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110 VIVA VERSACE! Twenty-five years after his death, Gianni Versace’s legacy lives on in Miami by brooke kelly Murray & alexander hankin

116 PERFECT TIMING Greenleaf & Crosby is making a major splash in the bustling Palm Beach market by partnering with two of the world’s most renowned Swiss watchmakers: Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen. by roberT JanJiGian

120 MIAMI’S MAGICAL MUSEUMS From the Wynwood Walls to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, we explore Miami’s most iconic art institutions. by brooke kelly Murray

126 MIAMI’S MAGNIFICENT MERCHANTS A guide to the best shopping in Miami, from Bal Harbour to the Design District.

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headlong into the the penultimate month of the year and our democracy stands taller than ever - political polarization much to the contrary. Even the mainstream media agrees (well ... mostly). Next, our country looks ahead to a day of Thanksgiving, our most American of holidays (and my personal favorite). And our resilient city of New York continues to reopen museums, theaters, concert halls and bodegas to its devoted denizens and apprehensive visitors alike. Charity events and cultural openings are crowding the ever bulging social calendar, and the louche COVID street “ensembles” have been discarded for fancier frocks and glam evening wear. The merchant scene up Madison to Harlem, and down Fifth to SoHo is bustling with pre-holiday shoppers and gawkers, and the side-street restaurants and clubs (so many spiffy new ones!!) overflow with generous patrons. The Giants and the Jets are surprise NFL division leaders and exciting to watch; if only the improving Mets and snake-bitten Yankees could have followed suit into a subway World Series. Quest is proud to join the chorus in proclaiming that the island of Manhattan has recouped its pulse and incomparable swagger.

And speaking of revitalized “big towns”, Miami perhaps America’s most international of cities has regained its polyglot mojo and artistic soul. In the pages ahead, Quest celebrates the Miami zeitgeist, beginning with our Society Editor Hilary Geary Ross’s retrospective of Art Basel’s 50th year anniversary. Our stunning scribe Hilary, and her sage investor husband Wilbur Ross are seasoned collectors and regulars at the Art Basel festival. Further on, Senior Editor Brooke Murray gives us a visual tour of Miami’s evolving museum and gallery world. Brooke also profiles the late Gianni Versace with Contributor Alexander Hankin, pictured above at the legendary mansion. Elsewhere in this issue we publish our candid conversations with ten of the topmost property agents along the Eastern Seaboard, and share with you their upbeat market assessments. And

with kudos and thanks to the fabled and hard-working shutterbug Patrick McMullan, we pridefully give you an insider’s glimpse into Quest ’s 400 Party, which hadn’t been appropriately staged since 2019; we encourage you all to join us at Doubles in 2023 - drinks are on the publisher!

As I reluctantly button down my beloved Adirondack aerie for the season, the still flourishing South of Florida lies ahead. And if our Miami “cover girl” is a bona fide Boomtown, then the lure of Palm Beach County can’t be ignored either. Some WAGs say that South Florida now offers a friendlier professional climate; indeed, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis calls the North-to-South population shift the “Great American Exodus”, with political undercurrents that aren’t kind to the once impregnable progressive urban strongholds. Perhaps. But undeniable is the traditional American thirst for greater economic prosperity and generational improvement. Whether it’s a post-pandemic flight to sanctuary, or truly a seminal migration, Quest readers will undoubtedly lead the way ... and we’ll be there to cover them. ◆

ON THE COVER: An aerial view of Ocean Drive and downtown Miami, Florida at dusk. Photographed by Matteo Colombo/ Getty Images.

Clockwise from bottom left: Hilary Geary Ross; Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami; Miami Beach’s skyline; the 2022 Quest 400 party at Doubles; Patrick McMullan; Alexander Hankin at the former Versace Mansion; Leo Castelli (center) and Claes Oldenburg (right) at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, 1975.
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NEW YORK IS BACK in town. Summer’s gone and many New Yorkers have re turned to the home base after a not-so-brief stay out there, wherever “there” might be. But the town is busy again in the way you expect Autumn in New York. A lot is going on five days a week. It quiets down

over weekends in certain parts of town; and picks up in other sections, such as downtown SoHo and beyond.

This is the season for the social lunches and banquets for raising funds for the many causes that are active in New York. The kickoff was Lauren Veronis’s now landmarked

“Through the Kitchen” dinner a fundraiser for her longest personal commitment outside of her marriage and her fam ily for the Cancer Research Institute, always on a Sunday night at the Four Seasons Bar and Grill.

A brief cocktail hour and then the opportunity to go

through the Four Seasons’s vast and spotless, top-of-the-line kitchen, choosing (as much of) anything your little heart de sires. And even more, including lots of the restaurant’s varieties of salads and meals and vege tables. And then there were the desserts, and the wines and liquors. And all served up effi

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ciently at the tables in the pool room overlooking the Bron fman Plaza and Park Avenue.

The Pool Room tables on all four sides of the pool had less tables this year of returning. Lauren was concerned that people would still be nervous about “crowds” and limited the evening to 200 guests.

The tables are the entertain ment every year. They have names based on something public. This year it was the Singers and their music. I was at the Chubby Checker ta ble jammed full with Chubby Checker memories and mem orabilia. I didn’t see all the tables but there was an Elvis table and even whats-her-name Spear

After the main course, Lau ren came to the microphone to thank all the supporters in the room, and to review the progress of the CSI. The lure of the evening to its support ers is exactly what the din ner delivers to those provid ing financial support to a progressing non-profit doing God’s work. Yes.

Then there was Fashion Week. the annual fall event benefits the Museum at FIT, New York’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of fashion. The presenting

sponsor was Nordstrom. It’s an annual luncheon held on the mezzanine level gallery on the David H. Koch Theater. I’ve attended it many times, always the guest of Eleanora Kennedy, and often seated next to Mar tha Stewart, which is one of the high lights of the event.

I’ve always been a fan.

Martha possesses an artist’s dedication and therefore an artist’s life. She’s also a bril liant businesswoman. But it’s the artist that moves her. I watched her only once when

she had that daily TV show years ago. I was in awe not only of her knowledge but of her presentation. It was supe rior and at the same time down home/just folks.

Off-camera, off-stage, at the dinner or lunch table, she’s the same person you see on the Tube. Over the past few years I have had an occasional chance to be in her company. Fascinat ing and compelling and totally All-American Girl of this age of ours.

She wasn’t there this year. Because... what else? she was working on a shoot. So I was seated next to my hostess El eanora and on my left, Sarah Wetenhall who with her hus band Andrew Wetenhall own

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ing. London’s Daily Mail had an article about a television/ movie/series about Truman Capote and his favorite social ladies and how he “betrayed” them with a piece he wrote “Cote Basque 1965” about them in that (social) world. Published in 1975 in Es quire, it was basically a piece of dish about the “characters” lunching on one particu lar day in the restaurant. Cote Basque, which was then located on East 55th Street, was across the road from the St. Regis Hotel and

one of the most popular (and exclusive) restaurants with a celebrity/social list of clients, including CZ Guest, Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, Slim Keith, Gloria Vanderbilt, Car ol Matthau, Jackie Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill

By the mid-70s, Truman was part of the Studio 54 scene and into the drugs, particularly cocaine. “Cote Basque 1965” was originally described as a chapter of his “next book” a novel, Answered Prayers, which was never finished. After it was published, his “best friend” Babe Paley had cut him off, as did many others. Although some remained friendly.

He died in August 1984 a month before his 60th. He

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had made a big impression with many because he was a sorrowful person but clever and amusing. There was a great wit so there was humor throughout. But sadness was the underlying foundation of the man. An abandoned child, he was frail and deli cate in presence but he was tough. It was a tough child hood, basically abandoned by parents but cared for by women relatives who were older and kind. They pro vided the seeds to his cre ative development. So he was lucky, abandoned as he was, but gifted.

Meanwhile, back at the calendar. Out in San Sim eon, California, the Hearst Castle Preservation Founda

tion held its annual weekend benefit at the Hearst Castle.

I’d been aware of Hearst’s palace since I was a kid read ing about it in movie maga zines as well as the major national weekly magazines because William Randolph Hearst entertained Hol lywood stars at weekend parties and a bevy of fa mous names from presidents, movie stars, princes and even George Bernard Shaw who couldn’t resist an invitation to the house (palace) that “God would have built for himself if he had the money.”

Sitting on a mountaintop

of an estate, San Simeon, which is how the proper ty was often referred to in the press, was only one of Hearst’s several residences (four in California). Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with 50 miles of shorefront on the Pacific, and 40 miles inland, it was comprised of 425,000 acres (or 250,000 depending on the source).

The original property known as the Hearst Farm was acquired in the last half of the 19th century by his father George Hearst , the mining tycoon who as

his mining prospects grew, so did his taste for real estate, including a million acre mining and oil ranch property in Mexico. The Hearsts and their only son William visited San Simeon fairly frequently. This was back when California was still the wild west and the Gold Rush, and beginning to grow and prosper.

The castle built by W.R. as George’s son was referred to in adult life was a trea sure trove of vast collections of art, antiques, china, and books. It was only one of four spectacular residences he had in California as well as a 30 room/four floors apartment in Manhattan as well as the Ritz Tower on

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It was publicly well known even nationally that he spent most of his time living with Marion in an era when that kind of relation ship was never publicly re vealed and always considered scandalous. However, every one understood; it was what he wanted. It also served both women respectfully.

Marion, however, was the mistress of La Cuesta en Can tada, as the castle was official ly known. Midway between Los Angeles and San Francis co, set on thousands of acres along with 50 miles of shore front, it was fre quently a scene of house par ties, including many members of the motion picture industry throughout the 1920s through the 1940s. It was always an “honor” and op portunity to be included at the grand gatherings.

It’s a masterpiece of Amer ican grandeur incorporating

centuries of art and culture right up to the 20th century and the movie screen. After WR’s death in 1951, the Castle and the acreage surrounding it was gifted by the Hearst sons to the State of California after WR’s death in the 1950s and is open to the public for tours.

I took one of those tours in the late 70s. Walking through the vast yet oddly homey atmosphere, it’s easy to see how a weekend party in a house with 53 bed rooms and going full tilt, must have been an amazing experi

ence for anyone.

Later in recounting my visit to La Cuesta Enantada to an old professor of mine, a man who had vast knowledge of American and European his tory, finishing my description of the tour, after a serious mo ment, he told me a story about one of the weekends at San Simeon, which included Doro thy Parker, who at the time had a column in one of the Hearst papers.

It was always an “honor” and opportunity to be includ ed at these homey yet grand gatherings, all curious to expe rience. At the end of that week end, however, before Dorothy departed, however, she was informed that her journalistic

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services would no longer be needed. In other words, she had been “fired.”

In her scalding disappoint ment, with her bags packed, the poet, writer, satirist known for her wit (and wisecracks) wrote out the following, and pinned it on Marion Davies’s bedroom door:

“Upon my honor

I’ve seen the Madonner Set high in a golden niche. But beyond this door, Lies the beautiful whore, Of the world’s worst son of a bitch.”

The major international sto ry of this past month was of course the passing and funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For most of my life, my

interest in Queen Elizabeth was entirely historical almost in the academic sense. However, over the past couple of decades, I’d come to see her as not just the Queen of England, but a light of survival of this world of ours. Our peacemaker with ourselves. Our last hope.

