Monday, March 12, 2007

Social Safari: Winter Weekend in Palm Beach

by Jamee Gregory

Spending a winter weekend in Palm Beach
as guests in the beautiful home of friends like Hilary and Wilbur Ross is great fun. Everything is perfect, even the weather! But thoughtful guests know that they should make themselves scarce for a few hours each day, a good reason to hit Worth Avenue.

Walking past the fabulous Graff Jewels on our way to Trillion.
Shopping on that enchanting, sparkling-clean street covered with flowers, is enticing, to say the least. My first stop is always Trillion, where a rainbow assortment of seamless cashmere sweaters made especially for Trillion in pastel hues on old Scottish looms covers an entire table.

Men’s corduroy and cashmere and silk slacks in 18 colors, Fray linen shirts from Italy, its famous  silk necktie- fabric pants all made in England, blazers from Kiton in silk and linen, cashmere and cotton v-necks and an array of coordinating corded belts drive even the most difficult shopper to frenzy.

Owners Tanya and David Van Zandt search all of Italy for the chicest clothes and have them made in sorbet colors just right for sunny Florida. Who can resist ladies’ fleece vests in 13 colors with twin sets to match or cotton tees with coordinating sweaters just waiting to be tied nonchalantly around the shoulders? Coral suede slippers lined in terry, Fair Isle sweaters in crayola shades, shirts in cotton flannel checks ...Nothing you will find anywhere else. Steep prices may shock, but try Trillion Too for last season’s goods. It’s just around the corner.

Clockwise from top left: Trillion's Tanya in front of her famous silt necktie pants and matching sweaters; Trillions table of rainbow-colored cabled cashmeres; Trillion's selection of ladies clothes; Trillion's mens' trousers.

Below: Trillion Too's beautiful intarsia cashmeres.
Devonshire tempts with sea shells, birdcages, porcelain straw hats, candles, covering its stone floors, merchandise  soaring towards its high ceilings. Garden statuary, trays and books add to the mix. Brighton Pavilion boasts painted chests, embroidered pillows, shell-covered mirrors, perfect décor of Palm Beach style. Mackenzie Childs, with its striped yellow and pink dishes strewn with roses and pink-tinted glasses resting on spool-legged tables in bold patterns will brighten your home. Topiary twists flank its doors.
Clockwise from top left: Jamee in front of McKenzie Child's tablewares; A view of McKenzie Child's charming facade on Worth Avenue; Devonshire tempts with its storefront alone.
Feeling trendy? Try Eye of the Needle. It’s leopard rug and lime green walls set the tone. Goth sweaters, Cosabella knickers, polo’s with giant pink alligators, very post-Lacoste, belts with sequined buckles, Jack Rogers sandals in all colors, flirty dresses scream for attention. Young men will like its brother store, Mister, with great private label shorts, linen shirts, duffels with rope, nautical but nice in lemon yellow.
Ralph Lauren's facade. More from Worth Avenue: Eres bikinis (inset left) and Kasatly's display of fine linens (inset right).
Loro Piano offers classic cashmeres, Manrico offers a divine men’s zip-up cardigan in royal blue with white inside, Bottega Veneta beckons with woven bags, but none more than the new Hermes, filled to the brim with everything impossible to find: Birkin’s in all colors, pareos in all prints, a full range of enamel bangles, a treasure trove. Open only three days, it’s the best spot for choosing a house gift if one hopes to be asked back!
Clockwise from top left: Peter in Loro Piano; Hermes selection of terry towels and robes; Peter in Manrico.
Leggiadro drives me wild with its shimmery pants, covered in paillettes and its sexy lizard sandals that look just like Manolo’s. I find a new shop, Sub-Chrono- and leave with a present: a new watch with a bright red face and four watchbands in different colors of plastic. Just right for swimming and matching every bathing suit!
Jamee checking out the merchandise at Leggiadro's; Peter in front of Sub-Chrono.
Provence, another newcomer, is just the thing for gardeners. Antique and modern terra cotta and stone planters, lavender-filled urns, statuary and trellis fills its garden court and charming store, along with tools from France, and England. I send my mother a Victorian shoe planter and can’t wait to return in March!
Provence: shots of its garden goodies and courtyard designed by its owners and filled with trelllis and topiary.