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It seems as though lately I’ve had fashion on the brain. It started with a flurry of press materials from fall/ winter fashion weeks across the globe (always interesting as most women are still pondering the start of swimsuit season). Shortly thereafter I found myself at the finale of Charleston Fashion Week (see page 40) seated front row center (thanks Vail!) across from an esteemed panel of judges, including the founders of both Fashion Week in New York and Gilt Groupe, the latter of which has become a daily lunch hour sport of sorts as I race to their website precisely at noon to scan that day’s lineup of luxury sales. Less than a week later after Charleston we headed to Europe, where it was quite a thrill to peruse myriad boutiques and see firsthand covetable ensembles that I’d seen splashed across the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar only hours before on the plane. While I wish I could report that my suitcase came back stuffed with some of these treasures, it wasn’t the unfavorable euroto-dollar difference that dissuaded me, but rather my husband’s honest assessment that many of the pieces to which I was drawn were best reserved for the lithe models on which they were photographed (I thanked him for squashing my Balmain dream with a swift elbow to the ribcage). I think that it was my recent interview with Angela Ahrendts, a native of New Palestine, Indiana, a Ball State alum and current CEO of Burberry, that was the icing on my fashion cake (see article on page 46). Never before had I been so nervous before an interview, but within 30 seconds of our meeting I was completely at ease, as she was as eager to talk about global supply chains as the age-old conundrum of balancing work and family. Having been photographed by media outlets the world over and always managing to look runway ready, she graciously shared some tips on taking a good photograph just prior to having ours taken (it’s clear I still have a thing or two to learn). Our fashion viewfinders are now pointed closer to home for the third annual Future of Fashion Show on May 28, sponsored by the Lexington Fashion Collaborative. Sophisticated Living is happy to be a sponsor of this event, as our editorial board has made a commitment to help develop and recognize up-and-coming fashion designers in all of our markets, helping to give you a leg up on what’s next in the ever changing world of fashion. Far from the world of runway, our travel feature this month is The Swag (page 54). My stay there last fall was one of the more memorable trips I’d taken in awhile. At first glance, the rustic environs may seem atypical for the pages of Sophisticated Living, and that’s just what my husband thought. You see, he’s been camping just twice. Both times were at my behest and both ended in disaster. So when I discovered the property, which is billed as a “luxury hiking retreat” on a mountaintop in Waynesville, North Carolina, and bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I knew it would be a tough sell. Wrapped into memories of our camping catastrophes was hiking, and the two of us have vastly different approaches. He prefers a meandering stroll approach, while I relish in the chance to raise my heart rate and charge full bore down the trail. He saw my description of a “luxury hiking retreat” as an oxymoron, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I had to resist the urge to say “I told you so” after we’d settled into our well-appointed three room cabin, so far from roughing it that a copper soaking tub and sauna were found among the amenities in the spa-like bathroom. As far as the hiking goes, I agreed beforehand to meet in the middle: I’d slow down a lot if he’d just speed up a little. Before we left, we picked up a gourmet lunch (including the renowned Swag Bar) that had been loaded into backpacks for our journey. I inquired about the likelihood of encountering a black bear and was told that a sighting was not entirely rare but probably not likely. We sat down for lunch at the halfway point, and after a few bites of the bar, we joked that if we did encounter a hungry bear it might be hard to choose whether to outrun the other or sacrifice the remainder of our Swag Bar! The recipe is so wonderfully simple that I have to resist the urge to whip up a batch whenever a craving strikes. If you're interested in testing your own willpower, I've taken the liberty of sharing it as an extra for our iPad readers (available at You can also email me at for the recipe. I do think it tastes better with a little mountain air mixed in, but you’ll have to go to Waynesville for that.

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The renovation of an Anderson Tow nship home ta kes advanta ge of env iable outdo or v ista s Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Eric Williams


For years, after a day at the office, the man of this house would decompress by taking his dinner at a game table in front of the television in the octagon-shaped, double-height living room, a sprawling, sunken area not entirely conducive to such an occasion. Desiring a more appropriate locale for his evening ritual, and at the wife’s urging, the couple turned to long-time collaborator, interior designer David Millett, who charted the initial design when the house was constructed 20 years ago. As is often the case, to the delight of designers and builders everywhere, the solution resulted in a major renovation and addition that greatly enhanced the character of the home and the year-round enjoyment of the nine-acre manicured grounds. 19

The windows in the casual dining room were purposefully left bare to take advantage of the views. Faux painted insets within the box beam ceiling pay homage to the wife’s favorite color.

At the onset of the project, Millett tasked the couple with outlining their needs, and comfortably accommodating their expanding brood of grandchildren emerged as paramount, with a new environ for the husband’s evening meal a close second. Taking to his sketchpad, Millett drew a series of rooms that could be added seamlessly to the rear of the property but appear as though they had been there from the beginning. Cited among his many projects as one of his all-time favorite rooms, the solarium boasts nearly 300-degree views of the lawn, waterfall and pool area. “The room always feels cheerful,” he said. Mimicking the shape of the living room, the windows are outfitted with remote-operated blinds to provide light control at the push of a button. Colors are muted to let the changing seasons be the palette. A table for four near the seating area is perfect for casual living and is optimally positioned to take advantage of the views or the television hung within light-colored


wood cabinetry that comprises the wet bar area. A tile floor was selected for durability and child-friendliness; its coloration and pattern are mimicked in the subtle ceiling finish. Illuminating the room is an alabaster pendant fixture. Underneath the room is a walkout area finished as play space for the grandchildren, complete with Astroturf flooring. Also added during the renovation was an ancillary dining area, which serves as a relaxed counterpart to the more formal living room. The windows in this room were purposefully left bare by design to take advantage of the views. According to Millett, the graphic rug was selected to “give a punch the room needed.” Initially the wife – who prefers muted colors and blue in particular – had some trepidation about such a bold statement, but was in agreement with Millett once the piece was installed. Faux painted insets within the box beam ceiling pay homage to the wife’s preferred color. Beige antique 21


The windows in the solarium are outfitted with remote-operated blinds to provide light control at the push of a button. A tile floor was selected for durability and child-friendliness; its coloration and pattern are mimicked in the subtle ceiling finish. Illuminating the room is an alabaster pendant fixture. 23


Exhibiting overtures reminiscent of the German Art Nouveau style, Millett designed strong vertical architectural elements topped with sconces to break up the fabric-covered walls of the theatre room. Executed in a similar vein is the three-piece crown molding, comprised by layering one-by-six boards. Millett painted the cloud detail on the ceiling himself after others had failed to realize his vision.

ironwork on the table and chairs and a pickled-finish chest complement the muted color scheme. Millett selected the bronze fairy positioned on top of the chest as a whimsical reminder of the joy grandchildren bring to the homeowners. Separating the kitchen from the solarium is a stair hall leading directly to the lower level. Popular not only with the grandchildren but the movie-loving wife as well, the theatre room - complete with a candy vending area, popcorn machine and lighted movie posters - intimates a full-fledged theatre experience. Exhibiting overtures reminiscent of the German Art Nouveau style, Millett designed strong vertical architectural elements topped with sconces to break up the fabric-covered walls. Executed in a similar vein is the three-

piece crown molding, comprised by layering one-by-six boards. “It’s more severe and therefore has a greater impact than traditional crown molding,” said Millett. Lending credo to the saying that to get something right it is best to do it yourself, Millett painted the cloud detail on the ceiling after others had failed to realize his vision. A testament to Millett’s design sensibility is the fact that many of the pieces selected two decades ago are still relevant today. His partnership with the homeowners works on multiple levels: they are clients in need of a designer who will see a project through from conception to completion, down to the last bit of accessorizing, and Millett revels in making sure that even the minutiae is attended to. sl 25

Southern Sophisticate Hugo


Hugo Restaurant Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Andrew Kung

Carolina hoecake with house-smoked trout, radish, Spoonfish caviar and herb purée

