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THE CAN’T-MISS GALLERIES DOWNTOWN
The top exhibits to see this
fall, including Peter Freeman’s Deadeye Dick. by Alex TrAvers
108 DOWNTOWN: THE HOT NEW MARKETS Our top real estate agents offer their insights on the thriving downtown markets. by brooke kelly
STEP ASIDE, UPPER EAST SIDE
Quest ventures out of its uptown comfort
zone to discover what’s hot downtown—and in Brooklyn. by brooke kelly
THE GIFT OF SOUND AND PLAY
A new show at MAD Museum examines
the close relationship between space and sound. by Alex TrAvers
THE GREAT JACK O’LANTERN BLAZE
For the 13th year in a row, over 7,000
hand-carved creations will illuminate Van Cortlandt Manor. by brooke kelly
FIFTY YEARS OF FASHIONING THE AMERICAN DREAM
In a new book
from Rizzoli, Ralph Lauren celebrates 50 years in the biz. by DAnIel CAppello
THE BEST OF DOWNTOWN SHOPPING
Shop ’till you drop at these New York
retail gems for all your fall and winter clothing needs. by Alex TrAvers
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British countryside chic beckons, and Purdey has the sartorial solution. by DAnIel CAppello
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YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST
The social scene heats back up, triggering memories.
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Our photog recalls capturing Leo Castelli down in SoHo back in the day.
Taking a stance on fake news, and whether it’s really new or not.
Private Staffing Group has the perfect solution for your household needs. by leslIe loCke Shopping with uptown/downtown flair. by DAnIel CAppello AnD elIzAbeTh meIgher An inside guide to the hottest colleges of the moment, as reported back in 2005.
Jeannette Watson’s revealing memoir, It’s My Party, is a must-read. by DAvID pATrICk ColumbIA Piero Lissoni’s first model home at the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. Meera Gandhi’s uplifting spirit serves as an inspiration to all.
After the recent hurricanes, Casa de Campo is fully re-opened and operational. by Alex TrAvers The Emily Trevor Townhouse, an architectural marvel, is for sale. by ChrIsTIAn emAnuel Our comprehensive guide to all the best events, gatherings, and charity galas. On the party scene at NYFW. b y A lex T rAvers
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El Museo del Barrio’s evening extravaganza for the Day of the Dead. by DAnIel CAppello
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Clockwise from left: Waterfront jogging along Hudson River Park; a Fall 2012 campaign shot from Ralph Lauren’s 50th-anniversary book; cross streets in SoHo; the colorful Colonial Revival–style houses of the MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District, in Greenwich Village.
ion eye to work in a downtown shopping piece, and, speaking of fashion, I’m happy to share scenes from Ralph Lauren, an updated volume celebrating the designer’s 50th anniversary of both uptown and downtown style. If, like me, you’re contemplating a move in the near future, you’ll want to check out what some of the city’s top brokers have to say about the downtown market. Our real estate section is a reminder of downtown’s exploding desirability, and how much it has to offer. According to some of the professionals we spoke with, a lot of uptowners are forgoing Central Park views and heading south—some to be closer to their kids and grandkids, some because downtown makes them feel more youthful. That’s the thing I love about us New Yorkers, no matter what neighborhood we call home—we’re all striving to stay young at heart. u
Daniel Cappello ON THE COVER: The style blogger Lindsey Lutz in SoHo during New York Fashion Week, wearing a Dion Lee velvet mini dress, Isabel Marant shiny T-shirt, and Stuart Weitzman black booties. From her blog, lifelutzurious.com. For our own downtown shopping guide in this issue, visit page 134.
C A RTE R B E R G ( R A LP H L AU R E N ) ; G U I D E TO NYC L A N DM A R K S
LIKE MANY New Yorkers, I’ve called many different neighborhoods home, but downtown was always it for me. For a long time, I lived at the northern tip of what was—and still is—quite the perfect perch: a small, movie set–like strip on MacDougal Street that’s home to the MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District. This unspoiled stretch of colorful Colonial Revival– style houses looks more like Charleston than Manhattan. They even share a very neat communal garden with the equally cheerful houses behind them on Sullivan Street. Though I can’t claim to have occupied one myself, I had something maybe even better: the fifth floor in the building adjacent, with unfettered views of the garden. That view made getting up for work extra easy in those days. Then again, what’s not to love about the Village? I’d sometimes spot Richard Gere walking one of his kids to school, or cross paths with Anna Wintour’s pressed laundry hanging near mine at the dry cleaner down the street (she lives in one of those famous houses on the Sullivan Street side). I’d take runs along Hudson River Park, with the Battery as my benchmark. When you call that your morning jog, you don’t even need headphones—Carly Simon’s “Let The River Run” just plays itself. At night, after work, I loved rolling into Lupa or Bar Pitti for pasta. Who would ever give that up? Well, that’s the thing about New York. This city keeps us on the move—and moving. And when it comes to real estate, what’s old is new and what’s new is old—or, downtown is the new uptown (and vice versa). It’s a constant game changer. At Quest, we know our uptown territory well, but we are downtowners, too—so, for the second year in a row, we present our Downtown Issue. Though it would be a fool’s game to try to encapsulate all that is downtown in 144 pages, this is our glossy-paged view of some favorite things that beckon us below 14th Street, like Alex Travers’ tour of the art galleries, or Brooke Kelly’s neighborhood guide. Alex also puts his fash-
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NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY NEW YORK’S BACK IN TOWN. School’s open right
after Labor Day, of course, and so the tradition stands. But the many who don’t have the matter of getting their kids off to the institutions of learning, and have a comfortable abode or shelter out by some beach or off on some
mountain, stay away until things start to heat up on the social calendar. This year, for me, who mainly stayed in town over the summer months with the exception of a jaunt to Nantucket and an overnight in East Hampton, the season all started at the Café
Carlyle on the first Tuesday in September, when Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, along with their pianist, Bill Cantos, bass guitarist, Hussain Jiffry, and Michael Shapiro on drums put on an hour-and-a-half concert. It’s one of those shows that explains why this man
has sold 72 million record albums, and on his own label, A&M Records. He gets to you. His wife of 43 years, Lani, accompanies with her voice. She started her career as the soloist on the Brasil ’66 album. And all of it lifts you up to the pleasure a great musical
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A evening presented by what feels like your own friends in their living room. I don’t know Mr. Alpert, who is now in his mid-80s, but age and numbers never get in the way of his entertaining us folks. Today Herb Alpert, still performing live, still cutting records, is also major philanthropist in America, with the enormous fortune derived from his many hits, some of which we heard that night, including “This Guy’s In Love With You,” which everyone in the audience was invited to sing along to; “What Now My Love,” “I’m Yours,” “Michelle,” “Coney Island,” “Something,” “Tijuana Brass
Medley,” “Brasil ’66 Medley,” an Antônio Carlos Jobim medley, and much more. Obviously you can’t catch his act by now, but the next time, if you have the opportunity, Go… It’s rewarding for your pleasure and peace of mind (remember “peace of mind”?). The following day, the first Wednesday of the month, the Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology hosted its annual luncheon on the promenade of the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This is a big event with several hundred guests, mainly women putting their best foot forward and happy to be back in town and on the go.
This year they honored Thom Browne. Whoopi Goldberg, hilarity aside, talked about her friendship with the designer whose work she admires and whose clothes she wears. They raised almost a million dollars for the museum. The following week, it should be noted, we were all focused much of our days on the Hurricane Harvey, and then Irma and the earthquake in Mexico, and our friends and families in harm’s way potentially or truly. Meanwhile, here in town, New Yorkers for Children held its 18th annual fall gala. The cochairs for the evening were Vanessa and Henry Cornell,
Lise and Michael Evans, Tristana Waltz and Grier Eliasek, and Sara and Nathaniel Zilkha. The black-tie evening coincidentally is also a fashion event (during Fashion Week), as the younger set turns out in glamour and chic and camera-ready. They raised almost $1 million for the charity, which works to transform the lives of thousands of youth in foster care in New York, preparing them for their lives as independent and educated adults. That same week, on a busy Monday in the late afternoon at Sotheby’s, the latest Oscar de la Renta spring collection, designed by his former assistants Fernando Garcia
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and Laura Kim, was shown before a large crowd. And then later at 8 p.m., Carolina Herrera’s spring collection was shown in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art on West 54th Street. Same night, same town, Liz and Jeff Peek hosted their annual summer’sover-welcome-back cocktail party at their Park Avenue penthouse. At the same hour, a few blocks south of the Peeks’, Erica Jong and Ken Burrows hosted a booksigning party at their home for their friend Ken Follett and his new book, A Column of Fire. 26 QUEST
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While over at Majorelle, Charles Masson’s new restaurant in the Lowell Hotel, international interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield hosted one of his exquisite dinner parties in honor of his friends from London Kai and Nick Spencer. Geoffrey is a consummate host, one of the last men (or women) standing who entertains his guests with a generosity and elegance that sets the tone and makes everyone comfortable and convivial. It was also a special night for the host who was born and grew up in South Africa and was celebrating on this day his 40th anniversary of becoming a U.S. citizen.
