Town & Country April 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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t&c history

1959 DINA MERRILL AND CARY GRANT IN NEW YORK Parties! Parties! Parties! was all we needed to say to set the mood in 1959, especially with Dina Merrill and Cary Grant resplendent at a gala at Manhattan’s Le Pavillon, the temple of French haute cuisine that closed in 1972. Parties are on our minds again this month. After all, the most festive eras in history have been born of periods of hardship—the Belle Epoque, the Jazz Age—and we must prepare for when our time comes. Where will we go? What will we wear? It doesn’t matter, as long as there are: Parties! Parties! Parties!…

times like these

I could not have been further from a party when I read about the ones Camilla and Earl McGrath used to throw at their New York apartment. They were the kind of gatherings where you could never be sure who might turn up—our friend and contributing editor Alejandra Cicognani once looked to her right and realized Harrison Ford was standing next to her—but judging from the candid photos Camilla took, collected now in the book Face to Face, everyone turned up. Reading this album of good times one Sunday afternoon inspired me to ask why certain places seem to have a gravitational pull that just draws people in. In other words, how does a house become a party house? Our resident design detective, David Netto, attempts to crack the case…

the golden age

WHAT’S #VERYTANDC HERE? The history: In Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Let Them All Talk, Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, and Dianne Wiest play old friends who reunite for a journey from New York to England on the Queen Mary 2 (the movie was shot on the ship during one of her voyages, with natural light, minimal equipment, and real passengers on board). The women are not on a cruise, a distinction Streep’s character, Alice, is keen to point out. “It’s a crossing,” she says. “Crossing time zones… Crossing into something unknown. A cruise just seems meandering and silly.” The last of her kind, the Queen Mary 2, crown jewel of the Cunard Line, recalls an era when maritime travel was a grand affair, when the journey mattered as much as the destination, and…

pull up a chair

A gala of creativity starring the phantom influencers shaping how we live. It is as much a mystery to Gerald Bland as to anyone how he came to be a standard bearer for taste at a time when vulgarity is enshrined in the culture and every thumb-tapping boob with a social media account can be styled an instant expert. “Maybe I’m the last man standing,” says the handsome and modest antiques dealer, whose gallery—a serenely curated Aladdin’s cave on the top floor of the Fine Arts Building in Manhattan’s Designer District—is a mandatory destination for the elite of society, design, and fashion, perhaps even more so during a year when the pandemic spooked many into fleeing the city for new homes in the suburbs. “What frames Gerry Bland is that he has…

a novel space

For nearly 40 years Kazuo Ishiguro has been writing novels that deal, specifically and repeatedly, with the nature of connection. How do we love? What are the constraints on our ability to know others? His books tend to focus on small groups and hinge on unusual narrators who navigate love in hostile waters. His breakthrough novel, The Remains of the Day (1989), is narrated by a butler who reviews an unrealized romance by sifting through his memories of the times right before and after World War II. One knighthood and Nobel Prize later, Ishiguro has returned to the idea of service and love in his new work, Klara and the Sun. The story is told from the point of view of an advanced AI being hired to keep a teenage girl…

what dreams are made of

We all know that certain homes are much more than four walls and a roof. They are more like stalwart companions, backdrops to our milestones, lifelines even. “We call it an anchor house,” says artist Malene Barnett, founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG). “It’s where you go if there’s a birthday, a funeral, whatever. That is what we wanted to embrace in the Obsidian House.” A virtual concept show house created by 25 architects, artists, and designers from BADG, the Obsidian House is set in the Oakland Hills in 2025. It was conceived early in the pandemic, as many designers and architects found their projects on hold. “We started thinking, How can we use our creativity to construct something that we are the narrators of and the clients…