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one at the Copley Plaza Hotel
in 1975, helped put Boston on
the radar of the beau monde.

First Ladies
WomensWear Designer Alfred fiAndAcA struck a pose for fashion in Boston
that turneD heaDs in hollyWooD. by lisa pierpont

When I look at this picture, I have so many emotions! says Doris Yaffe, College of Art and Design and went on to open his own studio on Maverick
the former longtime publicist for Boston fashion designer Alfred Fiandaca. Street, attracting the upper echelon of society women with his eye for simple
This was one of our fashion shows at the Copley Plaza Hotel (now the silhouettes and his feel for luxe fabrics.
photography by Spencer grant/getty ImageS
Fairmont Copley Plaza). It was 1975the year Louise Fletcher starred in One Back then, the Boston Brahmins ruled the city, says Yaffe. Chauffeurs
Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, the film that earned her an Oscar for best sup- drove these ladies to Alfreds studio in Eastie. Its not like now, when girls can
porting actress, which she accepted in an ethereal ivory gown by Fiandaca. be stylish without having to spend a lot of money. Then, you had to be very
We produced fashion shows in Boston at a time when there were not many wealthy to dress well. Fiandacas vivid suits, bespoke coats, and taffeta
fashion shows in the city, says Yaffe, and no fashion whatsoever. gowns would ultimately catch the eyes of Hollywood leading ladies like
Except, of course, the styles created by Fiandaca, the humble boy from Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Julie Andrewseven Cher. More recently,
East Boston who learned how to sew costumes for his toy puppets almost before Fiandaca passed away in 2013, Ann Romney wore his signature elec-
before he learned how to walk. In elementary school, he cut patterns along- tric-pink sheaths during husband Mitts 2012 presidential campaign.
side his father, a third-generation Italian tailor at the Harvard Coop (his Oh, he was a charmer, Yaffe says. I never knew anyone who did not
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Show some skin this fall in luxe
leather apparel.

Dress ($6,100), shirt ($2,800), and shoes


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16 // front runner

32 // from the
editor-in-Chief

34 // from the
publisher

36 // ... Without Whom


this issue Would
not have been
possible

38 // the list

73 // invited

style
43 // house of Karl
Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel celebrate
the latest Mtiers dart, a collection
that pays homage to ateliers creating
the highest levels of couture.

46 // Kendall
square Kismet
Falls accessories take their cues from
Bostons cutting-edge tech nucleus.

50 // a Well-heeled life
Lincoln native Sarah Flint hits it
sky-high with her designer shoe
collection and celebrates at her
cherished Boston spots.

52 // style spotlight
Jeweler Sidney Thomas comes to the
Pru, while Anna Sui and Frye make
merry bedfellows.

54 // beauty.biz
photography by ren & radka

Entrepreneurs deliver beautiful from


your computer to your door.

56 // blue Crush
Boston women swoon for watches in
shades from slate to cerulean.

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60
Pop art from activist nun
Corita Kent is on view at the
Harvard Art Museums.

people
67 // Most CongeniAl
Governor Charlie Baker takes over
the State House, with lessons learned
from a loss and a commitment to rule

81
with kindness.
culture
The new restaurant 70 // woRk hARd,
58 // Rebelling AlwAys

photography courtesy of the president and fellows of harvard college (Kent); by Morgan ione yeager (coMMittee)
Committee brings Greek
meze to the Seaport.
PlAy hARdeR
Madonna continues her reign as the Dawn Oates has found her lifes work
Queen of Pop with a blockbuster in helping disabled children have fun.
concert at Bostons TD Garden.

59 // An enthRAlling
little night taste
The Huntington Theatre Company
marshals a stellar team for Stephen 81 // gReeCe is the woRd
Sondheims A Little Night Music. Theres yet another new neighbor
in the Seaport, and this time its all
60 // PoP UP about meze.
Warhol and Lichtenstein headline a
snazzy new exhibit at the Rose Art 84 // oh, honey!
Museum. Boston restaurants add some buzz
to their menus and the sustainability
62 // boston heARts movement with their own beehives.
hUbweek
Harvard, MIT, MGH, and The 86 // sPike the JUiCe
Boston Globe convene to create a full- This fall, apple farmers are polishing
on artistic and intellectual spectacle. up their bounty for powerful hard
cider.
64 // CUltURe sPotlight
Rodgers and Hammersteins 88 // tAste sPotlight
Cinderella comes to the Boston Opera Barrymore Wines releases two per-
House, and Paul Theroux takes read- fect Pinots, and Deuxave celebrates
ers south of the Mason-Dixon Line. fve years as the belle of the mall.

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features
90 // Queen of Thrones
Smart. Beautiful. Fierce. The general
consensus on both sides of the pond
is that English charmer Natalie
Dormer rules.
By David Hochman
Photography by Tony Duran

96 // showing skin
Go beyond Bostons Leather District
this fall, with swinging silhouettes,
clever pleats, andof coursesexy
jackets galore.
Photography by Ren & Radka
Styling by Martina Nilsson

104 // Luxe 2.0


The Luxury Education Foundations
board members and leaders of
our favorite iconic brandsDior,
Graff, Chanel, Herms, Salvatore
Ferragamo, and Laliquetalk about
new strategies, core values, and how
new talent is driving success.

90
Game of Thrones star
Natalie Dormer reigns
supreme on the big and
small screens this fall.

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photography by tony duran

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The new Millennium Tower
caters to empty nesters with
top-line amenities and a hip
hub for community.

124 // DEsiGN
spOTLiGHT
Ball and Bucks American Field
market comes to the Boston
Design Center, and Simon
Pearce is in the eye of the storm.

126 // DRiViNG mE
CRAzy
How do you optimize a Boston
day? With a BMW M235i
convertible.

128 // THE DELuxE


ROAD TRip
Enjoying fall foliage is better
with the right itinerary.

partING Shot
136 // fOLiAGE fAsHiON

126
When the leaves change in
Boston, so does the dress code.
Its still warm enough to keep the top haute
property
down on BMWs sexy M235i convertible.

111 // A NEw LEAsE


ON LifE
With the kids gone, empty nesters
are heading into Boston for a luxe
life in the fast lane.

118 // HOw NOT TO sELL


A HOusE
Dos and donts for selling your
$1 million property in the current
market. ON THE COVER:
Natalie Dormer
Photography by Tony
120 // GLAm mETAL Photography by Tony Duran/tonyduran.net
Styling by Martina Nilsson at Opus Beauty
Heavy metals like copper, bronze, Hair by Christian Marc at Forward Artists using
Leonor Greyl
and pewter add a powerful pop to Makeup by Matthew VanLeeuwen at The Wall
interiors this season. Group using Cl de Peau Beaut
Manicure by Sarah Chue for Dior Vernis
First photo assistant: Justin Schwan
122 // HARbOR HOppiNG Second photo assistant: Arthur Lang
Video: Adriano Valentini
As New Englanders savor the last Location by Sources Locations/
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LETTER from the Editor-in-Chief

// this issue //
ON MY RADAR
LEFT: With Douglas Gray,
a cofounder of Barton &
Gray Mariners Club, at our
soire harborside at the
Battery Wharf Hotel.
BELOW: Governor Charlie
Baker gets his groove on
at our photo shoot.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONOTONOUSSARAH (CRANE BEACH); MICHAEL BLANCHARD (GRAY); CONOR DOHERTY (BAKER); COURTESY OF KENNEBUNKPORT RESORT COLLECTION
HERES A BIG FAT SECRET FROM BOSTONIANS IN THE KNOW: September
is the best month here. Summer crowds have vanished. Little squirts are in school. Beaches
are empty. The air is dry, and the sun? She shines, shines, shines.
Every day is a luxury. I say that not in a cornball way, and Im not referring to opulence. Its
meant in the spirit of what true luxury is: that perfectly ripe, ruby apple; an afternoon drive
with the top down; the crisp white shirt. Elegance, excellence, grace. A sense of rarity doesnt
hurt. We find out in this months View from the Top that our new governor, Charlie Baker,
feels it every day when he walks into the State House, because he has an opportunity for
2
change. Chef Geoff Lukas serves it up in the form of Greek meze at the latest Seaport restau-
rant, Committee. And the scions of luxury themselvesthe chief executive officers of
Chanel, Herms, and Salvatore Ferragamo, among othersshare their perspectives in a
1. Crane Beach: Tops on my early-fall list is an
roundtable discussion of what enjoying, creating, and earning luxury means to them.
escape to my favorite beach off-season. I hit it
For the Boston Common staff, it means sharing the wealth, if you will, with our cherished
early in the morning to catch horseback riders

(HIDDEN POND); HAIR BY LOUISE RUSK/MIZU; MAKEUP BY TAVI DE LA ROSA


partners and readers. Early in the summer, I indulged in a food frenzy, thanks to some of
cantering in the surf. I go alone and break out
Bostons greatest chefs, at A Taste & A Toast, a reception for the Forsyth Institute, a nonprofit
my old-school Polaroid in a vain effort to bottle
dedicated to oral health. Soon after, I hydrated very well at Vosss Women Helping Women
up all of the sights and sounds. Crane Beach,
luncheon to benefit the Voss Foundation, which provides clean water to sub-Saharan Africa.
Ipswich; thetrustees.org
Finally, on a fabulously balmy summer evening, time was well spent at a yachtside soire
for the Barton & Gray Mariners Club at the Battery Wharf Hotel. Luxury, all of it. Just like 2. True confession: My parents live half the year
the month of September in Boston. in Kennebunkport. I know I should stay with
them, but since the Hidden Pond resort opened
up, its complicated. Gorgeous private cottages,
luxe pools, and chef Ken Oringers gourmet res-
taurant, Earth, are just some of the temptations.
Im going Labor Day weekend. (Mom and Dad,
LISA PIERPONT youre invited.) hiddenpondmaine.com

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With Jane Hertzmark Hudis, global brand president of Este Lauder, at the
Breast Cancer Research Foundations Hot Pink Party in Boston.

September iS my favorite time of year. I love how Boston is


buzzing again as everyone comes back from summer vacation. The patios in the
Back Bay and along the waterfront are packed with happy diners, while that fun
back to school excitement is in the air.
Boston Common was thrilled to partner once again on the Best Buddies Challenge:
Hyannis Port race during a weekend that truly brought out New Englands best.
We had a summer full of art opportunities, including a beautiful 60th-anniversary
festival gala for the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset. We also sponsored the Take
a Seat gala, presented by the New England chapter of the International Furnishings
and Design Association at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. Speaking // this issue //
of cars, I am eager for the annual Boston Cup car show on Boston Common; last on my radar
year I had my eye on a vintage Porsche 356 Speedster, and I cant wait to see what
else they bring out this year. And we are excited to partner with our friends at 1. Fall means the start of football season, and
Roche Bobois this month as they open a new location in Natick. Im looking forward to seeing the New England
I hope to see you out in town as we soak in these last brilliant rays of late-summer Patriots take the feld again at Gillette Stadium
sunshine. And stay tuned for Boston Commons Late Fall issue, celebrating our 10th after an incredible Super Bowl win last February.
anniversary and this wonderful city. 2. The Newport International Polo Series is still
in full swing in Rhode Island, and I enjoy taking
in a few late-season matches.
MoniTor via getty iMages (polo)

3. Its that wonderful transition time when the


days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool
but still comfortable outdoors. I can enjoy a day at
the beach without the crowds and head back to the
glen kelley city for dinner at my favorite new spot, Serafna.

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...without whom this issue would not have been possible // Fall 2015

Patryce BaK Dominic Perri Scott Kearnan


photographer photographer writer
When Patryce Bak isnt Dominic Perri is a food pho- Scott Kearnan is a Boston-
taking photographs, you tographer who splits his time based writer and editor
can find this nature-loving between Massachusetts and focusing on lifestyle, the arts,
urbanite enjoying the New York City. He has been and entertainment for outlets
great outdoors or cooking professionally photograph- such as Zagat, Jaunted.com,
meticulously plated ing food for magazines and The Improper Bostonian, and
Mediterranean-inspired restaurants along the East Boston magazine. In this
meals. She currently Coast for almost 10 years. issue: Kearnan writes about
divides her time between When he isnt working, he the Oates familys quest to
Karyn PolewaczyK Cambridge and Brooklyn, can be found waxing help disabled children in
writer New York. In this issue: rhapsodic about his grand- Spirit of Generosity. What
Bak photographed mother- mothers meatballs and did you take away from
Karyn Polewaczyk is a Boston-based lifestyle writer and daughter duo Dawn and homemade ravioli, running your time with the Oates
creative strategist. Her work is regularly featured at Harper Oates on their half-marathons, or riding his family? Dawns energy
Jezebel.com, Racked.com, and DailyWorth.com, where quest to make playgrounds lime-green bike. In this is electric. She doesnt hide

photography by Megan pappadopoulos (polewaczyk); luis rubio (perri); kiki larouge photography (kearnan)
she covers everything from fashion and feminism to accessible to all children for issue: Perri shot cider-based that her passion comes from
career advice and money matters. She has contributed to Spirit of Generosity. What cocktails for Cheers. What a highly personal place, but
Boston.com, Refinery29.com, the magazines More and struck you most about is the best bite youve had instead lets it fuel her fire.
Elle, and Forbes.coms site ForbesWoman. She is also a the Oates family? The recently in Boston? I love The world needs more
moving maven, having lived in 10 different neighbor- immense amount of love and cheeseburgers. If I could, I people like that. What
hoods during her decade in the city. In this issue: joy. I did not sense an ounce would eat one every day. My positive impact will Dawn
Polewaczyk explores Bostons tech-minded beauty scene of self-pity from Dawn Oates favorite in Boston has to be a Oatess work have in
in You, Even Better. How does your own beauty or her vibrant daughter bacon cheddar burger with Boston? Her work rein-
routine transition in the fall? Im pretty makeup-light Harper. It was both tater tots from Wahlburgers. forces the distinction
in the summer, but the darker days of fallboo!require a humbling and inspiring to What is the best part between access and inclu-
bit of amping up in order to make things pop. So wine and witness. What did you about capturing a bar- sion. Its one thing to open
berry lip colors, an extra coat or several of mascara, and take away from your tender or chef at work? It doors for people; more
bronzer, because Im a beach baby at heart and try to time with them? The takes away the awkwardness important is to help them
extend the glory days of summer for as long as vainly importance of making your of them trying to figure out engage the room. And in
possible. What sets Bostons beauty scene apart from own destiny. what to do with their hands, social justice, thats true
others? Women here tend to be more outwardly and theyre always so pas- across all linesability,
reserved, but as Dunwello proves, we love to share secrets sionate about what they do. gender, race, and more.
with our girlfriends. Perhaps we relish a good insider tip It gives me the opportunity
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arl lagerfeld and Chanel
Celebrate the latest Mtiers Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld
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dart, a ColleCtion that pays worlds most stylish
hoMage to rarefied ateliers dressers with the Mtiers
dart collection. above: A
Creating the highest levels look from the collection.
of Couture. by kari molvar

In the world of fashion, theres Karl Lagerfeld


and everyone else. As the creative force
behind the legendary house of Chanel,
whose Boston-area flagship store anchors the
first block of Newbury Street, the German
designer, artist, and photographer works at a
superhuman pace, turning out six collections
a year for Chanel, as well as collections for
Fendi and his namesake line, plus numerous
collaborations. This means he spends
countless hours designing the items that the
stylish set will soon be coveting and obsess-
ing over, like cropped blazers, flap
messenger bags, and cap-toe chunky heels.
Yet of all of Lagerfelds collections,
perhaps the most dazzling is Chanels
Mtiers dart. Presented once a year, its a
celebration of the rich craftsmanship of the
houses seven ateliers, including the famed
embroidery creator Lesage, the milliner
Michel, and the feather maker Lemarie. The
clothes are lavish, and so is the backdrop.
Since the Mtiers collection debuted in 2002,
it has been unveiled in such memorable
locations as a rodeo in Dallas, a castle in
Scotland, and a barge in Shanghai.
Last winter, the new Paris-Salzburg
Mtiers dart collection was fted at the
Schloss Leopoldskron palace in Salzburg,
Austria, a location that stimulated
Lagerfelds imagination. Rumor has it that
self-portrait by Karl lagerfeld

Coco Chanel found inspiration for the


famous Chanel jacket in the uniform of a
hotel lift operator in Salzburg. But as
Lagerfeld charmingly points out, Nobody
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bostoncommon-magazine.com 43
Style tastemaker

far left and right:


Looks from the
Mtiers dart
collection. above:
Chanels Boston
boutique. left: The
patent boot ($1,425).

