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Tory for your Terrier

For the pup that has everything, how about this Tory Burch leash in orange and natural leather?

For the pup that has everything, how about a Tory Burch leash? $95.00 via

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Ines de la Fressange


Karl Lagerfeld famously said, “Chic-er than Ines you cannot be.”

Truer words were never spoken, perhaps, but I’d like to believe Karl had something more philosophical in mind.  After all, can one ever really attain the chic of another person?  Isn’t it just better to do it for yourself?  We think so.

Which is why we have recently enlisted our own style icon, Christine Scarinzi, to serve as style editor over on our main website,  Christine brings a kind of casual, bohemian upscale chic to our concepts of fieldside (and afterparty) luxury:  relaxed, contemporary via her experience at Takashimaya New York and as a regional rep for Chanel.  Each week, Christine will curate a few looks to consider for this weekend’s polo.  Nothing too serious, nothing too written in blood, just a few suggestions to make us all look more chic and, well, more like ourselves.

Chicer than Ines?  Just be yourself.

Beer and Bulgari

The great English actor Richard Burton once remarked about the love of his life, Elizabeth Taylor, “I taught her about beer; and she taught me about Bulgari.”  And thus the most exciting news this morning, that Christies will host a series of public events this year, celebrating the life of Elizabeth Taylor and leading up to the sales of her treasures, including jewels, real estate and haute couture.

Taylor’s jewel collection is famous for the attendant romance associated with it, but these pieces go far beyond movie star appeal, including such rarities as the Shah Jehan Diamond, a heart shaped stone inscribed with an Arabic inscription and cut for the Emperor Jehangir, who later built the Taj Mahal.

Here’s the official Christie’s press release, with associated dates.  More to follow!



New York — Christie’s is honored to announce the official dates for a landmark series of public exhibitions and special events leading up to the sale of the collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian.  In tribute to this amazing woman and her legions of fans worldwide, Christie’s has arranged for an international, three-month tour of highlights from her expansive collection that starts in September 2011 and includes stops in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong.  The tour will culminate in New York in early December with a special ten-day, museum-quality exhibition of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, followed by four consecutive days of auctions.  For this pivotal event, slated for December 3 to December 16, 2011, Christie’s New York will devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw several thousand visitors each day.


Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas, noted: “Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with this important role in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor. The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.  This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”


In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of the monies generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  Founded in 1991, ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.


The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

Public Exhibition: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor December 3 – 12, 2011
The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale December 13, 2011
Jewelry (Sessions II & III) December 14, 2011
The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale December 14, 2011
Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV) December 15, 2011
Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes December 16, 2011
Impressionist & Modern Art February 2012, Christie’s London



From the elegant simplicity of white diamonds, to her most elaborate custom-designed jewels, Elizabeth Taylor’s collection reveals in sparkling detail her celebrated love affair with jewelry.  In what promises to be remembered as one of the most remarkable jewelry events in auction history, Christie’s will open the sales series devoted to Ms. Taylor’s collections with a gala Evening Sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional sale sessions on December 14.  Culled with expertise and passion over a lifetime, this expansive and thoroughly stunning assemblage of jewelry from the top design houses demonstrates Elizabeth Taylor’s studied appreciation for both the allure and the art of jewelry design.


Haute Couture, Fashion and Accessories

From the red carpets of Hollywood, to the ski slopes of Gstaad, to the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Elizabeth Taylor exuded glamour in every facet of her life.  With the designers Valentino, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferré among her friends and collaborators, Elizabeth’s style evolved throughout the years, resulting in a vast collection of haute couture, ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories that reflect the star that she was, both on- and off-camera.  This extraordinary collection will be offered over the course of two sale days, beginning with an Evening Sale selection of iconic Elizabeth Taylor looks on December 14, and followed by three additional sale sessions of fashion, handbags, shoes, accessories and fine luggage on December 15.  A final sale session on December 16 will be devoted to a selection of important furniture, 20th century decorative arts, and film memorabilia from Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air home.

Impressionist & Modern Art

Educated from a young age to appreciate fine art, objects and furniture, Elizabeth Taylor shared her love of fine paintings and drawings with her father, the art dealer Francis Taylor.  She added steadily to her collection throughout the years, gradually assembling an exceptional group of late 19th century and early 20th century French and British paintings and drawings, including a significant group of works inherited from her father. These will be offered for sale at Christie’s London – the heart of the European art market – in February 2012 as part of Christie’s prestigious Evening and Day sales of Impressionist & Modern Art.


