Elite Traveler November-December 2015
DISCOVER Luxury ski lodges, electric Porsche, rare whisky, world's fastest yacht
INFLUENCE Joanne Harris, Gerard Basset, Roberta Naas, Laurie Brookins
INSPIRE Top 10 desert escapes, skiing in Jackson Hole, Viscount Linley
EXPLORE Uruguay's party scene, Miami's top suites, a total guide to Paris
Issue 6/Volume 15 November/December 2015
Ultimate gift guide 2015
THE BEST LITTLE LUXURIES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON, PLUS TOP 10 GIFTS FOR BILLIONAIRES
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The Deco Green. Only a few natural green diamonds weighing more than a carat have come to auction in the past ten years. This extraordinarily rare Fancy Vivid Bluish Green is an exceptional example of color saturation and clarity (VS2). Surrounded by 1.31 carats of Argyle Pink diamonds, the emerald-cut stone evokes the best of the Art Deco era. For modern-day connoisseurs of Fancy Color Diamonds, this is a rare treasure designed to triumph over time. Sustainable mining practices. GIA certified. Price upon request.
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Jet-set just around the corner to uncover a 21-square-mile island with the Atlantic all to itself. Surrounded by centuries of shipwrecks. Contoured in pink-sand beaches. Evoking undeniable intrigue. Here, personalised hospitality is an island standard. Luxury and leisure go hand-in-hand. Championship golf is surrounded
by Neptune-blue waters . And wor ld-class spa treatments are offered in a 500,000-year-old cave.
Only in Bermuda – host of the prest igious 35th Amer ica’s Cup, presented by Louis V u i t t o n i n 2 0 1 7 – and on ly a 2 -hour f l i gh t f rom t he East Coast. ISLAND LIFE IMMERSE YOURSELF IN
WHERE WONDER IS AFOOT
From St. George’s to Somerset, trace the early-twentieth-century Bermuda Railway Trail – which contours the island beautifully for 18 miles. Along the way you’ll encounter panoramic ocean views from the peaceful hilltop at Fort Scaur. You’ll cross Somerset Bridge – the world’s smallest working drawbridge (just wide enough for a sailboat mast). And you’ll cross paths with Bermuda cedars, blooming freesias and the stunning, tropically manicured lawns of the locals.
HISTORY SUBMERGED IN MYSTERY
Dating back to the 1600s, more than 300 ships met their untimely demise in Bermuda’s reef-packed waters – earning it the moniker “Shipwreck Capital of the World.” Luckily, what’s treacherous to the ship is treasure to the diver. So suit up and scuba down to discover mystical vessels like Spanish luxury liner Cristobal Colon – the largest known wreck in the area. And the impressively intact Hermes – one of the most photogenic and captivating dive sites.
THE SCENIC SPORT OF LEISURE
Golf is as much the island’s pastime as impeccable service is its standard – and both are deeply embedded in Bermuda’s DNA. Seven striking courses grace the landscape – from the ocean-side cliffs of Port Royal to the secluded peninsula of Riddell’s Bay. You can play like a champion and be treated like one, too. Especially with Golf Around packages that offer complimentary cart rentals, hard-to-get tee times and 50% off club rentals.
Head underground to a tangerine salt body glow at Grotto Bay’s Natura Spa. Let a detoxifying herbal wrap work its magic at the Coral Beach & Tennis Club. Or envelop your senses in the fragrances – and flavours – of Elbow Beach’s Rum Swizzle Ritual. Embracing Bermuda’s signature cocktail, this treatment utilises the healing properties of citrus through massages and a full-body scrub. Plus, an indulgent bath – where you’ll relax, Rum Swizzle in hand.
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“Fall is my favourite time of the year to play golf. The temperature is in the mid to high 70s . The courses are in great shape, and you can get a round of golf in pretty quickly. I love playing Port Royal.”
“The first time I tried scuba diving, I was amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it was underwater. And that day became the beginning of an awesome journey.”
“Immersing yourself in Bermuda’s beaut y doesn’t require money. Wander th rough Tom Moo re’s Jungle. Go to the secluded beach at Astwood Park. Or stroll through St. George’s for a special experience.”