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Champagne, caviar, and canapés followed by a delicious Majorelle dinner served at a long table for 24 in one of the restaurants semiprivate rooms. Same night, same restaurant, just around the corner from Geoffrey’s party, Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera dining after the showing of her collection, with their friends Emilia and Pepe Fanjul and Arianna and Dixon Boardman. On Thursday, that same week, with yet another beautiful late-summer day, with temperatures in the high 70s and some humidity but not distracting and uncomfortable, I went over to
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A museum. There is so much to see, so much to look at— so much wonder. As I do every time I visit the Met, I was chastising myself for not going more often—only a mile and a half down the same 83rd Street from my apartment. Exiting the Met from the top of the steps I took a picture of the Benjamin Duke House on the corner of East 82nd Street facing the museum steps. The mansion was built between 1899 and 1901 as a spec house for one family—eight stories high and 20,000 square feet. It was designed in the Beaux Arts style. The interior was French Renaissance, and it
was decorated mainly with Louis XV–style furniture. Duke’s brother, James B. Duke, father of Doris Duke, bought the house six years later in 1907 and lived there until his own mansion at 1 East 78th Street was ready for occupancy in 1912. After James moved out, Angier Buchanan Duke, son of Benjamin, moved in until 1919 when his sister, Mary Duke, married Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr., and they moved in. Different members of the Duke family owned the house for more than a century—until 2006, when it was sold for $40 million to Tamir Sapir, who sold it four
years later to Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire. Slim paid $44 million. Five years later he put it on the market for $80 million. Both Duke houses are New York City Landmarks, thankfully, and will remain standing with their original exteriors. Meanwhile, across the sea, over in France, on that Tuesday Prince Amyn Aga Khan (Amyn to his many friends) celebrated his 80th birthday at a party for 600 guests, many from the United States. He is the younger brother (by a year) of Karim, the Aga Khan IV, and a half-brother of our Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (Yazzie to all her friends), the daughter
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U.K., including Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Marina of Greece, Alexandra de Borchgrave, Countess Christina Pucci (widow of Emilio), Françoise Gallimard, Philippe Mendes, Mme. Hubert GuerrandHermès, Emmanuel Ducamp, Michael York, Infanta Pilar of Spain, Baroness Hélène de Ludinghausen, and Princess Jeane-Marie de Breuil. On Thursday of the same week, I was invited by Andrew Saffir of the Cinema Society to the “world premiere” of Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards. Manolo being Mr. Blahnik, the international women’s 30 QUEST
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shoe designer. I had wanted to see it for a couple of reasons, the first being what motivated the legend, and the second because it was at the Frick. The Frick is not some other screening room. Your presence there announces something quite contrary. It is at times a wonder, a solace, and an elevation of spirit. It’s also got what they used to say in show business: “class.” Premiering Manolo there was top of the line as these “public” screenings go. The Cinema Society is a brilliant marketer of product, and here was the evidence. From the beginning, it was a
pleasure just to be there. I got there on time but it turned out to be too early. Waiters in black tie were holding trays of sparkling water or Champagne. The limited guest list—the Frick’s lecture/screening room cannot hold more than 175 or so—had a good cross-section of fashion and social people. In the crowd I spotted Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera (who were seated with Manolo), Kristina Blahnik, James Cabourne (executive producer), Mario Testino, Bianca Jagger, Rachel Roy, Sarah Wynter, Olivia Grant, Amy
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Astley, Anne McNally, Erin Fetherston and Gabriel Saporta, Indre Rockefeller, Joan Juliet Buck, Tonne Goodman, Veronica Webb, Sante D’Orazio, Iris Apfel, Amy Fine Collins, Valerie Simpson, Jennifer Creel, Daniel Benedict, Whitney Fairchild, Debbie Bancroft, Ashley Haas, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Adam Lippes, Allison Sarofim, Jazmin Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Louisa Warwick, and many more. I’d never met Manolo. Still haven’t (I don’t think), although I’ve seen him more than once at Michael’s restaurant. He’s
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A a commanding figure with white hair that betrays his youthful personality. You can’t not like him, male or female. And women obviously adore him. At the end of the film, Isaac Mizrahi comments that one of the phenomena of Manolo’s work (his shoes) is that women find them “so comfortable” no matter how high the heel. Coincidentally on that Saturday night, I had dinner with a friend and told her I had seen the film. Her first response was her joy in owning two pairs and that they are “so comfortable.” Another friend of mine who now owns more than two pairs told me that one
summer when she was in college she had a part-time job in a restaurant so that she could buy a pair. They were then $375. All she earned in that part-time job. She still has them, and sometimes still wears them. The man himself is an artist, born and bred. He grew up on a remote Spanish Canary Island, where the little boy would catch lizards and make shoes out of candy wrappers for them. This childhood fascination has remained with him entirely. You could say the man’s life is to make shoes, beautiful shoes that flatter the women who wear them. I could go on and on about
the wonders of Manolo, a very charming man with an almost (but not quite) childlike sense of humor. But you must see this film for the sheer pleasure of learning about him. His life is surrounded by beauty, and it’s from within as well. His greatest pleasure each day is to go to his factory and personally make the sample. It’s a Technicolor movie of a Technicolor life with a message for those feet that move it forward. Among those who were interviewed in the film besides Mizrahi were Paloma Piccaso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Rihanna, Karlie Kloss, André Leon Talley, and Anna
Wintour. It was an additional pleasure to see Ms. Wintour, whom I do not know, never having met her and only having seen her numerous times from across a crowded room. The public image (without voice) is rather like viewing ice wrapped in silks and cashmere. A very goodlooking woman, she’s not a candidate for warm and cuddly from the looks of her. However, on film, you see quite a different image. She’s girlish and charming when talking about her friend Manolo, and, on-camera, with her champagne voice, reveals herself to be truly that person. She only wears Manolo, she said. You get it;
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you can see on-screen what a pleasure his comfortable shoes can bring out in a lady. The man himself is very garrulous and easy to laugh at himself and his likes and passions. There was a bit in the film about his meeting Diana Vreeland, then editor of Vogue in the early 1960s, when he had first come on the fashion scene with his shoes. He was so in awe of the lady that he literally couldn’t open his mouth to respond to her enthusiastic interest in his work. It was if he had met an honest-to-God legend. Leaving the Frick after the screening (which was followed by a Champagne reception 34 QUEST
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along with a hundred additional guests for it), I was thinking about Mrs. Vreeland and her response to meeting the great shoe designer. It brought to mind another screening of another documentary five years ago about this time on a Saturday night when publicist Peggy Siegal ran a big screening at MoMA in its big theater for Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documenta-
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ry based on her book, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, about her grandmotherin-law, the late Diana Vreeland. There were several hundred in that audience, including Lizzie and Jon Tisch, Alexander Vreeland, Hope Atherton, André Balazs, Christine Baranski, Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto, Natasha Bedingfield, Nate Berkus, Hannah Bronfman, Sophie Buhai,
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A sha Markova, Tamara Mellon, Carlos Mota, Bridget Moynahan, Lauren Remington Platt, Anja Rubik, Marina Rust, Gabe Saporta, Brooke Shields, Peter Som, Franca Sozzani, Tennessee Thomas, Robert Verdi, and Arden Wohl. This is a scant identification list because as many of the above mentioned were 20and 30-somethings who came after the lady’s reign as the empress of fashion editors; there were many others present who were old enough to know the lady, or know whom she was in the world. Mrs. Vreeland died in 1989. Many others were too young to understand who
she was, and so they didn’t know about her allure and her charisma. And the fun of it all. This film grabbed them. She was famous in the publishing and fashion worlds when she was editor of Harper’s Bazaar and then Vogue, but it was a compartmental fame, known in her industry and by her readership. However, her image gained stature with age, after she left Vogue, with professional reversals, and her moving over to the Metropolitan Museum to run the Costume Institute. I met her three or four times, the first time most memorably in 1980 here in New York. I was with Lady
Sarah Churchill and Suzie Frankfort and Bob Colacello at Suzie’s apartment on a Sunday afternoon. I shared Manolo’s awe on first meeting the lady. Sarah and I had come in from California for a business matter. She had known Vreeland for years. Despite her Americanization, Sarah was still very British with her French quips—describing Vreeland beforehand as “belle laide.” To me the moment rests in memory as being like an “audience” with the lady; sitting there on an ottoman, one leg crossed under her, wearing a large black and white houndstooth suit,
black stockings and shoes— she was a character of simple, smart distinction. Suzie had arranged the meeting because she knew I had wanted to “meet” her, and Bob Colacello was doing a piece in Interview on Lady Sarah at home in Beverly Hills. Caught in my mind’s eye, sitting across from me was this woman who wore a big natural grin, in a room still lighted only by the midafternoon sun and shadows. Sarah’s description of her was technically correct but not quite adequate. Her physicalness was secondary to her vibe: she was just there, and glad to be there, and curious. Or so
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it seemed. This is unusual behavior for people who have some public prominence— especially in media and show business. They have all kinds of excuses for not being there when they are, all of which adds up to a kind of proletarian snobbery, otherwise known to me as “high-school” gravitas. Not Vreeland. I don’t know how we got onto the subject, but I was telling her about the diaries of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, which I’d been reading, and about Marie Antoinette and the affair of the muslins. The French explorers had returned to France from what 38 QUEST
is now Central America with, among their possessions, some Native American women who were presented at court to Louis XVI and the Queen. The Queen was so taken by their muslin dresses that she had them made up for herself and for her ladies of the court, and then painted in an official portrait. The portrait caused a sensation in the court— against the Queen for dressing inappropriately. A queen did not wear muslins, something comparable to wearing silk underwear outside and uncovered. Another nail in the coffin that was building against
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her, unbeknownst to poor Antoinette. It was an entirely innocent choice on her part, yet the matter of the muslins in the royal portrait ironically presaged not only her fate but also the Revolution. Mrs. Vreeland hadn’t known the story and loved it. In the documentary about her, you learn, as she admits, that she had no education, but was a natural learner and always learning. That afternoon at Suzie Frankfurt’s, Mrs. Vreeland was entirely engaged. It was the way she looked at you (i.e., the way she looked at me)—a stranger looking at
a stranger full of curiosity and simply glad to see a new person. She gave you the same opportunity—to look and to listen also. This is not habit among most of us no matter our status. It is especially unusual among those who are regarded (including self-regarding themselves) as quite important compared to the rest of us. Mrs. Vreeland lived in that world. She later in the conversation commented on my “most amazing eyes.” That isn’t how she put it because it was much more imaginative, but highly flattering to feel interest
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A by such a remarkable personality. I think what was showing was my intense, almost childlike curiosity. I saw her a couple of times after that in Los Angeles, once at a dinner party at Jean Howard’s (another unique character of fashion although entirely different) on Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills. Mrs. Vreeland seemed a bit like a fish out of water at the dinner party, outdoors in the courtyard of Jean’s hacienda where the energy of New York seems almost sedated by the southern California climate. I knew her son Tim, who was interviewed in the documentary, in Los
Angeles. I would see him every now and then at a dinner. He was a tall, slim agreeable man, like Gary Cooper; an architect with a gracious, gentle manner. I emphasize that because the film about her demonstrates that both her sons had the same kindness that you got from their mother’s eyes. I don’t doubt her other son, Frederick (always known as Frecky), whom I did not know, had the same quality. It is a very winning quality. There’s a smile and a tenderness to it. Although both boys remembered her as not putting too much emphasis on their childhood. Tim confided—without an-
ger—that when he was a kid he used to “wish” he had “another mom” (who paid some attention to him). Nevertheless, the grown sons recognize the uniqueness of their amazing mother. In the documentary about her, there are clips from her interview with Dick Cavett after she’d been kicked out of Vogue and had a triumph at the Costume Institute at the Met. The firing came as a result of Alex Liberman, who had an executive power that sounds like it resembled a tyrannical impresario or director. Liberman was a controversial figure, and his stepdaughter Francine du Plessix
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fashion editor, which is not to say she was “better than,” etc.—although some might successfully argue that she was. What it was, I’ve concluded, was that the magazines were her easels, her palettes for her own brand of pastiche and real beauty. She was just a remarkable piece of human art. There was a lot of heart in it—always just around the corner, just outside the cottage door. She was cozy and spectacular at the same time. She came of age when Chanel was putting women in pants for the first time in recorded history of the human race. She was affected deeply by the transformation. Over time, she had acquired (or streamlined) the madness—I don’t know the word, but the French have one I’m sure—that was her kind of genius. It bloomed fully. Like any
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exceptional or great artist. You can see I loved watching it. Ali McGraw was one of those interviewed about her. Ali had been a young assistant (lowly, very lowly) in Mrs. V’s office. She recounted one of those scenes right out of Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Vreeland coming in in the morning and flinging her coat at McGraw as she entered the office. Put off by it, one day McGraw threw it back at her. Shocked, Vreeland stopped and said: “That is very rude.” The young assistant didn’t last long but she went on not long after to become a great movie star of the age when Vreeland was being removed from Vogue. All the people interviewed in the film were interesting because the subject was so interesting. Everyone
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A had a good story about her and at the bottom of it was a respect and often affection as well as admiration. Her mother told her at a very young age that she was ugly: “Your sister is beautiful and you are ugly.” Thanks, Mom. Evidently she told her enough times that the child got the message. So what did she do? She went out in life and found all the beauty. Everywhere. And in everything. And everybody. And enjoyed it the way you’d think a beautiful woman would. She lived to be 86. Kenny Lane told me that Saturday night of the screening that the business in Full Gallop
(the play written about her by Mark Hampton—not the interior designer—and Mary Louise Wilson, who played her in the original production) about her not having money to pay the cook, and having to borrow from Kitty Miller’s cook, wasn’t true. She had enough money but the story worked as a good dramatic device. But the film shows you that in the latter years of her great successes both at magazines and the Costume Institute, she’d become something of a performer, playing herself on camera or “in the room.” My memory of her at that time of our meeting was
mainly of her presence. She wasn’t playing to anyone. She had definite charisma to a stranger, and probably to many to who knew her well; it was like watching a great actress enjoying a great personal performance. Although off-camera that “performance” was toned down a few decibels, because she was basically a listener and an observer. In the film she makes several references to horses— racehorses especially—and their movement, and their beauty. You understand that that is how she related to herself. In a funny way, it was her mother’s harsh, apparently insensitive
comments that gave her the eye for beauty—The Eye Has to Travel—including that within herself. We do work that way, as humanoids, when we’re in the best of form. Like a great racehorse. It was a wonderful experience seeing not only what this woman was, and what she did, but WHO she was—a rather remarkable creature whose self was her greatest masterpiece. It must have been quite a pleasing eye-opener to the younger viewers at the screening. After the screening, I was walking with Mary Hilliard and Kenny Lane talking about Mrs. Vreeland because Kenny knew her well and
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saw her frequently over the years. We were talking about her tendency to “embellish” stories so that it could sometimes be hard for a biographer to distinguish the “truth” from Vreeland’s “creative imagination.” Kenny told us of the time when Deep Throat was the big sensation (a porno film, in fact), and everyone was sneaking off to see it. One day Diana and he were discussing seeing a movie, and she asked him if he had seen Sore Throat. Without correcting her title of it, he asked her if she’d like to see it. She said yes. So they went. She loved it. 46 QUEST
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One day a few weeks later, she and he were invited to lunch at Kitty (Mrs. Gilbert) Miller’s apartment (both Miller and Vreeland lived in the same building—550 Park Avenue). At the lunch they were discussing movies, and Kitty Miller asked Diana what she had seen lately. Diana responded by telling Mrs. Miller that she had taken another neighbor, Mrs. Clarkson Carr, a very proper dowager in everybody’s eyes, to see Deep Throat. Miller was shocked. Vreeland was delighted. Fade out. Postscript to September. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon Amanda Powers
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Avant-garde art dealer Leo Castelli with Paddy outside his SoHo Gallery, 1979.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY ALREADY A LEGEND when we met on a wet autumn day in 1979 at a restaurant in SoHo, Leo Castelli was sitting at an outdoor table with his handsome Dalmatian, Paddy, by his side. The art dealer extraordinaire, known for his cutting-edge eye in discovering incredible new talents, had moved his uptown gallery to SoHo around 1971. I photographed him sitting outside the gallery at 420 West Broadway with Paddy, himself a living work of modern art. Castelli couldn’t get any better. He loved his dog, who went everywhere with him. Peter Schjeldahl wrote a terrific piece on Castelli in the June 7, 2010, issue of The New Yorker titled “Leo the Lion: How the Castelli gallery changed the art world.” Schjeldahl captured his essence better than anyone when he wrote: “Leo (almost no one who met him even once called him anything else) wielded custom-tailored ways of making people feel special—all people, because he crowned his Continental glamour with a faintly comic and completely endearing American-style openness.” And it was true. Leo had the knack of making you feel special when you were with him—a rare talent that very few people have mastered. His life would make a brilliant film—from privileged birth to the twists and turns of a fascinating career peppered with a most colorful private life to boot! u 66 QUEST
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Clockwise from top left: Vladimir Lenin during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917; current Russian president Vladimir Putin; the 16th-century Saint Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square plaza of Moscow, Russia.
