- July 27, 2012
Must-have these, stat: the brilliant Frederico de Vera’s first books, De Vera Objects and De Vera Jewelry — compilations of the best objets and jewelry he has bought, sold and collected. $165 each in a limited edition or $595 for the slipcased set, to order through email@example.com. Greg Fourticq Jr.
These 18K-gold estate David Webb shell cuff links take me to the beaches of Newport. $6,500, at Wayne Smith Jewels. Seth Vaughan
St. Martins-educated, NYC-based industrial designer Phillip Low’s futuristic acrylic sculpture transmits light, encapsulates space and pushes into the fourth dimension — a prismatic experience. $1,200, at Peel Gallery. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Cole & Son Gondola wallpaper takes me back to the Grand Canal. $68 a roll, to the trade through Lee Jofa.
What’s not to like about Tilda Swinton? I tap into her style with a spritz of Like This, her chic collaboration with French fragrance house Etat Libre d’Orange. $100, at Sloan/Hall. Michelle Aviña (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
I want anything from Raf Simons’ final collection for Jil Sander (available at Neiman Marcus). And, traitor that I am, I’m excited to see what he does at his new gig at Christian Dior. Kate Stukenberg
The iconic Cartier Tank Anglaise timepiece is surgically attached to my wrist. Now I’m craving the just-launched larger Tank Anglaise in 18K rose gold and steel, $9,950. Carol Isaak Barden
I’m doing synchronized laps to Delta Spirit with the Interval 4G Waterproof Headphone System for the 4th Generation iPod shuffle attached to my swim goggles. $100, at h20audio.com. Jenny Antill
Stubbs & Wootton “Screw U” slippers are the perfect antidote to boring cocktail party prattle. Look down at your feet. Look up at the bore. Smile and walk away. All this joy for $450, at stubbsandwootton.com. Greg Fourticq Jr.
Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America by Roberta J.M. Olson (Skira/Rizzoli, September 2012, $85; limited edition $299). If they’re good enough for Jackie K. Onassis (who had Audubon prints in her living room on Fifth Avenue), I will love it. Achingly beautiful — and best of all, not at all trendy. Diane Dorrans Saeks
The sole employee of George Wine Company, George Levkoff has no time to ferment. In 2010, Levkoff produced and hand-numbered three batches totaling 2,345 bottles of exquisite Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. $109, to order at Richard’s Liquors & Fine Wine. Brooke Hortenstine
This textured nubuck field boot was spotted repeatedly on Burberry Prorsum’s fall runway. I give its subtle platform and higher-than-usual laced closure a round of applause. $995, at the Burberry boutique. Amy Adams
I want to slink about in solid black or white wearing only this chunky 18 karat gold bracelet for adornment, $7,450 at Tenenbaum & Co. Holly Moore
I’m obsessed with this vintage Greek-key brass dining table with glass top. $4,250, at Found. Kate Stukenberg
My favorite big statement-making book, Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century, is the story of a vanished way of life. Plushly slipcased for $175, through firstname.lastname@example.org. Holly Moore
Trained as an architect, artist Alison Berger apprenticed with glassblower Dale Chihuly before launching her own lighting line. I’m stunned by her beautiful Crystal Sphere pendant. To the trade at George Cameron Nash showroom. Carol Isaak Barden
The magical cast-bronze houses by artist Page Kempner are just 4 3/4 inches high; the simplicity and frailty draw you in. This one is titled Not Shown Centered Here. $3,500, at Moody Gallery. Greg Fourticq Jr.
I’m playing head games with the creative minds of Tony Moxham and Mauricio Painagua, who created Lil’ Eddie, rendered with the huichol beading technique for their “POPular” collection. Lil’ Eddie is $805 (including display box) at Peel Gallery. Michelle Aviña
I’m looking for heavy ornamentation for fall, such as this Lanvin embellished number, price upon request, at Tootsies. Holly Moore
Victorian carved Whitby jet earrings, circa 1870, feel just goth enough. $2,250, at Past Era Antique Jewelry.