In addition to these planned auctions, Christie’s will introduce online-only sales through Christie’s LIVE™, the company’s online bidding platform, that will run concurrently with the exhibition and sale dates. Further details of all the sales, exhibitions, catalogues, and tour dates will be announced in the early fall.




About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business had global auction and private sales in 2010 that totaled £3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.


Images and estimates of auction items will be announced and available in early fall 2011.

Genghis Khan Polo Club

Shang Hai Tang Polo Team in Mongolia

We’re very excited about the upcoming visit of the Genghis Khan Polo Club (aka the Shang Hai Tang Polo team) to the Ham Polo Club on June 17th.  You can learn more about the team via this gorgeously produced video:


Get Happy

So let’s say that, by some evil stroke of fate, you are NOT at the Veuve Clicquot in New York this weekend, nor in London at the Mint Polo in the Park, nor in Ibiza.  It’s not too late to get busy and bid at Auction Napa Valley.  One of our favorite packages is the Blackbird/Chopard package which will put you right in the middle of things in 2012.  What makes us Happy?  Diamonds and doing good!!!

Party with the World’s Biggest Movie Stars at the Cannes Film Festival with

            CHOPARD and Blackbird Vineyards

               Live Lot # 37 “Auteur” – the Most Exciting Live Lot of Auction Napa Valley 2011

Blackbird Vineyards is pleased to participate in Auction Napa Valley on June 2-5, 2011 to raise funds for Napa County health, youth, and low-income housing non-profit organizations. This year, Blackbird Vineyards will donate an unobtainable Cannes Film Festival Live Lot, which was made possible with the generous support of our partner, CHOPARD, in addition to Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley and Bardessono.

View the Cannes Film Festival 2011/CHOPARD Party Video:

CHOPARD Video still

Live Lot Package #37 “Auteur” Includes:
CHOPARD red carpet


  • Blackbird Vineyards Vertical Collection

A three-year, hand-etched, 6L collection of 2006-2008 Illustration Proprietary Red Wine from Blackbird Vineyards, Napa Valley, signed by winemaker Aaron Pott.

CHOPARD Cannes Film Festival Experience for two

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Tour and Dining Experience for sixYour 2012 Cannes Film Festival Experience will be hosted by CHOPARD, the manufacturer of luxury watches, jewelry, accessories, and timepieces, in May of 2012. CHOPARD, which has been one of the two main sponsors of the Cannes Film Festival for the last 20 years, invites the winning bidder and a guest to a three-day/three-night cultural event at the Cannes Film Festival, including airfare to Nice, France, luxury car service (from the airport and for three days), access to movie premieres, luxury accommodations, all lunches and dinners, hair and makeup services, access to great events, as well as one CHOPARD Happy Sport Watch.

Enjoy a private, hosted gallery tour and wine-paired alfresco dinner for six (6) persons at Ma(i)sonry, prepared by a renowned chef.

  • Bardessono Napa Valley Accommodations for six

Overnight accommodations for three (3) couples for two nights in spa suites, including breakfast. Bardessono is located in Yountville, serving as a model for elevating contemporary, environmental “green” design with a sense of place, history, and artisan values.

Small BottlesAbout Blackbird Vineyards

Founded in 2003 by Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District—a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. The vineyard‘s valley floor topography presents optimum growing conditions for Winemakers Aaron Pott and Sarah Gott to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short- and long-term cellaring potential. Limited quantities are available through an allocated mailing list direct from the winery and in the finer restaurants and hotels around the world. Visit Blackbird and become a fan on Facebook.

About Auction Napa Valley

Since 1981, members of the Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa Valley community have rallied together to offer, each June, an experience unlike any other. What started as a small event has grown into one of the world’s most renowned wine auctions—with more than 350 wineries and 550 community volunteers now taking par—yet remains true to its goal of raising funds for healthcare, housing and youth services nonprofits: Auction Napa Valley has given $90 million in proceeds to


Chopard is a Swiss based luxury watch, jewelry, and accessories company founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Chopard, which also has production facilities in Fleurier, is one of four participating brands in the Fleurier Quality Foundation (together with Bovet, Parmigiani and Vaucher), which certifies a very high level of quality to manufactured watches ( The “Qualité Fleurier” standard is meant to compete with the Geneva standards such as the exclusive Geneva Seal manufacturing standard.[youtube=

Bow chica wow wow….

Bow chica wow wow…..

Bow chica wow wow….

