Pursuing Perfection

Photographs: Courtesy of Restoration Hardware

What is “modern”? To walk the upper level of RH Greenwich, The Gallery at the Historic Post Office, it’s simplicity. But simplicity with thought. While the design term is associated with a few movements, such as post-modern, contemporary and even brutalism, it retains an elemental quality that finds elegance in being stripped back to the essentials.

RH, Restoration Hardware, works hard at the simplicity. Take, for example, their renovation of the former Greenwich Post Office on the Avenue. The challenge was not only to use the surprising amount of space (indeed, to make a statement with it), but also to design their store with the curved arch entrance; RH has a soft spot for symmetry. Rising to the challenge, they dramatically transformed the interior into remarkable vignettes, each drawing its personality from scale, texture and depth of grey; the place is a study in finding the perfect balance point between the extremes of black and white.

Most recently, RH pushed through the old ceiling, both literally and in their business offerings. Rising up a floor, RH Greenwich introduced the RH Modern collection in a clean, airy space. The beds, tables, desks, lighting and all fill the openness, and light floods in from the enormous windows. The walls, a lighter shade of grey, are an irresistible backdrop to glimmering silver drop lighting. A king bed makes a remarkable statement on what “modern” means on the upper level: sharp lines, low rise, grey-grain wood, and lush textiles. Here is the mix of crisp, perfect angles and soft, organic touches.

Also new to the space is the RH Design Atelier. Here customers can point to a vignette and ask an RH designer to make it work for their homes; or they can speed dial their own interior designers and invite them down for a consult in store. The upholstery and leather samples, neatly arranged on glossy white shelves—ideal to pick up nuances in color identities—are within reach. Pull up a chair to the large work space and start dreaming big.RH Greenwich was one of the first galleries to receive the RH Modern collection and new RH Design Atelier.

Upstairs sets the stage for creativity with natural light, not to mention outdoor patios with a rooftop feel (yet another reason to wish for an early spring); and downstairs, for all of its vault-like solidity, exudes tranquility from its high ceilings, brilliant lighting, and exacting arrangements—the down-filled Cloud Modular Sectional by artisan Timothy Oulton draped in white, like a cloud, certainly contributes.

See more at the gallery, located at 310 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-552-1040; www.rhmodern.com.

 

A few selects from the RH Modern Collection:

Modena Chesterfield Leather Sofa ($7,695-$9,995)

Hudson Shagreen Tray Square Coffee Table ($950)

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Rossi Tufted Leather Chaise ($4,395)

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Arielle Chandelier 23″ ($4,830)

A Truck Load of Fashion

The food-truck business has officially maxed out. We have satiated our cravings for mobile crepes and coffee. We are ready to get back to our real passion: clothes. Now Greenwich’s fashion set can shop on the go for tees, tanks, blouses, skirts, cuffs and bracelets, dresses and clutches for women and shirts, leggings, cardis and handbags for emerging style influencers (that is, young girls sizes 4 to 16). Step up and into the mobile truck Jolie Gotique to check out its selection of contemporary fashion and accessories by local and international designers.

The brainstorm for this mobile-shopping station belongs to Penny Goffman. She came of age in fashion-forward Montreal, where she was “inspired by European trends and a father who owned his own fashion line.” After becoming a parent, Penny decided to start her own business and discovered that she was inspiring her daughter, Jolie, to pursue her own dream. In recognition, the new “gotique” was named after her sweet-and-stylish advisor. Jolie models some of the clothes and weighs in about must-have picks for tweens.

The mother of two notes, “I’m teaching my children one of life’s most important lessons: Reach for the stars, because you can do anything you put your mind to. That’s what being a mompreneur is all about!”

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Put the coffee down; you have some serious shopping to do!

Here, Penny’s style mantras for fall:

#1: Add a layer! “Put on your favorite sleeveless top and pair it with a faux fur vest for extra warmth.”

#2: Booties! “Love those black shorts? Wear them with suede booties instead of sandals.”

#3: Florals are for fall! “Pair your favorite floral dress with a black blazer for a complete fall look.”

Jolie Gotique can be found on Greenwich Avenue, at fundraisers and for special events. See more at www.joliegotique.com.

 

 

4 Easy Steps to a Good Brow Tint

A bad brow tint. It’s eye-opening to put yourself in the beauty chair of a salon you don’t really know, full of hope and optimism fueled by your research of timely articles and blog posts proclaiming the importance of a good brow, only to sit up and see the tint job went all wrong. Not exactly unibrow wrong, but so dark that you suddenly feel like a critical eagle, eyeing everyone’s move with disdain. “I swear, I’m not angry—my brows are just too dark.” (We’re not saying this was a personal experience, but we’re also not not saying it was.)

So, immediately, you’re likely to dive deep into the Google pool for help. The best advice we surfaced with was what we already knew: Relax, it fades—in time. Also, remove excess dye on your skin and try a clarifying shampoo (which we love this time of year for our hair anyway). We also sourced a recipe that involves baking soda, which had us raising a skeptical eyebrow (it was really dramatic with that super-dark brow, we have to admit). But if you’re like us, you’ll decide against futzing at home with remedies that might make things worse. Better to have dark brows than potentially none at all.

Play it safe by turning to someone you trust with all things hair and beauty. We headed straight to Christopher Noland Salon on Greenwich Avenue for advice. “If you are unhappy with the color,” said brow expert Zuzana, “let the esthetician know right away.” Discuss your options right there and then.

Of course, the best course is to just get a good brow tint. Zuzana shared these tips for shape, color and fullness that flatters, not frightens.

  1. Always make sure you have a thorough consultation.
  1. With your esthetician, make sure you go over all of the color options available.
  1. Make sure you understand what the esthetician is explaining about the final outcome.
  1. Understand how the chosen color will work with your skin tone.

Take these steps and you’ll be walking out of the salon looking your best.

If you’re not ready for a tint, opt for cosmetics. Heading into fall, major cosmetic companies have plenty of innovative brow gels, waxes, powders and pencils in a variety of colors and a slew of advice tips about the “it” arch shape. A makeup artist can help you pick the right shade and shape and show you the best techniques.

See more at Christopher Noland Salon, 124 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; 203-622-HAIR; cnpsalon.com

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Brunello Cucinelli forecasts a moody Spring/Summer 2016

Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli needs no introduction in Fairfield County. After all, men and women here have a taste for contemporary luxury with old-world refinement and appreciate a small selection of designers who exceed their expectations time and time again. Cucinelli is among the inner circle. Stylish shoppers loyally embrace each new season of his clothes and accessories. This peek at a few selections from the spring/summer 2016 collection makes a statement about the timeless appeal, worldly sophistication and endless variation of black-and-white outfits. There are also the soothing shades of the coast on an overcast day; stone, sand, grey skies. Comfortable and carefully constructed, the line reflects the atmosphere of northern beach resorts of Les Années Folles with an accent of the timeless Far East, bridging primitive and modern. This philosophical approach to fashion will always feel at home here. Find the designer’s fashions at Richards; https://richards.mitchellstores.com.