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WELCOME THE PRIVATE JET LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already here. It seems like just the other day we were peeling the wrappers off our new- lookmagazine. Tomark the season, we’ve rounded up some inspirational gifts for you (and your friends and family). Now is a great time to plan a winter vacation and in this issue we have all sorts of suggestions, from a detailed look at the delights of Paris (always magical at this time of year), to ideas on how to get the most from the short but scintillating party scene in Uruguay. For those who prefer to vacation somewhere a little less populated, we also offer a round-up of 10 of the best desert escapes. And at this time of year, it would be remiss not to highlight a top skiing destination, so the irrepressible Minty Clinch explores the thrills of the resorts at Jackson Hole in Wyoming. There’s also our regular look at the world’s top suites, focused this issue on Miami. Plus we meet designer and entrepreneur Viscount Linley. We’re already busy planning for 2016, and we always like to hear your ideas or thoughts on places to visit, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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@ELITETRAVELER AROUND THE WORLD Last month, the Elite Traveler team visited New York Fashion Week, the Liberty and Harrods Christmas press shows and art directed two photoshoots in London. It’s a hard life but someone has to do it…
Photographer Mark Harrison preparing the shoot at the Linley store in London (p124)
Photographer Naj Jamaï Stylist Sarah Schussheim, The Wall Group Model Tori Praver, IMG Models Hair Ian James, The Wall Group Makeup Tracey Levy, Forward Artists Manicure Debbie Leavitt, Nailing Hollywood
Laura Powell, managing editor, decides what she wants for Christmas at the Liberty press show
Kristen Shirley, luxury editor, stops by the Ralph Lauren Collection show at New York Fashion Week
Tori is wearing a Ralph Lauren Collection fur jacket, Vhernier Kiss ring, David Yurman reverse-set pinky ring
CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015, VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6
37 Object of desire THE WORLD’S CRAZIEST HUMIDOR 38 Travel BOUTIQUE SYDNEY HOTELS, STYLISH SKI LODGES 40 Watches THE BRITISH WATCH REVIVAL, PROFILE OF GREUBEL FORSEY 44 Men’s style SHEARLING COATS, STEFANO RICCI’S SKI LINE, CHELSEA BOOTS 48 Women’s style FUR COATS, REINVENTING FENDI’S IT BAG, CRYSTAL-ENCRUSTED SANDALS 52 Jewelry THE $4.5M NECKLACE THAT TOOK 28 YEARS TO MAKE 54 Beauty SPA DE LA MER IN NEW YORK, A TOP FRAGRANCE HOUSE IN PARIS 56 Technology A FUTURISTIC ROBOT CLOCK, THE SPIRAL GROOVE TURNTABLE 58 Motoring THE NEW 2016 CONVERTIBLES, PORSCHE GOES ELECTRIC 60 Yachts THE FASTEST MOTOR YACHT IN THE WORLD, ECO-FRIENDLY YACHTING 62 Food & drink RARE WHISKIES, PETROSSIAN CAVIAR, BOOZY FESTIVE GIFTS 64 Design ZÜRICH’S MOST OUTLANDISH SUITE, NEW ART GALLERY OPENINGS
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68 Roberta Naas on… THE BEAUTY OF CHIMING WATCHES 70 Gerard Basset on… THE HISTORY OF SPAIN’S FINEST WINE 72 Laurie Brookins on… THE MOST EXQUISITE HIGH JEWELRY PIECES 75
Andy Simpson on… INVESTING IN WHISKY 77 Joanne Harris on… THE NATURE OF TEMPTATION INSPIRE
80 Desert escapes TOP 10 WILDERNESS RETREATS 95 Gift guide COVER STORY: THE MOST COVETED LITTLE LUXURIES 112 Up, up and away BALLOONING IN THE MYSTERIOUS KINGDOM OF BHUTAN 118 Jackson Hole OFF-PISTE SKIING AT WYOMING'S HIDDEN GEM 124 Viscount Linley CHAIRMAN OF CHRISTIE’S ON BUSINESS AND DESIGN EXPLORE 130 Total guide PARIS: WHERE TO STAY, EAT AND PLAY 138 Itinerary URUGUAY: HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND, WEEK OR LONGER 146 Life through a lens LONDON: PHOTOGRAPHER TOM PARKER ON HIS FAVORITE SPOTS 150 Top suites MIAMI: THE BEST HOTEL ROOMS IN THE CITY 160 Flight of fancy BEIJING: BREAKFAST ON THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE’S GLOBE-TROTTING TEAM
Uruguay 1 Lauren Holmes, writer Roving travel writer and explorer Lauren is based in Rio de Janeiro, and contributes to Condé Nast Traveller UK, Monocle and Fodor’s . In this issue, Lauren checks out the jet-set party scene in Uruguay (p138).