our clientele travels a lot, and knitwear very much fits into the easy,
sophisticated lifestyle of the boston woman. barbara cirkva
can prove if she said this shearling coat, a breath- kneesocks, an outfit that brands division president feel in the ready-to-wear
herself, but who cares? taking cape made almost reminded Lagerfeld of how for fashion in the US. The areas. You can come with a
There was a connection, and entirely of feathers. Many he dressed as a child. But handcrafted skill that goes friend or your family and
that connection doesnt need pieces offered fresh takes on my lederhosen were made into these pieces can never spend the day. Knitwear
to be related to the truth to Tyrolean styles, like the from leather, he says. be replicated. And youd is particularly popular in
serve as my inspiration. beaded dirndl-inspired dress There were no jeans be hard-pressed to find a Boston, and not just because
To present the more than with a leather bodice, ruffled around for that back then! Chanel runway or Mtiers of the chilly winters. Our
80 looks, models such as blouses with high collars and While the collection nods collection that didnt involve clientele travels a lot, Cirkva
Stella Tennant and Kendall bibs, and knit leggings in to the past, it never reads the ateliers on some level, explains, and knitwear
Jenner walked through a Alpine colors of hunter old-fashioned. In a way, the whether its hand-woven very much fits into the easy,
series of candlelit rooms green and dove gray. Even clothes are timeless because braiding on a jacket or an sophisticated lifestyle of the
where guests sat on elegant the accessories had a playful, Austrian people still wear embroidered camellia. Boston woman.
sofas and nibbled on sound of music joy to them: these types of dresses, Many of these exquisite As for the Paris-Salzburg
confections. To close the Headphones with coiled Lagerfeld says, but mine is pieces will find their way collection, its easy to fall in
show, Lagerfeld strolled by braids that cover the ears, a version of great luxury. into one of the Back Bays love with every last ruffled
with model Cara Delevingne, felt bags embroidered with Its a luxury that would star attractions, the Chanel blouse and hair bow,
who held a half-eaten pretzel flowers, feathered hats, and be unimaginable, however, boutique. Newbury Street proving that Lagerfeld has
in her hand. black patent-leather clogs if not for the companys is so chic and fashionable done it again and seduced
photography Courtesy of Chanel

And the collection was were among the standouts. ateliers. The commitment that we wanted to expand us allhimself included.
devastatingly beautiful. Lagerfeld even made a Chanel has made to our presence there, says Its very difficult for me to
Jackets played a starring convincing case for bringing supporting its ateliers is Cirkva. The store is modeled have favorite pieces, he
role, each one more imagina- back lederhosen. The crucial not just for Chanel after a townhouse, in says. I love the collection
tive than the last. There was styles best ambassador: the but for the entire haute keeping with Bostons as a whole. If not, I would
a long, colorful embroidered designers 6-year-old godson couture industry and architectural style, she only show one dress!
jacket with flared sleeves Hudson, who wore a pair ready-to-wear business, adds, with luxurious fitting 6 newbury st., 617-859-
and hem, a floor-length of jean lederhosen with says Barbara Cirkva, the rooms and a very residential 0055; chanel.com BC

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STYLE Accessories

kendall
square
kismet
falls accessories take their cues from
bostons cutting-edge business nucleus.
photography by jeff crawford
styling by faye power

Cool Colors
Bold combinations of
black, blue, and silver
create the perfect palette.

Chrysler suede and


specchio pump, Paul
Andrew ($1,395). Saks
Fifth Avenue, The Shops
at Prudential Center,
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Bal58 Spray shoulder
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bag, Balenciaga ($3,750).


Neiman Marcus, Copley
Place, 617-536-3660;
balenciaga.com. Spiral
pendant fumoso
necklace, Pluma ($597).
Neiman Marcus, see
above; neimanmarcus.com

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STYLE Accessories
1 2

RAINBOW WAVE THROUGH A GLASS


Byte-size color-blocking BRIGHTLY
updates an icon. Ombr shading offers a glimpse
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3 4

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Geometric studs punch up Hardware elements give
basic black. clutches a hefty edge.

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1. Mosaic embroidery handbag, Chanel ($9,000). 6 Newbury St., 617-859-0055; chanel.com. 2. Carnaby ankle boot, Nicholas Kirkwood ($1,195). Intermix, 186 Newbury St., 617-236-5172; nicholas
kirkwood.com. 3. Viv pointed-toe oxford, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($548). 81 Newbury St., 617-425-0404; marcjacobs.com. 4. Studded Mini 3baguette, Fendi ($2,450). Neiman Marcus, Copley Place,
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A Well-Heeled Life
LincoLn native sarah flint hits it sky-high
with her designer shoe coLLection and
ceLebrates at her cherished boston spots.
by jill radsken

Sarah Flint isnt tiptoeing around the fashion world. No, maam.
Just two years after she launched it, the Lincoln natives namesake
footwear line has already high-stepped onto the prestigious shelves
at Barneys New York and dozens of upscale shops across the coun-
try, including the Tess & Carlos boutiques in Cambridge, Weston,
and Concord.
At 26, Flint has assembled a dynamic team, including Vice
President Vicky Donevan (formerly at the chic shoe brand Tabitha
Simmons), renowned patternmaker Richard Siccardi, and board
of advisors member Desiree Gruber, an executive producer of
Project Runway. It also doesnt hurt to have Blake Lively showing
up at movie premieres wearing Sarah Flint and Instagramming
her affection for the brands flats and sandals on a regular basis.
Flint runs her company out of New York, but her soul (pun
intended) remains in Boston. She graciously shared her favorite
shopping and leisure haunts. BC

hidden treasure: shopping staying current: farm to sarah:


Fancy Flea Antiques has secret weapon: South Bridge Boat House Everything sold at
photography Courtesy of sarah flint (flint)
the most incredible estate I cant go home without on Main Street in Concord Wilsons farmstand in
jewelry. I have a filigree stopping in Concord is the best place to rent Lexington is grown there.
gold band from the 40s that Center. It is the cutest town canoes. In high school we The produce is fresh, the
my sisters gave me. I wear center, with amazing did it all the time, grabbing plants are beautiful, and
it every day stacked with antiques shops. I worked at a picnic and canoeing down the apple cider doughnuts
the diamond and sapphire French Lessons, which sells the Concord River. Its are not to be missed.
band my parents bought me DVF and all the denim really beautiful. 496 Main Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant
there. 1841 Massachusetts brands I love. 8 Walden St., Concord, 978-369-9438; St., Lexington, 781-862-
Ave., Lexington, 781-862- St., Concord, 978-369-6227; southbridgeboathouse.com 3900; wilsonfarms.com
9650; fancyfleaantiques.com frenchlessons-boutique.com

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STYLE Spotlight
White shirt ($80) feet first
and pull-on Army
pants ($120).
STACKED
Take ankle boots to the next
level with a chunky heel.

baubles
RIGHT ON TIME
Sidney Thomas opens a
boutique in the Prudential
Center this September.
Bostons beloved jeweler Dior ($1,710). Copley Place,
Sidney Thomas is getting a 617-266-4628; dior.com
glittering overhaul this sea-
son, with a grand reopening in
September, just in time for fall
shopping. The new store will
Polar fleece wrap coat
serve as the companys retail ($150) and pull-on
prototype and feature pieces riding pants ($99).
from around the globe
including exotic locales like
Vicenza and Istanbulexclu-
sively for Boston shoppers.
There will also be estate jew- The Long and Short of It Gianvito Rossi ($1,065). Neiman
Marcus, Copley Place, 617-536-
3660; neimanmarcus.com
elry from Tiffany & Co. and
CLUB MONACO COFOUNDER AVRA MYERS REINVENTS
Cartier, as well as watch lines
such as Omega, Breitling,
CASUAL LUXE WITH HER NEW LABEL, A RUBY.
and TAG Heuer. In addition,
customers can expect to see
Jump-start your weekends this fall with rics, and the timeless style I love. So I
a new space dedicated solely chic yet easy-to-wear separates, like created it. A Rubys staples are pro-
to Rolex. The Shops at Moto leggings with vegan leather duced especially for the fashionable
Prudential Center, 617-262- accents, from A Ruby, founded by woman-on-the-go: riding pants that
0935; sidneythomas.com Quincy-based Avra Myers. I thought transition from day to night, crisp white
Stuart Weitzman ($465). Copley
there was a need for a line of clothing shirts for work or weekend, soft V-neck Place, 617-266-8699;
that simplified great style, says Myers, tunic sweaters, and the Breton-inspired stuartweitzman.com
who is no stranger to womenswear: In three-quarter-sleeve T-shirt. In the
her 30-year career, she has cofounded Fall/ Winter 2015 collection, look for
Club Monaco and had stints as copresi- the diamond-themed fringed poncho,
dent of Limited Stores and senior vice patch pants, the quilted wrap coat, and
president of merchandising at J. Jill. I Myerss favorite, the polar fleece cape.
wanted to find a way to design clothing The line has a pop-up shop at Michelle
with exceptional fit, high-quality fab- Willey in the South End. aruby.net

Tory Burch ($595). Copley Place,


SLEEK AND CHIC 617-867-9140; toryburch.com

Akris has two streamlined FASHION FUSION


new bags for fall. The Anouk Eclectic designer Anna Sui and legendary bootmaker
Envelope (PICTURED, TOP, $1,190) Frye have blended their creative juices to produce
can be carried as a clutch or, nine new bag and shoe styles for Suis Nordic-inspired
with the addition of an adjust- Fall 2015 collection. The fun part was customizing
able strap, worn as a shoulder their classic shape in an Anna Sui style, says Sui. The
bag. The Folio (PICTURED, looks combine Suis lively prints and her eccentricity
$2,990) can serve as either a with Fryes tried-and-true leather staples, bringing
clutch or a document holder. chic functionality to the Boston customer. Case in
Both come in sophisticated point: the Parker moc tall boots (PICTURED, $1,398) and
neutral tones and vivid hues the versatile Anna cross-body handbag. Both will take Valentino Garavani ($1,495).
like candle yellow. 16 Newbury you stylishly into the fall. 284 Newbury St., 617-247-
47 Newbury St., 617-578-0300;
valentino.com
St., 617-536-6225; akris.ch 3793; thefryecompany.com

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Lets face it: Not all hairstylists are created equal. ual, says Tonya Mezrich, Dunwellos chief beauty entourage
Nor are all manicurists, personal trainers, or eye- creative consultant. With Dunwello, we allow founded 10 years ago in farmington,
brow waxers. And theres nothing worse than service providershairstylists, manicurists, connecticut, by celebrity stylist ashley
finding out after youve left the salon with a bob waxers, you name itto market what they do
stone, Beauty entourage recently
that calls for a hatstatthat you could have best while helping clients navigate their service
expanded to Boston. its services include
picked a better beautician. decisions.
This is why Matt Brand created Dunwello, a Dunwello is currently available on the Web, makeup application and hairstyling, and
website that relies on the excellent taste of and the company eventually plans to roll out an the company plans to offer on-site hair
Bostons VIP crowdLaura Baldini of Mother app. Anyone can write a recommendation or extensions and an app in the near
Juice, Jenny Johnson of NECN, and philanthro- review, but Mezrich says its really the A-listers future. prices range from $55 for a
pist Ashley Bernon, among otherswho share who are spearheading the site with their sugges-
blow-out to $85$95 for formal styling.
their favorite beauty stars with their sisters. tionsand that Boston denizens sharing beauty
makeup applications are $85$95.
When you look at Yelp, youre really look- tips doesnt have to feel like a secret society.
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for watches in shades from
slate to cerulean.
by roberta naas photography by jeff crawford

Its not unusual for trending colors to show up on the straps of luxe
timepieces. But todays watchmakers are going a step further,
accenting watches and adorning their dials with the seasons most
coveted shades. From smoky, sophisticated slate to heavenly
azure, this fall is feeling blue.
For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to boston
common-magazine.com/watches.

clockwise from left: The Breitling Transocean From Omega, the De Ville Ladymatic watch
Chronograph ($8,380) features a 38mm stainless ($17,200) is crafted in stainless steel and features
steel case with a diamond bezel. The self-winding a blue mother-of-pearl sun-ray dial, diamond
Breitling 41 chronograph movement is accurate to stars as markers, and a snow-set diamond bezel.
one quarter of a second and water-resistant to This COSC-certified chronometer is powered by
300 meters. Sidney Thomas, The Shops at the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8520. Royal Jewelers,
Prudential Center, 617-262-0935; breitling.com 58 Main St., Andover, 978-475-3330; omega
watches.com
From Zenith, this Elite Ultra Thin Lady Moonphase
watch ($8,100) features a stainless steel case Patek Philippes Ref. 4947G Ladies Annual Indian horse silk pocket square, Herms ($145).
that is just 8.65mm thick and houses the Elite Calendar with Moon Phases ($49,800) is The Heritage on the Garden, 617-482-8707;
automatic movement, consisting of 195
Styling by terry lewiS

manufactured in 18k white gold and features a hermes.com. Silk pocket square, Brunello
components. It has a power reserve of 50 hours sunburst dial and a blue-gray alligator strap. The Cucinelli ($165). Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at
and a sub-seconds dial at 9. Shreve, Crump & watch is powered by a mechanical self-winding Prudential Center, 617-262-8500; saks.com. Big
Low, 39 Newbury St., 617-267-9100; movement. Dorfman, 24 Newbury St., 617-536- wallet ($875), small wallet ($540), and pin ($505),
zenith-watches.com 2022; patek.com Prada. Saks Fifth Avenue, see above

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She has seen her share of


adversity lately, but for
her new tour, Madonna is
again taking the bull by the
hornsperhaps literally.

Rebelling
AlwAys
Madonna continues her reign as the
Queen of PoP with a blockbuster
concert at bostons tD garDen.
by jared bowen

Bitch Im Madonna. Could there be three words that better


nail the essence of Madonna? That proclamation comes six
songs into her latest album, Rebel Heart. The one with the
cover featuring the singers ever-more-porcelain face tightly
wrapped in crisscrossing wireas if Madonna could possibly
be constrained. Now in the third decade of her career, she
continues to romp with gleeful abandon.
I just wanna have fun tonight/Pull me under the flashing
light/Let me blow up this house tonight, Madonna insists
in Bitch Im Madonna. In the music video she released for
the song in June, she bounds, climbs, and prowls her way
through a parade of partiers high above New York Citythe

photography by Samir huSSein/redfernS via getty imageS


metropolis that nearly swallowed her in the early 80s, before
she climbed out of its maw and hit it big in the club scene and
beyond with her self-titled (of course) debut album. In the
video, shes dressed like she did in those days, too: hot-pink
jacket, leopard-print dress, and big shiny earrings. The
cavalcade of cameos includes Nicki Minaj, Beyonc, Miley
Cyrus, Katy Perryin other words, the fully packaged pop
princesses who can trace their lineage to the Queen of Pop.
But heavy is the head that wears the crown.
Madonna brings her Rebel Heart Tour to the TD Garden
on September 26 for whats likely to be a vintage show. Call

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Madonna performs
Living for Love, from
her album Rebel Heart,
at the 2015 Brit Awards.
An Enthralling
Little Night
Esteemed director Peter DuBois
marshals a stellar team for the
Huntington Theatre Companys
romantic reverie. by jared bowen

In the hands of the right


performer and the right
director, its devastating.
Midway through the
second act of Stephen
Sondheims dreamy
musical A Little Night
Music, we fnd the glamorous Desiree Armfeldt
alone and vulnerable. An actress with a fading
career and a string of lost loves, shes refecting on
a spurned romantic overture and feeling foolish.
Isnt it rich?/Isnt it queer? she sings. Losing my
timing this late in my career? Its time, she fnally
acknowledges, to send in the clowns.
madonna may be vulnerable, but shes also People know Send in the Clowns, but they
victorious. she continues to fill stadiums, and dont know what its about, says Peter DuBois,
artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company,
after the tumble viewed by millions, she got who helms its season-opening production of the
right back up and finished the song. show. In the context of the musical, they get it big
time. DuBois calls the 1973 classic his favorite
her the mother of reinven- steely force who literally laid which, according to many an musical. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman flm
tion. The mother of the herself bare for an entire online arbiter of decorum, is
Smiles of a Summer Night, it examines the joys and
modern-day pop tart. Or just book called sex, who reason enough for her to
tribulations of romance through the lives of several
a mother of four. (For all of withstood criticism from retire the short skirts in favor
you old enough to remember the pope, and whos been of compression stockings couples. Its one of the fnest combinations of book
photography by DaviD M. benett/getty iMages (MaDonna); aaron epstein (Dubois)

playing Holiday over and banned from MTVmore and bedpans. and music that there is, he says. I also just love
over on cassette, take a deep than once. Madonna may be vulner- how it pulses with emotion and sexuality in a way
breath: Madonnas oldest is Madonna rolls up to the able, but shes also victorious. that doesnt wink but thats actually deeply felt.
now in college.) rebel heart Garden having endured a She continues to fill massive
Olivier Awardnominated actress Haydn Gwynne
could well have been titled year of indignities. Hackers stadiums. In a tribute to her
leads the cast as Desiree, while Boston theater doy-
confessions with conviction. leaked much of rebel heart ferocious fight for equality,
In one of her best-reviewed before it was finished, and this spring the Boston Gay enne Bobbie Steinbach plays her mother, the saucy,
albums in ages, Madonna those rough tracks were bur- Mens Chorus devoted a por- outspoken dowager Madame Armfeldt. And the sets,
harks back to those early ied under an avalanche of tion of its concert to her body including the Armfeldt country estate, are courtesy
days with an airy, bouncy criticism. During a perfor- of work. And after the tum- of Tony and Emmy Award winner Derek McLane,
club beat. But shes no mance at the Brit Awards, ble viewed by millions, she
one of Broadways most in-demand designers. Its a
ingnue now. In the song she took a nasty tumble, now got right back up and fin-
team that should make A Little Night Music a night
Joan of Arc, she admits immortalized on YouTube ished the song. Because,
shes as insecure as the rest of for the amusement of haters bitch, shes Madonna. to remember. September 11October 11. Boston
uswounded and vulnerable everywhere. And then september 26 at 8 pm at td University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., 617-266-
from years of sniping. And theres the rampant ageism: garden, 100 legends way. for 7900; huntingtontheatre.org
thats genuinely surprising. The Material Girl is now a tickets, call 800-745-3000 or
After all, shes the same woman in her mid-50s, visit tdgarden.com. BC

