sneak-peak at J.McLaughlin’s March fashions.

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Hope springs eternal—even in these trying times.

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Our photographer captures a candid moment with Kate Moss in Paris, France.

The myth of American freedom, and some Aristotelian wisdom. by taki theoDoraCoPulos Flower-printed everything for spring. by alex travers anD elizabeth meigher

The Palm Beach Symphony gets ready for a very exciting 2021.

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An up-close look at Asprey’s charming Woodland Collection. by alex travers The Museum at FIT brings back one of our favorite fashion shows. by alex travers

A tête-à-tête with the talented, colorful designer Charlotte Kellogg.

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Chatham Condominium, the most luxurious white-glove building on Manhattan’s UES. A guide to all the goings-on as the snow begins to fade and Palm Beach heats up. All the chic happenings in Palm Beach and Aspen. by brooke kelly

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Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann; Diana, Princess of Wales; an Anderson & Sheppard wool houndstooth suit, 1935; Robert Janjigian; Kate Moss and Nadja Auermann at Vivienne Westwood’s fashion show, 1993; pieces from The

IT WAS EXACLTY 12 months ago—during the dreaded Ides of March—when the simmering cloud of Covid 19 became a reality. “Back then” ... Quest was still celebrating mask-less charity galas and un-distanced cultural exhibitions, and treating the deadly Corona virus like just another season of stomach flu. At Quest, we were sadly naive and floundering in denial. But we’ve listened and learned—from you, dear readers—during this interminable year in which few of us have gone unscathed. And now, as we cautiously reclaim our healthier and less sheltered lives, we marvel at the stubborn human resiliency that carried us through the annus horribilis of 2020. With March comes Spring Fashion, of which much has already been written ... and much questioned. Quest’s keen-eyed Senior Editor, Brooke Kelly, has provided us with an insightful look at three young designers who have emerged onto the big stage with enviable “street cred” (ibility) and respect, garnered as much by their sustainable lines and social initiatives as by their wearable and practical designs. Take time to enjoy the inspiration of Indre Rockefeller, Johanna Ortiz, and the two Zimmermann sisters, who with their ethics and authenticity answer the question of “Where Fashion Goes From Here.” If you haven’t already guessed, our March cover girl is Princess Diana’s eldest niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, who is not coincidentally wearing the perfect Spring frock designed by Zimmermann, another example of the “old order giving way to the new.” Just not TOO new. Quest is proud in being the first media to announce Ralph Lauren’s typically tasteful “The Lauren Look” (see pages 108– 113), the foremost major designer to pioneer a rental model that offers customers a subscription service to engage, shop, and quickly add to their wardrobes. The brainchild of the ever digitally savvy David Lauren, this initiative is a thoughtfully reimagined “closet of the future.” Stay tuned, and stay connected with RL! And Quest welcomes back to our pages the wise wordsmith Robert Janjigian, who deftly profiles the timeless yet contemporary ease of Charlotte Kellogg and her enduring fashion line, 28 QUEST

now with shops in Naples and Newport, as well as Palm Beach. Returning as always to Quest is the most celebrated photographer of our generation, Sir Harry Benson, who shares with us the classic image—and telling tale—of a younger Kate Moss sill on her rapid ascendancy. This year we’ve reinvented our Best Dressed List, reflecting the less studied/more casual look of everyday glamor. Our editors looked back in time, and forward too, in selecting this year’s ladies, who in more than a few images are accompanied by future generations of durable style and good taste ... and practicality. Deputy Editor Elizabeth Meigher, whose STYLE pages never disappoint, defines that elusive five letter word as simply “being yourself.” And after this past l o n g year of sober introspection and constant challenge, dear readers, simply being oneself has reconnected so many of us with one another. If that’s the silver lining in all this, let’s embrace it. And each other! u

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ON THE COVER: Lady Kitty Spencer attends a seaside lunch hosted by Zimmermann at Villa Bismarck to celebrate Zimmermann’s store opening in Capri, Italy (Giovanni Mocchetti/BFA.com).

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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY “SOCIETY IN ANY ERA,” so wrote Louis Auchincloss, “is made up largely of persons who are willing to live and let live.” An interesting quote from a distinguished novelist of New York lives. In these changing times, even the word “society” is changing. However, the

society Auchincloss was referring to is—or was—a way of life that has been put on hold for the last year for a whole community. A good percentage of it has been basic isolation from each other. My own calendar for the past year has largely blank pages rather than the

immense social calendar that has always existed in New York. Looking back on them 25 years ago, even five years ago, I’m amazed at the sheer volume of social activity on our daily calendar. Its loss has also had a big economic effect on everything related to the social calendar including the

domestic employees. There are many New Yorkers who live in buildings that disallow domestic employees who come daily. In not a few of the buildings that line Park and Fifth Avenues as well as the townhouses on both East Side and West Side, staffs who have been sequestered,

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or disallowed entry to avoid Covid. Aside from the obvious financial effect on staff who cannot enter the residence, there are many residences virtually closed until further notice. Nevertheless, there are holdouts—exceptions—made for certain positions, roles in the household that are active and run by a manager. This role used to be called Butler. Nowadays it’s frequently requested as “House Manager” in a private residence. Society or no society, in the world of domestic service, the Butler remains a necessity for people whose lives require the assistance (and know-how). I’ve never had a butler or 32 QUEST

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rarely the opportunity to even observe one in the homes where there was one on staff. From a visitor’s point of view they’re rarely seen because that is part of the job when guests (or even just family) are gathering. They organize, serve, and manage. It’s serious business and they are well compensated. I learned much about the business from one man, Desmond Gorges (Gor-jess) whom I met back in the mid-1990s when he was “retiring” from fulltime service. What the Butler Saw. Desmond had an unusual background for a butler. An Anglo-Irish gent, he came to his profession without any

training, at about age 50, after a long, full, rich life of livin’ high, livin’ low, and livin’ easy. For years he owned and ran an inn in Tunisia. When it finally hit the skids, after years of providing him with a good life, he found himself in London with nary a bob nor a pot. Desmond was an Aries, and astrologers will tell you, whether you believe it or not, that Aries people always get back up and into the race. Anyway, that’s what Desmond did: he got the bright idea of hiring himself out as a butler, since the money sounded good and so did the idea of a roof over his head. This was back in the ’70s. He interviewed and secured a

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job working for a Hollywood producer by the name of Sam Spiegel. Mr. Spiegel had a house in London and a villa in Cap d’Antibes as well as an apartment in New York. Mr. Spiegel, who was by nature a crass—charmingly and not so—character, was famous for producing great films such as: Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and On the Waterfront. He also had a big yacht on which he often cruised the Mediterranean with world famous types like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. He was also not “to the manor born,” but that old proverb about leading a horse to water fit him to a tee. Not surprisingly, Desmond’s

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A first gig as Jeeves didn’t work out so well. It did, however, lead to greater halls and bigger (and, alas, more beneficent) bosses. When I met him, 20 or 30 years after Sam Spiegel, Desmond was still butlering for some of the city’s more distinguished individuals (who, for reasons of propriety and discretion will remain nameless). But when not serving “his excellency” (which is how he prefered to address any employer), he often—actually, very often— entertained a bevy of pals at luncheons on any given weekday at Cipriani on 59th and Fifth. There were often six or eight guests at these luncheons— writers, editors, socialites, and

Europeans passing through. As a new guest you’d think, God, he must be loaded with dough to be paying this check. In person he looked rather like someone’s rich uncle Alistair: pink-faced, not tall, not portly, but substantial enough in girth; white-haired, moustache also. He wore blackor flesh-colored framed glasses, and had a low, dozy professional voice, often with an added laugh and the verbal whim of an Irishman. Naturally it was a lot of fun, those lunches. He was a generous and jolly host and conversation was always

active, sometimes antic and often included stories set in houses that belonged to the wealthy (who could afford a butler). Also Cipriani’s was the social circus at lunch. It was a scene. European, Fifth Avenue, clattering and jammed with older girls in sables, blonde bleached into their brown tresses; long-legged younger girls, blondeblondeblonde manes falling down their backs, wearing skirts up to here. It was tycoons and lawyers, politicians, businessmen and deal makers; Hollywood people, Park

Avenue X-rays and Jayne Wrightsman and Barbara Walters. Cipriani was on the perfect New York corner for all of this. Across the street from the Plaza, next door to the Sherry Netherland, just a block down from the Pierre—the center of New York for a lot of the city’s visitors as well as its residents. The Sherry has always been a mecca for Hollywood people, American or European. I remember years ago seeing Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini on a late spring afternoon standing on the corner for the light to change to cross Fifth. This was a couple of years after La

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Fellini’s was navy with wide pinstripes—and brown suede shoes. But back to Desmond and the butlers. Butlers do see quite a lot of private lives. And know a lot. Anyone working in a domestic position would. The butler, because of his loftier allencompassing position in the household, usually knows the most. I learned more about this from Desmond. It’s not easy to find a good butler. And when found, he can command a pretty penny.