London 4 Sun Lee, photographer Australia-born Sun discovered photography after finding his father’s Voigtlander SLR in a cupboard. Today he works from his east London studio, specializing in still life. Our Most Wanted List (p95) is his latest.
Spain 3 Gerard Basset, wine critic Columnist Gerard, co-founder of the Hotel du Vin Group, has won numerous prestigious wine awards, and is a world champion sommelier. This month he turns his attention to
New York 2 Roberta Naas, journalist A New York-based watch and jewelry journalist, Roberta contributes to Departures, Wall Street Journal, LA Confidential, Gotham and Forbes.com – and is Elite Traveler’s newest columnist . This issue she covers a great wonder of horology: the chiming watch (p68).
Beijing 5 Jill Calder, illustrator The sketch for this month’s Flight of Fancy about breakfast on the Great Wall of China (p160), is the work of Jill, an award-winning illustrator, whose clients include Penguin , Kellogg’s and The New Yorker .
Spain’s finest wine, Vega Sicilia (p70).
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DISCOVER TRAVEL / WATCHES / FASHION / JEWELRY / BEAUTY / TECHNOLOGY / MOTORING / YACHTS / FOOD & DRINK / DESIGN
In our news section this issue, we curate the coolest hotels, slickest cars, fastest yachts, most striking watches and the hottest fashion of the season
The Old Clare hotel (p38) Sydney, Australia
Big Bang Ferrari Speciale. UNICO column-wheel chronograph. In-house Hublot movement. 72-hour power reserve. Black ceramic case. Rubber strap and red leather, tribute to the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Limited edition to 250 pieces.
B O U T I Q U E S GENÈVE • PARIS • LONDON • BERLIN • NEW YORK MIAMI • BEVERLY HILLS • LAS VEGAS MOSCOW • DUBAI • TOKYO • HONG KONG SINGAPORE • SAINT-TROPEZ • CANNES COURCHEVEL • GSTAAD • ZERMATT • ZÜRICH
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Object of desire
Our first thought when we saw Monticello was “this is the craziest humidor we’ve ever seen”. It’s possibly the maddest humidor conceivable. But our second thought was “we want one”. Designed by Viscount Linley, furniture-maker and chairman of Christie’s (interviewed on page 124), it is fashioned from sycamore, with space for almost 200 cigars and secret drawers for stowing cigar accessories. The house itself is a replica of Monticello, the former home of President Jefferson, but Linley can turn pretty much any building into an exquisite humidor. To date he has created miniature replicas of the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, plus 100 other houses and palaces for customers including Sir Elton John. $75,120, davidlinley.com
Words: Laura Powell
Sydney goes boutique
It has been an exciting winter season for Sydney- siders. The harbor city saw a series of new openings, which will appeal to the most discerning clientele. Residents have long bemoaned the absence of real upscale boutique hotels in the city and this season their prayers are answered by not one but two original new places to stay and party. First up is Hotel Palisade, a crafty revamp of a pub, bought by businessman Richard Sapsford for $17m, to protect the heritage architecture of the building. It has been incredibly popular since opening in August and, upstairs, nine bedrooms and a cocktail lounge with harbor views have just opened. It is part of a wave of fancy pub renovations across the city, a trend partly fueled by entrepreneur Justin Hemmes who has demonstrated an appetite among big spenders for laid-back glamour in the form of hotspots The Beresford and Establishment. For something a little more rarified, The Old Clare (pictured), which opened in August, is a sensitive restoration of an old brewery in Chippendale. Its 63 rooms and suites have original timber paneling and exposed brick walls and the sorts of comforts that has made managing group Unlisted (Town Hall Hotel, London; Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai) a favorite with travelers who like their hotels understated, but exclusive. As well as a creative cultural program and private gym or yoga sessions, the Old Clare will also have three restaurants, including Michelin-star chef Jason Atherton’s first Australian venue. theoldclarehotel.com.au hotelpalisade.com
Words: Emily Mathieson and Kristen Shirley. Photos: Getty
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TAKE THREE/// LUXURY SKI LODGES
Unique piste-side places to stay
DINNER IN THE DOLOMITES
Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna has ventured beyond the realm of fashion to launch Zegna World Pass, a series of superb lifestyle experiences. Our favorites are the private after-hours viewings of artworks, as well as front row seats at Zegna’s fashion shows. Though the absolute ultimate (and admittedly we are biased) is the ski package to the Italian Dolomites that Zegna
