Monday, July 14, 2014

Capri, Italy - Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Show Autumn/Winter 2014


Paris Fashion Week has NOTHING on the Italians. Last Friday evening Dolce & Gabbana showed their Alta Moda A/W14 collection in a dramatic Fellini-esque staging on the rocks of Capri.


Guests were shuttled by boats garlanded in lemons to the Fontelina Beach Club, where they sat in striped lounge chairs and were provided with fans depicting tourist scenes of the island. Pavarotti and Boccelli music began to play as little boats started to appear from behind the famous Faraglioni rocks, carrying the models that would walk the show.






"On Capri, a woman doesn’t live the seasons," wrote Stefano and Domenico in the beautiful little book they produced for guests, filled with images of the island and the legendary women who have fallen in love with it through the years—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Maria Callas, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ingrid Bergman among them. "She lives life, love and passion."






After the show, guests sat at tables covered in traditional, embroidered pale tablecloths and rustic arrangements of red peppers, lemons, tomatoes, and bougainvillea blossoms. Traditional local delicacies were served—perfect zucchini blossoms, spaghetti alle vongole, and deadly rum babas among them—and another flotilla of boats appeared, lit by garlands of light bulbs and serenaded by musicians. 

The grand finale: the Dolce & Gabbana bride, illuminated as a figurehead, sailed by in the dark sea below and a fireworks show kicked off over the Faraglioni ... a true masterpiece of Italian drama. 

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The party continued into the wee hours of the night at the famous Capri disco Anema e Core as revelers danced until the sun came up. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

London, England - The Serpentine Pavilion Opening Party 2014




One of the highlights of the London summer social calendar is the party to introduce the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park. You might remember my post from last year's pavilion.

While many of us thought a spaceship had landed from Mars, this creation was actually the brainchild of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic who was chosen as the 14th architect to design a temporary structure for the grounds of the London gallery. 


There is a café and seating area inside and, from July to October, there will be various art, film, music and poetry events held there as part of the galleries’ Park Nights series.





Previous architects have included Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Oscar Niemeyer and Rem Koolhaas.


Here I am at the party with fellow American girlfriends, including the Serpentine Galleries' Head of Events, Michelle Anselmo, on the left.


At night, the semi-transparency of the shell, together with a soft amber-tinted light, draws the attention of passers-by.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Antibes, France - Hotel du Cap Eden Roc





Last month I went back to one of my favorite perches in the south of France, the spectacular Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in the seaside town of Antibes. On a sparkling sunny day there really is no better place to spend a long lazy lunch daydreaming out over the panorama of glistening blue sea and cloudless sky.







A club sandwich and a glass (or three!) of rosé wine goes from ordinary to extraordinary when your surroundings are this stunning. Doesn't everything taste better when you're out in the salty sea-kissed air?




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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cernobbio, Italy - Harry's Bar and Trattoria del Vapore




My idea of a perfect evening would include a drive into the tiny town of Cernobbio on Lake Como, around sunset, with the first stop being lakeside at Harry's Bar ... 


for a cold glass of prosecco ...


and half a dozen snacks with my aperitivo...


admiring this view ...


followed by a ten second walk around the corner to the absolutely delicious Ristorante Trattoria del Vapore ... 



to sit outside on a nice evening, or inside in the rustic farmhouse style dining room, which has been around for over 100 years ...






and dine on homemade pasta with fresh porcini mushrooms ... 


followed by thinly cut pieces of veal with, of course, more delicious fresh mushrooms (I ate this two consecutive nights in a row here) ...


and sides of pan roasted potatoes with green vegetables:


A beautiful lake, rolling green mountains, and snow capped Swiss alpine peaks reaching into the clouds is certainly hard to beat!


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