A good butler is after all, the gilt that frames all the Master’s trappings. From a butler’s point of view, it’s also hard to find a good employer— someone who knows how to live. And how to treat the help. There can be problems: tyrannical, d e s p o t i c , irrational, and insensitive bosses are all very real possibilities. They may be in the minority but so are tornados. Desmond never mentioned his own employers, but he was rich with stories of the trials

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and tribulations of a domestic staff. For example, there had been a story going around in Palm Beach about a very prominent couple who were said to be so nasty to their staff that one day a member of their kitchen staff added another ingredient to the (sounds the same as) pea soup. After hearing that, you could imagine how anxious people were to be invited to dine. The talk of the town was how did one say “no” if invited. (“I’m sorry, but I hear your butler peed in your soup.”) The best butlers in the world were said to be those who trained as footmen in Buckingham Palace or Buck

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A House, as they call it. Hiring a former footman from Buck House or Clarence House was like buying a Rolls or a Bentley. By today’s standards, it doesn’t get better than that. Buck House footmen also work for all the Royals including the dukes, duchesses, princes, and princesses. Some also like to talk. After all, they know they’re dealing with some of the most famous, most privileged people in the world. And they’re getting a good rare look. They loved the Queen Mum. And the Queen. Princess Margaret (always referred to as P.M.) rated high on their list. For years, it was said, a favorite weekend of the

Queen Mum and P.M. would be to party at Windsor Great Lodge with just the two of them and a gaggle of footmen from Clarence House. Har-dehar-har-har. And tra-la (P.M. loved to play the piano and sing Broadway.) It is also true that no matter how good a butler, you can end up with a problem. After all, butlers are only human too. A very well known social woman, for example, had an English butler named Mr. Barclay (not his real name) who had been a royal footman to the best of

them, and was the envy of the Hamptons. He was first class: middle-aged, mild-mannered, pleasantly non-descript looking, elegantly deferential, efficient, well-organized, and devoted. To an employer, he was as brilliant and enviable a possession as any of the Van Goghs, Monets and Gauguins that covered the walls of the lady’s Manhattan duplex. He was respected, adored, and devoted. He even had his own apartment. And in a doorman building. Mr. Barclay also had his weak points with Madam

unawares. On his Thursdays off, he’d take himself to a local gay bar where one night he met a young man half his age. In no time, Barclay was smitten, and so it seemed was the young man who, it turned out, didn’t have a job. He wanted to be an actor. No problem, Barclay could help. With the rent. And the grocery money. A few months went by, as the companionship was developing, and the young man needed five grand for lessons and photographs. Again, no problem. He was a growing boy. Then there was another five he needed for clothes and a trip to California to see his “rich old uncle.” Okay… What was Mr.

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terrified, spilled the beans to his employer’s sympathetic secretary. She directed the distraught butler to his employer’s family lawyer. Upon hearing the story, the lawyer coolly sent a terse and menacing letter to the two blackmailers informing them of the downside (conviction and sentencing) of extortion and attempted murder. They must have got the message because Mr. Barclay never heard another word from or saw his friend again. Still troubled and in shock, he soon decided to move back to London where he returned to service of one of the royal princesses who was aware and totally sympathetic to his blackmailing ordeal.

I don’t know if Mr. Barclay lived happily ever after but I feel assured he was entirely relieved of his bad luck in little ole Manhattan. Just so you don’t lose sight of the sunny side of life and good buttling, Desmond assured us that there are many other butlers, like our friend Desmond—who has since left our world for the Great Beyond—who lead charmed lives, both blackmail- and despot-free. Some even find true love. Years ago, there was one such butler, again an émigré from better times, a Russian gentleman, who worked for a very rich couple who lived at Clarendon Court in Newport (the house which later belonged to Claus and

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Sunny von Bulow when she felt into her permanent coma). This man was such a good butler that when the master of the house died, his widow married him, and the two lived happily ever after—or something along those lines. Back to lockdowns and other anguish. One year after, lockdown is officially no longer, although the city has not come back yet to its daily miasma. Many businesses remain closed. Mid-town—the 20s through the 50s—remains closed and silent. Cipriani remains closed, and there are rumors that it will not reopen. The situation is a very difficult time for many—if not all—New Yorkers as well. Restaurants were allowed to

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A open up (inside) last week but at only 25% of capacity. Many still prefer to eat outside in the “heated” streetside shelter/ tents, remaining afraid that the virus still lurks if people are together. Ironically they are physically close together— if not entirely walled off from the other guests Otherwise, New York is now a quiet, dull place on weekends these days. Many of us are still isolated, out of fear and out of habit. Actually January can be like that without any outside contributors because many people are away to warmer, sunnier climes. A scramdemic, you could call it. A good example is Florida these days, where among the

madding crowds are a lot of New Yorkers including many who keep a residence down there. And more in the past year who are moving down here lock, stock, and barrel. From this vista it looks like they all want to live in Palm Beach. While it has residents from all over the country and the world, a lot of New Yorkers think of it as Manhattan South. The weather we are frequently told has been great, and are lots of friends, acquaintances, and NYSD readers. Swifty’s—the PB version—at the Colony has opened on the poolside terrace under the stars. Personally I’ve been anxious just to see what

the place looks like, having long been a patron of the late and great Swifty’s up on Lex and 73rd. From the photos I can see it has much more table space than the New York eatery. And from the sound of it, it’s got a lot of the clientele or their next generation at table and bar. I asked Robert Caravaggi who was host at Swiftys here in New York, if he could send me a list of some of his clientele. He sent the following: Pauline Pitt and Jerry Seay, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, George Farias, Beth Rudin De Woody, Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, Grace and Chris Meigher, Aerin Lauder, Pamela and Jimmy

Finkelstein, John Loring, Elizabeth Meigher, Mark Gilbertson, Jonathon Tisch, Eleanora Kennedy, Jackie Weld, Gigi Mortimer, Mason Tisch, Webb Edgerton, Mary Hilliard, Alex and Louis Rose, Amy Hoadley, Meg Braff, Bruce Addison, Gigi and Harry Benson, Sarah and Andrew Wettenhall (Colony Hotel owners), Joy Ingham, Martha Stewart and James Patterson. I should add: “to name only a few…” because the Swifty’s clientele is a kind of restaurant phenomenon. Its popularity in Palm Beach is related to its presence as a New York restaurant with a geneology as well as a community history.

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art and science, to create, restore and readapt the inside of this home. We designed this space with the priority being functionality, safety and aesthetic. We strongly considered the lighting and furnishings to create a refined space with the client’s taste in mind. The first meeting with the client was to discuss the expectations of the project making sure to listen to their needs and building suggestions. Then we began to draft design plans to show placement of walls, windows, doors, and structural accents. These structural accents helped to create an aesthetic which brings out the client’s sophistication.

It started with an idea of a fellow named Glenn Birnbaum. Glenn was a New York businessman who, in the mid1970s, opened a society version of P.J. Clarke’s—a New York tavern relaxed with sass, class, and a good menu. It was a place where the clientele could feel “casual” while still occupying a notably simple table. It became a must go-to clubby, casual, celebrity-attracting restaurant for the rich, the chic, and the shameless. And the price was right—as you can see from the original menu. Glenn died in the late 1990s. It had been thought by many that he would leave the restaurant to his maitre’ d Robert Caravaggi and chef Stephen Attoe. He didn’t. He left

his multi-million dollar estate, including the building that housed the restaurant as well as his private apartment to a fund to assist AIDS patients. And that was the end of traditional Mortimer’s. Nevertheless Attoe and Caravaggi knew they had a good clientele and they opened Swifty’s, a kind of son-of Mortimers, two blocks south on Lexington Avenue. “Swifty” was a painting of a pug which had been a gift to Glenn Birnbaum and which he named “Swifty” after Irving “Swifty” Lazar who was a frequent customer when he was in town. The reputation, otherwise known as a marketing device, brought in the clientele as well as new younger clientele. The atmosphere was similar but the manner was more relaxed. Glenn Birnbaum, for

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A example, could be obnoxious if he didn’t like a customer’s looks or attitude; they were not seated or served. The Caravaggi/Attoe style was the younger go-with-the-flow. Twenty-five years later, the opening of Swifty’s at the Colony marks the third generation of a clientele as well as some of the originals. Covid fear or no Covid fear, life still goes on. On a very cold day in New York at the end of January, with temps below freezing, and the weatherman promising a winter storm, I went down to Christie’s on 49th Street at Rockefeller Center to see the exhibition of the collection of Susan and John Gutfreund’s furniture,

paintings, silver, and accessories which were auctioned the following two days, along with a collection of Susan’s jewels designed by Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel. The Gutfreunds’ apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park was one of the most spectacular apartments in the city— with its 20 rooms, a grand staircase, a 50-foot-long living room, and fantastic collection of Old World Elegance in a décor created by the legendary French interior designer Henri Samuel. Susan herself is a collector as well as an authentic Fran-

cophile. Her knowledge is impressive and intriguing. For many years the Gutfreunds also had a beautiful (as well as elegant) apartment in a Hotel particulier on the Left Bank in Paris. I don’t know who the interior designer was but the residence was ample and naturally elegant (with a magnificent, only-in-Paris staircase that announced the residence). Hubert Givenchy and his longtime partner Philippe Venet occupied the central part of the mansion. As it was in New York, the Gutfreunds entertained a wide variety of an international elite.