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CuLTure Art Full
Forget It! Forget
Me! by Roy
Lichtenstein, CLASS ACT
1962. below:
Street Musicians The Museum of Fine Arts
at the Doorway of explores the multitiered
a House by Jacob society of the Dutch
Ochtervelt, 1665.
Baroque era.
by jared bowen

Today, class division is the


subject of newspaper
editorials and Sunday-
morning talk shows. But in
the 17th century, the Dutch
social divide was captured
in enduring images by the
greatest painters of the era.
Class Distinctions: Dutch
Painting in the Age of
Rembrandt and Vermeer,
an exhibition at the Museum
of Fine Arts, gathers a
breathtaking array of
masterworks from public
and private collections
across Europe and the
United States. Rembrandts

photography Courtesy of the museum of fine arts (Street MuSicianS); rose art museum, Brandeis university gevirtz-mnuChin purChase fund, estate of
lush depiction of a lavishly
ornamented member of the
ruling class is juxtaposed
with a portrait of a
middle-class shipbuilder.
Nobles surveying their vast
domains contrast with a

PoP UP
humble laborer sharpening
his scythe at a grindstone or
the wary denizens of an old
mens home. Organized by
senior curator Ronni Baer,
Warhol and lichtenstein headline a snazzy neW exhibit at the the show also offers an
Rose ARt MuseuM at brandeis University. by jared bowen extremely rare opportunity
to view several Vermeer
masterpieces in Boston,
While few would ever question the enduring significance nized the power and potential of the museums permanent
including A Lady Writing
of the Pop art in the Rose Art Museums new exhibit LA/ collection, which was begun by the Roses founding direc-
and The Astronomer. MFA
MA, the museum itself has not escaped such criticism. tor, Sam Hunter, in 1961. Hunter snatched up works by exhibits are always a class
Despite the striking, finely honed collection of modern names that would soon be venerated: Robert Rauschenberg, act, but this one takes it
and contemporary works at the Brandeis University institu- Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly. Its been literally. October 11January
tion, just a few years ago, during the deepest throes of the evident that Sam Hunter was bold, audacious, and vision- 18, 2016. 465 Huntington
economic downturn, the colleges then-president, Jehuda ary, says Bedford. That can be most clearly stated. Ave., 617-267-9300; mfa.org
Reinharz, offered a proposal: The museum should be shut- In LA/MA, a survey of Pop art from the 60s, Bedford
tered and much of its collection sold off for the financial considers the work of the East Coast artists collected by
betterment of the university. The art world (not to mention Hunter and his colleagues, such as Lichtenstein, Robert
the courts) issued a thunderous condemnation, the plan Indiana, and Andy Warhol, versus that of their lesser-known
was dropped, and Reinharz resigned a year later. And West Coast counterparts, including Joe Goode and Judy roy LiChtenstein (Forget it! Forget Me!)

today the collection once considered dispensable is the Chicago. While their work was comparable, Los Angeles
very reason the Rose is flourishing. based artists didnt receive the same recognition simply
In 2012, after stints at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the because they werent in New York. What were doing is
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Christopher Bedford to suggest that there was another discourse entirely taking
took the reins of the Rose as its new director (and at 35, he place on the West Coast, Bedford says. And because of
was one of the youngest museum directors in the country). geography, we didnt incorporate those artists early on. But
A native of Scotland whose family moved to England and as the Rose itself has demonstrated, its never too late for a
later the United States, Bedfordwho has a penchant for course correction. September 12December 13. 415 South St.,
long-distance running and natty dressingquickly recog- Waltham, 781-736-3434; brandeis.edu/rose BC

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magazine is proud to support, will turn Lansdowne
Street into a light and sound installation; a reception for
HUBweek; the events lead organizers: MGH President
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Why is there a special make perfect kids, or program
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We have an enormous docu- do? Michael Sandel, a Harvard

and Soul of Boston mentary community here.


Harvard was connected to
almost every Oscar nomina-
professor and host of the BBC
series The Public Philosopher,
leads an all-star panel discussion.
Harvard, MIT, Mass General, and the Boston GloBe convene tion for documentary Sunday, October 4, 3 pm
To creaTe a full-on arTIsTIc and InTellecTual specTacle. this past year. We have iLLUMinUS
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largest producer of public at this nighttime festival! The
exterior of Fenway Park and the
Austin is known for South by visitors from near and far, science, and technology cre- television nationally. The
entirety of Lansdowne Street will
Southwest, Miami for Art who will experience every- ates here in Greater Boston. components are all here,
be transformed into a vibrant
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managing director of The discussions in Fenway Park On Sunday, October 4, MGH cornerstone, nationally, for environment of light and sound.
Boston Globe, has anything to to flying machines to 3-D is presenting a massive relax- documentary film. To help Sunday, October 4, 6:30 pm
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unexpected events and expe- healthcare delivery, cancer tary film coverage every home of groundbreaking research,
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If THE SHOE fITS
Cinderella is determined to attend
the princes ball at the Boston
Opera House this fall, and no whin-
ing stepsister, devious stepmother,
or lack of appropriate attire is going
to get in her way. Rodgers and
open book Hammersteins Tony Award
SOUTHERN winning musical adaptation of
CHARM the classic fairy tale offers charm,
Travel writer Paul Theroux, romance, and, surprisingly, lots of
a Medford native and
Cape Cod resident, is best
laughs. Our heroines dreams come
known for recounting his true not just because of a makeover,
adventures in far-flung
places like Patagonia and says Massachusetts native Andy
Siberia, but in his 10th Huntington Jones, who plays the
travel book, Deep South:
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Roads (Houghton Mifflin
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also for the nations
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and her contemporaries, including Andy Warhol and Ed splendors. Brookline
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PeoPle View from the Top

Governor Charlie Baker, seen in


his State House office, learned
from his parents how to disagree
without being disagreeable
a tone he hopes to bring to
Massachusetts government.

Most
Congenial
Governor Charlie Ba er takes over
the state house, with lessons
learned from a loss and a
commitment to rule with kindness.
by brian wright oconnor

Sitting cross-legged on the grass, Governor Charlie Baker


eyes a semicircle of fourth graders who are camping out
overnight behind the protective granite walls of Fort
Independence on Castle Island. A pigtailed blonde from
the Condon Elementary School in South Boston tells the
blue jeansclad governor that she lives in Dorchester.
Which parish? he asks, not missing a beat, as American
flags snap in the breeze blowing off Boston Harbor.
The answerSt. Brendans!is less revealing than the
photography by Conor Doherty

question, which demonstrates the Republican governors


schooling in Boston politics. In the shrinking precincts of
white Dorchester, Roman Catholic parishes identify home
turf as readily as street names or hills. In these highly
continued on page 68

bostoncommon-magazine.com 67
PEOPLE View from the Top

top: Governor Baker in his office. bottom:


Baker with daughter Caroline, wife
Lauren, son Charlie, and former governor
William Weld watching election results at
the Seaport Boston Hotel.

Democratic neighborhoods, Baker did better than expected in


last years election, helping him gain a slim margin of victory in a
state where Republicans constitute less than 15 percent of voters
and independents outstrip both parties.
Bakers attention to parochial detailalong with not just a will-
ingness but an eagerness to tell cornball ghost stories and unwind
his lanky 6-foot-6 frame from the grass with a backward roll so he
can roast smores with his pint-size hosts (his wife, Lauren, at his
side)says a lot about the Bay States chief executive, the campaign
he waged, and the kind of governor he wants to be: engaged, enthu-
siastic, empathetic.
Im a big believer in public service, says the states
72nd governor during an interview in his State House office.
Ive spent probably half my professional career one way or
another in public service, and I hope people come away from
any engagement they have with me feeling pretty good about pub-
lic servants and what its all about.
Bakers infectious grip-and-grin style, punctuated by lots of high-
fives and exclamations of Awesome!, leaves little doubt that he
takes to the job with all the fervor of a suburban dad volunteer. His
eager plunge into the Twitterverse, full of selfies and attaboy
exchanges, reflects the same can-do character.
As a former cabinet secretary under Governor William Weld
and former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker knows
that state government is teeming with challengeswhether
improving public transit or balancing Massachusettss $38 billion
budget without imposing new taxes. Like many Bay State

photography by Conor Doherty (offiCe); DaviD L. ryan/The BosTon GloBe via getty images (famiLy)
Republicans before him, Baker, 58, won the office on a platform
of managerial expertise and social liberalism as a pro-choice
budget hawk who backs same-sex marriage. But the broader
public got to know him as the calm eye in the center of the snowi-
canes that battered the state during his first months in office.
While the MBTA ran off the rails and drivers either slid off the
road or battened down the hatches at home, Baker delivered
the storm-center equivalent of FDRs fireside chats. His reassuring
tone and presence, coupled with aggressive efforts to address
the public transportation meltdown, helped boost his favor-
ability level to an astounding 74 percent.
That was certainly a test, and I think weand I would say we
because there were a lot of people who made a lot of decisions
and did a lot of workas an administration benefited from that,
says Baker, sitting beneath an oil portrait of former governor John
Volpe. He ticks off a list of equipment brought into the state to
help cities and towns with snow removal, adding that I will be
measured on whether or not we improve the reliability and
dependability of the MBTA.
In political terms, Bakers path to the corner office passed through
his 2010 defeat to the popular incumbent, Governor Deval Patrick.
After Patrick declined to run for a third term, Baker ran again, this

68 bostoncommon-magazine.com
i hope people come away from any
engagement with me feeling pretty
good about public servants.
governor charlie baker

time defeating Attorney General Martha Coakley by went to Harvard (and played on its basketball team)
1.9 percent. Unleashing his inner Rotarian, Baker ran and then Northwestern, where he earned an MBA
as a more genial, personable candidate the second and met his future wife. Back in Massachusetts,
time aroundfrom awkwardly dancing to My Girl Baker eventually settled in Swampscott, the old
at a Roxbury barbecue to dialing back the fiscal hec- North Shore fishing village turned high-end sub-
toring that had grated on many voters ears four urb, where he and Lauren raised their three kids
years earlier. while he worked in the administrations of Weld
But in fact the stage had been set much earlier. and Governor Paul Cellucci before leaving to guide
The son of a businessman who served under Volpe Harvard Pilgrim through a stressful period of INSIGHT
during his stint as secretary of transportation in the receivership and recovery. I like to sweat the favorite local mechanic. I think
Nixon and Ford administrations, Baker grew up details, he says. historical site: sweating the details is
listening to his conservative Republican father and Along the way, Baker ran for and won a seat on the Youre sitting in a good thing. He was
liberal Democratic mother debate around the dinner five-member Swampscott Board of Selectmen it. The State House. a customer of mine at
table in a fashion that shaped his consensus-building when the town was facing fiscal challenges. His Massachusetts has Harvard Pilgrim, and
zillions of awesome he would call me about
approach to governance. My parents were very good decision to seek the office was opposed by Virginia
photography by pat greenhouse/The BosTon GloBe via getty images (swearing in. Deval patrick); glenn leblanc/getty images (state house)

historical sites, and one the smallest things


at disagreeing without being disagreeable, he says. Buckingham, a close friend who served as Welds
of the great things about and make sure we
Theyve been happily married for almost 60 years. and Celluccis chief of staff. I read him the riot act,
running for offce is would fx them.
And they dont really agree on much of anything she says. He was taking a risk in running for a town getting to visit them. most-admired
when it comes to politics. With them, it was always a office, because if he lost, he would tarnish the brand.
most-admired republican:
conversation, and I would hope that most of the folks [But] he stopped me cold. He said to me, My towns
democrat: One Besides Abraham
around here would say its a conversationthat we can in trouble and I want to help. It was really a lesson thing I loved about Lincoln, probably Bill
disagree without being disagreeable. for me: There are things more important than [late Boston mayor] Weld. He taught me
Raised in Needham, where he attended public political opportunities down the road. That is who Tom Menino is that he about public service and
schools and starred in schoolboy sports, Baker Charlie is. bc earned the title urban public life.

clockwise from top: Baker being sworn


in in January; Baker and the outgoing
governor, Deval Patrick, watch as their
wives, Lauren Baker and Diane
Patrick, embrace; the State House.

bostoncommon-magazine.com 69
PEOPLE Spirit of Generosity

Dawn Oates at home with


her daughter Harper, who
inspired her to establish
The Play Brigade.

Work Hard, Play Harder


Dawn Oates found her lifes work in helping disabled
children have fun. by scott kearnan PhotograPhy by Patryce bak

Every person has a need for fun, says Dawn Oates, founder of the year- Would she ever experience playgrounds or birthday parties, family hikes
old nonprofit group The Play Brigade, sitting in her cozy office building or school field trips? Harper works hard every day, and her mothers pur-
tucked behind her Brookline home. Oates is a dynamo who rifles through pose became to help her play.
paperwork with the speed of a Vegas card dealer, so its no surprise that, once Thus was born The Play Brigade, which builds inclusive common spaces
upon a time, she was a PR powerhouse for marquee names like Goodwin and resource networks that allow people of all physical abilities to play
Procter. (She eventually launched her own agency, and was even a contes- together. To have our child be born with limitations was heartbreaking,
tant on NBCs The Apprentice.) But Oates felt that her work lacked purpose. but Im not angry, Oates says. If a gift came from this, its that every day I
Then her daughter Harper was born, less than two years after Oates dig into work that I feel passionate about and that helps other people.
gave birth to healthy twins. Harper has incomplete quadriplegia: Her legs She started with playgrounds. Harpers local Brookline playground already
are paralyzed, as are portions of her arms and hands. Oates and her hus- had a special bucket swing for children with disabilities, but Oates wanted
band, Justin, found their world shattered. She quickly realized that her more. The Play Brigade is fighting to get all parks to provide swings, slides,
greatest task lay ahead: ensuring that her daughter, and other children and and other equipment designed to accommodate kids of all abilities. She joined
adults with disabilities, had a life worth living. Harper cant walk, she cant the Design Review Committee of the towns Parks and Open Space Division,
feed herselfbut she can smile, laugh, and know joy. Oates wondered, offering advice on how inclusive design can be integrated into public spaces

70 bostoncommon-magazine.com
below: Oates running the Boston Charity register
Marathon with a team from The Play
Brigade. right: Oates and Harper at Opportunities to give.
their local playground.