has put together for Elite Traveler readers. It includes a stay in the top suite of five-star Rosa
Binder’s Hood Park Chalet Telluride, Colorado, USA Invitation-only club Ultravilla links members with desirable accommodation, such as Binder’s Hood with access to one of the USA’s best ski resorts. From $30,000 per week ultravilla.com
Alpina hotel in San Cassiano, skiing in a hidden valley and
off-piste in Val Mezdi, plus dinner in the two Michelin-starred restaurant St Hubertus. There is also a special Chef Experience where you work with chef Nobert Niederkofler to prepare your own amuse bouche – then
sit down to a four- course dinner.
The Rosa Alpina hotel is the luxury base for great skiing in the Italian Dolomites
To book call +1 855 717 3970 and quote Elite Traveler . From $9,000 per couple for three nights. zegnaworldpass.com
Bella Cool and Le Ti Verbier, Switzerland
For those who buy into the adage that biggest is best, the latest suite to open at The London West Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles should fit the bill. At 11,000 sq ft, it claims to be the largest suite in the city. An even bigger selling point, for fashion lovers at least, is that it was designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood, whose style is referenced throughout. There is hand-drawn tartan decor in the bathroom, a bespoke rug with her iconic squiggles in the lounge and a rough-hewn tapestry that recalls Westwood’s Exploration season in spring/summer 2001. Entry to the penthouse – which comes with water features, two bedrooms, a media room and a kitchen – is by private elevator. It carries guests to the suite’s roof terrace, with a capacity of up to 300 people. Special services for guests include private shopping (including a discount) at the WeHo Vivienne Westwood store. But guests really wanting to channel the designer may have to forego the Westwood- branded bath amenities as the designer is rumored to eschew regular bathing for environmental reasons. From $25,000 per night thelondonwesthollywood.com
Bramble Ski has launched new properties in Verbier this season that come with a ski concierge. They can be combined to sleep up to 20. From $40,631 per week brambleski.com
Chalet Perce Neige Courchevel, France
Style icon Vivienne Westwood
It comes with an army of staff (including a concierge and private chef), is a sprawling 7,395 sq ft, plus its private hammam will rival the top spas. From $85,000 per week chaletperceneige.com
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We love… Bremont's limited edition Wright Flyer celebrating its aviation links From $28,000
HERITAGE REVIVAL The British are well known for a love of heritage, but also for claiming to have invented the world. When it comes to watches, there is some truth in such claims. Even Rolex, that most Swiss brand, was founded in London. As Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward, one of the UK’s new generation of watch brands says: “Three quarters of important watchmaking developments were born in this country.” The industry has been in decline for decades but recent years have seen a revival. At the forefront of this new generation is skilled artisan, Roger Smith (pictured right). A disciple of legendary watchmaker George Daniels, Smith’s company makes most of the 160 components in each watch by hand, turning out 10 pieces a year. Prices for the RW Smith Series 2 start at $135,000. Another contender is Giles Ellis, founder of the Schofield Watch Company, who has that restless intensity of the classic British amateur engineer but who is deadly serious about watches. The company was, Ellis admits, founded on “passionate enthusiasm”. It draws on the British coast for inspiration, with watches named after lighthouses. Most striking are watches made using a new type of carbon fiber (called Morta) for the case, developed with a British Formula 1 team. "Traditional carbon fiber is rubbish for watch cases, but Morta is about strength rather than being lightweight,” says Ellis. The Blacklamp Carbon starts at $15,500. Pinion was also founded by a designer-turned- watchmaker. Its signature is a series of “new vintage” watches. The Revival 1969 ($7,800) is built around a vintage movement manufactured in 1969, but never assembled. But the biggest name in UK watches is Bremont. Last year, following a long association with aviation, it released the limited edition Bremont Wright Flyer (from $28,000) with the Wright Family Foundation, featuring an in-house movement. The British revival is, it seems, about to take off. rwsmithwatches.com, pinionwatches.com, schofieldwatchcompany.com, bremont.com
From top: Giles Ellis, founder of the Schofield
Watch Company; Schofield Watch
