La Vita di Lusso

La destinazione successiva: Forte dei Marmi, Lucca - Toscana


How to Eat Carbohydrates: A Scientific Approach

Figure it out for yourself, fatty!  Arriviste is a skinny betch.



Crave: The New Gym Bag

Going to the gym is no excuse for having poor taste in accessories. If you're going to perfect your body, look good on the way there.

If you can't afford it, perhaps you should think twice about showing your face at all.




Destination: Cabo de Gata, Andalucia

Much of Andalucia, in the south of Spain, will do no more than throw dust on your white Tod's loafers. Toss those olives out the window.  There is a small stretch on the Eastern side, however, that is worth charting private helicopter or driver to reach.  It is a small natural preserve near the town of Almeria, called Cabo de Gata.

The untouched Mediterranean sea in this region boasts an unusually high algae count & mineral content.  This means it is very, very good for your skin. (Pay attention.)  You won't be pestered by peasants or poor local fisherman, either.  Just you, the sun and the sea.

Pack yourselves a small salad.  You can't possibly eat another piece of jamon wearing that skimpy Hermès bathing suit.  You still need to fit through security at Barajas.


What to Wear: Verbier

Leave the North Face jackets to the plebeians who flock to Vail with their rental skis and day passes. An arriviste wouldn't dream of skiing anywhere so pedestrian. This year, on the powdery slopes of Verbier, Swizerland, we'll be wearing Thom Browne's latest collection.

The Fall line debuted last week in Paris. To view the entire collection, visit:


Artist's Profile: Cy Twombly

In 1962 Cy Twombly (born 1928 in Lexington, Virginia) painted a work that illustrates many of the abiding engagements of his practice. Untitled is divided into two zones by a horizonal line about two thirds of the way up. Across the bottom edge of the canvas, Twombly has scribbled a textual fragment gleaned from the poet Sappho: "But their heart turned cold + they dropped their wings." The phrase, suggesting a hovering between higher and lower realms, conjures up a distant classical realm, even as the grappling, awkward hand renders the words materially present.

Cy Twombly has long been an Arriviste favourite, revealing through Abstract Expressionism a non-linear approach to poetry through painting & sculpture. Often calling upon Roman mythology, his graffiti-like scribblings create a visual terrain in which his words can settle and exist. Chaotic, visceral, alive.

To learn more about the artist and his work, please visit www.cytwombly.info