THIS MONTH MARKS 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution that eventually held all of Eastern Europe and the great landmass of Russia under a cruel communist rule. For years following the event, intellectuals and commentators starting with the New York Times assumed that the revolution was a regrettable necessity, which swept away a repressive ancient regime. This view, of course, was false, and based on left-wing propaganda circulated by fellow travelers among western universities and the media. Walter Duranty, the Times man in Moscow, won a Pulitzer Prize based on his false denials that the Moscow-induced starvation 68 QUEST
of the Ukraine never happened. Only about 20 million died, but the Times still proudly exhibits the prize in the hall of shame (another 50 million died in the Gulag, incidentally). One hundred years later, and 25 years after the collapse of communism, we read in the Times and watch on CNN that Russia has used “fake Americans” to tilt the 2016 election towards Trump. Who were these fake Americans who threw the election Donald’s way? We also hear that the Russian interference has raised the cackles of Americans everywhere. I’ve been asking around trying to find these angry Americans, but the only things I hear
are “I read it somewhere” or “I heard it on TV.” Something tells me the fix is in, because even the egregious and mendacious Times has admitted that “the Russian efforts were sometimes crude or off-key, with a ‘trial and error’ feel, and many of the suspect posts were not widely shared. The fakery may have added only modestly to the din of genuine American voices in the pre-election melee, but it helped fuel a fire of anger and suspicion in a polarized country.” Boy, oh boy! If the Times concedes that these fake posts were not widely shared, it means the numbers must have been 100, say 1,000 of them, if that
TA K I 120 million Americans voted. Yet the Times headlines that a few hundred posts swung the election. It’s as big a lie as it gets, but not to worry, at least 20 million Ukrainians didn’t starve to death. Count it as yet another big lie by the Times. The newspaper of false record even admits that “less than one-tenth of one percent resulted from information operations like the Russian campaign,” which means less than zero in reality. Still, the headlines picked up by every organization in the world have it the big bad Russian bear got the Donald elected. Go figure, as they say. Poor Uncle Sam—he is a virgin that
money into free European elections in order to get pro-American governments to victory. Pro-American governments in Italy, Greece, and Portugal succeeded with generous financial help and propaganda by the good uncle. And then we have South America. Down there even American companies had more influence than local voters or parties. For example, the United Fruit Company financed a coup against the Guatemalan victor Julio Arbenz, because he ran on an anti–Uncle Sam ticket—I know because I dated his daughter Bella Arbenz in Paris, and was instantly
were altered. In a very long and detailed article, the newspaper exposed that the data being leaked forensically was not Russian. It was dirty tricks from the Democratic side, which is par for the course. Both sides probably tried, but the Democrats succeeded. Not a word has been published anywhere else about this, which again is par for the course. One of the reasons the Times and other left-wing media are so anti-Russian is cultural. Putin works in tandem with the Russian Orthodox Church, and allows but does not encourage homosexuality or gay marriage, and threw the book at
The New York Times has excessively reported on rumored Russian meddling in favor of current President of the United States, Donald Trump, during the most recent presidential election.
never, ever does bad things like interfere in other countries’ elections. I remember the good old days of the Cold War when one of the best jobs was to be based in Europe and pump pro-American propaganda into Eastern Europe and mainland Russia itself. We showed them clips of our beaches, our cars, our splendid hotels and efficient assembly lines in Detroit, our beautiful blonde girls frolicking in the surf, and steel workers coming home to have a delicious dinner in front of a 21-inch TV. We proposed to Soviet athletes to defect for a life of luxury—I took part in an unsuccessful one with a Russian tennis player, and we poured
dropped by her the moment I defended America as a beacon of liberty and freedom. Never mind. Let bygones be bygones, but there are some awfully angry Chileans to this day that accuse the good uncle of being behind Allende’s death. Not only have the Times and other such “progressive” media got it dead wrong about why Trump won, but it now emerges that if anything, it was the other way round. The Epoch Times, a non-profit serious newspaper published in New York, recently exposed files used to frame a Russian conspiracy, that were downloaded within the Democratic National Committee, and many of them
Pussy Riot when the girls stripped inside a Russian church—I wonder why they didn’t do it inside a mosque; at least now they’d be dead. Yet gay bars proliferate in Moscow and other Russian cities, but because Putin does not encourage gay marriage, or transgender operations for that matter, he is a villain. Mind you, there are plenty things wrong with Russia, but interfering in the American election is not one of them. We have interfered in more foreign elections than there are crooked oligarchs around, so my only point is that people in glass houses... u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. OCTOBER 2017 69
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clear tumblers), at It’s all about
the soft touches with Stuart Weitzman’s MYBOW heel in scarlet velvet. $455. Stuart Weitzman: 625 Madison Ave., 212.750.2555.
Fall weekends are still pictureperfect on the shores at Ocean House, Rhode Island’s AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort. To reserve, call 888.552.2588.
She’ll thank you for something extraordinary, like Vhernier’s Fuseau ring in titanium and diamonds. $6,100. Vhernier: 783 Madison Ave. or 55 Wall St.; 646.343.9551. OCTOBER 2017 73
Roll the dice with the help of this decorative
Hermès has you covered:
Dice Card Domino Box,
ribbed cashmere turtle-
complete with cards and
neck sweater in pilot blue
dice piece. $110 at Linda
($3,025) and high-waisted
Horn: 1327 Madison Ave.,
cotton gabardine Chelsea
pant in Havana ($690). Hermès Men’s: 690 Madison Ave., 212.308.3585.
When making plans for fall getaways, rely on National for superior rental car service. For more information and to reserve, visit nationalcar.com.
The elegant and durable Ghurka’s new wheeled carry-on Trolley in vintage chestnut leather is discreet, durable, and every discerning traveler’s new best friend. $2,850. Ghurka: 831 Madison Ave., 212.826.8300. 74 Q U E S T
Betteridge St. Christopher cufflinks in silver with blue enamel, inscribed: “Saint Christopher— Protect Us.” $300 at betteridge.com.
Don’t just dream about it, book it: The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, with pleasurable delights including the famed Corales golf course, Six Senses Spa, and Ojos Indígenas ecological reserve. For more, visit westinpuntacana.com.
This season, dots are a must-do, especially in the shape of Carolina Herrera’s dot panel print chiffon scarf dress. $4,990. Carolina Herrera: 954 Madison Ave., 212.249.6552.
Build a bridge to her heart by offering Wempe’s Golden Bridge By Kim ring in 18-kt. rose gold. $4,515. Wempe: 700 Fifth Ave., 212.397.9000.
Julie Feldman’s one-of-a-kind, limited-edition Crystal Blue Roxie in satin, Italian leather, and Austrian crystal. $895 at Leta Austin Foster: 64 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, Fla., 561-655-5489.
La Maison du Chocolat celebrates 40 years with the Grands Carrés collection, featuring three classic and three contemporary bouchées, including Pomme D’Amour. $10 per piece of XXL-sized iconic chocolates at lamaisonduchocolat.com.
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QUEST ARCHIVE: OCTOBER 2005
EVERY FALL, an almost palpable nervousness washes over the halls and corridors of New York’s leading private schools. Classes and day-to-day activities resume as normal, but for Manhattan’s elite and their overachieving offspring, an ominous cloud looms overhead in the form of one irreducible reality: college admissions. In a world in which years of SAT tutoring, private college advisers, and strategic gift giving are all part of an elaborate admissions ritual, placement at top colleges like Duke, Princeton, and Harvard take on an almost religious importance. This month, Quest takes you on a whirlwind tour of some of the country’s most popular and prominent schools, each with its own distinct academic flavor and social identity. So get your No. 2 pencils and your Hermès notepad for an insider look you won’t find anywhere else.
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This page: Men’s tweed jacket and Audley leather briefcase from Purdey’s Autumn-Winter 2017 collection. Opposite page: Purdey’s Autumn-Winter 2017 men’s shearling coat (above); the Panerai for Purdey limited-edition watch (below).
STYLISH LOOKS FOR THE SHOOTING LIFE
A LE X A N D E R B E E R
BY DANIEL CAPPELLO
THE APPEAL OF a certain British way of life has long captured our collective imagination, especially that of the fashion world. Witness jodhpurs jockeying up and down city streets on the new wave of ladies who lunch, or the waxed field jacket that’s become de rigueur for any acceptable male wardrobe on the Upper East Side. When it comes to fall, the endless appeal of the British countryside calls to the most stylish corners of our hearts. This season, for those in the know, there’s no better way of dressing the part than in the classic new threads from the house of Purdey. James Purdey & Sons was established in 1814, when James Purdey opened his gun- and rifle-making business in Prince’s Street, close to London’s Leicester Square. Mr. Purdey quickly gained the reputation as the finest gunmaker in London, and, within a decade, he had established premises at 314 ½ Oxford Street, in the former gunshop of the “King of Gunmakers,” Joseph Manton. The company faced a rapid change and
development in the design of guns and rifles when James Purdey fils took over the company from his father in 1858. Purdey the Younger oversaw changes to the company, including advancements in the making of guns, down the patents for technical innovations. By 1838, Queen Victoria had already come calling, ordering a pair of pistols as a royal gift to the Imam of Muscat. The Royal Warrant was officially granted in 1868 by Victoria’s eldest son the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, and every succeeding monarch since has remained a patron. Today, at 57 South Audley Street, where Purdey has proudly stood since 1882, the company, led by chairman and CEO James Horne, is part of the luxury goods holding company Richemont. The brand has evolved to stand for—and offer—so much more than guns themselves; Purdey has grown, rather, to be an embodiment of the shooting life itself, from fine-leather footwear and gloves to full ensembles that are emblematic of its storied past. For Purdey’s Autumn-Winter 2017 collection, there is no shortage of classic favorites, or of new ranges of clothing and accessories. The label has all aspects of the shooting weekend
covered, from a stylish arrival in the countryside, to practical clothing one might need in the field, to social gatherings—even an elegant luggage collection for carrying your wardrobe along. There is a range of technical wear—weatherproof and well equipped for braving the autumnal elements—as well as purely fashionable threads for mealtimes and feasts. Some items, like a men’s leather coat with shearling lining or tweed covert coat, work handsomely in both town and country. Same goes for the ladies’ Ellis tweed coat with fitted tie belt or Wyvill dress coat, offering the same warmth, comfort, and style. The chic appeal of the shooting lifestyle does not end at field coats, grouse jackets, breeks, or fleeces. Purdey’s offerings of everything from flasks and tumblers to tankards and a walnut travel bar make elevenses in the field an exercise in epicurean delight. When all’s said and done, and the weekend comes to its inevitable close, sporting quilted outerwear back to the city is always a good look, but what might be taking the prize this fall is the luxurious Panerai for Purdey watch—by which we’ll be keeping time for both city calendars and country sports alike. u
This page: James Horne, chairman and CEO of James Purdey & Sons (above); grouse shooting in Purdey’s men’s tweed field coat and ladies’ tweed shooting vest.