Larry Turk’s emporium of erudition, 1/4 Price Books, is a marvel. Venture within, and you’ll be hard-pressed to not stumble — and I do mean stumble — upon literary jewel after jewel. Seth Vaughan (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Luggala Days: The Story of a Guinness House by Robert O’Byrne (Cima Books, October 2012, $45). Luggala Lodge is an 18th-century Gothic Revival Irish bolt-hole owned by the Guinness family. The likes of Mick Jagger and David Mlinaric have thought it swell and chic, as have socialites and junkies, earls and poets. Escapist and wonderfully eccentric. Diane Dorrans Saeks
Rachel Zoe’s new jewelry collection is bananas, especially this bracelet. $385, at Neiman Marcus. Kate Stukenberg
Considered to be the first “it” bag from the fashion house of Alexander McQueen since the skull-clasp clutches, the Heroine satchel is in black or oxblood leather, but it’s this python version that has us saying, “Yesssssssssss, please.” $6,395, at Neiman Marcus. Amy Adams
Versace sent this chic metallic leather bag down the runway for fall, and I must have it. $2,495, at the Versace boutique. Ceron
Victoria Beckham has me baring leg again. Right out of the gate, she nailed the sexy shift, a timeless silhouette that feels terribly au courant. Her collection is at Neiman Marcus and Tootsies. Laurann Claridge
I’m addicted to Heritage Auctions’ weekly no reserve internet luxury accessories auctions — heavy on the handbags. I’m currently tracking this vintage Chanel metallic-gold lambskin, leather and tortoise offering. Tap out ha.com. Catherine D. Anspon
Meet Blake, the new women’s tuxedo shoe from Elaine Turner. $225, at the Elaine Turner boutique. Kate Stukenberg
Don’t miss “Public Dress” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — an interesting examination of how manners of dress and uniform can define how a person or group is perceived. Take special note of women at the Houston Livestock Show. Need we say more. Greg Fourticq Jr. (Image: Geoff Winningham’s Lamé Pants, from the series “Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” 1972)
The Tattoo ottoman looks like a cactus, but it’s designer Maurizio Galante’s prickly pouf. Don’t you love it! $720, at Kuhl-Linscomb. Jenny Antill
Been a long day? Tell it to your Dammit Doll. $16, at À Bientôt, Contemporary Arts Museum. Kate Stukenberg (Image: Kennon Evett)
Suno’s perfectly cut floral blazer with baggy trousers is so boy-meets-girl. Jacket $696, trousers $595, at Leap. Jenny Antill
I’m obsessed with Chloé’s street-smart leather ankle booties detailed with gold studs and multiple buckles. $1,290, at net-a-porter.com. Michelle Aviña
I’m focusing on my own well-being at the luxe Cal-a-Vie spa in Vista, California, at Women’s Health Week, October 14 through 20. The schedule includes a menu of fitness and blissful body treatments, and you reside in adorable vine-covered cottages. $8,095, through cal-a-vie.com. Carol Isaak Barden
Scalamandre’s umbrella with its iconic 1940s zebra pattern has left me singing. Who needs good weather, anyway? $95, at the Scalamandre showroom. Seth Vaughan (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Coral & Tusk animal wreath napkins are $120 for four. At PH Design Shop, Settlement Goods. Kate Stukenberg
Photographer Tony Mendoza’s “Flowers” series was literally taken from the ground up — an intriguing departure from typical flower photography. $1,500 to $2,500, at De Santos Gallery. Jenny Antill
Once home of the Lambs Club (a prestigious New York theater society where members Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Hammerstein and Fred Astaire romped), this Stanford White-designed building is now home to
The Chatwal hotel, designed by Thierry Despont with Art Deco appointments and suede walls, Asprey bath amenities and a restaurant directed by chef Geoffrey Zakarian. This establishment should light up any sophisticate’s radar. Seth Vaughan
Loving my treasure from H&M: a droll pineapple-shaped handbag that doubles as sculpture, and a steal at $13. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
I’m coming out guns blazing with Frederic Malle’s Café Society Perfume Gun to blast my rooms with scent. $145, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Holly Moore
I’ve always been mad for hammered gold, so I’m hooked on Ippolita’s 18K-gold Snowman earrings from the
Crinkle Collection. $1,395, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Zadok Jewelers. Laurann Claridge
I’m obsessed with antiqued mirrors and spotty mercury glass, so imagine my attraction to Absolution’s amber-scented candle, which is poured into a hand-blown mercury-glass jar. Each Shannon Koszyk Olive Candle is made in Texas and comes with a fetching bronze medal. $116, at taigan.com. Laurann Claridge
When I learned that Hermès was debuting wallpaper this fall, I was faint; when I saw the Feuillage pattern designed by Raoul Dufy, which takes me back to NYC’s Indochine, I fell out of my chair. As the editrix in Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? might proclaim, “Divine!” Seth Vaughan
I hate to queue for anything, but for this I will. The Ferrari 458 Spider convertible has a top speed of 199 MPH, a 570 horsepower engine and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The greatest sports car in the world has an 18-month wait for delivery and a price tag of $263,762. Carol Isaak Barden
Dysfunction at its best: The Royal Tenenbaums with Gene Hackman and Anjelica Huston, 2001. Michelle Aviña
I can’t stop — won’t stop — wearing plaid jackets. Trina Turks’ new collection for men, Mr. Turk, is perfection. Ferrel jacket $398, at trinaturk.com. Ceron
Houston designer Nancey Chapman now lives in India and produces these phenomenal silk tie-dyed, bias-cut dresses. $700, at net-a-couture.com. Kate Stukenberg (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Late Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán’s home turned museum, Casa Luis Barragán, in Mexico City, is dazzling. Tour the design studio, living areas and gardens. Don’t miss the Picasso, reportedly given to Barragán by the artist himself. Michelle Aviña
The Duke of Windsor wore his wedding ring alongside a Trinity ring on his left pinky. I’ll achieve a similar effect by wearing two of Tenenbaum & Co.’s vintage offerings of the classic Cartier creation and look terribly regal. From $795. Seth Vaughan (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
I’m walking on sand all fall in Rodarte’s first-ever shoe collection launching this month. Do you not die over the sand-layered heels? To order at barneysnewyork.com. Kate Stukenberg
Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne by Paul Kasmin (Skira, $60) is truly one of the most beautiful and informative books in ages. Great photos. Very transporting. Greg Fourticq Jr.