As a result of spending his formative collegiate years at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, South Carolina, and interning at two top-notch restaurants in the foodie town, Chef Sean Daly found that the South never left him, even after he moved north to open Hugo restaurant in Oakley. The tradition of low country cuisine became his passion and the foundation for his restaurant’s “sophisticated Southern cuisine.” Part of the allure of Southern cuisine are the generous helpings of genuine hospitality doled out alongside the food. At Hugo, maître d’ Anthony Bailey fills the bill with aplomb. Interior spaces are comprised of a Meeting Street Lounge with its own small plates menu accompanied by unique muddled cocktails by Brian Mulroy that are inspired by the seasons; a wine room with a table pour deux; the Magnolia Room, a private dining room for up to 14 guests and distinguished by a large trestle table and high-backed upholstered chairs; and a white tablecloth main dining room, complete with a fireplace and art and objets trouvés that allude both directly and figuratively to Charleston. Opposite page: Sweet corn pound cake with bourbon soaked blackberries, whipped fresh cream and honey powder. 27

Chef Sean Daly

A hallmark of new Southern cuisine is a commitment to using the freshest ingredients (local whenever applicable), and Daly is definitely a devotee of this philosophy. Since opening nearly four years ago, critics consistently laud his vision, and I would concur with their praises, as our recent visit underscored their admiration. The menu is divided into first, second and main courses. With the memory of a recent trip to Charleston still lingering on our taste buds, we hoped to recapture a sense of the wonderful meals we enjoyed there by sampling similar offerings at Hugo. My husband went straight for one of his favorites – fried green tomatoes – as a warm-up. He reported that there was an ideal balance of a crispy outer shell with the tart bite of the tomato. Daly’s version is accompanied by confit tomato and crab. I opted to start with a pretty frisée salad. Comprised of cranberry, blue cheese, apple and a Tasso ham vinaigrette, it represented a perfectly balanced pairing of complex taste sensations. Fans of She Crab soup will want to try Hugo’s version, which Daly served this past March during a dinner he prepared at the James Beard House in New York City. 28

White asparagus salad with toasted pistachio, pink peppercorn vinaigrette and micro salad 29


Opposite page top: Manchester farms quail stuffed with house sausage and corn bread and accompanied by Hugo grits and spicy broccolini. Opposite page bottom: Arctic char with breakfast radish, mache, house-made crème fraîche, grapefruit and black pepper.

Typically genteel folks in the South will nearly come to blows debating who has the best shrimp and grits, and having recently enjoyed an outstanding version at Magnolia’s in Charleston (where Daly apprenticed after college), I am happy to report that Daly’s version would make Magnolia’s legendary Chef Donald Barickman proud. My counterpart enjoyed the Manchester farms quail, which was stuffed with house sausage and corn bread and served with a side of Hugo grits and spicy broccoli. While the hearty portion of rich grits could have done double-duty as both entrée and dessert, for the sake of journalism we skipped over the flourless chocolate torte and a long-time staple of Hugo’s dessert menu – the Huguenot torte – in favor of a lovely sweet corn pound cake that was topped with bourbon-soaked blackberries, whipped fresh cream and a sprinkling of honey powder. The fresh corn sweetness reminded me of summer. Sweet tea anyone? Hugo Restaurant, located at 3235 Madison Road #A, is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 513.321.4846 or visit sl 31

Terra cotta Antiques ceramic objects with wonderful natural color Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners Terra cotta essentially refers to a hard, semi-fired, unglazed, claybased ceramic object. Literally meaning “baked earth” in Italian, terra cotta is easily recognizable because of its marvelous and very distinctive orange-brownish color. Prior to the Middle Ages (an historic period in Europe referred to as antiquity), every country produced terra cotta items in all shapes and forms imaginable. Although associated with antiquity, terra cotta items have remained in continual production since their inception. Terra cotta objects produced during ancient times included utilitarian items, as well as artwork. Roof tiles, storage vessels and building bricks are a few of the utilitarian examples, while artwork covers a multitude of subjects, figures and forms. Perhaps the greatest of all terra cotta artworks from antiquity is Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terra cotta army, built in 210 B.C. China and discovered in 1974. Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terra cotta army consists of 8,000 lifelike and life-size soldiers, 130 life-size chariots, 520 life-size horses and 150 life-size cavalry horses. The majority of the emperor’s terra cotta army is still not excavated. Not a rare material by anybody’s standards, terra cotta items are somewhat hard to find in today’s antique marketplace. Part of this can be explained by the fragileness of terra cotta. But, I believe the real reasons are that the utilitarian objects are simply not in demand and artworks produced in terra cotta were of limited quantities. Although not a relic from antiquity, the illustrated bust of a man’s head, circa 1880 in Italy, is a wonderful example of terra cotta art and utility. Rarely do you see any terra cotta objects displaying both attributes. The original use of this Italian terra cotta man’s head is a total mystery to me. Perhaps it could be the original Chia Pet? I can just envision some dense green plant growing out from this man’s head. Conceivably, and probably closer to the truth, this bust of an Italian gentleman was possibly made to display a man’s hat in a haberdasher’s shop window. Whatever the use, this terra cotta sculpture is artwork with a utilitarian application. The piece’s whimsical and zany look is partially due to it being handmade and Italian in origin. Terra cotta items are usually handmade and not from the potter’s wheel, which is part of their charm and appeal. I would love to know the history concerning this Italian terra cotta bust … if only this distinguished gentleman could talk! sl 33

What a Duesy!

Photography by Neil Rashba

A pair of Duesenbergs take Best of Show honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance In 1995, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Michael Carsch, was faced with a challenge. At the time many people were not familiar with Amelia Island, so although he had a beautiful oceanfront Ritz-Carlton that was only a few years old, each year he struggled to fill rooms when warm spring weather first arrived on the island. Seeking to create a signature event that would attract a well-heeled clientele, Carsch approached Bill Warner, a local car collector, businessman, and photographer and writer for Road & Track, who was consequently being urged by other auto enthusiasts to create a classic car show in Florida. With backing from


The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and Mercedes-Benz as inaugural sponsors, Warner launched the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The first car show featured 125 cars, world-famous Grand Prix driver Sir Stirling Moss as honorary chairman, and drew about 2,000 car enthusiasts. It also sold out The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Fast forward to 2011 and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance recorded its 16th year as the most prestigious automobile show on the East Coast, on par with such renowned shows as Pebble Beach in California, Meadow Brook in Michigan and the Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan. Since its 35

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Other local and regional award winners of note included: Best in Class-American Classic Open (1937 - 1948) 1937 Packard 1508 Convertible Sedan Perin Family - Cincinnati, OH Best in Class- Sports and GT Cars (1964 – 1974) 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT Kevin Cogan - Louisville, KY The Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award for the Most Elegant Mercedes-Benz 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D Cabriolet Tom and Lynn Isgrig - Cincinnati, OH

Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati (far right), celebrates his Concours de Sport award with fellow participants.


The Jaguar of North America Award for the Most Historically Significant Jaguar 1955 Jaguar D-Type Gary W. Bartlett - Muncie, IN

inception, the show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. Two very deserving Duesenbergs took both Best in Show awards this year and, according to show Chairman Bill Warner, it was one of the hardest choices to make that he can remember. The Concours d’Elegance award went to the 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan from The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California. Dubbed the “Twenty Grand” for its unheard of price tag in the 1930s – $20,000 – the car was originally built for the Century of Progress Exposition, also known as the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. Gordon Buehring, Duesenberg’s legendary stylist, was consulted on the car’s restoration when the Nethercutts purchased it back in 1978, and the car is exactly as it was when it left the factory for its World’s Fair appearance. It was the Nethercutt’s third time winning Best in Show at Amelia. The famed “Mormon Meteor,” the Concours de Sport winner, is a vehicle that requires no introduction. Now owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, the car was making its third visit to Amelia and was restored back to its original speed record trim. Once dubbed the “fastest, most powerful car in the

world,” the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special/Mormon Meteor is the definitive pre-war racecar, and it is still considered the ultimate Duesenberg by collectors worldwide. Yeaggy also exhibited the car at Pebble Beach in 2007 and was rewarded for his efforts with the coveted Best of Show title. “I don’t recall a tougher decision among the judging committee for Best in Show awards than this year,” Warner said. “We simply had the best of the best on the field, and I am glad the decision wasn’t mine. Both winners were stunning and very deserving. I take my hat off to the committee and congratulate them on their choices.” Nearly 20,000 hobbyists descended on Concours Sunday to look at the show’s sweeping automotive display, which included Pope Paul VI's 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet, a significant vehicle that made its way to the U.S. for the very first time in honor of the event and Mercedes-Benz’ celebration of 125 years of the automobile. Other Mercedes on display were the 1972 600 Pullman SWB limousine, which was owned by Luciano Pavarotti and was used to chauffeur him while on his many tours in the United States, and a 1972 600 Pullman first owned by Hugh Hefner as his personal daily driver when his Playboy headquarters was still in Chicago. sl 37