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This page: Purdey’s men’s tweed field coat and the Purdey 12-bore Sporter Over & Under Game Gun with Purdey cartridges (at left); Purdey’s ladies’ tweed field coat (inset above); Purdey’s walnut travel drinks bar with crystal decanter and tumblers (inset below). OCTOBER 2017 83
BY DANIEL CAPPELLO
A LL I M A G E S CO U RT E S Y O F N I R AV M O D I
A SWEET EMBRACE
NIRAV MODI IS A BRAND built on the passion to create extraordinary diamond jewelry that celebrates every woman’s beauty, so it’s no surprise that one of its latest collections is not just beautiful, but innovative—and fun. With the house’s new Embrace collection, bracelets sliding over the wrist (or rings over the finger) are no longer a struggle. As its name suggests, the collection literally embraces its wearer by expanding when pulled open, then contracting to fit in place. Though the thought of stretching a swath of diamonds in the form of a bangle might sound intimidating, leave it to Nirav Modi’s highly specialized know-how to make the leap of faith. “The design for the patented Nirav Modi Embrace mechanism was inspired when I saw my daughters playing with their stretchy toy bangles,” explains Mr. Modi, founder of the epony-
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This page, above: Exceptional craftsmanship as one of Nirav Modi’s new gold Embrace Bangles is being produced. This page, below, and opposite page: The luxurious interiors at the Nirav Modi boutique at 727 Madison Avenue in New York (212.603.0000).
mous jewelry house. “I wanted to recreate the same playfulness and flexibility in precious diamond jewelry. After over a decade of research, we created an engineering technique to create these stretchable bangles; it takes over 150 hours to create each bangle.” Indeed, the design is true to form for every endeavor at the house of Nirav Modi, whose ethos is that no effort is too great to perfect a creation—be it the months spent to source the right stones, developing patented cuts, or refining a design until it reaches the desired ideal. And for the lucky wearer, those ideals are the reward. Though the Embrace bangles might recall your stretchy play bracelets from childhood, these dazzling numbers are definitively for grown-ups. The new collection features rose, white,
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and yellow gold Embrace bangles and rings in several widths and sizes. This new collection represents a minimized version of the original stretchable diamond-embellished Embrace, which makes them perfect for both men and women for everyday wear. They can be worn singularly or stacked, to create a personalized look. They are crafted using a patented technique, with over 90 moveable parts and 150 hours to compose each bangle. The exquisite proficiency of the design enables the Embrace to move as if it’s elastic, with a façade that seamlessly blends when it contracts. The bangles are extremely versatile and transition smoothly from a chic day look to a glamorous feel for night. According to Mr. Modi, who founded his company on the pillars of excellence in quality, design, innovation, and craftsmanship, the Embrace jewels are simply beautiful and unique. They “magically” stretch and reveal an intriguing interlocking pattern. “The mechanism and design are special and very memorable. They are intrinsically playful, and have a sensual feeling—they evoke the metaphorical feeling of a heartwarming embrace.” u
This page: Haute jeweler Nirav Modi recently introduced the Nirav Modi Embrace Bangles in yellow and white gold ($4,500 each); the sumptuous interior at Nirav Modi’s 727 Madison Avenue boutique in New York. 86 QUEST
A STORIED AMERICAN LIFE BY DAVID PATRICK COLUMBIA
This page: Jeannette Watson Sanger and her husband, Alex Sanger, at the Casita Maria Fiesta in October 2012. Opposite page: The cover of Jeannette’s newly published memoir, It’s My Party (Turtle Point Press). 88 QUEST
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JEANNETTE WATSON SANGER and her husband, Alex, were neighbors of mine for the first couple of decades I lived here. They moved to a new apartment in Madison Square just a few years ago. They had lived around the corner on Gracie Square in an apartment overlooking Carl Schurz Park. We’d see one another on the street from time to time, and occasionally stop for a chat. We’d probably met before at some social event I was covering. And Jeannette owned a wellknown bookstore where I loved to go—Books & Co.—on the Upper East Side. I knew something about her family background because she
was from a famous family of the last half of the American 20th century. Her grandfather, Thomas Watson, was the creator of IBM and her father, Thomas Watson, Jr., was later president and CEO of the company. IBM was then to the world what Henry Ford was to the beginning of the 20th century. Everything changed after that. In those days of the Watson administrations, there was a serious dignity about the company’s universal image. It was said that on everyone’s company desk—or at least on the Messrs. Watsons’ desks—was a small sign on a pedestal with the word: THINK. As simple as it sounds, that “motto,” if you OCTOBER 2017 89
of all, she’s definitely—just from observation—a very stable person who carries herself with self-assurance if not self-confidence. So I opened it up to have a look. The first page of copy is this single paragraph:
want to call it that, was taken very seriously by many millions of people, especially young adults. There was a collective unconscious agreement that IBM (i.e., computers) was the FUTURE. I recount this because the Watson name was highly regarded as serious—and democratic—among Americans, and evidently in many other countries across the world. Their family wealth, unlike a lot of self-created wealth, seemed to elude the frivolity that frequently follows the acquisition. Jeannette, who is the eldest daughter of six children (five girls), articulates that in her presence. That’s how, and about as much as, I knew her. Until I read her memoir. It’s My Party is just out. My publisher, a friend of Jeannette’s, sent me his copy with an encouraging note. It’s often a challenge to read many books because of my daily schedule, but I opened this one just to see what the first pages read like since I personally “knew” the woman. I hadn’t thought of Jeannette Watson Sanger as an adventurous girl or a troubled and therefore dramatically inclined woman who might have a tell-all confessional. First 90
Hmm. Well, it goes like this. I’m a frequent reader of histories, biographies, memoirs. And I’ve read more than a few about heiresses and daddies’ daughters. But that paragraph was far more curious because it didn’t quite match the Jeannette I knew as a neighbor and with whom I occasionally had a pleasant passing conversation—nor her husband, Alex, who always had the same friendly demeanor as his wife. This paragraph, however, indicated something I couldn’t see. Those kinds of “somethings” I know, of course, indicate the core, the source, the truth of a person. So I turned the page to chapter one. That was on a Saturday morning for a few hours. And a few more later in the afternoon, and ditto again on Sunday morning and afternoon and, finally, before bed, I finished it. Two hundred pages— not long, as these books go. Simply, beautifully told. Clear, sensible, stable, forthright, honest, funny, even moments of laughter, I just kept reading. It had the quality of a personal letter from a close friend that I couldn’t put down. There was one moment, not a long description, around the death of her father where a touch of personal grief welled up inside me. “Really,” I said to myself. It’s My Party is also a document of the last half of 20thcentury America and the role of women as well as their rights. The Watsons were indeed a very rich and prominent family. They lived very well and conveniently, if not extravagantly. They knew their roles and they acted them out with self-respect, but Jeannette’s account also conjures up Father Knows Best, along with the laughs. And a serious look at ourselves and who we were. I loved this book. u
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Last night I had a haunting dream about my father. I dreamed I was in an elderly friend’s apartment, waiting for her, when suddenly a closet door opened in front of me and out walked my father: not my old father, now deceased, but my young father, from when I was a little girl…I was terrified at first, but then noticed how lost he looked, gliding past me as though he didn’t see me. I said, “Daddy can I help you? How are you?” At which point I woke up, heart pounding, and tried to sort out my feelings.
This page, counterclockwise from above: The Watsons in 1922 (Jeannette’s grandmother, for whom she was named, is at left; her father, Thomas, Jr., stands front and center; and grandfather, Thomas, Sr., at right); Jeannette’s mother, Olive Cawley Watson, a great beauty and model, was flown to Hollywood to be in Walter Wanger’s production of Vogues of 1938; Jeannette’s father, Thomas Watson, Jr. (left), president and CEO of IBM, in 1966 with the IBM System 360 mainframe computer; Jeannette on the town with the New Yorker writer Brendan Gill; Jeannette’s grandfather, Thomas Watson, Sr., who built IBM from its founding in 1914 until his passing in 1956. Opposite page: Jeannette Watson Sanger photographed by Joyce Ravid.
LOCATED IN MIAMI’S exclusive Mid-Beach neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach offers the best in tropical modern living. Designed by award-winning architect Piero Lissoni, the Portofino-style complex is located on over seven-and-half-acres with world-class amenities and scenery. It’s a development unlike any other, featuring access to a private channel where owners can enjoy a unique waterfront oasis within a tranquil community. Situated on the property is Villa Lissoni, the first model home designed by Piero Lissoni with stunning interiors and exteriors. Villa Lissoni features expansive floor plans with custom-designed Boffi kitchens and bathrooms, spacious outdoor private terraces, and a private infinity-edge pool surrounded by a verdant, tropical landscape. By incorporating natural materials and detailed Italian craftsmanship, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of the tropical surroundings, seamlessly connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Villa Lissoni is also the perfect complement to the legendary service of the Ritz-Carlton. Here, you can enjoy full access to the amenities and services of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, including its spa, gym, clubroom, valet parking (for you and your guests), room service, and on-site concierge. Additionally, today’s popular sharing economy has entered the rarified world of luxury condominium living with the 92 QUEST
creation of the Sharing Room at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. Here, for instance, you can leave a set of golf clubs and take a vintage painting. The room will be set up a like a small curated shop, inviting residents to contribute and gain pre-owned items, such as musical instruments, bikes, lamps, skis, decorative pieces, handbags and more. Items too big to store in the space will be showcased virtually through a mobile app, managed by the on-site Ritz-Carlton concierge. The RitzCarlton Residences, Miami Beach is also offering the world’s first residential art studio. Tying it all together is the multi-million dollar lobby, the grand entrance to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. The open space boasts a Piero Lissoni–designed staircase (that cost $500,000 alone!). The east lobby features a one-of-a-kind space catered exclusively to art enthusiasts and world travelers, offering a variety of inspiring art pieces, artifacts, collectibles, and modern design pieces as well as books from around the globe. Paying homage to the local area, the property gives nod to the Seminole Tribe of Florida with a larger-than-life canoe artifact in the attached private library. How could you not want to call this home? u For more information, please visit The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, at theresidencesmiamibeach.com.
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THE PRIVATE SIDE OF MIAMI BEACH
This page, clockwise from above: Piero Lissoni’s stunning interiors and exteriors feature expansive floor plans with private infinity-edge pool surrounded by a verdant, tropical landscape; beautiful natural light seeps into a bathroom; the Sharing Room at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach is now offering the world’s first residential art studio; the living spaces incorporate natural materials and detailed Italian craftsmanship. Opposite page: The multi-million dollar lobby, the grand entrance to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. The open space boasts a Piero Lissoni–designed staircase. For more information, visit theresidencesmiamibeach.com.
A LIFE OF POSITIVITY GLOBALLY RENOWNED AND AWARD-WINNING influencer, humanitarian, and philanthropist Meera Gandhi serves as a true inspiration to all, and her wide array of achievements and efforts never cease to amaze. Gandhi is best known for founding the Giving Back Foundation, a platform for women and children to address issues related to illness and poverty. The organization has recently made notable strides to inform both local students and alumni from prominent schools worldwide of the organization’s concerns. For one, the Giving Back Foundation partnered with Lavelle Olexa this summer and held an event for FIT students, where Gandhi and Olexa spoke intimately with participants before convening for dinner and wine. The following night, Meera Gandhi hosted alumni of the United World Colleges at her Upper East Side townhouse to raise money for a Syrian student to attend the United World Colleges; the goal was easily achieved, enabled by a turnout of over 30 attendees from all over the world. In addition to running the Giving Back Foundation, Meera Gandhi recently branched into several other new exciting arenas. She established a successful television series aimed at improving people’s mental health, which has just been renewed for a second season. The inspiring and uplifting Meera Gandhi Show encourages all to live positive lives filled with spiritual understanding and inner peace. The show airs every Sunday on the B4U TV Network at 10 a.m. EST. Gandhi, the show’s host, 94 QUEST
provides a refreshingly candid attitude throughout the series, and is continuously joined by significant influencers from all walks of life. These influencers range from spiritual gurus and healers to politicians, diplomats, and attorneys, who weigh in with inspiring stories and life lessons to provide moving glimpses into what it means to lead a positive way of life. This summer at the Plaza Hotel’s packed ballroom, Meera Gandhi was honored by Bollywood’s Stardust Global Icon Awards for her inspiring message in the series. While presenting the award to Gandhi, chief executive officer of Colors TV Raj Naik declared, “Mental health is a real challenge today and more people need to address this.” Gandhi was also cited for her ongoing work empowering female leaders and children through education. Aside from her work with the Giving Back Foundation and the Meera Gandhi Show, Gandhi has also recently come out with exciting new products including the Giving Fragrance and the Giving Candle. Gandhi worked tirelessly with an exceptional fragrance team in New York to create the unique fragrance, which embodies strength, courage, and femininity in each stunning French-made bottle. With similar goals, the Giving Candle enriches any space with the generous, long-lasting scent of ambrosia, lavender, and botanicals to make a statement about the benevolence and good heart of its buyer. Purchases of both products directly support the charitable endeavors of the Giving Back Foundation. u
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This page, clockwise from above: Meera Gandhi in Central Park, New York, filming The Meera Gandhi Show; Meera Gandhi featured in News India Times receiving the Bharat Gaurav Award on June 9, 2017 for her service to community; Meera Gandhiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptance speech at Bollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stardust Global Icon Awards this year. Opposite page: Meera Gandhi in Mayfair, London. OCTOBER 2017 95
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CASA DE CAMPO RESUMES OPERATIONS WHEN A NATURAL disaster like Hurricane Maria occurs, there is what happens, and then there is the difficult time lag where people in a disrupted world struggle to replenish what has been take away from them. Luckily, Hurricanes Irma and Maria did not inflict significant damages at Casa de Campo, the Dominican Republic’s premier resort. Amid the many safety precautions taken throughout Hurricane Maria, the second storm of the season, the staff at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas has worked efficiently and expeditiously to return operations back to normal. The resort’s
unique array of amenities—championship golf courses, tennis courts, equestrian facilities, shooting centers, restaurants, spas, and marinas—is fully functional. When asked about any damages, Andrés Pichardo Rosenberg, President at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas, responded: “We are pleased to announce that all of our resort amenities and activities are fully reopened and operational. We are thankful we did not sustain any damages, and that our guests can continue to enjoy the full Casa de Campo experience. We appreciate our team’s commitment and dedication to ensure everyone’s safety.” “Our thoughts and prayers,” he continued, “go out to our neighboring resorts that were devastated from the past hurricanes. We are reaching out to assist in any way that we can.” During the storms, personnel at Casa de Campo also remained in close contact with the local authorities. They took guidance and directions when needed, with the absolute collaboration of each guest at the resort. Casa de Campo even offered guests shelter options, fully equipped with first aid services, food and beverage, entertainment, and complimentary WiFi. And for those whose plans were disrupted by the hurricanes, Jason Kycek, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Casa de Campo, has promised a “100% hurricane guarantee,” explaining that he is working closely with industry partners to support the rebooking and refunding process. “We look forward to having our guests enjoy their time again here with us,” concluded President Pichardo. u
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BY ALEX TRAVERS
This spread: Casa de Campo Resort and Villas—virtually unaffected by this season’s two major hurrcianes—is the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean. This stunning 7,000-acre resort in La Romana in the Dominican Republic features impressive hotel rooms and suites, as well as spectacular villas with private pools in lavish settings. The array of amenities includes three championship golf courses; an expansive marina; tennis courts; polo facilities; the pristine and private whitesand Minitas Beach; the top-notch shooting center; and much more. For more information, visit casadecampo.com.do.