I know that seems naïve, since I am merely an observer, but the image that was al ways appropriate over these last several years had aged into wisdom personified. I came to regard her as the most pow erful woman in the world.

Powerful in the sense that she

personified strength and good ness in a way that was authen tic. Furthermore, she could express herself to all kinds of men of great power, political and otherwise, and yet remain above them quite honestly.

All I really know about her role as Queen is what we all see, that which is pre sented to us usually little more than her shaking a hand and that gracious smile.

When I first saw an ungra cious smile (in the press of course), it might have begun with the death of Diana. It was then that she learned (we later

learned) something about the powerful importance of Diana’s death openly expressed by the entire world. Her own rela tionship with Diana was, natu rally, much more personal. The Queen, after all, was a motherin-law, and of an important son in her scheme of things.

Whatever it was that mo tivated her public image, I’d come to see her in a different light. What I was seeing was a woman who with no real polit ical power presented a natural image of great power. Like a great Mother. This time, for not only the British people, but also for the world.

In my lifetime and in the lifetimes of the generations that came before, the wom

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an’s role was mainly to stand back. Queen Victoria in the 19th century had real power, which she exercised when she felt necessary, but she didn’t expose herself to the crowds; she didn’t like being out there among the people.

Her great-great-grand daughter Elizabeth was the last Queen of power in a world of changing roles. It reminded me of her “work” as a young teen age volunteer in World War II, where she learned to be a me chanic and working with the people. She did it all as well as her self-volunteers.

In thinking about her, I’m reminded of the Queen Mother. I never met the Queen Mother although I

have known a number of peo ple who knew her, including three who actually worked for her in the palace: the foot men. Those whom I met were all then working in private homes in New York and Bev erly Hills, having graduated from service for the Royal Family.

The most pop ular member of the Royal Family who came up in conversation was always, with an affectionate humor, Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

A favorite anecdote about her I learned from an English man working in the service

of friends of mine in Beverly Hills. He told me how genial and friendly the Queen Mother was with her staff. There was a now off-told incident when the Queen Mother sent one of the footmen to collect the jew els she would be wearing at a din ner that evening. When he got off the lift he was bedecked in the Royal Jewels in the presence of the Queen Mum whose openly feigning dismay com manded: “Give me those; those are for a real Queen!” The footman naturally sur rendered, and a good laugh

was had by all.

She was a woman who liked people and liked the role of being a Queen. She was from a prominent family, but not royal. As a young woman, she was popular in London Soci ety where, in the beginning, she was fond of David, the then Prince of Wales, who became Edward VIII. Like others, she lost out on him to Mrs. Simpson, the Amer ican divorcee. But Elizabeth had married David’s younger brother, who would replace his older brother and became King George VI on the throne after his brother’s abdication. Their firstborn child, Elizabeth, was given her name.

When George VI died, and

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his 26-year-old daughter was now the Queen, her mother was concerned that she herself would lose the title of being a “real” queen to others. She liked the title, and all that came with it. And she wore it com fortably and graciously. She al ways had the real power in her sense of self. It was no accident that they created a new title for her, a first: The Queen Mother. Thank you.

Her effect on her daughters’ lives was typical where there are sisters and one is bestowed with a “specialness” that can’t be bought or shared with the other. Toward the end of their lives, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother would sometimes go up to the Queen

Mum’s country residence at Windsor on weekends, along with several of the boys (foot men). And they’d have a Sat urday evening of drinks with Margaret playing the piano sur rounded by the footmen from her residence singing their hearts out drinking and a good time was had by all. Real lives among the monarchs.

The Queen Mother Eliz abeth died in the 50th year of her daughter’s reign. Tina Brown , i n her brilliant bi ography, The Palace Papers , about the current Royal Fam

ily, reports that the Queen Mother’s thoughts and opin ions continued to make an impression on her eldest daughter, although after her passing, there was also the accompanying relief for Eliza beth, the daugh ter who no lon ger had to worry about what her mother would be thinking. Also real lives among monarchs.

The British Royal Fami ly. When you think of it, an interesting irony is that the British Royal story today is about the family member

who married an actress, a Los Angeles girl, and now lives in Montecito. They’ve been in the news tabloidal, TV, and the web almost daily for the past year. First was the Oprah interview where the new wife vaguely criticized Har ry’s in-laws in general and “shocked” everybody. The race card was played along with the regular boy meets girl-meets family story.

The general media re action to their presence is lacking the respect the same media expresses about the other members of the family. I haven’t kept up with their financials although because Harry’s family is rich, it’s been reported that he left

Princess Margaret
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the family palace with mil lions settled on him (and his new wife), and chose to live an un-Royal life although by ordinary standards it still looks pretty “royal.”

But theirs is the classic family tale. They can’t stand the bride. She’s a this-thatand-the other , as well as de manding and self-centered and on and on. Now the opinion of Prince Harry who used to be the fairest and most charming Royal to the world, out there giving the country a good reputation, a prince of the people. His mother’s child.

Now that he’s married to her, he’s weak, easily con trolled by that woman, as if

he’s betrayed the institution of the throne, which he will never occupy, and which his grandmother had final ly signed away the last of its legal power. It now sounds like a soap opera of family issues, which is quite common among us humans. In the days of old WR Hearst, they would have been Number One at his castle on the weekend guestlist.

I’d never seen The Music Man before film or theatre. I knew the score, grew up on it. Wonderful songs, big hits after the original Broadway

show was launched. I rarely get to the theatre but Beth DeWoody who is in town invited me. I knew whatev er it would be, it would be wonderful because of the score and the time when it had a long run on Broadway and film. And the score is classic Broadway Amer icana. It doesn’t make you feel bad. In fact, it can even make you feel better, even wonderful.

I ran into Deborah Nor ville at the Quest party, and when I told her I was off to see the show, she immedi ately told me how much she

loved it. She first saw it when she was a little girl of age seven, and she loved it then. And then again the film. I told Beth that story when I got to the theater. She too had seen it first when she was a four-year-old, and she too has seen in many times over the years on film.

And so it was, sort of to my surprise. I’d never seen the stage or film version, so I was unfamiliar with the sto ry and was not aware that it had such a profound effect. A small town in the middle of the middle of America Iowa in the late 19th/early 20th century.

The stars were Hugh Jack man and Sutton Foster and

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they were wonderful but so was every one in this enormous cast. They were all stars before your eyes. Everyone from the oldest to the youngest, which included some amazing very young performers and performances. There’s a social message but it’s a carnival mu sical set in middle America in a time now gone by. And therefore myth, but attached to truth and a great pleasure to witness from seat in this great old theater.

( Barbra Streisand opened and be came a huge star almost overnight in Funny Girl in this theater. I can’t re sist recalling seeing La Streisand in the show on the second night and it was stunning; she was.)

The Music Man . Everything about this show is a celebration because of the performances all of them are brilliant. There were also several peo

ple of color among the performers, in all the roles; all brilliant and wonderful to watch. Amazing talent.

Then of course there was Mr. Jack man. I had never seen him perform in anything, which tells you a little bit about my knowledge of films or televi sion. But a number of years ago, Susan Silver wrote a piece for the NYSD on her attraction to Hugh Jackman. He was a new star then and highly thought of. But Susan did a kind of essay. Here is a paragraph:

“There we were on a Wednesday after noon. And it’s just started to drizzle. But we don’t care. Hundreds of females of all ages, some wearing mini skirts, some on walkers are giggling anxiously outside the stage door of a Broadway theater. (On the age scale I am somewhere in be tween the minis and the appliances.) We are waiting, not for Godot, but for Hugh.

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We’re going to re-publish Susan’s piece because it’s very funny and it’s a won derful portrait of a very tal ented actor/performer. He dances too. That’s probably well known but he does it so incidentally and so easily you’re amazed by his tal ent. His dancing reminded me of Fred Astaire . I don’t compare their dancing tal ents but Fred’s dancing was brilliant but matter-of-factly. Jackman has that quality as a performer.

That Wednesday night when I saw it, the theater was sold out. There were a number of young children in the audience whole families

attending and everyone loved it. I was moved by every as pect of the performance, including the audience’s re sponse. And the dancers and the chorus gave us more, in thanks.

Cocktails and restaurant din ing is back. One night I stopped by the apartment on Park in the 70s, of Geoffrey Bradfield who was having a pre-birthday dinner par ty. I like going to Geoffrey’s apartment because its about 25 stories up, and from the East 70s an all encompassing

southern view of not only the skyline but the smaller build ings surrounding. Morning, noon or night, it is spectacu lar, and always changing with the light.

However, true or false, there was a sto ry going around some time ago that Geoffrey was a very good, longtime friend of a woman who was the widow of a well known and wealthy peer. She also happened to be the second wife. When said peer died, he left much if not most of his fortune to her, wife num

ber two. (He had heirs by number one.)

When she died, she left Geoffrey and another interi or designer each about $20 million. It’s believed that is why he decided to quit the business. Why not- you only live once. (As far as we know). Although he’s always been a worker in his business. That never leaves you; he’ll be back somehow some way.

Geoffrey’s party had a good size crowd, 40 or 50, everyone dressed for din ner men in suits, women smartly turned out. It was all in celebration of his birthday and hosted by his British as sociate, William. ◆

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FIRST LET ME say that Sammy Davis, Jr. is the greatest entertainer I have ever seen. My friend and reporter for the London Daily Express , Ronnie Burns, and I were mesmerized at each performance during his stint in London in the early ’60s. Ronnie and I actually wound up on the album cover of the Sammy Davis Live recording with our heads resting on the edge of the stage. Much later when Sammy had been diagnosed with throat cancer, I asked him if he would smoke if he had it to do over again. He answered without hesitation, “Yes, because it was sexy at the time and was the best prop I could ever have on stage.”

The photograph here was taken during the 1972 Republican National Convention, which was held from August 21 to August 23, 1972 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Inside the building President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew were nominated for reelection without a hitch. Gerald Ford was the chairman of the convention. Outside the Convention Center was a different story. Protests against the Vietnam War were going on; 900 demonstrators had been arrested with over 40 protesters and 12 policemen injured. During this time Sammy Davis, Jr. had seemingly had a falling out with “Rat Pack” cohorts Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and had defected to the Republican party. Sammy later returned to the fold and toured with Frank, Dean and Liza Minnelli in what has been called a ‘knock-them-off-their- feet-performance.’

In my photograph, President Nixon, who actually had a sense of humor, took the stage with Sammy. They had a great time joking with each other, and the audience loved it. I like this photograph because it shows an ultra liberal and a staunch conservative actually engaging in a jovial exchange... and that is a time to remember. u

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President Richard M. Nixon on stage with Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Republican National Convention in Miami in 1972, photographed by Harry Benson.



has sent me an extraordinary present as an object lesson in “what a magazine should be, in case you start another one.” The paper has yellowed and is dog-eared, pages are falling out and the print is faint, but The Transatlantic Review , Vol. 1, dated January 1924, is a joy to behold. Mind you, we were already one hundred years old when Ford Madox Ford first edit ed TTR in Paris. And that’s what I told my friend Russell. Anyone who writes or reads The Spectator in the U.K. is not likely to be impressed by other

publications, including a posturing peacock of the BBC who recently spouted gibberish learned at university diversity courses.

The Transatlantic Review was an impressive monthly. There were four poems by e.e. cummings and two can tos by Ezra Pound, my hero. It cost fifty cents and there were pieces by T.S. Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and H.G. Wells. Best of all, TTR announced the debut of a young man who would edit the next issue, an American expatriate by the name of Ernest Hemingway. (Boy, oh boy! Don’t get me started.)