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Charleston Fashion Week

Not even a cool rain shower could quell the seriously hot crowd standing stoically in their stilettos outside the tents in Marion Square waiting for the doors to open for the finale of Charleston Fashion Week. Already an established foodie destination, a quick glance at the fashion panel seated front row center - Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt Groupe; Fern Mallis, creator of Fashion Week in New York City; fashion designer Michael Knight, instantly recognizable to legions of Project Runway fans; and Janie Bryant, costume designer for Mad Men, to name a few - evidenced that the historic city also boasts some serious fashion chops. Now in its fifth year, the Tuesday through Saturday schedule of events showcased local style through runway shows produced by local boutiques, 16 emerging designers (four each night) and a finale presentation by a national-caliber


Written by Bridget Williams / Photography by Eric Williams

designer. Members of the fashion panel selected one emergent designer each night to move on to the Saturday finale where they had the opportunity to show their complete collection. Complementing the first-rate fashion was an adjacent tentedstyle lounge complete with local vendors, guest DJ’s and a cocktail lounge, and a slew of after parties all over town. Whittled down from a pool of 1,000 applicants from around the globe, a group of 10 male and female models took to the runway attired in fitted black CFW t-shirts during the finale hoping to win a $1,000 grand prize for having the best package of walk, appearance and personality as judged by the featured designers, boutique owners and fashion panel. Tears streamed down the face of African native Ajang Majok when she was announced as the female winner. Her prize package and that of Ceasar Hingleton, the male model winner, was sweetened by

Opposite page: The collection of Emerging Designer winner Charlotte Hess This page: Top model winner Ajang Majok in the Michael Wiermicki show 41


Opposite page L-R: Look from the Charlotte Hess collection. Look from emerging designer Michael Wiermicki. Above L-R: Look from emerging designer Veritee Hill. Look from featured designer Hunter Dixon.

a spur-of-the-moment announcement by Alexis Maybank, who offered a modeling gig for an upcoming Gilt Groupe sale. Beginning with 130 applicants from 21 states, by the Saturday evening finale, five emerging designers remained to vie for a prize package valued at over $35k. Each had vastly different styles and inspirations. Helena Bonham Carter seemed the ideal muse for the dark drama presented by Stephanie Mejia, while it was easy to picture Lady Gaga donning Michael Wiermicki’s sculpted-shoulder jacket and dresses rendered in prints inspired by crop circles and cave paintings. New York native Cody Sai’s ready-to-wear looks were clearly influenced by uptown girls in his hometown. Veritee Hill, a Varga-esque looking costume designer from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, sent out an avant-garde collection of dresses that make women long to be brave enough to steal the show in one of her floral-embellished, corseted looks.

In the end it was Philadelphia native Charlotte Hess, a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Glasgow School of Art, who won over the judges and the crowd, taking the Emerging Designer title and the People’s Choice Award for her bespoke hand-knitted garments of silk, wool, mohair and cotton. Inspired by Hopi and Sioux Native Americans, her collection, including Native American-inspired warrior breastplates imagined in yarn, represented a very innovative take on an age-old technique. At her Friday night debut, Charlotte's collection elicited a raucous standing ovation. At the Saturday finale, she once again led with an ethereal crocheted bodysuit topped with a chunky cardigan and followed with a slew of pieces that invited onlookers to rethink their ideas of knitwear. Rendered speechless when announced as the winner, it is almost a given that, with her success at CFW, the fashion world will be hearing from her again in the not so distant future. sl 43

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An important book for anyone interested in global issues, this book features 12 essays that take the reader to countries in crisis. Award-winning writer Martin Amis experienced firsthand the problems of gang violence in Colombia, South America; New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier focuses on the abuse of women in Burundi, East Africa; Oscarwinning actor Daniel Day-Lewis writes of meeting children raised in war-torn Palestine; Booker Prize–winning author DBC Pierre addresses the unusually high incidence of mental health issues in Armenia. Awardwinning photographer Tom Craig was commissioned by the humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders to document the writers in these places in trouble. Dan Crowe (Editor), Tom Craig (Photographer) - Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis - hardcover, 276 pages, Rizzoli.


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books This richly illustrated and valuable resource reaches back five centuries to document the evolution and ingenuity of house design in the British Isles. Brimming with 600 fullcolor photographs, House annotates hundreds of examples from every conceivable angle: from gables and pediments to chimneys and roofs; from bow windows and casements to fanlights and door furniture. Armed with a career’s worth of experience and research, Philippa Lewis takes readers up and down the country to feature examples of typically British building, including cottages, manor houses, castles, bungalows, and flats. She also looks at houses built from a wide variety of materials, including stone, glass, wood, brick, and even corrugated iron, in different settings such as rural, suburban, seaside, and urban. Philippa Lewis - House: Brisith Domestic Architecture - hardcover, 192 pages, Prestel Publishing.

Hamptons Gardens is an invitation into the private world that lies behind privet hedges and wrought iron gates in one of the world’s most exclusive residential areas. From the sustainable and native to the over-the-top and avant garde, the selection of gardens hand-picked for this luxury volume astound in every regard. 100% of author’s proceeds from the book are graciously provided to God’s Love We Deliver. Jack Delashmet (author), Mary Ellen Bartley and Doug Young (photographers) - Hamptons Gardens - hardcover, 268 pages, Assouline.

You won’t find the town of Elgin Park on a map, but you will find it all over the web and in the media. Called an “Internet phenomenon” by the New York Times, Michael Paul Smith’s Flickr site has received over 20 million hits since he first posted his convincing yet dreamlike photographs of an imaginary town, inspired by the small Pennsylvania one he grew up in. Viewers of all ages from across the world will respond to the memories and feelings evoked by his perfectly executed miniature street scenes with model vintage cars, which are photographed outdoors against actual backgrounds. Without digital manipulation, Smith creates wondrously realistic scenes, which are beautifully reproduced in this exquisite volume. Gail Ellison, a longtime colleague of the artist, explains Smith’s ingenious methods and also uncovers the themes of his art. Michael Paul Smith - Elgin Park: An Ideal American Town - hardcover, 144 pages, Prestel Publishing 45


Checks & Balances Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts’ journey from New Palestine to London is guided by her Midwest family values. Written by Bridget Williams

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Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, in the Indianapolis store. Photo by Brian Spurlock.

The story reads like a movie script depicting the realization of the American Dream: A pretty, driven Midwestern girl from a small town pours over glossy magazines and dreams of a life in the glamorous world of fashion. She moves to New York (complete with a tear-jerking airport scene), strikes it big and becomes CEO of a world famous fashion house. And, of course, no movie would be complete if along the way she didn’t marry the man of her dreams. Only in this case, the dream is a reality for Angela Ahrendts - a native of New Palestine, Indiana, a Ball State alumna and current CEO of London-based luxury brand Burberry - whose multitude of personal and professional successes were earned the old fashion way: through hard work combined with passion, perseverance and a strong Midwestern foundation of faith and family. “As far back as I can remember, I was mesmerized by fashion,” said Ahrendts during a recent interview. While her fresh-faced yet fierce runway-worthy appearance fit the bill of a fashion executive and then some – outfitted in a form-fitting pencil skirt and covetable knee-high stiletto boots that added to her stature – her natural Midwestern friendliness sprung forth the minute she began to speak. While she credits her closely bonded family with equipping her with the “core values” that provided the building blocks of her future success, she is quick to cite her undergrad years at Ball State for allowing her to come into her own. Majoring in merchandising and marketing, a school-sponsored trip to New York City was her self-described “turning point,” where she realized her true calling. 48

She boarded a plane bound for New York City just one day after graduating from Ball State in 1981 and immediately set about her deliberate climb up the corporate ladder. “Accountable” and “results driven” pop up frequently when asked to describe her work ethic. “I was fortunate that my jobs were always right for my personality and skill set,” she added. Her positions of note prior to her joining Burberry Group in 2006 include president of Donna Karan International from 1989 to 1996, executive vice president of Henri Bendel from 1996 to 1998, and Liz Claiborne Inc., where she began in 1998 as vice president of corporate merchandising and design to 2005 as executive vice president responsible for both women’s and men’s wear. It would not be a stretch of the imagination to think that when the CEO of Burberry comes calling to court you as her handpicked successor, one would jump on the chance, but that was not so for Ahrendts, who initially refused Rose Marie Bravo’s request for a meeting. “Part of my core values is loyalty. I couldn’t imagine how life could be better; I had a dream job at Liz Claiborne and the perfect work/life balance,” she said. It was not until Bravo continued to press her that Ahrendts relented and agreed to have a cup of coffee. “She told me ‘You don’t understand how few women CEOs there are in the world’, and that really got my attention,” she added. The third meeting proved to be the charm. Ahrendts visited the Burberry outpost in New York City several times, 49