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A GEORGIAN MASTERPIECE The Emily Trevor Townhouse, a treasure from the architectural canon of Mott B. Schmidt, is offered for sale for only the third time since its construction in 1928.
TO BE ONLY THE FOURTH owner of an immaculately preserved, near-century old home in Manhattan is a rarity. At 15 East 90th Street, that immaculate level of preservation is paired with another rarity; the house is the later work of early 20th-century master Mott Schmidt. Reviewing a retrospective exhibit of Schmidt’s work in 1980, New York Times architectural critic Paul Goldberger described the Neo-Georgian style Trevor Mansion as “an exquisite, bursting composition, in which a lovely Corinthian portico with a pedimented window behind it makes the whole façade glow, like a tiny red brick bouquet of flowers.” Tiny, though, it is not. Measuring over 12,173 square feet, the house contains five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three powder rooms. The public rooms on the second floor, including a south-facing parlor and a bow-windowed dining room, are connected by a center stair hall and a 14-by-11-foot gallery, all under striking 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings. Designed for formal entertaining, the dining room connects to a butler’s kitchen, located directly above the home’s main kitchen—a tasteful and contemporary 2015 renovation that replaced several maid’s rooms on the first floor. According to Mark Alan Hewitt, writer of The Architecture of Mott B. Schmidt, the Emily Trevor Townhouse contains “the finest extant interiors of any Schmidt commission.” Carefully restored plasterwork, paneling, and flooring are on display in 98 QUEST
the home’s grand entryway and staircase, parlor, dining room, library, and master bedroom. A journey through this home is a tour de force of classical, luxurious living spaces, executed in the 18th-century neoclassical Robert Adam style. Like the Georgian-style Kenwood House located outside of London, the Trevor Townhouse juxtaposes exterior restraint with lavish neoclassical flair inside. Inspired by his travels to Europe, Schmidt based the parlor room designs for the Trevor Townhouse on the library at Kenwood House, a room designed by Robert Adam himself in the 1760s for the 1st Earl of Mansfield. Schmidt and his early 20th-century clients were often socialites who saw the outward opulence of the Gilded Age as passé. They instead chose to, as Goldberger put it, “evoke the modest order of colonial times or Georgian London.” This is because Schmidt’s clients, who included an Astor, a Morgan, and a Vanderbilt, wanted to showcase their deep family roots in colonial America. As with the Trevor Townhouse, the interiors were showy, sumptuous private spaces for the enjoyment of their guests, rather than passersby. The implementation of hand-picked European materials like imported 18th-century Flemish brick, knotty pine paneling, marble mantelpieces, and carefully transported door surrounds make the home a museum of Mott Schmidt and Emily Trevor’s tastes and travels, perfectly preserved. u
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This page, counterclockwise from above: The sweeping elliptical staircase, with views to the second floor’s north-facing dining room; the private 450-square-foot roof terrace; the 18th-century knotty pine–paneled library, imported from England, features a working fireplace (as seen years ago); the grandly scaled south-facing living room. Opposite page: The portico entrance to the historic Georgian Revival–style Emily Trevor Townhouse, then and now. 15 East 90th Street (www.15e90.com) is offered for sale at $23,500,000 by Randall Gianopulos and Stan Ponte of Sotheby’s International Realty.
On October 28, TEFAF New York Fall will return to the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City for its annual arts, antiques, and design show. The fair, offering museum-quality works of all eras and genres, will run through November 1. For more information, call 212.370.2501.
FOR THE LADIES
The New York Women’s Foundation will host is annual Fall Gala at The Plaza at 6 p.m. For more information, call 347.545.1105.
HONORING THE PAST
at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 202.368.7416.
The Skin Cancer Foundation will host its Champions for Change gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. For more information, call 212.725.5409.
PENCIL will hold its gala at Cipriani Wall Street at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 347.545.2559.
Courage in Journalism awards luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. For more information, call 212.254.6677.
STAY IN SCHOOL
The International Women’s Media Foundation will celebrate its
The Royal Oak Foundation, a non-profit based in New York City, will celebrate the landscapes of the National Trust with its annual FOLLIES event, which this year will be sponsoring the Chinese House at Stowe in England. For more information, call 212.480.2889.
PASSION FOR ATHLETICS
The Women in Sports Foundation will host its annual Salute to Women in Sports. For more information, call 212.921.9070. EN POINTE
American Ballet Theatre will celebrate its Fall Gala at Lincoln Center at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.477.3030.
A FANTASTIC AFFAIR
The James Lenox House will hold its annual Autumn Leaves Gala at the New York Hilton at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.288.5883.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
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The Icla da Silva Foundation will hold its 25th anniversary Hope Gala at Guastavino’s at 6 p.m. For more information, call 646.290.6028.
On October 9, the International Women’s Media Foundation will hold its Courage in Journalism awards luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. For more information, call 212.254.6677.
Cartier will be showcasing special pieces from its collection on the third floor of its 5th Avenue showroom. For more information, visit cartier.com.
TENDER LOVE AND CARE
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York will hold its benefit dinner at The Pierre starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.609.1565. LIVING LANDMARKS
New York Landmarks Conservancy will host its Living Landmarks celebration at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212.921.9070.
The Boys’ Club of New York will be holding its 69th Annual Fall Dance at The Plaza starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 347.505.5388. On October 30, the Fortune Society will hold its 50th anniversary gala to help those who were formerly incarcerated readjust back into society. For more information, call 347.545.1981.
The New York Youth Symphony will host its annual benefit and will honor Alan Fletcher at the Tribeca Rooftop (2 Desbrosses Street) at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.581.5933.
The Citizen’s Union Awards Dinner will take place at The Pierre at 7 p.m., honoring Preet Bharara, Tonio Burgos, Judy Livingston, Thomas Moore, and Scott Rechler. For more information, call 212.228.7446.
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The Synergy Global Forum will take place at Madison Square Garden. There will be an impressive lineup of speakers, including Sir Richard Branson. For more information, visit synergyglobal.com.
The Fortune Society will hold its 50th anniversary gala at ThreeSixty° (10 Desbrosses
Street) at 7 p.m. to help those who were formerly incarcerated readjust back into society. David Rothenberg will also receive a lifetime achievement award. For more information, call 347.545.1981.
St. Barths will hold its 4th annual gourmet festival. Chef Chrisophe Bacquié will join executive chef Yann Vinsot in this year’s culinary events, which will follow the theme French gastronomy. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Central Park Conservancy will be holding its annual fall luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental hotel at noon. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Palm Beach Day Academy will host its Golf and Tennis awards banquet at The Breakers. For more information, call 561.655.1188.
Excellence Community Schools will host its gala at the Mandarin Oriental hotel at 6:30 p.m. honoring Chris Hayes. For more information, call 347.545.1844.
The New York City Jewelry and Watch Show will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion from October 27–30. For more information, call 305.532.3467. A GOOD CAUSE
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation will hold its eighth annual Hope on the Horizon Fall Symposium and Luncheon. For more information, call 212.910.8011.
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MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALLERY 100 Eleventh Avenue (at 19th Street) Your first gallery stop this season should be at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Chelsea. Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Malcolm X: Complete celebrates her...well...now complete series of monumental bronze and fiber sculptures that the artist created over the last halfcentury in honor of the slain human rights leader. The exhibition, Chase-Riboud’s second large-scale solo show at the gallery, will also be accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue featuring a recent interview with the artist by Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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The excellent RUN PRAYER, RUN CAFÉ, RUN LIBRARY is Susan Cianciolo’s second exhibition with Bridget Donahue, and coincides with a simultaneous exhibition entitled RUN church, RUN Restaurant, Run Store, on view at Modern Art Gallery in London. The exhibitions are divided between London and New York as two halves of a single body. Here in New York, visitors enter large tents and capsules as performers who ingest written words, tea, and garment sketches of figures at work, play, and rest. You won’t forget the experience.
Susan Cianciolo, RUN PRAYER, RUN CAFÉ, RUN LIBRARY at Bridget Donahue, New York. Images courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue.
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For more than three decades, Jeanne Silverthorne—whose solo exhibition will be on view at Marc Straus Gallery from October 22 to December 10—has taken the studio as her subject. Her work is meticulous and personal, fashioning everyday items in clay and then casting them in industrial-grade rubber. Her objects reflect reality, but colored with phosphorus or changed in scale retain a unique shape. Silverthorne makes light bulbs—some broken—that fill and spill from a garbage bin, wire cables, task chairs, and shipping crates. Her banal items become metaphors for the inevitability of age and decay, tempered with humor, hope, and humanity.
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An installation shot of JTT’s previous show, Samurai; one of Dominick Di Meo’s works currently on view.
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JTT first solo exhibition with Dominick Di Meo is a must-see. On view is Di Meo’s “Untitled” (1952), a small wall relief of bronze-colored heads floating in a dark expanse with a vibrant flash of red across the horizon. The artist’s use of color and figuration is a strong example of the work coming from his peers. In 1959, art critic Peter Selz used the term “Monster” to describe what he was starting to see as a movement unique to Chicago (Di Meo’s hometown), and today artists like Di Meo are referred to as the “Monster Roster.”
“The Richard Bellamy Piece” by Neil Jenne (left); Alex Katz’s “Richard Bellamy.” Images courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc.
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Peter Free man’s latest show is an ambitious group exhibition dedicated to gallerist Richard Bellamy (1927–1998) and the circle of artists whose careers he launched and fostered. Many rarely-seen and never-before-exhibited works will be on view in Deadeye Dick, including Alex Katz’s portrait of Bellamy (on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art), Heizer’s portraits of Bellamy’s backers (famed collectors Robert and Ethel Scull), and a remarkable group of drawings by Lee Lozano, as well as several of her letters to Dick, one of which constituted her conceptual and official withdrawal from the art world. The show will be on view through October 28. OCTOBER 2017 105
ANDREW KREPS GALLERY 537 West 22nd Street
Cheyney Thompson’s Somewhere Some Pictures Sometimes is the artist’s seventh exhibition with Andrew Kreps. Central to Thompson’s practice is an inquiry into the production, distribution, and exhibition of painting. His laborious projects often impose constraints onto the making of his work. These limitations are in turn generative, resulting in exhaustive investigations into the medium of painting and the problems that surround it. Tying his works to mathematical and economic formulas, his own labor as an artist, and the architecture that his paintings occupy, Thompson enacts a tension between their formal qualities, and the larger systems of circulation they inhabit. Installation views of Somewhere Some Pictures Sometimes. Images courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.
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GEARY CONTEMPORARY 185 Varick Street Geary Contemporary’s latest show, Runaways, is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Bushwick-based artist Deborah Brown. The artist’s first solo exhibition with Geary Contemporary displays a series of work in which Brown utilizes the post-industrial landscape of her surroundings as the starting point for a narrative, where a female protagonist, her dog, and various avian companions move through urban and pastoral settings. Thick daubs of paint applied with a palette knife are punctuated by linear passages and off-register color patches, offering a fractured, brooding landscape that navigates an exotic and unfamiliar world. Seen as a whole, Runaways channels feelings of abjection, strength, freedom, and empowerment.
“Nixie” (2017), oil on canvas by Bushwick-based artist Deborah Brown. Runaways will be on view at Geary Contempoary through October 14.
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Quest invites its top agents—who are as knowledgeable in the downtown markets as they are the uptown markets—to explore the “new” areas that are beckoning to our readers. Here, we present a chance to tour these listings, with a focus on the best of the thriving downtown neighborhoods: Gramercy, Chelsea, and FiDi.