But it does get me started. Papa was the only man I know of who read all his obituaries after his plane crash in Africa when he was presumed dead. Nobody, but nobody gets to read their obits, yet Papa did.

Ford Madox Ford was a difficult man, overweight, a bit smelly, and rather tragic, but a great writer, as they all had to be back then. Dining with Papa Hemingway at the Closerie des Lilas, a restaurant to which I first took a young Alexandra Schoenburg in order to impress her with my Papa knowledge, Ford Madox Ford was

From left: Ford Madox Ford; The Transatlantic Review , February 1924; T.S. Eliot.

asked by Papa what the definition of a cad was. “A cad is someone who is not a gentleman,” answered Ford. “Is Ezra a gentleman?” asked Papa. “Of course not, he’s an American,” quipped Ford. Papa said he should have taken a swing but felt sorry for the smelly one. Mind you, bad smell or not, Ford wrote a brilliant novel, The Marsden Case , a superb study in technique and charac terization. It’s humorous and whimsi cal and very English.

I have no idea how long The

may have been wasted because my prime purpose—to stop the war before it began—had failed and failed miserably, but after five years I gave the publication away for one dollar and I hear it is now doing well. In fact I am going to a celebration of its twenty years next month in Washington, where the now monthly was always based.

One would think that as found er-owner-columnist I would be sitting pretty. If only. Editor Scott McConnell

Clockwise from top left: E.E. Cummings; Ezra Pound; Ernest Hemingway.

that’s the end of my story of trying to put Rupert Murdoch out of business.

The start-up fever hit me after my father’s death, when I put up the moola for a pictorial weekly called 1,000 Subjects . (It sounds much better in Greek: Hillia Themata .) It was a great success, so much so that every newspaper in Athens and every TV station produced an exact copy and soon put us out of business. I was in London chasing you-knowwhat and couldn’t give a damn. And

Transatlantic Review lasted, but probably not too long, these things never do. All the contributors, however, went on to great things, including Nobel Prizes and the lot. Poor Ezra Pound, a wonderful poet and teacher, ended up in jail for having backed the Duce. Leave it to the Allies to stick a truly good man in jail for having broad cast a few truths about Mussolini while French collaborators enjoyed the good life uninterrupted.

When I founded The American Conservative exactly twenty years ago, the main purpose of throwing lots of moola away was to stop neocon plans to enrich themselves by going to war in the Middle East. The money

wanted to distance the magazine from Pat Buchanan, our partner and the rea son thousands had subscribed before the first issue. But I put my foot down, hard. Then Scott found fault with one of my columns that advised male readers how to keep both a mistress and a wife happy. The column stayed. It was hard paying the bills while watching long faces at the stuff I was writing. And the long faces belonged to hacks whose names were not exactly dropped by many, if anyone.

So after five or so years I started Takimag online and gave it to my daughter, who owns and runs it, and now I’m happy writing this column and a monthly one for Chronicles and

busy writing three columns a week for The Sunday Times , the New York Post , and The Spectator . And partying hard every night, I sometimes wonder how I managed it. And now for the good news concerning the Barclays, Rothermeres, and Murdochs: You can relax. I do not plan to start a new pub lication in the foreseeable future. u

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AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN as the “Pink Paradise” and a treasured local icon since 1947, Palm Beach’s iconic Colony Hotel—steps from both Worth Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean—closed its doors to the public over the summer and recently reopened after a major redesign for its 75th anniversary, featuring new guest rooms and suites by Kemble Interiors, and furnishings by Society Social. “It has long been our intention to align the guest rooms with the ethos of the rest of the property,” says Colony Owner and President Sarah Wetenhall. “We desire each guest room to be a luxurious representation of the Palm Beach way of life, gen erously imbued with The Colony’s unique sense of playfulness, with special attention dedicated to how our guests experience the space.”

As guests step off the elevators at each newly designed floor, plants and animals native to Palm Beach will greet them in new, custom-designed deGournay murals, serving as an extension of the wallpaper in the lobby, known as the Living Room. Each of the new guest rooms features furniture from an 11-piece collection by Society Social for The Colony Hotel, two years in the making. The assortment, consisting of artisan-crafted rattan and faux bamboo pieces, together with select upholstery items, is inspired by old-world Palm Beach and captures the tropical glamor typical of The Colony Hotel as well as the playful and

From above: A look inside one of the hotel’s new suites; a rendering of a redesigned guest room; the exterior. Opposite page: Renderings of the new guestrooms and suites.


vivacious spirit of both brands. Interior walls will feature Farrow & Ball paint in heritage colors re-released specifically for this proj ect. Renowned fabric house Schumacher also collaborated on the project to recreate heritage designs customized in pink, green, and blue colors exclusive to the hotel. Outdoors, an analogous collec tion of lounge and dining furniture by Brown Jordan will debut poolside. “Under Sarah Wetenhall’s direction, The Colony Hotel honors the unique aesthetic of this beloved island by staying true to the classic flavor of Palm Beach,” says Kemble Interiors found er, Mimi McMakin. “Our design choices reflect this joyful spirit.”

Additionally, each room offers Matouk linens, terry slippers and robes, a full line of bespoke bath and body care, Dyson hair dryers, and exclusive art from significant Palm Beach photogra phers Nick Mele, Nathan Coe, and Chris Leidy. Paintings in the rooms and suites are custom commissions by North Carolinabased artist Sarah Boyts Yoder, curated by Voltz Clarke Gallery, and all furniture and artwork is shoppable via The Colony and partner brands’ websites, allowing guests to recreate the décor of The Colony in their own homes.

The building’s common areas have also been revamped with a new custom-formulated shade of pink by Farrow and Ball on the exterior, and a mural depicting naughty monkeys leading the way from the Living Room to the ever-popular Swifty’s restaurant, which is excited for another busy season at the hotel. “This is officially Swifty’s fifth season at The Colony. Chef Tom Whitaker and I are working on new ideas for the menu and keeping them within the classic Swifty’s framework that our customers really enjoy,” says Swifty’s owner Robert Caravaggi. As always, the hotel will offer a number of exciting activations and events, including Trivia Nights every Monday, Bingo on Sunday evenings, and pop-ups from Asprey, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Dolce & Gabbana, Tracy Anderson, and Isaac Boots. ◆

The Villa Courtyard. Opposite page: Rendering of the new guestrooms and suites; a view of Swifty’s under the hanging garden (center).
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A VISIT TO ONE OF VALERY JOSEPH’S SALON’S is the definitive hair experience. A master of his craft, somehow “Val” (the name by which Valery Joseph’s adoring clients fondly refer to him) can take one look at you—and with a flash of his sweet, warm, all-knowing smile, immediately determine precisely how to cut and style your hair in a way that will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Val’s hands have graced the heads of some of the most notable women in the world (from Madonna and Lady Gaga to Hollywood stars and high-ranking politicians) and he has a longstanding, devoted following of ladies who lunch—all of whom have made him one of the most in-demand and treasured hairstylists of his day. I can personally attest to Val’s expertise, as my mother, sister and I have entrusted our hair to him for as long as I can remember. No one knows hair like Val does.

Incredibly, Val’s start began when he was injured as a young soldier in the Israeli army. Rather than be discharged, the enter prising young soldier persuaded his commanding officer to send him to Tel Aviv to cut hair. “I loved the challenge and satisfaction each time a female soldier left my chair happy with their look,” shares Joseph. “It was like a puzzle that I had to solve. I realized the impact I had in altering how someone felt about themselves through great hair and I knew that from that point on hair is what I was meant to do.” And that is precisely what he did. Years later,

Court in Miami’s vibrant Design District at 140 NE 39th Street, Suite 208, Miami, FL 305.967.8352; “Length begins with strength” is one of the famous hairstylist’s mantras. Opposite page: Celebrated hairstylist Valery Joseph.

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having achieved near-celebrity status, the revered hairstylist remains “inspired everyday” by his clients and invaluable team, and says he feels “humbled when they choose me to be part of their story. To me, doing hair is not a job but a love and passion.”

Walking into a Valery Joseph salon is an exhilarating experi ence, simply because you know you’re going to walk out feel ing transformed and incredible. Val’s high level of expertise and prominent clientele have made him a star at his locations on New York City’s Upper East and Upper West Sides, and at his salon in Bridgehampton. It’s no wonder that the hair guru’s patrons have been asking him for years to open loca tions in places like Aspen and Miami… Happily, we’re pleased to share that one of those dreams has come true.

Valery Joseph has opened a salon in Miami’s Design District. With many of Valery Joseph’s clients prolonging their stay down south after the pandemic, Val began searching for a space to accommodate the demand. Marrying art and culture with luxu ry shopping and world-class dining—not to mention renowned attractions like Art Basel and popular music festivals—the Design District in downtown Miami proved to be the perfect destination for a new permanent Valery Joseph salon.

The Miami salon is Val’s first satellite location outside of New York City, and while Joseph makes frequent trips to Florida, he was thrilled to announce that top stylist Eyal Berger was able to relocate his family to Miami to lead the team at Valery Joseph’s new southern locale.

The Valery Joseph name has truly spread its wings down south, with clients from Boca Raton, Coconut Grove, Fort

Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas frequenting the salon… Not to mention Valery Joseph’s once-a-month Palm Beach pop-ups, at which Val and top colorist Nicole Gache make regular appearances.

In addition to becoming Miami’s premier beauty destination and creating a larger footprint in South Florida, Valery Joseph is excited to be working on a new product line that will launch in Spring of 2023. It will be similar to the salon’s current line, Long by Valery Joseph (formulated to grow, strengthen and maintain tresses) but with cleaner, more improved technology. Stay tuned! u

From above: A tranquil atmosphere greets guests at Valery Joseph’s Miami salon; outside of Valery Joseph’s Bridgehampton venue, located at 2454 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 631.537.8967. Opposite page: Sparkling glass doors welcome clients at Valery Joseph’s latest salon in Miami’s lively Design District.


QUEST Fresh Finds

MIAMI’S social season is kicking off this month, so we’ve rounded up looks and accessories that will have you ready for the beach and the fashionable events held during Miami Art Week.

The Leola One Shoulder Maxi Dress, with a stun ning satin finish, is perfect for a night out. $595 at

Reduce wrinkles with La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Harmony, an intensive extrait that strengthens and re-densifies skin’s vertical pillars. $820 at

A Palm Beach favorite, Greenleaf & Crosby’s Aquamarine Diamond Chandelier Earrings feature round faceted aquamarine and round brilliant-cut diamonds. $13,200 at

Get ready for the beach with Ralph Lauren Collection’s Stirrup Sunglasses. $215 at

Roberto Coin’s 18K White Gold Siena Diamond 3 Row Bangle. $19,700 at


that engages the palate. $60 at various liquor stores.

