Twinkle, Twinkle

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Images courtesy of Graff Diamonds

In February, we featured Graff Diamonds’ Worth Avenue store on our cover. We thought we’d show you what’s inside

  • Beaded Sapphire Tassel Necklace: More than 600 carats of sapphires and 44 carats of diamonds in a double-stranded statement piece capped with a 7.01 carat emerald cut sapphire.
  • Infinity Earrings: Inspired by the night sky and incorporating diamonds and precious gemstones of various sizes, as if brilliant sparks shed by a falling star.
  • Diamond Dragonfly Brooch: 76 carats of white and yellow diamonds, configured with such life that one expects the dragonfly to take wing.

Visit the Palm Beach store at 221 Worth Avenue. Graff has store locations worldwide, including Geneva, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Tokyo.


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The Divine Miss Thing

Bunny JPG.jpgThere are bunnies on Worth Avenue.

Well, one bunny. Miss Thing. A pure white marvel of a creature, with perfect eyeliner and a prime view.

Miss T was visiting Sequin, the high-end costume/contemporary jewelry store (219 Worth) owned by her human, Kim Renk. Every spring, Kim’s bunnies visit the shop to call attention to the dangers of giving rabbits as Easter gifts.

IMG_2544Bringing a rabbit into the family should be a thoughtful action, not a whim. Kate Jenkins, manager of Sequin’s Florida stores, explains: “[A rabbit] is not a toy. A rabbit is a living, breathing thing that needs care.” Many Eastertime bunnies are neglected or abandoned to the wild, where they stand no chance of survival.

Passionate about rabbits, Kim Renk has a half-dozen rescues in her New York City home and a rabbit sanctuary in Rhode Island. The store supports a number of charities, many animal-related, but this time of year the focus is on Luv-A-Bun Rabbit Rescue and the House Rabbit Society.

Since she wears white, Miss Thing could have taken her pick of the store’s enameled bangles (arranged in color groups juuu-u-u-st out of reach of her storefront warren), statement necklaces or semi-precious strands, with price points ranging from $25-$1,000. The company not only operates its own stores, but designs and manufactures pieces for (among others) Lilly Pulitzer, Badgely Mischka, Carolina Herrera Runway, and Vera Bradley.


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Pucker Up, Palm Beach

Laura Mercier Palm BeachLaura Mercier describes its Crème Smooth Lip Color thus:

A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish.

The colour that caught our eye? The nude/soft coral “Palm Beach.” Add one to your online shopping bag for $28 direct from Laura Mercier, or try it on at Saks (172 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach).


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Linen Love

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Photos courtesy of Mario Romano Capri, Palm Beach

When you wander into Mario Romano Capri, you’re struck immediately by the serene atmosphere, the Italian linen pieces hanging in careful color groups and accessorized just so. The shop feels exactly as it should – crisp, clean, calm.

With the exception of some subtle stripes, there’s not a pattern to be seen… so comforting for those of us who revel in solids and just can’t seem to manage all the flower prints that are ubiquitous to Palm Beach.

Mario Romano 2The shop features men’s and women’s resort wear and accessories designed by the children of Italian clothier Mario Romano and produced in a tiny family-owned factory in Campania. The facility is a marvel; watch this video to see the design process, which marries state-of-the-art technology with the skill of the region’s finest tailors and seamstresses.

These handcrafted garments would be equally suitable for lunch at the Beach Club or zipping down the Amalfi Coast in a vintage Ferrari convertible. If you need something to throw over your shoulders when you’re out on the water, you can also find handwoven cashmeres in the yummiest of colors: Aster (purple); azzurro (blue); berillo (green); bondy (light blue); Corallo (coral); cricket (light blue); grigio (grey); inchiostro (navy); naturale (white); oxford (dark blue); and zabione (yellow).

We’re especially taken with the sparkly little sandals scattered all about the shop. They’re like works of art, the straps crafted from linen and accented with crystals. So, so, so pretty.

Visit the shop at 306 South County Road, Palm Beach, or go online.


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Coins of the Realm

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Photo courtesy of Altona

Imagine: You have a crisp linen tunic that needs just the Right Accessory, not too dressy, just a little bohemian, but still an original.

We have a suggestion. Stop by Altona in The Esplanade and pick out one of Caroline Freese’s new necklaces. There are only 50 pieces in the collection, crafted from baroque pearls, jade, mother of pearl, and coins from all over the world ($160-$390).

The only place in the world you can buy one of these necklaces? Palm Beach. Natch.


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Brake Light… Bakelite!

 

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Surely we’ve piqued your interest.

You may know Mark Davis’s one-of-a-kind creations – chunky, bold, geometric statement pieces crafted from bakelite and inlaid with gems and precious metals.

Davis has designed not only the jewelry, but the process by which it’s created. If you think he simply melts down the old plastic, you’re wrong. All his bangles, rings and earrings are made in his Brooklyn workshop using a propriety process that involves laminating and joining upcycled bakelite from a variety of sources.

So now, the local connection: In collaboration with Betteridge, 236 Worth Avenue, Davis is holding a trunk show March 23-25. He’ll showcase an extra-special collection during a champagne reception from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, March 24. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s sales will be donated to the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, which has worked with sick and impoverished people for more than 60 years.

Photos courtesy of Mark Davis


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Worth Seeing

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Photos courtesy of The Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beachers are famously fond of their pets, and it’s almost impossible to walk down Worth Avenue without passing a standard poodle with a perfect haircut and super-cute accessories.

The Worth Avenue Pet Parade & Contest is not that. The pet parade is an over-the-top masquerade featuring dogs, cats, bunnies and lambs, all in costume. And their people, often in costume as well.