Dana-Farber CanCer InstItute


What: An Evening with Champions, now in its 45th
year of presenting performances by world-class
fgure skaters, benefts the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute. Run entirely by Harvard University
students, the event has raised more than
$2.7 million and hopes to collect $60,000 this
year to support adult and pediatric cancer care
and research. In the past, the show has featured
fve-time world champion and nine-time US
champion Michelle Kwan and Olympic gold
medalist Yuna Kim. aneveningwithchampions.org
When: September 18 and 19, 7 pm
Where: Bright-Landry Hockey Arena, 79 N.
Harvard St.

boston ChIlDrens hospItal


What: Join Milagros para Nios and host John
inclusion isnt just curb cuts. it has Quiones for a night of dinner and dancing to
beneft Boston Childrens Hospital. The gala,
to do with engaging a person in a space chaired this year by Carolina Alarco and Monica
Neuman, celebrates the Latino community, its
in a way thats fulfilling. culture, and its compassionate leaders in raising
money for a number of BCH programs that help
dawn oates Latino children and their families, among others.
Over the past fve years, the gala has raised more
than $2.7 million. giving.childrenshospital.org
at the earliest stages of planning. Now The Play nizations such as the National Inclusion Project, When: September 18, 6 pm
Brigade is campaigning to raise $1 million for inclu- brings together city reps, community stakeholders,
Where: Westin Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St.
sive playground design in Greater Boston. It recently and disability activists, like Boston Marathon leg-
donated $45,000 to Bostons Parks & Recreation end Dick Hoyt and former Boston University hockey
Department, allowing the city to purchase addi- player Travis Roy. Among the summits accom- esplanaDe assoCIatIon
What: Sip seasonal cocktails, enjoy a live auction
tional equipment for an accessible picnic grove in plishments is the Boston Compact for Community
and a farm-to-table dinner, and dance under the
Franklin Parkwith specially designed swings, Inclusion, an agreement by organizations in a vari- stars on the Charles River Esplanade at the black-
game tables, and other playground amenities that ety of disciplines to perform a self-assessment of tie Moondance Gala. Last years event raised
are suitable for kids of all physical abilities. their inclusion practices. more than $950,000 to fund the restoration of
The word inclusion is important to Oates, who Oates also drew the notice of Mark Perrone, the Hatch Shell. This years committee, cochaired
believes that compliance with the Americans with CEO of the Grand Prix of Boston, who ham- by Cynthia Croatti, Allison Hirsch, and Sandra
Disabilities Act is not enough. Inclusion isnt just mered out the high-profile multiyear deal to bring Steele, hopes to surpass that fgure to help
protect the parks natural environment and to
curb cuts and wheelchair-accessible bathroom IndyCar, the prestigious auto-racing league behind
continue community programs such as Healthy
stalls, she says. It has to do with engaging a per- the Indianapolis 500, to the Hub starting in 2016. Fit and Fun. esplanadeassociation.org
son in a space in a way thats fulfilling. You might Now IndyCar Boston is in discussions with The
When: September 26, 6:30 pm
photography courtesy of the boston marathon (marathon)

have access to the party, but just because youre in Play Brigade to create a competitive, professionally
Where: Charles River Esplanade, Fiedler Field
the room doesnt mean you can participate. managed five-kilometer running race in which
Oatess endeavor is largely self-funded, sup- athletes of all abilities would compete side by side.
ported by a network of volunteers (she has one Its track? The local IndyCar racetrack, of course. roDman rIDe For KIDs
salaried employee) who raise funds through road Its an opportunity that thrills Oates, as it would What: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
Rodman Ride for Kids by cheering on participants
races and other special events. (On November 4, demonstrate for people all over the world that
in 25-, 50-, and 100-mile bike rides to support
shell boogie on behalf of The Play Brigade at Boston is a leader in inclusion, she says, and give at-risk children in the United States. Started by
Dancing with the Brookline Stars, an annual fund- the issue a national platform. Don Rodman, the event raises funds for nearly 50
raiser for various nonprofits, where she hints that High-performance auto racing is an apt meta- affliated youth-focused social-service charities in
her choice of dance partner will spotlight inclu- phor for the speed with which Oatess nonprofit has Greater Boston, such as the Boston Police Athletic
sion.) Oatess passion and initiative caught the roared into action. But I dont consider what I do League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, and The
attention of the insurance giant John Hancock, work, she says. Every single day, I have an excit- Red Sox Foundation. rodmanforkids.org
which has sponsored a series of planning summits ing opportunity to make positive change in the When: September 26, various starting times
where The Play Brigade, in partnership with orga- worldand for my family. playbrigade.com BC Where: 10 Lincoln Road, Foxboro

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the patriots tom brady leads a
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international.

It was a sIght to behold when more than


2,500 people participated in the 16th annual Best Buddies
Challenge: Hyannis Port, a running, walking, and cycling
fundraiser from Boston to Hyannis Port on May 29 and 30.
The event raised more than $5 million for Best Buddies
International. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
continued on page 74
photography courtesy of best buddies international

Tom Brady

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INVITED
Katie Meade Nia Sanchez, Chandler
and Tom Brady Jones, and K. Lee Graham

Julian Edelman

Polikensi Manxhari,
Governor Charlie Barker,
and Sophie Baird
MIchael Chiklis and
Lauren Potter

quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador,


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fundraising Team Tom Brady to the finish line. The
weekends festivities kicked off on May 29 with the
Tom Brady Football Challenge and the Guy Fieri
Celebrity Chef Tailgate at Harvard Stadium,
before segueing into Saturdays events with Dane
Cook, Michael Chiklis, and Lauren Potter. Participants hit the road
to raise money for Best
Buddies International.

Liz Kelleher Sells and


Kelley Doyle

Jane Hudis, Elizabeth John and


Hurley, and Amy Robach Madeleine Capino
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and Tommy Hilfiger
Trade Center, raising more than $1.2 million. It was a star-
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLANCHARD

The venue was studded affair honoring Elizabeth Hurley for her commitment
transformed into a to breast cancer awareness, Amy Robach and Andrew Shue
gorgeous pink setting.
for their national humanitarian efforts, and local BCRF-funded
breast cancer researchers. Tommy Hilfiger, the events honor-
ary cochair, opened the festivities, and Megan Hilty belted out
tunes to end the dinner on a high note.
Myra Biblowit and
Megan Hilty

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Eric and Patty Allen

Marie Muniz,
Noelle Barbosa,
and Kinda Touna Bobby Ernst

SUMMER IN THE CITY


BOSTON COMMON KICKED OFF the season with its annual Summer in
the City party at the restaurant Dante. Chteau dEsclans poured the popular
Whispering Angel, as well as the newest addition to its ros portfolio, Rock
Angel. Guests also enjoyed Grey Goose Le Melon cocktails and a game of
cornhole. The biggest attractions were the oversize game of Jenga, part of the
summer game series presented by FBN Construction, and the fun snapshots Shuli Aronson and
in the RE/MAX Collection photo booth. Attendees were treated to hors Justin Minda
doeuvres from Dante as they enjoyed the stunning sunset views over the
Charles River.

Dante de Magistris

Patricia Raposo and


Michael Chin

Kier McDonough, Anja


Kola, Connie Brown, and
Caesar Belbel
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLANCHARD

Jess Alario, Kelly Early, Sarah Daigle building the Kristen Caldon
and Elle Beaulieu Laura Godine oversize Jenga tower. and Lisa Richov

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INVITED

Tim Barton, Holly


Finigan, and
Courtney Owens

SUNSET ON SCONSET
THE FOURTH OF JULY weekend got off to a spirited start at
Boston Commons 10th annual Nantucket Summer Lawn Party at
The Summer House Beachside Bistro. Guests sipped Elit Stolichnaya
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a game of cornhole, courtesy of FBN Construction. The Summer
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enjoyed local wines and beers provided by Cisco Brewers. Notable
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Elliman Real Estates Michael Lorber, and Harry Dubin from
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Bob Ernst and
Sylvia Dandrata

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERRY POMMETT

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Josh Weis and
Michael Tarshi Brian Walshe

Arthur Winn and


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Michael Carucci and
Danielle DAmbrosio

Wil Lockman,
Kendra Boccelli,
and Doug Gray

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breeze when Boston Common partnered with Barton & Gray
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Hotel. B&Gs vice president of marketing, Douglas Gray, and his
team provided Boston Harbor yacht cruises on the Lark through-
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Greece Is the Word


Theres yeT anoTher new neighbor in The seaporT, and This Time
iTs all abouT meze. by annie copps photography by Morgan ione yeager

The Seaport restaurant scene continues to burst at the seams, and the latest
addition to its melting pot of global cuisines is Committee, a sleek, modern
space with a sharp eye on the culinary traditions of Greece and North Africa.
And it serves its dishes meze-style.
The southern Mediterranean tradition of meze can be hard to describe.
Some call it tapas, but meze (pronounced MEZ-uh or MEZ-ay, depending on
where in the Mediterranean youre from) isnt just about small plates. Com-
mittee owner George Aboujaoude and general manager Demetri Tsolakis,
of Lebanese and Greek descent, respectively, wanted traditional food, and
this is the best way to serve it, says chef Geoff Lukas. The way you eat over
there is very social and communal. You construct a meal in a certain order.
Its more of a narrative of hot and cold, different flavors, different textures.
continued on page 82

Sympetherio, a bean dish


from the Greek island of
Crete, and taramosalata,
a creamy dip made from
fish roe and potatoes.

bostoncommon-magazine.com 81
taste so Many Dinners (so Little time)
from left: Owner George Aboujaoude, chef
Geoff Lukas, and general manager Demetri BAR LIFE
Tsolakis. right: Grilled haloumi cheese
served with oven-puckered grapes. Take a seat at the bar
and experience the social
Committee.

A solo seat at Committees


big bar doesnt have to
be lonely. Located in the
center of the dining room,
this is a very social place.
The cocktails break away
from the Mediterranean
theme a bit (owner
George Aboujaoude and
general manager Demetri
Tsolakis both have history
with the local nightlife
scene) with well-crafted
old fashioneds, made
all the better with blood
orange syrup and hints
of grapefruit. A take on
the Moscow mule is
created with chili-infused
vodka and a touch of
cardamom. (And the
the way you eat over there is very social. its more of a bartenders showman-
narrative of hot and cold, different flavors and textures. ship is as fawless as their

geoff lukas mixology.) The thoughtful


wine list, meanwhile, pays
On Lukass menu, which he crafted with consulting chef full of texture from the mashed (not pured) chickpeas; and a homage to the homeland
Diane Kochilas (a highly regarded author and expert on rich blend of vaguely sweet and salty rice and pine nuts. There with selections from
Greek foodways and a resident of Athens), there are a dozen are also sympetherio, a bean dish from the Greek island of
Greece and Lebanon, as
or so meze, cold or hot. No entres. Think of this as an Crete, and taramosalata, a creamy dip made from fish roe
well as Italy and France.
adventure, says Lukas. Diane knows Greece, and thats the and bread (Lukas substitutes potatoes). Olive oil reigns in
anchor of the menu. She has such a deep and broad under- his kitchen: Its in just about everything, and Lukas is devoted
standing of Greek cuisine. I deliberately focused on and to Chafic Maaloufs Lebanese brand, Olive Harvest (avail- The Akos Crosz
studied the foods Im into and the countries Ive traveled to, able at Formaggio Kitchen and Sevan Bakery). Chocolate
cocktail.
like Tunisia, Iran, and Israelcountries that have a connec- Examples of warm meze (or pioteros) are wild greens nim-
tion geographically or historically with Greece. In addition bly wrapped in ethereal phyllo dough (paper-thin sheets of
to his extensive travels, Lukas also spent time in the local pastry, made in-house) that fairly float off the plate; lamejun,
kitchens of Sofra Bakery and Oleana with chefs Ana Sortun an Armenian flatbread topped with ground lamb, charred
and Maura Kirkpatrickand clearly their knowledge of tomato, and nigella seeds; and grilled haloumi cheese served
North African and Mediterranean cuisines and their use of with oven-puckered grapes and just a bit of ouzo for another
spices and other flavors rubbed off. balanced hit of sweet and salty. But perhaps earning the great-
The vegetable-focused menu may be traditional in tech- est affection are the zucchini chips. Likely a riff on chips and
nique and ingredients, but its also contemporary, with bright, dip, the thin rounds of light, crispy zucchini paired with onion-
fresh executions of dishes that have joined the North American laced labneh (thickened yogurt) are impossible to resist.
culinary repertoire. Cold meze (or arhi), a good place to begin, This is healthy food, says Lukas. It always has been.
include familiar plates like tzatziki, baba ghanoush, hummus, The Mediterranean diet has long been a focus of study for
and stuffed grape leaves. At Committee they are, in order, nutritionists and public-health experts, in large part due to its
thick and luxurious, made with imported Greek yogurt and reliance on olive oil, vegetables, legumes, and grains, but also
braised seasonal greens; gracefully smoky (from the charred for its social aspects: This is food thats meant to be shared.
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Oh, Honey!
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Its a bird! Its a plane! Nah. urban flowers as possible dedication to honey ers really enjoy coming up difference. 138 St. James

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and Fairmont Copley Plaza, dark honey (its lighter in the and Executive Chef Didier supply of fresh, natural Hotel has six hives, managed
to name a few. Wilson-Rich spring) produced from the Montarou, who infuses honey provides a unique by Best Bees, containing
and his staff build beehives wildflowers, false chamo- honey into the acacia honey experience for our team as more than 1 million bees.
by hand (and custom-paint mile, and Japanese bamboo sauted shrimp salad, the well as for our guests. 15 The honey is harvested a few
them, too), then install them that the bees have snacked charcuterie board, and the Arlington St., 617-536-5700; times each year and used in
for clients. Beehives are on. Here are a few Boston house-made honey-roasted tajhotels.com dishes at the hotels Tamo
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to its hard cider, using local pressed apple juice and maple
syrup to create its Roots (plain, dry), Rind (with orange rind
and coriander), and seasonal blends, like Sprig (with hops and
mint), all sold in beer bottles. Lookout Farm Hard Cider in
South Natick also uses beer bottles for its Farmhouse Blend.
Yet hard ciders all-natural, gluten-free, low-alcohol (less
than 7 percent) character has hooked the health set, along
with wine and cocktail drinkersa market that Somervilles
Bantam Modern American Cider serves with its elegantly

BOURBON HARD
labeled varieties, like the honey-kissed Wunderkind and the
piquant Rojo (with cherry juice and pepper).

CIDER FIZZ Hard cider is technically a wine, and we have to have a


wine license to make it, says Dana Masterpolo, a co-owner
of Bantam. Yet the company recently put its Persian spiced
COURTESY OF OAK LONG
cider, The Americain, in cans.
BAR + KITCHEN AT THE
FAIRMONT COPLEY PLAZA. Hard cider used to sell well in the fall, but now were sell-
ing it constantly year-round, says Michael Crookes, assistant
1 ounces bourbon manager at Martys Fine Wines in Newton, carrying more
1 ounce pure than 50 globally sourced hard ciders, including those from
maple syrup New Hampshires Farnum Hill Ciders, which are sold in bot-
2 dashes tles with Champagne-style corks. People are seeing more
Angostura bitters options and better-quality hard cider and realizing its versa-
Your favorite hard cider
tile enough to sip alone or pair with almost anything, from
Place several ice cubes pork to mac n cheese. BC
in a beer glass. Add
bourbon, maple syrup,
and bitters. Stir. Fill the
CIDER HOUSE RULES
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New Englands top spots for tours, pours, and
Garnish with a
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THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY
Later this fall, The Boston Beer Company, which makes Angry
Orchard hard cider, will open a cidery for research and develop-

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ment in Walden, New York. Tastings will be offered to the
public. Check the website for updates on the Walden cidery and
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a variety of situations and foods, says

SANT!
Barrymore, whose 2013 vintage has
notes of lemon drop, Asian pear, and
honeydew melon, along with the unique
wet stone minerality characteristic of
grapes grown in the rocky vineyards
of Californias Monterey region, where
Carmel Road is located. According to
Kris Kato, the winemaker who worked
with Barrymore, This wine highlights
the lively fruit flavors and bright acid-
ity that only this area can offer.
While the taste of the wine was para-
mount, Barrymore was also looking to
partner with a vineyard that was com-
mitted to sustainable farming. Its a
huge benefit, she says, especially with
ThE BEllE of ThE MAll
whats happening in Los Angeles with Sometimes a leap of faith is all
the water conservancy programs.
you need. For the team behind
Perfect Pinots
New this season is a Pinot Noir, which
was inspired by Barrymores love of Deuxave, which this fall celebrates
Beaujolais, among other wines. Its flo- fve wildly successful years, that
Barrymore Wines are the ideal way to ral and fruit-forward without being too
add a little drama to your fall. acidic or sweet, she says. And whats meant not being dissuaded by the

photography courtesy of Barrymore By camel road (Barrymore); By andy ryan (deuxave); michael schlow (doretta); Katherine hysmith (pantry)
next for the company? Were working citys late great mayor. When we
Actress Drew Barrymore has entered the wine busi- on our third varietal as we speak, which should be
ness. She launched Barrymore Wines in 2010, and out next spring, the actress says. Were prolific
announced opening on that side of
recently she partnered with Carmel Road Winery little rabbits over there. Shaws Supermarket, 53 Mass Ave., we were cautioned by
to release a new Pinot Grigio. Its been a perennial Huntington Ave., 617-262-4688; carmelroad.com/ many as being on the wrong side of
favorite because its vibrant and complements such barrymore-wines BC
the street, even by Mayor Menino,
says co-owner Brian Piccini. Now
a new chapter some of the most expensive condo
ITS All GrEEk To US construction projects are west of
James Beard Awardwinning chef Michael
us. Alongside executive chef and
Schlow is saying arrivederci to Via Matta after co-owner Chris Coombs, chef de
13 years and opening Doretta Taverna and Raw
Bar in the same location. The menu, with dishes
cuisine Adrienne Wright contin-
like grilled octopus (pictured) and slow-roasted ues to serve the contemporary
lamb shoulder, is inspired by the Greek heritage
of Schlows wife. The renovated space was French dishesincluding nine-
designed by Michael Nadeau and Andrea hour French onion soup and Long
Morton and features a larger patio. Opa!
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now open
that have been on the menu since
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At the newly opened Pantry, you can buy
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healthy, preportioned kits that come with Deuxaves more than 500 wines,
all the ingredients youll need and easy-to-
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SMART. BEAUTIFUL. FIERCE. THE GENERAL CONSENSUS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE
POND IS THAT ENGLISH CHARMER NATALIE DORMER RULES.
by DAVID HOCHMAN photography by TONY DURAN

