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A British Icon Comes to Tea at The Maybourne Beverly Hills

LEFT: Illustration by Clym Evernden.   

Ahead of the coronation of King Charles next month, The Maybourne Beverly Hills welcomes Claridge’s, the hotel’s iconic sister property, from London for an exclusive afternoon tea residency for expats and Anglophiles alike. Under a canopy of parasols, a perfectly posh garden party is set to unfold with tea trays topped with peach-and-white striped pots by French porcelain purveyor Bernardaud. Complementing a variety of loose-leaf teas, the menu features savory classics from smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches to pastries created by Claridge’s Executive Pastry Chef Thibault Hauchard (don’t miss the strawberry Eton mess) and a Goop-inspired amuse bouche from Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal recipe collection. What’s the GP connection? Goop is partnering in the two-day event as it launches a collection with British designer Emilia Wickstead that draws inspiration from Cecil Beaton’s photographs of flowers at his home in the British countryside. Open to the public on April 1 and April 2 with a 2 p.m. seating each day. $150 per person. 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-7800; maybournebeverlyhills.com.

Observe 100 Breathtaking Black-and-White Photographs by Ansel Adams

PHOTO: Ansel Adams.

Ansel Adams’ black-and-white portraits of California—especially his beloved Yosemite, where his ashes were spread—have captivated audiences for decades. This month at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the city where Adams was born, a seminal exhibit of more than 100 works by the famed photographer and environmentalist features some of his iconic images of Yosemite, San Francisco, and the American Southwest. Adams’ works are shown alongside prints by 19th-century landscape photographers, such as Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, and contemporary artists including Trevor Paglen, Will Wilson, and Catherine Opie underscoring the perpetual link between the past and the present. April 8 to July 23. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, 415-750-3600; famsf.org.

Lisson Gallery Adds Art Kudos to Sycamore District

LEFT: Carmen Herrera, Courtesy Lisson Gallery. 

If there was any doubt that L.A.’s Sycamore District has become one of the coolest corridors of the city, the arrival of Lisson Gallery this month seals the deal. One of the top galleries in the world, Lisson was founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail and now represents some of the most in-demand contemporary talents (think: Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, Sol LeWitt, and Anish Kapoor), with locations in London, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. The new L.A. outpost occupies the previous home of The Zone, a gay nightclub that shuttered in 2019 and was reimagined by the New York–based interiors firm Ashe Leandro. The gallery debut features a special exhibition of the late artist Carmen Herrera’s Days of the Week series, which includes seven paintings that evoke the distinctive character of each day; in addition, her monumental Estructura has been installed in the front courtyard as a fixture to welcome visitors. 1037 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A.; lissongallery.com.

Missoni Zigzags Into South Coast Plaza

A year ago, Missoni made waves with the appointment of Filippo Grazioli as its new creative director. The 40-year-old fashion phenom worked with Riccardo Tisci at Burberry and Givenchy and previously held posts at Hermès and Martin Margiela. Now it seems only fitting that the storied Italian house opens a gleaming new outpost in Southern California’s retail mecca, South Coast Plaza, to coincide with the drop of Grazioli’s debut spring collection. Architectural elements in the house’s signature zigzag pattern beckon passersby with almost hypnotic effect. Inside, visitors will find Grazioli’s anticipated new collection—praised for its youthful, delicate silhouettes—in vacation-ready hues from sunny yellow and bold magenta to all-out rainbow. Here, the future is bright. 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714- 641-3170; missoni.com.

A New Lodge Opens Just In Time for Spring Skiing

PHOTOGRAPHY: Josh Cho Photography.

With California’s snowpack at all-time record levels, spring skiing is in full effect. Roughly an hour from L.A., the newly opened Marina Riviera on the south shore of Big Bear Lake is a design-forward newcomer in this rustic enclave. Casetta Group (also behind Casa Cody in Palm Springs and The Pearl Hotel in San Diego and soon the Hotel Lucile in Silverlake) reimagined the 1968-Viking-inspired lodge with 42 modern guest rooms that boast Parachute linens, private balconies, and unobstructed lake views. Across Big Bear Boulevard are six two-bedroom midcentury style cabins that all have access to the property’s concierge service and amenities, including the ski shuttle and a forthcoming private beach, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and a bar and restaurant. 40770 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake; marinariviera.com.


Feature image: Ansel Adams.


April 2023

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