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LAURIE SILVERMAN Halstead Real Estate / 917.580.3912 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: I have been selling real estate since 1998. I can’t believe it has been that long! I work out of Halstead’s SoHo office and focus on all ends of the market, doing both rentals and sales. Q: Is there any news regarding downtown real estate you’d like to share? Have there been any recent trends to note? A: Everybody wants to be downtown. It’s an exciting area to live in, and all the amenities you would want uptown have migrated downtown. There’s really no need to cross north of 23rd Street unless you need to go to Bergdorf’s. With the new Hudson Yards coming up and the improvements along Hudson River Park, many people are migrating west. In addition, the New Oculus and Brookfield Place downtown have really brought change to the area South of Tribecaa—from FiDi to Battery Park City. Some great projects are happening here. It used to be a ghost town there on weekends, but now the area is bustling.
sons, too, but it has always been hard to find a large apartment there, which might be why the Greenwich Lane was a huge success. Q: Which neighborhoods do you think are best for couples and families? A: Families tend to be attracted to neighborhoods where there are perceived to be great schools. Two examples are Tribeca and West Chelsea where, for instance, a school like Avenues would be a draw. Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: 525 West 22nd is probably the best value out there— you get 3,300 square-feet of interior space plus 1,700 square-feet of outdoor space spread across THREE terraces…and it’s a condo! The duplex has 4-bedrooms and 3-bathrooms, listed for $5,350,000. Another is at 60 Gramercy Park North, an iconic Gramercy co-op. It’s rare to find open, south-facing views looking directly on to Gramercy Park. Plus, access to the only private park in Manhattan gives neighbors a real sense of community.
Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: There is no exact prototype of a downtown buyer. West Chelsea and Tribeca tend to attract young families because they are two neighborhoods where you can get the luxury space. The Village is attractive for similar rea-
60 Gramercy Park, #8A, in Gramercy; the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom is listed for $4,200,000 and includes modern ameneties such as
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SUSANNE COLUMBIA Corcoran / 212.941.2610 / email@example.com
Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: I have worked at the Corcoran Group for over 15 years with my business partner, Todd Vitolo. Together we have formed a team as talented buyers and listing agents. We are one of only a handful of resale agents who are also licensed with Corcoran Sunshine to represent and advise developers in their sales efforts. From studios to townhouses, we do it all.
Q: Which neighborhoods do you think are best for couples and families? A: Tribeca is very kid-friendly if money is no object. For those looking for more value it is the Financial District. Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: We are fortunate to work on many special buildings from the Herzog and de Meuron–designed 56 Leonard Street where we have resales, to 67 Franklin Street, the Shigeru Ban–designed Cast Iron House where closings are starting very soon. But most exciting is the people we meet and represent along the way. Real estate is personal and to me it is always more than just an apartment, house, zip code, or prewar details and architecture—it is who you are as an individual, a couple or as a family. We never forget what a home represents to our clients. 101 Wall Street, #4B, in the Financial District; listed for $2,390,000.
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Q: Is there any news regarding downtown real estate you’d like to share? Have there been any recent trends to note? A: The Financial District is booming. There is no better investment over the next decade than owning a piece of real estate in FiDi. There is a lot of exciting development in that area such as the new East River Greenway. There is also something almost European about the narrow streets and historic details everywhere you look. Whole Foods is opening on Wall Street in 2018 and Nobu just relocated to Fulton Street. With company like this, the lifestyle that had been missing has now arrived. In terms of trends, buyers are so knowledgeable on the market that those properties that represent a great value or otherwise offer something extraordinary are in demand. The entire corridor along Broadway in Tribeca and around City Hall Park where J & R Music World was is soon going to be the hottest address downtown.
Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: Every kind. This is New York after all and part of what continues to make this city special is the fact it attracts a worldly and diverse crowd.
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JOSHUA WESOKY Wesoky Team at Compass / 917.744.3435 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: My career began in the real estate corporate finance department of Goldman Sachs. Every step of my career after Goldman involved a major real estate component. But my first love was always residential real estate, including architecture and design. When I decided to make a change in my career, I came back to residential real estate— it had been calling me for a long time.
backgrounds. While the bohemian and "cool" vibe that defined what people thought of as downtown still exists, the buyers include everyone—from artists and writers, to people in finance, entertainment, and publishing.
Q: Is there any news regarding downtown real estate you’d like to share? Have there been any recent trends to note? A: A lot! Downtown has seen an incredible transformation over the last decade and has eclipsed much of the uptown market in price and desirability. I think the obvious trends throughout the city are even more true downtown: the transformation of previously declining neighborhoods into the hippest places to live in the city. While I sell across the whole city, there is definitely a dynamism to downtown that is attracting people to move there. Empty-nesters who can afford to buy anywhere, are trading their large uptown homes for places downtown.
Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: 470 West 24th, #PHA. I'm partial to this listing for it's provenance as much as it's spectacular river views. It was the apartment of the late Susan Sontag, and her longtime partner Annie Leibovitz owned the penthouse in the tower to the south, so they could waive to each other—it's such a unique yet quintessential New York love story.
Q: Which neighborhoods do you think are best for couples and families? A: Honestly, every neighborhood downtown is now "family friendly"—with great parks, schools, activities, and amenities for kids. This is true for a number of neighborhoods now including Tribeca, the West Village, Lower East Side, East Village, Chelsea, Gramercy, SoHo, and FiDi. It's really about which neighborhood is best fit for the occupants' desires.
Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: I don't believe that there is a "typical" downtown buyer anymore—it is extremely diverse with buyers from all walks of life and
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London Terrace Towers at 470 West 24th Street, #PHA, in West Chelsea; $10,850,000.
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JOHN BARBATO Sribling & Associates / 917.254.7630 / email@example.com
Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: I studied architecture for seven years and received my masters from Columbia. After working with several architecture firms in the city, I realized I was more interested in ownership than design. I left architecture and bought a three-unit apartment building in Columbia County. Over the next 10 years I rolled the profits from that initial property into 11 more. When it was time to buy in New York, I knew the best way to get to learn the market was my brokerage license, which led me to my true passion. Q: Is there any news regarding downtown real estate you’d like to share? A: One very practical new thing I’m seeing that will stand the test of time and add value in resale is a second kitchen for prep space that goes unseen. Overall, buyers should be looking for quality construction in unique properties. If a property has this, it will always be desirable. The Woolworth Tower fits this perfectly. If buyers haven’t seen it, they are missing out—it’s the Plaza of downtown.
have grown. They want to be in more lively areas to feel young again. Some want to be closer to where they go out to dinner or closer to where their children now live. Q: Which neighborhoods do you think are best for couples and families? A: Today that is one and the same. Couples less and less are moving to suburbs once children arrive, and buyers are no longer neighborhood centric. Three diverse and popular examples for different lifestyles are in Lower Manhattan, West Chelsea, and the Lower East Side. Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: One of my most exciting listings is a penthouse duplex at West 14th Street. It's a two-bedroom with two jaw-dropping terraces—one facing south with views of the World Trade Center and the other facing north to Midtown. u
Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: More often than not it is buyers from uptown. I see a lot of empty-nesters moving back downtown after their kids
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ANNE FLANAGAN Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties / 917.363.4142 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Tell me about your background in real estate. A: After coming to the United States from Ireland, I started buying and renovating properties in California and around the country. Ten years later, after a successful executive career in Silicon Valley, the lure of real estate and my fluent French and Italian landed me an exciting opportunity as a broker in Manhattan. I’ve been blessed by repeat clients from around the globe. My motto: treat clients as I would like to be treated.
great areas—whether someone is looking for a West Village Brownstone or a discreet Tribeca industrial loft. Q: What kind of people are attracted to your downtown properties and neighborhoods? A: Downtown is where Manhattan was born in the early 1600s so people with an eye for historic charm and the quintessential loft or high-rise near hip galleries and boutiques will literally find it all here. It's not surprising many New Yorkers mobilize downtown for hip restaurants and nightlife. Q: Tell me about some of your exciting listings. A: I have a southern exposure high-floor luxury condo with stunning water views. I also have an extra large 1-bedroom condo with soaring loft-beamed ceilings in FiDi.
Q: Have there been any recent trends to note? A: According to our Berkshire Hathaway New York Properties Q2 Manhattan Market report, downtown condo sales increased, year over year in value, by 13%-20% compared to a 3.39% increase on the Upper West Side. Lower Manhattan is thriving with its residential population tripling since 2000 to over 60,000. Award-winning restaurants like Nobu, together with two indoor malls (Westfield and Brookfield Place)—some calling these the next Fifth Avenue—have certainly helped. The South Street Seaport is also reinventing itself from a quaint cobble stoned slice of historic New York to home of the latest iPic theater and new celebrity chef restaurants including Jean Georges and Momofuku’s. Downtown has so many
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Death & Company in the East Village continuously receives worldwide recognition as a leader in the cocktail industry.
CHELSEA Packed with the city’s best art galleries including Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, and Gladstone, it’s no wonder Chelsea attracts an artistic and creative crowd. Currently undergoing renovations, Hotel Chelsea—known for the list of notable artists, writers, and musicians who have resided there—remains a main attraction of this culture-rich neighborhood. Chelsea is also home to the majority of the city’s most unique and elevated park, the Highline. The Highline, a platform with greenery and wildflowers, provides unrivaled views of the city and, most importantly for Chelsea dwellers, the chance to witness a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions and billboard interventions—all significantly supported by Donald R. Mullen, the Brown Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Restaurant “musts” include the Red Cat—a local hotspot with New American eats—and Salinas, a romantic tapas joint perfect for date night. Clockwise from top left: View of Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra’s 2012 street art from the Highline; the Red Cat has been operating since 1999; Reason by Carsten Höller at Gagosian Gallery (photographed by Rob McKeever and courtesy of Gagosian); Salinas; the Highline.
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Clockwise from top left: The Chelsea Market; Tuscan chickpea pancakes at Santina; Tao Downtown; a selection of Lucy’s Whey cheeses at the Chelsea Market; the Dream Downtown hotel; the Gansevoort Meatpacking.
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The Meatpacking District is a hub of New York’s best nightlife, filled with posh restaurants, clubs, and hotels—there is never a dull moment in this neck of the woods. This glamorous neighborhood is home to the renowned Standard Highline—a hotel that seemingly leaves little reason to travel outside the property. Each room offers modern floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Manhattan. The hotel also features a penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar, Le Bain; the very popular Standard Grill restaurant; a bustling German beer garden on ground level; the Top of the Standard’s Boom Boom Room night club and lounge; and a little ice skating rink for cold winter days. Other chic hotels closeby include Gansevoort Meatpacking, with a rooftop pool for summer, and Dream Downtown, where you can enjoy upscale Mexican restaurant Bodega Negra or party at PHD Rooftop. Some notable restaurants in the area are Tao Downtown, Catch, and Santina. When you’re not out on the town, be sure to explore the passageways of the Chelsea Market, one of the world’s greatest food halls with over 35 vendors.
EAST VILLAGE A foodie’s haven, the East Village is best known for all its amazing neighborhood restaurants. In fact, you can’t walk down a street in this area without being tempted by one—the options are truly endless. Pylos on 7th provides a breadth of classic Greek cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, and just a couple blocks away, Lavagna offers top Italian trattoria fare in an intimate setting. Looking for brunch options? Pop into Pardon my French or Fonda for a killer bottomless brunch. The East Village’s young and hip demographic is also endlessly lured by the energetic nightlife with an abundance of cocktail bars like Cuban rum house Cienfuegos or Hawaiian-inspired tiki bar Mother of Pearl—both specializing in vegan plates. And not to mention the city’s best speakeasies like Death & Company and the more discreet Lovers of Today. Nearby is also Mr. Purple, a trendy rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo. Above: Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo. Below, left to right: Mother of Pearl; the East Village is known for its obscure shops like Enchantments, New York’s oldest witchcraft store.
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WILLIAMSBURG The hipster stereotype of Williamsburg is certainly on point. This neighborhood in Brooklyn, just over the Williamsburg Bridge, has recently experienced major gentrification driven by hipster culture and vibrant nightlife. This enclave draws in a young crowd that is attracted to the buzzy cafes, shops, and restaurants, and the beautiful waterfront views of Manhattan. The funky and boutique William Vale Hotel has been a major attraction since it was established, largely because of Westlight, the hotel’s rooftop bar. Additional hotspots include the Nitehawk Cinema movie theater, which serves food and craft cocktails to your seats; Freehold, a bar coined “a hotel lobby without the hotel”; the Western-inspired Urban Cowboy bed and breakfast, which feels like a rare magical retreat amidst urban chaos; and, of course, the Smorgasburg. Clockwise from above: The William Vale hotel; the Smorgasburg flea market; the Williamsburg Bridge under construction; Nitehawk Cinema.
