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There’s a waitlist, naturally, for Rolls-Royce Spectres, coming late 2024. The glorious beauty, above, is produced at Goodwood. It’s all-electric, 310-mile range, 0 g/km NEDC-CO2 emissions. Rear-hinged suicide doors allow easier mobility enroute to any Red Carpet. The signature Spirit of Ecstasy logo’s smaller, down from 3.9 to 3.3 inches tall – in 1909 sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes modelled her on mannequin Eleanor Velasco Thornton.
Let’s blend art forms. At Philadelphia’s The Barnes Foundation, through 12th September, Chicago artist Brendan Fernandes choreographs dance around century-old limestone sculptures by William Edmundson (another Windy City babe, though he moved to Nashville TN). Use calories to walk 22 minutes to Barbuzzo, for local spelt tagliatelle with duck legs and foie gras. Try Philly Negronis, with Bluecoat American Dry Gin.
Self-taught artist Honor Titus, 34, simplifies movement, Hockney-style – see his tennis players, showing at Gagosian Beverly Hills through August. Son of Black Sheep rapper Andres Vargas Titus, his own band is Cerebral Ballzy (but there’s time for tennis, and his new wife, Film Director Gia Coppola). King Charles commissioned a Titus for the Coronation. Buy now, before prices soar.
LVMH extends its horizons. In St-Tropez, its eight-room Hotel White 1921 opens Restaurant Louis Vuitton. Afternoon tea by champion pâtissier Maxime Frédéric, dinners by another celeb, Arnaud Donckele. Overnight in upstairs suite 5, soothing white and beige and a sizeable terrace overlooking Place de Lice.
In Paris, LVMH adds culture. Cult mixologist Franck Audoux partners with Moët Hennessy at Cravan, named for Oscar Wilde’s nephew. Designed 1911 by Art Nouveau master Hector Guimard, with new Ramy Fischler interiors, holds a super-intelligent Rizzoli bookstore, three bars, an invitation-only club. Rooftop’s cinema paradiso, weather permitting. Dom Perignon any time.
Rooftops come into their own in Summer. Poolside atop New York’s Gansevoort Meatpacking sport Barton Perreira eyewear while perusing a 360° Manhattan skyline – but give the sunglasses back at check-out. In London, The Berkeley’s rooftop pool pretends it’s Riviera rather than Knightsbridge. Ice-cold Provençal Rosé and sharing plates.
Don’t look like a safari starter – buy plain khaki separates now, wear, and wash out creases. Kenya’s famous animal migration starts September. Fairmont has an enticing three-stops. Start at Nairobi’s Fairmont The Norfolk (the Karen Blixen Suite honours the ‘Out of Africa’ author). Next is the equally legendary Mount Kenya Safari Club (bedrooms have real cedar fires). Finish at the Mara Safari Club (luxury Mara River glamping). Private plane or 4x4, your choice.