With Henri Samuel and her own design interests, Susan was obviously inspired in furnishing 834. They created an ambience that was both grand and welcoming. There is a lot of “grand” in New York apartments and mansions. Hundreds probably; maybe thousands. But “welcoming,” visually speaking, is another eye, another talent. Susan’s was both. Guests visiting for the first time were knocked out by the beauty and the artistry and splendor factors, and seconds later they feel “right at home,” to use our American expression about the French influence. John died after a long illness in 2016, naturally closing

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a chapter in Susan’s life. The Paris residence had ended some time before. In the past five years, she has continued to entertain at 834, including many receptions for various charities’ fund-raising that she’s involved with. It was a perfect apartment for entertaining not only the social set but also the “troops.” I’m not an interior designer and my interest in it is entirely how it “feels” to be in an inviting environment. When there is wealth there is naturally at least a hint of luxury, but without the physical and visual comforts, the feeling is indifference at best. The Gutfreund apartment, and one other apartment that belonged to parents of a college friend, 48 QUEST

are the two most memorable (grand) apartments I’ve seen and known in New York. They reflected their wealth of course, but also the arts, the international history, personality, and gracious luxury. This curious fellow, whose own dwelling is simple and utilitarian, was charmed by it all. Winter is definitely in place in New York this year. Many days have been cold, overcast, around 30 degrees and sometimes with snow leaving the pavement and roadways often wet from the melting. But as quiet as the city is people-wise, the motor, bicycle, and scooter traffic during the business day is heavy and the lanes are jammed narrower thanks to the weather and the construc-

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tion and the double and triple parking (because of the leftover snow). It gets to the point where four lanes have only one usable. If it all sounds like a complaint, it is. And there’s nothing I can do about it, so shut up and keep your eye on the traffic. From this vantage point (brrr), down there in PB is where it’s happening. Down there, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its first-ever Virtual Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium live on a Thursday. Thanks to their loyal supporters, they raised $1.25 million to help ensure BCRF’s legion of leading scientists continue their vital work during this critical time.

BCRF annual fundraisers, luncheons, and dinners have raised hundreds of millions over the last 28 years for the cause. They are sell-outs because the events themselves are motivation. And they’re friendly and optimistic in terms of forward thinking. It’s about a story that’s a can do. Their work is making substantial progress in the quest to find a cure. Almost every penny of it goes to the research grants, and the progress they’ve been making has been hugely successful. The program in Palm Beach, hosted by Heidi Klum, featured a world-renowned panel of BCRF-funded researchers who shared the latest advances in breast cancer research

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A and the future of breast cancer care. Klum’s participation, a second-generation of supporters, is another positive note. Having observed the development and growth of BCRF and its founder, the late Evelyn Lauder, that optimism has produced enormous results in fund-raising to underwrite the hundreds of research scientists and doctors participating in the quest. The optimism is indeed brighter today than ever in those terms. Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere were presented with the 2021 Evelyn H. Lauder Humanitarian Award by Aerin Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder. Michael and Lance

have been dedicated friends of BCRF and steadfast breast cancer advocates for more than 15 years. Additional highlights included congratulatory remarks from Nina Garcia, Kate Hudson, William Lauder, Audra McDonald, and Anna Wintour. There were also the touching tribute performances by Deborah Cox and Billy Porter. Breast cancer has not stopped during the pandemic. Neither will BCRF. The following day at the Palm Beach County Convention Center was the opening of the annual Palm Beach Show

featuring Jewelry, Art, Antiques, and Design. It’s a big show and featuring the kind of treasures that you align with Palm Beach living and collections. In memoriam. The New York/Los Angeles restaurateur Joe Allen died on the first Sunday last month at the age of 87. I was a happy client of his restaurants, particularly Orso out in West Hollywood, where, like Sette Mezzo, in New York today the “world” passed through those modest doors for its always Very Good Service, Excellent

Menu, and you were in the thick of it. Fun. Satisfying. I interviewed Joe once back in the late 1980s out there. It was about his turning his Orso in West Hollywood over to his daughter who was going to do her restaurant. This was about 45 years ago. He was a nice looking guy, a “nice” face, no problems, no issues, and quietly gracious. I knew nothing about his background/life except that his manner was almost laidback. I was impressed; he was very successful in his business and “so-what”—his so-what. He will be missed by many. His daughter whom I mentioned took over from Dad. u

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BACKSTAGE WAS frantic as the models prepared to prance out before the waiting crowd at British couturier Vivienne Westwood’s show in Paris in 1993. As I walked into the dressing room, I immediately spotted Kate Moss across the room. Actually, I didn’t recognize her at first…but she looked straight at me and never moved her eyes as I came closer and closer, snapping photographs as I walked. Actually, I was surprised that Kate walked out into the crowd eating a popsicle exactly as I photographed her wearing a fancy pirate’s hat, striped short-shorts, pink ankle-strap ultrahigh heels, and nothing else but an interesting necklace. In the audience was director Robert Altman, who was there with one of the film’s stars Anouk Aimee doing research for his upcoming film Ready to Wear. It was a fun week in Paris…full of excitement for the designers who nervously waited for Women’s Wear, Paris Match, Vogue, and Bazaar to anoint or dismiss their collections. Until next season… u 68 QUEST

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IMAGINE A BEAUTIFUL, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart at the end of her nose. It stands out double, whereas on an ugly mien it would almost go unnoticed. Noise in beautiful and peaceful surroundings disturbs more than in grating, jarring cities. Last week, after yet another record snowfall, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, I was cross country skiing and stopped for a picnic lunch with Lara and Patricia, two married friends of mine who had left me miles behind while skating, the new method of cross country. (I remain traditional, glid70 QUEST

ing on the double track.) A cloudless and very blue sky accentuated the beauty of the landscape. I haven’t seen so much snow in the 62 winters I’ve spent here, the mountains looking their best, their solemnity inaccessible as there is too much snow for skiers to handle. (And too much risk of avalanches. I’m not one to talk, but had the Alps remained pure and inviolate, instead of being full of brothel resorts, this would be a far, far better place.) Then a bearded, 30ish man arrived, took out something from his duffel bag, and suddenly all hell broke loose. Dogs

howled, birds took off, sleepy farmers opened windows to find out what the racket was. I had no idea what was going on until Patricia’s young son pointed at the bearded jerk and the machine he was holding while controlling a drone that was making all the noise and scaring away the wildlife. In times like this one needs Aristotelian logic. Old Ari insisted that fine language should be kept for moments where action and argument are not presented. (He was referring to theatrical drama.) Not being Aristotle, and this being real life, I asked

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the bearded jerk first in French then in bad German why he was doing this. No response. Finally in English I called him an asshole and he turned, smiled and said “Tip Top,” a particularly annoying Swiss expression to signify everything’s honky dory. Grounding the drone, he picked it up and disappeared down the valley. Where the hell was the abominable snowman when we needed him? Mental health professionals and other busybody phonies would have diagnosed my reaction as SPS, small penis syndrome, or LLS, lockdown logorrhea symptom, but it was nothing of the kind. Most psychotherapists today agree that oneto-one therapy is the answer with people who stand up for themselves at some modern outrage. The richer the patient, the more therapy is advised. Mental health professionals would invent a syndrome for my perfect definition of that jerk as an asshole and strongly advise treatment. I don’t buy any of that. Actually, what he did was a form of oral rape, it was almost as bad as interrupting a Schubert concerto with rap crap. Another German, Herr Schopenhauer, said it best: “The higher one’s tolerance for noise, the lower one’s intellect.” But no use trying to intellectualize what

we humans tend to do, and that is telling somebody else what he or she should be doing. The media now have a chokehold on it, but soon big tech will have the media by the throat. I just finished Barbara Black’s autobiography, and boy, did the hacks ever do a job on her. (I’ve already dealt with it in a previous column based on excerpts.) Far worse is what certain gossip columnists and writers dealing in falsehood did on our ex-proprietor Conrad Black. The man is close to genius as far as knowledge is concerned, but he had a great flaw, something no self-respecting hack will ever forgive: He was born rich and worse, he was a conservative. That’s a no-no nowadays. Never mind. Envy is a sin but is the strongest of emotions. Somebody up there must have read this before I wrote it, the perfect snow conditions and all that sunshine, looked down at all those less fortunate locked up in their houses and flats, and called for Louis Bromfield’s “The Rains Came.” Three days of constant, heavy, tropical downpour did to the snow what political correctness has done to American culture. It had to be divine retribution, what with my poor wife locked up alone in London while I frolicked around get-

ting sun tanned and healthier by the minute. Mind you, one is thrown in on one’s self during a pandemic, and not everyone deals with it positively. Aristotle believed that human curiosity was infinite, and that no subject was unworthy of systematic study. Poor old Ari, he never met an American liberal academic. Or a woke American student, not to mention lefty American and Brit journalists. Aristotle believed that democracy was uniquely Greek since he thought only non-Greeks would accept to live in despotic conditions. This was natural for foreign people, just as self rule or wise monarchical governments were for the Greeks. The irony today is that Americans keep bragging about their land of the free, yet cannot tell a joke, paint their face, whistle at a pretty girl, or even worship an ancestor without losing their careers and livelihoods. PC tyranny rules supreme, media, Hollywood, Big Tech, and academia follow strict orders, and fool Americans pretend that they’re free. We Greeks, in the meantime, are freer than ever and are laughing all the way to the beach. This summer, that is. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. MARCH 2021 71


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“IT WAS ONE of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” So said Charles Dickens, and after our comically long—dare we say, Dickensian?—winter, nothing sounds better than the thought of summer light and outdoor fun. To help us usher in brighter days, we’ve found some colorful spring fashions, and we are setting our sights on an exciting spring-summer season. Max Mara’s Spring 2021 runway show was filled with bright looks we can’t wait to get our hands on this month. Shop the collection at maxmara.com.