The re-designed, third generation BMW X1 arrives this November with more power, more space and more tech. Sheer Driving Pleasure! For more information, visit

Featuring a black dial and large lumines cent hour markers, Rolex’s new Deepsea model is waterproof to a depth of 3,900 metres. $13,850 at

Ease into the holiday season in one of Casa de Campo’s amazing villas with all your loved ones, surrounded by the warmth of the Caribbean Sea. Experience the magic of the season like never before: indulgent feasts, nightly entertainment, concerts, and many other celebrations will be waiting for you and your family. For more information, visit

The navy blue Zegna XXX Centoventimila wool jacket is the perfect staple piece for everyday elegance. $4,350 at

Stand out at the pool with Vilebrequin’s Swim Trunks Requins 3D, featuring a humurous shark print inspired by the 1970s. $285 at

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Liborio Strap Leather Loafers. $1,390 at

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Gil Walsh Collection’s Ibis

20” x 20” throw pillow with a concealed zipper and petite braid detail. $375 through Gil Walsh Interiors at 561.932.0631.

Tucked away on quiet South Summer Street in Edgartown village, The Charlotte Inn is exquisitely appointed with fine art, English antiques, luxurious linens, and fresh flowers – a romantic reflection of a bygone era. For more information, visit

Layer up in style with J.McLaughlin’s quilted Sarabeth Puffer Jacket, featuring short sleeves and a center button closure. $278 at

Bottega Veneta’s Calfskin Over-The-Knee Boots. $3,000 at

Asprey’s festive Christmas Crackers come encased in the brand’s iconic purple engine-turning pattern and are decorated with signature purple ribbons. This year, the cracker contains a paper crown, Christmas motto, balloon, and, most importantly, the choice of an exquisite sterling silver gift. $360 each at

Michael Kors Collection’s HandEmbroidered Paillette Tulle Circle Skirt is designed with a feminine, ’60s-inspired sensibility. $5,990 at

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Beginning November 1st, a vintage inspired capsule collection in honor of Lilly Pulitzer’s birthday will be available in the Palm Beach boutique. For more information, visit

Sophia Webster Bijou Clutch ($600), David Webb Sonora Cuff ($52,000), David Webb Crown Ring ($38,500), David Webb Carved Azuremalachite Necklace ($85,000), and David Webb Stud Doorknocker Earrings ($32,500). All available at

Stubbs & Wootton x The Colony Palm Beach slippers in Marine.

Available in men’s and women’s sizes for $650 at The Colony Palm Beach.

Wempe’s Sensual Seventies BY KIM brace let in 18k rose gold with one diamond link. Available at

Through the pages of Assouline’s new St. Barths Freedom, experience a stay at the Eden Rock, lounge at Le Toiny’s Beach Club, and party in the Caribbean with the jet set. $95 at

Graff’s 5.02 carat pear shape

Fancy Yellow diamond ring (white diamonds 9.08 carats), set in yellow and white gold. Price upon request at

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CASA DE CAMPO Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic has long been the preferred luxury hideaway for celebrities and global dignitaries. Likened to a playground for the elite, the 7,000-acre gated compound offers a wealth of activities for families, couples, or even a trip with the guys. Most well known as a golf destination, the resort presents three championship courses, including the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog situated along the glistening sea. This slice of paradise also features a marina, tennis and polo facilities, a shooting center, white-sand beaches, gourmet restaurants and bars, a replica 16th century Mediterranean Village with shop ping coined Altos de Chavón, and unmatched luxury—all a three-hour flight from New York. Now, the resort has just debuted its Premier Club with 58 new suites with exclusive

Renderings of the Spa & Wellness Center. This spread, clockwise from top left: Spa Café and Juice Bar; the outdoor pool; the recep tion desk; the spa entrance.

luxury amenities, including a private concierge service, access to the club’s lounge with cocktails and light bites, and a customized pillow and aromatherapy menu. “The Premier Club at Casa de Campo creates an unprecedented level of privacy and exclusivity for our guests to enjoy,” says Jason Kycek, Senior Vice President at Casa de Campo. “From the moment they arrive, guests will be privately checked-in by our welcome receptionists at the exclusive Premier Club Lounge and be able to relax in seclusion while enjoying a drink or light appetizers at the Club Lounge Bar.”

Casa de Campo is also gearing up for its new Spa and Wellness Center, debuting in early 2023. Featuring over 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor facilities, the spa will provide premier treatments, wellness experiences, and authentic coffee, smoothies, and light meals at the Spa Café

and Juice Bar. Guests of the resort will also be able to expe rience an extensive and state-of-the-art hydrothermal circuit featuring sauna, steam, a vitality pool, cold plunge, laconium loungers, and an outdoor spa pool. Each of the treatment rooms will be equipped with a private garden and outdoor rain shower, and the menu will offer both hands-on experi ences like massages and treatments featuring cutting-edge technology such as JetPeel Facials or Binuaral Acoustin & Dynamic Stimulation. For VIP groups and brides, there will also be a “spa within a spa” suite with a private entrance, lounge, treatment area, makeup station, dressing room, per sonal vitality pool, private bar, and more. u

For more information about Casa de Campo or for bookings, please visit or call 877.724.9187.

Renderings of the Spa & Wellness Center. From above: The outdoor pool; the laconium loungers, plunge pools, and vitality pool. Opposite page: A treatment room.


PRIVATELY SITUATED IN the prestigious riverfront and historic community of Garrison, a graceful driveway, stately trees and rambling stonewalls lead you to a Loire Valley Stone Chateaux. Built in the late 1920s and never complet ed, “Reveille” has been meticulously renovated by the finest craftsmen and women over the last four years to her intend ed charm and elegance. This stunning hilltop oasis, set on 88 acres of natural beauty, is defined by gardens, undeveloped woodlands, and meadows. The Main Residence, surrounded by numerous perennial and annual flower beds, has French doors that flood the spacious and flowing interiors with nat ural light, enhancing the approximate 6,250 square feet of living space. There are 14 rooms, including five bedrooms, (master ensuite with dressing room), two sleeping porch es, and five and a half baths. The property also features a five-bedroom carriage house, an in-ground pool, scenic walking trails, custom wood moldings, imported antique fireplace mantles, state-of-the-art heating and cooling sys tems, and more. Reveille is currently occupied by Friedrike Merck, who tells us about her experience with the home.

“On a cold November day in 2014, my realtor tried to show me a turn-key property that would have suited my needs just fine, but one of the other listings intrigued me, a stone edifice

too hard to really appreciate in the MLS thumbnail photo graph. Leaving more sensible options in the dust, we drove to the top of Evarts Hill Road where we were met by a slightly forlorn stone mansion situated among giant oak and fir trees.

It was love at first sight. She needed to be saved, just as I did, having buried my father a few months earlier and, for various reasons, feeling un-moored as an artist. I needed a massive creative project. Overgrown plantings and peeling trim paint invited us into what was clearly a much loved and lived in home but just as clearly, the graceful structure had gotten away from its owners. I had no idea who the owners were. I knew that there were a few distant Evarts cousins in the Lower Hudson Valley area but the Evarts are a line of sensible, modest Yankees, who live in sensible, modest homes—or so I thought.

Standing in the graceful stairwell rotunda, waiting for the seller’s realtor, I gazed ahead into a library where my eyes fell upon numerous framed photographs. It suddenly occurred to me that I was looking at a Brady photograph of my illustrative ancestor William M. Evarts, (Secretary of State under Hayes and a founder of the Republican Party), a photograph I had grown up looking at every time I walked though the hall of my childhood home in Mendham, New Jersey.


‘There’s something funny about this house,’ I told my realtor but I decided to wait for the seller’s realtor before letting on that synchronicity, (a mean ingful coincidence of events where something other than the probability of chance is involved), was at play.

‘Let’s go into the living room,’ suggested the seller’s real tor, sweeping her hand toward the most elegant place for the tour to begin, but I was interested in the oil painting on a dining room wall that I now suspected was of W.M Evarts. We walked into the dining room and I stood before the portrait, asking if anyone saw a similarity between my face and the face in the painting; the nose, the circles under the eyes, small ears and distinct jaw line. My realtor shrieked, mentioned something about goose bumps, and I knew that I was home.

Initially, I had not considered a full gut job for the building, but after the heating bills of the first winter it was clear that the windows and doors needed replacing. My contractor and I then decided that the heating sys

From above: The kitchen; the living room; the dining room features Faux Onyx walls and a tracery ceiling. Opposite: The entrance of Reveille in Garrison, New York.

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tem itself needed modernizing, and figured that we would upgrade the 1929 plumbing and electrical systems while we were at it. Gutting the structure became the only path forward, as long as we didn’t loose the charm of the door and trim details, the gracefulness of the room proportions, the overall unique character of the house that had originally captivated me.

An unintended consequence of the gut job was that by removing everything down to the studs, we discovered orig inal ceiling heights and archways that had been completely ignored. We had noticed early on that the stone facade erected in 1928 included slight arches over every first floor door and windows but that the original owners, probably as a result of the crash in ’29, chose to simplify things and squared-off all the fenestration, adding extra trim pieces in the curved negative space.

At the same time that we were discovering the original intent of the architect, George Butler of New York City, we were interviewing manufacturers of French doors and win dows for the replacement program. With every new discovery of quiet elegance, it became harder and harder to ignore the original design of arched windows and doors, and I decided that the building deserved the graceful lines that were orig inally designed. Although changed to the arched shape, we replicated the proportions of the glass panes and mullions.

The aesthetic decisions in the renovation that had been made thus far brought the house to a new level of elegance. For me, the feel had shifted from Normandy to the Loire Valley and I decided that it needed an appropriate living room, a Loire Valley living room. When I was 12 years old, my grandmother, Katherine Morgan Evarts (whose father E.D.Morgan had two estates designed by McKim, Mead and White), took me to the Loire Valley chateaux and rose gardens of France. The trip was a highlight of my youth and

nearly 50 years later, the sublime beauty of the chateaux region was made manifest in the living room at Reveille.

The black granite mantelpiece was replaced with an antique French limestone mantel, and the oak flooring was replaced with rectilinear limestone slabs from Israel. As with the front door I designed, I reviewed chateaux interiors and decided that the room needed beams. We found a source of old Penn sylvania barn wood, and stained the faux beams a rich honey brown. I had finally returned to the Loire Valley.

As the building project proceeded, I had to acknowledge that the landscape also needed serious attention, and that any exterior restoration needed to relate to the beautiful building waking from her slumber. The crash of 1929 had not only affected the house construction but it dashed any landscaping plans—formal or otherwise. Terraces! The building needed terraces that could hold not only perennial garden beds and a formal parterre rose garden but could give one a chance to get some distance from the house so that it could be fully appreciated. Terraces were established on the south side of the house, with 30-foot arborvitae anchoring various portions of the new landscape. An extensive balustrade design I spent two years refining was installed, and the rose garden parterres were put in. The plantings that followed made the colorful bow around the gift that I named ‘Reveille.’ Wake up to beauty and tran quility. Yes, I saved the marvelous house and in turn the house, the creative process, saved me.” Friedrike Merck (Granddaughter of George Merck, Former CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.) u

Reveille in Garrison, New York is currently listed for $12,250,000. For more information, contact Nora Preusser, Broker at A.D. Preusser Real Estate, at 914.772.4834 or


From above: The Carriage House’s studio; the balustrade terrace, formal rose garden, and classic fountain. Opposite page: The pool.


Q: Tell us about your team dynam ic and your backgrounds in real estate.

A: We both have a tremendous passion for what we do and feel fortunate to be able to create a multi-generation al approach to our business. By com bining our individ ual strengths, we’re able to offer our clients the utmost com prehensive experience whether you’re a buyer or seller. Cris, considered to be a dedicated force in the Palm Beach real estate market for the past 40 years, has extensive knowledge of the island’s home sales and their histories. Kevin’s 15 years of expe rience selling real estate in New York City and Palm Beach, and vast knowledge of the market’s analysis, makes him an added asset on both sides of a deal.

