6.18.2017

THE MAGIC OF SANTA FE - KLIMT TO CLAFOUTIS


WHAT A WEEK IT WAS....

I always say that SANTA FE is a candy box of delights...This week was no exception.  The Lensic Performing Arts Center presented a most unusual evening.  Peter Altmann, the son of Maria Altmann - niece of Adele, The Woman in Gold in Gustave Klimt's famous painting - spoke about the back story of the  painting and his mother who took on the Austrian government in a decades-long struggle to recover her family's artwork
that was stolen during WWII.


But, the star of the show was the re-created couture dress that Adele wore in the painting - creating a brilliant TABLEAU VIVANT - a living picture of the famed canvas...



The original dress in the painting was created by Austrian Couture Designer Emilie Floge  - life partner of Klimt - and a name forgotten in the shadows of time.



Santa Fe Artist, Corky Brown, created the gown  as a gift to ARTSMART; it was auctioned during the evening.  Needless to say, seeing this exquisite
gown modeled by Maribou Latour was a rare treat!

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CLAFOUTIS  HAS  RE- OPENED!

The much-anticipated 'new' Clafoutis Restaurant is smashing!  I stopped by the  French eatery the other day to take a peek and was WOW'D. The space is wonderfully-designed; garage doors open onto the main dining room and a light-filled second room touts a communal table and additional seating. The walls are artfully decorated; the long glass display case is filled with treats;  the snappy wait staff is feted-out with bow ties and suspenders...and co-owner Ann-Laurie Ligier - husband, Chef Philippe works the back of the house - 
 greets everyone with a "Bonjour" and a big smile.










Chef Philippe's magic happens behind this door...



C L A F O U T I S

333 WEST CORDOVA RD.
NEXT TO BODI

Open - Breakfast & Lunch

T: 505.988.1809

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Downtown Santa Fe is always vibrant, even when there
isn't a special event happening.
And it's often full of delightful surprises...like the sidewalk poet that set up
shop and was doing a brisk business.




And, just as I was walking to La Fonda on the Plaza, the strains of a Mariachi Band could be heard escorting a smiling bride and groom and their guests to La Fonda as well...  THE MAGIC OF SANTA FE



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6.11.2017

The D U K E and I





LUXURIOUS DECADENCE







All my senses were a'buzz when I walked through the DUKE and I for the first time. I could have perused each vignetted-room for hours; sitting in one of the softly-beckoning chairs and dreaming that I could take home everything in site - furniture, linens, accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, and tempting surprises everywhere. This clearly is the Meow Wolf of interiors and design.

Photo courtesy of the Duke and I

Irene Salas and partner Randolph Duke met in Santa Fe and discovered a shared interest in design, interiors and textiles. Irene's passion for textiles inspires everything she does; interior design, soft home furnishings and painting textiles. The Duke and I is filled with her lovely pillows, linen tabletop designs, and custom leather, linen, silk fabrics, and upholstery. 







Randolph is the former Creative Director and Designer of HALSTON, and an internationally-known haute couture designer. He has dressed scores of Red Carpet beauties, everyone from Angeline Jolie, Charlize Theron an d Barbara Streisand to Celine Dion and Kim Basinger. His design and fashion touch is evident throughout the Duke and I



















Gorgeous contemporary jewelry...






the  DUKE   and   I

320 Paseo de Peralta - Santa Fe