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Phoenix International Magazine Column - Adventures in Luxury

  1. 1. P H O E N I X MERCEDES UNLEASHES I N T E R N A T I O N A L THE 2014 S63 AMG 賓士2014新款S63 AMG 馬力全開 THE YACHTING LIFE WORLD’S BEST PORTS OF CALL 奢華之最 - 全球頂級遊艇碼頭 DINING IN HIGH FASHION • 時髦餐飲 - 頂尖時尚餐廳介紹 FA L L CELEBRATES 10 YEARS I S S U E DEREK LAM 高以翔 DEREK LAM 歡慶十週年 ISSN 1930-5540 2 0 1 3 雙棲動物 www.phoenixintlmag.com GODFREY GAO HIGH FASHION TO HOLLYWOOD FA L L I S S U E 2 0 1 3 CHINESE LUXURY AND LIFESTYLE JPN_5470_Cover.indd 1 9/23/13 4:19 PM
  2. 2. ADVENTURES IN LUXURY WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS PORTS OF CALL ADVENTURES in By David Christopher Lee with additional reporting by Setorii Pond Contributing Editor-at-large David Christopher Lee shares his adventures as he traverses the globe capturing luxurious properties and intriguing figures along the way. 特派編輯David Christopher Lee足跡踏遍世界各地,探訪奢華生 活以及非常人物的同時,也大方與我們分享他的奢華冒險經歷。 36 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL • FALL 2013 JPN_5470_28-48.indd 36 9/25/13 4:34 PM
  3. 3. WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS PORTS OF CALL ADVENTURES IN LUXURY Ł ưxưry 奢華冒險 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL • FALL 2013 37 JPN_5470_28-59.indd 37 9/24/13 6:27 PM
  4. 4. ADVENTURES IN LUXURY 上個月,好友Alan Greenberg邀請我參加一場路易十三(Louis XIII cognac)的私人品酒會,地點在他比佛利山(Beverly Hills)的家裡 - 一 棟位於本尼迪克峽谷(Benedict Canyon)上方,面積達兩萬呎的法式 建築內。還有什麼比這棟比佛利山最華美的建築,更適合品嚐世 上最豐淳的干邑白蘭地的地方!?路易十三堪稱全球最矜貴的干 邑酒,曾獲選於英國伊利莎白女王繼位典禮以及許多其他重要的 歷史活動。一瓶750毫升的路易十三要價美金三萬四千元。裝盛用 的精緻Baccarat水晶玻璃瓶重達十一磅,由人工吹製而成。這款融 上個月,好友Alan Greenberg邀請我參加一場路易十三(LouisMartin) 入清淡花香、薑與肉桂風味的琥珀色珍寶由人頭馬(Remy XIII cognac)的私人品酒會,地點在他比佛利山(Beverly Hills)的家裡 - 一 首席釀酒師皮耶蕾特特里榭(Pierrette Trichet)設計。品酒會中,我 棟位於本尼迪克峽谷(Benedict Canyon)上方,面積達兩萬呎的法式 們得以品嚐從法國干邑酒區運來的橡木桶中、珍藏已久的芳醇琥 建築內。還有什麼比這棟比佛利山最華美的建築,更適合品嚐世 珀色珍寶,真是讓人非常興奮! 上最豐淳的干邑白蘭地的地方!?路易十三堪稱全球最矜貴的干 邑酒,曾獲選於英國伊利莎白女王繼位典禮以及許多其他重要的 Robb Report 雜誌在影星傑瑞米雷那(Jeremy Renner)位於霍姆比丘 歷史活動。一瓶750毫升的路易十三要價美金三萬四千元。裝盛用 (Holmby Hills)、滿是裝飾藝術的豪宅「Reserve」舉辦一場活動。 的精緻Baccarat水晶玻璃瓶重達十一磅,由人工吹製而成。這款融 這棟一層樓的建築佔地兩英畝,室內面積達一萬平方呎,由知名 入清淡花香、薑與肉桂風味的琥珀色珍寶由人頭馬(Remy Martin) 建築師 Phillip Vertoch設計。雷那於2010年以七百萬購得,然後與合 首席釀酒師皮耶蕾特特里榭(Pierrette Trichet)設計。品酒會中,我 夥人 Kristoffer Winters進行整修,目前售價兩千五百萬美元。其間有 們得以品嚐從法國干邑酒區運來的橡木桶中、珍藏已久的芳醇琥 高十四呎的挑高屋頂、開放式格局、私人劇院以及氣派寬闊的門 珀色珍寶,真是讓人非常興奮! 面。「在我看來,融合當代摩登與傳統風格設計的Reserve是近來市 面上最棒的選擇之一。也許在主要媒體上,霍比丘與其他地區相 Robb Report 雜誌在影星傑瑞米雷那(Jeremy Renner)位於霍姆比丘 比顯得比較低調,但絕對是洛杉磯最好的區域之一,其中不乏許 (Holmby Hills)、滿是裝飾藝術的豪宅「 Reserve」舉辦一場活動。 多西岸最頂級的住宅座落於此。對於豪宅買家來說,絕對是最好 這棟一層樓的建築佔地兩英畝,室內面積達一萬平方呎,由知名 的選擇之一。」比佛利房產(Beverly Hills Realtor)的Christophe Choo表 建築師 Phillip Vertoch設計。雷那於2010年以七百萬購得,然後與合 示。 夥人 Kristoffer Winters進行整修,目前售價兩千五百萬美元。其間有 高十四呎的挑高屋頂、開放式格局、私人劇院以及氣派寬闊的門 面。「在我看來,融合當代摩登與傳統風格設計的Reserve是近來市 活動現場賓客啜飲伏特加調酒與雞尾酒。包括比佛利山知名房產 仲介Barry Peele、名流Gabrielle Choo與設計師Yotom Solomon都是其間嘉 賓。 日前,我有幸可以在好萊塢W Hotel的極致套房(Extreme Wow Suite, 也正是W Hotel最棒的一個套房!)舉辦生日派對,以「三零年代的 上海」為活動主題。這間面積達一千六百六十平方呎的寬敞套房 有大片的落地玻璃,可俯瞰好萊塢丘(Hollywood Hills)的美景。此 外,地上鋪有灰色地毯的圓形座位區可供多達二十人入座; 紅色、 白色抱枕襯著深色木質地板等裝飾則是我最喜歡的部份。總之, 這間摩登現代的豪華套房非常適合時髦情侶約會! 我負責的 Destination Luxury為手提包品牌Jamah Handbags舉辦一場晚 宴,地點位於Bel Air的Antebi Estate。Jamah以珍稀皮革與獨特的染 色方式聞名,專精各種款式、大小的皮包訂做。當晚有現場古典 音樂演奏,還邀請酒莊Lone Madrone特選不同酒款,以代表不同皮 包的獨特個性。