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New and Noteworthy: February 2023

by habituallychic

02 . 11 . 23

I started this month’s New and Noteworthy post early in the week but kept coming across new things that I wanted to add to the list. For a month with only 28 days, February to chock full of new openings and releases that you will definitely want to check out.

I always joke that I love dining at Caviar Kaspia in Paris as long as someone else is picking up the tab. I might have to splurge on myself now that the elegant eatery is about to open Caviar Kaspia at The Mark Hotel in New York on 17 February 2023. Start saving now for the iconic baked potato with caviar.

Fashion lovers rejoice! Cate Holstein is about to birth a baby and a new Khaite store at 165 Mercer Street on 16 February 2023. Khaite is a cool girl brand with broad appeal so it will be nice to shop for chic pieces in person instead of always online.

If you missed Monet – Mitchell in Paris, you can see Joan Mitchell – Christine Ay Tjoe, an exhibition which sparks a dialogue between, Joan Mitchell and Christine Ay Tjoe, two trailblazers of 20th and 21st century abstraction. They will be on view at the Mnuchin Gallery from 9 February until 18 March 2023. The exhibition features masterworks by both artists from prominent private collections. I just don’t understand why Joan Mitchell always has to be paired with another artist lately. She’s paid her dues and is strong enough to stand alone but I will still stop by this exhibition.

The anniversary year of 2023 kicks off with a tribute to the Van Gogh family at the Van Gogh Museum. The exhibition Choosing Vincent. Portrait of a Family History tells a personal story of doubt, setbacks, pride, and triumph. A story punctuated with dilemmas, seen through the eyes of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), his brother Theo (1857-1891), Theo’s wife Jo (1862-1925) and their son Vincent (1890-1978), named after his uncle. In the multi-sensory exhibition, you will get to know Vincent and his extraordinary family by looking, listening and doing. The many masterpieces and lesser-known gems show how the family collection grew to become a world-famous collection. Runs until 10 April 2023.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has just opened Vermeer which will bring many of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings together from all over the world. This is a lifetime opportunity to see 28 out of 37 Vermeer paintings in one exhibition which was made possible by the renovation of The Frick Collection in New York.

Rijksmuseum’s general director Taco Dibbits said the new exhibition is the largest since the show that ran from 1995 to 1996 by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, which brought together 21 works. “It was quite an impossible dream to have a monographic exhibition of Vermeer. But it appeared not to be impossible when we heard that the Frick Collection was about to renovate. We thought, this is a chance. It’s now or never,” Dibbits said during Tuesday’s press preview, which welcomed around 150 international journalists and critics.

The Frick Collection lease on the Marcel Breuer building on Madison is supposed to end this year and the Vermeer exhibition runs through 4 June 2023. This means that the Frick mansion will certainly not open until the painting are returned to the United States and checked for damage. So I suspect we might be able to plan for a grand re-opening of the renovated Frick Collection in the fall. Fingers crossed.

I think I might have to book a side trip to Amsterdam to see Vermeer when I’m in Paris this spring.

I’ve always had a fondness for the art of Jean-Philippe Delhomme that began the minute I saw his advertisements for Barney’s (RIP). His solo show Paint and Body opens at the Pacific Design Center with Perrotin on 15 February and runs until 13 May 2023.

The Frieze Art Fair in New York isn’t until 17 May 2023 but in the meantime, you can check out Frieze Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Airport from 16-19 February 2023. The fair will host over 120 of the world’s leading galleries and feature the fair’s much-celebrated section Focus, alongside a dedicated edition of Frieze Viewing Room.

The sixth annual Kips Bay Decorator Show Houses Palm Beach opens on 24 February and runs until 19 March 2023 and benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Twenty-one designers have beeb tapped to participate this year including my friend Billy Ciglia who’s room rendering is above. I actually met Billy in 2019 when he participated in the show house that year. I’m hoping to get down this year so I can photograph it for the blog again if I can find a reasonably priced hotel.

When I posted the trailer to the film Sharper in January, it turned out that the wife of the director, Benjamin Caron, was a follower. I was actually supposed to attend the premier screening in New York this week but there was a mix up with my invitation. They were kind enough to send a screener though so I could watch before Sharper debuts on AppleTV on 17 February 2023. The New York set movie feels like a throwback to those great film noir thrillers of the 90s and will keep you guessing until the very end. It stars Julianne Moore who’s wardrobe and earrings you will want to buy after watching, along with John Lithgow, Sebastian Stan, Justice Smith, and Briana Middleton.

