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This Thursday evening, on the lawn of Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate (quite apropos as the heiress fashionista wore a number of Dior pieces through the years), step inside the House of Christian Dior with a “privileged, behind-the-scenes look” at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as Artistic Director. Per Liza Domnitz of the Tribeca Film Festival, “Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.”
Thursday, August 21
Rough Point, 680 Bellevue, Newport
5:00 – 7:30 PM: Explore Rough Point’s current exhibit, No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke (with additional Dior pieces ($5 to view exhibit)
Live music by Yellowred
sunset (approx. 7:45 PM): Film, followed by post-film Q&A w/ director Frederic Tcheng
On-site food vendors: Tallulah’s taco cart, le petit gourmet, Tricycle Ice Cream and Boru Noodle Bar
cash bar on-site | picnics welcome
Courtesy of CIM Productions. Photographer: Jean-Jacques Poucel
There’s a lot of excitement building for the Bellevue Avenue Sidewalk Sale, which kicks off tomorrow and lasts through the weekend. More than two dozen retailers, galleries and restaurants/eateries along Bellevue (including the Audrain Building) in addition to William Street and Bellevue Gardens businesses will be participating—keep an eye out for the balloons at the entrances welcoming you in. Look for familiar favorites offering great discounts (The Linen Shop, Talbots, Angela Moore, The Tennis Store, Michael Hayes, Wish, William Vareika Fine Arts and more) and new names as well (Mimi’s for Kids, Sara Campbell, Venetucci Home, Calvet Paris 1937)–and those are just a few. Running a little low on energy? Pop into Annie’s, Le Petit Gourmet, the Hotel Viking or It’s My Party for shopping sustenance.
Want to start the celebrating on Sidewalk Sale eve? Toast the arrival of J. McLaughlin’s sailboat to Newport Harbor by attending tonight’s Sip & Save at the Bellevue Avenue shop. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can sip cocktails, meet the boat’s skipper Ryan Finn and take advantage of some sweet markdowns. 15% of all proceeds will benefit Newport Hospital.
Also, this weekend is the annual Helly Hansen Warehouse Sale in Newport. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight, save up to 75% on footwear, foul weather gear, snowboarding jackets, snow sports gear, boating attire, base layer and H/H’s signature fleece for men, women and children. This year the sale moves to the Newport Yachting Center in the heart of downtown.
And if you’re a lucky ticket holder for the Wynton Marsalis concert Friday night, don’t forget the Newport Jazz Festival Opening Night Cocktail Party on the Horseshoe Piazza at the International Tennis Hall of Fame from 6:30pm – 7:45pm. Enjoy great music, food and drink before the big show. Tennis Hall of Fame Members: $40;
Non-Members: $50. Party includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Call (401) 324-4072 for tickets.
The sun’s scheduled to be stunning, the shops are ready to shine and Newport is open for business. Tomorrow’s Spring Stroll, taking place along Bellevue Avenue and William Street, welcomes the season with grand openings, in-store promotions, refreshments and nibbles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lisa Sarro Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Wish, the much-loved upscale consignment boutique, says the brand new William Street location is stunning and stocked with designer duds and fabulous shoes. Marcela Calvet’s eponymous luxe handbag boutique will officially open its doors at 59 Bellevue (here’s the story I broke on her arrival), and while you’re down in that end of the neighborhood, be sure to stop in the gourmet trio of La Maison de Coco, Le Petit Gourmet and the Newport Wine Cellar.
On the opposite end of Bellevue, but sure to pop by Sequin and the newly opened Sara Campbell (I got the scoop first on her foray into Newport-here’s the skinny), Twig, and across Memorial Boulevard, the shops on the Casino Block are ready to rock. Papers and Lulubelle’s will be welcoming strollers, as will J. McLaughlin, which is hosting a Sip & Shop event to benefit the American Cancer Society (15% of your purchase will be donated to the ACS). Denim doyenne Laura Jean will be serving refreshments and offering free chair massages by massage therapist Julie Basil Pierce, and The Linen Shop has a great sale and fresh linens for spring.
