Town & Country February 2021

Town & Country features the latest in luxury, from beautiful homes, sumptuous dining to exotic locations. In 11 gorgeous annual issues, Town & Country covers the arts, fashion and culture, bringing the best of everything to America's trendsetters

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our life in pictures

There are many things I miss about our offices on the 27th floor of Hearst Tower, and the T&C archive closet is high on the list. There, in bound volumes of varying condition, is the history of Town & Country, almost all of the 175 years of it. This issue is the first in a big anniversary year for us, and if we were back at the tower we would all be combing through those black-and-white photographs, studying how we wrote about the Spanish flu pandemic a century ago, marveling at those outrageously wonderful cover lines from the 1960s, looking for people we know in the wedding announcements. And we would, inevitably, stop short at the illustrated covers, a selection of which appears here. “Did you know Dalí did the…

still looking for a chess set?

WHAT’S #VERYTANDC HERE? The history: In case you haven’t noticed, chess has been having something of a moment lately. Quarantine boredom first piqued renewed interest in one of the world’s oldest games, which originated in India’s Gupta Empire during the 6th century AD; then Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit catapulted the trend. The fans: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who once played against grandmaster Garry Kasparov, turned to the game during lockdown, as did Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The news: Thanks to Anya Taylor-Joy’s masterful portrayal of fictional prodigy Beth Harmon—in which she proved that chess can be a woman’s pursuit, and a fashionable one at that—sales of chess sets have soared. Luxury antiques site 1stDibs saw a 100 percent increase in purchases of boards, pieces, and tables. Thankfully, a few select vintage sets remain, like…

javanka non grata?

In the spring of 2013, Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump held court at the Four Seasons restaurant to toast the 25th birthday of the New York Observer, the little-read but influential salmon-colored newspaper Kushner bought to be taken seriously as a macher in the financial capital of the world. He was the fresh-faced son of a disgraced New Jersey real estate developer, Charles Kushner, recently married to the daughter of another developer who was then best known for his braggadocio, but he had a deep well of ambition. And his social debut was off to a splashy start, greeted by the city’s movers and shakers, then-mayor Michael Bloomberg, future senator Cory Booker, tycoons Stephen Schwarzman and Steve Tisch, even celebrities like Katie Holmes, Katie Couric, and Spike Lee. “I…

lessons from a legend

Cicely Tyson has always been ahead of her time, and by dint of sheer will and faith she has forced the modern era to finally catch up with her. Now 96, she’s one of the few African-American artists of her generation to receive something approaching her due. In the past decade alone she has won a Tony, co-starred in a hit television series, been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and, adding to her extensive list of firsts, become the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. All along, Tyson has been notoriously private, but this month she shares the story of her life—the successes and struggles, the loves and losses—with the publication of her memoir, Just As I Am. Tyson’s is an odyssey worthy of one of the biopics…

spoiler alert

Confined to her home for reasons unknown, a woman stares at the wall, paces, picks out outfits, makes phone calls, and slowly begins to unravel. Sound familiar? We all performed a version of that scene during lockdown, but Pedro Almodóvar translated the experience into a meditation on forbearance and the new lease on life that awaits on the other side of heartbreak. Except, in his telling, we’re all wearing Balenciaga gowns straight off the runway and look like Tilda Swinton. If only. The Spanish auteur didn’t set out to make a film about the strangeness of 2020, but his new work, The Human Voice, may end up the first definitive portrait of a most surreal period. “It’s very odd, isn’t it?” he tells T&C. “The film became almost like a metaphor for…

old masters on the move

When I was a girl, I loved visiting the Frick Collection. Let Eloise roam around the Plaza Hotel—in my Sunday best, I preferred looking at the beautiful paintings in the limestone mansion on Fifth Avenue where an actual family had once lived. Much later I learned more about Vermeer, Rembrandt, Ingres, Bellini, El Greco, and the other Old Masters who were displayed on the damask walls and in wood-paneled rooms that the industrialist Henry Clay Frick had inhabited. To this day I’m a regular visitor who relishes time-traveling back to the Gilded Age. But for the next two years the Frick won’t be where we’ve always known it. While the museum is being upgraded by architect Annabelle Selldorf, in a $160 million renovation and expansion, its treasures will be a few…