Quickly after the flip of the 20th century, Sapa — a verdant Vietnamese mountain city recognized for its terraced rice fields — turned a trendy retreat for French colonials who would take the practice from Hanoi for visits to their nation villas and to a now-defunct sanitarium. Right this moment, vacationers come to hike the misty trails linking Sapa to surrounding stopped-in-time villages reminiscent of Ta Phin and Cat Cat, whose residents promote handmade brocades and silver jewellery. For the brand new 249-key Hôtel de la Coupole, set in a mustard-yellow constructing in Sapa’s Muong Hoa Valley, the Bangkok-based architect and designer Invoice Bensley was curious about how, 100 years in the past, a majority of these artisanal items made their strategy to Paris and ended up influencing Western fashions. “I discovered a 1920s high fashion hat in Paris, which was principally a Vietnamese rattan hat coated in white and pink polka dots, and determined to do your entire resort like that,” he says. To that finish, there are cane and velvet barrel chairs within the high-ceilinged cafe, Cacao Patisserie, and, in a few of the bedrooms, French lounge chairs coated in graphic hill-tribe materials and linen-colored pendant lights draped in tribal silver beads. Bensley, who believes a resort needs to be a layered, even mental journey in itself, has additionally hung some 500 classic vogue illustrations and adverts all through the property and erected a foyer set up lined with industrial-size bobbins spooled in jewel-toned threads that recall not simply vibrant silks but additionally the luxurious orchid gardens of close by Ham Rong Mountain. — LUCIE ALIG


The need to belong and the necessity to stand aside are the 2 contradicting impulses driving vogue. Current sartorial tendencies — ruffled clothes made with modest cuts that cowl arms, chest and legs in patterned, decidedly unglamorous-looking materials — have been mentioned to evoke a life on the homestead from a extra bucolic period. However these garments additionally allude to a different type of life: They recall the outfits worn by the ladies within the opening sequence of the Netflix present “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” through which the protagonist and her “sisters” are rescued from an underground bunker, the place they have been held captive by a maniacal spiritual determine. In different phrases, these garments make you appear like you belong to a cult.

Is it ironic to decorate this fashion? At finest, cults are actually seen as roguishly edgy, solid in a nostalgic glow as lawlessly free from conference. Audiences final 12 months have been captivated by “Wild Wild Nation,” a six-part documentary in regards to the Rajneeshees, a 1970s and ’80s commune constructed round an Indian mystic who promoted free love and the significance of meditation. Two of his lieutenants have been ultimately convicted of assorted unlawful actions, together with orchestrating a salmonella assault on an Oregon city with a purpose to affect an area election. A part of the fascination with cults is how nicely they handle to persuade individuals to do what’s so clearly the incorrect factor. Who can be so simple-minded as to blindly comply with a pacesetter into mendacity, dishonest and even, as was the case with the Manson household, homicide?

However it’s more durable to dismiss cults while you start inspecting why individuals be a part of them within the first place. Simply go searching: From celebrity-owned life-style firms that promote “radical wellness” as a lifestyle to millennial-pink co-working areas for girls that serve grain bowls telling you to “fork the patriarchy” to electric-car entrepreneurs who promise to take us to Mars, what’s being peddled as we speak as empowering or progressive or revolutionary shouldn’t be a far leap from what some guru or Scientologist supplied a couple of a long time in the past. All of us need to really feel like we belong to one thing larger, one thing larger and extra significant than on a regular basis life. And we’re prepared to pay for it — particularly now, when modern American politics has arguably develop into a narrative of two opposing cults battling for the nation’s collective psyche. However before you purchase in, attempt to take a second to contemplate why doing so makes you’re feeling as in case you stand out. — THESSALY LA FORCE

Clockwise from prime left: Dior, $1,750, (800) 929-3467. Gucci, $2,600, gucci.com. Louis Vuitton, worth on request, louisvuitton.com. Simone Rocha, $745, (646) 810-4785. Fendi, $6,500, fendi.com. Alexander McQueen, $2,350, alexandermcqueen.com.