Maker her sing for joy with Vhernier’s Gocce earrings in 18-kt. white gold, turquoise, and rock crystal. $7,900 at Vhernier: 22 E 65th Street, New York; 140 NE 39th Street, PC 104, Miami Design District; or 9529 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills.

Asprey offers the perfect accessory for this season: The 1781 Pochette, beautifully made in crisp white bullskin. $1,950 at asprey.com.

Minton majolica garden seat ornamented with turquoise blue ribbon and floral design on deep navy ground. $4,700 at Linda Horn: 1327 Madison Ave. or 212.772.1122.


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Smart enough for Bond. Yes, James Bond. Barton Perreira’s Joe model will surely be your summer staple—that we promise. $400 at bartonperreira.com.

Toast the year to come with Baccarat’s Harmonie Double Old Fashion tumblers. $280 for a set of two at baccarat.com.

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The Ferrari 599 is special, period. And luckily, a 2007 model will be auctioned this month by Sotheby’s in Amelia Island. Visit sothebys. com for more information.

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Fresh Finds For the past 30 years, Italianborn Pietro Cicognani has been designing exquisitely crafted country houses. This 280-page book published by Vendome shows off these stunning works. $70 at vendomepress.com.

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Be the woman with the golden touch in Inez’s Alta pumps in metallic gold. $248 at inez.com.

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Charming. Positively charming. Roberto Coin’s Zodiac Medallion necklaces in 18-kt. yellow gold with diamonds are sure to be a hit this spring. $4,300 at Roberto Coin: 212.486.4545 or robertocoin.com.

Pomellato’s Nudo Blue Topaz ring will add some blue bling to any outfit. $3,200 at pomellato.com.

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Stay on trend and in soft, subtly colored print with a look from Giorgio Armani. Shop at giorgroarmani.com.

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PALM BEACH’S MASTERWORKS BY ALEX TRAVERS

“YOU’RE EITHER moving forward or you’re losing ground,” says David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony’s Chief Executive Officer. The past year has challenged us all, but McClymont continues to find creative ways to uphold the mission of the Palm Beach Symphony, which, he affirms, is “to engage, educate, and entertain.” He tells Quest that the Palm Beach Symphony has taken the current state of the world as an opportunity to broaden its audience, “to widen our tent and deepen our stakes.” For instance, the organization produced its first television concert during the holidays, an event that received multiple encore broadcasts, high ratings, and donor engagement. Now, to replace its cancelled holiday event, Palm Beach Symphony is partnering with the The Colony Hotel to create a cookbook that will feature both its individual and corporate donors. “We would not have had the ability to mount a season without the firm support of our board, donors, audiences and staff,” McClymont adds. Here, he talks about the season to come and the many impressive accomplishments of the Palm Beach Symphony.

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Overcoming Challenges We all understand the health and safety reasons for face coverings, but we not many think about how to play a flute safely among others or put a choir onstage. That has resulted in a few changes to this season’s repertoire. Like many organizations, Palm Beach Symphony pivoted online. (We held our first livestreamed performance featuring guest artist Pinchas Zukerman in January.) Even in a year when the schools were closed, we saw a 42 percent increase in hours of music instruction. Collaboration, too, has never been more important. Musicians with Palm Beach Symphony, including a recent Latin Grammy winner, created music instruction videos, and we produced a viral video of Barry Manilow’s “One Voice,” with Ballet Palm Beach, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Palm Beach Opera that Manilow shared with his 4.4 million Facebook followers. Palm Beach Symphony’s subscription numbers are approaching what they were for live performances and our geographic footprint has grown beyond Florida.


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dren’s concerts, student coaching sessions and master classes, and instrument donations including the Lisa Bruna B-Major Award, which bestows upon one to three high school seniors a major level instrument that is suitable for college auditions and the start of a career in music. Triumphs In addition to the education programs, my proudest accomplishment is taking an organization that had been operating in the red prior to my arrival to one with total liabilities and net assets of more than $2.2 million. Artistically, I was thrilled to secure and appoint Gerard Schwarz as Music Director. Maestro Schwarz was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has seven Emmy Awards, 14 Grammy nominations and eight ASCAP Awards. He has raised the artistic level of the Palm Beach Symphony into one on a scale with our nation’s top orchestras.

number of Palm Beach Symphony board members and major donors into the live concerts and hope to expand that audience. We have planned two major events this year: one will be a mix of live and virtual in April, and one in May will be in person at 1000 North, the sophisticated waterfront restaurant and private club in Jupiter, Florida. We are one of the few regional arts organizations in South Florida to mount a season and our Masterworks Series continues with another nine Palm Beach Symphony premieres as we welcome guest pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Alexander Toradze and guest cellist Julian Schwarz. Our inaugural Golden Baton Society Dinner in May will feature violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, the owner of the 300-year-old “Red Violin” Stradivarius that inspired the film of the same name. This pandemic has forced everyone to move out of their comfort zones—and the successes we are seeing will never be discarded. u Clockwise, from above: A past event hosted by PB Symphony; Joseph Andrew and Carol Hays, Marietta Muiña McNulty, Sandra Goldner, John

Looking Forward Everything we do must be in accordance with health and safety guidelines and follow CDC recommendations and guidance from local and state officials. We are currently allowing a select

and Virginia Gildea, Amy and John Collins, David McClymont; Lawrence Rocks, Burton Rocks, Paul DeJong, and David McClymont. Opposite: PB Symphony’s education initiatives include children’s concerts, student coaching sessions and master classes, and instrument donations.


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is produced using a range of highly skilled techniques: micropavé features prominently, as does enameling. The latter is exceptionally challenging to execute on curved surfaces. Yet the result is a true work of art, one that is both playful and highly admirable in color and design. The Woodland Charms are designed to be worn flexibly, either in isolation or combined

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Clockwise, from above: Asprey’s The Hanover Chess case is a must-have home accessory; the Hanover Backgammon set; Asprey’s Signet rings are based on an original and classic design taken from the archives from over 125 years ago. Opposite: The Asprey boutique at Palm Beach’s Royal Poinciana Plaza.


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with other charms. They can be attached and detached from the brand’s Charm Bracelets as well. Says Blair Davis, Asprey’s jewelry designer, “Our charms are beautifully versatile from pendant to bracelet, each one a perfectly proportioned little work of art—and just like the most tempting of candies, clients very rarely stop at one.” For over two centuries, Asprey has been regarded as a top British luxury lifestyle brand and the Bond Street Flagship Store is considered a must-see destination in London. (If you’re in New York City, be sure to visit their boutique located at 853 Madison Avenue. Or if you’re in Palm Beach you can shop at Asprey’s Royal Poinciana Plaza location.) The brand’s broad product assortment includes jewelry, leather goods, accessories, silver, watches, clocks, first edition leather bound books, china, crystal, games, silk and accessories. Asprey also holds a Royal Warrant from HRH Prince of Wales for jewelry and silver.

As of late—both because of more time spent at home and the resurgence of games like chess from television shows such as The Queen’s Gambit—Asprey’s one-of-a-kind board game sets are gaining popularity. The Hanover Chess case, for instance, is one of the brand’s most admired accessories. The case is made of saddle leather, while the interior of the case is in crafted calf leather. The chess board is inlaid in the classic checkerboard pattern, and folds to fit neatly into the lid. Even Asprey’s Hanover Backgammon Set features ball-cornered dice of casino quality precision. Resin stones (or counters) glide quickly and elegantly across the playing field, and when not in play are stored in leather lined compartments alongside the leather dice cups and the doubling cube. Be sure to explore all of Asprey’s stunning collections, both online and in stores. There truly is something for everyone. u For more information, please visit asprey.com. MARCH 2021 83


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WHETHER YOU’RE FAMILIAR with the garments of the 1930s or not, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s past exhibition, “Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s,” acts as a revelation. The exhibit, which originally took place in 2014 and is now available to view online, is a celebration of craftsmanship—with the clothes, clearly, but also with a space that is meticulously set up by curators Bruce Boyer and Patricia Mears to showcase the styles of the era. According to Boyer, “The thirties was the period in which truly modern clothing was created.” And to underscore that notion, the show begins with two heavy, tubular garments from the early 1900s placed next to two modern looks from the decade their exhibition focuses on. “They just don’t have that softness you get in the 1930s,” says Mears of the predecessors. It’s easy to credit that softness you see in the later looks to the advances in fabric technology, but just as important is the show’s emphasis on artisanal efforts and groundbreaking inventions: the hundreds of hours it would take to create one dress, say, or the experimentation of cutting on the bias. For men’s wear, “Elegance in an Age of Crisis” focuses on the deconstruction of heavy wools jackets, which is credited to Gennaro Rubinacci and his tailor, Vincenzo Attolini. For women, the exhibit discusses the removal of the corset, the dimension of fabrics, drapery, cutwork—ideas that translated into clothes that fell naturally on the body. To pick just one example, there’s a cotton dress by Madeleine Vionnet from 1932 with countless tiny, geometric eyelet cuts. When you look at it, all you can see An ivory tulle evening gown, attributed to Augustabernard, 1934. The gown was a licensed French copy made in the United States. Opposite page: A negligee ensemble in coral and peach pleated silk chiffon, 1932.

