Different day, different skyline. Good morning Arizona!
I wouldn’t call myself a Tiffany’s girl, preferring more dramatic or subversive jewelry from the likes of Pamela Love, Delfina Delettrez, Lydia Courteille and Repossi. However, I admire the Tiffany & Co. legacy, and their Holiday 2012 campaign is among their best ever. It’s rich, elegant, graceful, and the color scheme is superb. Dusty pinks, lilac and – of course, Tiffany’s blue – are a romantic departure from most campaign hues these days. Photographer Michael Thompson captures models Doutzen Kroes, Grace Gao and Karen Elson looking their (holiday) best.
Back in New York and it’s blizzarding. This town is off the rails lately.
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“Though not Savannah’s oldest graveyard, Bonaventure Cemetery is certainly its most famous and hauntingly beautiful. Quintessentially Southern Gothic, it has captured the imaginations of writers, poets, naturalists, photographers and filmmakers for more than 150 years. Part natural cathedral, part sculptural garden, Bonaventure transcends time.” So says the Bonaventure Historical Society – and I couldn’t have put it better myself.
I’m obsessed with the cinemas in Savannah! Lovingly restored by SCAD – and still in use today – these theaters dot the Historic District and give the town a “Back To The Future” feel. The Historic Savannah Theater here is probably my fave. Over the past two centuries, it’s undergone several reconstructions as a result of various fires. After a blaze in 1948, it was remodeled to its current Art Deco style. It’s been a movie and a live production house at different points in history – today it is the oldest continually operating theater in the country.
The superb, state-of-the-art equipment of the original Weis Theater here was maintained into the 21st century in large part due to SCAD acquiring the abandoned building in 1989. Trustees Theater, as it’s known today, hosts live acts and is the main theater for the Savannah Film Festival.
Lucas Theater for the Arts is another gem. Originally opened in December 1921, it shuttered in 1976 after a deserted screening of “The Exorcist” – with the advent of television and the population shift to the suburbs, it lost its luster. Luckily the theater’s ownership joined forces with SCAD, assuring its place in the thriving downtown creative community for years to come.
Feeling like Alice in Wonderland amidst all these magical gardens…
It ain’t easy eatin’ healthy in Savannah, that’s for sure! Come hungry to this Southern town, because the food is famous – and equally fattening. But that’s part of the fun. Besides, if you’re not out touring Savannah all day by bike, you’re doing it all wrong anyway! Make sure to hit Clary’s Cafe for a full breakfast. This greasy spoon has been serving up fried eggs and corned beef hash since 1903, and the staff is sweet and sassy like right out of a a sitcom.
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is essential. A line gathers each morning and at 11am the doors of Mrs. Wilkes’ famed boarding house swing open. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The fixins’ are served family style among friends and strangers sharing tables of ten. The food is beyond delicious – just don’t forget to bus your plate before you go. ‘Dems the rules.
Sometimes you pull off the side of the road and order ribs. When in Savannah, you might as well try the local spots outside the Historic District, too. Randy’s Bar B Q is a little road side stand big on keeping it real.
Bourbon Bacon Brownies, I mean!!! These little Tex Mex heart attacks were homemade by my favorite coffee shop in Savannah, Foxy Loxy. I tried Gallery Espresso, The Sentient Bean, Goose Feathers, but no shop came close to the fresh brewed goodness at Foxy. The best.
Savannah could really use a city bike share! It’s flat, has heaps of students and visitors, and is just big enough to make it tedious getting to parts of town beyond the Historic District. First priority was renting a bike for my stay, and the guys at Sekka Bike couldn’t have been nicer.
Take a seat, watch the sun set. Simple pleasures here in Savannah…
Out of Sandy’s clutches and into the arms of Savannah! ‘The Hostess City’ lives up to its name. I’m currently working at the Savannah Film Festival, taking in films, lectures, workshops, panels and the wonderful world of SCAD.
Happy Halloween! To celebrate a day of dark delights, below are some images from “Tim Burton’s Magical Fashion,” the imaginative Harper’s Bazaar spread published in 2009. Photographer Tim Walker captures the madcap filmmaker’s take on that season’s most gothic garb…
René Gruau is the grandaddy of fashion illustration. Born in Italy but raised in France, he created bold, expressive illustrations and advertisements for the world’s greatest haute couture houses and fashion publications throughout the twentieth century. He had a penchant for black white red – the sacrosanct color triumvirate – and his work continues to influence the industry today. As we head into cold weather and the holiday season, a few fabulous fall inspirations by Monsieur Gruau…
How chic, can you handle it?! The broad strokes, the searing colors. My fascination with this minimal palette began many years ago, and Jack White sums it up best: “I think they are the most powerful color combination of all time, from a Coca-Cola can to a Nazi banner. Those colors strike chords with people. In Japan, they are honorable colors. When you see a bride in a white gown, you immediately see innocence in that. Red is anger and passion. It is also sexual. And black is the absence of all that.” Highly effective, especially in fashion.
I caught up with founders Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel to learn a little more about the line, including what their actual criteria is when emblazoning those tees. Read my Q&A here at Lo’s List.