N
atalie Dormer is on a pool terrace overlooking Margaery Tyrell, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Press panels, par-
Los Angeles, doing what can only be described ties, hoards of furry, green-haired cosplayersThe trick will be
as the happy dance. In an entertainment world remembering which Natalie Dormer I need to be and when, she
where things so often go wrong, everything says as her grin starts to curl again. Im trying to remain sane and
appears to be going exactly right for Dormer, not go totally schizophrenic.
and you sense her good fortune as she casually Madness might be justifiable. At 33, Dormer somehow finds her-
pirouettes and plisshe was a ballerina before self in two of the biggest pop-culture sensations of our time. Hunger
becoming an actorfor a photographers camera on this sparkling- Games and Game of Thrones attract so much frenzied analysis and
blue day in Beverly Hills. commentary that they are bona fide international events. Game of
But then she stops, cocks her hip, and scrunches her lips into a Thrones, which this year received a whopping 24 Emmy nomina-
mischievous little pucker that edges up on one side. Dormer has very tionsmore than any other showwill again air in more than 170
large, bright blue eyes that somehow loom larger in that instant. The countries when it returns next year (last year in Boston, special
English actress is so well known for this facial flourish that there is screenings at Imax theaters were sold out within minutes of being
a highly trafficked Tumblr page called Natalie Dormers Smirk. announced). Her three Hunger Games films alone have grossed over a
For the record, she is okay with that. I have a lopsided smile; what billion dollars worldwide. Dormer, who first appeared in Mockingjay
can I say? she says when I ask about it later. And if that message Part 1, was the number-one choice to play Cressida, the propaganda-
filters down to some girl looking in the mirror who feels shes not film director whose scalp ripples with vine tattoos. Natalie had to
completely symmetrical, then I am glad to have helped in some shave part of her head for the role, and she wore the look with absolute
small, albeit ridiculous, way. fierceness, says Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson. She gives
At the moment, Dormer is not smirking so much as suppressing you everything as an actor, and yet on screen you still cant quite
laughter or perhaps a primal scream. It has been an intense week, pinpoint what shes thinking. The more you watch her, the more you
and its about to get crazier. She just arrived via London, where she want to know. I suspect its why audiences are so drawn to her.
lives, from Serbia, where she filmed her first honest-to-goodness lead One casualty has been Dormers anonymity. Recognition can be
role, in a supernatural horror film called The Forest. Tomorrow she a many-times-a-day occurrence, she says, kicking back on a pool
heads to San Diego for the restorative Zen retreat that is Comic-Con. chaise. Shes wearing black stretch pants and a gray T-shirt under a
Over three frantic days there, she will promote her films The Hunger black jacket glittering with zippers. I get oil paintings from fans,
Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which opens November 20, and Patient computer-generated art from fans, fans approaching me in the toilet,
Zero, an upcoming thriller about a global pandemic, as well as the fans approaching me in the sauna. Its a Champagne problem, but I
sixth season of HBOs Game of Thrones, in which Dormer stars as cant really go anywhere without a Wait. Arent you?

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D
ormer grew up in Reading, England, tionship is what gets the wide eyes and the questions.
where a thriving Hollywood career As for questions about Dormers own relationship, lets just
seemed about as probable as an invite for say it might be easier to extract answers from Ser Pounce, the
a play date with Prince William. I didnt Game of Thrones cat. Her partner of four years is filmmaker
know any actors and had no idea how to Anthony Byrne. He directed Hoziers latest music video,
get into the profession, so I kept really which features Dormer. Byrne is across the pool today, tap-
quiet about it, she says. Her father ping on his phone as she talks, but Dormer doesnt say much
worked as a computer programmer and her mother was a about him. I couldnt possibly comment is all she says when
housewife, but it was her grandmother who inspired Dormer, asked about recent reports that the couple was spotted shop-
the eldest of three, to perform. She would take me to see ping for a ring or about the double date that the paparazzi
Shakespeares tragedies in the ruins of the Reading Abbey, caught them on in Serbia last June with Lady Gaga and her
knocked down by Henry VIII and Cromwell, and my eyes fianc (and Dormers costar in The Forest), Taylor Kinney.
totally opened up to the possibilities. Dormer treasures her privacy, which is partly why she stays
A straight-A student who speaks multiple languages, off social media. Ive been busy enough playing four differ-
Dormer was accepted to Cambridge University but chose ent roles in the last four years, she says, and I dont have
instead to enroll in drama school in London. Just months after energy to put out some perfect image of Natalie Dormer thats
she graduated, director Lasse Hallstrm cast her as a bum- not the real me anyway. To stay grounded, she spends as
bling virgin opposite Heath Ledger in Casanova. Dormers role much time as possible with friends shes had since childhood.
was written as a bit part, but Hallstrm gave her more screen Most of my closest pals have nothing to do with the industry.
time when he saw she had real potential. They watched me struggle financially. They know my sob sto-
David Goyer, the screenwriter behind Christopher Nolans ries and the roles I missed out on and the nights when I never
Batman trilogy and the writer and a producer of The Forest, thought Id work again.
says, When you meet Natalie, what distinguishes her is this She is also devoted to philanthropy. Last year Dormer ran
sense that Heres someone whos going to be a star. Its partly the London Marathon to raise money for Barnardos, the larg-
her ambitionshe has clearly decided shes going to be a big est childrens charity in the United Kingdom. She put us all
successbut its also her rare combination of razor-sharp wit, to shame by somehow managing to train in the middle of
unusual intelligence, and unique, timeless looks. Hunger Games, Nina Jacobson says
That mix made her a natural to play Anne Boleyn in the with a laugh. If Dormers schedule
2007 Showtime series The Tudors. By the time another costume allows, shell run the New York
project, Game of Thrones, came along, Dormer might as well Marathon this November in sup- You look at my
have stitched herself permanently into a corset. port of Team for Kids, the New
You say that, she says a touch defensively when asked
about the period roles, but Ive actually only done three cor-
York Road Runners charity. She
also appeared in a campaign on
countrywomen, like
set dramas in 10 years. Kate Winslets spent more time in a
corset than I have. Helena Bonham-Carter has spent more
behalf of Plan UK, which works to
eliminate forced underage mar-
judi dench and
time in a corset than I have. What Americans tend to forget
is that I can carry a semiautomatic weapon and run around
riage and female genital mutilation
around the world.
vanessa redgrave
in jeans and T-shirts, too.
Thats true. Her performance as Sherlock Holmess only
Whether future roles will involve
bodices and bustles remains
and diana rigg
love, Irene Adler, on the CBS series Elementary showed that unclear. Margaery did not appear
Dormer could be powerful and sexy without ruffles. But its in the Game of Thrones finale last theyre gonna drop [dead]
the character of Margaery Tyrell on Thrones that is her greatest season, leaving fans to wonder if
creation. Here, too, the role was not conceived as a major she might become yet another vic- doing what they love to
oneMargaery is a marginal figure in the original fantasy tim of brutality in Westeros and
novelsbut Dormer turns her into a politically savvy woman Essos. But Dormer will be okay do. ThaTs where
in charge and dominates whatever scene shes in. no matter what happens. She says
Last season found Margaery in what might have been the shed love to do a comedy (Im a im heading.
most uncomfortable sex scene ever broadcast on television huge fan of Veep) or a naturalis-
that did not actually show any sex. The boy king, Tommen tic drama, and being a Bond girl Natalie Dormer
Baratheon, played by Dean Charles Chapman, made might be cool, too.
Margaery his queenwith all the carnal clutching and gasp- Dormer looks out at LA, her eyes
ing such a royal union involves on a show like Thrones. Fans glimmering, as that confident, cryp-
were agog. Chapman is 17 but playing 12, an age gap that set tic facial expression returns. My five-yearno, 10-yearhell,
off a Twitter storm even though the hook-up was mostly my 55-year take is that Im going to keep doing this as long as
implied (viewers saw the couple waking up in bed without I can keep doing this, she says. You look at my country-
their clothes, and there was a brief kiss). Dormer finds the fuss women, like Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave and Diana
a little irritating. After what weve done on this showthe Riggtheyre gonna drop [dead] doing what they love to do.
rape, the incest, the child murderingit baffles me that two Thats where Im heading. Corset or not, she says, Someones
people in a reasonably good, reasonably affectionate rela- going to have to carry me out. BC
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Luxe
. 20 The Luxury Education Foundations board
members and leaders of our favorite iconic
brandsDior, Graff, Chanel, Herms, Salvatore
Ferragamo, and Laliquetalk about new
strategies, core values, and how new talent is
driving success.
moderated by Hitha Herzog illustrations by Jessica May Underwood
photography by Tanya Malott

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Boston Common recently sat down with the CEOs and presi- that. Today, when you have Raf Simons designing, hes very
dents of top luxury brands to get their read on the new luxury involved in the art world, so he collaborates with artists to
economy, how millennials will impact this vital sector, and create fabric for dresses. It modernizes and keeps it going in
whats hot in luxury across the US. The gathering dovetailed a very contemporary way.
with the 10th anniversary of the Luxury Education Foundation
(LEF), a public, not-for-proft organization that focuses on The 2008 fnancial crisis impacted all market sectors.
educational programs for design and business students at both How did your consumer change during the last fve to
the undergraduate (Parsons School of Design) and graduate seven years?
(Columbia Business School) levels. The programs, studying RC: I would say nothing changed for Herms. We found
the creation and marketing of luxury goods, also allow stu- that even during the crisis, customers were willing to invest in
dents to learn about this highly competitive area of retailing by certain items. The 2008 holiday season was a very interesting
interacting with senior executives of iconic frms. In turn, these time because we saw very loyal clients still wanting to pur-
frms beneft by gaining fresh perspectives on their brands chase those investment pieces.
from a new generation of talent. VO: We learned that we are not recession-proof. Customers
werent shopping at the same level. But heres the thing: For
Tell us about your relationship to the Luxury Education brands like ourstrue luxury brandsyou dont start manip-
Foundation and how your involvement has benefted ulating or changing your approach. So we took a little bit of
your brand. a hit in 2008, but I think we rebounded very quickly because
Robert Chavez: Its really great to get a new perspective from we didnt change our formula.
students. Sometimes when weve presented projects and they
come back with their observations, we think, Wow, we never Maz Zouhairi: It was similar with us. In 2010, things turned
looked at it that way. This fall well ask them to focus on the around, and 2011 and 2012 were better years. I would say
traditional Herms scarf and come up with new ideas to mar- that the recession did remind us that we have to be relevant,
ket and wear it, and to present the scarf digitally in unique and exciting, and fresh to todays world and time. Luxury is a
innovative ways. dream, not a necessity.

Vincent Ottomanelli: We learn what the students percep- Millennials, the so-called frst generation of digital
tions of our brand are from the outside looking in, so we natives, are projected to be the biggest generation
beneft from learning how we can communicate to different of spenders since the boomers. However, millennials
generations. are dealing with economic issues that boomers didnt
Barbara Cirkva: Whats so interesting with LEF is how the have toa long-term slow-growth economy, which is
program has expanded. Obviously, were famous for the postponing their arrival at certain levels of affuence.
Master Class [in which luxury-brand executives work on case They have more debt and less spending power than
studies involving current business situations], and now, over other generations did at equivalent ages. How are you
the last several years, we have added fve or six different pro- Moderator marketing to them versus how you market to boomers
grams. Just 10 days ago, we hosted 25 students from Columbia HiTHA HERZOG or their successors, Gen X?
Business School at Chanel. They spent the day with us so that, Retail Analyst and PB: If you look at brands like Chanel and Dior, were seeing
Contributor, Fox Business
from their standpoint, they can understand what happens new, young couture clients every day. There is always going
Network
every day in the world of luxury. What was so rewarding for us to be that customer where theres no price ceilingthey want
on the Chanel side was having the opportunity to interact with something thats exclusive to them.
the students and learn what was important to them. Panelists
RC: Were not seeing as many millennials as wed like to.
HEnRi BARGuiRdjiAn
And those we do see are at an entry price point. So its their
The maker culture has taken root strongly with millen- USA CEO and President,
nials in this country. Are American students interested Graf
in developing craftsmanship skills? Or do you fnd that PAMELA BAXTER
more likely to happen in Europe? CEO and President, LVMH
Perfumes and Cosmetics
RC: When you visit the ateliers in France, youll be surprised North America
at how youthful many of the new craftspeople are. Theres
BARBARA CiRkVA Communicating with
been this surge in interest of people wanting to do something
Division President of Fashion,
with their hands, whether its making jewelry, working with Chanel
social media makes our
silk, or stitching leather. With LEF, were always looking for
new programs to offer students, just like the craftsmanship
ROBERT CHAVEZ lives easier because you
CEO and President, Herms
program we launched this year, the 10th program in our
VinCEnT
get instant reaction.
10th year. OTTOMAnELLi henri barguirdjian, usa
Pamela Baxter: Students need to be exposed to luxury from President and Regional
the very beginning. You cant separate craftsmanship from the Director, Salvatore ceo and president, graff
Ferragamo
brand, because it goes back to the beginning of the brand. If
you take the Dior brand, it goes back to Christian creating and MAZ ZOuHAiRi
Graff necklace
CEO and President, Lalique
designing for the brand, and you want students to understand North America
wear to a black-tie affair today? And its getting crazier
and crazier. So, you know, its reaching a tipping point
HIGHER with people starting to think, Wow, where does this all
LEARNING end? I think the real big change with millennials is the
How the Luxury Education concept of less is more. They dont want lots of anything;
Foundation nourishes they just want a few very good things. And fortunately for
emerging talent and us, it plays into who we are. If youre just going to have
tomorrows leaders. one, let me have the best one that I can.
MZ: It depends on the audience. Some of the younger
consumers are attracted by celebrities, and thats their
Celebrating its 10th anniver- way into a luxury brand like Graff or Lalique. Our classic
sary this year, the Luxury luxury consumer varies also. There are those who want
the limited, one-of-a-kind product, and there are those
Education Foundation was
who want something not limited but with the same levels
established to help students of craftsmanship and effort behind the design.
Chanel clutch
acquire the specialized skills HB: Our customers want pieces that are understated but
rst scarf, rst tie, rst watch. Regardless of age, there is needed to succeed in luxury with gems of extreme rarity and quality. Nothing ostenta-
one consistency: People are genuinely interested in qual- retail. Since LEFs founding, tiousI hate to use the word bling.
ity and craftsmanship. They want something that is very
more than 500 students from What is the consumer buying in the luxury cat-
well made, thats going to last a long time. But, for exam-
ple, in the case of ties, a younger customer wants a thinner the Columbia Business egory? What are the hottest items to have this year?
tiesame quality, just thinner. School and Parsons School BC: Were seeing growth in ready-to-wear and, more
specically, in knitwear. Additionally, shoes continue to
BC: I think its less a generational issue than a lifestyle of Design have taken courses be an area of growth for the brand, and the newest US
issue. There are certain badges of honor you want to
focusing on the creation and Chanel boutiques feature dedicated shoe salons, which
acquire at different stages in your life. For some indi-
marketing of luxury goods; showcase the breadth of the shoe collection.
viduals, it might be 10 days at an Aman resort. For other
people, its going to be a Chanel haute couture dress or about half have gone on to RC: Our single best category this year is the home area.
handbag, or something from Dior or Lalique. But its Were nding an exorbitant interest and increase in our
work in the sector. The num- home businessdecorative items, accessories, furniture.
much more individual than it was in the boomer years,
where there was more consistency to whats your rst ber of executives and brands It seems that people really want this Herms lifestyle in
badge, whats your second badge? Today its based more involvedamong them their homes.
on personality and lifestyle. HB: There is such scarce supply to demand, and our
Cadillac, Chanel, Cartier,
MZ: Its also about having collaborations that are relevant customers are looking for pieces with great rarity and
Dior, Herms, and Louis value. This year our Buttery line [in which gems for
to a younger audience. All brands are searching for ways
to be relevant to the millennials. Vuittonhas grown signifi- jewelry and timepieces are crafted with buttery
cantly over the last decade, shapes] has done extremely well.
In terms of being more relevant, I recently visited a MZ: Were investing signicantly in the
like the global goods market
Graff store in Vegas and found Beats by Dre head- Lalique Art Division. Collaborations
phones with Graff diamonds on them! itself (worth more than
with the Yves Klein Foundation, Anish
Henri Barguirdjian: The idea of doing something with $950 billion in 2014). Kapoor, Zaha Hadid, Rembrandt
Beats by Dre was a cool way to show that were not old Bugatti, Elton John, and Damien Hirst
LEF offers 10 classes, such
and stodgy; we can also be hipso there you go. It was a have helped drive interest from a
fun collaboration. as Corporate Classroom, in
younger customer.
VO: Its interesting what you did with the Beats product. which students spend the
The heritage of our brands is about product. I dont think day at the headquarters of What does the luxury customer
its necessarily generational; its about the quality and the want today and how are you
luxury brands for a glimpse
craftsmanship that each of our brands represents. We addressing these wants?
have been around for over 100 years and everything we of day-to-day operations, HB: I think that there are two
do has to be product-focused, and then secondly, its how and the new Luxury things happening. Number
can we communicate that to stimulate [interest from] dif- one, new consumers have
Craftsmanship Workshop,
ferent generations? educated themselves
established this year, in very quickly, and their
What do you think are the priorities for luxury which design students par- knowledge of our world
customers today? Have buying patterns changed? and our product is very
ticipate in a two-week pro-
Lifestyles are more casual. Everything is global. impressive. If anything, the
RC: People want to make a subtler statement. Society has gram with master artisans whole new way of communicat-
become a bit over the top in terms of celebrity status. Im ing with social media makes our
just fascinated by this. Its like, how much less can you CONTINUED ON PAGE 108
lives easier because you get instant
Herms scarf

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Moderator Hitha Herzog greets
Maz Zouhairi as (from left)
Barbara Cirkva, Vincent
Ottomanelli, and Pamela Baxter
look on. top right: Baxter.
bottom right: Robert Chavez

We rebounded very quickly because we didnt change our formula.


vincent ottomanelli, president and regional director , salvatore ferragamo

Ferragamo heel

Henri Barguirdjian.
left: Barbara Cirkva
from LEF brands. But its are other aspects that depend on lifestyle. The Latin culture
the students in the Master is much more about weddings.