Fashion’s on our mind today, thanks to a message from our childhood friend, the New York costume designer Jeff Fender.  Jeff ‘s specialty is hand-painting on silk and his newly-expanded Jeff Fender Studio in Brooklyn has become the go-to studio for Broadway designers and, now, the music gliterrati.  Jeff’s stunning kimono for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was set off a firestorm of inquiries from the likes of Britney Spears and Katie Perry, for whom he has designed.   He also worked on the couture aspects of the costumes for the U.S. run of Warhorse at Lincoln Center, not to mention Tom Ford’s top secret lingerie line in Europe.  We’re just waiting for the time when Jeff launches his own couture line.  Until then, we’ll have to live vicariously through his public work.

We’re also  crazy about PJ Bundy’s costume jewelry collection, which seems perfect for pairing with a sundress @ this season’s polo. These are light, lovely, with quite the feeling of piling it on, a la Coco Chanel.  PJ just returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe with her collection and you may contact her through Jeanne Chisholm’s gallery, always a perfect stop for the exotic and the spectacular.

Speaking of which, how about these lovely equestrian-themed handbags and small collection from Rinaldi? These bags are also very au courant for the Veuve Clicquot match or elsewhere, this summer. The boots are perfect for making a statement on the polo ground or…ahem…after, after the afterparty.

Whew!  What are you wearing today?  Let us know….


Diamonds on the soles of your feet

By Maysa Rawi at Mail Online

With a red sole and sky-high heels, these shoes could easily be mistaken for a pair of Christian Louboutins. But with a £100,000 price tag, the Eternal Diamond stiletto – made entirely from gold and diamonds – makes most luxury brands look High Street.

Created by bespoke jewelers House of Borgezie, the world’s first designs have already created a stir among celebrities.

Girl’s best friend: The Eternal Diamond stiletto is made using 2,200 brilliant cut diamonds, totalling 30 carats

And athough the clientele is strictly confidential until pieces have been completed, we can reveal they include – surprise, surprise – A-listers from the world of football, music and modelling. Venturing a guess on who has placed orders would likely lead to Cheryl Cole, Victoria Beckham and Paris Hilton, whose excessive tastes are funded by a bank balance to match. Made by British jewellery designer Christopher Michael Shellis, each pair is handcrafted from solid gold and then encrusted with 2,200 brilliant cut diamonds, totalling 30 carats.

Shellis has spent three years working on the creation, perfect for summer balls, society weddings and red carpet events.


Making a statement: Luckily, the bespoke heels, retailing from £100,000, come with a 1,000 year guarantee

Shellis said: ‘To bring the Eternal Diamond Stilletto to life, I quite literally had to reinvent the fundamental principle of classical stiletto construction. ‘The result is not so much a shoe, but rather a fine piece of jewellery that can be miraculously yet practically worn as the ultimate feminine adornment.’ Luckily, the high heels come with a 1,000 year guarantee. Or a night out on the tiles could end in disaster – or fortune for a lucky

Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit at Cooper-Hewitt Museum

he French luxury house Van Cleef & Arpels is being recognized for its contributions to the history of jewelry, fashion, and art at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York with an expansive exhibit held from February 18 to June 5, 2011. Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels will showcase more than 300 timepieces, fashion accessories, design drawings, images from the firm’s archives, and, of course, an abundance of jewelry in six themes that reflect its legacy: Innovation, Transformation, Nature, Exoticism, Fashion, and Personalities.

The Innovations category highlights the brand’s Mystery Setting, a 1933patented technique in which stones are cut to fit a metal grid so there is no visible metal setting. Among the standout Mystery Setting pieces is a ruby Peony brooch, circa 1937. In the Fashion theme are fiveminaudières, including elaborate jeweled models and the brand’s first 1930s piece inspired by Florence Jay Gould, wife of the American philanthropist Frank Jay Gould. The exhibit’s Transformation portion features a 95-carat yellow diamond bird brooch, whose wings become a set of earrings. Exoticism and Nature show the recurring influence of travel and natural inspirations on classic Van Cleef & Arpels motifs like the butterfly, and Personalities will demonstrate the influence the house has had in American society through famous patrons like Elizabeth Taylor, whose amethyst, coral, and diamond bracelet and matching pendant earrings are shown, along with the tiara worn by Princess Grace of Monaco.


TCM’s Classic Movie Blog



TCM’s Classic Movie Blog. takes a look at polo in Hollywood.  It’s an extensive article, well worth a look for anyone curious about ‘movie star polo’ and its significance during the golden age of Hollywood.  Strangely, the question of ‘movie star polo’ has been brought up in several conversations recently and we wonder if there are any up and coming actors who are interested in the sport.  If so, I’m sure the West Coast polo peeps will be happy to get you started.

Thank you to Jeanne Chisholm of for the heads up on this.