Members of the public watch the Burberry fashion show for the autumn/winter 2011 collection as it is screened live on Piccadilly Circus in central London.

and her finely honed business sense realized the tremendous opportunity. Exploratory meetings with Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer or “brand tsar” as Ahrendts has dubbed him, also helped to seal the deal. Sharing similar strong family ties and values (as well as mutual admiration for their counterpart’s achievements and skill sets), they laid out a mission to create the company of their dreams. Taking the helm at a tumultuous time, business journals around the globe laude the team of Ahrendts and Bailey for wading through the mire of the global financial crisis to emerge as one of the world’s strongest luxury brands. Bailey is credited with rejuvenating the brand’s image, while Ahrendts has streamlined the company’s supply chain to make it one of the most responsive in the industry. Her efforts have landed her on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Financial Times ranked her 15th on its list of the Top 50 Women in World Business (she moved up to the 13th spot in 2010). 2010 proved to be a banner year as she was also named among Fortune magazine's Businesspeople of the Year and was honored as the


European Business Leader of the Future at the CNBC European Business Leaders Awards. Burberry has also been at the forefront in the use of technology and emerging media, most notably live-streaming its spring/summer 2011 runway show online through hundreds of partner sites and to large screens in 25 of its flagship stores around the world, as well as making select pieces available for purchase immediately afterward (an innovation begun with its fall 2010 show). The fall/winter 2011 show made an even bigger splash as it was streamed live on a giant screen at London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus and to 40 other live event sites, meaning that you did not need to be a fashion insider or VIP to experience the feeling of front-row access. In fact, more than one million people watched it live online. Burberry is also the leading luxury brand on Facebook, with more than 5.5 million fans. “Digital media is all about capturing mind share, helping consumers understand the full 360 of the brand, its culture, commerce and content. The more we can connect with consumers, the more they engage with our brand and become advocates,” Ahrendts explained.

When asked what brings her the greatest feeling of professional success on a day-to-day basis, she is quick to reply: “Being able to connect, inspire and lead. Listening is a big part of that. I want to inspire young talent. The bigger we get, the closer we need to be as a team.” Anchoring her family life is Ahrendts’ husband Gregg, who she met in high school, a classic cheerleader/star basketball player matchup. She grins widely recalling their first date: a New Year’s Eve party in 1978 at a friend’s home located midway between their respective houses. After she left for New York, the couple maintained a long-distance dating relationship for 17 years before marrying. If the decision to take the job in London was difficult for Ahrendts, the decision was easier for her family, which also includes a 16-year-old son, and two daughters, ages 14 and 10. She gushes with parental pride talking about her son’s talent as a musician, greatly furthered by the “amazing” music scene in London, her middle daughter’s budding interest in public relations and her youngest, described as “full of energy.” A dilemma for working mothers worldwide, Ahrendts admits that maintaining a work/family balance is “the hardest thing in the world.” “Lots of parents are there 24/7, but not really ‘present,’” she added. “When I’m there with my children they have my full attention, and they can get in touch with me anytime.” The importance of family and core values are a motivating source of her desire to give back, not only to her hometown and alma mater, but on a global scale through the Burberry Foundation, which she and Bailey founded in 2008. Concerned with reaching young adults during their impressionable “youth space,” which Ahrendts defined as “a time in young life when insecurities set in,” the Foundation seeks to be a foundation in a literal sense by providing mentoring, job training and self-esteem building programs in 14 global communities where Burberry has a significant presence. At Ball State, Ahrendts was a leading force in helping to create a $1 million emerging media scholarship fund “to cultivate the next generation of talent in disciplines that are at the heart of digital media, marketing and merchandising." The fund is part of the Bold Celebration Scholars and Burberry Emerging Media Scholars programs, and four of the annual scholarship awards are designated as Burberry Bold Celebration scholarships. She was recently in Indianapolis to deliver an address as part of Ball State's David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series. Her 2010 commencement address at Ball State coincided with her 50th birthday year and provided an occasion to pause and reflect on her accomplishments and what remains important to her. At the time she was asked to deliver the address, she said she was “living life at 80 miles an hour” and that it took her a full six months of reflection to prepare her remarks. Adding additional gravity to the situation was her understanding of the digital era and that her words would live

on indefinitely in cyberspace. After two months of writer’s block and 92 outlines, she stopped and realized that her words had to come from the heart to resonate. “It was like an epiphany,” she said. The central theme of her remarks - core values - became crystal clear. “Growing up in the Midwest, most of the students do not yet know what a great foundation they have. Family values are different here and it gives them an upper hand because of that foundation. I wanted them to understand the tools they already have at their discretion.” After a jet-setting career, would she ever consider a return to life in Indiana? “Absolutely!” she replied without hesitation, adding that family is her rock of life, and her sisters are her best friends. “I have a very blessed life.” sl 51


Written by Scott Harper, MS / Photo by Garcia Betancourt

Argentina is on fire. It is currently fifth in world wine production and eighth in world wine consumption, and its imports are increasing by quantum leaps, all this from the second largest South American country after Brazil. With Chile just over the massive Andes Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, as well as Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil to the north, it is in an excellent area in the southern part of South America for grape growing. The conditions are warm and sunny, with very few pests, and the Mediterranean-like climate is enhanced with the Andes snow, which melts for irrigation. For without the Andes, Argentina would be desert-like. Argentina also has the highest vineyards in the world; most vineyards are planted at 1,000 to 5,200 feet to mitigate the intense summer heat. Grapes were planted in the 16th century by conquistadores and missionaries. The grapes they planted were fruitful but not high quality grapes, such as Criolla. It was not until the 1980s that we saw premium wine emerging. Then in the 1990s, the end of political instability, economic depression and military governments, as well as French and US investments in Argentina, helps to bring about positive quality change in the


wine industry. The 1990s saw the introduction of temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks and new oak barrels, brought about in part by Nicolas Catena, Argentina’s wine visionary, and French and American consultants. As implied, France and Italy, not Spain, has more viticulture influence in Argentina, hence Argentina is noted for Malbec. The highest quality, most popular wine of Argentina is more popular than in its ancestral home of France. Malbec is best known from its largest region Mendoza. The wine comes in all price ranges, but even inexpensive Malbec is a pretty good drink. Every time I think of the savory flavor of the dark, purple Malbec with the flavors of lavender, spice and black fruits, it brings to mind the quintessential pairing of grilled Argentine steak with chimichurri. Argentina makes more red wine than white, and of that, Malbec makes up 26 percent. The next two important grapes are Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon, which make up about 18 percent each, and Syrah comes in fourth with about 13 percent. Bonarda originally hails from Italy’s northern wine region of Piedmont, where it is typically blended with Piedmont’s number one grape Nebbiolo in the wines of Gattinara and Ghemme. It is now considered a separate