現場的精緻點心由比佛利山知名義大利餐廳Caffe Roma負責; 主持人為知名造型師Colin Megaro與網站Goodtastela.com的 負責人Barbara Bishop。 在馬里布(Malibu)一帶的臨海住宅,比起室內面積很大的豪宅, 精緻奢華的空間更讓我喜歡。當地的房產仲介 Chris Cortazzo 提供 他面積達三千三百呎的海邊別墅,讓我們作為時尚專題的拍照場 景。這個由知名建築師Harry Gesner設計的別墅隱身於馬里布鋪滿白 色細沙、綿延一百呎的海灣旁。其間裝飾簡潔現代,站在落地窗 前就可欣賞太平洋湛藍清澈的海水。如果嚮往私人海灘,這個提 供出租的濱海別墅就是最棒的選擇!(淡季每月租金$40,000,夏 季每月租金$50,000) 如果想暫離美國本土的喧囂,不妨與 Hawaii Yachts預定一艘遊艇, 直駛向夏威夷!Hawaii Yachts的顧客來自各界名流,其中包括柯林 頓與歐洲皇室,有最好的遊艇素質。日前,我有機會駛著 Elyatt 75 ,欣賞日落美景。這艘長達七十五呎的遊艇由英國知名遊艇公司 「追日遊艇(Sunseeker Yachts)」打造,有「全球最精緻奢華的電 動遊艇」的美譽。其中有櫻桃木製的精緻內裝、時髦的設計師傢 具一應俱全,沒有粗略含糊的部份。我最喜歡的莫過於其中的日 光浴甲板設計,一面享受和暖陽光,同時有一百八十度的寬闊視 野將太平洋盡收眼底。我們請來主廚 Andrew Stone負責餐點,佐以 凱歌香檳(Veuve Cliquot)。 來到夏威夷之後,我入住位於歐胡島(Oahu)上拉尼卡魯(Lanikai)一帶,室內面積達一萬一千平方呎的Paul Mitchell Estate。這棟 別墅佔地兩英畝,共有七棟獨立設有臥室的建築,其中五棟有海 景。進入其間,印入眼簾的是開滿蓮花、裝飾有佛像的錦鯉池 塘。其中最讓我喜歡的設計是戶外淋浴間,可遠眺太平洋與Mokoluas島的美景。拉尼卡魯(Lanikai)海灘綿延白色細沙,加上翠綠 漸層到土耳其藍的清澈海水讓這裡屢屢被選為全球最美的十大海 灘。如果沒有其他行程,我非常樂意在這裡住上更久的時間…甚至 一直待下去… At Jeremy Renner’s home in Holmby Hills JPN_5470_28-48.indd 38 9/25/13 6:50 PM
  5. 5. ADVENTURES IN LUXURY Private home in Malibu Diner en blanc 八月二十一日,儘管正值豔陽高照的夏季,位於洛杉磯羅 迪歐大道(Rodeo Drive)上舉辦的「純白晚宴Diner en Blanc」 卻宛如冬季提早降臨。由French Tuesdays舉辦的「純白晚宴 Diner en Blanc」在歐陸已經行之有年,今年第一次到美國舉 辦。超過一千名賓客穿著純白,聚集在集結香奈爾(Channel)、路易威登(Louis Vuitton)、湯姆福特(Tom Ford) 、Roberto Cavalli等一線國際精品的羅迪歐大道上。 這場活動可說是比佛利山一帶前所未有的獨特活動。事實 上,「純白晚宴」在二十五年前於法國開始,每每以當地 最華美、最具指標性的地點舉辦年度活動,包括艾菲爾鐵 塔、凡爾賽宮、聖母院、香榭麗舍大道以及羅浮宮前的金 字塔等等。除了純白服裝,我更為活動細節的規劃、品味 以及創意感到驚艷。 活動現場宛如當代版的電影窈窕淑女(My Fair Lady)…映 著月光與現場的音樂,大家享受各自帶來的精緻餐點。然 後,音樂節奏轉變,應和著DJ Lady Splash與薩克斯風手Natty Rico的音樂與節拍,人們紛紛起身舞蹈,不一會就有上百人 聚集在舞池裡。 融合趣味、華麗、優雅與群眾的「純白晚宴」無疑是場 讓人回味良久的精彩活動。幕後的French Tuesdays對於活動 的規劃功力更是毋庸置疑。活動如此精彩,讓我不禁納悶 他們在未來還會有什麼樣的突破,更對來年的活動充滿期 待! PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL • FALL 2013 39 JPN_5470_28-48.indd 39 9/25/13 3:25 PM
  6. 6. ADVENTURES IN LUXURY Extreme Wow Suite at the W Hollywood L ast month, my good friend Alan Greenberg invited me to an exclusive Louis XIII tasting event at his house in Beverly Hills. What better place for tasting the world’s finest cognac than the highest house in Beverly Hills. Alan’s house is a 20,000 square foot French Chateau that sits on top of Benedict Canyon. Louis XIII is the most exquisitely divine cognac in the world and has been toasted at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and numerous historical events. This rare cognac comes in a Baccarat decanter made of eleven pounds of blown crystal. A 750 mL bottle of Louis can cost as much as $34,000! Pierrette Trichet serves as the cellar master of Remy Martin and designed this delicious taste of rich ambers, aromas of delicate flowers and a dash of cinnamon and ginger. It was such a privilege to taste this smooth savory drink amongst one of the original barrels in which Louis XIII was aged, transported all the way from the Cognac region of France! Robb Report hosted an event at actor Jeremy Renner’s beautiful art deco home in the Holmby Hills, the Reserve. The property features 14 square foot ceilings, an open floor plan, intimate theatre and magnicifent 4 column façade. This 10,000 square foot single-story mansion sits on two acres of land and was designed by renown architect Phillip Vertoch. The estate which was purchased in 2010 for $7 million has been flipped by Renner and his partner Kristoffer Winters – currently on the market for a cool $25 million. “One of the best houses I have seen in LA in a while [is the Reserve], totally turnkey and a blend of classic design with today’s modern touches. Although Holmby Hills is not well known in the mainstream media, it is beyond a shadow of a doubt the best neighborhood in Los Angeles with some of the finest properties on the West Coast. Certainly my first choice for a luxury buyer,” says Beverly Hills Realtor Christophe Choo. Guests sipped on Art Decotinis (Stolichnaya & dry vermouth) and Scottish Haciendas (Glenfiddich Cocktails). Notable guests included Beverly Hills realtor Barry Peele, Duchess Von Schoeneberg Gabrielle Choo and Designer Yotom Solomon. During my birthday party themed “Shanghai 1930”, the W Hollywood was gracious enough to give me their spectacular Extreme Wow Suite, the best room in the hotel. This expansive 1,660 square foot suite features stunning views of the Hollywood Hills and floor to ceiling windows. One of the highlights of the room includes a circular alcove that is surrounded by grey carpeted seating areas, enough to seat 20! I loved the dark paneled wooden floors with white and red pillows for accents. The Extreme Wow suite is definitely a must-try for lovers of modern luxury. My company, Destination Luxury, hosted a fabulous evening at the Antebi Estate in Bel Air featuring Jamah Handbags. Jamah specializes in made-to-order bags, including custom pieces. Known for its exotic skins and unique dying techniques, Jamah bags come in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Guests were treated to an evening of live classical music and an exclusive pairing of bags and wine by Lone Madrone. Delectable hors d’oeuvres were passed by Beverly Hills Italian Restaurant Caffe Roma. The event was hosted by Celebrity Stylist Colin Megaro and Goodtastela.com founder Barbara Bishop. One of my favorite houses in Malibu might not be a huge mega-mansion but it is unquestionably luxurious when it comes to beachside living. Malibu-realtor Chris Cortazzo opened up his beach-front 3,300 square foot home for a Destination Luxury fashion shoot. This attractive Harry Gesner masterpiece is situated on 100 feet of pristine white sandy beach amongst the secret coves of Malibu. Our crew enjoyed clean modern décor and gazed upon the crystal clear blue water of the Pacific Ocean through floor to ceiling windows. With access to your own private beach, it doesn’t get any better than this! Chris Cortazzo’s house is available for rent for $40,000 a month (offpeak) or $55,000 a month during summer. When you are ready to get away from the mainland, take a voyage to the Hawaiian islands and be sure to charter a yacht with Hawaii Yachts. I took the Elyatt 75 out for a sunset cruise awhile back. This 75-foot predator is built by Sunseeker Yachts of England and lives up to its name “The World’s Finest Luxury Motor Yacht.” With a fine interior featuring cherry wood and plush designer elements, no detail is left unfinished. My favorite part of the boat was the incredible sundeck which was perfect for laying out beneath the blazing sun while gazing out on 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. We