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The best way to date 1930s swimwear is by the amount of skin exposed. Here a Munchen swimsuit in wool, from 1930, doesn’t bare much; a printed men’s beach robe by McGregor. Opposite: Gardner and Wooley’s smoking

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is its beauty, never the seamstresses’ sweat. “It’s all one piece and then the four quadrants that make up the base of the skirt,” informs Mears. “The fabric was hand-cut, and every little thing was hand-stitched.” Here Vionnet’s cutwork creates a transparency that, like lace, softens the silhouette. The result is empty spaces around solid ones that are then filled by skin. That dress, in fact, clarifies a characteristic of Vionnet’s couture: its precise technicality, in opposition to the ease with which she draped. (“I am more a sculptor than a painter...more sensitive to shape that color,” Vionnet once said in an interview.) With its veillike quality, Vionnet’s creation winks at you: it reveals something but, at the same time, shows you nothing. And, for 1932, that wasn’t a kind of subtle everyday gesture. It was daring and provocative, even magical. “I’m fascinated by that dress,” admits Boyer. “I showed it to a friend of mine who’s a cardiologist and he said, ‘My surgeons can’t even do that.’” Which is a testament to the workmanship of the times. Still, it’s worth mentioning the fabrics—the lightest of chiffons, the silkiest of crêpes, the softest of cashmeres. Oh, the cashmeres? Toward the end of the exhibition you’ll walk by a pair of trousers. “They’re six-ply herringbone cashmere,” informs Boyers. “If you could find that fabric today, it would cost you two or three thousand dollars a yard.” It’s fascinating, in a way, to see so much of this money-is-no-object luxury when we know the ’30s were filled with financial turmoil. But often, in a crisis, beauty prevails. Just look at the success of the film industry during the Depression. Or even the towering heights of high heels in 2009. Over the brassy “Rhapsody in Blue” playing in the background, Boyer points out a collection of Fred Astaire’s shoes, one of the show’s highlights. “The most famous feet of the 20th century,” he says with conviction. Call me old-fashioned, but there’s no way you want to miss the pleasure of Astaire’s company in an exhibition that twirls you through the glamour of the 1930s like only he could. u A Madeleine Vionnet evening gown in ivory silk organza with black lace insets, 1937, from the collection of Beverley Birks. Opposite: Anderson &

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CHARLOTTE KELLOGG makes what she calls casually elegant clothes in beautiful fabrics. There’s no hidden meanings or intellectual challenges communicated by her somewhat minimalist designs, which Kellogg categorizes as resort wear, made to appeal to women of a wide range of ages and sizes (from petite up to 3X). She did not set out to be a fashion designer, as she has a Master’s in Psychology, and didn’t get into the apparel arena until 25 years ago, when while helping out a friend in New York’s Garment District, she developed her initial fascination with the process of manufacturing and her deep appreciation for quality fabrics. That love of the craft of fashion has not left her, as she has gradually built a thriving business, with boutiques on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach—having outgrown her small quarters in Via Amore this season—along the charming retail stretch of Bellevue Avenue in Newport, and most recently, in Naples, the affluent community on Florida’s southwest coast. She maintains residences in both Palm Beach and Newport, as well as Manhattan. Her clothes are not available anywhere else but at her shops or on her website. That, in a sense, gives her collection a kind of exclusivity. One won’t see yourself coming and going, so to speak. “My love of travel is the inspiration for the collection,” Kellogg remarks. And faraway places are reflected in the clothes, with the designer traveling to Kathmandu, Hanoi, Jaipur, and other spots in India to create her collections and incorporate cottons, brocades, vintage saris, and some embellishments, such as beading, embroideries, and other ornamentation methods for “special” items offered from time to time. She is a fan of simplicity 90 QUEST

and strives not to “overdesign.” Kellogg likes the imperfect textures. She appreciates—and she believes her clients do as well—the fact that you can tell something is handwoven. “That’s part of the magic, she says. She characterizes her customers as sophisticated, well-traveled, and appreciative of quality fabrics and constructions. “I don’t see a need to ‘decorate’ clothes,” Kellogg says. “And I always assume the customer has jewelry.” These are not clothes that scream, “Look at Me” and don’t compete with a necklace, brooch, bracelet, or pair of earrings for attention. Price is a consideration, with a starting point of about $200, topping off at around $600. The perennial best seller is a $250 silk shirt, a little oversized, but still having a shape, and utterly timeless. The shirts, like most of her “basics” are offered in a myriad of colors. Her pants —“a very nice pant for the price,” she says—are made using Italian silk or stretch cotton and are a customer favorite at $250–350 a pair. Kellogg’s clothes are meant to seem luxurious, and she sees most of her creations as wearable from day into evening, though not super dressy. It’s almost as if she anticipated the more casual approach to after-5 attire in the early 20th century. It’s the kind of thing you could imagine a woman like Kellogg wearing— confident, nonchalant, subtle, and quite lovely. u For more information, please visit charlottekellogg.com.

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A collection of looks from Charlotte Kellogg, who notes that faraway places are reflected in the clothes, with the designer traveling to Kathmandu, Hanoi, Jaipur, and other spots in India to create her collections. Charlotte Kellogg has stores in both Florida and Newport, Rhode Island. Opposite, from above: Charlotte Kellogg; “My love of travel is the inspiration for the collection,” Kellogg remarks.

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OPEN HOUSE

FOR RESIDENTS OF the Chatham Condominium, the most luxurious white-glove building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every day feels like life in a five-star hotel. The full-service staff attends to every need, and the building offers an impressive array of amenities, including a 24-hour door attendant and concierge, a resident manager, an Equinox fitness center and Pilates room, and a parking garage with direct building access. From the elegant lobby and gracious hallways—all designed by the illustrious architect Robert A. M. Stern—every space at The Chatham Condominium is filled with timelessly sophisticated style and has been meticulously maintained. Each of the chic private residences boasts an exceptional floor plan for comfortable modern living and effortless entertaining, featuring lofty ceilings, cook’s kitchens with top-caliber appliances, restful bedrooms, refined marble baths, stylish fittings and fixtures— including crown moldings and hardwood floors—extensive built-ins and storage, and oversized windows affording glorious light and iconic views of the East River, Central Park, and the glittering city skyline. Pets are welcome, and the coveted Lenox Hill location is minutes from Central Park, Madison and Fifth 92 QUEST

Avenues, numerous acclaimed restaurants, and such major museums as the Guggenheim, the Met, and MoMA. A recognized leader in Manhattan real estate who has sold over a dozen homes at The Chatham Condominium, Leslie S. Modell is a top 10 broker with Sotheby’s International Realty and heads one of the two premier teams in the firm’s Upper East Side office. Leslie is an expert in sales on the Upper East Side and all over Manhattan, specializing in a wide range of properties, from luxurious cooperatives and condominiums to penthouses, townhouses, and lofts. She enjoys access to the unparalleled resources of Sotheby’s International Realty’s global network, which includes 960 offices in 70 countries, giving her a powerful advantage to assist both buyers and sellers with her worldwide reach, tremendous market knowledge, and superior service. ◆ This Chatham Condominium unit is located at 181 East 65th Street, #26A, and is listed for $6,795,000. For more information, contact Leslie S. Modell at leslies.modell@sothebyshomes.com or 917.488.5374.

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Clockwise from top left: The common room; a dining area; the kitchen; the entrance of the Chatham Condominium at 65th Street and 3rd Avenue; the master bedroom. Opposite page: A view of the Chatham Condominium on the Upper East Side.


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From March 25–28, The Palm Beach International Boat Show will take place along the West Palm Beach Waterfront (on Flagler Drive), featuring some of the most exquisite yachts in the world. For more information, visit pbboatshow.com or call 954.463.6762.

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Oxbridge Academy will host its annual Golf Classic event on Monday, March 1 at the Ocean Course at The Breakers in Palm Beach. This year’s event will feature a pre-tournament clinic with legendary golfer Greg Norman. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from “The Shark” and improve your golf game. All funds raised at this special event directly benefit the students of Oxbridge Academy. For more information, to purchase a foursome or for sponsorship opportunities, visit oapb.org/golf.

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Join Dancing Classrooms for an intimate virtual celebration of some of their favorite pairs: wine and tapas, music and dancing, Dancing Classrooms and…you. The evening will feature an Argentine wine tasting, cooking demonstration, a Tango mini-lesson, and conversation with Dancing Classrooms Alumni, Students, and Teaching Artists about

the power of tango to inspire students of all ages. The evening will be hosted by musician, composer, dancer, choreographer and Dancing Classrooms Alumni Dwayne Beach and will feature an Argentine wine tasting with wine educator Alicia Barret, cooking demonstration by proprietor and executive chef of King’s Carriage House Restaurant, Elizabeth King, a Tango mini lesson

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The Fourth annual Hope on the Horizon Palm Beach Luncheon will take place at The Beach Club and feature a morning symposium with scientists discussing the latest breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research. The symposium will be followed by a luncheon, which will raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. For more information, please call 561.863.5500. 94 QUEST

by tango master Dardo Galletto, and conversation with Dancing Classrooms Senior Teaching Artists about the power of tango and social dance to inspire students of all ages. For more information, visit dancingclassrooms.org. THE SEASON FOR SARASOTA

Designing Sarasota will take place at Center for Architecture Sarasota (265 South Orange Ave) through April 17. In collaboration with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, this exhibit will examine the unique history of architecture in Sarasota from the time of Native Americans to the present. Gallery is open Tues-Sat. Due to capacity limits in the gallery, visitors are encouraged to reserve your time online. Visit cfasrq.org/events for more information.