SUGGESTED WINES Torrontes DONA PAULA TORRONTES 2009, Cafayate Valley (Salta) ALAMOS TORRONTES 2009, Salta DISENO TORRONTES 2010, Salta Bonarada ZOLO BONARDA 2009, Mendoza COLONIA LAS LIEBRES BONARDA 2009, Mendoza Malbec DISENO MALBEC “OLD VINE” 2009, Mendoza ENRIQUE FOSTER MALBEC “IQUE” 2008, Mendoza BODEGA TAMARI MALBEC “RESERVE” 2009, Mendoza Malbec Blends AMALAYA 2009 Calchaqui Valley (Salta) - Malbec with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat BODEGA ELENA DE MENDOZA 2010 Mendoza Malbec with Syrah and Bonarda grape, although, it is rarely seen labeled as a varietal, except in Argentina. And of course, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah originally hail from France but are now planted ubiquitously through out the world. Two white grapes stand out, Torrontes, representing about 18 percent, and the international varietal Chardonnay, making up around 14 percent. Torrontes is Argentina’s number one planted white grape and is a crossing of the Muscat family. The only place where you see this grape produced, it is a true Argentinean specialty. Originally believed to be from northwest Spain, it produces a fresh, crisp and very aromatic wine. Try Torrontes as an excellent aperitif or with seafood. Lastly much experimentation has been taking place with barrel fermentation and oak ageing of Chardonnay, and excellent wines are being produced. The number one wine region to look for is Mendoza, and the number one grape of Mendoza is Malbec. It is west of the Atlantic and east of Buenos Aires and has over 70 percent of the country’s wineries and 70 percent of Argentinean vineyards located within its boundaries. This astonishingly large wine region with most of its vineyards planted between 2,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level is obviously the center of the Argentinean wine industry. Arguably the most important

sub-region of Mendoza is Lujan De Cuyo, which is even more noted for Malbec. Other important regions outside the powerful Mendoza are Salta, La Rioja and San Juan. Salta is the most northern area and it makes two-thirds white wine and specializes in Torrontes. Salta means very beautiful and is home to Bodega Colome, owned by Hess, which are the world’s highest vineyards at 8,300 feet. San Juan is the second largest area with 23 percent of vineyards. It enjoys one of the sunniest conditions in the world with no more than 30 cloudy days a year. Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Chardonnay and Torrontes are planted there. La Rioja, one of the oldest wine regions, is planted with Bonarda, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, but with 40 percent of its vineyards planted to Torrontes, that remains its specialty. sl

Scott is General Manager of the Bristol Bar & GrilleJeffersonville and is Wine Director/Sommelier for the 5 Bristol Bar & Grille’s in Louisville and Indiana. He teaches wine through Bellarmine University. Scott is a Master Sommelier and a Certified Wine Educator. 53

The Swag Written by Bridget Williams

It was after 10 p.m., and my eyelids were heavy after a day on the trails. Despite being one of the younger guests at The Swag, a delightful country inn in Waynesville, North Carolina, my energy seemed to pale in comparison to that of our welltraveled cohorts. Surveying the lively scene, I turned to Deener, the proprietress, and said, “You must tell me where you hide your fountain of youth.” She smiled coyly, looking some two decades younger than her stated age, and asked why. “Well, there’s a woman here celebrating her 70th birthday who hiked nine miles, another marking her 50th wedding anniversary who is presently accompanying the after dinner piano music by doing soft shoe and high kicks to rival a Rockette, and you seem to have channeled the power of the Energizer Bunny,” I replied. Her answer was something about the purity of the mountain air and the fellowship of friends and loved ones, but I know that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recanting all that is special about The Swag.

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The Swag Deener and Dan Matthews had not intended to become innkeepers in 1969 when they purchased 250 acres of meadows and forest adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Cataloochee Divide fence. The name “The Swag” refers to the dip between mountain peaks and a moniker given to the place where the inn now sits by the residents of the area long ago. In 1970, a summer of blasting and bulldozing resulted in a marvel of excellent grade road construction, with the 2.5 mile road at the base of the mountain gaining more than 1000 feet of elevation until it culminates at the original homesite, remnants of which date to 1795. Careful stewards of the land, the couple avoided felling trees for utility right-of-way by having the foresight to dig a four-foot deep trench a mile long for the power and phone lines. Before long, Dan, a former rector of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street in New York City, began using the family’s second home as a church retreat. Understandably,


word of this mountaintop oasis spread quickly and requests to visit grew in spades, leading them to officially open as an inn in 1982. In what seemed like the blink of an eye to the Matthews, in 1995 Andrew Harper selected The Swag as “Hideaway of the Year.” The inn persists in its pursuit of excellence, an effort rewarded again in 2010 when readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted The Swag to the magazine’s Gold List. Open from late April until mid-November (heavy winter snows make the property accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles), The Swag is located approximately 50 minutes west of Asheville. The 14 guest accommodations are varied and include private cabins and spacious suites, all individually outfitted with handmade quilts, woven rugs, early American rustic antiques and original artwork, befitting its rural environs. The flexibility of room configurations makes The Swag ideal for group or extended family travel, as evidenced by the several generations of more than one

family present during our stay. Children under the age of seven are welcome in the three cabins. After checking in at the main house, we were instructed to select a walking stick and mark it as our own by tying a wood disc with our name inscribed on it to the top. The handsome stick, decorated with a medallion bearing the logo of the inn, was ours to use on subsequent hikes and to take home as a souvenir. We were delighted to stay in the Woodshed Suite, located across from the main house and sited directly on the fence line that marked the park boundary. The original one-room cabin has been tripled in size to create one of the property’s most desirable suites. The space was expectedly rustic, but with luxurious amenities, such as Wi-Fi; a wet bar outfitted with a copper sink, stoneware mugs, and a selection of coffee, teas, soft drinks and fresh trail mix; a walk-in closet with a safe; XM-equipped radios in each room; a spa-like bathroom suite with L‘Occitane toiletries, a deep hammered copper soaking tub, steam shower, dry sauna and double basin vanity; and a rear deck overlooking the park with an open-air shower, a towel

warmer and comfortable lounge chairs complete with cozy blankets to ward off the evening or early morning chill. I loved the combination of natural materials and richly hued fabrics throughout, such as the headboard, whose frame was fashioned from logs with a padded toile fabric center, or the window box cornices made of tree bark with paisley drapery beneath. I could not wait to select a book from the many scattered throughout shelving in the room, light a fire in the sitting room and settle into the inviting wing back chair. One notable absence in the room was a television, but believe me, after a day on the trails and a full stomach from the bounteous meals (more on that later), television will be the furthest thing on your mind. For those who cannot go without, there is a television room in the main house. After taking a moment to settle in, we were off to “high” tea, a reference made not to the formality of the occasion but the altitude at which the tea and pastries were being served. Guests who had already been there a few days warned me not to overindulge, as dinner was an experience I would want to come hungry for. 57

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At 6 p.m. guests gather at the “Dogtrot,” a covered breezeway outside the entrance to the dining room and the inn’s living room. The spread could have been a meal in itself. There was a selection of gourmet cheeses, veal wontons, mushroom cheesecakes, fresh hummus and olive tapenade, and feta and watermelon stacks to name a few. The Swag is located in a dry county, but guests are free to bring their own wine and liqueurs, making for interesting pairings when oenophiles start conversing. The chiming of the dinner bell at 7 p.m. summons guests inside, where place cards mark each person’s spot, personally selected by Deener, who spends a good portion of each day organizing the seating arrangement based on guests' interests and personalities.To be honest, my husband was not too keen on sitting with strangers, but by the end of the meal, we were convinced by Deener’s keen intuition and lingered well after the last bite of dessert to converse with our tablemates, who included a Methodist minister and his wife (a widely published author of racy romance novels) and a prominent divorce attorney from New York City, whose passion was his renowned rose gardens. Prior to the meal being served, Deener greeted everyone gathered and said a little something about each group or couple. There were birthdays and anniversaries, and one couple even


announced they were to be parents for the first time, eliciting shrieks of joy from the grandmother-to-be. The four-course meal was nothing short of divine, with the ingredients sourced locally from places like Sunburst Trout Farms in Pisgah Valley, heirloom tomatoes from a grower down the street, and asparagus and greens from The Swag’s own farm. Meals for vegetarians and those with restricted diets can be made upon special request. After dinner the group retired to the living room, where Dan led a sing-along to the tinkling ivories of the player piano. Each season, Deener and Dan host storytellers, naturalists, photographers and the like to entertain guests. During our stay we were treated to the storytelling of naturalist Charles Maynard, a true bastion of the art who had our sides hurting with laughter with tales of encounters with black bears and country life in the valley. Before heading off to bed we were given a form to fill out to select how we wanted our lunch prepared the next day (a not so easy task on an incredibly full stomach). We could choose to have it packed in a wooden picnic basket to take to nearby Gooseberry Knob or in a backpack if we were planning to hit the trails. We chose the latter as well as the time we would be picking it up and then headed off to bed, excited about exploring the trails the next morning. Guests staying on