Classwho each work on a What are your thoughts about the Boston market?
design and marketing case How is it growing for you?
study prepared by a luxury BC: Weve been in Boston a very long time. We moved
from a tiny jewel box of a store to one just across the street,
firmwho may see their and the reaction you would have thought that people had
efforts make it to the mar- never seen a piece of Chanel before. When they walked
ketplace. This year, for into this new building and this incredibly beautiful and
large store, they thought everything was totally different.
instance, participants It was just such a breath of fresh air. By coincidence, the
involved in a Lalique case Gardner Museum was having an exhibition by one of the
study repurposed the iconic artists that we commissioned to do artwork in our store, so
there was this incredible connection that made a very loyal
Mossi vase design for a shot market even more loyal.
Dior handbag glass. Other groups created
My Travel Gamesa game How has corporate sustainability factored into the
marketing of your brand?
reaction, whether youre doing something right or wrong. carrier for Loro Pianas gift HB: Its part of our DNA and part of what we do. The jew-
Usually you hear much more about the wrong than the collectionor responded to elry industry in particular has been, should we say, targeted

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA DEMIDOVA (HERMS)


right, but it doesnt matter. Its information that is thrown more than others. It forced the industry in general and then
out there by the thousands, which before, you had no way Van Cleef & Arpelss chal-
the individual companies to send out the message that this
of knowing. It becomes an important element of how we lenge to produce jewelry isnt the way we do things.
respond to our clients. pieces with a spring theme. PB: Younger generations, and particularly the millenni-
BC: When we survey customers after a shopping experi- Ketty Pucci-Sisti als, are very interested in sustainable practices and ask a
ence in our stores, one thing thats always consistent, and Im lot of questions about where youre sourcing materials or
always amazed that it doesnt change, is how theyre hungry Maisonrouge, president of
how youre producing. All our companies that have been
for more of the story. When you say, What would have LEF, notes that the Master around for 50 to 100 years need to have responsibility, cred-
made your experience better?, its always that they want Class allows students to
to know more of the story. The story of the brand, or Coco
Chanel, or that handbag.... experience why a true col-
laboration between design
Today brands are global, but how do you market to and business is the basis for
your customers differently from city to city? How does
the product mix differ from store to store? success in the luxury indus-
PB: I think its a matter of lifestyle, so yes, we do merchan- try. Some of the results are
dise the stores very differently. For example, in Miami, they so spot-on, theyre picked
like a lot more color.
up by the firms. One LEF
VO: Believe it or not, we sell more shearling coats in South
Beach than we do in New York City. So you have to be ready team transferred Hermss
for surprises like that in every market. Balcon du Guadalquivir
BC: We all just have one brand collection, so we dont cre- porcelain pattern to an
ate specic things for other markets, but we might tailor our enamel bracelet ( BELOW).
assortments for them. But I have to say, if theres something
thats really hot and key on the runway, its hot everywhere, Today it is an Herms
everybody wants it. So if its very heavyweight and youre in best seller.
California, you still have to have it. Suzanne Charl
HB: Jewelry moves much more slowly than fashion; we
dont have six collections a year. The trends in jewelry go
from decade to decade. When you acquire a piece of high
jewelry, there has to be a perennial aspect to it, that its going
to work for years and eventually become a family heirloom.
Having said that, yes, you sell much more conservative,
understated jewelry in Chicago. The Beats by Dre items are
fun in Vegas. Youll sell more colorful jewelry in Florida than FROM LEFT: Barguirdjian,
you do in other places. Cirkva, Ottomanelli,
Baxter, and Zouhairi.
MZ: In Miami, where theres a more Latin inuence, there

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Grade-a ShopperS
Bostons global student population excels not just at studying
All brands are but at buying. by scott van voorhis
searching for ways
Boston has always Been well-served By the luxury retail market. Chanel boasts a
to be relevant to
multilevel flagship store at the head of Newbury Street, Dolce & Gabbana recently opened a
the millennials. lavish shop, and the Herms boutique just underwent a massive renovation and expansion.
maz zouhairi, ceo While well-heeled, born-and-bred Bostonians are surely loyal customers, also fueling the
and president, lalique demand is a seemingly unlikely demographic: college students. These new scholars of luxury

north america are not pizza-loving fraternity brothers but sophisticated (albeit underage) consumers born to
some of the wealthiest families around the globe, from Saudi Arabia to China.
Its the one percent of the one percentthat very wealthy component has been the driving
Lalique vase force, says Joe Baglio, a longtime luxury real estate broker, who recently sold a multimillion-
dollar listing at the Clarendon to an international student. Everyone is under 30, healthy, and
ibility, and follow-through on these topics, because theyre
well-dressed, and theyre mostly from other parts of the world.
going to get more and more important as the customer gets
By some estimates, international students and their parents are among the leading buyers of
younger and younger.
luxury goods and services in Boston, constituting anywhere from 30 percent to more than 50
BC: Another aspect of sustainability is an approach we
percent of customers at the growing number of luxury retail
started taking 10 years ago of buying small artisan [busi-
nesses] where the craft itself was in danger of becoming establishments in the Back Bay and beyond, industry experts say.
extinct. I think many of you have done the same thing. Chinese students and tourists have emerged as the ultimate
Its the one
Mr. Lagerfeld creates the Mtiers dart collection once a luxury power shoppers on the local scene. A 2012 survey by China
yearthat only uses those fve to six specialist houses. When Luxury Advisors found that nearly a third of Chinese students in
percent of the one
we think about sustainability long-termand for all of us,
Boston and New York are on an almost continual shopping spree, percentthat
the story of our brand is so much tied to what is unique and
specialgiving these people a lifeline, if you will, to con-
picking up luxury goods every quarter to take home with them. very wealthy
tinue their craft is what its about as well. BC Their parents and Chinese tourists are heating up the cash
registers at Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, and other luxury
component has
retail stores during their stays here, with the Chinese spending an been the driving
average of $2,039 each trip, compared with $459 for tourists force.
from the UK.
joe baglio
Of course, the luxury boutiques along Newbury Street and at
The Heritage on the Garden and the Copley Place mall are also
attracting well-to-do students and tourists from other parts of Asia
as well as South America and the Middle East.
Saudi students often have an especially large spending allowance, with the government
paying for certain degree programs and providing a monthly stipend, even before mom and
dad contribute, according to Baglio, who owns Back Bay Residential. Parents of Saudi and
Kuwaiti students are particular fans of Anne Fontaine, where floor-length skirts in the Les
Precieuses collection can run from $695 to $1,100, says Amanda Blynn, the general manager.
Their eye is drawn to the more refined, luxurious, one-of-a-kind pieces.
Motivated in part by thriving sales due to these affluent foreign students, Bostons luxury
retailers are investing in expansion. This summer, Herms nearly tripled its space (and added
a second floor) when it opened fancier digs at The Heritage on the Garden. Anne Fontaines
Boston store, which moved into a new space in The Heritage last year, is consistently one of
the companys top four performers nationally, notes Blynn. Tiffany & Co. has relocated to the
Taj Hotel, and Neiman Marcus is preparing to add another 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Meanwhile, Ronald Druker, the longtime Boston developer who built The Heritage, is
planning to develop a boutique office and retail building nearby at 350 Boylston that should
attract more top-shelf brands to Boston. Interest from retailers has been so strong that Druker
decided to add a second floor of shopping to the project. There are so many luxury retailers
who want to expand in the city but cant find the space, he says. The upscale luxury retail
market is really quite hot in Boston.

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A New
Lease on
Life
With the kids gone, empty
nesters are heading into
Boston for a luxe life in
the fast lane.
by scott van voorhis

The new face of downtown Bostons


sizzling luxury condo market isnt neces-
sarily a Beijing businessman or a Saudi
prince. It could be empty nesters like Iris
and Ken Sokol. With their twin sons, now
23, out of college, the Sokols are moving
into a $1.4 million condo at the high-
design Piedmont Park Square building
in Bay Village after years in relatively
rural Sherborn.
I think women hit a wall in their mid-
50s when their kids are gone, says Iris.
You just look at your life and you say,
Okay, we have to shake it up. She adds,
Being in the city, to be with young peo-
ple, keeps you young.
Empty nesters are cashing in on an
epic rise in home prices in some of
Bostons most expensive suburbs, then
launching new lives at the many posh
new residential addresses that are
remaking Boston. Roughly 17 percent of
all the units at the W Boston have been
sold to empty nesters, while at the new
Millennium Tower, that number is closer
to a quarterwhich is not atypical for
downtown Boston luxury condo towers,
according to brokers.
Here is a look at three top condo build-
ings in Boston, one established and two
under construction, that are attracting
empty nesters....
continued on page 112
photography by peter Vanderwarker

The W Boston is one of


several new luxury condo
buildings offering a fast-
paced life in the city to
empty nesters who want to
enjoy their new freedom.

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At Your
Service
Condos with a side
of luxury hotel
amenities.
The profle of the empty
nester is more complex
than it used to be fve or
10 years ago, says David
Crowley, director of sales
and marketing at Raveis
Marketing Group. When
it comes to the ultraluxury,
high-end buyer, they want
luxury and hotel-type
services, such as 24-hour
room service.
Empty nesters seeking an
upscale condo with hotel-
The W Boston offers sweeping style services in Boston now
views of the Charles River and
the South End. have several choices. Over on
the waterfront, theres Rowes
Wharf (10 Rowes Wharf, 617-
in the heart of the city The couple also worked with designer Eric Roseff (17 Saxton 330-7730; bhh.com), where
Cindy and Paul Kraemer were looking for the full city expe- St., 617-282-9725; ericroseffdesigns.com) to maximize their new condo residents can tap the
rience after selling their home in Sudbury in 2013. It was a space, using furniture to divide it into different areas. The services of the Boston Harbor
big change. Cindy, who runs an event-planning business, guest bedroom can also be closed off into a private suite, handy
Hotel. The Four Seasons (200
and Paul, a consultant, had spent decades living in Sudbury when the Kraemers college-age son is in town. Says Cindy,
Boylston St., 617-338-4400;
and raising two children there. But they found their dream We made it so someone can watch a game in one area and
condo in a two-bedroom unit on the 17th f loor of the W someone can read in another, and theyre not on top of each fourseasons.com/boston) has
Boston, with views of the Charles River, the State House, other. 110 Stuart St., 617-669-4414; wbostoncondominiums.com been offering hotel services
and the South End. to its condo residents since
The Ws location, in the heart of Bostons Theater District, a hub for community the late 1980s, while the new
cant be beat, Cindy says. The development boom that is The 60-story Millennium Tower, currently taking shape in
60-story Four Seasons Tower
transforming Boston keeps adding new amenities and attrac- Downtown Crossing, may be best known for its $37.5 million
taking shape over at the
tions to the area, with a Roche Bros. and a Whole Foods penthouse, the most expensive condo ever listed on the Boston
Market having recently opened nearby. We wanted to be in market. But Millennium Partnerswhich has a long track Christian Science Plaza plans
the city and take advantage of all the things taking place in record of successful condo projects in Boston, starting with to offer a similar service-
the city, she explains. We overlook the Wang Theatre and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Towers in the Theater rich package.
the Wilbur. You can call over to see if you can get some last- Districtmakes a sales pitch that goes beyond the typical In midtown, the W Boston
minute tickets, and youre in. emphasis on great views and posh living. The approach is
Hotel Residences has a
The high-rise has attracted many empty nesters since proving attractive to empty nesters, who have bought approx-
sizable contingent of empty
it opened in 2010, with 15 to 17 percent of the units occupied imately 25 percent of the buildings units.
by older couples with college-age or adult children, notes Like its other projects, Millenniums newest tower offers a nesters in its 123 condos,
Dinny Herron, senior vice president of Otis & Ahearn, a complete lifestyle for its buyers, with a range of features that are all of which enjoy the full
sales, marketing, and research firm. especially attractive to empty nesters, says Richard Baumert, range of hotel services
Maybe the biggest challenge so far for the Kraemers has a partner at Millennium Partners. provided by the W. Perks
photography by Derek Szabo

been adjusting to considerably less living space. The couple At the core of the 442-unit tower, slated to open in August
of living in the hotel/condo
went from 5,600 square feet and five bedrooms in Sudbury to 2016, will be a social hub that should prove a powerful lure
tower include room service
less than 2,000 square feet at the W Boston. The space can get to those seeking to start new lives in the city. The planned
tight at timesespecially when theyre both working from 23,000-square-foot clubhouse is the largest that Millennium whenever you want it, a 24/7
home. Fortunately, the W has a number of common areas Partners has ever built, featuring everything from a private concierge, valet parking, and
that provide a comfortable space where residents can work restaurant to a Pilates studio and a spa. a doorman.
and make phone calls. continued on page 114