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The Colony Hotel Palm Beach has worked tirelessly to create a series of safe indoor and outdoor events—including wellness and dining—for its guests and visitors. Visit the colonypalmbeach.com to see what’s in store.

The Preservation Foundation’s annual Dinner Dance is a Palm Beach tradition the organization’s single most important source of funding. This year, The Preservation


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Foundation has planned a virtual evening, starting at 6 p.m., in celebration of our Chairman Emeritus, Pauline Pitt, and the Foundation’s latest town-serving project at Phipps Ocean Park. For the evening’s festivities, a special delivery will be made to your home on March 5th and include a gourmet meal prepared by a top local caterer; video tribute to Pauline featuring notable personalities in Palm Beach; recording of an intimate conversation with Pauline and Leonard Lauder about his family’s deep ties to the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach; a special episode of its virtual series Landmarks Discovered on the Little Red Schoolhouse; and a presentation unveiling of the design for Phipps Ocean Park by renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles. For more information, please visit palmbeachprreservation.org.

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Tickets are now on sale for the Honda Classic, which will take place at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens from March 15–21. Visit thehondaclassic.com for more information.

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On March 17, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade—one of the most exciting traditional parades held in New

turing some of the most exquisite yachts in the world. For more information, visit pbboatshow.com or call 954.463.6762. POLO BRUNCHES

On March 18, The Frick Collection will open the doors to Frick Madison, its temporary new home located at the Breuer-designed building at 945 Madison Avenue. For more information, visit frick.org. York every year— will take place in Manhattan, setting off from the 69th Regiment Armory on East 25th Street.

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On March 18, The Frick Collection will open the doors to Frick Madison, its temporary new home located at the Breuer-designed building at 945 Madison Avenue. For more information, visit frick. org. You can also view past and present exhibitions online, as well as learn what the Frick Collection has in store for 2021.

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BOOKS, BOTH OLD & NEW

The Palm Beach Book Festival will take place on March 19 and 20, 2021 as a virtual festival. (They will be back in person for the 2022 festival at Florida Atlantic University.) Visit palmbeachbookfestival.com for news and updates on its oneoff events.

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From March 25–28, The Palm Beach International Boat Show will take place along the West Palm Beach Waterfront (on Flagler Drive), fea-

Each January through April, the world’s premier polo players and polo enthusiasts head to The Palm Beaches for top-level competition during Palm Beach International Polo Season. Located in Wellington, the International Polo Club presents weekly and often daily events. This season is a little different, however—no public spectators may attend matches, except during the ticketed Sunday brunch. For tickets to the brunch, please visit ipc.coth.com.

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The 4th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House will take place in Palm Beach from April 8 to May 9, with an opening day preview on April 7. Please visit kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org for more information.

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The Hanley Foundation will hold its Golf Classic April 12, the Monday after the Masters, at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf Course in West Palm Beach. For more information, please visit hanleyfoundation.org.

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On March 17, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade—one of the most exciting traditional parades held in New York every year— will take place in Manhattan, setting off from the 69th Regiment Armory on East 25th Street.

In celebration of the reopening and dedication of the Norton House and completed restoration of the Artist Studio and the exhibition Artists At Home: Photography of Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation—The Gardens Conservancy will present An Evening of Music & Art in the Gardens. The event, which will include the presentation of the Ann Norton Award for Philanthropy: an award extended annually to individuals who advance the mission of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and embrace Ann Norton’s vision for her legacy. For more information, please visit ansg.org. MARCH 2021 95


FASHION'S NEW STANDARD BEARERS B Y B R O O K E K E L LY

PRIOR TO THE onset of COVID-19, retailers were already shifting towards sustainable production methods in response to increased consumer demand for ethical fashion. Now that the pandemic has brought working-from-home and a more relaxed lifestyle in casual attire, the “degrowth movement” has accelerated. With selective shoppers buying less, they are not only spending more time finding high quality pieces—they are also concerned with their brands’ social initiatives. “Do-good” retailers are focused on building loyal and sophisticated followings, propelling others to follow in their footsteps. Today’s buyer wants to know they are helping—rather than harming—their surrounding communities. The following designers are at the forefront of making shopping guilt-free.

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JOHANNA ORTIZ founded her eponymous label in her hometown of Cali, Colombia in 2003 after earning a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The brand quickly gained international prominence after presenting in Fashion Weeks in both Bogota and Medellin in 2014, and now boasts collections sold in more than 14 countries at 44 points of sale. Ortiz’s feel-good designs are characterized by ruffles, off-shoulder silhouettes, patterns that pay homage to the natural world, and vibrant colors that reflect the spirit of Latin America. As the “JO woman” is ever changing, each collection boasts its own unique characteristics specific to current trends. However, all looks—no matter the season—reflect the three pillars of the brand: feminine, festive, and effortless. “It’s all about being relevant but never losing that femininity, color, and joie de vivre,” describes Ortiz. Colombia is not only the influence of Ortiz’s designs, it's also the focus of her personal and charitable endeavors. “Being able to make a positive impact

on the lives of the people that work at Johanna Ortiz is one of the biggest achievements I have as a designer. Over the past couple of years, the fashion industry in Colombia has evolved and flourished, and today we can say that the ‘orange economy,’ as we call the creative industry in Colombia, plays a huge role in generating dignified employment in our country. We are almost entirely vertically integrated, which means that more than 90% of the production is done in-house, translating into more than 370 direct jobs,” explains Ortiz. Additionally, the brand employs artisans from different communities throughout Colombia, especially for its accessories, which are almost all handmade with natural fibers using ancestral techniques. As a result of the pandemic-induced work-from-home trend, Ortiz’s latest Spring 2021 Collection, summarized as “barefoot luxury,” reflects more relaxed looks while still feeling festive. Opposite page: Johanna Ortiz dressed in her designs. MARCH 2021 97


closest to Ortiz’s heart—is the brand’s current “Semillero,” an onsite training program created to offer free professionallevel seamstress and embroidery courses as a vehicle for independence and professional empowerment. To date, it has trained 57 professionals, many of whom are still employed by Johanna Ortiz. Clockwise from left: A model poses in Johanna Ortiz's atelier; Paola Ortiz (chief operating officer), Catalina Londono (global sales & marketing director), and Johanna Ortiz (founder and creative director); the majority of Johanna Ortiz accessories are handmade by artisans in Colombia. Opposite page, clockwise from left: The Belle Tropic Reversible Poplin Cropped Top and Rajasthan Tiered Poplin Skirt; more than 90% of production for Johanna Ortiz is done in South America; the Divine Being Silk Midi Dress in orange; the Mini Areca Palm of Iraca Earrings.

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And to further the goal of helping Colombia—especially now while the country faces both COVID-19 and climate change— proceeds from this season’s T-Shirt will also benefit Act 4 Amazonia, an organization with the goal of ecosystem recovery in the Amazon region. Ortiz also begins the design process for each new collection by using existing stock and upcycling materials to avoid creating unnecessary waste. “Giving a second life to existing fabrics has become a very special experience in the past three seasons (designed during lockdown)! Additionally, for our latest collections, we have worked closely with suppliers of GOTS cotton from Italy and Netherlands, BCI Cotton from Portugal, as well as GRS polyester and PIMA cotton from Peru for our knitwear selection. All of these certifications ensure materials are recycled from secondhand use and processed sustainably,” explains Ortiz. Another current initiative—the


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INDRÉ ROCKEFELLER AFTER HOLDING positions at Vogue, Moda Operandi, and Delpozo, Indré Rockefeller co-founded Paravel with Andy Krantz in 2016, introducing eco-friendly luggage, bags, and organizers durable enough for travel without sacrificing style, price, or quality. As a lifestyle and travel company, the Paravel community is as much a luggage brand as it is a mindset and value system. “Our bags don’t just travel with you and then get tucked away into the closet. They are lasting additions to your day-to-day life, and we hope they encourage our customers to develop a more sustainable and joyful relationship with being on the move,” says Rockefeller. Bringing sustainability to customers’ routines has always been on 100 QUEST

the forefront of Paravel’s social goals—but just being a leader in sustainability wasn’t sufficient for Rockefeller. After participating in a polar expedition to Antarctica with The Nature Conservancy in 2018, Rockefeller and Krantz set the ambitious goal of becoming the first 100% sustainable travel brand by the end of 2021, which Paravel is on track to accomplish. “The scientists on board the trip made it clear: our collective actions over the next 10 years will determine the effects of climate change for the next 10,000 years. The reality of the climate crisis inspires me to keep pushing on the sustainability standards I set for myself and that we set for ourselves at Paravel. It challenges us to lead by example and push

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Paravel offers eco-friendly luggage, bags, and organizers that can be personalized with dozens of colors, rich embroidery, and hand-painted letters. Opposite page: Indré Rockefeller, co-founder of Paravel.