Wednesdays are treated to a gourmet meal served picnic-style atop Gooseberry Knob. Those unable to make the 15-minute hike can be transported to the site via Land Rover shuttle. One thing is for certain: you will not go hungry while at The Swag. I love breakfast food, and while I wanted to try everything laid out before me, from the cider-simmer oatmeal, bacon, waffles, fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets and the like spread out as part of the country breakfast buffet, I had learned from dinner to pace myself. My husband is not too keen on hiking, so while my overindulgence at breakfast made me wish we were going double the distance, I chose one of the shortest trails for our day's adventure: a three-mile roundtrip route with a 600-foot gain in elevation. After hearing Charles the night before say that it is pretty likely there are always black bears watching, I was hoping to get a glimpse (albeit a far away one), since my last sighting in the wild came as a young child. No bears were to be found, but the views afforded at the crest of the mountain at the turnaround point were enough to take our breath away. A fenced area with picnic tables and a map of the surrounding peaks provided the perfect spot to break for a gourmet lunch, topped off with a Swag Bar. We returned from our hike and explored the grounds, taking time to make ourselves feel like kids again by trying out the rope swing over the pond and the nearby swinging bridge

and capping off the afternoon by playing (rather badly) a round of badminton on a grassy court surrounded by a thicket of rhododendron. Those seeking active recreation during inclement weather can take advantage of the underground racquetball court, while more passive activities can be pursued via the books, games and videos in the well-stocked library. There is also a small but well curated gift shop with books of local interest, jewelry and crafts by local artisans and clothing. Returning to our cabin to dress for dinner, we saw the kitchen staff rolling out large grills in preparation for an overthe-top barbeque that takes place every Thursday. The selection of meats and fish were savory; the salads and side dishes were as colorful as they were tasty; and the desserts were to die for. It was easy to see why so many of our fellow guests were repeat visitors and why, while packing to leave the next morning, I was already making plans to return. sl Details: The closest commercial airport is in Asheville. Room rates range from $490-$785 (for the Two-Story Cabin) per day and include three meals for two people. A 15 percent service charge and taxes are additional. A few outside dinner guests can be accommodated by reservation only. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 800.789.7672.. 59



Highlights from the Geneva Motor Show Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners The 81st Geneva International Motor Show, held in March, presented an extensive overview of automotive technology and design. All the major manufacturers, renowned bodywork designers, and top preparation specialists dazzled visitors with nearly 170 World and European Premieres. The trend toward "green" was evident, as 40 premieres utilized alternative and ecological technologies. 61

Alfa Romeo To entice buyers in advance of the brand’s 2012 re-launch in the US, Alfa Romeo unveiled its 4C Concept: a 200HP, 1.75-liter turbo four-cylinder two-seater coupe. Born from the experience acquired through the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, the new concept car shares its rear-wheel drive with the exclusive supercars as well as its philosophy based on achieving maximum driving pleasure and the proverbial Alfa Romeo road handling. The powerful 1750 Turbo petrol engine allows the 4C Concept to reach a top speed of over 150 mph and to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under five seconds. Aston Martin Aston Martin celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato by displaying one of the original cars alongside the company’s world-renowned line-up of sports cars. In his remarks made during the show, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s chief executive, alluded to the company’s lack of an alternative fuel model by stating “Our innovations have more substance in the car business than lots of the short term fireworks.” He referenced a paradigm change with the new Cygnet luxury city car from ‘Small is Cheap’ to ‘Small is precious’. “Cygnet is exclusive and perfectly complements our other models. It is our hybrid concept,” he added.

Audi (above) Audi unveiled the A3, a four-seater notchback sedan, the design of which represents the typical Audi language of sporty elegance. The four-seat notchback sedan integrates the full breadth of the brand’s technological expertise – from the improved MMI operating system, to the high-tech infotainment system, to the drivetrain. A fivecylinder turbo developing 408 hp, a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensure thrilling dynamics along with high fuel efficiency. At 8.63 ft, the long wheelbase is a best-in-class figure in the premium compact segment. Bentley The company celebrated its early 2011 attainment of the world ice speed record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible driven by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. Driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the perilous frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland, Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48 mph eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83 62

mph set in 2007 in the Continental GT. Just 100 examples of this dramatically styled new model will be built at Bentley’s Crewe factory. The Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is distinguished by its vibrant and muscular styling cues that reinforce the uncompromising performance credentials of this extreme Bentley convertible. Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect.”

BMW (above) BMW debuted its Vision ConnectedDrive concept car. The concept embodies the dynamic BMW design language with its long wheelbase, set back seating position and long bonnet but combines it with taut surfaces and distinctive flowing lines. The sliding doors, inspired by those on the BMW Z1, disappear into the body of the car. This allows the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive to be driven with the doors open, emphasizing the link between the vehicle and its environment. Advanced Head-Up Display takes the technology currently available in production BMWs even further, placing a three-dimensional display of key information in the direct sight line of the driver, eliminating the need for the driver’s eyes to refocus. The three-dimensional display allows the real view to be overlaid with virtual information, highlighting hazards allowing the driver to assimilate all of the information quickly and take appropriate action. For the first time passengers get their own information display, out of the driver’s field of vision, allowing them to evaluate information, music or navigation details and pass them onto the driver with a simple touch of a finger. DeTomaso Returning to the show after a nine-year absence, DeTomaso showed its all-new four-door, five-passenger model, the Deauville, a name resurrected from their 1970s lineup. The sedan features a 300hp, 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine with a top speed of 155MPH. Although weighing in at a portly the Deauville can accelerate from 0-60MPH in 6.7 seconds.

Ferrari Already sold out for the next year’s worth of production (800 units) the reveal of Ferrari FF indicated that the Italian automaker is forging ahead in a new direction. The replacement for the 612 Scaglietti, the FF takes design cues from the 458 Italia and is the first Ferrari to have power channeled to each wheel. Under the hood is a 6.25-litre V12 engine capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208mph. Gumpert The German supercar company Gumpert unveiled their second model, the Tornante, characterized by gullwing doors and a 4.2-litre, biturbo V8 engine cradled within a lightweight spaceframe chassis constructed from chromemolybdenum steel, promising 700HP in its standard form, with a further, ‘alternative-powered’ Tornante planned for 2012. Jaguar Jaguar’s new Jaguar XKR-S expresses the company's long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance via a higher output supercharged V8 engine, revised suspension, and a new aerodynamically-driven design. The Jaguar XKR-S produces 550 hp with 502 lb/ft of torque, offers a top speed of 186mph, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. In addition to this debut, Jaguar marked the 50th anniversar y of the E-Type with a celebration at the

Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva, where the original car was introduced by the marque’s founder Sir William Lyons half a century ago. Koenigsegg “Quicker than lighting” is how Koenigsegg described their brand new Agera R. It was shown at Geneva with a Lightning Roof Box System, their first lifestyle package that enables the driver to use the Agera for longer trips with massive luggage. Made completely from carbon fiber, it has been through several iterations of CFD simulation to ensure it is safe up to 186mph, making it the fastest roof box in the world. Lamborghini According to its tradition, Lamborghini’s new flagship bears the name of a bull – naturally, a particularly courageous specimen from the world of the Spanish Corrida. Aventador was the name of a bull that entered into battle in October 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, earning the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for its outstanding courage. The fantastic 0-62 mph acceleration figure of just 2.9 seconds and the top speed of 217 mph do not fully describe the Aventador’s extreme performance. Lamborghini has already sold more than 12 months production of its new V12 model, deliveries of which will start in the second half of 2011 63

Pagani Huayra

Land Rover Land Rover's stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show served as a hybrid technology showcase with the exhibition of the new Range Rover Evoque in both coupe and 5-door derivatives, and exciting Discovery 4 and Range Rover Limited Editions. Making its motor show debut was the 'Range_e': Land Rover's diesel hybrid plug-in prototype. 'Range_e' is based on a Range Rover Sport and features a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Matched with a plug-in parallel diesel hybrid system it offers a premium SUV that can run as a pure electric vehicle. The 'Range_e' is the first capable 4WD model from Land Rover to achieve 89g of CO2. It has an EV range of 20 miles, a top speed of around 120mph and a range of 690 miles. Maserati (preceding page) After stunning the world with the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati used the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the introduction of the GranCabrio Sport. Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati's all-alloy 4.7-litre V8. Pagani (top) Fans of unbridled horsepower breathlessly awaited the reveal of the Pagani Huayra, whose aggressive and futuristic exterior carbon-titanium styling seemed to create a “love it” or “hate it” division among onlookers. The vehicle can modify the properties of this wing by varying the front ride height, which 64

can be adjusted dynamically, and by adjusting the 4 control flaps on each of the four corners of the car. Those on the fence were convinced by the sumptuous interior and the 700hp twinturbocharged 6.-liter V-12 Mercedes-AMG engine.