Liaison, debuting on AppleTV on 24 February, is a high-stakes, contemporary thriller exploring how the mistakes of our past have the potential to destroy our future, combining action with an unpredictable, multilayered plot where “espionage and political intrigue play out against a story of passionate and enduring love”. The six-part series stars some big names from French cinema including Vincent Cassel and Eva Green which means that you are going to have to read some subtitles but the trailer looks like it will be worth it.

It’s incredibly annoying that in the year 2023, films and tv shows can’t debut in all countries at the same time. Because they don’t, I watched Emily on a UK website with a VPN so I can tell you that it’s a lovely and slightly dark film about Emily Brontë, the author of Wuthering Heights. It’s definitely not a straightforward bio-pic. Writer and director Frances O’Connor taken artistic license to create a part-fictional portrait of the English writer but that’s what makes it so compelling. Emma Mackay as Emily and Oliver Jackson-Cohen as William Weightman have steamy chemistry and speak quite a bit of French which I wasn’t expecting in an British film. It is in theaters now and should be available to steam on 24 February 2023.

I grew up reading books by Bret Easton Ellis so I had to pick up a copy of his latest book, The Shards. Although it was released in January, I’m including it here because its set in the 80s which will be a fun trip down memory lane for many. Someone even creates a Spotify playlist with all the songs mentioned in the book. You can find all my Spotify playlists here.

In February 2019, the world lost one of its most enduring cultural icons, Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for the storied House of Chanel for thirty-five years. Larger than life, Lagerfeld was legendary not only for reinventing Chanel; and creating constant fashion excitement at Chloé, Fendi, and his eponymous brand; but also for his vivid personal style, including his signature uniform of dark sunglasses and a powdered white ponytail. In Paradise Now: The Extraordinary Life of Karl Lagerfeld, which will be released on 28 February 2023, William Middleton takes readers inside the most exclusive rooms in the fashion industry, behind the catwalk, and into a world of brilliantly talented artists, stylish socialites, and famous stars—some of the most elusive and unforgettable figures of fashion’s inner circle for the past four decades.

I love this Mango handmade double-faced wool coat so much, I own it in oatmeal and black. For Valentine’s Day, you can saved 15% off any purchase over $200 with the code 15EXTRA so you can treat yourself to a gift.

Since women are shopping so much in the men’s department of J.Crew, I decided to look around and see what else looked appealing. I used to have a seed-stitch sweater from Everlane when they used to be better which is why these cotton piqué-stitch crewneck sweaters caught my eye. I ordered one in two sizes and ended up keeping the larger size because it was more fitted than I anticipated. It’s the perfect transitional piece that feels like the chic love child of a sweatshirt and a sweater that’s perfect for men and women. I ordered grey and then went back to order navy and black. It also comes in a pale blue color.

These wide-leg pants in Italian ponte have the comfort of a lounge pant but the style of something work appropriate. I was amazed that I didn’t have to get the regular size length hemmed but they are also available in petite and tall options. They would be great for the office, a night on the town, and traveling.

I really don’t need another tote bag but I am very tempted to add this Haulier large utility tote bag to my collection. It’s a great style and color for spring and summer. Technically, it’s a men’s bag but all the Haulier styles look pretty unisex.

Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life? I highly recommend upgrading his sunglasses to these Saint Laurent Pilot Sunglasses. It’s the new chic style for this year.

I never met a skincare device I didn’t like and it was love at first site for this MMSkincare MMSphere2GO LED light ring. I used to use my LED face masks more but let’s face it, we are all addicted to our phones, and it was hard to relax and use them for 20 minutes every day. This ring can sit beside you and be used while you work and I’ve used mine every single day since it arrived. It comes with nine light settings and five different colors to treat different skin issues.

I also just got a winter Clear and Brilliant laser treatment on Friday. Winter is a great time to get your skin lasered since you don’t want to get it out of the way before you start spending time outside in the sun. Just remember that you need to always use sunscreen religiously after any laser skin treatments.

I’m sick of lip products that don’t last so as soon I came across Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Liquid Lip Colour, I ordered a tube. There are two side and you apply the color first and wait a minute until it feels tacky before you apply the clear gloss. It’s supposed to last all day but I will report back after mine arrives. I ordered the tender beige color because it looks like it might be similar to the old lip gloss color Giggle that I wore until it was discontinued.

Bon week-end!