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Proceeds from the Cabana Tote benefit Direct Relief, an organization that delivers protective gear to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Matching luggage and handbags from Paravel, photographed in Mexico City; the Aviator Grand in Derby Black; the Packing Cube Quad in Scuba Navy; the Grand Tour

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past what seems possible,” says Rockefeller. To Paravel, total sustainability translates into considering every aspect of the business, from the use of sustainable materials and recyclable packaging, to the establishment of a Code of Social Responsibility to guarantee fair labor practices. “Every aspect of our business is viewed through the lens of leaving the lowest possible negative impact on the planet and the highest possible positive impact on its people,” says Rockefeller. Currently, upcycling and carbon offsetting are core to Paravel’s product development. The company has upcycled 1.7 million plastic water bottles into the Negative Nylon and Ecocraft Canvas bags and organizers to date and has launched its first carbon neutral suitcase line. Paravel has also partnered with sustainability organizations like Eden Reforestation Projects, which

plants a tree for each Paravel purchase, resulting in 16,060 new trees so far. “When choosing partners, we look for organizations making the largest potential impact. Our tree-planting partner, Eden Reforestation Projects, for example, not only plants trees, but does so by employing people living in depleted ecosystems, simultaneously helping to alleviate poverty, restore forest-based industries, and make a direct impact on the environment,” says Rockefeller. Paravel is also donating 10% of proceeds from the bestselling Cabana Tote to Direct Relief, a nonprofit that provides protective gear to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19, and has established a donation program with NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, which addresses the disproportionate impact of climate change and other environmental inequities on communities of color. S E PM TA ER MCBH E R2 022012 01 0 0 3


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SISTERS NICKY AND Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in Sydney in 1991, with a vision of sophisticated femininity and a love for color and print. The brand began with Nicky (who now serves as Zimmermann’s creative director), designing dresses and selling them at Paddington markets—a hands-on experince that enabled her to see first-hand how women respond to fashion. Nicky quickly found success, prompting her to open a small store in Dar-

Clockwise from left: The Botanica Butterfly Gown; the Botanica Man Style Waistcoat and Botanica Man Style Trouser; the Candescent Raffia Playsuit in Milk, Candescent Raffia Coat in Milk, Wide Leather Belt in Ivory, and Ankle Strap T-Bar Wedge in Ivory. Opposite page: Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann. S E PM TA ER MCBH E R2 022012 01 0 0 5


linghurst. Simone, who oversees sales and production, has been by Nicky’s side since the early days of the brand. “I could never have achieved what we have without Simone. While the business has evolved and fashion has changed, Simone has been a voice of reason and a constant,” says Nicky. Shortly after opening this brick-and-mortar location, the dynamic duo boldly decided to fuse fashion and swimwear, ultimately propelling them into international waters. Zimmermann now carries much adored ready-to-wear and resort collections, boasts showrooms around the world with dedicated clients like the Duchess of Cambridge, and presents in New York Fashion Week. The Spring 2021 collection, Wild Botanica, was largely inspired by the beauty of their home country. “We often start a collection with a focus

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on print and this season I wanted to work with botanical art with an Australian focus—the unique floral shapes and the unexpected colour combinations. We thought about buoyant and diaphanous looks, balanced against crisp, masculine tailoring,” explains Nicky. These breathtaking prints were brought to life across a collection of looks including relaxed linen suiting, shorts and dresses secured by leather belts, wide leg trousers, and long line jackets. In addition to demonstrating their love for the environment artistically, the brand is also dedicated to creating beautiful clothes in a sustainable way. The company actively chooses to work with the most energy and water efficient production processes available, and has establishes long-term partnerships based on the highest standards of ethics. ◆


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Clockwise from left: Nicky Zimmermann, Zimmermann's creative director; Simone Zimmermann; Luminous Long Sleeve Mini in Lilac, Wide Leather Belt in Ivory, and Ankle Strap T-Bar Wedges in Ivory. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: The Botanica Teddy; the Botanica Crop Bodice in Book Print, Botanica Midi Skirt in Book Print, and Ankle Strap T-Bar Wedges in Ivory; the Agate & Chain Bracelet; the Quilted Canvas Slipper; the Trim Mini Boater. MARCH 2021 107


A selection of looks from Lauren Ralph Lauren.


THE LAUREN LOOK, A MODERN APPROACH TO FASHION

IT’S THE CLOSET of the future, thoughtfully reimagined. Ralph Lauren has revealed The Lauren Look, the company’s first subscription apparel rental initiative with the Lauren Ralph Lauren brand, making Ralph Lauren the first luxury brand to pioneer a fully articulated rental model. The Lauren Look offers consumers an innovative channel to engage and shop, and the platform is a smart approach to how consumers are building their wardrobes in a swiftly evolving (and increasingly digitally based) retail landscape.

The Lauren Look also provides an opportunity for the company to generate direct feedback and gain a deeper understanding of its consumer. “The Lauren Look allows us to explore an entirely new model tapping into the growing focus on the sharing economy and revolutionizing how we look at fashion consumption,” said David Lauren, Chief Innovation and Branding Officer. “Launching with Lauren, our most widely distributed and accessible brand, is a testament to the growth we see in this space and will MAR PC RH I L 22002210 1 0 9 0


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cap, they will be donated to Delivering Good, a non-profit company that provides support to those impacted by poverty and tragedy with new and gently used merchandise to offer hope, dignity, and self-esteem. Lauren Ralph Lauren has celebrated the modern lifestyle of today’s stylish woman for over 30 years. The clothes are both simple and stunning, pieces you can’t wait to wear.

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help us further anticipate the evolving needs and makeup of our consumer’s future closet.” In addition to supporting the reduction of clothing waste—mainly, by expanding the lifespan of garments that might otherwise be purchased and worn only a few times— the collections will be part of Ralph Lauren’s special afteruse program. Once the clothes have reached the rental


The closet of the future, thoughtfully reimagined. With the inception of The Lauren Look, this membership platform unlocks access to an ever-evolving selection of Lauren dresses, pants, tops, and more—as well as inspired suggestions from expert stylists on how to wear them. Opposite: Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls model looks from Ralph Lauren’s latest inititaive, The Lauren Look— the company’s first subscription apparel rental initiative with the Lauren Ralph P H OTO C R E D I T G O E S H E R E

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Starting at $125 per month, the size-inclusive subscription allows members to curate the ultimate fashion closet with looks from the most recent Lauren collections. Opposite: Lauren Ralph Lauren has celebrated the modern lifestyle of today’s stylish woman for over 30 years. For more information, visit thelaurenlook.com.


The basics are elevated. And the quality is top-notch. As a lifestyle brand, Lauren offers looks from day to night, weekday to weekend, and every moment in between. There are selections of sportswear, denim, and special occasion dressing. Now with the inception of The Lauren Look, this membership platform unlocks access to an ever-evolving selection of Lauren dresses, pants, tops, and more—as well as inspired suggestions from expert stylists on how to

wear them. Starting at $125 per month, the size-inclusive subscription allows members to curate the ultimate fashion closet with looks from the most recent Lauren collections. Once the curated closet is complete and favorite pieces are prioritized, members will receive their first shipments. When a member is finished with the pieces, they have the option to return the items to be replaced with new fashions or purchase the items they love at exclusive member prices. We can’t wait for you to experience it. u MARCH 2021 113


THE QUEST BEST– DRESSED LIST

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“Fashions fade, but style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent This year’s Best Dressed List reflects the simpler, more casually elegant world in which we now live. And who’s better to embrace this relaxed style than generations of Quest ladies on the pages ahead. As the sage Saint Laurent also expressed: “What’s important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” —grateful pub

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From left: Christin Schwarzman dressed in red at The Costume Institute’s “In Pursuit of Fashion:The Sandy Schreier Collection” Opening Viewing Reception at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Carol Mack and Deeda Blair attend a book signing to celebrate Charlotte Moss Decorates at Ralph Lauren in New York City.


tee of the Central Park Conservancy Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon at The Conservatory Garden; Designer Carolina Herrera waves on the runway wearing her signature crisp white shirt at the Carolina Herrera fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 8, 2014 in New York City. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Audrey Gruss, Founder and Chair of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) and creator of Hope Fragrances, named for her late mother, Hope, photographed for Quest in 2016 by Harry Benson; Pauline Pitt with two of her daschunds, Bea and Gus, while the adorable Maddie sits at her feet; Aerin Lauder seated on a Thunderbird photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank for American Beauty. 116 QUEST

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From left: Marisa Noel Brown at The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s 7th Annual Winter Lunch at The Rainbow Room; Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard, the sisters-in-law design duo behind namesake fashion label, Veronica Beard. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Jamee Gregory smiling in a snappy red and white ensemble; Emilia Saint-Amanda at The Rockefeller University Women & Science Spring Lecture and Luncheon in New York City; Dylan Lauren at the Ralph Lauren Spring 2019 Collection Show.

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From left: Amanda Brooks with her daughter, Coco Brooks, at a book signing event for Amanda Brooks’ book at Ralph Lauren in East Hampton; Lauren Bush Lauren modeling a FEED bag. FEED J O E S C H I L D H O R N / B FA . CO M ; F E E D P RO J E C TS

Projects was started in 2006 when the model and activist (and now also a wife and mom) designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding operations. Opposite page, clockwise from left: Hilary Geary Ross with her granddaughter at Central Park Conservancy’s 2019 Playground Partners Annual Family Party; Jessica Koch dons a cozy leopard coat; model Lauren Layne Merck looking naturally beautiful at sunset. ◆ MARCH 2021 123


One of Juan Montoya’s stunning tropical layouts that expertly blends interior design with nature. Opposite: Designing Paradise: Tropical Interiors by Juan Montoya (Rizzoli).


