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Town & Country September 2020

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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1 min
t&c history

2008 MORE WILL BE REVEALED “Every December I attend an Alvin Ailey performance for my birthday (okay, I missed one year to see Hamilton),” says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. While we don’t know if this annual ritual will be possible in 2020 (which marks the 60th anniversary of Ailey’s Revelations, performed here by Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims), we do know that we need it more than ever. “Seeing Ailey on my birthday is like a rebirth. For just a little while I’m on a journey with these exceptional dancers to restore myself by tapping into our heritage, our artistry, our resilience, and our soul. I emerge renewed and inspired, grounded and lifted.”…

2 min
four days in july

I resisted at first. When the seventh annual Town & Country Philanthropy Summit was canceled because of the coronavirus, I pushed to hold it in person in the fall. I couldn’t give it up after being an eyewitness to life-changing moments like Ava DuVernay and the exonerated Central Park Five taking the stage last year, or 2018’s keynote speech by student survivors of the Parkland shooting, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s entire clan sharing the secrets to building a family philanthropy tradition. I was wrong. It quickly became apparent that large scale live events would be off the table for some time, so we enlisted the incredible team at Special Projects media, Jackshoot, and B Live to work with our T&C philanthropy leaders—Danielle Stein Chizzik, Adam Rathe, Jennifer Levene Bruno, Hillary Koota Krevlin,…

1 min
imperial taste

WHAT’S #VERYTANDC HERE? The history: The original recipe for this scrumptious cloud of whipped cream, sponge, crème pâtissière, and marzipan appeared in the 1948 edition of a cookbook written by a tutor to the daughters of Sweden’s Prince Carl. The princesses loved the cake so much it came to be known as the Princess Cake. Milanese export Sant Ambroeus has perfected its own version of the dessert, sheathing it in an intricately piped—and rather regal—pink marzipan dome. The fans: The aforementioned Swedish princesses, Margaretha, Astrid, and Märtha; The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry. The news: For the ambitious, Sant Ambroeus’s rendition (the cake of choice for T&C fetes) can now be created at home thanks to The Coffee Bar Cookbook, out this month. Extra points for imitating that piping. $45, RIZZOLIUSA.COM…

5 min
to my daughter

PRIVILEGE & PREJUDICE / ENTERTAIN LIKE THE OBAMAS / THE DIPLOMACY OF DESIGN It’s the summer before your senior year in high school. Like the rest of the nation and the world, an eight-minute, 46-second video of a white police officer perversely “taking a knee” on the neck of George Floyd, effectively choking him to death, has made you question how “self-evident” our country “holds” the truth “that all men are created equal.” Some are shocked to discover the gulf between our democratic ideals and the lived reality of millions. Remember, our racial hierarchy is 400 years old, and because we have never truly faced our history as a nation, like clockwork, every 25 years or so, we are torn asunder by its contradictions. Thomas Jefferson believed that a post-slavery multiracial society…

4 min
power is served

Were it not for the 22nd Amendment, which limits presidents to two terms, we would now almost certainly be reflecting on the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency, its historic resonances and forward-looking ideals. It’s a soothing reverie, and one that can, blessedly, come to life as you turn the pages of a lavish new book by the Obamas’ decorator. Michael S. Smith’s Designing History (Rizzoli, written with Margaret Russell) is by far the most comprehensive illustrated record of the executive mansion and an engaging account of Smith’s deep dive into the history of the White House, as he helped the Obamas update the stolid mansion with a more contemporary and open aesthetic, easing the burdens of a young first family living in the glare of history. With the Obamas in…

1 min
seeing is believing

GATSBY GOES TO LONDON / THE POETRY OF PASTRAMI / A LEGEND ON WHEELS “I’ve been mourning the shows that closed in March,” says the artist Adam Pendleton. “There’s this feeling of missed opportunity. But you also realize how we take things for granted, saying, ‘Oh, I’ll see that next weekend.’ All of a sudden that’s not a possibility.” As art institutions begin to reopen, however, Pendleton—who has spent recent weeks working on his debut show for the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, set to open in November—is looking forward to one exhibition in particular: a 30-year survey of the work of Nayland Blake slated to open at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 16. “Nayland has taken a critical view of how he functions in the world…