The designer Paul Andrew has lengthy regarded to visible artwork for inspiration — one in every of his first shoe designs for Salvatore Ferragamo, the place he started as artistic director in 2017, referenced the hulking metal sculptures of Richard Serra, whereas his private assortment consists of works by Robert Motherwell, Josef Albers and Pierre Soulages. In preparation for his spring 2019 runway assortment, Andrew was sifting by way of the model’s archives when he came across a ’30s-era of the actress Loretta Younger carrying a pair of Ferragamo sandals with a woven higher and a hanging wavelike heel. Reminded of the 20th-century sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s “Countless Column” collection comprising zigzagging stacks of rhomboid modules in steel or stone, the designer determined to make his personal model. The result’s a dramatic platform whose four-inch heel, Andrew says, was “a feat of engineering” not in contrast to the 98-foot-tall “Countless Column” (1938) that stands close to Brancusi’s hometown, Hobita, Romania. Artisans molded every picket module independently, wrapping layers of calfskin leather-based across the prime. Even the mesh higher, proven right here in a vivid violet, nods to the idea of infinity, its threads creating a satisfying sample of interlocking diamonds — and to Andrew’s general imaginative and prescient for the model. “What we’re doing right here, it’s limitless,” he says. “We’re not simply celebrating a legacy however carrying it ahead.” — SEAN CALEY NEWCOTT


In boxy shapes and impartial shades, new fashions with basic attraction.

Prime row, from left: Burberry bag, $2,090, us.burberry.com. Louis Vuitton bag, worth on request, louisvuitton.com. Gucci bag, $three,200, gucci.com.

Center row, from left: Chloé bag, $2,090, barneys.com. Givenchy bag, $2,190, (212) 650-0180. Hermès bag, $33,800, hermes.com.

Dean Valentine, a Beverly Hills-based artwork collector and former tv community govt, has been to numerous artwork gala’s up to now few a long time. In recent times, he feels, they’ve devolved into lifeless affairs — “timeless, windowless voids of shopping for and promoting,” he says, that happen in conference facilities that hardly differ from metropolis to metropolis. In a bid to infuse new vitality into the scene, he and the West Hollywood gallery Morán Morán will launch Felix L.A. subsequent week — on Valentine’s Day, as luck would have it. What they promise is a extra relaxed, convivial model of an artwork honest, beginning with the venue: Felix will debut on the Hollywood Roosevelt resort, well-known for internet hosting the very first Oscars, in 1929, in addition to numerous nights of poolside debauchery since. (The pool even has a David Hockney mural on the backside.)

The inaugural honest will showcase 38 galleries from L.A. and past, together with the native Château Shatto and Vitamin Artistic House, based mostly in Guangzhou, China. Reasonably than cubicles, they’ll arrange store in resort rooms, cabanas and the 13th flooring’s huge Johnny Grant penthouse. Valentine bought the concept from the artwork gala’s he attended within the ’90s on the Chateau Marmont, the West Coast outpost of New York’s Gramercy Worldwide (now often known as the Armory Present and celebrating its 25th 12 months). His fondest reminiscences are of the depth of dialogue made doable by a couple of cocktails beside the pool. “It’s about placing the pleasure of speaking about artwork, of shopping for it and promoting it, again into the dialog,” he says. He’s encouraging guests to chill out and benefit from the sunshine, inside cause. “Please don’t soar within the pool,” he says. “I don’t need to have to avoid wasting anyone.” Feb. 14 by way of 17 on the Hollywood Roosevelt Resort, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, felixfair.com. — JANELLE ZARA


Twenty or so years in the past, the designer John Derian chanced upon a small antiques retailer in Brussels that he describes as “an actual cupboard of curiosities.” He’d go to every time he was on the town. “It will transfer, after which I’d discover it once more,” he says, “and I’ve purchased some actually cool ephemera there.” His most prized discovery is a deck of early-19th-century English enjoying playing cards printed with colourful etchings of historic characters, each actual and imagined: the king of golf equipment is a drunken ne’er-do-well in blue striped stockings, the queen of spades resembles Joan of Arc.

Derian, who grew up in a big household through which playing cards have been a trip mainstay, now hosts frequent recreation nights at his residence in New York and he has lengthy dreamed of reprinting his vintage deck. He first despatched concepts for updating the playing cards to his canasta mates eight years in the past (ought to he create two decks? Did they want a joker?) however the venture constantly bought waylaid. Now, in the end, Derian will launch his first-ever enjoying playing cards — his dream deck, based mostly on his 19th-century set however tailor-made to the wants of recent gamers — at his two namesake dwelling décor shops in New York. He did add a pair of jokers, in addition to numbers within the corners of every card (the unique deck solely had go well with symbols) and he enlisted the basic American card producer Bicycle to make them — Derian appreciated the best way that Tiffany & Co. playing cards shuffle and tracked down their producer. However in any other case the playing cards are a lot the identical. To have fun the belief of his nearly decade-long labor of affection, Derian has additionally created trays that characteristic the playing cards’ designs — in his signature decoupage type, in fact. johnderian.com — ALICE NEWELL-HANSON

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