Owners and their pets compete for great prizes and the honor of being one of Palm Beach’s doggy divas. The event, which is planned for this Saturday, March 11, takes place in Via Amore and attracts hundreds of spectators and scores of pet entries vying for prizes in several categories.

Registration begins at 9:30. a.m., and there are categories for small (up to 15 pounds), medium (16-35 pounds) and large (36+ pound) pets. The contest will begin at 10 a.m.


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Art in the Estate

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Photos courtesy of The Monacelli Press. Reprinted with permission.

It’s a balancing act, to be sure – marrying a stately Palm Beach mansion with edgy postwar art and sculpture. In his new book, The New Formal (The Monacelli Press, 240 pages, $60), interior designer James Aman shows us how it’s done.

Throughout the lush pages, Aman’s niche emerges. The scale of the homes, whether in Palm Beach, Manhattan, or the Hamptons, tends to be grand, the perfect canvas for art that ranges from the provocative to the (ever so slightly) alarming. Everything revolves around the owners’ collections, while the furnishings and surroundings retain warmth and elegance.

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Jim Aman and Emily Fisher Landau, who wrote the book’s introduction, at the Palm Beach launch.

Each chapter begins with a one-page essay about the design considerations, but beyond that, it’s a photo-rich storybook. Three Palm Beach residences feature prominently:

The Regency estate: Aman describes the home as “classic with an edge.” Spare but not stark, the décor is kept minimalist in order that each room can showcase one or two major pieces from the owners’ collection, which ranges from an imposing George I giltwood console to an explosive pink/coral/salmon/green wall hanging by Jorge Pardo.

The Breakers retreat: Low, streamlined furnishings maximize all the views in this space – the art and the ocean. At any point, the art arrangement includes about two dozen pieces, some of which are permanent fixtures and some that rotate at the owner’s desire. Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Frank Gehry, Willem de Kooning – it’s a who’s who.

Lake Worth adventure: This home is a little harder to pin down geographically. We presume it’s on Lake Worth, rather than in Lake Worth. The space is stately and serene; the art is electric and sexy. It’s at once a home and a gallery or, as the owner says, “a visual adventure as we move from room to room.” Aman designed the home as it was being built. “Our goal in virtually all cases was to tone things down,” he says, “to keep the color palette of the walls and furnishings quiet so the art could project in full glory.”


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Palm Beach Chic

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Photos reprinted with permission.

Palm Beach homes, Palm Beach gardens and Palm Beach life, written by a Palm Beach girl – someone with stories to share and the kind of access you only get when you’re a lifelong friend.

palm-beach-chic-coverThe book is Palm Beach Chic (The Vendome Press, 312 pages, $75), a gorgeous volume that’s witty, understated and urbane – much like Palm Beach itself.

Author Jennifer Ash Rudick moved to the island when she was 12, and gives us the insider-est possible perspective on the homes, their histories and their occupants. The book (graced with jaw-dropping photographs by Jessica Klewicki Glynn) celebrates the architects, interior designers and garden designers who’ve made each home perfect.

“Since its early days,” Rudick notes, “Palm Beach has been synonymous with awe-inspiring structures.” Awe-inspiring, yes, and anything but cookie-cutter. You think you know what a Palm Beach mansion looks like? Not possible. Whether a Regency estate, a Mid-Century Modern apartment, or a “surf shack” on Billionaire’s Row, the only standard is excellence.

Inside the description of each house is the description of the way life is lived in each house: “Days are spent en famille,” Rudick writes in the chapter about the Gumdrop House. “The mornings begin on the eastern loggia with coffee… tennis is at 11:30, followed by a buffet lunch on the western loggia at 1:30.” So very civilized.

And then there are the laugh-out-loud stories. Chronicling the massive renovation at Casa Amado: “A rustling in the entry hall turned out to be a fox the size of a German shepherd.” Moving into a vintage second-floor Worth Avenue flat: “Their belongings had to be hoisted through a window by crane. ‘We’re never leaving. We can’t!’ says the wife.”

Interior fabrics and furnishings are meticulously sourced. And the art… oh, the art.

These homes are showplaces, every one, without a hint of conspicuous consumption. Each chapter is a vignette in one grand Palm Beach story. In the end, it all comes down to one thing: Taste. Exquisite taste.


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Fashion Scholarship Fund

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Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Palm Beach has a vested interest in keeping the fashion industry supplied with fresh talent. And so, on March 9, Neiman Marcus will host the annual Fashion Scholarship Fund luncheon/ fashion show/ champagne reception, this year featuring the latest from Manolo Blahnik. (No telling whether this $895 snakeskin pump will appear, but we think it’s particularly Palm Beachy.)

Iris Apfel will be there; she’s the honorary chair (of course). The event will surely sell out, so snap up your ticket now. You can purchase an individual ticket for $275, a Designer Sponsorship for $3,500 or a Donor of Distinction Sponsorship for $5,000.

Since its inception, the Fashion Scholarship Fund has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands of students worldwide. It grants approximately two hundred $5,000 scholarships annually, in addition to four outstanding Geoffrey Beene scholars ($30,000 scholarships to pursue education and career goals), and four more $10,000 awards.

As further support to scholarship recipients, the fund facilitates internships with prestigious fashion companies and provide career mentoring by prominent senior executives. Participating companies have included: Calvin Klein, Global Brands Group, Nautica, Phillip Van Heusen, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Fishman & Tobin, Ross Stores, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, The Men’s Wearhouse, Perry Ellis, Bloomingdales, Levi Strauss & Co., Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger (honored last week at the Palm Beach Civic Association’s annual awards luncheon).

For more information, call (212) 278-0008.


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