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6 Designer Hats for Every Occasion This Spring

Your spring social calendar is in full bloom. Here are six hats, suitable for every occasion in your agenda. These designer chapeaux are so pretty that even if you’ve never worn a hat, you will soon realize, that, yes, you can wear a hat and have fun with it.

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Weddings!
June ushers in wedding season, with bridal showers, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Whether you’re in the wedding party or a guest, you’ll want to plan out perfectly polished outfits. Consider a trip to Suzanne Couture Millinery in the city for custom-made hats for special occasions. Here, model McKensi Donner wears the rust yellow Sinamay hat, trimmed with self leaves, peps and curly cues. (Price upon request; www.suzannnehats.com). Photograph by Jeffrey C. Meyer

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Kentucky Derby!
May 7 is circled on your calendar and you’re watching the races or attending a Derby party. This southern horse racing event is an opportunity for we northern ladies to show off our style with a new spring outfit: dress, bag, shoes, and, most important, extravagant hat with feathers, bows and every kind of brim under the sun. Consider this August Hat, “To the Races Floral Downbrim,” in mint to complement your mint julep ($130, Nordstrom.com). Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.

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Old Bags Luncheon!
On May 12 plan to put your high-end designer handbags to good use by donating them for auction at the annual fundraiser for the Greenwich YWCA. The luncheon and fashion show draw fashionable ladies, and the hats are always elaborate and ultra-feminine. Have fun! We like the Giovannio Bow-Accented Fascinator ($98; lordandtaylor.com). See more at www.ymcagreenwich.org and www.oldbagsluncheon.com

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Polo!
From June through September, we know where to find you: Greenwich Polo Club. The Monty Waterbury Cup, named for James “Monty” Waterbury, is one of the oldest and most prestigious tourneys; and it’s been hosted by GPC for more than fifteen years. For the Butler Handicap (June 26-July 17) and East Coast Open (August 28-September 11) be sure to don your proper dress hat. You are photo-op ready in the gorgeous Bruno Cucinelli Natural Wide Brim Monili Trim Straw Hat all summer long ($1,045, mitchellsstores.com)

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Memorial Day Parade!
On May 30 head down to Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich for the annual town parade, which kicks off at the Firehouse at 9 a.m. Get the kids in the stroller and head out in a breezy outfit topped with a sun-blocking Lurex Wide Brim Hat in silver ($128; vineyardvines.com).

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Ahoy!
For the first time in nearly 100 years, the America’s Cup yacht race returns to New York Harbor. On May 7 and 8 cross your fingers for the perfect amount of sun and breeze for spectacular racing and to flaunt your sun-lounging style with any hat by Eugenia Kim, though you might appreciate the nautical colors of the Sunny Colorblock Sun Hat ($455, eugeniakim.com and www.saks.com).


Images courtesy of designers and retailers

 

 

Stop and Smell the Roses

For some, spring means a walk in the garden or an agenda filling up with outdoor parties. For fragrance lovers, it means new launches—and this year’s crop of perfumes, like long-loved choices, include rose. While the flower blooms in high summer, top designers are not waiting to indulge in their passion for its eternally feminine scent. Here are a few to consider picking…

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Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile
: Sicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot, pepper with peony, violet, lily of the valley, centifolia rose, cedarwood, ambergris and musk as soft and powdery as summer. Limited-edition bottle available at Harrods. ($126/1.7 oz) acquadiparma.com/en/

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Aerin Rose De Grasse
: Rose centifolia, Bulgarian rose, rose absolute, violet wood, ambrox and musk ($185/1.7 oz.) Also, Evening Rose, a vibrant yet sensuous an eau de parfum contrasting blackberry and cognac with Rose Centifolia and Bulgarian Rose Absolute ($110/1.7 oz.). aerin.com

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Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
: It’s a rose garden at Annick Goutal with fragrances, facial creams and mask, candles and scrubs. Rose Pompon includes notes of blackcurrent, raspberry, spicy pepper and peonies ($149 3.4 oz). Rose Absolue has six gorgeous roses, including the Turkish rose ($194/3.4 oz). annickgoutal.com

Armani / Si Rose Signature: Launched in 2016, this fragrance features rose de mai, Damask rose, bergamot, mandarin orange, freesia, black currant, vanilla, osmanthus, iris, ambrette, amber and patchouli ($92/1.7 oz). Armani Prive Pivoine Suzhou blends tangerine, pink pepper, raspberry, peony, Rose Absolute and patchouli ($165/3.4 oz.). armanibeauty.com 

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Eric Buterbaugh Florals Sultry Rose:
This fragrance has top notes of pepper, passionfruit and Ottoman Rose Essence. ($295/3.4 oz). ebflorals.com 

Etre au Parfum Rose Collection: Capture bud to blossom: Une is Bulgarian rose buds, mint, bergamot and lemon; Deux is Bulgarian rose with raspberry, blackcurrent, patchouli; Trois, rose with black peony, heliotrope, vanilla and praline ($210). etreauparfum.net  

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Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose
: Inspired by the fragrance of his mother’s lipstick, creator Ralf Schwieger blends rose with grapefruit and violet, a backdrop of musk and vanilla, and a hint of vetiver and amber ($185/50 ml). Also, Frederic Malle Une Rose: Edouard Fléchier’s Une Rose pairs the voluptuous Turkish Rose Absolute with geranium and wine dregs, plus earthy vetiver, patchouli and castoreum ($250/50 ml). fredericmalle.com 

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Guerlain Rose Barbare:
This eau de parfume, available at Guerlain’s boutique in Paris and online, features Ottoman Rose ($260/2.5 oz). The “bee” bottle, crafted in 1853 by glassmaker Pochet & du Courval to hold the Eau de Cologne Impériale for the Empress Eugenie, can hold any fragrance you like (Guerlain boutiques). guerlain.com

Jo Malone Rock the Ages Collection: The collection dedicated to historic periods starts with Tudor rose and amber to represent 1485 ($65 each). jomalone.com

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Ralph Lauren RALPH Love
: Red apple accord, lemon and pear with rose essence, peony and magnolia is like first love in spring ($42/30 ml). ralphlauren.com

Stella McCartney Pop: This new floral fragrance with bio-mimicry oil, obtained from focusing on the blooming stage of the flower for more pop and conservation. Also, Stella adds violet leaves, peony petals and amber for a modern rose ($72 1.6 oz). stellamccartney.com

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Tocca Isabel
: Mediterranean orange, Spanish rose, vanilla and leather in a signature bottle ($68 1.7 oz). tocca.com

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Tom Ford Café Rose
: Private-blend fragrance with three different rose essences with spices and dark, rich coffee ($220 1.7 oz). tomford.com

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Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Rose Eau De Parfum
: Rose essential, tea rose accord, Cashmeran, musk, pink pepper, green sap accord, strawberry leaves accord, violet, white amber, sandalwood with woodsy Cashmeran ($120/3.4 oz).

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Valentino Valentian Assoluto:
A confident scent with bergamot, white Alba truffle and peach with jasmine and tuberose ($122/2.7 oz at Saks). valentino.com

 

 

Chop to It!