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A PENCHANT FOR PARADISE BY ALEX TRAVERS JUAN MONTOYA’S creative ideas and impulses have bloomed into some of the most stunning tropical residences in the world. With Montoya, the observer is transported to the sui generis setting of the artist’s mind, where a harmonious blend of nature and architecture form a most soothing style. In Designing Paradise: Tropical Interiors by Juan Montoya (Rizzoli), we are transported to many Montoya-designed residences that occupy ravishing sites in Punta Mita, Mexico, Casa de Campo, MARCH 2021 125


Montoya’s tropical paradise. Opposite, clockwise from above: An interior design by Montoya: Outdoor beauty; Juan Montoya, one of the most acclaimed and prolific designers today, studied architecture in

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Bogotá and interior design at New York’s Parsons School of Design.


Dominican Republic, Miami Beach, Fisher Island, and other idyllic oceanfront locales. As much as these homes are escapist fantasias, they are also inextricably rooted to their geographic locations and their regional cultures. And, while their sense of luxury is palpable, so is their lack of pretension, the practicality that makes them functional for the families who reside there—and their resilience to the

natural conditions in which they are found. Those whose homes were designed by Montoya luxuriate in open-air pavilions with endless views of sea and sand, on sweeping terraces with glimmering pools and dramatic sunsets, and in sumptuous interiors with blue-and-white tiles, intricate beadwork, global textiles, and thatched roofs. Featuring several never-before-seen residences—including


the Mark de Reus designed Noctiluca on the Mexican Pacific shore, which needed two chapters so the property can be seen in its entirety—Designing Paradise will no doubt delight any interior design enthusiasts with a penchant for seaside living and armchair travelers who relish an escape to paradise. Montoya, one of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers today, studied architecture in Bogotá and interior design at New York’s Parsons School of Design. Following two years of work and study in Paris and Milan, he returned to New York where he founded his interiors firm in 1978. Montoya has designed all manner of modern interiors—from sprawling, luxurious Park Avenue penthouses to Parisian piedsà-terre, Montana fishing lodges. He has even created rambling private estates (and their gardens), movie studios, and resorts. His oeuvre draws on a wide vocabulary of genres so deftly cross-pollinated that they defy easy classification. Fortunately, this book allows a glimpse into his world. u 10208QQUUE ES ST T


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“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” —Oscar de la Renta Above, the legendary designer sits beside Audrey Hepburn in Estoril, Portugal as the actress enjoys a plate of pasta in 1968. In the following pages we celebrate Quest’s favorite arbiters of that elusive, five-letter term known as “style.” Their sense of it has endured throughout the years, and will continue to do so for many years to come. 130 QUEST


Clockwise from top left: Diana Vreeland, Iris Love, and Carolina Herrera at Mortimer’s, 1984; An 18-year-old Princess Caroline

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of Monaco debuted a full fringe alongside a plunging neckline during an evening visit to L’Aventure nightclub in Paris, 1975; Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Peter Beard seated together in a theater in December of 1973.

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Counterclockwise from top right: Marella Agnelli sunning sunning herself with friend and future sisterin-law, Maria Sole Agnelli; Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront, 1954; ‘Dip in Diamonds’- Princess Margaret, aged 32, happily bathing in her tub at Kensington Palace wearing the Potimore’ tiara photographed by her husband, Lord Snowdon, 1962. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Lee Radziwill and Truman Capote circa 1966; First Lady Barbara Bush watching First Dog Mildred “Millie”

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Kerr Bush nursing her pups hours after delivery, March 24, 1989; Fleur Cowles at home, circa 1975.

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Ralph’s Club for the Raalph Lauren Fall 2019 Collection Show; Prince Charles on a walk with school-mates and a schoolmistress, London, 1957. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Tilberis, Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, with Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, 1992; Queen Elizabeth II looking chic in a lavender coat that she sported over a matching dress while waving beside Prince Philip on board a boat during her Silver Jubilee year in 1977; a young Jacqueline de Ribes dressed in a bikini while holding a camera in a shot from 1966; Grace Jones, one of Andy Warhol’s most revolutionary and captivating muses; Minnie Cushing getting cozy on a dock with art dealer Tom Benson in 1974. 134 QUEST

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NEW, BRIGHT BEGINNINGS SPRING IS here, and so is J.McLaughlin’s latest collection for the season. Last month, the brand reported that its short-sleeve cashmere sweater—“unexpected, and a little 1990s,” as they described it—was a huge hit with customers who work from home but also want to look and feel great. But now, as the temperatures rise and a high 40–degree day starts to feel like summer (at least in New York City), J.McLaughlin is launching a colorful collection of dresses, shirts, jeans, and light-weight jackets that we just can’t wait 136 QUEST

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The Rebekka Jumpsuit—featuring its lovely, vibrant floral prints—and the latest menswear looks from J.McLaughlin; a selection of Wicker Box Bags (inset), all available this Spring at select J.McLaughlin locations and online.


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to get out hands on this spring. (Oh, and did we mention must-have accessories?) We here at Quest are gushing over the Rebekka Jumpsuit and its vibrant prints. And for those cooler days, we can’t wait to show off the chic Ressie Blazer, layered with J.McLaughlin’s Morrison Sweater. If you’ve escaped the Big Apple for Palm Beach this season, head over the J.McLaughlin’s Worth Avenue store, and check out their latest offerings, which are sure to impress for outdoor dining and small events. After all, who isn’t ready to go out and get dressed up again? u


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The purse drive for the Old Bags Luncheon in Via Amore.

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Clockwise from top left: Jill Gallagher and Beth Brown; Kristen Bardin and Fabiana DesRosiers; Stephanie Eady and Whitney Hesse; Kent Anderson and Samantha Cerney; Sarah Cooke, Michael Reinert and Stacey Leuliette.

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OLD BAGS LUNCHEON’S PURSE DRIVE IN PALM BEACH LAST MONTH, the Center for Family Services hosted a purse drive in Via Amore in anticipation of the annual Old Bags Luncheon, which will take place in March. Guests enjoyed soft sounds of an acoustic guitar, Champagne, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Daniella Ortiz, the luncheon’s co-chair, also unveiled a one-of-kind bag she designed for the event. The drive resulted in more than 65 handbag donations. MARCH 2021 141


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ALVIN VALLEY’S DINNER AT CAVALIER GALLERIES IN PALM BEACH FASHION DESIGNER Alvin Valley, along with Ron Cavalier and Lindsay Ebanks, hosted an intimate dinner to honor art patron Libbie Mugrabi, artist Guy Stanley Philoche, and photographer Nathan Coe. Throughout the pandemic, Philoche vowed that for every work he sold, he would purchase the work of another artist. “Art saved my life, so I decided to share my success with other emerging artists and started the Philoche collection.” That evening, collector Andy Goldfarb purchased two works by Philoche, who, in turn, purchased a work by Nathan Coe.

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“LADIES WHO APRÈS” EVENT IN ASPEN OVER PRESIDENT’S Day Weekend, Stephanie Nass and Jayma Cardoso hosted an après ski cocktail hour at Dante, a New York City-based bar and restaurant that popped up at The Snow Lodge for the season. The venue—a spin-off of Montauk’s popular Surf Lodge owned by Cardoso—is located at the base of Aspen Mountain and features an outdoor patio, live music, and fire pits. Nass, a culinary influencer known as Chefanie, decorated the area with tableware from her own line. u

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THE STEREOTYPICAL hairdresser is flamboyant and gossipy, an uber-trendy airhead. Pam Beach stylist Julio Iguchi is in no way that kind of guy. He is gentle, focused, very professional, and utterly respectful. Julio’s place, formally known as Shibui, opened 13 years ago, and is, like many successful salons, a very buzzy kind of environment. But Iguchi makes certain that the service his customers get is serious business and not at all ephemeral. And the 19 others who work there are told to maintain a similar outlook. “There’s no attitude allowed,” he says. “It’s important to give our clients the best service, to always make them comfortable with what you’re doing, to listen to them, and if you don’t agree with what they want, to do your best to adapt their requests in a way that pleases them.” When faced with a client who asks him for a cut that he feels would not be flattering, Iguchi says he comes up with a solution that results in “the prettiest ugly” possible. That may be why when a group of some of the most stylish women in town are sharing who does their hair, a majority will respond, “Well, Julio, of course.” The stylist is known as an expert colorist, as well as a seasoned 144 QUEST

shearer. “I love Julio because he is the best colorist in the world,” beams New York and Palm Beach fashion influencer Melanie Charlton Fowler. “I have tried them all, in New York and L.A., and no one is better with color than Julio—no one!” Longtime Palm Beacher Cynthia Boardman, who has been going to Shibui for about 10 years, admires Iguchi’s “great skills.” She also finds his cheerful demeanor and the salon’s non-circusy atmosphere appealing. “He’s always on time, and really pays attention, which is terrific since I’ve had bad experiences with other stylists.” Nancy Smith of Palm Beach has been a Julio disciple for 25 years, going to him for cut and color prior to the opening of Shibui. “I think anyone can style hair, but he’s gifted in being able to give you a look that’s believable.” “Going to see Julio always lifts my spirits and makes me laugh,” says Gail Rudnick, who Iguchi sees as especially one of most style savvy clients. “His salon is a place where you can forget the stresses of life for a brief moment. “And he’s a real pro, always respectful and always on time.”u —Robert Janjigian

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Quest Magazine March 2021  

Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...

Quest Magazine March 2021  

Like the scion of a once-great dynasty, Quest is the last magazine devoted to Society with a capital S, covering the socially prominent in N...

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