Head down William Street where you’ll find the aforementioned Wish, plus It’s My Party Bake Shoppe and the fabulous Rib & Rhein. At Wag Nation, your fashionable four-legged friends will be doted over and as I suspect, showered with treats. Look for the balloons for shops participating in the stroll.
The final five our Top 10 of 2010..
New Place, Same Great Taste
Costal Extreme Brewing Company, makers of Newport Storm beers and Thomas Tew Rum, moved from their humbler beginnings in Middletown to a brand spankin’ new facility at 293 JT Connell Road in Newport that’s bigger, brighter and more accommodating than ever. Dessert lovers reveled into the relocation of It’s My Party from Middletown, where baker Amanda Bryan did her baking, to a retail friendly storefront on Newport’s ever-expanding William Street. Patagonia on Thames expanded to a larger home at 450 Thames. Style Newport also made a leap moving from Christie’s Landing to Thames Street. Potter & Co. welcomed new owner Chafee Emory (who’ll be renovating the space in January while maintaining what makes Potter, well, Potter).
Worth its Weight
The Preservation Society of Newport County’s exhibit, Newport Undressed: Crafting the Gilded Age Wardrobe, was a fashionista’s must-see. Featuring the work of English-born designer Charles Frederick Worth, credited with being the father of the couture industry and “the first couturier,” the pieces at Rosecliff were each exquisite it its own way, offering a blueprint of fine fashion crafted by today’s best couturiers.
The first annual StyleWeek Providence brought together designers from across the Ocean State. Seven days of designer shows, installations and après-show soireés hosted at chic venues throughout the capital city toasted the talent of Southern New England, and the event only looks to expand in its upcoming January 2011 StyleWeek.
When I caught wind that the first state chapter of Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide, had opened in Providence, I knew the women of Newport and Bristol Counties would be more than willing to contribute to its cause. I announced our first clothing drive at the June Newport CVB meeting and by our deadline we had collected three clothing racks full of amazing suits in barely worn condition (many with tags) and bags and bags of handbags, accessories, and professional footwear–looking forward to doing it again.
Truthfully, there is just too much to mention to wrap up 2010. We welcomed Mitchell Owens, Editor at Large at ELLE DÉCOR and Rebecca Kelly from The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York who talked about The Facts Behind the Fiction of Fashion in The Great Gatsby, we saw the opening of Couture Parties, Tropical Gangstilettos, Design Newport, Le Petit Gourmet, the grand opening of 41 North’s boutique hotel, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the inaugural Newport WineFest, the newly launched Doris Duke Days and so much more…here’s to 2011.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Is Christmas really just four shopping days away? Unbelievably, it is. This morning I popped by The Rhode Show to share some uniquely Newport gift ideas!
For the hostess: Holiday cupcakes from It’s My Party featuring Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, and “Snowball” cupcakes
For her: “Love” ring and rings with her initials spelled out in nautical signal flags from Style Newport
For the pooch: wool toggle coat and Santa hat from Wag Nation, and “Critter Glitter” jewelry from Sequin that benefits the Potter League for Animals…select pieces available at Potter League’s “Bloomingtails” boutique
For the outdoor adventurist: a stay at the Rose Island Lighthouse
For the foodies: A gourmet gift basket from Le Petit Gourmet with dessert and fine wine
For a couple or family: A gift that keeps on giving, membership to the Preservation Society of Newport County (the Newport Mansions)
For the kids: Make Your Own Chocolate Kit, Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit, Make Your Own Gummies Kit from Only in Rhode Island
I’m just back from the Nantucket Wine Festival, where more than 200 wines from around the country were featured, as well as various fabulous champagne vintages from one of the event’s sponsors, Veuve Clicquot. With international luminaries including Todd English and Ming Tsai, the festival has grown exponentially from it’s grassroots start 14 years ago. Events at the best locations, including The White Elephant, the Great Harbor Yacht Club and Nantucket Yacht Club as well as symposiums, seminars, cooking demonstrations and wine-paired dinners at lauded restaurants like American Seasons and Galley Beach, throughout the five-day affair make for a gastronome’s paradise.