Some food is so universally, enduringly addictive that it doesn’t need to be changed. Chinese food tops the list. Yet, every now and then, a restaurant comes along that spies the slender path to a better way. And so, Greenwich welcomes WUJI Restaurant.

Here you’ll find a unique mix: part Chinese noodle house, part dim sum restaurant and part tapas bar, with the authentic food prepared in both traditional and modern styles by Southeast Asian trained chefs.

Appealing to today’s taste, dishes here are prepared only with fresh, locally sourced meat—organic chicken, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef—as well as wild-caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, and organic vegetables. No MSG. Chinese menu favorites available at all WUJI locations include vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili dipping sauce; organic Heritage pork spare ribs with honey-plum glaze; lo mein noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sesame ginger sauce; tangerine beef with Shanghai bok choy; Cantonese roast chicken with crispy garlic and shallots; and spicy fried rice topped with a soft egg. Beverages include Asian beers, cold sake, wine, tiki cocktails prepared with top-shelf spirits, organic house-made soda, herbal ice tea, and blossoming flower hot tea. In short, grab a napkin and decide if you’re willing to share your food with your friends around the table.

WUJI signifies “singularity of the universe,” so the walls are lined with gorgeous prints of Buddha statues that were photographed in a studio in Hollywood. Not easy, because of their size and weight; one tops out at nearly 3,000 pounds.

Created and owned by MAAC Hospitality Group, WUJI first opened in Scarsdale, expanded into Rye this past December, and a Greenwich location opening soon. More are planned—Westport, Larchmont and Stamford—for later in 2016.

Take-out? You bet! Your dinner arrives via custom-designed bikes. 68 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich; www.wujirestaurant.com

Photographs by Tom McGovern

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Good Company

Talk about good company—these top business leaders have also won the Peterson Business Award:

  1. Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., chairman and CEO of IBM
  2. Sanford Weill, chairman of Citigroup
  3. William B. Harrison, Jr., chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase
  4. Henry A. McKinnell, chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc.
  5. Thomas J. Neff, chairman of Spencer Stuart
  6. Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
  7. Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg L.P.
  8. Robert K. Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  9. Robert Goergen, founder and executive chairman of Blyth, Inc.

Who rounds out the top 10?

This March, Greenwich Library welcomes Barry S. Sternlicht—founder, chairman and CEO of the leading global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group—into its ranks. He will be honored as the tenth recipient of the award, bestowed by the library during its biennial event. The seven-time five-star library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in the state. It began the Peterson Dinner to recognize outstanding business leadership. It was established in 1997 and named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson. Her bequest, made in memory of her husband and her son, resulted in a new 32,000-square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing houses business and music collections.

Barry Sternlicht, winner of the 2016 Peterson Business Award
Barry Sternlicht, winner of the 2016 Peterson Business Award

“Barry Sternlicht embodies all the attributes of this accolade, which celebrates leaders who have made significant contributions to both business and society,” said Haley Elmlinger, president of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees.

Greenwich Library, the seven-time five-star library presenting the award
Greenwich Library, the seven-time five-star library presenting the award

Sternlicht formed Starwood Capital Group in 1991 to focus on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, energy infrastructure and securities trading. He is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust, the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the country; Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, one of the largest publicly traded investors, owners and operators of single-family homes in the country; TRI Pointe Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country; and French crystal maker Baccarat S.A.

Clementine Peterson, the patron who made the award possible
Clementine Peterson, the patron who made the award possible

Starwood Capital, headquartered in Greenwich, manages more than $44 billion of assets on behalf of its high net worth and institutional partners and employs nearly 600 employees. In 2013 Sternlicht was named the Most Important Person in Commercial Real Estate Finance by The Mortgage Observer.

From 1995 through early 2005, Sternlicht was founder, chairman and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which employed more than 120,000 people and included 895 properties in 100 countries. He also created W Hotels and built the Regis Hotels into a global brand. In 2008, he founded SH Group, which is owner and manager of the new hotel brands, Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels. In 2015, Sternlicht received the Cornell Icon of the Industry Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hotel Investment Forum.

Alan D. Schwartz, executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will present the award
Alan D. Schwartz, executive chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will present the award

Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Partners, Alan D. Schwartz, will present the Peterson Award to Mr. Sternlicht at a dinner on March 2, 2016. The event, cochaired by Library Trustees Dan Daniels and Robert Marks, will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel.

For tickets, contact Development Director Nancy Klein at 203-622-7957 or nklein@greenwichlibrary.org. More at www.greenwichlibrary.org.

 

 

Vive la France

We recently found the latest launches from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry (ITFJ), a line that has been available at Betteridge for years. These new collections are globally minded with a soft spot for France. With diamonds and mixed stones in 18kt yellow and white gold, these earrings, necklaces and bracelets are a treat for the diamond-obsessed and might just inspire wanderlust as they exalt the elegant pleasures of this charming country. Below are a sampling of the selections that could add French-inspired sparkle and romance to your day. See more at Betteridge, 239 Greenwich Ave.; Betteridge.com.

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Liberté
evokes the Eiffel Tower and the energy of the City of Lights at night. “I enjoy creating transitional pieces for the working woman, but I am also fascinated by strong, structural jewelry that women can wear during the evening,” said Founder and CEO Ivanka Trump.

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Tassel Moderne
pays homage to France’s art deco period, a trend that has been going strong for years. This new line offers a fresh take.

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Montmartre
embraces the bold yet playful shapes of the old arts district. Ivanka calls the pieces “bold and alluring, but at the same time feminine.”

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Les Petites
glimmers delicately. With twelve dainty necklaces that can easily be layered. “This collection of necklaces is delicate and feminine and can be worn transitionally between all the different roles women play throughout the day,” says Ivanka.

 

 

Curves Ahead

 

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Dr. Attkiss

You’re going to the gym and you’re watching your diet (you are, you swear it), but there are still changes in your body that you don’t want to think about everyday. And, yet, there they are, every time you look in the mirror or see a photo of yourself out on the social scene. Enough’s enough—and why not? These days, plastic surgeons offer many options in body contouring, such as tummy tucks, liposuction, Botox, fillers…even thigh and arm lifts. Here we focus  on breast augmentation and getting the curves you want.

How do you know you’ll be happy with the results? You can try computer simulations and review before-and-after photographs. For enhancements you might wear padded bras. But, ultimately, securing satisfaction includes an open, one-on-one discussion with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Keith Attkiss, a Greenwich Board certified plastic surgeon who graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, says during an initial visit his patients should expect to consider size, shape, skin elasticity and more.

“The most common question I get regarding breast augmentation is about size,” he begins. “Most women who come to see me ask to be fuller, but to look natural and proportionate. Not too big. Not too small. Not too obvious, but not too subtle, either. I find photographs to be the best way to communicate, so we spend as much time as necessary reviewing likes and dislikes.”

While women tend focus on size, Dr. Atkiss advises his patients to also consider implant shape and fill. “Implants obviously come in different sizes, but just as importantly, they come in different shapes ranging from flatter ‘low profile’ to rounder ‘high profile’ implants. The key to getting a beautiful, natural, blended result is carefully considering the existing anatomy and properly placing the correct implant.”

