Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2014 - (Page 30)

CONTRIBUTORS BELLA FOSTER In Bella Foster's dreamy and lucid watercolors, it is easy to see the ghosts of French masters Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard: Colors are explored as emotions, and place is invoked with a cherished sense of intimacy. Growing up in Portland, Ore., Foster remembers learning about these and other artists from library books; it was when she moved to New York City, to study at the School of Visual Arts, that living artists took over. She recalls in particular shows by the painters Elizabeth Peyton and Karen Kilimnik, both of whom use found photographs and magazine images as source material. "Both painters were painting from highly personalized perspective of pop culture, and not from a serious 'high art' place. It was very inspiring to me," she says. After art school, she supported herself as a magazine stylist while pursuing a career as a gallery artist. "I tried illustration as a bit of an experiment," she recalls. "I made a homemade promo on my color printer, and from that got a really good project with Kate Spade and it went on from there." PORTRAIT: JONI NOE WORLD OF INTERIORS The artist in her Los Angeles home; one of Foster's typical, finely rendered still lifes. outdoors Fa l l i n g i n l o v e w i t h ... Shopping PhotograPhs by alexi hobbs MOntreal bangalore A SEA OF LOVE 1 VIeUX MOntreal Cahier d'exerCiCes 3 6 9 r u e S a i n t - Pa u l O u e S t c a hier de xercice S.cOm The old city has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with boutique hotels, luxe condos, fine restaurants and fabulous fashion attracting an affluent crowd of Montrealers and visitors alike. 2 This striking boutique designed by Gilles Saucier represents the new Old Montreal, with discreet, expertly curated luxury from the international collections. Every piece - be it a Céline satchel, a Dries van Noten jacquard top or the essential Saint Laurent biker jacket - is lovingly displayed like a piece of art. À Ta b l e T o u T l e m o n d e 3 6 1 r u e S a i n t - Pa u l O u e S t ata b l e tO u t l e m O n d e .c O m Rare and exquisite Japanese pottery is a specialty here. Discover the ultrathin lacquered wood bowls from Kihachi Studio or Ryota Aoki's textured and glazed ceramics. 1. Qua i 417 4 17 ru e S a i n t- Pi er r e q u a i 4 1 7. c O m "Who gives a chic?" reads a T-shirt with a caricature of Coco Chanel from the Mua Mua line, which specializes in hand-knit dolls made in Bali parodying fashion icons (Coco, Karl, Anna, Yves, Miuccia) and others. Co-owner Philippe Dubuc's edgy menswear hangs here, too, as do recherché items like Antoni & Alison's printed silks from England and silver-finished denim from L.G.B. in Japan. e s pa C e p e p i n 3 5 0 r u e S a i n t - Pa u l O u e S t P e P i n a r t.c O m A romantic enclave in heart of the old city beckons with a 52 WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS 30 veil of sheer curtains in the doorway. This is the place to go for those longing for an ethereal floor-dusting skirt to sport with Frye boots. bou TiQue denis G aGnon 1 7 0 b r u e S a i n t - Pa u l OueSt deniSg agnOn.c a With his oversized glasses and ponytail, Denis Gagnon is something of a fashion hero in town, known for his edgy, virtuosic talent and his no-nonsense attitude. There's lots of screen-printed neoprene in his store this winter, plus intriguingly draped silks and blasts of scarlet. 2. ssense 9 0 r u e S a i n t - Pa u l O u e S t SSenSe.cOm Known as an expansive online emporium, SSENSE has a bricks-and-mortar shop with choice bits of Lanvin, Givenchy, and Balmain. If you see an object of your desire on the Web, call ahead and the store will bring it in from the warehouse for you to try on. bar ami 4 0 4 ru e S a i n t- J acqu e S OueSt ba r a mi.c a Replicas of midcentury modern classics are the name of the game at Barami, which aims to make great design accessible. Check out copies of Starck's Louis Ghost chairs in regular or mini size, replica Eames elephant stools and Kartell look-alike lamps. w w w. r i t z c a r lt o n . c o m Fashion writer and editor EVA FRIEDE ("Shopping: Montreal) has been covering the style scene for The Gazette in Montreal for almost 15 years. Aside from her constant shopping (fittingly, she writes a blog called The Constant Shopper), she loves tango, salsa and anything shabby chic. W W W. R I T Z C A R LT O N . C O M few places are as communal as a professional kitchen, and few acts are as collaborative as cooking in one. Yet in our climate of celebrity chefs, known by single names (Mario! Emeril! Wolfgang! Gordon!) the "we" of fine cooking has surely been overcome in our culture by the "I." Perhaps this is why you may not have heard of Paco Pérez, despite his four Michelin stars, and ascendance within what is often heralded as the greatest culinary zone of the world, the northeast corner of Spain. Pérez, when talking about food, from technique to philosophy, seems constitutionally affronted by the first person singular. But the artistry on the by Lauren SandLer PHOTOGraPHS by JuSTin Lane plates that emerge from his tiny kitchen at Enoteca, in the Hotel Arts Barcelona - simple, pure flavors rendered through stunning innovation - make it hard to place this humble, wide-smiling man among the brandished knives and blistering egos of his profession. 