Company Blacklamp Carbon; Pinion Revival 1969; RW Smith Series 2
Words: Richard Cree
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IWC Perpetual Calendar is so accurate the moonphase will deviate by only one day in 577.5 years
H. Moser & Cie entered the prestigious Fine Watch Room at Harrods this year
BRAND PROFILE/// GRUEBEL FORSEY
After successful careers with large watch brands, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey founded their boutique company in 2003 having spent four years developing a new tourbillon. Production is limited to 100 watches a year and every watch features their innovative tourbillon work, including double and quadruple tourbillons and the Tourbillon 24 Secondes, set at a 25 degree angle, which completes a full rotation in 24 seconds. Another hallmark is the asymmetrical shape at seven and eight o'clock. It gives the impression that there is too much happening inside the watch to contain the movement in a classic shape. gruebelforsey.com
1 QUANTIÈME PERPÉTUEL À ÉQUATION
This is not just a watch. The dial displays a wealth of features that use all aspects of its bidirectional perpetual calendar. The tourbillon cage and the date dial push gently into the round case. $750,000 2 TOURBILLON 24 SECONDES VISION The focus of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is on the angled tourbillon, which stands out against the silver-colored dial with enamel hour markers and blue steel hands. $325,000 A hefty watch with a thickness of 16.14 mm, the asymmetrical face has two displays for local and a secondary time zone. It also has a rotating titanium globe to show the time around the world at a glance. $605,000 3 GMT 5N
THE NEWDIALS Blue dials are a trend that seems to be gaining market share each year and almost every watchmaker presented at least one in their latest collection. H. Moser & Cie, the family-owned Swiss business, produces just 1,000 timepieces a year, each one designed and created with in-house movements. This 18-karat white gold, electric blue Endeavour Perpetual Calendar ($60,000, Harrods) makes a strong statement. Many perpetual calendars include multiple subdials to show the technical prowess of the movement, but H. Moser & Cie includes a small second subdial and a power reserve indicator. Frédérique Constant caused a stir when it introduced a new horological smartwatch with a classic analog watch face. More notable is its Manufacture Collection, which includes its most technologically advanced watches, all with in-house movements. The navy-blue dial on the Tourbillon model ($35,500, pictured) has applied silvered indexes for a clean face, all the better to showcase the namesake
Frédérique Constant each tourbillon is individually numbered
tourbillon. All timepieces from the Manufacture Collection are limited in production, this one to 188 pieces. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser watch family at IWC, which celebrated by creating the new 52000-calibers. The Perpetual Calendar ($42,900, Tourneau) was refreshed with all blue dials. It includes displays for date, month, year and a perpetual moonphase for both hemispheres. The automatic movement is powered by the updated 52615-caliber for even greater accuracy. The handmade black alligator strap was made in collaboration with Italian shoemaker Santoni, and is limited to 250 pieces. harrods.com frederiqueconstant.com tourneau.com
Words: Kristen Shirley
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A rugged suede jacket, luxurious biker jacket or sophisticated peacoat – this season, designers used shearling in a wide array of styles to suit any occasion Tom Ford presented perhaps the perfect jacket for a weekend in the country. A bit retro in styling, but still modern and wearable, the 1970s-inspired tan suede and cream shearling jacket is stylish and ready for adventure. Belstaff, well known for its excellent leather pieces, featured the Reynolds arctic jacket in its collection. The smooth leather is lined and trimmed with cream shearling. The heavyweight jacket looks like it came straight out of a movie. Pair with aviators to channel Top Gun . For a more city-appropriate look, Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche presented a riff on new business attire, pairing a luxurious leather biker jacket with removable shearling collar with wide trousers, sweater, shirt and tie. Replacing the blazer with a leather perfecto allows for a more relaxed look. At Louis Vuitton, men’s artistic director Kim Jones showed a shearling peacoat with laser-etched pattern from an original print from Christopher Nemeth’s design archives. The subtle pattern gives visual interest and breaks up what could be a bulky coat, as well as highlighting Vuitton’s incredible craftsmanship and paying homage to one of Jones’s favorite designers and artists.