Most implants are filled with saline or silicone gel, have a textured or smooth shell, and are round or tear-drop shaped. Be sure to discuss each of these options with your surgeon. “The most popular implant is round, smooth-surfaced, and filled with silicone gel because it feels closest to breast tissue,” says Dr. Attkiss. “The smooth surface allows the implant to move naturally within the pocket that the body forms around the implant and makes it easier to insert through a small incision. More recently, form-stable, or gummy bear, implants were approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. These implants are tear-drop shaped and have a textured surface to prevent them from rotating. They are a little firmer and require a longer incision for placement, but they are useful in certain circumstances, depending on one’s anatomy. Gummy bear implants also may have a somewhat lower risk of leakage or capsular contracture.”

For reductions—perhaps to ease discomfort in your back, neck or shoulders—the method of surgery is particular to each individual. Dr. Attkiss explains why he has a preference for certain technique, saying, “Obtaining a beautiful shape during a breast reduction is a matter of technique. Each surgeon has his or her own tendencies, but my preferred method is to use a technique called a superomedial pedicle, which has been popular in Europe for many decades. This technique allows efficient reduction of unwanted breast excess in the outer and lower breasts, while preserving ‘good volume’ at the upper breast and cleavage area. The resulting shape is long-lasting and does not drop with time as with other techniques.” Surprisingly, the standard breast reduction method practiced for decades in the U.S. does just the opposite.

Recovery time for enhance or reduction procedures varies person to person, but patients should expect to restrict their activities for two to three weeks.

The bottom line for enhancements  or reduction is: The more you talk, the more your expectations are in line with what the surgeon can do, and the happier you’ll be in the long run.

If you’re considering this procedure, step one is to have a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Search by zip code at www.abplasticsurgery.org. Dr. Attkiss can be reached at 2 ½ Dearfield Drive, Greenwich, 203-862-2700; www.attkiss.com.

 

 

Order Up

Photography by Costas Picadas

The new year is all about mastering streamlined, sleek and sophisticated living spaces. Minimize, which simply means to select what is not needed and thoroughly enjoy what is—favorite pieces, color, texture, light. Indulgence no longer means more; it means better.

A genius at this approach is the brand Calvin Klein. When has gray, cream and black with simple lines ever been more confident? The looks come into the home, too. At the turn of the new year, the Voce Di showroom in Greenwich unveiled 900 square feet fully devoted to Calvin Klein Furniture and Calvin Klein Curator, with decorative accessories placed precisely.

Voce Di, “Voice Of” in Italian, was founded by Claire Maestroni and Giorgio Stefano in 2012 as a revolutionary design resource with European appeal. Their Soho location is equal parts furniture showroom, contemporary art gallery, interior design center and cultural events venue. The Greenwich location followed a year later to offer industrial design, fine art, modern furniture and the iconic glass garage door. Claire had decided to move on from her store Mis En Scene to create a showroom that would combine the innovative elements of the Soho store. The result is a store that begs shoppers to wander, touch and imagine.

Calvin Klein Furniture, designed by Amy Mellen, creative director of Calvin Klein Home, is contemporary with the brand’s signature clean aesthetic. Casegoods—chests, dressers and bookshelves—come in natural and stained American wood finishes that reflect each line’s uniqueness. The upholstery selection features both married and made-to-order fabrics and leathers. Its Curator Collection—a finely tuned collection of furniture in refined finishes, discreet details and cosmopolitan living—is a natural for Voce Di. The pieces, from sofas and chairs to beds and dressers, incorporate harmonious elements, such as smoked glass and powder coated metal accents;  hand-rubbed, saddle finishes; polished walnut woods and natural oak and walnut finishes.

One walk through Voce Di should inspire shoppers to look at their own homes and decide what really needs to be there—and what doesn’t. The right essentials create a well-ordered space. 109 Bruce Park Avenue, Greenwich, 203-422-0567; vocedi.com

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Bottling Super Cute

Greenwich glamour girls in the making will be thrilled by this new line of nail polish: Hello Kitty® by O•P•I.

This January, Hello Kitty joins up with O•P•I in the launch of twelve limited-edition nail lacquers and matching GelColor shades. They are all glittery, shimmery, utterly sparkly and run the range of pinks along with primary colors and even black and white, and the tops of each bottle are designed with the pop icon Hello Kitty symbol. If the shades and kitty images don’t get across the message of happy, cute, colorful and sweet moments of childhood, check out the names of the colors. A bright red is “5 Apples Tall,” a petal pink is “Let’s Be Friends,” and a lovely rose is “Spoken from the Heart.” These little bottles contain a lot about being fun and adorably fabulous.

The collection retails for $9.50 each and will be available at professional salons and beauty stores.

 

 

Peeling Out

Got two minutes? Go for the glow. Here’s the new beauty secret for busy people: a professional-strength, two-minute, no-downtime glycolic peel. They’re taking place at BeautyRx Peel Bar at Becker Salon in Greenwich. In December, the founder of BeautyRx, Dr. Neal Schultz, a Park Avenue dermatologist, will begin offering his 40 percent glycolic peel at the salon, which located at 380 Greenwich Avenue on the second floor.

The two-minute skin fix—his most-requested service at more than 55,000 and counting—is the same Dr. Schultz performs in his office. The work at the Peel Bar is overseen by the doctor’s trained staff. This specialty beauty service is the latest offering in the evolution of Becker Salon. In the past eight years, the multidimensional beauty destination has added services, which now include a range of hair cuts, color, styling, highlights, extensions and blow outs as well as mani/pedis, waxing, massage, makeup, skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic treatments.

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The peel is super simple. Step 1: Your skin is cleansed. Step 2: The peel is applied and begins to dissolve the top layer of dead, uneven skin. Step 3: At two minutes, the peel is neutralized with water. Step 4: Oil-free sunscreen and moisturizer are applied. Step 5: Enjoy the glow! No red or have irritated skin. Monthly peels are recommended.

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“My clients have learned that when they embrace glycolic exfoliation, they discover the gorgeous, glowing skin they want. When the idea arose of bringing our in-office peel to Becker Salon in Greenwich, so that it would be available to people outside the four walls of my practice in New York City, I instantly said yes,” says Dr. Schultz.

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Stuart Schultz, president of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz, adds, “Becker Salon is a mainstay in the Greenwich area; we’re very excited about the BeautyRx and Becker partnership.”

“We are excited to have a defining New York brand in our salon,” Nathali Ocampo, co-owner of Becker Salon says. “This is another step toward Becker’s vision of offering women a New York City beauty experience in the convenience of their own town.”

The peel in office runs $225; at the bar, $50.

Peel Bar staff might also recommend products that you can use at home, such as Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum ($65), Daily Exfoliating Body Lotion ($50) and Clarifying Toner ($30).

Images copyright BeautyRx

Holiday Spirit

Photography by Cheryl Moss

For more than fifty years, Antiquarius has been getting antique-lovers and shoppers alike in the holiday spirit. The multi-day event has it all: a glamorous preview party, tradition-rich antiques show, a beautiful boutique with treasures to bring home, as well as the popular house tour, luncheon, and Toast of the Tour cocktail party. Pop the Champagne!