What does his have to do with Newport? Well, for one, coastal New England islands are like cousins linked by the sea, and it was a reminder how fun (and easy) it is island hopping. I chose the Hy-Line high speed ferry but it’s easy enough to get to The Gray Lady by sea as it is by air.
Even better, some of Newport’s shops and eateries carry some of the featured wines and foodstuffs found at the festival, like Cape Cod’s traditional French bakery Pain d’Avignon (the official bread of the Nantucket Wine Festival). You can find their flaky crust fabulousness delivered daily at le petit gourmet on Bellevue Avenue and used at restaurants including Tallulah on Thames. Chef Jake Rojas uses the Hyannis-based boulangerie’s buttery brioche in the restaurant’s Aquidneck Farms 143.6° Poached Egg, an amazing appetizer featuring Allen Farms pea greens, Pain d’Avignon’s brioche, and bacon topped with a black truffle vinaigrette (above).
The Ocean State was well-represented with Matt Jennings, Executive Chef/Owner of La Laiterie and neighboring cheese shop Farmstead, both in Providence, hosting a cheese seminar (featuring all domestic cheeses) with California’s Newton Vineyards. Jennings knocked it out of the park, featuring Blue Ledge Farm’s “Crottina,” a soft-ripened goat’s milk cheese (pictured at left); Old Chatham Sheepherding Company’s “Nancy’s Camembert,” a “bloomy rind” sheep’s milk cheese; Cato Corner Farm’s “Bridgid’s Abbey,” a natural rind cow’s milk cheese; Spring Brook Farm’s “Tarentaise,” an Alpine-style aged cow’s milk cheese; and finally, Green Mountain Blue Cheese Company’s “Gor-Dawn-Zola,” a cave-aged cow’s milk blue.
Newport’s own food and wine events coming this summer range from family friendly and casual (like this Sunday’s Great Chowder Cook-Off at the Newport Yachting Center) to the extravagant (the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival in September). Making it’s debut this year, the Newport WineFest is garnering a lot of buzz, set to make a splash in August.
Do-it-yourself gourmands should look into local class with local chefs though Newport Cooks or reserve a spot at the Newport Wine Cellar’s Wednesday Wine Classes ($35.00) where you’ll sample 3-4 wines, usually themed by region, vintage or another similarity, paired with light hors d’oeurvres.
Grand Opening Celebration today! Come one, come all and sample treats for your holiday and everyday!
The Newport Wine Cellar’s David and Maria Glade eagerly announce the perfect pairing for their already admired wine shop: a specialty food and artisanal cheese headquarters right next door. Le Petit Gourmet will offer a wide variety of imported and domestic artisanal cheeses, high quality dry goods, cured meats and olives, fresh breads, and simple prepared meals to-go, in addition to some hard to find regional specialties from all wine growing regions—all things from earth and vine. “We want to provide excellent quality and value—great food and wine at reasonable prices in a friendly and educational environment,” say the couple, who have already mastered the art of stocking lesser-known varietals.
A welcome addition to Historic Hill, directly across from the Hotel Viking, Le Petit Gourmet will have complimentary weekly tastings, wine classes on Wednesdays, monthly cheese dinners, wine and cheese of the month club, and an introduction to some new adventures in food and wine.
“Our philosophy is to keep it simple, affordable and fun, so just come in and chat with us,” say the Glades. “Relax, it’s just food and wine—you are supposed to enjoy yourself!”
Newport Wine Cellar & Le Petit Gourmet is located at 24-26 Bellevue Avenue and is open 11:30-7pm daily; 12pm-5 on Sunday. There is available parking in the rear of the building.