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Town & Country March 2020

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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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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
2012 what lies beneath

Good conversation, like a great outfit, requires intelligence, charm, and a bit of mystery. This story, photographed by Art Streiber for our March 2012 issue, celebrated the secrets hidden under the dinner table—and the accessories that told them. This spring the add-ons take center stage once again, with a whole new set of stories, from the changing shape of shoes (page 73) to the playful luxury of patterned handbags (page 65). Let your accessories speak for you, but remember: Everyone has something to hide.…

2 min.
lacroix, sweetie

Yes, I wanted the gold lamé anorak, and the hot pink wind-breaker with the black passementerie, and the black tore-ador blazer, and the gray sweatshirt, and the silk gloves, but what really did me in at the Dries Van Noten spring 2020 show in Paris was the bow he took with Christian Lacroix. “The Collaboration to End All Collaborations” is what the New York Times’s Vanessa Friedman called it. Van Noten, it turns out, had been looking for some joy as he was putting together his mood board and found himself taping up vintage Lacroix inspirations. But instead of leaving it as inspiration, he decided to make it a two-heads-together kind of show. “Why not e-mail him?” Van Noten recalled. “Homage is often just another word for ripping off other…

1 min.
club house

Bahamian traditions include the Junkanoo, remaining optimistic through hurricanes, and hitting your conch chowder with two shakes of hot sauce. Another: the Lyford Cay Club Design Weekend, a biennial event that celebrates the relationship Lyford and its members have always enjoyed with architecture and the art of living. Some clubs are about tennis, swimming, or golf. Some are about gossip and lunch. Lyford has those things, but it is also very much about exceptional taste. Canadian entrepreneur E.P. Taylor knew this when he built the neo-Palladian clubhouse in the late 1950s. Slim Aarons knew it when he took countless photographs here—including the one above of Commander Edward Whitehead—and Sean Connery knew it when he came to shoot Thunderball and never really left (he and Lady Connery still call it home). Tom…

5 min.
the panic in pacific heights

At Los Angeles International Airport recently, the handsome chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant was detained for trying to bring into the country an unusual cargo: 40 frozen piranhas. In a duffel bag, no less. Virgilio Martínez, whose restaurant, Central, in Lima, Peru, is ranked among the world’s best, claimed to be unfamiliar with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection list of restricted species. And who can blame him? The number of prohibited imports is so vast—from the sublime (poulet de Bresse, widely considered the Rolls-Royce of chicken) to the ridiculous (Kinder Surprise eggs)—that it’s easier to keep up with the ever-multiplying Kardashians. “What’s next?” asks designer Josie Natori. “You almost need a road map to find out what’s allowed and not allowed. It’s so hard to keep track.” It’s a state of affairs…

2 min.
meet the parents

For many brides, it’s their mothers who offer the most input—sartorial and otherwise—during wedding planning. For Tatiana Hambro it was Dad. Tatiana, the deputy editor of Moda Operandi, had tried on wedding dresses at various salons and was about to settle on one she liked when her father Charles suggested she go with a lesser-known designer and wear something truly unique instead. That’s how it came to be that Tatiana wore a bespoke Barbara Tfank gown—the designer’s first foray into bridal—for her wedding to art dealer Walter Arader last August at Charles’s estate in the English countryside. “It was a real education and an exciting journey to learn from Barbara, who understands the history of fashion and incorporates cool period detail into her pieces,” Tatiana says. Bride and designer took inspiration…

5 min.
murdoch uncorked

It’s not every day that I get an invitation from Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to visit their penthouse in New York. Although I met Mrs. Murdoch many years ago, when she was Mrs. Jagger (more or less), we had not kept up the acquaintance, and as for her current husband, let’s just say we don’t travel in the same circles and we have probably never supported the same political candidate. How could I resist? I was invited in my capacity as a wine critic—Murdoch having bought, in 2013, a vineyard in Bel Air called Moraga. One of only a handful of incorporated wineries in Los Angeles County, Moraga is the legacy of the late Tom Jones, an aerospace executive who decided in the 1970s to plant vines in one of the…