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The committee for Antiquarius 2015 is attending to every detail of this enchanting annual series of high-style holiday happenings. The events are a natural draw for people who appreciate fine antiques, design, style, and architecture.

A preview party on Thursday, December 3 will kick off the week of events. Along with first choice of purchases, enjoy Champagne, cocktails and a buffet supper. The fête also provides the unique opportunity to speak one-on-one with antiques experts.

Reserve the following few days, from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, to attend the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show. Produced by Frank Gaglio, Inc., it features more than forty vendors who will exhibit exquisite art, decorative objects, estate jewelry, furniture, prints, vintage accessories and more from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. This year, representatives from acclaimed New York auction house DOYLE will be available by appointment to tell you the worth of your family heirlooms and personal treasures.

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On Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9, bundle up and head over to the festive Holiday Boutique at Christ Church—it’s lovely and you’ll find lots of decor and delights to bring the spirit of the holidays to your own home.

And finally, set aside Wednesday, December 9 for the one and only Antiquarius Holiday House Tour and luncheon. Here’s your chance to indulge in the inspiration of five outstanding properties decked for the holidays.

Antiquarius can be wrapped up in only one way: the Toast of the Tour champagne reception, which will be held at an extraordinary Greenwich Landmark home. Renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss will be on hand to discuss her latest book, Garden Inspirations.

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The event supports the Greenwich Historical Society’s Library and Archives, exhibitions, educational programs and Bush-Holley Historic Site.

Get your tickets now by calling 203-869-6899, extension 10, or go online to http://www.greenwichhistory.org/antiquarius

Behind the Scenes

McArdle’s Helps Manfredi Continue to Tell the Never-Ending Story

A few timeless things: the inspirational beauty of nature, the exquisite design of heirloom jewels, and a good story. For the November 2015 issue of Greenwich magazine, our talented team combined all three during a day-long photo shoot for an eight-page spread, “The Neverending Story Continued.”

Manfredi Jewels offered a stunning selection of exquisite estate jewelry. Each piece has a story to tell, so we turned to fellow prominent Greenwich business McArdle’s Flower and Garden Center to provide flowers with timeless allure. Recognizing the beauty of how the stones and the petals enhanced each other, we created a romantic and dreamlike backdrop for the story. As part of the shoot’s creative team, McArdle’s Director of Floral Design Michael Derouin helped select the flowers and elegantly arrange them.

We made a hundred creative decisions and focused on every detail so that photographer Jeff McNamara could capture that magical shot of each jewelry-and-flower pairing. The shared ideas blossomed into a story devoted to pure art.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look of the shoot’s creative team at work.

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Runway Hair

Guido photograph by Terry Tsiolis; All photographs contributed by Redken

What’s the trend in hair? Individuality.

Redken 5th Avenue NYC has created buzz-worthy runway looks for prestigious designers. To celebrate Alexander Wang’s tenth anniversary show, for example, Redken Global Creative Director Guido provided custom cuts for each model to enhance her uniqueness, thereby making a universal statement about beauty today. “There’s really not one singular idea of beauty anymore, which is great and liberating,” he notes. “It’s all about bringing out your personality and adding little nuances here and there that really make a look feel more special and unique.”

To get the look (even without the TLC of a Global Creative Director), wash hair with Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner; use fingers to create a natural part and allow hair to air dry; spray wind blown 05 dry finishing spray all over  to enhance your natural texture. Get strutting!

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See more at http://www.redken.com/whats-hot/fashion-week/meet-guido/
Guido on ten more unique looks he created for designers in the Spring/Summer 2016 NYFW shows…

  1. Runway Hair
    Lanvin: “The look at Lanvin is always about funky character and ease. The messy twist this season is very boyish and masculine, but the bow in the back adds an offness and ease that’s very Lanvin. It almost feels a little Leslie Caron. First, I sculpted a messy French twist using Redken’s new triple take 32 because I needed a very strong hairspray to create the shape I wanted. Then, I pinned it in place and pulled the ponytail up over the top of the head, laying the tail across the forehead to look like bangs, and finished by placing an imperfect bow in the back.”
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    Dolce & Gabbana: “The look at Dolce this season is very soft and romantic. It’s very easy, almost like you were an American on holiday in Italy and you just threw your hair up for the evening. I used Redken’s wind blown 05 to get that gorgeous texture, and then gathered the hair up into a high ponytail, twisting it into a messy chignon. It’s very soft around the hairline with the little baby hairs pulled out, and I added just a bit of height at the crown to soften the silhouette. I finished the look by placing different types of crowns, scarves and beautiful hairpieces throughout the hair to enhance the charm.”
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    Roberto Cavalli:
    “Peter has a great instinct about hair and about his woman. It’s kind of a tomboyish 80s look, like when girls were experimenting with their sexuality and maybe wanted a touch of the boy’s quiff. I created a deep side part and then blow-dried the hair with Redken’s guts 10 to create a slight peak in the front and long and straight in the back, so it’s a bit boy in the front and girl in the back.”
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    Prada:
    “Mrs. Prada had this idea of ‘conservative eccentricity.’ It feels a bit 20s, but a bit 70s when women often had very tough, extreme looks, which makes a very strong statement on the runway. It’s a simple look that screams. First, I cut each of the girls’ bangs to frame their face, so each girl really has her own style. I cut very aggressive bangs on only five or six of the girls, and it works because part of being a Prada girl is embracing the moment. I used Redken’s hardwear 16 to give some finish and toughness to the bangs, and then used Redken’s forceful 23 hairspray to slick the hair back into a simple ponytail, accentuating the head shape, which adds a sense of ease and boyishness to the finished look.”
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    Alberta Ferretti:
    “The Alberta Ferretti woman is always very beautiful and feminine, and this look is exactly that. It’s a little late-70s or early-80s feeling with the soft hairlines and a little bit of height at the top, but overall it’s very simple. Redken’s wind blown 05  was the main product I used because it gives you some friction and texture when creating these sorts of updos—it makes the hair very manageable to work with. I twisted the back section up so that it’s very loose and soft, almost like the girls were playing with their hair and then just kind of pulled it up, and then twisted the front pieces back around the head, accentuating it with the gold thread so it’s almost like a bit of jewelry in the hair.”
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    Marc Jacobs:
    “The hair at Marc Jacobs has a bit of a 40s feeling to it because of the shape and the wave in the front, but it feels very modern because of the texture, which I created using a combination of products to get a shiny, almost wet look. It’s almost like the girl did it herself in some ways—it’s very raw and young which gives it sort of a punk-y feeling as well. I applied Redken guts 10 to the roots of the hair to get that thick, almost undesirable texture, and then used my hands to create the disheveled, asymmetrical shape with bits of hair sticking out. I used a hair clip and Redken’s forceful 23 hairspray to hold the style, so in some ways its super feminine, but in a very downtown, modern way.”
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    Ralph Lauren:
    “The Ralph Lauren woman is always very classic and luxurious, so the hair is super simple and beautiful with this rich texture since it was just washed. A few of the girls have their hair pulled back into ponytails just because Ralph likes some of the girls with their hair pulled back, but they still have that gorgeous, rich texture. I started by shampooing each of the girls’ hair with Redken’s All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner, and then created a natural center part with my fingers and let it dry naturally. A lot of the girls already have that beautiful glow and natural texture in their hair, so I just enhanced it using Redken’s wind blown 05, focusing on the roots to give it a slight lift, and then went in with a curling iron to add a little more movement if needed.”
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    Hugo Boss: 
    “Hugo Boss beauty is always very simple and clean, but there is a progression every season, so it always feels modern and updated. This season, the woman is very intelligent and sophisticated, maybe a little artsy, and there’s a little reference to the mid-90s with the minimalistic look. First I blow-dried the hair using Redken’s pillow proof blow dry express primer for heat protection and the new glow dry to give it that super smooth, shiny texture. Then I pulled the hair back into a low, sleek ponytail, keeping the hairline very clean around the face, and secured with an elastic.”
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    Oscar De La Renta:
    “The look at Oscar De La Renta this season is all about softness, richness, ease and sophistication. It’s amazing how effective a ponytail can still look today, and how a beautiful, simple style can say so much. Before blow-drying the hair, I prepped it with Redken’s pillow proof blow dry express primer and satinwear 02 to protect it from the heat and get that rich, silky texture. The very short part gives a little bit of height in the back, which gives a softer silhouette. I tied a piece of ribbon with one loop, so it isn’t a full bow, around the ponytail, so it feels very romantic and feminine. It’s amazing how a little bit of ribbon can change a simple ponytail into something much more poetic and special.”
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    Victoria Beckham:
    “Victoria is a very modern designer and she likes a very simple, easy sophisticated look. It’s very soft and pretty, but quite modern, without any specific references. First, I created a natural off-center part with my fingers so there’s an ease to it. Then, I blow-dried the hair with Redken’s satinwear 02 to get this great, smooth texture, and then twisted it back into a low bun, so that when you let it down it has this beautiful, natural movement with control around the head shape. Then, I just tucked the hair behind the ears and applied Redken’s new glow dry throughout the length to put a little bit of shine in the hair and get rid of any flyaways.”

