October 16, 2011
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
This week it is really from several desks that I write. I will have
three desks before the week is out! Before leaving Paris this week I saw
the Kusama show. Then a quick trip home to Milano, and shop at Smile
Project, then off Kris and I go to Shanghai.
The Puli is my favorite hotel in Shanghai. It is in the center so easy to find everything with a spectacular city view overlooking Jingan Park.
A light brunch revives as we start the day and a restful balancing white tea massage this afternoon in the hotel’s wonderful Anantara Spa
before a walk in the garden slows down this Sunday almost as much as the garden at 10 Corso Como!
On a quiet street in the still chic French Concession of Shanghai, Chef
and owner Franck Pécol can make me think I had forgotten to leave Paris
last night. Following the seasons and the market, at Franck the menu changes every
day. With regular favorites like the Terrine de Campagne and a
glass of red wine .
Leaving Milano to travel now to Asia with a full moon over 10 Corso Como
saying goodbye. The Native Americans called this the harvest moon as it
is the time of harvesting the seeds we have been planting. So if the
moon is of good omen when I get back I will have
news of future 10 Corso Como plans and happenings around
Since 1997, smile project in the world – onlus, a non profit
organization has helped children surgically repair facial disfigurements
first in Bangladesh and now around the world. An auction of gifts given
by all the Italian Fashion Industry made us throw our hands and hearts
into the bidding for these beautiful offers. Here Ariela Goggi from
Vogue with several of the gifts and a smile and a smiling Andrea D’Amico
and Sara Maino who helped to organize this successful event.
I was able to see the preview for the first French retrospective of
Yayoi Kusama at the Centre Pompidou. This prolific international
artist’s influence on American abstract minimalism became clear in the
early pieces here. She settled in New York during the crucible of the
late 1950’s 1960’s. Her later works on film, scupture, performance
installations (at several Biennales here in Italy) and fashion
influences are still significant on the contemporary scene and the work
is a happy balance of joy and seriousness.