Rineke Dijkstra, Vondelpark, Amsterdam
We have decided to take a fashion break (beware, we are writing our Fall wish lists and compiling the season’s must-haves and will share soon) and cleanse our palettes with an art field trip. First stop, Karen Kilimnik’s exhibition at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, CT. The solo show is open through September and features 60 of the artist’s paintings, drawings and installations–all from Peter Brant’s personal collection. Lunch at Méli-Mélo and a quick spin through Privet House down the street will make this part of the field trip complete.
With portraiture in mind, our other stop will be the Dutch photographer, Rineke Dijkstra’s first retrospective at the Guggenheim (through October 8th). Dijkstra is fascinated with photographing young people, mostly because their emotional vulnerabilities still show so close to the surface. A good bit of stop, think, and ponder on a hot summer day.
Karen Kilimnik’s ‘Prince Albrecht at Home’
"Secretariat" with Diane Lane
1. Take my pony crazed daughter to see “Secretariat”.
2. I bought my first Marimekko dress at the groundbreaking Design Research store in Cambridge, Mass when I was about six. D/R was founded by Ben Thompson, an architect who worked with Walter Gropius. The store closed many years ago but I read in T Magazine that a book has just been published entitled “Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes”.
3. Replace the Lanvin boots I thought I could not live without this fall. They are gorgeous but sadly, not gorgeous on me.
4. In an earlier post Jennifer and I went to Privet House in Greenwich, Connecticut. This month I want to check out their other store in Warren, Connecticut.
Privet House shop in Warren, Connecticut
5. Walk. Tried yoga, hated it. Same for Spinning and Pilates. I am going to put some music on my iphone and just walk.
At Privet House in Greenwich (see earlier post) I discovered Cire Trudon candles- the most sublime candles ever! Both Jennifer and I bought one in the scent ABD EL KADER which is exotic yet fresh. The presentation and packaging is extraordinary so I picked it up to be a hostess gift for a spring luncheon this week. However, my friend moved the lunch date. The candle has been sitting on my desk smelling heavenly even in the box so I have claimed it and lit it. The hostess will hopefully be happy with the little something I picked up for her at Hermes in Greenwich as well…
Cire Trudon candles at Privet House Greenwich, Connecticut
This February I discovered by accident the best home/antique store I think I’ve ever been in, Privet House, in Greenwich CT. Of course, now it’s getting press everywhere (Elle Decor, NY Times T Magazine), but let me just say that even if you live an hour away, it is worth the trip. The store, co-owned by Suzanne Cassano and Richard Lamberston (he is half of the former great Lamerbtson Truex accessory line) is the best form of sensory overload. It’s abrim everything from Belgium linens to Hotel Silver to antique mirrors the most exquisite vegetable brushes you’ve ever laid eyes on. Of course it’s no surprise since Suzanne who worked in the fragrance industry for over 20 years for people like Calvin Klein and Liz Clairborne, and Richard have impeccable taste. (Their first Privet House store, in Warren, CT (privethouse.com) opened two years ago. Next door, Suzanne also has an antique shop, VOL 1 antiques (vol1antiques.com).
Preston and I visited the shop and chatted up Suzanne. Here, she answers our pressing questions….. Continue…