 

 

 

Time Wizards

Ten years can fly by if you’re living life right. But perhaps once a decade you catch yourself looking in the mirror and cocking you head with the question: *Hmm, maybe it’s time to turn back the clock?* Here’s the day to consider your options: October 28. It’s Greenwich Medical Spa’s tenth anniversary celebration, complete with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and $4,000 in raffles along with a look at every change or procedure you have been contemplating, including BOTOX. Festivities kicks off at 6 p.m. RSVP at www.greenwichmedicalspa.com. A $25 entrance fee is donated to YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services.

Greenwich Medical Spa has been doing injectables, laser treatments, and more for a decade, so in honor of those ten years, we asked about the ten habits of age-defying people. Here’s what Managing Partner Marria Pooya told us:

10. Latisse: for longer, thicker, and darker sexy lashes

9. Antioxidant: SkinCeutical’s C E Ferulic, to smash damaging free radicals

8. Sunscreen: Elta MD Daily SPF 40 Sunscreen, to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay

7. Magic in a bottle: Arieed MD Re:New Skin Brightening Cream

6. Ellen’s Monthly Silkpeel Treatments: for that radiant skin

5. Laser Hair Removal: just say no to chin hair

4. Fraxel Max: to replace your old skin with new

3. Ultherapy: for skin lifting and tightening

2. Coolsculpting: to keep your curves in the right places

1. BOTOX: to relax your winkles and prevent the new ones

375th Greenwich Parade

Everyone loves a parade! This Sunday, September 27, opt for your comfortable walking shoes and head to downtown Greenwich for the 375 Greenwich Parade. It’s time to celebrate the town’s big anniversary in a big way.

Here are the details you need to know to help you make the most of the event.

First Step: The parade will start at the steps of Town Hall on Field Point Road at 2 p.m. From there, it will proceed across the Post Road and then down Greenwich Avenue.

Look Up: Expect to see colorful floats and more than 300 marchers, including descendants of Greenwich’s founding families as well as representatives from town organizations and nonprofit agencies.

For the Record: The only media marching in the parade are Greenwich Time and GREENWICH magazine, because of their long involvement in town history.

About Us: Stay in the know and look for GREENWICH magazine’s placards of historic covers, one for each decade starting in the 1940s. Yes, time marches on.

Hand to Heart: A gigantic American flag will be unfurled at the closing ceremony in Havemeyer Field.

Think Big: This parade is expected to be the largest in town history. Get stepping!


 

Insider Tips

Child’s Play: If you’re bringing kids along, check out Giggle on the Avenue, for lots of toys to make them happy and baby-gear, like stroller accessories, to make life easier for mom and dad.

Time for Bite: Before the festivities kick off, you may want to grab a quick bite at Meli-Melo, a popular eatery on the Avenue. It’s a sure-fire hit, especially for crepe lovers. Read our review here »

That’s Cold: If a chill hits the air, stop into Richards for the Daya Beige Silk and Cashmere wrap sweater. This super-soft, easy-to-wear, go-with-everything wrap defines cozy. You’ll love it throughout the season.

Snap It Up: Don’t forget to take photos! The best place a family shot is at Greenwich Harbor. If your phone’s camera is acting up, drop into the Apple store for a quick upgrade.

Natural Beauty

Some love fall for the influx of pumpkin muffins, apple-scented candles and leaf-motif throw pillows. For beauty lovers, though, it’s time to indulge in our favorite pastime—cosmetics and skincare—while also embracing a bumper crop of earthy and spicy scents (most available through designer boutiques or major retailers). Here’s a roundup of fall-loving choices that capture the season beautifully.

Natural BeautyPeter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: To even out skin tone, smooth fine lines/ wrinkles, and clarify skin, exfoliate, peel, and polish with pumpkin enzymes, alpha hydroxy acid, and aluminum oxide. ($58, peterthomasroth.com)

Natural BeautyJune Jacobs: Love the seasonal ingredients in Cranberry Pomegranate Moisture Mask ($60), cranberry, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, tea, grade seed, pomegranate and more; and Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish ($60), infused with a pumpkin enzyme, crushed bamboo and jojoba micro beads. Also, support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Rapid Repair Healing Cream. Jacobs suffered radiation dermatitis during her own cancer treatment, so she developed a therapeutic cream to soothe, protect, even texture, and moisturize. During October, 25% of the net proceeds from every product go to The Anne Moore Breast Cancer Research Fund. ($60, junejacobs.com)

Natural BeautyKérastase Elixir Ultime Metamorph’Oil: Oompf the performance of your shampoo and conditioner with this pre-clense treatment that is infused with six precious oils: coriander, coco, rice, argan, cranberry and grape seed oils. Smells like fallish, right? Plus, your straw hair goes silky and shiny. ($44 kerastase-usa.com and Kérastase salons)

Natural BeautyCaudalie Resveratrol LIFT Collection: Fall wind can be drying to your skin, so this new line from Caudalie hydrates while also increasing the activity of genes that produce collagen and elastin. The line includes Resveratrol LIFT Firming Serum($82), Resveratrol LIFT Eye Lifting Balm ($62), Resveratrol LIFT Face Lifting Moisturizer SPF 20 ($66), and Resveratrol LIFT Night Infusion Cream ($76) (Find it at us.caudalie.com, sephora.com and Caudalie boutiques.)

