Despite its balmy air and mid-80-degree water temperatures, the Maldives has never been known as a surfing destination. But Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa and luxury surf-safari outfitter Tropicsurf are out to change that, hosting the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy (August 26 to September 2)—a boutique surfing competition on the coast of Kuda Huraa—for the third year.
Six former world champions—including the defending 2012 winner, Aussie Damien “Dooma” Hardman—will battle for $25,000 in prize money distributed across three surfboard divisions: retro single fins, twin fins and triple-fin thrusters. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, explains hotel general manager Tulio Hochkoeppler. “But don’t get me wrong,” he says, “when you get these guys together, they are as competitive as you can be out on the water.”
Adventurous types needn’t leave the surfing to the professionals. Hotel guests can purchase day passes to board the Four Seasons Explorer, a 128-foot yacht stationed just off the surf break during the tournament. And available packages include Surf’s Up (from $1,300) or the Group Surf & Stay (from $6,590 for five nights), which includes surf safaris, intensive lessons and round-trip airport transfers by speedboat. Rest assured the fun is for everyone. “I’m really enthused to see folks in their forties who consistently come and vacation at our resort for the surf,” Hochkoeppler says. “It’s not just for teenagers and twentysomethings.” Rooms start at $900 (including breakfast); North Malé Atoll; 960/664-4888; fourseasons.com.
With the exception of Audrey Hepburn and perhaps Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, few style icons were as effortlessly glamorous as Grace Kelly. “She seemed to lead a charmed life,” says Cynthia Cooper, curator of “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly—Beyond the Icon,” on view at the McCord Museum in Montreal through October 6. “She grew up in a wealthy family, she was an Oscar-winning actress, she married a prince. But there is another side to her. She was down-to-earth, and she worked hard as an actress.”
That other side is what Cooper hopes shines through in the exhibit, which features roughly 100 objects, archives, love letters, notes, photos and film clips. The museum also highlights approximately 40 of Kelly’s garments on loan from the Palace of Monaco. Cooper, a costume historian, is particularly enthused to bring Kelly’s legacy to life through clothing. Notable articles include the peach-colored dress she donned during the famous convertible scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955) (Kelly made 11 films in her five-year career), and the modest taffeta-and-Alençon-lace frock she wore during her civil wedding ceremony in 1956 to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. (They are pictured here at their religious ceremony.)
“Our exhibit tries to show what is behind her life as an icon and let the public know who she was,” Cooper says. “We know her as someone who loved her clothes, shopped for things she liked and that suited her and wore them again and again. The ideal femininity of the 1950s suited her to a T.” Through October 6; 690 Sherbrooke St. W.; 514-398-7100; mccord-museum.qc.ca.
During the summer, when London’s art and cultural calendar is at its height, the city buzzes with excitement. And the highlight of this year’s season may well be Masterpiece London (June 27 through July 3), now in its fourth year and quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most multifaceted art, antiques and design festivals around. “It’s a true collectors’ fair,” says CEO Nazy Vassegh. “It’s everything from antiques to contemporary art.”
Indeed, this year’s fair will feature works as varied as Puzzle Portrait, a 1978 painting by Roy Lichtenstein that was purchased directly from the artist in 1983, and a white Carrara marble statue of Bacchus by 17th-century Italian sculptor Domenico Pieratti.
But art isn’t the only thing for sale and for show. Verdura, the iconic American jewelry company, is exhibiting at the fair for the third year. “Fulco di Verdura lived in the U.K. upon his retirement,” notes brand chairman Ward Landrigan. “We are bringing Verdura back home.”
To celebrate its New York Style collection, the original Maltese cuffs that Verdura designed for Coco Chanel will be on display in conjunction with on-sale vintage pieces, such as a 38-carat diamond bracelet ($385,000); a sapphire-and-emerald brooch ($169,500); and a Ceylon sapphire, emerald and diamond ring ($325,000). South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea; 44-20/7499-7470; masterpiecefair.com.
Burberry, with the help of Google, launched its new Burberry Kisses promotion last week—its latest in a series of digital initiatives—that allows fans to send imprints of their own kisses to loved ones anywhere in the world. Using a smartphone (computer users need to use the Google Chrome browser), kiss bestowers simply log on, press their lips to the touchscreen, include a personalized message and send. There is even an option to add a Burberry lip color to the virtual pout. Google Earth and Street View technologies track the animated message in real time as it travels to its recipient. Now that’s instant gratification. kisses.burberry.com.
Pop artist Andy Warhol’s iconic work is among the most sought after—and expensive—in the world. And much of this work (including Warhol’s legendary screen prints of Campbell’s Soup cans) incorporated branded products, thus transforming everyday items into art. Continuing this history, the Warhol Foundation has joined forces with Perrier in honor of the sparkling water’s 150th anniversary this year.
The project resurrects Warhol’s 1983 Perrier series—which captured the iconic green-glass bottles in Day-Glo polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas—via four limited-edition bottle designs, each including a signature Warhol quote. Fans can even enter to win an original Warhol screen print as part of Perrier’s Take Home a Warhol sweepstakes (through September 30). After all, as Warhol once famously observed, “Pop art is for everyone.” perrier.com.
“People from around the world have been falling in love with Bali for almost a century,” says Rahul Mookerjee, owner of Jiva Puri, a private villa that opened last year on the southwest coast of the Indonesian island. Indeed, Bali harbors an undeniable natural beauty and mystique. Musicians from Canada and Germany frequented the country in the 1920s and 1930s; Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger got married there (and converted to Hinduism during the ceremony) in 1990.