Porsche (above) Porsche will unveil its second production hybrid model, the Panamera S Hybrid, adding another chapter to its Porsche Intelligent Performance development philosophy. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 167 mph. Its range in purely electric mode is approximately one mile, with electric-only acceleration possible up to just over 50 mph. Rolls Royce Living up to its ghostly moniker, the all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX quietly appeared on the stage in front of attendees. The company plans to test it on public roads in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America during the year, in order to gather a bank of research data that will be crucial in informing future decisions on alternative drivetrains for the storied luxury automaker. sl

No Bull - The very serious market in Chinese

Polychrome Chinese Figures

We shoulda seen it coming, this crazy boom in the Chinese market. Signs and records starting to occur in 2007, but like other boom markets, some that don’t get mention without eliciting pain (real estate, oil, tech stocks…) we tend to ignore it until it has becomes white hot, and then we (WHAT?) want to jump in and buy. WHOA - if anything, it is time to take deeps breaths, ask important questions, and perhaps sit on the sidelines. If we own any white hot material, the hour has come to sell, but buy? This bull market is not for the faint of pocket. A strong Chinese economy has allowed a huge Chinese middle class to acquire all the attributes of success. After the companies, the huge houses, the limo-like autos and the ivyleague schools, the Chinese, like the rest of the world, see art as status and investment. In the last five or six years, art has become both an attribute and investment. It is a smart choice. The Chinese are investing in their future, as well as in their past, repatriating the things of their heritage. The boom in Chinese buying is for things Chinese, and not for items made for the “China Trade” - those of European tastes and markets of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The Chinese are buying things made for the Chinese people, both humble and imperial, items of their past and Chinese contemporary art.  Authenticity/Originality is the most important value feature. However, as far as the Chinese are concerned, sometimes the value of a fine reproduction of an original

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Chinese Cinnabar Wedding Box, Qing Period or Earlier

work, by a good old hand, may far exceed the value of an original new work by a less talented soul. Authenticity is also paramount - auction houses and dealers who sell to the Chinese have to be absolutely rock steady in their pronouncements. If it isn’t what they say it is, a reputable house has to/will take it back. Nevertheless, there is still a minefield of fakes to toe through, and no one can fake better than the Chinese. For this reason, most Chinese buyers of important pieces are having their prospective treasurers found and vetted by knowledgeable dealers. Did I say there’s a boom in Chinese art consulting as well? The press has a profusion of stories of every major, secondand third-tier auction house, selling small porcelains, rhino cups or jadeite pieces for millions, when they were only estimated in the hundreds or thousands. No one feels shame here, as this is an unpredictable market. No one really knows where this market can go, or for how long, and whether this buying rampage is real or, like the all-too-brief surge in things Russian, just an attractive blip on auction sales screen. The Chinese government has a stake in its continuance, as a ‘buying’ Chinese public is a stable public and this is good. The moral of this tale is to sell, even if you have no idea what you have. Go and find out; it is that important.  If the allure and charm of this frenzy in things Chinese has put visions of Peking glass on the mind, then it is time to learn 65

Group of 18th-century Chinese Export tablewares, from the Collection of Elizabeth and Arlyn Wagner, Lexington, Kentucky

Mid-19th century Chinese Louis XV-style Console Table

a thing or two. It should be said that all the books on Amazon’s Kindle, or for us retarditaires, all the books in the library, will not help. Works need to be seen and handled. As the Chinese Marcie Simms says, “a smart consumer is our best customer”. Go where fine things are - a must see is the Chinese collection at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. They have a collection second to none outside of China and are undergoing a millions-of-


Canadian-dollars renovation. If one intends to buy, it is critical to start with seeing the best and then the next tier down. Find good dealers. Handle what you can afford to buy - or break. One needs to feels the lightness of Chinese potted ceramics over that of heavier Japanese pieces. Please avoid the Look - you are not fooling anyone with those blue and white ginger jars with Chinese character, “Happiness,” ornamentation. They are so Pier One, and cliché.

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19th-century Flambe Glazed Chinese Vase

Buyers should also avoid less than perfect items, but I digress…why even discuss buying great Chinese things when most buyers will be competing with the Chinese new money - let them have it! They are going to outspend you! If the urge persists, you can have your Chinese and eat off of it too. Fabulous Chinese export pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries abound, and table wares can be purchased inexpensively and in abundance, and the learning curve for them is minute. Look for the blue and White Canton wares stoneware and porcelain shipped to the West from China from the 17th through the 19th centuries. It is charming, it can be formal or casual and it is comparatively cheap.   Another available Chinese export is Rose Medallion ware. A profusion of Rose Medallion has been for sale in the last five years, perhaps because the generations that collected it are dying out. It is rather ‘fancy’ and not to everyone’s taste, but it is available en mass.  Exquisite armorial porcelain, made for the Western market, primarily the English market, is sincerely inexpensive (cheap), compared to what collectors paid in the 1970s through 1990s. Most of it is timeless design, hand-painted by the Chinese in the European taste. Vestiges of Meissen and Sevres design can be found on some Chinese export, as the Chinese were emulating the high end tastes of Europe, hungry for the status of porcelains in the 18th century.


Chinese Qianlong Period Enameled Vase

Still slightly undervalued are Chinese women artists. Buying Chinese Paintings by female artists has potential and can be an attractive market for new collectors and collectors with a smaller budget. Chinese paintings by Chinese woman artists of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) were first auctioned as a group in Beijing, 2006. Works were by female artists Li Ying, Ma Quan, Qian Yuling, and Liao Jiahui, Subject matter matters - for female artists, focus on flowers, bird, and female figures. In 2004, a Chinese flower painting by Yan Yan of the Song dynasty (918-960) sold for $34,375 in Shanghai. The painting of “Five Hundred Arhats” by Liao Jiahui reached $8,250 in 2006 in Beijing. Another painting by the same artist was sold for $4,600 in Hong Kong in 2005. Rising statistics suggest that the value of Classical Chinese paintings by female Chinese artists has room for improvement in coming years. Regretably, falling hammers and price tags gets the attention of the public far more quickly than anything else. Maybe it is time to ‘own’ an appreciation of things Chinese - we can all afford to do that!  sl

Diane C. Wachs is Director of Fine and Decorative Art at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH. A former museum director and professor hailing from Lexington, KY, Diane holds a Masters in the History of Decorative Art from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum/ Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. Diane has led the Fine and Decorative Art Department at Cowan’s for over four years, overseeing auctions of over $8 million in fine art and antiques.


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Flying Pig Marathon, Cincinnati Flower Show Ladies Day Luncheon, 9:30am, Kenwood Country Club, Human Relations Commission Dinner, 5:30pm, Hilton Netherland Plaza, Alzheimer Association Art of Making Memories Dinner, 5:30pm, Taft Museum of Art, Light Up the Night Gala for Women Helping Women, 6pm, Elements Centre, Views & Vines Tour of Parks, 5:30pm, Sawyer Point, Cincinnati Fashion Week, Salvation Army Awards Luncheon, 12pm, Millennium Hotel, Evening in the Garden, 6pm, Taft Museum of Art, Champions of Hope Award. 6pm, Drees Pavilion Ballroom, Wild About Wine, 6:30pm, Cincinnati Zoo, Dinner with Pete Rose for Ohio Justice & Policy Center, 6:30pm, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Puttin’ on the Glitz for Lighthouse Youth Services, 6:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Career Women of Achievement, Noon, Duke Energy Center Ballroom, May Festival Opening Night Concert, 8pm, Music Hall, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship Anniversary Party, 6pm, Private home, Zoo Golf, 11am, Maketewah Country Club, Hats off Luncheon, 11am. Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage & Event Lawn at Riverfront Park,

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Summerfair, Coney Island, JDRF Cincinnatians of the Year Gala, Duke Energy Center, Zoo La La, Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, 10am, Ault Park, Arby’s Golf Outing for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, Ivy Hills Golf Club, Walk for Wishes, 7:30am, Sawyer Point, Cincinnati Parks Golf Outing, 9am, Traditions Golf Club, Wild About Wine, 6:30pm, Cincinnati Zoo, Final Friday Sale, Main Street from 12th to Liberty in downtown Cincinnati, Hyde Park Blast, 8am, Hyde Park Square, 69

Anniversary Gala

The French-American Business Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (FABA) celebrated its innovation and accomplishments fostering economic, cultural and financial relationships between France and the United States with a gala at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel. Presiding over the event was H.E. François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States. The evening also included the formal induction of EACC Executive Director Anne Cappel into the Chevalier (Knight) de l’Ordre National du Mérite (French National Order of Merit), a lifelong honor and Knighthood. Anne was inducted by Gérard Laviec, former President of CFM International and founding President of FABA.