Natural BeautyAvalon Organics® Rosemary Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner: The shampoo is enriched with volumizing wheat protein, vitamin E, chamomile, copaiba and rosemary extracts; the conditioner adds guar and calendula for volume ($10.50 each, at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and avalonorganics.com).

 

 

Evolution of Style

Some people just aren’t comfortable with change—after all, classic is classic for a reason. But others have an eye for classic with a twist. Now both camps can be happy at Tiffany, because for fall, the jewelry company’s design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof, dared to reimagine three signature collections: Tiffany Victoria™, Tiffany Bow and Tiffany Infinity. Here’s your sneak peek at some of the new looks.

Tiffany Victoria™ was introduced in 1998 and inspired by a diamond corsage ornament that was a centerpiece of Tiffany’s exhibit at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair. The new collection has bright round and pear-shaped diamonds (matched for color and clarity) that are set in platinum pendants, bracelets and earrings. Image: Tiffany Victoria bracelet in platinum ($45,000)
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Tiffany Bow is now eighteen karat rose and white gold form asymmetrical loops and off-center knots on slender chokers, curvaceous cuffs traced with diamonds and delicate, sparkling rings. Image: Tiffany Bow ring in 18 karat rose gold ($3,800) and cuff in 18 karat white gold ($7,500)
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Tiffany Infinity goes minimal with this ancient shape, refining its contours in cuffs and rings of sterling silver, as well as 18 karat gold and diamonds with contemporary flow. Image: Tiffany Infinity cuffs in 18 karat yellow gold ($4,900), rose gold ($6,900) and white gold ($4,900)
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Amfitheatrof says, “This is jewelry that can be worn day and night. The designs are fluid and elegant, working together or on their own to create a spectacular diamond look.”

The collection gets a sparkly new ad campaign by Ogilvy & Mather in New York and features the black-and-white photography of Mario Sorrenti. Here, Imaan Hammam in Tiffany Victoria and Tiffany Bow jewelry and Doutzen Kroes in Tiffany Infinity.

Find the new collections at Tiffany, 140 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; Tiffany.com.

Photographs copyright Tiffany & Co.
Photo of Doutzen Kroes by Mario Sorrenti
Photo of Imaan Hammam by Mario Sorrenti

 

 

An American in Paris

Above: Boutique in Paris

When not in Greenwich, head to Paris. So might say fashion designer Tory Burch—chairman, CEO and designer of Tory Burch LLC—who recently celebrated the opening of her company’s flagship store in Paris with a gathering of stylish friends.

Guests at Tory’s cocktail party, held at her new three-story, 4,200-square-foot boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré, included Melanie Laurent, Jessica Alba, Emmanuelle Seigner, Dianna Agron and Lolita Chammah. While sipping signature cocktails, including Tory’s favorite Southside, guests enjoyed music by Louise Chen, DJ and founder of the all-female music collective Girls Girls Girls.

The after-party continued in the garden of The Hotel de Sully in the Marais, with guests Giambattista Valli, Olivier Rousteing, Bruno Frisoni, and Greenwich native Lauren Santo Domingo gathering under a custom-designed Maharaja tent that featured a textile print from the Tory Burch fall runway collection. Guests toasted with Moet and shared Moroccan cuisine prepared by Fatéma Hal of La Mansouria.

When in Paris, peruse the collection at the new boutique. Until then, enjoy the photos supplied by Tory Burch and count the days until the fall collection arrives on our shores at the boutique at 225 Greenwich Avenue. www.toryburch.com

 

Melanie Laurent wore the Resort 2016 Pebbled Crepe Jumpsuit and the Classic Ankle Strap Sandal. She accessorized with a custom minaudière and the Double-Horn Pendant.
Jessica Alba, here with Tory Burch and Olivier Roustein, wore the Fall 2015 Jacquard Gown.
Dianna Agron shows off the Fall 2015 Silk Halter Gown and the Bowood Sandal. She accessorized with a Rodo clutch and jewels by Monica Vinader.
Emmanuelle Seigner in the Fall 2015 Textured Silk Long-Sleeve Dress, the Shelley Sandal, and the Mercer Envelope Smartphone Wallet.
Valeria Golino caught the Spring 2015 Silk Tea-length Dress with the Emori Sandal and the Kira Quilted Cross-Body.
Clotilde de Kersauson looks stunning in the Striped Canvas Dress with the Mika Mule, Color-Cube Minaudiere and the Arrowhead Stone Pendant Necklace
Ella Catliff is photo ready in the Textured Jacquard Dress with the Shelley Sandal.

 

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Young Americans

At the intersection of classic and preppy, you’ll find Vineyard Vines. It’s the perfect place to be when you’re ready to show off your patriotic side without going overboard on the gold ol’ red, white and blue.

Greenwich Affair found a wide selection of sweaters, flip-flops, totes and belts from this clothing company that bursts with American pride. Home-grown by Greenwich brothers Shep and Ian Murray, the company has much to celebrate and does so with style born from days on the water and nights on the sand.

Here are style finds to get your USA-loving heart thumping. Just add friends, a coastal breeze and a spectacular fireworks show and you’re all set.

See more at www.vineyardvines.com.


For him:

Whale Fill Flags Baseball Hat in Blue Blazer ($28)
Whale Fill Flags Baseball Hat in Blue Blazer ($28)
Stripes & Stars Embroidered Seersucker Best in Moonshine ($49.50)
Stripes & Stars Embroidered Seersucker Best in Moonshine ($49.50)
Majors Cove 1/4-zip in Hull Blue ($145)
Majors Cove 1/4-zip in Hull Blue ($145)
Flag Flip Flops in Jetty Red ($39.50)
Flag Flip Flops in Jetty Red ($39.50)

 

For her:

Flag & Stars Classic Tote in Red ($95)
Flag & Stars Classic Tote in Red ($95)
American Shep Shirt in White Cap ($125)
American Shep Shirt in White Cap ($125)
Printed Flag Jelly Flip Flop ($39.50)
Printed Flag Jelly Flip Flop ($39.50)

For the kids:

Boys Flag Whale Perfect Shirt in White Cap ($39.50)
Boys Flag Whale Perfect Shirt in White Cap ($39.50)
Boys Flag Whale Embroidered Shorts in Blue Blazer ($59.50)
Boys Flag Whale Embroidered Shorts in Blue Blazer ($59.50)
Girls Stars & Stripes Whale Tunic Dress in White Cap ($59.50)
Girls Stars & Stripes Whale Tunic Dress in White Cap ($59.50)

Big Break

Photographs: Gus Cantavero, Jr.

Indulge your need for a stylish home design, because July is prime time to pounce on deals and polish your living space for home entertaining.