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For empty nesters,
a new lifestyle.
Its more than just great views
drawing people to Bostons
luxurious new condo towers.
Developers are also providing
all the trappings of a richer
urban lifestyle for empty
nesters leaving the suburbs.
Heritage on the Garden
(300 Boylston St.) has
become a magnet for empty
nesters, offering a strong
sense of community among
residents of the 87-unit
building, says Ron Druker,
who developed it in the late
1980s. He notes that the
buildings extensive library
and afternoon teas are big
draws. The library can be
used for meetings and events
Celebrity chef Michael Mina will be heading the club- as well.
houses restaurant, reserved exclusively for residents of the Social space is also a
towers multimillion-dollar condos. (Mina will also bring to
major feature of the 60-story
the tower his restaurant Pabu, which will be open to every-
one.) Condo residents will also get a chance to learn directly Millennium Tower. Key to the
from Mina, a James Beard Award winning chef, who will buildings sales plan is the
offer cooking classes. And if they want a little help before 23,000-square-foot, two-level
they try his recipes in their own kitchen, the chef and his clubhouse. The clubhouse
staff will get the work started in the restaurant. You can will feature two levels
order the ingredients or have the dish partially prepared so
combining a social gathering
you only dirty two pots, says Baumert. These [empty nest-
ers] love the idea of having exposure to great food in their place, a fne-dining venue,
home. This is a total wow for them. and a workout/recreation/
A series of social events aimed at connecting residents play area for residents of the
and helping them make new friends is also in the works. At towers multimillion-dollar
its various luxury properties, Millennium offers chats, wine condos. The lower level will
and food tastings, and other gatherings in a series called La
have places to relax and work
Vie (The Life). The events will also include monthly talks
by residents about interesting experiences theyve had or out, with a junior Olympic-
size pool, a spa, and a
PhotograPhy courtesy of MillenniuM towers
subjects in which theyre expertsin the style of the popular
TED Talks. billiards room, among other
This is total freedom, Baumert says. Its fun to live in a attractions. There will also be
building thats more than just a home. It gets you into the city a library with a freplace, a
and all its energy. 1 Franklin St., 617-542-1555; millennium
parlor, and a screening room,
towerboston.com
not to mention a lounge and
top: A living room at Millennium Tower. Millennium
Partners also developed the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton a high-tech oasis a private dining room.
Towers and brings a similar level of luxury to this project.
below: A well-appointed bathroom in the same building.
While some empty nesters are f locking to Bostons new
luxury towers, others, like Iris and Ken Sokol, are seeking
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Haute property
top and below: Living rooms in two ibutler
different apartments at Piedmont
Park Square, which offers a High-tech
peaceful alternative to the
bustling downtown scene.
amenities for savvy
empty nesters
who love their
smartphones.
Big condo towers are not for
everyone. Some empty
nesters prefer boutique
projects away from the hustle
and bustle of downtown. And
while smaller condo buildings
may not have large staffs,
some stand out for their
innovative use of technology.
A new luxe boutique condo
building planned for 10
Farnsworth in Fort Point
Channel will feature
smart-home technology,
allowing residents to remotely
control a range of functions,
from temperature to music. To
guard access, the building will
also employ facial and
thumbprint recognition.
Located in the quiet alcove
of Bay Village, the eight-unit
we didnt understand how Piedmont Park Square
doesnt have a 24-hour
great the location is. bay
concierge, but its wired with
village is a hidden gem. the electronic equivalent.
iris sokol Expecting a UPS delivery
while youre at work? Just hop
on your mobile phone, access
the front door and lobby
smaller properties with loads of charm. Iris launched her paring to move in. (The eight-unit building features a mix of
camera with a handy app,
corporate fitness company in the 1980s, with Ken joining as single-floor and rowhouse-style condos, ranging in price from
CEO in 2002, and sold it in 2010. They had been poking $1.2 million to nearly $2.8 million.) and buzz in the deliveryman.
around the downtown condo market for years before getting We didnt understand how great the location is, says Iris. If youre fnicky about the
serious in 2014, selling their house of 30 years in Sherborn Bay Village is a hidden gem. But the Sokols were also taken temperature, Nest thermostats
for more than $1 million. by the design of the Piedmonts condos; theirs is a through- make it possible to set
While Ken was okay with some of the high-rise units they unit extending clear across the building, with windows on different temperatures for
saw, Iris felt that the towers were too much in the thick of both ends. While they anticipate that their biggest adjustment
different rooms from your
photography Courtesy of studio Luz

things, with too much street noise. The couple kept looking will be the reduced living space, the couple expects that the
and, with the help of real estate agent Neda Vander Stoep condos design and layout will ease the transitionespecially smartphone. Even the
(coldwell banker residential, 137 newbury st., 617-413-0888; the large living and dining area. Fortunately, its big enough underground parking garage
nedavanderstoep.com), discovered what they believe is the per- to fit their 73-inch-long dining room table, essential for the has a high-tech twist: Cars are
fect fit: a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Piedmont Park many family members and friends they entertain for the parked on a turntable, and
Square, a new boutique building in Bay Village. holidays, Iris says. with the press of a button,
Right off the bat, the neighborhood was a big draw, an oasis We came from a house that was 4,000 square feet, and now
your car spins around to
apart from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. The were going to under 1,400, she adds. I think well be fine.
Sokols settled on a 1,340-square-foot flat and are now pre- 17 Piedmont st., 857-362-1777; piedmontparksquare.com BC where youre standing.

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HAUTE PROPERTY Brokers Roundtable

How Not to Since last spring, the local media has been ablaze with stories about the
extremely high demand in Massachusetts right now for homes priced at

Sell a House
$1 million and up. And that demand is expected to last at least through the
end of fall. Yet some sellers (and even some brokers) are making major
misstepsthe kind that leave them wishing theyd done just the opposite of
what they decided to do. So in the interest of promoting smarter decisions,
Dos anD Donts for selling Your $1 Million weve rounded up five top area realtors and tapped their expertise. Heres
ProPertY in the current Market. by alexandra hall their advice on what not to do when selling your home. BC

from left:One of Myra Georges homes;


Ashley Desmond; a penthouse listed by
Ricardo Rodriguez; a rooftop deck with a
view of the Boston skyline; Michelle Walsh.

myRA geoRge Ashley DesmonD RicARDo RoDRiguez michelle WAlsh DeAnnA PAlmin
Benoit mizner simon hammond Residential coldwell Banker JT Fleming & company ller Williams
DONT: ...assume DONT: ...use a DO: ...be flexible DONT: ...be afraid to DO: ...decide what to do
that buyers will see broker who relies and creative during use deadlines to get the with all of your fixtures
past clutter, mess, and primarily on open negotiations. Recently price you want. One cou- and appliances before
unfinished projects. houses. They never I saw a seller refuse to ple wanted to list their selling. Do you want to
Even in this market, show the property in grant the buyer a use home for $1.1 million. I take them with you or
where people are eager the best light, because and occupancy on a suggested $995,000. are they part of the price
to buy, most of them still youve got 30 people all vacant unit, and the We listed at that price youre asking for the
get easily distracted the crammed into a place buyer walked away. The on a Wednesday and home? Communicate
minute they walk and it just doesnt look next deal was $100,000 asked for all offers by 7 that to your realtor and
through the door by an good. A truly good less and closed a month pm on Saturday. The have them disclose it to
odd paint color, odor, broker knows their job later than the original. deadline helped buyers buyers during show-
or too much clutter. So is to represent the seller So she lost on the price understand theyd be ings. Negotiating these
have an agent come in and the property in the and had to incur an competing against oth- items after getting offers
early on to talk about most polished way additional carrying cost. ers, so they gave their best makes it messy and
what needs to be done, possible, so many will Inversely, another buyer numbers. By 7 pm, I had wastes your valuable
and dont be offended only do individual was selected from seven offers, all of them time on the market. Ive
by their suggestions. appointments with higher offers because he over asking, and one for seen plenty of deals not
A seasoned broker potential buyers, which agreed to offer the sellers $1.1 million. Not only did come together because
can offer tips and trusted has the added bonus of a rent-back option so they get their price, but the parties disagreed
resources to get things filtering out those who they could stay put while the offer had no contin- on who should be
in the right shape very arent serious. 826 closing on and moving gencies and closed in 30 getting the window
quickly. 54 Central St., Boylston St., 617-731- to their new place. 137 days. 316 Weston Road, treatments. 607
Wellesley, 781-237-8181; 4644; ashleydesmond. Newbury St., 617-266- Ste. A, Wellesley, 617-784- Boylston St., 5th Fl.,
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Beacon St., 617-254-0700;
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I love this sleek cabinet


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POWERFUL POP TO INTERIORS THIS SEASON. BY JESSICA BOWNE 617-482-4805;
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The glimmer of the 1970s is back in style for home dcor this fall thanks to mixed
metals. Lexington-based interior designer Rachel Reid has been at the top of Bostons
home scene for 20 years and continues to put together timeless interiors that reflect her
sleek aesthetic and her penchant for power pieces with strong lines. I believe in
environments that are modern, thoughtfully appointed, and comfortable, Reid says.
Good design keeps the clients lifestyle and needs as the focal point of every project.
Reid is using mixed metals in all their forms in her projects this season (which recently
included a private estate in Brookline and new construction in Newton), whether that
means a Piet Boon table or a light fixture that doubles as a work of art. She shared with
us her favorite on-trend pieces to make your home shine. BC

In this collection
of Biedermeier
candlesticks with
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CUTRONA (REID)

oxidized bronze
finish, elements of
classic European
design get updated
For a glamorous pop, I
and reconfigured
love these metallic
into something
zebra pillows. Patch,
timeless. E.R.
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HAUTE PROPERTY Guided Tour

The early weeks of fall mean warm temperatures


and warmer waters. A staggering $3 billion infil-
trates New England during leaf-peeping season,
while the aquatically minded head out to explore
the regions swankiest seaside ports and towns.
Few know those waters better than Tim Barton and
Doug Gray, the cofounders of the Barton & Gray
Mariners Club (bartonandgray.com). The club offers
members access to a f leet of Hinckley luxury
yachts, plus B&G crews in 14 harbors (nine of them
in the Northeast). We outfit the very best experi-
ences you can have on the water, Gray says. The
best yachts, the best captains in the best harbors,
coves, beaches, and islands. Just show up at the
dock, Barton adds, and we take care of the restall
of it. We asked the pair to guide us through three
of their favorite New England harbors: Nantucket,
Marthas Vineyard, and Newport.

The WhiTe elephanT in nanTuc eT

Harbor Hopping 50 Easton St., 508-228-2500; whiteelephanthotel.com

Doug Gray: Sit on a beach, any beachits always


AS NEW ENGLANDERS SAVOR THE LAST RAYS OF SummER SuN, great. For restaurants, Oran Mor Bistro (2 S.
DOuG GRaY AND TiM BaRTOn GIVE A PERSONAL TOuR OF THE Beach St., 508-228-8655; oranmorbistro.com) is one
REGIONS OuTSTANDING FOOD, PEOPLE, AND VIEWS. by lisa pierpont of my favorites. I once ate fiddlehead ferns there
that rivaled any other meal everfiddleheads! On
the other end of the spectrum, run the Hinckley
The White Elephant on

photography courtesy of the White elephant (White elephant); by oliver grier gray (barton and gray)
Nantucket is perfect over to Madaket and have some spicy tacos and
for visitors who want drinks at Millies (326 Madaket Road, 508-228-
to be in town.
8435; milliesnantucket.com). Its Nantucket the way
Nantucket used to be.
Tim Barton: I love American Seasons (80 Centre
St., 508-228-7111; americanseasons.com), and you
cant beat a burger to go from Lola Burger (1
Sparks Ave., 508-228-9491; lolaburger.com).

There are a few


differenT ways To
do nanTuckeT
hyperwealThy,
TrusTafarian,
healThy-happy,
drunken sailor.
doug gray

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A view of the cove from the
Castle Hill Inn in Newport.
right: Atlantic Fish &
ChopHouse on Marthas
Vineyard has waterside seating
and a wide selection of beer.

(31 Dunes Road, 508-310- enough. Its a great place


1733; winnetu.com) when the to stay, too.
family wants a real getaway. TB: Agreed. I also really
TB: For me, its the Harbor love the Clarke Cooke
View Hotel (131 N. Water House (26 Bannisters Wharf,
St., 508-627-7000; harbor- 401-849-2900; bannisters
view.com), right in Edgartown. newport.com). Its a bit of a
tourist destination at times,
CasTle hill inn, but with a great location at
newporT the center of Newport. The
590 Ocean Dr., 888-466- seafood is a cant-miss.
1355; castlehillinn.com DG: Newport has the whole
nautical-sporty-chic style
DG: They have put some- nailed. Yes, waterproof vests
thing in the water in under a sport coat are
Newport that makes people perfectly acceptable at a
lose their mind a little. dinner party. Visors and
DG: There are a few different Elephant Village disappear and relax, not Everything gets tuned up a sundressescheck, all good.
ways to do Nantucket Residences & Inn (19 N. see and be seen. notch in Newport. I might TB: Dress in offshore-sailing
photography courtesy of castle hill inn (castle hill); by george KasotaKis (atlantic)

hyperwealthy, trustafarian, Water St., 508-228-1500; DG: I like to eat in start wearing a helmet and gear or walk around
healthy-happy, drunken whiteelephantvillage.com). Menemsha, and not because pads when I go there. half-naked. There is really
sailor, and so on. When you The pool is fantastic and Ive watched Jaws over TB: Newport is a huge party not a whole lot in between.
pull all those characters only offered to guests at 230,000 times. I just like to townget ready. Boating gives DG: Snorkeling at Mackerel
into a small island and the the Village. eat fish right next to the you even more options to bar Cove is a blast. Circle
goal is fun, its entertaining. boats that pulled them in. hop, cocktail cruise, and bar Aquidneck Island and have
Very entertaining. The BoaThouse, And the wind and salt air hop again. The nice thing lunch halfway round at the
TB: For what to wear, pull MarThas Vineyard coming off of Buzzards Bay about Rhode Island is that if Boat House (227 Schooner
out the clothes that you 16 Field Club Lane, 508-627- are really great. you get tired of the party Dr., Tiverton, RI, 401-624-
bought last year on the island. 3535; boathousemv.com TB: I love the Atlantic Fish scene in Newport, its a quick 6300; boathousetiverton.com)
Thats the only place you will & ChopHouse (2 Main St., hop over to Jamestown for a for great chowder and fish.
ever be able to wear them! DG: The Vineyard is big, 508-627-7001; atlantic more relaxed beachy vibe. TB: Visit the International
DG: Great places to stay are with lots of personality and mv.com); the beer selection is DG: Castle Hill, Castle Hill, Tennis Hall of Fame (194
the White Elephant if you options. Island eclectic is top-notch. There is a great and Castle Hill are my Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI,
like to be in town, The the vibe. Its a bit more gritty Mexican restaurant in Oak favorite three restaurants. 401-849-3990; tennis
Wauwinet (120 Wauwinet than the Cape and Bluffs, Sharkys Cantina Tea in the tea room, dinner fame.com). Or check out
Road, 508-228-0145; Nantucket. Farmers, hippies, (31 Circuit Ave., 508-693- in the dining room (off- Jamestown for shopping
wauwinet.com) if you only like and beach bums seem to 7501; sharkyscantina.com). seasongo in the winter, its and dining. Head up to
to stay on the beach. hold sway on the style. DG: I usually stay at the cool), and a three-hour lunch Narragansett Bay for endless
TB: I like the White TB: People are here to Winnetu Oceaside Resort on the terrace is just long boating opportunities. BC

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HAUTE PROPERTY Spotlight
The Simon Pearce Mill
in Quechee, Vermont.
inset: Hurricane lamp.

browse
BetWeen the lines
Hudson celebrates emerging
Red, White, female artists during its second
and Cool annual Hudson Discovers event
See what Americas top on September 24, which honors
artisans have to offer at
the Boston Design
painter, entrepreneur, and pat-
Center on September 12 tern maker Pauline Curtiss. The
and 13. At Ball and
Massachusetts native has gar-

photography by Eric roth (bDc); paul SilvErStonE (platE); courtESy of Simon pEarcE (hurricanE lamp); courtESy mitchEll golD + bob WilliamS (vEga tablE)
Bucks two-day
American Field market, nered a loyal following with her
between 10 am and 6 pm,
you can browse booths eye-catching tabletop pieces,
of handcrafted goods many of which draw inspira-
Light Fantastique from brands such as
Brothers Artisan Oil,
Fulton & Roark,
tion from outdoor urban art.
simon pearce releases elegant new Hudson will sell an exclusive,
Randolph, and Yuki
glassware for fall. By GaBrielle Van Tassel Kawae. The Design limited-edition collection of
Center continues to
heat up the fall with its
Curtisss plates, serving bowls,
Three new hand-blown hurricane lamps from Simon Pearce
will add an elegant glow to your tablescape. Mix and match
annual capstone event, and platters with hand-drawn
the Boston Design
the sizes (fit for a two-by-three, three-by-three, or three-by-six Market, on October 7
black-ink patterns (including
pillar candle) along the spine of a table or embrace late sum- and 8, where speakers the fretwork plate, above, $30).
mer by scattering them in small groupings on a patio or in the and special guests will
backyard. For those getting a head start on holiday shopping, participate in panel
Scoop up the embroidery bowl
this years charity ornament, the Chelsea Optic Drop, is also discussions, product before it sells out. 57 pm. 12
available. Twenty percent of the proceeds from its sale will launches, and work-
benefit the foundation LoveYourBrain, started by the Pearce shops. 1 Design Center Union Park St., 617-292-0900;
family after their youngest son, Kevin, suffered a traumatic Place, 617-449-5501; hudsonboston.com
bostondesign.com
head injury while snowboarding in 2009. 103NewburySt.,
617-450-8388;simonpearce.com BC

// in store // 26 AND COUNTING


Design gurus Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Hunter sofa in a calming spruce hue, and the
continue their 26 years of home dcor dominance stainless steel Vega cocktail table (left, $1,496).
with the opening of their new 9,000-square- Bring your pooch and pick a bed for her that
foot Signature Store in Burlington. For this fall, matches your own. Dog tested, owner approved.
we have our eye on the Jere chandelier, the 22 Third Ave., Burlington; mgbwhome.com

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Carnoisseur

clockwise from left:The BMW M235i convertible;


the onboard navigation system features an
8.8-inch display and self-updating maps; even with
the top down, the car maintains its fluid lines.