The quiet and scenic West Village can be characterized by its enchanting cobblestone streets and old 19th-century townhouses, as well as its tendency to stray from the city’s standard grid system. The neighborhood has plenty of trendy bars and restaurants, and continues to prove itself as a favorite of celebrities and New York’s elite. Points of interest include the Jane Hotel over looking the Hudson River, which attracts in-the-know travelers from around the globe due to its prime location and hip bar, and the Garret—the hidden speakeasy over Five Guys on Bleecker Street. The area’s top dining spots include Jack’s Wife Freda for brunch, Bar Pitti for a casual and authentic Italian meal, and L’Artusi or the Waverly Inn as more formal options. And don’t forget to stop by Big Gay Ice Cream—it serves award-winning ice cream and frozen yogurt, and is representative of the area’s LGBT spirit like the adjoining Greenwich Village. Clockwise from top left: Low-rise townhouses; Big Gay Icecream Shop; the Jane Hotel.
GREENWICH VILLAGE Greenwich Village, affectionately referred to as “the Village,” has the low-rise character and neighborly charm of a dreamy European city. In this coveted zip code lies the iconic Washington Square Park—both a gateway to the Village and the unofficial hangout for students attending New York University. University life in Greenwich Village is heavy, with a large part of NYU’s campus spread throughout the neighborhood. Students are drawn to the exciting bars like Caffe Dante, which has been a community staple since opening its doors on Macdougal Street in 1915. The Village will also always be recognized as a cradle of the modern LGBT movement because of the 1969 Stonewall riots at the Stonewall Inn. This bar is still an iconic Greenwich Village institution, and it boldly displays its ongoing support for gay rights throughout its interior; images from the actual riots hang throughout the bar, and perhaps more nudity than one may have signed up for. Clockwise from top left: An NYU building; the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street; Washington Square Arch. 118 QUEST
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SOHO This fashion-forward area of New York is not only home to Skylight Clarkson Square, New York Fashion Week’s most recent primary show venue, but it also serves as one of New York’s top shopping districts. Unlike shopping on the Upper East Side’s Fifth and Madison avenues, SoHo offers a unique blend of both highend and inexpensive retailers from Chanel and Prada to more affordable options like Uniqlo. The area is also rich with design shops and eclectic one-of-a-kind boutiques like American Two Shot—offering industrial-chic clothing and a coffee bar under the same roof. For a shopping break, be sure to drop into Ladurée for tea, macarons, and an unbeatable ambience, or end your spree with dinner at Balthazar or Boqueria. Looking for a place to stay or hang out? The majestically designed Soho Grand Hotel, situated in the heart of SoHo, is where it’s at. The hotel’s Grand Bar & Lounge is a favorite haunt for savvy locals and refined travelers alike. Above: The Grand Bar & Lounge at the Soho Grand Hotel is packed nightly with a stylish downtown crowd. Below: Rag & Bone fashion show at Skylight Clarkson Square’s St. John’s Terminal.
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TRIBECA Known as one of New York’s most expensive and star-studded neighborhoods, Tribeca is arguably the hottest residential neighborhood to call home right now— it’s no wonder a group like the Four Seasons chose to establish a second Manhattan hotel at this location. The area is packed with successful professionals drawn to luxury real estate like the Woolworth Towers or the Fisher Brothers’ new 111 Murray Street building. The area is also popular for families and exercise gurus who can often be spotted en route to their early morning class whether it’s Soul Cycle, Barre, or Barry’s—you name it. Some of the area’s top hangouts include hip Italian restaurant Locanda Verde, the lively Belle Reve bar, and the Roxy Hotel (formerly Tribeca Grand), which boasts a vintage movie theater and popular lounge. Perhaps most noteworthy is the annual Tribeca Film Festival, which entices millions of people each year from the worlds of art, film, and music. u
Clockwise: The new skyscraper at 111 Murray Street; Roxy Cinema at the Roxy Hotel; Tribeca Film Festival.
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BY ALEX TRAVERS STEVEN REKER STROLLS through Studio PSK’s “Polyphonic Playground” on the second floor of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), knowing few will resist the chance to jump on a swing or climb the sonic ladder. Reker, along with MAD performing artists-in-residence Stephanie Acosta and NIC Kay, has provided the music for this installation instrument, which acts like a body-activated MIDI controller. Hop on the swing, and your movement composes a song. Climb the ladder, and conductive materials shoot out sonic blasts from a nearby speaker based on your route. Even an institution as impressive as the Museum of Arts and Design can’t help but be a little excited by the scope and scale of its latest exhibition, Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound. Its vision is daring, and the show, featuring six solo exhibitions and two group projects, has been in development
for the past two years. But, as MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon Stratton reminds me, “This is not the museum’s first foray into sound.” Just over a year ago, MAD presented Atmosphere for Enjoyment, an exhibition that highlights both sound and sculpture. Still, Sonic Arcade feels bigger, bolder, and even more hands-on. Today, as Barbara Tober—the chair emerita and the chair of the international council of MAD—and Stratton show me around the museum, we start our experience with Julianne Swartz’s “Sine Body.” This multi-sculptural installation uses feedback to read the air mass in a sculpture and then finds a perfect sine tone—a smooth repetitive oscillation produced by a continuous wave. “Swartz,” explains Stratton, “recorded the tone inside each vessel. Then she inserted a contact microphone inside the orifice of the vessel and recorded the
This page: Julianne Swartz's “Re-Sounding Vessels” (2017), part of Sonic Arcade: Sharing Space with Sound’s “Sine Body” exhibiton; Barbara Tober, the chair emerita and the chair of the international council of the Museum of Arts and Design. Opposite page: Studio PSK’s “Polyphonic Playground,” featuring artists-in-residence Stephanie M. Acosta, NIC Kay, and Steven Reker. Sonic Arcade: Sharing Space with Sound will remain open at MAD through February 25, 2018. For more information, please visit madmusuem.org or call 212.299.7777. OCTOBER 2017 121
This page, clockwise from top left: NIC Kay playing on Studio PSK’s “Polyphonic Playground”; “Knotted Gate Chant Cycle”, documentation detail, Harvest Works, (2016); installation view of “Polyphonic Playground”; Arjen Noordeman's and Christie Wright's “Xylophone Bangles,” (2010); the exterior of the Museum of Arts and Design, located at 2 Columbus Circle. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Visitors play on the “Polyphonic Playground”; Steven Reker climbs the sonic ladder; “Noordeman and Wright: Audiowear,” part of Sonic Arcade.
feedback between those electronic particles.” The exhibition notes call “Sine Body” a “chorus of pure sound,” since the feedback recordings add no overtones. For me, there’s something beautiful and elegiac about the composition, mostly because what sounds are often about out in the world where they are heard are very different than what they really signify. As Sonic Arcade continues, through the long passageways of MAD’s stairwells, there are touch-reactive sculptures by the Danish-born duo Foo/Skou. Some look like wooden wind chimes, which you can gently squeeze and, as an engineer tells me, the paint will react to touch to form a unique sound. After speaking with him for a moment, I realize that when you put a dozen or so people together—artists, engineers, musi-
cians, fundraisers, curators, visitors—there will be magic happening because everyone is working together for a common goal, creating a moment of collaborative poetry. “At MAD,” Barbara Tober enthuses, “we specialize in art exhibitions that combine the iconic and the innovative in surprising ways.” She’s right. For one, rocking on a swing in a museum is something I don’t think I’ll ever do again (although I have gone down a slide before). And—as I get to know on my second visit to the museum—there is a great sense of adventure and accomplishment in climbing a sonic ladder. Amid the synthetic pop sparkles coming from the speakers, you feel a weird sense of creation. Here, safe within this space, everyone’s laughing, everyone’s making music, and everyone’s having fun. u
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This page: Pumpkins illuminate the front porch of the Manor House; the Pumpkin Planetarium puts on a mesmerizing light show. Opposite page: Pumpkin ghosts haunt Van Cortlandt Manor.
swimming aquatic creatures with a giant sea serpent. Over 160,000 people experienced the Blaze last year, which was sold out every night, and the event is already a hit again this year. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze has not only attracted locals and families, but has also impressed A-List stars and tastemakers. Martha Stewart has featured the event on her show, and referred to the happening as a “Halloween extravaganza.” Blaze has also been praised by actor Neil Patrick Harris and actress Laura Prepon. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience all the hype of this innovative and magical event! With tickets starting at $16 for children and $20 for adults, you will have the chance to visit all the thematic sites to the official Blaze Halloween–themed soundtracks created by recording artist Richard Christy, along with additional new tracks for this season. Be sure to have your camera ready for these picturesque moments, and keep in mind the other seasonal exhibits nearby like the terrifying Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. u
This page: T-Rex stalks Jurassic Park (above); a giant sea serpent surfaces near the under-sea aquarium (below). Opposite page: The Skeleton Emergence site.
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ONE OF THE AREA’S most exhilarating and successful fall events has arrived for the 13th consecutive year—in true Halloween spirit. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Westchester County is a jaw-dropping experience, featuring more than 7,000 elaborately designed, hand-carved pumpkins that illuminate the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, which alone is a site to see. Michael Natiello, creative director of Blaze, noted that the landscape is in fact the true inspiration for the event; Blaze is likened to a land art installation informed by notable artists like Robert Smithson, and the pumpkins are arranged and placed to complement and bring attention to the site’s rich architecture and history. The pumpkins are sorted into different thematic arrangements throughout the manor. This year’s event will feature a 20-foot pumpkin carousel and a new pumpkin Statue of Liberty. It will also include old favorites like “Jurassic Park” with a herd of dinosaurs; a circus train with clowns and animals; giant spider webs; a pumpkin planetarium; and an area with
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FIFTY YEARS OF FASHIONING THE AMERICAN DREAM BY DANIEL CAPPELLO
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“IF YOU SAY SOMETHING is ‘very Ralph Lauren,’ you’re immediately understood.” So remarked Audrey Hepburn at the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony back in 1992. At the time, Ralph Lauren’s 25-year-old eponymous fashion label–cum–lifestyle brand had already made its mark as perhaps the definitive American fashion label. In the 25 years since Hepburn made those remarks, Lauren’s empire has only expanded, and his position as the arbiter of American taste and style has only become more absolute. This fall, to mark the occasion of his 50 fascinating years at the helm of a design juggernaut that spans men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion as well as home décor, Lauren has expanded upon the intimate view, first published in 2007, of his professional passions and processes in a luxurious book titled, simply, Ralph Lauren (Rizzoli). The founding of Lauren’s company 50 years ago as a maker of ties could be likened to its prep-school period of life: casual, carefree, colAbove: The cover of the expanded 50th-anniversary edition of the book Ralph Lauren (Rizzoli), by Ralph Lauren. Visit rizzoliusa.com or ralphlauren.com for more. Opposite page: Ubah Hassan photographed in Los Angeles, California, for a Ralph Lauren fashion campaign in 2009. OCTOBER 2017 129
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legiate. Over time, the brand went on to graduate, enter the world, and capture the collective imagination of the American culture that it represents—and which it now helps to define. Ralph Lauren first conquered casual American sportswear, then stepped it up a notch or few. The label quickly mastered formalwear, even down to made-to-measure. Home décor was another natural pursuit, as were accessories like Swiss watches, haute jewelry, and made-in-England-stamped shoes. He even dared to enter the world of fine dining, opening celebrated eateries in Chicago, Paris, New York, and London. Today, if you’re lucky enough to settle in at a banquette of tufted tartan at the clubby Polo Bar in Manhattan, you might feel somewhat like a Hollywood star who’s finally arrived. Then again, Ralph Lauren has always made us feel this way: from evocative ad campaigns to rich velvet jackets and gowns, from a simple piqué shirt emblazoned with an iconic polo player to the weight of those handsome scotch glasses for the bar at home, we’ve all played a part in this stylish American mise-en-scène crafted by the master himself. Now, thanks to the 50th-anniversary edition of Ralph Lauren, whenever we want to conjure a scene from the past 50 years of this script, all we have to do is open the book. u 132 QUEST
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This page: A 2012 Ralph Lauren fashion campaign photographed by Carter Berg in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Opposite page: Ralph Lauren photographed by Bruce Weber in Bedford, New York, 1997.
THE BEST OF DOWNTOWN SHOPPING BY ALEX TRAVERS
Whether you find yourself in the heart of the Village or in FiDi’s latest shopping marvel, Brookfield Place, we’ve picked the hottest retailers to visit below 14th Street. From playful accessories to high-end luxury goods, New York continues to offer the best of the best.
MULBERRY 134 Spring Street 646.669.8380 / mulberry.com/us Mulberry has been making leather goods in Somerset, England, since 1971. In fact, it all started at a kitchen table, where the brand’s founder, Roger Saul, made the first Mulberry leather belts. But the brand has evolved over the decades, opening one factory and then a second. Mulberry’s two British factories are called The Rookery, based in Chilcompton, and The Willows, in nearby Bridgwater. The Rookery was opened in 1989 with 100 employees, and the Willows opened in 2013, named after the nearby Willow Man sculpture. You can shop all for Mulberry’s accessories at its SoHo location.