Q: Tell us about the state of the Palm Beach real estate market.

A: Palm Beach is still proving to be a very high demand market. Current inventory is still only a third of what it was pre-pandemic, which we don’t expect to change in the near future, but for the first time in almost three years we are start

ing to see the number of days on the market accumulate. The buying frenzy slowed over the summer while people returned to their normal activities and travels, but we still expect this to be a very strong season.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: If you want to be in Palm Beach, buy now. Prices keep climbing due to the limited inventory, and we don’t anticipate a shift happening due to the continued demand of on-island properties. If you want to sell, now is the time to get your home evaluated and on the market. There are more buyers looking for properties than properties currently available. Even as our market is transitioning, home values on the island are holding strong.

Q: With many who were working from home the last couple of seasons now back in their offices, do you expect another packed social season in Palm Beach?

A: Absolutely! With more interest and development happening in the area, comes more events and social gatherings to attend. The few galas and large events that were postponed the past few seasons due to the pandemic are back on the social calendar this season. Everyone is ready to get out to see friends and support the community and philanthropic organizations.

From above: 143 E Inlet Drive in Palm Beach, Florida. Cristina and Kevin Condon. Opposite page: 143 E Inlet Drive in Palm Beach, Florida.

CRIS CONDON & KEVIN CONDON Sotheby’s International Realty / 561.301.2211 or 646.457.8919 / or

Corcoran Group / 561.379.7718 /

Q: Tell us about the state of the Palm Beach real estate market.

A: The market returned to its normal seasonality pace over the summer compared to the last two+ years. We are still dealing with a lack of inventory, which will continue to propel this market. Though we are not completely immune to some of the headwinds that everyone is contending with these days (eq uity market volatility, interest rate hikes, inflation), we are still very much in a lack of supply and a strong demand world where pricing has held steady.

Q: Do you expect another packed social season in Palm Beach?

A: It should be another busy social season. The town has started to fill up earlier than usual as people have migrated back sooner for residency purposes. In addition, we have so many families who have moved here full time that returned for the start of the school year.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: For Buyers, we still have limited inventory across every price point, so if you find a property that works for you, make an offer.

If it’s new construction, newly renovated, waterfront, or a one-ofa-kind property, then act swiftly. There is only so much of it! It’s a great time to be a Seller, but you need to be realistic. Pricing has flattened out since late spring/early summer. The market has been unable to achieve that next level of pricing. Sellers need to keep in mind and understand that properties are still trading at a high level!

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: There has been so much growth in this area, but we have only reached the tip of the iceberg. Many of the companies that have committed to the area haven’t even started moving their employees. As a result, there will be continued pressure on the housing market. Unfortunately, we have a major under supply. The good news is that market for office space will be addressed. Related has made another significant commitment to downtown West Palm Beach announcing that they are going to be building a Class A office tower at 515 Fern with almost 500,000 square feet. This is in addition to their other properties at One Flagler (2024 completion date), 360 Rosemary, and all the other prominent Class A office space that they own in West Palm Beach. These projects and the newly announced University of Florida campus for graduate students in downtown West Palm Beach will bring a new energy to the area. This kind of momentum will lead to additional retail and restaurants along with new art and cultural institutions. It’s a great time to be living in Palm Beach!

From above: 437 Chilean Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida; Dana Koch.


Compass / 646.420.8078 or 917.453.0733 / or

Q: Tell us about your background in real estate.

SH: I have an interest ing trajectory in that I entered the business from an investment & real estate private equity background. After graduating from Harvard Business School, I started my career at Goldman Sachs in wealth man agement, and 10 years later worked for an international real estate private equity fund, where I fell in love with the real estate markets. I took time off to have a family and when my twin boys were 10 years old I sat for my real estate license and am now about to begin my fourth year in the business. It is the best move I ever made!

EK: After having listened to my mom make deals over the phone my entire childhood, I earned my real estate license when I was 18 years old, and have been active in the business ever since. After a career in New York City, I moved out to the Hamptons 18 years ago, and seven years ago, joined Compass as one of our founding members.

Q: What are the benefits of your dual market experience?

SH: Our team specializes in high-end properties in distinctive luxury markets. The clientele that buys sells, and rents those homes tend to be one and the same. The beauty of having dual market experience is that we can put the relationship first. We know our clients well, and also have the local market knowledge to provide the best service to them. The Kulman Harrison Team has Manhattan & The Hamptons covered by our five agents. We also have carefully selected agents in other markets that we consistently partner with locally and thus be come an extension of the team. Our clients are fluid between Manhattan, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Miami, Aspen, etc. There is a comfort to them in having us at the helm, familiar with their real estate portfolio, and guiding them throughout the entire process. The trend prior to the pandemic was al ready moving in that direction, and so when 2020 came, it seemed like an overnight phenomenon, but in reality, it was already in the works for some time.

EK: Because the Kulman Harrison Team lives and works in both markets, we are able to understand our clients’ needs and expectations whether we are on the hunt for a beach house out east, or a classic six on the Upper East Side. Our team is able to provide top-notch service every step of the way.

SUSAN HARRISON & EVAN KULMAN From above: 558 Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, New York; Susan Harrison and Evan Kulman.


Douglas Elliman / 561.566.0151 / /

Q: Tell us about South west Ranches.

A: The Town of Southwest Ranches, known as “The Ranches” to locals, rep resents one of the last bas tions of rural land conser vation within the convolut ed Southeast Florida area. What makes the Ranches very special is its proximity to the region’s main urban hubs of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and outstand ing regional accessibility; just 20 minutes from Las Olas Blvd and 35 from Miami Beach. The Ranches has a similar relationship to downtown, as Wellington has with Palm Beach, and the Hamptons to New York City; thus being dubbed by many of the new northerner buyers as “The Hamptons of South Florida.” Owning an estate in the Ranches provides that rural lifestyle, but even closer to urban action than the Hamptons is from the city. Although the Ranches by itself is an unexpected urban oasis of tranquility, living at Landmark Ranch Estates, the only gated estate community in town, adds an unparalleled level of privacy and exclusivity, rarely found elsewhere. A selection of top-notch schools in the area, and that remarkable accessibility to Palm Beach, Boca, Fort Lauderdale and Miami have made Landmark the premier op tion for buyers looking for a true estate lifestyle, and a great value proposition; it’s quite unique.

Q: Who is the typical resident at Landmark Ranch Estates?

A: Most buyers at this price range are looking for space, luxu ry and comfort, but beyond these, residents at Landmark share a common desire for tranquility, privacy, and safety, which are more difficult to find out east. They aren’t necessarily shopping for price, but when they recognize the spectacular value propo sition of building a custom estate at Landmark or the Ranches, they quickly convert from intracoastal to acres of land. Figure that for the same price of a three-bedroom penthouse in Bal Har bor, you could move into a 2.3 acre 13,000 square-foot estate designed by world-class architects, and boasting gyms, a theater, a sport court, and more.

Q: Describe the current state of the Southeast Florida market.

A: Real estate in Southeast Florida continues in high demand, more so at the luxury estate level where most sales are cash, and not directly affected by raising interest rates. This said, buyers are being more conscious when evaluating alternatives and looking for relative value, which has placed Southwest Ranches, especially Landmark Ranch Estates, in the spotlight. Buyers that were look ing at waterfront properties out east are now open to alternatives. When buyers realize they can get substantially more estate, acres of land, privacy and tranquility, for much less of what they had budgeted, they are all in. The recent impact of hurricane Ian on the West coast has highlighted another benefit of choosing living farther away from the coast, with many buyers circling back within days of the event. Interest and activity are at an all time high.

From above: Landmark Ranch Estates; Miguel Serrano.


Sotheby’s International Realty / 917.400.5624 /

Q: Tell us about the state of the Palm Beach real estate market.

A: The extreme inten sity has reduced and that’s healthy. We’re quite cognizant of fi nancial market con cerns, however, overall business has remained steady and positive. In addition, we still have low supply and high de mand that will continue to drive this market. As more people re-enter the market, we feel confident a strong season lies ahead.

Q: What’s new and notable on the island this season?

A: Once known as a vacation town, Palm Beach has evolved with many more people becoming full time residents. The beauty of the island and lifestyle is unsurpassed with every outdoor activity available encompassed with enormous cul tural growth. You can be as busy as you choose or relax in your own private space. Well known restaurants, art galleries, and upscale shopping continue to open as their clientele have migrated to this extraordinary area.

Q: Do you expect a packed social season in Palm Beach?

A: Last season Palm Beach was brimming with people shop

ping for properties, using their winter getaway full time or just “trying out the area.” With so many new residents who have purchased properties, they have found it’s a luxury to socialize in such favorable weather all through the winter. Be cause of this, we expect another well-attended social season.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers?

A: Buyers and sellers must be realistic. For sellers, extreme ly “ambitious pricing” is in the past. Buyers are well edu cated and no longer frenzy driven and are looking for fair market value. If priced correctly, a seller will get close to, if not full price. If you’re thinking of selling, now is a good time to list your property as new inventory garners a lot of attention. For buyers, if you find a property that “speaks to you,” then make a strong offer since we have low sup ply with strong demand. When unique properties become available, they get a lot of attention and go into contract quickly. In addition, buyers should not hesitate to make offers since many sellers have adjusted their pricing and good opportunities are out there.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

A: Enormous energy has emerged with new commercial plan ning in and around the Palm Beaches, bringing a multitude of new and relocating businesses. This vitality has translated throughout the island. This is only the beginning with more excitement on the horizon!

2100 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach, Florida; Fern Fodiman.


Handsome Properties / 843.810.4110 /

Q: Tell us about the Charleston, South Carolina lifestyle. Why have so many people migrated in the last couple of years?

A: The Charleston lifestyle is relaxed, vibrant, and very connected to the beauty of the Low country. Charleston is a small town that lives similarly to a big city. Theater, concerts, fine dining, and museums are all a part of the Charleston Lifestyle. Sailing, fitness, golf, tennis and horseback riding are a few of the many outdoor activities in which to engage in our beautiful City.

Q: What are the different areas in and around Charles ton that Handsome Properties represents?

A: Handsome Properties represents Charleston, the sub urbs of Charleston and the surrounding barrier islands. The luxury properties that we represent are located from the beautiful beaches to the downtown historic peninsu la. These beautiful properties include waterfront estates on the many creeks and rivers, and also country proper ties near Charleston.

Q: Who is the typical Handsome Properties buyer and what do they value most in a home?

A: We don’t really have a typical buyer. Our clients are mostly looking for a luxury property but it could be a row-house in the historic district of the Peninsula in Downtown Charleston or they could be looking for a horse farm. The one factor these buyers share is that they are looking for a luxury property.

Q: What advice can you offer buyers and sellers in the Charleston area?

A: Regardless of where you are in the process of making that move, Handsome Properties can help. Clients choose to partner with Handsome Properties because of our out standing sales success, top-ranked agents, and our posi tion as a technology leader.

I advise my buyers to “pay-up” for a property if they really love it. I don’t advise them to overpay but to pay a little more to secure a good property.

I advise my sellers to price their properties according to the market. An overpriced property may ultimately sell for less than if it was correctly priced at or near market value initially.

I would like to remind buyers that even though the cur rent interest rate seems high compared with recent rates, it is still low based on the last 20 years.

