Bon Weekend: 10 September 2021
I started working on this post on Thursday and kept getting sidetracked. But I wanted to finally get it up today so you can know about all the exciting time sensitive things happening online and in the real world. There are some great exhibitions on view now and coming up, as well as, new books and must see television shows you need to check out.
One of my favorite fall events in New York is TEFAF, The European Fine Arts Fair. Unfortunately, it’s only online this year but it’s still not to be missed. There is a great video with legendary Belgian antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt who takes you on a tour of his house while discussing his collections. TEFAF will return to an in person fair in New York in the Spring.
I don’t visit Brooklyn that often anymore but I definitely plan to make a pilgrimage to the new Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum which runs through February 20, 2022. It “traces the groundbreaking history and legacy of the House of Dior. The exhibition brings to life Dior’s many sources of inspiration—from the splendor of flowers and other natural forms to classical and contemporary art.”
“With objects drawn primarily from the Dior archives, the exhibition includes a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and works from the Museum’s collection. The haute couture on view exemplifies many of the French couturier’s fabled silhouettes, including the “New Look,” which debuted in 1947.”
The companion book, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will be release on September 28, 2021.
Not to be outdone, The Metropolitan Museum of Art costume exhibition In America: A Lexicon of Fashion will open to the public on September 18, 2021. I missed out on scheduling a time for member previews so I won’t be able to bring you an inside look for a bit.
The Times of Bill Cunningham opens at The Seaport on September 12 and runs until October 30, 2021. It celebrates “American photographer Bill Cunningham’s life and work through a must-see immersive journey, chronicling growth as a documentarian, fashion historian, and culture-maker through a series of multi-sensory exhibits.”
I’m looking into flights and hotels to see the new Joan Mitchell exhibition at SFMOMA that runs through January 17, 2022. Joan Mitchell is my absolute favorite abstract expressionist painter and it’s so nice to her getting the recognition she deserves.
“With its world premiere at SFMOMA and co-organized with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Joan Mitchell is a comprehensive retrospective featuring over eighty distinguished works. This exhibition includes rarely seen early paintings and drawings that established Mitchell’s career, along with large-scale multi-panel masterpieces from her later years that demonstrate her mastery of color. Suites of paintings, sketchbooks, and drawings, as well as an illuminating selection of the artist’s letters and photographs, open a new window into the richness, range, and ambition of Mitchell’s deeply influential and barrier-breaking creative practice.”
I was surprised one day this year to realize the Tory Burch store on Madison Avenue had closed. But the designer has just opened a new shop at 151 Mercer Street so I guess I have to go downtown to shop now.
I started watching Only Murders in the Building on Hulu when I was in the Hamptons last week and I’m hooked. At first, I was disappointed that they didn’t cast a stronger actress than Selena Gomez but I guess she fits the style of the younger character. Meanwhile, Steve Martin and Martin Short are delightful. It’s so good to see them starring in something worthy of their comedic timing and talent. Even Sting makes and appearance in the whodunnit show.
I also gave in and started watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu. I’m not a fan of Nicole Kidman, her filler face, or the cheap wig they put on her but it’s compelling show. I love seeing Melissa McCartney’s range as an actress and Michael Shannon is one of the best male actors we have in this country. I don’t love it and I don’t hate it but I can’t stop watching so make of that what you will.
Another example of an American remake of a iconic foreign series is the upcoming show Scenes from a Marriage on HBO which debuts Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9:00pm EST. It’s based on the Ingmar Bergman series from 1973 that “chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners. Shot in intense, intimate close-ups by master cinematographer Sven Nykvist and featuring flawless performances, Ingmar Bergman’s emotional x-ray reveals the intense joys and pains of a complex relationship.”
The new incarnation of Scenes from a Marriage stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star in a modern-day adaptation of the Swedish series. A reimagining of the original series’ groundbreaking exploration of love and marriage. I think Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain are two wonderful actors and from what I’ve seen in the previews, it will definitely be worth watching.
My most popular blog post of all time was my fashion round up of looks that Jennifer Aniston wears in season one of The Morning Show on Apple TV. I’ve already had people reach out to ask if I will do another one after season two debuts on Friday, September 17, 2021. As long as her wardrobe is just as chic, I definitely will report back. Joining the cast for season two are Julianna Margulies, Holland Taylor, and Will Arnett which should be fun.
I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of the new book, The Carlyle, by The Carlyle Hotel which is one of my favorite places in New York. The Carlyle from Assouline has “exclusive interviews with celebrity patrons and never-before-seen photographs from the earliest archives up to today’s most exclusive parties, this stunning volume is an homage to the rich past and vibrant present of this grand, world-famous hotel.” It’s the perfect gift for anyone who also loves the iconic hotel.
I absolutely loved Conversations with Friends from Sally Rooney so much that I’ve read it multiple times. I’m having trouble getting into Beautiful World, Where Are You. I don’t know how her book covers went from a beautiful Alex Katz painting to this monstrosity which might be part of the issue but I’m going to try to set aside some quiet time to give it another go.
I’ve finally learned my lesson and stopped wearing heavier fall clothes too early and sweating through the day. Now I transition with dresses that are still light enough to wear in warm weather but have a more fall look. I wore the Mille Celeste Dress in Midnight Garden to an event Thursday night and got a few compliments. It’s sold out right now but Mille has so many great dresses for fall from which to choose.
I’d been eyeing the white Tory Burch Poplin Embroidered Dress all summer and finally decided to splurge on it after it finally went on sale. I have a tan from the beach last week so I decided to wear it to dinner last night. To make it more September appropriate, I paired it with my black suede Gabriela Hearst Reeves sandals and my vintage black jersey quilted Chanel 2.55 bag. While I was walking to dinner, a woman commented on how pretty my dress was so I think I made the right decision.
I bought the taupe Merino Wool Sweater Dress for when the weather cools down more. It will be a great work at home dress and it also comes in black and purple maroon color. It will also be perfect paired with my new Double Faced Wool Coats that I still have to pick up from the Nordstrom Upper East Side tailor.
While I was in Sag Harbor, my friend Ryland Hilbert was having a Loewe Pop Up in part of his original Ryland store location. He was able to take over the larger space just next door before his lease was up but he’s making the most of both stores. As soon as I smelled this Loewe Women’s 001 Eau de Parfum it reminded me of something that I can’t quite figure out but there is sandalwood in it so maybe it’s reminiscent of Le Labo Santal 33. I love it and layer it with Santal 33 for a unique scent. While at Ryland, I also bought Lost In…Paris travel guide for my next trip.