Finds abound at Lillian August during the Greenwich Sidewalk Sale Days (July 9-12) and the SoNo Summer Tag Sale (kicks off July 1). Think instant room changers, like mink, leather, embroidered, linen or otherwise exotic throw pillows; lacquer trays; circle metallic lamps; handcarved starburst mirrors; and ivory Mongolian Fur Poufs. Or take on a whole new look by introducing bigger pieces, like loveseats, side tables and pendant lights.

In Greenwich, as you stroll store to store along the Avenue, don’t miss out on the deals at 26 East Putnam Avenue, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In historic South Norwalk, the Lillian August Warehouse (even open on July 4) is 40,000-square-foot design haven right around the corner from buzzy restaurants and the Maritime Aquarium. John Weiss, COO adds, “The outlet also offers a really unique shopping experience with a selection of one-of-a-kind pieces, constantly changing inventory and exceptional deals. We have positioned the SoNo Outlet as an emporium with unique finds at sharper price points. It is a great resource for first-time home buyers.”

Lillian August is known for hosting fabulous events, such as book signings and industry events at the outlet, at its stores in Greenwich and New York City, and at its flagship Norwalk Design Center (100,000 square feet of hundreds of brands arranged in vignettes).  Founded by a designer and textile devotee, its first retail shop opened in Westport in 1987 and the brand has flourished ever since, becoming a go-to resource for designers and enthusiasts.

See you on the shopping hunt!

Here are a few picks from SoNo to get you thinking.

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Father’s Day: Cuff Links Edition

Thinking of cuff links for a Father’s Day gift? Way gone are the days of a simple gold or silver disk; cuff links today are big on choice and personality. If he spends his days indulging in a particular pasttime or loses hours to a favorite hobby, you’re likely to find a cuff link that lets him share what’s truly on his mind and in his heart for all to see. Shops up and down Greenwich Avenue offer lots of design choices for men who head to polo every summer Sunday or gets lost in thought when it comes to outer space and many other such manly pursuits. Button up your gift decision with this selection of ideas.

Space! If he gets excited about eclipses and the latest news out of NASA or follows Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Twitter, he’ll think these Robin Rotenier silver Astronaut Cuff Links are out of the world; found at Richards (our Greenwich Affair launch sponsor), $395; mitchellstores.com


 

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Polo! During polo season, will you find him at the Greenwich Polo Club? Consider these Silver Polo Player Cuff Links by Deakin & Francis, $400.; Betteridge, betteridge.com


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Cycling! Is he always out on a long ride, rolling up and down the long and winding roads of the backcountry? He can show off his enthusiasm for this sport with bespoke Baz Persaud Cuff Links in sterling silver with hand antiquing; Manfredi, $395; manfredijewels.com


 

 

 

Designer Cufflinks Greenwich

Fossils! If he’s always digging up interesting facts on ancient history and archeological expeditions, he’ll appreciate that these Sterling Silver Ammonite Cuff Links ($340) are more than an appealing design; they’re the flat spiral shell of the Mesozonic age. We’ll let him tell you more; Richards Richards (our Greenwich Affair launch sponsor), $340; mitchellstores.com

Tap into This Playlist

“In my class you can expect to hear a lot of electronic and dance music, making you feel as if you just walked into a club or music festival. I also love to play old-school songs that I grew up listening to. In an effort to merge the two, I like to find throwback songs that have been remixed or reworked by DJs. I want every person that comes to my class leaving on a high and feeling 100% better than they did when they first walked in!”  – Instructor Conor Kelly.

 

Check out this sweaty song list shared by SoulCycle, with studios in Greenwich and Westport (www.soul-cycle.com).

  1. Dream On (GRiZ REmix) by Aerosmith
  2. Hard (Jody den Broeder Club Remix) by Rihanna
  3. We Make It Bounce (featuring Major Lazer & Style G) by Dillon Francis
  4. Express Yourself (Party Favor Extended Remix) by Diplo
  5. Softi Needs a Ladder by deadmau5
  6. Runaway (U & I) [Kaskade Remix] by Galantis
  7. Born to Get Wild (featuring will.i.am) [Autoerotique Remix] by Steve Aoki
  8. Anchor by Tritonal
  9. Sending Out and S.O.S. (Original Club Mix) by Kryder & Danny Howard

Travel Like Tory

4 top picks for travelers from Tory Burch’s spring collection. These musts are destined to make your summer daytrips from and around Greenwich easier without sacrificing a bit of style.

Minnie Travel Ballet Flat — this new leather flat was born to travel easily. Made of a super-soft Napa leather, it folds easily. Plus the soles are slip resistant split rubber, making it easy to go from gangplank to lunch dockside. Plus, it will stay put without pinching—the back of the shoe is elasticized to keep the shoe on without being too tight. And of course there is the famous double-T. Comes in Poppy Red, Laguna blue and Emerald Stone ($225, 255 Greenwich Avenue or toryburch.com).

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Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace — Your new workout buddies are Tory Burch and Fitbit. They teamed up to create this stainless steel holder for your Fitbit tracker (sold separately). Track your steps, distance, calories burned and more, while looking effortlessly chic. The pendant features Tory’s signature fretwork design, has an easy-open latch in the back, and hangs on a thin forty-inch link chain. Simply hold the accessory near your phone or computer to sync your stats to Fitbit online. Comes in rose gold or shiny gold ($175)

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Tory Burch Foundation Eau de Parfum Rollerball — Take Tory’s first fragrance in an easy to grab and go rollerball. Throw it in you bucket bag or beach bag to a quick hit of the crisp citrus, feminine floral and vetiver blend (Neroli, grapefruit, cassis, bergamot, peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac, vetiver and sandalwood) that suits your relaxed yet polished side. Benefits the Tory Burch Foundation to support women entrepreneurs ($28).

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Tory Burch Printed Nylon Brigitte Tiny Cosmetic Case — Stay organized on the go with this cute case, featuring a leaf-and-animal motif. Zip close ($58).

 

Hands On

Michaels Buckle, a eye-catching bronze belt buckle created by Fran Michaels

All images contributed by Bruce Museum.

Looking for something unique? Grab a friend and hope for good weather as you head to the Bruce Museum for the 30th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival on the weekend of May 16-17 (both days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine).

More than seventy artisans will display their work in ceramics, jewelry, wood, metalwork, glass, paper and more. Items will be for sale and the artists themselves on hand to talk about the techniques they use to create each piece. Sue Brown Gordon, the festival’s organizer, notes, “Patrons love it because it offers an opportunity to interact directly with the artists. You can find something beautiful to take home, and learn about how it was made.”

The festival is held on the grounds of the Bruce Museum at 1 Museum Drive. Admission is $8, through it’s free for members and children under five years of age. It includes entry into the museum for the day. More at www.brucemuseum.org.

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Kidson Coat, a hand-painted silk opera coat created by Heather Kidson

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Sprinkle Bowl, a laminated, turned bowl by Jim Sprinkle

 

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DeMarcay Pendant, a dramatic gold and diamond pendant designed by Jayne DeMarcay