Bon Weekend: 4 June 2022
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Platinum Jubilee celebrations have been taking place across London to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. It’s been fun to watch the coverage on tv and from my friends on Instagram. I might be going to London in early July so I’ve been taking lots of notes. I’ve also put together the best things happening on both sides of the pond this weekend.
Sotheby’s in London has a wonderful exhibition, Power and Image: Royal and Aristocratic Tiaras through 15 June 2022. “Representing a rare and historic gathering of fine jewels, this exhibition draws together over 40 outstanding tiaras including examples with British and European royal provenance. The assembled exemplars, most handed down through families for generations and seldom loaned for public display, include the Spencer Tiara worn by Diana, Princess of Wales on her wedding day. Their range reflects successive design evolutions in the format, prompted by monarchic taste, societal shifts and the influence from other art forms, through to contemporary jewellers redefining tiaras today. Included are a number of tiaras, available for purchase, from the new generation of contemporary British jewellery designers redefining the format again today.”
The International Center of Photography in downtown New York has a great exhibition on now, William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948–2013. “Street photographer. Fashion photographer. Painter. Graphic designer. Abstract artist. Writer. Filmmaker. Book maker. Few have transformed as many fields of art and culture as William Klein. From his wildly inventive photographic studies of New York, Rome, Moscow, and Tokyo to bold and witty fashion photographs; from cameraless abstract photography to iconic celebrity portraits; from documentary films about Muhammad Ali, Little Richard, and the Pan-African Festival of Algiers to fiction films about the beauty industry, imperialism, and consumer culture, Klein has made every form and genre his own. Through it all runs his distinct graphic energy and deep affection for humanity’s struggles through the chaos of modern life.”
Baby Dior has popped up at 109 Greene Street for all your chic children and baby needs.
I’m headed to the Hamptons next week and I can’t wait to check out the Loewe summer pop up at my friend Ryland Hillier’s store in Sag Harbor, Ryland. “This year, the capsule collection of summertime staples inspired by the original Paula’s Ibiza boutique—a sartorial mecca for the bohemian party people that flocked to the White Isle throughout the 1970s—takes hedonism to sparkling new heights.” It runs through early September. There is also more womenswear in the store this summer too.
You’ve heard it here first, I think Scottish actor Jack Lowden is not only one of the best young British actors to watch but I wouldn’t be surprised if he became the next James Bond. He was great in Slow Horses on Apple TV which has a season two coming very soon but is also starring in Benediction which is in theaters now. In it he plays Siegfried Sassoon who is adored by the aristocracy and the stars of London’s literary and stage world. His experiences inspire him to write poetry about the horrors of battle he experienced in World War I.
Myself and everyone I know watched Eiffel on the flight back from Paris recently. It stars Roman Duris as Gustav Eiffel but the film is a little more his love life than his work as an engineer. It’s still worth a watch in theaters now or wait until it starts streaming.
I love Newport, Rhode Island so I look forward to picking up a copy of A Newport Summer by photographer Nick Mele and interior designer Ruthie Sommers who both have ties to the town. “They share their entrée into the parties, lawn tennis matches, beach clambakes, and family gatherings that make up the glorious days of a Newport summer. Picture the foggy mornings of June, the traditional yacht races of July, the annual meeting of old friends at Marble House in August, and the melancholy close of the season after Labor Day. Through Sommers’s personal, evocative text and Mele’s exquisite photographs of people, parties, beaches, and houses, the intimate charms of A Newport Summer come poignantly to life.”
Mortimer’s closed before I moved to NYC but you still hear stories about the legendary restaurant to this day. I ordered Mortimer’s: Moments In Time and have been enjoying the “feast of ephemera, including menus, recipes, invitations, proprietor Glenn Birnbaum’s personal letters, and publicity clips. Overall, the book provides a glimpse into the culture, food, entertainment, fashion, and basic social intercourse during the heyday of the New York social scene.”
If you can’t get enough of Jubilee mania, I suggest ordering The Queen: 70 years of Majestic Style which “celebrates the fashion evolution of Elizabeth II in her unprecedented Platinum Jubilee year”.
In preparation for my upcoming week in the Hamptons, I just bought this blue Button-Back Crewneck Sweater. I plan to throw it over my shoulders when I’m wearing dresses on chillier days but it would also look great with white jeans. I also think you could wear the buttons down the front too.
Sometimes the weather is out east is chilly with the sea breeze but not cold enough to wear a sweater. This Crewneck Sweatshirt from Alice Walk is an elevated basic that won’t make you look like you are about to clean out the garage. The shipping is very fast and mine just arrived today. The fabric is really soft but also not as heavy as a typical sweatshirt which makes it perfect for summer. I love it.
I also just ordered this kaftan dress. It hasn’t arrived yet but it looks perfect for throwing over a swimsuit or wearing to dinner. It will also work well for resort trips after summer is over.