Driving Me Crazy
How do you optimize a Boston day? witH a BMW M235i convertiBle. by robert cocuzzo

Some days I just need to drive. You know those days when engine. Unlike its M-Class compadres, this convertible
someone, say, in the office, maybe a boss or something, is doesnt clear its throat before it talks. Cars these days have
yanking you around left, right, and center? Beyond strong forgotten how to make their presence known, but not this
drink and the warmth of a woman, I find the only cure is a one. No, hitting the gas sounds vaguely reminiscent of a fork
full tank of gas, a playlist packed with jams, and a road being stuffed into a garbage disposalbut in a good way.
leading nowhere. Only when my vehicle starts devouring With my demons sufficiently exorcised by the engine, I
the dotted lines on the highway like an epic game of Pac- can enjoy the amenities this vehicle offers. I have to admit
Man is my blood pressure reduced to a simmer. that after test-driving my fair share of these luxury cars, the
For this therapeutic treatment, the right kind of car makes technology on the dash has lost its luster. Fancy knobs to
all the difference. Sputter down 93 in a jalopy with a jacked- control the radio, voice-activated seat warmers, satellite
photography courtesy of BMW usa

up alignment and you may just end up pointing it over the this and thatits all fine and good, but what moves my
side of the Zakim Bridge. Yes, the proper car is crucial. My needle are the intangibles. How do I feel in this car? Is it
prescription? The new 2015 BMW M235i convertible. Its intimidating? Confusing? Wimpy? Precious? Clumsy?
better than two aspirin and a stiff martini chaser. This BMW is quietly confident inside and out. It knows
Rolling back its convertible top wipes away the trials of how to roar, but its not about to go pounding its chest. Of all
the day, but its whats under the hood thats the real atti- the James Bonds, Id give this one to Daniel Craig. But not
tude adjuster. BMW has kitted out the M235i with a 320- my boss. Herb Chambers BMW of Boston, 1168 Commonwealth
horsepower, 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Ave., 617-731-1700; herbchambersbmwofboston.com BC

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Your Nantucket escape
is just an hour away.

Ferry service from Hyannis to Nantucket Snack bar with beverages


Comfortable seating Free Wi-Fi Parking and free shuttle service

More trips. More ferries.


Lowest fares.
Book online at SteamshipAuthority.com 508.495.FAST (3278)
Ferry service from Woods Hole to Marthas Vineyard is also available.
HAUTE PROPERTY Out of Town

The Deluxe Road Trip


Enjoying fall foliagE in high sEason is much bEttEr with
thE right itinErary. by annie copps

Why visitors from all over (5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, resorts provide high ground
the world descend upon New VT, 802-253-3000; stowe.com) for stunning views. For a
England every fall can be offers dining at the Cliff good meal, make an
summed up in three words: House or Solstice restau- eastward turn onto Route 4
red, yellow, orange. These rants. Heading back to Route to Quechee and the Simon
are the starring colors of 100, visit the Ben & Jerrys Pearce restaurant (1760
natures electric light show. headquarters (1281 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT, Concords Old North Bridge.
Behind the scenery, though, Waterbury-Stowe Road, 802-295-1470). Perched over
is a world of elegant dining, Waterbury, VT, 866-258- the Ottauquechee River in a
artisanal crafts, and superior 6877; benjerry.com) for a tour former mill, it also features a
lodging, which requires a and watch your Cherry shop selling the acclaimed
most discerning map. Garcia being churned. For a Simon Pearce pottery and
more substantial meal, the glassware. Finally, the
The Royal Miles: restaurant Hen of the Wood pinnacle of Route 100 is
RouTe 100, VeRMonT
Running 200 or so miles
north to south through
Vermont to the Massachusetts get there early or
border, Route 100 is the
crown prince of scenic drives late and youll avoid
in New England. All the foliage lovers who

photography by Christian Delbert (olD north briDge); appaloosa (Vermont Country store); Jon bilous (KanCamagus)
quintessential charm and
beauty of autumn can be wont ever go faster
found here, from mountain-
sides covered in a patchwork than 30 mphand i
quilt of trees that seem on
fire with their red and gold
cant blame them. The Vermont Country Store
in Weston stocks candy,
leaves, to cows grazing in mel allen knickknacks, and more.

fields with whitewashed


barns, to covered bridges,
antiques shops, and general (92 Stowe St., Waterbury, VT, Westonthe whole village is
stores. Much of this winding 802-244-7300; henofthe on the National Register of
road is unspoiled by wood.com), built in a converted Historic Places. Check out
development, especially its grist mill, is a destination all the Vermont Country
northern points, but when it its own, a never-ending ode Store (657 Main St., Weston,
does pass through towns or to local and seasonal fare. VT, 802-824-3184) for
villages, they tend to be From there, head to woolen socks, Lanz of
filled with historic buildings, Waitsfield, home to the Mad Salzburg nighties, forgotten
art galleries, craft shops, River Glen and Sugarbush brands of candy (like Reeds
bookstores, cafs, and inns. ski areas, where many and Merri-Mints) and
Plan on a minimum of artists have set up shop. cologne (Royall and
three hours for this trip. First, Artisans Gallery (20 Bridge Charlie), and much more,
take a detour up Route 108 St., Waitsfield, VT, 802-496- as well as the Weston
to the well-known ski-resort 6256; vtartisansgallery.com), Playhouse (12 Park St.,
village of Stowe for an representing more than 150 Weston, VT, 802-824-5288;
off-season gondola ride up artists, is a sensory smash. westonplayhouse.org),
A view from New Hampshires
Vermonts highest peak. The Further south, the the states oldest Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
Stowe Mountain Resort Killington and Okemo ski professional theater.

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Less MiLeage, PLenty of Leaves: Main St., North Woodstock, NH, 603-745-
ancaMagus HigHway, new HaMPsHire 3951; woodstockinnnh.com). If you still
The 34-mile Kancamagus Scenic Byway stretches have some juice, take in Franconia
east to west from Conway to Lincolnsmack in the Notch, a bit north on Route 3, for a
middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. birds-eye view.
Its impressive any time of the year but comes to life
in the fall with striking mountain vistas and acres foLiage warrior: route 2,
of forest. When I drive the Kanc in fall, I make MoHaw traiL, MassacHusetts
sure Im there for early light or late, says Mel If you started on Route 2 in Cambridge
Allen, editor of Yankee magazine, a man who and only made it to Concord, youd still
knows a thing or two about the seasons in these find plenty to do and see, whether
parts. Plus youll avoid maybe a few hundred Revolutionary War sites, boutiques, or
fellow foliage lovers who wont ever go faster than farmstands. If you plan to head farther
30 miles per hourand I cant blame them. west, pick up a wedge of cheddar and a The Albany Covered Bridge,
Be sure to bring your camera and a tripodthis loaf of bread at the Concord Cheese one of the sights along the
Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the
bit of asphalt is all about the scenic views. Start in Shop (29 Walden St., 978-369-5778; White Mountain National Forest.
North Conway, about 10 minutes north of Route concordcheeseshop.com) and keep driving
112 on Route 302. Fuel up on buttermilk pancakes Route 2 goes all the way to North Adams,
or huevos rancheros at the Stairway Caf (2649 in the far northwestern corner of
White Mountain Hwy., North Conway, NH, 603-356- Massachusetts. Mohawk Trail, 413-625-0116; shelburnefalls
5200; stairwaycafe.com). Once on the highway, The Connecticut River runs alongside the road coffee.com), and grab a bench by the river.
pull off whenever the mood strikes. There is an for most of the journey, and its crossings include Toward the end of the road, youll be rewarded
interesting tableau of nature every five miles or so, some impressive bridges and waterfalls. The with world-class art museums. In Williamstown,
including the Albany Swift River Lower Falls, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, a former home of Williams College, a skip down South
Rocky Gorge, Champney Falls, Mount Chocorua trolley bridge turned community garden, is an Street reveals the Clark Art Institute (225 South
(about a three-and-a-half-mile hike for the really especially lovely one. Lunch at the West End Pub St., 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu), known for a
excellent views), Sabbaday Falls, Sugar Hill, and (16 State St., 413-625-6216; westendpubinfo.com) collection that extends from the French impres-
the Wangan Grounds. That should bring you just provides the best view, and the fish-and-chips sionists to local artisans. In North Adams, at the
about to Lincoln. If youve had your fill of nature make for good eating. Or, depending on where Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
for this round, head a few miles south on Route 3 you are in your day, dig into that cheese from (1040 Mass MoCA Way, 413-664-4481; mass
and relax with a juicy burger (or Buffalo frogs Concord, pick up coffee and handmade truffles moca.org), things are decidedly modern. BC
legs) and a cold one at the Woodstock Inn (135 from Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters (1207

Leaving Boston doesnt mean


leaving culture behind, thanks After Hours
to places like Mass MoCA. Where to stay if your road trip calls for an overnight.
photography by Jon bilous (Kancamagus); t photography / shutterstocK.com (mass moca)

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a world-class spa, luxe rooms, and freplace after
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this quaint New England inn, with white birch furni-
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Woodstock, NH, 603-745-3951; woodstockinnnh.com
ROUTE 2, MASSACHUSETTS
The Porches Inn: Restore yourself at the Porches
Inn, across from Mass MoCA, where the rooms are
distinctly retro chic. 87 Marshall St., North Adams,
413-662-2111; porches.com

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INVITED

BLACK
AND
WHITE
BALL
BID CARDS WERE HELD Libby Maynard, Toni
OConnor, and Trintje
HIGH when deCordova Gnazzo Joel Ellzey
Sculpture Park and Museum
presented its Black and White in
the Park Gala, cochaired by John Ravenal, Joyce
Linde, and Dan Mathieu
Joyce Linde and Dan
Mathieu. This year the event
honored distinguished Boston
gallerist Barbara Krakow, whos
been instrumental in deCor-
dovas evolution and growth.
The gala raised a record-break-
ing $530,000 to support
deCordovas exhibitions and
educational programming.
The Hive Airstream Tareef Kawaf and Marc and
trailer with indoor bar. Rand Darwish Charlotte Zawel

Guests shopped
a bazaar of
handmade items
to benefit the
organization.

Karen Cangello,
Gianna Cangello,
Susan Farrington,
Ann Rose, and Carol Francolini and
Meg Belsito Helen Tsingos

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA OSTROW (DECORDOVA); BRENDAN PIKE (VOSS)


Sorboni Banerjee and
Rebecca van Bergen

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN


THE CROWD WAS HAPPYand hydratedat the Voss Foundations fifth
annual Women Helping Women Boston Luncheon at Del Friscos Double Eagle
Steak House in the Seaport District. The event raised awareness and funds for
projects that bring clean water and sanitation to women and their communities in
sub-Saharan Africa. Fox 25 Boston morning news anchor Sorboni Banerjee served
as mistress of ceremonies for the event, which honored Rebecca van Bergen,
founder and executive director of Nest, for her commitment to working with artisans
around the world so they can develop their own small businesses.
Maureen Reilly and
Jasmine Lee

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Joanne Chang preps
miniature fruit pies
for guests.

Linda Ergas, David


Brown, Salvatore
Ralph Fuccillo and DeGeorge, Dot Joyce,
Joanne Jaxtimer and Matt Wilder

The fresh juice shots

A TASTE AND A TOAST from Mother Juice.

NO ONE LEFT HUNGRY when the 30-year commitment to childrens oral health
Forsyth Institute hosted its second annual worldwide, and Don Rodman presented
A Taste & A Toast, featuring small bites from chef Andy Husbands with the Smile Award
15 top restaurants. The event raised more for Community Service. The evening also
than $150,000 to support the institute in its featured a musical toast sung by the Park
mission to improve oral and overall School Inspirational Freedom Choir and
health. The Icon in Oral Health Award was personalized artwork provided by the Art
given to Dr. Bob Soparkar in honor of his Resource Collaborative for Kids.
Ellen Fitzgerald and
Laura Baldini

TEE TIME
EVERYONE WAS IN TOP
FORM to raise funds for kidney
disease awareness, research, and
treatment at the National
Kidney Foundation Golf Classic,
sponsored locally by Putnam
Dan Kennedy, Mark Investments, at Boston Golf
Baughman, Steve Hoffman,
Shane ONeil, Mike Hughes, Club in Hingham. Under the
and Peter Bonasia leadership of event chair Alex
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLANCHARD (FORSYTH); JOHN MCMAHON (TEE TIME)

Joe Antonelli Wayman and the golf commit-


Mike LaPierre and
tee, the event raised $100,000
Jess Trelegan to support NKFs programs.
Sponsors included South Shore
BMW Gallery Group, The RE/
MAX Collection, Grey Goose
Vodka, Sentient Jet, Michelob
Ultra, and HM Insurance
Group. In addition to qualifying
to play at Pebble Beach, golfers
vied for prizes provided by IAA
One Car One Difference,
Tiffany & Co., Ping, Greg
Norman, and Golf Digest.
Mike and Tom McDonough
Chris Cotter

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INVITED

Francesca and
Pat Purcell

Kristin Scanlon
and Peter Gori

Dennis and Nelly Carreno and


Rebecca Seidenberg Jessie Glod
Kristin Phelan, Alejandro

GET INKED
Alvarez, and Jessica Ryan

THE SOUTH END literally glowed when custom cocktails by Ki Bar, which were
Ink Block, the areas newest luxury residen- paired with delicious bites provided by
tial building, hosted an invitation-only party Stephis in Southie. DJ Opyn Mynd spun
to celebrate its opening in the former home music throughout the evening, with a spe-
of the Boston Herald. Partygoers sipped cial performance by violinist Rhett Price.

Rhett Price

Custom chairs were


Chris Elliot, Karen Gill, Judy displayed on Dover rugs.
Ghanem, and Edwina
Drummond Boose

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREA CATALANO (INKED): ELAINE FREDRICK (TAKE A SEAT)


Ed Owen and
Elvie Mahoney Laurie Gorelick

TAKE A SEAT
THERE WASNT AN EMPTY SEAT in the house when the International Furnishings
and Design Association kicked off its annual design exhibition, Take a Seat, in Boston.
Take a Seat features upcycled and newly designed chairs crafted by furnishing and design
professionals using unique fabrics and recycled materials. Guests enjoyed a private viewing
of the chairs, presented on stylish rugs by Dover Rug & Home and paired with antique
motorcycles and period apparel from the Larz Anderson Auto Museums Beauty and the
Beast exhibit. The event raised more than $16,000 for the Womens Institute for Housing and
Eric Haydel and Economic Development, an award-winning affordable-housing development organization.
Rosemary Porto

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Foliage Fashion
When the leaves change in Boston, so does the dress code. by robert cocuzzo

As a kid, the only joy I ever found in returning to school each hasnt: Fall fashion is about personal renewal. Weve worn
fall was when my mom would take me back-to-school shop- thin those flip-flops and cut-off T-shirts that defined rooftop
ping. I loved picking out new binders, grabbing a handful of barbecues and beach days all summer long. Fall is about
pencils and Magic Markers, and selecting that wicked-cool reclaiming the cool air of sophistication that wafts off the
lunch box that really made a statement: Herein lies the PB&J bricks of Beacon Hill and Harvard Square come
and string cheese of the Fonzarelli himself. September. Its a time to try those tortoise-frame glasses
But most of all, I loved picking out my back-to-school again and see how long you can go before one of your buddies
clothes. After my younger brother and I grew out of hav- tells you that you look like a jerk.
ing to wear matching outfitswhich lasted literally till I was Of all the fashion seasons, fall is ours to flaunt. The
in the sixth grade and made us, two blue-eyed blond tow- weather in October is such that we can comfortably mix
heads, look like members of the Hitler Youthbuying new and match the carefree colors of the Cape with the tough
duds for the first day of school was an occasion on a par textiles of New Hampshire. A true New England look for
with show-and-tell. the autumnal gentleman might consist of leather Frye boots,
Mom would bring me down to the bigger-than-life mall, cognac J. Crew cords, one of L.L. Beans signature flannel
and wed find an outfit that looked plucked from the set of shirts, and, to top it off, a relaxed-wash military-style khaki
Dead Poets Society. This usually consisted of a sweater, cor- coat. And for his date, how about a matching J. Crew ging-
duroys, a pair of bucks, and maybe a peacoat, if there was a ham shirt with a chunky white Ralph Lauren sweater on
sale. This sweater is going to change my life, I would top of skinny Madewell jeans and Hunter wellies?
think. Im going to be discovered on the street and written Now of course, at the heart of being fashionable, its
into the cast of Boy Meets World and then finally Topanga not so much what youre wearing but how youre wearing
will be mine! it. If you spotted Gisele strutting down Newbury Street in
So no matter how hot it was, 90 degrees with 100 percent a pair of jellies, a Patriots jersey, and sweatpants that
humidity, I would wear that outfit on the first day of school someones dad had worn while painting the kitchen, she
even if it killed mewhich it very nearly did, as I would would still look damn good. And not just because shes a
sweat through each class like it was an interrogation. knockout. But because she wears it all with confidence.
While the styles have certainly changed since my child- Thankfully, in Boston, when it comes to confidence, we
hood, the motivation behind choosing ones fall clothes wear it well. BC

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