ONE TO WATCH
Young designer Brett Johnson’s eponymous line also hit on the shearling trend. The tightly edited collection focuses on outerwear and this season added knitwear. We love the tailored navy wool and cashmere trench coat with shearling collar. $1,695, neimanmarcus.com
Belstaff Reynold shearling jacket, $4,995, belstaff.com Dior Homme calfskin perfecto, $8,100, diorhomme.com Louis Vuitton shearling peacoat, $10,400, louisvuitton.com Tom Ford classic shearling coat, $7,890, tomford.com
Smart look: Brett Johnson’s stylish tailored trench coat
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We love… Burberry’s new Scarf Bar. Choose from more than 30 colors and patterns, then add a monogram. All scarves are made in Scotland using traditional methods From $475, burberry.com
TAKE THREE/// CHELSEA BOOTS
The Chelsea boot should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe – and has been since the 1950s. They’re worn by some of the most stylish and successful men of our times
John Lobb A classic Chelsea boot, each pair is handmade in England. The narrower ankle opening gives it a more tailored appearance, perfect for the office. $1,375, mrporter.com
Saint Laurent With three zippers on the side, Hedi Slimane adds a rocker twist to these boots. Wear with black jeans and a white tee for a perennially cool look. $1,495, ysl.com
Ski de luxe
Stefano Ricci launches ski collection
Not content to dress business executives and heads of state during their daily lives, StefanoRicci launches a capsule ski collection to outfit them on themountains, too. Translating his precise tailoring and sophisticated aesthetic to luxury athletic wear, Ricci’s collection offers technical and après-ski clothing, as well as skis, poles, goggles and helmets. Using exclusive technical fabrics and cashmeres, the color palette of royal blue, white, gray and blackmix well together throughout the collections. It’s never been easier to look so elegant when hitting the slopes. stefanoricci.com
Balenciaga Perfect to wear with a dark suit or denim, this calfskin black boot will become an every day essential. $995, barneys.com
Brett Johnson Collection fuses a modern silhouette with traditional handcrafted techniques
Brett Johnson Collection A PASSION FOR CULTURE
Born in Florence, Brett Johnson Collection is the luxury menswear brand for today’s Renaissance man. This is the collection for the man who works, but also works out. The man who is effortlessly social, yet who stands apart. The man with a passion for culture, who collects beautifully-crafted goods, yet who also understands the power of exclusive experiences.
A PASSION FORDESIGN Brett Johnson Collection offers a streamlined fit, inspired by the classical beauty of Florence and the visual lines of the city’s architecture. It is a fashion house where details matter. Already it has become a symbol of timeless classical references combined with the contemporary. At Brett Johnson Collection every piece is as thoroughly designed inside as it is on the outside. A PASSION FOR LUXURY The timeless style of Brett Johnson Collection is guided by its roots in Italian craftsmanship. It is an unashamedly Italian house, which remains made in Italy. It luxuriates in the country’s heritage and uses the highest quality fabrics. Yet it is not afraid to innovate and apply the best modern techniques.
