One of the most anticipated late-summer events in New York is the US Open (August 26 through September 9), the Grand Slam championship tennis tournament that draws elite players and eager fans to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.
Trump Soho New York, located on Spring Street in Manhattan, is celebrating the spectacle this year with a special package, never before offered to guests, called Game. Set. Match. (available August 15 through September 15). “The offer was designed with the tennis enthusiast in mind,” explains general manager Andreas Oberoi. “It adds a few extra touches of luxury to the overall US Open experience.”
Tickets to the Open and private transfers to the Tennis Center can be arranged through the hotel’s concierge, and those extra touches include a bottle of organic sunscreen for courtside UV protection and a 30-minute massage at The Spa at Trump. Carrying on the sporty theme is the hotel’s wellness program, which keeps health-minded guests on track via sensible in-room dining choices with nutritional information listed (gluten-free items are available) and Travel Fit, which gives guests Under Armour fitness togs, pre-loaded iPods and workout tips, making winning form that much easier to maintain. Rooms start at $575; 246 Spring St.; 212-842-5500, trumphotelcollection.com/soho.
A war correspondent, photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian, Tim Hetherington was a singular and beloved figure in journalism. April 20th marked the second anniversary of his untimely death in Libya, where he was covering the tumult of the Arab Spring. In commemoration of Hetherington’s life and career, the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York has staged an exhibit of his work, “Inner Light: Portraits of the Blind, Sierra Leone 1999–2003.”
The black-and-white photographs, hauntingly poignant, depict students at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Hetherington spent five years developing the portraits, which are inspired by the many visits he made to the school. As with all of Hetherington’s work—from his photography for Vanity Fair to his Oscar-winning documentary Restrepo—this series offers a humanistic perspective on conflict, suffering and the effects of war on the individual.
The exhibit coincides with the premiere of the HBO documentary Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, as well as an installation of Hetherington’s “Sleeping Soldiers”series, on display through May 13 at the Pavilion at the International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas; icp.org). Through May 18; Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Ave.; 212-414-0370; yossimilo.com.
In Paris, daily trips to the boulangerie for fresh baguettes and pastries are a way of life. Rose Bakery (46 Rue des Martyrs; 33-1/42-82-12-80) , tucked away in the Ninth Arrondissement, offers a fresh, flavorful and decidedly British take on the French institution. The bakery, where the line for cakes, tarts, quiche and salads often snakes out the door, is spare and understated, with the focus trained squarely on the seasonal, organic menu.
Rose Carrarini, the English chef who founded and runs Rose Bakery with her husband, already authored one cookbook, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea (Phaidon, 2006), which features recipes for the small meals that have become Rose Bakery staples. Her most recent effort, How to Boil an Egg (Phaidon; $35), is full of descriptions and beautiful paintings of the many egg-based dishes she makes daily. Carrarini chatted with us over coffee at her eponymous bakery about food, Paris and what comes next.
Q: Whenever I come to Rose Bakery there is always a line out the door. What is it specifically that people love so much, that keeps them coming back? A: I think it’s simply the flavors and the trust they have that we have good-quality ingredients. The French always appreciate quality.
Q: Do you think the recipes in How to Boil an Egg can be duplicated in a home kitchen? A: Yes, absolutely. It starts with the basics, like how to scramble eggs. I’ve learned from serving them in the restaurant—everyone likes eggs done differently. Everyone has their own special way. I’m always trying to make it simple. Even for me at home, I don’t spend a lot of time cooking. I’m not one of those chefs that spend hours in the kitchen. I really like to have things done within ten minutes. So this is a reflection on that—the way I actually cook.
Q: The design of the book is beautiful—all the painted illustrations. Where did that idea come from? A: Well, I didn’t want photographs because every single cookbook is just photographs and recipes. I wanted something a bit unique. It had to represent the recipe, and the only way to do that was to find painters who deal in detail. So my idea was to look at botanical painters who paint flowers and vegetables, and luckily we found the perfect artist. The whole thing made it very special. I didn’t want an ordinary looking cookbook.
Q: What’s next for you and Rose Bakery? A: There are three Rose Bakeries in Paris, soon to be a fourth. We’ll be opening in the Bon Marché. It will be a tearoom, and that’s my dream come true. We have some in Tokyo, which are doing very well, and one in Seoul as well. And at the end of the year we’ll be opening in New York. It’s going to be a completely frightening thing, but yes, it’s in the cards. New York, about ten or 15 years ago, inspired me to start cooking, so I feel a bit humble going back. It’s exciting.
After a long winter of covering up in layers of black, brown and navy, nothing says spring like a pop of color. In that spirit, the decidedly British brand L.K. Bennett has recruited stylish Londoner Caroline Issa to design her own capsule collection for spring/summer 2013. The result is an array of vibrant shoes and handbags sure to help dispel any lingering winter blues.
As Tank Magazine’s executive fashion director and a regular on street style blogs, Issa is a natural choice for a guest designer. “I went to Yao Noi, Thailand, last March, where I picked up an amazing embroidered bag in the market that inspired the collection,” she says. “I worked with L.K. Bennett’s brilliant design team to dream up shoes I’d have fun wearing this coming spring. I thought their quintessentially British take on an exotic inspiration would be a fabulous combination.” We are especially smitten with the Parrot court shoe (shown here, $445), a classic pump with a playful pom-pom detail on the heel. Available February 19; L.K. Bennett New York, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle; 212-309-7559; lkbennett.com.