From above: 39 South Battery in Charleston, South Carolina; Deborah C. Fisher.



The Field Team at Sotheby’s International Realty / 212.606.7669 / or /

Q: What’s new with the Manhattan real estate market and The Field Team?

A: At Sotheby’s International Real ty, we are pleased to be the leaders in representing the world’s most valu able and storied residences.

At The Field Team, we pride ourselves on setting new Manhattan sales records particularly in the Ultra-Luxury market: In 2018,we sold the most expensive ($54 million) re-sale in New York while representing both seller and buyer. In 2019, we de livered a record sale ($80 million), which was the highest transfer in the history of Downtown Manhattan. In 2021, we represented the seller in the most expensive ($60 million) cooperative sale since 2015 in New York City.

Q: Tell us about any notable transactions.

A: This past month a new record-shattering transaction of 854 Fifth Avenue, the highest Mansion sale since 2020 on Fifth Avenue! This Beaux-Arts mansion, once owned by Emily Vanderbilt White, a granddaughter of Cornelius

Vanderbilt, has sold for the first time in 76 years in a $50 million all cash sale. The mansion spans approximately 20,000 square feet and was designed in 1905 by Warren & Wetmore, the architecture firm for Grand Central Ter minal. The home transferred to former Yugoslavian Presi dent, Josip Broz Tito in 1948 and was recently occupied by the Permanent Mission of Serbia to the United Nations and owned by five European countries that inherited the prop erty after the fall of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Although the building maintained much of the original design, the new owner will work with restorationists and period architects to bring the Fifth Avenue home back to the original Van derbilt Gilded Age glory.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Despite recent softness in the luxury market, geo-political upheaval, and economic uncertainty, ultraluxury buyers are not deterred. No matter the market conditions or the econ omy indicators, collectors of the world’s finest homes will hunt down and pay what they need to pay in order to secure these trophies.

Indeed, we are fortunate in Manhattan to have many of the world’s most significant residences and this is a prime hunting ground for those collectors and portfolio builders. u

From above: The Field Team’s Amanda Field Jordan and Nikki Field; 854 Fifth Avenue in New York, New York.



The Young Friends of Peggy Adams will kick off its Party Animal Gala with an after hours shopping event at Lilly Pulitzer on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach at 6 p.m. The evening will feature shopping, sips, light bites, and custom painted offerings from a Lilly Pulitzer print artist. For more information, call 561.725.5649 or email worthavenue@lillypulitzer. com by November 1st.



The White Cross Ball of New York will take place at the Metropolitan Club at 7:30 p.m. The evening raises money to support three of the Order of Malta’s international humanitarian works: The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation; Malteser International, Order of Malta Worldwide Relief; and The Order of Malta’s summer camps for disabled youth. By invitation only. To learn more, email


One of the orchestral music

events of the season, celebrated violinist Sarah Chang joins Maestro Gerard Schwarz to open Palm Beach Symphony’s 49th Season at 3 p.m. at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Palm Beach Symphony is South Florida’s premier orchestra known for its diverse repertoire and commitment to community.

Founded in 1974, this 501(c) (3) nonprofit arts organization adheres to a mission of engaging, educating, and entertaining the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. For more information, call 561.655.2657 ext 205 or visit


The Hope for Depression Research Foundation will host its Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel at 11:30 a.m.

The mission of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) is to fund cutting-edge, scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders.

For more information, visit



The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering will hold its annual Associates Fall Party at The Plaza Hotel at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit


The Faena Art Gala, “Patterns of Paradise,” will take place at the Faena Forum Miami Beach at 7 p.m. Patterns of Paradise explores the interconnectivity between all cultures—pick your favorite pattern to

On November 10th, the Faena Art Gala, “Patterns of Paradise,” will take place at the Faena Forum Miami Beach at 7 p.m. For more information, visit On November 19th, the Young Friends of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will hold its annual Party Animal gala in Palm Beach. For more information, visit

create a perfect mismatch to celebrate ritual and collective consciousness. Best dressed will win a two-night stay at Faena Hotel Penthouse. For more information, visit


Salon Art + Design, produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, will return to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City through November 14th. Salon presents the world’s best design – vintage, modern and contemporary –enhanced by blue-chip 20th century art, and features leading art and design galleries from all over the world, spotlighting the trends of collectible design. For more information, visit



The Museum of Arts and Design will host its annual MAD Ball. The mission of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is to collect, display, and interpret objects that document contemporary and historic

innovation in craft, art, and design. For more information, visit



Central Park Conservancy will hold its annual gala at Rumsey Playfield at 7 p.m.

This year’s party, Central Park Mod, will be an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. For more information, visit



The French Heritage Society will host its Gilded Age Gala in New York City at 7 p.m. for its 40th anniversary. For more information, visit



The Young Friends of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will hold its Party Animal Gala at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit



Red Sneakers for Oakley will host its 5th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Benefit at

Club Colette in Palm Beach at 6:30 p.m. Wear your most spectacular red sneakers or red shoes. All funds raised by the benefit will be applied to the organization’s life-saving mission of educating and advocating for food allergy awareness to help allergic individuals stay safe from life-threatening anaphylactic encounters. For more information, visit



The UNICEF Gala will take place at the Glasshouse at 6 p.m. The 2022 gala will shine a light on children and the impact of UNICEF’s work to ensure every child is healthy, educated, and protected. For more information, visit



Art Basel Miami Beach will take place through December 3rd. Leading galleries from five continents will show significant works as well as the emerging stars. For more information, visit

On November 21st, Red Sneakers for Oakley will host its 5th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Benefit at Club Colette in Palm Beach at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit On November 10th, the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering will hold its annual Associates Fall Party at The Plaza Hotel at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
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IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO believe that Art Basel is over 50 years old! Since its inception in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, the fair has continued to bring together thousands of exhibitors, artists, and visitors every year. Founded by Swiss gallerists Ernst Beyeler, Trudl Bruckner, and Balz Hilt, the event was inspired by the Basel Gallery Association’s decision to stage an art fair featuring exclusively local galleries at the Safran Zunft in 1968. However, Bruckner and Hilt thought that the fair needed international participation and ultimately convinced Beyeler, originally hesitant due to the project cost, to open it up to global artists to attract a new wave of buyers. On June 12, 1970, the first Art Basel launched, featuring both gallery owners who represented contemporary artists and sold their works directly, and dealers

offering works from the 20th century. The fair attracted 16,000 attendees and, due to its success, expanded internationally. In addition to Basel, the fair is now presented in Miami Beach, Hong Kong, and most recently Paris.

Founded in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach is the fair’s secondoldest market, attracting over 80,000 visitors to the city each December—a sunny vibrant location for an art-loving crowd due to its lively atmosphere and world-class galleries. This sensational Miami fair and its dozens of satellite shows have transformed the city, much like how the Guggenheim Museum impacted Balboa in Spain. Of course, there was a long pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the fair will now return to Miami December 1st through December 3rd with a loud thundering roar. Although


Clockwise from above: Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021; entrance to the first edition of Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, June 1970; James Cohan Gallery exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021. Opposite page: Acquavella Galleries’s display at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021.


it reopened last year, there were very few globetrotters in attendance because of various COVID restrictions and so the fair will officially celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, despite reaching the milestone in 2020. This three-day art festival is a collector’s dream with masterpieces all lined up steps away from each other but be sure to attend the satellite fairs as you may discover the next new Picasso or Magritte there. My favorite satellite shows have historically been Untitled and Nada, but that could change this year, which is part of the adventure.

Fair warning, wear comfortable shoes and skip the heavy handbag as you can walk miles viewing all the art. In addition to art shopping, the various lectures, panels, and of course parties are also must-attend events. The parties’ hosts vary from the large auction houses and


From above: Leo Castelli (center) and Claes Oldenburg (right) at Art Basel, Basel, 1975; visitors in front of works by Faith Ringgold, presented in the Survey sector by Pippy Hould sworth Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019; Ernst Beyeler, 1970. Opposite page, clockwise from above: The Sidney Janis Gallery booth in Basel in 1978, dedicated to naïve American art; Art Basel catalogue, 1973; visitors in front of Frank Bowling’s “Africa to Australia,” 1971, presented by Hales Gallery in the Meridians sector at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019; instal lation view of Kerlin’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019; Eric Firestone Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021.

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From above: Visitors viewing a work presented by Kendra Jayne Patrick Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021; Henry Moore attends Art Basel in Basel, 1970. Opposite page, clockwise from above: General impression of the 1972 edition of the fair; a work by Arthur Jafa covers an entire wall of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019; a work by Almine Rech at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2021; installation view of Altman Siegel’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019.


dealers to the big brand names in the creative worlds of art and design, jewelry, and clothing. For Palm Beachers, Art Basel is now easily accessible via the new sleek and speedy Brightline train, which whisks passengers from the island in less than an hour. There are all kinds of truly fabulous hotels to stay in but the Setai, W, and Faena are conveniently near the fair, which is key as the traffic can be a nightmare. There are also wonderful public museums such as Perez, the Bass, the Frost Art Museum, and private institutions (mostly open to public during the fair), including Rubell, De la Cruz, Marguiles, and Braman, among others. Miami has also blossomed into a foodie’s dream with all kinds of terrific restaurants and star eateries from New York, London, and other sophisticated cities. The latest from London is Sexy Fish (don’t you love the name?), plus Dirty French and Milos from New York, with Soho House and all-time favorites Casa Tua, Carbone, ZZ’s, the Surf Club, Joe’s Stone Crab, Mandolin, and MC Kitchen, with Leku, Doma and KYU in Wynwood. So, mark your calendars, make those reservations, and we’ll see you at the wonderful Miami Art Basel! ◆



110 QUEST COURTESY OF CASA CASUARINATwenty-five years after his death, Gianni Versace’s legacy lives on in Miami.


nizable establishments in not just South Beach but the Greater Miami area. The former home of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace has come to embody the allure of Miami. A place known for hedonism, scandal, and sex appeal, The Villa Casa

Clockwise from above: The iconic mosaic pool at The Villa Casa Casuarina hotel (former Versace Mansion); Gianni Versace and Kate Moss during Versace’s haute couture Fall/Winter 1995-1996 presentation in Paris in 1997; Maximo Morrone, Kate Moss, James Hyde, Christy Turlington, Hansel Rodriguez, and Brandi Quinone at News Cafe, photographed by Doug Ord way for South Beach Stories, 1992; Christy Turlington, James Hyde, Hansel Rodriguez, and Kate Moss roller-skating on Ocean Drive, photographed by Doug Ordway for South Beach Stories, 1992. Opposite page: The exterior of The Villa Casa Casuarina hotel at the former Versace Mansion.


Casuarina—the true name of the property—is still one of the most visited landmarks in the Magic City.

The home itself was built in 1930 by Alden Freeman, an heir to the Standard Oil Trust. Freeman tapped Hubbell & Hubbell for the construction of the property, and acclaimed 1920s architect Addison Mizner, who has been credited with virtually creating Palm Beach. Freeman died in 1937 and Casa Casuarina went through several owners in the years that followed—at one point in the 1980s, it was known as the Christopher Columbus Apartments. In 1992, while on vacation in Miami with his family, Gianni Versace visited Ocean Drive and was instantly enthralled by the home. Later that year, he would purchase the home as well as the lot next door, allowing him to add a garden, the South

Wing, and the famed pool adorned with Italian mosaic tiles. After extensive renovations and only five years later, Versace was tragically shot and murdered on the front steps of his home, after being targeted by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. The brand, beloved by everyone from Princess Diana to Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, was passed down to his sister Donatella Versace, who still serves as Creative Director today. This year marked the 25th anniversary of his death but his legacy and impact on Miami lives on.