were treated to a feast by Executive Chef Andrew Stone paired with Veuve Cliquot to go with it. Hawaii Yachts caters to the dignitaries of the world from the Clintons to European princes and it’s no wonder, with such a grand fleet of stunning yachts. After my voyage, I retreated to the 11,000 square foot Paul Mitchell Estate in Lanikai, Hawaii located on the windward side of Oahu. The estate sits on 2 acres of land and is comprised of seven structures which each have their own private bedrooms, five of which have ocean views. When you enter the estate, you are treated to a magnificent view of a koi pond filled with lilies and buddhas. My favorite part of the property was the outdoor shower which has a view of the Pacific and the Mokoluas, a set of twin islands that sit offshore Lanikai Beach. Lanikai has been listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world with its gorgeous white sand beaches and waters that range from emerald green to turquoise blue. If I didn’t have other plans already on my calendar, I would have loved to extend my stay here indefinitely... 40 PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL • FALL 2013 JPN_5470_28-48.indd 40 9/25/13 3:25 PM
  7. 7. ADVENTURES IN LUXURY “Diner en Blanc” Rodeo Drive Despite the heat of the summer, it was as if a winter wonderland adorned Rodeo Drive on August 21st. Over 1,000 people dressed in white covered the famous street to dine between fashion’s finest names: Channel, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford to name a few. “Diner en Blanc” hosted by French Tuesdays is a coveted experience and made its first U.S. debut in Los Angeles. It was one of the most unique pop-up dining experiences to date in Beverly Hills. Created over 25 years ago in France, this now worldwide gathering of friends and food lovers always finds the most beautiful and unattainable places in the world to host the annual dinner. The Eiffel Tower, Château de Versailles, Esplanade de Notre-Dame, Champs-Élysées, and Le Louvre Pyramid are just a few places Diner en Blanc has chosen as its backdrop over the years. I was impressed at the attention to detail, style and creative pizazz despite the all white attire. It felt like a modern version of the movie “My Fair Lady”... under the moonlight, diners enjoyed an array of beautiful and decadent foods they had brought with them while enjoying live music to compliment the experience. Later in the evening, a change of tempo enticed people to get up and dance; within moments a flash mob of hundreds crowded the dance floor. Smiling and grooving party goers danced to the beats of DJ Lady Splash while saxophonist Natty Rico jammed for the inspired crowd. It was a night to remember and I must say Diner en Blanc and French Tuesdays did an amazing job at creating an unforgettably unique evening filled with fun, new friends, glamour, and elegance. I wonder how they could top this with year’s event. Guess we will just have to wait and see. - Setorii Pond (Creative Director for Destination Luxury) On the Elyatt 75 Louis XIII private tasting PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL • FALL 2013 41 JPN_5470_28-48.indd 41 9/25/13 4:39 PM

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