Erin Lombardi, Elisabeth and Paul Berge, John Mack


Alain and Gaelle Masson

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George Sehi, Daniela Noack

Tom and Julie Gentile, Jean Paul Ebanga

Ann and Gary Bloomberg

Dwight Lockwood, Dave Dupree, Jean Pierre Novak

David Ma, Jessica Johnson, Lee Stautberg

Eric Vandersohueren, Susan & Derek van Amerongen

H.E. Francois Delattre, Anne Cappel

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Clowning Around

To celebrate the opening of The Amazing American Circus Poster, an exhibition of 80 circus posters created between 1878-1939, the Cincinnati Art Museum hosted a private donor reception with apropos entertainment by a troupe from Circus Mojo, led by founder Paul Miller and residential artist Emmanuel Tawiah.

Carlin and Cheryl Stamm

Dr. Joel and Bernice Weisman

Jim Schrimpt, Angela Murrer, Margaret Schrimpt

Dilly Dooley, Cynthia Amneus, Lois Johannigman

Bill Powell, Lisa Stephenson, David Millett

Ansel and Kara Gunsch

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Caring Award Gala

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky honored the Castellini Family at their 2011 Caring Award Gala, held at the Netherland Hilton Plaza Hotel. Dulany and Rob Anning chaired the host/hostess committee; Melissa Lueke was the sponsorship chair; and Sandy Heitmeyer organized a silent auction for the event. The Caring Awards Gala is the major annual fundraising event for the VNA, whose mission is to provide quality skilled home health and personal care services to people in their home promoting selfsufficiency and independence regardless of their financial status.

Betty & Rob Schutte

Susie, Bob & Tricia Castellini

Nicole Tepe, Matt Wortman

Dan & Terri Hallenbeck, Kari & Dan Fagin

Rob & Dulany Anning, Mercer & Lindsay Reynolds

Holger & Trudy Schavo, Kathleen & John Carnes

Deanna Castellini, Maribeth and Marty Rahe

Joyce Elkus, Dr Stanley Kaplan


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Norm and Tara Khourly

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Joe & Missy Deters

Hats Off! Luncheon Thursday, May 26th 11:00 a.m. ~ Champagne Reception

4th Annual Cincinnati Parks Golf Outing

12:15 p.m. ~ Gourmet Luncheon

Monday, June 20th

Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn located at Cincinnati Riverfront Park

9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Traditions Golf Club Hebron, KY Scramble Format Benefitting the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Riverfront Park

Celebrating $1,000,000 raised by the Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Riverfront Park Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Dianne & J. David Rosenberg The Vista Foundation

Cathy & Tom Crain

Price Hill Garden Club

Pam Sibcy and Chris Heekin

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Creative Tots Fashion Show

Allison Kahn and Allison Kropp served as co-chairs for the Creative Tots Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon organized by Creative Tots preschool in Madeira and held at the Kenwood Country Club. A benefit for the “Help Me Grow” program at Lighthouse Youth Services, the event included a show of children’s clothing from Castle House and local vendor booths.


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Gail McCullom, Patrice McNicholas, Terri Betts, Andrea Granieri

Gina Kaplan, Betsy Decter

Heidi Robinson, Lisa Deimer

Teresa Wilhelm, Cathy Major

Margeaux Higgins, Jennifer Gibbs, Shannon Miller

Allison Kahn, Allison Kropp, Lynn Carson, Monica Lindberg Shannon Miller, Kristie Sheanshang, Manda Thornton

Becky Holms, Carole Holms, Lissa Brown, Holly Dewees

Deb Schaefer, Maryann Griffin

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People of Vision

Prevent Blindness Ohio presented Ken Stecher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Financial Corp. with its 2011 people of vision award during its annual benefit, held at the Kingsgate Marriott. Each year the event raises in excess of $100,000 for sightsaving programs.

Kenneth Stecher, Jim Schwab

Ronda Woodburn, Darla Townsend, Bob Jung

John Bendergest, Mike Palmel, Liz Bonis, Connie Maccarone

JF Scherer, Julie Tiemeier, Mike Tiemeier, Luann Scherer

Kathy Kelly, Kathy Joseph, Tom Joseph

Lauren and Carmen Sarge, Michelle and Jerry Rolfes

Tom & Marilee Scheid, Sandy & Bud Stoneburner

Jackie Glaser, Leah Boggs, Alisa Lambert

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Wine Festival Auction

Legendary chef Georges Haidon served as honorary chair of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s annual Auction & Luncheon, with Marilyn Harris, Carmen Parks and John Mocker serving as co-chairs. Held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Chef Todd Kelly presented a beautiful lunch menu to complement the fine wines. The event was supported by an outstanding array of Winery Table Hosts, including Justin Baldwin of JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery who served as the CIWF’s 2011 honorary chair. A total of 28 local charities were selected as beneficiaries of event proceeds.


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Lisa Covert, Alex McHaikhi

Marc Bohnert, Helen How

Pam and George Pascoe

Geoff Covert, Carol & Mike Monnin

Mollie Shirk, Fred Thomas

Sara Vance Wadder, Ron Felder, Lori North

Ken Weber, George Hadin

Graeme Murray, Vicki Herche

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Fur Ball

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SPCA Cincinnati held their annual Fur Ball at the Cintas Center. The event kicked off with a reception and book signing with Wayne Pacelle, author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Guests then enjoyed cocktails and hor d’oeuvres while mingling with adoptable animals. Following dinner and a live auction, John Lomax was presented with the P.B. Johnston Humane Care Award. Music from the Clyde Brown Band closed the festive evening.

Marybeth and Scott Puryear

Wayne Pacelle, Liz Bonis, Harold Dates

Peter & Vicki Alpaugh, Tom Schiff

Jim Tomaszewski Jr, Susan & Don Zaunbrecher

Cameron Shandersky, Lisa Brown

Velynda, Kate & Rich Jaffe

John and Jenny Mor

Don and Kelly Baum

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Zootini kicked off the Cincinnati Zoo’s 2011 Toast to the Wild Series with shaken and stirred martinis accompanied by fare donated by local restaurants. Guests also enjoyed live musical performances, up-close animal encounters, a 4-D movie.


Shanon Anderle, Andy & Chris Swallow, Valerie Milinovich

Tisha Way, Mary Kate Dick

Annette T. Gillen, Patty Schulz

Todd Jones, Liane Szucs

Lauren & Steve Anderson

Jill Taylor, Meghan Tullis

Amanda Borgman, Ann Steele, Rachel Postel, Mary McKeever

Jacinta Spinola, Cindy Peerry

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60th Anniversary Soiree

The Cincinnati Chapter of The Links held a 60th Anniversary Soiree at the Hyatt Regency. The event celebrated the chapter’s record of outstanding service to the community, including charitable contributions in excess of $1.2 million.

Camille Anderson, Margot Copeland, Marian Spencer, Terry Coldwell-Johnson, Yvonne Brown

Lauren Braddock, Tysha Wilder, Cynthia Booth, Megan Wallace, Winona McNeil

Sherly Garner, Camille Haamid, Michelle Hopkins

Schuyler & Merri G Smith, Kathy Wade, Helen Buford

Ken Veneable & Jill Bryant-Veneable, Carolyn & Eric Glosby

Darryl Hammonds, Kareem Haamid, Dr John Henderson

Stanford Williams & Kristi Clement-Williams, LaCosta & John Moore

Judge Tyrone Yates, Judge John Andrew West, Steve Love

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Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes

Animal Kingdom, owned by Team Valor and trained by Graham Motion, rallied from last place to win the 1 1/8-mile. $500,00 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in a time of 1:52.33. Previously known as the Jim Beam Stakes, this was the first year that Vinery Racing sponsored Turfway’s premier event.

Dan and Sarah Gonzalez, Micah Zimmerman, Elisabeth Cline

Kathy Myers, Jim Murphy

Suzanne Wickelhaus, Jeff Collier

Jennifer Garman, Kathy Kennedy, Katy Kennedy

Ron & Pam Porter

Lauren Alig, Joe Hayds


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