Miami was on the decline in the ’80s, characterized by the crime and anguish that had been wrought by the Maribel boatlift in 1980, which brought mass emigration of Cuban refugees and freed criminals to South Florida. Versace’s

Clockwise from above: Ethan Browne, Kate Moss, Aya Thorgren, Cecilia Chancellor, Shane, Hansel Rodriguez, David Boals, and Tricia Helfer at The Raleigh Hotel’s Beach, photographed by Doug Ordway for Versace’s 1993 Versus campaign; the foun tain in the courtyard at The Villa Casa Casuarina hotel (the former Versace Mansion); Hansel Rodriguez, Kirk Youngblut, Thom Gwinn, and Paul Wadina pose for South Beach Stories at Fort Lauderdale’s Swimming Hall of Fame, photographed by Doug Ordway, 1992. Opposite page: Donatella and Gianni Versace at home, 1990. Clockwise from top left: Gianni Versace and Princess Diana in 1985; Kate Moss, James Hyde, Brandi Quinones, Maximo Morrone, Christy Turlington, Hansel Rodriguez, and Tricia Helfer at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, photographed by Doug Ordway for South Beach Stories , 1992; Doug Ordway captures Christy Turlington on Crandon Beach for South Beach Stories , 1992. Opposite page: Models photo graphed by Doug Ordway at the Raleigh Hotel’s swimming pool for Versace’s 1993 Versus campaign; Kate Moss and Maximo Morrone at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, photographed by Doug Ordway for South Beach Stories , 1992. MAURO CARRARO/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; DOUG ORDWAY

helped to revitalize the city. He’s been credited with creating South Beach’s energetic gay community and regaining the fashion industry’s interest in the city, putting Miami back on the map and stimulating the local economy. During the late ’80s and ’90s, South Beach’s Ocean Drive became known as an unofficial runway and prime destination for photographers hoping to capture the model-esque figures strutting down the iconic street. Photographer Doug Ordway was one of those on the scene. Ordway worked closely with the Versace fam ily from 1990 until the designer’s death, capturing Versace’s notable campaigns and partnering with him on South Beach Stories , a photobook released by the designer and his sister Donatella in 1993 as an ode to the city they loved.

“Gianni Versace was one of the most inspiriting people I’ve had the opportunity to work with during my career,” says Ordway. “His inspiration came from everything around him… classic artwork, punk rock musicians, beautiful women! Gianni believed in me and what I could do as a young photographer. He had fallen in love with Miami and wanted to incorporate his fashion into the rawness of 1990s South Beach. So, I left Milano for Miami, and this was the beginning of South Beach Stories.” Together with Donatella, Ordway aimed to highlight

everything in Miami that inspired Versace’s designs—they explored all areas around South Beach, from Key Biscayne to Fort Lauderdale, capturing Versace’s fashions alongside the beauty of Miami. “We photographed groups of tan men wearing bold Versace prints on the beach, palm trees, local celebrities, retirees, kids on the street, beach dance parties, gay strippers…all that was South Beach at the time! His last request was to bring the beautiful women he adored into the mix. We returned again with Christy Turlington and Kate Moss and photographed them with local men that they grew to revere. Think red jumpsuits skating on Ocean Drive, night time group shots in the Raleigh Hotel swimming pool, evening drinks at The News Cafe. This was the beginning of the Gianni Versace influence on Miami,” explains Ordway.

Although Ocean Drive is a far cry from its glamor during the days of Versace, the Mansion still draws throngs of tourists to its Medusa adorned gates each day, now functioning as a hotel and restaurant. While the glory days of the palatial home are behind it, The Versace Mansion and the glamorous images of the ’90s will live on for generations to come. Ordway is currently launch ing a website ( to bring the iconic imagery he and Donatella created into the fine art market, so all can enjoy the works in their own home. u


From above: Rendering of the interior of the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique; IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Woodland.” Opposite page: Rendering of the IWC Schaffhausen storefront.

YOU MIGHT think that in the age of the smart watch and the digital clocks found on every mobile phone, that the complicated and tradition bound mechanical wristwatch would go the route of the fax machine, typewriter, or carbon paper. But in the postpandemic era, the luxury watch market has only grown larger, estimated to exceed $30 billion in sales by the midpoint of the decade with Swiss-made prestige brands leading the pack.

Win Betteridge, CEO of Palm Beach-based Greenleaf & Crosby, a Worth Avenue fixture since the 1930s is looking to make a major splash in the affluent and bustling Palm Beach

market. The venerable Florida town has been booming, attracting a younger and quite wealthy migration of residents looking for a higher quality of life and who are able to afford the purchase of a family home that starts in the $5 to $10 million range.

Betteridge believes it’s prime time to invest in Palm Beach. He notes that private schools are full, and that there has been and continues to be a steady influx of very fine dining spots, high end art galleries, and the finest luxury brands arriving on the island. The entry of international financial firms in the area

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From above: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos Infinite clock; renderings of the Jaeger-LeCoultre shop.

hobbies,” he remarks. “The interest in fine watches among those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, is exploding.” Betteridge notes that there is simply not enough supply to meet demand, as the Swiss makers cannot dramatically increase their production while maintaining the same level of quality.

Those are a few of the reasons why Betteridge has partnered with two of the world’s most renowned Swiss watchmakers: Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen. Betteridge is opening mono-brand boutiques for either watchmaker this month on the north side of Worth Avenue, just across the street from the flagship Greenleaf & Crosby jewelry store. This JaegerLeCoultre location will be the brand’s only boutique in Florida, while the IWC store will be the only one of its kind in Florida outside of Miami.

The advantage of the “company” store concept is that the mono-brand boutiques carry exclusive models and other items that are not available to traditional multi-brand watch stores. Watches average in price from $10,000 to $20,000,

though some rare and very limited production pieces stretch into the six figures. “Fine watches are underrepresented in the Palm Beach market, and each of these brands offers distinct styles,” Betteridge explains. He characterizes JaegerLeCoultre as dressier; with IWC models tending to be more sporty. Betteridge calls some of these brand’s collections “Total home runs”—IWC’s stylishly edgy Top Gun watches, and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “very hot” blue and green dial Reverso and Polaris wristwatches. He believes the sophisticated and increasingly modern-style Atmos clocks that will be sold at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique will be an extra special draw in Palm Beach, as they have already gained the attention of several prominent, local interior decorators.

For Betteridge, Greenleaf & Crosby’s expansion with two satellite stores selling exclusive pieces makes sense. Greenleaf & Crosby has traditionally offered jewelry designers not available elsewhere in Palm Beach, including Verdura, Buccellati, and Vhernier.

Expect further extensions of the Greenleaf & Crosby reach in Palm Beach over the next several years. Betteridge is fully committed to what he sees as a vital and exciting market that will continue to exceed expectations. ◆

Rendering of the Back Bar at IWC; Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds watch (inset).


NOW A NATIONAL Historic Landmark, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a breathtaking Gilded Age Estate in Coconut Grove on Biscayne Bay built by industrialist James Deering between 1914 and 1922. Its Main House, which Deering adopted as his winter residency, boasts timeless Mediterraneanstyle architecture and some of the most significant collections

of Italian furniture in the country, dating from the early 20th century all the way back to Pompeii. The property features 10 acres of gardens filled with enchanting statues, busts, vases, and urns ranging from the Renaissance to Baroque periods, as well as a mangrove shoreline and a rockland hammock. In addition to guided tours, Vizcaya offers exciting seasonal events and weekly happenings, including a yoga session and a Farmer’s Market, which both take place every Sunday.

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GARDENS; ROBIN HILL Clockwise from above: The Farm er’s Market; inside the first floor of the Main House; the gazebo. Opposite page: A view of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.


NE 41st Street / 305.901.5272

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Miami is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas locally and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, the museum provides a platform for the works of local, emerging, and underrecognized artists. Next month during Miami Art Week, ICA is excited to present the first U.S. Museum Survey for the pioneering late artist Michel Majerus. Twenty years after his passing, “Progressive Aesthetics” commemorates his extraordinary life and works. The exhibition will highlight Majerus’ passion for technology, youth culture, and art history, while demonstrating themes of transformation prevalent across his work.

From above: Michel Majerus, circa 2001; Michel Majerus, Yet sometimes what is read successfully, stops us with its meaning no. I , 1998 (digital print on self-adhesive foil on aluminum, lacquer paint on aluminum). 122 QUEST © EDITH MAJERUS, 2022. COURTESY MICHEL MAJERUS ESTATE AND NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER, BERLIN; © MICHEL MAJERUS ESTATE, 2022. PRIVATE COLLECTION. COURTESY NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER, BERLIN. PHOTO: JENS ZIEHE, BERLIN

The Wynwood Walls was conceived in 2009 by the late Tony Goldman, who was looking for a way to transform the district of Wynwood, characterized by bland warehouse buildings with no windows. With his love for graffiti in mind, he viewed these buildings as giant canvases that could bring great street art—a genre he’s always seen as underappreciated historically—together in one place. “Through paint, energy, and creativity, you’re sending out electricity and imagery that evaluates,” said Goldman. Since its inception, The Wynwood Walls has brought together hundreds of artists from all over the world and has covered more than 80,000 square feet of walls. The hip neighborhood is now a top tourist destination in Miami, and The Wynwood Walls continues to expand its presence each year.

Clockwise from above: The entrance of Wynwood Walls; Jessica Goldman Srebnick at Wynwood Walls; Tristan Eaton, 2017 COURTESY
WALLS 266 NW 26th Street / 305.576.3334


1100 NW 23 Street / 305.573.6090

Don and Mera Rubell began collecting art 54 years ago and continue the practice with their son Jason today. They’ve built one of the most significant and far-ranging collections of contemporary art in the world, now encompassing 7,200 works by more than 1,000 artists—and still growing. The collection is further distinguished by the diversity and geographic distribution of the artists that are represented throughout it. Previously known as the Rubell Family Collection, the institution has formally changed its name to Rubell Museum to emphasize its public mission and welcome audiences to see its contemporary art. Starting November 28th, the Rubell Museum will host four single artist presentations, with works by artist-in-residence Alexandre Diop, commissioned works by Doran Langberg, and paintings by Jo Messer and Tesfaye Urgessa, alongside a presentation of Collection Highlights.

COURTESY OF RUBELL MUSEUM, MIAMI Clockwise from above: Alexandre Diop, La Grande Odalisque, 2022; Doron Langberg, Lovers, 2022; Tesfaye Urgessa, The Strange Host, 2022; Jo Messer, Something new comes along, 2022.

Clockwise from above: Pérez Art Museum Miami at dusk; Leandro Erlich, The Cloud - América del Sur, 2018; Leandro Erlich, The Room, 2006.

PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI (PAMM) 1103 Biscayne Blvd. / 305.375.3000

Nearly 40 years old, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is led by Director Franklin Sirmans and aims to promote artistic expression by advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design. Later this month, the museum will open an interactive exhibition, “Leandro Erlich: Liminal,” showcasing iconic artworks by the Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, which will run through September 4th, 2023. Arranged by New York-based guest curator Dan Cameron, the exhibition marks the artist’s first monographic survey show in North America and features 16 works spanning more than two decades of Erlich’s production. The exhibit is conceived as a sequence of spaces that one might encounter every day: an elevator, subway, classroom, hair salon, sidewalk, swimming pool, laundry room—even a window through which the neighbors’ windows can be seen. Each space is a precise simulation of these ordinary scenarios, but Erlich’s touch fosters extraordinary experiences. A window is air, a reflection is missing, bodies travel in time and space. ◆

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From Bal Harbour to the Design District, we guide you through the best boutiques in Miami. MIAMI’S MAGNIFICENT MERCHANTS 126 QUEST


9700 Collins Avenue, #238 (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.602.8896 /

Capturing the American spirit for over 50 years, Ralph Lauren re-imagines equestrian influences for today, mixing tonal shades with rich textures, including soft-brush suede, perfectly patinated leather, fine cashmere and lightweight cavalry twill. Best known for the colorful collared Polo shirts and knit sweaters that have become part of the classic American wardrobe, the brand offers numerous fashion lines, ranging from formal to more casual and athletic apparel. Ralph Lauren is also known for its range of footwear, accessories, home offerings, and fragrances.


151 NE 41st Street (Design District) 786.536.7830 /

AERIN is a global luxury lifestyle brand inspired by the signature style of its found er, Aerin Lauder. Based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless, the brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion accessories, and home décor. With a passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, Aerin’s own lifestyle serves as a focal point of inspiration for the brand. Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement. The latest offerings from AERIN include a limited-edition pink travel case, designed in collaboration with Tanner Krolle, and items that will stand out in any home, from the Shagreen Van ity Table and Stool Set to the Enzo Backgammon Set.


701 S Miami Avenue (Brickell City Centre) 786.673.4077 /

Founded by Gabrielle Chanel in 1910, Chanel has evolved into a company dedicated to luxury, beauty, and fashion, inspired by Mademoiselle’s audacious vision and daring spirit. Visit the Chanel Fragrance & Beauty boutique to explore the latest fragrance, makeup, and skincare. Currently on display is its Holiday 2022 makeup collection, inspired by the moon an endless source of dreams, mystery, and magic. The delicate collection is characterized by a color palette of luminous effects and rich tones, ranging from golden and amber hues to glowing copper and deep red shades.



701 S Miami Avenue (Brickell City Centre) 786.482.2998 /

Miami’s Pilates-honed glama-mamas worship at this church of all things sweat and stretch. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1998, Lululemon Athletica is a technical athletic apparel company for yoga, running, training, and most other physical pursuits. Helping its customers be well in every aspect of their lives physically, mentally, and socially is at the core of how the brand creates its products and experiences. Setting the bar in innovation of fabrics and functional designs, Lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities around the world for continuous research and product feedback.


146 NE 41st Street (Design District) 786.857.5100 /

Alexander McQueen is distinctive for its innovative expression of unbridled creativity. Founded by Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992, the House joined the Kering Group in 2001, and current Creative Director Sarah Burton was appointed in 2010. Under her leadership, the house produces critically acclaimed collections driven by a highly personal vision and a respect for both experimentation and time-honored craftsmanship. Today, the brand is synonymous with modern British couture. Integral to its culture is the juxtaposition between the feminine and the masculine, fragility and strength, romance and rebellion, man and machine.


9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.864.0044 /

Gianni Versace founded his namesake brand in Milan in 1978. A former Miami resident, Versace became a fashion icon of South Beach during the 1990s until his death in 1997. A symbol of Italian luxury worldwide, Versace is now led by his sister Donatella, and is known for extraordinary craftsmanship, brilliant color and bold prints. The brand offers ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, watches, eyewear, fragrances and home furnishings all bearing the distinctive Medusa logo. Expect colorfully sexy baroque prints, animal motifs, and ultra-tight fits.


140 NE 39th Street, #111 (Design District) 305.456.0209 /

Dr. Barbara Sturm is a German aesthetics doctor, widely renowned for her anti-inflammatory philosophy and her non-surgical anti-aging skin treatments. Dr. Sturm launched a full skincare range in 2014. The complete Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics line is formulated for those who yearn for an uncomplicated, yet highly effective skincare regime that provides hydration, nutrition and regeneration glow. Dr. Barbara Sturm boutiques and spas not only deliver the famous #SturmGlow facials, but to also educate the public about her rigorous, ingredient science-approach and the antiinflammatory lifestyle that she espouses.


9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.702.5615 /

Burberry is a British luxury fashion house es tablished in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, head quartered in London, England. An iconic British brand, Burberry is the home of luxury apparel for men and women. The brand also offers a range of accessories, including its signature handbags, iconic scarves, small leather goods, belts, hats and gloves, belts, sunglasses, and more. Designed with a unique interior and exterior, the Bal Harbour shop prides itself on its luxury customer service. Featur ing spacious surroundings and comfortable dressing rooms, the boutique continues the brand’s dedica tion to innovation through augmented reality and unique digital experiences.


3900 NE 1st Ave (Design District)

305.341.2664 /

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining in novation with style, always aiming for the finest quality and preserving biodiversity. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories, which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and de signers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as readyto-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelery, and fragrance. As the first freestanding men’s store in U.S., the Design District boutique offers the complete line of the Maison’s métiers for men.



9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.993.1212 /

From necklaces cascading with fiery scintillation to rings glowing with rare mystique, Graff sets unsurpassed standards of excellence within the world of high jewelry. Founded by Laurence Graff in London in 1960, the House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolizes rarity, beauty, excellence, and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship, and diamonds. Discover some of the brand’s latests offerings at the Bal Harbour boutique, from outstanding high jewelry pieces and engagement rings to nature-inspired collections featuring sparkling silhouettes.


3922 NE 1st Avenue (Design District) 305.375.6056 /

Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With collections that juxtapose the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, alice + olivia epitomizes the personality and sensibility of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection, including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, accessories, and handbags. Pulling inspiration from the world around her, Stacey incorporates bold colors, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces.


102 NE 39th Street (Design District) 305.576.6250 /

Born in 1927, Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy founded his namesake House in 1952. That same year, he presented a collection that would leave an indelible mark on fashion history: his “separates” elegant blouses and light skirts blending architectural lines and simplicity met with enormous success in light of the more constricted looks of the day. The “enfant terrible of Haute Couture” was born. Fast forward to 2020, Givenchy appointed Matthew M. Williams, who still leads the house today, as Creative Director of women’s and men’s collections.


139 NE 41st Street (Design District)

Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in Italy in 1921. Now, it’s one of the world’s most recognizable brands known for handbags and leather goods as well as apparel, always incorporating its modern approach to fashion. Under the vision of Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci 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.


9700 Collins Avenue (Bal Harbour Shops) 305.868.1444/

Known for exceptional fabrics and true Neapolitan tailoring, Kiton is an Italian menswear brand offering completely handmade tailored clothing and a curated selection of fine and rare fabrics. Collections range from handmade suits, ties, and knitwear to denim and footwear. Each bespoke model gets cut and sewn to fit the anatomical nuances and movements of its owner. Soft fabrics and unstructured forms offered by Kiton enable the quintessential garment of formal menswear to be reinterpreted with a touch of nonchalance a more informal style for the contemporary gentleman who seeks to enhance his own elegance with a comfortable, casual attitude.


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Founded in 1961 by Yves Saint Laurent, Saint Laurent is one of the most prominent fashion houses of the 20th century. Originally a House of Haute Couture, Saint Laurent revolutionized the way fashion and society merge in 1966 with the introduction of highend made clothes produced on a larger scale than the exclusive collections. The house is now led by Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. Spanning across two floors with floor-to-ceiling glass, the Design District space presents ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, sunglasses, and jewelry for men and women. ◆

MURRAY THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST YGL BFA The Goldsingers performing.
SAVE VENICE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA IN ITALY Clockwise from top left: Lizzie Asher and Anne Fitzpatrick; Polina Proshkina; Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos; Alexander Hankin, Casey Kohlberg, and Zachary Beloff; Ollie Coysh and Skylar Pinchal. TO WRAP UP its series of global celebrations honoring its 50th Anniversary, Save Venice hosted a three-night affair in Venice over a weekend in October that included guided tours, the historic inauguration of Titian’s newly-restored Assunta in the Frari, and a grand ball. The organization is dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, and has funded the conservation of nearly 2,000 individual artworks since 1971.
LAST MONTH, Maison Valentino celebrated its Pink PP Fall/Winter 2022-2023 Collection with an intimate evening at the stylish new Maybourne Beverly Hills. Guests of the house, including Maddie Ziegler , Maia Reficco , and Chiara Aurelia , enjoyed themed pink cocktails and a seated dinner at the hotel’s Terrace restaurant.
TOASTS NEW COLLECTION IN LOS ANGELES Maia Reficco, Maddie Ziegler and Chiara Aurelia Brad Goreski and Kathryn Newton Dinner at the Terrace Devon Lee Carlson and Aimee Song Sarah Harrelson and Marianna Hewitt BFA TO CELEBRATE THE launch of the Premiere original edition watch, Chanel hosted an evening at the buzzy new Casa Cruz restaurant and nightclub, situated in a six-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. The evening commenced with a cocktail hour on the rooftop, followed by a seated dinner on the fifth floor, and almost all guests dressed in Chanel. Soo Joo Park , the face of the watch campaign, was present, as well as Lily Allen , Sarah Hoover , Camille Rowe , Jessica Seinfeld , Rebecca Dayan , and Flynn McGarry , among others. u CHANEL’S DINNER IN NEW YORK Giza Timonier and Maya Stepper Lily Allen Jessica Seinfeld and Sarah Hoover Soo Joo Park and Rebecca Dayan Harley Viera Newton


JACQUELINE KENNEDY was not inclined to public speak ing, which is well known—nor was she, in spite of the count less images of her in the color, very fond of wearing pink (she thought light blues, bright greens, blacks, and beiges suited her best). She was resolute, however, about being of use to her husband, and if President Kennedy asked her to give a speech (usually in a foreign language, which she was so adept at) or to wear pink (he thought it made her stand out in a crowd and on magazine covers), she complied.

Jackie measured up on both of these counts in the scene pictured here, taken on December 29, 1962, at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The president and first lady arrived for a rally to welcome home members of Brigade 2506, the group of nearly 1,400 Cuban exiles who in April 1961 had launched the doomed invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba. The surviving brigade prisoners remained in captivity for 20 months, and were eventually released in exchange for $53 million in food and medicine. In Miami, the president

needed to reconcile with the Cuban exile community, and so he relied on his wife, who spoke beautiful Spanish, to say a few words to woo the crowd.

Dressed in a pink sleeveless dress with an updo to keep her cool in the Miami heat, Jackie watched as the brigade’s flag was handed over to her husband, who saluted the men for the “profound impression” their brave service, even in prison, made on the people of this hemisphere. “I can assure you,” the president promised, in his heavy Boston accent, “that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana.” Mrs. Kennedy made no such promises, but in a slowly articulated Spanish took to the microphone and spoke of the honor it was to be in their presence. “I am proud that my son has met the officers,” she continued. “He is too young to realize what has happened here, but I will be sure to tell him the story of your valor as he grows older. It is my wish and my hope that one day he may become a man at least half as brave as the members of Brigade 2506 have been.” — Daniel Cappello


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