122 w w w. r i t z c a r lt o n . c o m OCE AN BOUND From top: Lively Marina del Rey; the writer strikes a triumphant pose; one of the pelicans that followed the boat all day long, hoping to score some bait. Beyond the commotion of india's third-Biggest city, fiona caulfield finds Beauty and inspiration Barcelona chef Paco Pérez conjures miracles from his Passion for the deeP I Ph oto gra Ph s by Mah esh s h an tara M suppose my relationship with Bangalore could be charactercharacter ized as an arranged marriage. Like many par ticipants in such unions, we did not have an immediate connection. It was 2004 when I first visited the city and, more than in any place I've ever visited before or af ter, I felt lost. I had spent my life in Australia, England, the U.S. and Canada; I lived for five years in the frenzy of New York Cit y. But in Bangalore I was utterly bewildered by the chaos on the streets - by not only the sheer volume and variet y of vehicles (and people and animals), but by the fact that the cit y appeared to lack a center. There was no obvious urban plan, no distinct skyline, just an endless gridlock of humanity surging for ward, albeit slowly, inch by laborious inch, and the place looked like it was literally bursting at the seams. I wanted to get out as soon as possible. A year later, I was in the midst of a love af fair with the much-glit zier megalopolis of Mumbai when circumstances dictated that I move from there to Bangalore for a shor t time. The flat I rented - for what was meant to be no more than four months - had no fridge, no shower, no hot water; I managed with a one-ring electric burner, and would heat a pan of water to use in my bucket bath as I listened to the early morning chanting from the Hindu temple do battle with the local mosque's call to prayer and the bells from the nearby Catholic church. I never could have imagined that, t wo years later, I would publish a book called "Love Bangalore," an ode to what was by then my adored hometown. Eight years since I first rented that flat, I'm still here - albeit in a more modern and comfor table apar tment. Bangalore's charms do not lie on the sur face. There are few tourist attractions to tick of f, and perhaps because of this, the city invites you to go on a dif ferent kind of journey - GOING DEEP This page: Chef's celebrated gnocchi, paired with squid, grapes and onions. Opposite: Chef Paco Pérez in the kitchen. t h e r i t z - c a r lt o n m a g a z i n e 123 A frequent contributor to The Ritz-Carlton Magazine, JUSTIN LANE ("A Sea of Love") is the New York bureau chief for the European Pressphoto Agency, a wire service providing daily news pictures to most of the world's major newspapers. In 2002, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to The New York Times' coverage of 9/11. For this issue, he traveled to Barcelona to document chef Paco Pérez at work. 36 w w w. r i t z c a r lt o n . c o m castIng call A s po rt f i s h i n g t ri p o ut o f Lo s An ge Les ' M A ri nA de L rey deL i v ers t h ri L L s f o r ex peri en c ed f ish er Men An d n ov i c e An g L ers A L i k e LOC AL COLOR Flowers overflow into the streets at the City Market, where vendors also sell everything from produce and spices to street art. By Ka l e e T h ompson t h e r i t z - c a r lt o n m a g a z i n e 37 Photographer MAHESH SHANTARAM ("Falling in Love With ... Bangalore") has traveled to 45 countries and lived in five of them. He had to wake up before dawn every day for this story to rediscover the charm of the city he calls home: Bangalore. Shantaram's awardwinning photo fiction project titled Matrimania - his personal take on India's wedding culture - has been featured in magazines and photo festivals worldwide. 92 I It's just before noon on a sun-drenched Southern California morning as I join a growing crowd gathered on Pier 52 in Los Angeles' Marina del Rey. I've lived in L.A. for years, but only recently learned of the sportfishing excursions that leave from the marina almost every day of the year. As I look around, I see that plenty of other people are in on the secret: About half the crowd has brought their own carbon-fiber fishing rods and personal tackle boxes. I might be in over my head. Our ride, the 64-foot, 92-year-old Betty-O, approaches the pier. Soon we're cruising smoothly past rows of gleaming-white fiberglass sailboats and several monster yachts, toward a cluster of Easter-egg-painted surf shacks, one of which houses a bait shop where Betty-O deckhands Mikey and Zander shovel the slimy, 5-inch squids that will serve as today's bait into our holding tanks. As we head back out into the bay, then round the massive stone breakwater that marks the mouth of Marina del Rey and south down the coast toward our first spot, I hand $5 to the captain's wife, buying into the jackpot that will be awarded to the person who catches the biggest fish of the day. Within minutes, we have a pod of dolphins off the stern. Gulls and pelicans shadow the boat from above. I approach the bait tank. These squids are a tantalizing treat to the birds, but less than appealing to me. I've done a little fly-fishing on East Coast rivers, and spent time as a kid catching sunfish and the occasional lake trout off the end of the dock at my family's lake credit tktk A EuropEAn sEnsE of stylE pErvAdEs EvErything from thE historic buildings housing cutting-EdgE boutiquEs to thE homEgrown fAshion Emporiums And ElEgAnt dEpArtmEnt storEs. EvA friEdE wAlks you Around town w w w. r i t z c a r lt o n . c o m KALEE THOMPSON ("Casting Call") grew up in New Hampshire and now lives in Los Angeles. The last time she wrote about fishing was in her nonfiction book, "Deadliest Sea," which tells the true-life survival story of the Alaska Ranger, a fishing trawler that sank in the Bering Sea in 2008. Thompson is a former editor at National Geographic Adventure magazine and writes for Popular Mechanics, Runner's World, and Parade. http://WWW.RITZCARLTON.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2014

Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2014
Editor’s Letter
President’s Letter
Falling in Love With ... Bangalore
Behind the Scenes
Local Knowledge

Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2014