Available to purchase at: Stanley Korshak – Dallas, TX David Lawrence – Seattle, WA neimanmarcus.com brettjohnson.co
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We love… Alexandre Birman’s snakeskin pump in gold or silver. The Brazilian designer is known for his sexy footwear and specializes in exotic materials. $890, saks.com
Color play Scouring the resort collections to find pieces to wear now can be a challenge, but thankfully beautiful furs in rich colors were a standout theme of the season
Designer Jason Wu and Bottega Veneta’s creative director Tomas Maier had winter on their minds when they presented light-pink furs, which will pop against the snow and the inevitable sea of black coats. Maier says he began designing with “an energizing color palette intended to offset the seasonal weather”. The long shearling jacket at Bottega Veneta is collarless, a perfect opportunity to color-block with a turtleneck or accessorize with a contrasting scarf. Wu’s custom-dyed sheared shadow fox is feminine armor for an arctic winter. The sumptuous coat was shown as a monochrome look accessorized with his Diane bag and a belt – both in blossom pink – to enhance the silhouette. Also playing with color were Michael Kors and Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele , who showcased their fur expertise by designing bold, often geometric patterns in their collections. Furrier Pologeorgis makes each coat by hand in a New York studio for Michael Kors. A favorite is the coral, black and caramel hexagon intarsia mink, which takes artisans several days to make. For his second collection for Gucci , Michele staged a runway show in New York and continued with the retro, eccentric direction presented in his fall collection. Alongside the pussy-bow blouses, vintage colors and florals, several vibrant furs walked the runway, including a yellow astrakhan cropped jacket and a showstopper of a blue and red diamond inlay mink coat (pictured). Shearling, $6,300, bottegaveneta.com Mink, $47,000, gucci.com Fox, $27,995, jasonwu.com Mink, $25,000, michaelkors.com
Words: Kristen Shirley
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Red crocodile mini Peekaboo with 182 stunning rubies. $102,800
Blue crocodile mini Peekaboo with 723 sapphires and emeralds. $158,900
Culture of collaboration
The fashion industry has struggled with cultural appropriation in the past, so the collaboration of Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli with Canadian artist Christi Belcourt is encouraging. Of Métis descent, Belcourt’s art is inspired by the beadwork she saw growing up. Her painting Water Song , on show at the National Gallery of Canada, was incorporated into Valentino’s resort collection. By respecting Belcourt’s heritage, Valentino sets the bar for the fashion industry. Dress, $18,000, valentino.com
GEM OF A BAG
Following its haute fourrure show at the Paris Couture collections, Fendi continues to redefine luxury. The Gems collectionmakes the iconic Baguette andmini Peekaboo bags evenmore sumptuous by crafting them in crocodile and adding bejeweled hardware. The closures are made of pink or yellow gold and set with precious stones – rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds – which complement the color of the crocodile and the leather lining (green for the blue, pink for the red). Available through the Fendi boutiques’ made-to-order program. fendi.com
The wildly popular Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandal has been given a unique spin. The limited edition Swarovski crystal pavé collection can be customized. Select the two colors and pattern (polka dots or chevron), then dance away. From $2,265, stuartweitzman.com
If it’s happening in London, it’s happening at The May Fair. An icon of expressive design with a playful, unstuffy style that redefines the ethos of five-star hospitality.
The May Fair, in the heart of London’s true luxury quarter and home to the glamorous since it’s Royal opening in 1927 Home to 12 of the most spectacular suites in the heart of London May Fair Kitchen has a passion for the best ingredients – specified, sourced and cooked to perfection
The Cigar Room is an intimate enclave recreating the outdoors in, the perfect setting to sample the finest hand rolled Cuban cigars There’s also the luxurious and indulgent Spa, the May Fair Theatre, a 201-seat private screening room and the award winning May Fair Bar
STRATTON STREET, LONDON W1J 8 LT +44 (0)20 7769 4041 THEMAYFAIRHOTEL.CO.UK
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Empress necklace 30 rare Burmese sapphires with 93 carats of diamonds
Art Deco glamour Paul Morelli
A work of art