True to its location’s allure, Jiva Puri, perched on a 30-foot seaside cliff surrounded by rice fields, is truly spectacular. Designed by Singapore-based architect Ernesto Bedmar, the villa takes a contemporary approach to traditional Balinese open-courtyard layout, and comprises five bedroom pavilions (each with its own outdoor ponds and gardens) and a common living room with wraparound views of the sea.
Other highlights include extensive lawns, tropical gardens, a nearly 100-foot swimming pool and sights of one of Bali’s most beautiful temples, Pura Batu Ngaus. Pristine beaches and a world-class golf course are found outside the grounds, as is the adjacent village of Cemagi, which offers shopping and nightlife options and is perfectly positioned for side trips to the nearby towns of Ubud and Seminyak.
“There is a sense of genuine retreat from the frenetic pace of the 21st century,” says Mookerjee, adding that the idyllic escape offers another invaluable indulgence: time for oneself. Rates start at $5,000 (minimum three-night stay); 62-812/380-7286; jivapuri.com.
French artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme was living in New York when Louis Vuitton approached him about illustrating a book on New York for its travel-book collection. The rest, as they say, is history. Travel Book New York ($56) is a clothbound tome in English and French that contains more than 100 of Delhomme’s vibrant watercolor paintings of the city. We caught up with the artist for the story behind his work.
Q: What inspired you to do this?
A: I’ve been traveling and working on different projects in New York since the mid-’90s, and I’ve always been inspired by the city. In fact, it’s difficult to find a place as visually exciting. The buildings, the signs—it’s by the water and it’s often industrial with this incredible light. And, of course, the tremendous variety of people, characters.
Q: What differentiates this collection from other travel works?
A: It’s a visual exploration. Instead of thinking of covering the classic New York views and landmarks, I let myself be guided by what inspired me to do drawings. I walked across the city waiting to be surprised.
Q: Do you have a favorite memory of working on the book?
A: I’m fascinated by the particular crispy and strong light, which I feel is unique to New York, especially the deep shadows that make the streets and sidewalks as dramatic as a theater stage. The buildings are often a dark-brick color or green cast iron—all this makes strong backgrounds that make people stand out. I’m also inspired by the old New York, would it be building lobbies, painted signs, garages or disappearing shops. There are even two pictures in the book, one of a Times Square record shop and another of a jewelry shop on Pine Street—both of which disappeared while the book went to print.
Interior designer Muriel Brandolini, whose bold style has been lauded by Christopher Getty, Matt Lauer and Annette Roque and Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece, is making her mark with a different medium this spring: men’s undergarments. Rated M, her new line of boxer shorts ($89 each), features four styles that are hand-block printed in India on the softest of cotton. And though Brandolini doesn’t name her prints, she says their inspirations range from geometry to florals to the cinema. “This print reminds me of A Clockwork Orange,” she says of the pair pictured here. Available exclusively at Holland & Sherry Bespoke, 209 Elizabeth St.; 212-343-1261; hsbespoke.com.
Summer, for all intents and purposes, has arrived in New York. To celebrate both the season and Manhattan’s Central Park, the Central Park Conservancy is back with its 17th annual Taste of Summer benefit, held June 19 on the park’s iconic Bethesda Terrace. More than 800 guests are expected to congregate and sample food from the city’s top chefs (participating restaurants include 21 Club, P.J. Clarke’s, Armani Ristorante, La Esquina, Maya and Serafina) and bid on items in a silent auction deejayed by Alexandra Richards, the youngest daughter of Rolling Stone Keith Richards.
Board of trustees member Gillian Miniter is looking forward to delicious cuisine and the event’s recent move back to Bethesda Terrace. (In 2011 it was held in nearby Naumburg Bandshell.) “I love that area of Central Park,” she says. “It’s a special area because of the formal fountain and the beautiful Minton tiles that line the ceiling of the Arcade.”
High-powered attendees like fashion designers Lela Rose and Michelle Smith, as well as interior designers Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield, are expected to join the festivities, and the Conservancy hopes to raise nearly $700,000 for the park. Individual tickets cost $4,000; tables, from $10,000; Bethesda Terrace, Central Park; 212-446-2242; centralparknyc.org/taste.
A far cry from the white cube–style galleries that are so popular today, outdoor sculpture parks represent a hybrid of art and nature. As Italian architect Francesca Cigola writes in the introduction of her new book, Art Parks: A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens (Princeton Architectural Press, June 2013), “Works of art in these spaces interact with surrounding landscapes, playing off their character, colors, and makeup; in many cases the boundaries between the works and their settings are blurred.”
The book explores three types of outdoor art parks in the United States: leisure, learning and collectors’ spaces. Leisure spaces, like Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York, are the smallest and most intimate variety, usually located outside of cities and featuring a harmony between art and nature. At Griffis visitors are encouraged to interact with the art, even if that means touching, walking through or climbing on the sculptures.
Learning spaces, housed in museums or universities, tend to have an educational and aesthetic purpose. MoMA PS1, in Long Island City, New York, holds an annual competition called the Young Architects Program, with the selected work exhibited in the museum garden during spring and summer events.
Collectors’ spaces are private collections. The General Mills Sculpture Garden, at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is essentially an extension of the local heavyweight’s sizeable art collection. Standout works include the towering steel Man with Briefcase (1987) (pictured above), which takes a playful jab at corporate culture, and Stone Court (1988), which features a wall that is dug into the side of a hill, making for a place where employees frequently go to relax.
Whichever park you choose to visit—the country has more than 50 to choose from; there are countless others abroad—Art Parks is the perfect companion on your journey. papress.com.
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