RALPH LAUREN 109 Prince Street 212.625.1660 / ralphlauren.com Here’s a store in SoHo that you won’t want to miss. Boasting a towering entrance that leads to one of New York’s most impressive selections of quality products, this retail wonder welcomes you to the world of Ralph Lauren. New Yorkers flock here to outfit themselves in the latest offerings from America’s favorite designer. From short-sleeved polos for the golf and tennis courts to elegant evening wear for nights on the town, you’ll find it all at this beautiful boutique. For fall, look out for great double-breasted blazers and embroidered gowns.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE DOWNTOWN 225 Liberty Street 646.344.6300 / saksfifthavenue.com He’s the man who created the million-dollar shoe. But that’s just one of Stuart Weitzman’s many achievements. After 30 years of designing footwear and being honored with a lifetime achievement award by Footwear News, it’s no wonder Stuart Weitzman is embraced by the shoppers of New York. From flats to pumps to wedges, the brand is known for breathing new life into classic looks. (This season, we’re big fans of the Vanland Boot in stretch suede and the Shorty Bootie.) So when you find yourself at Brookfield Place in FiDi, be sure to stop by Saks Fifth Avenue Downtown, a showcase for several Stuart Weitzman products, and for the very best designer handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts the world has to offer. OCTOBER 2017 135
ACNE STUDIOS 33 Greene Street 212.334.8345 / acnestudios.com Acne Studios is a Stockholm-based fashion house with a multidisciplinary approach. Through founder and creative director Jonny Johansson’s interest in photography, art, architecture, and contemporary culture, the brand carved an alternative fashion path, turning Acne Studios into a well-respected creator of ready-towear clothing, magazines, furniture, books, and artistic exhibitions. The collections are defined by Johansson’s attention to detail, with an emphasis on tailoring and an eclectic use of materials and custom-developed fabrics.
J. PRESS 304 Bleecker Street 212.255.6151 / jpressonline.com J. Press began on the grounds of Yale University over 100 years ago and has been a fixture of the campus ever since. When the company started making its first pieces of clothing, founder Jacobi Press believed in quality above all else. It’s a belief that earned him the esteem of U.S. presidents, statesmen, scholars, and captains of industry who selected J. Press items for their wardrobe. Today, like their fathers and grandfathers before them, gentlemen step into J. Press stores to be expertly fitted in hand-crafted clothing that holds true to a classic American ideal that is simultaneously suited to a contemporary lifestyle. The brand’s downtown location is a joy to browse. (Rumor has it: the uptown one is coming back soon, too.)
LACOSTE 541 Broadway 212.219.9203 / lacoste.com There are many reasons to visit Lacoste’s SoHo boutique: stock up on the brand’s classic piqué polos, test the latest fragrances, check out items from the latest runway collection, try on some new shoes. But alternatively—if faced, say, with a sudden urge to take a trip to the country—you can also find great outerwear (for men and women), along with a colorful selection of bags for packing everything you may want to bring along. And if you need a new pair of sunglasses for the fall, Lacoste has you covered.
LOUIS VUITTON 116 Greene Street 212.274.9090 / us.louisvuitton.com In 1837, a 16-year-old Louis Vuitton arrived in Paris and started apprenticing for Monsieur Maréchal, a successful box-maker. At the time, horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains were the main modes of transportation. Baggage was handled roughly. Travelers called upon craftsmen to pack and protect their individual objects. Vuitton quickly became a valued craftsman at the Parisian atelier of Monsieur Maréchal. These were the roots of his highly specialized trade, the beginning of his career in an industry that called upon skills to design boxes and, later, trunks according to clients’ wishes. Today, Louis Vuitton still upholds the same high standards of craftsmanship for all its products.
PROENZA SCHOULER 121 Greene Street 212.420.7300 / proenzaschouler.com Proenza Schouler, a New York–based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, offers some of the most unique silhouettes and shapes. In fact, the brand helped define “downtown cool” with the launch of its PS1 bag. McCollough and Hernadez met while studying at Parson’s School of Design, eventually collaborating on their senior thesis, which became their first collection as Proenza Schouler. The first Proenza Schouler store opened in New York in September 2012, located at 822 Madison Avenue. In October 2013, Proenza Schouler opened its second store (now the flagship), located in SoHo, at 121 Greene Street.
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 200 Vesey Street, Space 114 212.267.2720 / ferragamo.com Salvatore Ferragamo dedicated his life to crafting the perfect shoe. When he studied human anatomy in the United States, he spent a large amount of time examining the distribution of the body’s weight over the many joints of the foot. “I discovered,” he once wrote, “that the weight of our bodies when we are standing erect drops straight down on the arch of the foot. I constructed my revolutionary lasts, which supporting the arch.” Ferragamo is now in its third generation. Today, footwear remains the brand’s core business, but also be sure to stop by the Brookfield Place location downtown to see all the clothing and accessories (espeically the classic Double Gancio belts) they have in store.
KIRNA ZABÊTE 477 Broome Street 212.9411.9656 / kirnazabete.com Kirna Zabête is an essential fashion destination in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and is shopped globally at kirnazabete.com. Founded by two best friends in 1999, Kirna Zabête is currently owned by Beth Buccini, who perosnally selects each item sold at the boutique with the intention of impressing every client who walks through the door. Through Buccini’s smart selections, Kirna Zabête offers one of the best edits of the most exciting designers of today and tomorrow in a warm and welcoming environment. Stop in and see for yourself.
LULULEMON 250 Vesey Street, Space 115 212.786.0315 / lululemon.com Athletic wear is everywhere today, and Lululemon—with its vast selection of tops, yoga pants, swimsuits, accessories, and “gear to sweat in”—has helped pioneer the movement. Grab outfits for the gym, for a workout class, for a long run...or even for just running errands. This stuff is the best, and it lasts. Doesn’t shrink. Doesn’t crinkle. Plus, it’s super comfortable. Offering clothing and accessories for both sexes, Lululemon prides itself on garment construction. Most pants and tops, for example, feature hidden pockets so your phone doesn’t hobble around or fall out. Some jackets even have little cuffs to keep your hands warm on a cool night.
Influential, innovative and progressive, Gucci is reinventing a wholly modern approach to fashion and accessories. Under the vision of creative director Alessandro Michele, the house has redefined luxury for the 21st century, further reinforcing its position as one of the world’s most desirable fashion houses. Eclectic, contemporary, and romantic, Gucci products represent the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and are unsurpassed for their quality and attention to detail. 138 QUEST
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WARBY PARKER 121 Greene Street 646.568.3720 / warbyparker.com Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Warby Parker believes that the experience of buying glasses should leave you happy and looking good—and with money in your pocket. They also believe that everyone has the right to see. According to their data, almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses. Which means that 15 percent of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
MONCLER 90 Prince Street 646.350.3620 / moncler.com Founded in 1952 in Monestier-de-Clermont, France, Moncler’s headquarters are now located in Italy. Over the course of the years, the brand has merged style with technological research, harnessing the knowledge of mountaineering experts. Moncler collections combine extreme needs with day-to-day city life. Beginning in 2003, when Remo Ruffini entered the Moncler Group, he began repositioning of the brand. Now, Moncler products take on a more distinctive and exclusive aspect, putting the pursuit of quality at the heart of its work.
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35 Howard Street 212.219.2688 / openingceremony.com Opening Ceremony was founded in 2002 by two college friends, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, as a place to share their passions for travel, art, and fashion. Inspired by a trip to Hong Kong, the two decided to leave their jobs in corporate fashion to realize their unique dream. What began as a single store on a quiet street in downtown New York is now a global community with outposts in New York and Los Angeles, a department store in Tokyo, a wholesale showroom, an in-house clothing line, a blog, and an e-commerce site. Taking its name and mission statement from the modern Olympic Games, founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Opening Ceremony adopts a multinational approach to retail.
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY ALE X TRAVER S AND BROOKE KELLY
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Clockwise from top left: Julia Loomis strikes a pose; glowing water fountains filled with the new Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé, the #1 best-selling champagne in the country, were featured at the event; Zach Kalter and Helen Owen on the red carpet; Gizele Oliveira and friend showing off their cutsom goblets of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne; the crowd was surprised with a lively performance by acclaimed American rapper Travis Scott towards the end of the night.
MOËT & CHANDON X PUBLIC SCHOOL LAUNCH PARTY AT FULTON MARKET
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month during New York Fashion Week to celebrate the official launch of the Moët & Chandon x Public School. At the party, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne unveiled their three limited-edition bottles of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé— the best-selling rosé champagne in the United States. Chow and Osborne have successfully transformed the classic champagne with a Public School spin, using black matte as a foundation. Taking cues from Public School’s designers, the event’s venue
was transformed into an oasis of matte black with glowing luminosity, with amber-glowing champagne water fountains that encouraged all to “push for rosé.” Throughout the evening, guests including Gizele Oliveira, Natalie Suarez, Lily Kwong, Julia Loomis, Evan Ross, and DJ Cassidy enjoyed custom goblets of champagne to music by DJs Vashtie and Ruckus, before a surprise performance by Travis Scott. To close out the party, Teyana Taylor made a grand exit by cradling a fully illuminated jeroboam of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé. OCTOBER 2017 141
private dinner hosted by Grey Goose; Bella Heathcote and Luke Evans at the Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
▲ TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL GREY GOOSE PARTIES
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DURING THE TORONTO International Film Festival, Grey Goose threw a number of hot soirées at the Soho House in support of the film industry. They started out their string of celebrations with a private dinner for the Killing of a Sacred Deer on September 9, where guests like Nicole Kidman enjoyed bespoke Grey Goose cocktails. A couple nights later was the celebration of My Days of Mercy on the third floor Pretzel and Bell Bar with Ellen Page and more. Another notable bash was held the very next night with Luke Evans and Bella Heathcote for the successful premiere of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.
THE CINEMA SOCIETY and Cole Haan hosted an impressive
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party at the Jane Hotel to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Lenny, with the magazine’s co-founders and stars of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Other notable attendees included Ruth Wilson, Julia Stiles, Billions star Malin Akerman, Greta Gerwif, Shoshanna Gruss, Andrew Saffir, and more. Throughout the evening, guests sipped on “Lenny Libations” and “Extraordinary Elixirs” while engaging in a number of activities like a live portrait session with illustrator Hallie Bateman, or requesting an on-the-spot, personalized poem from Jacqueline Suskin.
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Left to right: Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman at the Killing of a Sacred Deer
Clockwise from top left: Kendall Jenner poses for the camera; Belvedere Vodka cocktails were served at the bar; sisters Paris Hilton and Nicky Rothschild Hilton; Masha Markova Hanson; Garrett Neff and Lauren Gaudette; Maria Borges, Herieth Paul, Maartje Verhoef, and Frida Aasen.
HARPER’S BAZAAR ICONS EVENT WITH MOËT & CHANDON AT THE PLAZA
FASHION AND HOLLYWOOD’S ELITE gathered at the Plaza
Hotel during New York Fashion Week for this year’s annual Harper’s Bazaar Icons event presented by Moët & Chandon— one of NYFW’s most highly anticipated evenings. The very exclusive rock n’roll black-tie celebration drew an unmatched crowd of well-heeled attendees including Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Nicki Minaj, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Rocky Barnes, Hailey Baldwin, Cindy Crawford, and more—the list
goes on. The fashionable spirit of the star-studded crowd was definitely expressed through the outfits showcased at the event, ranging from Kendall Jenner’s extremely sheer Docle & Gabbana ensemble to Nicki Minaj’s colorful sequin-embroidered Oscar de la Renta gown. Throughout the night, guests mingled, danced, and swilled flutes of Moët Minis from the world’s first champagne vending machine. The evening was a toast to Carine Roitfeld, one of the most iconic women in fashion. Also featured at the event was a special live performance by the Weeknd. u OCTOBER 2017 143
GHOULISH GALLIVANTING continues after death, the holiday is marked by the custom of building altars stocked with food, flowers, and special remembrances of departed loved ones. It has also become a way, many years in the running now, for El Museo del Barrio—New York’s leading Latino cultural institution representing the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures—to host its Día de Los Muertos benefit, to support arts education and public programming. Sponsored by the museum’s Junior Council, the event sells out year after year and raises impressive sums of money, thanks to hot-ticket auction prizes like honeymoon trips to Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The theme is executed to the hilt, with lavish altars, tequila-infused cocktails, face painting, snake charming, and a dress code that’s, well, drop-dead chic. —Daniel Cappello Scenes from one of El Museo del Barrio’s annual Día de los Muertos parties. Clockwise from above: The decorated hall of the Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side, where the fundraiser was held; Camilo Téllez, John Jepsen, and Daniel Djuro-Goiricelaya among the revelers; a snake charmer. For more information about this year’s benefit, to be held October 26, visit elmuseo.org.
MANHATTAN IS NOT so much a haunted city, unless you listen to the spooky tales of places like Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, or the Village restaurant One If By Land, Two If By Sea. Still, come Halloween, and the city that is perhaps the authority on throwing a charitable party can hold its own in conjuring—or paying homage to—the dead. Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is the traditional Mexican celebration honoring loved ones who have passed away. Based on the belief that life
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