It took an astonishing 28 years to source the sapphires for this necklace. This is partly because Burmese sapphires as so rare, but also because it is so difficult to find matching stones. Five artisans then spent an astonishing 1,500 hours crafting it. The brainchild of Alfredo J Molina, chairman and CEO of Black, Starr & Frost, America’s first jeweler, the necklace was given the suitably regal name of the Empress when it was released earlier this year. Completely one-of-a-kind, it features 438 diamonds with a 93.17 total carat weight and 111.9 carats of non-heated, natural Burmese sapphires. A true masterpiece. $4.5m, blackstarrfrost.com
Exquisite stones Stephen Webster
BERGDORF GOODMAN COLLABORATES WITH GEMFIELDS
To celebrate the opening of its new jewelry salon, Bergdorf Goodman has partnered with Gemfields and 20 jewelry designers on a first-of-its-kind collaboration. The designers, including Kimberly McDonald, Loree Rodkin, Pomellato, Paul Morelli and Stephen Webster, used Gemfields’ ethically- mined Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds to create the pieces that highlight the beauty of the stones. The Art Deco-inspired Morelli ring features a stunning emerald and emerald-cut white diamonds, while Webster uses rubies and white diamonds to create earrings that are part of his Magnipheasant collection. Ring, $49,000, Earrings, $49,000, bergdorfgoodman.com gemfields.co.uk
Buccellati launched its new Opera collection during the Paris couture shows. Inspired by the Renaissance and the importance it placed on symmetry and natural beauty, a floral motif is repeated through the collection. We love the emerald collection with its yellow gold, emeralds, fancy yellow diamonds and white diamonds, reminiscent of stained glass windows and opera house gilding. Earrings, $125,000,
CLASSICS AT 40 We love John Hardy’s limited edition 40th anniversary pieces, especially this chain bracelet in 18 karat yellow gold, with 634 hand-cut pavé diamonds. Bracelet, $29,000, johnhardy.com
Opera collection The collection is inspired by the Italian Renaissance; the Teatro La Fenice in Venice
Cuff, $92,000, buccellati.com
Words: Kristen Shirley. Photos: Bridgeman Images
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Ex Nihilo team From left: Olivier Royère, Sylvie Loday, Benoît Verdier
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Personalized bottle caps inlaid with mother of pearl, buffalo horn or onyx. Special order fine jewelry tops made of gold and set with diamonds or sapphires, which can be removed and worn on a necklace. And that’s before you get to the fragrance itself. These showstopping fragrance bottle caps are the latest offering from Ex Nihilo, an avant-garde Paris perfume house that takes evocative scents from the grand tradition of French perfumeries of yesteryear and gives them a contemporary edge. The young founders, whose backgrounds vary from banking to engineering, partnered with the best noses in haute parfumerie and gave them no price limits for raw materials. The resulting eight fragrances vary from sensual florals to modern orientals, using precious materials such as Iris pallida Absolute. For somewhere special to store them, invest in the Collector’s Box. Made by hand in Italy, it takes 20 days to create. The company has also added a “demi-bespoke” perfume to its core collection. Using a special Osmologue machine, the fragrances can be customized to highlight a particular element or to introduce a new one, for a personal twist. The Osmologue is available at the flagship store in Paris, the Harrods Salon de Parfum, London, and Bergdorf Goodman, New York. The horn, onyx and pearl pendants are available now. The diamond and sapphire caps launch in 2016. From $365 for 100ml personalized fragrance ex-nihilo-paris.com
This is one of the most luxurious spas in New York, if not the most luxurious. Located two floors below the Baccarat Hotel lobby, the intimate Spa de La Mer is the jewel in the crown of an already extravagant hotel. Decorated by Parisian duo Gilles and Boissier with Italian marble floors and custom Baccarat lighting, it has four treatment rooms, a lap pool and a gym. The signature treatment, the Baccarat Facial, begins with a diamond powder exfoliation, followed by a facial massage using Baccarat’s Victory Stones. A relaxing hand massage is given while the mask works its magic. Afterwards head to The Bar for a leisurely La Vie en Rose cocktail. $350/90 min cremedelamer.com baccarathotels.com/spa-de-la-mer
From top: Collector’s Box with four perfumes, $3,000; Ex Nihilo’s most popular fragrance
Elite pick Givenchy’s Masque Dentelle
Finish the treatment with Le Soin Noir face cream, $390 barneys.com
Only a couture house could create amask this beautiful. The newest addition to Givenchy’s Le SoinNoir anti-aging line is theMasqueDentelle, a luxury lace face mask. That’s right, a facemaskmade of lace. Saturate the lace with the black and gold algae sap serum, place the lace on your face for 20minutes, then remove andmassage in the extra serum to achieve firmer, rejuvenated skin. $330 for four. barneys.com
Words: Kristen Shirley
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