There are few cinematic scenes as evocative and romantic as Meryl Streep and Robert Redford’s flight across British East Africa in the 1985 Academy Award–winning film Out of Africa. On February 7 at the Grand Palais in Paris, Bonhams—one of the world’s oldest and largest auction houses—is selling the iconic biplane used in the movie. The aircraft, a metal-framed De Havilland Gipsy Moth from 1929, was one of the first models to bring private aviation within reach in the early 20th century and is fully functional today after a full engine overhaul in 2011.
After its spectacular flights in Tanzania and Nairobi in Out of Africa, the biplane has been used regularly and expertly maintained. “Bonhams is, of course, delighted to present this modern piece of memorabilia in such a magnificent venue, steeped in the history of the motorcar,” says Philip Kantor, the specialist at Bonhams in charge of the sale. A rare chance to own a coveted piece of Hollywood history, this is not to be missed. Estimate price upon request; 21 Ave. Franklin Delano Roosevelt; bonhams.com.
Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo may be the definition of a renaissance man. Raised in a prominent Spanish family of artists, curators and collectors, his career spanned textile and clothing design, photography and the visual arts.
“Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy,” a new exhibit at New York’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, celebrates this creative lineage. Conceived and curated by Oscar de la Renta, the exhibit showcases Fortuny’s impressive body of work, including unprecedented loans from prominent Spanish and Italian museums and leading private collectors.
His fashion designs—the iconic, uncorseted dresses in rich colors and textures he is perhaps best known for—combine old-world fabrics with a sensibility that still feels modern. Lit dramatically and displayed against walls lined with antique textiles, the dresses reside alongside the paintings, photographs and designs that inspired Fortuny throughout his life, giving context to his process from beginning to end. Through March 30; 684 Park Ave.; 212-628-0420; spanishinstitute.org.
Sportmax, the MaxMara brand known for its luxurious and eclectic Italian sportswear, also has an eye for creative collaborations, evidenced by its latest Carte Blanche capsule collection. Curated by Italian designer Ambra Medda, the collection features the work of up-and-coming Chinese artist Ying Wu. Her quirky prints, which appear on scarves—like the one pictured here ($190)—dresses and handbags, incorporate a mélange of animal, urban and technological graphics.
“Wu’s work primarily deals with the fact that the world we live in is constantly changing,” says Medda. “The work is somewhat deceiving given that it is highly decorative, yet if you look closer, you start to realize that there is a whole other dimension that brings you back to a starker reality.”
The limited-edition 1,000-piece collection will premiere at the brand’s flagship store in Milan next month, offering Sportmax devotees the opportunity to inject a bit of artistry and awareness into their wardrobes. 20 Via della Spiga; 39-2/7601-1944; sportmax.com.
The members of Coldplay, one of the world’s most popular bands, have extended their creative reach with an exhibit of exclusive artwork, now on display through December 2 at the Camden location of Proud Galleries in London. After holding private shows for Sting and Sir Paul McCartney recently, the gallery continues its focus on musicians.
The works for sale include three original paintings and the 8-by-22-foot graffiti wall that became the cover artwork for Coldplay’s platinum-selling album Mylo Xyloto, as well as signed limited-edition prints of the album art. (This is the first time the wall has been seen in public.) The band created each piece in collaboration with album artist Paris, who has been Coldplay’s artist in residence since 2011. All proceeds will benefit Kids Company, an organization that works to combat child poverty in and around London. Art produced by Album Artists; Chalk Farm Rd.; 44-20/7482-3867; proud.co.uk.
Brioni, the longtime standard for the finest in Italian menswear, has always catered to the most discerning of tastes. That said, the brand is raising the bar with its most opulent creation ever: a discreetly yet luxuriously stitched 24-karat-gold pinstripe suit ($17,000). Crafted from the finest black Super 120s wool and cut in the brand’s sharp, sophisticated Chigi model, the suit marks the 60th anniversary of Brioni’s first runway show in Florence.
“The Brioni tailors are immensely proud of the 24-karat-gold suit,” says the head of the brand’s design team. “They feel it most appropriately responds to the gentleman’s desire for luxurious clothing, ultimate elegance and highest quality.” For those seeking a new level of personal luxury, it is hard to disagree—this is sartorial indulgence at its best. Available at Brioni locations in New York, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour and Las Vegas; brioni.com.
Sometimes looking good is a girl’s best defense against the deep chill of winter. And the new winter collection from Duohtavuohta can help achieve just that, thanks to a healthy dose of luxury and eco-consciousness. Situated in Finnish Lapland, the brand uses sustainable materials exclusively, creating sumptuous outerwear from reindeer leather, wool and natural furs. (Picture an environmentally friendly version of Julie Christie’s Russian winter wear in Doctor Zhivago.)
“The Aksovaara coat, made of silky-soft reindeer leather with eye-catching Finn raccoon fur trimmings, is my all-time favorite piece,” says Wille Rajala, Duohtavuohta’s founder and CEO. “It has a feminine and luxurious flair, and is a masterpiece of craftsmanship that is made by hand in three days. It is our most popular style and a true classic from our collection.” Aksovaara coat, $6,000; Available at Brass Ranch, 1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, Idaho; 208-622-2021; duohtavuohta.com.
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