July 15, 2013 | At Home
C. Wonder’s Happy Elephant plate ($38) brings good karma to any home.
“Beloved across cultures around the world, elephants add good karma to any house,” says Ellie Cullman, cofounder of interior design firm Cullman & Kravis and author of the forthcoming coffee-table tome The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (The Monacelli Press), about C. Wonder’s eye-catching Happy Elephant Plate.
C. Wonder’s SVP of merchandising and production Jon Zeiders was inspired by an eyeopening voyage to India and “the imperial elephants of Rajasthan in Jaipur,” he says. “They are known for their opulent jeweled headdresses and beautiful attire.”
Zeiders—who notes that matching pillows, drink stirrers, and cocktail picks are also in season at C. Wonder’s two Hamptons pop-up locations—recommends using the playful plate as a display-worthy accent for collecting spare change, keys, or jewelry, or as a candy dish. Cullman, meanwhile, suggests the plate “could dress up any coffee table as a dish for nuts. And at a bar, the plate could hold lemons and limes.” 5 Main St., Southampton, 287-2645; 48 Main St., East Hampton, 324-8513
July 15, 2013 | Style & Beauty
French actress Barbara Laage, created her own two-piece bathing suit for a photo shoot in Westhampton for Life magazine.
Wading through the Westhampton surf on a summer afternoon, actress Barbara Laage grins demurely as the waves break around her. With only a yard of cloth, she had fashioned herself a two-piece swimsuit—with enough fabric left over for a matching headband. The shoot—with photographer Nina Leen for Life magazine on a summer afternoon in 1946—was her entrée to midcentury American popular culture. The New Yorker would compare her to actress Constance Bennett, calling her “as far from the Continental type as Shirley Temple.” Searching for a subject to portray the difficulties of a young career woman in Parisian theater, Leen found Laage and set out to capture her every move over two weeks. “I did not think the pictures would ever be used,” Laage said of those early photos for Life. “She’s a find,” Clifford Fischer, a William Morris Agency partner stationed in Paris, wired to William Morris Jr., son of the firm’s founder, when he saw Laage. The agency promptly signed her based on the pictures alone, bringing her to America, scheduling more shoots (including the one pictured here), and fielding offers from Broadway and Hollywood. Laage would go on to play opposite Gene Kelly in 1957’s The Happy Road and alongside Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier in Paris Blues four years later. Morris was just as taken as anyone with the beauty, remarking simply, “One look was enough.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NINA LEEN/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES
July 12, 2013 | Talk of the Town
Hamptons summer fashion issue cover star Aerin Lauder
1. Those antiques fairs in East Hampton are perfect for roaming around and finding beautiful old glass and quilts or baskets.
2. Dave’s Grill in Montauk (468 W. Lake Dr., 668-9190)—to me, that is heaven. Fried clams and beer at Clam Bar (2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 267-6348) is a post-surfing ritual. I also like the classics like Nick & Toni’s (136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 324-3550) and the garden at Tutto Il Giorno (6 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 725-7009). Sant Ambroeus (30 Main St., Southampton, 283-1233) is amazing for gelato and pasta.
3. I love to play tennis, go for long walks on the beach, and paddleboard on Georgica Pond; I’m a little scared to go in the ocean.
4. Flying Point Surf Shop (69 Main St., Southampton, 287-0075; 34 Main St., Sag Harbor, 725-0705) has amazing bathing suits and water shirts for children.
5. Beautiful gold-dipped shells make wonderful hostess gifts because it can be put on a desk or a table or a tray. It’s a perfect finishing touch.
>>READ MORE: "Aerin Lauder on AERIN, Grandmother Estée, and Family Traditions"
July 12, 2013 | by Samantha Yanks | Editor's Picks
Splashy accessories are the new statement pieces that playfully punctuate an everyday ensemble or traditional tablescape with a bold exclamation point. Whimsical watercolors and sunny details make all the style difference. Exhibit A: Bucket hats return with a print-happy comeback at Roberta Freymann’s Roberta Roller Rabbit in Southampton, offering a pretty yet practical solution for shielding long summer locks. Heading east, Devi Kroell’s art deco clutch offers a burst of color in a lemony hue with dazzling touches to liven up Gatsby-inspired getups. Or when entertaining, dress up the dinner table with kaleidoscope coasters by Jonathan Adler from Gansett Lane Home—a most cheerful nest for cocktails, indeed.
July 12, 2013 | by cait rohan | Style & Beauty
In honor of Hamptons magazine’s 35th anniversary, we’re taking a sartorial look back on Hamptons styles of yesteryear every Friday.
Andy Warhol and Lee Radziwill attend the Montauk Village Association Benefit Cocktail Party, 1973
Feeling inspired by the art-filled events taking place this weekend—ArtHamptons, artMRKT, and the Parrish Art Museum’s first Midsummer Party—we look to this iconic East End photo of artist Andy Warhol and socialite/Hamptons native Lee Radziwill, in which the worlds of art and fashion collide.
Montauk pioneer Warhol is the epitome of his profession in darker hues and an artist's turtleneck. Meanwhile, Radziwill's wide-leg pants may be a throwback, but her oversized clutch, thin summer sweater, and statement necklace would work well at a Hamptons soiree today. As for the furry friend in tow? Hamptonites still have a prominent obsession with their pups.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON GALELLA/WIREIMAGE