ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

Ti­aan Nagel’s think­ing on the Lux­ury is­sue

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The other night, while ran­domly flick­ing through channels try­ing to calm my­self down after a tor­tur­ous two hours of get­ting our three­year-old into his own bed, I stum­bled on Sofia Cop­pola’s cooler-thancool 2006 movie, Marie An­toinette. It’s not a re­cent re­lease, of course – I have no­ticed a pat­tern in which I tend to re-view older favourites on re­peat. (And that’s in ad­di­tion to end­lessly watch­ing The Voice and Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent re­runs on YouTube, be­cause who wouldn’t want to hear a sub­ver­sive moody cover of Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’?)

Any­way, I di­gress: back to the teen queen. As I watched, I started to take in all the lit­tle de­tails that I had missed dur­ing pre­vi­ous view­ings. The thin gros­grain rib­bon that’s used as a frill de­tail on the Manolo Blah­nik shoes; the del­i­cate em­broi­dery on the cot­ton dresses ac­tress Kirsten Dunst wears on the farm in Ram­bouil­let; the me­tres of soft pink taffeta and silk faille; the per­fectly pro­por­tioned Cham­pagne coupes and all the beau­ti­ful jelly desserts. (Ac­tu­ally, I think jel­lies are about to make a huge come­back. Not the usual small wob­bly ones with fruit, though, but jel­lies in­spired by those breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful iced flower sculp­tures that artist Azuma Makoto cre­ated for Dries van Noten’s cat­walk show a cou­ple of years ago. Tall and grand, with bright colours set per­fectly in­side.) Again – sorry – back to the ex­cesses of Marie An­toinette. I re­alised that as much as I like a som­bre and strict aes­thetic, I also like ‘dec­o­rated’ spa­ces that are just… pretty. This com­bi­na­tion of ex­treme sim­plic­ity with el­e­ments that are fem­i­nine and with­out ego is prob­a­bly best seen in French de­signer Pierre Yo­vanovitch’s in­te­ri­ors. He takes old spa­ces – like his own chateau in France – and dec­o­rates them with great care, which trans­lates into sim­ple and hon­est fur­ni­ture, raw ma­te­ri­als left ex­posed, pops of con­tem­po­rary art, and muted colours that calm. In short: the per­fect ex­am­ple of hav­ing your cake and be­ing able to eat it, too.

Speak­ing of hav­ing it all, you’ve prob­a­bly no­ticed over the past two is­sues our new com­mit­ment to bring­ing you in­spir­ing, covetable items that you can shop for di­rectly from our pages. So, if you’re like our Lux­ury is­sue muse Marie An­toinette, and fancy some ul­tra-stylish in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, sim­ply scan the pink QR codes* scat­tered through­out the mag­a­zine (such as the one pic­tured be­low for the Fathom scat­ter R695, Wey­landts) to ex­pe­ri­ence our care­fully cu­rated Ready to Shop of­fer­ing.

Hope you en­joy the read – and the shop!

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