This 8-by-12-foot rug is art underfoot. Made from Himalayan wool and woven using ancient nomadic techniques, it was designed by Joseph Carini, a New York artist who studied painting at Pratt Institute. $12,000, at Carol Piper Rugs. Carol Isaak Barden
A naturalist since birth, I’m a-twitter to see John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, which was once in the collection of the Dukes of Portland, at the exhibition “American Made: 250 Years of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston” through September 16. Seth Vaughan
Perry House has been on the scene for more than 30 years, rocketing to renown with MFAH’s mid-’80s “Fresh Paint” show. Catch “Perry House: Elegance/Violence” at the Art Car Museum (through September 2), or buy your own House through dealer Dan Allison. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Perry House’s 8-4-99, 1999, at
Art Car Museum)
I’m curating a show at Deborah Colton Gallery, inspired by my dad, an organic chemist who’s a pioneer in the plastics field. For the occasion, provocateur Paul Horn is concocting Paul Mart, a take on a Walmart-styled store stocked with affordable art goodies. It’s September 8 through October 27. Catherine D. Anspon (Image: Paul Horn’s Oldenburgian Tribute to the ‘80s, $99.99, at Deborah Colton Gallery; photo by Kennon Evett)
In a sleepy little town on the coast of Maine, David Kaufman keeps alive the art and craft of heirloom-quality cotton, linen and woolen blankets at his turn-of-the-century Brahms Mount factory. I can’t resist the slate-ticking cotton version nor the charcoal herringbone lamb’s-wool. $236 to $600, at Kuhl-Linscomb. Laurann Claridge
I’m a rhapsody in blue in this sprightly hued Stella McCartney jacket with a face-framing collar. $1,845, at Neiman Marcus. Michelle Aviña
La Réserve Ramatuelle in Saint Tropez is at the top of my list of places to stay next. I’m booking at lareserve-ramatuelle.com. Ceron
Orlebar Brown’s postcard-scene Monte Carlo–print men’s swim trunks. $295, at Barneys New York. Holly Moore
Diana Vreeland insisted on burning cypress Rigaud candles in her office during working hours — but I love the Bois Précieux scent. From $38, at Kuhl-Linscomb. Seth Vaughan (Image: Photo by Kennon Evett)
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar in the Heights serves up the best Creole crab gumbo with andouille, fried okra, baguette, shrimp and fried oysters. Be sure to add blue crabmeat — the cherry on top. $12.50. Jenny Antill
Established in 1963 on Harbour Island and now owned by Dallasites Tricia and Gil Besing, the newly refurbished and fabled Dunmore hotel was once a posh private club. Need we say more? Book it at dunmorebeach.com. Brooke Hortenstine
This droll tufted armchair, designed by Italian architect Paola Navone for Gervasoni, makes a bold statement for any serious lounger like me. $5,652, at Internum. Jenny Antill
Billy Fong Sez
I loved my marching orders for the Very PaperCity issue. It was akin to old-school Mission Impossible. Not the recent tripe with Tom Cruise, but rather the vintage era with Peter Graves and Barbara Bain — the original Mad Men. Miss Moore instructed us to choose style and charm —which are both core values of PaperCity — for the upcoming season. First off, one needs a drink to write such an important column, and mine was Lillet, a French aperitif that Bond uses in his classic Vesper martini. Then I need to throw on some music for inspiration, and my tracks included The Psychedelic Furs’ “Ghost in You” (one of the most brilliant album covers of all time — so want a T-shirt replica to wear under a YSL vintage tuxedo jacket) and DB Boulevard’s “Point of View.” Here is what I find Very PaperCity right now:
In a pinch, pull this quote out of your back pocket: “There is something rather unsavory about wearing
black pearls to brunch.”
CZ Guest – our current icon to emulate.
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen in gun-metal gray, army style. If you have one, call me up, because it is my perfect accessory for the fall.
Episodes of Kate & Allie. After a day of shopping and drinking with your best gal pal, ask the obvious question: Who is more Kate and who is more Allie?
Fantasy date: Flying Lufthansa last-minute to Germany to hear the Berlin Philharmonic perform Mahler’s Fifth.
Fantasy party: Outdoor evening screening of La Dolce Vita or Smilla’s Sense of Snow for 12 (not a baker’s dozen, but instead the perfect number of guests).
Christina O, Onassis’ famous yacht, for a quick getaway